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Explore Delaware This Spring

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The sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming here in Delaware – it’s Spring! Time to get outside and explore what Delaware has to offer across the state. There’s plenty to do and see! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

 

New Castle County:

 

Like sports? Check out the best athletes to come from Delaware at the Delaware Sports Museum. Every year, new athletes are being added to the Delaware Hall of Fame.

 

The du Ponts, who were a prominent family of Delaware, were devoted patrons of the arts and dedicated conservationists.

  1. Winterthur: Take in the vast acreage of the beautiful gardens and what is considered the most influential museum of American decorative arts, completely amassed by Henry Francis du Pont.
  2. Nemours: The home of Henry’s cousin, Alfred I. du Pont. 222 acres of garden and home stand next to the internationally known pediatric hospital, A.I. DuPont.

 

Local parks in the area: Lums Pond & White Clay Creek. $4 daily to get in, but annual park passes are available!*

EVENT! Wildflower Weekend

Where? Mt. Cuba Center              When? Friday, April 23-25

Experience a magnificent display of spring blooms at the peak of their glory. There will be food and entertainment available!

 

Kent County:

An integral part of Delaware is the Air Force base located in Dover. If you like planes, history, and FREE things to do, the Air Mobility Command Museum has over 30 aircraft that you can tour.

 

Need entertainment for the kids? Take them to The Children’s Theatre, a local group who performs kid-friendly shows.

EVENT! Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Musical

Where? Schwartz Center for the Arts                       When? May 8th & May 9th

The African savannah comes to life on your stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock. $10 per person.

 

Tour historical buildings and learn about farm life in Delaware at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village.

 

Get a taste of wine locally fermented at the Harvest Ridge Winery. They host tons of events, such as live bands and crafts, which can be found on their website.

 

Local parks in the area: Killens Pond & Brecknock Park. Hiking trails, playgrounds, and even a waterpark (at Killens Pond)! $4 for in-state cars to get in, but annual park passes are available!*

 

Sussex County:

Learn about the Native Americans who inhabited the Delmarva area at the Nanticoke Indian Museum. You’ll see different types of Native American tools, pottery, arrowheads, and spears.

 

Discover the history of Lewes at the Zwaanendael Museum, a museum centered around Delaware’s first European colony that also serves as a showcase for the area’s maritime, military, and social history.

 

EVENT! Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend

Where? All over Delmarva            When? April 21-25

Follow the migration of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and other birds that call

Delaware home year-round. Travel by foot and boat with an expert tour guide.

EVENT! Haiku Garden at the Freeman Arts Pavilion

Where? Freeman Arts Pavilion                   When? Now-May 2

It’s National Poetry Month! Learn about the art of haiku and enjoy the fresh air all month

long.

 

Local parks in the area: Head to the coastal state park Cape Henlopen for some fun at the beach & hike and camp at Trap Pond. $4 for in-state cars to enter.*

 

*Active-Duty Military are able to get annual park passes for half the price!

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Halloween Activities

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Halloween is quickly approaching! Are you ready? Whether you are a parent of little ones, or just want to have a good time, how should you celebrate? This year is a little different due to Covid-19, but we have compiled a list of some ideas to help you keep the spirit of the Great Pumpkin alive while social distancing.

