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!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Nov. 9th-12th


The variety in this weekend's lineup is something else! :) From a Pizza Ride to an Alcohol Ink Coaster Making Project to a Fall Chorale Showcase to Red Dirt's Open Studio and Noontana at Joe's. So many fun, local events to keep us all content. 👏

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!


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Winter is Coming! Indoor Fun & Deeelish Coffee at The Board and Brew, College Park


Sometimes, you just want to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while challenging your first born to a vicious game of Stratego, know what I mean?  While we could do this at home, it's more fun to do it at The Board and Brew in College Park because (1) their coffee way more delish than my attempts; (2) it gets us out of the house; and (3) their board game library is way more extensive than our piddling collection. Like, 500+ games more extensive!!!


We've checked out The Board and Brew a couple of times now and always enjoy ourselves. With temps dropping, it's a great place to explore for indoor fun! I'll note from the get-go that if you're taking children, I'd keep it to the 5-years old and up crowd; attention span is just that bit longer for you to actually enjoy yourselves and check out a couple of games. They've got many kids games including Operation, Guess Who?, Boggle, Hungry Hippos, Apples to Apples and more. It's $5 per person for unlimited games BUT if you go weekdays before 4pm, the game fee is only $2.50 AND your accompanying child (under 10 years old) plays for free! This detail alone keeps the Board and Brew high on our list of indoor place to go for weekday/school's out fun.

Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup and Milkshare over a game of Guess Who?
I just won Parent of the Year! 😄
As a lady who loves fine coffee, seeing an entire menu page dedicated to their offerings just made me smile: beans from Madcap, Counter Culture and Onyx and delivered in every which way you can think of (Kyoto Drip Cold Brew, Espresso, and Hand-brewed). I ended up getting the Forty Six by Counter Culture via French Press. When the kind, young gentleman server suggested that I suspend adding milk until I've had a chance to actually first taste the coffee, I scoffed. Probably audibly. I love my coffee with a wee bit of milk. Who's this playa telling me how to drink my coffee?!? But he was so knowledgeable about coffee and so convincing with his pitch that I gave it a try. And...he was right! The coffee was so good and tasteful that it was good enough alone. That was actually the start of my drinking coffee black. 👏


Biking to The Board and Brew is another way to exhaust/entertain the young bucks. We made an entire morning into afternoon of our adventure to The Board and Brew by doing so. We biked along the Trolley Trail and then took the Paint Branch Trail back on to Baltimore Ave. There are a number of bike racks near The Board and Brew so finding a secure place to leave our bikes while we noshed/played was no problem.



We've also checked out The Board and Brew without the young'ns for date night and have had a great time. Their food menu is good (smalls plates, sandwiches, desserts) and their beer menu even better! "Hand selected for locality and quality," it includes beer from breweries including Troeggs, Bell's, Port City Brewing, Dogfish Head, Starr Hill, etc. Solid list.


Anyhoo. Great board games. Free wifi. Delish coffee and beer = Mamma like. Hope you find this info helpful.  Share your feedback in the comments! 

The Board and Brew
8150 Baltimore Ave 
College Park, MD 20740

Friday, November 3, 2017

Flying Back Home to Riverdale Park


It's a bird!  It's a plane!  Sure is!  Have you seen the new airplane that flies atop of the MacAlpine Ice House at the entrance of Riverdale Park Station?  Jim Coleman of Riverdale Park Farmers Market guesses it to be an Ercoupe. Turns out, he is correct! Virtual high-five for you, Jim! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kids' Weekend Guide: Nov. 3rd-5th

Checking out the birds at Lake Artemesia!
Happy Weekend, Folks! Many fun Maryland STEM Festival events to check out as well as a Rocket Celebration, Bibliobop Dance Party, outdoor fun at Lake Artemesia, the Words Beats & Life Festival & more!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Adults' Weekend Guide: Nov. 2-5th

Where am I (& where do I want to be again)? 😄
(Hint: It's one of my recs for after you hit up the RPFM!)

This Thursday into weekend, servin' you up a sprinklin' of some of my solid, tried-&-true recs to explore along with new events to put on your calendar, like Jon Smith (think Freddie Mercury + David Bowie) at Robert Harper Books, Pyramid's 10x10 Opening Reception, Yoga-Dance-Movin'-with-the-Mayor, College Park Blues Festival & more. Details below!