Week in Preview: October 21-October 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

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



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



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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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