Thursday, October 18, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Oct. 19th-21st

Archaeology Dig Playground

Explore a new-to-you playground this weekend, check out a nature center, American Indian Festival, Family Pumpkin Carving and tons of fun (and food!) at Stonyfield's Field Day at Magruder Park and more this weekend!

Adults' Weekend Guide: October 18th-21st

Route One Fun Adults' Weekend Guide Hyattsville

Temps are certainy cooler but so are the events this weekend! An 'All the Stars' Outdoor Dance Party at Prince George's African American Museum & Cultural Center in North Brentwood, StonyFIELD Day in Hyattsville, HY-Swap, College Park's birthday Parkrun & more, all inside Route One Fun's Adults' Weekend Guide! Share the Guide with someone you care for! :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Celebrate StonyFIELD Day at Hyattsville's Magruder Park this Sunday!

StonyFIELD Day at Magruder Park, Hyattsville on Sunday (10/21)!

Stonyfield Organic is teaming up with the City of Hyattsville to bring its StonyFIELDS Initiative to Magruder Park and you're invited to the celebratory StonyFIELDS Field Day kick-off event this Sunday, October 21st! There'll be free organic BBQ, face painting, kids crafts and activities, live music, organic landscaping education and a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this great new partnership!

Route One Fun Stonyfield Organic Hyattsville
Rumbling around at Hyattsville's Magruder Park

As many folks will attest, Hyattsville's Magruder Park is a great community park for families, kids and local residents who want to play outside. With trails perfect for exploring on foot or bike, basketball and tennis courts perfect for working up a sweat, a playground that keeps playful kiddos busy and grass that's perfect for wrestling your cousin on a comfy bed of leaves (exhibit A above 😊) - Magruder Park's a destination beloved by many. And thanks to the StonyFIELDS #PlayFree Initiative with the City of Hyattsville, playing at Magruder Park is about to get even better! πŸ‘

Route One Fun Stonyfield Organic Soccer Hyattsville
Saturday morning soccer at Hyattsville's Magruder Park
I've been buying Stonyfield Organics products for our family for some time now. Made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics or GMOs, their no-nonsense approach to healthy eating makes me feel better about what I put on the table for all to eat. My only wish is that the kids liked them a little bit less - just a smidge - so that they wouldn't always be trying to take mine!  πŸ˜‚

Route One Fun Stonyfield Organic Yogurt
What's mine is yours and yours is....

In furtherance of its mission to keep food healthy and help protect the environment, Stonyfield Organic is rolling out its StonyFIELDS Initiative and partnering with the 35 communities across the country to make outdoor parks and fields a healthier place to play. Which may have you wondering - how could being active outdoors get any healthier? Here's how: Over 26 million children play on public grounds each year. Most of these fields and green spaces are sprayed with harmful pesticides known to affect neurological, respiratory, immune and endocrine systems in humans. Children are especially susceptible to these toxins: their skin is more permeable, their organs are still developing and less likely to be able to detoxify harmful chemicals and, let's be real, they spend more time rolling around in the treated grass than you and me - except for that one time. πŸ˜†

Stonyfield Organic Problem with Pesticides and Playing Fields

Up until now, I (sheepishly) haven't given much thought to pesticide exposure at playgrounds and parks. Sure, I've considered the impact of pesticides in our food and buy organic whenever I can, but exposure to these harmful chemicals while playing on outdoor fields and parks was just not on my radar. Thankfully, Stonyfield Organic's partnership with the City of Hyattsville is putting this concern on all of our radars and helping us all do something about it by working to make public grounds - like Magruder Park - that bit healthier for all of us!

At a time when funding and resources for toxic-chemical regulation are unfortunately being drastically cut, Stonyfield Organic's StonyFIELDS Initiative will invest half a million dollars to help 35 communities across the country convert outdoor fields and parks to organically maintained ones, where kids and adults can play freely without the worry of exposure to harmful pesticides. And lucky for us, Hyattsville's Magruder Park is one of those 35 communities! πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

Come celebrate this good news, learn more about this partnership with the City of Hyattsville and the ways that you, too, can bring change in your own back yard at this Sunday's big kick-off event: StonyFIELDS Magruder Park Field Day! (October 21st, 11am-2pm.)  There'll be face painting, organic BBQ, kids crafts and activities, live music, organic landscaping education, a ribbon cutting ceremony & more!

