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7 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Baltimore This Summer

Reading at the pool.

We are well into summer with longer days, higher temps, and, hopefully, slightly more relaxed schedules. If you are looking to add a Jewish twist to your summer calendar, these fun events around Baltimore will do the trick.

Want to make sure their brains are still working even though school is out? Tackle those summer reading lists and keep the kids excited about reading with the Center for Jewish Education’s summer reading series. Activities include reading to dogs, writing workshops, and a parent-kid book club as well as storytimes for the picture book set.

Since parents deserve to have fun too, we’ve also included a few events just for the grown-ups, so sit down, cool off with a nice frozen treat, and start planning some summer fun.

Summer Fun

Tot Shabbat
An interactive service with songs, prayer, puppets, and Torah stories, for children ages 5 years and under along with their families.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave, Pikesville
Saturday, July 9, 11:15 a.m. – Noon

Texas Kosher BBQ Pop-Up
Why cook dinner when you can have kosher Texas-style BBQ instead? Carry-out or eat in, certified by Dallas Kosher.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd
Sunday, July 10, 4:30 – 7 p.m.

Watermelon Wednesdays
Fun activities and a watermelon snack held in parks throughout the Baltimore area.
Riverside Park, 301 E Randall St
Wednesdays, July 13 & August 10, 4 – 6 p.m.
Federal Hill Park, 300 Warren Ave
Wednesday, July 20 & August 17, 4 – 6 p.m.
Patterson Park, 27 S Patterson Park
Wednesday, July 20, 4 – 6 p.m.
Meadowood Regional Park, 10650 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium
Wednesday, August 24, 4 – 6 p.m.

PJ Library Tot Shabbat at the Pool
Tot Shabbat, swimming, splashing, and a kosher dairy dinner. RSVP requested.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Friday, July 15, 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Shabbat Chinese Dinner for Preschool Families
Activities, crafts, and singing followed by a Chinese dinner along with cocktails, “mocktails,” and dessert. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available. RSVP required. For families with preschool-age children.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Rd
Friday, July 29, 5 – 7 p.m.

Russian Family Fun Day at Pearlstone
Join other Russian-speaking families for a day of fun including snacks, smoothies, visiting the farm animals, and a special PJ Library story time in Russian. Advance registration requested.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road, Reisterstown
Sunday, July 31, 4 – 6 p.m

Shalom, Shalom Shinshinim
Enjoy a festive dinner to welcome the new Shinshinim (Israeli emissaries) and bid farewell to last year’s delegation. RSVP requested.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Sunday, August 21, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Summer Reading

Tween Reads: PJ Our Way Kid & Parent Book Club
Read and discuss the PJ Our Way book “Lily Renee, Escape Artist” by Trina Robbins. For kids ages 9 – 11 years and their parent(s).
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Avenue
Tuesdays, July 12 & 19, August 2, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

PJ Our Way Author Talk & Writing Workshop
Discuss the PJ Our Way book “All Star Season” with author T.S. Yavin, followed by a short writing workshop. For ages 8 – 12 years, RSVP requested.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Tuesday, July 14, 6- 8 p.m.

Sifriyat Pijama Hebrew-English Storytime
Listen to a story in Hebrew and English, create an original craft, and enjoy a snack. RSVP requested.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Wednesday, July 27, 10 – 11 a.m.

Karma Dogs
Have a reluctant reader? Dogs are great, non-judgmental listeners. Kids ages 5 – 12 years can practice reading aloud to one of the Karma Dogs from H.E.A.R.T.S. (Help Encourage All Readers to Succeed). Adult supervision required. RSVP requested.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Tuesday, August 2, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Storytime
Storytime for the kids and air conditioning and downtime for you.
Barnes & Noble, 1 E Joppa Rd. #100, Towson
Thursday, August 11, 10 -11 a.m.

Just for Grown-Ups

Shalom Baby Childbirth Class
Whether you are expecting your first child or are in need of a refresher, this class will cover all of the bases, with a Jewish twist. Snacks and a kosher dairy lunch will be provided, advance registration required.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, July 10, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fiction Flicks: Under the Domim Tree
Watch an Israeli film (with subtitles) set in Israel in the 1950s and nosh on popcorn and drinks. Free
Park Heights JCC Community Room, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, July 12, 7:30 p.m.

Baltimore-Ashkelon Book Club
Join readers in Baltimore and in Ashkelon, Israel to discuss the book “The Best Place on Earth” by Ayelet Tsabari.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m.

How Kosher Became Safer, Cleaner, and Better
Author Roger Horowitz will discuss his new book “Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food,” a journey through the modern industrial food system.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street
Sunday, July 24, 1- 2 p.m.

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