The kids are out for winter break starting today… what are you doing this weekend? We’ve got LOTS of ideas for kid-friendly fun! Here are our favorite Baltimore family events this weekend.

Baltimore Family Events This Weekend, December 20-22

Baltimore City

Ring in the Holidays at The Senator
December 21 and 24 | 9:45 am
The Senator Theatre

It’s that WONDERFUL time of the year! Join The Senator Theatre on Saturday morning, December 21st AND Tuesday morning, December 24th at 9:45am for our ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE to benefit the GEDCO’s CARES Food Pantry! Admission is FREE for BOTH screenings. Suggested donation of at least $5 worth of non perishable food items to be collected by GEDCO in their rotunda lobby both mornings. MORE

12 Days of Science
December 21 and 22 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Maryland Science Center

Tis the season to experiment! The holidays are happenin’ at the Maryland Science Center. They’ve got all kinds of arctic activities going on every day from December 21 though January 1 during the 12 Days of Science. Who knows what winter wonders you’ll explore! All activities are free with paid admission and completely free to members. MORE

Port Discovery Pajama Palooza Party
December 21 and 22 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Tis the season for family traditions, crazy fun, and cozy jammies! Roll out of bed and straight to Port Discovery to take part in their Pajama Party Palooza December 21 through January 1, 2020! Play with friendly monsters from under the bed, help create jammies for larger than life animal friends, race in pillow cases and skate in socks, and make and munch on “midnight” snacks as you watch a movie with new found friends. MORE

Pop-Up Class | Bullet Journaling
December 21 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Social Studio

Get ready for the next month with bullet journaling! A visual organizing art form. Learn lettering, drawing for design, and new ways to make lists. Sign up with this special deal: $20 for one. $15 each if you bring a friend. Use coupon code: friend – on each order to receive discount. Ages 8-18+. MORE

The BSO’s Holiday Spectacular
December 21 | 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in an exciting new holiday program, highlighted by festive favorites, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a few musical surprises. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, an opportunity for family photos and holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. Join them for this celebration of the holiday season! MORE

Winter Solstice Fairy Make Over and Tea Party
December 21 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Emma’s Tea Spot

Emma’s is hosting an after hours party for 15 very special Fairy Princess’ The summer solstice comes but once a year. Come dress up as a fairy, have a full fairy make over, do a fairy craft and once you’re ready enjoy a Fairy Special High Tea With your fairy Friends. Toast the new season and finish with a fairy story. Must have 8 to run but no more than 15 – Ages 5-11 Register at www.emmasteaspot.com/events. MORE

Druid Hill Winter Solstice Celebration
December 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens

The winter solstice marks the time of the year when the darkness begins to fade and the earth prepares for a new cycle of growth. Come and celebrate this important event in the calendar. Join the Druid Hill Market team and the Rawlings Conservatory for a special Tropical Solstice Celebration: roaring fire, roasting marshmallows, hay rides, and music all focused on the winter solstice. MORE

Chanukah on Ice
December 22 | 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Inner Harbor Ice Rink

Join the DBJCC in making Hanukkah crafts that babies, toddlers, young kids (and their families) will love. Skate to Chanukah music at 2:15pm then at 4:15pm head to McKeldin Square for the Baltimore Chanukah Festival and Menorah Lighting Ceremony. MORE

Baltimore County

Fire and Ice Family Night
December 20 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown Towson

Take a stroll through downtown Towson to view the ice sculptures and decorated windows! Warm up by the fire pits and enjoy free s’mores and hot chocolate. You may even see a few of your favorite holiday characters! MORE

Christmas at the Creamery
December 21 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Prigel Family Creamery

Enjoy live music, hot chocolates, ice cream lattes, and gingerbread decorating at Prigel Family Creamery! Bring the kiddos and let them get creative! $5.00 per decorating kit. Hot chocolates and ice cream lattes for purchase at the retail counter. MORE

Trim a Tree for Wildlife
December 21 and 22 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Join in trimming a tree on the grounds at Oregon Ridge for the furred and feathered friends! Afterward, enjoy hot apple cider and toast marshmallows around the campfire! Adults and children 4+ Advance Registration Required. 410-887-1815 or info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

Solstice Celebration
December 21 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cromwell Valley Park

Come celebrate the shortest day of the year. Take a short hike in the Park to gather natural materials to create your own solstice lantern while sipping on hot chocolate. $5 members/$7 non-members. Willow Grove Nature Center BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN MUST REGISTER FOR. Ages 3+! Please call 410-887-2503 Monday through Friday between 9am and 2 pm for reservations. Online registration: http://cromwellvalleypark.campbrainregistration.com. MORE

Log Cabin Christmas
December 23 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Celebrate the holidays with Holt Park! Enjoy making crafts, edible treats, and holiday decorations while keeping warm in our beautifully decorated historic cabins and listening to festive music! This event is free for people of all ages. Donations welcome. No pre-registration required. For more information, visit their website. MORE

Breakfast and Skating with Santa
December 22 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Sportsman’s Hall Roller Skating Center

Head to Sportsman’s Hall for Breakfast and Roller Skating with Santa! (We encourage you to register in advance. MORE

Finger-Paint Party at sweetFrog Timonium
December 22 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Sweet Frog Timonium

Join sweetFrog Timonium for their special Christmas finger-paint party for $10. All art supplies are provided, instruction & of course, yogurt! MORE

Six13 Concert
December 22 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Gordon Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrate Chanukah with Gordon Center for the Performing Arts! This groundbreaking, six-man a cappella group brings unprecedented style and energy to Jewish music with the power of the human voice. MORE

