Rainy Day Guide: Things to Do With the Kids
Here are some ideas for fun activities off the beach and Boardwalk.
Usually, on about the third day in a rainy week, parents run out of ideas for kid-centric activities. After the obvious ideas are exhausted – going to the movies or playing indoor miniature golf – parents could use some help in keeping the kids occupied. The same goes for when the mercury rises and there’s no relief from the heat predicted: Everyone could use a break from the outdoors and can appreciate a diversion indoors.
Here’s an alphabetical list that might come in handy:
Butterfly Boutique, 943 Asbury Ave., 609-391-0812
Walk-in arts and crafts are available every day -- from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Story time with a puppet show is held 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Kids can decorate any number of items from $6 (piggy bank, sun visor, ornament) to $20 (birdhouse), decorate their own T-shirt for $14, or decorate a wineglass or mug for $15. Cost includes materials.
Discovery Sea Shell Museum, 2721 Asbury Ave., 609-398-2316
Voted Best Rainy Day Activity at the Shore by numerous publications over the years, Discovery Sea Shell Museum is a treasure trove of the expected (shells) and unexpected (Venus fly traps) indoors and out. The outdoor areas, which include an area where you can have your child’s photo snapped in the jaws of a mammoth shark for $5, are mostly under cover so visitors are sheltered in rain and in heat. Knowledgeable staff is on hand to answer questions about seashells and to let kids gently handle the hermit crabs. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Labor Day.
Glazed Over, 854 Asbury Ave., 609-398-8880
Hot days are among the best days to visit this pottery studio. “Rainy days we are always busy,” Michele Pasciullo says. “We’re kind of busy but not crazy on hot days. That’s when people want to get out of the heat.”
Pasciullo, who specializes in mosaics and has had her work shown at Who’s On First?, Positively 4th Street Café and Art on Asbury, says a child walking into the studio can make a really nice mosaic for $15 to $20. The studio is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday for walk-ins wanting to do either ceramics (starting about $10) and mosaics (starting around $12).
Glazed Over holds summer camps every week for children ages kindergarten and older. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday, and costs range from $50 for one day to $150 for the week. Projects are age appropriate for the group, and could include pottery, mosaic, tile, and tie dye.
Kidz Creations, 811 Asbury Ave., 609-399-9922
“It feels like a party in here all the time,” Lisa Klassman says of the vibrantly colored studio she owns that offers a variety of arts and crafts options for children of all ages.
Parents can sit and relax in an area away from the creative process, or can drop their children off and go shopping on Asbury Avenue (cost is $15 for a craft plus $3 fee). Or they can sign their children up for workshops ($15, held on Wednesdays) or camps (two hours a day for four days, $125).
Walk-in arts and crafts projects are available in addition to workshops and camps, and by appointment on Sundays. Story time is free at 10:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Kidz Creations is open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., 609-399-2434
Time’s running out to register. The Brown Bag Craft Club for ages 7 to 10, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, will be held for the last time on Aug. 8. “You Are Here” Reading Club for grades 4 to 8 will be held for the last two times from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 3 and 10. The “One World, Many Stories” Reading Club will hold its last two meetings for grades K to 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 4 and 11. Seashore Story Hour for ages 4 to 6 will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays through Aug. 26, and Summer Toddler Time for ages 2 to 3 will be held 11 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays through Aug. 26.
Potomac Bead Company, 910 Asbury Ave., 609-399-4400
Inside the cavernous Potomac Bead Company hang rows and rows of beads, all available for use in making your own jewelry. Fifty classes are scheduled for August and early September, including sessions specifically for children. For example, Mommy and Me classes for ages 3 to 6 are scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 11 and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 2 and cost $5. Children’s Beading for ages 6 to 10 is scheduled a number of times and costs $10. A complete listing and description of classes is available at the store.
Sandcastle Cupcakes, 910-A Asbury Ave., 609-391-1000
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, during Downtown Market Days, kids can decorate their own cupcakes with icing, sprinkles and a topper. Cost is $4 per child. We’re pretty sure this is the only delectable art project in all of Ocean City in the summer.