If you want to go above and beyond a simple picture with Santa this holiday season, kids will love these opportunities to dine and spend time with Mr. Claus. You'll still be able to get some nice photos for the holidays, and as an added bonus you'll be able to skip the long lines at malls.
Please note: Reservations are strongly encouraged for all of these events (many of which sell out fast!).
Adventure Park USA
11113 W Baldwin Rd., New Market; 401-865-6800
Saturday, December 8
Hours: 8-11 a.m.
Adventure Park USA will host breakfast with Santa, where children can get their picture taken with St. Nick and share their wishes for the Christmas season. Breakfast is $12 per person, while $14.50 includes breakfast and three hours of play on the playground and moonbounce, as well as 30 arcade credits. For $17 per person, visitors can enjoy breakfast, laser tag, ropes course, rock wall, and 50 arcade credits.
The Shops at Kenilworth
Saturdays, December 8, 15 and 22, 8:30 a.m.
800 Kenilworth Dr., Towson; 410-321-1909
The Shops at Kenilworth is hosting breakfast with Santa on select Saturdays in December. Tickets are $10 per person and benefit the House of Ruth, a domestic violence center. Call the number above for details.
Wednesday, December 12, 10:30-11 a.m. (Cookies & Milk with Santa)
Saturday, December 15, 8-10 a.m. (Breakfast with Santa)
7839 Eastpoint Ave.; 410-284-6695
Santa will come to Eastpoint Mall twice this year: first at an event where kids can share their letters with Santa and enjoy cookies from The Great Cookie, and then at a pancake and sausage breakfast at the mall Applebees. The former event is free while supplies last, while the latter is $7 per person with proceeds benefiting the Dundalk Family Crisis Center.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry
Saturday, December 15
1415 Key Highway; 410-727-4808
Santa will make an appearance at The Baltimore Museum of Industry for photos with children and an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets are $20 or $15 for children ages 3-12. Members receive a discount. Call the number above to make reservations.
402 Key Highway; 410-727-3678
Sunday, December 16
Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Rusty Scupper's weekly Live Jazz Brunch. Seatings will take place at 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 1:15 p.m.; brunch is $37.95 per adult and $11.95 for children ages 10 years and younger.
The Maryland Zoo
1876 Mansion House Dr.; 410-396-7102
Sunday, December 16 and Saturday, December 22, 8:30- 10 a.m.
Catered breakfast with Santa on The Maryland Zoo's historic Mansion House Porch. Have a photo taken with Santa (and his animal ambassador elves). Tickets are required.