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The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s mission is to ignite creativity, spark curiosity and inspire learning in visitors of all ages by providing a rich variety of…

16 W. Cork St., Winchester, Virginia 22601

The Roads and Rails Museum is a train-lovers dream. Trains, trains and more trains (plus some history) is what you’ll find here. Definitely read the Our Kids review to…

200 N. East Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701

Skyline Caverns is the closest natural wonder to the Nation’s Capital. Learn about Anthodites in a guided tour that is good for families. Hours vary based on the time of…

10344 Stonewall Jackson Highway, Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Head to Hanover, PA for a trip to see how the famous Utz Potato Chips and Snacks are made. Their 600,000 square foot facility has a glass-enclosed observation gallery and…

900 Hanover Street, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331

Loudon County has a long and important agricultural heritage, and the new Loudon County Farm Museum documents it all through exhibits, photos, and oral histories. The museum takes…

21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling, Virginia 20164

One of Washington’s Musts, the Air and Space Museum is the most popular museum in the world. (8.2 million people visited in 2010, more than the Museum of Natural History (6…

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Mmmmm, donuts! Head to the Arlington location of Krispy Kreme to watch as these delicious concoctions are made and then order some hot and fresh!

6332 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, Virginia 22306

A petting farm in the heart of Howard County, Clark’s Elioak Farm has lamb, sheep, goat, chickens, turkeys, ducks and more. There are pony and cow train trides, and a play…

10500 State Route 108, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042

Founded in 1920, the Crystal Grottoes Caverns in Maryland will wow you with more formations per square foot than any cave known to man (as of 2010). The caverns are open daily…

19821 Shepherdstown Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland 21713

Discover scenic Mt. Joy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. At this family-friendly B&B, you can discover the joys of the simply life by feeding a newborn calf, gathering…

1020 Pinkerton Road, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania 17552

In addition to their annual spring farm tour, South Mountain Creamery offers guided educational tours from april to October by appointment.

8305 Bolivar Road, Middletown, Maryland 21769

Open to the public every Friday night beginning at sunset, Observatory Park in Great Falls offers locals a chance to view the night sky. If you can see clouds, don’t head…

Observatory Park, Reston, Virginia 22066

The Scene A block from Union Market, this 4,000-square-foot warehouse space includes a hip gelato shop with a U-shaped bar that seats 20, as well as a factory that produces the…

550 Penn St. NE, Washington, District Of Columbia 20002

This Fairfax County Park has fun aplenty for kids of all ages. A carousel, train, ice cream parlor, mini golf and marina are all housed here. Carousel rides are $1.75 each and…

7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039

The Fox Haven Learning Center is a gathering place for friends, family, and colleagues to relax, renew their spirit, engage in lively workshops, and get in touch with the land. …

3630 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson, Maryland 21755

The Agricultural History Farm Park is open year-round, sunrise to sunset. The park offers a small insight into Montgomery County’s farming heritage. There is an original…

18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland 20855

Get up close and personal with over 200 animals. You can touch them, feed them and even milk a cow. Animals that you’ll meet include pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, llamas,…

10102 Fingerboard Road, Ijamsville, Maryland 21754

The mission of the Fire Museum of Maryland is to collect, preserve, display and interpret historically significant apparatus and related artifacts, memorabilia and records of the…

1301 York Road, Lutherville, Maryland 21093

If your child loves fire trucks or firefighting, hosting his or her birthday party at the Cabin John Park VFD is the place to be. Hosting a party here includes a guided tour of…

8001 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland 20817

While you can’t necessarily watch the trains from this station, you can visit Union Station to learn more about the historic transportation landmark. You can make a morning…

50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, District Of Columbia 20002

The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum depicts life in this small town when it was famous for its amuseument park created by Otto Mears. It was a shoreline resort with railroad…

4155 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732

T.C. Williams opens up its doors to the Alexandria community every month with a free planetarium program during the school year. All programs begin at 7:15pm. Registration is…

3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22302

Temple Hall is a 286-acre working farm that introduces children to Northern Virginia’s farming heritage. The farm raises more than 100 head of cattle per year as well as…

15855 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, Virginia 20176

Discovery Station at Hagerstown offers a space with hands-on learning opportunities with interactive exhibits on science, technology and history. Exhibits include: Early…

101 West Washington Street, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

The Brunswick Heritage Museum tells the story of a town built by the B&O railroad at the turn of the 20th century. Read up on the history of the area, play in the dress-up…

