130+ Fun Things to Do in Maryland With Kids (By City)

There are so many fun things to do in Maryland with kids so if you’ve been looking for the best family activities in Maryland, we’ve got you covered!

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Whether you’re looking for free activities, inexpensive activities, family-friendly activities, amusement parks, indoor activities, nature trails, historical sites or just the best places and the best things to do, you’ll find a bit of everything here.

kid gazing at the aquarium
Source: National Aquarium website

Here you’ll find over 130 fun things to do with your kids in Maryland, including both indoor and outdoor activities, to get you out and about, exploring and making new memories as an entire family!

Hyattsville / College Park / Lanham / Mt. Rainier

#1 Play at one of 30 secret pinball machines 

Behind the bakery, at MOM’s Organic Market, you’ll find a fun room / lounge full of pinball machines! This is such a cool, hidden gem and games only cost 25-50 cents each.

#2 Visit this interactive NASA Visitor Center 

The NASA Visitor Center has model rocket launches and other fun activities for the whole family. Everyone learns so much here about how the earth and galaxy were formed.

Plan to spend about 2 hours.

What’s fun for kids:

  • Live mini rocket launch session
  • Free photo printer to get a picture of you in a spacesuit
  • Smelling other planets and space
  • Coloring books
  • Nearby geocache

#3 Visit the world’s oldest continuously operating airport

College Park Aviation Museum is a small museum that offers guided tours and the kids love the kids items available in the gift shop.

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Source: College Park Aviation Museum

This museum is one that would compete with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia and it packs many hidden gems. Definitely don’t miss this one!

What’s fun for kids:

  • All the airplane models
  • How the museum overlooks the runway
  • Flight simulators
  • Interactive activities and displays for young ones

#4 Attend a public skate time at Herbert Wells Ice Arena

Herbert Wells Ice Arena is a great place to visit right before or after the College Park Aviation Museum as it’s right across the street!

kids skating at Herbert Wells Ice Arena
Source: College Park Aviation Museum

This is where the University of Maryland’s ice hockey team plays so it’s a regulation hockey size rink. Look out for the Super Saver Ice Skating sessions to save on admission. 

#5 Kids play for free at Smaland

Smaland at IKEA is a great place to drop the kids off so you can get some shopping done. IKEA is huge and little kids especially can get worn out from walking such a long way through the store.

Smaland gives them a fun place to play that will hold their attention until you’re done.

#6 Take a kids sewing class at Three Little Birds Sewing Co

Three Little Birds Sewing Co is a cute sewing company that offers adult and kids classes. Their Parent & Me sewing class is such a fun opportunity!

They also offer camps, kid gift making workshops, one-time classes and kid sewing series.

#7 Grab some kids mini sweet potato pancakes for breakfast at Busboys and Poets

Busyboys and Poets is a unique place as it’s not only a bookstore, but also a restaurant and place for the community.

#8 Play over 750 board games!

Visit for coffee, food and a whole library of board games at The Board and Brew. You can even search their library of games by category, number of players and game length.

They do have a category just for kids too!

#9 Enjoy a delicious local organic juice

At The Waterhole my kids like the Berry Nice and Coco Loco fruit smoothies and I’m happy getting one of the healthy, organic juices (especially the Irie Thunder!).

It’s nice for them to feel like they get to have a treat out and I’m happy I don’t have to feel guilty giving them something unhealthy.

#10 Get a ice cream cookie sandwich

Insomnia Cookies is our favorite place to get ice cream sandwiches.

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Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool

#11 Cool Off in The Family Indoor Pool

The Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool.is a fun, family pool with sprays and slides, especially for the younger kids.

What’s fun for kids:

  • Open swim area
  • Water slide
  • 6 Lily pads with rope
  • The warm water (it’s 83 degrees)

#12 Enjoy Vegan Soul Food

If you’re looking for some yummy /(and healthy) soul food, try the cafeteria style line at NuVegan Café.

#13 Explore Lake Artemesia Natural Area

Explore nature with the geese, ducks, birds and deer. You can even walk or ride one of the trails to the College Park Aviation Museum.

#14 Join the Kid’s Club

At the African American Museum & Cultural Center, join the kids club and receive a fun monthly activity.

#15 Have a healthier homemade ice cream delivered

Simple Pleasures Ice makes ice cream that is free from hormones, antibiotics and pesticides and uses natural flavorings, fruits and veggies from local farmers. And most importantly, it’s so good!

