FREE PHYSICALS 2015

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Published: 06/11/2015

A Health Screening & Health Fair will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson High School. The Health Screening & Health Fair will include free K–5 school-entry physicals for uninsured children, vision and hearing screenings, concussion training for middle and high school parents and their student athlete, and enrollment assistance for Medicaid & FAMIS programs.

There will also be health and wellness information, fitness demonstrations, and free giveaways. Tentative plans also include blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose testing; and the mammogram mobile van.

The fair is a collaborative effort between Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids, Novant Health, the PWCS Offices of Student Services and Student Learning.

For information and appointments, contact Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids at 703.967.3772.

Meet Dr. Hau Le with Potomac Pediatric Dentistry!

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Published: 06/09/2015
We want to take a moment to introduce you to our newest PwcMoms advertiser, Potomac Pediatric Dentistry! They've got a fun open house coming up on June 20th: 
But before that, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to their newest doctor, Dr. Hau Le! She took a few minutes to answer some important questions I know we're all looking for in a pediatric dentist- like what's your favorite Disney movie- and she sounds like such a sweet, fun person, I can definitely see her taking the stress out of visiting the dentist!! 
PwcMoms- Tell me a little about what made you want to go into pediatric dentistry? 
Dr. Hau Le- I grew up in Vietnam where dental care was a privilege. I had many incidences of dental pain when I was a child, and was extremely fearful of the dentist. In fact, dental visits were always a threat. I got lucky enough to be sent to study aboard in the US to pursue my education. I chose dentistry, and pediatric dentistry has been always something I hold dear to my heart due to my childhood experiences. After dental school, I worked for a community health center that served underprivileged children in Maryland, and it truly confirmed my commitment to pediatric dentistry.


PwcMoms- Wow! Having that childhood experience must make you a great advocate for your little patients!! What's your favorite part about working with kids?
Dr. Hau Le- They are so honest, unique and fun to work with. My most rewarding part is helping a child to conquer their fear of the dentist.  The best part is I get to be myself around kids, being a kid at heart myself :)

PwcMoms- Nice! So, what's your advice for parents with kids who are nervous about the dentist?
Dr. Hau Le- Preparation is the key. I understand parents sometimes have dental anxiety themselves, but try to limit transferring that fear to your children. Parents should always refer to dental appointments as a positive and not as a threat (the dentist is going to drill your teeth out if you don't brush!) and let our team guide their child's dental experiences when they come to the office. We also welcome "happy visits" for our littlest patients, or childre with special needs  who would benefit from a visit to the office without any work done for them to familiarize them with the doctors and staff. 

PwcMoms- I love that- I know some of my friends with kids on the Autism Spectrum sometimes need their child to have a little extra time to acclimate.  Speaking of your office, how does it differ from a regular dentist? 
Dr. Hau Le- Our staff and doctors are well-trained and experienced in working with children. We use kid friendly behavior guidance that is uniquely tailored for each child coming to our office. We've also definitely got a fun and inviting space- check it out and come visit us on June 20th! 
A few fun facts- 
Dr. Hau Le's favorite Disney movie is "Frozen"
Her favorite scrubs have Princess Ana on them
And when she was growing up, she wanted to be an Astronaut! 


Potomac Pediatric Dentistry is located at 16708 Jefferson Davis Highway #115 in Dumfries.
You can call them at 703-221-4040 or visit www.ppdsmile.com

Stonebridge Kids Series 2015

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Published: 05/25/2015

Stonebridge Potomac Town Center

14900 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, VA 22191

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

MARCH 24, 2015
Wednesday Morning at 10 am for Free Children’s entertainment under the big screen from June 3rd through September 23rd Schedule:
June 3rd            Mr. Knick Knack
June 10th           Tony M
June 17th            Kid Singer Jim
June 24th          Rocknoceros
July 1st                Mr. Knick Knack
July 8th              The Bubbas
July 15th              Kid Singer Jim
July 22nd            Rocknoceros
July 29th            Tony M
August 5th          Mr. Knick Knack
August 12th        Tony M
August 19th        Kid Singer Jim
August 26th        Rocknoceros
September 2nd   Mr. Knick Knack
September 9th    Tony M
September 16th  Kid Singer Jim
September 23rd  Rocknoceros

Stonebridge Summer Movies 2015

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Published: 05/19/2015
Potomac Town Center-  14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, Virginia 22191.  Bring a chair or something to sit on and enjoy a movie on the Jumbotron starting at 7pm.  
May 23- Rocky
May 30- Hook
June 6- Sleeping Beauty
June 13- Space Jam
June 20- Dolphin Tale 2
June 27- Maleficent
July 4- Independence Day
July 11- American Tail
July 18- Million Dollar Arm
July 25- Happy Feet
August 1- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
August 8- Annie (1982) and Annie (2014)
August 22- Big Hero 6
August 29- When the Game Stands Tall
September 5- Captain America The Winter Soldier

Homeschoolers: Free Social Skills Intro Session at In Step

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Published: 05/07/2015
Homeschoolers: Free Social Skills Intro Session at In Step

In Step is now offering Stepping Stones™ Social Skills training groups for our homeschool families…during the day! Work with like-minded families at a time that is convenient to your schedule, and without the stress of rush hour.

