Cool activities for a hot summer
Baltimore offers plenty of summer fun for families
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.