Things to do with kids in the Maryland/DC Metro Area
For Free or Cheap!
Free Programs for little kids (0-5)
Rio/Washingtonian Center- Little Tots programs twice monthly, park and waterfront path
Westfield Democracy Mall- programs for little kids
Rockville Town Square- Mommy and Me! monthly kids programs, Rockville library
HUGE play structure built to be wheelchair accessible, so it’s great for ages 0-8 or so. Has a merry-go-round for a small fee. Totally worth the drive! Located in McLean, VA.
An adventure playground, also miniature train and carousel rides for a fee. Located in Wheaton, MD.
South Germantown Recreational Park adventure playground
Very Large Castle themed play structure. There are also facilities for mini golf, a splash pad, etc. but they aren’t cheap. Check website for pricing. Located in Germantown, MD.
Playground, miniature train to ride for a fee, ice skating rink ($), and lots of trails. Also Locust Grove Nature Center is located in the park. Our favorite part is the mechanical trash-eating pig. Located in Bethesda, MD.
Brookside Gardens/ Brookside Nature Center
Meadowside Nature Center- I’m not sure how many times we’ve been here but it never gets old. Exhibits include: pioneer life area, woodland and cave area, Curiosity Corner where you can see live snakes, frogs, turtles, etc., and live raptors in cages outdoors. Lots or trails for hike.
Locust Grove Nature Center
Free splash pad, zero entry. Great for ages 0-10. Located in Franconia, VA
Free Saturdays during the summer. Learn about the agricultural history of Montgomery County. Located in South Germantown Recreational Park, Germantown, MD.
Free farm with lots of animals, horse arena, large playground, carousel ($), visitor center. Herndon, VA
-$1 daytime movies at Regal Cinemas
-free bowling at AMF lanes-Barnes and Nobles free summer reading program, earn a free book by reading 8
Hope you have a great summer!