We know you have questions and so we’re holding a free information session and introductory group for kids and parents on May 16th at 11:30am in our Fairfax office.

Cathi Cohen LCSW, CGP, director of In Step and author of Raise Your Child’s Social IQ, will talk with the parents about the types of kids we see, the structure and treatment approaches employed in the group, and the kinds of results you can expect with practice and participation.

While the parents are in their group, the children will also be in a group with Carrie Field, LCSW, RPT and CC White LPC, two of our experienced, licensed child leaders introducing them to the basics of joining in. Just like Stepping Stones, both parents and kids meet at the same time, in separate groups.At the end of the session, our child leaders will come into the parent group to offer feedback and give parents some practical tools to work on at home.

This session is free and space is limited. Please click here to sign up.


Leesylvania State Park 2015 Event Calendar

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Published: 05/03/2015
Leesylvania State Park always has a series of fun events for summer!! Join them outside for some great fun in the sun! Whether it's Naitonal Kids to Park Day or Music at the Marina, it'll be a fun (and low-cost!) time! 


21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival 2015

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Published: 05/01/2015

June 6, 2015

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MANASSAS

COST:

Free to attend


Experience Manassas at its best this June and come out to the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. This family celebration of rich railroad history features train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances.
Country and Blue Grass music will transport you, as you watch miniature trains come to life. These elaborate train displays are created by a number of local model train groups. Located under the Harris Pavilion, these displays are a must see.
Take your love of trains to a new level by boarding one of our four train excursions to Clifton and back. Times include: 10AM/11AM/12PM/1PM Tickets will be on sale starting May 1st. Visit HERE for additional info and pricing!! 

2015 Leesylvania State Park Kids Fishing Tournaments

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Published: 04/30/2015
Leesylvania State Park hosts monthly fishing tournaments! Join them for some fun for ages 2-15.  The program is free, but there is a fee to park.

Virginia Gateway Little Tots 2015

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Published: 04/28/2015
Virginia Gateway offers a FREE family series all summer long! See our previous review here
Join us for fun and lively family entertainment every other Wednesday at 10:30 am all summer long on the Plaza at Atlas Walk (located across from Starbucks, between Famous Dave's BBQ and Grafton Street Restaurant). Be sure to check back for more updates!

May 6: Rocknoceros
June 3: Eric Energy
June 17: Shazam Magic
July 1: Kidsinger Jim
July 15: Reptiles Alive!
July 29: Peter McCory
August 26: Under The Sea 
Bring your Little Tot's swimsuit for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event (splash fountain located at Promenade at Virginia Gateway, just across Wellington Road).

Manassas Airshow 2015

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Published: 04/27/2015

Manassas Airshow

May 2, 2015

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Many of the finest local aerobatic performers are coming to the Annual Air Show and Open House at Manassas Regional Airport in 2015. You’ll see some of the top aerobatic pilots and teams! Everyone with the Manassas Airshow is passionate about aviation and airshow entertainment. Our goal is to inspire you and the future aviators of tomorrow with safe, top quality, family friendly entertainment. The Manassas Airshow and Open House will present a wide variety of Displays and Attractions for the entire family to enjoy including the Freedom Museum based at the airport!
The thrust of the exhibit is the 20th Century – the American century. What you will see is a time line on which the stories of our local heroes are told. Many of the exhibits are artifacts and source documents donated by our local citizens. You will see the Norton Bomb Sight, military art, and the story of combat as told by the participants. Don’t miss the Local Heroes Memorial recognizing all of the men and women from Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County who died in all of the wars from WW I to present. You will come away with a new feeling of profound respect and admiration, for the sacrifice of families in our community.
Aircraft Displays
American Aviation
American Helicopters
Virginia Airborne Search and Rescue Squad
Aviation Adventures
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Flying Circus Airplanes
L-39 Gurardi
Commemorative Air Force
Dulles Aviation
B-25 Ponchito
WWII Tanks and Jeeps
EAA Chapter 186 – Aircraft Display
As part of the airshow, EAA Chapter 186 will be displaying a variety of member-owned aircraft. These aircraft will consist of Certified airplanes (such as Cessna, Piper, Beech) as well as homebuilt airplanes. Some of the homebuilt airplanes were built by their owners and some were purchased from the builder. One owner will be bringing his partially completed RV12 kit built aircraft. Kit-built or Experimental aircraft are similar to plastic model airplanes you built when you were young. Only when you are done with these kits, you can fly in them!
People unfamiliar with amateur-built aircraft are sometimes put off by the term “experimental”, as it can conjure up an image of something less than a “real” aircraft, or something that’s unproven. But that is not the case– “experimental” merely mean that the aircraft isn’t mass-produced in a factory. In addition, all experimental aircraft must be registered with the FAA and pass a stringent airworthiness inspection conducted either by the FAA. The plane MUST pass this inspection before it can be issued an airworthiness certificate and legally fly.
All aircraft owners will be around their airplanes and able to answer questions about them as well as letting you sit in them and see how the flight controls work. Come see the wide variety of aircraft that your neighbors own.
Military Re-enacters and Displays
Re-enactor volunteers representing different times of war will be attending show. Many authentic items will be on display including: Vehicles, Uniforms, Machine Guns, Mortars, Anti Aircraft, weapons of all kind, camps with supplies and various gear of war.
On display will be U.S., British, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Canadian. You will be able to touch a real MG, climb into a vintage tent and talk with subject expert Re-enactors.

