Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring Break Fun Guide 2018


The Spring Break that almost wasn't...is now this week for Prince George's County Public School students! Check out this handy dandy list of fun, local, kid-friendly ways to have fun along Route One this week!

Still need to make Summer Camp plans? Check out Route One Fun's 2018 Summer Camp Guide!

In need of care for the week?  These reliable go-tos might still have Spring Break Camp spots: Art Works Now Joe's Movement Emporium.

MONDAY

Ever wonder what keeps a hot air balloon in the sky? We will be exploring the science behind hot air balloons and what makes them stay afloat. Visitors will also learn about the discovery of the College Park airfield by hot air balloon and design their very own balloon!
When: 11am-2pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/adults; $2/children

My kids love 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-5:45pm
Where: Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool, 6122 Sargent Road, Chillum
Admission: 2 & under are free! Ages 3-17: $5. Adults:$6

Movie Time!
Go see a movie and have the theatre practically to yourselves! Heard the Isle of Dogs is good, as obviously Black Panther, Super Gnome, etc.
When: See locations for listings
Where: Regal, AMC - whatever floats your boat


TUESDAY 

National Zoo
Take a trip to the National Zoo! Meet the Zoo's new Asian Elephant, Spike! Pack a picnic (save $ and time otherwise spent in line) and make a day out of it. We've both taken the car ($25 parking) and the Metro (about a 10-12 minute walk from the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro stop).
When: 9am-6pm
Where: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: Free!  

Meet and learn about the center's live reptiles, such as lizards, turtles, and snakes. Pet them, learn about their natural habitat, their diet and how they contribute to the ecosystem. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn more about our "friendly neighborhood" reptiles!
When: 2-3pm 
Where: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $3

Patuxent Research Refuge
Even when there's not a specific program to check out, this place is still a good morning/afternoon's spent exploring the exhibits, taking your pick of any of the activities on the "Family Adventure Cart" including an Adventure Backpack, Scavenger Hunt, Bug Kits, Field Guides, etc. My review of Patuxent Research Refuge here!
When: 9am-4:30pm
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

WEDNESDAY (As of 4/1, forecast 100% chance of rain Wednesday so indoor ideas!) 

Gametime @ Board & Brew (Best for ages 5+)
Board & Brew is a fun place to check out with your 5+year-old crowd. Why? Read my review here. With over 500 board games including Operation, Perfection, Hungry Hippos, etc., you'll easily have a good time! Speaking of eating up, they also have a good menu of kid-friendly options. And for my fellow coffee afficionados, they rotate between Vigilante, Mad Cap and Counter Culture coffee - so you'll be sure to get a tasty, quality brew while you're there!
When: Opens at 7 am
Where: 8150 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: (Before 4pm) $2.50 p/p for games + the cost of whatever you may order from menu.

Walk-Up Wednesday at the National Museum of African American History & Culture 
Check out this amazing musuem during their pilot Wednesdays in April program, where individuals who walk up without timed entry passes may enter the museum on a first come, first served basis.
When: 10am-5:30pm
Where: 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC
Cost: Free!

STEM-Fun at Diven's Den
Check out this new-to-you STEM-inspired playroom, teaching the kiddos about life in 1800s Laurel. Curious? Read my review of Diven's Den!
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Check Out a New-To-You Library, Laurel Library
We love spending time in the Kids' Room of this fresh and so clean, clean library. Don't believe me? Read about why we dig the Laurel Library, here!
When: 10am-6pm
Where: Laurel Library, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Kids create their own Origami of animals, flowers, and other interesting objects to take home. 
When: 3:30-4:30pm
Where: New Carrollton Library, 
Cost: Free!

THURSDAY (As of 4/1, forecast = mostly sunny, high 50s so sprinkling outdoor ideas)

Paint Branch Parkway Park Playground (All Ages)
Get outside and check out this recently renovated playground, rivaling any great playground you've been to in DC, NYC or anywhere! Among other great things, its fireman's pole use a fun hydraulic lift to boost kids (and adventurous adults...) up and down a log plank is a blast! (I know some folks have had trouble locating this playground, so sharing some notes from our recent visit: If heading north on Route 1, make R on to Campus Drive, pass Aviation Museum, pass Ice Skating rink and shortly thereafter, will see small sign for "Calvert Road" (as well as sign for "Paint Branch Parkway" & "Disc Golf"). Make L and playground will be down a bit on your left.)
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 5202 Campus Drive (if old GPS, enter 5202 Paint Branch Parkway), College Park
Cost: Free!  

Explore Insects (Ages 8-12)
Explore the world of insects and learn about their life cycles and how they can be harmful or helpful. A short hike is included to search for some insects in their natural habitat.
When: 10-11:30am 
Where: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $4

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!

Learn about basic money management concepts and practice money skills through a series on the history of money, saving money, and borrowing and lending money. Registration required.
When: 3:30-4:30pm 
Where: Beltsville Library, Beltsville 
Cost: Free! 

Playground at University Hills Duck Pond Park (All Ages)
Pack a picnic, check out the duck pond and then have fun at 1 of the 3 playgrounds at this park! There's one right at the entrance off of Wells Blvd but if you wander a bit on the bike path you'll find there's an even bigger one just down to the right with structures for the toddler and 5-12 crew. My review here!
When: Sunrise to sunset...
Where: 3400 Stanford St, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

FRIDAY 

Check out this new-to-you STEM-inspired playroom, teaching the kiddos about life in 1800s Laurel. Curious? Read my review of Diven's Den!
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Let's Go Bowling!
Check out the new bowling alley (in old AMF bowling location) for some Friday afternoon bowling! They've also got an arcade section.  And the food was better than expected! :)
When: 3pm-1am
Where: Bowlero, 9021 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: Impossible to find on site but recall average pricing.

Here's your chance to have your very own version of the hit show, "Dancing with Stars!" Tonight is the night to perfect those Wii dance moves, followed by a fitness room workout. Fun and fitness at the same time! What more could one ask for?
When: 7:30-9pm 
Where: College Park Community Center, 
Cost: Free w/ M-NCPPC Youth ID

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