Magruder Park is located at 3911 Hamilton Street, Hyattsville MD 20781. 

More about Sunday's StonyFIELDS event at Hyattsville's Magruder Park.

More about communities that are already making progress!

Thank you to Stonyfield Organic for sponsoring this post. And thank you, dear Route One Fun readers, for supporting businesses that make my work possible! 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Spotlight: College Park Nursery School, Maryland

College Park Nursery School

It's been a while since Route One Fun published a Spotlight on Schools post, so I was thrilled when local parent Courtney English reached out to reinvigorate the series with a guest post about College Park Nursery School (CPNS), a co-operative nursery school in College Park, Maryland. Finding a good, quality child care, daycare and preschool in Hyattsville, College Park, Riverdale Park and the overall DC suburbs of Maryland can be a full-time job, so hopefully having the perspective of (and this opportunity to contact) a parent with a child currently enrolled in one of these local schools will lighten your load. (Thank you, Courtney!) *CPNS is hosting an open house this Tuesday, 10/16, 9:30-11:30am.


Read below for Courtney's insight on College Park Nursery School. To read more parents' thoughts about local schools in our area, including University Park, Mount Rainier and Greenbelt Elementary, check out Route One Fun's Spotlight on Schools page.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Oct. 13th-14th

Touch-a-Truck (or bus!) is just one of the fun, local events this weekend!

So many fun events to check out and enjoy outdoors this lovely weekend! Touch-a-Truck, Zombie Run, Girls in Aviation, Harvest Festival, Festival del Rio Anacostia, Historic Ellicott City & more, all inside Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide! 

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Oct. 11th-14th

The Osyx Band
The Osyx band 🎸plays at Hy-Fest this weekend! πŸ“Έ by Roxplosion

Hispanic Heritage Film Series in Brentwood, Singer-Songwriters and Poetic Vibes in Mount Rainier, Paint Pour Pumpkins, Zombie Run and Hy-Fest #2 in Hyattsville, Celebrate Africa and Festival del Rio Anacostia in Bladensburg & more, all this weekend along Maryland's Route One Corridor!

Thanks to this weekend's sponsor! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Hike, History & Hops: Family Fun Day Trip to Historic Ellicott City

Searching for an easy, kid-friendly day trip destination from Route 1 and D.C. that combines your love of hiking and history with my love of craft beer? πŸ˜‰ Then head to Maryland's Historic Ellicott City for a leisurely hike along the #9 Trolley Trail, take the detour to the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Oella for some history about Mr. Banneker (astronomer, farmer, mathematician and a subject of Stevie Wonder's song, "Black Man" 🎡); then jump back on the trail and back to Ellicott City for some food and craft beer at a local restaurant (like Manor Hill Tavern or Ellicott Mills Brewing Company). Great day out with (or without!) the kids and less than an hour from Route 1 / DC area. πŸ‘Š

Ellicott City Route One Fun

Sunday, October 7, 2018

October: Depression Awareness Month


Depression Awareness Month

October is Depression Awareness Month. And this October, there's quite a bit going on that could send many into a tailspin. (Perhaps oversharing but I suspect many can relate.) Given the timing of everything, I reached out to my friend, neighbor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor at A Safe Perch, Orly Jalowski, for her thoughts on ways we can keep our collective heads above water when we feel the tides of depression trying to pull us down. Orly just opened her own practice in Takoma Park and was happy to share this guest post on the signs, symptoms and ways to treat depression.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Guide to Fall Festivals, Pumpkins & Kids' Halloween Fun Along Maryland's Route 1 & DC

Fall Festivals, Pumpkins & Halloween Fun - 
Things to Do Along Maryland's Route 1 with Kids this Fall 2018!

What candy corn overload looks like....

