Giveaway: Waterworks Dale City

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Published: 06/15/2016
It's that time of year again!! Our friends at Waterworks want to celebrate the end of the school year with you by giving your family a 4 pack of tickets to enjoy the park! With slides, obstacle courses, a tot area, and more, Waterworks is a great place to kick off your summer vacation!!

Bonus- they do parties and swim lessons, too!
Enter using the rafflecopter below!

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Disclaimer: Waterworks is the sponsor and provider of this prize.  PwcMoms is not liable for your experience or safety should you choose to visit the park.  As with all of our giveaways, this one follows our complete giveaway rules, which you agree to by entering to win. http://www.pwcmoms.com/?tab=Giveaway%2520Rules

Castaways Presents: Oliver Twist

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Published: 06/13/2016
Oliver Twist
adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel


See the show!
Murderers. Pickpockets. Beggars. Schemers. Loners. We are still fascinated with the criminal element nearly 180 years after this story was published. This faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens' second novel is an exciting melodrama about the adventures of an orphan born into a life of poverty and misfortune but redeemed by an act of unselfish courage from an unexpected source. Filled with an atmosphere of mystery, its major characters are from the delectably dark underworld: Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, and the Artful Dodger.

Performance DatesJune 17 @ 7:30pm
June 18 @ 2:00pm
June 24 @ 7:30pm
June 25 @ 2:00pm

Tickets
General Admission available at the door before each show:  $12.00 each; Children 12 and under: $8; Ages 3 and under are free.
Advance prices and online sales are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oliver-twist-tickets-24720886838. Advance sale prices end June 16.

Location:
The Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive in Woodbridge, Virginia.

More information about Castaways Youth Theatre can be found at: www.homeschooltheatretroupe.com

Partial funding has been provided to Castaways Repertory Theatre by Prince William County.

Weekly Summer Library Calendars 2016

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Published: 06/10/2016
I absolutely adore this organization of the Summer Reading events for summer 2016 from Prince William Public Libraries.

I'll share these each week, as well, but as many of you know THESE EVENTS WILL FILL UP QUICKLY!! If there is something you absolutely want to take your children to, I suggest giving yourself a calendar reminder for the day that tickets become available.  Also, if you can, be open to the idea of going to another branch.  Maybe Chinn is full, but Nokesville is offering the same event on a different date- you probably have a better shot of getting tickets at a smaller library.

For events with online registration available, visit HERE. 

And now, on to the good stuff!









Dream it, Plan it, Do it, Own it at Camp SheEO

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Published: 05/28/2016
Is your daughter a boss? Has she organized her Barbies into a corporate hierarchy? Does she win cookie sales every year? Do her lemonade stands rival someone on Shark Tank? If so, you should definitely check out Camp SheEO!
With four camps in Prince William County (Manassas and Woodbridge NOVA Campuses) and additional locations all over the region, Camp SheEO exists to empower the CEO inside every girl and to encourage girls to take steps toward business and community leadership.
Each week of camp, trained Success Coaches will help girls at Camp SheEO enrich their ideas about what it means to be a business owner and leader.  They will also host a guest speaker from the local business community.  There are two levels of the camp, First Steps and Next Steps, both of which run for one week from 9am-4pm and are $290. 

Both First Steps and Next Steps are intimate enrichment experiences, which means that space is LIMITED.  If you know that this would be a perfect opportunity for your daughter to explore her passion and interests, then sign up today! Owner DeShawn Robinson-Chew explains the program like this- “We really want to introduce and encourage entrepreneurship in girls and show how they can have a leadership role in their community.  We are hyper-focused on business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.  This is the only program doing this” 


Camp Dates in Prince William County Are:
Week of 7/18/16 First Steps
Woodbridge NOVA CC

Week of 7/25/16 Next Steps
Woodbridge NOVA CC

Week of 7/11 First Steps
Northern VA CC Manassas

Week of 7/25 Next Steps
Northern VA CC Manassas

Find out more information about Be a SheEO or register for one of their amazing camps today by visiting them at:

Early Language at PWA

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Published: 04/27/2016

At Prince William Academy we believe that in the global world in which our children are growing up, it is crucial to provide them with the skills that they will need to take an active and responsible role in the world.

By living and going to school in a region rich with cultural opportunities, our students have the chance to access vibrant cosmopolitan cities in which visitors from many countries interact, share their cultures and participate in discussion and policy development.

By offering children early exposure to a diverse array of cultural experiences and instruction in other languages, our goal is that PWA students will broaden their horizons, gain stronger commitments to their own cultural heritages, and be ready to play an active role in a global future.

At PWA we believe that it is crucial for all children to have the opportunity to gain fluency in more than one language and culture. Not only does language learning support academic achievement and provide cognitive benefits to students, it affects attitudes and beliefs about language learning and provides entry to other cultures.  Beginning at age two, our students study Spanish each day in addition to a world language selected by their parents.  This year we are offering Mandarin, Arabic, and French.  Our goal will be to introduce Farsi and Urdu in the future as our school community needs dictate.

There is a large body of research demonstrating that language learning provides students with academic advantages.[1]  The American Council of Teaching Foreign Language (ACTFL) has compiled an extensive body of research on the benefits of dual-language instruction programs. The research, grounded in historical context and current literature, notes that students who learn a second language have increased student achievement results compared to peers, improved cognitive skills, and overall positive attitudes for other cultures.

