Arts & Crafts


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 ArtStartsonthePike@gmail.com 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 ArtStartsonthePike.com for class information and schedule updates.

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.

 

 

The week leading up to Halloween is always fun in the DC Metro area, so get out and play!

Monday, October 24th    Forest Fledglings 

9:45am @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

New topic each week for parent and child (quiet siblings welcome.) Stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration. Dress for weather. Call nature center for weekly topic.

 

Tuesday, October 25th    Kids Read to Dogs (Paws to Read)

5:30pm @ Westover Branch Library, Arlington

Children grades K – 5 are invited to read to therapy dogs. Each “Paws to Read” child is given a 15-minute session where they will be paired with a canine listener. Volunteers (both owners and dogs) are part of PAL (People. Animals. Love.), an animal therapy organization. All participating dogs are trained and certified. Studies have shown that reading to a dog (or other non-judgmental audience) can help improve a child’s reading level and increase their enjoyment of reading. Please register for a slot by calling (703) 228-5260.

 

Tuesday, October 25th    Whoo’s About 

10:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Wondering who’s out at night, lurking just out of sight. Don’t let these creatures give a you a fright, come and learn they do not bite! For ages 3 – 5 years.  Registration is required.  Activity #: 612911

Wednesday, October 26th  Halloween at Whole Foods

5pm – 7pm @ Old Town Whole Foods, Alexandria

Start your night off by experiencing the mystery boxes and then continue to experience Halloween by Trick-or-Treating around the store. A night full of costumes, snacks, and fun! Trick-or-treating starts at 5 pm and goes until 7 pm.

 

Thursday, October 27th    Harvest Halloween  

10:15am & 11:30am @ Ripley Center, Smithsonian, Washington, DC

Join Oran Sandel at the Discovery Theater pumpkin patch for songs, games, and more. He’ll spin an American Indian harvest story; you will look inside Mr. Jack O’ Lantern (what really makes him tick?); and you will create a pumpkin face for Discovery Theater. Bring in YOUR design, and they will post it on their Facebook page.  For ages 3 – 8.  Also on Friday, 10/28.

 

Friday, October 28th    OctoberFest @ Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center

4pm – 8pm @ Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, Alexandria

This is an opportunity for the entire family to dress up in their best costume for Halloween Fun! Families will be able to particpate in Halloween Arts & Crafts, Spooky Musical Chairs, Face Painting, Scary Movies, Haunted House Tours and much more!!!

 

 

Friday, October 28th    Pippi in America with Sarah Riedel  Swedish Children’s Songs in Playful Jazz Versions  
10am & 12pm @ Dome Theatre, Artishere, Arlington 

Pippi in America is an acoustic performance where the musicians combine well known Swedish children’s songs with beloved characters such as Pippi Longstocking and jazz. Sweden’s Sarah Riedel is a thought-provoking, elegant, and emotional jazz vocalist who was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the Swedish Radio Corporation’s prestigious Jazzkatten Award.  This event is free!

Wow- so much going on this weekend!  Better yet, it is going to feel like fall and be sunny all weekend.  Get out and enjoy it!  KidFriendly DC has a fantastic post about more Halloween related events coming up, so be sure to check it out as well.

Saturday, October 22nd

River Farm Fall Fest

9am – 12pm @ River Farm, Alexandria

Bring a picnic and the family to River Farm to enjoy story time in the garden, arts and crafts projects, a scavenger hunt, and more.  This event is free of charge, though donations are appreciated. Rain or shine (activities will be held indoors in the event of rain). For more details, call (703) 768-5700 ext. 126.

Annandale Fall Festival 

10am @  Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike, Annandale

Eighty merchants with jewelry, artwork, giftware, crafts, children’s toys & books, clothing, wood carvings and other gifts for your holiday shopping will fill the community market.  There will also be rock, jazz & country Bands along with International costumed dancers and swing dancersfor entertainment as well as tons of food.  The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a climbing wall, bungee jump, bungee basketball, face painting, Lil Pirate inflatable & toddler games, costumed characters, and The Secret Garden which will feature puppet shows at 1 & 3pm and The Traveling Storyteller at 12pm and 2pm along with interactive games for toddlers to teens.  The Annual Parade 10am – 12pm will finish at the festival grounds.

