A huge thank you to Holly Hills Country Club for their generous sponsorship of this guide! Holly Hills is conveniently located near downtown Frederick and a short drive from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Nestled in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, the club offers members and guests a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the essence of a private club with scenic views, a challenging 18 hole golf course, swimming pool and pool house, tennis courts, activities field, summer camp for kids and an elegant clubhouse in a family friendly environment.
First things first, check the Macaroni Kid Calendar for free and low-cost things to do in our area. Not a subscriber? Sign up and you’ll get the goods each weekly directly in your email in-box. It’s free. No sales. No gimmicks. Just plain fun.
Pumpkin Patches, Farms and Orchards
👩🏼🌾 Winterbrook Farm
Special Dates to Remember
🎩 On September 18th, take in a magic show, sponsored by the YMCA, at the Wienberg Center for the Arts
🦕 November 17th Wienberg Center for the Arts, comes alive with Dinosaurs for Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE event
Frederick OktoberFest is offering togo packages!
September 19th 5th Annual Paw Paw Fest
🎇October 2nd Fall Firework in Brunswick
🍫Oct 31st Spooktacular Event by Macaroni Kid
Trick or Treat Events
👻October 24th at Westview Promenade
🦸🏻 October 24th the Mt. Airy Spooky Halloween Trail
🧛🏼October 30th, Trick or Treat in the park, Drive Thru style at Utica District Park
🍫Oct 31st Spooktacular Event by Macaroni Kid
Just outside of Frederick
🎃 Butler's Orchard Pick your own pumpkins, fall events for the kids
🎃 🍂 Check out the fall colors and Float Contest 10/7-10/11 at the Autumn Glory Festival
Great County Farms has lots to offer this fall! 🍎 Apple Gala and Fresh Cider Fest in September then come back in October for the 🎃 Pumpkin Harvest Festival.
🍏 Pick your own apples at Rock Hill Orchard
🥾 🧗 🌳 🦌 Take a Hike
👩🏾💻 👨🏻💻Virtual Activities
🎨🖌Take a class with The Delaplaine Arts Center
👨🏽🍳 Take up cooking with one of Kitchen Studio of Frederick
📚 Virtual adventures with Frederick County Public Library
Rent a moonbounce from Backyard Inflatables
Head to MeLand Play on a rainy day for an indoor playground
🚃Check out the largest miniature world model train displays in the country Roads and Rails
Zipline courses at TreeTrekkers
🚂 Enjoy a good old fashioned train ride through the beautiful farmland and countryside on the Walkersville Southern Railroad
🌉 Take a drive and check out the three covered bridges located in Frederick
🐖 🐄Everyday activities and special fall events at Green Meadows
Head to Mccutcheons for some of their delicious jam for your breakfast toast
🕵🏽♀️ Explore Downtown Frederick with Monthly Scavenger Hunts by Surelocked In Escape Games
🎨 🖌Saturday morning patio painting, To-Go kits or limited in person studio hours, Hot Fired Arts has it all for your creative needs!
🥤 A Covid-19 Survival Kit from North Market Pop Shop will add some fun to your fall!
🧸 Start your Christmas list early with a visit to Dancing Bear Toys
🦀Everyone loves a crabfest! Get them ready to eat from Avery's Maryland Grille
🛹Learn how to do a kick flip at the Skatepark
🎢 Tap into your adrenaline at Adventure Park
🐒 Take in the wildlife at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve
🐢 Observe the turtle and take some time to learn about the wildlife at Fountain Rock Park Nature Center
🏞 Visit all the playgrounds that Frederick County has to offer
🍦 Visit Frederick Fudge & IceCream for all your sweet tooth needs
☕️ Latte for the parents and hot chocolate for the kids at Frederick Coffee Company
🚶🏼♀️Lace up your sneakers and head out for Self Guided Tour of Frederick
🌻 Pick up some fall flowers at Mar-Lu View
🍩 Donuts are the best way to start the weekend, especially with Glory Doughnuts
📚 Pick out some of your favorite fall themed library books and schedule a curbside pickup with Frederick County Public Library
🎣 Grab the fishing poles and hit up one of these spots, Freshwater Fishing Hotspots
Stay at home activities
🌷 Plant spring bulbs
🍂🍁 Rake leaves together. Jump in the pile, then rake them up again!
☀️Enjoy those rays of sun and make a paper plate suncatcher
💎Try your hand at Geocaching
🏅At-Home Sports and Activities That Stretch Your Mind and Body, Game On!
🥳 There’s always something to celebrate, look to the National Day Calendar for ideas
🏃🏾♀️ Register for an upcoming virtual race, run, or ride. Many of these types of events are very family-friendly with shorter routes as an option, discounted (or free) registration for children, and fun after-parties. As a bonus, some of these types of events are fundraisers as well.
🎶 🕺🏻 Make a playlist of Halloween-themed songs and have a dance party in your living room. Some of our favorites:
- "This is Halloween" by Danny Elfman from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack
- "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett
- "Thriller" by Michael Jackson
- "Some Kind of Monster" by Neon Trees
- "Season of the Witch" by Donovan
- "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne
- "My Beloved Monster" by Eels from the Shrek soundtrack
- "The Time Warp" from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
- "The Monster" by Eminem (feat. Rihanna)
- "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell
- "The Devil's Chasing Me" by Reverend Horton Heat
🏋🏻♀️Try a 30-day fitness challenge. Check out the monthly "More More" column in Macaroni Kid Family Fitness and Wellness for the "Our Family Moves" challenge for the month.
🚶🏽♂️🚶🏼♀️Take a family walk around the neighborhood before or after dinner. It's a great way to connect while enjoying the changing scenery.
👻 Read ghost stories by the fire
🔥 Get creative with you s’more and try some of these S'mores Alternatives
🛠 Tackle a DIY project idea from Home Depot
🚒 Reach out to your first responders and find what they need. Take up a neighborhood collection.
🤝 Collection donations for the Heartly House. Follow them on Facebook for an updated list of needs.