The Shake and Bake Family Fun Center is scheduled to reopen later this month after it was closed last summer for major repairs, the Department of Recreation & Parks announced earlier this week.
March 23 is the official reopening date, and the party will have refreshments, giveaways and live entertainment on the first floor starting at 7 p.m. The second-floor bowling alley is still undergoing construction and will not be open, the department said.
Last August, the skating rink and bowling alley that has been a staple in the Upton neighborhood since the 1980s closed for work on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, structural issues and other maintenance.
Opened by former Baltimore Colts wide receiver Glenn “Shake and Bake” Doughty in 1982, Shake and Bake Family Fun Center has become a local institution and a family-friendly space for community events. Skaters have even developed their own style, known as snapping, which City Paper described in a 2014 article as “a quick one-footed turn, where the skater does a 180-degree slide and then moves back.” For a great history on Shake and Bake, be sure to check out the first episode of the podcast “The Rise of Charm City.”
After the reopening, the facility will be open 7-10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 p.m. to midnight Thursdays. The schedule of skating sessions will be longer on weekends, going as late as 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and as late as midnight on Sunday. See the full schedule here.
Ahead of the reopening, the Department of Recreation & Parks is asking people to share their favorite Shake and Bake stories and pictures by email, to baltimorerecn[email protected], or by posting on social media using the hashtag #TheBakeisBack.