Category Archives: things to do

Spring Break April 6-10

Need ideas for things to do in Northern Virginia with  the kids? Check out these activities:

Monday April 6

Forest Fledgling: Mice are Nice
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 9:45-10:30 am or 11-11:45 am
Discover both the good and bad news about mice through stories, live animals, crafts, nature activities and an outdoor exploration. Prepaid reservations are required. This program is suited for children age three to five. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Tavern Toddlers
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria 10:30 am-Noon
A special program for toddlers (walkers through 36 months) and their caregivers! Tavern Toddlers features a weekly open playtime in Gadsby’s historic ballroom Mondays, excluding Federal holidays, any time between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Cost is $7 for a group of three, which must include one adult, or purchase a 5 week pass for $30. Call 703.838.4242.

Mommy & Me!
Whole Foods Fair Lakes 11am-noon FREE
Join us as Miss Celia returns for her much anticipated Mommy & Me class on April Fun! The theme for this month is April Showers Bring May Flowers! The children will be making daffodils out of recycled egg cartons. Miss Celia will bring her guitar and there will be music sing-a-long and treats for the children as well. This event is FREE but we do ask that you pre-register at our Customer Service desk by calling 703-222-2058. Event is limited to 20 children.

Family Gaming Day
Shirlington Branch Library    1-4 pm FREE
Try your hand (or feet) at Wii Sports, Super Smash Bros., Dance, Dance Revolution and other games. Recommended for children 6 and older.

How To Get Outdoors and Play 101
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale   1-2 pm
Rediscover the old-fashioned, unplugged fun of four-square, hopscotch and spud, and learn new games. This program is suited for families with children age two and older. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per family. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library    2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Tinker Bell, Rated G, 70 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Cascades Library   2 pm FREE
Bring your own popcorn & drinks! Today’s movie: The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning. Rated G, 77 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library   2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Kung Fu Panda (Rated PG)

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: Wall-E, Rated G

Open Mic Poetry Reading
Reston Regional Library 3 pm FREE
Celebrate National Poetry Month with local area poet Mary Kipps.
Bring a poem you`ve written to read aloud, or just come to listen. Learn techniques and aids for writing poetry. Ages 8-12. Register online.

The Great Game Escape
Dolley Madison Library 4 pm FREE
Challenge your friends to some fun and brain-stretching games. Ages 6-12. Register online.

Peeps, Snores and Trills
Great Falls Library 4:30 pm FREE
Meet a toad, feed him dinner and learn more about our local amphibians. Feeding done by naturalist. Ages 6-12. Register online.

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 6:30 pm FREE
Tonight’s movie: City of Ember, Rated PG. Recommended for ages 13 & up.

Washington National Opera Workshop
George Mason Library, Annandale   7 pm FREE
Hands-on workshop for 4 to 10 year olds and their families in which the children will learn about opera through the story of Madama Butterfly. Presented by Washington National Opera teaching artists. Register online.

Tuesday, April 7

Wake up with Wii
Arlington Central Library 10-11 am FREE
Celebrate Spring Break with some Nintendo Wii and breakfast snacks.

Tuesday Theater
Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge 11 am FREE
Bring your lunch or a snack to eat, and join the Earth-bound robot WALL∙E as he follows the space probe, EVE, to find our planet’s former inhabitants. For all ages; limit 100. Drop in; no registration is required.

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: High School Musical 3, Rated G

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Horton Hears a Who, Rated G, 86 minutes

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie:Tinker Bell (Rated G)

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 6:30 pm FREE
Tonight’s movie: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rated PG-13. Recommended for ages 13 & up.

Family Craft Night
Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge 7 pm FREE
Crafts for the entire family; all ages are welcome. Please pick up a free pass beginning at 6:30 p.m.; a pass will be required for each crafter attending the program. Limit 24 crafters. April is “National Garden Month” and the perfect time to celebrate the earth and its lovely trees and plants. Bring the family to make a colorful flowerpot craft and cards.

Wednesday, April 8

Magictainment
Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon 10:30-11:15 a.m. or noon-12:45 p.m
Join Magictainment, featuring magical illusions and a whimsical clown, for a delightful and entertaining stage show in the Visitor Center. Children must be at least 3 years. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To register, call 703-437-9101.

National Library Week Celebration
Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas 10:30 am FREE
For all ages. Free tickets may be picked up, in person, beginning April 1. Funded by The Friends of the Central and Bull Run Libraries. Mr. Don, aka Don Bridges, will sing many old and new favorites.

Bunny Bonanza
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling 10 am-1 pm
Learn about responsible pet ownership from the members of local animal organizations. Live animals, hands-on activities and demonstrations. Co-Sponsored by the Department of Animal Care and Control. Bunny Bonanza is free with paid admission: $5/adult, $4/senior, $3/child ages 2-12. For more info call 571-258-3800 or visit http://www.heritagefarmmuseum.org.

