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25 Simple Ways to Countdown to Christmas BY LISA A. BEACH

W Black Friday, a whirlwind of activity ensues that hen the holiday season unofficially kicks off on

leaves families almost breathless by the end of December. Instead of rushing through the month, be intentional about what you say yes to this holiday season. Rather than over-committing to too many activities that take you away from your family, focus instead on infusing the holiday spirit into your family. But how can you accomplish this without cramming more activities into an already frenetic season? Create an advent calendar, with 25 days of simple, meaningful holiday activities that focus on giving, family, friendship, fun and tradition. You can buy an inexpensive advent calendar with pockets and fill each day with a fortune-cookie style paper noting the day’s activity, or simply write the activity-of-the-day on the family calendar you already use. Starting on December 1st, implement one idea each day to slow down your holidays and focus on intentional activities that create lasting memories. ◆Play the Giving Game. Brainstorm a list of ways you can give to others without buying something from a store. (Examples: give a smile, a hug, an encouraging word, a helping hand, etc.) Post the list on the fridge as a daily reminder. Each night (at dinner or before bedtime), ask kids to share how they gave to others that day. Track everyone’s daily “gifts,” and at the end of the week, the child who gave the most gets to choose a holiday flick to watch for family movie night. ◆Make holiday s’mores, preferably over a fire pit if you have one. Add crushed candy canes to a classic s’more recipe for a festive spin on this classic summertime treat. ◆Adopt an international Christmas tradition. The Swedes celebrate St. Lucia Day on December 13, which marks the beginning of the Christmas season and focuses on St. Lucy being the light during the long, dark Scandinavian winters. Light up your own holiday Page 4

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season by eating breakfast or dinner together by candlelight. Or adopt the French tradition of making buche de Noel, a traditional cake that resembles a Yule log with bark-colored frosting and a rich, buttercream filling. Decorate it with “snow” by sprinkling confectioner’s sugar on top. ◆Blow holiday bubbles outside by adding red food coloring to one jar of bubbles and green food coloring to another bottle. For a crafty twist, blow the colored bubbles onto snow (or a sheet of white paper) and watch a Christmas color-burst emerge. ◆Play Christmas tourist in a neighboring town. Pop in a local gift shop to check out holiday treasures. Walk along the storefronts and look at holiday window displays. Grab a sweet treat at a local bakery you’ve never been to before. ◆Cull through old toys, books, and clothes to give to needy families. Take your kids with you to donate the items together. ◆Allow your kids to decorate their bedroom doors for Christmas and offer up supplies of garland, ornaments, ribbons, etc. ◆Invite grandma or a favorite uncle to a craft or baking day at your house to ensure your holiday fun extends to other family members. ◆Designate a “chores for charity” week. If you normally pay your kids for daily chores, ask them to donate their earnings (matched by mom and dad) to a charity of their choosing. If you don’t normally pay for chores, conduct a “chores for charity” weekend with a menu of special paid jobs to choose from (i.e., raking leaves, cleaning the family car’s interior, washing windows,

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etc.). Pool everyone’s wages and let the kids drop the family donation into a Salvation Army kettle. ◆Attend a community holiday event (such as a concert, play, festival, live nativity scene, or parade) and bring a lonely relative, friend, or neighbor with you. ◆Do a “ding-dong-ditch” by secretly placing a poinsettia plant on a neighbor’s porch, ringing the doorbell, and running away without getting caught. ◆Pick a Secret Santa among family members and do something exceptionally kind for each other every day for a week. Reveal your Secret Santa identity in a cookiesand-milk ceremony at the end of seven days. ◆Ask each family member to choose a favorite cookie recipe. Then schedule a few baking sessions to make batches of each person’s favorite treat. Everyone helps research recipes, make a list of ingredients, shop for supplies, bake, clean up and, of course, eat the tasty results! ◆During your cookie-baking sessions, make extra to share. Take a cookie tray to your local fire department and thank them for their service. Or divvy up cookies into little treat bags and deliver them to a few neighbors. ◆Instead of a lemonade stand, host a hot chocolate stand in your neighborhood, asking for donations to your favorite charity. ◆Go on a nature hike and bring along gifts to leave for forest critters, such as handfuls of bird seed or pieces of peanut-butter-smeared bread. ◆Play holiday decoration bingo by driving around your neighborhood checking out the lights and yard displays while searching for Christmas items like snowflakes, inflatable Santas, Rudolph, angel tree toppers, etc. ◆Take back an old-fashioned tradition and go Christmas caroling in your neighborhood. Invite neighbors to join in the fun, with hot chocolate www.childguidemagazine.com

and cookies back at your house to cap off the songfest. ◆Create a new tradition, such as buying a new Christmas tree ornament that represents a special family moment from this past year or allowing kids to open one gift on Christmas Eve. ◆Let your kids sleep near the Christmas tree one night, nodding off to the soft glow of twinkling tree lights, with holiday music lulling them into a yuletide dreamland. ◆Live somewhere warm where it never snows? Let the kids have a flour fight in the backyard and watch them giggle as they cover each other in clouds of white. ◆Rewrite the lyrics to a favorite holiday tune, such as the Twelve Days of Christmas, by putting your

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own’ family’s spin on the song. (“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my mother gave to me, 12 light sabers dueling, 11 markers drawing, 10 dogs a-barking….”) ◆Create a Christmas scavenger hunt at home, using holiday items and decorations around the house, on the porch and in your front yard. Conclude with a family game night after the kids put back their collected treasures. ◆Mix up a batch of reindeer dust (red and green glitter mixed with dried oats) and sprinkle it on your front lawn so Rudolph and his flying, antlered-gang can find your house on Christmas Eve. ◆Prepare a special treat for breakfast on Christmas morning, whether it’s something simple (such as freshsqueezed orange juice and cinnamon toast shaped like a Christmas tree) or something more indulgent (like mulled apple cider and a sausageand-egg casserole). With just a bit of intentional planning, you can slow down the pace of your holiday season and create a festive, memory-filled month your kids won’t forget. Lisa Beach is a freelance journalist and copywriter. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Eating Well, USA Today Pet Guide, and dozens more. Check out her writer’s website at www.LisaBeachWrites.com.

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Six Family New Year Resolutions Supported by Science BY

As this year ends, the promise of new possibilities emerge with the coming of a new year. In addition to personal goals, many parents set family resolutions. After all, most of us consider the health and happiness of our family as important as our own. And, because the family functions as a unit, it makes sense to set a few resolutions for the benefit of everyone under your roof. Although the success rate for resolutions can be discouraging, experts say that they can stick if they are simple, carefully chosen, and realistic. Below are easy, enjoyable family resolutions that offer huge, scientifically-proven rewards for very little effort. Maximize Family Time By Downplaying Downtime: A recent study showed that on weekdays, the average family spends around 37 minutes of quality time together. Fortunately, it’s possible to increase these minutes by hacking our downtime. Consider this: many people spend an average of three hours per day on social media, television, or the internet. Time available for meaningful family

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bonding can be lost in front of screens. Be deliberate with evenings, weekends, and downtime. Don’t let these minutes slip away. Eat Healthy Meals Together As Often As Possible: Eating meals as a family saves money, boosts health, and provides behavioral benefits for children. A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that adolescents who dined with their families less than three times per week were more likely to participate in risky behaviors like drugs, alcohol, and smoking. Experts at Stanford Children’s Health say that younger children who regularly eat with their parents are more confident and connected. Even busy families can find time to break bread together. Grab-and-go grocery store options, crockpot meals, or madeahead casseroles mean that gathering as a family is feasible, even on hectic nights. Prioritize Family Game Night: Although it can be challenging to pry kids away from electronics, a family game night is an easy way to foster a face-to-face connection. This simple, inexpensive ritual yields

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huge benefits like improved academic performance, enhanced motor skills, and increased sportsmanship. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon found that playing academic games improves classroom performance. And the University of Florida found that kids who use strategy with their parents have better memory and problem-solving skills outside of family life. To ensure enthusiastic participation, turn off electronics and choose games that are suitable for everyone. If you have a multiage family, pair up younger kids with older siblings and alternate easy games with harder ones. Take turns choosing games and regularly add new options to the rotation. Regularly Read To (Or With) Your Kids: Countless studies confirm the benefits of reading to children. Experts say that children who have regular exposure to books enjoy lasting academic and social benefits. Specifically, when a parent reads even one book per day to a child, it exposes him to 290,000 additional words by kindergarten. Even better, reading to your child at bedtime makes him much more likely to take

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We all know that family time is vitally important, but how do we squeeze it into those weeknights when work runs late, or school obligations beckon? We safeguard those minutes and then figure how out how to make everyday events family time. Here are a few suggestions: Say No To Outside Non-Essentials: It’s so easy for what little free time we do have to get filled with requests from work, school, or other obligations. While it would be nice if we could accommodate every request, doing so takes valuable time away from our families. Learn to graciously say no to requests that don’t truly matter so that you can say yes to what does. Watch High-Quality Media Together: It’s probably unrealistic to banish all screen time from your routine, but you can maximize it by finding regular, highquality or educational programs that you can enjoy as a family. Use this as a time to talk about your own life Page 6

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experiences or lessons that come up during the show. Involve Kids In Meal Prep And Chores: There is no way around making dinner and tidying up, but you can turn this into family time if you allow your kids to participate. Admittedly, the chores may take a little longer and require more patience when your children are involved. But, you can teach them valuable life skills, encourage work ethic, and have the chance to talk to them about their day. Even better, children often feel a deep sense of pride when contributing to family life. Find A Family Hobby: Shared hobbies are a great way to build memories and spend quality time with your kids. Consider activities like geocaching, horseback riding, camping, stamp collecting, model building, or martial arts. If your child is already passionate about a hobby, ask her to teach it to you. Sharing in this way will make her feel valued, while you will feel included.

