As we were scouring social media this week in search of all of the upcoming events across Delmarva, we were reminded of the plethora of awesome programs offered year-round at The Red Doors Community Center in OCMD. Located at St. Paul’s By-The-Sea in downtown Ocean City, the Red Doors is an outreach of the the local Episcopal church. The mission is “to enrich children and adults of the community in mind, body, and spirit through education, recreation and philanthropy.” The Red Doors goes above and beyond their mission statement, offering a terrific collection of adult and children’s programs, including a variety of free programs. Programs include classes, workshops, and events, and range from free community yoga to children’s robotics workshops. There are entirely too many programs to mention, so we’ll highlight a few favorites. Check out the full list of programs here.
The Red Doors Little Library Network
The Red Doors is a proud member of the Little Free Library network, which is essentially a mini-library, or box of books, where anyone can stop by and pick up a book or contribute one to share. The box is located in front of The Red Doors, on 3rd Street in Ocean City.
Robotics Workshop: Lego WeDo
The Robotics Workshops at The Red Doors are designed to introduce elementary aged students to basic engineering concepts. Children work in teams to construct 2-4 robots from Legos while learning to use computers to program the robots. The next class is March 14 from 1-4pm. Cost is $22.
Paint Night Pizza Party
Suggested 2nd-8th grade
Who says the adults get to have all the ‘paint night’ fun?! Kids are invited to this awesome paint night/pizza party on Saturday, March 28th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Kids will work with Salisbury University Art Department faculty member Evan Fitzgerald to create a painting on canvas with step by step guidance. Drop the kids off, or hang around for the fun!
Paint Night with Evan Fitzgerald
Alright, so maybe the adults can have some fun too. Evan Fitzgerald will also be leading an adults paint night on Saturday, April 11th at 7pm. Relax with friends and enjoy learning the step by step process for creating an ocean landscape. This is a 21 and older event, as a selection of red and white wine will be included (along with cheese and fruit). You are welcome to bring your own refreshments too. Cost is $40.
Babies and Toddlers: Ages 6 months to 4 years
Join in the musical fun every Monday from 10:30 am until 11am for a five class series with licensed Kindermusik instructor Courtney Glosser. Expect story time, movement, puppet play, and happy singing. All activities are geared towards encouraging discovery and exploration while strengthening social skills. The next five sessions will be March 16, 23, 30, April 13, 20. Cost is $45.
The Red Doors is calling all dinosaur lovers to join them on April 25th from 1-4pm for a fun-filled half day of digging for fossils, finding dinosaur bones, making dinosaur feet, and more! Kids will learn to identify a variety of dinosaurs. The class is led by Worcester Prep science teachers Lindsey MacWha and Jenn Corron. Cost is $28.
American Girl Workshop
Suggested 1st-5th Grade
Participants will spend an afternoon immersed in the world of American Girl character Kaya! American Girl Workshops are held throughout the year, focusing on a different girl each session. Up next is Kaya, on Saturday, March 14 from 1-4pm. Participants can bring an American Girl doll, or any doll, with them to join in the fun. Familiarity with the Kaya stories is not required to enjoy this fun-filled workshop. The afternoon is jam-packed with crafts, games, and projects to recreate Kaya’s experiences from the books.
Available for all ages and all skill levels
The Red Doors offers a wide array of dance classes, ranging in skill level, age, and genre. Ballet Barre, ballet, hip hop, creative movement, contemporary dance, jazz, and private ballet and pointe are all offered at The Red Doors. For a full list, click here.