"Race to Stop Traffick"

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Published: 08/28/2015
October 17th at 9am, join others from around the region in a "Race to Stop Traffick" 5k.  The 1 mile fun run ($15)  and timed 5k ($25) will also feature a post-race food stop and family fun activities including a moon bounce.  You can register HERE or visit them on Facebook to learn more.

100% of proceeds will go to Operation Underground Railroad.

Meet DPGolf Academy!

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Published: 08/27/2015
Today we delve a little bit deeper with DPGolf Academy! They've got a GREAT giveaway coming up next week, so pay attention- you might just learn something that can help you win!! 



PwcMoms: Thanks for chatting with me today! To start off with, can you tell me a little bit about why inspired your business? 
As many of us approaching retirement ponder, in 2008 after servingin several capacities for 25 years with the Prince William County Police Department, I began to think “okay, what’s next?” I had a very rewarding career with the PWC Police Department as an officer, leader and teacher and needed to come up with a plan for my “2nd career.” While with the department, I had a unique opportunity to develop my teaching experience in a wide range of disciplines, gaining extensive experience and earning several certifications as a physical fitness specialist and teaching professional. I designed and coordinated the physical fitness training programs and requirements for new officers as well as the SWAT Team. One of the most rewarding experiences was my time at the police academy – providing a solid foundation for success and helping new recruits reach their individual goals.
I had played high school golf but drifted away from the game for many years. After looking into the Professional Golf Association of America’s certification program, I thought, “wow, what an opportunity to combine my formal teaching experience with my love of the game.” In 2003 I opened the DPGolf Academy in Bristow, VA. It has given me a chance to grow even more as a business owner, professional golf instructor, and mentor to my teaching staff and students.



PwcMoms: What's your favorite aspect of working with children?
While I enjoy working will all age groups and skill levels, teaching juniors is one of the most rewarding. Kids come to the game with much enthusiasm and energy, and an open mind. That means we have a great opportunity to get them started early on the right path to learning the game – they tend to be more open minded and trust what we are trying to teach them. And when they connect the dots – well, seeing that and their smiles is the best part.


PwcMoms: What do children gain from golf? 
I think that some of the most important things children can learn from our programs and working with me and my staff is as teachers and mentors is proper sportsmanship, effective problem solving, good listening and learning skills, and most importantly, building self confidence.

PwcMoms: What all do you offer for families? Are there any programs people can do together?
Yes, we have several options for families:
Our five-part series is designed to bring families together through golf, and provides significant savings. We cover course familiarization, etiquette and rules, and basic fundamentals of the game. Schedule according to your availability.

·      Five – 60 Minute Sessions
·      Cost: $400 per Family



A great lower cost option for couples, friends, or co-workers who want a more tailored instructional program. Semi-private instruction is customized to the group’s experience level and can cover any part of the game – short game, putting, full swing, or any combination. Take single 60 minute lesson or save on 5 lesson series. Schedule when convenient for you.
Lesson Time: 60 Minutes
Number of Students                      Cost              Series of Five
Group of 2                  $50 Per Student          $200 Per Student
Group of 3                   $45 Per Student          $175 Per Student
Group of 4                  $40 Per Student          $150 Per Student

This instructional program is designed to teach you everything needed to play golf in just a few lessons. Our PGA Professionals will show you many ways to play by combining fun, friends and fitness. Each session focuses on the various golf skills you’ll use while playing. In addition to learning the basics, you’ll put your skills into action on the golf course in a casual, friendly setting. Register with a friend and save $20 on your class registration.


PwcMoms: Do you offer any special programs for schools or scouts?
Yes, we have delivered our Pee Wee Golf Class to PWC schools and have also designed a program to help Boy Scouts earn the Golf Merit Badge. We also offer a High School Golf Prep course to help students prepare for the HS golf season and explore collegiate opportunities.

PwcMoms: Where can people find you online? 


Stonebridge Kids Series 2015

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Published: 05/25/2015

Stonebridge Potomac Town Center

14900 Potomac Town Pl, Woodbridge, VA 22191

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

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

Leesylvania Canoe Tours 2015

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


Stonebridge Summer Movies 2015

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

Leesylvania State Park 2015 Event Calendar

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


21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival 2015

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Published: 05/01/2015

June 6, 2015

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MANASSAS

COST:

Free to attend


Experience Manassas at its best this June and come out to the 21st Annual Manassas Heritage Railway Festival. This family celebration of rich railroad history features train memorabilia, specialty vendors, and live performances.
Country and Blue Grass music will transport you, as you watch miniature trains come to life. These elaborate train displays are created by a number of local model train groups. Located under the Harris Pavilion, these displays are a must see.
Take your love of trains to a new level by boarding one of our four train excursions to Clifton and back. Times include: 10AM/11AM/12PM/1PM Tickets will be on sale starting May 1st. Visit HERE for additional info and pricing!! 

