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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Cost: $Daily: Adult ticket $7, children 6 to 12 $1, children under 6 free Season passes: Adult $10, children 6 to 12 $2.
Daily Deals: The rides take from 1 to 5 Carnival tickets. Carnival tickets cost $1 or a strip of 25 tickets costs $20. Friday (kids day) 10:00AM to 5 PM, all rides are 1 ticket (children only). Thursday and Sunday, wristbands are available for $30. ($5 discount coupon is available at schools, and on-line Click here for coupon)
Details: My favorite thing to do in the fall is visit a local farm. Nothing is more fun than going for a hayride, getting lost in a corn maze or picking the perfect pumpkin. See the Fall Guide for a list of farms and events happening this fall. Many of the farms are opening on weekends only; however, some are opening during the week day. You could also schedule a visit with a few friends or group for week day fun. A few that are always open to the public on weekdays include: Cox, Greenstreet & Montpelier.
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
STORYTIME Date: THURSDAYS Time: 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Location: La Plata Library Details: Storytime for children 2-5 years old. Each week has a theme that features fun stories, songs, and a craft at the end! Event Type: Story time Age Group: 2 – 5 Cost: FREE Registration: Drop-In Information: http://host.evanced.info/charles/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
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/
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
STORYTIME Date: THURSDAYS Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Location: La Plata Library Details: Storytime for children 2-5 years old. Each week has a theme that features fun stories, songs, and a craft at the end! Event Type: Story time Age Group: 2 – 5 Cost: FREE Registration: Drop-In Information: http://host.evanced.info/charles/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
Date: Most Tuesday’s & Thursday’s (Always Check first)
Time: 11:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Pump it Up Waldorf
Details: Vome enjoy a special open jump available for children and parents that home school. Come join us at Pump It Up for a few hours of jumping, socialization, and creative time. Be sure to call ahead!
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**
Youth & Teen Drop-In Open style sports and semi-organized games. Registration form with parental consent required each school year. Sign-in by youth required each day of participation. Dates and times subject to change. Contact the center for schedule changes.
Details: Join us for some stories and fun! It’s National Library Card Sign Up Month! You can sign up for a library card any time – for free! – but tonight we’ll make sign up even more fun! Our children’s librarians will read stories as we talk about the benefits and knowledge that come with getting a library card!
Details: Sanctioned through the National Alliance of Youth Sports, this program assists parents in preparing kids for organized sports in a fun, non-competitive environment using fun, developmentally age appropriate equipment to prepare children for sports without the fear of failure.
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
Date: 3rd Thursday of the month Time: 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: CCPL- Waldorf West Branch
Details: This story time encourages emerging literacy skills through books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel board stories. It is designed for children of multiple ages and their parents. This is a 30 minute program that includes a simple craft.
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