Meredith Bower

Best After-School Activities For Kids In BaltimorePerhaps when you were growing up you came home from school, grabbed a snack and then went out to play with the other neighborhood kids. Homework came later. These days, after school time for younger kids is often reserved for enrichment in sports or the arts. It's a great way to keep them active, and it provides an opportunity to explore areas of learning that schools cannot accommodate. Eventually, school sports teams, clubs and schoolwork will use up the after-school hours, but in the meantime, these area businesses know how to keep Baltimore's kids going.
Pets On Wheels Dog-A-Thon Preview The Maryland State Fairgrounds is going to the dogs July 7 and 8, but it's for a good cause. While Pets on Wheels visits often include cats, rabbits and even turtles, the organization's annual fundraiser is all about dogs. The Pets on Wheels Dog-A-Thon two-day at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium raises funds to keep the program up, running and snuggling its way into lonely hearts area wide.
Best Mini Golf Courses In BaltimorePlaying 18 holes of putt-putt golf among giant, sword-wielding pirates, extinct dinosaurs and blue waterfalls is so much more thrilling and less time consuming than a round on a regular course where the hazards are harmless trees, ponds and sand. Miniature golf is also significantly less expensive, so skip hauling around your own clubs — that'd just be weird — and bring your family instead. Baltimore's best mini golf courses promise a great game every time.
Best Tapas In BaltimoreIf you like the idea of sampling small portions of a variety of foods, then tapas or small plates will appeal to you. Along with a glass of wine or beer, it can make a satisfying meal.
Best Indoor Playgrounds In BaltimoreSwings and slides are no fun when it's cold and muddy, and even an extremely hot, sunny day can take the fun out of a day at the park. Skip the stressors and head to Baltimore's best indoor playgrounds instead. These awesome area venues offer so much more than a community park, with little extras that keep the fun going all day long.
Preakness Musical Entertainment PreviewWith five nationally-known bands on two stages, it's a good bet that if you buy a ticket to the 2012 Preakness InfieldFest, you'll have a blast.
Best Places For Moms To Meet In BaltimoreAsk any mom what she enjoys doing when she has a chunk of spare time, and she'll easily tick off a list: work out, shop, be pampered, relax with a glass of wine, read a book or magazine, watch a movie and have an adult conversation with adults who understand being a parent.
Best Places To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In BaltimoreYou don't have to be in Mexico to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. These Baltimore venues will give you the flavor of our friends South of the Border.
Best Cycle Shops In BaltimoreBiking in Baltimore is easy and cycling shops are ready to get you on the road. Biking in Baltimore is not just about fitness and fun. These days people sit in the saddle to save on gas and protect the city's beautiful environment, as well. From the serious spinner to those who only dust off the spokes occasionally, the Baltimore area offers bike trails, paths and lanes on the streets, in parks and through the woods in every direction. When you're ready to ride but need some new wheels, accessories or a tune-up, these cycle shops will have you on the road (or trail) in no time.
Best Babysitting And Nanny Agencies In BaltimoreFace it, that teenager next door is too busy and, with both parents working, finding a loving, reliable nanny can be a challenge. Families that just aren't comfortable scouring the Internet for the right fit should start with the best five babysitting and nanny agencies in Baltimore.
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