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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 Questions: contact Andy Rabin at

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

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

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!



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


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.


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

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!


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 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.


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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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).


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

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

NoVa Weekend Lineup Nov. 1-2

This weekend marks the end of many of the fall festivals, and a couple of them celebrate with pumpkin smashes! Current forecast calls for clear days with highs of 59 degrees Saturday, 56 on Sunday.



Pumpkin Chunkin’ Weekend
Great Country Farms, Bluemont
Saturday and Sunday   9 am-5 pm
Bring your leftover jack-o-lantern to our smashin’ session and let it fly! The Silo Drop and the Zip Wire Sploosh let you do the smashin’ yourself or bring your pumpkin the Pumpkin Drop Zone and add it to our upside down “fireworks display” as the pumpkins are dropped from a lift over our parking lot. You will be sure to love giving your pumpkin one final ride while you enjoy one last weekend of cow train rides, swings, slides and mazes before winter settles over the farm! Admission is $8

Pumpkin Madness Days
Cox Farms, Centreville
Saturday-Tuesday  10 am-5 pm
Have a smashin’ good time at the grand finale of this year’s fall festival, when you can bring your used jack o’lanterns and see them dropped, hurled, squished and smashed. Admission is $15 on weekends, $9 on weekdays. For deals, including 30% discount for members, visit



Saturday, Nov. 1

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Chantilly 10-11:30 am
On its way eastward the coyote hybridized with timber wolves in the north and red wolves in the south and possibly wild dogs. Thus, at 20 to 45 pounds, the eastern coyote is bigger than its western cousin. View night-camera photos of coyotes in the park, listen to taped calls and check a tracking pit. This program is suited for ages eight and older. Reservations required. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Prepurchase Santa Breakfast tickets
Dulles Town Center
Customer Service Desk, Lower Level 10 am-9:30 pm
Opening day to purchase tickets for the Nov. 14th Santa Breakfast, which includes photo coupon with Santa (at the Santa set), a Chik-fil-A breakfast and various holiday entertainment. Tickets are $10 per child; there are only 200 available and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Cash only.

Autumn Amble
Mason Neck State Park, Lorton     1-2 pm
Join this guided walk as our fall foliage transforms and the wildlife prepares for the upcoming winter. Meet at Bay View Trail Head. Call (703) 339-2380 to reserve. No charge for the program, but there is a $4 vehicle entrance fee.

Mammals: Fluffy Encounters
Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly   1-2  pm FREE
Journey into the forest and look for signs of the many mammals that make Cub Run Stream Valley their home. Hike with a naturalist and enjoy hands-on activities that will teach you about our fluffy relatives. Reservations required. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. Call 703-817-9407.

American Girl Camp
Patrick Henry Library, Vienna   1-4 pm FREE
Enjoy a day of fun with your American Girl doll! Activities, games, and crafts to be featured. Please, bring your American Girl Doll, doll clothes and accessories. Age 8-11. Call 703-938-0405 to reserve a space.

Unison Heritage Day
Unison (about 5 miles north of Middleburg), Loudoun County   1-5 pm  FREE
This year’s festival will include folksy bluegrass by the Willow Branch Band from Charlottesville, a barbecue feast, live auctions, and much more. Children will enjoy the annual visit of the Piedmont Fox Hounds, the nation’s oldest foxhunt. Tour the 150-plus year old Unison Methodist Church, as well as the dirt roads and antique rock walls surrounding the village, and learn about the upcoming designation of Unison as a Civil War Battlefield. Civil War expert Rob Hodge will bring in the cavalry, the Confederate fife and drum corps, and the big guns of an artillery battery to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Unison as it coincides with the first weekend of November this year as it did 146 years ago on Nov. 2, 1862. Cost is $20 per person in advance, $25 per person at the gate; free for kids younger than 16 years. For more info, visit

Storytime Matinee
Ashburn Library   2 pm  FREE
Stories, songs, a video storybook and a craft.
Recommended for ages 3 – 6.

1001 Arabian Nights: The Story of Aladdin
Cascades Library   2 pm FREE
Audience participation is encouraged to help tell this timeless classic presented by the Virginia Stage Company. Recommended for all ages. Sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Teen Wii Day
Lovettsville Library   2 pm  FREE
Register online or call 540-822-5824. Sponsored by Lovettsville Advisory Board. 

The Rolling Coyotes – Folk Music from West Virginia
Purcellville Library    2 pm FREE
The Rolling Coyotes feature finely-tuned harmonies, textured arrangements, good humor and originality. Their provocative songs will warm your heart, challenge your mind, make you tap your toes and laugh out loud! Recommended for all ages.

