My sources

Thank you to everyone who sent me messages of appreciation;  while I was glad to read how useful the blog has been, I’m sad to be unable to continue it. Several people have expressed interest, though, in perhaps continuing it in some form or another, while others asked for my sources in putting the weekend lineup together.

To help everyone out, I’ve listed the links I check on a weekly basis to create the lineup. The list is in no particular order; it’s just how they appear in my Favorites folder.

Here you go:

 Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association
http://visitalexandriava.com/attractions-activites/calendar-of-events/

City of Alexandria
http://oha.alexandriava.gov/

Arlington Library calendar
http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/Libraries/LibrariesEvents.aspx

Ashburn Online (hasn’t been updated in months)
http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:MxNE8MYEjbsJ:www.ashburnonline.com/currentevents.php3+ashburn+easter+egg+hunt&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=8&gl=us

Reston Town Center calendar
http://www.restontowncenter.com/cgi-bin/calendar/Calcium310.pl?Op=ShowIt&CalendarName=RestonTownCenter

Centreville Community Foundation calendar
http://www.centrevilleva.org/

Dulles Town Center calendar
http://www.shopdullestowncenter.com/2006/images/section_titles/events.html

Wegmans
www.wegmans.com

Fair Oaks Mall
http://www.shopfairoaksmall.com/infodesk/events.html

Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/sales.asp?id=14

Loudoun County Web site
http://www.loudouncountywebsite.com/cgi-bin/cal/plans.cgi

Loudoun County Library
http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsAdvancedSearch.cfm?SiteID=6457

Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association
http://www.visitloudoun.org/events/

Loudoun County government
http://www.loudoun.gov/

Udvar-Hazy calendar
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/

Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
http://www.heritagefarmmuseum.org/events.htm

Leesburg merchants association calendar
http://meetmedowntown.org/events.php

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
http://www.loudounwildlife.org/Programs_and_Field_Trips.htm

C3 Cyberclub
http://www.loudounwildlife.org/Programs_and_Field_Trips.htm

Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
http://www.nvrpa.org/calendar.php

Virginia State Parks
http://www.nvrpa.org/calendar.php

McLean Community Center
http://www.mcleancenter.org/special-events/

Prince William Forest Park
http://www.nps.gov/prwi/planyourvisit/events.htm

Fairfax County Public Library
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events/

Fairfax County Parks Authority
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/calframe.htm

Town of Herndon
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/calframe.htm

Whole Foods
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/virginia/index.php

Tysons Galleria
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/virginia/index.php

Arlington Arts calendar
http://www.arlingtonarts.org/event_calendar/default.asp

City of Fairfax
http://www.fairfaxva.gov/Calendar/CalendarEventsPostings.asp?EventMonth=June

Prince William Public Library system
http://www.pwcgov.org/library/kids/index.htm

Prince William County Parks Authority
http://www.pwcparks.org/

Prince William Convention & Visitors Bureau
http://www.visitpwc.com/fv/calendar.html

Historic Manassas Inc.
http://media.visitmanassas.org/events/Default.aspx

National Museum of the Marine Corps
http://www.usmcmuseum.org/news_Calendar.asp

Fauquier County Department of Economic Development & Tourism
http://www.visitfauquier.com/upcomingevents.html

Morven Park
http://www.morvenpark.org/

Winchester Frederick County Visitors Bureau
http://www.visitwinchesterva.com/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid=625

Dulles Expo
http://www.dullesexpo.com/guestinfo/events/index01_09.htm

Town of Vienna
http://www.viennava.gov/calendar/calendar.pl

Home Depot Kids Workshops
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=Kids_Workshops&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&cm_mmc=THD_marketing-_-Clinics_site-_-Digitas-_-KidsClinics

Lowe’s Build & Grow workshops
https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/

Town of Lovettsville
http://www.lovettsvilleva.gov/

Very sorry…

but I will be suspending posts on this blog indefinitely. I have had a wonderful time sharing through this blog the Northern Virginia events that I was interested in taking my kids to, and I want to thank all of the readers who sent me messages of condolence after my father died in January.

