70+ Fantastic Indoor Play Ideas for Kids in Maryland (updated for 2023)

When the weather is horrible outside, come play at these top Indoor Play Areas for Kids in Maryland and have a boatload of family fun! Updated for 2023!

Baby, it’s cold outside! Ok, even if it hasn’t been that cold this year, at some point the weather will likely become gross and you and your kids will not want to play outside.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a go-to list of play options that both you and your kids will love?

Well, lucky for you, there are so many great options for indoor fun when the weather is too cold, rainy, or even hot. Sweet Pea and I have been to many of these places and we can recommend all of them. So, don’t let the weather get you down. Go forth and have a blast with these indoor play ideas for Fun Things to Do With Kids in Maryland.

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

Note: The hours vary between weekend and weekday play times. I tried to note if there was a significant difference for weekend play times.

1. Storyville

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The Baltimore County Public Library has two branches of this amazing children’s library, one in Woodlawn and the other is Rosedale. If your child is under 5 years old, you have to check out Storyville. Your kids could easily spend a few hours playing here. Check out my blog post about our experience here.

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2. Be With Me Playseum

2023 Update: Hold on tight because the Playseum has moved and expanded! In 2022 they opened up a fantastic location in Easton, MD and inside the Columbia Mall! Here is my review of this amazing play space!  This children’s museum is billed as a place where ‘kids create and parents relate.’ There are numerous city shop rooms where kids can get involved with hands on activities (some with additional fees) like decorating a cupcake, paint on a plexi-glass wall, or get a kid manicure. Also, the Playseum boasts one of the best Storytelling hours in the area.

3. Robinson Nature Center

Howard County’s amazing nature center is a great place to visit when the weather is ‘not nice’ outside. We have enjoyed visiting numerous times throughout the year. Click here for my review of the nature center.

There are tons of hands-on activities for young children including many hands-on nature exhibits, an interactive Forest Canopy walk through, and a Children’s Discovery Room that is complete with aquariums, books and puzzles, pretend play opportunities, and other opportunities to get interactive with nature.

Additionally, there are a number of upcoming family friendly events you will not want to miss. Check the website for more information on special events.

4. Other area nature centers that are totally wonderful include:

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5. Watkins Park and Nature Center

This fantastic nature center in Prince Georges County has a lot of fantastic activities that would appeal to young children. There is an indoor pond, many live animal exhibits, puppets, and other interactive exhibits. The center also has a number of great events including:

  • Seasonal puppet shows
  • Live animal shows
  • Nature craft

6. Play ‘N Learn Playground Superstores-

There are two locations for this indoor playground showroom. However, at the one in Columbia, MD, kids can play for up to 2 hours on the weekends for $9. You can read about our experience here. This is a great option for burning energy on a rainy day.

7. Port Discovery

Talk about bringing out the big guns. It is hard to beat Port Discovery for best indoor play venues in the area. In 2019, Port Discovery underwent major renovations. And they are amazing! You can read my in-depth review here.

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8. Maryland Science Center

Not to be overshadowed by its neighbor down the road (Port Discovery), the Maryland Science Center is one of the two ‘crown jewels’ of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. You can read my review here.

However, the bottom line is that I hesitated going to the Science Center because I thought it wasn’t age appropriate. Boy was I wrong. This museum can easily entertain a preschooler for an entire day. There is an area especially for young children, a planetarium that shows kid-friendly shows, and many other great, interactive exhibits.

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9. Walter’s Art Museum

Are you intimidated by the idea of bringing your child to an art museum? Well, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore makes it an easy choice. Not only is the museum free (so, no big investment), but on the weekends, they host Drop-in Art Activities for Children, where kids can create art.

Additionally, most weekends the museum hold ArtKids Preschool programs that feature an interactive art, storytime, and hands-on session.

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10. American Visionary Art Museum

Speaking of kid-friendly art museums, AVAM is quirky and fun for kids of all ages (there is actually an exhibit where kids can push a fart button.. no lie). However, on select weekends this season, they will host Weekend Walk-In, a hands-on art exhibit where you get to make (and keep) art. Check back on their website for details.

