Friday, December 3, 2010

Holiday Outlook: FREE Kids Events

Economoms is switching it up this holiday season! Instead of weekly Weekend Outlooks, we've compiled this all-inclusive guide to FREE holiday events around town that are perfect for kiddos!

The guide features all of the free holiday happenings we could find in December, including activites for the week children are off school for the winter break, as well as kid-friendly New Year's events. There are Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa activities. Enjoy!

Now - Dec. 22: Holiday Music in the Market. Childrens choirs and bands will perform holiday favorites at Lexington Market. Monday through Friday at noon.

Now - Dec. 31: Miracle on 34th St in Hampden. A Baltimore tradition in its 62nd year! Visit the fantastic Christmas displays put on by the residents of 34th Street in Hampden. More lights and creativity than you can imagine, Hon! Every day, at dusk.

Now - Jan. 7: Kennilworth Train Garden. A magnificent train garden display that your kiddos will oggle over! Every day, all day long.

Now - Jan. 16: Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company Train Garden. A true old-fashioned train garden. Open various times throughout the season.

Friday, Dec. 3: Little Italy Tree Lighting. Meet an Italian-speaking Santa Claus while enjoying complimentary fresh-roasted chestnuts, hot apple cider, and cookies, of course! The lighting will be at 7 p.m. followed by carolers at 8 p.m. At the parking lot at High and Stiles Streets.

Friday, Dec. 3: Creative Sounds of the Season. Join Stevenson University for holiday favorites from their choir and musical ensembles. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4: Fells Point's Old Tyme Christmas. At 9 a.m. Santa arrives by tugboat! Make ginger bread houses, have breakfast with St. Nick, take a carriage ride, see ice sculptures, and more! At Broadway Square Market, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4: Holiday Parade at The Avenue at White Marsh. The parade includes local government officials, media personalities, local high school marching bands, mascots, street performers, dance troops and much more! 10 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4: Kwanzaa Celebration at Morgan State. Learn about the African American holiday through dance, music, storytelling, games, art, food, and exhibits. Registration required. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4: Instrument Making and Performance by Maria Broom and Jali D. Make drums and jewelry in the Creative Alliance Kerplunk art-based family drop-in anytime between 12 and 3 p.m. Then take your instruments into the theater to use during the Maria Broom and Jali D Kwanzaa show!

Saturday, Dec. 4: 27th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas. This holiday hornathon features more than 200 tuba and euphonium players dressed in their festive finest playing seasonal faves. 3-4:30 p.m. at the Harborplace Ampitheatre.

Saturday, Dec. 4: Parade of Lighted Boats. Head to Fells Point for a unique Christmas display -- on the water! Boats will be judged and prizes will be awarded. 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4: Community Chanukah Concert. With top recording artist SAM GLASER & his band (www.samglaser.com). Reservoir High School, located at 11550 Scaggsville Road, MD 20759. 7:30 – 9:15 p.m., concert for all ages. 9:30 – 11 p.m. TEENS ONLY: Jam with Sam – Bring your instruments!

Saturday, Dec. 4 & Sunday, Dec. 5: Christmas Open House at Catonsville Historical Society. Experience a train garden, a holiday decorated doll house, and visit with Santa! 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Saturday, Dec. 4 & Sunday, Dec. 5: Christmas Open House at The Steppingstone Museum. This event will feature tours of the historic farmhouse decorated for the holidays, along with Christmas music, cookies and cider. 12-4 p.m. both days.

Sunday, Dec. 5: The Mayor's Annual Christmas Parade. Bundle up and head to Hampden, Hon! The attendance along the 2.5 mile route reached 25,000 people last year! Check out the Baltimore Marching Ravens, Harley Davidson motorcycles, marching bands, the Boumi Temple performers, floats, and lots of fun! Festivities kick off at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5: Bel Air Christmas Celebration. Holiday procession down Main Street, including caroling,  a bonfire and a tree lighting. Activities begin at 2:45 p.m.

Sundays, Dec. 5-26: Highlight the Holidays at the BMA. Special kids' projects, including building a luminary and holiday crafts. 2-5 p.m. each Sunday.

Wednesday, Dec. 8: Bet Yeladim's Annual Chanukah Party. Celebrate the Festival of Lights by lighting the menorah, singing, dancing, and clapping along with “Candy and Cupcake”! Snacks, friends, family and tons of fun! Pizza dinner will be served. 6:30pm at The Florence Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044

Friday, Dec. 10: Fire & Ice at Night in Downtown Towson. Featuring ice sculptures (temperatures permitting) in the downtown area, street performers, displays at the Towson Art Gallery and free roasted chestnuts and s'mores offered by area restaurants. 6-9 p.m. Free parking for up to two hours at any metered spot!

Friday, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. 11 & Sunday, Dec. 12: Yuletide at Hampton Mansion. Visit the historic mansion for an open house to see it in all its seasonal splendor! Special activities are going on throughout the weekend, including Victorian crafts, storytelling, and musical performances. Free cider and cookies while they last! 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, Dec. 11: Breakfast with Santa! Long Green Volunteer Fire Company in Glen Arm at 8 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, hash browns. Coloring contest for the kids! Free will donation suggested but not required.

Saturday, Dec. 11: Free Screening of The Grinch. Remember Santa's Workshop and Gift Shop when Hutzler's used to be open? The Towson Chamber of Commerce is reopening it this holiday season with famous talking reindeers Beau and Tinsel, and Santa of course! Kids can shop for gifts priced $1-5. At 10:30 a.m. "The Grinch" will be shown for free. Free parking for up to two hours at any metered spot!

