Giveaway: Kids N Motion

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Organization Friday: The Lego Movie/FMSC Fundraiser

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Published: 07/25/2014
 Feed My Starving Children is one of my favorite charities.  I love that their model is to provide help immediately as well as training.  Their goal is to put themselves out of business by helping people become self-sufficient, not charity dependent.  Our church does a HUGE mobile pack every year (so much fun!) and to raise money to pack EVEN MORE meals, they've been doing a number of family-friendly events.  One coming up- watch the Lego Movie and raise money for FMSC! Hope to see you there! 



Please join us on August 2nd for a family movie night to help raise funds for New Hope's 2014 FMSC MobilePack event. We will be watching The Lego Movie following the Saturday evening service from 7-9 pm.

We have many different options for you to make the FMSC Movie Night a great event. We will start the Lego Movie at 7pm. We are offering a Movie Night Package for $25!!!! Think about it…..a fun night of entertainment for 4 for only $25! This package includes 1 large pizza, 4 drink cups, and 4 tickets to the movie. We have individual food options to make it easy for everyone to come and enjoy the movie. Additionally, we will have popcorn and candy available for purchase the night of.

REGISTER ONLINE BY CLICKING HERE

Giveaway: Madame Tussaud's DC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Review: Vertical Rock

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Recap: Open Exploration at The Animated Child

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Published: 01/01/2014
When I was first able to actually sit down with Alejandra Hall, owner of The Animated Child, and chat face to face for the first time, I was so impressed with her vision.  I'd read the website and tried to understand everything that was going on over there- a preschoool, indoor play area with drop-in hours, language classes, art classes, social skills coaching (they're an inclusive center), memberships with special members-only benefits, parents night out, annnnd....I think I'm skipping something, too.

Minecraft- they have Minecraft camps and classes- how could I forget that? My boys have talked about NOTHING but doing Minecraft camp since we walked in the doors. 

They've got a TON of things going on over there, and understanding it just by reading the website is almost impossible, you really do have to drop in.

That's why I was so excited that The Animated Child invited us to bring a few readers over for a free open-exploration so they could experience it for themselves.  It was a great way to spend New Years Eve Day!
 Our target age was K-3, and I would say that Open Exploration is best aimed at ages 2-7. That being said, my 10 year old had fun when we came with just out family, but I think preschool-grade 2 would have the most fun. 
 My daughter had a blast at the tangram wall.  It's completely magnetic, and there are tons of patterns.  I think these two built a rocketship and a centipede before moving on to something else!
 The space that you play in for Open Exploration is divided into sections based on Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences (I told you that they impressed me with their planning!!).  There's are areas for playing with animals (guniea pig, lizard, and multiple fish tanks), a touch table, a train table, all sorts of building materials, body puzzles, a dress-up/pretend play area, and water bead station.  The space is open and inviting, and everyone (parents, too!) wears socks and uses hand sanitizer before playing to keep it clean!
 While the kids were playing, Mrs. Alexy took the time to let parents find their child's top intelligence and gifted everyone a shirt with "Music Smart", "Body Smart", "Math Smart", whatever their top match was. 
I think everyone left happy, and had a great time playing.  We had a few kids that did NOT want to leave!  I love that Open Exploration is engaging, quiet, and less rowdy than inflatable places (aka Bounce Houses), which I love, too, but with very small children who get hurt easily, or a child who can't bounce for whatever reason, there are few fun indoor options for cold/rainy/winter days, and I'm really glad that we've got one in Montclair!

To learn more about The Animated Child, visit their website, or better yet, visit them in person.  Open Exploration times are listed on their website, but are currently:
Open Exploration Scheduled Times:
 (Monday-Friday)
9:00am-10:30am                
11:00am-12:30pm
3:00pm-4:30pm
5:00pm-6:30pm
Open Exploration Scheduled Times: (Saturday)
10:00am-11:30am
11:30am-1:00pm      

You can also find Open Explorations listed on our calendar.    Open Explorations are $9 for non-members.  Thanks again to everyone who came out to play with us!!


Disclosure: The Animated Child is one of our advertisers, but all opinions are our own.  You can find out more about advertising with PwcMoms, or about hosting an event for our readers at your venue under the "advertise" tab, or by emailing us. 

Hylton Planetarium

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

Sponsored Post: Animated Child Programs for Fall

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Published: 10/24/2013

We are so thankful for all the businesses that support what we're doing at PwcMoms!! Animated Child is one of our fantastic sponsors, and we want to share with you more about a few of the programs they offer.

1. Before/After School Care:
Animated Child is the alternative to typical Before and After School Care.  Our program allows children to explore and learn while they spend  time in our Open Exploration area. Many parents have compared it to a children's museum! We ditch the traditional teaching model and learn science, technology, engineering and math in a completely hands-on environment.  Children can feed our animals in the Nature Smarts area and construct buildings in our Spatial Smarts area. Homework help is always at the ready and our S.T.E.M. room houses multiple computers for online learning. Join our program and receive 2-FREE Weeks of tuition! 
Call 703-763-0003 for enrollment information.

2. Classes in Language, Art, Social Skills, and STEM Topics
Animated Child is full service enrichment center offering classes in Spanish, French, Art, 2-D Gaming Design and P.E.E.R.S. social skills. Language classes are $200  for 1 class per week. $340 for 2 classes per week. Classes are in 8 week sessions. Enrollment is ongoing. Register any time!  Membership guarantees enrollment and great discounts.

3.  Open Play and Parents Nights Out
The Animated Child provides an integrated environment where children are encouraged to be curious and independent. Our setting is created for the inquisitive child. We aspire to develop a deep sense of self in our children.
Open Exploration Times: (Monday-Friday)
9:00am-10:30am                    Open Explorations are $9 ($7 for members)
11:00am-12:30pm
3:00pm-4:30pm
5:00pm-6:30pm 
Open Exploration Times: (Saturday)
10:00am-11:30am                  
The atmosphere is made to promote imaginative and creative problem-solving skills that generate intrinsic motivation. The Animated Child exists to bring into being an organic movement of emotionally balanced children that recognize abilities within themselves. Our innovative center is inspired by the multiple intelligences of Gardner’s theory, and we engage children in every element in order to highlight their unique way of learning. The vital element of emotional and social intelligence with a global perspective makes the Animated Child a leader in children’s education. The Animated Child recognizes the crucial value of a second language and provides a playful curriculum for complete immersion in language and culture.
4.  Birthday Parties
Various theme options available, including Minecraft!! Visit the website for details and options, as well as pricing. 

Snow and Story at PWICE

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Published: 10/17/2013
Take your little one to Prince William Ice Center for snow and story! This fun program lets them play on the ice (no skates required) and includes hot cocoa and a story at the end! Can't make the times listed? Your group can schedule a private "Snow and Story", too! Just call Maureen Brennan at 703-730-8423.  This is a great field trip for preschools or playgroups!  Space for drop-in days is limited, so to reserve your spot, be sure to call ahead!




Note: PW Ice Center is a sponsor of PwcMoms.com

Fall Co-Curricular and Extra Curricular Activities

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Published: 08/14/2013
Back to School also means back to activities!! If you're looking for the perfect activity for your child, here are a few suggestions:

I- Co-Curricular Activities (activities that compliment learning and the SOLs, if you're into that sort of thing)

Engineering for Kids offers classes in Woodbridge at the Chinn Center and will also come to your school or location (think scouts or homeschool) if you'd like to start your own Robotics club.  We worked with them on a Robotics Workshop and it was amazing. Classes are offered for ages 4 to 14, so even preschoolers can enjoy this program!






