Meet National Community Church- Gainesville Campus

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Published: 08/11/2014
It is my great privilege to be able to offer one of my advertising spots for free to community groups, churches, or non-profits that would like it for 3 months.  Meet National Community Church, who did just that! 


NationalCommunity Church is a multicampus church that meets in movie theaters  including the Regal Stadium 14 in Gainesville.  This relaxed, contemporary church launched in January and invites people to join them for music and a message each Sunday.  As a bonus, there’s a cup-holder on every seat, and snacks are not only allowed, free coffee and donuts are provided. Pastor Robb Schmidgall is on-site for live worship, and then the message is typically simulcast to the 7 DC-area locations. 


Mid-week while the theater is too busy with shows to rent space, the church focuses on connecting people with small groups that meet for the obvious bible study, but also groups that play board games, a Second Saturday Service project, cooking groups, and more.  Small groups change every trimester, so you’re not “stuck” doing one thing.


As far as kids go, children’s programming is offered every week and uses the Orange Group (which is awesome because PwcMom says so, and she used to work in Children’s Ministry, so there!) Youth at the church are active in a local Young Life Community. 

If you’d like to check them out one Sunday at 10am, they’d love to have you out for coffee.  If an hour, hour and fifteen minutes is too much commitment, they’ll be hosting “Parents on the Plaza” on August 17th, offering a fun time at the interactive splash pad with pizza and conversation for families. 


National Community Church is a multicampus church that meets in movie theatres, including the Regal Stadium 14 in Gainesville.  This relaxed, contemporary church launched in January and invites people to join them for music and a message each Sunday.  As a bonus, there’s a cupholder on every seat, and snacks are not only allowed, free coffee and donuts are provided. Pastor Robb Schmidgall is on-site for live worship, and then the message is typically simul-cast to the 7 DC-area locations. 


Mid-week while the theater is too busy with shows to rent space, the church focuses on connecting people with small groups that meet for the obvious bible study, but also groups that play board games, a Second Saturday Service project, cooking groups, and more.  Small groups change every trimester, so you’re not “stuck” doing one thing.

As far as kids go, children’s programming is offered every week and uses the Orange Group (which is awesome because PwcMom says so, and she used to work in Children’s Ministry, so there!) Youth at the church are active in a local Young Life Community. 


If you’d like to check them out one Sunday at 10am, they’d love to have you out for coffee.  If an hour, hour and fifteen minutes is too much commitment, they’ll be hosting “Parents on the Plaza” on August 17th, offering a fun time at the interactive splash pad with pizza and conversation for families. 


Free Children's Day at Weems Botts Museum

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Published: 08/05/2014

FREE Physicals/Sports Physicals

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Published: 07/21/2014

Hylton High School will host a free Health Fair including physicals, vision and hearing screenings, concussion training, enrollment assistance, giveaways and more.  To schedule an appointment, call 703-967-3772.

Camping at Prince William Forest Park

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Published: 06/17/2014
I am a little more of an "outdoor adventure followed by a warm shower" girl.  Especially after they chopped my neck in half last year for my brain surgery.  Sleeping on rocks just doesn't appeal to me, no matter how many months of recovery I've had.

However, my husband and kids are so darn cute, and they really love camping, so I will do it anyway.  Prince William Forest Park offers several lovely camping areas including three "frontcountry", one "backcountry" and 5 cabin sites.  This time, we opted for Oak Ridge, which allows tents and RVs.  Loops B and C are reservation only, but loop A is first come first served. Turkey Run is great for groups, and we've camped there with Cub Scouts before. 
 We made sure to bring my daughter's American Heritage Girls handbook (similar: Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Trail Life, etc) so that we could do the fire safety section and she could get a badge.  She just recently discovered that anything in life worth doing has a badge associated with it.
 Of course when you're camping, you need a few essential items.  I refuse to camp without hats and DEET because Lyme Disease is no joke.  Camping chairs, firewood, matches, all essential.

Also sleeping bags.  PWC Dad may have taken us on our first family camping trip when our kids were 6 months, 3, and 5 and forgotten the sleeping bags.  I may have also driven back from Lake Anna with said 6 month old at 2am, and because of that I always double check that the sleeping bags made it in the van.
 And, of course, you need S'more fixings.  My kids prefer to completely burn the marshmallows and eat the chocolate, although for those of us with a little more patience, a carefully toasted marshmallow is a thing of beauty.
 Tin foil (the heavy duty stuff)  is also a good idea if you're going to be using a site-provided campfire grill.  Those things don't get cleaned very often, and I don't care how hot they get.

I just don't.
Trash bags- also a good idea, and in our case we kept the cooler in our van so that we wouldn't attract any little critters. Obviously, a lovely time was had by all.

Want to have your own camping fun? Here are a few site recommendations, both from myself and from readers, in and around Prince William County.

In-County
Prince William Forest Park (Dumfries/Triangle) sites start at $20/night or $10 for seniors/passholders.  Note that you'll still apparently need to stop at the Visitors Center and pay the park entry fee ($5/week) on top of that.  We assumed it was included in the price, which was apparently wrong, but luckily we have a pass. Tent or RV or Cabin.  Showers, bathrooms, activities.

Greenville Family Farm (Haymarket) site prices aren't listed, but apparently vary based on whether or not you want electricity.  Fishing ponds, showers, bathrooms.

Leesylvania State Park only offers group camping.

Out-of-County (Virginia)
Burke Lake Park (Fairfax) sites are $28/night and Burke Lake Park offers lots of fun (including a train and carousel).  However, sites are first-come, so be sure to plan to arrive early.

Shenandoah National Park (Front Royal-Wayensboro) start at $15/night and include tent and limited RV

Christopher Run Campground (Lake Anna) starts at $32/night cabins, lodges and tent sites available. This is one of my family's favorite sites when we camp with my parents, who have a boat.

Todd Lake (Stokesville) $16/night for tent camping, showers/bathrooms/drinking water available.

Sherando Lake (Shenandoah) has reserved or first-come camping for tents and RVs.

Out-of-County (Bit of a Drive)
Starlight Camping Resort (Pennsylvania) $42/day for 2 people, $3/day for each additional child or $5/adult.

