NoVa Weekend Lineup Feb. 14-15

Chance of snow on Saturday with the temp at 40 degrees, partly cloudy on Sunday at 45.


Classika Family Show: Mother Goose
Classika Theatre
2788 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Suite 110
Saturday and Sunday 12:30 pm; shows on Sunday through May 10 at 12:30 pm
Mother Goose visits with just a little help from our skilled puppeteers. This interactive musical production brings to life your favorite rhymes, songs and stories. For ages 3+. Directed by Lilia Slavova. Puppets by Julia Tasheva. Tickets are $12; order online by visiting

Celebrate the Year of the Ox
Fair Oaks Mall, Grand Court
Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm FREE
It’s the 6th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Fair Oaks! Help usher in the “Year of the Ox” with costumed dragons and lions, music, dancing, lantern displays, Kung Fu demonstrations, kids crafts, and more! Join us for a fun-filled weekend of cultural education and entertainment.

Saturday, Feb. 14

Birding the Banshee
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg    8 am FREE
Join the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks 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

Valentine Day Treasure Hunt
Patrick Henry Library
101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna   10 am-5 pm FREE
All-day Valentine-themed treasure hunt for ages 3-12. No registration necessary.

Build a Jewelry Box
All participating Lowe’s 10 am FREE
Your child will love building this Valentine’s Day Jewelry Box at Lowe’s kids DIY workshops! It’s great for keeping their treasures or giving as a special gift! Register online at

James Spence Authentication
PSGameGear, Dulles Town Center    10 am-4 pm
James Spence Authentication will be on hand to authenticate customer items. Meet James Spence and the staff, increase the value of your memorabilia by assuring its authenticity, hve your items authenticated and appraised, and receive your item back the same day submitted. For more info call (703)-433-2204 or e-mail:

The Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge    11 am-4 pm  FREE
Come to the park to learn about aspects of the park’s rich and diverse history as we celebrate Black History Month. Historians will be on hand to lead children on a historic hike that puts them into the role of slaves. (703) 583-6904

Valentine’s Day Extravaganza
Sterling Library   11 am FREE
Family Storytime to include Valentine stories, activities, card making and snacks. Recommended for ages 3-10. Register online or call 703-430-9500.

Presidents and Chiefs
Oakton Library
10304 Lynnhaven Place   1:30 pm FREE
Storyteller Gary Lloyd presents stories of America’s great leaders, using great American art. Cosponsored by the Friends of Oakton Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities. All ages. Register online.

Jim West Puppets’ Aesop’s Fables 2
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Ave.    2 pm
For ages 4 and up. Jim West and company are back in an all-new puppet extravaganza with The Goose That Lay the Golden Egg, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and many more of Aesop’s legendary fables! The show features stories with morals, classical music, puppet-making ideas and of course, more silliness than ever! Tickets are $8 for MCC district residents, $12 for nonresidents. Following the show at 3:30 p.m., Mr. West will conduct a fun-filled workshop where participants can make mouth puppets from newspaper. Participants will create their own unique puppet using newspaper in creative ways. Cost for the workshop is $8 per child, for children ages 4 and up accompanied by parent.

Family Movies!
Lovettsville Library 2 pm FREE
Enjoy the animated movie 101 Dalmatians. Rated G, 79 minutes.

Family Fun: Enchanted Dish Garden
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria 2-3 pm
Hunt for enchanted creatures hiding in the tropical greenhouse, and then use your imagination to build an “enchanted” dish garden with easy indoor plants, magical decorations and pixie dust! The $15 per project fee includes plants, container, soil and decorations. Call 703-642-5173.

Great Books on Film
Sterling Library    2 pm
In this week’s showing of the series, watch Disney’s version of the fairy tale Cinderella, rated G.

A Charlie Brown Valentine Party
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Classic Peanuts cartoon and activities. Recommended for ages 6 & up. Register online or call 540-338-7235.

Halo 3 Valentine’s Tournament
C3 Cyber Club
44710 Cape Court #118, Ashburn
Hate being alone on Valentine’s Day? Spread the love by joining Master Chief & friends at at our Halo 3 Valentines Tournament. Because we care we’ll be throwing out $500 dollars in cash for the winning teams. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more details, visit

Sunday, Feb. 15

Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Colvin Run Mill
10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls   Noon-2 pm FREE
Watch and learn as sap is boiled down into sweet syrup over an open fire. Sample delicious maple syrup over fresh baked cornbread while supplies last! For information, call 703-759-2771.

Monday, Feb. 16

Kidsinger Jim Positive-ly Fun Rock Concert
Phoenix Worldgate 9 Theatres
13025 Worldgate Dr., Herndon 10:30-11:15am
He has been singing his original rock, pop, and country songs for children and families since 1992, with over 2,900 performances to date. During a concert, Jim engages the audience with sing-along parts, movement parts, and the stories behind some of his songs. Tickets are $4 in advance, $5 at the door. Tickets available at the Herndon Community Center or call 703-787-7300.

Oh Susannah: Music for Children and Families
Fairfax Old Town Hall
3999 University Drive, Fairfax  10:30-11:30 am FREE
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Susan McNelis, began her career singing in rock bands for grown-ups, but made the transition to children’s music after her son was born. She‘s never been happier. For info please go to or call 703-352-2787.

Squirreling Around on a Winter Day
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly 1-3 pm
Children of all ages explore main house through the eyes of a white squirrel to discover the story of this mischievous pet. The white squirrel was kept by Richard Bland Lee’s family and is part of the Lee family crest. Make a white squirrel of your own to take home. A house tour is included in the $6 fee. Reservations required by 2/13. To reserve, call 703-437-1794.

Creature Feature: Snakes
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce St., Annandale 1-1:45 pm
Meet two of the most common snakes seen in Fairfax County. Learn how to distinguish the black rat snake and the northern brown snake from the venomous northern copperhead snake. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $2 per person. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.


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