Edgemoor Art Studio is still one of my favorite favorites because of director, Ruth Johnsen, who is just amazing with children.  Ruth offers art and phonics classes, starting at age 2 with "My Grown Up and Me" and going through age 16.  Phonics classes start at age 4 and classes are small, but Ruth also offers private tutoring for older students.  Art classes start at 2 and are fun, engaging, and use artist-quality materials.  Edgemoor won the Seefeldt Award for Art Excellence this year, as well.  The studio is located in Lake Ridge. These are not "crafty" classes, they're actual art lessons.



Scouting/things-similar-to-Scouting-that-don't-use-that-word-because-it's-trademarked (hereafter "scouting") can be a really fun activity if you find the right pack/den/troop for your family's level of activity.  Our readers recommended:
Daisies at Yorkshire Elementary 4067
Daisies at Leesylvania Elementary Troop 866
Brownie Troop 1789 at Leesylvania Elementary
American Heritage Girls Troop 1947
American Heritage Girls Troop 0428 (All Saints)
American Heritage Girls Troop 1010 (First Baptist)

Baden-Powell Service Organization (2 out of Woodbridge)
Boy Scouts of America Pack 1364 (Pattie Elementary, Montclair)



Animated Child in Montclair offers both an all-day program, Minecraft nights out, Spanish Language instruction, art classes, and other opportunities throughout the year.  In addition, they offer parents night out and parents day out programs, so if the year gets to be a little much for you and you need a glass of wine with grownups....they've got you covered.


We've never used Drama Kids, but readers mentioned it! They offer classes at the Freedom Center in Manassas, as well as the Southlake Rec Center in Montclair.






All Sports, Various Activities- Check out the newest Leisure Magazine from the county! Typically their programs are great introductions AND they are affordable. 


Live in Manassas? You'll want to check out the listings for Manassas Park Community Center, too! You'll find the Freedom Center listings in Leisure Magazine (above) 




II.  Music Lessons (because that piano isn't just to hold your Precious Moments collection! These are in the order they were received, not alphabetical)
Jessica's music studio, manassas 703-368-3434. My 4 year old has been taking lessons for 4 months. She sees Josh and she already knows a tons. He's great with her. Heard that all the teachers there are great. Lessons run around $120/month for a 30 minute lesson once a week ( for the month).

Mary Beth Nolan, Montclair, $25 for 30 min lesson. Beginner through intermediate. 703-583-8680.

Music and Arts, Potomac Festival Mall, Miss B. $30 for 30 minutes/once a week. She is fantastic! My daughter has been with her for over a year now and plays beautifully!

I'm a piano teacher in the Woodbridge area. I have an undergrad degree in performance and a masters in music Ed. I charge $25 for half hour weekly lessons and I have 2 recitals every year and participate in piano festival for those interested. You can message me on here or through my email lessonsbystef@gmail.com (Stephanie Houde)

Kathleen at KLR Studios. Love her!! http://www.klrstudios.com/

We love Emily Condie Baird! $23 for 40 minute lessons in the Lake Ridge Area. 703-338-7359

Hello! I'm Dr. Becky Crowley, and I teach piano (and flute) in Woodbridge. While my studio is pretty full, I occasionally have some openings. I'd be happy to answer any questions your reader might have. She can contact me at Crowley.Becky@gmail.com, and she can also view my website at beckycrowley.com. Thanks!

III- Sports (activities that get some of that energy out and keep your kids fit and happy, hopefully you're into that sort of thing) 
Readers Recommend:
Baseball/T-Ball/Softball:
Dale City Rec Center (Eastern PWC)
GHBL (Western PWC), t-ball starting at age 4 and baseball starting at age 6
Greater Manassas Baseball League (includes softball)
PWGFS Softball

Basketball:
Boys and Girls Club (Multiple Locations)
EPWBA x3 (Eastern PWC)
Upward Basketball (Multiple Locations)
Prospects Sports (Eastern PWC) ages 5 and up

Dance:
We have a WHOLE separate post on that one! Click here.

Football/Cheer:
Dale City Sports Clubs x3 (Eastern PWC) ages 5-12, tackle football and Cheerleading
Game Time Sportz x3 (Eastern PWC) Flag football in Lake Ridge
Youth Sports gymnastics/tumble/cheerleading

Gymnastics:
Apollo 
Youth Sports

Ice Sports:
Prince William Hockey Club (Our money and our kids skate with PWHC)

Other Sports:
-Parkour at Urban Evolution
-Rock Climbing at Vertical Rock

Soccer:
VSA (Western PWC)
PWSI x3 (Our kids played PWSI and I loved it, our daughter is returning)
NVSC x3 one parent noted Hellwig Field is cleaner than the field by Splashdown
WBSC (Woodbridge)

Softball:
GMBL x2 (Western PWC)
PWGFS registration ends on August 3rd

Swimming:
Swim Kids (Various locations)  All three of my kids swam with Swim Kids for a time, and it's well done

All Sports, Various Activities- Check out the newest Leisure Magazine from the county! Typically their programs are great introductions AND they are affordable. 



Business Review: Monkey Joe's

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Published: 08/06/2013
Not actually in PWC, Monkey Joe's Dulles Location would be a good fit for our Manassas-side mommas.  I had guest writer attend their grand opening celebration for me to check it out.  You should prepare yourselves for what you're about to see, because her kids are stinkin' adorable.  So. Very. Cute.

Monkey Joe's has your indoor bounce-house stuff, slides, obstacle courses, etc. 


That is one happy kid.  Love it! 

 Monkey Joe's also has some arcade-style games available for the kids to play when they're not bouncing around. 
Our Writer-Mom liked that 
*everything was in one room, which allowed for easy visibility of your kids
*there were tables and chairs so moms could have coffee/sit and chat with a friend 
*the arcade in the front was nice
*the staff was friendly and helpful, so parents didn't have to be all over the inflatables with their kids
*they had smaller inflatables specifically for smaller kids so they won't get run over (she's had this problem at Kids N Motion)
*there was a cute toddler zone, although her kids were too big

Open Bounce is $9.99, which is on the pricey side for a bounce house, but it sounds like the kiddos from our guest writer had a great time. The facility also offers parties, too.  

Check out Monkey Joe's Dulles on Facebook, too, for more pictures of their new place! 

Disclosure: Our writer attended for free at the Grand Opening, but all opinions are her own. 

