National Kids To Parks Day 2013

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Published: 05/17/2013

As part of the "Let's Move" initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids, the National Park Trust is hosting National "Kids to Parks Day" on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  You can sign up on their website to let them know you pledge to take your kids outside and to a park on May 18th, and over 120,000 people have pledged so far! We have some awesome park options right here in Prince William County, including some fun, local events! Here's a list of PWC, and surrounding area, parks that have special Kids to Parks Day events on Saturday:

Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA - Let nature ignite your imagination! We'll read Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane and spend a day outside making fairy houses with natural materials from around the park. See if you can discover what fairies and wildlife have in common.  
Location: Visitor Center 
Address: 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191.
Contact for more info: 703-583-6904.  

Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA will host the Occoquan River Fest from 10am-4pm. There will also be events in the town of Occoquan from 12-5pm. 
Address: Occoquan Regional Park, 9751 Ox Road, Lorton, VA 22079.

Mason Neck Park in Lorton, VA has a variety of special programs and events.  
Birding 101 (10am): Meet with a ranger on the back porch of the Visitor Center. Sit and watch the birds at the bird feeders and learn basic identification skills. Please bring your own binoculars. 
GPS Adventures (11:30am-12:30pm): Come join us on this one mile hike with park GPS units. We'll experience nature while searching for hidden caches! This program is most appropriate for ages six and up. Maximum of 10 people. First come, first served. 
Mammals of Mason Neck (2pm): Meet a ranger in the picnic area to learn about some of the local residents here in the park. Test your identification skills and learn something new about these furry park residents. 
Rockets (3pm): Come watch as we demonstrate the power of air pressure. We will be launching rockets made from 2 liter soda bottles using air, and water. Help us pump up the pressure in the bottles and guess which one will fly the farthest. 
Awesome Eagles (4pm): Meet up at the Visitor Center for an informative talk about our national emblem, the Bald Eagle. Come learn about these amazing birds and look for them as they soar along the bay.  
Address: Mason Neck Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton, VA 22079.
Contact for more info: 703-339-2380

Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania County (our favorite camping/boating spot!) has some special programs. 
Fishing 101 (10-11am) $2/person $6/family. Learn the basics of fishing and put it to the test! *Limited Space; Register at the Park Office*  
Orienteering 101 (1-2pm) Join a ranger and discover how to orienteer with compass and map.  
Gold Panning (3-4pm) Join Matt for a fun filled program featuring the history and basics of "Panning for Gold just like the prospectors." 
Address: Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Rd, Livingston, VA 22551.
Daily parking fee applies $5 per car. Contact for more info: 540-854-5503. 

The Town of Vienna - The Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation Department and Club Phoenix Teen Center proudly present “Teens on the Green” at the Vienna Town Green on May 18, 2013. The local talent will awe and amaze as we highlight three fantastically talented teen bands on two stages. The concert is free and open to the public. Please contact the Vienna Community Center for more information, 703-255-6360. 
Address: Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Avenue E, Vienna, VA 22180  
Contact for more info: Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation 703-255-5721. 

Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane, VA has some fun programs and events scheduled.
Tyke Hike (10am-12pm): Meet at the Lost Mountain Parking Area This discovery hike is an easy walk, for children ages 4-6 and caregivers. Bring water and snacks, and wear sturdy footwear. 
Town Ball (12-2pm): Meet at the Picnic Area Play an inning or more of this historic game that evolved into our National Pastime. 
Life on the Farm: Planting a Vegetable Garden (1-3pm): Meet near the Visitor Center Help us plant our vegetable garden. All farm hands will get to take home seeds. 
Nature Journaling (2-4pm): Meet at Turner Pond Learn the basics of recording your nature observations and receive your beginner's journal. Location: Meet at Blue Ridge Trailhead 
Address: Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144.
Contact for more info: 540-592-3556 

Also, the National Park Trust has some great children's activities on their Buddy the Bison website.  You can check those out here.

Occoquan Mother's Day Basket Giveaway 2013

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Published: 04/05/2013
Win The Clotheslines' Mothers Day Gift Basket

Mothers Day Basket Give Away
Register to win this amazing gift basket from the shops on Washington Street
One ticket everyday, one additional ticket
with a minimum $25.00 purchase from

Touch of Gold*
Willow Street Decor
*
The Clothesline
 
Drawing will be held Saturday, May 11th at 2:00pm. Winner need not be present.
Additional tickets may be purchased at $2.00 each.

Meet The County: Supervisor Mike May, Occoquan District

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Published: 02/04/2013
In this series of posts, we'll introduce you to local decision makers and policy-changers.  The goal isn't to be political, and doesn't indicate an endorsement, but is rather to help you learn the faces and positions in Prince William County who you can go to for help, or with your concerns.  You'll notice the question is always the same, "Tell me what you love about Prince William County", and at the end of the post, you'll find a job description of the person listed.  I will not post from people during campaign season (unless it's someone who's mid-term and not currently running for re-election).  Hope this helps you know our county better!!




So tell us, Supervisor May, what do you love about Prince William County?

As a lifelong resident of northern Virginia , I believe this area is the wonderful place to live, work and play. I grew up in the Springfield area and while working for Congressman Tom Davis, I was first introduced to Prince William County . Right away I realized that this community, and Lake Ridge in particular, offered everything my wife and I desired in looking for a place to raise children.  So we decided to move here and start our family.

PWC is unique in northern Virginia in that even though it has over 400,000 residents, it still maintains a very friendly, small-town atmosphere.  To be sure, the county is urbanizing; however, as it grows, it has done a very good job of preserving its historical resources, parks and open spaces, and rural areas to the west.  As such, the county offers high end dining and retail amenities, while still giving residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors or cultural resources in their own backyard.  We are also far enough away from the "hustle and bustle" of DC and the urban core, yet close enough to be able to enjoy visiting these areas.

This dynamic gives Prince William residents the best of all worlds.  For example, my wife and I can go to a winery in Haymarket, a restaurant in Occoquan, or go hiking in Prince William Forest Park on a Saturday--all within Prince William County .  And the very next day, we can take the kids up to D.C. to visit the museums or the zoo.  In short, Prince William County  offers the best of city life, rural life, and suburban life.

In addition to the amenities, Prince William is also a safe community with great schools and friendly people.  It has so much to offer young families.  That's why I am glad that my own family has chosen to make this community our home.




Do I Live in Supervisor May's District?: The Occoquan District is home to not only the Town of Occoquan but also Lake Ridge; Westridge; and all the communities on the north side of the Prince William Parkway between its intersection with Old Bridge Road and Ellis Road , including the Davis Ford and Yates Ford corridors.

And What Does a Supervisor Do, Exactly?: Mike is the Occoquan District’s representative on the Prince William Board County Supervisors.  This is our local level of government.  The Board has oversight over all local matters, including our police and fire and rescue systems, our library system, and our local parks.  As a group, the Board sets countywide policies and approves the annual budget.  It also oversees implementation of the county’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance, which shape how our community grows and develops over time.  So, if you see a new office being built or construction in the area, Mike probably knows what is going on—or, if not, he can find out for you!  Mike and his staff also assist residents navigating county government with issues ranging from the permit process, real and personal property taxes, local park issues, and many more.

How Can I find Supervisor Mike May?
Occoquan District Supervisor, Michael C. May
Prince William Board of County Supervisors
2241-K Tacketts Mill Drive
Woodbridge , VA 22192
Phone: (703) 792- 5180 /Fax: (703) 792-4833
Cell: (703) 910-0594


Occoquan Frigid February 5k Run/Walk

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Published: 02/02/2013


This 5K run/walk, on Saturday, February 23, weaves through the historic district of Occoquan, Virginia, a town founded in the middle of the 18th century along the banks of the Occoquan River. Today, the town is an eclectic mix of historic sites, and dining and shopping options. Promptly after the race, participants will be able to enjoy breakfast at one of several town casual dining establishments. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Optimist Club of Occoquan-Woodbridge-Neabsco, which is dedicated to helping children in surrounding elementary schools. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and is limited to 250 participants. The first 100 participants will receive a race t-shirt. To register, please click here.

PechaKucha January 2013

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Published: 01/23/2013

PechaKucha Night is an informal community gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, experiences and thoughts in a standardized format. Each presentation features 20 images, which are timed to show for 20 seconds each. Each presentation is six minutes 40 seconds long.
  
PechaKucha Nature Night is this Saturday, Jan.26. Doors open at 6:00 PM (dinner), and the program begins at 7:30 pm at The Electric Palm (12745 Sea Ray Lane, Woodbridge). Sponsored by Lake Ridge Parks & Recreation Association and Prince William Conservation Alliance, this event is open to the public and free of charge; buy your own food & drinks. Please note the restaurant seats 60 people; after that it's standing room only.  You won't want to miss this popular event featuring outstanding presentations by your friends and neighbors: 

Kristi Smedley - Galapagos 
Eli Hosen - Food for All Ages
Neil Nelson - Trail Projects in PWC
Marty Nohe - Off-road Hiking with Kids
Kelly Jimenez - Eggscellent Chicken Tales
Cindy Smith - Flowers and Bugs Make the World Go Round
Caryn Stein - Snapping & Trapping in Prince William Forest
Charlie Grymes - Open Spaces and the Tri-County Parkway
Uriah Kiser - Government Island: A walk into monumental history
Julie Flanagan - Spring Warblers are Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You
 
 
More information is online at http://www.pwconserve.org/events/ or call PWCA at 703.499.4954.

Giveaway: Touch of Gold Occoquan

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Published: 11/29/2012
Have you ever had one of those jobs where you work to support your habit?  I didn't used to wear jewelry (except for my wedding set) unless there was some special occasion until I started working at Touch of Gold, and then I realized that my life had been empty and meaningless until I found sparkly things!! Sparkly things that I would be paying off in labor until I turned 50!!

That Carrie Manderfield is a smart lady....getting us in the door and hooked on all the gorgeous things in the shop ;)

Just kidding, my life wasn't completely empty and meaningless.

Carrie's boutique store is recently remodeled inside (this year) to have a very boutique feel- and it's adorable.  In addition to all the fine jewelry you'd expect to find in an Occoquan jeweler, she also carries a wide assortment of what I would call "gift-priced" items.  These include everything from Kameleon, which is a great starter piece for a younger girl or a great girlfriend gift depending on the center jewel pop that you pick, to sterling silver pieces, to Troll Beads.

Hello, Trollbeads.

So, initially Trollbeads are an investment.  You buy a bracelet (or necklace, or ring, but I like my bracelet), clasp, and starter bead(s) to get you going.  After that, though, you tell everyone you know that you looooooove your Trollbeads bracelet, and they can pick you up a bead or two for special occasions.  Troll is really like a modern and colorful take on a charm bracelet.  If you like collectable lines like Pandora, but would love a little more color, Troll might be just what you're looking for. 



Ah, so pretty :) My bracelet is pastels and diamond beads, which have crystals inside.  The beauty of these is that they can be however you want.  Mathced or just a random assortment, they're beautiful. 

This season, Trollbeads has a "Luck and Joy" bracelet they're selling for $99.  It's a great price to start off your collection!

You get to select your color bead, and they're all super cute.  I would pick pink.  That's just me.  I typically pick pink, though.

Would you loooove one of these either for yourself or to give as a present? Touch of Gold is giving one away to a lucky PwcMoms.com reader to celebrate their upcoming Christmas Trunk Show starting THIS Saturday and running December 1st, 2nd, and 4th.  They'll have some specials going on the Trollbeads specials going on, and you can enter to win this fantastic bracelet!! Just tell them you're a PwcMoms reader, and they'll get you signed up to win!  (You can go in starting today!)

Send your husbands, too.  There's no shame in reading my site if you're a guy ;)

 Contest ends on December 3rd so that we can pick a winner and you can still have time to shop the trunk show if you don't win!!


PwcMoms.com just really likes Touch of Gold.  All opinions are our own.  Good luck!!

Lemonade "Yard Sale" in Occoquan

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Published: 07/18/2012

DATE:This Friday & Saturday
TIME: 11am - 5 pm
LOCATION: Various Occoquan Shops
Look for a Yellow Balloon
MORE: Discounts & Sales up to 75% off
Discounts vary by shop
Lemon treats to keep you going!


Join participating merchants in Occoquan, Virginia for a great discount sale complete with Lemonade and Lemon Treats to keep your shopping spirit up!! Allegedly it's going to cool down to the high 80s and low 90s this weekend, just in time for the sale, so why not go out and pick up a few cute finds? July 20 and July 21st, 2012- just like an early Christmas in July ;) While you're down there, be sure to visit our friends at Touch of Gold who alerted us to this special event! And don't worry, if you don't like jewelry, you can always send me a thank you Troll Bead for working so hard to keep you informed.  I won't mind ;) 

Lavender Retreat Open House

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Published: 07/15/2012
Join Lavender Retreat in Woodbridge for an open house.  Leave the kids with dad/the sitter and come enjoy door prizes, refreshments, and even the unveiling of a signature drink.  Lavender Retreat offers skin care, massage therapy, and relaxation for the Woodbridge, Occoquan, Lake Ridge, Dumfries and surrounding areas.

Duck Splash

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Published: 06/12/2012
Coming this weekend!! It's Occoquan Virginia's 6th Annual Duck Splash!!



