Fill up your water bottles in the courtyard outside of The Fenwick apartment building and take a bike ride on the nearby Capital Crescent Trail. The Fenwick’s visitor friendly outdoor space is a public amenity which features moveable bird housed by artist Margaret Boozer and a neat water filling station for bikers.
From late June – early August, Silver Spring hosts free kids games and a family raffle at the Thursday night Summer Concerts on Veterans Plaza. Parents can relax to some great tunes while the kids work off their energy.
Silver Spring often has buskers performing on street corners throughout the Arts and Entertainment District. Family friendly children’s entertainment can often be found at the Saturday morning farmers market on Ellsworth Drive.
The running man, the moonwalk or the robot…Friday night concerts at Silver Plaza are a great way for parents to show their kids their smooth dance moves.
The Discovery Communications lobby also boasts an audio kinetic ball machine by George Rhoades. This Rube Goldberg-like contraption has bouncing balls, ringing bells, moving gorillas, video screens, and whirl-i-gigs galore. Kids will love the weirdness and parents can’t help but track the progress of the machine. It is a sensory overload that is worth the trip. Visitors must sign in at the front desk for admittance.
Picnic at the NOAA courtyard and watch the tide come in at Coastline. Known to locals as “the wave pool,” Coastline is actually an educational tool that exemplifies the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Using the power of the seas as an inspiration, Jim Sanborn developed a water environment/ornamental foundation which replicates a 65 foot section of coastline with its wave action. In front of Coastline is a wide pool of water running parallel to the coast.