#16 Take The Lil Ones to a Native American Themed Playground

Located at Berwyn Heights Park, Indian Creek Playground is a nice quiet place.

Indian Creek playground image
Source: Indian Creek playground

This playground was designed after the original residents of area, the Nacotchank. The playgroun is best for kids ages 5 to 12. This is definitely a unique experience when it comes to playgrounds. Kids will enjoy fun elements like:

  • Teepee playstructures
  • Oversized dream catchers
  • Algonquian canoe to sit in
  • Cornstalk talk tubes
  • Totem pole

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Bethesda / Chevy Chase / Kensington / Glen Echo

#17 See a Theatre Show

Imagination Stage is a wonderful place to see a theatre show! We usually see a show here at least a couple of times per year and the kids (and us!) always have a great time.

#18 Experiment With Coding, Robotics & More

Kids Museum is a 28,000-foot building where kids can experiment with coding, engineering, robotics and other hands-on activities.

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Tickets are good for 2 hours and give you access to features like:

  • Robot Tech Arena
  • Maker Playground
  • 3D Printing Lab
  • Woodworking Studio
  • Electronics Studio
  • And more

#19 Play At One of These Dozen Play Areas

Did you know at Cabin John Regional Park the kids can choose from one of a dozen play areas? When we’re done, we typically head to the Locust Grove Nature Center within the park and of course, ride the mini train too.

Source: Montgomery Parks

#20 Climb Through a Bee Hive

The Locust Grove Nature Center is an amazing nature center with an outdoor children’s garden with a pretend restaurant, sandbox, large wood blocks and more. This is one of our favorite nature centers and it has some great hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities for kids.

#21 Try a Homemade Pop-Tart

Satisfy your family’s sweet tooth with a homemade Pop-Tart at a local dessert bar, Henry’s Sweet Retreat. You can even pick-up a kit to bake pop tarts at home.

#22 Join the Bowling Kids Club

At Pinstripes North Bethesda, you can sign the kids up for the Kids Club so they can enjoy bowling for $3 and shoe rental from 11am – 1pm Monday through Friday.

#23 Tell Teens to Snag Free Theatre Tickets

At Round House Theatre, teens ages 13 and up can get free theatre tickets with no strings attached with their Free Play program.

#24 See a Live Theatre Show at Adventure Theatre MTC

Adventure Theatre MTC is one of our absolute favorite places to see a show with the kids.

#25 See 50+ Horses

Meadowbrook Stables is a fun place to go to see lots of horses. They offer free admission but you can also pay a little extra for a pony ride.

#26 Visit the Oldest Public Library 

The Noyes Library is the perfect place to take young kids. This one-room library is a comfortable space for small kids and has many books and programs just for them. 

Noyes Library
Source: Noyes Library

Not to mention, the building itself is a cottage so it looks a bit like a fairy tale. 

#27 Play In These 20+ Interactive Themed Rooms

There is so much to do at Playseum. We go here a lot when it’s cold out. Kids can do things like:

  • Create slime, soaps & more
  • Decorate (and eat) a cupcake
  • Budget their own money
  • Visit a bookstore
  • Paint
  • Play dress up
  • See a real animal
  • And lots more

#28 Enjoy a Playground With a School Bus Structure

Bring some little friends (ages 2 to 4) to Puller Park off Rock Creek Trail to enjoy swings and a school bus structure.

#29 Pick Up Fresh Food at The Saturday Market

the Kensington Farmer’s Market is full of fruits, veggies and sweet treats on Saturdays and definitely worth a visit.

farmers market
Image by labenord from Pixabay

#30 Visit The Live Touch Tank

The Glen Echo Aquarium has lots of fun family activities to learn about marine life, including many interactive exhibits. Some of things we love about the aquarium are:

  • The touch tank
  • Sand pit
  • Interactive exhibits
  • Kids storytime on Thursdays

#31 Play Yoga Freeze Dance

Yoga studio, Simon Says Yoga, sometimes has classes just for kids. Take for example the class for 6 to 10 year olds to enjoy playing yoga freeze dance, acting like animals and quiet time.

