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.
 
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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! 


Meet Lisa Dillard and Bumble ABC

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Published: 12/01/2014
Lisa Dillard is a local mom and founder of Bumble ABC


Bumble ABC was born out of the idea that it would be great if there were something else in the Woodbridge area for little ones.  I found myself driving further and further out to find things to do with my two year old son.  The idea was originally born out of that,” said Dillard.
 
Bumble ABC enjoys a partnership with Engineering for Kids, utilizing their space during EFK’s down time.  They use existing classrooms and add more “little kid” options including playmats, tunnels, and tents, and swap the regular Legos out for Duplos.
With the learning center that Engineering for Kids just opened, there was some open calendar space during the day, so we’re using the down time in their space until we can open our own space.
 
“Each week open play has a theme,” explained Dillard. “We change the dress up clothes, craft, and toys to engage the children.  It’s not necessarily structured, but directed play.”
Bumble ABC holds open plays on Monday and Wednesday from 10am-12pm.  Open play is $10 per child, infants are $5 or free with a paid sibling. Bumble ABC also offers discounts to mommy groups and private groups, with a maximum of 20 kids.  They also offer mobile classes for preschools as well as birthday parties.  Classes are currently available in Science, Music & Movement, Sports and Art (ages 3-6).  They plan to offer Baby & Me Classes and Music & Movement classes (ages 0-3) soon.
 
For more information about Bumble ABC, visit them on Facebook or their Website


Disclosure: Bumble ABC is an advertiser with PwcMoms, but all opinions are our own. 

Christmas/Holiday Fun Guide 2014

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Published: 11/18/2014
I know, I know, I like to let Thanksgiving get it's time in the sun, but then you guys would miss many of these tree lightings, etc. so I'm just gonna post it now.

ALL OF THESE EVENTS ARE ALSO ON OUR CALENDAR.  IF YOU WANT DETAILS OR DIRECTIONS, JUST GO TO THE DAY AND CLICK THE EVENT. 

If you'd like to add your event, please email me.  It's free. It's easy.  Whoohoo.

Ice Skating/Ice Events
Outdoor Ice Skating at Harris Pavilion is $8 for adults and $7 for kids under 10.  Skates are available for $4.  Best bet? Go on a Wednesday in January and skate for free from 6-8pm.  Note that on warm days I find this ice to be really soft (this is only a problem if you're a serious skater).

Indoor Ice Skating at Prince William Ice Center is $8 for everyone and $2 for skate rental.  Days and times vary.

Prince William Ice also offers a popular Snow and Story, which you can visit on open days or schedule for your playgroup.



And one day camps

Haymarket Iceplex offers ice skating for $7 adults, $6 for kids 12 and under, and $3 for skate rental.  Times vary.

Tree Lightings
December 5th in Manassas, begins at 5:30pm at the train depot, lighting at 6:30 at the Museum.  Free.
November 28th at Stonebridge 6-8:30pm, includes performances, carriage rides, and more!

Family Fun Days/Larger Events
Virginia Gateway's Festive Family Fun will be December 6th from 4:30-7:30pm and will host Santa, Mrs. Claus, face painters, balloon twisters, and more!

Parades
December 6th in Manassas begins at 10 am.

December 6th at Manassas Mall from 1-4pm (you can spend all day in Manassas!)



Crafting
December 6th at the Candy Factory in Manassas, you can make your own gingerbread house.  Preregistration is required. $27/adult and child couple, $10 each additional child, $10 supply fee.

Christmas History
Join Liberia Plantation for Christmas Past on December 6th from 4-7pm.  $15/adults $7.50/kids U12

It's 1943 and time for holidays on the home front at Rippon Lodge! Join them December 7 from 5-8pm for $5pp.

Learn about past Christmas Traditions and meet Santa at Rippon Lodge on December 7th from 12-3pm.

Take a candlelight tour and see what Christmas was like for those who were enslaved. Ben Lomond Historic Site, December 13th 5-7pm.

December 20th from 10am-4pm, join Leesylvania State Park for a Civil War Christmas.  $2pp or $6/family

Carriage Rides
Sundays in December until Christmas, hop a free carriage ride in Downtown Manassas.  1pm-4pm from the train depot.

Train Shows
December 10-14th join the Center for the Arts for a Train Show.  Admission is a canned food item for SERVE.

Santa
Tickets for the Santa Train will go on sale (and sell out completely in about an hour) on November 24th.  Visit their website for details.

December 6th at Williams Ordinary in Dumfries from 10am-4pm, Pictures with Santa: $5.00 for 4x6 or $10.00 for 8x10, also can make pomanders.

Learn about past Christmas Traditions and meet Santa at Rippon Lodge on December 7th from 12-3pm.

Children with special needs and their families can visit Santa at Manassas Mall on Sunday December 7th from 8-10am.













