Stuff to See
Adventure Park USA. 11113 W. Baldwin Road, New Market, (301) 865-6800, adventureparkusa.com. Have a top-notch amusement park experience with rides, mini-golf, laser tag, and a ropes course. Bring the family, or send the kids off to the park’s weekly summer camp and enjoy it all for yourself.
Clark’s Elioak Farm. 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 730-4049, clarklandfarm.com. The kids will love petting farm animals, riding ponies and cow trains, and even spending time in the enchanted pine tree forest.
Druid Hill Park. 2600 Madison Ave.,druidhillpark.org. Enjoy the great outdoors this summer at Druid Hill Park. Become a member and gain exclusive access to over 90 events.
Hershey Park. 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pa., 800-437-7439, hersheypark.com. It’s an amusement park dedicated to chocolate. ’Nuff said.
Irvine Nature Center. 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, (443) 738-9200, explorenature.org. Summer at Irvine brings fun and education together in a thrilling summer nature camp for your young environmentalists.
Knoebels Amusement Resort. 319 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg, Pa., (570) 672-2572, knoebels.com. Rides, camping, swimming, animals, and food. What more could your kids ask for? And you’ll be happy too—the resort is free, though there are some small fees for a few of the rides.
Maryland Science Center. 601 Light St., (410) 685-2370, mdsci.org. Your kids will be yearning to go back to school after spending the summer exploring different science exhibits. Attractions include “Dinosaur Mysteries,” an IMAX theater, and a planetarium. Plus, there’s a summer camp especially for budding scientists ages 4-13.
Meadowood Regional Park. 10650 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium, (410) 887-3678,baltimorecountymd.gov. Roam the woods, use one of the six athletic fields, or picnic in a pavilion at one of Maryland’s most scenic parks.
Oregon Ridge Park. 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, (410) 887-1818, baltiorecountymd.gov. Enjoy 1,043 acres of park with playgrounds, fitness areas, and miles of hiking trails.
Patterson Park. 27 S. Patterson Park Ave., (410) 276-3676, pattersonpark.com. Spend the summer at “Best Backyard in Baltimore.” From swimming to boating to wine tasting, there’s something for every family member at this hoppin’ summer spot.
Please Touch Museum. Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org. Your kids won’t believe that this is a museum where touching the exhibits is not only allowed—it’s encouraged.
Port Discovery. 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, portdiscovery.org. Let the kids loose to climb, touch and more. With different visiting exhibits complementing the permanent ones, there’s plenty for your family to explore.
Six Flags America. 13710 Central Ave., Bowie-Mitchellville, (301) 249-1500, sixflags.com. Just outside the nation’s capital, this Six Flags truly is America. The super-hero themed coasters, water rides, and Looney Tunes characters give every family member something to do.
Stuff to Do
Animal Antics. Visit with one of the Science Center’s resident creatures. Learn how they move, eat, and adapt in their own environments. June 10 and 24 at 11 a.m., Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225,mdsci.org.
The Art of Sesame Street: From Pictures to Pages. The collection of Sesame Street illustrations explores the history of favorite characters such as Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird, Grover, Oscar, Bert, and Ernie. Through Sept. 1, Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, portdiscovery.org.
Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration. Kids can celebrate Asian culture with a sister city meeting, ballet, art, and much more. May 24, 10 a.m., Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, portdiscovery.org.
Breakfast with the Animals. Eat breakfast alongside some of your favorite animals, including penguins, giraffes, and elephants. Same-day entry to the zoo is included with ticket price. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 20, 8:30-10 a.m., Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1876 Mansion House Drive, (410) 396-7102, marylandzoo.org.
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. A very special Littles’ Day dedicated to all things bugs. June 14, Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, portdiscovery.org.
Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! Come along as Curious George inspires kids to explore math, science, and engineering through interactive play. Through Feb. 6, Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, (410) 727-8120, portdiscovery.org.