NoVa this week Aug. 18-22

Decided to add other activities beyond the libraries this wee …

HIGHLIGHTS

Junior Rangers
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge   
Wednesday-Friday    8 am-5 pm
Our Junior Rangers program links local natural and historical resources to young people. Participants enroll in morning or afternoon sessions based on their age group. There are several monthly camp-outs in which participants and their families can take part. Please contact the visitor center staff for specific dates, times and registration information. The $55 enrollment covers the program fee and a special T-shirt. Call (703) 583-6904 to register. Also, there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.
 

Monday, Aug. 18

School Bus is Here for Kindergarteners
Ashburn Library     10:30-11:30 am FREE
All new Kindergarteners are invited to take a tour of a Loudoun County school bus. Recommended for kindergarteners only!

Lighters and Matches are Tools for Grownups Only!
Great Falls Library     10:30 am FREE
A puppet show presented by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Participants will each receive a helmet, activity book, and parent brochure.Age 3-7 with adult. Call 703-757-8560 to register.

Storytime for Threes to Fives
Chantilly Library      10:30 am FREE
Stories and fun. Age 3-5 with adult. No registration is required.  

Discover Art
John Marshall Library, Alexandria     2 pm   FREE
Play bingo around the world, participate in reader’s theater and make an international craft. Age 6-12.  Call 703-971-0010 to reserve.

Stamping Sensation
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna   2 pm FREE
Stop by and decorate placemats, bookmarks and greeting cards using rubber stamps. Age 8-12.  Call 703-938-0405 to register.

Loud Poetry Guy
Pohick Regional Library, Burke    2:30 pm FREE
Come hear poetry recited quickly, humorously and LOUDLY by James Scott, the Loud Poetry Guy. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Pohick Regional Library.  Call 703-644-7333 to register.

Monday Movies
Kings Park Library, Burke     3:30 pm FREE
Join us for a movie based on a book and tell us which you liked better-the movie or the book. Age 10-18. Call 703-978-5600 to register.
 

 

Tuesday, August 19 

It’s a Colorful World
Kingstowne Library, Alexandria    10:30 am FREE
 A rainbow of stories and activities. Age 13-23 months with adult.  Call 703-339-4610 to register.

Yoga for Kids
George Mason Regional Library, Annandale    11 am FREE
 Author/instructor Shakta Khalsa; her books and CDs will be on sale. Dress comfortably and bring a mat or towel. Ages 5-10.  Call 703-256-3800 to register.

Matinee with Mommy
Oakton Library   11:30 am FREE
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.

Fun-Lovin’ Fours & Fives
Centreville Regional Library     1:30 pm FREE
Stories and activities about hands and feet. Age 4-5 with adult. Call 703-830-2223 to reserve a space.

Martha’s Movie Madness
Martha Washington Library, Alexandria    2 pm FREE
Enjoy a film and popcorn. Age 6-12.

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

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

Coffeehouse Catoctin Style
Rust Library, Leesburg    6:30-8:30 pm FREE
It’s Game Night @ the Coffeehouse Catoctin Style. Recommended for ages 12-18. 

 

Wednesday, August 20

Bookworms – The Very Busy Spider
Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield     10-11 a.m.
Relax to a reading of Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider  and meet live spiders. This reading is suitable for children ages three to eight. Reservations are required. The cost is $4 per child. Call 703-451-9588 to register.

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

Miss Belle’s Singalong
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna   10:30 am FREE
Enjoy old favorites and original songs. Age 1-5 with adult.  Call 703-938-0405 to register.

Natural Wonders
Marth Washington Library, Alexandria    10:30 am FREE
Goin’ on a Picnic. Stories, activities and a craft. Age 3-5 with adult. Call 703-768-6700 to reserve a space.

Mother Goose Time
Chantilly Library      10:30 am FREE
Stories, rhymes, music and fun for children. Birth-23 months with caregiver. Call 703-502-3883 to reserve.

Once Upon a Time
Herndon Fortnightly Library    10:30 am FREE
Stories, activities, and a craft. Age 3-5 with adult.  Call 703-437-8855.

Lunchtime with Miss Belle
Oakton Library       Noon FREE
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy songs and dance with Miss Belle. Birth-5 with adult. Call 703-242-4020 to register.

Book Passport Adventure
Pohick Regional Library, Burke    2:30 pm FREE
Play bingo around the world, participate in reader’s theatre and make an international craft. Age 6-12.  Call 703-644-7333 to register.

Evening Explorations: SSSnakes!
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly   7-8 p.m.
Observe live snakes up close! Enjoy snake games and activities. Reservations are required for this free event. 703-631-0013.

Game Zone
Centreville Regional Library    7:30-9 pm FREE
Air hockey, Rock Band, DDR and more! Bring a friend and play all evening. Refreshments. Age 12-18. Call 703-830-2223 to reserve a space.

 

Thursday, Aug. 21

Garden Sprouts: Peck of Peppers
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria   9:30-10:30 am
Pick, print and play with peppers at  Then make a tasty salsa treat! The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-642-5173 to register.

Homeschool Day
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum,  Alexandria   10 am-3 pm
Explore the City of Alexandria from the Colonial period to the present! The program begins at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and includes a tour and hands-on activities. Then head out for a short walking tour of Old Town and visit Friendship Firehouse and the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum. Tour times between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Registration is $5 per child (ages 4 and up) and parents are free! Call 703.838.4242 to reserve your tour time.

Giddyap!
Burke Centre Library    10:30 am FREE
Horse and cowboy stories, songs, and craft. Age 2-5 with adult. Call 703-249-1520 to reserve a space.

Toddlin’ Twos
Chantilly Library      10:30 am FREE
Stories and activities. Age 2 with adult.  Call 703-502-3883 to reserve.

Paws and Claws
City of Fairfax Regional Library    10:30 am FREE
Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. Call 703-293-6227 to register. 

Lovely Lady Bugs
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge   11 am-2 pm
Did you know the lady bug is actually a beetle? Get to know these pretty insects a lot better by coming to the Visitor Center. We’ll watch a video that shows how these bugs grow from babies and make ladybugs that you can take home.  Call (703) 583-6904 to register. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.

How to Eat Fried Worms
Centreville Regional Library    2 pm FREE
Crafts, games and snacks based on the book by Thomas Rockwell and the movie. Age 8-11. Call 703-830-2223 to reserve a space.

Discover Art
Sherwood Regional Library, Alexandria     2 pm FREE
Art bingo, reader’s theatre and craft fun. Age 6-12.  Call 703-765-3645 to register.

 

Friday, Aug. 22

Snake Surprise
Fountainhead Regional Park     5-6 pm FREE
10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station
Come for a chance to meet live snakes up close. Through a live snake talk, you will have the rare opportunity to see some of our local slithery friends, in a safe environment. Ending with a short walk, this program will show participants the different places snakes like to inhabit and the reasons why. Meet at the boardwalk below the Fountainhead marina. Call for reservations at 703-250-9124.

Beach Party
Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria      6-9 pm FREE
Celebrate the carefree days of summer with food, fun, and games at the only air-conditioned beach party around! Unleash your inner rockstar with Guitar Hero, practice your moves with the hula hoop, or just kick back and wiggle your toes in the sand. Check out an exciting performance by local breakdancers. Enjoy special summertime treats from Hard Times Café and cool down with a glass of lemonade from Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

After Dark in the Park – Snakes
Hidden Pond Nature Center, Springfield      8-9:30 pm
Children, ages 6and older, meet snakes and look for more on a hike. Weather permitting, enjoy a campfire and s’mores. Reservations are required. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-451-9588 to register.

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