Telegraph Station will now be hosting ArtStarts, a unique art program for children ages 2-5. These classes provide the opportunity for exploration, discovery, self-expression, and positive social interaction. Children will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of art materials such as paint,  clay, markers, crayons, and paper, while also engaging in stories, songs, and movement.

Beginning February 1st, ArtStarts will meet from 10:30-11:15 on Wednesdays at Telegraph Station located at 5735 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22303. The current schedule is as follows:

February 1st, 8th, 22nd

March 7th and 14th,

April 11th, 18th, and 25th.


To register, email Nicole  at and include your child’s name, age and date(s) for which you wish to register. Class fee is $15 per session via PayPal. Visit for class information and schedule updates.

My daughter is mildly obsessed with Christmas lights, and I must admit that I am an enabler.  I’m a white light and garland kind of girl, but there is something fun about an absolutely tacky house.  It is dark so early these days that we are often in the car after the sun sets, and I’m constantly pointing out houses for her to check out.  I just love the intake of breath at each and every house.

Although she likes any kind of light display, I wanted to really blow her mind.  I asked our MOMS Club chat if they knew of any local displays that went overboard (in a good way).  I had some great responses.  The first that we checked out was 1610 N Abingdon St in Arlington.  It is fantastic!  You have to get out of the car to get the full effect.  There is a train set on the porch, a Santa and reindeer on the roof, and a tree with candy canes for the kids in the yard- plus tons more.  Totally over the top, but tasteful (a difficult combination).

Another mom posted about  Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights.  Holly Zell, the creator of the site, takes pictures of the tackiest light displays in the area, primarily focusing on Fairfax County.   Check it out to see tons of addresses.

Here are some other “tacky” treats in the area- let me know if you know of any others!


  • 1713 N. Quebec St, Arlington
  • 5604 Hereford Ct, Alexandria
  • 5601 Hereford Ct, Alexandria
  • 8505 N Roosevelt St, Falls Church
  • 510 East Broad St, Falls Church

Tuesday, December 13th    “Eat the World” Fundraiser

11am – 9pm @ Sâuçá Restaurant, Arlington

Barcroft, Campbell, Claremont & Randolph Elementary School PTAs have joined forces with the new Columbia Pike restaurant Sâuçá to benefit all four schools.  Order lunch or dinner, eat-in or take-out and 15% of profits will go to support the PTAs.  If you haven’t tried out the this restaurant, you should.  The food is delicious!

Wednesday, December 14th    Holiday Shopping Happy Hour!

5pm – 7pm @ Telegraph Station, Alexandria

Shop winter items from designer brands like Baby Gap, Catimini, Gymboree, Hanna Andersson, Janie and Jack, Mini Boden, and more! All holiday and winter attire will be 20% off!  After you shop, enjoy a relaxed bite to eat or grab a drink.

Thursday, December 15th    Winter Open House

4pm – 7pm @ Central Library, Arlington

Central Library will hold a Winter Open House for kids and families in the Youth Services area.  They will have winter-themed crafts available in the children’s room, refreshments in the Rabbit Hole, and the librarians will share a winter story and song every half hour.

Friday, December 16th    Tiny Tots

10am – 10:45am @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Tiny Tot programs provide an opportunity to interact one-on-one with your child while discovering the wonders of nature. Each fun and educational program will engage your child with hands-on learning, and may include a variety of activities like songs, crafts, finger plays and mini-hikes.

Here’s what happening this weekend!
10-11:30am @ Sugar Cube, Alexandria
Kids ages 6-8 will make gumdrop turkeys and chocolate-dipped pilgrim hats for the Thanksgiving holiday. Perfect as place settings or as little gifts.
11am – 4pm @ National Postal Museum , Washington, DC
Sort mail in a Railway Post Office train car (a Civil War-era innovation), learn about Confederate postage, find out how Abraham Lincoln corresponded, and write to current American military personnel. Explore the Mail Call exhibit and learn more about Civil War postal history and philately.
Sort mail in a railway post office train car, find out how Abraham Lincoln corresponded and write to current American military personnel.

2pm @ Shirlington Branch Library, Arlington

Have family game time at the library! Try board games, card games and a host of video games. Call 703-228-6545 for more information.