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Adventure Theatre MTC

Silver Spring

#32 Go For Trampolines & More

Take the kids to Launch Trampoline Park Prince George’s County. It’s more than just a trampoline park. They have so many more attractions like:

  • Trampoline maze
  • Jump area
  • Video game area
  • Laser tag arena
  • Roof rope course
  • Ziplining

#33 Go Ice Skating Outdoors

The Spring Outdoor Ice Skating Rink is the perfect place to go ice skating during the winter. Just don’t forget to bundle up!

#34 Visit a Field of Sunflowers

At McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, during peak bloom season (usally mid-July), you can visit a large field of huge sunflowers. It’s quite a sight to see! Not only is it just fun to explore the field, this is a great place to snap some photos of the kids.

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#35 Play at a Nature Inspired Play Space

Badlands is a nature-inspired play space and interactive environment where children can take risks, succeed at challenging themselves, and find their own way.

#36 Snuggle Up With Kitties

Kittens In Cups – A Purrfect Cat Lounge houses rescue cats for you to snuggle, love, and even adopt (although not required). They are just one of the local cat cafes in the DC area.

#37 See Free Movies in the Park

Rockville’s summer program, Movies in The Parks, is a great place to bring the family to see free outdoor movies during the summer. Movies run on Wednesdays in August. Each week the movies happen in different neighborhood parks

#38 Play Glow-in-The-Dark Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf is a themed mini-golf chain featuring a glow-in-the-dark indoor course, plus arcade games.

#39 Explore Award Winning Gardens

Brookside Gardens is a family favorite and a great place to enjoy beautiful flowers, fountains, turtles, fish, and they even have a children’s garden and more.

kids enjoying a picnic
Source: Wings of Fancy

You can also see the the amazing butterfly life cycle at the garden’s Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit.

#40 See a 20-Foot Tall T-Rex

If you’re going by the Discovery Channel’s headquarters building, stop in to see

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#41 Play at This HUGE Playground

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. 

#42 Ride On Real Trolleys

At the National Capital Trolley Museum , you can ride 6 street cars that are from 6 different countries. The rides take you down a 1-mile wood track through Northwest Branch Park.

National Capital Trolley Museum
Source: National Capital Trolley Museum

#43 Sit in the Acorn Shaped Gazebo

Acorn Urban Park is a small, quiet park. It’s known for it’s acorn shaped gazebo and the beautiful, surrounding oak trees.

#44 Ride the Longest Escalator in the Western Hemisphere

The Wheaton Station Escalator is the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere and it takes 3-minutes to ride all the way down.

#45 Visit the Wave Pool

This is one wave pool where you’ll stay dry as this is an amazing piece of art. At Coastline, called Wave Pool by locals, you’ll see ocean waves recreated.

This pool has over 40 different patterns of waves that you can watch change. Kids love watching the water and it’s relaxing to sit and watch for the kids.

#46 Enjoy Dinner at a Railroad Car Style Diner

Enjoy dinner at a classic, circa-1946 railroad-car-style diner called Tastee Diner. And yes, they have jukeboxes, neon lights and all.

#47 See Hair & Bone Fragments From Abraham Lincoln

At the National Museum of Health and Medicine, you can learn about Lincoln and a lot more. They even have the bullet that killed him on display.

While this museum isn’t the best for smaller kids (it’s a small, quiet place), there are other things to entertain the older kids like:

  • Interactive brain exhibit
  • Face reconstruction exhibit
  • Interesting exhibits on the human body
  • Old medical devices
  • Preserved body parts

Then go to Ford’s Theatre afterwards for more on Lincoln’s story

#48 Attend an Event at the Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library

Silver Spring’s library has lots of changing events for kids and teens. The events change each month (although some appear regularly).

You’ll find events like:

  • Minecraft Maker
  • Sunday with Legos and Duplo
  • Family storytime
  • Improv workshops
  • Dance
  • Spanish
  • Crafts
  • And more

#49 Head to The Skatepark

Grab your skateboard and head to the skate park at Woodside Urban Park. If you’re bringing younger kids along too, there is also a playground.

Woodside Urban Park
Source: Woodside Urban Park

#50 Go Duckpin Bowling

At White Oak Duckpin Lanes, part of the fun of this experience is how old school everything is. I love showing kids how things used to be! 

Brookside Gardens


#51 Try Goat Yoga

Yoga Love is one of the DC area’s spots for goat yoga. This is a such a fun time. You’re outside with the family, exercising, laughing and feeding the goats.

#52 Enjoy Indoor Play Time

Hyper Kidz Columbia is a fun indoor playground that kids love.

