This week in Ocean City there is a nice mix of outdoor activities involving your kids and festivals to attend. Even if you don’t have kids or know a fisherman that would benefit from the equipment sold at the Fishermen’s Expo, OC has plenty to offer. And what’s even better—it’s the off season which means no traffic when traveling to these events! Gas up and go.
Craft Shows & Expos
East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Expo takes place January 13-15 and features all things aquatic. The event will show off charter boats, fishing gear, workboats, and equipment. There are also commercial fishing and aquaculture seminars planned for the days. The trade expo is held in the Ocean City Convention Center, which means the space is big enough to hold plenty of boats to gawk at. With all the water around Ocean City (hence the name “Ocean City”), there has to be a chance someone in your family could use some of the things at the trade expo. Check out https://marylandwatermen.com/Trade_Expo.html for a printable brochure and a list of vendors.
If fishing isn’t your thing, perhaps attending the Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival would be more up your alley. Held at 40th Street and the bay, the festival showcases the work of painters, sculptors and model ship-builders. The event is scheduled for the 14th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I hear wooden mallards are making a comeback! Head to donaldsduckshoppe.com for information.
At Northside Park (125th Street, bayside), kids can enjoy tumbling classes for help with movement and balance. Parents can also enjoy this event—watching kids roll is always entertaining. The classes are for 3-8 year-olds and kindergarten-2nd graders. There are two sessions for 3-5 year-olds: 9:30-10:15 a.m.; and two sessions for kindergarten-2nd graders: 10:30-11:30 a.m. There is a registration fee. Call 410-250-0125 for questions.
On January 8th, high school age people can let out teen energy in a healthy way by participating in a dodgeball club at Northside Park. The club is for both boys and girls and takes place from 6-7:30 p.m. Dodgeballers must register online at oceancitymd.gov. Rent Dodgeball and watch it before the event to really get your kids in the spirit.
Kids and parents bond over fun activities. Bond with your kids over the various activity areas set up in the gym at Northside Park. The open play is for children 18 months-4 years. Of course, you can’t leave your kids but they can certainly play with other kids from Ocean City there. There is no registration necessary but there is a fee: $3 for Ocean City residents and $4 for non-OC residents. Open play is scheduled for January 13th, 20th, and 27th. Visit oceancitymd.gov for more info. Play on!
If you are interested in more physical activities to do with your kids or family, head to http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/parks.html for a list of parks. What’s great about this list is that it is split up by activity. It tells you there are volleyball courts at Dorchester Volleyball Park and trails at Fiesta Park. If your holiday season was like most, you would probably love to exercise off those treats and meats eaten weeks before.