It’s Week 7 of our #CoolSummerFun week and this week, we’re celebrating all things that are quintessentially summer: hula hoops, popsicles, bubbles, and good-old-fashioned hop scotch. 

Join us on Wednesday, July 18th for our Hoops, Hops, and Pops Play Date in Center Plaza! We’ll be there with Downtown Partnership of Baltimore from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM with Baltimore Hoop Love, Angelo and Marie’s Bubbles Show, Baltimore Museum of Art, American Visionary Art Museum, popsicles, bubble wand making, and MORE! We strongly encourage families to purchase their $5 family pass online in advance (summer passport holders get in FREE!).

Here are other ideas for summer fun this week…

Fun Kid Events this Week in Baltimore


Have a Nice Day Project at The Handlebar Cafe
6 PM – 8 PM | The Handlebar Cafe | Douglass Place

Join the Have a Nice Day project at The Handlebar Cafe and help them fill blank coffee sleeves with positive message, quotes, jokes, fun pictures and more. The sleeves will then be donated to Handlebar Cafe (Douglass Place) and Kobe Cafe (Federal Hill). They will use those sleeves until they are gone, distributing them with coffee orders to their patrons throughout the week. How awesome will it be for someone to go to their favorite coffee shop, place their usual order, look down and see a fun message from you? Kid-friendly! MORE


Let’s Summer Science: Sun and Heat
10 AM – 5 PM | Maryland Science Center | Inner Harbor

Let’s Science Summer is almost too hot to handle. Harness the power of heat to make melted wax suncatchers, watch a giant fireball swirl through the air, and so much more you won’t want to miss as things heat up at MSC. MORE

Rockin’ Wednesday
11 AM | Rockin’ Jump | Towson 

Every Wednesday gather your friends and head to Rockin’ Jump for two times the fun for the price of one 11am-8pm – Two hours of Jump time for just $14.99! Open to all ages! (Passport Families — don’t forget to use your passport for the double jumper deal! It includes pizza and a drink!) MORE

Story Time with Poe, The Ravens Mascot
1 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Essex Branch

Ravens mascot Poe will visit several of Baltimore County Public library branches this summer in an effort to promote literacy and engage families throughout Baltimore County. He will act out story books, pose for photos and sign autographs for visitors! MORE

DJ Lady Mysterious
1 PM | Enoch Pratt Library | Hamilton Branch

Join DJ Lady Mysterious for music and messages about reading, math, exercise, and leading instead of being led in today’s society.  MORE

Amphibian Walk
2 PM – 3 PM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center | Cockeysville

Join a naturalist and visit our wetlands to listen for calling frogs and toads. You’ll learn who’s calling, why and where, and about our FrogWatch USA monitoring effort. Adults and children 10+ Advanced Registration required. FREE! MORE

Hoops, Hops, and Pops Center Plaza Play Date
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Center Plaza

Hula hoops, popsicles, and bubble fun — OH MY! Join (cool) progeny and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore for a weeknight fun in Center Plaza! Enjoy hula hooping with Baltimore Hoop Love, make art with Baltimore Museum of Art, participate in parachute play and create sidewalk art with the American Visionary Art Museum, catch the Angelo and Marie Bubble Show, design-your-own bubble wand, play kid-friendly lawn games, and MORE! MORE


Shoots and Letters: Hiking
10 AM – 11 AM | Oregon Ridge Nature Center | Cockeysville

Plant the seeds of knowledge while learning basic skills and playing in the dirt with your little tots. Stories, crafts and adventures are all a part of the fun! Ages 3+. Drop-In, no registration required. MORE

Drum Circle Drop-In
10:15 AM or 5:15 PM | STAGES Music Arts | Cockeysville

This summer, join us every Tuesday & Thursday @ 10:15AM & 5:15PM for a drum circle. They’ll provide the instruments, you bring the beats! This $5 class will introduce basic hand-drumming techniques and rhythms. Students will also practice free-style drumming with other percussion instruments.  No experience required. Space is limited, so advanced registration recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes before the class start-time. Ages 5+. MORE

FREE Baltimore Ravens Gatorade Junior Training Camp
10 AM – 12 PM | City Springs Elementary/Middle School

Participants ages 12-14 will be coached to raise their game both on and off the field. Middle schoolers will be put through football drills and combine exercises on the purple turf that will prepare them for gridiron success this coming season. Registration required. MORE


Audubon’s Tiny Tots: Habitat Home
3 PM | Enoch Pratt Library | Patterson Park Branch

Tiny Tots is an early childhood environmental education program where children make a craft, play a game, and read a story around a nature theme. Join Audubon to discover Library Square as an outdoor classroom. Please register in advance: or 410-558-2473. MORE

The Sign-A-Long Sing-A-Long
3 PM | Baltimore County Public Library | Towson Branch

Teach your fingers how to sing as we explore American Sign Language through music and stories. Bring the whole family for the hands-on fun as signing (and singing) storyteller Kathy MacMillan teaches you to sign some of your favorite songs. MORE

Take Me Fishing
5:30 PM | Dundee Creek Marina | Middle River

Fishing instruction for kids under the age of 16 at Dundee Creek Marina. Learn how to tie fishing knots, cast a line and reel in the big one! All resources provided – just bring a smile. No experience needed; our naturalists will teach your child! This event is subject to cancellation due to weather – please check our Meetup or Twitter ( for cancellation notices. MORE

Where to Use Your Passport This Week

Swing by the Pratt Street Market on Thursday for delicious goodies and a FREE farmer’s market tote. Go out to dinner at Points South Latin Kitchen (you get a FREE kids meal with purchase of two adult entrees!). Head to the Baltimore Museum of Industry and explore (buy one admission get one FREE!). Try a FREE class at My Gym in Timonium or go for Ice Cream at Lucky’s (get a $1 scoop when you purchase a regular scoop!) Take your Passport and get buy-one-get-one FREE admission to Port Discovery.  Stop by Flavor Cupcakery (either their Bel Air or Cockeysville locations) and pick up a FREE cupcake push-pop (with purchase of another cupcake). 

You know that all of the deals in the Passport are good through Labor Day, right? Buy one for your family here and we’ll ship it FREE! 


Congratulations Jeannette Matkowski! You won last week’s #CoolSummerFun social giveaway — and we’re sending you a spinning sprinkler! Thanks for sharing your family’s #CoolSummerFun on Instagram and tagging us!

Want to win next week’s surprise giveaway? Post a picture of how your family is enjoying summer in and around Baltimore on Facebook or Instagram, tag us (@coolprogeny) and use the hashtag #CoolSummerFun! We’re giving away surprises all summer! Every time you post, you have another chance to be that week’s randomly-selected winner.