I have to add this awesome resource to the list of things I wish were in Southern Maryland. Luckily Franconia, Virginia is less than an hour drive for us. I consider the small trek to Fairfax County more than worth it. For those who have never been to Our Special Harbor, I know you are wondering what the big deal is all about. If your little ones like to run through sprinklers or play in the water, they are sure to love this spray ground at Lee’s District Park.
One of the best parts about this play area full of water features is that it’s free! It’s not a typo; this is a free resource to families. The spray ground is county owned; however, has the quality and fun factor that of an expensive kids zone at a water park. I really couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a fee to get in.
The design of Our Special Harbor features Chesapeake Bay themed decor such as; dumping crab baskets, a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, a lighthouse and sail boats. I love that sections are planned out for kids of different developmental levels. The beach zone towards the back is a quieter area with softer bubbles and an interactive water table for a younger crowd. Towards the front there are dump buckets, sprayers and canons for the older kids who love to get super soaked.
The park is fully enclosed by a gate except for the entrance of which there is always an attendant monitoring. Park staff are there to keep track of signing guests in and making sure rules are being followed. No running is strictly enforced for safety.
Within the spray ground are four family style single stall bathrooms for toileting and changing cloths. An added bonus is the spray ground is located right next to a picnic area and awesome imagination style dry play ground. The park is a tree house theme with slides that look like hollowed tree stumps and jungle ropes courses. There is a section for smaller kids in the shade that has a nautical theme with light house and pirate ship slides.
I loved this place and will definitely come back again. I strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t been before to check it out!
-It is mandatory that all children under age 15 wear water shoes. If you don’t have water shoes crocks and sandals with enclosed heels or straps on the back to secure feet are acceptable.
-The spray ground has a capacity of 249 people and it reaches it max quickly. I suggest coming ten minutes before it opens to get in line or coming between 12-2 which seems to be a slower time maybe because the target age kids are napping.
-Stay hydrated and protect your skin from the sun since there is little shade.
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Details: Children age of 6 and 15 are invited by The Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism to learn how to fish. Free fishing classes at Gilbert Run Park will offer the opportunity for children to learn the basics of fishing and have fun. Prior fishing experience is not needed. Bait and tackle will be provided.
Details: Join Jack from Bright Star Theatre in an adventure through the the solar system! Learn about the origins of the names of the planets Mercury to Neptune, and even the controversial Pluto. You will discover fun facts about each planet’s special path around the sun in this fun STEM adventure!
Join us at Pisgah Park as we rock along with awesome stories! Mr. Matt will share stories that we can sing along with in a fun, interactive program available only at select Mobile Library stops this summer!
WEEKLY STORY TIME (LA PLATA) Date: Thursday’s Summer Schedule (No Story Time July 4, 2019) Times:
Cuddle Time (Ages 0-2) – 9:30-10:00 AM
Toddler Time (Ages 2-3) – 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Pre-school Time (Ages 2-5) -11:00-11:30 AM
Description: Story Time is a weekly “must” for children ages 0 to 5. Each program includes book reading, dancing & music, flannel board activities, and tons of fun! Library: Charles County Public Library- La Plata Event Type: Library Age Group: 0 – 5 Years Old Registration: None/Walk-ins Welcome Event Link
Location: Southern Maryland Food Bank- 22 Irongate Dr. Waldorf, MD
The Southern Maryland Food Bank invites you and your school aged children to learn about agriculture, gardening, pollinators and more! Join us for story time focuses on these topics and activities to engage your curious minds and grow your love for gardening. At the same time, help others in your community! With the Charles County Master Gardeners from the University of Maryland, we will be doing this throughout the summer! Check back for more dates.
Topics include: Pollination Agriculture Gardening Volunteerism and more!
Drop ins are welcome, but registration preferred! Please call 301-274-0695 or email email@example.com to register or for more information.
Details: Catch a FREE movie on the big screen at Flagship Cinema. Movies are scheduled at 10:00 AM (Doors open at 9:30) every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the series. Schedule varies by location, find out more details for the theater you are most interested in by visiting their site. Here is the 2019 Prince Frederick line up:
Date: Open day is scheduled for June 16, 2019 – Thru Mid – July
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Location: 37260 Manor Rd, Chaptico, Maryland
Details: GoldPetal Farms is truly amazing! This whimsical sunflower maze is like exploring a living labyrinth. The closest thing in comparison is a corn maze; however, image walking among beautiful sunflowers. Goldpetal Farms, previously known as Ladybugs Alive is opening this Father’s Day weekend June 16, 2019 through July. The blooms have been planted in a interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night this year. Join me as I take you on a sneak peek tour of southern Maryland’s sunflower maze.
Pricing: Kids ages 6 and under FREE/Ages 7 and up $10/ Military $9/ Group 10 or more $8
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Details: Lord Calvert Bowl is dedicated to kids and ensuring they have a safe and fun place to be themselves. Our Say No To Drugs program offers FREE bowling for kids! Simply register your kids in the program and receive one FREE game every day all Summer long. That’s it! Subsequent games and shoes are only $2.50 each. Remember to bring your Say No To Drugs card with you if you are already registered. Ages 2-18 Call 410-535-3560 for more information.
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
Charles County Public Schools, in partnership with Charles County Advocacy Council for Children, Youth & Families, LifeStyles, Inc., Department of Social Services, No Kid Hungry, Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, Charles County Public Library, Children’s Aid Society, Tri-County Youth Services Bureau, Health Partners, The Arnold House, and other county agencies are offering a free summer lunch program.
Hot lunches will be served at the following locations:
Henry E. Lackey High School: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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**
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