Take a scenic walk through the forest at AnnMarie Sculpture Garden and discover beautiful sculptures nestled along St. John's Creek. The quarter mile walking path features permanent and temporary works of art, including many on loan from the Smithsonian. Let your child's imagination run wild in Fairy Lolly, an outdoor area filled with castles and stages, or visit the butterfly garden to learn about the garden's pollinator plants. Make sure to visit the artLAB to watch your child create their own sculpture made from reused materials. $$. Solomons, MD. annmariegarden.org

Visit the jungle, rainforest, the desert and so much more all without leaving the DMV at the U.S. Botanic Gardens. After touring the world of botany in the Conservatory, head outside to the National Garden and be inspired by the Mid-Atlanic landscaping that you can recreate at home. Be sure to ask about the free Junior Botanist program and help your kids complete activity sheets ti earn their Apprentice Junior Botanist badge. Free. Washington, D.C. usbg.gov

Escape the everyday city sights with a visit to the Washington National Cathedral's urban oasis. The Cathedral's Bishop Garden is remnant of medieval times, with stone walls and winding walking paths through the rose garden and herb gardens. Be sure to visit the recently restored Olmsted Woods, too, to explore one of the last old-growth trees in D.C. Along the way, discover sculptures, the Shadow House and a twelfth century arch. Free. Washington D.C. cathedral.org

Get your hands dirty and play with your food in the urban gardens at Common Good City Farm. The farm is on a mission to bring community agriculture to urban areas by using hands-on training to bring food security, healthy eating habits and environmental sustainability to everyone in the metro area. Children can participate in the after school Youth Education programs to learn more about how the food they grow on the farm ends up on their table. Families can also enjoy the Seed to Table workshops that happen on the farm throughout the year, each showcasing a different theme ranging from beekeeping to herbalism. Free. Washington, D.C. commongoodcityfarm.org

A visit to South Mountain Creamery is always a sweet time. After quenching your ice cream craving with a creamery tour, the whole family can tour the farm, shop in Karen's Kountry Store and feed the calves. While you're there, be sure to talk to the farmers about the milk and ice cream home delivery programs to make sure the fresh creamery treats keep coming even after you leave the farm. $$. Middletown, MD. southmountaincreamery.com


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