Kids’ Weekend Guide: March 16th-18th

Clowns, Acrobats, Jugglers all converging in Mt. Rainier this weekend!

Women’s History Month celebration, Young Women in STEM Fair, Hands on Drums (+ baba Ras D!), Mad Hatter Party, Clowns Without Borders, Ice Skating Fundraiser and more, all this weekend along Route One!

Thank you to Community Forklift’s Garden Party for sponsoring this Guide! 

Mark your calendar for their party next Saturday!


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!)

Smaland at College Park’s Ikea
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) burns off some energy 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!

Women’s History Month: Nevertheless, she persisted (Ages 5-12)
Celebrate National Women’s History Month with us! Honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls.
When: 3:30-4:30pm
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!


Young Women in STEM Fair 2018 (Ages 8-12)
In honor of Women’s History Month, girls will meet and interact with successful women in STEM fields in order to get excited and curious about pursuing STEM academics and career paths.When: 10am-1pm
Where: Bowie Library, 15210 Annapolis Rd, Bowie
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 Public Library, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt
Admission: Free!

Hands on Drums 2nd Anniversary Party
Includes a kids’ drum class (11am; pay what you can), kids drum circle, Harambee with baba Ras D and family capoeira! Food, vendors & more!
When: 11am-7pm
Where: 602 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC
Cost: Free!

Mad Hatter Tea Party at the Mall at Prince Georges
Join us for a day of fun with the Easter Bunny and the annual Mad Hatter Tea Party! Enjoy crafts, games, treats and more!
When: 11am-2pm (register for a time slot)
Where: MPG: Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East-West Highway, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! (Registration required)

Leap, Jump & Jam
A creative movement class for new dancers ages 3-5. Dancers will be introduced to the fundamentals of dance through fun movement games and exercises. *Use code ROUTE1MOVESITMINI to try this class for FREE!
When: 11:15am-12pm
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10

Kid Koders
Learn the basic of coding through game-based activities that will challenge creative and logical skills while teaching core concepts of computer science and programming. Ages 5-12. Read here about what’s to love at the Laurel Library!
When: 12-1pm & 1:15-2:15pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Screech & Kestrel
Meet two of North America’s smallest birds of prey: the American kestrel and eastern screech owl. Both expert hunters, the American kestrel uses its acrobatic prowess, while the eastern screech owlis a stealthy silent hunter. Read about why we dig Patuxent Research Refuge, here!
When: 1-2pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

What is an engineer? Engineers are people who design and build things to solve specific problems. Learn about the basics of engineering through an interactive, hands-on challenge. Construct your own design from plans to prototype.
When: 2-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr, College Park
Cost: $5
Buckle up and get ready for one of the best family shows in town! Clowns Without Borders USA is back with our 2nd annual benefit show at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Clowns, acrobats, jugglers and a whole lotta laughter!  
When: doors 5:30pm; performance 6pm
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier 
Cost: $20/ticket


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
Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) and explore the 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! 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!

UPES PTA Break the Ice Fundraiser
Channel your inner Winter Olympian, and buy your ticket NOW to the UPES PTA Break the Ice fundraiser. Open to any/everyone! For only $6, you get your entrance fee and a skate rental! A portion of the sale comes back to UPES, but you have to BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFORE SUNDAY at noon.
When: 2-4pm
Where: Herbert Wells Ice Arena, 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park
Cost: $6


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