Following his death and my own upcoming surgery for what is  believed to be a benign breast lump, however, I have reconsidered my priorities and time commitments. I have kept this blog ad-free since its inception and hate the thought of turning it into a newsletter you’d have to pay for. I wouldn’t — that’s why I created this site in the first place. Yes, there are other ways of making money off this type of blog, but I’m not interested in them. If you are, I would be happy to share with you my sources for the events I post, as well as the seasonal activities such as Easter Egg Hunts.

It’s been great, and I wish you and your families all the best.

Therese Howe aka SuperNoVa Mom

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Spring Break April 6-10

Need ideas for things to do in Northern Virginia with  the kids? Check out these activities:

Monday April 6

Forest Fledgling: Mice are Nice
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 9:45-10:30 am or 11-11:45 am
Discover both the good and bad news about mice through stories, live animals, crafts, nature activities and an outdoor exploration. Prepaid reservations are required. This program is suited for children age three to five. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Tavern Toddlers
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria 10:30 am-Noon
A special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers! Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime in Gadsby’s historic ballroom Mondays, excluding Federal holidays, any time between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Cost is $7 for a group of three, which must include one adult, or purchase a 5 week pass for $30. Call 703.838.4242.

Mommy & Me!
Whole Foods Fair Lakes 11am-noon FREE
Join us as Miss Celia returns for her much anticipated Mommy & Me class on April Fun! The theme for this month is April Showers Bring May Flowers! The children will be making daffodils out of recycled egg cartons. Miss Celia will bring her guitar and there will be music sing-a-long and treats for the children as well. This event is FREE but we do ask that you pre-register at our Customer Service desk by calling 703-222-2058. Event is limited to 20 children.

Family Gaming Day
Shirlington Branch Library    1-4 pm FREE
Try your hand (or feet) at Wii Sports, Super Smash Bros., Dance, Dance Revolution and other games. Recommended for children 6 and older.

How To Get Outdoors and Play 101
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale   1-2 pm
Rediscover the old-fashioned, unplugged fun of four-square, hopscotch and spud, and learn new games. This program is suited for families with children age two and older. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per family. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library    2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Tinker Bell, Rated G, 70 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Cascades Library   2 pm FREE
Bring your own popcorn & drinks! Today’s movie: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning. Rated G, 77 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library   2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Kung Fu Panda (Rated PG)

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: Wall-E, Rated G

Open Mic Poetry Reading
Reston Regional Library 3 pm FREE
Celebrate National Poetry Month with local area poet Mary Kipps.
Bring a poem you`ve written to read aloud, or just come to listen. Learn techniques and aids for writing poetry. Ages 8-12. Register online.

The Great Game Escape
Dolley Madison Library 4 pm FREE
Challenge your friends to some fun and brain-stretching games. Ages 6-12. Register online.

Peeps, Snores and Trills
Great Falls Library 4:30 pm FREE
Meet a toad, feed him dinner and learn more about our local amphibians. Feeding done by naturalist. Ages 6-12. Register online.

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 6:30 pm FREE
Tonight’s movie: City of Ember, Rated PG. Recommended for ages 13 & up.

Washington National Opera Workshop
George Mason Library, Annandale   7 pm FREE
Hands-on workshop for 4 to 10 year olds and their families in which the children will learn about opera through the story of Madama Butterfly. Presented by Washington National Opera teaching artists. Register online.

Tuesday, April 7

Wake up with Wii
Arlington Central Library 10-11 am FREE
Celebrate Spring Break with some Nintendo Wii and breakfast snacks.

Tuesday Theater
Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge 11 am FREE
Bring your lunch or a snack to eat, and join the Earth-bound robot WALL∙E as he follows the space probe, EVE, to find our planet’s former inhabitants. For all ages; limit 100. Drop in; no registration is required.

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: High School Musical 3, Rated G

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Horton Hears a Who, Rated G, 86 minutes

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie:Tinker Bell (Rated G)

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 6:30 pm FREE
Tonight’s movie: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rated PG-13. Recommended for ages 13 & up.