Wild Things Puppet Show
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale 10-10:45 am
Find out what the “Sticky Dilemma” is for Charlotte the Spider and the mystery behind “Tooth Truth” in these educational and entertaining puppet presentations. This program is suited for children ages 3 to 8. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Early American Games – No Batteries Required!
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 11 am-3 pm
Run off your energy playing relay games, hoop and stick, graces and tag. Learn how 18th and 19th century children enjoyed the outdoors. The cost is $2 per person. Make a take-home project for an additional $2. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Movies on the Big Screen
Cascades Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your own popcorn & drinks! Today’s movie:Kung Fu Panda, Rated PG, 88 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Rated PG)

Family Movie
Shirlington Branch Library 2-3:30 pm, 6 pm FREE
The library hosts a double feature: “Madagascar” at 2 p.m. and its sequel, Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa,” at 6 p.m.

Bug Juice and Beetle Sandwiches
Pohick Library 2:30 pm FREE
Find out why people and animals need bugs, and why exterminating insects can have unintended consequences. Presented by the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Register online.
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Careers in Law Enforcement
Lorton Regional Library 4:30 pm FREE
A Fairfax County Police Department officer discusses career options in law enforcement. Age 13-18. Register online.

Swamp Serenade
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria 7:15-8:45 pm
Listen to the frogs and toads as their courtship songs fill the wetland. The minimum age for this program is five. Families should bring a flashlight. Reservations are required. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525.

Thursday, April 9

Nature Playce: Story Time and Play
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 10-11 am
Listen to stories presented by a naturalist, chase soap bubbles and enjoy playing outdoors in the woodland play area especially designed to introduce young families to the joys and wonders of outdoor play. Become an official Nature Snooper. Receive a gift, the “key” to exploring nature’s wonders from Friends of Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Reservations are required. Donations are requested. This program is suited for children age 2 and older with an adult. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

American Arts and Music
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 11 am-3 pm
How did the Lee family and African-American slaves spend their non-working hours? Learn about music, dancing and storytelling. The cost is $2 per person. Make a take-home project for $2. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Kung Fu Panda, Rated PG, 92 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Horton Hears a Who (Rated G)

Thursday, April 9

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: Kung-Fu Panda, Rated PG

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 6:30 pm FREE
Tonight’s movie: Twilight, Rated PG-13. Recommended for ages 13 & up.

Mr. Skip – Music & Fun
Chantilly Regional Library 7 pm FREE
Music and movement for young children. All ages.

Friday, April 10

Little Acorns: Springtime Flowers
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Anndale 9:45-10:30 am or 11-11:45 am
See if those April showers brought May flowers. Through a story, song, activities and crafts, explore wildflowers in the woods and garden. This program is suited for children age two to three. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703-941-1065

Early American Textile Work
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 11 am-3 pm
Learn how to spin, sew and dye fabrics, then take home a historic souvenir. The cost is $2 per person. Make a take-home project for an additional $2. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Backyard Animal Petting Zoo
Chinn Park Regional Library, Prince William 11 am-2 pm FREE
Pet the baby animals from the Bar C Ranch. Tickets for timed intervals available beginning Friday, April 3. or all ages.

Bunny Storytime
Purcellville Library 11:15 am FREE
For all ages.

Spring Break Movie Matinee
Ashburn Library 2 pm FREE
Bring your pillows and blankets to get comfy and watch a movie on the big screen! Don’t forget your favorite snacks! Today’s movie: Wall-E, Rated G, 98 minutes.

Movies on the Big Screen
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Today’s movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth (Rated PG)

Spring Break Movie Fest
Sterling Library 2pm FREE
Today’s movie: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Rated PG. Recommended for all ages.

Friday Fun: Create a Caring Heart
Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge 2 pm FREE
Join Michele Hirata in decorating a small, wooden heart to accompany one of a kind Chemo Beanies. These are free gifts to people all over the world suffering illnesses involving hair loss. A small note telling the recipient a little about the artist will be included along with the heart pin. For ages 3 and up. Pick up a free pass at the Information Desk to participate in the program; a pass will be required for each heart made

Strategy Games
Chantilly Regional Library 2:30 pm FREE
Strategy board games for teens. Age 12-18.

Pokemon League
Patrick Henry Library 3 pm FREE
Learn and play. Age 5-18.

Riverside Campfire – Toads and Tadpoles
Riverbend Visitor Center, Great Falls 6:30-7:30 pm
Enjoy games and stories as you learn about toads, frogs and salamanders. Enjoy s’mores. Come early if you want to bring a picnic or hotdogs. Bring toasting sticks, a flashlight and a blanket. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $4 per person. To reserve, call 703-759-9018.

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NoVa Weekend Lineup April 4-5

Sorry for the delay folks, busy week! This week’s lineup doesn’t include this weekend’s Easter Egg hunts in Northern Virginia; you can find them at the new page, NoVa Easter Egg Hunts.