Kids Fishing Tournaments Summer 2014

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Published: 06/11/2014
Coming up in a few weeks at Lake Ridge Park! Ages 4 - 12. Call 703-494-5565 to register.


Leesylvania State Park hosts a kids fishing tournament each month starting May-September the first Saturday of each month.  Ages range from 2-15 years old and there is no program fee! 
WHERE: Tournaments take place at the marina in lot #1 (your first right after Bushy Point) at Leesylvania State Park.
WHEN: First Saturday of the month May thru Sept from 9a.m-11a.m. at Leesylvania State Park!
WHAT: No worries if you don't have your own fishing equipment, participants can borrow from the park, but we encourage folks to bring their own. 
WHO: Kids ages 2-15 years old can fish for free! There are several volunteers on hand to give participants help where help is needed. No Fishing license required!

Painting in the Park Father's Day Event

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Published: 06/09/2014
FREE Father's Day activity idea in the Woodbridge, Dumfries, Triangle vicinity! Take your artistic dad to the Marine Corps Museum for a contest and some painting, and then get dinner at a 10% discount!

FREE Family Arts Festival June 14th, 2014

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Published: 06/09/2014
Edgemoor Art Studio is presenting a grand opening in conjunction with Tackett's Mill Summerfest! The event will run from 12-4, followed by Jazz and Art on the Water with the naming of the PWC Poet Laureate from 3-6!

Show up at 12- you won't want to miss your chance to win a free week of summer camp just for showing up!

We'll have storytellers, face painting, several children's art activities, art fairies from the Academy of Russian Ballet, shopping for moms, an ice truck (cash for this, all other activities are free), balloons, and tours of the new studio space!

Can't wait to see you there!! Let us know you're coming (or just show up) and get more information HERE

Summer 2014 Little Tots Series

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Published: 06/04/2014
People always love the Little Tots series during the summer, so here's the list for June to August! (Sorry if you missed April/May!) Enjoy!! 



FREE and CHEAP Summer Fun Ideas 2014

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Published: 05/28/2014
Ongoing:
The City of Manassas holds free concerts at the Harris Pavilion from 3-4:30pm on Sundays, 6-8pm Tuesdays, and 11:30-1:30pm Wednesdays all summer long. There is no concert June 1 or June 15

Your child can win prizes (and keep their reading skills sharp) with the Summer Quest program through PWC Libraries.  There is a program for older children, as well as volunteer opportunities for teens!!

Kids Skate Free participates with Skate N Fun Zone in Manassas.  The passes are good for skating typically after 4pm, but hours vary by day.  Skate rental is $4.50.

AMF Bowling's Summer Program lets kids enjoy 3 weekday games for free EVERY stinkin day of the summer.  There's a discount program for adults.

Don't forget our VBS listings, either!!

THIS IS NOT EVERYTHING TO DO ON ANY GIVEN DAY!! It's just a few free/cheap activities that I'm featuring on the list.  For our full calendar, just click "calendar" above!

June
June 1 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 2 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)

June 3 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 4 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm

June 6 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm
June 6 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

June 7 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 7 Free Children's Day at the Weems Botts Museum 1:30pm

June 8 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
June 8 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 9 Dale City Library 5:30pm Evening Storytime for families who can't come during the day!

June 10 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 11 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm
June 11 Free Little Tots 10:30am Rocknoceros

June 13 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm

June 14 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 14 Chinn Library Inclusive Storytime 11am
June 14 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

June 15 Dads are free at Rippon Lodge
June 15 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 16 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 1- $2 10am-12pm

June 17 Potomac Library Old McDonald's Farm by Bob Brown Puppets
June 17 Central Library Circus on Strings 10:45am FREE tickets beginning June 10
June 17 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 18 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time
June 18 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 1- $2 10am-12pm
June 18 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm

June 19 Bull Run Library The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show
June 19 Chinn Park Library Old McDonald's Farm by Bob Brown Puppets 10:30am and 2:00pm

June 20 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 1- $2 10am-12pm
June 20 Free Toddler Storytime at Leesylvania State Park 10:30am
June 20 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm

June 21 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
June 21 1-2pm Mormon Choir of Washington at Harris Pavilion
June 21 Potomac Library Water Day 2pm limit 60 children

June 22 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
June 22 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 23 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
June 23 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 2- $2 10am-12pm
June 23 Dale City Library 5:30pm Evening Storytime for families who can't come during the day!

June 24 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Hotel Transylvania 10am
June 24 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
June 24 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 25 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Smurfs 2 10am
June 25 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 2- $2 10am-12pm
June 25 Potomac Library Animal Adaptations with Bar C Ranch 3:00pm
June 25 Bull Run Library Bubble Blow Out 10:30am
June 25 Free Little Tots 10:30am Mad Science

June 26 Bull Run Library Animal Adaptations with Bar C Ranch 10:30am
June 26 Chinn Library Family Craft Night 7pm
June 26 ​Jack & the Beanstalk @Locust Shade Amphitheater 10:30am Treasure Island 2:30pm $4
June 26 Potomac Library Grades 5-12 Crazy Cupcakes 7pm

June 27 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 2- $2 10am-12pm
June 27 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm

June 28 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
June 28 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 28 Free Family Movie @Piney Branch ES 7pm

June 29 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 29 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
June 29 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 30 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
June 30 Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
June 30 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 3- $2 10am-12pm

July
July 1 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 10am
July 1 Central Library Sidewalk Chalk Day 10:30-11:30am
July 1 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

July 2 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Pirates Band of Misfits 10am
July 2 Bull Run Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration
July 2 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 3- $2 10am-12pm
July 2 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time

July 4 4pm-10pm Celebrate America in Old Town Manassas
July 4  Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 3- $2 10am-12pm
July 4 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals

July 5 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 5 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
July 5 Free Kids Fishing Tournament 9am-11am Leesylvania State Park

July 6 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 6 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 6 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 7 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
July 7 Bull Run Library- Pastry Art with the Aubergine Chef (Middle/HS Students) Register beginning June 23
July 7 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 4- $2 10am-12pm

July 8 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Arthur Christmas 10am
July 8 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
July 8 Potomac Library Creatures Great and Small by the Rainbow Puppets

