Published: December 4, 2013
Holiday Springs and Sprockets. An exhibit of holiday-themed mechanical sculptures created by Steve Gerberich. Through Jan. 26, Port Discovery and Children’s Museum, 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, portdiscovery.org.
A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba Live Holiday Show. DJ Lance, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex come to Baltimore to mix classics like “I Like to Dance” and “Party in My Tummy” with holiday favorites. Singing, dancing, and holiday fun will be had by all. Dec. 27, 2 and 5:30 p.m., Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., (410) 347-2020, baltimorearena.com, $27-$44.
3rd Annual Rock the Dock Family Holiday Bash. There’s something for the whole family at this year’s Holiday Bash, whether it’s train rides, arts and crafts, live music, giveaways, or just pictures with Santa. Food and drinks will be provided as well. Dec. 14, 3-6 p.m., Pratt Street Power Plant, 601 E. Pratt St., waterfrontpartnership.org.
Arts and Crafts with J. Join the Baltimore Visitor Center to learn about Baltimore, Baltimore’s history, and national holidays over some arts and crafts. Dec. 7 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dec. 21 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light St., (877) BALTIMORE, baltimore.org/visitor-center.
Baltimore Museum of Industry Breakfast With Santa. If your kids aren’t big fans of breakfast, maybe if you bring them to eat the best meal of the day with Santa, they will change their minds. After a holiday movie and craft-making session, kids will then have a chance to get their picture taken with Santa. Dec. 14, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, (410) 727-4808, thebmi.org, $12, kids $7.
Breakfast with Frosty. Come join Frosty for a delicious breakfast in this holiday season. Dec. 14, 9 a.m., Charles Village Pub, 19 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, towsonchamber.com.
Breakfast with the Grinch. What better way to spend a wintry morning than with the Grinch himself? Who knows, maybe you’ll make his heart grow three sizes too big. Dec. 7, 9 a.m., Souris’ Saloon, 537 York Road, Towson, (410) 296-1997, towsonchamber.com.
Christmas for Kids. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society puts on a show for the little’uns featuring characters like Pepito the Clown and Ronnie the Reindeer. Dec. 21, 11 a.m., Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, (410) 337-6333, baltimorechoralarts.org, $13.
Dundalk Holiday Hoopla. This street fair includes a parade, a meet and greet with Santa, a train garden, and a pop-up gift shop. Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m., Heritage Park, Dunmanway and Trading Center Place, Dundalk, (410) 284-4022, dundalkusa.org, free.
Highlandtown Train Garden. Come by and watch the model trains zip around the track on a festive layout built by volunteers. Dec. 6- Jan. 1, Firehouse #41, 520 S. Conkling St., highlandtowntraingarden.blogspot.com.
Holiday Movie and Santa’s Workshop. Create special holiday gifts and watch a screening of The Grinch. Dec. 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Atrium at Towson Circle, 1 E. Joppa Road, Towson.
Ice Age: a Mammoth Christmas 4-D Experience . Just when you thought they were done, your favorite characters from Ice Age are back with a new, Christmas-themed, immersive, 4-D episode, complete with added in-theater effects. Through Jan. 2, National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org, $5 plus admission to the aquarium.
Knotty Kids Gift Making Workshop. Kids can learn how to make nautically themed gifts. Five percent of all sales benefit Chesapeake Bay Memories. Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-noon, West Marine, 8640 Pulaski Highway, Middle River, (410) 918-9344.
Midnight Noon. Bring your kids to the Maryland Science Center to celebrate Noon Year’s Eve. Save yourself and your kid that exhausting struggle to reach midnight and watch the ball drop at noon instead. Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, mdsci.org.
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center’s Santa Party. Kids can enjoy taking pictures with Santa as well as age-appropriate games, songs, dances, seasonal activities, and puppet shows. Fifty percent of all proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. There will be two parties, one for preschool age children and a later party for the whole family. Dec. 13, 5-6:15 p.m. and 6:30-7:45 p.m., My Gym Columbia, 6905-C Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, (410) 290-7008, mygym.com/columbia.
Pajama Night With Santa. Kids can come in their pajamas for a special photo with Santa. Through Dec. 16, Tuesdays, Columbia Mall, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, (410) 715-2222.
Peeps Holiday Festival. Every Friday in December, come down to National Harbor for a Peeps treat party with activities for the whole family. Fridays through Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m., National Harbor, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, nationalharbor.com.
Santa’s Streetcar. Ride in an authentic streetcar with the jolly dude himself. Rides depart every 20 minutes throughout operating hours. Dec. 7-15, Saturdays, Sundays, noon-5 p.m., Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1905 Falls Road, (410) 574-0264, baltimorestreetcar.org, $7, kids $5.
Screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas . It’s the classic stop-motion picture that forever made Christmas a little spookier. Find out what happens when Jack Skellington, the Halloween Pumpkin King, gets sick of Halloween and decides to be Santa Claws. Dec. 23, 5 p.m., Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue branch, 1531 W. North Ave., (410) 396-0399, prattlibrary.org/locations/pennave.
Sock Monkey Saturday. No! It’s almost Christmas and you haven’t had time to buy your family and friends cool gifts! Time to get creative with the American Visionary Art Museum. Bring two pairs of (CLEAN) colorful socks and create your own sock monkey for free. Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900, avam.org.
The Holiday Train Garden. Check out the Fire Museum of Maryland’s holiday train garden, featuring O-Scale trains making their way through replica neighborhoods. This year’s Train Garden includes a new underground Light Rail train. Through Dec. 21, Dec. 26-28, Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, (410) 321-7500.
The Snowman . The BSO provides music for this tale of a boy’s friendship with a snowman, with a bonus subplot about climate change. Dec. 5-6, 11:30 a.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000, bsomusic.org, $6.50.
World Holiday Traditions. Events will include live holiday music performed by Quintaero and Arioso, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah displays, arts and crafts, a Nativity exhibit, interactive performances with Joe Duffey and the Irish Teelin Dance Company, holiday carols with Maryland Sings, and, of course, photo opportunities with Santa. Dec. 6, 5 p.m., National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org.