Week in Preview: August 18, 2014

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Published: 08/18/2014
If your homeschool or private school is starting up this week, then I wish you a very happy first week!

Library events and camps slow WAY DOWN from the end of Summer Quest (which ended Saturday) until the school year kicks off, so our calendar looks a little sparse! There's still a little summer fun to be had, though, and here are some of my top picks.

IF YOU HAVE UPCOMING OPEN HOUSES, REGISTRATION DEADLINES, OR FALL PROGRAM KICK-OFFS PLEASE EMAIL ME THE INFORMATION ASAP SO I CAN ADD IT TO THE CALENDAR!!! 

Monday, August 18
From our archives, have you checked out Clemyjontri? (Note: out of county)

Tuesday, August 19
From our archives, have you checked out: Waterworks?

Wednesday, August 20
10:30 AM will be the last Little Tots at Virginia Gateway! The theme is Under The Sea, and it's always a good time!

Thursday, August 21
A few years back, our friends at Kid Trips did this great summer bucket list.  I think it's still a goodie! Have you made s'mores? Had breakfast in bed?Gone to a museum? Check out their list to fill out the end of summer!

Friday, August 22
Weecycled Wardrobe is happening in Fredericksburg from the 22-24th, and if you're looking for more options, Capitally Frugal has a big list of Fall Consignment Sales.

Saturday, August 23
Edgemoor Art Studio, Inc. will be hosting their fall open house with discounted fall class registrations, FREE art activities, and light refreshments! 2216 Tackett's Mill Drive, (lower side of TM shopping Center). Rain or Shine!

Sunday, August 24
All weekend long you'll be able to enjoy a little history in Manassas!
Step back in time in Historic Downtown Manassas and experience Civil War events that transformed a sleepy railroad junction into a thriving camp and then a devastated landscape. Learn about the lives of soldiers and civilians as they faced hardship beyond measure. Civil War at the Junction, a living history commemoration for serious Civil War buffs and families alike, will feature military and medical demonstrations, African-American interpretation, period baseball games, music, food, a bourbon tasting, and a re-enactment remembering General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 raid on the railroad junction.

(PS- on Sunday they'll be showing Frozen on the Jumbotron at Stonebridge.  The thought of "Let it Go" one more time makes me shudder, but some of you seem to be going strong!!)

Week in Preview: May 12-May 18, 2014

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Published: 05/12/2014
Pre-Register/Sign Up For:
Are you a homeschooling parent? We'll be having a "teacher appreciation day" luncheon at Not Your Average Joes in Stonebridge on Tuesday, May 13th! Need childcare to come? We've got an option available for you at Kids in Motion! Email me at kristinaLSK(at)yahoo(dot)com to register or for more information.

Are you a momma who needs a night out? Join us for an awesome night out at Brixx who will be offering our group 15% of all food and $3.50 imports that night Guinness, Stella among others. Want to promote your business? We've got swag bags for that!! We'll also take ONE cupcake company and ONE photographer. We'll also be doing giveaways if you'd like to sponsor one if them! Email kristinalsk@yahoo.com for details on any of those!! Register for your FREE (but required!) ticket at Eventbrite!

Bring your little ones on a train ride at the Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. Trains will ride to Clifton and back with the Frozen Princess! Trains will depart at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Manassas Train Depot (9431 West St) 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm. www.visitmanassas.org for more information.

Tickets are available May 15th (Free, but required) for The Singing Lizard at Central Library on May 22
The Singing Lizard writes and sings fun and unique electronic-soul songs that have both kids and grownups singing and dancing with joy. Come out and boogie! And,  don’t be shy, pick up those drums, shakers and microphones and let’s rock!
Ages 2-6, with an adult.  FREE tickets are required and will be available beginning May 15.


Monday, May 12
Mishmash Mondays, 2:00 p.m. Ages 2–5. Drop-in; no registration required. Stories, songs, fingerplays and activities especially for preschoolers.

Tuesday, May 13
Music & Motion at Central Library-
Everyone marches, jumps, stretches, claps and more as they move and groove to the music! Don't miss this fun, free program. Ages 2-6, with an adult. Drop-in, no registration required. 

Little Adventures Playgroup at Chinn Center
Let your child play, learn, and grow in a safe and friendly atmosphere.  Chinn Playgroup is a great chance for parents to make new friends while the children enjoy open free play in the gym.  Little Adventures follows PWC Schools schedule for inclement weather and does not meet on school holidays or teacher workdays.  Feb 4-June 10th Tuesdays.  $3/child. 

Wednesday, May 14
Dale City Library- Library Baby! Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. We sing! We play! We read! Stories, songs and finger plays for moms and babies. Ages 0–2. Drop-in. 

Thursday, May 15
11am Children's Sing-a-long at Deja Brew in Haymarket. Come in and bring the kids. We will be having a singalong and all kinds of fun for you and the little ones.
7[m at Chinn Library- Bring your Mom or Dad, and children may make a fantastic craft with their family. One craft per child. For families. Drop-in; no registration required. Limit 30 children

Friday, May 16
Join the Freedom Center for "Buggy Backyards" from 10-11am ,Come learn about the many insects the live in your yard and create beautiful buggy are projects. Caregiver participation required.This event is priced at $10
Enjoy free admission to the museum for your whole family, as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. Sponsored by GEICO. Please note: tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NCM box office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. The museum will close for half an hour at 4:30 p.m. to give staff time to prepare for the event. 

Saturday, May 17
Warrenton Spring Festival- This extra large craft show closes Main Street and spills onto side streets with food, live music and entertainment and children's activities. A Southeast Tourism Top 20 Event.
The Harvey Simon Virginia Living History Celebration at Chinn Library
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. For the entire family. Drop in. No tickets required. Throughout the day:
• Churn butter and try your hand at making rope with Mahone’s Forge.
• See artifacts from the National Museum of the Marine Corps and try on Marine combat uniforms.
• Play colonial games with representatives from Rippon Lodge.
• See historical artifacts from the “modern” medicine of the Civil War.
• Make “sailor valentines” with the National Museum of the United States Navy.
• Watch the Piedmont Lace Guild demonstrate the intricate art of lacemaking.
• The Cabin Branch Quilters will demonstrate beautiful hand quilting.
11:00 a.m. Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Dancers Get up and dance colonial style with the dance master of The Central Rappahannock Colonial Dancers.
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Meet Trooper Ed Dandar and his cavalry horse “Rocky,” from the Black Horse Cavalry.
11:00a.m.–1:00p.m Meet Pirates Rob and Amy Avast me hearties! It’s a-pirating we go with these singing pirates!
1:00 p.m. Jennie Avila Sings Songs from United States History Discover our country’s history through song as this lively children’s musician sings about everything from
pirates to presidents!
2:30 p.m. Marfe Ferguson Delano, author of Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation.
Srinagesh Paluvoi, M.D. is offering free asthma screenings on Sat., May 17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gainesville District Volunteer Fire Department on 14450 John Marshall Highway in Gainesville, Va., in honor of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. In addition to the free asthma screenings from Dr. Paluvoi, attendees can learn summer fire safety tips, get their car seats checked and get a tour of a fire truck from Gainesville, Va. firefighters.  For more information, go to www.vasneezers.com. 

Sunday, May 18
The Virginia Renaissance Faire is open! http://www.varf.org/ Weekends May 10-June 8, $9 ages 6 and up, 5 and under free. They do not have an ATM on site and several vendors, notably food and drink, do not take credit cards.

 

Week in Preview: April 21-27, 2014

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Published: 04/21/2014
Good Morning Mamas!!! I hope that you had a fantastic Easter/Passover/Spring Break, whatever it was you were doing last week!

Now here's what's up!

Pre-Register/RSVP For:
Friday from 10-11am, join the Freedom Center for "Spring Has Sprung" Join us in celebrating warmer weather! Flowers are sure to bloom in this springtime crafts class. Caregiver participation required. This event is priced at $10. 

The May 3rd Home Depot Kids Workshop is coming up- be sure to register online!

Monday, April 21
Tonight is our adult reader meetup for the month, and it's a Homeschool Info Session.  The planned format is that we have a very diverse panel of moms and dads who will be taking questions for the first 30 minutes, and then we'll have 30 minutes for you to meet some of the resources/groups that are coming, as well as to ask more in-depth questions of the parents on the panel (or anyone else there). I'll also be taking down information to share on the site! To RSVP to join us, click here.  This should be great for new homeschoolers, potential homeschoolers, and even "old hat" homeschoolers looking for some new tricks :) See you tonight!

Tuesday, April 22
From 11-12, Let your child play, learn, and grow in a safe and friendly atmosphere.  Chinn Playgroup is a great chance for parents to make new friends while the children enjoy open free play in the gym.  Little Adventures follows PWC Schools schedule for inclement weather and does not meet on school holidays or teacher workdays.  Feb 4-June 10th Tuesdays.  $3/child. 

7pm The ARC of Prince William County facilitates an Autism Parent Support Group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. This parent-run group offers support, education, and social opportunities for families who have children (of any age) on the Autism spectrum. Child care is available. Call 703-730-3124 or email jrussell@arcgpw.org for more information.  Event at the Muriel Humphrey Center, 13505 Hillendale Dr. Woodbridge(www.pwmoms.com)

Wednesday, April 23

In the evening, I'll be attending PotomacLocal.com's "Cocktails and Cupcakes" event to benefit The House, Inc in Woodbridge.  I'd love to see some of you there!! $20 tickets include cupcakes, appetizers, and a cash bar.  All proceeds will benefit the selected charity. 
Thursday, April 24
Have a nervous reader? From 4-5pm Reading to Rover PAL (People Animals Love) provides early readers and kids who just love to read the opportunity to read to registered therapy dogs in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your own book or use one of ours.  Ages 6–10 at Chinn Library.

From 7-7:45, get a Mommy and Me workout- Join us for ZumbAtomic!  It's Zumba the parents love, but taught in a dance class format, for the kids!  Kids will learn a dance routine in each class!  Just $5/participant!  Visit www.spiritcatcherproductions.com to reserve your space!
*Classes at the Rescue Squad!

Friday, April 25
Need to get inside? Friday Flicks - Fridays, 10:30a.m. Join us for quality movies based on books. Each week’s films have a different theme. Parents and their children, daycare providers and daycare centers with their children are all invited to attend.  Ages 2–7 with a caregiver. Drop-in. Chinn Library

Need to get outside? Our site has lots of playground/park info! Just click here for more information about Leesylvania, Fantasy Playground, and more! Need even more outdoor info (yay!) check out our friends at NovaOutdoors.com.

Saturday, April 26
The Grand Opening of the Promenade at Virginia Gateway will be this weekend!! More info (and our giveaway) are located here!!

Inclusive Storytime - 4th Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Chinn Library. Children with varying learning styles and abilities will relax and have fun together in a safe and supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences is encouraged.  Ages 2 and up with a caregiver.

Tonight's Potomac Nationals game will include Fireworks after the event! 

Sunday, April 27
The Grand Opening of the Promenade at Virginia Gateway will be this weekend!! More info (and our giveaway) are located here!!

Like Pirates? Check out a Pirates of Penzance themed spring concert! Please come join us for our annual Spring concert!  This year we are singing some great selections from Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance. We also have some fun arrangements of Forget About the Boy, Pure Imagination and much much more! Come join NDC on this vocal voyage!!!!

Week in Preview: April 14-April 20, 2014

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Published: 04/14/2014
 I hope that you're planning a fun spring break, whether you're traveling or staying put, working, or taking a week off. My boys are going to be checking out programming camp at The Animated Child, and my daughter is hanging out with me for a little girl time (read: I couldn't find a camp that worked right for pickup/dropoff with the boys)- but we're going to have fun! We should have some great weather, so consider one of the county parks for some mini golf or outdoor fun!!

Monday, April 14
 If you or someone you know could use a little extra help getting food on the table while the kids aren't in school, here's one for you: In partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), Holiness Tabernacle provides free, healthy and nourishing food to Prince William County every second Monday from 12 to 3 P.M.

If you need a little break this week but can't do/don't want to do a full week of camp, Kids N Motion has 9:30 am - 12:30 pm morning session or 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm afternoon session
Early drop off and Late pick-up available at an additional fee of $5.00/Hour.
(Must be prearranged and scheduled) $20 for 1 session per day. $30 for 2 sessions per day.


Tuesday, April 15
SOS: Spring Break Edition: Art Attack Tuesday, April 15, 2:00 p.m. Join us at the library for an art attack! We’ll have four stations with different projects set up, and you can take a turn at all four, or concentrate on three, or two, or just one. Grade K–5 Please pick up a free pass beginning 1/2 hour before the program; each child participating must have a pass. Limit 24. 

