Kids’ Weekend Guide: Sept. 29th – Oct. 1st

Color with Luna, Open Gym, Xtreme Teens Scrabble, Minecraft, Raptors Reign, Model Rocket Launch, Polka Dot Park, Cyclocross Bike Race, Puerto Rico Relief effort + more, all this weekend!

Did you know that Route One Fun does more than just Weekend Guides? Tis true! Check out this post on all the new murals along Route 1 in Hyattsville, this post on live music at Brentwood Arts Exchange or this guide to where Kids Eat Free along Route 1!

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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, 4004 34th St, Mt Rainier
Cost: Free (Heads-up: Waterhole’s menu is delish, highly recommend indulging!)

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! 
Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
This place is HUGE. Great for 1-12 years old. Two climbing walls. Two foam pits. Tons of equipment for curious ones to explore and blow off some steam. Very clean. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Adults are to be on the floor with the children (Max 3 child:1 adult).
When: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: PG Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Calling all Scrabble savants! Try your luck on our large Scrabble board to see if you’re really as good as you think! 
When: 7-10pm
Where: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
Cost: Free! 
Join us as we have a BBQ, play yard games, show a movie (to be announced) on our large, inflatable movie screen and many other activities! 
When: 7-10pm
Where: PG Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville


Puerto Rico Relief
Hurricane Maria has left millions in Puerto Rico to face enormous challenges, but we will not let them face those challenges alone. Hyattsville’s Mayor Candace Hollingsworth asks that you join us to stuff a van with supplies to send to Puerto Rico. See list of requested supplies here.
When: 8am-1pm
Where: 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville

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

Join Adventures with Luna and Friends creator Alejandra Santaolalla as she leads children’s coloring activities at our Hyattsville Pop-Up this Saturday1 
When: 11am-12pm
Where: Duende District Bookstore, 5412 Queens Chapel Rd, 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. This is a drop-in program = no registration required. We’ve done this before and consider it a cool opp to see a huge owl up closed and then head outside to explore the Patuxent Research Refuge. Pack a picnic! (No food allowed indoors but plenty of space to eat outside; note that there are no garbage cans on site so plan accordingly.)
When: 1-3pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Minecraft (Ages 5-12 years old)
Come play Minecraft with others to flex your imagination, create your own world and make new friends! Beginners are welcome.
When: 2-3pm
Where: Greenbelt Library, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Community Day at Polka Dot Park 
Come check out the new community space in Hyattsville! Live music by Blue Plains, Franklin’s Craft Beer, Food Trucks and more.
When: 4-8pm
Where: Polka Dot Park, 4320 Hamilton Street, Hyattsville
Cost: No entry fee.

Xtreme Teens: National Astronomy Day (Ages 10-17) 
Come learn basic fundamentals and get an introduction to the wonderful world of astronomy.
When: 7-10pm
Where: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
Cost: Free!

Xtreme Teens: STEAM/STEM Project (Ages 10-17)
Tell a friend to tell a friend that we are using our amazing science amazing kit to make some delicious ice cream.
When: 7-10pm
Where: Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!


Hyattsville Cyclocross Bike Race 2017 
We love checking out this annual off-road bike race through Magruder Park with the kids. We have fun watching the bikes whizz/whirr (?) by us and enjoy checking out all the fancy bikes + bike gear. When the kids tire of that, Magruder Park playground is right there so they can play while you check out the food/drinks being sold by Timber Pizza, Shortcake Bakery, Acme Pie Company, Franklins, Streetcar 82 & more! Tip: If you plan on buying food/drinks, aim to arrive early to mid-day as sometimes things run out! 
When: 8am-5pm
Where: Magruder Park, Hyattsville
Cost: Free to watch!

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!

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Get outside! Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) and explore the new 4-mile segment of the Trail 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 life! 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!

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
Admission: Free!

Join us for our 2nd Annual Family Day Event. We’ll have rides (climbing wall and moon bounce,) prizes, El Zol Radio and Patricia de Lima, Elmo from Sesame Street, FREE food and drinks and music! balloon twisters and lots of give-aways!

When: 2-6pm
Where: Beltway Plaza, Front Parking Lot-Upper Deck, Greenbelt 
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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