July 9 Bull Run Library Creatures Great and Small by the Rainbow Puppets 10:30 am
July 9 Central Library Creatures Great and Small by the Rainbow Puppets 3:00pm FREE tickets available beginning July 2
July 9 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 4- $2 10am-12pm
July 9 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Despicable Me 2 10am
July 9 Free Little Tots 10:30am Blue Sky Puppet Theatre
July 10 Independent Hill Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration

July 11 Potomac Library Drive-In Movie 4:45pm Make a car and share pizza for dinner.  Register by phone beginning July 5- limit 24 children. NO latecomers (library doors lock at 5pm)
July 11 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 4- $2 10am-12pm

July 12 Chinn Library Inclusive Storytime 11am
July 12 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

July 13 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 13 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 14  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
July 14 Potomac Library Uncle Devin Show 7pm
July 14 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 5- $2 10am-12pm

July 15 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Lego Movie 10am
July 15 Central Library Once Upon a Toon with Joe Wos (Grades 1 and up) FREE tickets available beginning July 8
July 15 Chinn Library Reptiles Alive! 10:30am Ages 3-7, 2pm Grades 1 and Up, 7pm ages 5 and up

July 16 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Free Birds 10am
July 16 Dale City Library The Singing Lizard 10:30am
July 16 Dumfries Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 10:30-12:30 drop in
July 16 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 5- $2 10am-12pm

July 17 7-8pm US Navy Country Current Band at Harris Pavilion
July 17 Potomac Library Busy Beavers Grades 1 and Up 11am

July 18 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 5- $2 10am-12pm

July 19 Shakespeare by the Water @Locust Shade Park 7pm $4
July 19 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

July 20 Shakespeare by the Water @Locust Shade Park 3pm $4
July 20 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 20 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 21  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
July 21 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 6- $2 10am-12pm

July 22 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Adventures of Tin Tin 10am
July 22 Chinn Park Library Uncle Pete Rocks 10:30am
July 22 Potomac Library  Uncle Pete Rocks 2pm

July 23 Central Library  Uncle Pete Rocks 10:30am FREE tickets available July 16
July 23 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Rise of the Guardians 10am
July 23 Potomac Library Meet the PWC K-9 Team 7:15pm, Pick up a free pass beginning at 7pm
July 23 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 6- $2 10am-12pm
July 23 Free Little Tots 10:30am Reptiles Alive!

July 24 Independent Hill Library  The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show
July 24 Bull Run Library GameMaking/GamePlaying (Middle/HS Students) 2:00pm Register online beginning July 7
July 24 REPTILE WORLD at the Locust Shade Amphitheater $4 10:30am/7:00pm
July 24 Chinn Library Family Craft Night 7pm
July 24 Chinn Library Police SWAT Team 2pm (Middle/HS Students)

July 25 Dumfries Library The Singing Lizard 10:30am
July 25 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 6- $2 10am-12pm

July 26 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 26 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
July 26th Free Family Movie @Piney Branch ES 7pm

July 27 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 27 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 27 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 28 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
July 28  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
July 28 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 7- $2 10am-12pm

July 29 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
July 29 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Kung Fu Panda 2 10am
July 29 Central Library Science Unscripted FREE tickets available July 22

July 30 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Madagascar 3 10am
July 30 Dale City Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 10:30-12:30 drop in
July 30 Bull Run Library Safari Bingo 11am
July 30 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time
July 30 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 7- $2 10am-12pm

July 31 Central Library Paws in the Garden
July 31 Chinn Park Library Meet the PWC K-9 Team
July 31 Potomac Library  The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show

August
August 1 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 7- $2 10am-12pm

August 2 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
August 2 Free Kids Fishing Tournament 9am-11am Leesylvania State Park

August 3 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 3 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 4 Central Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 11am FREE tickets available July 28
August 4  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch

August 5 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Croods 10am
August 5 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
August 5 Chinn Park Library Diggery Digger's 3D Dino Show 10:30am
August 5 Potomac Library Diggery Digger's 3D Dino Show

August 6 Bull Run Library Diggery Digger's 3D Dino Show 10:30am
August 6 Dale City Library Barnyard Buddies Presented by Wildlife Ambassadors
August 6 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Epic 10am
August 6 Free Little Tots 10:30am Kid Singer Jim

August 7 Independent Hill Library Barnyard Buddies Presented by Wildlife Ambassadors
August 7 Nokesville Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 10:30-12:30 drop in
August 7 Bull Run Library Barnyard Buddies Presented by Wildlife Ambassadors 2:00pm
August 7 Central Library Fabulous Fun Fair (Ages 2-6) 10:30am FREE tickets available July 31

August 9 Chinn Library Inclusive Storytime 11am
August 9 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

August 10 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 10 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 11  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch

August 12 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
August 12 Chinn Park Library Once Upon A Time (Theatre show)
August 12 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Turbo 10am

August 13 Bull Run Library Once Upon A Time (Theatre show) 10:30am
August 13 Dumfries Library  The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show 10:30am
August 13 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Walking with Dinosaurs 10am
August 13 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time

August 14 Big Yellow School Bus (try out the bus!) Any local library 10:30am
August 14 Chinn Library Family Craft Night 7pm
August 14 Potomac Library Ice Cream Social 1pm

August 16 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 16 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
August 16 Free Family Movie @Piney Branch ES 7pm

August 17 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 17 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 17 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 19 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Mr. Peabody and Sherman 10am
August 19 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

August 20 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Rio 2 10am
August 20 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm
August 20 Free Little Tots 10:30am Under the Sea

August 21 7-8pm US Navy Sea Chanters at Harris Pavilion

August 23 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 23 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

August 24 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 24 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 24 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 26 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

August 28 7-8pm US Army Blues Band at Harris Pavilion

August 30 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

August 31 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 31 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm


Vacation Bible School Prince William County 2014

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Published: 05/16/2014
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a big part of me keeping our summer fun costs to a minimum.  I like to rotate a week of lazy, a week of paid camp, a week of vacation (even if it's local tourism) and a week of free or low-cost VBS.  It works for us :) If you're going to follow that model, be sure to switch up the themes.

Not sure what VBS is? Here's a post for that.

Here's what I have for this year.

All Saints Dale City does neighborhood based VBS and dates/times can vary.  Look for your neighborhood on their website. 