Saturday, April 4

Bird Walk at Blandy
Blandy Experimental Farm/Virginia State Arboretum     8 am FREE
Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy for a free bird walk for all ages. This is a beautiful area for both hiking and birding. Please bring binoculars. We will meet in the main parking lot near the Quarters Building. Directions can be found at www.virginia.edu/blandy/. Questions: contact Andy Rabin at stylurus@gmail.com.

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Window Birdhouse
Participating Home Depot stores    9 am-Noon FREE
The Home Depot’s Kids Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. No registration necessary.

Sully Storytime
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly    10-11 am
Come for stories for children age three to five plus hands-on crafts. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $3 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

Dinosaur Egg-xtravaganza
Riverbend Visitor Center , Great Falls    10-11:30 am or 12:30-2 pm
Hunt for dinosaur eggs, dig for dinosaurs in our sand pit and participate in other dino activities. Egg hunts will be divided by age groups. Children must be at least 3 years. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. To reserve, call 703-759-9018.

Sing-Along With Miss Belle
Reston Regional Library     10:30 am FREE
Songs and hugs for everyone. Birth-5 with adult.*

Burke Centre Renaissance Festival
Burke Centre Library    11 am FREE
Join us and the Virginia Renaissance Faire for a festival! Enjoy story-telling, songs, sword play and much more. All ages.

Teatro de la Luna Children’s Theatre Festival
Rosslyn Spectrum
1611 N Kent St, Arlington     11 am-4 pm
Teatro de la Luna presents a full day of bilingual theatre activities, including a performance of Hansel and Gretel (11:30 am); The Box of Surprises (1 pm); Children’s Talent Show(2:30 pm), and Abe:A Dream Fulfilled (4 pm). In addition, there will be puppet making, painting and drawing, singing and much more! Cost is $10; children 4 & under are free. For more info call 703-548-3092 or visit http://www.teatrodelaluna.org

Dinosaurs Galore
Cub Run RECenter    Noon-1 pm
Follow a naturalist as you and your child dig into dinosaurs and explore their prehistoric world. Children make a fossil to take home and dig for buried dinosaur bones. Reservations are required. The cost is $5 per child. To reserve, call 703- 817-9407.

Kite Flight
Three Fox Vineyards
10100 Three Fox Lane, Delaplane    Noon – 5pm
There were the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager,
and now there could be YOU, letting your kite and your spirit soar from the top of the
highest point at Three Fox Vineyards! Come take part in our 1st Annual “Kite Flight”.
Have fun, win prizes, and help charity (Women Build – Habitat for Humanity) Bring your
own kite or get one of ours on-site when you come. Fun for all ages and a great way to
relax and just live life! For more information call (540) 364-6073 or visit http://www.threefoxvineyards.com.

Storytime Matinee
Ashburn Library     2 pm FREE
Stories, songs, video storybook and a craft. For ages 3-6.

Celebrate Poetry!
Ashburn Library     2 pm FREE
Ashburn Library’s Teen Council invites you to share poems you have written, and poets you love. Bring poems, select them from anthologies in the library, or create them on the spot! For ages 12-18

Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library     2 pm FREE
Play a variety of Nintendo Wii games. For ages 12-18. Register online or call 540-822-5824.

Shirlington Screens: Shakespeare in Love
Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington    2-3:30 pm FREE
(1998) Rated R, 122 minutes. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Judi Dench and Geoffrey Rush. William Shakespeare, a struggling young playwright, suffers from writer’s block in this witty, fast-moving romantic comedy set in London in 1593. When Shakespeare meets and falls instantly in love with the startlingly beautiful Viola, his creative powers are unleashed as Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest and most tragic love stories of all time.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Briar Woods High School
22525 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn    3 pm
Chocolate Mania hits Briar Woods High School! The fun family show, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, features musical moments with the glowing neon Oompa Loompas and miniature squirrel puppets from the Black Forest Productions Puppeteers. Authentic Wonka chocolate bars will be available for purchase during the each intermission, with the chance of finding the one bar per show that will include a special prize! Admission is $5 per student, $7 for adults. For more info call 703-957-4400 or click here.

Goodnight Walk: Nature’s April Foolers
Hidden Oaks Nature Center,  Annandale  7:30-8:30 pm
Are nighttime animals especially tricky or do they fool us with their keen senses? Discover the trick to seeing better when it’s dark. Participants must be at least age four with an accompanying adult. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. To reserve, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, April 5

Dinosaur Egg Hunt and Adventures
Hidden Oaks Nature Center 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 pm
Explore Dinosaur Land and Nature Playce as you enjoy a dinosaur-themed outdoor egg hunt. Discover how you measure up to dinosaurs, make a craft and meet a reptile that looks prehistoric. Separate egg hunts are available for children age 2-4 and 5-7. Some eggs contain real fossils! Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. To register, call 703-941-1065.

Family Movie Matinee: Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Shirlington Branch Library
4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington 2-3:30 pm FREE
(2008) Rated G, 101 minutes. Featuring Abigail Breslin, Stanley Tucci and Jane Krakowski. Based on the American Girl series of dolls and books, Kit Kittredge is a young girl in the struggles of the Great Depression. Living in a boarding house with her parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kit has a passion for writing and dreams of having her work published someday.