Wednesday, April 16
Baby Animal Petting Zoo Wednesday April 16, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Pet the baby animals from the Bar C Ranch Tickets for timed intervals available beginning Wednesday, April 9. Tickets are necessary only if there is inclement weather. Limit: Five Tickets per Adult 

Thursday, April 17
Shenanigans at Central Library Shenanigans Alternating Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.  Make practical or whimsical items and have fun while doing it! All of the programs are free and all materials are supplied!  Grades K–5. Registration is required and may be done by phone or online.

SOS Matinee: An American Tail at Potomac Library Join your siblings or  friends at a school’s out special matinee; you are welcome to bring a snack and drink to enjoy while you watch! All ages. Drop in. No registration required.

Friday, April 18
People love Port Discovery Children's Museum, and even though it's in Baltimore, we've got it on our calendar for their $2 night.  I assume that it'll be crowded, but if you're looking for a fun and inexpensive spring break field trip, this could be it! Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for Target $2 Family Fun Night!  Enjoy a discount admission of $2 from 4pm - 7pm.  Cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.

Want to stay a little closer? It's GEICO free night at the Children's Museum at National Harbor.  We did this over Christmas, and, again, while you'll wait in line to get it, it's free and fun!  This isn't my favorite children's museum, I think it's a little small and definitely aimed at the preschool/kindergarten set.

Saturday, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt: April 19, 2 PM - 3:30 PM Rain or Shine for Kids through 5th grade http://www.nokesvillecob.org/

8899 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20110
Come one, come all children to our Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19th 10:30-11:00 am. We will hear a story, make an Easter craft, and HUNT for candy-filled Eggs. www.StThomasUMC.org 
 
LRPRA Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at the Eggstravaganza.  All children up to age 10 are eligible; parents must pre-register children by Wednesday, April 16, in order to participate.  The cost is $3 for LRPRA members and $5 for non-members.  Don't forget your cameras and Easter baskets.  Call the Recreation Department at 703-491-2154 for more details.  Begins at 9am SHARP.  Do not be late or you'll miss all the eggs!! 
 
Rippon Lodge Egg Hunt Eggs have been hidden all over Rippon Lodge and we need your help to find them.  Egg Hunts will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.  Hunts will be separated by age groups.  Enjoy fun kid friendly games and crafts all day long.  Bring a picnic and make a day of it.  House tours available.  Bring your own basket for egg collecting.  All other activities will be ongoing throughout the day. Please bring exact change or to speed entrance process.  VISA and MC accepted.   
Sunday, April 20 (Easter Sunday) 
Spirit and Life Church (Dumfries) and St. Thomas (Manassas) will both have egg hunts after their services on Easter Sunday. 

Don't forget that there's school on April 21st as a makeup day for snow! 

Week in Preview: April 7-13, 2014

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Published: 04/07/2014
Guys, I seriously suck at doing this many things.  I swear I used to be good at it!! I am so overwhelmed right now with kid activities, our looming move, house renovations at our new project home, end of year testing plans, and everyday life.  I would like to tip my hat to all the military moms that do this every year or two, the working moms who do all this AND work from 9-5, and all of you who just rock at life. 

In other news, I can see either a light at the end of the tunnel or an approaching train.  Either way, things ought to be ending soon ;)

Here's your week in preview, and I will try to get back on my game ASAP.

RSVP/Get Tickets For/Heads Up On
Ringling Brothers will be at the Patriot Center in Fairfax this week and next for their "Built to Amaze" show.  Performances are April 9-13 and April 17-20.  Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

The New Dominion Choraliers will have a Pirate-themed concert on April 26th and 27th.  Order your tickets by clicking on the link for the date you'd like to attend.  Tickets are $15/adults, $5/kids, $10 military/seniors/students.

Join one or BOTH of our MOMS classes! (A 30-40 minute music class followed by a playdate for toddlers and moms).  Our weekday class meets Tuesday from 10am-12pm.  The weekend class meets on the SECOND SATURDAY of the month from 10am-12pm. If interested, please contact Brandi moms@sudley-methodist.org

Twisted Tee Scarves Tuesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m.Give new life to a used tee shirt when we turn them into infinity scarves. Try out a new style and update your spring wardrobe; recycling is always on trend! Please bring a used tee shirt. Grades 6–12; Please register on-line beginning April 6. (Bull Run Library)

Pick up tickets at Potomac Library for "The Magic is Real" with Joe Romano.  The show is April 19th at 11am, and tickets became available this weekend, so hurry!

Monday, April 7
Chick Fil A Signal Hill is having a recruitment day- this would be a great opportunity for your teenagers to go fill out job applications before the summer rush!! Two time slots are available, with the after-school option running from 3-7pm.

Head to Central Library to pick up free tickets for the Uncle Devin Show at Central Library on April 14th at 7pm. 

Tuesday, April 8
A new addition to our calendar this week is "Little Adventures" at the Chinn Center.  Each week from 11-12, kids can enjoy open gym while parents meet new friends, too! $3/child, follows PWCS schedule for closings.

7:05pm- it's Potomac National's Opening Day

Mom Linda wrote in to make sure you all know about the Board of County Supervisors Meeting tonight at 7:30pm at the McCoart Building in Woodbridge.  They'll be discussing some budgetary issues including the Montclair and Gainesville libraries being cut to save money.  My only note on this is that if you're showing up to speak for the libraries, come prepared with what you'd cut instead. 

Wednesday, April 9
Wednesdays are always serious storytime days for PWC Libraries.  Catch a 10:30 at Potomac, Dale City, or Chinn, or a 10:45 at Central. 

Tonight is opening night of the Circus at the Patriot Center in Fairfax.

Chinn Library will host an animal petting zoo on April 16th.  Tickets are free, but will go fast.  Pick them up at the library beginning today.

Thursday, April 10
Don't forget to check our Facebook page for a giveaway from Spirit & Life Montclair at 10:30am- they've got a family 4 pack of tickets to see "Heaven Is For Real" at AMC Potomac Mills on Easter Saturday!! 

It's an "on" week for Totally Terrific Thursday at Potomac Library. Crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult helper. Younger siblings are welcome.  Pick up a free pass beginning at 4:00 p.m. A pass is required for each child doing the craft.  Limit 24 crafters.  Ages 4 and up.


Friday, April 11
Do you have date night plans? Be sure to check out Vertical Rock, Kids in Motion, and Animated Child for Parents Night Out options! 

Saturday, April 12
Egg Hunt at Manassas Park Community Center begins at 10am.  Register Online no later than April 11th. $5/child.

There's an "Adaptive Egg Hunt" at 11:30am at Miracle Field in Manassas Park for youth and teens with mental or physical disabilities.   6 years to under 17 years are welcome, and there's a $5 fee. Register Online before you go, but by Friday the 11th at the latest.

From 12-3, celebrate with the National Museum of the Marine Corps as they host a "Celebration of the Military Child" Join us for crafts and activities that foster family team building.  Kid-friendly activities will include puppet shows, book readings, a LEGO display and face painting.  The Museum's mascot "Chesty the Bulldog" will also be on site for photos with kids and parents alike.  Open to all children and families.

Sunday, April 13
A little history! Join living historians as they interpret the life of Confederate soldiers from 3rd Regiment ANV. This event will allow visitors a unique glimpse into a camp setting where they can watch soldiers, conduct picket duty, drill, and learn the school of the soldier. 10am-4pm; $5 per person, children six and under free. Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872.

Week in Preview: March 31st-April 6, 2014

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Published: 03/31/2014
A "Week in Preview" post? How long has it been since I did one of those?

Awhile.

It's been awhile.

Upcoming/Plan Ahead For:
Be sure to keep checking our Easter Egg Hunts/Spring Fun Guide for 2013! If you're looking for Easter Egg Hunts in Prince William County, this is the post for you! 

Patriot HS will be presenting "Into the Woods" on April 3-5th at 7pm.  Tickets are $7.

Monday, March 31
Reminder that Monday, March 31 will be a regular school day. In addition, 10 minutes will be added to the school day beginning March 31 through the end of the school year.  (PWCS)

Lake Ridge Parks and Rec Fish Out
There is a $7.00 fee for everyone ages 3 and up (a two-fish limit per individual) and a $4.00 charge for each fish caught over the two-fish limit.  Groups of ten or more must pre-register and the fee is $5.00 per person.  The trout have returned to Ridgewood Pool.  We are stocking Ridgewood with 500 rainbow trout and will fish them out over the long weekend.  Fishermen can bring their own tackle or rent cane poles for $1.00 each.  Fish will bite on corn, cheese, mini marshmallows, worms, and lures (single barb hooks only, please!).  Bait cups will be available for 50 cents at the fishing hole.  Call the Recreation Department for information at 703.491.2154. 8am-7:30pm

Tuesday, April 1
Cat in the Hat Storytime at Deja Brew
Come in and relax and enjoy some time off wile CAT IN THE HAT reads to your little ones starting at 10am every TUESDAY 

Wednesday, April 2
Hike With a Naturalist at Bull Run Mountain
1st Wednesday of Every Month at Bull Run Mountain Natural Area 9 a.m.–11a.m. Our first Wednesday of the month hike for those members and nonmembers who prefer to hike in a group. Come and discover some of the flora and fauna of the Bull Run Mountains.
This program is free; all are welcome.

Thursday, April 3
Shenanigans at Central Library in Manassas
Alternating Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. 
Make practical or whimsical items and have fun while doing it! All of the programs are free and all materials are supplied!  Grades K–5. Registration is required and may be done by phone or online.
 
Friday, April 4
PW Mothers of Multiples Sale
Clothings, toys, baby gear, and more to benefit the PWC Mothers of Multiples Club held at the Church of the Brethren Nokesville, 7-9pm.

Saturday, April 5
Join the Freedom Center for an Egg Hunt! 
Bring your children to Freedom for our Spring Fling! Meet the Freedom Bunny and participate in recreational activities, crafts, games, sports, and more! This year we will take the egg hunt to the next level. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an egg hunt in our pool. Each registered child will receive a special goodie bag for participating in the aquatic egg hunt. 1:30-3:30pm

Sunday, April 6
Marshmallow Harvest (Bluemont)
After a long winter, nothing chases away the chill like a visit to the farm! Join us for the first "crop" of the spring- marshmallow picking! Do marshmallow peeps grow on trees? Be sure to check it out and harvest a few to roast on the bonfire with Farmer Bob. You can even purchase a s’more kit to melt away that chocolate craving. The Easter Bunny also hid some eggs and we need you to help us find them! There will be multiple egg hunts each day this year with over 7,000 eggs filled with treats. Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Come see our spring chicks and baby animals, check out the spring plantings in the greenhouse, take a hayride, and rejoice the spring! Admission Fee: $12 adult, $10 child, free for children 2 and under

Week in Preview: January 20th-January 26th 2014

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Published: 01/20/2014
Happy Monday!!

It's beginning to look a lot like Preschool Registration time!! If you'd like to add to our updated 2014 "Readers Recommend" preschool list, please email me ASAP as this list will be going live on Thursday! (I can still add after that, but I'd like to pretend I'm done!)

If you're new to the site, Week in Preview is where I mention just a few of the events from our Prince William County kid friendly calendar so you can plan around them! There are tons more ideas on our calendar- just click the "calendar" link above (unless you're reading this on our app- in which case, click "calendar" at the bottom!)

Have a fantastic week!

RSVP/Pre-Register For:
Beginning with Books is at Chinn Library NEXT week (January 27th) and it's open to children 12-36 months with a caregiver.  No younger/older siblings welcome.  The library is closed on Monday in observation of MLK Day, so register Tuesday!

On Friday, join the Freedom Center for "Winter Wonderland" Join us for a story and winter crafts. Kids will get to "ice skate" and play with "snowball" without having to bundle up or step foot into the snow... but you'll have to be here to find out how! This event is priced at $10.

LOCUST SHADE PARK
Winter Outdoor Scavenger Hunt  January 25 11:00 a.m.
$5/person or $15/family of 4 Discover the natural wonders of LSP as you work with your group to piece together scavenger list clues. Event will take place at the Indian Pipe Pavilion with prizes and light refreshments to follow. Must pre-register with Activity #113900.

