Two free ball hockey skills clinics will be taking place this Saturday, March 12th and Saturday, March 26th for children ages 4-13.

The clinic for children ages 4-7 will take place at 2pm and at 4pm for children 8-13.

Per the DCHL leagues:

Ice hockey has the high entry boundary that each player must be competent ice skater. Ball hockey allows young children to learn the fundamentals without the added challenge of learning to stop and go on ice skates.

Ball Hockey is fast and fun for kids needing fitness, hand eye coordination, and allows them to learn about teamwork.

“The goal is to play for fun and while we aim for strengthening skills and do keep score in league play, the focus is on having fun while exercising.” says Melanie Makstein who is spreading the word about the free clinics.

“Our generation had plenty of empty parking lots to dabble in street hockey, but that has become a rare gem as well. Playing ball hockey allows this generation to feel the rush of a fun street hockey games without the inevitable break for ‘car!’”

The Washington Capitals have sponsored the DCHL league program to help kids learn the game. Kids need not have any experience as the free clinic is geared to support all skill levels.

“We hope to spread the love of the ultimate sport to the kids of the DMV.”

Clinics are held in Rockville, at the Michael & Son Sports Arena.


Montgomery Parks has outdoor interpretive panels throughout their parks, sharing stories about the history of places and people. For Women’s History Month, they have four recommendations of parks to visit to learn about women in the past.

Interpetive panel about mothers and children in Silver Spring 1861 to 1863.

Jesup Blair Local Park

Jesup Blair Local Park(opens in a new tab) features a panel about mothers and children in Silver Spring from 1861 to 1865. You learn about Elizabeth Blair Lee and her son, Blair Lee. The Lee’s plantation in Silver Spring had enslaved laborers. The signs also discusses lives of those unknown enslaved mothers and their children.

Interpetive panel about women's roles during the Civil War in Montgomery County

Little Bennett Regional Park

During the Civil War, Montgomery County women played vital roles. They volunteered to prepare meals, mend clothes, and nurse wounds. The interpretive panel at Zeigler House(opens in a new tab) in Little Bennett Regional Park(opens in a new tab)highlights historic photographs and first-person accounts.

Interpretive panel about sights along Rachel Carson-Greenway Trail in Burnt Mills West Special Park.

Information about environmentalist and author Rachel Carson on one interpretive panel near Rachel Carson-Greenway Trail

Burnt Mills West Special Park

Rachel Carson is the founder of the modern environmental movement and lived in Silver Spring. You can discover more about her at the interpretive panel at Burnt Mills West Special Park(opens in a new tab) near the head of the Rachel Carson-Greenway Trail.

An interpetive panel about Edith Throckmorton hangs on a metal fence at Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park. There is a park in the background.

Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park

Edith Throckmorton Neighborhood Park(opens in a new tab) has a received a temporary panel honoring its namesake. Edith Throckmorton was an award-winning educator who taught for twenty-five years in public schools. She was the first African American to serve on the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations. Throckmorton was president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for sixteen years. The permanent panel will go into place later this spring.


Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces its March line-up of special events. March will be an exciting month with activities for the whole family. Join us for Acoustics and Ales at Acorn Urban Park, as well as the Parks Ale Trail at Lake Needwood.

These two festive celebrations boast craft brews, food, and live music. There will also be opportunities to learn how to RainScape Your Yard along with Garden Day, where you will be able to pick up information about invasive and native plants, pollinators, and gardening for wildlife. Lastly, imagine yourself as a majestic bird and complete The Great Migration Challenge and make a craft to help birds in your neighborhood.

Update: The Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly & Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens will be cancelled again this year due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. We encourage you to take the opportunity this summer to visit Brookside Gardens outdoor butterfly garden and sharpen your observation skills and learn about local butterfly species. You can enjoy butterflies in your own garden or in many nearby public places, too.

March Events at Montgomery Parks Include:

RainScape Your Yard – Sessions I, II, III – Session I: Rethinking Your Yard | Thursday, March 3| Brookside Gardens

Join the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for Session I: Rethinking Your Yard. Session II be held Thursday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Session III will be Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. These three sessions are intended to help homeowners create a RainScape design plan. Session I: The first step to planning a RainScape project is to evaluate your site and determine what project(s) are both possible and desirable for you. Learn how to look for places to soak up water on your site, what projects fit where, and how big they need to be. This class is a recommended prerequisite to the Stormwater Solutions and the Plants and Planting Design classes. Intended for ages 18+. Fee $12 for each session. Register using Active Montgomery PBG0015-100001.

