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cademic rigor at Key is derived from achieving a deep understanding of the complexity of concepts and problems, not from the sheer amount of content covered. From First School through Upper School, Key’s program emphasizes experiential learning, creative and collaborative problem solving, and building habits of grit and resourcefulness. Key alumni say they are uniquely prepared for the challenges of collegiate programs and well-equipped to meet the demands of the innovation-driven economy.

HIGHLIGHTS 2018 • Over 75% of the Class of 2018 received merit scholarships • 80% will attend “Most/Highly/Very Competitive” colleges/universities • 33% will attend Research 1 Universities • 33% intend to pursue STEM-related studies including engineering, computer science, marine and environmental science, pre-health/vet, and architecture • 100% taking Advanced Courses during junior year scored 4 or 5 on the AP exam (Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Latin, Spanish Literature) • 25% of the Class of 2019 scored 1430 on SATs • 11% earned National Merit Scholar Recognition • 90% of recent graduates accepted to one of their top choice colleges • 98% of alumni parents surveyed would recommend Key to a friend, colleague or family member


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VISIT US! It’s not too late to begin planning your child’s next educational adventure. Contact us to schedule an individual weekday tour for Key-Wee (2 1/2 year olds) through grade 4.

The Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive, coeducational, college-preparatory program on its picturesque 15-acre campus located 4 miles from downtown Annapolis.

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lanning, organizing, troubleshooting, and coordinating; these are all things parents need to do to keep a household running smoothly. From scheduling kids’ activities to making doctors appointments and planning birthday parties, our role as parents is more than just

giving snuggles and cooking mac and cheese. This is where our Big Book for Families comes in handy. The Big Book is here to help you keep your family running smoothly, with great information on local resources, including private schools, preschools, child care, camps, enrichment activities and health care providers. We also include an annual fun planner, which gives you a heads

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Contents 06 Safe Schools Maryland

22 5 Classic Mountain Resorts for Families

07 Private School Directory

26 Enrichment Directory

12 Preschool Directory

27 Annual Fun Planner

17 Child Care Directory

30 Health Care Directory

18 Avoiding Camp Calamities

35 Advertising Index

20 Camp Directory

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Safe Schools Maryland


n an effort to reduce violence in schools, Governor Larry Hogan has launched the Safe Schools Maryland tip line and mobile app. “Incidents of targeted violence at our schools are rarely sudden impulsive acts; instead, in the majority of these incidents, another person was aware of what the student was thinking or planning to do,” said Governor Hogan at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in October. “We must remain ever vigilant when it comes to protecting our kids, and we are counting on our local school communities, our students, teachers, and parents to work together with us in these important efforts.” The tip line will be online 24/7 with trained technicians, and the staff will share any information to the appropriate school systems, officials, staff and law enfocement officials to prevent violence in schools from taking place. The Safe Schools mobile app is available for iPhones and Android. The Safe Schools program encourages students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of communities to use the anonymous, app- and web-based reporting

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system to share concerns including mental health crises, bullying, school and/or community violence, drug activity, abuse, and harassment. According to Hogan, “Sadly, all too often students, choose to remain silent because they are afraid of retaliation, rejection, or stigmatization by their peers. The troubling result is a ‘code of silence’ in which students suffer harm that could have been prevented if another person had chosen to speak out. We need to empower our students to break that ‘code of silence.” “If they see unsafe situations or behavior, including threats made in person or on social media, bullying, or a friend who expresses the desire to hurt themselves or others,” he said, “we need young Marylanders to say something and to do something without fear of retribution for coming forward.” More details about the app and tip line are available at SafeSchoolsMD.org. The tip line is: 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). — Ann Levelle

private school Directory I

Chesapeake Montessori School

schools in Central Maryland. Schools with descriptions are

Severna Park, 410-544-2476

Naval Academy Primary School

2 years–Kindergarten

Annapolis, 410-757-3090


3 years–5th grade

f you’re thinking private school might be the best

option for your elementary, middle or high school

child, there are plenty in this area to choose from.

Our Private School Directory lists private and parochial

advertisers, and information in listings was provided by the schools. For more details about private schools and their programs, such as total enrollment, class sizes, uniform requirements, sports available and other ChesapeakeFamily.com/private-schools.


Annapolis, 410-757-4740

Montessori International Children’s House

18 months–8th grade

Annapolis, 410-757-7789


18 months–6th grade

Edinboro Early School

Indian Creek School



Crownsville, 410-923-3660

Rockbridge Academy

2.9 years–12th grade

Millersville, 410-923-1171

Before & after care

5 years–12th grade

Tuition: $2,700-$26,690/yr




school, we are committed to

educational research combined

Saint Andrew’s Day School

challenging our students to grow

with nurturing relationships and

Edgewater, 410-266-0952

Annapolis Area Christian School

spiritually, academically, physi-

enrichment opportunities outside

3 years-8th grade

cally, and socially. The school

the classroom create a unique,


Annapolis, Severn,

community provides a caring



environment that affirms the

preparatory experience.

Kindergarten–12th grade

dignity of the individual and pro-

See our ad on page 35

Before & after care

motes learning.

Tuition: $6,999-$18,030/yr

See our ad on page 10

IInnovative teaching based on

Key School Annapolis, 410-263-9231


School of the Incarnation Gambrills, 410-519-2285 4 years–8th grade schooloftheincarnation.org

2.5 years–12th grade

Christian day school offering

Book of Life Academy

Before & after care

Severn School

college preparatory academic

Annapolis, 410-263-2600

Tuition: $8,295-$28,350/yr

Severna Park

curriculum, competitive athletic

2 years–5th grade



program for middle and upper


Key School engages children

3 years–12th grade,

from 2.5 years of age through

Before & after care

grade 12 in a progressive, coed-


ral, band and visual arts.

Calvary Baptist Church Academy

ucational, college-preparatory,

Severn School strives to meet the

See our ad on page 4

Glen Burnie, 410-768-5324

day program on its picturesque

needs of young learners as well

3 years–12th grade

15-acre campus located 4 miles

as college-bound students while


from downtown Annapolis.

challenging them to realize

AACS is an independent

school students, and outstanding fine arts, including theater, cho-

Archbishop Spalding High School

See our ad on Inside Front Cover

personal excellence. Students

9th grade–12th grade

Calvary Center School

Tuition: $16,270/yr


Monsignor Slade Catholic School



Glen Burnie, 410-766-7130


As a Catholic, co-educational,

3 years–PreK-4

2 years – 8th grade

See our ad on page 27

college preparatory secondary



Severn, 410-969-9105

are provided varied opportunities to demonstrate scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and

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St. Margaret’s Day School Kindergarten and Preschool Classes (Ages 2-5)

Your child will grow & develop their confidence and leadership skills while building strength & independence.

• MAEOE Green Certified School • STEM Program • Weekly Specials • Nut Free School

• Summer Camp • Financial Aid • Before & After Care • MD EXCELS rated level 5

1605 Pleasant Plains Rd. Annapolis, MD 410.757.2333



Our students are accepted without regard to sex, race,religion or national background.

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis

St. Martin’s Lutheran School

Annapolis, 410-263-8650

Annapolis, 410-269-1955

2 years – 8th Grade

3 years–8th grade

Before and After Care


Tuition: $3,575 - $19,995/yr We are a candidate school for

St. Mary’s Elementary School

the International Baccalaureate

Annapolis, 410-263-2869

(IB) Primary and Middle Years

Kindergarten–8th grade

Programme and we share a

After care

common philosophy with IB

Tuition: $8,370-$9,620/yr

World Schools — a commit-


ment to uphold the teaching

St. Mary’s Elementary School is

and learning of a diverse and

a parish coeducational Catholic

inclusive community of students

institution servicing many

by delivering challenging, high

parishes within the greater

quality programs.