πŸŽƒ Autumn is in the air, pumpkins are everywhere and so many communities along Route 1 are throwing fabulous, kid-friendly fall festivals and seasonal events this year! So carve out some time and check out these fun (mostly free) fall events happening in Maryland's Mount Rainier, Brentwood, Bladensburg, Hyattsville, Riverdale Park, College Park, Greenbelt, Laurel, Upper Marlboro and Washington, D.C.  πŸŽƒ

Many thanks to Hyattsville's 🎡 Music Together SoHy for sponsoring this Guide!

Music Together SoHy Hyattsville

🎡 Kids' Music Classes now in Hyattsville! πŸ‘‰ Try a FREE Demo Class!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: October 5th-7th

Route One Fun Kids' Weekend Guide

So many fun, free, kid and family-friendly things to do along Maryland's Route 1 Corridor this weekend! From College Park's College Park Day to Community Forklift's FunkYard Festival in Hyattsville to a Wildlife Festival in Laurel to Artful Afternoon in Greenbelt - we're some lucky ducks! Share this Guide with the kiddos - maybe let them pick out a thing or five to explore this weekend! :)

Special thanks to this weekend's sponsor
D & G Construction Services Hyattsville

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Oct. 4th-7th

The Wild Anacostias
Wild Anacostias (& more) will perform at this weekend at College Park Day!
πŸ“Έ: Wild Anacostia's Facebook Page

College Park's College Park Day, Community Forklift's FunkYard Festival, Hyattsville's Pyramid Atlantic's "I believe her" Community Print, Swing Set at Mount Rainier's Med Cafe, Book Sale in Riverdale Park, "What is America to you?" in College Park, Hit & Stay Screening in Greenbelt & more, all for you fabulous Route One Fun readers this weekend! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ˜Š

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Kids' Activities Along Route 1 This Weekend Guide: Sept. 28th-30th

Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park
Great weekend for some fun at Wizard of Oz Playground at Watkins Regional Park!
Yahoo! The forecast calls for sun this weekend! 😊🌞😊! Get a head-start on making your plans with Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide! 

Special thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Group

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Things to Do this Weekend Along Route 1: Sept. 28th-30th

Pizzeria Paradiso Hyattsville Five on Friday
Dinner & drinks al fresco + live music this weekend!

Live music in Hyattsville, Brentwood and College Park, Rated PG Black Arts Festival in North Brentwood, MilkBoy ArtHouse's One Year Anniversary featuring Paint Branch Creek, Yoga at The Farm & Mead Tasting in Mount Rainier & more, all this weekend! 

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Route 1 Corridor Real Estate Agent

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

College Park Day, October 6, 2018: Free Fun for Everyone!

College Park Day Pumpkin Painting
Pumpkin Painting at College Park Day!

College Park Day 2018 

Mark your calendar: College Park Day is happening Saturday, October 6th from 12-6pm at the College Park Aviation Museum! Hosted by the City of College Park, this event brings together neighbors and friends for a fun-filled day that wonderfully showcases College Park. With free admission, live music, fun activities for kids and adults, local vendors, local food and craft beer as well as helpful information from local organizations - there's really something for everyone at this year's College Park Day!

College Park Day 2018 Flyer

2018 marks the 9th anniversary of College Park Day (and our fourth time at this fun event)!  College Park Day is where we first witnessed the amazing acrobatics of Gymkana, where we learned a ton about all the great local businesses and organizations we have in our area, where our kids played on bouncy houses, painted pumpkins, danced to some zydeco jams and where they high-fived Testudo, like this wee one from last year's College Park Day!  Read on for a sneak peek on who and what will be at this year's College Park Day!

University of Maryland's Testudo Mascot
Testudo will be there for pics and high-fives!  

Awesome Kids' & Adults' Activities!

FOUR large-scale entertainment pieces, including a HUGE Navy Aircraft Carrier obstacle course, Klime Waltz, Chaos Obstacle Course and Candy Land Bounce House! ALL FREE!

Navy Aircraft Carrier obstacle course
Always a crowd favorite! 
College Park Day 2018 Climb Waltz
Adults' (and kids) will love this awesome Klime Waltz!

Face painters will turn you into your superhero or unicorn of choice and pumpkin painting activities will give you a head-start on fall decorating!

College Park Day Face Painting
Come get your face painted!

Amazing Performances! 

