Kids’ Weekend Guide: June 16th-18th

Build a dinosaur or dust off some dinosaur fossils?  Storytime with some dancing or storytime with Rover? Summer Jam or a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt?  Lucky for you, no need to choose as you can do all this family-friendly fun this very weekend, Route 1!  👍

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide! 


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!)
** Mount Rainier’s Waterhole – part of my local biz review series

STEM-tastic! Build a Dinosaur 
Learn about dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era and create your own dinos our of salt clay!
When: 3-4pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

[**UPDATED LOCATION – Back to City Bldg] Summer Jam Series! 
Join us for a Summer Jam like no other! Join for live Cuban music from Timbason la Original, Honey’s Empanadas food truck, BBQ, delicious beer from Franklins, our moonbounce and kids’ activities!
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: City Municipal Bldg, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!


Fishing at Blue Heron Pond
If you would like to fish one of our rarely seen ponds, please join us. We will provide the transportation, the fishing poles and all the supplies. Just bring sun screen, the kids and a love for fishing. Please meet at the Contact Station
When: 9am-Noon
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free, registration required, call 301-497-5887

Wildlife Loop Adventure Scavenger Hunt
Using clues and locations, families and groups can drive the North Tract’s Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plans and animals while learning about the history of North Tract and other recreational opportunities.
When: 9am-1pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free, registration required, call 301-497-5887

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

Spaceships and UFO’s
Bring Dad along and build something out of this world together!
When: 10am-Noon
Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Street, College Park
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
Cost: Free!

Engineering 101 
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. Ages 11-14.
When: 2-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Cost: $5 includes museum admission and supplies

Children build their reading confidence by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs that are glad to listen.  Registration is required.
When: 2-3pm
Where: Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!


Ellen E. Linson Splash Park
Fountains, small slides, obstacle course, water spray and more!  This place gets full during prime time so go early or call ahead to see if there’s a line to get inside.
Outdoor family splash park!
When: 12-7pm
Where: 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/kids up to 17 years old; $6/adults (ages 2 & under are free) 

Doll Study Club
Learn how to make your very own doll by joining the Riverdale Park Doll Study Club. Club Founder Emily Fanning shows girls ages 7+ how to make their own dolls, clothing, dollhouses and furnishings. Volunteer Jennifer Fairfax teaches knitting and other fabrics arts. Local artists show the girls how to make miniature paintings for their dollhouse, write a story for their doll, and use a sewing machine to make doll outfits. Inquire about their free summer camp during the last 2 weeks of June.
When: 3-5pm
Where: Riverdale Park Town Hall, 5008 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

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

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