VBS in Prince William County 2015

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Published: 04/16/2015
Didn't get me your info in time? No worries- just email me and use the format you see below.  I'm happy to add to this list! 

ONGOING:

Name of camp/VBS:  Camp Kilimanjaro-An Epic Expedition Through Proverbs
Dates/times: June 15th- August 14th, option to choose which days or weeks you want. Before care starting at 6am and extended care until 6:30pm are available! 
City: Woodbridge, Va

Cost: Varies- choose weekly or daily options! Days (9am-3:30pm) start at $45, or one week for $170.  One week of camp with before/after care (6:30am-6:30pm) is $210.  Various options are available. 
Ages: Preschool to Grade 8 (Open to the community)
Website: 
http://christchapelacademy.org/my-cca/summer-camp/ 
Two sentence description: Christ Chapel Academy’s Camp Kilimanjaro is a summer long adventure with exciting field trips, engaging enrichment activities, and epic Bible adventures.  Contact Becky Davis at bdavis@christchapel.org or 703-670-3822 for more information.  


JUNE

Name of VBS: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Dates/times: June 22-26th, 9am-3p
City: Haymarket
Cost: 
Ages: 6-10
Website: http://www.comeandbe.org/wp/christian-education/
Two sentence description: Each summer we offer a week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer Day Camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for children ages 6 to 10. We do so in partnership with Mar-Lu-Ridge Lutheran Camp, which furnishes the curriculum and counselors that guide the program.

Name of camp/VBS:  FBC Woodbridge - Kingdom Rock
Dates/times: June 22– 26, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
City: Woodbridge, Va
Cost: Free! 
Ages: Open to all children Grades: K – 6th (completed), open to the community
Website:  http://www.fbcwoodbridge.org/ministry/children/special-event-zone
Two sentence description: Join us for a VBS like you’ve never seen before as we travel back in time to a land of Lords and Ladies, Knights and Princesses, to uncover the armor needed to stand strong for God no matter what may come against us (even fire-breathing dragons!).


Name of VBS:Everest @ Grace Life Community Church
Dates/times: Monday, June 22nd- Friday, June 26th   9:30am -12:15pm
City: Bristow, VA
Cost: We have a $9 per child registration donation which will go toward your child's "Everest" T-shirt, craft items, and much more! You may make your donation at the “Pay Now” tab when you register on-line or at the registration table the first day of VBS.
Ages:  4 YEAR OLDS THROUGH THOSE RISING INTO 5TH GRADE.
Website: http://www.gracelifecc.org/#/kids/vbs-everest

Description: Welcome to Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power!  WE ARE OFFERING BOTH A PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY PROGRAM.

Name of VBS: Nokesville Church of the Bretheren
Dates/times: Week of June 22nd (no additional details at this time)
City:
Cost: 
Ages:
Website: http://www.nokesvillecob.org/vbs.asp
Two sentence description: 


JULY

Name of VBS: Lighthouse Drama Camp
Dates/times: July 6-17, 1pm-4pm
City: Dale City
Cost: $120
Ages: 5-12
Website: http://www.fupcdc.org
Description: First United Presbyterian of Dale City under the direction of Cathlene Albrecht, music director Rebecca Anderson, daily devotion, prayer, drama, dance, music and art, culminating in performing 101 Dalmantions on July 17th!


Name of camp/VBS:  Thailand Trek!!!   @ Living Hope EPC Dates/times: July 13, 2015 - July 16, 2015  9:00am - 11:45am
City: Haymarket, Va

Cost:  The cost of the camp is a suggested donation of $20/child or $30/family to help cover the cost of supplies and snacks.
Ages: 3 years old to Rising 5th Graders (4thand 5th Graders will be Junior Helpers)
Website: 
http://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/cc/LivingHopeVBS  or http://www.livinghopeepc.org/

Two sentence description: Get ready for a trip across the globe…without even leaving town! Register your child today for VBS at Living Hope so they can experience daily life in Thailand as part of our Thailand Trek team!​​  14600 John Marshall, Haymarket, VA  For more information contact Janelle at janellehitt@gmail.com.