2015 Leesylvania State Park Kids Fishing Tournaments

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

Virginia Gateway Little Tots 2015

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

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

2015 Junior Ranger Program at Leesylvania State Park

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

Live Well Festival- April 18, 2015

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Published: 04/13/2015

In honor of Earth Day, Historic Downtown Manassas announces the 8th Annual Live Well Festival (formerly Spring Cleaning Day) to be held on Saturday, April 18th.
Start your morning with a 5K Run (the Soaring Eagle 5K) and then head on over to the Harris Pavilion for free health screenings, fitness classes, kid activities, entertainment, and more. The historic downtown merchants will also be hosting their biannual sidewalk sale!
Recycle those gently used household items or clothes to a worthy cause, visit with the recycling and environmental exhibitors, and help the kids make earth friendly art projects. The day includes exhibitors from non-profit and civic organizations providing recycling and environmental information.
Historic Manassas, Inc. will once again partner with the City of Manassas in a Community Shred. The Shredding Truck will be located on West Street (between Center and Church Street). Attendees are asked to park in the back of the BB&T parking lot and form a line along West Street to drop off their documents to be shredded.

Saturday in the Garden 2015

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Published: 04/07/2015


Saturday in the Garden 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giveaway: Girls on the Run 5K

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Published: 10/30/2014
Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia has an upcoming PWC Race! (Plus their colors are fantastic!)






Pfitzner (Potomac Nationals) Stadium
Woodbridge, VA
Saturday November 22, 2014
8:30am Race Start 



Runners of All Ages and Abilities are Welcome
5K shirts for all registered participants. 
Medals for all race finishers.


Come run, walk, skip, or roll across the finish line with us and support 2,000 girls in Northern Virginia as they achieve their goal to complete a 5K.  It's all about setting a personal goal and doing our best to achieve it! 


Want to join the fun? Enter to win Free race entry for you and your running buddy, plus a swag bag of Girls on the Run branded merchandise! Can't wait to win? Register online HERE. 


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As always, our giveaways are provided by the sponsor and governed by our giveaway rules, which you agree to by virtue of entering to win. 

Youth For Tomorrow's Country Fair

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Published: 10/09/2014


We had such a great time at Joe Gibb's Youth for Tomorrow Country Fair and Auction.  Tickets were $10/adult, $5/kid, and ages 3 and under were free.  There was a $5 off coupon on their website, and several people mentioned they got their tickets from an online deal site (not sure if it was living social or groupon). I'd never been before, although I see their folding board signs all over the county every year. This is a very, very well done production.  Some of the fun included:

  • Bounce Houses/Inflatable Obstacle Courses (more than I cared to count, probably upwards of a dozen)
  • Junior Firefighter Challenge
  • Redskins Players Play60 Challenge
  • Washington Nationals NatMobile
  • Hog Races
  • Petting Zoo
  • Rides
  • Crafts
  • Vendor Fair
  • Huge Food Court (additional fee)
  • Horse Carriages and Mini Train Rides
  • Entertainment on various stages including cheerleading, gymnastics, and dance
There was probably more.  Honestly, we spent from 11-3 at the fair and probably could've stayed longer and still not seen and done everything.  The lines were manageable for all the rides, except perhaps laser tag, which got a little out of hand because of some "spot saving" for a "family" of 20 or so, but other than that the wait was generally okay.  

I would definitely recommend checking this out in the future! Not only was a it a great time, it's for a charity, and that's a great combination. 





Fall Fun Guide 2014

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Published: 09/30/2014



This guide always takes a surprising amount of time to do- and by the time I'm done with it, my family thinks I've dressed up as a witch a little early ;) I hope you find lots of fun things to do with your family and have tons of fun this fall!! Remember, these events are also on our daily calendar, so if you're looking for more information, head there! 


October 1
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 2
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 3
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 4
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Fall Jubilee, in Historic Old Town Manassas will be held on October 4, 2014 from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. This year's Jubilee will include an assortment of live entertainment for both kids and adults, with over 100 craftors and vendors.  Fall Jubilee is a free to the public, community event and is scheduled rain or shine.

