Kids’ Weekend Guide! July 28th-30th

When it brightens up, check out the Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park!

Rain or shine, tons of options for kid-friendly fun along Route 1 this weekend! Due to weather alerts, just be sure to call ahead to confirm plans.

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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, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free (Heads-up: Waterhole’s menu is delish, highly recommend indulging!)

Smaland at College Park’s Ikea (All Ages)
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: Ikea, College Park
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: 12-6pm
Where: Ellen E. Linson Splash Park, College Park
Cost: $5/kids up to 17 years old; $6/adults (ages 2 & under are free)

Bring your blankets or chairs and enjoy a free movie in the park. 
When: 8:30pm
Where: Heurich Park, Hyattsville 
Cost: Free 

Children’s Tram Tour 
Join a refuge naturalist for a special children’s tram tour and scavenger hunt! Ages 4+.
When: 10:30am
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Toddler Time @ Art Works Now
Open studio time for toddlers and their accompanying adults. This time, making Moon Sand! 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, Hyattsville
Cost: $5

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, Laurel
Cost: Residents: $2.50 / Non-residents: $3

Stories, fingerplays and songs will be presented in Spanish and English. 
When: 11am 
Where: Hyattsville Library, Hyattsville 
Cost: Free! 

Raptors Reign

Join special guest and licensed falconer, Rodney Stotts, as he shares the power of nature through discussions and up-close encounters with birds of prey. Drop-in program. No registration necessary.
When: 1-3pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

STEM-tastic: Engineering a Better World
Learn how buildings use different shapes and styles, and play a game to learn about the importance of building for strength and good design! 
When: 2-3pm
Where: Bowie Library, Bowie 
Cost: Free! 
SUNDAY (Forecast says weather should be decent today – so some ideas for outdoor play!)

Watkins Regional Park Playground
This. Place. Is Awesome. Truly awesome Wizard of Oz-themed playground where you literally follow the yellow brick road under a rainbow arch as the Scarecrow shows you the way to your choice of six fun areas: Dorothy’s Farm House, Munchkin Land, the Emerald Forest, the Emerald City of Oz, the Balloon Escape, the Ruby Red Shoes. Playground, nature center and farm are free to explore and enjoy!
When: 9 am – 6 pm
Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Free!

Indian Creek Playground (All Ages) Any time this weekend, check out this really fun and creative playground designed after Berwyn Heights’ earliest residents – a group of Algonquian people known as Nacotchtank. Kiddos will have a blast climbing teepees, in an out of canoes and up and down dream catchers. If you get hungry afterwards, check out
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 8900 56th Avenue, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) and explore the new 4-mile segment of the Trail now connecting the District with BWP! We packed lunches, parked at BWP and then walked the Trail all the way to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. It was lovely! No traffic – just folks outside loving this new addition! Grab a bit of respite at Kenilworth, maybe eat that lunch you packed and then head back to BWP, where the kids can play/climb/laugh in an old B & O caboose.
When: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Start at BWP, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

Patuxent Research Refuge (All Ages)
Get outdoors and take the kid(s) for a stroll through the Patuxent Research Refuge – inside & out! Check out my review & ideas on prep here!
When: 9am-4:30pm
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708
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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