Annapolis area. Anchored

See our ad on page 14

in Faith. Rooted in Tradition.


St. John the Evangelist School


St. Paul’s Lutheran School

Before & after care

Glen Burnie, 410-766-5790

Tuition: $7,875/yr

3 years–8th grade



At St. John the Evangelist work together to develop each

St. Philip Neri Catholic School

child to the best of her/his abil-

Linthicum, 410-859-1212

ity, spiritually, academically,

4 years–8th grade

artistically, socially and physi-


School, our faculty and staff

cally in a nurturing environment

Catholic Coeducational School • Grades 9-12 College Preparatory Curriculum • Four Year Honors & AP Curriculum • Arts Academy • Accelerated Science Program, Engineering, Robotics • Freshmen Transition Program • 1:10 Student-Faculty ratio • Average Annual College Scholarship Awards total $4.5 million • 96% of graduates are pursuing Higher Education

113 St. Mary’s Place • Laurel, MD 20707 (301) 725-3228 • www.PallottiHS.org

Panther for a Day visits available • Schedule online today!

See our ad on page 9

4 years–8th grade

Severna Park, 410-647-2283


Committed to Excellence.

that promotes living faith, aca-

The Summit School

demic excellence, leadership,

Edgewater, 410-798-0005

and service.

1st grade–8th grade

See our ad on page 10

After School

St. Margaret’s Day School

Tuition: $30,700 thesummitschool.org The Summit School serves

Annapolis, 410-757-2333

children with dyslexia and

2 years–Kindergarten

other learning differences. For


30 years, Summit has helped

See our ad on page 8

children become successful

St. Martin’s In-The-Field Episcopal School

learners. Our program incorporates: highly trained teachers, research-based instruction, hands-on multi-sensory learning

Severna Park, 410-647-7055

and low teacher-student ratios.

3 years–8th grade

See our ad on page 8

stmartinsmd.org See our ad on page 9

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Weems Creek Nursery School


Annapolis, 410-266-5522

The Calverton School

2 years–PreK

Huntintown, 410-535-0216


2.5 years–12th grade

See our ad on page 9



Tidewater School

Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools Baltimore, 410-547-5369 2 years–12th grade archbalt.org/schools

Boys’ Latin School of Maryland Baltimore, 410-377-5192 Kindergarten–12th grade boyslatinmd.com

Baltimore, 410-732-6200 thecatholichighschool.org 9th–12th grade Tuition: $14,600/yr

3 years–5th grade thetidewaterschool.org

HOWARD Bethel Christian Academy Savage, 301-725-4673 3 years–8th grade bethelchristianacademy.com

St. John’s Parish Day School 3 years–5th grade stjohnspds.org

Kent School Chestertown, 410-778-4100

ity, college preparatory educa-

3 years–8th grade

tion, rooted in the Franciscan


young women to academic

Radcliffe Creek School

excellence, to responsible lead-

Chestertown, 410-778-8150

ership, and to Christian commu-

Kindergarten-8th grade

nity service.


Gilman School


Baltimore, 410-323-7284 5 years–12th grade gilman.edu

Lamb of God School Halethorpe, 410-242-4100 5 years–8th grade lambofgodschool.org

The Park School of Baltimore Baltimore, 410-339-7070 4 years–12th grade parkschool.net


Schedule a tour by calling 410.266.5522

Accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year!

Schedule a tour today! P.S...Pre-K 4 coming soon!

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Baltimore has provided a qual-

1939. Catholic High challenges

• Young 3s class • Young 4s class • PK class • STEAM class • Wednesdays at Weems

Ellicott City, 4104657644

The Catholic High School of

tradition for young women since

Motivating Minds

Belair Baptist Christian Academy Bowie, 301-262-0578 4 years–12th grade belairbaptistacademy.org

Bishop McNamara High School Forestville, 301-735-8401 9th–12th grade bmhs.org

Building confidence, compassion, and character...one student at a time.

Admissions Open Houses

Tuesday, March 12th . 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, March 13th . 9:00-11:00 AM

Educating ages 3 to 8th grade Discover St. Martin’s!

410.647.7055 • Severna Park • www.stmartinsmd.org

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The Catholic High School of Baltimore

Huntingtown, 4102570533

Best kept secret...

DeMatha Catholic High School

pallottihs.org Pallotti pursues its mission of

Hyattsville, 240-764-2200

promoting academic excel-

9th–12th grade

lence and building Christian


character in a small community atmosphere. The school

Elizabeth Seton High School

offers a challenging curriculum including a four-year honors

Bladensburg, 301-864-4532

program and a wide range of

9th–12th grade

AP courses. See our ad on page 8

Fairhaven School Upper Marlboro 301-249-8060


4 years–12th grade

The Gunston School


Centreville, 410-758-0620 9th–12th grade, gunston.org

Swing into an Open House!


January 30th • 9 am-12 pm & 7-8 pm Kindergarten information night • February 13th • 6:30 pm Preschool information night • February 20th • 6:30 pm

Welcome Wednesdays – Come Visit Us! Tours at 9:00 am 410.647.2283


Grace Christian School Bowie, 301-262-0158

Lighthouse Christian Academy

Kindergarten–8th grade

Stevensville, 410-643-3034


4 years–8th grade lcacademy.org

Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School Bowie, Glenn Dale

Centreville, 410-758-2922


9th grade-12th grade

3 years–8th grade



Riverdale Baptist School

One in Christ

Wye River Upper School

TALBOT The Country School

Upper Marlboro

Easton, 410-822-1935


5 years–8th grade

3 years - 12th Grade



St. Vincent Pallotti High School

Saints Peter & Paul High School Easton, 410-822-2275

Laurel, 301-725-3228

9th grade–12th grade

9th–12th grade, After care


Tuition: $15,200/yr

8080 New Cut Rd, Severn, MD 21144 www.archbishopspalding.org 410-969-9105

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preschool Directory D

Tuition: $254-$276/wk

an early childhood development


preschool which provides a lov-

Bright Beginning provides qual-

ing and supportive environment

ity early education that exceeds

for young children, meeting them

MSDE standards and guidelines,

at their present levels of growth

offering full- and part-time care

and maturity; encouraging and

for children ages 2-5. We pro-

nurturing them in their physical,

eciding which preschool is best for your little

vide a curriculum that promotes

mental, emotional, social, and

ones can be daunting because preschool is your

fine and gross motor skills,

spiritual development.

child’s first formal school experience and you

cognitive development and

want it to be positive and instill an early love of learning. There are many choices in our region, and we have included as many as possible in the Preschool Directory

below. The schools listed offer programs for preschoolers, with some also offering kindergarten and higher grades. Schools with descriptions are advertisers and information is provided by the school. For more detailed information, visit ChesapeakeFamily.com/preschools.

social-emotional well-being for every child. See our ad on page 12

Calvary Center School

Creative Garden Nursery School and Kindergarten Crofton, 410-721-7711 2 years–Kindergarten Tuition: Varies

Annapolis, 410-268-3812


3 years–PreK-4

Since 1968, Creative garden-


Crofton has enjoyed the reputa-

Cape Kids’ Corner

tion of being one of the most highly qualified preschools/day

Annapolis, 410-757-2271

cares in the area. Licensed by


3 years–Kindergarten

MSDE, Creative Garden has a staff of educators with college

A Giants Preschool Edgewater, 443-764-1217

Bay Country Learning Center


6 weeks–4 years

Annapolis, 410-974-6700

Chesapeake Montessori School



Annapolis, 410-757-4740

Tuition: Varies

18 months–8th grade



Annapolis Language School

Bay Country Learning Center

degrees chosen for their unique qualities and their specialties in early childhood education. See our ad on page 14

CrossRoads Child Development Center

Annapolis, 410-533-4209

creates a positive atmosphere for

2 years–5 years

the social, physical, emotional,

Colonial Nursery School


and intellectual development of

Annapolis, 410-266-8064

each child. We provide a learn-

2 years-PreK 5, Tuition: Varies

ing environment with challenging


Annapolis, 410-263-8650

and firsthand experiences to

Colonial Nursery School, the

Edinboro Early School

2 years-8th grade

stimulate the child’s interest, curi-

Annapolis Cooperative, is a

Severna Park, 410-544-2476


osity, and desire to learn

place of discovery and explora-

2 years–Kindergarten

See our ad on page 14

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tion. We value the children’s

Before & after care

ongoing adventures in learning

Tuition: Varies

and our commitment to them as


Annapolis Twos

Anne Arundel Community College Child Development Center Arnold, 410-777-2450 2–5 years aacc.edu/cdc

Asbury Community Christian Preschool and Clubhouse Arnold, 410-757-7113

Beth Shalom Preschool

Davidsonville, 410-798-5790 2 years-PreK-4 crossroadscdc.com

capable individuals is strong.

