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

Fall Fun Guide 2014

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Published: 09/30/2014



This guide always takes a surprising amount of time to do- and by the time I'm done with it, my family thinks I've dressed up as a witch a little early ;) I hope you find lots of fun things to do with your family and have tons of fun this fall!! Remember, these events are also on our daily calendar, so if you're looking for more information, head there! 


October 1
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 2
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 3
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 4
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Fall Jubilee, in Historic Old Town Manassas will be held on October 4, 2014 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. This year's Jubilee will include an assortment of live entertainment for both kids and adults, with over 100 craftors and vendors.  Fall Jubilee is a free to the public, community event and is scheduled rain or shine.

October 5
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 6
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 7
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 8
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 9
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 10
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 11
Heritage Baptist Church welcomes you to our  Fall Festival. Bring along the kids and whole family to enjoy the free food, games, hay rides, pumpkin patch, straw maze and much more. 14510 Spriggs Road  |  Woodbridge, VA 22193 1pm-4pm

Join the Manassas Park Fire and Rescue Department for an open house! Rain or shine on Saturday, October 11 from 10am-2pm.

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 12
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Sunday October 12 from 1pm-5pm in the Sudley Road Parking Lot, join Manassas Mall for a Free Fall Fest! Face painting, balloon artist, Charicatures, apple cider, pumpkins, fire department, music and more! 

Community Festival- Music, games, health screening, clothing drive, free admission and open to the public. 1pm-4pm Hope Aglow Empowerment Center (13550 Jefferson Davis Hwy)

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 13
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 14
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 15
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 16
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 17
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 18
The Way Bible Church invites you to celebrate the fall season with us at Auburn Middle School on Saturday, October 18th from 1-5pm. This FREE event is featuring special musical guests Revely, bounce houses, face painting by Miss Lyn, pony rides, crafts, games and even a wildlife exhibit and presentation! We will be collecting clean, gently used coats for Warrenton Salvation Army at our info tables.

 Bull Run Plaza Shopping Center in Manassas, VA is hosting a FREE Trick-or-Treating event Saturday, October 18 from 2pm-4pm.

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 


Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 19
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 20
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 21
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 22
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 23
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 24
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

Movie in the Pool- Finding Nemo, Crafts and Fun 5:30-8:30pm Freedom Center, Manassas.

Fall Festival 9075 Park Avenue, Manassas, 20110. 10/24/14 - 6pm-8pm $3/kids.  Adults free. Crafts. Games.  Raffles baskets - tickets $1/each American Girl Doll Addy raffle - tickets -$1

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries.

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 25
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

Family Fun Day at the Freedom Center 4-6pm, games, demos, family friendly spooky trail, giveaways, food, raffles and more! Free. 

Linton Hall Community Fun Fair 10am-3pm Linton Hall School $5 per person, or $20 per family

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Fall Fest at Grace UMC. We'll provide a snack supper of hotdogs, chips and lemonade, and all will enjoy games, facepainting, hayrides, trunk-or-treat and more!  Wear a celebratory costume and come join the fun. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 22 at noon so we'll be sure to have enough food for all.  Event is 10/25 from 5-7pm

Gateway Bible Church’s Fall Festival will be October 25th from 3-8pm at Buckland Farm Market in Warrenton

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

FREE Trick-or-Treating from the Merchants at Dillingham Square!!! Dress up and put on your best Halloween Costume and get lots of Candy! Bring your kids and start the celebration early! Merchants will also have special offers to their stores going on during the event! Candy will be given out starting at Noon Saturday October 25 until 2 p.m. RAIN or SHINE!

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

Meadows Farms will host the following: Scavenger Hunt- 10:30am
All participants get a goody bag!
Kids Costume Contest- 11am
Silliest, Most Original, Best Overall
1st Prize gets to pick a large pumpkin, all participants get a small "spookie"
Pet Contest- 11:30am
Funniest, Best Dog and Owner Combo, Best Overall
Grand Prize in each gets to pick a pet prize, all participants get a doggie bag

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Grace UMC- Put on your favorite costume and join us at 5:00 p.m. for free food, games, face painting, hayrides, and a parking lot filled with decorated vehicles for Trunk-Or-Treat! And then stick around! At 7:00 p.m., the first 15 minutes of this year’s PipeScreams Organ Concert will feature pumpkin carols and some spooky fun music for all the kids! After that, we hope you’ll stay to enjoy the talents of several other local organists as they wow us with their instrumental magic.

