It’s going to be a great week, weather-wise, so be sure to spend some time outside!  Check out The Meanest Momma’s reviews of local parks.  She reviews based on shade, equipment, bathrooms, etc- all things that parents want to know!

Tuesday, November 8th    Family Storytime

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

No registration required. First come, first served until capacity is reached. Call 703-228-5946 for more information.  All ages welcome.

Wednesday, November 9th    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 9th    Stroller Happy Hour

3pm – 5pm@ Twisted Vines Bistro, Arlington

Bring the little ones to a kid-friendly meet & greet with other Arlington parents. Snacks will be provided for the kids… great happy hour specials for the kids at heart.

Wednesday, November 9th    Wild Ones: Candle Making
3:30pm – 5pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington
 You’ll light up with this craft, by making your own candles. We’ll try our hands at some new and old ways to make these luminaries. For more information call 703-228-6535. Ages 6 – 10.    $5 fee due upon registration.  Program # 612921-C

Friday, November 11th    Tiny Tot

10am @ Gulf Branch Nature Center

Tiny Tot programs  are 45 minutes long and provide an opportunity to interact one-on-one with your child while discovering the wonders of nature. Each fun and educational program will engage your child with hands-on learning, and may include a variety of activities like songs, crafts, finger plays and mini-hikes.  Each program has a theme, but themes are not published ahead of time so that we flexibility in exploring and incorporating all of the amazing and changeable aspects of the park and its wildlife into our programs.  Adults must remain during the entire program. $5 per child due at registration.   Ages: 18 – 35 months with adult.

Thursday, November 10th    Who Stole my Acorns?

10:30am & 3:30pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

How can there be new Oak trees with Squirrel and Chipmunk and Blue Jay around?  You’ll discover how the animals and plants work together to make the beautiful Gulf Branch forest. This highly interactive program may include stories, songs, crafts and mini-hikes. Ages: 3 – 5 years.  Parents are invited to stay and observe, or those with younger siblings may visit the rest of the building during the program. Parents must remain on-site. $5 per child due at registration.

Thursday, November 10th    Operation Christmas Child Packing Party

6:30 – 8:30pm @ Fellowship Hall at Mt. Olivet Church, Arlington

Join Chick-fil-A for a community Shoe Box Packing Party for Operation Christmas Child. Bring your empty box and the items that you would like to pack it with and be part of the packing fun!  There will be music, refreshments and a special appearance by the ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ Santa Cow.  Everyone donating a packed box that evening will receive a special offer from Chick-fil-A at Ballston Common that evening. You can visit the Operation Christmas Child website to learn how to pack a box and what types of items to include.

Friday, November 11th     529.Kids.Consign at Telegraph Station

10am – 1pm @ Telegraph Station, Alexandria

Shop from designer brands: Baby Gap, Catimini, Gymboree, Hannah Andersson, Hartstrings, Janie and Jack, Mini Boden, and maternity fall pieces from A Pea in the Pod, Isabella Oliver, Lucky Brand, Michael Stars, Olian and more. Telegraph Station is kid friendly with toys, so kids are encouraged to come.


 

Winter weather this weekend!

 

Saturday, October 29th

 

 

 

Healthy Kids Fun Run

 

8am – 3pm @ Pentagon North Parking lot, Arlington

 

The annual Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run will be held in the Pentagon North Parking Lot. Children ages 5-12 will participate in the one-mile just-for-fun event.  All participants receive a t-shirt, medal and snacks at the finish line.

 

 

 

 

 

AUMC Kid’s Stuff Consignment Sale

 

9am – 1pm @ Annadale United Methodist Church, Annadale

 

Great way to save money and buy second hand clothing, furniture, gear, books,

 

games and toys.

 

 

 

Falloween

 

10am – 2pm @ Market Common Clarendon

 

Bring the whole family out for a day of fall fun at Market Common Clarendon! Enjoy a petting zoo, free face painting, DJ music, sidewalk chalking, fun photo ops (1 free photo per family), a variety of live entertainment, plus trick-or-treating at participating retailers. People and pets in costume are invited to join in the FALLoween Parade at 11:30am, led by The Jokesters. Each attendee can also take a complimentary mini-pumpkin home! No registration necessary. FALLoween is on rain or shine, and all the activities are free.

 

 

 

 

 

DCJCC Literary Festival   

 

10am @ Washington, D.C. Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, Washington, DC

 

The program is part of the Sugarman Family Children’s Book Award and includes a morning of crafts, folktales and fun with author Vicki Weber. Her book, It’s Too Crowded in Here! is a collection of Jewish folktales and midrashic stories, enlivened by colorful illustrations. Great to read aloud or act out, the stories also provide a rich yet light-hearted resource for exploring key values such as self-respect, compassion, appreciation, tolerance and thankfulness. Tickets are $10 per family, and include a copy of the book.

 

 

 

Haunted Halloween Pop Ups

 

10am – 12pm @ National Building Museum, Washington, DC

 

Celebrate the spirit of Halloween as you design your very own pop-up haunted house. Learn the pop-up architecture technique from guest artist Carol Barton. Decorate a spooky haunted house scene to take place on your window sill. Fun for the whole family, the festivities include crafts, treats, and ghosts stories (more silly than spooky!) about the Museum.  Prepaid registration required. Ages six and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets are FREE.

 

 

 

Halloween Trick-or-Treat
11am – 5pm @ Pentagon Row, Arlington
Center-wide Halloween trick-or-treating for all of the local little ghouls and goblins. Participating merchants will have a sign on their door designating them as a trick-or-treat location. Rain or shine.

 

 

 

Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques

 

11am – 6pm @ Old Town Alexandria Boutique, Alexandria

 

Bring your ghosts and goblins for a day of trick or treat in the Old Town Boutique District.  All of the participating OTBD stores will offer treats. Some may also offer family friendly tricks. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Tricks and treats will be available during store hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Costume Parade and Craft Activities

 

12pm – 2pm @ Marine Corps Museum, Alexandria

 

Try out your child’s Halloween costume early at our Halloween event featuring fun activities including a costume parade for ages 1-10.   There is an owl demonstration, puppet show, arts and crafts, and more family fun!

 

 

 

Change My World Now Bus Tour

 

1pm & 3pm @ Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Arlington

 

Cassandra’s Angel Bus Tour Is Coming to DC.  Meet and greet award-winning author and globally acclaimed children’s advocate, Gina Otto. Gina Otto’s children’s book “Cassandra’s Angel” is launching with a national bus tour designed to reach and inspire children in local communities and across the country. “Cassandra’s Angel” was written with the intention of igniting and empowering today’s youth. Via this bus tour and musical performances, the story comes vivdily to life for audiences to experience firsthand tale’s underlying message and engage a national dialogue about tolerance, compassion and respect.
 

15th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade   

 

2pm @ Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria

 

The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreational Center play fields at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. To register your stroller or pet, just look for the signs and registration desks on Mt. Vernon at E. Bellefonte beginning at 1:30 p.m.  There is no registration required for children and families that march in the parade.

 

 

 

Air & Scare
2pm – 8pm @ Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly

 

Discover the spooky side of air and space at the Udvar-Hazy Center’s seventh annual Air & Scare! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Bring the tiniest visitors by the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. Don’t forget to stop by the face painting station or pose for a photo with your favorite Star Wars character! FREE admission; parking $15 until 7pm.

 

 

 

Marvelous Mice Campfires

 

6pm – 7:15pm @ Gulf Branch Nature Center, Arlington

 

The whole family is invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. $5 fee per person and $20 max per family due at registration.  Program # 612851-G

 

 

 

Halloween Skate Party!
6:30pm – 8:30pm @ Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington

 

Join ghosts, goblins, Lady Gaga and others at TJ’s Halloween Skate Party.  Come in your favorite costume or have one of their face painters help you. Enjoy skating, carnival games, music, prizes, arts, crafts…we even have a pre-school play area.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 30th

 

 

 

ZooBoo

 

10am – 4pm @ Reston Zoo, Vienna

 

Designed for a younger audience, ZooBoo offers a day of scare-free fun!
Join the safe zoo neighborhood of Halloween entertainment, with kid-friendly fun around every corner.  There is a Trick or Treat Trail, with treats, toys and treasures for children of all ages.  There is also a Halloween hay maze, a creepy crawly critter touch station with giant bugs, slugs, and tarantulas to gentle turtles and toads, festive faces face painting, and pumpkin pickup tractor rides.  Due to inclement weather, ZooBoo will be closed on Saturday, October 29th.