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the initiative to read on his own. Adolescents who are regular readers have higher levels of empathy and exhibit fewer risky behaviors. Regardless of age, many kids need a parent’s ongoing encouragement. Studies have shown a large decline in reading at around 4th grade. Not so coincidentally, this is when many parents assume that reading is a school-day activity. If your child will no longer read with you, discuss books you’re both reading. Or listen to audiobooks together on the way to school. Making books an ongoing priority will encourage lifelong intellectual curiosity. Spend More Time Outside: A recent study revealed that the majority of adults list their fondest childhood memories as experiences that happened outdoors. Playing outside with friends and visiting the ocean or seashore were among the most popular responses. Yet, today’s children spend more time indoors than any generation before them. According to the National Recreation and Park Association, American children spend four to seven minutes per day on outdoor play while many spend up to seven hours in front of electronic screens. It’s less challenging to get children outside if you make it a family activity. Go for a family walk after dinner. Play flag football in the backyard, or head for the neighborhood park. You’ll be rewarded with significant benefits such as increased immunity, enhanced cognitive and social development, and increased

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attention span. Prioritize Civility: A survey of more than 1,000 participants found that 94 percent of respondents believed that civility is in a sharp, detrimental decline. The current climate of incivility is impossible to ignore. We see it in news coverage, on social media, and during our everyday activities. Bullying, lying, cheating, and showing an utter lack of empathy for others are all common forms are incivility. Thankfully, children learn acceptable behavior by watching their parents. They are always observing how we talk, how we behave, and how we treat one another. So it is possible to create a culture of respect in our own homes. We can demonstrate how to disagree with positivity, stress the importance of kindness and empathy, and insist that all family members treat others with dignity and respect. Additionally, kids who witness their parents prioritizing civility are better protected from the harm that this type of societal stress can cause to their health and their sense of wellbeing. None of these resolutions require large amounts of time, effort, or money, but they are all worth trying. January may be a good time to begin, but quality family time is important all year long. Author Shannon Dean is the mother of two sons. She enjoys writing about the health and happiness of families.

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Living Healthier BY

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nce the winter months set in with shorter days and colder temperatures, a percentage of adults, teens and children experience what is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. While the range of people at risk for developing SAD includes those between the ages of 15 to 55, women generally bear the brunt of this disorder. SAD is also linked to heredity, so having a family member who has been diagnosed raises anyone’s risk factor. While researchers cannot say what precisely causes SAD, there are several theories developed over time that make sense. Among them, scientists believe circadian rhythms can get out of sync with respect to clock time and an individual’s sleep-wake cycle, causing fatigue and depression. Another possible cause is connected to the body’s melatonin levels. Researchers suspect there is more melatonin in the human body during the winter when days are shorter, so this theory suggests the excessive melatonin causes feelings of fatigue, drowsiness and depression. Melatonin is a natural hormone made by the body that causes sleepiness. It can also be found in some foods. A third theory actually proposes that reduced levels of sunlight can cause a drop in serotonin levels, which then brings on feelings of sadness and depression. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood. No matter what causes SAD, the question remains of what to do if you or loved one shows increased signs of depression only in the fall and winter? According to Jill RachBeisel, MD and Chief of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, there are three main types of treatment for seasonal affective disorder; light therapy, psychotherapy and medication. It is important to recognize there is a problem RachBeisel said in a recent article in the Nation’s Health. “Seasonal affective disorder is not something to brush off or tough out,” she added. She encourages people with the disorder to take in as much natural light as possible and also suggests working with a trained therapist to develop a treatment plan. She said starting light therapy in the early fall can reduce symptoms before they worsen. She also suggested antidepressants and psychotherapy are effective treatment in more severe cases and recommends finding a trained therapist. Here are other tips for dealing with SAD. Stay active to release “feel good” endorphins and other hormones which can improve your mood. Try to increase your exposure to sunlight, or if you purchase a lightbox, make sure it filters out UV rays and uses a cool white light. Get plenty of vitamin D, and remember the sun is a great natural source of vitamin D. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If mood changes bring with them feelings of great sadness or hopelessness, it is very important to get medical attention and talk to a trained health care provider to find a treatment plan that is right for you. Winter can be a difficult month, but there are ways to stay healthy mentally and deal effectively with SAD. Sharon Zoumbaris is a librarian, freelance writer and author of several books dealing with health and nutrition. She lives with her family in Staunton, VA where they also run Geezer Farm, a small farm that produces organically-grown fruits and vegetables to sell at the Staunton Farmers Market.

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NAAPA Awards: Jingle Holiday Gift Guide 2019 By ElEna EpstEin, nappa awards dirEctor

this holiday season, we have something for everyone to spark imagination and creativity, learn, laugh and create forever memories.

Baby Love

Mirari Pop! Pop! Piano. Flip the switch to go from piano tones to hearing fun sound effects. $29.99, 12M+, www.playmonster.com/product/ mirari-pop-pop-piano/ Learn & Groove Dancing Panda. shake, dance and spin around to the music while learning numbers and letters. $34.99, 9+ Months, www.leapfrog.com/en-us/store/p/learn-and-groove-dancing-panda/_/ a-prod80-608200 Fisher Price Corn Popper Ride On, Forward and backward motion activates popping action. $24.99, 1-3, www.jakks.com

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Dimpl. Vibrant silicone bubbles in varying sizes and colors create a sensory adventure anywhere you go. $12.95, 6 months +, www.fatbraintoyco.com/product_catalog/product_page.cfm?sku=Fa192 Learn & Groove Shakin’ Colors Maracas. includes three play modes that introduce colors, numbers and music in spanish and English. $14.99, 6+ Months, www.leapfrog.com/en-us/store/p/ learn-and-groove-shakin-colors-maracas/_/a-prod80-607540

Spanish For Kids: la Grain colleccion. cheerful collection of videos and

music cds with an irresistible mix of latin rhythms introducing children to the spanish language. $120.00, 2+, www.whistlefritz.com Monti Kids. an innovative Montessori-based subscription service delivering eight levels of safe, age-appropriate toys right to your home, along with online video guides. $297/quarterly, birth-36 months, www.montikids.com Coding Critters. interactive pets that introduce critical thinking, problemsolving and stEM skills. $39.99, 4+, www.learningresources.com Moving Creations with k’nex. learn to apply stEM principles just like an engineer using experiments and “think Bigger” challenges. $39.99, 8-14, www.hand2mind.com Mix & Match-a-Saurus. dino comes with three emotion tiles (happy, angry, sleepy), three music tiles (hip-hop, marching, ballet) and three character tiles (dinosaur, robot, monster) to mix and match. 34.99, 2-5, www.vtechkids.com/product/detail/19052/Mix_and_Match_a_saurus Novie. train the interactive robot to do more than 12 awesome tricks. $24.99, 6+, www.spinmaster.com Remote-Control Gear-Bot. create and control your robot by connecting any combination of gears, claws, heads to a motorized base. $49.99, 4+, www.lakeshorelearning.com Design & Drill Space Circuits. with 20 different space-themed missions, kids create circuits that really work. $49.9, 6+, www.educationalinsights.com Marbleocity 4-Bar Link. Use the hand crank or attach a motor (sold separately) to watch the marbles ascend and then flip-flop down again. $24.99, 9+, www.playmonster.com/product/ marbleocitytriple-play-4-bar-link/ Techno Kids Stack & Spin Playland. simply put together the base plates in any configuration, add the gears, and you have made an amazing kidpowered machine. $23.99, 2+, www.tlji.com/constructive-play/ 981-techno-kids-stack-spin-playland.html Botzees. an augmented reality robotics kit that combines construction, coding and creativity. $99.99, 4+, https://www.pai.technology/botzees

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Jurassic World Snap Squad Assortment LeapStart Go. sleek, easy-to-carry stylus brings compatible books and activity sets to life and uses video to provide a deeper learning experience. $49.99, 4-8, www.leapfrog.com/en-us/store/p/leapstart-go/_/ a-prod80-605900 Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab. Mix up some fun with slime science, fizz science and more. $19.99, 5+, www.beakercreatures.com/ Play Smart Preschool Workbook Series. Features fun-first activities specially designed to keep little ones entertained as they develop schoolreadiness skills. $6.99 - $12.99, 2-4, www.gakkenbooks.com

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Twisty Petz Cuddlez. transform your animal by pulling the head and tail and you have a fashionable boa. $12.99, 4+, www.twistypetz.com/en_us Drop Dot Love Em’s. collectible and playful characters made with slowrising foam perfect for maximum sensory play. $7.99, 6+, www.kess.co Pomsies Lumies. interactive unicorn-like pets that turn into the color of the object they are sitting on. $19.99, 3+, www.skyrocketon.com Jurassic World Snap Squad Assortment. Featuring fan favorite dinosaurs with mouths that open to “snap on” to backpacks, lunch bags and more. $4.99, 4+, www.target.com Marble Circuit. a multi-directional marble maze with 64 puzzling challenges. $24.95, 8+, www.Mindware.com Dragamonz Multipack. sMasH and BUild a dragon army for one player. $9.99, 5+, www.spinmaster.com

