Fantastic Free Family Celebration Saturday November 16 in Downtown Silver Spring {sponsored}



This Saturday evening your family fun plan is set: Come see the unveiling of Playtime Jubilee, a public art installation tree made of hundreds of toys on the Fountain Plaza at Downtown Silver Spring.

Do not miss this incredible annual free party for families!

The fun goes down from 6-8 pm on Ellsworth Drive at the Downtown Silver Spring fountain. Kids and grownups will have a blast…

  • Meeting The Washington National’s Racing Presidents
  • Grooving to live music
  • Watching family performers
  • Taking pics at the photo station
  • Playing games
  • Experiencing food tastings
  • Sipping hot chocolate and brews from Austin Grill’s heated beer garden
  • Skating on Veterans Plaza from 6-9pm
  • Entering contests
  • Winning prizes!
  • FYI, the first 200 people receive a festive DTSS Santa hat

All this awesome is thanks to Downtown Silver Spring, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, as well as the artist who has created the 30-foot tall art tree Playtime Jubilee, Karl Unnasch.

image4361I had the chance to talk to Unnasch, a self-proclaimed “big kid at heart.” Unnasch says, “The inspiration for the tree is to appeal to the child inside all of us. It is constructed out of sleds, playhouses, slides, rockers, sit ‘n spins and also smaller toys. It will be lit from within by LED lights, creating a massive stained-glass look as the multicolored toys glow, as I often work with stained glass in my work.” (See photos of his stained glass projects.)

Hundreds of toys comprise the giant tree, and currently a bucket truck and Unnasch and  many his “elves” are putting the tree together. Families — especially ones with budding artists, LEGO gurus and the truck-obsessed — are welcome to come down Thursday and Friday to see the art tree’s construction, and you can follow Playtime Jubilee’s progress on the artist’s web page.

Playtime Jubilee also has an important social good aspect: Every toy and sporting good used to make up the tree will have its integrity preserved so that it can be used by a child after holidays through donation to A Wider Circle. Unnasch acquired many of the toys himself to use in the pieces, and others were donated by by Strosniders Hardware. There is also A Wider Circle donation location for toys on Saturday night, so feel free to bring a toy for a needy child to receive at the holidays.

I hope that you and your family can make it to the celebration on Saturday night

Disclosure: Spreading the word about this event was sponsored by Peterson Companies and Downtown Silver Spring. All words and opinions are mine.  


  1. Lara Akinsanya says

    Sounds like fun! We will be there 🙂

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