Where to play along and beyond the Route 1 Corridor this weekend: Cool off at Riverdale Park Station’s Bear Square Fountain, watch crazy acrobatics at UniverSoul Circus at National Harbor, some Virtual Reality in Hyattsville, Double Dutch in North Brentwood, Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC, Drum Circle in Greenbelt and more inside Route One Fun’s latest Kids Weekend Guide!
Friday Fun Along Route 1
Riverdale Park Station Bear Square Fountain! (All Ages)
Kids love to splash around this fountain right across from Whole Foods. With surround seating, you might even get a chance to sit down! Pack a lunch or buy from any one of the many nearby spots.
Where: Bear Square, Riverdale Park Station, Riverdale Park
UniverSoul Circus (All Ages)
It’s circus time! We’ve heard this show is extra spectacular. It’s the 26th anniversary edition, how could you go wrong?! Decades of electrifying, edge-of-your seat performances of global proportions.
Where: National Harbor, Fort Washington
VR: Journey through the Universe (Ages 5-12)
This, my friends, is what advances in technology are about. Google Expedition virtual reality – an immersive education app. Kids embark on a guided journey through space without leaving the library!
Where: Hyattsville Branch Library, Hyattsville
Friday Night Lights (All Ages)
Schools out for the summer. Why not dive into some roller skating fun with black lights. Grab a sweet family package at this roller rink. Play games and delight in food specials all night!
Where: Skate Zone, Crofton
Cost: $8.50 admission, $5 skate rental; parent spectators free
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Saturday Fun Along Route 1
Annual Bike Rodeo
Get those bikes out of storage and join the Bladensburg Police Department at our Annual Bike Rodeo! Trail Ride starting at 11am; Bicycle Safety Tips; Kid-Friendly obstacle course; bike inspections and more. Free helmet giveaways while supplies last.
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Bladensburg
Family Yoga (Ages 6+)
Pack up the family with your yoga mats and head to the park for outdoor exercise. No yoga experience required. Wear comfy clothes and bring water. It’s going to be a hot day!
Where: Acredale Park, College Park
Archaeology Dig Days (All Ages)
What kid doesn’t love digging for treasures? Join archaeologists at this real excavation site packed with US history. Self-guided museum and riverfront property tours. Fresh air and exercise included free of charge.
Where: Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park, Upper Marlboro
Cat Adoption Fair (All ages, w/ accompanying adult)
Parents get fresh coffee while their kids play with adoptable felines from Laurel Cats. There’ll be storytime with the Read the Rover cat. Volunteers available to answer questions! Not including, Mom, can I get a cat? (you know it’s coming 😉
Where: Laurel Library Branch, Laurel
G.E.A.R.: Calling All Young Ladies! (Ages 10-17)
Jump in for a night of Double Dutch and Hop Scotch fun. There’ll be competitive contests and lots of laughs with your girlfriends.
Where: North Brentwood Community Center, North Brentwood
Cost: Free! w/ youth MNCPPC ID
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Sunday Fun Along Route 1
First We Talk Playdate
Come and meet other parents interested in gun violence prevention and learn how to have conversations that help to keep our children safe. Please RSVP to help us make sure we have enough coffee and snacks! Kids welcome!
When: 11am – 1pm
Where: King Park (aka Vigilante Park) on Gallatin Street
BEST Indoor Summer Classic Horse Show (All Ages)
The whole family is invited to watch majestic animals in an annual summer show that fans rave about. Be one of the lucky spectators that enjoys their equestrian tricks and skills this weekend.
Where: The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro
Smithsonian Folklife Festival (All Ages)
It’s worth the trek downtown to experience cultural performances, workshops and demonstrations. This year’s theme is the social power of music. Consider it a staycation in your backyard! Sample food trucks and enjoy adult beverages. (Dan and Claudia Zanes (in pic above) perform at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The National Mall, Washington DC
Cost: Free!, food, beverages and souvenirs for purchase
Family Open Studio: Musical Innovations (Ages 6-12)
Get inspiration from a current exhibition on Chinese music and learn about the technologies that led to innovations. Then, create your own cutting-edge music makers. Ideal bonding activity for kids and parents.
Where: Freer Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC
Drum Circle (All Ages)
Family-friendly drum circle. Drums provided or bring your own. Drumming is said to relieve stress and tension while releasing endorphins. Who knew? Katy did, come drum with her this Sunday!
Where: New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt