Assortment of activities for entire family in Ocean City
(June 21, 2019) Summer is officially here and Ocean City is offering several free, family activities, ranging from movies on the beach, to fireworks, to dance parties and competitive games.
“Ocean City offers lots of unique opportunities for families and couples to come out and do a little bit more than the usual going to the beach or walking the Boardwalk or mini golf,” Special Events Coordinator Frank Miller said.
Movies on the Beach will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at either the Carousel (Wednesdays only) hotel on 117th Street, or on 27th Street, at 8:30 p.m., through Aug. 28.
Some movies offered this summer include “Incredibles 2,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Frozen” and “Moana.”
In the event of inclement weather, movie nights might be canceled on 27th Street but could still take place inside the Carousel.
Returning for the 10th year is the Family Beach Olympics. Families can compete every Tuesdays for prizes in various activities such as tug of rope, sand sculptures and relay races.
“Families get to go out and participate in some basic fun sports that may allow them to reminiscence back to when they were kids and do that with their kids too,” Miller said. “It’s good fitness fun here in Ocean City.”
Local businesses donate prizes such as gift certificates, T-shirts and frisbees, for first-, second-, and third-place winners. The Olympics will run on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. until Aug. 13 on 27th Street.
Feel like dancing instead? Have your pick from the Ocean City Beach Dance Party or the Sunset Park Party Nights.
Guests of all ages are invited to dance down at the Caroline Street Stage on the Boardwalk from 7-9 p.m. A DJ will spin tunes during each party night and some dancers will walk away with prizes.
Participants should bring their own chairs and blankets. The beach dance party will start on July 2, and will continue every Tuesday until Aug. 27.
Alternatively, the Sunset Park Party Nights will take place from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at Sunset Park, on South Division Street and the bay, near the Coast Guard station.
There is no cost to attend the Party Nights. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Attendees are recommended to bring their own chairs.
Sunset Park Party Nights will start July 11 and run until Aug. 29.
Residents and visitors can spend their weekends this summer enjoying a tasty treat while listening to music during Sundaes in the Park, held every Sunday evening at Northside Park in Ocean City.
Sundaes in the Park will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the park on 125th Street. Participants can purchase and assemble their own creations with a variety of ice cream flavors and toppings for a small fee.
“It’s a really fun event for families of all ages,” Special Event Coordinator Heather Wiles said. “Anytime you introduce ice cream into an event and free music - you can sit down, bring your own chairs, sit at our picnic tables - it’s a great family fun event.”
Scheduled to provide live entertainment each week during the summer are: DJ Magellan, Melissa Alesi & King Schascha; Bob Louhgheed & the Memphis Mafia; Kick it Out; Mike Hines and the Look; Kittyback; Guys In Thin Ties; Vertigo Red; Front Page News; The Janglebachs; Jaded Love; and Sapphire.
In the event of inclement weather, movies will be shown inside the Northside Park facility.
For more information on all of the events, call the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department at 410-250-0125.
OC Family Events Schedules
Movies on the Beach:
June 24 – “Smallfoot” – 27th Street
June 26 – “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
June 28 – “Paddington 2” – 27th Street
July 1 – “Frozen” – 27th Street
July 3 – “The Lion King” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
July 5 – “Christopher Robin” – 27th Street
July 8 – “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” – 27th Street
July 10 – “Bumblebee” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
July 12 – “Coco” – 27th Street
July 15 – “Bernie the Dolphin” – 27th Street
July 17 – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
July 19 – “Incredibles 2” – 27th Street
July 22 – “A Dog’s Way Home” – 27th Street
July 24 – “The Grinch” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
July 26 – “Wonder” – 27th Street
July 29 – “Zoo” – 27th Street
July 31 – “Christopher Robin” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
Aug. 2 – “How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World” – 27th Street
Aug. 5 – “Finding Dory” – 27th Street
Aug. 7 – “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
Aug. 9 – “Monsters, Inc.” – 27th Street
Aug. 12 – “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” – 27th Street
Aug. 14 – “Zootopia” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
Aug. 16 – “Moana” – 27th Street
Aug. 21 – “How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
Aug. 28 – “Dumbo” – Carousel Hotel - 117th Street
Sundaes in the Park:
June 23 - DJ Magellan, Melissa Alesi & King Schascha
June 30 - Bob Louhgheed & the Memphis Mafia “Tribute to Elvis”
July 7 - Kick it Out “A Tribute to Heart”
July 14 - Mike Hines & the Look “High Energy Dance Music”
July 21 - Kittyback “Classic and Country Rock”
July 28 - Guys In Thin Ties “80s Music”
Aug. 4 - Vertigo Red “Party Rock Cover Band”
Aug. 11 - Front Page News “Rock”
Aug. 18 - The Janglebachs “The Music of the Woodstock Generation”
Aug. 25 - Jaded Love “American Rock Tribute Band”
Sept. 1 - Sapphire “The 80s Music”