Kids Activities in Maine | Fun things to do with kids in Maine

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There are many fun kids activities in Maine. We put together a list of fun places to go in Southern Maine to help get you inspired. There are indoor and outdoor activities and some free activities too!

  • Check out the free summer concert series at L.L. Bean. Get there early to ensure a good spot near the stage. Set up your lawn chairs, bring a picnic dinner, and enjoy!
  • Take the ferry to Peaks Island and enjoy an ice cream cone and a walk on the beach. Or rent bikes and cruise around the island.
  • Rent snow shoes or cross country skis at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. They also offer Family Education Programs including butter making, tractor days, composting for kids, and more.
  • Check out the amusement park and zoo at York’s Wild Kingdom. They offer a variety of rides, a miniature golf course, a petting zoo, scenic picnic grounds, concession stands, two gift shops, and even a Haunted House. Educational learning programs take place throughout the day
  • The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon! View a show at the children’s theatre or check out their calendar of special events.
  • Get wet at Funtown SplashTown USA! Check with your local Recreation Department as many throughout Maine offer discounted tickets of up to $9.00 off per person.
  • Learn about Maine’s native animals at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Visit their website to download more information on their education packet for kids such as the Wildlife Observation Hike, Scavenger Hunt, Animal Behavioral Research Observation Chart, and Safari in a box.
  • Grab some pier fries at Old Orchard Beach! These hand cut French fries are a Maine classic and hard to resist!
  • Take a ride on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad. They hold special events such as “All Aboard” Story Time on Thursday Mornings, “A Day in the Life” National Train Day Celebration in May, Haunted Ghost Train In October, and the Polar Express for the holidays.
  • Spend a day playing indoors at Peek-A-Boo Children’s Center in Westbrook or Greenlight Studio in Portland.
  • Take a self-guided tour of the Portland Freedom Trail which highlights the people, places, and events associated with the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement in Portland.
  • Do some bird watching at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary on Highland Spring Road in Lewiston. They offer an exciting Junior Naturalist Club for children in grades 3-5.
  • Step back in time at the 19th Century Willowbrook Village and get a feel for how Mainers lived 150 years ago.
  • Enjoy the views from Fort Williams Park and spend some time on a swing at the playground or visit the Portland Head Light.
  • Check out Deering Oaks Park which is the largest of Portland’s 25 public parks. To find other parks in Maine, visit the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands search tool on their website.
  • Pick your own strawberries and make shortcake! Visit to search for a pick-your-own farm near you. Create healthy deserts and snacks with local fresh fruit such as smoothies, topping for yogurt, and fixings for sandwiches!
  • Catch a double-feature at Prides Corner Drive-In.
  • Although not actually a desert, the Desert of Maine is a tourist attraction all native Maine children must catch a glimpse of! They’ll hardly believe their eyes when they step foot on this otherworldly landscape! Be sure to grab a picture with their two camels!
  • Stroll through a farmers’ market and let your kids pick out the produce for lunch or dinner. They’ll be more likely to gobble up their fruits and veggies if they helped with the preparation! Check out WebMD’s great article on cooking with kids for tips and recipes.

Tell us: What are your favorite activities to do with kids in Maine?




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