Painting in the Park Father's Day Event

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

Featured Organization Friday: Wreaths Across America

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Published: 12/20/2013

We were so fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday with my daughter's American Heritage Girls troop.  I have to be honest and admit that I've been going to Arlington my entire life because my grandparents are buried there, but I never knew that the wreaths and flags that appear during Christmas and 4th of July/Veterans Day are put up by volunteers.

Wreaths Across America raises the funds to place wreaths on the graves of American veterans at veterans' cemeteries across the country, at sea, and 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.  Quantico is also a participating site.  Wreaths are $15, and our AHG troop actually raised money as a fundraiser, which helped our organization and helped fund the wreaths we would be going to lay.  Arlington actually has to rotate the sections that receive wreaths each year because there are not enough to go around.  This year, there was a bit of a crisis at Arlington because while wreath sponsorships were up overall, they were down at Arlington until a huge last-minute donation from Google.  (Holla at Google!)

Each year, Wreaths Across America selects a date (a Saturday) and all of the cemeteries are provided with wreaths on that day.  Truckers from across the country ship the wreaths to the sites, and volunteers come out to help lay the wreaths.  You don't have to sign up to volunteer, you can just show up the day of.  Even the tiniest kiddos can help out- as long as they're big enough to put a wreath down, or hang out in a backpack/wrap/stroller while you do.  Note that strollers looked to be a little difficult to negotiate on the wet ground today, so you might want to plan for an option that's mud-friendly depending on the weather.

We drove to Pentagon City Mall and parked, and then we took the metro to Arlington.  I actually have a parking pass that lets me into the cemetery grounds, but we were told the line to get into Arlington can be massive with people trying to park in the limited visitors center spots, so we opted to do a short metro ride instead.

So did a lot of people.  Metro was, unfortunately, doing system maintenance on the blue line, so trains were only running every 20 minutes.  They also only have a few entry/exit points at Arlington, so the bottleneck and wait to get OUT of the station was pretty intense.  It took us about 20 minutes, and the trains were standing room only coming in.  I mention this, again, as a caution to those of you with strollers :) It was actually neat that there were so many people coming to volunteer.
This was just to get off the platform, not even to exit the station.
Our group met up at 8:30 so they could get good spots for the opening ceremony at 9:30 (Note that times vary by location).  I know I'm going to frustrate someone by saying this, but I didn't find the opening ceremony all that worthwhile.  It was standing room only, so my daughter couldn't see and just wanted to get to the business at hand.  There were a few speeches, a non-sectarian prayer, the national anthem, mention of dignitaries, and then God Bless America, oh, and the Presidential Helicopter did a fly-by.  It just didn't really do anything for me.

By the time we were done with the opening ceremony, people who skipped it (I venture to say the majority) had already been putting wreaths down for a few minutes, so my daughter and I opted out of a group photo and hi-tailed it to the section my grandparents are in so that we could place their wreath.  If you have a loved one in any section, you can lay a wreath for them, and you are able to skip the line at the trucks, walk to the front and ask for a wreath for a loved one. No one will give you any trouble, and in fact, the Army volunteer who gave us our wreath thanked me for my grandfather's service to our country and thanked my daughter for coming out.  (I found that moving- I teared up a little).
That's my grandfather's stone- my grandmother is listed on the back.  Not related to this story- but she was Anna and my daughter is Savannah in her honor.

We were actually able to lay numerous wreaths because we walked back to their section.  The lines can be incredibly long at the sections closest to the entrance, and in the newest sections.  Section 60 had a line a block long.  I know a few of our friends only made it through their lines once or twice, but we actually were able to go through our line six times, getting two or three wreaths each time, depending on whether Savannah felt like carrying her own wreath or not.  They got heavy for her after awhile!

Several of our friends sponsored wreaths, and she was very thoughtful in placing wreaths for them, finding someone who had a name that started with the same first initial as one friend who donated, and finding "USMC" on stones for Marine friends who sponsored others.  Because we're an interfaith family, it was a little hard for her to understand why we weren't giving wreaths to everyone (because Daddy is Jewish and he does Christmas with us), and it's a little hard to explain that we ARE being fair to everyone by honoring their traditions, even if it seems unfair that "everyone isn't getting one".  However, after a talking for awhile, she finally got it, and we did make a point of stopping at graves marked with a Star of David and reading the names and inscriptions as a way of honoring those veterans, too.  One of my favorite things about Arlington is the beauty of all the white stones, all the different ranks, branches, and faiths, all together peacefully at rest.  I hope that she understood a little of that, although I know it's a big concept for a Kindergartner!


