It's hard to believe that today is July 1st. Summer in Maine seems to go incredibly quickly! Here's a list of free family friendly things to do in Downeast Maine July 1-7 to keep your children busy, without killing your bank account!

Photo Chris Popper
Photo Chris Popper

Remember the Splash Pad at Knowlton Park in Ellsworth is open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's a great way to cool off when the temperatures soar!

Photo Neighborhood House
Photo Neighborhood House

The public pool in Northeast Harbor is open for public swim Monday-Friday 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday Noon to 2 p.m. The pool will be closed on the 4th of July.  For more info, please call the Neighborhood House at 276-5039.

Monday July 1

  • Bar Harbor - The 1st Bar Harbor Town Band Concert of the Summer Season will be held on the Village Green. They perform every Monday and Thursday July 1 - August 15th.

Wednesday July 3

  • Bar Harbor - Jesup Memorial Library is hosting a Block Party 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids are welcome to join the Jesup's library staff on Wednesday afternoons to build something awesome with the library’s Lego collection
  • Bar Harbor - Jesup Memorial Library is hosting Chronicles of Yarnia: Fiber Arts Group for Tweens and Teens from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Tweens and teens in grades 5-12 are welcome to bring a fiber arts project or start a new project at the library.

Thursday July 4

Friday July 5

  • Bar Harbor - Jesup Memorial Library - Mr. Drew and His Animals Too 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Mr. Drew and His Animals Too is an Educational outreach presenter featuring exotic reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from around the world that he has rescued and rehabilitated
  • Ellsworth - Ellsworth Public Library - Baby Story and Play 9 - 9:30 a.m. The youngest patrons and their caregivers are invited to enjoy this brief story time full of short books, lap bounces, rhymes and songs. Adults have time to meet and greet while the children play after the program ends.
  • Ellsworth - The 1st Ellsworth Waterfront Concert Series kicks off! Concerts take place at Harbor Park starting at 6 p.m. The Crown Vics play on July 5th. In the event of inclement weather the concert will take place on Sunday, July 7th at 4 p.m.
  • Southwest Harbor - Southwest Harbor Public Library 10 -10:30 a.m. Family Storytime Join Ms. Chrissy for a fun-filled interactive storytime with books, puppets, movements, songs, and more!

If you have a free, family friendly activity in Downeast Maine and want to have it listed, please email with the details

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