DC Weekend Lineup Jan. 10-11

Here’s what’s going on around the metro area that would be of interest to NoVa families, including one “Beyond DC” event that offers free admission to Delaware museums. Have a great weekend!

 

ONGOING WEEKEND EVENTS

Weekend Train Rides
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore
Saturday 10 am-4 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm
Through Sunday, February 1, 2009
Got the winter blahs? Hop on board a weekend train ride at the B&O! Train rides are free for B&O members, $1 for children ages 2-12 and $2 for adults and seniors. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 2-12. 

Barbie: Fifty Fashionable Years
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
301 W Camden St., Baltimore
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-6 pm
Exhibit runs through March 31
Since her debut in a plain black-and-white swimsuit in 1959, Barbie has been a symbol of America’s changing and sometimes controversial perception of the role of women in our society. GEM looks at a half-century of dream houses, sports cars, shifting fashions and hairstyles, and how Barbara Millicent Roberts has changed the face of pop culture. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children 5-18 years, free for kids 4 and younger. Half price admission on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“Flights of Fancy” – Stories for Children
National Air and Space Museum
6th and Independence Ave., SW, DC
Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight – Gallery 208
Saturdays in January,   11:30 am and 1:30 pm FREE
Stop by for story time and an art activity. This month’s featured book is Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan. Story and activity usually last about 20-30 minutes

THIS WEEKEND

Imaginasia Family Program: Down by the Sea Shore
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, DC
Saturday and Sunday    2 pm FREE
More than 100 years ago American artist Dwight William Tryon used pastels to capture the many moods of the sea. Today, Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto takes black-and-white photographs that meld sea and sky. Discover their works in the Sackler Gallery, and then draw with pastels and charcoal in the classroom to create your own seascape to take home! Free; first come, first served; reservations required for groups over 8, call 202-633-0461.

BEYOND DC

SuperNoVa Mom note: I’ve done the drive to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, which is pretty small and requires admission, a couple of times. This Saturday, though, is your chance to visit the museum and other places for free!

Brandywine Valley Open House
Delaware museums and other institutions
Saturday, Jan. 10 FREE
The Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance invites you to explore the rich tradition of art, gardens, history, and culture with free admission to Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum and Library, Rockwood Museum, and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. For more info, visit www.brandywinetreasures.org.

Saturday, Jan. 10

NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Halls B&C
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, DC
Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm FREE
This free event is designed to capture the attention of tens of thousands of health conscious consumers and offers dancing, aerobics, health tests and screenings, jazzercising, soccer, rock climbing, a community blood drive and much more! Tons of fun family activities combined with important health and medical information to help our community get healthy and fit. More than 200 businesses and organizations will be serving up activities and exhibits for everyone young, old, and in-between. Plus there will be lots of free giveaways, health tests and screenings, special guests, cooking demos, chances to win great prizes, exercise classes and more. Last year more than 85,000 people came to this two-day party. For a list of attractions, click here.

Wild Beasts and Creatures
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW, DC    10:30 am-Noon
Journey to the wild on this gallery safari as we discover fierce lions, serpents, and beasts. Let the bronze sculptures of Antoine-Louis Barye be your guide along the way. Following your adventure, learn about animal fables from cultures around the world and create your own wild creature out of clay! Workshops are limited to children ages 8–12 and their adult companions. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Cost is $12 per child, $8 for Corcoran members at the family level. Register online by clicking here.  Call (202) 639-1770 for more info.

Energized! Exploring the Spirit of Activism
National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW, DC    11:30 am-3 pm FREE
This fun-filled, inspiring family day features storytelling, a hands-on craft, and an information booth featuring local community service opportunities. In addition, a self-guided tour will highlight portraits from the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection as well as from the exhibition Women of Our Time: Twentieth-Century Photographs, which features women who have energized Washington and the nation while making a difference. Recommended for youth ages 10 and up and their families. For more info, call 202-633-1000.

Arts and the Ocean: Hawaiian Culture, Music & Dance
National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
The Sant Ocean Hall     1-3 pm FREE
The Aloha boys and dancers from Halau O’Aulani perform native songs and dances unique and precious to Hawaii. Halau O’Aulani is dedicated to the preservation of Hawaiian culture through the arts, language, and historical conservation.

NSO Kinderkonzert: Strings and Stories
Kennedy Center Family Theater
2700 F Street, NW, DC
1:30 and 4 pm shows
If you love animals and silly slapstick, then don’t miss four NSO musicians in this zany program! The Kennedy String Quartet (Holly Hamilton and Jane Bowyer Stewart, violins; James Deighan, viola; and David Teie, cello) inspires everyone to listen, laugh, and learn through vivid music from the classic repertoire. Then they jump right into antic storytelling with The Donkey, the Goat, and the Little Dog by acclaimed composer and playwright Susan Kander. For ages 4 and up. All seats are $18. By tickets online or call 202-467-4600.

