If you’re looking for a wonderful day trip for you and your family this summer, these museums, centers, and parks offer great children’s programs that are just as educational as they are fun.
Calvert Marine Museum : They offer a plethora of activities throughout the summer including Lighthouse Adventure Tours, Sunset Cruises, Summer Camps for Kids, Animal feeding and more!
Maryland Science Center : They have great Exhibits and workshops for kids throughout the summer. You could also watch a feature in their IMAX theater or sit in their planetarium!
Fossil Hunting at Flag Ponds Park : Just one of the many things you can do for free at the park! This is perfect for a beach day for you and your family, and you can bring your dog too. They also offer classes throughout the summer at various Calvert County Parks.
B&O Railroad Museum : Take a train ride, join their Summer Reading Program, or bring your Toddler for Toddler Time on the third Thursday of each month!
American Visionary Art Museum : Don’t miss their Flicks from the Hill in Federal Hill and their great Summer Break Workshops! Their permanent collections and exhibitions are colorful and kids get into the museum for free.
Want your child to go to a camp that’s just as practical as it is fun? Check out these amazing camps all over Frederick!
Are you tired of the routine and looking to spice things up this summer? Try some of these classes!
Have you heard of FOE? It has been in Frederick for a long time, but if you’re new around here, you might not know what we’re talking about!
What is the FOE?
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles started as a way for competing theater owners to handle a musicians’ strike in Seattle, Washington. After they successfully resolved their issues, they formed an organization where they met in local theaters and once they took care of business, would relax and socialize. Once their numbers grew, they dubbed their organization “The Fraternal Order of the Eagles” with the bald eagle as their mascot. Nests for birds of prey are called “aeries,” hence the name of the building in which the FOE hold their meetings and events. Our local Frederick Aerie is number 1067.
When they began, a lot of members were actors, stagehands, and playwrights that carried the organization around with them as they toured across the US and Canada, but now, anyone can join the club!
What does an Eagle do?
A member of the Eagle’s club likes to socialize in their aerie, but also is involved with the community with charitable giving and government relations. The Eagles give back 100% of the contributions they receive in the form of grants. Historically, the organization as a whole as contributed to medical research as well as environmental efforts to save the Bald Eagle as well as the Golden Eagle from extinction. The Eagles also have historically supported legislation for workers, particularly for pensions, Social Security, Medicare, and Workmen’s Compensation.
The club also provides benefits to their members, including access to any of their social clubs which are located throughout the United States and Canada, their Eagle Village in Florida for migrating Eagles, as well as Memorial Foundation benefits which include education grants, medical benefits, dental benefits, and more.
So drop by and check out our local Aerie on 216 E Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701, across the street from the Post Office!
To learn more, visit the Frederick Aerie’s Website as well as the Maryland FOE and National FOE.
Want to check out the Eagles Club for yourself? Enter our giveaway for 2 tickets to their 2017 Gun Bonanza on November 4th 2017! Enter by October 25th 2017.
The Frederick County Public Libraries 2017 Frederick Reads author is the hilariously intelligent and worldly Bill Bryson. His works include humorous books on world travel, science, and the English Language which he explains in a witty, charming and nostalgic way. Some of his works include “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail,” “A Short History of Nearly Everything” as well as “In a Sunburned Country.” Make sure to mark your calendar for this well-loved, bestselling American Author, as he’ll be in town lecturing and signing books as follows:
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Weinberg Center for the Arts
7:30 PM – Speech with Q&A
8:30 PM – Book signing
Monday, March 6, 2017
Frederick Community College
11:00 AM – Speech with Q&A
12:00 PM – Book signing
Looking for something to do this weekend with your children? Itâs not too late to pick up tickets for the Maryland International Kids FilmFest at the Weinberg Center on Jan. 28. Parents and children alike will enjoy their âhigh-quality, challenging, and, most importantly, ENTERTAINING movie programmingâ according to their website. This year, they boast more childrenâs films as well as many debut screenings.
Their short films will be presented in five blocks, separated by appropriate audience age. For more information about which films will be shown during each block, please click here. The schedule is as follows:
Block 1: 10:00am â 11:00am (ages 5â8)
Block 2: 11:15am â 12:15pm (ages 8â11)
Block 3: 12:45pm â 1:45pm (10 and up)
Block 4: 2:00pm â 3:00pm (10 and up)
Block 5: 3:15pm â 4:15pm (10 and up)
With your admission fee, there is also an added Workshop for Kids at:
12:30pm â 1:30pm
3:00pm â 4:00pmâ
If youâre interested in purchasing tickets online, only $10 for an all-day pass, click here.
Otherwise, you can buy tickets at the Weinberg Center box office, open an hour before the show or on the phone at 301.600.2828
For more general information about the Maryland International Kids FilmFest, visit their website here.
For more information about the Weinberg Center for the Arts, visit their website here.
Summer is in full swing in our bustling Frederick community! With the sun shining and pools bustling, the kids are out of school and your calendars are more than likely filling quickly with exciting vacations and other activities to enjoy the warm weather, family, and friends. With so much to do right here in our growing city of exciting events, attractions, and musical performances, let The Frederick County Guide offer some of our suggestions for your BEST SUMMER YET!
(Want to win a chance to enjoy these great Summer Spots for FREE!? Read on to see how!)
Go to a Keys Game!
Nothing says Summer like grabbing the whole family to watch 9 innings of America’s favorite pastime! With special children’s ticket prices, exciting promotions (like Cowboy Monkey Radio, Fireworks, and Christmas in July), and Summer camps, The Frederick Keys have you covered to have your most memorable Summer yet!