Counter-intuitively perhaps, it is clear that time spent learning a second language bolsters the learning of the first language too, as students, especially young children, develop cognitive tools that allow them to apply lessons from one language directly to the second.  To achieve bi-literacy and ensure competence in cross-cultural communication, Prince William Academy aims to instruct students in the two languages beginning at age two, making the most of the innate ability of young children to learn language, and contributing to their increased cognitive skills and higher achievement in other academic areas.[2]  Our effort from preschool through eighth grade promotes bi-literacy, grade-level academic achievement, and positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors in all students.[3]

A growing body of research indicates that language instruction provides multiple advantages to students, including:

·      Students achieve well above grade level, even years after their participation.
·      Students become proficient in another language and develop deeper cultural awareness.
·      Non-native English speakers and native English speakers in instruction programs perform as well as or better than their peers educated in other types of programs.  For example, both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers in instruction programs perform better than their peers both on English standardized achievement tests and Spanish standardized achievement tests.

There is also evidence that early language learning improves cognitive abilities and that bilingualism correlates with increased cognitive development and abilities.[4]There is also a correlation between bilingualism and attentional control on cognitive tasks. Furthermore, a correlation between bilingualism and intelligence and between bilingualism and meta-linguistic skills, memory skills, problem solving ability and improved verbal and spatial abilities exists.[5]

Culture is an integral part of language learning, as the language provides a window into that culture and offers students the opportunity to engage actively with it. Research demonstrates that learning a target language helps young children develop positive attitudes to that language and the people who speak it.[6]  At Prince William Academy, students view second language learning and the insights gained into another culture as a normal part of their schooling. 

At Prince William Academy, language acquisition is not just about learning a new language or being able to communicate with another person in a different language.  Cultural understanding and an ability to compete globally is what drives our intensive language studies and compliment our robust curriculum.


Learn more about our friends at Prince William Academy here.  PWA is an advertiser on PwcMoms.com.




Armstrong, P. W., & Rogers, J. D. (1997). Basic skills revisited: The effects of foreign language instruction on reading, math, and language arts. Learning Languages, 2(3), 20-31
Johnson, C. E., Flores, J. S., & Eillson, F. P. (1963). The effect of foreign language instruction on basic learning in elementary schools: A second report. The Modern Language Journal, 47(1), 8-11.
Turnbull, M., Hart, D., & Lapkin, S. (2003). Grade 6 French instruction students’ performance on large-sclar reading, writing, and mathematics tests: Building explanations.  AlbertaJournal of Educational Research, 49(1), 6-23. From PsychINFO database.
[2]Stewart, J.H., Foreign Language Study in Elementary Schools: Benefits and Implications for Achievement in Early Childhood, Education Journal, 2005, 33(1), pp. 11-16.
[3] Dual Language Education of New Mexico, available at http://www.dlenm.org/archive/2007/dlenm/101.html.
[4] Foster, K. M., & Reeves, C. K. (1989). Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) improves cognitive skills. FLES News, 2(3), 4.
[5]Bamford, K. W., & Mizokawa, D. T. (1991). Additive-bilingual (instruction) education: Cognitive and language development. Language Learning, 41(3), 413-429. From ERIC database.
[6]Bamford, K. W., & Mizokawa, D. T. (1989). Cognitive and attitudinal outcomes of an additive-bilingual program. U.S.; Washington:  ED305826
[6] Morgan, C. (1993) ‘Attitude change and foreign language culture learning’ in Language Teaching, 26 (2), pp. 63-75.

Summer Bowling Options

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Published: 04/27/2016

The popular website "Kids Bowl Free" offers free games of bowling all summer long for your registered children.  There aren't any bowling centers near us that participate, but if you know the kids are going to be spending some time at Grammy's house or with the cousins, you can check to see if the bowling center near them is participating.


The AMF Summer Games program isn't completely free, but for just $4.95, kids ages 15 and under can bowl three games per day all summer long.  Add an adult summer games pass for $14.95 and you can bowl with your kids, too.  

For either program, make sure that you sign up online before summer begins and passes run out.

Check out Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at CCA

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Published: 04/08/2016
Update: We were able to attend the show last night (April 15th) and it was just a ton of fun.  On Facebook I said that it was a lot like having your friends put on a show and including a bunch of their favorite inside jokes- except that in this case your friends were quite talented and their jokes were all actually funny.  The narrator is incredibly talented (this play is ENTIRELY song- there's not dialogue at all) and so are her assistants.  What my kids liked most, however, was the humor.  They've already decided they would be a fantastic 3-person camel for Halloween, and I thought my boys were going to fall out of their seats laughing when some of the brothers started beat boxing and singing "Bad Boys, Bad Boys" from Cops.  
The students definitely took a few liberties with historical accuracy, but we really enjoyed the fun, easy-going atmosphere of the play and the extent to which the characters interacted with the audience, whether they were playing up a joke or running laps around the audience.  Also popular with my kids were Pharaoh Elvis and the fact that Jacob was in a wheelchair, which they thought added a lot of credibility to him being old.  Unfortunately, Jacob was also in an air cast, so I think this was more necessity than creative costume decision, but the kids liked it anyway.  

The set was beautifully done and very well used, and overall we thought the show was great! We had a lot of fun.  If there was a downside, I would say it was some microphone issues, but the crew was displaying the lyrics to each song on large screens that flank the stage, so even if you couldn't hear perfectly, you could still follow the whole story.  We went opening night, though, so I'd imagine they'll have those kinks worked out tonight!! This was definitely the most fun high school performance I've ever been to, and I loved how they utilized the whole school in some way- from the Elementary schoolers up through high school.  Just a heads up, they did open with a prayer and end with an altar call (just so you know it's coming).  It's a story based on the Bible, though, so I don't think that was a shocker for most of the crowd.  


On April 15th and 16th , Christ Chapel Academy’s (CCA) Performing Fine Arts Department will put on their rendition of a famous biblical story:  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  The student led play will begin at 7pm each night. 

The biblical story of Joseph is a familiar one to many.  Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musicalize the Biblical story of the young man whose brothers are jealous of their father's favoritism toward him and the beautiful coat he receives as a gift. They sell him into slavery in Egypt, telling their father he has been murdered, but he ultimately becomes important to the Pharaoh through his ability to interpret dreams. This bible story is put to 24 catchy songs complete with choreographed dance and song.

The play is produced and directed by CCA Performing Fine Arts Instructor, Harmony Barbour and student directed by CCA Students Michael Carpenter and Bria Alston. 

Tickets are on sale in the main school office and will be sold at the door.  Prices are as follows:

$3 Children |  $5 Adults  | $15 Family (3 students or more)

About Christ Chapel Academy

Christ Chapel Academy is dedicated to unleashing the leadership potential within each student.  Academically rigorous programs, a vibrant christ-centered community, and a unique multicultural learning environment make CCA a great option for parents who want a smaller school but don’t want to sacrifice big opportunities for their student(s). 


To learn more about Christ Chapel Academy, visit www.christchapelacademy.org

Take a Second Look: Prince William Academy

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Published: 03/29/2016
Prince William Academy, a private, non-sectarian school in Lake Ridge, VA is making some top-down changes to its NAYEC and VISA accredited programs. The changes start with new Head of School, Dr. Jason Lody whose background in international education and school reform make him uniquely postured to turn PWA into the premier educational option in Prince William County.






Dr. Lody was drawn to the 27,000 square foot facility with an international focus because of the difference in what's offered by the curriculum.  The school offers Spanish language instruction and one additional language (Arabic, French, or Mandarin) at all grade levels, as well as full art, technology and music.   While the class sizes at this International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school never exceed 15 students, that doesn't prevent them from also offering ballet, karate, art, sports, music lessons, and student clubs after school.




While what's great about the school is staying the same, many things will be changing under Dr. Lody's direction, including a focus on offering a full middle-school program as an alternative to public or parochial middle school options that currently exist in PWC.  





Prince William Academy invites you out to take a first, or second, look at their 3 acre campus, with a full size gym and rock climbing wall, 
commercial kitchen with nutritious lunches prepared by a CIA trained chef, and 10% tuition reduction for military, law enforcement, educators, and nurses.  If you've written off private education in Prince William County, Dr. Lody would like to personally invite you in to change your mind.  

To find out more about Prince William Academy, visit them online, or on Facebook to learn more about the exciting things happening and changing at this International School. To schedule a tour, call  703-491-1444, and ask for Dr. Lody directly.  He'd love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have personally. 

Easter Egg Hunts 2016

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Published: 02/27/2016
Looking for fun springtime or Easter events in Manassas, Woodbridge, Gainesville, Lake Ridge, Bristow or Montclair? (Or maybe you're one of the brave folks who will drive all over Prince William County!) Here's what we've got! You can email us to add your event to this list for free, but please be kind to us and submit it in the same format you see all of these listings!!

Now, let's hop to it!

Event: Hippity Hoppity Pool Hunt
When: March 5th from 1-2pm
Where: SBDCRC
What:Egg Hunt and Open Swim event. Children will collect floating eggs in the pool and trade them for a “goodie bag”. Find the special egg and receive a special prize!  Children will be grouped by age for the Egg Hunt from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Age Groups: 6 yrs and under (parents may help): 1:00pm - 1:20pm 7 to 9 yrs: 1:20pm – 1:40pm 10 to 12yrs: 1:40pm - 2pm  
Fee: $14/family of 4, $5/child, FREE to SBDCRC Passholders
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/446021715595749/

Event: Breakfast with the Bunny at Matchbox (Potomac Mills)
When: March 12th from 8:30-10am
Where: Matchbox Potomac Mills
What: Potomac Mills will also be offering a chance to have Breakfast with the Bunny on
March 12th from 8:30 am to 10 am at Matchbox. The event is free, but seating is limited.  RSVP online.
Fee: FREE
Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/potomac-mills-kidgits-kids-club-breakfast-with-the-bunny-tickets-21462583164

Event: Bunny Frame Craft Class
When: March 12th from 10am-12pm
Where: Michaels Stores
What: They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.
Fee: $2
Link: http://www.michaels.com/classes-and-events/classesandevents




Event: Eggstravaganza (Pool Egg Hunt) 
When: March 18th from 5-7pm or 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
What: Lots of fun and an egg hunt in the pool! REGISTER ONLINE.
Fee: $14/child, parents free
Link: http://www.freedom-center.com



Event: Easter Egg Hunt (includes adaptive option)
When: March 19th from 10am-12pm
Where: Costello Park, Manassas Park
What: Ages 0-7 can enjoy an egg hunt! Adaptive egg hunt available at 12pm.  Use the codes by age group to register online. 
Fee: $5
Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/manassaspark