2-4pm on Saturday at JoAnn's, your child can make a Valentine's Cookie project. $35 Sat Jan 25 2-4pm or Sat Feb 8 10a-12p Call 703-490-0613 to register

Monday (PWCS Holiday- MLK Day)
From 11am-1pm, join us for lunch at Mateo's in Montclair!! Children's programs at The Animated Child are now full, unfortunately, but we still have space for mommas!! Join us for some fun, some giveaways, and some specials on food and drinks! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 
Deja Brew in Haymarket has story time each week- Come in and relax and enjoy some time off wile CAT IN THE HAT reads to your little ones starting at 10am every TUESDAY

Join HOPE from 7-8pm.  This group is open to all who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, infant loss or SIDS death, whether recently or in the past, including those who have felt such a loss through someone close to them.

Wednesday
When you head to Chinn Library, be sure to make a Valentine for a hospitalized Veteran.  This free program will run until February.

Head over to the Harris Pavilion in Manassas for their Wednesday night FREE skating! FREE SKATE in JANUARY only - Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm $3.00 skate rental fee ONLY (or no fee if you have your own skates)

Thursday
Foxy Mommy Bootcamp has class for you and fun for your little one. Experience the energy of a group class, but the individual attention of personal or small group training.  All levels welcome! Bring the kids and have them hang out with you, with our babysitter, or enroll them in one of the great classes at Kids Choice Sports Center. First class is free.

Each Thursday from 11-12, bring the kids to Deja Brew in Haymarket for singing. Come in and bring the kids. We will be having a singalong and all kinds of fun for you and the little ones. 

Friday
Head south to KD'z Kidz World in Stafford for their Special Needs night- KD'z Kidz World invites all families with Special Needs Children to play at KD'z Kidz World. Price is only $7 per child. Parents are free and we will be closed to the public during this time. 6-8pm

Tonight would be a fantastic night to order your Silver Sparkles tickets :) This fantastic event is $15 for your whole family, until February 1 when the price increases!! 

Saturday
Join a Colonial Birthday at Leesylvania State Park! Happy Birthday "Light Horse Harry" Lee!  Come see how you would celebrate a Colonial Birthday.  Start off with a lecture about "Light Horse Harry" Lee followed by cake at noon with music and dancing, then at 2:00 p.m. marching/drilling down to his monument and laying a wreath.  Performers will be on-hand to showcase life during colonial times with historic dress, displays and traditions.

Christ Chapel Academy has an open house from 1-3pm

From 7:30-10, check out Middle School Night at Chinn Rec- DJ/Music, wallyball, dodgeball, basketball, lounge area.  7:30-10pm $5, PWCS Student ID required. Grades 6-8 ONLY. 

Sunday
1-3pm open house at Linton Hall Preschool-Grade 8 Open House Learn about how we "Grow Goodness" together at Little Sprouts!

2-3pm, Free Concert: Bull Run Grass Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. Warm up your winter at Central Community Library by joining us for our 26th Annual Winter Concert, featuring the music of Smokey Winstead and the Bull Run Grass. Bluegrass fans of all ages are encouraged to attend. Free


Week in Preview January 6, 2014- January 12, 2014

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Published: 01/06/2014
I feel like this is the first week that "normal" life is really back.  Our Christmas decorations are put away, our tree made a lovely bonfire to roast marshmallows and make tin foil meals in the snow, and now, with classes and activities back on a normal schedule, life goes on!

I want to issue a quick reminder that while I try to tell you guys as soon as I hear a cancellation of an event or activity on our calendar, sometimes businesses don't remember to let me know, and/or don't update their Facebook pages.  If there's inclement weather, please call first, and, ultimately, use your best judgement.  Getting out of the house to burn energy isn't worth getting in a car accident if the roads are bad!

So, on with the show!

RSVP/Pre-Register For
We'll be having our next reader meetup on Monday, January 20th from 11am-1pm.  Mateo's Santa Fe Cafe in Montclair will be hosting us along with Animated Child.  The full lunch menu will be available, or come and enjoy $5 appetizers and $3 Sangria.  Since this is a holiday (MLK Day) for many of you, if you'd like to bring your hubby/significant other along, you're more than welcome.  If you need childcare to join us, Animated Child is offering an amazing deal.  Their Parents Night Out programs are typically $35/child, but on this day, they'll be just $10.  Ages 3-12, potty trained only, please, and be sure to feed your child an early lunch or big snack before they come so that we don't have to worry about food allergies at the center. 
EMAIL ME to reserve your spot, and please indicate whether you're just coming for lunch or require childcare.
Ages 3-5 Art and Open Exploration
Ages 5-8 Science Activity and Open Exploration
Ages 8-12 Mini Minecraft Camp

Book Babies at Potomac Library
Tuesday, January 21, 10:30 a.m.
Babies need books, too! Join us for stories, songs and play. Limited to 10 infants and their care-givers. Ages 6–24 months Register online, in person or by phone beginning December 3

Snow and Story at Prince William Ice Arena will be held this week on January 8th.  Reserve your spot by emailing mbrennan@pwice.com or call 703-730-8423.  $7/child includes a safe and fun time playing on the ice with snow and toys, followed by cookies, hot chocolate, and a story.


Homework: A Parent's Survival Guide
Monday, January 13, 7:00 p.m.
A pratical workshop offering parents the advice they need to tackle common homework problems. Representatives from Huntington Learning Center will discuss common homework problems and offer suggestions on how to overcome some obstacles. Registration online, by phone, or in person, is not required but recommended beginning Monday, December 30.

Highlights this Week:
Wednesday
In January, Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. are free. Hours vary, check www.harrispavilion.com for details.

Thursday from 6-8pm
Birth Matters of Prince William County presents Preparing for Postpartum
Please join us for our monthly Birth Matters meeting: Preparing for Postpartum.  We will have a guest speaker Elizabeth Wilkins-Mckee, LCSW.  Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. The stresses of a new mother or even a second, third, etc time mother are real and it's imperative that we prepare for this period with patience, love and nurturing.  Come out and talk about how you managed your postpartum period, problems you had or are having and get some expert advice on how to prepare yourself for this delicate and precious time.  As always, please bring a dish to share for our potluck style meeting.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday
There is a great deal on the calendar this Saturday, but I do hope you'll stop by Edgemoor Art Studio's open house.  Mrs. Johnsen will have a collaborative sculpture, spin art, and watercolors out for children to enjoy while parents learn more about her award-winning art programs and very popular summer camps.  I'll drop by as well, and will be giving away a FREE week of summer camp to a lucky family who stops by! Edgemoor is located across from Tackett's Mill- 12616 Lake Ridge Drive Woodbridge VA near Brite Stars Pediatric Dentistry.  The open house will run from 12:30-5pm.  See you there!

Week in Preview: December 30, 2013, to January 5, 2014

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Published: 12/30/2013
Happy New Year, readers!! Thanks for sticking with me, even as things got a little spotty while I was in treatment.  I appreciate you guys :) Thank you also to the businesses that have worked with me this year, whether as sponsors or simply by adding their events to our calendar!! I appreciate you guys, too.  I'd like to give a special shoutout to Bessie Bender from Prince William Libraries who has been adding their events to my calendar for some time.  She's moving on from that task (don't worry, there's a new person!) but I so appreciate all the time and energy she's put into ensuring that you guys are up-to-date on all the fantastic (and free!) programs that the library offers!

Since most of you are probably still getting caught up from Christmas/visitors/school break, I'm just going to feature NYE and pre-registrations this week.  Have a fantastic week and I wish you health, happiness, and hope in 2015. 


Pre-Register/Pick Up Tickets For:
The Life will be offering an College Essay Writing Workshop for students planning to apply for college scholarships. Seating is limited and will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at New Life Anointed Ministries "The Life" [Marumsco Plaza 14045 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191 – LOCATION CHANGE] from 11am to 1:00pm. This FREE workshop is designed to assist students to write effective essays to accompany scholarship applications. Registration is not required. POC: Christina Finley youth@thelifedc.org or 310-218-9002


Tuesday, December 31st-
New Years Eve Happenings
The Yards in DC is hosting a daytime family celebration to kick off the New Year. “Noon Year’s Eve” will feature music and activities including a countdown and balloon drop at noon, train rides, face painting, magic, and more.

Skate N Fun Zone in Manassas will have 2 balloon drops- one at 3pm and one at Midnight during their "Rock Around The Clock" skates.  Admission includes party favors, a one-hour pizza/soda buffet at 2pm and 10pm, and skating.  Two times, 12pm-6pm or 8pm-1am

The Cavalier in Stafford will host an all night 7pm-7am skate with a prize-filled balloon drop at midnight.

First Night Warrenton will include fun family celebrations at an alcohol-free event.  Over 50 performers are lined up including juggling, music, hayrides and more.  There is an entry-fee for this event, but a "large family rate" is available if that applies to you.

First Night Vienna will also be alcohol free and includes kid-favorites like Groovy Nate, the Great Zucchini, and a 9pm celebration for those with an earlier bedtime, as well as one at midnight.

Watch Night Falls Church includes a dragon slide, moonbounces, a scavenger hunt, entertainment, free popcorn and more. This free event will even have shuttles running every 30 minutes from the East Falls Church Metro Station.

Kids N Motion will have a Kids New Year's Party with optional sleepover.  You must reserve in advance. 7pm-9am, Balloon drop at 10pm.

Week in Preview: December 16-22, 2013

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Published: 12/16/2013
RSVP/Pick Up Tickets/Pre-Register For:
Holiday Break Camp at Freedom Center- Keep your child active during school break! Camp will include sports and recreation arts, crafts, swimming and loads of fun. Campers at age 5 must be currently enrolled in full day kindergarten.  Ages 5-12 Fee: $55 per day (6:30am-6:30pm)

Kids N Motion will host a New Year's Eve Party/Sleepover. Details here.

Monday, December 16th
7:15pm, get ready for bed with story time at Chinn Library- For children ages 2 & up with a caregiver. Storyhours are designed to support the pre-reading skills every child needs to become a good reader. These are free, drop-in programs; no tickets are required. Dec 16 - "Listen to the List"

Tuesday, December 17th
Santa visits have been rescheduled for today at Independent Hill Library (10:30am), Dale City (4:30pm).  These are free and pictures will be taken and emailed.  Santa will also be at Chick Fil A Signal Hill from 5:30-8:30pm for Kids Night.

If you haven't been out to the Bull Run Festival of Lights yet, a weeknight is a good pick, and their website even has a $3 off coupon.  Festival of Lights: November 20, 2013 - January 5, 2014. Hours: Monday - Thursday & Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays & holidays: 5:30 to 10 p.m.  

Wednesday, December 18th
There are a couple of great opportunities for your child to work off some energy:
10-12, Stroll and Roll at the Cavalier in Stafford (bring strollers or ride-on toys)
10-12:30, Kiddie Tyme at Dale City Rec
10:45, Open Gym at Novak's Gymnastics
12-1:30, Splash N Tot at Chinn
5-6:30, Open Exploration at Animated Child

Thursday, December 19th
10-11am, it's Kidgits week at Potomac Mills Mall.  They'll be having Holiday Music with Mr. Knick-Knack.  These events are free, but Kidgits members get a fun prize.  Membership is $5.

Friday, December 20th
From 5-8pm, there's free admission to the Children's Museum in National Harbor, sponsored by GEICO.  While you're there, there's also free entertainment at 6pm, a lights show every 30 minutes from 6pm on, at 6:30 you can get a free Peeps holiday treat, at 7pm, there are free fireworks over the Harbor, and the Gaylord has their indoor snow and lights show at 6 and 8pm, as well as ICE! which is going on, as well.  If you've got company coming into town, this is a great way to spend an evening and drop very little cash! (Well, okay, or a ton depending on where you make dinner reservations)

Hylton Planetarium has three shows on Friday night, two laser holidays and "Star of Bethlehem".  Tickets are $10/pp and can be purchased in advance during school hours, or the night of the performance if tickets remain.  Bring exact change in cash.

Saturday, December 21st
From 10-4, celebrate Christmas Civil War style at Leesylvania. See the park's very own jolly Civil War era Santa in his handmade, festive suit. Bring the entire family out for an afternoon of holiday cheer. Enjoy period music, costumed interpreters and light refreshments. Make decorations as folks during the Civil War did. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. It's $2 per person or $6 per family.

While spots last, you can bounce with Santa at Jump N Jimmy's- Ho Ho Ho! Santa Claus is coming to Jump-N-Jimmy's on Saturday, December 21st. We will have 3 sessions for you to choose from: 4:30pm-5:45pm, 6pm-7:15pm or7:30pm-9pm $10 per child-includes Picture with Santa, Bouncing, Crafts and Cookies! Call Today to Register! Space is Limited! 703-753-5867

Sunday, December 22nd
Free carraige rides will leave from the Train Depot and take you around Old Town Manassas from 1 pm-4 pm. There is no admission charge for this event.

