Route 1 Kids Weekend Guide: February 1st – 3rd

Kiddos can make a heart candy box in Hyattsville, Zbu Hoopism in Mount Rainier, Secret of NIMH in Greenbelt and enjoy of ton of outdoor fun on Sunday with these great recommendations for fun along the Route 1 corridor!

FRIDAY – Where to Play Along Route 1

Storytime PopUp! @ The Waterhole (Best for ages 0-3)
Storytime tucked inside a delicious juice bar in Mount Rainier! Curious? Check out my post about Storytime here. While in Mt. Rainier, why not fill out your morning with a visit to the nearby Nature Center (also free!).
When: 10am
Where: The Waterhole, 4004 34th St, Mt Rainier
Cost: Free for all

Black Diamond: A Musical Performance (Ages 6-12)
Location: Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Ripley Center, NW D.C.
This spirit-rousing musical play chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. You’ll stand up and cheer for the players who made sports history—and American history, too!
When: 10:15am and 11:30am
Where: Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Ripley Center, NW D.C.
Cost: $5-$8

Check out the fun time we had at the newly reopened New Carrollton Library & its Discovery Reef Children’s Room!

SATURDAY – Where to Play Along Route 1

Heart Candy Box
Celebrate love and kindness with a personalized candy heart box. In this workshop, you and your child can build a heart shaped box for Valentine’s Day perfect as a gift for someone you love or to stash all your super sweet Valentine’s Day goodies and keepsakes. Tip: Arrive early, supplies do run out.
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville & College Park
Cost: Free!

Posh Kids Yoga Class (Ages 6+)
Kids can learn how to focus with the practice of fun and challenging poses, partner and group poses, lots of yoga games, breathing, and basic anatomy.
When: 9-9:45am
Where: Posh Cycling and Fitness, College Park
Cost: $10

HAP Valentine Event – Put Art in Your Heart
Make valentines for your loved ones and make an extra for HAP to deliver to a neighborhood senior.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Hyattsville City Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Saturdays at Seton – Dance, Grades 6-8
Join Elizabeth Seton High School‘s Dance Instructor Tiffany Quinn ’00 and members of Seton’s Dance Team for a morning of fun and movement! The clinic will cover basic techniques in several styles of dance. Girls in rising grades 6-8 at all skill levels are welcome. Please wear appropriate attire for dance and bring a water bottle.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg
Cost: $10

Crafting Our Legacy: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration (Ages 3+)
Location: The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center
Come out with the whole family and engage in educational opportunities PGAAMCC has to offer. The event will feature Book Arts Making Activity, Story Time, and Community Conversation. This event is also a book drive (see event page for details).
When: 11am-3pm
Where: Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, North Brentwood
Ages: 3 and up

Afternoon Aviators (Ages 6+)
Drop in the first Saturday of every month to explore a different aviation themed topic through STEAM-based, hands on activities (no registration is required). This Saturday, learn about a man that changed space technology with his invention of the UV Spectrometer, and take home your very own UV image!
When: 2-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park
Cost: $5

Creative Saturday: Zbu Hoopism (Ages 6-12)
Come learn how to hula hoop dance! Creative Saturdays give children the experience of working with talented local artists to learn new art forms in a fun and stimulating way. Zbu Hoopism is a world renowned hula hoop performance artist who began performing in 2016 with Washington DC’s Nubian Spin, and is currently teaching hoop dance classes in the DC/Baltimore area.
When: 1-3pm
Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10 per child

OGT Kids: The Secret of NIMH (Ages 6 and up)
Bring the whole family to watch Don Bluth’s classic animated adaptation of The Secret of Nimh.
When: 11am
Where: Old Greenbelt Theater, Greenbelt
Cost: $5-$7

😎 SUNDAY – Where to Play Along Route 1

Maple Sugaring at Brookside Gardens (Ages 3+)
Brookside is offering the opportunity to experience the American tradition of maple sugaring every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for the month of February. Sample sap directly from the source and watch the pros turn it into the sticky syrup no pancake should ever be without. Use the link on the event page to register for a time slot that’s convenient for you, and join in the fun at this family-friendly program!
When: 10am-3:30pm (1 hour tours)
Where: Brookside Gardens, Wheaton
Cost: $7

National Arboretum
If it’s not raining, why not indulge in some of the lower temps and head outdoors! Check out our recent visit (and tips!) here.
When: 8am-5pm
Where: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002
Cost: Free!

Indian Creek Playground (All Ages)
Check out this really fun and creative playground designed after Berwyn Heights’ earliest residents – a group of Algonquian people known as Nacotchtank. Kiddos will have a blast climbing teepees, in an out of canoes and up and down dream catchers. If you get hungry afterwards, check out nearby Fishnet restaurant.
When: Sunrise to sunset
Where: 8900 56th Avenue, Berwyn Heights
Cost: Free!

Bladensburg Waterfront Park
Head to Bladensburg Waterfront Park (BWP) for some outdoor fun! Kiddos can hit up the playground by the entrance, monkey about in the old B & O caboose, skip along the Anacostia River Trail, then pick up some cool stones to paint later when you return home.
When: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Start at BWP, 4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

New-to-you Frontier Fort Playground
Check out a new-to-you local playground! Info and travel tips for a visit to Frontier Fort Playground here!
When: Dawn to dusk
Where: 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham
Cost: Free!


🍕🥗🍕
$10 Weekday Lunch Special
at Hyattsville’s Pizzeria Paradiso!


☔⛄⛆🌠As always, please call ahead to confirm event’s status before heading out, especially when inclement weather is in the forecast!

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