Saturday, July 30th

The Three Little Pigs 

11am @ Barnes and Noble Clarendon Market Commons, Arlington

Come hear the story about an old sow who sent her three little pigs out into the world to seek their fortune.

A Chelonian Celebration    

11am – 2pm @ Reptile Discovery Center, National Zoo, Washington, DC

What’s a chelonian? Come find out at Reptile Discovery Day! Meet the Zoo’s turtles, tortoises, and other fascinating reptiles. Strike up a conversation with scientists who are working to save reptiles and amphibians in the wild. This family-friendly event offers educational and fun activities for children, keeper talks and animal demonstrations.  Visit the Reptile Discovery Center for meet-a-chelonian keeper talks every half hour, an exploration table packed with chelonian objects to touch and explore, and a Turtle Toss game.  Free and open to the public.

Meet-a-Chelonian Schedule

11am Radiated and spider tortoises

11:30am Snake-neck turtle

12pm Aldabra tortoise

12:30pm Alligator snapping turtle

1pm Fly river turtle

1:30pm Impressed tortoise

2nd Annual Youth Arts Festival 

12pm @ Jefferson Houston Elementary School, Alexandria

This fun filled, cultural enriching, and completely engaging festival features live performances, puppet theatre, fine art displays, interactive workshops, poetry readings and opportunities for youth to sell their art. Food and beverage sales will be available, and the festival will be held rain or shine.

Reptiles of Arlington 

2pm – 3:30pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington
Meet ten of the most common reptiles in Arlington. We’ll learn to identify them, and about their habits and habitats as well. Participants will receive a copy of ‘A Guide to the Snakes of Virginia’.  Ages 14 and up.  $8 fee per person.

Naturally Great Art 
2pm – 4pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington
Join an Arlington Regional Master Naturalist and let your creative juices flow as we use objects found in nature to make prints and rubbings on paper. Let nature guide your creative instincts in making one of a kind works of art. For children ages 8 and up.  Free event, but must register.

Dinofest in Nature Playce 

3pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Explore dinoland and unearth a real fossil to keep, compare your height and length to that of dinosaurs. Search for hidden dinosaurs and tracks. Make a fossil impression to take home.


4 – 5:30pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington
Stop by, rent a bow for 30 minutes, and enjoy some archery practice in the shady woods! Nature center staff will supervise for safety, and provide a little guidance if needed.  Children ages 6 and up; under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
$5 fee per 30 min bow rental.

Snakes in Summer Campfire 
7pm – 8:15pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

The whole family is invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. 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.$5 fee per person due at registration- $20 max per family.  All ages.

Campfire Fun: How and Why Summer Stories

7:45pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Hear old-fashioned tall tales around a campfire. Toast marshmallows over the embers. Canceled in case of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult.

Sunday, July 31st

Annual Chirilagua Festival

12pm – 7pm @ Four Mile Run Park, Alexandria

The festival features live entertainment, children’s activities, and traditional arts and crafts from South America, Bolivia, Peru, and Central America, and food and beverage sales. Sponsored by Tenants and Workers United.

Movies On The Potomac  

8:20pm @ National Harbor, MD

Every Sunday until September 4th there will be free movies every Sunday just after sunset at National Harbor.  Bring a lawn chair, and leave your coolers and food/beverages at home.  There will also be kids activities before the movie!  This week’s movie is How to Train Your Dragon.  For more info click here.