McLean


Summertime is upon us, and it is a great time to get out of the house and take a ride (or watch one).  WIthin just a few miles, there are several miniature trains to ride, beautiful carousels to enjoy, and places to watch planes take off and land.

 


Trains









Burke Lake Regional Park Train, Fairfax Station, VA

This train is a one-third-scale replica C.P.Huntington.  It costs $2.50 for ages 3 and up (2 and under are free), and is open every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The ride is over 1.75 miles and takes 10 minutes.  It reaches speeds of 10 to 12 miles per hour, and runs on the 15 and 45 past the hour.  The first train leaves at 11:15am and last train ride is 5:45pm

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelake/

Cabin John Train, Rockville, MD

This miniature train is really affordable- $1.75 for ages 3 and up, free for 2 and under with adult.  The train is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington, a 4-2-4T steam locomotive.  The train leaves on the half hour and hour, and is around a 15-minute ride.  Check out the talkative trash-eating pig and the hippo water fountain after the ride.  The train depot is just across the parking lot from the huge playground, so after the train you can head to the playground where there are 7-8 play areas within the shaded playground.  It is huge- there are places to climb, slide, run, and swing for all ages of kids.  There’s a lot of open space to run around.  You can also have lunch at one of several picnic tables.  This is one of our favorite parks!!  The train runs Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5:30pm (1st train at 10:30) and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays, 10am-7pm (1st train at 10:30; last train at 7:30pm) from June 1st – August 28th.
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/cabin_john.shtm 

Tysons Corner Center Train, McLean, VA

Tysons Corner Express indoor train is trackless and takes two loops around the 3rd level on the 8-minute ride.  Tickets are $3 each or $5 for two tickets.  The train starts out at the soft play area, and runs beside TGIFridays, by the movie theaters, and along the food court area.  The train is self-contained, and runs on batteries, which are charged overnight at the mall.

http://www.shoptysons.com/shopping/Details/51009

Wheaton Regional Park Train, Wheaton, MD

This is another great Maryland miniature train.  This train is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington, a 4-2-4T steam locomotive.  A 12-minute ride, this train tours the park’s forests and meadows, through a tunnel, over a trestle bridge, and past Pine Lake.  It is located in the Shorefield Area of the park.  The train station is just a short walk from the parking lot, and tickets are $1.75 each (children age 2 and younger with a paying adult ride free).  The tickets are actually good for the carousel as well.  From May 1- August 28, the train is open 7 days a week.  From Monday – Thursday it runs from 10am – 5:30pm (1st train at 10:30; last train at 6pm), and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays it runs from 10am-7pm (1st train at 10:30; last train at 7:30pm).  The park also has a playground with many different play areas.  Check out Our Kid’s review– 

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/wheaton.shtm

 


Planes










Gravelly Point, Arlington, VA

One of the best places to see Reagan National (DCA) planes take off and land is Gravelly Point in Arlington.  Check out this post for more info. http://arlingtonmama.com/2010/05/26/gravelly-point/

Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, Chantilly, VA

If you are closer to Dulles (IAD), go to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly.  You can watch planes land and take off from the Donald D. Engen observation tower.  Admission is free to the museum, but is is $15 to park.  After 4pm parking is free.

 


Carousels

 

 







Burke Lake Park Carousel, Fairfax Station, VA

This carousel runs on the hour and half hour, with the first train running at 11:30am.  The fee is $1.75, and from Memorial Day through Labor Day it is open every day.  To find both the train and carousel, as you drive into Burke Lake Park, stay left and follow the signs for the train and carousel.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/burkelake/rides.htm

Clemyjontri Park Carousel, McLean, VA

This wheel chair accessible carousel runs from 9:30am – 1pm on weekdays  and 9:30am – 6:30pm on weekends from May 30th – Sept. 5th.  The cost is $1.75 per ride.  Kids under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult, but this adult does not need a ticket to ride.  There are chariots, a spinning tea cup, and 14 prancing horses.  The carousel is recessed to ground level so that it is wheelchair accessible.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/clemyjontri/carousel.htm

Frying Pan Farm Park Carousel, Herndon, VA

This carousel arrived just this year.  It is a 20-horse antique Allan Herschell carousel was built in 1918.  Tickets are $1.75.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/

Glen Echo Carousel, Glen Echo, MD

This Dentzel Carousel was built in 1921.  The cost is $1.25 per ride, and all riders require a ticket.  There are jumping and standing horses, a giraffe, a lion, ostriches, rabbits, a tiger, a deer), and 2 chariots.  From June – August the carousel is open 10am – 2pm Wednesday – Thursday (also open on Fridays in July and August), and 12pm – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

http://www.glenechopark.org/node/48

Inner Harbor CarouselBaltimore, MD

It is an1906 antique Herschell-Spillman carousel with horses, dogs, pigs, roosters, zebras, frogs, and chariots.  It is located in downtown Baltimore at Inner Harbor next to Maryland Science Center.  Cost is $1.25 per person.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baltimore-Inner-Harbor-Carousel/

National Mall Carousel, Washington, DC

There are 60 animals (horses, cats, lions, zebras, dragons and more) on this Allan Herschel carousel, which was built in 1947.  Cost is $3.50, and an adult must ride with those under 42″.  It is open 10am – 5:30pm daily.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/misc-locations/the-carousel-on-the-national-mall,1027953.html

Wheaton Regional Park Carousel, Wheaton, MD

This is an Ovid Hazen Wells Carousel built by the Herschell Spillman in 1915. There are horses, zebras, and chariots.  It is under a pavilion, which allows it to operate in the rain.  From May 1- August 28, it is open 7 days a week- Monday – Thursday from 10am-5:30pm, and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays from 10am-7pm.  Tickets are $1.75 each, and children age 2 and younger with a paying adult ride free.

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/trains/wheaton.shtm

We love to spend time outside, but on rainy or hot sticky days, there are many indoor alternatives.  Here are 37 ideas!!

If after reading this, you are still hungry for more ideas, check out No Monsters in My Bed’s great post for even more ideas to get you out of the summer heat or rain.

Indoor Playgrounds

Knee High Ninja

An indoor playground in Falls Church, located at the Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do.  Walkers” are $8 per child and $7 per additional sibling. “Infants/Crawlers” are $5.  There are lots of brightly colored climbing structures, and plenty of room to run around and play on the mats.  We have visited this playground, and really like it.  Our Kids also has a great review of the play area.

http://www.kneehighninja.com/basicinfo.php?page=kneehighninjaplayground

JWT Playzone

The JWT Playzone is located at JW Tumbles in N. Arlington, and is in a separate room from the Tumbles gym.  There are tons of climbing structures with tunnels to climb through and balls to climb over.  There are also slides, ropes and an obstacle type course.  Plenty to keep your kids busy for a few hours.  The website is not very helpful in giving information about the Playzone, or about the times in which it is open.  However, if you get on their mailing list, you will receive daily emails with open gym times.  Members enrolled in a class are $6, members not currently in a class are $8, and non-members are $10.  Siblings are 1/2 off.  Check out what The Meanest Momma had to say about this playground.  She has some great pictures to give you an idea about what to expect!

http://arlington.jwtumbles.com/ 


MoBu Kids Open Play

MoBu Kids is another large playroom in Falls Church (locally owned), with tons of balls, some slides, climbing structures (a banana, turtle, and a worm), a “tree house”, small trampoline, and rooms to run and play.  Again, not a great site for describing what open play entails.  Open gym is available most weekdays, and the cost is $8 for drop in per child for one hour of play.

