Route 1 Kids Weekend Guide: February 22nd-24th

Route One Fun’s Kids Weekend Guide is all you need for planning your local fun this weekend! From the Big Circus to Storytime to Baby Love’s Yoga, a free showing of the Sandlot and even more, you’ll have tons of ways to enjoy some family fun this weekend!

Friday Family Fun Along Route 1

Smaland at College Park’s Ikea (Best for ages 3-7ish)
Kids play in indoor playground while you 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). (Arrive early-ish as sometimes gets busy in there. 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!

Storyville
Let your little one putter around inside this free play-and-learn center designed to promote early literacy and school readiness skills (part of Baltimore County Public Library System).
When: 9am-5:30pm
Where: Baltimore & Woodlawn locations
Cost: Free!

Paint Branch Parkway Park Playground (All Ages)
Get outside and check out this great playground, rivaling any great playground you’ve been to in DC, NYC or anywhere! Among other great things, its fireman’s pole use a fun hydraulic lift to boost kids (and adventurous adults…) up and down a log plank is a blast! (I know some folks have had trouble locating this playground, so sharing some notes from our recent visit: If heading north on Route 1, make R on to Campus Drive, pass Aviation Museum, pass Ice Skating rink and shortly thereafter, will see small sign for “Calvert Road” (as well as sign for “Paint Branch Parkway” & “Disc Golf”). Make L and playground will be down a bit on your left.)
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 5202 Campus Drive (if old GPS, enter 5202 Paint Branch Parkway), College Park
Cost: Free!

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Saturday Family Fun Along Route 1

Wegmans Wonderplace
Does your kiddo love grocery stores or stacking (and perhaps hoarding) play vegetables? Then this is the place for you all! Located inside the National Museum of American History, this free spot will keep your kiddo occupied for a good hour or so – then you can all check out the rest of this amazing museum!
When: 10am-4pm
Where: National Museum of American History, Washington DC
Cost: Free!

Big Apple Circus – Autism Friendly Performance
Each performance promises an action-packed show, filled with thrills, laughs, and a lifetime of memories. (Modifications will be made to the sound and lighting. In addition, the site will also provide sensory and calming areas for individuals and their families.)
When: 11am
Where: National Harbor, Oxon Hill
Cost: Varies. Discounted tickets available on Groupon and GoldStar Events.

Shake Shack Rattle & Roll Sing Along
Join our fun, free sing-along for children 0+. Enjoy live music and get ready to shake, rattle and roll!
When: 11am
Where: Union Station, Washington DC
Cost: Free!

Free showing of The Sandlot
Catch this free showing of The Sandlot! Hosted by the Greenbelt Youth Baseball Little League (& sponsored by Modell’s Sporting Goods) as they get ready for their upcoming season. All are welcome!
When: 11am
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

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Sunday Family Fun Along Route 1

Tiny Tots (Ages 18-48 months)
Learn about wildlife at the refuge through fun and interactive songs, stories and activities. Parent participation & registration required. (Easy, lo-fi way to keep the kiddo occupied! Check out our time at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge here.)
When: 10:30-11:15am
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Baby Love’s Yoga
Bring your little ones (4 – 12 months) to baby yoga. We’ll move in yoga-inspired poses that is age appropriate for little ones, and dance and sing.
When: 11am
Where: Love Yoga Studio, Hyattsville
Cost: $20 drop-in

Big Apple Circus
Each performance promises an action-packed show, filled with thrills, laughs, and a lifetime of memories. (Modifications will be made to the sound and lighting. In addition, the site will also provide sensory and calming areas for individuals and their families.)
When: 12pm & 4pm
Where: National Harbor, Oxon Hill
Cost: Varies. Discounted tickets available on Groupon and GoldStar Events.

Hidden Figures (Ages 10+)
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.
When: 1pm
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

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As always, please call ahead to confirm event’s status before heading out!

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