Stage Door Dance Studio Summer Diva Camp!

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Published: 05/24/2015

Dates/times: July 6-10, 9am-12pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $150/week
Ages: 4 to 12
Website: 
http://stagedoordancestudio.com
Two sentence description: Enjoy classes in jazz, hip hop, cheer, modeling, ballet and more with this fun, active camp! 

Leesylvania Canoe Tours 2015

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


Stonebridge Summer Movies 2015

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

2015 Potomac Nationals Home Games

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

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

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

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



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

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

Leesylvania State Park 2015 Event Calendar

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


2015 Leesylvania State Park Kids Fishing Tournaments

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

Virginia Gateway Little Tots 2015

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Published: 04/28/2015
Virginia Gateway offers a FREE family series all summer long! See our previous review here
Join us for fun and lively family entertainment every other Wednesday at 10:30 am all summer long on the Plaza at Atlas Walk (located across from Starbucks, between Famous Dave's BBQ and Grafton Street Restaurant). Be sure to check back for more updates!

May 6: Rocknoceros
June 3: Eric Energy
June 17: Shazam Magic
July 1: Kidsinger Jim
July 15: Reptiles Alive!
July 29: Peter McCory
August 26: Under The Sea 
Bring your Little Tot's swimsuit for fun in the interactive splash fountain after the event (splash fountain located at Promenade at Virginia Gateway, just across Wellington Road).

2015 Junior Ranger Program at Leesylvania State Park

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Published: 04/20/2015
Our Junior Ranger program is back for another exciting year!! Each day we cover new topics, and introduce fun educational activities that help keep things fun and interesting. It is a great way for you and your child to learn about the rich history and nature that is in your own backyard.  There is a $60.00 enrollment fee per session for each participant. This covers all supplies, graduation certificate, t-shirt, and patch.

Summer Camps 2015

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Published: 04/16/2015
Trying a slightly different format this year.  For camps that will happen all summer long (obviously you'll select just the week(s) you want) look for YELLOW ONGOING CAMPS. For JUNE CAMPS look for the green.  For JULY CAMPS it's orange.  For AUGUST CAMPS look for the blue. 

Hopefully that will help those of you looking for specific things without me having to break it down by week.  If you neglected to get me your camp info- send it on over now IN THIS EXACT FORMAT that everyone else used.  Make my life easy, please :) 


Name of camp: Freedom Center Summer Camp
Dates/times: Weekly all summer long! 
City: Manassas, VA 
Cost: Varies
Ages: 3-15
Website: http://www.freedom-center.com/camps/
Two sentence description: Choose from traditional Day Camps, Aquatics Camps, Sports Camps, Adventure Camps, Little Ones Camp, Arts and Education Camps, and more! 


Name of camp: Cheers Art Studio - Art camp
Dates/times: (sign up for 1 week at a time) 9am - 12pm June 29th thru Aug 7th
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $125/week
Ages: 6 to 12
Website: http://www.cheersartstudio.com/index.php/childrens-events
Two sentence description: Each week will have a different theme - Discovery of art, painting with artists, drawing people and animals, mulit-media, and world art. For more details please visit 
http://www.cheersartstudio.com/index.php/childrens-events or call (571)285-3539.


Name of camp/VBS:  Camp Kilimanjaro-An Epic Expedition Through Proverbs
Dates/times: June 15th- August 14th, option to choose which days or weeks you want. Before care starting at 6am and extended care until 6:30pm are available! 
City: Woodbridge, Va

Cost: Varies- choose weekly or daily options! Days (9am-3:30pm) start at $45, or one week for $170.  One week of camp with before/after care (6:30am-6:30pm) is $210.  Various options are available. 
Ages: Preschool to Grade 8 (Open to the community)
Website: 
http://christchapelacademy.org/my-cca/summer-camp/

Two sentence description: Christ Chapel Academy’s Camp Kilimanjaro is a summer long adventure with exciting field trips, engaging enrichment activities, and epic Bible adventures.  Contact Becky Davis at bdavis@christchapel.org or 703-670-3822 for more information.
 



Name of camp: Art Rocks Summer Camp at Edgemoor
Dates/times: Weekly All Summer Long! Ages 3-6 (9AM-12PM) Ages 7+ (1PM-4PM)
City: Lake Ridge, VA
Cost: $195
Ages: 3 and up
Website: http://www.edgemoorartstudio.com/CAMPS.html
Two sentence description: Come join in the fun and amazing world of Art! See the world from an artist's perspective! Campers will be offered a wide variety of mediums with which to uniquely design and create their own original artworks! Drawing, painting, sculpting, and learning both traditional and modern techniques in art-making!

​​Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club of ManassasDates/Times: June 22-August 29 Monday-Friday 6am-6:30pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $150 **multi-child discounts available**
Ages: 5-16
Website: http://www.bgcgw.org/manassas/
Two sentence description: Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack included. Our summer camp provides age appropriate learning programs that include activities in the gym, computer lab, and outdoors, which provide a fun and engaging summer experience!



Name of camp: Kidz Tutoring Summer Camp
Dates/times: July 6th-August28th Half day AM/PM schedule
City: Woodbridge va
Cost: $50-100$ A week
Ages: 4-14
Website: Kidztutoringva.com
Two sentence description: Kidz Tutoring has created a program for Elementary and Middle school in order to continue their learning thought the summer. We encourage constant learning through fun and interactive ways so your child can further their education while school's out, Join us for lots of learning and get prepared for the next school year!



Name of camp: Bounce Mania Summer Camp@Bounce Mania
Dates/times: Weekly All Summer Long!/ (8am-3pm)

City: Gainesville VA
Cost: $175
Ages: 4-11(must be potty trained)
Website: http://www.mybouncemania.com/summer-camps/
Two sentence description: 
 Summer Camps at Bounce Mania are the perfect balance of fun, exercise, playtime and creativity. Not only will your child enjoy tons of supervised playtime in our indoor playground with our professional and fun staff, they’ll also experience arts and creativity programs, games and activities, movies and more!

Name of camp: Soccer Mania Summer Camp@Bounce Mania
Dates/times: Weekly All Summer Long!/(845am-4pm)
City: Gainesville,VA
Cost: $245
Ages: 6-13
Website:  http://www.mybouncemania.com/summer-soccer-camps/
Two sentence description: 
 Our Summer Soccer Camps offer skills improvement and teaching of proper technique in a fun-filled environment.  Open to boys and girls, ages 6 – 13, all levels of experience. Activities are held in both a safe, indoor facility (at Bounce Mania) as well as outdoor fields. Lunch is provided daily and each camper receives a free Soccer Mania Camp t-shirt.


Name of Camp: Bumble ABC Music Camp
Dates/Times: June 15-19 from 10am-12pm or August 10-14 from 1pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $100/child
Ages: 4-6 years old 

Two sentence description: Bumble ABC's Music and Movement camps include puppetry, songs, parachutes, and dance and help children develop a love of music, hand-eye coordination, language skills and so much more! Parents may drop their children off for camps.

Name of Camp: Bumble ABC Art Camp
Dates/Times: June 22-26 from 1pm-3pm or August 24-28 from 1pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $100/child
Ages: 4-6 years old 
Two sentence description: Bumble ABC's art camps provide fun, handon-on activities, that enhance fine motor skills. Children are free to be creative without the worry of mess in the house! Parents may drop their children off for camps. 

Name of Camp: Wreck It Week
Dates/Times: June 22-26, 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: 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!

Name of Camp: Minecraft: Traveling into the Future
Dates/Times: June 22-26, 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: 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.


Name of Camp: Kelvin’s Kitchen
Dates/Times: June 22-26, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: Where does our food come from? How is it made? These questions and more are all explored inside Kelvin’s Kitchen. Step into our bakery and investigate the engineering behind many of the sweet treats that we all enjoy while working as; chemical engineers, industrial engineers, and even environmental engineers. Join us for some truly delicious discoveries!

Name of Camp: South Run Riding Camp Dates/Times: June 22 -26, July 20 - 24, July 27 - 31, 9am-2pm **extended hours available** City: Nokesville Cost: $350/week Ages: 6-12 years old
Website: www.southrunriding.com
Two sentence description: Your South Run Riding Camp experience includes a daily horseback riding lesson along with other horse related activities: groom and tack, equipment care, horse behavior, along with super fun arts and crafts. Celebrate with a riding demonstration for family and friends on Fridays!

Name of Camp: Virginia Dance Center "Tutus and Tiaras" Mini Dance Camp
Dates/Times: June 29-July 1/9:00am-12:00pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $105
Ages: 3-5
Two sentence description: Our Tutus and Tiaras Mini-Camp will focus on Ballet and Creative Movement activities, with an introduction to Tap and will culminate with a special demonstration at the end of the week. Students will receive a free tutu and will decorate a crown as a craft activity.

Name of Camp: Robotics: Envirobots
Dates/Times: June 29 - July 3 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: During the LEGO® Rescue EnviroBots, students design and program robots to help accomplish environmentally friendly tasks. By creating robots that can transfer nuclear waste, mine raw minerals, and deliver food and goods more efficiently, they will be sure to contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Name of Camp: Food Factory
Dates/Times: June 29 - July 3 Noon-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Create your very own food production company in this appetizing camp where students explore where our food come from, and how it gets from the farm to the table. Students team up in a competition to unlock the secrets of designing and distributing delicious desserts! Grab an apron and join the fun as we compete to create mouth-watering tools and treats!

