Ongoing Local Activities for Preschoolers (near Mt. Airy, MD)

Adventure Park
Location: 11113 West Baldwin Road, New Market, MD 21774
Description: small amusement park; children under 8 will have the time of their lives on the indoor, four-level Gold Rush soft play area! This playground is perfect for children to play all day and never get bored. The playground features tunnels, nets, bars, and slides to keep kids exploring the terrain of the Wild Wild West. It even has a Mine Shaft and Toddler Shack for the smallest of adventurers to play.
Price: $3
Open: 10am through 7pm on weekdays, but until 10pm on weekends

Boyds Bear Country
Location: 75 Cunningham Road Gettysburg, PA17325
Description:   This place houses everything bear related.  Special events occur on a regular basis. They even have a great breakfast with character events. Check out website for more information.
Price:  Free admission. Special events cost money based on the event.
Open: 10-6 seven days a week

Carroll County Library Story time
Location: all CCPL locations
Description: Read and Play is for birth – 24 months. It’s a story time featuring lap games, tickles, bounces and rhymes followed by a playgroup for meeting and mingling. Story Pals is for ages 2-3 and is s theme-based story time featuring interactive and age-appropriate stories, songs, finger plays and activities. Read with Me is for ages 4-6 and is a theme-based story time for children who are ready for an independent, small group experience.
Price: free
Open: see website for class hours

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
Location: 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788
Description: From bears to boas, lions to lemurs, macaws to monkeys, porcupines to pythons, you’ll meet over 450 exotic animals on your Zoo adventure.
Price: Adults $14.95, Children ages 2-12 $9.95
Open: all year except December, January, and February; see website for schedule

Cunningham Falls State Park
Location: 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, MD 21788
Description: Cunningham Falls State Park, located in the Catoctin Mountains, is known for its history and scenic beauty, as well as its 78-foot cascading waterfall. The Falls are located one half mile from the lake in the Houck Area via the Falls Trail. (Hunting Creek Lake at the State Park has lifeguards present.)
Price: $3 year round per car
Hours: sunrise to sunset

Fountain Rock Park
Location: 8516 Fountain Rock Ct. Walkersville, MD 21793
Description: Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center offers the following amenities: fishing, grills, play equipment, trails, fire ring, nature center, lime kilns, quarry, and boardwalk.
Price: no fee for the park; small fee for nature center
Hours: 8am to sunset

Four Seasons Sports Complex (specific class is called “Inflatable Open Play”)
Location: 2710 Hampstead-Mexico Rd., Hampstead, MD
Description: Two hours of open play, bouncing around on their “three inflatables.”
Price: $24/child for 4 sessions
Hours: Sign up for the class through the gym or through Carroll Co. Parks & Rec. at 410-386-2103

Frederick Gymnastics Club
Location: 4604 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick, MD
Description: Kids can tumble on mats, jump on trampolines, swing on the rings and climb on balance beams for a 90-minute open gym session
Price: $4 for members, $7 for nonmembers during open gym sessions
Hours: 12:30-2pm on Fridays for ages 6 and under; may change with season

Germantown Indoor Swim Center
Location: 18000 Central Park Circle, Boyds, Maryland 20841
Description:  The pool contains interactive water features such as kiddie slides, water umbrellas, and tumble buckets.
Price: Children $6.50, Adults $7.50
Open: Year round; check website for schedule

Location: behind McDonalds in Eldersburg off of 32
Description: Motor and Agility programs focus on gross coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and core sport skills. These programs are tailored for children ranging from 18 months to 9 years old. GymJam is also open for parties and Moms’ Group outings.
Price: varies according to class; Moms’ Group outings (reservation required for the group) are $8 for a parent & child and $4 for each additional child
Open: see the schedule on the website

Health Unlimited (swim classes)
Location: 103 Century Dr., Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Description: Water babies I & II with class sizes between 4-8 children, starting as young as 6 months old. The classes continue through adult age. See website for more details.
Price: member $39.50, non-member $82
Hours: see website

Howard County Public Library
Location: all HCLibrary locations
Description: Play Partners is for infant-23 months and lasts 20-30 minutes. Just for Me is for children ages 3-5 who are ready for an independent class (30 minutes). Storybook friends is for ages 2-5. Parents work on a story and craft to enjoy with their child.
Price: free
Open: see website for class hours

Location:  6570 Dobbin Road, Columbia, Maryland
Description:  Hands on activities where kids can freely touch and play with everything (examples of exhibits:  fire truck, grocery store, dress up, tap dance floor)
Price:  Children (2 to 10 yrs old): $9.95, Toddlers (12 – 23 months): $6.95, Adults (11 yrs and older): $4.00; Babies (11 months and younger): FREE
Open:  Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

South Mountain Creamery
Location: 8305 Bolivar Rd., Middletown, MD 21769
Description: Calves can be fed every day at 4pm and then everyone can get some organic ice cream.
Price: free
Open: Calf Feeding Time is 4pm daily; Store hours 10am – 6pm (Mon-Sat); Milking Time is 1:30pm – 5:30pm daily

Skate Frederick
Location: 1288 Riverbend Way, Frederick, MD 21701
Description: Lessons for children as young as 3. There are also open skate sessions.
Price: class prices vary, see website; open skates are $5 for children 11 and under, $5.50 for adults
Hours: Classes and open skate times vary; see website

Walkersville Southern Railroad
Location:  34 W. Pennsylvania Avenue in Walkersville, MD
Description:  Train rides on weekends and special holiday events
Price:  Adults are $9.00, Children are $5.00, and Seniors are $8.00 (Children under 3 are free unless occupying a seat)
Open:  Saturdays from May-October – train departs @ 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; Also open on Sundays in May, June, September and October – train departs @ 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Way Off Broadway
Location: 5 Willowdale Drive, Frederick, MD 21702
Description: Way Off Broadway opened its wildly popular Children’s Theatre in 1996,  where a live show is performed and dinner is served. Everyone has their choice of an individual cheese pizza, a hot dog, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. All are served with potato chips and a choice of soda or lemonade to drink.
Price: $13 per person
Hours: see website for shows and times



  1. Charity said

    Universal Kids is now closed 😦

  2. Anonymous said

    Mom Blogs – Blogs for Moms…

  3. Jenny said

    Hi All. Found another local activity that is on-going and inexpensive. I found it in the new Frederick Parks and Rec catalog. Every 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month April-October join the Childrens Museum at Rose Hill Manor for a creative play experience. Activities include : card wool, weaving and spinning, make dough and explore the cabin. The cost is 3.00$ and the time listed in 10-2. It mentions that you should check the website for special enhancements to the Monday program. Enjoy!

  4. A little off topic maybe, but a request for you to consider the ethics of buying cheap trampolines. Please try and think about, for example, the things the item is made with, the conditions of the factories where they’re made and the ethics of the retailer. And endeavour to repair your trampoline rather than throwing away. Thanks!!!!

  5. If only more people could hear this.

  6. While the vegan diet has plenty of alternatives dieting with ibs to non vegan food,
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