There is a closing ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at noon, which I hear was very beautiful, but Savannah was exhausted, so we opted to head back home at around 11.

If you would like to get involved with Wreaths Across America, you can visit their website to sponsor wreaths or find volunteer information for next year's wreath placement.  You can also get involved this year by helping to remove wreaths, clean up at Arlington takes place in January, and you can email the site leader for details or to get involved.  I hear that clean-up is not nearly as well attended, and it would still be a very easy job for even little hands.

Did you attend, or have you attended in the past? Leave your tips or advice in the comments.

St. Francis Carnival- June 19-22, 2013

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Published: 06/20/2013

Locust Shade Park Amphitheater Summer 2012

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Published: 06/19/2012

Summer Entertainment Series
The Prince William County Park Authority is proud to present the 2012 Summer Entertainment Series at Locust Shade Park Amphitheater. Come on out and enjoy quality entertainment in your own community. New this year the amphitheater has a shade cover to keep the audience more comfortable. 
Admission fees are $4 for ages 2 & above, unless other wise stated.  Group rates available. 
For information and reservations call 703 221 8579  
Note: Please visit our website this summer
www.pwcparks.org/locust latest updates on current programs.

(Want to see the PwcMoms review of performances at Locust Shade? It's right HERE
JUNE
June 21 – 10:00 A.M. Treasure Island by Rainbow Interactive Children’s Theater
 Rainbow Interactive Theater has been charming children in Northern Virginia for a quarter century. This fun and interactive play is a shortened and humorous version of the children’s classic tale. Audience members are invited to dress-up and come on stage to be a part of the production. 
June 28 – 10:00 A.M. The Barker of Seville by Blue Sky Puppet Theater- Blue Sky brings their trademark larger than life puppets to our stage to tell the hilarious and light hearted story of a cast of dogs try to get their musical career off of the ground. You’ll see the hound dogs do everything from Bach to Elvis. 

June 30 – 7:00 P.M. Country Steppers Dance Team – Come out and see this talented group of dancers demonstrate the best of Country Western dancing. Free

JULY
July 12 – 10:00A.M. & 7:30 P.M.  - Reptile World  
Michael has been sharing the wonders of the world of reptiles for over a generation. Come be amazed as you see live crocodiles, alligators, turtles, Gila monster and a variety of snakes including cobras, a rattlesnake, copperhead and more! You will even get the chance to touch a large and live Indian Rock Python.
July 19 – 10:00 A.M. – American Wildlife by Wildlife Ambassadors – Wildlife ambassadors will bring to our stage some of the common and not so common animals that inhabit the woods and meadows around us. 
July 26 – 10:00 A.M. – Lawrence the Magician – Come be amazed, astounded and have your funny bone tickled as Lawrence the magician once more takes the stage at Locust Shade. 
AUGUST
August 2 – 7:30 P.M. – The Pirates of Locust Shade by The Locust Shade Players – Come see this talented group of young performers as they present an original play of pirates who haunt the pond at Locust Shade. Free. 
August 9 – 10:00 A.M. - Ryan Buckle and Friends – Science You Can Sing To –  A great time will be had by all by the best new kids performer around! Ryan rocks out with science that you can sing to with hits like the swamp stomp boogie. Kids will learn about about things such as why birds can fly while they dance in the aisles. 

Week In Preview: May 21 to May 27, 2012

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Published: 05/21/2012
Hello readers!  For those of you that are new, each week I try to provide a list of what's coming up in Prince William County that's kid friendly or family friendly so you know where to go!  Here's my list of highlights for this week, but remember that you can always find a full calendar right here on the website!  Also, be sure to check out our event map and contests while you're here!

Reminder: This is a long holiday weekend for most people, so plan for extra traffic and extra people.  Also, be sure to call ahead to your favorite locations to make sure they're open BEFORE you head out the door! 

Monday, May 21
On Mondays, Locust Shade Park offers reduced fees in their batting cage.  This fantastic park also features put put, fishing, an amphitheater and more!
In the evening, it's Bedtime Story Hour at Chinn Park Library.  These evening events can be a great way to finish your day. 7pm

Tuesday, May 22
It's Toddler Tuesdays at the Manassas Museum. This program is designed for younger preschool children and is $10. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required, but space is limited.
Got Teens? Manassas Park Community Center features a great lineup of classes.  Everything from Whiffleball to Etiquette is offered, and the drop-in fee is only $2.

