Friday, July 20, 2018

Kids' Weekend Fun Along Maryland's Route One! July 20th - 22nd

College Park Aviation Museum
Engineering feats this weekend! 📷 by: M-NCPPC

Tons of family-friendly (mostly FREE!) fun along Maryland's Route One this weekend! Lotus & Water Lily Festival (full of kids' activities), STEM-tastic Buzzing about Bees, Zinefest, Bladensburg Waterfront Arts Festival & more - all inside Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide!

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

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: July 19th - 22nd

DC Zinefest
📷 by D.C. Zinefest

DC Zinefest is happening this weekend! Tribute to Linkin Park's Chester Bennington in College Park, Summer Jam & James Wine's Art Show in Hyattsville. Bladensburg Waterfront Arts Festival is back on and it's your last chance to catch #poolparty in Mt. Rainier (at a discount, too)! Share this Guide with someone you'd like to see happy this weekend. 🙋 😃 😎

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

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Where am I Wednesday?!?

⏰Time for #whereamiwednesday! ⏰ Do you know where in Prince George's County these beautiful works of art by local Prince George's County Public Schools' students can be found?

High School Mural Project, Gorgeous Prince George's

There are, in fact, a number of paintings on the walls of this location that are part of the Gorgeous Prince George's: Then & Now High School Mural Project. According to a nearby description: "The Gorgeous Prince George's Mural Project gave high school visual arts students the opportunity to depict a scene in Prince George's County from colonial times to the present. One hundred and forty-two students from 12 high schools participated in the project....As a result, students researched the history of Prince George's County and the history of their school's neighborhood and community."  

Here's another from the walls of this secret place: 

Sooooo - where have you seen these murals before?!?  Play along in the comments here or on Route One Fun's Facebook and Instagram pages! 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

$1 Kids' Movies at Hyattsville's Regal Cinema (and throughout Maryland)!

FINALLY! 📽 Hyattsville's Regal Cinema's is finally participating in Summer Movie Express, a program where they show family-friendly movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for $1 a ticket. 😊 I say "finally" with some exasperation because while Regal's been doing this program now in many different cities in Maryland, Hyattsville seemed to never be on the list.  Until NOW! Whoop, whoop - and thank you, Regal!  👏

Kids' Movies at Hyattsville's Regal Cinema

Friday, July 13, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: July 13th-15th

Arts Drop-in at MilkBoy ArtHouse this weekend!

Dancing to Afro-Cuban Rhythms, Sing Along to Coco, Manga & Anime Club, Arts Drop-In and more inside Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide! 

Special thanks to this Weekend Guide's Sponsor:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: July 12th-15th

Enjoy an evening under the stars as The Clarice presents A Midsummer Night's Dream outdoors! 
📷 source: The Clarice 

So much to choose from this weekend! Bandanas, Beats & BBQ, Nia Simone's album release party, a soap-making workshop, Sip & Dip Maryland Flag project, A discussion of Afrofuturist films throughout the diaspora, Sunday Funday Paint & Watch Party & more!  Check it out! 

Special thanks to this Weekend Guide's Sponsor!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Where Am I Wednesday - "Huey" the Helicopter Edition

For this week's edition of #whereamiwednesday, I'm sharing a pic submitted by Route One Fun reader, Brian Jackson, for your perusal!  Do you know where this Bell UH-1H "Huey" can be found in/around Route One in Prince George's County? Hint: It's not at the College Park Aviation Museum! :)

According to this article here (which you cannot read until you've made a guess!): "While it’s a little worse for wear, 'Huey' still serves as a shining example of timeless aerospace design." 

Do you have picture you'd like featured in Route One Fun's weekly #whereamiwednesday?!? (Ideally something mildly recognizable.)  Email it to me at and we'll take a look!  

Annnndddd enter your #whereamiwednesday guess here, over on Route One Fun's Facebook Page or Route One Fun's Instagram page!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

There's Still Time to Register for Summer Camp at Camp Joe's!

Still need to square away a couple of weeks of summer camp? Well, you're in luck as there's still time to register for Camp Joe's at Joe's Movement Emporium!