Name of VBS: Church of the Word Jungle Safari
Dates/times: July 13-17th
City: Gainesville
Cost: 
Ages:
Website: http://www.churchoftheword.net

Name of Camp/VBS: St. Thomas – Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power
Dates/times: July 13-17, 8:45 AM – 12:15 PM
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: FREE
Ages: K – 5th
Website:
 http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/vbs-2015.html
Two sentence description: St. Thomas UMC will be offering a FREE Vacation Bible School to the community using Group’s theme: Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Registration opens online on June 1st so mark your calendars!!

Name of VBS: Grace Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Journey off The Map
Dates/times: July 20-24 9:00am-12:15p daily
City: Woodbridge VA 22193
Cost: $0
Ages: Pre-K (age 5 by 9/30/15) through 5th Grade (completed)
Website: http://www.gracehome.org/vacation-bible-school
Link to Register (Participants or Volunteers)
https://kideventpro.lifeway.com/myChurch/?id=27656

Name of Camp/VBS: St. Thomas Summer Music Camp
Dates/times: July 27 - 31, 9 AM - 12:30PM
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: $75 registration fee
Ages: Rising 1st – 6th graders
Website: http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/mc-2015.html
Two sentence description: This year’s music camp theme is “Back to the Cross,” where Camp Kids will have a fabulous time travel “Blast” as they relive the best of the totally tubular ‘80s, the roaring ‘20s, the groovy ‘60s and even the Wild West! Kids buckle up as you’ll also travel to the fantastic future! May 19 & 26 are the audition dates for leading roles only - no audition required for all other travelers.  


Name of VBS:  Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps

Dates/times:  July 13-31, 9:30 am-3 pm
City: Manassas, VA
Cost:  $175-$235

Ages:  Rising K-12th Grade
Website: http://www.spotlightsummercamps.com/
Two sentence description: 
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps was founded in 2004 to meet the need of many Catholic families in Northern Virginia who seek excellent training in Theatre and Art for their children within an environment they can trust. Only hosted within Catholic Churches, Spotlight exclusively employs highly-qualified instructors who are both Catholic and artistically accomplished.


AUGUST

Name of VBS: GSUMC "Everest"
Dates/times: August 3-7, 9am-12pm
City: Dale City
Cost: 
Ages: Preschool-5th Grade
Website: http://www.gsumc.net/vacation-bible-school
Two sentence description: Embark on an icy expedition where kids overcome obstacles with God's awesome power. Anchor kids in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life's challenges.

Name of camp/VBS:  Everest at Trinity Lutheran ChurchDates/times: 3-7 August, 9:00 am - 11:30 am
City: Woodbridge, Va
Cost: Free! 
Ages: Open to all children & the community - Completed Grades: K – 5th (Only space for 25 children!)
Website:  https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/TLCVBS2015/gpgs/home.aspx 
Two sentence description: This VBS promises to be mountains of fun! Your child will learn about the love of God found in Jesus who says, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).


Out of County (But they asked nicely)
Sydenstricker United Methodist Church-Everest
August 3-7, 2015 9am-12pm
Springfield, VA
Now through June 30: $20 per child, $40 max per family.
CD and t-shirt (available on first day of VBS) included in registration fee. Forms must be postmarked and/or received in the church office by June 30 to receive discount. After June 30: $25 per child, $50 max per family. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NO LATER THAN JULY 19, 2015
4 years (as of Sep. 30, 2015) to 6th grade
http://sydenstrickerumc.org/vbs

Live Well Festival- April 18, 2015

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Published: 04/13/2015

In honor of Earth Day, Historic Downtown Manassas announces the 8th Annual Live Well Festival (formerly Spring Cleaning Day) to be held on Saturday, April 18th.
Start your morning with a 5K Run (the Soaring Eagle 5K) and then head on over to the Harris Pavilion for free health screenings, fitness classes, kid activities, entertainment, and more. The historic downtown merchants will also be hosting their biannual sidewalk sale!
Recycle those gently used household items or clothes to a worthy cause, visit with the recycling and environmental exhibitors, and help the kids make earth friendly art projects. The day includes exhibitors from non-profit and civic organizations providing recycling and environmental information.
Historic Manassas, Inc. will once again partner with the City of Manassas in a Community Shred. The Shredding Truck will be located on West Street (between Center and Church Street). Attendees are asked to park in the back of the BB&T parking lot and form a line along West Street to drop off their documents to be shredded.

