Today was the last day of the 2018-19 school year, and that means one thing: summer is here! Lots of fun in the sun, time with family, and hot days are headed our way.

But two whole months off from school can seem like a lot of time to fill. Especially when, as a CSFB parent, you’re concerned about your child’s continuing education.

Not to fear, there are plenty of fun summer learning opportunities available to students and families in the Baltimore area. Here are just a few:

Make Music Day: tomorrow, Friday, June 21! The Baltimore County Public Library is hosting live performances throughout the day at all branches. They are also hosting Lunch in the Library, every weekday except July 4, providing free, nutritious meals to those 18 and younger.

Baltimore County Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge:  this year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” Children of all ages (and adults!) have two ways to participate. Play online with Beanstack, an interactive game board that tracks activity to earn kids points. Or stop by a local branch to pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet. Read more about it and register online here >>

SummerREADS program: a FREE summer program at the library, for students entering pre-K to 3rd grade, (bonus: the site is also open to students up to 8th grade). Open Monday through Friday, July 1 – August 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., families can drop in or drop off students for reading-focused activities, workshops with artists, and field trips. Register online here >>

Amazon Coding with Kids Camp: If you’re looking for a program that’s geared toward your middle schooler who stays glued to their computer at every opportunity, this may be exactly what you’re looking for. Read more about it and register online here >>

POP CDF Freedom School Summer Sports Program: Is your child most interested in sports? Then consider this six-week program, where students focus on literacy and a sport of their choosing. Read more about it and register online here >>

Summer vacation means that your children get a break from school, but they don’t need a break from learning — especially with so many fun programs! Take advantage of the programs in the community, and help your child be better prepared to take on the next school year!

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