Fun Community Event at Pattie Elementary 2016

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Published: 04/04/2016
We are excited to announce the NEW event Heroes, Helpers & Hotdogs and it's open to the entire community.

The event will showcase many Heroes and Helpers with a "touch a truck" area, live demonstrations, and many interactive booths and activities. In addition, there will be hotdog lunches for sale, as well as concessions and snow cones. There is a $5 suggested donation upon entry.

"Touch a Truck Vehicles"
Prince William County SWAT Truck and Motorcycle
Prince William County Sheriff Cruiser
New Virginia Tractor
Leesylvania Ranger Force Vehicle
Dumfries Police Department
DB's Plumbing and Drain Truck
Waggy's Towing Tow Trucks

Obstacle Course – Make your way through a military style obstacle course

Prestige Martial Arts -See if you can break a board!

Photo Booth – Take a picture with or as your favorite hero!

Wounded Warriors Service Project – Draw a picture or write a letter to Wounded Warriors at Fort Belvoir

National Museum of the Marine Corp Teaching Trunk – Try on uniforms from the Colonial Era

Interactive Information Booths
Semper K9 - Find out how these dogs are helping our Heroes!

FEMA - Learn about the power of water and floods with the FEMA watertable

Prince William Public Health Department - Help keep up us Healthy

Potomac Pediatric Dentistry - Dentists help keep our teeth clean and healthy

Montclair Community Library - Information on our New Community Library

Montclair Lion's Club - Audio and Vision tests will be available

Leesylvania State Park - Learn about the park and talk with a ranger

Prince William Forest - Speak with a Park Ranger and learn about this local National Park

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - Information on NetSmartz, 411 and Child KidSmartz

Animated Child - check out these childcare helpers and teachers

US Coast Guard - learn how the Coast Guard protects our ports

NextCare Urgent Care - Doctors and Nurses are Helpers when we get hurt or sick.

Check back here or the website site often for information on confirmed vehicles and organizations and the latest schedule of events.

Guest Pots: Tips for a Happy, Healthy Easter

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Published: 03/21/2016

Thanks to Health Wise Home for this fantastic set of tips for keeping Easter Happy AND Healthy!! 

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Easter

Easter is almost here! As an adult, I look forward to our family’s traditions that surround the holiday. When I was a child, I looked forward to many of those same traditions, but my main focus was centered around one common theme: Easter candy! Between school celebrations, a visit from the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, and family celebrations, I was practically swimming in jelly beans, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate bunnies by the end of the Easter weekend.
As a health-conscious parent in today’s over-commercialized world, trying to maintain a healthy balance can be especially challenging around the holidays. It seems like everything is centered around candy, and lots of it. I have found that the best solution for our family is to allow our children to enjoy the celebrations outside of our home (class parties, community events, etc.) at their own discretion, and try to make our home and family celebrations centered around more meaningful things, like having fun together!
With a little planning, you can help create a happy AND healthy Easter for your family. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1.    Choose a Healthier Theme for Easter Baskets. Chances are, your kids are going to get plenty of Easter candy between school, community, and family celebrations. Instead of focusing on filling their baskets up with candy, pick a healthier theme that appeals to your child’s interests or upcoming events. In years past, we have done a Sports theme, a Beach theme, a Garden theme, an Art theme, and a Rainy Day theme. My kids look forward to seeing what the new theme will be each year!

2.    Mix Up the Egg Hunt. Who says that all of the plastic eggs have to be filled with candy? Mix things up a bit. The anticipation of “What will be in the next egg?” makes the egg hunting even more fun. Fill some of the eggs with trinkets, money (always a BIG hit), or family fun “passes” (family movie night, stay up 30 minutes past your bedtime, a trip to the zoo, etc.). You can even turn your egg hunt into a scavenger hunt by filling each egg with a different clue leading everyone to a final prize or destination.

3.    Play with Your Food. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. That’s what Pinterest is for, my friends! With a little creativity, you can create an Easter spread that is healthy and visually appealing to your children. Better yet, let your kids play with their food to come up with their own healthy Easter creations.

4.    Enjoy the Holiday. At the end of the day, holidays are meant to be joyful celebrations that bring family and friends together. Don’t stress over the little things. Instead, try to find a healthy balance that works for your family and then focus on enjoying the moments and time shared with those that bring the most love and joy to your life.

Happy Easter!

Sarah Young is a wife, mother of three, Health Education Specialist, and healthy living advocate. She created Health Wise Home several years ago to help educate, empower, and inspire others to "Eat Healthy. Live Well.". In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family and her dog, Maple. You can find her at her website, Health Wise Home, and on Facebook, too!

Previous St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans I Have Had

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Published: 03/17/2016
This year I've been a little preoccupied with Silver Sparkles and I haven't done anything fun, but if you're still looking for some St. Patty's ideas, here's what I've got in the "blast from the past" department.

1) Leprechaun Room Raid (2012)
"We're neither Irish, nor Catholic, but Logan's favorite color is green and Riley spent all his free time building "Leprechaun Traps" after being jealous about the treats and mischief at Savannah's preschool.  I decided (at 12 am, which is when my best inspiration always strikes) that I'd go with it, so, here's what I did.  The leprechaun mischief:  This involved a skein of yarn, some tape, and a package of green balloons.  Luckily the kids are having a "sleepover" together tonight, so I only had to sneak around one room!!  In the kitchen I drew a picture and threw down some glitter.  I have 0 artistic skill, I know, so no laughing at my leprechaun!! Also on the table are goody bags for the kids.  Each kid got a shirt, bracelet, 7 Up, crayons, gum, granola bar, lollipop, and jello.  The boys have flat green shirts and green "lucky" bracelets."

2. Rice Krispies Treats Shamrocks (2010) 
(Did you know that you can dye your rice krispies treats any color you want by adding food coloring to the melted marshmallow goo? You can. You can also cut them and frost them to look like clovers. With decorator sugar. FYI.)

3. Teacher Gifts (2010) 
"These are a little more involved, but we did them over two days. So, here goes. First the supplies. You will need to assemble some glue, glitter, a terra cotta pot, your green scrapbooking paper scraps, scissors, bamboo skewers, a green crayon, tape, floral foam, small brads and ribbon. o, first things first, paint a line of glue around the top edge or rim of your pot and roll it in glitter. We put our floral foam inside first. Also, if you've never tried Martha Stewart's glitter- you totally should. So, next, paint a little glue on your floral foam (or sqeeze it out, whatever floats your boat) and let your baby cut up a ton of ribbon to be grass. We also added some confetti. That's optional :) So now we have a glittery pot of grass! Hooray! Next, cut up your scrap papers into hearts. You'll need 4 as far as I'm concerned, per 4 leaf clover. Savannah preferred 3 and Logan enjoyed 5. But I say 4. Either way, it was a good way to practice counting to whatever number. Line them up in circular formation, and attach them one at a time with the brad. We also had a little circle plastic embellishment that came in our brads. I had run out of green by the time I decided to take this picture, so there's an orange one. True story, the flag of Ireland is Green, Orange, and White. I'm an unintentional GENIUS ;) Fabulous! Now, peel your crayon a little so that you can use it on the side and color the skewers green. I'll wait. Done? Excellent. So, now you'll want to either glue or tape them to the back of your shamrock. I'm not very patient, so we prefer tape. Once you've assembled them, stick them into your floral foam. At the end, we add a square piece of paper to a skewer and write "I'm so lucky you're my teacher" and the child's name. Or, in Savannah's case, Coach, since she has a swim coach, but no teachers yet. :) Although this would be cute for a Sunday School teacher, too, no? People tend to forget them, and they need love, too!"

4. Limericks and Graphing Marshmallow Lucky Charms (2015) 
I should note that as the kids get older (and by kids, I mean "the boys") things get less cute at my house.  This "adorable" Limerick exercise ended up being about a dead guy.  Thank you 5th grade boys.
We also graphed Lucky Charms.  I made them glue them down and told them they couldn't eat them (I had extras as a treat) but the boys ended up licking theirs after they were glued down to show me who's boss.  Thanks, again, Y chromosome! 

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
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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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

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! 