http://mobukids.com/cart/index.php?main_page=page&id=13

Chinquapin Alexandria Soft Playroom

The playroom is located in Alexandria, and is designed for children five and younger, with play areas filled with soft toys and climbing structures.  We have been here a few times, and really like it.  I would say that it is better for those 3-4 and under.  It is especially a great place for little ones that aren’t quite steady on their feet- they can climb arounbd without fear of getting hurt.  Hours are 9am-5pm on weekdays. Cost is $4 per child, per half hour.

http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=12352#SoftPlayroom

Mall Play Areas

Tysons Corner National Geographic Kids Play Area

Located in McLean, this play area has a recycling there.  There is plenty to climb on and K really likes to play there.  The main issue with this play area is that it is very popular.  It can get really crowded!  See The Meanest Momma’s review for more info.

http://www.shoptysons.com/shopping/Details/17188

The Woodlands at Landmark Mall Play Area

Landmark Mall in Alexandria is usually pretty empty, and although their play area is not enclosed, it is a really fun play area.  There are only a few things to climb, but kids have a great time running around on the super springy floor.

http://www.landmarkmall.com/dining-entertainment/the-woodlands-at-landmark

Open Playtimes

Barcroft Sports and Fitness Playgroup

Located in S. Arlington off Four Mile Run Dr, this playgroup is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm.  The play area is the huge main gym and there are toys, balls, bikes, cars, and walkers available.  Because the area is so big, the older kids can run around and ride bikes, and the littler ones can still play without (too much) fear of  trike hit and run.  It can get hectic with older kids, but other moms and dads have always been pretty hands on when we have been there.  Cost is $3 per adult (free for members).  No registration is required!

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/file72958.pdf

Falls Church Community Center

Meanest Momma suggests this Falls Church community center playtime.  It is open 10am – 12pm on Friday mornings.  There is padded equipment, tunnels, and riding equipment to play with.  Call the gym hotline at 703.248.5125 to confirm that tot time is happening before you go.

Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center Mother’s Play Group

This playgroup is in Alexandria, and is for infant – 4 years.  They meet every Wednesday from 10am – 11:30pm.  Parents and children interact with others through play and activities.  It is free to City residents only.

http://alexandriava.gov/recreation/info/default.aspx?id=12382#MothersPlayGroup

Nature Centers

Nature centers are a fantastic place to visit with kids.  They have great indoor areas to explore and play, and are surrounded by shaded wooded areas to explore even further.  Check out this post for more lot more places to visit nature.

Gulf Branch Nature Center

The Nature Center in N. Arlington is located in an old converted house.  Inside is a bee hive, snakes, turtles, an owl, puzzles and books, animal masks, coloring corners and activity stations, gardens, a viewing pond, a hollowed-out log/canoe, and pods and cones for touching, smelling and exploring.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/nature/parksrecreationscriptsnaturegulfbranch.aspx

Long Branch Nature Center

The S. Arlington Nature Center has various exhibits, the Children’s Discovery Room with books, puppets, and toys, live animal displays, interpretive gardens, and a viewing pond.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/scripts/nature/parksrecreationscriptsnaturelongbranch.aspx

Potomac Overlook Nature Center

In North Arlington, Potomac Overlook has over 70 acres of woodland, trails, gardens, a small picnic area, and a Nature Center.  The Nature Center features live snakes, turtles and fish.  Next to the Nature Center is an exhibit featuring 4 rehabilitated birds of prey, including 3 owls and a hawk!  In the picnic area next to the nature center is a table for the kids, as well as chairs and picnic tables for adults. There is also a butterfly garden and lots of room to run.  It is all shaded, so even if it is hot, we won’t fry!  There is also a playground right next to the parking lot.  Follow Marcey Rd to the end, and you will see the parking lot.  Follow the paved trail and walk down to nature center. It is very stroller accessible and a bit of a walk for young legs, so a stroller may be a good idea for youngsters.

http://www.nvrpa.org/park/potomac_overlook

Hidden Oaks Nature Center

The playroom of this Annandale nature center is quite large and perfect for kids. There are lots of interactive stations for the kids, like drawers in walls, indoor climbing structures,various animal exhibits, tents, and toys.  There is also a tower/play structure for them to climb on, places for dress up, and many books and stuffed animals in the book area.  There is even an indoor turtle pond!  It is a pretty contained area, so it also a great place to meet friends and hang out.  We love this nature center!  It is also home to Nature Playce, an 1/3-acre, free-play outdoor area outdoor play area designed to safely introduce youngsters to the wonders of nature.  In Nature Playce, there is a small pond/mini-waterfall, In addition, there is a wooden sandbox and plastic wading pool with plastic dinosaurs to play.

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

Places to hear Weekly Kids Music

Dulles Town Center

Kids Club in Dulles is every Thursday at Dulles Town Center, lower level outside of Sears.  At 11am Rocknoceros performs, and it is free!

http://www.shopdullestowncenter.com/event/rocknoceros/2145385225

Jammin’ Java

Located in Vienna, Jammin’ Java is a great venue to hear the up and coming bands, and is a really fun place to hear kid’s music.  Every day of the week at 10:30am is a different show: Mondays are THE GREAT ZUCCHINI, Tuesdays are MR. DON, Wednesdays are ROCKNOCEROS, Thursdays are OH SUSANNAH, and Fridays are BANJO MAN.  They also have great shows on the weekend.

http://jamminjava.com/home/kids-events/list

Lebanese Taverna

The N. Arlington location has Kids Day every Wednesday from 10am – 11am.  The Banjo Man plays on the first Wednesday of the month, Groovy on the second and fourth Wednesday, Oh! Susanah! on the thurd Wednesday, and Ukelele Phil on the fifth Wednesday.  After the show, children enjoy complimentary lunch with each adult purchasing a sandwich platter, mezza platter, or entrèe.

http://www.lebanesetaverna.com/restaurants/arlington/

St. Elmo’s Coffee Shop

In the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, every Monday at 3:30pm Groovy Nate performs at St. Elmo’s Coffee Shop.

http://www.stelmoscoffeepub.com/

Tyson’s Corner

Kid Krusaders Kids Club Fiesta! is every Wednesday from 11am – 2pm in McLean.  Enjoy caricatures, balloon animals, and face painting in the Food Court on Level 3.  Kids can sing and dance along to Mr. Knick Knack.

http://www.shoptysons.com/events

Storytimes

Barnes and Noble- Clarendon Market Commons, Arlington

Saturdays and Wednesdays at 10am

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2068

Barston’s Child’s Play- Arlington

A storytime for all ages, featuring board books and picture books.  Fridays at 10:30.

http://www.barstonschildsplay.com/events/

Pentagon City Borders- Arlington

Storytime on Tuesdays at Pentagon City Borders is not one to be missed.  Mary has worked there for over four years and hosts a great storytime with songs and stories.  Although their site says that it starts at 10:30, it never gets started until 11.

http://www.borders.com/online/store/StoreDetailView_85

Kinder Haus Toys- Arlington

Kinder Haus Toys has Storytime every Monday and Friday at 10:30am.

http://www.kinderhaus.com/weekly.html

One More Page Books- Arlington

Story Time with Katie- Fridays at 11am for babies and toddler, and Saturdays at 11am for preschoolers and kindergartners

http://www.onemorepagebooks.com/programsandevents.html

Hooray for Books- Alexandria VA

Fridays and Saturdays @ 10:30am. Wee Ones Storytime for children 2 and under.