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Shopkins Real Littles. Miniature versions of classic household brands with an iconic matching shopkin inside. 52 miniature versions to collect. $9.99 (lil' shopper pack) ages 5+, www.moosetoys.com HairDUDEables BFF 2-Pack. introducing an all new #dUdEsQUad with the “Big Hair don’t care” attitudes. #24.99, 3+, www.justplayproducts.com Awesome Bloss’ems. plant a seed and grow your very own doll. $6.99, 5+, www.spinmaster.com Hatchimals Mega Secret Surprise Egg. nine inches tall with over 40 royal surprises. $12.99, 5+, www.Hatchimals.com Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise. with over 25 layers of fun and a giant cuddly surprise. $49.99, 3+, www.zuru.com Pinata Fiesta. there’s a party in every piñata. surprises include charms, bracelets, rings and tons of confetti. $7.99, 4+, www.jakks.com Blume. dolls that mix imaginative, over-the-top hairstyles with an awesome blooming effect for a surprising toy “reveal.” $9.99, 5+, www.Blumedolls.com Fun with Friends

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NAAPA Awards: Jingle Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Fun with Friends

Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama

Pencil Nose. a hilarious game where players

have to use their sniffers to sketch the prompt. $24.95, 8+, www.fatbraintoyco.com Domino Maze. all the thrills of a classic domino run with an added twist. $29.99, 8+, www.thinkfun.com/products/domino-maze/ JAWS: A Game of Strategy and Suspense. two thrilling phrases of gameplay capture the edge-of your-seat excitement of the classic movie. $29.99, 10+, www.ravensburger.us/discover/ jaws-game/index.html

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Dino Smashers Epic Egg. explore the Jurassic

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Game On!

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Box of Lies Party Game. Challenge friends to the bluffing game of hilarious objects. $19.99, 10+, www.hasbrogaming.hasbro.com

Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core.

discover your unique abilities while dealing twists of fate to your opponents. $24.99, www.ravensburger.us King of the Ring. Can you be the Last Sumo Standing? $19.99, 6+, www.yulutoys.com Mickey’s Snuggle Time. a calming game that’s perfect for bedtime, naptime, or any quiet time. $24.99, 3+, www.amazon.com Friends of a Feather. add feathers to your bird each turn by drawing from the deck or trading away your unwanted ones to the nest. $19.99, 3+, www.ravensburger.us Full Circle. uses spelling and critical thinking to inspire creativity and competition. $14.99, 8+, www.playmonster.com Butts Up. a fun twist on musical chairs. fess up about things you’ve done, stuff you like and things you wish. $22.99, 7+, www.playmonster.com

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Disney Junior Minnie Walk & Dance Unicorn Feature Plush. attach minnie’s hand to

penelope’s back and watch them walk together. $39.99, 3+, www.Justplayproducts.com Topper Takes a Trip. pick one of the five destinations and pack the suitcase using the packing list, then it is time to get up and go. $17.95, 2+, www.mindWare.com Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill. attach the food pieces on the skewer and the grill will introduce food and colors. turn the skewer lever to count along from 1-10. $39.99, 2+, www.leapfrog.com PLAYMOBIL Mars Space Station. all the tools needed for space exploration. $79.99, 6+, www.playmobil.us

Gigantosaurus Roar & Stomp Giganto.

features six points of articulation. $29.99, 3+,www.jakks.com Robo Alive Ice Blasting Dragon. they walk, roar, breathe fire (or ice) and gnash their teeth! $24.99, 6+, www.roboalive.zuru.com Croco Jungle Research Station. Set off on a mission to discover rare species and secret treasures. $99.99, 5+, www.schleich-s.com

Toy Story 4 Buzz Lightyear Star Command Center. Have a blast with Launch mode (upright)

or flight mode (horizontal). Console panel converts into a desk. $119.99, 4+, www.jakks.com Treasure Seekers Pirate Ship. raise the anchor and search for hidden treasure. $39.99, 1.5+, www.vtechkids.com Carry Around Animal Town. a whimsical imaginary world—built right into a handy pawshaped carrying case. $19.99, 3+, www.lakeshorelearning.com JAKKS Pacific Character Tents. twist, pop & play technology that pops up and folds up in minutes. $19.99, 3+, www.Jakks.com

Fun with Friends

Kindi Kids. Bobble head dolls, donatina, peppamint, marsha mello & Jessicake, who show kids how fun kindergarten can be. Come to life with interactive accessories. $24.99, 3+, https://www.moosetoys.com/ My Audio Stories. Listen, record and share stories with each set, containing an original Baby Love Dimpl

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children’s book and a whimsical matching my audio pet Bluetooth speaker. $39.99, www.myaudiostories.com

DreamWorks Dragons: Hatching Baby Toothless. toothless comes to life inside the egg.

outside the egg, he plays game, moves, roars and purrs. $59.99, 5+, www.target.com Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama. get the whole family up dancing and laughing with Boppi, who shakes it like nobody is watching. $19.99, 3+, www.zuru.com

JoJo Siwa Singing JoJo Doll D.R.E.A.M.

Sporting her signature double bow, this 10″ doll sings her newest hit song, “d.r.e.a.m.” $19.99, 6+, www.Justplayproducts.com

Harry Potter Hedwig Interactive Creature.

make 12 unique owl sounds and responds to sounds by turning her head. $19.99, 4+, https://www.jakks.com Julie’s Pinball Machine. go retro with this realworking, doll-sized arcade game. $150.00, 8+, www.americangirl.com PJ Masks PJ Seeker. Be on the lookout for the nighttime Villains & save the day. $59.99, 3+, www.Justplayproducts.com Myla the Magical Unicorn. glitters with lights as she talks and sings. use wand to change her colors.$59.99, 4+, www.vtechkids.com

Disney Junior T.O.T.S. Nursery Headquarters Playset. Care for these baby animals until they’re

ready to be delivered to their forever homes. $39.99, 3+, www.Justplayproducts.com

Make Mom Happy

*Circle Home Plus. the easiest and most comprehensive in- and out-of-home parental control solution, allowing families to manage their internet-connected devices at-home and across all mobile networks, everywhere. $129, www.meetCircle.com. **Car Caché. Brilliant purse storage solution for the car – keeping it accessible, upright and out of passengers way, $19.99, www.amazon.com Shuk. a gorgeous cookbook from the two leading female voices in the ever-evolving melting pot of israeli food. $35, www.workman.com Mixcder E10 Headphones. Sleek and easy to pack, combining new fast Charging technology, active noise Canceling & Bluetooth 5.0. $99.99, www.mixcder.com 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (deluxe edition). a mesmerizing showcase of the best the world has to offer. $50, www.workman.com

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1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10-11 a.m. Learn about history in museums through story, play, singing, and crafting. Ages 0-6. Free. 301/6001650. Make & Take: Book Lover’s Day, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market Street, Frederick. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Learn about the history of book making and make a few bookinspired crafts. $8. Ages 8-16. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Extreme Teen Zombie Race & Pizza Party, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet in the Veterans Pavilion for race check-in. First Friday Fun - Ella Bella Cinderella, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 Humans, ages 11-17; Zombies, ages 14-17. After the race, participants are invited to the gym for pizza, N. Market Street, Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Story, music and open gym. $15. 304/728-3207. activities, & crafts. $5. Ages 3-4. Advance www.jcprc.org. registration recommended. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington County Powhatan School Open House, 49 Powhatan Lane, Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a Boyce, VA. 9:45 a.m. Visit our fully accredited, nonspooky, classic story by Washington Irving. Kidsectarian, co-educational day school. Learn how we friendly lunch & show. Children under age 3 will not instill a lifelong love of learning. For grades PreK-8. be permitted. Admission. 301/739-7469. 540/837-1009. www.powhatanschool.org. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. Hello Holidays: Costume Party, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 10:30-11:30 a.m. “Frozen Sing-Along,” Handley Library, 100 E. Costume party with crafts, games, and activities. No Piccadilly St., Winchester. 12 noon-2 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to show. All costume required. Ages 0-5. 301/600-7250. ages. 540/662-9041, x11. www.fcpl.org. Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, Children’s Treasure Sale Preview & Reception, Washington Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:15 p.m. County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 5-8 p.m. Thousands Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Free. 540/869-9000, x215. of new and gently used items. $30. Space limited. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org. Family Movie, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. “Toy Story 4.” First Fridays Celebration of the Arts, Old Town 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. Winchester. 6-10 p.m. Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and Paws for Reading, Clarke County Library, 101 many shops stay open late. Chalmers Ct., Suite C., Berryville, VA. 2-3 p.m. Read a www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. favorite book to a patient therapy dog. Designed for beginning readers. Free. 540/955-5144. Middle School Madness, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Star Party, Myersville Community Library, 8 Harp Shenandoah Junction, WV. 7-10 p.m. “Olympics Place, Myersville, MD. 2-3 p.m. Take a look at the sun Night.” Basketball, moon bounce, music, and stars and make a star craft as part of the concessions and special themed activities. For Maryland STEM Festival. All ages. 301/600-8350. Jefferson County public, private and homeschool www.fcpl.org. students grades 6-8. $10. 304/728-3207. Creative Outlet at The Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 www.jcprc.org. S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Celebrating artist & 2 “Beauty and the Beast,” The Maryland Kara Walker - Silhouettes. Family-friendly event that Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7:30 p.m. offers drop-in art activities for all ages. $2 per artist. Authentic Community Theatre. Admission. 301/790- 301/698-0656. www.delaplaine.org. 2000. www.mdtheatre.org. November First Saturday, 19 E. Church St., , 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 Indoor Playground, Frederick. 3-9 p.m. All day activities, late-night Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam shopping & dining, live music on the street, and a Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.- free trolley until 9 p.m. 301/698-8118. 3 p.m. $4. Ages 1-5. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. www.visitfrederick.org. , 8, 15 & 22 Dance Party, Handley Library, 100 & 3 National Fall Lax Festival, Hagerstown E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30 a.m. Toddlers, Soccerplex, 13317 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown. 8 preschoolers and their grown-ups are welcome to a.m.-5 p.m. For both youth and high school girls come dance. 540/662-9041, x11. lacrosse clubs. Competition and vendors. www.thinklaxtournaments.sportngin.com. “Next Level All About Color,” Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 1-4 p.m. Fall and Holiday Craft Show, 225 Al Smith Circle, $90. The first color class is a requirement. PreBerryville, VA. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 registration required. 304/620-7277. p.m. Arts & crafts, jewelry, baked goods, body & hair www.berkeleyartswv.org. care, and more. 540/955-5140. , 15 and Dec 6 Home School Days, Catoctin www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Creek Park & Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Living History Demonstration, Pry House Field Rd., Middletown, MD. 1-3 p.m. Allow experienced House Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, naturalists to enrich your child’s studies. “Science of Keedysville, MD. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special Signal Corps Leaves” (11/1), “Paleontologist For A Day” (11/15), demonstration. www.civilwarmed.org. and “Rock Detectives” (12/6). Ages 5-8 & 9-12. $9 Fall Festival at Winterbrook Farms, 13001 per class. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Creagerstown Rd., Thurmont, MD. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 Show, Read, Sing, Make- Apple Pie, The p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 9 acres of U-pick Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, pumpkins, hay rides, Maryland’s largest corn maze, “The Blues and the Abstract Truth: Voices of African-American Art,” Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Groh Gallery, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Exhibition features works created by AfricanAmerican artists from 1929 to the present. 301/739-5727. www.wcmfa.org.

