Once the weather turns cold in Annapolis, Maryland and I’ve dropped off my oldest daughter at school, my younger two girls look at me expectantly. The truth is, if we head home, I know we’ll turn on the television if it’s too cold to play outside. These inexpensive outings with children can help parents pass the time when the weather is cold in Annapolis.
Westfield Annapolis Center Mall
While the mall may sound like a lazy choice, or one that won’t be kind to your wallet, it’s the perfect destination for mothers of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Throw coins in the small waterways outside of Nordstrom’s, visit the toddler-sized play place near JCPenny and Starbucks, and get some exercise by walking the newly expanded mall. My children love looking in and playing in the Lego Store. Santa visits the mall during the winter and the Easter Bunny is there in the spring. We can stop for lunch at the food court, or if money is tight, pack our own.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
The Chesapeake Children’s Museum is a great way to spend the day with children of all ages. The museum often runs free admission deals where you can bring a can of food or other item for charity, or admission is $4 for children ages 1 and up. Children can learn about the Chesapeake region, health, science, and more, as well as play with mom and dad on age and developmentally appropriate toys. It’s the perfect place to spend a day with the kids when it’s cold outside.
Annapolis Branch Libraries
I regularly visit the many Annapolis branch libraries with my children year round-but cold weather provides us with a great opportunity to get out and get reading. Not only will local branches offer calendar events for children of various ages, but my children have gotten into the habit of returning their books, flipping through books, and taking their time to select new options. Whether we’re headed to the Broadneck branch for a storytime or Babies in Bloom event, my children love heading to the library once a week during the winter months.
Whole Foods at Annapolis Towne Center
The Whole Foods at Annapolis Town Center offers various activities for children of all ages, including a weekly story time (free, no registration) and the Half Pint Kids Club (ages 2-5, registration required, $5) where children can learn through cooking activities. Meet up with other moms and kids, and you can make time to get some of your weekly grocery shopping done, too.
If you’re a parent looking for cold-weather activities for your children in Annapolis, these suggestions are a great place to get started!