April marks our second spring since the pandemic began; yet Coronavirus continues to carry on. Many parents have expressed that they are looking for new ways to safely enjoy family time. I know we all have our fingers crossed to get back to some sense of normalcy soon. Hopefully, this list will help families sort through the confusion of what is closed and what is open and inspire family fun. Some ideas are outdoors; while others are indoors. There is some thing for every age, interest and comfort level. This article will be updated frequently, as things are always changing. Be sure to visit each attractions website first before visiting to get most up to date information. Read to the bottom for GIVEAWAY details!!!
- Breezy Point Beach & Campground– Enjoy the riches of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.
- Calvert Cliffs State Park– Enjoy a walk along a lovely nature trail leading to a beautiful beach.
- Chapel Point State Park – Chapel Point is an undeveloped multi-use park on the beautiful Port Tobacco River.
- North Beach– This is the perfect spot if you are looking for a tradition beach with a boardwalk.
- Flags Pond Nature Park – Take a nature walk down to the beach.
- Point Look Out State Park– This peaceful park is on a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in St. Mary’s County.
- Purse State Park – This beach is know for being the perfect spot to collect sharks teeth and find fossils.
- Snow Hill Park– Enjoy sandy toes at this easy to access beach in St. Mary’s county.
- Artful Play House– “Where play makes art!” Sign-Up for inspiring and fun art lessons, parent night out and more.
- Imaginarium– You won’t want to miss registering for an open play session or special event at the Imaginarium; featuring amazing indoor wooden play grounds and imaginative play stations.
- Majesticland- This new indoor entertainment zone at the St. Charles Towne mall has it all; indoor play arena, bumper cars, arcade and more.
- Scary Strokes– Located in the heart of Waldorf is a fun indoor miniature golf course and arcade.
- Tilghman Lake– This quaint park has a lovely lake for fishing, walking trail and pavilion.
- Gilbert Run– This park has it all…play ground, paddle boats, zip line, walking trails and more.
- Smallwood State Park– This is great spot for fishing on a pier and a ramp for docking boats.
GARDENS & FARMS
- Annmarie Sculpture Garden– You will love this garden that has tones for children to do. Don’t miss seeing the Fairy and Gnome homes this spring/summer!
- Clark’s Elioak Farm– Let your imagination run wild at Clark’s Elioak Farm, where fairy tales and nursery rhymes are brought to life. With over 25 figures and play sets based on nursery rhymes and fairytales, a interactive petting farm, enchanted forest, hayrides and cow train ride, learning has never been more fun!
- Gold Petal Farms– This whimsical sunflower maze is like exploring a living labyrinth.
- Strawberry Farms– Be prepared for strawberry season this May – June 2021. Pick your own strawberries. Here’s a local guide to find a farm near you.
IMAGINATIVE PLAY GROUNDS
- Pisgah Park– A secret gem in Charles County perfect for families. You will enjoy this unique park that has a paved walking path and imaginary playgrounds stationed around the park.
- Miedzinski Park– Located in downtown Leonardtown, you will want to visit this recently renovated play ground.
- Walker Mill Regional Park– PG county has some of the best parks, this one is our favorite!
- Watkins Regional– There’s no place like home at this creative play ground that looks like a scene straight out of The Wizard of Oz.
- Wheaton Park– Visit this fun playground that will make your kids go crazy.
MUSEUMS & EDUCATIONAL
- Aviation Museum– The museum is now open Wednesday’s and Saturdays!
- Baltimore Science Center– If you have a little one that loves STEAM than this is the place to be!
- Be with Me Playseum– Children are able to explore, discover and play in our uniquely designed city shops, created to mimic mom and dad’s world but uniquely scaled to their size.
- B&O Railroad– Learn all about locomotives and even catch a ride.They now have a steam engine!!!
- Calvert Marine Museum– The museum is open to the public and is even offering children’s programs. See their calendar for information on Little Minnows.