Manassas Airshow 2015

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Published: 04/27/2015

Manassas Airshow

May 2, 2015

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Many of the finest local aerobatic performers are coming to the Annual Air Show and Open House at Manassas Regional Airport in 2015. You’ll see some of the top aerobatic pilots and teams! Everyone with the Manassas Airshow is passionate about aviation and airshow entertainment. Our goal is to inspire you and the future aviators of tomorrow with safe, top quality, family friendly entertainment. The Manassas Airshow and Open House will present a wide variety of Displays and Attractions for the entire family to enjoy including the Freedom Museum based at the airport!
The thrust of the exhibit is the 20th Century – the American century. What you will see is a time line on which the stories of our local heroes are told. Many of the exhibits are artifacts and source documents donated by our local citizens. You will see the Norton Bomb Sight, military art, and the story of combat as told by the participants. Don’t miss the Local Heroes Memorial recognizing all of the men and women from Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County who died in all of the wars from WW I to present. You will come away with a new feeling of profound respect and admiration, for the sacrifice of families in our community.
Aircraft Displays
American Aviation
American Helicopters
Virginia Airborne Search and Rescue Squad
Aviation Adventures
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Flying Circus Airplanes
L-39 Gurardi
Commemorative Air Force
Dulles Aviation
B-25 Ponchito
WWII Tanks and Jeeps
EAA Chapter 186 – Aircraft Display
As part of the airshow, EAA Chapter 186 will be displaying a variety of member-owned aircraft. These aircraft will consist of Certified airplanes (such as Cessna, Piper, Beech) as well as homebuilt airplanes. Some of the homebuilt airplanes were built by their owners and some were purchased from the builder. One owner will be bringing his partially completed RV12 kit built aircraft. Kit-built or Experimental aircraft are similar to plastic model airplanes you built when you were young. Only when you are done with these kits, you can fly in them!
People unfamiliar with amateur-built aircraft are sometimes put off by the term “experimental”, as it can conjure up an image of something less than a “real” aircraft, or something that’s unproven. But that is not the case– “experimental” merely mean that the aircraft isn’t mass-produced in a factory. In addition, all experimental aircraft must be registered with the FAA and pass a stringent airworthiness inspection conducted either by the FAA. The plane MUST pass this inspection before it can be issued an airworthiness certificate and legally fly.
All aircraft owners will be around their airplanes and able to answer questions about them as well as letting you sit in them and see how the flight controls work. Come see the wide variety of aircraft that your neighbors own.
Military Re-enacters and Displays
Re-enactor volunteers representing different times of war will be attending show. Many authentic items will be on display including: Vehicles, Uniforms, Machine Guns, Mortars, Anti Aircraft, weapons of all kind, camps with supplies and various gear of war.
On display will be U.S., British, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Canadian. You will be able to touch a real MG, climb into a vintage tent and talk with subject expert Re-enactors.

Saturday in the Garden 2015

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Published: 04/07/2015

Saturday in the Garden 2015

Taught by VCE - Prince William Master Gardener Volunteers
Teaching Garden at St. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow,  20136. All programs are free and run from 9 a.m. - Noon. Free but registration is requested, please call 703-792-7747 or email 
Save the Dates!
April 11 - Companion Planting - Discover which plants, grown side by side, benefit each other and result in healthier plants and better garden yield.  Join the Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners for planting potatoes and turning cover crops.

May 9 - Good Guys and Bad Guys – When you see an insect on your plant do you immediately squish it? You may be targeting an ally instead of your enemy!  Learn about the many insects that help us in the garden. Tips and Tricks in the organic vegetable garden. Secrets from Cooks’ Garden volunteers.  MGPW Plant Sale – find some new plants for your garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden

June 13 - A Walk Through the Native Bed with bed leaders, Jannell and Karen. Want to save water and have a garden that survives our dry summers?  Join Master Gardener Volunteers, Linda and Sally for tips and tricks used in the Drought Tolerant bed. 

July 11 - Composting - Learn how to make “black gold” by turning  grass, leaves and clippings into dark brown, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner.  Compost also holds moisture and nutrients for the garden so flowers and vegetables are more beautiful and abundant. Join Joe and the Master Gardener Compost team for the full story on compost.  Starting Fall Vegetable Garden – Now is the time to plan to have fall salad greens and sweet root crops growing for weeks beyond the first frost. Get tips from Cooks’ Garden Master Gardener Volunteers to help you extend your vegetable season long beyond the heat of summer.

August 8 - What’s that Weed?  Get help for identifying those troublesome weeds in your lawn and garden.  Sniff your way through the Fragrance garden with wise, Ruth Johnston as she shares wisdom and  experiences with plant selection and care in this beautiful garden bed. 

September 12 - Fall chores in the garden – Join Master Gardener Volunteers as they prepare for fall and winter in the garden.  Topics for discussion include clean up, plant division, soil preparation.  Fall Cover Crops in the Cooks Garden –  Cover crops protect soil from erosion and enhance soil productivity and health, yielding better vegetables.  Cooks’ Garden Master Gardeners show you how.  MGPW Plant Sale – Add some new plants to your fall garden! Proceeds support the Teaching Garden
October 10 - Living Soil - Healthy soil is a web, retaining and cycling nutrients into the right forms at the right rates, building soil structure, suppressing disease-causing organisms, protecting plants, and decomposing toxic compounds. Learn about the necessary elements of a healthy soil web.  Join the Cooks’ Garden team and learn seed saving tips. 

Hayfield Comic Con

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Published: 03/16/2015

Hayfield Comic Con is coming!
Hayfield Comic Con, Hayfield Secondary School’s first ever comic convention and fundraiser, is coming this April 11th from 10 AM- 4 PM. Hayfield Comic Con, which will support and be supported by the combined after school program “Club Orange”, will provide a learning experience for student artists, as well as activities for everyone to enjoy.
Building off of the years of convention experience from the show organizers, Hayfield Comic Con will provide attendees with an authentic convention feel that has something for everyone, be they new to conventions or old fans. Attendees will be able to participate in a Cosplay Contest, meet with student and professional artists, attend panels about a variety of topics, and take pictures in the “Cosplayground”. And, best yet, admission is FREE!
The con will also introduce an event called the “Epic Loot Table”. This table, run by Hayfield high schoolers, will be the heartbeat of the con. This table will run the “Club Orange Raffle”, giving people the opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win a variety of sci- fi, fantasy, gaming and comic prizes. This table will also be where people can participate in the “CONquest”, a convention hall scavenger hunt to win even more raffle tickets. All proceeds from the raffle will go towards funding “Club Orange” for the rest of the school year.
Held inside Hayfield Secondary School’s two cafeterias, with student volunteers, as well as free tables for Hayfield Students, it promises to be a convention like no other. It is the hope of Hayfield Club Orange to bring a love of art, comics, and video games to the Northern Virginia area, as well as provide a place for people to have fun being themselves amongst other fans.
For more details, directions and the latest news you can find Hayfield Comic Con online on Facebook at
Limited space for vendors, guests and artists to exhibit is still available. For any questions, to reserve your space or for press inquiries please contact Scott Markley at 

Spring Break Camp Options 2015

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Published: 03/11/2015
Here are some awesome Spring Break Camp Options!! I think it's about -17 with the wind chill today, so why not think some warmer thoughts and get a jump on the break week rush!

Dates: March 30 - April 3
Times: 8:30 - 11:30 (Morning) Noon - 3:00pm (Afternoon) 8:30 - 3:00pm (Full Day)
Location: Engineering For Kids STEM Discovery Center
12436 Dillingham Square
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Price: $165/half day $300/full day
Ages: 7 - 14

Wreck-It Week (Morning, Classroom 1)
Smash!  Crash!  BOOM!  Students in this camp will join Wrecking Companies for the week and will attempt to work their way up the ranks of their company from Intern to President.  They will compete against other wrecking companies in various engineering-related challenges, such as building a bridge from balsawood and constructing safety mechanisms to protect a raw egg from impact.  Put on your hard hats and safety goggles and join the fun!

Minecraft: Traveling into the Future (Morning, Classroom 2)
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 application of engineering principles, students solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.  

The Engineering of Cities (Afternoon, Classroom 1)
Do you have what it takes to engineer a city from the ground up? Students will work together as a construction crew to design and build magnificent cities from nothing but a little engineering and their own imagination. Crews design essential urban structures and solve real-world challenges, such as developing a process to purify water and generate electricity. Sign up to help your crew build the best city in town!

Minecraft: Traveling into the Future (Afternoon, Classroom 2)

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 application of engineering principles, students solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity once again.


