FAMILY FUN IN AND AROUND RODGERS FORGE

One of Rodgers Forge's biggest assets is the community Tot Lot. This is well used and a wonderful place to meet other familes and kids, especially if you are new to the area. The Tot Lot is located at the western end of Hopkins Road, between Bellona Avenue and Blenheim Road. The Tot Lot has two sets of swings, three slides, a large climbing structure and a sand pit. A see-saw and a large collection of donated childrens outdoor toys complete the facilitiy.

The area is built with safety and comfort in mind. It is covered with wood chips, plenty of trash cans and seats for tired adults! Large trees provide good shade in summer. The infectious nature of Rodgers Forge make conversation with other parents the norm at the Tot Lot.

Parks and Nature

  • Overlook Park & Playground. Located at 1300 Overbrook Rd in Idelwylde
  • Robert E. Lee Park - This large piece of wilderness located on Falls Road in Baltimore offers miles of trails for hiking and jogging on 450 acres of land.
  • Irvine Nature Center - Located in the beautiful Caves Valley north of Baltimore, Irvine has built a reputation for sharing nature's wonder with students and families, children and adults.
  • Marshy Point Nature Center - Located off Exit 43 on I - 695 this center offers a range of activities, including scuba diving for 8-12 yr olds.
  • Oregon Ridge Nature Center - is a dedicated to enhancing the enjoyment of nature through programs for the public ranging from conservation to natural history, including seasonal programs, topical seminars, and trail walks.
  • Cromwell Valley Park - is a 380 acre stream valley park comprised of pasture, cultivated gardens, open fields, woods, hedgerows, orchards and wooded piedmont hills.
  • Carrie Murray Nature Center - located in Gwynn Falls Park, this is an excellent place for kids to discover insects, birds and plants.
  • NCR Trail - Maryland's Northern Central Railroad Trail (NCRT) extends from Ashland Road in the Hunt Valley area to the state line. The trail is 10 feet wide with a stone dust surface. The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding and horseback riding.
  • Gunpowder State Park - has more than 100 miles of trails, including the NCR Trail (see above). The park features excellent trout fishing opportunities, as well as other freshwater and tidal fishing areas.
  • Meadowood Park - provides a balanced mix of recreation and nature, featuring a variety of recreational facilities as well as areas specifically designated for environmental preservation.
  • Cylburn Arboredum - is a nature preserve and city park of about 207 acres, located in the city of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Ladew Topiary Gardens - is known around the world for its topiary and flower gardens. A self-taught gardener, Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976) created 15 thematic "garden rooms" on 22 acres of his 250-acre Maryland property.
  • Longwood Gardens - Located in PA, Longwood Gardens is dedicated to preserving the spirit and beauty of the early 20th century gardens of Pierre S. du Pont.
  • Annie's Playground - is a beautiful playground located in Fallston, Maryland. But it is not just a playground. It is a loving tribute to a little girl who tragically died and to all children who have left us too soon.
  • Weber's Cider Mill Farm - is a roadside farm market featuring fresh fruits and vegetables. We are also a Gift Barn, Country Bakery and Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor.
  • North Run Farm - features a farm animal zoo and seasonal fruit and veg.
  • Spring Field Farm - uses sustainable agricultural methods. Animals are offered free-range of the pasture during the grass growing season and are fed nothing which is not natural no hormones, antibiotics or chemicals.
  • Clark's Elioak Farm - located in Ellicott City and features a petting farm, hayrides, pony rides, a mini farm play area, playground and it's famous enchanted forest.
  • Bookstores and Storytimes

  • Ukazoo Books - Has story time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Daedalus Books & Music - Has story time on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Baltimore County Library - Towson and Rosedale Branch have story times. Please check their Calendar for times.
  • Storyville is an interactive early literacy learning center designed specifically for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. Located at Rosedale Branch of BCP Library.
  • Enoch Pratt Free Library - Govans and Roland Park Branch have story times. Please check their Calendar for times.
  • Red Canoe - Sing-alongs Mondays at 10:30.
  • Barnes & Noble - Story Time Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30.
  • Other Attractions

  • PlayWise Kids- Located in Columbia, MD, PlayWiseKids is a 24,000 square foot indoor learning and activity center for children and is ideal for drop-in play, birthday parties and shopping. Activities include everything from driving a real fire engine, shooting hoops, playing in the sand in the Chesapeake Bay Beach Room, or learning about outer space in the Solar System Room.
  • Red Zone Adventures- features Laser Tag, Urban Golf (indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf), a Laser Maze Challenge, Lightspace Dance and Play, arcade games and parties. These attractions are fun, exciting and get the blood flowing!
  • Mount Pleasant Ice Arena - Located at 6101 Hillen Road, Baltimore. Tel: 443 984 4075
  • Taylors Stoneleigh Bowling Center - Duck pin bowling fun for all the family. Tel: (410) 377-8115. Located at 6703 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212.
  • Towson Town Center - Family Fun Day Friday's at 10:00 in the Tiny Town Play Area, located in the grand court on Level 1.
  • Pumpkin Theatre - now in it's forty-first year and continues to entertain and delight not only children, but the WHOLE family!
  • Pump It Up - jump into your own private arenas filled with gigantically fun inflatables.
  • Ultimate Play Zone - has 7 large inflatables. Private parties and individual play sessions offered.
  • Lakeshore Learning - Free crafts on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Knoebel's Amusement Park - has roller coasters, mini golf, kiddie rides, games, gift shops, and award winning food all waiting for your family.
  • Dutch Wonderland - features 30 fun-filled rides, including 2 kid-friendly coasters, water rides, and a merry-go-round.
  • Museums

  • Baltimore Museum of Art - discover exciting programs for families throughout the year hands-on art workshops and special gallery tours.
  • Walters Art Museum - Drop In Art Activities Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Port Discovery Children's Museum - discovery and play for kids.
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore - home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. The dolphin show is not to be missed.
  • Maryland Science Center - has dinosaur mystery's, a kids room that includes a water play area.
  • Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats.
  • American Visionary Art Museum - hip and happening art museum in Federal Hill.
  • B&O Railroad Museum - is recognized universally as the birthplace of American railroading. It was here within the Museum's 40-acre campus that the first stretch of commercial rail was built in 1829.
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry - founded in 1977 to preserve the City's rapidly disappearing industrial heritage.
  • Fire Museum of Maryland - has over 50 fire engines. Drop in or organise a special events for your children and introduce them to the history of antique fire apparatus and the related memorabilia.
  • Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanical Gardens -35 flowerbeds in the 1½ acre garden that provide a kaleidoscope of color from early spring until late fall.
  • RFC,Inc would like to thank Kate H for providing this great list.