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Holiday Guide

Kid’s Stuff

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Take the kids to see the polar express at the National Aquarium in Baltimore’s 4d Immersion theater for the full sensory experience, including the feel of ice mist on your face and the smell of hot chocolate in the air.


Arthur Christmas. Watch this animated feature about Santa Claus’ youngest son, who must use his father’s high-tech operation at the North Pole to complete a mission before Christmas morning. 2 p.m., Dec. 8, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., (410) 396-5430, prattlibrary.org, free.

Frosty the Snowman. The Other Voices Theatre will be performing Frosty the Snowman at the Performing Arts Factory. Through Dec. 27, Performing Arts Factory, 244 B S. Jefferson St., Frederick, (301) 662-3722, visitfrederick.org, $12.

The Polar Express 4D Experience. Yes, this is technically a 3D screening of The Polar Express, the movie based on the popular children’s story about a young boy who rides a train to the North Pole. But the theater offers multi-sensory treats that kick things up a dimension. Through Dec. 31, National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org, $4 in addition to admission.

A Sesame Street Chanukah Party. Enjoy an afternoon of kid-friendly Chanukah activities, including a screening of Shalom Sesame’s Chanukah: The Missing Menorah. Registration required. 3:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Beth Tfiloh Community High School, 3300 Old Court Road, (410) 413-2303, bethtfiloh.com/psfamilyprograms, $3 per child, parents free, $10 per family maximum.

Breakfast With Frosty. Stop in for a breakfast with Frosty the Snowman. Part of Towson WinterFest. 9 a.m., Dec. 15, Strapazza, 12 W. Allegheny Ave., Towson, (410) 296-5577, strapazza.com, $10, children $5.

Breakfast With the Grinch. Grab breakfast with the Grinch before he sets out to cause problems for the denizens of Whoville. Part of Towson WinterFest. 9 a.m., Dec. 8, Souris’ Saloon, 537 York Road, Towson, (410) 296-1997, towsonchamber.com, $10, children $5.

Christmas for Kids. The Baltimore Choral Arts presents a fun-filled holiday show with appearances by Pepito the Clown, Ronnie the Reindeer, and St. Nick. 11 a.m., Dec. 15, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, (410) 337-6333, baltimorechoralarts.org, $13.

Fire Museum Train Garden. In addition to its displays of antique fire engines, the Fire Museum hosts a 1950s-stye O-scale train display to celebrate the holidays. Through Dec. 29, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, (410) 321-7500, firemuseummd.org, $12, seniors and firefighters $10, ages 2-18 $5, age 2 and younger free.

Hands-On Holidays: Chanukah. Songs, stories and crafts celebrating the holiday of Chanukah. Presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. Various dates and times, Enoch Pratt Free Library, various branches, prattlibrary.org, free.

Holiday Celebration. Kids get the chance to meet Diego from Nickelodeon Jr.’s Go Diego Go!, watch The Polar Express in 4D movie theater, and even meet the conductor. Dec. 15-16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org, included with admission.

Holiday Festival of Trains and Toys. The B&O Railroad Museum will host its annual Holiday Festival of Trains and Toys. Celebrate past holiday collections and traditions with a variety of events, including a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a new Home for the Holidays exhibit, a LEGO train, train rides with Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman, carousel rides and fun at Santa’s North Pole. Up until Dec. 18, those who bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots will receive 50 percent off their admission fee. Through Dec. 31, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., (410) 752-2490, borail.org, $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for children, free for B&O members.

Holiday Movie and Santa’s Workshop. Kids can work in Santa’s workshop and make their own holiday gifts before a screening of The Grinch. Part of Towson WinterFest. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Dec. 8, Atrium at Towson Circle, 1 E. Joppa Road, Towson, (410) 825-1144, towsonchamber.com.

Holiday Movie and Santa’s Workshop. Children can get to work on crafting holiday gifts in Santa’s workshop before watching a screening of Frosty the Snowman. Part of Towson WinterFest. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Dec. 15, Atrium at Towson Circle, 1 E. Joppa Road, Towson, (410) 825-1144, towsonchamber.com.