11. Baltimore Museum of Art-

This art museum in the heart of Baltimore really tries to cater to families. There is a family audio tour and family activity guides you can pick up. Also, the BMA holds Free Family Sunday events pretty much every Sunday afternoon. Upcoming events will give kids the chance to make paper crowns, sculpt animals, create a collage, and much more!

12. Totsville Indoor Playground-

This totally awesome indoor playspace is located in Glen Burnie, MD. There are a lot of great features for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and grade school aged children. The best feature? The HUGE indoor sandbox!

13. Peace A Pizza Catonsville

Speaking of kid friendly AND Mom and Dad friendly, if you haven’t checked out Peace a Pizza in Catonsville, they are fantastic. Other than a chalkboard corner, there isn’t much by way of kid activities– even though the pizza is great, as is the ice cream from the adjoining bakery and ice cream shoppe.

However, Peace A Pizza regularly hosts special event nights like Pizza and Pajamas or craft nights. These events are looking different because of COVID, but Peace A Pizza still finds a way to have a blast with kids! Other restaurants that are super fun for kids include:

  • Crabtowne USA– Crabs and a huge video game arcade!
  • Papermoon Diner– great food and fantastic opportunity to play I-Spy!
  • The Board and Brew– Don’t be confused by the brew part.. there is a full restaurant menu and plenty of kids games.

14. Artsy Partsy

Located in Pasadena, MD, Artsy Partsy is possibly the most fun art-related venue in Maryland. Artsy Partsy has Family Paint Night every Friday evening, drop in art activities most weekend afternoons, sewing classes, loads of art classes, special paint events, and more.

15. Medieval Times Dinner Theater –

Part performance, part sheer awesomeness. Tickets to Medieval Times will definitely wow your kids, especially if they like horses, huge turkey legs, and lots of noise (I would not recommend for kids with sensory issues).

16. Paint Your Own Pottery Studios in Maryland: 

Trust me. It’s a thing. And it isn’t just a thing for adults either. Kid-friendly walk-in pottery painting places are all over Maryland. Here are the ones that are highly recommended:

17. National Aquarium

This amazing aquarium is a bit pricey, but if you are looking for a nice way to treat your kids and educate them at the same time, they will be mesmerized here. There are hands-on touch pools, a HUGE tank which houses tons of marine wildlife, a dolphin habitat, and the super cool buy super spooky black tip reef (Sharks!). You can read my review of the Aquarium here.

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18. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Dulles Air and Space Museum)-

Talk about HUGE! Ok, seriously… your kids, even your young kids, will be absolutely enthralled by a visit to this museum. It is a bit of a hike from the Baltimore area (about an hour on a Saturday morning), but totally worth it. Your kids will get to see a space shuttle, as well as hundreds of other airplanes. These hangars are enormous. To read my review click here.

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19. Trampoline Parks

Trampoline parks are great fun for kids of all ages. There are toddler specific jump times during the week, but even on the weekends, the staff segregates jumpers based on height and weight. Here are a few area trampoline parks to check out:

  • Skyzone (Maryland locations in Columbia, Timonium, Bowie, East Baltimore, and Gaithersburg)
  • Launch (PG County)
  • Get Air (Catonsville)

20. Stratosphere Social

A great place for indoor family fun inSykesville! They have loads of arcade games, bowling, axe throwing, virtual reality, and more! You can also eat lunch, dinner, or a snack here!
Note: Stratosphere no longer has trampolines.

21. Bounce Houses

A no-brainer for indoor fun. Get on the email list for these very popular bounce houses to be informed about when they have weekend open bounce availability.

  • Pump It Up (Maryland locations in Lanham-Bowie, and Waldorf)
  • Z Bounce at the Annapolis Mall

22. North Arundel Aquatic Center

If your kids are itching for the summer fun of pool play, why not take them to this indoor Water Park? Here is the catch– the North Arundel Aquatic Center does not allow swim diapers at all. Your kids have to be fully potty trained. So, this option is better for kids about age 3 and up.

