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.


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.


Rocknoceros- Arts in the Parks

10am – 11am @ Mason District Park Amphitheater, Annandale

A fun, free show featuring great kids music.



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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!


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.


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.



Cooler weather is forecasted for this weekend- looks to be in the mid-80s.  Now if only Sunday’s rain could slip to Sunday night….

Saturday, June 4th

Backyard Fun Fest

10am – 2pm @ Franconia UMC, Alexandria

Come for some old-fashioned fun for a “back yard funfest” to benefit Koinonia, the community mission which is located on the grounds of Franconia UMC.  There will be games & prizes, a moon bounce, crafts, food, live music, and more!


Oh, What a Beautiful Day: Sing Books with Emily

11am @ Tuckahoe Elementary School, Arlington

This cabaret show is for families, created for children and adults to enjoy together.  It is loaded with funny, delightful and inspiring songs, encompassing music from Broadway to pop, written by songwriters like Rodgers and Hammerstein, Billy Joel, and Steve Martin!  All the songs come from the Singable Picture Book catalogue.  Tickets for the performance at Tuckahoe will be $5 per person or “pay what you can” per family.


Saint Clement Family Fun Fair 

11am – 3pm @ Church of Saint Clement, Alexandria

This Fun Fair is open to the public and will include activities like a cake walk, moon bounce, free cartoon shows spin art, carnival games, and a wine wall.  Carnival snacks and lunch will also be available.


Under the Sea Puppet Show.

11am – 3pm @ Lakeshore Learning Store, Alexandria

Kids will be able to create everything from the puppets to the stage, and then put on an actual performance.


Armenian Festival

12pm – 5pm @ Market Square in front of Alexandria City Hall, Alexandria
The free festival will feature entertainment, food, and displays showcasing and celebrating Armenian culture. Beef, lamb and pork kabobs, lahmajun (a Middle Eastern style gourmet pizza), dolma (stuffed vegetable dishes), pitas, baklava, and other food and beverages will be available for purchase.



Carlin Hall Preschool Fun Fair 

12pm – 3pm @ Carlin Hall, Arlington

Entry to the fair is free, and you can purchase tickets to participate in the games and events.  There will be games, a bake sale, a cake walk, moonbounce, and prizes.  There will also be a silent auction- items include theater tickets, ballet lessons, dinner at a local fire station, crafts & jewelry, entertainment tickets, sports packages, restaurant gift cards, and much more.  There will also be gently used toys, puzzles, and games for sale.


Discover the Marsh

2pm – 3:30pm @ Dora Kelley Nature Park, Alexandria

Journey to the freshwater marsh in Dora Kelley Nature Park and learn about its many inhabitants, big and small. Participate in a critter catch and release. Also, create a cool field guide to take home.  For ages 6-12.


Family Fun: Solstice Celebration 

2pm @ Green Springs Gardens Park, Alexandria

Family-friendly workshop to celebrate the coming summer solstice. Learn how to build a sundial of your own and how to tell time by the shadows.  For ages 5 and older.

Click here for more info.

Hidden Oaks’ Treasures Hunt

2pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Prepare for an adventure as kids follow their treasure map to collect clues finding treasures along 1/2 miles of woodland and stream trails.  Some of the treasures include meeting live woodland creatures, others are fun facts about native plants and rocks and some include feats of daring.  For more information call the park at 703-941-1065.

Click here for more info.

Sunday, June 5th

9th Annual Green Home and Garden Tour 

1pm – 5pm @ Arlington

You will be able to tour local green homes and environmentally-friendly gardens.  The tour will include houses, a condo, and a nature center.  It will highlight green renovations, composting, rain barrels, wildlife habitats, rain gardens and more.  Check out the online map for more info.


Family Tour Day

1pm – 4pm @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria
Families are invited to tour the historic tavern as Junior Docents (volunteers from grades 3 – 6), share their enthusiasm for history.  Let your kids be inspired by their peers as they tour the tavern where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others made history! Call 703-746-4242 for more info.  No reservations are necessary.