Name of Camp: Virginia Dance Center "Fun in the Sun" Mini Dance Camp
Dates/Times: June 29-July 1/9:00am-12:00pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $105
Ages: 6-10
Two sentence description: Our Fun in the Sun Mini-Camp will focus on Ballet, Jazz and Tap and will culminate with a special demonstration at the end of the week. Students will dance with beach balls to summer fun music and enjoy a daily craft activity.

Name of Camp: Space Pioneers
Dates/Times: June 29-July 3, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: Embark on fun journey to space with Scratch! Send an astronaut to the moon and defend your moon base from space rocks. Learn how to use Scratch to create and program sprites, backdrops and basic scripts. Create a new program each day, leave with evidence of your wild space adventure, and be inspired to explore the universe of programming as a Space Pioneer.


Name of Camp: Leadership Summer Youth Academy
Dates/Times: July 13-24, 9am – 4pm (Drop off from 7 - 8:30am; pick up from 4 – 6 pm) 
City: Bristow
Cost: $40 application fee; $260 camp fee
Ages: Rising 6th to 9th graders

Two Sentence Description:  Do you have a middle schooler interested in developing their leadership skills and learning more about their community? Your student will develop team building and communication skills through various field trips and activities to include: tour of PWC fire & Rescue Training facility (simulators, K9/SWAT team demos), opportunity to meet various PWC leaders, mock trial at the PWC Circuit Court, tour of Micron, tour of Occoquan with former Mayor Porta, total Emergenetics STEP analysis.

Name of Camp: Virginia Dance Center "En Pointe! Intensive" (2 levels*)
Dates/Times: June 22-June 26/9:00am-12:00pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $160
Ages: Pre-Pointe/Beginner Pointe and Intermediate Pointe* (placement will be determined by experience)
Two sentence description: Students will participate in Stretch, Ballet, Pointe or Pre-Pointe daily and will culminate with a special demonstration at the end of the week. Students will study ballet companies and dancers through the use of video and discussion. Students will also engage in discussions of topics such as pointe shoe fitting, care of pointe shoes and pointe related injuries and remedies.

Name of Camp: Camp Invention: Coles Elementary School
Dates/Times: June 22-26, 9:00-3:30
City: Manassas
Cost: $220, use promo code SPRING by 5/12/15 to receive $15 off
Ages: Rising 1st through 6th graders
Website: www.campinvention.org  select Coles Elementary School
Two sentence description: Your child will not want to miss out on the chance to imagine, tinker and invent prototypes that they can take home with them this summer! The IlluminateTM curriculum features five energetic and fun-filled modules that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities, which will empower your creative thinker and further inspire them to innovate and solve problems!



Name of Camp: Camp Kelvin
Dates/Times: July 6-10, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: Pack your bags and lace up your hiking boots engineers, because at Camp Kelvin, we are engineering designs to help us explore the great outdoors. Build a tent, design waterproof clothing, engineer your own survival pack and more! Join us for a week of fun and adventure where everyone goes home a happy camper!


Name of camp: Academy of Russian Ballet Summer Program
Dates/times: July 6-August 14 9am-2pm or 9am-5pm (for intermediate and advanced dancers). Various times/days for ages 3 and up.
City: Manassas
Cost: 1/2 day camp (first two weeks) 200.00 week, full day camp 305.00 wk. Other hourly options
Two sentence description: ARB will hold it's 6 week summer program for dancers of all ages and levels with all day intensives available for intermediate/advanced level dancers. Features Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Stretch, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Russian Language, Acting, and much more!


Name of Camp: Momentum Madness
Dates/Times: July 6-10 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Zero to sixty in two seconds?! How fast can an object go without compromising safety? Students in this camp will work with their Pit Crew to design and build vehicles, such as dragsters and hovering levitrons, which should able to withstand astonishing speeds. Fasten your seat belt, the race has begun!

Name of Camp:  Diva Dance Camp
Dates/times: July 6-10, 9am-12pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $150/week
Ages: 4 to 12
Website: 
http://stagedoordancestudio.com
Two sentence description: Enjoy classes in jazz, hip hop, cheer, modeling, ballet and more with this fun, active camp! 

Name of Camp: Kodu Kart Racing
Dates/Times: July 6-10 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: Race to the finish and create your own racing game in Microsoft’s Kodu gaming environment. From terrain design to enemy selection, students are placed at the wheel and given full control to design their game. Create your own video game while exploring the foundations of coding. Kick your creativity in gear with Kodu Kart Racing. (not compatible with Mac or Linux)


Name of Camp: Bumble ABC Science Camp
Dates/Times: July 6-10 from 1pm-3pm or August 31-September 4 from 1pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $100/child
Ages: 4-6 years old 

Two sentence description: Bumble ABC's sports camps encourage children to participate in exciting, hands-on experiments as they leran about and implement the scientific method! Parents may drop their children off for camps. 

Name of Camp: Minecraft: Traveling into the Future
Dates/Times: July 13 – 17 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: 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.

Name of Camp: Building Cities
Dates/Times: July 13 – 17 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Do you have what it takes to engineer a magnificent city from an inhabitable environment? During this camp, students form their very own construction crew and work together as a team to build a city from the ground up. Crews design essential urban structures, develop processes to purify water and generate their own power. Join up with a crew to compete in challenges designed to test the strength of your designs in Building Cities.

Name of Camp: South Run Riding CampDates/Times: June 22 -26, July 20 - 24, July 27 - 31, 9am-2pm **extended hours available** City: Nokesville Cost: $350/week Ages: 6-12 years old

Website: www.southrunriding.com
Two sentence description: Your South Run Riding Camp experience includes a daily horseback riding lesson along with other horse related activities: groom and tack, equipment care, horse behavior, along with super fun arts and crafts. Celebrate with a riding demonstration for family and friends on Fridays!

Name of Camp: Bumble ABC Sports Camp
Dates/Times: July 27-21 from 1pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $100/child
Ages: 4-6 years old 
Two sentence description: Bumble ABC's sports camps encourage and develop team-building, hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills thorugh fun, handon-on activities, crafts, games, and more.  PArents may drop their children off for camps. 


Name of camp: AviationEd Summer Camp
Dates/times: July 6-24 (one week camps, by age group)
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: $249
Ages: 5.5-14
Website: www.aviationed.net
Two sentence description: Each week's camp will follow a theme of Air and Space, Aerospace Engineer's Workshop, and Test Pilot Academy, where campers will conduct STEM labs, challenges, and try their hand on our flight simulators. The final Friday of each camp, campers will have a 20 minute Discovery Flight (weather permitting).

Name of Camp: Engineers Under Construction
Dates/Times: July 13-17, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: Put on your hard hats engineers and get ready to explore civil, mechanical and environmental engineering like never before. From roads and tunnels to bridges and skyscrapers, students discover that no job is too tough for an Engineering for Kids engineer!

Name of camp: Leesylvania Junior Ranger Program
Dates/times: July 6-9 (Ages 4-6 AM, Ages 7-9 PM)
City: Woodbridge, VA
Cost: $60
Ages: 4-12
Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info.shtml?id=LE150024-00
Two sentence description: Each day we cover new topics, and introduce fun educational activities that help keep things fun and interesting. It is a great way for you and your child to learn about the rich history and nature that is in your own backyard. AM Session is 9am-12pm, PM Session is 1pm-4pm.  Two optional campouts are offered on July 17 and July 24. 


Name of Camp: Virginia Dance Center "Broadway Bound" Mini Dance Camp
Dates/Times: July 6-July 8/9:30am-12:30pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $105
Ages: 9 and up
Two sentence description: Our Broadway Bound Mini-Camp will include dancing, singing and acting and will culminate with a special demonstration at the end of the camp.


Name of Camp: Hero's Week
Dates/Times: July 20 - 24 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…Heroes Week! Students will join other engineers their age as they seek ways to protect the world and save mankind in the process. They will join a league of heroes and will compete against other leagues by performing engineering-related challenges, such as saving an ecosystem from a potentially lethal oil spill. Only one group will end the week as the ultimate league of super heroes!

Name of Camp: Robotics: Rescue Robots
Dates/Times: July 20 - 24 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: During the LEGO® Rescue Robots camp, students design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations such as moving rubble and retrieving targets. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Name of camp: Vertical Rock Indoor Camp
Dates/times: July 6-24 (one week camps, by age group)
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: $249
Ages: 5.5-14
Website: http://climb-outdoor.com/summer-camps/
Two sentence description: Each week's camp will follow a theme of Air and Space, Aerospace Engineer's Workshop, and Test Pilot Academy, where campers will conduct STEM labs, challenges, and try their hand on our flight simulators. The final Friday of each camp, campers will have a 20 minute Discovery Flight (weather permitting).

Name of camp: Vertical Rock Outdoor Camp
Dates/times: July 6-24 (one week camps, by age group)
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: $249
Ages: 5.5-14
Website:  http://climb-va.com/booking/
Two sentence description: Each week's camp will follow a theme of Air and Space, Aerospace Engineer's Workshop, and Test Pilot Academy, where campers will conduct STEM labs, challenges, and try their hand on our flight simulators. The final Friday of each camp, campers will have a 20 minute Discovery Flight (weather permitting).

