Sports


Is everyone out there as busy as I am?  There’s always rom for some fun- here are some ideas to get you out of the house!

Tuesday, November 15th    Recess at the Rink

9:20am – 10:50am @ Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington

This special public skating session is a great opportunity for young children to get acclimated tothe rink before summer skating camps and lessons!  An instructor will be available throughout the session to assist skaters as needed.  Kids can play hockey with foam hockey pucks, mini-nets, and mini-sticks, use buckets, and write on the ice with special markers!  All young skaters must wear gloves. Helmets are recommended. Adults not required to be on ice with children, but they do skate for free with children.  Beanie Babies, buckets, ice markers, and foam hockey pucks will be provided for kids to play with while skating! Plus free hot drinks!*  Kids ages 2 to 8 skate for $7.  Parents and caregivers skate free with child!  Includes skate rental for all! Limit one adult per child.

Wednesday, November 16th   Kids Club

10:30am @ Aurora Hills Branch Library, Arlington

Come and listen to stories by Dav Pilkey and Mo Willems! There will be an egg toss and children will go home with balloon animals created by Antoine from the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs department. For more information, call 703-228-5715.

Wednesday, November 16th    Special Drop-In Holiday Storytime “Off Campus”

10:30am @ Giant Supermarket, Arlington

A special holiday storytime. Drop-in, no registration. Daycare classes are welcomed to attend. At the new Giant supermarket off Columbia Pike, 2501 9th Rd. S. For more information, call 703-228-7761.

Wednesday, November 16th    Fairies, Fables and Funny Folktales

4pm @ Columbia Pike Branch Library, Arlington

Storytime includes multicultural folktales, puppetry, readers’ theater and crafts. A drop-in program for grades K-5. No registration required. For more information, call 703-228-7761.

Wednesday, November 16th    Wild Ones: On the Turkey Trail

4pm – 5pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Your child is invited to join our exciting nature club which meets twice a month. Choose just a few programs or attend them all! Gobble gobble? Trace the tracks of the turkey as we trail this big bird through the woods. Learn to tell a Tom from a Hen, where they can be seen in our area, and more! For more information: 703-228-3403. Ages 6 – 10.

Thursday, November 17th    Nature Detectives- Turkeys

10am @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Learn about these impressive birds through an activity, and a craft. Reservations required

Friday, November 18th    ‘Tis the Season

7:30pm @ David M. Brown Planetarium, Arlington

This annual holiday favorite, where you learn how people throughout time dealt with the shortened days of winter.  The show equates the darkness of the winter solstice with the multi-cultural practice of using festive lights to celebrate the holiday season.

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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

Guess what?  No snow in the forecast for this week!!  Yes, there is a lot of rain and it’s not going to be warm, but let’s keep a positive spin on things.

 

Monday, March 28th    The Great Zucchini

10:30am @ Jammin’ Java, Vienna

The Great Zucchini is a well known preschool performer in the DC area and performs an entertaining hands-on, interactive magic show.  We have been to his shows before and it is a LOT of fun.  Check out my review for more info.  It is a 40-minute show, and cost is $5 per person over the age of 1.

http://www.jamminjava.com/zucchini.html

 

Tuesday, March 29th    Storytime

10:30am @ Borders – Baileys Crossroads

Come for stories and activities that will spark your child’s imagination as one of their children’s specialists reads the newest picture books.  Best suited for children under 6.

Click here for more info.

 

Wednesday, March 30th    Long Branch Puppet Theater

4pm – 4:45pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Come for an exciting show at the Long Branch Puppet Theater.  Watch as stories come to life and stick around to meet the cast and (live animal) characters afterward. Call 703-228-6535 for more info.  Registration is required.  Cost is $5 fee per child.  For kids ages 3-12

http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar/#EventDetails_12771

 

Wednesday, March 30th    NatFest

4pm @ Nationals Stadium, Washington, DC

NatsFest will feature an open practice and chance to meet the 2011 Washington Nationals. The Centerfield Gates will open to the public at 4pm.  There will also be a special Kids Zone, with a moonbounce, games, face painters, and balloon artists.  Cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

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

 

Thursday, March 31st    Ranger Led Cherry Talks

11am, and 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm @ Jefferson Memorial Parking Lot and FDR Memorial steps at the Tidal Basin, Washington, DC

Join park rangers to learn more about the history and culture associated with the Japanese gift of flowering cherry trees. How did a shipwrecked 14 year old boy contribute to the original treaty of friendship between the United States and Japan? What is the link between the samurai and the cherry blossoms? Different talks cover different topics – enjoy more than one.  Cost is free.

http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-tours-and-programs.htm

 

Friday, April 1st Doktor Kaboom!

7:30pm @ Kennedy Center, Washington, DC

Join Doktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations that will keep you riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Doktor Kaboom! is an amazing educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.  Best for ages 7 and up.  Cost is $18.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showEvent&event=KLTAE