A huge thank you to Holly Hills Country Club for their generous sponsorship of this guide! Holly Hills is conveniently located near downtown Frederick and a short drive from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Nestled in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, the club offers members and guests a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the essence of a private club with scenic views, a challenging 18 hole golf course, swimming pool and pool house, tennis courts, activities field, summer camp for kids and an elegant clubhouse in a family friendly environment.
First Things First
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🏀 Bounce out your kids’ energy, shoot some hoops, or ride scooters at The Fun n Fit Factory!
⛳️ Mini-golf, laser tag, inflatables, bummer cars, and arcade games are all a few minutes away at the Players Fun Zone!
🥋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!
🕹 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 in with Carroll County Arts Council for new events
📽 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!
📚 Pick out some of your favorite winter themed library books and schedule a curbside pickup with Carroll County Public Library
🚜 Check out a self guided tour at the Carroll County Farm Museum
🦸🏻♀️Calling all superhero lovers at All Time Toys
✈️Watch airplanes take off at the Carroll County Regional Airport
📚Pick up a new book from A Likely Story Bookstore
🎳 Bowling, arcade, virtual reality at Stratosphere
🏞 Visit all the Westminster-Carroll Area Parks and Playgrounds
🎳 Strike up a new hobby at Thunderhead Bowling for a fun, family day!
💪🏽 Try out your ninja skills at JCX - Obstacle Challenge Course & Gym
👟 Join the YMCA, there’s always something to do there!
⚱️ Firehouse Pottery in Taneytown is sure to help get your creative juices flowing while still keeping warm inside!
🛠 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.
🧘🏽♂️ Look into a membership at the Family Fitness Center in downtown Westminster! With new classes, like Group Power and Aerial Yoga, you are sure to find something you love
🎮 Learn to code, build video games, play games, meet new friends, and have fun at Code Ninjas
🍦 Embrace the cold and head to Hoffman's Ice Cream for all your sweet tooth needs
☕️ Latte for the parents and hot chocolate for the kids at Furnace Hills Coffee
🧁 Have a cupcake decorating contest with an at home decorating kit from Starry Night Bakery
🥪 Stop by the epicenter of cool at Birdie's Cafe
🧁 Treat yourself to cupcakes from Molli's Cafe
⛷ 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 from Netflix, Disney+ or Amazon
- 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.)
😊Random Acts of Kindness
- Donate 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.
🚒 Reach out to your first responders and find what they need. Take up a neighborhood collection.