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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Little Jumpers Date : Most Monday’s, Wednesday’s & Friday’s (Always check their calendar or call 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. ***
Santa is returning to St. Charles Towne Center from his long nap at the North Pole! Visit him in Macy’s Court! (Remember, Santa Breaks to Feed His Reindeer Throughout the Day…Monday through Friday 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Sunday: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM).
Santa Photo Schedule: Week of November 11th to November 17th: Friday, November 15th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday, November 16th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sunday, November 17th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Week of November 18th to November 24th: Monday, November 18th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, November 19th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, November 20th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday, November 21st from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Friday, November 22nd from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sunday, November 24th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Week of November 25th to December 1st: Monday, November 25th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, November 26th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, November 27th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday, November 28th CLOSED (Santa will not be at St. Charles Towne Center for Thanksgiving Day) Friday, November 29th from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday, November 30th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sunday, December 1st from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Week of December 2nd to December 8th: Monday, December 2nd from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, December 3rd from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, December 4th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday, December 5th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Friday, December 6th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM Sunday, December 8th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Week of December 9th to December 15th: Monday, December 9th from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM Tuesday, December 10th from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM Wednesday, December 11th from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM Thursday, December 12th from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM Friday, December 13th from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday, December 15th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Week of December 16th to December 22nd: Monday, December 16th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Tuesday, December 17th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Wednesday, December 18th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Thursday, December 19th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Friday, December 20th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Saturday, December 21st from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sunday, December 22nd from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Monday, December 23rd from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24th from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
TOTSICLES Date: FRIDAY’S ONGOING (Call first on holiday’s to double check the schedule) Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM Description: A half-hour of self-paced orientation to movement on ice, followed by a cup of hot cocoa and a story read aloud in our warm lobby. Stickers for all after storytime! Children may wear skates or shoes for snow and ice (no smooth-sole or open-toe shoes). Adults wear shoes for snow and ice. Location: Capital Club House Event Type: Parent/Child Age Group(s): 2-5 Registration: Not Required Cost: $10 (2018 Price Change) More Information: https://www.charlescountyparks.com
Location: Family Place to Play, 3443 Rockefeller Dr. 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
DROP IN FREE PLAY Date: TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Description: Come join Unique Gym for their drop in free play. Lots of fun for your little ones including, obstacle courses, foam pit, trampoline time. These are just some of the activities your child will enjoy. Parent participation is required during floor activities. No registration required to participate in the fun. Location: Unique Sports Academy Event Type: Parent/Child Age Group(s): 2-5 Registration: Not Required Cost: $5 for ONE HOUR/ $10 for TWO HOURS per child. More Information: www.uniquesportsacademy.com
***Always call to confirm this event is taking place. Sometimes they are canceled last minute. Center follows school closure schedule.***
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Location: Elite Gymnastics, Waldorf, MD 20603 Details: Spend quality time with your little one while they develop body awareness, balance, fitness, listening, and social skills using gymnastics equipment. Ages Group: 6 months-5 yrs old Cost: $5 Per child Link
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**
Time: Friday and Saturday (8 p.m.); Sunday (3 p.m.)
Location: Port Tobacco Players Theater, 508 Charles Street, La Plata, MD
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (age 60+), Youth (to 18), and Military (with ID)
***TICKETS SELL OUT FAST/ DO NOT SHOW UP EXPECTING TICKETS DAY OF EVENT***
(Holiday Musical) Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!
For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or purchase tickets online at www.ptplayers.com.
Details: ***NON TRADITIONAL VERSION*** The Indian Head Black Box Players are Proud to Present this fun Holiday Romp Join us as we follow the Farndale Avenue Estate Townswomen as they attempt to put on A Christmas Carol. You’re sure to laugh this Holiday Season. Don’t miss this performance directed by JR Cook. Tickets are on sale now. Event Type: Holiday
NEWTOWNE PLAYERS PRESENTS – A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL
Date: November 29, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 PM Saturdays & Sundays 3:30 PM There are no Thursday performances for this show.
Details: A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is like something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story.
Event Type: Holiday
Age Group: Kids/All Ages
Cost: General Admission Play: Adults $15, Seniors/Students/Military $12, Children $10
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