Kids’ Weekend Guide! March 3rd-5th

The Seuss celebrations continue into the weekend, and deservedly so!  We’ve got a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, some Dance Crew Competition, Tiny Tots: Nature & Music, excavations at Dinosaur Park, kids’ Rain Gauge Workshop as well as Super Saver Ice Skating & more – all packaged here neatly in your nifty Kids’ Weekend Guide!

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Credit: Art Works Now

Toddler Time @ Art Works Now
Open studio time for toddlers and their accompanying adults.  Join us as we start getting your kids excited about tying shoes by creating a “shoe tying” board to take home, and practice developing their fine motor skills. Toddlers will decorate their boards with collage and drawings.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Art Works Now, 3711 Rhode Island Ave, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $9

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!)

Play & Grow
This storytime works with Early Intervention families and others to discuss early developmental milestones and growth through books, games, and songs. Consider this a great opp to check out the new Laurel library – it’s a beaut, y’all (especially the kids room)! 
When: 10:30-11:30am
Where: Laurel Library,507 7th St, Laurel
Cost: 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 (public session)
Where:  Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $4 (skate rental included)!

Prince George’s Best Dance Crew Competition 
(This may be a wee bit late for most young’ns, but sharing as I know my 6 year-old aspiring dancer would enjoy it!)  Cheer for your favorite rising stars from Prince George’s County as they compete for cash prizes in this exciting and entertaining contest!
When: 7pm
Where: Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly
Cost: $3/person


Kids’ Workshop: Build a Rain Gauge 
Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a rain gauge house, so you and your budding scientist can measure the rain dropped by spring storms. Once the gauge is built, your child can paint their project to personalize it. While supplies last. (So get there early as they DO run out…)
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot, both Hyattsville & College Park locations
Cost: Free!

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration 
Celebrate the amazing stories of Dr. Seuss through books, puppets, art projects and treats!  
When: 10am
Where: College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave (Bsmt of Nazarene church)
Cost: Free! 

Winter Walk
Join for a leisurely walk along Cash Lake Trail to learn about conservation and spring wildlife at Patuxent. Ages 12+
When: 10am-Noon
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Cost: Free!  Donations welcome.

Chinese/English Preschool Storytime
Stories, Fingerplays, and songs will be presented in Chinese and English.
When: 10:15-10:45am
Where: Hyattsville Public Library, 6530 Adelphi Rd, 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!

Afternoon Aviators
Every month we will explore a different aviation themed topic through STEM-based, hands on activities. Fun for children ages 6 & up.
When: 2pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, CP
Cost: $5/person includes museum admission and supplies
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Tiny Tots: Nature and Music 
Learn about wildlife at the refuge through fun and interactive songs and rhyming.  Parental participation required.
When: 10:30am-11:15am
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!  Donations welcome.

Wonderful Wetlands
Wetlands are a unique habitat that can be found all over the world.  Learn what wetlands are and how you can protect them. Ages 8-10.
When: 10:30am-Noon
Where: Patuxtent Research Refuge, North Track, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost:  Free!  Donations welcome.

Smaland at College Park’s Ikea

Credit: Ikea

Free, 1 hour, supervised, enclosed, safe & clean play area near the entrance.  Enjoy some shopping or just relax/eat/peoplewatch at the restaurant upstairs while your young one(s) has a blast at Smaland.  Children 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 coffee! 
When: 10:30am – 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!

Always call or check the event website before heading out; Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

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