October 5
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 6
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 7
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 8
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 9
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 10
Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 11
Heritage Baptist Church welcomes you to our  Fall Festival. Bring along the kids and whole family to enjoy the free food, games, hay rides, pumpkin patch, straw maze and much more. 14510 Spriggs Road  |  Woodbridge, VA 22193 1pm-4pm

Join the Manassas Park Fire and Rescue Department for an open house! Rain or shine on Saturday, October 11 from 10am-2pm.

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 12
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Sunday October 12 from 1pm-5pm in the Sudley Road Parking Lot, join Manassas Mall for a Free Fall Fest! Face painting, balloon artist, Charicatures, apple cider, pumpkins, fire department, music and more! 

Community Festival- Music, games, health screening, clothing drive, free admission and open to the public. 1pm-4pm Hope Aglow Empowerment Center (13550 Jefferson Davis Hwy)

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 13
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 14
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 15
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 16
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 17
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 18
The Way Bible Church invites you to celebrate the fall season with us at Auburn Middle School on Saturday, October 18th from 1-5pm. This FREE event is featuring special musical guests Revely, bounce houses, face painting by Miss Lyn, pony rides, crafts, games and even a wildlife exhibit and presentation! We will be collecting clean, gently used coats for Warrenton Salvation Army at our info tables.

 Bull Run Plaza Shopping Center in Manassas, VA is hosting a FREE Trick-or-Treating event Saturday, October 18 from 2pm-4pm.

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 


Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 19
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 20
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 21
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 22
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 23
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 24
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

Movie in the Pool- Finding Nemo, Crafts and Fun 5:30-8:30pm Freedom Center, Manassas.

Fall Festival 9075 Park Avenue, Manassas, 20110. 10/24/14 - 6pm-8pm $3/kids.  Adults free. Crafts. Games.  Raffles baskets - tickets $1/each American Girl Doll Addy raffle - tickets -$1

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries.

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 25
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

Family Fun Day at the Freedom Center 4-6pm, games, demos, family friendly spooky trail, giveaways, food, raffles and more! Free. 

Linton Hall Community Fun Fair 10am-3pm Linton Hall School $5 per person, or $20 per family

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Fall Fest at Grace UMC. We'll provide a snack supper of hotdogs, chips and lemonade, and all will enjoy games, facepainting, hayrides, trunk-or-treat and more!  Wear a celebratory costume and come join the fun. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 22 at noon so we'll be sure to have enough food for all.  Event is 10/25 from 5-7pm

Gateway Bible Church’s Fall Festival will be October 25th from 3-8pm at Buckland Farm Market in Warrenton

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

FREE Trick-or-Treating from the Merchants at Dillingham Square!!! Dress up and put on your best Halloween Costume and get lots of Candy! Bring your kids and start the celebration early! Merchants will also have special offers to their stores going on during the event! Candy will be given out starting at Noon Saturday October 25 until 2 p.m. RAIN or SHINE!

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

Meadows Farms will host the following: Scavenger Hunt- 10:30am
All participants get a goody bag!
Kids Costume Contest- 11am
Silliest, Most Original, Best Overall
1st Prize gets to pick a large pumpkin, all participants get a small "spookie"
Pet Contest- 11:30am
Funniest, Best Dog and Owner Combo, Best Overall
Grand Prize in each gets to pick a pet prize, all participants get a doggie bag

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Grace UMC- Put on your favorite costume and join us at 5:00 p.m. for free food, games, face painting, hayrides, and a parking lot filled with decorated vehicles for Trunk-Or-Treat! And then stick around! At 7:00 p.m., the first 15 minutes of this year’s PipeScreams Organ Concert will feature pumpkin carols and some spooky fun music for all the kids! After that, we hope you’ll stay to enjoy the talents of several other local organists as they wow us with their instrumental magic.

October 26
Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center, Free Admission the week of October 20-26th

Trunk or Treat @First Presbyterian (Dale City) 3:30-5:30pm Free event, games, trunk or treat, and snacks

River of Grace Lutheran Church will host a Trunk or Treat on Oct. 26, 2014, 3-5pm.  15012 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA 20112.    Dress up the kids and bring them for a fun event of going from table to table to enjoy all frolicking and festivity of Halloween!  Games, decorations, costumes, candy and fun are part of the day, and everyone is welcome!  Tell your friend! Boo!

