Weekend Fun Guide: Nov. 11th-13th

Welcome back, Route One Fun-land!  Friday is Veteran’s Day and both University Park and Riverdale Park are inviting you to join them in honoring the men and women of the military for their service.  Then head on over to College Park’s Holy Redeemer for its Harvest Bazaar where the kids can play some games while you check out the White Elephant Sale! Greenbelt’s Makerspace is hosting is fun Little Makers program and Laurel‘s got its own STEAM challenge – and that’s just Friday, people!?!  Read on for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at National Harbor, Culture Queen in Hyattsville and more! 


University Park’s Veteran’s Day Observance 
The University Park Civic Association has arranged a short program to honor all who served in the armed forces of the United States.  There will be a tent, chairs, the National Anthem with singers from the University Park Elementary School,  the Northwestern High School JROTC Color Guard, and remarks from two local veterans.  Come, participate, and linger after for coffee and apple pie with your neighbors.
When: 11 am
Where: Begins at the Town’s Veterans Memorial park, at the intersection of Wells Parkway, Clagett Road, and Eversfield Drive 

Riverdale Park’s Veteran’s Day Observance 
The Town of Riverdale Park will host a Veterans Day Memorial Service this Friday.  There will be light refreshments at Town Hall following the ceremony.  Please come out to support and Honor our service men and women.
When: 11 am
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, near the MARC Station

Holy Redeemer Harvest Bazaar 
Join us for two great days of fun and community!
12:30-3pm: Kid’s Games & Pizza Lunch; 5-10 pm: Games of Chance, Kids Games, Crafts on Stage, White Elephant Sale, and more;5-7 pm: Dinner- “Surf And/or Turf”, drinks, desserts
Where: Holy Redeemer, 4902 Berwyn Road, College Park
Admission: Free entry, pay as you go (games, meals, etc.)  
** Read a Holy Redeemer School review from our Spotlight on Schools series


STEAM Eggdrop & Airplane Challenge
Kids aged 10-17 will come up with different ideas on protecting their egg from a high fall by using  different types of materials and supplies. Eggs and supplies provided. Children will build paper airplanes and add coins for cargo to see who can fly the furthest distance. All supplies will be furnished. 
When: 4 – 6pm
Where:  Deerfield Run School Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel 20708
Admission: Free!

Little Makers @ Greenbelt Makerspace!
Join Greenbelt Makerspace’s project for children ages 2 – 6. Kids work together with their parents/caretakers to craft, create, invent, and explore!  Today, Little Makers will be crafting with magic clay! We’ll provide all the materials – markers, paints, scissors, glue, etc. – so just show up and have fun!

When: 5 – 6:30 pm
Where: Greenbelt Makerspace, 125 Centerway, Greenbelt
Admission:  Free!  Donations welcome 


http://static.wixstatic.com/media/5312cf_b9535caea0e34e06b4d174ed38df206e.jpg_srz_979_949_85_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzEarly Keepers with Culture Queen! 
Check out this free program for children 3-7 years old (parent/guardian supervision required), featuring Culture Queen where young learners can explore multicultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement/dance, and arts & crafts.
When: 11:30 am – 1 pm
Where: Hyattsville Public Library, 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
Admission: Free!

Holy Redeemer Harvest Bazaar 
Join us for day two of great fun and community, including music DJ’ed by David Issing!
8 am -3 pm Hall, Yard & Craft Sale – Get in early! 12 pm – 3:30 pm Boy Scout BBQ Chicken Lunch; 12 pm – 6 pm – Family Day! Games, Santa Pictures, Secret Santa Workshop & More; 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm “Taste of Italy” Dinner; 7:30 pm – 10 pm- LIVE Auction, drinks
Where: Holy Redeemer, 4902 Berwyn Road, College Park
Admission: Free entry, pay as you go.

Enjoy a nature hike through our beautiful woodlands, swamp, and tidal marsh conservation trail. Patrons will learn about local plants and animals. All ages welcome.
When: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro
Admission: Free! 

Experience the Old Line State in a new way. Kids of all ages can take a “feet-on” approach to geography. National Geographic certified educators will supervise this drop-in event designed to increase geographic awareness. What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a giant map of Maryland on which they can explore, hop around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun?
When: 11 am – 12 pm
Where: Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd. Bowie
Admission: Free!

For Teens: Intro to 3D Modeling 
Ages 16+:  Are you interested in learning 3D design? Would you like to learn how to use a 3D printer?  Come check out Brentwood Arts Exchange’s new MakerBot and learn the basics of 3D printing.  You’ll come away from this class with your very own three dimensional object!
When: 2 – 4 pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood
Admission: Free. though registration is required. Call 301-277-2863 to register

Heroes Bowl 
Come out to the Sixth Annual Hyattsville Heroes Bowl where the Hyattsville City Police Department (the Finest) will take on the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department (the Bravest). Bring a new unwrapped toy or cash donation to benefit community children who otherwise would not receive gifts this holiday season. There will be a 50-50 raffle, and refreshments and t-shirts for sale.
When: 3 pm
Where: Magruder Park
Admission: Free! 


National Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony 
National Harbor kicks off its holiday movie series with giveways, live music, and an outdoor screening of the 1989 family film “Prancer,” about an 8-year-old girl who finds what she believes is one of Santa’s injured reindeer. Movie followed by pictures with Santa, performances and fireworks.
When: Movie at 2 pm, tree lighting begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit site for more schedule information.
Where: National Harbor, 150 National Plaza,
Admission: Free


The Wisdom of Old Houses
Ages 5+.  In 18th century Maryland, smart phones, smart tvs, and smart cars hadn’t been invented yet. But they had a lot of smart PEOPLE, who made some very clever stuff! Houses for example. It took many, many skilled people to build Montpelier. Through hands-on activities, experimentation, and observation, you’ll learn some of the secrets of early American designers and laborers, and why Montpelier is still called one of the finest houses in Maryland.
When: 2 – 4 pm
Where: Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel
Admission: Free!

St. Martin’s Day Lantern Festival
Enjoy a traditional German celebration which involves making beautiful paper lanterns and culminates in an outdoor walk at twilight. Your family will love this annual tradition!
When: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4512 College Ave, College Park
Admission: Free
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Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

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