guides

Cabin Fever Busters in and Around Westminster

Places to Play and Things to Do Indoors

By Ashley Fisher January 10, 2020

Thank you to TriStar Martial Arts of Westminster for their sponsorship of this guide! Martial arts help to build confidence and discipline in kids, all while encouraging physical fitness and building relationships. Tristar Martial Arts offers classes for all ages - even adults! Ready to give it a try? Sign up online here and get 20% off when you use code MACKID at checkout!




First Things First
Check the Macaroni Kid Westminster-Carroll 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.

Get Moving and/or Learning
Bounce out your kids’ energy, shoot some hoops, or ride scooters at The Fun n Fit Factory!

A short drive will take you to other indoor play places at Bubula Playground in Pikesville or Youth Play in Mount Airy!


Mini-golf, laser tag, inflatables, bummer cars, and arcade games are all a few minutes away at the Players Fun Zone!

Check out swim classes or family swim nights at the Kids First Swim School.

Sign up for classes at TriStar Martial Arts to fight off the Winter blues or check out their events page for open activities! 

Check out the displays, animals, exhibits, or take one of the Winter classes at nearby nature centers: Bear Branch Nature Center Piney Run Nature Center, Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center, or Irvine Nature Center!

Take a short drive to New Market for a day of fun and learning at The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum.

Lace up those roller skates and bring the family to nearby Hanover, PA for a day of skating at the Magic Elm Roller Rink!

Did you know that each of the public libraries has a kid’s play area with many toys and activities? Head to one of the SIX awesome libraries in Carroll County for free play or story time programs

Have your child grab a few friends and head to Battleground Lounge at the TownMall of Westminster for some gaming fun!

Head to the Townmall of Westminster for a walk inside to check out the stores and grab your spare change to let your child ride the many coin-operated rides! (And don’t forget to enjoy some warm, fresh pretzels from Auntie Anne’s after).

Check out a new movie in the new RC theatres in Westminster. You can cuddle up with your child in the comfy new recliner seats.  

Carroll Gymnastics offers classes for kids of all ages and they have open gym hours. Check their website for days and times!

Strike up a new hobby at Thunderhead Bowling for a fun, family day!


Eat and Play

Chick Fil-A in Westminster’s playplace.

McDonalds in Taneytown has a large, fun playplace!

McDonalds in Hampstead’s playplace was recently renovated. Check it out!

McDonalds in Westminster has many family nights with special guests like balloon artists and magicians. Check out their Facebook page for more information! 

TownMall of Westminster Food Court pairs nicely with the Fun n Fit Factory.


Get Creative (not cold)

Head to COB51 for drop-in hours to create some awesome artwork or sign up for one of their wonderful programs!

Firehouse Pottery in Taneytown is sure to help get your creative juices flowing while still keeping warm inside!

Meltdown DIY in Eldersburg is another great art option.

Check out the Makerspace areas at local libraries! Many of them have a table with crafting materials or other activities that are regularly changed out.

Look at the Kids Workshop Schedule at Home Depot for some little woodworking and painting crafts. This is free and the kids get an apron and a pin for every workshop that they complete!

Michaels has programs for kids of various ages to flex their creative muscles. 


Play-At-Home Days

Break out those dusty board games!

Make some homemade playdough.

Bake something with the kids!

Create an indoor race track for the little car enthusiasts.

Build a fort!

Have a dance party!

Create an indoor scavenger hunt

Play a game of hide-and-seek.

Bundle up and GO OUTSIDE! There is no bad weather - only bad clothing!