Four-year degreed teachers

Arnold, 410-757-0552

Come see how we reimagine

implement MSDE approved cur-

2 years–PreK

early learning.

riculum. Structured programs


Bright Beginning Children’s Learning Center

Creative Beginnings Preschool

include language arts, math, music, science, art and social studies. Child Care Aware (mili-

Arnold, 410-647-9224

tary) approved. Playground time,

2 years-PreK4, Tuition: $225-

homework help, snack, crafts

Crownsville, 410-923-3192


and games in a safe, nurturing

Glen Burnie, 410-768-4526



2 years–PreK-4

Creative Beginnings Preschool is

See our ad on page 12

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2 years–PreK-4

2018 Best of Annapolis Award

Ages 6 weeks – 5 years old Loving & Nurturing Environment Approved MSDE Curriculum Spanish & Sign Language Call to schedule a tour

410-974-6700 · Baycountryclc.com

Naval Academy Primary School A student-centered,

developmentally appropriate curriculum, warm nurturing environment with class sizes averaging 12-18 students


Key School

Glen Burnie, 410-761-1118

2.5 years–12th grade

3 years–12th grade

Before & after care


Tuition: $8,295–$28,350/yr

Grannie Annie’s Child Care & Learning Center

190 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Suite 190 · Annapolis, MD

• PreK- Fifth grade (must be 3 by Sept 1) • Special tuition for military families • AIMS accredited • Performing Arts, science labs, & foreign language curriculum naps.napschool.com | 410-757-3090 74 Greenbury Point Road, Annapolis

Two Convenient Locations! 867 Buttonwood Trail Crownsville, MD License# 130684

410-923-3192 Ages 2 - PreK Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks Small, Caring Environment Foreign Language Programs

Granite Baptist School

543 Old Stage Road Glen Burnie, MD License# 160256



380 Jumpers Hole Rd. Severna Park, MD

410-544-2476 ■ Childcare - age 2+ Pre-K Scholarships ■ Nursery School - age 3+ Available For Low ■ Pre-K - age 4+ Income Families on ■ Kindergarten - age 5+ Food Stamps or ■ Before & After Care - up to 7 Below 300% FPG ■ Talented & Gifted Programs

Annapolis, 410-263-9231

keyschool.org Key School engages children from 2.5 years of age through grade 12 in a progressive,

Pasadena, 410-255-0478

coeducational, college-pre-

Infants–5th grade

paratory, day program on its

Before & after care

picturesque 15-acre campus

Tuition: $97-$330/wk

located 4 miles from downtown



Cozy Care, Quality Education.

See our ad on Inside Front Cover

We have been providing child 15 years. MSDE approved cur-

Kneseth Israel Preschool

riculum for 3s and Pre-K. Before

Annapolis, 410-263-3924 x8

and After care, Pre-K through

2 years–PreK-5

5th, servicing Riviera Beach,


Sunset and Solley. Also offers


care for Pasadena’s families for

full-day, all-summer camp.

Indian Creek School

London Towne Academy

Crownsville, 410-923-3660

Edgewater, 410-798-5128

2.9 years–12th grade

3 years–Kindergarten

Before & after care


Tuition: $2,700–$26,690/yr

should be engaging and chal-

Magothy Cooperative Preschool

lenging. Innovative teaching

Pasadena, 410-360-0292

based on educational research

2 years–PreK-4

combined with nurturing rela-


indiancreekschool.org ICS believes that education

tionships and enrichment opporcreate a unique, remarkable

Monsignor Slade Catholic School

Pre-K through 12th grade col-

Glen Burnie, 410-766-7130

lege preparatory experience.

2 years - 8th grade

See our ad on page 35


Joy Kids Learning Center Edgewater, Mayo

Montessori International Children’s House


Annapolis, 410-757-7789


18 months–6th grade

tunities outside the classroom

Keenan Christian Learning Center


Pasadena, 410-544-3107

Naval Academy Primary School

2 years–PreK-4

Annapolis, 410-757-3090



12 • BIG BOOK FOR FAMILIES 2019 • ChesapeakeFamily.com For detailed information about each school, visit ChesapeakeFamily.com/preschools.

3 years–5th grade Before & after care Tuition: $7,414-$10,707/yr NAPS is a warm nurturing envi-

Severna Park United Methodist Church Nursery School

stjohnspschool.org At St. John the Evangelist School, a Roman Catholic, parish school,

St. Martin’s Lutheran School Annapolis, 410-269-1955

Severna Park, 410-987-8339

our faculty and staff work togeth-

3 years-8th grade

ronment that is open to military

3 years–PreK-4

er to develop each child to the


families and the Annapolis com-


best of her/his ability, spiritually,

munities. We have small class


academically, artistically, socially

sizes and an inviting school house that stimulates children’s abilities to grow and mature intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially.

and physically in a nurturing

South County Pre-Kindergarten Cooperative Davidsonville, 410-798-5650

See our ad on page 12

3 years–PreK-4

Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Preschool


Ss Constantine & Helen School

Tree of Life Preschool Annapolis, 410-266-6006

environment that promotes living

3–5 years

faith, academic excellence, lead-


ership, and service. See our ad on page 10

St. Margaret’s Day School

Weems Creek Nursery School Annapolis, 410-266-5522 2 years–PreK weemscreeknurseryschool.com

2 years–Kindergarten

Tuition: $3,800-$5,500/yr

Annapolis, 410-573-2078

Before & after care

Weems Creek’s mission is to pro-


2 years-PreK- 4

Tuition: $2,200-$7,400/yr

vide an enriching group experi-




ence for each child entrusted to

St. Margaret’s Day School pro-

us, promoting their social, emo-

vides children with an opportu-

tional, physical, and academic

nity to learn about themselves

growth. We strive to provide

Annapolis, 410-974-1994

and the world around them. The

a setting that recognizes each

Odenton, 410-296-4880

2 years–PreK-5

school exposes children to learn-

child’s uniqueness and inherent

Infants–6 years


ing experiences and gives them

curiosity, as well as encourages

ample opportunity to explore,

a love of learning.

experiment, create and feel suc-

See our ad on page 9

Odenton, 410-674-2272 3 years–Pre-K

Play and Learn Annapolis, 410-263-4029 Crownsville, 410-987-3312

St. Andrew by the Bay Preschool


Right Start Academy Gambrills, 410-923-7575

St. Anne’s School of Annapolis Annapolis, 410-263-8650

2–5 years

2 years – 8th Grade


Before and After Care

cessful. See our ad on page 8

Woods Child Development Center


St. Martin’s in-the-Field Episcopal School

Millersville, 410-923-1171

We are a candidate school for

Severna Park, 410-647-7055

Nurturing and educating young

5 years–12th grade

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Tuition: $2,800-$11,800/yr

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Bryn Mawr Little School

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Belair Cooperative Nursery School

4 years–12th grade

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Roland Park Country School

St. Matthew’s Early Education Center

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Bowie, 301-464-1813

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Campers at Annapolis Area Christian School don't have giant sharks watching them in the water, but they do have lifeguards and camp counselors nearby serving as extra sets of eyes.

Avoiding camp calamities Questions to ask to make sure your kids have a safe summer B Y D AV I D GREISMAN


eresa Favero’s 7-year-old son left camp last summer with an adult who didn’t have permission to take him. Fortunately, the adult was someone the family knew. But

the possible nightmare scenario led them to think more about where their kids would spend their summers.

“You’re leaving your kids with people you’ve never met before, and

hoping and praying that they come back to you safe and sound at the end of the day,” says Favero, of Columbia. Finding the right camp for your children involves much more than learning what they’ll be doing and where. There are other questions that should be asked—questions that will let you know how prepared camps are to keep worst-case scenarios from happening, and how ready they are to respond just in case they do. Here are four of the most important questions to ask before choosing a camp for your child this summer.

1. Is your camp certified? In Maryland, a camp certified by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene meets the minimum standards for hiring camp staff, keeping kids safe, and handling injuries and other serious situations. “They’re very thorough,” says Michael Strawbridge, co-owner of Bayside Summer Camp in Annapolis, of the DHMH certification guidelines. Many camp directors, however, say they seek to go above and beyond the state minimums to keep campers as safe as possible. Some even strive for more stringent accreditation by the American

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Camp Association.

“Accreditation ensures that camps have voluntarily met up to 300

including ropes courses, horseback riding and time in the water.

health and safety standards in a peer review,” says Tom Rosenberg,

Lifeguards must be on-site by the water. At many camps, counselors

the organization’s president and CEO. “It is the best way for parents

are assigned to provide extra sets of eyes when kids are in the water.

to know that camps have committed to the safety of their campers and staff.” The ACA’s standards include counselor-to-camper ratios,

“We have a much smaller ratio when they’re at the pool,” says Kelly Bryant, summer camp program director for Indian Creek School in Crownsville. “We are very diligent about watching the children.”

background checks, and emergency plans and protocol, among

other areas. Camps must provide documentation to prove they meet

4. What happens in case of bad weather?

the standards.

Rain can put a damper on summer activities, but warmer temperatures also mean a chance of severe weather. Many camps

2. What happens if my child gets hurt? Bruises, bumps, cuts and scrapes are bound to happen. Your child’s camp should be ready to handle those with ease. The

not only have policies in place, but also run drills to ensure staff and campers know where to go in case of dangerous weather. “We had a tornado warning and were able to quickly secure and

camp also should know what to do in case of rare—and far more

account for all our campers in the specified locations of our different


buildings,” says Josiah Wolf, camp director for the Annapolis Area

“We have staff-wide CPR and First Aid training,” says Tara

Christian School. “Pre-camp training and running drills with our

Peddicord, spokesperson for Camp Wabanna in Annapolis. “Even

campers for these scenarios enable our staff to act quickly and

those who are not professional rescuers also have those basic skills.”


You’ll want to know what kinds of injuries require contacting

These are important questions to ask, but other topics not related

parents immediately—after calling 911, that is—and if parents will

to safety also matter. Parents should want their camps to be ready for

be notified verbally or in writing by the end of the day for less severe

the worst while also focusing on what they do best.

injuries. Camps also should have policies regarding allergies and medications.

“The only way kids can really have fun and enjoy camp is to have those safety precautions in effect from day one,” Peddicord says.

Camps tend to have extended orientations and training sessions well before the first day for their entire staff, according to directors. They go over protocol for responding to situations, and some camps practice specific scenarios. “We had a girl who hit her head while trying to do a handstand in the pool,” says Katy Stratchko, who runs Camp Sport Fit in Bowie.

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“My counselors are trained to recognize [signs of] concussions. We knew to take her to a dark room, keep totally quiet, call an ambulance right away and then call her parents.”

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“Our program has college students and even high school youth work with us over the summer, but we also like to let parents know that there is a nice blend of teachers and youth development professionals who work with us as well,” says Lana Smith, vice president of youth and family experience for Y in Central Maryland. “Young folks are great with kids, but they’ve not had that handson experience that teaches them how to be prepared for the unexpected.” It’s also important to ask about the camper-to-staff ratio. Several camp directors say they seek to do better than the state minimum,

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camp Directory F or many kids, some type of camp program makes

up a portion of their summer. Campers can explore a range of activities in a general camp program or

specialize in areas ranging from art and music to sports

and adventure to math and history. The following camps are in Maryland unless otherwise noted. Programs with descriptions are advertisers. For more day camp and


overnight camps, visit ChesapeakeFamily.com/camps.


parties, summer art camps, work-

Annapolis Area Christian School Summer Programs

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shops, edibleArt and more.

Camp Summit

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AACS Summer Programs are

Academic and recreational

innovative and provide children

summer program for children

growth opportunities in a fun,

entering grades 1-8 who are

safe and creative environment.

experiencing difficulty in reading, written expression, math or

Annapolis Recreation & Parks Summer Camps Annapolis, 410-263-7958 annapolis.gov/recreation

organizational skills. The morning is devoted to academics; afternoons include fun recreational activities.

Weekly themed activities, swim-

Camp Wabanna

ming, sports, field trips, arts and

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crafts, and outside play.


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Artworks Studio Severna Park, 410-271-3343

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Artworks Studio encourages

after-school art classes, a home

Edinboro Early School Summer Program

school art program, birthday

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kids to develop their full creative potential through art. Offers



Running for nine weeks, we

Pallotti High School Summer

feature a single, multifaceted

Camps are designed to help kids

topic and culminate with a lun-

stay active, have fun while learn-

cheon program for children ages

ing new things, and gain skills

2 to 2nd grade. Weekly “water

to build self-confidence. We offer

days” and two weeks of optional

baseball, basketball, cheerlead-

swim lessons.

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softball, speed & agility, volley-

Grannie Annie’s Summer Program

ball, science and visual arts. See our ad on page 8

Full-day summer camp for school-

Peabody Preparatory Summer Programs

agers for the entire summer with

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daily outside activities. Local

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field trips include swimming,


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bowling, skating, yoga, movies, field trip every other week during

Smart Fit Kids Academy

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library and park. We do a big

Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School Summer Camp

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cational and physical activities


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creative arts and music.


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activities, and arts & crafts.

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Weber’s Bulldog Basketball Camp Annapolis, 410-360-4451 webersbulldogbasketball.com This is a fundamentals camp

Laurel, 301-725-3228

where campers can implement

Ages 6-14, After Care

their skills in 3 competitive

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Arnold, Pasadena

1 fundamental a day. Guest

Mercersburg Academy Summer Programs

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grams are designed to challenge

speakers include former Div. 1

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games per day. Each camper is placed on a team with 3 games a day, 1 contest a day, and

Woods Child Development Center Severna Park, 410-647-9168 woodscdc.org Woods has a school-year preschool program and a year-

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Camp Wabanna Edgewater, 410-798-0455

We believe that today’s campers are tomorrow’s leaders. Our progressive, camper-centered pro-

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The Y in Arnold,


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Camp Whippoorwill in

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banana boat, and a 50-foot

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Five Classic Mountain resorts for Families by Katie Riley 20 • BIG BOOK FOR FAMILIES 2019 • ChesapeakeFamily.com


few years ago, weary from the non-stop pace of

again in a setting that builds wonderful memories of a special time

Disney-style vacations, my family and I set out for the

together. For parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, a vacation at a

Allegheny Mountains of Virginia, searching for peace,

historic resort gives them a chance to share their memories of growing

quiet, and character-free fun. At the Homestead Resort

up with their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews in a way

in Hot Springs, Virginia, we hiked, fished and discovered the most

that the younger travelers can relate to and experience in a fun way,”

pleasurable way to pass an evening was rocking on the porch, chilled

says Larry Horwitz, executive director of Historic Hotels of America

by crisp mountain air. We ate dinner in the main dining room and

and Historic Hotels Worldwide.

watched families dance to a live orchestra, as guests have been doing for the past hundred years. Classic mountain resorts like the Homestead and Skytop Lodge in the Poconos are still enticing families with their storied histories, grand

“Best of all,” Horwitz says, “the historic resort is one history class where you can sleep through and still learn about the heritage and culture of our nation’s past.” Hike for miles, leap into a glacial-fed lake, or treat your family to

architecture and timeless activities. In fact, historic destinations are

ballroom dancing lessons, like those offered at the Mountain Lake

experiencing resurgence in popularity for families hoping to connect in

Lodge, the original filming location for the movie "Dirty Dancing." Read

a meaningful environment.

on to discover five classic mountain resorts where the gorgeous scenery

“Historic resorts give families the chance to get to know each other

and old-fashioned fun continue to attract generations of families.

We hiked, fished and discovered the most pleasurable way to pass an evening was rocking on the porch. Mountain Lake Lodge Ever wonder if the resort in the movie "Dirty Dancing" was real? Well, it is, and you can stay there. Just twenty minutes from Blacksburg, Virginia and Virginia Tech, lies the Mountain Lake Lodge. Built in 1936, the secluded mountain resort looks much the same as it did in the movie. You can stay in the main stone lodge where rooms lack televisions so families can reconnect without distraction, or book one of the front lawn cabins, like the Virginia Cottage, also known as ‘Baby’s Cabin.’ The hotel offers 23 miles of hiking and biking trails and an adventure center with an extensive zip line course. Farm-to-table cuisine reigns at Harvest, the resort’s acclaimed restaurant. Or you can unwind at the Tavern, a casual restaurant with a cozy stone fireplace. For true movie buffs, visit during one of the resort’s four-times-a-year “Dirty Dancing Weekends” when the hotel is transformed into Kellerman’s, movie scenes are reenacted by professional dancers, ballroom dancing lessons are offered, and the film is screened round the clock. 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, Va. 540-626-7121 mtnlakelodge.com Rates from $150

Distance from Annapolis: 5.5 hours

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The Homestead Established in 1766 as a wooden hotel for homesteaders, the Homestead is known as ‘America’s First Resort.’ The Homestead has hosted 23 U.S. presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, who was drawn to the area’s natural hot springs. Today, the Homestead is a grand resort with 483 rooms and suites and a world-class spa with the same natural hot springs that first lured our nation’s founders. Take a hike on the cascades trail through the Allegheny Mountains past a series of waterfalls or learn the ancient sport of falconry. Spend the afternoon fly-fishing with an Orvis-trained guide or take a horse-drawn carriage ride up the mountain. The resort’s impressive pool complex promises hours of refreshment along with the hotel’s historic indoor pool (built in 1904), fed by naturally warm mineral water. The main dining room with live music offers fine dining with a nostalgic air, while casual options like Martha’s Market and Sam Snead’s Tavern have everything from sandwiches to ribs for the hungry family after a day spent exploring the mountain. 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Va. 800-838-1766 omnihotels.com/hotels/homestead-virginia Rates from $175

Distance from Annapolis: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Skytop Lodge Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains has been operating since 1928. Nestled at the base of the West Mountain, the Dutch Colonial style manor house overlooks pristine Skytop Lake. The Manor House has 124 recently renovated rooms and there are 12 four-bedroom cottages on the property. Dining is a treat at Skytop— from the casual Lakeview restaurant to the nostalgic Tea Room, designed to resemble a corner drugstore. Families can swim in the lake or in the indoor or outdoor pools, or spend a day canoeing, hiking, skeet shooting or golfing. Challenge your crew to a game of archery tag, a family-friendly game with foam-tipped arrows. No visit to Skytop would be complete without participating in the resort’s signature ‘Grand March,’ during which guests parade through the hotel to the live music of the Doug Smith Orchestra, a tradition dating back to the 1940s. One Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, Pa. 844-840-7011 skytop.com Rates from $200

Distance from Annapolis: 4 hours

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Mohonk Mountain Resort Mohonk Mountain Resort, a castle-style Victorian hotel in the Hudson River Valley, lies just 90 minutes north of New York City. The Smiley family opened Mohonk Mountain Resort in 1869 and fourth and fifth-generation family members still manage the hotel today. Designated a national historic landmark, Mohonk is surrounded by 4,400 acres of natural forest and has 85 miles of hiking trails just outside the hotel’s entrance. Accommodations feature authentic Victorian décor with views over the valley or Lake Mohonk. Activities range from culinary classes to rock climbing and canoeing, but it’s the kids’ program that keeps families returning year after year. The award-winning program includes lake activities like fishing and swimming, art classes and nature programs—all included in the nightly rate. As an all-inclusive resort, rates at Mohonk include three gourmet meals a day, afternoon tea, cookies, the kids’ program and most activities. 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 844-207-8372 mohonk.com From $500 (includes three meals a day, afternoon tea, cookies, activities and kids’ program.)

Distance from Annapolis: 5 hours

Mt. Washington Hotel Families have been coming to the Mt. Washington Hotel since 1902, when it first opened near Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. Boasting spectacular views of the White Mountains, the hotel’s 200 rooms and suites have hosted three presidents and Thomas Edison. The hotel has undergone extensive renovations and is now owned by Omni resorts. Outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking and fly-fishing are the main draw, but you can also indulge in the hotel’s 25,000 square-foot spa after a day playing 18 holes on the golf course. Kids will enjoy spending the afternoon tubing down the Ammonoosuc River or taking a trip to the top of the mountain on the historic Cog Railway. Older kids seeking thrills will love the Bretton Woods canopy tour, one of the longest zip line courses in the country, that flies over sky bridges, treetops and scenic Rosebrook canyon. Dining ranges from the formal main dining room, to the Cave, a renovated historic speakeasy. 310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods, N.H. 603-278-1000 omnihotels.com/hotels/bretton-woods-mount-washington Rates from $200

Distance from Annapolis: 9 hours

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enrichment directory


xploring different activities and developing new skills is part of growing up. After-school enrichment classes provide opportunities for kids

to try something new or hone their talents. The following enrichment programs are advertisers. Information is from the organizations. For details and additional programs, visit ChesapeakeFamily.com/afterschoolprograms.


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Annapolis, 443-906-0099

instruction and innovative classes


taught in a positive and struc-

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around themes of kindness and

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MUSIC LESSONS Music Together Chesapeake Annapolis, Crofton, Severna Park, 301-262-9538 musictogetherchesapeake.com See our ad on page 2

Naptown Sings! Annapolis, 410-279-3208


Compass Rose Theater Annapolis, 410-980-6662 compassrosetheater.org

Musical Artists Theatre Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pikesville, 410-837-0971 musicalartiststheatre.com

Infant-14 years

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Annual Fun Planner

rom seasonal festivals to special holidays to unique celebrations that showcase this area’s character and culture, families in Central Maryland will find special activities all year long. Here’s a list of some of our favorite special activities during the year, organized by season. Be sure to check our online calendar for more fun things to do daily, and our seasonal event listings online to make sure you don’t miss the best family-friendly events this area has to offer.

