Route 1 Corridor’s Kids Weekend Guide is up! Rain or shine – we’ve got you covered with fun, local events like Valentine’s Day Craft project in College Park, Black Gems in STEM Treasure Hunt in New Carrollton, Paint & Sip (with homemade mocktails!) in Bladensburg, Sunday experiment in Greenbelt, Rumpus Room in DC & more!
Family Fun: Water & the Weather (All Ages)
Drop-in fun! Learn about the water cycle & weather. Hands-on activities, games & crafts for everyone! Stay as long as you like!
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel
Crafternoon: Happy Valentine’s Day! (Ages 5-12)
Nothing says I love you like a homemade craft. Come celebrate this day of love & friendship w/ the whole family @ the library. Let’s make art together! Everyone’s welcome!
Where: Hyattsville Library Branch, Hyattsville
Valentine’s Day Craft Project @ IKEA (Ages 4+)
Bring your child in, let them make a heartfelt keepsake for Valentine’s Day. Family-friendly event. Space is limited. Register by Thursday!
Where: IKEA, College Park
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Engineering 101: Paper Plane Gliders
Create your own paper plane glider! Test it out on a course @ the aviation museum! Explore aviation & careers in the field, thanks to the first black pilot to fly solo around the world & his non-profit. Thanks, Barrington Irving!
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park
Cost: Free! w/ $5 museum admission
Black Gems in STEM Treasure Hunt (Ages 5-12)
Let’s go on a treasure hunt to solve puzzles & find clues to discover Black Gems in STEM. It’s like an escape room in a box! There’ll be prizes @ the library!
Where: New Carrollton Library Branch, New Carrollton
Timberdoodle Hike (Ages 6+)
Keep the love going w/ a post-Valentine’s Day evening hike guided by a Naturalist. Witness the Timberdoodle (American Woodcock) perform his courtship dance, a spiraling flight display after sunset!
Where: Patuxent River Park, Upper Marlboro
“United Skates” Family Skate Night (All Ages)
Bring the whole family, celebrate roller skating culture in the black community. It’s Black History Month! DJ, door prizes, light refreshments, trivia & documentary! Bring your skates, or get some from the onsite Skatemobile!
Where: John E. Howard Community Center, Capitol Heights
Paint & Sip: Kara Walker (Ages 13-17)
Create your masterpiece on canvas, enjoy homemade mocktails! Get inspired by Kara Walker, painter & print-maker, known for addressing race, gender, stereotypes & black history. Famous for her paper silhouettes!
Where: Bladensburg Community Center, Bladensburg
Cheer & Dance EXTREME (All Ages)
Day 2 of this competition. Features cheer & dance teams. Come out & support them while being entertained w/ their routines. The whole family is invited!
Where: The Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Admittance Fee (CASH ONLY): $17 – ages 12 & older; $10 – ages 5-11; FREE – ages 4 & younger.
Sunday Experiment – Space Tech (Best for ages 5+)
What do things like boots, bottles and braces have in common? They all use technologies or materials that were originally developed for the space program. Join us for a Sunday Experiment that is all about NASA inventors and inventions!
Where: NASA Goddard, Greenbelt
Happy, Birthday, Rosalie! (All Ages)
Open house party! “Meet” Mrs. Calvert on her 242nd bday. Enjoy cupcakes & hot chocolate (while supplies last!). Tour rooms she designed in the early 1800s, see baking demos on the open hearth by the Riversdale Kitchen Guild!
Where: Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park
Taste of the South All Ages (Adult supervision req’d)
Little chefs can learn how to make okra & hot water cornbread at this hands-on cooking lesson. Two staples of African American cuisine!
Where: Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, Hyattsville
Arts Drop-in: Mixed Materials Sculpture (Ages 3-8)
Perfect afternoon activity. Stop in after lunch (or naptime!) & make a craft. This month’s feature is mixed materials sculpting. Materials are provided, my friends. What are you waiting for! Mark it down!
Where: Old Parish House, College Park
The Rumpus Room Dance Party: Valentine’s Day Dance (Ages 10 & under, siblings of all ages welcome!)
Grand finale for the weekend! A family-friendly daytime dance party! Disco balls, lights & kid appropriate music. Ease your kids into the nightclub experience 🙂 Max 3 kids, per adult. See you on the dance floor!
Where: The Black Cat, Washington, DC
Cost: $12 advance, $15 day of show, infants & crawlers free!
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