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Fall Fun Guide – By Date

Fall Fun Guide – By Date

  • Monday September 21
    • Kids’ Korner: Spiders 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). Located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 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!
    • 10:30, Oh Susannah, Fairfax Old Town Hall
    • Nature Sketch (8-12 yrs.) 2-3:30pm. Located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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
  • Tuesday September 22
    • Fairfax Corner Farmer’s market – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway  – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway
    • 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 
  • Wednesday September 23
    •  Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 12:30 pm Mclean Central Park Gazebo 1234 Ingleside Ave. Mclean, Va 22101 Near Alden Theatre
    • Kids’ Korner: Spiders 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). Located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
  • Thursday September 24
    • 10:30 am, Oh Susannah! Jammin’ Java 227 Maple Ave. E Vienna, VA, 703-255-1566, Price: $5 per child
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com11:00 am  Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
    • Kids’ Korner: Spiders 2 – 3 pm (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
    • 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
  • Friday September 25
    • Kids’ Korner: Spiders 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
  • Saturday September 26
    • 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.
    • Harvest Happenings!:  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 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
    • 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.
    • Clifton Day:  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/
    • Haunted Gingerbread House Workshop:  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.
    • 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/
    • 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.
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 12:30 pm Mclean Harvest Festival 1234 Ingleside Avenue Mclean, Va 22101
    • KidToons Movies and Storytime noon Thomas the Tank Engine: Hero of the Rails Fairfax Corner 14: Cinema De Lux 11900 Palace Way Fairfax, VA 22030  703-502-4060 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. 
  • Sunday September 27
    • KidToons Movies and Storytime noon Thomas the Tank Engine: Hero of the Rails Fairfax Corner 14: Cinema De Lux 11900 Palace Way Fairfax, VA 22030  703-502-4060 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. 
  • Monday September 28
    • Jr. Naturalists- Spiders (7-11 yrs.), 2:30-3:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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
    • 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).  
    • 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).  
  • Tuesday September 29
    • Fairfax Corner Farmer’s market – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway  – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway
    • 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
  • Wednesday September 30
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 10:30 am  Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
  • Thursday October 1
    • Pender United Methodist Church Flea Market and Boutique. 8am-8pm Pender UMC 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA.  Fall and winter clothing for women, men and children; toys, tools, household items, appliances, computer gear, furniture, books, CDs; burgers and drinks available for lunch.  All proceeds will benefit Missions and local outreach.  www.penderumc.org 
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 11:00 am  Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
    • 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 
  • Friday October 2
    • Pender United Methodist Church Flea Market and Boutique. 8am-8pm Pender UMC 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA.  Fall and winter clothing for women, men and children; toys, tools, household items, appliances, computer gear, furniture, books, CDs; burgers and drinks available for lunch.  All proceeds will benefit Missions and local outreach.  www.penderumc.org 
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 10:00 am   Lively Arts For Little Ones 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, Md 21045  
  • Saturday October 3
    • Pender United Methodist Church Flea Market and Boutique. 8am-noon Pender UMC 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA.  Fall and winter clothing for women, men and children; toys, tools, household items, appliances, computer gear, furniture, books, CDs; burgers and drinks available for lunch.  All proceeds will benefit Missions and local outreach.  www.penderumc.org 
    • Christ Church Children’s Consignment Sale, 8am to 1pm, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane, Fairfax Station. HUGE sale with 250+ consignors. Items for sale include quality clothing, shoes, toys, games, infant items, DVD’s, videos and much more! Some items 1/2 off from noon to 1pm. Cash, checks or credit cards accepted. Due to space limitations, no personal strollers allowed in building during the sale. For more information visit www.christchurchva.org or call 703.690.3401.
    • My Child’s Closet, 9am to noon, half price sale 1pm – 3pm, The Community Church in Ashburn 19790 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA.  Jam-packed with clothing, toys, books, videos, toys, baby gear, nursery items, strollers, children’s furniture and more!  www.mychildscloset.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.
    • JAZZ & BLUES 12 – 6 pm.  Lake Anne Plaza, Reston 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. Check their website http://www.lakeanneplaza.com/lap_site_/lap_idx.htm for a complete listing of events.
