Kids’ Activities Along Route 1 This Weekend Guide: Sept. 28th-30th

Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park
Great weekend for some fun at Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park!

Yahoo! The forecast calls for sun this weekend! 😊🌞😊! Get a head-start on making your plans with Route One Fun’s Kids’ Weekend Guide! 

Special thanks to this weekend’s sponsor!
Emily Jackson Group

Route 1 Corridor’s Kids’ Weekend Guide! 


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!)

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Get outside! Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) and explore the 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! 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!

Crafternoon: Hispanic Heritage Month
Join us for an afternoon of making castanets and papales picado. Families welcome!
When: 4-5pm
Where: Hyattsville Library
Cost: Free!

G.E.A.R. Girls Basketball Tournament  (Ages 10-17)
Bring your “A” game and your most competitive team to this 3-on-3 tournament.
When: 7-10pm
Where: Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Xtreme Teens: Lip Sync Contest (Ages 10-17)
Join us as we lip-sync to some of your favorite tunes! Let’s see who has what it takes to go home wiht the grand prize!
When: 7-9pm
Where: Berwyn Heights Community Center, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Save the date: 
College Park Day is next Saturday, October 6th! 
FREE Activities for ALL Ages 
Huge Climb Wall, live music, local food vendors and craft 🍺 beer! Read more here


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

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
Cost: Free!

Mt. Rainier Nature Center
Check out some hands-on exhibits, live animals, educational displays, a play area and more at this fun, free, petite, local site. For a sneak peek, read about our time here! (Tip: Build in some time to check out The Waterhole (organic juice) in Mount Rainier as well as time to play at the adjacent playground! ** Route One Fun reader Megan shared a tip: If you go around feeding time (11:45/12), you might catch them feeding the creatures/animals!
When: 9am-5pm
Where: Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free!

Coding: KidKoders
Learn coding basics with game-based activities that will challenge skills while teaching core concepts of computer science and programming.  Limit 14. Register here.
When: 12:15-1:15pm
Where: Laurel Library
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 close 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!

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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 through this amazing playground! Read about our experience here!
When: 9 am – 6 pm
Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
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.
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 8900 56th Avenue, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free! 
Riding Bicycles to Experience Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract (Ages 10+)
Enjoy an early fall bicycle ride while experiencing the beauty of this natural area’s wildlife, plants and historical sites. 12-mile guided bicycle ride. Bring your own bike, snack, water bottle and helmet. 
When: 1-3:30pm 
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel 
Cost: Free!

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