Fire on Ice Menorah Lighting
December 22 | 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Hunt Valley Towne Center

Chanukah is all about publicizing the miracle of one small jar of oil lasting for 8 nights. Join the Northern Baltimore County GRAND public menorah lighting on the first night of Chanukah. There will be free Menorahs, hot latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt, warm cider and plenty of music! Watch as fire and ice come together in perfect harmony. Menorah lighting begins at 4:45 PM, followed by an AWESOME fire show! MORE

Harford County

A Family Evening of Fun with Santa & Mrs. Claus!
December 20 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Playroom Harford

Bring the family and meet Santa & Mrs. Claus at The Playroom! Enjoy a story and cookies with Mrs. Claus and sit on Santa’s lap to tell him your wishes! Family photos, a snack, Christmas activities, and open play are all rolled into two hours of fun on a Friday evening. 25 for a family of 4 (two adults; two children) $5 per extra person. Pre-registration required: 443-640-6707. MORE

Jingle Jam! Holiday Improv Dance Party
December 20 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Harford Dance Center

Harford Dance Center is throwing a holiday party, and they’re inviting you! Join them for a holiday themed improv jam! They will have interactive dance games, lots of holiday music and a hot chocolate bar! Bring your friends and come have some holiday fun! *Open to members and non members. All ages and levels welcome! Call 410.838.2670 to sign up 🙂 $10 members/$12 non members. MORE

Winter Solstice Lantern
December 21 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center

Celebrate the shortest day of the year! Search the forest for items to create a festive lantern to place in your yard. Finish with a warm cup of cocoa. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

Children’s Cookies for Santa Make/Decorate Class
December 22 | 10:30 am and 1:00 pm
Sweet Eats Cakes

Come enjoy a fun evening of making and decorating winter wonderland sugar cookies!! Each child will roll out and cut their own sugar cookies (up to 12 cookies, several different festive cutters will be provided) Several festive designs will be suggested for decoration Sugar cookies will be baked and cooled for decorating Hot chocolate and cupcakes will be provided as snacks All decorating tools, supplies provided All edible decorations/icing provided Includes two cake decorators to help kids and provide guidance Each child takes home their own decorated sugar cookie. Recommended for ages 6+. MORE

Howard County

Festive Fridays: Family Fun Friday
December 20 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Columbia

A live ice sculptor, holiday-themed photo booth, popcorn, cotton candy, cookies and milk, arts and crafts, strolling characters, music and dance will be featured Dec. 20, from 6-8 p.m., at the Lakefront. Admission is free, but RSVP through Evenbrite to let them know you’re coming. MORE

Family Holiday Concert | The Columbia Orchestra
December 21 | 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Jim Rouse Theatre and Performing Arts Center

Enjoy Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and highlights from The Nutcracker with our friends from Dance Connections, Inc. This program is a great fit for audiences of our Young People’s Concerts, but patrons of all ages are sure to enjoy these holiday classics! MORE

Ice and Fire Festival: A Winter Wonderland
December 21 and 22 | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

LAST WEEKEND! Bring the whole family to witness the magic of the Ice and Fire Festival as we raise money for FREE community arts programming, Community Action Council of Howard County (including the Howard County Food Bank).Stroll through the Light Forest, get lost in the Light Maze, and be enthralled by the Ice Fairy and her friends as they transform Symphony Woods into a Winter Wonderland. Wander towards the Chrysalis where you will find a lighted dragon, fire pits, and a make your own s’mores station (additional purchase required). Visit Santa on the Chrysalis stage. Meet a variety of visitors from the fairy (and other) realms. Marvel at the 30 foot Tree of Light. MORE

Rails and Tales: The Polar Express
December 22 | 10:30 AM – 11 AM
Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum

Join Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum for a reading of The Polar Express, and make a craft to take home! Pre-registration required. Information: Emily Mosher, emosher@howardcountymd.gov, or 410-313-0419.
1.5-5 yrs. $3 per child. MORE

Anne Arundel

Dive With Santa
December 20 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Arundel Olympic Swim Center

Dive into the holiday season at Arundel Olympic Swim Center! This is a family-friendly event for ages 3+. Bring your camera, goggles and swimsuit to splash with Santa! Photos & games in 1-3’ from 5:30-6:30pm. Kids can dive with Santa in the 5’ from 6:30-7:30pm. Buy your tickets today at Arundel Olympic Swim Center or Online. $4 Youth/$6 Adult. MORE

MakerSpace Family Workshop: DIY Snow Globe
December 21 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Chesapeake Arts Center

You do not have to get cold when you Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow with our snow globe. Just shake and watch it snow make the village inside a winter wonderland. FREE admission! *First come first serve. MORE

Breakfast with Santa at Iron Rooster
December 21 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Iron Rooster Annapolis

Come join Iron Rooster – Annapolis on Saturday, December 21st from 9AM – 12PM for Breakfast with Santa! Complimentary photographer on site. Photos will be taken next door at The Rooster General Store. Digital copies will be sent to you via email. First come, first serve. MORE

Winter Solstice Hike
December 21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beverly Triton Nature Park

Join a ranger as we explore Beverly Triton Nature Park in all its winter glory. Please wear comfortable clothing and dress for the weather. To register, call 410-507-2751, email rpjarb00@aacounty.org, or sign up online. MORE

A Broadway Holiday
December 21 and 22 | Times Vary
Annapolis Shakespeare Company

This original holiday musical sold out last season. They’ve updated our confection of holiday show-stoppers with new song and dance numbers performed by their popular Broadway performers and a live band. With more performances this season, you won’t want to miss it! 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.