Name of camp: Leesylvania Junior Ranger Program
Dates/times: July 13-16 (Ages 4-6 AM, Ages 10-12 PM)
City: Woodbridge, VA
Cost: $60
Ages: 4-12
Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info.shtml?id=LE150024-00
Two sentence description: Each day we cover new topics, and introduce fun educational activities that help keep things fun and interesting. It is a great way for you and your child to learn about the rich history and nature that is in your own backyard. AM Session is 9am-12pm, PM Session is 1pm-4pm.  Two optional campouts are offered on July 17 and July 24. 


Name of Camp: Virginia Dance Center "Frozen" Dance Camp (2 levels)
Dates/Times: July 13-July 17/9:00am-12:00pm
                       July 20-July 24/9:00am-12:00pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $160/week
Ages: 3-5 & 6-10 (both levels offered both weeks)
Two sentence description: This is the perfect dance camp for the “Princess” that lives in your castle. Our Frozen dance camps for ages 3-5 will focus on Ballet with Creative Movement activities, while ages 6-10 will study Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Both levels will culminate with special demonstrations at the end of the week and both camps will include a special visit from an Ice Princess during the week.

Name of Camp: Lighthouse Drama Camp
Dates/times: July 6-17, 1pm-4pm
City: Dale City
Cost: $120
Ages: 5-12
Website: http://www.fupcdc.org
Description: First United Presbyterian of Dale City under the direction of Cathlene Albrecht, music director Rebecca Anderson, daily devotion, prayer, drama, dance, music and art, culminating in performing 101 Dalmantions on July 17th!

Name of camp: Leesylvania Junior Ranger Program
Dates/times: July 20-23 (Ages 7-9 AM, Ages 4-6 PM)
City: Woodbridge, VA
Cost: $60
Ages: 4-12
Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info.shtml?id=LE150024-00
Two sentence description: Each day we cover new topics, and introduce fun educational activities that help keep things fun and interesting. It is a great way for you and your child to learn about the rich history and nature that is in your own backyard. AM Session is 9am-12pm, PM Session is 1pm-4pm.  Two optional campouts are offered on July 17 and July 24. 

Name of Camp: Medieval Defense
Dates/Times: July 20-24, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: Don your armor and draw your sword! In this camp, students will build their very own castle and then work to defend it by engineering cannons and catapults. Become one of Kelvin’s knights and join us on the quest for glory and justice as we explore civil, mechanical, and marine engineering!


Name of Camp: Virginia Dance Center "VDC Dance Intensive" (2 levels)
Dates/Times: July 27-July 31/9:00am-12:00pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $160
Ages: VDC Levels 2/3 & 4/5
Two sentence description: Our Dance Intensive will be an immersive experience for advanced students who are dedicated and disciplined with a passion for dance and will culminate with a special demonstration at the end of the week. Students will work on refining technique and performance in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, as well as Theater Dance and Hip Hop.


Name of Camp: Out of this World
Dates/Times: July 27 - 31 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Is mankind ready to inhabit the moon? With a little help from Engineering for Kids® students, humans will be prepared to take up residence by the end of the week! Students will collaborate with their Space State teams to create the safest and most effective community on the moon. Which team will earn enough Astro-Points to be declared the winner?

Name of Camp: Robotics: Mission to Mars
Dates/Times: July 27 - 31 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: During the LEGO® Robotics Mission to Mars camp, students design and program robots to explore an unknown planet, find safe shelter, and collect soil samples from the planet. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Name of Camp:  Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps
Dates/times:  July 13-319:30 am-3 pm
City: Manassas, VA
Cost:  $175-$235
Ages:  Rising K-12th Grade
Website: http://www.spotlightsummercamps.com/
Two sentence description: 
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps was founded in 2004 to meet the need of many Catholic families in Northern Virginia who seek excellent training in Theatre and Art for their children within an environment they can trust. Only hosted within Catholic Churches, Spotlight exclusively employs highly-qualified instructors who are both Catholic and artistically accomplished.



Name of Camp: Inventor’s Workshop
Dates/Times: July 27-31, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps

Two Sentence Description: We have opened up the workshop for a week of fun, creativity, and of course -- engineering! Over the course of a week, students will invent new machines and explore creative design solutions using the Engineering Design Process. Discover how a wind-up toy works and design your own drawing robot inside the Engineering For Kids Inventor’s Workshop.

Name of Camp: South Run Riding CampDates/Times: June 22 -26, July 20 - 24, July 27 - 31, 9am-2pm **extended hours available** City: Nokesville Cost: $350/week Ages: 6-12 years old
Website: www.southrunriding.com
Two sentence description: Your South Run Riding Camp experience includes a daily horseback riding lesson along with other horse related activities: groom and tack, equipment care, horse behavior, along with super fun arts and crafts. Celebrate with a riding demonstration for family and friends on Fridays!


Name of Camp: Wings, Wheels and Sails
Dates/Times: August 3-7, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Guten Tag! Travel the world with Kelvin and our core of engineers as we explore the continents in just five days. Drive across the United States, build a boat to sail the Mediterranean, and fly to the Orient in this fun engineering experience. Join us on an amazing adventure as we engineer planes, cars, boats and rockets to travel the globe, and beyond. 

Name of Camp: Virginia Dance Center "Hip Hop" Dance Camp (2 levels)
Dates/Times: Aug 3-Aug 7/9:30am-12:30pm
City: Manassas
Cost: $160
Ages: 5-8 & 9 and up
Two sentence description: Our Hip Hop Dance Camps will focus on rhythm and learning the latest street styles of dance and will culminate with a special demonstration at the end of the week. Students will also enjoy a daily craft activity.


Name of Camp: Bumble ABC Music Camp
Dates/Times: June 15-19 from 10am-12pm or August 10-14 from 1pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $100/child
Ages: 4-6 years old 
Two sentence description: Bumble ABC's Music and Movement camps include puppetry, songs, parachutes, and dance and help children develop a love of music, hand-eye coordination, language skills and so much more! Parents may drop their children off for camps.

Name of Camp: Electronic Game Design: Platform Games
Dates/Times: August 3 -7 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: During the Electronic Game Design : Platform camp, 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.

Name of Camp: Survivor Engineer's Cove,
Dates/Times: August 3 -7 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Welcome to Survivor: Engineer’s Cove! Students in this five-day camp will find themselves stranded on an abandoned island filled with perilous obstacles – dark caves, wild animals, cold temperatures, little food, and separation from the comforts of home. They will work collaboratively with their tribe members to compete against other tribes in specific engineering-related projects aimed at trying to survive the harsh island conditions and escape to their freedom. The tribe with the most points at the end of the week will claim the honor of Survivor: Engineer’s Cove winner.

Name of Camp: Power and Energy
Dates/Times: August 10-14, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Become an agent of change and look at ways to get things moving…no batteries required. In this camp, students explore the foundational concepts of potential and kinetic energy by building their very own toys. Additionally, students will explore natural power and energy sources such as falling water and the sun. Get ready for a shock in this energetic and engaging engineering experience!

Name of Camp: Medieval Mayhem
Dates/Times: August 10-14 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Here ye! Here ye! His Royal Highness King Kelvin bids you join him on a quest to eternal glory! In Medieval Mayhem, students unite together as a noble house and compete against others to build a kingdom worthy of greatness. Joust your way to honor and battle your way to fame in this amazing adventure full of engaging engineering challenges.

Name of Camp: Electronic Game Design: Tower Defense
Dates/Times: August 10-14 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: During the Electronic Game Design Tower Defense camp, students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game. A tower defense game is one in which the programmer creates towers to defend a base which fires at passing enemies. At the end of the camp, students take home a copy of the game they create.

Name of Camp: Pirate Academy
Dates/Times: August 17-21, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Arg Matey! Come join Kelvin’s crew as we sail the ocean blue searching for buried treasure. Join us as students build their very own pirate ship, go fishing for treasure, and work together in Kelvin’s crew to create a delicious treat that’s more precious than gold. Hop aboard the Green Ghost and set sail with us as we explore the ocean blue in this Pirate Academy!

Name of Camp: Amazing Race
Dates/Times: August 17-21 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Pack your bags engineers and get ready for an adventure! Team up with others for a wild ride across the globe in our Amazing Race. During this camp, students carefully engineer designs that traverse the most treacherous terrain, brave the stormiest seas, and soar above the clouds. Can your team make it all the way around the world in just a few days? Grab your passports and catch a flight straight to Engineering For Kids for a truly unbelievable journey!

Name of Camp: Electronic Game Design
Dates/Times: August 17-21 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Students will use Multimedia Fusion 2® to create their own video game.

Name of Camp: Bumble ABC Art Camp
Dates/Times: June 22-26 from 1pm-3pm or August 24-28 from 1pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $100/child
Ages: 4-6 years old 
Two sentence description: Bumble ABC's art camps provide fun, handon-on activities, that enhance fine motor skills. Children are free to be creative without the worry of mess in the house! Parents may drop their children off for camps. 

Name of Camp: Bumble ABC Science Camp
Dates/Times: July 6-10 from 1pm-3pm or August 31-September 4 from 1pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $100/child
Ages: 4-6 years old 
Two sentence description: Bumble ABC's sports camps encourage children to participate in exciting, hands-on experiments as they leran about and implement the scientific method! Parents may drop their children off for camps. 

Name of Camp: Design the Future
Dates/Times: August 24 - 28 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: What does the future look like? Join us as we embark on an odyssey to explore the future of transportation, manufacturing and structural. Let’s take a look at the innovations of today and apply them to create the designs of tomorrow as we explore ways to harness clean energy and house a growing human population. Become an engineer and help Design the Future.

Name of Camp: Minecraft: Traveling into the Future
Dates/Times: August 24 - 28 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: 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. 

Name of Camp: Medieval Defense
Dates/Times: August 24-28, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Don your armor and draw your sword! In this camp, students will build their very own castle and then work to defend it by engineering cannons and catapults. Become one of Kelvin’s knights and join us on the quest for glory and justice as we explore civil, mechanical, and marine engineering!

Name of Camp: Space Pioneers
Dates/Times: August 31-September 4, 10am-12pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $165
Ages: 4-6 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Embark on fun journey to space with Scratch! Send an astronaut to the moon and defend your moon base from space rocks. Learn how to use Scratch to create and program sprites, backdrops and basic scripts. Create a new program each day, leave with evidence of your wild space adventure, and be inspired to explore the universe of programming as a Space Pioneer.

Name of Camp: Engineer Investigators
Dates/Times: August 31 - September 4 8:30am-11:30am
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: Become a forensics engineer and help Kelvin find out who stole the blueprints for his secret, new design. Using principles of investigative science and forensic engineering, students will analyze evidence in the simulated crime scene using math, science, and technology. Embark on a new journey each day to decipher cryptic clues and biological codes, and help us identify the thief through chemical and mechanical analysis. Time is running out, and Kelvin needs your help!

Name of Camp: Robotics: Robot Surgeons
Dates/Times: August 31 - September 4 12pm-3pm
City: Woodbridge
Cost: $300 full day, $165 half day, $100 after camp (3-5pm)
Ages: 7-14 years
Website: https://engineeringforkids.com/location/pwc/camps
Two Sentence Description: During the LEGO® Robot Surgeons camp, students design and program robots to function as medical robots by accomplishing a task that would cure a disease or address an issue within a human organ. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.



VBS in Prince William County 2015

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Published: 04/16/2015
Didn't get me your info in time? No worries- just email me and use the format you see below.  I'm happy to add to this list! 

ONGOING:

Name of camp/VBS:  Camp Kilimanjaro-An Epic Expedition Through Proverbs
Dates/times: June 15th- August 14th, option to choose which days or weeks you want. Before care starting at 6am and extended care until 6:30pm are available! 
City: Woodbridge, Va

Cost: Varies- choose weekly or daily options! Days (9am-3:30pm) start at $45, or one week for $170.  One week of camp with before/after care (6:30am-6:30pm) is $210.  Various options are available. 
Ages: Preschool to Grade 8 (Open to the community)
Website: 
http://christchapelacademy.org/my-cca/summer-camp/ 
Two sentence description: Christ Chapel Academy’s Camp Kilimanjaro is a summer long adventure with exciting field trips, engaging enrichment activities, and epic Bible adventures.  Contact Becky Davis at bdavis@christchapel.org or 703-670-3822 for more information.  


JUNE

Name of VBS: Living Hope EPC Kingdom Rock
Dates/times: June 24-28th, 9am-12pm
City: Haymarket
Cost: Suggested donation of $25/family
Ages: 3 and up
Website: http://livinghopeepc.org/missions/
Two sentence description: To register your child,please email Terri Sawyers at  girlsrus2@verizon.net.

Name of VBS: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Dates/times: June 22-26th, 9am-3p
City: Haymarket
Cost: 
Ages: 6-10
Website: http://www.comeandbe.org/wp/christian-education/
Two sentence description: Each summer we offer a week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer Day Camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for children ages 6 to 10. We do so in partnership with Mar-Lu-Ridge Lutheran Camp, which furnishes the curriculum and counselors that guide the program.

Name of VBS: Nokesville Church of the Bretheren
Dates/times: Week of June 22nd (no additional details at this time)
City:
Cost: 
Ages:
Website: http://www.nokesvillecob.org/vbs.asp
Two sentence description: 


JULY

Name of VBS: Lighthouse Drama Camp
Dates/times: July 6-17, 1pm-4pm
City: Dale City
Cost: $120
Ages: 5-12
Website: http://www.fupcdc.org
Description: First United Presbyterian of Dale City under the direction of Cathlene Albrecht, music director Rebecca Anderson, daily devotion, prayer, drama, dance, music and art, culminating in performing 101 Dalmantions on July 17th!

Name of VBS: Church of the Word Jungle Safari
Dates/times: July 13-17th
City: Gainesville
Cost: 
Ages:
Website: http://www.churchoftheword.net

Name of Camp/VBS: St. Thomas – Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power
Dates/times: July 13-17, 8:45 AM – 12:15 PM
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: FREE
Ages: K – 5th
Website:
 http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/vbs-2015.html
Two sentence description: St. Thomas UMC will be offering a FREE Vacation Bible School to the community using Group’s theme: Everest – Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Registration opens online on June 1st so mark your calendars!!

Name of VBS: Grace Baptist Church Vacation Bible School Journey off The Map
Dates/times: July 20-24 9:00am-12:15p daily
City: Woodbridge VA 22193
Cost: $0
Ages: Pre-K (age 5 by 9/30/15) through 5th Grade (completed)
Website: http://www.gracehome.org/vacation-bible-school
Link to Register (Participants or Volunteers)
https://kideventpro.lifeway.com/myChurch/?id=27656

Name of Camp/VBS: St. Thomas Summer Music Camp
Dates/times: July 27 - 31, 9 AM - 12:30PM
City: Manassas, VA
Cost: $75 registration fee
Ages: Rising 1st – 6th graders
Website: http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/mc-2015.html
Two sentence description: This year’s music camp theme is “Back to the Cross,” where Camp Kids will have a fabulous time travel “Blast” as they relive the best of the totally tubular ‘80s, the roaring ‘20s, the groovy ‘60s and even the Wild West! Kids buckle up as you’ll also travel to the fantastic future! May 19 & 26 are the audition dates for leading roles only - no audition required for all other travelers.  


Name of VBS:  Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps

Dates/times:  July 13-31, 9:30 am-3 pm
City: Manassas, VA
Cost:  $175-$235

Ages:  Rising K-12th Grade
Website: http://www.spotlightsummercamps.com/
Two sentence description: 
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps was founded in 2004 to meet the need of many Catholic families in Northern Virginia who seek excellent training in Theatre and Art for their children within an environment they can trust. Only hosted within Catholic Churches, Spotlight exclusively employs highly-qualified instructors who are both Catholic and artistically accomplished.


AUGUST

Name of VBS: GSUMC "Everest"
Dates/times: August 3-7, 9am-12pm
City: Dale City
Cost: 
Ages: Preschool-5th Grade
Website: http://www.gsumc.net/vacation-bible-school
Two sentence description: Embark on an icy expedition where kids overcome obstacles with God's awesome power. Anchor kids in rock-solid Bible truths that will guide them through life's challenges.

Out of County (But they asked nicely)
Sydenstricker United Methodist Church-Everest
August 3-7, 2015 9am-12pm
Springfield, VA
Now through June 30: $20 per child, $40 max per family.
CD and t-shirt (available on first day of VBS) included in registration fee. Forms must be postmarked and/or received in the church office by June 30 to receive discount. After June 30: $25 per child, $50 max per family. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NO LATER THAN JULY 19, 2015
4 years (as of Sep. 30, 2015) to 6th grade
http://sydenstrickerumc.org/vbs

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 master_gardener@pwcgov.org 
 
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. 

Beaches Near Prince William County

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Published: 07/10/2014
We had a reader request for beaches somewhere closer than VA Beach (which is about a four hour drive).  Here are our results from readers about beaches that are local to Manassas, Woodbridge, Dumfries, Dale City, Lake Ridge and Bristow (and any other city in Prince William County. Don't hate me for trying to get google to get my website to come up!)

Obviously I haven't been to all of these beaches, although I'm willing to give that a try.

You know, in the name of science.

Here's what I've got! Are we missing your favorite? Leave a comment below and add your thoughts!


If you'd like to stay under 2 hours (minus DMV traffic which cannot be helped on any given day)
Aquia Beach
"off courthouse rd.  Its secluded but its connected to the Potomac river...good fishing a beach and bathrooms! 25 mins."

Breezy Point
"1.5 hours from Manassas"

Calvert Cliffs
"In MD, about an hour and a half from Manassas. Beach, shallow water, and shark teeth fossils!"

Colonial Beach
"Only about an hour and 15 min away and a pretty decent beach.  We went there for Memorial Day and it wasn't packed.  If you follow the water down to the right of the pier area there's also all day parking for $5 as opposed to the 2 hour parking by the pier"
"Colonial Beach is like an hour and a half or so from 95 south entrance"
"1 1/2 hour sometimes only 45 minutes giving traffic but it is awesome, they have playground for kids, ice cream shops, little art shops where the kids can participate and for the adults there is the river boat casino and the best part, you rent golf carts to drive around the town. My kids love it there and on the 4th of July there is a firework show"
"Yes!! Colonial beach is only an hour and a half from Woodbridge! Best local places to eat, too!"
"We went to Colonial Beach last 4th of July. My 4 boys loved it!
"To those of you who went to Colonial, I found it very rocky and almost unmanageable.  Was I just in the wrong places?"
(Not copying this comment, but suffice it to say someone was less than impressed with the ambiance at this beach.)