http://www.hooray4books.com/images/Miscellaneous%20Images/Jan2011.jpg

Alexandria Public Library Storytimes

Each branch has regular story programs for different age groups. Because of high demand and limited space, a few programs require registration.   Click here for the event calendar.

http://www.alexandria.lib.va.us/main/children_services.html

Mary Riley Styles Public Library- Falls Church

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays @ 10:30 am

http://www.falls-church.lib.va.us

Museums

International Spy Museum

The Spy Museum in Washington, DC has many programs, workshops, demonstrations, and action-packed missions for mini-spies.  There are workshops on disguise, gadgetry, spy science, codes and ciphers; Spy Magic performances; Spies on Screen; Operation Secret Slumber overnights; and Spy camps are offered on a monthly basis.

http://www.spymuseum.org/kidspy

Library of Congress

Even if your kids are too young to understand where they are, this Washington, DC building is really fun to explore.  The Great Hall is amazing, and the tunnels between the Capitol, Jefferson Building, and Library are a lot of fun to take.  There is also a Young Readers Center that has three rooms and a collection of about 2,000 books.  Kids are invited to come and read the books while they are visiting.  There is also an interesting Discovery Guide that kids can use to explore the Thomas Jefferson Building and its architecture, learn about the Library’s history, and discover interesting exhibits.

http://www.loc.gov/index.html

National Air & Space Museum

Kids will love the enormous planes and exhibits all while learning about aviation and space flight in this Washington, DC museum.  There are IMAX films and planetarium shows several times a day.  Kids can practice their piloting in flight simulators.  Also, the Albert Einstein Planetarium shows One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,  a 20-minute planetarium show follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street.  This is a great show for toddlers and preschoolers.  Also visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the second location, near Dulles International Airport.

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

National Building Museum

One of our favorite museums in Washington, DC!  The building itself is fantastic.  There is a wide open Great Hall, where kids can run free.  You can attempt to build a 7-foot tall arch using numbered foam blocks (much harder than it looks).  A favorite of the toddler crowd is the Building Zone,  designed for children aged 2 to 6.  There are many types of building materials, such as giant legos, magnetic tinker toys, and cardboard blocks.  There are also dress-up costumes, a large scale play house, building focused books, and much more.  There can be a line to get into the Building Zone, as there is a capacity of 40 children.  There are also “Family Tool Kits”  that help to bring the building to life for school-aged kids.

http://www.nbm.org/families-kids/

National Children’s Museum- Launch Zone at National Harbor

While the National Children’s Museum is being built (to open in 2013), the NCM opened the Launch Zone at National Harbor on Waterfront Street.  Open seven days a week, the Launch Zone is a place where children can participate in fun and educational programs.  They are always trying out new exhibits to see what would be a good fit once the museum opens, and they love to receive feedback about what you liked or did not like.  The exhibits are designed to welcome drop-in, child-led explorations.

www.ncm.museum/launch_zone

National Gallery of Art

Although the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC may not be very appealing to young children, kids will also enjoy the lighted underground concourse between the West Building and the East Building.  Along the concourse is a great cafe and a museum store with a children’s’ section.  There is a beautiful waterfall sculpture against the glass wall.  There is also a class for children ages 4-7- Stories in Art.  This series of programs uses storytelling to introduce children to works of art.  Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, looking at one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity.  This class is a free drop-in program is designed for individual families, first-come, first-served basis. For information, call (202) 789-3030.

http://www.nga.gov/

Natural History Museum

At this favorite Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC you are greeted by 8-ton, 14-foot-tall African elephant in the rotunda as you walk in the front door.  Kids love checking out the Insect Zoo, Dinosaur Hall, and Sea Life Hall (K loves finding Nemo and Dory).  The Butterfly Pavilion is also a lot of fun.  You can view live butterflies as they flutter around you. Tuesdays are free but it is worth visiting anytime.  The discovery room is also very cool, but is only open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from October to May.

http://www.amnh.org/

National Postal Museum

Surprisingly, this is a great place to visit in Washington, DC with young kids (and old).  There are big trucks like a postal train car, horse drawn carriage, and tractor trailer, all of which can be boarded.  There are many interactive exhibits,and kids can learn the story of Owney the Postal Dog.  Also the tower has an observation deck at 270 feet, and is a great place to to see the city.  While others are waiting in line at the Washington Monument, you can be checking out the city with no line and big windows.

http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/

National Museum of American History

Kids will love seeing Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers, Kermit the Frog, and the First Ladies’ inaugural gowns.  There is also a hands-on center called the Spark!Lab, which uses fun activities to help kids learn about the process of invention and history.  Kids can play games, conduct science experiments, explore inventors’ notebooks, and even invent.  Most activities are designed for children ages 6-12, though younger and older visitors are welcome.  There is also a section designed especially for children under the age of 5.  Also check the events calendar before you go to see if there is something of interest happening that day.

http://americanhistory.si.edu/

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Come on a tour where you can see how paper money is printed.  Tickets are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket booth (located on 15th Street), opens at 8am, and you need to be there very close to 8 in order to get one of the limited number of tickets.  The tour is 45 minutes long, and very informative.  Best for elementary and up.

http://www.moneyfactory.gov/

National Aquarium in Washington DC

OK, so this does not really compare to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, but it is still worth a visit- especially if you have young children.  The tanks are small and easy to view, so it makes it easy with preschool age kids.  Plus, it is usually not crowded!  Every day of the week they have different animal feedings- piranha, shark, or alligator.  It is the nation’s oldest aquarium, tucked away in the basement of the Department of Commerce located just a block away from the Washington Monument.  Check out this review by Moneywise Moms.

http://www.nationalaquarium.org/



Monday, June 6th    Babies in Backpacks

10am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, N. Arlington

Join a park naturalist (and her child) into the woods.  You will load up your little one and head out on a moderate hike through the Gulf Branch and surrounding parks to enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. The hike will conclude with some “down time” for the little ones to have some closer encounters with nature.  For families with children who can ride in a back pack.  Cost is $5 per child.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/WeeSnagSummer2011.pdf

Tuesday, June 7th    Harbour Kids entertainment series- Oh Susannah

10:30am @ Washington Harbour- Georgetown, Washington, DC

Every Tuesday morning from 10:30am – 12pm, a different local kid’s entertainer like Oh Susannah, Mr. Knick Knack, and Mr. Don will perform for the new Harbour Kids entertainment series.  Oh Susannah kicks off this is free concert series on the Plaza on Tuesday.  Location is 3050 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

http://www.susannahmusic.com/calendar.html

Wednesday, June 8th    World Oceans Day

3pm – 4pm @ Pottery Barns Kids, McLean, VA

Kids ages 3 and up can learn all about ocean creatures to to celebrate World Oceans Day with National Geographic and Pottery Barn Kids.  There will be face painting, quizzes, songs, and more.  There will also be a special appearance by scientist, inventor, and filmmaker Greg Marshall to teach the kids about his experience and how kids can help with ocean and wildlife preservation.

http://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-events.html#events-for-kids 

Thursday, June 9th    Barcroft Sports and Fitness Playgroup

10am @ Barcroft Sport and Fitness, S. Arlington

It is going to be a HOT one on Thursday, so you may want to stay indoors.  This playgroup is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm.  The play area is the huge main gym and there are toys, balls, bikes, cars, and walkers available.  Because the area is so big, the older kids can run around and ride bikes, and the littler ones can still play without (too much) fear of  trike hit and run.  It can get hectic with older kids, but other moms and dads have always been pretty hands on when we have been there.  Cost is $3 per adult (free for members).  No registration is required.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/file72958.pdf

Friday, June 10th    Fabulous Foxes Campfire

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

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

http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/parksrecreation/documents/SnagSummer2011.pdf

Egg Hunts abound (for even more check out my post) and lots of outdoor activities are on tap for this weekend.  Hope you have a great one!

