Seahorse

A seahorse at the National Aquarium. (Sarah Kelber / June 30, 2012)

The forecast isn't pretty, with highs predicted in the high 90s, and thousands of people are without power. What's a parent to do to keep cool?

Here's a roundup of some places with air conditioning that are open (subject to change, of course, and assuming you can see this on a wireless device before your battery runs out):

 

Other ideas: bounce houses, pools, ice cream (natch), but you might want to call first. 

  • In Columbia, "Dickinson pool is without power and Bryant Woods has storm damage. Both will be closed until further notice," according to the Columbia Association Facebook page. UPDATE: As of this afternoon, the pools are open to all Columbia residents without power for free on Saturday. The pools are open until 8:30.
  • In Anne Arundel County, many of the branches are closed for the day due to power (South County, Broadneck, Severna Park, Provinces, Maryland City at Russett Branch and West County Area Library), according to the Anne Arundel County Public Library Facebook page.