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First Things First
First things first, check the Macaroni Kid Frederick 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.
🚞 Train fans need to visit Brunswick Heritage Museum and Road & Rails Museum
🚂 Enjoy a good old fashioned train ride through the beautiful farmland and countryside on the Walkersville Southern Railroad
🕵🏽♀️Mystery and puzzles await at Clue IQ Brings Escape, Escape This Frederick, and SureLocked In
🎫 Civil War Medicine Museum (older kids)– Interesting educational exhibits about our local history.
👾 Spinners – Pinball and old school video games are the draw in this retro lounge.
⚱️ I Made This! Pottery Studio
🧩 Pick up a puzzle from Dancing Bear Toys: The world's best toy store for unplugged play!
🎶 Carillon Recitals in Baker Park
🛠 Tackle a DIY project idea with Home Depot
🖲 VR - Virtual Reality with 9 virtual reality stations and 3 gaming PC stations with a large variety of games for all audiences. Our custom gaming platform allows you to switch in and out of several categories (Kid Friendly, Action, Casual, Horror, Puzzle, Shooter, Sport, and Multiplayer)
🎨 🖌 To-Go kits or limited in person studio hours, Hot Fired Arts has it all for your creative needs!
🥋Sign up for classes at TriStar Martial Arts to fight off the winter blues or check out their events page for open activities!
🎬 Take in a movie with the ultimate experience at Warehouse Cinemas
🧇 Silver Diner – For a shake and breakfast for dinner. Their kid's nights feature fun crafts and activities.
🍚 Matsutake -For a meal and a hibachi show
✈️ Grab lunch and take in the planes at Airways Inn of Frederick - Casual Family Friendly Restaurant in Frederick MD
🥪 Try out the new school deli Pumpernickel + Rye
🏀 Keep those kids moving and check out Frederick County Parks and Rec for indoor recreation options such as soccer, gymnastics, soccer, adaptive programs, and more.
📚With many different libraries in Frederick County, you can always find a great virtual and adult children’s program or a nice place to curl up with a book at home! Check out their calendar of events!
Go retro and roller-skate at Starland Roller Rink.
🎳Go bowling at Terrace Lanes or duckpin bowling at Mt. Airy Bowling Lanes.
🧗🏾♀️Climb the walls at the Boulder Yard!
🎠 Head to MeLand Play on a rainy day for an indoor playground
🌳Zip-line courses at TreeTrekkers
⛸ Ice Skating - Glide on the ice together.
🏊🏼♀️ OneLife Fitness Kid’s Club/Salt Water Pool – Let them exercise in the kids club while you do get yoga class in, or enjoy the new saltwater pool together.
🎳 Walkersville Bowling Center – They have a great deal on Sunday nights that includes pizza, drinks, and shoes for $15
💪🏽 Try out your ninja skills at JCX - Obstacle Challenge Course & Gym
🏞 Visit all the playgrounds that Frederick County has to offer
🛷 Visit the Sled Run & Ice Skating Pond at Pinecliff Park
🕹 Mini Bowling, arcades, laser tag and more awaits at Adventure Park USA – Adventure Park USA
⛷ Hit the slopes or take the family snow tubing at Liberty Mountain Resort: Liberty Mountain or Whitetail Resort | Whitetail Mountain Resort
🐠 National Aquarium - Baltimore, MD
🐻 The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
🖥 Virtual Field Trips
- Visit the trip with one of many virtual activities from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
- Take a virtual tour of Walt Disney World Resort
- Webcams at the National Zoo and Houston Zoo
- Tour The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- 50 Free Virtual Museum Tours from the comfort of your own home
- National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD Virtual Tour
- Virtual Tour of the Natural History Museum
- A Trip to the North Pole - Poly
- The Pyramids - 3D Virtual Tour
- Great Wall of China Travel Guide & Tours
- The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
Stay Home Activities
- Make a stop-motion video
- Make a snow storm in a jar
- Family movie day
- Make a marshmallow igloo
- Spa day
- Make hot chocolate spoons
- DIY Laser Maze
- Board games
- Make a cardboard house or city
- Make an Olaf floating in jello
- Indoor snow shoveling
- Make an indoor snowman with fake snow
- Snuggle at Home with a movie
- Camp out in the Family Room
- Learn how to knit
- Build a fort
- DIY Tin Can Robot
- Set up indoor activity stations! Make signs for different activities: jumping jacks, planks, crawling through tape/rope, balancing activities. Set a timer, and have your kids move through the stations
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- DIY Escape Room for Kids
- LEGO STEM Challenge Cards
- Chalkboard Slime
- Put on GoNoodle and shake your sillies out
- Snow Volcanoes
- Paint Snow Winter Activity for Kids
- Make a code: Create your own alphabet code and write some secret notes (example – a is z, b is y, c is x etc.)
🥾 Take a Hike
Gambrill Yellow Trail
Monocacy National Battlefield Trails
Frederick Municipal Forest
Cunningham Falls State Park
10 Hiking Destinations in Frederick County
🤝 Collection donations for the Heartly House. Follow them on Facebook for an updated list of needs.
🍽Donate traditional menu items or your time to the Frederick Rescue Mission, or send someone in need of a good meal.
🥣Volunteer with The Frederick Soup Kitchen Program, which provides a full evening meal, seven nights a week from 5:30 to 6:30 pm to anyone in need of a hot, nutritious meal.
🚒 Reach out to your first responders and find out what they need. Take up a neighborhood collection.
Donate food or cash or even volunteer to participate in Annapurna’s Kitchen “Pay As You Can Cafe” that serves a monthly meal based on pantry contributions, volunteers, and donations. Come serve and/or enjoy a meal…and maybe pay one forward!
😊 Random acts of kindness
- Donate some food
- Pay the bridge toll for the person behind you
- Go to an animal orphanage and help out for the day
- Feed someone’s parking meter.