Fairfax park events this week

Temperatures will be rising to 85 degrees starting Wednesday, but with it the chance of occasional thunderstorms … still, here are some cool activities at Fairfax County parks to check out:

Tuesday, August 12

Insect Safari
Cub Run RECenter    7-7:45 pm
Go on an insect scavenger hunt; reservations are required. The cost is $4 per child and $2 per adult. Call 703-817-9407.

Snake Search
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park    9-11 am
Assist a naturalist with a reptile survey. capture, identify and release native snakes. This program is suitable for children ages eight years and older. Prepaid reservations are required by 8/8. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-631-0013.

Summer Horse Show Series
Pan Farm Park   4 pm
Watch a free horse show and see local talent competing in jumping and flat classes. The cost for competitors is $12 per class. Call Frying 703-437-9101.

Wednesday, August 13

Evening Explorations: Bats
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly 8-9 pm
Watch a slide show and discover echolocation, migration, hibernation and characteristics of our local bats. Using bat detectors, locate bats searching for night-flying insects. Children try on bat wings and make a crafts. Reservations are required. The cost is $1 per person. 703-631-0013.

Thursday, August 14

Free Children’s Concert
Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls 2-3 pm
The Fairfax Symphony Brass Quintet will explore the designs of brass instruments as they demonstrate how valves, slides and tubing shape musical tones. Sit on the lawn and enjoy this boisterous group. Call 703-759-2771.

Friday, August 15

After Dark in the Park – Night Flyers
Hidden Pond Nature Center 8-9:30 pm
The center’s naturalist covers moths, nighthawks and other creatures that take to the wing after the sun goes down. Weather permitting, enjoy a campfire with s’mores. This program is suitable for children ages six and older. Reservations are required. The cost is $6 per person. To register, call 703-451-9588.


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