6 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Ice Cream Day in Baltimore

National Ice Cream Day is coming up and is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some sweet family fun during the hot summer months, and what better way to celebrate than with your kids? Whether you’re looking for creative activities or delicious treats, here are X exciting ways to make the day unforgettable.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Port Discovery

Get ready to chill out and scoop up some fun for a delightful, ice cream extravaganza to celebrate National Ice Cream Day at your favorite children’s museum. You’ll get to spend the day with three floors of fun AND special ice-cream themed activities. It’ll be a day full of sweet, ice cream-themed activities, games, and art projects that will delight kids and parents alike!

National Ice Cream Day Celebration at Port Discovery is sponsored in part by Baltimore in a Box and Lucky’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Candy

Go on an ice cream tasting adventure

Explore Baltimore’s vibrant ice cream scene by visiting different local ice cream shops. Some of our favorites include Baltimore in a Box in Hampden, who will be also be giving out free ice cream (while supplies last) while visiting the museum on National Ice Cream Day, Lucky’s Coffee, Ice Cream & Candy in the Inner Harbor with its artisanal approach to classic favorites, and Waffle-licious in Little Italy, offering a wide variety of traditional and exotic flavors—not to forget their ice cream goes in a huge waffle cone. Turn it into a tasting adventure by having your kids rate each flavor and vote for their favorites. This not only makes for a fun day out but also introduces your kids to different tastes and textures.

Try your hand at ice cream-themed crafts

Combine creativity with your sweet tooth by doing ice cream-themed crafts. You can make paper ice cream cones, create ice cream-themed decorations, or even bake and decorate ice cream-shaped cookies. These activities are a great way to engage your kids and keep the ice cream fun going beyond just eating.

Go on an ice cream scavenger hunt

Organize an ice cream-themed scavenger hunt around your home or yard. Hide small treats or ice cream-related items and give your kids clues to find them. This game adds a layer of excitement to the day and keeps the kids active and engaged.

Have an ice cream storytime

Combine ice cream with storytelling by having a special ice cream-themed storytime. Read books about ice cream or create your own ice cream-inspired stories while enjoying your favorite treats. This can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to wind down the day.

Some ice cream themed book recommendations:

Play Ice Cream Ball (Making Your Own Ice Cream)

Here’s a simple and fun recipe to make homemade ice cream in minutes using just a few ingredients and some shaking!

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup rock salt
  1. In a small resealable bag, combine half and half, sugar and vanilla. Push out excess air and seal.
  2. Into a larger resealable bag, combine ice and rock salt. Place small bag inside large bag and shake for 7 to 10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened.
  3. Remove inner bag and enjoy with your favorite ice cream toppings.

By incorporating these fun and engaging activities into National Ice Cream Day, along with a visit to Baltimore’s top ice cream shops, you’ll create lasting memories and ensure a day filled with laughter, creativity, and of course, delicious ice cream. So gather your family, pick your favorite activities, and celebrate this sweet day together!