Event: Flashlight Egg Hunt
When: March 19th from 7-8pm
Where: Costello Park, Manassas Park
What: Ages 8-11 can enjoy a flashlight egg hunt.  Use activity number 7313 to register. 
Fee: $5
Link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/manassaspark


Event: Tissue Paper Eggs Craft Class
When: March 19th from 10am-12pm
Where: Michaels Stores
What: They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per child, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event.
Fee: $2
Link: http://www.michaels.com/classes-and-events/classesandevents

Event: Egg-cellent Easter Extravaganza
When: March 19th from 10am-12pm
Where: Chinn Park Aquatic and Fitness
What: Come join us for an Egg-cellent egg hunt, face painting, family games, crafts and bounce house fun.  Egg hunt is for children ages 2 - 12.  Must Register by March 10. 
Fee: $5.00 per child, free to children ages 2 and younger
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/955832027786388/

Event: Monkey Joe's Easter Eggstravaganza (Sterling)
When: March 23rd from 2pm-close
Where: Monkey Joe's 
What: On Wednesday March 23, the location will be hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza with $7 admission from 2pm to close. “Easter Bunny Joe” will be available to take photos with children all day. He will also be handing out Easter eggs to each child.
Fee: $7
Link: www.monkeyjoes.com/locations/dulles

Event: Egg Hunt at Camp William B. Snyder
When: March 26th at 9am SHARP
Where: Camp William B. Snyder, Haymarket
What: Be here at 9am sharp! This event moves fast.  Children will be separated by age to hunt for filled plastic eggs. Keep an eye out for the prize winning golden eggs and make sure you bring a basket and your camera! The Easter Bunny will be there for photo ops and fun.
Fee: $5/child by March 23, $8 day of registration
Link: https://scoutingevent.com/?CWBSEggHunt

Event: General's Ridge Egg Hunt
When: March 26, 2016 10am-12:30pm
Where: General's Ridge Golf Course
What: Join us for our First Easter Egg Hunt. Ages 4 & Under 10:00 am - 10:20 am, Ages 5-8 10:30 am -10:50 am, Ages 9-12 11:00 am - 11:20 am. Egg Hunt on our driving range. Must be accompanied by a parent. Crafts on our patio 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Fee: FREE
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/849751228504328/

Event: National Community Church Gainesville Egg Hunt
When: March 26, 2016 2pm-4pm
Where: Buckland Mills Elementary School
What: Featuring carnival games, moon bounce, petting zoo, face painting, picture with a live Easter Bunny, local Fire Truck onsite, lots of free prizes, everyone wins, free raffle prizes including movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, Spark Scooter give-a-way and more. And of course a massive Easter egg hunt!
Fee: FREE
Link: http://eggstravaganzadc.com







Event: Egg Hunts
When: When: March 12/13, 19/20, 26/27 and April 2/3 at 11am and 2pm
Where: Ticonderoga Farms
What: Egg hunts and farm fun.  The Easter Bunny will make appearances, too! 
Fee: $14.95 all day admission (open 10am-5pm) 
Event: Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest
When: April 2/3 from 11am-1:30pm
Where: Great Country Farms (Bluemont)
What:  Your family won’t want to miss the first “crop” of the spring– Marshmallow Picking!! Do marshmallow peeps really grow on trees? Your children will be amazed to harvest a few marshmallows to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs, and we need you to help us find them! There will be multiple egg hunts each day this year, with over 18,000 eggs filled with treats to enchant your children.
Fee: $10

Easter Bunny Pictures at Potomac Mills Mall will run March 3-March 26th.  Times vary, but can be found online here




Easter Bunny Pictures at Manassas Mall will run March 9th-March 26th




Mini Camps for Winter 2015 at Engineering for Kids

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Published: 11/18/2015
Come join Engineering For Kids for fun and educational Classes, Clubs and Mini Camps!

  Register before December 15th and save $10

Use code: WINTER15 at checkout




Our winter mini camps will be held from 8:30am-5:30pm on the following dates at our Lake Ridge Center.
*Lunch is NOT provided. Children are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and snacks. 
(Please NO peanut products)

Winter Mini Camp Schedule:
Ages: 5-14  Cost: $60 per mini camp

December 21st: MinecraftEDU - Traveling into the Future
December 22nd- Robotics 101
December 23rd- Frosty Framework
December 28th: MinecraftEDU - Traveling into the Future
December 29th: Electronic Game Design: Bug Invasion Games
December 30th: Electrical Engineering - Electrified

December Club Schedule:

Junior Engineering Clubs (Ages 4-6) $60 monthly per club
Jr. Discovery Engineering- December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th (5pm-5:45pm)
Jr. Tinkerlab- December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th (9:30am-10:15am)

Apprentice/Master Engineering Clubs (ages 7-14) $75 monthly per club
Robotics Club: Robo Battles- December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th (6pm-7:30pm)
Coding Club:Hardware Engineering-Makey Makey- December 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th 
(6pm-7:30pm)
Girls Only Coding Club: Robotics 101- December 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th (9am-10:30am) 

Mini Camp Descriptions:


MinecraftEDU- Traveling into the Future
Join us in an apocalyptic future, one where the earth has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters. Each day, students rely on the engineering design process to solve a series of challenges such as building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest and even building a rocket to land on the moon! Through the application of engineering principles, students solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.

Robotics101- 
During Robotics 101 program, students will learn the basics of designing, programming, and controlling a fully functional robot. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, mathematical concepts, and engineering principles students will brainstorm, plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions to accomplish a given task. Students will also learn the sequence of communication between the robot, and the programmer by collecting and analyzing data using the robot's sensors.