 

 

 

Family Fun Sunday: Halloween Fun 

 

1pm – 5pm @ Hillwood Estates, Washington, DC

 

Come in costume and join the Halloween celebration! In Mrs. Post’s time, the estate was decked out for Halloween with whimsically adorned pumpkins. Join them in their unique tradition of decorating miniature pumpkins with hats, wigs and other creative trimmings. At 2 and 3:30 pm listen to Spooky Tales from the Pet Cemetery told by storyteller Marianne Meyers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ready to head out with your kids and load up on the loot?  My husband says that Halloween is when when he learned about taxes.  His dad took a portion of his candy, and called it the candy tax.  I am so using that this year!

Trick or treating traditionally take place after sundown on Halloween night.  There is no official time mandated by the city or county in Arlington as there is in many areas in the country.

You don’t have a neighborhood ideal for trick or treating?  Head to the mall-  Ballston Common mall.  From 5pm – 7pm, stop by the food court to pick up your free Halloween trick-or-treating bag, and get a list of participating stores for trick-or-treating.  Then, visit the retailers for treats.  Last year there was also face painting, balloon sculptures, and much more located throughout the mall.

Another indoor option is Fashion Centre Pentagon City.   Look for the Jack-O-Lantern on participating retailer storefronts.

Many people also head to other neighborhoods for trick or treating.  If trick or treating is not widespread in your neighborhood, ask friends if you can go with them.

Happy Halloween!

I know first hand how hard it can be to meet other mothers and form new friendships.  We move every 2-3 years, and it can be a daunting task to meet new friends with every move.  This can be especially hard for stay at home moms.  I’ve found that mom’s clubs can be a great way to do that.  The International MOMS Club is designed for at-home mothers to help them form a network of support.  The club is a great way to meet other at-home mothers in your area who share your interests and concerns. They offer a monthly meeting with speakers and discussions, weekly age based playgroups, Mom’s Nights Out, fun events, a monthly newsletter, event calendar, and services projects that benefit the community.

Due to an increasing membership, MOMS Club of Arlington South will soon be creating two new chapters- MOMS Club of Arlington Southeast and MOMS Club of Arlington Southwest. Check out this link to see in which club your home falls.

Are you interested in connecting with other moms and finding fun activities to do with your kids?  The MOMS Club will be holding several Open Houses in the coming weeks to meet new people.
Southeast
Virginia Highlands Park (By Aurora Hills Library), on Monday, 10/24 @ 4:30pm

Nelly Custis Park, on Monday, 11/8 @ 4pm

Southwest
Barcroft Park, on Tuesday, 11/1 @ 4pm

Some of the current members will be on hand to meet with you and answer any questions that you might have.

Contact the Membership VP at samcmember@yahoo.com and go to www.southarlingtonmomsclub.org for more info.

 

 

The week leading up to Halloween is always fun in the DC Metro area, so get out and play!

Monday, October 24th    Forest Fledglings 

9:45am @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

New topic each week for parent and child (quiet siblings welcome.) Stories, crafts and nature activities leading to outdoor exploration. Dress for weather. Call nature center for weekly topic.

 

Tuesday, October 25th    Kids Read to Dogs (Paws to Read)

5:30pm @ Westover Branch Library, Arlington

Children grades K – 5 are invited to read to therapy dogs. Each “Paws to Read” child is given a 15-minute session where they will be paired with a canine listener. Volunteers (both owners and dogs) are part of PAL (People. Animals. Love.), an animal therapy organization. All participating dogs are trained and certified. Studies have shown that reading to a dog (or other non-judgmental audience) can help improve a child’s reading level and increase their enjoyment of reading. Please register for a slot by calling (703) 228-5260.

