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Fall – Classes, Events, Festivals and More

Classes/Events:

 Michaels Craft stores have kid’s craft camp – For ages 5-8 and 9-12  They have renamed their kids program The Knack and classes seem to be $5 (or sometimes free!) for half hour programs – check http://www.theknackkids.com/TheKnackFaculty.aspx  or the flyer for the schedule for the store closest to you.

Home Depot Kids Workshops – First Saturday of every month between 9am and noon- see http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=Kids_Workshops&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053 for more details.  Although it says ages 5-12, I know people who have taken children (boys, in particular) who were younger.  They tend to list project a month at a time.

Lowe’s Build-to-Grow Clinics – Although recommended for elementary school kids, I know people who have taken younger children – use your own discretion.  Check out https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/ for class projects, dates, and sign ups.  They only list a month or so at a time.  The classes are approximately every two weeks.

Events at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park – Located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  Check their website for a complete listing of programs at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/

  • Sept. 20 Snapping Turtles (6 yrs and up), 10-11am, Walney Pond. Snapping turtles are our largest fresh water turtle in Virginia. Visit a pond to search for this large, often misunderstood, reptile. Reservations required. $5
  • Sept. 21 Kids’ Korner: Spiders 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Sept. 21 Nature Sketch (8-12 yrs.) 2-3:30pm. Learn to draw and enjoy fall afternoons in a park with lovely gardens, birds, trees and scenic views. Study still life and sketch outdoors when weather permits. Reservations required. $50
  • Sept. 23 Kids’ Korner: Spiders 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Sept. 24 Kids’ Korner: Spiders 2 – 3 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Sept. 25 Kids’ Korner: Spiders 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Sept. 28 Jr. Naturalists- Spiders (7-11 yrs.), 2:30-3:30pm. Catch, study and release spiders in the sunny habitat, our meadow. Discuss other meadow creatures including different species of spiders and insects, and look under a microscope. Build a spider craft. Reservations required. $5
  • Oct. 5 Nature Snoopers – Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! (5-6 yrs., for children in all-day kindergarten or first grade), 2:30-3:30pm. Discuss the dangers in nature. Learn how to identify various things in the forest that can pose a risk. Take a short nature walk, and make a craft to take home. Reservations required. $5
  • Oct. 8 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 14 Batty Campfire (Families), 7-8pm. Enjoy a night hike to learn about native bats and their habitats. Use a bat detector to hear bats communicate and locate food. Settle by the campfire to sip hot chocolate and roast marshmallows. Reservations required and advanced payment by 10/12. $10/family
  • Oct. 18 Art in the Garden 1-4pm. The Third Annual Walney Garden Guild Art Show and Benefit Sale features nature-themed artwork by local and regional artists. Bring your own beverage, blanket, and a picnic. Enjoy live music and the gardens and grounds of Walney House. Sales of art work and plants directly benefit the gardens at the park. FREE, donations gratefully accepted
  • Oct. 19 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 19 Jr. Naturalists – Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! (7-11 yrs.), 2:30-3:30pm. Discuss the dangers in nature. Learn how to identify various things in the forest that can pose a risk. Take a short nature walk, and make a craft to take home. Reservations required. $5
  • Oct. 21 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 22 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 23 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 23 Pumpkins by the Campfire (3-7 yrs. with adult), 6:30-7:30pm. Join in games and activities about pumpkins by our patch. Enjoy roasted marshmallows by the campfire and toasted pumpkin seeds, and bring a small pumpkin to decorate. Reservations required. $5, children under 2 FREE
