Things To Do With The Kids This Weekend - December 13-16

So much fun it's hard to know where to begin! A Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival, Cirque Nutcracker, holiday concerts and more! Here are our top picks for fun things for the family for December 13 to 16.

Thursday, December 13

Cirque Nutcracker
13–16. The awe-inspiring talents of Troupe Vertigo come to the concert hall as acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and high-flying aerialists join the BSO for this spectacular holiday-themed show. $35–$90. Performances at Strathmore and Meyerhoff; check for times. bsomusic.org/calendar.aspx

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Tim Burton's animated classic of Jack Skellington, and his attempts to spice-up Halloween Town with a new holiday. 3 p.m. Mountain Road Community Library, Pasadena. aacpl.net

Girls Who Code
Give girls grades 3-5 computer science education and tech industry exposure while working on collaborative curriculum-based technology projects. Free. 4:30–5:30 p.m. Bowie Library. pgcmls.info

Midnight Madness
Dec.13 and 20. Stroll through downtown Annapolis as shops remain open until midnight, and enjoy carolers, food, drinks, special deals and fun for the kids. Free. 6 p.m.–midnight. Downtown Annapolis. downtownannapolispartnership.org

Friday, December 14

Cookies with Santa
Santa, songs, music, playtime, cookies and more. $15–$21. Time slots 2:30-5:30 p.m. My Gym, Annapolis. mygym.com/annapolis/camp

A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe
Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus! This year’s program welcomes musical theater darling Ashley Brown—originator of the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway. $24–$90. Free; Fri. 8 p.m. Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. The Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. kennedy-center.org

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 14–15. Featuring over-the-top production and world class Russian artists. Larger-than-life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes. $25–$115. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 1 and 5 p.m. Hippodrome Theatre at the France Merrick Performing Arts Center, Baltimore. france-merrickpac.com

Holiday Cheer, 2018
Dec. 14–16 and 20–23. Traditional holiday music and new energetic numbers. Holiday characters include Frosty, Rudolph, Dancing Bears and Trees and more. For all ages. $15. 7:30 p.m.; matinees at 2 p.m. certain days. St. John's College Key Auditorium, Annapolis. talentmachine.com

Saturday, December 15

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A holiday play for families about generosity. $10. 2 p.m. 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis. bbpproductions.com

Holiday Open House
Celebrate the merry holidays by visiting both the William Paca House and Hogshead for a variety of activities to celebrate the holiday season with a touch of history. $5–$10. 3–6 p.m. William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street; Hogshead, 43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis. annapolis.org

Holiday Breakfast at The Y
Listen to holiday music as you enjoy seasonal crafts, games and refreshments. Plus, get your picture taken with a very special guest! Free. 11 a.m.–noon. The Y in Arnold (Greater Annapolis), Arnold. ymaryland.org

Christmas for Kids—Baltimore Choral Arts
Baltimore Choral Arts brings holiday cheer to the entire family, as the ever-popular Pepito the Clown tells a brand new holiday story. Even Santa joins this festive adventure. $13. 11 a.m. Kraushaar Auditorium, Baltimore. baltimorechoralarts.org

Breakfast with Santa and Friends
Breakfast buffet and Santa meet and greet. Bring a camera. $15–$20. 8–10 a.m. Adventure Park USA, Monrovia. adventureparkusa.com

Holiday Choral Concert
The Encore Chorale program, conducted by Jeanne Kelly, will perform a variety of holiday pieces. Free. 3 p.m. Pascal Center for the Performing Arts, Arnold. encorecreativity.org

Port Discovery Birthday Extravaganza
15–16. Paint birthday cakes and take part in fun birthday festivities celebrating Port Discovery’s 20th year of providing purposeful, powerful play! Paint birthday cakes and create craft party hats, dance around to upbeat jams. Free with admission. Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. noon–5 p.m. Port Discovery Children's Museum, Baltimore. portdiscovery.org

A Christmas Carol: Baltimore
15–16. Bring the whole family to this family-friendly performance by the Charm City Ballet. $18–$26. 1:30 and 7:30; Sun. 3 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills. charmcityballet.com

Family Holiday Concert
Hear Christmas carols, Hanukkah songs, music from the Grinch, and the Nutcracker by the Columbia Orchestra, accompanied by Dance Connections dancers. $10–$15. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia. columbiaorchestra.org

Sunday, December 16

Handel and Hamilton for the Holidays
Holiday music combined with an historical narrative that reflects the time period between 1700 and 1800 is performed at this recital featuring two Washington National Opera soloists. The concert features holiday music by G. F. Handel and includes touches of Broadway. Free 3–5 p.m. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel. Arts.pgparks.com

Holly Jolly Food Truck Festival
Santa Claus is coming, and he's bringing 10+ food trucks along with him! Make sure to bring your camera or phone to take a photo with Santa in front of the fire engine inside of the heated engine bay. Food trucks will be serving lunch in the main parking lot, and the hall will be open for seating. Hot and cold drinks will be on sale for purchase. Free. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, Elkridge. elkridgevfd.org

SQRRLA SQRRL! Family Holiday
This family-friendly holiday concert is one you’ll never forget! SQRRL’s high energy and good fun creates an interactive experience guaranteed to have the kids and parents too, singing and dancing to the holiday classics. Look for special appearances by Santa, Frosty, Eddie the Elf and other SQRRL-friends. $13.50. Noon. Ram’s Head on Stage, Annapolis. ramsheadonstage.com

Christmas Village
Through Dec. 24. Experience the charm of an authentic German Christmas at the Inner Harbor with holiday food, more than 50 vendors, children's activities and thousands of lights. Check website for details and times. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. baltimore-christmas.com

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