Wet and cold this weekend, with 60 percent chance of rain and 38 degrees on Saturday, 40 percent chance of snow and 40 degrees on Sunday!
LEGO Master Builder Event
Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean
Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 11 am-6 pm FREE
Help a LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-ft tall LEGO Yoda model! This event is free and fun for the whole family. Everyone who helps build will receive a LEGO Star Wars Certificate of Achievement, while supplies last! Plus, visit the LEGO Store during the event to enter for a chance to win a $50 LEGO Store Gift Card! No purchase necessary to enter.
Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum
201 S. Washington St.
Saturday 11 am-5 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm FREE
All aboard! The Potomac Division of the National Model Railroad Association returns with working HO gauge trains and a state-of-the-art digital command system. Parents and little ones will love the hands-on Thomas the Tank Engine area for especially toddlers. Also climbing on board for Railroad Days are Whistle Stop Hobbies to discuss the fun of miniature trains and Operation Lifesaver, a national railroad safety program headquartered in Alexandria. Call (703) 838-4994 or visit http://www.alexandriahistory.org/ for more info.
Lessons from the Lorax
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
7701 Royce Street, Annandale
Saturday 2:30-3:30 pm; Sunday 2-3 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 pm
Families are invited this weekend to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday and hear the classic tale of the Lorax and his efforts to protect truffula trees. Meet the Lorax and listen to Once-ler’s ideas on making a natural difference in homes and backyards. Learn to make your backyard wildlife-friendly. On Saturday, the program is appropriate for children age 4 and older. The cost is $4 per child and $2 per adult. On Sunday, the session from 2-3 p.m. is appropriate for children age 3 and older and the cost is $4 per child and $2 per adult. The 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. session on Sunday is suited for children ages 4 four and older and the cost is $5 per child and $2 per adult. Prepaid reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 703-941-1065.
Tea with Martha Washington
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria
Saturday and Sunday 3-4:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how the first First Lady entertained her guests? What is the proper way to hold a teacup with no handles? Here is your chance to experience history with Martha Washington as she discusses 18th-century tea customs as well as clothing and dancing of the period. 18th-century tea includes the museum’s special blend of tea, pound cake, dried fruit, and assortment of cookies. Party attire requested. $25 per person, $20 for groups of 6 or more with reservations. Make reservations by calling (703) 838-4242. For more info visit http://www.gadsbystavern.org/.
Puss in Boots
Sterling Middle School
201 West Holly Ave., Sterling
Saturday 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 3pm
The Sterling Playmakers is delighted to announce the performance of Puss in Boots, a play for children written by Vera Morris. Directed by Beth Robertson and produced by Mark Humphrey, the team who brought our audiences Annie, this show for young and old alike is the classic tale of the cleverest cat in the kingdom, as told by a merry band of minstrels. The show includes original music, sword fights, adventure and a fairy tale ending! Tickets are $7.50. For more info call (703) 437-6117 or visit http://www.sterlingplaymakers.com.
Saturday, Feb. 28
Reading with a Ranger: The Lorax
Prince William Forest Park
18277 Park Entrance Road 10 am
Bring the kids to the Visitor Center for a reading of the Dr. Suess classic, The Lorax, on this special day that celebrates the joy and benefits of reading! For info, call Laura Cohen at (703) 221-7181. No charge for the program, but there is a $5 vehicle entrance fee.
Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield 10 am-Noon
Join us for fishing and fun at and receive a free one-day trout fishing pass. Learn the wildlife-friendly catch-and- release fishing technique. Find out about fish species and environmental issues, Bring your own pole and tackle or borrow one of ours; barbless hooks only. The cost is $15 per child; accompanying adult free. This program is suited for children age 7 and older. Reservations are required; call 703-569-0285.
Build a Race Car
Participating Lowe’s 10 am FREE
Nascar driver Jimmie Johnson won his 3rd Championship in a row in 2008! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build the #48 car as we kick off the 2009 season at the Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic for kids. Register at your nearest Lowe’s at http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com.
Lovettsville Library 19th Birthday Celebration
12 North Light Street 10 am-5 pm FREE
Come enjoy a day filled with balloons, birthday cake, and some very special programs in honor of our 19th birthday!
Frogs, Turtles and Snakes, Oh My
John Marshall Library
6209 Rose Hill Dr., Alexandria 10:30 am
Meet some local critters in a nature program presented by Hidden Pond Nature Center. All ages. Register online or call 703-971-0010.
Celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday
Reston Regional Library
11925 Bowman Towne Dr. 11 am FREE
Join us for stories, refreshments and more. Age 9 & up. Register online or call 703-689-2700.
