NoVa Weekend Lineup Sept. 13-14 BUMP!

There are more activities being offered this weekend than you’ll know what to do with! Unfortunately, current forecast calls for 40%-50% chance of rain both days this weekend… Good news — Thursday forecast downgraded chance of rain to 20%-30%!

Latest forecast as of 2:30 p.m. Friday: 40% chance of rain on Saturday, partly cloudy on Sunday


Grandparents Day
Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont 
9 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday
Join us for national Grandparents Day! Children are encouraged to bring their grandparents to the farm to create memories and pass on the history of farming. Tour the farm with Farmer Bob at 11am and check out our antique tractors and farm equipment. Make a scarecrow to take home or help us decorate the farm for the fall season. Cost is $5 per person, $18 per person to make a scarecrow to take home or free if you leave the scarecrow for the contest and decoration.

Virginia Scottish Games
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane
Saturday and Sunday 9 am-6 pm
Included in the annual games is the children’s version, loosely modeled after the adult professional and amateur athletics’ events and are open to children up to 15 years of age. Professional athletes will be on hand to work with the kids Sunday morning. Children compete in four or five different events and compete within their own age bracket. The events include foot races, bale tossing, brick throwing, the discus (Frisbee) throw, and the “caber” toss (the caber is a hollow cardboard tube for the younger participants and a miniature version of the real caber for older children). Ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers. All others get a participant ribbon. Admission is $15 for visitors 13 and older, $5 for kids 6-12 years, and free for kids 5 and younger. Sunday, Sept. 14, is Kids Day, when children 12 years and younger are admitted FREE.

Alexandria Festival of the Arts
King Street between Union & Washington Streets
10am-7 pm Saturday; 10 am-5 pm Sunday  FREE
More than 200 juried artists turn Old Town’s famous King Street into an outdoor art show when they display and sell fine art ranging from paintings, sculpture, prints and photography to pottery, glass, jewelry and ceramics. Saturday evening stay for a FREE concert of jazz and pop-rock by Al Williams. 7-8:30 p.m. at Market Square, in the heart of the festival! During the festival, visit the Christ Church yard at 118 N. Washington Street
between noon and 4 p.m. both days for a family-friendly respite area with activities including face painting, bead stringing and moon bounce plus lunch available for purchase.

AZN Koi Show
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna   
Saturday and Sunday 10 am-4 pm
Come see some of the most beautiful fish in the world. Vendors for Koi ponds, fish and plants will be here along with a special Bonsai display and demonstration. Last year’s senior judge came all the way from Japan and fish came from all over the east coast. Admission is $5 for 18 and older, $2.50 for kids 7-17 years, free for 6 years and younger.

International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap
1635 Trap Road, Vienna
Saturday and Sunday 10 am-4 pm
The Arts Council of Fairfax County presents the International Children’s Festival with young dancers, musicians and martial artists from China, Finland, Ghana, and Jordan, and featuring the exciting percussion group ScrapArtsMusic from Canada. Activities include hands-on fine arts and crafts from around the globe, arts & technology pavilion, instrument petting zoo, parades, clowns and more than 300 local performers. Admission i s $12 adults, $10 children and seniors, children 2 and under free.

18th-Century Craft Fair at Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria
9 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday 
The 18th-Century Craft Fair features more than 50 of America’s finest craftspeople and plenty of family fun! Colonial-attired artisans demonstrate 18th-century crafts and sell traditional wares such as baskets, woodcarvings, tin and ironwork, leatherworkings, weavings, paper-cuttings, furniture, and much more. Also features lively 18th-century entertainment including music, fire-eating, sword-swallowing, puppet and magic shows, rat-catchers and gypsies, plus hearty specialty food for sale onsite. This weekend only, Potomac River sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, are FREE at Mount Vernon’s Wharf. Admission is $13 for visitors 12 years and older, $6 for kids 6-11, free for kids 5 and younger.

Fun Free Kids Events
IKEA Woodbridge
2901 Potomac Mills Circle  1-3 pm FREE
Kids crafts in the children’s department of the Scandinavian furniture store. 


Saturday, Sept. 13

Kids Fun & Fit Walk
Check in from 7-7:45am at
Grand Court, Fair Oaks Mall
Check in from 7-7:45 a.m.; walk is at 8 a.m.
As part of the Walk from Obesity, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital will also hold a Children’s Fun and Fit Walk to benefit their new Children’s Weight Loss programs, F.U.N. and S.N.A.P. To register your child for this walk, e-mail or call 703-391-3783. For more information and to download a registration form, click here.