Falmouth Beach 
"Right off the highway Falmouth exit...30 mins. Have grassy area a beach and a couple of grills...they also give out life jackets to the kids!"
"We go to River Beaches, not quite the coast. Not fancy, but the kids love it.  Free parking, 30 mins from Dale City"

Half Moon Beach 
"Past Strasburg" (Google maps says 1.5 hours from Manassas)

Lake Arrowhead Beach
"In Luray VA you have Lake Arrowhead Beach, very nice and cost very low"

Leesylvania
"Leesylvania has two tiny beaches.  Woodbridge/Dumfries area."

North Beach 
"I have heard good things about North Beach, MD but I have never personally been.  Google says it takes about 1 hour 15 min from Montclair.
"North Beach is okay, but it's a pay beach"
"No waves to worry about for the little ones.  Cute shops and a nice boardwalk."

Rappahannock Beach
"Off Rt 1. Quiet, safe, good for kids. 20 minutes from Dumfries"

Sandy Point
"Never been, but looking into Sandy Point"

Shenandoah River
"Second best for us, least crowded every time we've gone is Shenandoah River at the Shenandoah State Park.  About an hour drive."

Westmoreland State Park
"Only 90 minutes away and a nice beach"

If you think 2+ Hours is local (or worth the drive, but either way, I'm separating them out)

Bethany Beach
"Delaware. 3 to 3.5 hours. We have done day trips. They are long days, but so worth it."

Chincoteague Island/Assteague Beach
"I am a single mom and I love taking my 7 year old daughter to Chincoteague every August.  "Is that where the horses are?" is the top question I get.  Yes, but there is way more.  It is 3.5-4 hours east of us and only 30 minutes south of Ocean City. There are plenty of hotels and it is a top family vacation destination in the area.  We also like to camp there as well for only $30 a night tent camping.  The beach is really nice and has lifeguards.  Assateague beach is a notion park so there are no board walks, just shower and parking.  There is a small fee for the beach because it is a park.
"We loved Chincoteague"

Fenwick Island
"About 2.5 hours away and super family friendly. It's right next to Ocean city but removed from the crazy college crowd."

Dewey Beach
"DE, and it's beautiful and not too far, but not great for families.  Bethany, just a few minutes away is much better."

Ocean City 
"I load the kids up at 5am and head to OCMD.  It's before the traffic rush so we can be there by 8, even with a bathroom break.  Spend all day and load up the sleepy kids back into the car around 7 and they wake up in their beds.  It's a drive, but not awful."

Ocean View
"We just moved here from Norfolk.  VA Beach is cool for ocean beaches but I have small kids and we always like the Ocean View beaches in Norfolk better because the waves are smaller and the beaches are less crowded.  On a good day it's 2.5 hours from here, but it's more like 3-3.5 hours."

Outer Banks
"31/2 to 4 HRS"

In addition to reader suggestions, here are a few from the Washington Post.


Giveaway: Madame Tussaud's DC

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Published: 07/03/2014
Where can you and your kids visit all your favorite celebrities in one swoop? Madame Tussaud's, of course! Pose with your favorite historical figures, celebrities, and politicians all day long- they don't mind at all because they're wax!

Recently, Madame Tussaud's added Katy Perry to their ranks!

But you can also visit Barack Obama in the Oval Office:
Along with every other US president, for that matter!

Want to go? Enter to win your tickets using the Rafflecopter below!

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Want more info? Here's some details from a review I did a few years ago:

Madame Tussaud's is very easy to get to.  There's easy metro access, but we ended up driving (395-14th street-F street) and were there in about 30 minutes, including parking.  There's a $10 a day parking garage right across the street, but there's also lots of on-street parking available if you go on a day that isn't full of Cherry Blossom visitors trying to beat the snow!

When you enter Madame Tussaud's, there's a line to pay, then a few steps down to a brief video where they demonstrate how the wax figures are made.  You then head to the left (I'm mentioning this because I was a little unclear on where to go!)  and go through a few halls of presidents.  Several of the exhibits have a way to interact with the figures- for exmaple, George Washington has a "boat" that you can sit in and don a Washington-esque coat for a pictures.  Lincoln (depicted sitting in the balcony at Ford's theatre) also has a coat you can wear for your picture.  Bring. Your. Camera. If your kids are anything like the kids I took, you will hear "take my picture!! take my picture!!!" around 3,000 times :)

After you move through the presidents, there's a spot at the end where they take commemorative pictures in the "White House" or with the "Obamas", and then you move into some historical figures.  There's Rosa Parks and a bus background, Martin Luther King Junior, Malcom X, and also some historical figures in with the presidents like Jackie O, the Apollo astronauts, Winston Churchill, and others. 

The final two sections are famous athletes and movie stars/singers.  The little girl that we brought was excited to point out the Jonas Brothers.  I took a picture with my future ex-husband, George Clooney ;) and my only complaint was probably that there was a Robert Pattinson who wasn't sparkly, and there was no shirtless Taylor Lautner.  Just saying.

The kids I took (all 7 years old) had a really great time.  They were super excited about people they recognized (Washington, Lincoln, Obama, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers, astronauts) and anything that had an interactive component. They were also happy to have me take their picture with anyone who they thought looked cool.  I think that the ideal age to take here would be 9 or older, just because they would have exposure to more of the historical people and would be more excited to see them, and would be able to read the fun-facts more independently.  That said, I was totally happy with our trip and my 7's had a great time!! Fair Warning: The end of the tour dumps you into the gift shop, so be prepared to stop any wandering little hands.


Disclosure: This giveaway provided by Madame Tussaud's DC location.  All opinions are my own. By entering you're agreeing to all of our Giveaway Rules and regulations. I'm not responsible for traffic, weather, your kids being sad the real Katy Perry isn't there, or any other drama you encounter.  

Camping at Prince William Forest Park

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Published: 06/17/2014
I am a little more of an "outdoor adventure followed by a warm shower" girl.  Especially after they chopped my neck in half last year for my brain surgery.  Sleeping on rocks just doesn't appeal to me, no matter how many months of recovery I've had.

However, my husband and kids are so darn cute, and they really love camping, so I will do it anyway.  Prince William Forest Park offers several lovely camping areas including three "frontcountry", one "backcountry" and 5 cabin sites.  This time, we opted for Oak Ridge, which allows tents and RVs.  Loops B and C are reservation only, but loop A is first come first served. Turkey Run is great for groups, and we've camped there with Cub Scouts before. 
 We made sure to bring my daughter's American Heritage Girls handbook (similar: Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Trail Life, etc) so that we could do the fire safety section and she could get a badge.  She just recently discovered that anything in life worth doing has a badge associated with it.
 Of course when you're camping, you need a few essential items.  I refuse to camp without hats and DEET because Lyme Disease is no joke.  Camping chairs, firewood, matches, all essential.

Also sleeping bags.  PWC Dad may have taken us on our first family camping trip when our kids were 6 months, 3, and 5 and forgotten the sleeping bags.  I may have also driven back from Lake Anna with said 6 month old at 2am, and because of that I always double check that the sleeping bags made it in the van.
 And, of course, you need S'more fixings.  My kids prefer to completely burn the marshmallows and eat the chocolate, although for those of us with a little more patience, a carefully toasted marshmallow is a thing of beauty.
 Tin foil (the heavy duty stuff)  is also a good idea if you're going to be using a site-provided campfire grill.  Those things don't get cleaned very often, and I don't care how hot they get.

I just don't.
Trash bags- also a good idea, and in our case we kept the cooler in our van so that we wouldn't attract any little critters. Obviously, a lovely time was had by all.

Want to have your own camping fun? Here are a few site recommendations, both from myself and from readers, in and around Prince William County.

In-County
Prince William Forest Park (Dumfries/Triangle) sites start at $20/night or $10 for seniors/passholders.  Note that you'll still apparently need to stop at the Visitors Center and pay the park entry fee ($5/week) on top of that.  We assumed it was included in the price, which was apparently wrong, but luckily we have a pass. Tent or RV or Cabin.  Showers, bathrooms, activities.

Greenville Family Farm (Haymarket) site prices aren't listed, but apparently vary based on whether or not you want electricity.  Fishing ponds, showers, bathrooms.

Leesylvania State Park only offers group camping.

Out-of-County (Virginia)
Burke Lake Park (Fairfax) sites are $28/night and Burke Lake Park offers lots of fun (including a train and carousel).  However, sites are first-come, so be sure to plan to arrive early.

Shenandoah National Park (Front Royal-Wayensboro) start at $15/night and include tent and limited RV

Christopher Run Campground (Lake Anna) starts at $32/night cabins, lodges and tent sites available. This is one of my family's favorite sites when we camp with my parents, who have a boat.

Todd Lake (Stokesville) $16/night for tent camping, showers/bathrooms/drinking water available.

Sherando Lake (Shenandoah) has reserved or first-come camping for tents and RVs.

Out-of-County (Bit of a Drive)
Starlight Camping Resort (Pennsylvania) $42/day for 2 people, $3/day for each additional child or $5/adult.

Review: Vertical Rock

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Published: 06/13/2014
I don't really know how to start this other than to say that Vertical Rock was absolutely awesome.  Just so much fun.  Any age, any level, any ability, your family can have fun doing this.  If your child is old enough to try to scale your bookshelves or the kitchen pantry, they can rock climb.

I know that trying a completely new activity at a completely new place can be intimidating, so here's how it works.

1) Enter the address (10225 Nokesville Rd, Manassas, VA 20110) into your GPS/Garmin/iPhone.  
2) Follow directions
3) Arrive. 