Wednesday, May 23
At 10:30am head over to Virginia Gateway (Gainesville peeps- this one's for you!) to catch the Great Zucchini!  It's the return of "Little Tots" and it's a lot of fun for free!
From 11am-7pm, it's also Free Slurpee Day! Why not grab a cold one and meet a friend at a local park? We've got reviews of several great Prince William County Parks!

Thursday, May 24
Up for a field trip? On Tuesdays and Thursdays the Riverside Dinner Theatre in Fredericksburg offers discount seating to their current children's production.  Right now it's "Seussical: The Musical" and you can bring your own lunch and enjoy the show for $12.  Nut products are forbidden, so no PB&J.
From 6-7pm history enthusiasts can enjoy a "Fireside Chat" at Ben Lomond Historic site.  This is a free program, but donations are accepted.  Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, May 25
Strawberry season will be over before you know it, so make sure you get out to pick your own berries before the season ends! Yankee Farms in Nokesville is on our list, but we also recommend Westmoreland Berry Farm and have a list of Pick Your Own Produce Farms near Prince William County.
Northern Virginia Player's "Mulan Junior" starts tonight in Burke.  Check out this great homeschool cast as they tell the story of a young girl who finds herself and saves her country.

Saturday, May 26
Wegmans' Gainesville Virginia location will host two "Sugar and Spice" kids in the kitchen classes on Saturday.  Be sure to register in advance at the customer service desk.
From 10:30-1, your Pokemon enthusiast can meet with others at the Dale City Neighborhood Library for play and trading.

Sunday, May 27
If you're not going out of town for the long weekend, why not enjoy one of the local pools? If it's still too chilly for your outdoors, Chinn Park's indoor pool offers a special rate for family swim beginning at noon.
Like your water a little colder?  How about ice skating at Prince William Ice Arena? Open skate is at 12 and 2.

Reminder- Have you signed up for Summer Camp and Vacation Bible School yet? These options fill up quickly, so be sure to check out our Prince William County Summer Camp Guide and our Prince William County Vacation Bible School Listing!  If you need to add a camp or VBS, it's not too late! Just shoot me an email and I'll be happy to add your event!

Military Families- FREE National Parks Passes!

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Published: 05/15/2012
In honor of Armed forces day this
 Saturday, military families will be able to obtain FREE America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass, an $80 value.  Here in Prince William County, we have numerous military families serving any branch at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Army's Ft. Belvoir, and even some that commute all the way to Maryland with the Air Force! We are so grateful to our military families, and glad to share this great free kid-friendly offer with them! 

The pass provides access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.

Military personnel can get the passes at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee by showing their military ID. Each family member will also be able to obtain their own pass even if the service member is deployed or if they are traveling separately.

Free passes will be available for activated members of the National Guard and Reserves, but not for military veterans or retirees.


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At sites where entrance fees are charged per-person, the pass owner and three adults age 16 and older may use the same pass.

Online: America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.

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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!! 

Want to win? You have several options, and can get an entry for each one!
1- Leave a comment telling us your favorite Potomac Nationals Promotion

2- Tell the Potomac Nationals you're excited they're working with PwcMoms on Facebook! (You only need to do this once. For subsequent giveaways (one each month all baseball season!) you can just leave a comment that you did.  Be sure to leave a comment telling us you did this step, as the comment here is your entry!

3- Have a blog? Share your favorite Potomac Nationals memory and get 5 extra entries! Be sure to link back to this contest, and leave a comment with your blog link.

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


Disclosure: PwcMoms.com was generously provided with tickets to give away to readers.  No other compensation was given in return for this post.  All opinions expressed here are my own and all information is valid as of the time of publication. 

The Week In PreView: March 26th-April 1st

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Published: 03/26/2012
Here are some notes from the calendar that we don't want you to miss! A good mix of kid-friendly and parent-important events/reminders for Prince William County! Enjoy and have a great week!!

Monday, March 26
Today is the final day to register for Kids N Motion's egg hunt/lunch with the bunny.  This event is $18 for the first child and $12 per additional sibling, and includes open play, pizza, juice box, cupcake, time with the Bunny, and an egg hunt.  

All week this week, Potomac Mills Mall will have the Dreamland Amusements Carnival taking place.  Prices vary by the number of tickets you purchase, and it's open weeknights beginning at 5pm.  Weekend hours are listed on the calendar.

Tuesday, March 27
From 6-7pm, the Manassas Park Community Center is having a teen etiquette class.  These are so great to have under your child's belt for future interviews, business lunches, and more.  (Or, so that they don't shovel their food when Grammy comes for Easter!)

Today, two of our contests are closing! One for two premium subscriptions to OurLifeMemories.com and another for a week of Spring Break Skate Camp at the Haymarket IcePlex.  Be sure to enter both by 6pm! 

