Things To Do With Kids in Frederick

Before colonists arrived the area that became Frederick, Maryland, was an important Native American crossroads between the Ohio River and the Chesapeake Bay bisected by a prominent north-south trail. Settled in the 1730s, Frederick has evolved into a thriving city and become more than a waypoint between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Learn more about the deep history, rich culture and abundance of kid-friendly things to do in the second-largest city in Maryland.

Hundreds of years of history come to life in Frederick. From plantation museums and Civil War battlefields to beautiful Colonial homes filled with spooky tales, check out some of the best attractions in town including:

  • Explore life in the 18th century at Rose Hill Manor Park Children’s Museum
  • Walk to various shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Frederick
  • Uncover Civil War history at the Monocacy National Battlefield
  • Take a ghost tour of Historic Frederick
  • Hike to peak of the Catoctin Mountains at Cunningham Falls State Park

Frederick is stocked with fun activities that parents and kids will both love. From live music and baseball games to regional art and theater performances, learn more about the fun and exciting things your family will love in Frederick including:

  • Enjoy a free summer concert at Baker Park
  • Sample the best of local cuisine during the Taste of Frederick Food Tour
  • Watch a world-class theatrical performance at the Weinberg Center for the Arts
  • Admire local and regional art at The Artists Gallery
  • Cheer on the Frederick Keys baseball team at Harry Grove Stadium

Oh the places you will go in Frederick! Historical sites and museums abound, Frederick is also home to beautiful public parks, art installations and outdoor activities. Check out some of the best sightseeing opportunities like:

  • Climb to the top of the Joseph D. Baker Tower and Carillon
  • Feed baby calves and grab a scoop of ice cream at South Mountain Creamery
  • Grill out and play a game of volleyball at beautiful Ballenger Creek Park
  • Explore the massive public art installation at Community Bridge
  • Take a paddling tour of Antietam Creek with River and Trail Outfitters

There are countless different ways for kids to have a great time during your visit to Frederick. From classic kid-friendly attractions like zoos and fudge shops to massive playgrounds and interactive museums, you are sure to find something your kids will love. Check out some of the premiere attractions including:

  • Meet the exotic animals at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo
  • Ride a vintage train with wild themed dinners at Walkersville Southern Railroad
  • Play the old-fashioned way at The Original Playhouse Children’s Museum
  • Save lots of room for dessert at Frederick Fudge & Ice Cream
  • Adventure through the massive play area at Paradise of Fun

Searching for the perfect place to bring your kids and a few of their friends? Frederick has you covered. Whether your kids want to ride all of the rides, race down the pool slides or burn rubber on the go-kart track, you do not have to go far to find fun activities for the whole crew. Check out a few options like:

  • Enjoy rides and amusement park fare at Adventure Park USA
  • Grab a putter and hit the greens at Gaithersburg Miniature Golf Course
  • Dive into the pool or race down the slides at Bohrer Park
  • Race around the track on go-karts at Fun On Wheels
  • Test your wits at the Clue IQ: Escape Room Experience

Frederick is where history comes to life, and there are numerous ways to learn and have fun throughout the city. Whether you like to take guided tours and learn about famous figures or guide yourself through different sites, you will feel like a part of the rich history in no time. Learn about some of the best educational attractions including:

  • Take a self-guided walking tour of Frederick’s African-American Historic Sites
  • Learn about Frederick’s historical figures at Historic Mount Olivet Cemetery
  • Visit the War Correspondents Memorial Arch at Gathland State Park
  • Explore an 18th century iron shop at Catoctin Furnace
  • Admire the collection of train memorabilia at the Brunswick Heritage Museum

Whether your kids want to hone their artistic skills, try learning a new musical instrument or simply have fun creating something special, Frederick is the place to be. From dance to theater, music to painting, help your kids express themselves creatively and learn something new through arts classes like:

  • Enroll in a drawing class at Young Rembrandts
  • Take a guitar or bass lesson at the Frederick Rock School
  • Learn about the performing arts during a theater class at New Spire Arts
  • Paint a gift for your friends or family at I Made This! Pottery Studio
  • Tap your toes during a dance class at Dance Unlimited

Rain or shine, Frederick is the place to play. From ice skating and laser tag to moon bounces and bubble soccer, beat the heat with some indoor recreation in Frederick. Check out a few of our favorite places to play including:

  • Lock and load for few rounds of laser tag at ShadowLand Laser Adventures
  • Lace up your skates and show off your best moves at Skate Frederick
  • Jump on the moon bounces and hit the arcade at Backyard Inflatables
  • Play a game of bubble soccer at the Frederick Indoor Sports Center
  • See how high you can fly on the trampolines at Pump It Up