Believe it or not, we’ve arrived at Week 5 of #CoolSummerFun! (It really is flying by, isn’t it?) With Independence Day in the middle of the week this week, we figure it’s a good week to celebrate all things (cool) and to remind everyone that summer is about kicking back. 

Although there isn’t a pop-up play date this week due to the holiday, you can catch us on Sunday, July 8th at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Midsummer Fairy Fest! Adults must purchase tickets but kids are FREE. Don’t forget to bring your passport to get stamped.

Check out the cool summer fun happening around the city this week!

MONDAY

Makerspace: Minecraft Build Challenge
2 PM | Baltimore County Public Library, Parkville-Carney

Compete against other Minecrafters to create the best builds. Registration required. MORE

TUESDAY

Toddler and Me Yoga with Mary Steinke
10 AM | Baltimore Yoga Village

This is an opportunity for children to play games that spark creativity and imagination and improve their sense of well-being. While most children here are too young to understand what stress is, it is not too young to begin fostering a connection to their own bodies. Their adults are invited to encourage, support and help them with poses and songs. They may even find themselves enjoying class as they feel they have been given permission to play and be present with their child. MORE

My Grown-Up and Me Class: Red White and Balloons
10:30 AM | Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle

If you’re looking for a fun opportunity for your child this summer, FSK PreK teacher Ms. Sines will host a number of “My Grownup and Me” classes for kids age 2-5 years old with their caretakers. All classes are at FSK and are open to all children ages 2-5 years old. Donations of $7 per child are asked to cover materials for the class. MORE

Free Nutrition Classes for Kids
1:30 PM | Patterson Park

In collaboration with Living Classrooms Foundation in Patterson Park, UME EFNEP, Baltimore City will providing FREE nutrition and cooking workshops for children 10 -14 years. Bring your children every Tuesday from July 3-31 ready to learn about how to make better food choices and live healthier. MORE

Makernoon: Marble Mazes
3 PM | Baltimore County Public Library – Catonsville

Librarian-guided DIY sessions to cultivate inspiration, creativity and problem-solving skills in your child. Explore with an open mind and imaginative hands. All supplies provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Catonsville Library. Registration required. MORE

WEDNESDAY

AVAM’s Pets on Parade

Arguably the quirkiest and most fun 4th of July traditions in Charm City. Dress your pet & strut your stuff at the July 4th Visionary Pets on Parade, 10am! FREE to participate, parade, or spectate. Friendly pets of ALL kinds are welcome. The best dog-gone parade in town is followed by the Pet Talent [or Not] Show. Then, sit and stay for a rousing game of pet musical chairs! Pets must be leashed or carried. MORE

Red, White, and ZOO!
10 AM | The Maryland Zoo 

Head to the Zoo for a day of special animal enrichment! Grab your camera, gather your herd and watch as the Zoo’s animals receive special Fourth of July themed treats, including “fishsicles” and red white and blue paper mache with food hidden inside. MORE

July 4th at Sandlot
4 PM | The Sandlot

Live music, games and body shaking fireworks! Spend the day at Baltimore’s best view for July 4 fireworks. Dogfish Head Brewing is doing a total tap and can takeover for the day. They will have live music from Speakers of the House and DJ Neil Paul, plus all of our courts and games will be available all day. There will be a $10 cover for adults and $5 for kids 12 and up to enter the space. Dogs are also welcome to join the party. We encourage you to bring your own beach chair/blanket. MORE

THURSDAY

WTMD First Thursday Festival
5:30 PM | Canton Waterfront Park

Join WTMD in Canton Waterfront Park for WTMD’s First Thursday Festival! Music Starts at 5:30 pm, and admission is free.L Thursday’s concert features Lake Street Dive, Andy Bopp, Van William, The Mother Hips, and more. MORE

Cirque du Soleil at Royal Farms Arena 
7:30 PM | Royal Farms Arena

Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s 34-year history. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial prowess. MORE

FRIDAY

Fourth of July Weeklong Celebration
10 AM | Port Discovery

Show your patriotism and join us as we celebrate our country’s independence all week long! Join in an interactive Circle Time featuring stories and songs, develop early childhood literacy in Mother Goose on the Loose®, clap your hands and march along in Jingle jangle Music Time, and create patriotic hoop gliders and celebrate America bracelets as a way to commemorate Independence Day! MORE

Bookworm Story Time at Oregon Ridge Nature Center
11 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Dress for the outdoors and meet a librarian at Oregon Ridge Nature Center on the first Friday of the month for stories and a short discovery-filled nature walk. MORE

Where to Use Your Passport This Week

It’s going to be a hot one in Charm City this week… luckily there is not one but TWO deals for frozen treats in your passport! Stop by Tropicool Italian Ice for a free small ice when you purchase a regular sized one, or head to Lucky’s Coffee and Ice Cream for a $1 scoop when you by a regular scoop. Drop the kids at the super (cool) Kids Zone at acac while you get in a FREE workout. Head to Rockin’ Jump for an awesome double jumper deal that includes pizza and drink. Need a little time for you? Try Napp Baltimore and get $10 off your first babysitting gig.