guides

Westminster-Carroll Cabin Fever Busters

By Kelly Eakin January 21, 2021

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

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.

Westminster Favorites
๐Ÿ€ Bounce out your kids’ energy, shoot some hoops, or ride scooters at The Fun n Fit Factory!
โ›ณ๏ธ Mini-golf, laser tag, inflatables, bummer cars, and arcade games are all a few minutes away at the Players Fun Zone!
๐Ÿฅ‹Sign up for classes at TriStar Martial Arts to fight off the Winter blues or check out their events page for open activities! 
๐ŸŒพ 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!
๐Ÿ•น Have your child grab a few friends and head to Battleground Lounge at the TownMall of Westminster for some gaming fun!
๐Ÿ› 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).
๐ŸŽญCheck in with Carroll County Arts Council for new events
๐Ÿ“ฝ 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. 
๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍โ™€๏ธ Carroll Gymnastics offers classes for kids of all ages and they have open gym hours. Check their website for days and times!
๐Ÿ“š Pick out some of your favorite winter themed library books and schedule a curbside pickup with  Carroll County Public Library
๐Ÿšœ Check out a self guided tour at the Carroll County Farm Museum
๐Ÿฆธ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธCalling all superhero lovers at All Time Toys
โœˆ๏ธWatch airplanes take off at the Carroll County Regional Airport
๐Ÿ“šPick up a new book from A Likely Story Bookstore 
๐ŸŽณ Bowling, arcade, virtual reality at Stratosphere
๐Ÿž Visit all the Westminster-Carroll Area Parks and Playgrounds
๐ŸŽณ Strike up a new hobby at Thunderhead Bowling for a fun, family day!
๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ Try out your ninja skills at JCX - Obstacle Challenge Course & Gym
๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Join the YMCA, there’s always something to do there!
โšฑ๏ธ Firehouse Pottery in Taneytown is sure to help get your creative juices flowing while still keeping warm inside!
๐Ÿ›  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!
โœ‚๏ธ Michaels has programs for kids of various ages to flex their creative muscles. 
๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿฝ‍โ™‚๏ธ 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
๐ŸŽฎ Learn to code, build video games, play games, meet new friends, and have fun at Code Ninjas  

Food
๐Ÿฆ Embrace the cold and head to Hoffman's Ice Cream for all your sweet tooth needs
โ˜•๏ธ Latte for the parents and hot chocolate for the kids at  Furnace Hills Coffee
๐Ÿง Have a cupcake decorating contest with an at home decorating kit from Starry Night Bakery 
๐Ÿฅช Stop by the epicenter of cool at Birdie's Cafe 
๐Ÿง Treat yourself to cupcakes from Molli's Cafe

Day Trips
โ›ท Hit the slopes or take the family snow tubing at Liberty Mountain Resort: Liberty Mountain or Whitetail Resort | Whitetail Mountain Resort  
๐Ÿ  National Aquarium - Baltimore, MD
๐Ÿป The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore  

๐Ÿ–ฅ Virtual Field Trips

๐Ÿง— Take a Hike
Morgan Run Natural Environment Area
Piney Run Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
Trails Carroll County, Maryland

  Stay Home Activities 

Spread Kindness
๐Ÿ˜ŠRandom 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.

๐Ÿš’ Reach out to your first responders and find what they need.  Take up a neighborhood collection.