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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

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Tuesday, July 5th    Family Gaming

4pm @ Westover Library, Arlington

Stop in the Westover Meeting Room to play board games, card games and Wii with your family. All ages welcome. No registration required.

http://library.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Libraries/LibrariesMain.aspx

 

Wednesday, July 6th    Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series

11:45am – 1:30pm @ CentralSpace, Arlington

Every Wednesday until August 31st, local musicians will perform a variety of music genres including jazz, blues, funk, pop, folk and more.  This Wednesday is the Levi Stephens Duo.

http://www.rosslynva.org/play/calendar/event/wednesday-lunchtime-concert-series5

 

Wednesday, July 6th    The Princess and the Frog

4pm @ Westover Library, Arlington

Get Caught Reading 2011 presents the family friendly tale of Tiana, who in a Jazz Age-era New Orleans setting, kisses a frog prince who would rather be human again. A Disney film, rated G, 97 minutes.  No tickets or reservations required.

http://library.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Libraries/LibrariesMain.aspx

 

Thursday, July 7th    Drop-In Stories in the Park

10:30am @ Walter Reed Community Center (under the shade trees), Arlington

Join the special drop-in storytimes on Thursdays from July 7 to August 11 outside under the shade trees at the Walter Reed Community Center.  Bring a blanket and picnic (if you like). Call 703-228-5710 for more information.

http://library.arlingtonva.us/Departments/Libraries/LibrariesMain.aspx

 

Friday, July 8th    Animals Underground

10am & 2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Dig down deep and investigate who lives in the dark, damp world under the forest floor as we learn about moles, earthworms, termites and the many other creatures of the soil.  For more information call the park at 703-941-1065.

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

 

Friday, July 8th    Turtle-Time Campfire

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

The whole family is invited to Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This program will be filled with entertaining activities, to include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores.  There is a $5 fee per person due at registration- $20 max per family. Register at https://registration.arlingtonva.us.  Program #: 642851-H  For more info, call 703-228-3403.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Shirlington Library and Westover Library are showing family movies throughout the summer.  Shirlington will be showing movies at 2pm from June 24th – August 26th.    Westover will be showing movies on July 6th, 20th, and August 3rd at 4pm.  There are some great kids movies, most of them rated G.  The movies are free!  Seating is limited, so make sure to get there early.

Shirlington Library: Fridays @ 2pm

  • June 24th: Tangled- rated PG
  • July 1st: How to Train Your Dragon-  rated PG
  • July 8th: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves- rated G
  • July 15th: The Sword and the Stone- rated G
  • July 22nd: Cars- rated G
  • July 29th: Shrek Forever After- rated PG
  • August 5th: Princess and the Frog-  rated G
  • August12th: Aladdin- rated G
  • August 19th: Alice in Wonderland- rated G
  • August 26th: The Tale of Despereaux – rated G

Westover Library: Wednesdays @ 4pm

  • July 6th: Princess and the Frog –  rated G
  • July 20th: Ponyo- rated G
  • August 3rd: Ratatouille- rated G

Head here for more info.



So much going on in the Arlington area this weekend!  From truck petting to food tasting, there is sure to be something fun for your family to get into.


Saturday, May 21st

Neighborhood Day

All day Saturday @ Many Arlington neighborhoods

Many neighborhoods in Arlington will be celebrating Neighborhood Day.  From cleaning up their neighborhood to yard sales to family fun fairs, Neighborhood Day brings neighbors together and gives people a way to get to know each other.  For more info check out this post.

Truck Petting Zoo

9am – 11am @ Central Library, Arlington

There will be a fire engine from the Arlington Fire Department, a street sweeper, garbage truck and dump truck from the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, a concrete mixer from Vulcan Materials, a gas operations vehicle from Washington Gas, Arlington Transit’s Art on the ART Bus, and a motorcycle and police cruiser from the Arlington Police Department.  Vehicle operators will be on hand to explain how the various vehicles do their jobs.  They will be blocking off the back parking lot to make room for the trucks, so park in the garage or the small side parking lot. The closest metro stop is Virginia Square.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/04/trucks-trucks-trucks.html

Turtle Trot 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

10am – 1pm @ Bluemont Park, Arlington

Come for the inaugural Turtle Trot 5K at Bluemont Park to support Long Branch Nature Center and local wildlife.  After the 5k kids can participate in a run of their own.  Be sure to also catch some “REAL” turtle races and visit a variety of educational booths, activities, and exhibits!  Funds raised will go to support local turtles by paying for the veterinary services for injured turtles, medications, animal care, and educational programming. For information: 703-228-6535. Come check it out the festivities (and new Bluemont Park) even if you aren’t running!