Saturday in the Garden 2015

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Published: 04/07/2015


Saturday in the Garden 2015

Taught by VCE - Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow,  20136. All programs are free and run from 9 a.m. - Noon. Free but registration is requested, please call 703-792-7747 or email master_gardener@pwcgov.org 
 
Save the Dates!
April 11 - Companion Planting - Discover which plants, grown side by side, benefit each other and result in healthier plants and better garden yield.  Join the Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners for planting potatoes and turning cover crops.

May 9 - Good Guys and Bad Guys – When you see an insect on your plant do you immediately squish it? You may be targeting an ally instead of your enemy!  Learn about the many insects that help us in the garden. Tips and Tricks in the organic vegetable garden. Secrets from Cooks’ Garden volunteers.  MGPW Plant Sale – find some new plants for your garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden

June 13 - A Walk Through the Native Bed with bed leaders, Jannell and Karen. Want to save water and have a garden that survives our dry summers?  Join Master Gardener Volunteers, Linda and Sally for tips and tricks used in the Drought Tolerant bed. 

July 11 - Composting - Learn how to make “black gold” by turning  grass, leaves and clippings into dark brown, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner.  Compost also holds moisture and nutrients for the garden so flowers and vegetables are more beautiful and abundant. Join Joe and the Master Gardener Compost team for the full story on compost.  Starting Fall Vegetable Garden – Now is the time to plan to have fall salad greens and sweet root crops growing for weeks beyond the first frost. Get tips from Cooks’ Garden Master Gardener Volunteers to help you extend your vegetable season long beyond the heat of summer.

August 8 - What’s that Weed?  Get help for identifying those troublesome weeds in your lawn and garden.  Sniff your way through the Fragrance garden with wise, Ruth Johnston as she shares wisdom and  experiences with plant selection and care in this beautiful garden bed. 

September 12 - Fall chores in the garden – Join Master Gardener Volunteers as they prepare for fall and winter in the garden.  Topics for discussion include clean up, plant division, soil preparation.  Fall Cover Crops in the Cooks Garden –  Cover crops protect soil from erosion and enhance soil productivity and health, yielding better vegetables.  Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners show you how.  MGPW Plant Sale – Add some new plants to your fall garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden
 
October 10 - Living Soil - Healthy soil is a web, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates, building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plants, and decomposing toxic compounds. Learn about the necessary elements of a healthy soil web.  Join the Cooks’ Garden team and learn seed saving tips. 

Kid Ornament Ideas

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Published: 12/09/2014
Remember that time that my husband didn't set up the Christmas tree correctly and it fell over and all my ornaments broke?

(Yes that really happened)

(Okay, fine, and yes, I'm just sharing that story because so many of you agreed that they're just towels....but it happened!)

Ever since that incident, homemade Christmas ornaments are some of my favorite things to get! Luckily PwcGrammy is amazing and frequently when the kiddos hang out with her they come home with presents for me! These ideas are all very simple and would be great for your house, or as presents to send to family and friends!

 Rudolph and Frosty here are super simple.  They're just made from 1.5 inch terra cotta pots that you can buy at Michael's! You'll need ribbon, white paint, brown paint, sharpie markers (black, orange, and pink), ribbon, brown pipe cleaners, goggly eyes, and pompoms.  You can use regular glue and let it set up, or if you have older kids, you can use the hot glue gun while they supervise- but you might still burn yourself....or maybe that's just me.

Paint your pot brown for Rudolph or white for Frosty.  Then, just let your child decorate! We added antlers and a red nose for our reindeer and ear muffs for frosty.  Use ribbon to make a loop to hang your ornament. If you're using regular glue or craft glue, be sure to allow enough time to fully dry before hanging.  Hot glue will basically dry instantly.
 Okay, so this guy is not so cute when you're looking at him like this....but....
HE HAS A LIGHT UP NOSE!! These are just tea lights wrapped with a ribbon scarf and decorated with sharpies.  I found the tiny tiny top hats on Amazon.  They're actually totally cute :) You could draw circles for coal or even regular facial features.  Be sure that when you buy your tea lights they already have the batteries in them.  You can find REALLY cheap packages of them, but then you have to buy and install all the tiny batteries, so just save yourself the hassle and buy them with batteries inside :)

Enjoy!

Holiday Ice Show at PW Ice Center!

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Published: 12/07/2014
Looking for a fun Holiday activity? Got a kid who's interested in ice skating? Check out this fun event from PW Ice Center! Be sure to bring a canned food item for ACTS as admission! 


Cree LED Bulb Swap

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Published: 12/03/2014
Are you one of those people?