Please help support PWTSC’s work by adopting a duck for the 6th Annual Duck Splash. On June 16, at 12:30pm we will drop 3,000 little rubber duckies into the Occoquan River at the Historic Town of Occoquan. The first 10 adopted ducks to cross the finish line win cash prizes for their owners. It is $5 to adopt a duck and while it is a lot of fun to be there when the ducks go in, you need not be present to win.http://www.pwtsc.org/index.php/2012/04/6th-annual-duck-splash

You can adopt a duck from any PWTSC Board member, at participating Occoquan Merchants, the Occoquan Farmer’s Market, at the Spring Occoquan Arts & Crafts Show, or right here on-line (use the “buy” button at the bottom of this page).

The prizes are:
1st Place – $500 6th Place – $20
2nd Place – $100 7th Place – $20
3rd Place – $100 8th Place – $20
4th Place – $100 9th Place – $20
5th Place – $100 10th Place – $20

Purchase your ducks at http://www.pwtsc.org/index.php/2012/04/6th-annual-duck-splash

All net proceeds from the event will benefit Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to expanding trails and streams access throughout Prince William County. Enjoy the atmosphere of beautiful historic Occoquan and support a great cause!

You can also help support PWTSC by selling Adopt-A-Duck tickets to your friends, family or at local events. Contact Zoe Vitter at 703-785-5785 or president@pwtsc.org for information.

Summer 2012 Cotillion at Pink Bicycle Tea Room

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Published: 06/11/2012

The Pink Bicycle Tea Room in Occoquan, Virginia

will be hosting a Summer Cotillion!!
Monday July 16 - Friday July 20, 2012
9:00 AM - 12 noon

Your child's manners and social etiquette skills are not just actions, they are 
an attitude. It is an attitude that is closely related to their self-confidence, 
position in business and personal life.  It will also aid in their ability to 
build successful relationships, teams and organizations.  Your child will 
master the important life skill that lead to triumph and personal self 
assurance.

Mrs. Emily Murphy, of 
Emily's Teas, is a certified instructor from the South 
Carolina's leading protocol and etiquette school 
The International School 
of Protocol 
and will help your child refine their social skills that are critical 
to achieve true success.

Class begins each day promptly at 9 AM and ends at noon.  There will be a 20 
minute snack break during each session.  The last day they will be treated to 
a full three course tea where they will put what they have learned to use.

$225 all inclusive

Guest visitors
 (pending):
Mayor Earnie Porta
Ella Brayman, owner, LaBella Bridal & Consignment



Contact: 
303 Commerce Street
P.O. Box 587
Occoquan, VA 22125
(703) 491-5216

The Week in Preview May 14th to 20th, 2012

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Published: 05/14/2012
Happy Back-to-Normal Day! (Waking up with no cute Mother's Day cards shoved in your face is always such a let down on Monday morning!) I hope that you all had wonderful weekends!

For those of you that are new to PwcMoms, on Mondays I try to do a little preview of the week.  These are just events that I decide to feature, but there are tons more by clicking "Calendar" at the top of the page.  Also, check out the Event Map button, too, for a google map of the day's activities and even driving directions, if you need them!

Have a great week!

Monday
At 12pm, Chinn Library hosts their lunch bunch.  Bring a bagged lunch and listen to stories in the library's community room.  We've been to this event a few times and we always enjoy listening.  You'll be eating on the floor, so crackers and cheese and grapes is a better idea than anything requiring silverware. 

Also, in case you missed it over the weekend, we've got some amazing giveaways going on right now! First, enter to win a Bugaboo Cameleon Stroller from Baby Blossom (don't need a stroller? Why not try to win for a friend!).  This contest is one entry only, but you can enter at any of 4 participating sites.

Second, we've got Big Time Rush tickets from Jiffy Lube Live! You can enter this contest DAILY for extra chances to win! (And in response to an email, yes, your spouse can also enter daily.)

It's Dollar Night at the Potomac Nationals, too! Even if you don't want to stay for the whole game (it's a school night, after all!) it's okay to leave if the tickets were only $1! 

Tuesday
LLL of Woodbridge lost their normal meeting space and so this week, they will meet at Chinn Library.  The time is the same, but please be sure to note the location change!! 

Tuesday evening, our friends from Group Therapy Associates will be hosting two classes at Sport and Health Gainesville.  You can register for these free classes (which come with a bonus 30 day membership!) at eventbrite here:  Play Your Way To Fitness or Happier Healthier You.  I think the "Play Your Way to Fitness" class sounds especially perfect for anyone with small children, but both should be fantastic!

Tuesday is also a huge day for Kids Eat Free.  Don't forget I've got a list of Kids Eat Free options, and I'm happy to add any I'm missing! Just leave a comment! 

Wednesday
At 10:30 am, if you've got a preschooler you're going to want to be at Chinn Library for a very special fire safety stour hour with a bonus visit from PWC Fire and Rescue (and their TRUCKS!).

Also, Central Library has an Animal Farm event coming up on the 23rd, and free tickets are available beginning today.  Free tickets for these types of events always go quickly, so be sure to swing by! 

Need an indoor option? Novak's Gymnastics has open gym at 10:45 and your first visit is free.  After that it's just $5. 

Thursday
From 10am-11am it's Kidgits week at Potomac Mills Mall! You can sign up for $5 and get special gifts each month, or just show up for the entertainment.

Bull Run Library's American Girls Book Club is tonight at 7pm.  You must preregister, though, so be sure to call ahead!

Friday
From 6-9pm the JCC of DC will have a special family shabbat.  This isn't PWC, but if your family is Jewish, this sounds like a really neat event! (PS- if you go, I'm not responsible for your kids wanting to dye their hair multicolored!)

Of course, Friday night is always a hit for kids night out at Jumping Jimmy's or Kids N Motion, but be sure to register in advance for these, too, as your date night won't happen if they don't have enough kids registered by Wednesday! 

Saturday
There will be a health and fitness fair at Pfitzner Stadium from 10am-4pm.  We're told there will be rock climbing, a petting zoo, coloring, BMX demonstrations and more.  

Saturday is National Kids to Parks Day.  All VA State Parks will have a celebration of some kind, so pick your favorite and head out! Featured on our calendar is one at Occoquan Regional Park with hiking, kayaking and fitness information! 

Sunday
Sunday is Farmer's Market day at our house, but if you're looking for a few inside options, the Riverside Dinner Theatre in Fredericksburg is showing Seussical for their Kid's Matinee!

Ballet Fans? Manassas Ballet Theatre will be presenting Swan Lake at 7:30pm. 

Healthy Paddles at Occoquan Regional Park

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Published: 05/05/2012
Kick off a healthy summer on May 19th 2012 from 10am-3pm at Occoquan Regional Park.  There'll be a paddle, hike, and health fair! Kid-friendly, family-oriented, sounds like a winner!

Japanese Art and Culture Day at the Workhouse

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Published: 04/18/2012
The Workhouse will be having a special Japanese Culture day! You can find their full schedule on their website, but I'm including descriptions just for the kid friendly events that will be taking place. 

Japanese Art and Culture Day at the Workhouse, April 21, 12-4pm with a tree planting ceremony at 11:30am sponsored by Merrifield Gardens. 

PRESENTATIONS
The Cherry Tree: Spring, Renewal, Connection, 12pm
The Fascinating World of Ukiyo-e Prints, 1:30pm
Ikebana, the Japanese Art of Flower Arranging, 2pm
Bonsai, The Ancient Japanese Horticultural Art Form, 3pm
WORKSHOPS
Raku Firing Workshop 10-4, spectators welcome. $90 for participants

YOUTH  ACTIVITIES
Japanese Festival BoothPresented by the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC
Studio W-3, Classroom 1
12PM-4PM
Visit the Youth Arts Center (W-3) to try Japanese games and origami and to participate in a kimono fashion show where you get to try them on! Don't forget to bring your camera.

DEMONSTRATIONS
Sashiko Surface Design Technique for Today (Participatory), 12-4pm, Gallery W-16 Cafe
Kumihimo, Traditional Japanese Braiding (Demonstration) 12-4pm, Building W-6, Studio 605
Sumi-e Painting (Demonstration)12-2, Building W-5, Studio 514
Contemporary Oil Painting of "Full Cherry Blossom" (Demonstration)11-3, Building W-4, 404
Sumi-e Art Demonstration and Japanese Tea Tasting 12-3:30, Building W-11Darlene Kaplan, Workhouse Associate Artist
Sumi-E Demonstration-12PM-1PM
Japanese Tea Tasting-1:30PM-3:30PM
Building W-11
Darlene will begin by demonstrating Sumi-e is brush painting in the East Asian manner, using black ink on rice paper (demonstration). Her Sumi-e demonstration will be followed by a Japanese tea tasting  from 1:30 -3:30. Darlene's tea presentation will cover tea processing, how to prepare the teas, where they are from, the difference between each tea, and  the many health benefits. Participants will be able to taste the teas and purchase their favorites to take home (participatory).
Vegetarian Sushi Culinary DemonstrationChef Kathleen Linton, Workhouse Chef Instructor
1PM
Building W-10 Classroom
Learn the basics of making sushi rice and rolling sushi (vegetarian sushi only, no fish/meat).  This class is fun for all ages.

FILMJapanese Anime Film "5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND"From Director, Writer Makoto Shinkai
Screening of this film is FREE and Sponsored by Crunchyroll
4PM
W-3 Theater
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow the friendship of Takaki and Akari at key points in their lives.  Beginning as classmates in primary school, the pair quickly become close friends, but when the families move away from one another, they struggle to keep their special bond alive over many years. Their lives apart are tested through cruel winters, cold technology and the menial obligations of becoming an adult.  Knowing that they may never see each again, Takaki decides to visit Akari one last time. Five centimeters per second is the speed at which cherry blossoms fall, and as they fall- two petals once together- drift to ground, unsure of when or if they will be together again.  Anime, Japan, originally released 2007 in Japan, RATED PG.
Date(s): 4/21/2012
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: Campus-wide
Ticket Required: No

Potomac Nationals Giveaway #1

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Published: 04/11/2012
We love love love having the Potomac Nationals practically in our backyard, and with opening weekend coming up THIS WEEKEND, I want to share some details with you!

 I want to admit right up front that I absolutely LOATHE watching baseball on TV, but I love a game in person! It's so much fun to get the family out and cheer from the grandstand! I am a total sucker for the wave, and I want it to go as long as possible.  Yeah, I'm that person doing it one more time than everyone else.  So what?
We take our whole family to the 4th of July game (hint: buy your tickets NOW) every year.  We even met a preschool teacher that way! They've got a great game followed by an awesome fireworks show.  Doesn't get any more American than that!  I also love that the stadium is now non-smoking in all seated sections.  (When I was little, you had to reserve early to get in the "family section" for that!)
I also love this guy:
My kids think Uncle Slam is just about the coolest thing on the planet.  I haven't figured this out yet.  That little blonde guy? I have absolutely ZERO pictures of him with the Easter Bunny (and he loves bunnies) because he thinks the Bunny is terrifying.  Uncle Slam? AWESOME.  Your individual results with that may vary, but it works for us!

The P-Nats also run some great promotions.  Check it out!  We especially love an inexpensive mid-week game (see the Monday/Tuesday games) and we also love Scout Night!

April 13th- Freebie Friday
April 14th- FIREWORKS!
April 15th- Family Fun Day, Iceberg Giveaway (Titanic Theme)
April 19- Mustache Night
April 20- Superhero Night, Freebie Friday
April 21- Epic Fail Night, FIREWORKS
April 22- Bark in the Park
April 27- Team Autograph Day, Freebie Friday
April 28- Internet Safety Night, FIREWORKS
April 29- Reading Program, Sunday Family Fun
April 30- DOLLAR NIGHT, 2008 Championship night
May 1- Extreme Couponing Night/Two-For-Tuesday
May 2- Fan vs. Food
May 3- PWCS Middle School Night
May 4- Educator's Appreciation Night
May 5- Cinco De Mayo, FIREWORKS
May 6- Reading Program #2, Sunday Family Fun, Coin Frenzy
May 14- Late Mother's Day, Dollar Night
May 15- Wrestling Night, Two-For-Tuesday
May 16- All Faith Night, Bellybuster
May 17- Date an Intern Night
May 18- Reading Program 3, Halloween
May 19- Scout Night, FIREWORKS
May 20- Reading Program #4, Family Fun Day
May 28- Memorial Day, Dollar Night
May 29- Batman Night, Two-For-Tuesday
May 30- Chili Cookoff, Bellybuster
May 31- Battle of the Sexes
**Details on each promotion on the P-Nats Website, subject to change or alteration without notice.

Also, be sure to check out the details on Uncle Slam's Reading Program! Students at your school can read books to earn free Potomac Nationals tickets! This is a really great alternative if your school has banned the pizza reading promotions due to healthy eating restrictions.

We've also participated in the Scout Nights where the Nationals also offer camping on the outfield! We had a really great time.  Not much sleep, not much quiet, but a really great time! 


PwcMoms.com is really excited to work with the Potomac Nationals this summer to bring you both information and free tickets!  Our first ticket giveaway is for a family 4-pack of tickets to the April 20th Superhero Night, where you and your kids are invited to have even more fun dressing as your favorite super hero!! 