Birding the Banshee
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Leesburg 8 am
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks the for the monthly bird walk. Because of its rich and varied habitat, this part of the county is a birding hot spot. Please bring binoculars. Questions: contact Joe Coleman at 540-554-2542 or

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust 2008 Kayak Trip
Pohick Bay Regional Park, 6501 Pohick Bay Drive, Lorton    9 am-Noon
Join the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust for a naturalist-led kayak trip this summer! Beginners are welcome! All equipment and instruction is provided. All participants must be 16 or older. Reservations are required and seats fill up fast, so contact us now! Cost is $35 per person. Call Whitney Bailey at 703-354-5093 xt 25 or to sign up.

16th Annual Fall Festival And Classic Car Show
Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church
43987 John Mosby Highway, Chantilly      9 am-3 pm FREE
Come and join us as we celebrate The United Methodist Church and The Lions Club 16th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event features a Live Band, Craft Exhibits, and Classic Car Show, not to mention the home baked food, with breakfast and lunch for sale. Door prizes will be given away to some of our lucky participants, come win a cake in the cake walks and children’s games to amuse the young! Plus, don’t forget to check out the almost 100 vintage and classic cars on display.

Centreville Day
Parade begins at 10 am at Colin Powell Elementary School
Festival takes place 11 am-6 pm in the historic district at 5649 Mount Gilead Road  FREE
Join the Centreville Community Foundation in a unique celebration of Centreville past, present and future. Children’s activities include arts and crafts, music garden, rides, history scavenger hunt, cake walk, and more. Free admission, parking and shuttle service.

Proud Pooch Dog Show
Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Road    10 am-noon FREE
Dog entries: $5 first category, $10 unlimited categories. Categories include best costume, most handsome, most glamorous, smallest, largest, most talented and Best in Show.

NOVA BMX Virginia State Qualifier
County Complex, Woodbridge 10 am-1 pm
7 County Complex Court
State BMX qualifier. Bicycle Motocross for ages ranging from 5 & under to 55 & over. There will be 100 participants, 300 spectators. For more info, call 703-987-3544 or 703-590-1335.  

Bee-Bim Bop!
Burke Centre Library    10:30 am FREE
Stories and activities about the Korean Harvest Moon Festival. Age 2-5 with adult. Call 703-249-1520 to register.

Sing-Along with Miss Belle
Reston Regional Library    10:30 am FREE
Songs and hugs for everyone. Birth-5 with adult. Call 703-689-2700 to register.

Creature Feature
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church 10:30-11:15 am FREE
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center as she shares the antics of squirrels wonder using stories, demonstrations, and live animals. This free program is fun for all ages. To reserve, call 703-820-8774.

Family Day — Corsair Discovery Cart activity
National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle  11 am-3 pm FREE ADMISSION
Have a fun flight through the Corsair Discovery Cart activity where flight equipment will help bring this piece of Marine Corps aviation to life.

Reston Police Station Open House
12000 Bowman Town Drive    11 am-3 pm FREE
There will be events for all family members and
refreshments. For more info call 703-478-0799 or e-mail harry.cogan@ fairfaxcounty. gov.

Meet Star Wars characters
Pottery Barn Kids, Fair Oaks Mall and Tysons Corner Center   Noon -2 pm FREE
Bring your kids to meet their favorite Star Wars™ characters in action at a special event at participating Pottery Barn Kids stores. Bring your camera and get ready to experience the Force in person. Priority Tickets are no longer available for this event.

Ice Cream Making
Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls     Noon -4 pm
See how ice cream was made in the past and learn some facts about America’s favorite treat. Then help hand-crank a delicious batch of ice cream and sample your efforts for $1 per cup. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Feathers and Fur
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    Noon-12:45 pm 
Check out real furs, skulls and more of the animals that live in the park. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Tysons Corner Center Fall Open House
Tysons Corner Center, McLean    Noon -7 pm FREE
Join us for an unprecedented array of prize giveaways promotions, and a day of fashion, pulled together especially for you.  Look inside for all the details, including how you can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree from Tysons Corner Center, And great prizes from stores located in Tysons Corner Mall Center.     

Honoring Ancestors!
Burke Centre Library    1 pm FREE
Create your own family tree. Bring a list of your relatives and ancestors. Age 6-12. Call 703-249-1520 to register.

Fall Wildflowers: Goldenrods & Milkweeds
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly     1-2 pm
Take a leisurely stroll to look for fall flowers and learn from a naturalist and gardener about the many plants growing along the trails. Reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To reserve, call 703-817-9407.

Makin’ Tracks
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    1-1:45 pm 
Identify tracks from animals native to Mason Neck, and then make some tracks of your own. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Birds and Migration
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington    2 pm  FREE
This is a follow up to our spring migratory bird walk. Spend an afternoon with a naturalist learning about the “hows” and whys” of migration. The program will feature a slideshow, and be followed by an optional bird walk with binoculars scoping out the huge diversity of birds that fly through in mid-fall. Highlights include warblers, vireos, thrushes and others that we rarely see otherwise in our urban environment! Many will be in fall-plumage, which often presents an added challenge to successful identification. Recommended for adults and children ages 12 and up. Please call 703-528-5406 to make a reservation and get directions. 

