Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kids' Weekday Fun Along Route One!


Who says kid-friendly fun is limited to the weekends? Not this lady! Below are just a sprinkling of ways for you and your kid(dos) to have fun along Route 1 during the week! While most of these are recurring events (some weekly, some biweekly), do yourself a solid and call to confirm that they're going on before you make any wild plans, like packing a lunch or a diaper bag. Or maybe both. :)

Be sure to bookmark this page as I'll update this post through the year. 👊 Likewise, if there are events that I missed, go ahead and post a comment below with the information. (Tuesday's lookin' pretty lonely....)  I'll update ASAP.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Check it Out: Local Fun! Patuxent Research Refuge

Me and the little lady stopped by the Patuxent Research Refuge earlier this week for one of their free Tiny Tots programs.  I was a little dismayed when I arrived and found that mine was the only car in the lot.  "Had I gotten the date wrong?" I wondered.  I immediately jumped to blaming my d@mN children.  Always interrupting momma's mornin' coffee intake which = not functioning properly, which = systems fail, which = dates & time and everything bungled.  Poor me.  But not really.  In fact, lucky me - because for once in my life, I had unwittingly managed to get me and my crew somewhere on time (in fact, an entire 30 minutes early).

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 29th - Oct. 1st


Color with Luna, Open Gym, Xtreme Teens Scrabble, Minecraft, Raptors Reign, Model Rocket Launch, Polka Dot Park, Cyclocross Bike Race, Puerto Rico Relief effort + more, all this weekend!

Did you know that Route One Fun does more than just Weekend Guides? Tis true! Check out this post on all the new murals along Route 1 in Hyattsville, this post on live music at Brentwood Arts Exchange or this guide to where Kids Eat Free along Route 1!

And...do you follow Route One Fun on Instagram?
Follow here & follow for updates & pics of life along Route 1 sprinkled throughout the week!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 28th - Oct. 1st

Opening Reception for Chadwick Tolley's exhibit at
Pyramid Atlantic this Friday! Image courtesy of the artist.
Your pick of live music, an opening reception at Pyramid Atlantic for printmaker Chadwick Tolley's "politically charged" exhibit, awesome sounding show by LA's DJ Nosaj Thing (produced tracked for Kendrick Lamar, Kid Kudi & Chance the Rapper) at MilkBoy ArtHouse as well as a 9 Piece Funk Army the next night!, local opportunity to support Puerto Rico relief efforts, Chuck the Monk Book TalkHyattsville's Mayor does Capoeira and you're invited to join in!  All this weekend + more!

Did you know that Route One Fun does more than just Weekend Guides? Tis true! Check out the blog for local business reviews, Kids Eat Free Guides, Spotlight on Schools & more!

And...do you follow Route One Fun on Instagram?  Follow here & follow for updates & pics of life along Route 1 sprinkled throughout the week!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Biz Review: The WaterHole, Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar!


I remember the first time I met Lisa Harris, the owner of The WaterHole in Mt. Rainier, Maryland.  I was on my way out of The WaterHole with my littlest one, after having finished a delicious, made-to-order carrot+beet+apple+ginger juice when Lisa approached from outside and held the door open for us and our wee stroller.  Not realizing she was probably eager to get inside, I started chatting away and picked her brain for recommendations on nearby things to do with my wee one.  Lisa didn't skip a beat.  She pointed out two nearby playgrounds, ran through the merits of each, suggested routes to explore along the way and recommended I check out a local mammas and pappas listserv for even more info on the topic.

Stylish Deals at Macy's Backstage + GIVEAWAY!

{GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER} If you've been keepin' up with Route One Fun, you know that I love a good deal almost as much as I love my husband. 😆 So you can imagine my delight when Macy's Backstage invited me to check out their new spot on the third floor of Macy's at the Mall at Prince George's! Lucky for you, they also shared two $50 gift cards to Macy's Backstage for me to give away to two fabulous Route One Fun readers! 👏

3rd Level - After escalator, head left or right & get yr shopping on!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Get Yr Live Music Fix at the Brentwood Arts Exchange!

BTS = Back to School, right?  Nope. Built to Spill, bizitches. That's the visceral reaction I have (though entirely internally) whenever I see these three simple letters together. You see, while I now pump Kidz Bop jams out my car speakers and subscribe to Real Simple over CMJ, I used to have a decent music sense (says moi). Indie rock shows & distortion pedals used to be a part of my regular ear candy. But then, kids + life + moving out of NYC + DC = what happened?

