300+ FUN THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN DC, MARYLAND & VIRGINIA

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IN DC, MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA

  1. Get crafty at one of Home Depot’s monthly workshops for kids.
  2. Attend a free local arts & crafts event at your local Michaels store.
  3. Come read to a dog ? at one of the area’s regional libraries.

119 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

ALEXANDRIA

  1. Explore the hiking trails and  beauty at Huntley Meadows Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. Make art and recycle ♻️ at the same time at Upcycle Creative Reuse Center.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Winkler Botanical Preserve is a secluded area featuring a variety of nature trails, a mountain lodge & waterfall flanked by woods.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  4. Take the kids to Scramble, a European-style, education focused indoor playground. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Get Air Trampoline Park has family fun with a variety of trampoline activities.
  6. Make a day of it at Cameron Run Regional Park, 26 acres of outdoor adventure in Alexandria, Virginia.  (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  7. Take a yummy stroll through the oldest farmers market ? in the US on Saturday mornings.
  8. Drop in for some regular and unusual flavors of homemade frozen custard at The Dairy Godmother.
  9. Green Spring Garden is a public park, including a historic 18th-century plantation house. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  10. Our Special Harbor Spray Park is a great place to cool off.
  11. Great Waves Waterpark with more than 20 acres, possibilities are unlimited. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  12. Potomac Park has something for everyone.
  13. Have a playdate and date night ?‍? at Paradiso. Kids enjoy a movie, eat dinner, and play with other kids while you enjoy your meal and watch them through a one-way mirror.
  14. Take a ride on the Old Town Alexandria trolley.
  15. Explore the outdoors at Founders Park.
  16. Calling all Harry Potter fans to see the ingredients used as potion ingredients in the books and movies. 
  17. Bounce off the walls at Get Air.
  18. See kid-friendly band, Rainbow Rock, at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub.
  19. Take a spin on Chessie's Carousel at Lee District Park.
  20. Get the teens climbing high ? at Sportrock Climbing Center with over 18,000 sq ft of walls.
  21. See real-life ingredients featured in Harry Potter, from dragon’s blood to mandrake root at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  22. Snag an organic cupcake baked with farm fresh ingredients before they sell out. 
  23. Take the young kiddos to a free weekly storytime ? at Hooray for Books!
  24. Watch the Alexandria Aces play, featuring college baseball players from different universities all playing on the same team in the summer.
  25. From April to September attend a free Thursday concert with free food, music and kid's activities. 
  26. Bring the family for an outdoor movie from May to September.
  27. Join in on the free crafts for kids at Lakeshore.

ANNANDALE

  1. Practice your skate skills at the Wakefield Skate Park freestyle course with bank ramps, pyramid, 4-foot quarter pipe and more.
  2. Have a mommy (or daddy) & me date at Bakery Cafe Breeze.
  3. See turtles, snakes ? and frogs live at the Hidden Oaks Nature Center. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)

ARLINGTON

  1. Have a family date night under the stars at a public weekend show at David M. Brown Planetarium.
  2. Drew Park Playground & Sprayground is a great place to spend the day enjoying the outdoors.
  3. Gravelly Point is a fun place to watch airplanes ? take off and land.
  4.  Windy Run Park you can enjoy trails and streams.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Skate with the Pros at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the highest ice rink above street-level in the United States.
  6. Ocean Dunes Waterpark has slides, water buckets, and pools.*  (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  7. Hayes Park offers a summer splash pad, tot & school-age playgrounds, and covered picnic areas.
  8. Lyon Village Park is a great place to take the kids and relax.
  9. Virginia Highlands Park offers play equipment, athletic fields & courts.
  10. The largest outdoor rink in Northern Virginia is Pentagon Row(winter only)
  11. See the large spheres at Dark Star Park.
  12. Take new bicyclists ? to the learning loop in Glencarlyn Park.
  13. Take a free fly fishing class good for beginners of all ages.
  14. Take a swing at Upton Hill Regional Park’s batting cages.
  15. Take a Microsoft Worshop for Kids from topics on how to code your own game to mixer streamer for teens.

