“All children, except one, grow up.” If this line strikes a familiar heart string for you, you probably grew up loving faeries and magic as much as me. If want your kids to experience that kind of magic first hand in Maryland there is one place you have to visit: the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden. The AnnMarie Sculpture Garden is home to so much more than just kid friendly activities and faeries. This garden is perfect for the tiniest Peter Pan believer all the way up to adults who love fine art. Let’s dive in!
Getting To The Garden
The AnnMarie Sculpture Garden is tucked away in the South Western Shore of Maryland. Coming from the North, hop on Route 2-4 toward Prince Frederick and follow it down to the sign that says “AnnMarie Sculpture Garden” on the left hand side of the road.
From a parents perspective, the cost of admission is almost the most magical thing about this park. I mean seriously, any kid friendly place that lets ages FIVE and under in for free is a blessing. Even if your child is 6 and up, you’re only paying $3 for entry and adults are $5. Both of the kids and I were able to get in and explore for over 2 hours for just $5! Okay, actually it was $17, but that’s because I purchased the $12 crystal mining bucket for the kids (which is totally worth it IMO).
In The Gardens
One of the first stops along the 1/4 mile loop of garden is the Fairy Lolly. The Fairy Lolly is home to three of the most kid friendly activities at AnnMarie Sculpture Garden. One, the various stages, tents, and castles for kids to play pretend and put on a show. Two, a treasure mine to sift through sand and water for crystals (again, the buckets have to be purchased separately). Three, FAIRY HOUSES!!!! There are over 50 fairy houses scattered all around the gardens, but the first place you’ll notice them is by the Lolly. Be sure to stay vigilant and look out for real faeries in the houses!
The walk around the rest of the loop is almost as magical as the Fairy Lolly. Scattered among the trees and fairy houses are over 30 beautiful sculptures. Some of the sculptures are permanent fixtures while some are donated from various lenders such as the National Gallery of Art. Other artistic creations to be on the look out for are the tree pops and the discovery garden. These little “pops” of art painted can be see painted into cracks and holes in trees. The discovery garden is a little harder to miss as it is a two-story shack. Take some time here to catch beautiful views of St. Johns Creek and complete a fun scavenger hunt.
If you think faeries and beautiful sculptures are all the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden has to offer, you are sadly mistaken, my friend. I wouldn’t write up a whole post about a place if it wasn’t deserving of the attention. Whether you want to spend some time indoor before or after the garden, the admissions building is home to much more than just a cash register and an obligatory gift shop.
Toward the back left corner of the building, you will see a small room called the Art Room. This was yet another place I had just as much fun as the kids getting hands on. The Art Room has hundreds of different recycled materials to make projects with. On each of the tables has a featured project in case you aren’t feeling particularly creative on your own. Our featured project was a mermaid made out of recycled paper and egg cartons. It actually worked out better that we went here first because our project had time to dry while we were exploring outside.
Also on the back wall, opposite the Art Room, is the Eggshibit. Here the kids can get up close with different bird eggs, turtles, and even get to sit in a bird’s nest made of recycled items. On the floor by the stairs is a coloring station where your child can pick out an image to color and hang it up for the rest of the world to see. Up the stairs is a truly beautiful art gallery.
If the kids aren’t tuckered out by the end of your trip to the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden, there is no need to panic. There are tons of nearby attractions to keep the family occupied. If you want a beach/hiking excursion, head to Calvert Cliffs (just a couple minutes drive back North). For an educational, indoor experience, head 5 minutes away to the Calvert Maritime Museum. For a fun park and lighthouse experience, take a 10 minute detour over to Cove Point Park and Lighthouse. If you’re really up for a drive, head 1 hour South to Point Lookout State Park.
In case it’s not already abundantly clear, our family had an absolute blast at the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden. Of all of the adventures we went on during the trip home to Maryland, this was by far the most memorable. Not only is the garden kid friendly, it’s exciting for artists and parents who love faeries as well.
If you have ever been to AnnMarie Sculpture Garden, please comment below with your experience. I would love to hear your opinions on it. As always, please share this post if you love what you’ve read or think a friend would love to know about this awesome place. For more hysterical behind the scenes photos at this place, follow me on IG. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time out to read about our adventures out in Our Happy Place 🙂