Summertime is for fun, but it’s also a time when academic and social skills can stall out for kids if they aren’t careful. Continuing education over the summer months is especially important for children who rely on routine and structure.
Here are five educational summer programs in the Baltimore area that will allow kids and teens to continue having fun while exploring topics and skills they might not have had time for in a regular school day.
1. Abrakadoodle Art Classes for Kids
Locations in Howard and Montgomery counties, and in North Eastern and Greater Silver Spring, Maryland
Abrakadoodle offers art education for groups of children as young as 20 months to 6 years old and beyond. The youngest learners will take part in a parent/child class designed to help them develop their motor, language and social skills. This visual arts summer program focuses on individual expression and teaching art history, with information on both modern and historic master artists. Register online at abrakadoodle.com/programs/abrakadoodle-classes
2. Baltimore Lab School’s Summer Program
2220 Saint Paul St., Baltimore 410-261-5500
Baltimore Lab School is dedicated to helping students manage their learning disabilities and adapting instruction to meet every student’s individual needs. The school’s summer program includes electives in art, music and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as weekly social events to build social skills and friendships that can last a lifetime. It also offers small group instruction that focuses on reading, writing and math skills. This program is for students in first through 12th grades. baltimorelabschool.org/admissions/summer.cfm
3. Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation
3500 San Martin Drive, (First Floor)Baltimore | 443-927-1986
For teens ages 15-18, it can be difficult to find challenging summer programs that both hold their interest and advance their skills. The Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation program provides challenging and engaging lectures, hands-on lab experiments and team projects. With a 12 to 1 or lower student-teacher ratio and a curriculum developed by Johns Hopkins faculty, students can get a jumpstart on their college education and earn three JHU college credits.
4. Navigate Summer Program
11500 Cronridge Drive, Ste. 130 Owings Mills | 410-517-1113
Help your teen gain valuable experiences and develop essential skills that will help them in the workplace and beyond. The Navigate Summer Program at the Shafer Center serves teens and young adults by teaching job and life skills throughout the summer. Some of the skills taught in the program include resume building, financial literacy, budgeting, social skills, leisure planning and more. theshafercenter.com/2017/05/30/navigate-summer-program
5. Peabody Preparatory
949 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson | 667-208-6500
Engage your child’s musical talents, whether they’re looking to hone more advanced skills or just starting out. Peabody Preparatory, a community school for performing arts, sees thousands of students pass through
its doors each week and is open to all ages and abilities. Classes provide music and dance instruction for children age 4 and older. Registration is now open for the spring.