Spring Break Ninja Camp at Premier Martial Arts in Woodbridge, VA! March 30th-April 3rd 2015 Drop off time between 7am-8am & Pick up time at 4pm. Space is very limited and it's first come, first served. The cost for this camp is $125/child and be paid directly to Sensei Luis Acosta no later than March 24, 2015. Please call 703-625-8378 for more information and to reserve your child's place in our Ninja martial arts training camp! This camp is for kids ages 7 & up! See you there !

Animated Child
Extended Morning Hours:
6:30-7:30a.m. | Bean Bag Layback Activities
7:30-8:00a.m. | Breakfast
Regular Camp Hours:
8:00-9:30a.m. | Kodu Gaming Design
9:30-10:30a.m. | Team Sport
10:30-10:45a.m. | Snack
10:45-11:45a.m. | Kodu Game Design
11:45a.m.-12:00p.m. | Upload Game
12:00-1:00p.m. | Lunch/Literacy Hour
1:00-5:00p.m. | Minecraft Learning Lab
3:00-5:00p.m. | Field Trip Full Day Campers

Extended Evening Hours:
5:00-5:30p.m. | Minecraft Learning Lab
5:30-6:30p.m. | CAD Engineering Game

Daytime Playtime
We are offering Spring Break Camp the week of Monday, March 30th- Friday, April 3rd, during this time the children will be introduced to some of the fun themes we have planned for our 2015 Summer Camp. What a wonderful way to get ready for SUMMER!  
“GONE CAMPING!”  On this day we will make s’mores, build a camp fire, use fishing poles, build tents, and so much more that the great outdoors bring us!!
“CONCOCTIONS GALORE!” On this day we will do experiments, discovery and creativity is what this day is all about.  Children will learn about the amazing world of science!!
“ENCHANTED FOREST!” On this day we will venture together into an enchanted forest where unicorns still exist and the tree fairies fly.  We’ll be on the look-out for trolls and giant ogres as we follow the path that leads us back home!! 
“OUTER SPACE!” On this day we will explore the wonders of space! Experiments and imagination will play a key role in this exciting day.  So let’s get into our rockets and BLAST OFF!!
“PIRATES & VILLAINS” Ahoy there mateys. On this day we will set sail on the open sea in search of the “buried” treasure hidden.  We’ll get your eye patch ready and your bandannas pulled tight as we follow the map that leads to the gold!! 
Our Spring Break Camp pricing is the same as our 2015 Summer Camp with the same flexible schedule:

$45 drop in fee- $125 3days- $185 5days- $250 Full 5days

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Easter Egg Hunts/Events 2015

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Published: 03/04/2015
Some bunny told me you guys love egg hunts, egg rolls, and all things Easter Bunny! Great! Let's do this! Here are the events I know of happening in Prince William County, Manassas, and the nearby areas for you and your kiddos to enjoy!

(Please note- the White House Egg Roll lottery already happened.  There is not a way to get in after the fact. Don't ask me! Also note, if I'm missing your event, just email it to me!)

March 2015

March 20th
Eggstravaganza at the Freedom Center at two times, 5-6:30pm or 7-8:30pm. $10/child includes pool egg hunt, crafts, and meeting the bunny.
March 21/22, March 27/28, April 4/5

Ticonderoga Farms Egg Hunts

 Occoquan Bible Church from 10am-1pm. Free.

March 27th
Flashlight Egg Hunt- Costello Park Manassas ages 8-11, 7pm-8pm $5/child

March 28th
Eggstravaganza at National Community Church- 1pm to 3pm at Tyler Elementary. FREE carnival games, moon bounce, petting zoo, face painting, picture with a live chocolate bunny, fire truck, prizes, raffles, and egg hunt

Costello Park Manassas ages 7 and under, times vary 10-11:30am by age. $5/child

Ukranian Eggs- Learn to make painted eggs.  Family session from 10am-1pm.

Adaptive Egg Hunt- Miracle Field Manassas 12pm, $5/child

First Baptist Church of Woodbridge Easter Celebration 11am-3pm. Free.

Rippon Lodge Egg Hunt $5 per child, $2 per adult and children 2 and under free. Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.

Egg Hunt at Dillingham Square

March 29th
Beeping Egg Hunt at Gari Melcher's Home (Falmouth) 2-4pm.  Specifically for visually impaired students and their families.

April 4th
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA ​$5 per child, adults and children 2 and under free. Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30

For more details visit their facebook event page here. 

Come to a FREE, family-fun filled Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

New Life Linton Hall is hosting Breakfast with the Bunny at Piney Branch E.S. in Bristow, VA on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 from 8:00am-10:00am. Breakfast is being catered by Bob Evans and you’ll have a chance to decorate your own pancakes. But wait, there’s more… You’ll also be able to get photos with the Easter Bunny, play games, make crafts, hear great music, and have a chance at winning one of our giveaways. So invite your neighbors, friends, and co-workers and come hang out with us for some fun.

April 11
Marshmallow Harvest at Great Country Farms- 10am to 5pm, $10/child $12/adult at the gate.

Freedom Egg-Stravaganza 2015!!

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Published: 03/02/2015

Easter Egg Hunts and Spring Festivals 2014

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Published: 03/18/2014
Hippity Hoppity Easter's on its way!  Here's a fun list of Egg Hunts and Spring Festivals in Prince William County from Woodbridge to Manassas to Gainesville!

April 5
Spring Egg-stravaganza at the Freedom Center
Bring your children to Freedom for our Spring fling. Meet the Freedom Bunny and participate in recreational activities, crafts, games, sports and more. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a n egg hunt in our pool. Each registered child will receive a special goody bag for participating in the aquatic egg hunt. This is priced at $16.

Marshmallow Harvest and Egg Hunt at Great Country Farms
After a long winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm! Join us for the first "crop" of the spring- marshmallow picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’more kit to melt away that chocolate craving. 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 7,000 eggs filled with treats. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Come see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride, and rejoice the spring! Admission Fee: $12 adult, $10 child, free for children 2 and under.  April 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm

April 6
Marshmallow Harvest and Egg Hunt at Great Country Farms
After a long winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm! Join us for the first "crop" of the spring- marshmallow picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’more kit to melt away that chocolate craving. 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 7,000 eggs filled with treats. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Come see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride, and rejoice the spring! Admission Fee: $12 adult, $10 child, free for children 2 and under.  April 5th and 6th from 10am-5pm

April 12
Egg Hunt at Manassas Park Community Center
The MPCC will host egg hunts for various age groups all morning. $5/child.  Ages 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7 will enjoy a fun hunt. Don't forget to bring a basket and be sure to register online by April 11th. You must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your child's egg hunt.   

Adaptive Egg Hunt at Manassas Park Community Center
This Easter Egg hunt is designed especially for youths and teens with mental and physical disabilities. The egg hunt will be adapted to meet their needs. Egg hunt will take place on the Miracle Field, behind the Manassas Park Commuity Center. $5 fee.  Ages 6-16, Unlimited openings- but must register online by April 11th.  Event is April 12th from 11:30am-12pm.

Beeping Egg Hunt at Gari Melcher's Home
Belmont's third annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired or blind children and their families. Registration required at 540/654-1851. 1-3pm.

First Baptist Church of Woodbridge Spring Festival
Join FBCW which is planning 15,000 eggs, pony rides, crafts, snacks, stories and more from 11am-3pm. 

Learn to Make Ukranian Keepsake Eggs at Center for the Arts
You will finish between 1 and 2 eggs during class.  Learn the process of layering beeswax and dye to create intricate egg designs.  This is a delicate process but anyone can do it! Come with the family or a friend! Ages 7 and Up.  $25/person includes all supplies.  Under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. or call 703-330-2787

April 19
Rippon Lodge Egg Hunt
11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $5 per child, adults and children 2 and under free.

Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours available.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  All other activities will be ongoing throughout the day. Please bring exact change or to speed entrance process.  VISA and MC accepted. 

Rippon Lodge Historic Site 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192, 703-499-9812.
LRPRA Eggstravaganza
Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at the Eggstravaganza.  All children up to age 10 are eligible; parents must pre-register children by Wednesday, April 16, in order to participate.  The cost is $3 for LRPRA members and $5 for non-members.  Don't forget your cameras and Easter baskets.  Call the Recreation Department at 703-491-2154 for more details.  Begins at 9am SHARP.  Do not be late or you'll miss all the eggs!! 