Performances (@Hylton Center unless otherwise noted)
Northern Virginia Youth Ballet will present their Nutcracker, featuring Russian ballet stars direct from Moscow, on November 29th at 2pm or 8pm.

Gainesville Ballet will present their Nutcracker on November 28th at 2pm or 8pm.

A Chanticleer Christmas will be November 30th at 4pm.

Catch a Big Band Christmas Extravaganza December 4th at 7:30.

Christmas in New York December 5th at 7:30.

Clara's Christmas will be presented December 7th at 3:30pm or 7:30pm

American Festival Pops December 12th at 8pm.


Manassas Chorale December 13th at 5pm.

December 14th at 8pm, Clint Black Christmas.

December 19th-23rd, Manassas Ballet will present their Nutcracker.

Family Friendly Religious Services

Giveaway: Girls on the Run 5K

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Published: 10/30/2014
Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia has an upcoming PWC Race! (Plus their colors are fantastic!)






Pfitzner (Potomac Nationals) Stadium
Woodbridge, VA
Saturday November 22, 2014
8:30am Race Start 



Runners of All Ages and Abilities are Welcome
5K shirts for all registered participants. 
Medals for all race finishers.


Come run, walk, skip, or roll across the finish line with us and support 2,000 girls in Northern Virginia as they achieve their goal to complete a 5K.  It's all about setting a personal goal and doing our best to achieve it! 


Want to join the fun? Enter to win Free race entry for you and your running buddy, plus a swag bag of Girls on the Run branded merchandise! Can't wait to win? Register online HERE. 


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As always, our giveaways are provided by the sponsor and governed by our giveaway rules, which you agree to by virtue of entering to win. 

Featured Organization Friday: Street Light Winter Clothing and Tent Drive

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Published: 10/17/2014

Date Night: Cheers Art Studio

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Published: 10/06/2014
Gina from Cheers has been inviting me out for some time to check out their studio- but to be honest, I've been avoiding it because I have zero artistic talent.

Maybe negative zero.  Can you have that?

Anyhow, we were near each other at the Bumps, Babies, and Beyond Expo and she invited me to come for their first "Date Night" this past Friday, and since there was nothing on the calendar, I said yes.  I figured worst case scenario, my husband and I could make fun of each other's total lack of talent in the painting department.  Don't get me wrong- if you need a room painted in one solid color, my husband is a boss- but painting anything else? Probably no.

But then, the strangest thing happened.  We had a ton of fun, and it turns out we don't suck nearly as much as we thought we did!

Let's back up.  Cheers is a "fun evening out" venue in Woodbridge off Minnieville Road.  You can bring your own libations and snacks, and an art teacher takes you through a prepared project.  I found individual Tiramisu and Wine Juice Boxes.  I am not really a drinker- and these were gross.  I don't recommend them.  (Or maybe that's just me not being a wine drinker) The tiramisu was good.

On the night we went, we were making two love birds sitting on a branch.  The sample project was daytime, but the teacher went on to demo an evening scene for those of us who needed different colors for our houses- which is what we went with. The people sitting near us were really nice, and incidentally, our friends showed up (totally unplanned!) so that was fun, too! First we did some swirly colors.  I was really good at this part.  Light in the center, dark on the outside.  The good news is, if you accidentally get some red or some green in your brush, people think you were being artsy! Just go with it! Don't tell them you're, in fact, a giant klutz!
Next we made birds.  There was a trick! We made ovals, filled them in, and then put the brush flat on the canvas and swirled it around itself to make the head.  #EvenICanDoThat
So here's where it started to get a little dicey.  I happen to like following directions.  My husband, however, wanted to be all innovative and do squares instead of circles.  I wanted to get an attitude about the fact that our finished product wasn't going to look like the teacher's (and therefore was not going to be winning), so I just sat back and let him go with the squares.  If I'd been making my own, I would have copied EXACTLY because that's how you DO it. 
 I drag this poor man out to more weird stuff than is fair, so the least I could do was let him do the squares.  Then he abandoned me to take a work call, so I added some color to each square and decided it was okay since everyone else was like "Wow, squares!!" I assume they were doing that to be nice, but I am pretending it's because it looks good.
In the end, we totally had fun.  We were even both impressed with our ability to make swirly colors and birds.  I'm not saying we're going to quit our day jobs, but it turned out pretty good considering the source (namely, two un-talented people!). I think we'd actually both really like to do it again- which is really surprising because this is not our thing.  I'd get my own canvas, though, so that I can copy the teacher exactly, because that's the kind of kid I am.  If you like to work cooperatively, that's perfect for date night...but if you're a little more independent, there's lots of individual options, too!    There was lots of laughing going on, and everyone seemed to have a good time. 
Ultimately, everyone's seemed pretty happy in the end :) A lovely way to spend a Friday night with my favorite guy in the world. 

For more information about Cheers, and to see their upcoming projects, visit their website or their Facebook page.  