You know the ones I'm talking about.  Are you those people who leaves every single light on in the house? Or, alternatively, are you one of those people who are constantly running around after everyone in your house trying to get them to shut the lights off? Or, are you one of those people who have to pay the electric bill and it's really getting to you, especially right now with all the exterior lighting you've got going on for Christmas?  If you haven't switched to LED bulbs, which are 85% more energy efficient, you can check them out this weekend, snag a free bulb, and stay a little calmer the next time your house looks like this one, even when everyone is sitting in one room together watching TV. 

The Cree Great American Bulb Swap is coming to Washington DC.  Here are the details:

"Haven't switched to LED bulbs? Now's the perfect time as days are shorter and getting darker earlier. Washingtonians can participate in the Cree Great American Bulb Swap this weekend.  Just bring in any CFL or incandescent bulb and trade it up for a New Cree® LED Bulb for free.  The New Cree LED Bulb is up to 85 percent more energy efficient compared to energy-hogging incandescent bulbs- and it pays for itself in a year or less! 

Forget the frustration and inconvenience of constantly changing burnt out bulbs- Cree LED Bulbs last up to 22 years (that's potentially 5 presidents from now!).  Just imagine all the money you'll save on energy bills and fewer replacement bulbs.  Cree LED Bulbs are also mercury-free and provide superior light quality, unlike those squiggly compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs." 

Join Cree at Eastern Market 225 7th Street SE Washington DC 20003 from 11am-2pm Friday (December 5th) or 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday (December 6th and 7th) and you'll have a chance to trade in an old bulb for a new one, calculate your energy savings, participate in games with great prizes, and picture opportunity with "Bulby" the costumed character mascot. 


PS- Don't forget to turn off the lights before you leave. 

Disclosure: PwcMoms was compensated for this post. All opinions are our own, all information was provided by the post sponsor. 




Messiah Sing A Long at the Kennedy Center

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Published: 12/01/2014
(This is a recap of the 2013 Messiah Sing Along.  For information on this year's event, please refer to the Kennedy Center website)

Each year, the Kennedy Center in DC hosts a free Messiah sing a long on December 23rd.  I'd never been before, and my friend had mentioned going early on in the month.  Little did I realize the draw that Handel has on people!  According to employees at the Kennedy Center, folks start lining up when the center opens at 10am to get their free tickets for an 8pm show! People play board games, picnic, and hang out all day.  We were a little later, arriving at 4pm.  We parked in the Kennedy Center parking garage, which was around $20, and got in line, which at this point, wrapped 4 times around the Hall of Nations and was wrapped around the outside of the building.
 People brought camping chairs, if they were smart, or just hung out and "chilled" (Ha! It's funny because it was cold outside!) They started handing out tickets around 6pm, and it took us about 40 minutes to get inside and get our tickets.  The staff is really great about keeping the line moving quickly.  Each person in line is able to get 2 tickets, so if you come in a very large group you might not all be in the same row.  After we got our tickets, we headed upstairs to a cafeteria and had dinner.  The options were varied, soups, sandwiches, a salad bar, or hot entrees.  I spent about $15 on my dinner, not horrible for DC :)
Finally, it was time for the 8pm start.  There's a choir, orchestra, four soloists, and the audience, which is part of the choir.  You can bring your own score, or they were selling them inside the Hall of Nations while people got their tickets.  Luckily for me, my friend not only came with serious pipes, but her own copy!  The entire audience, despite some of them having been at the Kennedy Center for over 10 hours at this point, are all in very high spirits and the atmosphere is truly festive.  When it's your "turn" to sing, the director will turn to face the audience and direct you.  It was a lot of fun.  We left after the Hallelujah Chorus, but the whole experience is probably about 2 hours long from start to finish, with some time for introductions, 50 minutes for the first section, a 15 minute intermission, and 50 minutes for the second section.  This was a lot of fun, and I'd definitely do it again!  We saw lots of kids in the audience, but I think if it were me and there were enough adults to make it work, I'd have the adults wait in line and one adult bring the kids a little closer to show time (remember, each person in line can get 2 tickets, so you only need 1/2 of your group in line for tickets at any point in time).

Christmas/Holiday Fun Guide 2014

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Published: 11/18/2014
I know, I know, I like to let Thanksgiving get it's time in the sun, but then you guys would miss many of these tree lightings, etc. so I'm just gonna post it now.

ALL OF THESE EVENTS ARE ALSO ON OUR CALENDAR.  IF YOU WANT DETAILS OR DIRECTIONS, JUST GO TO THE DAY AND CLICK THE EVENT. 

If you'd like to add your event, please email me.  It's free. It's easy.  Whoohoo.

Ice Skating/Ice Events
Outdoor Ice Skating at Harris Pavilion is $8 for adults and $7 for kids under 10.  Skates are available for $4.  Best bet? Go on a Wednesday in January and skate for free from 6-8pm.  Note that on warm days I find this ice to be really soft (this is only a problem if you're a serious skater).