FALLS CHURCH

  1. VR Head in the Cloud
  2. Have a beach day ?️ with slides at Ocean dunes water park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Take a trip to the Eden Center in Falls Church to enjoy Vietnamese restaurants and shops.

MCLEAN / GREAT FALLS

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  1. Calling all stargazers! Head over to Observatory Park for Friday night star observing.
  2. Pick out some fresh produce in the summer and enjoy a hayride in the fall at Krop's Crops. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Plan a day at Clemyjontri Park, the 10-acre playground and park with a ? carousel, trackless train, picnic area, games, and more.
  4. A Destination for Recreation at Great Falls. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Drop in for a child, family or teen yoga class at Yoga Studio & Wellness Center.

FAIRFAX / FAIRFAX STATION

Burke Lake Railroad
  1. Attend a free "Evenings Under the Stars" public tour for families with kids over 5 at the Mason Observatory.
  2. Visit the Children's Science Center Lab for indoor playtime, arts and crafts, and more.  (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. So much to do at Burke Lake Park, places to hike, boat rentals, mini-golf, a small train ride ?, playgrounds, picnic spots, and more. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  4. Fairfax Ice Arena is fun for the entire family. 
  5. Cuddle cats and play with furry felines at Patriot Pawsabilities Cat Lounge.
  6. Participate in an interactive performance at ? Strawberry Park.
  7. Go for an adventure at Escape Room Fairfax.
  8. Bring the kids to see and learn about model trains
  9. Attend this family fun alternative to morning cartoons & videos games with Arts in the Parks at Burke Lake Park (at Frying Pan Park too).

CENTREVILLE/MANASSAS

  1. Sky Zone Trampoline Park are the originators of wall-to-wall aerial action. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. All kids are welcome at Wings to Fly Therapy and Play Center.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Atlantis Waterpark at Bull Run is a Atlantis-themed summertime splash zone with 1,000-gallon dump bucket. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  4. Bounce, slide, climb, and jump on a wide variety of inflatables during open jump times at Pump it Up. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Parent's Night Out at The Women's Club will let you hit the town.*
  6. SplashDown Waterpark ? has it all. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  7. Signal Bay Waterpark is open to the public  featuring a leisure pool, water cannons, slides & a lazy river.
  8. Skate N’ Fun Zone is the ultimate experience.
  9. Have a Parents’ Night Out.*
  10. Take pictures and enjoy the bluebells in bloom in April at Bull Run Regional Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  11. Play a low cost game of night golf after dark at Magic Putting Place.
  12. Have a picnic, cross the stepping stones and visit the wildlife preservation area at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.
  13. Engage in laser gage full of fog and obstacles. 
  14. See an outdoor movie at Starlight Cinema. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  15. Cox Farms has everything from farm animals ? (pigs, cows, sheep, lambs, goats) to slides of all kinds. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  16. Watch a summer performance for young audiences at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

SPRINGFIELD/LORTON/WOODBRIDGE

Neabsco Creek Boardwalk | Image by pwcgov.org

  1. The Science Place?is where everyone participates and everyone learns.
  2. Sky Zone - Springfield, VA has family fun with a variety of trampoline activities.
  3. Throw down in a game of dodgeball, catch air on the trampolines, practice your biggest slam dunks, and more at Flight Trampoline Park 
  4. Super Awesome & Amazing has entertainment me galore.
  5. Let the kids play at Pirate's Cove Waterpark (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  6. Excitement is everywhere you look at ZavaZone Potomac Mills (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  7. Swing from the ropes and zip line at ? Go Ape. There's even a course specifically designed for kids. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  8. Walk the ¾ mile long Neabsco Creek Boardwalk Trail for free.
  9. Play at the 3-level playground and jump on the moon bounces at Beehive Indoor Playground.
  10. Go fishing ? at Lake Accotink Park.
  11. Have a family dinner and a movie night at Alamo Cinema where the lights are kept on low. 
  12. Visit the Super, Awesome & Amazing play space with a ninja course, trampoline and indoor water park. 

