***ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK WITH EVENTS FOR DATES, TIMES AND INFORMATION. SOMETIMES THEY CHANGE OR ARE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTIFICATION TO THE PLAYFUL PARENT***

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December
PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Date : Most Saturdays & Sundays (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 9:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Cost: $9.90 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Sat Dec 0 1

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Times: SUNDAYS-12:00 PM – 6:00 PM/ Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY LINK
THEY NOW HAVE A SECOND LOCATION FOR PARTIES
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

GREENWELL FOUNDATION
25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636

OPEN BARN

Date: First Saturday of the month
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Greenwell Foundation
Details: Join us for Open Barn! This designated time serves as an opportunity for the community to come meet us and explore the programs we offer. Open Barn runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon and is open to the whole family!
Event Type: Family Program
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Event Type: Family
Age Group(s): All Ages
Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
Registration: Purchase tickets online

MAKE BREAK

Date: Saturday’s 1-3 PM / Sunday’s 2-4 PM

Location: Michael’s Craft Store, Waldorf Store

Details: Enjoy a fun craft provided by Michael’s Craft store.

  • Nov 3 – Decorate A Mini Tree
  • Nov 10 – Christmas Ornament
  • Nov 11 – Snowman Jar
  • Nov 17 – Christmas Wreath
  • Dec 1 – Ginger Bread House
  • Dec 2 – Ginger Bread Slime
  • Dec 8 – Try Me Day
  • Dec 9 – Design A Frame
  • Dec 15 – Christmas Shirts

Cost: FREE

Michaels’ Craft Store

 

MAKE BREAK

Date: Saturday’s 1-3 PM / Sunday’s 2-4 PM

Location: Michael’s Craft Store, Waldorf Store

Details: Enjoy a fun craft provided by Michael’s Craft store.

  • Nov 3 – Decorate A Mini Tree
  • Nov 10 – Christmas Ornament
  • Nov 11 – Snowman Jar
  • Nov 17 – Christmas Wreath
  • Dec 1 – Ginger Bread House
  • Dec 2 – Ginger Bread Slime
  • Dec 8 – Try Me Day
  • Dec 9 – Design A Frame
  • Dec 15 – Christmas Shirts

Cost: FREE

Michaels’ Craft Store

 

 

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

CHRISTMAS ON THE POTOMAC 
Date: November 16, 2018 – December 22, 2018
Place: National Harbor
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy the region’s most beautiful Christmas decorations. With thousands of twinkling lights and a 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree suspended over our indoor garden atrium, you’ll be filled with holiday cheer. Extras such as: ICE display, train rides and Build A Bear have a fee. Every Saturday there will be a tree lighting ceremony and fire works.

12-2 pm- *Santa at the Carousel 12-2 pm * Santa at the Capital Wheel 4:45 pm Holiday Movie: 5:30 pm Tree Light Show and Fireworks

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All (Kid Friendly)

Cost: Most activities are FREE (Wheel & Carousel $)

Event Link

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

Sat Dec 0 1

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Sat Dec 0 1

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Date: November 23, 2018- January 1, 2019
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FLAT IRON FARM CHRISTMAS
Date: Thanksgiving – December 23, 2018 *Closed Christmas*
Place: 45850 Flat Iron Farm, Great Mills, MD
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy a drive-through lights display that the whole family will enjoy.  The lights display is free, additional cost for pictures with Santa and pony rides. OPENING For the 2018 Christmas Season On Thanksgiving Night at 5pm.! Santa 6 pm Fri.&Sat nights until
12-14 then Every night thru Dec.23RD

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Sat Dec 0 1

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Sat Dec 0 1

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Date: November 30-December 2, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location: Dr. Mudd House

Details: The 16th Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration will be held at the Dr. Samuel Mudd Home on December 2nd and 3rd, 2017. The museum will open at 11 am and close at 8 pm. The price of admission will be $8.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Reservations are not required. This year we will have music, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Civil War Soldiers, and a walking tour of the house. The house will be decorated as it would have been in the Victorian Period.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Event Link

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

JUNGALBOOK

Performances:

Friday November 30, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday December 2, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: Adults $8/ Students/Senior Citizens/Military $5

Event Link

Sat Dec 0 1

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Date: DECEMBER 1 , 2018

Time:  7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf, MD

Details: Breakfast with Santa + our 25 Days ’til Christmas party is a fun, memorable event for local children! Join us for a yummy pancake breakfast, crafts, and face painting–then the party begins!

The doors of our food court will open at 7:30 AM on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Upon entry, each child will receive a “jingle bell” bracelet and a festive party hat. Parents/guardians will receive a holiday ticket that contains coupons or discounts from our retailers. Be sure to keep your ticket stub because you may win a gift card prize that will be given away at the end of the breakfast event (around 10:00 am, you must be present to win). Five (5) American Express gift cards ranging in value from $25 to $100 will be awarded. Parents could also win one of four bracelets from Pandora Jewelry!

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA- FIRST COLONIAL CHICK-FIL-A

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Location: 45150 1st Colony Way . California, MD

Details: Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town! Mark your calendars and join us for a memorable morning with Santa and his Elves!

Event Type:Holiday

Age Group: All Ages Welcome

Cost: FREE event (food extra)

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AND HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Date: 12/1/2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM (02:00 Duration)
Location: William B. Wade Elementary 2300 Smallwood Drive West, Waldorf, MD. 20603
Details: 7th Annual Holiday Bazaar (Craft Fair) and Winter Wonderland. Come shop our Holiday Bazaar with 40+ Vendors/crafters. You will find many unique items. This is a great place to kick off your holiday shopping. We will also have breakfast with Santa and many other fun activities for the kids for a small fee. There is no charge to shop at the Bazaar.
Event Type: Holiday
Age Group:All Ages
Sat Dec 0 1

MAKERS MARKET

MAKERS MARKET

Date/Time:

Holiday Maker’s Markets: 9:00am-2:00pm on the the following days:
Saturday, November 3
Saturday, December 1
Saturday, December 8
Saturday, December 15
Saturday, December 22

Time:

Location: Annmarie Garden

Details: Join us for one (or all) of our five indoor HOLIDAY Markets! Each Market will feature a different selection of vendors offering a variety of gifts for all the loved ones on your list! All the markets are indoors.

Cost: Admission is free.

EVENT LINK

COOKIES & CRAFTS AR WORKSHOP

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: SESSION 1 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM/ SESSION 2 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: AR Workshop, 317 Charles St. La Plata, MD 20646

Details: Join AR Workshop for a festive and family-friendly Cocoa, Cookies & Crafts DIY workshop session to make any of our (totally kid-friendly) NEW HOLIDAY WOOD ORNAMENTS for just $5 each! (Given the 1.5 hour time slot, up to 6 ornaments is recommended per person). Registration for this event is REQUIRED to guarantee your spot.Payment can be made when you attend the event. Choose your ornament designs and paint colors at the workshop! While you’re here, enjoy cookies, cocoa, and check out all of our holiday home decor, jewelry, accessories and last-minute Christmas gift ideas!

Event Type:Craft

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $5

Event Link

*Each attending guest must register to participate, including children. **This special event is not eligible for promotions or coupons.

 

Sat Dec 0 1

TINY ELF WORKSHOP

TINY ELF WORKSHOP

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: Hollywood Recreation Center

Details: Santa’s coming to town early! We welcome all our Tiny Elves to our Santa’s Workshop. Children will all get to tell Santa what they would like for the Holiday and even get a professional photo! Holiday themed activities and crafts will be available. Parents must attend with their child and pre-register their child.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: 0-5

EVENT LINK

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – ST COLUMBA

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: St Columba School, Oxon Hill, MD

Details: Join us for the 18th Annual Breakfast with Santa Christmas Market Place on Sat. Dec. 1. 2018. Pancake Breakfast served from 9am to 12 noon.
Admission to Craft fair free. Photos with Santa until 12 noon.
Over 25 vendors, face painting, kids crafts, door prizes all day.
Fun day for the whole family.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All

Cost: Tickets $10.00 for adults and $5.00 ages 10 yrs to 5yrs old. 4 and under free.

EVENT LINK

 

 

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA COW

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM -10:30 AM

Location: Chick-fil-A Waldorf

Details: Come for breakfast and meet Santa Cow and enjoy some fun activities.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: Kids of All Ages

Cost: Free event, food not included.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA- ACCOKEEK VFD

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: 16111 Livingston Rd.

Details: Enjoy a tasty breakfast and pictures with Santa.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Event Link

 

 

Sat Dec 0 1

HOLIDAY TRAIL

HOLIDAY TRAIL

Date: November 30 – December 2, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Various Locations:

Details: See Flier for details on events.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $

Event Link

 

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HOME DEPOT
12050 Jefferson Farm Pl Waldorf, MD 20601

HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP- SLED WITH REINDEER

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Home Depot Waldorf

Details: Dash through the snow in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model sleigh pulled by a reindeer. Once your sleigh is complete, you and your musher can decorate it with paint and stickers and put imagination to work towing gifts around town. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

Sat Dec 0 1

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Serenity Farm, Benedict, MD

Details: Crafts, gifts, baked goods, etc. Visits from Santa from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Face painting and kids crafts too!

Cost: FREE

 

41 ST ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL (BASE ACCESS ONLY)

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: PAX DRILL

Details:

  • Let us help you with your Holiday shopping this year. All vendors selling hand-crafted gifts, art, and decorations as well as home-made treats.
  • Crafts and activities available for children.
  • Food and Beverage availabel for purchase in the Bowling Center.

Event Link

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

Location: Swann Point Country Club

Details: See Flier

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All Ages

Event Link

 

Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Heritage Chocolates, Leonardtown, MD
Details: Heritage Chocolate’s is starting the Christmas season full of Holiday cheer! Bring the whole family down to the shop to decorate our house-made marshmallow, chocolate-dipped Christmas Trees! We’ll have all the toppings to trim your trees ♥ Each Marshmallow tree is $2.50. While you’re there, pick up some treats and get a head start on your holiday shopping! We’ll have the shelves fully stocked! Hope to see you there!
Event Type: Workshop
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $2

EVENT LINK

FESTIVAL OF TREES- ST MARY’S

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, California, MD

Details: In addition to lavishly decorated trees, there will be live entertainment, holiday music, and activities for children, including snacks and photos with Santa on Dec. 1, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to enter is FREE!

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE entry

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Date: DECEMBER 1 , 2018

Time:  10:30 – 12:00

Location: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf, MD

Details: Start the countdown to the BIG DAY at our 25 Days ’til Christmas Party! Families will be treated to a FREE holiday concert when GRAMMY nominated children’s band, Milkshake performs near Macy’s Home Store court! The party starts around 10:30 AM, children & families can dance & rock out to Milkshake Trio’s festive tunes until 11:30 AM. Then, more festive activities continue…including coloring/art activities! This event is free and open to the community, there is no limitation on attendees. Register & get FREE tickets at eventbrite.com: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25-days-til-christmas-party-tickets-52191538296

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

 

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Summerseat Farm

Details: Please join us Saturday, Dec 5th for our Christmas Open House. Kids can visit with, and have photos taken with SANTA. There will be crafts for the kids, holiday snacks and drinks. Bundle up and enjoy a hayride and have a visit with the farm animals. $5.00 per family. We look forward to seeing you all!

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: Kids of All Ages

Event Link

Sat Dec 0 1

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS

COLONIAL CHRISTMAS

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location:  Historic St. Mary’s City- Rt 5 and Rosecroft Rd, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686

Details: Celebrate Christmas the way the first Marylanders did with a walking tour of holiday traditions. Tours depart hourly, beginning at 11am. The final tour departs at 3pm. Admission.

Event Type: Winter Festival

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $$

Event Link

PAINT A SANTA MASON JAR

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center – The event will be held close to the Macy’s Home Store & Kohl’s Corridor.

Details: Wonderfully Made 4 You Private Paint Parties will be here at St. Charles Towne Center helping us usher in the holiday season! Celebrate with us by painting either a Santa Mason Jar or a Festive Ornament!

Event Type: Holiday/Craft

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: This is event is only $5 for children and $10 for adults/parents. Payment is made directly to Wonderfully Made 4 You Private Paint Parties at the event.

Event Link

Sat Dec 0 1

SANTA WORKSHOP

SANTA WORKSHOP

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Hollywood Recreation Center

Details: Santa’s coming to town early! We welcome all our Tiny Elves to our Santa’s Workshop. Children will all get to tell Santa what they would like for the Holiday and even get a professional photo! Holiday themed activities and crafts will be available. Parents must attend with their child and pre-register their child.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: 6 AND UP

EVENT LINK

CHESAPEAKE BEACH LIGHT UP THE TOWN

Dates/Times:

  • November 25, 2018: 4:30 PM Holiday Lighting Ceremony
  • December 1, 2018: 12:00 PM Holiday Parade
  • December 16, 2018: Dusk Luminaria Event
  • December 20, 2018: 7:00 PM Award Ceremony

Location: Chesapeake Beach

Details: See Flyer

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All

Event Link

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

JUNGALBOOK

Performances:

Friday November 30, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday December 2, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: Adults $8/ Students/Senior Citizens/Military $5

Event Link

SANTA’S WORKSHOP- PARENTS NIGHT OUT
Enjoy an evening out, while we entertain the kids!

