If you are traveling this summer (or any time) please do not post your travel dates on social media for all the world to see. This lets the bad people know when you won't be home and your house will be empty.
Also, NEVER post pictures of tickets or travel itineraries with important numbers, dates, etc. Again, opening the door for bad people to do something you won't like.
Post your pictures after you get home.
If you have a family that spends a lot of time at the beach or pool, or you have a trip to a waterpark planned this summer, do yourself a favor and buy a waterproof camera.
They range in quality and price, but my favorite is the Nikon Coolpix W100. If takes fantastic photos and does video as well. If you are looking at a camera without video features I suggest moving on. The W100 even has a flash. It is a weak flash, but better than nothing. Not only does this take fantastic pictures underwater, but it takes great dry land pics too and does a great job at capturing action. I have taken this camera on numerous trips and have never been disappointed. Even if you don't want underwater pictures, a waterproof camera gives you piece of min. You can take it in the pool or the ocean without the fear of ruining it and get closer shots than out of the water.
There are other waterproof cameras out there, but this price is right and is great quality, many of the sub $100 dollar cameras will not cut it. The W100 is about $150 at the time of this writing. Sure, many phones are waterproof these days but do you really want to take you phone into the ocean and have it washed away in a rough wave? Plus, you will drain your battery faster.
Whether you get the Nikon or another camera, you won’t regret buying a waterproof digital camera. It will give you shots you’ve never been able to get before and it will make your vacation more fun and You Can Never Have 2 Much Fun.
Looking for something to do with your children on a nice day? Playgrounds are great. You can always go to the local school, but there are a bunch of great and different playgrounds in the Baltimore area. Here are a few:
(click the links for more information and location)
Oregon Ridge Nature Center - more than a playground: hiking, picnic, nature center, more
Meadowood Park - great playground, walking/jogging trail, fields
Reisterstown Regional Park - right near Mitchell's Golf Complex for golfing and miniature golf (look for that blog coming soon)
Miniature golf is fun for all ages and there are numerous miniature golf locations in the Baltimore/DC area. Some have batting cages, arcades, unique holes and more. Check out the list below because YOU CAN NEVER HAVE 2 MUCH FUN.
Mitchell's Golf Complex: 3 golf courses, driving range, full golf courses (the mini golf courses could use come updating, but still a lot of fun)
Hereford Golf Center: 1 golf course with unique water features (when running), driving range (mini golf is a lot of fun, but can use some love)
Columbia Sports Park: 1 golf course, batting cages, arcade (golf course is long without to many obstacles, but fun)
Rocky Gorge Golf: 1 golf course with many obstacles and 1 huge hill at the end, batting cages, driving range, arcade (again the golf course is a lot of fun but can use some love)
The above courses are all outdoors, There are numerous indoor golf locations in the area including Monster Mini Golf, Player's Fun Zone, Glo Golf and more. There are too numerous to list. Do an internet search to find one in your area. They are all over the place.
If you like strawberries and live in Maryland act fast and go to your nearest pick your own fruit location. My family went to Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, MD today (about an hour from Baltimore). The strawberries are $2.99/lb and delicious, but the season only last 2-3 weeks.
Not only do they have strawberries, but they have a huge field full of slides, playgrounds, a nature trail, goats and more. The activities are more for 7 years old and younger. Don’t expect an older child to be too find a lot to do.
My family had a Certifikid deal that included four slushees. While there is a barn with snacks up in the field, the slushees were only down in the lower barn which requires a walk or a drive and a hope for parking. When we were there the slushees were just cold juice and had no slush. My guess is they were so busy they didn’t have time to slush, but disappointing nonthheless. Your mileage may vary.
The farm has other picking opportunities for other fruits and vegetables throughout the year. Check the website for details.
You do have to pay $3 person to get into the farm before picking and paying for fruit. Other farms like Larriland don’t charge admission. They don’t have the activities either, but if you just want to pick fruit this might not be the farm for you.
Slushees aside, you’ll have to decide if the admission is worth it for your family. You can always buy prepicked items in the store and skip the admission fee. Either way you can’t beat fruit picking and You Can Never Have 2 Much Fun!
22222 Davis Mill Road
Germantown, MD 20876
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Does your family like fresh fruit and vegetables? How about picking your own fresh fruit and vegetable? If you answered yes to one or both of those questions, and you live in central Maryland, you might want to check out Larriland Farms this summer. It is about an hour drive from Baltimore.
At Larriland you can pick all types of fruits and vegetables. There are peaches, apples, blackberries, grapes, all sorts of tomatoes, potatoes and more depending on the time of year you visit. The yellow peaches happen to be a favorite of my family.
The picking area of the farm consists of numerous sections for the various items with ample parking at each. Employees gives directions and tips for picking and you pay at each stop for what you pick. Everything is measured by the pound.
When you’ve had your share of picking for the day you can stop by the big red barn. There they sell predicted fruits and vegetables which usually includes items not pickable by customers. Also available are drinks, baked goods and more. My son loves the dried fruit sticks.
Outside the barn you can pick a variety of fresh flowers.
You can spend an entire day at the farm. Just be sure to pack your sunscreen, water and snacks, and you might want to where a hat.
Be warned- picking fruit is addicting and you will be spending a fortune before you know it! However, it is a lot of fun and you can never have 2 much fun!
For more information and fruit picking schedules visit www.pickyourown.com.
Summer is about being outside and maybe having fun at the local pool or playing with friends in the neighborhood. Here's a list of fun things, besides going to the pool, that you might want to try this summer.
Summer is about being outside and maybe having fun at the local pool or playing with friends in the neighborhood. However, there are those days that are too hot or to rainy and you and the kids are stuck inside. What do you do? Here are some quick suggestions.
Go 'n Bananas in Lancaster, PA - Tons of FUN for the entire familyIf you are looking for a day's worth of stuff to do with the entire family you can't go wrong with Go 'N Bananas in Lancaster, PA. At about an hour ride from Baltimore, it is worth the trip and the money.
At Go 'N Bananas they have activities for all ages. First, when you enter their is a giant indoor playground with multiple floors. The playground has swinging activities, climbing, soft ball shooters, slides and more! My son spent hours alone in this thing the first time we went. (Yes, we have gone multiple times!)
In addition to the playground there is laser tag, a laser maze, Spinzone (basically bumper cars), an arcade with bowling, and an area for the toddlers too! Did I mention the ropes course above the arcade?
As of this writing prices range from $29.99 for a pass that lets you into almost everything and gives $5 in arcade credit. The new XD Theater is not included in that pass, but as with all the attractions passes can also be bought on individual attraction cards.
Not only are the activities great, but the food isn't bad either. The have a little cafe in the back with hot food that is better than what you would expect from an indoor activities place with a nice variety to choose from on the menu. The prices are reasonable too.
Finally, one of the things my family and friends noticed when we were at Go 'N Bananas was how clean it is. We have been to numerous places like this that look like the are not cleaned or taken care of. Not here. The place feels clean and new.
So, if you are looking for a fun day trip with the kids, check out Go 'N Bananas. You won't be disappointed. Check out their website, listed below, for all of the details.
address: 1170 Garfield Ave, Lancaster PA 17601
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