May 2016

Nearly everyone loves a good party. Throwing that good party, however, is not always easy, especially when expectations, can be high. Thankfully, this month’s Baltimore's Child has a handy guide to throwing not only a good party, but the right party. Our party package includes tips for staying on budget, suggestions for destination birthdays and ideas for the perfect gift, among other important advice from a local party planner.

And if your party doesn't turn out quite as planned, don’t think of it as a failure, but a great future story for your child to look back on fondly. When we asked some notable Baltimoreans about their most memorable birthday party, the answers revealed that it really is the thought that counts—even where something went wrong, it was always done out of love.

Where there is a party there is inevitably plenty of sugar. Though common wisdom would tell you that all that sugar will have your kids bouncing off the walls, it turns out that conclusion may be a bit hasty—at least, the science doesn’t back it up, as we see in "Don't blame it on sugar".

May is also the month of Mother's Day. Our "Last But Not Least" columnist explores what motherhood means to her and what it means to become a mother. And be sure to check out calendar for some great ideas for Mother's Day plans, along with the rest of the month!

Spotlight on Camps

2016 Camp and Summer Programs Directory

Compiled by Joyce Heid

Below is a listing of scores of area programs that are looking forward to keeping your children happily engaged and occupied during the summer of 2016. We’ve made this listing as comprehensive as possible, but space does not permit us to include every program in the area. To find some of the programs we couldn’t fit into these pages, you can check out our online Camp and Summer Programs Directory, on our website, at And remember that your local recreation and parks program, neighborhood groups, and religious organizations may be offering programs this summer as well.

Sponsored Content

Why Preschool Children Need STEM and Spatial Reasoning

By Elizabeth Andrews, Head of Garrison Forest Preschool


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Product Reviews and New Stuff

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