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Don't miss the fun-filled Fall Carnival for children of all ages. There will games, face painting, puppet shows, food, candy, gifts, prizes and more! All children are welcome to wear costumes and must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. http://welovechurch.com/events.html The Life Church 11234 Balls Ford Rd., Manassas, VA 20109. 6pm-8pm

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

Yankey Farms Pumpkin Patch Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm (Nokesville)

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 27
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 28
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Dress in costume and enjoy open jump time, activities, and games in the arenas.  Pre-sale $9.95, Regular Sale $12.95, and at the door $14.95.  Event pricing includes 2 slices of pizza, juice, and goodie bag.  Parent Admission is free! Visit pumpitupparty.com/manassas-va to reserve your space!  6pm-8:30pm


October 29
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Dress in costume and enjoy open jump time, activities, and games in the arenas.  Pre-sale $9.95, Regular Sale $12.95, and at the door $14.95.  Event pricing includes 2 slices of pizza, juice, and goodie bag.  Parent Admission is free! Visit pumpitupparty.com/manassas-va to reserve your space!  6pm-8:30pm

October 30
St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries.

Spooky Tots Thursday, October 30 Join us at Atlas Walk on October 30 from 10:30am until 12:30pm for our annual Spooky Tots event! Don't forget to wear a costume! First 150 children will receive a Halloween themed wand Spooky entertainment by Shazam Magic from 10:30am until 11:15am
Balloon Twister, Face Painting, Games and Giveaways

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

October 31
Grace Baptist Church The 2014 Fall Festival is Friday, October 31 in the GBC Parking Lot. Fall Festival is a FREE outreach event for the whole family.  Bring a neighbor or friend!  Games/booths are geared for children from walkers - fifth grade.  Play a game and get a prize.  Cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs, inflatable's and pony rides will also be on site.  All can participate by signing up to help/volunteer for 20 minutes in a booth/game/inflatable.  Sign-up sheets will be in the foyer starting in October.     http://www.gracehome.org/fall-festival-is-coming

Par­ents, are you look­ing for a fun fam­ily activ­ity for Octo­ber 31st? From 7- 8pm The Adven­ture Zone is host­ing a Fall Fun House for chil­dren under 12. Kids are wel­come to put on their favorite cos­tume (no scary ones please), invite a cou­ple of friends, and enter into the Fall Fun House full of games and adven­tures. Entry fee for each child is a large bag of indi­vid­u­ally wrapped candy. Chil­dren must be accom­pa­nied by a par­ent in the fun house – no drop- offs please.
Living Faith http://livingbyfaith.com/index.php/calendar 10266 Battleview Pkwy Manassas

St Paul UMC in Woodbridge (1400 G Street) will host their annual pumpkin patch from October 12-31st.  M-F 2-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.  Proceeds benefit Children and Youth Ministries. 

Kids Fest at Woodbridge Nazarene 7pm-8:30pm (14001 Smoketown Road)

Trick or Treat throughout Manassas Mall for free from 5-7pm

Free trunk or treat, moon bounce, hay rides, and pumpkin decorating at Manassas Park Community Center from 5:30-7:30pm. 

Lake Ridge Nursery Pumpkin Patch 8am-8pm M-S, Sunday 8am-7pm

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

Friday, October 31, the community is invited to take part in Mall-o-ween, a family friendly trick-or-treating alternative. In addition, Potomac Mills will host Mall-o-ween, a mall-wide trick-or-treating event on Friday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For added fun, guests will also have their choice of face painting or balloon art*. Participating retailers will have a Halloween sticker in their window. 


November 1
Grace Lutheran Church (1601 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge), will be having a Fall Festival on Saturday, November 1st from 4-7 pm.  Please come and enjoy a "Trunk or Treat", games, crafts, face painting, a showing of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", and fellowship.  This is another opportunity for kids (and adults) to wear their costumes!  

The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

November 2
The Burnside Barnyard in Haymarket is open and there's no admission. The fall market is a great place for photo ops so don't forget your camera! Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7 and Sunday 10-7

November 8
Our school Mary G Porter Traditional School is having a fun run/walk and Harvest Festival on November 8th from 10-11am (walk/run), immediately following is the Harvest Festival. It will go until 2pm and is included with your fee for the walk/run (food is extra). If you can't join us for the walk/run, come to our festival for only $7 per person. 11am-2pm. 






