Spring Break Activities by Montgomery Parks

Spring break for Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) students is April 11 to 18. If your family is staying in town, Montgomery Parks has come up with a list of activities to keep the kids engaged and entertained.

Bright red engine of Wheaton Train with two people sitting in the engineer's seat.

Trains

Bring your young engineers and scavenger hunt lovers to Spring Eye Spy Trains(opens in a new tab) at Cabin John Train and Wheaton Train and Carousel. Look for characters along the tracks during your ride, and keep track of them on your Eye Spy Train card. Spring Eye Spy Trains roll every Saturday and Sunday, as well as April 11 to 18, 11 am to 6 pm.

Four people dancing. Two people in the middle are dressed in outfits made from African prints. Each dancer faces one other dancer. They are all outdoors.

History

Introduce your children to Montgomery County history. Stop by Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park  and Josiah Henson Museum for Spring Break for History.

Visit Woodlawn Museum in Sandy Spring  and learn together about the people who lived and worked at Woodlawn Manor. The museum will be open Thursday, April 14; Friday, April 15; Saturday, April 16 from 10 am to 4 pm. Plan your visit and register ahead for the guided hikes offered on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at 10 am. Buy tickets at the visitor center.

Josiah Henson Museum in Bethesda offers interactive history experiences Wednesday, April 13, 10 am to 1 pm;  Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15, 10 am to 4 pm. Free with museum admission.

Discover the influence of African music in the New and Old Worlds during Celebrating African Rhythms through Dance and Song on Saturday, April 9, 12 pm to 4 pm, at Oakley Cabin Museum and Park in Olney. The event is free. Before and after the program, take a free tour of the log house.

Adults and children on a night hike in a park.

Nature

Get the kids outdoors and moving! Our nature centers and classroom have a variety of hikes and creative programs. Check out: Nature Hunt on Saturday, April 9, 1:30 to 3:30 pm, at Black Hill Visitor Center; Hike and Seek: iNaturalist Hike on Sunday, April 10, 2 pm to 5 pm, at Locust Grove Nature Center; Crafty Little Naturalist(opens in a new tab) on Wednesday, April 13, 10:30 am to 11:30 am, at Brookside Nature Center; and (Almost) Full Moon Hike on Friday, April 15, 8 pm to 9 pm, at Maydale Nature Classroom.

People dancing outdoors in a park on a basketball court.

Dancing

Teach the kids to salsa at our Salsa in the Park on Thursday, April 14, 5 pm to 8 pm, at Columbia Local Park in Burtonsville. Live music, salsa lessons, food, drinks, games, and more! Family-friendly event. Free admission, and no registration.

An adult and child at a public ice skating session. The adult takes a photo of the child with his phone.

Skating

Take the kids to the rink and go ice skating! Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice Rink have daily public ice skating sessions. Visit our website for schedules.

A young adult stands holding two garbage bags in one hand and a grabber for litter in the other. He is picking up trash in a park.Volunteer

Your middle and high schoolers can earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours by volunteering for a park and stream cleanup during spring break. Cleanups are scheduled Monday, April 11, 10 am to 12 pm, at South Germantown Recreational Park in Boyds, and Thursday, April 14, 11 am to 1 pm, at Broadacres Local Park in Silver Spring.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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