Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! June 2nd-4th

Hyattsville's International Festival!
Tons of family friendly fun this weekend! From Hyattsville's International Festival to Wonderful Wolves at Laurel's Patuxent Research Refuge to a free Learn to Row Clinic in Bladendsburg to Greenbelt's Skatepark's 10 Anniversary Celebration to College Park's Afternoon Aviators & more - all here!

Special thanks to this week's sponsor!


FRIDAY

Toddler Time @ Art Works Now
Open studio time for toddlers and their accompanying adults. Even the youngest children can explore a variety of age-appropriate art materials in a safe, fun environment.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Art Works Now, 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville
Cost: $5

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!)

Spring Moths at the Refuge
Ages 8+, registration required. Witness the dazzling array of late spring moth species up close and after dark! Visitors can peruse multiple black light stations positioned around the Visitor Contact Station at the North Tract to see the diverse moth species in open and woodland habitats. Bring a camera to photograph these nighttime marvels and a flashlight to see your way around toads and other active nocturnal critters. Visitors will need to meet at the North Tract gate at 8 pm for entry into the program. Learn more about Patuxent Research Refuge in this post!
When: 8:00-11:00pm
Where: North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free, donations welcome

Bibliobop Dance Party
Calling all preschoolers and toddlers! Bust a move and shake your sillies out at the Bibliobop Dance Party! Prepare to boogie and bop until we all drop!
When: 3-4pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

SATURDAY

Free Learn to Row Clinic
Washington Rowing School is hosting a free learn to row clinic. Come tour our boathouse, pull on a rowing machine, and try out our fun sport in a real eight-person rowing boat.Ages 10 and up. Register here.
When: 8-11am
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg

Tic Tac Toe Game
Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a wooden tic-tac-toe game to play with family or friends almost anywhere. You MUST register. Do so right here for Hyattsville and here for College Park.
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot Hyattsville & College Park
Cost: Free!

Wonderful Wolves
How do wolves communicate? Why are they so important to deer and elk health? Come ready to play games and hear stories about our country’s wonderful wolves.Ages 7-11, registration required. Learn more about Patuxent Research Refuge in this post!
When: 10-11am
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free, donations welcome!

Skatepark 10th Anniversary Celebration
Join us as we celebrate with a skate(board) demo from pro-skaters of The DC Wheels, giveaways from Bethesda Boards Skate Shop and food from Three Brothers. All ages.
When: 11am-1pm
Where: Greenbelt Skate Park, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Spanish-English Ready 2 Read Storytime: Ages 3-5
Stories, Fingerplays, and songs will be presented in Spanish and English. Edades 3 a 5. Se presentarán cuentos, actividades de "Fingerplay," y canciones en inglés y español.
When: 11-11:30am
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, 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!

Ages 10+, registration required. Experience the beauty of this natural area on two wheels while discovering local wildlife, plants and historical sites. Learn the importance of reducing your footprint and leaving no trace on this 6.5-mile guided bicycle ride. Bring your own bike, energy bar/snack, water bottle and helmet. Ride is weather dependent. Learn more about Patuxent Research Refuge in this post!
When: 12:45-3:30pm
Where: North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free, donations welcome!

Afternoon Aviators
Every month we will explore a different aviation themed topic through STEM-based, hands on activities. Fun for children ages 6 & up.
When: 2pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/person includes museum admission and supplies

Hyattsville International Festival
Celebrate our diversity with International Music, Dance, Food, Drink and Family fun! We’ll have a moon bounce and kids’ activities, food from around the world, beer and wine, and live performances from Samba Trovao, Japanese Taiko drummers, Russian Barynya dancers, and Lesole’s Dance Project.
When: 5-9pm
Where: Heurich Park, 2800 Nicholson St, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

SUNDAY
Butterflies: Nature’s Festival of Colors
Ages 16+, registration required. Discover the role that butterflies play in pollinating and learn to
identify several common to Maryland on this guided 2.0-mile, 2-hour hike. Field guide recommended. Bring water and dress for the outdoors. Learn more about Patuxent Research Refuge in this post!
When: 9:00-11:00am
Where: North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free, donations welcome!

Tiny Tots: Nature and Music
Learn about wildlife at the refuge through fun and interactive songs, stories and activities. Ages 16-42mos., parental participation & registration required. Learn more about Patuxent Research Refuge in this post!
When: 10:30-11:15am
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free, donations welcome!

Artful Afternoon - Happy Birthday Greenbelt!
Celebrate Greenbelt's 80th Birthday! 1-3pm: Make an Art Deco party hat, inspired by architectural and design motifs from the era of Greenbelt's founding. Compose a "Message to Tomorrow" letter. Learn about local volunteer opportunities. 1-4pm: Artists in Residence studio open house. 3-4pm Concert performance by the Greenbelt Elementary Chorus, opening for The Chromatics, Greenbelt's favorite astronomically-correct a capella vocal band & more!
When: 1-3pm
Where: Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Whooping Crane Observatory Tour
Take a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to observe a graceful and endangered adult whooping crane. Find out more about the Whooping Crane population recovery program. Arrive early, as tour will leave on time. Space is very limited. Ages 14+, registration required. Learn more about Patuxent Research Refuge in this post!
When: 1-2:30pm
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free, donations welcome!

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

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