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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Details: My favorite thing to do in the fall is visit a local farm. Nothing is more fun than going for a hayride, getting lost in a corn maze or picking the perfect pumpkin. See the Fall Guide for a list of farms and events happening this fall. Many of the farms are opening on weekends only; however, some are opening during the week day. You could also schedule a visit with a few friends or group for week day fun. A few that are always open to the public on weekdays include: Cox, Greenstreet & Montpelier.
The Maryland STEM Festival, Inc. (MSF) has been established to operate the Festival. The mission of the Festival is to encourage all students regardless of background and experience to take a greater interest in STEM with the hope they will pursue a STEM related/focused career.
The MSF works for an entire year recruiting as many organizations as it can to participate in the Festival, such as libraries, museums, public and private schools, colleges, universities, government agencies and private companies.
11/6 • 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM • CALVERT COUNTY – 14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons, MD, USA
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762
INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS Date: OPEN DAILY Time: ALL DAY Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK Event Type: INDOOR PLAY Age Group: All Ages Cost: VARIES Registration: Drop-In
CUDDLE TIME STORY TIME (WALDORF WEST LIBRARY) Date: Mondays (FALL SESSION SEPTEMBER 10, 2018-NOVEMBER 5, 2018)
Time: 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Details: This story time will introduce a love for books, songs, movement and playful activities. It is designed for children ages birth to 24 months and their parents. This is a 20 minute program. Library: Charles County Public Library- West Branch Event Type: Library Event- Story Time Age Group: Birth – 2 Years Old Registration: None/Walk-Ins Welcome Cost: FREE Charles County Library Event Link
TODDLER STORY TIME (WALDORF WEST LIBRARY) Date: Monday’s (Fall Schedule September 10-November 5, 2018) Time: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Details: This story time encourages emerging literacy skills through books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel board stories. It is designed for 2 and 3 year olds and their parents. This is a 30 minute program that includes a simple craft. Library: Charles County Public Library- West Branch Event Type: Parent/Child Age Group: 2 – 3 Years Old Registration: None/ Walk-ins Welcome Cost: FREE More Information: http://host.evanced.info/charles/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
Little Jumpers Date : Most M/W/F (Always check Pump It Up site first) Time : 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Pump It Up Waldorf Details : This special open jump is for our guests aged 1-6 years old only. If you’re worried about older kids running around the smaller ones, this is the perfect time for your little jumpers. Our designated toddler area is for 1yrs-3yrs only. 2 yrs-6yrs are allowed to jump on the inflatables. Daycares are more than welcome to participate in Little Jumpers. We ask that if you are going to bring more than 5 participants that you call ahead to let us know. Cost: $5.00 per child Information: https://www.pumpitupparty.com/waldorf-md/calendar/
***ALWAYS CHECK THE SCHEDULE OR CALL FIRST TO MAKE SURE LITTLE JUMPERS IS STILL ON THE CALENDAR. ***
Date: Monday – Thursday Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Location: Family Place to Play, Waldorf, MD Details: Family Place to Play Fun Center is a large indoor playground that can accommodate private parties and also is a great place to bring kids to play. Open Play provides many different ways for kids to be stimulated both physically and mentally. Event Type: Free Play Age Group: All Ages Cost: $11 (2 Hours)/ 2 and under $6.60 Registration: Drop- In Welcome https://familyplacetoplay.com/ways-to-play/
PRE-SCHOOL STORY TIME (WEST) Date: Monday’s (Fall Session September 10-November 5, 2018) Start Time: 10:45 AM End Time: 11:30 AM Description: Story Time is a weekly “must” for children ages 2 to 5. Each program includes book reading, dancing & music, flannel board activities, and tons of fun! Library: Charles County Public Library- Waldorf West Event Type: Preschool Age Group: 2 – 5 Years Old Registration: None/Walk-ins Welcome More information visit: http://host.evanced.info/charles/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
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**
Youth & Teen Drop-In 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.
Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. – Decorate your own trick-or-treat bags Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. – Bedazzle a wooden sugar skull Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. – Make your own glow-in-the-dark ghost Thursday, Oct. 25 – Stop by the library craft booth at the Fall Harvest Festival (6-8 p.m.) Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. – Paint a mini pumpkin
Details: It’s the spookiest event of the year! Come dressed in your costume and test your knowledge with a fun monster quiz, and then create bone chilling art with things you can find in your very own kitchen! Finish the night be designing and painting a spine tingling face on your very own pumpkin!
FREE PERFORMANCES EVERYDAY- KENNEDY CENTER Date: Monday – Friday Time: 6:00 PM Location: Kennedy Center- Millenium Stage Details: See link for schedule of performances. Different musicians, actors, singers and dances each night. Event Type: Performance/Concert Age Group: All Ages Cost: FREE Registration: No Ticket RequiredMILLENIUM STAGE EVENT LINK
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