XO Pho & Grill Now Open

XO Pho & Grill has recently joined T-swirl Crepe at 313 N Washington St in Rockville. T-swirl Crepe has been at the location since April of 2019 with XO Pho & Grill joining a few weeks back.

The XO Pho & Grill menu offers unique pho pairings such as the Pho XO Live Lobster Raptor T Rex (featured photo), a dish made to be shared that includes “Live Lobster, Shrimp Balls, and Prime Beef Ribs”. The Pho XO Snow Crab Legs Prime Beef Ribs is another dish to be shared that includes “Alaska Snow Crab Legs, Shrimp Balls, Prime Beef Ribs”.

About T-Swirl: “T-swirl Crêpe began from a simple idea found on the streets of Tokyo. Inspired by the Japanese Crepe, T-swirl refined and opened its first crêperie in NY. We experienced success due to our product and a strong emphasis of customer satisfaction.”


Bounce The Mall, a giant inflatable park, will be at Arundel Mills Mall (7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD) from September 3-25. Bounce the Mall is an inflatable festival that that consists of eight bouncy attractions, including some of the largest ball pits in the world, that can provide fun for the whole family.

Per Bounce The Mall: “Bounce, slide and dance your way through a surreal, candy-colored wonderland featuring the largest ball pit on the planet, a 600ft long obstacle course, giant slides, a huge birthday cake bouncer, silent disco dome, inflatable sports arena & more. With colorful characters & instagrammable moments to be discovered at every turn, the mall is literally brought to life in this immersive, one of a kind experience that can be enjoyed by both the young, and the young at heart.”

Tickets are $23 for participants and free for spectators.  Children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult with a paying ticket. Additional information below:


🤩 The Largest Ball Pit On The Planet 🤩
This 10,000-square foot party features live DJs and entertainment to dance and play the day away in this one-of-a-kind, immersive party experience. Are you ready to go balls to the wall?

💪 600ft Obstacle Course 💪
Our 600ft Obstacle Course is not for the faint of heart. Filled with a whole load of unique obstacles, you can get your heart rate up racing your friends & family or take a leisurely bounce through our incredibly colorful inflatable wonderland. This is the perfect challenge for all aspiring Ninja Warriors!

🎧 The Silent Disco Dome 🎧
Grab some headphones and get your groove on as our live DJs spin the hottest party tracks! The best part? A silent disco means there are 3 channels to choose from so you can soundtrack your Bounce The Mall experience with the tracks that you love the most.

🏀 The Inflatable Sports Zone 🏀
Can you dunk like LeBron, throw like Brady or strike like Ronaldo? This championship inflatable sports arena filled with balls of every size and type you could imagine for dodgeball, basketball, soccer and many other bouncy challenges. Everyone can be a sports star at Bounce The Mall!

This 4 week inflatable pop-up experience is sure to blow your mind whether you’re young or just young at heart. This event will sell out so grab those tickets before they’re gone out and get ready to make memories that last a lifetime. Who knew the mall could be this cool?


Did you know that in less than an hour from most parts of MoCo you can access a freshwater lake and a sandy beach? Greenbrier State Park, located at 21843 National Pike Boonsboro, MD, allows for a variety of activities without having to make the commitment of an overnight stay.

Particularly great for littles, the first set of ropes in the water still allow for most 3-4 year olds to stand with their heads above water while enjoying the cool water and looking for fish.  Before heading out you can rinse off in your choice of indoor or outdoor showers. 

Helpful tips:

  • The park will close at capacity so it’s best to arrive early (opens at 8 am) and even better if you can go during the week.
  • Tents are not allowed on the sand in order to allow visibility for the lifeguards. Note: they are not on duty in their chairs on the beach at the moment, they scan from further back.
  • MD residents are $3 per person, children not included.

Per Maryland.gov:

Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Greenbrier State Park is a multi-use park providing many kinds of recreation. The 42-acre man-made freshwater lake and white sandy beach draw many visitors who enjoy swimming, canoeing, boating and fishing. A visitor center is open year-round and features information on the South Mountain Recreation Area and a small gift shop.

Almost eleven miles of hiking trails meander through a variety of wildlife habitats. Rock outcrops show much of the earth’s geologic history. A portion of the Appalachian Trail enters the eastern edge of the park on Bartman’s Hill Trail. Greenbrier State Park offers 164 campsites in a forest setting with fresh water and bathhouses in each camp loop. Suited for a variety of campers, the park offers two pet-friendly camping loops, one electric camping loop and tent and RV sites.

Greenbrier State Park offers an accessible visitor center, picnic areas and some campsites. A beach wheelchair is also available. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section.


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