June 2015

Summer Fun!

From paddle boats to picnics in the park, there’s plenty for families to do in and around Baltimore during the lazy, hazy, crazy days of...well, you know. In her June feature article, “Baltimore Summer Fun! From A to Z,” Towson mom and regular Baltimore's Child contributor Kit Waskom Pollard runs down some of the area’s most fun, engaging, and educational ways to keep your little ones entertained all summer long—in alphabetical order, no less.

We've got articles in our June issue from all your other favorite local parenting columnists, too, of course, along with our monthly calendar of fun, enriching family-friendly events happening in the area. So grab some shade and a cool drink and start thinking summer!

Correction: In the article Baltimore Summer Fun A-Z in the print issue, we list Oregon Ridge Nature Center and mention the beach. The beach at Oregon Ridge is now closed. You can still visit the park and the nature center.

2015 Virtual Camp Fair

Plan Your Child's Best Summer Here!

Looking for a summer camp or summer enrichment program for your child? You came to the right place!
Check our Resources/Links for Camps and Summer Programs and then look for programs in our Camps and Summer Programs Directories near where you live or work:

Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Carroll County
Cecil County
Harford County
Howard County
Residential Camps
Camps for Children with Special Needs
Other Counties

Spotlight on Camps!

Read All About Some of the Finest Camps for 2015

Choosing a camp for the summer? You'll find brief articles about some of the finest programs in the area in Spotlight on Camps 2015. Find it as an insert in our April issue or click to read online!

Let's Have A Party!

Tips for Planning Perfect Parties

There's so much to celebrate! Whatever kind of party you are planning, you'll want to know what your options are for making sure guests have a wonderful time. We've got tips for planning perfect parties no matter what the occasion and keeping those fun times within a reasonable budget. Don't want to have a party at all? That's OK too! We even offer an article that justifies stopping the birthday party madness! Read more!

Oh Say Can You Sing?

BSO Announces Contest for Young Vocalists

Imagine your child singing the Star Spangled Banner during the BSO's annual July 4th concert. It could happen. Find out how to enter the competition.

Camp Bravo - Summer Fun Starts Here!

For more information visit www.CampBravo.com.

Summer Jobs for Teens

Can't find a job? Let them invent one!

Summer's coming and that means there are lots of teen competing for very few summer jobs. If your teen isn't lucky enough to land one of them, they can start their own business. With a little initiative and a lot of effort, there's money to be made. See some ideas here.

Talking to Your Children about Current Events and Keeping Them Safe

Are you and your kids discussing the events that are happening in Baltimore City? The Family Tree, Maryland's leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving our community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect, has some advice on talking with kids about unsettling and complex problems. Get the article.


Product Reviews and New Stuff

We get all kinds of stuff sent to Baltimore’s Child, stuff for children, stuff for parents, stuff for parents to use with their children, stuff to watch, stuff to read, stuff we thought we would never use...you get the picture. We’ll share our impressions and be adding new items to “Stuff” just about every week. New - Live Butterfly Garden. Take a look!

Sports and Eye Safety

Protect Your Child's Eyes

Spring means lots of kids are busy with sports leagues or just having fun playing on their own. Eye injuries are very common sports injuries, despite the fact that it is easy to protect a child's eyes. Read some tips on how it's done!

Get Outside with Baby!

New Parents Can Exercise - and Bring Baby Along

Beautiful spring days may have you itching to get outside and move. Baby carriers and backpacks allow parents to get out and include the baby in their activities. But keeping everyone safe is important so read these tips from a chiropractor before heading out for that spring walk with your infant.

Spring Cleaning?

Double Check Your Rooms for Child Safety

There's something about warm weather and new flowers popping up outside that make us want to to spruce up the insides of our homes. If you're tackling the spring cleaning, remember to check for child safety-proofing as you go from room to room. Read some tips here.

A Special Edition 2014-2015

Available Now!

Click to Read A Special Edition 2014-2015 online

A Special Edition 2014-15 is a compilation of articles and resources for parents in the Baltimore metro area who are raising children with special needs. Coordinated and produced by Baltimore's Child, this year's A Special Edition includes articles covering topics of general interest, from getting a diagnosis, to being a successful advocate in IEP team meetings, to finding support among peers, to managing stress. It also provides detailed listings of resources including recreation and fun programs, camps, schools, and local support groups, along with information relating to specific disabilities.

In addition, Baltimore's Child invited local services and organizations that work with children with special needs and their families to participate in a special advertising opportunity allowing them to tell their stories in their own words in A Special Edition. We’ve noted A Special Advertising Section at the top of each of those pages. The services provided by these programs and practitioners act as a directory in and of themselves.

We hope you find the information in A Special Edition 2014-15 helpful. Please direct feedback and comments to Joanne@BaltimoresChild.com.

CLICK HERE to READ A Special Edition 2014-2015 online

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Spotlight on Education 2014-2015

Baltimore's Child invited area schools, preschools and arts programs to tell us about their unique programs, philosophies and methodology. Click here to find a great educational experience for your child.