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: Visit the library from the comfort of your couch. There are plenty of ways to enjoy your local library while at home or on the go. Check out the children’s section for recommended books, educational resources, activity ideas and virtual events.
Details: “Sunflower September” is our annual event redesigned for safety and joy all month long. Next year we’ll return to a full Sunflower Festival!
Enjoy 8 acres of pick-your-own sunflowers. Sunflower picking is included in the ticket price. Bring your own shears!
Masks are required in all indoor spaces and outdoor spaces if physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.
Only pre-paid tickets will be accepted for entry. Choose the date and time frame of your visit.
$10.00 per Adult, Children 7 & under are FREE. Tickets are limited! _________________________________
In an effort to ensure the safety of our visitors and volunteers, advance online ticketing for various arrival times is required, with a limited number of tickets available for each time frame. Advance tickets are required for admission, and no walk-ins will be allowed.
Please keep in mind these important safety protocols: * Follow all physical distancing recommendations, maintaining a six-foot distance between you, other guests, and volunteers. * Visitors are required to have face coverings handy, wearing them inside the Harvest House at all times, or outdoors whenever physical distancing is difficult to maintain. * Follow all posted safety protocols, including directional signage and limitations to the number of guests allowed in contained areas. * Please do not visit if you are ill or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.
Details: Calling all outdoor explorers! Nature crafts, interactive scavenger hunts, insect observation, and plant identification will bring your child closer to nature in a truly fun and exciting way. Our helpful staff will introduce the use of the iNaturalist app and have your child identifying different species and organisms during their outdoor adventure.
Ages: 6-12 Resident Fee: $20 per class Online Registration: https://bit.ly/31rOsgt
Calvert County Health & Resource Fair will be held Saturday September 19, 2020. Come out and see what local resources are available in Calvert County. Walgreens will be providing Free Flu Shots. Vendors to include Seedco(Maryland Health Connection Local Entity) Calvert Hospice, Calvert County Health Department, A+ Counseling, W-holistic Health, Hustle with Heart, Gateau Physical Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Pathways. Calvert County Behavioral Health will have staff on hand to provide information and support to families who are having anxiety regarding the upcoming online school year. We are still accepting vendors. If you are interested, please email Lisa Easter email@example.com
FAIR FOOD DRIVE THRU Date: 9/19/2020 Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM Location: Charles County Fairgrounds
Details: The fairs are cancelled but the food is not! Join us September 18-20th from 4-9 pm on Friday and 12-9 pm on Saturday and 12-8 on Sunday to feed your fair food cravings! We will be offering everything from “Classic Eats” such as Italian Sausage, Gyros, Hand Cut Fries, Funnel Cakes and more. Or venture to the “Only at the Fair!” menu and try an award winning Krispy Kreme Doughnut Cheeseburger, Texas Toast Grilled Cheese Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich, or Cheesy Bacon Bombs! The following vendors will also be there: Sir Pops A Lot, Pizza Hotline and Lennys with lots of classic eats and ice cream. Visit PhelpsConcessions.com for a full menu! W
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