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
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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**
SUPER HERO AND CHARACTER BREAKFAST (BASE ACCESS ONLY)
Date: January 20, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Gray’s Landing- Dahlgren FFR
Dress up in your favorite costume and take pictures with princesses & superhero characters at Gray’s Landing! Register at Community Recreation Tickets & Travel by Jan. 19. Open to all with base access.
1442 Concord Ave, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland 20762
INDOOR PLAYGROUND IDEAS Date: OPEN DAILY Time: ALL DAY Location: VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGH OUT SOUTHERN MARYLAND Details: SEE INDOOR PLAY GUIDE LINK Event Type: INDOOR PLAY Age Group: All Ages Cost: VARIES Registration: Drop-In
MLK Days 2019 Saturday, January 19-Monday, January 21, 2019 Admission is free!
Join us for a special community art project inspired by the dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year, we invite a different artist to develop and lead a meaningful three-day project that results in an installation, which typically remains on display through the end of February. This year, view the nostalgic work of Pinkie Strother then work alongside her to create a clay figurine to add to the growing community diorama.
Special Gallery Exhibit— “Childhood Memories: The Art of Pinkie Strother” is a depiction of African-American culture in 1950s-60s Calvert County, Maryland. Consisting of paintings, drawings and sculptural dioramas and figurines, Pinkie celebrates the rural landscape and rich, vibrant community that shaped her life. Her work celebrates the spiritual foundation and family values of the time. Meet the artist, hear her recollections, and work alongside her during the 3-day MLK DAYS community art project!
In addition to the community art project, guests can also enjoy:
A Tent of Many Colors — the Communal Coloring Tent Returns! The popular community coloring tent will transform the Murray Arts Building into gathering space that is both peaceful and inspiring. Step inside the tent of many colors and enjoy the therapeutic qualities of coloring! Coloring supplies will be available for use and all are welcome. Choose a design, find a seat, make a friend, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. A great space for all ages to enjoy.
Make-&-Take Project in the artLAB: Kindness Rocks! Paint a positive message on a river stone and place it in a public space for a someone to discover and enjoy. Let’s highlight all of the wonderful values and positive messages Dr. King championed!
Gallery exhibits and the sculpture garden are open as well during the event!
Location: Wine & Design- Fenwick St. Leonardtown, MD
Details: Parent & Me class! One ticket secures parent AND child. Online payment is required to secure your seat. Seating is first come, first serve. Our artist will guide you step by step to complete your very own masterpiece, no previous artist experience needed! Due to state and county law, we can not allow BYOB. You may purchase wine and beer in studio. Nonalcoholic beverages and small snacks are welcome to bring onsite. All sales are final, refunds for our classes will not be given. To cancel and receive a credit to join us another time, you MUST email the studio 48 hours before an event.
Event Type: Art
Age group: All Ages
Cost: $45 (TOTAL for parent and child, includes supplies)
Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
Details: SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wanna-be rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs fromAndrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Chicago Tribune raves, “SCHOOL OF ROCK offers us a chance to be kids again, only with more talent than we ever had.”
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