It’s going to be a great week, weather-wise, so be sure to spend some time outside!  Check out The Meanest Momma’s reviews of local parks.  She reviews based on shade, equipment, bathrooms, etc- all things that parents want to know!

Tuesday, November 8th    Family Storytime

6:30pm @ Central Library Youth Services “Rabbit Hole” Room, Arlington

No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached. Call 703-228-5946 for more information.  All ages welcome.

Wednesday, November 9th    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 9th    Stroller Happy Hour

3pm – 5pm@ Twisted Vines Bistro, Arlington

Bring the little ones to a kid-friendly meet & greet with other Arlington parents. Snacks will be provided for the kids… great happy hour specials for the kids at heart.

Wednesday, November 9th    Wild Ones: Candle Making
3:30pm – 5pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington
 You’ll light up with this craft, by making your own candles. We’ll try our hands at some new and old ways to make these luminaries. For more information call 703-228-6535. Ages 6 – 10.    $5 fee due upon registration.  Program # 612921-C

Friday, November 11th    Tiny Tot

10am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center

Tiny Tot programs  are 45 minutes long and 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.  Each program has a theme, but themes are not published ahead of time so that we flexibility in exploring and incorporating all of the amazing and changeable aspects of the park and its wildlife into our programs.  Adults must remain during the entire program. $5 per child due at registration.   Ages: 18 – 35 months with adult.

Thursday, November 10th    Who Stole my Acorns?

10:30am & 3:30pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

How can there be new Oak trees with Squirrel and Chipmunk and Blue Jay around?  You’ll discover how the animals and plants work together to make the beautiful Gulf Branch forest. This highly interactive program may include stories, songs, crafts and mini-hikes. Ages: 3 – 5 years.  Parents are invited to stay and observe, or those with younger siblings may visit the rest of the building during the program. Parents must remain on-site. $5 per child due at registration.

Thursday, November 10th    Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

6:30 – 8:30pm @ Fellowship Hall at Mt. Olivet Church, Arlington

Join Chick-fil-A for a community Shoe Box Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child. Bring your empty box and the items that you would like to pack it with and be part of the packing fun!  There will be music, refreshments and a special appearance by the ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ Santa Cow.  Everyone donating a packed box that evening will receive a special offer from Chick-fil-A at Ballston Common that evening. You can visit the Operation Christmas Child website to learn how to pack a box and what types of items to include.

Friday, November 11th     529.Kids.Consign at Telegraph Station

10am – 1pm @ Telegraph Station, Alexandria

Shop from designer brands: Baby Gap, Catimini, Gymboree, Hannah Andersson, Hartstrings, Janie and Jack, Mini Boden, and maternity fall pieces from A Pea in the Pod, Isabella Oliver, Lucky Brand, Michael Stars, Olian and more. Telegraph Station is kid friendly with toys, so kids are encouraged to come.