Monday, September 18, 2017

Kids' Weekday Fun Along Route One!

Who says kid-friendly fun is limited to the weekends? Not this lady! Below are just a sprinkling of ways for you and your kid(dos) to have fun along Route 1 during the week! While most of these are recurring events (some weekly, some biweekly), do yourself a solid and call to confirm that they're going on before you make any wild plans, like packing a lunch or a diaper bag. Or maybe both. :)

Be sure to bookmark this page as I'll update this post through the year. 👊 Likewise, if there are events that I missed, go ahead and post a comment below with the information. (Tuesday's lookin' pretty lonely....)  I'll update ASAP.

MONDAYS

Rise + Rhyme (Ages 0-5)
This fun storytelling and performance series features different performers every week who put on a show designed to "teac[h] children to engage with their community, learn to love performing and become a rising activist!"  Enjoy a coffee and/or some food while your lil one boogies on down! Read my review of Rise + Rhyme here!
When: Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m-ish
Where: Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville
Tel: (301) 779-2787
Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door. Well worth it.

Different weekly performers get the kids movin' & groovin! 

Ready to Read Storytime (Ages 0-2)
Storytime at the Hyattsville Library. Stories, songs, fingerplays and more. Easy pace and convenient way to meet other local parents.
When: 10:15-10:45am & 11-11:30am
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville
Tel: (301) 985-4690
Cost: Free!

Storytime on Screen @ Old Greenbelt Theatre (Best for ages 0-5)
Free popcorn, storytime by the fabulous PGCMLS's librarian Ms. Nancy, followed by a brief animated story on screen + crafts. Tip: Pack a lunch (or pick up some food at nearby Greenbelt Co-op) & enjoy lunch al fresco as they kids blow off excess steam before heading home for a nap! Read why we 💖 Storytime on Screen here.
When: Every 2nd + 4th Monday, 10:30-11:30am
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt
Tel:  (301) 329-2034
Cost: Free!

PGCMLS Librarian Ms. Nancy - Storytime on the big screen!

Ready to Read Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Bring your toddler and join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more! After storytime, head to the kids room where tiny hands get busy in the kitchen or with toys from the activity center. Also, there's a great playground adjacent to the library where you can truly exhaust your young'ns! 
When:10:30-11am, 11:15-11:45am 
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Tel: (301) 776-6790
Cost: Free!
Post-storytime kitchen & activities center! 
Movement Playdate
Explore physical expression in an open dance studio with guided activities and exciting props to create a world of sensory exploration for toddlers and their accompanying adults. Introduce your child to the joys of a healthy and active lifestyle fueled by imagination.
When: 10:30am-12pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $5 drop-in per child

TUESDAYS 

Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex

(**Please note - Hours can be erratic so please call day of to confirm. Otherwise, it's awesome!) 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: 11:30-12:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.



WEDNESDAYS 

Rhythm & Rhyme
Check out this fun and easygoing song + storytime for children ages 0-4 (though all ages welcome) & their caregivers.  After R&R, folks usually head over to the nearby playground so a great way to get a ton of activity packed into one morning!  This program is organized by Greenbelt Mamas and Papas and sponsored by the Greenbelt Parks and Recreation Department. All (including non-Greenbelters!) are welcome!
When: 9:30-10am
Where: Greenbelt Youth Center, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt (behind the Community Center/nursery school)
Cost: Free!

Creative Movers
Active children will love to move in a class that integrates creative play, storytelling, dance basics, and music. Class features activities to increase movement vocabulary, stamina and coordination along with listening, practicing patience, and responding to ideas with movement or rhythm.When: 10:30-11:30am
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10/child

Ready to Read Storytime (Ages 0-2)
Bring your toddler and join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more!
When:10:30-11am, 11:15-11:45am 
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Tel: (301) 776-6790
Cost: Free!
Sometimes the kids sit, sometimes they don't...! 

Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
(**Please note - Hours can be erratic so please call day of to confirm. Otherwise, it's awesome!) 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: 11:30-12:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

THURSDAYS 

Toddler Time
(Ages 2-4)
Storytime, hands-on activities and sometimes - a chance to check out the four-legged friends at the Nature Center! Afterwards, continue the fun with some playtime at the playground behind the Nature Center! 301-927-2163
When: 11-12pm
Where: Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Tel: 301-927-2163
Cost: Free!



Peter Pan Club (Ages up to 5)
Come to Peter Pan story time for pre-school fun! Ideal for little learners up to five-years-old, enjoy a flight-themed story and hands-on craft activity.
When: 2nd & 4th Thursday, 10:30-11:30am
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Tel: (301) 864-6029
Cost: $5/adults, $2/child

Storytime at Robert Harper Books
Catch Storytime here then mosey on over to the Riverdale Park Farmers Market (usually has a band playing and some sidewalk chalk to keep little hands busy)!
When: 4-4:30pm
Where: Robert Harper Books, 6216 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale Park
Tel: 301-927-1963
Cost: Free!

Music Lessons (Ages 8-14)
Basic lessons for the piano, drums and guitar. Practice hand-eye coordination, rhythm and tempo.
When: 4-6pm
Where: Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Tel: 301-927-2163
Cost: Free!

FRIDAYS 

Storytime PopUp! @ The Waterhole (Ages 0-5)
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more at this innovation collaboration between PGCMLS & Mt. Rainier's fabulous organic juice & smoothie joint, The Waterhole. Curious? Click here for my review of The Waterhole!
When: 10am
Where: The Waterhole, 4004 34th St, Mt Rainier
Tel: 301- 699-0030
Cost: Free



Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
(**Please note - Hours can be erratic so please call day of to confirm. Otherwise, it's awesome!) 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)
All are welcome to join the Greenbelt Makerspace's project for children between ages 2 and 6. Children work together with their parents/caretakers to craft, create, invent, and explore!
When: 2nd Friday of every month, 5-6:30pm
Where: Greenbelt MakerSpace, 125 Centerway (between the Co-op and the Theater)
Tel: 301-310-3224
Cost: Free!

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Please note, I do my best to ensure the accuracy of events' dates and times.  That said, somethings things change without notice so the bit about about calling to make sure an event is still on - that's your way of ensuring a happy day!  :)

Last updated: 09/19/2017

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