So many fun, free, kid and family-friendly things to do along Maryland’s Route 1 Corridor this weekend! From College Park’s College Park Day to Community Forklift’s FunkYard Festival in Hyattsville to a Wildlife Festival in Laurel to Artful Afternoon in Greenbelt – we’re some lucky ducks! Share this Guide with the kiddos – maybe let them pick out a thing or five to explore this weekend! 🙂
Route 1 Corridor Kids’ Weekend Guide
Rockin to Rhythm
Calling all Preschoolers and Toddlers! Bust a move and shake your sillies out at the Rockin’ 2 Rhythm Storytime! Read here about what’s to love at the Laurel Library!
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Mt. Rainier Carnival
Look forward to food, face painting, carnival games for all ages and a chance to win fun prizes!
Where: Mount Rainier Elementary School, 4011 32nd Street, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free! (No entry fee)
Gymnastics Workshop / Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
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 my review here!
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child
Celebrate National Fire Safety Month in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model fireboat to put out shoreline or shipboard fires and transport emergency personnel and rescue workers. (Tip: Arrive early as supplies are limited.)
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville & College Park
Families and all ages will be able to enjoy learning more about scientific research done here at Patuxent, take a tram tour through various habitats, engage with Law Enforcement and hop into the Wildlife on Wheels trailer, and see live animals.
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Reuse. Respect. Remix: a celebration of practical + creative reuse, repairs + repurposing, and old homes + local history. Meet historic preservation experts and tradespeople, get antiques advice, and check out DIY demos. We’ll have artists who create with salvaged materials, live funk music, free face painting, local food and beer, secondhand clothing, a salvage sale, and more!
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Hyattsville
College Park Day
Join your friends, neighbors and the entire City of College Park community at the 9th Annual College Park Day Festival! We love this festival! Huge bouncy houses, face painting, live music, food and beverages (including the adult kind 😉 for purchase)! Read about our time here!
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park
Story Time with Lil’ Libros
Gather around for a Hispanic Heritage story, children’s books will be read aloud in both Spanish and English. Two readings at 1pm and 3pm in the IKEA Restaurant, refreshments provided for participants.
Where: IKEA College Park, College Park
Cost: Free! Register here.
VR: Explore Cities in Latin America
Virtually travel to countries across Latin America. No passport required!
Where: Greenbelt Library, Greenbelt
Celebrate the diversity that makes our community great with music, dance, food and drink from around the world!
Where: Heurich Park, 2800 Nicholson Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! (Admission & entertainment are free.)
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first art classes at the Greenbelt Community Center through the WPA’s Federal Art Project! All ages welcome. Stay for a free performance at 3pm featuring “crankies” by Katherine Fahey, manually animated artwork as a vehicle for storytelling.
Where: Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt
Anacostia Riverwalk Trail – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Get outside! Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) and explore the 4-mile segment of the Trail connecting the District with BWP! We packed lunches, parked at BWP and then walked the Trail all the way to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. It was lovely! Grab a bit of respite at Kenilworth, maybe eat that lunch you packed and then head back to BWP, where the kids can play/climb/laugh in an old B & O caboose.
When: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Start at BWP, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg