Here to Help: How to take a JHU perks–filled staycation

Use your discounts and free access for a fun-filled time that's easy on the wallet

Julia Rose, director and curator of Homewood Museum, in the historic house’s dining room.

Image caption: Julia Rose, director and curator of Homewood Museum, in the historic house’s dining room. Admission to JHU Museums is free for faculty and staff.

Image credit: WILL KIRK / HOMEWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

Introducing Here to Help, a new Hub at Work feature created to help Johns Hopkins faculty and staff navigate the expansive world of the university. First up: A reminder of perks available to employees. If you have questions in search of answers, email us at hubatwork.jhu.edu.

The advantages of a staycation are obvious: You get to skip the costs, planning, and hassles of travel. But it's still your precious vacation time, so maybe you desire something more ambitious than sitting on your own couch.

Here are a few ideas for activities and attractions in and around Baltimore that you can enjoy by taking advantage of your free access and special discounts as a Johns Hopkins employee.

Splashing around: It's not too late to enjoy theJHMI Alumni Pool, which remains open daily through Labor Day on the East Baltimore campus. In this final month of summer, new memberships cost only $55—about half the normal cost—or you can buy an $8 day pass. Kids under 6 get in free.

A taste of culture: Don't forget, Johns Hopkins faculty and staff enjoy free visits to JHU Museums.

Baltimore magazine recently named Homewood Museum as the city's best museum, giving props to its new tour highlighting "not only privileged families who dwelled inside the historic home, but also the enslaved families who lived and worked alongside them." The tours take place on the hour, Tuesday through Saturday, at the 1800s Palladian home, located just off Charles Street on the Homewood campus.

Some two miles up Charles Street, at the university's Evergreen Museum & Library, there are more than 50,000 pieces of artwork, jewels, rare books, and other treasures to explore in the Gilded Age mansion. This summer, check out two generations' worth of German porcelain figures in the special "Fantasia Reimagined" exhibition, open through Sept. 11.

Moon gazing: If the weather is clear on a Friday evening, consider a peek through one of the largest telescopes in the region. The Morrit W. Offit Telescope, offering impressive views of the moon and stars, is located at the top of the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy on the Homewood campus. After dusk, the Maryland Space Grant Observatory hosts visitors for an open house, weather permitting. Check this page for up-to-the-minute details on the event each week.

Out and about: Sign up for the LifeMart employee discount program to find major savings at local attractions that partner with Johns Hopkins, including the Maryland Zoo, Hippodrome Theatre, National Aquarium, and B&O Railroad Museum.

At the zoo, for example—where a baby chimp was just born in July—JHU employees can enter for $13 (versus the normal $21.99) and kids get in for $11 (versus $17.99).

JHU faculty and staff can also enjoy discounts of $2 to $7 on Orioles tickets 'til the season ends.

Register today for your free LifeMart membership, and then start using the app to access discounts.

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