June
23-27th Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
4090 Sudley Road, Haymarket
This camp is different in that it is $50/camper or $100/family and runs from 9am-3pm.  Still a really great value for such a long camp, especially if you have a large family! 
Ages 6-10

23-27th First Baptist Church of Woodbridge
13600 Minnieville Road
"Inspector D3"
9am-12:30pm with a "tween" option, as well.
Completed K-6th Grades

23-27th Grace Life Community Church
9560 Linton Hall Road, Bristow
"Weird Animals"
9:30am-12:15pm
Rising K-5th grades

22-26th Victory Baptist Church 
12650 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville
TEEN VBS
6pm-8:30pm
Grades 7-12

23-27th Victory Baptist Church 
12650 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville
Cross Canyon Trail
9:00am-12pm
Ages 3-6th Grade

23-27th All Saints Catholic
9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas
Parading Around the Our Father
8:30am-12pm
Grades Rising K-5
$50/child

23-27th Living Hope Haymarket
14600 John Marshall Highway, Haymarket
Kingdom Rock
9am-12pm
Ages 3 through 6th Grade
Suggested Donation of $25/family


July
7-11 Manassas Baptist Church
"Musicgarten" and Music Camp
9:00am-12pm
Ages 4 (By July 1) through Grade  6
$40/first child, $35/second, $30/third, $115/family limit

14-18th Gainesville UMC
13710 Milestone Court, Gainesville
Weird Animals
9:00am-12:30pm
Ages 3-Grade 5

14-18th Emmanuel Baptist Church
 8006 Centreville Road, Manassas
Agency D3
6:30pm-8:30pm
Ages 4-6th Grade

14-18th St. Thomas UMC
3600 Sudley Road, Manassas
Weird Animals
8:45am-12:15pm
Completed K-Grade 5

21-25th Grace Lutheran Church
1601 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge
"Gangway to Galilee"
5:30pm-8:30pm 
Ages 4 (By July 1) to 15

21-25th Prince of Peace UMC
6299 Token Forest Drive, Manassas
Weird Animals
6:30pm-9pm

21-25th Grace Baptist Church
14242 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge
"Agency D3"
9:00am-12:15pm
Ages 5 (by 9/30) to 5th grade

August
4-8th Good Shepherd UMC
16999 Birchdale Avenue, Dale City
"Wilderness Escape"
9:00am-12pm
$15/child or $40/family
Ages 3.5 (by 3/1) to 5th Grade

10-14th Dale City Baptist
3501 Dale Blvd, Dale City
"Wilderness Escape"
5-7:30pm Monday, 6:30pm-9pm Tuesday-Friday


If your church isn't listed and would like to be, just shoot me an email or a facebook message.

















Tomorrow: Dumfries Charter Day- May 10, 2014

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Published: 05/09/2014

Animated Child's Spring Bazaar

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Published: 05/04/2014

$1-$3 Baskin Robbins Scoops April 22-24!

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Published: 04/21/2014

BASKIN-ROBBINS KICKS OFF THE ICE CREAM SEASON WITH A SCOOP FEST CELEBRATION

April 14 2014
Guests are Encouraged to Visit Participating Baskin-Robbins Shops Nationwide
from April 22-24 for Super Sweet Deals

CANTON, Mass.
(April 14, 2014) Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off the ice cream season with a three-day Scoop Fest promotion from April 22 through April 24 at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide. Ice cream lovers are encouraged to visit their local Baskin-Robbins shop to take part in sweet Scoop Fest deals, including:

  • $1.00 for a Single Kids Scoop (2.5 oz scoop)
  • $2.00 for a Double Scoop (4 oz scoops)
  • $3.00 for a Triple Scoop (4 oz scoops)
Guests can visit http://www.amazingscoopfest.com to get more information about these great deals on their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, including the new April Flavor of the Month, The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ ice cream, which features blue and red vanilla-flavored ice creams with a dark chocolate flavored web and popping candies that combine to make an amazing hero of a flavor.
“We are excited to offer our guests three days of great deals during Scoop Fest and invite them to try our new hero-inspired April Flavor of the Month, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ice cream, to celebrate the movie, which is in theaters May 2, and ice cream season,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “Scoop Fest is a fun and delicious way for us to kick off the ice cream season with our guests and thank them for their patronage by offering sweet deals on their favorite Baskin-Robbins flavors.”
Additionally, Baskin-Robbins is offering its guests a range of festive ice cream treats to help celebrate the Easter holiday on April 20th. These include Baskin-Robbins’ classic Bunny Roll Cake, which is returning this year in pink and is available for order in a guest’s favorite ice cream and cake flavors both in-store and online at www.BaskinRobbins.com/OnlineOrdering. Baskin-Robbins is also offering a new Easter Egg Hunt ice cream flavor in select participating locations, which features green white-chocolate flavored ice cream with pastel-colored candy eggs and a sweet crème ribbon.
For more information about Baskin-Robbins and Scoop Fest, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/baskinrobbins31).

Host a Student with USA Connections

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Published: 04/08/2014
USA Connection is an exchange program that is currently looking for host families (who are compensated!) who would like to have a student from Spain join their family for a few weeks this summer.  Interested? Here are some details! 



1) Tell me a little about your organization and how you got involved

We have always enjoyed intercultural experiences, since we  ourselves are an international couple, and we have traveled, lived in different countries, and speak different languages. Last year, for the first time, we decided to extend that experience to others by inviting a carefully selected group of Basque teens to stay with American families during the month of July.  It was a great experience for everyone.  After last year's great experience, we were really motivated to do it again!


2) What's one of your favorite exchange stories from students?
 
One of our more conscientious students forgot to change the timezone on his cellphone alarm. So, on his first night with his host family he went to bed at a relatively normal time only to get up, shower and go down to have breakfast at 1:00 a.m. all the while wondering how American's could sleep so late on a week day!

Another was at a 4th of July pool party, and was the only one to notice when a toddler fell into the pool. He quickly jumped in to pull the toddler out.

3) What's one of your favorite exchange stories from a family?
 
One of the families from the Lake Ridge area enjoyed the experience of having one of our youth so much that they want to host the same student again! They've kept in touch all year and are even planning on being the first family to do a full exchange with our program by sending their daughter to Spain to stay for 3 weeks with their host student's family.



