Monday, May 16th    Babies in Backpacks

10am – 11am @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Join a park naturalist (and her child) into the woods.  You will load up your little one and head out on a moderate hike through the Long Branch and Glencarlyn parks to enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. The hike will conclude with some “down time” for the little ones to have some closer encounters with nature.  For families with children who can ride in a back pack.  Cost is $5 per child.

Tuesday, May 17th    Kids Craft Event: Make a Hope Book–Shirlington

4:30pm – 6pm @ Shirlington Branch Library, Arlington

Make a book at the Shirlington Branch inspired by the Buddhist prayer wheel.  Elementary-aged children are invited to explore the creative interpretation of a “book” in this fun project celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Children will make an origami one-sheet book and fill it with their hopes, wishes and promises. They can wear the book around their necks or hang in their rooms. Participants will also enjoy live Indian classical music performed by an Arlington father and son duo.  They will play the sitar and give live demonstrations about the instrument and Indian classical music. Led by Sushmita Mazumdar, an Arlington-based book artist, writer and educator. More about Sushmita at

Wednesday, May 18    Nature Detectives – Reptiles
10-10:45am OR 1:30-2:15pm @ Huntley Meadows, Alexandria

Through a story, activity and craft, learn about these unusual, scaly animals. Reservations required. Cost is $6  For ages 3-5 yrs.

Wednesday, May 18th    Fairies, Fables & Funny Folktales–Columbia Pike

4pm – 5pm @ Columbia Pike Branch Library

Anything can happen with “Fairies, Fables & Funny Folktales.”  No registration required. For more information, call 703-228-5710.

Thursday, May 19th    Animal Moms

10am – 11am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Celebrate Mother’s Day by learning about animal moms and the different ways they care for their young!  For ages 3 – 5 years. Cost is $5 per child.

Friday, May 20th    Storytime with Ms. Laura at Kinder Haus Toys

10:30am @ Kinder Haus Toys, Arlington

A free storytime with Ms. Laura.