The go-to museum for Annapolis area families is the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, a fantastic, hands-on museum that encourages kids to touch stuff while they learn more about science, history, and more. The museum’s exhibits include Bay Window (aquatic and land living creatures), Hard Hats (construction and transportation), and Body Works (a 7-foot replica of the human body).
The Pasadena Roller Skating Center has been around for a long time, and it does not wear its age well. But it’s family friendly, the owners are very nice, and it’s a fun way to spend a couple of hours on a cold weekend afternoon.
While the Maryland State House is not technically a museum, it is a great place to tour and learn more about Maryland and its vital role in the formation of the United States. Not only is it the oldest state house still in legislative use, but a lot happened here. For instance, did you know that George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army at the State House? Stop by the Office of Interpretation on the first floor to pick up a self-guided tour and learn more!
I just went bowling last weekend and was reminded how much fun it can be. No matter how good or, um, not that good you are (like me!), it’s still a good time. AMF Southdale Lanes is a traditional bowling alley in Pasadena with 32 lanes, an arcade, and even a few pool tables.
One of the best ways to learn about Annapolis and its strong connection to the Chesapeake Bay is at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Their state-of-the-art waterfront educational facility is perfect for kids – there’s an oyster-focused aquarium, interactive exhibits, and a workboat that kids can explore. Plus, they regularly host programs for kids and families, like Chesapeake 101.