Where to Play: Baltimore Family Fun, December 7-9

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Gingerbrick decorating, sock monkeys, Dollar or Less Days, Whobilation, cookies, cocoa, and more… the holidays are in full swing in Charm City! Here are our favorite things to do with kids this weekend in Baltimore.

Baltimore Family Fun, December 7-9

Friday, December 7 | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Kiddie Crusoe

Celebrate the holidays at Whobilation! Santa Grinch will be coming down from Mount Crumpit to visit Kiddie Crusoe. Who makeovers, who-crafts, open play, a special reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and picture time, it is sure to be a Merry Grinch of a time. MORE

R House’s Birthday Blowout!
Friday, December 7 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | R. House

R House turns 2 years old! Join them for 2 for 1 specials house wide with activities for all. Face painting, karaoke, scavenger hunt, and birthday bar. Family friendly from 6pm-9pm, party goes till 12am. Free admission for all the birthday fun! MORE

Fire & Ice Family Night
Friday, December 7 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Downtown Towson

Take a stroll through downtown Towson to view the ice sculptures and decorated trees! Warm up by the fire pits and enjoy free s’mores. You may even see a few of your favorite holiday characters! Stay tuned for ice sculpture, fire pit, and tree locations. MORE

Pajama Story time and Activities Featuring The Polar Express
Friday, December 7 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Barnes & Noble – White Marsh

Join Barnes & Noble in White Marsh for this beloved Christmas story featuring a young boy who is welcomed aboard on a magical trip to the North Pole where he gets to make his Christmas wish. Get free hot chocolate and a cookie from the Café, and don’t forget to wear your favorite cozy pajamas. MORE

Dollar or Less Days
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 | Times Vary | Locations Vary

n the spirit of the Holidays, Baltimore area attractions will open their doors and offer free or $1 admission. Venues include Maryland Science Center, National Aquarium, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Jewish Museum of Maryland, The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Maryland Historical Society, Christmas Village in Baltimore, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Top of the World Observation Deck, and Historic Ships in Baltimore. MORE

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Iron Rooster – Hunt Valley

Join Iron Rooster – Hunt Valley on Saturday, December 8th for Breakfast with Santa! Reservations required from 8:30AM to 11:30AM to guarantee a photo with Santa! Complimentary photographer on site. Digital copies will be sent to you via email. To make reservations – please call (410) 785-5764. MORE

The Glorious Winter Sky (Children’s show)
Saturday, December 8 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Benjamin Banneker Planetarium at CCBC-Catonsville

Learn about the winter night sky constellations and the bright planet Jupiter. FREE. Open to the public. No reservations needed. MORE

AVAM’s Sock Monkey Saturday
Saturday, December 8 | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | American Visionary Art Museum

Don’t let the holidays drive you BANANAS! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey—a great last-minute gift, and just something fun to do with the family. AVAM’s huge sock monkey making extravaganza is FREE to attend, but you must bring your own socks: 2 pair, clean & colorful (1 for your monkey and 1 to donate), and scissors to participate. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, thread, visionary baubles, and camaraderie will be provided. MORE

Gingerbrick Decorating
Saturday, December 8 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Make memories you’ll cherish for years as you decorate gingerbricks using icing, gumdrops and more that will become a giant, life-sized Gingerbread House. MORE

Gingerbread What?
Saturday, December 8 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Construct gingerbread “cabins” with an eco-friendly, delicious landscape. Give away as a gift or keep for later as a sweet snack. Ages 4 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Story Time with Pamela Duncan Edwards
Saturday, December 8 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Red Canoe

Join Red Canoe for story time with the amazing Pamela Duncan Edwards! She will be reading her new book, “Four Seasons of Fun. Egg Hunts! Fireworks! Pumpkins! Reindeer!” There will be fun activities for the kiddos after story time AND Red Canoe will be offering %20 off the cover price of Pamela’s book. This event is appropriate for children age 2-8. MORE

Jingle Bell Rock Out!
Saturday, December 8 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore

Join the 1st annual Jingle Bell Rock Out! Santa will be in the house and will be available for photos. Stay for storytelling, Christmas swag bags & DJ Koyote spinning favorite holiday tunes. MORE

Season of Smiles
Saturday, December 8 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Yorkridge Shopping Center

Head to Yorkridge Shopping Center for selfies with Santa, Victorian Carolers, and festive strolling entertainment while shopping for all the holiday essentials at the Center’s many stores. Visit the Holiday tree and enjoy hot chocolate and cider provided by MOM’s and Towson Hot Bagels. MORE

Feeding Time with Live Animals
Saturday, December 8 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Carrie Murray Nature Center

Help prepare and feed delicious salads to live turtles and lizards. Watch animal friends gobble up their tasty meals of blueberries, strawberries, and other nutritious foods! Feel free to drop-in – no registration required. All ages. MORE

Ballet Chesapeake’s The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 8, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Sunday, December 9, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Stephens Hall Theatre at Towson University

The magic of the holiday season will be brought to life as Ballet Chesapeake presents its performances of The Nutcracker! MORE

Nutcracker on Ice
Saturday, December 8, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM and 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM | Sunday, December 9, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM | Columbia Ice Rink

The Columbia Figure Skating Club is proud to announce their annual Nutcracker on Ice performance. Watch beautiful Clara in the classical tale of a young girl whose doll comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes her on a magical journey to meet the Nutcracker Prince. A fantasy world awaits her where the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Arabian, Chinese and Russian Dancers, the Harlequins, the Mouse King and Queen and many more will enchant audiences of all ages! MORE

Cookies and Cocoa with Kids!
Saturday, December 8 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Cake by Jason Hisley

Join Cake By Jason Hisley for a fun evening enjoying cookies, cocoa, and Holiday tunes. Decorate 12 sugar cookies with icing and embellishments and enjoy cocoa made special with add-ins that you pick. The cookies are yours to take with you and so is Jason’s favorite hot chocolate recipe. Every ticket covers one child AND one adult to supervise. All children under the age of 12 must have parental or adult supervision. MORE

Pinkalicious The Musical – A Vital Theatre Company Production
Sunday, December 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Baltimore Center Stage

Baltimore Center Stage is thrilled to introduce the next generation of theatergoers to the joys of high-quality theater with this season’s Family Series. In Pinkalicious The Musical, Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe—a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. MORE

Sunday, December 9 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

The Maccabeats have entertained and inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to New Zealand and everywhere in between. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this internationally-acclaimed group of singer is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages. MORE

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
Sunday, December 9 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

This brand new touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. MORE

Skating with Santa
Sunday, December 9 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | PANDORA Ice Rink

Bring the kids and ice skate with Santa every Sunday afternoon in December at the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor! Please bring your own camera to take a memorable photograph with Santa. Rink admission is required to skate with Santa. MORE

Classic Christmas Tales Family Dinner
Sunday, December 9 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM | The Elkridge Furnace Inn

Dress up the family for this literary-themed event with lively readings of Classic Christmas Stories between courses in an elegant circa 1810 Manor House. MORE

Just for Mom…

Green Spring Station Holiday Makers Market
Saturday, December 8 | 10 AM – 4 PM

Where can you sip, shop, and create a botanical bath bomb on Saturday? At Green Spring Station’s Holiday Makers Market! Now in its third year, Makers Market is a one-day holiday marketplace featuring Baltimore’s most talented artists and crafters as they ‘set up shop’ around the center. Honestly, this is one of the best holiday shopping outings in the area and admission is FREE. In addition to shopping, the event boasts a DIY corner where you can sign up to make your own merry

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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