Kids’ Weekend Guide: October 5th-7th

Route One Fun Kids' Weekend Guide

So many fun, free, kid and family-friendly things to do along Maryland’s Route 1 Corridor this weekend! From College Park’s College Park Day to Community Forklift’s FunkYard Festival in Hyattsville to a Wildlife Festival in Laurel to Artful Afternoon in Greenbelt – we’re some lucky ducks! Share this Guide with the kiddos – maybe let them pick out a thing or five to explore this weekend! 🙂

Special thanks to this weekend’s sponsor
D & G Construction Services Hyattsville

Route 1 Corridor Kids’ Weekend Guide


Rockin to Rhythm
Calling all Preschoolers and Toddlers! Bust a move and shake your sillies out at the Rockin’ 2 Rhythm Storytime! Read here about what’s to love at the Laurel Library!
When: 10:30-11am
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Come shop over 10,000 books, DVD’s and CD’s. Everything will be under $5 and proceeds will directly benefit literacy and family programs in local public schools. 
When: 11am-8pm (Hyattsville library will be joining from 2-5pm for storytime and crafts!)
Where: Riverdale Park Station, 6621 Baltimore Ave, Riverdale Park 
Cost: Free (no entry fee) 

This Saturday: Kids’ Activities at Community Forklift’s FunkYard Remix!

Community Forklift FunkYard Festival

Mt. Rainier Carnival 
Look forward to food, face painting, carnival games for all ages and a chance to win fun prizes!
When: 4-7pm
Where: Mount Rainier Elementary School, 4011 32nd Street, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free! (No entry fee)

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: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child

College Park Day is this Saturday! 
College Park Day 2018


Celebrate National Fire Safety Month in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model fireboat to put out shoreline or shipboard fires and transport emergency personnel and rescue workers. (Tip: Arrive early as supplies are limited.)
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville & College Park
Cost: Free!

Wildlife Festival
Families and all ages will be able to enjoy learning more about scientific research done here at Patuxent, take a tram tour through various habitats, engage with Law Enforcement and hop into the Wildlife on Wheels trailer, and see live animals.
When: 10am-3pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

FunkYard Festival 
Reuse. Respect. Remix: a celebration of practical + creative reuse, repairs + repurposing, and old homes + local history. Meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antiques advice, and check out DIY demos. We’ll have artists who create with salvaged materials, live funk music, free face painting, local food and beer, secondhand clothing, a salvage sale, and more!
When: 11am-5pm
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

College Park Day
Join your friends, neighbors and the entire City of College Park community at the 9th Annual College Park Day Festival! We love this festival! Huge bouncy houses, face painting, live music, food and beverages (including the adult kind 😉 for purchase)! Read about our time here!
When: 12-6pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park
Cost: Free!

Story Time with Lil’ Libros
Gather around for a Hispanic Heritage story, children’s books will be read aloud in both Spanish and English. Two readings at 1pm and 3pm in the IKEA Restaurant, refreshments provided for participants.
When: 1-2pm
Where: IKEA College Park, College Park
Cost: Free! Register here.

VR: Explore Cities in Latin America
Virtually travel to countries across Latin America. No passport required!
When: 3-4pm
Where: Greenbelt Library, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

International Festival 
Celebrate the diversity that makes our community great with music, dance, food and drink from around the world!
When: 4-8pm
Where: Heurich Park, 2800 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! (Admission & entertainment are free.)


Artful Afternoon
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first art classes at the Greenbelt Community Center through the WPA’s Federal Art Project! All ages welcome. Stay for a free performance at 3pm featuring “crankies” by Katherine Fahey, manually animated artwork as a vehicle for storytelling.
When: 1pm-4pm
Where: Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

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!

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