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Harford County (and beyond…)

This list was compiled thanks to the ideas and contributions of MOPS members. 

Outdoor Education & Nature Experiences/ PARKS

700 Otter Point Rd Abingdon MD 21009

CHECK THEIR website otterpointcreek.org for program schedule

  • Ma and Pa Trail family hikes/ walks
  • Eden Mill Nature Center  - edenmill.org  410-836-3050  1617 Eden Mill Rd Pylseville, MD
  • Harford Glen

Wheel Rd, Bel Air MD

  • Rocks State Park, Jarettsville MD

Fishing/tubing/hiking 410-557-7994 (3.5 mile trail)

  • Susquehanna Sate Park, Havre de Grace   410-557-7994

Fishing/hiking/Stepping Stone Museum

  • Wilderness Canoe Trips- Wilmington DE

Canoe or inner tube on the Brandywine.  2 or 6 hour trips

Great for beginners- 302-654-2227 or www.wildernesscanoetrips.com

  • Gunpowder State Park
  • Swan Harbor Farm 410-939-6767  swanharbor@co.ha.md.us  camps: Arts & Nature
  • Flying Point Park 410-612-1606  Edgewood, 16 acres, waterfront Picnic area, fishing pier, horseshoe pits, volleyball, playground  
  • Mariner Point Park, Joppatowne (Kearney Drive off Joppa Farm Rd)  410-612-1608  2 mile blacktop walkway (good for strollers)  Picnic area, fishing pier, horseshoe pits, volleyball, playground
  • Rockfield Park (1 mile paved walk) behind the big community playground

Movies

  • Reel Moms (Lowes , The Avenue at Whitemarsh, 8141 Honeygo) 410-933-9428

Bring your baby (infant-toddler) to the movies! $6.50 for the mom, babies FREE- check schedule, each week different, all NEW releases!

Every Tuesday at 11am

 

  • Regal Cinemas (Bel Air) 409 Constant Friendship Blvd 410-569-8249

 

Arts and Crafts

 

  • Amazing Glaze (paint your own pottery!)  410-569-9502 Festival in Bel Air (open everyday)

Check their schedule each month for special kids days, hand & footprint days and mom and me activities

  • Michael’s Arts and Crafts 410-420-2533 (640 Marketplace Dr. Bel Air)
  • Jo-Ann’s ETC (615 Bel Air Rd, Bel Air) 410-420-1755 
  • Blue Dog Art School 3009 Abingdon Rd, Abingdon MD 21009

            410-569-7400 rjjhicks@comcast.net

art a-la-carte project days

 

Baltimore &  Inner Harbor

 

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore You can purchase tickets on line at aqua.org (most uncrowded times are before 11am or after 3pm) * no strollers!

Port Discovery (3 floor children’s museum of interactive/educational exhibits geared to kids age 2-12)

portdiscovery.org

            35 Market Place Baltimore 21202

            410-727-8120 to get tickets ahead: call 410-481-7328

            Mon-Sat 10-5

Sun 12-5 (least crowded weekend time is early arrive before opening  time)

            Fridays 10-8pm Family Fun Night

adult $11, kids ages 3-12 $8.50, under 3 FREE  (bag lunches ok to bring)

parking 5$ at Harbor Park Garage adjacent to museum if you get ticket validated!

 

  • Maryland Science Center

Inner Harbor (601 Light Street) 410-685-5225  mdsci.org

May 27-Labor Day Hours:  Sun-Wed 10-6, Thurs-Sat 10-8 Dif. Packages available: Adults $14-19.50 Kids 3-12  $ 9.50-13.50 under 3 FREE

 

  • B & O Railroad Museum

www.borail.org

410-752-2490

901 Pratt St. (10 minutes from Inner Harbor)

adults $14, kids 2-12 years $8, PARKING FREE

Mon-Fri 10-4pm, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 (train rides Tue-Sun)

 

  • Camden Yards Tour

Orioles.com to get tickets online

Tours given between 11am-2pm (last 1.5 hours)

7$ adult/ 5$ under 12 years

 

  • Baltimore Museum of Industry

www.the bmi.org

1415 Key Highway, Inner Harbor South, Baltimore MD 21230

410-727-4808

Mon-Sat 10-4 or Sundays 11-4

Adults 10$, kids 4 and up 6$, under 4 FREE

Check website for schedule of projects/classes/events

 

  • Walter’s Art Museum  thewalters.org  410-246-8200  600 N. Charles St  Open wed-fri 10-5

$10 adults $ 2 kids (under 6 years FREE)

      1st Thursday FREE all day, 1st Saturdays 10-1 FREE

                  ART DROP IN’S for kids Saturday 10-4 (free with admission)

                  Preschool Art time (ages 3-K) 1st Sat and Wed (10:30-12) 10$

 

  • Water Taxi

$6 adults/$3 kids 10 and under- Pass lasts ALL DAY! Unlimited use takes you to stops Inner Harbor, Ft McHenry, Fells Point, Canton etc.