Family Craft Night
Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge 7 pm FREE
Crafts for the entire family; all ages are welcome. Please pick up a free pass beginning at 6:30 p.m.; a pass will be required for each crafter attending the program. Limit 24 crafters. April is “National Garden Month” and the perfect time to celebrate the earth and its lovely trees and plants. Bring the family to make a colorful flowerpot craft and cards.

Wednesday, April 8

Magictainment
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon 10:30-11:15 a.m. or noon-12:45 p.m
Join Magictainment, featuring magical illusions and a whimsical clown, for a delightful and entertaining stage show in the Visitor Center. Children must be at least 3 years. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To register, call 703-437-9101.

National Library Week Celebration
Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas 10:30 am FREE
For all ages. Free tickets may be picked up, in person, beginning April 1. Funded by The Friends of the Central and Bull Run Libraries. Mr. Don, aka Don Bridges, will sing many old and new favorites.

Bunny Bonanza
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling 10 am-1 pm
Learn about responsible pet ownership from the members of local animal organizations. Live animals, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Co-Sponsored by the Department of Animal Care and Control. Bunny Bonanza is free with paid admission: $5/adult, $4/senior, $3/child ages 2-12. For more info call 571-258-3800 or visit http://www.heritagefarmmuseum.org.

Wild Things Puppet Show
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 10-10:45 am
Find out what the “Sticky Dilemma” is for Charlotte the Spider and the mystery behind “Tooth Truth” in these educational and entertaining puppet presentations. This program is suited for children ages 3 to 8. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Early American Games – No Batteries Required!
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 11 am-3 pm
Run off your energy playing relay games, hoop and stick, graces and tag. Learn how 18th and 19th century children enjoyed the outdoors. The cost is $2 per person. Make a take-home project for an additional $2. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Movies on the Big Screen
Cascades Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your own popcorn & drinks! Today’s movie:Kung Fu Panda, Rated PG, 88 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Rated PG)

Family Movie
Shirlington Branch Library 2-3:30 pm, 6 pm FREE
The library hosts a double feature: “Madagascar” at 2 p.m. and its sequel, Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa,” at 6 p.m.

Bug Juice and Beetle Sandwiches
Pohick Library 2:30 pm FREE
Find out why people and animals need bugs, and why exterminating insects can have unintended consequences. Presented by the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Register online.

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Careers in Law Enforcement
Lorton Regional Library 4:30 pm FREE
A Fairfax County Police Department officer discusses career options in law enforcement. Age 13-18. Register online.

Swamp Serenade
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria 7:15-8:45 pm
Listen to the frogs and toads as their courtship songs fill the wetland. The minimum age for this program is five. Families should bring a flashlight. Reservations are required. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525.

Thursday, April 9

Nature Playce: Story Time and Play
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 10-11 am
Listen to stories presented by a naturalist, chase soap bubbles and enjoy playing outdoors in the woodland play area especially designed to introduce young families to the joys and wonders of outdoor play. Become an official Nature Snooper. Receive a gift, the “key” to exploring nature’s wonders from Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Reservations are required. Donations are requested. This program is suited for children age 2 and older with an adult. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

American Arts and Music
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 11 am-3 pm
How did the Lee family and African-American slaves spend their non-working hours? Learn about music, dancing and storytelling. The cost is $2 per person. Make a take-home project for $2. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Kung Fu Panda, Rated PG, 92 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Horton Hears a Who (Rated G)

Thursday, April 9

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: Kung-Fu Panda, Rated PG

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 6:30 pm FREE
Tonight’s movie: Twilight, Rated PG-13. Recommended for ages 13 & up.

Mr. Skip – Music & Fun
Chantilly Regional Library 7 pm FREE
Music and movement for young children. All ages.

Friday, April 10

Little Acorns: Springtime Flowers
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Anndale 9:45-10:30 am or 11-11:45 am
See if those April showers brought May flowers. Through a story, song, activities and crafts, explore wildflowers in the woods and garden. This program is suited for children age two to three. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065

Early American Textile Work
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 11 am-3 pm
Learn how to spin, sew and dye fabrics, then take home a historic souvenir. The cost is $2 per person. Make a take-home project for an additional $2. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Backyard Animal Petting Zoo
Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William 11 am-2 pm FREE
Pet the baby animals from the Bar C Ranch. Tickets for timed intervals available beginning Friday, April 3. or all ages.