 

Tuesday, October 25th    Whoo’s About 

10:30am – 11:30am & 1:30pm – 2:30pm @ Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington

Wondering who’s out at night, lurking just out of sight. Don’t let these creatures give a you a fright, come and learn they do not bite! For ages 3 – 5 years.  Registration is required.  Activity #: 612911

Wednesday, October 26th  Halloween at Whole Foods

5pm – 7pm @ Old Town Whole Foods, Alexandria

Start your night off by experiencing the mystery boxes and then continue to experience Halloween by Trick-or-Treating around the store. A night full of costumes, snacks, and fun! Trick-or-treating starts at 5 pm and goes until 7 pm.

 

Thursday, October 27th    Harvest Halloween  

10:15am & 11:30am @ Ripley Center, Smithsonian, Washington, DC

Join Oran Sandel at the Discovery Theater pumpkin patch for songs, games, and more. He’ll spin an American Indian harvest story; you will look inside Mr. Jack O’ Lantern (what really makes him tick?); and you will create a pumpkin face for Discovery Theater. Bring in YOUR design, and they will post it on their Facebook page.  For ages 3 – 8.  Also on Friday, 10/28.

 

Friday, October 28th    OctoberFest @ Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center

4pm – 8pm @ Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, Alexandria

This is an opportunity for the entire family to dress up in their best costume for Halloween Fun! Families will be able to particpate in Halloween Arts & Crafts, Spooky Musical Chairs, Face Painting, Scary Movies, Haunted House Tours and much more!!!

 

 

Friday, October 28th    Pippi in America with Sarah Riedel  Swedish Children’s Songs in Playful Jazz Versions  
10am & 12pm @ Dome Theatre, Artishere, Arlington 

Pippi in America is an acoustic performance where the musicians combine well known Swedish children’s songs with beloved characters such as Pippi Longstocking and jazz. Sweden’s Sarah Riedel is a thought-provoking, elegant, and emotional jazz vocalist who was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the Swedish Radio Corporation’s prestigious Jazzkatten Award.  This event is free!

Wow- so much going on this weekend!  Better yet, it is going to feel like fall and be sunny all weekend.  Get out and enjoy it!  KidFriendly DC has a fantastic post about more Halloween related events coming up, so be sure to check it out as well.

Saturday, October 22nd

River Farm Fall Fest

9am – 12pm @ River Farm, Alexandria

Bring a picnic and the family to River Farm to enjoy story time in the garden, arts and crafts projects, a scavenger hunt, and more.  This event is free of charge, though donations are appreciated. Rain or shine (activities will be held indoors in the event of rain). For more details, call (703) 768-5700 ext. 126.

Annandale Fall Festival 

10am @  Safeway parking lot on Little River Turnpike, Annandale

Eighty merchants with jewelry, artwork, giftware, crafts, children’s toys & books, clothing, wood carvings and other gifts for your holiday shopping will fill the community market.  There will also be rock, jazz & country Bands along with International costumed dancers and swing dancersfor entertainment as well as tons of food.  The Kid’s Zone will challenge with a climbing wall, bungee jump, bungee basketball, face painting, Lil Pirate inflatable & toddler games, costumed characters, and The Secret Garden which will feature puppet shows at 1 & 3pm and The Traveling Storyteller at 12pm and 2pm along with interactive games for toddlers to teens.  The Annual Parade 10am – 12pm will finish at the festival grounds.

AppleFest

11am – 1pm @ Whole Foods Old Town, Alexandria

Transforming into a delicious orchard, Virginia Whole Foods Market’s AppleFest will be complete with inspiring cooking demonstrations, entertaining crafts, prizes, tastings and more! While exploring taste palates of sweet treats and savory apple infused dishes, customers will be exposed to and learn about the best apples that the harvest has to offer.   Featured activities will include mouth-watering samples and cooking demonstrations, carmel-apple making stations, hard apple cider on tap, apple sampling in every department, and apple scavenger hunts

Mousequerade Ball for Kids  

1pm – 2pm @ Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Alexandria

Families with children ages 4 – 7 can enjoy a reading of Alexander the Old Town Mouse by author Cheryl Barnes and have their books signed. Children will then create a mask and enjoy a ball of their own — in the very same room the story takes place! Costumes are encouraged but not required.  This hour-long program will be held at 1:00pm and 3:00pm. $10 per child (ages 2 and older); adults free with purchase of child ticket.

