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21 Jewish Things to Do With Kids This Summer in Baltimore

Girl and boy eating ice cream

School is out, and the kids need entertaining – preferably somewhere air conditioned or with a pool. In addition to your regularly scheduled summer fun, there are a bunch of fabulous Jewish things you can do with the kiddos this summer.

Want help motivating your little ones to read this summer? Sign up for the Book Zone summer reading program at The Macks Center for Jewish Education. Kids who read 5 Jewish-themed books, fill out their Book Zone bookmarks, and have them signed by a parent and the librarian at CJE will receive a free 30-minute jump at SkyZone. Contact the CJE Librarian, Jessica Fink, for more information.

July

Americana Summertime Family Farm Festival
Spend July 4th on the farm and play sports, swim in the pool, learn wilderness survival skills, zip line over the lake, and rock out to the music of Bobby Beetcut.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Tuesday, July 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

JTown Jungle Jam
An interactive play experience designed to help kids burn off energy while learning Jewish values about taking care of your body, health, and respecting diverse abilities.
JTown, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Wednesdays, July 5 & 19, 11 a.m.

Capital Camps Young Family Playdate
Thinking about sleepaway camp? Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day at camp with swimming, camp activities, and a kosher lunch. For families with children ages 4-8 years.
Capital Camps and Retreat Center, 12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, PA
Sunday, July 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Karma Dogs
Help your kids keep their reading skills sharp by reading aloud to the Karma Dogs from H.E.A.R.T.S. (Help Encourage All Readers to Succeed).  They are great listeners. For ages 5 – 12.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, July 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

CRAFTS Room – Late Days
Create original crafts using recycled objects in the CRAFTS Room (Creative Reuse Area for Families, Teachers & Students). All ages.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, July 11, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 20, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tot Shabbat at the Pool
Celebrate Shabbat at the pool with free swim, a Tot Shabbat service, and kosher dairy dinner. Advance registration required.
Owings Mills JCC Aquatic Park, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Friday, July 14, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Rosh Chodesh Av @ JTown
Celebrate the new Jewish month with songs, storytelling, and games, and learn about how Jews measure time, the phases of the moon, and other things going on this month.
JTown, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, July 24, 11 a.m.


Summer of Love Community Crafts
Craft and schmooze while creating Jewish ritual objects to be used at JTown and in your own home.
JTown, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, July 25, 10 a.m. – Noon

Alef-Bet Yoga
Bend and twist your body into the shapes of Hebrew letters. For families with children ages 1 -4, advance registration required, space is limited to 15 families. Yoga mats will be provided.
Yoga on York, 6711 York Rd.
Tuesday, July 25, 9:45 – 11 a.m.

Watermelon Wednesdays
A free storytime with songs, and, of course, watermelon. Best for ages 7 and under.
Beth Sholom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia
Wednesday, July 26, 4:30 p.m.

Shabbat in the Park
Celebrate Shabbat in the park with Shabbat songs, a story, and challah. Hosted by Towson Jewish Families, all are welcome.
Angel Park, Perry Hall
Saturday, July 29, 9:30 a.m.

Jewish Super Stars
Go on a scavenger hunt in JTown and learn about Jewish customs and rituals along the way.
JTown, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Monday, July 31, 2 p.m.

X-Treme Science Camp – Space and Rocketry with the Science Guys of Baltimore
Looking for another week of camp or activities? Kids ages 4 – 6 will learn all about outer space, build spaceships and rockets, and play lots of games. Advance registration required.
DBJCC in Federal Hill, 1118 Light St, Baltimore
Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4, 9 a.m. — Noon

August

JTown Jungle Jam
An interactive play experience designed to help kids burn off energy while learning Jewish values about taking care of your body, health, and respecting diverse abilities.
JTown, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Wednesdays, August 2 & 16, 11 a.m.

Musical Shabbat Services in the Park
Welcome Shabbat with Beth Am at the Maryland Zoo’s Waterfowl Pavilion, led by Rabbi Daniel Burg, Cantor Ira Greenstein and guest musicians. Service will be followed by a B.Y.O. picnic dinner and activities for children ages 9 and under.
Waterfowl Pavilion in the Maryland Zoo, 1 Safari Pl, Baltimore
Friday, August 4, 6 – 10 p.m.

Karma Dogs
Help your kids keep their reading skills sharp by reading aloud to the Karma Dogs from H.E.A.R.T.S. (Help Encourage All Readers to Succeed). They are great listeners. For ages 5 – 12.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, August 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

CRAFTS Room – Late Days
Create original crafts using recycled objects in the CRAFTS Room (Creative Reuse Area for Families, Teachers & Students). All ages.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, August 8, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 20, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Jewish Super Stars
Go on a scavenger hunt in JTown and learn about Jewish customs and rituals along the way.
JTown, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Monday, August 14, 2 p.m.

Chaggiga
Learn about Jewish holidays through imaginative play and other activities.
JTown, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Mondays, August 7 & 28, 2 p.m.

Supplies for Success
Help fill backpacks with school supplies for students at Cross Country Elementary. Advance registration required, all ages.
Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave
Tuesday, August 29, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Watermelon Wednesdays
A free storytime with songs, and, of course, watermelon.  Best for ages 7 and under.
Beth Sholom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia
Wednesday, August 30, 4:30 p.m.

Just for Grown-ups

Maintaining Balance
A four-part parenting course geared toward parents of school-age and camp-age children focusing on the ways Judaism can help us find balance in our busy lives.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesdays, July 6, 13, 20 & 27, 7 – 8 p.m.

From Iconic Ship to a Mythic Image: The Warfield/Exodus Peace Tapestry
The tapestry, containing over one-and-a-half million stitches was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Exodus’ journey and the founding of the State of Israel. Learn more about it from Dr. Barry Lever, who was involved with the project at the outset, and through the museum. Free with museum admission.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St, Baltimore
Sunday, July 9, 1 p.m.

Grandparent Bootcamp
New and soon-to-be grandparents can join Ahava Family for a CPR training, a review of current recommendations for infant care, and a Jewish look at grandparenting today.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, July 16, 9 a.m. – Noon

‘If Every Word Was Love’: Romance, Love, and Marriage in the American Jewish Community
Learn about the changing nature of personal relationships between young American Jewish men and women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, July 16, 1 p.m.

First Foods Class
Learn about introducing solid foods and more. Sponsored by Ahava Family and led by a Lactation Consultant and Pediatric Dietitian.
Heath Street Lofts, 111 W. Heath St, Baltimore
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Myth of the “Authentic Jewish Wedding”
Learn about the surprising history of iconic Jewish wedding practices such as the chuppah, ketubah, and breaking a glass.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St, Baltimore
Sunday, August 27, 1 p.m.

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