AppleFest

11am – 1pm @ Whole Foods Old Town, Alexandria

Transforming into a delicious orchard, Virginia Whole Foods Market’s AppleFest will be complete with inspiring cooking demonstrations, entertaining crafts, prizes, tastings and more! While exploring taste palates of sweet treats and savory apple infused dishes, customers will be exposed to and learn about the best apples that the harvest has to offer.   Featured activities will include mouth-watering samples and cooking demonstrations, carmel-apple making stations, hard apple cider on tap, apple sampling in every department, and apple scavenger hunts

Mousequerade Ball for Kids  

1pm – 2pm @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria

Families with children ages 4 – 7 can enjoy a reading of Alexander the Old Town Mouse by author Cheryl Barnes and have their books signed. Children will then create a mask and enjoy a ball of their own — in the very same room the story takes place! Costumes are encouraged but not required.  This hour-long program will be held at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. $10 per child (ages 2 and older); adults free with purchase of child ticket.

Wild Side Wagon Ride  

4pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at South King’s Highway park entrance.

Campfire: Popcorn

6pm – 7:15pm @ Long Branch Amphitheater, Arlington

The whole family is invited to join us at the Long Branch Amphitheater 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.  Cost is $5 fee per person with a $20 max fee per family.

Fearless Fest

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

This fun event provides a lighthearted alternative to scary Halloween celebrations. The not-so-scary event is guaranteed to educate and entertain participants.  A naturalist will lead guests on a one-hour night hike into the woods to meet and interact with costumed creatures who explain away their scary reputations. The 52-acre forest surrounding the nature center is an ideal setting to hear ironic explanations from a black widow spider, a skunk, an owl, poison ivy, a dead tree, and other animals.  Indoor activities include craft projects and hands-on exploration. Guests will investigate real animal skulls in the graveyard, meet live reptiles and insects such as snakes, toads, and millipedes, and dissect owl pellets to learn about their diet and habitat.  The cost is $7 per Fairfax County resident and $9 for out-of-county guests. Families should bring a flashlight. This event is great for scout groups looking for a fun evening activity. Costumes are encouraged and are completely appropriate for the event’s festive, party-like atmosphere.

Sunday, October 23rd

Scarecrow Making Workshop

1pm & 2pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon

Adults and children enjoy making scarecrows. Bring an outfit and a pair of pantyhose for each scarecrow.  They supply special touches for faces. Held outdoors, dress for the weather. Register to make a scarecrow. Canceled if rain.

Meet me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook  

1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington

Almost everyone needs more time in the great outdoors – time to take a walk, enjoy each others’ company, or to just sit and do nothing! So, come make a “natural connection” at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Every Sunday afternoon, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., the park provides refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors. There’s always something for families, groups, scouts, friends, couples, seniors . . . anyone!


Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd

Fall Harvest Family Days  

9am – 5pm @ Mount Vernon 

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event. Fall Harvest Family Days are included in regular Estate admission on October 22&23: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Ghost Train Halloween Event  

10am – 5pm @ Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station

Board the haunted train at Burke Lake Park for a special ride through the forest. Tickets are $4.50. The Ghost Train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4:15 p.m.) Tickets for the carousel are $1.75. Costumes are encouraged! For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Edited: The August class is FULL, but there is still room in September and October.

Do you have a kid who likes to get creative?  Twisted Vines Bottleshop and Bistro is hosting a series of fun teacher led art groups for 2 – 5 year-olds, beginning Monday, August 15th at 4:30pm.  Led by Nicole, an Arlington art educator, the classes will include stories, movement, and songs followed by an art project related to the class theme.  The experienced group leader will provide all the materials and direction for your child to make one-of-a-kind artwork.  Artistic experience is not necessary as lessons are geared towards all skills levels & are modified based on the child.

While your child is busy creating, parents have the option of taking part in a wine tasting featuring some of Twisted Vine’s hottest wines on the market.

After the class, Twisted Vines will be offering a special family night with a kid-friendly menu and of course, great food & drinks for the adults.

Classes are $15 per child with the option of an additional $5 for the wine tasting.  Reservations can be made with Nicole at ArtStartsonthePike@gmail.com

Classes will be held August through October.  August’s theme is Make a splash with art!  This water-themed art project will combine watercolors and collage materials.  September’s class- Picture me creative, will feature a unique picture frame with paint and collage materials. You can bring in a photo of your child for the picture frame.  In October’s class themed, My little monster, your children will create a wearable mask with paint, glue, and lots of fun collage materials.

 

 

 

Lots going on this weekend!  What are you planning to get into?

