Where to Play! Baltimore Family Fun, November 22-24

Weekend Fun | Where to Play, November 22-24

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in Charm City! Check out our favorite things to do this weekend with the kiddos.

Join us on Saturday evening for our FRIENDSGIVING PLAY DATE with St. Paul’s Lower School! We’ll have appearances by Woody and Buzz Lightyear, pizza, Insomnia cookies, and a buffet of kid-friendly service activities. Families can make dog toys and treats for a local shelter, decorate lunch bags for the hungry, design blankets for kids who could use a fleece hug, and more. Have gloves, hats, or scarves you’d like to donate? Bring them a long! One of St. Paul’s fourth graders is collecting them for Manna House. It’s an evening of doing good, choosing kind, and giving back! All activities and food included in your $5 family pass. Passes will be available at the door, but check-in is quicker if you purchase online in advance

Where to Play! Baltimore Family Fun, November 22-24

Disney’s Aladdin
Through December 1 | Times Vary
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Check the website for performance times. MORE

Spooky Middle Grade Author Panel & Signing
November 21 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Greedy Reads

Join Greedy Reads for a panel discussion all about spooky stories for middle grade readers. Meet some of your favorite authors from spookymiddlegrade.com and stick around for your signed book! MORE

Tiny Tots: Signs of Fall
November 22 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Patterson Park

Tiny Tots is an early childhood environmental education program where kids take a hike, make a craft, play a game, and read a story around a nature theme each month. Join Audubon to discover Patterson Park as an outdoor classroom. Space is limited and slots fill quickly. Please register in advance: [email protected] or 410.558.2473. Meet at the picnic tables on the northeast shore of the Boat Lake in Patterson Park. For children ages 2-5. MORE

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride 2019
Saturdays and Sundays through December 1
The B&O Railroad Museum

All aboard for THE POLAR EXPRESS™! Create a Christmas memory that you and your family will treasure forever – a journey to the North Pole via THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Immerse yourself in the classic children’s book THE POLAR EXPRESS™ by Chris Van Allsburg. In this beloved story, a young boy takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole and receives a special gift from Santa. MORE

FREE ADMISSION! Christmas Village in Baltimore Preview Weekend
November 23 | 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Inner Harbor

Take your chance and catch a first glimpse of the remodeled Christmas market during Preview Weekend! Make sure you stay until dusk on Saturday to enjoy the official Tree Lighting Ceremony. FREE admission during preview weekend! MORE

Saturday Fun: Printmaking Workshop for Kids
November 23 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Explore the printmaking process by making a creative portrait print inspired by artist Elizabeth Catlett. Young visitors will hear the story, Jamilah Loves to Talk about Art and view prints from Elizabeth Catlett: Artist As Activist. This workshop is presented by printmaking artist Sean Montague of Ethnicitees, LLC. Free with museum admission. MORE

Charm City Players Presents Elf, The Musical
November 23 and 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium at Mercy High School

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. MORE

Baltimore County

Treat Sampling Days at Prigel Creamery
November 21 – 23 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Prigel Family Creamery

From 12pm – 3pm enjoy a day of sampling! A variety of Prigel’s products will be available for the tasting (Think: ice cream pie, yogurt, cheese, chocolate milk, and more!) Add something local to your Thanksgiving menu! MORE

Annual Holiday Train Garden Arrives at Kenilworth
November 22 | 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
The Shops at Kenilworth

It’s back! The annual holiday Train Garden will arrive on Friday, November 22nd at The Shops at Kenilworth. Join us this holiday season during all mall hours through Sunday, January 12 to see the train garden, which features action-packed model trains, animations and favorite childhood characters! MORE

Beloved Children’s Author/Illustrator Rosemary Wells (Ages 4-8)
November 22 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Ivy Bookshop

Help The Ivy give a warm Charm City welcome to beloved children’s author/illustrator Rosemary Wells, author of 120 books for children, including more than 40 about the beloved bunnies Max and Ruby. Wells travels all over the country as a tireless advocate for literacy. The Ivy is grateful she is making a stop in Baltimore to read from and sign her books, including her latest, Max & Ruby and Twin Trouble. MORE

Kids Night Out – Olaf’s Party
November 22 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Kiddie Crusoe

Join Kiddie Crusoe for 3 hours of non-stop fun, including supervised open play, Olaf/Frozen theme craft, face painting, and sweet treat included! Bring a Bagged Dinner or purchase a Pizza Dinner! Pizza Dinner is $6/child and includes 2 slices of pizzas, drink, and snack. Pay for pizza at drop off, cash only. MORE

Tree Lighting on THE AVENUE at White Marsh
November 22 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
THE AVENUE at White Marsh

Join WMAR-2’s very own, Jamie Costello, as THE AVENUE at White Marsh unwraps another magical holiday season with the 22nd Annual Tree Lighting! THE AVENUE at White Marsh Tree Lighting is one of the area’s most celebrated events with holiday music and giveaways for children beginning at 6pm! Santa will arrive to light the Christmas tree at 7pm – followed by a very special Skate with Santa on THE AVENUE’s 6,900 square foot outdoor ice rink! MORE