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4- Tweet that you want @PwcMoms to take you out to the ballgame with @PotomacNats


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Summer Camps 2012

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Published: 03/20/2012
Here's what we have so far.  This list will continue to grow.  If you'd like to add your business or organization's camp option, please email us. It's totally free to add your camp to our list! 

All Summer/Multiple Weeks(Choose Weeks)
Last year I spent a ton of time making the Park Authority Camps easier to search and sort through.  This year, they've done a way better job than I ever could- check out their website where you can search, compare, etc, or pick up a "Summer Camp Guide" which is listed by location by date this year, rather than by topic like last year!! Great job Park Authority!! 


Urban Evolution will be hosting camps from June 11th-September 7th.  They describe them: "So your 9-year-old likes to turn your living room into the set of Wild and Crazy Kids and observing them in the backyard is like watching a scene from Legends of the Hidden Temple? THIS is the camp for your child! The day camps serve as a safe and exciting introduction to Parkour and Freerunning.  Don's know what Parkour is, pizza brain? It's getting over, around, and through obstacles to enhance physical fitness and mental preparedness.  Your kids will also be exposed to movement-based sports like gymnastics, tricking, breakdancing, and Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Arts).  Think Guts on steroids.  And, at 75% off, this challenge is better than entering the Temple of Doom.  


YOUTH SPORTS, Virginia Training Center ’s Summer Camp Program gives kids of all gymnastics backgrounds and ages a chance to develop new skills, make new friends and above all have loads of fun!  Gymnastics Camp is open to kids ages 5 - 15.  The kids will participate in gymnastics, jump rope, arts and crafts, swimming, putt-putt golf, movies and more. A weekly schedule will be handed out on the first day of each week of camp.  Gymnastics camp is offered weekly.  Some weeks feature a second, specialty camp, too.   half day ($140) or full day ($190) 


Edgemoor Art Studio offers 8 weeks of "Art Rocks" Art camp for all ages.  Days are divided with younger children in the morning and older kids in the afternoon.  All supplies and snacks are included.


The Little Gym of Gainesville offers a full summer of programming with a different theme each week.  Classes are for ages 3-8 years old, and are priced by the day, rather than by the week, making it a good flexible option for part-time parents. 


The State Park Program offers a teen training program that actually includes a $500 stipend!  Have older kids? Check it out on their website.


George Mason University's "Potomac Arts Academy" offers several options throughout the summer for ages through high school.  


Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation will offer camp all summer beginning Monday June 25.  Full day is 8:30 to 4:30, and half day is 8:30 to 12:30.  Registration begins March 1st.  Camps range in price from $80 to $175 a week depending on the number of hours and whether or not you are a LRPRA member.  Contact the Recreation Dept., (703) 491-2154 for details.


Gymboree Bubble CampEvery Friday. Get the fun of camp without the daily commitment! Bubble Camp is a drop-off program for “potty independent” 3-5 year olds which offers Play, Music, Art, Sports, School Skills, parachute time, traditional games and signature Gymboree activities all in one day!  Camp is every Friday in June, July and August from 9AM-3PM. The cost is $35 and includes snack and lunch.  Call or email for weekly themes and reservations. 


LRPRA Summer Camp begins Monday, June 25th.  Full Day Camp is from 8:30am-4:30pm, half day camp is 8:30am-12:30pm.  Registration begins March 1st.  Non-refundable deposit of $25/week due at registration.  703-491-2154.  Member and Non-Member rates, multi week discount, prices start at $160/$80 (member full/half day) and $175/$90 (non-member full/half day).


Swim Kids offers weeklong sessions all summer for $99 per week.  It's 5 classes per week, leaving plenty of time for other activities. 

Next Level Fitness and Performance, the area's top athletic performance facility, is offering Athletic Performance Training for serious and aspiring athletes who want to become faster, stronger, and more confident athletes. Located in Haymarket, sessions are offered for collegiate athletes, high school athletes (ages 15-18), middle school athletes (ages 11-14), and young athletes (ages 7-10). Taught by professional performance trainers, athletes will improve their running technique, agility and first step quickness, gain power, flexibility and endurance, increase core and overall body strength, and develop linear and multi-directional speed. Collegiate sessions begin May 21st and end July 28th, all other sessions begin June 18 and run through August 25th. For details, call 703-754-0161 or visit our website at www.NLTraining.com. Mention this listing and get a FREE Athletic Performance Evaluation!

St. Paul UMC Preschool will be hosting camps all summer long for ages 2.5-5 on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 9am-12pm.  
$65 per student.


Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center is having three equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) camps that focus on a broad range and combination of challenges facing pre-teens and teens. All activities are based in groundwork distinguishing these classes from our traditional therapeutic riding classes. EAP includes a vast array of treatment strategies utilizing the horse. Considerable success has been observed in the mental health realm with horse activities on the ground.Groundwork classes develop cognitive skills, sensory skills, and confidence. Cognitive sessions address the many processes of the mind, including planning, judgment, memory, orientation, concepts, attention and language.Sensory processing sessions provide activities working with the horse to improve the brain’s ability to take in, analyze and respond to information from the body’s five senses. The primary goals of these sessions are increased body awareness, sequencing and judgment skills, attention span, cause and effect, motor coordination, spatial awareness, and early learning skills.
In addition, clients improve judgment skills, social interaction, coordination, motor planning, self confidence and self-esteem, and a greater sense of independence.

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June 25-29
“On the Home Front” Camp
Ages 8-13; $130 per child.
This camp will include activities associated with the various periods of history at Brentsville. Children will conduct a historic mock trial in the 1822 Courthouse, cook a snack, create historic crafts in the ca.1850 Haislip Farm House, learn about a school day in the one-room schoolhouse, and engage with nature with a hike to identify animals and plants along Brentsville Nature Trail. 9am-Noon daily.

Brentsville Courthouse, 703-365-7895 



June 25-29 10am-12pm
Ages 8 & Older
$145 but early registration by April 30th gets $20 off.
Includes Tshirt and DVD
20 Spaces Available (5:1 Student Teacher Ratio)



Ages 5 & Older

June 25-29 1:00pm-3pm

$145 but early registration by April 30th gets $20 off

Includes tshirt and sketch book

20 Spaces Available (5:1 Student Teacher Ratio)


VEX 1- Robotics Camp
Rising 6th to 9th graders, this camp is ideal for students new to VEX robotics as well as students who have participated on a team, but would like to increase their programming skills.  The week concludes with a competition on Friday from 8am-2pm.  Bring a bag lunch Monday-Thursday. $230 includes Tshirt, camp, and pizza on Friday.  June 25th-29th Woodbridge HS.


FLL1 Robotics Camp for rising 4th and 5th graders in groups of 4.  Students will build an autonomous robot to carry out missions in an obstacle course.  M-F half day, bring a snack daily.  $205 includes camp and t-shirt.  June 25-29 Patriot High School. 


JASON Underwater ROV for rising 7th-10th graders.  Students will work in groups to build an underwater robot. 8:30-2pm, bring a bag lunch Monday-Thursday. $230 includes camp, t-shirt, and pizza lunch Friday.  June 25th-29th Patriot High School



July 9 - 13
Rippon Lodge Colonial Camp
Ages 8-12; $150 per child,
Step back in time and spend your mornings in 18th Century Virginia. Explore the daily activities and life of kids living in Prince William County during the colo- nial period. Living history, live music, hands-on dem- onstrations and special guests will be featured daily. Activities will include; crafts, games, history, music, food and much more.  9am-Noon Daily

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 703-499-9812 


YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp for tumbling.   Half day ($140) or Full day ($190) ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.



Church of the Word Preschool Camp (Little Lambs Village)- We will celebrate summer with lots of fun, and we will also spend time getting ready for the upcoming school year.  It will be an exciting three weeks of camp for returning preschoolers to learn and play with school friends and also a great boost to those are moving on to Kindergarten, preparing for the big move to the big school. These three weeks will also be a great time to introduce preschool starters to Little Lambs. 
Time -9 am- 12 noon (pick up starts 11:50) Cost - $25 / day-   choose your days; or $100 - full week  $25.00 -  deposit upon registration.  Total cost must be fully paid on your child’s the first day of Camp. Ages 3 – 5yrs old Older 2-yr olds – Birthdays from January 2010; fully potty trained Must have a sibling also registered for the camp 


July 16-20
Basic Civil War Camp
Ages 8 – 13, $130 per child
Children will participate in activities designed to de- velop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War. Activities include “Enlist in Vir- ginia’s Army”, “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?”, “Civil War Medicine” and a field trip to Manassas National Battle- field Park. 9am-Noon Daily.
Brentsville Courthouse, 703-365-7895 



Church of the Word Preschool Camp (Little Lambs Village)- We will celebrate summer with lots of fun, and we will also spend time getting ready for the upcoming school year.  It will be an exciting three weeks of camp for returning preschoolers to learn and play with school friends and also a great boost to those are moving on to Kindergarten, preparing for the big move to the big school. These three weeks will also be a great time to introduce preschool starters to Little Lambs. 
Time -9 am- 12 noon (pick up starts 11:50) Cost - $25 / day-   choose your days; or $100 - full week  $25.00 -  deposit upon registration.  Total cost must be fully paid on your child’s the first day of Camp. Ages 3 – 5yrs old Older 2-yr olds – Birthdays from January 2010; fully potty trained Must have a sibling also registered for the camp



FLL1 Robotics Camp for rising 4th and 5th graders in groups of 4.  Students will build an autonomous robot to carry out missions in an obstacle course.  M-F half day, bring a snack daily.  $205 includes camp and t-shirt.  July 16-20 Woodbridge HS. 


YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp for cheerleading.   Half day ($140) or Full day ($190) ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.



Rising 6th to 9th graders, this camp is ideal for students new to VEX robotics as well as students who have participated on a team, but would like to increase their programming skills.  The week concludes with a competition on Friday from 8am-2pm.  Bring a bag lunch Monday-Thursday. $230 includes Tshirt, camp, and 
pizza on Friday.  July 16-20 Patriot HS.

JASON Underwater ROV for rising 7th-10th graders.  Students will work in groups to build an underwater robot. 8:30-2pm, bring a bag lunch Monday-Thursday. $230 includes camp, t-shirt, and pizza lunch Friday.  July 16-20th Woodbridge High School


July 23-27
YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp for Boys Training.   Half day ($140) or Full day ($190) ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.


Robotics Programming Cortex (VEX) for rising 6th-11th graders this is appropriate for all students interested in learning to program.  Monday-Friday 12pm-3pm, bring a snack daily.  Parent demonstration on Friday.  $205. July 23-27 Patriot High School


Robotics Programming Cortex (VEX) for rising 6th-11th graders this is appropriate for all students interested in learning to program.  Monday-Friday 12pm-3pm, bring a snack daily.  Parent demonstration on Friday.  $205. July 23-27 Woodbridge High School




Church of the Word Preschool Camp (Little Lambs Village)- We will celebrate summer with lots of fun, and we will also spend time getting ready for the upcoming school year.  It will be an exciting three weeks of camp for returning preschoolers to learn and play with school friends and also a great boost to those are moving on to Kindergarten, preparing for the big move to the big school. These three weeks will also be a great time to introduce preschool starters to Little Lambs. 
Time -9 am- 12 noon (pick up starts 11:50) Cost - $25 / day-   choose your days; or $100 - full week  $25.00 -  deposit upon registration.  Total cost must be fully paid on your child’s the first day of Camp. Ages 3 – 5yrs old Older 2-yr olds – Birthdays from January 2010; fully potty trained Must have a sibling also registered for the camp


July 30-August 3
YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp for cheerleading.   Half day ($140) or Full day ($190) ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.


FLL 2- Rising 5th to 8th graders who are already familiar with LEGO NXT will work for one week from 8:30-1 on programming and building with a competition on Friday.  Bring a snack daily.  $275 includes camp and t-shirt. July 30-August 3 Patriot High School.  


Super Story Adventures Going on a Bear Hunt, visit Grandma with Red Riding Hood, help protect the pigs from the Big Bad Wolf! If this is your kind of adventure and your up for the fun then join us. Swim Tuesday and Thursday. M-F 8:30a-12p 7/30-8/3 $60/M; $65/R; $72/NR Ages 3-5 Potty Trained Only, Manassas Park Community Center 703.335.8872


VEX 2 Robotics Camp is for rising 8th-10th graders with 1-2 years of VEX experience, this camp is for students competent with the basics of programming and using the VEX system.  TWO WEEK camp with a competition the 2nd friday.  Bring a bag lunch Monday-Friday of the first week, Monday-Thursday the second.  $420 includes camp, tshirt, and pizza lunch the 2nd Friday.  July 30-August 10 Patriot High School.


FRC First Robotics Camp for rising 10th-12th graders, this TWO WEEK camp is designed to introduce experienced robotics students to competition.  This is a large-scale robotics program which involves the use of peer tools and other equipment.  Students will work in groups of 4-6.  Robotics Coach recommendation required.  2-3 years of robotics experience is preferred.  Competition the 2nd Friday 8am-2pm, bring a bag lunch Monday-Friday the first week and Monday-Thursday the 2nd week.  $455 includes camp, t-shirt and pizza lunch the 2nd Friday.  July 30-August 10th Patriot High School. 