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/TurtleTrot5K.pdf

Turtle Walk

10am – 11:30pm @ Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, Alexandria

Bring the little ones to learn about a very special creature, the Eastern Box Turtle.  You will learn all about the life of these small, yet fascinating, reptiles and go on a hike to look for turtles.  This program features a cute turtle craft.  Register before class, and cost is $4.

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

Family Storytime and Craft–Shirlington

10:30am – 11:30am @ Shirlington Branch Library, Arlington

Come for family storytime, and a fun craft for children of all ages. Call 703-228-6545 for more information.

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

Lyon Park Annual Spring Fair and Big Wheel Grand Prix

11am – 3pm @ Lyon Park Community Center, Arlington

The event will feature many typical carnival/fair games like ring toss, duck pond,, guess the number, bean bag toss, and many more.  In addition to the game booths, the fair will also have pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, and live bluegrass music.  carnival games, pony rides, moon bounces, a bake sale, a plant sale, food and drink concession stands, and live bluegrass music.  After the fair, from 3pm – 4pm, the third annual Lyon Park Big Wheel Grand Prix will be held.  Children and adults will race plastic “big wheel” tricycles to raise money for the community center’s upcoming renovation.

http://www.lyonparkcitizens.org/

Wild Side Wagon Ride
12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm @ Huntley Meadows, 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, and stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meets at the South King’s Highway entrance to the park. Register online. Children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult.  Cost is $6, and is for families with children ages 4 and up.
Click here for more info.

Spies and Scouts of the Civil War: Family Festival

2pm – 5pm @ Carlyle House, Alexandria

Once the site of one of the city’s largest hospitals, Carlyle House, played an important role in the conflict.  Carlyle House will host the Civil War Spies and Scouts Family Festival as part of “Life in Civil War Alexandria: A 150th Commemorative Event” that will take place simultaneously at Alexandria’s Market Square, across the street from the Carlyle House.  Families and children of all ages are invited to join in on the action through a variety of free crafts and activities. Decode a secret message, try on a disguise, participate in a scavenger hunt and more!  Learn about Frank Stringfellow, who pretended to be a dentist to spy on Union soldiers in Alexandria, or Sarah Emma Edmonds, who dressed as a man, served as a soldier, and crossed enemy lines. For more information about this event please contact Carlyle House at 703-549-2997 or e-mail carlyle@nvrpa.org

http://www.nvrpa.org/press_releases/view/63

Calvary School Wine Tasting

4pm – 6pm @ Crystal City Sports Pub, Arlington

Come for a tasting of outstanding wines, guided by John Brooks, one of only 24 expert wine connoisseurs certified by Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, and Kevin Zraly, the world’s most famous wine educator.  It is a wine tasting event for the Calvary School Scholarship Fund. It will be held on Saturday, May 21st. from 4:00-6:00 pm. on the new third floor of the Crystal City Sports Pub. The tickets are $35 per person.  Individuals interested can contact Elizabeth Mailander at elizabeth@mailander.net or call 703.920.3013.  As an added bonus, this event will be held in conjunction with the Parents Afternoon Out at Calvary Children’s School. Professional teaching staff will provide childcare from 4:00 pm to 8:00pm. Cost is $15 for one child; $25 for two. Please contact Beth Posey at bposey@comcast.net to sign-up your child/children.

Cinema Del Ray- Despicable Me

7pm – 10pm @ Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria

Bring family, neighbors and friends to the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center to view Despicable Me. Activities begin at 7 pm, movies begin at dusk.  This is a free event!  Contact Jen Walker at 703.675.1566 for more information.

http://www.mymcenearney.com/resources/files/user/files/222/DelRayCinema2011.pdf


Sunday, May 21st 

Taste of Arlington 

12pm – 5pm @ Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall, Arlington

A wide variety of Arlington’s favorite eateries will be participating including: Jaleo, Willow, Toby’s Homemade Ice Cream and Lebanese Taverna.  It will be a fun-filled day with singing and dancing performances by local artists, street performers, and children’s activities like a moonbounce, face painting, and a craft area.  Tickets are $20/online for eight tastes; $25/door. Tickets are on sale online or call 703-528-3527.

http://www.tasteofarlington.com/

Miss Spider’s Tea Party

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

You are invited to tea with Miss Spider, Miss Ladybug, and other wildlife friends celebrating spring in the forest. Come dressed as your favorite insect or spider and make your antennae here. Enjoy a sit-down tea party, stories and activities as they combine learning with fun. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.  For children ages 4 and up.  Cost is $15 per child.

