By Kelley Martin
Jewish Community Center
School is out, and now that it is summer, families are looking for exciting opportunities to entertain their families. In addition to the JCC’s pools, indoor and outdoor, classes and exciting camps, we are offering a number of programs at all three of our campuses– the Weinberg Park Heights, Rosenbloom Owings Mills and downtown Baltimore – that are either free or very little cost.
One free event is the Indoor Yard Sale on Sunday, June 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC gym, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, where you can buy specialty crafts, gently used household items or other unique, quality finds. You can feel good about your purchases because the proceeds go to benefit the JCC’s infants and toddlers programs.
Then, catch the Family Spectacular Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event is free for members and $15 for guest families. This event is like a mini version of JCC programs, camps, events, fitness and wellness wrapped up into four hours. Guests, who join during their visit, can save 10 percent on membership. Activities included are: karate, frum beats, ballet, table tennis, crafts, moonbounce, and sports (some designed for just boys and just girls).
Another Park Heights staple is Wonder Wednesdays, running from July 3 to August 14. This has become a favorite summer offering for families as the events are presented after the work day. Grab a kosher dinner at Café Eden and watch the kids as they are entertained by magicians, science wizards, petting zoo animals or arts and crafts experiences. The program is followed by an hour of free play. The kids get worn out and parents get a break. This is free to members and $12 for guest families.
And, don’t forget Camp Milldale! A great way to spend a hot July day is at Camp Family Day on July 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you ever thought about sending your children to camp, or if you simply miss your own camp days, then this is a free and fun way to find out what happens or to reminisce. Camp Milldale is in northern Baltimore County at 5425 Mt. Gilead Rd, which is like being in the country for a day. Among the many activities are paddle boats, archery, water slides, swimming, hiking, a cool zip line; you name it, Camp Milldale has it.
The Downtown Baltimore JCC is now open in Federal Hill at 1118 Light St., Suite D. From 9:30 a.m. to12 noon every day. You can bring your children to play in themed play areas or to focus on hands-on exploration in arts — all free of charge to members or $5 for guest families.
For more programs, go to jcc.org.