  • Oct. 23 Birding on the Bay (Adults), 7am-5pm. Visit the Delaware Bay at the peak of migration to view waterfowl, shorebirds, and eagles. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes and a bag lunch to eat on the way. Stops include, Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge, Woodland Beach, Little Creek Wildlife area, and Mispillion Harbor Reserve. Dress for the weather. Van leaves from Packard Center in Annandale District Park. Reservations and advanced payment required by 10/16. $25
  • Oct. 25 Lizards (10 yrs. and up), 10-11am. Watch a short film about a local lizard, the five-lined skink. Then assist a naturalist with a reptile survey. Head out into the outback of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park searching, capturing, identifying and releasing reptiles. Learn the habits and preferred habitats of native species. Reservations required. $5
  • Oct. 26 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 26 Nature Sketch (8-12 yrs.) 2-3:30pm. Learn to draw and enjoy fall afternoons in a park with lovely gardens, birds, trees and scenic views. Study still life and sketch outdoors when weather permits. Reservations required. $50
  • Oct. 28 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 29 Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 2 – 3 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Oct. 30 Halloween Haunting (8 yrs. and up), 6-7:30pm. Sit by the open fire roasting marshmallows and listen to stories of the park’s ghosts. Bring short ghost stories to share and a pumpkin to carve. Dress in your costume if you choose, and prepare to be tricked or treated on a haunted night walk. Reservations required. $5
  • Nov. 5 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Nov. 9  Nature Snoopers – Bird Feeding (5-6 yrs., for children in all-day kindergarten or first grade), 2:30-3:30pm. Learn about different types of birdfeeders and bird food. Take a short bird hike, and identify common backyard birds. Build a pinecone bird feeder to take home. Reservations required. $5
  • Nov. 12 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Nov. 12 Coyotes Campfire (8 yrs. and up), 7-8pm. On its way eastward, the coyote hybridized with timber wolves in the north and red wolves in the south and possibly wild dogs. Thus, at 20 to 45 pounds, the eastern coyote is bigger than its western cousin. Come enjoy a warm campfire, toast marsh mellows, listen to taped calls and learn about this awesome canine. Reservations required. $10/family
  • Nov. 13 Blackwater Birds (Adults), 7am-5pm. Travel to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge on the Delmarva Peninsula at the peak of migration season. View endangered fox squirrels, waterfowl, hawks, and eagles. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. Dress for the weather. Van leaves from Packard Center in Annandale District Park. Reservations and advanced payment required by 11/7. $25
  • Nov. 13 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Nov. 14 War Comes to Walney 10am-3:30pm. Experience Civil War camp life recreated by the 42nd Virginia Infantry Regiment. Glimpse the daily routine of the soldiers who once camped at Walney and in Centreville. Young recruit candidates can participant in military drill and learn hands-on about the lives of young men and women during the war. FREE
  • Nov. 16 Nature Sketch (8-12 yrs.) 2-3:30pm. Learn to draw and enjoy fall afternoons in a park with lovely gardens, birds, trees and scenic views. Study still life and sketch outdoors when weather permits. Reservations required. $50
  • Nov. 16 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Nov. 18 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Nov. 19 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 2 – 3 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Nov. 22 Turkey Walk 9-10am. Join a naturalist in the cedar forest to look for wild turkeys and their signs, and discover some of their habits and secret ways. Reservations required. $5 
  • Nov. 23 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child.
  • Nov. 23 Jr. Naturalists – Bird Feeding (8-11 yrs.), 2:30-3:30pm. Learn about different types of birdfeeders and bird food. Take a short bird hike, and identify common backyard birds. Build a pinecone bird feeder to take home. Reservations required. $5
  • Nov. 25 Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Preschool children learn a little nature and history once a month, accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft included. Programs designed to help transition children into their school years. No older siblings please; space is limited. Reservations required. $5/ child

