Sunday, December 30, 2018

Now in College Park: Bouncing Bambini's Weekday Kids & Family Fitness Classes

Fun, family weekday fitness classes with Bouncing Bambini in College Park (FREE trial class)!


Woo hoo! Bouncing Bambini is making its debut in College Park this January with two weekday fitness, music and movement classes for DC Metro Area families that will keep you and your wee one movin' and groovin this winter! Baby Mombo is a babywearing dance fitness class perfect for those with young children and Zumbini is a music and movement class perfect for infants, toddlers and preschoolers! πŸ“’ FREE trial classes on January 10th & 15th! Register here before spaces fill up!

Bouncing Bambini College Park Maryland
Bouncing Bambini's Coming to College Park!

Speaking from experience, I can attest that instructor Amanda Holliday is a bubbly tour-de-force whose classes are so much fun that you don't even realize you're sweating until you notice your armpit stains. (Or maybe that's just me.πŸ˜†) And as I shared in this post about Bouncing Bambini's Strong Mama class, Amanda's expertise as a prenatal and postnatal fitness specialist means that she can adjust the workouts to fit your body's changing needs. One less thing you have to think about as a new mom! πŸ‘

Upcoming Zumbini & Baby Mombo Classes in College Park


Zumbini: 12 Classes Winter session: Thursdays, starting January 17th at 10am at Posh Cycling and Fitness, College Park

Baby Mombo: Six week session: Tuesdays, starting January 22nd at 11am at Numi Yoga, College Park



Thank you to Bouncing Bambini for sponsoring this post to get the word out to Route One Fun readers! And thank you, dear Route One Fun readers, for supporting local businesses that support Route One Fun! 😍

Friday, December 28, 2018

Creative Saturdays: Step, Drums, Art & Dance Classes for Kids Ages 6-12 at Joe's Movement Emporium!

Four new and creative classes for Kids 6 - 12 at Joe's Movement Emporium this January!


Joe's Movement Emporium's Creative Saturdays program in Mount Rainier, Maryland, is a bright, new way to encourage and inspire your 6 - 12 year old child's creative side under the guidance of a talented local artist - all without breaking the bank (just $10/class per child)! πŸ‘ With different classes offered each week, Creative Saturdays at Joe's will have DC-area kids stepping, West African drumming, Peruvian Art-ing and happily MJ-ing their way through the month of January! First class starts January 5th so register today!

Creative Saturdays Joe's Movement Emporium
The MJ Experience! (One of the Creative Saturdays classes.) 


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Art with Clara Majors: January 5th from 1 - 3pm


Beloved Joe's art teachers Clara Majors brings visual and performing arts training and traditions from her home country of Peru to this week's Creative Saturday event. Clara's passion for upcycling finds beauty in the most mundane. Old CDs, styrofoam trays, odd buttons, and scraps of wood are transformed into something magical under Clara's direction! This class may get messy - so dress accordingly!

Art Clara Majors Joe's Movement Emporium
Beloved art teacher Clara Majors sharing Peruvian traditions.

Drum Circle with Soul in Motion: January 12th from 1 - 3pm 


Experience the rich culture of West Africa with this treasured DC dance company. Soul in Motion provides instruments that are accessible even to the teeniest drummers. Your child will be swept up in the colorful costumes, spirited movements, and energetic drumming rhythms of this expert ensemble. The sense of connection and belonging that comes from a session of drumming together is inspiring for all ages.

Drum Circle with Soul in Motion
Soul in Motion sharing the rich culture of West Africa

Family Rhythms with James Fleet: January 19th from 1 - 3pm 


Popular Club Joe's Aftercare instructor James Fleet introduces children to the precise rhythmic and percussive movement of Step. Stepping is based on a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words, and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group. Dress prepared to move!

Step at Joe's Movement Emporium
Creating rhythms and sounds through combination of steps, claps and the spoken word.

The MJ Experience with Rakeem Delwin: January 26th from 1 - 3pm 


There is nothing kids at Joe's love more than watching Rakeem Delwin perform his famous Michael Jackson routine. Kids will love learning the smooth moves from King of Pop. It's highly encouraged to dress in homage to Michael Jackson with a single white glove, skinny pants, shiny shoes, and fedoras!

The MJ Experience with Rakeem Delwin
Learn some smooth moves at the MJ Experience with Rakeem Delwin!

πŸ”” At $10 a pop, these cool and creative classes are sure to fill up quickly so do yourself a solid and register here today! 



