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14 Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This September

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We don’t know about you, but we have a lot of mixed feelings this time of the year: elated that the school year has begun, sad that the summer is over, and both excited and anxious about the upcoming Jewish High Holidays. No matter your mood, we’ve put together a list of great events including story times, a Shabbat picnic, and family farm days to keep you having fun long after the outdoor pools close for the season.

Fun for the Whole Family

Tot Shabbat @ J Town
Celebrate Shabbat at J Town with stories, songs, and a grape juice and challah snack while learning the special Shabbat blessings. No experience or prior knowledge required to join in the fun! Open to all.
J Town, Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11 a.m. – Noon

Reading Out Loud with the Karma Dogs
Dogs are the perfect audience for kids to practice reading aloud–they’re great listeners and don’t care if you stumble over a word. The Karma Dogs from HEARTS will be on hand and ready to listen. The crafts room and library will be open as well.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Hands on Holidays
Learn about the fall Jewish holidays with stories, music and crafts. Hosted by the JCC of Baltimore, for children ages 5 years and under, free and open to all. RSVP requested.
Enoch Pratt Library, 5108 Roland Ave
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m.

Shababa Friday Nights
Celebrate Shabbat with a low-key, fun-filled service for families with young children featuring singing, dancing, and age-appropriate prayers.
Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills
Friday, Sept. 9, 6 – 7 p.m.

Tot Shabbat
An interactive Shabbat service with singing, prayer, puppets, and Torah stories, for children ages 5 and under and their families.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Saturday, Sept. 10, 11:15 – Noon

Back to School Picnic Shabbat
Playtime on the playground, family-friendly Friday evening Shabbat services under a tent, and a visit from the ice cream truck for dessert. A fun way to end the week, RSVP requested.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Saturday, Sept. 10, 11:15 – Noon

Day to Unite
Pick from an array of volunteer opportunities and join in a statewide day of community service, family-friendly options available. Click here to see all of the volunteer opportunities available.
Sunday, Sept. 11, various times & locations

Pearlstone Family Farm Day
Meet the adorable animals, check out the working farm, listen to a PJ Library story, and learn why protecting the environment is important in Judaism.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 – 4 p.m.

Cupcake Wars
PJ Library families and friends are invited to duke it out in a parents vs. kids competition to bake and decorate the best Rosh Hashanah-themed cupcakes. Dinner will be served while the cupcakes bake and cool.
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore
Sunday, Sept. 11, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

PJ in Your PJ’s
Get the kids all cozy in their PJ’s and let someone else handle the bedtimes stories and snack. Organized by PJ Library and IMPACT, kosher snacks will be served. RSVP requested.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 7 – 8 p.m.

Race for Our Kids
Get some exercise while raising money for Sinai Children’s Hospital. Choose from a 5K, 10K or 1K family fun walk. Strollers permitted on the family fun walk route. Click here to register in advance.
Pimlico Parking Lot (Northern Pkwy & Preakness Way)
Sunday, Sept. 18, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Super Week Community Concert – Tatiana Amirova
Tatiana Amirova, finalist from The Voice, Ukraine, will wow the crowd in Russian, English, and Yiddish with pop, funk, and jazz.
Gordon Center, Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Sunday, Sept. 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Fall Holidays with Rabbi Rachel @ Barnes & Noble
Story time with Rabbi Rachel from Congregation Beth Israel and her friend Todah the Shababa Sloth. Listen to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur-themed stories and talk about the upcoming fall holidays.
Barnes & Noble, 1819 Reisterstown Rd
Sunday, Sept. 25, 4 – 5 p.m.

Family Farm Day
Spend an action-packed day at the farm with beekeeping demonstrations, sheep shearing, tractor driving, face painting, pony rides, face painting, and live music.
Maryland Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville
Sunday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Just for the Grown-ups

Mothers Circle Mini-Course
Designed for mothers of other religious backgrounds, this free, three-session course is a comfortable space to learn some of the basics for raising Jewish children and developing a deeper understanding of Judaism, Jewish ritual, and holidays. Pre-registration required.
Amuse Toys, 2580 Quarry Lake Drive
Sundays, Sept. 11,18 & 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Shalom Baby
Expecting your first baby or need a refresher? Why not take a childbirth class with a Jewish twist? It even includes a kosher dairy lunch. Advance registration requested.
Macks Center for Jewish Engagement, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

JNF Community Breakfast Featuring Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Enjoy an Israeli-style breakfast while listening to best-selling author Rabbi Joseph Telushkin who has written more than 15 books on Jewish humor, ethics literacy, and other topics.
Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 – 9 a.m.

The Empty Place at the Table: Coping With Loss During the High Holidays
A workshop offering strategies and support for coping with family gatherings and holiday celebrations after the death of a loved one. Facilitated by Rabbi Amy Scheinerman and Donna Kane, a JCS Clinician, pre-registration requested, free and open to the public.
Temple Isaiah, 2200 Scaggsville Rd
Thursday, Sept. 22, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Kumsitz & Musical Selichot
Get ready for Rosh Hashanah with a Kumsitz sing-a-long and an uplifting, musical selichot service led by Cantor Avi Albrecht, Kol Fusion acapella, and Avraham Rosenblum on guitar, with other guest musicians.
The evening will begin with a dairy dessert reception and coffee bar.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd, Pikesville
Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 – 11:30 p.m.

Meditation Yoga for the Jewish Woman’s Soul
Stretch your body and mind through yoga, meditation, and text study. Pre-registration requested.
Owings Mills, JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Monday, Sept. 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.


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