Wednesday, March 28
Classy Kids Consignment Woodbridge is open to the public starting today! Shop early for the best selection! 

From 5pm-8pm, Chick Fil A Sudley Manor Drive will be having Pirate and Princess night.  Children who come in costume as a princess or a pirate will receive a FREE 4-count nugget Kid's Meal. Princesses can climb the castle and Pirates can walk the plank for a surprise! Free temporary tattoos and opportunities for photos with our Princess and Pirate Cows as well as a REAL Princess and Pirate!

Thursday, March 29
Bristow Commons will have a Grand Opening celebration for Walgreens at 11 am. The afternoon will feature door buster deals, family fun and local officials.

From 4-5pm, Central Library in Manassas will have their Shenanigans program, but you must register in advance. This program is for children in grades K-5 and features activities and crafts.

Friday, March 30
Head over to Lake Ridge for their annual Fish Out.  The $7 cost includes 2 fish per person, and local groups can register to clean fish for profit.  Poles are available to rent and the fish will, allegedly, eat anything from marshmallows to cheese.  This event runs through April 7th. 

In the evening, head over to Manassas Park (99 Adams Street) with your 8-11 year old for a flashlight-egg-hunt! It's $5 per child, and starts at 7pm (or soon thereafter when the sun goes down). 

Saturday, March 31
Sign up ahead of time so your child can attend "Party With Your Peeps" at the Gainesville Wegmans at 11am.  Sounds like a great time!

From 1-3pm, Michael's will have a The Knack craft.  

Don't forget our HUGE list of Egg Hunts in Prince William County- they start in full force this weekend both Saturday and Sunday! 

Sunday, April 1
From 12-4 there will be a "Celebration of the Military Child" outdoor event.  You must be military to attend this event.  For more information, contact Sally.McGuire@sierraclub.org | 202-548-6590

Sunday also marks the beginning of the Dale City Farmer's Market's Summer Hours!  If you've enjoyed the winter market, the fruits and veggies should be re-appearing, too! 

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 

Upcoming Scout Offerings from PWCPA

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Published: 02/05/2012
With Blue and Gold Dinner coming up for our Cub Scout Pack, we've all been in a frenzy to get a few things finished up for ranks! I'm sure we're not the only den having that issue, but I love that this spring you can get your scout ahead though the Park Authority's Cub Scout Badges program!  All of these programs require advance registration, but they're a great way for your scout to have a little fun. There is a small fee associated with each badge opportunity, which varies depending on the program requirements. 

Review: Locust Shade Park

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Published: 07/31/2011
Locust Shade Park is a great space in Triangle, down by Quantico just past Independent Hill if you're a 619 cruiser.  It's great because it's got several different amenities including mini golf, tennis, a batting cage, docks with rental paddle boats, gazebos, picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness trail, and an ampitheater. When you go in the main gate, the batting cage, mini golf, driving range and visitors center are directly to your left.  The ampitheater is further up on your right, and the playgrounds, hiking, and picnic areas are spread out along the road's loop.
 This is the boath house and gazebo just past the ampitheater parking.  We had a picnic in the gazebo, which isn't the cleanest gazebo I've ever seen, but the kids were quite happy with the shade!
Bonus: This dock is handicap accessible if you have people in wheelchairs.  This is also always good news for people with strollers. Boat rental is affordable at $4/half hour, and if you like to fish, they stock the water each year with trout and catfish. Note that you need a valid game license if you're over 16.

Locust Shade also has large-scale (and small) picnic facilities available for rental.  They're great for outdoor gatherings for birthdays, scouts, or church functions.  You can find a list of rates HERE. There are picnic areas that border playgrounds, which would be especially great for a child's party.
This picture of the ampitheater (credit: Prince William County Park Authority) does not picture the large overhead shade that is available.  They're triangles, make sure you get under them and don't end up in one of the gaps where there isn't shade or you'll cook (per our experience).  The ampitheater shows take cash or credit card, but they do handwritten receipt that includes your credit card number and charge you later.  If that makes you uncomfortable, be sure to take cash.  You can check out the ampitheater schedule on our calendar or HERE, but note that the season is obviously limited to times when outdoor weather will be conducive to a good time.

Locust Shade Park
Pros: Lots of different activites, no entrance fee
Cons: Wooded- beware of ticks and bring your bug spray
Caution: The boat ramp is VERY open and the sections that are "fenced" are spaced well enough that your small child could easily get in the water for a swim.  It's not that clean, I don't recommend it.
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