Bunny Storytime
Purcellville Library 11:15 am FREE
For all ages.

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Wall-E, Rated G, 98 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth (Rated PG)

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Rated PG. Recommended for all ages.

Friday Fun: Create a Caring Heart
Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge 2 pm FREE
Join Michele Hirata in decorating a small, wooden heart to accompany one of a kind Chemo Beanies. These are free gifts to people all over the world suffering illnesses involving hair loss. A small note telling the recipient a little about the artist will be included along with the heart pin. For ages 3 and up. Pick up a free pass at the Information Desk to participate in the program; a pass will be required for each heart made

Strategy Games
Chantilly Regional Library 2:30 pm FREE
Strategy board games for teens. Age 12-18.

Pokemon League
Patrick Henry Library 3 pm FREE
Learn and play. Age 5-18.

Riverside Campfire – Toads and Tadpoles
Riverbend Visitor Center, Great Falls 6:30-7:30 pm
Enjoy games and stories as you learn about toads, frogs and salamanders. Enjoy s’mores. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hotdogs. Bring toasting sticks, a flashlight and a blanket. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To reserve, call 703-759-9018.

NoVa Weekend Lineup April 4-5

Sorry for the delay folks, busy week! This week’s lineup doesn’t include this weekend’s Easter Egg hunts in Northern Virginia; you can find them at the new page, NoVa Easter Egg Hunts.

Saturday, April 4

Bird Walk at Blandy
Blandy Experimental Farm/Virginia State Arboretum     8 am FREE
Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free bird walk for all ages. This is a beautiful area for both hiking and birding. Please bring binoculars. We will meet in the main parking lot near the Quarters Building. Directions can be found at www.virginia.edu/blandy/. Questions: contact Andy Rabin at stylurus@gmail.com.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Window Birdhouse
Participating Home Depot stores    9 am-Noon FREE
The Home Depot’s Kids Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. No registration necessary.

Sully Storytime
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly    10-11 am
Come for stories for children age three to five plus hands-on crafts. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $3 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Dinosaur Egg-xtravaganza
Riverbend Visitor Center , Great Falls    10-11:30 am or 12:30-2 pm
Hunt for dinosaur eggs, dig for dinosaurs in our sand pit and participate in other dino activities. Egg hunts will be divided by age groups. Children must be at least 3 years. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. To reserve, call 703-759-9018.

Sing-Along With Miss Belle
Reston Regional Library     10:30 am FREE
Songs and hugs for everyone. Birth-5 with adult.*

Burke Centre Renaissance Festival
Burke Centre Library    11 am FREE
Join us and the Virginia Renaissance Faire for a festival! Enjoy story-telling, songs, sword play and much more. All ages.

Teatro de la Luna Children’s Theatre Festival
Rosslyn Spectrum
1611 N Kent St, Arlington     11 am-4 pm
Teatro de la Luna presents a full day of bilingual theatre activities, including a performance of Hansel and Gretel (11:30 am); The Box of Surprises (1 pm); Children’s Talent Show(2:30 pm), and Abe:A Dream Fulfilled (4 pm). In addition, there will be puppet making, painting and drawing, singing and much more! Cost is $10; children 4 & under are free. For more info call 703-548-3092 or visit http://www.teatrodelaluna.org

Dinosaurs Galore
Cub Run RECenter    Noon-1 pm
Follow a naturalist as you and your child dig into dinosaurs and explore their prehistoric world. Children make a fossil to take home and dig for buried dinosaur bones. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703- 817-9407.

Kite Flight
Three Fox Vineyards
10100 Three Fox Lane, Delaplane    Noon – 5pm
There were the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager,
and now there could be YOU, letting your kite and your spirit soar from the top of the
highest point at Three Fox Vineyards! Come take part in our 1st Annual “Kite Flight”.
Have fun, win prizes, and help charity (Women Build – Habitat for Humanity) Bring your
own kite or get one of ours on-site when you come. Fun for all ages and a great way to
relax and just live life! For more information call (540) 364-6073 or visit http://www.threefoxvineyards.com.