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 4:30-9:00 PM
Location : St. Andrew’s Church Parish Hall- 44078 St. Andrew’s Church Rd• Leonardtown, MD 20650

Details: Dinner, Visit with Santa, Movie & Festive Fun!

Registration: Required

Event Type: Parent’s Night Out

Age Group: Age 2+ potty trained
Cost: $20 per child & $10 each additional child.
Event Link

 

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Date : Most Saturdays & Sundays (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 9:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Cost: $9.90 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Sun Dec 0 2

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Times: SUNDAYS-12:00 PM – 6:00 PM/ Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY LINK
THEY NOW HAVE A SECOND LOCATION FOR PARTIES
CHUCK E CHEESE
3241 Plaza Way, Waldorf, MD 20602

Sensory Sensitive Sundays
Date: First Sunday of the month
Time: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Participating Chuck E. Cheese’s location including Waldorf, MD
Details: Chuck E. Cheese’s opens it’s doors two hours early the first Sunday of the month for a special sensory sensitive play time. Chuck E. Cheese’s is proud to support families who have children with autism and special needs. They now offer a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month. Their trained and caring staff is there to make sure each guest has a fun filled visit.
The Sensory Sensitive Sundays experience includes:
1. Less crowding and noise
2. Dimmed lighting
3. Show and music turned off or down
4. Limited appearances by Chuck E.
5. Food and games are offered
Link: https://www.chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/sensory-sensitive-sundays

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

Sun Dec 0 2

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Sun Dec 0 2

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Date: November 23, 2018- January 1, 2019
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Sun Dec 0 2

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Sun Dec 0 2

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Date: November 30-December 2, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Location: Dr. Mudd House

Details: The 16th Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration will be held at the Dr. Samuel Mudd Home on December 2nd and 3rd, 2017. The museum will open at 11 am and close at 8 pm. The price of admission will be $8.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Reservations are not required. This year we will have music, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Civil War Soldiers, and a walking tour of the house. The house will be decorated as it would have been in the Victorian Period.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Event Link

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Sun Dec 0 2

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

Sun Dec 0 2

HOLIDAY TRAIL

HOLIDAY TRAIL

Date: November 30 – December 2, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Various Locations:

Details: See Flier for details on events.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $

Event Link

 

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CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

JUNGALBOOK

Performances:

Friday November 30, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
Saturday December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday December 2, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

Tickets: Adults $8/ Students/Senior Citizens/Military $5

Event Link

Sun Dec 0 2

CARING SANTA

CARING SANTA

Date: December 2,  2018

Time:  8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf, MD

Details: Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and have their photo taken with him. St. Charles Towne Center will make necessary adjustments to the environment to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children of all abilities for this special event.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – BAY DISTRICT

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 8:00 – 12:00

Location: Bay District VFD

Details:
Menu will be: Waffles, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage Biscuits and Gravy, Fried Potatoes, Scalloped Apples

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All

Cost: ?

Come out and have breakfast with Santa Claus!

EVENT LINK

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA- NEWBURG VFD

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Newburg Volunteer Fire Department

Details: Newburg VFD is hosting a breakfast with Santa. Special time with Santa to take  photos with Santa! Fun holiday themed crafts!

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All

Cost: $6

Registration: click on event link and scroll to bottom of the page

Event Link

 

 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE- ST CLEMENTS

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: St. Clements Museum

Details: Enjoy the opening of the holiday exhibit inside the museum. Get a jump on your holiday shopping inside the Museum Store. Enjoy refreshments, games and face painting. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the museum.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE ADMISSION.

Event Link

SANTA RUN -COBB ISLAND VFD

Date: DECEMBER 2, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa will be making his rounds with the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department & EMS and his Elves on Sunday, December 2, 2018 beginning at 12:00 noon!

We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens.

NOTE: He will be coming down main streets (not every individual one)

Santa will travel this route:
Wicomico Beach Road
Cuckolds Creek
Anchorage Acres
Hatton Creek
Swan Point
Rock Point
Hill Road
Chigger City
Cobb Island

Keep an eye out and listen for the music and meet Santa at the end of the street!

The Officers and Members of the Cobb Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS, Thank You for your support and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

 

CALVERT ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Fox Run Shopping Center- 735 Solomons Island Rd N, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678

Details:Welcome the holiday season with an old fashioned parade. See floats, firetrucks, high school bands, ROTC marching units, police cars and youth from local 4-H, Scout troops and church groups, Elvis and Santa. Rain Date: December 9, 2018

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group:All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

OLDE TYME HOLIDAY GATHERING

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Town Hall, La Plata, MD

Details: Celebrate the season with music, children’s activities,
refreshments, horse-drawn carriage rides by Suttler Post Farm and visit from Santa. Get your picture taken at the Hold that Pose Photo Booth!

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

CHRISTMAS IN REVERSE

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: First Baptist Church of Waldorf

Details: Instead of ending with the nativity, Christmas in Reverse starts at the manger then “rewinds” to give details on the events leading to the first Christmas. And long before the characters gather back at the manger, you will be touched by God’s reason for sending Jesus. It’s time to “rewind” and take a look at Christmas in Reverse!

Event Type: Holiday Show

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Mon Dec 0 3

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

OUR SKY TONIGHT

Date: First Monday of the Month

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: James E Richmond Science Center, St Charles High School, Waldorf MD Description:

Details: Come out to the planetarium for a new monthly planetarium sky shows, highlighting each month’s featured constellations, stars, and planets. FREE! No ticket required. Presented by Educational Systems Federal Credit Union.

Event Type: Family

Age: All ages

Cost: FREE Registration: Walk- in welcome

Information: http://www.ccboe.com/sciencecenter/

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

Little Jumpers
Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
Cost: $5.00 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Mon Dec 0 3

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Mon Dec 0 3

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

TEXAS ROAD HOUSE (LA PLATA)
103 Drury Dr, La Plata, MD 20646

KIDS NIGHT- TEXAS ROADHOUSE
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Texas Roadhouse, La Plata, MD
Description: Round up the lil’ Roadies and join us for our Legendary Kid’s Night:
$1.99 Kid’s Meal, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Arts & Crafts, Andy Armadillo and THE
Balloon Nerd!!! Kid’s Night is a ton of fun for the whole family so mosey on down to Texas Roadhouse! Please contact us at the restaurant to learn more specific details about this exciting night. *Limit 2 offers per 1 Adult Entree Purchased. Dine in only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at this location only. Not valid on holidays.*
Event: Family
Age: All Ages
Cost: Activities free, kids meals $1.99, Adult entrees see menu
Information: https://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant-

Tue Dec 0 4

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

UNIQUE SPORTS ACADEMY
109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

DROP IN FREE PLAY
Date: TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Description: Come join Unique Gym for their drop in free play. Lots of fun for your little ones including, obstacle courses, foam pit, trampoline time. These are just some of the activities your child will enjoy. Parent participation is required during floor activities. No registration required to participate in the fun.
Location: Unique Sports Academy
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): 2-5
Registration: Not Required
Cost: $5 for one hour/ $10 for two hours per child.
More Information: www.uniquesportsacademy.com

GREENWELL FOUNDATION
25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636
Date: Every Tuesday (September 25, 2018- May 7, 2019)
Time: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Location: Outdoor Classroom at Clubhouse One
Details: You and your child are invited to meet us at the Greenwell Foundation, every Tuesday morning, for outdoor discoveries and learning, from September to May. Activities include: Sensory Play, Games, Songs, Art, Music, Stories, Seasonal Activities, Dance, and More. Age Group: up to 6 years old
Cost: $5 per child
Registration: Not required. Children attend with their adult
Directions: Enter Greenwell State Park on Rosedale Manor Drive, go straight on the gravel, dirt road, between the fields, and take your first right. Park in the lot straight ahead and look for us in the outdoor classroom on the left.

CFA STORY TIME WITH MRS. MIRANDA

Dates: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month

Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Location: Chick-fil-A La Plata

Details: Bring your little ones to Story Time with Mrs. Miranda & Usborne Books & More. Enjoy stories that encourage, educate and allow your child to use their imagination and complete a fun, easy craft. Come build community with other moms and young children!

Event Type: Kids

Age Group: Designed for ages 2-5 Years Old

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

 

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Tue Dec 0 4

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Tue Dec 0 4

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

TODDLER TIME WITH SANTA AND FRIENDS

Date: December 4, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Skyzone – White Plains, MD

Details: Come celebrate our Winter Extravaganza! Santa will be here with his workshop, Frosty is planning on having a snowball fight (not real snowballs), Buddy the Elf and the Grinch might stop by to visit.

Please go online and buy your tickets now before they sell out!

We are kindly asking for donations for one of our 3 charities this winter: Toys for Tots-new unwrapped toy, Southern Maryland Food bank-non perishable food, Children’s Aid Society- “snowman gear”, Coats, hats, gloves, socks, scarfs, shoes.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: 5 and under

Cost: $

Event Link

SEA SQUIRTS- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Calvert Marine Museum- 14200 Solomons Island Road S. Solomons, MD 20688
Cost: FREE; drop-in program
Details: This program is designed to invite adults and children to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. 10:15 – 10:45 AM. Space is limited. If the session is full, another program will be offered at 11:00 AM.
Event Type: Educational
Age Group: Drop- In program for children 18 months to three years and their caregivers.

STEM STORY TIME: FORCES

Date: December 4, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Charles County Library -Potomac Branch

Details: Join the library for a fun story, song and hands-on experiments to learn about gravity and magnetism!

Event Type: Library

Age Group: 2-5 Years Old

Cost: FREE

Registration: Not Required- Walk-In Welcome

Event Link

 

PURE PLAY – PD BROWN

Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: CCPL / P.D. Brown Branch

Description: Play is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Join us for this session of unstructured play time where we’ll provide the tools for your child to explore their creativity and use their imagination.
Event Type: Library

Age Group: Recommended for ages 3-9.

Registration: Tickets are required and will be issued starting 1 hour before the program starts. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Cost: FREE

Event Link

REINDEER LEGO WORKSHOP – VIP MONTHLY MINI BUILD

Date: December 4-5, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: LEGO STORE- Arundel Mills Mall & Westfield Annapolis Mall

Details:  Come build this LEGO® Reindeer Sleigh model and take it home for FREE after!

Please note that you are registering for a building event. Guests must participate in the event to receive the free set. Guests will not be permitted to collect the set and immediately leave and may not pick the set up at a later date or time.

Quantities are limited to approximately 120 per store per night and time reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One registration with a maximum of 4 children per household. One free set per child. Due to safety restrictions, this event is open to children ages 6-14 only.

Event Type: Holiday Fun

Age Group: 6-14

Cost: FREE

Registration Link

NATIONAL COOKIE DAY

Date: December 4, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center

Details: December 4 is National Cookie Day. Simon has partnered with the Safe + Fair Food Company to help spread holiday cheer with complimentary cookies! In celebration of National Cookie Day on Tuesday, December 4th, cookies will be provided for distribution at/near the Santa Set between 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Some of our retailers will also have free cookies outside of their stores and these retailers will be listed here closer to the event date.

Event Link

 

Annual Tree Lighting Program

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:00pm
Village Green Pavilion

Holiday music from the bands and choruses from I.H. Elementary, General Smallwood & H.E. Lackey students, refreshments, Santa & more!!

FREE admission – everyone welcome!

For more info: 240-375-4061

Wed Dec 0 5

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Date: Wednesday  – Thursday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

POTOMAC LIBRARY
3225 Ruth B Swann Dr, Indian Head, MD 20640

HOME SCHOOL STEM
Date: First Wednesday of the Month
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Charles County Public Library – Potomac Branch
Details: Once a month we will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for early elementary age homeschool students. Join us for fun, learning, and socializing.
Event Type: School Age
Age Group: 5-9
Registration: Online
CCPL CALENDAR LINK

JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Event Type: Family
Age Group(s): All Ages
Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
Registration: Purchase tickets online

POTOMAC LIBRARY
3225 Ruth B Swann Dr, Indian Head, MD 20640

HOME SCHOOL STEM
Date: First Thursday of the Month
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Charles County Public Library – Potomac Branch
Details: Once a month we will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for early elementary age homeschool students. Join us for fun, learning, and socializing.
Event Type: School Age
Age Group: 5-9
Registration: Online
CCPL CALENDAR LINK

POTOMAC LIBRARY
3225 Ruth B Swann Dr, Indian Head, MD 20640

HOME SCHOOL STEM
Date: First Thursday of the Month
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Charles County Public Library – Potomac Branch
Details: Once a month we will have a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) activity for early elementary age homeschool students. Join us for fun, learning, and socializing.
Event Type: School Age
Age Group: 5-9
Registration: Online
CCPL CALENDAR LINK

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

Little Jumpers
Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
Cost: $5.00 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

ARCADE WEDNESDAY AMF

Date: Wednesday’s

Time: All Day

Location: AMF Waldorf

Details: 2X THE ARCADE PLAY EVERY WEDNESDAY!

