Thanksgiving In Baltimore: A MapQuest Guide

10/27/2011 04:41 pm ET | Updated Dec 25, 2011

Thanksgiving in Baltimore is a time for gathering with family and loved ones, expressing gratitude and, of course, eating. As part of TurkeyQuest -- a MapQuest guide to Thanksgiving events, featuring everything from parades to holiday sales to activities for families -- here are two of the best ways to experience Thanksgiving in Baltimore and one opportunity to give back to others.

Baltimore Thanksgiving Events Map

Gobble Gobble Weekend

Port Discovery Children's Museum invites the whole family to a weekend of juggling, balancing and learning other "cool circus skills" from a former Ringling Brothers performer. In keeping with its mission to inspire children to imagine, play, learn and grow, the museum's post-Thanksgiving educational fun also includes family crafts, making fall leaves and science activities using leaf rubbings. Other weekend activities include decorating your own fall bear and jingle-jangle music time. All children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. General admission is $13.95 and entry is free for museum members and children ages two and under.

BAZAART: Holiday Art Market

Black Friday sales aren't the only places to do early bird shopping. Visitors to the American Visionary Art Museum can also beat the crowds at a Friday after-Thanksgiving BAZAART Preview Party & Sale of original creations by more than 50 regional artists and craftspeople. Sponsored by the museum, BAZAART is a marketplace for jewelry, paintings, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, textiles, mixed media and more. Admission to the preview party is $20 and benefits the museum, which features free tours and ongoing exhibitions. The BAZAART: Holiday Art Market continues all day Saturday.

Volunteer: Goodwill Thanksgiving Dinner

Goodwill Industries continues a 55-year tradition by providing free Thanksgiving meals to about 2,500 needy individuals and families. "We have 150 turkeys. That's 4,500 pounds of turkey protein," Executive Chef Decio Dacosta told at last year's event. Goodwill also holds a community-resource fair to promote economic self-sufficiency, further giving back to the Baltimore community. Volunteers are needed to set up, clean, serve, run tables, help with a clothing drive, wrap up leftovers and much more. To volunteer, call 410-837-1800.

Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201 | Go to Huffington Post Impact to see how else you can volunteer.

Thanksgiving In Baltimore: Video

A virtual tour of Port Discovery's Children Museum, which hosts Gobble Gobble Weekend.

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