Weekend Family Fun for July 9-12 has 7 family-friendly suggestions for this weekend. Need more ideas? You also can check out Baltimore’s Child’s full calendar right here.
Dine at a food truck
Can food trucks never go out of style, please? There is just something fun and perfectly summery about these traveling kitchens that bring us crab cakes or gourmet mac and cheese or homemade pretzels or…well, we could go on and on. Instead we’ll tell you that Maryland Food Truck Week starts today and runs through July 26. More than 75 trucks will be serving some of our favorites to benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Check out the event’s website for daily schedules or trucks by location. Diners can expect COVID-19 protocols in place, and to enjoy one more memorable outdoor meal.marylandfoodtruckweek.com
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Discover a lost town
Historic London Town and Gardens has reopened. This historic town on the South River offers families a chance to imagine what life was like in Maryland during colonial times. The extensive gardens bloom each month with different flowers; in July, kids can see and learn about the purply-pink blooms of Joe Pye Weed and swamp mallow. Check website for COVID-19 related restrictions; masks must be worn inside buildings. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Kids, $3-5; Adults, $10. historiclondontown.org
Go on a nature quest
This hike is led by a naturalist and traverses a moderately vigorous path on natural and hilly surfaces. Most importantly, it’s fun. Kids can learn about the birds, animals and plants that live here and earn points toward free admission to Nature Quest Fest in October. Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 10 a.m.-noon, both Saturday and Sunday. The best info on this event is at the museum’s Facebook page.
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Take a waterfront walk
Baltimore’s Waterfront Partnership has created a new, self-guided walk that takes striders on 1.25 miles of trail featuring native plants. The walk stretches along the Inner Harbor’s promenade and is the first in a series from the Waterfront Partnership. Walkers can start or end at the Maryland Science Center or at the Lancaster Street Canal in Harbor East. The stroll features more than 23 native plants and pollinators, and is most definitely family friendly. waterfrontpartnership.org.
Who needs a Mommy Time-Out?
Any Day Fun
Listen to a Podcast
The Boston Children’s Museum has a new podcast for parents called Big & Little Podcast that covers topics from creativity, health, play and more. Episodes are around 20 minutes in length and one recent one includes advice on parenting in a pandemic.
Color This Book
The National Ocean Service offers regional activity books with coloring pages and fun facts about puffins or crabs or loggerhead turtles. Kids can use these books to explore the Chesapeake Bay, coastal North Carolina, the Arctic and Hawaii, among other places. They might be a good activity for parents to have on hand for a rainy afternoon.
And Something for Parents …
Restaurants around the area are offering some of their signature drinks in to-go form. Here are a few places where you can grab and go with a fancy drink.