August 6-10
Basic Civil War CampAges 8 – 13, $130 per child
Children will participate in activities designed to de- velop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War. Activities include “Enlist in Vir- ginia’s Army”, “Life in Camp,” “Infantry Drill,” “Did Civil War Soldiers Really Eat that Stuff?”, “Civil War Medicine” and a field trip to Manassas National Battle- field Park. 9am-Noon Daily.
Brentsville Courthouse, 703-365-7895 


FLL 2- Rising 5th to 8th graders who are already familiar with LEGO NXT will work for one week from 8:30-1 on programming and building with a competition on Friday.  Bring a snack daily.  $275 includes camp and t-shirt. August 6-10 Patriot High School.


Ready, Set, Go!!! We are going to explore the world of transportation. Wheels, tracks, water and air; we will have hotwheel races, boat races, build train tracks and more. We will end the week with bring you bike to camp day (Safety First, don’t forget your helmet). Swim Tuesday and Thursday. M-F 8:30a-12p 7/30-8/3 $60/M; $65/R; $72/NR Ages 3-5 Potty Trained Only, Manassas Park Community Center 703.335.8872

YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp for "mind and body".   Half day ($140) or Full day ($190) ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.

August 13- 17
YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp for jump rope.   Half day ($140) or Full day ($190) ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.





August 20-24
Advanced Civil War Camp

Ages 8 – 13, $150 per child
Children will participate in activities built on funda- mentals that they learned during the Basic Civil War Summer Camp (see July 16- 20, August 6-10 ). Par- ticipants will drill their peers, learn an artillery drill, explore non commissioned officers’ administrative responsibilities, spend a day with Confederate Gen- eral Robert E. Lee and take a field trip to Manassas National Battlefield Park. Participants MUST have at- tended the Basic Civil War Camp. 9am-Noon daily.
Brentsville Courthouse, 703-365-7895 





Creative Campers
Do you like to get messy, create, and have fun? We will finger paint, dough creations, chalk drawings and more in this exploratory art camp. Swim Tuesday and Thursday. M-F 8:30a-12p 7/30-8/3 $60/M; $65/R; $72/NR Ages 3-5 Potty Trained Only, Manassas Park Community Center 703.335.8872





YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp called Splash Down Adventure.   $220. ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.



August 28 – 30
History Mini Camp
Ages 8-12. $20 per day or $50 for all three days
Explore the daily lives of kids living in Prince William County in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Every day will feature a different time period. Activities will include crafts, games, history, music, food and much more. 9am-noon daily.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 703-499-9812 


YOUTH SPORTS will offer a specialty camp called Pirates Cove Water Adventure.   August 27-31st $220 ages 5-15. A schedule will be handed out the first week of camp.






NEARBY BUT NOT PWC:
Fairfax- 
Got a Lego/Engineering Fanatic? Check out Play-Well's Summer camps! Various Fairfax locations will offer camps all summer long.


The Plains-
Wakefield School is offering summer programs in everything from Lego design and sports to baking, arts, nature and music. Check out our full program offerings at 

Reviews: Fotos By Nadine

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Published: 03/06/2012


Break out the bonnets and the bunnies- this week's Giveaway is for an Easter/Spring Mini Session from Fotos by Nadine!

Nadine's Easter Sessions  will take place on two days- Friday, March 16th in Occoquan, VA and Saturday, March 17th in Leesylvania State Park. 

For this years' sessions, there are two packages available:
Package one: $275
Welcome Trifold and Appointment reminder mailed to you
Pre consultation via phone or email
20 minute custom photo session
7 fully edited and enhanced images to view in a password protected online gallery
2 full days of live gallery to place order 
three mounted 5x7 prints in our signature linen texture (3 poses)
two digital files on a custom CD 
Package two: $200
Welcome Trifold and Appointment reminder mailed to you
Pre consultation via phone or email
20 minute custom photo session
7 fully edited and enhanced images to view in a password protected online gallery
2 full days of live gallery to place order 
three mounted 5x7 prints in our signature linen texture (1 poses)

For each person that is referred and that books a slot, Fotos by Nadine will add one digital file to the package (no matter which one you will end up purchasing).  Check out Fotos by Nadine on Facebook as an easy way to refer a friend!!



The giveaway slot is scheduled for Friday March 16 at 4pm. The slot is 30 minutes long- the sessions will run for about 20 minutes.  The winner will receive one of Nadine's $200 packages, and can upgrade to the larger (just pay the difference) if they'd like.  Additional add-on items from Nadine's Boutique will be provided at a 25% discount, as well!
Want to win? Be sure to check out the Fotos by Nadine Facebook page, and leave us a comment here on the blog telling us you'd like to win!!  Nadine's got some beautiful pictures in her gallery- why not add your family's memories to the mix? 

(Contest closes on March 8th at midnight.  Winner will be announced March 9th.  Winner will be selected from comments left on this blog post).

Disclosure: Fotos by Nadine provided a giveaway session in return for this posting, no other compensation was provided.  All opinions expressed are those of PwcMoms.com

Review: Azuria Events

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Published: 02/13/2012
Have you ever made the joke about the queen coming to tea?  Well, for my daughter's 4th birthday, we actually had the Princess! (Didn't know a kid-friendly princess lived within commuting distance of Prince William County, did ya?)

Jennifer Faulconer, aka Princess Genevieve is the ultimate in a character study.  When I first contacted her about doing my daughter's birthday party, she actually responded to me "Dear Queen Kristina".  No joke.  She does the Disney Princess giggle, comes dressed in a ball gown, and has an entire kingdom, complete with a map, a flag, and a crest.

One of my friends, a former servicewoman who shall remain nameless, couldn't handle the girly-ness of it all.

However, our girls...well, they were, to use Princess Genevieve's word, enchanted.

When I told my daughter that a princess was coming to her birthday party, she spent the entire week talking to anyone that would listen about the fact that "There is a REAL princess coming to my birthday!! A REAL PRINCESS!!".  People in the grocery store, the post office line, and the library quiet room were all very understanding.  Savannah (my daughter) was so excited that when Princess Genevieve actually knocked on the door and arrived, she rushed to the door with all of her friends and, and...

And she couldn't speak.  Couldn't even quite look the lovely vision in blue in the eye.  Actually, none of them could!

Princess Genevieve, however, took this all quite in stride, and floated in (she actually really did float! Pageant girls take note!) with her bag full of treasures from Azuria and proceeded to captivate an audience of 8 completely silent 3 and 4 year old girls (and one very talkative 5 year old brother) with her stories about unicorns, four leaf clovers, fairies, and mermaids.  Mysteriously, the two older boys in the room disappeared to the basement to complete some Lego work ;)

By the time Genevieve finished telling her stories and inspecting the treasures that said brother brought down, it was time for some dancing and singing!

I would imagine that the Pied Piper couldn't possibly have gotten a more instantaneous reaction when asking children to rise.  The girls all stood up and started slowly moving to "Happy Birthday Princess".  Slowly, one by one, they got comfortable as Princess Genevieve twirled them around the room, and by the end of another song, they were all dancing in a circle to Genevieve's directions.

After that, Princess Genevieve helped with the singing of Happy Birthday and the cake cutting, and without missing a beat, placed herself on the floor among the happiest little girls I have ever seen in my life to talk with them while they enjoyed their refreshments.  Kind, happy, and amazingly understanding of the preschool dialect of English that usually only mothers are fluent in, Princess Genevieve talked with the girls while they munched happily and asked her questions.  She even encouraged them to say "please" and "thank you", which instantly won her brownie points with me!

When it was time to go, Princess Genevieve floated out the door with hugs and stories about the ball that she had to prepare for.  It was lovely and etherial and magical.

And then the girls realized what just happened and went absolutely nuts talking to each other about what they'd just witnessed.

Savannah is now back to talking to anyone that will listen to her, or that is within ear-shot and HAS to listen to her about the fact that Princess Genevieve came to her birthday party.  I'm not sure how long it will last, but I'm glad to know that I could give her such an amazing childhood memory.  We get so few, when you think about it.

Princess Genevieve and her band of princesses are based out of Azuria, which, for commuting purposes is about the same distance as Warrenton.  They will travel the region for a fee based on mileage.  In addition to parties, Princess Genevieve is available for events and even Girl Scout badges!  She will also do appearances for schools and libraries.  With children my daughter's age, we opted to do a 45 minute appearance.  I think that the optimal age for children to really get into the appearance would be 5-7, based on the 5 year old boy we had kicking around (who loved the story telling), and the 5 year old girl (who was the first one to stop being completely spell-bound and participate).  However, I think that our 3's and 4's did fantastic and had such a memorable time, I would definitely have done this again the same way!

Thanks to Princess Genevieve for making our little princess' day completely enchanting!



Disclosure: PwcMoms paid full retail price for Princess Genevieve's services.  No additional arrangements or discounts were provided in return for this post, and it represents the personal views of PwcMoms.com only.

Volunteer Prince William February Opportunities

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Published: 02/08/2012
1.) The Northern Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman program is looking for volunteers to advocate for seniors living in various nursing and assisted living facilities. It's a great way to help improve their quality of life. You will receive all the needed training to make a difference. Please call Lisa at (703) 324-5422 to register for the next training
 
2.) Come be part of our Disaster stand-by volunteer group so we can call on you to help when needed.  Whether it’s cleaning up after floods and storms or aiding neighbors with supplies, we would love to have you join us. Please email Bonnie at: bnahas@volunteerprincewilliam.orgfor more information or to join the group.   
 
3.) The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is looking for more seniors to be tutors in the elementary schools throughout the community. If you’re age 55 and older and would like to help a little person to improve their reading and math skills then this is the perfect job for you. Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 to learn more.
   
4.) ACTS Food Pantry in Dumfries needs volunteers in the pantry and out picking up donations from the community on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday afternoon. Please call Taylor at (703) 221-3186 ext. 240 or visit their website for an application at: actspwc.org
   
5.) Birmingham Green has many volunteer opportunities for you to interact with the senior’s one on one including playing games, taking a walk, reading to them or having lunch with them. Please call Zachary at (703) 257-6252 to learn more about all the ways you can brighten the day of a senior.
 
6.) PALS provide friendly visitors to adult survivors of brain injury. Volunteers are needed here in the community. Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to share a little of your time with another.
 
7.) Prince William SPCA has several ongoing volunteer opportunities including our Petfinder project, monthly Neuter Commuter events, and our upcoming adoption events with the PAW express adoption van.  If you'd like to volunteer, please go to our website at www.pwspca.organd fill out a volunteer application.
 
8.) The Holiday project is looking for volunteers to visit individuals in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters and long-term care facilities on all the holidays. Please visit their website for more information at: www.holidayproject.org or call Robin at (703) 370-0370 to learn more about their good work throughout the year.

9.) The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers to shuttle cancer patients to and from their treatments throughout Northern Virginia. This wonderful program is called the Road to Recovery program. The training can be done on-line so all you need is a good driving record, insurance and a reliable car to give someone the ride of their life. Please call JoAnn at (703) 938-5550 for more information and to get started with this needed service for our neighbors.

10.) SERVE needs volunteers to help them screen families for eligibility in the SNAP food stamp program. They just need you one day a week during traditional business hours. This program is so helpful to many families, please email Gail at:  ghkomro@nvfs.org to learn more.
  
11.) The House of Mercy needs volunteers to help at the thrift Store in Manassas to sort clothes or help donors unload their car. Great job for teens age 14 and above and fun place to be. The Thrift Store is open Monday-Saturday.  If retail is not your thing what about helping folks with their language skills? House of Mercy is also in need of English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors at their Manassas location. Please call Ann at (703) 659-1636 for more information.
    
12.) Please take a few moments to prepare your household for power outages. Please visit www.ready.govfor lots of good information.
 
13.) The RSVP Program is running a store for pregnant teens and is in need of donated baby items, specifically new born to size 5 baby diapers, wipes and baby lotion and wash.  Drop off your donations at the Volunteer Prince William office at 9248 Center Street, Manassas.
 
14.) The Clock Tower Thrift Shop in Centreville needs help sorting and organizing donations, ensuring the shopping area is organized and assisting customers with their purchases. This is a great group opportunity! Volunteers age 12-15 may volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Thrift Shop is open 7 days a week and is open until 8pm during the week! The Thrift Shop benefits all programs of Northern Virginia Family Service. Please call (703)219-2193 for more information.

15.)Are you age 55 and older and already volunteer in the community? Then we hope you will join the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). This program brings together individuals age 55 and older to volunteer anywhere you already volunteer and provides for a small gas mileage stipend to offset these horrible gas prices. It also provides a wonderful supplemental Insurance program, fun activities and recognition events. But most importantly, allows us to capture specifically the value of your service in our community. Please come join us and be counted! Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 to learn more. 
     
16.) Special Olympics Prince William invites you to either Woodbridge or Manassas Applebee’s with a Dining-To Donate Flyer on Thursday, February 16thto raise funds for this wonderful cause. You can find a printable version of the Applebee’s Dining-to-Donate flyer at: www.pwsova.org/pswo under the Upcoming Events section.
     
17.) INOVA VNA Home Health Care reach out every day to homebound patients with needed health services. Volunteers are needed throughout the community as friendly visitors to provide companionship or maybe doing a little something around their house. Training is provided. Please call Marion at (703) 916-2885 for more information.
 
