Recap: 2024 Summer Camps & Activities Fair at Towson Town Center

Summer is rapidly approaching, and the window for parents to get their kids into an engaging summer camp program is coming with it. And for parents unsure of exactly what types of programs are out there, the Baltimore’s Child Summer Camps & Activities Fair on Feb. 3 was the perfect place to be to learn all about the potential options available.

The Saturday fair at the Towson Town Center gave summer camps in the area the chance to show off their unique blend of skills and activities, along with some merchandise and games or exhibits for the kids (and adults) to play with while they spoke with a camp representative.

The 13 Maryland-area camps in attendance offered a wide range of topics, from nature, to music, to art, to STEM and more.

Here’s a look at what each camp had to offer:

Port Discovery Children’s Museum is holding its second annual camp this summer, where kids can choose among four different sessions to explore the museum, work on science experiments and complete art explorations.

Read more: Port Discovery launches new 5-year plan

Kids interested in science should also be on the lookout for the Science Guys of Baltimore, which hosts a ton of hands-on science experiments with a different theme every week.

For kids who enjoy music and dance, A Step Ahead Dance Studio, Stages Music Arts and Lutherville Music Academy were all on hand to promote music lessons, instrument learning and all kinds of other art and dance -related activities.

Young aspiring artists may find themselves spending their summer at The Painting Workshop, where kids and adults can take part in their 13 weeks of programming teaching painting, various types of other art and movement.

Young nature lovers will find Irvine Nature Center and Camp Southwoods are two outlets where they can explore nature and learn more about the world they live in. Irvine Nature Center hosts a camp for kids ages 3 to 12 to get outside and get active, while Camp Southwoods is a multi-week experience in the Adirondacks where kids can participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, theatre and much more.

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Another exhibitor, Downtown Sailing Center, is offering an experience for parents who want their kids (or themselves) to get practice with sailing, as the center’s lessons will take you through the waters of Baltimore and teach you all the skills you’d need on a boat.

Parents looking to keep kids ages 6 to 17 engaged in education and other activities can send their kids to the Community College of Baltimore County, which has summer classes that range from the arts to academics, sports and cooking.

Another school-based camp at the fair was Summer at Friends School, which hosts a more traditional summer day camp that includes a lunchtime meal, swimming and snacks to keep your kids entertained and active during their time off.

A first-time camp at the Baltimore’s Child fair is Steve & Kate’s Camp, which goes about its camp experience with the twist of letting campers choose their own day from a variety of activities including sewing, robotics, coding and baking, among many others.

To round out this year’s camp exhibitors was Verbal Beginnings, which gives children on the autism spectrum a place to develop their social skills and gives them the ability to thrive during the school year.

Siblings Anthony, 5 and Noella, 4 shoot basketballs at the Verbal Beginning’s booth. Photo Credit: Braden Hamelin

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Families who attended the fair also had the chance to participate in a raffle to win a prize, with entry via signatures from the participating booths.

To explore more camps in the Baltimore area, look through our online camp directory at www.baltimoreschild.com/campsummer-programs, or read our latest issue, dmag.www.baltimoreschild.com/February-2024/index.html, for more about planning for your child’s camp experience.

A video recap from this year’s camp fair participants will be coming soon on www.baltimoreschild.com.

Save the date for another camp fair in Spring 2025!

Read more: 2023 Baltimore’s Child Summer Camps & Activities Fair

If you are involved with a local or regional camp and would like to participate in one of our Mid-Atlantic Media camp fairs, get in touch at midatlanticmedia.com.

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