Get DOUBLE the arcade play with half-price games! Make your arcade credits go further and enjoy 50% more fun with discounts on EVERY game in our state-of-the-art arcade. Spend less and play more—all day, every Wednesday!

Event Type: Family Fun

Age Group: All Ages

Cost:

  • Our best arcade deal
  • 50% off the price of each game
  • Half-price games = double the arcade play!

Event Link

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Wed Dec 0 5

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Wed Dec 0 5

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Wed Dec 0 5

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

REINDEER LEGO WORKSHOP – VIP MONTHLY MINI BUILD

Date: December 4-5, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: LEGO STORE- Arundel Mills Mall & Westfield Annapolis Mall

Details:  Come build this LEGO® Reindeer Sleigh model and take it home for FREE after!

Please note that you are registering for a building event. Guests must participate in the event to receive the free set. Guests will not be permitted to collect the set and immediately leave and may not pick the set up at a later date or time.

Quantities are limited to approximately 120 per store per night and time reservations are on a first come first serve basis. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One registration with a maximum of 4 children per household. One free set per child. Due to safety restrictions, this event is open to children ages 6-14 only.

Event Type: Holiday Fun

Age Group: 6-14

Cost: FREE

Registration Link

SOLOMON ISLAND 34TH CHRISTMAS WALK

Dates/Time:

  • December 5, 2018- Tree Decorating
  • December 7, 2018- Christmas Market
  • December 8, 2018- Christmas Market

Details: See Flyer

Event Type:Winter Festivities

Age Group: All  Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

SANTA VISITS NICOLLETTIS

Date: December 5, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Nicollettis – California, MD

Details: Santa will be visiting Nicolletti’s Pizza Wednesday December 5th from 4pm to 8pm. Bring the family out for dinner and to get your picture taken by Beth Graeme.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE EVENT (Food is $)

Event Link

CHRISTMAS TREE OF LIFE

Date: December 5, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Charles

Join the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation in illuminating the ceremonial Christmas Tree of Life and luminaries in the healing garden to honor those, living or deceased, who have touched your life. The Foundation acknowledges the names of all donors and their honorees in a commemorative program and invites the community to attend the holiday illumination ceremony on Wednesday, December 5 at 5:30pm in the Healing Garden on the grounds of the Medical Center. Following the ceremony, guests will enjoy a dessert reception and festive holiday music. For more information or to purchase a light, luminary or angel please visit www.crmcfoundation.org or call 301-609-4132.

Wed Dec 0 5

DIY SCARVES

DIY SCARVES
Date: 12/5/18
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Charles County Public Library- Potomac Branch

Details: Keep warm this winter; learn how to create a no-sew scarf out of fleece.

Event Type: Library
Age Group: 6 -14

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Thu Dec 0 6

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Date: Wednesday  – Thursday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Event Type: Family
Age Group(s): All Ages
Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
Registration: Purchase tickets online

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Thu Dec 0 6

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Thu Dec 0 6

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Thu Dec 0 6

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Thu Dec 0 6

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

SEA SQUIRTS- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
Date: December 4, 2018
Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Calvert Marine Museum- 14200 Solomons Island Road S. Solomons, MD 20688
Cost: FREE; drop-in program
Details: This program is designed to invite adults and children to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. 10:15 – 10:45 AM. Space is limited. If the session is full, another program will be offered at 11:00 AM.
Event Type: Educational
Age Group: Drop- In program for children 18 months to three years and their caregivers.

PURE PLAY – LA PLATA

Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: CCPL / La Plata Branch

Description: Play is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Join us for this session of unstructured play time where we’ll provide the tools for your child to explore their creativity and use their imagination.
Event Type: Library

Age Group: Recommended for ages 3-9.

Registration: Tickets are required and will be issued starting 1 hour before the program starts. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Cost: FREE

Event Link

CRAFTERNOON & PICTURES WITH SANTA

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Dahlgren Library

Details: See Flier

Event Type: Holiday Kids

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

WALDORF WEST LIBRARY
10405 Odonnell Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

LETS LEARN SPANISH STORYTIME
Date: FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Waldorf West Library
Details: Let’s learn Spanish together! Enjoy an English based storytime with some added Spanish words and watch as our Spanish vocabulary grows. We’ll read books, sing songs, dance and make a craft. It will be fantástico!
Event Type: Family Storytime
Age Group: 3 – 5
CCPL CALENDAR LINK

Thu Dec 0 6

SNOWMAN SLIME

SNOWMAN SLIME

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Charles County Library , PD Brown

Details: Slime is fun to make and there’s so much you can do with it. Come make snowman slime!

Event Type: Library Kids Program

Age Group: 9-11

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Thu Dec 0 6

SNOW SLIME

SNOW SLIME

Date: December 6, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: CCPL/ PD Brown Branch

Details: Make slime that looks like snow. Take your slime home and have fun with it.

Event Type: Library

Age Group: Recommended for ages 9-11.

Cost: FREE

Event Link

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Fri Dec 0 7

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Date: FRIDAYS
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, Waldorf, MD (now two locations)
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
https://familyplacetoplay.com/ways-to-play/
MCDONALDS (MALL CIRCLE)
11025 Mall Cir, Waldorf, MD 20603

MCFAMILY FUN NIGHT
Date: Every Friday
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Waldorf, 11025 Mall Circle, Waldorf, MD 20603
Details: McDonalds hosts a great kids night every Friday Night. Most of the kids night are themed for the holidays or to go with the kids meal offered that month. (Check your mobile App for deals! Most Friday’s there are amazing diner specials.)
Event Type: Kids Night
Age Group: All Ages
Information: HAPPY MEAL MENU LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

Fri Dec 0 7

FIRST FRIDAYS

LEONARDTOWN FIRST FRIDAYS

Date: ( JAN. 5 – DEC. 7 )

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Leonardtown Square and Leonardtown Shopping Centers
Leonardtown, MD 20650

Details: On the first Friday of every month, historic Leonardtown’s art galleries, restaurants, cafes, gift shops, antique shops, bookstores, etc. open their doors to showcase local artists and/or serve specials at their establishments. You are invited to a fun evening of live entertainment, demos, receptions, hands-on activities, and seasonal promotions.

EVENT LINK

 

UNIQUE SPORTS ACADEMY
109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

DROP IN FREE PLAY
Date: TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Description: Come join Unique Gym for their drop in free play. Lots of fun for your little ones including, obstacle courses, foam pit, trampoline time. These are just some of the activities your child will enjoy. Parent participation is required during floor activities. No registration required to participate in the fun.
Location: Unique Sports Academy
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): 2-5
Registration: Not Required
Cost: $5 for one hour/ $10 for two hours per child.
More Information: www.uniquesportsacademy.com

1ST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH FREE MAC LAB TOUR

Date: First Friday of each month

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Jefferson Patterson Park
Details: Year round except for holidays or other State closings.Enjoy a guided tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), a state-of-the-art facility that houses over 8 million artifacts, including collections from every county in Maryland. Get up close and personal with our conservators and our collections. (a small fee may be charged for large groups)

For reservations contact Ed Chaney 
410-586-8554 or email:ed.chaney@maryland.gov
PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

Little Jumpers
Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
Cost: $5.00 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Fri Dec 0 7

PUBLIC SKATE NIGHT

PUBLIC SKATE NIGHT

Date: Fridays September 14 – December 21, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Capital Clubhouse- 3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603
Details: FAMILY SKATE NIGHT
Cost: Admission $8 Rentals $4 
Fri Dec 0 7

FAMILY SKATE NIGHT

FAMILY SKATE NIGHT

Date: Fridays
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Capital Clubhouse- 3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603
Details: FAMILY SKATE NIGHT
Cost: Admission $8 Rentals $4 (Buy 2 get one FREE special)
Fri Dec 0 7

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Date: Friday’s (On Going All Spring)

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Locations: Henson, Hanson, Somers

Details: Come out and enjoy a wide variety of games! Dates and times subject to change. Contact the center for schedule.

Ages: 6 and up

Cost: $3 Drop -In Fee (REC PASS EVENT)

EVENT DETAILS

Fri Dec 0 7

TOTSICLES

CAPITAL CLUB HOUSE
3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

TOTSICLES
Date: FRIDAY’S ONGOING (Call first on holiday’s to double check the schedule)
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM ( FIRST SESSION IS SEPT 28TH)
Description: A half-hour of self-paced orientation to movement on ice, followed by a cup of hot cocoa and a story read aloud in our warm lobby. Stickers for all after storytime! Children may wear skates or shoes for snow and ice (no smooth-sole or open-toe shoes). Adults wear shoes for snow and ice.
Location: Capital Club House
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): 2-5
Registration: Not Required
Cost: $10 (2018 Price Change)
More Information: https://www.charlescountyparks.com

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Fri Dec 0 7

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Fri Dec 0 7

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FLAT IRON FARM CHRISTMAS
Date: Thanksgiving – December 23, 2018 *Closed Christmas*
Place: 45850 Flat Iron Farm, Great Mills, MD
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy a drive-through lights display that the whole family will enjoy.  The lights display is free, additional cost for pictures with Santa and pony rides. OPENING For the 2018 Christmas Season On Thanksgiving Night at 5pm.! Santa 6 pm Fri.&Sat nights until
12-14 then Every night thru Dec.23RD

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Fri Dec 0 7

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Fri Dec 0 7

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Fri Dec 0 7

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

KRIS KRINGLE MARKET

Date/Time:

  • December 7 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • December 8 @ 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • December 9  @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Charles County Fair Grounds

Details: Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, this fifth annual event at the fairgrounds offers light displays, holiday food, handmade crafts from local artists and crafters, children activities, shopping, music, and much more. Activities will include Santa’s arrival, Christmas tree lighting, Strolling Carolers, music from local school choruses and bands, an array of sales by local non-profit groups such as the Boy Scouts, children’s activities run by the 4H club, a lighted holiday path and Christmas Village.The launch of this family-friendly event several years ago was a great success! The Charles County Fair Board and Christmas Market committee want to encourage locals and visitors alike to come out to enjoy the music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats. We will have fresh holiday decorations available for purchase from local greens collected from local yards and fields. This year, we will again be having winter fireworks!

Event Type: Winter Festivity

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $1 Admission

Event Link

 

SOLOMON ISLAND 34TH CHRISTMAS WALK

Dates/Time:

  • December 5, 2018- Tree Decorating
  • December 7, 2018- Christmas Market
  • December 8, 2018- Christmas Market

Details: See Flyer

Event Type:Winter Festivities

Age Group: All  Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Fri Dec 0 7

SELFIES WITH SANTA

SELFIES WITH SANTA

Date:December 7, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Details: Come to meet the best Santa in Southern Maryland! Think your child may be shy? This would be the best time, with no lines and no pressure to see him in action. This is a free event for First Friday. Take out your phone and get all the selfies you want.

EVENT LINK

24th Annual Gingerbread House Classes

Friday, December 7th
6:00pm – 10pm

Sunday, December 9th
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Village Green Pavilion

Adults & children 5yrs. & older – Class Sizes Limited

$13/single or $15/pair (each additional person $2, maximum four persons per house)

Fee includes 1 house set, icing bullets & icing bags – students bring their own decorations!

Pre-Registration & Payment Required

Call or email for available class openings!

Kiwanis Winter Celebration and Coat Drive
Date: December 7, 2018 – 6pm – 7:30pm

Location:
James E. Richmond Science Center
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney
Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Attention K-Kids, Builders Club and Key Club members and their families—
Join us for an evening of fellowship and fun. There will be refreshments, door prizes, a dome movie and a glimpse of the night sky!

Admission: Please bring a new or gently used coat OR $5 to support LifeStyles of Maryland.

RSVP: Please use the following link to reserve your seats. Register at:
https://bit.ly/2ISYUlK

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Date : Most Saturdays & Sundays (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 9:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Cost: $9.90 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Sat Dec 0 8

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Times: SUNDAYS-12:00 PM – 6:00 PM/ Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY LINK
THEY NOW HAVE A SECOND LOCATION FOR PARTIES
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

SENSORY TIME- SKYZONE

Date: 2nd Saturday of Every Month

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Location: Skyzone, Waldorf, MD

Details: Enjoy the freedom of jumping in quieter, relaxing environment for those of special needs.

Cost: $13 Per Person

Event Link

MAKE BREAK

Date: Saturday’s 1-3 PM / Sunday’s 2-4 PM

Location: Michael’s Craft Store, Waldorf Store

Details: Enjoy a fun craft provided by Michael’s Craft store.

  • Nov 3 – Decorate A Mini Tree
  • Nov 10 – Christmas Ornament
  • Nov 11 – Snowman Jar
  • Nov 17 – Christmas Wreath
  • Dec 1 – Ginger Bread House
  • Dec 2 – Ginger Bread Slime
  • Dec 8 – Try Me Day
  • Dec 9 – Design A Frame
  • Dec 15 – Christmas Shirts

Cost: FREE

Michaels’ Craft Store

 

MAKE BREAK

Date: Saturday’s 1-3 PM / Sunday’s 2-4 PM

Location: Michael’s Craft Store, Waldorf Store

Details: Enjoy a fun craft provided by Michael’s Craft store.