Frosty Framework- 
Students will construct a gingerbread house in order to gain an understanding of structural properties in architecture, as well as the properties of different materials used in building construction.

Electronic Game Design: Bug Invasion Games 
Eek! The bugs are after our birthday cake!! In Electronic Game Design: Bug Invasion, we will create our own version of an invader defense game that is set in a home where we have to defend our birthday cake from an infestation of ravenous bugs! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to outline the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Electrical Engineering- Electrified
During the Electrical Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine basic electronics and circuits. Students experiment with Snap Circuits® to discover the capabilities of major electronic components. In addition, students build their own flashlights and explore the world of magnetic energy by building their own Magnetic Levitation vehicle.

Christmas/Winter Fun 2015

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Published: 11/10/2015
So, I know that it's November.  And you know that I like letting Thanksgiving do its own thing.  However, I also know you guys get cranky with me around mid-December if you think I let you miss all the tree lightings, Santa arrivals, and other fun Christmas/Winter stuff that happens around PWC!

So without further ado, here's what I know about so far.  If I'm missing your event, please send it to me via email.  (AND YES, PLEASE SEND YOUR HANNUKAH, FESTIVUS, WHATEVER YOU CELEBRATE TOO)

Events you have to pay for are in Green. Freebies are in Red.

Volunteer/Charity Opportunities
Operation Christmas Child Box Collection at Manassas St. Thomas UMC Nov. 16 – Nov. 23
Bring toys, toiletries, and plastic or cardboard shoe boxes to send to children who won't otherwise 
enjoy a Christmas gift. 

Operation Christmas Child Box Packing Party/Loading Trucks at Manassas St Thomas UMC November 20th 6-8pm
Help pack boxes for children in need


NOVEMBER
Frozen Dance Party for Kids at MyBodyMovez Woodbridge, November 14th, 11am-11:45am
Do you wanna build a snowman? Kids ages 2-5 dance, play games and enjoy crafts. Dress up, bring your friends and let's have some Frozen fun! $5/child

Virginia Gateway Fireworks Spectacular, November 14th, 5-8pm
Visit with Santa, fireworks at 7pm, Holiday Performances, Carriage Rides, WMZQ's Michael J, giveaways and more. Free.

Stonebridge PTC Holiday Tree Lighting, November 27th, 6-8:30pm
Funny Little People, Carolers, Carriage Rides, Balloon Art, Face Painters

Workhouse Winter Wonderland Saturday, November 28, 3-7pm 
This free, family-friendly event will feature holiday activities, fine art, Art of Movement demonstrations, entertainment, raffle prizes, food and music.Bring a canned good for the LCAC food drive and receive a 20% off coupon towards art purchases during the holiday weekend. 10% off on Art of Movement classes for new students only.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", November 28th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", November 29th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

DECEMBER
Merry Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting, December 4th, 5:30-8:30pm
The fun begins at 5:30 with holiday music, Santa arrives by VRE at 6pm, and the tree lighting is at 6:30 at the Manassas Museum.  Free hayrides, skating at Harris Pavilion, talk to Santa.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 4th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Breakfast with Santa at Old Country Buffet, December 5th, 8:30am-10am
Have Breakfast With Santa!  Each child will receive a FREE treat from Santa.  No reservations, first come, first served. Under 2 FREE 2 - 3yrs.$2.49 including beverage, plus tax 4 - 7yrs.$4.49 including beverage, plus tax 8 - 11yrs. $5.99 including beverage, plus tax Adults $10.37 including tax and beverage Seniors 60 & up $9.87 including tax and beverage.

Greater Manassas Christmas Parade, December 5th, 10am
Visit the website for route information.  Free parking is available in the parking garage on Prince William and Main.  Handicapped parking in the BB&T lot on Center Street.

Town of Dumfries Christmas Parade, December 5th, 12pm
Free parade begins at Town Hall, features Santa

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 5th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Town of Dumfries Christmas Tree Lighting, December 5th, 5pm
Town Hall, featuring Dumfries Elementary School Chorus

Manassas Chorale Presents "The Spirit of Christmas", December 5th, 5pm
Ticket prices vary, held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Family Advent Night at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 5th, 6-8pm
See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Holidays at Liberia, December 5th, 6-8pm
Experience an 1860 holiday.  Parking at 8700 Centerville Road.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 703-368-1873.  $15/person, $7.50/12 and younger.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 5th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Carriage Rides in Old Town Manassas, December 6th, 1pm-4pm
Leaves from 9341 West Street.  $10/carriage (not per person).

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 6th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 11th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 11th, 7:30-9pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 12th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 12th, 2pm-4:30pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Drive Thru Nativity at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 12th, 5:30-8:30pm
See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 12th, 7-9pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Carriage Rides in Old Town Manassas, December 13th, 1pm-4pm
Leaves from 9341 West Street.  $10/carriage (not per person).

Candy Factory Presents "A Christmas Carol", December 13th, 2-4pm
Center for the Arts is located at 9419 Battle Street Manassas.  Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students or seniors 55+.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 16th, 5-8pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 17th, 5-8pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 18th, 5-8pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 18th, 7:30-9pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 19th, 10am-5pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

"It's a Wonderful Life", December 19th, 2pm-4:30pm
Enjoy the beloved classic at the Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge.  $12/adults, $8 ages 12 and under, ages 3 and under are free.

