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Activities for your preschooler in December

There are so many great activities to do with your preschooler during the month of December in Maryland. From ballerina story time to holiday movies to parades, get ready to have fun this month with your little one. Whether you live in Annapolis or Baltimore or anywhere in between, there is something on our list just for you and your preschooler.

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Have a Holly Jolly Craft Month
Dec. 1-31. Drop in and make a holiday craft. Free. All day. Crofton Library, Crofton. aacpl.net/location/crofton

Mr. Paca’s Backyard
Dec. 1-2. Learn about birds. Registration required. $5-7. 10-11:15am. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. annapolis.org

Ballet Day
Dress like your favorite ballerina. Songs, stories and a craft. Ages 3-6. Free. 2pm. Howard County Library System Miller Branch, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950, hclibrary.org/locations/miller-branch

‘The Polar Express’
Slide-show telling of “The Polar Express.” Ages 2-5. Registration required. Free. 7pm. Howard County Library System Elkridge Branch, Elkridge. 410-313-5077, hclibrary.org/locations/elkridge-branch

2 Wednesday

Illustrators on Parade
Discover the creativity of children’s illustrators through stories and activities. Ages 3-6 with adult. Registration required. Free. 2pm. Howard County Library System Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org/locations/central-branch

Let It Snow Stories and Fun
Let it snow, with stories, songs and a craft. Free. 3:30pm. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net/location/brooklynpark

3 Thursday

Mitten Tree Kickoff
Bring an item to donate to Holiday Mitten Tree. Stories and songs about winter outerwear. Ages 2 and up. 10:15am. Howard County Library Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org/locations/central-branch

‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ Story Time
Story time featuring holiday classic. Free. 11am. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

Spin the Dreidel
Listen to a funny story about Hanukkah and play a game to win a prize. Free. 3:30pm. Brooklyn Park Community Library, Baltimore. 410-222-6260, aacpl.net/location/brooklynpark

4 Friday

‘The Polar Express’ Story Time
Pajama party celebrates the story’s 30th anniversary. Free. 7pm. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

Annmarie Garden in Lights
Dec. 5-Jan. 3. Closed Dec. 8-10, 24 and 25. Award-winning holiday light show. $6. 6-9pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org

Illuminated London Town
Dec. 4-18, Fridays. See the Lord Mayor’s Tenement illuminated with holiday lights. Also, performances and s’mores. $8-10 per car. 6-8pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. historiclondontown.com

Hogshead Holiday
Experience an 18th-century Christmas. Stories, treats and more. $10, free for children 12 and under. Reservations required. 8pm. Hogshead, Annapolis. Annapolis.org

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OC Christmas Parade
Parade features high school bands, floats and marching units. Free. 11am-1pm. Oceanside North Ocean City. ococean.com

Train Ride and Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 5, 6 and 13. Breakfast buffet with Santa, train rides, pictures and more. Sat., 8-9:30am; Sun., 9-10:30am. $23-36. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.org

Winter Wonderland
Celebrate winter with stories, songs, and activities. Make a craft to take home. Ages 5 and under. Free. 10am. Edgewater Community Library, Edgewater. 410-222-1538, aacpl.net/location/edgewater

Gingerbread House Workshop
Build a small gingerbread house. Each child is asked to bring a bag of any edible item to share with the group to decorate all the gingerbread houses. Registration required. Free. 10-11am. Calvert Library Southern Branch, Solomons. 410-326-5289, calvertlibrary.info

Baysox Holiday Expo
Dec. 5-6. Appearances from Santa, the Grinch, the Baysox mascot and more. Also, vendors for holiday shopping. Free admission. Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 10am-4pm. Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie. baysoxholidayexpo.com

Santa Fly-in
Watch Santa fly into the College Park Airport in a helicopter and have your picture taken. Holiday arts and crafts throughout the museum. $5. Noon. College Park Aviation Museum, College Park. collegeparkaviationmuseum.com

Pat Carpenter Holiday Parade and Christmas on the Beach
Annual event features Santa visit, treats, campfire and more. Free. Noon-3pm. North Beach Waterfront, North Beach. hmd-calvertcountyedc.civicplus.com

Family Day at Hammond-Harwood House
Storytelling and holiday crafts. Reservations required. $10. 2pm. Hammond-Harwood House, Annapolis. 410-263-4683, hammondharwoodhouse.org

Jolly Express Cruise
Dec. 4-27 plus Dec. 24 and 31. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays except Dec. 12. 45-minute Spa Creek cruise aboard the Miss Anne, while the boat is decorated in reindeer antlers and a lit-up red nose. Reservations recommended. $13-23. 6, 7 and 8pm. Annapolis City Dock, Annapolis. cruisesonthebay.com

6 Sunday

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Kids 10 and under eat free. 7am-1pm. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach. chesapeakebeachresortspa.com

