The kids are out of school and the heat is on. It’s not easy to come up with endless energy burning activities for the little ones, and sure there are bloggers who say, “let them be bored,” but those bloggers didn’t have to scrub blue crayon out of my white sofa last week! SO if I’m going to maintain some sense of sanity through the summer, I know I’ve got to have a list of ideas for when I am at my wits end and yell, “get your shoes on, we are leaving!” Here’s what I’ve got so far.
To escape the heat or on a rainy day, you might try:
- Howard County Library classes can be a good indoor option for all weather
- Michaels Camp Creativity is offered M/W for just $2 and free slime Fridays
- Storyville can be a good option for the little ones
- The mall play area or for a walk
- Bass Pro Shops at the Arundel Mills Mall to visit the fish
- BWI Observation Gallery play area
- National Air and Space Annex (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located in Virginia near Washington Dulles International Airport)
- Take time for some summer relaxation by dropping in on a class at The Yoga Center of Columbia
- Meet up with some friends for open gym at Gymboree Play & Music in Columbia ($10 to drop in for non-members)
For some outdoor options, you might try:
- Roger Carter indoor/ outdoor pool and splash pad, $5/ ages 3+, afternoon hours. I like this for those hot days that call for possible rain showers.
- Robinson Nature Center cool off with some river play or duck inside the discovery room to cool off for a bit.
- Patapsco State Park: Orange Grove Area for water play (cross the swinging bridge to Grist Mill trail or take a short hike to cascade falls)
- Emancipation Park sprinklers in Laurel, MD
- Blandair park has newly installed canopies over the playground equipment
- Lake Elkhorn park offers lots of shade and the option of walking around the lake or playing on the playground
- Walker Mill Regional Park “Woodland” playground has misting stations
- Patapsco State Park: Hilton Area tire park is well shaded
- The CA lakefront concerts on Lake Kit
- Norwood Ice Cream in Sykesville, MD. This is a great option for a Sunday because you can walk to the Sykesville Farmer’s Market and Little Sykes Railway Park.
- Cindy’s soft serve in Elkridge, MD
- Gunpowder Falls State Park: Hammerman Area beach (about 50 minutes/Columbia)
- Cascade lake and waterpark in Hampstead, MD (about 50 minutes from Columbia)
- South Germantown Splash Park in Boyds, MD (about 45 minutes from Columbia). There is currently a CertifiKid deal for both park and mini golf!
- The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has lots of shade and soft serve ice cream for sale. There is currently a CertifiKid deal for huge discounts on membership!
I would love to grow this list! Please share your ideas for free or cheap drop-in summer activities in the Howard County, MD area in the comments below.