Kids’ Weekend Guide: Dec. 15th-17th

📷 by Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department!
(Check out their event this Sunday!)

The Holiday fun continues this weekend with a Gingerbread House Hullabaloo, Holiday Ornament Workshop, Riverdale Park’s Holiday Market w/ Santa, The Nutcracker, Breakfasts with Santa & more! Check it out!

**Riverdale Park’s Town Clerk reports that they’re “in need of toys for the Toys for Tots program this year. This program directly benefits families in our Town. If you would like to contribute, please deliver new and unwrapped toys to Town Hall or the Police Department by Friday, December 15.”


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!)

Check Out a New-To-You Library, Laurel Library
We love spending time in the Kids’ Room of this fresh and so clean, clean library. Don’t believe me? Read about why we dig the Laurel Library, here!
When: 10am-6pm
Where: Laurel Library, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Smaland at College Park’s Ikea
Kids play in indoor playground while yo enjoy some shopping or just relax/eat/peoplewatch at the restaurant upstairs. Kiddos must be potty trained and be 37” to 54” tall (so children typically b/w ages of 3-6). Tips: (1) Best to arrive earlier on in the day as day progresses, so do the entrances lines; & (2) Join Ikea Family & kids get extra 30 minutes to play (depending on capacity) & you get free mildly-decent coffee!
When: 10:30am – 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!


Breakfast with Santa at Beltsville Community Center
Join us for arts and craft activities, refreshments and a chance to take a photo with Santa! Crafts will include ornaments, stocking decoration, and more. Refreshments available while they last. Call the center to register for this event no later than December 13.
When: Saturday, December 16th, 9:30am-12pm
Where: Beltsville Community Center, 3900 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
Cost: Free!

Arts Drop-In: Holiday Cards and Decorations
A fun time for kids and parents to get creative with a variety of craft materials and an imaginative facilitator!
When: Saturday, Dec. 16th, 10am-12pm
Where: College Park Community Center, 5101 Pierce Ave, College Park 
Cost: Free!

Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa! Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and bring your camera to capture photos with Santa. There may also be a surprise or two! Reservations not required.

When: Saturday, Dec. 16th, 10am-Noon 
Where: College Park Community Center, 5101 Pierce Ave, College Park 
Cost: Free!

Kids’ Holiday Cookie Decorating and Hot Chocolate
Kids doing the antsy holiday dance? Bring them on by to do some cookie decorating & hot chocolate before you grocery shop! Buy a cookie and decorate it for free!
When: Saturday, Dec. 16th, 10-11am
Where: Whole Foods Riverdale Park
Cost: $5

Holiday Trains and Planes
Get ready for the holiday festivities as miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination and bring history to life. The National Capital Trackers will bring a fascinating, locomotive display of model railroads to the Museum.
When: Saturday, December 16th – December 23rd, 10am-5pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park
Admission: Free with museum admission ($5/adult; $2/child)

Riverdale Park Festival of Lights & Holiday Market
All day live local music, kids activities, Christmas trees, great farmers market vendors and other artisans, indoor and outdoor vendor venues, Santa visits, neighborhood trolleys with caroling, and much much more.When: 12-8pm
Where: 6204 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

Gingerbread House Holiday Hullabaloo
Drop-in anytime between Noon and 3pm for the annual Gingerbread House Holiday Hullabaloo. You may even see Santa Claus! Art Works Now will also be accepting toy donations (unwrapped please) for families at Thomas Stone Elementary. (We went to this last year and it was so much fun! Tip: If time is running out or your child is too wiggly to do the house in one sitting, ask them if you can take it to-go and finish it at home! We did just that last year and they were v. accommodating.)
When: Saturday, December 16th, 12pm-3pm
Where: Art Works Now, 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville
Admission: Free!

Largo High School Holiday Performance at Mall at Prince George’s
Check out this fun holiday performance by students of Largo High School – who coincidentally are performing at the Kennedy Center on December 17th! 🙂
When: Saturday, December 16th, 12-2pm
Where: Mall at Prince George’s, 3500 East West Highway, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Holiday Ornament Workshop
This family-friendly workshop provides the opportunity to create paper ornaments for the Holiday season. Materials provided. If you have special paper you would like to use, feel free to bring it the day of the event. No registration required. We look forward to sharing the Holidays with you.
When: Saturday, December 16th, 2 pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood
Cost: Free!

Ballet enthusiasts of all ages will thrill to these professional ballerinas, as they perform these famous dances from the Nutcracker in the intimate space of the Old Parish House. A lovely holiday event for the whole family!

When: Saturday, Dec. 16th, 2pm
Where: College Park Arts Exchange, 4711 Knox Rd, College Park 
Cost: ? (Not noted)

A Greenbelt Nutcracker
The Greenbelt Dance Studio, a program of the Greenbelt Department of Recreation, presents an original production inspired by holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Set in Greenbelt past and present, The New Deal Nut: A Greenbelt Nutcracker features a range of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary, performed by a talented cast of dancers from elementary through high school.
When: Saturday, December 16th & Sunday, December 17th, 3-4pm
Where: Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: Free (but tickers are required. To order tickets, call 301-397-2208


Meet Santa at the HVFD w/Special Guest Fire Pup MarshallCome meet Santa at the firehouse and get a great pic with your kids & family with Santa, Marshall (or both) with the fire trucks! Please RSVP here or the form at to RSVP. Please arrive before 2PM. We will update any changes on our Facebook page.
When: Sunday, December 17th, 11am-2pm
Where: Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, 6200 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Annual Children’s Christmas Party
Lots of fun, crafts, games and Santa!
When: Sunday, December 17th, 1-3pm
Where: American Legion, 2 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Holiday Bazaar and Ghana Send Off 

Come celebrate with us and send off our Hands On Drums Ghana trip crew with style! Fun, FREE musical and cultural event for the whole family! Children’s music performer Marsha Goodman-Wood with Kristen Arant at 11am, Kima’s Fit Dance Fusion, participatory workshop at 12pm, Holiday Sing-a-long at 1pm.
When: Sunday, Dec. 17th, 11am – 8pm (see above times for kid-specific events)
Where: Hands on Drums, 602 Rhode Island Ave, NE DC
Cost: Free!

It’s a Wonderful Life
Watch this beloved holiday classic on the big screen!
When: 1-3pm
Where: Old Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Chanukat Ha-Rav
Mishkan Torah’s Chanukah celebration will be extra special this year. Besides commemorating the holiday with all of its fun and joy, we will be celebrating the installation of Saul Oresky as our spiritual leader and welcoming his wife Phyllis Oresky as our rebbetzin. The event will include delicious latkes (potato pancakes) and other foods, entertaining performances from the “Not-Ready-For-Purim” Players and from our Karp Family School students, tributes from esteemed visitors–all wrapped up with fun, laughter, and a community singalong. The fifth night of Chanukah promises to be one to remember. RSVP here
When: Sunday, December 17th, 5pm
Where: Mishkan Torah, 10 Ridge Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: $15 per adult; $10 per 12 and under child. Children of any age are welcome. 

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