Saturday, August 19, 2017

Places to Watch the Solar Eclipse Along Route 1 in Prince George's County!

We're pretty excited to check out the upcoming solar eclipse, especially as there are so many local places that are hosting viewing events - like the ones noted below!  Check 'em out!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! August 18th-20th

So many fun things to do this weekend, including Hyattsville's Summer Jam, Back to School Kids Fair, Engineering 101, STEM for Families, Damsels & Dragons, free admission to many local museums & more!   💛

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!  
Check out my review of the Strong Mamas fitness class while you're at it!  

Adults' Weekend Guide! August 18th-20th

📷 Summer Saturdays Film Screening at PGAAMCC 
Get your pick of outdoor yoga, movies, film screening, salsa dancing + hoola hooping, coffee rides, free museums all this weekend!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to School GIVEAWAY + Updates at The Mall at Prince Georges = Awesome!

It's almost back to school time! These mornings, my youngest enjoys vigorously crossing the days off the wall calendar as we inch towards the first day of the new school year. For her, it's an exercise in destruction. For me, it's a countdown to how many days before I can drink my coffee while it's still hot. It's the little things, people. 😃

Speaking of not so little things, it appears that my young man has gone through a couple of growth spurts this summer. I did, too; in solidarity.... ;) So when the Mall at Prince Georges (MPG) invited me to check out their latest renovations and hear about upcoming events while conquering our back to school shopping, I thought: perfect timing!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Strong Mama: A Prenatal & Postnatal Exercise Class For Mamas!

After I had my first child, I had high aspirations of getting back into the exercise game lickety split. Or maybe it was visualizations. Either way, the mind was willing but the body was not. Things had changed and I didn't feel strong enough to jump back on the exercise saddle. Which made sense because, well, the last thing any new mom wants to do is suffer the inevitable consequence of a jump....

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! August 10th-13th

Kicking the Kids' Weekend Guide to you a day early as Thursday is filled with fun options that are not to be missed! The Lego Batman movie at the Old Greenbelt Theatre, Kid Koders in Laurel, Storytime at Robert Harper Books, West African Drumming & Dance at Riverdale Park's Whole Foods, Little Makers at Greenbelt Maker Space, Toddler Time at Art Works Now & more! As always, most of these events are free/low-cost.  I've got two; I get it! :)

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Adults' Weekend Guide: August 10th-13th

Outdoor movies, West African Drumming & Dance, Outdoor Yoga, Dog Days of Summer, Second Saturday LectureCar & Bike Show, an Ayuerveda Workshop...And that's just to name a few! Check out all the happs this glorious weekend along Route 1, below!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Ways to Save at Whole Foods Market

I'm really digging the new Whole Foods Market in Riverdale Park.  Sure, I love all of the incredibly colorful produce and am childishly entertained by fruits that look like they're from outer space (looking at you, Jackfruit), but I also appreciate the increased accessibility to foods that are free from artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners, flavors, etc.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Free Ice Cream & Kids' Activities this August at Whole Foods Market, Riverdale Park!

🍨 Hey Route One Kids (& their fab fams)! Just learned of these fun, FREE, ice-cream-filled events happening at Whole Foods Market, Riverdale Park every Monday - Wednesday evening this August! Starting today (August 8th)!

All activities from 6 - 7:30pm at Bear Square (the big blue bear, adjacent to fountain, across from Whole Foods Market).

Mondays: Face Painting by Jolie Faces and Ice Cream!

Tuesdays: Balloon Twisting by Jolie Faces and Ice Cream!

Wednesdays: Music and Ice Cream!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide! August 3rd-6th

Catch some indie rock this weekend at Riverdale Park's Robert Harper Books!
Will it be a Freestyle Dance Party, Community Forklift's First Friday fun? Some TGIF Yoga? Three Indie Rock bands at Robert Harper Books?  Live Jazz at Med Cafe?  Thrillbillys at the New Deal Cafe? Or maybe networking at PGAAMCC's Forty Under 40?  If you're like me, it's all of the above! ;)

Kids' Weekend Guide! August 4th-6th

Lots of local fun this weekend, including a Bibliobop Dance Party, Penske Truck Workshop, Model Rocket Launch, Dinosaur Park, Battle of Bladensburg Reenactment...And this weekend's your last chance for Montpelier's Blast in the Past Playground! Check 'em out!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! July 28th-30th

When it brightens up, check out the Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park!
Rain or shine, tons of options for kid-friendly fun along Route 1 this weekend! Due to weather alerts, just be sure to call ahead to confirm plans.

