All PG County libraries participate in the Summer Reading Program but are participating in the Accokeek branch because it's closest to us. You register and get a Reading Log where you keep track of the books you read each month. After your child has read 5 books, they get return their Log and get to choose a fun prize each month. They have prizes for all ages but in June, my children chose the FREE ticket to the Imagination Stage in Bethesda for a showing of Peter Pan and Wendy. They also have Orioles tickets, Glow bracelets and small toys for the little ones.
Summer Reading Lists are available and they have fun programs planned throughout the summer for children ages 5 - 12. Last week we participated in a program sponsored by Hard Bargain Farms "Down on the Farm' where they had a rooster and bunny present for the kids to pet while they spoke on what farms produce (with lots of examples). It was very hands-on and the speaker was very engaging with the kids.
The next few sessions have themes regarding Colonial and Medieval Times which were homeschool topics for us this past year. If they are as good as the Hard Bargain program, it will be a fun, FREE afternoon.
I am so excited to find there is a Farmers Market here in Fort Washington! Freedom's Farmers' Market is located at 10905 Livingston Road in Fort Washington, right in the heart of the Broad Creek Historic District.
courtesy of FFM
Since 2011 Freedom Manor has hosted a Farmers Market from May through October on Wednesday's from 2pm until 7pm. They offer fresh fruits and veggies, barbecue and local artisans sell the handmade jewelry, arts and crafts.
Farmers and Vendors
Cynthia Nwokeken (blankets and scarves)
Beaded Baubles (Jewelry)
Custom Jewelry by SandyC
Save Your Heart Ministries
Childcare Management Solutions (Training)
Knowledge Learning Solutions (Online Training)
The market is located on Livingston Road which runs parallel to 210 so if you don't travel the 'side roads', I bet this gem is easily missed by many.
This summer we are looking for fun ways to enjoy the summer without a lot of added expense. I have come across a few fun items that are a inexpensive so I wanted to pass them along. First up is the Summer Movie Express which may be a good fit considering all the rain we have been having.
Regal Entertainment Group offers the Summer Movie Express for 9 weeks during the summer where they offer 'family-friendly' movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am for only $1 per child. You can go to the site to find a theatre in your area.
We drive past the Tanger Outlet construction site regularly and I am surprised by the progress they are making. Thought I would share:
They are scheduled to be open for the 2013 Christmas season so I'll continue posting updates as it progresses. I'm excited about having this right here in Fort Washington and I am anxious to see the store listings and what other amenities will be coming with it. I'll keep you posted!
There are two nice playsets, a covered picnic area, tennis courts, basketball courts and a baseball diamond. It is well-maintained and there is plenty of parking. Each time we have gone to play, it has been rather quiet, with only a few other families present.
There is a really nice, new playground within the Fort Washington Park. Once you drive into the park, you make the Left just past the guard gate and it takes you to the playground area. It's always pretty empty and the kids have a great time on it. Basketball courts are close by and better yet, there are bathrooms right beside it for those little emergencies.
I have often thought of how nice it would be to have a Farmer's Market here in Fort Washington. Though Miller Farm offers something similar on an every day basis, there is something about having a farmers market around the corner on Saturday mornings that I miss.
Every Saturday May through October 2013 National Harbor will host the American Market. Stroll along the outdoor promenade and choose from a vast offering of producer-only merchandise including farm fresh produce and meats, specialty foods, handmade crafts, jewelry and more.
The American Market takes place May 4-October 26, from 10am to 4pm on National Harbor’s American Way between Waterfront Street and Fleet Street. You'll also catch a Miller Farm booth there with everything from baked goods, herbs, vegetables and flowers.
Enjoy Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor this Summer and Family Movie Sunday specifically will be a hit for us. Bring a blanket, snacks and drinks and enjoy the shows...for FREE! The 2013 season begins Sunday, May 26th with Wreck-It Ralph. All movies are PG but I'm a big fan of Plugged In to ensure it works for our family.
Check out the full movie schedule below!
