123 Things to Do With Kids in Maryland

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

Here you’ll find 124 fun things to do with your kids to get you out and about, exploring and making new memories as a family!

Places Covered Here

Various Locations
Hyattsville/College Park/Lanham
Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Kensington/Glen Echo
Silver Spring
Rockville/Wheaton/Potomac
Laurel
National Harbor/Oxon Hill/Fort Washington
Gaithersburg/Germantown
Bowie/Crofton/Lanham/Glenn Dale
Takoma Park/Bladensburg
Other
Upper Marlboro

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. Visit this interactive NASA Visitor Center with model rocket launches and more.
  3. Visit the world’s oldest continuously operating airport at College Park Aviation Museum. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  4. Attend a public skate time at Herbert Wells Ice Arena. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  5. Kids play for free at Smaland at IKEA.* (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  6. Take a kids sewing class at Three Little Birds Sewing Co.
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Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool
  1. Grab some kids mini sweet potato pancakes for breakfast at Busboys and Poets.
  2. Come for coffee, food and…over 500 board games!
  3. Cool down with a delicious local organic juice at The Waterhole.
  4. Get a ice cream cookie sandwich at Insomnia Cookies.
  5. Walk through the cafeteria styline live of vegan soul food at NuVegan Café.
  6. Cool off in the family indoor pool with sprays and slides at Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  7. Explore nature with the geese, ducks, birds and deer. 
  8. Join the Kid’s Club at African American Museum & Cultural Center for a fun monthly activity.
  9. Enjoy homemade ice cream that’s free from hormones, antibiotics and pesticides and uses natural flavorings, fruits and veggies from local farmers.
  10. 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. Play at one of the dozen play areas at Cabin John Regional Park. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  4. 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)
  5. Satisfy your family’s sweet tooth with a homemade Pop-Tart at the local dessert bar.
  6. Join the Kids Club at Pinstripes North Bethesda for $3 bowling and shoe rental from 11am – 1pm Mon – Fri.
Theatre show | fun family things to do in maryland
Adventure Theatre MTC
  1. Tell the teens to snag free tickets to a free theatre show.
  2. See a live theatre show at Adventure Theatre MTC. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  3. See 50+ horses with free admission and maybe even pay a little extra for a pony ride at Meadowbrook Stables.
  4. Visit the oldest public library in the area that looks like a cottage in a fairy tale. 
  5. Discover 15+ interactive themed rooms inside this children’s book store
  6. Bring some little friends (ages 2 to 4) to Puller Park off Rock Creek Trail to enjoy swings and a school bus structure.
  7. Pick up some veggies and sweet treats at the Kensington Farmer’s Market on Saturday.
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
Badlands  | maryland attractions for families
  1. 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)
  2. See a 20-foot tall T-Rex at Discovery Channel’s headquarters building
  3. 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)
  4. Ride on a real trolley through Northwest Branch Park.*
  5. Sit in the acorn shaped gazebo with an artificial grotto.
  6. Take the 3-minute ride down the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere. Link: Wheaton Station Escalator
  7. See real ocean waves recreated live at ‘Coastline’ Wave Pool.
  8. Enjoy dinner at a classic, circa-1946 railroad-car-style diner with jukeboxes, neon lights and all.
  9. See hair and bone fragments from Abraham Lincoln at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.
  10. Attend a Minecraft workshop at the Silver Spring Library.
  11. Grab your skateboard and head to the skate park at Woodside Urban Park.
  12. Go duckpin bowling at White Oak Duckpin Lanes. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
Brookside Gardens

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. Crawl through the kid-sized cave and discover how animals survive at Meadowside Nature Center. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  7. See the amazing life cycle at Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit.* (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  8. Wheaton Ice Arena is a year-round rink with a pro shop, work-out room & snack bar. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  9. Cabin John Ice Rink is an indoor ice rink open all year offering public sessions for all ages, lessons & party rentals.
  10. Travel back to the 1870’s and ride along the C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules.
  11. Attend an open gym session (times for toddlers to teens) at Dynamite Gymnastics Center. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  12. Visit the Chipotle of Donuts.
  13. Try some bubble tea at Kung Fu Tea.
  14. 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. See a family-friendly movie at the National Harbor during the summer. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  2. Attend a kid’s sing-along piano show at Bobby McKeys.
  3. See The Awakening, the 72-foot giant trying to free himself from the earth at the National Harbor.
  4. Feed the chickens at Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  5. 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 
WATER PARK AT BOHRER PARK
  1. Pick your own strawberries and apples at Butler’s Orchard and visit the farm animals too! Free on Wednesdays.
  2. Take on the largest man-made outdoor climbing adventure in the entire world at Sandy Spring Adventure Park.
  3. Spend some time at this indoor imaginative play space with custom play homes to explore.
  4. Practice baseball and softball with the 8-speed batting cage machine at The Baseball Zone.

BOWIE / CROFTON / LANHAM / GLENN DALE

credit Sri Siva Vishnu Hindu Temple
  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. Enjoy your first cup-pie at Heaven Sent Cupcakery 
  10. Go roller skating at Skate Zone.
  11. 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. Order up at the Chipotle of pizza! Pick your pizza toppings and watch it bake fast at 1000 degrees.
source: Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary

UPPER MARLBORO

  1. Enjoy this free farm with peacocks, llamas, turkeys and more. Bring quarters to buy feed for the birds.
  2. Snack like a local and pick up some of the famous Snickerdoodle (& other flavors) cookies at Iverson Cookies.
  3. Discover this hidden gem and cool off with some old fashioned shaved ice
  4. Enjoy a quiet walk and visit the wildlife center at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. (Read the Our Kids Mom’s Review)
  5. Zoom down log slides and wooden tunnels at Woodland Wonderland playground. (Capital Heights)
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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.

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