Westminster, Maryland, is the county seat of Carroll County and is situated near some of Maryland's largest cities. Westminster is known for its many art galleries; it's home to many artists. Moms will find plenty of kids activities in Westminster and in surrounding areas.
Carroll County Farm Museum
Carroll County Farm Museum (ccgovernment.carr.org) is in Westminster. You can take your children there for a day of activities that will take you back in time with its old country charm. Experience what life was like during the mid-nineteenth century in rural Maryland. Tour the farmhouse, decorated just as it would have been during that time. Then, check out the barn, broom shop, wagon shed, smokehouse, school house and other buildings on the farm.
Morgan Run Natural Environment Area
Take the kids for a day of outdoors fun at Morgan Run Natural Environment Area (dnr.state.md.us) in Westminster. Many activities are available at this 1,400-acre natural area. You can play and learn all about the outdoors, take a swim, view wildlife and explore. Children can also try their hand at fishing or hike on one of the many trails. For an experience the kids will never forget, plan a camping trip there. You can pitch a tent for the full camping experience or rent a cabin to enjoy some of the comforts of home.
Just a 30-minute drive away, in Hanover, Pennsylvania, you can take the kids for a day packed full of fun and excitement at Speedway 94 (speedway94.com). Several go-kart tracks cater to various levels of drivers. Younger children can take a ride alongside mom in a two-seat go-kart. When the weather is nice and warm, cool off with a ride in the bumper boats. Inside, a game room with all sorts of games will keep the kids happy.
Adventure Park USA
At Adventure Park USA (adventureparkusa.com), 30 minutes away in New Market, activities can be found for the whole family. Kids will love all of the rides, like the coaster, bumper boats and little tykes rides. At West World Laser Tag, kids go back to 1876 as they try to restore peace. More than 80 arcade games will keep everyone busy in the arcade section and the little ones will have a blast climbing through the four-level soft play area.