18.) Those super kids are doing super stuff with the Joe 15 Team. Bring your energy, spirit and leadership skills to the table and work on that volunteering resume for college at the same time. Please call Debbie at (703) 895-1606 or check out the website: www.thejoe15team.org to learn more.
 
19.) The Manassas Park Police Department is looking for volunteers in a number of positions. Come be part of their Volunteers in Police Service Program. You could be working in fleet management, data entry, FOIA requests, administrative assistance, accreditation or crime prevention. Please call Lt. Roberts at (703) 361-1136 to learn more.
 
20.) OAR of Fairfax is seeking volunteers as mentors to help inmates at the county jail think through past choices and guide them in making better future choices. Training is provided and each Mentor is assigned one Mentee of the same gender. Please contact Allyson at 703-246-3139 for more information.

21.) Guiding Eyes for the Blind are looking for puppy raisers. This lovely organization places puppies in homes where they learn obedience, good house manners and socialization. And because these puppies will be the life line for another throughout their lives, it doesn’t matter if you are single or live in an apartment or home or have lots of members of you family or for that matter have any experience with dogs. For more information please visit their website at: www.guidingeyes.org or email Beth at:bethsalvaggio@comcast.net.
 
22.) The Alzheimer’s Association offer support groups for anyone caring for an elder with this challenging disease. The groups provide a place for you to share information, get tips or to learn more about the journey your loved one is traveling. These groups meet at Westminster at Lake Ridge, Caton Merchant House, Manassas St Thomas, Sudley North Government Building, the Woodbridge Senior Center and the Old Bridge United Methodist Church. To find the exact times for each please call the helpline at (703) 359-4440.
 
23.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for six volunteers to join them for a Keep America Beautiful Litter Survey. This would be a great job for a retired person. A van is provided to drive the group of volunteers throughout Prince William County while they complete a litter survey form.  The date is to be determined but the hours will be 9am to 12pm and lunch is provided! Call Kayne at 571-285-3772.

24.)The Greater Prince William Medical Reserve Corps is in need of health professionals and community members to volunteer for upcoming events such as health outreach and first aid tents. The unit will play a huge role in upcoming functional exercises, assistance for the Civil War reenactment, and other community events.  After registering and attending orientation, volunteers can register for training in emergency preparedness, disaster behavioral health, CPR/AED, first-aid, and others. Please email Bobbi at bobbi.steneck@vdh.virginia.gov for more information or you can apply online at their website, www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/princewilliammrc
 
25.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for volunteers to be part of the recycling speaker’s bureau.  You’ll have all the tools to reach all aspects of the community whether it’s in the schools or at varies organizations and community groups. Call Kayne at 571-285-3772 to learn more.
 
26.) Project Mend a House is looking for volunteers in both the office and out in the community. There are lots of ways to help this wonderful organization besides with the hammer in your hand. Please call Andrea at (703) 792-7663 to learn more.

27.) The Greater Prince William Community Health Center is growing. Volunteers are needed during traditional business hours to help with administrative tasks. This is a busy place is a real resume builder and the perfect job for volunteers who are bi-lingual and have some health care experience. Volunteers are also needed with special projects and fun events. Please visit their website at: GPWCHC.org or email them at info@GPWhealthcenter.org to learn more. 
 
28.) The Calvary Counseling Center in Manassas needs volunteers to help with basic office duties. This is a lively office. Please call Dr. Chambers at 703-530-9800 to learn more about this wonderful organization and their volunteer needs.  
 
29.) Blue Ridge Assistance dogs in Manassas would love your help with general office tasks as well as simple correspondence. Please call Rose at (703) 330-9184 for more information.

30.) The Juvenile Detention Center is looking for licenses barber to come in once or twice a month to cut the boys hair. There are usually 5-8 boys in need of your services each week. Please call Jayne at (703) 791-3559 to help out.
 
31.) The Manassas Museum is looking for weekend volunteers to greet visitors, serve as docents and sharing our rich history. You’ll receive all the training to make this a wonderful experience. Please call Lisa at (703) 257-8407 to learn more

32.) SERVE needs your help with food donations. It’s been a busy few months and the shelves are bare.  Top needs include canned veggies, dry cereal, canned meats, pasta, sauces, rice, applesauce and canned fruit. Please deliver the food to the pantry during traditional business hours or give Karen a call at (703) 367-6726 for more info.

33.) The Don Bosco Center in Manassas needs your help with the after school program. Volunteers work with kids in grades 5 and up with homework and sports and in the computer lab. Please email Father Ramon at:frramon@gmail.com to learn more.
 
34.) The Woodbridge Dance Company is looking for volunteers to serve on their Board of directors and committees. Meetings are monthly on the 3rdWednesday of the month. This is a wonderful way to offer your leadership in forwarding the mission of this lovely arts organization. Please call Catherine at (703) 670-7884 to learn more.
 
35.) Birthright of Manassas has expanded their office hours to include Saturdays. Volunteers are needed to help in the office most days. This program offers free pregnancy testing and support services to moms and babies. Please call (703) 361-9769 to join the great group of volunteers.
 
36.) The Manassas Chapter of Families Anonymous is in need of a mature bilingual (English/Spanish) individual or couple who can help them with a 12 Step Program for other Spanish Speakers desperately in need of this program. 12 Step Programs are so important to families experiencing problems with loved ones that have alcohol and drug abuse issues. Strongly prefer an individual that may have their own personal struggles with a loved one. Please call Pat at (703) 928-9385.
 
37.) The Manassas Elks Lodge needs volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at their Bingo Kitchen from 5:30-9:30pm. This is a wonderful way for teens to complete their volunteer requirements or for adults looking to meet new neighbors. Duties include taking food orders, delivering sandwiches and such to bingo players and light set-up and cleaning. Please call Chetta at (703) 856-7717 to learn more.
 
38.) Prince William County Division of Historic Preservation is looking for enthusiastic tour guides for the beautiful Ben Lomond house in Manassas. This is a wonderful way to learn more about our local treasures. Tours are offered Thursday-Monday from May-October. Please call Bill at (703) 367-7872 to learn more.
 
39.) The Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach program teaches all aspects of our community to be prepared for incidents that can affect lives. Volunteers are needed to visit schools, adult living communities, shelters and neighborhoods to share the message. This is the perfect way to learn more about your community and meet new people. Please call Bonnie at (703) 369-5292 ext. 202 to learn more.

40.) The Rippon Lodge Historic Site in Woodbridge needs volunteers to be docents and tour guides, assisting with special events and as a gardener. This is a wonderful way to learn more about your rich history and have lots of fun. Please email Karen at:kfossum@pwcgov.org to learn more.
 
41.) The Community health center needs a licensed Pharmacist to check potential drug interactions and label medications for clients of the Medication Access Program. This fabulous facility is in Woodbridge and is perfect for you with a flexible schedule. Please call Navara at (703) 219-2193 to learn more.
 
42.) The Prince William Clean Community Council is looking for volunteers to help with their Storm Drain Labeling Program. Help keep pollution from entering our waterways!  Call Kayne at 571-285-3772.
 
43.) ACTS Helpline needs new volunteers to man their 24 hr. helpline. You’ll receive 40 hours of training for this very special job. Please call James at (703) 221-1144 to learn more.
 
44.) ENS Mentoring partnership in Dumfries serves the needs of kids with adult mentors to help guide their way. Volunteers are needed as mentors and also to help around the office with basic admin duties.  Please call Juana at (703) 221-6600 to learn more.
 
45.) Social Services has a client with his own car and insurance but needs a driver to get him to various doctor’s appointment.  Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 for more information.
 
46.) The American Red Cross has a really fun raffle event that all of us who love the Caribbean do not want to miss! How would you like to win a cruise for 2 from Baltimore to the Bahamas on the Carnival Pride anytime you’d like. Tickets are just $5 each, 3 for $10 and 10 for $25 – wow.  Please call Deborah at (703) 368-4511 ext. 408 and she can charge it to a credit card. 

 47.)Trinity Episcopal Church is pleased to announce their first ever Children’s Consignment Toy and Clothing sale on Saturday March 24th from 8am-12:30pm. Volunteers are needed before, during and after this event. They are also registering consignors at this time. You’ll receive 60% and the other 40% will support the Trinity Youth Mission Trips. So it’s the perfect way to clean out your closets and the toy box in the play room. Consignors need to register for a space in advance for just $15 sent to Trinity, 9325 West Street, Manassas 20110, and attn: Dianne.  To volunteer please call Dianne or Jennifer at (703) 368-4231.
 
48.) The Prince William Area Free Clinic serves the basic medical needs of families in both Manassas and Woodbridge. They need a volunteer to help translate their brochure into Spanish. Sounds like a great way to tone your skills. Please call Linda at (703) 792-6378 to learn more.
 
49.) Literacy Volunteers of America are gearing up for their next tutor training in March. This is a great way to impact another’s life and livelihood by giving them the skills to accomplish their dreams. You don’t need any prior experience because the training session will give you all you need to be successful as well. Please call (703) 670-5702 to register for this training and to learn more about this wonderful program.
 
50.) Leesylvania State Park is having a new event Saturday February 11th from 11am-3pm in their Visitor center. Bring your favorite candy and a pair of scissors to help make blankets for children supported by the Linus in Candyland project. These children are given cozy, warm fleece blankets as they go through difficult times. Donations of fleece material in child appropriate designs and 1-1.5 yards are also welcome. You don’t want to miss this event.
 
51.) The Alzheimer’s Association is gearing up for their next Walk to end Alzheimer’s in prince William County.  Volunteers are needed now in the Gainesville, Haymarket and Stafford with planning activities.  Come join the cause and the fun. Call Sonya at (703) 359-4440 to learn more.
 
52.) Habitat for Humanity has projects every week throughout the community building or repairing homes for frail citizens. Volunteers are needed every week to bring lunch to the volunteers on the job.  Lunch can be a couple of pizza’s, sandwiches and chips or a deli tray. Please email Tiffanie at volunteer@habitatpwc.org to learn more.
 
 
 
If You Are Looking For Other Opportunities, Please Don’t Forget To Call Our Team Here At Volunteer Prince William Coleen Can Help Senior Volunteers With Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) Opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext 207, Then Myself Shelley (703) 369-5292 ext 201,Bonnie Can Help You With All The Other Many Opportunities Available In Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext 202 or Please Don’t Forget Our Website’s at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org. Also Feel Free To Look For Opportunities In Our Call to Action Column That Runs Every Sunday Morning In The Local News Paper. Come Like Us On Our Facebook Page (Volunteer Prince William) and Follow Us On Twitter @VolunteerPW.

Restaurant Recommendations

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Published: 02/05/2012




When you guys ask....sometimes I'm overwhelmed at the responses!!  Remember, I'm always happy to publish your work, so if you've got a full review, email it over!!  I've put stars by the restaurants I personally like, and I've bolded the names of restaurants that were enthusiastically recommended multiple times.


Question: "I guess my question is, where do people like to go locally? I know there have to be some [restaurants] around here for date nights and family dinners, but I haven't discovered them yet."


Answers:
Al-Zaytoun Kabob (Afghan, 13871 Smoketown Rd WoodbridgeVA 22192 (703) 730-0410)


Amicis (Italian, 12623 Galveston Ct Manassas, VA 20112 (703) 878-6652)
                -Mom notes: There is a kids night, however some moms felt this place was pricey. 


Bad to the Bone (BBQ, 8045 Stonewall Shops Square Gainesville, VA 20155 (703) 753-5551)


Bistro L'Hermitage (French, 12724 Occoquan Rd, WoodbridgeVA 22192 (703) 499-9550)
               -Date night location- very expensive, very tasty


Carmellos (Portugeuse, 9108 Center St ManassasVA 20110 (703) 368-5522)
               -Mom notes: Very pricey, but great!


**Cock and Bowl (Belgian, 302 Poplar Alley, OccoquanVA 22125 (703) 494-1180)
               -Mom notes: Outdoor seating, band in the summer! Watch your beer tab!! 


**Dixie Bones (BBQ, 13440 Occoquan Rd WoodbridgeVA 22191 (703) 492-2205)
               -Sunday buffet is VERY popular, get there before "the Baptists get out" if you can! 


**East Moon Asian Bistro (Pan Asian/Sushi, 13352 Minnieville Rd Woodbridge, VA 22192 (703) 878-2688)


El Valquero West (Mexican, 14910 Washington St Haymarket, VA 20169 (703) 753-0801)


Georgios/Wine Styles(Greek/American, 4394 Kevin Walker Dr DumfriesVA 22026 (703) 580-8500)


Harold and Cathy's Dumfries Cafe (Diner, 17670 Fraley Blvd DumfriesVA 22026 (703) 441-1465)


Katarina's (Greek, 9212 Center St ManassasVA 20110 (703) 361-4976)


Korean Grill (Korean, 3131 Golansky Blvd Woodbridge, VA 22192 (703) 680-3500)


La Capilla (Mexican/Tapas, 9329 Main St Manassas VA (571) 379-8185)
              -Mom notes: Bring your own wine for a $5 corking fee! 


