Thursday, May 11, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! May 12th-14th


It's going to be a wet one this weekend so including a number of fun, local, indoor activities to keep the young'ns happy and your sanity at relative functioning level.  😄  Check out the College Park Dream Team Basketball game on Friday, a movie, Japanese drumming or maybe some Incredible Insects on Saturday and Sunday brings a chance to head outside to explore programs at the Patuxent Research Refuge & more!

FRIDAY 

Family Fun: Endangered Species (Ages 3+)
Celebrate International Endangered Species Month at Patuxent Research Refuge! Learn what Patuxent and others around the world are doing to save animals from extinction, and things you can do to help. Program includes hands-on activities, games and crafts for all ages. This is a drop-in program: come when you like and leave when you’re ready.
When: 10am-1pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!  Donations welcome!

Storytime PopUp! @ The Waterhole
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more at this innovation collaboration between PGCMLS & Mt. Rainier's fabulous organic juice & smoothie joint, The Waterhole. Best for 0-5 years old. Curious? Click here for my review of The Waterhole!
When: 10am
Where: The Waterhole, 4004 34th St., Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free (Heads-up: Waterhole's menu is delish, highly recommend indulging!)

Teddy Bear Picnic
Join us at the outdoor amphitheater for songs, dances and rhymes followed by a parade led by Laurel Bear! Snacks of teddy grahams and juice boxes provided by the Friends of the Laurel Library.
When: 10:30am-12pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
If you haven't checked this place out yet with your energetic 1-12 year old(s), then let this be the day! This place is really great. HUGE. Two climbing walls. Two foam pits. Tons of equipment for curious ones to explore and blow off some steam. Very clean. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents are required to be on the floor with the children (Maximum 3 child:1 adult).
When: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Little Makers (Ages 2-6)
We'll be crafting and creating to the theme of Mothers and paper!  We'll have our usual supply of construction paper, markers, crayons, glue, paint, yarn, scissors, etc.
When: 5-7pm
Where: Greenbelt MakerSpace, 125 Centerway, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Spring Skate Series (Ages 8-13)
Bring the family and join your friends at the Springhill Lake Recreation Center gymnasium. Roller-skates provided free of charge or bring your own.
When: 5-7pm
Where: Springhill Lake Recreation Center, 6101 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Inferno Dance Maryland Regional 
Inferno dance is a competition organization that hosts events for dance studios nationwide. Come see amazing talent from dancers of all ages!
When: 5pm
Where: The Clarice, Kay Theatre, College Park
Cost: Free - ticket required

G.E.A.R. Mother's Day Edition (Ages 10-17)
Need a Mother's Day gift?  Come & make candles for mom in honor of Mother's Day.
When: 7-9pm
Where: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville
Cost: Free with SMARTlink ID

CP Dream Team Basketball Game
Come out and support local youth and local law enforcement as they play together in friendly, trust building games.  There'll be door prizes and a halftime performance from the Paint Branch Elementary School Busy Bee Bucket Band. (An ensemble resulted from a collaboration between UMD's School of Music’s SHARP program and local elementary schools.)
When: 7pm
Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue.
Cost: Free!

SATURDAY 

Family Fun: Endangered Species (Ages 3+)
Celebrate International Endangered Species Month at Patuxent Research Refuge! Learn what Patuxent and others around the world are doing to save animals from extinction, and things you can do to help. Program includes hands-on activities, games and crafts for all ages. This is a drop-in program: come when you like and leave when you’re ready. No registration required.
When: 10am-1pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!  Donations welcome!

Summer Camp Open House - Link Education
Curious about Link Education's Arts Camp program? Then stop by for this open house and learn what it's all about!
When: 10am-12pm
Where: 5109 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Chinese/English Ready to Read Storytime
Children's stories, rhymes, songs and fingerplays in Chinese and English
When: 10:15am-10:45am
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! 

Old Greenbelt Theatre's Family Series Movie
In "Mia and the Migoo" - a magical realism adventure centered around the themes of family and environmentalism - Mia sets out on a search for her father in a tropical paradise, threatened by the construction of a gigantic hotel resort.
When: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt
Admission: Adults, $7; Kids, $6.

Incredible Insects (Ages 8-10) 
Did you know that ants have super strength or that fleas jump 66 times their own height? Insects have incredible adaptations for surviving in a world much bigger than they are. Join us for a look into our planet’s smallest superheroes. Registration required: 301.497.5887
When: 1:30–3:00pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free (donations welcome!)

Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming 
Join this high energy, interactive program that features both traditional and contemporary songs and rhythms. Learn more about the instruments, the use of one's voice in taiko as well as a bit of Japanese history and vocabulary. Performances include the chance for volunteers to get up and try their hand at playing these big drums!
When: 2pm
Where: Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly
Cost: $5

SUNDAY 

Mighty Mommy (Ages 5-7)
Come learn about what makes certain animal mothers so marvelous to their young!  Registration required: 301.497.5887
When: 10:30–11:30am
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!  Donations welcome!

Smaland at College Park's Ikea 
Free, 1 hour, supervised, enclosed, safe & clean play area near the entrance. Enjoy some shopping or just relax/eat/peoplewatch at the restaurant upstairs while your young one(s) has a blast at Smaland. Children must be potty trained and be 37'' to 54'' tall (so children typically b/w ages of 3-6). Tips: (1) Best to arrive earlier on in the day as day progresses, so do the entrances lines; & (2) Join Ikea Family & kids get extra 30 minutes to play (depending on capacity) & you get free coffee!
When: 10:30am - 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!


Always call or check the event website before heading out; Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.


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