We’re halfway through the summer… just in case you’re starting to hear those two dreaded words (rhymes with “I’m schmorged”), we’ve put together a few ideas for the kiddos who have outgrown your local library story time. Here are 21 ideas for adventures to have with tweens (and the ‘big kids’) in your life!

Things to do with tweens in Baltimore this summer

Take a FloYo Class
B’More SUP offers an amazing stand-up paddle board yoga class that’s perfect for tweens and teens. FloYo Girl classes include a combination of land based yoga, SUP skills and FloYo. All classes begin with an introduction to paddling on the land followed by a group paddle to help everyone learn the foundations of SUP. Then be ready to challenge your core while putting your mind at ease with a 60-minute workout.  The focus of the classes is having FUN while using core stability to improve the overall functioning of the body and build a stronger more balanced physique. All paddling and fitness levels are welcome.  The first thing the Bug asked after we finished her class? “When can we come back?!” MORE

Swing On The High Ropes
Terrapin Adventures in Savage has adventure options for the whole family. Their high ropes course for kids 5-10 has 22 different fun elements that kids can walk, balance, swing, zip, and crawl through. The course is located right next to the Terrapin Tower, so older kids (or mom and dad) can scale all 12 routes up and down the 43 ft. high climbing tower. There’s a zip line, high ropes course, and giant swing available to all those over age 8 (and weighing more than 70 lbs). MORE

Kickflip at Charm City Skate Park
You knew Baltimore had it’s own Skate Park, right? Park is open 12:30 PM- 8:30 PM, Monday- Saturday and Sundays from 12 PM – 6 PM. Admission is $10 for the whole day or $5 after 5 PM.  You can also schedule 90 minute lessons with a pro in advance. The warning on their website? Charm City is a hardcore skatepark. They are NOT Chuck E Cheese. Just saying… MORE

Cook with Schola
Give your young chef ‘wannabe’ a one day class! Their Junior Master Chefs Class on August 6th will teach kitchen safety & knife skills, the elements of taste, the art of roasting, sautéing & poaching, mastering two different sauces, making handmade pasta, and baking cookies to take home. MORE

Sleep with the Dolphins
Is there anything more fun than an overnight at the aquarium? Kids ages 8 and up can enjoy dinner at the aquarium, private talk with the mammal team, exploring the aquarium after hours, 4D movie, walk the shark catwalk, sleep in one of the underwater viewing areas, and learn about dolphins in the interactive dolphin discovery lab. Next dolphin overnight is August 19th! MORE

Break it Down (on the Dance Floor)
Urban Evolution doesn’t just offer parkour classes (which are totally cool, by the way); they also offer breakdancing classes. Their intro to breakdancing classes are open to kids over age 6 and adults. Learn how top-rock, footwork, transitioning, and ciphers. MORE

Movies, Make + Take, and Fit Fun at the American Visionary Art Museum
The American Visionary Art Museum has lots going on for the tween and teen crowd during the summer! Their FREE Flicks from the Hill series includes Karate Kid, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Star Wars: Episode VII. The museum is open to the public for FREE between 5 PM and 9 PM on flick nights. Try a free fitness class before the movie with Fit before Flick (fun run, bike ride, zumba, or yoga!). AVAM’s Education staff is opening their classroom doors this July for a special session of hands-on, drop-in art making workshops with a few fabulous artists! Drop by our classroom (2nd floor, JRVC) between 2 and 4PM July 19th – 22nd to MAKE your own original artwork and TAKE it with you! All materials & inspiration provided! Recommended for ages 7 & up. MORE

Sail the Harbor
The Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore has fun sailing classes and camps for all ages all summer long. Never been on the water and thinking about trying? Join them for their FREE public open house on August 6th to try sailing. They’ll assign 4 attendees plus a skipper to each boat. Anyone can explore the facilities but they ask all sailors to be at least 7 years old. If you have a child with special needs, take a look at their adaptive sailing optionsMORE

Attend a Wild Tea Party
Who says tea parties are just for the littles? Take your tween or teen to a Charm City Farms Wild Tea Party and learn how to identify a common wild plant whose leaves, roots, flowers, berries, or bark can be made into a delicious, interesting herbal tea. MORE

Scale New Heights
Kids ages 6-12 can participate in their Tuesday/Thursday Summertime Rox afternoon climbing program or Friday Nite Rox program (activities include vertical games, age appropriate basic skills instruction, and tons of climbing, all under the supervision of our qualified instructors. No experience is necessary). You could also book a family intro session or head to an open climb session and scale together!