That's really it.  Everything else that you need is taken care of.  Get a day pass and climb all you want for $18 (adults), $16 (students), or $12 (military).  You'll need your own equipment, or you can rent what you'll need ($11 for everything).  Alternatively, if you're new, you can try it out for $20, which includes your harness, 3 climbs ($5 for each additional) and a Vertical Rock belayer to help you figure it all out.  For $35 you can take their "Learn the Ropes" course, during which you'll learn how to top-rope, how to "tie in", and how to belay safely for your partner. Classes are drop-in and offered Monday-Friday from 6-8pm and Sundays from 3-5.  

Really love it? You don't need a Bally's membership- you can join Vertical Rock as your gym! In addition to climbing, they have a fitness room, and offer "Rock Ready" (which looks a lot like the class that rhymes with "Boss Bit"), Krav Maga, Yoga, and a host of other fun stuff to keep you in shape without relying solely on a treadmill, which, let's be honest, is boring. 

We did an open climb, and the one thing I'll say is that you should spring for the $5 to rent shoes.  They're sexy like bowling shoes:


But they are SO MUCH EASIER to climb in.  Seriously.  I was informed that if "they're not tight, they're not right" so don't hop up a size because your toes are giving each other a bear hug.  

Next, our friendly belayers helped us get into our harnesses.  One thing I didn't know about rock climbing is how fashionable it is ;) 
 Yesssss! Work it! Work it!
 So now you head to the walls.  Courses are rated with cards (and they have funny names like "I should be with my mommy right now" or "Fried Squirrel Brains").  They start at 5.5, or as I like to call it "That sounds about right" and move up to 5.10, which then get letters after them.  Obviously the higher you go the more difficulty is involved.  The idea is to follow the tape color for the course you're doing.  Some specify that you can use "any feet" which means that you can use an of the grips you can get your hoofs on, and others want you to just use the color you're following.  Rock climbing involves a good deal of thinking when you add those caveats- you have to check where you are and think about where you're going- I was surprised the first time I climbed myself into a corner and had to back up and think about how to approach where I was going!
 This is the wall that Logan, Savannah, and I started on.  It has about a bijillion grips on it, and you can "climb the rainbow" and pick anything you want.  Here's where the staff really came in.  Logan got to this point (above) and was like "Yup, I'm scared and I'm done" and Zack, our belayer, was like "Yeah, totally hear that buddy- just touch that green one first" and by the time he did that, he realized he was just a few "rocks" from the brown section.....
And well, then it was just a few hand grips to the green spongy thing....and at that point, you may as well touch the top.  He was too nervous to rappel down the side, which I get, because it's a big exercise in trust to have someone you just met tell you to let go of the wall and trust them to not drop you.  Especially when you're 8.  He climbed down slowly, but surely. However, he did rappel on his last climb of the day, which was great! 
We had a few tears on the harder wall- somebody made the mistake of looking down.  (I climbed to the top of this one- but I didn't look anywhere but the place I was currently at- I probably would've cried, too!) but, again, the belayers did a great job of providing direction and assured us that they've had to climb up before to help someone down, but they didn't have to.  

The minute his feet touched the floor, he asked to go up again. I guess Belayer Anna did a good job :) 

In addition to open climbs and classes and memberships, Vertical Rock also offers a kids night, birthday parties, climbing teams (Team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 530-730! VR hosts competitions and travels to other gyms to participate in competitions), indoor and outdoor camps, scout merit badges, LOCK INS(!!!), corporate events and outdoor climbing tours.  There's also a bouldering wall if you really want to climb but not quite so high:
Best part about their kids night is that you don't have to reserve (although you can) so you can just be like "It's Friday night and my kids are making me crazy!! Vertical Rock!" and drop them off from 7-9pm for $25 for Non Members and $15 For Members, Safety equipment included.   I am informed that the kids "come home tired", which is just what I like to hear :) 

If you'd like to give your child a chance to try Rock Climbing, but aren't ready to strap in yourself, check out the Vertical Rock Summer camps!

**Thinking about a membership? Here's a note from owner Lindsey**

Memberships receive the Learn the ropes class for Free, Yoga, Rock Ready, Discounts on Youth Teams and Summer Camps and much more. A Family of 4 can have access to a fitness activity that they will love doing together M-S for just $31.25 a person a month. A 2 person family membership is only $47.50 a month. Why go to the movies!?
We are family owned and operated facility who really get to know our members. We introduce members to each other through cookouts and parties to keep the community strong. Parents meet each other and climb with each other while their kids play and climb together. The family environment is amazing and we are so excited to share it with more people!




Disclosure: Vertical Rock is a sponsor of PwcMoms and allowed us to come climb.  However, all opinions and experiences are true and my own.  If I had looked down, I think I would've cried- and I really do think the ugly shoes make it way easier.  #TrueStory. 

Soccer Skills School Summer Sessions

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Published: 06/12/2014

Registrations now open for upcoming summer sessions!!

Training will be held at SNF (Sports Network & Fitness) 8320 Quarry Rd, Manassas VA

Includes 6 sessions at 1.5 hours each. Each session will take place once a week over the summer season.


Training will focus on shooting, passing, shooting in transition and finishing.

Ages 6-9 will be held Wednesday starting June 25th from 7-8:30pm
Ages 10-13 will be held Thursday June 26th from 7-8:30pm

$99 per child – Sign up now through June 15th and receive a $15 discount!!




This is a sponsored post brought to you by Soccer Skills School. 

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!

FREE Family Arts Festival June 14th, 2014

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Published: 06/09/2014
Edgemoor Art Studio is presenting a grand opening in conjunction with Tackett's Mill Summerfest! The event will run from 12-4, followed by Jazz and Art on the Water with the naming of the PWC Poet Laureate from 3-6!

Show up at 12- you won't want to miss your chance to win a free week of summer camp just for showing up!

We'll have storytellers, face painting, several children's art activities, art fairies from the Academy of Russian Ballet, shopping for moms, an ice truck (cash for this, all other activities are free), balloons, and tours of the new studio space!

Can't wait to see you there!! Let us know you're coming (or just show up) and get more information HERE

My Link Teen Bus Pass Summer 2014

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Published: 06/06/2014



Teens ages 13-19 may use MyLink on OmniLink and Cross County Connector buses between 

Monday, June 2 and Saturday, August 30, 2014.  The pass costs $30, and in return teens get an

 unlimited number of local bus rides for the entire summer!  With the cost of a regular one-way bus 

ride currently at $1.30, a teen who takes at least 12 round-trips during the summer will save money

 by riding with a MyLink pass.  Passes will be sold at multiple locations from June 2 – August 1,

 2014.

Getting three months of unlimited bus rides for $30 is a bargain, but teens can save even more when 

they showing their MyLink pass at these attractions:


– Potomac Nationals, Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge –$1 off general admission at Friday home 

games;

– Prince William Ice Center, 5180 Dale Boulevard, Woodbridge –$2 off public skate entry;

– Bowl America, 13409 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge and 9000 Mathis Avenue, Manassas – one free 

game per visit, per day;

– Manassas 4 Cinemas, 8890 Mathis Avenue, Manassas – $1 off admission on Fridays, Saturdays and

 Sundays;

– Stonewall Pool, 8531 Stonewall Road, Manassas – $1 off admission.

With MyLink, teens won’t need to borrow the family car or beg for gas money to get around town.

  MyLink enables teens to have a safe, reliable ride to get to summer jobs, shopping centers, 

recreation centers, libraries and lots of other places where they want to go.

For the convenience of teens and their parents, passes will be sold June 2 – August 1 at:

– The PRTC Transit Center, at the intersection of Potomac Mills Road and Telegraph Road in 

Woodbridge, Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

– Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center (cash or credit only), Monday – Thursday 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.; 

Friday 5 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

– Sharron Baucom – Dale City Recreation Center (cash or credit only), Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 9 

p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

– Ben Lomond Community Center (cash or credit only), Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

– Manassas City Hall Treasurer’s Office (cash only), Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

– Manassas Park City Hall Treasurer’s Office (cash only), Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

and 3-5 p.m.

Teens who have a photo ID should bring it with them when purchasing a MyLink pass because a 

sticker will be applied to the front of their ID.  Teens who don’t have a photo ID will be given a

 MyLink card with a sticker.  Teens simply show their ID or MyLink card to the bus operator each

 time they board.

The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, PRTC, provides transportation services

 in Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.  OmniLink local buses 

serve routes in Manassas and Manassas Park on Mondays through Fridays and serve routes in Dale

 City, Dumfries, Lake Ridge, Quantico, the Route 1 Corridor and Woodbridge on Mondays through

 Saturdays.  The Cross County Connector operates Mondays through Fridays and connects eastern

 Prince William County with the Manassas area.

MyLink is one of three PRTC programs designed to educate youth about public transportation.

  PRTC also offers a preschool and elementary program focusing on bus safety, and a middle school 

program that shows how public transportation helps to preserve our environment and natural

 resources.

For more information about MyLink or any of PRTC’s transportation services, contact 

Customer Service at (703) 730-6664 or visit PRTCtransit.org



Summer 2014 Little Tots Series

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Published: 06/04/2014
People always love the Little Tots series during the summer, so here's the list for June to August! (Sorry if you missed April/May!) Enjoy!! 



FREE and CHEAP Summer Fun Ideas 2014

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Published: 05/28/2014
Ongoing:
The City of Manassas holds free concerts at the Harris Pavilion from 3-4:30pm on Sundays, 6-8pm Tuesdays, and 11:30-1:30pm Wednesdays all summer long. There is no concert June 1 or June 15

Your child can win prizes (and keep their reading skills sharp) with the Summer Quest program through PWC Libraries.  There is a program for older children, as well as volunteer opportunities for teens!!

