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100 Days Of Awesome Kid Friendly Summer Fun In Maryland! (2021 Edition!)

The 100 Best Places To Take Kids In Maryland This Summer!

Don’t get bored this summer. These are our top picks for the best places to take kids in Maryland! Updated for 2021!

There are approximately 100 days between the start of Memorial Day weekend and the end of Labor Day weekend (101 to be exact). Why not get out and explore all that Maryland has to offer? There are so many fun destinations activities for kids. You will never have to hear the dreaded words, ‘I am bored!’ 

These ideas will give your kids a summer they will absolutely remember. So, start making your plans now and have the best summer ever!

Related: Check out the Kid Friendly Maryland comprehensive resource for parents: Things To Do In Maryland With Kids!

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Summer starts with berries, a big re-imagining, waterfalls, climbing, playgrounds and more! (#1-#5)

1. Go Strawberry Picking

There are so many great places to pick strawberries. We love Shlagel Farm in Waldorf and Larriland Farm (they have tons of fruit picking all season!) in Woodbine so much!

Related: Check out these pick your own farms in Central Maryland!

pick your own fruit in maryland

2. Hike to Cascade Falls

The Orange Gove/Avalon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park is a natural wonderland for kids! The hike to Cascade Falls is super easy, and you can walk across the cool swinging bridge and explore the Grist Mill Trail area too!

3. Test your balance running across the tires at a tire playground. 

There are great tire playgrounds at Patapsco Valley State Park Hilton Area, Calvert Cliffs State Park, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Tuckahoe State Park, and Seneca Creek State Park.

Related: Check out these awesome playgrounds in Maryland— including more information about the tire playgrounds!

best playgrounds in maryland

4. Get to know Port Discovery again!

In 2019, Port Discovery will unveiled the most awesome renovation they have ever done! Kidworks (the ginormous play structure) was taken down and was replaced with a 4-story Skyclimber, an awesome Port Exhibit where kids can actually pretend to work at a functioning port, and the coolest slide you will have to try out (it is sooo fast!). 

Port Discovery

5. Visit the National Harbor!

Take a ride on the Capital Wheel and finish off with a ride on the Carousel at the National Harbor. Don’t forget to play in the sand and climb on the sculpture!

summer fun in maryland

Movies, Movies, and more Movies!

6. See an outdoor movie.

Here are some of the best kid friendly options for outdoor movies this summer:

7. See a free (or super cheap) indoor movie! 

Here are links to some good options this summer:

  • Regal Summer Movie Series 2021:  Movies are back for Summer 2021! Regal is bringing back $1 Movies for Kids this summer! Just pop in on a Tuesday or Wednesday matinee! Movies showing this summer include: Wonderpark, Smurfs, LEGO Movie, Storks, and more!
  • Cinemark Movie Clubhouse 2021: $1.50 per movie! 2021 films include Trolls World Tour, Secret Life of Pets 2, How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World, LEGO Movie 2, Angry Birds 2, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Minions, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. 

Indoor fun, flower picking, and great playgrounds to check out! (#8-#15)

8. Go rollerskating

Great options for Maryland include Skate Zone (there are special hours during the summer for kids 10 and under), Laurel Skating Center, Hot Skates in Woodlawn, Temple Hills Skating Palace, and Wheels Skate Center in Odenton (kid only skating on Saturday mornings).

summer fun in maryland

9. Try your hand at Black Light Monster Mini Golf!

monster mini golf

10. Scale Mount Rushmore at Climb ZoneThere are two locations– Laurel and White Marsh!

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

11. Perfect your high jump at an indoor trampoline park.

Here are a few favorites in Maryland:

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

12. Pick Flowers at a local farm.

We love Rock Hill Orchard, Butler’s Orchard, and Larriland Farm for flower picking! Here are more ideas too!

flower picking in maryland

13. Follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz Playground.

It really is as fantastic as is sounds!

wizard of oz playground

14. Kids bowl for FREE this summer!

Yep– Registered kids get to bowl 2 games every day for FREE all summer long! Here are a few participating bowling alleys in Maryland:

16. Check out one of the new or newly renovated playgrounds in Maryland!

These playgrounds either just opened or went through massive renovations during 2020… and your kids will love them all!

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground

Blandair Regional Park North Playground

Downs Memorial Park Playground

Kinder Farm Park Playground

Lake Waterford Park Playground

 

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Children’s Theatre, Go-Karts, and the Enchanted Forest! (#16-#25)

16. Ride the Sky Liner at Urban Air Adventure Park

Really, the entire Urban Air Adventure Park is sooo much fun! There are trampolines, ninja course, battle beam, the amazing Sky Liner, and more! There are locations in Laurel, White Marsh, and Frederick!

17. Explore nature at Wild For Water Day at the Robinson Nature Center.

robinson nature center

18. Spend the day playing at Annie’s Playground.

Related: The 10 Best Playgrounds in Maryland!

annies playground

19. Challenge each other to go-kart races and batting cages. 

Here is a great list of all the outdoor and indoor go-karting tracks in Maryland.

