Kids’ Weekend Guide: Oct. 19th-21st

Archaeology Dig Playground

Explore a new-to-you playground this weekend, check out a nature center, American Indian Festival, Family Pumpkin Carving and tons of fun (and food!) at Stonyfield’s Field Day at Magruder Park and more this weekend!


Archaeology Dig Playground

Here’s a rec for a new playground to explore this weekend! This playground has equipment and structures for wee ones and the 5-12 set (check out cool climbing structure in header pic)! About a 20 minutes drive from East West & Rt. 1. Pack a picnic + blanket and take a stroll through the park afterwards. And…Bring enough wipes for port-a-potty use.
When: Sunrise-Sunset
Where: 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
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 in Mt. Rainier. Great, local organic juice spot. Kid-friendly, too!)
When: 9am-5pm
Where: Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free!

Route One Fun Fall Festivals Guide

Smaland at College Park’s Ikea
Kids play in indoor playground while yo enjoy some shopping or just relax/eat/peoplewatch at the restaurant upstairs. Kiddos must be potty trained and be 37” to 54” tall (so children typically b/w ages of 3-7). 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 mildly-decent coffee! (Tip: My kiddos enjoy this option best when they have a friend to play with, so perhaps try to coordinate a meet-up there with another family.)
When: 10:30am – 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!

Lake Artemesia
Get outside and go for a stroll or a bike ride or a slow but enjoyable crawl along lovely Lake Artemesia! Last time we went, spotted some turtles, frogs, ducks & birds of all stripes, beautiful lilipads & more!
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: Berwyn Rd & 55th Ave, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Hy-Swap Hyattsville


10th Annual American Indian Festival
Celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Native Americans at the 10th Annual American Indian Festival. Featuring live music, drumming, singing, dancing, storytelling, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, American Indian games, archery and more!
When: 10am-4pm
Where: Jug Bay Natural Area, 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Free!
Live Wolf at Patuxent Research Refuge 

Join us at the National Wildlife Visitor Center to see a live wolf from Ironwood Wolves. Each showing is one hour long. Tickets only sold online and not available at the door. Arrive early as doors open 30 minutes prior to showing. The one hour program includes a discussion of family life, habitat, diet, and myths and facts about wolves.
When: 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm 
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel 
Cost: $10 for ages 13+; $5 for ages 12 & under 
Hy-Swap is a community exchange of free infant, children’s and maternity clothing, toys and gear organized by Hyattsville residents. The goal is to share and circulate items in good condition within the community, providing savings for local families and reducing waste. (I love everything about this event. Such a awesome community builder and fabulous threads, too.)
When: 12-3pm

Where: Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St, Hyattsville
Cost: No entry fee (monetary donations welcome!)

Indian Creek Playground (All Ages)
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!

Fall Fest
Join for hay rides, games, amusements, pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving and live music!
When: Saturday, October 20th, 2-5pm
Where: Schrom Hills Park, 6751 Village Park Dr, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Calabash Carnage: Family Pumpkin Carving
Celebrate Halloween and have lots of fun at the Brentwood Arts Exchange! Your family is invited to join us for a Pumpkin Carving Workshop. Use your imagination and create your own designs.When: Saturday, October 20th, 2-4pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood
Cost: Free! (Pumpkins are $5/each)

Pumpkin Walk
Come out and enjoy the beautiful decorated pumpkins on the Greenbelt trails!
When: Saturday, October 20th, 6pm
Where: Schrom Hills Park, Greenbelt, Maryland
Cost: Free!

StonyFIELDS Hyattsville Magruder Park


StonyFIELD Day at Magruder Park!
FREE BBQ, music, games and yogurt! (Yes, you read that correctly.) Weโ€™re celebrating because Hyattsville has been awarded a grant from Stonyfield Farm to begin doing organic field management. That means Hyattsville will be using soil-based fertilizers without harmful pesticides to care for Magruder Park. StonyFIELD Dayโ€™s activities will include crafts, games, face painting, and a special live performance from the Jimi Smooth Band! Read Route One Fun’s post about StonyFIELD Day here!
When: 11am-2pm
Where: Magruder Park, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

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! (And head to Sip at C Street for delish coffee when in the area!)
When: 1pm-4pm
Where: Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

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