Science Saturday: Native American Weaving
November 23 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Join Irvine naturalists to explore the natural world of science. On the second and fourth weekends of each month, families can enjoy free activities focused on a new and exciting science theme. Most activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. All ages. MORE

Habitat Hunt
November 23 and 24 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Challenge your brain and legs on this fun nature filled hike looking for clues hidden in the park leading to a sweet surprise. Adults and children 5+ $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members). MORE

The More the Merrier: Story Time with Four Children’s Authors
November 23 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Ivy Bookshop

What do you get when you put four great picture book authors and illustrators in a room together? Tons of fun! Join The Ivy Bookshop for a special event featuring: Josh Funk, Tara Lazar, Laura Murray, and Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow. MORE

Friendsgiving: A (cool) progeny Play Date
November 23 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Lower School

Join us on Saturday evening for our FRIENDSGIVING PLAY DATE with St. Paul’s Lower School! We’ll have appearances by Woody and Buzz Lightyear, pizza, Insomnia cookies, and a buffet of kid-friendly service activities. Families can make dog toys and treats for a local shelter, decorate lunch bags for the hungry, design blankets for kids who could use a fleece hug, and more. Kids will also be able to try a yoga class! Have gloves, hats, or scarves you’d like to donate? Bring them a long! One of St. Paul’s fourth graders is collecting them for Manna House. It’s an evening of doing good, choosing kind, and giving back! All activities and food included in your $5 family pass. Passes will be available at the door, but check-in is quicker if you purchase online in advance

Constellation Search
November 23 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

The days are shrinking and the moon is hiding! Gather at the gazebo with a master naturalist and find out why. Talk about moon phases and look for our favorite winter constellations. Warm cocoa provided! Adults & children 6 and older. $4/person, $12/family. Register by email: [email protected] MORE

Take and Bake Pie Drop In
November 24
Cake by Jason Hisley

Why just buy a delicious pie from CAKE when you can stop by and MAKE your own to bake fresh on Thanksgiving morning? Our Cake team will have pie pans prepared with dough and all the fillings necessary to make whatever pie your heart can dream up! MORE

Sandra Neill Wallace: First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great (Ages 8-11)
November 24 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Ivy Bookshop

The men and women in this book represent nations from Somalia to Germany, from Syria to China, from Mexico to Sweden, and more. They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and influential journalist Jorge Ramos. And they are all immigrants or refugees to the United States of America. Their courage, their achievements, and their determination to change the world have helped make our country a stronger place. Perhaps after reading their stories, you will be inspired to make the world a better place, too. MORE

Hoot’s Feast-ival
November 24 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Irvine Nature Center

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Hoot is getting ready too. Join Hoot at Irvine’s Native American Site for some games, crafts, and lots of delicious food. Learn about some of the foods that were at the first Thanksgiving and that they grow in our very garden at Irvine. Fun for all ages! MORE

Fall Kids Cupcake Decorating Class
November 24 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
THE AVENUE at White Marsh

Children will receive 4 cupcakes and will fill, frost and decorate them. Tools and cupcake containers will be provided. They will also receive a baker’s certificate for the completion of this class! Drinks and treats will be provided along with a special giveaway! Children will be able to choose between vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. Parents must remain on site during the class. MORE

Harford County

Whimsical Autumn Kitchen Workshop
November 22 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Young Chef’s Academy of Bel Air

Pumpkins and spice….and everything nice! Young Chef’s Academy is “falling” for the flavors of the season as we mix, blend, frost, grill and decorate our way to delicious and fanciful results! From seasonal cupcakes to gourmet grilled cheese, the kitchen will be filled with Autumn delights. $50/child for a 2 hour event. MORE

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns
November 23 | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cultural Center at The Havre de Grace Opera House

Disney brings everyone’s favorite nanny back to a new generation of kids. Mary Poppins returns to help the next generation of Banks children. Following in the footsteps of the original movie, the sequel delights with catchy songs and Disney’s animated magic. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda star, with cameos by Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke. Enjoy kite designing and hot chocolate. Admission is free with donation of food items for Havre de Grace Elementary School Food Pantry. MORE

E.D. Baker Power of a Princess Book Launch Party
November 23 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Caprichos Book

Join Caprichos Books as celebrate the launch of the More Than a Princess sequel, Power of a Princess. The author herself will be joining them to talk about the new book and they’ll have great prizes for pre-orders. MORE

Owl Prowl
November 23 | 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 these elusive creatures and possibly catch a glimpse of them. *Meet at Bosely Conservancy. Ages 8-adult. Under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. MORE

Funny Mix Story and Game Time
November 24 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Caprichos Books

