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For Kids -- and the Young at Heart

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page GZ26

Playgrounds and Parks

Adventure Playground at South

Germantown Recreational Park

A climbing wall is among the attractions at the Discovery Creek Children's Museum. (James M. Thresher -- The Washington Post)

Germantown Park Drive, Boyds. The park features a pirate ship, castle, mazes, a rock climbing wall, a world map on the ground and an African delta area with animal sculptures. Open year-round from sunrise to sunset. 301-972-9396.

Hadleys Playground

12600 Falls Rd., Potomac. This is a safe, interactive playground for children with and without disabilities. 301-299-0024 or www.hadleyspark.org.

Glen Echo Park

7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. The park offers an arts and cultural center, carousel, artists at work, dances, workshops, classes, camps and children's theater. 301-320-7757 or 301-320-2330. www.glenechopark.org.

Wheaton Regional Park

2000 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton. The park offers playgrounds, ball fields, camping, a carousel and miniature train, 301-942-6703; horseback riding, 301-622-3311; and indoor and outdoor tennis courts, 301-649-4049. The park is open April through September.

Brookside Gardens

Wheaton Regional Park, 1800 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton. Seasonal flower displays are found in the conservatories with permanent tropical plants. A horticultural library, educational programs and guided tours are available. Gardens are open sunrise-sunset daily except Dec. 25; conservatory, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; and visitors center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 301-962-1400.


Agricultural History Farm Park

18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood. Located along Rock Creek, the park includes a farmhouse, barn, farm buildings and an activity center. Seasonal and year-round events depict farm life past and present. 301-948-5053.

Discovery Creek Children's

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