Kids’ Weekend Guide: September 8th-10th

Explore a new (to you..) playground, like Fairland Regional Park.

Lovely weather this weekend and tons of things to do in our area! Kick the weekend off with a night hike in Laurel with some nocturnal buds, Waterfront Art Festival in Bladensburg, Arts Drop-In at MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, Kool Kids Book Launch Party in North Brentwood, explore a new-to-you playground, Storytime in Hyattsville & the Prince George’s County Fair in Upper Marlboro. More ideas below!

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Storytime PopUp! @ The Waterhole
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more at this innovation collaboration between PGCMLS & Mt. Rainier’s fabulous organic juice & smoothie joint, The Waterhole. Best for 0-5 years old. Curious? Click here for my review of The Waterhole!
When: 10am
Where: The Waterhole, 4004 34th St, Mt Rainier
Cost: Free (Heads-up: Waterhole’s menu is delish, highly recommend indulging!)

Prince George’s County Fair (Through Sunday)
Prince George’s County Fair complete with livestock, crafts, music, contests, rides, and much more! Fun for the entire family!
When: Th & Fri: 5-10pm; Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 11am-6pm
Where: The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Entry: $5/up to age 12; $6/ages 13+ (Ticket prices additional) *Sunday – Free entry for Military Personnel & immediate family members

Little Makers
This week we’ll be exploring centrifugal forces (aka painting with salad spinners!). Children work together with their parents/caretakers to craft, create, invent, and explore!
When: 5-6:30pm
Where: Greenbelt MakerSpace, 125 Centerway, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Night Hike (Ages 5+)
When the sun sets, the refuge comes alive with the calls of owls and insects. Learn how to nocturnal animals adaptations allow them to thrive in the darkness.
When: 8-9pm
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free! (Registration required – call 301-497-5887)


Toddler Time @ Art Works Now
Open studio time for toddlers and their accompanying adults. Even the youngest children can explore a variety of age-appropriate art materials in a safe, fun environment. What to expect? Read my review of Toddler Time at Art Works Now.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Art Works Now, 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville
Cost: $5

Join us to celebrate the release of The Kool Kids And The Land Of The Giants. The Kool Kids are a group of Christian kids that motivate, educate, and Inspire kids, as well as adults to face and defeat the giants that are in their life/land. Giants such as Obesity, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Debt, Depression, etc. There will be food, prizes, giveaways, and lots of fun!
When: 11am-2pm 
Where: Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center, 4519 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood
Cost: Free!

Fairland Regional Park Playground
Here’s a rec for a new playground to explore this weekend!  This playground has equipment and structures for wee ones and the 5-12 set (check out cool climbing structure in header pic)! About a 20 minutes drive from East West & Rt. 1. Pack a picnic + blanket and take a stroll through the park afterwards.  And…Bring enough wipes for port-a-potty use.
When: Sunrise-Sunset
Where: 13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Spanish-English Ready to Read Storytime
Stories, fingerplays and songs will be presented in Spanish and English.
When: 11-11:30am
Where: Hyattsville Library (6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville)
Cost: Free!

Waterfront Art Festival 
The festival will showcase the talent and work of local artists, from painting to sculptures, glass work to jewelry, photography and more! Demonstrations and workshops will delight and inspire, including a kid’s creative space. There’ll also have food trucks, live music (Wild Anacostias play at 4pm) and performances, and river boat tours! Don’t miss the fun!!
When: 12pm-6pm
Where: Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

Kid Koders (Ages 5-12)
Learn the basics of coding through game-based activities that will challenge creative and logical skills while teaching core concepts of computer science and programming.
When: 12-2pm
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Multicultural Festival and Health Fair
International food and crafts for sale. Live international performances.
When: 1-6pm
Where: Mt. Rainier Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free!


Bird Walk (Ages 6+)
Enjoy a leisurely bird walk around Cash Lake searching for and identifying multiple species of birds. Walk is weather dependent and begins at the Visitor Center. Water and binoculars recommended.
When: 8-10am
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free! (Registration required – call 301-497-5887)

Arts Drop-in at MilkBoy ArtHouse 
College Park Arts Exchange is bringing their classic Arts Drop-In series to MilkBoy ArtHouse! Topic: Mixed Media Sculpture – Make your own Objet d’art. Seating and capacity is limited. Project supplies are provided at no cost, but we encourage you to purchase brunch and support MilkBoy ArtHouse!
When: 11am-1pm
Where: MilkBoy ArtHouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: Free!

Grandparents’ Day Tours – Riversdale House Museum
What do ice-cream, hot dogs, and grandparents all have in common? They’re all great American treasures! Show appreciation to your grandparents and treat them to a free tour on their special day!
When: 12:15-3:15pm
Where: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park
Cost: One free tour per paid admission

Lake Artemesia
Get outside and go for a stroll or a bike ride or a slow but enjoyable crawl along lovely Lake Artemesia! Last time we went, spotted some turtles, frogs, ducks & birds of all stripes, beautiful lilipads & more!
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: Berwyn Rd & 55th Ave, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Riding along to Lake Artemesia!

Always call or check the event website before heading out;
Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

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