West Virginia

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Published: 07/24/2013
So, I have this crazy idea.  Typically my best ideas are my crazy ones.  I want to take my kids to all 50 United States before they graduate.  This was all inspired by a Pinterest find, a quilt made of state t-shirts.  That's what I want to send them off to college with.  Riley, my oldest, is 9, so I have to shake a leg.  
Over this last week, my mom was attending a family reunion in Wisconsin, and wanted to take the kids.  Originally, my dad was going to go, but he ended up being unable to attend, so I decided that I would go since it was going to be a massive drive for one adult alone.  I couldn't drive, but I could help with the kids, so we packed up and off we went.  Our first stop was West Virginia.  Not much of a drive, but it got us started.  My godmother lives in West Virginia, so we were excited to have a visit with her!  Originally, we were hoping to go with River Riders on a tube trip down the river.  We've used them before for White Water Rafting, but right now, tubing is way more my speed- especially with the munchkins! Unfortunately, the recent rain made the water level too high, and they were only allowing ages 12+ on the water.  Boo.
 Aunt Beth, my godmother, took us to JayDee's Family Fun Center (2332 Henshaw Road, Inwood, WV) to go to their indoor "Nature Center".  I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it was awesome!  For $5 admission, we really got a great deal!  The Nature Center is really more of a children's museum and it's got several rooms, each with a theme.  There was wind and water, which had hoses and a water table to play with and explore, see above.
 In another room, there were minerals and rocks, another had rainbows and mirrors that distorted your view so show the power of light, still another room had oceans, there was a farm you could "plant" and "pick", and there were animals and bugs displayed, too!
 The final room had live animals, including birds and lizards.  Two of the birds will even talk to you.  The kids had an amazing time, and every room had hands-on components.  It was a great deal for a clean, well-kept children's museum! I know they called it a nature center, and I can see that title, but it was really very children's museum-esque and we would actually drive out again to go- maybe as a homeschool field trip later this year!
 One of the reasons I never would have expected such a great experience was that JayDee's is really like an extreme House of Mouse (you know what I'm talking about!!).  When you first walk in, you're inside an arcade and there's a cafe selling pizza and other food.
 Outside the back door, there's a waterpark.  Slides, a splash zone, and lots of people having fun! Also out the back door, there's putt-putt golf, a batting cage, and a small train that will take you up to a "mine" so you can pan for gemstones.  My middle child, Logan, is a nut for gemstones and keeps a collection, so I ponied up for the large $9 bags of gemstones and dirt and away we went.  The Nature Center closes earlier than the rest of the facility, so we had to be done there in only an hour, and could have easily spent two or three there.
After a train ride through the parking lot, the kids got to "pan for gold", shaking their gemstone bags into the screen-lined boxes and then lowering them into the water. We've done this before at Cox Farms, but the kids LOVE it, and are always so excited to get to do it, anyway.

After JayDees, we headed to check out Despicable Me 2, which I think I already mentioned on Facebook was a HUGE win with my kids.  Savannah is 5 and she enjoyed it, but not as much as Logan (7) and Riley (9) who were almost rolling in the aisles.  Even the three adults really enjoyed the storyline, which has a bit of a love story to it.  Definite win!

Official Count: 2 States Down, 48 States To Go
(Virginia, West Virginia)


Disclaimer: I was not compensated or provided with anything in return for this review, I'm just sharing my own opinions and experience.  Yours may vary, but if it does, I hope it's because it's way more awesome than I'm sharing.

Prince William Ice Center Camp

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Published: 07/03/2013
Guys, we've been friends for awhile, right? And, if any of you were serial killers or something, you'd have figured out my kids' names already, because it really wouldn't be hard.  It's mentally taxing for me to keep referring to them by ages or birth order, so let's just get real about it.

This is Savannah.  She's 5 and she enjoys pink, sparkles, soccer, math, kicking butt and taking names, swimming, and ice skating.  She does not enjoy dresses, tights, mosquitos, or when people do not realize that she is Lord and Master of the Universe.  Especially her brothers- they should know better.

Savannah checked out the Ice Stars Fun Camp last week, and I thought I'd share her feedback with you.  We thought about doing a video, but then I realized that not everyone speaks rapid-fire five year old, so typing her responses would be easier.

So, kiddo, tell me about camp.
Camp?  Camp was good.  I was just awesome and I skated and one day we got to do the slip and slide. Daddy let me buy lunch from the cafe and I got chicken fingers AND tater tots, which is a lot of food, but he let me do it.

What was your favorite part about camp?
Um, we did lots of different stuff. It was all good. I made a t-shirt, do you want to see it? (this is another good reason not to make a video- she just runs off.  For the record, I've seen the tie-dye shirt at least 20 times)

Was there anything you didn't like?
I thought we were going to skate too much, but we didn't, we just did it more times.  And now, I can skate while I jump.

You mean jump while you skate?
No, I mean skate while I jump.  And, I can do a spin on two feet.  And, Mrs. Marina (her coach) says I'm doing a good job.  Also, I liked the teachers.  When I grow up I'm going to be a camp teacher at the ice rink.  How old do you think I have to be to be a camp teacher at the ice rink?

I'd imagine you have to be a teenager.  Would you go back to camp again? Should I tell people their kids would like skating camp?
Oh, sure, I'd go to all the weeks.  They can come, too. We'll have fun.

That's Savannah on the far right- this picture is from the PwIce.com site. 
So, there you have it.  Savannah liked camp, and thinks we can all have fun together.  I was a little nervous the first day because it looked like many of the kids were older than her, but she informs me that this made it more fun because she got to hang out with the big kids.  Also, they mix the hockey camp kids and the figure skating kids together during some parts of the day, so there are plenty of people to play with. You can pack your child's lunch, or they can purchase lunch from the rink cafe.  Camp runs from 9am-5pm, but there is a before/after care option if you need a longer day.  For us, since we're not typically a daycare family, Savannah SLEPT after camp each day.  She also had a wicked crush on one of the hockey coaches.  In any event, she had a great time.  The mixed age group was probably my biggest concern, but she seemed to have a great time and came home talking about friends every day, so it worked out fine! Each week there are different off-ice activities, if you need to know about anything (like bringing a swimsuit for the slip-n-slide or a shirt to tie-dye) they'll let you know.  Also, the kids are on the ice several hours a day, but they break it into chunks so they're not bored or over-stressed about skating.  There is some outdoor play time, so we tried to dress in light layers so Savannah would be comfortable on the ice and outside.  It's a challenge, but you can do it :) Also, there's a form to sign if you want to leave sunscreen.

If you'd like more information on hockey or figure skating or learn to skate camps, you can find it here.


Disclosure: Prince William Ice Center is one of our sponsors, but they didn't ask me to write this, nor was I compensated.  We paid for camp just like everyone else, and all opinions are my own. Yours might vary, but I'd be happy to hear them in the comments if you want to share.  We had a great week at camp, but are not responsible for your experiences as we don't control the ice rink. 

Fun Idea: Make Your Own Candy Kits

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Published: 07/02/2013
I am a huge Mindware.com junkie, and while they're not paying me to write this, I would totally be okay it if they wanted to.  Our craft shelves are full of fun activities from them, along with puzzle books, manipulative sets and more.  Being a homeschooling family of 5 in a townhouse means that we can't do major storage of "stuff" without our house looking like the wrong side of an episode of "Hoarders" so we try to get our kits completed.

I actually really do love having things like this around.  They're perfect for a day when the weather makes you change plans last minute and you need something to distract your children from whining at you about how GROSSLY unfair it is that you can't go to the pool without severe risk of death from electrocution due to those pesky afternoon thunderstorms.  

On just such an afternoon, PwcGrammy pulled two make your own candy kits from our shelves.  I think they were actually part of a box that my mother-in-law sent at Christmas, but with all my health adventures, we hadn't gotten to these yet.  Oddly, the chocolate kit seems to have been completed separately.

If you'd like to pick up your own set, we got these, as I mentioned, from Mindware, although Amazon could probably hook you up, too.  The kits are $12.95 each or you can purchase 3 for $36.95.  As mentioned earlier, Chocolate is not pictured.
What's neat about these kits is their focus on ecology.  The gummies are made from fair-trade algae called Carrageenan, which my middle kiddo is holding in his hand in the picture above.  The brochure that comes with the book includes a story about how harvesting the particular red algae used to extract Carrageenan provides revenue for an island village, and how the harvest of seaweed is a sustainable agricultural endeavor.

I'm not sure how much of that they retained, though, because they were too busy noticing that the seaweed smelled like old ocean.  Bad.

