Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: November 17th-19th

11/17 Update - SantaFest is Sold Out!
This weekend's got a great blend of fun things to do! Check out SantaFest at the Mall at Prince Georges (11/17 update - no more tickets available!), Glitterfest at Brentwood Arts Exchange, Heroes Bowl at Magruder Park, Library explorin' and more!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Nov. 16th-19th

Recognize these folks? Neighbors abound! 
Paint Branch Creek performs this Friday & Saturday - Deets below!
Check out these awesome weekend events and have some fun before family arrives for Thanksgiving!  ;) Weekend lineup includes live music performance by local celebs Paint Branch Creek, J Pope and the HearNOW at the Listening Room, Hyattsville's Heroes Bowl, an Essential Oils Workshop, PGCPS High School Honor Concert & more! But before get to planning, do me a solid and read this:

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

SantaFest at the Mall at Prince Georges is this Saturday (11/18)!

Update 11/17/17: SantaFest is now sold out! No more tickets are available. 

Looking for a fun, free and fabulously local way to ring in the holiday season this year? Then RSVP here for your tickets to SantaFest at the Mall at Prince Georges - happening this Saturday, November 18th from 11am-2pm. We love this festive event so much that it's now our family's way of kicking off the holiday season. 🎅🎄🎅


Lest you confuse this SantaFest with another Santa-themed event involving grown folks running around the streets in Santa costumes, here are some details on what you've to look forward to:

🎅 Santa will be there! And not just any Santa: a jolly, naturally bearded, African-American Santa will arrive at Center Court (by Macy's), along with his trusty crew of Rudolph, the Nutcracker, Holly and Tinker Elf, all ready to spread some holiday cheer!


🎄 Kids' Arts & Crafts! Hyattsville's beloved Art Works Now will be there to guide kiddos through some awesome holiday art projects, including some DIY ornament making fun! Last year, my kids had a great time painting and decorating funky turkeys which they then gifted to the grandparents at Thanksgiving dinner. 💗 Tip: Bring extra wipes in case your kids enjoy painting detours, like mine do, and paint their hands....


    Wee l'artiste, focusing on his craft!
📷 Photos with Santa! Instead of trekking across town to get your kid(s) photo with Santa, you can get that to-do item squared off your list at MPG! Santa and his crew will hold regular hours through December 24th and photo packages range from $24.99-$49.99. More details on Santa's schedule and package pricing hereTip: Become a PREIT Perks member ASAP. It's free, full of perks through the holiday season and will allow you to skip the line and jump to the Easy Pass entrance.  (Not a member? No worries; you can sign up here now or at the event for free access!) 



⛄ Games & Prizes! Kids can try their luck at playing Santa's Cookies Bean Bag Toss and a Snowman Toss game. Last year, this kept the young ones happily occupied for quite some time!

🍪 Santa Cookies! After the kids have had fun checking out the art activities and games, MPG treats them to their own little bag of Santa cookies! We usually head to a nearby table/chairs to take in the sights and sounds. Speaking of, there'll be a DJ playing holiday music during SantaFest as well as Rudolph and his crew strolling around to lead us all in some sing-alongs. Really a lovely time!

While at MPG, look around and take in all of the good stuff happening there. New stores have opened and many more are on their way! Read my post on the updates to the Mall at Prince Georges for an overview of what's happened to date and stay tuned to Route One Fun for another update soon on the many more great changes to come!

Mark Your Calendar! So, after you register for SantaFest here and PREIT Perks here, be sure to also make note of the Black Friday shopping hours at MPG (6am-10pm) and explore their many other fun holiday happenings here!

See you at SantaFest this Saturday, Route 1! 👏

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by the Mall at Prince Georges. The observations, opinions and humor, however, are strictly my own! 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Nov. 10th-12th

St. Martin's Day Lantern Festival is this Sunday!
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credit: College Park Arts Exchange
It's going to be chilly but fun events like Holy Redeemer's Harvest Bazaar, Greenbelt's MakerSpace's Marshmallow Shooters and St. Martin's Day Lantern Festival will keep everyone warm and fuzzy! :) Also, with PGCPS out on Friday, including a number of great picks for the elementary and middle-school crew that day.

Happy Veterans Day & thank you to all those who've served in the armed forces, including my dad, a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!