Soooo many events and activities to choose from … and these are just the northern Virginia ones! Still to come: DC weekend events …
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival
Reston Town Center 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The 17th annual juried arts festival also features live entertainment and children’s activities. Green is the theme in the Children’s Art Tent, which will be open 10 am to 5 pm on both days. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The tent is located in Town Square Park, at the intersection of Market and Explorer streets. For more information on children’s activities, click here.
Spring 18th Century Market Fair
Claude Moore Colonial Farm, McLean 11 am-4:30 pm
Travel back in time at this re-creation of an 18th century farm, where the spring Market Fair offers food, activities and entertainment reflective of the age. A three-legged race will determine the fleetest of foot, while those more artistically inclined may paint a fan or engraving of their fancy. Industrious folk can dip a candle made of tallow and beeswax, or craft a corn husk doll. Many choose to rest from their labors by settling down for an entertaining Puppet Show, or by admiring the talents of the Swordmasters or Signora Bella the Slack Rope Walker. For a discount pass that admits up to 6 people at half off, click here.
Loudoun Spring Farm Tour
Locations throughout western Loudoun 10 am-4 pm FREE
Enjoy a free, self-guided tour down country roads to participating Loudoun County farms. Buy spring seedlings and plants for your home; say hello to farm animals and greet spring babies; tour a winery; learn how food gets from the farm to your table; and much more. Click here for a Google map of participating venues.
Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville Noon-10 p.m.
Carnival rides, concerts, food, puppet show and face paintingand more! Korean Dancers, Bingo the Clown! Simulated NASCAR races.
Saturday, May 17
Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road 8 am-5 pm FREE
Join us for McLean’s biggest annual community party! Come help us celebrate our day. International food court, carnival rides, field games, arts and crafts, stage entertainment, free pony rides and hay rides, and free shuttle service. For more information, including a schedule of stage performers, click here. (From goCityKids)
Lee-Fendall House, Alexandria 10 am-4 p.m.
Join us for a day of Victorian-themed arts and crafts, including silhouette-making. Take a children’s “Squirrel Lee” tour of the Lee-Fendall House and then stay to learn about period dress. Betty Bruce Shepard will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, “Virginia: An Alphabetical Journey Through History.” Admission: Adults free when accompanied by children; children (ages 5-17) $2 and children under 5 are free.
Chatterbox Fun Fair
Kingsbury Elementary School, Springfield 10 am-1 pm FREE
The Chatterbox Fun Fair is a one day fun fair event for preschool through sixth grade students (and their families) who are using picture boards or devices with sound to help them with communication. Games, food, entertainment, and prizes will be provided. Special events planned (depending on availability) include police and fire vehicles; K-9 dog team; fingerprinting of children by Sheriff’s Department; special appearances by Colors the Clown and the Chick-fil-A Cow; door prizes awarded throughout the day. Winner must be present to win! This is a free event sponsored by Assistive Technology Services, Fairfax County Public Schools and its community partners. (From Chronicle Newspapers)
Children’s Book Week Classic
George Mason Regional Library, Annandale 10:30 am FREE
Watch a film based on a classic children’s book, and then browse our favorite recommended children’s titles. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. All ages.
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month!
John Marshall Library, Alexandria 10:30 am FREE
Join us for a The Sadako Story and make an origami paper crane. Cosponsored by Friends of the John Marshall Library. All ages.
Richard Byrd Library, Springfield 10:30 am FREE
Come and meet some reptiles. Presented by Hidden Pond Nature Center. All ages.
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Falls Church 10:30 am FREE
Celebrate spring with the Carousel Puppets, bunnies, birds and Humpty Dumpty himself! All ages.
Creature Feature: Lots of Legs
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church 10:30 am FREE
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center as she shares the wonders of Fairfax County wildlife using stories,live animals and more. All ages.
23rd St. and the Gazebo, Purcellville 10:45 am-4 pm FREE
The Town of Purcellville celebrates 100 years of history. “The Stories Behind the Story of Purcellville,” a short film and oral history of the town, will be shown throughout the day at the Purcellville Train Station. At 3 pm, an “Oldtimers Roundtable,” including several people from the film, will answer questions and share their memories of the town. A town “walking tour” will also debut at this event, with a map and information on historic structures and sites throughout the town, and bronze plaques will be presented to historic property owners. In addition, there will be children’s/family activities, a toy train display, and live music (including a barbershop quartet, bluegrass, folk, etc).
Broadlands Marketplace, Ashburn 11:30 am-4 pm FREE
Family event featuring steel drum band, hair braiding, limbo contest, face painting, Tiki Island rockwall, giant sandbox, and developer Van Metre is giving away a Royal Caribbean Cruise. For more information, call 571-223-2330.
Flights of Fancy
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 11:30 am-1:30 pm
National Children’s Book Week: Flights of Fancy
The museum’s collection comes alive in celebration of National Children’s Book Week as storytellers, authors, and guest readers share folktales and books from around the world. It’s a magical way to explore space and fly with heroes and heroines of the past. Each reading is followed by a hands-on activity. For ages 3-7. Admission is free, but parking is $12.
Who’s Sleeping in the Squash? The Natural History of Virginia Native Bees and Their Importance to Farmers and Home Gardeners
Lovettsville Library 1 pm FREE
Learn about the great variety of size, shape and color of bees. How and where they live.The decline of honey bees has generated a lot of publicity, yet wild bees do most of the pollination even though they get little credit for it. Recommended for ages 12 & up.
TaleSpin Cartoon & Coloring Program
Purcellville Library 1:30 pm FREE
Join us for TaleSpin Adventure Cartoons and coloring. Recommended for ages 5 & up; for children only. Register online by clicking here or call 540-338-7235.
Franklin Park Arts Center Film Series
Franklin Park, Purcellville 3 p.m.
Family matinee, Charlotte’s Web, starts at 3 p.m. Tickets at the door are $5; families of three or more $4 each. Popcorn And refreshments available; for more info call Shirley Lyle Volberg 540 338-5724 or
Bettina Gregory 540 338-7249.
Martha Washington Library, Alexandria 3 p.m . FREE
Tales for Book Lovers. Register by calling 703-768-6700. All ages.
Sunday, May 18