Events at Fairfax and Loudoun libraries and parks:
Friday, Feb. 29
Hop, Skip & Jump for Leap Day!
Cascades Library 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate Leap Day with stories, songs and lots of jumping! For ages 2-4. Call 703-444-3228.
Ponderings – Leaping Leap Year Frog Talk
Hidden Pond Nature Center 4-6 p.m.
The naturalist wants to listen for early frog residents calling out in the wetlands. Join him for a program and see some of the early amphibian crooners up close and hear their calls. Anyone who can prove they were born on February 29th receives a special prize. Reservations required. For kids 6 to 10 years; cost is $4 per child. Call 703-451-9588.
Saturday, March 1
Peeps, Snores, and Trills
Reston Regional Library 10:15 a.m.
Meet a toad and learn more about life in and out of the water. Presented by the Riverbend Nature Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. Ages 4 and up.
Purcellville Library 1-2 p.m.
Come out of the cold and have fun playing bingo. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Register online or call 540-338-7235.
Galapagos George – with Barefoot Puppets by Heidi Rugg
Ashburn Library 2 p.m.
Galapagos George shares the story of “Lonesome George,” a giant Galapagos Tortoise. Watch George grow up on his island full of sea lions, lizards, blue-footed birds and more. For ages 3 and up. Tickets are required and may be picked up one half hour before the performance. Call 703-737-8100.
LIVE! in Concert – Sparky & Rhonda, Toe-Tapping Music and Tall Tales
Purcellville Library 11 a.m.
Lovettsville Library 2 p.m.
Bring the family and listen to Sparky and Rhonda as they weave their music into captivating stories for an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history and tall tales.
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park 6-7:30 p.m.
In early spring male woodcocks attract mates with beautiful night-time courtship flights. Meet a naturalist at Hunter/Haycor in western Fairfax County to watch and learn about this breathtaking annual ritual. Reservations are required. This program is suited for ages eight and older. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve, call at 703-631-0013.
Sunday, March 2
Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Colvin Run Mill 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Celebrate the coming of spring with a free maple syrup boil-down. Learn about sugaring and watch as gallons of sap are reduced to ounces of syrup over an open fire. Sample maple syrup on fresh cornbread. Call 703-759-2771.
Leave it to Beaver
Huntley Meadows Park from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m
Look for signs of beavers and try to catch a glimpse of these nocturnal engineers at . This program is suitable for ages six and older. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per family. Call 703-768-2525.