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  • Polar Express 4D at the National Aquarium

    Childhood classic The Polar Express has seen many iterations in the last 25 years. It appeared in 1985 as a wonderfully illustrated book by Chris Van Allsburg, and won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for children's literature. The pencil illustrations turned computer animated with the release of the 2004 movie and simultaneously jumped into 3D with an IMAX version. In 2007, the National Aquarium, Baltimore began airing a so-called 4D version, which might more aptly be called a "3D Sensory Experience" or a "3D Film With Stuff Blown at Your Face"—which, quite simply, is exactly what it is. (This presentation strategy isn't, by any stretch, a new concept: 4D started 24 years ago, when Captain EO aired at the Epcot Center, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland in 1986.) If you grew up on the book and loved it, you probably enjoyed the movie at least for its nostalgic value, which means you'll probably enjoy the 4D version, if you're any kind of a fun person at all. Here's what happens: You sit in the small-ish 4-D Immersion Theater, likely surrounded by kids whose ages have yet to reach two digits and parents snapping endless cell phone shots of their offspring in 3D glasses. You watch the movie, just like you would in any theater, but you get bombarded throughout with water-spraying, seat-rumbling, evergreen-smelling nonsense that is way more fun than you'll want to admit from a kiddie show. In fact, judging from the quite present screams of children at the press event—"I don't want to be here!", "Let me off!" (direct quotes)—it might be more fun for adults and older children than for the preschoolers who loved the original 3D movie. Everyone who's seen it knows it's a beautifully animated heartwarming Christmas tale, with lovely lessons for the little ones, but the shocks and noise that equal "immersion" seemed too much for all but the sturdiest of young'ns. In short, beware: Make sure you know your kids' tolerance for scary before bringing them along. The Polar Express 4-D Experience plays at the National Aquarium daily through Jan. 3 10 a.m.-3 p.m., various showtimes. $29.95, $24.95 children ages 3-11, includes aquarium admission, dolphin show, and immersion theater.
  • Hubble Snaps Celestial "Holiday Ornament"

    I remember seeing an IMAX movie back in middle school that told me astronauts had seen evidence of Santa Claus and his sleigh in space. I'm sure it's a completely inaccurate childhood memory, but nonetheless, it had me secretly believing in Mr. Claus...

    KIDS

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    Stuff to See Adventure Park USA. 11113 W. Baldwin Road, New Market, (301) 865-6800, adventureparkusa.com. Have a top-notch amusement park experience with rides, mini-golf, laser tag, and a ropes course. Bring the family, or send the kids off to the...

    Knoebels Amusement Resort, Port Discovery, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and more.

    Stuff to See Adventure Park USA, 1113 W. Baldwin Road, New Market, (301) 865-6800, adventureparkusa.com. The typical amusement-park fare is all here: mini-golf, coasters, bumper cars, laser tag, plus you can unload the kids at the park's weekly summer...

    Arthur, Blast Of Silence, Born To Be Wild, Hanna, Murder, My Sweet, Soul Surfer, Wild Strawberries, Your Highness

    ARTHUR Russell Brand and Helen Mirren reprise the Dudley Moore and John Gielgud roles, respectively, in this Jason Winer-directed update of Steve Gordon’s 1981 comedy about the titular spoiled, rich man-child (Brand) who is threatened with being cut...