The make your own gum kit also has a similar sustainable and eco-friendly slant, and uses chicle, which is the sap from a sapodilla tree in South America, rather than a chemical agent, to provide the appropriate level of "chaw" to your gum.
The actual age on these kits (does anyone with more than one kid actually listen to the age on packages?) is ages 8 and up.  I would go just a tiny bit higher on the gum, to be honest, because you have to microwave several items together and then flatten them out to roll (see daughter getting powdered sugar EVERYWHERE) and the mixture is incredibly sticky and really hot.  PwcGrammy burned her fingers trying to get it out and flat enough for the kids to handle before the whole thing just solidified in the microwave container.  The gum can be flavored mint or cherry, and while it doesn't hold its flavor for long, it does taste and chew just like gum, and has no artificial dyes, so if your child is sensitive, this might be fun for them.

As far as the gummies went, we had a little trouble using the "molding starch" provided in the kit- but you could just as easily use candy molds or cookie cutters from your house and skip the starch step.  Also, as bad as the seaweed smelled, the sour mix (your gummies are sour-patch style) covered up any "ocean" smell or taste.

The kids actually really enjoyed making these, and they especially liked learning about the tree sap and seaweed that went into the treats.  They weren't the best candy we've ever had, and I think that everyone just tried a piece and the rest, honestly, went in the trash a week later, but the process itself was really fun and enjoyable.  Both kits did have a white powdery component, the gum used powdered sugar for rolling and the gummies had "molding starch" which just seemed like cornstarch, but obviously no matter what kind of food-grade powder your slinging around your kitchen, you're going to make a bit of a mess!

We're giving these "Make Your Own Candy" kits 3 out of 5 stars.  The kids loved the process but didn't really eat the candy (not necessarily the worst problem on earth!) and the hot gum was a little hard to navigate without burned fingers.  We had a good time and learned something, but wouldn't probably buy the kits again.

Giveaway: Camps at The Little Gym Gainesville

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Published: 06/13/2013

We're so excited to bring you ANOTHER camp giveaway- this time for the little ones!! The Little Gym of Gainesville, located at 7364 Atlas Walk Way in Gainesville (That's the Virginia Gateway Shopping Plaza- 7364 Atlas Walk Way, Gainesville VA) is giving away a day of their fun camps to THREE lucky winners!! The Little Gym is a ton of fun- we've been for birthday parties, and, Virginia Gateway has not one, but two salons, so you can go get a mani/pedi while your child enjoys camp.

Or, take a nap in your mini van.  I understand :) You could also go home and catch up on housework...but why would anyone waste 3 precious hours doing that? 

From The Little Gym:
The Little Gym camps combine physical activity and gym games with arts, crafts and special events and guests -- from a furry friend to our local heroes such as fire fighters and policemen!  Each week offers a different interactive learning theme and each day brings a unique lesson plan!  Our flexible scheduling allows you to book just one day, a week or multiple weeks at a time -- whatever will fit your families summer schedule!

Check out some of these fantastic themes
The Little Gym Crazy Carnival!!
Cars, Planes, Trucks and Trains
X-treme Sports of All Sorts
Superheroes!
Legends, Fables and Folklore
Lights, Camera, Action!
Cheerleading!
My Animal Planet
The Little Gym Olympics
Hip Hop Karate Chop!
Sky Rangers!

Camps begin this week (July 10th) and run through August 23rd, and there are both afternoon and morning half day options.  I personally love that The Little Gym has made the effort to offer both "girl", "boy" and gender-neutral themes.  Having both boys and girls in my family, I'm always on the lookout for a camp that will interest all of my kids so that I can spend my free time as actual free time, not running from one camp to another dropping off children with varying interests! 
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Passport To Imagination 2013

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Published: 06/04/2013

This summer, Michaels Arts and Crafts will be offering their "Passport to Imagination" program where children ages 5 and up can learn about the 7 continents through crafting.  It's $2 per session, and a great rainy-day backup! Mark your calendar, and check the schedule if there's countries you want to visit! 

Free Summer Fun

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Published: 05/25/2013
If this weekend isn't a great reminder of needing indoor options for summer, I don't know what is.  I'm sure there are more than a few kids lamenting the cold air keeping the waterparks shut!!

Mom Talia messaged me to remind me about Kids Skate Free, and I wanted to remind you all about Kids Bowl Free, too!  Both programs offer an affordable way to have some indoor fun this summer.

Kids Skate Free allows families to sign up to receive 2 free skating passes, per week, all summer long.  For most of you, that'll do it, but if you're like me, paying for one kiddo is still way cheaper than paying for three! Skate N Fun Zone, in Manassas, participates in this program, but there's an interactive calendar, and you can find participating locations all over the United States.

Kids Bowl Free allows 2 Free Games of bowling, per registered child, PER DAY.  You can bowl like crazy.  Shoe rental may not be included, depending on the location.  What I love about this program, is that for $24.95 you can purchase a pass for up to 4 adults to bowl up 2 games per day, too! Unfortunately, our local centers aren't participating this year (although you can request it!) but if you're going out of town, plan ahead and register!

Have fun!

Summer Camps and Vacation Bible School in Prince William County

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Published: 05/14/2013
Looking for VBS or camp in Prince William County? Here's what I've got.  They're done by DATE, so that you can decide what weeks you need coverage.  I was going to try to color code them by half day/full day/VBS, but that got complicated and hurt my head, so I gave up, although I did turn the VBS listings blue in case that's all you're here for..  If you would like to submit your camp dates (just like these, please, I'm not taking them incomplete or not done in this format) I'll be happy to add them. 

Prince William County Parks and Recreation doesn't think I'm cool enough to submit their events, ever, and since I'm tied up with this whole radiation bit this year, I didn't take the time to separate out their camp listings by week.  You can find their guide online, however, here at Prince William County Parks Summer Camps 2013. 

City of Manassas Park Parks and Recreation Summer Camps 2013 are online here.  They don't think I'm cool, either.  It's okay, I'm not bitter about it ;)

Week of June 17-21
Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 17-21
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org


Session I: June 20th-21st
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. BRMC invites your child to spend two days hiking and handling, searching, and observing salamanders, frogs, lizards, snakes, and turtles on our Preserve. Marty Martin, the premier mid-Atlantic herpetologist will be joining both
camps.
Ages 7-12.
Limited to 15 participants per session.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/hc.php
Members: $100/Non-members: $150


Week of June 24-28
Date of Activity: June 24th- June 28th
Name of Camp/VBS: Calvary Baptist Church in Woodbridge, VA on Crest Dr.
Fee: 5
Ages: Pre-K-6th Grade
Restrictions:
Brief Description (include registration link/phone)

http://answersvbs.com/vbs/cbc-woodbridge/register/


Date of Activity: June 24-28, 20139am-12pm daily

Name of Camp/VBS: "Tell it on the Mountain" VBS, Trinity Lutheran Church, 12345 Cotton Mill Road, Woodbridge
Fee: None
Ages: 4-10
Restrictions: None
Brief Description: This year's vacation bible school program is “Tell it on the Mountain” and will offer an exciting week of bible stories, music, crafts, games, snacks and more! Our program will serve children aged 4 through those entering 5th grade. Older children are very welcome to sign up to help!
Register online at https://vbs.cph.org/tools/churchInfo.axpx?Church=70465920 or pick up a printed registration form at the church. If you miss pre-registration, a last minute walk-in will be accepted.
Session II: June 24th-25th
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
Herpetology is the study of reptiles and amphibians. BRMC invites your child to spend two days hiking and handling, searching, and observing salamanders, frogs, lizards, snakes, and turtles on our Preserve. Marty Martin, the premier mid-Atlantic herpetologist will be joining both
camps.
Ages 7-12.
Limited to 15 participants per session.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/hc.php
Members: $100/Non-members: $150


June 24-28, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

June 24-28, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375

Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

Dates of Activity: June 24-27
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development.  
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/



