Where to play this weekend along the Route 1 Corridor: Summer Jam kicks off in Hyattsville, Butterflies at Brookside Gardens, Kids Love Veggies at Edmonston’s Eco City Farms, Mount Rainier Day Festival, Culture Playdate in North Brentwood and more!
Friday Fun Along Route 1
Feed the Ducks, Run Around Playground, Scoot Around
Pack a picnic, check out the duck pond and then have fun at 1 of the 3 playgrounds at this park! Bike paths there, too, so bring along a scooter (or bike)!
When: Sunrise to sunset…
Where: University Hills Duck Pond Park, 3400 Stanford St, Hyattsville
Take a trip to the National Zoo (speaking to the preschooler crowd here)! Pack a picnic (save $ and time otherwise spent in line) and make a day out of it. We’ve both taken the car ($25 parking) and the Metro (about a 10-12 minute walk from the Woodley Park/Zoo Metro stop).
Where: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC
Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit
Pass through ‘butterfly security’ and watch as your kids make a new butterfly friend on their sleeve. Your kids might even pick up a thing about amazing metamorphosis as they gaze upon caterpillars in their many phases and get ideas for keeping a butterfly garden at home. Afterwards, stroll through the amazing grounds of Brookside gardens.
Where: Brookside Garden South Conservatory, 1500 Glenallen Avenue, Wheaton
Cost: $8 ages 13+, $5 ages 3-12
Gymnastics Workshop (Ages Walking-12)
Open play at a fab gymnastics hall. Your kiddos frolic to their heart’s content. You jump around as the accompanying adult 🙂 Lots of space, but first come, first served. Get there early. Bring up to 3 kids! Read more about our visit here
Where: Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, Landover
Cost: $7 per child w/ accompanying adult
Hyattsville’s Summer Jam Series!
We love Summer Jam and it’s a family-friendly event! Live music, Mandy the Clown, a moon bounce (plus food and beer options)!
Where: City Municipal Bldg, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
X-treme Teens: Indoor Soccer Clinic (Ages 10-17)
Attention! Get your heart rate up and have fun learning indoor soccer fundamentals. Up your game and learn new soccer skills today!
Where: North Brentwood Community Center, Brentwood
Cost: Free w/ MNCPPC youth ID
Saturday Fun Along Route 1
Patuxent Research Refuge
Explore the exhibits, take your pick of any of the activities on the “Family Adventure Cart” including an Adventure Backpack, Scavenger Hunt, Bug Kits, Field Guides, etc. Our review of Patuxent Research Refuge here!
Where: 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Nature Craft & Story (Ages 2-10)
Join a naturalist and see what all the hype is about! It’s storytime with a nature or animal theme. Make a craft to take home. Still got energy? Check out the park’s other features like the fab Wizard of Oz playground! Get psyched for a great time and read our review of the Wizard of Oz Playground here!
Where: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Kids Love Veggies (Ages 3-7)
It’s veggie time! Explore the farm, scope out what’s in season, and make a dip to enjoy with your veggies at home! Got food allergies, they’re all corn ears 😉 Contact them in advance.
Where: ECO City Farm, 4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston
Cost: $15 per child w/ accompanying adult
Culture Playdate (All Ages)
Bring the family to this sweet little museum with big history. Celebrate art and African American tradition. Enjoy some art-based learning while playing, having fun and making new friends!
Where: PGAAMCC, North Brentwood
Mount Rainier Day Festival (All Ages)
It’s party time in the neighborhood! Enjoy food, crafs, art and entertainment at this annual street fair. Kids corner with petting zoo, magic shows, mounce bounce, field games, and treats for everyone!
Where: Mount Rainier City Hall, Mount Rainier
Cost: Free!, food & beverage and other items for purchase
Engineering 101: Paper Plane Challenge (Ages 9+)
Who makes the best paper airplane? Let’s find out at this workshop! Plan your strategy, create your plane. Cross your fingers and hope that it flies 🙂 Learn some engineering tricks and keep making those planes!
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park
Cost: $5, includes museum admission
Sunday Fun Along Route 1
Spring is a glorious time to check out the Arboretum. Explore the Bonsai Musem, the National Columns, frolick along the beautiful paths and more. Travel tips and more on our visit to the National Arboretum here.
Where: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002
Cycling Through History: 250 Years Of Flight (Ages 10+)
Learn about 250 years of local flight history on a relaxing flat 10-mile bike loop. Calm streets and off-road, paved trails. Snacks provided!
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park
Cost: $6, register here
Bowie Heritage Day (All Ages)
Let’s celebrate Bowie with some family fun. Pony rides, face painting, musical performances and ‘tiny tyke’ races. Blacksmithing, lavender sachet making and games on the lawn of a mansion.
Where: Multiple locations. Call 301-809-3089 for details.
Seasonal Selections: Spring Chickens (All Ages)
Get inspired with some open hearth cooking. Features this month include a variety of chicken recipes from the 19th-century. Get up close for this unique historical culinary experience with your kiddos today!
Where: Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park
Arts Drop-In @ The Old Parish House (Ages 3-8)
Your little budding artists can enjoy an afternoon decorating a flower pot, filled with flowers they plant themselves. Their smiles will be beaming, ‘Look at what I made’!
Where: Old Parish House, College Park