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24 Things to Do With Kids This Summer in Baltimore

Happy girl outdoors during summer vacation have fun with father

Summer has officially arrived bringing warmer temperatures and (hopefully) more relaxed schedules. While we can’t help you apply sunscreen on wriggly toddlers or find that missing flip-flop, we CAN hook you up with all of the fun, family-friendly activities happening in Baltimore this summer. There are poolside and outdoor Shabbat celebrations, story times, nature and gardening experiences, and even a coding class. You can also introduce the kids to Harry Houdini (did you know he was Jewish?) and learn about one of his famous escapes that took place in the Baltimore area.

Summer Reading

Avoid the “summer slide” and encourage kids to read by participating in one – or both – of these summer reading programs.

Summer Reading Program at the CJE
Read five Jewish-themed books and receive a free jump coupon and jumping socks from Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park in Towson.  All you need to do is pick up a summer reading bookmark and read five Jewish-themed books. Fun for all ages – preschool through high school. Learn more.
Macks Center for Jewish Education, 5700 Park Heights Ave

Karma Dogs
Kids can practice reading aloud to the Karma Dogs – trained therapy dogs who are great listeners and totally non-judgemental. Best for ages 5 – 12 years, adult supervision required.
CJE Library, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesdays, July 10, August 7 & September 4,  5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

J Town – Indoor Play Space

Cool off this summer at J Town – the Jewish indoor play space for kids at the Park Heights JCC. Drop in to play anytime during their operating hours, or attend one of the special programs below.

“Menschkins”
Learn about being a mensch through scavenger hunts, snacks, crafts, puppets, and stories.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Wednesday, June 20, 2 – 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday, June 27, 2 – 4 p.m.

Community Crafts
Drop in and make a watermelon mobile while learning about different ways to be a mensch.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, June 21, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“Summer of Love” Tot Shabbat
Welcome summer with a special Shabbat celebration.
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Friday, June 22, 11 a.m.

Drop-in Activities & Story Times

Fun activities for all ages including nature walks, stories, learning to code, and afternoon family fun at the JCC.

Watermelon Wednesdays @ Beth Shalom
Enjoy stories, songs, and watermelon. Best for ages 7 and under. Free. All are welcome.
Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia
Wednesdays, June 27, July 25 &  August 22, 4:30 p.m.

CRAFTS Room Extended Hours
Bring the family and get creative using recycled materials.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, July 10, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wonder Wednesdays @  the Park Heights JCC
Five afternoons of family fun at the JCC with a different theme every week. Swimming, crafts, activities, games, and even a petting zoo. JCC Members $10/family, Non-Members $15/family
Wednesdays, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8 & August 22, 4 – 6 p.m.

Shoots and Letters
Stories, crafts, and adventures with a different nature-related theme every week. Best for ages 3 and up, $2 per child. No advance registration required.
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville
Every Thursday in June, July & August, 10 – 11 a.m.

Tots@10:00
Fun-filled activities for kids ages 5 and under and their grown-ups held the first Thursday of the month at the Avenue at White Marsh.
The Avenue at White Marsh, 8125 Honeygo Blvd
Thursday, July 5, 10 a.m. – Summertime Beach Party
Thursday, August 2, 10 a.m. – Meet the Firefighters

Bookworm Story Time at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Storytime and a nature walk led by one of the nature center librarians. Best for ages 6 and under. Free.
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Rd, Cockeysville
Fridays, July 6, August 3 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.


Family Coding: My Robotic Friends
A family coding adventure for kids in grades K – 5 and their families. Learn about algorithms, specificity, and debugging. Advance registration required. Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Limited space available. Free.
Pikesville Library, 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville
Wednesday, July 11, 2 – 3 p.m.

Master Gardener: Children’s Gardening Summer Series
Learn about helpful creatures in the garden and build a creature house to take home and use in your own garden. Best for ages 6 – 12. Advance registration required. $5/pp.
University of Maryland Extension, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville
Saturdays, July 14 & August 11, 10 – 11 a.m.

Tot Shabbats & Family Shabbat Programs

Celebrate Shabbat at the pool, in the park, in your pajamas, or with bubbles!

Tot Shabbat at the Pool
A special poolside tot Shabbat, family swim, and kosher, dairy dinner hosted by PJ Library and the JCC Parenting department. For families with children ages 6 and under, siblings welcome. Advance registration requested. $20/family.
Owings Mills JCC, Shapiro Aquatics Park, 506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Friday, June 22, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Summer Shabbat @ Beth Tfiloh
Shabbat afternoon fun for families with preschool and elementary-aged children. Supervised open gym,  playground time, stories, and snacks. Advance registration requested. $10/family
Beth Tfiloh Preschool Playground/Zimmerman Gym, 3300 Old Court Rd
Saturdays, June 30, July 14 & 28 & August 4, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Spring into Shabbos Ruach (Spirit)
Celebrate Shabbat with song and movement with Miss Karen and Miss Gloria.
Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah/Greengate Jewish Center, 7000 Rockland Hills Dr
Saturdays, June 23, July 21 & September 1, 11 – 11:30 a.m.

PJ Shabbat @ Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Bring the kids in their PJ’s for a brief, energetic, and musical Shabbat service led by synagogue clergy. For families with toddlers and young children, siblings are welcome.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Fridays, July 6 & August 3, 6:30 p.m.

Bolton Street Summer Tot Shabbats @ Linkwood Park
Celebrate Shabbat in the park on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings this summer.
Linkwood Park, 101 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore
Rain location: Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane
Fridays, July 13 & August 10, 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays, July 7 & August 4, 9:30 a.m.

Shabbat Sh’Bubble
A camp-style Shabbat celebration followed by the BubbleMania show. Free for JCamp families. $10/pp General Admission.
The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Friday, July 13, 6 p.m.

More Family Fun

Exhibit Opening: Inescapable: the Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini
Celebrate the opening of the new Harry Houdini exhibit with a recreation of one of Houdini’s greatest escapes. A professional escape artist will recreate Houdini’s 1916 Baltimore escape from a straitjacket while suspended upside down from a 50-foot crane. Free with museum admission.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, June 24, Noon – 4 p.m.

The Magic of Jonestown Festival
Celebrate Baltimore’s oldest neighborhood with the third annual Jonestown festival featuring magic, face-painting, crafts, stilt-walkers and other fun. Free.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, June 24, Noon – 4 p.m.

Under the Big Top
Check out the B&O Museum’s circus celebration with carnival games, crafts, activities, stories, and a train ride.
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St
Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Americana Family Farm Festival @ Pearlstone
Celebrate the 4th with a family farm festival featuring zip line, sports activities, farm activities, volunteer projects, food trucks and a live performance by Bobby Beetcut. 
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mount Gilead Rd, Reisterstown
Wednesday, July 4, 1 – 4 p.m.

Bolton Street Synagogue Block Party
Celebrate Rabbi Andy Gordon’s one-year anniversary at the synagogue with food trucks, family-friendly games, craft beer, and music.
Bolton Street Synagogue, 212 W. Cold Spring Lane
Sunday, July 15, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

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