Date of Activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp/VBS: “Kingdom Rock” Vacation Bible School
Fee: free
Ages: 2-12
Restrictions:
Brief Description:
Enter the epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong. Here, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale - it changes kids forever! Find us on Facebook at “Yorkshire Free Will Baptist Church”. Phone# 703-361-3555


Dates of Activity: June 24-27
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per wee
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: June 24-28
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Week of July 1-5 (Note this is a holiday week)
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys &Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4) 
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 1-5 (Closed July 4)
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org


Week of July 8-12
July 8-12, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

July 8-12, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423
 
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 8-12
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Week of July 15-19
July 15-19, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Date of Activity: July 15th-19th
Name of Camp/VBS: Grace Lutheran Church, 1601 PW Parkway, Woodbridge
Fee: None
Ages: 3 to adult
Restrictions: None
Brief Description:
Get ready for a mountaintop experience! At VBS, children will gather their gear and set out on an expedition to learn about our one true God. Shout it from the peak’s summit—with Him, it’s possible to scale any “mountain” that’s ahead. 
Register online at http://www.glcva.org/

Dates of Activity: July 15-18
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings

Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development. 
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/

July 15-19, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: July 15-18
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!
 Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/
 Date of Activity: July 15th-19th 5:15pm-7:45pm
Name of Camp/VBS: Adventures on Promise Island
Fee: FREE
Ages: 4 (or going to be entering 2nd year of preschool)-10 years old (see note below for special program for 5th-6th graders)
Restrictions: None
Brief Description:
It's that time of year again folks, time to gear up for VBS! Adventures on Promise Island will be the theme so come prepared to learn about God's promises. Go to 
http://vbs12.vacationbibleschool.com/buckhallumc  to register your child. Please feed your child before they arrive, we will be having snacks, but not a full meal.
There will also be a special 11-12 year old program that our pastor will be heading up at the same time as VBS. It will be a service geared program where they will be going to various locations to serve the community (SERVE, Birmingham green, community clean ups, etc...). This is a great opportunity for your 5th/6th grader! If you are interested in signing your child up for this, please RSVP on Facebook and specify while VBS you would like your child to participate in.


Dates of Activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375
Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Register at:http://climb-va.com/outdoor-excursions/outdoor-summer-day-camp/
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of Activity:  July 15-19
Name of Camp:  VBS/First United Presbyterian Church of Dale City,
Minnieville Road, Woodbridge.
Fee: 0
Ages: 4-11
Description:   Saddle up your horses and join us for a rip-roaring
good time with Jesus! We're traveling down the trails through the Old
Testament stories of Moses to discover God's Ultimate Plan of
salvation in Jesus, because "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today
and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
We kick-off VBS with an ice cream social on Sunday, July 14 at 6:30
pm, giving parents and students an opportunity to meet volunteers and
address any questions or concerns.
For information, email: children@fupcdc.org or call the church office:
703-670-7834.
Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Date of activity: July 15-19
Name of Camp: American Girl Camp- Rippon Lodge Historic Site
Fee: $150
Ages:8-12
Times:9am-Noon
Brief description: 
Do you love the American Girl Historical Character Dolls? Come spend a week at Rippon Lodge Historic Site and learn all about your favorite historical dolls and what life was like during the time period they lived. Rippon Lodge is the perfect setting to discover and explore these wonderful characters. Make butter with Felicity, design a corn husk dolls with Kaya, and learn how to be a super sleuth with Kit and Ruthie. Activities will include; crafts, games, history, music, snacks and much more. Call 703-499-9812

Week of July 22-26

Date of Activity: July 22-26  (900am – 12:15pm)
Name of Camp/VBS:
 Grace Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 
Fee:
 $0
Ages:
 5 (by 9-30-2013) through 5th Grade
Restrictions:
 Preschoolers can come only if parents volunteer on campus
Brief Description (include registration link/phone)
 
July 22-26, 2013 Colossal Coaster World
Children will learn and experience that trusting God is the key to
facing your fears. During the morning form 9:00am-12:15pm each day they
will play games, crafts, hear bible stories and worship God through music.
Registration ends  July 17, 2013.  
Walk-ins (late registerants after July 17) welcome the day of VBS, July 22nd
Contact VBS Director for questions @ vbs@gracehome.org.


July 22-26, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423



Bull Run Mountains Conservancy SUMMER NATURE CAMP
Session I: July 22nd-26th
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
BRMC invites your child to spend an adventurous week interacting with the natural world. Each day we will focus on different groups of plants and animals in the Bull Run Mountains. Campers will add to their understanding of natural systems through hikes, stream walks, snake handling (only if desired), frog and salamander catching, bird watching, butterfly and insect collecting, crafts, and games.
Ages 7-12.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/sc.php
Members: $250/Non-members: $300.


Dates of Activity: July 22-25
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!


Dates of Activity: July 22-25
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 
*$25 discount for siblings

Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development.  
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/
 
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

July 22-26, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 22-26
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com

Week of July 29-August 2nd  
Dates of Activity: July 29-August 2nd
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 4090 Sudley Road, Haymarket, VA  Name of Camp: Come and Be made new
Fee: $50.00/ per camper
Ages: 6-10 years old
Times: 9:00am- 4:00pm
Restrictions: We welcome everyone, come have a great week
Brief Description: Our theme "COME AND BE MADE NEW," will be lived out here in so many ways that week! Counselors from Mar-Lu Ridge will lead our 6-10 year olds through a day-long program of Bible study, games, singing and fun.
http://www.comeandbe.org/VBS2013.htm


Date of activity:  July 29-August 9th (note this is a TWO WEEK camp)
Name of Camp: Good Shepherd Academy Summer Strings Camp
Fee: $200
Ages: Rising 3rd graders and up
Times: 8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Brief description: Students can choose from learning to play the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Instruments can be rented from a local music store. $200 covers tuition for 2 weeks, lesson book, and pizza party on the last day! Good Shepherd Academy is located in Manassas on Sudley Road. Daily schedule will include a beginning Strings class, music history/listening, music games, and small group instruction. Contact Carolyn at cole7_98@yahoo.com for more information and a registration form or call Good Shepherd Academy at 703-257-7577.



Bull Run Mountains Conservancy SUMMER NATURE CAMP
Session II: July 29th- August 2nd
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
BRMC invites your child to spend an adventurous week interacting with the natural world. Each day we will focus on different groups of plants and animals in the Bull Run Mountains. Campers will add to their understanding of natural systems through hikes, stream walks, snake handling (only if desired), frog and salamander catching, bird watching, butterfly and insect collecting, crafts, and games.
Ages 7-12.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/sc.php
Members: $250/Non-members: $300.

July 29-August 2, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423


July 29-August 2, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: July 29 - Aug 2
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375
Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: July 29-August 2
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Date of activity: July 29 - August 2
Name of Camp: All Around the World Fitness Camp
Fee: $50 per week
Ages: 6-11 Boys and Girls
Times: 9-3pm
Brief description: Participants will learn exercises/dances from around the world and do a daily craft from different countries. One country will be done daily. Pre/post tests. Fitness every day! Contact Brickhouse Cardio Club Manassas at info@imabrickhouse.com.