What’s fun for kids:

  • Interactive dance floor
  • Giant pin screens
  • Multi-level play structures
  • Balls
  • Slides

#53 Play Laser Tag

Shadowland Laser Adventures not only has laser tag, the also have glow-in-the-dark mini golf and a huge arcade with all types of games. 

#54 Visit an Interactive Art Museum

DoodleHatch is a rally fun museum for kids up to age 10. There are lots of fun opportunities for photos and there are coloring sheets for kids.

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What’s fun for kids:

  • Coloring wih crayons, markers and chalk
  • Wearing cosumes
  • Giant Teddy Bear on a Bed that kids can jump on

#55 Go On a Pony Ride

Kids love the pony rides at Park Overlook Farm. The petting zoo has all the animals you’d expect like goats and pigs but also other animals like rabbits, llamas and donkeys.

Source: Petting Zoo in Maryland

What’s fun for kids:

  • Pony rides
  • Petting zoo
  • Barnyard Games
  • Crafts

I recommend their private Family and friends field trips for a unique experience including pony rides & pony grooming. 

#56 Bring Kids of All Ages to This Playground

The Blandair Regional Park West Playground. They have several areas for kids of different ages. 

What’s fun for kids:

  • Musical stations
  • Big slides
  • Sensory items
  • Animal farm playground 

Rockville / Wheaton / Potomac

#57 Try 4 Ninja Courses

Test your limits at ZavaZone which has courses to make you think you’re training for American Ninja Warrior.

#58 Go Ice Skating Outdoors

Have fun gliding over the ice at Rockville Town Square Outdoor Ice Skating.

The Wheaton Ice Arena is another great option with a year-round rink with a pro shop, work-out room & snack bar.

#59 Go Ice Skating

Rockville Ice Arena has open skate for ice skating. They also have stick time if you have any hockey players that want to come practice. It’s a fun time! 

Another fun option is Cabin John Ice Rink, an indoor ice rink open all year offering public sessions for all ages, lessons & party rentals.

#60 Crawl Through The Kid-Sized Cave

Crawl through the kid-sized cave and discover how animals survive at Meadowside Nature Center.

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#61 Travel Back to The 1870’s

Ride along the C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules.

#62 Attend an Open Gymnastics Session

From toddlers to teens, Dynamite Gymnastics Center. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)

#63 Taste the Chipotle of Donuts

Duck Donuts is where you go for made to order donuts. While they have some pre-created donuts, you can also customize your own with your desired toppings.

#64 Try Bubble Tea

Try some delicious bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea. They also have special deals like a free topping, free size upgrade, series bogo, and others depending on the day of the week.

#65 View The Stars

Take kids over 5 to speak with astronomers and view the stars at the Rockville Observatory.

#66 Spend a Day Along the Potomac River

Great Falls is a beautiful park we are so lucky to have in this area. It’s a beautiful place to bring a picnic, a soccer ball and the family just to spend the day in nature.


#67 Climb to The Top of Jack’s Giant Beanstalk

At ClimbZone, kids can do super fun things like climbing to the top of Jack’s beanstalk, rise to the top of the Empire State Building, scale the ancient bones of a T-Rex, or Mt. Rushmore.

#68 Visit the National Wildlife Visitor Center 

The National Wildlife Visitor Cener is a fun place for kids and adults. One of my kids favorite part is the free, half-hour tram tour of the nature refuge where a ranger will guide you through forest, meadows, and wetlands. 

#69 Meet a Real Life Paleontologist

At Dinosaur Park, kids can search for 115-million year old fossils during an open house.

Hundreds of fossils have been found here including:

  • Dinosaurs
  • Turtles
  • Crocodilians
  • Mammals
  • And more

#70 Go Ice Skating on an Olympic Ice Rink

The Gardens Ice House is a skating facility that has an Olympic ice rink, two NHL rinks, and an outdoor mini-rink.

mom and baby at an ice rink
Source: The Gardens Ice House

#71 Snag a Family Adventure Backpack

At the Patuxent Research Refuge, the Family Adventure Cart has:

  • An adventure backpack
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Bug kits
  • Field guides
  • And others

They’re all designed to to check-out and explore the outdoors.

#72 Walk Over a Full-Size Nanotyrannus Fossil Replica

The replica can be found at the Laurel Library. It’s huge and covered by a glass walkway so they kids can walk right over it. Super fun!

Plus, they have a dinosaur themed children’s area.

