Summer Fun in Frederick 2021

By Ashley Fisher May 28, 2021

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Yes, boredom fosters creativity, but sometimes we need to kick start the creative engine with some fun ideas.  Here are some fun family-friendly ideas for ways to explore, create, and play in and around Frederick.


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Sign the kids up for a Summer Camp.


Catch a film under the spring night sky @ Frederick Fairgrounds

Catch a movie (covid precautions in place) @ Warehouse Cinemas Frederick


Baltimore National Aquarium 

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center

Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center

Baugher’s Petting Zoo

Land of Little Horses

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit

South Mountain Creamery 


Rock & Bowl @ Terrace Lanes Bowling Center

Play time (new Covid precautions in place) @ Me Land

Vinyasa Yoga Class @ Fred Astaire Dance Studio

Create art at home with Pottery & Canvas To-Go @ Hot Fired Arts

Book a gaming room @VR Virtual Reality in Frederick

Youth Climbing (ages 6+) Fundamentals Class @ The Boulder Yard

Go on a customized Scavenger Hunt @ Surelocked In Frederick

Browse the fun and unique gifts @ Dancing Bear Toys

Try out your ninja warrior skills (kids beginner class) @ Frederick Ninja Warrior Gym

Pay once & Play all day! @ Spinners Pinball Arcade

Have an adventure in an Escape Room @ Clue IQ

Home Depot Free Kids Workshop  

Kids Skate Free

Learn about the history of the railroad and see an interactive model train at Brunswick Heritage Museum

Go Ice Skating at Skate Frederick

Go bowling for free this summer

Check out an indoor play place like Pump It Up or Backyard Inflatables 

Michael’s Kid Club Craft Days

Jo Ann Fabrics Kid Club Craft Days

Take a cooking class.

See something unbelievable


Treat yourself @ Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream Co

Taco Tuesday! Enjoy authentic Latin-American cuisine @ Mexicali Cantina

Pop on over to the Original Popcorn House!

Enjoy a mid-week treat @ Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Try some of the 400 unique soda flavors (and pair it with ice cream!) @ North Market Pop Shop

Shop for locally made gifts, wine and baked goods @ Chartreuse and Co.

Order a Breakfast Family Feast to go @ IHop


Maryland Science Center

Learn all about the Battle of Antietam 

See the stars at the Earth, Space and Science Center

Discovery Station

Visit the Original Playhouse or Rose Hill Manor children’s museum

Take a self-guided tour @ The South Frederick Arboretum

Walk through history @ South Mountain State Battlefield Park

Take a self-guided Historic Covered Bridges driving tour around Frederick

Civil War Walking Tour in Downtown Frederick - hosted by National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Book a Ghost Tour of Historic Frederick @ Maryland Heritage Tours

Take a self-guided African American History driving tour around Frederick


Purchase discounted tickets to a ton of amusement parks through Frederick County Parks & Rec

Adventure Park USA

Hershey Park


Visit the B&O Railroad Museum and take a train ride

Ride a the rails on Walkersville Southern Railroad

Visit the Roads and Rails Museum in Frederick, MD

Visit the train museum in Brunswick, MD and watch trains zip by from the station; walk or bike along the C&O Canal

Western Maryland Railroad

Watch planes takeoff and land at the Frederick Municipal Airport

Clustered Spires High Wheel Race


Go kayaking or canoeing on the Potomac

Hit the lake at Cunningham Falls (Thurmont, MD) Or Greenbrier State Park (Boonsboro, MD)

Go camping at Gambrill State Park or the Brunswick Family Campground

Antietam Creek Canoe (tubing, canoeing) - Boonsboro, MD

Go canoeing or whitewater rafting at Harpers Ferry Adventure Center

Become a pirate on a Pirate cruise in Baltimore or DC

Piney Run Park - Sykesville

Ida Lee Water Park - Leesburg, VA


Bikes and Burgers on the C&O Canal

Take a family hike @ Sugarloaf Mountain

Explore Nature at Fountain Rock Park

Feed the fish in the koi pond @ Lilypons Water Gardens

Make a fairy garden or an outdoor racetrack with supplies from Mar-Lu View Nursery and Landscaping. 

Paint, hide, and find Frederick Rocks

Visit a National Park for free

Try Geocaching 

Get Junior Ranger Certificates at nearby National Parks

Explore the many battlefields nearby, like Monocacy National Battlefield

Catch a baseball game – Washington Nationals, Frederick Keys or the Hagerstown Suns

Head to a Farmers Market

Pick your own fruits and vegetables at nearby farms

Walk or bike on the C&O Canal

Take a hike at Gambrill State Park

Grab a map from the Visitors Center to explore the area

Hike Great Falls Park

Take a hike in one of America’s best walking parks at Harpers Ferry

Be a kid again at the outdoor tire park

The Big Slide at Rocky Ridge

Rent a pole from the Brunswick Library and fish at the Lion’s Merryland Park pond.

Explore a natural cavern at Crystal Grottos Caverns


Sensory Walk

Edible Play Dough Ice Cream

DIY Garden Gnomes

Solar S’mores Oven

Toilet Paper Roll Firework Painting

Fruit Print Craft

Swimming Pool Scrabble

Frozen Paint Cubes

DIY Bead Suncatchers

Bubble Snake Maker


Turkey Hill Experience

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Dinosaur Land

Visit every stop on Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail