Are you head counselor at Mommy Camp this summer? Don’t despair … help is on the way! The St. Columba’s Mothers’ Group has published their annual list of summer activities, a most valuable resource filled with ways to enrich your time with your kids. And if you think this list is just for kids, look again!
Want to stay connected this summer? Look for Mothers’ Group monthly potlucks and join the Mothers’ Group listserv to stay in touch. Feel free to post your outing on our listserve if you want some company, or share your adventure stories! Interested in joining our group? Contact Alecia Brinkerhoff for details.
Summer Activities List
Published by the St. Columba's Mothers' Group
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo – “Dino Summer” robotic show thru August 31 (Tickets needed for live show, playground, zero shade).
- DC Ducks – Boat tour (Go in Fall for cheaper prices).
- Ft. McHenry – Baltimore, MD.
- Baltimore Inner Harbor – Baltimore, MD.
- Rock Creek Stables (Kid/stroller friendly hike, pony rides).
- Georgetown Waterfront Park (Fountain splashing and Dog Tag Bakery for lunch or sweets).
- Catch a Minor League Baseball Game - Frederick, Bowie, Potomac (No shade at Bowie, but has carousel and games).
- Bethesda Big Train – Big League baseball training for college kids.
- Sandy Springs Adventure Park – Climbing and zip line adventures for families (ages 5 and up).
- Huntley Meadows Park – Alexandria, VA (Nature center).
- Camping at Cunningham Falls State Park (Thurmont, MD), Crabtree Falls (Tyro, VA), Little Bennett Campground (Clarksburg, MD).
- Maryland Creamery Tours – Ice Cream Trail.
- District Wharf’s best adventure – Park at Hains Point and play mini golf, then ride the free water jitney to District Wharf. (Eat at Falafel Inc & Milkbar, play at the splashpad, swings, kayak rental).
- Drum Circle at Meridian Hill Park – All day Sundays.
- Glen Echo Park – Glassblowing, pottery and other craft demonstrations. (Playground).
- Boomerang Pirate Ship – Georgetown, DC (Check Groupon for discounted tickets).
- Watermelon and Water Play – St. Columba’s, on Sundays at 10-11 am.
- Spray Parks DPR
- Clemyjontri Park – McLean, VA (No shade).
- The Yards Park – DC (Wading pool, splash pad, Jeni’s ice cream, picnic, music).
- Upton Hill – Alexandria, VA (Mini golf, batting cages).
- Beauvoir School Playground – on grounds of Washington National Cathedral (Bishop’s garden, Olmsted Woods path on cathedral grounds near garden).
- Palisades Recreation Center – (Splashpad).
- Lafayette School – (Playground).
- Rock Creek Regional Park – Rockville, MD (Lake, kayaking, picnicking, fishing, archery, zip-lining, ropes course).
- Old Rag Mountain – Shenandoah National Park, VA (Difficult hiking, cabin accommodations).
- Sugarloaf Mountain – Near Frederick, MD (Hiking).
- Rock Creek Park – Start at horse center in Rock Creek, with loop along the water and Civil War fort).
- Scott’s Run Nature Preserve – McLean, VA (Waterfall hike, stroller-friendly).
- Turkey Run Park
- DC's Top 8 Breathtaking Waterfall Hikes
- NOVA Waterparks (Check certifikid, Groupon, & NOVA website for discounts).
- Fairfax County Waterparks
- Bohrer Park – Gaithersburg, MD.
- Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool – Wheaton, MD.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Pool – Silver Spring, MD.
- Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center – Bethesda, MD (Indoor pool with slides).
- Olney Swim Center – Olney, MD (Little kid pool).
- Fairfax Indoor Waterpark
- The St. James – Springfield, VA (Indoor waterpark, climbing and all around sports facility).
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo – Amazonia and IMAX Panda movie (Not crowded during rain).
- National Museum of History – David H. Koch Hall of Fossils.
- National Building Museum – Lawn exhibit is an immersive installation offering interactive experiences for all ages.
- Rock Creek Planetarium – (Good programs).
- Washington National Cathedral – (Help build cathedral replica in LEGOS - Fundraiser).
- National Museum of the American Indian – (Indoor play space).
- The St. James – (Pool, climbing, gaming).
- Crumbs & Whiskers – (Snack with cats - ages 7+).
- The Mansion on O Street – (Check Groupon for discounted tickets).
- Port Discovery Children’s Museum – Baltimore, MD.
- The Maryland Science Center – Baltimore, MD.
- Henry’s Sweet Retreat – Bethesda, MD.
- Make a Summer Bucket List – (Reading outside in pajamas?).
- Teach your Kid a Skill – (Cooking, laundry).
- Invest in Cooking Tools for Kids – Cut-resistant gloves, and more.
- Create New Behavior Charts, Schedules for Reading Time.
- Teach Kids to Play Poker – (With potato chips, pretzel sticks).
- Brightly – Website dedicated to helping parents and educators raise children who love to read.
- AudioBook Sync – A free summer audiobook program for teens ages 13+. Every week, two free audiobook downloads are available.
- Listen to a Podcast:
- How I Built This: This podcast for teens and adults dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies, weaving narrative journeys about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists – and the movements they built.
- Wow in the World!: This podcast guides curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them – travelling inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.
- Stories: A Free Children's Story Podcast for Bedtime, Car Rides, and Kids of All Ages!
- What If World: This storytelling podcast for kids answers questions such as, What if a tiny dragon lived in my closet? What if there were a never-ending bowl of ice cream? What if cats ruled the world?
- Brightly Storytime: This podcast brings favorite children’s stories to life in podcast form.
- Kennedy Center - Mo Willems, The Kennedy Center's first Education Artist-in-Residence (See schedule of special programs).
- Imagination Stage
- Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods – (Wolf Trap for Kids).
Tips for Parents
Let kids get bored - don’t entertain them!