Ages: 4 - 13 years old (no aftercare for 4 year olds)
Dates: June 18th - August 31st | Hours: 9am - 3pm
Before care? Early drop off at 7:30am included in camp price
Aftercare? Available until 6pm for ages 5 & up; $50 per camper per week
COST? $225 per child per week

A world of arts awaits your child at Joe’s Movement Emporium this summer. 
Camp Joe’s kids are exposed to world cultures through our diverse and creative instructors who reinforce traditional academic concepts. 
Foster appreciation, imagination and exploration in your child.

3309 Bunker Hill Road | Mount Rainier, MD 20712 | 301-699-1819

This post is sponsored by Joe's Movement Emporium, whose programs and events are ones that I believe would be appealing to Route One Fun readers! 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Spotted! Funky Bike Shaped Bike Racks in Riverdale Park

Now when you bike to the Riverdale Park Farmers Market, or Town Center Market, or Archie Edwards, or Bikram Yoga or maybe even to the MARC Station, you'll have three more ways to lock those wheels up!

According to the Town of Riverdale Park's Waverly Pollitt, the Town installed the bike rack recently at the intersection of Queensbury Road and Rhode Island Ave. Fun, funky colored rack is a nice addition to the area!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

MOM's Organic Market reopens College Park Store with PINBALL Machines, Cafe & Vegetarian Eatery!

MOM's Organic Market reopened their College Park store in the former REI spot, which means that it's got way more space to showcase their goods!  We stopped by the other day and have got plenty of pics to share - including thoughts on MOM's Naked Lunch eatery, it's Witches Brew Café and its PINBALL room! Yes, there's an entire room at MOM's filled with pinball machines - 29 to be precise (and more to come)!

MOM's Organic Market Pinball Arcade College Park Vegan Vegetarian
Friendly Carlos, reading & willing to help! :) 
As you enter, fresh produce is to your right and the Witches Brew Café is straight ahead. Nice being able to get a coffee right as you start your shopping expedition! (It's worth noting that as before, they still offer free, smaller cups of coffee for customers (towards back of the store.)) 

MOM's Organic Market Pinball Arcade College Park Vegan Vegetarian

After I made my way though as many aisles as I could with two rambunctious kiddos in tow, we made our way to the prized pinball room.  Feast your eyes:

MOM's Organic Market Pinball Arcade College Park Vegan Vegetarian

Make sure to bring a couple of dollar or five dollar bills as most machines cost $0.50; there is a change machine located inside the room. 👏 My youngest was a bit too short to be able to properly play without assistance, so afterwards I asked the manager if they'd consider buying a couple of step stools for the younger/shorter crew. He seemed really receptive so hopefully that will save some of you with young ones in tow from future meltdowns!

MOM's Organic Market Pinball Arcade College Park Vegan Vegetarian

Naked Café is definitely going to be on one of my go-tos! Their menu is quite expansive, food was swiftly prepared and the service was terrific. After picking up my order, we made our way to the seating area by the windows to enjoy some delish, vegan cauliflower tacos (roasted cauliflower, seasoned chick peas, kale slaw, salsa verde and vegan crema). 🌮 (They're also got burgers, juices, desserts, etc. Full menu here.)

MOM's Organic Market College Park Vegan Vegetarian

MOM's Organic Market College Park Vegan Vegetarian

There's also a seating area by the pinball room.

MOM's Organic Market College Park Vegan Vegetarian

On the food front, I noticed at least three, tall refrigerators specifically for frozen gluten-free food as well as an aisle for dry, gluten-free products. On the logistics side, they now have at least 5 cash registers, making check-out a breeze! And they still will carry your bags to your car for you should you desire (love this courtesy)!

OK - that's what I've got from our quick jaunt there!  Have you been yet?  What did you see or like?  Share below!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: July 6th - 8th

Learning about 18th century living at Monpelier's Hand-on-History Playground!

6th of July Fireworks, Family-friendly Forklift First Friday, Boys & Girls Club Soccer Clinic, Futsal, #poolparty and more inside Route One Fun's Kids' Weekend Guide!

Special thanks to this weekend's sponsor!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: July 5th - 8th

Catch the fireworks at Bladensburg Waterfront Park! (I mean, not literally catch; more like view.) 
Cool Community Forklift First Friday with a fabric pop-up shop, Fireworks at Bladensburg Waterfront Park, Documentary Fundraiser at Old Greenbelt Theatre for RAICES, Riverdale Park Station's Summer Concert Series, 6 Degrees of Prince at MilkBoy ArtHouse and more, all in Route One Fun's Adults' Weekend Guide!