Visit the Local Wildlife!
Get the kids ready to see some of their favorite furry friends at the local Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo! See the newest Fossa Pups play, zip around with a friendly Zebra, and even look at Leopards! With many different countries and exhibits to explore in our own backyard, this stop is a must on your Summer to-do list!
Get Your Groove On!
Get your dancing shoes on and head to the Band Shell in Baker Park every Sunday night July through August to listen to some of the area’s best bands and their terrific tunes! Anything from Ska to 90’s cover bands will grace the stage to bring music to your ears as you pull up a chair and grab a snow cone to swing your toes to the beat! Calendar of musical guests can be found at Celebrate Frederick!
Party with Paint!
Dancing Bear Toy Store introduces Pint-Sized Picasso invites parents and children (ages 2-4)! Bring your little ones to learn about the fun side of art and different mediums. Watch as they explore colors and different techniques to produce a one of a kind work of art! More info can be found HERE.
Movie Nights on the Creek!
Bring a blanket and enjoy movies under the stars as the big screen brings your favorite family-time classics to life! Every third Thursday of the month up through October, with tasty kids snacks and adult beverages served throughout the evening to make the experience one of a kind for each of your family’s moviegoers! More info can be found HERE.
Want to win a chance to visit The Frederick Keys AND The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo? Enter our Family Fun GIVEAWAY on The Frederick County Guide’s FACEBOOK page now until Friday, July 15th!
Just announced by the National Main Street Center, Thurmont’s Main Street joins the accredited 2016 Main Street America Program!
This national organization recognizes cities and towns of different sizes that successfully execute programs dedicated to excellent economic growth to the town’s central Main Street community. To be included in this prestigious cultivation of thriving downtown Main Street communities, Thurmont exudes the qualifications that make it worthy of such accreditation to the National Main Street America Program!
These qualifications include fostering public-private partnerships, maintaining public outreach, operating on a fiscally secure budget, preserving historic buildings and sustaining revitalization efforts. Since it opened at 11 Water St. in 2015, Thurmont Main Street has served as the town’s focal point, housing the visitor center, an art gallery, a public meeting space and headquarters for holiday events.
The Thurmont Farmers Market is one of the many revitalization efforts that have contributed to Thurmont’s Main Street accreditation. Other efforts include new streetlights, benches, sidewalks, and bicycle accommodations.
Visit Thurmont and their thriving Main Street community today to see that this small town has big happenings all year long!
*To remain accredited, Thurmont Main Street must abide by the Maryland Main Street guidelines administered through the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, according to Thurmont Main Street manager Vickie Grinder.* – FNP 7/6/2016
One of the best ways to start your children on a healthy and heart-focused eating pattern is to educate them on where their meals are coming from! Why not make these lessons fun by taking them to the Farmers and Families Day at West Frederick Farmers Market!
On Saturday June 25th, join the vendors at West Frederick Farmers Market from 10 am – 1 pm for “Farmers & Families Day” filled with exciting, educational fun. This special market day will incorporate activities to encourage kids to learn about farm-to-table foods.
“Find Your Food Scavenger Hunt” offers children of any age a hands on, exploratory experience with their food choices. Market visitors can pick up their clue cards at the West Frederick Farmers Market booth, then put on their thinking caps and search out the eight participating vendors with hints pointing towards farm fresh choices. Once the cards are complete and turned in for a prize drawing, one winner will be selected to receive $45 in Market Bucks to spend with participating vendors.
Visitors can also share their love of eating fresh foods at the #FrederickFarmFresh Mural. This photo op will incorporate kids’ favorite farm items and social media. Guests will add to the mural and have the opportunity to be featured on the West Frederick Farmers Market Facebook page and Instagram account letting the world know that they eat #FrederickFarmFresh.
After searching out and sharing their favorite goods, families can Plant-a-Seed to take home and watch grow. Everything needed to plant a seed and watch it grow at home will be included.
Story time with Cathleen Rogers, aka ABCnana, will also be available for children and families to enjoy!
Bring the whole family to shop Frederick County’s largest farmers market with over 30 vendors selling fresh produce, dairy, local meat, eggs, plants and much more! West Frederick Farmers Market is located at 800 Oak Street, every Saturday now through November, 10 am – 1pm.
For more information on the West Frederick Farmers Market and complete list of vendors, please visit www.frederickfarmfresh.com.
(Press Release/Photos courtesy of West Frederick Farmers Market)
Located in Thurmont Maryland, Hillside Turkey Farms specializes in quality packaged and fresh grilling poultry perfect for your summer parties, cookouts, and family dinners! A 3rd generation family-run-business, Hillside provides everyone with USDA certified meats, deliciously fresh, smoked, or marinated to please your palette! Trust us- the next outdoor adventure featuring a grill and your loved ones- you can’t go wrong placing Hillside’s abundant, succulent menu options on your table!
This poultry farm is perfect for your next grilling escapade, with incredible deals including an 80-piece chicken package for only $42.99. Their 15 flavors of turkey sausage, unbeatable turkey burgers, hot dogs, and country ham will not only make your guests incredibly thankful they chose YOUR cookout this summer, but will leave plenty of room in your party planning budget with their incredible package prices! Their meats can also be prepared for your party ready-to-grill! Have questions on how to prepare your purchase? Hillside has you covered with easy-to-follow cooking instructions right on their website!
For more information about Hillside, their offerings, and how you can order for your next party pack or dinner menu, check out their website www.hillsideturkey.com !
Or call them today- 301-271-2728