Click here to register.


Saturday, May 21st & Sunday, May 22nd

Joint Service Open House and Air Show

8am – 5pm @ Andrews Air Force Base

Come see the amazing Thunderbirds, the Golden Knights, and other exciting aerial and ground attractions.  Admission is free!

http://www.jsoh.org/

 

Today is gorgeous, but the weekend is not supposed to be quite as warm.  Check out these fun activities this weekend.  Let me know what you plan to do!

 

Saturday, March 19th

 

Arlington Kids Stuff Sale

8am – 12pm @ St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Arlington

Over 100 consigners participate in this sale, offering seasonal kids’ clothes and shoes, toys, books, movies, large and small equipment, strollers, bicycles, maternity clothing and lots more.  Due to stairs and tight spaces, strollers are not allowed at the sale.

http://www.kidsstuffsale.com/

 

Kinhaven 2011 KidStuff Sale

8am @ Fellowship Hall of the Central United Methodist Church, Arlington

Gently used clothing, toys, shoes, books, and other baby and kid related items. This is an indoor sale with plenty of street parking. Great deals on all your kid and baby related items. Come stuff a bag of clothes or shop their “dollar” table.

http://www.kinhaven.com/KinhavenDonors.htm

 

Reading: A Family Affair

9:30am – 2:30pm @ James Lee Community Center, Falls Church

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, sing about picture books with Emily Leatha Everson, watch The Reluctant Dragon performed by Bob Brown Puppets, listen to storyteller Diane Macklin, learn origami with Tom Angleberger, write and illustrate your own story, and every child receives a free book.  This is a free event.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/news/ni2011/afa.htm

 

Faith Lutheran Preschool Spring Festival

9:30am- 12:30pm @ Faith Lutheran Preschool, Arlington

There will be a cupcake walk, silent auction, games, prizes, arts & crafts, and a moon bounce in the fellowship hall at Faith Lutheran Church.  Proceeds benefit the Faith Lutheran Preschool Scholarship Fund.

http://www.faithlutheranarlington.org/

 

Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime

10am @ Clarendon Market Commons Barnes & Noble, Arlington

Attend a reading of the popular, Very Hungry Caterpillar!

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3086979

 

Green Living Expo

10am – 4pm @ Washington-Lee High School, Arlington

Featuring green vendors, products from local and national businesses, raffles, activities for children, and a special focus on greening our schools.

http://www.arlingtonenvironment.org/expo.php

 

Trickster Takes- Barefoot Puppets
11am @ Dome Theatre, Artisphere, Arlington

Trickster Tales! is a 45-minute puppet performance of two traditional folktales from West Africa. The two stories feature the trickster character Anansi the spider.  In the first story, Tug-of-War, Anansi defeats both a hippopotamus and an elephant in a battle of Tug-of-War…or is it a battle of wits? The second, A Story, A Story, retells the mythic origin of the West African oral tradition of storytelling. In this tale, Anansi must complete a series of seemingly impossible tasks in order to win a box of stories from the powerful Sky-God.  Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Call 703-875-1100.  Tickets $8 / $6
http://www.artisphere.com/calendar/event-details/Family/Trickster-Tales.aspx

 

Sunday, March 20th

 

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

1:30pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Join Alice and her Wonderland friends at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  Enjoy butterfly-shaped sandwiches, sip tea, and meet a live creature from the story. For ages 5 and up, and the cost is $15. 703-941-1065.

Click here for more info.

 

Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th

 

The Brothers Grimm: Out of Order

March 19th at 3pm & 7:30pm and March 20th at 3pm @  Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, Arlington

When brothers Jake and Will Grimm can’t agree on a script, they end up in a fight – pages are swapped, plots intermingled… it’s a complete mess! What’s worse is that the principal is coming to see the show in less than half an hour! In this mixed up fairy tale, you’ll see familiar characters as you’ve never seen them before.  $10 for adults and $8 for children, students and seniors.  Show is recommended for ages 4 and older for this show (but it really depends on a child’s attention span etc.).

http://www.encorestage.org/TCT/now_showing.html

It was just announced that the White House Easter Egg Roll will take place on Monday, April 25th on the White House South Lawn.  The lottery will open on March 10th at 12:01am, and will close on March 13th at 11:59pm.  Go here during this time to enter the lottery.  Tickets are FREE!!