ASHBURN / STERLING / LEESBURG

ZavaZone Sterling

  1. Summit Ropes Indoor Adventure is the largest Indoor Ropes course in the United States. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. ZavaZone is a multi-action indoor experience that is perfect for all ages. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. 360iGym has classes for artistic, acrobatic, rhythmic gymnastics, tumbling gymnastics, afterschool & preschool parent child activities.
  4. Try hockey or skating at Loudoun Ice Centre.
  5. Check out Sky Zone and have fun. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  6. Finally the kids learn to cook ‍? at Cookology.
  7. Play pretend at this indoor center with a grocery store, castle ship and more.
  8. See lots of animals and stop by the petting zoo at Leesburg Animal Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  9. Try your hand at Indoor Skiing and Snowboarding. 
  10. Enjoy daring waterslides, a huge dumping bucket and more at ? Volcano Island.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)

CHANTILLY / HERNDON / RESTON / VIENNA

Korean Bell Garden of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens | Nova Parks

  1. Kid Junction offers a safe, clean and educational indoor play place for children, while providing a relaxing environment for parents. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. Launch Trampoline Park  is VA's premier trampoline ? park.
  3. Indoor ice rink at SkateQuest. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  4. Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole is an Old West-themed water park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Skate the Pavilion at the Reston Town Center winter only)
  6. Walker Nature Center has a pond, walking trails, picnic & ? campfire sites. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  7. Visit the only Korean Bell Pavilion on the east coast inside Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  8. Feed the goats and enjoy the small petting zoo at Roer’s Zoofari.
  9. Enjoy some non-toxic indoor playtime at EcoFunPlay.
  10. Play a not too spooky game of glow-in-the-dark mini golf
  11. Make your own pottery at Claycafe. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  12. Take a kid’s sewing class at The Heartfelt Craft Shop. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  13. Get up close and personal Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's annex, free after 4 pm weekdays.
  14. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is worth a trip both for yourself to relax and for your family to play. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  15. Take the family to see a show and meet up with a ranger to get a backstage tour of  Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (October - April).
  16. Grab your suits and head to the Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole to enjoy more than an acre of water ? activities for toddlers to teens.
  17. Visit the baby animals (and grown ones too!) at Kidwell Farm ? at Frying Pan Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  18. Read stories and cool off with sprinklers
  19. Picnic under the stars with a free concert at Arrowbrook Centre Park.

89 THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN WASHINGTON D.C.

  1. Learn the story of our planet at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. elemeno (SkillZone) is childhood STEM and play area. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Wilson Aquatic Center is a premier indoor aquatic facility.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  4. The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution has the world's largest collection of historic ?️ aircraft and spacecraft.
  5. Take a break from the city at the United States National Arboretum (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  6. Enjoy views of the river and plenty of green space and trails for picnics or biking at Hains Point.
  7. Time to smell the roses at the United States Botanic Garden. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  8. Splash in fountains, hop in a canoe and cross the cool pedestrian bridge at The Yards Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  9. Relax by the water, exercise at the fitness station, or check out the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion(open in the summer).
  10.  Fun for the whole family at East Potomac Mini Golf 
  11. Palmer Alley is the highlight of CityCenterDC, a majestic walk decorated with different seasonal features throughout the year.
  12.  The Hirshhorn Museum welcomes you and your family to enjoy hands-on art making and special storytime.*
  13. Visit the only planetarium ? in the National Park Service at Rock Creek Park.
  14. Smithsonian Gardens is open daily from dawn to dusk.
  15. Enjoy the view from the Tidal Basin.
  16. Play free ping pong and eat yummy pizza at Comet Ping Pong
  17. Lafayette Square is a seven-acre public park located within President's Park.
  18. Check out the Cherry Blossoms at the National Cathedral. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  19. Take in the outdoors at the park.
  20. There is something for everyone at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  21. Constitution Gardens is a living legacy.
  22. National Geographic Museum has the best learning experiences for all ages. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  23. Test your spy skills at the International Spy Museum. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  24. The National Children’s Museum is a children's museum and science center that has a three-level jungle gym with climbing areas and more. 
  25. Do something different with Smithsonian Sleepovers.
  26. Grab a delicious cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake, founded by stars of DC Cupcakes on TLC.
  27. Enjoy a delicious meal while your kid gets to decorate and eat a cookie ? at the table at Firefly
  28. Play oversized games at The Wharf. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  29. Enjoy a free children’s Saturday morning show at the Helen Hayes Gallery at the National Theatre. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  30. Watch the ducks ? at the Southwest Duck Pond
  31. Make lots of elongated echos by stomping, clapping and singing inside the Echo Dome. Then step outside and you won’t hear a thing.
  32. Play in the tunnels and in the sandbox with turtles ? at Friendship "Turtle" Park
  33. Play mini golf at the country's oldest continually operated mini golf course at East Potomac Park.
  34. Go to a free bilingual storytime at the National Gallery of Art. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  35. Bring your kid's drum (or not!) to listen to the drum circle on Sunday afternoons at  Meridian Hill Park.

