Friday, July 20, 2018

Kids' Weekend Fun Along Maryland's Route One! July 20th - 22nd

College Park Aviation Museum
Engineering feats this weekend! 📷 by: M-NCPPC

Tons of family-friendly (mostly FREE!) fun along Maryland's Route One this weekend! Lotus & Water Lily Festival (full of kids' activities), STEM-tastic Buzzing about Bees, Zinefest, Bladensburg Waterfront Arts Festival & more - all inside Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Realtor

FRIDAY 

Blast-in-the-Past: A Hands-On History Playground
Montpelier grounds are turned into a kid-sized colonial village, complete with trades, town square, home, farm - everything you need for a trip back in time. (We checked this out - fun, low-fi way to spend a morning or afternoon! If you go, build in some time to check out the latest exhibit at the Arts Center. And put on sunscreen.)
When: 10am-3pm
Where: Montpelier Historic Site, 9650 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel
Cost: $2.50

STEM-Fun at Diven's Den
Check out this new-to-you STEM-inspired playroom, teaching the kiddos about life in 1800s Laurel. Curious? Read my review of Diven's Den! Make sure to build in some time for a walk through nearby River Walk! :)
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Gymnastics Workshop / Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
This place is really great for 1-12 year olds! HUGE. 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. Parents are required to be on the floor with the children (Maximum 3 child:1 adult). Check out my review here!
When: 6-7pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child

Hyattsville's Summer Jam Series!
We love Summer Jam! Live music, food, beer/wine, kids frolicking around, parents earnestly attempting however disjointed conversations with friends and neighbors. Includes moonbounce and kids' activities, too! Can also check out Hyattsville's Micro Farmers Market!
When: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: City Municipal Bldg, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Still need a couple of weeks to fill with summer camp? 
Hyattsville Summer Camp Guide

SATURDAY 

2018 Lotus and Water Lily Festival
This two day festival features performances from cultures around the world, family fun games, arts and crafts and the amazingly beautiful lotuses and water lilies in full bloom!
When: 10am-5pm
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1900 Anacostia Ave Southeast, Washington DC
Cost: Free!

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

2018 DC Zinefest (All ages)
This year's Zinefest will feature 50+ zine-makers sharing their writing, art, prints and more! Zinefest is an independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists and writers to share their work with each other and the local communities. (Grab a coffee at nearby Zeke's Coffee, take in the Zinefest then grab a bite to eat from Good Food Markets.)
When: 11am-5pm
Where: Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington DC
Cost: No entry fee (though come prepared to buy some zines!)

STEM-tastic: The Buzz About Bees!
The program invites families to learn about the importance of bees with BUMBA (Bowie-Upper Marlboro Bee Association)! 
When: 2-4pm 
Where: Bowie Library
Cost: Free!

Engineering 101 (Ages 9+)
What does an engineer do? Learn what an engineer does and use the Engineering Design Process to complete a task or challenge.
When: 2-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park
Cost: $5

🏊 ☀ 🏊 Beat the heat this summer w/ August (thru Labor Day) membership 
at the Adelphi Pool for $175! Good for you + family! Coupon here 🏊🍉🏊

SUNDAY 

2018 Lotus and Water Lily Festival
This two day festival features performances from cultures around the world, family fun games, arts and crafts and the amazingly beautiful lotuses and water lilies in full bloom!
When: 10am-5pm
Where: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1900 Anacostia Ave Southeast, Washington DC
Cost: Free!

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!

Waterfront Arts Festival
Get in touch with your left brain and visit this year's festival! Amid the scenic atmosphere of urban waterfront park, enjoy an afternoon of art and imagination! Painting, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, photography and a performance by the Crawdaddies, Kim Reynolds Trio and Strike Force Drumline! Kids Creative Zone plus art workshops and demonstrations, free boat tours and more!
When: 12-6pm
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg
Cost: Free (no entry fee)!

Check Out a New-To-You Library, Laurel Library
We love spending time in the Kids' Room of this fresh and so clean, clean library - especially on a rainy day. Don't believe me? Read about why we dig the Laurel Library, here!
When: 1-5pm
Where: Laurel Library, Laurel
Cost: Free!



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Please let them know you read about it on Route One Fun! here! Thank you! 😍




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Event information is subject to chance or weather cancellation.

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