Indoor Ice Skating at Prince William Ice Center is $8 for everyone and $2 for skate rental.  Days and times vary.

Prince William Ice also offers a popular Snow and Story, which you can visit on open days or schedule for your playgroup.



And one day camps

Haymarket Iceplex offers ice skating for $7 adults, $6 for kids 12 and under, and $3 for skate rental.  Times vary.

Tree Lightings
December 5th in Manassas, begins at 5:30pm at the train depot, lighting at 6:30 at the Museum.  Free.
November 28th at Stonebridge 6-8:30pm, includes performances, carriage rides, and more!

Family Fun Days/Larger Events
Virginia Gateway's Festive Family Fun will be December 6th from 4:30-7:30pm and will host Santa, Mrs. Claus, face painters, balloon twisters, and more!

Parades
December 6th in Manassas begins at 10 am.

December 6th at Manassas Mall from 1-4pm (you can spend all day in Manassas!)



Crafting
December 6th at the Candy Factory in Manassas, you can make your own gingerbread house.  Preregistration is required. $27/adult and child couple, $10 each additional child, $10 supply fee.

Christmas History
Join Liberia Plantation for Christmas Past on December 6th from 4-7pm.  $15/adults $7.50/kids U12

It's 1943 and time for holidays on the home front at Rippon Lodge! Join them December 7 from 5-8pm for $5pp.

Learn about past Christmas Traditions and meet Santa at Rippon Lodge on December 7th from 12-3pm.

Take a candlelight tour and see what Christmas was like for those who were enslaved. Ben Lomond Historic Site, December 13th 5-7pm.

December 20th from 10am-4pm, join Leesylvania State Park for a Civil War Christmas.  $2pp or $6/family

Carriage Rides
Sundays in December until Christmas, hop a free carriage ride in Downtown Manassas.  1pm-4pm from the train depot.

Train Shows
December 10-14th join the Center for the Arts for a Train Show.  Admission is a canned food item for SERVE.

Santa
Tickets for the Santa Train will go on sale (and sell out completely in about an hour) on November 24th.  Visit their website for details.

December 6th at Williams Ordinary in Dumfries from 10am-4pm, Pictures with Santa: $5.00 for 4x6 or $10.00 for 8x10, also can make pomanders.

Learn about past Christmas Traditions and meet Santa at Rippon Lodge on December 7th from 12-3pm.

Children with special needs and their families can visit Santa at Manassas Mall on Sunday December 7th from 8-10am.













Performances (@Hylton Center unless otherwise noted)
Northern Virginia Youth Ballet will present their Nutcracker, featuring Russian ballet stars direct from Moscow, on November 29th at 2pm or 8pm.

Gainesville Ballet will present their Nutcracker on November 28th at 2pm or 8pm.

A Chanticleer Christmas will be November 30th at 4pm.

Catch a Big Band Christmas Extravaganza December 4th at 7:30.

Christmas in New York December 5th at 7:30.

Clara's Christmas will be presented December 7th at 3:30pm or 7:30pm

American Festival Pops December 12th at 8pm.


Manassas Chorale December 13th at 5pm.

December 14th at 8pm, Clint Black Christmas.

December 19th-23rd, Manassas Ballet will present their Nutcracker.

Family Friendly Religious Services

FOF: America Recycles Day!

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Published: 11/14/2014

On Friday, November 14, volunteers and staff of the Prince William County Solid Waste Division Recycling Program will be at the Chinn Park Library and the Bull Run Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be recycling education activities and prizes. Additionally, library patrons can “Take the Pledge” and enter a drawing to win a local, regional and national prizes. Prizes include: Local- T-shirt; Washington DC region prizes – $300 REI gift card and $500 grant to a local school’s K-12 environmental program; National prize – park bench made of recycled material. Learn more at americarecyclesday.org.

“Every year in October we host a large recycling education event at the Prince William County landfill in honor of America Recycles Day, so we also like to host these smaller events closer to November 15 to continue to keep theimportance of recycling and buying recycled products message on everybody’s mind, “said Deborah Campbell, Communications Specialist for the Solid Waste Division.  Prince William area residents can sign the recycling pledge at the library, or visit pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling and take the pledge on line.

“Last year, a Prince William area entrant won one of the park benches from the National contest and a Prince William entrant won the regional prize too,” Campbell stated. “Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycles Day is one day to educate and motivate individuals to recycle more. Recyclable items we use every day, like that cereal box and milk jug in the morning- are recoverable resources that can be manufactured into new and valuable products,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president of recycling at Keep America Beautiful. “Together, we can reduce the billions of dollars’ worthof material thrown away each year and work to give that “garbage” another life through recycling.”

For more information about recycling in Prince William County, visit www.pwcgov.org/recycling.