Saturday, July 9th

Children’s and Maternity Clothing Consignment Sale

9:30am – 1:30pm @ Mystique Jewelers in Old Town, Alexandria

Shop for your kids from designer brands.  In addition, Tara Bandes an Old Town photographer is going to be offering mini photo sessions at the event.  They will also have an Alex’s Lemonade Stand set-up with proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fight childhood cancer.  On the waterfront in Old Town, Alexandria- 211 The Strand (next to Chadwicks Restaurant).  Shop for your kids from designer brands: Baby Gap, Gymboree, Hannah Andersson, Janie and Jack, Lilly Pulitzer, Mini Boden, and more.  Tara Bandes Photography will offer 20 minute sessions for $95 and include the session sitting fee, a private online viewing portfolio for your proofs, 1 5×7 print and 8 wallets.  To reserve your session for the day of the event check out: www.tarabandes.com or call 571.332.2627.  Complimentary parking is available, and dogs are welcome.

http://529kidsconsign.com/

Sahelo-Sahara Day 

10am – 2pm @ National Zoo, Washington, DC

Come discover how antelopes and other animals make their home in the heat of the Sahara desert. This family-friendly event offers educational and fun activities for children, keeper talks and animal demonstrations.  No tickets are required. Featured Creature Days are free and open to the public.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/AnimalDays/default.cfm

Rocknoceros- Arts in the Parks

10am – 11am @ Mason District Park Amphitheater, Annandale

A fun, free show featuring great kids music.

http://www.rocknoceros.com/shows

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances/downloads/11ArtsintheParksWeb.pdf

Beading FUN for ALL

10am – 12pm @ Fairlington Community Center, Arlington

This is a family style beading workshop that is great for parent/caregiver and child to learn the basics of beading through simple techniques.  Make and take necklace and bracelet.  All supplies are included.  Please only register the child.  Fairlington Center.  For ages 7-12. Cost is $31.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/file80214.pdf

Insects

10:30am – 12pm @ Dora Kelley Nature Park, Alexandria

Join volunteer Naturalist and local insect enthusiast Peter Edelman on a hike through Dora Kelley Nature Park to get “up close and personal” with local insect life. Catch and release session featured (nets and equipment provided). In lieu of a program fee, participants may donate to the Ford Nature Center via “The Living Landscape Fund”. Call the Naturalist staff at 703-746-5559 for more information.  This is a free event.  Ages 12 & up.

http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/recreation/services/NatureClasses.pdf

Cherrydale Library 50th Anniversary

11am @ Cherrydale Library, Arlington

There will be a short ceremony at 11am., followed by a celebration including cake donated by Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, the greatest hits and notable books of 1961, a giant birthday card, and a display of vintage photos of the Cherrydale Library.  There will also have balloons, face painting and an exhibit of art created by Taylor School students.  At 2pm, elementary school students can attend Kofi Dennis Djembe Storytelling, part of the summer Get Caught Reading performance series.  Free tickets for this performance will be available on first come, first serve basis, beginning Friday, July 8.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/06/cherrydale-branchcjerr-celebrates-50.html

Nationals Baseball Family Day

11:30am – 2pm @ American Art Museum, Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Take me out to the museum! The American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to welcome all to our fifth annual Baseball Family Day with the Washington Nationals Baseball Club. Come take your picture with ball players from noon to 1pm and enjoy lots of fun activities, crafts, and musical performances.  This is a free event.

http://npg.si.edu/event/currentevents.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D94458932

The Foo Fah Show 

12pm @ Universalist National Memorial Church, Washington, DC

Storyteller Marc Spiegel (www.marcspiegel.com) leads the audience through rhythmic, rhyming stories from his magical land of Foo Fah, assigning sound effects and words to various sections of the audience so that the ultimate pace of the story is created by the group.  Marc will lead you into a time before video games and virtual reality, when “interactive” meant being in the same room and speaking face to face, when people entertained each other with stories and rhymes, and the whole community joined in to make a joyful noise.  You will meet wacky, wild, and wonderful characters like Gorgon Corpuscle, who has broken out of the confines of Marc Speigel’s imagination and arrived in our world via his Urban Dictionary definition of “foo fah.”  The show is fun, interactive, and entertaining.  It is also great fun for “grown-ups” with or without the kids.

http://www.foofahshow.com

Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants

1pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and forests of Fairfax County. See a live copperhead snake, learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. Find out what is easily confused with our noxious neighbors.