Canticles in Candlelight Cantata at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 19th, 7pm-8pm
See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Winter Wonderland Train Show, December 20th, 10am-5pm
FREE train show provided by the National Capital Trackers.  Admission is free, so please bring a canned item, a toy, or cash to benefit SERVE instead.

Christmas Dinner at Manassas St Thomas UMC, December 25th, 11am-2pm
Please consider joining us on December 25th for this FREE meal served on Christmas Day.  Bring your families, friends and neighbors.  Enjoy a special time with scrumptious food, creating new memories, meeting new people and sharing in the celebration of Jesus’ birthday.


CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES (Thursday Dec 24th Unless Noted)
Manassas St Thomas UMC
7pm, 9pm, 11pm, all are welcome. See http://www.stthomasumc.org/ for details.

Northern Virginia Youth Ballet's 2014 Nutcracker

NUTCRACKERS
November 28th NoVa Youth Ballet, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Tickets are $25 or $25
December 17-20 Manassas Ballet Theater, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Tickets are $25-$65

"Race to Stop Traffick"

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Published: 08/28/2015
October 17th at 9am, join others from around the region in a "Race to Stop Traffick" 5k.  The 1 mile fun run ($15)  and timed 5k ($25) will also feature a post-race food stop and family fun activities including a moon bounce.  You can register HERE or visit them on Facebook to learn more.

100% of proceeds will go to Operation Underground Railroad.

Cheers Art Studio Summer Camp

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Published: 07/19/2015
 This past week, my youngest (7) was able to go to art camp at Cheers Art Studio.  Their camps are 1/2 day mornings (9am-12pm).  You pack your child a snack, but everything else is provided in terms of art supplies.  Ages 6-12 will enjoy these camps, with everyone able to have fun at their own artistic level.  Camp is $125/week and there are still 3 weeks available for your creative fun (well, your child's creative fun, and your 3 hours of "me time").
This is the class with their final projects :) 

Savannah's week was "Drawing People and Animals" which included:
Monday- Trace ourselves full figure/ Full Skeleton (pencil and crayons)/ Shapes and Shading
Tuesday- Skull/ Shading techniques to create texture (pencil and charcoal)
Wednesday- Portraits- finishing half the page (charcoal)/ How to Draw Animals from shapes (pencil)
Thursday- Self-portraits/ How to Draw Animals (charcoal)
Friday- Animals- paint your pet or endangered animal (paint)

And finally, since you guys enjoyed our video Newsies Review, here's what Savannah thought of art camp at Cheers:
I don't know why I keep shooting these sitting in my bed.  I have so many pretty places in my house...next time I will try to be a little more creative :) 



Disclosure: Thanks to Cheers for having Savannah out for a week of camp!! We were gifted a week of camp in order to do our review, but all opinions are honest and our own.  Have you ever tried to script a 7 year old? Can't be done, even if I wanted to. 

Classic Portraits

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Published: 07/03/2015
My momma is a college student (so proud of her!) and is almost done with her degree, so she's amping up her job search, and my dad is on the market, too, so they both needed to update their resumes.

With social media being such a key part of the job search these days, places like LinkedIn want you to have a headshot, and neither of them had a current one.  I was really excited to be able to be somewhat helpful by setting up a gift session with Deanne from Classic portraits.  She did my head shots after I was sick (when I was informed that my headshot no longer looked like me....speaking of which, these no longer look like me- but I did enjoy rocking the short hair!)
And I think she did an amazing job on my parents, too!

Here's my gorgeous mama who will finish her degree in Business Management:

And here's my dad, an IT manager, who we refer to as "Coach Papa" around here:
Deanne is really wonderful to work with.  She's kind and has a great eye for detail, doing things like coming over to fix a stray hair or tilting your head just-so.  When she did my head shots, she stood on a ladder so I wouldn't have more than one chin....not that that's a problem I have....

You can find more info about headshots, maternity, engagements, senior pictures, family portraits, or any other type of pictures with Deanne on her website  (note- it plays music, so if you're at work don't crank the speakers!) or visit her on her Facebook page! 
I love working with Deanne and have never had anyone give me anything but the highest praise when I've recommended they work with her!! If you attend the Real Housewives of Northern Virginia events, you've seen her there, too- she works every one of them! 

Thanks for another great session, Classic Portraits!

Disclosure: I paid for my parents pictures, and it was worth every penny :) I just really love Deanne. 

EFK Summer Camps (And a coupon!)

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Published: 06/09/2015

Stonebridge Kids Series 2015

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Published: 05/25/2015

Stonebridge Potomac Town Center

14900 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, VA 22191

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

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

Leesylvania Canoe Tours 2015

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Published: 05/20/2015
Throughout the spring and summer, Leesylvania Sate Park will be offering Canoe Tours.  Tours are $9 per person, or $6 if you reserve a group of 4 or more.  YOU MUST REGISTER 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling 703-583-6904. 


Stonebridge Summer Movies 2015

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

2015 Potomac Nationals Home Games

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Published: 05/14/2015
I tried to match up the promos I thought you guys would be interested in with the Potomac Nationals Home Games.  There's a few promotions every night, but some of them (i.e. Beer Tasting Night) aren't kid-centric so I skipped those :) Fireworks nights are hilighted in yellow, and the ever-popular $1 Monday is in aqua.  As always, BUY YOUR FOURTH OF JULY TICKETS EARLY!! That sucker sells out every year! 

