The temperature is supposed to go back down by the end of the week, yuck, but at least there are several fun activities to choose from–all in Fairfax County, sorry. I checked the usual suspects for Loudoun activities and didn’t come up with any interesting ones, but I coulda missed something, so if you know of one, please let me know by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Saturday, March 8
An Introduction to Bluebird Nest Boxes
Find out the principles and practice of attracting bluebirds and monitoring nest boxes at Cub Run RECenter from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Install an actual bluebird box in the field. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per family. Call 703-817-9407.
Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, is a fun, easy and inexpensive hobby with nature forms often the subject. Learn some of the terminology of this art and how to read instructions at Cub Run RECenter from 3 to 4 p.m. Then make a hopping frog, a bat, a cicada and more as time permits. Reservations are required. This program is suitable for children ages six and older. The cost is $3 per child. Call 703-817-9407.
Giants and Leprechauns
Storyteller Gary Lloyd tells tales of tall and small Irish at Patrick Henry Library. For ages 6-12. Call 703-938-0405.
Join us at Lake Accotink Parkfrom 1 to 3 p.m. for fishing and fun. Learn the wildlife-friendly catch-and- release fishing technique. Find out what species of fish live in the lake and how to protect their environment and your drinking water! Safety and environmental issues are also covered. Bring your own pole and tackle or borrow one of ours; barbless hooks only. The workshop registration fee includes a free one-day trout fishing pass! The cost is $10 per child, accompanying adult free. This For kids 7 and up. Prepaid reservations required. To register, call 703-569-0285.
Enjoy a puppet show and discover salamanders along the trail at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Meet other amphibians that are starting to emerge from their winter slumbers. Learn how our red back salamanders break a standard amphibian rule, making them easier to find in the woodland. Prepaid reservations are required for this family event. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.
Easter Egg Hunt
Children ages 3-7 bring your baskets and hunt for filled Easter eggs in the fields at Sully Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Find the special egg and claim your prize. Then participate in an egg roll, visit baby animals and create an Easter craft to take home. Reservations are required. The rain date is March 15. The cost is $5 child. To register, call 703-437-1794.
Hunt for dinosaur eggs, dig for dinosaurs in our sand pit, and participate in other dino activities at Riverbend Visitor Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2 p.m. This program is suitable for children ages three and older. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. To reserve, call 703-759-9018.
Sunday, March 9
Just Jumper Horse Show Series
Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes at Frying Pan Farm Park beginning at 9 a.m. Event is held indoors rain or shine and is free for spectators. Call 703-437-9101.
Animal Egg Mobile
Create a spring mobile of your favorite pond animals from plastic eggs at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All materials provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-451-9588.