Saturday, April 16th

Center for Alexandria’s Children (CAC) Family Fun Day

11am – 3pm @ William Ramsay Recreation Center, Alexandria

The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and the Center for Alexandria’s Children, the City of Alexandria, and Alexandria City Public Schools are partnering with Capital One Bank to host a Family Fun Day.  Admission is free, and there will be a ton of fun things to do for kids.  Kids can visit with the D.C. United Mascot Talon and check out a kid’s Deejay.  There will also be moon bounces, a petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts, and more.
http://centerforalexandriaschildren.org/index.php?id=40 

Northern Virginia Easter Eggstravaganza

10:30am – 1pm @ Top Golf of Alexandria, Alexandria

Two Egg Hunts, a life sized Easter Bunny, moon bounce, face painting, balloon artistry, magic show, musical performances, prizes, and games.

http://www.eggstravaganzadc.com/

2011 Georgetown Easter Eggstravaganza

9:30am – 11am @ Lawn at Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC

There will be 2,500 eggs in 2 egg hunts- one for pre-k and under, and one for kindergarten to 6th grade.  There will be prizes, a bike giveaway, cotton candy & popcorn, face painting, games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny!  This is sponsored by National Community Church – Georgetown.

http://theaterchurch.com/ev

Sunday, April 17th

Save the Kids’ Farm! 

10:30am @ Horace Mann Elementary School, Washington, DC
Have you and your family enjoyed the petting zoo & pizza playground at the zoo?  It might be closing this Summer….The Great Zucchini, John Henry, Marsha Goodman-Wood, and Bingo the Clown are teaming up to help save the petting zoo and pizza playground in Kids’ Farm and they need your help.  Come for an unforgettable show with the Great ZucchiniJohn Henry, the Guitar Playing ManMarsha Goodman-Wood, and Bingo The Magic Clown.  Doors will open at 10am.  Every child who attends will recieve a farm coloring book!  Visit their website to see how you can help  and join them on Facebook.  Tickets are $10.

http://savethekidsfarm.eventbrite.com/

Dairy Day 

1pm – 4pm @ Claude Moore Farm, McLean

Have you ever wondered what curds and whey look like? Do you know how to wash butter? Join in as the farm wife makes soft cheese and churns butter, and gain a new appreciation for these foods, so precious to the Farm family.

http://www.1771.org/ev_dairy.htm

Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House

12pm – 4pm @ Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Come celebrate Shakespeare’s 447th birthday!  There will be jugglers and jesters, birthday cake, Renaissance music, song, and dance, free kid’s activities, Elizabethan crafts, and a Scavenger Hunt.  It is a free event!

http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=575

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock!

2pm @ Jammin’ Java, Vienna

A very interesting show!  Gustafer is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and has an unusual way of  making friends with some of Earth’s strange creatures.  Tickets are $10 for everyone 1 year and older.

http://jamminjava.com/home/kids-events/gustafer-yellowgold1

Del Ray’s 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

1pm- 4pm @ Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria

There will be two egg hunts from 1pm – 2pm (based on age), and the Easter Bunny will also pose for pictures.  At 1pm there will be a hunt for kids under 6, and at 1:30 for kids 7- 10.  There will also be a hunt for adults and dogs.  From 1-4 p.m., specific shops along Mt. Vernon Ave. will provide eggs filled with coupons and/or candy for adults and baskets of treats for dogs.

http://www.alexandrianews.org/2011/04/hop-over-to-del-ray-april-17th-for-the-3rd-annual-easter-egg-hunt/

Sunday, April 16th & Sunday, April 17th

Ticonderoga Farms Easter Egg Hunts

11am and 2pm @ Ticonderoga Farm, Chantilly, VA

Egg Hunts feature candy and toy-filled eggs.  Find special golden goose eggs for a prize.  Kids and adults can visit the slides, playground ark, take a hayride, visit our animal center and roast marshmallows.  Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.  Bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

http://www.ticonderoga.com/

Pump It Up Easter Egg Hunt

9:00am – 10:30am @ Pump It Up, Manassas

Kids can search for eggs and bounce on their giant inflatables.  The Easter Bunny will also be there.  For kids ages 2-11, and cost is $15 per child.  Reservations are required.

http://easterbounce.eventbrite.com/

15th Annual Bunnyland

9am – 3pm @ Butler’s Orchard, Germantown MD

There are hayrides, rubber ducky derby, kiddie Hayromp and castle, inflatables, giant slides, and bunnies, lambs, and chicks.  Hunt for colorful eggs, and get a Goody Basket to take home.  There are also food vendors, and face painting, kids crafts, and pony rides for purchase. Cost is $8 per child and $6 per adult.

http://www.butlersorchard.com/BunnylandFlyer.pdf

Last Weekend of The Magic Paintbrush

11am @ Synetic Family Theater, Arlington

A new Synetic Family Theater show is opening this weekend at the Shirlington Village theater- The Magic Paintbrush!  They recommend ages 4+ for this performance, but have had some kids as young as 2 come to see their shows and enjoy them.  Check out my post for more info.

http://www.synetictheater.org/

Family Fun Packs Weekend and Kids Run the Bases on Sunday

1:05pm on Saturday, and 1:35pm on Sunday @ Nationals Park, Washington, DC

This is a great way to see the Nationals play for a good price.  You can choose from two seating options- $14 – Upper Right Field Terrace and $25 – Outfield Reserved.  You will receive a voucher for a hot dog, a bag of chips, and a beverage.  Also, on Sunday, April 17th, kids ages 4 – 12 can run the bases after this weekends’ National games.  Starting at first base, kids will be directed to run around the bases as the adults continue along the warning track and meet the runners near home plate.  You can become a Jr. Nationals MVP member and have access to an exclusive line that will go onto the field first.

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ticketing/family_fun_days.jsp

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/kidsrun.jsp


It is that time of year, and there is an Easter Egg hunt in almost every town in the DC Metro area.  Here is a list of many of the hunts, sorted by city.  If I have missed any, please let me know!  I will be adding more everyday, so check back!

