Ocean City Today

Children’s Day on the Bay this Sunday at Sunset Park

By Kara Hallissey | Aug 03, 2017
Ocean City Police Department Mounted Unit Cpl. Al Custer chats with Abbey, 4, Bella, 2, and Krystal Sheltry of Berlin, while they take turns petting horse, Scout, during the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum's Children’s Day on the Bay at Sunset Park last year.

(Aug. 4, 2017) Interactive activities, live music, native reptiles, educational games and knot-tying tutorials are a few of the events taking place on Sunday from 12-4 p.m. during the seventh annual Children’s Day on the Bay at Sunset Park.

“[The event is a] free and fun opportunity for the entire family and kids of all ages will find something to engage in,” Christine Okerblom, Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum assistant curator, said.

The event takes place in the park on South Division Street, next to the Ocean City Coast Guard Station, and features birds of prey from the Maryland Park Service including a turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, screech owl and broad-winged hawk from noon to 2 p.m.

“You will meet local animals, listen to music, interact with educators from NASA, and there will be fun activities for kids to play,” Okerblom said.

NASA is slated to bring an interactive STEM activity where kids use life-size blocks and create chain reactions while building an imaginary playground.

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program will offer a hands-on nature activity, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will teach attendees about knot-tying and the Delmarva Discovery Center will be bringing along snakes, turtles and other animals native to the Eastern Shore.

In addition, the Ocean City Mounted Police will be on hand for meet and greets along with volunteers from the Ocean City Coast Guard Station who will have games and information about safety in the sea.

The Rackliffe House will have colonial games to play and the Salisbury Zoo will bring exotic reptiles.

Ocean City Recreation and Parks and the Worcester County Library are also offering hands-on activities.

Sponsored by the Ocean City Development Corporation, interactive children’s music will be performed by Mister Don throughout the day.

“The Children’s Day on the Bay festival is a fun-filled family event with many things to do,” said Glenn Irwin, executive director of the OCDC. “Sunset Park is the perfect venue for this nice event.”

The event began seven years ago for the Museums of Worcester County’s Week of the Child, which focused on small museums and youth in the area.

Children’s Day on the Bay has grown in popularity with about 200 people participating in the event last year.

If there is inclement weather, the event will be canceled. For more information, call 410-289-4991 or e-mail curator@ocmuseum.org.

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the summer. It is located on the southern end of the Boardwalk at the inlet.

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