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

Friday, December 21, 2018

Kids' Weekend Guide: December 21st - 23rd

Route One Fun Kids Weekend Guide

Holiday Tales, Art Drop-In, Trilingual Santa and more fun events for Route 1 Kids along this magical Route 1 corridor this weekend!

Speaking of support, many thanks to fantabulous Route 1 Realtor Emily Jackson for being such a strong supporter of Route One Fun from the get-go. As with many weekend guides this year, she the sponsor of this last weekend guide for 2018. Enjoy!

Emily Jackson Group

πŸ’– I'm so grateful to all of you for reading Route One Fun and for so effusively sharing your love for this local blog with your friends and neighbors. I have so much fun sharing the good word about all we've got going on here and am so looking forward to doing even more in the New Year! Cheers to you and me! 🍻

πŸŽ„ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! 🌟

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Weekend Guide: December 21st - 23rd

Kristin Rebecca Celtic Christmas
Catch Harpist Kristin Rebecca as she plays delightful Celtic Christmas tunes! 

The whirlwind that is this time of year is in full-effect, my people. In between your holiday shopping and gift wrapping, make some downtime for yourself by checking out some of the local events. From Hyattsville to Mount Rainier to College Park to Riverdale Park to Greenbelt & beyond, lots of local events for your to enjoy and support.

Speaking of support, many thanks to fantabulous Route 1 Realtor Emily Jackson for being such a strong supporter of Route One Fun from the get-go. As with many weekend guides this year, she the sponsor of this last weekend guide for 2018. Enjoy!

Emily Jackson Group

πŸ’– I'm so grateful to all of you for reading Route One Fun and for so effusively sharing your love for this local blog with your friends and neighbors. I have so much fun sharing the good word about all we've got going on here and am so looking forward to doing even more in the New Year! Cheers to you and me! 🍻

πŸŽ„ Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! 🌟

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Winter Break Activities for Kids (5+ years old) in Maryland & DC!

School's almost over for the year and winter break is creeping closer, which may have you spending a LOT of time together with the kids. Now, we can debate how healthy time together with family is for you (jkjkjk), but what we do know is that this list of 10 fun things to do with kids in Maryland and DC over winter break is just what you need to make it to the other side, or at least back to work in the New Year. Stay strong - and share this list with a friend!
Spark Lab Museum of American History
Exploring and inventing at the Spark Lab!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Winter Break Fun in Maryland & DC (for Route 1 Toddlers and Preschoolers)!

Winter Break Fun in Maryland & DC (for Route 1 Toddlers & Preschoolers) 


wegmans wonderplace dc
And that's mine and that's mine...at Wegmans Wonderplace

With some daycares and preschools closing during the Winter Break along Route 1 and the DC Metro Area, having a game plan on how to entertain them young'ns will sure come in handy when they start to get restless. So, check it: Route One Fun's got a fresh list of 10 great things to do in Maryland and DC with Route 1 toddlers and pre-schoolers! Read on and high-five me later! πŸ˜„

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Franciscan Monastery in Brookland, DC (with or without kids)!

A Trip to the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland, DC


Searching for something different to do with (or without) your guests over the holidays? Then consider exploring the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC (it's free, though donation welcomed). Open to all, the Franciscan Monastery is full of amazing architecture, incredibly beautiful stained glass windows, breathtaking art, relics of pilgrimages from around the world, shrines that make room for you to spend a moment and grounds that remind you of what it's like to feel peaceful (except if you have a 4-year old child nipping at your proverbial heels. Tips on visiting with kids, below...).

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

A Visit to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America

The Main Church of the Franciscan Monastery Shrine


According to the Guided Tour brochure, the monastery was built in 1898 under the vision of Father Godfrey Shilling, OFM, who reproduced the sacred shrines at the Franciscan Monastery OHL "to encourage pilgrimages and allow those who could not make such a journey to see and experience the shrines for themselves." The upper church has reproductions of the shrines relation to Jesus' death and resurrection.


Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Taking in the Calvary Shrine

So much - everything - inside the Main Church is breathtakingly beautiful. Though I joke about my young'n and her antics, watching her stop now and then to just take in everything around her was a pretty powerful experience, and a reminder to keep trying, keep exposing her to new and different things in this world.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
What a view!
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Mary's Chapel

The lower church has reproductions of the shrines with the Grottos of Nazareth and Bethlehem and the Roman Catacombs. On a tour of the Catacombs, you can explore replicas of the ancient, underground tunnels used by Christians martyrs to flee from persecution. I'm eager to explore the lower church on my next visit.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Altar of the Holy Spirit

Around the Franciscan Monastery 


Historic Gardens 


The historic gardens of the Franciscan Monastery are beautiful, safe, enclosed spaces for children of all ages to explore, run, skip and jump around while surrounded by the peace and quiet of nature (all things being relative, given your child's temperamentπŸ˜‰). I'm definitely going to return (probably when the weather's a bit better) with my kiddos to enjoy some outdoor fun there. 