SPRING: MARCH–MAY Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Week Parade with marching bands, bagpipes and floats, and associated events. facebook.com/nappadparade Oyster Roast and Sock Burning Sock burning party with live music and oyster roast. Annapolis Maritime Museum. amaritime.org Annapolis Film Festival Multi-day event with films, discussions and special events. Various Annapolis locations. annapolisfilmfestival.com Maryland Day Celebration Events celebrate the founding of Maryland and showcase the area’s history. Southern Anne Arundel County and Annapolis. marylandday.org National Cherry Blossom Festival Multi-week festival celebrating the cherry

trees. Includes a parade, kite festival, performances, street festival and other activities. Washington, D.C. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org Light City Baltimore Multi-day event featuring illuminated art, entertainment and kids activities. Baltimore Inner Harbor. lightcity.org Annapolis Book Festival Activities, presentations, book sale, and author meetings. The Key School, Annapolis. keyschool.org/community/ annapolis-book-festival Chesapeake Family LIFE Summer Camp & Activities Fairs Representatives from day camps, overnight camps and summer programs plus activities and giveaways. Annapolis and Brooklyn Park. ChesapeakeFamily. com/campfair St. John’s v. USNA Croquet Match The “Johnnies” and the “Mids” vie for the annual croquet title while guests enjoy a

lawn party. St. John’s College Campus, Annapolis. sjc.edu Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering Music and dance, Celtic market and competitions. Jefferson Park and Museum, St. Leonard. cssm.org/festival Solomons Maritime Festival Antique boat show, crab picking and oyster shucking, music, demonstrations and more. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. calvertmarinemuseum.com Chestertown Tea Party Re-enactment of colonial uprising plus Colonial parade, street party, raft race, street performances, colonial crafts, food, wine and craft beer tasting. Historic Chestertown. chestertownteaparty.org Naptown barBAYq Festival Music, food and barbecue competition plus kids area. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. abceventsinc.com/naptown-barbayq

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Blue Angels Air Show Blue Angels flight demonstrations over Annapolis as part of USNA Commissioning Week events. Naval Academy and downtown Annapolis. usna.edu OTHER SPRING EVENTS Find more St. Patrick’s Day events, Easter activities and more spring fun at ChesapeakeFamily.com/spring SUMMER: JUNE–AUGUST Bowiefest Local bands, games, rides, arts and crafts fair, food, home expo and more. Allen Poind Park, Bowie. cityofbowie.org/783/bowiefest Eastport A Rockin’ Bands, vendors, food and kids area. Back Creek and Second Street, Annapolis. eastportarockin.com Tidewater Archaeology Weekend Help uncover the past at one of the bestpreserved colonial sites in the nation. Historic St. Mary’s City, St. Marys City. hsmcdigshistory.org Annapolis Arts and Wine Festival Arts and crafts, Maryland wines to sample, kids activities, entertainment and music. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. annapolisartsandwinefestival.com Annapolis Irish Festival Irish music, food, activities and more plus an area for kids. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville. annapolisirishfestival.com Smithsonian Folklife Festival Two-week living cultural heritage celebration with music, dance, food and more. National Mall, D.C. festival.si.edu Artscape Three-day free arts festival featuring visual and performing arts, fashion, hands-on projects, children’s entertainers and more. Baltimore. artscape.org

July Fourth Celebrations Fireworks and celebrations in several towns and D.C. Find complete listings at ChesapeakeFamily.com/july-4 Great Chesapeake Balloon and Wine Festival Hot air balloon displays and rides, kids zone, food trucks, crafts, wine and more. Triple Creek Winery, Cordova. greatchesapeakeballoonfestival.com Rotary Crab Feast All-you-can-eat and drink crab feast. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. annapolisrotary.org Navy Fan Fest Meet players, get autographs, and enjoy inflatable games and music. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. navysports.com Maryland State Fair Rides, games, food, exhibits, concerts and more. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium. marylandstatefair.com County Fairs Entertainment, 4-H and livestock shows, exhibits, games, rides and more. Howard County Fair in August; Anne Arundel County and Calvert County Fairs in September; and others. OTHER SUMMER EVENTS Find more summer fun at ChesapeakeFamily.com/summer FALL: SEPTEMBER–NOVEMBER Maryland Renaissance Festival English village with shows, games, attractions and more. Crownsville. rennfest.com PaddleFest Tours of Spa Creek, exhibits and activities focused on restoring local waterways, food and beverages. spacreek.net Maryland Seafood Festival Seafood, demonstrations, competitions, music, crab derby and more. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. mdseafoodfestival.com

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Artsfest Art, performances, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomons. annmariegarden.org Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Celebration honors and recognizes African culture and people including Kunta Kinte, a slave brought to Annapolis. City Dock, Annapolis. kuntakinte.org Harry Potter Festival Magic, trivia, quidditch games, a scavenger hunt, costume contest and more. Chestertown. chestertownhpfest.org Patuxent River Appreciation Day Boat-building, canoe rides and harbor cruises, demonstrations, wine tasting, music and more. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. calvertmarinemuseum.com Downrigging Weekend Ships, schooners and wooden boats join the schooner Sultana in Chestertown for dock tours, public sails, performances, dock dog competition and other activities. Chestertown. sultanaeducation.org Patuxent Wildlife Festival Animals, children’s crafts, tram tours and more. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. fws.gov/refuge/patuxent American Indian Festival Music, dancing, storytelling, demonstrations and more showcasing Native American Culture. Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro. pgparks.com Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Tug of War Tug of war across Spa Creek pits Annapolis and Eastport with team competitions. Eastport and Annapolis City Dock. themre.org Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses and Halloween Events For information about haunted houses, pumpkin patches and fall festivals see ChesapeakeFamily.com/Fall

Grand Illuminations and Tree Lightings Lightings of town and attraction Christmas trees in November. Visit ChesapeakeFamily.com/holiday-lights OTHER FALL EVENTS Find more fall events at ChesapeakeFamily.com/fall WINTER: DECEMBER–FEBRUARY Midnight Madness Stores stay open late for holiday shopping, entertainment, snacks and drinks. Downtown Annapolis, downtownannapolispartnership.org/ midnight-madness, and in Historic Ellicott City, visitellicottcity.com Gingerbread House Show and Contest Enter and/or vote for your favorite gingerbread houses. Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro. History.pgparks.com B&O’s Magical Holiday Express Trains of all sizes, holiday festivities in the

roundhouse and children’s activities. B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore. borail.org Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade Parade of boats illuminated with colored lights. Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek. eastportyc.org Holiday Light Displays and Shows Several drive-through or walk-through holiday light displays celebrate the season. For complete listings and information, visit ChesapeakeFamily. com/holiday-lights National Menorah Lighting Music, latkes and donuts, games and lighting of the menorah. White House Ellipse, D.C. nationalmenorah.org Military Bowl & Parade Parade features the Budweiser Clydesdales. Football game between ACC and AAC teams. Downtown Annapolis and Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. militarybowl.org

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Towns and attractions ring in the new year with special celebrations, often with early celebrations for families. Find listings at ChesapeakeFamily.com/ new-years Anne Arundel Child Care & Preschool Fair Child care and preschool representatives, seminars and exhibits. Westfield Annapolis Mall, Annapolis. ChesapeakeFamily.com/preschoolfair Polar Bear Plunge Plunge into the Chesapeake Bay and festival after. Raises money for Special Olympics Maryland. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis. plungemd.com Other Winter Celebrations Find details about special events and celebrations for Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day at ChesapeakeFamily.com/winter

For more information about day-today events visit us online at ChesapeakeFamily.com/Calendar

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Dining out When Your Family Has Food Allergies


or want of a nail, a shoe was lost.” For Paul Antico, the old proverb went the other way. For want of a restaurant with allergy-friendly options for his family, AllergyEats was born. Paul Antico is the father of five children, three of whom have food allergies. Twenty-year-old Tucker has a tree nut allergy; 16-year-old Keegan is allergic to tree nuts, sesame and dairy (and also has eosinophilic esophagitis, an autoimmune disease in which, as a reaction to certain foods or allergens or to acid reflux, a white blood cell known as eosinophil builds up in the lining of the esophagus and can inflame or injure the esophageal tissue); and eight-year-old Bree, Antico’s youngest child, is allergic to egg.“AllergyEats really came about from our own frustrations with dining out and, frankly, the time it would take to find restaurants that really understood food allergies,” says Antico, who lives in Cohasset, Mass. The scope of the situation started to sink in for Antico one

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AllergyEats is always looking for restaurant reviews from families with food-allergies and sensitivities. If you would like to share a review about a restaurant you have visited—good experience or bad—go to AllergyEats.com or download the mobile app.