Egg Hunt at Nokesville Church of the Brethren 
Easter Egg Hunt: April 19, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Rain or Shine for Kids through 5th grade 

Egg Hunt at St. Thomas UMC in Manassas
8899 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20110
Come one, come all children to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19th 10:30-11:00 am. We will hear a story, make an Easter craft, and HUNT for candy-filled Eggs.

April 20
Spirit and Life Church Easter and Egg Hunt
Easter Service and a FREE Easter Egg Hunt for young children on 4/20 at 10AM at Forest Park High School!

Egg Hunt at St. Thomas UMC in Haymarket
Gravely Elementary School, 4670 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169
The children will have an egg hunt directly after the worship service Gravely Elementary School, 4670 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169. We would love it if you could  join us for breakfast at 9 am, or just come for worship at 10 am with the egg hunt following the service at 11:15.

April 26
Springfest Fairfax at the Workhouse Arts Center
Springfest Fairfax is an Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration with eco-friendly exhibitors, food, games, pony-rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, educational workshops, plant sales, and more. 10am-4pm.

Easter 2013: The Medical Leave Edition

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Published: 03/19/2013
Things take me a lot longer after 16 hours of brain surgery.  Yes, I said 16 hours. 

So, this is probably not the best Egg Hunt and Easter Guide I've ever done, but if you're looking for Egg Hunts for Kids in Prince William County or Easter Activities for kids in Prince William County, I can say I wrote something. 

Here we go.

Ticonderoga Farms Spring Easter Festival daily through April 7th.  $8.95 weekdays, $11.95 weekends.  Check the link for special events each weekend.

Egg Hunt and Marshmallow Harvest, select weekends at Great Country Farms. 

Friday, March 22 
(Not Easter, but I'm adding it anyway)

Saturday March 23
Stafford Parks and Rec- Join the excitement in this fun-filled day to celebrate Spring. Children will enjoy a day of activities including an egg hunt. Price includes all activities (food not included); no charge for adults. In case of inclement weather, the event may be moved to Sunday. Schedule 11 AM - 3 PM Food Vendors & amusements! 11:30 AM Egg Hunt for 2 and under 12:00 PM Egg Hunt for 3-4 12:30 PM Jonathan Austin Show 1:30 PM Egg Hunt ages 5-7 2:00 PM Egg Hunt ages 8-10. REGISTER USING LINK

Festival at Old Bridge will have a free egg hunt and pictures with the bunny from 11-1.  12351-12555 Lake Ridge VA 22192
Sunday March 24
Good Shepherd is offering a very special opportunity on Sunday evening, March 24th to experience “Chapel of the Cross.”  The sanctuary will be open from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for you to come at your leisure and experience the passion of Jesus in the Stations of the Cross—Good Shepherd style.  There will be 14 stations plus an opening and closing area to experience and to contemplate the blessing of Jesus’ gift of himself to us. All adults and families are welcome to enter the chapel, but we ask that you please be respectful of the experience that others are having, maintaining the reverence and the quiet of the room.  14999 Birchdale Avenue Dale City VA (This is right next to the baseball fields near KMart)

Join us for Woodbine's Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt
This Saturday March 23 , 2013
From 10am-Noon
Egg Hunt, Games and Special Prizes!
To Pre-register call : 571-399-7159
12914 Canova Drive
Manassas, VA 20112
Make sure to bring something to pick up your eggs in!

Freedom Center- Bring your children to Freedom for our Spring Fling!  Meet the bunny and participate in activities including egg hunts by age group, arts, crafts, games, sports and more!  1-4pm
$8 in advance
$12 at the door
Parents Free!

First Baptist Church of Woodbridge will host a "Living Last Supper" from 6:30-8:30pm.  Call the Church Office for additional details. 13600 Minnieville Road Woodbridge (the big one across from Bally Total Fitness)

Monday, March 25
Stafford Parks and Rec- Join the Easter Bunny for a hunt just for the little ones! Don’t forget to bring a basket! You must pre-register for this event. Hunt will be held indoors in the event of rain. Ages 5 & under only.  REGISTER USING THE LINK

Friday, March 29
All Saints Anglican Church will offer a child-friendly Good Friday service. Using child-friendly drawings, participation, and concrete teaching tools, children will be gently lead along "the Way of the Cross".  4pm-5pm.  Please plan to stay with your child, although nursery care will be provided. 14851 Gideon Way Woodbridge.  (This is right next to Hylton Chapel

Family Funrise with the Easter Bunny. Crafts, Bouncehouse, and Easter Egg Hunt.  Chick Fil A at Bristow, 9:00am-11:00am

12-6pm, "Pre-Easter Skate" at Skate N Fun Zone Manassas

Saturday, March 30
Pump it Up Manassas will host Egg Hunts in two morning sessions! Sign up now to pay less. 
Grab the kids and a camera and join us for an inflatably fun Easter Egg Hunt! Kids will be eggstatic searching for eggs and bouncing on our giant inflatables with friends. They'll even get to meet the Easter Bunny! Don't forget your Easter basket! This event normally sells out - don't wait!

Kids ages 2-11
Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at the Eggstravaganza. This annual event is held Saturday March 30, at the Lake Ridge Association office (12350 Oakwood Drive) and begins at 9AM sharp. All children 0-10 are eligible; parents must pre-register children by Wednesday March 27, in order to participate. The cost is $3 for LRPRA Members and $5 for Non-Members. Don’t forget your cameras and Easter baskets. Call the Recreation Department 703-491-2154 for more details.

Free Biblical Egg Hunt at Chick Fil A at Bristow Jelly Bean craft, Storytime, Bouncehouse, Live farm animals, Easter Bunny visit, and a Easter Egg Hunt. 2:00-4:00pmSunday, March 31
Leesylvania State Park's Annual Egg Hunt from 1:30-1:45 (don't be late!)  Hunt for prize-filled Easter eggs. Kids can color eggs, play games and make crafts. Learn about the history of the Easter egg and why it became a holiday tradition. Meet at the Visitor's Center

1- Why didn't you email it to me sooner?  No that's not the same as posting it on my facebook wall, too many things get posted there for me to read every single Easter event and remember to move it here!
2- Don't worry, I still love you, but since I am slow, please just post your event as a COMMENT ON THIS POST (not to facebook) so that anyone who reads this post can find it.  If the ability to post again hits me, I will try to move things up to their proper spot, but I make no promises.
3- I will (God Willing) be better next year and make an earlier and more comprehensive list. 

Upcoming: Pick Your Own Tulips

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Published: 03/05/2013

Holland comes to Haymarket
Local farm hosts largest Pick Your Own Tulip event in the Country

Haymarket, VA – The beginning of April marks the kick-off of the second annual Festival of Tulips at Burnside Farms in Haymarket, VA.  The mother and son team of farm owners, Leslie and Michael Dawley, worked tirelessly through the winter planting 90,000 tulip bulbs in more than 50 different varieties.  Their field will soon come alive with a variety of vibrant colors and blossoms that proclaim spring’s arrival.
Late March/Early April when the flowers are in bloom, local residents and tourists alike will be able to stroll through the fields during the three-week Festival of Tulips and pick their own blooms.  “Once our tulip field is in bloom, it’s truly a sight to behold,” said Michael Dawley.  “Tulips come in so many sizes, shapes and colors and to see them all together truly is an indescribable experience.  The Festival of Tulips, offers everyone the chance to take some of that beauty home with them.”
The tulip field is an amazing location for spring photos or a peaceful picnic lunch.  Families, schools or groups of all sizes are invited to visit the farm for their first outing of spring.  The entry fee for the Festival of Tulips is $3 per person and tulips cost just $1 per stem.  Festival timing is dependent on mother nature, it is not possible to give the exact opening date at this time.   Typical timing is late March/Early April.  Visit for field reports as spring approaches.


About Burnside Farms:
Burnside Farms is a family-owned business of three generations located in Haymarket, VA.  The family focuses on growing flowers and plants sustainably and organically.  A farm stand, open seasonally throughout the year, offers locally grown and produced items for sale at competitive prices.  To learn more about the farm, visit .  Burnside Farms 4905 James Madison Hwy. Haymarket, VA 20169

Reviews: Potomac Overlook Park

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Published: 07/31/2012
I have mommy brain.  My mommy brain syndrome (MBS) is augmented by my technology dependence syndrome (TDS, or, in my case iTDS).  Example?  We showed up for my daughter's dermatology appointment (a 45 minute drive in traffic because while I love PWC, I'm driving to the bets possible doctor our insurance will semi-pay for) only to sit for 30 minutes before the semi-rude receptionist reminded me that I cancelled this appointment when I made an earlier one for before we left for the beach.