Featured Organization Friday: Virginia Service Conservation Corps

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Published: 09/26/2014
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Date: Sept. 15, 2014
Applicants needed for new service program in Virginia State Parks
(RICHMOND) — Applications are being accepted for the inaugural season of the Virginia Service and Conservation Corps. Created by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and inspired by the conservation ethic of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps, VSCC participants will help to preserve and protect public lands in Virginia.
VSCC projects include trail construction and maintenance, invasive species control and prescribed burn projects that re-establish historic, fire-adapted ecosystems on parklands. Crewmembers may also have short-term deployments for disaster relief in affected communities.
Crew members will complete 1,700 hours of service during a 10-month term from November 2014 through August 2015.
Participants receive a taxable, monthly living allowance of $1,210, student loan forbearance and health care if needed. VSCC membership provides hands-on training and formal education opportunities, as well as eligibility for the Segal Education Award of $5,645 upon successful completion of the term of service. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary institutions, including many technical schools and GI-Bill approved educational programs, as well as to repay qualified student loans.
Applicants must be US citizens and 17 or older, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and pass a comprehensive background check. The deadline is Nov. 17, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. This is a non-residential program; housing is not provided. Members must be capable of reporting daily to their base park at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge or Hungry Mother State Park in Marion.
Mandatory training for selected members will be held at Twin Lakes State Park Nov. 19-23, 2014.
Based upon the award-winning success of Virginia State Parks’ Youth Conservation Corps, which received the Department of Interior’s “Take Pride In America” Best Youth Volunteer Program award in 2010, the VSCC will address veteran and young-adult unemployment rates, environmental decline, the public’s growing disconnect with nature and the catastrophic effect of natural disasters in communities across Virginia.
VSCC crews will develop leadership qualities while the VSCC will develop a new generation of skilled workers, educated citizens, and active stewards of America’s natural and cultural resources.
To apply, visit apply online here. For more information, email vspamericorps@dcr.virginia.gov or call 804-625-3984.
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation manages Virginia State Parks, which offer dozens of festivals and concerts and thousands of educational programs across the state.
For more information about state park activities and amenities, or to make reservations in one of the 25 parks with camping facilities or 18 parks with cabins or family lodges, call the Virginia State Parks Customer Care Center at 800-933-7275 or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.
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Jim Meisner, Jr.
Public Relations Specialist
Va. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main St., 16th Floor
Richmond, VA  23219

(804) 786-8442                        Fax (804) 371-2072
jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov      www.dcr.virginia.gov/

Anniversary of the Potomac Blockade 2014 Living History

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Published: 09/20/2014

Join Leesylvania State Park for a Living History with a civil war encampment with costumed historians to learn about the soldiers' lives.  Cannon Firing will occur on the hour between 11am and 4pm, Musket Firing will take place at the visitor's center, and you can sample and purchase Civil War Era foods.  September 27 and 28 from 11am-4pm each day. 

Featured Organization Friday: ACTS iWalk

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Published: 09/19/2014
Fall is around the corner and it’s time to mark your calendar for the 4th Annual IWALK for ACTS on Saturday, October 18. ACTS of Prince William and Image Church are excited to team up with the Potomac Nationals to host this year’s event at our new location Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge. This year’s event is shaping up to be a day of fun, fellowship, and fundraising that you won’t want to miss!

The details …
4th Annual IWALK  for ACTS
Saturday, October 18 
Pfitzner Stadium * Home of the Potomac Nationals
7 County Complex Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Registration @ 9 a.m., Walk @ 10 a.m.
Free community festival – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$20/person or $50/family
Register now at www.iwalkforacts.com.

We are encouraging groups to sign up together and create a group fundraising goal. This year, the highest group fundraiser and the highest individual fundraiser will each win a prize! This is a great opportunity to give back to your community and help our neighbors in need.

Funds raised through this year’s event will support ACTS of Prince William. ACTS provides relief, fosters hope and promotes self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crisis due to hunger, homelessness and personal violence. By joining as a participant, your support will help:
... keep ACTS' Help Line open 24 hours a day so that our community members in crisis have somewhere to turn.
... give individuals facing abuse resources and reassurance that they are not alone.
... keep the doors open at our shelters so that families have a place to call home until they are back on their feet
... feed hungry children in our neighborhoods through the ACTS Food Pantry.
... families keep the lights on through Emergency Assistance and provides resources for making ends meet.

Thank you in advance for joining us. With your help, we can make a difference, one family at a time.

Seed Stomp Volunteers Wanted!