  • Sunday October 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
  • Monday October 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. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
  • Tuesday October 6
    • Fairfax Corner Farmer’s market – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway  – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway
  • Wednesday October 7
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 10:30 am  Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
  • Thursday October 8
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 11:00 am Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
    • Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
  • Friday October 9
    • Oktoberfest Reston  3pm – 11pm Fri.  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.
  • Saturday October 10
    • Catholic Consignments, 8am to noon, half-price 12:30 – 2pm, NEW LOCATION Belmont Ridge Middle School, 19045 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, V 20176  Half-price from 12:30 to 2pm. Gently used children’s items from infant to young teen, toys, baby & child equipment, baby & child furniture, children’s books, games, videos, and maternity and nursing clothing. www.catholicconsignments.org
    • Dani’s Duds, 9am to 5pm, Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. Toys, books, videos, CDs, software, coats, clothing, furniture, anything and everything for your babies, infants, toddlers, all children 12 and under. Consignors’ sale on 10/9, Volunteers’ sale 10/8.  www.danisduds.com
    • Spring-Mar Cooperative Preschool Consignment Sale  8am-1pm 10125 Lakehaven Court, Burke VA 22015  http://www.spring-mar.org/  
    • Fire Prevention Open House — ALL Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations 10am – 4pm — as part of Fire Prevention week all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Stations will have open houses with fun activities designed to teach children (and parents!) important fire safety tips.  Often these include live kitchen fire demonstrations, a chance to see fire trucks, and fun games such as squirting cones with miniature fire hoses, crawling through a dark maze (to simulate going through dense smoke) and more!  Contact your local fire station for details.
    • Loudoun County also has Fire Prevention Open Houses – times vary by location — see this press release for details.
    • Oktoberfest Reston  11am – 11pm 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.
    • Scarecrow Making noon-2pm 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
  • Sunday October 11
    • Dani’s Duds, 9am to 5pm, Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. Toys, books, videos, CDs, software, coats, clothing, furniture, anything and everything for your babies, infants, toddlers, all children 12 and under. Consignors’ sale on 10/9, Volunteers’ sale 10/8.  www.danisduds.com
    • Oktoberfest Reston  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.
    • Scarecrow Making 1-3pm 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
  • Monday October 12
    • 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).
    • 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).
    • 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
    • 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
  • Tuesday October 13
    • Fairfax Corner Farmer’s market – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway  – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway
  • Wednesday October 14
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 10:30 am Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
    • Batty Campfire (Families), 7-8pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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
  • Thursday October 15
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 11:00 am  Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
  • Friday October 16
  • Saturday October 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: November 14, Dec. 12
    • 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
  • Sunday October 18
    • Christian Fellowship Church MOPS Consignment Sale, Sanders Corner Elementary 43100 Ashburn Farm Parkway, Ashburn, VA, 9am to 12:30pm; half-price sale from 1 to 2pm. Don’t pay retail – shop at the MOPS sale to get fabulous deals on gently used clothes from infant to size 10, toys, books, baby furniture and equipment.  www.cfcmops.com  
    • 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: November 8, Dec. 6
    • 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.
    • 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. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/
    • 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
    • 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.
  • Monday October 19
    • Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
    • Jr. Naturalists – Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! (7-11 yrs.), 2:30-3:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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
  • Tuesday October 20
    • Fairfax Corner Farmer’s market – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway  – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway
  • Wednesday October 21
    • Classy Kids Consignment Fall Sale, Prince William County Fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas VA, located in the Commercial Building. NO STROLLERS WITH BASKETS ALLOWED. Gently used children’s clothes, toys, books, videos, children’s furniture, maternity items, baby equipment, outdoor play equipment, shoes, etc.  www.ClassyKidsConsignment.com
    • 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.
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 10:30 am  Jammin’ Java! 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, Va 22180 Tickets are $5/child at the door.
  • Thursday October 22
    • Classy Kids Consignment Fall Sale, Prince William County Fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas VA, located in the Commercial Building. NO STROLLERS WITH BASKETS ALLOWED. Gently used children’s clothes, toys, books, videos, children’s furniture, maternity items, baby equipment, outdoor play equipment, shoes, etc.  www.ClassyKidsConsignment.com
    • Rocknoceroshttp://www.rocknoceros.com 11:00 am Dulles Town Center – Kids Club! 21100 Dulles Town Circle Dulles, Virginia 20166-2400
    • Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
  • Friday October 23
    • Boo at the Zoo 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.
