Plenty of indoor and outdoor play options this weekend, folks! Arts and crafts at Art Works Now, Bug House Workshop at Home Depot, Kids Boat Tour along the Anacostia, Dinosaur Park, Model Rocket Launches and Family Day at PGAAMCC – all this weekend!
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!
Where: The Waterhole, 4004 34th St., Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free (Heads-up: Waterhole’s menu is delish, highly recommend indulging!)
** Check out this review of The Waterhole
Rollingcrest’s Indoor Splash Playground! (All Ages)
Great for kids of all ages! Specialized water play area 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, kids always have a blast.
When: Hours vary. Call to confirm: 301-853-2005
Cost: 2 & under are free! Ages 3-17: $5. Adults:$6
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
Bug House Workshop
Join our hands-on workshop to build a bug house you can use to get a closer look at some many-legged friends in your own backyard. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their bug house with paint. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville & College Park
Anacostia River Themed Excursions: Kids Boat Tour
Enjoy specialized pontoon boat rides down the scenic Anacostia River. Persons under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
When: 10-11am & 11am-12pm
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg
Cost: $5 residents; $7 nonresidents
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.
Where: Art Works Now, 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville
Pajama Ready to Read Storytime – Ages 3-5
Kids may wear pajamas to snuggle in and join us for stories, songs, and fun.
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Spanish-English Ready to Read Storytime – Ages 3-5
Stories, Fingerplays, and songs will be presented in Spanish and English. Edades 3 a 5. Se presentarán cuentos, actividades de “Fingerplay,” y canciones en inglés y español.
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!
Where: Dinosaur Park, 13100 Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel
Family Day: A Taste of Chocolate City
Join us for a day of fun, activities and food! Kids activities include moon bounce, face paint, educational museum arts and crafts, interactive dance fitness & more.
Where: Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 4519 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood
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 (call to confirm: 301-277-3717)
Where: 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/kids up to 17 years old; $6/adults (ages 2 & under are free)
Model Rocket Launches
Like to build model rockets, but don’t have a launch pad? Now you do! Anyone can bring a model to fly at the Goddard Visitor Center rocket launches; there are no costs or fees to participate. Rockets, motors and supplies are available for purchase at the nearby Goddard Gift Shop (and many hobby shops or toy stores) and you can even get rocket construction and launch tips from our on-site experts on launch day! Call ahead to confirm. 301-286-8981
When: 1 pm
Where: NASA Goddard Visitor Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt
Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.
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