Fun At Frying Pan Farm Park:

  • NEW — Wednesday Nights on the Farm! Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp
  • Sept. 20 Acoustic Jam 1-4pm, Frying Pan Country Store Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Whether you’re pickin’, strummin’, or just listenin’ – it’s an old-fashioned, knee-slappin’, finger-poppin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in music session. The Acoustic Jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sundays of each month, 1-4pm. FREE 
  • Sept. 22 Putting the Animals to Bed 7-8pm (3-6 yrs with an adult) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp When evening shadows spread over the Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Pre-paid reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5 
  • Sept. 24 Putting the Animals to Bed 7-8pm (3-6 yrs with an adult) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp When evening shadows spread over the Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Pre-paid reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5
  • Sept. 28 Little Hands on the Farm 9:45-10:30am (2-3 yr. olds) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Head to the barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun “chores”. Each program is different. Pre-paid reservations required.$6/child (with an adult).  
  • Sept. 28 Little Hands on the Farm 11-11:45am (3-5 yr. olds) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Head to the barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun “chores”. Each program is different. Pre-paid reservations required.$6/child (with an adult).  
  • Sept. 29 Putting the Animals to Bed 7-8pm (3-6 yrs with an adult) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp When evening shadows spread over the Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Pre-paid reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5
  • Oct. 1 Putting the Animals to Bed 7-8pm (3-6 yrs with an adult) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp When evening shadows spread over the Kidwell Farm, it is time to put the animals to bed. Bring your flashlight or lantern for this twilight tour and learn how our farm animals settle down for the night. Pre-paid reservations required. Canceled if rain. $5 
  • Oct. 4 Scarecrow Making Workshop 1-2pm or 2-3pm Visitor Center Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Adults and children enjoy making scarecrows. Bring an outfit and a pair of pantyhose for each scarecrow. We supply special touches for faces. Held outdoors, dress for the weather. Pre-paid reservations required. Canceled if rain. $7 for one scarecrow/family, plus $5 for each additional scarecrow
  • Oct. 4 Acoustic Jam 1-4pm, Frying Pan Country Store Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Whether you’re pickin’, strummin’, or just listenin’ – it’s an old-fashioned, knee-slappin’, finger-poppin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in music session. The Acoustic Jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sundays of each month, 1-4pm. FREE
  • Oct. 12 Little Hands on the Farm 9:45-10:30am (2-3 yr. olds) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Head to the barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun “chores”. Each program is different. Pre-paid reservations required.$6/child (with an adult).
  • Oct. 12 Little Hands on the Farm 11-11:45am (3-5 yr. olds) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Head to the barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun “chores”. Each program is different. Pre-paid reservations required.$6/child (with an adult).
  • Oct. 12 Farmer Jack Musical Jamboree 10-10:40am Visitor Center Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Enjoy great music and great fun with Farmer Jack and his sidekick, Banjo Dan. Sing along and dance to some of your favorite tunes from down on the farm. Prepaid reservations required. $4
  • Oct. 12 Farmer Jack Musical Jamboree 11:30-12:10pm Visitor Center Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Enjoy great music and great fun with Farmer Jack and his sidekick, Banjo Dan. Sing along and dance to some of your favorite tunes from down on the farm. Prepaid reservations required. $4
  • Oct 17 Horse Show Series 8am Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Walk, trot or canter to this beginner horse show. Classes include hunters, ponies, equitation and more. Held indoors rain or shine. Spectators FREE   Rest of the series is: Nov. 14, Dec. 12
  • Oct. 17 Farm Harvest Day 10am-3pm Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Fall is a busy and fun time on the farm. Milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, and meet farm animals. Paint a small pumpkin, play farm games, and see traditional farm demonstrations. $5
  • Oct. 18 Just Jumper Horse Show Series 9am Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes. Held indoors rain or shine. Spectators FREE The rest of series is: Nov. 8, Dec. 6
  • Oct. 18 Acoustic Jam 1-4pm, Frying Pan Country Store Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Whether you’re pickin’, strummin’, or just listenin’ – it’s an old-fashioned, knee-slappin’, finger-poppin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in music session. The Acoustic Jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sundays of each month, 1-4pm. FREE
  • Oct. 26 Little Hands on the Farm 9:45-10:30am (2-3 yr. olds) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Head to the barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun “chores”. Each program is different. Pre-paid reservations required.$6/child (with an adult).
  • Oct. 26 Little Hands on the Farm 11-11:45am (3-5 yr. olds) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Head to the barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun “chores”. Each program is different. Pre-paid reservations required.$6/child (with an adult).
  • Oct. 30 Boo at the Farm 5:30-6:30pm (3-8 yrs. Accompanied by an adult) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Come costumed to trick or treat for goodies and meet farm friends up close. Then enjoy a home-brewed Halloween tale in the barn. Bags provided. Pre-paid reservations required. Canceled if rain. $6/child
  • Oct. 30 Boo at the Farm 7-8pm (3-8 yrs. Accompanied by an adult) Kidwell Farm Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Come costumed to trick or treat for goodies and meet farm friends up close. Then enjoy a home-brewed Halloween tale in the barn. Bags provided. Pre-paid reservations required. Canceled if rain. $6/child
  • Nov. 1 Acoustic Jam 1-4pm, Frying Pan Country Store Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Whether you’re pickin’, strummin’, or just listenin’ – it’s an old-fashioned, knee-slappin’, finger-poppin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in music session. The Acoustic Jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sundays of each month, 1-4pm. FREE
  • Nov. 1 Acoustic Jam 1-4pm, Frying Pan Country Store Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Whether you’re pickin’, strummin’, or just listenin’ – it’s an old-fashioned, knee-slappin’, finger-poppin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in music session. The Acoustic Jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sundays of each month, 1-4pm. FREE
  • Nov. 8 Just Jumper Horse Show Series 9am Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Watch local residents compete for a blue ribbon in a variety of jumping classes. Held indoors rain or shine. Spectators FREE The rest of series is: Oct. 18, Dec. 6
  • Nov 14 Horse Show Series 8am Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Walk, trot or canter to this beginner horse show. Classes include hunters, ponies, equitation and more. Held indoors rain or shine. Spectators FREE   Rest of the series is: Dec. 12
  • Nov. 1 Acoustic Jam 1-4pm, Frying Pan Country Store Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Whether you’re pickin’, strummin’, or just listenin’ – it’s an old-fashioned, knee-slappin’, finger-poppin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in music session. The Acoustic Jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sundays of each month, 1-4pm. FREE
  • Nov. 15 Acoustic Jam 1-4pm, Frying Pan Country Store Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Whether you’re pickin’, strummin’, or just listenin’ – it’s an old-fashioned, knee-slappin’, finger-poppin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Bring your instrument or come by to enjoy this drop-in music session. The Acoustic Jam brings music to the farm on the first and third Sundays of each month, 1-4pm. FREE
  • Nov. 20, 21, 22 Pre-Turkey Circuit Quarter Horse Show 8am Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171 Phone: 703-437-9101 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp Western is in! Cheer on the cowboys and cowgirls in the Quarter Horse Show. Spectators FREE