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Teens in the Kitchen, Ballenger Creek Park Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Gluten Free.” Ages 13-17. $39. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. & 20 I Love Nature, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 10-11 a.m. A new nature theme each week. “Turkey Talk” (11/6) and “Animals in Winter” (11/20). Ages 3-4. $8 per parent/child pair. www.recreater.com. Kinder Konzert, Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater, 11400 Robinwood Drive. 9:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. “Musical Building Blocks.” MSO Woodwind Quintet performs free concerts designed for preschoolers and children in kindergarten. 301/797-4000. www.marylandsymphony.org. La Leche League Meeting, Bowman Library, Children’s Room at the rocking chairs, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 10 a.m. Informal conversation about breastfeeding. Free. No registration necessary. 540/869-9000, x215. You Give a Mouse a Cookie Party, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 10:3011:30 a.m. Enjoy mouse-themed stories, activities and crafts. Ages Birth-5. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. Creatures of the Night – Family Owl Walk, Renfrew Museum & Park, Visitors Center, 1010 East Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 6:30 p.m. www.renfrewinstitute.org. “Swan Lake,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. The Russian Ballet Theatre. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Schools’ Out! Safe Sitter Babysitting, Middletown Rec Center, 7628 Coblentz Rd., Middletown, MD. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 11-15. $75. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek Park Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. “Princess and the Pizza.” Class incorporates recipes, age appropriate culinary skills, basic nutrition, literature, and movement. Ages 2 ½-5. $24. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Schools Out: Trades and Crafts Day, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market Street, Frederick. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Discover historical trades and learn to create our own handcrafted items. Pack a lunch. $8. Ages 6-12. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. School’s Out The Nature Center is Open, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit the Nature Center. Admission is free. Crafts are $2 in the Kaufman House. All ages. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Storyland: Sensory-Friendly Storytime, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 10:15-10:45 a.m. In partnership with Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program. Ages 0-3 with an adult. 301/6007200. www.fcpl.org. Fri-YAY! Hedgehogs, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 1-2 p.m. Join Otherworld Exotics-Animal Rescue and Education as they show how to care for a pet hedgehog. Ages 3-12. 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org. Frozen Party, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Celebrate the upcoming release of Frozen 2 with Frozen-themed crafts and activities. Grades K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Family Night – Unplugged, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-8 p.m. Games and

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activities suitable for all ages. $10 per family. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Paint Night, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Herbs.” Perfect for beginners and more experienced artists. Ages 10 & up. A parent must stay or join the class with anyone under 13. $44. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Fall Family Campfire, Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 7:30-9 p.m. Hear campfire stories, enjoy games, or take a short night hike before relaxing in front of the campfire. All ages. $5 per family. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “Swan Lake,” The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. The Russian Ballet Theatre. Admission. 301/6002828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Babes in the Woods, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 9-10 a.m. Naturalist will introduce the sights and sounds of nature. Take a sensory walk on kid-friendly trails. Ages less than 4. $5 per parent/child pair. www.recreater.com. Canvas Art Paint & Take, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 10-11 a.m. “Flowers.” Ages 6-12. $15. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Red Cross Babysitter Training, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ages 11-15. $72. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Weekend Parent and Me Little Artists, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 10:15-10:45 a.m. “Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers.” Ages 2-8. $5, plus supply fee. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Wee Warrior Dash, Sam Michael’s Park, Veterans Memorial Pavilion, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10:30 a.m. 1mile fun run, obstacle course. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. “Wolf Masks,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. In honor of our Paly Foundation Exhibit, we’ll be making Wolf Masks. Program is free with the price of admission to the museum. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org. Family Movie, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. “Aladdin.” 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. Read to Some Bunny, Bowman Library, Children’s Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:15 p.m. Read a favorite book to a soft and cuddly listener. Free. 540/869-9000, x215. One Fort: Three Wars, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Discover the part Fort Frederick played during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Park entrance fees apply. 301/842-2155. , 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 The Christmas Experience, Antietam Entertainment, Antietam Recreation, 9745 Garis Shop Rd., Hagerstown. 6 p.m.; 11:45 a.m., Nov. 23. Christmas show, dinner, live music, Christmas photos, animal stable, live nativity, wagon ride, horse rides, bonfire and marshmallow roasting. Matinees include indoor activities only. $17-$42.75. 877/237-4697. www.antietamentertainment.com. , 16, 23 & Dec 7 “Beginning Acrylic Painting,” Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 1-4 p.m. $90. Preregistration required. 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. to Dec 22 “Nutty Nutcracker,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. $6.50. Free admission for children under age 2. 304/258-4074. www.wondermentpuppets.com. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. Make & Take: Craft Together, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market Street, Frederick. 2-4 p.m. Sewing skills. $18. Ages 10 & up. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. or 12 Little Brushes, Jim Barnett Park, Arts & Crafts Room, Winchester. 9:30-10 a.m. “Q-Tip Fall Tree Painting.” Ages 2-5.

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$10-$13. Advance registration required. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. “Planetary Visions,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intended for elementary age audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. Make and Take – Pop-Up Holiday Cards, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 6-8 p.m. Learn some simple techniques to make pop-up greeting cards. 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. “Apollo 11: Man’s First Step Onto the Moon,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. & 26 “Itty Bitty Mornings,” Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 9-11 a.m. 540/7222020. www.discoverymuseum.net. Grandparents & Seniors Morning, For the Kids, By George Children’s Museum, Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Tickets are $4/person. 304/264-9977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas featuring Dream Snow,” The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Recommended for grades PreK-1. Admission. 301/6002828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Teddy Bear Picnic, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Bring your adult and your favorite stuffed friend for an opportunity to create and eat fun snacks, read a story, and make a craft. Ages 2-5. $10-$15. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Christmas Ornament Making, Williamsport Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Help make library-inspired holiday ornaments for the library’s Charlie Brown Christmas tree. All supplies provided. All ages. 301/223-7027. www.washcolibrary.org. Parent’s Night Out, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 5-8:45 p.m. Children enjoy a Pizza Party, fun and games. Must be potty-trained. Ages 4-12. $20 ($16 pp for 2+ kids). 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Nerf Wars, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5:30-7 p.m., ages 5-9; 7:15-8:45 p.m., ages 10-14. Battle your friends in Nerf War Combat. $10. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Wooden Sign Painting, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monogram Name Sign. Ages 14 & up. $58. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. to 17 “Shrek, Jr.,” The Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Youth Theatre After School Program. Admission. 304/263-6766. www.apollocivictheatre.org. to Dec 22 “The Wizard of Oz,” Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m.; Dec. 1 & 8, 1 p.m. Dinner and a show. Check website for schedule. Admission. Children under age 5 are not permitted to Mainstage Production. 301/739-7469. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. to Feb 2 Christmas at the Roundhouse Museum, 296 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. 1-5 p.m. Enjoy the visions, sounds, and snows of Christmas, past and present, on an “O” gauge railroad featuring Lionel, MTH, Williams, Weaver, “HO” and “O” scale trains. Kids can run trains and play on Thomas the Tank Engine train tables. Admission. 301/739-4665. www.roundhouse.org. Deck the Halls Ornament Making, Jonathan Hager House Museum, 110 Key Street, Hagerstown. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Citrus and Cookie Ornaments. Tour included. $10. For ages 6 & up. 301/739-8577, x170. www.hagerstownmd.org. “Animal. Piggy Banks,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m. Hands-on financial literacy program. Program is free with the price of admission to the museum. 301/790-0076. www.discoverystation.org.