Other options for indoor waterpark play include the Splashdown Indoor Waterpark in Columbia, and the Germantown Indoor Swim Center .

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23. B&O Railroad Museum

Ok, I am just going to come out and say it. This is the PERFECT time to visit the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. Forget about Thomas the Train. If you want to have a low stress, high fun experience with your kids, check out this great museum now. You can read more about the museum here

24. We Rock The Spectrum

A place to play where you never have to say you are sorry. That’s the tagline for this awesome indoor playspace that specializes in play for kids with sensory needs.
According to their website, ‘We Rock the Spectrum Forest Hill is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through our nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, we provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.’
They offer Open Play six days a week, which is when children are welcome to enjoy full use of the sensory-safe gym with parent supervision. The gym features therapy equipment, an arts & crafts area, a calming room, and more.
They are an inclusive facility. This means that the programs and services offered are designed to include children of all abilities. The equipment has been specifically chosen so that children with autism or special needs can benefit from using it. Neurotypical children will also find the gym to be a safe and fun place to play!
There are also locations in Gaithersburg and Baltimore!

25. Go Bowling With Your Kids!-

I didn’t even consider this possibility until my daughter was invited to a birthday party at a bowling alley. Bowling alley’s can cater to younger kids, but you will have to check with the specific bowling alley near you. Some area bowling alley’s include:

26. Rollerskating–

If your child is more preschool than toddler, rollerskating could also be a fun option. I have not been brave enough to try this with my daughter yet, but when I do I will likely go to Skate Zone in Crofton. Skate Zone has a special Tot Rock ‘n Roll public skating session every Monday from 10AM-12PM. It is designed for kids age 6 and under.

Here are some other super fun rollerskating options Maryland!

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27. The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum

This sweet little play museum is perfect for an afternoon of imaginative play! The museum is not open for play on Saturdays, but it is open on Sunday afternoons. It features art, engineering, water play, nature play, pretend play, and reading areas.

Note: This amazing Children’s Museum will be closing in early 2023. 

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28. The Building Museum

There is a lot for young children to do at this DC museum. Young kids will really get into the Building Zone. Museum goers can also build an arch in the Amazing Arches exhibit, and can sign out Family Tool Kits with fun family activities. February 17th is their not-to-be-missed Family Engineering Day. We went last year and it was absolutely a blast! You can read my review of the museum here.

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29. Me Land Gaithersburg (formerly Omnifun)

Omnifun is a children’s indoor playground, we welcome children as young as 6 months to 12 years old. Their park includes a jungle themed soft play area, toddler fun room, a parent lounge area and an exclusive building block zone!

30. Glen Echo Park-

There are a few options for kid-friendly indoor fun at Glen Echo Park. You can see a show at their renowned Puppet Co. or at the awesome children’s Adventure Theatre. Upcoming shows at the Puppet Co. include , Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, and Peter and the Wolf. Upcoming shows at the Adventure Theatre include The Snowy Day, Lyle the Crocodile, and Madagascar The Musical Adenture . Don’t miss the Aquarium, which features touch tanks and other live animal exhibits.

31. Natural History Museum

Out of all the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, I think the Natural History Museum is the most fun for kids. It is worth a trip for the Hall of Mammals and Ocean Hall alone. AND with the grand re-opening of The National Fossil Hall, your family could literally spend all day here!

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32. DC Air and Space Museum

If you are planning a trip to DC, you have to consider a trip to this great kid-friendly museum on the National Mall as well! It is smaller than the Air and Space Museum by the Dulles Airport, but it is completely full iconic American aerospace treasures. Note: The Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is undergoing extensive renovations, so only part of it is available to visit.

33. Paint Splatter Maryland

You have to sign up for a paint session, but this newcomer to the drop-in art scene looks super amazing!!!! It is exactly what you think it is: ‘a fun & unique experience for kids and adults to paint on a canvas and everywhere else. We offer regular paint or spice it up with our neon choices for the black light room.’ Sign me up!

