Weekend Fun for Kids in Baltimore! December 18-20

Weekend Fun for Kids

From North Pole walks to ice sculpting displays to drive-thru Santa visits to virtual performances of holiday favorites, there are lots of ways to keep the kiddos busy this weekend! Here are our favorite family events in and around Baltimore.

Weekend Fun for Kids in Baltimore! December 18-20

North Pole Lights Walk
Thursday, December 17 – Sunday, December 20 | 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Willow Oak Flower & Herb Farm

Take a self guided walk to the North Pole! Walk through many different light displays as you make your way to see Santa! Bring the family for a walk to the North Pole! See the garden flower lights, forest animals and many more as you journey to the North Pole. Santa is outside to visit with children. Masks are required and social distancing is observed. $7 per person. MORE

VIRTUAL | Hanukkah Storytime
Thursday December 17 | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Hosted by the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Center for Jewish Education, PJ Library, the JCC, and other community partners

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah virtually with the Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Center for Jewish Education, PJ Library, the JCC, and other community partners. They will come together every night to hear stories read by local families, enjoy interactive holiday crafts, and light the menorah candles. A special Hanukkah related theme will inspire each night’s activities. This program is FREE and best suited for children age 10 and under. MORE

VIRTUAL | Welcome Winter Storytime
Friday, December 18 | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Hosted by Enoch Pratt Free Library

Winter is almost here! Join Enoch Pratt Library for songs, stories, and activities featuring snow, warm fires, and everything that makes the winter season special. Be sure to have a scarf, washcloth, or pillowcase nearby for the snowball song. MORE

Christmas on the Farm
Friday, December 18 | 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Third Way Farm

Christmas On The Farm! Join Third Way Farm on December 18th for a family friendly Christmas event! In addition to their weekly market set up in the barn, they will also have special guest vendors! Evergrain Bread Company and Terra Verde Soy candles will be set up selling their goods. The day will entail hot drinks from Concord Point Coffee, farm tours(2:45,3:45,4:45), opportunity to win a raffle, a giving tree, live music by Feather and Flask, and picture opportunities with Santa, and MORE! MORE

Ice Sculpting Masters – Drive Thru Holiday Display
Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 | 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Turf Valley Resort

For one weekend only. 8 of the world’s best ice sculptors are coming to Maryland to compete for the 1st place medal. Almost 50,000 pounds of frozen water will be used to create 8 ice carving displays, each consisting of 20 crystal clear ice blocks. This is a U.S. National Championship event. Carvers will design and sculpt a sculpture based on the theme: The Winter Season & The Holiday’s Around The World. MORE

Parents’ Night Out: Holiday Party
Friday, December 18 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Snapology Discovery Center

It’s the Snapology Parent’s Night Out Holiday Party with a special visitor! Drop your kids off at the Snapology Discovery Center while you catch a meal out or run errands. Kids will take part in Holiday LEGO building projects, games, crafts, and having fun with friends. Kids will have their own table to sit at with their own materials. Enrollment is limited to a small group. Children ages 5+ only. A pizza dinner will be provided. MORE

VIRTUAL | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents Be Merry! Make Holiday!
Friday, December 18 | 8:00 PM
Hosted by Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company has created Be Merry! Make Holiday!, a special variety program brimming with song, story, and spoken word to bring cheer to audiences this holiday season. The program is being pre-recorded and produced in conjunction with Keystone Productions of Baltimore. Be Merry! will premiere on Friday, December 18, 2020 at 8 p.m. and have a limited run on the company’s social media platforms through the new year. FREE! MORE

VIRTUAL | Hip Hop Nutcracker Baltimore
Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 at 8 PM | Sunday, December 20 at 2 PM
Hosted by Baltimore Center Stage

Recorded Live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovskyʼs timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hopʼs founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Live streaming event. $25/household. MORE

VIRTUAL | Imagination Stage Presents The Snow Queen
Friday, December 19 – Sunday, December 20 | Times Vary
Hosted by Imagination Stage

In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous winter fairy tale, a powerful friendship is put to the test as four narrators bring to life the story of Gerda and Kai, life-long best friends whose relationship is broken by the unfeeling Snow Queen. Can Gerda save Kai before his heart is frozen solid? Imagination abounds in this magical story of courage, wit, and unshakable resilience! Best for ages five and older. Your ticket purchase includes: A special 25-minute live interactive prequel story, where kids will be able to join characters from the story of The Snow Queen on Zoom on a pre-show journey that sets the stage for the play. MORE