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Sensory Sensitive Storytime, Handley Library, Benham Gallery Room, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a program designed for children of all abilities in an inclusive environment of stories, rhymes, movement and song. Geared especially for children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory integration challenges. Registration required. All ages. 540/662-9041. Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, Children’s Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:15 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Free. 540/869-9000, x215. Kids in the Kitchen, Ballenger Creek Park, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 1-3 p.m. for ages 9-12 or 4-6 p.m. for ages 5-8. Kids make snacks, meals, desserts and more. $39. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Critter Care, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 2-3 p.m. “Insects.” Learn what it takes to maintain animals for the nature center. Hands-on. Ages 10-13. $10. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Magic Lantern Theater presents “Singin’ In The Rain,” Handley Library, Handley Robinson Auditorium, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 2-4 p.m. Family film. All ages. 540/662-9041. Comic Con, Clarion Inn Event Center, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dealers selling Gold, Silver, Bronze and Modern Age Comic Books, non-sports cards of all types, Super Heroes toys, prints, POP toys, & more. Cosplay welcome. $6. Ages 12 & under free. 301/318-4464. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. “A Motown Christmas,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Cookies, Cookies, Cookies – Story Time with a Craft, Williamsport Library, 104 E. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. We’ll read a story and enjoy a cookie. Ages 35. 301/223-7027. www.washcolibrary.org. “Using the Color Wheel,” Berkeley Art Works, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $60. Pre-registration required. 304/620-7277. www.berkeleyartswv.org. Make-it, Take-it Family Craft Night, Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library, 12624 Broadfording Rd., Clear Spring, MD. 5 p.m. Drop in and make a seasonal craft with your family. All materials provided. 301/842-2730. www.washcolibrary.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 5-6 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. Little Turkeys, Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall, Winchester. 6:30 p.m. Fun activities and treats to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Ages 1 & up. $5. Advance registration required. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. Paws2Read with Go Team Therapy Dogs, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Read aloud to a Go Team therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend. Ages 5 & up. 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org. to 23 Kid’s Closet Winter Sale, Firemans Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave., Purcellville, VA. Thurs. Pre-sales; Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothing, maternity items, nursing items, baby furniture, high chairs, swings, car seats, toys, books, shoes, strollers & much more. www.kidscloset.biz. Parents Night Out, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-10 p.m. Little ones enjoy pizza, arts & crafts, a movie, and games. $15-$20. Ages 512. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. “The Nutcracker Suite Gala Performance,” Capitol Theater Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 7 p.m. Chambersburg Ballet. Admission. 717/263-0202. www.capitoltheatre.org. Tree Lighting, Greencastle, PA. 7-8 p.m. Join us downtown as we light the Greencastle-Antrim Christmas Tree. www.greencastlepachamber.org. to 24, 29 to Dec 1 Maryland Christmas Show, Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Premier Christmas event with fine artisans

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www.weinbergcenter.org. Weekend Parent and Me Little Artists, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 3:30-4 p.m. “Read & Make a Gingerbread Man.” Ages 2-8. $5, plus supply fee. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concert, National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 South Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. 4 p.m. Annual holiday concert. 301/447-6606. Live Nativity, Urbana Fire Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick. 6-8 p.m. Presented by Wesley Chapel UM Church. Showtimes at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. & 8 p.m. Free. 301/663-4956. Cookies with Santa, Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall, Winchester. 6:30 p.m. Enjoy crafts and tasty treats while visiting with Santa. Ages 1 & up. $5. Advance registration required. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. Star Party, Renfrew Institute, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Telescope viewing of the night sky. Free. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. Old Town Holiday Parade, Old Town Winchester. 7 p.m. Bands, floats, Santa, and specialty units. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. “The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System,” The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Recommended for grades K-5. Admission. 301/6002828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Christmas at the Capitol – Movies, Capitol Theater Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Admission. 717/263-0202. www.capitoltheatre.org. “Zula Patrol: Down to Earth,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intended for PreK - elementary age audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Myersville Community Library, 8 Harp Place, Myersville, MD. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-8350. www.fcpl.org. Annual All Ages Ornament Making at the Smithsburg Library, Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Make ornaments for your tree. Call to reserve supplies. 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. Christmas Parade, downtown Martinsburg. 7 p.m. Parade to kick off the holiday season. www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com. “Season of Light,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Intended for general audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. , 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 The Christmas Experience, Antietam Entertainment, Antietam Recreation, 9745 Garis Shop Rd., Hagerstown. 6 p.m.; 6:30 p.m., Dec. 27; 11:45 a.m., Dec. 3, 7 & 14. Christmas show, dinner, live music, Christmas photos, animal stable, live nativity, wagon ride, horse rides, bonfire and marshmallow roasting. Matinees include indoor activities only. $17-$42.75. 877/237-4697. www.antietamentertainment.com. & 17 Dinner with Santa, Maxwell’s Kitchen, 57 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 5-9 p.m. Join us for Family Night and eat dinner with Santa Claus. Kids meals are $2. www.visitfrederick.org. Hello Holidays: Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:30-7 p.m. Join Mrs. Claus for a

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Fight.” Basketball, moon bounce, music, concessions and special themed activities. For Jefferson County public, private and homeschool students grades 6-8. starlight storytime and holiday fun. Ages 0 & up. $10. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org. to 8 Williamsport Christkindlmarkt, Kelly Teens in the Kitchen, Ballenger Creek Park Moore Sheds and Marketplace, 17051 Virginia Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Holiday Baking.” Ages 13- Ave., Williamsport, MD. Fri., 3-8 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon-8 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-4 p.m. Outdoor Christmas 17. $39. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Market and Christmas Village. Handcrafts, décor, Llama, Llama Book Party, Emmitsburg (MD) German & European foods and gifts, beer and wine Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 10:30-11 garden, and Santa. 240/513-6996. a.m. Celebrate reading with stories and activities Christmas on the Farm, Renfrew Museum & Park, featuring Llama Llama and his Mama. Ages birth-5. 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. Fri., 5:30-8:30 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. p.m.; Sat., 2-8 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. See the museum Scents & Sweets Competition and Auction, beautifully decorated. www.renfrewmuseum.org. William R. Talley Recreation Center, 121 N. Bentz St., “A Christmas Carol,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Frederick. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Select wreaths and Potomac St., Hagerstown. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & gingerbread pieces will be available. Grab a ballot 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Totem Pole Playhouse’s familyand enter the competition. 301/600-2489. friendly stage adaptation. Admission. Holiday Jazz Music in the Library, Sharpsburg 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Library, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg, MD. 7-8 p.m. & 13 Heritage Christmas in the Square, Local jazz musicians Bob Sykes, Scott Silbert and Downtown Greencastle, PA. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Anita Thomas. For all ages. 301/432-8825. Traditional festival on the square. Pictures with www.washcolibrary.org. Santa, kids’ activities and more. , 6, 12, 19 & 20 Indoor Playground, www.greencastlepachamber.org. Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam - 8, 13-15 “Miracle on 34th Street,” The Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., 3 p.m. $4. Ages 1-5. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Martinsburg. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. First Friday Fun - Ella Bella Ballerina and The Admission. 304/263-6766. Nutcracker, The Children’s Museum of Rose Hill www.apollocivictheatre.org. Manor Park, 1611 N. Market Street, Frederick. 9:30, 13, 20 & 27 Dance Party, Handley Library, 10:30 a.m. Story, activities, & crafts. $5. Ages 3-4. 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 10:30 a.m. Advance registration recommended. 301/600-2936. Toddlers, preschoolers and their grown-ups are www.recreater.com. welcome to come dance. 540/662-9041, x11. Christmas in the Park, Veteran’s Park, 64 W. Water Holiday in Boonsboro, Town of Boonsboro, MD. St., Smithsburg, MD. 6 p.m. Tree lighting, carriage 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Breakfast with Santa, Pop-up rides, music, and more. www.townofsmithsburg.org. shops, Cookie Walk, Open House at Talon Studio, City Park Tree Lighting, Hagerstown City Park, Tours of In Boonsboro, Christmas caroling, and Nora Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 6-9 p.m. Christmas tree Roberts book signing. http://town.boonsboro.md.us. and decorations are illuminated on the lake. Frosty Christmas in Thurmont, Thurmont Guardian Hose the Snowman, Santa Claus, refreshments, music, Company, 21 N. Church St., Thurmont, MD. 8:45 hayrides, activities at the Hager House, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Mansion House Gallery. 301/739- a.m.-5 p.m. Free photos with Santa, prize drawings for kids, holiday music, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and 8577, x170. www.hagerstownmd.org. more. 240/626-9980. www.visitfrederick.org. Funkstown Olde Tyme Christmas, Main Street and Holiday Open House, Keedysville (MD) Library, 22 Park, Funkstown, MD. 6-9 p.m. Visit from Santa, Taylor Dr. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Holiday crafts for all ages, wagon rides, craft show, dinner at fire hall, raffles, pony rides for the kids in community park, music, and hot chocolate, Christmas music and snacks. 301/432-6641. more. 301/791-0948. www.funkstown.com. Shepherdstown Christmas Parade, 10 a.m. First Fridays Celebration of the Arts, Old Town German Street, Shepherdstown. Winchester. 6-10 p.m. Special gallery events, www.shepherdstown.info. musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and Story Time with Santa, Clarke County Parks & many shops stay open late. Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 10-11 www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Old Tyme Christmas in Boonsboro, Shafer Park, 37 a.m. Enjoy some cookies and milk while listening to a story read by Santa. 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wreath, enjoy living history, homemade soup, hot apple cider and heirloom-recipe baked goods. Children can make a punched painted tin holiday ornament and have their photograph taken with Belsnickel. 443/463-6437. Holiday Arts and Crafts Expo, The Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Artists’ Market. Shop for unique art, hand-made jewelry, photography, wood & metal work, textiles, and design accessories while supporting local artists. Super Secret Elf Workshop for children from 1-5 p.m. $10 per Elf. 301/698-0656. Christmas in New Market, Main Street, 39 W. Main St., New Market, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas parade, singing, shops & restaurants, Santa Claus, and more. 301/865-5544. www.visitfrederick.org. Whoville Celebration at Bowman Library, Children’s Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 11-11:30 a.m. Celebrate the holiday with the Whos. Come dressed in your Whoville holiday finest. Enjoy stories, puppets, and songs. 540/869-9000, x215. Holiday in Boonsboro – Family Fun Day, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Look at Winter Holiday Traditions with crafts, snacks, and games. 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. Family Film, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 12 noon-2 p.m. “The Grinch.” 540/6629041, x11. Christkindlmarket, Walkersville Branch Library, 2 S. Glade Rd., Walkersville, MD. 12 noon-6 p.m. Carolers, musicians, artisans, crafters, story time, Old St. Nick, and more. www.visitfrederick.org. Hello Holidays: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Storytime and Photo Opportunity, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 1-2 p.m. A North Pole visitor will read the story followed by a time to take photos. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, Children’s Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:15 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Free. 540/869-9000, x215. Youth Workshop: Holiday Wreaths, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Glen Burnie House, 901 Amherst Street, Winchester. 1-3 p.m. Youth grades 5-8. Preregistration required. $25-$35. 540/662-1473, x240. www.themsv.org. Parent and Me Cooking, Ballenger Creek Park, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 1-3 p.m. or 46 p.m. Ages 5-10. $54. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Conococheague Institute Holiday Open House, 12995 Bain Rd., Mercersburg, PA. 1-4 p.m. Tours of the historic house decorated for the holidays, light refreshments, music, colonial games, wooden toys, books by local authors and other unique gift items. 717/328-3467. www.cimlg.org. Super Secret Elf Workshop, The Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 1-5 p.m. Create craft projects that can be given as holiday gifts to family and friends. $10 per Elf. 301/698-0656. Charles Town- Ranson Christmas Parade, along Mildred Street and Washington Street, Jefferson County, WV. 2 p.m. Annual parade with floats, marching units, and local organizations. www.ransonwv.us. Paws for Reading, Clarke County Library, 101 Chalmers Ct., Suite C., Berryville, VA. 2-3 p.m. Read a favorite book to a patient therapy dog. Designed for beginning readers. Free. 540/955-5144. Family Movie, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 2-4 p.m. “The Grinch.” 301/739-3250. www.washcolibrary.org. “It’s A Wonderful Life,” The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