Wild Side Wagon Ride  

4pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Take a 90-minute tractor ride with a park naturalist to parts of the wetland that are difficult to reach on foot. Look for and learn about songbirds, wildflowers, butterflies and waterfowl, then stop for a snack at the observation platform. Meet at South King’s Highway park entrance.

Campfire: Popcorn

6pm – 7:15pm @ Long Branch Amphitheater, Arlington

The whole family is invited to join us at the Long Branch Amphitheater for lots of old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores.  Cost is $5 fee per person with a $20 max fee per family.

Fearless Fest

7pm @ Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale

This fun event provides a lighthearted alternative to scary Halloween celebrations. The not-so-scary event is guaranteed to educate and entertain participants.  A naturalist will lead guests on a one-hour night hike into the woods to meet and interact with costumed creatures who explain away their scary reputations. The 52-acre forest surrounding the nature center is an ideal setting to hear ironic explanations from a black widow spider, a skunk, an owl, poison ivy, a dead tree, and other animals.  Indoor activities include craft projects and hands-on exploration. Guests will investigate real animal skulls in the graveyard, meet live reptiles and insects such as snakes, toads, and millipedes, and dissect owl pellets to learn about their diet and habitat.  The cost is $7 per Fairfax County resident and $9 for out-of-county guests. Families should bring a flashlight. This event is great for scout groups looking for a fun evening activity. Costumes are encouraged and are completely appropriate for the event’s festive, party-like atmosphere.

Sunday, October 23rd

Scarecrow Making Workshop

1pm & 2pm @ Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon

Adults and children enjoy making scarecrows. Bring an outfit and a pair of pantyhose for each scarecrow.  They supply special touches for faces. Held outdoors, dress for the weather. Register to make a scarecrow. Canceled if rain.

Meet me on a Sunday at Potomac Overlook  

1:30pm – 3:30pm @ Potomac Overlook Regional 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, between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., 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!


Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd

Fall Harvest Family Days  

9am – 5pm @ Mount Vernon 

Mount Vernon welcomes the autumn season with Fall Harvest Family Days! The entire family enjoys autumn activities including wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, 18th-century dancing demonstrations, a straw bale maze, farrier (blacksmithing) demonstrations, apple-roasting, corn husk dolls demonstrations and early-American games and music. Potomac River sightseeing cruises are half-price during this weekend event. Fall Harvest Family Days are included in regular Estate admission on October 22&23: adults, $15.00; children ages 6-11, $7.00; and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Ghost Train Halloween Event  

10am – 5pm @ Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station

Board the haunted train at Burke Lake Park for a special ride through the forest. Tickets are $4.50. The Ghost Train runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold 4:15 p.m.) Tickets for the carousel are $1.75. Costumes are encouraged! For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Children’s art classes are coming soon to Alexandria’s Telegraph Station!   Each class will begin with songs and stories.  Children will then work with art materials that provide opportunities for growth and discovery.  The classes will promote positive social skills, develop critical thinking skills, and inspire kids to grow creatively.  The instructor is Nicole Holohan, an experienced art therapist, artist, and mother of 2 young children.

The theme for October’s class is “My Little Monster.” Children will explore the “not-so-scary” kind of monsters and then create a mask with paint and collage materials.

Classes will be held on Saturday October 8th at 3:30 pm and Wednesday October 19th at 10:30 am.

Classes are designed for children ages 2-5, but can still be suitable for kids up to age 7.  Classes are $15 per child.  You can purchase yummy smoothies, coffee/teas, sandwiches, pizza, and backed goods from Telegraph Station before during or after class.

Visit http://artstartsonthepike.wordpress.com/ for more information. Classes fill up fast so email Nicole at ArtStartsonthePike@gmail.com to reserve your spot.