Week of August 5-9th
Date of Activity: August 5-9, 2013 
Name of Camp: Vacation Bible School - Athens @ Good Shepherd UMC Dale City
Cost: $15pp family max $40 (scholarships available)
Ages:  3.5yrs - 5th grade
Times: 9am-12pm
Description :  Travel back in time to the metropolis of Athens.  This marketplace style VBS is hands on, full of music, crafts, games, snacks and a bible time experience with the Apostle Paul.  Grouped in age same "families" this creates lots of fun for meeting new friends!  www.gsumc.net 
August 5-9, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: August 5-8
Name of Camp: Summer Senders Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 12-16
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 12-16).
This camp includes the Learning the Ropes class which is a must have class for anyone new to the sport of climbing or the climber who needs to brush up on their basic skills.  The class offers an overview of the essential safety skills that are needed to climb at Vertical Rock.  the course will teach the camper proper use of a harness, the proper technique of tying in the a rope using a "figure 8" retraced knot and how to safely belay using the correct safety commands and techniques.  Camper will also be introduced to Functional Movement, Crack Climbing, Importance of Safety, Bouldering Techniques, and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe supervised environment   Activities will help improve self-esteem, social skills, and kinesthetic development.
Camp Fee includes rental harness, rental belay device, and Tons of Fun!

August 5-9, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423

Dates of Activity: August 5-8
Name of Camp: Mini Rockers Summer Indoor Camp
Fee: $200 

*$25 discount for siblings
Ages: 5-11
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
A Monday - Thursday 1/2 day indoor climbing camp for your climbers (ages 5-11).
Kids will be introduced to age appropriate safety skills and games while laughing, climbing, and challenging themselves in our safe, supervised environment.  Activities improve self-esteem, social skills, hand eye coordination, and kinesthetic development.  
Camp Fee includes rental harness, supervision, and Tons of Fun!  Climbers will be divided into age appropriate groups during the camp
Register at: http://climb-va.com/youth-programs/climbing-summer-camp/



Date of Activity: August 5-9, 8:30-12
Name of VBS: Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God
Fee: $10/child or $6/volunteer
Ages: 3 years-completed 5th grade
Brief Description: Dumfries UMC (3890 Cameron St. Dumfries VA) dumfriesumc.org.  Children will attend a daily Sing and Play Rock and then rotate through five stations and end the day with a daily Fanfare Finale.  Children will be placed in a mixed age small group led by a Kingdom Crew leader. Preschoolers will spend the morning in the Preschool Palace, joining the larger kingdom for opening and closing.

Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys &  Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys &  Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 5-9
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Bull Run Mountains Conservancy CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED WORKSHOP
August 5th-8th
9 a.m.—4 p.m.
BRMC will offer an educational workshop focused on the conservation of the rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. We will explore headwater streams on the Bull Run Mountains, go downstream on Little Bull Run, and visit Turkey Run National Park. At each location students will perform stream monitoring, vegetation analyses, and stream habitat and riparian buffer evaluations.
Ages 13-18.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/cw.php
Members: $200/Non-members: $250.


August 12-16th
August 12-16, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Pro Intensity Rookie Training Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11
The Pro Intensity Rookie Camp is equivalent to the Pro Intensity Learn to Play Hockey Level 1-3 classes.  During three hours of ice each day, players will focus on individual skills in a fun environment.  Off the ice, players will play other sports as well as learn some basic off-ice practice techniques to help improve their game!
www.pwice.com    703-730-8423


Date of activity:  Sunday, August 11th – Thursday, August 15th

Name of Camp:  Mega Sports Camp -VBS

Fee:  Free to attend!  ($5 for optional purchase of t-shirt for child or adult)                                  Ages:  Rising Kindergarten – 5th Graders                                                                                        Times:  6:15 pm – 8:15 pm, nightly

No Restrictions: This VBS camp is open to all regardless of church affiliation or membership

 Location:  Prince of Peace United Methodist Church / 6299 Token Forest Drive / Manassas, VA  20112  (www.popumc.orgor 703-670-4143)

 Brief description:  Mega Sports Camp is an evening Vacation Bible School packed with fun, age appropriate sports activities for elementary aged children.  The evening starts with a large group rally, songs and message, then the kids go outside for the sports activities.  They will have a light snack and a small group huddle with a Bible story before returning to the large group rally again.  An adult VBS class is offered to any parents who would like to benefit from adult discussion. Please contact Holly at holly3874@comcast.net for a registration form.  All attendees must be pre-registered.


Bull Run Mountains Conservancy BUDDING NATURALIST CAMP
August 12th-16th
10 a.m.—12 p.m.
At this week-long camp, young children will be exposed to the outdoors and wildlife. They will explore life on the Bull Run Mountains through a series of discovery hikes, frog and salamander searches, snake viewing, stream exploration, nature crafts, and games.
Ages 4-6.
Pre-registration required. Registration available online at http://www.brmconservancy.org/register/pc.php
Members: $125/Non-members: $175.

Dates of Activity: Aug 12 - 16
Name of Camp: Outdoor Summer Rock Climbing Day Camp
Fee: $375

Ages: 10-15
Times: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Restrictions: no restrictions
Brief description:
Vertical Rock Outdoor School, Inc (VROS) introduces the Outdoor Day Camp! This camp is a great way to get into the sport of rock climbing. Day campers will learn fundamental safety, climbing techniques, and the mechanics of rock climbing while learning to appreciate the environment in which these activity take place. The camp will be located at four different climbing areas: Vertical Rock, Carderock, Great Falls, and Elizabeth Furnace. Over the course of 5 days, the children will experience all 4 different climbing areas and learn how to identify different types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the Leave No Trace principles, both the 7 Principles and Minimizing Climbing Impacts will be integrated into the program. A set of climbing ‘levels’ serves at the fundamental structure of the day camp program. Campers will spend the days with instructors learning about all of the different aspects of rock climbing!
Camp Fee includes transportation from VR to the crag, rental harness supervision, and TONS of Fun

 
August 12-16, 2013 (Registration Deadline: None)
Ice Stars Fun Camp
Fee: $199.00 per week  Ages: 5-11 years old
This camp is for skaters with little to no experience up through those who have begun to work on their single jumps and basic spins.  Participants will learn how to skate and improve their skills in a fun filled environment.  Camp includes: skating lessons and 3 hours of ice daily, off-ice games and sports, crafts and much more!
www.pwice.com or 703-730-8423

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Sports Camp
Fee: $130 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org

Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Sports Camp
Fee: $160 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 12-16
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Date of activity: August 12-August 16
Name of Camp: All Around the World Fitness Camp
Fee: $50 per week
Ages: 6-11 Boys and Girls
Times: 9-3pm
Brief description: Participants will learn exercises/dances from around the world and do a daily craft from different countries. One country will be done daily. Pre/post tests. Fitness every day! Contact Brickhouse Cardio Club Manassas at info@imabrickhouse.com.
Week of August 19-23rd
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Hylton Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - General Heiser Club Youth Camp
Fee: $120 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp: Boys & Girls Club - Manassas Club Youth Camp
Fee: $150 per week
Ages: 5 - 14
Times: 6am - 6pm
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Prince William/Manassas Boys and Girls Club proivdes a safe and exciting environment to learn and grow.  With ongoing relationships with caring adult and professionals you will quickly find there is no better place to be but at the Boys and Girls Club.  Contact Glenn Vickers at gvickers@bgcgw.org
 
Date of activity: August 19-23
Name of Camp:Art Rocks! 2013 at Edgemoor Art Studio Woodbridge
Fee: $185 per week, 1 time registration fee for new families
Ages: 3-6, 7 and up
Times:9am-Noon for ages 3-6, 1pm-4pm for ages 7+
Restrictions: Multi-child discount
Brief description: Campers will enjoy multiple media and learn many art processes.  All materials and a snack are included. Register online at www.edgemoorartstudio.com


Date of activity: August 19 - August 23
Name of Camp: All Around the World Fitness Camp
Fee: $50 per week
Ages: 6-11 Boys and Girls
Times: 9-3pm
Brief description: Participants will learn exercises/dances from around the world and do a daily craft from different countries. One country will be done daily. Pre/post tests. Fitness every day! Contact Brickhouse Cardio Club Manassas at info@imabrickhouse.com.

Easter 2013: The Medical Leave Edition

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

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

Here we go.

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

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

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


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



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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

PechaKucha January 2013

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Published: 01/23/2013

PechaKucha Night is an informal community gathering where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, experiences and thoughts in a standardized format. Each presentation features 20 images, which are timed to show for 20 seconds each. Each presentation is six minutes 40 seconds long.
  
PechaKucha Nature Night is this Saturday, Jan.26. Doors open at 6:00 PM (dinner), and the program begins at 7:30 pm at The Electric Palm (12745 Sea Ray Lane, Woodbridge). Sponsored by Lake Ridge Parks & Recreation Association and Prince William Conservation Alliance, this event is open to the public and free of charge; buy your own food & drinks. Please note the restaurant seats 60 people; after that it's standing room only.  You won't want to miss this popular event featuring outstanding presentations by your friends and neighbors: 

Kristi Smedley - Galapagos 
Eli Hosen - Food for All Ages
Neil Nelson - Trail Projects in PWC
Marty Nohe - Off-road Hiking with Kids
Kelly Jimenez - Eggscellent Chicken Tales
Cindy Smith - Flowers and Bugs Make the World Go Round
Caryn Stein - Snapping & Trapping in Prince William Forest
Charlie Grymes - Open Spaces and the Tri-County Parkway
Uriah Kiser - Government Island: A walk into monumental history
Julie Flanagan - Spring Warblers are Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You
 
 
More information is online at http://www.pwconserve.org/events/ or call PWCA at 703.499.4954.

Review: Skate N Fun Zone

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Published: 01/17/2013
If you've been reading my site for any amount of time, you know that we're huge fans of "Mommy Dates" and "Daddy Dates" in our family. (If you haven't been reading my site, then welcome.) We truly value having one-on-one time with our children so that we can really have time to know their hearts and how they're doing.  We try to make sure that each child gets individual time with one of us at least once a month.  Sometimes it's a big deal and we take them out to do something that costs money, but other times it's a walk, or a trip to Starbucks, or a walk around Target and something from the $1 section.

On New Years Eve Day, our boys were invited to go play with friends, which left our daughter home alone.  I needed to do some lesson planning, so she and daddy decided to capitalize on their alone time by heading out to Skate N Fun Zone, which offers a New Year's Eve Party at both mid-day and midnight.  Brilliant!  They actually offer special events both weekly and monthly, including a homeschool skate, rock-n-stroll for parents who have infants and older children, and more.

Skate N Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road  Manassas, VA 20109 (for those of you who always like to have an address listed) 

$10 per person covered their admission, glow cups, a balloon drop, party favors, and glow sticks.  With just two of them, it was definitely workable, although they also offer a discount for purchasing a "super pack" with 4 admissions.  For a special event like New Years, I would say that's worth it. 

The actual building is behind a few other buildings, so while there is a sign from the road, you have to "do kind of a u-turn thing" to get to the actual location. 

He's an engineer, guys, not a writer. 

For this particular event, there was no parking available, and my husband ended up asking a local Liberty Mutual agent if he could park in his lot, and he was very nice, since it was New Years.  However, inside my husband heard there's overflow parking (somewhere) so be sure to check on that if you find yourself in the same situation.

After they rented their skates, they found a spot to drop their stuff, which was slightly challenging since there were so many people.  Lockers are available to rent for your valuables, which is probably a good idea especially on a special event day.  He had this recap:
"Everything seemed relatively clean, but definitely used.  The floor was definitely well-worn, but it didn't impede our ability to skate.  There's a jungle gym included in the price, a little food area where you can buy food, and an arcade area similar to Chuck-E-Cheese where you can pay for games and get tickets to trade in for lame prizes."
"I'd say what I liked most was that they had a large variety of things to do, and even with the skating they'd shift between a game (like Limbo or backwards skate) and regular skating, and there was the arcade and the gym, so we were able to rotate a lot and stay for a pretty long time considering our daughter is 4.  We were there for several hours.  We got there just as they were finishing the balloon drop, and it was loud, so she wasn't a huge fan of that becuase everyone was popping balloons and that was "scary" for her.  I'd go again, we had a great time. I also liked that their rules included the ability to kick people out who were not dressed appropriately, were cursing, or appeared to be under the influence of anything."
I tried to grill him about something negative to say, but the hard part about reviewing things in our family is that we, generally speaking, have fun, and decide that it's a good time :)

My daughter also said that she had fun and would go again.

Especially with her daddy.




Not a paid or solicited review, hubby and DD went and paid just like everyone else. 





Sign Up Now- "Lest We Forget"

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Published: 01/16/2013
The Prince William Historic Preservation Society will be hosting "Lest We Forget" a Conference on Enslavement and Emancipation on February 21-23rd at Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge, Virginia.  The event, as part of Black History Month, is open to any interested party.  Registration will be available online (but as of publishing this post was not), and questions can be directed to HistoricPreservation@pwcgov.org


Louis the Magician at Kidgits!

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Published: 01/14/2013
LOUIS THE MAGICIAN TO CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES AT POTOMAC MILLS
ON JANUARY 17
 
Potomac Mills presents the monthly Simon Kidgits Club® Third Thursday Event
 
WHAT:          Parents and kids of all ages are invited to a morning of magic and mystery with a hilarious performance by Louis the Magician as part of the Simon Kidgits Club’s monthly series of events at Potomac Mills. Guests will delight in complimentary refreshments courtesy of Starbucks and Rita’s Ice as well as special deals for moms and dads. Kidgits Club members will take home free silly nose/mustache glasses and a magic wand, while supplies last. Plus, for just $1, attendees will be able to enjoy VIK (Very Important Kid) goodie bags filled with delicious snacks.* 


 
In addition, event guests will receive a free $20 Disney Store Outlet gift card with any mall-wide purchase(s) totaling $100!**
 
*All of the proceeds collected from the VIK bags will benefit Simon Youth Foundation, which helps at-risk students earn high school diplomas and scholarships to realize their dream of going to college.
 
**Present the flyer provided at the event and receipts totaling $100 or more from retailers at Potomac Mills between Thursday, January 17, 2013 and Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Simon Guest Services and receive one $20 Disney Store Outlet gift card; limit two.  Purchases must be in the same time frame as the redemption period.  Must be 18 or older to participate.  Void where prohibited by law.  See Official Rules and Regulations for more information.
 
WHEN:          Thursday, January 17
                        10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
 
WHERE:        Potomac Mills (Grand Court by TJ Maxx)
                        2700 Potomac Mills Circle
                        Woodbridge, VA 22192
 
COST:            Free

Kid Friendly New Year's 2013

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Published: 12/31/2012
New Year's Eve in Prince William County has a few fun options for kids!!

Christ Chapel will be offering a NYE service at 10pm. 13909 Smoketown Road Woodbridge VA

The Cavalier Family Skating Center will host an a New Year's Party.  Monday, December 31st from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am. They will be giving away an iPad Mini (must be present to win). Black Outs, Games, Flash Light Skates, Dances, Balloon Drop. Tickets are $20. Receive FREE skate rental with an advanced ticket purchase. 1924 Jefferson Davis Highway Stafford, VA 22554

Skate N Fun Zone will also have some options:

Kids In Motion offers an annual Kids' Party for ages 3 to 12  from  7 pm - 9 am.  It's $35 for the first child and $30 for each additional sibling.  RSVP by December 27th to save $5 per child.  Pizza, games, hats, necklaces and a balloon drop at 10pm.  Call 703-878-0100, must pay in advance.