If you'd rather see the lights in our area, check out some of our readers' suggestions for great houses to drive by.

Week in Preview: December 2-December 8, 2013

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

No?

Nobody?

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

I'm moving to Florida.

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week in Preview: November 25th-December 21

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Published: 11/25/2013
Happy Thanksgiving Week! Let's get right to it.

Pre Order/RSVP for:
Tuesday, November 26th- The ARC of Prince William County facilitates an Autism Parent Support Group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. This parent-run group offers support, education, and social opportunities for families who have children (of any age) on the Autism spectrum. Child care is available. Call 703-730-3124 or email jrussell@arcgpw.org for more information.

Breakfast with Santa at Ticonderoga:
Pancakes with warm syrup & sausages, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider.
Saturday Nov. 30th 10am,  Sunday Dec. 1st 10am, Saturday Dec. 7th 10am, Sunday Dec. 8th 10am, Saturday Dec. 14th 10am, & Sunday Dec.15th 10am
Register online@ http://www.ticonderoga.com/christmas-trees/

Black Friday Camps:
Prince William Ice Center-
Bring your kids to Prince William Ice Center for a fun day of skating, games and crafts. 
Ice Stars Skating Camp for beginners through intermediate levels of skating.
Pro Intensity Hockey Rookie Camp: Levels 1-4 

Animated Child- 
Come explore, paint, experiment and Minecrat game with us! 6:00 am to 6:30 pm $50 per child. Must RSVP by November 26th. 703-763-0003 Grades K-8 Meal: Chicken strips, salad and caramel apple.

Freedom Center-
Whether it's shopping or work that you have planned for Friday, November 29th, drop the children off with us at Freedom! Swimming, games, crafts and more! Fee: $55 per child. (703) 993-8444 9100 Freedom Center Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110

Pump It Up-
Get a head start on your holiday shopping while the kids play games, make crafts, enjoy treats & have lots of bouncing, sliding and inflatably great fun! 8:00am-2:00pm. Drop off anytime after 8am and pick up by 2:00pm - as flexible as you need it to be! Ages 4-12 yrs old. Includes activities, playtime, pizza lunch and supervision.
Tickets: Pre-sale - Now through 11/14 - $20 per child
Regular sale - 11/15-11/21 - $25 per child
At the door - 11/23 - $30 per child (if not sold out)

Monday, November 25
Bull Run Library has an 11am special storytime featuring stories & songs in Spanish, presented by Ms. Roxana. Una hora de cuentos especial: Introduciendo cuentos y canciones en Espanol presentados por la Senora Roxana. For all ages, drop in. Para todas las edades. No es necesario registrarse. Pick up admission tokens at Information Desk beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 26
Manassas 4 Cinemas has "Thrifty Tuesday and Wednesday" with tickets just $5.  They're showing FreeBirds right now (and Catching Fire...but that's more for mommas, right?).  We haven't seen it, but it's about Turkeys.

Wednesday, November 27
The Animated Child will have their open house for information about their French Immersion Preschool program at 10am.  I'd be especially interested in this if your family speaks French, or if your base elementary school offers it (I know Lake Ridge Elementary does).

Note that all libraries close at 5pm today.

Thursday, November 28
Most places are closed today, but there are a few options for moms and teens- Chinn will host their Turkey Stomp Gravy Splash,  the Freedom Center is free with a canned good.

Skate N Fun Zone in Manassas will be free admission from 6-9pm if your family needs an evening activity.  PwcDad went with our daughter for NYE- you can read about it here.

Friday, November 29
Libraries are still closed.  That's okay, because you're going shopping anyway ;)

Ticonderoga Farms starts their Christmas Season- Our Winter Christmas Festival includes hayrides to the white pine fields with access to all of our farm attractions with an admission fee of $6.95 per person. Depending on the weather, it can be a winter wonderland with snow, or just another outdoor time at the farm exploring the nature. Our fire pits are inviting to keep you warm and make some s’ mores or for roasting hot dogs.

Finish your evening with a "Holiday Tree" lighting at Stonebridge- Kick off the holiday season with the inaugural tree lighting at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center (14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, VA  22191).  Enjoy holiday entertainment including "Those Funny Little People" and carriage rides. 6pm.

Saturday, November 30
Okay, now it's officially Santa Season.  Join the Workhouse for "In Santa We Believe" Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an afternoon of adventure with Vianlix Mestey's original story, "In Santa, We Believe", live onstage!
Just when you thought everything was going great, Santa's workshop grinds to a halt! Will Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves do what it takes to make sure Christmas Day happens? Come find out, as this tune-filled story unfolds.

Gainesville Ballet will present their Nutcracker- Gainesville Ballet presents "Clara and The Nutcracker Prince" at the Hylton Performing Arts Center,  Merchant Hall, on Saturday, November 30, 6:30 pm, starring Nour Eldesouki and Carolina Boscan.  Order tickets through the Performances page.  http://www.gainesvilleballetcompany.org

Sunday, December 1
Winter tickets go on sale today at the Hylton HS Planetarium.

Youth Orchestra of Prince William will have their winter concert- YOPW’s younger string ensembles begin their concert series in December. They will be joined by the Wind Symphony in their first performance of the season. The concert will begin at 4:00 pm at Potomac HIgh School.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students/seniors and free for children under 6.  Tickets are available at the door.

Week in Preview: November 18 to November 24, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week in Preview: November 4-10, 2013

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Published: 11/04/2013
Happy Monday!! Here are a few of our picks for this week.  Some of you have emailed me to ask how I choose what goes on this list.  Here's how it works:
1) Sometime between 10:30pm on Sunday and 1am on Monday I think to myself "Shoot, I forgot that stupid Week in Preview Post.  Again.  Why do I blog, I'm not even good at it."
2) Sometime between 10:45pm on Sunday and 3am on Monday, I actually pull up my calendar
3) I pick a few things that sound different or interesting
4) I look ahead a few weeks for things that require tickets or RSVPs or prepayment
5) I tell the post to publish at 8:30am. You guys think I'm wicked organized.  It's all smoke and mirrors.

There's no conspiracy or anything like that.  If paying advertisers have events they want featured, they can have separate posts, so I don't over-stress putting them on this post, although occasionally, I do.  The library makes frequent appearances, and I can promise you that they haven't given me a cent.

In fact, I believe my last fine was like $50, so I'm actually paying them.

So....hope that clears things up.

Off we go.

RSVP or Pick Up Tickets For:
Mondays at the Animated Child in Montclair, Mommy Groups of 15 or more children pay an entrance fee of only $4 for open play when your group schedules in advance! 703-763-0003 (sponsor)

Group Therapy Associates will be having a class for parents of teenagers on 11/11 from 6-7:30.  Call to reserve your space, 703-644-8041.  Topic for November is Love, Sex, and High School Dating Do's and Don'ts

The first Tea with Clara will be 11/17 Join us at Gainesville Ballet to see excerpts from The Nutcracker, meet and greet the dancers in costume, enjoy delectable desserts, and you might also be invited to dance in the studio!  Only $15 per person.  Call 703-753-5005 to reserve your spots.


Monday, November 4- Note: PWCS Elementary Schools Closed
The new Regal Cinemas theater in Virginia Gateway has its opening celebration this week- November 4 – November 6:  Enjoy $2 Movies, $2 Popcorn and $2 Soft Drinks with ALL proceeds going to local charities.  Preview Events are open to the public.

Potomac Library will hold "Grossology at Your Library" at 11am.  Plan to arrive at 10:30am to get tickets. School's out, and it's gross-out time! Will you taste kitty litter cake? Touch the slimy brains and eyeballs? Learn about zombie bugs? Take the challenge and come to Grossology @ Your Library, where you can experience all things disgusting! For grades K and up. Pick up a free pass beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the program; each child participating must have a pass. Limit 50 children.

From 3-4pm head over to Chinn Library to celebrate the release of the 8th Diary of a Wimpy Kid with trivia, games, and a craft. Ages 8 and up. Signs point to yes - an 8th Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Celebrate the release of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck" with trivia, crafts, and games. Drop in. No tickets required. Ages 8 and up.

Tuesday, November 5- Note: ALL PWCS Closed  ELECTION DAY
Please go vote.  Seriously.  This is an important election, even though it's not a presidential election, in fact, as a firm believer that "all politics is local", I'd say this election is even more important.  Take your kids, get a sticker, be awesome.

Did you vote yet?

How about now?

(This line of questioning seems to work for my kids....is it working on you yet? Is it?)

Most of the local bounce houses hold extra open bounce times on teacher workdays and school holidays.  Be prepared for longer waits, or plan to pre-pay at places like Kids In Motion.  Check the individual websites for details.

Wednesday, November 6 
Your school aged kids are gonna need to catch the bus again today :)

Central Library will be offering vision screenings beginning at 11:30am:
Volunteers from the Lake Jackson/Mid-County Lions Club will visit the Central Community Library to provide vision screening for elementary school age children and children as young as 6 month of age.  The screening will take place in the community room after the children's story time.  Parents are required to fill out a consent form which is available from the librarian on the day of the screening.  With our state-of-the-art PediaVision SPOT camera, we are able to detect several vision abnormalities, such as, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye) and eye misalignment.  95% of early vision problems can be corrected when detected and treated in early childhood.

Note that beginning today, if Potomac is your library of choice, it will be CLOSED until December 7th.

Thursday, November 7
From 10am-11am, take your child to play in the snow at Prince William Ice Center during Snow and Story.  Call ahead to reserve a spot at 703-730-8423. (Read our guest review here) (sponsor)

There's a cloth diapering group meeting at 10:15 at Bull Run Library.

Come meet other families that use cloth diapers so we can share information/experience, troubleshoot problems, and network with each other. We'll meet one Thursday morning each month. In addition to cloth diapering, we can discuss other green parenting topics, babywearing, etc. depending on the group's interests. Bring your children so they can make friends too!  Contact Corinne at corinne.juhasz@gmail.com to RSVP or with any questions.


Friday, November 8
Get a jump on the Monday holiday with a free Veteran's Day celebration at Veteran's Park in Woodbridge. "Join us for ceremony, games, and storytelling. 703-491-2183"

Hoping for a night out this week? Be sure to schedule ahead with one of our many listed Parents Nights or Kids Nights out!!

Saturday, November 9
Once a month, AMC Theaters shows a "sensory friendly film" with more light, less noise, and a friendly environment for all children.  November 9, 2013 – FREE BIRDS. All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change. http://www.amctheatres.com/programs/sensory-friendly-films

Sunday, November 10
Don't put away your swimsuit just yet!! Join the Chinn Center for Family Fun Swim Time- Bring your family of 4 for an afternoon of fun and exercise for only $15 from 12-4:30pm.


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Week in Preview: October 28- November 3, 2013

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Soooo, I'm a little behind and Monday's half over.  

I'm sorry.

Here we go:

Pre-register/Pick up Tickets for:
Reptile World Third Annual Janice Eisenhart Memorial Program. Learn about the facinating world of reptiles during this captivating program with LIVE animals! (please note: this program will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.) For students in grades K and up and their parents. Free tickets are required and will be available beginning October 28.  (Program will be held November 4 at 7pm at Central Library) 

November 7th at 9:45am- Dr. Suess (Ages 3-5) Code 310401
Let your imagination run wild with Dr. Suess. Join us as we read several of his books and explore them through various projects and activities. $15 SBDCRC November 7th at 9:45am *Note: Let’s Celebrate Fall and Dr. Suess have the same ID Code in the magazine, so confirm you are registered for the correct class when calling.

November 7th at 7pm at Bull Run Library- Tell everyone what you're thankful for with this fun centerpiece for your family's Thanksgiving table. Grades K-5. Younger siblings welcome with an adult. Registration required, online, by phone or in person.

Wonderful Wednesday at the Freedom Center in Manassas- Pumpkins: Get ready for fall and Halloween with a day of pumpkin arts and crafts. Caregiver participation required. Cost is $10/class. (703) 993-8444


Girls Lock In and Sleepover (3rd-5th Graders) Code 310204
Join us for a night full of fun.  Snacks and Breakfast will be provided.  Come dressed in your favorite PJs and fuzzy slippers.  Pre-registration required by November 1.  For girls only in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.  $30, CAFC November 16th 7pm-7am




Monday, October 28
From 2-3, join Potomac Library for a Halloween "Mish Mash": Wear your costume, if you'd like, and join us for stories, songs and fingerplays for children ages 2-5. We will have trick-or-treat after the stories! Drop in; no registration required.