18th Century Wedding
Claude Moore Colonial Farm, McLean 2 pm
Come celebrate with the farm family on this joyous occasion! Dance with the bride and groom, witness an 18th century style ceremony, and taste the wedding cake. The farm is open at 10 a.m.; ceremony is at 2 p.m., weather permitting – call ahead at (703) 903-9330. Admission is $3 for 13 and older, $2 for kids 2-12, and free for kids 1 year and younger.

Lost and Found GPS Adventures
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    2-3:30 pm 
Ever use a Global Positioning System (GPS)? Come learn how to navigate using these hand held electronic devices and then go and find hidden catches around the park. Meet at Visitor Center. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Get Outdoors and Play 101
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale    3-4 pm FREE
Learn about the research on nature deficit disorder and how naturalists can guide parents with young children in discovering safe ways to play outside. When children play in nature, they learn lifelong appreciation and benefit mentally, physically and often even get better grades in school. Venture into “Nature Playce,” a free-play area in the woods, and share the wonder of nature with your child. Reservations are required. For families with children ages 2 years and older. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Majestic Eagles
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    5-6 pm
Look for majestic bald eagles with us and find out about their fascinating lives. Can you tell an eagle from an osprey in the distance? We’ll show you how. Binoculars and spotting scope available for your use. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Music at the Marina: Judo Chop
Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge     7-8:30 pm 
You won’t want to miss the blazing finale of this summer concert series. Judo Chop takes the best songs from the 80s and presents them in a modern rock style. You’ve never heard Madonna quite like this! So put on those leg-warmers, tease your hair and get ready for a rocking, memorable 80s experience. Bring lawn chairs for this entertaining event for the whole family. Concert is free, but parking fee is $5.

“Red, White, and Bird”
Prince William Forest Park, Oak Ridge Campground 7:30 pm
Join Ranger Kelly for a closer look at the bird that stands as one of America`s most recognizable symbols and the bird who was first runner up! Learn fun and fascinating facts about both of these birds who call Prince William Forest Park home. Program is free but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.

Sunday, Sept. 14

Chopawamsic Cycle Challenge
Prince William Forest Park, Cabin Camp 1 & 4 Ball Field  9 am FREE
Join park rangers of Prince William Forest Park and The Friends of Prince William Forest Park for an 11-mile scenic bike challenge. The annual cycle challenge will wind through old CCC fire-trails, over beautiful park streams and around the beautiful Scenic Drive. Open to riders of all ages. Riders must provide their own bike and helmet. Bike helmets must be worn by all riders. Registration is recommended but not required. First 75 registrants will receive an event T-shirt. Lunch will be provided to all participants. For more information, contact Tracy Ballesteros at (703) 221-2366.

Make Your Own Monster Party
Hooray for Books
1555 King St., Ste. 101, Alexandria,
11 am-4 pm, monster storytime at 1 pm
This new independent bookstore is hosting a design your own monster party. For $5, party-goers can attend a special monster storytime, and submit a design for their own personal monster. We’ll select the best design and the North American Bear company will turn it into a personal stuffed animal (monster)! Every partygoer also will have a chance to win a 30″ Penguin and, there will be a little monster gift for every child. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toGlobal Action for Children.

Got Butter?
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    1-1:45 pm 
Come make and eat delicious fresh butter with us. You’ll love the pure rich taste, just like George Mason’s family might have enjoyed. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Town of Leesburg’s 250th Anniversary celebration
Town Green at West Market Street    2-5 pm FREE
 Join the town in celebrating it’s 250th Birthday.  There will be music, children’s amusements, dignitaries, birthday cake, commerative gifts and more.  Don’t miss the unveiling of the Town’s flag. Festivities include a ceremony with the Mayor and Council at 2:30 p.m., cutting of a cake representing Town Hall, confetti cannons and more.

Pond Probe
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    2-2:45 pm FREE
Join our scientific investigation. We’ll have dip nets and buckets available for you to catch minnows, crayfish and more as we check for life in our pond. Meet at Cartop Boat Launch. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Buggin’ Out
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    3-3:45 pm 
We’ll identify some of the creepy crawly insects that are living in Mason Neck State Park and then, using pipe cleaners and other materials, you’ll create your own bugs. Meet at Picnic Area. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee. 

Majestic Eagles
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton    5-6 pm
Look for majestic bald eagles with us and find out about their fascinating lives. Can you tell an eagle from an osprey in the distance? We’ll show you how. Binoculars and spotting scope available for your use. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.


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