    • Classy Kids Consignment Fall Sale, Prince William County Fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas VA, located in the Commercial Building. NO STROLLERS WITH BASKETS ALLOWED. Gently used children’s clothes, toys, books, videos, children’s furniture, maternity items, baby equipment, outdoor play equipment, shoes, etc.  www.ClassyKidsConsignment.com
    • Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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.
    • Pumpkins by the Campfire (3-7 yrs. with adult), 6:30-7:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/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
    • 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
  • Saturday October 24
    • Air & Scare Halloween Family Evening  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
    • Boo at the Zoo 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.
    • Classy Kids Consignment Fall Sale, Prince William County Fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas VA, located in the Commercial Building. NO STROLLERS WITH BASKETS ALLOWED. Gently used children’s clothes, toys, books, videos, children’s furniture, maternity items, baby equipment, outdoor play equipment, shoes, etc.  www.ClassyKidsConsignment.com
    • Pender United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch  Chili Cookoff (aka Crocktoberfest) 5pm followed by a viewing of the movie “The Great Pumpkin” IN the pumpkin patch.    12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Sunday October 25
    • Classy Kids Consignment Fall Sale, Prince William County Fairgrounds, located at 10624 Dumfries Rd, Manassas VA, located in the Commercial Building. NO STROLLERS WITH BASKETS ALLOWED. Gently used children’s clothes, toys, books, videos, children’s furniture, maternity items, baby equipment, outdoor play equipment, shoes, etc.  www.ClassyKidsConsignment.com
    • Lizards (10 yrs. and up), 10-11am. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
  • Monday October 26
    • Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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.
    • 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).
    • 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).
    • Nature Sketch (8-12 yrs.) 2-3:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
  • Tuesday October 27
    • Fairfax Corner Farmer’s market – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway  – 3:30pm-6:30pm corner of Monument Drive and Government Center Parkway
  • Wednesday October 28
    • Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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.
  • Thursday October 29
    • Kids’ Korner: Ticks, Poison Ivy, and Copperheads Oh My! 2 – 3 pm (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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.
  • Friday October 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
    • Halloween Haunting (8 yrs. and up), 6-7:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
    • 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
  • Saturday October 31
    • Pender United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch  Trunk or Treat 3 pm in the church parking lot. 12401 Alder Woods Drive, Fairfax, VA 22033
    • Fairfax Corner Fall Festival  noon to 4pm. Entertainment, petting zoo and much more.
    • Halloween Family Fun Day 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.
  • Sunday November 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
    • 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. FRE
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  • Thursday November 5
    • Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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.
  • Friday November 6
  • Saturday November 7
    • Children’s Flea Market  11 am – 1 pm  2008 McLean Community Center 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean, VA 22101 703-790-0123 http://mcleancenter.org/  Kids, sign up now to sell your old toys, games and other items.  Buy cool books, games, toys, and clothes at great prices.   Registration fee includes the use of an 8’ x 3’ table and a 7’ x 8’ booth space.  The sale will be advertised in the Washington Post’s classifieds.  Patron admission is free.  Questions?  Contact Michael Fisher at michael.fisher@fairfaxcounty.gov
      To sell:  $55 per booth/$45 McLean district residents; advance booth registration required.
  • Sunday November 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: October 18, Dec. 6
  • Monday November 9  
    • Nature Snoopers – Bird Feeding (5-6 yrs., for children in all-day kindergarten or first grade), 2:30-3:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
  • Tuesday November 10
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  • Thursday November 12
    • Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 1 – 2 pm (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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.
    • Coyotes Campfire (8 yrs. and up), 7-8pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
  • Friday November 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
    • Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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.
  • Saturday November 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
    • War Comes to Walney 10am-3:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
  • Sunday November 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
  • Monday November 16
    • Nature Sketch (8-12 yrs.) 2-3:30pm. 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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
    • Kids’ Korner: Bird Feeding 9:30 – 10:30 am (3-5 yrs). 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly, VA 703-631-0013  http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/ecl/ 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.