4) What's involved in hosting a student?
 
Nothing special, really. We do ask that our student have a private bedroom and that Spanish not be the primary language of the host family. Other than that, they should do their own laundry, help with basic chores and go where your family goes.


If your family goes to church, take them to church. If one of your children has a softball game, take them to the game. The only "extra" thing would be to drop them off at the pickup point for our 2 day trips and when we take them to summer camp- and pick them back up, of course!

The families, in general, aren't expected to pay the students way. They travel with their own pocket money. They also travel with full medical and liability insurance in the case of any mishaps.


Having a teen in the family is preferable, but not necessary. Children that they can interact with is a requirement though.


5) Where do students come from? What do they like to do?
Our students come, primarily, from the Basque Country, a small nation between Spain and France. Most of the Basque live on the Spanish side of the border.  Because of the Basque Country's unique situation, most of our students are trilingual, with Spanish, Basque and English. A few speak French as well.

Our students are very similar to kids in the US. The boys like soccer and video games. Many of them surf if they live near the coast. The girls tend to be athletic as well, playing soccer and field hockey. Basketball is also very popular. It's common to see groups of teens hanging out on a park bench talking and playing with their cellphones just like kids in the U.S. In the summer, they tend to spend the day at the beach.

6) What kind of support is offered to host families?
We try to be as supportive as possible. We travel with the kids from Bilbao to Paris and on to Dulles and help make sure they arrive with their host families safely. We stay in the area for the entire trip, so we're available any time to help out with any issues, like homesickness or illness, that might come up. We give families basic instructions on what is expected of them while hosting one of our students, as well as a list of appropriate activities that they might want to consider. We also invite family members to come on day trips that we organize and the going away party.

We also offer a stipend to the families to cover the cost of having an extra person in the house.

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by USA Connections.  PwcMoms has not participated in the program and makes no explicit or implied claims about your family's experience.

Upcoming Event: FREE Ice Skating

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Published: 03/27/2014

Easter Egg Hunts and Spring Festivals 2014

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Published: 03/18/2014
Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way!  Here's a fun list of Egg Hunts and Spring Festivals in Prince William County from Woodbridge to Manassas to Gainesville!

April 5
Spring Egg-stravaganza at the Freedom Center
Bring your children to Freedom for our Spring fling. Meet the Freedom Bunny and participate in recreational activities, crafts, games, sports and more. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a n egg hunt in our pool. Each registered child will receive a special goody bag for participating in the aquatic egg hunt. This is priced at $16.

Marshmallow Harvest and Egg Hunt at Great Country Farms
After a long winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm! Join us for the first "crop" of the spring- marshmallow picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’more kit to melt away that chocolate craving. The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs and we need you to help us find them! There will be multiple egg hunts each day this year with over 7,000 eggs filled with treats. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Come see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride, and rejoice the spring! Admission Fee: $12 adult, $10 child, free for children 2 and under.  April 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm

April 6
Marshmallow Harvest and Egg Hunt at Great Country Farms
After a long winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm! Join us for the first "crop" of the spring- marshmallow picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’more kit to melt away that chocolate craving. The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs and we need you to help us find them! There will be multiple egg hunts each day this year with over 7,000 eggs filled with treats. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Come see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride, and rejoice the spring! Admission Fee: $12 adult, $10 child, free for children 2 and under.  April 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm

April 12
Egg Hunt at Manassas Park Community Center
The MPCC will host egg hunts for various age groups all morning. $5/child.  Ages 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7 will enjoy a fun hunt. Don't forget to bring a basket and be sure to register online by April 11th. You must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your child's egg hunt.   

Adaptive Egg Hunt at Manassas Park Community Center
This Easter Egg hunt is designed especially for youths and teens with mental and physical disabilities. The egg hunt will be adapted to meet their needs. Egg hunt will take place on the Miracle Field, behind the Manassas Park Commuity Center. $5 fee.  Ages 6-16, Unlimited openings- but must register online by April 11th.  Event is April 12th from 11:30am-12pm.

Beeping Egg Hunt at Gari Melcher's Home
Belmont's third annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired or blind children and their families. Registration required at 540/654-1851. 1-3pm.

First Baptist Church of Woodbridge Spring Festival
Join FBCW which is planning 15,000 eggs, pony rides, crafts, snacks, stories and more from 11am-3pm. 

Learn to Make Ukranian Keepsake Eggs at Center for the Arts
You will finish between 1 and 2 eggs during class.  Learn the process of layering beeswax and dye to create intricate egg designs.  This is a delicate process but anyone can do it! Come with the family or a friend! Ages 7 and Up.  $25/person includes all supplies.  Under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. center-for-the-arts.com or call 703-330-2787

April 19
Rippon Lodge Egg Hunt
11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 per child, adults and children 2 and under free.

Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours available.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  All other activities will be ongoing throughout the day. Please bring exact change or to speed entrance process.  VISA and MC accepted. 

Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
LRPRA Eggstravaganza
Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at the Eggstravaganza.  All children up to age 10 are eligible; parents must pre-register children by Wednesday, April 16, in order to participate.  The cost is $3 for LRPRA members and $5 for non-members.  Don't forget your cameras and Easter baskets.  Call the Recreation Department at 703-491-2154 for more details.  Begins at 9am SHARP.  Do not be late or you'll miss all the eggs!! 

Egg Hunt at Nokesville Church of the Brethren 
Easter Egg Hunt: April 19, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Rain or Shine for Kids through 5th grade 


Egg Hunt at St. Thomas UMC in Manassas
8899 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20110
Come one, come all children to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19th 10:30-11:00 am. We will hear a story, make an Easter craft, and HUNT for candy-filled Eggs. www.StThomasUMC.org

April 20
Spirit and Life Church Easter and Egg Hunt
Easter Service and a FREE Easter Egg Hunt for young children on 4/20 at 10AM at Forest Park High School!

Egg Hunt at St. Thomas UMC in Haymarket
Gravely Elementary School, 4670 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169
The children will have an egg hunt directly after the worship service Gravely Elementary School, 4670 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169. We would love it if you could  join us for breakfast at 9 am, or just come for worship at 10 am with the egg hunt following the service at 11:15.


