Route 1 Corridor Kids Weekend Guide: April 12th – 14th

Carnival at Riverdale Park Station, Halfway to Halloween in Cheverly, Blue Sky Puppets in College Park, Aladdin on Ice in Laurel, Indoor/Outdoor Nature Fun in Mount Rainier, Kids Zone Event in Hyattsville, Egg Dying in Brentwood, Easter Egg Hunts a-plenty – all this kid-frienly fun along Route 1 corridor of Prince George’s County this weekend!

Friday Fun Along Route 1 Corridor

Indoor/Outdoor Fun @ Mount Rainier Nature Center
Hidden gem full of indoor & outdoor fun. Play area, activity center, & small animal exhibits. Playground, gazebo & goldfish pond with turtles. Hi, turtles! You’re too cute for shells. Bonus: Word on the street noon = animal feeding time. If visit around that time, then might be able to see the action! Check out my our trip to the Mount Rainier Nature Center here.
When: 8:30-5pm
Where: Mount Rainier Nature Center, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier
Cost: Free!

Checking out the amphibians at Mt. Rainier Nature Center
Checking out the snakes and stuff at Mt. Rainier Nature Center

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., Mount Rainier
Cost: Free!

Ready to Read STEM @ South Bowie Branch (Ages 3-5)
Learn STEM outside the classroom with your kids. Innovative math or science activities & songs & games. STEM-smart friends abound at your local library. We love you, libraries!
When: 11am-12pm
Where: South Bowie Library Branch, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie
Cost: Free!

Gymnastics Workshop / Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex (Ages 1-12)
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. Very clean. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents are required to be on the floor with the children (Maximum 3 child:1 adult). Check out our visit to this open gym here!
When: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: PG Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child

Open Gym Fun for toddlers and preschoolers at PG Sports & Learning Complex
Open Gym Fun for toddlers and preschoolers at PG Sports & Learning Complex

University Town Center Carnival 2019
Get your tickets for some affordable family fun & bring your sweet tooth. Post-amusement rides, games & prizes, indulge in some carnival treats. Funnel cakes and corn dogs, yum!
When: 6-11pm
Where: University Town Center, 6515 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville
Cost: Single tickets:  $1.75 each;Book of 30 tickets:  $40.00, etc.


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Saturday Fun Along Route 1 Corridor

Toddler Time @ Artworks Now (Best for under age 5)
Join this arts drop-in; two hours of unadulterated access to books, blocks and more to experience art. You bring the party, they bring the entertainment and clean up the mess! Check out our time at Toddler Time here. (*Note price increase from $5 to $10)
When: 10am-12pm
Where: ArtWorksNow, 4800 Rhode Island Avenue Suite 1, Hyattsville
Cost: $10 w/ an adult

JCPenny Kids Zone Event
Fly by JCPenny by w/ your kids. Color & keep a Marvel cinch bag. Get a Marvel pin & superhero buttons. Parents, pick up your special store coupon & 20% off Hasbro toys. Parent superpower, activate!
When: 11am-12pm
Where: The Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East West Highway, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

JC Penney event at Mall at Prince George's

Zumbini Demo Class: Kalino Finds the Music @ Joe’s Movement (Ages 0-4)
The ultimate bonding experience is right here. Right now. This weekend, at Joe’s. Explore music and movement with your little one while developing their social, cognitive, emotional, and motor skills. RSVP here as spots are limited!
When: 11am-12pm
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier
Cost: $11.50

2nd Annual Spring Carnival@ Riverdale Park Station 
Carnival games, bouncy house, balloon twisters, & so much more! Be one of the 50 first families & snag a swag bag (say that 3 times fast!). Bear Square is where it’s at. Can’t wait to see you there!
When: 12-3pm
Where: Riverdale Park Station, 6621 Baltimore Avenue, Riverdale
Cost: Free!

Halfway to Halloween
Scare up some fun @ the Legion’s annual ‘Halfway to Halloween’ costume soiree. Spooktacular parade & contest, games & prizes & more (fortune teller, anyone?)! You’ll have an eerie good time. Muhaha! Donations help Maryland District & Department Children & Youth Projects & Legion Child Welfare Fund.
When: 1-4pm
Where: Cheverly American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108, 3608 Legion Drive, Cheverly
Cost: $5 per child, adults free

Bowie Green Expo
Free family event w/ Kids Zone, make & take activities, puppet show, live entertainment, electric car display & over 50 vendors w/ green products & services. Open to the public!
When: 12-4pm
Where: Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie
Cost: Free!

Fun Easter Events this Weekend

City of College Park’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Enjoy old fashion springtime fun. Face painting & games, prizes & arts & crafts. Meet the Bunny.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: City’s Youth and Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park
Cost: Free!

Great Magruder Park Egg Hunt (Rain or shine!)
Fun-filled breakfast w/ the V.I.B. (Very Important Bunny). 3 egg hunts, by age. Reservations suggested. Call 301-985-5021 or reserve online.
When: 11am
Where: Magruder Park, Hyattsville
Cost: $5, under 3 free

Easter Egg Dyeing Workshop @ Brentwood Arts Exchange
Eggy dyeing just got a little funkier @ this free workshop. Try your hand at tie-dyeing eggs or dyeing eggs w/ shaving cream. Don’t worry, there’ll be traditional dip dyeing too. Leave w/ uniquely decorated eggs, sure to impress friends & the Easter bunny!
When: 2-4pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood
Cost: Free, first two eggs per child are included (additional eggs 2 for $1)

Sunday Fun Along Route 1 Corridor

Pinball Parlor at MOM’s Organic Market
Pinball is back! Come play @ MOM’s Organic Market pinball machines. Only 50 cents a pop. Affordable entertainment in an unlikely place. Grab some groceries & veggie grub while you’re at it. Check out my review here!
When: 9am-8pm
Where: MOM’s Organic Market, 9821 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park
Cost: $.50 per game

Blue Sky Puppets – Superpig!
Meet “SuperPig!”, the story of an everyday pig, learning to be a hero. Nationally recognized puppet show teaches audiences anti-bullying strategies.
When: 3-4pm
Where: Old Parish House, College Park Arts Exchange, 4711 Knox Road, College Park
Cost: Free!

Blue Sky Puppets
Blue Sky Puppets in action!

Aladdin on Ice!
Figure skating portrayal of the adventures of Aladdin and Jasmine! Tickets available at the door or online. Fun for all ages!
When: 1pm, 3:30pm
Where: The Gardens Ice House, Laurel
Cost: $15, under 3 free

University Town Center Carnival 2019
Get your tickets for some affordable family fun & bring your sweet tooth. Post-amusement rides, games & prizes, indulge in some carnival treats. Funnel cakes and corn dogs, yum. Today is the final day for this (merry) go round!  Take a peek at the carnival here.
When: 6-11pm
Where: 6515 Belcrest Road, HyattsvilleCost: Single tickets:  $1.75 each;Book of 30 tickets:  $40.00; Book of 50 tickets: $60.00. *Rides Take 3-5 Tickets


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DYK that as of this month, the Hyattsville Residential Parking Ordinance requires residents and guests in Hyattsville to have a permit to park in a residential parking zone. More from Hyattsville Life & Times here.

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