Sorry this is late, folks, but I’ve hard a hard time scaring up interesting family events for Sunday … at least the rain’s skipping Saturday (as of Wednesday’s forecast).
HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND EVENT
Spring Garden Party
Mount Vernon Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
. Spectacular gardens are in bloom just in time for Mother’s Day. Join us for a celebratory spring soiree as costumed characters perform music and demonstrations in each garden. Learn 18th-century dancing steps and take a wagon ride through the Pioneer Farmer site. On Mother’s Day, each visiting mother will be presented with a sachet from Mrs. Washington’s garden (while supplies last). The “Mother of Our Country” shares her insights as mother to her children, grandchildren, and her country at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater (Sunday only). Call 703.780.2000.
Saturday, May 10
Bird Watching 101
Riverbend Visitor Center 8-10 am. FREE
An introductory class geared for those interested in the natural world but not sure how to tell our feathered friends apart. Learn about equipment and field guides, then take a walk to search for birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Reservations required. For 12 years and up; call 703-759-9018.
Canoe the Marsh
Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton 8 a.m.-Noon
Experience the beauty of Pohick Bay’s marshes and see bald eagles, osprey, fish and other wildlife on this naturalist-guided trip. For adults and youths age 16 and older; cost is $25/person. Space is limited to 12 people per trip. Call 703-528-5406 for reservations (required), directions and other information.
Sheep and Wool Day
Frying Pan Farm Park 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Watch sheep shearing, wool spinning and other wool demonstrations. Participate in hands-on farm activities and get an up-close introduction to the lambs. Cost is $3; call 703-437-9101.
LIVE! Barry Louis Polisar
Purcellville Library 10 a.m. FREE
Ashburn Library 2 p.m. FREE
A four-time Parents’ Choice Award winner, Barry Louis Polisar, is a true pioneer in the world of books and music for children, influencing an entire generation of singers and performers. Barry sings his song, All I Want is You, in the opening credits of the new movie Juno!
Susan Woodcock Memorial Story Series
Chantilly Regional Library 10:30 a.m FREE
Stories for the whole family with storyteller Marc Spiegel. Register by calling 703-502-3883. All ages.
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month
John Marshall Library, Alexandria 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a paper crane story in Spanish and make an origami paper crane. Register by calling 703-971-0010. All ages.
Make a Spoon Doll Pin for Mother’s Day
Sully Historic Site 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
On your tour of the 1794 home of the Richard Bland Lee family, you will learn about his wife, Betsy Lee, and of women’s lives during the federal time period. After your tour, make a spoon doll and outfit her!Tour cost for is $6 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for children and seniors. Craft fee is $2; call 703-437-1794.
Children’s Craft Fair
Hunters Woods Village Center, Reston 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. FREE
Children are invited to make their own crafts; merchants provide materials while supplies last. Entertainment, music, fun and prizes.
Can You Canoe?
Lake Accotink Park 1-3 p.m.
Learn the basic mechanics of canoeing with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment. For 8 years and up; kids younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Canoes and life jackets provided. Bring a water bottle and snack if desired. Cancelled if rain or windy conditions. Cost is $10 per person; call 703-569-0285.
Mother’s Day Cruise
Lake Accotink Park 1, 3, 5, 6 p.m.
Treat Mom to a special day at lovely Lake Accotink Park! Cruise the shoreline while listening to an interpretive history of the park, lake and surrounding area. Refreshments served on board. Boarding fee: $4 for Moms, $7 for other adults, $4 for children, babies on laps free. Reservations and advanced payment required. Call703-569-0285.
*Royals & Rustics: a High School Student’s Guide to Shakespeare”
Lovettsville Library 1-4 p.m. FREE
Professional actor Bolton Marsh, Aurora Artistic Director, Meredith Bean McMath and other veteran performers will work with students to explore short scenes from Shakespeare’s most famous comedy while providing an overview of interpretation, voice projection and characterization along with professional acting techniques. Recommended for teens. Registration for the workshop is required. Audience welcome. Call 540-822-5824 for more info.
Beads, Beads, and More Beads
Sterling Library 2 p.m. FREE
Calling all jewelry enthusiasts! Do you enjoy working with beads? Do you like wearing bracelets, rings, and anything nifty? Come have fun and make some cool, hip blings to take home, give to someone, or wear yourself! Recommended for Ages 10 and up. Register online or call 703-430-9500.
Natural Attractions: Snakes of Northern Virginia
Middleburg Library 2 p.m. FREE
Learn to separate fact from fiction at this presentation by Ray Legge. Poisonous and non-poisonous snakes will visit the library with him! Recommended for all ages.
Potomac Overlook Heritage Program
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington 2 p.m. FREE
Come explore the relationship between our area’s human history and natural history. This program focuses on the influence of geography – particularly the Fall line – on the settlement of our area. Captain John Smith’s travels in our area, and what he found, will also be highlighted! Suitable for adults and children ages 8 and up.
Family Outdoor Movie: Ratatouille
Occuquan Regional Park, Lorton 8 p.m.
Pile the family into the car and watch Ratatouille on a large outdoor screen. Cost is $15 per carload; concessions also available. Call 703-690-2121 for more info.