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Walking around the grounds (can only image how beautiful in spring!)

My wee one loved running through the outdoor portico and I have to admit, kind of felt a little Indian-Jones-ish, playfully chasing her through our make-believe alleyways, quickly escaping from dead-ends, etc. 


Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
You can't catch me!

While children of all ages are welcome to tour and explore the Main Church of the Franciscan Monastery, I have to admit that I had a bit of a difficult time keeping my wee one from not going entirely bonkers inside. At one point, after turning for a second to read an inscription, I turn back only to find her crawling through one of the pews. πŸ™ˆ Me, oh my.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Don't look....

It's cool; all was a-ok, nobody wagged a finger at us, but my point is that if you want to do (and enjoy) a tour of the Main Church and have a child under seven years old, just keep you expectations in check. You won't be able to absorb everything, but you'll still get a taste for the beautiful art, architecture and history that lives in this building. 

Nativities of the World Exhibit at the Franciscan Monastery 


From now until January 6, you can see over 150 different nativity scenes from the Nativities of the World Display by the gift shop at the Franciscan Monastery. The display and a visit through the grounds were the highlight of the trip for my wee one. (Though I was mildly aghast that there's no scene from or representing Ireland?!? I've got to fix that. 😊) 

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
Nativities of the World Exhibit


Is the Franciscan Monastery a Kid-Friendly place to visit?


Yes, though as you may pick up from our experience above, it's a "yes" with some reservation. My wee one enjoyed the Nativities of the World exhibit and the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery are a fantastic, free place to explore with toddlers, preschoolers, elementary school-aged children and beyond! The Main Church and Catacombs, however, are probably best reserved for children ages seven and up.   

Virtual Tour of the Franciscan Monastery in DC 


Still not convinced? Or maybe eager to go but can't for some time? Then check out this virtual tour of the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland, DC.

How to get to the Franciscan Monastery in DC   


Metro: 

Take the Red Line to the Brookland-CUA stop. The Monastery is then about a 15 minute, mostly flat walk through the local neighborhood. Here's the directions on Google Maps.

Bus: 

Take the R4 or the 86 --> H6 from PG Plaza Station will get you there within 35 minutes. Get a sense of these bus route options from Google Maps, here.

Drive: 

Fairly easy and straight drive from Maryland's Route 1 corridor. You'll be on Queens Chapel Road for the most part with a few turns after you enter DC. There's a free visitors parking lot across the street from the Franciscan Monastery. Here's an idea of the drive from Hyattsville to the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland, DC via Google Maps.

Tour Information & Address for the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland, DC 


Tours of the Church & Catacombs are Monday - Saturday, 10 & 11am, 1, 2 & 3pm. Sunday at 1, 2 & 3pm. The address is 1400 Quincy Street NE, Washington DC 20017.

Thoughts, questions or comments? 


Have you been to the Franciscan Monastery? With or without kids? Any tips or words to add? Do so in the comments below! 


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Where to Play: Route 1 Family Weekend Fun, December 14th - 16th

Herbert Wells Ice Skating Rink
Two great chances this weekend to ice skate for really great price!  

Get a head start on your weekend plans now! Tons of family-friendly, kid-friendly holiday and non-holiday fun along Route 1 corridor (and beyond) to choose from - and all indoors as rain is in the forecast (see how I take care of you?!?). 😊

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

Adults' Weekend Guide: December 13th - 16th

Wild Anacostias
Wild Anacostias at Riverdale Park Festival of Lights this wknd!

Mix up with holiday shopping with some art, music, Cheverly Home Tour, Ugly Sweater contest, UMD Gospel Choir and more this weekend, Route 1!

Many thanks to this weekend's sponsor: 
The Emily Jackson Group

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Scenes from Breakfast with Sint Niklaas at Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park

Breakfast with Sint Niklaas at Riverdale House Museum
An adorable visit with Sint Niklaas at Riversdale House Musuem; πŸ“Έ by Ethan Kane.


Scenes from Breakfast with Sint Niklaas at Riversdale House Museum


Enjoyed a lovely, festive time at Breakfast with Sint Niklaas at Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, Maryland this past December weekend. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school-aged children (as well as their adoring family members, of course!), filled the room in anticipation of Belgian Waffles, bacon and, of course, a visit from Sint Niklaas!

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!

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!