Kids’ Weekend Guide: April 20th-22nd

Perfect weekend to explore Wizard of Oz-themed playground at Watkins Regional Park!

Earth Day Fun, Storytime, the Azalea Classic, Bike Rides and a Photo Scavenger Hunt are just some of the great ways to have fun this weekend, Route One Young’ns!

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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!)

Watkins Regional Park Playground
This. Place. Is Awesome. Truly awesome Wizard of Oz-themed playground where you literally follow the yellow brick road under a rainbow arch as the Scarecrow shows you the way to your choice of six fun areas: Dorothy’s Farm House, Munchkin Land, the Emerald Forest, the Emerald City of Oz, the Balloon Escape, the Ruby Red Shoes. Playground, nature center and farm are free to explore and enjoy!
When: 9 am – 6 pm
Where: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: Free!

Playground at University Hills Duck Pond Park (All Ages)
Pack a picnic, check out the duck pond and then have fun at 1 of the 3 playgrounds at this park! There’s one right at the entrance off of Wells Blvd but if you wander a bit on the bike path you’ll find there’s an even bigger one just down to the right with structures for the toddler and 5-12 crew. My review here.
When: Sunrise to sunset…
Where: 3400 Stanford St, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!


Azalea Classic
Join the University Park, MD community for a morning of family-friendly fun and fitness. The Azalea Classic has a race for everyone! Choose from our USATF certified 5K, our 1 Mile Challenge or our 1K Family Fun Run.
When: 8:30am
Where: University Park
Cost: $15+

Photo-Adventure Scavenger Hunts
Using clues, hunt on trails for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plans and animals while learning about the history and features of the refuge. A camera or cell phone is needed. Drop-in program; come when you wish and leave when you’re ready. Beginner’s hunt is 0.75 miles. 
When: 9am-1pm 
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free! 

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

Bibliobop Dance Party
Calling all Preschoolers and Toddlers! Come and bust a move and shake your sillies out at the Greenbelt Bibliobop Dance Party. Bring your parents or caregivers and prepare to boogie and bop until we all drop!
When: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where: Greenbelt Public Library, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt
Admission: Free!

Spring 2018 HY-SWAP
‘Shop’ the HY-Swap to pick up new-to-you infant, children’s & maternity clothing, toys & gear, donated by Hyattsville-area families! They’re also collecting diapers and sanitary items for the Greater DC Diaper Bank. (Please note that at this time they are not accepting any more donations – other than big items-high chairs, car seats, cribs, stroller, etc.)
When: 11am-3pm (Doors open at 11am for Hyattsville families and friends; general public at 1pm)
Where: Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Leap, Jump & Jam
A creative movement class for new dancers ages 3-5. Dancers will be introduced to the fundamentals of dance through fun movement games and exercises. *Use code ROUTE1MOVESITMINI to try this class for FREE!
When: 11:15am-12pm
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10
Screech & Kestrel
Meet two of North America’s smallest birds of prey: the American kestrel and eastern screech owl. Both expert hunters, the American kestrel uses its acrobatic prowess, while the eastern screech owlis a stealthy silent hunter.
When: 1-2pm
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Storytime on Screen: Earth Day 
Bring your preschooler to the drive-in! Make your own cardboard box car to watch an Earth Day themed story on the screen.When: 2-3pm
Where: Hyattsville Library, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! 


Earth Day Ride and Expo
Celebrate the Earth with a bike ride! Rides of 4 miles, 18 miles and 36 miles. Displays and info on electric cars, bikes and trikes!
When: pre-ride activities at 10am, rides from 11am onwards
Where: College Park Bicycle, 7301 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: Free!

Anacostia Riverwalk Trail – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) and explore the 4-mile segment of the Trail now connecting the District with BWP! We packed lunches, parked at BWP and then walked the Trail all the way to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. It was lovely! Grab a bit of respite at Kenilworth, maybe eat that lunch you packed and then head back to BWP, where the kids can play/climb/laugh in an old B & O caboose.
When: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Start at BWP, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

Tiny Tots: Nature & Music
Learn about wildlife at the refuge through fun and interactive songs, stories and activities. Parental participation is required. Read my review of Patuxent Research Refuge and its Tiny Tots program here! When: 10:30-11:15am
Where: National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel
Cost: Free (donations welcome!)
Riding Bicycles to Experience Patuxent Research Refuge’s North Tract
Enjoy a spring bicycle outing as you learn about the refuge. Experience the beauty of this natural area on two wheels while discovering local wildlife, plants and historical sites. 12-mile guided bicycle ride. Ride is weather dependent.
When: 1-3pm 
Where: Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Mark your calendar: Pizzeria Paradiso’s Spring Fest is happening May 12th!
Tickets & information here!


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