Thursday, October 19, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Oct. 20th-22nd

Masking Making Party & more fun ideas, below!
Kicking off this weekend a little early as many folks with PGCPS students are off on Friday! :) or :(
Weekend fun includes the American Indian Festival, Calabash Carnage Pumpkin Carving, Gateway Park Fall Festival, Mask Making Party & more, all below!

While you're at it, check out Route One Fun's Guide to Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!


FRIDAY (PGCPS - School's Out! For even more Friday ideas, see this post!)

Family Fun: Things that go bump in the night!
Many of the animals at Patuxent are active at night and they must navigate to find food in the dark. Learn how they do it, and test your senses with handson activities, games and crafts for all ages. This is a drop-in program -- come when you wish and leave when you’re ready.
When: 10am-1pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
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!)

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!

Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool
Maybe you want an indoor option today. Then check out this awesome indoor waterpark, right here in PG! Specialized water play area for pre-schoolers with slides and spray features, family pool with water slides and spray features, a vending area and shower /changing facilities with lockers (lockers are available but require you to bring your own lock).  While parts of the facility are dated but the kids always have a blast. 
When: 12pm-8:30pm
Where: Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool, 6122 Sargent Road, Chillum 
Admission: 2 & under are free! Ages 3-17: $5. Adults:$6

Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
This place is HUGE. Great for 1-12 years old. 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. Adults are to be on the floor with the children (Max 3 child:1 adult).
When: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: PG Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Mask Making Party
Expose yr kid(dos) to some hands-on, printmaking fun with this mask making party!
When: 6pm
Where: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!


Xtreme Teens: Monster Mash; Ages 10-17
Whether you're singing with the "Crypt-Kicker Five" or doing the "Transylvania Twist," don't miss this freakishly good time at the Monster Mash! Wear your Halloween costume and compete to win a $25 gift card for best costume.
When: 7-10pm
Where: PG Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! w/ M-NCPPC Youth ID


Need weekday plans?  Check out Route One Fun's Weekday Activities Guide!

SATURDAY

American Indian Festival
Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Native Americans at the annual "American Indian Festival," featuring traditional native foods, free activities and interactive exhibits and demonstrations such as archery, beading and native horsemanship! Great entertainment, games, and fun activities make it a great family day!
When: 10am-4pm
Where: Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Event is free, nominal fee for food and some activities

Family Fun: Things that go bump in the night!
Many of the animals at Patuxent are active at night and they must navigate to find food in the dark. Learn how they do it, and test your senses with handson activities, games and crafts for all ages. This is a drop-in program -- come when you wish and leave when you’re ready. While there, check out their Wildlife Festival (on until 3pm).
When: 10am-1pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

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: 10:30-11:30am
Where: Greenbelt Public Library, Greenbelt 
Cost: Free!

Funkyard Festival
Bring your friends, family and your (friendly, leashed) pets to the Community Forklift warehouse for a celebration of all things reuse in the DC area! Featuring workshops on DIY Repair and Creative Reuse and Kids' Activities, including helping to recycle a house into hardware and chimes, play some tunes on instruments made from salvaged materials, and be dazzled by the tricks of strolling magician Matt Neufeld (2-5pm)! Food truck, local craft beer available for purchase.
When: 11am-5pm
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! (No entry fee)

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!

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!

Calabash Carnage Pumpkin Carving
Celebrate Halloween and have lots of fun at the Brentwood Arts Exchange! Your family is invited to join us for a Pumpkin Carving Workshop. Use your imagination and create your own designs.
When: 2pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange
Cost: Admission is free, pumpkins $5/each

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

Xtreme Teens: Haunted Trail; Ages 10-17
Get ready to be spooked by ghastly ghosts and grim goblins on the Haunted trail at Beltsville Community Center. Feel free to wear an appropriate costume. 
When: 6-9pm
Where: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
Cost: Residents; $5; Nonresidents: $7

SUNDAY 

Gateway Park Fall Festival
Fall festival, featuring a petting zoo, various kids activities and barbecue benefiting the Whole Kids Foundation!
When: 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Riverdale Park Station, 6621 Baltimore Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Unclear/not noted on info (food sales go to support Whole Kids Foundation)

Halloween on the Farm
Join us for a non-scary Halloween and Fall-themed event. Enjoy hayrides, games, cider, crafts, creepy-crawly animals, a costume contest, and pumpkins for purchase.  No reservations required.
When: 4-7pm
Where: Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $4

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Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

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