40 West Potomac St., Brunswick, Maryland 21716

The Howard B. Owens Science Center is a 27,500 square foot facility owned and operated by the Prince George’s County Public Schools. They offer programs for public schools…

9601 Greenbelt Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706

The C&O Canal National Historical Park is a popular spot for hiking, biking, and canoeing. Views of the Potomac, guided ranger programs and mule-drawn canal boat rides are…

White Oak Lavender Farm is a family-owned and operated farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. They are open year-round with special events, tours and more…

2644 Cross Keys Blvd., Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

Explore the West Virginia mountains from an entirely new perspective — aboard any one of our unique trains. The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers Mountain Rail…

315 Railroad Avenue, Elkins, West Virginia 26241

Lake Needwood, situated in Rock Creek Park is a beautiful 75-acre area where you can rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats or tour the lake aboard the Needwood Queen during…

15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, Maryland 20855

Luray Caverns is one of the most popular caverns in Eastern America. You’ll see stalactites and stalagmites galore as your tour cathedral-sized rooms, see towering stone…

101 Cave Hill Road, Luray, Virginia 22835

Historic Ships of Baltimore provides hands-on encounters with history.” There are tours, activities, live cannon firings and educational programs. Take a powder monkey…

Downtown, Baltimore, Maryland

The scene: Billed as a restaurant and brewpub, this massive restaurant housed in the old Silver Spring fire station appeals to both kids and adults. The large open room has…

8131 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

At the Museum of Natural History, popular kid destinations include the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, Hall of Gems and Minerals, Discovery Room, and Dinosaur-Fossil Hall (closed until 2019)…

10th St. & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20560

The Calvert Marine Museum is a great day-trip for families in the greater DC metro area. Located in Solomons, Maryland, they have a plethora of hands-on activities for all ages. …

14200 Solomons Island Road, Solomons, Maryland 20688

Take a trip on the Sea Gypsy, a pirate boat ready for any child’s fantasy! The fantasy begins as your child quietly sneaks aboard our vessel, avoiding the dreaded “bad…

311 Third Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21403

View the Jefferson Memorial and in the spring the gorgeous cherry trees from the water. We recommend you make a reservation online so that you are guaranteed a boat. The paddle…

1501 Maine Avenue, SW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20024

The C&O Canal National Historical Park is a popular spot for hiking, biking, and canoeing. Views of the Potomac, guided ranger programs and mule-drawn canal boat rides are…

Make the B&O Railroad Museum your next stop. Take a nostalgic journey into America’s past at the oldest continuously operated railroad facility in the world. Five…

901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21223

Established in 1959, Goddard was NASA’s first Space Flight Center. Children’s programs, model rocket launches, an interactive Science on a Sphere,” rocket and…

8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771

Having a birthday party at the fire station is great fun! The meeting hall room in the station is available for birthday parties from 10am until 3pm on weekends. All parties…

6950 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Virginia 22213

Polyface Farms is a family-owned organic, local farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. They produce salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, forage-based rabbits…

43 Pure Meadows Lane, Swoope, Virginia 24479

All ye land lubbers, head to Georgetown and board the Boomerang Pirate Ship which sails the Potomac River. There are adult cruises and a family fun treasure hunt cruise.

3100 K Street, NW, Washington, District Of Columbia

Popular kids’ exhibits at the National Museum of American History include early cars, trains, printing, and musical instruments. See a collection of Teddy bears (originally…

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20001

The National Capital Trackers is a club of O” Gauge electric train enthusiasts. They set up train show layouts at various locations throughout the DMV area. Visit their…

An Our Kids favorite and must-do! Dinosaurs, Fossils, Outer Space, Your Body, and Newton’s Alley are among the MSC’s exhibits. There is also a hands-on Kid’s…

601 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230

Great Falls Park is an 800 acre park located along the Potomac River. Overlooks to see the beautiful falls, easy trails, picnic benches and visitors center are just some of the…

Great Falls Park, McLean, Virginia 22102

The NASA Wallops Visitor Center offers so many wonderful exhibits related to space and flying. It’s also the prime viewing location for rocket launches. The facility…

Chincoteague Rd., Building J20, Wallops Island, Maryland 23337

Old Maryland Farm is an agricultural educational farm that is open to the public. Interpretive programs are available for students visiting the farm and the facility offers…

301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774