Things to Do with Kids in Ocean City

Things to Do with Kids in Ocean City

Summer is in full-swing and we here at Bowfish Kids have a bucket list full of amazing activities for you to check off with your children! Read on for fun, local ideas that are sure to leave you with loads of memories to cherish.

1.Take a sunset stroll along the boardwalk

Ocean City NJ Boardwalk

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The boardwalk has it all! You and your little one(s) can take an evening walk along the bustling boards, taking in all of the sights, sounds, and yummy food smells. First, stop at Castaway Cove and purchase some tickets to ride the rides. Don’t forget to hop on the Ferris wheel and see way out over the ocean! Then, head on over to Kohr Brothers for some delightful soft serve… Sprinkles are a must! End the night on the beach with some comfy sweatshirts and a blanket while you watch the sun set behind the sea.

2. Have a pizza-and-game night in


Shiny Dinosaur Memory & Matching Game (3+ Years)

Bring on the competition! Get the family together for a fun night in full of games and laughter. Before breaking out the board games, make a pit stop at the boardwalk to pick up a pie (or two) from Manco and Manco’s Pizza. Toppings? Yes, please! Once home, get dressed in your comfiest clothes, set the pizza out, and call the family in. Game night can begin!

Check out one of our favorite women-owned toy brands Eeboo for some family fun inspiration.

 3. Plan a beach cleanup day with friends

Bowfish Sustainability


We here at Bowfish take the health of our environment seriously, so we hop on any chance to promote a beach cleanup! Gather some local friends, pick up trash bags, grab a few pairs of gloves, and carpool on over to the beach for a productive day in mother nature. You can spend quality time your little one AND help the planet? That’s a win.

Click here to learn more about our sustainability initiatives and how we’re being mindful of the earth.

4. Attend a Bowfish Studios special event: Paint with Princess Beauty on July 19th 

Bowfish Studios Events

Did you know that Bowfish hosts in-studio events for your little ones? Check out our Bowfish Studios website to see what’s going on in-house and be sure to book ahead of time. Our next event is coming up soon on Tuesday, July 19th: Paint with Princess Beauty. A $45 ticket provides your child with everything they need for a themed paint session, as well as a photo with a princess! One adult is allowed to accompany a child to this particular event.

For a list of all the other events we’re hosting at Bowfish Studios, click here.

 5. Day Camp

Mermaid Day Camp


Day camp is a great place to make new friends, try new things, and have an all-around blast! Bowfish is hosting our very own Mermaid Day Camp with some dates this month, as well as next. At our Mermaid Day Camp, your little one has the opportunity to learn how to paddleboard with Ocean City Paddle Company, go swimming in our mermaid tails, and get creative with Peace of Wood. Our day camp is truly a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience for your child!

 6. Backyard bubble party


Eco-Friendly 2 Piece Original Refillable Bubble System

The summer fun doesn’t stop at day camp! Your backyard is the perfect spot for some fun outdoor activities, such as… a bubble party! Outfit your little one in their Bowfish swim, throw on the sprinklers, and get your hands on a bottle of eco-friendly bubbles from Bubble Tree. The best part? You can make memories with your little one from the comfort of your own home.

 7. Go back-to-school shopping on Asbury Ave

Bowfish storefront

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Get ready for fall! Cooler times are just a few short weeks away and getting prepared for back-to-school ahead of time will leave you with less stress leading up to the start of the school year. Plan a day of shopping with your little one to get them excited for the year ahead. First stop? Bowfish Kids! Pick up a new backpack, everyday sneakers, and fresh wardrobe to have your child all prepped. When you’re done with your shopping spree at Bowfish, head on over to Bungalow Bowls for a refreshing and healthy lunch.

 8. A makeover with Bowfish Studios

Bowfish Braid Co


Makeover, anyone? Bowfish Studios is also known for our magical transformations. A great way to take a break from the sun and spend time with your little one, we can turn your child into the majestic being of their dreams—mermaids, sharks, dragons, and more! They are transported to another world once they see the amazing work of our well-trained stylists.

For more information on Bowfish Studios makeovers, as well as online booking, click here.

 In addition to fantastical makeovers, we also offer beautiful hair transformations in-studio. Your little one can choose between a simple hair braid, a bun, extension braids, and silk hair tinsel. Need us to come to you? We now offer a traveling braid experience through Bowfish Braid Co! Everything we offered in-studio and MORE now comes to you in a one-of-a-kind hair experience. Click here for more information on our on-the-go braid services.

 9. Head to the beach for a daytime outing

Ocean City Beach

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Looking for more things to do outside? Soak in the summer sun at the beach! Have yourself a classic beach day by loading the car, packing a cooler, and outfitting your little one in their favorite swimsuit! Make the most of summer days while they’re still here, spending quality time with your little one in nature.

There’s never a shortage of enjoyable stuff to do in Ocean City, NJ, especially during the summertime! Your summer bucket list is now full of exciting, memorable activities that you and your child will cherish for years to come. From the beach to Bowfish Studios, the opportunities for fun are endless. Heading into the fall is a breeze after such an unforgettable summer spent in Ocean City, NJ.