Astro Doughnuts DC

  1. Eat a fried doughnut at Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken
  2. Load up on fresh produce at DC's oldest continually operated fresh food public market.
  3. Head to the skatepark, awesome toddler park or look for deer on the trail at Palisades Recreation Center & Playground.
  4. Attend a kids story and activity time at Politics and Prose Bookstore
  5. Play at this unique outdoor jungle gym from 6pm to dusk. 
  6. Rent a bike (or bring your own) and enjoy a ride along at the Georgetown Waterfront Park.
  7. Check out the 19-foot chair ? in Anacostia.
  8. Let the kids run the bases at Nationals Park after select Sunday games. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  9. Visit the giant bird at the Washington Youth Garden
  10. Watch a free performance at Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center every day of the year.
  11. Take the kids to see some of the monuments at night. Start with the World War II Memorial to see the fountains lit up at night. 
  12. Since there are no cars allowed, walk or take a boat ?‍♀️ to Theodore Roosevelt Island.
  13. View street art at The Fridge.
  14. See if the Corpse flower is in bloom (but be careful...it stinks!). 
  15. Climb to the rooftop terrace of the National Gallery of Art East Building to see the 14 ½ foot giant blue rooster. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  16. Hop between the 56 stones on the small island that celebrates the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  17. Visit the 9/11 Healing Totem Poles.
  18. Bring a picnic (or get food there) at the Kennedy Center rooftop and enjoy the view.
  19. Rent a motorized swan boat ?.
  20. Small batch ice cream and handmade chocolates. Need I say more?
  21. Pick up a chocolate covered oreo at The Capital Candy Jar.
  22. Enjoy a free concert on the lawn of the US Capital.
  23. Attend a guided family program on a one-acre fruit and vegetable garden with nature crafts, garden work and fresh garden snacks.
  24. Eat some cookie dough at The Dough Jar.  (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  25. Watch a professional tennis match at The Kastles Stadium at The Smith Center.
  26. Get free admission to the Butterfly Pavilion on Tuesdays.*
  27. Pick up some edible flowers ? and enjoy!
  28. Take kids 6 and older to a flying trapeze class.
  29. Try one of this week's assorted ice cream flavors flash frozen with liquid nitrogen. 
  30. Try a cretzel (croissant - pretzel) at The Cup We All Race 4.
  31. Cuddle up with cats at Crumbs and Whiskers Cat Cafe.
  32. Admire the Crape Murtles all around DC in the summer. Find them here
  33. Take a selfie at ? Unicorn Lane
  34. Take kiddie portraits at Blagden Alley
  35. Take a fun family portrait at City Center’s changing decor from snowflakes to beach balls.
  36. Watch a show at the theater devoted to kids. 
  37. Bring a picnic and a soccer ball to the National Mall and enjoy a relaxing day.
  38. Fly a kite at the Washington Monument.
  39. Grab your new ice skaters and ? push a penguin around.
  40. Join your li'l baker to build your own 6” Milk Bar B’day cake in this class.
  41. Can you catch the mobile cookie & milk man? Share an ice cream sandwich at Captain Cookie & The Milk Man.
  42. Surprise them with mac n' cheese topped with baked Goldfish crackers at Old Ebbitt Grill.
  43. Become an astronomer using the solar-filtered telescopes ? to see the sun, moon and other space objects at the free Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory.
  44. Bring out the young stargazers every Monday for a show tailored to them at Rock Creek Nature Center's planetarium.
  45. Let the kids run around and up to the famous capitol columns at the US National Arboretum. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  46. Photograph kids taking pictures with flowers as big as their heads and checkout the lily pads at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  47. See how money is made at tbe Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
  48. Take the metro to the ??? National Zoo. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  49. Visit the kid-friendly fountain and the modern art exhibits on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  50. Burn some energy along the Georgetown Waterfront Park.
  51. Enjoy a stroll along the willow trees at Wharf Waterfront Park.
  52. Design your own stamp (and email it to yourself) at the National Postal Museum. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  53. Play a game of miniature 10-pin bowling at The Eleanor DC.
  54. For kids 10 and under take a pay-what-you-like National Mall scavenger hunt tour.