Virginia

Arlington

Ballston Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 23rd @ 10:30am

Quincy Park, Arlington- Egg hunt, life sized easter bunny, face painting, moon bounce, bike raffle, and other fun games.  No ticket or registration required.

http://eggstravaganzadc.com/

The Lyon Village Annual Easter Egg Hunt- April 16th @ 9:30am

Lyon Village, Arlington- There will be three separate hunts by age group: 1- 3, 4-6, and 7-10. Each group will start at different times, approximately 15 minutes apart. Baked goods and coffee will be sold.

http://lyonvillage.org/bulletin/2011-03-bulletin.pdf

Upton Hill Easter Egg Hunt, April 21st @ 10am

Upton Hill Regional Park, Arlington- REGISTRATION IS FULL  The egg hunting will begin at 11am, but it is best to arrive early.  Check-in starts at 10am and they will have games, crafts, a moonbounce, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and other activities between 10:00 and 11:00.  The cost for the event is $6 per child, which you can pay when you arrive.  The children will be divided into groups by age:  2-3, 4-6 and age 7 and above.  The groups will be hunting in separate areas at the same time, so have an adult for each age group your children will belong to.  Registration began March 12th. To register call the park office at 703-534-3437 or email Uptonhill@nvrpa.org.  Registration is limited to children ages 2 to 10.

http://www.nvrpa.org/events/view/1511

North Fairlington Easter Egg Hunt- April 23rd @ 10am
Community Center, Arlington- The Easter Bunny will return for the fifth annual North Fairlington Easter Egg Hunt. Children 10 and younger can meet the Easter Bunny and search for goodie-filled Easter eggs. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 10am at the community center, so families are encouraged to convene shortly before then.  Parents, please BYOB (that’s Bring Your Own Basket)! Festivities will last until 11:30 a.m. and include light refreshments and photo ops with the Easter Bunny in the community center.
http://www.fairlingtonvillages.com/

Westover Village Civic Association- April 23rd @ 8:30 – 10:30 

Westover Village, Arlington- Annual Egg Hunt & other fun activities

Westover Baptist Church Easter Party– April 24th @  12:30pm – 1:30pm
Come to the annual Easter Party on Easter Sunday.  After the service they will have a egg hunt and make an Easter craft while enjoying bunny cake.  All children are invited.

http://www.westoverbaptist.org/children


The Church at Clarendon Easter BBQ & Egg Hunt-
April 24th following Easter service

Quincy Park, Arlington- There will be a BBQ and a kids Easter egg hunt at Quincy Park (1021 N. Quincy St. Arlington).  Bring a basket or tote for your child to collect eggs in.

http://www.1bc.org/?p=397

St. George’s Episcopal Church Easter Egg Hunt– April 24th following 10:30 service
St. Georges Church, Arlington- Children nine years old and under are invited to participate in the St. George’s Easter Egg Hunt. It will take place after the 10:30 AM service. Children, bring a basket or bag to collect your eggs, and meet in the Parish Hall to line up for the Egg Hunt.

http://www.saintgeorgeschurch.org/article287608.htm


Alexandria

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Easter Egg Hunt– April 9th @ 10:30am

MVUC, Alexandria, VA- Join family, friends and the community for Easter egg hunts in the Boxwood Garden (under age 6) and the Meadow (age 6+).  Email re@mvuc.org or call 703-765-5950 x105 for more info.

Del Ray United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt, April 10th @ 9:45am

Del Ray United Methodist Church, Alexandria- Del Ray Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on the church’s front lawn! The hunt will begin at 9:45 AM. Come join the fun!  For more info, call the office at 703-549-2088 or email: office@delrayumc.org.

http://www.delrayumc.org/498142.ihtml

Northern Virginia Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 16th @ 10:30am – 1pm

Top Golf of Alexandria- Two Egg Hunt, life sized Easter Bunny, moon bounce, face painting, balloon artistry, magic show, musical performances, prizes, and games.

http://eggstravaganzadc.com/

7th Annual Egglectic Nature Easter Eggstravaganza- April 16th @ 11am

Eclectic Nature Gift & Garden Center, Alexandria- For kids ages 3-8, an Easter Egg hunt at the Eclectic garden.

http://www.engiftandgarden.com/

Del Ray Business Association’s 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt- April 17th @ 1pm

There will be two egg hunts from 1pm – 2pm (based on age), and the Easter Bunny will also pose for pictures.  At 1pm there will be a hunt for kids under 6, and at 1:30 for kids 7- 10.  There will also be a hunt for adults and dogs.  From 1-4 p.m., specific shops along Mt. Vernon Ave. will provide eggs filled with coupons and/or candy for adults and baskets of treats for dogs.

Lee-Fendall House Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 9:30am – 2pm

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, Alexandria- SOLD OUT- A festive Easter Egg hunt in the Lee-Fendall House garden. This is a ticketed event, and there will be three sessions – 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $10 per child. Each adult chaperone is $3. (If you hold a membership with the museum, adult chaperones are free.)  An Easter bunny will be visiting during all sessions. In the event of rain, they will still hold an event featuring Easter-themed crafts and the Easter bunny. To make reservations for this popular event, please call 703-548-1789. Please note that the number of tickets available for each session is limited.

http://www.leefendallhouse.org/calendar_day.asp?date=4/23/2011

DC Metro Church Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Celebration– April 23rd

Mount Vernon Recreation Center, Alexandria- At 9:30am there will be a Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt for children with mobility challenges or on the autism spectrum, under 9 years old (RSVPs required).  Starting at 11am, there will be 3 hunts based on age (under 5, 5-8, and all ages). There will also be face painting and other family oriented activities.  The event will occur rain or shine.  All activities are free!  To RSVP, email Maria Lewis, dcmetroeasteregghunt@gmail.com

Franconia United Methodist Church Egg Hunt and Bake Sale– April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm

FUMC, Alexandria- Children (toddlers – 6th graders) are welcome to come to a free Easter Egg Hunt.    There will be prizes for the children who find specially marked eggs and baked goods available for purchase.  Contact at 703 971-5151 or admin@franconiaumc.org.

http://www.franconiaumc.org/news_calendar.html

Calvary Presbyterian Church Egg Hunt- April 24th, following service at 10

Calvary Presbyterian Church, Alexandria-  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt and refreshments on the front lawn for youth from the congregation as well as the neighborhood.

http://mychurchevents.com/calendar/calendar.aspx?list_by=calendar_month&begin_date=4/1/2011%2012:00:00%20AM&ci=L6F0F0K5H2F0O9N8H2&igd=

Annandale

Dinosaur Egg Hunt– April 16th @ 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm

Hidden Oaks, Annandale- Come for a dinosaur-themed program and enjoy an outdoor egg hunt while visiting Dinoland.  Kids 3 – 8 will make a dinosaur craft. This is a one-hour program. The cost is $6 per child. Registration is required.

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

Meet the Easter Bunny- April 22nd

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA- earn about the tradition of the Easter bunny and meet a rabbit in person at HONC on Friday, April 22. The program for 3-to-10 year-olds costs $5.  Call (703) 941-1065 for more info.

Click here for more info.

Mason District Park Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm
Mason District Park, Annandale- An egg hunt with a moonbounce, popcorn, and even more fun.  There will be hunts based on age group.  The hunts begin at 10:45.  Walk-in registration is available, and cost is $7 pr person.  For information, call 703-941-1730.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa024-11.htm

Bluemont

Great Country Farms Marshmallow Harvest & Egg Hunt April 9th & 10th @ 9am – 6pm

Great Country Farms, Bluemont, VA- Come for a fun filled day!  Visitors to the farm will be able to harvest marshmallows from 11 am -1 pm and then roast them on a bonfire with Farmer Bob. The first of three Easter Egg Hunts will start at 1pm each day for children under 3 years of age, followed by the hunts for kids aged 4-6 years and 7-10 years.  There will also be live music on both days from noon – 4 pm.  Included in the general admission price are the farm animal barnyard with new baby animals (including piglets born March 24th), mazes, slides, swings and hayrides.  Rides on the cow train are available for $ 2.  The brand new Farm Market will be filled with a wide variety of new jams, jellies and goodies to welcome spring, and the “Roosterante” will serve burgers, bbq & kettle corn from 11 am to 4 pm.

