3:13 PM EDT, June 11, 2014
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.
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.
Drop-In Art Activities: Aquatic Art. Different art activities allow kids to learn about the deep blue sea. Weekends, July 5-27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Drop-In Art Activities: Play the Part. Kids can learn all about telling stories through plays. Activities include making sets, props, masks, and other theater essentials. Weekends through June 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.,Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Drop-In Art Activities: Sculptural Forms. Children can learn to sculpt using wood, metal, found objects, and clay. Weekends, June 7-29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000,thewalters.org.
Drop-In Art Activities: Treasures. Participants can explore the treasures in the Walters and use craft materials to make something to take home. Weekends, Aug. 2-31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Fairmount Academy’s 1800s Festival. Check out the 1800s-style classroom and participate in a spelling bee. Also enjoy crafts, seafood, dessert, and more. May 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fairmount Road, Upper Fairmount, (410) 651-3945, visitsomerset.com.
First Fridays. Your admission ticket gives you access to the permanent exhibits, planetarium, and IMAX theater. First Friday of the month, Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, mdsci.org.
Friday Night Stargazing It the Observatory. Enjoy the night sky through an Alvan Clark & Sons 8” refracting telescope. Fridays year round, weather permitting, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; call after 5 p.m. to check. Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, mdsci.org.
Gadget and Gizmo’s Puppet Science Show. Enter the Learning Lab with Gadget and Gizmo and explore different areas of science. There is music, dancing, and an interactive puppet show. Afterwards, make a craft based on what you’ve learned. Designed for children 5 and younger with their adult caretakers. May 29, 11 a.m., Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, mdsci.org.
Get to Know NOAA. Learn about NOAA—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration —with this Saturday series, each featuring a different topic. Activities designed for children ages 5 and up. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 7, Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, mdsci.org.
Go Skateboarding Day. Enjoy this annual day dedicated to skateboards by taking the whole family out and hopping on those wheels. June 21, theiasc.org/go-skateboarding-day.
Grade ‘A’ Student Night. Students who show a report card with three or more As will get free entry into the aquarium. Look at aqua.org for full requirements. June 26, 6-9 p.m., National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org.
Itsy Bitsy Infants. Bring your littlest scientists to the Kids Room for programs designed especially for children ages 1-24 months. June 5 and 19, 10:30 a.m., Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., (410) 685-5225, mdsci.org.
Park Quest 2014. Show off your family’s teamwork skills with this quest through Maryland’s state parks. Explore the hidden treasures in over 24 parks throughout the summer. May 24-Sept. 1, various locations,dnr2.maryland.gov/parkquest.
Philippine Festival 2014. Enjoy various events and learn about culture in the Philippines. Highlights include a parade, kids zone, holy Mass, and more. June 15, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (443) 812-3241, katipunan.org.
SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D – The Great Jelly Rescue. The eye-catching 4-D film follows SpongeBob on his mission to save all the jellyfish after they’ve been abducted by Plankton. Through Aug. 31, National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org.
Summer Art Camp: Blueprints & Buildings. Kids can become architects and city planners who plot out their dream community. July 28-Aug. 1, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Summer Art Camp: Faces & Figures. Young artists learn about portraiture and create their own portraits in different media. July 14-18, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Summer Art Camp: Once Upon a Time. Campers learn about the different artworks that tell a story and create their own comic book. July 21-25, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Summer Art Camp: Sea & Sky. Campers use their imaginations to step into some of the outdoor environments represented in the museum, such as Greece, India, and Egypt. July 7-11, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Summer Art Camp: Hieroglyphs & Pyramids. Kids will spend the time in camp becoming little Egyptologists. They’ll discover mummies, gods, goddesses, and crocodiles; write hyroglyphs; paint on papyrus; and more. June 30-July 3, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000, thewalters.org.
Train Ride to Mount Clare Museum House. Buy a discounted train-ride ticket to the Mount Clare Museum House when you purchase a regular admission ticket to the B&O Railroad Museum. Year-round. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., (410) 752-2490, borail.org.
World Oceans Day. Spend the weekend celebrating World Oceans Day at the National Aquarium. Enjoy aquatic-themed performances, workshops and more. June 7-8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org.
Adventure Aquarium. 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J., (856) 365-3300, adventureaquarium.com. If you’re heading up north this summer, you shouldn’t miss this place. Hang with hippos, penguins, sharks, and more. But don’t forget to call ahead before making the trek—it can get busy during this time of year.
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. 1876 Mansion House Drive, (410) 396-7102, marylandzoo.org. Enjoy the Maryland Zoo’s animals such as lions, giraffes, and more at the zoo right by Druid Hill Park.
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, Md., (301) 271-3180,cwpzoo.com. This zoo is committed to broadening human understanding of the animal world through various exhibits, safaris, camel rides, and more.
National Aquarium in Baltimore. 501 E. Pratt St., (410) 576-3800, aqua.org. Feed the animals, watch a 4-D movie, and get up close and personal with various aquatic friends.
Plumpton Park Zoo. 1416 Telegraph Road, Rising Sun, Md., (410) 658-6850, plumptonparkzoo.org. This is somewhat smaller than your traditional zoo, but that doesn’t mean you should skip it. It’s home to birds, wolves, and even a tiger and capuchin monkey, and they all want you to visit.
National Zoo. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 633.4888, nationalzoo.si.edu. Part of the Smithsonian (read: free admission), the National Zoo is worth the D.C. commute. Exhibits include a bird house, elephant trail, and cheetah conservation station.
Philadelphia Zoo. 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., (215) 243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org. Everything you’d want in a zoo, and more. Make sure to hit the Zoo360 Animal Exploration Trails, which link animal habitats, giving the residents more room to roam.
Salisbury Zoological Park. 755 S. Park Drive, Salisbury, Md., (410) 584-3188, salisburyzoo.org. Visit this zoo near Ocean City for general zoo experiences plus more, including home-school programs, storytime, and zoo camp.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, Md., (410) 228-2677,fws.gov/blackwater. Not technically a zoo but still chock-full of things to see. The refuge provides shelter for migratory birds and attractions for all age groups.
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