Saturday, Dec. 11: Little Day Winter Wonderland at Port Discovery. Just for little ones under age 5. Decorate a gingerbrick with McCormick & Company, Inc. which will be used in the assembly of a gingerbrick replica of Port Discovery. A clown and moonbounce too! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Event is free but requires museum admission.

Saturday, Dec. 11: Sock Monkey Saturday at the AVAM. Just bring a pair of cute, clean socks to make a sock monkey to give or keep! All supplies are provided, including thread, baubles, and instructions. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11 & Sunday, Dec. 12: Free Photo with Santa. Visit Milburn Orchards for an afternoon with Santa. One free photo per family with St. Nick and Mrs. Claus. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.

Saturday, Dec. 11 & Sunday, Dec. 12: Elf, Craft, and Sundae at Oregon Ridge. Watch “Elf” at the Nature Center, then create your own elf hat and make a sundae using the four elf food groups! 1-4 p.m. both days.

Saturday, Dec. 11, Sunday, Dec. 12, & Friday, Dec. 17: Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. A fairy tale play about the children Kai and Gerda and their journeys to the Snow Queen Palace put on by MICA students. 3 p.m. each day. First come, first served!

Sunday, Dec. 12: Maritime Christmas. Come out of the cold and celebrate Christmas in maritime style! Enjoy seasonal food tastings, music, demonstrations, and book signings at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 12: Ancient Roots of Holiday Music at The Walters. The famous, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song is rooted in ancient Egypt. Join The Walters for a concert celebrating this and other historical facts about holiday music.

Sunday, Dec. 12: Kwanzaa Family Day at the BMA. Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa, participate in hands-on art activities, and see live performances. 1-5 p.m.

Sundays, Dec. 12-Jan. 30: Model Railroad Open House. Check out miniature railroad set-ups, including a Thomas the Tank Engine display! 1-5 p.m. each Sunday. Donation suggested but not required.

Monday, Dec. 13: Holiday Decorating Party at Oregon Ridge. Bring your friends, family, and a plate of goodies to share. Help decorate the Nature Center while singing carols and spreading good cheer! 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 17: Street Performers in Towson. Visit downtown Towson for some holiday merriment. Street performers will be found throughout the dining and shopping area spreading cheer! 6-9 p.m. Free parking for up to two hours at any metered spot!

Saturday, Dec. 18: Free Screening of Frosty the Snowman. Remember Santa's Workshop and Gift Shop when Hutzler's used to be open? The Towson Chamber of Commerce is reopening it this holiday season with famous talking reindeers Beau and Tinsel, and Santa of course! Kids can shop for gifts priced $1-5. At 10:30 a.m. "Frosty the Snowman" will be shown for free. Free parking for up to two hours at any metered spot!

Saturday, Dec. 18 & Sunday, Dec. 19: Free Photo with Santa. Visit Milburn Orchards for an afternoon with Santa. One free photo per family with St. Nick and Mrs. Claus. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.

Friday, Dec. 24: Community Mitzvah Day. Join hundreds of fellow volunteers in making the winter warmer and better for members of the Baltimore community. This family-friendly event is perfect for all ages.

Sunday, Dec. 26-Thursday, Dec. 30: Port Discovery Winter Break. Join Port Discovery all week long for special performances and holiday themed programs. Participate in a Holiday Drum Circus, enjoy Japanese Kamishibai story time, meet live animals with Wildlife Adventures, take a juggling lesson, make your own snowflake and reindeer candy holder and much more! Events are free with museum admission.

Sunday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Jan. 2: Winter Break Activities at The Walters. ArtCarts activities available each day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Your kids can create works of art inspired by winter stories, festivals of light, and The Walters' own galleries.

Monday, Dec. 27-Thursday, Dec. 30Holiday Week Explorations at The Science Center. Each day at 2 p.m. the Learning Lab will feature one of the following activities for families to participate in. Explore evergreens underneath our handheld microscope, feel the forces that hold your holiday decorations up and let the New Year’s ball down, conduct chilly experiments to discover why we salt the roads in the winter, and investigate the sounds of the season. Events are free with museum admission.

Wednesday, Dec. 29: A Kwanzaa Celebration of African Dance and Drum. Celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa with crafts, face painting, and a presentation by an African drum ensemble! At the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, 5-8:30 p.m. Event is free with museum admission.

Friday, Dec. 31: Midnight Noon at The Science Center. Don’t let your bedtime get in the way of your New Year’s celebration! Join The Science Center, where the ball will drop at noon and the celebration of the New Year is in the morning! Arts and crafts, puppet shows and a musical performance by popular kids band Milkshake. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Event is free with museum admission.

Friday, Dec. 31: 11th Annual Noontime New Year: A Masquerade Bash at Port Discovery. Come dressed in your favorite costume to make giant numbers and shakers for the BIG countdown to the New Year at 12 noon with Eric Energy! Toast the New Year with milk and cookies and enjoy a fabulous day of programs and performances! Event is free with museum admission.

Friday, Dec. 31: Ports America New Year's Eve Spectacular. Head to the harbor with thousands of other locals for New Year's Eve fireworks! An event you have to do at least once in a lifetime! Fireworks blast off at midnight, but festivities begin at 9 p.m.

Did we miss anything? Please let us know and we'll add it to our list. Email us at bmorefamilydeals@gmail.com. Happy Holidays!

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