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20. Visit the Enchanted Forest and feed the goats at Clark’s Elioak Farm.

clark's elioak farm

21. Take a leisurely walk around the gorgeous Centennial Lake

Then let the kids burn even more energy at their awesome playground!

Related: 14 Outdoor Games That Don’t Require Any Equipment!

centennial park

22. Dig for dinosaur bones and lay on a bed of nails at the Maryland Science Center.

Inner Harbor Attractions for Kids

23. Indulge in a Blackberry or Raspberry Breakfast at Milburn Orchards 

Then spend the morning playing in their BIG Backyard!

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

24. Bring your favorite stuffed friend along for the Teddy Bear Picnic (or the also awesome Super Hero Picnic) on the Walkersville Southern Railroad.

walkersville southern railroad santa train

25. Check out a minor league baseball game.

If you time it right you will get baseball, games, and fireworks! Here are some great leagues to check out:

Turtles, Safaris, Art, outdoor play, and shark’s teeth! (#26-35)

26. Pet the jellyfish and walk among the sharks at the National Aquarium

inner harbor attractions for kids

27. Feed Zebras and Buffalo on the Safari Experience at the Catoctin Wildlife Refuge.

catoctin wildlife preserve and zoo

28. Play Laser Tag and Go Bowling at Main Event!

29. Bottle Feed baby cows and enjoy a scoop of Maryland’s finest ice cream at South Mountain Creamery.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

30. Play on the Irvine Nature Center or Oregon Ridge Nature Center nature playgrounds.

Related: You have got to check out these awesome Maryland Nature Centers!

nature centers in maryland

31. Walters Art Museum drop in art projects.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

32. Find the fart machine at the American Visionary Art Museum (it really works!).

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

33. Search for Shark’s Teeth at Calvert Cliffs State Park or Flag Ponds Nature Park.

flag ponds nature park

34. Take a hike to Cunningham Falls and then cool off at the beach afterwards.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

35. Frederick Summerfest Family Theatre (awesome kid friendly bands!) concerts every Thursday morning!

Butterflies, Lions, Eye Spy, caves, and a mountain rollercoaster (#36-#45)

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36. Spend a few hours playing at the Angel Park Playground

Then drive to one of local creameries for a delicious scoop of ice cream! Nearby favorites include Broom’s Bloom and Prigel Family Creamery!

angel park playground

37. Feed the fish and hang with the turtles at Brookside Gardens 

After that see how many butterflies land on you during Butterflies Alive!

brookside gardens japanese tea house

38. There are so many new animals and habitats to check out at the Maryland Zoo.

Have you met the new polar bears? The new cheetahs? Have you seen the new Giraffe yard or Lion habitat! You have to check it out!

The Maryland Zoo: Fun Things to Do With Kids in Balitmore

39. Baltimore Museum of Art has free art-making workshops perfect for kids every Sunday afternoon. 

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

40. Play Eye Spy and grab delicious kid-friendly lunch (don’t forget the milkshakes) at the Papermoon Diner.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

41. Spend the evening watching a Triple Feature at the Bengies Drive In.

summer fun in maryland

42. Make plans to see the Columbia Orchestra Pops Concert at the Chrysalis!

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

43. Go underground and explore the Crystal Grottoes Cavern

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

44. Ride a mountain rollercoaster at the Wisp Resort.

45. Visit Swallow Falls State Park and take in the breathtaking Muddy Creek Falls.

summer fun in maryland

Explore Maryland beaches, waterfalls, river, outdoor gardens, and pet baby animals (#46-#54)

46. Spend the day at the southernmost tip of Maryland.. which happens to have great beaches– Point Lookout State Park

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

47. Check out the beach or Float on an inner tube down the Gunpowder River at Gunpowder Falls State Park.

48. See the waterfall that inspired a movie.

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49. Play hide and go seek among the topiaries at Ladew Topiary Gardens.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

50. Become a fairy and create fantastic art at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden.

annmarie sculpture garden

51. Pet the animals at the Green Meadows Petting Farm.

green meadows petting farm

52. Spend the day relaxing at one of the Chesapeake Beaches. Favorites include Breezy Point Beach, and North Beach. 

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

53. Tour the USS Constellation and other Historic Ships in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

54. Climb through the inside of a gigantic tree (fake) and slide down this super long slide at the Woodland Wonderland playground.

walker mill regional park playground

Badlands, Splash, make Art, Yogi Bear, Trains, and more! (#55-#64)

55. Scramble up an indoor mountain at Badlands Nature Playspace.

badlands playspace

56. Enjoy Sensory Friendly days and Toddler time at the B&O Railroad Museum

57. Reserve a cabin or campsite now for a weekend of non-stop fun at Jellystone Park in Hagerstown.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

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58. Paint a masterpiece at Artsy Partsy Family Paint Night or Open Studio time.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

59. Try a ropes course at TreeTrekkersTerrapin Adventures or the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring.

summer fun in maryland

60. Burn a ton of energy at the South Germantown Regional Park Adventure Playground and then cool off at their amazing water park.

south germantown splash park

61. Grab a slice of pizza, a scoop of ice cream, and sign up for one of the many kid friendly fun nights at Peace A Pizza in Catonsville.