http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/rev1_coursedetail.asp?category2=STEW%2DN&subject=&facility2=M308&day=9999&Submit2=Search&offset=0&LOC=M308&TRM=11SU&CDE=3082887301

Alexandria Birthday Celebration

4pm – 10pm @ Oronoco Bay Park, Alexandria

The City of Alexandria will celebrate its 262nd birthday at Oronoco Bay Park. The celebration includes fun for the entire family, including children’s activities, community exhibits, a music performances, and birthday cake. The highlight of the event is a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks close out the celebration at dusk.  Oronoco Bay Park has lawn seating, so bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, such as ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, shaved ice and kettle corn will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to pack a picnic supper.

http://apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar/Detail.aspx?si=751

Goodnight Walk: Abounding Bats

8pm @ 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.

http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/rev1_coursedetail.asp?category2=STEW%2DN&subject=&facility2=M308&day=9999&Submit2=Search&offset=0&LOC=M308&TRM=11SU&CDE=3083868201

Sunday, July 10th

Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants

1pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Learn what you need to watch out for in the fields and forests of Fairfax County. See a live copperhead snake, learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. Find out what is easily confused with our noxious neighbors.

http://parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov/rev1_coursedetail.asp?category2=STEW%2DN&subject=&facility2=M308&day=9999&Submit2=Search&offset=0&LOC=M308&TRM=11SU&CDE=3082887301

Meet me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook

1:30pm and 3:30pm @ Potomac OverlookRegional Park, Arlington

Almost everyone needs more time in the great outdoors – time to take a walk, enjoy each others’ company, or to just sit and do nothing! So, come make a “natural connection” at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Every Sunday afternoon the park provides refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors. There’s always something for families, groups, scouts, friends, couples, seniors . . . anyone!

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_12818

Mongol Naadam’

2pm – 5pm @ Barcroft Park, Arlington

Annual DC-Arlington Mongolian Community summer “Naadam” – a sports and music celebration featuring Mongolian wrestling competition, children’s foot races, traditional songs and dances, and a basketball competition.  This is a free event!

http://www.friendsofmongolia.org/updates/juneandjuly2011-eventsinthedcarea#TOC-July-10-2011:-Mongol-Naadam-in-Arli 

Old Town Waterfront Fun Days!

2pm – 5pm @ Alexandria City Marina, Alexandria

Many local organizations will provide family fun activities including the Torpedo Factory Artists with children’s crafts, the Alexandria Archaeology showcasing unique artifacts, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation with children’s miniature boat building and the Alexandria Art League hosting some fantastic artists. Pamela Cressey, the City’s Director of Archaeology, will host this week’s Waterfront Walk beginning at 3pm in front of the Waterfront Gazebo, City Marina. Don’t miss out on this special day of art, history and family fun activities!  This is a free event- call (703) 684-0580 for more info. Located at Alexandria City Marina, behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

http://visitalexandriava.com/attractions-activites/calendar-of-events/index.cfm?show=eventDetail&eventID=3264&rtnURl=

The 3rd Annual Firefly Festival
7:30pm – 9:30pm @ Fort C.F. Smith Park, Arlington
Celebrate summer’s natural night lights with us at Fort C.F. Smith.  Events include; bug hunts, games, crafts, walks, and talks about fireflies. Bring your picnic blanket and dinner to enjoy and wait for the sun to go down and the lights to come out.  Cancelled if Raining. For information: 703-228-6535. Meet at Fort C.F. Smith Park.  There is a $5 fee per person, $20 max per family, payable at the festival.  Call 703-228-6535 to register.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/ParksRecreation/scripts/nature/TheSnag.aspx

Have you checked out the Ballston Arts & Craft Market yet this year?  Every second Saturday of the month from 10am – 4pm, Arlington’s only 100% handmade market is held in Welburn Square in Ballston.  The next market is this Saturday- July 9th!

The Market has a little bit of everything, from beautiful bags and handmade bath soaps to amazing baby clothes and hand-crafted jewelry designs.  Check out the July 9th exhibitor lineup.  In addition to items from talented artisans, there is also fun live music throughout the day.  This Saturday will also feature free yoga classes for the entire family from Saffron Yoga from 12pm – 2pm.

The remaining dates of the market are July 9th, August 13th, September 10th, and October 8th.

Contact Jessica at Jessica@iloveballston.com or 202-536-9714 for more information, or go to http://ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com.

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