 

Washington DC tips…

      Park at New Carrolton off of 295 BW Parkway (free parking on weekends) and take the Metro.  Museums free/ National Zoo free

 

Farms

  • Brad’s Produce  410-734-GROW  550 Asbury Rd Churchville MD 21028 May- you pick strawberries and Aug-Nov corn maze
  • Clark’s Elioak Farm (and Enchanted Forest!!) 410-730-4049

            10500 Clarksville Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042   clarklandfarm.com

animals, feeding & petting, play areas, pony rides, picnic area, and Enchanted Forest pumpkin coach, and Mother Goose characters

Tuesday-Sunday 10-4

Cost 4$ child and 3$ adult/ 2$ hayride/ 2$ pony ride

Check web site for special events

 

  • Huber’s Farm  11898 Philadelphia Rd Bradshaw MD 21087 (Rt 152 towards Joppa, Right on Route 7 (Phila Rd) 4 miles on the right)

June-Oct blackberries/Fall activities

BYO clippers & buckets

Open 7 days Mon- Fri 8:30-6:30  Sat/Sun 8:30-5

 

  • Maple Lawn Farm

2885 New Park Rd, New Park, PA 17352 (1 hour drive)

717-382-4878 or 1-866-WE LOSE YOU ex 103 (Michele)

opens May 28th, Mon-Sat 8-6 Sun 1-7

Large corn maze (wooly mammoth theme) 3-6 year old area, 6 other mazes with different games, 80 foot underground tube slide, sifting gems

  • Lohr’s Orchard (Snake Lane, Churchville)
  • Applewood Farm- real reindeer etc…http://www.applewoodfarm.org/

 

Farmers Markets

  • Bel Air (by Courthouse Parking Lot) 2 South Bond Street

April- Nov.  Saturdays 7-11 and Tuesdays 9-2

 

  • Twilight Market at Rockfield Manor (501 Churchville RD Bel Air)   5pm to dusk last Friday of each month
  • Havre de Grace- Saturdays 450 Pennington Ave    9-noon

Havre de Grace

  • Concord Point lighthouse 1-5pm Sat & Sun 410-939-1498
  • Decoy Museum 7 days a week 11-4  (410)-939-3739
  • Maritime Museum (2$ adults, children under 8 FREE)   410-939-4800
  • Stepping Stone Museum- 461 Quaker Bottom Rd.

Farm museum (19th century)Weekends: May-Oct 1-5pm

Adults $3 (kids under 12 FREE)

www.steppingstonemuseum.org or 410-939-2299

 

Public Cruises: Thurs, Sat, Sun 1pm or 3pm)

410-939-4800 call for more info or to register:

Promenade- ¼ mile water front walk- bring bread to feed ducks!

 

  • Susquehanna State Park- Lapidium Rd 410-836-6735  410-557-7994
  • First Fridays- 1st Friday of each month 4-8pm clown/face painting/live music/meal deals
  • Friday Concerts in the Park (Millard E. Tydings Park)

Fridays 7:30-9pm Bring a blanket or chair; Live musicians a variety of types of music. Call for info…410-939-2100 or 410-939-5425

 

Musuems

  • Fire Museum of Maryland- Lutherville MD

Firemuseummd.org     410-321-7500

45 engines, antique engines, try on uniforms

 

  • Hays House Museum, Bel Air MD

Sundays 1-4  410-838-7591

            324 Kenmore Ave. Oldest House in Bel Air (rural gentry 1788-1825)

  • Jerusalem Mill, Kingsville MD

FREE Colonial Living History & Blacksmithing Demos 

Sundays 1-4pm

Tours

  • Conowingo Dam Tour 11am, 1pm, 2:30 pm walk in tours
  • Herr’s Potato Chip Factory   FREE 1 hour tour

herrs.com or 1-800-63-SNACK  610-932-9330 to make a reservation

            (group reservations include a box of samples)

95 North to 272 Northeast MD exit, North 272 to Nottingham PA 19362, left Herr Drive

Mon-Thurs 9-12 and 1-3

Fri 9-12 (might NOT have production on Fridays)

(CLOSED Mem. Day, 4th of July and Labor Day)

* Nottingham Park is right down the street!  Bring a picnic!