  • Nov 3 – Decorate A Mini Tree
  • Nov 10 – Christmas Ornament
  • Nov 11 – Snowman Jar
  • Nov 17 – Christmas Wreath
  • Dec 1 – Ginger Bread House
  • Dec 2 – Ginger Bread Slime
  • Dec 8 – Try Me Day
  • Dec 9 – Design A Frame
  • Dec 15 – Christmas Shirts

Cost: FREE

Michaels’ Craft Store

 

 

KIDS ZONE – JCPENNEY’S FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE
Dates: 2nd Saturday of the Month

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: JcPenney at St. Charles Towne Center (Waldorf, MD)
Details:

  • November 10- Nickelodeon Coloring Pack, Stickers & Comic Book!
  • December 8- Create Your Own Nerf Target
  • January 12- Decorate Your Own Calendar

This is not a drop-off,  kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Event Type: Kids Program

Age Group: Most enjoyable for kids ages 2 and Up

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

CHRISTMAS ON THE POTOMAC 
Date: November 16, 2018 – December 22, 2018
Place: National Harbor
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy the region’s most beautiful Christmas decorations. With thousands of twinkling lights and a 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree suspended over our indoor garden atrium, you’ll be filled with holiday cheer. Extras such as: ICE display, train rides and Build A Bear have a fee. Every Saturday there will be a tree lighting ceremony and fire works.

12-2 pm- *Santa at the Carousel 12-2 pm * Santa at the Capital Wheel 4:45 pm Holiday Movie: 5:30 pm Tree Light Show and Fireworks

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All (Kid Friendly)

Cost: Most activities are FREE (Wheel & Carousel $)

Event Link

Sat Dec 0 8

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Sat Dec 0 8

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Date: November 23, 2018- January 1, 2019
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FLAT IRON FARM CHRISTMAS
Date: Thanksgiving – December 23, 2018 *Closed Christmas*
Place: 45850 Flat Iron Farm, Great Mills, MD
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy a drive-through lights display that the whole family will enjoy.  The lights display is free, additional cost for pictures with Santa and pony rides. OPENING For the 2018 Christmas Season On Thanksgiving Night at 5pm.! Santa 6 pm Fri.&Sat nights until
12-14 then Every night thru Dec.23RD

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Sat Dec 0 8

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Sat Dec 0 8

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Sat Dec 0 8

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

Sat Dec 0 8

MAKERS MARKET

MAKERS MARKET

Date/Time:

Holiday Maker’s Markets: 9:00am-2:00pm on the the following days:
Saturday, November 3
Saturday, December 1
Saturday, December 8
Saturday, December 15
Saturday, December 22

Time:

Location: Annmarie Garden

Details: Join us for one (or all) of our five indoor HOLIDAY Markets! Each Market will feature a different selection of vendors offering a variety of gifts for all the loved ones on your list! All the markets are indoors.

Cost: Admission is free.

EVENT LINK

COOKIES & CRAFTS AR WORKSHOP

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: SESSION 1 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM/ SESSION 2 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: AR Workshop, 317 Charles St. La Plata, MD 20646

Details: Join AR Workshop for a festive and family-friendly Cocoa, Cookies & Crafts DIY workshop session to make any of our (totally kid-friendly) NEW HOLIDAY WOOD ORNAMENTS for just $5 each! (Given the 1.5 hour time slot, up to 6 ornaments is recommended per person). Registration for this event is REQUIRED to guarantee your spot.Payment can be made when you attend the event. Choose your ornament designs and paint colors at the workshop! While you’re here, enjoy cookies, cocoa, and check out all of our holiday home decor, jewelry, accessories and last-minute Christmas gift ideas!

Event Type:Craft

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $5

Event Link

*Each attending guest must register to participate, including children. **This special event is not eligible for promotions or coupons.

 

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

KRIS KRINGLE MARKET

Date/Time:

  • December 7 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • December 8 @ 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • December 9  @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Charles County Fair Grounds

Details: Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, this fifth annual event at the fairgrounds offers light displays, holiday food, handmade crafts from local artists and crafters, children activities, shopping, music, and much more. Activities will include Santa’s arrival, Christmas tree lighting, Strolling Carolers, music from local school choruses and bands, an array of sales by local non-profit groups such as the Boy Scouts, children’s activities run by the 4H club, a lighted holiday path and Christmas Village.The launch of this family-friendly event several years ago was a great success! The Charles County Fair Board and Christmas Market committee want to encourage locals and visitors alike to come out to enjoy the music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats. We will have fresh holiday decorations available for purchase from local greens collected from local yards and fields. This year, we will again be having winter fireworks!

Event Type: Winter Festivity

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $1 Admission

Event Link

 

SOLOMON ISLAND 34TH CHRISTMAS WALK

Dates/Time:

  • December 5, 2018- Tree Decorating
  • December 7, 2018- Christmas Market
  • December 8, 2018- Christmas Market

Details: See Flyer

Event Type:Winter Festivities

Age Group: All  Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: La Plata Town Hall
Details: ***MUST REGISTER!!! NO DROP INS!!!* Visit with Santa at the Town Hall on Saturday, December 8th.  4 time slots: 8-8:45 am, 9-9:45 am, 10-10:45 am  and 11-11:45 am (25 kids per slot) Town residents can register starting Wednesday, November 7th and the general public registration will open Wednesday, November 14th.
Please call 301-934-8421 to register.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Date: 12/8/2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: 24005 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Details: Join the students and staff of the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center for their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., at the school site across from the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds in Leonardtown. Santa will make his grand entrance at 8:30 a.m.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by the Forrest Center’s Culinary Arts students. Admission to this event, which includes breakfast, is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children 3 and younger. An omelet bar is available for an additional $2.00.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the holiday, enjoy some home cooking, and let the little ones check out the face painting, gingerbread cookie and craft rooms. Santa’s Workshop will be available for children to purchase small gifts (most under $10). Forrest Center students will assist the children. The gifts they purchase will be wrapped.

Remember to get a photo of your child letting Santa know their holiday wishes. If you forget your camera, students from the Forrest Center will photograph your child with Santa for $5. Families may receive up to five poses on a CD.

Proceeds will benefit the Forrest Center’s SkillsUSA chapter and student programs. The Forrest Center’s SkillsUSA chapter is among the most successful in the state and annually must fundraise over $25,000 to cover the cost of leadership training, chapter activities and regional, state & national competitions. For more information about SkillsUSA, go to: www.skillsusa.org.

The event may be recorded and presented on SMCPS Channel 96, the school system’s cable channel, and the Internet. For more information, contact Chef Amanda Granados at 301-475-0242, x28210 or aegranados@smcps.org.

Sat Dec 0 8

WINTERFEST

WINTERFEST

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 9 AM – 1 PM

Location: James E Richmond Science Center

Details:

Event Type: Holiday/Educational

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: Admission: $10 | Members: $5 | 3 & Under: FREE

Event Link

Sat Dec 0 8

CHILDREN'S YOGA

CHILDREN’S YOGA

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Tripple Springs Farm- 13300 Baden Westwood Rd, Brandywine, MD

Details: Tripple Springs Farm is hosting an hour outdoor yoga for kids. Relax in nature and good vibes while nourishing your body & spirit. This class is a perfect parent and me opportunity to relax, stretch and exercise together. For more information or to sign up contact: tripplesprings@gmail.com

Event Type: Sport/Leisure

Age Group: great for ages 5 and up

Cost: Suggested Donation of $15

Event Link

BRUNCH WITH SANTA- BRYANS ROAD VFD

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department

Details: See Flier

Event Type:Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: Adult $10/Children 3-12 $5/2 and under FREE

Event Link

PICTURES WITH SANTA AND MRS CLAUS

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Harley-Davidson Hughesville, MD

Details: Make sure you are on the nice list! Pics with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11-2. We will have the lovely Sheri taking pics again this year. Pets welcome! Also, get your cookie fix at the H.O.G. Bake Sale!

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Link

BRUNCH WITH SANTA- POTOMAC HEIGHTS

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: POTOMAC HEIGHTS -Volunteer Fire Department

Details: See Flier

Event Type:Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: Adult $10/Children 3-12 $5/2 and under FREE

Event Link

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

SANTA VILLAGE AT WILDEWOOD

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 1:00  PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Santa’s Village Wildewood Shopping Center

Details: Join us for FREE pictures with Santa and fun activities sponsored by your favorite local businesses!

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

COOKIES WITH THE CLAUSES

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: NRC Solomons Club 9

Details: Enjoy an afternoon of winter family fun when the Clauses come and visit NRC’s 10th Annual Cookies with the Clauses!

Registration: Must register by Dec 3, 2018 visit https://www.navymwrsolomons.com/events?fbclid=IwAR1V21M6MyTYHcDIwhJmCOvwSRh0S_h8_C5bMMpD-A6K3TMDHxPdQMeRHjk

Event Type: Holiday/Military

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $8

Event Link

 

Sat Dec 0 8

WINTERS EVE

WINTERS EVE

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Details: Celebrate the season at the Accokeek Foundation’s annual Winter’s Eve celebration!
Tour the National Colonial Farm by candlelight while it’s halls are decked for the holidays, listen to caroling around the bonfire, and roast-your-own chestnuts. Visit the crafting tent to create your own earth-friendly holiday gifts and make a wreath from greenery grown on the farm and in the gardens.  Warm up with a trip to the hot-chocolate bar and spice up your cocoa with all your favorite fixings.

And don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to shop National Colonial Farm souvenirs and one-of-a-kind gifts from local artists.

Cost: This event has free general admission, with some ticketed activities. Tickets cost $1/piece. All proceeds from the Winter’s Eve event support the Accokeek Foundation’s conservation work and environmental education programs in Piscataway Park.

SOLOMONS LIGHTED BOAT PARADE

Date: December 8, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: C st, Solomons Island

Details: The Solomons Christmas Boat Parade will be Saturday, 8 December at 6:30 PM. Contact Sail Solomons (info@sailsi.com) to enter, or come be at the Solomons Island Christmas Walk to watch! No entry fee, decorate your boat, and join!

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

KRIS KRINGLE MARKET

Date/Time:

  • December 7 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • December 8 @ 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • December 9  @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Charles County Fair Grounds

Details: Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, this fifth annual event at the fairgrounds offers light displays, holiday food, handmade crafts from local artists and crafters, children activities, shopping, music, and much more. Activities will include Santa’s arrival, Christmas tree lighting, Strolling Carolers, music from local school choruses and bands, an array of sales by local non-profit groups such as the Boy Scouts, children’s activities run by the 4H club, a lighted holiday path and Christmas Village.The launch of this family-friendly event several years ago was a great success! The Charles County Fair Board and Christmas Market committee want to encourage locals and visitors alike to come out to enjoy the music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats. We will have fresh holiday decorations available for purchase from local greens collected from local yards and fields. This year, we will again be having winter fireworks!

Event Type: Winter Festivity

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $1 Admission

Event Link

 

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Date : Most Saturdays & Sundays (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 9:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Cost: $9.90 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Sun Dec 0 9

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Times: SUNDAYS-12:00 PM – 6:00 PM/ Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY LINK
THEY NOW HAVE A SECOND LOCATION FOR PARTIES

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Sun Dec 0 9

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Sun Dec 0 9

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Date: November 23, 2018- January 1, 2019
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Sun Dec 0 9

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Sun Dec 0 9

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Sun Dec 0 9

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

KRIS KRINGLE MARKET

Date/Time:

  • December 7 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • December 8 @ 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • December 9  @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Charles County Fair Grounds

Details: Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, this fifth annual event at the fairgrounds offers light displays, holiday food, handmade crafts from local artists and crafters, children activities, shopping, music, and much more. Activities will include Santa’s arrival, Christmas tree lighting, Strolling Carolers, music from local school choruses and bands, an array of sales by local non-profit groups such as the Boy Scouts, children’s activities run by the 4H club, a lighted holiday path and Christmas Village.The launch of this family-friendly event several years ago was a great success! The Charles County Fair Board and Christmas Market committee want to encourage locals and visitors alike to come out to enjoy the music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats. We will have fresh holiday decorations available for purchase from local greens collected from local yards and fields. This year, we will again be having winter fireworks!

Event Type: Winter Festivity

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $1 Admission

Event Link

 

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

KRIS KRINGLE MARKET

Date/Time:

  • December 7 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • December 8 @ 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • December 9  @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Charles County Fair Grounds

Details: Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, this fifth annual event at the fairgrounds offers light displays, holiday food, handmade crafts from local artists and crafters, children activities, shopping, music, and much more. Activities will include Santa’s arrival, Christmas tree lighting, Strolling Carolers, music from local school choruses and bands, an array of sales by local non-profit groups such as the Boy Scouts, children’s activities run by the 4H club, a lighted holiday path and Christmas Village.The launch of this family-friendly event several years ago was a great success! The Charles County Fair Board and Christmas Market committee want to encourage locals and visitors alike to come out to enjoy the music, shopping, and tasty Christmas treats. We will have fresh holiday decorations available for purchase from local greens collected from local yards and fields. This year, we will again be having winter fireworks!

