Fun Things to do in and Around Carderock

Prepared by Eric Nothman


Be With Me Playseum    7000 Wisconsin Ave Bethesda


Mon.-Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 1pm-6pm $7 each person (including adults)

Activities: arts/crafts; kids cooking; fantasy play. Great place!


Glen Echo "Living classroom"

Sat. & Sun. 10am-3pm, $5 a kid; ages 2-11

Indoor and outdoor play area and learning center


Dynamite Gymnastics

Rockville 301-770-2700, Open Gym - 90 mins $10 each

Saturday 1:30pm-3pm, Friday 7pm-8:30pm, Saturday 5:15pm-6:45pm


Pump it Up 

1-301-977-1400, Gaither Road, Gaithersburg

Bounce & Slide

Drop kids off 1st Friday each month 6pm- 9pm $25 1st kid, siblings $10



Clarksburg - 1-301-515-5665, Parents night out

Summer: every other Saturday 6pm - 10pm,  $20 1st kid, $15 sibling


My Gym - mostly kids under age 7, Cabin John shopping center

Free play - called "practice and play" $10, siblings 1/2 price

Monday 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm, Wednesday 6:40pm -7:40pm and in Bethesda - across from Whole Foods - Ridgefield Rd Thurs. 6:10pm-7:10pm


Germantown Aquatic Center schedule - Indoor Pool w/giant slide & kid area; Summer: Sat. & Sun. 4pm-6pm Open swim 


Earth Treks

Indoor climbing wall - behind Marlo building Rockville Pike

Open climb -  $25 per child; Sat. & Sun. 9am-6pm

Also, kids drop off One Friday a month (must book in advance)


Cabin John Ice Skating Rink

Public Skate - $9.75 per child on weekend

Saturdays 12:00-2:00pm 4:00-6:00pm,  8:30-10:30pm, Sundays 8:30-10:00am 12:30-2:30pm, 4:30-6:30pm; Mon.-Fri. 4:30pm-6:15pm


Imagination Stage

Special events, classes, and performances for kids (also has a great store!)


National Building Museum

Downtown Wash., DC; Kids areas for hands on activities


ShadowLand - indoor laser tag. Gaithersburg, MD


Splashdown Waterpark - outdoor water park  with four big slides, lazy river and sandy beach.   Manassas, VA


Reston Zoo

Safari ride, feed the animals; Reston, VA


National air and space museum Udvar-Hazy - near Dulles Airport

Space shuttle, remarkable planes.


National Aquarium, Baltimore; Really wonderful!


Port Discovery Children's Museum

Baltimore Harbor, MD; Amazing place - worth the trip.


Smithsonian Museums great for young kids:

On the mall - Wash., DC

Air and Space

American Indian

Natural History

several with IMAX theaters

US Botanic Garden


National Capitol Trolley Car Museum

Ride a real trolley car; Colesville, MD;


Special Parks (close by):

Great Falls - w/rocks & river

Hadleys - w/rubber surface (good after rain when other parks are not)

Clemy Jointree (Mclean, VA) - w/rubber surface (good after rain)

Adventure - w/castle

Cabin John - w/train

Wheaton - w/train and carousel

Glen Echo - w/carousel & snack bar

Norwood - great climbing equipment, push yourself spinning platter, nice fields for kites

Carderock - picnic, climbing rocks

Black Hill Regional - kayak rental, good fishing near northern boat ramp (Boyd's, MD)

Fletcher's Boat House (Fletcher's Cove) - canoe rentals (on the river), fishing

A bit farther (day trips):

Sugarloaf Mountain

Cunningham Falls State Park (w/beautiful falls)

Old Rag Mountain


Zip line & ropes course - on dry docked Pirate ship - age 7 or 8 and up. See Calleva at National Harbor (below) weekends May-Nov. 11am-8pm


Sailing, Kayaks, Canoes - close by


Thompson Boat Center - Georgetown (Wash., DC)

Kayak, canoe, sailboat (Sunfish) rental (call for Sunfish availability)



Washington Sailing Marina (sailing)

Sailing test required; Near National airport, 703-548-9027


Mariner sailing school

Belle Haven Marina, Alexandria, VA

Canoe, kayak, sailboat rental; 1-703- 768-0018; Call to reserve sailboats


Sailing - Calleva at National Harbor

Sat./Sun. 11am-6pm; Catamaran - 14' & 16'

1-240-793-8268  or 1-240-793-7452

call before - hours of operation may change 



Cox Farm - Sept 25 to Nov. 3?

Outdoor Fall kids park - $15 each person (awesome slides, live music,  farm animals - milk a real cow, great hay ride)


Butler's Orchard

1-301-972-3299, Germantown, MD; Pick your own - late Spring to Fall

Also - Outdoor Fall Pumpkin Festival Sept/Oct weekends


Homestead Farm

Poolesville, MD 1-301-977-3761; Pick your own - late Spring to Fall

Strawberries, blackberries, apples, etc., farm animal petting


Rocklands Farm

Poolesville, MD 1-301-825-8075; Farmers Market on Sat. at the farm

includes organically grown produce, meats. Nice working farm to visit.


