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.
6601 Telegraph Road
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.
Details: If you are looking for a way to get your child’s energy out while still social distancing, I highly recommend taking a hike or visiting your local park to have fun on the play ground. Here’s a guide for Maryland’s Top Ten Parks. For Charles County, I highly recommend Pisgah Park. St. Mary’s County I recommend Wieck Park.
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.
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. Keep in mind the last Thursday of the month is a glow jump. You will need to purchase a glow shirt for the glow jump dates.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-6:00 p.m. (Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center only)
Details: Both the Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center and Lackey Indoor Pool are currently open to the public with open swim hours. Visit http://bit.ly/3ptgLVa for more information and to plan your visit today!
The Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center and Lackey Indoor Pool are currently open with the following policies in place:
Only Charles County residents will be permitted.
Open Swim Hours:
Monday-Friday, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, Noon-6:00 p.m. (Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center only)
Maximum 70 patrons permitted into the facility.
General pool admission is limited to 2 hours.
Patrons will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.
Swim lessons, pool rentals, lane rentals, and birthday parties are not available at this time.
During open swim hours, 2 lanes will be reserved for lap swimming.
During our high school swim clinic, only 1 lane will be reserved for lap swimming.
Lap swimming only hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – Noon. at Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center
During this time, all 6 lanes will be available
Lap swimming will run on a windowed cycle. For example, if the first window starts at 4:00 p.m., that window will close at 5:00 p.m. The next window would run from 5:00-6:00 p.m. and the windows would proceed in that cycle for the duration of open swim hours.
Lap lanes will be limited to 1 person per lane, unless a member of the same household.
Water Aerobics at Donald M. Wade Aquatic Center:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Classes are limited to 20 participants
Walk-in Fee: $8/class
Prior to Arrival and Admission:
Please follow all recommendations on COVID-19 – if you are feeling sick, please stay home.
Patrons will check-in upon arrival.
Accepted forms of payment: cash, credit card, punch card, and RecPASS.
Daily admission fees:
Ages 2 and Younger – Free
Youth (Ages 3-12) and Seniors (60+) – $5
Adults (Ages 13-59) – $6
Patrons are encouraged to wear their bathing suits to/from the facility.
All personal belongings should remain with you during your visit. Items left behind will be discarded daily.
Patrons are encouraged to bring a water bottle. No other drinks or outside food will be permitted into the facility.
Masks and Social Distancing:
Masks are required for patrons over the age of 5 when entering the facility, on the pool deck, in the restrooms, and when social distancing is not possible.
Masks are not required to be worn in the water unless participating in shallow water exercise such as water aerobics
Patrons sitting on the pool deck with their feet in the water will not be considered to be in the water and must wear a mask.
All patrons are required to maintain a distance of 6 feet between themselves and anyone (including our staff) who is not a member of their household. Social distancing guidelines also apply in the water and our staff will be enforcing social distancing throughout the facility.
Pool Furniture and Equipment:
Bleachers will be marked with 6 feet of distance between sections.
Sections may not be shared with a member of a different household.
Sections will be sanitized by staff after each use. Outside furniture is not permitted.
General pool equipment (kickboards, pool noodles, life jackets, etc) will not be available for public use.
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
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