Sunday, Jan. 11

Model Airplane Workshop
National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW, DC    9-11 am
Construct your own rubber-band-propelled model airplane with the DC Maxecuters, then try a test flight in the Great Hall. For ages 8 and up. Prepaid registration required; tickets must be purchased by the end of the day on Thursday, January 8, 2009. Cost is $18 per child; adults are free. Buy tickets online by clicking here. For more info, call 202-272-2448.

A Day of Flying in the Great Hall
National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW, DC     11 am-4 pm FREE
Watch as the DC Maxecuters fly their model airplanes in and across the Great Hall! For more info, call 202-272-2448.

NoVa Weekend Lineup Jan. 10-11

It’s looking like a 30 percent chance of rain on Saturday with highs in the mid 40s, just partly cloudy on Sunday with highs in the mid 30s.

Thanks to Scottie of Ashburn, who pointed out that the Children’s Consignment Sale this weekend was a misprint on my part — sorry for any inconvenience!

WEEKEND

Visiting Artist Series Presents: Playing with Paint
Shenandoah Discovery Museum
54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester
Saturday 10 am-3 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm
Bring the whole family to paint with a marble or a tooth brush! Make prints using bubble wrap. See what happens when you mix untraditional materials with traditional art forms. For more info, visit http://www.discoverymuseum.net or call (540)722-2020. Admission is $6 per person, children younger than 2 years are free.

Wild for Waterfowl
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton
Saturday 1-2 pm, 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.

Majestic Eagles
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton
Saturday 2:30-3:30 pm, Sunday 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.

PERFORMING ARTS OPENINGS

The Prince and Troubadour
Charter Theatre, Theater on the Run
3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington
Saturday shows 11 am and 1 pm, Sunday shows 1 pm through Feb. 8
When the Prince’s troubadour is kidnapped by a witch he must enlist the help of the princess who scorned him to save his friend! But with trolls and bandits blocking the path, will they make it in time before the Troubadour is served for dinner? Find out in this adventure-filled musical! Tickets are $11; buy online at www.chartertheatre.org.

Saturday, Jan. 10

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 jcoleman@loudounwildlife.org.

Tractorpalooza
Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum
21668 Heritage Farm Lane, Sterling 10 am-2 pm
The event for the tractor lover in your life. Explore the Philip and Wanda Marshall Collection of model tractors, cruise Loudoun County on our custom toy tractor mat, and see real antique tractors. Measure up to some really big tires. Enjoy wagon rides if weather permits. Children who bring their own model tractor for the tractor parade will receive free admission to the museum. Admission is $5 for visitors 13 and older, $3 for kids ages 2-12.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshop
All participating Lowe’s stores 10-11 am FREE
In this children’s DIY project, Lowe’s provides kits for wooden time capsules are great at helping you to remember important events of the past year.

Family Day
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle 11 am-3 pm FREE
Make your own Marine Corps utility cover during this kids’ classroom activity.

Legomania
Lovettsville Library 1 pm FREE
Play with your friends to construct and assemble structures. Bring your own lego bricks or use ours. Recommended for ages 6-11. Register online or call 540-822-5824.

Yoga for Children
Sherwood Regional Library
2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria 1-2 pm FREE
Beginning yoga with Yoga Instructor Sueann Tupy. Age 8-12. Register online or call 703-765-3645.

Kids’ Book Club: Getting Ready to Read – Easy Reader Level 1
Purcellville Library 2 pm FREE
Wendy Helps Out by Alison Inches. Recommended for ages 5-6. Register online or call 540-338-7235.

Gustafer Yellowgold
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue 2pm
This unique blend of live music and moving images, geared to ages 4 and up, features original and catchy story-songs by Morgan Taylor. The story tells the tale of a friendly creature named Gustafer who has come to Earth from the Sun. Fun for the whole family! Cost is $8 for McLean Community Center district residents, $12 for non residents. Buy tickets online at www.mcleancenter.org/alden/mcleankids.asp.

Indian Classical Dance-Bharatnatyam performance
Cascades Library
21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls 3 pm FREE
The Students of Kalavaridhi will perform Indian classical dance “Bharatnatyam.”
Recommended for all ages. Snow date, Saturday Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.

Cathy and Marcy’s Family Jamboree
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E., Vienna
Concert at 5 pm, audience jam session at 6 pm
Grammy Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer launch a fun-filled new concert series that includes a 50-60 minute concert with the dynamic duo and special guests. The special guests are kids, parents, families who are making their OWN music. They will perform on their own and with Cathy & Marcy during the show. Then we clear away the tables and have a 45-minute jam session. Yup, bring your instruments and plan to strum along and sing along. Ukuleles, guitars, mandolins, basses, kazoos-all instruments are welcome. We’ll have a giant chord sheet & take the jam at whatever pace is required. Cost is $10 per person. Buy tickets online at www.jamminjava.com.

