Adventure Park USA
11113 W. Baldwin Rd., Monrovia; (301) 865-6800; adventureparkusa.com
A small amusement park and arcade just outside of New Market complete with laser tag, mini golf, roller coasters, and refreshments. It is an excellent place to host birthday parties and other events!
The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum
4 W. Main St., New Market; (301) 865-6500; originalplayhouse.com
Sunday, 12-5pm; Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 10-4pm; closed Wednesday
The Original Playhouse is a place for parents to engage with their children (ages 3-9) in an environment filled with only play-based learning tools and toys. It is available for private parties.
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve
13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont; (301) 271-4922; catoctinwildlifepreserve.com
Open daily, hours change seasonally
A 100-acre zoo and wildlife preserve with safari truck rides, a petting zoo, and gift shop.
Catoctin Mountain Orchard
15036 N. Franklinville Rd., Thurmont; (301) 271-2737; catoctinmountainorchard.com
Pick Your Own open May-December from 9-5pm, closed February-April
A pick-your-own orchard in the Thurmont countryside. It’s a great place to go on a nice sunny day to pick fresh produce with your family and to pay a visit to the Catoctin Mountain Farn Market afterwards to peruse seasonal baked goods and other treats.
5501 Detrick Rd., Mt Airy; (301) 865-3515; gaverfarm.com
Open daily, September-December; hours change seasonally
A historic family farm that hosts seasonal activities like hayrides, pumpkin patches, cut-your-own Christmas trees, flower picking, and more. If you pay for a day pass, the whole family can enjoy Gaver’s playgrounds, petting zoo, and duck pond. If you get hungry, they have their own food counter and farmers' market, too.
9560 Old National Pike, Frederick; (301) 888-9735; treetrekkersmd.com
Frederick’s first outdoor aerial adventure and zipline park. A great adventure for families who enjoy a good thrill!
I Made This! Pottery Studio
10 N. East St., Suite #B, Frederick; (301) 624-4030; imadethispottery.com
Closed Monday, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
A paint-your-own pottery studio in Downtown Frederick. They have pottery for all ages and host tons of fun special events like “Ladies Night.” Pottery painters are encouraged to bring their own food, drinks, and accompanying utensils for maximum enjoyment.
Escape This Frederick
924 N. East St., Frederick; (301) 360-5971; escapethisfrederick.com
An escape room in Downtown Frederick with five different adventures to choose from. Team up as a family to solve puzzles, unlock the hidden clues, and escape your room before your timer runs out!
Fourth Dimension Fun Center
4725 Arcadia Dr., Frederick; (240) 651-0160; 4dfun.com
A center for all things fun, including bowling, arcade games, laser tag, and escape rooms. When you’re ready to take a play break, there is a bar and dining menu full of delicious pizzas, sandwiches, and entrées.
Frederick Keys Baseball Games
21 Stadium Dr., Frederick; (301) 662-0013; frederickkeys.com
Check the Frederick Keys season schedule, and take the kids out to the ball game! Enjoy the spectacle of America’s favorite pastime while enjoying classic stadium treats like hot dogs, popcorn, and ice cream. At the end of the game, watch everyone’s eyes light up when the fireworks begin!
Sophie and Madigan’s Playground
632 Contender Way, Frederick; (240) 415-8875; sophieandmadigansplayground.com
Open daily, 9am-5pm
Built as a memorial by bereaved parents after a personal tragedy in which they lost their two daughters, this playground has become a powerful symbol of healing and childhood joy. It is a colorful and whimsical fairytale-themed playground that children and parents alike will hesitate to leave.
Walkersville Southern Railroad
34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville; (301) 898-0899; wsrr.org
A volunteer-run historic railroad is still running! Embarking from Walkersville, the Walkersville Southern takes passengers on scenic train rides through the historic Monocacy Valley. They host special seasonal train rides in addition to Civil War reenactments, catered meals, and parties.
1301 W. Patrick St., Frederick; (240) 397-5000; warehousecinemas.com/frederick-towne-mall
Kick back and relax at Warehouse Cinemas. A state-of-the-art movie theater with its own bar, great popcorn, signature grilled cheeses, and reclining seats.
Catoctin Creek Nature Center
2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown; (301) 600-2051; recreater.com/151/Catoctin-Creek-Nature-Center
Catoctin Creek Nature Center is an excellent place for children to learn about their local environment and ecosystem. There are hands-on displays, classrooms, and live animal exhibits inside the Nature Center as well as a playground, walking trails, and pavilion on the outdoor grounds of Catoctin Creek Park.