Friday, December 7, 2018

10 Tips for Enjoying ICE! and Christmas Fun at Gaylord National Resort (w/ DISCOUNT!)

We checked out Christmas on the Potomac at the Gaylord National Resort this holiday season and had so much fun! From ICE! Featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas and its two-story ice slides to warm cookies, milk and holiday songs at Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions to magnificent acrobatic feats at Cirque Dreams Unwrapped to all the fun inside the Christmas Village, Christmas on the Potomac is definitely a fun experience to add to your must-do list of holiday events in the D.C. Metro area! I even put together a list of helpful tips to make your visit to the festivities even that bit more awesome! πŸ€“ Annnnnnd I have a discount code to ICE! for you to use and share! πŸ‘ So. Much. Holiday. Love! πŸŽ„πŸ’“πŸŽ„

Christmas on the Potomac Gaylord National Harbor ICE!
So much fun to be had at Gaylord National's Christmas on the Potomac!

10 Tips For Visiting ICE! at the Gaylord National Resort 


1. Buy your ICE! tickets ahead of time. ICE! does sell out, so best to buy your ticket ahead of time rather than arrive on site and learn that it's sold out. (Children under 4 are free.)

🠞 πŸ’°πŸ’ΈπŸ’° Use code "SNOW18" for $4 off ICE! Tickets! (Good for Sundays - Thursdays through December 20th.)    

2. Go on a weekday. It's cheaper and less crowded than visiting on a weekend or a holiday. (Perhaps an upcoming half-day or a pick-up-and-go-straight-from-school type of visit might be an option?)

3. Look for discount tickets. Check out local sites like Certifikid, Groupon, Goldstar and the Gaylord Resort page on Facebook for discount codes.

4. Do NOT Wear a Bulky Coat. Bring gloves, hats and a not-so-bulky coat to wear. It's 9 degrees inside ICE!, so you'll need the above. And wearing a bulky coat as well as their parka can make you feel quite tight and restrict movement, inducing meltdown-central, so if you have a thin but warm coat, that's ideal. All that said, my child wore her Lands End winter coat and did just fine. She did fit in a nap on our way to the Gaylord though, so there's that....

ICE! Gaylord National Harbor
About to begin our fun at ICE!


5. Dress in layers. As a follow-on to above, this will give you and your child more flexibility should they feel cold or warm.

6. Touchscreen gloves. Wear your fancy touchscreen gloves to avoid having to take off your luddite gloves every time you want to take a picture or use your phone.

7. Bring a backpack. There are no cubbies at ICE! Not that you carry junk, but hypothetically, were you to do so, you'd have no place to store it. πŸ˜‰

8. TUCK THE BLUE PARKA UNDER YOUR CHILD'S REAR! That slide is ice, ice cold! Plus, you slide faster with the parka under your rear.

9. Keep your cell phone in your back pocket. Cell phone may crash as temperatures are so low. Mine did. I found that keeping it in back pocket of my jeans (rather than coat pocket) then kept it warm enough to avoid subsequent crashes.

10. Parking. If you're going during a weekday, parking shouldn't be an issue as there's a self-parking lot for ICE! attendees and there are lots of parking options within walking distance to the Gaylord National Harbor. If on a weekend, I'd recommend buying parking online here ahead of time.

🌟 Bonus Tips for your Visit to Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort, Maryland


Because I'm such a giver, sharing even more tips to satiate your type-A planning proclivities and enhance your experience while at the Gaylord National Resort for ICE! 

1. DO check out Christmas Village. After ICE!, we made our way to the nearby Christmas Village, which was a great way to warm up and continue with the holiday fun. Inside you'll find a carousel, ice-skating, miniature holiday train, Santa Souvenir Photo, Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions and more. These activities do cost money, ranging from $5 to $30+, so plan accordingly (like tell kiddo before you go in that they can only pick 1 or 2 things to do). (On that note, if you're going to do just one more thing, I highly recommend Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions; with floor cushions, interactive holiday songs, cookies and milk, it's a great way to rest for a bit as the kids delight in stories from Mrs. Claus and her elf!)

Mrs. Claus' Christmas Traditions

2. Build in time to see Cirque Dreams Unwrapped. This show is full of color, life and amazement! My older kiddo was especially entranced by all the acrobatic feats! Best of all - this is FREE! (Limited number of free seats available on a first come, first served basis. Guaranteed seating available for $19.99.)

Cirque-Dreams-Unwrapped
Cirque Dreams Unwrapped - such a good show! 

2. Amazing Gingerbread House Display. Check out the Gingerbread House Display in the main lobby of the Gaylord National Resort. So many cool, artful houses put together for all to wonder and explore. FREE!

So many wonderful gingerbread houses to explore - and smell! 

3. Play Outside! Bundle up and burn off any additional energy by playing on and around the awesome Awakening sculpture by the National Harbor waterfront. FREE! πŸ˜„

National Harbor The Awakening Sculpture
Fun times at the Awakening!

4. Arcade! There's an arcade on the lower level of the Gaylord National Resort (by the pool). Great way to spend some time if you're waiting for Cirque or waiting for other kiddos to wrap up in Chrismas Village.

Gaylord National Harbor Arcade
TMNT, Racing & more games at the Arcade!
5. Hungry? There are places to eat inside the Gaylord National Resort as well as many restaurants to choose from outside. We had a good, kid-friendly experience at both Fiorella's Italian Kitchen (sharing a pizza is always a good, affordable option) and Public House National Harbor (kids meals $8.99).

If you have attended ICE or any of the Christmas on the Potomac events at the Gaylord National Resort, what tips might you add to the list? Enter in comments below!

Gaylord National Resort is located at 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland.  Through January 1st, ICE!: $24-$38; Cirque Dreams Unwrapped: Free - $19.99


I received complimentary tickets to attend ICE! and Storytime with Mrs. Claus with my family. No additional compensation was received and all opinions - especially the funny ones 🀣 - are my own. 