Kids Skate Free participates with Skate N Fun Zone in Manassas.  The passes are good for skating typically after 4pm, but hours vary by day.  Skate rental is $4.50.

AMF Bowling's Summer Program lets kids enjoy 3 weekday games for free EVERY stinkin day of the summer.  There's a discount program for adults.

Don't forget our VBS listings, either!!

THIS IS NOT EVERYTHING TO DO ON ANY GIVEN DAY!! It's just a few free/cheap activities that I'm featuring on the list.  For our full calendar, just click "calendar" above!

June
June 1 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 2 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)

June 3 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 4 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm

June 6 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm
June 6 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

June 7 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 7 Free Children's Day at the Weems Botts Museum 1:30pm

June 8 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
June 8 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 9 Dale City Library 5:30pm Evening Storytime for families who can't come during the day!

June 10 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 11 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm
June 11 Free Little Tots 10:30am Rocknoceros

June 13 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm

June 14 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 14 Chinn Library Inclusive Storytime 11am
June 14 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

June 15 Dads are free at Rippon Lodge
June 15 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 16 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 1- $2 10am-12pm

June 17 Potomac Library Old McDonald's Farm by Bob Brown Puppets
June 17 Central Library Circus on Strings 10:45am FREE tickets beginning June 10
June 17 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 18 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time
June 18 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 1- $2 10am-12pm
June 18 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm

June 19 Bull Run Library The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show
June 19 Chinn Park Library Old McDonald's Farm by Bob Brown Puppets 10:30am and 2:00pm

June 20 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 1- $2 10am-12pm
June 20 Free Toddler Storytime at Leesylvania State Park 10:30am
June 20 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm

June 21 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
June 21 1-2pm Mormon Choir of Washington at Harris Pavilion
June 21 Potomac Library Water Day 2pm limit 60 children

June 22 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
June 22 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 23 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
June 23 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 2- $2 10am-12pm
June 23 Dale City Library 5:30pm Evening Storytime for families who can't come during the day!

June 24 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Hotel Transylvania 10am
June 24 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
June 24 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

June 25 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Smurfs 2 10am
June 25 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 2- $2 10am-12pm
June 25 Potomac Library Animal Adaptations with Bar C Ranch 3:00pm
June 25 Bull Run Library Bubble Blow Out 10:30am
June 25 Free Little Tots 10:30am Mad Science

June 26 Bull Run Library Animal Adaptations with Bar C Ranch 10:30am
June 26 Chinn Library Family Craft Night 7pm
June 26 ​Jack & the Beanstalk @Locust Shade Amphitheater 10:30am Treasure Island 2:30pm $4
June 26 Potomac Library Grades 5-12 Crazy Cupcakes 7pm

June 27 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 2- $2 10am-12pm
June 27 Free Movies at Madison Crescent 7:30pm

June 28 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
June 28 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 28 Free Family Movie @Piney Branch ES 7pm

June 29 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
June 29 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
June 29 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

June 30 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
June 30 Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
June 30 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 3- $2 10am-12pm

July
July 1 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 10am
July 1 Central Library Sidewalk Chalk Day 10:30-11:30am
July 1 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

July 2 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Pirates Band of Misfits 10am
July 2 Bull Run Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration
July 2 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 3- $2 10am-12pm
July 2 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time

July 4 4pm-10pm Celebrate America in Old Town Manassas
July 4  Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 3- $2 10am-12pm
July 4 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals

July 5 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 5 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
July 5 Free Kids Fishing Tournament 9am-11am Leesylvania State Park

July 6 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 6 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 6 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 7 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
July 7 Bull Run Library- Pastry Art with the Aubergine Chef (Middle/HS Students) Register beginning June 23
July 7 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 4- $2 10am-12pm

July 8 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Arthur Christmas 10am
July 8 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
July 8 Potomac Library Creatures Great and Small by the Rainbow Puppets

July 9 Bull Run Library Creatures Great and Small by the Rainbow Puppets 10:30 am
July 9 Central Library Creatures Great and Small by the Rainbow Puppets 3:00pm FREE tickets available beginning July 2
July 9 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 4- $2 10am-12pm
July 9 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Despicable Me 2 10am
July 9 Free Little Tots 10:30am Blue Sky Puppet Theatre
July 10 Independent Hill Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration

July 11 Potomac Library Drive-In Movie 4:45pm Make a car and share pizza for dinner.  Register by phone beginning July 5- limit 24 children. NO latecomers (library doors lock at 5pm)
July 11 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 4- $2 10am-12pm

July 12 Chinn Library Inclusive Storytime 11am
July 12 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

July 13 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 13 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 14  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
July 14 Potomac Library Uncle Devin Show 7pm
July 14 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 5- $2 10am-12pm

July 15 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Lego Movie 10am
July 15 Central Library Once Upon a Toon with Joe Wos (Grades 1 and up) FREE tickets available beginning July 8
July 15 Chinn Library Reptiles Alive! 10:30am Ages 3-7, 2pm Grades 1 and Up, 7pm ages 5 and up

July 16 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Free Birds 10am
July 16 Dale City Library The Singing Lizard 10:30am
July 16 Dumfries Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 10:30-12:30 drop in
July 16 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 5- $2 10am-12pm

July 17 7-8pm US Navy Country Current Band at Harris Pavilion
July 17 Potomac Library Busy Beavers Grades 1 and Up 11am

July 18 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 5- $2 10am-12pm

July 19 Shakespeare by the Water @Locust Shade Park 7pm $4
July 19 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

July 20 Shakespeare by the Water @Locust Shade Park 3pm $4
July 20 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 20 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 21  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
July 21 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 6- $2 10am-12pm

July 22 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Adventures of Tin Tin 10am
July 22 Chinn Park Library Uncle Pete Rocks 10:30am
July 22 Potomac Library  Uncle Pete Rocks 2pm

July 23 Central Library  Uncle Pete Rocks 10:30am FREE tickets available July 16
July 23 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Rise of the Guardians 10am
July 23 Potomac Library Meet the PWC K-9 Team 7:15pm, Pick up a free pass beginning at 7pm
July 23 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 6- $2 10am-12pm
July 23 Free Little Tots 10:30am Reptiles Alive!

July 24 Independent Hill Library  The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show
July 24 Bull Run Library GameMaking/GamePlaying (Middle/HS Students) 2:00pm Register online beginning July 7
July 24 REPTILE WORLD at the Locust Shade Amphitheater $4 10:30am/7:00pm
July 24 Chinn Library Family Craft Night 7pm
July 24 Chinn Library Police SWAT Team 2pm (Middle/HS Students)

July 25 Dumfries Library The Singing Lizard 10:30am
July 25 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 6- $2 10am-12pm

July 26 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 26 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
July 26th Free Family Movie @Piney Branch ES 7pm

July 27 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
July 27 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
July 27 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

July 28 $1 Monday at the Potomac Nationals ($1 Tickets and Hot Dogs)
July 28  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch
July 28 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 7- $2 10am-12pm

July 29 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
July 29 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Kung Fu Panda 2 10am
July 29 Central Library Science Unscripted FREE tickets available July 22

July 30 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Madagascar 3 10am
July 30 Dale City Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 10:30-12:30 drop in
July 30 Bull Run Library Safari Bingo 11am
July 30 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time
July 30 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 7- $2 10am-12pm

July 31 Central Library Paws in the Garden
July 31 Chinn Park Library Meet the PWC K-9 Team
July 31 Potomac Library  The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show

August
August 1 Michaels Passport to Imagination Week 7- $2 10am-12pm

August 2 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
August 2 Free Kids Fishing Tournament 9am-11am Leesylvania State Park

August 3 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 3 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 4 Central Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 11am FREE tickets available July 28
August 4  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch

August 5 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 The Croods 10am
August 5 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
August 5 Chinn Park Library Diggery Digger's 3D Dino Show 10:30am
August 5 Potomac Library Diggery Digger's 3D Dino Show

August 6 Bull Run Library Diggery Digger's 3D Dino Show 10:30am
August 6 Dale City Library Barnyard Buddies Presented by Wildlife Ambassadors
August 6 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Epic 10am
August 6 Free Little Tots 10:30am Kid Singer Jim

August 7 Independent Hill Library Barnyard Buddies Presented by Wildlife Ambassadors
August 7 Nokesville Library Crafty Critters and Insect Exploration 10:30-12:30 drop in
August 7 Bull Run Library Barnyard Buddies Presented by Wildlife Ambassadors 2:00pm
August 7 Central Library Fabulous Fun Fair (Ages 2-6) 10:30am FREE tickets available July 31

August 9 Chinn Library Inclusive Storytime 11am
August 9 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

August 10 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 10 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 11  Potomac Library Monday Matinees 11am Bring a snack or Lunch

August 12 2 For Tuesday at the Potomac Nationals (2 Tickets/2 Hot Dogs/2 Drinks for the price of one)
August 12 Chinn Park Library Once Upon A Time (Theatre show)
August 12 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Turbo 10am

August 13 Bull Run Library Once Upon A Time (Theatre show) 10:30am
August 13 Dumfries Library  The Bicycle Fence Puppet Show 10:30am
August 13 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Walking with Dinosaurs 10am
August 13 Potomac Library Starlight Family Craft Time 7pm ticket time