#73 Go Rollerskating

At Laurel Roller Skating Center, the sessions are so much fun! They have good music, good prices and make the sessions fun. They even did limbo on roller skates during our session!

Keep an eye out for their weekly family night.

National Harbor / Oxon Hill / Fort Washington

#74 See a Family-Friendly Movie at the National Harbor

There are many fun things to do at the National Harbor and seeing a family-friendly movie during the summer is just one of them.

#75 Attend a Kid’s Sing-Along Piano Show

At Bobby McKeys, they have a Kids’ Day show which is an all ages show. Here kids can get up and dance to the live music and enjoy lunch. 

Kids having fun with their parents at Bobby McKeys
Source: Bobby McKeys

Make sure to check the schedule for Kids’ Day.

#76 See The Awakening at The National Harbor

The Awakening is a 72-foot giant sculpture that is trying to free himself from the earth at the National Harbor. Kids love seeing the sculpture in the sand and running around it.

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#77 Feed The Chickens

Kids can feed the chickens at Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm. The farm animals also has cows, horses, pigs and other animals. This is a great place to learn about farming history and explore the couple of trails they have.

Don’t forget to pick up a Junior Ranger booklet!

#78 Play on The Shipwreck

Castaway Island Playground is a super fun shipwreck themed playground with features like:

  • A ship (of course!)
  • Bamboo docks
  • Coconut bridges
Shipwreck at Castaway island
Source: Castaway island
  • Slides 
  • Swings
  • Palm trees
  • And more

Gaithersburg / Germantown

#79 Enjoy Seneca Creek State Park

Seneca Creek State Park has so many fun things from fishing, hiking and inexpensive pontoon boat rentals.My kids absolutely love the tire swing playground and more.

#80 Slide Down a 250-Foot Water Slide

The Water Park at Bohrer Park is Gaithersburg’s best water park and has a 250 foot double water slide, plus a big and small pool for all ages of kids to enjoy.

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#81 Play Mini Golf

Go to South Germantown Splash Park and Mini Golf to enjoy a fun round (or two!) of mini golf with the kids.

kids sliding from a waterslide
Source: South Germantown splash park

#82 Jump, Jump

Take the kids to jump round at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

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#83 Make Chocolate

See how chocolate is made (and sample it too!) at one of SPAGnVOLA Chocolateir‘s chocolate making classes and factory tours.

#84 Watch Planes Takeoff & Eat Pancakes

Enjoy some pancakes while overlooking the runway and watching planes from The Airport Cafe.

#85 Go Ziplining

Bring the older kids to Seneca Creek Park to enjoy the 50-foot zip line. Younger kids will have plenty of fun playgrounds to play on made out of recycled tires, wood and plastic.

Source: Seneca State Park

#86 Visit the Earthoid Water Tank

The water tank holds 2 million gallons of water that resembles what earth looks like from space.

#87 Cool Off at The Splash Park

Cool off at the South Germantown Regional Park Splash Playground which has fun features like:

  • A 280-jet water maze
  • Jumping pillow
  • Cave with a waterfall
  • Water bucket drops
  • Slide
  • Spraying animals

They have mini golf too!

#88 Pick Your Own Strawberries & Apples

Butler’s Orchard is one of those farms we visit in the spring, summer and fall to pick our own fruits and veggies. My kids love getting to pick different types of food throughout the year.

Source: Butler’s Orchard

We also attend their Bunnyland event in the spring which is a blast!

You can also visit the farm animals too! Free on Wednesdays.

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#89 Take on The Largest Aerial Adventure Park in The World

Sandy Spring Adventure Park is a fun adventure course set-up right in the trees with zip lines, ropes, wooden bridges and other obstacles to get across.

#90 Relax at Lake Needwood

Lake Needwood is a great place to go and relax or if you’re feeling up for more, participate in some of the other fun activities like:

  • A lake tour on a pontoon style boat
  • Go zipline at Go Aple Ziple & Adventure Park in the park
  • Walk the trails
  • Go fishing
  • Visit the Archery Range
  • Rent a boat

#91 Play at This Indoor Imaginative Play Space

Spend some time at Kids Play Gallery, an indoor play space, with custom play homes for younger kids to explore. Kids can explore various stations like the:

  • Fire station
  • Gas station
  • Mechanic shop
  • Fast food restaurant
  • Fishing station
  • Police car

#92 Go to The Batting Cage

Practice baseball and softball with the 8-speed batting cage machine at The Baseball Zone.