For more festive, fun ideas, check out Route One Fun's 2018 Holiday Events Guide! And follow Route One Fun's Facebook and Instagram pages to stay in the know about other fun happenings along Route 1 and the DC Metro Area! 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

No Weekend Guides this Weekend

No Weekend Guides this weekend, folks. Don't despair, though; head to Route One Fun's 2018 Holiday Events Guide for a great list of fun, local, festive activities and events happening this weekend and throughout the holiday season. I also frequently update and share cool happenings on Route One Fun's Facebook and Instagram pages, so be sure to check them out and follow along in case you're feeling some Weekend Guide withdrawal symptoms. 😜


And don't forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a car pass to the Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park, Maryland!

Monday, December 3, 2018

GIVEAWAY: Win a Car Pass to Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park!

{GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED}🌟 Route One Fun's got five car passes to give away to the enchanting Festival of Lights at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland! Five lucky Route One Fun readers will each win a car pass to this fun festival! See below for instruction on how to enter for your chance to win!πŸ‘ Winner will be announced on Monday, December 10th. Good luck! 

Festival of Lights Watkins Regional Park
Scene from the Emerald City

With over 2.5 million twinkling lights illuminating the night with festive themes like the Wizard of Oz's Emerald City (πŸ’“), this drive-through festival is a delightful way to enjoy this holiday season - all within the warmth as your own car!

Watkins Festival of Lights
Here we go! 2018 Festival of Lights!
Open nightly from now through Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (5-9:30pm), you'll have the chance to check out a Bowling Snowman, Basketball Santa, Penguins Jumping Rope, Flying Candy Canes, Cartwheeling Elf & more! 

Watkins Festival of Lights
Santa Shootin' Some Hoops!

With so many colorful lights, all enjoyed within the warmth & comfort of our own car, it's enough to put us all in a jolly mood! Speaking of good moods, enter now for your chance to win one of three free car passes to this awesomely local event!


Watkins Festival of Lights
The Stars & Stripes at the Festival of Lights

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Festival of Lights Watkins Regional Park
Is that Glinda the Good Witch flying up there? ;)

Travel Tips: 
  • Eat before you go: There are not a ton of places to eat near Watkins Regional Park, though we did spot a Chipotle at Watkins Park Plaza, and we have taken the kids to the nearby McDonalds on Central Ave as it has a playground / place space inside where they have had fun.  
  • Empty your tanks before you enter: While the drive itself is only about 30 minute drive, give or take, you cannot stop the car to jump out and find a bathroom, so plan accordingly.  
  • Plan to Arrive between 6:15 & 7pm. We've been a couple of times now and have found that arriving too close to 5:30pm (opening time) may have you waiting a bit for to get into the Festival whereas our 6:15/20pm arrivals find us with minimal wait time (say 5-10 minutes or so).  
  • Bring a donation of canned food: Please bring canned goods for donations to local food banks this holiday season (they will collect your donation as you pay/enter the park). 
  • Enjoy Yourself...Don't Go Crazy with the Camera: Trying to capture the memories on camera while in a moving car doesn't really make for totally awesome photos (clearly speaking from experience πŸ˜‘). 

Watkins Festival of Lights Upper Marlboro
A crab and her candy cane. 

Regular Admission: 
Car or Van: $10
Mini-Bus or Limo: $20 
Bus: $30

Watkins Regional Park is located at 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774.

Until next year! 

Many thanks to M-NCPPC Prince George's County Department of Park and Recreation for offering these passes to five lucky Route One Fun readers! 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Fun Christmas & Holiday Events Along Route 1, Maryland & DC!

Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department Santa
Got to πŸ’“ the HVFD's Annual Santa & Marshall the Fire Pup Event!  

πŸŽ…✨πŸŽ„πŸŒŸ The holiday season is upon us, Route 1! Lucky for you, I've put together a complete list of fun and festive kid and family-friendly holiday events happening along Maryland's Route 1 corridor and even beyond (definitely some not-to-be-missed events happening in DC and neighboring Maryland communities)! Be it Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa or none of the above, there's sure to be something fun in the fabulous menu below for you and yours to enjoy!

πŸŽ„ Did I miss something? Add it to the comments below and I'll update ASAP.  I will be updating this list throughout the holiday season so return to learn of even more fun holiday events! Subscribe to Route One Fun and you'll automatically receive an email when a new post has been published. Share Route One Fun's Kids' 2018 Guide to Holiday Fun with a few of your friends - get them in the holiday spirit, too! 😊

Many thanks to Riverdale Park Station for making this Guide possible! 
Riverdale Park Station


πŸŽ… FUN WITH SANTA


Children's Holiday Party
Join us for the Town's annual Children's Holiday Party! Children are invited to build their own stuffed animals and visit with Santa. Be sure to bring your camera for pictures.
When: Saturday, December 1st, 10am-12pm
Where: The Town of Riverdale Park, 5008 Queensbury Rd, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

Santa at Vigilante
Santa's coming to the Roastery!
When: Sunday, December 2nd, 4-6pm
Where: Vigilante Coffee Co, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! )(though bring some moolah for their delish coffee and treats!)

Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa!
Join us for the lighting of the City's Holiday Tree! The program will include holiday music and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be served.
When: Friday, December 7th, 7pm
Where: Magruder Park, 40th Avenue & Hamilton Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Breakfast with Santa
Come and visit with Santa. Tell him you wish list and take a photo. We are asking that you bring a NEW unwrapped toy for the Prince George's County Toys for Tots Program.
When: Saturday, December 8, 8:30am-12pm
Where: Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department, 125 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt
Cost: $7/adults; $4 child

Breakfast with Sint Niklaas (Waitlist only)
Join the kindly bishop as he makes his annual visit to Riversdale! He brings festive traditions like a Belgian-inspired breakfast and gifts for children.
When: Saturday, December 8th, 9am-12pm
Where: Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park
Cost: $10/child

Breakfast and Lunch with Santa
You are cordially invited to have breakfast or lunch with Santa! To reserve your seats, please call (301) 985-5021 or visit here to complete and submit the online reservation form.
When: Saturday, December 8th, 9-10:30am for breakfast; 12-1:30pm for lunch
Where: Hyattsville City Building, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: $5/person (kids 2 and under are free)

Breakfast with Santa
Pancakes, eggs, sausages, hashbrowns, milk, juice, coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate.
When: Saturday, December 8th, 9am-12pm
Where: Bunker Hill Fire Station, 3716 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood
Cost: 2 and under are Free; 3-5 are $3; 6-12 are $5; 13+ are $6.