Fun At Colvin Mill:

  • Oct. 4 Sunday Catch the Buzz 2-4pm 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066 703-759-2771 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/  Beekeepers Toni Burnham and Patrick Standiford will talk about and demonstrate the process involved in the honey harvest. Then sample honey on cornbread made from our cornmeal. An observation hive with live bees will be available for viewing. Honey facts and history display, stickers, a bee brochure and take home a recipe with fresh ground cornmeal. $2 per person
  • Oct. 4 Sunday Grinding Grain Noon-3pm 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066 703-759-2771 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/  The miller will be grinding weather and water conditions permitting. Please call ahead for more information. Tours: $6 adults, $5 student 16 and up with ID, $4 child & seniors.
  • Oct. 10 Saturday, noon-2pm & 11 Sunday, 1-3pm Scarecrow Making 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066 703-759-2771 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/ 
    Make a friend for your garden or lawn. Bring pants and shirt for your new friend, an old pair of panty hose (for head and body), and we will supply the stuffing and know-how. $6 per scarecrow
  • Oct. 18 Sunday Mill Run Dulcimer Band Concert 2-4pm 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066 703-759-2771 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/  Spread your blanket atop the fallen leaves and listen to the last outdoor concert of the season. The band moves to the barn if the weather is blustery. FREE Donations accepted.
  • Oct. 18 Sunday Grinding Grain Noon-3pm 10017 Colvin Run Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066 703-759-2771 http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/crm/  The miller will be grinding weather and water conditions permitting. Please call ahead for more information. Tours: $6 adults, $5 student 16 and up with ID, $4 child & seniors.

 Libraries have many reading and creative programs, divided by age.  There are way too many to type — go to these sites to find what’s appropriate for your children.  Remember that most require registration and they are very popular, so give yourself two weeks in advance to register.

  •   Don’t live in Fairfax County?  Loudoun County residents can still get a Fairfax County library card through their reciprocal card program
  • Loudoun County: http://engagedpatrons.org/Events.cfm?SiteID=6457
    •   Did you know that Fairfax County residents can hold a Loudoun County library card?  They have a reciprocal program – you just go in and fill out a form.  Loudoun County libraries have some terrific resources Fairfax County libraries don’t have.

Bookstore Reading Programs:  Check your local Barnes and Noble, Borders, or other bookstores for reading programs and story times.  Sign up online at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/ to receive the children’s program schedule for the store closest you.  Borders has a pdf.file you can download outlining its monthly activities.  Go to http://www.borders.com/online/store/Home and look for the “fun for the family” section.

