Kids’ Weekend Guide! August 18th-20th

So many fun things to do this weekend, including Hyattsville’s Summer Jam, Back to School Kids Fair, Engineering 101, STEM for Families, Damsels & Dragons, free admission to many local museums & more!   πŸ’›

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!  
Check out my review of the Strong Mamas fitness class while you’re at it!  


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!)

Bring a stuffed animal friend for 2 day Story Time! Friday we tuck our stuffed friends in for a library sleepover and return Saturday for pick up. *Pick one your child won’t miss overnight*
When: 3-4pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free! 

Join Joe’s Movement for an evening of hoola hooping, drumming and salsa dancing at Bear Square! 
When: 6-8pm
Where: Whole Foods, Riverdale Park 
Cost: Free!

Hyattsville’s Summer Jam Series!
Join us for a Summer Jam like no other! Join for live music by Black Masala, a food truck, BBQ, delicious beer & wine options, our moonbounce and kids’ activities!
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: City Municipal Bldg, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Family Fun Night 
Head to the Greenbelt Pool where admittance will be $5 for all families! Bring your pool toys for an evening of fun.
When: 8-10pm
Where: Greenbelt Aquatic & Fitness Center
Cost: $5/family


Damsels and Dragons (Ages 7+)
Darting through meadows and over ponds, dragonflies and damselflies are our colorful friends of the sky. Using nets and bug jars we’ll take a close look at these flying insects and even get to hold a few. Registration required – call  301.497.5887.

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. 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

Bibliobop Dance Party
Calling all Preschoolers and Toddlers! Come and bust a move and shake your sillies out at the Greenbelt Bibliobop Dance Party. Bring your parents or caregivers and prepare to boogie and bop until we all drop!
When: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Back to School Kids Fair

Get ready for back to school and celebrate MPG! Music by DJ Supaman, entertainment by Joe’s Movement Emporium (12pm – Hip Hop Dance Demo + Mini class / 1:15 Mini Yoga Class / 2pm Michael Jackson Impression + Mini Class), Meet Squiggly the Bookworm, Strolling Magician, JC Penney Kids Safety Event – Touch-A-Firetruck (Hyattsville VFD and EMS) & more!
***GIFTCARD GIVEAWAY! Check out this post for the latest on the Mall at Prince Georges and a Back to School Gift Card GIVEAWAY ($40)!
When: 12-3pm
Where: Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Hwy, 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: 13200 block of Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel
Admission: Free!

Engineering 101 (Ages 7-14)
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.

When: 2-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park 
Cost: $5

Read to Rover (Ages 6-11)
Children build their reading confidence by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs that are glad to listen. Registration is required. Please call 301-345-5800 for details.

When: 2-3pm
Where: Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt  
Cost: Free! 
STEM for Families (Ages 5-12)  
Join us as we explore science, technology, engineering and math. Learn about the human body!
When: 3-4pm 
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville  
Cost: Free! 

**90th Anniversary Celebration Open House (Free admission for residents to many PG Parks  & Rec Community Centers, Driving Rangers and even free boat rentals at two of our Waterfront Parks!
Space is limited to first come first serve so make sure you and your family head out to the fun early!
More info here(Nearby, includes free admission to College Park Aviation MuseumRiversdale House MuseumWatkins Nature Center, free rental of kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and bicycles at Bladensburg Waterfront Park).

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.
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 that connects the District with BWP! We packed lunches, parked at BWP and then walked the Trail all the way to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Lovely!  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!

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


Β© Sarah L. Byrne, Route One Fun! 2017

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  1. Thank you for the information all the time. We went to ride bicycles to Blandensburg Waterfront Park on the Sunday as we read "free rental of kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and bicycles at Bladensburg Waterfront Park", but it was not free. Only boats were free.

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