Santa's Visit (Ages Pre-k+)
Santa has fit time into his busy holiday schedule! All children will receive a free pictures with Santa!
When: Saturday, December 8th, 10am-12pm
Where: Greenbelt Youth Center, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt 
Cost: Free! 

Browse for holiday gifts and get your pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus all in one spot! Photo packages and digital downloads available.
When: Saturday, December 8th, 12-3pm 
Where: My Dead Aunt's Books, inside Tanglewood Works
Cost: $10 for 8x10 or 2 5x7.

Breakfast Jump with Santa
Spend an exciting holiday Pump It Up tradition, bouncing and laughing with Santa! Bring your family and friends and sit on Santa's lap to tell him your Christmas wish! Admission includes a continental breakfast and holiday treats. Don't forget your camera to capture this memorable holiday event!When: Saturday, December 15th, 9:30-11:30am
Where: Pump It Up, 4230 Forbest Blvd, Suite H, Lanham
Cost: $14 ages 2-17; $4 for adults who wish to purchase breakfast day of event

Meet Santa and Marshall the Fire Pup at the Firehouse
Come meet Santa at the firehouse! There'll be cookies for the kiddos! RSVP here. Bring your own camera and consider making a donation to HVFD! Park at the PG Plaza Metro station.
When: Sunday, December 16th, 11am-3pm (must arrive before 2pm)
Where: HVFD, 6200 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

A Night with Santa
Ho Ho Ho! Santa is on his way and stopping by Bladensburg Community Center. Come out and join us for an evening filled with excitement, entertainment and holiday cheer! Includes dinner, selfies with Santa, entertainment, games and activities, gift giveaways. Must register by 12/15.
When: Saturday, December 22nd, 4-6:30pm
Where: Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

πŸ•Ž HANNUKAH! 


National Menorah Lighting
Head to DC to enjoy the Lighting Ceremony of the National Chanukah Menorah! Featuring Dreidelman & the Macabees, free dreidel and menorah kits, hot latkes and donuts and more!
When: Sunday, December 2nd, 2-4pm
Where: Ellipse at the White House
Cost: Free - tickets required, see here.

Celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the Esther Ann Menorah – tied for the largest menorah in the world, standing at 32 feet tall with the word “Baltimore” proudly displayed on its nine branches. Includes live music, jelly doughnuts, hot drinks, family activities & entertainment for all!
When: 2:30-5:30pm 
Where: McKeldin Square, 100 E. Pratt St, Baltimore 
Cost: Free!

Come join us at Northeast DC Neighborhood Library as we build -and then light- a giant LEGO Menorah! Fidget Spinner Lego Dreidel for each child! Photo Booth! Chanukah Crafts! Hot latkes and Doughnuts!
When: Sunday, December 9th, 3-4pm 
Where: Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
Cost: Free! Register here.

Chanukah Celebration
Join Riverdale Park Station and University of Maryland Chabad as they bring you one-of-a-kind end of Chanukah celebration. Event will feature menorah lighting, hot latkes, gelts and dreidels, a Chanukah sing along and many other Holiday treats.
When: Sunday, December 9th at 4:30pm
Where: Riverdale Park Station, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free! 

Food, fun and entertainment! Bring your hanukiyot and candles. 
When: Sunday, December 9th, 5-8pm 
Where: Mishkan Torah, 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt 
Cost: Children under 5 are free; 5-13 are $5; Seniors are $10; Household max: $25

πŸ•―️ KWANZAA!


Celebrate Kwanzaa, harvest time, and new beginnings at African Art! Discover the festival’s history and themes through art and workshops. Behold a beautiful altar honoring the holiday, and learn a dance from the children of the KanKouran West African Dance Company!
When: Saturday, December 8th, 1-4pm 
Where: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, 950 Independence Ave, DC
Cost: Free!

Bring the entire family for the museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration program. Enjoy energetic and interactive introduction to Kwanzaa with Harambee, Baba Ras D. Additionally there will be a rhythmic dance extravaganza by LeSole's Dance Project. The audience participatory program includes dancers, singers, music, colorful costumes, and lively characters designed for young children and adults alike.
When: Friday, December 28th, 11am-2pm 
Where: THEARC: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus,1901 Mississippi Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC
Cost: Free! 

Come and join us as we celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa with Master Griots who will weave stories about today's principle which is "Nia," which means a "sense of purpose, setting goals to benefit the community." The principles of Kwanzaa and their message have a universal meaning for all people of good will.
When: Saturday, December 29th, 1:30-3pm 
Where: Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville 
Cost: Free!

πŸŽ„ FESTIVE HOLIDAY EVENTS


Season's Greenings: πŸš† All Aboard! 
Every year, the US Botanic Gardens puts on an amazing holiday display with model trains, poinsettias and landmarks made of leaves, sticks and many other garden accouterments! Best time to visit is during the week and on select Tuesdays + Thursday evenings, there's live holiday music to make it even more fun!
When: Now through January 1, 2019, 10am-5pm
Where: US Botanic Gardens, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington DC
Cost: Free!

ICE! featuring a Charlie Brown Christmas
Check out this indoor winter wonderland featuring 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculptures depicting the story of A Charlie Brown Christmas with four 2-story tall ice slides and a full nativity scene! We'll be checking this out soon and will have a discount code for y'all to use so stay tuned! :)
When: Now through January 1, 2019; Hours vary by day
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD
Cost: From $24/child - $32/adult

Sled with Reindeer
Dash through the snow in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model sleigh pulled by a reindeer. Once your sleigh is complete, you and your musher can decorate it with paint and stickers and put imagination to work towing gifts around town.
When: Saturday, December 1st, 9am-12pm (arrive early, supplies do run out)
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Santa Fly-In
Watch Santa fly into historic College Park Airport with some help from a local pilot! After arriving, Santa will stroll into the museum’s Main Gallery where visitors may have their picture taken with him. Holiday arts and crafts will be available for adults and children throughout the museum, including a card making station.
When: Saturday, December 1st, 12-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park
Cost: $5 (includes museum admission)

The Nutcracker (Ages 3+)
Enjoy watching ballet dancers performing to this beautiful and familiar music in a casual setting.
When: Saturday, December 1st, 3-4pm
Where: College Park Arts Exchange, 4711 Knox Rd, College Park
Cost: Free - donations welcome!