Bowie / Crofton / Lanham / Glenn Dale

#93 Go Ice Skating

The Bowie Ice Arena has a seasonal skating facility. It’s located inside of Allen Pond Park so it has beautiful surrounds to enjoy.

#94 Attend a Bowie Baysox Baseball Game

Attending the game is so much fun for the entire family! Plus, kids ages 3 to 12 can sign up for the Future’s Club which gives kids a free gift, member only events, discount tickets and more. They can also participate in the Read and Hit a Home Run Reading Program to earn free game tickets.

#95 Enjoy The Day at This 85-Acre Park

Play at one of the many playgrounds, visit the skate park or just bring a picnic and use this picnic area at at Allen Pond Park.

#96 Spin Around Maryland’s Largest Outdoor Go-Kart Course

Crofton Go-Kart Raceway is Maryland’s largest outdoor track with 20 turns on a 1/2 mile track. Kids ages 2 and up can ride, while kids ages 8 and up can drive their own car.

#97 Feel The Positive Energy From The Temple

credit Sri Siva Vishnu Hindu Temple

Visit the Sri Siva Vishnu Hindu Temple and grab some tasty food from the kitchen.

#98 Solve Puzzles and Riddles

Use clues, hints and strategies in a real life escape experience at Mission Escape.

#99 Visit a Medieval Dragon Playground

The Medieval Dragon Playground is a fun playground for kids up to age 12. There is an area designated for smaller kids and the older kids can pretend like they are exploring different parts of a dragon. They’ll have fun:

  • Balancing on the trail
  • Climbing through loops and a spider web
  • Walking the stairs on the spine
  • The climbing wall on the wings

My kids lasted here for a couple of hours before they stopped for a snack.

#100 Play an Electronic Game Sport Outdoors

Orchard Playground, as the name suggests, is an orchard themed playground. My littliest enjoys the sand pit and my older ones love the NEOS gaming system where they can choose from various games. Some of the games make them run around which is fun. 

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#111 Go Roller Skating

Skate Zone has been in the community for many, many years and it’s easy to have a great time here.

One thing I appreciate is the younger kids (up to 6-years-old) have a Tot Time skate so the younger ones can learn and enjoy themselves. During this time they can bring push toys, trikes and more to help them stand up.

#112 Enjoy Indoor Play at The Wiggle Room

Bring the toddlers to The Wiggle Room while you sit back and relax. While they have classes and events, the Open Play sessions are perfect to come in and play (and you get to stay as long as you’d like!). 

Takoma park / Bladensburg

#113 Check Out The Dragon Sculpture

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.

#114 Take a Boat Tour

Put the devices away and enjoy the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Kids love walking over the pedestrian bridge over the water and of course, visiting the playground.

You can even take a 45-minute guided pontoon tour!

#115 Imagine Life at a Castle

Imagine life at a castle, walk across the moat, climb the walls and slide down the dragon slide at King And Queen Playground.


The Baltimore Inner Harbor area has so many fun things to do. You can easily spend an entire day here full of family fun and still not see and do everything.

#116 National Aquarium

The National Aquarium is the most popular aquarium in Maryland (and even the DC metro area) and for good reason. With over 20,000 aquatic animals, there is so much to see.

Source: National Aquarium Baltimore

We have an annual membership here and a couple of years ago we did the Aquarium Sleepover which was such a great experience for the kids! 

#117 Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center is such an awesome place that the kids absolutely love! They have 3 floors of educational and fun exhibits on topics like dinosaurs, space, biology, electricity and many more. And as a parent, you’ll love it because it makes learning fun. Expect to spend at least 3 to 4 hours here.

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#118 Walters Art Museum

While you may not think kids and art museums go together, the Walters Art Museum makes this experience more fun. There are some fun drop-in activities held here that are fun for the family to do together.

#119 Baltimore Museum of Art

My kids enjoy the sculpture garden the most here, as well as the children’s books placed in the different gallerys. In the lobby you’ll find a cart of fun family packs with costumes, books and more. 

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#120 B&O Railroad Museum

This historic railway station has lots of trains which so many kids love to see. If anyone in the family is really into trains, they’ll enjoy the helpful signage as well.