Storytime Matinee
Ashburn Library     2 pm FREE
Stories, songs, video storybook and a craft. For ages 3-6.

Celebrate Poetry!
Ashburn Library     2 pm FREE
Ashburn Library’s Teen Council invites you to share poems you have written, and poets you love. Bring poems, select them from anthologies in the library, or create them on the spot! For ages 12-18

Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library     2 pm FREE
Play a variety of Nintendo Wii games. For ages 12-18. Register online or call 540-822-5824.

Shirlington Screens: Shakespeare in Love
Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington    2-3:30 pm FREE
(1998) Rated R, 122 minutes. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench and Geoffrey Rush. William Shakespeare, a struggling young playwright, suffers from writer’s block in this witty, fast-moving romantic comedy set in London in 1593. When Shakespeare meets and falls instantly in love with the startlingly beautiful Viola, his creative powers are unleashed as Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest and most tragic love stories of all time.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Briar Woods High School
22525 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn    3 pm
Chocolate Mania hits Briar Woods High School! The fun family show, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, features musical moments with the glowing neon Oompa Loompas and miniature squirrel puppets from the Black Forest Productions Puppeteers. Authentic Wonka chocolate bars will be available for purchase during the each intermission, with the chance of finding the one bar per show that will include a special prize! Admission is $5 per student, $7 for adults. For more info call 703-957-4400 or click here.

Goodnight Walk: Nature’s April Foolers
Hidden Oaks Nature Center,  Annandale  7:30-8:30 pm
Are nighttime animals especially tricky or do they fool us with their keen senses? Discover the trick to seeing better when it’s dark. Participants must be at least age four with an accompanying adult. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, April 5

Dinosaur Egg Hunt and Adventures
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 pm
Explore Dinosaur Land and Nature Playce as you enjoy a dinosaur-themed outdoor egg hunt. Discover how you measure up to dinosaurs, make a craft and meet a reptile that looks prehistoric. Separate egg hunts are available for children age 2-4 and 5-7. Some eggs contain real fossils! Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. To register, call 703-941-1065.

Family Movie Matinee: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington 2-3:30 pm FREE
(2008) Rated G, 101 minutes. Featuring Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci and Jane Krakowski. Based on the American Girl series of dolls and books, Kit Kittredge is a young girl in the struggles of the Great Depression. Living in a boarding house with her parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kit has a passion for writing and dreams of having her work published someday.

Watershed Cleanup Day

Saturday, March 28, is Watershed Clean-Up Day, and the Fairfax County Park Authority has scheduled trash collections along various parts of the watershed. Here’s their info:

Become part of the solution to pollution. Join individuals, students, families, scouts and other community groups from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to help remove rubbish from creeks and streams in the Potomac River Watershed. Collect tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways. Wear boots and old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation will be provided.

Call to reserve a section of the watershed.

  • Frying Pan Farm Park (Frying Pan Branch) 703-437-9101
  • Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Roundtree Park – Holmes Run) 703-941-1065
  • Hidden Pond Nature Center (Pohick Creek) 703-451-9588
  • Huntley Meadows Park (Little Hunting Creek) 703-768-2525
  • Riverbend Visitor Center (Potomac River) 703-759-9018
  • Sully Historic Site (Cain’s Branch) 703-437-1794
  • Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (Flatlick Branch, Big Rocky Run, Cub Run and Frog Branch) repeated 1-3pm 703-631-0013)
  • Lake Accotink Park (April 4) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 703-569-0285

Kite Festival

We’re crossing our fingers that it doesn’t rain Saturday; in addition to all the cool Northern Virginia events, the 43rd Annual Smithsonial Kite Festival is taking place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Washington Monument.

Here’s info from the Web site (www.kitefestival.org):

Rain date: Sunday, March 29, 2009
If it is raining Friday evening, a decision will be made early Saturday morning about moving the Festival to the rain date. Please check back then.

As always, the festival features three competitions. For those who build their own kites, you are invited to enter the Handmade Kite competition. Registration for the hand-made kite competition takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the day of the festival. Look for the Judging and Registration tent.