  1. The first and most obvious activity you can still do is trick or treating. Be sure to check that your local area is allowed to participate. It’s on for Kent County!
    • The CDC recommends that you avoid participating in the traditional trick or treating where treats are handed to kids at the door. While you can still hand out candy, here are some ways to help limit exposure for both yourself and the kids:
      • Keep it simple and leave a bowl of candy out on your front porch or down by your driveway for the kids to grab themselves.slide
      • Take the bowl of candy a step further and prepare individual bags for each trick or treater. You can even consider having a small hand sanitizer station set up for them (they may not use it, but it’s the thought that counts, right?).
      • Construct a candy chute like this one pictured! Check out this easy tutorial to make one yourself. The cool thing is that it’s easily customizable to fit your needs and style.
      • Set up a fun scene in your yard with candy all over for the kids to pick themselves. It helps you social distance and gives the kids a fun experience!
    • Check out this cool website that’s been put together for this year. It gives you an idea of who in your neighborhood will take part in trick or treating, and how they will be participating.
    • If you’re looking for a safe trick or treating event, stop by our complex on Friday, October 30th anytime from 9:00am-5:00pm as we hand out candy with C&M Custom Homes and Diamond State Pole Builders (7344 S Dupont Hwy, Felton, DE 19943).
  2. Complete a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Walk around the neighborhood with a list and see how many you can check off. You can easily do this while trick or treating, or if you want a take an evening walk with your family. To make things even easier for you, check out this list we made for you!
  3. Stay indoors and have yourself a Halloween movie marathon. Here is a list of some classic Halloween films to watch while you eat your way through popcorn and hot cider. Plus, let us face it: You cannot ever go wrong with Hocus Pocus!
  4. With coronavirus still affecting our communities, pump up the Halloween flare by decorating your home! We are not just talking about some pumpkins on your front porch – deck the halls with spooky décor. Nothing is wrong with having a little too many ghosts or spider webs here and there. Here are some ideas to give you some inspiration.
  5. Carve pumpkins! Make a day out of it – head over to your local pumpkin patch, eat some apple cider doughnuts, drink some cider. Get creative with your pumpkin carvings. Below are some ideas on what you can create!

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These are just a few ideas on how to celebrate Halloween this year! Take photos and post them on our wall! We’d love to see what you come up with!

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Fall Activities in Kent County

It's Fall!

It’s the first day of Fall! Are you ready for fallen leaves, apple picking, hayrides, bonfires, pumpkin carving, and everything else Fall has to offer? I know I am! With coronavirus still impacting our communities, and events getting canceled, we thought it’d be a good idea to fill you in on some fun things still happening in Kent County!

 

Fifer Orchards is continuing to offer their yearly Fall activities, but with social distancing in mind! Here’s what they’ll have:

  • 6-acre Corn Maze (September 21-October 31 | Monday-Saturday): Think you can find your way through this Pac-Man themed corn maze? Reserve your spot online to find out!
  • Apple Picking (now until mid-October | Thursday-Saturday): Online reservations are required!
  • U-Pick Pumpkin Patch (late September-October 31 | Monday-Saturday): What kind of crazy pumpkin can you carve with the pumpkin you pick out? No reservations are needed!
    • Check out these recipes for some delicious pumpkin seeds afterwards!

Killens Pond: Be sure to call (302) 284-4299 to find out more information and register!

  • Private Wagon Rides (now until end of October | Weekends): For a minimum of $25 or $5 per person, you can book your own wagon ride for you and your friends and family!
  • Spooky Spiders Tour (October 3rd & 4th): Think you can handle eight legged creepy crawlers? Delve into the world of spiders and learn all about them!
  • Local Legends: Supernatural Thrills (October 10th & 11th): Learn all about the supernatural side of Kent County at this family friendly event!
  • Homeschool: Fall Colors (November 10th & 12th): This fun educational program will teach kids (ages 6-12) why some leaves change color and even takes them on a walk to see it in action. Pre-registration ($5 per child) is required.

Downtown Dover

  • Biggs Kids Workshop: Scary Portraits (October 3rd): In this virtual workshop, kids get to learn how to make their own spooky portraits inspired by the portraits found in the Biggs art collection.
  • Adult Flashlight Tour (October 9th): Using only flashlights, explore the Biggs Art Museum and discover the darker side of the art world. Dress up in your favorite art inspired costume to get a free drink too!
  • Children’s Flashlight Tour (October 10th): Recommended for ages 8 and younger, kids get to explore the Biggs Museum at night in their PJs.

 

We hope you get to enjoy some of these activities, but more importantly, we hope you stay safe doing them!