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.
The Playful Parent was created in 2016 as a blog to share the joys and craziness of parenting. The founder of The Playful Parent is a full time domestic energizer and has a Bachelors from Marymount University and a Masters in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.
Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday June 29, 2021- August 19, 2021
Times: All shows start at 9:30 AM. Doors open at 9:00 AM.
Location: Xscape Brandywine Theater- 7710 Matapeake Business Dr. Brandywine, MD 20613
Details: Join Xscape Theatres for a summer full of free movie fun! Admission to the Kids’ Summer Movie program is FREE for everyone. Seating is limited so please arrive early for the best seating availability. The Concession Counter will be open during all shows.
Cost: Suggested donation $7 per car (Follow LINK to Donate today)
Details: Join us for a magical summer in the garden! Enjoy a safe, outdoor, engaging experience during Annmarie’s Enchanted Summer at the Garden! You will find a variety of low-touch, no-touch fun along the trails and paths of the Sculpture Garden. Grab your bug spray, pack a picnic blanket or chairs, and spend your summer with us! During the Enchanted Summer, daily visitors can:
– Explore the galleries
-Search for over 100 fairy houses
-play in the Fairy Lolly nature playspace
-build your own fairy house in the forest
– search for gems and fossils at the Fairy Grove Mining sluice (additional fees apply)
-Try the Wild Rumpus Run
-enjoy unique photo opps along the trail
-find the hidden Dragons Nest
-search for the hidden tree pop paintings
-pack a picnic to enjoy in the park or enjoy our Food Truck Fridays
-Grab an Artlab To Go craft kit (hint: if you bring your own scissors, glue/ tape, crayons/markers/watercolors, you can make the craft right here in the park!)
– enjoy the sculpture throughout the park, including the Creature in the Garden exhibit
Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays and now (Saturday’s 9:00 AM -11:00 AM)
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Saturday’s 9:00 AM -11:00 AM)
Location: Sky Zone Waldorf- 4390 Crain Hwy. White Plains, MD 20695
Details: Toddler time is back with a new program now known as Little Leapers! Little Leapers is a fun, high-energy play adventure, created for parents and little ones to enjoy together. You’ll love watching your child bounce, climb, and explore in a safe environment while interacting with similar age children and learning about sharing, teamwork, and other important social skills. Bond, make memories, and watch your Little Leaper thrive.
Little Leapers sessions include a mix of structured and unstructured activities lead by instructors and/or parents that allow children to explore, learn, and grow as they play.
Active Play Time promotes exploration of the attractions in the park while helping to develop hand-eye coordination, balance, and social skills.
Craft Time – Nurture Their Creativity!
Kids are natural creators, filled with curiosity and imagination. Our craft projects are uniquely designed to nurture our Little Leapers creativity and help develop a lifelong love for crafting! Craft Time is the perfect way to cultivate new skills and interests in the next generation.
Special Guests Appearances provides endless entertainment for our Little Leapers. Please follow us on Facebook, IG, Twitter or our website calendar for information on when we will have Special Guests in the park. You never know who will FLY in and save the day! It’s a ROARING good time.
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.
Details: Kids will still have a blast participating in energizing STEAM project-based learning, Fitness games, gymnastics, sports, swings, and arts & craft! ALL levels are welcome in a nurturing and non-competitive FUN environment!
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.
Details: National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other events. To see what events are in your community visit:
https://natw.org/map. This weekend I will add a detailed list of locations to the calendar 📆 at www.theplayfulparent.org
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
Roller-skating is one way for kids to get some exercise and it’s something the whole family can do. Waldorf Roller Skating Center Roller and Inline Skating Rink offers open skating, where the rink is open to the public, as well as private access to the skating rink for events such as a birthday party. The rink offers rentals for regular roller skates and you are free to bring your own regular or inline skates. For beginners, skating classes are available for kids and adults of all ages. ***Always call first or check site before attending event***
Family Night (Tuesday & Thursday Night)
$4.00 for Admission + $1.00 Skate Rental
Afternoon Skate Sessions $7.00 for Admission + $2.00 Skate Rental
Evening Skate Session $8.00 for Admission + $2.00 Skate Rental
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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