Indians of Arlington
Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington     2 pm FREE
This program introduces participants to Native American history of Arlington through a slide show, hands-on activities and a ½ mile walk. Special emphasis on how we can understand the land better by understanding the cultures of people who lived here (and vice-versa!). For adults and children age 8 and older.

Native American Storytelling, Games and Hunting Skills
Hidden Oaks Nature Center   2-3:30 pm
Explore the culture of Eastern Woodland Indians during the period of first European contact with your choice of two afternoon sessions filled stories and games at . Children will enjoy storytelling and a puppet show. Families experience games including tossing sticks, corn cob darts and “jackrabbit.” Enjoy a woodland walk as the naturalist relates the use of native plants and animals to commodities in our grocery stores and pharmacies. Make a craft to take home. This program is suited for children ages 4 and older with an adult. Prepaid reservations are required. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Railroad Open House
Quantico Depot
550 Railroad Avenue, Quantico   10-11 am FREE
Free public open house at the Quantico Depot. Suitable for all ages and family friendly. See an operating model railroad. For more info visit

Exploring Fall
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship
11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville 10 am-Noon FREE
Join Phil Daley as he explores the forest reserve in fall. During this free family hike, we will look at how plants and animals prepare for winter. Also, come and enjoy the fall foliage in this heavily forested preserve. Meet at the Neersville Volunteer Fire Station on Rt. 671 at 10 a.m. To register sign up online or contact Phil Daley at 540-338-6528 or

Harvest Moon Candy Hunt
The Lawn of the Manassas Museum
9101 Prince William Street   5:30-7:30 pm
The City of Manassas Recreation and Parks Department have created a safe environment for the little ones to enjoy some Halloween fun. Bring a flashlight and a loot bag. Don’t forget to enter your child in the costume contest just before the hunt. And parents, don’t forget to bring your camera. There’s prizes and candy for all.  Admission is $5.

NoVa Weekend Lineup Oct. 18-19

Chilly Saturday and Sunday, but at least no rain’s in the current forecast! 



Fall Farm Color Tour
Loudoun County Saturday and Sunday   10 am-4pm FREE
Fall in the Loudoun Valleys is beautiful. The colorful trees of the Blue Ridge, Short Hill and Sugarloaf Mountains set the stage for your self-guided tour of several farms in Loudoun’s countryside. See alpacas, horses, sheep, and other animals in their natural environments. Choose apples, pumpkins, trees and more from the bounty of the fall harvest. Tour a nursery or a winery and talk to the proprietors about their specialty products. Visit the Web site at for a list of participating venues and a downloadable map.

National Weather Service Open House
43858 Weather Service Road, Sterling
Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday     Noon-5 pm FREE
Visitors can get an inside look at the Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office, which serves one of the largest populations in the country. This two day open house/dedication will feature numerous weather related events for the whole family including tours of the wind tunnel and environmental extreme chambers, hourly weather balloon launches, games like Weather Jeopardy, demonstrations of how forecasts are made, and”Weather in Music and Prose”, a multimedia show combining computer imagery, poetry, and live music performance. For more info, call (703) 996-2200.

Fall Harvest Family Days
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm
With the crops picked, Mount Vernon’s Pioneer Farmer site becomes a harvest celebration. Rain or shine, meet “General Washington,” see wheat-treading, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, take a wagon ride, explore a straw-bale maze. This weekend, sightseeing cruises, courtesy of Spirit Cruises and Potomac Riverboat Company, available half-price. Admission is $13 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-11, free for kids 5 and younger.

Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival
830 Longbranch Lane, Millwood
Friday 4:30-7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 7 am-4 pm
Morning and evening a colorful array of hot air balloons in all sizes and shapes will surround you as you enjoy music, wine tasting, craft and antique car show, games and fun for the kids and so much more! Bring your own lawn chairs to stake out a good seat for balloon lift-off and landing! Historic Longbranch House will also be open for tours throughout the day. Admission is $5 on Friday, $10 on the weekend; children 12 and younger. Visit or call (540) 837-1856 for more details.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Aldie Harvest Festival
John Mosby Highway, Aldie    9 am-5 pm
This two-hundred year old village presents a harvest festival featuring food, entertainment, vendors, crafts, bake sales, grinding and blacksmithing demonstrations, and more. Families will enjoy the fun fest and a historical tour of the Aldie Mill. Admission is free, optional $5 parking donation. For more info call 703-327-4060.

