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Family & kids' fun in Atlantic City, Margate & Ocean City, NJ

Free summer kids' and family events, activities, and things to do in 
Atlantic City - Margate - Ocean City


Atlantic CityThunder Over the Boardwalk

Frequent freebies

Free beach access all summer.

Mondays & Fridays: Free tours of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm at 12noon. 1801 Absecon Blvd.

Wednesdays: Atlantic City Library’s International Night Series, featuring music & dance from around the world. July & Aug., 7pm. Kennedy Plaza, Mississippi & Georgia aves. on the Boardwalk.

Hot spots

Thunder Over the Boardwalk: Look to the sky on June 26 for this year’s awesome airshow, featuring up-high demonstrations and a high-speed boat-vs.-airplane race.

Atlantic City Free Public Library: Find lots of free kids’ activities, including story times, teen Zumba nights and comic drawing, good for a rainy day or just to keep kids sharp during the relaxing days of summer. 1 N. Tennessee Ave.

The Pier Shops at Caesars: Even if shopping isn’t your thing, the free, hourly “dancing fountains” show, illuminated by light and choreographed to music, is worth checking out. One Atlantic Ocean.

Steel Pier: With the bucks you’ll save with AC’s free summer fun, make it a point to check out this amusement park on the pier. The Jersey shore staple opened more than 100 years ago.

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Frequent freebies

Thrilling Thursdays: No beach tags required! Plus, find sidewalk sales, a farmer’s market and a movie on the beach in July & Aug. Movies begin June 27, Decatur Ave. & the beach, 8:30pm.

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Lucy the Elephant: Sneak a peek at Margate’s 65-ft. wooden mascot (a tour through her insides to the observation deck up top will cost $4-$8).

BeachstockBeachstock 2013: Party on the beach for free (no tags required) on June 29, and enjoy free activities like a treasure hunt, obstacle course, surf lessons, live music, volleyball games and a movie on the beach. Granville Ave. & the beach.

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Ocean City

Frequent freebies

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Entertainment, face painting & balloon sculptors. July & Aug., 10am. Asbury Ave.

Wednesdays: Farmer’s market & crafters. June 26-Sept. 4, 8am. Tabernacle Grounds, 550 Wesley Ave. & Fire House Parking Lot, 6th St.

On the boardwalk

Tuesdays: Mummers Night strut. July & Aug., 7pm. 6th-14th sts.

Wednesdays & Sundays: Character Night with marching mascots. July & Aug., 6pm. Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk.

Thursdays: Family Night entertainment. July & Aug., 7:30pm. 6th-14th sts.

Hot spots:

Night in Venice Boat Parade: Don’t miss one of the biggest boat parades in the world on July 20. Longport Bridge to Tennessee Ave. along the bay.

Pamper Scamper: Baby crawling race on Aug. 6 for 15 mos. & younger. 6th St. beach, 9:30am.

Baby Parade: See babies strut their stuff on Aug. 8. Boardwalk, 6th-12th sts.

Weird Week, Aug. 12-16: Win prizes for weird talents all week. Past contests have included French fry & saltwater taffy sculpting, ear wiggling and one that asked little ones to make as much noise as possible in three minutes. 11am. Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk.

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