Fairfax County Weekender


 Friday, April 4: Animals Among Us

Campfire Friday – Sounds of Spring: Bring the whole family for an evening campfire and visit the pond and Peeper Swamp to listen and look for calling frogs and insects. Program concludes with a campfire and s’mores. From 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Also on Friday:

Bubby and Bruno, The Adventure: Hear author R.W. Bordley read her book about two bear cubs in the Appalachian Mountains and learn how she wrote it! From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the John Marshall Library. Ages 2 to 5 with adult. Free. Register online. For information call 703-971-0010.

Kyle's Korner: Kids age 6 to 11 join a naturalist for a fun perspective on nature during this series. Delve into interesting topics each week with science, outdoor explorations and live animals from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Six sessions; $36/person. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Amphibians After Dark: Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls and assist naturalists with an amphibian survey as you explore pools and ponds from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. $6/person. Register online. For information call 703-759-9018.

Cool Cow Comedy Presents Paul Hooper: Paul Hooper hits the stage with thought-provoking, politically incorrect comedy that slams society and himself with absolute irreverence. An only child with OCD, Hooper channels his dysfunction into a cathartic harangue from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the W3 Theater, Workhouse Arts Center. Due to material, all patrons must be 18 years old to attend. $15/person in advance; $20/person at the door. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Saturday, April 5: Sleepy Snakes

Kid's Korner - Snakes Wake Up: Preschool children accompanied by an adult learn about snakes from 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/child. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


Also on Saturday:

Recycling Pirates Puppet Show: Have fun learning about recycling through this Goodlife Theatre family puppet show from 11 a.m. to noon at the Kings Park Library.All ages. Free. Register online. For information call 703-978-5600.

Civil War School of the Soldier: Observe this re-creation of camps of instruction common to new recruits who came to the Confederate Army straight from farms, shops and schoolrooms. See soldiers practicing the skills necessary for survival in the field and in battle and learn about civilians’ lives as nurses, cooks and seamstresses. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sully Historic Site. $7/adult, $5/child; pay at site. For information call 703-437-1794.

Burke Lake Rides, Mini-Golf Now Open on Weekends: Come ride the train and carousel, and play a round of putt-putt. Rides operate from 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Burke Lake Park. Ride fees and operating times.   Mini-golf fees and hours. For information call 703-323-6600.

Reston Anniversary Celebration: Come celebrate Reston’s first half century and Robert E. Simon’s 100th birthday. The Reston Museum will hold free activities from noon to 3 p.m. at Lake Anne and the Reston Community Center will host an evening reception for the premier showing of the “Reston Story” documentary. General admission tickets for the event, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Community Room of the Reston Community Center, are $50/Reston residents and employees of Reston businesses and $100/others. For more information and to order tickets call 703-476-4500, x2236.

Children’s Cherry Blossom Celebration: Celebrate spring and the gift of cherry trees. Learn about the cherry tree history and the fascination that brings so many visitors to Washington every year. This open house format includes origami, crafts and a cherry tree ‘hunt’ from 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. $10/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5174.

The Civil War Returns to Historic Huntley: Union soldiers encamped at Huntley from 1861-1862 and secured the surrounding area as part of the defensive bulwark protecting the Union’s capital. Come learn about that time through exhibits and interactive family-oriented activities from 1 to 4 p.m. at Huntley. Free; no registration required. For information call 703-768-2525.

Brother Gardeners Lecture: Andrea Wulf (The Founding Gardeners) returns from London to talk about her popular gardening history, “The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession.” Hear the fascinating story of John Bartram and his influence on world horticulture in the 1700s. A book signing follows the lecture. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 18 and up. $20/person. Register online. For information call 703-642-5173.

Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt: Meet costumed woodland characters along the Old Oak Trail and hunt for eggs from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. $7/person. Register online. For information call 703-941-1065.

It’s a Comedy Tonight: Didn’t get enough tomfoolery on April Fool’s Day? There’s extra to spare! Comic cabaret vocalists will entertain with a spirited and laugh-filled cabaret with a silly-centric theme. Featuring a wide gamut of music intended to tickle your funny bone, from Broadway to standards to novelty songs, there’s something for everyone who enjoys a good laugh. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the W3 Theatre, Workhouse Arts Center. $30/adult, $25/military, senior or student with ID. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-584-2900.

 Sunday, April 6: Cute Creepy Crawlies

Reptile and Amphibian Club: Join "RAC" and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their habitats from 1 to 2 p.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. $5/person. Register online. For information call 703-631-0013.


Also on Sunday:

Tea Program: Japonism in Fashion: An official program of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival, this tea brings to mind another gift from Japan: the influence of Japanese aesthetics on Western fashion. View gorgeous avant-garde designs that combined Japanese motifs with 19th-and 20th-century Western silhouettes. Discover elements of the kimono in tea gowns and opera coats and hear about Japanese designers who are redefining fashion worldwide today. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Historic Green Spring. $29/person includes full English tea service in the 1784 historic house. To make a reservation call 703-941-7987.

Animal Egg Mobile Workshop: Kids ages 3 to 12 create a spring mobile of their favorite pond animals from plastic eggs. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. $6/child. Register online. For information call 703-451-9588.

Mr. Vaudeville and Friends: Buddy Silver, the self-proclaimed Mr. Vaudeville and alter-ego of local funnyman Mark Brutsché, returns to the CenterState Motion Picture and Vaudeville House to prove, once again, that nothing can take the place of live entertainment. And this time, he’s brought along some friends. Throw in a little help from the audience and you’ve got even more magic, mayhem and classic Vaudeville comedy. It’s an afternoon of fun for the whole family from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the CenterStage, Reston Community Center. $10/person. Buy tickets online. For information call 703-476-4500.

  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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