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Summer Fun in Carroll County 2021

Sponsored by Mt. Airy Children's Dental Associates

By Ashley Fisher April 23, 2021


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

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SUMMER CAMP FUN

Sign the kids up for a Summer camp


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

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore


INDOOR FUN

Discount movie Tuesdays at RC Theatres in Westminster

Home Depot Free Kids Workshop  

Go Ice Skating at Reisterstown Sports Complex

Go bowling for free this summer

Players Fun Zone

Stratosphere Trampoline Park

Attend a virtual story time and participate in Summer Library Programs 

Michaels 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

Catch a family friendly show from the CCAC

See a show at the Weinberg Theater in Frederick


LISTEN TO SOME TUNES

Enjoy live music at a first Saturday Event at Serpent Ridge Vineyard

Island Green Family Fun Center Concerts 


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


TREAT YOURSELF

Enjoy a gigantic ice cream sundae or milkshake at The Bus Stop

Dig into a delicious snowball and then play at Appleman Park at Baugher’s Restaurant!

Get some of the best ice cream around at Hoffmans Ice Cream


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


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


OUTDOOR FUN

Take the Union Bridge Bike Tour or the New Windsor Bike Tour

Go hiking at one of the 10 hiking areas in Carroll County

Try your luck at fishing

Get out on horseback on one of the local horse trails

Grab a bike and hit the road

Go mini golfing or actual golfing

 Check out the First Sunday Hikes at Charlotte’s Quest Nature Center

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 

The Big Slide at Rocky Ridge

Have a picnic at a new park

Play on the huge, free playground at Local Homestead Products, LLC

Show off those skateboarding skills at the Westminster Skate Park


SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS

Maryland Summerfest 2021

Downtown Sykesville Sippin' On Summer Block Party

Pick your own flowers at Local Homestead


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


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


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