Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American heritage. Introduce your family to the rich culture of this holiday during one of the kid-friendly Kwanzaa events around Maryland.
Ring in 2014 with a New Year’s Eve celebration. Concerts, pajama parties, dances, and fireworks are just a few of the exciting ways you can bid farewell to 2013 and greet the new year. And if little ones don’t want to stay up past their bedtimes, they can still share in the fun by attending Midnight Noon or other events that start the festivities a few hours early.
Check out all the Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve events going on in Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC, and other locations around Maryland.
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Dec. 14, 2013. Dance, music, song, and rhythm centered on seven principles of Kwanzaa. $12-30. 8pm. GWU Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Washington DC. www.danceplace.org.
Kwanzaa Celebration with Founder of Kwanzaa
Dec. 28, 2013. Performances, educational programs, crafts, and storytelling in celebration of holiday. $5. 12-4pm. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore. www.rflewismuseum.org.
New Year’s Eve
Noontime New Year – Royal Masquerade!
Dress in favorite costume and enjoy crafts, games, magic show, royal parade, and dance. $13.95. 9am. Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore. www.portdiscovery.org.
Watch the ball drop before bedtime, crafts, kids’ band Milkshake, food available for purchase, explore science center. $13.95-16.95. Members free! 10am-2pm. Maryland Science Center, Baltimore. www.mdsci.org.
New Year’s Annapolis
Family-oriented New Year event featuring live music and two fireworks displays. Free. 3pm-12am. City Dock, Annapolis. newyear.annapolis.gov.
Midnight at 7
Fireworks display, Symphony of Lights, bonfire, food vendors, music, party favors, and more. $15-65. Children 3 and under free! 5-7:30pm. Symphony Woods, Columbia. hcgh.org/symphonyoflights.
New Year’s Eve Kid’s Party
Parents enjoy night out while kids party with pizza, games, arts and crafts, animal presentation, dancing, and movie. Ages 5-12. $70. 5pm-1am. Eco Adventures, Millersville. www.cheloniaeco-adventures.org.
First Night Talbot
Family-oriented New Year’s celebration featuring musicians, dancers, and actors. Button gives access to events at different sites around town. $5-10. Children under 5 free! 6pm-12am. Talbot County Visitors Center, Easton. www.easternshore.com/firstnighttalbot.
New Year’s Eve Pajama Night
Come party in your PJs! $6. Members and children 4 and under free! 6-9pm. Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons. www.annmariegarden.org.
New Year’s Eve Spectacular
Music, entertainment, and fireworks. Free. 6pm-12:30am. Inner Harbor, Baltimore. www.promotionandarts.com.
Rock Hall Pub Crawl New Year’s Celebration
Crazy hat parade, street music, famous “Rockfish Drop” at midnight, Annual Hat Competition with prizes. Free. 6pm. Rt. 20 and Main Street, Rock Hall. www.kentcounty.com/event/holidays/index.php.
Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Extravaganza with Deanna Bogart
Gourmet buffet dinner and dessert, dancing, performance by Deanna Bogart Band, champagne toast. $114. 6:45pm. Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. www.ramsheadonstage.com.
New Year’s Eve Party
Hot hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dancing to tunes of Snakebite Band, champagne toast, continental breakfast. $45. 7pm-1am. American Legion Post 206, Chesapeake Beach. www.ALpost206.org.
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