Nutterween!
Zombie Nutcracker anyone? ;) In this (slightly) deranged (new) annual aerial tradition, UpSpring explores what would happen if the Nutcracker took place on Halloween. Zombies, snow ghosts, and sea monsters dance and dangle from the ceiling. (If you haven't seen UpSpring aerial performances before, THEY'RE AMAZING! Like a local Cirque!)
When: Sunday, December 2nd, 6pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier
Cost: $17 adults; $12 students and seniors

Yule Log 
Join the Town of Bladensburg as we celebrate the 2018 holiday season at the 18th Annual Yule Log Christmas Tree Lighting. Festivities will include caroling, karaoke, bonfire, light supper and a special appearance by Santa Claus!
When: Friday, December 7th, 6-9pm
Where: Town of Bladensburg, 4229 Edmonston Rd, Bladensburg
Cost: Free!

Pictures with Santa
Santa Claus is stopping by Riverdale Park Station to take pictures with you and hear all about your holiday wishes! Each family will receive 1 complimentary 4x6 print, along with access to digital files. RSVP please; walk-ups are ok. Will feature holiday music, holiday balloon twisters, ornament arts and crafts, and light food and drink from Whole Foods and Denizens (beer/pints for sale)!
When: Saturday, December 8th, 12-3pm
Where: Riverdale Park Station, 6621 Baltimore Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

Elves Workshop (Ages 6-12)
Spend the afternoon with Santa's Elves making holiday crafts and treats! Must pre-register.
When: Saturday, December 8th, 1-3pm
Where: Greenbelt Youth Center, 99 Centerway, Greenbelt
Cost: $10/person

Holiday Trains & Planes
Miniature trains, villages, tunnels, and depots spark the imagination as they bring history to live. The National Capital Trackers bring a fascinating, constantly moving, holiday-themed display of model railroads to the museum. When: Saturday, December 15th - December 22nd; 10am-4pm
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cprl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park
Cost: $5/adults; $2 child; free ages 1 & under.

Gingerbread House Holiday Hullaballoo (reservations recommended)
All are welcome to make Gingerbread Houses!
When: Saturday, December 15th, 12-4pm
Where: Art Works Now, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Winter Wonderland
Come to enjoy an afternoon of holiday music and treats, make Do-it-Yourself gifts, get a winter-themed portrait and go swimming. (Don’t forget your swimsuit & towel!)
When: Saturday, December 15th,12-4pm
Where: Fairland Sports & Aquatics Complex, 13950 Old Gunpowder Rd, Laurel
Cost: $10/child; $6/adult

Riverdale Park Festival of Lights & Holiday Market
Craft alcohol, artisans, food makers, and many others from noon to 8pm. Multicultural Santa's: 1-4pm; Live local music: noon to 8pm; Neighborhood Trolley: 5:40-8pm.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 12-8pm
Where: 6200 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

Holiday Ornament Workshop
Bring the family and build memorable, elegant ornaments with special paper. We provide all materials and instruction so you can deck the halls as soon as you get home.
When: Saturday, December 15th, 2-4pm
Where: Brentwood Arts Exchange, 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood
Cost: Free!

Ugly Sweater Party
Come in your ugligest holiday sweater and enjoy some delicious craft beer as DJ Todd Dengel spins some records!
When: Saturday, December 15th, 5-10pm
Where: Streetcar 82, Hyattsville
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

Harbor Holiday Spectacular
Join Mix 106.5 and Today's 101.9 for Harbor Holiday Spectacular Sunday, December 16 from 11am to 6pm at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Enjoy festive music, strolling entertainment, holiday movies, and access to the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
When: Sunday, December 16th, 11am-6pm
Where: Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore
Cost: $10 adults; $7 kids; $15 kids holiday activity pass and general admission

Trilingual Santa at Streetcar 82
Santa visits Streetcar 82 and is ready to greet you in American Sign Language, English and Spanish!
When: Saturday, December 22nd, 12-3pm
Where: Streetcar 82, Hyattsville
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

Strolling Christmas Carolers in Riverdale Park Station
Get in the holiday spirit and catch some Christmas carolers as you do you last minute holiday shopping (or dining)! There'll be giveaways of branded goodies!
When: Saturday, December 22nd from 4-6pm
Where: Riverdale Park Station, 6621 Baltimore Ave, Riverdale Park
Cost: Free!

A Celtic Christmas Celebration with Kristin Rebecca
Kristin Rebecca will be performing on the Harp and with her father leading a wonderful Hyattsville group Celtic Christmas sing-along.When: Saturday, December 22nd, 7-9pm
Where: My Dead Aunt's Books, 5132 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Messiah Sing-Along
The Kennedy Center's free Messiah Sing-Along, a family and community tradition since 1971, returns to the Concert Hall this Sunday evening!
When: Sunday, December 23rd, 6pm
Where: The Kennedy Center, DC
Cost: Free (ticket distribution begins at 4:30pm in the Hall of Nations)

🌟 HOLIDAY LIGHTS! 


Festival of Lights
Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at this spectacular drive-through event featuring dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights throughout the park!
When: Now through January 1, 2019; 5-9:30pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $10/car; $20 mini-bus

ZooLights at the National Zoo
ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with two dazzling laser light shows set to music.
When: Now through Tuesday, January 1, 2019; 5-9pm
Where: National Zoo, Washington, DC
Cost: Free!

Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens
Step into a magical winter wonderland illuminated with more than one million dazzling colorful lights shaped into hand-crafted, original art forms of flowers, animals and other natural elements. Stroll from garden to garden enjoying twinkling tree forms, sparkling fountains, and whimsical winter scenes.When: Now through January 1, 2019; 5:30-9pm
Where: 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton
Cost: $25/car (Sunday-Thursday); $30/car (Friday-Saturday)



Always call or check the event website before heading out;

Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.



