Winter Weekend Activities that Even Teenagers Will Enjoy

rio lakefront | Gaithersburg, MD | Photo Credit Adam Brockett

With all of the winter holidays throughout the season, we know you’re trying to think of ways to keep the teens busy and entertained.

From getting the best Instagram photo at a holiday light show to reaching new heights at an indoor climbing gym, and rolling a strike while munching on savory sliders—we’ve rounded up our favorite activities to keep your teens entertained- all 100% teenager approved, and all in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Have a Weekend Outing at rio
Rio has all of the entertainment essentials a parent needs to keep a teenager and their friends entertained for hours. Beat the high score at Dave & Busters, a restaurant and arcade hybrid with more than 160 games or see the latest blockbuster they’ve been wanting to see at AMC Dine-In Rio Cinemas 18. Share your memories and that perfect family picture with friends by using their free Wi-fI throughout the lakefront.

Roll a Strike at Pinstripes
Tie up your bowling shoes, grab a ball, and hit the alley at Pinstripes—an entertainment-dining destination in North Bethesda. The bowling lanes accommodate up to 8 people per lane and offer game-side food and beverage such as wood-fired pizzas, sliders, and sundaes to keep you fueled during your game.

Battle it Out at ShadowLand Laser Adventures
If your teen is looking for action-packed fun, then look no further than ShadowLand Laser Adventures in Gaithersburg. Strap on your vest and enter the multi-level landscape arena complete with carpeted ramps, walkways, alleyways, laser beams, colored lights, bridges, and towers. Collaborate with your team to get the most points by the end of the match to come out as a champion.

iFly | Gaithersburg, MD

Defy Gravity at iFly
The weather outside might be frightful, but an afternoon at IFly, located in Gaithersburg, is so delightful. Visit this indoor sky diving arena and let your teens experience the thrill of flying in a fun and safe way. Certified instructors will your smooth takeoff as you fully immerse yourself in the sky.

Have a Photo Op at Garden of Lights
Brookside Garden’s Garden of Lights is a magical winter wonderful that allows you to stroll through more than one million dazzling and vibrant lights. Garden of Lights is one of the most Instagrammable spots in the area during the winter, making it a great spot to bring your teen so they can get their picture-perfect shot for social media.

Reach New Heights at Earth Treks
Your teens may have outgrown the days of climbing trees outside, but that doesn’t mean they have to give up their love of heights! Spend an afternoon at Earth Treks Climbing Center in Rockville and watch them reach new heights on a variety of terrains ranging from novice to expert and everything in between.

Round House Theatre | Bethesda, MD | The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

See a Live Show at Roundhouse Theatre
Does your teen love arts and theater? Treat them to a trip to the Roundhouse Theatre to see live professional performances ranging from comedies to dramas. Roundhouse Theatre offers “Free Play”, which allows any student starting at age 13 through college to see a show at no cost and parents receive a $5 complement ticket.

Share your special outing with your teen and family by using #MontgomeryMoment or tagging us on social at @VisitMoco.

Want more ways to spend time with the family in Montgomery County, Maryland during the wintertime? Check out 10 Reasons Why Winter in Montgomery County is So Great, Top Places to Ice skate in Montgomery County, and 7 Fun Things to do this Winter in Montgomery County.