So sorry, tardiness is a terrible way to start the new year … terrible jet lag is my only excuse.
MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival)
Hilton Mark Center
5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria
Saturday and Sunday
MAGFest is a video and computer gaming festival run by fans, for fans. It’s similar to most fan-based (anime, scifi, etc) conventions, but aims to be more of a laid-back video game party atmosphere. No crowded show floors here, but rather lots of fan art, film and music, and room to relax. Our special guests fit right in and socialize with the rest of the crowd. Game movies and cartoons are shown weekend-long. For more info, visit http://magfest.org. Admission is $45 per person.
Saturday, Jan. 3
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Stories, songs, a video storybook and a craft. Recommended for ages 3 – 6.
Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Play a variety of Nintendo Wii games. Register online or call 540-822-5824.
Sunday, Jan. 4
Story of the Snowman and his Flakey Friends
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce St., Annandale 1-2 pm
Snuggle up with snowman soup (hot cocoa) as you listen to tales of woodland creatures who meet an unexpected visitor. Make a craft. For children 4-8 years old. Reservations and advanced payment required. Costis $5 per child. Call 703-941-1065 to register.
Winged Tigers – Owls
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 9-10:30 am
Great horned, and barred owls live here at the park. Last winter barred owls raised three chicks in one of our trees! Enjoy a slideshow of our local owls and then take a hike to search for them. Recommended for families. Bring binoculars and wear good hiking shoes. Cost is $5. Reservations required; call 703-631-0013.
Family Movie Matinee
4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington 2 pm FREE
Watch the moviei WALL-E at Arlington County’s newly reopened 15,000-square-foot library. For more info, call 703-228-0322.