Friday, September 22, 2017

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 22nd-24th

Many kids activities at Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival this Saturday!
Photo credit: Wunderaround
Movie nights, Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival, Laurel's Riverfest, a Parent & Child Aerial Dance Class, your chance to be part of the Hearts in Hyattsville Community Paint Day, all this weekend!

Also, ICYMI, check out these recent posts about new things happening in our area! Eye Candy Galore Along Route 1, Ear Candy at Brentwood Arts Exchange and accessible art at Studio SoHy.
Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 21st-24th

Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival - This Saturday!
Check out all we have going on along Route 1 this fabulous weekend: Live music, dance party, Hearts in Hyattsville, the Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival & more! Lucky ducks!

Eye Candy Galore Along Rt. 1 + Yr Chance to Show Some Hyattsville Luv)!


Have you seen the growing number of new, amazingly vibrant murals adorning the facades (and sides & behinds!) of many vacant buildings along the Route 1 corridor in downtown Hyattsville lately? So B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!  Turns out, the new murals are the fantastic work of Green Owl Design and UIP Development, who teamed up to revamp this part of the Route 1 corridor. The murals are all designed by local artists (listed below) and instantly beautify abandoned buildings that are slated for demolition. 👏  Methinks these awesome murals will totally be a draw to our area similar to how Union Market's Heart Wall is itself a destination for many folks.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Studio SoHy, Hyattsville: Making Art Accessible

Many times when we stop for a coffee at Hyattsville's Vigilante Coffee, we make it a point to stop by Studio SoHy's exhibit space - which is easy to do as it's right next door (just enter the door by the coffee fixins/water table & voila)!  Doing so is a such a great, easy, free and accessible way for us all to check out their latest exhibit and some new art!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: September 15th-17th

Explore Lake Artemesia & more this weekend!
Weekend's here! Hyattsville's Summer Jam Finale, College Park's Old Parish House Family Fun Day, Hispanic Heritage Festival, Hyattsville's Porchfest & more, this weekend!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 14-17th

Pyramid's Anniversary Party is this Saturday!
Mighty fun weekend we have ahead of us, dear buds! Pyramid Atlantic in Hyattsville is celebrating its "paper" anniversary with a Pulp Fiction-inspired soiree, College Park celebrates The Old Parish House's 200th birthday with tons-o-festivities, Hyattsville's Porchfest, Greenbelt's Blues Festival and Mt. Rainier's Live Music Thursdays keep us movin' & groovin' (yep, just wrote that) & you've got your choice of Yogalates, Open Barre, Yoga, Zumba & more! Read on, subscribe and share Route One Fun with any/everyone! 👏  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: September 8th-10th

Explore a new (to you..) playground, like Fairland Regional Park.
Lovely weather this weekend and tons of things to do in our area! Kick the weekend off with a night hike in Laurel with some nocturnal buds, Waterfront Art Festival in Bladensburg, Arts Drop-In at MilkBoy ArtHouse in College Park, Kool Kids Book Launch Party in North Brentwood, explore a new-to-you playground, Storytime in Hyattsville & the Prince George's County Fair in Upper Marlboro. More ideas below!

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: September 7th-10th

Catch this festival & more this weekend!
📷M-NCPPC
The forecast notes sunny skies and beautiful temps this weekend! Head out, support our live music scene, including Live Music Thursdays at Mt. Rainier's Med Cafe and Riverdale Rails Music at Riverdale Park's Robert Harper Books. The Bladensburg Waterfront Art Festival is happening and University Park's Second Saturday Lecture is on Wine. Need I write more? ;) Mmm. Not to be outdone, there's a beginner-friendly trapeze class happening in Mt. Rainier. You heard me right. All this & more in your beloved Adults' Weekend Guide! :)

Special thanks to our sponsor of this Weekend Guide!

District Taco's Almost Here!

Look what I spotted in the Whole Foods Market parking lot this morning:

Appears that District Taco is almost here, people! Or, maybe someone from District Taco was simply shopping at Whole Foods...but my spidey sense tells me it's the former! Compound that with the fact that my astigmatized eyes saw some folks walking in/around the to-be District Taco location and methinks I'm on to something....