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Winter weather this weekend!

 

Saturday, October 29th

 

 

 

Healthy Kids Fun Run

 

8am – 3pm @ Pentagon North Parking lot, Arlington

 

The annual Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run will be held in the Pentagon North Parking Lot. Children ages 5-12 will participate in the one-mile just-for-fun event.  All participants receive a t-shirt, medal and snacks at the finish line.

 

 

 

 

 

AUMC Kid’s Stuff Consignment Sale

 

9am – 1pm @ Annadale United Methodist Church, Annadale

 

Great way to save money and buy second hand clothing, furniture, gear, books,

 

games and toys.

 

 

 

Falloween

 

10am – 2pm @ Market Common Clarendon

 

Bring the whole family out for a day of fall fun at Market Common Clarendon! Enjoy a petting zoo, free face painting, DJ music, sidewalk chalking, fun photo ops (1 free photo per family), a variety of live entertainment, plus trick-or-treating at participating retailers. People and pets in costume are invited to join in the FALLoween Parade at 11:30am, led by The Jokesters. Each attendee can also take a complimentary mini-pumpkin home! No registration necessary. FALLoween is on rain or shine, and all the activities are free.

 

 

 

 

 

DCJCC Literary Festival   

 

10am @ Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, Washington, DC

 

The program is part of the Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award and includes a morning of crafts, folktales and fun with author Vicki Weber. Her book, It’s Too Crowded in Here! is a collection of Jewish folktales and midrashic stories, enlivened by colorful illustrations. Great to read aloud or act out, the stories also provide a rich yet light-hearted resource for exploring key values such as self-respect, compassion, appreciation, tolerance and thankfulness. Tickets are $10 per family, and include a copy of the book.

 

 

 

Haunted Halloween Pop Ups

 

10am – 12pm @ National Building Museum, Washington, DC

 

Celebrate the spirit of Halloween as you design your very own pop-up haunted house. Learn the pop-up architecture technique from guest artist Carol Barton. Decorate a spooky haunted house scene to take place on your window sill. Fun for the whole family, the festivities include crafts, treats, and ghosts stories (more silly than spooky!) about the Museum.  Prepaid registration required. Ages six and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets are FREE.

 

 

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat
11am – 5pm @ Pentagon Row, Arlington
Center-wide Halloween trick-or-treating for all of the local little ghouls and goblins. Participating merchants will have a sign on their door designating them as a trick-or-treat location. Rain or shine.

 

 

 

Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques

 

11am – 6pm @ Old Town Alexandria Boutique, Alexandria

 

Bring your ghosts and goblins for a day of trick or treat in the Old Town Boutique District.  All of the participating OTBD stores will offer treats. Some may also offer family friendly tricks. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Tricks and treats will be available during store hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Costume Parade and Craft Activities

 

12pm – 2pm @ Marine Corps Museum, Alexandria

 

Try out your child’s Halloween costume early at our Halloween event featuring fun activities including a costume parade for ages 1-10.   There is an owl demonstration, puppet show, arts and crafts, and more family fun!

 

 

 

Change My World Now Bus Tour

 

1pm & 3pm @ Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Arlington

 

Cassandra’s Angel Bus Tour Is Coming to DC.  Meet and greet award-winning author and globally acclaimed children’s advocate, Gina Otto. Gina Otto’s children’s book “Cassandra’s Angel” is launching with a national bus tour designed to reach and inspire children in local communities and across the country. “Cassandra’s Angel” was written with the intention of igniting and empowering today’s youth. Via this bus tour and musical performances, the story comes vivdily to life for audiences to experience firsthand tale’s underlying message and engage a national dialogue about tolerance, compassion and respect.
 

15th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade   

 

2pm @ Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria

 

The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreational Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. To register your stroller or pet, just look for the signs and registration desks on Mt. Vernon at E. Bellefonte beginning at 1:30 p.m.  There is no registration required for children and families that march in the parade.

 

 

 

Air & Scare
2pm – 8pm @ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

 

Discover the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s seventh annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Bring the tiniest visitors by the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Don’t forget to stop by the face painting station or pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars character! FREE admission; parking $15 until 7pm.

 

 

 

Marvelous Mice Campfires

 

6pm – 7:15pm @ 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 and $20 max per family due at registration.  Program # 612851-G

 

 

 

Halloween Skate Party!
6:30pm – 8:30pm @ Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington

 

Join ghosts, goblins, Lady Gaga and others at TJ’s Halloween Skate Party.  Come in your favorite costume or have one of their face painters help you. Enjoy skating, carnival games, music, prizes, arts, crafts…we even have a pre-school play area.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 30th

 

 

 

ZooBoo

 

10am – 4pm @ Reston Zoo, Vienna

 

Designed for a younger audience, ZooBoo offers a day of scare-free fun!
Join the safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner.  There is a Trick or Treat Trail, with treats, toys and treasures for children of all ages.  There is also a Halloween hay maze, a creepy crawly critter touch station with giant bugs, slugs, and tarantulas to gentle turtles and toads, festive faces face painting, and pumpkin pickup tractor rides.  Due to inclement weather, ZooBoo will be closed on Saturday, October 29th.