Rocknoceros Performance

4pm @ Agudas Achim Preschool, Alexandria

Bring your family to sing and dance with this fun local musical trio.
Tickets- $12 at the door (under 12 months free).  For more information please contact preschoolevents@gmail.com


Saturday, June 4th & Sunday, June 5th

Bear Awareness Days
10am – 2pm @ National Zoo, Washington, DC

Bear Awareness Days will be two days of fun, family programming all about bears! Join us for special keeper talks and animal demos, learn about the bears of the world, and find out how to stay safe around local bears. Kids can help bear-proof a campsite, share what they love about bears, and even bring their own teddy bear in for a check-up.


Jack and the Bean-Stalk

Saturday at 12pm & 6pm, Sunday at 12pm @ 1st Stage Theater, Tysons Corner, McLean

Come enjoy a brand-new adaptation of the classic fairy tale, “Jack and the Bean-Stalk.”  This play is a fun-for-the-whole-family, funny show.  Aimed at younger audiences, but with lots of laughs built in for adults, it’s a perfect fit for families who want to share the joy of live-performance theater.

On June 4th and June 18th are the only two evening performance.  These Family Night Out Performances are scheduled especially for families looking for an evening activity that the whole family can enjoy.  All tickets are discounted $3 off when the word POSTCARD or DISCOUNT is mentioned at the box office.


It is warming up, so I have included some fun outdoor activities!  Hope that you have a great week.

Monday, April 11th    Visit Beverley Park (AKA the Pit)

Anytime @ Beverley Park, 620 North Overlook Dr, Alexandria

Monday is going to be beautiful, so head to the park!  A local favorite in Alexandria, “The Pit” is a great place to go with all ages of kids.  There is an updated playground equipment with swings, slides, a big sand pit, a picnic shelter, and leftover playground toys (bikes, scooters, ride-on toys, etc).  There is also a hard court play area, and a wooded nature area.  There is a lot of room to run and play!  It is a huge park.  According to Alexandria’s government site, Beverley Park was once used as a staging area and gravel pit when the homes in the Beverly Hills neighborhood were being built. After the new home construction was completed, the site was cleaned up and a playground was installed.



Monday, April 11th    Little Acorns

11am @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

Come to an interactive class for preschoolers, where kids learn about a weekly topic through finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, and outdoor exploration.

Click here for more info.



Tuesday, April 12th    Spectacular Snakes

10:30am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Preschoolers can learn about snakes in a fun interactive program that will include stories, a craft, and a short hike.  For ages 3 – 5 years.  Registration is required.



Wednesday, April 13th    Rocknoceros

10:30am @ Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA

If you haven’t seen Rocknoceros yet, you should definitely get to one of their shows.  Rochnoceros is a three-man children’s show that features original children’s songs as well as other well known songs.  The show caters to children from ages 1 – 9, but will entertain all ages.  The cost is $5 for everyone a year and older.



Thursday, April 14th    Visit Kidwell Farm

9am – 5pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park , Herndon, VA

Come join us as we explore the farm!  There are cows, sheep, goats and pigs as well as a chickens, bunnies, peacocks, horses and many farm buildings to check out.  There is a lot of room for kids to run/walk around and check out the farm, and a fun playground to see as well.  There is also a country store and equestrian facilities.  This is a great time of year to go- there are so many baby animals to see!  Check out this Our Kids review for more info!



Friday, April 15th    See the Animals at Reston Zoo

9am – 5pm @ Reston Zoo, Vienna, VA

Reston Zoo, which has been closed for the winter, is open again!  This is a great hands on zoo for children of all ages.  The zoo is a thirty-acre park right in the middle of Vienna.  There are exhibits of monkeys, kangaroos, alligator, tortoises, servals, a wide variety of birds.  There is a free-Flight Aviary and a Reptile House.  There is also a Petting Barn, where you can pet and feed (baby bottles and food are available for purchase) sheep, lambs, goats, llamas, rabbits, and pot-belly pigs.  In addition to these animals, you can take a Zoofari wagon rides (included in admission fee) to see zebras, antelope, bison, crazy ostrich, and lots more.  Cost is $12 for adults, and $9 for kids ages 2–12.  Kids under 2 are free.