Route 1 Corridor Kids Weekend Guide: April 5th – 7th

Spring has sprung! And we’ve got plenty of ideas for great outdoor (and indoor) kid-friendly fun along the Route 1 corridor! Cherry Blossoms, Brunches with Bunnies, Family Art Day, Open Hearth Cooking and more. Enjoy and forward to this Guide to a friend!

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Friday Fun Along Route 1

Music Class w/ Music Together SoHy – Free Demo!
Check out this new music class for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the grownups who love them! Little ones love playing along in class and caregivers love being a part of their children’s growth into confident music-makers!
When: 9:30-10:15am
Where: University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Storytime PopUp!  @ The Waterhole (Best for Ages 0-4 )
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more at this innovative collaboration between PGCMLS & Mt. Rainier’s fabulous organic juice & smoothie joint, The Waterhole. (While there, highly recommend getting the Berry Nice smoothie – delish and kid-approved!)
When: 10-10:30am
Where: The Waterhole, 4004 34th St., Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free

** Read all about one of the best organic drink spots in Prince George’s County!

Readers Theater: Blackout Poetry (Ages 5-12)
Check out this cool library event. Your kid’s a poet, but maybe you don’t even know it? (haha!). Well, bring them to the Hyattsville Branch Library on Friday afternoon and find out. Staff will help children make poetry using old books and creative editing. Who knows, your child might become the next poet laureate (ahem, and when they do, don’t forget to mention Route One Fun!) 🙂
When: 4pm-5pm
Where: Hyattsville Branch Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Before the weekend tourist crowd rushes in, head downtown with the kiddos to take in the beauty of the cherry blossom trees in full bloom as part of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.
When: All day
Where: Tidal Basin and ANA Stage, Paddle Boat Parking Lot 1501 Maine Avenue, SW
Cost: Free

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Saturday Fun Along Route 1 

Town of Edmonston’s Spring Festival (All Ages)
Celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of chestnut trees @ the Edmonston Recreation Center, then hop over to the egg hunt at the 47th Avenue park, for the Easter bunny, treats, and more!
When: 9-10:30am (tree planting), 11am-2pm (egg hunt)
Where: Edmonston Recreation Center, 5100 Hundred Tanglewood Drive & 47th Avenue Park,5006 47th Avenue, Edmonston
Cost: Free, contact the Town Hall for more information: 301-699-8806

*Community Forklift’s 10th Annual Garden Party!
There’ll be kids activities, face painting, live music and more at Community Forklift’s Annual Garden Party! There will be prizes for the most stylish people and pets, so attendees are encouraged to wear
seersucker suits, fancy hats, frilly dresses, and other garden party finery!
When: 10am-3pm
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston
Cost: Free, store items and food available for purchase on site

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Brunch with Bunny (All Ages, limited to 200 guests due to space constraints.)
A special invitation to eat brunch with Mr. Bunny, himself, for moi? Say what? Yep! Be one of the first 200 guests (register here – it’s free!) to enjoy free refreshments, arts and crafts AND a magic show from 11:15-NOON with Tim Hall at the College Park Community Center. Don’t forget to get your munchkins dressed up for a photo op with Mr. Bunny. Say cheese (or maybe carrot ;)!
When: 11am-1pm
Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park
Cost: Free

Family Art Day: Elena & Los Fulanos (All Ages)
In the mood for some soothing melodies and inventive chords to celebrate diversity? Well, come be inspired by the music of Elena & Los Fulanos, a DC-based bilingual Latin folk band, just in time for spring at the Langley Park Community Center. Music is influenced by lead performer Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures – Nicaraguan and American. Think twangy folk rock meets violin-infused cumbia.
When: 11am (approx. 3 hours)
Where: Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr, Langley Park
Cost: Free (food provided)

HY-Swap (Not a kids event but if you’re reading this/have younger kids, you might be interested)
Stock up on clothing, toys, books, and gear for children of all ages. Take what you need, bring a friend (or more!) and a big bag (or the Swap will provide you with bags) to take home your goodies. Feel free to bring diapers and sanitary items being collected for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. More on Hy-Swap here.
When: 12:30-2:30pm
Where: Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free, cash donations accepted to cover costs

Creative Saturday: The Greatest Show on Earth Experience (Ages 6-12, w/ adult)
Looking for a new creative way to stimulate your kids? This Saturday afternoon let them discover the magic of circus through dance, tumbling, and cool props with a talented local artist at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Don’t forget to dress your kids in comfortable clothes, including sneakers and bright colors. This time, YOUR kids really are the greatest show on earth, I mean for reals, yo 🙂
When: 1-3pm
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier
Cost: $10 per child, adults are free

Outdoor Fun!

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!

Feed the Ducks, Run Around Playground at University Hills Duck Pond Park
The title pretty much says it all. 😉 Pack a picnic, check out the duck pond and then have fun at 1 of the 3 playgrounds at this park! There’s one right at the entrance off of Wells Blvd but if you wander a bit on the bike path you’ll find there’s an even bigger one just down to the right with structures for the toddler and 5-12 crew.
When: Sunrise to sunset…
Where: 3400 Stanford St, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

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Sunday Fun Along Route 1

National Arboretum
Check out the blooming Cherry Blossom AND Magnolia trees at the glorious aboretum! Check out our recent visit (and tips!) here.
When: 8am-5pm
Where: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002
Cost: Free!

Music Class w/ Music Together SoHy – Free Demo!
Check out this new music class for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the grownups who love them! Little ones love playing along in class and caregivers love being a part of their children’s growth into confident music-makers!
When: 10am
Where: Ballet, Tap & All That Jazz, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Arts Drop In at MilkBoy ArtHouse: Watercolor Springtime Scenes (All Ages)
In the mood for some family-friendly brunch? Bring the family to MilkBoy ArtHouse, take a seat, order some yummy gnoshes (orange chocolate ganache glazed donuts, anyone? or maybe some warm truffle fries with parmesan) and get started on your very own art project! This month’s theme is Watercolor Springtime Scenes, facilitated by arts specialist Aaron Springer. Leave the venue with your artistic memento AND a happy belly!
Where: MilkBoy ArtHouse, 7416 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
When: 11am-1pm
Cost: Free, project supplies provided at no cost, but the purchase of brunch to support MilkBoy ArtHouse encouraged

Spring into Spring: Open Hearth Cooking (All Ages)
Catch some 18th and 19th century cooking demos led by The Riversdale Kitchen Guild, using produce harvested at the Guild’s garden. Feature recipes include early spring vegetables and light fare, mmm. Take home a new (or old!) recipe and cooking technique. Tip: While there, ask about joining the Guild’s volunteer corps and you’ll really be making history! (get it? MAKING history: growing veggies, cooking 1800s recipes on an open hearth? okay, back to our weekend activities again). LOL
When: 12-4pm
Where: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale
Cost: Free

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