Kent Island, Maryland, is the largest island on the Chesapeake Bay on the eastern shore, about 14 miles across the water from Annapolis. It has a high population of young families, making it an easy place to find activities for toddlers with the towns of Stevensville and Chester as the two largest hubs in the area.
Getting toddlers involved in sports programs is ideal for socialization and motor skills development. Queen Anne's County Recreation Department (parksnrec.org) offers sports activities for toddlers. The indoor kiddie soccer program is for 3 to 4 year olds, providing a chance for them to learn the sport and develop their skills. No special gear is required. The recreation department also runs a kiddie T-ball league for 3 to 4 year olds. It is held in the spring and is eight weeks in length. A baseball glove will be needed for each participating child.
Step 1 Dance 2 Academy (step1dance2.com) is a potential place to start toddlers in a dance program. It has a class called "Little Movers" for 2 to 3 year olds introducing ballet basics, rhythmic skills and dance appreciation. For young ones interested in the martial arts, The Kent Island Martial Arts Center (kimac.org) offers a program for 3 to 6 year olds. The "Lil' Dragon" class will introduce the fundamentals of kicks, blocks and various other skills. Queen Anne's County Free Library (quan.lib.md.us) provides a story time for toddlers, along with a selection of children's books.
There are many parks in the area providing perfect environments for toddlers to play and explore. Church Hill Park (no website; 1130 Sudlersville Rd. Church Hill; 410-758-0835) is one of the newer parks, featuring playing fields, playgrounds, restrooms and walking trails. The park has an arboretum atmosphere with many wildflowers and trees. Ferry Point Park (no website; 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester; 410-758-0835) is a natural wetland area with tide pools. Kids can walk around the area and see lots of little sea creatures in the pools.
Other Points of Interest
The Chesapeake Exploration Center (baygateways.net) is the visitors and information hub of the area. Not only will it guide you to several points of interest throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, but it also has hands-on educational exhibits to see at the center. "Our Chesapeake Legacy" teaches all about the Bay and how it has shaped the culture and community around it through the years. Just 4 miles across the bay is Sandy Point State Park (dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/sandypoint). There are endless opportunities for kids, including swimming at the beach, fishing, boating, hiking and wildlife viewing.
- Queen Anne's Recreation Department: Fun for Preschoolers
- Step 1 Dance 2 Academy: Classes
- Kent Island Martial Arts Center: Programs
- Queen Anne's County Free Library: Story Time
- Queen Anne's Recreation Department: Parks
- Chesapeake Exploration Center: Home
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Sandy Point State Park
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