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10 things to do with kids in Ocean City

Swirl, flip and slip your way into a wide array of bumper cars, haunted houses and of course, rollercoasters at Trimper’s Rides. From airplanes to the pirate ship, you and the family will be entertained for hours. Info: Trimper’s Rides, S. First Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City, 410-289-8617, trimpersrides.com (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)
Play miniature golf. Whether you’re a golf pro or not quite up to par, playing miniature golf is a must when in Ocean City. With so many places and themed courses to choose from, your family will never be bored. Old Pro Golf owner Herb Schoellkopf built his first miniature golf course in Ocean City back in 1963. Fifty years later, the family-owned and operated business is still going strong with four locations. Info: Old Pro Golf, multiple locations, oldprogolf.com (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun)
...and fudge, and salt water taffy, and caramel popcorn and so much more at Dolle’s Candyland. Eat as much as you and the kids can take in -- calories don’t count on vacation, right? Info: Dolle’s Candyland, 500 South Boardwalk at Wicomico St., Ocean City, 410-289-6000, dolles.com (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)
Relive your childhood by playing Skee-Ball, racing games and even taking photos in the photo booth. Tickets are awarded for some games - see how many prizes you can get. Try the Electric Quarter Arcade at 137th Street or Fun City Arcade on the boardwalk. (Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun photo)
Buy or rent a boogie board on the boardwalk and challenge the kids to see who can ride farthest into the shore. Want an even bigger challenge? Rent a surfboard or stand-up paddleboard; both are great exercise for old and young. Info: Chauncey’s Surfshop, 28th Street & Coastal Highway, Ocean City, 410-289-7405, chaunceyssurfshop.com (Frank Tewey Photo, For The Baltimore Sun)
The only things saltier than the ocean water are the world-famous boardwalk fries. Treat the kids (and yourself) to delicious, crunchy fried potatoes eaten right from a cup. Info: Thrasher’s French Fries, Second Street and the Boardwalk, Ocean City, 410-289-7232, thrashersfrenchfries.com [Pictured: Sarah Slaysman blows on hot Thrasher’s Fries for her daughter Olivia, 4, of Berlin] (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)
Compete with your kids to see who can say, “She sells seashells down by the seashore” the fastest as you walk along the water and look for the prettiest shells. Once you’ve found a few, bring them home and make them into jewelry or use them to decorate a picture frame. If you prefer to find your shells indoors, go to Sea Shell City for a wide variety of shells, hermit crabs and beach apparel. Info: Sea Shell City, 708 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, Del., 302-539-9366, seashellcity.com [Above: Julia Shank of Hagerstown places shells in the bucket held by her mother Ellen Shank.] (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun 2012 Photo)
Why walk the boards when you can ride in style? Grab the kids and rent bicycles. You can each ride your own bike or rent a bike for multiple people and work together as a family. (Remember to check town ordinances for times that bikes are allowed on the boardwalk.) Too cool for bicycles? Dandy Don’s has pedal cars that you can “drive” up and down the boardwalk. Info: Dandy Don’s Bike Rentals and Service, 12th Street on the Boardwalk, Ocean City, 410-289-2289, dandydonsbikerentals.com (Jed Kirschbaum, Baltimore Sun photo)
While you might enjoy sleeping away a day at the beach, your kids are sure to be restless. Rent a kite (or two!) and teach your kids how to fly. After a while, they’ll be soaring with excitement and you can snooze with ease. Info: The Kite Loft, 511 Boardwalk, 410-289-7855, kiteloft.com (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)
If all else fails to amuse, there’s always nature’s gift. Take off your shoes and sink your toes into the warm, golden sand - or if you’re feeling creative, build a sturdy sandcastle. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)
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