Madigans (210 Mill St Occoquan, VA 22125 (703) 494-6373)
           -Mixed reviews, one says the Lobster Mac and Cheese is amazing, others messaged to say they'd had issues


**Mateos (Santa Fe, 5081 Waterway Dr DumfriesVA 22025 (703) 670-7477)

Montclair Family Restaurant (American, 17001 Dumfries Road, Dumfries VA (703) 221-4097)
             -Mom notes: Play local and call it "Montclair Chicken"

Naru (Sushi/Asian, 8409 Centreville Rd Manassas Park, VA 20111 (703) 365-0708)

Okra's (Creole, 9110 Center St Manassas, VA 20110 (703) 330-2729)

**Padrinos (Pizza, 14506 Smoketown Rd Woodbridge, VA 22192 (703) 494-6000)

**Pa Nuang (Thai, 12651 Galveston CtManassasVA 20112, (703) 878-8899)


Pho 75 (14437 Potomac Mills Rd Woodbridge, VA 22192 (703) 494-7777)


Pizza NY Margherita (Pizza/Italian 5115 Wellington Rd Gainesville, VA 20155 (703) 753-0744)


**Ricky's Chicken (Peruvian, 5840 Mapledale Plz Woodbridge, VA 22193 (703) 897-1616)


**Roma Restaurant (Italian, 4130 Merchant Plaza, WoodbridgeVA 22192 (703) 590-9999)


Season Sushi (Sushi, 6850 Piedmont Center Plz Gainesville, VA 20155 (571) 248-6648)


Siam Bistro (Thai, 4129 Merchant Plz Woodbridge, VA 22192 (703) 878-8988)


**Taste of Tandoor (Indian, 13836 Smoketown Rd Woodbridge, VA 22192 (703) 897-7200)


Tizianos (Italian, 16918 Dumfries Rd DumfriesVA 22026 (703) 445-0046)
                 -Mom notes: This place looks like a hole in the wall, but inside you'll feel underdressed!


Tony's NY Pizza (Pizza/Italian 9108 Mathis Ave Manassas, VA 20110 (703) 330-8909)






Disclaimer: These are not paid ads, they're a reflection of a Facebook conversation among the PwcMoms fans.  Restaurant experiences may change over time.  PwcMoms.com is not responsible for individual dining experiences or differences in palate.  Have a differing opinion or want to agree with a recommendation? Leave a comment- it makes my day! 


Date Night!

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Published: 05/29/2011
I had a reader ask me about Date Night ideas, so here we go!! Please leave your ideas in the comments section below!!


Date Night in (and close by) PWC:

1) Manassas Side- Head to Carmello's Little Portugal.  It's a little on the expensive side, but was always super super good before the fire.  They've reopened and I'd be willing to give it another shot :)  Since dinner was on the pricey side, head to something on the cheap for afterwards! The Harris Pavilion offers a number of free and low-cost dances, concerts, and more!! (Also, we're in a recession, so if you want to hit the Subway directly across the street from the Pavilion as opposed to the fancy restaurant, I won't tell!!)

2) Awesome Wife Night- Do you want your husband to stop whining about the last chick flick you took him to? We've had some fun nights (fine, some fun laughing at my lack of hand eye coordination) over at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge. With sports, cold beer (blech), pool, and frequent special events like Live DJs and Karaoke, you can have a really great time hanging out with your guy and earning brownie points for the next Ralph Finnes movie you need to see. (There's also a Hard Times in Manassas)

3) If you need a little sunshine in your orange juice- Occoquan's Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe does $8 evening tastings as well as free daily mini-tastings.  Most of the shops close early, but you can enjoy walking the waterfront, feeding the ducks, window shopping and then a belgian waffle for dinner (do not judge me!) at the Cock and Bowl. They also serve mussels, which I don't eat, and an impressive list of imported beer.  Caution, however, because when my friend's husband's band (Yeah, it's called Derelict Dog.  Bonus points for using an SAT Hot Word in the name of your band Kevin and Bill!) would play the outdoor patio (which is where you want to sit, under the lights- very cute) our little group of 6-10 people would run up a pretty impressive bar tab if we weren't careful.

4) If your wine drinking needs would better be served in Montclair, Giorgio's/Wine Styles is the way to go.  I haven't been personally, but a few of my girlfriends did a ladies' night there and are planning another one.  The great thing about these tasting nights is that you can actually talk to each other.  Sit, have a few tastes, relax, and really talk.  My husband and I have a rule that we get any "business" out of the way in the first 10-15 minutes.  That means no talking about the kids, the finances, the cleaning, the dog, the drycleaning, etc. after that.  If you have forgotten how to talk to your spouse (and it happens) try this incredibly corny list to get the conversation flowing:  http://scottmoonen.com/2008/03/14/date-questions/

5) Hike.  Seriously.  Pack a picnic and head out to your favorite trail.  Try them all.  Bring bug spray.  Have a grandparent nearby? You can camp while you're at it.  A little campfire and some s'mores with your honey? C'mon that's amazing.  (Day Date: Head out to Skyline Drive and hike 7 Falls.  If you're hardcore, you can do Big Schloss way out in the boonies.  Here's a tip- don't do it several months pregnant in the middle of August, okay? Good)

6) Twilight Golf.  After 4pm you can hit the green for a reduced rate.  Little much for you? That's okay! Head out to your local mini-golf (Woodbridge, Manassas, Gainesville/Bristow, Montclair/Dumfries/Triangle)

7) You know all those local plays I list on the calendar all the time? They're pretty cheap and usually really good! VPstart Crow does some great work from what I hear.

8) Speaking of VPStart Crow, they work out of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, which offers a great variety of performances.   It's a great way to dress up and go to the theatre without getting on 95, which, as we all know, is the devil.

9) I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again.  I love the Workhouse.  I just do.  I know it's technically in Lorton, but that's way close to Lake Ridge, where I kick it ;) Their special events feature movies, gallery shows, dances, and more.  And, it's free to walk around and look....another cheap one!!  There are some great thought-provoking pieces.

10) Wicked expensive but totally awesome: Sailing at Leesylvania (less expensive: paddle boating or canoeing, most local parks with water access offer really affordable rentals, or borrow a kayak from a neighbor- we all know someone with one!) Scuba Lessons together (less expensive, your local pool/indoor swim center for some laps)


Anyone else have thoughts for local dates?

Playgrounds: Fantasy Playground in Lake Ridge

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Published: 05/29/2011

Nestled on the corner of Hedges Run and Cotton Mill Drives in Lake Ridge, just behind the community center and pool, is Fantasy Playground.  This giant wooden play area features balance components, slides, a sandbox, 4 baby and 4 regular swings, a tire swing, covered picnic area, tunnels, and rocks.  Lots of tiny pea-sized gravel rocks.

My children absolutely adore this playground.  They think that it is, quite possibly, the coolest place in our immediate area.  If I drive the wrong way to Starbucks on a nice day all I hear is a loud wail from the backseat about going to Fantasy Playground.

It's not that I don't love going to the playground, because I do.  I'll hit Lake Ridge Park, neighborhoods, heck, we sit at the school playground for about an hour a day on nice afternoons (and some not-so-warm ones where I just can't go back home yet) and sometimes longer.  Also, I know a lot of people think that Fantasy is Fantastic.

(Oh hi, readers.  Just a fair warning: If you're an adherent of Lenore Skenazy you should probably save us both the trouble and stop reading this post now.  Still reading? Because I warned you....)

I loathe Fantasy Playground.  Everything about it.  I don't like the tiny gravel that ALWAYS gets in my shoes.  I don't like the sandbox, because I'm convinced that 1/2 the western world's squirrels (and small children who are potty training) have ahem, well, utilized it as other than a sand box.  Most of all, though, (seriously stop here Skenazy disciples) I hate that this park has terrible visibility and ramps on the play area that dump into the parking lot.  I have 3 children that run on 3 different speeds.  "I'm on Speed", "Buddha meditating under a tree", and "PUSH THE SWING MOMMA!!!".  These three speeds are not conducive to being at this playground and being mindful of my kids.  That being said, if you're okay with not being able to see both of your children at once (which I would be if it was just "I'm on Speed" and one other one, since "I'm on Speed" is old enough that I am confident in his skillz without me, but I have 2 that I need to watch) then you'll probably love it here.

Fantasy Playground:

Pros: Large, elaborate space, well-maintained by the LRPRA and re-stained yearly.  This playground has lots to do and groups can enjoy the picnic area covered by shade.

Cons: Rocks are fun to throw, apparently.  Also, there's limited visibility across the playground so if you have one on the swing you can't see your other one on the slide.  Middle schoolers tend to congregate here for some reason when school is out in my experience, so if you're not comfortable reminding preteens that they can't curse on the playground (which I find to be rather fun, actually) be sure to tell your children to earmuff it if there's a group of them.

Caution: If the pool is not open, there is not a nearby bathroom or porta potty.  Even if the pool is open, the lifeguard on duty may or may not let you use it if you don't have your pool pass.  Even if they will, it's a close call for children who are still in the "when I say I need to go potty right now, I actually mean I needed to go 10 minutes ago and now I REALLY NEED TO GO RIGHT NOW!!" phase.  Also, if you have a daredevil, there is a portion of the playground that has a hole in it down to a tire seat below.  An easy jump for an elementary kid, I've seen a few toddlers not fare quite so well with it.

Recommended for: This is a toughie.  There's no label on this one like there is in Montclair ;)  I would say that despite the presence of baby swings and smaller slides/sandbox for younger children, the BEST time on this playground is had by the elementary set.

Help with PW Parks Summer Camps

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Published: 05/25/2011
I really hope this breakdown helps you guys find camp options that work.  A few helpful hints for multiple aged kids:
**Go with SBDCRC if you have multiple ages.  They seem to have the widest age range.**
1) Look for funky times- i.e. Swan Lake Ballet Camp the week of August 1st at BLCC is from 9:30-1.  I’m not saying you want to drive between 2 community centers, but if you choose correctly, you can have one kid in camp from 9-12 and one from 9:30-1 and do drop off and pick up yourself. 
2) If you have Boys and Girls that both want gender-stereotype activities (don’t get mad at me- it happens!!) Again, using an example from BLCC, the week of the 11th you can hit Jazz Camp and CSI Camp (ages 12+ and 8-12 respectively).  Younger kids? Try SBDCRC’s Princess Camp for your girlie girl, and then hit several of the one-day art and science camps.  It won’t net you an errand day every day for a week, but you can get in 2 or 3 of them!
3) Less picky mixed gender and age kids? Try for the cooking classes or art classes.  Several have a decent span of ages and are easily mixed gender.
4) Serious age mix? Tell me about it.  With a 3, 5, and 7 year old finding options that fit our family is HARD.  You can find options, but they’re not great.  My recommendation? Find a camp 2 of your kids can go to.  Find another camp the same week.  Remember that great friend you met this year with kids the same ages as yours? Divide and conquer, ladies.  Divide and conquer.  One of you drop off the littles and one of you drop off the bigs.  Repeat at pickup.  Have lunch together at the park.  It’ll be fantastic. :) 
Just so you all know, this thing was ridiculous.  I’m going to try to get in touch with the park authority to suggest a few things for next year to make camp searching a little bit easier on you (and me, because this may have been the biggest time vacuum ever completed for PWC Moms!!).  In the meantime, I hope this helps.
~K
(PS- The Listings appear after the jump)


Ben Lomond Community Center                                                                                                              10501 Copeland Dr, Manassas, VA 20109 (703) 361-7126
June 20th- Creative Movement Story Ballet: Ages 3-5, $125/week 9am-12pm, page 27
June 20th- Beginner Dance/Story Ballet: Ages 6-9, $125/week, 9am-12pm, page 27
June 20th- Hyper Peppy Robots: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
June 20th- Magnetic Levitation Cars: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 12:45-3:45pm, page 30
June 20th- Kids Dig Gardening: Ages 5-7, $115/week, 9-11:30am, page 31
June 20th- Kids Dig Gardening: Ages 8-11, $115/week, 12:30-3pm, page 31
June 27th- Jazz/Hip Hop/Lyrical Camp: Ages 7-12, $140/week, 9:30am-1pm, page 27
June 27th- Model Airplanes/Bridges/Gadgets: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 12:45-3:45pm, page 31
June 27th- Chemical Magic: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
June 27th- Archery Camp: Ages 8-12, $125/week Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm, page 32
July 5th- Cartooning Camp: Ages 8-12, $135/week Tuesday-Friday, 1-5pm, page 26
July 5th- BAM! Boys Can Cook, Too: Ages 10-13, $115/week Tuesday-Friday, 9-11:30am, page 27
July 5th- Harry Potter Magic Camp: Ages 6-11, $140/week Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm, page 30
July 11th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 3-4, $50/week 9-10am, page 27
July 11th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 5-7, $75/week 10:30am-12pm, page 27
July 11th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 8-11, $75/week 1-2:30pm, page 27
July 11th- Creative Movement Story Ballet: Ages 3-5, $125/week 9am-12pm, page 27
July 11th- Jazz/Hip Hop/Lyrical Camp: Ages 12+, $140/week, 9:30am-1pm, page 27
July 11th- CSI Camp: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
July 18th- Creative Kids Art Camp: Ages 3-4, $60/week, 9-10am, page 26
July 18th- Creative Kids Art Camp: Ages 5-7, $75/week, 10:30am-12pm, page 26
July 18th- Creative Kids Art Camp: Ages 8-11, $75/week, 1-2:30pm, page 26
July 18th- Act it Out Drama Camp: Grades K-3, $130/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
July 25th- A Kids Life Drama Camp: Grades 4-7, $130/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
July 25th- Archery Camp: Ages 8-12, $125/week Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm, page 32
July 25th- Musical Theatre Camp: Ages 8-12, $195/week, 9:30am-3:30pm, page 28
July 25th- Silver Knight Chess Camp: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
July 25th- Creative Kids Science: Ages 3-4, $60/week, 9-10am, page 30
July 25th- Creative Kids Science: Ages 5-7, $75/week, 10:30am-12pm, page 30
July 25th- Creative Kids Science: Ages 8-11, $75/week, 1-2:30pm, page 30
August 1st- Creative Movement Story Ballet: Ages 3-5, $125/week 9am-12pm, page 27
August 1st- Swan Lake Ballet Camp: Ages 10+, $140/week, 9:30am-1pm, page 27
August 1st- Video Production Camp: Grades 5-7, $160/week, 7-9pm, page 28
August 8th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 3-4, $50/week, 9-10am, page 27
August 8th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 5-7, $75/week, 10:30am-12pm, page 27
August 8th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 8-11, $75/week, 1-2:30pm, page 27
August 8th- Secret Agent Lab: Ages 8-12, $300/week, 9am-4pm, page 31
August 8th- Beginner Dance/Story Ballet: Ages 6-9, $125/week, 9am-12pm, page 27
August 15th- Chemistry Collision: Ages 8-12, $195/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
August 15th- Guide to the Galaxy: Ages 8-12, $195/week, 12:45-3:45pm, page 31