There is no charge for children under 2.  Admission for Fans of the Farm season pass holders, CSA members and Military ID holders is also free of charge.    Marshmallow Harvest Admission: $10 per child, $12 per adult

http://www.greatcountryfarms.com/index.php/annual-events/marshmallow-harvest.html

Bristow

Easter in Historic Brentsville– April 16th @ 11am – 2:30pm

Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center, Bristow- Children will participate in an Easter egg hunt and play games and make crafts that children might have done in the 19th century. Free admission for children under 2.  $5 per child, free for children under two

http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrid=72666


Centreville

Bull Run Easter Egg Hunt– April 20th @ 10am

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA- Come out and enjoy an exciting spring morning with the Easter Bunny! There will be crafts, games, prizes, refreshments, an egg hunt, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Admission is $10 per child (ages 2-8) Parents and Grandparents are free. Sign up here http://www.nvrpa.org/forms/view/bullrunegghunt Call 703-631-0550

http://www.nvrpa.org/events/view/1482

Easter at Cox Farms– April 23rd @ 11am

Cox Farms, Centreville, VA- There will be 2 egg hunts (11am and noon), with very limited space- no pre-registration.  Arrive at least 10 minutes before the egg hunt start time.  There will be a visit from the Easter Bunny, with Bunny Games, egg coloring, and goats, chickens, bunnies…and emus.  Cost is $4 per child for the egg hunt.  All other Easter activities are free and open to everyone!

http://www.coxfarms.com/


Chantilly

Ticonderoga Farms Easter Egg Hunts, March 26th & 27th and April 2nd & 3rd @ 12:30pm —- April 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th, 23rd & 24th @ 11am and 2pm

Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly, VA- Egg Hunts feature candy and toy-filled eggs.  Find those special golden goose eggs for a prize.  Kids and adults can visit the slides, playground ark, take a hayride, visit our animal center and roast marshmallows.  Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.  Bring your camera for photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

http://www.ticonderoga.com/

Sully Historic Site Easter Egg Hunt– April 9th @ 1pm – 3pm
Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, VA- Children three to seven years old are invited to hunt for filled Easter Eggs on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. Make a spring craft to take home and visit with baby animals. Participate in Sully’s egg roll for a look back at early American holiday customs. Hunts are scheduled at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Call 703-437-1794 to reserve your space. The cost is $5 per child. Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride around the grounds for $2, weather permitting.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa016-11.htm

Cub Run RECenter Easter Egg Decoration– April 11th

Cub Run RECenter, Chantilly, VA- Come decorate Easter eggs with natural materials, and learn the Ukrainian art of Pysanky.  The cost is $10 per person plus a $2 craft fee. For kids ages five and older.  Call Cub Run 703-817-9407 to register.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa024-11.htm

Fairfax

City of Fairfax/Chick-fil-A Egg Hunt– April 22nd @ 10am

FHS Field House, Fairfax, VA- Join us for this free event. Children will ‘hunt’ for eggs during their specified age group time. All eggs will contain candy and some will have tickets which can be redeemed for prizes the day of the event. You find it, you keep it! Chick-fil-A food will be available for sale. Don’t forget your camera!

http://www.fairfaxva.gov/parksrec/EggHunt.asp

Falls Church

Falls Church Easter Egg Hunt- April 23rd @ 10am

Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church-  In addition to scrambling for eggs, children ages 11 and younger participate in a make-your-own-candy-bag craft project and have a chance to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. This event is free to all participants.  Click here for the PDF.

http://www.fallschurchva.gov/Content/Government/Departments/CommunityServices/RecsParks/Events.aspx

Herndon

Easter Eggstravaganza- April 9th, 11am 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:15, 3:15

Frying Pan Farm, Herndon- Hunt for eggs that contain treats and prizes.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/events.htm

Herndon Aqua Egg Hunt, April 16th @1pm

Herndon Community Center Pool, Herndon- An Aqua Egg Hunt where children will collect as many floating and sinking eggs as possible in the time allowed. Everyone will receive a prize.

http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Parks_rec/SpecialEvents/AquaEggHunt/default.aspx

Town of Herndon Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 10:30am-12:30pm

Herndon Municipal Center, Herndon- Join the Easter Bunny and his helpers for an eggstraspecial event. Hands-on art projects, baby animal petting zoo, and egg hunts by age.

http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Parks_rec/SpecialEvents/Easter_Egg_Hunt/default.aspx

Leesburg

Leesburg Easter Egg Hunt- April 9th @ 12 – 4pm

Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, Virginia- Candy filled eggs, prizes, entertainment, and more.  Gates open at 12:30pm and event runs until 4:00pm.  In addition to all the egg hunt options, there will be unlimited rides on a jumbo slide, jump climb & slide, rock climbing wall, obstacle courses, face painting, and other amusements. Food vendors will be on site or families are invited to bring lunches to enjoy a picnic at their favorite spot in the park. Tickets can be purchased in advance by stopping in or calling Ida Lee Park Recreation Center or online at www.idalee.org. Tickets are $10 per child in advance and $15 at the gate. The price of admission includes all attractions except food vendors. Parents pay no admission fee and children over the age of 7, who are not hunting, will be admitted free.

http://www.leesburgva.gov/index.aspx?page=565

Leesburg Animal Park Egg Hunts– April 23rd-24th @ 2pm

Leesburg Animal Park, Leesburg, VA

http://www.leesburganimalpark.com/Activities.html

1st Annual Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 2pm – 4pm
Dodona Manor, Leesburg, VA- You can meet the Easter Bunny and decorate eggs and bags.  There will also be face painting, scavenger hunts, and egg rolls with prizes.
http://www.georgecmarshall.org/images/FrontPage/easter-egg-hunt-flyer.png

Morven Park Eco-friendly Easter– April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm

Morven Park, Leesburg, VA- In addition to an Easter egg roll on the Mansion lawn, there will be story time, natural egg dying, basket making, an egg hunt, and learning about healthy Easter treats. Cost is $10 per adult and $5/child.

http://www.morvenpark.org/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=907&year=2011&month=04

Annual Easter Brunch- April 24th @ 11am – 3pm

Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA- There will be an Easter Egg Hunts, Balloon Artist, and Arts & Crafts Area for the kids. And, be sure to look for Mr. & Mrs. Bunny hopping around the resort!  Call 703-729-8400 to make reservations.

Click here for more info.

Manassas

Pump It Up Easter Egg Hunt- April 16th & 17th @ 9:00am – 10:30am

Pump It Up, Manassas-  Kids can search for eggs and bounce on their giant inflatables.  The Easter Bunny will also be there.  For kids ages 2-11, and cost is $15 per child.  Reservations are required.

http://easterbounce.eventbrite.com/

Sudley Manor House Assisted Living Community Easter Celebration– April 16th @ 2pm 
Sudley Manor House Assisted Living, Manassas, VA- They would like to extend an invitation to the community.  There will be refreshments, games, raffles, and prizes.  There will also be a pecial appearance by the Easter Bunny, so don’t forget your cameras.  This is a free event, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Alzheimer Association Memory walk for TEAM SUDLEY!

http://www.sudleymanorhouse.com/

STUMC Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 10 – 11am

St. Thomas United Methodist Church, Manassas. 703-368-5161

http://www.mstumc.org/News/mst_cal.html

McLean

Banjo Man Frank Cassell & Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 6:30pm – 9pm
New Life Christian Church, McLean, VA- A free concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m. by award-winning Banjo Man Frank Cassel.  An Easter Egg hunt will follow, so bring your flashlights!!  Contact 703-222-8836 or mail: darrahd@verizon.net for more info.
http://www.newlife4me.com/calendar/