Laser Tag
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave 7-11 pm
For children ages 12 – 17. Do you have the reflexes to out maneuver your opponents? This exciting interactive game lets you compete together on teams in a high-tech environment that gets your heart pumping and your pulse racing. Trip includes transportation, teen club staff member as your guide, and a minimum of 2 games. Cost is $25 for town residents, $25 for nonresidents. To register, call (703) 787-7300.

Sunday, Jan. 11

Wintering Animals
Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road, Lorton 1-2 pm
Come and check out some furs and feathers of the animals that live in the park during the winter months and learn about how they survive in the colder environment. Meet at the visitor center. Call (703) 339-2385 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Teen Reading Buddies Storytime
Purcellville Library 2 and 2:30 pm
One-on-one reading time for your children as they buddy up with teen volunteers from Loudoun Valley High School’s Literary Guild. Recommended for ages 3-5.

Tai Chi with Steven LaForce
Cascades Library 3 pm
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of mind-body-spirit exercise. Four sessions, attend as many as you like. Register online or call 703-444-3228.

Outdoor Skating

When the skies are clear and you want to get the kids some exercise, consider taking the family to an outdoor skating rink. There are several to choose from in Northern Virginia, and some are offering special activities through February (indicated below).

A rink in one of the nicest settings, though, is located in DC: the outdoor ice skating rink in the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Gardens at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and younger, and skate rentals are $3.  Call (202) 289-3360 for more information.

NoVa Outdoor Rinks

Pentagon Row
1201 South Joyce Street
Arlington, VA 22202
703-418-6666
www.pentagonrowskating.com
Open seven days a week, including holidays. Adults are $8, kids 12 and younger are $7; skate rentals are $3. Season passes and discount card of 10 admissions for $60 available. Check Web site for skating lessons info.

Reston Town Center
11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190
703-709-6300
http://www.restontowncenter.com/pavilion.html
Open seven days a week, including holidays. Adults are $9, kids 12 and younger are $7; skate rentals are $4. Season passes and discount card of 10 admissions for $65 available. Check Web site for skating lessons info.
Specials: 

Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 1p.m.:  Share the ice with Scooby-Doo, Tweety Bird, Cat in the Hat and more. Also, bring your skating tag or sticker to Edibles Incredible Desserts to receive a free hot chocolate with every cupcake purchase – limit one hot chocolate per person.

Harris Pavilion
9201 Center Street
Manassas VA 20110
703-361-9800
http://www.harrispavilion.com/ice_skate.php
Open seven days a week. Adult admission is $7, kids 6 and younger are $6, and skate rentals are $3.
Specials:

Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.: Free skate
Thursdays and Fridays, 3-6 p.m.: Matinee skate $5, includes skates
Saturday, Jan. 24, Noon-5 p.m.: Winter festival, featuring ice sculptures, ice princess contest, broomball competition, free smores and more.

NoVa Weekend Lineup

Of course the rain forecast is for Saturday, when there are more activities, and only partly cloudy on Sunday! 

Saturday, Nov. 15

Ashburn Craft Fair
Windmill Community Center
21400 Windmill Drive 9 am-1 pm FREE
Ashburn Farm’s 2nd Annual Craft Fair is a great opportunity to find some exceptional holiday gifts before the busy shopping season begins. This fair offers Ashburn’s talented residents the opportunity to sell some beautiful creations. Dozens of local crafters will be selling their wares including jewelry, baskets, quilts, wreaths, paintings, furniture, purses, handmade cards, photographs and much, much more.
 
Celebrate Mama! 
Claude Moore Rec Center  10 am-5 pm FREE
Celebrate the mother in your life at this family oriented festival! Shop the local marketplace while enjoying raffle prizes, free entertainment, children’s activities, information sessions for moms, and meeting local organizations offering a wide variety of gifts. We will be collecting new and gently used maternity and infant clothing to donate to a local shelter.

Let’s Talk Turkey
Heritage Farm Museum
Claude Moore Park, Sterling   10 am-noon  FREE
Straight talk about turkies and their lore; hands-on children’s activities, stories and games. Museum admission: $5 adults, $3 children.

Harry Potter Movie Marathon
Lovettsville Library   10 am-6 pm  FREE
Catch up for the upcoming release of the new Harry Potter movie by coming down to the library and watching the last three movies, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Snacks and lunch are provided. Bring comfy cushions, bean bag chairs or the like to sit on. Register online or call 540-822-5824.

Roots and Shoots
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly    10 am-Noon FREE
This program will focus on Recycling and Saving Energy. We will have an art contest with prizes and each participant will receive a free canvas grocery/tote bag donated by Walmart. All ages are welcome. For additional information on the Roots and Shoots program and to register, contact: Debbie Lodato, Volunteer Manager, 703-817-9423.