My MBS apparently prevented me from removing that from my iCal, so when my iAlarm went off, iGotIntheCar and iDrove to the appointment.  Hence the iTDS kicker.

Being that I am also spontaneous, and had skipped swim team practice, we opted to iMap our way over to Potomac Overlook Regional Park and check out what it had to offer before doing the same thing back down i66, err, I-66, to head to a library event back down in our neck of the woods.

Potomac Overlook is located at 2845 North Marcey Road, Arlington, Virginia.  It is absolutely gorgeous for hiking, as well as having a beautiful nature center, concerts, a solar-powered outdoor stage, roving naturalists, community gardens, and canoe trips. 

We've been to Potomac Overlook once before, and we enjoyed the well-shaded hiking, especially since with water shoes on we could enjoy keeping our feet cool in the creek/river that flows through the park.  Throwback photo evidence:

Okay, so they didn't like their water shoes.  I admit, I am that horrible parent that lets my children experience the world barefoot whenever they want and my husband isn't yelling.  I don't like shoes, either, so I get it.
 In this picture my kids are 15 months, 3, and 5.  I'm wearing sporting an awesome blue Moby Wrap.  If you don't have a Moby Wrap and you have a baby or are about to have a 2nd (3rd, 4th, 5th) baby, you should stop reading this NOW and go buy one.  I'll wait. No, they're not paying me, either.
I am also that mom that lets her kid swim in the deep pool he finds.  It was warm that day.  He had an amazing time and the water was clear so that you could see straight to the bottom.  I realize this doens't mean it was clean, but it looked like it, so there.

This time, however, we never made it that far since by the time we arrived it was already 108 degrees outside.  Walking from the parking lot to the nature center, we noticed there is a fun hike with signs for each planet placed at representative distances along the path.  They include fun facts like how much a person of a certain weight (I want to say it was 100 pounds) would weigh on each planet.  On your left hand side, you'll also see the solar-powered outdoor theatre as well as an eletctric car filling station.  Trees and rocks along this main path are also labeled for your viewing pleasure. 

By the time we arrived at the nature center, my middle child informed me that he was dying, and I informed him that the nature center is air conditioned, at which point he summoned the will power to go on the three steps to the door.  It was magical.

By the way, now that my kids are 4, 6, and 8, their lives exist soley on my iphone because I'm not good enough to carry a camera, so I hope that you enjoyed the nice, clear pictures above because now we're switching back to my typical low-quality cell phone pictures.

The nature center includes a fun mix of energy saving information along with a living bee colony, live turtles, frogs and snakes, as well as some stuffed local species, skulls, and skeletons and fossils to look at.  The upper level is mostly non-living, although there is a turtle and two snakes, and the lower level is mostly snakes and frogs, along with a children's cave area, which was fun to hang around in for a few minutes even if it wasn't very large.
 The children's area included boards to make your own "cave drawings" sounds of a cave on a phone, and space to sit and read books or play with toys.  It'd be a good place to cool off and calm down on a hot day.
 There's also a lower-level educational room, which was completely devoid of people on the day we went, but looked like it must be used for field trips and scout groups.  There were some fish in the tank as well as stuffed bird and small mammal species. 
Ooooh, something stuffed.  Fun.  My kids love anything about animals, so they thought this nature center was fantastic.  It's definitely small enough that you can do it in a morning and still have time for a hike, even if you read everything in the nature center, but I enjoy that about it.

It was after this picture that my phone died.  It was sad.  So, not pictured are the community garden, Indian-themed circular garden, or the live birds of prey that are a short walk across from the nature center.  These are previously injured owls and hawks that cannot be returned to the wild due to the extent of their inuries, and you do get a very close look at them.  The owls were especially beautiful, and, as a bonus, I found a 4 foot black snake on the trail on the way up! How fantastic!

Fine, I freaked out.  But the boys thought it was amazing.

This is a great local field trip, and we enjoyed both of our visits.  Check out Potomac Overlook Regional Park for your next hike or nature event!

Potomac Overlook Regional Park
Recommended for: Any age, really.  Lots of walking, but getting to/from the nature center is stroller-friendly.  There is a long hill that is not particularly handicap-accessible, I would talk to the park rangers about the possibility of being allowed to drive to the center itself if that's an issue for your.  Older children will enjoy the various themed areas and hiking.

Pros: Free! Lots of different interests addressed.  Live and stuffed animal species, lots of labeled plants and rocks with information on species.

Cons: Nature center is somewhat small, parking is removed from areas of interest.

Saturdays in the Garden with PWCMG's

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Published: 06/06/2012
The Master Gardeners of Prince William County offer "Saturdays in the Garden" each week in Bristow.  Held at St. Benedict Monastery (9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow VA 20136), each program is held from 9am-12pm and features concurrent adult and children's programming, however, children's programs are not drop-off, so plan to bring your gardening gloves, too!  

Taken from the PWCMG Facebook Page
Satuday in the Garden
WhenSat, June 9, 9am – 12pm
WhereSt. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow 20136
DescriptionAttracting Beneficial Insects & Creating Interest During Four Seasons in the Garden. Children’s Program: Bee-Friend a Bug! 
Saturday in the Garden
WhenSat, July 14, 9am – 12pm
WhereSt. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow 20136
DescriptionWhat’s Buggin’ My Plant & Composting Inside and Out. Children’s Program: Eat Your Garden! 
Saturday in the Garden
WhenSat, August 11, 9am – 12pm
WhereSt. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow 20136
DescriptionThe Good, the Bad, the Tasty & Fall Vegetable Gardening & Extending the Season. Children's Program: Weave It To Me! Weave some grasses! 
Saturday in the Garden
WhenSat, September 8, 9am – 12pm
WhereSt. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow 20136
DescriptionMaster Gardener Plant Sale! Go Native! Beauty & Benefits of Native Plants & Pocket Meadow: A Lawn Alternative. Children’s Program: Plant Your Pockets! Native flower gardening for kids. 
Saturday in the Garden
WhenSat, October 13, 2012, 9am – 12pm
WhereSt. Benedict Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow 20136
DescriptionGrow Your Own Winter Salad! & Preparing Your Landscape for Winter. Children’s Program: Garden Monster Mash! Make some applesauce

May 19th 2012: National Kids to Parks Day

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Published: 05/14/2012
As part of the "Let's Move" initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids, the National Park Trust is hosting "National Kids to Parks Day" on May 19, 2012.  You can sign up on their website to let them know you pledge to take your kids outside and to a park on May 19th! We have some awesome park options right here in Prince William County, and they're hosting events, to boot! I've also included some surrounding parks in case you'd really like to make a day of it!

Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, VA will be hosting a Kids to Parks GPS hunt at 12 and 3.  The hike will be 1.3 miles and GPS units will help in your search.  Bring water and closed-toed shoes.  $3pp or $8 per family or $25 per large group.  

Occoquan Regional Park will host a Healthy Paddles Event from 10am-3pm

Rock Creek Park in DC will host a Kids to Parks Event from 10am-2pm

Mason Neck in Lorton will be offering a variety of programs.  GPS rentals will be available.  Feathers and Furst, 10-10:30am, Picnic Area Pond Patrol 11-12pm, Makin Tracks 12:30-1:30pm, Whimmy Diddles 2-2:30pm, Hiking Helpers 3-4pm.  

Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania (it's our favorite camping/boating spot!) will have Jack Corrigan teaching Geocaching 101.  Preregister by calling 540-854-5503.  $2/pp or $6 per family.  No park entrance fee.  9am-12pm or 1-4pm. 

Wolf Trap in Vienna (yes, it's performing arts, but it's also a park!) will have kids day from 9am-12pm. 

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

Even if you think your child is too young for some of these planned activities, why not get them out to a park on the 19th anyway.  Lake Ridge Park is a fun one, even for little kids, or even your neighborhood playground could do in a pinch! There's hiking trails all over PWC (the one behind Waterworks is fun!) and you can enjoy some time being active and outside with your kids! 