Dollar Days
Dec. 5-6. Science Center admission is $1. Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore. 410-685-5225, mdsci.org

Mayor’s Christmas Parade
Marching bands, Santa, floats and more. Free. 1pm. Falls Road, Baltimore. mayorschristmasparade.com

Children’s Open House
Visit from Santa, holiday treats and reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Free. 1-3pm. Captain Avery Museum, Shady Side. captainaverymuseum.org

A Family Chanukah Celebration with Joanie Leeds
Musical program celebrates Chanukah. $1. 2pm. Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore. 410-732-6400, jewishmuseummd.org

7 Monday

Bilingual Storytime
Stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities help build early literacy skills. Free. 10am. Maryland City at Russett Community Library, Laurel. 301-725-2390, aacpl.net/location/marylandcity

Holiday Friends: Frosty
Enjoy stories and activities, then pose for a picture with Frosty. Bring a camera. Free. 10:15am. Howard County Library System Savage Branch, Laurel. 410-313-0760, hclibrary.org/locations/savage-branch

Minion Merriment
Activities and a Minions ornament craft. Ages 3-5. Free. 11:30am. Howard County Library Central Branch, Columbia. 410-313-7800, hclibrary.org/locations/central-branch

8 Tuesday

For the Birds!
Stories and songs about birds. Make a winter feeder. Ages 3-5. Free. 10:30-11am. Broadneck Community Library, Broadneck. 410-222-1905, aacpl.net/location/broadneck

A Long Winter’s Nap
Hibernation facts, stories and activities. Teddy bears welcome. Ages 3-5. Registration required. Free. 10:30am. Howard County Library System Glenwood Branch, Cooksville. 410-313-5577, hclibrary.org/locations/glenwood-branch

Polar Express
Stories, crafts and treats. Pajamas are welcome. Bring a donation for the food bank. Free. 7pm. Riviera Beach Community Library, Pasadena. 410-222-6285, aacpl.net/location/rivierabeach

9 Wednesday

Holiday Friends: Frosty
Stories and activities, then pictures with Frosty. Free. 11:15am. Howard County Library Savage Branch, Laurel. 410-313-0760, hclibrary.org/locations/savage-branch

11 Friday

Animal Craft Safari
Make a big, muddy warthog craft while learning why warthogs have their eponymous warts. $5, plus $13-18 admission. Register by Dec. 14. 11-11:45am. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. marylandzoo.org

Peppa Pig’s Big Splash
Live show based on the television series. $25.50-$47.50. 6pm. Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, Baltimore.

12 Saturday

Nutcracker on Ice
Dec. 12-13. Columbia Figure Skating Club skates the Nutcracker on Ice. $12-13. Show times vary. Columbia Ice Rink, Columbia. columbiafsc.com.

Breakfast with Santa
Have breakfast, take pictures, sing carols and more. $18 8:30am and 9:15am. Registration required. Sotterley Family Plantation, Hollywood. sotterley.org

Breakfast with Santa
Photos with Santa, light breakfast and reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Reservations required. $15-18. 9am. The Inn at Brome Howard, St. Mary’s City. 240-895-4990

Sock Monkey Saturday
Make your own sock monkey. Free, bring socks. 10am. American Visionary Arts Museum, Baltimore. 410-244-1900, avam.org

Photos with Santa Claws
Kids and pets can take photos with Santa. Event benefits Rude Ranch Animal Rescue and the Spay Spa & Neuter Nook. $14. 10am-4pm. Crunchies Pet Foods, Crofton. 443-607-6496, ruderanch.org

Star Storytelling: Our Constellations
Learn about constellations. Stories and songs. Ages 3-8. $3 with $3-5 admission. 11-11:30am. Robinson Nature Center, Columbia. 410-313-0400, howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm

Waiting Is Not Easy! Story Time
Story time and activities. 11am. Barnes and Noble, Annapolis. 410-573-1115, barnesandnoble.com

Santa & Mrs. Claus on the Square
Bring cameras and Christmas lists. 11am-1pm. Leonardtown Square, Leonardtown. leonardtown.somd.com

Kinder Kristmas
Tour, craft, treats and puppet show. Free. 1-4pm. Belair Mansion, Bowie. cityofbowie.org

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Annual event features boats decorated with holiday lights. Free. 6-8pm. Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek. eastportyc.org

13 Sunday

Tiny Tots: Nature and Music
Dec. 13-14. Songs and rhymes. Ages 16-42 months. Free. Sun., 11:30am-12:15pm; Mon., 10:30-11:15am. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/NWVC.html

A Nutcracker Sweet
Story dance and craft. Ages 3-7. Registration required. 2pm. Howard County Library System Glenwood Branch, Cooksville. 410-313-5577, hclibrary.org/locations/glenwood-branch

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