Friday, May 19, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! May 19th-21st

Credit: Cory Stowers; Community Mural Event - Bursting on the Scene - is this Sat!

Another weekend where we've got our pick of creative, fun and fabulously local activities to choose from along and around Route 1! From parades in Cheverly and Mount Rainier to wildlife scavenger hunts in Laurel to Hyattsville's Summer Jam and West Hyattsville's Bursting on the Scene Community Mural Day to Greenbelt's Celebration of Spring & more - you and your young'ns are sure to have a blast this weekend!  See you around!

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FRIDAY 

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!)

This storytime works with Early Intervention families and others to discuss early developmental milestones and growth through books, games, and songs. 
When: 10:30-11:30am
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, MD
Cost: $7 per child.

Hyattsville's Summer Jam! 
I heart this series so much! Held in the parking lot of the Municipal Building, it teems with live music, a beer and wine garden (local beer from Calvert Brewing, see review here), food, a moon bounce and the fab Mandy the Clown. This month's band is Lenny Kurlou and KRA Band. Great way to kick off the weekend and get to know more folks in our awesome Route 1 community!
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: City Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! (bring cash for food/beer&morebeer)

SATURDAY

Wildlife Loop Adventure Scavenger Hunt 
All ages. Using clues and locations, families and groups can drive the North Tract's Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals while learning about the history of North Tract and other recreational opportunities. Arrive anytime between 9am & 1pm to begin your hunt and plan 1-2 hours! Call to register: 301-497-5887.
When: 9am-1pm
Where: North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free! Donations welcome.

Fishing at Blue Heron Pond
All ages. If you would like to fish one of our rarely seen ponds, please join us. We will provide the transportation, the fishing poles and all the supplies. Just bring sun screen, the kids and a love for fishing. Please meet at the Contact Station. Call to register: 301-497-5887.
When: 9am-12pm
Where: North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free! Donations welcome.

Mount Rainier Day
Come enjoy this celebration of community! Parade, street festival, music, bake off contest, arts and crafts, local vendors, kids activities and more!
When: 10am-6pm
Where: Perry Street & Rhode Island Ave, Mt. Rainier
Cost: No entry fee!

Cheverly Day
The biggest celebration of the year is almost here! Includes a parade, fun and games, 3 on 3 basketball tourney, food vendors & more!
When: 10am-9pm 
Where: 6401 Forest Rd, Cheverly
Cost: No entry fee.

Greenbelt Public Works Open House!
Come out to this favorite family event and see all we do at Public Works! Ride the Bucket Truck, Climb on Work Trucks, Demonstrations, Environmental and Sustainability Information & Games, Tours, Free Reusable Water Bottles and Reusable Bags, Tree Tour, Hot Dogs and Drinks. Fun for kids of all ages!
When: 10:30am-1:30pm
Where: Public Works Facility, 555 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt 
Cost: Free!

Spring Fling! 
Join this family friendly event filled with games, food, music, candy and prizes! 
When: 11am-1pm
Where: Heritage Learning Center, 4922 LaSalle Rd, Hyattsville
Cost: $2/Child; $4/Adult

Prince George's Book Festival 2017
This annual one-day event is celebration of the written word, and its role in improving literacy in the community. Free and open to the public featuring exhibiting authors who will sell and sign their books, panel discussions, readings, and activities for children in the special Kidz Zone.
When: 11am-5pm
Where: Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, Landover, MD
Cost: Free!

Bursting on the Scene! Community Mural Day at West Hyattsville Metro
Celebrate Hyattsville and amplify public art by joining awesomely local muralists (both from Hyattsville!) Cory Stowers and Henry Portillo in painting two funky paint-by-numbers murals at the Metro Station Underpass. Refreshments, family-friendly & bilingual, too! Please bring bottled water, paint smock/clothes, folding chair(s) and remember to wear sunscreen!
When: 12-5pm
Where: West Hyattsville Metro Station, 2700 Hamilton Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Dinosaur Park
Meet paleontologists, learn about Maryland prehistory, and search an active fossil site for 115 million-year-old remains of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals! We took the kids here and they loved it! Now - it's pretty bare bones (pun intended); no amenities - basically an open archaeological site behind some warehouses. But if your kids have adventurous minds and love discovering prehistoric things - then it's worth a visit. Found some really old bark that apparently was from a tree that was around during the time of the dinosaurs. What?! Said bark now rests lovingly next to kid's toothbrush....Tip: While you're in the area, why not also check out the Kids Room at the newly renovated Laurel Public Library. It's really a gem, y'all!
When: 12-4p.m.
Where: 13200 block of Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel
Admission: Free!

Greenbelt Celebration of Spring
Enjoy arts & crafts, activities, performances, inflatables, video game screens, Magician, Community Info tables, food and music with Greenbelt Recreation Department and your neighbors and friends. Children and parents alike will be delighted on this fun-filled day.
When: 2-6pm
Where: Springhill Lake Recreation Center, 6101 Cherrywood Ln, Greenbelt
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, MD
Cost: $7 per child.

SUNDAY

Bird Walk
Search for spring migrants in various refuge habitats on this guided hike; binoculars are recommended. Walk begins at the Visitor Center.  Ages 6+.  To register, call 301-497-5887.
When: 8-10am
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Sunday Experiment - Tracking and Data Relay!
Ever wonder how astronauts talk with people on the ground? Or how the Hubble Space Telescope sends its amazing images back to Earth? This month’s Sunday Experiment features activities about space communications to celebrate the launch of our latest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, or TDRS, this August! Students will learn about engineering, our current work and future technology developments. Activities include building your own TDRS satellite and replicating our network with glow-in-the-dark props. Lastly, an art demonstration will teach students to create visual samples of data. Come get your creativity flowing!Activities best suited for 5-10 year olds.
When: 1-3pm
Where: Goddard Visitor Center, 8800 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail - Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) and explore the new 4-mile segment of the Trail now connecting the District with BWP! We packed lunches, parked at BWP and then walked the Trail all the way to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. It was lovely! No traffic - just folks outside loving this new addition! Grab a bit of respite at Kenilworth, maybe eat that lunch you packed and then head back to BWP, where the kids can play/climb/laugh in an old B & O caboose.
When: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Start at BWP, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!


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

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