Thursday, December 22, 2016

Winter Break Guide! Dec. 23rd --> Jan. 2nd

School's out for Winter Break & Route One Fun!'s got you covered with fresh ideas for local, kid-friendly fun!  From Bladensburg's S'mores & Ornaments to splashing away at Rollingcrest to coffee and board games at College Park's Board & Brew to an incredibly fun Open Gym in Landover - you'll have enough local activities at your fingertips to keep your kids active and yourself, sane.  May the force be with you.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Weekend Fun! Dec. 17th-18th

Update 12/17 ***DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, CALL SITE TO CONFIRM THAT XYZ IS STILL ON.  Holiday fun along Route 1 continues to rock-n-roll with Holiday Trains & Planes in College Park, Paper Ornaments in Brentwood, A Christmas Carol in Mt. Rainier, Holiday Market in Riverdale Park as well as a cool chance to indulge in a Public Art Initiative Walking Tour of 6 sculptures on display in Riverdale Park. Read all about these things and more right here!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Weekend Fun Guide! Dec. 9th-11th

Check it: This weekend we've got a Gingerbread House Holiday Hullaballoo in Mt. Rainier, Ella Bella Ballerina in College Park, Robots in Greenbelt, TGIF Yoga in Hyattsville, Holiday House Tour in University Park, Waterpark Fun in Chillum, a Charlie Brown Christmas in Laurel, Open Studios all along the Gateway Arts District & more!  All this weekend; all here in Route One Fun!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Festival of Lights Tickets Giveaway!

[CONTEST CLOSED] Did Someone Say Giveaway?!  Sure did!  Route One Fun! has three car passes to giveaway to the Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park!  This amazing holiday drive-through event features more than one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays and one of the tallest tree displays in Maryland!   

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Weekend Fun Guide! Dec. 2nd-4th

This weekend's lineup includes magical Tree Lightings along Route One, St. Jerome Academy's Carpe Noctem, Mt. Rainier's Craft Fair, Seussical the Musical, live music & record winning beer at PG's own Calvert Brewing Company, a Sunday bike ride and a Santa Fly-in!  Check it out here!  For even more holiday ideas, check out Route One Fun!'s 2016 Holiday Fun Guide!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Route One Fun!'s 2016 Holiday Fun Guide!

(Updated 12/15/16) 
 Welcome to your awesomesauce guide for spectacular holiday fun along Route One!  So many great, local events to help you get into the holiday spirit!  Need some more ornaments for your tree?  There a free Paper Ornaments workshop for that!  Want momentary sanity while your kids get entranced by the sound of whirring trains and twinkly lights?  There's a Holiday Trains & Planes show for that!  Got more folks to check off your shopping list?  There's Hyattsville for the Holidays, a Procrastinators Market and Riverdale Park's Holiday Market for that!  All here in your sparkly guide.  (Just imagine it to be so.  Everything's better with sparkles/sequins/younameit.) 

Make sure to return to Route One Fun! throughout this holiday season as I will be updating this list as I hear of new events (feel free to submit event ideas on RouteOneFun! homepage).  Subscribe to Route One Fun! today and you'll automatically receive an email whenever a new post has been published.  You can also find Route One Fun! on Facebook and Twitter.   Lastly, after you've made your plans, be sure you share Route One Fun! Holiday guide with a few of your friends so they can join you in the fun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun Guide! Nov. 25th-27th

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!  Route One Fun's got you covered this weekend, you know - just in case you need to burn some energy/escape family/get outside...!  For the kiddos, how about an indoor splash playground, open bounce or a close encounters with some birds of prey? For those wishing to escape from your/any kids (no judgments here...), how about some post-turkey yoga at Numi, shopping locally on Small Business Saturday, sipping and sewing at Hyattsville's Three Little Birds, and riding out the weekend with a coffee ride to Vigilante with College Park's Proteus crew?  Sign me up! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Biz Review: Tanglewood Works POP-UP in Hyattsville!

[Update! Tanglewood Works is now permanently at this new location! Yahoo!]

Tanglewood Works just opened up a pop-up shop in Hyattsville and it's a wonderful thing.  One foot inside the shop and you'll feel like you've finally been invited into the home of that cool chic from around the way whose style you dig but which you can never manage to successfully replicate.'s an art.  An art that Tanglewood Works proprietor and self-described "Dumpster Diva," Sue Mondeel, has perfected through the years and which she is sharing with us now at Tanglewood Works pop-up along Route One in Hyattsville.

