Kids' Activities

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Each LFL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People are welcome to give a book or take a book at any time. Below is a list of the LFLs in Caroline County.

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James Wright Memorial Park – 105 Backlanding Road, Preston, MD 21655
Steward: Community Club of Preston, Maryland

Choptank Marina – 20843 Water Street, Preston, MD 21655
Steward: Junior Girl Scout Troop 154

Jonestown Park – 4385 Klein Street, Preston, MD 21655
Steward: Connie Roach and Geniyah Jackson

Harmony Community Park – 6265 Harmony Road, Preston, MD 21655
Steward: Junior Girl Scout Troop 154

Private Residence near Ganeys Wharf – 7095 Ganeys Wharf Road, Preston, MD 21655
Steward: Chris Gill

Seippes Field – 4393 American Corner Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632
Steward: Junior Girl Scout Troop 154

Federalsburg Marina Park – 2012 Federalsburg Hwy, Federalsburg, MD 21632
Steward: Junior Girl Scout Troop 154

Caroline Veterinary Clinic – 9 N. Central Ave, Ridgely, MD 21660
Steward: E. Mitchell Arion, V.M.D.

Greensboro Municipal Park – 111 S. Main Street, Greensboro, MD 21639
Steward: N/A

Marydel Community Park – 18455 Lepore Road, Marydel, MD 21649
Steward: N/A

Goldsboro Municipal Park – 700 Old Line Road, Goldsboro, MD 21636
Steward: N/A

LOCATE: Child Care Service

A service of the Maryland Family Network, LOCATE enables families to find daycare either by telephone or online. LOCATE can also be used to find programs specifically geared toward children with special needs or Spanish speaking families. If you want to use LOCATE online, you have to register, but it is a quick and easy process. Once you have registered and gotten your user name and password, you are then able to find child care based on location, the age of your child, the kind of care you want and the drop-off and pick-up times.

Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood

410-767-0100

200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

The Division of Early Childhood at the Maryland State Department of Education is responsible for early care and education in Maryland. The main mission of the Division is to improve early education in Maryland so that young children are well prepared for school. The Division is composed of the Office of Child care, the Early Learning Branch, and the Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch.

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Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care (OCC) works to support and guide early education and child care so that every young child in Maryland has a strong foundation and will be ready for kindergarten. The OCC is responsible for licensing and inspecting all child care centers and family child care and daycare providers in Maryland and evaluating and approving applications for Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Trainers/Training Proposal Approval Program.  The OCC also administers Maryland’s subsidized child care program for working families and the state’s Child Care Credentialing System.

The OCC is responsible for the regulation of child care, facilitating the development of new child care resources, promoting the use of regulated care, monitoring caregiver compliance with child care licensing requirements, encouraging the growth of caregiver professionalism, and providing technical assistance to caregivers and parents. Within OCC, the Licensing Branch is specifically responsible for all child care licensing activities.

The Early Learning Branch is responsible for pre-k and kindergarten policy and programs. This branch also oversees the Ready for Kindergarten Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System, Developmental Screening, Early Childhood Curriculum and the Maryland Approved Alternative Program Preparation. For more information about any of these branches or to locate a daycare provider please visit the website.

Tuckahoe Equestrian Center

443-521-3653

P.O. Box 251, Denton, MD 21629

The Tuckahoe Equestrian Center is a ‘Family and Youth-Oriented’ organization located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Tuckahoe State Park north of Route 404. We are a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, actively promoting all equestrian activities such as 4-H, youth activities, games days, trail riding, driving, jousting, parades, and horse shows which include jumping, dressage, and English or Western equitation.

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Service

Tuckahoe Equestrian Center features a barn with several stalls, a clubhouse, tree-shaded picnic area, a 300′ x 150′ outdoor arena with a permanent raised announcer’s stand, lighted jousting path, permanently installed audio system which covers the entire equestrian center grounds, and 15 miles of trails throughout the state park. Color-coded trail maps and trail guides are available at the Tuckahoe State Park office on Eveland Road.

Fees

Fees are $30/year for individual membership or $40/year family membership.