Holidays on HarfoRd The event will start out at 10:30 a.m., with milk and cookies with Santa, followed by holiday crafts, face painting, the Faith Community Church’s holiday show, entertainment by the Hamilton Elementary Middle School band, and drama students’ fashion show. At noon, Santa will arrive at the Hamilton Gallery by motorcycle before stopping by the Future Care, Red Canoe Café, and Lauraville Main Street. The Hamilton Elementary Middle School Improv players will perform, Santa’s house will be open for visitors to explore, and a Christmas campfire will wrap up the day. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 8, Hamilton Lauraville Main Street, 5500 Harford Road, (410) 319-7150, bmoremainstreet.com, free.

How the Grinch Stole Storytime. Enjoy a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss and a special snack. 11 a.m., Dec. 19, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., (410) 396-1580, prattlibrary.org, free.

ICE! featuring Shrek the Halls . Relive the story of Shrek’s Christmas, featuring ice sculptures of your favorite characters. Through Jan. 6, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, (301) 965-2000, gaylordnational.com, pricing varies.

Kwanzaa Celebration 2012: And A Child Shall Lead Them. This festival includes an African marketplace to peruse gift items, musical performances, crafts, and storytelling by the Growing Griots. Noon-4 p.m., Dec. 29, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1829, africanamericanculture.org, $5.

Light Up the Holiday: Crafts and Games. Enjoy crafts and board games during the holiday break. Dec. 22-28, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly branch, 400 E. 33rd St., (410) 396-6053, prattlibrary.org, free.

Mondawmin Train Garden. Children will be able to pose for free pictures with Santa while Mrs. Claus reads favorite holiday stories. Kids can also enjoy the Subway City Train Garden next door to Santa’s Place. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 8; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 15, Mondawmin Metro Subway Station, 2307 Liberty Heights Ave., free.

Monument Lighting Family Festival. Before the lighting of the Washington Monument, head to the Walters for seasonal performances, music, refreshments, movies, and winter-themed art activities. 5-8 p.m., Dec. 6, the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org, free.

Photos with Santa. St. Nick poses for pictures. Through Dec. 24, Mondawmin Mall, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave., (410) 523-1534, mondawmin.com, free, prices vary on photo packages.

Santa Photos at Arundel Mills. Have your photo taken with Santa Claus this holiday season. Through Dec. 24, Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Arundel Mills Mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover., (410) 540-9100, simon.com/mall/arundel-mills.

Santa Visits the BMI. Santa Claus is coming to the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Join him for a continental breakfast, a holiday movie, and a photo opportunity. Children can make their very own holiday ornaments, followed by a tour of the museum. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Dec. 15, Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, (410) 727-4808, thebmi.org, $12, $10 BMI member adults, $7 children, $5 BMI member children.

Santa’s Streetcar. A holiday-themed streetcar ride with Santa Claus. Listen to Christmas stories and look at a decorated Christmas tree. Refreshments will be served. Dec. 8-16, Saturdays and Sundays, noon-5 p.m., Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1905 Falls Road, (410) 574-0264, baltimorestreetcar.org, $7, children 12 and younger $5.

Skate and Scoot with Santa. Bring your roller skates or scooter and roll around Waverly with St. Nick. DJ You spins and hot chocolate and cookies will be on sale. You can get your picture with Santa for $2. 3-7 p.m., Dec. 15, Waverly’s Farmer Market, E. 32nd and Barclay streets, waverlymainstreet.net.

Train Rides with Santa. Celebrate the holidays with a relaxing train ride with everyone’s favorite jolly old man in the big red suit. Visit the museum after your ride for Uncle Ralph’s cookies and hot chocolate. Reservations are required. Through Dec. 15, Sundays, 10 a.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m., Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, wsrr.org/santa.htm, $15 adults, $14 seniors, $12 for children 1-12 years old, free for babies.

World Holiday Traditions. Kids can see how different cultures celebrate Christmas with nativity scenes from around the world, enjoy Nutcracker ballet performances, and make holiday cards for service members overseas. The National Aquarium’s mascot, Puffin, will make an appearance, as well as The Polar Express train conductor, and Santa Claus. 5-9 p.m., Dec. 7, National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org, included in admission.

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