April 26
Springfest Fairfax at the Workhouse Arts Center
Springfest Fairfax is an Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration with eco-friendly exhibitors, food, games, pony-rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, educational workshops, plant sales, and more. 10am-4pm.

"Area’s Sweetest Teacher" Contest at Sprinkles

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Published: 01/15/2014
Since my neurosurgeon (although I guess he's not "my neurosurgeon" much longer since I hope my last visit will be in February!) and my oncologist (she's mine for the next decade, poor woman!) are at Georgetown University Hospital, I have become a connoisseur of cupcakes in the area.   I know you're not supposed to use food as a reward, but you know, after you spend 2 hours in an MRI tube, those rules no longer apply and you get frosting.  Period.

Sprinkles is by far my favorite DC cupcake location, and they're running a fun contest for teachers.  Check it out below!


Sprinkles Cupcakes Georgetown, the Washington, DC, outlet of the world’s first cupcake bakery, announced today that it will be running a “Sweetest Teacher Contest,” beginning January 21st. Area K - 8 students at schools in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia are invited to submit their favorite teachers for consideration by February 10, by writing a short (250 word) essay about why their favorite teacher is the best. Sprinkles will choose the top three teachers out of these submissions, and the public will vote on the final winner on the Sprinkles DC Facebook page. “Education is such an important part of our community,” said Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes. “This is our way of reaching out and saluting the teachers that give so much of themselves, and provide so much to the children in our area. We are excited to give students a chance to think about their teachers, and express what makes them great. We can’t read to see what students have to say about the educators that have changed their lives.” Forms will be distributed at the store itself, located at 3015 M St NW, Washington DC, or can be submitted to dc@sprinkles.com.

The winning teacher will receive a $250 Sprinkles gift card and a $250 gift card for office supplies, while the first runner up will receive $150 at each location and the 3rd place teacher $100 gift cards.  For additional information and a list of future locations, please visit www.sprinkles.com

Santa at the Manassas Park Community Center 2013

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Published: 12/16/2013
Join the Manassas Park Community Center for "Santa Paws" with your pets on 12/21/2013 from 11:30-12:30, and get your pets' pictures with Santa!  $5/dog.  No pets? Bring your kiddos to Breakfast with Santa, also on 12/21 from 9-11am, $5/child. 



High School Parents' Summit 2014

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Published: 12/13/2013

Attention Parents: You're invited to a High School Parent Summit at Hylton High School on Saturday, January 11 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. The program offers expert presentations on graduation requirements, earning college credit through tests, financial aid and scholarships, college admissions and programs, SAT/ACT information, career and workforce information, trade and technical options, and much more. Attendance is free, but space is limited.  

Register ONLINE to ensure a space. 

Featured Organization Friday: Keep Prince William Beautiful/ Prince William Recycles Day

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Published: 11/01/2013

We attended this year's Prince William Recycles Day and Paper Shred, and had a truly fantastic time.  There were lots of activities set up, and the kids could earn tons of "swag" by participating in games like litter clean up, recycle/compost/trash sort (it was a beanbag toss- not real trash!) and more.  There was also tons of information from various local groups, as well as bus tours of the dump, which were very interesting!! Below, find a press release about the event.  I'd definitely put this on your radar for next year!! 

Recycles Day and Paper Shred Achieve Record Participation
Prince William, VA, October 28, 2013 – 
This year’s Prince William Recycles Day, a local celebration of American Recycles Day, brought a record 850 guests to the annual landfill event. The accompanying paper shred also broke a record with more 500 citizens that took advantage of the paper shred service at the Landfill and the Balls Ford Road facility.
Prince William residents were entertained by regionally known environmental “edutainer” Billy B. In addition visitors learned about the importance of recycling valuable resources from numerous displays, games and activities, had hands on experience with trash trucks, took landfill tours, voted for the best recycled art project and enjoyed door prizes, food and face painting.

Many residents look forward to this annual event and return year after year. The event was so well attended that even Billy B was impressed with amount of community participation—guests and display sponsors. He noted, “Even though I have been in this business for many years, I picked up several new ideas for organizing a successful event.” He along with several other participants and sponsors especially liked the recycling trading cards that were distributed at each table display. The trading card collection encouraged guests to visit all the tables and learn about the organization or business and its role in recycling or “greening” the environment.
Prince William Recycles Day was sponsored by Fortistar, Broad Run Recycling, Solid Waste Services Charlie and Sons Trash Service, SCS Engineers, Davis Industries and supported by donations from American Disposal Services, AshBritt, Atkins North America, Bates Trucking & Trash Removal, Call2Recycle, Daniel H. Barrett Trucking, Davis Industries, Eastern Clearing, EnivroSolutions, GBB, Golder & Associates, Keep Prince William Beautiful, R. E. Daffan, Madera Farms LLC, SP Recycling Southeast, Trash Away, Veolia ES Technical Solutions, and Waste Management.

Prince William Recycles Day is the local celebration of America Recycles Day, which is officially November 15 each year. For photos of Prince William Recycles Day activities visit www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling. 

FREE Recycles Day and Community Shred

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Published: 10/15/2013
The Prince William County Recycles Day and Paper Shred will be October 19th, 2013 from 10am-2pm at the County Landfill.  It may seem a little odd to go to the landfill for a family day, but there will be an environmental "Edutainer" food, prizes, games, tours, and more! Check it out! 

Petoberfest October 19th

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Published: 10/09/2013
Pet-ober Fest at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center will be a pet-friendly day, followed by a double feature on the Jumbo-tron including 101 Dalmations and Beverly Hills Chichuahua!

Try Hockey Free at PWICE!

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Published: 10/05/2013
We love hockey in our family, and Prince William Ice Center wants to invite your child to try hockey FREE on November 2, 2013 from 2-3:30pm! Register online anytime for this program.


Fall Fun and Halloween 2013

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Published: 09/26/2013
First off, if y'all are new in town, Prince William County Trick or Treating takes place ON HALLOWEEN.  I get a bijillion emails every year that Halloween is on a weeknight asking if it's moved to the following or preceeding weekend, and it's not. Sorry, teachers, because I'm sure those sugared-up, over-tired kids are a hot mess on November 1. Second, this is by no means an exhaustive list, and if I'm missing your event, just email me, and we'll fix it!

