Brrrr … 40 percent chance of snow flurries on Saturday and Sunday!
Saturday, Feb. 21
African American Pioneers in Aviation
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy, Chantilly 10 am-3 pm
Discover the early African American pilots who fought to overcome discrimination and became heroes of the skies. Tuskegee Airman, Curtis Robinson and Author, George Norfleet will be on site signing copies of “A Pilot’s Journey: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman”. Enjoy storytelling, tours, and hands-on activities including Design Your Own Squadron Patch. Admission is free, but parking costs $12.
Weekend Pohick Rangers
Hidden Pond Nature Center
8511 Greeley Blvd, Springfield 10 am-Noon
Topics covered during the five-part Pohick Rangers program at for children age 9 to 12 include: woodpeckers, decomposers, mammal tracking, freshwater ecosystems, nocturnal wildlife, reptiles, and amphibians. Reservations required. The cost is $75 per person. Call 703-451-9588.
Backyard Birds: Who Is Here and Who Is Not
Woodrow Wilson Library 10:30 am FREE
A naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center will be presenting the program with speciments, live animals and activities. For ages 6-12. Click here to register online.
Cookies and Cocoa Craft Time
Herndon Fortnightly Library
768 Center St. 11 am FREE
Paint your own ceramic mug. Cosponsored by the Council for the Arts of Herndon. Ages 8 and up. Click here to register online.
Teen Movie Time!
12 N Light St 11 am FREE
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, 107 minutes, rated PG.
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville 11 am-5 pm
Kick Off Mardi Gras with your Cajun Cousins at Breaux Vineyards! Samedi Gras is a slightly early Saturday Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Saturday”. Celebrate with wine tastings and live Cajun music. There will be plenty of Cajun fair including King Cakes from Louisiana, Gumbo, Muffaletas and Jambalaya. Admission is $10 adults in advance, $12 at the door; children are free. Includes tasting, souvenir glass, beads, king cake sample (while supplies last), and entertainment. For more info, visit http://www.BreauxVineyards.com
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal St., Alexandria 11 am-4:30 pm
Experience this unique living history program as you learn a skill all 18th century must know – swordplay! The program includes re-enactment of 18th-century swordplay and a display of 18th-century weapons. This popular family event is suitable for all ages and will include some audience participation as you practice your new-found talents. Price is $5 per person, ages 5 and up. Tours are from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and reservations are required. For more info visit www.gadsbystavern.org
Washington Capitals Player Appearances
Dulles Town Center 1-3 pm
Washington Capitals players Alexander Semin #28, Nicklas Backstrom #19, and Donald Brashear #87 make appearances and sign autorgraphs. Semin and Backstrom charge $40 each, Brashear charges $20 for autographs. For more info call (703) 433-2204 or e-mail email@example.com. For info, visit www.psgamegear.com.
Two Rooms: One Up, One Down
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly 1-3 pm
Visit the original outbuildings and the representative slave cabin. During this program, visitors can peek at the loft which is normally closed to the public. Discover cooking methods used to prepare foods for the African American slave community. The cost is $6 per adult, $5 per student and $4 per senior or child. Include a house tour with a combination ticket for an additional $2. For information, call 703-437-1794.
Wonderful Wetland Waterfowl
Huntley Meadows Park
701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria 2-4 pm
Hike the boardwalk to the observation tower looking for green-winged teals, pintails, swamp sparrows and winter wrens and maybe spot a bald eagle. This program is suited for anyone nine and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.
An Afternoon of African Folktales (Black History Month)
34 Catoctin Cir SE # D, Leesburg 2 pm FREE
For ages 7 and up. Register online or call 703-777-0323.
Centreville Regional Library
14200 Saint Germain Drive 2-4:30 pm FREE
Air Hockey, DDR, Guitar Hero, Rock Band and more! Take a break, chill with your friends and play. Refreshments. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Centreville Regional Library. Age 12-18.
Great Books on Film – a Series
120 Enterprise Street 2 pm FREE
The library will be screening the children’s feature The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (rated PG).
Pirates and Princesses
Loudoun County High School
415 Dry Mill Rd SW, Leesburg 4 pm FREE
Enter a fantasy world of swashbuckling pirates and beautiful princesses as presented by the Loudoun Symphony. The symphony will team up with the Loudoun School of Ballet to help bring some of these characters to life. Children are invited to wear a costume – a perfect way to liven up a winter afternoon! For more info call 540-454-6981 or visit http://www.loudounsymphony.org.
