Calling for about a 40 percent chance of rain this weekend … NOTE: the Saturday sailboat activity at Colvin Run Mill requires registration by today (Wednesday), but you can always check to see if you can get in after today…
SPOTLIGHT ACTIVITY: Living History Weekend
Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park
Activities include manual of arms, company drill, loading and firing demonstrations of rifles, possible bugle calls, and camp life demonstrations. Camp life of the civil war soldier includes examples of shelters (tents), equipment, and music. Cannon demonstrations include discussions on how the cannon was manned, aimed and fired. Battlefield tours will also be available. For more information, contact George Tabb at 703-779-9372 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPOTLIGHT ACTIVITY:Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival
Reston Town Center Noon-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday FREE FOR KIDS
The outdoor festival features more than 150 wines from 15 Virginia wineries, cooking demonstrations, gourmet foods, live music, and a special area just for children with crafts, arcade games, pony rides, face painting, a marionette show, and more. Adults: $25 at the door; $20 in advance; $15 for designated drivers; $30 for a two-day pass; Children (under 12) free. (From GoCityKids DC)
Friday, April 25
Little Acorns: Ladybugs
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 9:45-10:30 a.m. or 11-11:45 a.m.
Cultures around the world applaud the ladybug as a welcomed guest in the garden. Find out why as you meet and greet your own ladybug before releasing her (or him) into the garden. Through stories, activities and a walk, learn the secrets of the lady bird beetle. For children ages 2-3 years. Reservations and advanced payment required. Cost is $5. Call 703-941-1065.
Hidden Pond Nature Center 4-5:30 p.m..
Naturalist Casey wants people to appreciate and help protect our wonderful waterway — the Pohick Creek. What better way to appreciate the Pohick than to explore it through netting in the stream to see what lives there? Dress to get wet. Reservations required. Cost is $5. Call 703-451-9588.
Saturday, April 26
Birding the Blue Ridge
Meet at the Neersville Volunteer Fire Station 8 a.m.
TLoudoun Wildlife Conservancy leads a bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. This beautiful 900-acre preserve is located on Harpers Ferry Road, Rt. 671, in northwestern Loudoun County.Please bring binoculars. For more info, contact Joe Coleman, 540-554-2542, email@example.com. Free for members & non-members.
Virginia Hunter Horse Show Series
Frying Pan Farm Park 8 a.m. FREE for spectators
Beginner horse show featuring competition at a walk, trot and canter. Classes include hunters, ponies, equitation and more. Held indoors rain or shine. Call 703.437.9101.
Doodles & More
City of Fairfax Regional Library 1 p.m. FREE
Learn the basics of how to draw animals, faces and more from a graphic artist. Age 6-12.
Sailboats at the Mill
Colvin Run Mill 1 p.m.
Kids make and decorate a wooden sailboat and test its sailing abilities on our mini-lake. For ages 4 yrs. and up accompanied by an adult. Bring a smock to protect your clothing. Make your reservations by April 23. Cost is $10/boat kit; call 703-759-2771.
Unlocking the Secrets of Our Living Planet
Potomac Overlook, Arlington 2 p.m.
A guided walk like you’ve never experienced before! The park comes alive on this 1/2 mile walk with hands-on activities, tidbits of history lost in the shuffle of modern life, and a puzzle that participants solve as they go. In just over an hour, eat a fresh vegetable, operate a solar electric panel, handle 2000-year-old Indian artifacts, wax philosophical, and come away with an understanding of how these are all seamless parts of the story of Northern Virginia. For adults and children age 8 and older. Cost is $3 per person. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations.
Family Fun: Build a Bird House Workshop
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria 2-3:30 p.m.
Build a bird house or ‘nesting box’ and invite some feathered friends to your home. Bring our binoculars outdoors to look and listen for birds, and learn their na.m.es and their mating and nesting habits. Materials provided. For children 6 yrs. and up with accompanying adult. Cost is $20/project. Call 703-642-5173 to register.
Sunday, April 27
A Conservation Celebration
Rust Sanctuary, Leesburg Noon-3 p.m. FREE
Bring a picnic and enjoy nature-themed crafts and games, guided hikes, and much more! At 2 p.m., local naturalist and storyteller Alonso Abugattas presents a fun and exciting children’s program on frogs, toads and their relatives. Co-sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy with the Audubon Naturalist Society. Healthy food options will be available for purchase. For more information on the fair, call 703-669-000; for questions on the amphibian program contact Laura Weidner at 540-554-2747 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Field Day: Early American Outdoor Games
Sully Historic Site 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Run off your energy at Sully, playing relay games, hoop and stick, graces and tag ga.m.es. Snack provided. Cost is $4; call 703-437-1794.
Paws to Read
Purcellville Library 2 p.m. FREE
What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read! Register your child to come in and read to a Therapy Dog! In partnership with paws4people foundation, certified therapy dogs and their handlers volunteer to read with kids. Register online or call 540-338-7235.