Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines.
Looking for a way to challenge yourself and get outdoors the month of October? Join Howard County Recreation and Parks in our Howard County Great Outdoors Initiative. Challenge yourself to do at least 15 min of outdoor activity each day in October! Hike a trail in our parks, walk your local pathways, go kayaking or try something new like fishing, kite flying, or geocaching. This virtual challenge is free to join and participants are eligible to win prizes drawn randomly at the end of the initiative. Prizes may include a HCRP gift certificate, Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate or other items TBD. Click the title above to sign up online!
Download a PDF of the Howard County's Great Outdoors Initiative Log to track your progress!
Is your two-year-old ready for a challenging experience? This program provides enriching, activities that allow children to explore while building a foundation for a preschool experience. Thematic lessons are developmentally appropriate. All materials will be provided. Instruction will be delivered digitally.
Join us for a new type of adventure this year! Due to COVID-19 we will not be holding traditional in person classes. Enjoy an exciting well-rounded hybrid in person/ online experience. Enriching activities include story time, music, art, crafts, as well as math, writing skills, and science.
On Mondays our adventure will include an optional outside hour-long story time in small groups. All materials for activities will be supplied and instruction will be delivered digitally Monday-Thursday.
This program is designed to help children make a successful transition to preschool. Children will be reinforcing fine and gross motor skills while exploring the alphabet, games, music, movement, and art. All materials will be provided. Instruction will be delivered digitally.
This specialized program is designed to help your child get ready for kindergarten. Daily activities include writing skills, reading readiness, and math skills. Activities support school curriculum goals. All materials will be provided. Instruction will be delivered digitally.
This academic program helps children prepare for a smooth transition into kindergarten. Through age-appropriate activities in reading readiness, math, science, and social studies, participants engage in a variety of ways designed to help them focus on listening and following directions as well as starting and completing task. Music, movement, and art make learning fun! All materials will be provided to accompany the digitally delivered instruction Monday through Thursday.
Math is more fun when experimenting and playing! Explore math concepts through sorting, patterns, counting, graphing, and measuring. Explore terrific tangrams and learn basic addition and subtraction. Manipulatives are incorporated to help this preschool experience be meaningful and stimulating. Math related art projects add to the fun! All materials will be provided. Instruction will be delivered digitally.
This fun, creative class combines ballet and tap. For the first half of each class, enjoy an intro to ballet steps, dance fundamentals and concepts in the center and across the floor. Halfway through, change into tap shoes and explore the basics of tap and rhythms. Wear dance attire for ease of movement (ex: leotard or dance dress and tights). Leather ballet shoes and tap shoes required.
Learn some Spanish through dance! Taught by a native Spanish speaker, learn a variety of basic dance steps, stretches, and movement patterns while practicing new words and concepts in Spanish such as greetings, animals and body parts. Wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement and bare feet.
Twirl your way to becoming a dancing princess. Learn the foundations
and fundamentals of ballet while working on fine and gross loco-motor
movements. The focus is on fun as we use creative dance to learn about ballet steps. Tip-toe around the Beast’s castle like Belle, waltz like Sleeping Beauty, spin and twirl like Anna and Elsa. Dancers, wear leotard, tights and (leather or canvas) ballet shoes.
This exciting movement class allows you and your child to move together through dancing, singing, role-playing and more. Watch your little one gain confidence and an appreciation for music and rhythms. Wear comfortable clothing, bare feet or socks.
Join us each week for our new online hands-on history storytimes! This month, discover how trains, planes, cars and boats go! Stories and activities are pre-recorded, supplies and instructions for activities provided. Pick Up for supplies: October 2.
Join us each week for our new online hands-on history storytimes! This month, learn about Native American history. Stories and activities are pre-recorded, supplies and instructions for activities provided. Pick Up for supplies: October 30.
Join us each week for our new online hands-on history storytimes! This month, discover different holiday traditions from around the world. Stories and activities are pre-recorded, supplies and instructions for activities provided. Pick Up for supplies: November 30.
EVERYONE has the potential to be musical. Discover the joy of making Music Together® with your family and friends. Your child will grow into a confident music-maker while tapping into all the developmental benefits of music education. You'll have so much fun singing, dancing, shaking & drumming, you won't even realize how much learning is taking place! Adult participation required. Babies 8 months old and under may attend FREE with a paid sibling!
Our Fall 2020 Broadway Babies classes will be presented to you virtually, via WebEx/Zoom!) Students learn singing, dancing, and acting skills as they work as part of a theatrical team. Class session culminates in a final performance for family and friends featuring props created by the students during craft time.
Dance with scarves to the music of your favorite princesses. This class combines basic ballet steps with the imagination of creative movement and helps dancers establish basic skills in locomotion, imagination and music appreciation. Leotard, tights and leather ballet shoes (no satin slippers) required.
Join us for an online chess club! Each week you'll get access to a live small group class with a 30 minute lesson and 30 minutes of practice games with a great instructor. In addition, you'll get access to great additional online offerings like weekly online tournaments and bonus broadcast lessons!
Club members (or “Brainstars”) 6-11 years learn new talents from Ben and a cast of national entertainers as they discover bubble magic, music, beatboxing and more while developing social skills, focus, and confidence.
Budding musicians, participate in musical instruction and theory. E