Healthy Paddles at Occoquan Regional Park

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

Guest Post: Adding Reading to Your Outdoor Play

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Published: 04/25/2012

Happy Tuesday, friends! Ginny from The Writing Well is sharing some tips and tricks for incorporating literacy into your outdoor play now that the weather is getting warmer.  She has several classes coming up this summer to enrich your child's writing- check her website for more details! 

As the days get longer and the weather grows warmer, our thoughts naturally turn to outdoor play.  Enhance your outdoor time with reading and writing activities that make learning fun and natural. 
Detail scavenger hunts
Help your child take notice of the world around her with this “I Spy” activity.  Take a walk outside, visit a favorite park or simply head to the backyard; bring along a notebook and pens.  Ask your children to tell you (or write down) any details they notice: an unusual tree or brightly colored bench are good examples.  Once home, turn your details into clues for a scavenger hunt.  Make clue lists using pictures or words, then head back to the spot for some hunting fun.  
Mixed media
Go beyond finger paint with an activity suited for all ages.  Use shaving cream, play sand, rice or even oatmeal, whatever you have on hand.  Take plastic sheeting, cutting boards or aluminum pans outside; spread the material of your choice on the surface.  Let children use their fingers, sticks or paintbrushes to write or scribble, then take pictures to record the results.  
Natural object letters and shapes
This is a great activity for toddler and preschool “collectors”.  Let your child gather rocks, leaves, sticks, flowers, blades of grass – whatever strikes his fancy – on an outdoor excursion.  Use the objects to form letters, numbers or shapes on the sidewalk or front steps.  Have little ones still learning their letters?  Use sidewalk chalk to draw an outline first.  
“Found object” stories 
Suitable for children Pre-K and up, this activity is a fun, reusable option with different results every time.  Drop objects collected outdoors into an old shoe box.  Pull out one item at a time and place it on the table; continue until you have a row of five or six objects.  Model using the objects as inspiration for a story (is the stick a fairy wand, or perhaps the mast of ancient sailing ship?), then let your child take the lead.  Let younger children dictate; confident writers can pen stories on their own.
Wordless picture stories
Inspired by the work of David Weisner (author of Flotsam), wordless picture stories are great for budding photographers and pre-writers.  Take photos of scenery and objects on your next outing: capture animals, rocks, trees, or even street signs and cars.  Print the images and use them to tell a story in pictures: order them as desired, then staple together or glue into a notebook.  If you’d rather keep the images digital, simply copy and paste them into a document file.  
The key to developing a lifelong appreciation for literacy is integration.  Make it a part of your family’s everyday life inside and out, and your child’s interest in reading and writing will become as natural as the springtime sunshine.  

Ginny Kochis is owner of The Writing Well, a tutoring and homeschool consulting business based in southern Springfield.  State certified and the mother of two young children, Ginny is dedicated to providing Northern Virginia families with engaging learning experiences in reading and writing.  Services include individual and group tutoring, classes and workshops, and homeschool assistance.  Join The Writing Well this summer for week-long workshops in study skills and writing.  Visit Ginny’s website, for more information or contact her at or 703-909-7425.

Join The Writing Well this summer for two valuable four-day workshops.  The Study Skills workshop helps students discover how they learn, then teaches skills to foster successful study habits.  Students will learn to how to read with a purpose, take effective notes, get organized, manage their time well, and more.  The writing workshop gives students the opportunity to read, write and share a variety of pieces across all genres - both fiction and nonfiction. Topics include effective brainstorming and planning, building and defending strong arguments, creating solid characters and plots, and revising creatively.  Workshops are $80 for four days of instruction and are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to noon.  Workshops sessions begin July 9 and end August 2; two sessions are available for each workshop.  Contact Ginny at 703-909-7425, or

Historic Dumfries Egg Hunt 2012

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Published: 04/17/2012's the thing. 

It's so awesome that places do free egg hunts....but...

While there were tons of eggs, children were not sub-divided enough, and the hunts for the two age groups started at the exact same time, so if you have children in the youngest age group and children in the older age group, you'll have to choose which ones you want to supervise, or make your younger child participate with all the older kids (which is what I opted to do). If there were more subdivisions than "toddler" and "everyone else" it wasn't clearly marked so I wasn't aware of them.  The hunt started two minutes early (according to my iphone) and was over in 30 seconds.  The biggest problem, though, is parents and older siblings running around preventing the kids from having fun by either taking eggs or blocking children from getting them so that their child can.

Apparently there were some larger toys (balls, etc) that were handed out, but they ran out very quickly and most of the children around us didn't get one, which was no big deal, but several children were devastated.  The Easter Bunny was on hand for pictures, and Face Odyssey was there doing face painting.  We opted to get in the face painting line, and I have to say that the Face Odyssey woman did an absolutely fantastic job.  The line was a little crazy because, again, of the parents.  We had one person standing in front of us who we assumed was holding a place for his kids.  I have no problem with that, I'd rather have the kids playing nearby than crying in line- but he was actually "holding a place" for two families with a total of 6 kids, so when we thought we were next, we actually had 6 kids leap in front of us.  Not awesome.

By the time we got to the front of the line, the event had actually ended and there were still people waiting behind us.  The Easter Bunny was gone, and the lady from Face Odyssey had decided to stay late to try to get everyone who'd waited so long through.  I'm not sure if they paid her extra for her time or if she just stayed, but it was very kind of her either way.  My guess is that the weather was so unseasonably warm that way more people showed up than the planners were anticipating, but separating the age groups and having additional event staff to facilitate face painting and bunny pictures happening would have helped.  I didn't actually get pictures of the egg hunt since it happened the minute we arrived and was over so fast, but it looked like your standard egg hunt- so you can imagine :) The eggs aren't really "hidden" per se, they're more tossed all over the lawn, so it's less a hunt and more a "gather".

Dumfries Egg Hunt
Pros: Free, beautiful location, great face painting
Cons: All kids hunt at once, not enough supplies/special activity personnel for number of children attending.
Warnings: Parents can get out of control at these egg hunts.  Merchant's Park is gorgeous, but it doesn't have a PA system, so announcements made from the Gazebo can be a little hard to hear if you're on the outskirts of the area.

Potomac Nationals Giveaway #1

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

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

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

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

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

We've also participated in the Scout Nights where the Nationals also offer camping on the outfield! We had a really great time.  Not much sleep, not much quiet, but a really great time! is really excited to work with the Potomac Nationals this summer to bring you both information and free tickets!  Our first ticket giveaway is for a family 4-pack of tickets to the April 20th Superhero Night, where you and your kids are invited to have even more fun dressing as your favorite super hero!! 

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

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

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

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

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

Giveaway: Spring Break Skate Camp

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Published: 03/25/2012
You've seen our friends from the Haymarket Iceplex before, and they're generously offering another great giveaway!

The Piedmont Skating School hosts several great options for those who want to learn to skate, including weekly lessons and camps.  Coming up, their Spring Break Series will run from April 2nd through the 5th and is $93.  Lessons include skate rental and a daily punch card (4 sessions) for the learn-to-skate practice session or public session.

                                  Ages             Prerequisites           (Must attend same class each day)
Snow Plow Sam 1 3-6                     None                        1:40 or 6:30
Snow Plow Sam 2   3-6                       SP 1                          2:15 or 7:00
Snow Plow Sam 3 3-6                      SP 2        6:30
Basic 1                         7-16                      None                                  1:40 or 7:00
Basic 2                 7-16                  Basic 1/SP 3        2:15 or 6:30
Basic 3                 7-16                  Basic 2                        1:40
Basic 4                 7-16                  Basic 3                2:15
Free skate 1-2          7-16                  Basic 8          7:00

Want to win a session for your child? 

1- Enter below by leaving a comment with what time/level you'd like to get into, and we'll select one lucky winner at random on Tuesday! 

Want an extra chance to win?

2- "Like" Piedmont Skating School on Facebook and leave a comment that you did.  Per Facebook rules, the "like" is not an entry, but the comment here that you did so.

3- Click "share" from the Facebook status on PwcMoms' Facebook for this post, and leave a comment here that you did.  Again, per Facebook rules, your entry is the comment here. 

(Enter up to 3 times per person! Good luck!)

Disclosure: The Piedmont Skating School provided PwcMoms with a promotional week of Spring Break Skating to give away, which prompted this post.  No other compensation was exchanged or provided. 

Easter Egg Hunts 2012

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Published: 03/08/2012
Check out our latest guide: Easter Egg Hunts 2013

March 15
Simon Kidgits (Potomac Mills Mall) are invited to a special Third Thursday Eggstravaganza from 10am-11am in the Grand Court featuring fun, hands-on holiday activities. 

