The holiday season is in full swing in Charm City! Polar Express, Zoo Lights, Christmas Village, Chanukah Fun, and MORE! Not quite ready for jingle bells and holiday lights? Check out area night hikes, Flight Fest at the Science Center, edible insects, and other kid-friendly events.  There are so many things for families happening this weekend!

Please be sure to check with the host location about their health and safety protocols, as well as their registration requirements, prior to heading out!

Weekend Fun for Families in Baltimore! November 19-21

THE INSIDE STORY OPENS AT THE MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER
Maryland Science Center
November 19-21 | Museum Hours Vary

The Science Center’s newest and largest exhibit, You—The Inside Story, presented by Johns Hopkins Medicine, opens this Friday! Put your body to the test and discover how your body’s systems work together, take on challenges designed to trick your senses, explore some of the not-so-flattering parts of the human body that may even gross you out a bit! Be one of the firsts to explore this brand new exhibit when you visit MSC this weekend! MSC is open Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am- 5pm. MORE
 
CELEBRATE STORYWALK® WEEK WITH ENOCH PRATT!

Enoch Pratt Free Library Hampden, Hamilton, and Canton Branches
November 12-24

Want a fun way to promote literacy and exercise with your kids? Join Enoch Pratt Free Library for their StoryWalk® Week Celebration, kicking off November 12th! What is a StoryWalk®? It’s a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (literally a book taken apart) along a popular walking route in your community. In celebration of National StoryWalk® Week, Enoch Pratt Free Library is offering THREE different story trails. MORE

THE POLAR EXPRESS AT THE B&O
The B&O Railroad Museum
All Weekend! Times Vary.

Climb aboard The Polar Express to create a Christmas memory that you and your family will cherish forever! Come in your pajamas as a family to watch the live performance of the The Polar Express. The performance will begin in our North Car Shop where you will be invited onto the Polar Express to travel to the North Pole! Once on the Polar Express, the classic Christmas tale will be performed and little ones will have the opportunity to meet Santa and receive their first gift of Christmas! Santa’s helpers will greet you upon arrival to the North Pole, where you can take pictures with Santa and have lots of holiday fun. See website for times and ticket prices. MORE

ZOO LIGHTS PRESENTED BY CHASE
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
All Weekend | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A brilliant seasonal spectacle is coming to the Zoo again this winter! Drive or walk through a festival of lights shaped like wildlife and your face might just light up too. Plus, get that warm glowing feeling inside knowing you are supporting the Zoo’s animal care and conservation work. They’ve also expanded the walking path this year—now including Schaefer Plaza, the Farm Yard, and the train station! Advanced reservations are required and Zoo Members save $5 on all ticket types. MORE

DEER NIGHT HIKE AND CAMPFIRE
Oregon Ridge Nature Center
November 19 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

November is the rutting season for white-tailed deer, which makes them more visible than other times of the year. Visit the Nature Center to see if you can find any deer then enjoy the campfire in this crisp late Autumn evening. Adults and children 6+. $5 per person ($3 for ORNCC Members). Register via email at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

BEAVER MOON HIKE
Cromwell Valley Park
November 19 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join a Naturalist to learn how the beaver builds its home and then hike to find signs of these resident rodents. $3 members/$5 non-members. Ages 8+. MORE

HOLIDAY TRAIN GARDEN AT THE SHOPS AT KENILWORTH
The Shops at Kenilworth
Begins November 20th!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Shops at Kenilworth! Stop by the Food Court from Saturday, November 20-Sunday, January 9 during all mall hours to see the annual Train Garden display! MORE

NATURE PENDANT WORKSHOP
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
November 20 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Go on a nature walk to observe the surroundings. Find things that you are drawn to and can be taken without disturbing the habitat. Use what you collect as a stamp in clay to make an imprint that will be turned into a necklace, key chain, hair clip and/or ring. A piece of nature will always be with you! This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

PREVIEW WEEKEND: CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN BALTIMORE
Inner Harbor
November 20 and 21 | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Christmas Village in Baltimore returns to the Inner Harbor for its 8th season to put you in the mood for the winter holidays! Visitors and locals alike are invited to enjoy big holiday vibes at the authentic German Christmas market. More than 50 local small businesses, makers, and international vendors with offer unique gifts for your loved ones of all ages. Come down to West Shore Park for Charm City’s beloved holiday tradition with its with twinkling lights and festive Christmas decorations. For everyone who cannot wait to start the season and wants the opportunity of a sneak peek: Christmas Village will open early with a preview weekend on Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21, 2021. MORE

THANKSGIVING CRAFT WORKSHOP
The Purple Bicycle
November 20 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Head to The Purple Bicycle to create a Gratitude Mobile! These look fantastic hanging in your playroom, bedroom or art corner! This is a drop-off program for kids ages 4-10. $27/child (10% sibling discount). MORE

