Fairy Hideaways, Face Painting, Sunflower Houses – These are just some of the awesome kids activities Mandy Sheffer of Curated Play Spaces shares with us today on Route One Fun! (The lady’s even packed this post with plenty of how-to tutorials for the visual learners among us. (Many thanks, Mandy!)
We had our weekend guides all set to go. We really did. You know we love this stuff! Given the need, however, for all of us to collectively do what we can to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus, we’re not publishing the guides this weekend. Or next weekend. Pretty much not until it’s safe and responsible to return to doing so.
Don’t think we’ll leave you high and dry though! We’ll have Radiohead on repeat (interspersed begrudgingly with the Frozen 2 soundtrack) as we create and share helpful, fun and interesting Route 1-relevant content for you and yours during these extraordinary times.
Speaking of, check out this latest post for a great list of local, uncrowded, outdoor, open spaces where you can go for a break from the indoors!
The University of Maryland’s Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is offering a new program for new parents. For the past year, they’ve offered a popular Walk with an Arborist tour and this year, they’re piloting a new program, Walk with an Arborist…and Your Baby!
The Adelphi Mill Playground is a fun place for the kids to play, especially on a hot, summer day! Located in Langley Park / Adelphi, Maryland area on the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River, this Imagination Playground is full of structures reminiscent of when the Mill was a functioning one. (More on this below.) Afterwards, skip stones and cool your feet in the nearby river or take a leisurely walk along the adjacent hiking trails. Take a look at the fun to be had. Lovely time altogether!
Searching for something different to do with (or without) your guests over the holidays? Then consider exploring the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC (it’s free, though donation welcomed). Open to all, the Franciscan Monastery is full of amazing architecture, incredibly beautiful stained glass windows, breathtaking art, relics of pilgrimages from around the world, shrines that make room for you to spend a moment and grounds that remind you of what it’s like to feel peaceful (except if you have a 4-year old child nipping at your proverbial heels. Tips on visiting with kids, below…).
Get out and play during this great fall weather! We recently explored the Frontier Fort Playground at the Good Luck Community Center in Lanham, Maryland and had a great time climbing up, sliding down and hiding amongst this Imagination Playground’s fort structures and swing sets. With plenty of parking, a gazebo with picnic tables, ample seating, restrooms nearby, and about a ten minute drive from East West Highway and Route 1, the Frontier Fort Playground in Prince George’s County is definitely a kids’ playground worth visiting soon!