Campfire Night Hike: Night Predators
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
5040 Walney Park Road, Chantilly 6-7:30 pm
Enjoy a night hike to learn about nocturnal hunters. Listen to taped calls of owls and coyotes and catch a glimpse of them in the forest. Then return to a warm campfire for hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting. Reservations required. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve, call 703-631-0013.
Night Sky Festival
Riverbend Visitor Center
8700 Potomac Hills St., Great Falls 6:30-8:30 pm
Enjoy guided stargazing and ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. Participate in other activities and games throughout the evening. Hot chocolate, tea, coffee and snacks will be available for purchase. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Winter Night Hikes
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Road, Springfield 7:30-9 pm
Awaken your senses on a nighttime hike over wooded terrain as we search and listen for owls and other night creatures. Participants age 7 and older will learn about the nocturnal activities of the forest residents. Meet at the park Visitors Center. Adults bring a flashlight. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children under 16. Prepaid reservations required. Call 703-569-0285.
Sunday, Feb. 22
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
2903 Columbia Pike 11 am
Rock out to the biggest hits from this infectious group’s latest CD, “Dark Side of the Moon Bounce”. Bop to the beat while learning about the first man on the moon, the metric system, the importance of teeth brushing, and the names of the fifty states. Clever lyrics and unforgettably catchy tunes make this a hands-down favorite for little music fans. Don’t forget to bring your shakers and tambourines! Tickets are $8.
Sunday in the Preserve
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve 1 pm FREE
Join the Friends of Banshee Reeks and the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free informal, family walk around the preserve. Search for the many natural wonders that make this such a special place. For information call 703-669-0316.
Where Are All the Animals?
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce St., Annandale 1-2:30 pm
Find out which animals migrate, hibernate and emigrate and who romps through the snow. Go on a short walk to look for salamanders and other animals that are still around. Make a craft. Prepaid reservations are required. This program is suited for children age 3 to 8. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Ashburn Library’s Teen Council is hosting a talent show. Come enjoy the performance! Recommended for all ages.
Songs of Hope and Freedom with David Griffiths
Cascades Library 2 pm FREE
David Griffiths’ rich baritone voice is admired equally for its power and sensitivity. David has appeared as a soloist with numerous groups in concert and on recordings and has composed more than 300 pieces for a variety of choral ensembles. Recommended for all ages.
200th Birthday Party for Charles Darwin
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
5400 Ox Road, Fairfax Station 2-4 pm
Learn about the life of Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution during a birthday party complete with cake and celebration. Mr. Darwin will attend and address the group (actually a living history actor) and take questions from several other explores. A great educational experience for families and students of any age. Costis $5; make reservations by calling Meadowlark Botanical Gardens at 703-255-3631 X 0 or Potomac Overlook Regional Park at 703-528-5406.
Shirlington Library Movie
4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington 2 pm Free
“Tween & Teen Screens” presents Journey to the Center of the Earth, directed by Eric Brevig and starring Brendan Fraser. Rated PG. 92 minutes.
Raise the Rafters: Jazz Meets Rock
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon 2-3 pm FREE
Sing along or listen as the talented trio, Project Natale, transforms well-known melodies into jazz, swing and bebop. Learn how jazz style evolved from John Coltrain through Grover Washington. Co-sponsored by the Council for the Arts of Herndon, Fairfax County Park Authority and the Musicians Performance Trust Fund. For information, call 703-437-9101.
Free! Game Day
Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center
2709 West Ox Road, Herndon 2-3 pm FREE
Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of old-fashioned board games. Enjoy Dominoes, Backgammon, Monopoly and Parcheesi. Call 703-437-9101.
Open House: Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Road, Springfield 2-4 pm FREE
Meet staff and volunteers while enjoying light refreshments and fun activities. Indoor displays will showcase topics such as park programs, natural resources, park and community history, volunteer opportunities and more. All are welcome. Call 703-569-0285.
Storyteller Megan Hicks
Chinn Park Regional Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William 2-3:30 pm FREE
Join us for an exciting two part adventure into little known stories of the War Between the States. Celebrated storyteller Megan Hicks will begin this program with her award winning story “What Was Civil About That War”, a ghost tale about the Battle of Fredericksburg, one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War, and one man’s humanitarian acts. This part of the program is not appropriate for children under 5th grade. After a brief intermission Ms. Hicks will unveil a new program, “Invisible Spies: Sabotage in the Slave Quarters”, tales of how slaves, freedmen and freedwomen helped the Union win the Civil War. Come and hear about the dressmaker who stole the plans for a battleship and other stories of how slaves strove to become free. This part of the program is open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served during the intermission. Register in person or by phone at 703-792-4876.