As spring comes to an end and summer makes its way to Southern Maryland, getting outside and exploring the area is the perfect activity before the hot summer days arrive. Checking out playgrounds, eating ice cream, and preparing for summer camps is just the ticket for family fun in our area.
Don’t forget to sign your kids up for summer camps. Signing up early is a smart way to plan ahead as many camps start in June and run all summer. Summer camps are a great way for your kids to try something new, nurture unique interests and meet new friends.
Looking for a way to get your kids involved in an activity and learn about local history? Check out the St. Clement’s Island Museum Art Kids. This camp will allow your young artist, ages 7-17, to understand how art can impact society in positive and impactful ways while learning to sketch, paint, draw, and more. For more information and to register, visit St. Clement’s Island Museum’s Facebook page @SCIMuseum or call them at 301-761-2222.
One of our family favorite ways to burn energy is with a trip to a playground! St. Mary’s County has 16 public playgrounds and Calvert County has 11 public parks and recreation areas. Two of our favorite playgrounds are the Robert Miedzinski Community Park in Leonardtown and Cove Pointe Park in Lusby. Both parks are open from sunrise to sunset. Please note face coverings are required as well as social distancing if you and your family can’t maintain distance from others outside of your household. For the full list of playgrounds in our area, visit stmarysmd.com and calvertcountymd.gov.
While we think ice cream is a good idea anytime during the year, the warmer weather has us craving it on a daily basis, especially since we stopped in at The Salted Scoop! This darling new ice cream shop is in Shepherd’s Old Field Market in Leonardtown. They have so many tasty flavors to choose from like Almond Joy, honey lavender, mint chip, green tea, chocolate marshmallow, and our personal favorite cotton candy. Can’t pick just one? Then order an ice cream flight, which lets you pick six different flavors to try. How cool is that? They also have sorbet, which makes for a great dairy-free option. For hours and a list of their flavors, find them on social media @the_salted_scoop.
Looking for other tasty stops? Check out Mrs. Moo’s Corner in Prince Frederick, we love their funfetti cake batter specialty milkshakes. Another favorite is Heritage Chocolates in Leonardtown. Not only are they our favorite place to pick up handmade chocolates, but they also have amazing freshly made Gelato. Cone Island on Solomon’s is also a favorite spot for us. The soft-serve cones with sprinkles can brighten anyone’s day. Plus, its location on the boardwalk next to the playground makes it the perfect afternoon stop.
How will you be enjoying Southern Maryland’s last spring days?
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