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Published: 09/12/2014
Join Leesylvania State Park on October 4th from 11am-1pm at the Lee's Woods Trailhead to help establish a field of wildflowers while having fun at the same time! Questions, call 703-583-6904 or email genevieve.white@dcr.virginia.gov

Touch a Truck (and a Giveaway!!)

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Published: 09/10/2014

Discovery Junction children's museum is hosting a Touch a Truck on Sunday, September 21 from 10am-2pm at NOVA Manassas! Admission is $5/child, the first 100 children will get a free diecast vehicle, and there will be vehicles, kid-friendly activities, food, demos, and more! Join the fun!

Want to win a family four pack? We'll pick two winners!

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Guest Post: Miss Rivershore One Hour Tour

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Published: 07/24/2014
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Look! It's another guest post! The blogging gods have smiled upon me! Well, in this case, since Sarah is a Pastor's Wife, I guess it's Jesus smiling on me- but I'm good with that :) 
Hooray!! Thanks to Sarah from The Wild Ruby!!

Miss Rivershore One Hour Tour


            This is a one hour boat ride on the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers.  For a decent price ($6 per child from ages 4-12, 0-3 free and $12 per adult -  but they sometimes offer Groupons for 2 adults for $14, so be on the lookout for that) you get a 1 hour tour on a mostly-enclosed large pontoon boat with a bar.  As far as I could tell it's pretty much first come, first served -  no reservations needed.  However, I'd recommend scheduling in advance if you have a group.  There was a family reunion group of about 30 people assembled as we were getting ready to load and thankfully it appeared they had chartered their own boat, otherwise the rest of us would've been out of luck -  or part of their group would've been left waving on shore.

            There are vending machine-style snacks available as well as canned sodas, bottled water, beer and wine for reasonable prices ($1 for a bag of Cheetos, $2 for soda and water,  $5 for a beer and $6 for a plastic cup of wine -  we're almost on the open sea, so safety first!).

            On our tour at 4 p.m. on a Saturday in July the boat was almost at capacity at about 35 guests.  There are cushioned bench seats along both sides and plastic folding tables with plastic folding chairs down the center.  The windows were all open to allow for a bit of a breeze, but I saw a portable AC unit as well as a heater in case of extreme temperatures.  There is a very small space at the front of the boat for people to stand or sit outside.  In the back of the boat was a basic bar with the aforementioned snacks and drinks.  There was also a bathroom on board.

            Boarding took place at the four tall posts on the pier to the right of the boat loading area/kayak input at Occoquan Regional Park (located on Route 123, just over the Occoquan bridge as you're heading into Fairfax County.  If you pass the Workhouse Arts Center, you've gone too far.) .  Our first stop was to the town of Occoquan to drop off a family-  evidently there is a way you can board there as well.  Then we turned back around and took a leisurely cruise past several marinas as the captain told some of the history of the area.  It was fun going under all the bridges for I-95, Route 1 and the railroad track next to Route 1.  We also learned a little about ospreys and saw some baby ospreys in a nest on our journey.  I found it relaxing and my only complaint was that 1 hour was too short.  In a perfect world I'd love to experience this same location for a longer period of time and on a boat with more outdoor options, but for the price and the novelty of the experience, it was worth it. 

            This company does offer a variety of longer tours including a round trip to Tim's Rivershore Restaurant on the weekends, which I'd love to try sometime!  http://www.missrivershorecharters.com/
           
           

Beaches Near Prince William County

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

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

You know, in the name of science.

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


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

Breezy Point
"1.5 hours from Manassas"

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outer Banks
"31/2 to 4 HRS"

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


4th of July 5k!

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Published: 06/30/2014
Freedom Firecracker 5K : Fun Run Racing is excited to partner with The Freedom Center for this family friendly celebration of July 4th. Feel free to wear your patriotic themed gear. As with all FRR races, this will be a festive affair – music, fun race giveaways at the start line, ‘in-race’ awards for best costumes, and FRR “surprize” awards in the finish line chute – including our ‘Golden Ticket’ awards {just hope fora “Willy Wonka-like” golden ticket}. :)

Kids 1K Fun Run also available. 

Camping at Prince William Forest Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leesylvania State Park only offers group camping.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer 2014 Little Tots Series

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



daytime playtime - a fun place to Learn.... a great place to Grow A Play Gym Designed for Parents and Children Aged 10 Months to 4 1/2 Years... Children's National Health System - Just Right PWC Library - Summer Reading Program