Holiday Weekend Programs at Montgomery Parks

meadowside_012503b-002Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is offering a variety of programs and activities during the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend. Most park facilities are open during the weekend and on the holiday. Brookside Gardens Visitors Center and the Park Permits Office are closed on Monday, January 20.

With schools closed Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21, students ages 6 – 12 can participate in Park Play Days from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (for $40 a day) featuring an array of activities from ice skating and tennis to arts and crafts and team games and sports. Park Play Days are held at Wheaton Ice Arena and Cabin John Ice. Details and registration information are available at (Course #s 257849, 257850 for Wheaton; and Course #s 257852 and 257853 for Cabin John).

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Programs and Activities

A sampling of programs and activities offered during the holiday weekend are listed below; a complete list of Montgomery Parks’ offerings is available online at and in the Montgomery County Guide, available at

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mom’s Time Out: Natural Hand Treatments
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Admission: $15 (Course #253902)

Moms are invited to create their own relaxing hand treatments using natural ingredients. Children are welcome too and will be treated to a separate hour of fun while moms are pampered.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Winter Birding at Black Hill (Ages 15 & up)
8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Black Hill Visitors Center
20926 Lake Ridge Dr.
Boyds, MD 20841
Admission: $12 (Course #257157)

Learn about the many types of birds that spend time in Black Hill Regional Park including ducks, tundra swans from Canada, and bald eagles. Participants will also visit other observation areas. Spotting scope provided.

Alien Invaders (Ages 8 and up)
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855
Free (Course #254802

Help remove invasive non-native plants to give native plants room to grow. Student Service Learning hours are approved for this project.

Raptor Experiences at Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855
Both raptor programs are free, no registration required.
Both programs meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the Nature Center.

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Vulture Enrichment: Come see Meadowside’s resident vulture play with her food in a weekly vulture enrichment session.

12 noon – 12:30 p.m.
Raptor Lunchtime and Talk: Observe Meadowside’s resident raptors during their feeding time and learn some of the stories about the raptors on exhibit.

Chalk Play
1 – 2 p.m.
Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
Rockville, MD 20855
Free, no registration required.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. by sharing your dreams through drawings in our parking lot using colorful sidewalk chalk. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Skating Show 2014
6:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Wheaton Ice Arena
11711 Orebaugh Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902

Come see Wheaton Ice Arena’s skating stars make magic on ice! Bring the family and friend and cheer on your favorite skater.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cozy Winter Nature Tales: Winter Weather (Ages 3 – 6)
3 – 3:30 p.m.
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Free (Course #252457)

Children will be treated to an exciting story about winter in the cozy comfort of the nature center, learning about the wonders of the winter weather like snowflakes and ice.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Family Day at the Visitor Center
1 – 4 p.m.
Black Hill Visitor Center
20926 Lake Ridge Dr.
Boyds, MD 20841
Free (Course #257158)

School is off, bring the family to the Visitor Center for an afternoon of nature fun, including learning how to use the popular nature boxes, taking short nature hikes and hands-on activities and games.


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