Thanks to Cheers for having us come out! While our session was gifted to us, all opinions, including those about wine in a juice box, are my own.  As always when I'm talking about date night, make sure you use a designated driver. 

Fall Fun Guide 2014

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Published: 09/30/2014



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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






Anniversary of the Potomac Blockade 2014 Living History

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Published: 09/20/2014

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

Featured Organization Friday: ACTS iWalk

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Published: 09/19/2014
Fall is around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendar for the 4th Annual IWALK for ACTS on Saturday, October 18. ACTS of Prince William and Image Church are excited to team up with the Potomac Nationals to host this year’s event at our new location Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge. This year’s event is shaping up to be a day of fun, fellowship, and fundraising that you won’t want to miss!

The details …
4th Annual IWALK  for ACTS
Saturday, October 18 
Pfitzner Stadium * Home of the Potomac Nationals
7 County Complex Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Registration @ 9 a.m., Walk @ 10 a.m.
Free community festival – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$20/person or $50/family
Register now at www.iwalkforacts.com.

We are encouraging groups to sign up together and create a group fundraising goal. This year, the highest group fundraiser and the highest individual fundraiser will each win a prize! This is a great opportunity to give back to your community and help our neighbors in need.

Funds raised through this year’s event will support ACTS of Prince William. ACTS provides relief, fosters hope and promotes self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crisis due to hunger, homelessness and personal violence. By joining as a participant, your support will help:
... keep ACTS' Help Line open 24 hours a day so that our community members in crisis have somewhere to turn.
... give individuals facing abuse resources and reassurance that they are not alone.
... keep the doors open at our shelters so that families have a place to call home until they are back on their feet
... feed hungry children in our neighborhoods through the ACTS Food Pantry.
... families keep the lights on through Emergency Assistance and provides resources for making ends meet.

Thank you in advance for joining us. With your help, we can make a difference, one family at a time.

September Reader Meetup: Edgemoor Art Studio

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Published: 09/12/2014
Ruth Johnsen, fabulous owner of Edgemoor Art Studio is hosting our September Reader Meetup! We'll be giving away spots to 20 children whose moms are fans of Edgemoor on Facebook (you'll enter using the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post)

In addition to being my favorite art studio, Edgemoor was the winner of the 2013 Kathleen K Seedfeldt Award for Arts Excellence.  The studio offers classes for preschoolers (phonics and art) through high school as well as hosting special events, amazing birthday parties, and group events for scouts etc. 


For our September Reader Meetup, Mrs. Johnsen will host ages 3-6 on Thursday, September 25th from 10:30am-Noon.  Children will participate in a fall-themed art morning including stories, apples, pumpkins and more!! This is NOT a drop-off event, so parents will need to plan to stay.  

Hope to see you there! Good luck! 

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This reader meet up is sponsored by Edgemoor Art Studio.  Winners assume all risk and liability and are responsible for their children while at the event.

Giveaway: Kids N Motion

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Published: 07/30/2014
Ah, Kids N Motion.  We have spent some serious birthday party time there!! My oldest son used to have the "if you want to invite one person you must invite the class" mandate, which meant everyone was not going to fit into our townhouse- but they'd definitely fit (and need a nap) after Kids N Motion.  My daughter actually decided to have her birthday party there this year, which was fantastic because it was the week before Silver Sparkles and I didn't have to do a thing except send an evite and pick up the cake.

In addition to birthday parties that will fit your entire class, Kids N Motion also offers open play, parents night out, a preschool program, and a drop-in Summer Fitness Program, which is fantastic if you need a morning off-duty but don't want to pay for a week of camp, or if you have an appointment to get to.

As a bonus for those of you with allergies, Kids N Motion is a peanut-free facility.  I know that is a concern for many of you on the page!  They also do school fundraisers.

For today's giveaway, Kids N Motion is offering a $50 gift card good for Parents Night, Open Plays, Parties, Preschool and Camps (anything they offer).  Enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

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Disclosure: By entering you are agreeing to all of our giveaway rules.  Gift Card is provided by KNM and any issues/liability/play-related difficulties should be directed to them upon claiming your prize. PwcMoms is further not responsible if your kids fall asleep in the car after open play and then wake up when you get to your house and won't go back to sleep and do the "I'm so cranky" thing all afternoon.  We've all been there, but it's not my bad. Good luck, have fun.

FREE Physicals/Sports Physicals

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Published: 07/21/2014

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

Kids Fishing Tournaments Summer 2014

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


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

Summer Camp Options 2014: Prince William Ice Center

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Published: 04/29/2014
Prince William Ice Center offers several fantastic camp options, including their Eleite Hockey Camps!! Check them out for the hockey fanatic in your life!! If you have a lower-level skater, or someone more of the "figure" than "hockey" persuasion, check out their Fun Camps below!

