Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: September 15th-17th

Explore Lake Artemesia & more this weekend!
Weekend's here! Hyattsville's Summer Jam Finale, College Park's Old Parish House Family Fun Day, Hispanic Heritage Festival, Hyattsville's Porchfest & more, this weekend!

FRIDAY

Indian Creek Playground (All Ages)
Any time this weekend, check out this really fun and creative playground designed after Berwyn Heights' earliest residents - a group of Algonquian people known as Nacotchtank. Kiddos will have a blast climbing teepees, in an out of canoes and up and down dream catchers.
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 8900 56th Avenue, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

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!)

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.

Hyattsville's Summer Jam - Finale!
Join us to finish this year's Summer Jam Series on a high note! There'll be live blues-fiddle music from The Roustabouts, good beer from Calvert Brewing, and delicious food from the Healthy Fool food truck. Plus moonbounce, kids' activities & Mandy the Clown?!?
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: City Municipal Bldg, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

SATURDAY

Hispanic Heritage Arts and Crafts
Come design arts and crafts related to Latin American Culture. Crafts include pinatas, paper fiesta flowers and sombrero table toppers to name a few. There will be an opportunity to make guacamole and salsa. Light refreshments available until they last.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
Cost: Free!

Monarch Festival
Celebrate the magnificent monarch butterfly. Learn about how they are tagged and tracked on their annual 3,000 mile migration. The day’s festivities include free milk weed seeds and plants while supplies last. Guided nature walks will also be given.
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive
Cost: Free! No registration required.

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

NOAA Center for Weather & Climate Prediction Open House
Celebrating its fifth year anniversary with this opportunity for the community to see the wonderful work being done at NOAA. On the kids side of things, there'll be face painting, meet Owlie the NWS mascot, build a sundial and more! (Schedule details behind link).
When: 10am-3pm
Where: 5830 University Research Court, College Park
Cost: Free!

Old Parish House at 200 - Family Fun Day!
The Old Parish House is turning 200 and the City of College Park is celebrating! Program includes interactive stories, hands-on craft activities, dress-up photo booth, horse-drawn wagon ride through neighborhood & more! Specific details behind link.
When: 12-4pm
Where: Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road, College Park
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!

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: 1:30-2:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Hyattsville PorchFest 2017
Hosted by the Hyattsville Preservation Association - 13 Porches. 25 performers! Each participating porch is hosting different performers. Take the kids and expose them to some good, local music! :) You can visit one, two or thirteen porches, it's up to you. Download the schedule/map from the HPA website by clicking here!
When: 2-6pm
Where: See map
Cost: Free!

Engineering 101 (Ages 7-14)
What is an Engineer? Engineers are people who design and build things to solve specific problems. Learn the basics of engineering through an interactive, hands-on design challenge by creating your own design from drawing to prototype.
When: 2-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Cost: $5

SUNDAY 

Lake Artemesia
Get outside and go for a stroll or a bike ride or a slow but enjoyable crawl along lovely Lake Artemesia! Last time we went, spotted some turtles, frogs, ducks & birds of all stripes, beautiful lilipads & more!
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: Berwyn Rd & 55th Ave, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Hispanic Festival
Bring the family and celebrate the rich heritage of our Hispanic communities! From carnival games, crafts, entertainment, delicious ethnic good and more, there's something for everyone.
When: 12-6pm
Where: Lane Manor Park, 7601 West Park Drive, Adelphi
Cost: Free

STEM + Music (Ages 5-10)
Put teh "A" in STEM by learning about the connection between science, technology, engineering, arts and math  - better known as STEAM. We'll talk about the principles of sound and how sound is now three dimensional.
When: 1-3pm
Where: Goddard Visitor Center, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Watkins Regional Park Playground
This. Place. Is Awesome. Truly awesome Wizard of Oz-themed playground where you literally follow the yellow brick road under a rainbow arch as the Scarecrow shows you the way to your choice of six fun areas: Dorothy's Farm House, Munchkin Land, the Emerald Forest, the Emerald City of Oz, the Balloon Escape, the Ruby Red Shoes. Playground, nature center and farm are free to explore and enjoy!
When: 9 am - 6 pm
Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
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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