Court and Market Days
Downtown Leesburg 10 am-4 pm FREE
Celebrate the heritage of Leesburg with this annual event! During the early history of the county, the Circuit Court of Leesburg was in session only once a year. During this time, people from all over the county converged upon Leesburg to conduct business, which gave the town a festive-like atmosphere. Highlights include artisan demonstrations, traders and peddlers selling wares, reenactments of court cases from 1750-1825, period entertainment, and hands-on children’s activities. For more info call 703-777-1368.

International Gold Cup
Great Meadow, The Plains      Gates open 10am
About 35,000 spectators will gather at Great Meadow near The Plains in Fauquier County to celebrate the 70th running of the International Gold Cup Races presented
by Porsche. This event will provide a full day of entertainment including a Porsche Classic car display and seven nationally sanctioned races. For more information call (540) 347-2612 or visit

Commerce Wow Zone Class
Woodrow Wilson Library, Falls Church    10:30 am FREE
Financial literacy program that teaches children about the value of money by reading stories & participating in activities and games. Your child may learn financial skills. Cosponsored by Commerce Bank. For ages 7 & up. Call 703-820-8774 to reserve a space.

2nd Annual Paws in the Park
Montgomery Park
901 N. Royal St., Alexandria   11 am-2 pm FREE
Paws in the Park is a fabulous fall festival with events and activities for kids, dogs, and the rest of us. Join us for K- 9 Games including the ever popular Distraction Dash, Doga, Costume Parade and Contest, a Blessing of the Animals and more. Prizes, raffles and a general celebration of the Harvest Season. For more info visit, email or call the Old Town North Community Partnership at 703.836.8066.

Autumn 18th Century Market Fair
Claude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-4:30 pm
See colonial farm family and community members in costume and character. Period food, beverages and wares available for purchase. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids ages 3-12. Visit for a Market Fair coupon worth 50 percent off admission. Free parking.

Autumn Adventure
Reston Town Center Pavilion   Noon-4 pm
Enjoy horse-drawn hayrides, a hay maze, living scarecrows, performances by the J & B Blues Project, amazing face painting, arts and craft making, and more! Children can march in a costume parade, join a costume contest, and trick-or-treat at participating retailers. Rain or shine. Cost is $5 per child or $20 per family. Proceeds benefit Reston Interfaith.

Family Dig Day
George Washington Masonic Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria     1:30-3 pm
Help City archaeologists and trained volunteers screen excavated soil for artifacts from a real “dig” located on the grounds of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Wear comfortable clothes, protect yourself from the sun, and bring a water bottle. Please, no sandals. All necessary equipment will be supplied. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.Cost is $5 per person; reservations required. E-mail or call 703.838.4399 to save your spot! Visit for more info.

Become an Anime Artist
County Extension Program Room
30B Catoctin Circle, Leesburg    2-4 pm FREE
In celebration of Teen Read Week, learn to draw like the anime artists that you love! The basics of character development and backgrounds will be shown. The importance of perspective and drawing techniques will also be discussed with plenty of opportunity to draw on your own. Sponsored by Rust Library. Register online or call 703-777-0323. Recommended for teens.

Celebrate Teen Read Week with Clay Cafe Studios
Kings Park Library, Burke    2:30 pm FREE
Paint and personalize your own pottery plate. Age 12-18. Call 703-978-5600 to reserve a space.

Bollywood Dance
Ashburn Library   3 pm FREE
Performance by Cham Cham Payal Bajey International, a professional organization devoted to Indian culture.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Occoquan Regional Park   9 am-5 pm FREE
Bicycle show sponsored by revolution Cycle, come see the newest in bicycles, accessories, clothing and more. Participate in a family fun ride, see a magic act and enjoy children’s activities. That plus plenty of food and fun!

Oktoberfest Beer Tasting
Lee-Fendall House Museum
614 Oronoco Street, Alexandria    2-5 pm
The Del Ray Artisans and Lee Fendall House Museum tip their hats to the tradition of Oktoberfest with a beer and cheese tasting in the beautiful gardens of Lee Fendall. Sample eight beers and receive a beer glass hand-painted by a Del Ray Artisan or Lee Fendall House Friend. Tickets are $40. Visit for more info.

College Fair
Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax    7:30-9:30 pm  FREE
Recruiters from nearly 400 hundred colleges & universities will be on-hand to provide information and answer questions. The event is hosted by Fairfax County Public Schools and provides a great venue for high school juniors, seniors and their parents to speak with college representatives from Virginia, Maryland, DC and nationwide. For more information, visit