Sponsored Post: Help Wanted @Natural Mom Home Day Care

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Published: 03/31/2014
Natural Mom Home Day Care is seeking an energetic, responsible and patient person to provide care for 3-4 children (ages 18 months and 3 years) on occasional sick days and vacation in our State Licensed Home Day Care. You’re welcome to bring your children with you (depending on the ages). Meals for you (and your children) will be provided, you’ll have to cook easy meals (often just heating as they are prepared ahead of time) and feel comfortable changing diapers.
Toys, books, projects and a basic schedule are here to assist you, and with few exceptions the days are fun and stress free. You would need to have transportation here and back, but you would not need to transport the children. Our hours are from 7am-6pm, and all children nap together for about two hours. Background checks are needed as well as CPR and first aid certification. If you aren’t already certified, I can help you get certified.
This would be a great job for a stay at home mom who is happy staying at home, but would like the opportunity to make extra money occasionally while still staying with her child.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, I’d love to meet you!
You can contact me with a description of your experience and information about yourself at naturalmomdaycare@gmail.com,  a resume isn't needed but your philosophy on child care and a lot of information about yourself would be great!
 
This is a sponsored post with content provided by Natural Mom Day Care.  It does not represent an endorsement by PwcMoms, or a guarantee of employment. 

Upcoming Event: FREE Ice Skating

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Published: 03/27/2014

30 Acts of Kindness Task 14: Hypothermia Shelter Dinner

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Published: 03/14/2014
During February, March (because snow is not my friend) I'm celebrating my 30th Birthday with 30 Acts of Kindness suggested by readers The point of these posts isn't to "brag" about what I've been doing, but rather to raise awareness about different organizations in Prince William County and share how you and your family can get involved in making our area a better place to live.  If you'd like to join me in any of my assignments, or if you participate in one on your own, I'd love to get your picture and/or story to share!! I'd love to think this is making a difference, and I hope that you'll join me! 

The Bill Mehr Drop-In Shelter is run by the Cooperative Council of Ministries (CCOM) and is located at 14730 Potomac Mills Road.  If you're on Telegraph Road just past Toys R Us, where you could turn left onto Opitz/Smoketown to go to Wegmans, but you go straight towards the bus depot instead, you will eventually dead-end into the shelter.   From November 1-March 31 from 6:30pm-7am, this space is also used as a 50-bed hypothermia shelter.  This allows area residents who typically sleep in tents or other makeshift spaces to come in from the cold and sleep safely.  The space also offers shower facilities.  Patrons are offered a ride to churches on some nights where dinner is provided, but some cannot or prefer not to go, and some nights there's not a dinner option, so I was very excited that you guys helped me to bring a simple meal over.  Chick Fil A Sudley Manor Drive happened to be celebrating their 50th Anniversary of the Chick Fil A Sandwich by giving away 50 of them.  To win, entrants just had to say what they'd do with the sandwiches and have friends/family/facebook vote for their idea.  You guys are an awesome flash mob ;)  I picked up all 50 of my sandwiches at once and drove them over to Woodbridge one fine Wednesday evening.

My car smelled so buttery and delicious.  


I needed to take the heated bag back to CFA, so I had a good excuse to sit and chat with folks while they ate.  I love talking to people, and there were a lot of really great stories shared around the table.  This was a really easy and quick way to do something positive.  We actually did this as an impromptu family project when the "Polar Vortex" first came though.  My mom really has a heart for people not being cold- it's actually an ongoing joke with us that she cannot drive through DC in the winter without "losing" her coat.  She and her BFF brought over materials to my house and with my kids we packaged PBJs, Cup of Noodles, Crackers, and a treat up so the shelter could hand them out.  There's a kitchen in the facility, so hot water, microwave, and fridge are available. Simple, easy, and still helpful- this was definitely an easy act for anyone to try!! I bet it'd work just as well with $5 pizzas from Little Caesar's if you don't have a contest to win! 

PS- while the shelter will be closing at the end of the month for evenings, they'll still have the drop-in shelter open during the day.  They have a list of needed items, including boots in various sizes, on their website, so be sure to check that out! 

30 Acts of Kindness Task 9: Helping Hands of Grace

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Published: 02/09/2014
During February, I'm celebrating my 30th Birthday with 30 Acts of Kindness suggested by readers.  The point of these posts isn't to "brag" about what I've been doing, but rather to raise awareness about different organizations in Prince William County and share how you and your family can get involved in making our area a better place to live.  If you'd like to join me in any of my assignments, or if you participate in one on your own, I'd love to get your picture and/or story to share!! I'd love to think this is making a difference, and I hope that you'll join me! 

