Where to Play: Route 1 Family Weekend Fun, December 14th – 16th

Herbert Wells Ice Skating Rink
Two great chances this weekend to ice skate for really great price!  

Get a head start on your weekend plans now! Tons of family-friendly, kid-friendly holiday and non-holiday fun along Route 1 corridor (and beyond) to choose from – and all indoors as rain is in the forecast (see how I take care of you?!?). 😊

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


Hyper Kidz – Indoor Playground
Let the kiddos burn off some energy at this huge indoor playground! Check out what to see and do from our time at Hyper Kidz Playground!
When: 9am-8pm
Where: Hyper Kidz, Columbia
Cost: $14 ages 1-2; $16 ages 3-13 (mention “Route One Fun” at register for $2/off ticket!)

Season’s Greenings: πŸš† All Aboard!
Weekdays are perfect to check out this amazing show at the US Botanic Gardens in DC! Amazing holiday display with model trains, poinsettias and landmarks made of leaves, sticks and many other garden accouterments!
When: 10am-5pm
Where: US Botanic Gardens, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC
Cost: Free!

Super Saver Ice Skating!
Huge indoor ice skating rink with a warming hut and a snack bar – what else do you need?! We did this before & enjoyed it; they have these plastic push things (words…?) to guide a beginner along.
When: 3:15-5:15pm
Where: Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $4 (skate rental included)!

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. Check out our time at Open Gym here!
When: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

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Holiday Trains & Planes
Miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to live. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum. 

When: 10am-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cprl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/adults; $2 child; free ages 1 & under.
A Christmas Story (Ages 8+, methinks)
I really don’t need to provide a description for this movie and if I do, it’s probably not your type of flick. πŸ˜‰ Anyhoo – be forewarned/reminded: There’s talk in the movie questioning the existence of Jolly St. Nick – so proceed accordingly. And whatever you do, buy a bag of popcorn. It’s really delish and made with coconut oil!!
When: 11am
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: $7/adult; $5/kids 12 and under

Jitterbug Club (Ages 2-6)
New class! Kiddos 2-6 will love this open play date filled with movement, music and fun (taught by Kendra and Marcel, 2 instructors at Joe’s who are SOOOO good with kids and who the kiddos love!)
When: 11:15am-12:45pm
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10 drop-in.

Holiday Ornament Workshop
Bring the family and build memorable, elegant ornaments with special paper. All materials and instruction provided so you can deck the halls when you get home.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 2-4pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood
Cost: Free!

Festival of Lights
Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at this spectacular drive-through event featuring dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights throughout the park! Read about our time at the Festival of Lights here. [Giveaway has ended.]
When: Now through January 1, 2019; 5-9:30pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $10/car; $20 mini-bus


Meet Santa and Marshall the Fire Pup at the Firehouse
Come meet Santa at the firehouse! There’ll be cookies for the kiddos! RSVP here. Bring your own camera and consider making a donation to HVFD! Park at the PG Plaza Metro station.
When: 11am-3pm (must arrive before 2pm)
Where: HVFD, 6200 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

ICE! featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas (Best for ages 4+)
This indoor winter wonderland features 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures depicting the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas with four 2-story tall ice slides and a full nativity scene! Read my 10 Tips for Enjoying ICE! hereUse code “SNOW18” for $4 off ICE! Tickets! (Good for Sundays – Thursdays through December 20th.)  
When: Now through January 1, 2019; Hours vary by day
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD
Cost: From $24/child – $32/adult

Gametime @ Board & Brew (Best for ages 4+)
With over 500 board games including Operation, Perfection, Hungry Hippos, etc., you’ll easily find a game you like to play! There’s also have a good menu of kid-friendly options. And for my fellow coffee afficionados, their coffee is delish (like, pick your roaster-type good!). Check out our time at the Board & Brew here.
When: Opens at 9am
Where: 8150 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: (Before 4pm) $2.50 p/p for games + the cost of whatever you may order from menu.

STEM-Fun at Diven’s Den
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 see rec for local places to eat/get coffee)!
When: 1-4pm
Where: Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Family Session Ice Skating!
Huge indoor ice skating rink with a warming hut and a snack bar – what else do you need?! We did this before & enjoyed it; they have these plastic push things words…?) to guide a beginner along.
When: 2-4pm
Where: Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/adult ($2 skate rental); for each paying adult, up to 2 kids skate for free!

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