Teams may also enter into two additional heart-stopping events- the sixth annual Smithsonian Hot Tricks competition, and the always popular Rokkaku Kite battle will be both held at the end of the day. Watch kite flyers strut their stuff on the field dazzling the crowd with trick kite moves and thrilling competition. Registration Opens at 10 a.m.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Depending on wind and weather, this schedule is flexible.

* 10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony/Registration begins
* 10:15 a.m. – Kitemaker/Master Kitemaker Competition Begins
* 12 noon – KitemakerMaster Kitemaker Competition Breaks / Children’s Competition Begins
* 12:30 p.m. – Registration Ends
* 1 p.m. – Children’s Competition Ends / Children’s Award Ceremony / Kitemaker/Master Kitemaker Competition Resumes
* 2 p.m. – Competition is completed/Hot Tricks Showdown
* 3 p.m. – Rokkaku Challenge
Kitemaker/Master Kitemaker Awards Ceremony Begins

NoVa Weekend Lineup March 28-29

Easter egg hunts in Northern Virginia begin in earnest this weekend, with three scheduled for Saturday! Unfortunately, rain’s in the forecast, so check for rain dates!

 
WEEKEND

Bivouacs and Battlefields: Fauquier County’s Civil War Landscape
Fauquier High School Auditorium
705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton
Saturday and Sunday    8:30 am-5 pm FREE
Discovering Fauquier County’s Civil War History has been recently re-energized by the work of local historians and neighborhood groups in anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the war in 2011 and in honor of Fauquier County’s 250th anniversary in 2009. This symposium will bring to life the historical significance of the countryside we live in.
The lecture series will start at 8:30am, break for an hour at lunch, and feature Robert K. Krick, Bud Hall, Garry Adelman, Childs Burden, and Kris White as speakers. The lecture will conclude with a special 3-D presentation by Bob Zeller that will be entertaining for children of all ages. For more information contact Kimberly Abe at (540) 347-8660 or e-mail: eugenehankinson@aol.com.

Fairfax Follies
Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown
Saturday shows 1 and 6 pm; Sunday show at 6 pm FREE
This show features family entertainment with singing, dancing and skits celebrating the best of the last 30 years of follies. Before the show we have live entertainment, free ice cream, cake walks and hand and face painting in the cafeteria. Pre-show activities on Saturday take place at noon and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday pre-show activities begin at 4:30 p.m. For more info visit http://www.lfcc.edu or call (540) 868-7194.

Shades of Beauty
Potomac Falls High School
46400 Algonkian Pkwy, Sterling
Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. shows
To kick off its 2009 performance season, the Loudoun Ballet Company is pleased to announce an exciting and mesmerizing new Spring production, “Shades of Beauty.” The production features a creative and visually stunning medley of ballet scenes from select ballets such as Princess Aurora and the fairies from “Sleeping Beauty” and the Company’s debut of the classic ballet scene “Kingdom of the Shades” from “La Bayadere”. In addition, new, creative original work choreographed by LBC’s artistic staff will be featured to enthrall and delight audiences of all ages in the Loudoun community. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students; tickets at the door are $15. For more info visit http://www.loudounballet.org or call 703-771-8074.
 

Saturday, March 28

Runnymede Park and Sugarland Run Annual Stream Clean-up
Meet at the entrance to Runnymede Park between 8 am-Noon  FREE
We need your help to collect winter trash that has been washed into Runnymede Park and along Sugarland Run! Volunteer for an hour or all morning and get free hot dogs and cookies for your efforts. We recomment that you wear long pants and sleeves, old boots and gloves. For more info call 703-435-6810.