FUNNY MIX – SUPERHERO PHONICS Game & Funny Interactive Show! This presentation is designed to help kids activate their reading powers!  From 2pm to 4pm Ms. Jackie (The Funny Mix Lady) will start with a funny interactive show that will last 45 minutes. The show will include giant cards of the Phonics Superheroes and plenty of fun props to keep everyone laughing! After the show, the children will have a chance to play the FUNNY MIX Superhero Phonics Card game with Ms. Jackie. There will also be coloring pages of the Phonics Superheroes available for FREE! Children will get to pick their favorite! MORE

Howard County

Rails and Tales Storytime
November 23 | 10:30 am – 11:00 am
B&O Ellicott City Station Museum

Hop aboard the story train! Bring your little one out to a discovery storytime at the B&O Ellicott City Station Museum. We will read stories about life long (or not so long!) ago, play games, and make a craft you can take home! The story changes each month, so be sure to join us more than once! Info: Emily Mosher, 410-313-0419 or [email protected] $3/child. MORE

Performance by Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon American Idol Contestant at Poinsettia Tree The Mall in Columbia
November 23 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Mall in Columbia

‘Tis the season of holiday cheer and shopping! Join The Mall in Columbia on November 23 for a holiday performance by American Idol’s Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon in front of the poinsettia tree! Stop by from 1PM to 4PM for a chance to see this local lad perform live followed by a meet and greet including photos and autographs. Once you’re in the festive mood, it’s time to shop! Spend $150 or more to receive a $15 gift card *. MORE

The ART in eARTh: Environmental Adornments
November 23 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Robinson Nature Center

Join staff from Port Discovery Children’s Museum to examine our world through the arts. Participate in an interactive “pop-up” performance that follows nature’s expert builders as they spin a cobweb. Explore the grounds and gather natural objects to create unique works of art inspired by nature. Supported by the Howard County Council on the Arts, tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. 2-9 yrs Free with general admission or annual pass. MORE

Turkey Trike
November 24 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Columbia Jewish Congregation

For children ages 6 & under! Join Columbia Jewish Congregation with your tricycle, scooter or just your sneakers to have some pre-Thanksgiving fun on the track! Event is free and they ask you to bring at least 1 item to donate to Coalition for Compassion’s food pantry. Suggested items include: pasta sauce, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly. After the ride, read stories and sing songs with Cantor Ben! The afternoon finishes with snack and a craft. MORE

Anne Arundel County

Talk with Your Hands
November 23 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Join Chesapeake Children’s Museum for an American Sign Language workshop for ages 7-13. Girl Scouts can earn a badge. $12/child and $4 for accompanying adults. MORE

North Pole Lights Walk
November 23 | 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

North Pole Lights Walk~ Take a self guided walk to the North Pole! Let the North Pole Fairy send you on your way through the garden flowers and arctic animals to the North Pole Palace. New lights added every year! Visit Santa in the Garden Cabin. North Pole Lights Walk begins November 23rd and runs through December 23rd, 4:30-8:00 pm, on Friday and Saturday evenings. MORE

Annapolis Towne Center Tree Lighting
November 23 | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Annapolis Towne Center

Experience the magic together during the Annapolis Towne Centre’s annual Tree Lighting on November 23rd. With the festivities beginning at 6:30pm, come enjoy seasonal music, catch a glimpse of Santa, and grab a bite to eat as you sneak in a little holiday shopping before catching the spectacle with the whole family. Toys for Tots will be on-site collecting new and unwrapped toys for children in need this holiday season. Take advantage of the Towne Centre’s complimentary valet parking to make the most out of the holiday season. Presented by Brothers Services. MORE

Piff The Magic Dragon at Maryland Hall
November 23 | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Maryland Hall

After earning national acclaim as the standout star of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Piff The Magic Dragon continues to win over audiences across the globe with his mythical mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm that ignites a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show you have to see to believe! Joined by his trusty sidekick Mr Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua™, the dynamic duo perform nightly to sold out rooms at his residency at the world-famous Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas in the newly renamed Piff the Magic Dragon Theatre. Under 18 must attend with guardian. MORE

Tool Caddy Workshop
November 24 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Chesapeake Children’s Museum

Make a tool caddy for yourself or as a gift! Ages 6 to 10 years. 1-3 pm. $5 per caddy. Accompanying adults are free. MORE

Worth the Drive to D.C. 

Becoming Jane Opens at National Geographic Museum
Opens November 22
National Geographic Museum

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace, braved the unknown to give the world a remarkable window into humankind’s closest living relatives: chimpanzees. In this hands-on, transportive multimedia exhibition celebrating her extraordinary life and work, you’ll explore Dr. Goodall’s early years through iconic images and a multiscreen experience and venture on a 3D exploration of Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park where she did her famous behavioral research on chimps. You’ll also see a life-size hologram of Dr. Goodall, enter a replica of her research tent, and learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment. Before you leave, you will find out what you can do today to make a positive impact in the world. MORE


DISCLAIMER: Hey Parents, as we well know, things change day to day… and even hour to hour (think newborn sleeping patterns or the food preferences of toddlers!). 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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