Our American Heritage Girls (AHG) group helps out periodically at the Helping Hands of Grace meals held at Grace Baptist Church in Woodbridge. Helping Hands of Grace holds dinner for those utilizing the winter shelter each Friday evening from November-March.  Guests are picked up from the winter shelter and brought back to the church for a short devotional and meal.  HHG also helps with the drop-in shelter (Bill Mehr Drop-In Center) from April-October, which provides access to showers, restrooms, and a light meal before and after typical work hours.  Grace takes meals on Tuesday evenings. They also help out at the Hilda Barg Center providing meals.
Serving dinner at the Helping Hands of Grace Friday evening meals is a fantastic project.  Again, there were no age limits, so as long as you have adequate adults to supervise you can bring your whole family.  Our AHG troop had a great time.  As with any service opportunity where there are lots of people in and out of a space, you'll want to make sure you're managing your children well and not letting them wander, but that goes for any activity.  For our Friday night project, each family signed up to bring a casserole, a side dish, salad, bread, or dessert.  We brought our food prepared, although there an oven and a microwave are available for reheating items.  Kids helped set up the tables, adults laid out food and prepared drinks (lemonade, coffee, I believe there was iced tea).  During dinner, both children and adults served guests food and children went around refilling drinks.  After dinner we all helped with cleanup and packaged the leftovers into provided containers to be taken back to the shelter for those who couldn't/didn't take the shelter over to eat.

We originally planned to go as a whole family, but Logan and Savannah had been in the car all afternoon and weren't feeling well, so Riley and I stayed, while Austin took our little two home.  Riley is 10, and he was really a rockstar doing this- I think 9 or 10 is a great age for kids to be engaged in service like this because they're old enough and experienced enough to do a lot of work on their own.  Granted, younger kids can obviously serve salad or bread and greet people with a smile, but I really enjoyed watching Riley keep himself busy and working- he's got a good heart :)

If you'd like to get involved with Helping Hands of Grace, contact ministry leaders Steve and Melissa Brooks to volunteer or for information at helpinghandsgracebaptist@gmail.com or 703-403-8612.

Breakfast With Santa at PW Ice 2013

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Published: 12/14/2013
Breakfast with Santa at Prince William Ice Center will be Saturday December 21, 2013 from 10:30-12.  Be sure to register ahead of time, either online or in person!

Hylton Planetarium

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Published: 12/13/2013
While the Hylton Planetarium isn't my typical Friday non-profit/charity, they do only operate based on community involvement and attendance.  New shows run between $10,000 and $20,000 a pop, and that money comes from groups coming in.  We had an awesome time, so I'm sharing today :) If you have a child who attends PWCS, they'll benefit from the awesome planetarium at some point, too! 


We had the chance to take a field trip to the Irene V.Hylton Planetarium at Hylton High School this past week, and it was so much fun!

As part of our memory work curriculum, we are learning astronomy facts this year.  My kids have memorized the parts of the sun, the planets, types of stars, phases of the moon, types of other objects in our solar system, and the names of US space missions.  Our group decided to do the Planetarium as our culminating trip, although I know another group did it as their introduction. 

The planetarium offers several different programs that homeschool groups, moms groups, retirement communities, girl scout/boy scout troops, or just a bunch of people who are super into astronomy can choose from.  We selected a program for grades 3-7 called “Earth, Moon, Sun”, which could have probably included a little more technical information for our group of kids, but they absolutely loved everything about it, especially the coyote “scientist” who kept blundering things up.  They spent a lot of time laughing and definitely liked the presentation of the material in such a 360 format.  I enjoyed the fact that they wove in some mythology and talked about how much our understanding has changed over the years.  I thought it was very well done.

Other programs are available for various age groups.  When you email the director, Anthony Kilgore, to set up your program, he can help you select for your group. 

As for details, you’ll need a minimum of 30 people, and the facility can accommodate a maximum of 60.  Shows are $10 per person, and for groups they ask that you give one cash payment or write one check.

The show was really fun.  The program isn’t anything like I remember- when I was little and you went to the planetarium, there was a giant “ball” that projected stars onto the ceiling and then the attendant would point things out with a red laser pointer.  Now, the presentations are more like movies projected on a dome, but they’re still very cool and the kids like the presentation of the material in such a fun format.

At the end of our program, the director Mr. Kilgore, who is fun and engaging with students, took our extra time to show us one song from his current holiday laser program which was amazing.  First, he explained to us that there are only three lasers in the planetarium, a red, a green, and a blue.  However, using a complex series of mirrors, he’s able to turn those three lasers into an incredible show of light coordinated to music.  The kids were in absolute awe, and I thought they  might absolutely lose their minds when at the end of the song it started “snowing” in the planetarium. 

If you’d like to catch a laser show, there are public performances each week during December:
Friday, December 6th/13th/20th 2013
6:00pm - Laser Holidays
7:30pm - Star of Bethlehem
9:00pm - Laser Holidays

You can purchase tickets at the planetarium Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm, or in person if there are seats left the night of the show.  Bring $10 per person, exact change, and be sure to arrive 10 minutes prior to showtime and use the restroom before you go in! Once the doors lock, you can’t get in, although you can leave- but that means if you walk out to use the restroom, you’re not going to see the rest of the show, so prepare accordingly!