September 28-October 31
Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Great Country Farms, Bluemont. Open daily from 9am-6pm
$8/child & $10/adult weekdays; $10/child & $12/weekends & holidays
Farm Members, Military ID holders and kids 2 and under are FREE

September 28-October 31 
Starting Sept. 28th, Come to Miller Farms Market for free hayrides to and from the pumpkin patch. Weekday hayrides: 4:30 pm. Weekend Hayrides: 9 am - 5 pm. All you pay for is your pumkins! 12101 Orange Plank Rd., Locust Grove, 22508. 540-972-2680. 

September 28-November 3
Ticonderoga Farms will be open Daily 9 am to 6 pm (Entrance gate closes at 5:30) Sept 21 to Nov 3 Fall Pumpkin Festival Admission:
Weekdays $9.95 per person Weekends Sept 21,22,28,29 Oct 26,27 $14.95 per person Weekends Oct 5,6,12,13,19,20 & Holiday Oct 14 $16.95 per person Under 2 Free 
We are having one of the most colorful, fun, entertaining family festival season ever.  Join us with your family, friends and groups to celebrate and welcome the new fall.  Just click on Fall to follow us to our page for all the fun list of things to do weekday and weekend.

September 28-October 31 
Belvedere Plantation is now open weekday mornings Tuesday-Friday 9:30-1:30 (Closed October 15). The Peeping Pass is $9.25 (not all attractions are open). Weekends Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10-6.  Prices higher on weekends. 

September 28-October 31
Clark Farms in Stafford hosts their Fall Festival  $6.00 per person weekdays | $8.00 on weekends/holidays, Children under 2 years of age are free. Entrance fee includes a pumpkin.
Don’t forget your cameras!! Our family friendly and child-focused activities include: farm animals (goats, pigs, chickens, and more!), a hay mountain, large maze, face painting, pumpkin painting, pumpkin bowling, great cutouts for photos, a moon-bounce, climbing tires, penny pit and pony rides on weekends.

September 28-October 31
Cox Farms Fall Festival features giant slides, hayrides, rope swings, farm animals, CORNundrum goat village, apples, cider, food, entertainment, and more! Everyone gets a small patch pumpkin to take home FREE with paid admission. Admission: Weekdays: $9; Discount weekends (9/21, 22, 28 and 29; 10/26, 10/27 and 11/2 & 11/3): $14; Prime weekends (middle weekends of October): $17.

WEEKENDS ONLY Beginning September 28
Yankey Farms will be open Saturdays from 10am-6pm and Sundays 12pm-6pm.  Corn maze, cow train, and pick your own pumpkin patch.
 
October 14th-October 31st
St. Paul Pumpkin Patch 1334 and 1400 G Street, Woodbridge VA 22191.  M-F 2pm-8pm, Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm. Pumpkin prices are based on size, proceeds benefit the children and youth missions ministry of St. Paul UMC. 

Saturday, October 5
Occoquan Bible Church will be hosting their annual Festifall this Saturday, October 5 from 12PM - 4PM.  This family-friendly FREE event will include a Magic Act, Moon Bounce, Fantastic Christian Music, Hip Hop Dancers, Games and Prizes, Face Painting, FREE food, and Lots of Good Christian Fellowship.  All are welcome!

Manassas holds their Fall Jubilee 10am-5pm with live entertainment for both adults and kids, crafters, wine tastings, farmers market, children's ride, pumpkin patch, and more. 


Saturday, October 12
First Baptist Church of Woodbridge invites you to bring your family to enjoy an afternoon of Fellowship, Potluck Lunch, Music, Games, Cake Walk, Petting Zoo and good old fashion fun...but we also want you to invite someone with you!  Our community is filled with people who need a church home, need to know Jesus, need to know someone loves them!  Have them join your family for an afternoon of fellowship.  IT'S ALL FREE! 11am-3pm

Friday, October 18
Beginning at Dusk, St. Paul UMC will show a fall movie on the outdoor screen.  Bring blankets and enjoy a night out under the stars.  1334 and 1400 G Street Woodbridge VA 22191

Saturday, October 19
11am-4pm, Fall Festival at St. Paul UMC 1334 and 1400 G Street Woodbridge VA 22191.  Fun for the whole family will include a pumpkin patch, free pumpkin painting, a children's carnival with games and prizes, bounce houses, an arts and crafts fair, and tons of great food.  Entry is free!

BRMC wants to take you on a night-time hike through the Bull Run Mountains! Join us for face painting, Halloween snacks, hot cider, a bonfire, and live music. All participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes. Pre-registration is required for 7:00-8:00 p.m. time slots, at least a week in advance, and is available at: http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/sf2013.php First-come, first-served from 8:00-8:30 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the door.



Thursday, October 24
Join the Woodbridge Wegmans for Trick or Treat anytime from 4:30 to 8pm.  Come in costume and enjoy the free fun! 

FREE Spooktacular at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center: Enjoy trick-or-treating at participating stores, face painting, rubber ducky game at the fountain and Nickelodeon Halloween shows on the big screen throughout the evening.  Grab a seat at 7pm for a screening of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” on the jumbotron.

Friday, October 25
Friday from 10-11 at the Freedom Center, check out Fabulous Friday with a Halloween Theme: Halloween: It’s pumpkin time!
Kids will love hearing not-so-scary Halloween stories and making Halloween decorations. Feel free to bring your child in his/her costume. Caregiver participation required. Fee: $10/per class
Beginning at Dusk, St. Paul UMC will show a fall movie on the outdoor screen.  Bring blankets and enjoy a night out under the stars.  1334 and 1400 G Street Woodbridge VA 22191

Join the Gainesville Wegmans for Trick or Treat anytime from 4:30 to 8pm.  Come in costume and enjoy the free fun! 

BRMC wants to take you on a night-time hike through the Bull Run Mountains! Join us for face painting, Halloween snacks, hot cider, a bonfire, and live music. All participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes. Pre-registration is required for 7:00-8:00 p.m. time slots, at least a week in advance, and is available at: http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/sf2013.php First-come, first-served from 8:00-8:30 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the door.