Movies start approximately 20 minutes after sunset Animation Fascination
Sunday, May 26 — Wreck-It Ralph (Estimated sunset is 8:23pm)
Sunday, June 2 — Brave (Estimated sunset is 8:28pm)
Sunday, June 9 — The Lorax (Estimated sunset is 8:33pm)
Sunday, June 16 — Madagascar 3 (Estimated sunset is 8:36pm)
Sunday, June 23 — Hotel Transylvania (Estimated sunset is 8:37pm)
Sunday, June 30 — Rise of the Guardians (Estimated sunset is 8:37pm)
Sunday, July 7 — E.T. (Estimated sunset is 8:36pm)
Sunday, July 14 — Back to the Future (Estimated sunset is 8:33pm)
Sunday, July 21 — Ghostbusters (Estimated sunset is 8:29pm)
Sunday, July 28 — The Goonies (Estimated sunset is 8:23pm)
Silver Screen Sports
Sunday, August 4 — Mighty Ducks (Estimated sunset is 8:16pm)
Sunday, August 11 — Little Big League (Estimated sunset is 8:08pm)
Sunday, August 18 — Dreamer (Estimated sunset is 7:59pm)
Sunday, August 25 — Thunderstruck (Estimated sunset is 7:49pm)
Sunday, September 1 — Remember the Titans (Estimated sunset is 7:38pm)
We are excited about the latest addition to National Harbor - The Carousel and Playground at National Harbor. The Carousel is a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel situated by the water and the prices are good - Admission is $5 for an All Day Pass or $3 for a single carousel ride. Mom and Dad are free with purchase of admission for children! The area housing the carousel features a newly-built playground, toddler play area and picnic tables for families.
You can also reserve the area for Group/School outings and Birthday Parties (groups of 10 or more) and the prices look reasonable. Options for parties range from Unlimited Carousel rides and reserving the picnic area to packages that include everything from supplies, cake, food and the goody bags.
The Carousel and Playground are located on National Plaza at the north end of National Harbor along the waterfront. Right Beside McLoone's Pier House as you come into National Harbor (on your right, by the water - can't miss it!) It is really nice and the carousel is beautiful with a variety of animals you don't typically see on a carousel like a bald eagle, golden eagle, hummingbird, polar bear, tiger, lion and elephant - as well as the expected horses.
Very fun! If you can make it to the Grand Opening there is a great number of activities which include face painting, special appearances by the Peeps, magicians, balloon artists and Radio Disney.
The Carousel at National Harbor 137 National Plaza National Harbor, MD 20745 301.203.4170
Hours of Operation
May 10th through May 25th
Friday – Noon to 8pm
Saturday – Noon to 8pm
Sunday – Noon to 6pm
May 26th through September 8th
Monday – Noon to 8pm
Tuesday – Noon to 8pm
Wednesday – Noon to 8pm
Thursday – Noon to 8pm
Friday – Noon to 10pm
Saturday – Noon to 10pm
Sunday – Noon to 8pm
Each spring Hard Bargain Farms opens their gates to the public for theannual Spring Farm Festival. Come enjoy the view, the natural areas, and the lively barnyard that is a "living laboratory" for thousands of children each year.
Plant Sale: veggies, herbs, perennials, annuals, native plants and more!
Live Music with King Street Bluegrass, Good Gravy, and Ryan Thompson
Arts & Crafts Sale
Hay Wagon Rides to the Potomac River (nominal fee)
Recently my husband took our kids to Proud Mary Restaurant located at the Fort Washington marina. We’ve been past the restaurant several times, thanks to a walking trail that skirts Piscataway Creek and winds through the woods to Fort Washington Park. Although the marina looks as if it needs a little work, it is bustling during the summer months with fishing vessels and recreational boats heading to the Potomac (by the way, ramp fees are $10 if you are not a member and want to launch your boat). The restaurant is only open Thursday - Sunday but the restaurant always has a crowd. My husband decided to eat there for lunch on a cold day in February as he and the kids were on a hike. It was around 11:00 and he ate in an inside room near where the outdoor bar is located (the bar and patio area is open during the summer).
The kids ordered chicken fingers and lemonade and my husband ordered sliders with sweet tea. Yes, sweet tea. We usually find it hard to get sweet tea in MD or even in a lot of VA restaurants but they had it. All the food was great and the service was friendly and warm. Although the tables had white tablecloths and some of the patrons were dressed up (collared shirt & slacks), many were not (jeans/sweatshirt/jacket) and after the hike, my family was very casually dressed. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable.
Interestingly, when the bill came, which was moderately priced, my husband’s credit card was declined. Unbeknownst to him, only a day or so earlier our account had been compromised and our bank had cancelled it and mailed a new one. He didn’t have any cash on hand. Before he could formulate a response to the waitress, she had already spoken with the owner and approached him saying that it was ok, not to worry about it. Meaning, not to worry about the bill –
He was shocked at how perceptive the waitstaff was and proactive about not wanting my husband to be embarrassed. It gave the restaurant a very small town feel, which is so welcome around the DC metro area. Of course, we came back later and paid the bill (with a nice tip) but were very impressed at how the restaurant handled the situation. We would recommend Proud Mary to anyone and we look forward to going back (especially in warmer weather to enjoy the outside patio area).
Take a look at their website for Special Events or to review a Menu. Their hours are Thursday and Friday: 4pm - 11pm, Saturday 12noon - 1pm and Sunday 12noon - 9pm and they are located at: