Route 1 Kids Weekend Guide is here! Kids get creative with TurkeyTime Centerpieces in College Park, Girls in grades 4-8 enjoy STEM fun (and free lunch) in Beltsville, join a brief candelit Havdalah service in Greenbelt followed by a free movie, free Thumbelina at the National Theatre, Photos with Santa in Hyattsville & more, all below!
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Storytime @ The Waterhole (Ages 0-5)
Roll out of bed & hop into this fab, woman-owned, organic juice bar. Let the librarians from down the street entertain your kiddos! Stories fresh off the library bookshelves, tunes to wiggle to & more!
Where: The Waterhole, Mount Rainier
Cost: Free!, juice sold separately
Family Fun: Furry Friends (All Ages)
Come learn about local mammals through hands-on activities, game & crafts! Get lucky, spot a fox, beaver or more in the wild! Come & go as you wish, this event is drop-in.
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped
Be dazzled by a Christmas fable performed in the Garden Atrium with spectacular costumes & soaring imagination. Witness breathtaking artistry, global music & showmanship front & center! (Tip: You can watch this show for *free* in the standing room behind the seats…It’s not entirely comfortable BUT it’s free.)
When: 3pm, 6pm
Where: Lower Atrium National Harbor, Oxon Hill
Crafternoon: Paper Plate Crafts (Ages 5-12)
Feeling crafty? Well, then stop in for an afternoon of crafting with paper plates! You never know what you & your family might come up with. A recyclable masterpiece fo’ sho’!
Where: Glenarden Library, Glenarden
Saturday Morning Live! Presents: Thumbelina (Best for ages 4-10)
Head into DC (relax + take the Metro) for a lovely, free production of Thumbelina w/ music designed to light up the imagination and celebrate a world of wonder. Afterwards, extend yr time in the City w/ a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the Explore! Room. 🙂
When: 9:30am & 11am
Where: National Theatre (Hayes Gallery, 2nd Fl), DC
Cost: Free! (Must register for tickets by 10am Friday; walk-ups available first-come, first-served)
Arts Drop-in: Turkey Time Centerpieces (Ages 3-8)
No Thanksgiving table would be complete without a centerpiece made by your cute munchkins. Drop in, let them have at it, take home their displays & brag to all your family & friends. Materials provided, clean up included…free of charge! Score!
Where: College Park Community Center, College Park
Family Fitness Boot Camp (Ages 6+)
Hey, family! Come show us what you’ve got. We’re planning some high-energy routines to get everyone moving. And having fun while doing it! You won’t even know you’re working up a sweat! Coordinated exercise attire encouraged, but not required (jk, jk).
Where: Palmer Park Community Center, Landover
Girls Excelling in Math and Science STEM Saturday Academy (4th-8th grade)
Explore STEM through hands-on activities. Girls work with University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students on interactive activities related to STEM fields.
Where: Beltsville Library, Beltsville
Cost: Free (website does not note a fee)
STEAM Maker Space (Ages 7+)
Come embrace your STEAM powers! It’s an afternoon of art, creativity & fun for the family. Build, experiment, & create at engaging stations, including a Light Painting lab, Go!, Build-It discs, 3-D pens & so much more!
Where: Prince George’s Ballroom, Landover
Movie Night: An American Tail (All Ages)
Join us for a brief candelit Havdalah service followed by a screening of the classic children’s movie An American Tail. Snacks & soft drinks provided. Feel free to bring a friend or neighbor. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or want to rsvp. Everyone’s welcome!
Where: Mishkan Torah, Greenbelt
Bye Bye, Bei Bei
Panda bear is packing up for China, but not until we wish him a fond farewell. Lots of events happening all day, hot cocoa for the humans, ice cakes for the Pandas to celebrate their journey & much more! Make friendship bracelets & write postcards that will travel with Bei Bei to China. Our new BFFs!
When: 8:30am until closing
Where: National Zoo, Washington, DC
Inside Out @ Imagination Stage (Ages 1-5)
An interactive show set at bedtime where turning things inside out is joyful. Follow two children & their imagination as they their room becomes a wonderful mess. It’s what kids’ dreams are made of.
Where: Imagination Stage, Bethesda
Photos w/ Santa!
Worth every penny years down the road when you can look back at your adorable kids in their outfits w/ Santa. They get to make wishes & you get keepsakes & memories! Don’t wait until last min for this holiday tradition.
When: 12-6pm (Santa breaks from 2-2:30pm)
Where: The Mall @ PG Plaza, Hyattsville
Cost: Depends on photo package
A Christmas Carol, the Musical
Enjoy this spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known tale. Experience the story of Ebenezer Scrooge & the spirits of Christmas past, present & yet to come. That’s one point for kindness! Woot-woot!
Where: Bowie Playhouse, Bowie
Cost: $25 General; $22 Seniors, Students, Active Military; $15 for under 12