Exploring Watkins' Wizard of Oz Playground — Mommy Daze

Watkins Park, located off route 214 in Upper Marlboro, has always been one of our favorite parks. It has everything from a huge playground, nature center, little train ride, carousel, miniature golf course, farm with a variety of unique animals and lots more.

I was wary when I heard they were tearing down the playground to rebuild it because, frankly, I thought their playground was pretty awesome already. But wow did they kick it up a notch.

A great way to help teach compassion — Mommy Daze

TeachingCompassion02It was one of those days where if I heard my child say “I want ...” one more time, I was going to scream.

Then I got a text from a friend, who is currently home-schooling her daughter, asking if I wanted to join them at a Compassion Experience. It's a free event put on by Compassion International, and was held at a church in Glen Burnie last week. I had just been talking about it with another friend who had taken her 6-year-old son and raved about it.

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Wed Jun 28, 2017 @12:00AM
Finding Neverland, Baltimore
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @12:00AM
Fresh Water Fish, Annapolis
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @12:00AM
Lakefront Summer Festival, Columbia
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @10:00AM
Under the Big Top, Baltimore
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @ 6:00PM
Dinner Under the Stars, Annapolis
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The Sound of Music, Washington D.C
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Finding Neverland, Baltimore
Thu Jun 29, 2017 @12:00AM
Lakefront Summer Festival, Columbia
Thu Jun 29, 2017 @10:00AM
Under the Big Top, Baltimore
Thu Jun 29, 2017 @ 7:30PM
The Sound of Music, Washington D.C