Kids’ Weekend Guide: Nov. 10th-12th

St. Martin’s Day Lantern Festival is this Sunday!
credit: College Park Arts Exchange

It’s going to be chilly but fun events like Holy Redeemer’s Harvest Bazaar, Greenbelt’s MakerSpace’s Marshmallow Shooters and St. Martin’s Day Lantern Festival will keep everyone warm and fuzzy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, with PGCPS out on Friday, including a number of great picks for the elementary and middle-school crew that day.

Happy Veterans Day & thank you to all those who’ve served in the armed forces, including my dad, a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.

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Paper Flutes (Ages 3-5)
Making music is easy, you just need a little paper! Join us as we make paper flutes. Super easy activity you and your toddler will enjoy. Registration required.
When: 10:30am
Where: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
Cost: Free!

Holy Redeemer Harvest Bazaar
Join us for two great days of fun and community!
When: 12:30-3pm: Kidโ€™s Games & Pizza Lunch; 5-10 pm: Games of Chance, Kids Games, Crafts on Stage, White Elephant Sale, and more; 5-7 pm: Dinner- โ€œSurf And/or Turfโ€, drinks, desserts
Where: Holy Redeemer, 4902 Berwyn Road, College Park
Cost: Free entry, pay as you go (games, meals, etc.)
** Read a Holy Redeemer School review from my Spotlight on Schools series
ABC’s of Yoga (Ages 2-12)
This is an interactive wellness initiative as children learn from the book “ABC’s of Yoga!” Yoga and positive affirmations! Can bring mat but one is not needed. Space is limited so RSVP! Drop off a donation towards hurricane relief during this event!

When: 4-5pm
Where: Whole Foods Market, Riverdale Park 
Cost: Free!  (Must register.)

Little Makers! Marshmallow Shooters (Ages 2-6)
It’s time again for “Little Makers!”, the Greenbelt Makerspace’s project where children work together with their parents/caretakers to craft, create, invent, and explore! Just bring your ideas and creativity – we’ll provide the materials this week to make some marshmallow shooters!
When: 5-6:30pm

Where: Greenbelt MakerSpace, 125 Centerway, Greenbelt  
Cost: Free!
Bird House Creation (Ages 10-13)
Come craft a birdhouse and add your decorative flair. Also, learn about the birds that inhabit our area and the benefits of these creatures to our environment. Call 301-277-2124 to register. 
When: 7pm
Where: Bladensburg Community Cener, 4500 57th Ave, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

Marshmallow Catapult Quest (Ages 10-17)
Come learn about engineering and have fun in the process! You will build a small catapult and compete to launch your marshmallow ammunition the farthest and most accurately. 
When: 7-10pm
Where: Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!


Holy Redeemer Harvest Bazaar
Join us for day two of great fun and community!
When: 8 am: Hall, Yard Sale – Get in early! 12-6pm Family Day: Games, Santa Pictures, Secret Santa Workshop & More.
Where: Holy Redeemer, 4902 Berwyn Road, College Park
Cost: Free entry, pay as you go.
** Read a Holy Redeemer School review from my Spotlight on Schools series
  Scout Time at the Beyond Needleart Exhibit
All ranks of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will do fiber art crafts, and visit our current exhibit, Beyond Needleart, featuring beautiful fiber artworks of all kinds.
When: 9:30am-12pm
Where: Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel
Cost: $3.50/person 
Discover 250 years of flight in a guided bicycle tour along the Anacostia River trails. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 
When: 10am-5pm 
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr, College Park 
Cost: $6/person

Bilingual Nature Hike (Esp/Eng)
Come and enjoy a bilingual nature hike at Patuxent. Learn about the trees and animals that call Patuxent their โ€œCasaโ€ (home). Hike around Cash Lake and learn to identify nature in Spanish and English.
When: 11am-12pm 
Where:  National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free! Registration required by calling 301-497-5887.

Edible Structure for Snack Time (Ages 6-15)

Whatโ€™s more fun than eating your snack? Playing with your snack too!  Join us for this super easy-to-setup activity as we will finally be doing what kids love to do- eat and play! All materials supplied.When: 11am-1pm
Where: Berwyn Heights Community Center, 6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Open Gym at PG Sports & Learning Complex
If you haven’t checked this place out yet with your energetic 1-12 year old(s), then let this be the day! This place is really great. HUGE. Two climbing walls. Two foam pits. Tons of equipment for curious ones to explore and blow off some steam. Very clean. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents are required to be on the floor with the children (Maximum 3 child:1 adult).
When: 1:30-2:30pm
Where: 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Cost: $7 per child.

Splotch Monster Island Workshop with Steve Loya + FriendsLearn to make your own splotch monster! Create fun, mythical beasts and creatures from semi-random watercolor paint splotches. We’ll think of names, places and stories to go along with our Splotch Monsters!
When: 3-5pm
Where: ReCreative Spaces, 3501 Perry Street, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $5

Star Watch & Stories (All Ages)
Can you find a lion, swan or snake in the sky? Join us as we discover the constellations, gaze at celestial objects in a telescope, and learn about animals and how they use stars.
When: 7-8pm 
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free! Registration required by calling 301-497-5887.


Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead! (All Ages)
Explore arts & sciences 19th century-style with hands-on activities throughout the house. Decode messages written in Morse Code and learn to sign your name in Braille! After your investigation is complete, you can also design your own parachute! Call to register: 301-864-0420
When: 12:15-3:15pm
Where: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

Take Flight with CPAM!
Join us for an afternoon for the Scouts and STEAM enthusiasts alike! Learn about the science and history of flight through hands-on demonstrations, interactive experiences, engineering challenges, and hear from the pilots themselves!
When: 12-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park 
Cost: $5

Nature Songs with Stina (All Ages)
Join nature troubadour Stina for an afternoon indoor campfire sing along in our auditorium. Get your groove on with fun and silly nature songs! Parent participation required.

When: 2-2:45pm
Where:  National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free! Registration required by calling 301-497-5887.

National Harbor Tree Lighting Ceremony
Join us for an exciting day as we light the Christmas Tree at National Harbor! Music, games, fireworks and a visit from Santa.
When: 2-8pm (see link for full schedule)
Where: 300 Waterfront Street, National Harbor
Cost: Free!

St. Martin’s Day Lantern Festival (Best for ages 3+)
Local volunteer Birgit Meade will lead a traditional German celebration which involves making beautiful paper lanterns and culminates in an outdoor walk at twilight. Your family will love this annual tradition!
When: 3:30-5pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4512 College Avenue, College Park
Cost: Free!

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