Animals In Winter with Naturalist, Alonso Abugattas
12 North Light Street 11 am FREE
Find out what animals do to survive during these hard winter months
Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site
4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria 1-4 pm FREE
Ever thought about donning a wool uniform or putting on a hoop skirt? Interested in portraying the lives of persons who experienced the Civil War? Find out about this fun hobby at “Recruiting Day” and get a chance to explore Civil War reenacting. Soldiers and civilians of the 3rd U.S. Regular Infantry will be on hand to talk about a soldier’s uniform and equipment, demonstrate drills, and explain the roles of military and civilian reenactors. Visitors can also inquire about how to join local reenactment units and learn what kind of clothing and equipment a novice re-enactor requires. Call (703) 838-4848 or visit www.fortward.org/ for more info/
Holding the House Together
Sully Historic Site
3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly 1-3 pm
Learn 18th century construction methods and see a new side of as your guide focuses on the architecture of the property. Learn how different owners altered the house over time and about the restoration of the house in the 1970s. The cost is $6 per adult, $5 per student and $4 per senior or child. For information, call 703-437-1794.
Bluebird Nestbox Monitoring Program Kick-Off
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg 1-3 pm FREE
Elizabeth Evans and Debra Gutenson of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy will provide an orientation at Banshee Reeks on nest box monitoring and the protocol used in Loudoun for collecting and reporting data. See a slide show about bluebirds, their nesting habits, habitat needs and preferred foods. Tips on gardening for bluebirds will be discussed as well as the use of natural cavities and nest boxes. Registration is required for this event; call 540-822-5438 .
Furnace Mountain Band
12 North Light Street 1:30 pm
Acclaimed local musicians play ethno-Appalachian roots music.
Middleburg Library’s Annual Family Reading Program
101 Reed Street 1:30 pm FREE
Going Green-Join the fun and learn about the environment with stories and songs by Peter McCory and a book reading and illustrations by local artist Doris Weeks. Middleburg Library’s Annual Family Reading Program encourages families to read together in preparation for a lively, informative and interactive program. At 1:30 p.m., join us for Doris Weeks presentation of her new children’s book On a Hillside Dreaming. At 2 p.m., Peter McCory’s One Man Band plays. A display of theme related books ensures a great selection for readers of all ages. Recommended for all ages.
“Going the Distance” (Black History Month)
12 North Light Street 2 pm FREE
Race to the finish with two black Olympians who changed history! “Going the Distance” uses soaring music and the exhilaration of world class sports to inspire us all to greatness in the vivid portrayal of the lives of Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. Recommended for all ages.
Lincoln Day Celebration: Authors’ Presentations and Book Signings
9101 Prince William Street 2-4 pm
Meet writer Jay Miner, author of Lincoln’s First Nomination: Champagne, Deals & Dirty Tricks and Author Daniel Epstein of Lincoln’s Men. Also enjoy a demonstration on Mary Todd Lincoln’s Fashionable Bonnets. Certified historic bonnet designer Sandra Freeman will demonstrate different bonnet designs that helped make Mrs. Lincoln a fashion icon. For more info call (703) 368-1873 or visit www.ManassasMuseum.org.
The Barefoot Puppets presents: African Tricksters Tales
Chinn Park Regional Library
13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William 2 pm FREE
Anansi the Spider is up to his old tricks again in this show that brings to life two traditional West African stories. To register or for more info call 703-792-4800.
Central Community Library
8601 Mathis Avenue, Manassas 2:30 pm FREE
A fun way to spend an afternoon as a family! Come and enjoy our free films, free popcorn, and free beverages. The films are suitable for all ages: Frog Goes to Dinner, Mouse Soup, No Dogs Allowed. Drop in, no registration required.
First African-American Heisman Trophy Winner
George Mason Regional Library
7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale 3 pm FREE
Bob Gallagher, author of The Express, the story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner, will discuss his book and the movie made from it. Age 10 & up. Register online or call 703-256-3800.
Family Wii Time
12 North Light Street 4 pm FREE
Come as a family and try out Nintendo Wii, including Wii Sports and other games.
Kids at Hope Family Fun Night
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave 6-9pm
Book Mark Contest, Water Safety Instruction, Fun Crafts, Healthy Snacks, First-Aid Activity, Tent-Assembly Game, Backpacking Races, Surprise give-aways for children and adults, and more. Admission is $2 per person, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-787-7300 for more information
Sunday, March 1
Family Movie Matinee
Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington 2-3:30 pm FREE
Bring the family to watch the 2008 film Horton Hears a Who, rated G, 86 minutes.
Lost and Found GPS Adventures
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton 2-4 pm
Ever use a Global Positioning System? Come and learn how to navigate using these small hand held electronic devices. Then use GPS to hike
with one our naturalists and find hidden clues to a riddle around the park. Meet at Visitor Center. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.
Maple Syrup Boil-Down
Colvin Run Mill
10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls Noon-2 pm FREE
Celebrate the coming of spring with a maple syrup boil-down. Learn about sugaring and watch as gallons of sap are reduced to ounces of delicious syrup over an open fire. Sample maple syrup on fresh cornbread at this free event. For information, call 703-759-2771.
Leave it to Beaver
Huntley Meadows Park
3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria 5:15-6:30 pm
Families look for signs of beavers during this program appropriate for children age 6 and older. Reservations are required. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525.