34. Hyper Kidz

This indoor play space recently expanded its footprint; doubling the size of the playspace. It is still utterly amazing (and crazy… but the name fits). If your kids have energy to burn this is THE place to burn it. We love this place and here is our review. 

They now have a second location opened in Owings Mills too!

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35. Zava Zone

Another amazing indoor play space, more for older than younger kids.. although younger kids would have plenty to keep them busy too. There are high and low ropes courses, zipline, ninja warrior course, drop slide, pole walking, rock climbing walls and more.

36. Riley’s Believe It Or Not

With a Maryland location in Ocean City, this place is off the hook. It is really very funny and quirky and everything you would expect it to be. 

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37. Kidz City

Note: Kidz City is in the process of relocating. Check their website for updated location information! This new play space looks so amazing! From their website: Kidz City is an indoor high-level family recreation center that offers quality entertainment for children ages 1-12! Kidz City, blends entertainment and interactive education to create an imaginative, creative, and active environment for children and their families.

Their facility is an open floor plan where your child can fully explore their creativity and immerse themselves in imagination in a safe environment under parent supervision or under the eye of our specially trained staff.

38. Chuck E Cheeses

Don’t knock the mouse (not that mouse.. this mouse). Chuck E. Cheeses is great for early elementary aged kids because you can buy time and they get unlimited play on a wide variety of carnival type games, earning tickets the whole time. After you have played and had a few slices of pizza, your kids will love redeeming the coupons for treasures (cheap toys). Pretty fun place!

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39. Adventure Park USA

Don’t let the roller coaster fool you. Adventure Park USA has loads of indoor play options too. Indoor attractions include virtual reality, laser tag, ropes course, an arcade with over 100 games, a rock wall, and bumper cars. How could you go wrong with that?

40. The Wiggle Room

The Wiggle Room opened in 2018 and it is perfect for younger kids. It is an all day, indoor play center located in Crofton, MD that is designed by parents for parents.

41. The Kid Museum

There are so many new indoor play options for Maryland this year. The Kid Museum is geared more for older kids, with tons of opportunities to design, invent, and build. And they have open create time on Sunday afternoons!

42. DelMarVa Discovery Center

The Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke City, MD is the best children’s museum in Maryland you probably haven’t heard of. There. I said it. 
But really, this Museum is such a hidden gem… you absolutely should make time to visit. It’s about 45 minutes from Ocean City and only 30 minutes from Assateague! That makes it the perfect side trip .. and especially a great rainy day activity if you are at the beach!

43. Laser Tag-

There are quite a few places to play laser tag in the Maryland area. Here are a few:

44. Urban Air Trampoline Park-

Located in Middle River/White Marsh, this is way more than just a trampoline park. Urban Air has trampolines for sure, but they also have go karts, Sky Rider, Indoor Skydiving, Bowling, and Laser Tag. There are also now locations in both Laurel and Frederick!

45. Baltimore Museum of Industry

This place is great for all ages but tween and teens will get the most out of this gem at the Inner Harbor. The big draw for 2020 will continue to be the Video Game Wizard exhibit, where kids can actually try their hand at designing a video game. How cool is that?

46. Climbzone

This place rocks! For real, this rock climbing gym is made for kids! Not only that, but there is plenty to do for kids of all ages and even relatively young kids (age 2 and up) can climb safely here. This is a popular destination and I would highly recommend making a reservation if you plan to play here.

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47. Bubala Indoor Playground

Maryland locations in Pikesville, and Eldersburg. Bubala is an indoor, fun-filled playground designed for all children up to 7 years of age. Bubala was created to not only be fun but also safe and is full of appropriate activities which aspire children to learn independence and social skills while having the time of their lives! 

48. ARTful Playhouse in Leonardtown, MD

This kid’s art studio is fantastic for encouraging creativity and messy play! The studio offers classes, parties, and more!

49. The Imaginarium in Solomons, MD

A fantastic new indoor play space in Southern MD. The Imaginarium boasts an Imagination playground, an indoor playhouse, and Creation Station craft area. 