We really enjoyed our field trip, and it would be an awesome way to earn an astronomy badge, or to enjoy a fun trip for any group (did I mention that we took a group of kids to the planetarium for my oldest son’s 7thbirthday? We did.  And we schlepped all the way to the David Brown Planetarium in Arlington(!) and it wasn’t nearly as nice as Hylton’s, which is right in our backyard.  I don’t remember what made us have to go to Brown, I think Hylton was already booked the night we needed to do his birthday party, but just for comparison’s sake, Hylton has a nicer interior and equipment, as far as I can tell!


For more information about the Hylton Planetarium, or to book your group or event, please contact Director Anthony Kilgore, via email or at 703-580-4000. 



Someone pointed out that I forgot my funny disclaimer!! My bad!!  I was not compensated or remunerated in any way for this post.  I didn't snag a discount for being awesome, either, although that's never happened so I'm not sure why it would start now.  All opinions are my own based on our experience. Your experiences may vary, and PwcMoms is not responsible for your kids trying to turn your basement into a laser show, or the crick in your neck from looking up at the show for an hour.  Try stretching first.

Week in Preview: December 2-December 8, 2013

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Published: 12/02/2013
I said "Brrr" it's cold in here, there must be some Toros in the atmosphere...

No?

Nobody?

"Bring it On" reference aside, it is COLD.  Bitter, nasty cold.  I'm so not okay with that.  I like Virginia winter- the kind where it's a frigid 55 in mid-January.  I do not like the kind where it's 34 on Thanksgiving Day. 

I'm moving to Florida.

If you're staying here, then here are a few ideas for fun events and activities this week.

Pre-Register or RSVP for:
Wednesday, Prince William Ice Center will host one of their very popular "Snow and Story" drop in dates.  Our popular Snow and Story Hour is designed to provide toddler and pre-school age children with a safe and fun time playing on our ice, with snow and a variety of toys.  The on-ice session is followed by cookies, hot chocolate and a story. The cost is $7 per child.  Email mbrennan@pwice.com to reserve you spot.  Space is limited.

Wonders of the Holidays (Ages 3-5) Code 310191
Tis the season…We will celebrate the season through reading books that explore the magic of the holidays.  $15 SBDCRC December 5th, 9:45am


Pancakes with warm syrup & sausages, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider.
            Adults – 3 large pancakes and 3 sausages with a drink
                Children – 2 large pancake and 2 sausages with a drink
                *Space is limited to 80 for each seating
Saturday Nov. 30th 10am,  Sunday Dec. 1st 10am, Saturday Dec. 7th 10am, Sunday Dec. 8th 10am, Saturday Dec. 14th 10am, & Sunday Dec.15th 10am
Register online@ http://www.ticonderoga.com/christmas-trees/


Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an afternoon of adventure with Vianlix Mestey's original story, "In Santa, We Believe", live onstage!
Just when you thought everything was going great, Santa's workshop grinds to a halt! Will Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves do what it takes to make sure Christmas Day happens? Come find out, as this tune-filled story unfolds.
Show dates: Saturdays, November 30-December 28
Show Times: 1pm (55 minute show, with one intermission)
Tickets: $12 adults; $8 children under 12 years old
*Limited seating, advance ticket reservations are recommended for this event. Reserved tickets may be collected at Will Call beginning 30 minutes prior to event, doors open for seating 15 minutes prior. Produced by Mestey Films Productions, this is a live-theatre performance for children and families.


Monday, December 2nd
Chinn Library will have your whole family covered tonight.  Younger children can enjoy "bedtime story hour" at 7:15, and if you have middle or high schoolers, plan to arrive early at 7pm so they can take part in a free holiday craft program.

Tuesday, December 3rd
At 10:30, Drumming with Dishes: Holiday Edition will play at the Lorton Workhouse.  Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the musical play Drumming with Dishes: Holiday Edition.What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? Just such an adventure awaits a toddler when she introduces her shy imaginary friend to a very special kitchen, where instead of food, they'll cook up beautiful music! This gentle, playful adventure celebrates friendship and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary as you never know just what will become a musical instrument next. Purchase tickets here.

In DC, but could be fun, the National Building Museum will host a special story time reading "The Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett. Book of the Month: Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am. Free with admission to Building Zone. Recommended ages 3-5.

Wednesday, December 4th
From 10am-12pm, you can take your kiddos and "Stroll and Roll" in Stafford.  STROLL & ROLL is back at The Cavalier! Stroll & Roll is a session aimed at kids ages 1-5. They can practice skating, go wild in the Play Zone or bring their favorite ride on toy and whiz around on our huge floor. Stroll & Roll is held every Wednesday from 10:00a-12:00p starting September 4th. Admission is only $3 per child and moms & dads are FREE! Mommy & Me and MOPS groups are welcome! Bring a friend and spread the word!

