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What To Do With Kids This Summer in Baltimore

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Although it won’t be official for another couple of weeks, summer has arrived. The pools are open, summer wardrobes are in full effect, and the school year is just about over. We’ve put together a list of family events in June and July for all ages and stages, including two fun ways to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. Looking for ways to keep the kids reading this summer? We’ve got that too–check out the summer reading section below.

Shavuot 2016 begins at sundown on Saturday, June 11 and ends at sundown on Monday, June 13.

Family Fun

Got Shabbat – Beth Israel & PJ Library
A family-friendly Shabbat celebration including tot Shabbat, kosher catered Shabbat dinner, and activities for young children. RSVP required.
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.

Kol Nefesh Family Service
Celebrate Shabbat with a family-friendly service at a new, diverse, and service-oriented Reform synagogue.
Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m.

Ahava Baby Butterbee Farm Visit
Visit a sustainable flower farm, collect your own bouquet, and take some family pics. For families with babies ages one and under, RSVP requested.
Butterbee Farm, 500 Tristam Lane
Sunday, June 19, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Watermelon Wednesdays
Outdoor fun and a watermelon snack hosted by Beth El Congregation at various Baltimore-area parks, drop-in.
Riverside Park, 301 E Randall St
Wednesday, June 22, 4 – 6 p.m.
Federal Hill Park, 300 Warren Ave
Wednesday, June 29, 4 – 6 p.m.

Glimpse Into the World of a Torah Scribe
Learn how a Torah scroll is written, participate in a hands-on inspection of a Torah scroll, mezuzah, and tefillin (phylacteries), and try your hand at writing Hebrew letters with a calligraphy pen. Free with museum admission.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
Sunday, June 26, 1 p.m.

Family Farm Camp at Pearlstone
Plan a family getaway and enjoy a spirited Shabbat, delicious farm-fresh kosher food, a campfire, and music along with other family camp participants. Advance registration required.
Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mt. Gilead Road, Reisterstown
Thursday, June 30 – Monday, July 4

PJ Library at the Beach
Take a break from the sand and sun, and meet up for stories, songs, and snacks sponsored by PJ Library in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Monday, July 4, 10 – 11 a.m.

PJ at the Pool
Join other families and end the week in style with swimming, tot Shabbat, and dinner. RSVP requested.
Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills
Friday, July 15, 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Shavuot Celebrations

Shavuot Music Party @ JTown
Sing songs, play musical instruments, march in a parade, watch a puppet show, listen to a story, and eat cheesecake to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Shavuot. The event will be offered on three separate days with unique activities each day.
JTown, Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave
Tuesday, June 7 – Thursday, June 9, 11:30 a.m.

Shavuot Scoop @ Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Celebrate the holiday with soft-serve ice cream from Ms. Twist and ice cream-themed bingo, and let the kids burn off all the sugar by bouncing on inflatables.
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, June 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Summer Reading

Karma Dogs
Reading aloud can be scary for some kids, but reading to a dog can be a different experience altogether. Karma Dogs from H.E.A.R.T.S. will be on hand on the first Tuesday of each month to listen to readers ages 5 – 12 years. Adult supervision required, RSVP requested.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Avenue
Tuesday, June 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Summer Reading Kick-Off
Keep the kids reading this summer by participating in the Center for Jewish Education’s summer reading program. Pick up a participation packet and books and make your own bookmark.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Sunday, June 26, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Rosh Chodesh Story Time
Celebrate the new Jewish month with stories and a snack, for ages 6 and under with a caregiver.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, July 7, 10 – 11 a.m.

PJ Our Way Book Talk & Writing Workshop
Author T.S. Yavin will discuss her PJ Our Way book “All Star Season,”  hold a question and answer session, and facilitate a short writing workshop. For ages 8 – 12 years, free, RSVP requested.
Center for Jewish Education, 5708 Park Heights Ave
Thursday, July 14, 6 – 8 p.m.

Just for Grown-ups

Holocaust Memory Reconstruction Project
Holocaust survivors and their families are invited to participate in a series of workshops that will culminate in an art installation to be displayed as part of the Remembering Auschwitz exhibit. Advance registration required, limited space available. Click here for workshop dates and times.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St
June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, various times

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.

Read More:

Jewish Summer Camps in Baltimore

Baltimore Jewish Preschools & Daycares

J Town: Baltimore’s Jewish Indoor Kids’ Play Space


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