Battleship Overnights: The Wisconsin

This weekend we got to experience something I never thought I'd do.. sleep on a battleship. The historic battleship Wisconsin offers overnight stays with behind the scenes, not open to the public tours, talks with naval experts, and an overnight stay in the berthing compartment. 

We arrived at the ship at 6:30 and headed in through Nauticus. There were about 30 people during our visit. After reviewing the rules (no candy outside of the Mess Hall included), we began a tour of the ship and were able to see behind the scenes section where our tour guide patiently answered question after question from the group of ?? . Then we headed inside Nauticus to watch a short movie on the ship. We headed back to make up our bunks and tuck in for the night. In the morning we were served a hot breakfast and kids were able to participate in a flag presentation. There was also time to tour more of the ship for those who wanted. 

This is a great activity for groups or for families. Children must be 4 or older, and they must have an adult with them at all times. There are ladders to climb and lots of things to step over. Youth group overnights are $74 a person, or adult/family overnights for $120 a person. Parking is available in the garages directly across the street. You bring your own pillow and sleeping bag. Be ready to learn a lot, get your steps in, and make some memories! 


The Town Square Play Cafe

Located in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake, the Town Square Play Cafe is a new indoor play area for ages 0-6. A family owned business, the indoor play space has gross motor play such as slides, swings, and lots to climb on. For fine motor, kids can play with gears on the walls, magnatiles, scarves, and more. Kids can also engage in imaginative play in the vet area, grocery store, farm, sand box, ice cream shop, doll houses, and more. Our favorite part was the interactive projection sandbox, which adjusts the scene as you dig. There is also a gated baby area. 

Day passes for ages 1 and older are $15, with a sibling add on of $8. Children under one are $8. Ten packs of play passes offer a discount at $120. After school play specials are $8. There is also a membership option. The cafe is open 9:00-4:00 Monday through Friday, and 8:00-10:30 Saturday and Sunday. Birthday parties take place on the weekend after general play. It is recommended that you book in advance, as there is a limit on capacity. 

Half day summer camp options are available for potty trained children ages 2.5 to 6, with options for 2 days a week in the morning, to 3 afternoons, and between. Themed weeks include Superheroes, Space, Fun on the Farm, and Water World.