Summer is quickly approaching, and it will soon be time for children to head off to summer camp. Before that, though, there is the question of which camp to pick. This is where camp fairs come in, presenting a variety of different options to suit the interests and needs of every child.
Demonstrations of different camp offerings, merchandise and unique visuals are staples of camp fairs, and this year’s Baltimore’s Child 2023 Summer Camps & Activities Fair at Towson Town Center was no exception.
Held on Sunday, Feb. 5, the fair showcased 16 different Maryland-area camps with focuses ranging from art to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Among the booths that attendees could explore was the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, which will be offering a summer camp program of its own for the first time this year. A common locale for other summer camp field trips, the museum’s camp will have opportunities for young campers to engage in fun art and science projects, as well as being able to explore the museum.
For kids who love animals and the outdoors, there was also a booth for the Irvine Nature Center, which offers a day camp program at its 211-acre campus. In addition to regular camp offerings, the nature center allows campers to learn more about the world around them through nature-focused activities and hands-on experiences with the animals that have made the nature center their home.
While meeting and greeting camp leadership, parents and kids also enjoyed performances from the Baltimore School of Rock (click here for more info and a video featuring an on-site jam sesh!), experiments from Mr. Bond’s Science Guys of Baltimore, paintings from The Painting Workshop and many other fun and educational camp offerings.
One particularly exciting component of the fair was the opportunity for visitors to play a game for a chance at winning raffle prizes.
By picking up a passport at the front entrance and getting it signed and stamped by at least 10 booths they had visited, families were entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes, with a grand prize of a $100 scholarship to help pay for the camp of their choice.
Quinnon Smith of Reisterstown was the lucky winner of the grand prize!
From day camps with weeklong sessions to overnight camps that last for the whole summer, there was something for everyone at the 2023 Summer Camps & Activities Fair.
Here’s a full list of camps and programs in attendance:
- A Steph Ahead Dance Center
- Baltimore School of Rock
- CCBC/Kids @ CCBC
- Camp Rim Rock
- Camp Rock
- Ground Control Owings Mills
- Immersed in Education
- Irvine Nature Center (linked above)
- Liberty Christian School
- Mr. Bond, Science Guys of Baltimore (linked above)
- Port Discovery (linked above)
- Roland Park Country School
- STAGES Music Arts
- Summer at Friends School
- The Painting Workshop (linked above)
- Verbal Beginnings
Visit our online camp directory at baltimoreschild.com/campsummer-programs or read our latest issue at digital.baltimoreschild.com/issues/February-2023/index.html for more camp info. Save the date for spring of 2024 for another camp fair!
If you are involved with a camp and would like to participate in one of our camp fairs, get in touch at midatlanticmedia.com.