Roll Old School
Roller skating. It’s definitely (cool). Head to Sportsmans Hall, Hot Skates, or the new Liberty Skating Center for some four-wheel action. If you have a real skating enthusiast on your hands (or a tween who’s recently been binge watching Disney’s new Adventures in Babysitting), check out the Charm City Roller Girls during one of their home matches. 

See Shakespeare Al Fresco
Sunshine, swordplay, and laughter are forecast! Head to Patapsco Female Institute Park to catch Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of The Three Musketeers. Thanks to generous underwriters,  tickets are FREE for kids under age 18. Advance reservations are recommended, as these performances are expected to sell out.  Limit: two free children’s tickets (for ages 18 and under) with each paid adult ticket. MORE

Check out Video Game Wizards at the BMI
The Video Game Wizards: Transforming Science and Art into Games interactive exhibit at The Baltimore Museum of Industry allows visitors to work through six stations to create their own video games. Who knows… maybe your kiddo will be inspired to create the next PokemonGo game. MORE

Watch Harry Potter with the BSO
Potter Fanatics: this is a don’t-miss! Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. August 4-6th. MORE

Experience Water Ballet Flow with Science
Fluid Movement presents their 15th annual water synchronized swimming event this summer: SCIENCE FAIR. Catch the action at Druid Hill Park Pool on July 30th/31st, or at Patterson Park Pool August 5-7th. $5 show special for the August 5th performance! MORE

Play Laser Tag
Take on your kids in a laser tag challenge (or get a group of their friends together and let them go at it!). Red Zone Adventure’s 6,000 square-foot multi-level futuristic haze-filled industrial cityscape is the perfect mini adventure. Zap your opponents with bright green lasers, protect your base and score points for you and your team.  But keep moving and find cover behind crates, walls and construction obstacles or else you’ll get zapped. Heart-pounding thrills for kids and adults alike! MORE

Bike + Tube the NCR Trail
The Torrey C. Brown Trail, formerly known as the Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends 20 miles, stretching from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. The trail is 10 feet wide with a stone dust surface — perfect for strollers and bikes! Note: Children under 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding a bike. Be sure to stop for ice cream at Monkton Station! Older kids will love a biking/tubing adventure. Monkton Bike can give your bike a tune-up if needed, too. MORE

Pick Berries
Hybrodima Berry Farm in Baldwin is an organic berry farm that’s open for Pick-Your-Own fun on Wednesdays and Saturdays  (8AM to 3PM).  Berries are $5 per pound and organic lavender is $7 per bunch. Go in the morning and then spend the afternoon baking or making jam! MORE

Take a Swing at Golf
Pine Ridge Golf Course offers $10 Saturday clinics for kids ages 7-11 — intended for those new to the game! Weekly clinics are limited to the first twenty students who sign up for that time period. They’ll even provide clubs! MORE

Go Geocaching
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are currently 917 geocaches around Baltimore. You and the kids can create your own treasure hunt (and leave treasures for others to find, too)! MORE

Explore the Odditorium
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is a unique and fun family attraction featuring more than 500 mind-boggling displays of rare, unusual and extraordinary oddities. Even if you’re been to one in another city, the artifacts in the Baltimore location are unique to that attraction! Explore more than 12,500 square-feet of  galleries like Weird Art, Toothpick City, Ripley’s Vault and an Egyptian Gallery, a new generation Mirror Maze, and a 4D Moving Theater.  MORE