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Special film event. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. Christmas in the Valley, Main Street Middletown, 31 W. Main St., Middletown, MD. 4-8 p.m. Holiday music, storytelling, tree lighting and more. www.visitfrederick.org. SCAC Children’s Christmas Party, Smithsburg (MD) Town Hall, 2nd Floor. 4:30-7 p.m. Meet Santa, activities and more. www.townofsmithsburg.org. 3rd Annual Winter Fest Parade, Berkeley Springs, WV. 5 p.m. Tree lighting in Berkeley Springs State Park after parade. www.berkeleysprings.com. Christmas in Myersville, Memorial Park at Trolley Station, 303 Main St., Myersville, MD. 5-8 p.m. Parade and tree lighting ceremony. 301/293-4281. www.visitfrederick.org. Parent’s Night Out, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 5-8:45 p.m. Children enjoy a Pizza Party, fun and games. Must be potty-trained. Ages 4-12. $20 ($16 pp for 2+ kids). 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD. 6 p.m. Driving tour. The annual Memorial Illumination honors those soldiers who fell during the Battle of Antietam. Volunteers place & light 23,000 luminaries on the battlefield, each representing a casualty from the bloodiest, single-day battle in America history. 301/432-5124. www.heartofthecivilwar.org. Brunswick Holiday Parade, City of Brunswick, 1 W. Potomac Street. 6 p.m. Parade is up East Potomac Street to Square Corner Park. Santa and tree lighting follow parade. Free. www.visitfrederick.org. & 8 Holiday Open House & Village Tours, Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 1-4 p.m. Visit Santa in an authentic sleigh. Children’s workshop, holiday decorations, tours, and bread tasting. 240/420-1714. www.ruralheritagemuseum.org. Candlelight House Tour, Hospitality Center, William R. Talley Recreation Center, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick. Sat., 5-9 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-4 p.m. Selfguided tour inside private homes adorned with holiday décor in historic Frederick. $25, person in advance; $30, person on tour day. 301/600-2849. www.visitfrederick.org. & 14 Clay Christmas Ornament Making, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 9-10 a.m. Sip hot cocoa, listen to holiday music, and make some ceramic art ornaments. Make ornaments on Dec. 7 and paint them on Dec. 14. Ages 5 & up. $20-$25, plus $5 materials fee. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. , 8, 10 & 12-15 Charlie Brown Christmas at Springfield Barn, The Barn at Springfield Farm, 12 Springfield Lane, Williamsport, MD. Dec. 7, 8 & 13-15, 3-8 p.m.; Dec. 10 & 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Over 100 decorated Christmas trees by volunteers, trains, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Buster the Talking Bear, horse & buggy rides, and holiday performances. 301/223-7229. www.williamsportmd.gov. , 14 & 21 December Saturdays, Historic Downtown Frederick. 3-9 p.m. All day activities, holiday lights, late-night shopping & dining, live music, free trolley, and more. 301/698-8118. & 21 “Soar” Bird Walks, Renfrew Institute, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 7:30-10 a.m. Walk along the hiking trails at Renfrew Park. Free. 717/762-0373. www.renfrewinstitute.org. , 8, 23, 24 & 25 German Christmas Tours, Jonathan Hager House Museum, 110 Key Street,

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Hagerstown. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. See how the holiday was celebrated during Colonial times. $5. Free for ages 12 & under. 301/739-8577, x170. www.hagerstownmd.org. Christmas at the Capitol – Movies, Capitol Theater Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 2 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Admission. 717/263-0202. www.capitoltheatre.org. Hello Holidays: Krafty Kids, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 2-3 p.m. Make and take time. Grades K-5. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. Acrylic Painting for Kids, Jim Barnett Park, Arts & Crafts Room, Winchester. 2-4 p.m. “Christmas Tree.” Kid-friendly painting with step-by-step instructions. Ages 6 & up. Advance registration required. $29$32. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. Hello Holidays: Winter Festival, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 2-4:30 p.m. Celebrate the season with crafts, music, and more. Gift wrap demo at 2:30 p.m. and meet the Urbana Fire Dept. and Santa at 4 p.m. 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. & 9 Christmas with the Frederick Chorale, St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, 118 E. 2nd St., Frederick. Sun., 4 p.m.; Mon., 7 p.m. Join the Frederick Chorale for a festive performance of choral works celebrating Christmas and the joy of the holiday season. Free. www.visitfrederick.org. , 14, 21, 22, 27 & 28 “Frosty the Snowman,” The Performing Arts Factory, 244 S. Jefferson St., Suite B, Frederick. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $12. www.visitfrederick.org. American Girl Club, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 6 p.m. “Music in my Heart.” Grades K-6. 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. or 10 Fork Painted Snowflakes, Jim Barnett Park, Arts & Crafts Room, Winchester. 9:30-10 a.m. “Fork Painted Snowflakes.” Ages 2-5. $10-$13. Advance registration required. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks. “Itty Bitty Mornings,” Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 19 W. Cork Street, Winchester. 9-11 a.m. 540/722-2020. www.discoverymuseum.net. Hello Holidays: Gingerbread Build-Off, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 4-5 p.m. Create gingerbread art. Supplies provided. Grades 612. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. “Earth, Moon & Sun,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. “Season of Light,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Intended for general audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. Family Movie Night, Sharpsburg Library, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg, MD. 6-8 p.m. “The Grinch.” Rated PG. 301/432-8825. www.washcolibrary.org. Grandparents & Seniors Morning, For the Kids, By George Children’s Museum, Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 9 a.m.12 noon. Tickets are $4/person. 304/264-9977. www.forthekidsbygeorge.org. Hello Holidays: Holiday Light Up Cards with Paper Circuits, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Create a LED circuit card. Grades 6-12. 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org. Messy Play Day - Winter, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 5:30-6 p.m. Winter themed messy crafts and sensory activities. Ages 25. $10-$15. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Little Hands Cooking, Ballenger Creek Park Teaching Kitchen, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick. 10-11:30 a.m. “Gingerbread.” Class incorporates recipes, age appropriate culinary skills, basic nutrition, literature, and movement. Ages 2 ½5. $24. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com.