Thank you to this weekend's sponsor!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Where Am I Wednesday! (+ Help Restore Patriotico!)

What a fitting #whereamiwednesday for this 4th of July! 💥 Do you know where Patriotico, this beautiful bird sculpture by Gloria Valdes "Tarasca" calls home?

According to the Hyattsville CDC, Patriotico was part of a public arts program called "birds I view," created with the goal of promoting tourism in the area, highlighting local artists and raising funds for youth art programs. According to local resident Sarah Elder, the sculpture was purchased by several local families to be displayed at the local school. (I'll update with correct location as soon as one of you enters the correct answer!)  Unfortunately, someone shot the bird with a beebee gun and it now has a hole in it, which morphed into a crack. 😢

Sarah is raising money to help restore Patriotico back to her shining glory! She's located a local sculptor who will make the necessary repairs at a cost of $3,600. Sarah has proposed a match to challenge folks to donate (i.e. for every $100 donated, she will match $100 up to $1,000).

Interested in helping Patriotico get her groove back? Check out the GoFundMe page here!

Annnndddd enter your #whereamiwednesday guess here, over on Route One Fun's Facebook Page or Route One Fun's Instagram page!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cafecito y Alfajores by the Hyattsville Library? YES! Vie Cafe to Open this Fall!

A number of times when I'm on my way to the Hyattsville Library, usually kid (or three) in tow, I've longed (in an up to now unrequited way) for a nice post-library coffee - one that I can get to without needing to cross East West Highway or Belcrest Road. Basically, one right by the library. Turns out, my longing has not been for naught as Vie Café plans to open on the ground level of nearby Vie Towers later this Fall!

Vie Cafe Hyattsville
Café y alfajores! 😍
I caught up with Joana Filgueiras last week and peppered her with questions about the forthcoming spot. Initially, I was concerned that it was just going to be a Keurig-style place (no judgements; we have a Keurig, too, but coffee out = no Keurig unless you're at a hotel). I digress.  Back to Joana:

Vie Cafe Hyattsville
Courtesy Vie Café.
"Our coffee is Grand Havana, a Miami-based brand, woman owned. We will be serving some delicious Cuban coffee (Cafecito). We are working with local companies for food and we already have an incredible vegan vendor - also woman owned - and a company that will have alfajores for us."

Vie Cafe Hyattsville
Git in mah belly! 📷 source Vie Café Instagram

When I asked whether this would be a sit down or a to-go type place, Joana shared: "We will have a lot of sitting space and planning on having other events and specials, like maybe live music, poetry, book readings, etc." She also confirmed that they will indeed have free Wi-Fi.

Score on all accounts! And if you've never had Cuban coffee or an Alfajor, you're in for a treat!

Vie Café will be located at 6515 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, 20782.

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WaWa Coming to the Adelphi Pool (practically)!

You heard me right!  Well, kind of. 😉 A WaWa is likely coming to the NW corner of Adelphi & Riggs Road, which means it will be a stone's throw from the Adelphi Pool. 👏 (And everywhere else, of course, but we're especially excited as we frequent this intersection many times a summer on our way to the Adelphi Pool!)

There are currently three WaWa locations in Prince George's County (Beltsville, Upper Marlboro, and Capitol Heights). In terms of timing, this location is just in the planning stages, so an actual, customized WaWa sandwich in hand is a ways away, but still! 

Source: WaWa's Instagram Page
Why is this a cause for celebration?  Because WaWa is pretty much the best convenience store around. It's consistently clean, excellent variety, coffee is decent, staff are usually Ok-to-friendly and you can make a bunch of stuff to order using their nifty touch screens. This is a relief for someone like me who is quite particular (read: high maintenance) with her sandwich / hoagie / hero order.  Ordering up their own sandwich via WaWa's touchscreens is also something that the kiddos look forward to on long road trips up to NY via Delaware/New Jersey.

Source: WaWa's Instagram Page
Still curious? Go ahead - just ask anyone who's lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware or Florida what they think of WaWa. The affection rises to the level of that for Wegmans, you feel me? And if you haven't been to Wegmans in Lanham (or any location) yet, me and my part-Buffalonian heart wonder if there's any hope left for you. 😆

There's a reason why WaWa's known as the Trader Joe's of convenience stores. And soon, you'll know why! :)