 

 

 

Family Fun Sunday: Halloween Fun 

 

1pm – 5pm @ Hillwood Estates, Washington, DC

 

Come in costume and join the Halloween celebration! In Mrs. Post’s time, the estate was decked out for Halloween with whimsically adorned pumpkins. Join them in their unique tradition of decorating miniature pumpkins with hats, wigs and other creative trimmings. At 2 and 3:30 pm listen to Spooky Tales from the Pet Cemetery told by storyteller Marianne Meyers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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/


 

Tuesday, September 20th    Mr Skip Performance

11am @ Firehook Bakery & Coffee House, Alexandria

Every Tuesday at 11am, come enjoy baked goods, stay for lunch, and sing along with Mr. Skip.

 

Tuesday, September 21st    Kids Club 

4pm @ Central Library, Arlington

Fun activities for elementary school kids. Participants will receive a membership card and are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible. Read the book “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett ahead of time and we’ll watch the movie and discuss both. For more information, call 703-228-5946 or email jkarell@arlingtonva.us.

 

Tuesday, September 20th    Kids Read to Dogs: “Paws to Read”

5:30pm @ Columbia Pike Branch Library, Arlington

Children grades K – 5 are invited to read to therapy dogs. Each summer “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) 228-5710.

 

Tuesday, September 20th    Drop-in Storytime: Family Storytime

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

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

 

Wednesday, September 21st    Tiny Tot Program

10 – 10:45am @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Tiny Tot programs provide a wonderful 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.  Ages 18 to 35 months. $5 per child.  Register online.

 

Wednesday, September 21st    Nature Detectives: Leaves and Trees

10am & 1:30pm @ Huntley Meadows Visitor Center, Alexandria

Learn about the autumn season through an activity and a craft. Reservations required.  Ages 3 to 6, and cost is $6

 

Wednesday, September 21st    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.

 

Thursday, September 22nd    Capital Bikeshare Birthday Bash

6pm – 9pm @ Yards Park, Washington, DC

You’re invited to celebrate Capitabl Bikeshare’s first birthday with live music, food, games, moonbounces, giveaways & more!

 

Friday, September 23rd    Playmobil Playday

4pm @ Kinderhaus Toys, Arlington

They will showcase the new Playmobil, and have lots of little giveaways while they last.  Free give-away catalogues of the entire line are here for you.  Call to sign up for the Playday at 703-527-5929.

 

Friday, September 23rd    Calling Crows 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 with a $20 maximum per family due at registration.

 

 

 

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

Plenty of activities going on in the area to get you out of the house with your families.  So grab your red, white, and blue, and get into something fun.  Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

Saturday, July 2nd

Archery!
10am – 11:30am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Bows and arrows and fun!  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. For more information call 703-228-3403.  For children ages 6 and up- kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 fee per 30 min bow rental.  Register at https://registration.arlingtonva.us.  Program #: 642821-G

 

Hunting Herons Hike
4pm – 6pm @ Chain Bridge, Arlington
Search for all three species of these amazing birds, and other denizens of the Potomac Floodplain, as the heat of the day passes. Bring water and a snack, and dress to get muddy for off-trail exploring. Participants will receive directions to the meeting spot near Chain Bridge.  For more information call 703-228-3403.  For ages 8 and up.  Cost is $3 due upon registration.  Register at https://registration.arlingtonva.us. Program #: 642851-B

 

Bald Eagles Campfire
7:30pm – 8:45pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

The whole family is invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun.  There will be many entertaining activities, to include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Cost is $5 fee per person- $20 max for the whole family.  Register at https://registration.arlingtonva.us.  Program #: 642851-G

 

Sunday, July 3rd

Sue Pyatt Book Signing 

10am – 2pm @ Kinder Haus Toys, Arlington

Sue Pyatt will autograph and personalize her books, “Call Me Madame President” and “President Amanda’s Whistle-stop Trip” just for kids.

 

Meet Me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook

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

“Meet me on a Sunday” activities will include refreshments, games and hands-on nature exhibits, and a fun place to meet and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Snake & Turtle Feeding: Behind the Scenes

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Assist the naturalist feeding and caring for the nature center’s live amphibian and reptile exhibits animals. Meet turtles that are not on public view. Children must be accompanied by a registered, paying adult.

