Summer Camp at Animated Child

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Published: 05/26/2016

BONUS! Use code PWCMOMS for a $60 off each full day summer camp!

Summer Reading 2016

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Published: 05/25/2016
Prince William Libraries has revamped Summer Reading again.  You may remember last year's program included various options for points that you logged online, but that system is totally gone, and this year there's a passport program.

The 2016 Summer Reading theme is "Stay Local, Read Global" and includes programs for children through adults.  There is a paper reading log available per parent requests to have something to turn into the schools, but it is not a program requirement. Starting June 1 you'll be able to sign up online for the program.

YOUNGER CHILDREN
Younger children will receive a paper passport, but you will still need to register them online. You will have to pick up the passport in the library you register with.  Every week, parents will be able to set a goal for their children, and then once a week the child can come in and tell the volunteers at the library how they met their goal and get a stamp.  Any child who collects five stamps on their passport will be able to choose a book to take home to keep.  There are no weekly coupons for everyone, but there will be chances to complete weekly challenges to possibly win a coupon or prize.  You might want to ask your child's teacher for input on realistic goals for how to divide up summer reading for your child.
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL
Older children will also be able to come in for weekly check-in entries.  At the end of the summer, those entries will win a special prize valued at $100 or more.  There will be two prizes per branch awarded. Students can receive extra entries by writing book reviews for use on the library website and Good Reads.
ADULTS
Adults can enter to win a $15 Target gift card per branch per week.



Summer Programs at the Academy of Russian Ballet 2016

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Published: 05/03/2016

Summer Bowling Options

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Published: 04/27/2016

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


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

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

Summer Camp at Daytime Playtime 2016

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Published: 04/07/2016
This summer, Daytime Playtime is happy to offer some very unique camps for their students. They have a variety of camps for different age groups. They are offering half-day camps and full day camps. These camps are entertaining, informative and the children will have lots of fun.  Daytime Playtime camps are focused on engaging students to explore, discover, work in teams, imagine and experience in a fun and creative way so they won’t even notice they are learning new skills and facts!  

Daytime Playtime summer camps offer the most flexible schedule you will find in this area. You can choose how many days, what days, AM/PM session, in whichever weeks works for you. 
There is a registration fee of $25
Cost of Summer Camps at DTPT:
5 days a week am or pm sessions:  $185.00 a week.
3 days a week am or pm sessions:  $125.00 a week.
1 day a week/droop in session am or pm: $45.00 a day
Full day camps are available for 5 days a week:  $255.00 a week (Parent must provided Lunch)

Discounts: Daytime Playtime offers a 5% discount for any family enrolling two or more children as well as a 5% discount for enrolling a child for two or more camps. The discount will be applied to the second and consecutive camps.  Please note you must register for all camps at the same time to receive the discount.  No discounts will be giving if enrolling in multiples camps separately.

Referrals: If you refer a friend you will get a $25 credit in your account. 

Outside play: The children will be having outside activities everyday and water will be part of the fun, so please make sure they apply sunscreen before coming to the camp and always bring an extra set of clothes, bottle of water and a towel. All items need to be label with name and last name.


 Come join Daytime Playtime to have a great fun summertime!

Summer Camps!!!

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Published: 04/06/2016
Golf Camp at DPGolf Academy
Location: Bristow
Days: Monday-Friday throughout the Summer
Times: Select all day (9am-4pm), morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon (1pm-4pm)
Cost: $399 (full day), $210 (mornings), $199 (afternoons)
Ages: 6-12
Description: We use the highly successful U.S. Kids Golf teaching model in our Junior Golf Camps, providing young players with a structured, kid-friendly road map for having fun while learning to play golf. All of our Junior Golf Programs, including Summer Camps, offer 3 levels of learning.
Each level includes instruction and check points in five areas: Putting, Around the Green, Full Swing, Knowledge, and Scoring Your child’s progress is checked and evaluated in a relaxed and fun environment. Each child receives a U.S. Kids Golf Hat. Achievement pins are earned and added to their hat when a skill component is completed.
https://dpgolfacademy.com/broad-run-golf-lessons/junior-lessons/virginia-junior-golf-camps/

Camp at Daytime Playtime
Location: Haymarket
Days: Select 1-5 days all summer long
Times: Select half (AM or PM) or full day camps
Cost: Ranges from $45 (one day drop in) to $255 (all day all week)
Ages: 3 to 5 years
Description: Each week will include a fun theme like "Blooming a Garden" or "Fun with Dr. Suess" or "Children's Book Club".  Parents may select the number of days and whether they would like AM, PM, or all day camp for their child.
http://www.daytimeplaytime.com/summercamp.html

Camp at Showcase Dance Studio (Younger kids)
Location: Manassas
Days: 1 Day Mix and Match Classes July 11-August 3
Times: Vary by class
Cost: $10 per class or bundle 12 for $110
Ages: 4 and up
Description: Pick from fun, themed, half hour classes including Pom Pom, Hoppin to the Beat, Tappin Beach Party, Be My Ballerina and Jazzy Jungle
http://www.showcasedancestudio.net/

