It’s December 26th, the denouement of the holiday season. The kids, having torn into their gifts after much anticipation, are growing restless. Dreary winter weather is settling in. And we’re looking at another full week before school’s back in session. What to do?
In the past few years, winter break camps have gained in prevalence and popularity. They’re a godsend for parents who have to return to work and need a safe place for their kids while they’re gone. These mini camps also work for families whose kids (or their parents) don’t do well with copious free time on their hands.
A quick Google search pulled up several in the Baltimore area. Gerstung in Mt. Washington has winter break camps for toddlers to teens. Also in Mt. Washington and a second location in Reisterstown, the Painting Workshop offers artistically inclined kids from ages 5 to 10 day-long camps this week. Kids who crave a NBAC-insider experience can sign up for the swim team’s winter break, which promises to offer at least an appearance by Bob Bowman, former coach of phenom swimmer Michael Phelps. Though registration for these camps is probably closed, you can always tuck away the idea for next year. But that doesn’t help you now.
So, if the walls of your house seem to be caving in around you and the kids are bug-eyed from playing their new video games 24/7, there are plenty of ways to occupy the family in Baltimore over the holidays. Scores of family-friendly attractions are open downtown. Some, including Port Discovery and the Walters Art Museum, boast extra-special kids’ activities between now and the New Year. If you find yourself downtown after dark, Power Plant Live! is having what’s billed as a spectacular (and free) light show nightly, on the hour, between 6 and 8pm.
After a sizable amount of traipsing around like a tourist in your own town, you might be ready to kick back at home. That’s when it’s time to break out the Legos, model airplanes, and old-fashioned board games that were waiting under the tree on Christmas morning—and may still be. Pretty soon, what once seemed like an interminable week at home has whizzed by. The ball will have dropped, a new calendar year arrived, and everyone will be eager to return to the routines that, in mid-December, we couldn’t wait to abandon.
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