50. Social Studio Art Classes

This fantastic Baltimore art studio hold classes and every weekend a weekend workshop for kids. Each week there will be a different “Make & Take” art activity. Each month there will be a different theme.

51. Kidz Jungle World in Randallstown, MD

Like many of the other indoor playgrounds, Kidz Jungle World has a kiddie zone, young kid, and big kid area to explore! There are slides, interactive play elements, and more!

52. The Playroom in Bel Air

Such a cool place in Harford County. There is StoryPlay– a one of a kind, action packed 50-minute class is filled with hands-on activities geared for toddlers and preschoolers along with an accompanying adult.  Toddlers use thematic pictures to guide them through play and movement activities.  Preschoolers follow a weekly theme where storybooks come to life as the storyteller acts them out.
There are also regular cupcake decorating classes for kids, dance classes, and a drop in play room. 

So, there you go! I hope you have a great time exploring all the fantastic indoor play areas in the Baltimore and DC area!

And who knows, maybe there will be a snow day at some point as well.

53. Harford County Public Library

Apparently many of the branches of this county library have awesome play areas, not unlike Storyville! Such a great space for kids to learn to use their imagination while surrounded by books!

54. Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf is a unique indoor mini golf experience that is super fun for kids. Seriously, if you have never done black light mini golf you are missing out! Even younger kids will have fun. Some locations also has mini bowling and a laser maze. In Maryland there is a location in Jessup and Gaithersburg!

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55. Kids Play Gallery

Kids Play Gallery is a super fun imaginative play space that younger kids will absolutely love. The space is set up with a town where kids can explore a grocery store, diner, animal hospital, fire station, beauty salon, and more!

56. The Little Towns Playseum

The Little Towns Playseum is a brand new Children’s Museum. It is an imaginative role-play museum designed as a child size neighborhood where kids can boost their imagination and be active through pretend play.

57. Kids Ground

Kids Ground is exactly what you think it is.. an indoor playground for kids. This fun space designed for younger kids has a fun indoor playground, toys, and they offer programing for young kids too!

58. Kidzville Indoor Playground

This fantastic indoor playspace opened in early 2022 and it’s totally awesome for kids of all ages! There are ball pits, bumper cars, slides, obstacle courses, pretend play towns, and more!

59. College Park Aviation Museum

The College Park Aviation Museum is a fun place to take your aviation loving kids for an hour or two!
They have 10 historic aircraft on display and a few kid friendly exhibits and have great family friendly events!

60. Dave and Busters

Another super fun indoor option in this area is Dave and Busters. Dave and Busters is a mega arcade fun center that offers bowling, virtual reality, and loads of fun arcade games! There are multiple Maryland locations!

61. Fire Museum of Maryland

The Fire Museum of Maryland is located in Timonium, and is a fun and educational place for kids and adults. Throughout the museum there are a ton of antique fire trucks, replicas, information about the history of firefighting in Maryland, and so much more.
However, if you have young kids you’ll probably spend most of your visit in the play room. In the playroom you’ll find a ton of toys and books, firefighter dress up clothes, and a real antique fire engine that they kids can climb and play on. You can spend hours in the play room alone! The fire museum has free on site parking, clean indoor bathrooms, and various events and programs throughout the year. They also host birthday parties!

62. Spinners Pinball Arcade

Spinners Pinball Arcade is always a great idea! It is also a Certified Autism Center. How cool is that?

63. Me Land Indoor Playground- Frederick

This super fun indoor playspace has a tot lot area, ball pit zone, and a big kids area that features tons of slides, obstacles and other interactive play features!

64. Deep Creek Fun Zone

Deep Creek Fun Zone is one of the largest arcades and family fun attractions in the Deep Creek area.
There is a decent sized arcade where you play games and get tickets or points for prizes. This is good to know if it’s raining or you want to just do something inside. We definitely had fun doing the arcade thing and my daughter walked away with a nice bag of fidgets and other cheap plastic treasures.

