HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - Experiences for Kids

1.STEM: Pongos Learning Lab

Have a kid who loves all things science? Pongos is a community center in Crofton, MD, that specializes in STEAM education for littles. From programming to robotics and animation, your little scientist can geek-out and build incredible masterpieces!

2. Theatre Classes: Children’s Theatre of Annapolis 

Put the drama to work! The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis hosts amazing production and comedy workshops you can enroll your child in. They can learn to act, sing, dance, and do crafts with their friends. You can also help support the theater by buying tickets for the family to one of their upcoming performances!  In 2023, CTA will perform Peter and the Starcatcher and Once Upon a Mattress.

3. Cooking: Classes @ Whole Foods

The Culinary & Community Center at Whole Foods Market Annapolis knows food. Kids as young as five can host a cooking party for their friends with fun themes like pizza, barnyard, spa day, and fiesta. There’s also a kids’ club option, that includes a tour of the store and snack-making class! 

4. Day Out: National Aquarium

The National Aquarium is a national treasure, and just a quick 25-minute drive from Annapolis. Enjoy a day, or several with a season pass, exploring the halls of this aquatic wonderland.

5. Organization: Systems by Susie

A playroom is a special place for a kid. Keep it functioning at its best with a kid-friendly organization session with my team! They’ll be able to see everything they have, which will make play time all the more fun. And, with special picture labels for each and every bin and cubby, clean up time becomes a game they’ll love to play! 

6. Baking & Crafts: Lisa’s Cake Pops

All our little ones love cake pops, especially those from Lisa’s Cake Pops in Severna Park. Now your little baker can make their very own with Lisa’s themed cake pop decorating kits! She sends everything you need to make the perfect cake pop, all neatly within a box. Even better, each kit has a shelf life of 2 weeks, so they don’t need to be made right away. 

7. Winter Sports: Ice Skating

The Brigade Sports Complex is located across the Severn River from the Naval Academy on Greenbury Point and is home to Navy Tennis, Ice Hockey, Golf and Rugby.  Inside the complex, the McMullen Hockey Arena, an Olympic-sized ice sheet, is open to the community and offers public skating sessions and a Learn to Skate program.

Another option for a day on the ice is the Quiet Waters Park ice rink, which offers a pleasant and safe family environment to enjoy ice skating outdoors.

8. On the High Seas: Pirate Cruise

The fun starts before you even climb aboard the ship at Eastport’s Pirate Adventures. Cast members are dressed the part, leading kids through a day in the life of a swashbuckling pirate in the Annapolis Harbor. If finding treasure and shooting water cannons at marooned pirates sounds like fun, be sure to grab a gift card to use this summer!

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