NoVa kid-friendly events this week

Forecast this week is partly cloudy Tuesday and Friday, with 30%-40% chance of storms Wednesday and Thursday … here are some library and park events if you’re running out of ideas for what to do with the kids! Library events are free; cost for park events are noted.

 

Tuesday, July 29

Once Upon a Story
Reston Regional Library 10:15 am
Stories and activities. Age 4-6. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Letters of the Alphabet
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Falls Church 11 am
Stories and activities. Age 1-5 with adult. Call 703-790-8088 to register.

Stories with a Twist by Barbara Lawson
Middleburg Library 11 am
Lovettsville Library 7 pm
Come and be entertained by Barbara Lawson’s unique and extraordinary storytelling. You’ll love her fun and zany performance. Recommended for all ages. Free tickets will be available at the library starting half an hour before the performance.

Matinee with Mommy
Oakton Library    11:30 am
Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a movie matinee every Tuesday in July and August. Call for titles. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Oakton Library. Age 3-5 with adult. Call 703-242-4020 to register.

American Wildlife
Dolley Madison Library, McLean   2:30 pm
Meet and learn about live animals from your own backyard and beyond with Animal Ambassadors. Cosponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-356-0770 to register.

Chess Club
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church    3:30 pm
Learn to play the game. Age 6-12. Call 703-820-8774 to register.

Chess Club
Chantilly Regional Library   7 pm
Bring your board, meet a new partner, teach someone or learn how to play. Age 7 & up. No registration is required.

On The Ball!
King’s Park Library Library 7 pm
Spinny Johnson, former Harlem Globetrotter, performs fun and amazing basketball tricks. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-502-3883 to register.

 

Wednesday, July 30

Wild Things Puppet Show: Native American Stories
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale    10-11 am
Enjoy a puppet presentation and the telling of “How Butterflies Came to Be,” “Rabbit’s Toothache,” “How the Beetle Got Her Colors” and more. Prepaid reservations are required. This program is suitable for children ages three and older with an adult. The cost is $4 per child and $2 per adult. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Archaeology Day
Claude Moore Park, Sterling     10 am-3 pm
Help screen, wash and sort artifacts behind the Lanesville House in Claude Moore Park’s Historic District. For all ages. Call 571-258-3700 to register.

Brilliant Butterflies
Riverbend Visitor Center, Great Falls    10:30-11:30 am
Children, ages three to six, learn about beautiful butterflies and the flowers on which they feed. Meet a butterfly and make a paper butterfly to take home. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $6 per child. To register, call 703-759-9018.

On The Ball!
Chantilly Regional Library   10:30 am
Kingstowne Library, Alexandria   2:30 pm
Spinny Johnson, former Harlem Globetrotter, performs fun and amazing basketball tricks. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-502-3883 to register.

What’s the Matter?
Burke Centre Library   10:30 am
Great Falls Library   2:30 pm
Chemistry with fizz, foam and flash presented by Maryland Science Center. Cosponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-249-1520 to register.

Every Step of the Way
Pohick Regional Library, Burke   10:30 am
Meet local firefighters, tour a fire truck and learn about fire safety. Age 3-7 with adult. Call 703-644-7333 to register.

Stories with a Twist by Barbara Lawson
Purcellville Library   1 pm 
Sterling Library    4 pm
Come and be entertained by Barbara Lawson’s unique and extraordinary storytelling. You’ll love her fun and zany performance. Recommended for all ages. Free tickets will be available at the library starting half an hour before the performance.

Hansel and Gretel
Richard Byrd Library, Springfield   2:30 pm
This workshop explores how music communicates plot, character, and emotion through engaging activities and creative hands-on crafts led by Washington National Opera. Ages 6-12. Call 703-451-8055 to register.

 

Thursday, July 31

A Day at The Beach With Under the Sea
John Marshall Library, Alexandria 10:30 am
Lorton Library 2:30 pm
Meet creatures you’d find at the shore and learn about sand, waves, tides and sun. Cosponsored by the Friends of the George Mason Regional Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-971-0010 to register.

Lego Robotics – with Mark Vanderlyn
Lovettsville Library 6-8 pm
Ever thought of making your own robot? Here’s your chance! Construct your robot out of Legos then learn how to program it to perform simple tasks. Recommended for ages 12-18. Register online or call 540-822-5824.

American Wildlife
City of Fairfax Regional Library 7 pm
Meet and learn about live animals in your own backyard and beyond with Animal Ambassadors. Cosponsored by the Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-293-6227 to register.

 

Friday, August 1

Little Acorns: Incredible Insects
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale   9:45-10:30 am or 11-11:45 am
Children, ages two to three years, find out about insects through stories, activities and a walk at . Sessions are available . Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Discovering Virginia
City of Fairfax Regional Library   10:30 am
Dolley Madison Library, McLean   2:30 pm
Take a trip with folk musicians Cindy & Shelly and meet pirates, writers and presidents from Virginia. Cosponsored by the John and Erie Hopkins Educational and Charitable Trust. Age 6-12. Call 703-293-6227 to register.

Small Wonders
Centreville Regional Library   10:30 am
Stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult. Call 703-830-2223 to register.

Ones at a Time
Richard Byrd Library, Springfield   10:30 am
Short stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult. Call 703-451-8055 to register.

Friday Flicks
Pohick Regional Library, Burke   11:30 am
Bring a lunch and enjoy videos. Age 1-6 with adult.

Friday Flicks
John Marshall Library, Alexandria   Noon
Bring your lunch and join us for stories and a short movie. Birth -5 with adult.

Lunch Bunnies
Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria   Noon
Bring your lunch and join us for stories. Age 1-5 with adult. Call 703-765-3645 to register.

The Mysterious Tadpole
Ashburn Library   2 pm
Louis’ uncle has given him a tadpole for his birthday. As he watches the tadpole grow, it soon becomes clear that it is not turning into an ordinary frog! What is the mysterious tadpole? Recommended for ages 3-6.

Pokemon League
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna 3 pm
Learn and play! Age 5-18. No registration is required. For more info call 703-938-0405.

Jupiter: Through the Telescope
Riverbend Visitor Center, Great Falls      8:30-10:30 pm
A moonless night provides great viewing of our largest planet, Jupiter. View Jupiter and some of its moons through a telescope, tour the night sky and listen to some star tales. Bring a blanket or beach chair. Canceled if rain or cloudy skies. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

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