Two years ago we stumbled across a gem! Now every time we travel to Lancaster, PA we make it a priority to stop at The Speckled Hen. Located in the heart of Starsburg this charming cafe is known for its fresh, local and delicious menu. The Speckled Hen Coffee is the perfect place to get breakfast while vacationing in Lancaster because of its ideal location, atmosphere and appetizing menu. Some of their featured items include craft coffee, espresso and tea and an array of pastries and fresh off the skillet recipes that are fresh, local & simple.
One of the things I love the most about this cafe is its atmosphere. While at the same time as it being simple and elegant it is also warm and inviting. You can tell that The Speckled Hen is kid friendly and family focused by their ability to recognize the needs of parents and their little ones. They truly show that they value families by incorporating a scrumptious and healthy kids menu, plethora of high chairs and children’s corner nearby tables so families can relax and unwind while children play.
It’s nice to enjoy delicacies and the beauty in little things; which most of the time as a mom I feel I’m not the audience typically catered to. At the Speckled Hen presentation is everything from fresh flowers on the table to heart shaped designs in the coffee, every thing has a special touch. I wish we had a place like this in Southern Maryland; with the only options being Star Bucks and Dunkin Donuts at home the Speckled Hen is definitely a special treat.
Visit their website for a full menu, hours and address: http://www.speckledhencoffee.com/
A few years ago while visiting the Outer Banks my family and I had the chance to enjoy Duck Donuts. We were super excited to find out that a new location just opened up in Lancaster, PA. Our family LOVES fresh donuts. We especial love Duck Donuts!
When arriving you don’t have to worry about your favorite donuts selling out because the donuts are made fresh to order. When ordering you get to choose a glaze and toppings. Than you can step back and watch the process. It’s pretty cool to see the dough made, mixed, poured and cooked than dipped in a glaze and drizzled with toppings. The donuts are placed in a box and are ready to eat. They are always served fresh and warm!
Calories don’t count on vacation so I always get at least two and a hot cup of coffee to pair with. I also love how darn cute the store is. Murals and posters of a duck character and quotes are displayed around the restaurant. They are whimsical and hilarious- this place is sure to bring a smile to your face.
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CUDDLE TIME – WINTER SCHEDULE Date: Thursdays Time: 9:00 AM – 9:30AM Location: La Plata Library Details: Storytime for children BIRTH-2 years old. Each week has a theme that features fun stories, songs, and a craft at the end! Event Type: Story time Age Group: 2 – 5 Cost: FREE Registration: Drop-In EVENT LINK
STORYTIME Date: THURSDAYS Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Location: La Plata Library Details: Storytime for children 2-5 years old. Each week has a theme that features fun stories, songs, and a craft at the end! Event Type: Story time Age Group: 2 – 5 Cost: FREE Registration: Drop-In EVENT LINK
Date: Every Tuesday & Thursday Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Crain Highway, White Plains, MD Details: Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Visit their website or Facebook Page to find out about special seasonal Toddler Time Events Event Type: Parent/child Age Group: Walking to 5 years old Registration: Walk-in welcome! Cost: $10 Toddler, $8 Additional Toddler, $7 Parent Information: SKYZONE TODDLER TIME LINK
STORYTIME- WINTER 2019 SCHEDULE Date: THURSDAYS Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Location: La Plata Library Details: Storytime for children 2-5 years old. Each week has a theme that features fun stories, songs, and a craft at the end! Event Type: Story time Age Group: 2 – 5 Cost: FREE Registration: Drop-In Information: http://host.evanced.info/charles/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
Location: River Center for Performing Arts- Fredericksburg VA
Details: Winnie-the-Pooh, the famous bear of very little brain, is singing happily when the terrible trouble begins! Eeyore has lost his tail. Rabbit is worried about the arrival of Kanga and Roo – with a bathtub and soap. Pooh and Piglet try to catch a Heffalump. Owl and Christopher Robin join in the adventures. The beloved inhabitants of the hundred-acre wood come to life in this musical adaptation, sure to please Pooh fans of all ages.
Location: Edward T Hall Aquatic Center, Prince Frederick, MD Details: Enjoy this special children’s pool that features a zero depth entry up to 3 feet depth heated pool with slides, climbing features, and water drop buckets.
**Leisure pool will close from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays**
Date: 3rd Thursday of the month Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: CCPL- Waldorf West Branch
Details: This story time encourages emerging literacy skills through books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel board stories. It is designed for children of multiple ages and their parents. This is a 30 minute program that includes a simple craft.
YOUTH DROP IN – PARKS AND REC SCHEDULE Details: Open style sports and semi-organized games. Registration form with parental consent required each school year. Sign-in by youth required each day of participation. Dates and times subject to change. Contact the center for schedule changes.
Age 8-10 Wade M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-5:30p Age 8-13 Somers M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-6:00p Stoddert M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-6:00p Hanson M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-6:00p Henson M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-6:00p Smallwood M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-6:00p Age 11-14 Davis M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-5:30p Wade Tu/Th Dec 4-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p Age 14-17 Wade M Dec 3-Jun 10 7:00-9:00p Davis Tu/Th Dec 4-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p Piccowaxen Tu/Th Dec 4-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p Smallwood Tu/Th Dec 4-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p Stoddert Tu/Th Dec 4-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p Hanson Tu Dec 4-Jun 11 4:00-6:00p Somers Tu Dec 4-Jun 11 4:00-6:00p Henson Th Dec 6-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p Age 8-13 Girls Mattawoman M/W Dec 3-Jun 12 4:00-6:00p Age 14-17 Girls Mattawoman Tu/Th Dec 4-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p Somers Th Dec 6-Jun 13 4:00-6:00p
Piccowaxen 101135-PI Th Feb 21 6:30-7:30p Davis 101135-DA Tu Mar 5 6:30-7:30p Henson 101135-HE W Mar 6 6:30-7:30p
Details: Our young future chefs will explore a variety of culinary adventures creating unique themed menu items. Chefs’ hat and apron are provided. Healthy treats and decorating tips included. Please bring a container to take home your artistic creations. Adult participation encouraged.
Event: Charles County Parks and Rec Program Cost: Resident Fee: $12/Non-Resident: $14 Age Group: 6-12
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