Kids’ Weekend Guide: Dec. 8th-10th

Holiday Fun, Storytime, STEM activities, National Hoopfest & more, all this weekend!

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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!)

Little Makers! Snowmen (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 snowmen! 
When: 5-6:30pm
Where: Greenbelt MakerSpace, 125 Centerway, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!


Children’s Holiday Party
Join Santa for Build-A-Bear and other holiday crafts! Don’t forget your camera or phone for pictures with Santa!
When: 10am-Noon
Where: Riverdale Park Town Hall, 5008 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

Kids’ Holiday Cookie Decorating (Ages 4-12)
Sign up at customer service.
When: 10-11am
Where: Whole Foods Market, Riverdale Park
Cost: $5/child

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

Santa’s Visit to Greenbelt
Santa has fit time into his busy holiday schedule! All children receive a FREE picture with Santa!
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Greenbelt Youth Center, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

National Hoopfest
Including Cesar Chavez v. Friendship Tech, Eleanor Roosevelt v. Perry Hall, DeMatha v. Oak Ridge & more!
When: Tip off at 10:45am
Where: DeMatha High School, Hyattsville
Cost: $12 ahead; $15 day of

Stories, fingerplays and songs will be presented in Spanish and English. 
When: 11-11:30am 
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville 
Cost: Free! 
Nutcracker Tea Party
The season would not be complete without enjoying an afternoon of elegant tea and goodies while dressed in your fanciest, as this classic holiday ballet comes to you on screen. Delight in family-friendly sugarplum music, photo ops, Nutcracker crafts, and more.
When: 1-4pm
Where: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel
Cost: $25

Make Your Own Holiday Salt Scents
Sign up at customer service.
When: 1-2pm
Where: Whole Foods Market, Riverdale Park
Cost: $5/child

Join us as the College Park Aviation Museum discusses the Wright Brothers and the history of powered flight.

When: 1-3pm 
Where: Laurel Library, Large Meeting Room B, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free! 
Elves Workshop
Pre-registration is required. Spend the afternoon with Santa’s Elves creating holiday crafts and cookies. Call for registration information. Children ages 6-12.
When: 1:30-3:30pm
Where: Greenbelt Youth Center, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt
Cost: Free!

Join us as we explore science, technology, engineering and math. Drop in for a design and build activity using different types of materials.

When: 2-3pm 
Where: Hyattsville Library, 6502 America Blvd, Hyattsville 
Cost: Free! 

Explore computer science and technology careers and meet professionals in that field. Students are invited to listen to tech talks and join panel discussions. Presented by KidKoders.

When: 2-4pm 
Where: Laurel Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Join us for a ballet performance presented by the Performing Art Repertory Company – and get ready for jazz, ballet dances and Variations from Nutcracker, Esmeralda, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty!

When: 3:30-4:15pm 
Where: Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd, Beltsville 
Cost: Free! 

Arts Drop-In – Holiday Ornaments!
Join in fun arts projects facilitated by arts specialist Aaron Springer. Bring the family, take a seat, order brunch and get started on your project. You’ll leave MilkBoy ArtHouse will a full stomach – and an artistic memento from your experience!
When: 11am-1pm
Where: MilkBoy ArtHouse, 7416 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: Free!

Holiday Lights Concert
Enjoy the Greenbelt Concert Band’s Annual Holiday Lights Concert Hear all your holiday favorites, played live by the members of your community band, under the direction of Joan Rackey.
When: 3-4:30pm
Where:Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd
Cost: Free!
Watkins Festival of Lights
This spectacular holiday drive-through event features over one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays, & one of the tallest tree displays in the state! Don’t forget to bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks. Cash only.
When: 5-9:30pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $10/car

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

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