Breakfast with Santa Drive Thru Edition!
Saturday, December 19 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Falling Branch Brewery

Join Santa, Crossroads Bistro’s Elves, and the Falling Branch Brewery Team at the Farm for a delicious breakfast and Christmas activities…DRIVE THRU Style! Your family will experience as much Christmas magic as possible while being socially distant, safe, and following all COVID-19 protocols. Santa, his sleigh, and some of his reindeer will be onsite to safely pose with your family as you drive thru, as well as handing out a cute treat for the children! MORE

Gingerbrick Decorating
Saturday, December 19 from 10:00 AM – 3 PM | Sunday, December 20 from 11 AM – 4 PM
Port Discovery Children’s Museum

A new take on the traditional event! Join Port Discovery in decorating our life-size cardboard Gingerbread house by decorating your very own cardboard brick! Stop by the StudioWorkshop for your cardboard brick, get creative, decorate, and then attach it to the house before heading off to explore more of the Museum. Begins Saturday, December 19th and is available daily while the Museum is open through the rest of December. MORE

Campfire Fun at Irvine Nature Center
Saturday, December 19 | 10 AM – 1 PM
Irvine Nature Center

Do you like just hanging around the campfire and enjoying the warm glow? Ever take a winter hike and wish you had a cozy fire at the end? Come and join the team at Irvine Nature Center around the campfire; you’ll warm back up and even make a delicious campfire snack. Register in advance for timed entry. Approximately 30 minutes. FREE! MORE

Winter Bingo at Irvine Nature Center
December 19 and December 20 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Irvine Nature Center

Looking for something to do with your whole family? Have family who haven’t been to Irvine before? Come to Irvine and do your self-led winter bingo. Fun for all families! FREE! MORE

Lil’ Acorns Parent/Child Nature Program: Playing Opossum
Saturday, December 19 | 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Robinson Nature Center

Hold your lil’ acorn’s hand through an unforgettable morning! In Robinson Nature Center’s Wonder-FALL program, discover the fascinating changes made by plants and animals during the fall season. In our Playing Opossum program, explore the life of the incredible opossum. These parent/child interactive programs include stories, tot-friendly investigations, a puppet show, and a short walk through the woods. Alternative kit-based programs will be offered in the event of COVID closures. MORE

Drive-Thru Saturday with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Saturday, December 19 | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
City of Westminster Recreation & Parks Department

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11AM-1PM during this drive-thru event. The first 75 visitors each Saturday will receive a stocking with goodies! Activity is free of charge. You can also pick up/drop off letters to Santa! MORE

Drive-through Santa at the Fill’er-Up!!
Saturday, December 19 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Fill’Er-Up

The awesome Fill’er-up is hosting a drive-thru, Covid safe Santa event! Stay in your car and Santa will entertain you and the little ones for a minute or so. This is 100% free! Santa needs to take off at 4pm for a speaking engagement…so don’t be late!! This event is FREE but if you’re able, please make a donation to Animal Rescue Inc. MORE

Winter Wonderland Drive-In Movies: The Grinch
Saturday, December 19 | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Black Eyed Suzie’s

Please join the Bel Air Downtown Alliance for our Winter Wonderland Drive-In Movie series hosted in the Black Eyed Suzie’s parking lot! Lot opens at 6:00 pm and the movie begins at 6:45 pm. MORE

Winter Solstice Hike
Sunday, December 20 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Cromwell Valley Park

For ages 5+! Join Cromwell Valley Park on a hike as they welcome Old Man Winter on the shortest day of the year. $2 members /$4 non-members. Both adults and children must register for this event. MORE

VIRTUAL | Home for the Holidays: Brass Edition
Sunday, December 20 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Hosted by Maryland Symphony Orchestra

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present a virtual “Home for the Holidays” concert on Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be offered FREE of charge on the symphony’s new “MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall” streaming platform at watch.marylandsymphony.org. 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… even before the times of COVID). Please check the specific event website for time changes, rain dates, COVID policies, and event cancellations before you pack up the whole crew.

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Heather is editor-in-chief of (cool) progeny. When not scouting the best in everything kid and family, you'll probably find her running The Weisse Group or adventuring around town with her kids and husband Patrick. Can be won over with a good glass of wine or something homemade. Addicted to Pinterest. A two-cups-of-coffee-a-day kinda gal. Only pretends to know what she's doing with her SLR, even though she's got a fantastic lens on it.Thankful it does most of the work for her. Navigating the world of special needs parenting. Trying to pay it forward one day at a time. #littlelionchallenge

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