 

Monday, July 4th

Lots going on on the 4th in our area.  Check out this post for details.

 

 


Saturday, July 2nd – July 4th

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
11am to 5:30pm @ National Mall, Washington, DC

The Folklife Festival is an international festival of living cultural heritage.  This year, the focus is on Colombian culture, the accomplishments of the Peace Corps, and the history of Rhythm and Blues.  Each day includes music and dance performances on the mall, as well as evening concerts.  Weavers, potters, wood carvers and others will demonstrate their crafts. Others will show the importance of gold mining and coffee in Colombia. Regional foods will be cooked using an oven built on the mall. Dishes for sale include plantains, beef empanadas, chorizo with corn cakes and rice pudding.  The Folklife Festival offers a variety of activities for kids, including crafts and food demonstrations, as well as music and dance performances.  Check out Kid Friendly DC’s post for more info and tips.

 

Charlotte’s Web

7/2- 2pm & 4:30pm, 7/3- 11am & 2pm, 7/4, 11am @ Adventure Theater, Glen Echo, MD

E.B. White’s popular tale of love and devotion, takes theatergoers to Zuckerman’s Farm, where the delightful runt pig Wilbur appears headed for the dinner table — as main course, not as guest. Yet he is saved by the remarkably crafty spider, Charlotte, and the whole town begins talking about it. Some pig!  For ages 3 and up, and run time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

Wind in the Willows

1:30pm & 4:00pm @ Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

Mr. Toad, Mole, Ratty and Mr. Badger go on a wild musical ride based on the book by Kenneth Grahame.  Appropriate for ages 4 and older.

 


Although there are no fireworks blasting off from Arlington, there are many great spots where you can view the National Mall fireworks.

Air Force Memorial is located on Columbia Pike by the Navy Annex.  There is a free Air Force Band concert beginning at 8pm.  The closest metro stations are Pentagon and Pentagon City.  It’s not too bad of a walk.  You can also park at Navy Annex parking lots or park at Pentagon Mall and walk over.

Gateway Park is a 3-acre park in Rosslyn just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.  Bonus of restrooms at the park!

Gravelly Point is a great spot because it is directly across the river from the National Mall show, and reflection of the fireworks in the Potomac is amazing.  It is a fairly spacious grassy area along the Mount Vernon Trail.  No glass bottles or alcohol are allowed anywhere along the Parkway.  If you decide to drive, reaching the parking lot can be difficult. Head south on GW Parkway until you reach Reagan National Airport.  At the airport, circle back to head north onto the Parkway towards the 14th Street Bridge.  About a quarter of mile before the bridge, turn right into the parking area.  Parking in the lot is difficult as there are minimal spots, and bicycling and metro are great alternative options.  Crystal City metro is around a 20 minute walk along the Mt. Vernon Trail.  You can also take the Reagan National airport metro station, but you do have to walk through the airport and parking lots.

The Iwo Jima Memorial is also near the Rosslyn Metro station.  Iwo Jima is only around 5 blocks from the station.  As with all of these spots, you have to get there early to get a good spot!   Some people get there as early as 4pm.  Bring a blanket and picnic to pass the time.

Key BridgeAlthough there is no seating on the bridge, you can stand on the sidewalks.  There are pedestrian walkways on either side of the bridge to watch the show.

Lady Bird Johnson Park is a little tougher to get to than some of the other spots, but it is less crowded and has really great views.   Take the Arlington Cemetery metro station, and walk the bike path down toward the Columbia Island Marina.  Restrooms are open.  If you want to drive, head south on GW Parkway and turn right into Marina after signs for Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove and Columbia Island Marina (before the Humpback Bridge).

Mount Vernon Trail  Yes, Gravely Point is a great spot, but there are many other places along the Mount Vernon Trail to watch the fireworks.  Simply walk along the trail and stake out a spot free of trees.

Another option is the Falls Church fireworks!  The show is at George Mason High School, with live music starting at 7pm, and fireworks will follow at 9:20pm.

Parades

Arlington

Many neighborhoods in Arlington hold community parades on Independence Day.

  • Albemarle Street @ 9am- starts at 32nd and Albemarle Streets.
  • Barcroft Neighborhood @ 10am- starts at the Barcroft Community Center at 8th Street S. and S. Buchanan Street.
  • Bellevue Forest @ 9am- starts at Roberts Lane and Oxford Street.
  • Douglas Park @ 10:30am- starts at S. Monroe Street and 14th Street S.
  • Dover Crystal and Riverwood @ 10am- starts at 25th and Pollard Streets.
  • Fairlington Village @ 10am- S. 31st Street and S. Abingdon Streets.
  • Lyon Village @ 11am- starts at Key Boulevard and Highland Street.