Recycling Roadshow
Unity of Fairfax Church
2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton    10 am-5 pm FREE
Fairfax County residents may shred up to 5 medium-sized boxes of personal documents at no charge. All shredded documents will be recycled. Also, residents may bring compact fluorescent lights for recycling (no long tubes or broken bulbs will be accepted). There are no fees for these services. For more inifo call (703) 324-5052.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest
Great Country Farms
18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont 10 am-5 pm
Bring your Easter basket and participate in one of 3 egg hunts with more than 3,000 eggs filled with treats. Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Follow our maze to find and gather peeps, then roast a few on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. Ride the cow train, see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the greens and spring plantings in the greenhouses, take a hayride, and rejoice in spring! Egg hunts: 1 pm for children under 3; 1:30 pm for ages 4-6, 2 pm for ages 7-10. Admission is $6 per person, free for kids younger than 2. Cow train ride is $2 extra. For more info visit http://www.greatcountryfarms.com.

DYI Workshop: Yard Mobile
All participating Lowe’s stores    10-11 am FREE
Get your kids ready for Spring! Bring your kids to Lowe’s and they can build this fun Yard Mobile! To register, visit http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com.

Civil War Living History Event
Merchant Park at Weems Botts Museum
3944 Cameron St., Dumfries   10 am-5 pm FREE
Historic Dumfries hosts this educational, family-friendly and fun event that allows you to explore Civil War camp life. For more info call 703-221-2218. Handicapped-accessible.

Women’s History Day
Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center
10209 Main Street, Fairfax 10 am-2 pm FREE
Meet the late environmentalist Rachel Carson through the performance of a re-enactor at 11 a.m. at the museum. Take a free guided walking tour of the Ratcliffe-Allison House and Kitty Pozer Garden, stepping off at 2 p.m. from the museum. Other activities include painting flower pots and a gallery scavenger hunt.

Go Fish
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Road, Springfield 10 am-Noon
Join us for fishing and fun at and receive a free one-day trout fishing pass. Learn the wildlife-friendly catch-and- release fishing technique. Find out about fish species and environmental issues, Bring your own pole and tackle or borrow one of ours; barbless hooks only. The cost is $15 per child; accompanying adult free. This program is suited for children age 7and older. Reservations are required; call 703-569-0285.

Children’s Book Fair
Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum
201 South Washington St., Alexandria 11 am-4 pm FREE
Join children’s book publisher Usborne at this special event for kids and adults! Usborne will be offering dozens of selections focusing on social studies and other educational areas. Kids can play “Museum Detective” on a scavenger hunt of The Lyceum and enjoy other free activities like storytelling, crafts, and hands-on artifact stations. Stimulate your child’s curiosity at this fun family event.

Kite Flight” at Three Fox Vineyards
10100 Three Fox Lane, Delaplane 11 am-5 pm
Come take part in our 1st Annual “Kite Flight”. Have fun, win prizes, and help charity (Women Build – Habitat for Humanity) Bring your own kite or get one of ours on-site when you come. Fun for all ages and a great way to relax and just live life! For more information call (540) 364-6073 or visit http://www.threefoxvineyards.com.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon    Starting at noon
Discover spring on the farm, enjoy an egg hunt and meet farm animals in the petting area. For children age 4 and under, please specify time including a first and second choice: noon, 12:45 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. The hunt for children age 5 to 7 is at 2:15 p.m. Prepaid reservations are required. The rain date is 3/29. The cost is $6 per child. To reserve, call 703-437-9101.

Homebrewing Workshop
Lovettsville Library
North Light St., Lovettsville 1 pm FREE
Learn the basics of brewing theory, the ingredients and equipment needed for homemade beer, and the processes of simple and advanced brewing techniques.

Bluebird Predator Guard Make It, Take It Workshop
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve (Education Annex)
21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg 1-3 pm
Learn how to make your own Stovepipe Bluebird Predator Guards to help protect birds from snakes and other predators. All materials provided. Cost is $15 for materials required. Registration required; sign up online or contact Elizabeth Evans at 540-822-5438.

ThumbKnits Knitting Club
Potomac Library
2201 Opitz Boulevard, Woodbridge 1-3 pm
Michele Hirata, from the world of Fat Thumb, will teach you to knit or help you improve your technique. Supplies are provided.
For ages 5-12. Limit 15. Please register in person or by phone beginning one week before each program; call 703-494-8126.

