Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Adults' Weekend Guide: Nov. 1st-4th

Film Screening: Agnes Varda's Cleo de 5 a 7 this week.
Film screening, lecture about Maryland Emancipation Day, Paul Simon Tribute, Marvin Gaye music-inspired show, My Dead Aunt's Books Grand Opening, Hilltop House Party, Yoga at the Meadery & more happening along the Route 1 Corridor this weekend!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New Carrollton Branch Library Reopens After Bright Renovation

The newly renovated New Carrollton Branch Library reopened last month - so you know we checked it out (and also checked out some fresh, crisp πŸ“š books, pun intended) and took some pics to share with y'all! This new and improved public library - a branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library System - is over 58,000 square feet and features a Discovery Reef children's area, a 3-D printer (!), a virtual reality and gaming in the teen zone, tons of computers for public use (66 to be precise), a magazine room full of the latest periodicals and newspapers, conference rooms, study rooms, a snack room with a vending cafe and, of course, lots and lots and lots of NEW books!

New Carrollton Library Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Children's area is bright, clean and accessible to all.
Before we made our way there, we made sure to watch the latest Hard Hat Librarian episode on the New Carrollton Library. I'm a sucker for fun, slapstick videos and watching this one featuring Michael B. Gannon (PGCMLS Chief Operating Officers for Support Services) & mascot Sneaks the Cat ahead of the visit was a fun way to get the kids excited about what they were about to see.

The theme of the children's area is "Discovery Reef" with a 270-gallon salt water aquarium greeting young'ns as they enter this underwater-styled habitat. Shout-out to The Friends of the New Carrollton Library, who donated money to cover most of the aquarium's costs.

New Carrollton Library Aquarium
Are those young'ns in/outside the aquarium?!? 

New Carrollton Library
Lots to explore inside the Discovery Reef Children's Room

Ready 2 Read Play Room has a play kitchen, dress-up, games, etc.

New Carrollton Library Computers
Plenty of computers for homework, etc.
The central atrium features a colorful resin and aluminum mobile by none other than local artist and sculptor, Alan Binstock. (You've probably also seen his Totem Pole sculpture and Ribbon of Life sculptures (among many other works) around town.)

Alan Binstock Sculpture New Carrollton Library
"Convergence of Knowledge" Sculpture by Alan Binstock.
I adore magazines; they're a welcome escape from the world and from screens. So I will definitely be coming back to this room to indulge in some periodical time - just as soon as I can also escape my kids....

Obvs searching for The Atlantic. 😁
Travel Tips: If visiting with children, considering going during Storytime or another activity they may be hosting that day; check upcoming events here. Also, plan some pre-post playground fun at nearby Frontier Fort Playground.

Frontier Fort Playground

As for the status of the Hyattsville Library renovation, it seems that funding issues have delayed progress, now pushing the expected opening date to late 2020 according to a recent article in the Hyattsville Life & Times here. And with Hyattsville Library now closed on Sundays, why not make a visit to the newly reopened New Carrollton Library?! (About a 10 minute or so drive  from East-West Highway and Route 1 or 20 minute ride on the F4 bus.)

The New Carrollton Library is located at 7414 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD 20784.

Library Hours: (Always call ahead to confirm hours.)

Mondays - Thursdays: 10am - 9pm
Fridays: 10am - 6pm
Saturdays: 10am - 5pm
Sundays: 1pm - 5pm

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: October 26th-28th

Music Class Music Together SoHy
Lil lady bangin' them drums at Music Together SoHy!

Plenty of great ideas for (mostly) indoor fun this ☔ weekend! Try a kiddo-and-me music class at Music Together SoHy, Hands on STEM fun at Diven's Den and also at STEAMFest, Make some Creepy Cupcakes, Strut all your stuff at the Mount Rainier Halloween Parade, Catch a UMD Volleyball Match & enjoy some pregame kids activities!  All these and more fun events inside Route One Fun's Kid's Weekend Guide! Enjoy!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor! 
Route 1 Realtor Emily Jackson Group

Adults' Weekend Guide: Oct. 25th-28th

Fright Night Sip 'N Paint Hyattsville
Ghoulish jello shots are yours at Thriller-themed Sip 'N Paint!
πŸ“Έ by Cary Michael
Will it be a Thriller-themed Sip 'N Paint or maybe Succulents & Suds or perhaps a Tattoo Arts Show or maybe the grand opening of and Halloween Party at Maryland Meadworks or a Community Halloween Dance Party (w/ DJ RR spinning the tunes) or a Goddess Yoga Workshop or maybe all of the above?  But wait - there's more!  Read on and get to plannin', dear readers!    

πŸ‘ Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor: 
Emily Jackson Group

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Frontier Fort Playground: Fun Imagination Playground at Good Luck Community Center

Frontier Fort Imagination Playground Prince Georges County Maryland
Frontier Fort Imagination Playground - Prince George's County
Get out and play during this great fall weather! We recently explored the Frontier Fort Playground at the Good Luck Community Center in Lanham, Maryland and had a great time climbing up, sliding down and hiding amongst this Imagination Playground's fort structures and swing sets. With plenty of parking, a gazebo with picnic tables, ample seating, restrooms nearby, and about a ten minute drive from East West Highway and Route 1, the Frontier Fort Playground in Prince George's County is definitely a kids' playground worth visiting soon!  
Frontier Park Playground Prince George's County

We found Frontier Park Playground to be good for a range of ages.  The playground structures were varied enough to keep even older kids satisfied - as you can see from the monkeys below!

Frontier Park Playground Imagination Playground Prince George's County

Frontier Park Playground Imagination Playground Prince Georges County

My wee one would frolic between playing on the preschool structure (below) and then running over to take on some of the more challenging equipment for the 5-12 set.

Frontier Park Playground Maryland

Frontier Park Playground Imagination Playground Maryland

Annnnd - Good news!  The New Carrollton Library - which recently reopened - is only a ten minute drive from Frontier Park Playground and is definitely worth a visit.  I'll have a post on that soon but in the meantime, building in some time to visit this fresh library (and check out some crispy, new books!) would be a great idea!

New Carrollton Library, PGCMLS
Running to check out the newly reopened New Carrollton Library!
Frontier Fort Playground is located at 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham, MD 20706

The New Carrollton Library is located at 7414 Riverdale Rd, New Carrollton, MD 20784

Monday, October 22, 2018

300 FREE New Winter Coats for Pre-K to 6th Graders!

πŸ“Έ source: Operation Warm 

Does your child need a warm winter coat? ⛄ Then fill out the request form below and return it to Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier by Tuesday, October 30th to receive a FREE winter coat for your child! The Rotary Club of College Park has partnered with Joe’s Movement Emporium and Operation Warm to provide 300 coats to pre-K to 6th graders this winter season! No strings attached; just fill out and return the form by October 30th, then get ready to pick up a nice, warm winter coat for your child on November 10th from 11am-2pm at Joe's Movement Emporium. πŸ‘ More information below.

Help get the word out; Share this post with any/everyone whose child might need a free, warm winter coat this season! 😊

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!