Monday, November 5, 2018

10 Great Indoor Kids' Activities Along Route 1 this Election Day

Chuck E Cheese Takoma Park
Working on their 'A' game at Takoma Park's Chuck E. Cheese.
Prince George's County and Montgomery County Public Schools are closed tomorrow for Election Day - and there's rain in the forecast - so use this list of fun, indoor things to do and places to play with the kids around the Route 1 area as your guide for the day! Activities in Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, College Park, Laurel, Takoma Park and more! Know of other great ideas? Enter in the comments and I'll add then to the list!

PINBALL! (Ages 5+)
Over 29 pinball machines to choose from! Young'n plays pinball while you enjoy some fresh coffee or tea from their Witches Brew Cafe. Or you play pinball, too! See what fun we had at MOM's Organic Market here!
When: 9am-9pm
Where: MOM's College Park
Cost: Up to you! (Bring dollars/quarters (they have a change machine). Most games are 50 cents to play.)

Gametime @ Board & Brew
Board & Brew is a fun place to check out with your 5+year-old crowd. Why? Read my review of the Board & Brew here. With over 500 board games including Operation, Perfection, Hungry Hippos, etc., you'll easily have a good time! Speaking of eating up, they also have a good menu of kid-friendly options. And for my fellow coffee afficionados, they rotate between Vigilante, Mad Cap and Counter Culture coffee - so you'll be sure to get a tasty, quality brew while you're there!
When: Opens at 7 am
Where: 8150 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: (Before 4pm) $2.50 p/ adult for games (so you pay $2.50, your child is free) + the cost of whatever you may order from menu.

Patuxent Research Refuge

Even when there's not a specific program to check out, this place is still a good morning/afternoon's spent exploring the exhibits, taking your pick of any of the activities on the "Family Adventure Cart" including an Adventure Backpack, Scavenger Hunt, Bug Kits, Field Guides, etc. My review of Patuxent Research Refuge here!
When: 9am-4:30pm
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, 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!

Indoor Playground / Smaland at College Park's Ikea
You get to chillax or shop while your young'ns play at Ikea's indoor playground AKA Smaland. Ball pit, tunnels, toys, etc. 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! Yes, it's relatively drinkable! ;)
When: 10:30am - 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!

Chuck E. Cheese
I know, I know - but Chuck E. Cheese and its range of games is pretty much a home run with my kids and this location is on the cleaner side of things plus I kind of inexplicably love their pizza so - it's on this list! Note - schools in MoCo are also closed on Election Day so I'd plan on hitting this place up earlier than later in the day.
When: 11am-9pm 
Where: 1127 University Blvd East, Takoma Park 
Cost: $15+

Discovery Cart Days
Learn about one of the first politicians to use a helicopter as part of his campaign strategy. Create your own egg carton helicopter to take home with you!
When: 11am-2pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/adults; $2/children

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: 11:30-12:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool 
My kids love this awesome indoor waterpark, right here in PG! Specialized water play area for pre-schoolers with slides and spray features, family pool with water slides and spray features, a vending area and shower /changing facilities with lockers (lockers are available but require you to bring your own lock). While parts of the facility are dated but the kids always have a blast.
When: 4-5:45pm
Where: Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool, 6122 Sargent Road, Chillum
Cost: 2 & under are free! Ages 3-17: $5. Adults:$6

Let's Go Bowling!

Check out the new-ish bowling alley (in old AMF bowling location). They've also got an arcade section. And the food was better than expected! :)
When: 4pm-8pm
Where: Bowlero, 9021 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: Before 8pm, games are $4/person; shoes are $6/person

Another idea is to explore a new-to-you library! Check out our visits to these great, newly reopened PGCMLS libraries and let your imagination dream up what's to come!


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