By Fran Severn
There are a slew of activities and attractions in the Maryland area with the 18-month to 3-year-old set in mind. Read on to find events and fun things to do with toddlers and preschoolers in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Howard and Prince George's counties.
The house-bound days of winter are tough enough on adults, but cabin fever with toddlers can be especially trying. Fear not! There are a slew of activities and attractions in the area with the 18-month to 3-year-old set in mind.
Note: Please check with program providers to determine any changes in programming, pricing and times.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
Programs from the Department of Parks and Recreation channel the kids' energy with very age-specific programs. They all combine floor exercise, tumbling, and balance beam games from age 24 months to 4 years. There are also programs that are more creative or introduce music and sports geared to tots and toddlers. Most of them run for several weeks, and there is a fee. The catalog with all of the details, dates, locations, and prices is at www.aacounty.org/RecParks; 410-222-0036.
Kinder Farm Park in Millersville is home to the local 4-H Club and has lots of farm animals in the barn for the kids to see and pet. The visitor center recreates a farm from the 1930s, and there are a few interactive exhibits. Equally important, there is a rest room! The playground outside is divided into age-appropriate areas, and the hill by the lot is popular for sledding. (1001 Kinder Farm Park Rd., Millersville. Open daylight hours. 410-222-6115)
"Boundless" playgrounds are designed to be fun for all children, with design features that make them accessible for kids with disabilities. The larger ramps and easier-to-maneuver play areas make them ideal for little ones, too. Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena and Fairland Regional Park in Laurel (Prince George's County) have them.
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