It is spring in Baltimore, and getting out of the house is much easier now that you don’t have to bundle the kids up in layers of winter gear. In fact, soon you won’t be leaving the house with any additional layers at all. It’s a good thing too, because there is a great lineup of events scheduled for this month. You can plant in community gardens, build a playground, celebrate Israel in a variety of ways, and choose from several Moms’ Night Out options.
Hebrew School in Your Neighborhood – Open House
Learn about this innovative school program for children ages 4 – 13 that uses interactive experiences at the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of the educational experience. Open to families of all backgrounds, interfaith families are welcome. RSVP requested.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Wednesday, May 11, 5 – 7 p.m.
Israel Independence Day Celebration
Celebrate Israel’s 68th birthday with Israeli food, music, dancing, and activities for kids. The evening will begin with a ceremony to mark Israel’s Memorial Day, which occurs the day before Israel Independence Day.
Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court
Wednesday, May 11, 6 – 8 p.m.
Hands on Holidays
A Lag B’Omer and Shavuot-themed story time, music, and crafts. Two dates and locations, hosted by the Downtown Baltimore JCC.
Central Library, 400 Cathedral St
Wednesday, May 11, 10:30 – 11:15 p.m.
Southeast Anchor Library 3601 Eastern Ave
Wednesday, May 18, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mai Tai & Tie Dye Birthday Bash
Join Ahava Baby and celebrate all the babies turning one this year with smash cakes for the little ones and cocktails for the grown-ups. RSVP required.
Private home, Address given upon RSVP
Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.
Picnic & Planting @ Community Gardens
Learn about gardening from Baltimore City’s Master Gardener and join in planting activities geared toward children ages 1 – 13 years. After you’ve worked up an appetite, celebrate the holiday of Lag B’Omer with a BBQ and games. Coordinated by Beth El Federal Hill Preschool and Hebrew School in Your Neighborhood, RSVP requested.
Meet @ Salem Lutheran Church, 1530 Battery Ave
Sunday, May 15, 12:15 – 3:30 p.m.
PJ Library Pop-Up @ Trader Joe’s
Celebrate the holiday of Lag B’Omer with a story, songs, and a snack and get some shopping done at the same time.
Trader Joes, 1809 Reisterstown Rd
Tuesday, May 17, 10 a.m.
Let’s Build a Playground
Help build a playground from the ground up with the Krieger Schechter Day School and the Chizuk Amuno community. Children ages 10 and up can build accompanied by a parent, and there will be organized activities for kids ages 2 – 13 while their family members volunteer at the build. Sign up for shifts here.
Chizuk Amuno Congregation & Schools, 8100 Stevenson Rd
Sundays, May, 22 & May 29, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, May 23 – Thursday, May 26, 4 – 8 p.m.
Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Celebrate Israel with hands-on, multi-sensory learning activities. Open to the community
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Got Shabbat @ Beth Israel with PJ Library
A family-friendly Shabbat celebration, including tot Shabbat, a catered kosher Shabbat dinner, and activities for young children. Advance registration required. Organized by Beth Israel, PJ Library, and the Downtown Baltimore JCC.
Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane
Friday, June 3, 5:45 – 7 p.m.
Community Block Party
Inflatables, carnival games, photo booth, face painting, arts & crafts, and live musical entertainment. Stay for open swim at the JCC from 3 – 5 p.m.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave
Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Just for Grown-ups
Roots, Reading & Refreshments
Meet author Jennifer S. Brown for a discussion about her debut novel, “Modern Girls,” set in New York City’s Jewish immigrant community in 1935. Free copies of the book will be distributed. Book signing and reception to follow. RSVP requested.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, May 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Mom’s Night Out Challah Bake
Learn how to make quick and easy challah recipes, and take home a challah cover to decorate with your kids. Light refreshments will be served. Advance registration required, limited space available.
The Ritz Carlton Residences, Address provided upon RSVP
Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m.
Spotlight 2016: The Idan Raichel Project
Catch the Idan Raichel Project’s only U.S. concert this year. Dessert reception following the concert. Event proceeds will support the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s scholarship fund. Buy tickets here.
Beth Tfiloh, 3300 Old Court Road
Thursday, June 2, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.