Bull Run Festival of Lights is open nightly starting at 5:30 on weekdays.  We've had better luck when we go early in the month- you can wait on line to get IN for upwards of an hour closer to Christmas. Just sayin :)

Thursday, December 5th
Salt Dough Ornament Making (December 5 at 7pm)
Manassas Park Community Center will supply the materials and know-how, you just come create.  $3/pp fee covers everything you'll need. 

Friday, December 6th
Merry Old Town- Make time to enjoy old-fashioned family fun at the "Merry Old Town" celebration in Old Town Manassas! The holiday fun begins at 5:30p.m. with holiday music and at 6:00p.m.when Santa arrives at the Manassas Depot via VRE train. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be at 6:30 at the Manassas Museum.  Take a free hayride around Old Town and go for a skate at the Harris Pavilion ice rink. Of course, Santa will hear the Christmas wishes of all the children at the Harris Pavilion gazebo.

Hylton Planetarium will offer three shows.  Your best chance for tickets is to get them in advance at the box office at the high school, M-F 7:30am-4pm.  $10pp bring exact change.
Friday, December 6th, 2013
6:00pm - Laser Holidays
7:30pm - Star of Bethlehem
9:00pm - Laser Holidays

Saturday, December 7th
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10 a.m.
Old Town Manassas. See amazing floats, local celebrities, live performances, marching bands, equestrians, animated characters, giant balloons, and Santa at the Manassas Christmas Parade. The parade route begins at Mathis Avenue and concludes at the intersection of Center Street and Grant Avenue. Enjoy enchanted Christmas stories at the Train Depot from 2-5 p.m.

Join us at Good Shepherd UMC in Dale City for "Merry Larry" Join us for this free fun movie event to view the new Veggie Tale Christmas movie called "Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas" featuring Si Robertson "Uncle Si" from Duck Dynasty as "Silas" the narrator....you know it will be fun for all ages!  Everyone is welcome. 10am. 

5-6pm, Town of Dumfries Tree Lighting Join the Town of Dumfries for our Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event!  Please stop by Town Hall, between 11/20-12/6, and pick up an ornament, to decorate, and place on the Town Tree! Visit www.dumfriesva.gov for details!

Sunday, December 8th
Free carraige rides will leave from the Train Depot and take you around Old Town Manassas from 1 pm-4 pm. There is no admission charge for this event.

Catch a presentation of the Nutcracker at Faquier HS at 4pm or Osbourn HS at 3pm. 

Week in Preview: November 18 to November 24, 2013

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Published: 11/18/2013
I'm not entirely sure how we got so gosh darn close to Thanksgiving so quickly!! Wasn't is JUST Halloween?

Goodness, time flies.  Part of that, for me, is probably that we've had a series of guests, a little snafu with insurance, a birthday party to plan, and my never-ending string of doctor's visits (ugh).  However, I doubt I'm the only one that feels like I'm on the holiday bullet train!

Hopefully you'll have some time this week to enjoy a few fun events with your kids! Don't forget that we've already got our Christmas/Winter Fun 2013 guide up! We'll continue adding to it as businesses and organizations send us their events.  Don't forget that it's FREE to be on our guide and calendar!!

As always, these are just a few of the events you'll find on our calendar! Check out the "calendar" link above for more ideas and details!! Also, while you're there, use the "propose an event" feature to add your business, church, organization, PTA/PTO events!! It's free and easy! 

Pre-Register/RSVP/Buy Tickets For:
Look What I Made! (Ages 3-5) Code 310121
Class participants will be able to make their own playdough and ooblek. $15, register in advance, November 21 9:45am Dale City Rec Center

December 12th, 7-8pm at Bull Run Library, your child can make a sugar cone tree, but registration, in person or by phone, is required. 

Monday, November 18
Someone just asked me about sign language classes, and while I'm not aware of ongoing ones, today at 1pm, you can check out "Signing Storytime" at Chinn Library. This is a free, drop-in program for children ages two and up and their caregiver. No tickets or registration is required.

There will be a free parenting class in Dumfries from 7-9pm.  Come out and get some fresh ideas and encouragement.  Email Dumfries Cares for more information bjordan@dumfriesva.gov.

Tuesday, November 19
$2 Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week :) University Mall Theatres isn't actually in Prince William County, but saving $10 a ticket (not to mention $16 on popcorn!) is worth a drive to Fairfax for me!! This week, they're showing Planes, Despicable Me 2, and Percy Jackson 2.  My kids laughed SO HARD during Despicable Me 2 that I can't even describe it.  I thought they were going to be sick.  If you haven't seen it, we give it two thumbs up!

Need a way to keep your kids active as the weather cools down? Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio is offering Family Yoga on Tuesday evenings at 5pm.  Drop in, or purchase a punch pass for savings.