✋ Special Request: Going to any of the great events listed here? 
Please let them know you read about it on Route One Fun! here! Thank you! 😍




Thursday, November 29, 2018

Where to Play: Route 1 Kids' Weekend Fun: November 30th - December 2nd

College Park Aviation Museum
Arts, crafts and SANTA FLY-IN this weekend! πŸ“Έ College Park Aviation Museum

The holidays are upon us (and a Route One Fun Guide to Holiday Events is in the works! πŸ‘Š) This weekend's menu includes a variety of fun ways to keep the kiddos jazzed, like the Santa Fly-In in College Park, Explore! Bus in Riverdale Park, Music Class in Hyattsville, Nutterween (acrobats!) in Mount Rainier & more! Share this Weekend Guide with a bud as an early holiday gift. Such a giver! πŸ˜„

FRIDAY 

Mt. Rainier Nature Center
Check out some hands-on exhibits, live animals, educational displays, a play area and more at this fun, free, petite, local site. For a sneak peek, read about our time here! (Tip: Build in some time to check out The Waterhole in Mt. Rainier. Great, local organic juice spot. Kid-friendly, too!)
When: 9am-5pm
Where: Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center, 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free!

Music Class w/ Music Together SoHy - Free Demo!
Check out this new music class for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the grownups who love them! Little ones love playing along in class and caregivers love being a part of their children's growth into confident music-makers! Register for a free demo class!
When: 9:30-10:15am
Where: University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

STEM-Fun at Diven's Den
Check out this new-to-you STEM-inspired playroom, teaching the kiddos about life in 1800s Laurel. Curious? Read my review of Diven's Den! (And head to Sip at C Street for delish Ceremony coffee when in the area!)
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main Street, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Gametime @ Board & Brew
Board & Brew is a fun place to check out with your 4+year-old crowd. Why? Read my review here. With over 500 board games including Operation, Perfection, Hungry Hippos, Stratego, etc., you'll easily have a good time! Speaking of eating up, they also have a good menu of kid-friendly options. And for my fellow coffee afficionados, their coffee is top notch - so you'll be sure to get a tasty, quality brew while you're there!
When: Opens at 7 am
Where: 8150 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: (Before 4pm) $2.50 p/p for games + the cost of whatever you may order from menu.

Super Saver Ice Skating!
Huge indoor ice skating rink with a warming hut and a snack bar - what else do you need?!
When: 3:15-5:15 (public session)
Where: Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $4 (skate rental included)!

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SATURDAY 

Sled with Reindeer
Dash through the snow in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model sleigh pulled by a reindeer. Once your sleigh is complete, you and your musher can decorate it with paint and stickers and put imagination to work towing gifts around town.
When: 9am-12pm (arrive early, supplies do run out)
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville
Cost: Free! 
 Hyper Kidz - Indoor Playground
Let the kiddos burn off some energy at this huge indoor playground! Check out what to see and do from our time at Hyper Kidz Playground!
When: 9am-8pm
Where: Hyper Kidz, Columbia
Cost: $14 ages 1-2; $16 ages 3-13 (mention "Route One Fun" at register for $2/off ticket!)

Toddler Time @ Art Works Now
Open studio time for toddlers and their accompanying adults. Even the youngest children can explore a variety of age-appropriate art materials in a safe, fun environment. What to expect? Read my review of Toddler Time at Art Works Now.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: Art Works Now, 4800 Rhode Island Ave, Hyattsville
Cost: $5

Come join the crew for a special Holiday-themed mission through space, science and more! Hot chocolate, refreshments will be available! Spots are limited so RSVP! 
When: 11am - 3pm 
Where: Riverdale Park Station, Riverdale Park (Explore! bus will be parked in front of Whole Foods)
Cost: Free! RSVP.

Jitterbug Club (Ages 2-6)
New class! Kiddos 2-6 will love this open play date filled with movement, music and fun (taught by Kendra and Marcel, 2 instructors at Joe's who are SOOOO good with kids and who the kiddos love!)
When: 11:15am-12:45pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10 drop-in.

Watch Santa fly into historic College Park Airport with some help from a local pilot! After arriving, Santa will stroll into the museum’s Main Gallery where visitors may have their picture taken with him. Holiday arts and crafts will be available for adults and children throughout the museum, including a card making station.
When: 12-4pm 
Where: College Park Aviation Museum, College Park 
Cost: $5 (includes museum admission)

Rollingcrest's Indoor Splash Playground! (All Ages)
Great for kids of all ages! Specialized water play area with slides and spray features, family pool with water slides and spray features, a vending area and shower /changing facilities with lockers (lockers are available but require you to bring your own lock). While parts of the facility are dated, kids always have a blast.
When: Hours vary. Call to confirm: 301-853-2005
Where: Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool, 6122 Sargent Road, Chillum
Cost: 2 & under are free! Ages 3-17: $5. Adults:$6

Huge indoor ice skating rink with a warming hut and a snack bar - what else do you need?!
When: 2:30-4:30pm
Where: Herbert Wells Ice Rink, 5211 Campus Drive, College Park
Cost: $4 (skate rental included)!

Festival of Lights
Bring a little twinkle to your holidays at this spectacular drive-through event featuring dazzling displays with more than 2.5 million lights throughout the park!
When: Now through January 1, 2019; 5-9:30pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $10/car; $20 mini-bus


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SUNDAY 

Smaland at College Park's Ikea
Kids play in indoor playground while yo enjoy some shopping or just relax/eat/peoplewatch at the restaurant upstairs. Kiddos must be potty trained and be 37'' to 54'' tall (so children typically b/w ages of 3-6). Tips: (1) Best to arrive earlier on in the day as day progresses, so do the entrances lines; & (2) Join Ikea Family & kids get extra 30 minutes to play (depending on capacity) & you get free mildly-decent coffee!
When: 10:30am - 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!

The Nutcracker (Ages 3+)
Enjoy watching ballet dancers performing to this beautiful and familiar music in a casual setting.
When: 3-4pm
Where: College Park Arts Exchange, 4711 Knox Rd, College Park
Cost: Free - donations welcome!

