Best After-School Activities For Families In Baltimore

September 9, 2016 2:00 PM

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Did you know? According to the Afterschool Alliance, “After school programs across the county are inspiring learning, providing safe and supportive environments, and giving students the essential supports they need to succeed in school and beyond.” Why do after school programs matter? First of all, a large percent of the parents work 9 to 5. There is a gap between the average school hours and adult working hours. After school programs stratify that problem. Secondly, after school programs allow kids and teens refresher courses in learning and play. Lastly after school programs provide nutritional support before dinner with family.
Wide Angle Youth Media
2601 N. Howard St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 759-6700
www.wideanglemedia.orgHours: Late September to May on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: Free

Wide Angle Youth Media’s Design Team is a very interactive after-school program that provides 12 high school aged youth the learning opportunity to learn advanced graphic design as well as media training. Participants will develop leadership, marketing and public speaking skills. The end game is for participants to create media campaigns as student activists who will create positive and real change in Baltimore city. The WAYM Design Team is all about empowering young adults cultivate the future of the city of Baltimore. Click here to apply for this free after school program.

Baltimore Lab School

2220 Saint Paul St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
(410) 261-5500
Hours: The program runs on regularly-scheduled school days from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri., and 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Price: Free

According to Baltimore Lab School, “after school activities are a great way for students to jumpstart their creativity, challenge themselves mentally and physically, cultivate friendships, and develop important social skills.” This after-school initiative provides several different  programs that include: Athletics, Personalized Specialty Clubs, Dragon Club (After Care) and Outdoor Education Adventures. Convenient for working parents and stimulating for students, our after school programs are popular with students of all ages. Dragon club runs from Aug. 24 to Nov. 24. Keep in mind BLS provides exceptional an educational experience for bright, motivated students with moderate-to-severe learning disabilities.

Kids Center After-School Care
5700 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215
410.559.3557 or  410.559.3608
www.jcc.orgHours: Mon. to Thurs. from school dismissal to 6:30 p.m. and Fri. from school dismissal to 6 p.m. (or JCC closing time)
Price: Free

Participants can look forward to individual personalized attention whereas, they offer one educator to every 11 children policy. I should also add that they provide healthy snacks, arts and cool crafts, gym and outdoor fun activities and lastly supervised educational homework assistance. They are conveniently located in Owings Mills and Park Heights. As a added bonus they also offer school bus service from the following elementary schools: Cedarmere, Chatsworth, Glyndon, Franklin, Fort Garrison, Reisterstown, Timbergrove,  Woodholme.

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Baltimore Urban Gardening With Students After School Program (BUGS)
802 S. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 685-0295
www.livingclassrooms.orgHours: Regular school days 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mon., Tues.,Thurs., and Fri., and 12:30-5:30 on Wed. 
Price: Click here to get details about options and rates.

Did you know? The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program provides services for children from under-served Baltimore City communities throughout the regularly scheduled school year with an after-school program not to mention a summer program. BUGS mission is to empower and inspire urban kids to develop academically, creatively and socially.

Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center
1100 E. Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 675-0221
www.livingclassrooms.orgHours: Contact the center
Price: Contact the center

Living Classrooms Youth Development Center provides preventive community support academically and socially to disadvantaged youth by providing year-round out-of-school-time specialized programming for elementary and middle school students residing in East Baltimore. Did you know? The children and youth they provide services to primarily reside in low-income neighborhoods and public housing.

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Tradina DeMary is a photo journalist. She is better known as Baltimore Budget Events Examiner, one of the best social event enthusiasts in Baltimore City. She is very zealous about city living and urban exploration in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. She has a background in applied information technology with a master’s degree from Towson University. When she is not busy attending social events and taking photos for the She manages a website about personal growth through poetry, cooking, music, DIY projects and consumer advocacy. Such a local lifestyle guru her other professional news column can be found at here.