Bountiful Breads and Baking in the Open Hearth
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly      10 am to 2 pm
The smell of fresh baked goods fills the original kitchen as Sully’s cooks teach techniques used to prepare bread and pastry in the early 19th century. Learn about different leavening agents and cooking vessels that made baking a day-long process. At the end of the workshop, enjoy the foods you prepared. House tour included. Rerservations required; the cost is $40 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Recipes for Readers: Let’s Eat!
Oakton Library    10:30 am FREE
Reading program for 1st and 2nd grade boys ages 6-7 years who need extra help. Small group activities with Thomas Jefferson High School volunteers. Call 703-242-4020 for more info.

Miss Belle’s Sing-Along
Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, Falls Church    10:30 am  FREE
Enjoy old favorites and original songs. Cosponsored by the Friends of the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. All ages. To register call 703-790-8088.

Backyard Birds
Woodrow Wilson Library, Alexandria    10:30 am FREE
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center as she shares the wonders of Fairfax County wildlife using stories,live animals and more. Cosponsored by the Friends of Woodrow Wilson Library. Age 6-12. Call 703-820-8774 to reserve a space.

Cherokee Storytelling, Music and Dance
Reston Regional Library     11 am FREE
Stands With Many presents a traditional Cherokee storytelling, and interactive Cherokee drumming and singing. For ages 6-12. For more info call 703-689-2700.

Twilight Movie Release Party
Cascades Library   1pm FREE
Swap movie theories, discuss the books, and indulge in Twilight-themed fun.

Native American Theme
Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, Alexandria     1-3 p.m
Travel back to a time when Native Americans populated this country. Explore self-guided displays and hands-on activities for families working together at . The cost is $4 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Felting Fun for Parent and Child
Round Hill Arts Center (Loudoun County)
6 W Loudoun St, Round Hill    1-2:30 pm
Make a little felted treasure box to keep something special in. Bring at least one object, about the size of an egg, to felt around; or purchase a wooden egg in class. All other materials will be provided and are included in the class fee. Ages 6-12 with an adult. Cost is $20 per child. For more info call 540-338-5050.

Apollo 11: Footprints on the Moon with Rob Cork
Ashburn Library    2 pm FREE
Learn about the technology and the people that helped get us to the moon. Recommended for ages 6 & up.Tickets are required and may be picked up one half hour before the program.

Natural Attractions: Flying Squirrels with Alonso Abugattas
Middleburg Library    2 pm FREE
A naturalist from Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington will bring a flying squirrel and share his knowledge of these nocturnal creatures.

A Teddy Bear Picnic
Sterling Library   2 pm FREE
Learn about the history and the many different types of these classic comfort toys. Recommended for ages 6-10. Register online or call 703-430-9500.

Potomac Overlook Heritage Program
Potomac Overlook Regional Park
2845 N. Marcey Road, Arlington    2 pm FREE
Come explore the relationship between our area’s human history and natural history. This program focuses on the influence of geography – particularly the Fall line – on the settlement of our area. Captain John Smith’s travels in our area, and what he found, will also be highlighted! Suitable for adults and children ages 8 and up.

Washington Korean Dance Company
Centreville Regional Library    2 pm  FREE
Featuring Eun Kim, Grande Dame of Korean Dance. All ages. Call 703-830-2223 for more info.

Family Fun: Worm Workshop
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria   2:30 pm
Here’s a family-friendly way to help the environment! Explore the wonderful world of worms in the indoor compost bin. Then make your own worm bin with newspaper bedding, food scraps and real live wiggly worms to take home! The cost is $20 per project. Call 703-642-5173.

Astronomy for Fun and Families
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly      5:30-6:30 pm
Sample the world of science through the beauty of the night sky at . Learn about the constellations, the visible planets, comets and other night sky phenomena. Try out fun activities to learn about the solar system. This program is suitable for all ages. The cost is $4 per child and $2 per adult. For information, call 703-817-9407. 

 

Sunday, Nov. 16

Sunday in the Preserve
Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve
21085 The Woods Road, Leesburg 1 pm FREE
Join Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and the Friends of Banshee Reeks 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 the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve at 703-669-0316 or visit www.bansheereeks.org.

Native American Theme
Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, Alexandria     1-3 p.m
Travel back to a time when Native Americans populated this country. Explore self-guided displays and hands-on activities for families working together. The cost is $4 per child. Call 703-768-2525.

Teen Reading Buddies Storytime
Purcellville Library     2 and 2:30 pm FREE
One-on-one reading time for your children as they buddy up with teen volunteers from Loudoun Valley High School’s Literary Guild. Recommended for ages 3-5.

NoVa Weekend Lineup Nov. 8-9

Current forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of rain on Saturday, partly cloudy but cooler on Sunday (high of 54 degrees).

WEEKEND

Native American Heritage: Showcase Weekend
Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-4 pm
On Saturday, visitors take in native storytelling and wonderful displays as they learn from Native American performers about this great culture. On Sunday, children and parents try their hand at heritage crafts, visit special displays in the visitor center and explore the land of Leesylvania’s ancestors through a short historical program. There is a $3 per participant craft fee.

