When the flowers start to bloom and the temperatures creep above 50 degrees, it’s time to grab the leftover bread heels from the freezer and head downtown Annapolis with the boys. Our agenda is usually about the same — feed the ducks, play on the playground and ice cream!
Currently due to the construction at City Dock, we had to park up near Pusser’s restaurant to find some ducks to feed our bread to. The seagulls were extra aggressive, probably because the lack of regular buffet near their Market House hangout. But my boys didn’t mind, they love feeding the ducks. The ducks also seemed more friendly than usual, coming right up behind my 4 year old James and snagging the bread from his hand when he wasn’t looking. We all giggled as the ducks bumped and tripped over each other to keep their little eyes on the bread.
Though it wasn’t as pretty or peaceful with all the fencing and loud clanging of machinery, my boys actually enjoyed watching the construction going on at the docks. The giant crane was especially intriguing to them. Unfortunately for them, but good for the rest of Annapolis, construction is scheduled to be done by April 8.
Once our bread supply was gone, we headed over to the Newman Street playground next to the elementary school. I love this playground because it’s almost entirely fenced in with a gate, and has two main jungle gyms, one for smaller kids and one for older kids. There’s also two swing sets but they’re on the outskirts of the playground, so I don’t worry too much about my little guys getting kicked by high-flying swingers. There’s definitely some very high sections of the older kids’ jungle gym that still make me a little nervous with my 2-year-old, but since my husband was with us, we were able to keep an eye on both the boys as they played. Around 3:30 p.m. the elementary school let out and a huge crowd of kids flocked to the playground. We took that as our cue to head into town for dessert.
Nothing quite ends a fun sunny day in Annapolis like ice cream. Our usual spot is Storm Brothers right on Dock Street, which is near the Starbucks where Mommy can get her own caffeinated treat. Since we didn’t want to listen to more construction, we decided to head up Main Street to another favorite — Annapolis Ice Cream. (There’s a Starbucks up there too, below The Treaty of Paris.) The boys adore the plush penguins in the windows. (So do I!) Despite being pretty busy, the staff was super friendly and patient. They gave me a small bowl of gummy bears for the boys to share. Seating is limited but we squeezed in and enjoyed our treats before heading back home.
Since we live so close to Annapolis, I sometimes take for granted how great a place it is. I love the clinking of the sailboat masts, live music drifting on the breeze and the mouthwatering smell of crab cakes and french fries. I can’t wait to replenish our bread supply and head back to Naptown again soon!
Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 4-year-old James and 2-year-old Luke.