Cool ac­tiv­i­ties for a hot sum­mer

Bal­ti­more of­fers plenty of sum­mer fun for fam­i­lies

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Harlow

S um­mer time and the liv­ing’s easy. But as we all find out come July, it’s not al­ways easy find­ing things to do to keep your fam­ily en­ter­tained all sum­mer. Here are some fun, fam­ily-friendly events that will of­fer you an al­ter­na­tive to pool time and video games. And the best part? These are se­ries, so you can al­ways come back for more!

Power Plant Live! Sec­ond An­nual Fam­ily Fun Se­ries

34 Mar­ket Place, Bal­ti­more, MD 21202

This sum­mer, Power Plant Live!, Bal­ti­more’s pre­mier din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment des­ti­na­tion, is host­ing Fam­ily Fun Days from noon un­til 4 p.m. on Sun­day, July 9 and Satur­day, Au­gust 5.

Fam­ily Fun Days will be free to at­tend for chil­dren of all ages and will in­clude: kid-friendly yoga classes, crafts and games, and free kids’ meals with the pur­chase of adult en­trée at Leinenkugel’s Beer Gar­den and Mex Restau­rant. Par­ents can also choose to pur­chase All-Ac­cess Passes for $5 per child per event, which in­clude pony rides, ac­cess to the in­flat­able ob­sta­cle course and face paint­ing. One hun­dred per­cent of the pro­ceeds from the All-Ac­cess Passes will be do­nated to Power Plant Live!’s non­profit part­ner, Vol­un­teer­ing Un­tapped, which gives young pro­fes­sion­als the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove Bal­ti­more through in­creas­ing vol­un­teerism. Other high­lights in­clude drink spe­cials for adults at Mex Restau­rant, Tin Roof and Leinenkugel’s Beer Gar­den, and dis­counted park­ing in the Pier V garage.

Power Plant Live! will also host free out­door movie nights from 5:30-8 p.m. with movies be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day, July 19 will fea­ture Moana, and Tues­day, Aug. 15 will be Sing. For more in­forma- tion on Power Plant Live! and up­com­ing events, visit www.pow­er­plantlive.com.

The Av­enue Live Shop and Eat to the Beat

8125 Honeygo Blvd, Bal­ti­more, MD 21236

The Av­enue at White Marsh is host­ing Shop and Eat to the Beat ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day from 7:00-9:00 pm through La­bor Day week­end. En­joy pa­tio din­ing or grab a bite from any of the Av­enue’s eater­ies. Feel free to bring a blan­ket to re­lax and en­joy the free con­certs in the Av­enue’s new com­mon green space. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Perry Hall High School will pro­vide chairs and blan­kets for rental, and a min­i­mum do­na­tion of $2 per chair or blan­ket is re­quired. All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the fundrais­ing ef­forts of Perry Hall High School. Here’s the July en­ter­tain­ment sched­ule:

7/7 Press­ing Strings (Folk Rock) 7/8 Moon­shine So­ci­ety (R&B) 7/14 Michael Louis Band (Rock Blues)

7/15 The Craw­dad­dies (Roots Rock, Zy­deco)

7/21 The Sham­rogues (Celtic Rock)

7/22 Gold Mag­no­lias (R&B/ soul, Pop) 7/28 No­mad (Mod­ern Coun­try) 7/29 Class­room Drag­ons (Amer­i­cana)

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.theav­enueatwhitemarsh.com/events/ de­tail/ shop-7-eat-beat/.

Wa­ter­front Sum­mer So­cial Se­ries

West Shore Park, 401 Light St., Bal­ti­more, MD 21202

Wa­ter­front Part­ner­ship is of­fer­ing two sum­mer con­cert se­ries at West Shore Park this sum­mer. The fam­ily-fa­vorite Sum­mer So­cial se­ries at West Shore Park is held ev­ery sec­ond Fri­day from 5 to 8 pm. This fun for all ages event in­cludes food trucks, bar ser­vice by Dooby’s, Wa­ter­front Part­ner­ship give­aways, a Kids Zone, and live mu­sic. Fea­tured bands in­clude The New Ro­mance on July 14 and What’s Next on Au­gust 11.

New this year, Yappy Hour is be­ing held ev­ery First Fri­day from 5 to 8 pm at Har­bor Point’s new Cen­tral Plaza. Bring your furry friend and en­joy live mu­sic, food trucks, and bar ser­vice. BARCS BFF Wag­gin’ will also be on site with avail­able dogs and cats for adop­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://bal­ti­more­wa­ter­front.com/sum­mer-con­certs-at-the-wa­ter­front/.

Groovin’ in the Grass at Ladew Top­i­ary Gar­dens

3535 Jar­rettsville Pike, Monk­ton, Mary­land 21111

Ladew Top­i­ary Gar­dens is host­ing Groovin’ in the Grass on Sun­days from 6 to 8 pm in the “Great Bowl” at the venue. En­joy a wide va­ri­ety of mu­si­cal acts in a beau­ti­ful gar­den set­ting. Tick­ets are avail­able at the door, and ad­mis­sion in­cludes the gar­dens. Adults $15, Se­niors (62+) and Stu­dents $13, Chil­dren (12 & un­der) $5, Chil­dren un­der 2 are Free. Pic- nics, blan­kets, and chairs are wel­come, but no pets, al­co­hol or ath­letic equip­ment. Food and re­fresh­ments, in­clud­ing al­co­holic bev­er­ages, are avail­able for pur­chase. Here’s the July lineup: July 9 – Charm City Junc­tion This lo­cal acous­tic quartet will get you groov­ing with their Old­time rhythms, foot-stomp­ing Ir­ish melodies, and hard-driv­ing Blue­grass. July 16 – Mambo Combo Don an Hawai­ian shirt for Bal­ti­more’s “best party band,” fea­tur­ing soca, samba and Tango with Caribbean and Latin sounds. July 23 – Don’t Stop Band This high en­ergy rock and roll band fea­tures sax­o­phones, key­boards and stel­lar vo­cal har­mony leav­ing au­di­ences want­ing more. July 30 – Tum­ble­home We wel­come Tum­ble­home to Ladew for the first time. This en­ter­tain­ing six-piece band with horns plays rock, soul, blues, and jazz, cov­er­ing songs from The Band, Otis Red­ding, Ste­vie Won­der, the Bea­tles and more.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.ladew­gar­dens.com.

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