Friday Five (things I’m looking forward to this spring)

Ahh 80 degree temperatures. You’re finally here! How I’ve missed you!

Here are five things I’m looking forward to this spring:

1. Baltimore 10 Miler – Okay to say I’m *looking forward* to this is a bit of a stretch, but I have been training with two of my friends at work and will be running this race on June 2! This will be the farthest distance I’ve ever run and I’ve heard it’s a hilly course so wish me luck and hope that June 2 will be cool and windy. The best part about the race is that it’s on Wear Orange Day so I can call attention to gun violence awareness and the need for sensible gun reform.

img_16072. A winery day – I have been waiting for consistently nice weather to plan a leisurely afternoon at a local winery. I love checking out local wineries that let you bring food with you so I can pack a tasty assortment of cheese, crackers and charcuterie that doesn’t break the bank. Set out a blanket, buy a bottle of wine and relax all afternoon. Bonus that this is a toddler friendly activity! Maya loves being outside and I think a winery day would be perfect for her as long as we brought plenty of snacks and entertainment.

img_73063. Dinner and drinks on the water – Outdoor dining is one of the things I look forward to most every spring. Grilling, picnics and restaurants with outdoor seating and a view of the water. Hoping to return to have dinner at Rye Street Tavern, crushes at Boathouse and crabs at Nick’s Fish House. This is the view from the lawn outside Rye Street Tavern – isn’t it great?

 

 

img_17854. Orioles Games – The team has been *struggling* a little bit lately, but that doesn’t mean going to a game isn’t still super fun! Check out our post on how to save money at Camden Yards. It’s from a previous season though so it doesn’t include the O’s awesome new kids cheer free policy where the purchase of an adult upper deck ticket gets two kids under 9 in for free!

 

 

 

 

 

img_02685. Kid Friendly Activities – Now that we have a toddler on our hands, it seems like the opportunities for kid friendly summer fun are endless!  We recently went to the Maryland Zoo and  Clark’s Elioak Farm, but Maya has never been to the aquarium or the science center and she hasn’t been to Port Discovery since she could walk. Last weekend we made the trek to Sesame Place which was amazing! I feel like that could use a recap post of its own…

 

 

 

What are you looking forward to this spring? 

 

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TONIGHT! Flicks from the Hill

The American Visionary Arts Museum’s Flicks from the Hill series kicks off tonight with a free showing of Jaws! There are several outdoor film series in the area, but AVAM’s continually sits at the top of the list. Here’s why:

  • No more craning your neck. If you’ve ever been to an outdoor movie or concert, you know that one of the WORST things is when the person in front of you sets up camp in their REI folding chair, leaving you stuck craning your neck the whole night to see around them. Flicks from the Hill is, well, on a hill. The slant of the hill should guarantee a clear line of sight.
  • Pre-festivity festivities. On movie nights, Baltimoreans can get into the museum for FREE from 5 to 9 p.m. (Be nice and consider making a donation!) Admission is usually $15.95, so this is a great deal. Tonight, the museum is hosting a premiere party that includes food from Encantada, The Green Turtle, Two Boots Pizza, and Sip Kitchen & Wine Bar, as well as beer from Max’s and a live DJ. Tickets are $15 online.
  • Movies you actually want to see. The series starts strong with tonight’s showing of Jaws and only builds from there: The Truman Show, Labyrinth, Big Fish, and more.  See the full schedule below.
  • Dinner to go. This week, the event hosts food trucks Slainte on Wheels and The Green Bowl, so come hungry. Or, if you’re like me, grab a baguette and some meats and cheeses and call it charcuterie night.

FULL FLICKS FROM THE HILL LINEUP:

July 9: Jaws

July 16: The Truman Show

July 23: Labyrinth

July 30: Big Fish

August 6: Awakenings

August 13: Searching for Bobby Fischer

August 20: Beasts of the Southern Wild

August 27: The Wizard of Oz

**Flicks from the Hill starts at 9 p.m. at Federal Hill Park.**

Bmore Interested has a great list of all the outdoor movie series around Baltimore. I’ll add one more to that list–Luigi’s Italian Deli in Hampden, one of my fave lunch spots, recently opened a BYOB outdoor patio and their outdoor film series starts Saturday.