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Adults' Weekend Guide! July 28th-30th

Catch Tool Shed Acoustic at Riverdale Park's Robert Harper Books! 
From a morning coffee club bike ride to the Jonny Graves blues band to a movie featuring the music of the 1967 Monterey Pop festival to an energy workshop to learn about your chakras, Route 1's got it all this weekend! (And with the rainy weather, don't forget to call ahead to confirm plans!)

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Bowie Baysox Baseball - with a Dog!

Route One Hubs here. (Yes, you can guess who came up with this catchy moniker....) From time to time, as part of my campaign for husband of the year, I take the kids out for a few hours so the Route One Fun maestro can get some work done on this here blog. I call these outings our "adventures" and this is the story of one of those adventures. I hope to chronicle a few more as time goes by.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kids Eat Free!

Free!  No word sounds sweeter to my big ears than "free!" Except maybe when you say "free meal!" Then I'm off the charts!  Because you see, free dinner makes me a dangerous lady with some money in my pocket; keep up!  Thank you, Bruno.

2017 Guide to Summer Camps In & Around Route One!

Summer is here – and this year, it’s longer than ever!  Time to start thinking about summer camps in and around our awesome DC Metro area.  Below is a list of day camps, camps for preschoolers, camps for high-schoolers and all your in-between-ers! 

Thanks to all of our camp sponsors for making this handy dandy guide possible!  When you sign-up, let them know you Route One Fun! sent you!

Are you a camp director eager to get your local camp listed in this fabulous guide?  Contact Sarah at to find out more!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: July 21st-23rd

Check out all the fun, kid-friendly happs this weekend along and around our beloved Route 1! Some colonial dress-up, Summer Jam, Lego Batman Movie, Skateboarding, boat tour, solar eclipse & more! Don't forget to stop back later & share a comment about what you liked best!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: July 20th-23rd

Film Festival at Old Greenbelt Theatre this Weekend!
This weekend's going to be hot.  But not as hawt as all the fun things happening in & around Route 1 this hot weekend.  Read on and catch up! 👊

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! July 14th-16th

So much family-friendly fun to be had this weekend, Route 1!  From learning to fish to a songwriting workshop to a hands-on history playground to the Lotus & Lily Festival to Stemtastic's Buzz About Bees - you're all set with your weekend plans!  👏

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: July 13th-16th

Opening this weekend at Joe's Movement Emporium!
24 Gloriously Different Ways to Have Fun this Weekend, Route 1!!!  Will it be Think Before You Holla at Joe's Movement Emporium? Dance Dance Party Party at Community Forklift? DA Band at New Deal Cafe?  LUNAFEST Film Festival at the Old Greenbelt Theatre?  The Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens? Hyattsville's Pizzeria Paradiso's Grand Opening? Latin sounds of Grupo Quimbao at Bladensburg Waterfront Park?  Why not do them all, overachiever?! ;)

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: July 7th - 9th

Take the kids, enjoy some live music & explore Community Forklift's First Friday!
Lots of great, local ways for the kids to have fun this weekend! Montpelier kicks off its Blast-in-the-Past playground, Community Forklift's got its First Friday partay, Canoe Lessons in Bladensburg & more - all here.  Enjoy and don't forget to "like" Route One Fun on Facebook, follow on Twitter and head over to Route One Fun! to subscribe for all the latest posts!

Community Forklift's First Fridays

On the first Friday of each month over the summer from 6-8pm, Community Forklift stays open late to throw a party for those adventurous enough to answer its invitation (read: you and me and everybody)!  If you're not familiar with Community Forklift yet, know that it's an awesomely huge warehouse of salvaged building materials.  By accepting donations of unwanted building materials, they keep tons of materials out of landfill and their Home Essentials Program provides free building materials, appliances, furniture and more to local families in need.  Likewise, many of their goods have fantastic vintage flair, so also a treat to explore the aisles and get inspiration on fun, new ways to renovate and style your nest.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: July 6th - 9th

Check out opening reception Friday at Mt. Rainier's ReCreative Spaces!
Happy Weekend, Route One Buds! Another great menu of artsy, musical, active, reflective performances and events to check out this weekend - like Community Forklift's First Friday, or the opening for an exhibit exploring friendship & identity through hip hop photography (includes a freestyle cipher - wha what?!), a Women & Bicycles Bike Clinic, Arts on the Bladensburg Waterfront and more - All Here.  All Local.  All for you.  Mwa!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 30th - July 2nd

Family Day at PGAAMCC this Saturday!