October 26
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

Trunk or Treat @First Presbyterian (Dale City) 3:30-5:30pm Free event, games, trunk or treat, and snacks

River of Grace Lutheran Church will host a Trunk or Treat on Oct. 26, 2014, 3-5pm.  15012 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA 20112.    Dress up the kids and bring them for a fun event of going from table to table to enjoy all frolicking and festivity of Halloween!  Games, decorations, costumes, candy and fun are part of the day, and everyone is welcome!  Tell your friend! Boo!

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Don't miss the fun-filled Fall Carnival for children of all ages. There will games, face painting, puppet shows, food, candy, gifts, prizes and more! All children are welcome to wear costumes and must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. http://welovechurch.com/events.html The Life Church 11234 Balls Ford Rd., Manassas, VA 20109. 6pm-8pm

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 27
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 28
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Dress in costume and enjoy open jump time, activities, and games in the arenas.  Pre-sale $9.95, Regular Sale $12.95, and at the door $14.95.  Event pricing includes 2 slices of pizza, juice, and goodie bag.  Parent Admission is free! Visit pumpitupparty.com/manassas-va to reserve your space!  6pm-8:30pm


October 29
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Dress in costume and enjoy open jump time, activities, and games in the arenas.  Pre-sale $9.95, Regular Sale $12.95, and at the door $14.95.  Event pricing includes 2 slices of pizza, juice, and goodie bag.  Parent Admission is free! Visit pumpitupparty.com/manassas-va to reserve your space!  6pm-8:30pm

October 30
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries.

Spooky Tots Thursday, October 30 Join us at Atlas Walk on October 30 from 10:30am until 12:30pm for our annual Spooky Tots event! Don't forget to wear a costume! First 150 children will receive a Halloween themed wand Spooky entertainment by Shazam Magic from 10:30am until 11:15am
Balloon Twister, Face Painting, Games and Giveaways

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 31
Grace Baptist Church The 2014 Fall Festival is Friday, October 31 in the GBC Parking Lot. Fall Festival is a FREE outreach event for the whole family.  Bring a neighbor or friend!  Games/booths are geared for children from walkers - fifth grade.  Play a game and get a prize.  Cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs, inflatable's and pony rides will also be on site.  All can participate by signing up to help/volunteer for 20 minutes in a booth/game/inflatable.  Sign-up sheets will be in the foyer starting in October.     http://www.gracehome.org/fall-festival-is-coming

Par­ents, are you look­ing for a fun fam­ily activ­ity for Octo­ber 31st? From 7- 8pm The Adven­ture Zone is host­ing a Fall Fun House for chil­dren under 12. Kids are wel­come to put on their favorite cos­tume (no scary ones please), invite a cou­ple of friends, and enter into the Fall Fun House full of games and adven­tures. Entry fee for each child is a large bag of indi­vid­u­ally wrapped candy. Chil­dren must be accom­pa­nied by a par­ent in the fun house – no drop- offs please.
Living Faith http://livingbyfaith.com/index.php/calendar 10266 Battleview Pkwy Manassas

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Kids Fest at Woodbridge Nazarene 7pm-8:30pm (14001 Smoketown Road)

Trick or Treat throughout Manassas Mall for free from 5-7pm

Free trunk or treat, moon bounce, hay rides, and pumpkin decorating at Manassas Park Community Center from 5:30-7:30pm. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Friday, October 31, the community is invited to take part in Mall-o-ween, a family friendly trick-or-treating alternative. In addition, Potomac Mills will host Mall-o-ween, a mall-wide trick-or-treating event on Friday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For added fun, guests will also have their choice of face painting or balloon art*. Participating retailers will have a Halloween sticker in their window. 


November 1
Grace Lutheran Church (1601 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge), will be having a Fall Festival on Saturday, November 1st from 4-7 pm.  Please come and enjoy a "Trunk or Treat", games, crafts, face painting, a showing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", and fellowship.  This is another opportunity for kids (and adults) to wear their costumes!  

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

November 2
The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

November 8
Our school Mary G Porter Traditional School is having a fun run/walk and Harvest Festival on November 8th from 10-11am (walk/run), immediately following is the Harvest Festival. It will go until 2pm and is included with your fee for the walk/run (food is extra). If you can't join us for the walk/run, come to our festival for only $7 per person. 11am-2pm. 






Anniversary of the Potomac Blockade 2014 Living History

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Published: 09/20/2014

Join Leesylvania State Park for a Living History with a civil war encampment with costumed historians to learn about the soldiers' lives.  Cannon Firing will occur on the hour between 11am and 4pm, Musket Firing will take place at the visitor's center, and you can sample and purchase Civil War Era foods.  September 27 and 28 from 11am-4pm each day. 

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

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