I joke about being jealous of all the pink breast cancer events (Brain Awareness is Grey.  You know who wants to eat grey yogurt or buy grey shirts? Nobody.), however it's important and Novant Health has a fun event where you can get screened, too, tonight from 6-9pm in Haymarket: Our popular Ladies’ Night Out event is back and bigger than ever before. Shop jewelry styles and accessories while trying the latest makeup trends, sampling tasty appetizers and sipping mocktails. Enjoy a complimentary chair massage, enter to win fabulous prizes and walk home with a swanky swag bag. Most important, take the time to get your screening mammogram while supporting other women. Be part of the power of pink and join us. 

Tuesday, October 29
Don't run out of time to visit the pumpkin patch!! Our Fall Fun Guide has a big list of them, as well as trunk or treats and more! 






Spooky Tots at Virginia Gateway, Atlas Walk in Gainesville, will be at 10:30am.  This free event will include songs, facepainting, Halloween Crafts, giveaway, and more! 











Wednesday, October 30
Trick or Treat at Envoy! On Wednesday, October 30th Envoy Nursing home will be giving out candy to little trick or treaters that show up at our facility between 2pm and 6pm. This offers a safe environment for little ones to trick or treat and allows our residents to enjoy seeing them in their costumes! (14906 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA 22191) We'll be there at 4pm. 

From 4-7pm, kids who come in costume will get a free 4 count kids meal at Chick Fil A Sudley Manor (Manassas)

Thursday, October 31 HALLOWEEN
Chinn Library will host two costume parades, one at 10:30am and one at 2pm.  







Join the Marketplace at Madison Crescent for face painting, goody bags, trick or treat, and a costume contest with cash prizes from 3pm-5pm! 















We've got trunk-or-treat or trick-or-treat events on the calendar at Manassas Mall, Potomac Mills Mall, Manassas Park Community Center, Manassas St. Thomas and Church on the Move,

Friday, November 1
As the weather gets colder, figure out your favorite indoor play area!! We've got bounce houses like Kids N Motion, House of Bounce, Jump N Jimmys and more!! We'd love your feedback as it's been years since we've been to some of them! Send your reviews to us via email or Facebook

Saturday, November 2
Haven't had enough Halloween yet? A zombie walk is what happens when a group of people dress up like zombies, meet someplace and then lurch, shuffle and basically go for a walk together making zombie noises.  The 3rd Annual Fredericksburg Zombie Walk, benefiting the Hope House, SECA, the King George Food Bank and S.E.R.V.E, will take place November 2nd, 2013. Please bring a nonperishable food item, a household cleaning product or a roll of paper towels to donate and read the event information in its entirety.

From 7:30-10, Middle Schoolers can enjoy a night out at Chinn Rec Center: DJ/Music, wallyball, dodgeball, basketball, lounge area.  7:30-10pm $5, PWCS Student ID required. Grades 6-8 ONLY. 

Sunday, November 3
Middle and High Schoolers can enjoy a free open gym at Potomac Crest Baptist Church beginning at 6pm. 



Week in Preview: October 21-October 27, 2013

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Published: 10/21/2013
My fabulous Sister-in-Law, the very awesome Jordana Lorraine (in case you're ever in LA and need to look fantastic) is coming into town this week.  Unfortunately, for reasons I'm not quite clear on, we told our children this last week, so this week I will be hearing "IS SHE COMING TODAY????" despite the fact that I put it on the calendar.

It's gonna be like a week-long "are we there yet", but I'm still excited.

This means that I'll definitely be using my calendar this week to keep the kiddos busy and keep their minds off their impending Auntie visit!!

As always, our calendar is a free resource that you can add to! Include your church/community group events, open plays, classes without subscription requirements, and more! We'd love to hear from you.  Also, remember that this list is not complete, it's just a few events we want to feature this week, for no real reason, we just think they look fun.  Click "calendar" above to see all the events we know about, or to add your own!

Pre-Register For:
Zombie Zumba on the 26th- Prizes for the best costume! Call 703-670-7112 for more details! Ages 13+


"Not so Scary Halloween Bounce" at Pump it up on Wed, Oct 23, 6-8:30pm & Thurs, Oct 24, 6-8:30pm includes costume contest and Halloween craft, balloon drop as well as fun activities throughout the store and a treat for each child! This event will not be too scary and is appropriate for all ages. (Must be at least 34" tall and 2 years old to play on our equipment.) Tickets: Regular sale - 10/7-10/22 - $12.95 per child At the door - 10/23 & 10/24 - $14.95 per child (if not sold out) Adults may purchase pizza/drink separately. Costumes are welcome and encouraged, but please NO facepaint, face masks, weapons, or other sharp objects.Registration is non-refundable, but may be transferred to another Pump It Up Special Event, 1 time, provided space is available and notice is given to us by 10/21/13.


Girls Lock In and Sleepover (3rd-5th Graders) Code 310204
Join us for a night full of fun.  Snacks and Breakfast will be provided.  Come dressed in your favorite PJs and fuzzy slippers.  Pre-registration required by November 1.  For girls only in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.  $30, CAFC November 16th 7pm-7am

Reptile World will be at Central Library on November 4th from 7-8pm, Third Annual Janice Eisenhart Memorial Program. Learn about the facinating world of reptiles during this captivating program with LIVE animals! (please note: this program will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.) For students in grades K and up and their parents. Free tickets are required and will be available beginning October 28.

11-7 Class- Dr. Suess (Ages 3-5) Code 310401
Let your imagination run wild with Dr. Suess. Join us as we read several of his books and explore them through various projects and activities. $15 SBDCRC November 7th at 9:45am *Note: Let’s Celebrate Fall and Dr. Suess have the same ID Code in the magazine, so confirm you are registered for the correct class when calling.


Snow and Story @Prince William Ice Center- Our popular Snow and Story Hour is designed to provide toddler and pre-school age children with a safe and fun time playing on our ice, with snow and a variety of toys.  The on-ice session is followed by cookies, hot chocolate and a story.  The cost is $7 per child.  Email mbrennan@pwice.com to reserve you spot.  Space is limited.
Drop-In Snow and Story will take place on October 9th and 22nd, November 6th and 19th, December 4th and 17th, January 8th and 21st, February 5th and 18th, March 5th and 18th.




Monday, October 21
Don't run out of time on the pumpkin patch! We've got our list of Fall Fun up here, and it includes pumpkin patches, trunk or treat, and more!!

Don't forget to enter this week's giveaway from our sponsor, Max Muscle Sports Nutrition Manassas!

Tuesday, October 22
10:45am- Play Gym at Novak's Gymnastics is a fun way to introduce the sport of gymnastics to children 5 years old and younger. Play gym is a non-structured play time for you and your child to get an opportunity to explore and play in the gym. A coach is present to assist and guide you and your child. A brief 5 - 7 minute warm-up is led by the coach to familiarize your child with the basic positions and terms of gymnastics. $5.00 each visit per child. First time is FREE!  Although there is no registration fee for this activity, parent must fill out a Novaks' registration form for children to participate.

7pm- The ARC of Prince William County facilitates an Autism Parent Support Group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. This parent-run group offers support, education, and social opportunities for families who have children (of any age) on the Autism spectrum. Child care is available. Call 703-730-3124 or email jrussell@arcgpw.org for more information.


Wednesday, October 23
10:45 at Central Library- Music & Motion alternating with Storytime. Music & Motion is held every two weeks. It is a chance for you and your child to shake, wiggle, move and groove while you're both singing, dancing, and playing with rhythm sticks, scarves and more! Storytime is also held biweekly. Each time there are stories, songs, fingerplays, flannel boards, and a craft or a movie. If your child wishes to do the craft, please pick up a craft stick at the Information Desk before the program. Craft sticks are limited to the first 24 children. For ages 2-5 with an adult. Drop in; no registration required. Oct 23 - Storytime - Falling Leaves

3pm at Dale City Neighborhood Library- "Library Baby" We sing! We play! We read! Stories, songs and fingerplays for moms and babies. Ages 0 to 2. Drop in!

Thursday, October 24
4-5pm at Chinn Library Children ages 6-10 can have fun reading to a PAL (People Animals Love) registered therapy dog. Drop in; No registration required.

7-8:30pm at Chinn Library This not very scary, spooky spirit that has tissue paper streamers fluttering in the wind. This is a free, drop-in family program. One craft per child.

Friday, October 25

Beginning at Dusk, St. Paul UMC will show a fall movie on the outdoor screen.  Bring blankets and enjoy a night out under the stars.  1334 and 1400 G Street Woodbridge VA 22191


6:30-9pm $5 per person, costumes encouraged! Join us for Haunted Mini Golf at Lake Ridge Park!

Saturday, October 26
"Haunted Happenings" Grab the family and your dog and join Historic Manassas, Inc. and the Old Town Business Association for a wickedly good time in Old Town Manassas on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m


11am – 4 pm; $5 per child, children under six free
Where did the tradition of Halloween come from? Pumpkin carving? Trick-or-Treating? Join us for a kid friendly trip to All Hallow’s Eve past and present. Tour the scarecrow display that will decorate Rippon Lodge. Play old fashioned games and enjoy traditional treats. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes.
Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, 703-499-9812


Family Day — Halloween Special Event
Crafts, games and a costume parade are just the beginning of this annual fun, festive (not the least bit spooky) event for ages 2-10.
12:00 pm – 2:00



Sunday, October 27
In DC @National Building Museum- Haunted Halloween Pop-Ups
Per child: $10 Member | $15 Non-member. Ages 6 and up with adult supervision.
Learn to make a pop-up Halloween decoration from guest artist Carol Barton, then create a spooky
haunted house scene of your own. Festivities include crafts, treats, and ghost stories (more silly than spooky) about the Museum.

Trunk or Treat at Park Valley (Haymarket), First Presbyterian (Dale City), and Haunted House at Lake Jackson VFD (Manassas)

Week in Preview: October 14th-October 20th, 2013

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Published: 10/14/2013
Happy Monday!

If you weren't already furloughed, it's Columbus Day, so some of you might be off, and others not.  Columbus Day has always confused me, which I attribute to being a PWCS graduate.  Fairfax seemed to think Columbus was super important and kids should get to enjoy furniture sales with their parents, whereas Prince William County, clearly noting some of the controversy surrounding Columbus that most of us would only learn about via Facebook as adults, thought we were better served by coloring the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria in class.

But I digress.

(To further add to your confusion, the libraries will be CLOSED but I hear that some of our national parks may be re-opening...maybe?)

Here are a few of our picks for the week.  Remember, these are just a few suggestions- our full calendar is available at the very appropriately named "calendar" tab above.

Have a great week!

Pre-register for:

Shenanigans at Central Library in Manassas: A program designed for students in grades K-5 who like to be creative. Held every two weeks. Registration is required and may be done online or by phone. 
Oct 3 - Tissue Paper Pencil Holder; Oct 17- Yarn Paintings; Oct 31 - DIY Boomerangs.

Hylton Planetarium Shows: Tickets are $10 per person. Please bring exact change (CASH ONLY). Seating is limited to 60 people per show.Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hylton High School main office Monday thru Friday from 7:30am - 4:00pm or the evening of any show at the planetarium box office. Shows are 10/11, 10/18, and 10/25

Friday Night- Seek the Unknown at Bull Run Library with Suzanne Sorrell, a real life ghostbuster! Suzanne will bring ghost hunting equipment and her paranormal experience to help us search for the spirits that might haunt our building. Ghoulish snacks will be provided. For middle and high school students. Registration is required.

10/22- The ARC of Prince William County facilitates an Autism Parent Support Group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. This parent-run group offers support, education, and social opportunities for families who have children (of any age) on the Autism spectrum. Child care is available. Call 703-730-3124 or email jrussell@arcgpw.org for more information.



Monday, October 14th (Columbus Day)
I would CALL BEFORE YOU GO for any pumpkin patches today.  Many of them have been announcing closures due to the overly-generous dose of rain we've received over the last few days.

For those of you that could use a little extra help with the grocery budget this month (especially in light of not getting a paycheck for weeks on end) In partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), Holiness Tabernacle provides free, healthy and nourishing food to Prince William County every second Monday from 12 to 3 P.M. and hosts the CAFB's Mobile Food Pantry every fourth Monday (where fresh produce is distributed).

Tuesday, October 15th
If you missed our guest post about IKEA on Tuesdays, here's your chance to check out their kids eat free day.  Also, note that IKEA Woodbridge is offering free breakfast to those who are furloughed as well as $2 meatball lunch/dinners for their Twitter and Facebook fans.