March 18
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (16999 Birchdale Ave Woodbridge VA) will offer a "Chapel of the Cross" from 6pm-8pm The sanctuary will be open from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for you to come at your leisure and experience the passion of Jesus in the Stations of the Cross—Good Shepherd style.  There will be 14 stations plus an opening and closing area to experience and to contemplate the blessing of Jesus’ gift of himself to us.   It takes reflecting on the passion out of your head, involving both your senses and your emotions.  It is a contemplative, relaxed experience, through which people will want to go at their own pace.  Accordingly, all adults and families are welcome to enter the chapel, but we ask that you please be respectful of the experience that others are having, maintaining the reverence and the quiet of the room.   Children may desire to move through the stations at a quicker pace (unless you experience it together as a family), so we suggest you bring a quiet activity for your child to do while you finish your stations.  

March 17-April 15th
Ticonderoga Farms (26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly VA 20152) will have their annual Spring Easter Festival including Egg Hunts, photo ops with the bunny, spring animals

March 24
 Pump it Up Manassas will be having Egg Hunts all day! Reservations are required, either online or by calling 703-749-8006.  $15/child includes bouncing, egg hunt, and the bunny. 

Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department (3510 James Madison Highway Haymarket) will host an egg hunt and breakfast buffet on Saturday, March 24th from 8:30-11:30am with a rain date of March 31st.  Adults $8, Children 5-12 $5, Under 5 $2.  Egg Hunt only $1 per child.

First Baptist Church of Woodbridge (13600 Minnieville Road Woodbridge) will present "On the Third Day", a rock-udrama about the Easter Story.  Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 6:30pm.  Free.

March 25th
Pump it Up Manassas will be having Egg Hunts all day! Reservations are required, either online or by calling 703-749-8006.  $15/child includes bouncing, egg hunt, and the bunny. 

First Baptist Church of Woodbridge (13600 Minnieville Road Woodbridge) will present "On the Third Day", a rock-udrama about the Easter Story.  Saturday at 7pm, Sunday at 6:30pm.  Free.

March 26
Easter Bunny Luncheon (Stafford Rec- 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway Stafford VA 22554) Purchase your tickets in advance for ages 2-5.  Fee includes activities, lunch for one child.  Parents may buy lunch for $4.  $10/child for Stafford residents, $12/child non-resident.  540-658-4871

March 30
Manassas Park Community Center Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt Ages 8-11. This Easter egg hunt is for the older kids. Come search for eggs like never before! Once the sun goes down, the flashlights come on and you have to find the eggs in the dark. MPCC.F 7p-8p 3/30 $5/Child

March 31

Manassas Park Community Center Easter Egg Hunt Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way! Don’t forget to pre-register for this annual event on 3/31/2012! Bring a basket and enjoy this early morning of fun and games for all. 15 minutes prior to the start of your egg hunt! $5/child MPCC. AGES TIME 1 and Under 10a. 2-3: 10:20a . 4-5: 10:40a . 6-7: 11a

First Baptist Church of Woodbridge's (13600 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge) Easter Celebration is scheduled for March 31, from 11-3.  There is usually an hour-long program for the kids, then the egg hunt, followed by other activities like cake walk and face painting.

Occoquan Bible Church (3700 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge)  from 10am-1pm, OBC will host an egg hunt, pizza, games, and activities. 

Great Country Farms (18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont VA) will host their annual Peeps Harvest and Marshmallow Roast.  Spring animals, farm tours, hayrides, and more.  March 31-April 1st.  Times and admission at

St. Paul United Methodist Church (1400 G Street Woodbridge VA) 11am Children's Egg Hunt

Eggsplosion! Stafford (58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Hartwood VA 22406).  Children will enjoy a day of activities and an Egg Hunt.  $8/child before March 31st or $10/child at the gate. No charge for adults.  11am-3pm. 

Festival at Old Bridge Easter Egg Hunt
 Children will travel from store to store picking up treats from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine. Entertainment for the Easter egg hunt includes balloon artists, face painter, temporary tattoos at Kings and Queens and photos with the Easter bunny that will be located inside Gymnastic World. Parents are welcome to bring their own cameras. Free collection bags are also available at Dairy Queen, Jason Yi’s Tae Kwon Do College and Gymnastic World. Pineapple Paint Co., will hand out free two-ounce color paint samples to the first 100 people. Cornerstone Christian Academy will host crafts, games, puppet shows and a cupcake and cookie walk. Gymnastic World will host a tumbling demonstration. Village Skis & Bike will have face painting and free helmet safety checks. The Dental Spa will host a craft and Quiznos will hand out a free lunch bag with coupons (while supplies last).

Hartland Orchard
Our favorite pick-your-own farm (3064 Hartland Lane, Markham VA) is having an egg hunt from 10am-5pm,  $7/person with under 3 free.

April 1
Great Country Farms (18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont VA) will host their annual Peeps Harvest and Marshmallow Roast.  Spring animals, farm tours, hayrides, and more.  March 31-April 1st.  Times and admission at

Our favorite pick-your-own farm (3064 Hartland Lane, Markham VA) is having an egg hunt from 10am-5pm,  $7/person with under 3 free.

The Cavalier's 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt is happening Sunday, April 1st from 2:00 until all of the eggs have been found. Bring your favorite basket and join the fun. The Egg Hunt is FREE (and completely climate controlled :-) ). Find the Golden Egg and win a BIG prize from The Cavalier!

April 2
Preschool Egg Hunt Stafford (1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford VA) will have an Egg Hunt just for preschoolers at 11am.  MUST RSVP by March 26th.  540-658-4871 is the number to call. $3/child

April 5
Eggciting Easter Crafts (Stafford: 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway Stafford VA) 5-7pm.  Celebrate Easter with some crafts! Session I (ages 3-5) is from 5-5:45pm and Session II (ages 6-10) is from 6-6:45pm.  RSVP by March 30th.  $8/resident, $10 non-resident.

Bring your boiled eggs and learn new ways of decorating (and make the mess somewhere else. (Stafford- 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway Stafford VA) 7pm-8pm.  Register for $5/resident or $6/non resident by March 30th at 540-658-4871.  Ages 3-12.

April 2-6
Kids in Motion (3310 Noble Pond Way #101 Woodbridge) will host several Egg Hunt/Open Play times (see the open play schedule for dates/times at  $18 per child, additional siblings are $12, includes open play, 1 slice of pizza, juice box, and cupcake.  After the open play, children will eat and then have an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny.  Bring your own basket.  Must pre-pay to reserve your slot, recommended by March 26th. 

April 7
Town of Dumfries Annual Egg Hunt, 11am Merchant Park (2944 Cameron Street). Egg Hunt, meet the bunny and games.

Lake  Ridge Parks and Recreation Association's Eggstravaganza, 9am Oakwood Parking Lot (12350 Oakwood Drive, Lake Ridge, VA 22192) There is a per child fee for this event.

Rippon Lodge Historic Site (15500 Blackburn Road Woodbridge) will be hosting an Egg hunt from 11am-4pm. In addition to egg hunts, children can enjoy crafts, games, pony rides, moon bounces, and train rides.  Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and basket for egg collecting.  Egg Hunts will happen at 11am and 1pm.  Advanced reservations are recommended by not required (703-499-9812).  House tours are included. $7/child and adults free.

Nokesville Church of the Brethren (13002 Fitzwater Drive, Nokesville) will host an Easter Egg Hunt rain or shine on from 10-11:30am for children through 5th grade. 

Chick-Fil-A at Bristow (9939 Sowder Village Square, Bristow) 11am-1pm, special prizes, may have live animals, ages 1-10 may participate in the egg hunts, which will begin at 11:30. 

The American Legion Family will be holding its annual Easter Party for children on Saturday, April 7th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion, 3640 Friendly Post Lane in Woodbridge, VA.  
The party is open to community children up to the age of 11.

Buckhall United Methodist Church (10251 Moore Drive, Manassas VA)will hold their egg hunt April 7 from 1-3pm. 

Woodbridge Church of the Nazarene hosts a Resurrection Celebration” at 10 a.m. April 7 at Gar-Field Senior High School, 14000 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge. The event includes an Easter egg hunt for children 12 and younger, a puppet show, music, carnival games, cake walk, crafts and a live, walk-through exhibit representing the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Admission is free; refreshments sold at a nominal cost.