Acoustics and Ales | Friday, March 4 Acorn Urban Park

Warm-up from the inside out at Montgomery Parks’ Acoustics and Ales winter happy hour at Acorn Urban Park, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Craft Beer from Silver Branch Brewing, delicious food from Big Greek Food Truck, and musical guest Ted Garber. A representative from Montgomery Energy Connection will be tabling at this event to provide residents with an opportunity to swap out their old incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs for energy-efficient LEDs. Switching to LEDs helps lower your utility costs and keeps money in your pocket so you can buy more ale and food at our events!

The Great Migration Challenge | Sunday, March 6 | Maydale Nature Classroom

Migrating birds face a lot of obstacles! Join us from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn about some of the challenges, as you pretend that you are a bird on your journey north in our Great Migration Challenge game! Then we will return to the Nature Classroom and make a craft to help birds in your neighborhood! Intended for ages 3 to 12. Fee $3. Register using ActiveMontgomery.

Parks Ale Trail  | Saturday, March 12 | Lake Needwood Trails

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, so celebrate outdoors with a good local beer at our Parks Ale Trail! On Saturday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., start your celebrations at the Hiker-Biker trail parking lot at Lake Needwood, Rock Creek Regional Park. True Respite Brewing will offer various beers for purchase, both at the main event area AND as a refuel option at the halfway point of the hike! Spend the rest of the afternoon dancing to live music from Capital Effect. Additional food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from O’Boy Pizza & Ice Cream.

Garden Day | Saturday, March 19 | Black Hill Visitor Center

Discover the joys and benefits of gardening! Drop by the Visitor Center from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to ask questions about gardening and get your Gardening Info Pack about invasive and native plants, pollinators, and gardening for wildlife. Included will be a take-home activity for kids. Register using Active Montgomery for this FREE program so that we can prepare enough Gardening Info Packs (one per family). PBHVC0005-100001

Visit the Spring 2022 Montgomery Parks Program Guide to view a complete list of special events and programming, as well as how to sign up using Active Montgomery.


Dinosaurs are coming to Gaithersburg., when Jurassic Wonder visits the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Jurassic Wonder is an animatronic (robot) dinosaur show where dinosaurs come alive right before your eyes, moving around and making real dinosaur sounds.

The event, which is a suitable for ages 1-12, is experienced from the safety of your car. Included in the car your is a free educational audio tour that you can stream from your phone or car radio.

The event is taking place on Saturday, March 12 – Sunday, March 13 and costs $12 per car. It is recommended to buy tickets early as supply is limited, per the company website.

Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 501 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg MD, 20877


Maryland Cricket Premier League and Montgomery Parks is hosting the 5th Annual MCPL Rang Aur Patang Utsav 2022 on April 23rd, 2022 – 11am Onwards @ Black Hill Regional Park

“Please join us with your friends and family for this fun filled event which includes, Live Entertainment by DJ, Kids Activities, Non-Toxic Colors, Indian Kites and Manjha (without glass powder so safe for all) and lot more…!!!

If you have young children, then do not worry because we will have tons of entertainment for our little ones!!!”

Kites, Colors and Indian Snacks will be available for purchase at reasonable price.

MCPL asks any interested parties to contact them for more information, vendor inquiries and sponsorship opportunities.

[email protected]

Tickets can be purchased here.


Celebrate Black History Month with virtual and in-person programs throughout the month of February.

Explore Montgomery Parks’ historical sites, discover African American cooking traditions, and learn about prominent figures in Maryland Black History.

Below are Montgomery Parks’ Picks for celebrating Black History Month:

Cooking with History

Join Montgomery Parks for a virtual discussion and celebration of traditional African American cooking on Saturday, February 12, from 1 to 2 pm. Panelists will discuss the lives of enslaved cooks, the impact of racial systems on foodways, and ongoing efforts to engage with African American culinary heritage. Appropriate for ages six and up. Free, but all participants must register in advance.

Table with plates and bowls of food.

Black History Month Family Day

Bring the whole family for a self-guided exploration of Montgomery County’s Black history at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Drop in at the visitor center to pick up take-home activities (for ages five to twelve) and trail maps to explore the Underground Railroad Experience Trail on your own. This is a great opportunity to connect, learn, and get exercise as a family. Free. No registration is required.

Wooden trail marker with green grass, white fence and trees with colored leaves in the background.