If you're thinking about an instrument for your child, you can learn what a variety of musical instruments sound like, the size and scale of the various instruments, how to assemble, clean and maintain each instrument properly, and what it takes to play them. This program will help adults and children learn to choose the instrument that is the right fit for them. The presentation will be followed by a short question and answer period. Parents and the children who attend this showcase will walk away from it with greater knowledge about the various instruments they are choosing between and will have a better grasp of how to truly succeed at the instrument of their choice. This is a free program. Registration, beginning September 1st, is encouraged and registered patrons will have first priority to attend, but it is not required. Presenter: Helen Santoro of NOVA Music Center at Chinn Library

Wednesday, October 16th
 STROLL & ROLL is back at The Cavalier! Stroll & Roll is a session aimed at kids ages 1-5. They can practice skating, go wild in the Play Zone or bring their favorite ride on toy and whiz around on our huge floor. Stroll & Roll is held every Wednesday from 10:00a-12:00p starting September 4th. Admission is only $3 per child and moms & dads are FREE!

Thursday, October 17th
I have a tendency to skip days where the events are all ones I've mentioned before, but it was recently pointed out to me that just because I've been writing about them for years doesn't mean you guys have been reading (are any of you still reading this far into a post? I don't know....) So, with that in mind:

Kidgits at Potomac Mills Mall happens on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 10am. This month- Watch Child Time Magic amaze you! -- Delight in complimentary refreshments courtesy of Rita's Ice and Starbucks -- Enjoy special deals for moms and dads -- Kidgits members - receive a complimentary inflatable fish* -- Purchase a VIK (Very Important Kid) snack bag for $1* *While supplies last

Ages 5 and under may also enjoy Kiddie Tyme at the Dale City Rec Center- Children can romp and play to music in the gymnasium with colorful, kid-friendly toys and gym equipment. Drop-in, no pre-registration required, and parents are free. Kiddie Tyme follows the PWCS schedule for weather closings, and does not meet on Teacher Workdays or school holidays.  $3/child/visit or purchase a 10 card punch for $30

Friday, October 18th
Not in PWC, but worth a look- Enjoy free admission to the National Children's Museum for your whole family, as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. Sponsored by GEICO.
Please note: tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NCM box office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. The museum will close for half an hour at 4:30 p.m. to give staff time to prepare for the event.

Saturday, October 19th
We'll be at the iWalk event for ACTS today, and I'd love to see some of you there.  I'm not hard to spot- I have a banging "overly shaggy boys' haircut", come say hi!
Event schedule and times
Walk registration at 9 a.m., Group start @ 10 a.m.
 Free Community Festival 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Also on the calendar for today- the community open house and shred at the landfill, including an educational "infotainer", games, food, and more.

Sunday, October 20th
Hopefully by Sunday several of the pumpkin patches will have dried out.  You can find a good starting list on our "Fall Fun Guide" for 2013! 

Week in Preview: October 7th-October 14th, 2013

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We have our first confusing holiday coming up! Columbus Day is NOT observed by PWCS, but some preschools take the day off, and if you're a teacher in FCPS, I hear you get the day off.  Be sure to check your educational calendar for details on that.  Note, however, that PWC Libraries ARE closed.

Pre Register for: 

Let’s Celebrate Fall (Ages 3-5) Code 310401
We will explore this change of seasons through a variety of books and special projects.  $15, register in advance.  SBDCRC October 10th 9:45am

10/10 at 6:45pm- What keeps you awake at night when you think about college for your children? We will discuss why every family MUST file for Financial Aid, The pros and cons of various college savings programs,School selection; is Public REALLY less expensive than Private? The Truth about Merit and Athletic Scholarships, and so much more! Please join us for this complimentary and educational workshop designed for parents of HS age college bound students. Seating is limited. Register online at www.yourcollegeplanningcoach.com under Events. 

On the 11th, the Weems Botts Museum will offer Haunted Tours- space is extremely limited and reservations are required for both the Haunted Heights Ghost Walk and the Haunted Museum Lock-in. Ghost Walks are $8 each Adult, $5 for students and free for children under age 6. Lock-ins are $75 per person and payment must be received within 7 days of making your reservations. 

October 15th- Learn what a variety of musical instruments sound like, the size and scale of the various instruments, how to assemble, clean and maintain each instrument properly, and what it takes to play them. This program will help adults and children learn to choose the instrument that is the right fit for them. The presentation will be followed by a short question and answer period. Parents and the children who attend this showcase will walk away from it with greater knowledge about the various instruments they are choosing between and will have a better grasp of how to truly succeed at the instrument of their choice. This is a free program. Registration, beginning September 1st, is encouraged and registered patrons will have first priority to attend, but it is not required. Presenter: Helen Santoro of NOVA Music Center. (Chinn Library)

October 18th- Seek the Unknown at Bull Run with Suzanne Sorrell, a real life ghostbuster! Suzanne will bring ghost hunting equipment and her paranormal experience to help us search for the spirits that might haunt our building. Ghoulish snacks will be provided. For middle and high school students. Registration is required. 7-9pm


Monday, October 7th
Don't forget to enter this week's Giveaway to Picture this Photo Solutions!

Tuesday, October 8th
Tonight, Prince William Hospital (Novant Health) will offer the first of four Ladies' Nights for October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).  Just so ya know, I'm a little jealous that breast cancer gets pink ribbons, shopping nights, and giveaways.  Brain Cancer is grey, people.  Nobody wants grey yogurt.

But, I digress.


Oct. 8 and 17 • 6 to 9 p.m. Novant Health Prince William Medical Center 8700 Sudley Road, Manassas or Oct. 23 and 28 • 6 to 9 p.m. Novant Health Imaging – Heathcote 15195 Heathcote Blvd., Ste. 110, Haymarket.  These evenings will include shopping, giveaways, medical talks, chair massages, swag bags, and more. Free.


Wednesday, October 9th
Have you checked out our Fall Fun Guide yet? Make plans today to visit a local pumpkin patch or go apple picking!

Thursday, October 10th
Kids off at school today? Calling all moms! Leesylvania State Park invites you to take a break from your busy schedule to enjoy refreshments and socializing. Our monthly meet-ups will also feature different activities for you to try while relaxing.
Let nature ignite your imagination!  We'll introduce you to a new way to interact with nature by making fairy houses out of natural materials.  Can you find the fairies in the forest?
For more information email Genevieve.White@dcr.virginia.gov or call 703-583-6904.

Friday, October 11th

Hylton Planetarium shows! $10pp, bring EXACT CHANGE IN CASH.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or are available at the door, but seating is limited. Friday, October 11th, 2013 6:00pm - Fright Light, 7:30pm - Laser Metallica, 9:00pm - Fright Light (Louder & Scary)


Saturday, October 12th
From 9am-3pm join the Marine Corps Museum for family day Saturday, October 12 Family Day — Rappahannock Trains Join us and enjoy an impressive model train display in our Leatherneck Gallery.

Talk of the Town Sports & Events along with Clean Music Movements Presents, "Stop The Bullying" concert on October 12, 2013 at Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge Campus. This is FREE to ALL Middle School Students. We will have light refreshments & prizes. So visit our website to register at talkofthetownsports.webs.com.

NOTE: 
Monday, October 14th
ALL LIBRARIES ARE CLOSED 

Week in Preview: September 30th to October 6th, 2013

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Published: 09/30/2013
As I'm writing this, we're about an hour away from the government deadline to pass a budget or face a shutdown.  I know that so many of my readers are government employees or dependents, and I want you all to know that I'm thinking of you, and that I am here if you need some additional help, resources, or someone to vent to.  I hope that any furloughs are short and that your families are able to make it though without much hurt or sacrifice.  I'm not saying that as a "political thing", I just want you all to know that I'm happy to hear from you if there's anything I can do, and if you don't need anything, I, and many others, are still cognizant of how tough this must be.

And on that note....let's move on to keeping busy this week.

To begin with- Register in advance for:
SNOW AND STORY October 9th from 10am-11am. Our popular Snow and Story Hour is designed to provide toddler and pre-school age children with a safe and fun time playing on our ice, with snow and a variety of toys.  The on-ice session is followed by cookies, hot chocolate and a story.  The cost is $7 per child.  Email mbrennan@pwice.com to reserve you spot.  Space is limited.


Let’s Celebrate Fall (Ages 3-5) Code 310401
We will explore this change of seasons through a variety of books and special projects.  $15, register in advance.  SBDCRC October 10th 9:45am


Gary Krinsky will be "Toying with Science" at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on October 12th at 2pm. 

Monday, September 30th
Heading into October, it's a great time to think about Pumpkin Patches, Apple Picking, and other outdoor fall fun!  Our Fall Fun and Halloween Guide has several ideas, but we'll keep adding, so if you know of a trunk or treat, pumpkin patch, or fall festival that we're missing, be sure to let us know!  Many of these options are much less expensive if you are able to go on a weekday, so take advantage of the weekday discounts if you can!

Tuesday, October 1st
Tickets for fall and winter shows at the Hylton Planetarium go on sale today, and they do sell out quickly! Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Hylton High School main office Monday thru Friday from 7:30am - 4:00pm or the evening of any show at the planetarium box office, while supplies last. Bring cash only, and exact change.  A list of shows is on today's calendar.

Novak's Gymnastics has an open play for ages 5 and under.  This is a good one to keep in mind as the weather turns cooler, or for rainy days!  Play gym is a non-structured play time for you and your child to get an opportunity to explore and play in the gym. A coach is present to assist and guide you and your child. A brief 5 - 7 minute warm-up is led by the coach to familiarize your child with the basic positions and terms of gymnastics. $5.00 each visit per child. First time is FREE!

Wednesday, October 2nd
Head to Central Library for Music and Motion at 10:45 Music & Motion is held every two weeks. It is a chance for you and your child to shake, wiggle, move and groove while you're both singing, dancing, and playing with rhythm sticks, scarves and more! For ages 2-5 with an adult. Drop in.


The Dale City Rec Center will hold a FREE Pilates Studio Open House for ages 13+  (Code 318305)
Join this free pilates orientation on the equipment and expose yourself to a new formula of keeping your body in ultimate shape and balance.  Pre-registration is required.  SBDCRC October 2nd 11a-1pm or 7pm-8pm


Thursday, October 3rd
Help set the world record for the most kids reading or listening to the same book on the same day! For all ages. Drop in; no registration required at Chinn Library at 10:30am.

Are you the mother of multiples? Mother of twins, triplets, or other higher order multiples are invited to join a Mom's Night Out Dinner and Monthly Meeting with the Prince William Mothers of Multiples Club at Ruby Tuesday in Gainesville at 7:30pm.

Friday, October 4th
I don't feel like there's anything out of the ordinary- but our regular Friday lineup is on the calendar, and there's plenty to choose from!

Saturday, October 5th
If you're on a budget (and, really, who isn't?) then you're in luck this week because there are several consignment options coming up to fill out your children's winter wardrobes on the cheap!! Love that! Check out:
Weecycled Wardrobe (Stafford) October 5th-8th
CWP (Springfield) Ocotber 5th
Just Between Friends PWC (Haymarket) October 5th/6th

All Home Depot locations nationwide will offer a Fire Safety Day with various activities for ages 5-12, including a LEGO City Toy and fire safety tips while supplies last.  Register online to ensure a spot is available for your child.

Got Middle Schoolers? From 7:30-10, they can hang at the Chinn Center- DJ/Music, wallyball, dodgeball, basketball, lounge area.  7:30-10pm $5, PWCS Student ID required. Grades 6-8 ONLY.

Sunday, October 6th 
From 10am-4pm both the 5th and 6th, Culpeper will have their Farm Days, which is very similar to the PWC Farm Tour, in case you missed it! Check out their website for participating farms and details.

People with food allergies, their family and friends, and local community members will participate in Food Allergy Research & Education’s WALK for FOOD ALLERGY on October 6th at Occoquan Park at 9am. The FARE Walk unites thousands of Americans seeking a safe and inclusive world for people with food allergies. This potentially life-threatening disease affects up to 15 million Americans, including 1 in 13 children – roughly two in every classroom.


All Heart 4 Autism will host a sensory sensitive family skate night at Skate N Fun Zone. Music will be low and lights will not be flashing. Enjoy a great family night where everyone can have some fun!
Admission is $3 and Skate Rental is $4.50


Have a great week! Remember, this is just a few hilights, we have our full calendar just above- click "calendar" to see a full list of events for the week.  Don't see your favorite listed? It's free to add events! Just click "propose an event" on our calendar page and add your details! 

Week in Preview: September 23-September 29th, 2013

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Published: 09/23/2013
I have to admit that it's Monday morning and I'm writing this.  I've started about 20 times and for whatever reason I just can't finish, so hopefully it'll happen right now, since it's already "the week".