65. Deep Creek Funland

Deep Creek Funland has a decent sized arcade where you play games and get tickets for prizes. We definitely had fun doing the arcade thing and my daughter walked away with a nice bag of fidgets and other cheap plastic treasures.

66. Main Event

Main Event in the Columbia Mall is a fantastic entertainment venue that took over the 2nd floor of the old Sears store.
This is an arcade, bowling alley, laser tag, and restaurant all rolled into one. You pay for a game card and can use it for any of the arcade games, including two super fun virtual reality experiences.
The laser tag and bowling are priced separately. But really, you could easily spend an entire afternoon having fun with your kids here!

67. National Capital Trolley Museum

The National Capital Trolley Museum is a small museum where you can learn all about the streetcards and trollies that used to operate in the DC area. You can actually buy a ticket to ride the streecar too!
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68. Fun City Arcade (Ocean City)

Fun City Arcade has tons of fun games.. new and older (like Skee-Ball). Visitors play to win tickets and if you win enough tickets you can cash them in for a small prize at the prize counter. If you need to escape the heat or if you just want to have a fun hour or two with your kids, this is a great place to go!

69. Marty’s Playland

Marty’s Playland is another super fun arcade right in the middle of the boardwalk action. They offer loads of super fun games for kids and adults of all ages. You play games and win prizes. This is a super fun place! This arcade is open every day from 10am-6pm during the summer season.
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70. Calvert Marine Museum

The Calvert Marine Museum is such a fun martime-themed museum for kids and adults a like!
Kids will absolutely love seeing the otters play and hanging out with the skates and rays. There is also a small aquarium with aquatic animals indigenous to the Chesapeake area.
There is a Discovery Room that has oodles of fun kid’s activities too.
Due to the history of the Calvert Cliffs and the area, there is an impressive exhibit on dinosaurs, fossils, and fossil hunting. Older kids and adults will appreciate the Maritime History gallery as well.

71. Discovery Station

Discovery Station is such an excellent indoor play option for kids in Washington County! They have two floors packed with fun and hands on exhibits for kids! There are STEAM exhibits, LEGO fun, a play village where kids can pretend to work in a fire station, etc.. They can shop at the Little Grocery, make art projects, check out the aviation and Titanic exhibit, do robotics and coding activities, are more!
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72. Washington County Fine Arts Museum

This is a small but great art museum that is co–located with Hagerstown City Park. They have a lovely collection of over 6,500 pieces of art ranging from prints, painting, drawings, sculptures, and decorative arts.
For kids they have an art scavenger hunt that would appeal to them/keep your kids engaged while you enjoy taking in the art.

73. PlayEC

This great indoor playground has two Maryland locations: Capitol Heights and Glen Burnie. The play space is designed for kids 8 and under and has climbing play features, slides, soft play features, and more!

74. Pongo’s Learning Lab

Pongos Learning Lab is a community center for all things science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). They offer clubs, classes, camps, private events, and enrichment programs for all ages.

75. Chesapeake Children’s Museum

The mission of Chesapeake Children’s Museum is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies, and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area for all their children and for the children in us all. Hands on exhibits invite exploration and imagination.

76. Jurassic Golf and Arcade

This is a super fun dinosaur themed black light mini golf experience in Bel Air! They also have a great arcade!

77. Doodle Hatch Interactive Art Installation

This fun place is an interactive art installation with pretend play areas with themes such as fairy tales, other worlds, and more! A great hands on experience that’s perfect for children and toddlers.

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    1. Hi! Thanks for your question. I don’t know where that is.. It was a stock photo. However, I think many bounce houses have similar set ups… Or someplace like My Gym. I am trying to remember if Pump it Up does… I know they have a ton of slides. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

    1. Thank you for that tip! I actually heard about the Swellness Center right after I published this list and it does sound great! I wish it was open on the weekend so we could check it out!

    1. Oh, fantastic! Thank you for the tip! Those places look like they are so much fun. They should definitely be on this list! Thanks!

    1. Great tip. Thanks! Do you know if they ever have open play on weekends or evenings? Or is it strictly a membership, during the week thing?