Bunny Tales- April 23rd @11am – 1pm
McLean Community Center, McLean- There will be arts and crafts projects, refreshments, entertainment, and more.  Participants will be able to take a picture with the Bunny and photos will be e-mailed after the event.  Cost is $5 per person including adults.  For ages 3-6; children 2 and younger are free.

http://www.mcleancenter.org/kids-teens/childrens-events.asp#bunny_tales

Occoquan

Easter Event: Egg Decorating & Book Signing– April 23rd @ 11am – 12:30pm

Story Tellers, Occoquan, VA- Have fun decorating Easter eggs- they provide the decorations, you bring the eggs.  Jamey Long will be signing, A Possum’s Happy Easter, as well as his other books. This is a FREE event.  They would like that you RSVP- email them with the subject Easter Egg to info@3storytellers.com.  Ages: Toddler to Teens)

http://www.3storytellers.com/?page=shop/disp&pid=page_calendar&CLSN_3071=130092697330714744ba82af6ba5569d

Reston

Reston Eggnormous Egg Hunt, April 16th @ 10am – 11:30 am
Brown’s Chapel Park, Reston, VA- The egg hunt is at 10:30am, and there will be carnival games, two moonbounces, and a “human statue.”  For ages 1- 8.

http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com/arts_community_egghunt.shtml

Reston Zoo Easter Egg Hunts– April 23rd & 24th @ 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Reston Zoo, Vienna- Bring your Easter Baskets for an action packed zoo day! Meet baby bunnies, bottle feed little lambs, and enjoy Easter egg hunts, face painting and special visits from the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm. Special egg hunts for children 4 and under take place in our picnic area at 10am and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Egg hunts are FREE with admission to the zoo. (1 egg hunt per day per child.)

http://www.restonzoo.com/news.html

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt- April 24th @11 am – 3 pm

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro, Reston, VA

Join them for a Sunday brunch and festive activities, including a petting zoo, two Easter egg hunts, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny himself.  Easter Brunch will be served a la carte from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Easter egg hunts will be held at noon, 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., in which participants can win holiday treats. Reservations required.

http://www.viniferabistro.com/index.php?view=details&id=6%3Aeaster-brunch&option=com_eventlist&Itemid=6

Springfield

Annual Easter Eggstravaganza- April 23rd

South Run RECenter, Springfield- The festivities include an Easter egg hunt and face painting, pictures with the “Bunny” and arts and crafts. The registration cost is $10 per child. Register at online or by calling 703-866-0566. For children ages eight and under.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/press/html/psa023-11.htm

Sterling

Bunny Bonanza– April 20th @ 10am – 1pm

Heritage Farm Museum, Sterling, Va- Visitors get the opportunity to meet live rabbits, talk with local animal organizations, and participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=176837825696547

Sterling UMC Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival– April 16th @10am – 12pm

Sterling United Methodist Church, Sterling- Games and activities for ages 2 – 12.  There will be fun, games, crafts, an Easter Egg Hunt and more!  You can also meet the Easter Bunny and get your picture taken.

http://sterlingumc.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=29566&PG=Events&LID=&CID=927114

Vienna

Egg Roll on Vienna’s Town Green- April 16th @ 10:30am

Vienna, VA- Join them for a great family time.

http://historicviennainc.org/?p=262

Old-Fashioned Egg Roll at Freeman House- April 16th @ 10:30am

Freeman House, Vienna, VA- An old-fashioned Easter egg roll for children age 12 and under and their parents will be held on the lawn of Vienna’s historic Freeman House, 131 Church St., N.E., on Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This activity is free of charge and no registration is required.  Roll eggs, visit with the Easter Bunny, and listen to a storyteller.  Admission is free.  Call (703) 938-5187 for more info.

http://www.fxva.com/seedoplan/fairfax-virginia-events/

Easter Egg Hunt at Nottoway, April 23rd @ 11am

Nottoway Park, Vienna, VA- There will be a special appearance from the Easter bunny. The event is for children ages 1 to 9 and the fee is $7 per child. Divided by age groups, children will for hunt for eggs and candy and win special prizes. Egg Hunts: 11 AM (1-3 yrs), 11:20 AM (4-6 yrs) and 11:40 (7-9 yrs). Please bring your own basket. Call 703-324-8566 after 8:30 AM for a cancellation update.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/providence/events.htm

Woodbridge

Spring Egg Hunt at Rippon Lodge, April 23rd @ 11am – 3pm

Rippon Lodge, Woodbridge, VA-  Colorful eggs will be hidden all over the grounds of Rippon Lodge.  In addition to egg hunts, children can enjoy crafts, games and other activities. Bring a basket for egg collecting. Last egg hunt begins at 3 p.m.  $7 per child, free for children under two.

http://www.virginia.org/site/description.asp?attrid=72671

Easter Egg Hunt at Leesylvania State Park, April 24th @ 1pm

Leesylvania State Park, Woodbridge- Hunt for colorful, prize-filled Easter eggs. Kids can color eggs, play games and make crafts. Learn about the history of the Easter egg and why it became a holiday tradition.  Call (703) 583-6904 or email: leesylvania@dcr.virginia.gov

http://dcrintra.dcr.virginia.gov/dcr_public/events/ViewEvent.cfm?id=LE110005-00

LRPRA Eggstravaganza– April 23rd @ 9am

Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association, Woodbridge- Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at the Eggstravaganza.  Children 10 and under are eligible and parents must pre-register children by Wednesday April 20, in order to participate. The cost is $3 for LRPRA Members and $5 for Non-Members.

http://www.lakeridgeva.com/cal/CalendarShow.asp?event_id=345574&event_batch=1

Washington, DC

Fabergé Egg Family Festival, April 9th @ 10am-7pm & April 10th 1-5pm

Hillwood Estate, Washington, DC- Celebrate spring’s arrival in Russian style! Meet historical characters Tsar Nicholas II and Peter Carl Fabergé, enjoy storytelling and folk music, take part in a centuries-old egg-rolling game, and decorate your own Fabergé-inspired egg. Perfect for kids of all ages.

http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/calendar.html

2011 Georgetown Easter Eggstravaganza, April 16th @ 9:30am – 11am
Lawn at Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC- There will be 2,500 eggs in 2 egg hunts- one for pre-k and under, and one for kindergarten to 6th grade.  There will be prizes, a bike giveaway, cotton candy & popcorn, face painting, games, and a visit from the Easter Bunny!  This is sponsored by National Community Church – Georgetown.

http://theaterchurch.com/events/

Tudor Place’s Third Annual Eggstravaganza, April 23rd @ 10am – 12pm
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington, DC- Children of all ages enjoy the largest Egg Hunt in DC and a thrilling Egg Roll Contest.  After the games, spend the morning decorating eggs and playing games from the past.  The Easter Bunny is available for pictures all morning.  Visitors also enjoy a self-guided tour of Tudor Place’s 5 ½ acres of gardens. The Egg Hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Egg Roll follows at 10:45 a.m. Bring your own basket, spoon, and one hard-boiled egg per child.

http://www.tudorplace.org/calendar.html#april

Stead Park Easter Egg Hunt– April 23rd @ 11am – 2pm

Stead Park Field, Logan Circle, Washington, DC- An Egg Hunt for children of all ages.  A face painter and balloon artist will be there, as well as snacks and beverages.  Be ready to start the hunt at 11am, so arrive early.  Registration: 202-421-0702.

http://blog.reishmanrealestate.com/2011/04/18/stead-park-6th-annual-easter-egg-hunt-in-dupont-circle/

Capitol Hill Easter Eggstravaganzza– April 23rd @ 1 – 3pm

Lincoln Park, DC- Two egg hunts, life-size Easter Bunny, cotton candy, face painting, games, prizes, and bike raffles.  No ticket or registration required.

http://eggstravaganzadc.com/

EGGstravaganza 2011– April 24th @ 12pm

Walter Pierce Park, Washington, DC- There will be more than 1,000 candy-filled eggs to share with the children of the community.  They will start gathering at 12pm outside the gates to the children’s play area and the first hunt will kick off around 12:10pm.