Wednesday, November 20
PWC Moms sponsor Animated Child will hold an open house for their French Immersion Preschool Program! I think this could be especially pertinent for children whose base school offers the IB Early Years program or an Elementary World Languages Program, such as Lake Ridge Elementary.  10am-11am.

The Harris Pavilion in Manassas offers outdoor ice skating at a rate of $7 per adult and $6 per child.  Skate rentals are available for an additional $6. Hours vary, check www.harrispavilion.com for details.

Thursday, November 21
Kidgits club meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 10am for different fun activities.  It's free for everyone to attend, or, for $5 per child per year, you can get a Kidgits membership and enjoy special perks, like a goodie at each meeting or a spin on the prize wheel every time you shop! Plus a t-shirt and something special for your birthday.

At 10:45, check out Muncha Buncha a weekly storytime for children ages 2-6, accompanied by an adult. If your child wishes to do the craft, please pick up a craft stick at the information desk before the program. Craft sticks are limited to the first 24 children.  Nov 21 - Harvest Feasts.

Chinn Library has their monthly craft night at 7pm. Discover your inner-animal spirit in true Native American fashion and then wear it proudly. This is a free, drop-in family program. One craft per child.

Friday, November 22
Bull Run Festival of Lights opens this week! Festival of Lights: November 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Hours: Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.  You can read our review here, with my tips on how to go on the cheap (PS- watch deal sites, too!).

Saturday, November 23
From 1-2pm, your child can join the Chinn Book Club! Join our monthly book club in which children read a book appropriate for their age. A free, drop-in program. No tickets or registration is necessary. Parent attendance & support is strongly encouraged.

The Cashore Marionettes will be at Hylton Performing Arts Center at 4pm (2pm is sold out) presenting "Simple Gifts". Adults: $15.00 Children: $5.00

Sunday, November 24
Bring your reluctant reader to PAL (People Animals Love) provides early readers and kids who just love to read the opportunity to read to a registered therapy dog in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your own book or use one of ours. Ages 6-10, Chinn Library, 1-2pm

At 4pm The Center for the Arts’ Pied Piper Theatre opens its 2013-2014 season in November with a rollicking musical production of Willy Wonka, Jr.  Bring the entire family and everyone will go home singing the “Oompa Loompa” song and “Candy Man.”

Celebrate Thanksgiving early (as opposed to Christmas, which I noticed was sneaking out in October) Sunday, November 24th, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Epiphany Lutheran Church, and Lutheran Church of the Covenant will join together in a Service of Thanksgiving and Holy Communion hosted by Epiphany. The service will begin at 6:30pm. A dessert reception will follow the service.

Giveaway: Game Truck of Woodbridge Party!

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Published: 10/23/2013

 Today's super fun giveaway comes to you from our sponsor, Game Truck of Woodbridge.  We're incredibly thankful for the businesses that support what we're doing here at PwcMoms, so that we can keep bringing you free events, ideas, and more!! Thanks, Game Truck! 
 Game Truck of Woodbridge will come to your event location and host an awesome party.  They run a state-of-the-art Mobile Game Theater featuring four flat screen TVs, dozens of video games, the latest consoles, climate control (yes, you can even party in the truck now that it's getting cold!!) and experienced GameCoaches who staff your party!!  
Whether your child is a gaming aficionado and would love a high-tech party, or you're hosting a larger event for your organization or business, Game Truck of Woodbridge has you covered! 

Here's what other parents have to say!
"I was amazed by it all and from beginning to end they made me comfortable with my decision to choose Game Truck for my son's birthday. He was so happy and is still talking about it I can't wait to do it again. We most definitely will be doing it again =) THANK YOU" 

"I have nothing to suggest! Game Truck was a wonderful addition to our Labor Day event for the staff and residents of SERVE. Thank you for sharing the day with us!" 
"Awesome awesome awesome! My son loved it as the birthday boy :) 

For Today's Giveaway, here's what they're offering!!

Enjoy an exciting party in comfort and style with GameTruck of Woodbridge. With our state-of-the-art Mobile Game Theater featuring five flat screen TVs, dozens of video games, the latest consoles, climate control, and staffed by experienced GameCoaches, we bring you the ultimate gaming experience. We handle schools, corporate events, private parties and birthday parties.

While supplies last all party guests get a Skylanders Swap Force poster and a Trash Pack toy collectible. The birthday VIP also gets Skylanders Swap Force figure. 


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If you don't win (or can't wait!) here's a bonus:
We would also like to make a special offer to PWCMOMS. Book a 2 hour party and save $40 when you mention coupon code (ZM42). Coupon is only good for the Woodbridge location and areas we serve. Offer expires Nov 15th Call Andrea at 703-946-5088 or email andrea.smith@gametruckparty.com to book your party today or get more information. 
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