So many great outdoor activities on Saturday, but of course the forecast is for 50 percent chance of rain that day … party cloudy on Sunday.
Saturday, May 3
Breakfast with the Birds
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Walney 8-10:30 a.m.
Enjoy bagels, donuts, fruit, coffee and juice. Then observe and hear colorful spring migrant and resident songbirds and other species on a two-mile, naturalist-led hike through varied park habitats. For 10 years and up. Bring binoculars and field guides. Canceled if heavy rain. Reservations required. Cost is $2. Call 703-817-9407.
Farm Tour, Wagon Rides
Temple Hall Farm Regional Park, Leesburg 9 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE TOUR
This 300-acre working farm provides an opportunity for children and adults to learn about farm animals and to enjoy the sites and sounds of the farm. Bring a picnic lunch and take a walk on the babbling brook trail over the creek and through the woods. On weekends, join the farm interpreter for a free tour of the farm, then take a wagon ride around the farm; cost of the wagon ride is $1-$3 (Web sites differ on price). Call 703-779-9372. Weekend farm tours take place at noon and 2 p.m. Weekend wagon rides are at 12:30 p.m and 2:30 p.m.
Copperheads and Black Racers!
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Walney 9-11 a.m.
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey. Head into the outback of the park searching, capturing, identifying and releasing snakes. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of our native snakes. For 12 years and up. Reservations required. Cost is $5. Call 703-817-9407.
Walk with a Naturalist to the Cross County Trail
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 10-11:30 am. FREE
Hike woodland trails and traverse the stream through the six-foot culvert under the Beltway to reach the Cross County Trail. Wear shoes that can get wet. Prepare for an easy grade but uneven and slippery surfaces. For all ages. Reservations required. Canceled if rain. Call 703-941-1065.
8th Annual Pet Fiesta Exhibition & Pet Adoption
Reston Town Center 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE ADMISSION
This outdoor festival draws thousands of pet owners out for an exciting day of demonstrations, exhibitions, furry fun, and animals galore! On-leash pets of all kinds welcome. Admission is free but there are fees for face painting ($5), caricature artists ($10), pet contests ($10).
Cardboard Boat Orientation and Workshop
Lake Accotink Park, Springfield 10 a.m.-noon
Meet former Cardboard Boat Regatta contestants and learn tips from the pros that will maximize your chances of entering a race-worthy vessel in this year’s Cardboard Boat Regatta on June 1. You will learn what materials are allowed and what are not allowed. An orientation to the regatta and what contestants should expect will also be provided. $7 per person, $4 per person for groups of five or more. Registration and advanced payment required. Call 703-569-0285.
Northern Virginia Summer KidFest
Clifton Town Park, Clifton 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
At this fundraiser to benefit local children’s charities, there’s tons to do for all ages, including moon bounces, face and hair painting, an obstacle course, magicians and clowns, food, and a gift bazaar. And don’t miss the live music, including local favorites Oh Susannah, mister don, EJ, Mr. Skip, and Peter McCory. Cost is $5. Call 703.968.0740. (From GOCityKids DC)
Green Hedges School, Vienna 1-5 p.m.
Activities include jousting on a live pony (catch a ring with a lance while riding on a pony), a magic show and balloon artist, a 20′ inflated obstacle course, karaoke, face painting, a fortune teller, arts and crafts, games, and food. Admission is free; cost of activities and games is 50 cents-$1. For ages 3-13. Call 703.938.8323. (From GOCityKids DC)
Life in the Mysterious Deep Sea: Discoveries Old and New
Naturalist Center in Loudoun County 1-2:30 pm FREE
Dr. David Pawson, senior scientist, Dept. of Invertebrate Zoology, talks about the deep sea, ark and cold and mostly unexplored. His experiences provide a lens through which to see some of the world’s most beautiful – and often weird – animals. For kid 10 years and up.
Saturday Star Party
Sky Meadows State Park, near Paris, Virginia 8-10 p.m.
Join Sean O’Brien, staff astronomer of the Albert Einstein Planetarium, and other local amateur astronomers, for public telescopic observing under dark, star-filled skies, away from city lights. The evening begins with a short night sky orientation at dusk, followed by telescopic observing of various astronomical objects. The park contact phone number is (540) 592-3556. There is a $4 parking fee per car. Please cover flashlights with a red filter or a brown paper bag. Dress warmly. Sponsored by the National Air and Space Museum. (From GOCityKids DC)
Sunday, May 4
Miss Spider’s Tea Party
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 1-2:30 p.m.
Join Miss Spider, Miss Ladybug and a host of other friends as we celebrate spring in the forest. Come dressed as your favorite insect or spider and make your antennae here. Enjoy a sit-down tea party, stories and activities as we spin an afternoon of fun and learning. For children 4-6 years with adult. Reservations and prepayment required. Cost is $10; call 703-941-1065.
Wetlands Awareness Day
Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, Alexandria Noon-3 p.m. FREE
Enjoy an afternoon of wetland interpretation, wildlife presentations and a Fun Fair for kids. Bring your friends and family to celebrate the importance of wetlands to wildlife and you. There is a modest fee for some activities. Call 703-768-2525.
Potomac Overlook Heritage Festival
Potomac Overlook, north Arlington 1-4 p.m.
Join us for this wonderful springtime tradition full of fun activities and exhibits for all ages! This year marks the 23nd year of this event and will include music, entertainment, food, community exhibits, games, a maypole dance, and much more!