 

And even MORE Resources:

o        http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=883  All of the parks and rec centers have activities; see their activity guide.

o        http://www.idalee.org/parks/programs/ Ida lee is part of Leesburg parks.

o        http://www.idalee.org/parks/events/ great events in Leesburg

o        Parktakes – Fairfax County’s parks and rec activity guide: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/parktakes.htm

 

Kids’ Music:

Great kids music – Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com – They have set performance dates each month at Jammin Java in Vienna (Almost every Wednesday at 10:30am) and also at Dulles Town Center.  Some performances require tickets, some have “suggested donations” and some are free – so check the web site for details. This is like full-on rock concert for kids – expect dancing, singing along, etc.  A partial listing of their schedule follows:

  • Sept. 21 10:30 am  Clifton Town Meeting Hall 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton, Va 20124 Our Final Show At The Clifton Town Meeting Hall. Thank You For So Many Years Of Support!
  • Sept. 23 12:30 pm Mclean Central Park Gazebo 1234 Ingleside Ave. Mclean, Va 22101 Near Alden Theatre
  • Sept. 24 11:00 am  Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
  • Sept. 26 12:30 pm Mclean Harvest Festival 1234 Ingleside Avenue Mclean, Va 22101
  • Sept. 30 10:30 am  Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
  • Oct. 1 11:00 am  Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
  • Oct. 2 10:00 am   Lively Arts For Little Ones 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, Md 21045  
  • Oct. 7 10:30 am  Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
  • Oct. 8 11:00 am Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
  • Oct. 14 10:30 am Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
  • Oct. 15 11:00 am  Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
  • Oct. 21 10:30 am  Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
  • Oct. 22 11:00 am Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400

Great kids music mister don  Through his special passion for children’s music, mister don has emerged as one of the mid-Atlantic regions best-loved family entertainers.  He received the Washington Area Music Association Wammie award for Children’s Vocalist for both 2004 and 2005 and the Children’s Artist Wammie award for 2006.  Check mister don’s website for a complete listing of his appearances throughout VA and MD and for posted changes to his schedule:  http://www.donbridgesongs.com  Unfortunately the way he posts his schedule has gotten a bit too complicated for me to decipher and put into my by-date section, but if you are a fan of his and want to break it down for me, I’ll add it!

Great kids music – Oh Susannah – Please check her complete schedule at http://www.susannahmusic.com/home.html.  At the time of publishing, only the September schedule was posted.

  • Sept. 21 10:30, Oh Susannah, Fairfax Old Town Hall
  • Sept. 24 10:30 am, Oh Susannah! Jammin’ Java 227 Maple Ave. E Vienna, VA, 703-255-1566, Price: $5 per child

 

Movies:

KidToons Movies and Storytime  Fairfax Corner 14: Cinema De Lux 11900 Palace Way Fairfax, VA 22030  703-502-4060 Every Saturday & Sunday at noon, admission for the movies is $3.50 and you will receive a concession coupon for a $3.50 kids combo, a storytime with crafts follows the feature.  See http://www.nationalamusements.com/programs/kid_toons.asp?page=1  for details. 

  • Sept. 19 and 20 – Care Bears – Oopsy Does It
  • Sept. 26 and 27 – Thomas the Tank Engine: Hero of the Rails

 

Farmers’ Markets:

 Go to a Farmer’s Market – see a list of them at these sites:

 

Festivals, Events and Concerts:

Old Town Hall Children’s Performance Series: September 20 10:30 – 11:30 am Bob Brown Puppets – “Clownin’ Around” Old Town Hall Children’s Performance Series 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 www.fairfaxarts.org 

Harvest Happenings!:  September 26 11 am- 2 pm  2008 McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 703-790-0123 http://mcleancenter.org/  $5 per person.  Free for children age 2 and younger.  Register in advance or pay at the gate. Activity No. 4501.290   A fun and exciting day for your whole family is right in your backyard. Bring your family to this indoor/outdoor festival and enjoy live music by Rocknoceros, face painting, a moon bounce, arts and crafts, pumpkins, fun snacks, and games at the Mclean Community Center. Food concessions available.

Lake Anne PlazaCheck their website http://www.lakeanneplaza.com/lap_site_/lap_idx.htm for a complete listing of events.

  • JAZZ & BLUES FEST Saturday, October 3, 12 – 6 pm.  On the Plaza Presenting 2009 Grammy winners* Afro-Bop Alliance (http://www.youtube.com/AfroBop) plus three more headline bands Sara Jones, The Dixie Power Trio, and Mykle Lyons Quartet performing free live music all afternoon on the plaza. A small charge for wristbands provides access to the Food and Beer Garden and seating. Spectators’ own lawn chairs also welcome. Presented by Friends of Lake Anne (FOLA), Reston Community Center, Reston Association, Lake Anne Merchants Association.