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weekend in 2006 when his wife went away with their daughter Ashley on a trip, leaving him at home with Tucker and Keegan. “We went to eat out on Saturday night because my cooking is limited to breakfast,” Antico confesses. “All the places we usually [went to] that I knew we were comfortable with had long waits. We ended up driving around for two hours, the kids were so upset and hungry, and I’m frustrated because I just didn’t know where to go. We ended up at a small pizza joint that had egg-free pasta. I just kept thinking as I drove, ‘I wish there was a guide.’ ” For Antico, this was no idle wish. When he left his job as a financial analyst two years later, looking for a new direction and to de-stress, he began planning AllergyEats in earnest and, in early 2010, officially launched it. Today, AllergyEats is the largest online guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide. The website and mobile app encompass large restaurant chains, small diners and everything in between. Users can search for restaurants by specific food allergy or intolerance and location; AllergyEats also provides live links to restaurant websites, online menus, restaurant ratings, a “Food for Thought” blog, and even a Disney World specific dining guide. “My goal is to alleviate a bit of the stress that often accompanies food allergies,” Antico writes on the site. “It will mean a lot to me if I can help a child enjoy a special birthday dinner in a restaurant, rather than just another hot dog somewhere easy.” —Joyce Heid

health care Directory Our Health Care Directory lists resources for every member of your family, from pediatricians and OB/Gyn practices to dentists and orthodontists to health care specialists and urgent care centers. Also visit ChesapeakeFamily.com/directories for additional information and ChesapeakeFamily.com/favoritedocs for parent-recommended doctors. Information is provided by the health care providers; those with descriptions are advertisers.

Arnold, 410-647-2600 annapollendocsportal.com

Allergy and Asthma Center

Baltimore, Bowie, Rockville 410-638-1999 premierallergist.com

Allergy and Asthma of Central Maryland Columbia, 410-730-6000 allergyasthmamaryland.com

Annapolis Allergy and Health Enhancement Center Annapolis, 410-224-5558 annapolisallergyandhealth.com

BIRTH CENTERS / MIDWIVES Anne Arundel Medical Center Women’s and Children’s Services Annapolis, 443-481-1000 aahs.org/women

Chesapeake Dental Arts

Arnold, 410-757-6200 chesdentalarts.com

Dr. John D. Ritter DMD and Dr. Jason Lee DDS Annapolis, 410-267-7901 johndritterdmd.com

Eastern Shore Dental Care BWMC

Allergy and Asthma Associates

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Glen Burnie, 410-787-4000 bwhealthservices.org/ womenshealth

Bay Area Midwifery

Annapolis, 410-573-1094 myaamg.org/bay-area-midwifery

Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center Arnold, 410-626-8982 specialbeginnings.com

DENTISTRY – GENERAL About Smiles Dentistry

Annapolis, 410-990-4700 aboutsmilesdentistry.com

Annapolis Comprehensive Dentistry

Annapolis, 410-266-6366 annapoliscompdentistry.com

Chambers Family Dentistry

Annapolis, 443-214-3119 chambersfamilydentistry.com You can trust the team of experienced dentists at Chambers

Chester, 443-249-8881 easternshoredentalcare.com

Edgewater Dental Arts

Edgewater, 410-956-3525 edgewaterdentalarts.com

Kathryn Ehmann and Associates Annapolis, 410-224-1105 ehmanndds.com

Kent Island Dentistry Stevensville, 410-643-5100 kentislanddentistry.com

Mitchell Dental Care Edgewater, 410-956-8380 mitchelldentalcare.com

Scott Finlay DDS and Associates Arnold, 443-276-4094 annapolissmiles.com

Scott M. Smith DDS Family Dentistry Annapolis, 410-626-9680 scottmsmithdds.com

Strong Smiles Dental Care

Waugh Chapel Dental Gambrills, 410-451-9600 waughchapeldental.com


Crofton, Edgewater, Severna Park, 855-862-5472 allsmilesorthodontics.com

Benkovich Orthondontics

Annapolis, 410-268-1700 Kent Island, 410-643-4499 drbenkovich.com

Berkinshaw Orthodontics

Annapolis, 410-266-8880 berkinshaworthodontics.com

Crofton Orthodontic Associates Gambrills, 410-721-3403 docrsmartin.com

Labbe Family Orthodontics

Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Greenbelt, 410-267-7300 labbefamilyortho.com

Main Street Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics Elkton, Forest Hill, Glen Burnie, Havre de Grace, Parkville 855-979-3366 mainstreetsmiles.com See our ad on page 34

Mairead O’Reilly and Associates

Annapolis, 410-266-0025 annapolisortho.com Dr. O’Reilly is a trusted, boardcertified professional with years of experience. She and her staff are committed to providing you with the highest quality orthodontic care in a warm and welcoming state-ofthe-art facility. See our ad on page 33

Edgewater, 410-956-4608 strongsmilesdental.com

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Family Dentistry to provide skilled and gentle dental care for patients at every stage of dental development, from pediatric to geriatric. With highly trained dentists, we’re able to provide a wider array of dental treatments in one convenient location.

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Orthodontists of Maryland

Glen Burnie, 410-761-6960 Reisterstown, 410-833-9330 orthodontistsofmaryland.com

Philbin and Reinheimer Orthodontics

Annapolis, Stevensville 410-774-5829 marylandbraces.com

Specialists in Orthodontics Maryland

Gambrills, 410-721-3403 specialistsinorthomd.com

DENTISTRY – PEDIATRIC Berry Children’s Dental Bowie, 301-383-0959 berrychildrendental.com

HSMCdigsHistory.org 240-895-4990

Chesapeake Pediatric Dental Group Abingdon/Bel Air 410-569-4300, Hanover, 410-799-0780 Perry Hall, 410-248-3384 chesapeakepediatricdental.com Our group helps address the special needs children have when it comes to compassionate, quality children’s dentistry. We try to give positive dental experiences and provide a loving, caring atmosphere where children are treated as individuals. See our ad on page 32

Kent Island Pediatric Dentistry

Stevensville, 410-604-2211 kipediatricdentistry.com Kent Island Pediatric Dentistry is committed to providing patients with experienced dental care in a fun, comfortable setting. We believe a partnership with parents encourages our patients to maintain an overall healthy and happy smile.

Margaret C. McGrath, DMD, MPH Stella Chukwu, DDS, MS

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Main Street Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics

Elkton, Forest Hill, Glen Burnie, Havre de Grace, Parkville 855-979-3366 mainstreetsmiles.com At Main Street, we make dental check-ups fun. Our doctors are all specialists and provide exceptional care while keeping your child happy. We make it affordable too by offering a variety payment options and accept most insurance plans. From first check-ups to braces, we make sure every experience results in a beautiful smile. See our ad on page 34

The Pediatric Dental Specialists Bowie, 301-262-0242 blwpds.com

Tooth Fairy Smiles

Annapolis, 410-897-1931 toothfairysmiles.com We care about children and appreciate the opportunity to apply our care, skills and years of professional experience. We offer a full array of pediatric dental services. See our ad on page 32

Tull, Behling, Decere Pediatric Dentistry Arnold, 410-757-5437 757kids.com

Vernon Pediatric Dentistry

Severna Park, 410-544-4888 vernonpediatricdentistry.com

DERMATOLOGY Annapolis Dermatology Associates

Annapolis, 410-224-2260 annapolisdermatology.com

Annapolis Dermatology Center Annapolis, 410-268-3887 adcdermdocs.com

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Anne Arundel Dermatology

Odenton, 1-833-GET-JHCP hopkinsmedicine.org/jhcp

Annapolis, Easton, Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Kent Island, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick, 443-351-3376 aadermatology.com

