Looking for a fun, family-friendly destination for your next vacation or weekend getaway? Look no further than Montgomery County, MD.

The county, which is home to cities including Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Silver Spring and Gaithersburg, is well known for its exciting nightlife and restaurant scene for grownups.

But it’s also a great year-round destination for youngsters. There are tons of indoor and outdoor children’s activities in Montgomery County, MD. No matter the season, you will find a full itinerary of things to do in Montgomery County, MD with kids.

 12 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Montgomery County, MD

Indoor Fun

  • Explore the history of Washington, D.C. street cars and trolleys at the National Capital Trolley Museum in Colesville and take a ride on a historic street car.
  • The Kid International Discovery Museum (KID Museum) is an experiential museum and educational makerspace operating out of Bethesda’s Davis Library. Activity stations are stocked with materials and tools, and staff are on hand to provide demos for projects.
  • The Little Towns Children’s Museum in Bethesda is a child-size urban neighborhood featuring 16 hands-on exhibits that promote creative exploration through pretend play.
  • Similar to The Little Towns Children’s Museum, Kid’s Play Gallery in Gaithersburg is an indoor imaginative play space with custom play homes for creative exploration and is suitable for children of all ages.
  • Also in Gaithersburg, We Rock the Spectrum is an indoor kid’s gym. This spot is perfect for children of all ability levels to play and grow together. Kids can climb and swing on 12 specially designed pieces of sensory play equipment, including a zip line, a crash pit, and various swings.
  • Rockville’s ZavaZone is a multi-attraction indoor adventure park offering something for every member of the family. Trained coaches are always on duty to help guests traverse zip lines, climbing challenges, ninja warrior courses, and more.
  • Bounce yourself silly at one of Montgomery County’s trampoline parks, including SkyZone and Rockin’ Jump in Gaithersburg, Launch Rockville and the previously mentioned ZavaZone.

Outdoor Adventures

  • Montgomery County has 424 parks across over 37,000 acres of outdoor space, and a number of them have playgrounds and sports fields. Ridge Road Regional Park has multiple ball fields, an in-line hockey rink, and various shaded picnic areas. Falls Road Local Park features an award-winning Hadley Playground onsite.
  • The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring is an aerial forest adventure perfect for ages five and up. Fifteen separate trails with zip lines and suspended bridges made of rope and cables help develop motor skills, endurance, and confidence.
  • Wheaton Regional Park offers a variety of recreational and educational opportunities within its 536 acres, including a year-round ice arena, horse stables, indoor tennis facilities, a 1915 musical carousel, and a miniature train that goes through the park woods and meadows. When you’re ready for some more fun, head to the Adventure Playground, which includes endless climbing structures, swings, giant slides, a sandcastle, and much more.
  • Cabin John Regional Park is a 528-acre refuge in the center of Montgomery County. The park has five miles of hiking and biking trails in addition to several sports fields, an enclosed ice rink, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and a seasonal miniature train.
  • Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve encompasses 93,000 acres, almost a third of the county’s land. A number of farms within the area, including Butler’s Orchard, Rock Hill Orchard and Water’s Orchard, offer family-friendly activities, including seasonal festivals, pick-your-own apples and pumpkin patches in the fall, and Christmas trees in the winter.

Toddler Activities in Montgomery County, MD

Just like activities for big kids in Montgomery County, activities for toddlers abound. Here are a few places can take the little ones:

  • Glen Echo Park is home to a number of kid- and toddler-friendly attractions including a restored 1921 Dentzel Carousel, a weekend drop-in art program for children, and two children’s theaters – Adventure Theatre MTC and the Puppet Co. The Glen Echo Park Aquarium features live animal exhibits, a live touch tank, a giant sand pit, a submarine, and a pirate ship in a tree, all designed to help visitors learn about the Chesapeake Bay.
  • In addition to fun, family-friendly shows throughout the year, Imagination Stage in Bethesda offers performances, classes, and theater camps for anyone under 18, little ones included.
  • Just a short drive from downtown Rockville is the Croydon Creek Nature Center, a 120-acre nature preserve. Hiking trails, interpretive exhibits, a Discovery Room with books, games, puzzles, and activities for all to enjoy make for a fun day. The Little Acorns (18-36 months) and Nature Tots (2-5 years) programs are popular toddler activities in Montgomery County, MD.
  • Locust Grove Nature Center is located in Southern Montgomery County. Activities for toddlers and pre-K kiddos include special events and education programs as well as the Nature Explorers pre-school program. For unstructured fun, wander the trails, enjoy the observation deck, or take in the indoor and outdoor exhibits.
  • Situated inside Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Gardens is a free, 50-acre public display garden divided into several distinct areas, including an Aquatic Garden, Butterfly Garden, and Children’s Garden. Brookside Gardens also features two conservatories for year-round enjoyment and a “Garden of Lights” exhibit during the holidays.

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Whether you are moving to the area or already live here, there are plenty of things to do in Montgomery County, MD with kids. From miniature trains to experiential museums, there’s no shortage of children’s activities in Montgomery County, MD.

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