Weekend Fun Guide! Nov. 18th-20th

This weekend's lineup is a testament to the fantastic array of creative activities we've got goin' on right here along Route One and Prince George's County!  How about College Park's Free World Hootenany?  Or Greenbelt's Bibliobop Dance Party?  Or Brentwood's Glitterfest?  Or Mt. Rainier's Night of Young Stars?  And we're not even done yet!  This week, we're also including some fun ideas for us adults, including yoga at College Park's new & hip Numi Yoga,  UMD's Gamers Symphony (Zelda, Donkey Kong, anyone?) or a reading at Riverdale's own Robert Harper Books?! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weekend Fun Guide: Nov. 11th-13th

Welcome back, Route One Fun-land!  Friday is Veteran's Day and both University Park and Riverdale Park are inviting you to join them in honoring the men and women of the military for their service.  Then head on over to College Park's Holy Redeemer for its Harvest Bazaar where the kids can play some games while you check out the White Elephant Sale! Greenbelt's Makerspace is hosting is fun Little Makers program and Laurel's got its own STEAM challenge - and that's just Friday, people!?!  Read on for the Tree Lighting Ceremony at National Harbor, Culture Queen in Hyattsville and more! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Biz Review: Bananas Hair Design, College Park

Updated 1/31/2017
By popular demand, Route One Fun! is expanding to feature a Local Biz Review section with this debut review of College Park's Bananas Hair Design!  Check it out, y'all!  And then "like" Route One Fun on Facebook to automatically stay in the know about the happs in PGC!  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Weekend Fun Guide, Nov. 4th-6th

Me, oh my!  We've got some incredibly fun and different events on the menu this weekend!  Maryland's STEM festival kicks off this Friday with creative, kid-friendly events encouraging our young ones to explore their blossoming engineering skills!  Pop-Up Storytime is happening at Mt. Rainier's The Waterhole and an incredible Hip-Hop Jazz ensemble is visiting from Chicago!  Greenbelt's having an evening Observatory Star Party filled with telescopes and sightings of galaxies, star clusters.  Say what?  So exciting!  And, as if that's not enough, toy helicopters are being made and dinosaurs are being dusted off should you choose to indulge.  Lastly, premiering today - a sneak peek/heads-up into an awesome event appearing in the next update!

Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31st: School's Out & It's Halloween!

Take a look at some fun ideas for how to fill the gap between waking and trick-or-treating time!  We've got Rise & Rhyme, splashingly fun times at Rollingcrest, a Halloween Scream performance and more!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weekend Fun Guide! Oct. 28th-31st (Halloween!)

Welcome to this week's fantastic lineup!  Awesome library "PopUp!" at Mt. Rainier's The Waterhole, College Park's Haunted Hangar, Hyattsville's Vigilante's Halloween Bash, Mask printing drop-in at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, University Park's Chili Cookoff, Mt. Rainier's 5K and costume parade, Greenbelt's parade and Scared Shrekless, and Riverdale's Howl-a-Ween party for our four-legged friends!  So much to do all here along Route 1! 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Weekend Fun Guide: October 21st - 23rd

School's out this Friday for many students in Prince George's County, so including some ideas for fun things to do this day in the County in this week's lineup!  Weekend lineup will be updated as new events are discovered, so be sure to visit again soon!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Delish beer and inexplicable swooning at The Public Option!

The hubs and I checked out The Public Option in Langdon, NE DC, a while back and were smitten with what we’d discovered:  a cozy, one-room parlor with eclectic seating and an owner who invited us up to the bar for an entertaining overview of the many craft beers he had on tap. (Disclaimer:  While this place is not in the area of Route 1 that I typically cover, it's a stone's throw from Mt. Rainier and such a good, low-fi, high-fun spot for folks considering a date-night/girl-night/guy's night/any time of day away from the kids that I thought I'd share on my blog.)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Rise + Rhyme at Hyattsville's Busboys and Poets!

Headed down to Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville this morning to do some movin' and groovin' with my lil lady at Rise + Rhyme.  Every Monday morning from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m, this fun, weekly program promises to get the kiddos (usually best for those 5 years old and younger though any age welcomed) moving and entertained with interactive storytelling and musical performances.  This morning's featured performer, Jessica "Culture Queen" Smith and her awesome, gold glittery shoes (actually, everything about her - visually and performance-wise, was super) captured our attention with catchy, original tunes that were super easy to sing along to and whose empowering, self-affirming messages were lovely to hear and recite.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Biz Review: Storytime on Screen at the Old Greenbelt Theatre!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Storytime on Screen at the Old Greenbelt Theatre!  This free, toddler-oriented event is held from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Mondays of every month in partnership with the Prince George’s County Memorial Library Service.  The beautiful, historic theatre opens its doors during these hours just for this program so there's no worrying about your kiddo being too loud or getting some wiggles out running up and down the theatre aisles during story time.