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Storyland: Sensory-Friendly Storytime, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 10:15-10:45 a.m. In partnership with Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program. Ages 0-3 with an adult. 301/6007200. www.fcpl.org. Santa’s Polar Party, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-8 p.m. Visit with Santa and other special guests. Elf’s Playground and LEGO craft. $10. All ages. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Kris Kringle Procession, 121 N. Bentz Rd., Frederick. 6:30-8 p.m. Celebrate Old World Holiday magic with walking procession featuring German/English characters of yesteryear. Closing ceremony and lighting of the Christmas tree at City Park Band Shell. 301/600-2489. www.visitfrederick.org. Paint Night, Clarke County Parks & Recreation, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Winter.” Perfect for beginners and more experienced artists. Ages 10 & up. A parent must stay or join the class with anyone under 13. $44. 540/955-5140. www.clarkecounty.gov/parks. “A Charlie Brown Christmas Live,” The Maryland Theatre, Ballroom, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Eric Bird Trio. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Memorial Luminary Display, Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m.-12 midnight. Driving tour with more than 2,500 luminaries; 65 foot Christmas tree will be lit before the tour begins. 301/739-3630. www.rhcemetery.org. to 15 A Christmas Carol, Smithsburg High School, 66 N. Main St., Smithsburg, MD. Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Fully-staged production of Charles Dickens’ famous tale. $12. http://smithsburghighschooldrama.ludus.com/5209 A Victorian Christmas, Hagerstown Community College, Black Box Theater, 11400 Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. www.marylandentertainmentgroup.org. “The Nutcracker Ballet,” The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Full-length ballet featuring guest artists from the New York City Ballet and students from the Frederick School of Classic Ballet. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. - 15, 20-22 “Nuncrackers,” Capitol Theater Center, Wood Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. The Nunsense Christmas Musical. Admission. 717/263-0202. www.capitoltheatre.org. Breakfast with Santa and Friends, Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia, MD. 8-10 a.m. Enjoy a meet and greet breakfast with Santa and his friends. Enjoy the attractions. Paid entry required from 8-10 a.m. 301/865-6800. Babes in the Woods, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 9-10 a.m. Naturalist will introduce the sights and sounds of nature. Take a sensory walk on kid-friendly trails. Ages less than 4. $5 per parent/child pair. www.recreater.com. “Mommy & Me Holiday Tea,” The Maryland Theatre, Ballroom, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 10 a.m. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. “Father and Son Holiday Workshop,” The Maryland Theatre, The View Studio, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 10 a.m. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Holly Jolly Celebration, Loudoun Street Mall, Old Town Winchester. 10 a.m. Caroling and holiday activities including free horse drawn carriage rides. Specials at shops and restaurants all day. www.oldtownwinchesterva.com. Santa’s Headquarters, Godfrey Miller Center, 28 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make a Christmas craft while you wait to visit Santa. 540/662-4946. www.winchesterva.gov/parks.

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Wooden Gingerbread House Decorating, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Decorate your own wooden Gingerbread House. Parents and children work together. Ages 5 & up. $15-$20. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Hello Holidays: Open House, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Drop in for holiday fun and activities. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. Holiday Santa Visit & Toys for Tots, Westview Promenade, Buckeystown & Crestwood Blvd, Frederick. 12 noon-3 p.m. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy live holiday music, strolling Victorian carolers, and free games with prizes for the kids. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. 410/561-1300. Hello Holidays: Open House, Myersville Community Library, 8 Harp Place, Myersville, MD. 12 noon-4:30 p.m. Drop in for holiday fun and activities. All ages. 301/600-8350. www.fcpl.org. Museums By Candlelight, Various locations in Frederick. 12 noon. Self-guided tour. Several of Frederick County’s historic venues will host unique activities. Free. 301/600-4047. Museums by Candlelight, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 12 noon-7 p.m. Discover holiday traditions and enjoy a hearth cooking demonstration of classic and favorite cookies around the world. All ages. Free. 301/6001650. www.recreater.com. Read to Some Bunny, Bowman Library, Children’s Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:15 p.m. Read a favorite book to a soft and cuddly listener. Free. 540/869-9000, x215. Old Town Holly Jolly, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 1-3 p.m. Enjoy classic holiday movies with popcorn, as well as make-andtake crafts. 540/662-9041, x11. Hometown Holidays in Brunswick, 1 E. Potomac St., Brunswick. 1-4 p.m. Enjoy a small town Christmas. Breakfast with Santa, Pop-up holiday marketplace, children’s craft activities, and horsedrawn carriage rides. www.visitfrederick.org. Hello Holidays: Holiday Reception, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 2-4 p.m. Holiday tea reception, music and crafts for the whole family. All ages. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. A Currier and Ives Christmas at Plumb Grove Mansion, Broadfording Rd. and N. Martin St., Clear Spring, MD. 2-9 p.m. Tour 12 charming rooms decorated in 19th century style in the 1831 farmhouse. Refreshments available. 301/842-2342. Festival of Lights, Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. 3 p.m.-12 midnight. Concert, 3 p.m.; Lighting of luminaries, 4 p.m. Appalachian Wind Quintet will perform in the Chapel. Bagpiper will be playing in the cemetery. 301/7333575. www.visithagerstown.com. Holiday Open House, Thorpewood, 12805A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont, MD. 3-8 p.m. Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Performances by Frederick musicians. 301/271-2823. www.visitfrederick.org. Holiday Concert, Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Rd., Hagerstown. 5-6:15 p.m. Seasonal music by St. James Brass and the Haven Lutheran Church Senior Choir. Enjoy concert and luminary display at Rest Haven. 301/733-5056. www.visithagerstown.com. & 15 The Nutcracker, The Frank Center, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV. Sat., 2 & 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Shepherdstown School of Dance. Admission. 304/264-1832. www.shepherdstownschoolofdance.com. “The Nutcracker,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. The City Ballet School and The Western Maryland City Ballet Company. Admission. 301/7902000. www.mdtheatre.org. Frederick Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Hood College, Coffman Chapel, 521 Coffman Chapel

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Dr., Frederick. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. 301/6853585. www.visitfrederick.org. Bird Walks with Wild Bird Unlimited, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Nature Center Place, Walkersville, MD. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Discover the wild bird populations at our Nature Centers with our local experts. Great walk for the family. All ages. Free. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. “The Wizard of Oz,” Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 1 p.m. Show only. For ages 3 & up. Admission. 301/739-7469. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Candy Tree, Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Make a tree for a holiday centerpiece. Ages 5-12. Call to sign up. 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. “The Case of the Disappearing Planet,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Intended for upper elementary age and general audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. Hello Holidays: Wrap it Up, Walkersville (MD) Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Create your own special wrapping paper. Grades K-5. 301/600-8200. www.fcpl.org. “Season of Light,” William M. Brish Planetarium, 20 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. 7-8 p.m. Intended for general audiences. $3, adults; $2, children & students; free, senior citizens with WCPS Gold Card. $10, maximum family cost. 301/766-2898. Free Movie Night, Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg, MD. 7-9 p.m. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Rated PG-13. Sign up online. 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. & 19 “Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Holiday Spectacular,” The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Special holiday production featuring the diverse talents of the entire student body. For all ages. Admission. 301/790-2000. www.mdtheatre.org. Preschool Fall Hike, Catoctin Creek Park, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 10-11 a.m. or 1-2 p.m. Each hike will explore a different area of the park. Ages 3-5. $9. 301/600-2936. www.recreater.com. Christmas at the Capitol – Movies, Capitol Theater Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 3 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. “White Christmas.” Admission. 717/2630202. www.capitoltheatre.org. Santa Storytime, Sharpsburg Library, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg, MD. 3:30-4 p.m. Santa will read a story and make holiday balloons for the kids. 301/432-8825. www.washcolibrary.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Emmitsburg (MD) Branch Library, 300A S. Seton Ave. 5-6 p.m. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-6329. www.fcpl.org. Make-it, Take-it Family Craft Night, Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library, 12624 Broadfording Rd., Clear Spring, MD. 5-7 p.m. Drop in and make a seasonal craft with your family. All materials provided. 301/842-2730. www.washcolibrary.org. -20 “A Christmas Carol – School Show,” The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. Recommended for grades 510. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. -22 “A Victorian Christmas,” The Maryland Theatre, The View Studio, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Thurs. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.;