Gymkana will amaze with their high-flying acts, Mandy the Clown will have your sides aching from the laughter (seriously - she's that good!), UMD's DaCadence a capella will sing their hearts out, Pelukyta the Clown will make us laugh and then entrance us all with some magic tricks and Joe's Movement Emporium will have you moving with some hula-hooping fun!

College Park Day Gymkana
Watch Gymkana as they perform feats of strength and agility!

Live Music & Fun Bands! 

Music will be playing at all day long at College Park Day! What sort of beats will you be enjoying? So glad you asked! πŸ˜„ The Wild Anacostia Brass Band will be kicking things off, Superior Cling Trio will then play your jazz favorites only to be followed by the indie rock sounds of The Produce Section; Cumbia One will then get us moving with their rhythmic Latin sounds and The Unknowns will close out the fun day with their oldies pop and R&B (love their covers of Beyonce, Adele, Childish Gambino, Whitney Houston - just to name a few)!

College Park Day The Unknowns
The Unknowns - Not for much longer; these guys are awesome!  
πŸ“Έ Source: The Unknowns Facebook Page 

Delicious Food & Craft Beer! 

Think you'll be in the mood for some BBQ? Well, you're in luck as BBQ Bill will be there. Pizza more you thing? All good; Potomac Pizza will be there. Fish Tacos?  Fishnet will be there. Amity Thai will be selling some delish Thai food, Maria's Pupuseria will have pupusas to whet your appetite! And...the moment you've all been waiting for: Town Center Market will be on site selling some of the finest craft beer around!

College Park Day Town Center Market Craft Beer
Town Center Market will be there with all their craft beer goodness! 


Maryland Dairy will be on location selling that delicious, hand-crafted, high-fat/so good ice cream we all love to not share!  πŸ˜€ Kona Ice will also be on site as will Heavenly Created Desserts & Dogs!

College Park Day Maryland Dairy
Mmmm! 🍨

So, long story short: Mark your calendar for College Park Day on Saturday, October 6th, 12-6pm. And invite your friends! See you there!

College Park Day 2018

Date & Time:  😊Saturday, October 6th, 12-6pm

Cost: Free Admission for All!

Location: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park

More information: CollegeParkDay2018

See you there! 

Unless noted otherwise, all photos courtesy of College Park Day.

Thank you to the City of College Park for hosting this great event and for sponsoring this post. 😍

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 21st-23rd

Indian Creek Playground
Outdoor fun at Indian Creek Playground

Get a head start on your family-friendly weekend plans! Pollinator Festival, Hyattsville's Summer Jam, Hike in Greenbelt Park, playground opps & more!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!
Emily Jackson Group

Route 1 Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 20th-23rd

Hyattsville Arts and Ales Festival
Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival is this weekend!

So much to take in this weekend! Seriously - way too much awesome stuff for me to list just a couple of here. Take a look and start planning your weekend now! :) 

Many thanks to this week's sponsor!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

College Park CAVA to Open this November

Walked by the site for the soon-to-open CAVA in College Park a couple of weeks ago and noticed some ongoing construction, suggesting that the location's opening was running a little bit behind schedule (previously projected for summer 2018).

CAVA College Park Maryland

When I reached out to CAVA earlier this month, a rep noted that they would "not be open by the end of the month, but should be soon after!" Open up the Diamondback this morning to read that they're slated to open in November! To my knowledge, this will be the first CAVA in Prince George's County, Maryland.

I love Mediterranean food so really looking forward to this opening, as well as the forthcoming opening of Mezze Grill at the Mall at Prince George's (slated for October). In the meantime, can get my Mediterranean fix at College Park's Marathon Deli & Kapnos Taverna as well as Yia Yia's Kitchen in Beltsville.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Inside Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville's Soft Opening!

