As the school year winds down and the weather warms up, bond with your family during a lively round of golf, by watching a race or by exploring your creative side.
1. Catch a race
With the Columbia Triathlon & Duathlon on May 21 and smaller races popping up all month long, the late-spring race season gives families plenty of excuses to get outside. Whether you participate in the race or cheer others on from the sidelines, being a part of race day can be a rewarding family experience.
“It’s a great way to introduce our kids to healthy living and striving for goals and working hard – and fun,” says Columbia resident Stephanie Blades, a frequent racer and a member of the board of Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization that promotes health and confidence for girls.
Blades says kids can learn a lot from racing, whether they’re in the race or on the sidelines. “You see the hard work on people’s faces, see the joy when they’re crossing the finish line and the impact you make on the person competing,” she says.
Columbia Triathlon & Duathlon
Centennial Park, 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, on Sunday, May 21. Gates open at 4:45 a.m., and the race starts with the national anthem at 6:45 a.m. trimaryland.com. Visit runhoco.com for a list of other local races.
2 Hit the links
Golf courses aren’t just for businesspeople and retirees.
“It’s an opportunity if you’re 10 or 80 to be outside and enjoy camaraderie,” says Kevin Smith, general manager of the Timbers at Troy, a public golf course in Elkridge. Smith sees children playing with parents and even grandparents, bonding over their time on the course.
The Timbers at Troy reopens later this month following renovations, and two other public golf courses provide an opportunity for families to try out the sport, spending time together in the process.
“It’s open and enjoyable for all walks of life,” Smith says.The Timbers at Troy
6100 Marshalee Drive, Elkridge. Reopening in mid-May. $10-$69. 410-313-4653 or timbersgolf.com.
3. Get artsy
Connect with your family by creating something side by side at art classes for children and adults.
“People come and have a Zen relationship with their art and themselves,” says the ClayGround co-owner Michael Koplow.
At the ClayGround in Ellicott City, families can gather to learn how to create mosaics, pottery (either built by hand or on a wheel) or fused-glass art. Classes are typically a couple hours long, including some instruction and some self-directed creation, and they may require repeat visits. The length of the classes makes them best for kids with longer attention spans, but the ClayGround team welcomes students of all ages.
The ClayGround Studio & Gallery
3715 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. Glass, mosaic and pottery classes range from $45 to $95. 443-812-1158 or claygroundonline.com.