Introduction to Wildflowers
Hidden Pond Nature Center
8511 Greeley Blvd, Springfield 1-2:30 pm
View spring wildflowers in a PowerPoint presentation and learn about wildflower field guides and good wildflower trails. Then look for them in the woods. Reservations are required. The cost is $6 per person. To reserve, call 703-451-9588.

Easter Egg Hunt
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly 1-3 pm
Children ages 3 to 7 years can bring baskets and hunt for filled Easter eggs in the fields. Hunts are set for 1:30 or 2:30 p.m. Find the special egg and claim your prize. Participate in an egg roll. Visit baby animals, create an Easter craft to take home, and indulge in yummy treats. Reservations are required. The rain date is April 4. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-437-1794.

Tea Traditions
Historic Green Spring
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria 2-3:30 pm
Should the teapot spout face the host or the guest? Should I hold my pinky out when I lift my teacup? Learn protocol and etiquette and look at the origins of teatime traditions. The cost is $18 per person and includes a traditional cream tea (tea served with scones, cream and jam). To register, please call 703-941-7987.

Happy Birthday Clifton!
Clifton’s Town Park 2-4 pm
Come sing Happy Birthday to Clifton at a birthday party thrown for the town by the Clifton Betterment Association. The CBA will provide cake and beverages at the Town Park. Let’s have a fun spring afternoon and celebrate our town. For more info call (703) 988-0685 or visit http://www.cliftonva.us.

Fun with Your Digital Camera
Hooray for Books
1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria 2:30-3:30 pm
Our friends at Tisara Photography know how to take a great picture, and they’ll teach you how to make the most of your digital camera in a one-hour workshop for ages 6 and up. Space may be limited, so call (703) 548-4092 for reservations!

Kids Crazy for Classics: A Musical Puppet Show
Loudoun County Extension Office Program Room
30B Catoctin Circle SE, Leesburg    2 pm FREE
The Rust Library sponsors Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens, performed by local high school musicians with the help of puppets. Recommended for all ages.

Laughing Pizza
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave. 2 pm
Ages 4+. Laughing Pizza is a real family band that creates original pop music for kids and their parents. Dad, Billy, and mom, Lisa combine their skills as award-winning song-writers with their multi-instrumentalist daughter, Emily, to create fun, inspiring music for the whole family. For ages 4 and older. Tickets are $14, $10 for McLean Community Center district residents. For more info, visit http://www.mcleancenter.org.

Family Movies!
Lovettsville Library
12 North Light St., Lovettsville    3 pm FREE
Take the family to waatch Disney’s animated futuristic film, WALL-E, rated G, 97 minutes.

Fighters Tournament
C3 Cyberclub
44710 Cape Court #118, Ashburn Starting at 3 pm
We’ve all been waiting for it and now it’s here Street Fighter 4 at the premier C3 gaming center. Battle it out Join the ranks of America’s finest Street Figther Video game champions at C3 Cyber Club. Test your skills against players all over the East Coast at our monthly Fighters Tournament! There is a $10 venue fee and $10 per game fee. For more info call (703) 729-0985 or visit http://www.c3cyberclub.com.

Bull Run Swamp Stomp
Bull Run Regional Park
7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville 7 pm FREE
Join NVRPA on a night hike and search for the fascinating amphibian life of Bull Run Regional Park. Find spring peepers, woods frogs and more. Rubber boots and warm clothes recommended. Adults and children age 6 and older. Please call 703-528-5406 to make a reservation and get directions.

 

Sunday, March 29

Animal Tricksters
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce St., Annandale 1-2 pm
From 1 to 2 p.m. at , families will view live animals, specimens and a slideshow and hear an American Indian story to discover how nature equips different animals to get a meal or to keep from becoming another critter’s feast. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To make a reservation, please call 703-941-1065.

Loudoun Symphonic Winds presents Around the World in 60 Minutes
Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville 3 pm
The Loudoun Symphonic Winds has become one of the area’s most exciting musical ensembles since its formation in 1993. Our goal is to give the Loudoun community and its neighbors an opportunity to play and hear the best of yesterday’s and today’s concert band music. All proceeds from this special fund- raising event benefit the Loudoun Community Band, Inc. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students. For more info visit http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org.