Nutterween!
Zombie Nutcracker anyone? ;) In this (slightly) deranged (new) annual aerial tradition, UpSpring explores what would happen if the Nutcracker took place on Halloween. Zombies, snow ghosts, and sea monsters dance and dangle from the ceiling. (If you haven't seen UpSpring aerial performances before, THEY'RE AMAZING! Like a local Cirque!)
When: 6pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier
Cost: $17 adults; $12 students and seniors (DISCOUNT: Thursday only, purchase ticket(s) using code "GONUTS" for $10 tickets to Sunday's show!)

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Route 1 Adults' Weekend Guide: November 29th - December 2nd

Kirsten Lies-Warfield
πŸ“Έ: Kirsten Lies-Warfield
Need a little (or big, really) trombone in your life (who doesn't, amirite)? Then head to Mount Rainier's Med Cafe for live performance by US Army Band (and local) trombonist Kirsten Lies-Warfield! Perhaps Snap 'N Paint in Hyattsville to the tunes of Soulja Boy is more (or also) your thing? You're in luck, too! How about a Friday Night Paint & Sip? Details on these events & more (Carpe Noctem Holiday Market, Stories & Songs from Eastern Europe) below!


THURSDAY 

Free Herbal Check-Ins with Colleen
Meet Clinical Herbalist Colleen Zuntag to chat about herbs and receive a free, 5 minute check-in on how herbs may help some of your most important health concerns. (I've done this before; Colleen's a guru, full of really helpful info on ways to holistically help your body.)
When: 1-4pm
Where: Smile Herb Shop, 4908 Berwyn Rd, College Park
Cost: Free!

Trombone master Kirsten Lies-Warfield 
Former U.S. Army band trombonist and Brentwood’s own Kirsten Lies-Warfield takes the instrument places you didn’t know it could go this Thursday! Hear what a virtuoso musician can do over a variety of lively beats. As always, the evening is kid-friendly. (Always a fun time and can attest that their falafels, with some special sauce, will make you return for more!)When: 7-9pm
Where: Mediterranean Cafe, Mt. Rainier
Cost: Free! (no cover)

Snap 'N Paint Experience
Dig Soulja Boy? Like to paint, with friends? Then check out Artbae Society's Snap 'N Paint, featuring 2-hour guided instruction session of a painting with "Snap" music selections from the early 2000's.
When: 7-9pm
Where: Creative Saints Loft, Hyattsville
Cost: $30

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FRIDAY

Grand Opening - Cava in College Park!  
Free meals for the first 150 guests on Friday!
When: 10:45am-10pm
Where: Cava, 7350 Baltimore Ave, College Park
Cost: Depends on your appetite!

Pam's Palette - Paint & Sip 
A Friday night paint & sip with talented Hyattsville artist, Pam Colby of PM Colby Studio! Follow step-by-step instructions by local artist Pam Colby in this fun and easy workshop. Ticket price includes a 2-hour class, refreshments and a 12x16 abstract masterpiece. When: 7-9pm
Where: Green Owl Design, Hyattsville
Cost: $30


SATURDAY 

For All Good Causes Holiday Sharing Fair 
Crafts from global artisans, baked goods, fair trade coffees, teas, a white elephant room and more! Children's activities may engage kids while you browse. Shop for gifts that support sustainability, justice and peace in the world!
When: 9:30am-2:30pm
Where: University Park Church of the Brethren, University Park
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

The Holiday Mt. Rainier Craft Fair
Join for a holiday craft fair like no other! Festive decor, incredible local crafters from all over the DC-MD-VA area and a gathering of loving, accepting community.
When: 10am-5pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier
Cost:

Wreath Workshop
Lead by Cindy Xander. Fee includes decorating materials. Please bring your own wreath. Enjoy this fun afternoon with friends while you work on decorating a wreath.
When: 1-4pm
Where: Old Parish House, College Park
Cost: $20

Carpe Noctem Holiday Market - St. Jerome Academy
Our annual Holiday Market invites the community to shop the night with over 50 unique artisan vendors, while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Festive family fun, including activities for the kids and visits with Santa. this year's event also features exciting raffles - piano, getaway for 12 at a Pennsylvania vacation house, summer camps and SO much more!!
When: 5-9pm
Where: St. Jerome Academy, Hyattsville
Cost: $5 admission (includes 1 drink)

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SUNDAY 

Greenbelt Farmers Market Holiday
Come for your farmers market favorites plus holiday greenery and other holiday items. The Greenbelt Festival of Lights Juried Art and Craft Fair will be running the same weekend in the Greenbelt Community Center next door.  
When: 10am-2pm
Where: Greenbelt Farmers Market, Greenbelt
Cost: No entrance fee

Community Yoga
An informal group led by neighborhood instructors. Bring a mat - all levels, including those new to yoga are welcome. Questions? Email: rlgitter@gmail.com
When: 5-6pm
Where: Hyattsville City Bldg, 2nd floor, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Nutterween!
Zombie Nutcracker anyone? ;) In this (slightly) deranged (new) annual aerial tradition, UpSpring explores what would happen if the Nutcracker took place on Halloween. Zombies, snow ghosts, and sea monsters dance and dangle from the ceiling. (If you haven't seen UpSpring aerial performances before, THEY'RE AMAZING! Like a local Cirque!)
When: 6pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier
Cost: $17 adults; $12 students and seniors (DISCOUNT: Thursday only, purchase ticket(s) using code "GONUTS" for $10 tickets to Sunday's show!)

Stories and Song from Eastern Europe
The College Park Chorale and Chamber Singers present music and folk tales from Russia, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
When: 7-8:30pm
Where: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, College Park
Cost: Free
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Volunteering at Holiday Time: Recommendations, please!

A number of Route One Fun readers have reached out to me asking for recommendations on places to volunteer during the holiday season. (And yes, we all get that volunteering year-round would be ideal, but let's welcome any interest as a first step towards that goal.) While I know of a handful, I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations so reaching out to this fabulous Route One community now for your input. Where do YOU like to volunteer along Route 1 or the general DC-metro area? Please enter your recommendation in the comments below (or email me directly, Sarah@routeonefun.com ) and I'll include your input in a forthcoming compilation post featuring local and DC-area recommended volunteer opportunities! Thank you! πŸ‘Š

Volunteer

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

College Park CAVA opens this Friday (free meals for first 150)!