VIRTUAL | HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE-MAKING WORKSHOP AT HOME (12 YRS +)
Hosted by Robinson Nature Center
November 20 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Kick off the holiday spirit with a hands-on greenery workshop you can participate in from the comfort of home! Sustainably-harvested, freshly-cut greens (pine, arborvitae, boxwood, spruce, holly, etc.), cones, floral foam and ribbons are provided in a kit you pick up at the nature center. A Robinson Nature Center staff member guides you through how to create a centerpiece out of natural materials for your table or mantle while teaching you tips on harvesting in a pre-recorded video you can access on your own time. Info: 410-313-0400. MORE

BITS & BOBS – HOLIDAY MARKET
B.C. Brewery
November 20 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Shop small & support local businesses when Bits & Bobs pops-up at BC Brewery with over 60 makers, artisans & entrepreneurs. Outdoor, all-are-welcome event. MORE

FLIGHT FEST AT THE MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER
Maryland Science Center
November 20 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Let your imagination soar to new heights! Science will take to the sky on Saturday, November 20 at the Maryland Science Center’s Sixth Annual Flight Fest! Bring the whole family to explore the science of aerodynamics, winged wonders, and space flight through exciting challenges, hands-on activities, and demonstrations. Engage with NASA experts about the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, participate in an egg drop challenge, test out your own flying contraptions, and more! All activities are free with paid admission. MORE

EDIBLE INSECTS
Oregon Ridge Nature Center
November 20 and 21 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

What’s on the menu? Head to Oregon Ridge Nature Center and learn to cook with insects and learn about the benefits of eating them. Adults and children 8+. $4 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members). Register via email at info@OregonRidgeNatureCenter.org. MORE

NATIVES OF MARYLAND
Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)
November 20 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

What was life like for the aboriginal people of Maryland? Find out what they ate, where they lived and how they interacted with the natural environment. Ages 7 and up, $5 per person ($3 members) . Registration required. MORE

OWL PROWL
Anita C. Leight Estuary Center
November 20 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Venture into the woods of Bosely Conservancy on a brisk fall evening to hear the call of these elusive creatures and possibly catch a glimpse of them. Participants meet at Bosely Conservancy. This program is for ages 8 to adult, under 13 w/adult. MORE

BABIES, BOOKS, AND BAGELS: CHANUKAH EDITION!
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC
November 21 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Celebrate Chanukah with singing, a craft, and a story! Babies, Books, and Bagels is a program co-sponsored by the JCC of Greater Baltimore and Shalom, Baby! powered by the Macks Center for Jewish Education. Safety and social distancing will be observed. Adults and children over 2 years old must wear masks! In case of inclement weather, they will meet on Zoom and a Zoom link will be sent out in advance. MORE

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS: CHANUKAH
The Ivy Bookshop
November 21 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Celebrate Chanukah with the JCC and The Ivy! Join us outdoors for a safe and fun celebration on our covered patio. This special program is best for children up to age 5, and will include songs, story time and a special holiday craft. Families are welcome to sit on a blanket brought from home. All are welcome! Space will be limited, so RSVP to ricohen@jcc.org. MORE

TALKIN’ TURKEY
Baltimore Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park
November 21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet our turkey friends and learn about how they are raised on farms. Make your own Talkin’ Turkey to take home. All Ages. Free. Pre-registration is required for all programing. You can pre-register by calling us at 410-887-8570 or emailing us at baltcoagcenter@baltimorecountymd.gov. MORE

HOLIDAY CARD MAKING WORKSHOP
Manor Mill
November 21 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Sarah Butcher for a delightful card making party with this cozy kit full of holiday sentiments and greetings for all! Sarah’s favorite part of making cookies is decorating them. If you’re not into cooking but want to partake in some holiday decorating and design fun, this is it! And there’s no calories! Sarah’s done all the cutting for you. Just sit down and enjoy fun. The design ideas are endless! Participants will take home 12 cards. All Supplies Included! Suitable for ages 8+. Register in advance. MORE

MOMMY N ME PAINT CLASS
the gallery about nothing
November 21 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Get creative with the humans you created or your grandkids, stepkids, etc! Enjoy a creative experience at Baltimore’s BEST art gallery. Come learn how to paint and have a great time! For more info: 410 504 9249 (call or text). MORE

THANKSGIVING YOUNG FAMILIES NIGHT @ SOUL KITCHEN
Govans Presbyterian Church
November 21 | 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Families with children ages 1 to 18 are invited to volunteer at Soul Kitchen as we prepare and serve a meal for hungry neighbors. This will be a special Thanksgiving meal. Email billy@govanspres.org for more information. MORE

SHOW & GO ART SALE
Social Studio Baltimore
November 21 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Works from Social Studio adult artists are available to “see and sell” on Sunday from 4-6 pm. MORE

 

 

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