Route 1 Kids Weekend Guide: March 22nd – 24th

With a mix of sun, clouds and perhaps everything in between, enjoy this list of family-friendly things to do along and beyond our beloved Route 1 this weekend!

Friday Fun with Route 1 Kids

Explore! at the National Portrait Gallery
Bring the kid(s) to one of the coolest museums in DC! Follow my itinerary in here, including a stop-off at their Explore! Room and you’ll be all set to have a great time!
When: 11:30am-6pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery, DC
Cost: Free!

G.E.A.R.: Skate & Glow (Ages 10-17)
Ladies will dominate the gym skating to great music! We will provide the glowsticks and skates. You bring your friends and enthusiasm! Remember to wear thick socks.
When: 7-8pm
Where: College Park Community Center & Youth Soccer Complex, College Park
Cost: Free (w/M-NCPPC youth ID)

Route One Fun Summer Camp Guide 2019

Saturday Fun with Route 1 Kids

Pysanky: Ukranian Egg Decorating (Ages 16+)
Create a beautiful egg in the time-honored Ukrainian tradition of Pysanky. This workshop will explore the art in a free-form, using symbolism that tells a specific story. All craft materials are included but bring a bag lunch.
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $25/person

Liberty Girls: An American Girl Book Club (Ages 7-13)
Our Liberty Girls book club is back in 2019 with American Girls Marie-Grace and Cecile! Read about the exciting adventures of these two 19th-Century girls from New Orleans, Louisiana. At each meeting, members will participate in a book discussion with a Prince George’s County librarian, do a period activity or craft, and enjoy light refreshments.
When: 10:30am-12pm
Where: Darnall’s Chance House Museum, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $30/person

Big Apple Circus
Last weekend to catch the circus! Each performance promises an action-packed show, filled with thrills, laughs, and a lifetime of memories.
When: 11am, 3pm & 7pm
Where: National Harbor, Oxon Hill
Cost: $15+. Discounted tickets available on Groupon and GoldStar Events.

Meet the American Kestrel
Sharp vision, a specialized beak and amazing flying skills make the American Kestrel a marvelous meadow predator. Come meet this tiny bird of prey and learn how to protect their homes. (We’ve done this before – Arrive early so that kids can sit closest to bird. 🙂
When: 12:15pm-12:45pm

7th Annual Book Festival
Meet and greet 30+ authors and illustrators. Balloon creations by Lisa. Face Painting. Story time and more!
When: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave, College Park
Cost: Free

Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) for some outdoor fun! Kiddos can hit up the playground by the entrance, monkey about in the old B & O caboose, skip along the Anacostia River Trail, then pick up some cool stones to paint later when you return home.
When: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Start at BWP, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

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Sunday Fun with Route 1 Kids

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!

New-to-you Frontier Fort Playground
Check out a new-to-you local playground! Info and travel tips for a visit to Frontier Fort Playground here!
When: Dawn to dusk
Where: 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham
Cost: Free!

Kids’ Day at the Museum
This children’s program will connect to the Is there a Doctor in the House exhibit with hands-on history activities. While there, check out the STEM-inspiried Diven’s Den downstairs – free!
When: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free (with suggested donation)

Puppet Show (Ages 5+)
Catch The Fisherman and His Wife by Beech Tree Puppets.
When: 3:00pm
Where: College Park Arts Exchange, College Park
Cost: Free

Big Apple Circus
Last performance of the circus in our area! Each performance promises an action-packed show, filled with thrills, laughs, and a lifetime of memories.
When: 4pm
Where: National Harbor, Oxon Hill
Cost: $15+. Discounted tickets available on Groupon and GoldStar Events.

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