The time has arrived! D.C.  Mediterranean fast casual Cava Grill just reached out to share with me that they're opening their doors along the Route 1 corridor in Maryland's College Park this Friday, November 30th! As if you need an excuse to head there, Cava's offering FREE MEALS for the first 150 guests, with all donations going to Washington, DC-based City Blossoms, an organization that develops creative, kid-driven green spaces. Sweet! I know many of you have been long awaiting this moment so happy to spread the good word! πŸ‘πŸ˜‹πŸ‘

Cava Grill College Park Maryland

Monday, November 26, 2018

Spotlight on Silver Oaks Cooperative School, Adelphi, Maryland

Spotlight on Schools: Silver Oaks Cooperative School 


Curious about the local schools in and around the Route 1 corridor? Then check out Route One Fun's Spotlight on Schools series, where local parents share their thoughts and insight on 9 (and counting!) local schools (including preschool).  In this latest Spotlight, we shine some light on Silver Oaks Cooperative School, a new cooperative elementary school in Adelphi, Maryland. Dana Tompkins, a local parent whose child attends kindergarten at Silver Oaks Cooperative School, shares her thoughts and the inside scoop on this local, private elementary school in Prince George's County, Maryland.  

Silver Oaks Cooperative School

🏫 Silver Oaks Cooperative School 🏫


By: Dana Tompkins, mother of a kindergartner at Silver Oaks Cooperative School

Tell Us About Silver Oaks Cooperative School: 

Silver Oaks, currently in its first year, serves grades K-3 and is growing a grade each year. I love that the school has small class sizes and takes from the best parts of well-known education models such as Montessori, Emilia-Reggio, Waldorf, and the Finish model. A regular school day includes strong academics, extensive outdoor time, individual focus, social-emotional learning, arts integration, and Spanish language. And thanks to the cooperative model, tuition is very reasonable.

Silver Oaks Cooperative School

Parental Involvement at Silver Oaks Cooperative School: 

Basically you can be as involved (or not) as you want! The school has three co-oping tuition structures that allow for full co-op, partial co-op, or non co-op options. Our family choose the full co-op option, which means that once every two weeks I spend a day helping in the classroom, which I enjoy. Parents are also asked to attend membership meetings, serve on a committee, and participate in other school activities. It’s wonderful to know what our son is learning first-hand and to be part of a tight-knit community of other families. Most important for us though is that there’s no big bureaucracy to get lost in or to wait years for things to change—parents have a direct line to the school’s director and are encouraged to speak up, if there’s a concern.

Silver Oaks Cooperative School

What Children Learn at Silver Oaks Cooperative School 

Another parent described the teachers at Silver Oaks as “gifted,” and I couldn’t agree more. I love seeing the creative lessons that the teachers come up with—Geography Jeopardy, Hula Hoop phonics, the “someday” playground project, and “composting” worms in the classroom. As a parent, it’s wonderful to see the kids excited to learn different things in new, creative ways.

I also love that the school takes great care to find the best learning tools for the kids. Teachers use Singapore Math, Writer’s Workshop, and Handwriting without Tears to supplement their curriculum. With smaller class sizes, and flexible grouping, the children are given the individualized attention they need based on their academic level and ability, not their grade level. It’s amazing to see my kindergartner already learning to read and write in such a short period of time!

Silver Oaks Cooperative School

 

What Do You Like Most About Silver Oaks Cooperative School?

There’s so much to like that I hardly know where to start. What my husband and I were initially attracted to is, “The Great Outdoors” as one of the school’s guiding principles. Surrounded by beautiful wooded land, the school has at least two thirty minute recesses called, “outdoor work” and sometimes lessons are even taught outdoors! The kids have climbing structures, wheel barrows, gardening tools, tires, ropes, and more. It’s amazing to see what they come up with! Rain jackets, boots, and extra clothes are a must, too, as the kids go out rain, shine, or mud. I love that the Silver Oaks teachers understand that children need playtime in order to learn and that outdoor time is never taken away as a punishment.

Silver Oaks Cooperative School

Upcoming Open Houses at Silver Oaks Cooperative School 

There are still spaces available for this academic school year and applications are currently being accepted for next year’s classes. Contact the school to learn more. Open houses: Tuesday, December 4th at 9:30am; Saturday, January 12th at 10am; and Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30am. 

Questions? 

As part of the Spotlight on Schools series, I ask each parent/author to make him/her/themselves directly available to readers who may have some questions about the school. Dana Tompkins graciously agreed to do so and can be reached at: dana_tompkins@hotmail.com. 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Route 1 Adults' Weekend Guide: November 23-25

Santa fun & more at Community Forklift this Friday & Saturday!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! This weekend's full of local events - especially those featuring our small, local businesses! Enjoy!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor: 

FRIDAY 

Green is the New Black Party at Tanglewood Works
Shop small and join us for music, treats, demos and a shopping experience that will bring joy, not stress. (Wear green and you'll receive a prize at the checkout!)
When: 11am-8pm
Where: Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

Green Friday at Community Forklift
Shop green, shop small or don't shop at all! CF gives you an excused to stay away from the mall! Come to our warehouse to relax with friends and learn how to make presents! There'll be community crafting, holiday gift market, blacksmithing demos and more.
When: 11am-4pm
Where: Community Forklift, Edmonston
Cost: Free!

