Just because the kids get a break from school doesn’t mean you get a break from work. Check out our list of fun and enriching Winter Break programs and find the solution to your child care conundrum.
Chess Winter Break Camp
Roger Carter Community Center
3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Dec. 29-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Campers can play and learn about chess with highly rated professional chess instructors from Silver Knights Chess. Children are broken up into groups by skill level. Fresh air breaks included. Registration for full days and half days available.
Compiled by Melanie O’Brien
It’s time to celebrate! Make your holiday season merry and bright with a month of special activities. Much of this information was received months in advance. Please call ahead to verify the information and to check on prices and ticket availability.
Light Up the Season
Monument Lighting Family Festival Seasonal performances, music, refreshments, holiday films, and special winter-inspired kids’ art activities. The Walters Art Museum. Thu., Dec. 4, 5-8:30 p.m. 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org.
A Monumental Occasion Official lighting of the Washington Monument with music, refreshments, and entertainment. Mount Vernon Place, 600 block N. Charles St. Thu., Dec. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks. 877-BALTIMORE, www.promotionandarts.com.
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During a routine physical early this year, 12-year-old Joshua Sanchuk’s pediatrician told him and his mom that Joshua, who weighed 216 pounds, was borderline diabetic and had high levels of fat in his liver, a condition that can have harmful long-term health consequences.
Seeking help, Joshua and his mom, Becky, traveled from their home in Upper Falls, in northern Baltimore County, to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Northwest Baltimore. There, in late February, Joshua underwent an initial evaluation, received an individualized treatment plan, and got the thumbs-up to enroll in a four-session Jump Start class, a new initiative the hospital was phasing in to its Weigh Smart program for children with weight issues.
The aim of the Jump Start program, which the hospital officially launched in March and serves children ages 7 to 17, is getting severely obese children and their families into treatment as quickly as possible. Jump Start's rolling admission meant Joshua was able to join the weekly, 90-minute program shortly after his initial assessment; in the days before Jump Start, he may have had to wait as many as four to five weeks to enter a Weigh Smart Intensive Group. Those groups, which meet two hours twice a week for nine weeks, start when the program has 12 kids ready to go, so there is often a delay for kids signing up for a new cohort. [... whole story]