August 14 Big Yellow School Bus (try out the bus!) Any local library 10:30am
August 14 Chinn Library Family Craft Night 7pm
August 14 Potomac Library Ice Cream Social 1pm

August 16 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 16 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion
August 16 Free Family Movie @Piney Branch ES 7pm

August 17 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 17 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 17 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 19 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Mr. Peabody and Sherman 10am
August 19 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

August 20 $1 Summer Movies At Regal Manassas 14 Rio 2 10am
August 20 Free Concert at the Harris Pavilion 11:30-1:30pm
August 20 Free Little Tots 10:30am Under the Sea

August 21 7-8pm US Navy Sea Chanters at Harris Pavilion

August 23 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 23 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

August 24 Fireworks Night at the Potomac Nationals
August 24 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 24 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm

August 26 Free concert at the Harris Pavilion 6-8pm

August 28 7-8pm US Army Blues Band at Harris Pavilion

August 30 Free Concerts at Workhouse Arts Center 7-8pm Rizer Pavilion

August 31 Free Concert at Harris Pavilion 3-4:30pm
August 31 Free Jumbotron Movie at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center 7pm


Vacation Bible School Prince William County 2014

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Published: 05/16/2014
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a big part of me keeping our summer fun costs to a minimum.  I like to rotate a week of lazy, a week of paid camp, a week of vacation (even if it's local tourism) and a week of free or low-cost VBS.  It works for us :) If you're going to follow that model, be sure to switch up the themes.

Not sure what VBS is? Here's a post for that.

Here's what I have for this year.

All Saints Dale City does neighborhood based VBS and dates/times can vary.  Look for your neighborhood on their website. 

June
23-27th Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
4090 Sudley Road, Haymarket
This camp is different in that it is $50/camper or $100/family and runs from 9am-3pm.  Still a really great value for such a long camp, especially if you have a large family! 
Ages 6-10

23-27th First Baptist Church of Woodbridge
13600 Minnieville Road
"Inspector D3"
9am-12:30pm with a "tween" option, as well.
Completed K-6th Grades

23-27th Grace Life Community Church
9560 Linton Hall Road, Bristow
"Weird Animals"
9:30am-12:15pm
Rising K-5th grades

22-26th Victory Baptist Church 
12650 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville
TEEN VBS
6pm-8:30pm
Grades 7-12

23-27th Victory Baptist Church 
12650 Vint Hill Road, Nokesville
Cross Canyon Trail
9:00am-12pm
Ages 3-6th Grade

23-27th All Saints Catholic
9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas
Parading Around the Our Father
8:30am-12pm
Grades Rising K-5
$50/child

23-27th Living Hope Haymarket
14600 John Marshall Highway, Haymarket
Kingdom Rock
9am-12pm
Ages 3 through 6th Grade
Suggested Donation of $25/family


July
7-11 Manassas Baptist Church
"Musicgarten" and Music Camp
9:00am-12pm
Ages 4 (By July 1) through Grade  6
$40/first child, $35/second, $30/third, $115/family limit

14-18th Gainesville UMC
13710 Milestone Court, Gainesville
Weird Animals
9:00am-12:30pm
Ages 3-Grade 5

14-18th Emmanuel Baptist Church
 8006 Centreville Road, Manassas
Agency D3
6:30pm-8:30pm
Ages 4-6th Grade

14-18th St. Thomas UMC
3600 Sudley Road, Manassas
Weird Animals
8:45am-12:15pm
Completed K-Grade 5

21-25th Grace Lutheran Church
1601 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge
"Gangway to Galilee"
5:30pm-8:30pm 
Ages 4 (By July 1) to 15

21-25th Prince of Peace UMC
6299 Token Forest Drive, Manassas
Weird Animals
6:30pm-9pm

21-25th Grace Baptist Church
14242 Spriggs Road, Woodbridge
"Agency D3"
9:00am-12:15pm
Ages 5 (by 9/30) to 5th grade

August
4-8th Good Shepherd UMC
16999 Birchdale Avenue, Dale City
"Wilderness Escape"
9:00am-12pm
$15/child or $40/family
Ages 3.5 (by 3/1) to 5th Grade

10-14th Dale City Baptist
3501 Dale Blvd, Dale City
"Wilderness Escape"
5-7:30pm Monday, 6:30pm-9pm Tuesday-Friday


If your church isn't listed and would like to be, just shoot me an email or a facebook message.

















Welcome Daytime Playtime!

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Published: 05/15/2014
We are so excited to welcome our newest sponsor, Daytime Playtime! From their website:

"Daytime Playtime is a place where children have fun with others, develop a joy for learning to become comfortable and secure in an academic environment. Children develop differently depending on their ages and experiences. No two kids are alike and should not be compared to each other. They are all learning in different ways and at different rates."

Daytime Playtime offers a mommy and me class, mommy's morning out, and preschool-junior kindergarten programming during the year. There is a Spanish Immersion program offered on Fridays, as well. For homeschool students- Spanish, cooking, math and science, and art are offered on a monthly basis, and similar enrichment classes are offered for after-school programs. There's also parties, monthly storytime and lots of fun!

As we're approaching summer, though, the most time-sensitive offering at Daytime Playtime is their summer camps. They have two sets of camp, one for ages 3-5 and one for ages 6 and up.  Themes for the younger set include "Little Chefs", "Marvelous Messy Art", "Camping Trip" and more. For ages 6 and up, camp themes include "Cooking with Math and Science", "Creating a Story" and "7 Wonders of the Ancient World".  You can sign your child up for 5 days (full or half), 3 days, or even do drop-in one day camp.  Outdoor fun and water play are part of every day, and the camps are focused on helping children to wonder and explore. 

For more information, you can contact Daytime Playtime at 
14680 Gap Way
Gainesville, VA 20155
Email: info@daytimeplaytime.com
Phone: 703-754-8463

KODU Game Design at Animated Child

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Published: 05/01/2014
Animated Child in Montclair has a little something for everyone.  My Kindergartner loves their indoor play space designed with areas to involve each of Gardner's seven intelligences.  The preschoolers I see there always look happy and engaged during class, which is based on Last Child in the Woods.  There are language classes, music classes, art classes, and then, there are the camps.

My boys LOVE them some camp at Animated Child.  They've now tried both the Minecraft and the KODU Game design camps and they liked both.  I like that even though there's time on the computer, it's educational, and that the staff makes sure the kids have other activities, as well, so they're not just tuned into a screen for 3 hours and nothing else happens.

My 8 and 10 year old actually tried the game design camp over Spring Break just so we could write a review for you guys.  What can I say, they're just selfless like that ;) Both boys were incredibly excited when I picked them up the first day, although they were devistated to learn that I hadn't signed them up for the afternoon session (camp was 1/2 day) which was Minecraft. Bad mom.  They spent the first day setting up their worlds, and they had a tremendous time.  By Wednesday, my 8 year old complained that he would like more time off the computer, and the staff instantly responded by ensuring there were logic-based games for him to engage with for more time than already planned.  In our house I really limit screen time, less than an hour a day, so this was different for him, but the staff was very responsive. At the end of the week, both kids were very excited to show their dad their games.

For those of you that have not met my children in real life, this is actually how they speak.  And boy do they speak.  They talk and talk and talk and talk. I thought about youtubing their responses for you, but decided that they'd start goofing off and singing weird songs, and we wouldn't be very productive. 

From Riley (Age 10)- "I think other kids would like it, but they would have to like playing video games and creating things.  My favorite part was when we got to actually start understanding how KODU works.  My least favorite part was that you have to be a little patient because you have to be able to create something first before you can play it.  Sometimes I'm patient. I had fun.  My overall experience was great.  You didn't let us stay for Minecraft, though, and that was not cool.  Seriously, mom."

From Logan (Age 8)- "So this camp was fun.  I was a little scared at first because I thought the programming would be like JAVA like dad does, but then it was really easy and fun.  I didn't know KODU would be like that.  I though it would be super complex and you would need to type in a bunch of codes instead of clicking on things and then putting them together. My favorite part was when I found out before anyone else on my own how to make enemies in a game only shoot at you and not each other because I'm awesome. My least favorite part was the day I was sick and couldn't go. I think other kids would like this camp if they really like learning because it filled my head with a bunch of interesting things. That's about it."

I'm going to be honest with you guys that camp at Animated Child is not cheap.  You definitely get what you pay for in terms of experienced staff, educational value, and engaging experience, but it's not something that our family could afford every week of the summer.  Luckily, though, you can choose your week(s) and that allows you to do the Kotlus Family Rotation, which is a week of chillin like a villain, a week of camp you pay for, a week of VBS (cause it's free!!) and a week of vacation somewhere.  Doing that each month allows me to keep the budget sane, and still pick really cool camps. STEM/STEAM activities are so vital for our kids, and camps that include STEM components tend to cost more because of the equipment needed, but I definitely think that this camp was worthwhile!


Disclosure: Animated Child is one of our sponsors, but we provide our honest feedback and reviews.

Summer Camp Option: AviationEd Camp

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Published: 05/01/2014
AviationEd’s summer camps combine our standards-based, STEM curriculum with enhanced project-based learning activities for kids in a variety of settings including the classroom, air traffic control towers, aviation maintenance hangars, and aircraft. These week-long programs begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at noon during the weeks indicated below. Camp will be held at the Manassas Regional Airport. Light snack and a t-shirt will be included.

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