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

Happy Monday!

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

But I digress.

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

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

Have a great week!

Pre-register for:

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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