Check out these fun things going on this weekend.  Lot of rain forecasted- stay dry!

Saturday, September 24th

Smithsonian Museum Day at  Alexandria Archaeology Museum and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

Various times @ participating museums

Looking for a good family-friendly activity while enjoying and learning about our heritage? The Smithsonian Institute is sponsoring a national Museum Day on Saturday September 24th. As part of the celebration hundreds of museums across the nation are offering two free admission tickets per request.  Tickets available online through the Smithsonian Magazine: http://smithsonianmag.com/museumday.  At the Archaeology Museum, participate in the History Scavenger Hunt by identifying artifacts in the Museum that bring Alexandria’s past to life! Try your hand at piecing together, or crossmending, pottery sherds from the past and learn about life as a Civil War drummer boy in the “Wanted Young Heroes” exhibit.  At Gadsby’s Tavern Museum come explore this 18th century tavern that attracted Washington, Jefferson, and travelers. It was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Fort Ethan Allen 150th Anniversary

9am – 4pm @ Fort Ethan Allen Park, Arlington

150 years ago on September 24, 1861 the Union army began constructing Forts Ethan Allen and Marcy to protect the Chain Bridge. Come visit both of these forts as they commemorate their construction with exhibits, interpretive walks and activities. For information call 703-243-4342. Meet at, 3829 N.Stafford St, Arlington, VA 22207. Registration is not required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_15901

Mike Perrello Magic Show

10am @ Valley Drive Cooperative Preschool, Alexandria

Mike Perrello’s fun and high-energy magic show will captivate children of all ages (and adults too). With comedy, live animals, puppets, music, and more, this magician will entertain the whole family and keep them roaring with laughter.

http://delray.patch.com/events/magic-show-12

Funville

10am – 4pm @ White Flint Mall, N. Bethesda, MD

White Flint Mall will be transformed into a free community parenting fair.  Citizens of Funville will receive their passports to live performances, hands-on activities, giveaways, contests, demonstrations and interactive stations, focusing on education, health, the arts, parties and more.

http://www.washingtonparent.com/funville

Worldwide Day of Play

10am – 4pm @ Ellipse, Washington, DC

Nickelodeon will bring its 8th Annual Worldwide Day of Play event to the Ellipse in Washington, DC.  You can enjoy activities set up by over 50 organizations! Hit a homer with Major League Baseball and Boys & Girls Club of America’s batting contests and clinics. Be a soccer star with shooting and passing clinics provided by Major League Soccer. Score a touchdown with drills from the National Football League, and serve some aces with the United States Tennis Association! Plus, many more.  The event will also feature appearances by a number of Nickelodeon’s live-action and preschool stars, including Big Time Rush, the cast of iCarly; Victoria Justice and the cast of Victorious; Keke Palmer, star of True Jackson, VP; SpongeBob SquarePants; Dora the Explorer, the Fresh Beat Band and more.  This event is free and open to the public
http://www.nick.com/thebighelp/worldwide-day-of-play

Clarendon Day 2011- Family Fun Day

11am – 5pm @ Around Clarendon Metro Station, Arlington

Enjoy performances, fun kids’ activities, free health screenings, meet local sports mascots, and so much more.  Following the Pacer’s 10k/5k/Kids Dash, everyone can enjoy local music on two stages, and tasty treats from more than a dozen local restaurants.  There will be a moonbounce obstacle course, face-painting, balloon sculptures, and a special fencing demonstration by the Fencing Sports Academy.  There is also a Kidz Zone Play Area that will will feature new attractions that appeal to kids of all ages in our Kidz Zone, including a free safari obstacle bounce and monkey bouncer, as well as ticketed rides.  Clarendon Day 2011 takes place in the area around Clarendon Metro Station.

http://www.clarendonday.org

Awesome Airmail

11am – 3pm @ Postal Museum, Washington, DC

Airmail turns 100 and you’re invited to celebrate with hands-on activities, storytime, and tours. Join us beneath a 1911 plane that carried airmail and discover its fascinating story.

http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/museum/1b_calendar.html?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D95720113%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D

McLean Harvest Happenings

11am – 2pm @ McLean Community Center, McLean, VA

Activities are designed for children ages 3-8. A fun and exciting day for your whole family is right in your backyard.  Bring your family to this indoor/outdoor festival and enjoy activities, live entertainment, fun snacks, and games at the McLean Community Center. All activities are included in the entrance fee.  Children’s entertainers Rocknoceros and Kidsinger Jim will perform.

http://www.mcleancenter.org/kids-teens/childrens-events.asp#harvest_happenings

 

Night at the Planetarium 6

3pm – 7pm @ David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington

Fun for the whole family with shows in the planetarium and hands-on activities and telescope viewing outside for all to enjoy.

http://www.saveplanetarium.org/2011/09/20/0924-night-at-the-planetarium-6/

Ah Love Baby

4pm – 5pm @ Ah Love Oil & Vinegar, Arlington

Store owner Cary Kelly will share ancient practices that keep you and your baby healthy using chemical free, all natural olive oil.  Learn how mothers in the Mediterranean have treated diaper rash, cradle cap, dry skin, earaches and even their own stretch marks and nursing discomfort.  Olive oil is not just for your kitchen!

http://www.ahloveoilandvinegar.com/Events.html

Campfire: Tall Tales & Long Legs

7am – 8:15pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Register adults and children; children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The whole family is invited to join us at 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. For more info call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center- registration is required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_15978

Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Search the skies during our night time stroll for bats. Enjoy a story and fun facts about these curious, misunderstood creatures. Learn how to encourage these natural mosquito-zappers to visit your backyard. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult. Family fun outside the trail and searching the skies for bats above the rain garden. Learn of the challenges bats face with both habitat loss, poor public relations and disease. Find out how to be safe near wildlife and the real issue of dangers of human contact with bats and other mammals.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/public.htm

Sunday, September 25th

Olde Towne Dogge Walke

9am – 11am @ Market Square, Alexandria

A fun way for animal lovers to support the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria in a 1.5 mile walk.

http://www.doggewalke.com/

Plant Sale and More!–Glencarlyn

10am @ Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden, Arlington

Glencarlyn Branch Library Community Garden’s Master Gardeners invite you to free talks on native bees (11am), fall planting (noon), herb and pollinator gardens (1pm). Also tastes of herbal treats and drinks plus potpourri making for children and adults. Hundreds of sun and shade loving perennials, ferns, shrubs, and trees will be on sale just in time for fall planting.  Sponsored by Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and Virginia Cooperative Extension. Cash or check appreciated. For information, call Judy Funderburk at 703-671-5310.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/09/plant-sale-and-more.html

Steam Stomp

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Investigate Bugg Creek for salamanders, crayfish, and more in this catch-and-release adventure.  Learn about erosion and other environmental issues affecting aquatic wildlife. Cancelled in case of severe weather. Wear closed toes shoes that can get wet and clothes that can get dirty because we’re wading in the stream. Use dip nets to collect creatures to examine.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks/public.htm

Saturday, September 24th & Sunday, September 25th

Library of Congress National Book Festival

National Mall, Washington, DC

Come to the 11th annual National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event. The festival is free and open to the public.  Justin Roberts will perform at 5pm.

http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/


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