Month: March 2018

Take a Day Trip to the Robinson Nature Center

Robinson Nature Center is a little piece of beauty and serenity in Columbia. Tucked away on 18 acres of land, Robinson Nature Center is a fun and educational spot to bring kids to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region.

The building itself is environmentally friendly and LEED certified for its green design, and boasts over 420 programs a year for group trips, parties, and home school excursions. After learning a bit at the Center, enjoy the surrounding trails and wildlife, or take a walk down to the nearby Middle Patuxent River. Parking is plentiful at the Center, and the staff is welcoming and friendly. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages three to 17 (children under 3 are free). The Center is closed Monday and Tuesdays, and groups must be booked in advance. Annual passes are also available.

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Meet Friends for a Greek Brunch at Kapnos Taverna

The flavors of coastal Greece come to College Park at Kapnos Taverna. As an offshoot of a popular Greek eatery in nearby DC, Kapnos carries on the tradition of taking classic Mediterranean dishes and adding a contemporary twist.

The chef's great skill is especially on display at the weekend brunch. Take, for instance, Kapnos' version of the waffle. It's infused with Greek coffee and embellished with chocolate crumbles, brandied cherries, and smoked chocolate ice cream. The stone-baked eggs come with crispy lamb and potatoes tossed with feta cheese. The French toast evokes baklava with its layers of walnuts, seasonal fruit, and honey. Pair your chosen brunch dish with a grapefruit or pineapple mimosa or a simple cup of coffee. If you can't make it for brunch, try happy hour, which is held seven days a week. It offers $5 bites like crispy eggplant and stuffed grape leaves with classic cocktails, wine, and craft beer.

Play Games While Drinking Coffee at The Board and Brew

​The Board and Brew, located in College Park, is a unique combination of an independent coffee house and a relaxed entertainment venue with more than 500 board games. Guests can rent board games for a flat fee of five dollars for an unlimited amount of playtime. Spend the day sipping on hand-brewed coffee while playing a couple rounds of Settlers of Catan or Taboo. The kitchen also serves up small plates, soups, fresh salads, and sandwiches. Try the Brew Burger topped with caramelized onions, tomato ragout, melty Swiss cheese, and hummus with a side of their popular Old Bay French fries.

Beyond the vast collection of board games, the café also hosts a variety of fun events, such as Trivia Thursdays, open mic nights, learn-a-game nights, tournaments, and leagues.