Looking for ways to keep them busy this week? Here are our picks for getting the kids out of the house (the title says 5 but it’s actually 10 ideas!). Need more inspiration for things to do with kids in Baltimore? We’ve got 77 ideas for summer fun in Charm City..

5 things to do with kids in baltimore this week: august 8-12


Chill out at the ice arena. It doesn’t get much (cool)er than ice skating in August! Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena hosts public skate sessions from 3 PM -5 PM Monday-Thursday. Admission is $4 and skate rental is $2. MORE


Go to a concert in Patterson Park! The Bumper Jacksons are headed back to Pagoda Hill in Patterson Park! Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. Be sure to nab a little nosh from Water for Chocolate and Cream Cruiser. Plus, Spa Adagio LLC will be giving free massages atop Pagoda Hill! MORE

If you’re looking for something to do with littles during the day, head to Community Helpers Day at the Annapolis Library. Meet and thank community helpers–firefighters, police, bakers, health care workers and many others!  Lots of trucks, activities, and fun for all.  Indoors and outdoors, weather permitting. 10 AM. MORE

Or join Baltimore Hoop Love at their interactive bubble station at Baltimore County Public Library’s Woodlawn Branch. Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere includes a bubble machine and provides a chance for kids to create bubbles of all sizes. 11 AM – 12 PM. MORE


Meet Destination Doug at Play Cafe. Play Cafe’s newest storytime addition! Join them every Wednesday at 10am for a reading adventure with Dough! Using music, movement and fingerplays and fun, this play-based program is designed for our youngest audience birth to 4 year-olds. FREE drop‐in program, however normal Play Cafe $5 food and beverage minimum applies. MORE

Feeling more like STEM fun? Head to the Fire Museum of Maryland for their summer STEM club led by Camp Invention! Every Wednesday in August from 11 AM – 12 PM. Free with paid admission but be sure to contact the museum to register in advance. Appropriate for grades K-3. MORE


Make a book about your summer vacation. Stop by Yankee Doodle Art Studio this week and make a special one-of-a-kind book all about your summer vacation! All books are $5 off from August 7-12. MORE

Need to get the wiggles out? Try open play for ages 10 and under at Ultimate Playzone in Cockeysville. Lots of places to jump, slides, a pirate ship, and more. MORE


Go for an owl prowl. Marshy Point Nature Center invites families to come to the nature center for a hike, campfire and s’mores! Go on an owl prowl and look for Mr. Hooty, the Great Horned Owl. $3 per person and reservations are required. MORE

Enjoy the air conditioning & aMuse Toys’ award winning selection of toys during open play in #TheLab! All ages are welcome. Play with a giant rocket ship, build the tallest Tegu Tower, be the next Top Chef, or just own the marble run! aMuse play coaches will lead play. Register in advance. Space is limited. MORE


Image courtesy of the Bumper Jackson’s Website