These events are amazing– paint nights, bingo for kids, craft nights, cookie making classes… all awesome!

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

62. Tap into your kids STEM interests at the new Kid Museum in Bethesda.

63. Get lost in imaginative play at either the Bethesda or Annapolis location of the Be With Me Playseum.

be with me playseum

64. Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle over the ruins of 90 WWI-era sunken ships at Mallows Bay Park.

Miniature trains, Lighthouses, Ponies, Ocean City, Sunflower Mazes, and Amusement Parks (#65-#74)

65. Ride the miniature train and then play on the massive playground at Cabin John Regional Park.

best playgrounds in maryland

66. Play with the otters and climb up the lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

67. Make plans to see the famous wild ponies at the Assateague Island National Seashore.

summer fun in maryland

68. Hang out on the Ocean City Boardwalk, grab some salt water taffy and boardwalk fries, and ride the rides at Trimpers.

ocean city boardwalk

69. Build a sand castle at the lovely Greenbrier State Park Beach.

greenbrier state park

70. Go camping at Rocky Gap State Park. Bring your hiking shoes and bathing suit.

The trails are great for kids and so is the beach!

rocky gap state park

71. Get lost in a sunflower maze at Goldpetal Farms.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

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72. Introduce your kids to the iconic crab experience at Crabtowne USA 

Bring Quarters for the room of over 100 video arcade games!

maryland seafood festival

73. Check out the smaller, family friendly amusement park Adventure Park USA.

The outdoor attractions are super fun (rollercoasters, rides, etc…). The indoor attractions are great too (laser tag, virtual reality, arcade games)

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74. Visit Maryland’s largest amusement park (and water park) at Six Flags America.

summer fun in maryland

Obstacle Courses, Jousting, Pirates, Dragons, and Royalty (#75-#84)

75. Try out a ninja course like the ones at Zava Zone or NinjaBE.

76. Cheer the knights and horses at the Medieval Times dinner show.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

77. Pretend to be a pirate at Chesapeake Pirates.

78. Enjoy the Inner Harbor attractions like the dragon paddle boats and the World Trade Center!

summer fun in maryland

79. Explore the Marsh Boardwalk trail at Jug Bay Wildlife Refuge.

80. Explore lighthouses and a living shoreline at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s.

81. Transport yourself back in time and spend the day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

82. Spend the afternoon being creative at one of the many paint-your-own pottery studios. 

These ones are particularly kid-friendly:

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

83. Climb the big blue mountain and ride the carousel at the Wheaton Regional Park.

wheaton regional park

84. Great Falls National Park (there are great views on both the Maryland and Virginia side!)

Biking, playground challenge, festivals, and peaches! (#85-#94)

85. Go biking along the C&O Tow Path or Baltimore-Annapolis Bike Trail.

86. Watch the planes fly in while playing on one of Maryland’s most unique playground at the Thomas Dixon Playground.

thomas dixon

87. Try to play on as many of Prince George’s Counties Imagination Playgrounds as you can!

Related: Check out this awesome Playground Challenge Printable Pack!

88. Get lost in the Garrett State Forest Rock Maze!

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89. Ride the rides, play in the corn crib, and watch the pig races at a county fair.

Some of the great county fairs are:

90. See two of the nation’s largest sunflower fields. McKee Beshers in July and Clear Meadow Farms in September.

Related: All the best places to see sunflowers in Maryland!

clear meadow farms sunflower fields

91. Bite into a huge peach and let the juice run down your chin. Don’t forget to indulge in a peach slushie! We love the peaches at Baugher’s!

pick your own fruit in maryland

92. Let your kids get lost in the huge indoor Hyperkidz playground.

hyper kidz indoor playground

93. Check out one of the other awesome indoor playground in Maryland like the Wiggle Room, Wiggle Up, Totsville, or Omni Fun.

94. Get your splash on at the Jolly Roger Splash Mountain!

splash mountain 

Swim, splash, enjoy nature, airplanes, and fireworks! (#95-#100)

95. Spend the day at a mountain lake (Deep Creek State PArk and New Germany State Park are great bets!)

96. Visit one of the nature parks in the area like the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, or the Merkle Wildlife Area.

Related: Check out this fun Nature Scavenger Hunt!

97. Splash at an indoor waterpark. The North Arundel Aquatic Center is loads of fun.

100 Fun Things to do with kids in Maryland

98. Do you have a budding pilot or astronaut?

Plan a trip to the College Park Aviation Museum or the NASA Goddard Visitor Center.

99. Explore Colonial History at the Piscataway Park

100. Celebrate the 4th of July! Visit your local parade and make plans for an amazing fireworks celebration!

Here are some great ones!

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