March 29, 2023

Camps and Special Activities Will Be Offered by Montgomery Parks During Montgomery County Public Schools’ Spring Break

A week of fun camps and activities for the first week of April, coinciding with Montgomery County Public Schools spring break, will be held by Montgomery Parks.

Spring break camps and activities will include:
  • Spring Break Skating Clinics at Wheaton Ice Arena. April 3-7. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wheaton Ice Arena, 11717 Orebaugh Ave, Wheaton. Skaters will be grouped by level for a daily skating lesson. They will also receive an introduction to dryland training focusing on balance and flexibility. Ages 5-14. Registration required. Fee: $55-$60 per day.
  • Staycation at Little Bennett Regional Park and Campground. March 31-April 10. Enjoy a staycation at Little Bennett Campground in Clarksburg. There will be daily activities for families staying at the campground during spring break. Campsite reservations can be made at the Little Bennett Campground website.
  • Spring Eye Spy Trains. April 3-7 and every Saturday and Sunday in April. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cabin John Regional Park, 7400 Tuckerman Ln, Bethesda and Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Rd, Silver Spring. Get your “Eye Spy” card and spot nature themed items along the tracks as you ride the train in this fun family activity. Tickets available on ActiveMontgomery. Fee: $5 per person. Children under 2 ride free with adult.
  • Herp Hunt at Rachel Carson. Tuesday, April 4. 3:30-5 p.m. Black Hill Visitor Center, 20930 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. Spring is one of the best times to see reptiles and amphibians in nature. Trek through Black Hill Regional Park to search for tadpoles, frogs, salamanders and snakes. Registration required. Fee: $7.
  • Nature’s Eggs. Wednesday, April 5. 2-3 p.m. Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Ln, Rockville. At the event, participants will dye eggs with natural materials. Use flowers, ferns, and leaves to make gorgeous prints on your spring eggs. Registration required. Fee: $7
  • Wild Forest Time. Wednesday, April 5. 2-3:30 p.m. Black Hill Visitor Center, 20930 Lake Ridge Drive Boyds. Program lets you explore nature in your own way. Drop in at the campfire circle area any time during the program to join the fun. Registration required. Free.
  • Spring Break for History at Josiah Henson Special Park. April 5-6. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Josiah Henson Special Park, 1410 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda. School is out but the learning continues with this interactive history lesson at Josiah Henson Museum and Park. The museum will be open special hours for self-guided tours and hands-on activities for families. Admission is $4 for children and seniors, $5 for adults. Tickets available onsite.
  • MCPS No School Day: Naturalist for a Day. Thursday, April 6. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Ln, Rockville. Become a naturalist for the day and prepare to get dirty. Try out various gear used by explorers of the outdoors, such as scooping the pond with nets, hiking the trails with binoculars and preparing food for the animal ambassadors. Registration required. Fee: $30.
  • Animals from Eggs Hunt. Thursday, April 6. 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon. Maydale Nature Classroom, 1638 Maydale Drive, Colesville. A naturalist teaches what animals hatch from eggs, then leads a hike to the meadow, pond and forest in search of plastic eggs filled with baby animal toys to take home. Registration required. Fee: $6.
  • Spring Break for History at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. April 6-8. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 16501 Norwood Road Sandy Spring. Learn about Montgomery County’s agricultural past and the area’s role in the Underground Railroad at the Woodlawn Museum. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors and children 5-and-over. Free for children under 5. Tickets sold at Visitor’s Center.
  • Spring Break for History Underground Railroad Guided Hike. April 7-8. 10-11:30 a.m. Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, 16501 Norwood Road Sandy Spring. Join a two-mile roundtrip on the Underground Railroad Experience Trail. Learn the methods freedom-seekers used for navigation, eluding detection and finding food and shelter on their perilous journey. Tickets must be purchased by noon the day before the hike on ActiveMontgomery. Limited day-of tickets sold at the Visitor Center. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Admission: $8.
  • Community Science. April 7-30. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda. Sharpen your observation skills and get to know your animal neighbors. There is a hidden world of activity in our urban landscape for you to discover. Contribute to a few important community science projects. Sign up for email with complete schedule of activities (Not required). Free.
  • Full Moon Fridays. Friday, April 7. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Locust Grove Nature Center, 7777 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda. Join the magic of the full moon for a hike and campfire. Feel free to bring your own hot dogs or food to warm over the fire. Marshmallows provided. Register and pay for adults and children. $8 per person.
  • Park in the Dark. Friday, April 7. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton. Who is active in Wheaton Regional Park once the sun sets? Find out on this evening hike. Hike will explore the park in the dark on a gentle hike best for ages 6-and-over. Adults and children must register. Fee: $7.
  • Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance and Song at Oakley Cabin. Saturday, April 8. Noon-4 p.m. Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park, 3610 Brookeville Rd., Olney. Oakley Cabin opens for the season with a free dance workshop. Explore rhythms from the African diaspora in West Africa, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and North and South America. Parking at Mt. Zion Local Park, 5130 Brookeville Road, Brookville. Free shuttle provided throughout the afternoon. Event is free.
  • Hummingbirds 101. Saturday, April 8. 1-2 p.m. Meadowside Nature Center, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. Learn about what hummingbirds are looking for in their habitats. Then create some easy, cost-effective DIY hummingbird feeders and nectar. Ages 8 and up. Registration required. Fee: $7
  • Turtle Talk. Saturday, April 8. 3-3:30 p.m. Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Eastern Box turtles love to soak up the springtime sun. Visit the outdoor turtle enclosure and learn all about the history and conservation of these iconic reptiles. Event will be canceled if it rains. Free, but registration is required.
  • Turtle Escapades. Saturday, April 8. 2-4 p.m. Brookside Nature Center, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. Explore the grounds of Brookside Nature Center on this self-guided hike and scavenger hunt. A missing turtle has left clues, and if you follow them, you will surely help bring him back home. This activity should take under an hour. Adults and children must register. $5.