Kids’ Weekend Guide! July 14th-16th

So much family-friendly fun to be had this weekend, Route 1!  From learning to fish to a songwriting workshop to a hands-on history playground to the Lotus & Lily Festival to Stemtastic’s Buzz About Bees – you’re all set with your weekend plans!  👏

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Learn to Fish 
Learn how to cast a rod, identify types of fish and enjoy the experience of fishing in this hands-on program for children. All fishing equipment will be provided.  Ages 2-15.  Call 301-497-5887 to register. Read my review of Patuxent Research Refuge here!

When: 8:30-10am
Where: National Wildlife Visitors Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Songwriting Workshop
Aspiring Middle and High School songwriters are invited to join Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Roberson and members of his multi-talented band for a fun-filled day of music making.
When: 9am
Where: UMD’s The Clarice, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Cost: $8

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!)

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: 12-6pm
Where: 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/kids up to 17 years old; $6/adults (ages 2 & under are free)

Little Makers
All are welcome to join the Greenbelt Makerspace’s project for children between ages 2 and 6. Children work together with their parents/caretakers to craft, create, invent, and explore!
When: 5-6:30pm
Where: Greenbelt MakerSpace, 125 Centerway (between the Co-op and the Theater)
Cost: Free!

Blast in the Past: A Hands-On History Playground
Montpelier’s grounds are transformed into a kid-sized colonial village! Young visitors can camp out on the frontier, design a hat at the milliners, harvest crops at the farm, and much, much more.  Come for an hour, or stay for the day.
When: 10am-3pm (Runs Thursday through Saturday to August 5th)
Where: Montpelier Mansion,
Cost: Residents: $2.50 / Non-residents: $3

2017 Lotus and Lily Festival
Celebrate global culture in the wild wetlands of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens! See a spectacular display of lotus and water lilies in full bloom! Enjoy gardening workshops & traditional Latin, Asian and African dancing performances! Hands-on activities including face painting, lotus tea tasting and painting demonstrations!  **Tip – They’ll have water bottle filling stations so remember to bring yours!  Food available though avoid lines by bringing your own picnic & blankets (for performances).
When: 10am-4pm
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Cost: Free!

Bibliobop Dance Party
Calling all preschoolers and toddlers! Bust a move and shake your sillies out at the Bibliobop Dance Party! Bring your parents or caregivers and prepare to boogie and bop until we all drop!
When: 10:30-11:30am
Where: Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Art Works Now & Pizzeria Paradiso Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Join the community to celebrate the much-anticipated opening of Pizzaria Paradiso in Hyattsville along with free art activities, including pottery throwing demo, pizzas for peace art project, and outside playtime in the Imagination Playground. PizzeriaParadiso will serve pizza and drinks.
When: 11am-2pm
Where: Pizzeria Paradiso, 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! 
Spanish-English Ready to Read Storytime
Stories, fingerplays and songs will be presented in Spanish and English.
When: 11-11:30am
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, 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: Dinosaur Park, 13100 Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel
Cost: Free!

Stemtastic: The Buzz About Bees
This program will teach children the importance of bees and allow them to be creative with a bee related craft! All families welcome.When: 2-4pm
Where: Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd, Bowie
Cost: Free!

Lights! Camera! Action! Movie in the Park 
Watch “Sing” at sunset on the Green at Watkins.  Before the movie, stop at the Watkins Summer Operations for unlimited train rides, mini golf, carousel rides, and face painting from 6-8pm. Snacks and refreshments will be sold on site.
When: 8-10pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Free (movie is free; rides, refreshments cost)!


Model Rocket Contest 
Celebrate the Apollo 11 moon landing during the annual Apollo Contest! Attempt to land your model rocket on a “moon” target on the ground. Trophies and model rocket kit prizes will be awarded to the top youth and adult finishers.
When: 12:30pm
Where: Goddard Visitor Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt
Cost: Free to enter!  (Must bring own model rocket and motors or purchase at gift shop.)

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