The National Independence Day Parade in DC starts at 11:45 and runs down Constitution Avenue from 7th Street to 17th Street.  The Parade consists of bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian & drill teams, VIP’s, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. During the afternoon, live entertainment will be on the Mall, and at the

The Capitol Hill Parade will begin at 8th and I streets S.E.  There will be classic cars, Boy & Girl Scouts, marching bands, the Fairy Princess Patrol, and dancers! Following the parade is a community fair at Eastern Market Metro Plaza with food, entertainment, and kid’s games.  The route: 8th and I SE north to D St SE, left on D, right on 7th St SE, the Metro plaza is on the right.  Parade starts at 10am and lasts for about an hour, ending at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.

Other 4th of July Activities

National Archives Building annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10am.  On the Constitution Avenue steps, between 7th and 9th Streets, veteran news broadcaster John Palmer will be emcee, with a keynote address by the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The main attraction is the annual dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.  From 11am – 2pm there will be family activities inside the National Archives Building.  You can also meet historical figures in the rotunda, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail Adams, and members of the American Historical Theatre.  You can also sign a full-size facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, and listen to stories of our patriotic past in the Boeing Learning Center at 11:30am, 12:30pm, and 1:30pm.

White House Visitor Center– from 10am to 3pm you will have the chance to be a “Signer of the Declaration of Independence for a Day,” with the help of NPS rangers and volunteers from President’s Park.  The day’s events include games, crafts, and other activities designed for both children and adults.  White House Visitor Center is located on Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, N.W., on the north side of the Commerce Department Building.



It looks like it is going to be a beautiful week, so get out of the house and enjoy!!


Monday, June 13th    Paint-a-plate

6:30pm – 9:30pm @ Art Studios at Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington

This sounds like a great low-cost way to spend time with your family and create something memorable!  You can create custom plates (or mugs or bowls) for gifts or for a special occasion.  The cost is $12 per plate, and plates are available for pick-up 1 week later.  Make a reservation by calling 703-228-5918.

http://arthubnews.blogspot.com/p/paint-plate.html


Tuesday, June 14th    Lunchtime with Piranhas
2pm @ National Aquarium, Washington, DC

Watch as the piranhas hunt for their meal and learn more about their feeding behaviors at the piranha feeding.

http://www.nationalaquarium.com/animalencounters.html


Wednesday, June 15th    Hovering Hummingbirds
3:30pm – 4:30pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Preschoolers can learn about hummingbirds in this highly interactive program to include stories, a craft, and a short hike.

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


Wednesday, June 15th    Stroller Happy Hour

3pm – 5pm @ Twisted Vines, Arlington

Come hang out with other Moms and Dads for a kid-friendly meet & greet at Twisted Vines on Columbia Pike! Twisted Vines has toys out to entertain the kids while the adults can hang out.  Snacks for the kids will be provided.

http://www.twisted-vines.com/


Wednesday, June 15th    Civil War Discovery Series: You’re in the Army Now
6pm – 7pm @ Fort C.F. Smith Park, Arlington
Enlist in the Civil War army and use replica wood rifles to learn to “load in nine times”, and how to march as a well drilled unit.  They will also conduct a skirmish drill. For more information: 703-243-4342.  For ages 7-11.  Cost is $5- registration is necessary.
http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/ParksRecreation/scripts/nature/TheSnag.aspx




Wednesday, June 15th    Garden Talk: How to Grow a Pizza

7pm @ Central Library Community Garden, Arlington

Children and their adults will learn how one of their favorite foods is closely connected to the garden. They can also help plant pizza ingredients in containers that will then be given away. It is a great way to encourage young people to think about where their food comes from and increase their interest in gardening.

http://library.arlingtonva.us/departments/Libraries/LibrariesEvents.aspx



Thursday, June 16th    The Great Dinosaur Mystery

10am & 11:30am @ Puppet Co. Playhouse, Glen Echo, MD

Come see a fun new puppet show at the Puppet Co, and then head to the carousel and playground after.  This puppet show is set in the basement of the Natural History Museum.  A mysterious box is found, and in it is a giant shoe thought to belong to a dinosaur! Suddenly dinosaurs begin appearing with messages from a mysterious character named Tootsie.  What does it all mean?  It’s all a Great Dinosaur Mystery!  Cost per ticket is $10 for ages 2 and up.  Running time is 50 minutes, and it is recommended for kids ages 3 1/2 and older.

http://thepuppetco.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=278803

 


Friday, June 17th    Olympic Day

5pm @ Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, Alexandria

This celebration will feature sporting activities, a visit from an Olympian, and a musical performance by NU ERA.  Light refreshments will be provided.
http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=47950


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