|Explore Bus is back in town this weekend!|
Kids’ Passport to Maryland History, Birthday Bash at Patuxent Research Refuge, Garden Party at Community Forklift, Easter Egg hunts galore, Explore! Children’s Museum Mission Mobile Bus, Game of Step Competition and more!
FRIDAY (Supposed to be sunny – enjoy some outdoor recs!)
It’s mating season for toads and frogs! Come learn about the many different amphibians we have here at Patuxent through hands-on games and activities for all ages. This is a drop-in program — come when you can and leave when you’re ready.
Paint Branch Parkway Park Playground (All Ages)
Get outside and check out this recently renovated playground, rivaling any great playground you’ve been to in DC, NYC or anywhere! Among other great things, its fireman’s pole use a fun hydraulic lift to boost kids (and adventurous adults…) up and down a log plank is a blast! (I know some folks have had trouble locating this playground, so sharing some notes from our recent visit: If heading north on Route 1, make R on to Campus Drive, pass Aviation Museum, pass Ice Skating rink and shortly thereafter, will see small sign for “Calvert Road” (as well as sign for “Paint Branch Parkway” & “Disc Golf”). Make L and playground will be down a bit on your left.)
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 5202 Campus Drive (if old GPS, enter 5202 Paint Branch Parkway), College Park
Any time this weekend, check out this really fun and creative playground designed after Berwyn Heights’ earliest residents – a group of Algonquian people known as Nacotchtank. Kiddos will have a blast climbing teepees, in an out of canoes and up and down dream catchers. If you get hungry afterwards, check out
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 8900 56th Avenue, Berwyn Heights
Women’s History Month: Nevertheless, she persisted (Ages 5-12)
Celebrate National Women’s History Month with us! Honor women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their tireless commitment to ending discrimination against women and girls.
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville
Pack a picnic, check out the duck pond and then have fun at 1 of the 3 playgrounds at this park! There’s one right at the entrance off of Wells Blvd but if you wander a bit on the bike path you’ll find there’s an even bigger one just down to the right with structures for the toddler and 5-12 crew.
When: Sunrise to sunset…
Where: 3400 Stanford St, Hyattsville
Community Forklift’s Garden Party & Spring Fundraiser
Free workshops, delicious food for purchase from Country Manners & Shortcake Bakery, activities for the whole family, including selfie photobooth, crafting with Anacostia Watershed Society and face painting, live music with sets from
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Hyattsville
Great Magruder Park Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast
Breakfast begins at 9am; egg hunts are organized by age group and start at 11am. Reservations are suggested and can be made here.
Where: Magruder Park, Hyattsville
Cost: Egg hunt is free; breakfast is $5 per meal for those 3 years and older
Kids’ Passport to Maryland History (Ages 5-12)
Travel through Maryland history with crafts and activities for school-aged children. Fill up your “passport” to earn a Maryland Junior Historian certificate.
Where: South Bowie Branch Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie
Spring Egg Hunt
It’s the City of College Park’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt! Join us for a spring-time fun egg hunt. There will be face painting, games, prizes, arts and crafts, meet the Bunny and more!
Where: 4912 Nantucket Rd, College Park
Fun and games, rides, face painting, music, activities, hang out with Baysox fun-loving mascots Louie and Rocko along with the Oriole Bird and special appearance by Mickey Mouse!
Where: Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway, Bowie
Refuge System Birthday Bash
highlights of the day will include a live puppet show, crafts for kids, raptor demonstrations, live music, and tours through the forest on our electric tram.
Enjoy a complimentary brunch, be entertained by local performers and create fun arts and crafts while you wait for the Bunny to hop in!
Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave, College Park
Storytime at Whole Foods Market (Ages 4-10)
Join us in our store for story time and songs with the Hyattsville Library staff! They’ll also lead kids in a fun craft activity involving healthy food! After story time, climb aboard the Children’s Museum Explore Bus for fun missions (details below). RSVP here.
Where: Whole Foods Market, Riverdale Park
Riverdale Park Easter Egg Party
Easter Bunny will stop by and we will also have a DJ!
Where: Town Hall, Riverdale Park
Birds of Prey Day
Come join us for an extravaganza of raptors! Meet live birds up close – falcons, hawks, owls and more! And see a falconry demonstration!
Where: Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro
Explore! Mission Mobile Bus (Ages 5+)
Kids will get to explore the Solar System during an out of this world 20 minute tour from the Sun to Pluto. Space is limited. Reserve here! Stop by the Whole Foods Market stand outside for lemonade and cookies. Proceeds will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation.
Where: Riverdale Park Station, bus will be parked outside of Whole Foods Market
Easter Egg Dyeing Workshop
Fun! Glitter! Eggs! Enjoy all three at this free family-friendly workshop. Create beautiful decorated eggs that will impress friends and even the Easter Bunny. Children will receive their first two eggs for free. Additional eggs will be available to purchase 2 for $1.
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, Brentwood
The Cat in the Hat
Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic!
Where: Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly
2018 Game of Step Competition
The 2018 Game of Step is a high school step competition hosted by the Lady Raiders and Dem’ Raider Boyz of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Come witness some of the best step teams from around the country battle for the throne!
When: 6-10pm (pick up advance tickets by 5:30pm)
Where: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt
Cost: $10 at door (reserve ticket here)
Learn about wildlife at the refuge through fun and interactive songs, stories and activities!
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel
Mark your calendar for Mishkan Torah’s Interactive Passover Seder – Sunday, March 31st. Details & ticket info here.
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