If you want to keep the kids home with you (and asleep) Jump N Jimmy's will have open bounce from 10am-6pm.  Work them hard and put them to bed early ;)

Leesylvania Park will offer a “First Day Hike,” so you can start the new year with some exercise! This is a self-guided hike along Lee’s Woods trail; plus a scavenger hunt for young hikers, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr. Woodbridge. Parking, $4. 703-583-6904.

ICE! at the Gaylord National

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Published: 11/26/2012
My family was very fortunate to be invited to the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center to check out ICE! this year.  ICE! has become something of a holiday mainstay here in the DC Area, and while it's technically in Maryland's National Harbor, it's only a 35 or so minute drive up 95, making it totally trip-worthy from Prince William County. 
Hubby wasn't available to come with us, because our even time was 1pm.  To those of you out there who are aware what that means this time of year, I feel your pain.  To those of you who aren't clear what I'm talking about, I'd like to refer you here: 1 PM IS NOT OKAY That was okay, though, because PwcGrammy is always game for shenanigans with the grandkids. 

Before you head into ICE you get to watch a short film about the production process, which includes flying in a team of artisans from China who produce a giant outdoor ice show each year because it's so blasted cold where they live that the entire river turns into ice and they can make sculptures that last all winter.  For real. Obviously here we don't have that problem, so they've put the ice sculptures inside two giant tents (think the white domes they put over your tennis courts if you live in Montclair) that they cool to a balmy 8 or 9 degrees. To prepare you for this, everyone gets a standard issue blue parka to go OVER your coat.  Bring a hat, gloves, and a scarf, though, because it's COLD.  Taking my gloves off to take pictures with my iphone made my fingers sad.  PS- you'll want lots of pictures because those parkas are bringing sexy back. Check out me and my mom huggling for warmth.  You know you wish you looked that good ;-)

I've been told by numerous readers that the best time during peak season to visit ICE is on a weekday.  We were there on a Sunday, but since it was still November we didn't experience any real crowds. Even without the crowds, I'd recommend that if it's possible for your family you take one adult per child, or at least 2 adults, because when we got into the slide room, we were losing track of kids left and right as they went down the various slides at different speeds.  Some of you may be calmer than me about that, but everyone was so blue! It was like trying to find a specific Smurf in a crowd, and that made me rather nervous.  However, the kids had a blast and quickly figured out that to maximize your speed on the slides, you need to get your feet up and make sure your blue coat is under you.  There are a total of 6 slides, and the ice stairs are covered with carpet, so you won't trip. 



 


The ice sculptures themselves are absolutely amazing.  Thinking that these were all just giant blocks of frozen water when they arrived is mind-boggling.  My kids loved all of the funny scenes from "Shrek the Halls" and recognized many of the characters, which made them happy.  I could not believe the craftsmenship that went into making everything.  I believe that our entire walk through the displays, including sliding, took about 30 minutes.  The setup is flat and the walkways are wide, though, so if you are bringing someone who will require a wheelchair, accessibility should not be an issue.

The final display at the end of ICE! is a gorgeous nativity scene done in all clear ice.  When you're facing the scene, there's a giant clear angel behind you.  The display lights up every few minutes and tells the Christmas story.  Imbedded lights color the characters as they're mentioned and make the nativity be a rainbow of colors.  It's pretty awesome. Pricing information is available here and starts at $15.99 for kids 4-11 and $22.99 for adults (weekday) going up to $22.99/$29.99 on the weekends.  Military discounts are available on weekdays and some weekends, and start $13.99/$18.99.  Children 0-3 are free. 

So, after you finish walking around ICE! There's a lot of other stuff that you can do. For $35, you can meet the Dreamworks characters (Shrek, Po, Puss in Boots, Alex the Lion) and participate in a scavenger hunt that's themed for the movie "The Guardians", which my 6 year old liked for awhile, my 9 (9!) year old loved, and my 4 year old thought was torturous because she couldn't read and can't write small enough to fit in the blanks provided.  She did like meeting the characters, though.  This is a walk-through and you spend about 30 seconds with each character shooting a few pictures, which are available for purchase at the end of the walk. At the end of the scavenger hunt, your kids get a movie poster and a certificate, assuming they filled out all of the blanks correctly. We also tried making cookies at Gingy's House (my daughter is not actually unimpressed with the cookie, she's upset that I told her not to eat her cookie until I took a picture.  My blog needs totally cramp her style).  After you finish decorating your cookies (you can select a gingerbread train or a sugar cookie stackable tree) 

When you're done decorating your cookies, you can visit Gingy and get a few pictures.  Kits for this start at $29.95.  Gingy was really cute, and the kids had fun, but the kits are just flat cookies, so if you're looking to keep prices down...

I thought this sign was hilarious....so, here's a picture of it.

Also available (but we didn't try them) are a ShrekFeast where you eat with the characters, brunch with Santa, pictures with Santa, Potomac Express rides (a mini train in the hotel atrium- rides are $2 and I know Supernovamommy.com's son loves the train).  You can also package all of these things together with a hotel stay, and I have to say, I'd never been to the Gaylord before and it is absolutely breathtaking.  It's the kind of hotel that you see in movies about hotels.  Everything is spot on and gorgeous. 

At the end of our visit, we were able to check out the nightly treelighting show, which is amazing.  The lights and fountain dance, the music is great, and at the end it "snows" down into the atrium.  The kids thought this was really neat, although I think they were expecting an actual blizzard.  They liked the flurry anyway. I would literally go just to see the treelighting again.  It was amazing.  These happen at 6:30pm and 9:00pm every night from November 17th-January 6th. If your kids are old enough, you could make a complete day of this by taking part in whatever Dreamworks Experiences you'd like, and then staying for Family Fun and Fireworks in the National Harbor Plaza.  They start live music at 5, you could come in and warm up with the Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:30, and still be outside in time for fireworks at 7! Brilliant!

All said and done, this was an amazing experience.  It can definitely add up quickly, but it's an amazing thing for the kids.  Have you been? Leave a comment letting us know your experience!

PwcMoms was provided with tickets to ICE! The Character Meet and Greet/Scavenger Hunt, and Gingy's Gingerbread Decorating.  All opinions are my own.

Trick or Treating in Prince William County

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Published: 10/30/2012
Many of you have asked what day and time Prince William County trick or treating is.  Apparently in some parts of the country they change trick-or-treat to be a weekend night each year so that children aren't tripped out on candy and less sleep than normal on a school night.

Please, we know how much our teachers love overtired children with a sugar buzz ;)

In Prince William County (with possible exceptions if you live in a neighborhood with a home owners association) whether you're in Woodbridge, Gainesville, Haymarket, or Lake Ridge, trick-or-treat happens on October 31st, regardless of the day of the week, from dusk to 9pm.  As a general courtesy, and for safety reasons, only knock on doors that have well-lit porches and interiors.  

The Department of Fire and Rescue reminds you that when trick-or-treating:
Child Pedestrians
• Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.
• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
• Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.

Drivers
• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
• Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.
• Remember costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
• Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.


If you would rather not trick-or-treat in your neighborhood, there are several local churches and areas that typically offer trunk or treat options on halloween night (but check their website to make sure):
~First Baptist Church of Woodbridge (not in 2012)
~Potomac Mills Mall beginning at 6pm
~Christ Chapel (not in 2012)
~ Manassas St. Thomas  (appears to be on- 6:30pm)
~Manassas Baptist (appears to be on- 6pm)
~First Nazarene Woodbridge (appears to be on- 7pm)

If you'd like to add your church or location to the list, please just shoot me an email
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