Camp at Showcase Dance Studio (Older Kids)
Location: Manassas
Days: Select the days/intensives that work for you
Times: Vary by class
Cost: Vary by class
Ages: 7 and up
Description: Pick from jazz intensives, master classes, stay strong classes, and more to keep your dancer in tip-top shape this summer
http://www.showcasedancestudio.net/









Music Camp at Bach to Rock
Location: Bristow
Days: Mon-Fri throughout June, July, and August
Times: 9am-5pm
Cost: Prices range from $80-$400 depending on full/half day and number of days camp is
Ages:4 and up
Description: Become a rock star for the week at one of our spring break music camps here at Bach to Rock in Bristow. Choose between Glee (Vocal), Rock Band (Instrumental), or Recording arts camps! Students will be split into groups and instructed on how to sing/play the instrument of their choosing. They will come together to create a band name, design t-shirts, and record a cd together in our state-of-the-art studio. The bands will come together to put on a special performance at the end of the week! Choose half day or full day options! Read more about pricing and details / Enroll online at https://bristow.b2rmusic.com/ .

Golf Camp at General's Ridge
Location: Manassas
Days: Monday-Friday June 27-July 1 OR July 18-22 OR August 15-19
Times: Choose Full or Half Day (9am-12pm or 9am-4pm includes lunch)
Cost: $149 (half) or $249 (full)
Ages: 6-17
Description: http://www.generalsridge.com/store

Camps at Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center
Location: Manassas
Days: Monday-Friday throughout June, July, and August
Times: Choose full or half day camp options starting as early as 6:30am
Cost: Prices range based on selected camp and length
Ages:5.5-15 years old
Description
Visit http://www.freedom-center.com/camps/summer-camps/ to register or for more details.

Edgemoor Art Studio Camps
Location: Lake Ridge
Days: Monday-Friday throughout the summer (choose your week)
Times: Ages 3-6 from 9am-12pm, ages 7 and up from 1pm-4pm
Cost: $195 including all materials and a snack
Ages: ages 3 and up
Description: http://www.edgemoorartstudio.com/CAMPS.html

Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook
Location: Clifton, VA with Pick-Up Locations in Manassas, Gainesville, Centreville and many more.
Days: Monday-Friday for Day and Residential Camp, Sunday-Saturday for Expeditions
Times: 8AM to 5PM
Cost: $495-$1995
Ages: 7-17
Description: Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook has been providing summer camps in Northern Virginia since 1997. We offer adventure-based day camps, residential camps and traveling expeditions for rising 2nd - 12th graders. Our activities include canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, outdoor living skills, sailing, mountain biking, and many others. Our summer camps focus on challenging campers, creating lifelong bonds, and playing with purpose.
Check out our camp schedule and website! For more information, contact us at summer@adventurelinks.net or (571)281-3556.  

Chip Rohr Soccer Camp
Location: Linton Hall School campus, Bristow, VA
Days: Mon-Fri, July 18-22, July25-29, Aug. 1-5, Aug 8-12
Times: 9 AM-4 PM
Cost: $195 per child per week. Discounts for multiple children or multiple weeks
Ages: 6-13

Description: Soccer fun for kids! A Day Soccer Camp for boys and girls with emphasis on kids having fun through age-appropriate soccer activities and games. A day at camp includes morning skill & tactical activities, lunch break, daily swim period, soccer videos, indoor and outdoor small-sided games, popsicle break!  www.chiprohrsoccer.com





4th of July Fireworks 2015

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Published: 07/02/2015
I wasn't going to post one of these because so many other local bloggers did big pan-DMV ones, but so many of you have asked, so here goes:

Waiting on a Date:
Tim's Rivershore's "Not on the 4th" Fireworks show had to be rescheduled due to weather, so watch their facebook page for a new date and time!

Sure Bets: 
**The City of Manassas Park will host their 4th of July Celebration from 7-10pm at Signal Hill Park.  There will be food trucks, fun, and, of course, fireworks.

**The City of Manassas will host its "Celebrate America" event with one of the largest fireworks displays in NOVA! You're looking to be around the Train Depot/Harris Pavilion, or check out the large field by Grace UMC if you want to stay out of the crowd but still see the show! Rides for kids start at 3, food vendors at 4, fireworks at 9:15 on the Museum lawn. They also host several contests which you can sign up for online

**In Woodbridge, the Potomac Nationals will host their annual 4th of July Game followed by fireworks.  We love attending the game, and enjoy the Americana of it all :) If you want to just watch the fireworks, you can park and sit outside the stadium or try to park in the County Crossing Center- but I heard that last year police were clearing the area (I'm not sure if that's correct, it's just what I was getting messaged- we went to the game).  Start time on the fireworks is 15 minutes after the game ends, which depends on how the game went.

**I know a lot of you have told me in the past you enjoy going out to Great Meadow for the fireworks display.  It's $35 a car at Wegmans in advance or $40 a car at the gate, so make sure you take your friends' minivan and not your Geo Metro! Kids events start at 4pm and this year they are closing a road to allow traffic to exit for a smoother finish to your night.