Birchdale Community Center                                                                                                            14730 Birchdale Avenue Woodbridge, VA 22193 - (703) 670-5178

June 1st- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 2nd- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 3rd- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 4th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 5th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 6th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 7th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 8th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 9th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 10th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 11th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 12th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 13th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 14th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 15th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 16th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 17th- One Fun Day: Ages 3-5, $25/day, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 20th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
June 20th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
June 27th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
June 27th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
July 5th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
July 5th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
July 11th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
July 11th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
July 18th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
July 18th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
August 1st- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
August 1st- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
August 8th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
August 8th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
August 15th- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
August 15th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
August 22nd- Birchdale Buddy Camp: Ages 5-8, $158/week, full day, page 25
August 22nd- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25
August 29th- Summer Splashout Camp: Ages 5-14, $189/week, full day, page 25
August 29th- Day Trippers Camp: Ages 8-13, $199/week, full day, page 25



Chinn Aquatic and Fitness Center                                                                                                        13025 Chinn Park Drive Prince William, VA 22192-5073 (703) 730-1051
June 7th- Mini Cuisine Camp: Ages 3-5, $50- meets T/W/TH, 10-11am, page 27
June 20th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
June 20th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
June 20th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
June 20th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
June 27th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
June 27th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
June 27th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
June 27th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
June 27th- Pee Wee Hoops Camp: Ages 5-6, $65/week Monday-Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm, page 32
July 5th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
July 5th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
July 5th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
July 5th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
July 11th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
July 11th- Cross Training Camp: Ages 12-15, $70/week, 6-8pm, page 32
July 11th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
July 11th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
July 11th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
July 11th- Creative Writing Camp: Ages 8-12, $50/week 6:30-7:30pm, page 31
July 18th- Girls Basketball Camp: Ages 6-10, $75/week, 6:30-9pm, page 32
July 18th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
July 18th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
July 18th- Ball 4 All: Ages 10-15, $110/week, 6:30-8:30pm, page 32
July 18th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
July18th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
July 25th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Ball 4 All: Ages 10-15, $110/week, 6:30-8:30pm, page 32
July 25th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Van Gogh For It Art Camp: Ages 8-12, $50/week 6:30-7:30pm, page 26
August 1st- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
August 1st- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 1st- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 1st- Cross Training Camp: Ages 12-15, $70/week, 6-8pm, page 32
August 1st- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
August 8th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
August 8th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 8th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 8th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
August 15th- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
August 15th- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 15th- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 15th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
August 22nd- Champ Camp: Ages 2.5-5, $85/week 9am-noon, page 24
August 22nd- Hi-5 Camp: Age 5, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 22nd- Summer Celebration: Ages 6-12, $190/week, full day, page 25
August 22nd- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25
August 29th- Teen Scene: Ages 13-15, $195/week, full day, page 25

Historic Site Camps
June 27th- Civil War Days Camp: Ages 8-12,  $120/week Ben Lomond Manor House, 9am-12pm, page 29
July 11th- Civil War Homefront Camp: Ages 8-12, $130/week Brentsville Historic Recreation Area, 9am-12pm, page 29
August 1st- Civil War Days Camp: Ages 8-12,  $120/week Ben Lomond Manor House, 9am-12pm, page 29
August 15th- Colonial Era Camp: Ages 8-12, $130/week Rippon HIstoric Lodge, 9am-12pm, page 29

James Long Park                                                                                                                                      4603 James Madison Highway, Haymarket, VA, 20169
June 20th- Silver Knight Chess: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
June 20th- Archery Camp: Ages 8-12, $125/week Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm, page 32
June 27th- Harry Potter Magic Camp: Ages 6-11, $175/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
July 5th- Creative Kids Art Camp: Ages 3-4, $50/week Tuesday-Friday, 9-10am, page 26
July 5th- Creative Kids Art Camp: Ages 5-7, $65/week Tuesday-Friday, 10:30am-12pm, page 26
July 5th- Creative Kids Art Camp: Ages 8-11, $65/week Tuesday-Friday, 1-2:30pm, page 26
July 18th- Creative Kids Science Camp: Ages 3-4, $60/week, 9-10am, page 30
July 18th- Creative Kids Science Camp: Ages 5-7, $75/week, 10:30am-12pm, page 30
July 18th- Creative Kids Science Camp: Ages 8-11, $75/week, 1-2:30pm, page 30
July 18th- Archery Camp: Ages 8-12, $125/week Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm, page 32
July 25th- CSI Camp: Ages 8-12, $175/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
August 1st- Cartooning: Ages 8-12, $165/week, 9am-1pm, page 26
August 8th- Basic Archery Hunting for Deer: Ages 10-14, $150/week Monday-Thursday, 9am-12pm, page 32


Lake Ridge Park                                                                                                                                12350 Cotton Mill Drive Lake Ridge, VA 22192 (703) 494-5464

June 20th- Creative Kids Science Camp: Ages 6-8, $95/week, 1-4pm, page 30
June 20th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
June 20th- Paddling Camp: Ages 10-14, $95/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
June 27th- Family Paddling Camp: Ages 5+, $50/pp/week Monday-Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm, page 29
June 27th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
July 5th- Fishing A to Z: Ages 9-12, $95/Week Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm, page 29
July 5th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
July 5th- In a Galaxy Far Far Away: Ages Not Listed, $90/week Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm, page 30
July 11th- Little Acorns: Ages 4-5, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 24
July 11th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
July 11th- XTreme Teens in WVA: Ages 13-16, $850/week sleep away, page 25
July 11th- Girls Only Archery Camp: Ages 8-10, $125/week, 9am-12pm, page 32
July 11th- Girls Only Archery Camp: Ages 11-14, $125/week, 1-4pm, page 32
July 18th- XTreme Teens in WVA: Ages 13-16, $850/week sleep away, page 25
July 18th- Little Acorns: Ages 4-5, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 24
July 18th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Eco Camp: Ages 8-10, $200/week, full day, page 25
July 25th- Classic Jurassic: Ages 3-9, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
August 1st- Little Acorns: Ages 4-5, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 24
August 1st- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
August 1st- Baseball Camp: Ages 7-12, $100/week, 5:30-7:30pm, page 32 HELD AT LAKE RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
August 1st- Boys Only Archery Camp: Ages 8-10, $125/week, 9am-12pm, page 32
August 1st- Boys Only Archery Camp: Ages 11-14, $125/week, 1-4pm, page 32
August 8th- Little Acorns: Ages 4-5, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 24
August 8th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
August 15th- Creative Kids Science Camp: Ages 4-5, $95/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
August 15th- Latitude 28: Ages 5-14, $185/week, full day, page 25
August 22nd- Once Upon a Time: Ages 5-7, $90/week, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 22nd- Paddling Camp: Ages 10-14, $95/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
August 22nd- Magic Camp: Ages 8-14, $160/week full day, page 2

Locust Shade Park                                                                                                                                                          4701 Locust Shade Drive Triangle, VA 22172-1935 - (703) 221-8579
June 6th- Little Naturalist: Ages 3-6, $60/week, 10-11:30am, page 29
June 20th- Canoe Camp: Ages 9-14, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
June 27th- Try It/Badge Camp: Scout Aged, $60/week Monday-Thursday, 3:30-6pm, page 30
June 27th- Summer Drama: Ages 9-13, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
July 11th- Try It/Badge Camp: Scout Aged, $60/week Monday-Thursday, 3:30-6pm, page 30
July 18th- Canoe Camp: Ages 9-14, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
July 18th- Little Naturalist: Ages 3-6, $60/week, 10-11:30am, page 29
July 25th- Junior Naturalist: Ages 8-12, $80/week Monday to Thursday, 9-11am, page 30
July 25th- Shakepspeare: Ages 9-14, $85/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
August 1st- Sports and Great Outdoors: Ages 9-14, $160/week, full day, page 26
August 1st to 12th- Showtime: Ages 11-16, $170/session, 9am-12pm, page 28
August 8th- Treasure Hunt: Ages 10-14, $180/week, 9am-5pm, page 28
August 8th- Sports and Great Outdoors: Ages 9-14, $160/week, full day, page 26
August 15th- Drama For Kids: Ages 4-7, $100/week, 9am-12pm, page 28



S.B. Dale City Rec Center                                                                                                                          14300 Minnieville Road Woodbridge, VA 22193 (703) 670-7112

June 6th- Dinosaur Dig Camp: Ages 3-5, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
June 13th- Back to Nature: Ages 3-5, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
June 13th- Princess Camp: Ages 3-5, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 31
June 20th- Little Campers: Ages 3-4, $60/week M/W/F, 9am-12pm, page 24
June 20th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 3-5, $75/week, 9-10:30am, page 27
June 20th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 6-9, $75/week, 11am-12:30pm, page 27
June 20th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
June 20th- Silver Night Chess: Ages 8-12, $175/week Half Day, $300/week Full Day, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm OR Full Day, page 29
June 20th- Back to Nature: Ages 7-10, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 29
June 21st- Clay Class: Ages 4-6/7-10, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
June 23rd- Painting Class: Ages 4-6/7-10, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
June 27th- Young Einsteins: Ages 3-5, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
June 27th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
June 27th- Sports Sampler: No Age Given, $120/week, 10am-2pm, page 32
June 27/29th- Boredom Buster: Ages 8-13, $70/2 day session, 9am-5pm, page 31
June 27/29th- Rock Paper Scissors: Ages 8-10, $50 2 classes, 12:30-3:30pm, page 26
June 27th- Lil Shooters Basketball Camp: Ages not given, $75/week, 10:30am-12:30pm, page 32
June 28th- Eruptions Class: Ages 4-6/7-10, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
June 28th- Polymer Clay Sculpting: Ages 9-11, $50/2 class session, T/TH, 10am, page 26
June 30th- Bugs Class: Ages 4-6/7-10, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 5th- Wide World of Sports: Ages 6-9, $120/week, 9:30am-1:30pm, page 31
July 5th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
July 5th- Recycling Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 6th- Hands Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 7th- Tissue Paper Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 8th- Cardboard Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 11th- Amazing Athletics: Ages 9-12, $120/week, 9:30am-12:30pm, page 31-32
July 11th- Little Campers: Ages 3-4, $60/week M/W/F, 9am-12pm, page 24
July 11th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 3-5, $75/week, 9-10:30am, page 27
July 11th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 6-9, $75/week, 11am-12:30pm, page 27
July 11th- Dinosaur Dig Camp: Ages 6-9, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
July 11th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
July 11th- Robotic Arm Science: Ages 9-13, $185/week, 1-4pm, page 27
July 12th- Boxes Class: Ages 3-5, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 12th- Jewelry Pizzaz: Ages 9-11, $50/2 class session, T/TH, 1pm, page 26
July 14th- Paper Plates Class: Ages 3-5, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 18th- Princess Camp: Ages 3-5, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 18th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
July 18th- Playground Games: Ages 5-7, $110/week, 9:30am-12:30pm, page 32
July 19th- Pond Animals: Ages 5-7, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 21st- Pets: Ages 5-7, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
July 25th- Little Campers: Ages 3-4, $60/week M/W/F, 9am-12pm, page 24
July 25th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
July 25th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 3-5, $75/week, 9-10:30am, page 27
July 25th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 6-9, $75/week, 11am-12:30pm, page 27
July 25th- Lights Camera Action: Ages 6-9, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 28
July 25th- Stop Motion Animation: Ages 8-11, $240/half day/week or $470/full day/week, 9-11:45am OR 12:15-3pm OR 9am-3pm (full day), page 27
July 26th- Reptiles Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31