Meeting of the Minds

Celebrate the paralleled legacies and experience of our Maryland Black history titans–Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Reverend Josiah Henson–during this virtual conversation by first-person re-enactors about the life of these leaders on Saturday, February 26, from 11 am to 12:15 pm. The re-enactors will talk about their contributions while shedding light on where their paths have crossed throughout their lives. Following the discussion, there will be a question and answer session. Appropriate for ages six and older. Free event, but please register to get the program link.

Learn about the lives of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Josiah Henson during our Black History Month Meeting of the Minds virtual program.

Educational Resources

Learn more about Josiah Henson and his role in African American history with educational resources on the Josiah Henson Museum and Park website. Complement your visit to Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park with videos, online resources, and reading lists for all ages about the Underground Railroad and related topics.

A copy of Reverend Josiah Henson’s biography dated 1876.

History in the Parks

Visit for more about Montgomery Parks’ historic sites, volunteer opportunities, and programs.

Log cabin onsite at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park.


The Wheaton Urban District and Montgomery County Recreation will celebrate Valentine’s Day with “I Love Wheaton” an afternoon filled with free outdoor fun and activities from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Marian Fryer Town Plaza, located at 2424 Reedie Drive in downtown Wheaton, MD.

The celebration will include:

  • ice skating
  • cupcake and cookie decorating
  • hot chocolate
  • arts and crafts
  • face painting
  • balloon art
  • lawn games.

There will also be outdoor heat lamps, a fire pit, and a DJ. The activities will be outdoors, but masks are encouraged for all attendees by event organizers.


Early bird tickets are available through January 7, 2022.

WHEATON, Md.— Montgomery Parks and Brookside Gardens are hosting the annual Greenscapes Symposium online on Friday, February 18, 2022, from 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.

Early bird tickets are now available online through January 7, 2022, for $45. The symposium brings together experts in the field of landscape sustainability and the environment to provide timely information and solutions to environmental challenges.

This year’s theme is “Advancing the Natural Landscape in a Modern World – Solutions for Sites and Situations.”

WHO: Montgomery Parks and Brookside Gardens is hosting its annual Greenscapes Symposium for people to learn about environmentally sustainable gardening and design practices.

WHAT: The 18th annual Greenscapes Symposium will feature live online lectures about gardening for wildlife, leveraging native plants for specific environments, and how to apply ecological principles for planting design.

WHEN:  Friday, February 18, 2022, 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  The symposium will be hosted online on zoom. Register here.(opens in a new tab)

This year’s presenters include Kelly Norris, author and plantsman, Janet Davis, owner of Hill House Farm & Nursery, Colston Burrell, lecturer, garden designer, and award-winning author and photographer, and Nigel Dunnett, plantsman, designer and professor of planting design and urban horticulture, department of landscape architecture, University of Sheffield.

Continuing education credits are being offered for symposium attendees from various organizations. Details are available on the symposium webpage.(opens in a new tab)


Celebrate the holiday season from 1-4pm at the Norfolk Avenue Streetery (corner of Norfolk and St. Elmo Avenues) in downtown Bethesda with live ice sculpting, live music and more!

Thank you to 97.1 WASH-FM for supporting Bethesda’s Winter Wonderland.  If you can’t make it to the festival, you can still listen to the music live.

This event is being hosted by Bethesda Urban Partnership. The mission of the Bethesda Urban Partnership is to create an environment in which downtown businesses and residents can thrive and prosper.

Looking for additional things to do in MoCo this holiday season? We’ve created a list with 10 more fun local events that you can check out in this link.


Bethesda’s Pooch Portrait Studio is offering complimentary, holiday pet portraits to the first 75 guests on Sunday, December 12th at Rose Park at North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose.   

WHAT: Pike & Rose presents complimentary holiday pet portraits in Rose Park by Pooch Portrait Studio.

WHEN: Sunday, December 12th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

DETAILS: Pooch Portraits sessions are available to the first 75 guests.

Enjoy drinks at the Julii pop-up bar beginning at 10:00 a.m. while this festive photography experience captures pets for an unforgettable holiday moment.

For more information visit,


There will be a free, interactive LEGO Menorah lighting event at Bethesda Row on November 28th that will include activities for the whole family.

Per Axiom Communications:

Bring the family for an interactive LEGO menorah building event to celebrate the start of Hanukah at Bethesda Row(across from the Apple Store), Sunday, November 28th at 5:00 p.m.

The festive and fun evening will feature:

  • The construction and kindling of a giant LEGO menorah
  • Chocolate gelt
  • Chanukah music
  • Build-your-own LEGO Dreidel gifts
  • A magic and juggling show
  • Selfies with Judah Macabee!

The event is free, and no RSVP is required. For more information visit or call 301.913.9777.


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