Event Type: Winter Festivity

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $1 Admission

Event Link

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA HOLLYWOOD

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 7:30 AM

Location: Hollywood VFD

Details: See Flier

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: Kids of all ages

Cost: $14 Adults/$7 Kids/ Under 5 FREE

Event Link

Sun Dec 0 9

LUNCH WITH SANTA

LUNCH WITH SANTA

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Waldorf VFD, Washington Ave, Waldorf, MD

Details:

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $

Event Link

DOLLAR DAY

Date: DECEMBER 9, 2018

Time: 12 PM – 5 PM Daily

Location: Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore, MD

Details:

Sunday, December 9 | Noon – 5 PM
Join us for a day of play for just $1!  On Sunday, December 9, admission to Port Discovery will be just $1!* as Port Discovery participates in Baltimore’s Annual Dollar (or less) Days. This is a fantastic chance to explore the Museum and see what learning through play is all about. Please keep in mind that this day will be a busy one – please be prepared for possible lines to enter the Museum and heavier than usual traffic inside the Museum. *No other discounts, offers or passes may be applied within the same transaction. Tickets while using this discount must be purchased at the Box Office in person and cannot be applied to past purchases or online orders.
Event Type: Educational
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Admission is free with museum entry, which is $15.95 for individuals two and up. Members and children under two enter free.

CHILDREN’S BINGO

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM (Doors Open) / 1:00 Pm Games Starts

Location:  St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department

Details: BINGO for children ages 4 to 12 years old. $8 for 15 games. Doors open at noon. Prizes will be in the form of toys and gift cards. Food and refreshments will be sold. Space is limited. Call Mary Lou at 410-257-1452 for additional information.

Event Type: Holiday/Kids Program

Age Group: All Ages $8 to play 15 cards

Event Link

 

Sun Dec 0 9

COOKIE WALK

COOKIE WALK

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: La Plata VFD- 911 Washington Ave. La Plata MD

Details: Join the LVFD for a cookie Walk

Cost: $10 Per Tin

KIDS CHRISTMAS PAINT PARTY

Date: December 9, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Waldorf Jaycee’s Hall

Details: See flier

Registration: RSVP at this link

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: Kids Program

Cost: $25 per kid

Event Link

SANTA NIGHT

Date: December 9, 2018

Time:  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Annmarie Gardens

Details: It’s a most magical night at Annmarie Garden In Lights! Bring your camera for a unique photo op with Santa – and take home a unique holiday photo!

After your visit, tour our spectacular holiday light show, Annmarie Garden In Lights!

Join us for Annmarie Garden In Lights, a magical holiday light show that takes visitors on a beautiful walk through the glittering woods. As you stroll the protected path, you will be surrounded by spectacular “light sculptures” depicting sea creatures, wintry wonderlands, enchanted gardens, wild animals, outer space, airplanes, pirates, princesses, superheroes, and much more. Don’t forget to ask for a “Holiday I Spy” program. After your walk, warm up in the Arts Building where you will find nightly entertainment, beautiful exhibits, great shopping, and a holiday cafe!

Tonight’s entertainment:
Patuxent High School Jazz Ensemble

Hardesty Haven Holiday Cafe OPEN NIGHTLY!
Gift Shop & Ornament Show OPEN NIGHTLY!

Annmarie Garden In Lights
November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019, 6-9pm nightly
(CLOSED Dec. 3, 4, 24,25)
No smoking. No pets except on Pet Night (Jan. 1).
For detailed schedule, visit www.annmariegarden.org.

Fast Pass tickets for quick entry:http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/garden-lights-magical-light-show

At the Door Admission (ages 3 & up): $7.00
Children 2 & under: FREE
Annmarie Members: FREE

PET PHOTO WITH SANTA

Date: December 9,  2018

Time:  8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf, MD

Details: Pet friendly photo session for the entire family.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Mon Dec 1 0

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

Little Jumpers
Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
Cost: $5.00 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Mon Dec 1 0

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Mon Dec 1 0

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

Mon Dec 1 0

JAZZY YARN

JAZZY YARN
Date: 11/26 & 12/10
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Charles County Public Library- Potomac Branch

Details: Join us for an evening of crocheting, knitting and socializing with other beginning and advanced crafters. We will share basic stitches and techniques to help you begin your crochet and knitting journey. All participants must bring their own yarn and needles.

Event Type: Library
Age Group: 9 and up

Cost: FREE

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

LIBRARY STORY AND CRAFT TIME: ROCKET

Date: December 10, 2018

Time: 10 AM -11 AM

Location: Waldorf West Library

Details:  Join  Moms Club Waldorf West for stories, songs, and a craft! This month we will be making paper rockets.

Event Type: Parent Support/ Kids Program

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Mon Dec 1 0

KID CRAFT TIME

WALDORF WEST LIBRARY
10405 Odonnell Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

KID CRAFT TIME – WINTER

Date: 12/10

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Waldorf West Library

Details: Enjoy a fun art project

Age Group: 3-8

Registration: Ticketed Event

Event Link

Mon Dec 1 0

SANTA HOTLINE

SANTA HOTLINE

Date: December 10, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Details: Through the power of technology and the help of Santa’s elves, Santa will call your child to find out what they want for Christmas and to find out if they have been naughty or nice. Calls will be made between 6:00-8:00p on Monday, Dec. 10. Limited to first 200 registered.

Registration is available online at: bit.ly/2P9dfgF

Ages: 2-10
Registration Fee: FREE!

SPANISH CONVERSATIONAL CLUB

Date: Monday, December 10, 20-18

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: CCPL / West Branch

Details: Come to our Spanish Club and make “new amigos” as you practice speaking, discover new phrases and finally figure out verb conjugations! Basic Spanish vocabulary and conjugations skills required.

Event Type: Library/ Teen

Age Group: 16+

Cost: FREE

https://www.ccplonline.org/events/calendar/

 

TEXAS ROAD HOUSE (LA PLATA)
103 Drury Dr, La Plata, MD 20646

KIDS NIGHT- TEXAS ROADHOUSE
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Texas Roadhouse, La Plata, MD
Description: Round up the lil’ Roadies and join us for our Legendary Kid’s Night:
$1.99 Kid’s Meal, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Arts & Crafts, Andy Armadillo and THE
Balloon Nerd!!! Kid’s Night is a ton of fun for the whole family so mosey on down to Texas Roadhouse! Please contact us at the restaurant to learn more specific details about this exciting night. *Limit 2 offers per 1 Adult Entree Purchased. Dine in only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at this location only. Not valid on holidays.*
Event: Family
Age: All Ages
Cost: Activities free, kids meals $1.99, Adult entrees see menu
Information: https://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant-

Tue Dec 1 1

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

TIME TRAVELING KID STORY TIME
Date: 2ND Tuesday of the month
Time: 10am-11am
Location: Jefferson Patterson Park
Details: Program features stories that transport participants into the past. In addition to reading a story, participants will join in on activities related to story theme.
Event Type: Kids Program Age Group: Pre-K
Cost: FREE
Registration: Walk-in
UNIQUE SPORTS ACADEMY
109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

DROP IN FREE PLAY
Date: TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Description: Come join Unique Gym for their drop in free play. Lots of fun for your little ones including, obstacle courses, foam pit, trampoline time. These are just some of the activities your child will enjoy. Parent participation is required during floor activities. No registration required to participate in the fun.
Location: Unique Sports Academy
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): 2-5
Registration: Not Required
Cost: $5 for one hour/ $10 for two hours per child.
More Information: www.uniquesportsacademy.com

GREENWELL FOUNDATION
25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636
Date: Every Tuesday (September 25, 2018- May 7, 2019)
Time: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Location: Outdoor Classroom at Clubhouse One
Details: You and your child are invited to meet us at the Greenwell Foundation, every Tuesday morning, for outdoor discoveries and learning, from September to May. Activities include: Sensory Play, Games, Songs, Art, Music, Stories, Seasonal Activities, Dance, and More. Age Group: up to 6 years old
Cost: $5 per child
Registration: Not required. Children attend with their adult
Directions: Enter Greenwell State Park on Rosedale Manor Drive, go straight on the gravel, dirt road, between the fields, and take your first right. Park in the lot straight ahead and look for us in the outdoor classroom on the left.

SEWING LOUNGE- TEEN

Date:  November 13, 20-18

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: CCPL / West Branch

Details: Is sewing your thing, but you don’t have a sewing machine or don’t have a sewing space to start creating? Come to our Sewing Lounge! We’ll have our three machines ready for you to start on your new project. First-come, first-served.

Event Type: Library/ Teen

Age Group: 14+

Cost: FREE

https://www.ccplonline.org/events/calendar/

 

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Tue Dec 1 1

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Tue Dec 1 1

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

STEM STORY TIME: GERMS

Date: December 11, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Charles County Library -Potomac Branch

Details: Join the library for a fun story, song and hands-on experiments to learn about gravity and magnetism!

Event Type: Library

Age Group: 2-5 Years Old

Cost: FREE

Registration: Not Required- Walk-In Welcome

Event Link

 

Annual Holiday Festival & Craft Fair

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Village Green Pavilion

Live Entertainment featuring:
Indian Head Dance Company
The Doc Stevens Band

The Painter Family Running Antique Trains, Children’s Craftmaking & Letter to Santa Activities, Delicious Refreshments & Hot Apple Cider, Gingerbread House Contest, Vendors/Crafters Sale, & Photos w/ Santa!

Admission: $1/all ages at the door. (All donations & proceeds collected to be given to NETS Program)

Wed Dec 1 2

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Date: Wednesday  – Thursday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Event Type: Family
Age Group(s): All Ages
Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
Registration: Purchase tickets online

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

Little Jumpers
Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
Cost: $5.00 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

ARCADE WEDNESDAY AMF

Date: Wednesday’s

Time: All Day

Location: AMF Waldorf

Details: 2X THE ARCADE PLAY EVERY WEDNESDAY!

Get DOUBLE the arcade play with half-price games! Make your arcade credits go further and enjoy 50% more fun with discounts on EVERY game in our state-of-the-art arcade. Spend less and play more—all day, every Wednesday!

Event Type: Family Fun

Age Group: All Ages

Cost:

  • Our best arcade deal
  • 50% off the price of each game
  • Half-price games = double the arcade play!

Event Link

WALDORF WEST LIBRARY
10405 Odonnell Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

FAMILY MOVIE AND PLAY NIGHT

Dates: NOV/DEC SCHEDULE

  • 11/14
  • 11/28
  • 12/12
  • 12/19

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: CCPL- Waldorf West Branch

Details:  Bring the family to Waldorf West’s Imaginative Playtime Room and enjoy a family-friendly, G-rated movie and some imaginative play. One ticket per person (including infants) will be handed out one hour before the program. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times

Ages: 3-8

Registration: Walk-In Welcome

Information: Event Link

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Wed Dec 1 2

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Wed Dec 1 2

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Wed Dec 1 2

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

SEA SQUIRTS- CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM
Date: December 12, 2018
Time: 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: Calvert Marine Museum- 14200 Solomons Island Road S. Solomons, MD 20688
Cost: FREE; drop-in program
Details: This program is designed to invite adults and children to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. 10:15 – 10:45 AM. Space is limited. If the session is full, another program will be offered at 11:00 AM.
Event Type: Educational
Age Group: Drop- In program for children 18 months to three years and their caregivers.

FROSTY’S CODE WORKSHOP

Date: December 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: CCPL / West Branch

Details: Join the library and learn to code using our LEGO WeDo Kits! Make a fun winter toy using computer coding to take home.

Event Type: Library
Age Group(s): 6 – 11

Cost: FREE

Registration: Required

Event Link

CRAFTY KIDS: COLORFUL COASTER
Date: 12/12/18
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Charles County Public Library- Potomac Branch

Details: Join the library in creating colorful coasters that make a great gift.

Event Type: Library
Age Group: 6-11

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Wed Dec 1 2

ELF WORKSHOP

ELF WORKSHOP

Date: December 12, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: James E Richmond Science Center in St. Charles High School

Details: This event is a Playful Parent event held to promote learning through play. Your little Elf will get the chance to test out entertaining and educational toys, engage in fun activities and make holiday themed crafts. There will be door prizes and giveaways too! over 12 different companies have donated toys as giveaways for this event to help raise awareness about educational toys on the market. This is a play with a purpose event. $2 from each ticket will go towards helping The Playful Parent raise money for a mobile children’s museum.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All

Cost: $6 Per Person Ages 4 and up, FREE for ages 3 and under. JER Science Center will be selling tickets the day of the event. They have requested cash; however, accept credit. Price includes admission to the full dome showing of Let It Snow, toy testing, activities and awesome door prizes!!

Registration: Please RSVP email theplayfulparent@yahoo.com

Thu Dec 1 3

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Date: Wednesday  – Thursday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Event Type: Family
Age Group(s): All Ages
Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
Registration: Purchase tickets online

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Thu Dec 1 3

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Thu Dec 1 3

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Thu Dec 1 3

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Thu Dec 1 3

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

PURE PLAY – LA PLATA

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: CCPL / La Plata Branch

Description: Play is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Join us for this session of unstructured play time where we’ll provide the tools for your child to explore their creativity and use their imagination.
Event Type: Library

Age Group: Recommended for ages 3-9.