Still previewing Tuesday-Sunday....maybe 6 outta 7 ain't bad will be the new PwcMoms motto ;)

Register in Advance For:
Let's Paint at SBDCRC on Thursday: Let’s Paint (Ages 3-5) Code 310121
Let your child’s inner Picasso come out as they paint using a variety of tools to create several of their very own masterpieces. $15, register in advance. SBDCRC September 26th at 9:45am


Lowes Build and Grow this weekend.

Mark your calendar now- Hylton HS's planetarium has public shows coming up this fall and they sell out FAST.  Tickets go on sale October 1st and are first-come-first-served. 

If you like pilates- FREE Pilates Studio Open House (Ages 13+) Code 318305
Join us in this free pilates orientation on the equipment and expose yourself to a new formula of keeping your body in ultimate shape and balance.  Pre-registration is required.  SBDCRC October 2nd 11a-1pm or 7pm-8pm


RSVP for an October 10th Mommy Meetup. Calling all moms! Leesylvania State Park invites you to take a break from your busy schedule to enjoy refreshments and socializing. Our monthly meet-ups will also feature different activities for you to try while relaxing. 
Let nature ignite your imagination!  We'll introduce you to a new way to interact with nature by making fairy houses out of natural materials.  Can you find the fairies in the forest?
For more information email Genevieve.White@dcr.virginia.gov or call 703-583-6904.


Monday, September 23
It's Homeschool Day at the National Museum of the Marine Corps from 10am-2pm. 

This evening, find out about the Dale City Track Team for your child.  They submitted the event twice, once at 6:30pm and once at 7pm, but their facebook page says 6:30.  Potomac Library is hosting this event.

Tuesday, September 24
Lake Ridge Nursery's Pumpkin Patch is now open, and it's cheaper to go on a weekday.  Pumpkin Patch opens on Sept the 20th we are open daily 9am to 8pm. Fun activities for all ages. Zip Line, Rope Swing, Slide, Racing Toilets, Moon Bounces, Wooden Jungle Gyms, Moon Bounce obstacle courses...and much more.. $12/child weekdays, adults free.  Last admission 7pm.

From 7pm-9pm, The ARC of Prince William County facilitates an Autism Parent Support Group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. This parent-run group offers support, education, and social opportunities for families who have children (of any age) on the Autism spectrum. Child care is available. Call 703-730-3124 or email jrussell@arcgpw.org for more information.

Wednesday, September 25
It's the very LAST Free Kids' Concert at Stonebridge, and Rocknocerous will be taking it home.  10am.

From 10-11:30, get your preschooler outside at Lake Ridge Park! Wednesdays in the Park (Preschool) Code 309100 Bring your pre-schooler out for an adventure in the park.  You may register for one or all of the programs.  Parent participation is encouraged but not required.  $10  This week's theme is soccer and mini golf.

Thursday, September 26
From 10:30-11, celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day at Lake Ridge Neighborhood Library with a special storytime. 

Want to have some fun at home? Check out our Johnny Appleseed Pinterest Board.

Friday, September 27
Go "Splash N Tot" at SBDCRC from 11-12:30 or at Chinn from 12-1:30.  Parents are free with paid child admission.

Our Friday night has Parent's Night Out at Kids N Motion, Vertical Rock, Dumfries Youth Center, The House, and Ninth Dragon Martial Arts, but you'll want to call one of them NOW to reserve your spot! 

Saturday, September 28
From 9am-6pm Great Country Farms will have their Pumpkin Festival.  This is a drive, but it's a fun farm.  Check out our review here. 

The Prince William Farm Tour is my favorite.  Alpacas.  Seriously.  Guys, these things say "meep" like the roadrunner and they hug you with their furry necks, and they are amazing. I want two, but we live in a townhouse and we don't have the yard for that kind of thing. 10-4.

From 4-6pm, The Marketplace at Madison Crescent will have their first Fall Concert with "Burgers". Fun outdoor event for the whole family! PS- we love them because they sponsor our calendar!

Sunday, September 29
From 12-5, check out the Manassas Latino Festival- Embrace, learn and enjoy the many cultures of our local Latino community! A variety of live entertainment will be performing, several different menus will be available for sale and for the children there will be games, a clown show and a pinata!!

I repeat: The Prince William Farm Tour is my favorite.  Alpacas.  Seriously.  Guys, these things say "meep" like the roadrunner and they hug you with their furry necks, and they are amazing. I want two, but we live in a townhouse and we don't have the yard for that kind of thing. 12-4. I could change what I wrote, but I really love alpacas.  Remember Kristen Bell on Ellen with the sloths? That's me with Alpacas.

Week in Preview, September 16th-22nd 2013

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Published: 09/16/2013
Is everyone starting to feel more "in the swing" of things? I hope so!

RSVP for:
Babysitter Training this Saturday from the Park Authority.  Whether you're the parent of a teen, or you want to send your weekend babysitter, I remember this class being very well done when I took it. The American Red Cross helps to develop skills in six critical areas: leadership, safety, safe play, basic care, first aid, and professionalism.  Offered multiple dates.  1 8-hour class, $75 Register online.
Michaels Arts and Crafts will offer several kids classes this weekend. Register online.

Here are a few of our picks for this week:

Monday, September 16th
Soccer Shots is having a free demo day! Join them for a free class for 2 Year Olds at 9:30 or for the
3-5 Year Olds at 10:00. (Kids Choice Sports 13000 Sport and Health Drive Woodbridge VA)

Not for littles, but appropriate for parents and teens, Erik Estrada will be at St. Thomas United Methodist Church in Manassas, VA in person for the showing of his movie “Finding Faith” (PG-13) about human trafficking. This is a family-friendly event and is open to all in the community. Eric Estrada will sign autographs and answer questions about the timely topic of online safety for young people. Learn more and watch the movie trailer http://stthomasumc.org/announcements/erik-estrada.html

Tuesday, September 17th
Doc McStuffins is coming to The Yards Park on September 17th from 10am-4pm. 
From their website:
• Join us for a *FREE family event
• Experience fun Doc activities focused on healthy living & well-being
• Kids can bring their toy for a check-up in Doc's Mobile Clinic
• Upon arrival guests will be provided an hourly time-slot wristband to enter The Doc Mobile, on a first-come first-served basis. A standby option will also be available. This is an outdoor event, so please come prepared for very warm temperatures.

For mommas- the LLL of Woodbridge meeting is 10:30am at Grace Baptist, and HOPE (for infant/pregnancy loss) is at 7pm in Gainesville.  More info on both meetings is on the calendar.

Wednesday, September 18th
For those of you in Triangle/Quantico (or anyone willing to drive) The Courthouse Community Center is Stafford is doing an "Awesome Apples" Nature Explorer day. This fun, hands-on nature program, Nature Explorers, is geared towards young nature lovers.  Discover what makes fall wonderful by using your senses and natural curiosity. Explore this popular fall harvest with a story, song, craft, and snack! Ages 2-5 10am-11am or Ages 5-8 6pm-7pm
$8 resident/$10 non-resident fees are for one child and one adult. Reserve your spot online.

Want to stay on the Woodbridge side of things? Wednesdays in the Park at Lake Ridge Park will have a fishing theme this week: Bring your pre-schooler out for an adventure in the park.  You may register for one or all of the programs.  Parent participation is encouraged but not required.  $10  Reserve your spot online.

Thursday, September 19th
From 10am-11am, it's Kidgits time at Potomac Mills Mall! These events are free, although members who pay a $5 registration fee get a free gift and t-shirt.

Chinn Park Library from 4-5pm isn't even optional.  You all have to come. Avast ye readers and prepare for some swashbuckling good fun on Talk Like a Pirate Day, if ye dare! A free, drop in program for children in 1st grade and up.  (Someone please bring a parrot)

Friday, September 20th
From 9-11 join Fit4Mom PWC for their "Fall into Fitness" Friday, September 20 2013  from 9-11am at Ann Moncure Wall Park.  FREE event will include a Stroller Strides class, special giveaways, great prizes, fun activities and healthy refreshments! The first 20 moms to RSVP will receive a goody bag filled with samples from leading baby product companies such as Plum Organics, .  You will also be entered into a drawing to win some amazing prizes from our favorite local businesses!  Earn extra tickets for the drawing by RSVP'ing online. 

In the evening, it's GEICO's free admission night to the National Children's Museum in Inner Harbor. Enjoy free admission to the museum for your whole family, as well as hands-on activities and interactive play in the NCM theatre and exhibit areas. Sponsored by GEICO.Please note: tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the NCM box office beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. The museum will close for half an hour at 4:30 p.m. to give staff time to prepare for the event. 

Saturday, September 21st
In DC, it's the Big Build Festival at the National Building Museum! Be a builder for the day at the Big Build festival! Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to build a brick wall, carve stone, and much more as they work side-by-side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. Meet plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies. In addition to popular exhibitors and our construction vehicle “petting zoo,” the festival goes green this year by showcasing how the building industries are committed to conservation through environmentally friendly practices.

From 11-12, catch an inclusive storytime at Chinn Library for children with special needs and their friends/family. 

From 9:30am-5pm, it's Haymarket Day! All kids activities are free!  Parade starts at 9:30am.  Haymarket Day is a fun day for everyone! (Or so their website says, anyone been?)

Sunday, September 22nd
Check out Lake Ridge Nursery's Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkin Patch opens on Sept the 20th we are open daily 9am to 8pm. Fun activities for all ages. Zip Line, Rope Swing, Slide, Racing Toilets, Moon Bounces, Wooden Jungle Gyms, Moon Bounce obstacle courses...and much more..Plan your birthday party or field trip today! 703-590-0178 Charge per child, no charge for adults. No outside food or drinks allowed  open 9-20-13 to 10-31-13

Week in Preview: September 9th-September 15th, 2013

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Published: 09/09/2013
Guys, it is for real 1:36am.

Why, Kristina, why on earth are you up so late?

Because I procrastinated on my lesson planning, and homeschooling is not for people with any normal sense of self-preservation.  That's why.

So, on with the show, and if I spell anything wrong or make grammatical errors and anyone points them out, I will shame you somehow on twitter.

Okay, not really.  That would be really mean, and I wouldn't do that to you. Just cut me some slack anyway :)

Register ahead for:
**Immanuel's Anglican Church's MOPS starts up this Wednesday.  You can show up or contact Robyn for more information.
**Thursday there's a Mommy Meetup at Leesylvania about Butterfly Gardening. Spend the morning relaxing next to the park's butterfly garden.  We'll look at different plants that you can use to attract butterflies to your own yard and share organic gardening tips. RSVP to Genevieve.White@dcr.virginia.gov or 703-583-6904. 
**On the 13th or the 28th, you and your child (10+) can take a "Sunset Paddle" Register with PWC Parks and Rec using Activity Code 309100 $20/person, 1-2 hour trip. Children under 16 must register with an adult partner. 
**Several Kids Club events this weekend at Michaels- RSVP online to save your spot, or call the store. 
**Lowes Build and Grow requires you to register in advance, too. 

Monday, September 9
Library programs are starting back up after that confusing post-Summer Quest pre-school hiatus they took that confused everyone, and especially me.  Yay for the library!  Lunch Bunch at Chinn is at 12, and it's a fun one if you've never tried library programs before.  Basically, you bring your own lunch and the librarian reads stories.  The kids are all fairly quiet and entertained because their mouths are full of crackers, and you can check 15 minutes of reading outloud off your list for the day.

There's a Zumba Class for moms at All That Jazz in Montclair at 7pm.  It's free.  Whoot.

Tuesday, September 10
In addition to free storytimes at Independent Hill, Chinn, and , SBDCRC (Which I still call "Dale City Rec" because why did they make the name so long?) has Kiddie Time starting this week.  Monday-Thrusday are ages 5 and under and Fridays are ages 3 and under.  They meet following the PWCS school schedule, so they're closed for school holidays and Teacher Workdays as well as for any wintery weather.  $3/child, parents are free.

Wednesday, September 11
It's Patriot Day/Remembrance Day.  If you're looking for something reflective, check out the unveiling ceremony of the 9/11 Memorial which is being added to the existing memorial at the County Complex. The actual ceremony is at 7pm, but you can go to the memorial during the day, as well, I'm just not sure the new portion will be visible.

On a lighter note, the Stonebridge Music Series was extended and Mr. Knick Knack will play at 10am in a free children's entertainment series.

Thursday, September 12
My pick for today is family craft night at Chinn Library.  They're making sunflower mobiles, which sounds cute to me.