Giving Thanks Tea

2pm – 5pm @ The Grille at Morrison House, Alexandria
Mrs. B teaches children proper etiquette through a themed afternoon tea. For November, the theme is giving thanks and Julie Marks’s “Thanks for Thanksgiving” will be read. There will also be a dress up time with antique aprons and crafts. Of course, there will be plenty of finger foods and tea.
2:30pm & 4:30pm @ Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Capital City Symphony presents a family concert, with Guest Artist Oran Sandel.  It includes the popular Instrument Petting Zoo!
4pm – 5pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington
Families, with children ages 4 and up. Register children and adults; an accompanying adult must attend. Find out everything you wanted to know about these amazing and often misunderstood creatures. You’ll have a chance to meet several up close and personal! For more information call 703-228-6535.
6pm – 7:15pm @ Long Branch Nature Center
The whole family is invited to join us for lots of old-fashioned fun. Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month by learning about the culture of some of the previous residents of Virgina. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs, and of course treats like s’mores. For more information call 703-228-6535.
Calvary Untied Methodist Church is hosting their annual Children’s Clothing Swap.  The swap will be held Saturday, November 19th from 10am to 2pm,  Whether or not you have items to swap, come and check out the clothing that the children in our community have outgrown.  Everyone is welcome!
All remaining items will be donated.  Summer items will go to Arts for Humanity in Honduras, and winter items will be donated to Joplin, Missouri.  Please note, they do not have the funds to ship the items to Joplin so all donations are welcome.
Children’s Clothing Swap
Calvary United Methodist Church
2315 South Grant Street, Arlington, Va. 22202

Is everyone out there as busy as I am?  There’s always rom for some fun- here are some ideas to get you out of the house!

Tuesday, November 15th    Recess at the Rink

9:20am – 10:50am @ Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington

This special public skating session is a great opportunity for young children to get acclimated tothe rink before summer skating camps and lessons!  An instructor will be available throughout the session to assist skaters as needed.  Kids can play hockey with foam hockey pucks, mini-nets, and mini-sticks, use buckets, and write on the ice with special markers!  All young skaters must wear gloves. Helmets are recommended. Adults not required to be on ice with children, but they do skate for free with children.  Beanie Babies, buckets, ice markers, and foam hockey pucks will be provided for kids to play with while skating! Plus free hot drinks!*  Kids ages 2 to 8 skate for $7.  Parents and caregivers skate free with child!  Includes skate rental for all! Limit one adult per child.

Wednesday, November 16th   Kids Club

10:30am @ Aurora Hills Branch Library, Arlington

Come and listen to stories by Dav Pilkey and Mo Willems! There will be an egg toss and children will go home with balloon animals created by Antoine from the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs department. For more information, call 703-228-5715.

Wednesday, November 16th    Special Drop-In Holiday Storytime “Off Campus”

10:30am @ Giant Supermarket, Arlington

A special holiday storytime. Drop-in, no registration. Daycare classes are welcomed to attend. At the new Giant supermarket off Columbia Pike, 2501 9th Rd. S. For more information, call 703-228-7761.

Wednesday, November 16th    Fairies, Fables and Funny Folktales

4pm @ Columbia Pike Branch Library, Arlington

Storytime includes multicultural folktales, puppetry, readers’ theater and crafts. A drop-in program for grades K-5. No registration required. For more information, call 703-228-7761.

Wednesday, November 16th    Wild Ones: On the Turkey Trail

4pm – 5pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Your child is invited to join our exciting nature club which meets twice a month. Choose just a few programs or attend them all! Gobble gobble? Trace the tracks of the turkey as we trail this big bird through the woods. Learn to tell a Tom from a Hen, where they can be seen in our area, and more! For more information: 703-228-3403. Ages 6 – 10.

Thursday, November 17th    Nature Detectives- Turkeys

10am @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Learn about these impressive birds through an activity, and a craft. Reservations required

Friday, November 18th    ‘Tis the Season

7:30pm @ David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington

This annual holiday favorite, where you learn how people throughout time dealt with the shortened days of winter.  The show equates the darkness of the winter solstice with the multi-cultural practice of using festive lights to celebrate the holiday season.

Synetic Theater’s newest Family Theater show, The Rough-Faced Girl  opens this weekend.  The Rough-Faced Girl is a Cinderella story told through the eyes of a Native American girl cast off by her family.  Through a blend of music, dance, acrobatics, and Native American storytelling traditions, this show helps young theater goers celebrate Native American History Month and understand that beauty lies within.

The official opening performance is this Sunday at 11am , and they are offering you a discount to that show of 50% off for Go Out and Play readers- use the code: GOOUT.  Tickets are regularly price $12, so the price will only be $6!  There will also be complimentary snacks and drinks at the opening performance with a post-show discussion with the actors and director.  The show is appropriate for ages 2 and up.

Click here for tickets for Sunday’s show.