Haunted History Hike at Leesylvania State Park, 7:30pm-9:00pm at Shelter #1 The spirits of Leesylvania have begun wandering our woods at night reliving moments from their lives. Join us for a guided evening walk which will take you back through history. Don't forget to take a hay ride and visit our different crafts for the kids. This is a family friendly Halloween event. Please call for event price.

$5 per person, costumes encouraged! Join us for Haunted Mini Golf at Lake Ridge Park on October 25th.  




















Halloween Costume Contest at KD'z Kidz World in Stafford-
Costume contest winner who receives the most votes will receive a FREE Birthday Party (Up to 10 Kids) to use within 1 year of the date at our facility OR a FREE Rental!
 *If winner wishes to have a bigger party, the maximum value of the package won is $169 and the winner will only pay the difference.
 *Voting will be conducted by an "outsider" who has no ties to KD'z Kidz World and/or anyone in the competition.
 *Winner must be present to win.
 *Cost is only $10 per child. 
 *Each child will receive a goodie bag full of treats to take home with them.
 *Reservations must be made to attend. In order to qualify for the birthday party package, we will need at least 25 signed up. If 25 do not sign up, the winner will receive a $30 bounce pass good for 5 visits. 
 *Time is from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 Call to reserve a spot. 

Saturday, October 26



















Older Elementary, Middle, and High School students are invited to enjoy a night walk with some spooky surprises.  8pm at St. Paul UMC 1334 and 1400 G Street Woodbridge VA 22191
Lake Ridge Parks and Rec- October 26, 10am-2pmDon't miss this fun family day packed with great vendors, games and prizes! Carnival-themed contests and a Moon Bounce add to the festivities as we celebrate the arrival of fall. Activities include the Children's Costume Contest and Parade at 11am. Come check out vendors' wares from across the region that will fill the lot with great bargains, one-of-a-kind collectibles and original arts and crafts designs. There's something for everyone at this year's Fall Festival. Contact the Recreation Department, 703-491-2154 for information.

11am – 4 pm; $5 per child, children under six free
Where did the tradition of Halloween come from? Pumpkin carving? Trick-or-Treating? Join us for a kid friendly trip to All Hallow’s Eve past and present. Tour the scarecrow display that will decorate Rippon Lodge. Play old fashioned games and enjoy traditional treats. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812



Family Day — Halloween Special Event @National Museum of the Marine Corps
Crafts, games and a costume parade are just the beginning of this annual fun, festive (not the least bit spooky) event for ages 2-10.
12:00 pm – 2:00

Halloween Fun with Pam the Kidsinger at Chinn Library Interactive fun with songs, dancing, puppetry, and lots of humor. Everyone will be dancing and singing along. This is a free, drop-in performance for the entire family! 2-3pm

Join Occoquan for some Halloween Fun! Halloween Town in Occoquan will be October 26 from 10am-3pm.  Children's Parade begins at 10:30 am under the 123 bridge.  Crafts, games, facepainting, trick or treat from 10-2 at participating shops. 

BRMC wants to take you on a night-time hike through the Bull Run Mountains! Join us for face painting, Halloween snacks, hot cider, a bonfire, and live music. All participants should bring a flashlight and wear good walking shoes. Pre-registration is required for 7:00-8:00 p.m. time slots, at least a week in advance, and is available at: http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/sf2013.php First-come, first-served from 8:00-8:30 p.m. $7 in advance/$10 at the door.




2013 Haunted Happenings Grab the family and your dog and join Historic Manassas, Inc. and the Old Town Business Association for a wickedly good time in Old Town Manassas on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ashland Elementary- 12am-4pm Join us for a great family fun day! Games including Hay Dig, Can Knock Down, Duck Pond, Plinko, Bean Bag Toss, Cupcake Walk, Face Painting.  We will also have a 61' Inflatable Obstacle Course.  Tickets are 10 for $5 and all games/inflatable is 1 ticket.  We also have concessions selling cotton candy, drinks, pizza, kettle corn.

Vertical Rock will host both adult and kids climbing:



















Sunday, October 27












MyBodyMoveZ Studio 2570 Dynasty Loop, Woodbridge, VA 22192 - So much fun it's scary! Join us on Sunday, 10/27 for a Halloween Family Dance Party from 1:00-3:00pm! Bring the whole family, wear your costumes and dance the afternoon away. Kids under 10 are free. $10/person. All children must be accompanied by an adult. See you there!

Tuesday, October 29
Spooky Tots at Virginia Gateway will be Tuesday, October 29th at 10:30am! Songs, facepainting, Halloween crafts, giveaways, and more! 

Wednesday, October 30














14906 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191 Trick or Treat at Envoy! On Wednesday, October 30th Envoy Nursing home will be giving out candy to little trick or treaters that show up at our facility between 2pm and 6pm. This offers a safe environment for little ones to trick or treat and allows our residents to enjoy seeing them in their costumes! Just wanted to extend an invitation to the children that already bring joy to our residents! Thank you so much!!!

Thursday, October 31 
Join our awesome sponsor, the Marketplace at Madison Crescent for free Trick-or-Treat, Face Painting, Treat Bags, and a Costume Contest from 3-5pm! 

Come one, come all for the safer, non-scary alternative to traditional Trick or Treating! Come to Church on the Move (c/o Kids on the Move) from 6-8pm on 10/31 for fun games, prizes, tons of trunks filled with goodies and free donuts and cider! Everything is free! Food! Fun! Fellowship! See you then! 

Potomac Mills Mall will offer Mall Trick or Treating from 6-7:30pm.  

First Nazarene of Woodbridge will hold their Harvest Festival, times not published as of date of publish on this article.  




Manassas St. Thomas St. Thomas UMC, Manassas campus is having one on Halloween night from 6-7:30pm at the corner of Grant and 234 Business. There will be hotdogs, chips, fresh popped popcorn, sodas, water, AND of course, CANDY! Plus games, 2 moon bounces, old cartoon movies, photo booth, and the Manassas City Fire Truck and Rescue Squad car will be here!http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/trunks-of-treats.html

Manassas Mall offers Trick R Treat from 5-7pm.  



The Arc of Greater Prince William/Insight "The Out-of-Sync Child" Program, October 1, 2013

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