Victory's Crossing church future site on Vint Hill Road. It is right around the corner from Patriot High School (where the church usually meets). On Vint Hill Road in Nokeville between Sudley Manor Dr and Kettle Run Rd. April 7. Events (moon bounces, face painting, food, games) from 11-1. Actual egg hunt at 11:30.

April 8
Leesylvania State Park from 1:30pm-1:45pm (plan to arrive early!) at the Visitor's Center, children will hunt for prize-filled Easter Eggs.  Kids can also color eggs, play games and make crafts and learn about how eggs became a holiday tradition. There is an entrance fee to the park, but no additional event fee for the Egg Hunt.

Spirit and Life Church, Montclair (Meets at FPHS 15721 Forest Park Drive Woodbridge, Virginia 22193)- Great contemporary worship service at 10AM on Easter Sunday followed by a FREE community Easter Egg Hunt for children at about 11 after the service.

Covenant Presbyterian Church (5640 Hoadly Road Manassas VA) 12:30pm on the church grounds following the conclusion of service.  Free. 

Reviews: Fotos By Nadine

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Published: 03/06/2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Break Camps 2012

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Published: 02/09/2012
School breaks can be stressful! Parents that work need coverage, holidays need preparing for, families come to visit....stress!!

Now, I'm not saying I know from experience (but I'm not saying I don't know either), but having to leave twice a day to pick up your child from a camp (even if it's half day) can provide a much needed break from the house and anyone in it that's not normally there!  Further, I promise that I won't tell anyone in your house who's not normally there that you CAN, in fact, drop your child off at art camp and come back if you'd like to tell them you have to stay.

This is not a place of judgement.

In any event, whether you need extended coverage or are just looking to indulge one of your child's passions, I hope that this list will help! If you know of a camp option that we've missed, shoot me an email or leave a comment and we'll be sure to get it added ASAP! 

Spring is almost here even though this Winter has felt like Spring! It's almost time for Spring Break Camp. Spring Break Camp runs from April 2nd to the 6th and features many activities and events. This camp is open to everybody, whether you are a student or not. Check out the pdf poster for this camp and mark it down on your Calendar.

ATA Martial Arts- 8088 Sudley Road, Manassas (across from Giant on 234) 

Spring Break Camp - April 2-6, 7am- 5pm ages 5 and up 
The camp is run by the instructors and assistants. Throughout the day the kids will take part in exercise, Taekwondo, korean language, lifeskills, art projects and much more.  The kids can be dropped off at 7 a.m. and can be picked up by 5 p.m.  The kids pack their lunch daily, except Friday- that's pizza day!  We will provide snacks daily.   Don't let another spring break go by with your child on the couch playing video games!  
The camp is $150.  Early bird registration by March 15th gets you the camp for $125.  

Boys and Girls Club Manassas:
Pajama Party Crazy, Hair Day, Jersey Day, Egg Hunt Beach Friday Come relax at the club in your PJ’s and enjoy a movie Bad hair day? No problem…let us see your crazy hair dues. Come show off your favorite Jersey   Fun spring related games and crafts   Bring in your bathing suits and a towel *Swimming Fieldtrip to Freedom Center     Camp hours are from 6am – 6pm Rate for Camp is $150 Ages 5-14 welcome Please bring a lunch although snack will be provided For more information please contact Nadia Pedersen at (703) 365-2582 ext 228 or

A hands-on half-day week-long camp for all budding artists! Children and teens will have fun, learn about art styles and techniques, and use multiple media as they draw, paint, print, and sculpt. Small class sizes afford an imaginative, playful, nurturing experience. Kids are fully supervised at all times, and a snack is provided. AM Class for ages 4-6, PM class for ages 7 and up.  $185 for the week including all supplies and snacks. 

Freedom Center Spring Break Sports & Recreation Camp:
(Ages 5-12)April 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9  8:30am – 4:30pm (6:30am – 6:30pm extended care included) Keep your child active during school spring break!  Camp will include sports and recreation, arts, crafts, swimming and loads of fun.  Send tennis shoes, snacks, lunch, swimsuit, and a towel.  Campers at age 5 MUST be currently enrolled in full day kindergarten.  Please register at least one week in advance to avoid cancellation. To register for camps, please select one of the following: Download and complete forms then email, fax or mail to the Center or Plan a visit to the Center and register at the Customer Service Desk.

Haymarket IcePlex:
Piedmont Skating School will offer spring break series from April 2nd-5th.  Early registration (before March 23rd is $70, after March 23rd is $93) discount.  Registration opens March 13th.  Lessons include a skate rental and daily punch card for practice sessions.  There is no pro-rating available.  Classes begin at age 3 and go through age 16.  (Bonus note- these classes are afternoon/evening, so if you are still doing work/daycare- you can still do spring break skating!) 

Kids in Motion:
Ages 3-12, potty training not required.  Morning (9:30-12:30) or Afternoon (12:30-3:30) sessions.  $25 for one day one session, $20 for more than one day each session.  Must pay in advance.  Siblings get a $5 discount.

Kindergarten through 3rd graders to come out for a unique spring break camp. Participants will learn about magic and how to use ordinary materials they can find at home to perform the art of illusion. Children will also perform in a show on the last day of camp to show off their new skills. $160 fee.

Misty Brae Farm Horseback Riding Camp

To register your child aged 6-16 for camp, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required.  The balance is due the first day of camp.  9am-1pm is $350 and 9am-4pm is $475. If you have questions, call Nancy at 703-309-5454 

Prince William Ice Center:
 Learn to skate and improve your skills in this fun-filled camp. Activities include 2.5 hours on-ice each day, off-ice activities, crafts, and more. April 3rd to 5th. Registration is available on-line and in person at Guest Services. Cost for three day camp is $150.00. From 9:00am – 5:00pm. Before (8:00am -9:00am) and after (5:00pm-6:00pm)care available for $10.00per hour. 

SNF Multisport Camp:
When - April 2nd - 6th Ages - 5 - 14
Camp includes - lunch & t-shirt Camp activities include - athletic games, arts & crafts, rock climbing, and select field trips Prices: $250/week (9am - 5pm) $150/week for half day (9am - 1pm) or (1pm - 5pm)
$75/ week extended care
If registering prior to March 15th please call to take advantage of our early bird discount!!!
Call 703-335-1555 or Click Here to Register Today !!! Also check out our Early Bird Summer Camp registration page 

Plan ahead for this special camp! Campers will make crafts, play games in our gym, and enjoy other exciting activities, including field trips. Campers need to bring a bag lunch each day to camp. Appropriate for grades K-6. Hosted by Stafford County Parks & Recreation at the Courthouse Community Center (Room C & Gym). Space is limited; registrations accepted until camp is full. Time: 7:30am-4:30pm daily Admission: $120/Stafford child for the week ($130/non-resident child) (540) 658-4572

SwimKids Spring Break Camps:
$99 per child, 10% discount for siblings.  $39 registration fee if new to the program (good all year and includes a suit).  Class sizes are a maximum of 3 kids for preschoolers and 5 for school-aged.  Water is warm and coaches are continually trained.  Call 703-369-7946 (Woodbridge) or 571-261-7946 (Gainesville) to register.  Great way to get your kids back in the water before summer! 

Golf camp for at Lake Ridge Park.  Ages included in the First Tee Program.  Register through the First Tee Website or call Lake Ridge Park for more details.  

Bunny Hop Camp
Phone: 703-385-5580 Ages Served: 3-5
Tiny Dancers invites your "Little Hopper" to 5 days of dance, crafts, snack and our exclusive story and dress-up performance of seasonal stories. Bunny Hop Camp runs from 10:00-12:30, Monday-Friday, April 18-22. Fairfax, Gainesville, Alexandria.

(K-8th graders) The week will be filled with arts and crafts, sports, group games, and a field trip.  Students should bring a packed lunch each day. There is a $160 fee for this camp. There is also an extra $20 fee for those who need extended care from 6:00am-9:00am or 5:00pm-7:00pm. There is an extra $40 fee for those who need extended care from 6:00am-9:00pm and 5:00pm-7:00pm.

We will be offering half day ($140) or full day ($190) Spring Break Camp that includes gymnastics, jump rope, crafts, put put golf, and more.  Packed lunches and snacks need to be provided by parents. 

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