Coming up this weekend

Hmmm, what to do with the kids this weekend? If it weren’t going to be so freakin’ cold, I would  take ’em to Riverbend Park’s Night Sky Festival on Saturday evening, where we could listen to stories about the constellations around a campfire. They’ll also have activities and games, and drinks and snacks for purchase. Cost is $5 per person; for info call 703-759-9018.

More realistic would be a Mobile Archeology Session at Claude Moore Park in Sterling where they’ll talk about the artifacts they dug up last summer at the historic Lanesville house. It’s free and takes place between 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; call 571-258-3700.

On Sunday,  I would have to choose between Colvin Run Mill’s Maple Syrup Boil-Down to school them kids on how maple tree sap is boiled down into sweet syrup, or Frying Pan Park’s screening of the 2000 version of Disney’s Fantasia on a 12-foot screen. Both are free. Colvin Run Mill’s event is from 12-2 p.m. (call 703-759-2771). Frying Pan Park offers two screenings: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. at the Visitor Center (call 703-437-9101).

In Loudoun, my pick would be the Amphibian Monitoring Program Orientation from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg. My sons (10 and 6) go out to hunt frogs and toads anyway, might as well put ’em to use. Advance registration is required; you can sign up online or contact Nicole Hamilton at nhamilton@loudounwildlife.org or call 540-882-9638.

 Hmm, decisions, decisions…

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