- Clear Water Nature Center– The nature center at Cosco Regional Park in PG county is now open by reservation.
- Fort Washington– The National park is currently open and free to the public. Outdoor exhibits are open; however, indoor buildings and visitors center are closed.
- Historic St. Mary’s– Explore this historic city that is an outdoor living history museum.
- Jefferson Patterson Museum– Where History and Nature Surround You. 560 scenic acres along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, Maryland.
- Libraries- Many of the Southern Maryland libraries are either open or open soon! St. Mary’s County library buildings are open, Charles County libraries are open by appointment for some in building services and hope to open at great capacity soon!
- Maryland Zoo– Explore and learn about animals big and small.
- National Aquarium– Take a trip that will inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.
- PAX Museum– This museum is all about preserving the history and heritage of Naval Aviation.
- Port Discovery Children’s Museum– Visit one of the top most rated Children’s Museums in our nation located in Baltimore, Maryland.
- St. Clements Island Museum– St. Clements has lots of educational programs planned for the Spring and Summer be sure to check out their website.
- Brandywine Aquatic Center– This brand new state of the art aquatic center is opening up March 29, 2021 to the public.
- Charles County Public Pools– Charles County has open swim available and open to the public, see their calendar for dates and times.
- Cove Point Pool– This is the perfect oasis for the summer heat! Enjoy a lap pool or water park. Opening this summer.
- Edward T Hall Aquatic Center– This indoor pool is a little trip to paradise right here in SOMD. Make a reservation and splash today!
- Hawthorne Country Club– Private swimming pool has membership option and is open for the 2021 season this coming May.
- Smallwood Village Swim Club– Private swimming pool has membership option and is open for the 2021 summer season.
SPORTS & RECREATION
- Blue Crabs– Catch a game this spring season!
- AMF Bowling- They are back open and offering awesome deals!
- Capital Club House– Enjoy ice skating and rock climbing.
- Charles County Parks & Recreation– Don’t miss the awesome programs offered daily.
- Calvert County Parks & Recreation– Don’t miss the awesome programs offered daily.
- St. Mary’s County Parks & Recreation– Don’t miss the awesome programs offered daily.
- Pump It Up– They are open for free play bounce passes and even private parties for as low as $99!!!
- My Gym– This is our favorite place to take the kids. From weekly classes to parents night out they offer great programs for kids. My Gym has two locations Waldorf and St. Mary’s.
- Sky Zone– They are back and business! Enjoy a glow jump, open jump or toddler time!
- Waldorf Skate Center– Enjoy a family skate night!
- AMC– Open for public and theater rental.
- FlagShip– Calvert county residents will be happy to catch a film here.
- RC Lexington Exchange– St. Mary’s families will be excited to see a movie at RC.
- Xcape Theaters– Catch a movie on the big screen! A little bird told me to be on the look out for the free summer movie program!
- Busch Gardens– I couldn’t be more thrilled to see Busch Gardens and Water Country USA open! This is our favorite theme park. Williamsburg is a great vacation spot for families is under a two hour drive!
- Kings Dominion– Just a short drive into Virginia is a perfect theme park for families!!! We enjoy taking advantage of the free pre-k pass!
- Six Flags– I’ve heard families brag about the season pass perks to Six Flags being well worth it!
WATER PARKS/SPLASH PADS
- Chesapeake Beach Water Park– The water park opens May 29th. Tuesday & Wednesday is for county residents only. Thursday thru Sunday all are welcome.
- La Plata Splash Pad– Open mid May 2021!
- Our Special Harbor– Website says it’s closed for the season…but stay tuned for openings.
A big huge shout out to Xscape Theaters in Brandywine for donating movie tickets and popcorn passes! One lucky family will be randomly drawn to win movie tickets and popcorn passes to Xscape Theater in Brandywine. Giveaway is open to all local Maryland residents 18 years of age and over. Contest closes April 30, 2021. Playful Parent fans may enter on Facebook, Instagram or Website:
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