Things To Do In Laurel

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  • What to expect: award-winning wine from across the Caribbean, regional cuisine, reggae music
  • 2 p.m.–6 p.m.: the hours to indulge in tastings of Reggae Wines
  • Gold & Best of Class at 2011 Pacific Rim Wine Competition: the award bestowed to Reggae Red
  • Gold Medal at 2010 Historic Newburgh Wine Festival: the award bestowed to Reggae White
  • Silver Medal at 2011 Taster's Guild International: the award bestowed to Reggae Blush
  • Other wines to sample: Society Wines and pours from Ligamore Winery
  • What to eat: food from all regions of the Caribbean, including jerk chicken
  • What to shake your imaginary dreadlocks to: the Passion Reggae Band
  • What is their passion?: Calypso and Soca music, cultural unity
  • Other musical acts seemingly born to play at a Caribbean festival: DJ Pepper, DJ Ablaze

9650 Muirkirk Road
Laurel,
MD
US

The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.

8600 Foundry St.
Savage,
MD
US

Climb up the rigging of a pirate's ship, grapple your way up through a wall-sized game of Tetris, scale the face of Mount Rushmore?and then let gravity gently lower you to the ground. ClimbZone USA's more than 70 whimsical indoor climbs capture the imagination before the ascent even begins, but the big attraction isn't the colorful trees, blocks, and stone-faced presidents. An auto-belay system puts even the youngest climbers in charge of their own journeys upward, carefully lowering them back to earth when they've reached their level. Spirits climb nearly as high as the guests themselves, thanks to the birthday parties, snacks on hand, and endorphins generated from the healthy workout a climb provides.

13200 Mid Atlantic Blvd.
Laurel,
MD
US

Golf requires power, precision, and soft touch, and Laurel Golf Center helps players hone all three at one location. Covered hitting stalls facilitate year-round practice at the driving range, where golfers can take aim at six target greens or try to nestle their golf ball inside a passing cloud. Short game practice areas let golfers hone chips, pitches, and shots with awkward lies from a practice bunker. To perfect their feel around the greens, guests can roll through the 18-hole miniature golf course.

9801 Fort Meade Road
Laurel,
MD
US

During the six-hour extravaganza, the faces of the attendees change as they learn new techniques from celebrity makeup artists. Guests also learn hairstyling techniques to use in industry jobs, as well as skincare skills from a spa educator and licensed aesthetician.

8171 Maple Lawn Boulevard
Fulton,
MD
US

Sports International's football clinics make MVPs of 7- to 18-year-olds in an intensive, small-group setting with instruction from college and high school coaching staff. The Steve Slaton two-day camp, running July 10–11 in Sugar Land, gives potential pigskin purveyors a comprehensive crash course in offensive and defensive skills from renowned Texans running back Steve Slaton, talented high-school coaches, and a mob of disgruntled footballs. Working in groups no larger than 10, nascent Heisman candidates perform many of the same drills taught by the Texans' coaching staff. Attendees receive a free camp T-shirt and souvenir autograph football but must provide, rent, or manufacture their own playing gear.

9375 Washington Blvd N
Laurel,
MD
US

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