Clifton Day: October 11 9am – 5pm Family Fun – train rides, pony rides, face-painting, shopping, Brunswick stew, fish tacos — and so much more.  Read up about it at: http://www.cliftonday.com/

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest  Fairfax County Government Center.  Saturday, October 3, 9am to 6pm.

Northern Virginia’s largest family fall festival includes more than 100 interactive activities, exhibits and programs focusing on education, sport and fitness, the environment, public safety, and personal health.  While admission to the event is free and there are things to do without cost, there is a midway (mechanical rides) and a KidZone (bouncie houses, inflatable slides, etc.) which require tickets or one of the passport options.  All-Day Play passports, which include unlimited rides on the Kidway Midway and KidsZone attractions, will be sold online at www.fallforfairfax.com at discounted prices prior to the festival. Individual tickets and passports will also be sold onsite.  The website shows pictures and explains the various pricing options.

Oktoberfest Reston  October 9 – 11, 3pm – 11pm Fri, 11am – 11pm Sat, 12pm – 7pm Sunday.  Reston Town Center  http://www.oktoberfestreston.com/   Food and drink will be available in exchange for tickets purchased onsite; each item ranging from $1 – $5 in value.  Thousands of visitors will sample the best in fall brews and delicious traditional Oktoberfest fare provided by some of Reston’s finest eateries. In addition to a delightful selection of classic German beers and wines provided by The Wine Cabinet, the event features live music throughout both days at the main pavilion stage, and this year there will be a carnival and a 5K run — see the site for more details.

13th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival – October 16, 17, 18 – 4-8pm Fri, 7am – 4pm Sat/Sun- I really don’t know much about this festival, but a friend recommended it.  There are apparently balloons that fly at sunrise and just before sunset, and then there are tethered balloons — all of which fly depending upon weather conditions.  But the wine and music flows regardless of weather.  Please see the site for details:  http://www.historiclongbranch.com/balloonfest/index.htm

Farm Harvest Day October 17, 10am to 3pm at the Frying Pan Park. Milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, and meet the farm animals. $5/person ages 2 and up.

Haunted Gingerbread House Workshop:  October 22 6:30 – 8 p.m.  2008 McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 703-790-0123 http://mcleancenter.org/ $45 per family/$35 McLean district residents. Cost includes supplies for one house.  Families work together to decorate a pre-assembled gingerbread house. Cost includes one pre-assembled gingerbread house, decorating supplies and candies. Note: Products may contain peanuts.

Boo at the Zoo Oct. 23-25 http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/Boo/default.cfm  Kids trick-or-treat at 40 treat stations at the zoo in costume.  Tickets sell out early, so buy them in advance. Parking passes are handed out on a first-come-first-served basis with ticket orders.

Air & Scare Halloween Family Evening  October 24, 2 to 8pm, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Arrive in costume for this annual event, featuring trick-or-treating, hands-on activities, face painting, costumed Star Wars characters and much more. New this year—participate in a grand costume parade (2:30)! Activities there are activities for ages ranging from tots to tweens/teens. Parking $15.  More details at: http://www.nasm.si.edu/airandscare/index.htm

16th Annual Valvoline Instant Oil Change Goblin Gallop 5K Race/1K Fun Run October 25 at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center. The 1K fun run begins at 8:30am and the 5K run begins at 9am.  This is an event for the entire family. There will be live music, refreshments and more. Proceeds benefit the John Quadrino Foundation to Benefit Children with Cancer. Entries postmarked before 10/19 or before: $15/1K; $20/5K. Late & race day registration: $20/1K; $25/5K.  Kids may choose to do the fun run in costume.  See the web site for registration details. http://www.goblingallop.org/

Fairfax Corner Fall Festival  October 31, noon to 4pm. Entertainment, petting zoo and much more.

Halloween Family Fun Day Saturday, October 31, 12 – 2 pm Reston Community Center at Hunter Woods.  For children up to 8 years of age (with adult guardian). Come in costume and enjoy a puppet show by Bob Brown Puppets and carnival games.  Free – no reservations required.