Thursday, August 3, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! August 4th-6th


Lots of local fun this weekend, including a Bibliobop Dance Party, Penske Truck Workshop, Model Rocket Launch, Dinosaur Park, Battle of Bladensburg Reenactment...And this weekend's your last chance for Montpelier's Blast in the Past Playground! Check 'em out!

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, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free (Heads-up: Waterhole's menu is delish, highly recommend indulging!)

Blast-in-the-Past: A Hands-On History Playground
Montpelier's grounds are transformed into a kid-sized colonial village! Young visitors can camp out on the frontier, design a hat at the milliners, harvest crops at the farm, and much, much more. (Runs Thursday-Saturday, 7/6 to 8/5/2017.)
When: 10am-3pm
Where: Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel
Cost: Residents: $2.50 / Non-residents: $3

Calling all preschoolers and toddlers! Bust a move and shake your sillies out at the Bibliobop Dance Party. While there, check out the fantastic Kids Room (hello! Dinosaur fossil behind glass on floor!?!) at this recently renovated library.
When: 3-4pm
Where: Laurel Library, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Forklift First Friday
We love checking out this monthly event by Community Forklift! Always live music, tasty beer (pop up a la Town Center Market), good food truck eat (El Pollo Submarine), local art, kids activities (Strolling Magician Matt Neufeld) and your chance to explore the potential of CF's goods for sale! Kid + dog-friendly! Read my review of Community Forklift's First Fridays here!
When: 6-8pm
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston
Cost: Free!

SATURDAY 

Penske Truck Workshop
Join this hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a wooden Penske truck to roll some fun into August. Tip: Arrive early as they get crowded and sometimes run out of materials. Also, some of these workshops involve hammering away, which can be an issue if your child is noise sensitive. Other than that, have a blast! :) Register here.
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot Hyattsville and College Park
Cost: Free!


[Last Day!] Blast-in-the-Past: A Hands-On History Playground
Montpelier's grounds are transformed into a kid-sized colonial village! Young visitors can camp out on the frontier, design a hat at the milliners, harvest crops at the farm, and much, much more. (Runs Thursday-Saturday, 7/6 to 8/5/2017.)
When: 10am-3pm
Where: Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel
Cost: Residents: $2.50 / Non-residents: $3

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. What to expect? Read my review of Toddler Time at Art Works Now.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Art Works Now, 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville
Cost: $5

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

Kid's Coding Club (Ages 5-12)
Think like a computer while programming with cool games and apps, graphic novels and activities! Perfect for beginner & experienced coders. Call to register. 
When: 11-12pm
Where: South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie 
Cost: Free! 

Spanish-English Ready to Read Storytime
Stories, fingerplays and songs will be presented in Spanish and English.
When: 11-11:30am
Where: Hyattsville Library (6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville)
Cost: Free!

Kid Koders (Ages 5-12)
Learn the basics of coding through game-based activities that will challenge creative and logical skills while teaching core concepts of computer science and programming.
When: 12-2pm 
Where:
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: Dinosaur Park, 13100 Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel
Cost: Free!

The encampment returns with a bang this year as War of 1812 troops ready the cannon and prepare for battle. Enjoy hands-on demos, battle reenactments, children's activities, tours and more. Snacks available for purchase. Tip: We've had fun at this event before - pack a picnic, set up under a tree and have a base for the kids to return in between checking out the different activities! 
When: 1-5pm
Where: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale 
Cost: Free admission to grounds; $3 fee for house tour

Outdoor Futsal (Ages 13-18) 
Come out and join this futsal game! Futsal is a modified form of 5-on-5 soccer typically played on a smaller indoor field. Come join us to kick some Futsal! All skill levels welcome. 
When: 7-9pm
Where: South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie 
Cost: Free! 

SUNDAY 

Model Rocket Launches
Like to build model rockets, but don’t have a launch pad? Now you do! Anyone can bring a model to fly at the Goddard Visitor Center rocket launches; there are no costs or fees to participate. Rockets, motors and supplies are available for purchase at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop (and many hobby shops or toy stores) and you can even get rocket construction and launch tips from our on-site experts on launch day! Call ahead to confirm. 301-286-8981
When: 1 pm
Where: NASA Goddard Visitor Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt
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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