124 OF THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN MARYLAND

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

  1. Become a Junior Ranger at one of the 15 Maryland National Parks ?️.

HYATTSVILLE / COLLEGE PARK / LANHAM*MOVE BELOW / MT. RAINIER

  1. Play at one of 30 secret pinball machines at the back room of MOM’s Organic Market.
  2. Photograph one of the cars made of car parts and washing machine parts and of course, stick around to explore the other upcycled art.
  3. Visit this interactive NASA Visitor Center with model rocket launches and more.
  4. Visit the world's oldest continuously operating airport at College Park Aviation Museum. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Attend a public skate time at Herbert Wells Ice Arena. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  6. Kids play for free at Smaland at IKEA.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  7. Take a kids sewing ? class at Three Little Birds Sewing Co.
  8. Grab some kids mini sweet potato pancakes for breakfast at Busboys and Poets.
  9. Come for coffee, food and...over 500 board games!
  10. Cool down with a delicious local organic juice at The Waterhole.
  11. Get a ice cream cookie sandwich at Insomnia Cookies.
  12. Walk through the cafeteria styline live of vegan soul food at NuVegan Café.
  13. Cool off in the family indoor pool with sprays and slides at Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  14. Explore nature with the geese, ducks, birds and deer. 
  15. Join the Kid's Club at African American Museum & Cultural Center for a fun monthly activity.
  16. Visit the largest dome in Maryland for a 'Friday Night at the Planetarium' ? presentation for the whole family.
  17. Enjoy homemade ice cream that's free from hormones, antibiotics and pesticides and uses natural flavorings, fruits and veggies from local farmers.
  18. Take the lil ones to Indian Creek Playground At Berwyn Heights Park to enjoy this quiet yet fun place.

BETHESDA / CHEVY CHASE / KENSINGTON / GLEN ECHO

  1.  Imagination Stage provides theater shows and afterschool programs for kids. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. Kid Museum (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Take the kiddos to see an exciting live theater show at Imagination Stage. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  4. Play at one of the dozen play areas at Cabin John Regional Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Climb through a bee hive, visit an amazing nature center with an outdoor children's garden with a pretend restaurant, sandbox, large wood blocks and more at Locust Grove Nature Center. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  6. Satisfy your family’s sweet tooth with a homemade Pop-Tart at the local dessert bar.
  7. Join the Kids Club at Pinstripes North Bethesda for $3 bowling ? and shoe rental from 11am - 1pm Mon - Fri.
  8. Tell the teens to snag free tickets to a free theatre show.
  9. See a live theatre show at Adventure Theatre MTC. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  10. See 50+ horses with free admission and maybe even pay a little extra for a pony ride at Meadowbrook Stables.
  11. Visit the oldest public library in the area that looks like a cottage in a fairy tale. 
  12. Discover 15+ interactive themed rooms inside this children's book store
  13. Bring some little friends (ages 2 to 4) to Puller Park off Rock Creek Trail to enjoy swings and a school bus structure.
  14. Pick up some veggies and sweet treats at the Kensington Farmer's Market on Saturday.
  15. Go for a cauliflower crust pizza ? at Gusto.
  16. Visit the live touch tank at the Glen Echo Aquarium with $5 admission on Fridays September through May.  (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  17. Six to 10 years enjoy playing yoga freeze dance, acting like animals and quiet time at Simon Says Yoga.

