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Summer Boredom Busters in and Around Westminster

By by Nichole Dowlearn May 15, 2019

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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 Westminster.

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.
Sign the kids up for a 
Summer Camp.

WATCH A FILM FOR FREE (OR A BIG DISCOUNT)
Sykesville Cinema at Millard Cooper Park

Watch a free movie under the stars at Movie Night on the Creek or Lovettsville’s Summer on the Green
Regal Westminster 9 Summer Movie Series- $1 a ticket, movies start at 10:00 AM


ANIMAL & INSECT ENCOUNTERS
Baltimore National Aquarium 
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Piney Run Park & Nature Center
Bear Branch Nature Center
Baugher’s Petting Zoo
Land of Little Horses
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit

INDOOR FUN
Home Depot Free Kids Workshop  

Kids Skate Free
Go Ice Skating at Reiserstown Sports Complex
Go bowling for free this summer

Players Fun Zone
Stratosphere Trampoline Park
Attend a story time and participate in Summer Library Programs 
Michael’s Kid Club Craft Days
Take a cooking class.

Build a dollhouse and visit Gibby’s Doll House’s & Miniatures for furniture
See something unbelievable

THE ARTS
Summerfest Family Theatre- Thursdays at Baker Park- June-August at 10AM

Catch a family friendly show from the CCAC
See a show at the Weinberg Theater in Frederick
Art in the Park Festival in June 

Westminster Concert Series at Common Ground on the Hill


LISTEN TO SOME TUNES
Summer Concert Series - Sundays at Baker Park Bandshell, June-Auguse at 7PM

Enjoy live music at a first Saturday Event at Serpent Ridge Vineyard
Month of Sundays Concert Series
First Fridays Sykesville


EXPAND YOUR MIND
Civil War Encampment and Living History at the Union Mills Homestead

Maryland Science Center
Learn all about the Battle of Antietam 
See the stars at the Planetarium at Bear Branch 

Enjoy Living history at the Carroll County Farm Museum 
Visit the Original Playhouse or Rose Hill Manor children’s museum

Gate House Museum
Historic Colored Schoolhouse

THRILLS
Purchase discounted tickets to a ton of amusement parks through Carroll County Parks & Rec
Adventure Park USA
Hershey Park

PLANES, TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES (AND BICYCLES)
Visit the B&O Railroad Museum and take a train ride

Little Sykesville Railway Park
Ride a the rails on Walkersville Southern Railroad
Visit the Roads and Rails Museum in Frederick, MD
Western Maryland Railroad
Watch planes takeoff and land at the Carroll County Regional Airport

Clustered Spires High Wheel Race


WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE

Go Kayaking at Piney Run Park
Go kayaking or canoeing on the Potomac
Hit the lake at Cunningham Falls (Thurmont, MD) 

Visit Lake Hashawha
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

HEAD TO THE FAIR

The Great Frederick Fair
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2019

Frederick Festival of the Arts 
Find a whole list of local carnivals here
49th Annual Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival
Monarch Madness Festival in September
Beer & BBQ Stroll
Oyster Stroll


OUTDOOR FUN
River Valley Run Trail Festival 
Owl & Prowl & Campfire 
Toad Abodes at Bear Branch in August 
National S’more Day and Campfire at Piney Run Park 
Celebrate Summer at a Summer Block Party 
Paint, hide, and find Frederick Rocks
Try Geocaching 

Have an adventure with ParkQuest
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
Find a swimming hole
Grab a map from the Visitors Center to explore the area

Paintball Adventure Park 
Shrimptown Skate Park 
Be a kid again at the outdoor tire park
The Big Slide at Rocky Ridge
Have a picnic at a new park

FUN AT HOME

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

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS
Barnes and Noble
Scholastic
Book It

CCPL

HIT THE ROAD
Turkey Hill Experience
Hershey’s Chocolate World
Calvert Cliffs State Park
Dinosaur Land
Visit every stop on
 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail