Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Feb. 23rd-25th


Freestyle Rap Battle for the young'ns, Superheroes Brushing & Eating Fruits & Veg event, African-American History Amazing Race, Roller Skating Fundraiser, Kids Koders, Arts Drop-In & more, below!

**University Park Elementary School Auction is next Saturday! Get your ticket here!

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, 4004 34th St., Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free (Heads-up: Waterhole's menu is delish, highly recommend indulging!)

Smaland at College Park's Ikea
Kids play in indoor playground while yo enjoy some shopping or just relax/eat/peoplewatch at the restaurant upstairs. Kiddos must be potty trained and be 37'' to 54'' tall (so children typically b/w ages of 3-6). Tips: (1) Best to arrive earlier on in the day as day progresses, so do the entrances lines; & (2) Join Ikea Family & kids get extra 30 minutes to play (depending on capacity) & you get free mildly-decent coffee!
When: 10:30am - 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!

Super Saver Ice Skating!
Huge indoor ice skating rink with a warming hut and a snack bar - what else do you need?!
When: 3:15-5:15pm
Where: Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $4 (skate rental included)!

Gymnastics Workshop / Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
This place is really great for 1-12 year olds! 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). Check out my review here!
When: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Let yourself be heard with a spoken word.  Bring your poems, raps, monologues, and positive vibes for an exciting night of verbal expressions - make it gulley, but keep it clean!
When: 7-9pm 
Where: Bowie Community Center, 3209 Storybrook Road, Bowie 
Cost: Free! with M-NCPPC Youth ID




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SATURDAY

Puppet Show 
The winter months are waning and Spring is almost here! Give your child an experience they won't soon forget with a fun, interactive seasonal puppet show. Top it off with an opportunity to meet one of our live animals. Fun and family ... what more could one ask? 
When: 10am-10:45am
Where: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Resident: $3; Non-resident: $4

Arts Drop-In: Clay Creatures (Ages 2-10)
Arts Drop-In with Aaron Springer is a fun time for kids and parents to get creative with a variety of craft materials and an imaginative facilitator.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave, College Park
Cost: Free!

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

Now more than ever, it’s a great time to remind our kids that Planet Earth is home to many different and beautiful cultures and ways of life. This film festival shows that we share much in common with people who live in vastly different circumstances than we do. We all have the same longings — to laugh, to love, to belong and find the deeper meaning of our lives.
When: 11am 
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: $5 children 12 and under; $7 adults 

Storytime at Whole Foods 
The Hyattsville Library is back! Kids will enjoy stories, sing while they make their own car out of nutritious treats!
When: 11am-12pm
Where: Whole Foods Market, 6621-B Baltimore Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

Leap, Jump & Jam
A creative movement class for new dancers ages 3-5. Dancers will be introduced to the fundamentals of dance through fun movement games and exercises. *Use code ROUTE1MOVESITMINI to try this class for FREE!
When: 11:15am-12pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10

Super Hero's Brush and Eat Veggies & Fruits, Too!
It is National Children's Dental Month and to help celebrate Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are bringing superheroes to our store for dental education and fun! Kids will learn about the importance of healthy eating, brushing their teeth and why superheroes also eat veggies and fruits too! Free giveaways! Kids welcome to wear their fave superhero costume!
When: 12pm-2pm
Where: Whole Foods Market, 6621-B Baltimore Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

African-American History Amazing Race (All Ages)
Are you a Black history trivia expert? Come find out! Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with the Amazing Race: Black History Trivia Edition. Start and finish the race at the Berwyn Heights Community Center. Participate as an individual or as a group. Prizes will be awarded to the top participants!When: 12-4pm
Where: Berwyn Heights Community Center, 6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Move & Groove
Move & Groove is a jazz and hip hop movement class for dancers ages 6 - 9. Dancers will be introduced to the basis of hip hop and jazz through fun and challenging exercises. *Use code ROUTE1MOVESITMINI to try this class for FREE!
When: 12-12:45pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10

Kid Koders
Learn the basic of coding through game-based activities that will challenge creative and logical skills while teaching core concepts of computer science and programming. Ages 5-12. Read here about what's to love at the Laurel Library!
When: 12-1pm & 1:15-2:15pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Raptors Reign
All ages. Join special guest and licensed falconer, Rodney Stotts, as he shared the power of nature through discussions and up close encounters with birds of prey. This is a drop-in program, no registration required.
When: 1-3pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free, donations welcome!

Gymnastics Workshop / Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
This place is really great for 1-12 year olds! 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). Check out my review here!
When: 1:30-2:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Build your child's confidence as they read to specially trained therapy dogs and cats. Bring a book or choose one from the library. Each child will read for 15 minutes. Call branch to register.
When: 1:30-2:30pm 
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Nature Songs with Stina
Join nature troubadour Stina for an afternoon indoor campfire sing along in our auditorium. Get your groove on with fun and silly nature songs! Register by calling 301-497-5887. Check out my review of Patuxent Wildlife Center here!
When: 2-2:45pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!
 

SUNDAY

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!

A "RARE" Skating Fundraiser
In honor of RARE day (rare disease day), join us as we rock & roll on skates and raise funds for the work We Are MARCHH does on behalf of parents and families with special needs.
When: 11am-1:30pm
Where: Skate Palace, 3132 Branch Ave, Temple Hills
Cost: $15 

Riding Bicycles to Experience Patuxent Research Refuge's North Tract (Ages 10+)
Enjoy a winter bicycle outing as you learn about the refuge. 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 12 - mile guided bicycle ride. Bring your own bike, energy bar/snack, water bottle and helmet. Ride is weather dependent. Registration required - call 301.497.5887
When: 1-3pm 
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Arts Drop-In (Ages 2-10)
Arts Drop-In with Aaron Springer is a fun time for kids and parents to get creative with a variety of craft materials and an imaginative facilitator.
When: 2-4pm
Where: Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Rd, College Park
Cost: Free!


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