Friday, September 13
There's Splash-N-Tot at both Chinn Rec and SBDCRC today, which is a fun and inexpensive way to get your baby in the water.  $4/child covers the child and up to two accompanying adults.

There's a glow party for teens at MyBodyMovez in Woodbridge.  It's $10/teen.  Someone on Facebook said that these are really fun.  I'd look back for who it was, but it's now 2:06 am.

Saturday, September 14
At 9am, enjoy gardening for you and your child at the Benedictine Monastary, brought to you by the PWC Master Gardeners Saturday in the Garden
DescriptionMaster Gardener Plant Sale! Go Native! Beauty & Benefits of Native Plants & Pocket Meadow: A Lawn Alternative. Children’s Program: Plant Your Pockets! Native flower gardening for kids.

There are several fun fall activities, including a FREE Fall Fest at Stonebridge, Free events at the Weems Botts Museum, and Hartwood Days in Stafford and Apple Fest at Great Country Farms.  Go do something fun.  Seriously.  I don't just write these things down on the calendar for my benefit- use them ;)

Sunday, September 15
There's a Vintage Baseball game today to benefit Occoquan-Woodbridge-Neabsco Optimists.  (Fun Fact: I can tell if you're a PWC native based on your pronounciation of "Neabsco" which, phonetically, should be "Neebs-ko", however it is "Knee-Abs-Co", just FYI) Occoquan-Woodbridge-Neabsco (O.W.N.) Optimists are sponsoring a vintage baseball tournament on Sunday, September 15 beginning at 11 a.m. at Pftizner Stadium. The tournament will feature four teams from the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Baseball League. Tickets are $12 for adults and children under 12 are free. For more information or to order tickets online, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/occoquanoptimists/.

Week in Preview: September 2nd- September 8th, 2013

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Published: 09/02/2013
For many of you, that long-awaited day is here!! The big yellow bus is coming to grant you a few hours of sweet sweet freedom.
Yeah, that's gonna be some of you :)

If you need schedules:
Prince William County Bus Schedules
Prince William County Bell Schedules
Manassas Park Bus Schedules

SIGN UP THIS WEEK FOR:
Lowe's Build and Grow on September 14th

For the rest of us, we get to do the happy dance that all those extra kids went back to school and we get to have places like the library back to ourselves.

Happy Dance. ;)

Here are a couple of my picks for the week.  Note that while the library will be less busy, many of their programs don't pick up again until next week.

Monday-
Go to the pool.  Everything else is closed, including many community centers and all the libraries.

Tuesday-
This isn't on my calendar, but if you haven't yet, make plans with another mom for the first day of school.  Whether it's Starbucks or the day spa, you deserve a little pampering :)

Wednesday-
From 10-12, The Cavalier in Stafford offers a "Roll and Stroll" where your tots can play with their push/ride on toys while you skate.  They can also walk, if they prefer.  Admission is only $3 per child and moms & dads are FREE!

Thursday-
Manassas Baptist has a MOPS meet and greet on Thursday morning at Clareybrook Park.  MOPS is a great organization for connecting with other mothers in the same stage of life as you (namely, raising preschoolers).  Check them out from 10am-12pm.
In the evening, Lake Ridge Moms Club is having an open house from 7:30-8:30pm.  Check out this well-established and organized moms group as an option for you and your child this year.

Friday-
The Manassas Boys and Girls Club has Friday night bounce, and Vertical Rock has a kids night out.  After a week of sitting in school, it might be just what the doctor ordered for cooped up kids!

Saturday-
This week's Home Depot Kids Workshop is a football ring toss.  Register on the "Kids" section of their website.
If Old Bridge Methodist is closer for your MOPS needs, you can join them for a picnic! We would like to welcome all families with children who are in Kindergarten this year or younger and including all pregnant moms to gather with us to find out about our unique MOPS group.  Please come out for food, fellowship and fun.  No need to bring anything but you and your family. Call 571-220-9687 for more info (Angie)
The Stonebridge Movie Series has been extended.  This week, catch "Remember the Titans"

Sunday-
It's WWII Weekend at Rippon Lodge- September 7-8 from 11am-4pm. See military equipment, firing demos, jeeps, home front displays and more. On Sunday, meet Molly from the American Girl Doll Series to learn about life on the homefront from a kids point of view. This is a FREE family event. Please call 703-499-9812 for a complete list of the authors and living history units attending.
Good Shepherd UMC is inviting the community to a morning "blessing of the backpacks" and an afternoon block party.

Week in Preview: August 19-25, 2013

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Published: 08/20/2013
**Sorry for the delay, guys! When I told this to auto-post I accidentally put in 2014 instead of 2013, so it would've been wicked on-time a year from now ;) I removed any Monday activities that it's too late to enjoy.  
-Kristina (who's both a blonde, and had brain surgery....pick your reason I messed up.) 

Pre-Register For:
1) Mommy Groups and Field Trips at Animated Child.  These are every Monday and offer a discount for large groups.  Be sure to get it on your playgroup calendar for fall!

2) Wednesday Preschool Classes at the Freedom Center.  They're on our calendar, but you need to sign up by 10pm tonight! Or, if this week's too busy, you can always register for next week.  These are special summer programs, so they end soon!

3) On Thursday, your older children might enjoy "Survival Training 101" at Leesylvania.  To register, or get more information, call 703-583-6904.

4) When's the last time you had a date night?  We've got kids night out on our calendar at Vertical Rock, Animated Child, Kids N Motion, All That Jazz!, and Gymnastics World this week (some weeks, there's more!) Sign up today so your child has a spot! Some of these businesses will cancel if there aren't enough kids by Wednesday or Thursday.

5) The ARC hosts an Autism Support Group NEXT week on Tuesday, and you need to RSVP for childcare.  The ARC of Prince William County facilitates an Autism Parent Support Group that meets the 4th Tuesday of each month. This parent-run group offers support, education, and social opportunities for families who have children (of any age) on the Autism spectrum. Child care is available. Call 703-730-3124 or email jrussell@arcgpw.org

Monday, August 19
This week, I added some of the "standing" county parks events to the calendar.  Things like the Fun Center at Locust Shade Park (batting cage, putt putt golf, driving range) and Paddle Boats/Kayak Rentals at Lake Ridge Park Marina.  They're not special events, but they're only open part of the year, so I hope you'll take advantage!

Tuesday, August 20
Tuesdays mean cheap movies, and we've got the ones at University Mall Theater and Manassas 4 Cinema on the calendar this week.  University Mall is showing Monsters University, Epic, and Hotel Transylvania in the G/PG ratings range, and tickets are $2.  Manassas 4 has Planes, and tickets are $5.

Also, you can join LLL Woodbridge for their monthly meeting.  Obviously, nursing children (and siblings) are welcome.  The meeting is at Grace Baptist (off Spriggs Road) at 10:30.  Also for moms, HOPE (for those who have lost an infant or a pregnancy) meets in the evening at 7pm at Church of the Word in Gainesville. For more information, you can contact RobinLSchroeder@verizon.net. 

At 5pm, have you tried Family Yoga at Soaring Spirit in Occoquan yet? Drop-in rate is $17 a class, or you can purchase a pass.

Wednesday, August 21
Mister Don will be at Stonebridge at 10am.  Don't forget to bring your own lawn chairs if you want them!

On the Bristow/Gainesville side? Check out Little Tots at 10:30, which will feature Reptiles Alive! which my kids LOVE (in fact, if you follow the link, that's my kids touching the giant snake).

Thursday, August 22
At 7pm, check out the free military band concert at Harris Pavilion.  Their repertoire is usually loud, march-y, and fun.  You'll be outdoors, and seating is limited, so if you have camping chairs or a picnic blanket, it's a good idea!

Friday, August 23
Word to the History Buffs among you, the Manassas Civil War Weekend starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. My top pick for kids is actually the Civil War Parade on Saturday at 10am, but there will be various events all weekend long.

At 7pm, Dumfries Cares will be offering a family fun night where you can register for their free after school program or register for free parenting classes, as well as participating in fun games and activities for the whole family.  I don't know much about this program, but the price is certainly right!)

Saturday, August 24
Starting at 8am, First Baptist Church of Manassas will be giving away backpacks of school supplies on a first-come basis while supplies last.  If you're having trouble affording school supplies this year, they'd like to help you out.

Lowe's Build and Grow will be a Shrek-themed onion carriage.  Don't forget to register online!

In the evening, you have several options, including a free concert at Leesylvania (Bring Bug Spray.  You'll thank me later) at 7pm, the Muppet Movie at Stonebridge at 7pm, or Oz the Great and Powerful at Signal Hill Park at 7:45pm.

Sunday, August 25
At 3pm, check out a free concert with bonus free ice cream at the Harris Pavilion.  Bring your own chairs if you have them as seating is limited.

Prefer your ice cream indoors? At 4pm, Pump it Up has bouncing and "Sundaes on Sunday".

Week in Preview: August 12 to August 18, 2013

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Animated Child will have Jackson Pollock demonstration classes this week, but you have to pre-register!  Call 703-763-0003.  Times vary by age group.   While you're on the phone, ask about their parents night/day out programs! 

You can try Ice Skating for Free on Sunday! Try Ice Skating for Free is for beginners age 4 to adult. Skate rental is provides. There will be 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of free skating.
Registration on-line is required at www.pwice.com.

Plan ahead for the 22nd when Leesylvania will offer a "Survival 101" class. Wilderness survival is all about being prepared. Come to the Visitor Center to learn the basic skills you should know before going on extended outdoor adventures. We will look at how to prioritize tasks, what tools you might need and how to use them. At the end of the program make a survival bracelet to get your survival kit started. For more information please call 703-583-6904.

Sign up now for next week (August 25/26) Lowe's Build and Grow

Monday, August 12
A La Carte Caterers will be offering a week of classes for elementary kids.  Email  
kim@alacartecaters.com to get more information. Classes are 3-6pm.

From 11-12:30, Potomac Library will be showing Tim Burton's "The Corpse Bride". Kids can bring a snack and watch for free. Note this move is PG.

Tuesday, August 13
Sweet Creations in Bristow will host children's author Julia Heckathorn, who will be reading about animals and conservation and signing her books.  Children's yogurt will be $3.  I love events like these, because they really encourage children that authors are real people- and they can be them, too! Event starts at 1pm, and I've never been to Sweet Creations, so I'm not sure about seating.

It's $2 Tuesday at the Prince William County Fair.  Admission and ride tickets will be $2/each, and NO wristbands will be sold- so if you were planning to purchase them, today isn't your day.

Wednesday, August 14
At 10am, Oh Susannah will play at Stonebridge for their Summer Music Series.  Bring your own seating, if you will need it.

For Kindergartners, previous walkers (or homeschoolers- you know your kids want to ride the bus), there will be school buses at Bull Run, Central, Chinn, Dale City, Dumfries, Independent Hill, Lake Ridge, and Potomac Libraries at 10:30am.

Thursday, August 15
Kidgits will be hosting a Back to School themed event this month, including school inspired crafts, a live puppet show, and back-to-school fashions and coupons.  This event is from 10-11am, and while you don't have to be a Kidgits member, members do get special gifts.

At 11, Potomac Library will host an end-of-summer ice cream social.  Drop-in for all ages.

From 7-8:15pm, Huntington Learning Center will present tips and tricks for making this school year a success for parents and caregivers, and will cover topics such as homework, SOLs, and more at Bull Run Library.  For adults.

Friday, August 16
If you need a quieter end to your week, Soaring Spirit in Occoquan will be offering Mom/Tot and Prenatal Yoga.  Mom/Tot starts at 6:15pm and Prenatal Yoga will be at 7:15pm.  Students may drop in, or purchase a pass.

For $20, parents can drop their children (ages 5-11) off at the Freedom Center from 6:30-9:30pm for games, fun, swimming, and pizza.  Get a date night, or take a nap!  Children must be registered by Thursday night at 10pm.

Saturday, August 17
Ninth Dragon Martial Arts in Dumfries is celebrating their birthday with an open house including face painting, moon bounces, burgers and hot dogs, arts and crafts, and mini-seminars and demonstrations.  They're also advertising spaces for those wishing to sell or demo products.  10am-3pm

Saturday night, you can take your pick from Saturday Nights at the Workhouse (Lorton), a free concert at the Harris Pavilion (Manassas), or the Karate Kid movie at Stonebridge (Woodbridge).  All three are free.

Sunday, August 18
Try Ice Skating for Free is for beginners age 4 to adult. Skate rental is provides. There will be 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of free skating. Registration on-line is required at www.pwice.com. Classes will be at 4pm.
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