I would WAY prefer to go to a P-Nats game than a Nats game.  I know that's sacrelige to some of you, but I hate parking in DC, I hate the enormous stadium where you are so far removed from the action, and I hate baseball.  There, I said it.  

And yes, I know, hate is a strong word. 

If I'm going to watch baseball, I'd rather be close in, not packed in (although on 4th of July it's cozy) and not pay some sketchy guy $50 when he's probably going to scratch up my car to park it.  



May 19th 7:05pm vs. Carolina
May 20th 7:05pm vs. Carolina
May 21st 7:05pm vs. Carolina
May 27th 5:05pm vs Wilmington DOUBLE HEADER
May 28th 7:05pm vs Wilmington
May 29th 7:05pm vs Wilmington
May 30th 6:35pm vs. Myrtle Beach FIREWORKS
May 31st 1:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
June 1st 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach $1 MONDAY
June 2nd 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
June 12th 7:05pm vs Frederick  KIDS RUN THE BASES/SCOUT NIGHT
June 13th 6:35pm vs. Frederick FIREWORKS/GIRL SCOUT NIGHT/BASES
June 14th 1:05pm vs. Frederick KIDS RUN BASES
June 18th 7:05pm vs Carolina
June 19th 7:05pm vs Carolina KIDS RUN THE BASES
June 20th 6:35pm vs. Carolina  FIREWORKS KIDS RUN THE BASES
June 21st 1:05pm vs. Carolina KIDS RUN THE BASES
June 28th 6:05pm vs Carolina FIREWORKS
June 29th 7:05pm vs Carolina DOLLAR MONDAY
June 30th 7:05pm vs. Carolina
July 4th 6:35pm vs Wilmington FIREWORKS
July 5th6:05pm vs Wilmington FIREWORKS
July 6th  7:05pm vs Wilmington DOLLAR MONDAY
July 7th  7:05pm vs Lynchburg
July 8th  7:05pm vs Lynchburg
July 9th  7:05pm vs Lynchburg SUMMER CAMP DAY
July 15th  7:05pm vs Myrtle Beach
July 16th  7:05pm vs Myrtle Beach
July 17th  7:05pm vs Myrtle Beach KIDS RUN THE BASES
July 18th  6:35pm vs Myrtle Beach FIREWORKS/ KIDS RUN THE BASES
July 31st  7:05pm vs Salem KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 1 6:35pm vs Salem FIREWORKS KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 2 6:05pm vs Salem FIREWORKS KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 11 7:05pm vs Winston-Salem
August 12 7:05pm vs Winston-Salem TEACHER APPRECIATION
August 13 12:05pm vs Winston-Salem SUMMER CAMP DAY
August 14 7:05pm vs Wilmington KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 15 6:35pm vs Wilmington MILITARY APPRECIATION/FIREWORKS/KIDS RUN THE BASES
August 16 6:05pm vs Wilmington FIREWORKS/ZIMMERMAN BOBBLEHEAD
August 24th 7:05pm vs Frederick DOLLAR MONDAY
August 25th 7:05pm vs Frederick
August 26th 7:05pm vs Frederick
September 1st 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
September 2nd 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
September 3rd 7:05pm vs. Myrtle Beach
September 4th 7:05pm vs. Salem KIDS RUN THE BASES
September 5th 6:35pm vs. Salem RALLY TOWEL/FIREWORKS/KIDS RUN BASES
September 6th  6:05pm  vs. Salem RALLY TOWEL/FIREWORKS/KIDS RUN BASES

September 7th 7:05pm vs. Salem RALLY TOWEL/DOLLAR MONDAY

Leesylvania State Park 2015 Event Calendar

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


2015 Leesylvania State Park Kids Fishing Tournaments

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

Guest Post: BumbleABC

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Published: 01/18/2015
Thanks to Katrina for sharing about BumbleABC with us! If you'd like to guest post, just shoot me an email! 



BumbleABC is a wonderful little place inside of Engineering for Kids located in Lake Ridge, Virginia. Bumble ABC offers workshops, classes, and programs for infants – 6 year olds. They also offer field trips and birthday parties.

BumbleABC was founded and created by two local moms,  Lisa Dillard and Dori Roberts. How cool is that?!

We went and checked out their Open Play for the first time the other day. Im not sure what I was expecting going in, I mean I knew it would be good, but this place is so awesome. My kids are still talking about it days later!

When you first walk into the building there is a waiting area and a customer service desk! Off to the side is a little spot for coffee, tea, and water.

So once you get your kiddos name tags and get all squared away with the awesome people at the desk, you can go into the play area.

OHHHHhhhhh the play area! There are HUGE foam blocks for building, a Lego wall, an area with magnaforms, potato heads, etc., a wind tunnel, a car track, a room for infants (a ROOM for INFANTS yall!), and oh so much more.

The kids had so much fun. They painted, they ran, they jumped, they used their little noggins, and got all that built up energy out!

The things that stuck out to me the most were how KIND and ACCEPTING the employees were of all the children, and the layout. I love that I can see my children pretty much wherever they went.

Quote from the 2 year old “I loved crawling through the tunnel!”

You can check out there upcoming Open Plays ( and other programs) HERE. (Link for that is http://bumbleabc.com/registration/)

Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
 
 
Katrina is a Stay At Home Mom to three, one girl and two boys, and wife to her high school sweetheart. She is passionate about her faith, family, natural living, the outdoors, and all things creative. If you liked this post you can find more at Sunflowers On The Hill, where she blogs about life as a SAHM, her faith, and as well as everything in between. You can also follow her on Facebook and Pinterest.