America’s leading companies are proud to make America Recycles Day possible. National sponsors of America Recycles Day are: Amcor, America Chemistry Council, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, Pilot Pen, and Waste Management. About America Recycles Day America Recycles DaySM is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.

Since its inception in 1997,communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15 to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at AmericaRecyclesDay.org.

About Keep America Beautiful Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action intheir communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow @kabtweet on Twitter and like us on facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful.

Veterans Day Freebies

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Published: 11/11/2014


Thanks to reader Carrie for sending the vast majority of these along! 

For Veterans with ID- November 11th Freebies!

Sheetz- All day, free 6" sub and drink (includes add-ons and extras)
Ihop- Free Red/White/Blue Pancakes
Bar Louie- Free Apps
McCormick & Schmit's Free Entrees
Applebees- Free Entree
Great Clips- Free Haircut
Bob Evans- All You Can Eat Hotcakes (Free)
Famous DAves- Free One Meal Salute
California Pizza Kitchen- Free Entree
Hooters- Free Entree
Krispy Kreme- Free Donut
Outback- Free Bloomin Onion and Drink
Red Robin- Free Double Tavern Burger and Bottomless Fries
Starbucks- Free Tall Coffee
Confections- Veterans Day which we will be giving all U.S. Armed Forces a Free cupcake
Friendly's- free breakfast, lunch or dinner to veterans and active military
Cracker Barrel- Free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert
Denny's- active, inactive and retired military personnel can build your own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon at participating stores
Red Lobster- free select appetizer until THURSDAY! 

Welcome to Moe's!

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Published: 11/05/2014
 We had the opportunity to go check out the Moe's Southwest Grill new Gainesville location (8148 Stonewall Shoppes Square #101, which you may also refer to as "The one with the Wegmans in it")

What our family loves about Moe's is that it's fast, but fresh, and you can make healthier choices than at a typical "fast food" place.  You can also get chips and queso- but you can make healthier choices, too (PS- if you're going to get queso- click here and get it free!). 
 Their kids meals are fantastic (and big!) and both my boys were more than satisfied when they'd finished their dinners.  My oldest son swims 5 mornings a week, and that has led to some "I'm hangry" moments.  No, I didn't misspell that.  Yes, I meant hangry.  That's a combination of hungry, and cranky and angry.  It's a thing, people- Urban Dictionary it.
This is my dinner- it was delicious! I got a salad, I want to say it was a Personal Trainer, with no shell and lots of jalapeños- both fresh and pickled, so yum. I loved it.  The best part about all this tasty dinner? The kids eat FREE on Tuesday nights with adult purchase! Bonus!

Moe's Southwest Grill also does catering (Which they DELIVER! Love it! Teacher appreciation day is right around Cinco de Mayo and a taco bar would be so much fun PTA people!) and they do fundraisers, too!! Give them a try and/or a call for your next dinner or event!


Featured Organization Friday: Artisphere

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Published: 10/31/2014

Artisphere in Arlington connects artists and patrons to an eclectic mix of fresh, thought-provoking arts programming. We’re your spot for insight into the creative process and to engage in artistic
adventures—from contemporary visual art, live music and theatre to new media, film and dance. 
Come explore, experience and engage—collide with art.

You can check out Artisphere are their free family fun day this weekend! 
Calling all families…spend an artful day at Artisphere’s free family day on November 2nd from noon until 3 p.m. This fun-filled event is centered around a dance party for kids, designed by the team from Baby Loves Disco. Have a frighteningly fun time with your favorite Looney Toons characters as we screen some of their spookiest episodes including A Haunting We Will Go, Bewitched Bunny and more! Rounding out the event will be a mix of art activities, including an art “make and take” project. 

Halloween costumes welcome, but not required! For the kid in everyone!

FREE!

October Fit Family Fun Events at Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center!

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Published: 10/19/2014

FREE Admission- Community Appreciation Week 2014 at the Freedom Center

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Published: 10/18/2014
This week is free admission week at the Freedom Center! We love our membership at FAFC- it's great for taking the kids swimming, my husband's actual workouts, and me pretending I can do Zumba with rhythm.

I can't.  But nobody laughs at me!

Below is the full schedule, but here are a few highlights!

Monday October 20th-
Eating for Weight Loss and Cooking Demo- 7pm

Tuesday October 21st-
Complimentary Breakfast in the Lobby- 6:30am and 9:30am

Wednesday October 22nd-
Les Mills Body Combat Class at 10:30am

Thursday October 23rd-
Technogym Orientation in the Weight Room 8:30am

Friday October 24th-
Family Movie Night in the Pool! 5:30pm (We plan to be there! Find me!)

Saturday October 25th
Family Fun and Fit Day 4pm-6pm

Sunday, October 26th-
Babysitting Certification (Registration Required) 9am-4pm


FREE Family Events at Freedom!

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Published: 10/18/2014

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