Week in Preview: December 16-22, 2013

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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