Light it Up: Hyattsville
Businesses all along the Route 1 Corridor will be lighting up their shops starting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23 to kick off the shopping season. Many participating shops will be staying open till 8 p.m. and will also be hosting a special event or treat for visitors that night. (*Free hot chocolate at Vigilante during Light It Up!)
When: 5-8pm
Where: Hyattsville
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

Black Friday Jazz
Unwind after your Black Friday shopping spree with jazz and mead on our corner stage. This free event features professional Jazz musicians Luke Brandon (trumpet) and James Collins (keyboards) performing their magic with probable guest appearances by other local jazz impresarios.When: 7pm
Where: Maryland Meadworks, Hyattsville
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

SATURDAY 

Gateway Arts District Small Business Saturday 
Shop for unique gifts at the Gateway Arts District's small businesses and artist studios. Our community is filled with great small retailers selling handmade, upcycled, vintage, fair trade, and unexpected goods.
When: 9am - 9pm
Where: Multiple Locations
Cost: Free (no entry fee)

Small Business Saturday at Community Forklift
Shop green, shop small or don't shop at all! CF gives you an excused to stay away from the mall! Come to our warehouse to relax with friends and learn how to make presents! There'll be community crafting, holiday gift market, blacksmithing demos and more.
When: 11am-4pm
Where: Community Forklift, Edmonston
Cost: Free!

Saturday Social Ride
Our regular Saturday morning easy ride to points south in search of food and drink and fun! Some on road riding, but mostly trails, mostly flat, usually 12-16 miles round trip. Bring cash/cc, lock. Helmet required.
When: 11:15am - 1:15pm
Where: Proteus Bicycles, College Park
Cost: Free!


Watkins Festival of Lights
This spectacular holiday drive-through event features over one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays, & one of the tallest tree displays in the state! Don't forget to bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks. Cash only.
When: 5-9:30pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $10/car

SUNDAY 

Community Yoga
An informal group led by neighborhood instructors. Bring a mat - all levels, including those new to yoga are welcome. Questions? Email: rlgitter@gmail.com
When: 5-6pm
Where: Hyattsville City Bldg, 2nd floor, 4310 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

BAS 
Go play "Tribe" by Bas (w/ J. Cole) and then buy tickets for what will likely be a great show MBAH!
When: Doors at 7pm
Where: MilkBoy ArtHouse, College Park
Cost: $20


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Event information is subject to change or weather cancellation.

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Kids' Weekend Guide: Nov. 23rd - 25th

Getting crafty at Community Forklift (fun events this Friday & Saturday)
Hope your Thanksgiving was a delight! 
Now, for the weekend plans - check out these great ideas! 

Many thanks to this week's sponsor: 

FRIDAY 

Green Friday at Community Forklift
On Green Friday, celebrate community at Community Forklift! Face painting, Holiday treats, pictures with Santa & more!
When: 12-3pm
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston
Cost: Free! (no entry fee)

Winter Workshop for Kids
While you get some time for yourself, children ages 4-12 are welcome to come to our school for three hours and make five lovely gifts. Kids will wrap the gifts so they can stay a surprise until it's time to open them. These are winter themed gifts and can apply to any holiday or gift giving occasion. When: 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm
Where: Silver Oaks Cooperative School, 3215 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi
Cost: $35/child

Watkins Festival of Lights
This spectacular holiday drive-through event features over one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays, & one of the tallest tree displays in the state! Don't forget to bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks. Cash only.
When: 5-9:30pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $10/car

SATURDAY 

Gingerbread Man Ornament
Run, run, run as fast as you can to this hands-on holiday workshop where you and your child can assemble a gingerbread picture frame that doubles as a Christmas ornament.Register here. While supplies last. (So get there early as they DO run out...)
When: 9am-12pm
Where: Home Depot, Hyattsville
Cost: Free!

Hyper Kidz - Indoor Playground
Let the kiddos burn off some energy at this huge indoor playground! Check out what to see and do from our time at Hyper Kidz Playground!
When: 9am-8pm
Where: Hyper Kidz, Columbia
Cost: $14 ages 1-2; $16 ages 3-13 (mention "Route One Fun" at register for $2/off ticket!)

Arts Drop-In Program: Clay Creations
Drop in for some free, hands-on creative fun facilitated by arts specialist Aaron Springer.
When: 10am-12pm
Where: College Park Community Center, College Park
Cost: Free!

Smaland at College Park's Ikea
Kids play in indoor playground while yo enjoy some shopping or just relax/eat/peoplewatch at the restaurant upstairs. Kiddos must be potty trained and be 37'' to 54'' tall (so children typically b/w ages of 3-6). Tips: (1) Best to arrive earlier on in the day as day progresses, so do the entrances lines; & (2) Join Ikea Family & kids get extra 30 minutes to play (depending on capacity) & you get free mildly-decent coffee!
When: 10:30am - 7pm
Where: 10100 Baltimore Avenue, College Park
Admission: Free!

Jitterbug Club (Ages 2-6)
New class! Kiddos 2-6 will love this open play date filled with movement, music and fun (taught by Kendra and Marcel, 2 instructors at Joe's who are SOOOO good with kids and who the kiddos love!)
When: 11:15am-12:45pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, Mt. Rainier
Cost: $10 drop-in.
Small Business Saturday at Community Forklift
On Green Friday, celebrate community at Community Forklift! Face painting, Holiday treats, pictures with Santa & more!
When: 12-3pm
Where: Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr, Edmonston
Cost: Free! (no entry fee)

SUNDAY 

Hyper Kidz - Indoor Playground
Let the kiddos burn off some energy at this huge indoor playground! Check out what to see and do from our time at Hyper Kidz Playground!
When: 11am-7pm
Where: Hyper Kidz, Columbia
Cost: $14 ages 1-2; $16 ages 3-13 (mention "Route One Fun" at register for $2/off ticket!)

Check Out a New-To-You Library, Laurel Library
We love spending time in the Kids' Room of this fresh and so clean, clean library. Don't believe me? Read about why we dig the Laurel Library, here!
When: 1-5pm
Where: Laurel Library, Laurel
Cost: Free!

Arts Drop-In Program: Clay Creations
Drop in for some free, hands-on creative fun facilitated by arts specialist Aaron Springer.
When: 2-4pm
Where: Old Parish House, College Park
Cost: Free!

Watkins Festival of Lights
This spectacular holiday drive-through event features over one million twinkling lights, wonderful themed displays, & one of the tallest tree displays in the state! Don't forget to bring canned goods/non-perishable items for donation to local food banks. Cash only.
When: 5-9:30pm
Where: Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Cost: $10/car



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