This place is one of our favorite places to visit in the winter for their Holiday Festival of Trains and The Polar Express Train Ride

Festival of Trains | Credit B&O Railroad Museum

#121 American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum building is recognizable by the mirrored glass mosaic that covers a lot of the building. As you go through the museum you can step outside to let the kids play at the small play area.

Kids actually enjoy this art museum because many pieces of art are made of unusual materials that kids find interesting and fun.

My kids wanted to make some of their own interesting art when we got home.

#122 Visit the Port Discovery Children’s Museum

The Port Discovery Children’s Museum has a great way of educating kids with some seriously fun activities. My kids literally last for several hours here and often ask to go back.

What’s fun for kids:

  • 3-floor climbing structure 
  • 3-story slide
  • Pretend cafe
  • Small library
  • Small water area
  • Conveyor belts
  • Jungle gym structure

Keep an eye out for their $5 community day.

#123 Baltimore Water Taxi

Kids love taking a ride on the water taxi! This is a great way to get around to different attractions or to explore different neighborhoods.

If you’re planning on going back and forth during the day, grab one of their all day tickets.

source: Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

Ocean City

There are so many fun things to do in Ocean City! Of course there is the beach and the boardwalk, but here’s a few more of our favorite:

#124 Trimper Rides

My kids love Trimper Rides! This amusement park has the oldest carousels in the country and they have tons of fun activities from kiddie water boats to a mirror maze to a ferris wheel and plenty more.

#125 Old Pro Golf

Every year when we go to Ocean City, my kids always want to go to one of the Old Pro Golf locations. Their favorite themes to play are definitely the Temple of the Dragons and Dinosaur Park.

#126 Watch a Free Live Ice Performance

Our whole family enjoys going to the Carousel ice skating rink to skate but also trying to find out when their live performances are. 


#127 See a Drive-In Movie

Visit Bengies Drive-In Theater for an awesome outdoor experience. They have a HUGE screen, full service snack bar and even a playground.

#128 Go To The Beach

We like to take day trips to Gunpowder Falls State Park – Hammerman Area. We love visiting the beach area there and is one of the great places to go kayaking in Maryland.

kayaking in river

#129 Order Up at The Chipotle of Pizza

At 1000 Degrees you can pick your pizza toppings and watch it bake fast at 1000 degrees. It’s a fun, pizza experience for kids.

#130 Visit Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore is home to wild ponies, bald eagles, nature trails and it’s just a beautiful, special place to be. 

You can also pop just a bit south to see the wild Chincoteague ponies and all the fun things to do on Chincoteague Island or take one of the amazing Chincoteague Boat Tours.

Upper Marlboro

#131 Enjoy This Free Farm 

The Old Maryland Farm has peacocks, llamas, turkeys and more. Make sure to bring quarters to buy feed for the birds.

Old Maryland Farm is located near the train station in Watkins Regional Park. Make sure to check out the Watkins Nature Center while you’re there to have some close encounters with live animals.

Watkins Nature Center
Source: Watkins Nature Center

#132 Zoom Down Log Slides and Wooden Tunnels

If you haven’t been to Woodland Wonderland playground.in Capital Heights, this is a must!

There are so many fun options for kids here (we usually spend 1-2 hours here).

What’s fun for kids:

  • Giant slide down side of hill
  • Playhouse with bridge (designed like piano)
  • Archway playing music
  • Joke etlling fairy statue
  • And plenty more

#133 Snack Like a Local

Pick up some of the famous Snickerdoodle (& other flavors) cookies at Iverson Cookies.

#134 Discover This Hidden Gem

Houey’s Shaved Ice has over 50 flavors of old fashioned shaved ice. The key lime, strawberry, cheesecake and root beer are all good (as are the many other flavors!). 

#135 Enjoy a Quiet Walk & Visit the Wildlife Center

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful wildlife refuge for many birds and animals. This is such a great place to get away quickly and find yourself and the kids in nature. They also have activities for kids available.

Around Maryland

#136 Become a Junior Ranger 

Maryland has 15 beautiful National Parks and are fun exploring with kids. It’s amazing the little things kids notice and it helps build their appreciation for nature. One of my kids favorite things to do is become a Junior Ranger.

Simply ask the Ranger at the park and they’ll give the kids a free activity book. Kids can complete the activity book at the park and then turn it back in for their very own Junior Ranger badge.

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Michaela Lee

Michaela lives in Northern Virginia and is a mom of 2 young kids. She enjoys writing, reading and going new places with her family.