Friends, Romans, and countrymen alike lend their ears (and eyes) to a whole phalanx of gladiator-themed revelry at Rebels SpartaCon. Hosted by the Red Serpents, a collective of fans of the Starz series Spartacus—and all things Ancient Rome—this interactive convention packs plenty of adventure and stargazing into a single weekend. Here's what to expect from this trip back through time.
The Stars: Liam McIntyre (the titular Spartacus) appears for photos and panels with fellow cast members Simon Merrells (Marcus Crassus), Christian Antidormi (Tiberius), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Jenna Lind (Core), Anatonia Te-Maioha (Barca), Dan Feuerriegel (Argon), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), and more.
The Perks: Admission grants access to all celebrity autographs, photo ops, and panels, and general seating at the Primus Gladiatorial Games.
The Primus Gladiatorial Games: Live out the fantasy of watching muscle-bound men fight to the death in a reenactment of a real gladiator battle.
The Setting: Regency Furniture Stadium, a 4,200 seat ballpark that matches a true Roman battlefield amphitheater in size and scope—and where the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs play baseball with broadswords
Other Attractions: Show off your homemade abs in the cosplay contest (registration required), learn ancient battle techniques during gladiator-themed workshops, or peruse a Rome-themed marketplace filled with art, armor, leather crafts, and more.
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.
For premier pizza in Waldorf's Waldorf area, head to Chuck E Cheese's.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Chuck E Cheese's, a local favorite.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Chuck E Cheese's can seat both large and small groups.
The sound levels at the pizzeria can reach ear-splitting levels.
Through their catering service, Chuck E Cheese's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Drivers can find parking right by the pizzeria, so don't forget your car keys.
Delicious food doesn't have to be expensive, as shown by the delicious fare coming out of Chuck E Cheese's' kitchen.
There's no doubt about it. Chuck E Cheese's out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
Ease your way into new and exciting poses with a yoga class from The Waldorf Fitness Center in Waldorf.
Whether you're looking for a quick snack or a full meal, the restaurant at this gym is sure to dish out something delicious.
Bring the whole family to this gym, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Get your heart racing and your blood pumping in this high-intensity mixed martial arts class.
These cardio kickboxing classes feature a wide range of techniques to help you strengthen your body.
Join hot yoga enthusiasts at The Waldorf Fitness Center and open up your mind, body (and pores) to a healthier lifestyle.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
For 350 years, the Middleton family has proudly worked the 280 acres of Cedar Hill Farm. Their fields used to be only sewn with tobacco and corn, but now, the Middletons have carved out space for their annual fall festivities. In their 6-acre corn field, they've devised a maze where guests can test their navigation skills through towering stalks of corn. They've also summoned the Great Pumpkin to endow them with a pumpkin patch filled with jack-o-lantern-ready gourds, accessible via a rumbling 30-minute hayride. Nearby, farm animals await to meet families, so kids can finally learn about country life from someone other than an imaginary scarecrow friend.
Locals know the best theater in Brandywine is located at Xscape 14 Theatres - Movie Line.
If a bite's all you're after, then you'll want to stop by this theater for a delicious fill of their home-cooked food.
At this theater, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Be as loud as you want watching flicks in your car at the drive-in theater.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Looking for a way to mix up date night? Come see the latest movies at Xscape 14 Theatres - Movie Line.