Registration: Tickets are required and will be issued starting 1 hour before the program starts. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Fri Dec 1 4

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Date: FRIDAYS
Time: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, Waldorf, MD (now two locations)
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
https://familyplacetoplay.com/ways-to-play/
MCDONALDS (MALL CIRCLE)
11025 Mall Cir, Waldorf, MD 20603

MCFAMILY FUN NIGHT
Date: Every Friday
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Waldorf, 11025 Mall Circle, Waldorf, MD 20603
Details: McDonalds hosts a great kids night every Friday Night. Most of the kids night are themed for the holidays or to go with the kids meal offered that month. (Check your mobile App for deals! Most Friday’s there are amazing diner specials.)
Event Type: Kids Night
Age Group: All Ages
Information: HAPPY MEAL MENU LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

UNIQUE SPORTS ACADEMY
109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

DROP IN FREE PLAY
Date: TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Description: Come join Unique Gym for their drop in free play. Lots of fun for your little ones including, obstacle courses, foam pit, trampoline time. These are just some of the activities your child will enjoy. Parent participation is required during floor activities. No registration required to participate in the fun.
Location: Unique Sports Academy
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): 2-5
Registration: Not Required
Cost: $5 for one hour/ $10 for two hours per child.
More Information: www.uniquesportsacademy.com

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

Little Jumpers
Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
Cost: $5.00 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Fri Dec 1 4

PUBLIC SKATE NIGHT

PUBLIC SKATE NIGHT

Date: Fridays September 14 – December 21, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Capital Clubhouse- 3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603
Details: FAMILY SKATE NIGHT
Cost: Admission $8 Rentals $4 
Fri Dec 1 4

FAMILY SKATE NIGHT

FAMILY SKATE NIGHT

Date: Fridays
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Capital Clubhouse- 3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603
Details: FAMILY SKATE NIGHT
Cost: Admission $8 Rentals $4 (Buy 2 get one FREE special)
Fri Dec 1 4

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Date: Friday’s (On Going All Spring)

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Locations: Henson, Hanson, Somers

Details: Come out and enjoy a wide variety of games! Dates and times subject to change. Contact the center for schedule.

Ages: 6 and up

Cost: $3 Drop -In Fee (REC PASS EVENT)

EVENT DETAILS

Fri Dec 1 4

MOPS MEET UP

MOPS MEET UP

Date: 2nd Friday of every Month September 2018 – May 2019

Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Waldorf First Baptist church

Details: MOPS Moms of Preschoolers Monthly meeting. I have been in this group for over four years and love being a part of a group that is so supportive.

Event Type: Parent Support

Cost: Group Registration Fee

Registration: ***THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY TO IT’S FULLEST CAPACITY***

Event Link

 

Fri Dec 1 4

TOTSICLES

CAPITAL CLUB HOUSE
3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

TOTSICLES
Date: FRIDAY’S ONGOING (Call first on holiday’s to double check the schedule)
Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM ( FIRST SESSION IS SEPT 28TH)
Description: A half-hour of self-paced orientation to movement on ice, followed by a cup of hot cocoa and a story read aloud in our warm lobby. Stickers for all after storytime! Children may wear skates or shoes for snow and ice (no smooth-sole or open-toe shoes). Adults wear shoes for snow and ice.
Location: Capital Club House
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): 2-5
Registration: Not Required
Cost: $10 (2018 Price Change)
More Information: https://www.charlescountyparks.com

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Fri Dec 1 4

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Fri Dec 1 4

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FLAT IRON FARM CHRISTMAS
Date: Thanksgiving – December 23, 2018 *Closed Christmas*
Place: 45850 Flat Iron Farm, Great Mills, MD
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy a drive-through lights display that the whole family will enjoy.  The lights display is free, additional cost for pictures with Santa and pony rides. OPENING For the 2018 Christmas Season On Thanksgiving Night at 5pm.! Santa 6 pm Fri.&Sat nights until
12-14 then Every night thru Dec.23RD

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Fri Dec 1 4

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Fri Dec 1 4

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Fri Dec 1 4

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Fri Dec 1 4

WHOVILLE- CANCELED

WHOVILLE (BASE ACCESS ONLY)

Date: CANCELED

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: NRC Solomons Club 9

Details: Get into the Holiday spirit with a walk through WhoVille. We are partnering with CYP to bring WhoVille to life over the course of two fun filled nights. The Grinch, Cindy Loo Who and Mayor of WhoVille will be there to take pictures with everyone!

DECEMBER 14 & 15
5-8 p.m. | NRC Solomons Club 9
*Open to all with base access.

For more details visit: www.navymwrsolomons.com/events

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Parents’ Night Out

Date : Friday December 14, 2018
Time : 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Status : Space is available!
Details : Pump it up is taking care of the kids tonight! PNO is made to give you a break and the only obligation you have at the end of your night (or before 10 PM.) is to pick them up and bring them home for bed. Pizza is catered, drinks will be served and activities like jumping on inflatables, making a special craft and watching a movie will be our itinerary!! FUN STUFF! Ages 4yrs-12yrs (Children MUST be potty trained)! $20 per child,$15 per sibling (payment due at time of registration) $5.00/15min charge for late pickup, per child. Sign up online, over the phone or in-store. Pre-registration is highly recommended.
Event Type: Parents Night Out
Age Group: 4-12 yo
Cost: $20 per child: sibling discount $15

FUN WITH FROSTY- CANCELED 🙁

Date: December 14, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00  PM

Location: Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School, La Plata, MD 20646

Details: This year we are hosting an evening event for the Holiday’s called FUN with Frosty. Please be sure to mark you calendars!!! More information to come!

Event Type: Winter Holiday/PTO Fundraiser

Age Group: Kids of All Ages

Cost: Price TBA

Event Link

Fri Dec 1 4

WINTERS FEST

WINTERS FEST

Date: December 14, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Details: Higdon families come see Santa at our Winter Festival We will be sending out forms in the Thursday to pre purchase food and/or crafts. We will be having a silent auction for classroom decorated trees, wreaths and baskets. Lots of fun and a good cheer with your Higdon families.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group:All Ages

Cost: Small Fee

Registration: Register in advanced

Event Link

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Date : Most Saturdays & Sundays (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 9:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Cost: $9.90 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Sat Dec 1 5

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Times: SUNDAYS-12:00 PM – 6:00 PM/ Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY LINK
THEY NOW HAVE A SECOND LOCATION FOR PARTIES
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Event Type: Family
Age Group(s): All Ages
Cost: Tickets $8 per person (Ages 4-Up), 3 & under free
Registration: Purchase tickets online

WALDORF WEST LIBRARY
10405 Odonnell Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

FAMILY STORY TIME (WALDORF WEST LIBRARY)
Date: 3rd Saturday of the Month
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: Charles County Library- Waldorf West
Details: This story time is a monthly program that is scheduled for every 3rd Saturday and includes books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel board stories. It is designed for children of multiple ages and their parents. This is a 45 minute program and a simple craft is included.
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): All Ages
Registration: Not required
Cost: Free
More Information: http://host.evanced.info/charles/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

MAKE BREAK

Date: Saturday’s 1-3 PM / Sunday’s 2-4 PM

Location: Michael’s Craft Store, Waldorf Store

Details: Enjoy a fun craft provided by Michael’s Craft store.

  • Nov 3 – Decorate A Mini Tree
  • Nov 10 – Christmas Ornament
  • Nov 11 – Snowman Jar
  • Nov 17 – Christmas Wreath
  • Dec 1 – Ginger Bread House
  • Dec 2 – Ginger Bread Slime
  • Dec 8 – Try Me Day
  • Dec 9 – Design A Frame
  • Dec 15 – Christmas Shirts

Cost: FREE

Michaels’ Craft Store

 

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

CHRISTMAS ON THE POTOMAC 
Date: November 16, 2018 – December 22, 2018
Place: National Harbor
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy the region’s most beautiful Christmas decorations. With thousands of twinkling lights and a 55-foot tall Starlight Christmas tree suspended over our indoor garden atrium, you’ll be filled with holiday cheer. Extras such as: ICE display, train rides and Build A Bear have a fee. Every Saturday there will be a tree lighting ceremony and fire works.

12-2 pm- *Santa at the Carousel 12-2 pm * Santa at the Capital Wheel 4:45 pm Holiday Movie: 5:30 pm Tree Light Show and Fireworks

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All (Kid Friendly)

Cost: Most activities are FREE (Wheel & Carousel $)

Event Link

Sat Dec 1 5

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Sat Dec 1 5

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Date: November 23, 2018- January 1, 2019
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FLAT IRON FARM CHRISTMAS
Date: Thanksgiving – December 23, 2018 *Closed Christmas*
Place: 45850 Flat Iron Farm, Great Mills, MD
Price: FREE
Information: Enjoy a drive-through lights display that the whole family will enjoy.  The lights display is free, additional cost for pictures with Santa and pony rides. OPENING For the 2018 Christmas Season On Thanksgiving Night at 5pm.! Santa 6 pm Fri.&Sat nights until
12-14 then Every night thru Dec.23RD

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Sat Dec 1 5

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Sat Dec 1 5

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Sat Dec 1 5

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

Sat Dec 1 5

MAKERS MARKET

MAKERS MARKET

Date/Time:

Holiday Maker’s Markets: 9:00am-2:00pm on the the following days:
Saturday, November 3
Saturday, December 1
Saturday, December 8
Saturday, December 15
Saturday, December 22

Time:

Location: Annmarie Garden

Details: Join us for one (or all) of our five indoor HOLIDAY Markets! Each Market will feature a different selection of vendors offering a variety of gifts for all the loved ones on your list! All the markets are indoors.

Cost: Admission is free.

EVENT LINK

COOKIES & CRAFTS AR WORKSHOP

Date: December 1, 2018

Time: SESSION 1 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM/ SESSION 2 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: AR Workshop, 317 Charles St. La Plata, MD 20646

Details: Join AR Workshop for a festive and family-friendly Cocoa, Cookies & Crafts DIY workshop session to make any of our (totally kid-friendly) NEW HOLIDAY WOOD ORNAMENTS for just $5 each! (Given the 1.5 hour time slot, up to 6 ornaments is recommended per person). Registration for this event is REQUIRED to guarantee your spot.Payment can be made when you attend the event. Choose your ornament designs and paint colors at the workshop! While you’re here, enjoy cookies, cocoa, and check out all of our holiday home decor, jewelry, accessories and last-minute Christmas gift ideas!

Event Type:Craft

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $5

Event Link

*Each attending guest must register to participate, including children. **This special event is not eligible for promotions or coupons.

 

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Sat Dec 1 5

WHOVILLE- CANCELED

WHOVILLE (BASE ACCESS ONLY)

Date: CANCELED

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: NRC Solomons Club 9

Details: Get into the Holiday spirit with a walk through WhoVille. We are partnering with CYP to bring WhoVille to life over the course of two fun filled nights. The Grinch, Cindy Loo Who and Mayor of WhoVille will be there to take pictures with everyone!

DECEMBER 14 & 15
5-8 p.m. | NRC Solomons Club 9
*Open to all with base access.

For more details visit: www.navymwrsolomons.com/events

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CLAWS

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Blue Crabs Club House

Details: Come celebrate the Holidays with our Mascot “Pinch” and Santa himself!
Enjoy a Hot Breakfast and Hot Cocoa along with crafts for Pinch’s favorite Blue Crabs fans. While your at the Ballpark you can shop our Holiday Sale in the Crab Shack Team Store.
Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit The Children’s Aide Society and receive 2 Free 2019 Game Tickets.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: Kids of all ages

Cost: See Ticket Link

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – PRINCE FREDERICK VFD

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 8:00 – 12:00

Location: Prince Frederick VFD

Details: See Flier

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All

Cost: Admission by Donation

EVENT LINK

 

 

MARY MATULA COCOA WITH SANTA

Date:  December 15, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Mary Matula Elementary School, Radio Station Rd. La Plata MD

Details: Holiday Craft fair and pictures with Santa!

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $1 for pictures with Santa or donation of winter hat, scarf or gloves.

 

MR & MRS CLAUS ON THE SQUARE

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Leondardtown Square

Details: Bring your wishlists and your cameras for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Event is FREE and open to the public.

Event Type:Winter Festivities

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

MILK & COOKIES WITH SANTA- RUNNING HARE VINEYARD

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: Running Hare Vineyard, Prince Frederick, MD

Details: The Mark Frisco Team of Century 21 New Millennium and C&F Mortgage Corporation Invite you to a FREE family friendly indoor event on December 15th from 12-3 pm at Running Hare Vineyard!!

**Free picture with Santa, Delicious cookies, Music and much more!**

Registration: Please RSVP by December 13th through The Mark Frisco Team’s Facebook page. You can also give us a call (443- 486-5145) or email us at team@somdteam.com.