University of Maryland Extension for Caroline County

410-479-4030

410-479-4042

9194 Legion Road, Suite 4, Denton, MD 21629

What is Extension?Established by Congress in 1914, University of Maryland Extension (UME) is an educational network, centered in the country’s seventy-two land grant universities. UME provides research-based practical education to the problems of American families, agriculture, business, and industry. In Maryland, UME operates through the University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UME has field offices in all twenty-three Maryland counties and Baltimore City. UME is financially supported by federal, state, and local government. UME faculty and staff are professionals engaged in non-formal educational programs that address economic, environmental, technical, and social concerns of all citizens. UME faculty and staff efforts are supported by a multitude of dedicated volunteers.UME programs in 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources are carried out in response to the needs of the people of the state. Local field staff develop educational programs tailored to the unique problems of their area. UME professionals use a variety of educational methods such as public presentations, demonstrations, publications, computer networks, satellite down links, videos, newspapers, radio, and television spots to reach their audiences. –Agriculture and Natural Resources program includes farm management, pesticide certification, and insect identification. Contact Jim Lewis at 410-479-4030.–Family and Consumer Science offers educational programs in the areas of nutrition, safe food handling, and family finances, contact the office for more details.–Caroline County 4-H offers life skill building opportunities for all youth ages 5—18 (as of January 1st of current year). Youth ages 5—7 are Clover members. They participate in special programs for their age which consist of 1 to 1 1/2 hours of age specific topics. Please feel free tocontact leaders for club information. All clover members earn recognition ribbons for participation, premium money is not awarded to Clovers. Clovers are not permitted to compete in the Maryland State 4-H Program. 4-H members ages 8—18 (as of January 1st of current year) can participate in the club, county, regional, state and national 4-H Program. All eight year old and older members are encouraged to select and complete at least one project during the year. The project choice should be one the 4-H member really is interested in. Choices could include small engines, woodworking, nutrition, photography, small pets, beef, horses, entomology and much more! 4-H’ers are encouraged to keep records of their project throughout the year. Members set goals and learn new skills through the project. 4-H offers opportunities for youth to learn public speaking skills. Each project record requires the member to give a visual demonstration or speech about something the member learned. This requirement can be completed in the club meeting or during the county public speaking contest held annually usually in February. All 4-H members are encouraged to exhibit something they have accomplished or learned from their project during the county fair held in August. Examples of exhibits: a poster of dog care needs; a drawing or painting; a series of photographs; or a project display of a sewing kit. Contact the office for more details–For rental of the 4-H Park and its many facilities, please call our office at 410-479-4030.

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Service

Agriculture and Natural Resources program includes farm management, pesticide certification, and insect identification. Contact Jim Lewis. In the 4-H Program, youth learn life skills in the area of citizenship, food and nutrition, photography, small animal and livestock care, electricity, wildlife and much more. 4-H also offers resources for school programs & home school programs and has an active teen leadership program. Contact the office for more detail. Family and Consumer Science offers educational programs in the areas of nutrition, safe food handling, and family finances, contact the office for more details. Offers Hunter’s Safety course mid-August and mid-September of every year. Visit the website for more detailed descriptions of all the office’s programs and services.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 8 AM-4:30 PM

Areas Served

Caroline County

Camp Todd

410-479-2177

25012 Beauchamp Branch Rd., Denton, MD 21629

Girl Scouting builds girls of Courage, Confidence and Character to make the world a better place.

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Service

Camp Todd, provided by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council, Inc., provides the following services: bird watching, boating, swimming, campgrounds & camping, hiking, orienteering, GPS trails, zip line, challenge course and a nature trail. Camp and facilities can be rented by private organizations.

Eligibility

Girl Scout Troops, families and the community

Hours of Operation

open year round, closed most holidays

Fees

Affordable. Contact us for more information.

Ages Served

All ages are welcome

Adkins Arboretum

410-634-2847 ext 0

410-634-2878

Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre native garden and preserve, promotes the conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay region’s landscapes. As a model for land management and ecological restoration, the Arboretum fosters community engagement and inspires the adoption of land stewardship practices for a healthier and more beautiful world.

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Service

This 400-acre preserve is located on the Tuckahoe Creek and includes portions of the region’s most significant wetlands. Offers five miles of walks, education programs, art exhibits, lectures, special events, wedding rentals, workshops, garden tours, and native plant sales. Public amenities include a visitor’s center with gift shop, library, and meeting room. Many volunteer opportunities available. Nature preschool gives free tuition to families living in Caroline County through a community grant.Guided Nature Walks 1st Saturday of every month at 10:00am. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve through December 31.

Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Fees

$5 for adults, $2 for students ages 6 – 18, and free to children ages 5 and under.

Caroline County Recreation & Parks Department

410-479-8120

410-479-4194

107 South 4th Street, Denton, MD 21629

To improve and enrich citizen well-being and community life through the provision of affordable, high-quality activities, parks, and facilities for Caroline County families and individuals. The brochure is available on the website, at the office, at the library, and other businesses around the county. We can accommodate children with disabilities into most of the programs, but please let staff know 2-4 weeks in advance of the child’s special needs. Volunteers accepted and are needed to help run and coach programs and to help out at all of our special events including Summerfest. The quarterly brochure identifies all the contact persons for the baseball & little league teams, Caroline Lacrosse, Youth Soccer Association, Caroline Cougars Football and Cheer, Mid-Shore Volleyball, South Caroline Basketball, Exquisite Basketball, and Challengers Sports.

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Service

Provides seasonal recreation programs and after school programs. New programs are scheduled every quarter, for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Includes a map of county-owned parks.

Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm

Fees

Vary according to program.

Areas Served

Caroline County

Ages Served

2 to adult

Caroline County Public Library, Denton Branch

(410) 479-1343

100 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629

Offers free public computers with internet access, free wifi, color printing for $.25 a page, black and white copying for $.25 a page, free scanning, free access to databases, books by mail, meeting rooms, faxing for $1.00 per fax, and free access to books, ebooks, audiobooks, DVD’s, magazines, and newspapers.Offers a MakerSpace with 3D printers, Virtual Reality, gaming stations, and more. Contact the library for more information.

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Hours of Operation

Curbside pickup Mon-Fri 2pm-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm. Phone assistance available Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-3pm.