Route 1 Kids’ Weekend Guide: August 31st-2nd

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Model Rocket Launch
Model Rocket Launches this weekend! 📷 by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Make your own field goal game, dig for dinosaur bones, check out some carnival rides and maybe some afternoon aviators all this weekend! Read on!

Many thanks to this weekend’s sponsor!

Field Goal Game (Rec Ages 5-12)
Kickoff football season with a portable action-packed field goal game. In this workshop, you and your child can build a game to test your aim. Simply flick or drop-pluck the ball through the goal posts to score a field goal worth three points. Once the game is built, your child can customize it with paint and stickers—play solo or with a friend and switch between field judge/scorekeeper and placekicker. (Tip: Get there early as supplies do run out.)
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Children’s Pet Show
All kinds, types, sizes of pets. Bring your pet to register at 9:30am. Judging at 10am. Awards at 10:30am. Greenbelt’s greatest pets get some well-deserved attention! Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop #27 of Greenbelt.
When: 9:30-10:30am
Where: Greenbelt Community Center Lawn, Greenbelt
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

Rides by Sherwood Amusements.  Ride tickets sold by volunteers from the Eleanor Roosevelt High School National Honor Society.
When: 11am-10pm
Where: Greenbelt, Midway
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

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

Dinosaur Park Open House & Fossil Deposit Interpretation
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!

Family-Friendly Cartoons
Beat the heat by taking a break from the Greenbelt Festival fun in the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the Old Greenbelt Theatre.
When: 1-5pm
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Roller Skating 
Grab your skates and participate in a storied Greenbelt tradition! Roller skates are provided FREE of charge or bring your own!
When: 1-3pm
Where: Greenbelt Recreation Center, Youth Center Gym
Cost: Free!

Afternoon Aviators
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)

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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!

Carnival and Booths 
Rides by Sherwood Amusement; games, food and information booths by Greenbelt organizations.
When: Noon – 10pm
Where: Greenbelt Festival
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

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 (weather decisions made day of launch). 301-286-8981
When: 1 pm
Where: NASA Goddard Visitor Center, 8800 Greenbelt Road, Greenbelt
Admission: Free!
Hot Shot Hoops (Ages 12 and under)
Registration at 2pm; tournament begins at 2:30pm. Participants have 2 minutes to make as many shots as they can within a half-court area. Trophies awarded to winner and runner-up.
When: 2-4pm
Where: Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, Youth Center Gym
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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