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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!

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It’s going to be a hot one this week, so here are plenty of activities to keep you cool inside.  Sorry for the delay in getting this posted- baby #2 is due any day, and I am sloooowing down.  Stay cool!

Tuesday, July 19th    Summer Movie Express- Marmaduke & Yogi Bear

10am @ Kingstowne Stadium 16, Alexandria and Ballston Common Stadium 12, Arlington

Want to see recent kids movies for only a dollar this summer?  Head to Kingstowne Stadium 16 or Ballston Common Stadium 12 for Summer Movie Express 2011.  They will offer two G or PG rated movies for only $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am until August 24th.  This week’s movies are Marmaduke & Yogi Bear.  Click here for more info.

http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/default.aspx?zip=22204

Wednesday, July 20th    Magic Around the Globe

3:30pm @ Duncan Branch Library, Alexandria

The Shazam Magic Company returns with new and amazing magic tricks and other magical wonders with plenty audience participation.

http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/pdf_docs/sqsystem11.pdf

Thursday, July 21st    Didgeridoo Down Under

2pm @ Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church

An Australian themed musical experience, especially fun for school aged kids.  This is a high-energy, Australia-themed show combining music, character building (includes anti-bullying), education, motivation, and entertainment.

http://www.fallschurchva.gov/Content/Government/Departments/Library/default.aspx

Thursday, July 21    Reptiles Alive!

7pm @ Burke Branch, Alexandria

An exciting and educational introduction to all kinds of reptiles from many places. You will meet live animals from Africa, Asia, Australia and North America while you learn snake secrets and laugh at our lizard stories and turtle tales. Featuring a giant python, alligator, tortoise, monitor lizard, and other amazing reptiles.   Recommended ages: 6to 12

http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/pdf_docs/sqsystem11.pdf

Friday, July 22nd    Mars Day
10am – 3pm @ National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

Kids can explore the Mars using 3D glasses, see a meteorite that came from Mars, and find out what geological features Earth has in common with Mars. Finally, kids can learn about upcoming and future exploration of the red planet.

http://www.nasm.si.edu/marsday/

 

Monday, June 27th    Kids Read to Dogs

5:30pm – 6:30pm @ Central Library, Youth Services “Rabbit Hole” Room, Arlington

Children ages 6-12 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) 228-5946.

http://arlingtonvalib.blogspot.com/2011/03/paws-to-read.html

 

Tuesday, June 28th    Summer Movie Express- Astro Boy & Megamind

10am @ Kingstowne Stadium 16, Alexandria and Ballston Common Stadium 12, Arlington

Want to see recent kids movies for only a dollar this summer?  Head to Kingstowne Stadium 16 or Ballston Common Stadium 12 for Summer Movie Express 2011.  They will offer two G or PG rated movies for only $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am from June 28th – August 24th.  This week’s movies are Astro Boy and Megamind.

http://www.regmovies.com/summermovieexpress/default.aspx?zip=22204

 

Wednesday, June 29th    A Tale of Tails

4pm – 4:45pm @ Westover Library, Arlington

7pm- 7:45pm @ Columbia Pike Library, Arlington

Long Branch once again takes its show on the road for the Arlington County Libraries’ Summer Reading Quest. This year’s theme is “One World, Many Stories”.  They will concentrate on the many tales around the world about animal’s tails.  Hear some of these stories and even get a chance to meet some animals with some interesting tails to be told about.  For families with children ages 4 and up.   This event is free.  Call Westover Library (703-228-5260) or Columbia Pike (703-228-5710) to register.

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

 

Thursday, June 30th    Rock at the Row

June 2-August 25. 6-8pm6pm – 8pm @ Pentagon Row, Arlington

Head to Pentagon Row in Arlington for a family friendly Rock at the Row Summer Concert Series.  This Thursday is Dan Haas a Lounge Pop band.  Go to this post for more info.

http://www.pentagonrow.com/events/

 

Friday, July 1st    City Dance and Milkshake

Wolf_Trap_Logo.gif10am @ Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

Wolf Trap Foundation and the National Park Service are presenting Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performances from late June through early August.  This week is City Dance and Milkshake!  City Dance is at 10am, and the mystical world of the Amazon will unfold before your eyes through Brazilian music and modern dance as dolphins, monkeys, and jaguars come to life around the Dreaming Tree.  Dance to the music with Milkshake at 11am.  Sing along with Grammy-nominated songs in the style of the White Stripes, the Beatles, and more.  Tickets for both performances are only $8.

http://www.wolftrap.org/Education/Childrens_Theatre-in-the-Woods.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.