SILVER SPRING

  1. Take the kids to Launch Trampoline Park Prince George's County.
  2. Go to Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink during the winter.*
  3. Visit the huge sunflowers ? at McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area during peak bloom season (usally mid-July).
  4. Badlands is a nature-inspired play space and interactive environment where children can take risks, succeed at challenging themselves, and find their own way. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Kittens In Cups - A Purrfect Cat Lounge houses rescue cats for you to snuggle, love, and even adopt.
  6. Movies in the Park, free outdoor movies.
  7. Monster Mini Golf is a themed mini-golf chain featuring a glow-in-the-dark indoor course, plus arcade games. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  8. Visit the award winning Brookside Gardens to enjoy beautiful flowers ?, fountains, turtles fish, a children's garden and more.. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  9. See a 20-foot tall T-Rex at Discovery Channel’s headquarters building
  10. Spend a couple of hours at the HUGE playground at Wheaton Regional Park Adventure Playground. Don’t forget to ride the train or carousel during the warmer months. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  11. Ride on a real trolley through Northwest Branch Park.*
  12. Sit in the acorn shaped gazebo with an artificial grotto.
  13. Take the 3-minute ride down the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere. Link: Wheaton Station Escalator
  14. See real ocean waves recreated live at 'Coastline' Wave ? Pool.
  15. Enjoy dinner at a classic, circa-1946 railroad-car-style diner with jukeboxes, neon lights and all.
  16. See hair and bone fragments from Abraham Lincoln at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
  17. Attend a Minecraft workshop at the Silver Spring Library.
  18. Grab your skateboard and head to the skate park at Woodside Urban Park.
  19. Go duckpin bowling at White Oak Duckpin Lanes. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)

ROCKVILLE / WHEATON / POTOMAC

  1. Test your limits and play hard at ZavaZone. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. Have fun gliding over the ice at Rockville Town Square Outdoor Ice Skating ⛸️ (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Go sky high at Launch Rockville Trampoline Park 
  4. Bounce U has bouncing houses galore.  (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Rockville Ice Arena has open skate and hockey available. 
  6. Feel the outdoors inside at Badlands 30,000 sq ft play space. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  7. Join the seasonal Little Acorns program or Nature Tots program ? and explore the outdoors.
  8. Crawl through the kid-sized cave and discover how animals survive at Meadowside Nature Center. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  9. See the amazing life cycle at ? Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit.* (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  10. Wheaton Ice Arena is a year-round rink with a pro shop, work-out room & snack bar. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  11. Cabin John Ice Rink is an indoor ice rink open all year offering public sessions for all ages, lessons & party rentals.
  12. Travel back to the 1870’s and ride along the C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules.
  13. Attend an open gym session (times for toddlers to teens) at Dynamite Gymnastics Center. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  14. Visit the Chipotle of Donuts ?.
  15. Try some bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea.
  16. Take kids over 5 to speak with astronomers and view the stars at the Rockville Observatory.

LAUREL

  1. Climb to the top of Jack’s giant beanstalk, rise to the top of the Empire State Building, scale the ancient bones of a T-Rex, or Mt. Rushmore.
  2. Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center for a free half-hour tram tour of the nature refuge where a ranger will guide you through forest, meadows, and wetlands. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Meet a real life Paleontologist at ? Dinosaur Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  4. The Gardens Ice House is a skating facility that has an Olympic ice rink, two NHL rinks, and an outdoor mini-rink. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  5. Have a family adventure with an adventure backpack, scavenger hunt, bug kits, field guides and others on the Family Adventure Cart.
  6. Walk over a full-size Nanotyrannus fossil replica at the Laurel Library
  7. Go rollerskating at Laurel Roller Skating Center  (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)

NATIONAL HARBOR / OXON HILL / FORT WASHINGTON

  1. Pedal boat your way along the National Harbor.
  2. See a family-friendly movie at the National Harbor during the summer. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Attend a kid's sing-along piano ? show at Bobby McKeys.
  4. See The Awakening, the 72-foot giant trying to free himself from the earth at the National Harbor.
  5. Feed the chickens at Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  6. Play on the shipwreck ? at Castaway Island Playground.