Family Days
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle
Saturday and Sunday    9 am-5 pm FREE
This weekend, come participate in the many fun activities for visiting families to learn about Continental Marines and their uniforms, weaponry and gear. There will be a USMC Uniforms Pageant in the Leatherneck Gallery at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. NMMC Marines represent Marines from WWI, WWII, Vietnam and GWOT in a uniform pageant presenting the history of our Corps.

November 8

Customer Appreciation Day
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna   10 am-3 pm FREE
Come Celebrate the new look of the library and participate in activities such as free Starbucks coffee, donuts and juice, a children’s treasure hunt, free books and a family puppet show. All ages. No registration is required.

Christopher’s Little Airplane
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center    10 am -4 pm
Author Mark James will sign copies of his book Christopher’s Little Airplane, the children’s picture book about a young boy and a little balsa wood toy airplane. Admission is free, but parking is $12.

Value Tour
Whole Foods Arlington
2700 Wilson Blvd    10 am FREE
Learn how to milk your dollar for all it’s worth! Let us show you how to go organic, without going broke. We’ll meet at Customer Service for a fun and informative shopping lesson and then tour the store stopping in each department for money saving tips, recipe ideas and great tasting food. All tours are free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To register, please contact jackie.zovko@wholefoods.com

Reading Program for 1st and 2nd Grade Boys
Oakton Library   1  0:30 am FREE
Reading program for 1st and 2nd grade boys ages 6-7 years who need extra help. Small group activities with Thomas Jefferson High School volunteers. On Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. at Oakton Library. Please register for all sessions. Register by calling 703-242-4020.

Swordsmen’s Rendezvous
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
134 North Royal Street, Alexandria  11 am-4:30 pm
En garde! Experience this unique living history program as you learn a skill all 18th-century gentlemen 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 newfound talents. Price is $5 per person, ages 5 and up. Reservations are required; call  703-838-4242.

American Indian Stories
Reston Regional Library   11 am FREE
Life as an American Indian child includes games and stories. Presented by the Riverbend Nature Center. Register by calling 703-689-2700. Age 5 & up.

Colonial Day at Sully
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly  11 am-4 pm
Discover life along Cain’s Branch before Richard Bland Lee made this land his country seat in 1794. Hear stories of America’s early wars while interpreters show battles tactics from the 18th century. Help with the labor experienced by the enslaved African Americans and make a take-home craft. House tour included. The cost is $7 per adult and $5 per child. Call 703-437-1794.

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre – Madeline and the Bad Hat
Ashburn Library   1pm FREE
ArtsPower’s Musical production of Madeline and the Bad Hat, based upon the much-loved book, captures the touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelman’s classic Madeline series.

LIVE Radio Disney
IKEA Woodbridge
2901 Potomac Mills Circle    1-3 pm FREE
Join us for live entertainment and kids can register to win 2 free tickets to the Cheetah Girls Concert at the Verizon Center in DC on Nov. 9.

Young Music Makers
Centreville Regional Library    2 pm FREE
Come for fun-filled crafts and a sing-along! Cosponsored by Ear Candy to Help Others (ECHO). Register by calling 703-830-2223. Age 7-11.

Family Movies
Lovettsville Library    2 pm FREE
Madagascar. Rated PG, 86 minutes.

Getting Ready to Read: Easy Reader Level 1
Purcellville Library    2-3 pm  FREE
What’s That, Mittens? by Lola M. Schaefer.
Recommended for ages 5-6. Reserve online or call 540-338-7235.

Family Outdoor Movie Night
Occoquan Regional Park
9751 Ox Road, Lorton 7-9 pm
The movie Surf’s Up will be shown on a large outdoor screen; concessions will be available. Cost is $15 per car. For more info call 703-690-2121.

Sunday, Nov. 9

Serve the Nation: The Lees
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly 1-3 pm
Learn how the Lee family loyally served the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. Sign the Declaration of Independence like Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee; learn about the two Generals Lee from the Revolutionary War and Civil War; and finally, how the District of Columbia became the capital while Richard Bland Lee served in Congress. The cost is $6 per adult, $5 per student, and $4 per senior or child. Add $2 for a souvenir quill pen. For information, call 703-437-1794.

Tassels and Tea
Historic Green Spring, Alexandria 1-3 pm
Find out about the art of tassel-making and make a simple tassel. Use your new tassel-making skills to embellish your holiday gift-wrap this year! The $25 fee includes a traditional English Tea. Call 703-941-7987.

Etiquette Tea for Young Ladies
Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls 2-3:30 pm
Young ladies, ages 8 to 11, enjoy a lesson in table etiquette and practice what they have learned during tea. Prepaid reservations required by 11/4. The cost is $18 per young lady. To reserve, call 703-759-2771.

Autumn Evening Walk
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria 4-5:30 pm
Bring the family to visit the wetland in search of nocturnal residents like elusive, busy beavers. Children, ages six and older, must be accompanied by adults. Reservations are required. Canceled if rain. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child. To reserve, call 703-768-2525