Wondering what to do when you come out of the turkey coma? We’ve got lots of ideas for keeping the kiddos entertained this holiday weekend! Check out our best bets for family fun in Baltimore this weekend.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Where to Play: Baltimore Family Fun, Thanksgiving Break Edition

The Little Mermaid- A Disney Musical
Select dates through Sunday, January 13, 2019 | Times Vary | Toby’s Dinner Theatre

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) this show will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” The entire family will love The Little Mermaid! MORE

PANDORA Ice Rink
Select dates through Monday, January 21, 2019 | Times Vary| Inner Harbor

Kick off the Holidays at The PANDORA Ice Rink for a magical season of ice skating and winter cheer. Check the website for special events, like Chanukah Skate, Skate with a Superhero or Princess, and New Year’s Eve fireworks.
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Baltimore Christmas Village
Select dates from Thursday, November 22 till Monday, December 24 | Times Vary | West Shore Park

Christmas Village in Baltimore returns to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to transform West Shore Park into European wonderland. The huge heated festival tent and the beautiful outdoor wooden booths around the majestic Christmas Tree will harbor 45 vendors selling high quality arts and crafts from all over the world to offer you the perfect holiday shopping experience. When you are done with Christmas shopping, have a seat in the Bavarian Beergarden and enjoy the German delicacies such as brautwurst, pretzls, lebkuchen (gingerbread), mulled wine or a good German beer. Enjoy daily performances of local choirs, bands and performers and special themed weekend events. MORE

Symphony of Lights Festivities
Select dates from Thursday, November 22 till Sunday, December 30 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. Called “must see” and chosen as a Baltimore Sun “Swift Pick,” this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of approximately 300,000 bulbs. During the past 20+ years, nearly 2 million individuals have visited the lights, and proceeds from the event have raised more than $8 million to benefit Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. MORE

Black Friday Camp
Friday, November 23 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM | My Gym – Timonium

Looking to get some shopping done the day after Thanksgiving? Or even better…just relax in some peace and quiet?! Send your kids to My Gym Timonium for 3 hours of structured activity. Camps include a variety of games, relays, gymnastics, group tumbling, songs, dances, and more! Snack and drink included. Camp for ages 18 months to 9 years old. MORE

American Indian Heritage Day
Friday, November 23 | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Historic London Town & Gardens

Historic London Town and Gardens is happy to welcome the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians for American Indian Heritage Day. An annual holiday for the state of Maryland, American Indian Heritage Day is a celebration of the living culture of native people in our state. MORE

Festival of Trees by Kennedy Krieger Institute
Friday, November 23, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Saturday, November 24, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM | Sunday, November 25, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Maryland State Fairgrounds

Even with all those elves, Santa himself couldn’t have designed a better fantasy world than Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. It’s a three-day extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complemented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies, and activities for kids of all ages. Also, enjoy a special line-up of nightly entertainment for the whole family! MORE

Black Friday Block Party
Friday, November 23 | 11 AM – 4 PM | Harbor East

Cheers to sweet sales and less stress! Harbor East is throwing their 2nd Annual Black Friday Block Party on November 23 from 11 AM – 4 PM. What is it? A sophisticated and civilized alternative to mall mayhem. Skip the 4 AM lines and holiday frenzy. Instead, enjoy leisurely shopping events, a mimosa and bloody mary bar, live music, and a complimentary DIY hot chocolate bar. Yes, you can bring the kids! They’ll have family-friendly fun for the little ones including and family-friendly activities for the little ones, including face painting, cookie decorating, a balloon artist and appearances from holiday characters. Activities are free, with the exception of face painting. Families can purchase a $5 face painting voucher online in advance. MORE

Thanksgiving Pie Cake Decorating
Friday, November 23 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Charm City Cakes

Learn how to decorate with the pros! Participants will each receive their very own 6-inch iced cake, and learn the ways to decorate their cake with fondant. This class is for all ages. MORE

Tidewater Players present “A Christmas Story-The Musical”
Friday, November 23 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Tidewater Players is ecstatic to announce their production of the Maryland Premiere of A Christmas Story- The Musical named one of USA Today’s Best Musicals of 2012. This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t. This performance would be rated G. MORE

Kids Workshop – Gingerbread Man Ornament
Saturday, November 24 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | The Home Depot – Timonium

Run, run, run as fast as you can to this hands-on holiday workshop where you and your child can assemble a gingerbread picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament. Perfect for gifting or adding to the family’s heirloom holiday decor. Once the picture frame is built, your child can decorate it with paint and holiday stickers. MORE

Kid’s Ornament Party
Saturday, November 24 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Amazing Glaze – Mt. Washington

Start the holiday season right!! Join Amazing Glaze for their newest event for kids – Ornament Parties!! Kids will paint two of the newest flat Christmas ornaments. Cookies & Juice provided. For ages 6 & up. MORE

Celebration in the Woods
Saturday, November 24 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Join the Inner Arbor Trust, Inc. and Downtown Columbia Partnership, Inc. for Celebration in the Woods, a joyous, seasonal celebration of winter in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. On Saturdays from November 24th to December 22nd, the Chrysalis transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with artist-decorated trees, live performances, a “snow” ball pit, seasonal crafts, and winter treats such as hot chocolate, apple cider, mulled wine, and more! Santa will visit from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. MORE

Kerplunk with Artesanas Mexicanas
Saturday, November 24 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Creative Alliance

Join the Kerplunk! special guest stars: the leaders and teachers of the Artesanas Mexicanas! This Saturday, try your hand at a special craft in this all-ages workshop – Piñata Decoración. Find out what everyone’s talking about! All materials are included. MORE

Fort Buiding Fun
Saturday, November 24 | 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Collect natural material and build a temporary fort in the woods of Leight Park. Learn how to make twine to lash your materials together. MORE

Turkey Tales
Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join Oregon Ridge Nature Center to celebrate the turkey… after all, it’s been a rough week for him! Enjoy turkey tales, a turkey craft and you’ll meet one of the lucky ones that survived the holiday. For adults and children ages 5 and up. MORE

Weekend Walk-In Workshop: Crazy Crown
Saturday, November 24 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

Join AVAM for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop! Create a custom royal headpiece just for YOU using shiny tape, faux flowers & more! The Education staff will help you explore new creative territory. Supplies & boundless inspiration provided. MORE

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, November 24 | 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Work off a day of feasting by exploring Holt park. Explore the nature cabin and complete a scavenger hunt for a prize. MORE

Owl Prowl
Saturday, November 24 | 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Venture into the woods of Bosely Conservancy on a cool fall evening to hear the call of those elusive creatures and possibly catch a glimpse of them. Meet at Bosely Conservancy, ages 8 to adult, under 13 with an adult. MORE

Dolphin Explorer Adventure
Sunday, November 25 | 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | National Aquarium

Throughout history, humans have forged strong connections with dolphins. Today, we have a much greater understanding of these animals than we did in the past. But how much do we really know about this beautiful and intelligent species? Team up with marine mammal staff to uncover answers to some of the questions you have about dolphins. Go on an incredible adventure that leads you through several interactive research stations and into a unique, one-of-a-kind session with the dolphins. MORE

Cirque-tacular
Sunday, November 25 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

Aerial and ground performers including World Record Holders, Olympians, and Grand Circus Champions, put on a show of mind-boggling artistry and athleticism. Over the last decade, Cirque-tacular has given thousands of performances throughout the world and have been praised by critics for their “great feats of daring at the extreme edges of human capability.” MORE

DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns, food preferences of toddlers, and moods of tweens/teens!). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.

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