You can attempt, but I don't know much about: 
In Dumfries, Montclair does fireworks at Dolphin Beach, but you have to be an MPOA member, so if you live close enough that you can happen to see, you're in luck, but otherwise that's all I know.

Quantico does fireworks, if you have a friend on base or a military ID.  I would assume you can go to Quantico Town and watch, too, but I have never tried that, so if anyone knows the routine, let me know :) Here's the flyer for the 4th of July Fireworks, which, if I am doing my math correctly are at 9:15pm, but again, the actual event is ONLY for Marine families- although I know people do watch the fireworks in Quantico.


Did I miss your favorite? Do you have details on one of the ones I only know about in passing? Head over to our facebook and let me know!



Occoquan Duck Splash 2015

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Published: 06/17/2015

Water Polo in Lake Ridge

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Published: 06/03/2015
Do you or your kiddo want to check out Water Polo? It's a fun, fast-paced sport and there are both adult and child teams forming in Lake Ridge!

You can try Water Polo for free on Sunday June 7th from 8am-11am.  Want to play? Email Randy Cooper for more details at waterpolo@lakeridgeswimclub.com.  Lake Ridge Swim Club is located at Harbor and Old Bridge, and you can also find details online at the team's website.

Showcase Dance Summer 2015

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Published: 05/27/2015

Remember what a great time the kids had at our Showcase Dance Reader Meetup? Yeah, me too. So, what place could be more perfect for a little summer fun? Nowhere :) Check out the lists above for all the fun summer options at Showcase Dance Studio in Manassas!

Stonebridge Kids Series 2015

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Published: 05/25/2015

Stonebridge Potomac Town Center

14900 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, VA 22191

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

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

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: DPGolf Academy Full and Half Day Golf Camp
Dates/Times: 9am-12pm or 9am-4pm June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, and July 27-31
City: Bristow, VA
Cost: Full Day: $399 & Half Day: $210 (10% discount if paid by 6/30)
Ages: 6 - 12

Description: In addition to teaching basic & intermediate golf skills, our PGA Teaching Professionals incorporate fitness, golf drills, and many fun games and challenges to support learning. Full-Day campers get to play ON THE COURSE every day (weather permitting) with our staff.


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: DPGolf Academy Full and Half Day Golf Camp
Dates/Times: 9am-12pm or 9am-4pm June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, and July 27-31
City: Bristow, VA
Cost: Full Day: $399 & Half Day: $210 (10% discount if paid by 6/30)
Ages: 6 - 12

Description: In addition to teaching basic & intermediate golf skills, our PGA Teaching Professionals incorporate fitness, golf drills, and many fun games and challenges to support learning. Full-Day campers get to play ON THE COURSE every day (weather permitting) with our staff.

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: 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 camp/VBS:  FBC Woodbridge - Kingdom Rock
Dates/times: June 22– 26, 9:00 AM-12:30 PM
City: Woodbridge, Va
Cost: Free! 
Ages: Open to all children Grades: K – 6th (completed), open to the community
Website:  http://www.fbcwoodbridge.org/ministry/children/special-event-zone
Two sentence description: Join us for a VBS like you’ve never seen before as we travel back in time to a land of Lords and Ladies, Knights and Princesses, to uncover the armor needed to stand strong for God no matter what may come against us (even fire-breathing dragons!).


Name of VBS:Everest @ Grace Life Community Church
Dates/times: Monday, June 22nd- Friday, June 26th   9:30am -12:15pm
City: Bristow, VA
Cost: We have a $9 per child registration donation which will go toward your child's "Everest" T-shirt, craft items, and much more! You may make your donation at the “Pay Now” tab when you register on-line or at the registration table the first day of VBS.
Ages:  4 YEAR OLDS THROUGH THOSE RISING INTO 5TH GRADE.
Website: http://www.gracelifecc.org/#/kids/vbs-everest

Description: Welcome to Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power!  WE ARE OFFERING BOTH A PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN AND ELEMENTARY 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 camp/VBS:  Thailand Trek!!!   @ Living Hope EPC Dates/times: July 13, 2015 - July 16, 2015  9:00am - 11:45am
City: Haymarket, Va

Cost:  The cost of the camp is a suggested donation of $20/child or $30/family to help cover the cost of supplies and snacks.
Ages: 3 years old to Rising 5th Graders (4thand 5th Graders will be Junior Helpers)
Website: 
http://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/cc/LivingHopeVBS  or http://www.livinghopeepc.org/

Two sentence description: Get ready for a trip across the globe…without even leaving town! Register your child today for VBS at Living Hope so they can experience daily life in Thailand as part of our Thailand Trek team!​​  14600 John Marshall, Haymarket, VA  For more information contact Janelle at janellehitt@gmail.com.

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.

Name of camp/VBS:  Everest at Trinity Lutheran ChurchDates/times: 3-7 August, 9:00 am - 11:30 am
City: Woodbridge, Va
Cost: Free! 
Ages: Open to all children & the community - Completed Grades: K – 5th (Only space for 25 children!)
Website:  https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/TLCVBS2015/gpgs/home.aspx 
Two sentence description: This VBS promises to be mountains of fun! Your child will learn about the love of God found in Jesus who says, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).


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.

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