Holiday Camps at Engineering for Kids 2014

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Published: 12/12/2014
  
Engineering For Kids® 
 Holiday Mini-Camps  


 
Spots still open in Woodbridge & Stafford! 

Discovery Center - Woodbridge

Set Sail!
December 22nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; Ages 7 - 14; $60/child.   
During this one day camp, student will learn the principles of boat design, buoyancy, friction, and motors by working on various marine projects from Cartesian diver in a bottle to a motorized power boat. At the conclusion of the camp students will get to take home all of their creations.
 
Junior: Wind-Up Robot!
December 22nd
10:00am - Noon; Ages 4 - 6; $20/child
Step inside our workshop and build and design your own robot. Learn what goes on in side a wind-up toy and how it works - without batteries! Become a mechanical engineer and design your very own wind-up robot.

Junior: Software Engineering
Scratch - Go to the Moon!
December 22nd
1:00pm - 3:00pm; Ages 4 - 6; $20/child.
Learn the basics of computer programming while helping an astronaut complete his journey to the moon. Students will create their own custom character and write a script it to fly to the moon. All students will leave with a functioning program that they can run at home.
 
Rambling Roller Coasters!
 

December 23rd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
During this one day workshop students will work in teams to build the tallest, fastest and craziest roller coaster that Engineering For Kids has ever seen and explore the concepts of gravity, friction, centripetal force, and various kinds of energy. Join Engineering For Kids for this exciting and educational workshop.
 
Create a Video Game!
Platform Games
December 29th
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
   
During this one day camp, students get a chance to explore the work of video game design, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a two-dimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.

Chemical Engineering:
Crazy Concoctions!
December 30th
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
   
During this one day camp, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine various mixtures and solutions with different chemical properties. They develop solutions to clean up an oil spill, synthesize their own rocket fuel, and investigate the secrets behind color pigmentation.
 
Mechanical Mayhem!
January 2nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
   
During this one day camp students will become Mechanical Engineers by learning about the different forces and energy such as gravity, inertia, kinetic energy, and potential energy through fun, hands on activities such as creating sail boats, balloon powered cars, and roller coasters.
 
 
Engineering For Kids - Stafford
 
Create a Video Game!
Platform Games
December 22nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
During this one day camp, students get a chance to explore the work of video game design, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a two-dimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.

 
Minecraft Madness!
December 23rd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
In this brand new camp, students will tackle a wide range of engineering challenges, all within the virtual world of Minecraft.  Students move through time into an apocalyptic future, one where the earth has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters.  At each point in the camp, students will need to rely on the engineering design process to solve a series of increasingly difficult challenges such as surviving on limited resources, building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest, and even building a rocket to land on the moon!  The fate of the human race relies on the classes imagination and engineering know-how.  Through application of engineering principles, students will solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.
 
 
Create a Video Game!
Racing Games
December 29th
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
During this one day camp, students get a chance to explore the work of video game design, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.

 
Minecraft Madness!
January 2nd
8:30am - 3:30pm; ages 7-14; $60/child.
 
In this brand new camp, students will tackle a wide range of engineering challenges, all within the virtual world of Minecraft.  Students move through time into an apocalyptic future, one where the earth has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters.  At each point in the camp, students will need to rely on the engineering design process to solve a series of increasingly difficult challenges such as surviving on limited resources, building a city on a series of islands, escaping from a bunker on Mt. Everest, and even building a rocket to land on the moon!  The fate of the human race relies on the classes imagination and engineering know-how.  Through application of engineering principles, students will solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.
 
Click Here for Mini-Camp Registration
*Registration is required for all of these programs*
 

 
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Upcoming at BumbleABC Lake Ridge

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Published: 12/11/2014

Bumble Science - Fascinated about Flight
Mondays- January 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Ages 3-6
In this four week class, little scientists learn about various methods and means of flight by using the scientific method to experiment with a wind tunnel, a straw rocket launcher, balloons, pinwheels, helicopters, airplanes and more!
Bumble Music - Circles, Spots & Dots
Mondays- January 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Ages 3-6
In this four week class, little bugs enhance hand-eye coordination, rhythm skills, music awareness and gross motor skills as they learn about circle shapes through fun, interactive music and movement games, they are engaged by parachute-play and they play instruments while moving, rocking, marching, tapping, clapping, singing, and dancing to the beat!
Bumble Art - Build-a-Bug
Wednesdays- January 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Ages 3-6
In this four week class, little artists pretend to be construction workers and enhance fine motor skills and creativity by using various building methods such as cutting, painting, gluing and more to construct a different bug each week!

Bumble Sports - Taking Aim
Wednesdays- January 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Ages 3-6
In this four week class, little athletes explore team-building concepts, enhance fine and gross motor skills, and practice hand-eye coordination by engaging in fun, interactive games and activities centered on basketball, golf, bowling and ping pong!
Open Play Workshops in Lake Ridge
Mondays and Wednesdays
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Infants to age 6
This open discovery workshop encourages creativity and cognitive development as children advance in association and problem-solving abilities, while constructing with various large building blocks and other materials. Friendships and social skills will also form as children work and grow together!

Holiday Ice Show at PW Ice Center!

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


Milla's Playland A Play Gym Designed for Parents and Children Aged 10 Months to 4 1/2 Years...