GAITHERSBURG / GERMANTOWN

  1. Fishing, inexpensive pontoon boat rentals, a tire swing playground and more at Seneca Creek State Park.*
  2. Water Park at Bohrer Park has a 250 foot double water slide.*
  3. South Germantown Splash Park and Mini Golf ⛳ will help you stay cool.*
  4. Jump around at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.*
  5. See how chocolate is made (and sample it too!) at SPAGnVOLA Chocolateir
  6. Enjoy some pancakes while overlooking the runway and watching planes from The Airport Cafe.
  7. Bring the older kids to Seneca Creek Park to enjoy the zip line.
  8. Visit the Earthoid Water Tank holding 2 million gallons of water that resembles what earth looks like from space.
  9. Cool off at the South Germantown Regional Park Splash Playground ?
  10. Drop in for a multi-level laser tag experience at ShadowLand.
  11. Feed the fish, walk the boardwalk around the lake, and take a spin on the carousel at Rio Lakefront.*
  12. Pick your own strawberries and apples at Butler's Orchard and visit the farm animals too! Free on Wednesdays.
  13. Explore a castle at South Germantown Regional Park Adventure Playground.
  14. Take on the largest man-made outdoor climbing adventure in the entire world at Sandy Spring Adventure Park.
  15. Spend some time at this indoor imaginative play space with custom play homes to explore.
  16. Practice baseball ⚾ and softball with the 8-speed batting cage machine at The Baseball Zone.

BOWIE / CROFTON / LANHAM / GLENN DALE

  1. Bowie Ice Arena has a seasonal skating facility. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. Attend a Bowie Baysox baseball game.*
  3. Play at one of the many playgrounds, visit the skate park or just bring a picnic to this 85-acre multi use park.
  4. Take a spin around 20 turns in Maryland's largest outdoor go-kart course.
  5. Feel the positive energy from visiting the Sri Siva Vishnu Hindu Temple ? and grab some tasty food from the kitchen.
  6. Solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategies in a real life escape experience at Mission Escape.
  7. Visit the Medieval Dragon Playground.
  8. Play a free electronic game sport with various games at Orchard Playground at Fairwood Park.
  9. Cool off at the Glenn Dale Splash Park.
  10. Enjoy your first cup-pie at Heaven Sent Cupcakery ?
  11. Go roller skating at Skate Zone.
  12. Bring the toddlers to The Wiggle Room while you sit back and relax.

TAKOMA PARK / BLADENSBURG

  1. On the North side of Tulip Avenue, drive by to see the hand-carved dragon sculpture ? from a tree. Note: see it from the street as this is on private property.
  2. Put the devices away and enjoy the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  3. Imagine life at a castle, walk across the moat, climb the walls and slide down the dragon slide at King And Queen Playground.

OTHER

  1. Watkins Nature Center gives you close encounters with live animals. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  2. Spend the day playing at the Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Regional Park.
  3. Order up at the Chipotle of pizza! Pick your pizza ? toppings and watch it bake fast at 1000 degrees.

UPPER MARLBORO

  1. Enjoy this free farm with peacocks, llamas, turkeys and more. Bring quarters to buy feed for the birds.
  2. Attend a horse show or keep an eye out for one of the fun kid shows at The Show Place Arena.
  3. Snack like a local and pick up some of the famous Snickerdoodle (& other flavors) cookies at Inverson Cookies.
  4. Discover this hidden gem and cool off with some old fashioned shaved ice
  5. Enjoy a quiet walk and visit the wildlife center at ? Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. (Read the Our Kids Mom's Review)
  6. Zoom down log slides and wooden tunnels at Woodland Wonderland playground. (Capital Heights)

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