Claude Moore Farm - McLean, VA

Only privately operated National Park in the U.S. - working colonial era farm 

Living History Farm; Wed.-Sun. 10am-4:30pm; $3 per adult, $2 kids

April-mid-December; Events here are WEATHER PERMITTING!! In doubt?Call ==>


Skiing - within 2 hrs (day trips):

Whitetail -

Ski Liberty -


Special Events: Call ahead or check their internet site

Corcoran Gallery - storytelling and art workshops (free) for families

"Once upon a winter's night"; Sat., Jan. 26, 2013 6pm-9pm


FSGW Mid-Winter Festival (Annual) storytelling, dance, music, and workshops (4families)

Groundhog Day; Sat., Feb. 2, 2013 noon-10:30pm; Takoma Park Middle School


Corcoran Gallery - Family Day

Annual; Sat., March 2, 2013 10am-4pm


Egg Hunt (Annual)

Carderock Springs Club

March 17, 2013 (Sun.) tentative date; confirm on CS-Chat

Bunnyland at Butler's Orchard (17th annual) Slides, egg hunt, etc.

Late March weekend(s), and 1st April weekend 9am-3pm (closed Easter)


Dairy Day

Learn how butter and cheese were made in colonial times. Claude Moore Farm; April 20, 2013 1pm-4pm (Sat.), weather permitting - call ahead



Family Day - Glen Echo Park

Annual--follow their website

Family activities, annual carousel opening, magic show, art activities


Carderock Elementary  (PTA)

Spring Fling (Annual)

May 17,  2013 5pm-7pm (Fri.)


Spring Colonial Market Fair (Annual)

Claude Moore Farm

Folks in period costume conduct a fair from colonial times for kids.

May 18-19, 2013 11am-4pm (Sat./Sun)

website ==>     see events

weather permitting - call ahead



33rd annual Wash. Folk Festival

Glen Echo Park - storytellers, music, crafts, dance performances

Sat./Sun., Jun. 1&2,  noon-7pm (2013)


Dulles air&space young pilots day ; Annual

June 16, 2012 10-3pm; (Eighth Annual) Free. $15 parking


Heritage Days Montgomery 

Last weekend in June - noon-4pm--check their website

Numerous sites including Glen Echo


Smithsonian Folklife Festival

(on the mall - Wash. DC) - Annual, June 26-30, 2013,July 3-7, 2013

International and U.S. folklife, performances and villages etc.


18th Century Fair (Annual)

Claude Moore Colonial Farm

July 20-21, 2013 11am-4pm Sat./Sun. (McLean VA)

Colonial activities, food, stories

by people in U.S. colonial era garb

on a farm restored to colonial times

Events are WEATHER PERMITTING!! In doubt?Call ahead. 703-442-7557

website =>    see events


Farm Tour & Harvest Sale (23rd annual)

Last Sat./Sun. in July 10am-4pm

Several Farms in Montgomery County


Montgomery County Fair

August 9th-17th, 2013

Gaithersburg, MD


Maryland State Fair

August 23-Sept. 2, 2013

Timonium, MD


Glen Echo Art show (42nd annual)

Labor day weekend


Fenton Street Arts Market

Sept and Oct - Saturdays 9am-3pm - arts, crafts, live music on Fenton Street and Silver Spring Avei. Downtown Silver Spring


Maryland Renaissance Festival

(best for older kids)

Sept.-Oct. weekends

Annapolis, MD


Bluegrass On The Farm


Agricultural History Farm Park

Sat. Sept. 8, 2012 noon-6pm


Cabin John crab fest (43rd annual)

Saturday, Sept 8, 2012  2pm-6pm;   


Takoma Park Folk Festival (36th annual)

Sun., Sept. 9, 2012 10:30am-6:30pm; Takoma Park Middle school


Pickling Day

Learn and help pickling vegetables. Sept. 21, 2013 1pm-4pm (Sat.)

Claude Moore Farm, weather permitting - call ahead, 703-442-7557


Late Sept. thru all October:

Cox Farm Fall Fest  is like low tech farm Disneyland (see entry under "Farms" above) - really great for kids!


Butler's Orchard Pumpkin Fest

Also, good, but not quite as elaborate   as Cox Farm (still good though!)

See entry above under "Farms"


Takoma Park Street Festival (32nd annual)

Music, artisans, children's activities

Oct. 6, 2013- 10am-5pm


Harvest Festival (Annual)

Agricultural History Farm Park

family activities, saw mill demo, wagon ride, steam tractor demo, barn with historic farm tools

Sat. Oct. 6, 2012


(then select calendar)


Fall Fest (Annual)

Carderock Springs Club--follow CS-Chat and newsletter


Christmas Caroling in Carderock


Meet at the club to go house to house. All are invited!

Dec. 21, 2013 Sat. 6:30pm

FSGW Family dance

Folklore Society Greater Wash.

Monthly - Glen Echo

Bumper car pavilion - summer

Glen Echo Town Hall - winter

(website homepage on left under "Dances" select "Family dance")




Duck Pin - White Oak Duck Pin Lanes - $4 a game! (per person)

11207 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD


300 Bowl - Shady Grove Rd & 270, Next to Bugaboo Creek 


Bowlmor - Westbard Ave, Kenmore Club - Duckpin (for Birthday parties only)


Michael Shapiro
Michael Shapiro
4650 East-West Hwy Bethesda MD 20814