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.
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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Details: If you are looking for a way to get your child’s energy out while still social distancing, I highly recommend taking a hike or visiting your local park to have fun on the play ground. Here’s a guide for Maryland’s Top Ten Parks. For Charles County, I highly recommend Pisgah Park. St. Mary’s County I recommend Wieck Park.
Location: St. Charles Towne Center- Waldorf, MD (Lower Level)
Details: Visit the kingdom of family fun. Majesticland is a safe, fun, and a uniquely different one-stop-shop of family entertainment that offers a world of new excitement and creates memories to last a lifetime. Geared towards children 12-years-old and under, our family entertainment center offers a variety of entertainment activities that will have your little ones never wanting to leave! Featuring indoor play area for young kids and arcade type games for older kids.
Location: Scary Strokes- Technology Dr. Waldorf, MD
Details: Our center provides entertainment at affordable prices for the entire family. Play a round of indoor miniature golf under our blacklights and immerse yourself in an experience unlike you’ve never played before. Lots of fun arcade games available as well.
Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-6:00 p.m. (Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center only)
Details: Both the Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center and Lackey Indoor Pool are currently open to the public with open swim hours. Visit http://bit.ly/3ptgLVa for more information and to plan your visit today!
The Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center and Lackey Indoor Pool are currently open with the following policies in place:
Only Charles County residents will be permitted.
Open Swim Hours:
Monday-Friday, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-6:00 p.m. (Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center only)
Maximum 70 patrons permitted into the facility.
General pool admission is limited to 2 hours.
Patrons will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.
Swim lessons, pool rentals, lane rentals, and birthday parties are not available at this time.
During open swim hours, 2 lanes will be reserved for lap swimming.
During our high school swim clinic, only 1 lane will be reserved for lap swimming.
Lap swimming only hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – Noon. at Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center
During this time, all 6 lanes will be available
Lap swimming will run on a windowed cycle. For example, if the first window starts at 4:00 p.m., that window will close at 5:00 p.m. The next window would run from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and the windows would proceed in that cycle for the duration of open swim hours.
Lap lanes will be limited to 1 person per lane, unless a member of the same household.
Water Aerobics at Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Classes are limited to 20 participants
Walk-in Fee: $8/class
Prior to Arrival and Admission:
Please follow all recommendations on COVID-19 – if you are feeling sick, please stay home.
Patrons will check-in upon arrival.
Accepted forms of payment: cash, credit card, punch card, and RecPASS.
Daily admission fees:
Ages 2 and Younger – Free
Youth (Ages 3-12) and Seniors (60+) – $5
Adults (Ages 13-59) – $6
Patrons are encouraged to wear their bathing suits to/from the facility.
All personal belongings should remain with you during your visit. Items left behind will be discarded daily.
Patrons are encouraged to bring a water bottle. No other drinks or outside food will be permitted into the facility.
Masks and Social Distancing:
Masks are required for patrons over the age of 5 when entering the facility, on the pool deck, in the restrooms, and when social distancing is not possible.
Masks are not required to be worn in the water unless participating in shallow water exercise such as water aerobics
Patrons sitting on the pool deck with their feet in the water will not be considered to be in the water and must wear a mask.
All patrons are required to maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and anyone (including our staff) who is not a member of their household. Social distancing guidelines also apply in the water and our staff will be enforcing social distancing throughout the facility.
Pool Furniture and Equipment:
Bleachers will be marked with 6 feet of distance between sections.
Sections may not be shared with a member of a different household.
Sections will be sanitized by staff after each use. Outside furniture is not permitted.
General pool equipment (kickboards, pool noodles, life jackets, etc) will not be available for public use.
Details: The bowling alley is back open and offering family specials.
Monday Mayhem- Make Monday your favorite day! Roll in for unlimited bowling and arcade card deals starting at 7pm. $13.89 UNLIMITED BOWLING PER PERSONSHOES INCLUDED$3 FOR A $6 ARCADE CARD.
Tuesday- This Tuesday night, enjoy $2.88 Games, $2.88 Tacos, $2.88 Tall Boys and Long Island Iced Teas, and get $5 arcade cards for just $2! Roll in, have fun, and save a ton starting at 7PM. $2.88 GAMES OF BOWLING$2.88 TACOS$2.88 DRINK SPECIALS$2 FOR A $5 ARCADE CARD.
Wednesday- Get DOUBLE the arcade play—ALL DAY, every Wednesday! Hit the lanes starting at 7pm and enjoy unlimited bowling and arcade specials that will help you get over the hump. $13.89 UNLIMITED BOWLING PER PERSONSHOES INCLUDEDHALF PRICED ARCADE GAMES
Sunday- Discover the most entertaining way to end your weekend—with $3.09 games and arcade card deals after 6PM. $3.09 GAMES OF BOWLING$3 FOR A $6 ARCADE CARD
The Playful Parent was created by Kristy a mother of three energetic boys. She has a Bachelors degree with a interest in Education and Masters in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. “I believe that children learn through play! I love to do fun things with my children and hope that sharing our adventures provides other families with inspiration and resources that lead to quality time together and a love for learning!” This non profit 501c3 organization was started so parents would have a family friendly place to come to, feel supported and leave with information that is useful. This site is kept advertisement and influence free in order to keep the page from clutter and bias opinion. Your support, feedback, likes and comments are essential; this site was designed to connect the community. The Playful Parent offers resources such as guides, calendars and ideas for making learning fun. In addition, TPP is present in the community and hosts a handful of events to support SOMD in raising healthy families.
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