(July 6, 2018) There are plenty of free, family activities available in Ocean City this summer for all ages, from beach parties to ice cream treats in the park.
Movies on the Beach take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at either the Carousel (Wednesdays only) on 117th Street, or on 27th Street at 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 29.
Some movies offered this summer includes “Cars,” “Wreck It Ralph,” “Frozen” and “Moana.”
“People put out picnic blankets and eat their dinner out there and just have a good time,” Ocean City Recreation Coordinator Denise Ortega said. “It’s good old-fashioned fun.”
Returning for the ninth 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.
“In 2009, the mayor and city council came to the parks and recreations department, they wanted to find [activities] that would add to people’s vacations in Ocean City,” Ortega said.
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. 14.
“You hardly ever see anyone on their phones,” Ortega said. “Everyone’s just enjoying each other’s company. It really has added a lot of value to people vacationing because they have several choices of free events.”
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, Tuesday nights.
“It’s a beach party, like the old beach movies,” Special Events Coordinator Brenda Moore said. “We have the DJ out there, it’s very interactive, there’s contests and giveaways, but [mainly] it’s all about feet in the sand and dancing on the beach.”
Participants should bring their own chairs and beach blankets. The beach dance party began on July 3, and will go on until Aug. 28 from 7-9 p.m.
Alternatively, the Sunset Park Party Nights will take place 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays at Sunset Park located on South Division Street on the bay, near the Coast Guard Station.
Attendance is free, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. Attendees are recommended to bring their own chairs.
“It’s good for the whole family,” Moore said. “It’s a good variety of music, performers, very unique experiences and I do think just about anyone will enjoy these events.”
Sunset Party Nights started yesterday, July 5, and will continue until Aug. 30.
If you are looking for a sweet treat instead, head to Northside Park on 125th Street for Sundaes in the Park.
Chocolate or vanilla ice cream sundaes with a variety of toppings will be available for a small fee and are offered every Sunday from 7-9 p.m. Families can enjoy dessert while listening to live music or take part in other family friendly entertainment offered at the park.
“The weather’s been really good on Sunday evenings and we’ve had great turnouts [so far], with lots of families and lots of ice cream sundaes made,” Moore said. “It’s a nice evening. It starts at 7 p.m. so you can go and get your dinner, and then you have something to do after dinner with the whole family.”
Fireworks end the event every beginning around at 9 p.m. In the event of rain, the event will be moved inside the Northside Park complex.
For more information about these activities, call 410-289-2800 or 800-626-2326.
Ocean City Weekly Free Activities Schedule
Movies on the Beach
July 6 - “The Lion King” - 27th Street
July 9 - “Despicable Me 3” - 27th Street
July 11 - “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
July 13 - “The Incredibles” - 27th Street
July 16 - “Cars 3” - 27th Street
July 18 - “CoCo” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
July 20 - “Wreck It Ralph” - 27th Street
July 23 - “The Emoji Movie” - 27th Street
July 25 - “The Lego Ninjago Movie” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
July 27 - “Paddington 2” - 27th Street
July 30 - “A Bug’s Life” - 27th Street
Aug. 1 - “Leap” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
Aug. 3 - “Wall-E” - 27th Street
Aug. 6 - “Wonder” - 27th Street
Aug. 8 - “Justice League” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
Aug. 10 - “Big Hero 6” - 27th Street
Aug. 13 - “Sherlock Gnomes” - 27th Street
Aug. 15 - “Cars 3” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
Aug. 17 - “CoCo” - 27th Street
Aug. 22 - “Moana” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
Aug. 29 - “Wonder Woman (2017)” - Carousel Hotel, 117th Street
OC Beach Dance Party
July 10 - DJ Knappy (Premiere DJ)
July 17 - DJ Batman (OC’s legendary DJ)
July 24 - DJ BK from 97.1 The Wave
Aug. 7 - DJ Batman
Aug. 14 - DJ BK
Aug. 21 - DJ Batman
Aug. 28 - Bitsune (European DJ Duo)
Sunset Park Party Nights
July 5 - Eclipse (Journey Tribute Band)
July 12 - Boy in Black (Johnny Cash Tribute)
July 19 - Full Circle
July 26 - Bob Lougheed & the Memphis Mafia (Elvis Tribute)
Aug. 2 - British Invasion Experience (Beatles Tribute Band)
Aug. 9 - Lower Case Blues
Aug. 16 - Tranzfusion (Rock)
Aug. 23 - The Beach Bumz (Tropical Rock)
Aug. 30 - The Swell Fellas (R&B, Funk, Soul)
Sundaes in the Park
July 8 - Kick It Out (Heart tribute show)
July 15 - The Stickers (country rock)
July 22 - Guys in Thin Ties (80’s)
July 29 - Mike Hines & The Look (high energy dance)
Aug. 5 - The Janitors (music for happy feet)
Aug. 12 - Front Page News (rock)
Aug. 19 - Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis
Aug. 26 - Ragdoll (Frankie Valli tribute)
Sept. 2 - Triple Trail Turn (modern country)