We've a new brewery in town and this one's serving up something sweet! Hyattsville's Maryland Meadworks opened its doors recently for a couple of soft openings, giving eager beavers like this lady here a chance to try some delish mead ahead of their forthcoming grand opening this October.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery
Rumi, Ken & Jay of Maryland Meadworks
Owner and head brewer Ken Carter decided to open this first meadery in Prince George's County after home brewing for a number of years. When an opportunity arose to make use of a great space next to Hyattsville's Shortcake Bakery, Ken & Rumi Matsuyama (wife, fitness guru, local superstar and more) got to work clearing out the old space, purchasing furniture, acquiring permits, etc. Last October, Maryland Meadworks set up a Kickstarter to help with purchasing some necessary equipment. Thankfully, the Kickstarter raised over $12,000 and helped get Maryland Meadworks get on track for opening this fall.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery

I know very little about Mead, which is why it was really helpful to have Jay behind the bar for last night's soft opening, explaining in great, patient detail the story behind each of five meads on the menu. (Who knew Meads came in so many varieties?!?! Perhaps all of you knew that, but this simpleton didn't so I was tickled to see that they even have a mead for IPA drinkers like mycalled "Bitter Bee.")

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville

Truth be told though I fell in love with "Blue is the New Orange," with its smooth, oak-y taste and dry finish. And it's 14% ABV. Mamma like.

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery Menu
Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville Meadery Menu
As shared on their Kickstarter page, "Maryland Meadworks’ mission is to produce handmade, high-quality, great-tasting mead—also known as honey wine—using natural brewing processes and the best local and regional ingredients available, including some honey from Hyattsville's own Hope Honey Farms."

Maryland Meadworks Hyattsville
Local Hooligans Steve Spencer, Erika Nizborski-Spencer & Shannon Giorgianni
Maryland Meadworks is hosting a couple more soft openings ahead of their grand opening in October.  Check out their Facebook page to learn the dates and be in the know!

See how much fun you can have with mead?!? 
*Cool little fact about Mead: Mead is gluten free (unless it's a type made with malt, which is more an exception than a rule, I'm told). 

Maryland Meadworks is located at 4700 Rhode Island Ave in Hyattsville (same row as Shortcake Bakery).  And while you're in the area, why not also check out these great local breweries, too: Streetcar 82 Brewing Company, Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store, Town Center Market (not a brewery, itself, but still a great spot to enjoy some craft beer), Pizzeria Paradiso (also not a brewery but amazing pizza and a meticulously fine craft beer menu) and, soon enough, Denizens Brewing Co. (coming to Riverdale Park Station). 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: Sept. 14th-16th

Mt. Rainier Nature Center Maryland
Amphibs to Greet and Toys to Play with at Mt. Rainer's Nature Center!

Amphibians, Gymnastics, Kid Koders and Mixed Media Sculptures are just some of the fun, kid-friendly things we've got going on along Route One this weekend! Check it out and share with a friend! πŸ˜ƒ
Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Sept. 13th-16th

Herbs for Stress Relief, Eat Drink Man Woman, Sixth Annual Naturalista Expo, Hyattsville's PorchFest, Yoga set to the tunes of Jill Scott, Daniel Caesar and more all inside Route One Fun's latest Adults' Weekend Guide!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Hip Hop, Trap Heels, Belly Dance, African Dance & Drum Workshops at Joe's Movement Emporium!

Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier is offering a bunch of cool, new dance workshops right now that I know you movers and shakers would love to hear about! I'm talking about Hip Hop, African Dance, Dancehall, Belly Dance, Trap Heels, West African Dance & Drum workshops that run for six weeks, really giving you a chance to learn the rhythm and get comfortable with the routines, so comfortable, perhaps, that you'll be all solo performing them for your friends and family over the holidays! (Or maybe that's just me! πŸ˜†) There'll even be a photographer at the last class, taking pics of you (should you like) practicing your moves! (Holiday photos: ✅!) 

I'm so excited about these classes that I can't decide which one to try - so please help me decide! Enter your vote in the comments below and I'll report back (w/ incriminating photos, I'm sure 😜) in a future post!

⏰ πŸ’° DISCOUNT ALERT!  Enter ROUTE1WORKSHOPS at checkout and get 20% off any of these workshops between now and October 7th! 

Joe's Movement Emporium Fall Workshop Series Mt. Rainier Maryland Dance

Thank you to Joe's Movement Emporium for sponsoring this post. And thank you, dear Route One Fun readers, for supporting local businesses that support Route One Fun! 😍