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Monday, March 2IMG 0265

The 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show invites you to fall in love with the Italian Riviera with their “Riviera Holiday” Show. Since 1829, people have been making the journey to Philadelphia to see the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event. Inspired by the wildly exotic gardens of the Mediterranean, the lush landscapes will be filled with fragrant waves of citrus, lavender, geraniums, roses, rosemary and sage. There will be hundreds of displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers.

 

As in years past, garden shoppers will be thrilled with the more than 180 vendors selling everything from garden furniture to unique plants and flowers. Horticultural, artistic and culinary lectures and demonstrations by world-class experts are mostly free to show visitors.

 

Lunch will be on your own. Sample the plentiful food vendors at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the show is held, or go across the street to the Historic Reading Terminal Market. There, the selections will range from Philly Cheese Steaks to home-baked Amish goodies.

 

Plan now to visit the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show and imagine the warm, fragrant Italian Riviera. It will be both breathtaking and inspiring.

 

$144 per person/$139 MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, tickets to the flower show, a morning snack and a driver’s tip. Arrive at the McLean Community Center by 6:45 a.m. Bus leaves promptly at 7 a.m. Tour returns at approximately 8 p.m. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.


Questions? Please contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.

Activity No. 7005.320

(Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options.)

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Tuesday, March 3, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8405.320
$55/$45 MCC district residents

This indoor facility is one of the most unique trampoline parks (plus ninja warrior course) in the area. With the opportunity for casual jumping, testing your bouncing dodgeball skills or testing your ninja abilities, Rebounderz has something for everyone. We will get some lunch before watching one of the newest blockbuster movies. A signed waiver is required by Rebounderz for participation. Lunch, movie tickets and admission to the trampoline park are included. Appropriate exercise clothing required. Bring money for additional snacks as desired.

The Old Firehouse Center Friday Night Activities


VR Zone DC
Friday, March 20, 4-10 p.m.
Activity No: 5306.320
$40/30 MCC district residents

Explore multiple virtual reality experiences with the Old Firehouse as we enter the VR Zone in Washington D.C. D.C.’s only virtual reality arcade and game arena. With several different types of missions and games to choose from, you can show of your skills. Admission and dinner are included. Register now before the games’ over.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Monday, April 6, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8501.320
$55/$45 MCC district residents

Come take a safari ride that lets you touch and feed large herbivores at one of the finest private exotic animal parks on the East Coast. Following interactions with our new animal friends, we’ll watch a new film at a local theater. Admission, lunch and movie ticket are included in the fee. Bring additional money for extra food, souvenirs or movie concessions as desired.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Tuesday, April 7, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8502.320
$80/$70 MCC district residents

Travel with the Old Firehouse as we go behind the scenes to get an exclusive look inside and behind the glass at the Baltimore Aquarium. After seeing these aquatic animals up close, prepare to dine like a musical celebrity at the Hard Rock Café. Admission and lunch are included in the fee. Bring additional money for souvenirs as desired.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Wednesday, April 8, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8503.320
$70/$60 MCC district residents

Eat, drink and play games! Dave and Buster’s offers one of the best dining and entertainment experiences around. Buffet lunch and a $25 game card with unlimited arcade game play are included. Bring additional money for ticketed arcade games as desired.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Thursday, April 9, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8504.320
$60/$50 MCC district residents

Prepare for summer with us at Funland Fredericksburg, the premier family fun center in Virginia. Whether you want the high thrill activities of rides, go karting or laser tag or the more laid-back activities of bumper boats, mini golf or the arcade, Funland has something for everyone. Admission and lunch are included in the fee. Bring additional money for extra food and arcade tokens as desired.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Friday, April 10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8505.320
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Immerse yourself in the life of one of the greatest secret agents of all time—Bond, James Bond. The Old Firehouse will travel to a luxury theater to watch the latest release of the Bond franchise. Prior to the movie, we will experience glow-in-the-dark bowling with big screen video walls and a booming surround sound system playing your favorite songs. Fee includes bowling, shoes, lunch, and movie tickets. Bring additional money for movie concessions as desired.

The Old Firehouse Teacher Work Day Trip
Monday, April 13, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Activity No: 8406.320
$65/$55 MCC district residents

Relive the summer with us at an indoor waterpark! It will be a day filled with speedy water slides, lazy river floating and arcade games. Admission and arcade cards are included in the fee. Bring $20 for lunch and additional money for snacks and the arcade as desired.

Monkton, MarylandLadew Yellow Garden

Thursday, April 23


The mansion of Hampton National Historic Site is one of the most decorative post-Revolutionary homes in America. This grand home is a perfect example of late-Georgian architecture in America. When it was finished in 1790, it was thought to be the largest private home in the United States. Charles Ridgely was able to build his house through the discovery of iron ore on his land that then provided cannon and munitions to the Revolutionary cause. The mansion includes the outstanding furnishings of the Ridgely family. It was acquired by the National Trust in 1948 when the last Ridgely passed away.

 

Our next stop is Ladew Topiary Gardens. The Garden Club of America has described it as “the most outstanding topiary garden in America.” The gardens were the idea of Harvey S. Ladew who started creating them in the 1930s and was inspired by the many fox hunts Ladew enjoyed in England. With the help of local farmers, he was able to take wasted crop and livestock fields and turn them into these exquisite topiary gardens. The old farmhouse was the next project and Ladew did this in stages. It contains an outstanding collection of English antiques.

 

Lunch will be at the Ladew Café. Entrees choices are a Strawberry Salad, a Chicken Salad Sandwich, a Roasted Veggie Wrap or a Classic Turkey Sandwich. Please indicate your choice on your check.

 

April is the perfect month to visit Ladew Topiary Gardens as the colors should be outstanding and the topiary spectacular!

 

$144 per person/$139 MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, all admissions, lunch, a morning snack and a driver’s tip. Arrive at the McLean Community Center at 8:15 a.m. Bus leaves promptly at 8:30 a.m. Tour returns at approximately 5:30 p.m. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.

 

Questions? Please contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.

Activity No. 7006.320

(Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options.)