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.
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.
Options for fishing in Maryland without a fishing license
Normally a license is required to Fish in Maryland but there are a few exceptions to this requirement. The first option is there are specific areas in Maryland that are designated License Free Fishing Areas throughout the tidal portions of the Chesapeake Bay and one nontidal location. You are required to observe all fishing laws and regulations. A free MD/PRFC angler registration is also required for anglers fishing without a license in designated tidal license free fishing areas, you may register online. You can see a list of license free locations on the following page: License Free Fishing Areas –
The second option is that Maryland hosts Free Fishing Days. During a free fishing day, a person may catch and possess finfish in the tidal and nontidal waters of the State for recreational purposes without an angler’s license, Chesapeake Bay sportfishing license, or any fishing stamp normally required by the State, but shall otherwise observe all fishing laws and regulations. Maryland’s free fishing days are the first two Saturdays in June and July 4.
Lastly, all those folks under 16 years of age are allowed to fish without a license.
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762
INDOOR PLAYGROUND HOURS- ANDREWS AIRFORCE BASE JBA (BASE ACCESS ONLY) Date: OPEN DAILY Time: 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM Location: JBA Community Commons, 1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762 Details: Did you miss the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony?! No problem you can still visit daily. The hours of the indoor playground will be the same as the normal JBA Community Commons hours (Monday to Saturday 7 am. to 8 p.m.) except in the case of reservations by private parties. Please reach out to their page directly for more details. This is for base access DOD and Military ID families. Event Type: Grand Opening Age Group: All Ages Cost: FREE Registration: Drop-In
Details: The La Plata Farmers Market is a great way to shop locally. You will find local and family owned farms and businesses selling: produce, meat, eggs, homemade goodies, plants & flowers. My favorite parts of the farmers market are grabbing fresh cup of coffee from Wee Bean Roasting Company and meat from Hancock Family Farms.
CUDDLE TIME STORY TIME (WALDORF WEST LIBRARY) Date: Wednesday’s June 20, 2018 – August 1, 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: CCPL / PD Brown Event Type: Parent/Child Age Group: Birth – 2 Registration: Not Required Cost: Free More Information: More Information: Charles County Library Event Link
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/
Details: 7 Weeks of fun starting June 11 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10AM – Noon with projects of different topics each week. Register now. Space is limited. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Learn more at michaels.com/campcreativity
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. ***
Regal Cinema charges only $1 admission to see summer movie selections. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, movies start at 10:00 am. Each week both movies play on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here’s a list of the summer movies playing at Regal theaters this summer:
Week 1- Storks/ Mr. Peabody
Week 2- Despicable Me 2/How to Train Your Dragon 2
Week 3- LEGO Movie/ Alvin and the Chipmunks
Week 4- Sing/Peanut Movie
Week 5- LEGO Ninjago / Ferdinand
Week 6- Secret Life of Pets/ Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Week 7- LEGO Batman/ Trolls
Week 8- Minions/ Boss Baby
Week 9- Paddington/ Captain Underpants
Week 10- Despicable Me 3/ Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Regal Locations Include: Regal Bowie – Bowie/Regal Potomac Yard – Alexandria/Regal Majestic – Silver Spring/Regal Kingstowne – Alexandria. Keep in mind that each location has a different show schedule. Clink on the link provided for information on Regal Summer Movies.
PRE-SCHOOL SUMMER STORY TIME (PD BROWN BRANCH) Date: WEDNESDAYS Start Time: 10:00 AM End Time: 10:45 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: CCPL / P.D. Brown Branch Event Type: Preschool Age Group(s): 2 – 5 Registration: Non-Required Information: https://ccplonline.org/about/events
Time: 10:00 AM 0R 11:00 AM SESSION Location: Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. Details: This program is designed to invite adults and children to discover the museum together through music, stories, and special activities. Free drop-in program for children 18 months to three years and their caregivers. Cost: FREE Information: Site Link
Calling all Moms! Stop by the Community Room behind Polo, on the third Wednesday of the month May through August at 11 AM for a special Mommy & Me time! Enjoy Mommy’s Lounge while your children play and nurture their creative side by crafting and singing. Interactive children’s entertainment such as singing, dancing and watching a life-size puppet show, along with free food samples will keep your little ones happy and active for the entire hour. Then you can enjoy some shopping with exclusive discounts from retailers such as Columbia, Tommy Hilfiger, Jockey and Auntie Anne’s. For more information visit the Tanger Outlets Event Link. Check out the 2018 schedule:
May 16th- The Great Zuchinni
June 20th- Musical Entertainment by Andrés Salguero
PRE-SCHOOL SUMMER STORY TIME (PD BROWN BRANCH) Date: WEDNESDAYS Start Time: 11:00 AM End Time: 11:45 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: CCPL / P.D. Brown Branch Event Type: Preschool Age Group(s): 2 – 5 Registration: Non-Required Information: https://ccplonline.org/about/events
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**
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
Location: CCPL / Waldorf West Details: Making a name for yourself in the graffiti scene is no easy feat, but receiving recognition from the larger art scene is an even greater challenge. Learn from Leah, who will show you how to merge art, design and graffiti into one unique composition. The graffiti produced at this event will hang in the library permanently so bring your most creative ideas
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