July 26th- Cartooning: Ages 10-14, $55/ 2 classes, T/TH, 1:30-3:30pm, page 26
July 28th- Plants Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 1st- Silver Night Chess: Ages 8-12, $175/week Half Day, $300/week Full Day, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm OR Full Day, page 29
August 1st- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
August 1st- Sports Sampler: No Age Given, $120/week, 10am-2pm, page 32
August 1st- Creative Kids Art Camp: Ages 3-5, $8-/week, 9am-12pm, page 26
August 1st/3rd- Rock Paper Scissors: Ages 8-10, $50 2 classes, 12:30-3:30pm, page 26
August 2nd- Egg Cartons Class: Ages 6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 2nd- Polymer Clay Sculpting: Ages 9-11, $50/2 class session, T/TH, 10am, page 26
August 4th- Craft Sticks Class: Ages 6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 8th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 3-5, $75/week, 9-10:30am, page 27
August 8th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
August 8th- Creative Cooking Cuisine: Ages 6-9, $75/week, 11am-12:30pm, page 27
August 8th- Little Campers: Ages 3-4, $60/week M/W/F, 9am-12pm, page 24
August 8th- Let’s Get Fit: Ages 8-14, $195/week, 9am-2pm, page 29
August 8th- 2D Video Game Design: Ages 8-11, $240/half day/week or $470/full day/week, 9-11:45am OR 12:15-3pm OR 9am-3pm (full day), page 26
August 8/10/12th- Discovering Other Cultures: Ages 5-7, $60/3 day session, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 9th- Rainforest Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 9th- Jewelry Pizzaz: Ages 9-11, $50/2 class session, T/TH, 1pm, page 26
August 9th- Cartooning: Ages 10-14, $55/ 2 classes, T/TH, 1:30-3:30pm, page 26
August 11th- Animals Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 15th- Young Einsteins: Ages 3-5, $80/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
August 15th- Summer Blast Camp: Ages 6-13, $170/week full day, page 26
August 15/17th- Boredom Buster: Ages 8-13, $70/2 day session, 9am-5pm, page 31
August 16th- Nature Class: Ages 6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 18th- Senses Class: Ages 6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 22nd- Performance Dance Camp: Ages 8-17, $125/week, 9am-5pm, page 28
August 22nd- Mystics Basketball Camp: Ages 8-17, $325/week, full day, page 26
August 22nd- Challenge Elite Soccer Camp: Ages 6-14, $215/week, full day, page 26
August 22nd- Advanced Robotics: Ages 7-12, $180/week, 9am-12pm, page 27
August 22nd- Botball Robotics: Ages 7-12, $180/week, 12:30-3:30pm, page 27
August 23rd- Clay Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 24th- Paint Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 25th- Recycling Class: Ages 3-5/6-9, $18/class, 9am-12pm, page 31
August 29th- Challenge Elite Soccer Camp: Ages 6-14, $215/week, full day, page 26
August 29th- Xbox 360 Game Design: Ages 8-11, $240/half day/week or $470/full day/week, 9-11:45am OR 12:15-3pm OR 9am-3pm (full day), page 26
August 29th- Stop Motion Animation: Ages 8-11, $240/half day/week or $470/full day/week, 9-11:45am OR 12:15-3pm OR 9am-3pm (full day), page 27


Veterans Park                                                                                                                                          14300 Featherstone Road Woodbridge, VA 22191 - (703) 491-2183

June 20th- Veterans Variety: Ages 6-13, $158/week, full day, page 26
June 20th- Barnyard Palooza: Ages 3-5, $58/week, 9:30am, page 31
June 27th- CSI Camp: Ages 8-12, $140/week, 9am-1pm, page 28
June 27th- Let’s Get Fit: Ages 8-14, $195/week, 9am-2pm, page 29
June 27th- Creative Kids Science Camp: Ages 8-12, 9am-12pm, page 30
July 5th- For the Love of Animals: Ages 7-10, $65/week Tuesday-Friday, 9:30-11:30am, page 31
July 5th- Girls Softball Camp: Age not given, $95/week Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12pm, page 32
July 11th- Let’s Get Fit: Ages 8-14, $195/week, 9am-2pm, page 29
July 11th- Platform Gaming: Ages 6-12, $130/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
July 11th- Shooter Games: Ages 6-12, $130/week, 1-4pm, page 30
July 18th- Book It: Ages 3-5, $58/week, 9:30am, page 31
July 23rd- Creative Kids Science Camp: Ages 8-12, 9am-12pm, page 30
August 1st- CSI Camp: Ages 8-12, $140/week, 9am-1pm, page 28
August 8th-Civil Engineer: Ages 6-12, $130/week, 9am-12pm, page 30
August 8th-Industrial Engineer Engineer: Ages 6-12, $130/week, 1-4pm, page 30
August 15th- Veterans Variety: Ages 6-13, $158/week, full day, page 26
August 15th- To Infinity and Beyond: Ages 3-5, $58/week, 9:30am, page 31
August 15th- Come on Down Name That Game: Ages 7-10, $95/week, 9am-12pm, page 29

Pink Bicycle Tea Room

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Published: 05/13/2011
My baby girl is my 3rd of 3 kids.  I didn't really mean to try for a girl (I think I've shared before we successfully planned only 1 of our 3 kids, whoops!) but I am so glad that I have her!! I can't believe I might have missed out on dress up clothes and tea parties!!

On Wednesday, we were so excited to go and check out the Pink Bicycle Tea Room in Occoquan with some friends! We had 2 lovely mommies and 3 lovely little girls.  I was also there. :)

First of all, let's talk about dressing up for no reason in the middle of the week.  I'm pretty sure it's better than therapy.  I'm a stay at home type of momma, so I never get to dress up.  It was so fun to throw on a hat (it was from Target and super cute) and a dress and heels.  My daughter and I even did our makeup.  Note to self: she picks blue eyeshadow for me every time.  I should really throw out the blue :)

Pink Bicycle Tea Room is located on Commerce Street, which means you have to loop down Main Street and back up since it's one way.  The door that looks like it should be the main door is NOT the door- the door you want is through a small garden just to the right.  It's very easy to find.  When you first walk in there is a reception area, and, if you didn't have time to run to Target for a hat, there's a rack of them for you to choose from.
The bathroom is in the waiting area, just to the side of that gold chair you're seeing in the picture.  There are several rooms set up for tea, which is nice if you're having a larger gathering since you can have a room all to yourself, as the ladies in the first room we went through were doing.  I didn't appreciate that we had to traipse through their party every time one of our little princesses needed to use the facilities, but I guess there's only so much you can do with the layout of a house!!

Back at our table, everyone had their own china setting.  A lot of people complained online about this, but I actually thought it was really cute.  Shabby-chic seems Occoquan-appropriate.  My rose teacup reminded me of my grandmother and made me smile.  If you're looking for all-matching settings and a very "high tea experience" this is not the place for you.
The girls had lemonade from a very cute frog teapot.  My daughter wanted to give him a "widdle kiss" so he'd turn into a prince :) There is a large menu and I have to apologize because I didn't take pictures of the grown-up food.  One of my friends had a gorgeous looking salad, and two of us had tea sandwiches and fruit.  The scones were yummy, although I don't think they're what you're typically thinking of when you hear "scone".  They were more like a very delicious hot roll served with cream and jam and less like the flaky biscuit-reminiscent scones that I'm used to.  Still good, though.  The girls had the Little Princess Tea which came in 2 courses, a fruit, bear cookie and cheese plate that was very cute in the 2 seconds before my daughter re-assembled it (you're seeing the after) and then a plate of PBJ and cucumber sandwiches, fruit and brownies.  The girls were such little angels, behaving well the entire time and getting restless only in the final few moments.  The mommies actually got to have some grown up talk, which was amazing.

I would definitely say that a good time was had by all.  Here's my breakdown for you.






Pink Bicycle Tea Room
Pros:
Local, cutesy, and kid-friendly as far as the atmosphere.  Moderately priced as far as tea-rooms go.  Bright, welcoming and enjoyable.  The food was good, the girls enjoyed everything.

Cons:
I'm not sure if our hostess was having a long day, but she could come across a little bit "gruff" and inadvertently offended one of our party.  (I would have been offended, too).  The bathroom is not nearly as cute as the rest of the tea room and could use a little attention.

Caution:
Obviously this space is not peanut-free.

Recommended for:
I would recommend this location for ages 3 and up.  Old enough to behave and not throw the china (which is real) and older would have a lovely afternoon with mommy or some friends.

Price: 
The menu runs from $10-$26 and includes unlimited pots of tea. We tried the house blend, which came very highly recommended and I really liked, and then an off-menu blend that was tropical in theme, which was also very lovely.
Note that for parties of 6 or more, or if you separate your checks, a 20% gratuity is automatically included.


Reader Experience (If you have an experience similar or different to ours- we'd love to hear about it): 
I had made reservations several days ahead of time but when we got there, it took over 7 minutes for someone to come greet us, and then they said they didn't have any reservation for us. Well we had 2 little girls that wouldn't of been happy if they weren't going to get to have a tea party. So eventually they were able to seat us. There was a bridal party in the main room. We were seated by the restroom. No biggie. Each course, including just getting some water took at least 15 minutes in between. The girls weren't super quiet but they were not that loud. The waitress kept coming and telling them "Sshhh!". They were antsy because the courses took so long. We spent like an hour and a half there. The food was so plain and the brownies were stale. It really made me think, why on earth is everything taking so long!  It was just some apple slices, cheese and teddy grahams. Nothing impressed me. They never even told us that the girls could use the hats for their tea. Waste of money and time. I could've done something at home that would've been way better, fresher and more fun.

Farmers Markets in PWC & CSAs Options

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Published: 03/31/2011
You all apparently love farmer's markets as much as me! Which is great! They're super fun for kids to enjoy, and they keep money local, which I'm all about.

Here's the skinny:
1) Occoquan Farmers Market (Saturdays 8-12 from April 23-October 29).  This is a smaller market that meets under the Occoquan Bridge.  Merchants sell pies, empanadas, salad dressing, dog biscuits, baked goods, crabcakes, and then there are 4 listed produce vendors.  I don't eat seafood, but Carrie over at Touch of Gold LOVES her some crabcakes when they're there!

2) Dale City Farmers Market (Sundays 8-1 from April 4-November 21st).  This is the larger of the two options in Woodbridge.  It meets in the commuter lot next to the Center Plaza Giant (intersection of Minnieville and Dale).  If they have a website, I surely can't find it, but from years past, there is everything from soup to nuts, so to speak.  Kettle Corn, baked goods, jams, jellies, produce, flowers, plants, meat, eggs (very limited supply last year- so get there at 8 if you want them, or pre-buy them the week before), and even sorbet.  Fair warning about the sorbet- the guy calls it the Holy GraEL of Sorbet and if you've never read "The DaVinci Code" it's okay, because he's going to talk your ear off about the holy gra-el and why he spells it that way.  You've been warned :)

3) Thursday Manassas Farmers Market (Thursdays 7-1 from March 31st-November 3) The Thursday version of the Manassas Farmers Market appears to be 1/2 the size of Saturday, which makes sense.  It includes baked goods, flowers, several produce markets, poultry, honey, angus beef, soap, beef, lamb, and eggs.  Westmoreland produce comes, and we love to go Berry Picking there :)

4) Saturday Manassas Farmers Market (Saturdays 7:30-2:30 from April 2-October 29) more hours and more vendors than Thursday! BBQ Sauce, baked goods, produce from several vendors, coffee, seafood, salsa, chocolate, poultry, honey, doll clothes, dry mixes, dairy, kettle corn, soap, sauces, beef, lamb, goat cheese, and confections.

5) Nokesville Farmers Market (Saturdays from 8-12 from 3rd Saturday in May through September) This market is cool because it's local-only, which is very neat.  It's also completely volunteer run.

6) Gainesville Smart Market (Saturdays from 9:30-1:30, no start/end dates on the website) This one appears to be super heavy on food items from around Virginia.  Hummus, turkish delite, pasta, goat cheese, chocolate, milk, hot sauce, cookies, pet treats, wine, bbq, emu, meat and salsa.




If you want your food pre-picked out and delivered, here are some CSA Share options that deliver to our area:

1) Olin Farms CSA (delivers to Moms Apple Pie Bakery in Occoquan) with options ranging from $165 for a winter share to $1,000 for an all-season share

2) Bull Run Mountain Vegetable Farm (FYI- Bull Run Mountain is what gets school cancelled for us 90% of the time when it snows, so a thanks to them ;) for all those snow days!) delivers to the Manassas Train Dept (near the Harris Pavillion) with options ranging from $440-$1175 with add ons for fruit and eggs available.

3) Graceland Farms (delivers to the Dale City Farmers Market) offers shares for $440 for "the season", optional winter-add ons for $100, and another option to add local cheese.


Hope this helps!!

Touch of Gold- Not for kids, but Good for Mommies :)

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Published: 09/13/2010
In the interest of full-disclosure, let me start by saying that I work at Touch of Gold one or two days a month.  It's a great part-time job, and they're actually looking for another part-time sales associate.  It's not a lot of hours, but it's a great time playing with jewelry all day!!
Touch of Gold carries fine jewelry as well as collections like Kameleon (my personal favorite- I love sparkles!!)  and Troll Beads.

Come on in and visit me! I'll be working the weekend of the Troll Beads Trunk Show (September 22nd-25th, but come in before the 25th because the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Festival is the 25th/26th and you will have to shuttle over instead of parking by the store!)