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: Kids

Cost: FREE indoor event

Event Link

SANTA IS COMING TO THE CHARLESTON

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: The Charleston, Waldorf, MD

Details: Bring your camera and join us for a jolly good time! Santa will be making his way to The Charleston on December 15th for pictures, ornament decorating, and more! Bring the little ones and their letters to Santa!

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Date: DECEMBER 15 , 2018

Time:  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf, MD

Details: Local children are invited to St. Charles Towne Center to celebrate the season by decorating a gingerbread cookie! They start by choosing a cookie and icing packet, then they can top it as creatively as they would like. Afterwards, they & their parents can enjoy & top a cup of hot cocoa at our hot cocoa bar! This event will be held in Macy’s Court on December 15 from 1-3pm (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST).

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

CHRISTMAS STEAM PARTY

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: 44174 AIRPORT VIEW Dr, California, Maryland 20619

Details: Discover U Children’s Museum Presents- STEAM Christmas Party!
Join us this December for fun-filled STEAM Family Christmas Activities.
Christmas Tree Raffle
Milk & Cookies
Take pictures with Santa & MORE

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $5 Per Kid/ 3 and under FREE

Event Link

Sat Dec 1 5

SWIM WITH SANTA

SWIM WITH SANTA

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Location: Lackey Pool

Details: Whether you’ve been naughty or nice…bring your swimsuit and join Santa in the pool for holiday fun and games. Activities include above water or submerged picture with Santa, water games, and an arts and crafts station. Pictures with Santa begin at 2:15p!
Online Registration: http://bit.ly/2QlmSJC
All Ages
Admission Fee: $8/person

Sat Dec 1 5

A MAGICAL SEASON

A MAGICAL SEASON
Date: 12/15/18
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Location: Charles County Public Library- Potomac Branch

Details: Have fun with Harry Potter and the magical world as we make Potter-themed projects!

Event Type: Library
Age Group: 6-14

Cost: FREE

Event Link

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: CCPL / La Plata Branch

Details: What a fun and way to learn about engineering! Each participant will bring a bag of candy for decorating to share with the group. Kids will make their own gingerbread house (actually graham crackers!) and decorate to their own specifications. Each child gets to keep their creation!

Event Type:Library/ Holiday Craft

Age Group: Recommended for ages 6-11.

Cost:FREE

Registration: You must register for this event – Registration will open on November 15, 2018

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: CCPL / Waldorf West

Details: What a fun and way to learn about engineering! Each participant will bring a bag of candy for decorating to share with the group. Kids will make their own gingerbread house (actually graham crackers!) and decorate to their own specifications. Each child gets to keep their creation!

Event Type:Library/ Holiday Craft

Age Group: Recommended for ages 6-11.

Cost:FREE

Registration: You must register for this event – Registration will open on November 15, 2018

Sat Dec 1 5

BOWL WITH SANTA

BOWL WITH SANTA

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: Lord Calvert Bowling

Details: Bowl with Santa includes 2 hours of bowling, snack, gift bag and craft. Santa will be available to take pictures so please bring your camera! $14.50 per person

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: $14.50 Per Person

Event Link

CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Eldorado Farm, Mechanicsville, MD

Detail: See Flier

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE Admission

EVENT LINK

DINNER WITH SANTA COW

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Chick-fil-A LaPlata

Details: Santa Cow will be here ready for a special Christmas photo. Dine with us from 5pm – 8pm and enjoy a delicious dinner and a fun craft.

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: Kids of All Ages

Cost: Free event, food not included.

EVENT LINK

MY GYM
1148 Smallwood Dr, Waldorf, MD 20603

MY GYM PARENTS NIGHT OUT -JOLLY JINGLE JAM

Date: Dec 15, 2018
Time: 6:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: My Gym , Waldorf

Details:

Parents’ Night Out is Here! Drop your kids off for 4-hours of non-stop fun at My Gym Waldorf. Fun themed Activities includes:

  •  Decorate holiday cookies
  •  Snowball Tumblin’
  •  Gymnastics, Trapezes, & Swings
  •  PLUS Pizza & Movie
  •  Cost: Lifetime Members $29/Non Members Welcome $34
  •  Sibling discounts apply
  •  **Price Increase the day of the event, if space is available**

*

https://www.mygym.com/waldorf/events

Sat Dec 1 5

NUTCRACKER BALLET

NUTCRACKER BALLET

Date: December 15, 2018

Time: 7PM

Location: 1150 Berry Road, Waldorf, MD 20603

Details: The Studio Cooperative proudly presents The Nutcracker Suite – Holiday Shoppe & Show! We are holding this shoppe and show in order to raise funds for our Nutcracker Suite performance and our continued efforts to bring the arts and culture to the community in Southern Maryland as well as health and wellness. We will have a variety of vendors for visitors to peruse and enjoy. There will be several performances from our dancers of the Nutcracker for your enjoyment, photo booth, gift wrapping table, silent auction, photos with the performers and more! AS WELL AS A 50/50 RAFFLE! So come enjoy the holiday season with us and support our local causes in the process.

Event Type: Winter Festivities/Entertainment

Age Group: All

Cost:

EVENT LINK

 

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Date : Most Saturdays & Sundays (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 9:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : WAKE UP AND GO JUMP- PUMP IT UP
Cost: $9.90 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

Sun Dec 1 6

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Times: SUNDAYS-12:00 PM – 6:00 PM/ Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY LINK
THEY NOW HAVE A SECOND LOCATION FOR PARTIES

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Sun Dec 1 6

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

Sun Dec 1 6

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS
Date: November 22, 2018 -January 1, 2019 Wednesday thru Sunday (6 PM-10PM)
Place: Symphony Woods at Merriweather Park, Columbia, Maryland
Price: Wed.-Fri. and Sun. $20, Sat. $25 (cash only)
Information: The Symphony of Lights is a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition. This family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of more than 100 larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations, made up of more than 250,000 bulbs. Proceeds from the event benefit Howard County General Hospital. Lots of new elements this year to include: new course design, new displays, 100% LED lighting, laser show.

SIX FLAGS HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Date: November 23, 2018- January 1, 2019
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTERFEST- KINGS DOMINION
Date: November 2018- January 1, 2019 (Friday, Sat, Sun)
Place: 13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD
Price: Park Admission
Information: This dazzling, winter spectacular will make your holiday shine with more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and theme park rides! PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Sun Dec 1 6

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

LA PLATA SANTA FIRE TRUCK RUNS

Date: Thanskgiving weekend through out December

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Streets throughout La Plata

Details: It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we can escort Santa through our first due response area. This is the full listing of where and when he will be visiting the La Plata area with our Volunteers. Please check our page frequently as inclement weather and emergency responses can impact the schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the holiday season!

UPDATE: Areas scheduled for 11/24 will be visited on 12/16 due to inclement weather

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Sun Dec 1 6

CHRISTMAS CAROL

PTP PRESENTS  A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Date: November 23- December 16, 2018

Time: Friday & Saturday Shows 7:00 PM/ Sunday 3:00 PM

Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, La Plata MD

Details: Don’t miss this holiday classic.

Event Type:Entertainment

Age Group: All Ages (Best for school aged and older)

Cost: $

Event Link

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

SANTA RUN -HUGHESVILLE VFD

Date: November 30, 2018 – December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: See Flier

Details:

Santa wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Parents are reminded that it will be dark outside and difficult for Santa and his helpers to see everyone clearly. Please hold the children tight until the fire trucks stop moving.  Santa also wants to tell everyone that he cannot get to every street because of the size of the fire trucks. Santa’s elves have tried to identify streets that Santa can turn around on.  Santa and his elve’s will arrive with a parade of fire trucks and ambulances at the locations listed above between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Friday and 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: Santa runs will be cancelled due to weather and emergencies without notice. Santa will attempt to re-schedule cancelled routes, but will be busy preparing for Christmas! Please continue to check this schedule for any changes!! If you live on a new street, it will most likely be covered in the day that covers streets around you.

Event Type: Santa Fire Truck Run

Age Group: All AGes

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

Sun Dec 1 6

CHRISTMAS BELLS

CHRISTMAS BELLS

Date/ Time:

Performances run November 30 – December 16
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 3:30 PM
Lobby doors open 1 hour prior to the show.

Location: Newtowne Players

Details: It’s Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

Tickets are now available on our website at www.newtowneplayers.org/tickets

Adults $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children $10

Group rates are available, contact tickets@newtowneplayers.org

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

FIRE TRUCK SANTA RUN- MECHANICSVILLE

Date: December 1-21, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Streets around Mechanicsville

Details: See flier for printable schedule

The Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad will be bringing Santa Claus into your Neighborhood through the dates of December 1 to December 21. Santa will be riding on the biggest and brightest Fire Engine we have. An Ambulance will occasionally lead, playing Christmas songs on their PA system.

Santa Runs will begin between 5:30 – 6:30 PM and may last up until 9:00 PM. We ask that if you live in a small court or cul-de-sac, please come to the road that intersects your street when you hear music and sirens. Our crews will cover as many streets within the subdivisions as possible.

Please check the following schedule to see if Santa Claus will be available in your subdivision. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every street and road in our first due area.

If you have any questions, please contact Station 2 at (301) 884-4709 or click here to e-mail us. On behalf of the Officers and Members of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department, we thank you for your support and wish everyone a very Safe and Merry

Event Type: Santa Sighting

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

BREAKFAST WITH THE GRINCH

Date: December 16, 2018

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Tall Timbers Marina

Details: Breakfast with Santa is boring, come to Tall Timbers Marina and you can have breakfast with everyone’s favorite mischievous Christmas character, the Grinch! Mark your calendars and be sure to bring the whole family on Sunday, December 16 from 8 am – 1 pm. And don’t forget to get your photo with the Grinch, suitable for for framing, of course! Real fast buffet is $10.95 per person (includes your photo). To make reservations, please email info@talltimbersmarinasomd.com, include your names, number in your party, requested time, and a contact number.

EVENT LINK

Sun Dec 1 6

HOLIDAY JAZZ

HOLIDAY JAZZ

Date: DECEMBER 16, 2018

Time:  1-3 PM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf, MD

Details: Enjoy the cool jazz sounds of John G. Lewis while you shop for holiday gifts this season. John G. Lewis is a guitarist, singer, song writer, and bit of a mad-scientist. John was raised in South Bend, IN and began studying guitar while in high school. After graduating from high school he moved to Southern California and began his professional music career as a soloist, singing and accompanying himself on guitar in a variety of venues in and around San Diego. Jealous of the keyboard players who could play left handed bass, he tinkered with and explored various approaches to incorporating a low bottom-end on the guitar. By integrating the guitar/synthesizer, John ultimately developed an innovative approach to the guitar to create an unbelievably full sound. Combing these elements with his silky smooth voice and an eclectic repertoire of Jazz, R&B, and Brazilian grooves – which he performs in English, French, and Portuguese – John’s sound is described as soulful, jazzy and cool. http://www.jlewismusic.com

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

 

AFTERNOON WITH THE GRINCH

Date: December 16, 2018

Time: 2- 4PM

Location: Ruddy Duck

Details:
Holiday Crafts in our Private Dining room available from 2-4pm.

Photos with the Grinch from 2:30 to 3:45pm!
Photos graciously provided by Southern Maryland Entertainment
Southern Maryland Entertainment provides an “out of the box” photo booth experience! Book them for your special event or view your photos on their website: www.somdentertainment.com

Pictures will take place in the bar area with a blue screen. Parents are welcome to take photos of their little ones with the Grinch and will also receive a digital copy of the photo (free of charge) on the spot from Mike with Southern Maryland Entertainment! The photos from SOMD Entertainment will have a beautiful Holiday background imposed to complete this Holiday Photoshoot! Additional Photo Prints will be available for purchase on their website.

The specific link for purchasing photos will be posted here once the date gets closer!

Event Type: Family Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost:

Event Link

CHESAPEAKE BEACH LIGHT UP THE TOWN

Dates/Times:

  • November 25, 2018: 4:30 PM Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall
  • December 1, 2018: 12:00 PM Holiday Parade at North Beach
  • December 16, 2018: Dusk Luminaria Event at Chesapeake Village
  • December 20, 2018: 7:00 PM Award Ceremony

Details: See Flyer

Event Type: Winter Festivities

Age Group: All

Event Link

FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY

Date: December 16, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: First Baptist Church of Waldorf

Details: It’s time to gather once again for our annual Family Christmas party!
Join our church family and celebrate Christmas during a night of yummy food, fun games and talented performances! Hosted by our favorite associate pastor Randy Stacks and worship leader Jon Kempson!

Event Type: Family Holiday

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

 

 

SNOW PRINCESS NIGHT

Date: December 16, 2018

Time:  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Annmarie Gardens

Details: It’s a most magical night at Annmarie Garden In Lights! Bring your camera for a unique photo op with our beautiful Snow Princesses – and take home a unique holiday photo!

After your visit, tour our spectacular holiday light show, Annmarie Garden In Lights!

