Kids’ Weekend Guide: August 3rd-5th

Summer fun continues with Baby Water Play in Laurel, Bookworm Bookends in Hyattsville, Crafternoon – Dance Painting in Bowie, Dinosaur Park in Laurel, STEM:tastic & Astronomy Star Party in Greenbelt & more, all inside Route One Fun’s Kids’ Weekend Guide!

Special thanks to this weekend’s sponsor! 


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!)

Rockin to Rhythm
Calling all preschoolers and toddlers! Bust a move and shake your sillies out! (Then plan to head to the library’s water play immediately afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚
When: 10:30-11am
Where: Laurel Library, Laurel
Cost: Free

Play Day! Baby Water Play 
Outdoor water play at the library!
When: 10:30-11:30am
Where: Laurel Library, 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

Forklift First Friday
Join us as we stay open late to throw a party with lively entertainment (live Motown music from Ron Hicks Project), fun for all ages, local art, food truck(s) and craft beer & wine. Read my review of family-friendly Community Forklift’s First Friday here!
When: 6-8pm
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston
Cost: Free!

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Bookworm Bookends
Celebrate your childโ€™s devotion to reading in our book loverโ€™s hands-on workshop. Together you and your child can build a set of bookworm bookends to add personality, organization and excitement to bookshelves in any playroom, family room or bedroom.
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot Hyattsville & College Park
Cost: Free! (Register though to save a spot as they do sometimes hit capacity.)

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

Crafternoon: Dance Painting! (Ages 0-5)
Get down and get messy by painting with your feet! When it’s all over, we’ll have a beautiful abstract mural. Limited to the first 15 children.
When: 11am-12pm
Where: Bowie Library, Bowie
Cost: Free

Spanish-English Ready 2 Read Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Stores, fingerplays and songs will be presented in Spanish and English.
When: 11-11:30am
Where: Hyattsville Library, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

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. Tip: While you’re in the area, why not also check out the Kids Room at the newly renovated Laurel Public Library. My post about it, here.
When: 12-4pm 
Where: 13100 Mid-Atlantic Boulevard, Laurel
Cost: Free!

STEM:tastic: Good Vibrations (Ages 8-12) 
Join us as we explore the science of sound with fun, hand-on experiments! 
When: 2-3pm 
Where: Greenbelt Library, Greenbelt 
Cost: Free 
Afternoon Aviators (Ages 6+)
Join us the first Saturday of every month as we explore a different aviation themed topic through STEAM-based, hands on activities. This is a drop-in program, fun for children.
When: 2pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park
Cost: $5 (includes museum admission)
Astronomy Star Party!
See the Universe! Visit our observatory, look through club members’ telescopes, or bring your own. Event will be canceled if it’s too cloudy to see any stars. Sponsored by the Astronomical Society of Greenbelt.
When: 9:30pm
Where: Northway Fields Park, Greenbelt (Observatory is at the end of a dirt road)
Cost: Free!


Riverdale Park Station Bear Square Fountain!
Kids love to splash around this fountain right across from Whole Foods. Seating surrounds the area so it’s possible you can catch a quick break/sit down while your kiddo plays in the water. Pack or lunch or buy from any one of the many nearby spots.
When: 8ish-8ish
Where: Bear Square, Riverdale Park Station, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

Take a Hike!
Tree canopies make being outside much more bearable, so head to a nearby park and go for a hike! We’ve enjoyed taking hikes at Greenbelt park *Note: As with any hike, make sure to check for ticks during and after your hike! ๐Ÿ™‚
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 6565 Greenbelt Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Indian Creek Playground
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
Cost: Free!

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

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