Turtle Park Easter Egg Hunt, April 25th @ 3:30pm

http://turtlepark.org/docs/events.php

Maryland

Germantown

15th Annual Bunnyland- Begins April 16th @ 9am – 3pm each day

Butler’s Orchard, Germantown MD- There are hayrides, rubber ducky derby, kiddie Hayromp and castle, inflatables, giant slides, and bunnies, lambs, and chicks.  Hunt for colorful eggs, and get a Goody Basket to take home.  There are also food vendors, and face painting, kids crafts, and pony rides for purchase. Cost is $8 per child and $6 per adult.

http://www.butlersorchard.com/BunnylandFlyer.pdf

Bethesda

Pilgrim Lutheran Church Annual Easter Egg Hunt April 23rd @ 10:30-11:30am

5500 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

http://www.pilgrimbethesda.org/cal/

Frederick

Rose Hill Manor Park Egg Roll- April 23rd, 1pm – 4pm

Rose Hill Manor Park, Frederick, MD- Bring your grass filled Easter basket to fill with crafts and prizes. Participate with stories, songs, and games. Enter the age-appropriate egg roll.

http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=4020

Oxon Hill

Easter Monday Fun Day– April 25th- 1pm – 3pm
Oxon Hill Manor will have face painting, games, and an egg hunt!  Cost is $2 per person.  Contact 301-839-7782

http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/History/Oxon_Hill_Manor/Events_and_Programs.htm 

Rockville

Meadowside Nature Center Easter Egg Hunt– April 22nd @ 10am – 3:00pm

Meadowside Nature Center, RockvilleSearch for real eggs through their meadow, then dye and decorate the eggs you find.  There will also be other ongoing spring-related activities throughout the day.  Reservations are required.  Register online at www.parkpass.org, starting February 15th.  Cost is $8.

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/calendar//events/index.php?com=detail&eID=870

Connection Church Easter Community Egg Hunt– April 24th @ 11am

Lincoln Park Community Center, Rockville, MD-  First Easter Community Egg Hunt.  There will be a raffle with great prizes- as well as an Egg Hunt, lunch, and a whole lot of fun! Download the registration form below and send it to easter@ConnectionChurchMd.org.

http://www.connectionchurchmd.org


Takoma Park

Takoma Park Rec Department Annual Egg Hunt– April 16th @ 11am

Lee Jordan Field, Takoma Park-  There will be four age categories: 2 and under, 3 – 4, 5 – 6, and 7 – 8. Rain date is April 23rd.  Free event.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/51325865/5/Spring-Break-Camps

 

I can’t believe that it is already Friday!  This week has flown by.  Here are some options for your weekend!

Saturday, November 20th

 

Special Nutcracker Storytime and Mini-performance by BalletNOVA

10:30am: Barnes and Noble, Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA

BalletNova Center for Dance is partnering with Barnes & Noble to offer a Nutcracker Storytime hour.  Costumed cast members from BalletNOVA’s Nutcracker will read one-on-one to the children, followed by a special preview performance.  We saw it last week in Clarendon, and highly recommend it (check out my review- http://wp.me/pPo7Z-bS)

http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/3068461

 

Cookie Decorating and Book Reading

10am – 12pm: The Sugar Cube, Alexandria, VA
Head to the Sugar Cube for a reading of “Flakey the naked Snowman” with author, Amy Tubbs.  After the reading, kids will get to decorate their own snowman cookies with frosting, sprinkles, and other toppings.  The cookies will then be packaged in cello, and personalized with stickers and ribbon.  The class is for kids ages 4-8, and cost is $20 per child plus a $10 materials fee.

http://www.thesugarcube.typepad.com/

 

Sunday, November 21st


Gustafer Yellowgold

3pm: McLean Community Center, McLean, VA

It is a show that is part live music concert and part moving storybook.  Gustafer Yellowgold is coming to the McLean Community Center.  Check out creator Morgan Taylor’s website for more information about this interesting experience.  http://www.gustaferyellowgold.com/about/index.html

http://www.mcleancenter.org/alden/mcleankids.asp

 

Saturday, November 20th & Sunday, November 21st


The Enchanted Forest 2010 sponsored by the Junior League of NOVA

Sheraton Reston, Reston, VA

The Enchanted Forest, is a winter-themed festival sponsored by the Junior League of Northern Virginia.  The festival includes Breakfast with Santa, snacks with the Snow Fairy Princess, Children’s Science Center interactive activities, a professional train display, musical and dance performers, arts and crafts, photos with Santa, a holiday shopping boutique, and a magical “forest” filled with holiday trees.

http://www.jlnv.org/jlnv/npo.jsp?pg=support9

 

23rd Annual Washington Craft Show

11/19, 10am – 8pm, 11/20, 10am – 6pm, 11/21, 11am – 5pm: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

The Washington Craft Show is a great place to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.  This is an annual show at the Washington Convention Center, and displays unique and one-of-a-kind metal, leather, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, glass crafts and more.  General Admission: $15.00 adults, Children under 12 admitted free

http://www.craftsamericashows.com/WASH_info.htm

 

I’ve missed a couple weeks while we were on vacation, but I’m back in time for this fun filled weekend!  Lots to do- here are a few ideas!

  1. Ashlawn Fun Fair– May 15, 11am – 3pm @ Ashlawn Elementary, Arlington, VA — Ashlawn Elementary’s Fun Fair features games, food, crafts, moon bounces, and raffles.  Admission is free (games, food, refreshments are extra) 703-228-5270 http://www.apsva.us/ashlawn
  2. Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival– May 15 & 16, 10am – 6pm  @ Reston Town Center, Reston, VA — An arts festival where you can check out and buy artwork as well as enjoy live entertainment.  There will be a children’s art tent with activities for kids, as well as food and artist demonstrations.  The festival is free and open to the public.   http://www.restonarts.org
  3. McLean Day– May 15, 11am – 5pm @ Lewinsville Park, McLean, Va — A community festival with live entertainment, carnival rides, face painting, food, and arts & crafts.  http://www.mcleancenter.org/special-events/upcoming.asp#McLean_Day_2010
  4. Civil War Day–  May 15, 10am – 3pm @ Cherry Hill Park and Farmhouse, Falls Church, VA — The City of Falls Church is hosting an event that will reenact the Falls Church home front during the Civil War.  There will be living history presentations, music, free tours of the Civil War era farmhouse, and children’s activities.  703-248-5171 (TTY 711)  http://www.fallschurchva.gov/Content/Docs/CivilWarDayFlyer2010.pdf
  5. Put YOU in the Musical– May 15, 11am – 4pm @ National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, National Harbor, MD — Kids can try their hand at dancing and singing along with Broadway tunes and experiencing the world of musicals. Ages 3 and up.  http://www.ncm.museum/home/events/Put-YOU-in-the-Musical-
  6. Taste of Arlington– May 16, 12pm – 5pm @ Ballston- Arlington, VA — Taste food from over 45 Arlington restaurants.  There will also be local entertainment and children’s activities.  http://www.tasteofarlington.com

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