Get a head start on your family-fun weekend plans along the Route 1 corridor now! Plenty of great ideas for fun outside and in! PG Culture Playdate in North Brentwood, Puppet Show in College Park, Nature Center in Mount Rainier, Children’s Film Festival in Greenbelt & more! Annnnddd Route One Fun’s 2019 Summer Camp Guide is now up and full of great local camps for summer fun!
Friday Family Fun Along Route 1
Before the afternoon rain, why not indulge in some of the lower temps and head outdoors! Check out our recent visit (and tips!) here.
Where: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002
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!
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
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!)
Where: Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Saturday Family Fun Along Route 1
Bird Walk at Cash Lake (Ages 5+)
Please join us at South Tract for a two mile leisurely bird walk around Cash Lake searching for and identifying multiple species of birds. Walk is weather dependent and begins at the visitor center. At the conclusion of the program participants will review the refuge’s bird check list. Water bottle and binoculars are recommended. Strollers are not recommended for this tour.
Where: National Wildlife Visitors Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
The Fisherman & His Wife – Puppet Show (Ages 5+)
A Grimm’s Fairytale for Marionettes.
When: 11am & 12pm
Where: The Parish House of The Christian Community, 4221 Metzerott Rd., College Park
Cost: Suggested donation $5
PG Culture Playdate
Join us every third Saturday for family-friendly activities to engage with African American history and tradition through art-based learning. Bring the kids and they can have fun crafting history with our talented Museum staff and Teaching Artists.
Where: Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, North Brentwood
Children’s Film Festival Seattle
During the program, you’ll see stories about animal friends, overcoming challenges, deep family love, and learning how to be the best you can be. The program is suitable for all ages.
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: $5/child; $7/adult
Creative Saturdays: The MJ Experience (Ages 6 – 12)
There is nothing kids at Joe’s love more than watching Rakeem Delwin perform his famous Michael Jackson routine. Kids will love learning the smooth moves from King of Pop. It’s highly encouraged to dress in homage to Michael Jackson with a single white glove, skinny pants, shiny shoes, and fedoras!
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier
UPES Break the Ice Fundraiser
All are welcome at this ice-skating fundraiser! **MUST BUY TICKET HERE BEFORE EVENT.
Where: Herbert Wells Ice Arena, College Park
Cost: $6 (includes entrace fee and skate rental)
Sunday Family Fun Along Route 1
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!
Where: MOM’s College Park
Cost: Up to you! (Bring dollars/quarters (they have a change machine). Most games are 50 cents to play.)
Soup’s On: Kitchen Guild Open House
Join us for a FREE open hearth program! The Riversdale Kitchen Guild will use vegetables from the winter garden to make soups using 18th and 19th century recipes. Enjoy with bread and beverages.
When: 12:30 – 3:30pm
Where: Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park
Trash to Treasure – Stream Clean Up & Art Creation Event
Join in a fun, family-friendly event to help clean up the Patapsco River! The first hour will be spent cleaning the Patapsco river and the second hour spent sorting through the found items to create art pieces that express how we treasure the Patapsco watershed.
Where: Sucker Branch at Howard Crossing Apartments and the Normandy Shopping Center
Kids Concert + Family Happy Hour
Join us for a casual happy hour for parents and tots on Saint Patrick’s Day! The Bright Siders will hit the stage with engaging songs to entertain adults and get children moving.
Where: Hill Center DC, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC
Cost: $10/child in advance; $12 day-of; $5/adult
- Giveaway: Win 2 Tickets to “A Bronx Tale” at DC’s National Theatre!
- Route 1 Mamas & Papas: Finding & Building Community
- Hyper Kidz: Awesome Indoor (Unlimited) Playground for Kids!
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