MD Dermatology of Maryland Edgewater, 410-956-7777 mddermatology.com


Annapolis, 410-280-9500 annapolisfamilymedicine.org

Annapolis Integrative Medicine

Bay Crossing Family Medicine Arnold, 410-518-9808 baycrossingfamilymedicine.com

Maryland Primary Care Physicians Annapolis, Arnold, Bowie, Columbia, Pasadena, 410-255-2700 mpcp.com

Severna Park Medical Associates Severna Park, 410-544-5900 severnaparkdoc.com

South River Family Medicine Edgewater, 410-956-4911 southriverfm.com

HOSPITALS / MEDICAL CENTERS AAMC - Anne Arundel Medical Center Annapolis, 443-481-1000 aahs.org

Bay Community Health

West River, 410-867-4700 owensvillepc.com We offer Family and Internal Medicine and Behavioral Health Services. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance and health insurance eligibility and enrollment services available on-site. Spanish translator on staff. See our ad on page 33

Calvert Family Practice Associates

Prince Frederick, 410-535-4488 calvertfamilypractice.com

Crofton Internal Medicine

Gambrills, 410-451-7214 aahs.org

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Chester, 410-604-6560 aaphysicians.com

BWMC - Baltimore Washington Medical Center Glen Burnie, 410-787-4000 mybwmc.org

Calvert Memorial Hospital

Prince Frederick, 410-535-4000 calverthospital.org

Children’s National Health Center

Annapolis, 410-266-6582 Laurel, 240-568-7000 Upper Marlboro, 301-297-4000 childrensnational.org

University of Maryland Bowie Health Center Bowie, 301-262-5511 bowiehealthcampus.org

Easton, 410-822-1000 umem.org


Edgewater, 410-798-0005 thesummitschool.org Bright students with dyslexia and learning differences experience individualized instruction and a curriculum that allows them to succeed. An evidence-based, well-rounded curriculum taught by skilled and trained educators makes the program strong and unique. For families not enrolled at The Summit School, the Summit Resource Center offers diagnostic testing services, individual tutoring, summer programs, consultations and free workshops and seminars. See our ad on page 8

MENTAL HEALTH Amber Lassally LCSW-C LLC Arnold, 410-919-4904 amberlassally.com

Anchored Hope Therapy

Annapolis, 443-291-8090 anchoredhopetherapy.com Anchored Hope Therapy, LLC supports children, families, individual and couples in managing anxiety and depression, coping with traumatic events and utilizing evidence supported therapies to meet the needs of each individual. Our clinicians are highly trained with a specialty area of focus to support clients. In-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans.

Edgewater Psychotherapy

Edgewater, 410-970-4917 edgewaterpsychotherapy.com

Oasis - The Center for Mental Health Annapolis, 410-571-0888 oasismentalhealth.net

Sheppard Pratt Health System 410-938-3000 sheppardpratt.org

OBSTERICS AND GYNECOLOGY Annapolis OB-GYN Associates Annapolis, 410-573-9530 annapolisobgyn.com

Baltimore Washington Medical Center Women’s Health Associates Hanover, 410-553-8260 bwhealthservices.com/ womenshealth

Calvert OB/GYN

Prince Frederick, 410-535-5610

Chesapeake Women’s Care

Annapolis, 410-571-9700 chesapeakewomenscare.com

Comprehensive Gynecology Center Gambrills, 410-451-0076 compgyncenter.com

Premier Ob/Gyn Odenton, 301-352-4007 premierobgynllc.com

Womankind OB/GYN Associates Columbia, 410-997-6464 womankindobgyn.com

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Blossom Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Davidsonville, 240-421-3154 blossomOT.com

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Annapolis, 410-266-3613 annapolisintegrativemedicine.com

Kent Island Primary Care

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton

Therapy Solutions for Children

Bayside Pediatrics


Davidsonville, 410-721-0800 drschniedermd.com

Anne Arundel Eye Center

Chesapeake Pediatrics

Severna Park, 410-421-8920 ots4children.com

D. James Kalliongis, MD Samantha E. Hoffman, CPNP Jaime A. Schell, CPNP 165 Log Canoe Circle, Suite E Stevensville 410-643-1000 BayAreaPediatrics.net

Annapolis, 410-224-2010 annearundeleyecenter.com

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Chesapeake Eye Care and Laser Center Annapolis, 877-374-2020 chesapeakeeyecare.com

Kalyani Eye Care Hanover, 410-782-3233 kalyanieye.com

Ophthalmology Associates of Greater Annapolis Arnold, 410- 757-2778 annapoliseyecare.com

Solomon Eye Associates

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Annapolis, 410-224-3663 chesapeakepediatrics.com

The Pediatric Group

Crofton, Davidsonville, Severna Park, 410-721-2273 pediatricgroup.com

Pediatric Place

Pasadena, 410-360-4446 pedsplace.com

Primary Pediatrics Bowie, 301-464-2300 primarypedsmd.com

Severna Park Doctors Severna Park, 410-647-8300 spdocs.net

South River Pediatrics Edgewater, Dunkirk, Kent Island, 410-956-6302 southriverpediatrics.com



Annapolis Pediatrics

Annapolis Family Physical Therapy

Annapolis, Crofton, Edgewater, Kent Island, Severna Park 410-263-6363 annapolispediatrics.com

Arnold, Linthicum, 410-789-7337 arundelpediatrics.com

ABINGDON/BEL AIR 3400 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive, Suite 120 Abingdon, MD 21009 410.569.4300

BelliAcres Pediatrics

Bowie, Greenbelt, McLean, 877-750-6474 solomoneyeassociates.com

Arundel Pediatrics

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Annapolis, 410-224-7667 mybaysidepeds.com

Bay Area Pediatrics

Stevensville, 410-643-1000 bayareapediatrics.net We pledge our assistance to you in promoting healthy children and a healthy parent-child relationship. Providing great pediatric care is the standard and we do it “one patient at a time.”

Annapolis, 410-266-6626 annapolispt.com

Bayside Physical Therapy

Centreville, Edgewater, Gambrills, Glen Burnie, Millersville, Stevensville baysidephysicaltherapy.com

Doyle & Taylor Physical Therapy Annapolis, 410-295-0001 doyleandtaylorpt.com

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RADIOLOGY Advanced Radiology

Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Millersville Severna Park, 888-972-9700 advanceradiology.com

American Radiology Services Waldorf, 410-298-0454 americanradiology.com

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY Chesapeake Speech and Language Associates

Annapolis, 410-280-9788 chesapeakespeechlanguage.com

RSI - Rehabilitation Services Inc.

Speech Matters

Annapolis, 443-822-0817 speechmatterstherapy.com

Righttime Medical Care

Annapolis, Arundel Mills, Columbia, Crofton, Pasadena, Waugh Chapel 888-808-6483, myrighttime.com

West Street Medical Annapolis, 410-268-3627 midmdhealth.com



AFC Urgent Care

Brighter Hope Wellness Center

Edgewater, 410-921-3835 afcurgentcareedgewater.com

Kinder Mender Walkin Pediatric Center

Clarksville, 410-531-8100 brighterhopewellness.com

Columbia, Glen Burnie, Laurel, 443-492-4000 kindermender.com

PM Pediatrics Annapolis 410-266-6767 pmpediatrics.com

Dr. Stephan Kurylas, Family Medical and Wellness Center Crofton, 410-721-2422

Parker Place

Annapolis, 410-844-8998 parkerplaceannapolis.com

Waypoint Wellness Center Linthicum, 410-684-3806 waypointwellnesscenter.com

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Laurel, 301-498-8100 rsitherapy.net RSI-Rehabilitation Services, Inc. has provided Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and

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