The current forecast calls for a mostly sunny weekend, with highs in the mid 30s on Saturday, mid- 40s on Sunday.
Hansel and Gretel
Elden Street Players
269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon
Saturdays at 11 am and 2 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Through Feb. 15
Madame Hagatha Grundilly Sweetbriar is the zaniest witch anyone could ever hope (or not hope) to encounter. Accompanied by her broom, Shibboleth, and assisted by her two apprentices, Dizzy Weirdeena and Rasputin Machiavelli Vampiro III, she lures Hansel and Gretel to her delectable gingerbread, candy and ice cream house in the heart of the forest. There she holds them captive, threatening to bake them into gingerbread. Tickets are $7; buy them online at http://www.eldenstreetplayers.org or call (703) 481-5930.
Thumbelina Ballerina and the Dance of the Rose Fairy Princess
Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville
Saturday and Sunday 2 pm
Fotloose Dance and Fitness presents this dance production based on Thumbelina and her mice friends who entertain the audience through a variety of dance styles. Tickets are $8 for adult, $7 for children. For more info visit http://www.franklinparkartscenter.org or call 540-338-7973.
Wild for Waterfowl
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton
Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am-11:30 am
Come join us as we observe swans, ducks and other migrating waterfowl that reside in Belmont Bay during the winter months. We’ll have a spotting scope available for public use. Meet at visitor center. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton
Saturday 10:30-11:30 am and 3-4 pm, Sundays 1-2 pm and 3-4 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. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Saturday, Jan. 31
Music Together with Ms. Susan
Woodrow Wilson Library
6101 Knollwood Dr., Falls Church 10 and 11 am FREE
Music & movement for toddlers & parents. For ages 6 months to 5 years with adult. Register online or call 703-820-8774.
Origami Class for Kids
Whole Foods Tysons
7511 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church 10-11 am FREE
In this class kids ages 6 and older can learn how to make the Chinese flower “The Lotus” in honor of the Chinese New Year. Sign up at Customer Service and reserve your space or call 703.448.1600. Spaces are limited.
Youth Concert: Ibis Chamber Music Society
Clarendon United Methodist Church
606 N. Ivy Street, Arlington 10:30 am FREE
The Ibis Chamber Music annual free youth concert will highlight their arrangement of the music from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, done in collaboration with Maestro John Williams himself. The Ibis performers are members of the Kennedy Center Orchestra and the Boston Pops.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
227 Maple Ave E., Vienna 10:30 am
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is on a not-so-secret mission. By combining the world of infectious beats and rhymes that he grew up on with the magical realm of childhood, he aims to introduce kids to hip hop without compromising either one.Tickets are $8 for everyone over 1 year old. Order online or call 703-255-1566 x8.
Groundhogs and More
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 10:30 am FREE
Hidden Oaks Nature Center and Willard the Groundhog (a costumed character) will visit the library. Come and learn about natural weather predictors. For ages 3-6 with adult. Register online or call 703-256-3800.
Art in the Pages
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 11 am FREE
Bring your artistic side to paint the book statues. For ages 6-12. Register online or call 703-689-2700.
Winter Hike – Hawks, Marsh Ducks
Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria 1-3:30 pm
Chase the winter blues away with a two-mile hike on the South King’s Highway side of . Look for winter hawks and ducks, insect galls, bluebirds and goldfinches. This program is for hikers age 9 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.
Can’t Sit Still Storytime
Centreville Regional Library
14200 St. Germain Drive 1:30 pm FREE
Is listening to stories fun, but keeping still not? Join us for stories and activities where sitting quietly is optional. No sitting, no silence required. For ages 2-4 with adult. Register online or call 703-830-2223.
Stone Soup & Other Stories
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean 2 pm
Pushcart Players brings to the stage a charming, well-seasoned blend of folktales from around the world: Besides Stone Soup (Eastern Europe), the other stories featured are Freddie Lee Fisher (United States), The Greatest Being (India) and The Long One (Africa.) For children ages 4 and up, and families. Tickets are $8 for MCC district residents, $12 for nonresidents. Buy tickets online at www.mcleancenter.org/alden/mcleankids.asp.
An Artist in Residence
Rust Library, Leesburg 2-4 pm FREE
Alice Power, a local watercolor artist, will paint and talk about her work, “What I See and How I Paint.”
Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”
Workhouse Arts Center
9517 Workhouse Way, Lorton 3 pm FREE
Shipwrecks, disguises, tangled love stories and beautiful music will be brought to life on the Workhouse Arts Center stage by a talented ensemble of Shenandoah Conservatory theatre students. Limited seating; reservations required! Call 703-584-2900. Reserve tickets online at www.WorkhouseArts.org.
WALL*E Dive-in Movie
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Avenue 6-9 pm
Bring your floats and rafts, kick back, relax, and enjoy a movie in the pool.Doors open at 6 pm; movie begins at 6:30 pm. Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Kids under 6 must have parent in the water with them. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children younger than 16. For more info call (703) 787-7300.
Sunday, Feb. 1
Walking With Washington
Alexandria 1:30 pm FREE
Alexandria launches festivities to celebrate George Washington’s birthday this month with weekly Sunday walking tours of Alexandria sites associated with the first president. Meet at the fountain at Market Square (King & Royal Sreets). Reservations are not required. For more info call (703) 991-4474 or vist http://www.washingtonbirthday.net/html/events.html
Sunday Groundhog Day!
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Road, Chantilly 1-2 pm FREE
Meet our larger-than-life Walney groundhog! Learn the story behind Groundhog Day and some interesting facts about this animal. Visit the home of the Walney garden groundhog and play some groundhog games. Reservations required; call 703-631-0013.
Groundhogs and Other Weather Predictors Pre-Celebration
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce St., Annandale 1:30-2:30 pm
Our groundhog needs to practice before his big day on, February 2. Enjoy an early Groundhog’s Day with instruction by Willard the Groundhog and other famous weather predictors. See costumed characters, a slide show and make a craft. Join Willard outside to check for a shadow. Cost is $5 per child.