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Got Winter Boredom? These Fun Activities in Baltimore Will Keep the Whole Family Busy

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It’s (finally) cold outside, so we’ve put together an entire list of activities to keep you and your family busy during the wintery months ahead. So cuddle up in your coziest PJs, grab your favorite hot beverage, and start reading.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

Schools are closed, and you know you’ll feel at least a tiny bit guilty if the day consists solely of TV and video games. Fortunately, there are all sorts of things going on to keep your crew busy, and they might even learn something and do a few good deeds along the way.

PJ Library/Sifriyat Pijama Story Time
Acknowledge both MLK Day and Tu Bishvat with crafts, Hebrew and English story time, and a hands-on service project. For little ones and their favorite grown-ups, RSVP requested.
Park Heights JCC, 5708 Park Heights Ave, 2nd floor
Monday, January 18, 10 a.m.

Playdate Together @ Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital
Families with infants through preschoolers are invited to sing songs and read stories with nursing home residents in one big, intergenerational playdate. Space is limited, RSVP required.
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, 2434 West Belvedere Ave
Monday, January 18, 10:20 – 11:30 a.m.
 

Civic Works Community Lot Team Neighborhood Clean Up
Bring the bigger kids to help with a neighborhood clean-up, spreading compost on an urban farm, and clearing rubble out of community gardens. Bundle up and come dressed for the weather and ready to work. RSVP requested.
Johnston Square Park, 800 E. Biddle St, Baltimore
Monday, January 18, 9 a.m. – Noon

Civic Works’ Real Food Farm and Baltimore Orchard Project
Make yarn pom-poms to help protect fruit trees during the winter. Kids get to have fun with crafts while supporting organizations that grow food in the city of Baltimore and provide it to neighborhood residents in need. Limited space available, RSVP required.
2815 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore
Monday, January 18, 9 a.m. – Noon

PJ Library/PJ Our Way Service Project & Brainstorming Session
Kids ages 6 – 11 are invited to participate in a community service project, enjoy a pizza dinner, and help plan the next PJ on the Town event to be held this spring. RSVP requested (to ensure there is enough pizza!).
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Monday, January 18, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Tu Bishvat Celebrations

Tu Bishvat, also known as Jewish Arbor Day or the New Year for the Trees, begins this year at sundown on Sunday, January 24 and concludes at sundown on Monday, January 25. While we may be in the snowy throes of winter, Tu Bishvat marks the official beginning of spring in Israel. It is also a good time to think about our responsibility for protecting the environment, which is something we can all get behind. Here are some ways to celebrate Tu Bishvat near you:

Toddlers, Books, and Bagels
Celebrate Tu Bishvat and toddlerhood with this new program geared toward the graduates of Babies, Books, and Bagels. For families with children ages 18 mos. – 3 yrs.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynbrook Avenue
Sunday, January 24, 10 a.m.

Sheldon Low Community Tu Bishvat Concert
Get ready to tap your toes and dance at this concert by one of the up and coming artists on the Jewish music scene. Best for kids ages 3 and up.
The Gordon Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Sunday, January 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

Family Farm Day
Celebrate Tu Bishvat with maple tree tapping, maple syrup making, and, of course, maple syrup tasting.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mount Gilead Rd
Sunday, January 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

Tu Bishvat: Celebrate the New Year of the Trees
Bring your preschoolers for stories, crafts, and a fruit-tasting in honor of Tu Bishvat. RSVP requested
The Hatton Center, 2825 Fait Ave (next to the Canton Tot Lot)
Monday, January 25, 10 – 11 a.m.

Tree Party
Head down to J Town for a Tu Bishvat party, crafts, and story time. Free
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Monday, January 25, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (drop-in)

Even More Family Fun 

Pizza & Play
Take a break from cooking and doing the dishes. Enjoy a pizza dinner and schmooze with other parents while the little ones play in the JCC playrooms. RSVP requested.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St.
Monday, January 25, 5 – 8 p.m.
Monday, January 28, 5 – 8 p.m.

Babysitting/Respite Care Training Program
Teens can attend this training program to develop the skills necessary to care for children with physical disabilities, developmental delays, or mental health issues. What a mitzvah!
Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Sundays, January 24 & 31, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Jewish Super Stars
Check out J Town’s latest program for kids ages 3 and up. Go on scavenger hunts, participate in group activities, and earn mitzvah badges and prizes. Free
J Town, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, January 29, 3 – 4 p.m.


Got Shabbat
Celebrate Shabbat with other families with young children hosted by Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and enjoy a tot Shabbat, catered Shabbat dinner, and activities for kids. No Shabbat experience necessary. All are welcome. RSVP required.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Friday, February 5, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Sensory Friendly Shabbat
A sensory-friendly Shabbat morning service with singing, dancing, and joyful prayer. Assistive devices and fidgets are welcome.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Saturday, February 20, 11 a.m. – Noon

Got Shabbat
Celebrate Shabbat with other families with young children hosted by Beth El @ Federal Hill, the Downtown Baltimore JCC, and the Center for Jewish Camping, and enjoy a tot Shabbat, catered Shabbat dinner, and activities for kids. No Shabbat experience necessary. All are welcome. RSVP required.

Just for Moms & Dads

Ahava Baby Clothing Swap
Bring your gently-used baby clothes, books, and equipment and swap it out with things just right for your baby’s age and stage. Best for families with babies age 1 and under.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, January 17, 10 a.m. – Noon

Beers & Bros
Learn about making beer with Adam Benesch at Union Craft Brewing. The first round is on us, kosher snacks available, RSVP requested. Sponsored by the CJE Community Connector Project.
Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave
Thursday, January 21, 7 – 9 p.m.

Tu Bishvat Seder
Discover the mystical rituals associated with the Tu Bishvat Seder while enjoying a delicious meal and a flight of wine. RSVP required.
Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave
Monday, January 25, 7 – 9 p.m.

Brain Development, Life Long Learning and Success in School
Learn about kindergarten readiness and how best to prepare your child for success in kindergarten and school.
E.B. Hirsh Early Childhood Center, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, January 26, 7 – 9 p.m.

American Sign Language Class
Master basic vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills in American Sign Language in four sessions. Appropriate for ages 17 and up.
Macks Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 7 – 9 p.m.

Mom’s Night Out
Tap into your creative side with painting, cocktails, and appetizers. You deserve it!
Painted Palette, 5708 Newbury St.
Wednesday, February 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Meet the Experts: From Nanny to Nursery School
Sit back and relax with pizza and wine while you benefit from the collective knowledge of early childhood experts from the Macks Center for Jewish Education and the JCC. Question and answer session to follow.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St
Monday, February 22, 6 – 8 p.m.

Connecting Your Kids Jewishly – A Program for Russian-Speaking Families
Meet with experts dealing with children and young adults across the age spectrum and learn how to connect your children Jewishly through all of the stages of their development from crawling to college graduate. Free
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynbrook Ave
Tuesday, February 23, 8:30 a.m.

Happiest Baby on the Block Workshop
Learn tips and techniques to help quickly soothe crying infants and help everyone get more sleep. Best for expectant parents and parents with infants 10 weeks old and younger, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. RSVP requested.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St
Sunday, February 28, 10 a.m. – Noon

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