The theme this year is “Get Up and Go!”, promoting health and wellness.  There will be live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling, as well as the Easter egg rolling.  There are always celebrity performers, and these will be announced as the date gets closer.

Last year you had five time slot options and were able to rank your preferences when entering the lottery.  Each person could request up to 6 tickets.  I have not seen any info about this year’s process.

Good luck!

Tons going on this weekend!  Here are some ideas in the Arlington (and beyond) area.

 

Saturday, March 5th

 

Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

12:30pm @ Old Town, Alexandria

Celebrate Irish heritage in Old Town!  It starts at 10am with a classic car show with cars on display on North Pitt St.  There is also a fun dog show beginning at 10:30am in Market Square (corner of North Royal and King Streets).  There will be fun prizes awarded to the dogs, including Dog with Best Tail Wag, Dog/Owner with Most Similar Hair, and Dog with Best Irish Costume.  The main parade starts at 12:30pm.  A new parade route will be used this year.  The parade will start at the corner of King St and Alfred St, and proceed east down King Street to the corner of King and Lee.  There will be floats, local scouts, Irish dancers, Bagpipes, marines, and high school bands.  The parade ends at 2:30pm.  Parade organizers suggest metroing to the King Street Metro stop, and walking 10 minutes east on King Street to the parade route.

http://www.ballyshaners.org/

 

Tots Rock!

10:30am – 2:30pm @ National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC
A fun fill day at the Air & Space museum for toddlers!  It all starts at 10:30 with One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.  We have seen it, and it is a lot of fun for young kids!  From 11am – 1:30, there will be an ongoing storytime about a little boy who travels through his day playing with the Sun, which waits for him to come outside and even plays hide-and-seek.  Finally, finish your morning with the great Rocknoceros!  At 11:30, there will be a 45 minute concert with the award-winning band in Gallery 114.

http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=2818

 

Beautybeast

2pm & 4pm @ Aurora Opera Theatre, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington

The opera is approximately 45 minutes and it is the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, but set to some of Mozart’s best known music, The Magic Flute and Marriage of Figaro.  It was written specifically for young audiences and will be sung in English.  For more info, check out this post.

https://www.auroraopera.org/beautybeast.html

 

Worm Workshop

2pm @ Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria

Learn how worms recycle your garbage into rich compost, and check out the worms inside Green Spring Gardens indoor compost bin.  Kids will get the chance to build their own 10-gallon bin with newspaper bedding, food scraps, and real worms, Kids can enjoy a “wormy” snack too.  Must register prior to attending the class.

Click here for more info.


Family Festival 2011: D.C. Color Splash!

10am @ Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C

A free celebration, with tap dancers, amazing stories about color and light, jazz bands, drum circle, and color and light inspired poems.

http://www.corcoran.org/familyfestival/index.php

 

Vienna Choral Society’s “Aesop’s Fables and Other Tales, A Family Concert”

4pm @ Vienna Baptist Church, Vienna, VA

The Vienna Choral Society and special guests will mime and play songs about your favorite Aesop’s Fables like the Tortoise and the Hare and the Fox and the Grapes in an engaging afternoon family concert.

http://viennachoralsociety.org/events/

 

Sunday, March 6th

 

Choralis Youth Choirs

3pm @ Falls Church Presbyterian Church, Falls Church

The Choralis Youth Choirs—Cantus Liberi (grades 3-6), Cantus Medius (grades 6-9), and select choir Cantus Primo (grades 5-12)—will present a joint concert.  Tickets are $10/general; $5/students

http://www.choralis.org/youthconcerts.php

 

The Laurie Berkner Band

11am & 3pm @ George Washington Lisner Auitorium, Washington, DC

Come to a fun “Birthday Party” concert.  According to the site, you should…. wear your favorite party hat, bring a picture of a birthday cake, and bring an animal for your head because animals have birthdays too!  Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Adults and children, $25-$35; children under 1, free.

http://www.lisner.org/eventdetails.asp?id=644

 

Air Force Band Performances with Lonestar

3pm @ DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

Featuring country music rockers Lonestar. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets needed. Doors open at 2pm.

http://www.usafband.af.mil/events/index.asp

 

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Extravaganza

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA

Come celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, where naturalists will read the stories of Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz as well as show woodland creatures in their natural habitats. Kids can meet live animals and create crafts. Registration required, and cost is $8 per child.

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/hiddenoaks

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