  • Snyder’s pretzel factory tour

Hanover, MD 1-800-233-7125

www.snydersofhanover.com

  • Utz Potato Chip Factory Tour

1-800-367-7629

  • Wolfgang Chocolate Factory tour

50 East 4th Ave, York PA 17405

717-843-5536 or 1-800-248-4273

www.wolfgangcandy.com

Tours: Mon-Fri 10am or 2pm

FREE!  (no open toed shoes or heels, no jewelry besides plain bands)

Fairs and Festivals/Events

  • Jerusalem Mills Summer Concert Series (Kingsville, MD)

410-877-3560  1st Sundays

Grounds open at 4pm (bring blanket, chairs, picnic dinner)

            Concerts begin at 6pm     5$ per adult, under 12 is free

            Ice cream, sodas & water available for sale

 

Zoos

  • Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Druid Hill Park, Baltimore MD

410-396-7102

10-4:30 pm daily

15$ adults and 10$ kids 2-11 (under 2- FREE) FREE parking!

  • Plumpton Park Zoo

Plumptonparkzoo.org

            1416 Telegraph Rd Rising Sun, MD 21911

            410-658-6850

            10-4pm daily (weather permitting)

            $5.50 kids 2-12 years, $9.50 adults 13-59 years

 

Theatre/Drama

 

  • Black Cherry puppet Theater  (410-752-7272)

Blackcherry.org      1115 Hollins St, Baltimore

  • Pumpkin Theater (410-828-1814)

www.pumpkintheatre.com      8400 Green Spring Ave, Stevenson MD

  • Children’s Playhouse of MD

7201 Rossville Blvd, Whitemarsh     (410-321-6595)

  • Lorenzo’s Timonium Children’s Theater

9603 Deereco Rd, Timonium MD

      www.timoniumdinnertheatre.com

  • Three Little Bakers Dinner Theater

Wilmington, DE       

1-800-368-3303    

www.tlbinc.com

Camping

  • Morris Meadows Recreational Farm

1523 Freeland Rd , Freeland MD 21053 (interstate 83 to exit 36)

410-329-6636 or 1-800-643-7056

RV or tent camping or cabins/ pool

(tent site prices range from 23-30$)

Amusement Parks  DISCOUNTS THRU PARKS & RECS

  • Sesame Place Langhorne, PA (90 minutes away from Harford County)
  • Frontier Town Water Park (Ocean City MD) - $11 per day pass to water park and miniature golf.  You can bring a picnic lunch
  • Dutch Wonderland
  • Hershey Park

Skateparks

  • North Deen- Aberdeen   410-272-7725
  • Skaters Corner- 100 Seneca Ave, Havre de Grace   410-273-5623
  • Bel Air Skatepark- MacPhail Rd 410-638-4053  ( $3 ) mon-Fri 11am-8pm, sat 10-5:30, sun 12-5:30

Planes & TRAINS!

  • B&O Railroad Museum -  www.borail.org 410-752-2490 located at 901 Pratt St. (10 minutes from Inner Harbor)
  • Strasburg Railroad - Lancaster PA, Route 741 East of Strasburg       717-687-7544,  717-687-7522  strasburgrailroad.com Reserve tickets on line. Prices range based on package. (adults $9.75-19.00 and kids $4.75-10.75) UNDER 3 FREE or 2$, 45 min steam train rides, shops, tours etc
  • Choo Choo Barn- Traintown USA (Lancaster PA)
  • Wilmington & Western Railroad, Wilmington DE - W&W- steam diesel train tours thru Red Clay Valley.  Train departs Greenbank Station at 22201 Newport Gap Pike 302-998-1930 www.wwrr.com
  • American Helicopter Museum - West Chester, PA  www.helicoptermuseum.org, 610-436-9600 wed-sat 10-5 and sun 12-5
  • Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center- Rocket Launches - Soil Conservation Rd, Greenbelt MD  1st Sunday of the month 1pm, Call to verify: 301-286-9041, Bring your own model rocket for staff to launch OR sit on the grass and watch other mini rockets fly, then head to the visitor’s center.  www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard

Restaurant Family Nights - locations for offers may vary

  • Rainforest Café - Towson- Wednesdays, kids eat $1.99
  • Fortunato’s Pizza, Abingdon MD - Mondays is clown night.
  • Chik-fil- A, Tuesdays kids eat free w/ Adult meal purchase at the Constant Friendship location only
  • Bill Bateman’s Monday- kids free

Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake

            Make Reservations! www.chesapeakepirates.com

            Spa Creek in Annapolis  (410-263-0002) 443-398-6270

            Annapolis City Marina

            Face painted/ dressed as pirates/ treasure hunt for a sunken treasure/    

            Water cannons/ 75 minute cruise 

            $17 per person/ $8.50 for kids 3 and under (even infants)

            seven days a week/ sets sail 9:30am / 11/ 12:30/2/3:30/5pm

            ARRIVE ½ hour before departure time.

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