1. Playgrounds & Parks

    If you have kids who aren't in camp and you're looking for some family-fun activities , check out these amazing local parks. In Germantown, it's The Adventure Playground, 7-acres of Fantasy, Fun and it's Free. In Fairfax County, it's Frying Pan Farm Park, an authentic working farm with plenty of roaming animals. In Upper Marlboro there's the Wizard of Oz Themed Playground, that's where your family will discover magical areas like Munchkin Land. So load up the kids and tell them "We're off to see the Wizard.

  2. Children's Theater

    If you have kids who aren't in camp and you're looking for some family-fun activities , check out these amazing local children's theaters. In Glen Echo Park, it's the Adventure Theatre, where you can see family favorites like Winnie the Pooh and Cat in the Hat . Also at Glen Echo Park, you'll find The Puppet Co., exploring the Puppet Arts. In Vienna, tucked in the woods at Wolf Trap National Park, it's the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods showcasing music, dance, puppetry and storytelling. In downtown Bethesda, you'll discover Imagination Stage with interactive plays like Escape from Peligro Island where YOU choose the adventure. So let your family discover that "All the DMV's a Stage!"

  3. Going Around and Around

    If you have kids who aren't in camp and you're looking for some family-fun activities, check out these activities that will have you spinning. Take a ride on a 1921 Carousel. The Dentzel Carousel at Glen Echo Park has been operating for over 90 years and tickets are only $1.25! In Purcellville is the Bush Tabernacle Skating Rink. That's roller skating. Your kids can experience what past generations enjoyed before technology. Admission is only $6, including skate rental, and no charge if you're not skating. Anacostia Park Roller Skating is home to the only skating pavilion in the entire national park system offering free skate rentals from Memorial Day to Labor Day! And don't forget the Capital Wheel at National Harbor. So take your kids wheeling and squealing!

  4. Animal Encounters

    If you have kids who aren't in camp and you're looking for some family-fun activities , check out these close up animal encounters. In Howard County, it's Clark's Elioak Farm where you can visit farm animals and enjoy attractions like the Enchanted Forest. The Leesburg Animal Park is where you'll find exotic animals like a Two-Toed Sloth or Squirrel Monkey. You can visit Dixie the Belgian draft horse at Oxon Hill Farm in Oxon Hill, there's even a barn with an activity corner. And of course there's the Smithsonian's National Zoo where daily programs include animal training and feeding demonstrations. So let your kids go critter crazy!

  5. STEM Activities

    If you have kids who aren't in camp and you're looking for some educational fun, check out these local Stem-Focused Activities! In Glen Echo, your kids can get a STEM lesson at the Glen Echo Park Aquarium, a Chesapeake Bay Discovery Center with live animal exhibits. For another STEM-focused activity, The Children's Science Center at Fair Oaks Mall offers hands-on scientific experiments. But an often overlooked in a rush toward Washington's museums, is the Marian Koshland Science Museum run by the National Academy of Sciences which explores scientific issues and includes an Idea Lab! So let your kids bubble over with excitement!

  6. Wet & Wonderful

    If you have kids who aren't in camp and you're looking for some family-fun activities, check out these local places to get wet and wild. The SplashPark in Germantown has a one-of-a-kind 280-jet water maze. If you like running through the sprinkler, you'll love Our Special Harbor Water Playground in Alexandria, a fully accessible Chesapeake Bay themed sprayground. The Spray Park at Palisades Recreation Park in NW is small and gated. SplashDown WaterPark in Manassas features the Lazy River.So let your family beat the heat!

  7. Nature & Nurture

    If you have kids who aren't in camp and you're looking for some family-fun activities, check out these local nature centers & parks for some up close encounters or some leisurely hikes. Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington has a Children's Discovery area and live animal displays. Get surrounded by hundred of brilliant live butteflies at the "Wings of Fancy Exhibit" at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna has a designated Children's Play area. Langdon Park in NE offers safe and beautiful open spaces. Meadowside Nature Center in Rockville has a great Hiker-Biker Trail, or visit the resident owls, hawks, and American Bald Eagle in the Raptor Walk. So take a walk on the wild side and enjoy the great outdoors!