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Movies and Cocoa, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 2-4 p.m. Enjoy cocoa and snacks while watching a movie. Grades 6-12. 301/600Sun., 6 p.m. Admission. 301/790-2000. 7200. www.fcpl.org. www.mdtheatre.org. & 22 MSO Concert: Home for the Holidays, Winter Break Celebration, Walkersville (MD) The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Branch Library, 57 W. Frederick St. 1:30-2:30 Hagerstown. Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. The Maryland p.m. Celebrate the start of winter break with music, Symphony Orchestra performs the music of the games, and snacks. Grades 6-12. 301/600-8200. season. Admission. 301/797-4000. www.fcpl.org. , 22 & 24 “Breakfast with Santa,” Way Off Hello Holidays: School’s Out! Urbana Regional Broadway Dinner Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 2-4 p.m. Frederick. 10 a.m. Full breakfast buffet for children Design a holiday ornament to take home with you. and their families. Admission. 301/662-6600. Grades K-5. 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. www.wayoffbroadway.com. Festival of Lights, City Hall Courtyard, 101 N. Court Winter Art Day, Jefferson County Community St., Frederick. 7 p.m. A community tradition-based Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah event with holiday greetings, carols, and an Junction, WV. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Winter/holiday themed inspirational message. Moving candle lighting art activities. Make snowscapes, holiday themed art, ceremony. www.visitfrederick.org. ornaments, snow globes, and more. $65-$70. Ages -22 “A Christmas Carol,” The Weinberg 6-12. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Snowman Party, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Frederick. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Patrick St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Winter-themed Sun., 2 p.m. Admission. 301/600-2828. storytime, followed by fun snowmen activities. Grades www.weinbergcenter.org. K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. “A Christmas Carol,” The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, PA. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & La Leche League Meeting, Handley Library, Storytime Nook, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Presented by Totem Pole 5:30-6:30 p.m. Informal conversation about Playhouse. A family-friendly stage adaptation of the breastfeeding. “Surviving the Holidays with Your New Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Admission. 717/337Baby.” Free and open to the public. No registration 8200. www.gettysburgmajestic.org. necessary. 540/662-9041, x11. , 23, 26, 27 & 30 School’s Out! Fun Day, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Read to a Dog, Boonsboro (MD) Library, 401 Potomac St. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Reading Education Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 9 Assistance Dogs are ready for children who want to a.m.-5 p.m. Sports, games, movie and more. $30practice their reading skills with a Certified Therapy $35 per day. Ages 6-12. 304/728-3207. Dog. 301/432-5723. www.washcolibrary.org. www.jcprc.org. Sensory Sensitive Storytime, Handley Library, “The Messiah Sing-Along,” The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 8 p.m. Join your Benham Gallery Room, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 11:30 a.m. Enjoy a program designed for fellow music lovers, a professional orchestra, children of all abilities in an inclusive environment of superstar soloists, and a magnificent stage chorus. Admission. 301/600-2828. www.weinbergcenter.org. stories, rhymes, movement and song. Geared Unplugged Family Fun, C. Burr Artz Public especially for children on the autism spectrum and Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. those with sensory integration challenges. Enjoy games to play with anyone anywhere. Grades Registration required. All ages. 540/662-9041. Santa Stories, Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Historic Houses of Worship Tour, Hagerstown, MD. Smithsburg, MD. 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Fun story time and craft to celebrate Santa. Ages 3-10. Call to 3-7 p.m. Self-guided walking tour. See the interiors of 17 historic downtown Hagerstown houses of worship. sign up. 301/824-7722. www.washcolibrary.org. Music, refreshments and local art. Self-guided maps Paws for Reading, Bowman Library, Children’s Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-2:15 p.m. available. https://harccoalition.org/event/ hagerstown-historic-houses-of-worship-tour/ Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Free. Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, 540/869-9000, x215. 19 E. Church St., Frederick. 4-9 p.m. Special open “Clara’s Candy Land Adventure,” The Apollo Civic house celebration. Tour many of Frederick’s famous Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. 2 p.m. & 7 churches. Special programs, angelic choirs and p.m. Turning Pointe Company. 304/263-6766. nativity scenes. Free. www.visitfrederick.org. www.apollocivictheatre.org. Nerf Wars, Jefferson County Community Hello Holidays: Make a Gift, C. Burr Artz Public Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 2-3 p.m. Create Junction, WV. 5:30-7 p.m., ages 5-9; 7:15-8:45 p.m., a special handmade gift for your friend or family. ages 10-14. Battle your friends in Nerf War Combat. Grades K-5. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. $10. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org.

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Assistance Dogs. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org. R.E.A.D. with Wags for Hope, Thurmont (MD) Regional Library, 76 E. Moser Rd. 11 a.m.-12 noon. Children read to Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Grades K-5. 301/600-7200. www.fcpl.org. Family Films at Bowman Library, Children’s Room, 871 Tasker Rd., Stephens City, VA. 1-3 p.m. “Mary Poppins Returns.” 540/869-9000, x215. Paws for Reading, Handley Library, 100 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester. 2-3 p.m. Read a favorite book to a canine listener. Meet certified therapy dogs. 540/662-9041. Hello Holidays: Harry Potter Yule Ball, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 2-4 p.m. Winter celebration of all things Harry Potter. Games and activities for witches and warlocks of all ages. Don’t forget your dress robes. Grades K-Adult. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. First Night Winchester, Downtown Winchester. 10 a.m.-12 midnight. Come celebrate the new year. Large, family-friendly, nonalcoholic New Year’s Eve celebration. Entertainment for all. Musicians, dancers, arts & crafts, magicians, comedy, and more. Event culminates at midnight with the apple drop and fireworks display. www.firstnightwinchester.com. Noon Year’s Eve Party, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Snacks, games, activities, and countdown to noon. For all ages. Registration requested. 301/7393250. www.washcolibrary.org. Hello Holidays: Noon Year’s Eve, C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. Celebrate the New Year with games, activities, and a countdown to noon. Ages 0 & up. 301/600-1630. www.fcpl.org. Hello Holidays: Noon Year’s Eve, Edward F. Fry Memorial Library, 1635 Ballenger Creek Pike, Point of Rocks, MD. 11:30 a.m.-12 noon. Celebrate the New Year with games, activities, and a countdown to noon. Ages birth-5. 301/874-4560. www.fcpl.org. Hello Holidays: Noon Year’s Eve, Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St., Frederick. 11:30 a.m.-12 noon. Celebrate the New Year with games, activities, and a countdown to noon. All ages. 301/600-7000. www.fcpl.org. Hello Holidays: Noon Year’s Eve, Middletown (MD) Library, 101 Prospect St. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Celebrate the New Year with games, activities, and a countdown to noon. Ages birth-5. 301/371-7560. www.fcpl.org. Hello Holidays: New Year’s Eve Party, Brunswick (MD) Branch Library, 915 N. Maple Ave. 2-3 p.m. Celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 with fun crafts, games, and activities. Grades K-5. 301/600-7250. www.fcpl.org.

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New Year’s Eve Apple Drop, Town Square, 100 E. King St., Downtown Martinsburg. 4:30-6 p.m. Free, family-friendly event. Enjoy free apples, doughnuts, apple cider, music and family activities. www.travelwv.com/events/ Krumpe’s Donut Drop, Public Square, Downtown Hagerstown. 5-7:30 p.m. Free coffee, hot chocolate and donuts to first 5000 people. Kid’s zone, crafts, games, balloons and more. Live music by Staff Infection. 301/790-3500. www.mdtheatre.org/donut.php. Boro Blast! Mainstreet Waynesboro, PA. 5-7:30 p.m. Usher in 2020. www.mainstreetwaynesboro.org. “Rock N Roll New Year’s Eve 2019,” Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, 44 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 8:30 p.m. Dinner, floor show, DJ and midnight champagne toast and continental breakfast. Admission. 301/7397469. www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com. Family New Year’s Eve Celebration, Adventure Park USA, 11113 W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia, MD. 9 p.m.12:30 a.m. Light meal, video games, balloon drop and more. Admission. 301/865-6800. New Years Eve “Key Drop,” Carroll Creek Amphitheater, Frederick. 11 p.m. A handcrafted lighted key descends from the William O. Lee Memorial Bridge at the stroke of midnight. 240/4090173. www.visitfrederick.org. Scottish First Footing, Square Corner Park, 1 E. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD. 11:30 p.m.-12 midnight. The Frederick Drums and Pipes perform. Free. www.visitfrederick.org.

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Williamsport Polar Bear Plunge, River Bottom 1plunge. Park, Williamsport, MD. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 12 noon 10 a.m. games start.

http://williamsportmd.gov. First Day Hike, Cunningham State Park Manor Area Visitors Center, 6709 Cunningham Falls Park Rd., Thurmont, MD. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come hiking with a park ranger for a 3-mile hike up to the scenic Bob’s Hill Overlook and Cat Rock. Free. RSVP required. 301/271-7574. www.visitfrederick.org. First Day Hike, Gambrill State Park, High Knob Area, 8448 High Knob Rd., Frederick. 4-5 p.m. Join a park ranger for a one-mile round-trip hike. Free. RSVP required at 301/271-7574. www.visitfrederick.org. Middle School Madness, Jefferson County Community Center, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 7-10 p.m. “New Year’s Party.” Basketball, moon bounce, music, concessions and special themed activities. For Jefferson County public, private and homeschool students grades 6-8. $10. 304/728-3207. www.jcprc.org. More January fun can be found online at www.childguidemagazine.com/events

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Cluggy’s Family Amusements ...................................................................8 Delaplaine Arts Center ..............................................................................7 Discovery Station ..........................................................Inside Back Cover Educare Learning Center ........................................................................7 Family Healthcare of Hagerstown.............................................................1 The Light of the Child Montessori School................................................7 Lauren R.H. Campbell Photography .........................................................3 The Pediatric Center of Frederick .............................................................8 Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick............................Inside Front Cover

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November/December 2019 Child Guide  

Holiday issue includes the season's best family activities along with articles, NAPPA gift guide, advertiser resources and more.

November/December 2019 Child Guide  

Holiday issue includes the season's best family activities along with articles, NAPPA gift guide, advertiser resources and more.