Plenty of indoor and outdoor play options this weekend, folks!  Arts and crafts at Art Works Now, Bug House Workshop at Home Depot, Kids Boat Tour along the Anacostia, Dinosaur Park, Model Rocket Launches and Family Day at PGAAMCC - all this weekend!
Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weekend Guide: June 29th - July 2nd

Karen Collins at the Backroads Band at New Deal Cafe this Saturday!
Zydeko, Calypso, Honky Tonk, Chamber Music, Acoustic Blues - You've got your pick this musical genres this weekend, fo sho. Plus, Wall Street Journal at College Park ParkRun, boat tour of the Anacostia, Farmers Markets, Free Yoga & more - all here, all this weekend!  

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Holy Redeemer School, College Park

Welcome back to our Spotlight on Schools series, where parents of school-aged children reach out to share their experience with a school in Prince George's County.  In this eighth (!) installment, Brie Hall puts College Park's Holy Redeemer School on our radar and shares how her fifth grader has flourished, socially and academically, at this school! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 23rd-25th

Free Outdoor Family Movies at National Harbor this weekend!
This weekend includes Family-friendly Pollinator Fest in Brentwood, Double Dutch in Hyattsville, National Orchestral Institute's free performance Peter & the Wolf in College Park, Raptors Reign in Laurel and more!

Adults' Weekend Guide, June 23rd-25th

Jesse Magenta this Friday at Robert Harper Books!
My lil Tuscadero-Indie rock heart is all aflutter, you guys! So many great live, local music options this weekend! Catch Indie electronic artist Jesse Magenta & his spacey vibes at Riverdale Park's Robert Harper Books, Be Steadwell's queer pop at the Brentwood Arts Exchange's Listening Room, and Orion Freeman's souled-out tunes at Mt. Rainier's ReCreative Spaces Listening Series.  All this & more great ideas along the Route 1 Corridor, behind the jump!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: June 16th-18th

Build a dinosaur or dust off some dinosaur fossils?  Storytime with some dancing or storytime with Rover? Summer Jam or a Wildlife Scavenger Hunt?  Lucky for you, no need to choose as you can do all this family-friendly fun this very weekend, Route 1!  👍

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Going Out Guide: June 15th-18th

PGAAMCC's Outdoor Summer Film Series kicks off this Saturday! 
This Adults' Weekend Guide smokin' with great, new options for live music, art openings, yoga galore, wine & beer tastings, boat tours, and a new Outdoor Summer Film Series!  Another weekend lineup that confirms how awesome it is to live along the Route 1 Corridor of Prince George's County! 

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Going Out Guide!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Toddler Time at Hyattsville's Art Works Now!

Took my lil lady to check out Toddler Time at Art Works Now's new location in Hyattsville earlier this month!  We were at their first official program at their new place.  Who else can say that, other than everyone else in the class?!?  😃

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! June 9th-11th

Check out all the supremely local & low-cost/free options for kid-friendly fun weekend!  Kids' Fishing Day in Laurel, Spring Porchfest in University Park, Splash Park in College Park, Storytime in Mt. Rainier, Toddler Time in Hyattsville, Bibliobop Dance Party in Greenbelt & more! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: June 8th-11th

University Park's Porchfest is this weekend!
Going to be a hot one this weekend, in erry way! Hot Power Vin at College Park's Numi Yoga, Book Reading at Riverdale Park's Robert Harper Books, University Park's Porchfest, Live Music Thursdays at Mt. Rainier's Med Cafe, Dogs for the Arts in Hyattsville, a tribute to Prince in Cheverly, History of Brewing in Laurel & more, all here! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide! June 2nd-4th

Hyattsville's International Festival!
Tons of family friendly fun this weekend! From Hyattsville's International Festival to Wonderful Wolves at Laurel's Patuxent Research Refuge to a free Learn to Row Clinic in Bladendsburg to Greenbelt's Skatepark's 10 Anniversary Celebration to College Park's Afternoon Aviators & more - all here!

Special thanks to this week's sponsor!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Going Out Guide: June 1st-4th

Adults' Going Out Guide is up!  We gots your Yoga, your Farmers Markets, your Dance, Dance Party, a Rowing Clinic, Townwide Yard Sale, Adelphi Strawberry Festival, International Festival, Skatepark's Anniversary PartyCommunity Forklift's First Friday jam & more!  See you around Route 1 this weekend!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Going Out Guide!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Route 1 Weekend Guide, Kids! May 25th-27th

Indian Creek Playground in Berwyn Heights! 
While the weather may be overcast, this delightful menu of indoor and outdoor options will brighten your day and get you out of the house! 

                                                  Special thanks to this week's sponsor! 👊