|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.
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, 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
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!
Where: Ellen E. Linson Splash Park, College Park
Cost: $5/kids up to 17 years old; $6/adults (ages 2 & under are free)
Children’s Tram Tour
Join a refuge naturalist for a special children’s tram tour and scavenger hunt! Ages 4+.
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
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.
Where: Art Works Now, Hyattsville
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
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.
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
STEM-tastic: Engineering a Better World
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
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
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
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!
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708