Join us for Annmarie Garden In Lights, a magical holiday light show that takes visitors on a beautiful walk through the glittering woods. As you stroll the protected path, you will be surrounded by spectacular “light sculptures” depicting sea creatures, wintry wonderlands, enchanted gardens, wild animals, outer space, airplanes, pirates, princesses, superheroes, and much more. Don’t forget to ask for a “Holiday I Spy” program. After your walk, warm up in the Arts Building where you will find nightly entertainment, beautiful exhibits, great shopping, and a holiday cafe!

Tonight’s entertainment:
Patuxent High School Jazz Ensemble

Hardesty Haven Holiday Cafe OPEN NIGHTLY!
Gift Shop & Ornament Show OPEN NIGHTLY!

Annmarie Garden In Lights
November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019, 6-9pm nightly
(CLOSED Dec. 3, 4, 24,25)
No smoking. No pets except on Pet Night (Jan. 1).
For detailed schedule, visit www.annmariegarden.org.

Fast Pass tickets for quick entry:http://www.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/content/garden-lights-magical-light-show

At the Door Admission (ages 3 & up): $7.00
Children 2 & under: FREE
Annmarie Members: FREE

STORY TIME AND SING WITH SANTA

Date:  December 16, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: St. Charles Towne Center, Waldorf, MD

Details: Story-time & Singing with Santa is a fun & interactive event for local children…and a great way to end the night before bedtime! On Sunday, December 16, from 7 PM – 9 PM, children are invited to St. Charles Towne Center to listen to a Christmas story read by one of Santa’s Elves, while enjoying milk (a choice of chocolate or white) & a chocolate chip cookie (in a festive treat bag). Santa will join the festivities and play his ukulele and children can join in as he sings holiday songs. A craft is available to make & take and Santa’s Elf is also a balloon artist who will create balloon animals & balloon shapes for our little guests. This event is open to a max of 100 children via RSVP only. The first 50 children (physically at the event, whose families have RSVP’d) will receive a copy of the story-time book (signed by Santa). Every child (whose family RSVP’d) will receive a festive headband. This event will be held in Macy’s Court, near the Guest Services Kiosk,

Registration: RSVP at  https://sctcstorytimewithsanta.app.rsvpify.com/

Event Type: Holiday

Age Group: Young Children

Cost: FREE

Event Link

Mon Dec 1 7

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

PUMP IT UP
109 Post Office Road B, Waldorf, MD 20602

Little Jumpers
Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first)
Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Pump It Up Waldorf
Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know.
Cost: $5.00 per child
Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/

***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Mon Dec 1 7

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Mon Dec 1 7

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

Show: The Happy Elf

Performances:
Monday December 17, 2018
Tuesday December 18, 2018

Tickets: Adults $10/ Students $5

Event Link

TEXAS ROAD HOUSE (LA PLATA)
103 Drury Dr, La Plata, MD 20646

KIDS NIGHT- TEXAS ROADHOUSE
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Texas Roadhouse, La Plata, MD
Description: Round up the lil’ Roadies and join us for our Legendary Kid’s Night:
$1.99 Kid’s Meal, Ice Cream Sundae Bar, Arts & Crafts, Andy Armadillo and THE
Balloon Nerd!!! Kid’s Night is a ton of fun for the whole family so mosey on down to Texas Roadhouse! Please contact us at the restaurant to learn more specific details about this exciting night. *Limit 2 offers per 1 Adult Entree Purchased. Dine in only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at this location only. Not valid on holidays.*
Event: Family
Age: All Ages
Cost: Activities free, kids meals $1.99, Adult entrees see menu
Information: https://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant-

Tue Dec 1 8

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

UNIQUE SPORTS ACADEMY
109 Post Office Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

DROP IN FREE PLAY
Date: TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Description: Come join Unique Gym for their drop in free play. Lots of fun for your little ones including, obstacle courses, foam pit, trampoline time. These are just some of the activities your child will enjoy. Parent participation is required during floor activities. No registration required to participate in the fun.
Location: Unique Sports Academy
Event Type: Parent/Child
Age Group(s): 2-5
Registration: Not Required
Cost: $5 for one hour/ $10 for two hours per child.
More Information: www.uniquesportsacademy.com

GREENWELL FOUNDATION
25420 Rosedale Manor Ln, Hollywood, MD 20636
Date: Every Tuesday (September 25, 2018- May 7, 2019)
Time: 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Location: Outdoor Classroom at Clubhouse One
Details: You and your child are invited to meet us at the Greenwell Foundation, every Tuesday morning, for outdoor discoveries and learning, from September to May. Activities include: Sensory Play, Games, Songs, Art, Music, Stories, Seasonal Activities, Dance, and More. Age Group: up to 6 years old
Cost: $5 per child
Registration: Not required. Children attend with their adult
Directions: Enter Greenwell State Park on Rosedale Manor Drive, go straight on the gravel, dirt road, between the fields, and take your first right. Park in the lot straight ahead and look for us in the outdoor classroom on the left.

BROOKESIDE GARDENS GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Date: November 16, 2018 – January 1 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, Maryland
Price: $25 per vehicle Sun.-Thurs.; $30 per vehicle Fri.-Sat.
Information: Walk thru this beautiful display of holiday lights that features more than a million colorful lights. Following your walk among the lights, warm up inside the Conservatory and enjoy a colorful display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens.

SANTAS WONDERLAND- BASS PRO SHOP

Date: November 17, 2018- December 24, 2018

Time: All Day

Location: Bass Pro Shop- Arundel Mills Mall

Details: Have your photo taken with Santa and get a FREE 4×6 print-off, participate in FREE activities such as crafts, toy testing, writing letters to Santa and more.

Event Type: Holiday Family

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

EVENT LINK

Tue Dec 1 8

LIGHTS ON THE BAY

LIGHTS ON THE BAY
Date: November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 (5pm – 10pm) *Including holidays*
Place: Sandy Point State Park
Price: $15 Per Car
Information: Head to Sandy Point State Park from November 19th to January 1st. Not only will you see Christmas lights, but 3D glasses are available to make your experience even more amazing.

Tue Dec 1 8

YOUNG MOMS CLUB

YOUNG MOMS CLUB

Date: 3RD Tuesday of the month

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: First Baptist Church of Waldorf- Bunker Hill Rd

Details: This is a Christian based program and community support group to help young moms. This a great evening that provides girl talk, support in discussing struggles we face every day as moms. This group is designed to surround moms with other loving and supportive moms. Dinner will be provided for food and fellowship before moms. Kids are invited to come, they will have a chance to meet and play with other children in the nursery with certified volunteers. Meal will be provided to mommas and kids.

Event Type: Support Group

Age Group: All Ages

Cost: FREE

Event Link

BULL RUN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Date: November 21, 2018 -January 6, 2019 *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: 7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA 20121
Price: $20-$25 Depending on what night you go.
Information: Every year from Thanksgiving until just after New Year’s Day, you can experience the Bull Run Festival of Lights, 2.5 miles illuminated by holiday light displays. Drive the festival route from the comfort of your car; turn out your headlights and just follow the magical glow. After viewing the lights, bring your family and friends to the holiday village to enjoy rides, refreshments, and of course, photos with Santa Claus (holiday village open select nights). The festival happens annually at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Virginia.  Monday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday – Sunday and Holidays 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Holidays include November 23, December 24, 25, 31, and January 1).

WINTER FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT WATKINS REGIONAL PARK
Date: November 23, 2018-January 1, 2019 (5-9:30 pm)
Place: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Price: Tickets range from $5 per car or van to $30 per bus, see website for details.
Information: Join in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Watkins Park’s Winter Festival of Lights by driving thru a spectacular holiday display of more than one million lights and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland. Participants are encouraged to bring a canned or nonperishable good to be donated to a local food bank.

Tue Dec 1 8

ZOO LIGHTS

ZOO LIGHTS
Date: November 23, 2018 to January 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31) 5-9 PM
Place: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC
Price: Free admission
Information: Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!

41TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT THE MORMON TEMPLE
Date: November 29, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Place: Washington, D.C., Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, Maryland
Price: Free
Information: The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area’s great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors’ Center. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented twice nightly.

AWARD WINNING ANNMARIE GARDENS IN LIGHTS
Date: November 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 Nightly (6-9 PM ) *Closed 12/3, 12/4, 12/24, 12/25*Place: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons
Price: $7 for ages 3 and over, FREE for kids 2 and under.
Information: Walk through the wooded path and enjoy lighted vignettes of famous people, places and works of art. Look for hidden treasures in the trees and green shamrocks in each vignette.

See Full Schedule for specials and entertaining events:

CHRISTMAS DOLLS AND TRAINS EXHIBIT AT ST CLEMENTS
Date: December 1-January 1 (12:00 PM – 4:00 PM) *Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas*
Place: St. Clements Island Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Coltons Point, MD
Price:  $3 Adults/ $1.50 Children 6 – 18, FREE Children 5 and under.
Information: Exhibits will feature special doll collections from the Black-eyed Susan and Southern Maryland Doll Clubs. Dolls will be arranged to depict Christmas scenes and vignettes of Chesapeake coastal living in the early 20th century.

BUSCH GARDENS CHRISTMAS TOWN
Date: November 17, 2018 -January 5, 2019 (WEEKENDS ONLY UNTIL DEC 9)
Place: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA
Price: Cost of Admission to park/ FREE to Season Pass Holders
Information: Christmas shines brightest at Busch Gardens Christmas Town in Williamsburg, Virginia. The world’s most beautiful theme park is aglow with over 8 million Christmas lights, making it the largest Christmas light display in North America. Enjoy kid-friendly, thrill rides, merry entertainment and dining options. Stay warm with a mug of the park’s signature peppermint fudge hot chocolate, meet Santa Claus in the North Pole and capture an unforgettable memory with a Christmas photo. Most of all, enjoy this most wonderful time of year with friends and family. CHRISTMAS TOWN PLAYFUL PARENT GUIDE

Show: The Happy Elf

Performances:
Monday December 17, 2018
Tuesday December 18, 2018

Tickets: Adults $10/ Students $5

Event Link

Tue Dec 1 8

HOLIDAY KIDS CRAFT

Kids Craft Event
Date: Tuesday, December 18th
Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Location: Chick-fil-A Brandywine

Details: come out for a fun holiday themed kids craft.
RSVP: ashleypilkerton@hotmail.com

PRESCHOOL WINTER ART

Date: December 18, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Charles County Library -Potomac Branch

Details: Join the library for a fun preschool craft experience all about WINTER!

Event Type: Library

Age Group: 2-5 Years Old

Cost: FREE

Registration: Not Required- Walk-In Welcome

Event Link

 

Tue Dec 1 8

FAMILY CRAFT NIGHT

WALDORF WEST LIBRARY
10405 Odonnell Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603

FAMILY CRAFT NIGHT
Date: 12/18/18
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Library- West Branch
Details: Spend time together as a family creating simple craft projects.
Event Type: Family Craft
Age Group: 2 – 5
http://host.evanced.info/charles/evanced/eventcalendar.asp

Tue Dec 1 8

JR CHEF

JR CHEF

Date/Time/Location:

Harvest Theme

  • Hanson Sept 25 6:30
  • Henson Sept 27 6:30

Halloween

  • Piccowaxen Oct 24 6:30
  • Stoddert Oct 25 6:30

Holiday

  • Davis Dec 18 6:30
  • Somers Dec 20 6:30

Jr. Chefs will explore a variety of culinary adventures while creating unique themed desserts. Chef hat and apron included. Please bring a container to take home your artistic creations. Adult participation required.

Online Registration: http://bit.ly/2goA82K

Ages: 6-12
Resident Fee: $12 • Non-Resident: $14

Wed Dec 1 9

INDOOR PLAY IDEAS

JBA COMMUNITY COMMONS
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762

INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS
Date: OPEN DAILY
Time: ALL DAY
Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND
Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK
Event Type: INDOOR PLAY
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: VARIES
Registration: Drop-In

KENNEDY CENTER
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER
Date: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage
Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night.
Event Type: Performance/Concert
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: FREE
Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY
3443 Rockefeller Ct, Waldorf, MD 20602
Date: Wednesday  – Thursday
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details:  Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally.
Event Type: Free Play
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60
Registration: Drop- In Welcome
EDWARD T HALL AQUATIC CENTER
130 Auto Dr, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

LEISURE (CHILDREN’S) POOL HOURS
Weekend Hours: Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Weekly hours:  Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 9:00pm, Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD
Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.

**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**

Website: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=397

Playful Parent Guide:https://theplayfulparent.org/2017/01/22/edward-t-hall-aquatic-center-our-little-trip-to-paradise/

JAMES E RICHMOND SCIENCE CENTER
5305 Piney Church Rd, Piney Church Rd, Waldorf, MD 20602

Date: 1ST & 3RD SATURDAYS
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Location: James E.Richmond Science Center
Description: James E. Richmond Science Center previews a full dome show every 1ST & 3RD Saturday.

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS

Doors Open» 6:00 p.m.
Fulldome Show» 6:45 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

FIRST & THIRD SATURDAYS

Doors Open» 9:00 a.m.
Fulldome Shows» 9:30 a.m. | 10:45 a.m. | 12:00 p.m.
Exploration Stations» 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Event Type: Family
Age Group(s): All Ages
Cost: Tickets $8 per person (A