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Summer Entertainment Series

Summer Entertainment Series Brings Free Fun to Parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Foundation and with generous contributions from local businesses and corporations, presents a summer-long calendar of shows, concerts and movies appropriate for you and your family. These concerts held in local parks are the perfect place to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers.

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Water Fun, games and More!

Water Fun, Games and More!

There are so many ways to play in parks; you could schedule a different activity for every day of your summer vacation! Make a summer splash at the Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole at Lake Fairfax in Reston, or sail into Our Special Harbor sprayground and the rest of the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park in Franconia, or take a break from the summer sun and plunge into a pool at any of our RECenters.

Explore Summer Fun on the Discovery Trail!

Explore Summer Fun on
the Discovery Trail!

You'll always find something fun to do in Fairfax County parks, and the Park Authority's Discovery Trail Map is your guide!

 

Finding Life Balance in Fitness

A Kids Summer Fun Frontier

Cultivate your children's curiosity about life on the farm by signing them up for Junior Farmer Camp at Frying Pan Farm Park. In this roundup of rural life, kids get to roll up their sleeves and do everything the farmer would do like harvesting crops, washing and feeding the animals and pitching in with farm chores.

Preserving Yesterday's Treasures

Preserving Yesterday's Treasures

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the end of a war that Americans once called "the second war for independence," the War of 1812. Tucked away in the Fairfax County Park Authority's archaeological collection lies an artifact from an important battle in that war; the Battle of the White House.

Combo Classic Celebrates 25 Years

Combo Classic Celebrates 25 Years

It is tournament time at FCPA golf courses, and 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Combo Classic, a unique tournament at Twin Lakes Golf Course that pairs players with and without disabilities together in a two-person scramble format. This year, proceeds will benefit the Park Authority's new Adapted Golf Instructional Program.

Classic Cars make Father's Day Fun!

Classic Cars make Father's Day Fun!

Treat your dad to a classic, eye-popping experience at the Sully Antique Car Show on Father's Day. Hundreds of antique and classic cars fill the grounds each year, ranging from the Model A to cars your dad grew up with like the Corvette, the Mustang, the T-bird or maybe even a Studebaker or Model T.

Twin Lakes Golf Course Steps Up its Game

RECenter Fitness Benefits are Ahead of the Curve!

Adrian Rumingan remembers fitness being a family affair growing up. These days the 28 year old fitness enthusiast trains for triathlon competitions almost daily at Providence RECenter. "In the past year the RECenter installed the Curve in the fitness room," he said enthusiastically. "It's my favorite piece of equipment."

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Wednesday, June 1

Thursday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenter
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Saturday, June 4

Friday, June 5

25th Annual Combo Classic
The Combo Classic will be held Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. for ages eight and up at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Players compete in a two-day, two-person scramble format . Proceeds benefit the Adapted Golf Program. Cost per team is $295 for two days or $175 for one day. The cost per individual is $180 for two days or $125 for one day. The registration and payment deadline is May 28. A box lunch will be provided on Friday. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch and awards on Saturday. Call 703-642-5173. This event is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation and generous donors.

Saturday, June 6

25th Annual Combo Classic
The Combo Classic will be held Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. for ages eight and up at Twin Lakes Golf Course. Players compete in a two-day, two-person scramble format . Proceeds benefit the Adapted Golf Program. Cost per team is $295 for two days or $175 for one day. The cost per individual is $180 for two days or $125 for one day. The registration and payment deadline is May 28. A box lunch will be provided on Friday. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch and awards on Saturday. Call 703-642-5173. This event is sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation and generous donors.

Butterfly Container Garden WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, create a lovely butterfly container garden to attract and feed butterflies and other pollinators. Horticulturalist Judy Zatsick introduces you to nectar and host plants that are essential to the butterfly life cycle and helps you create a beautiful container garden. The cost is $35 per person plus a $25 supply fee. Call 703-642-5173.

Backyards: Designing Function & PrivacyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Expand home living space by creating a beautiful and functional backyard. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens, garden designer Amy Knotts Neiberline shares design ideas for functional entertainment spaces, children’s play spaces, and backyard storage. Learn great ways to create privacy using plant material and good design. The cost is $22 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Family Fun: Worm WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore the dark and wonderful world of worms in our indoor compost bin at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Then learn how to build your own 10-gallon bin with newspaper bedding, food scraps, and wiggly worms that will recycle your garbage into rich compost. Enjoy a wormy snack too! The cost is $6 per person for the program or $15 for the program and worm kit to take home. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Sunday, June 7

Northern Virginia Carvers
Colvin Run Mill Historic Site is home to wood carvers who lend their tools and expertise to uncover your hidden artistic talent. You can create a creature from a block of wood in a program appropriate for ages 12 and up on the first and third Sunday of the month now through August. The time is from noon to 4 p.m. This is a free lesson with a nominal charge for the wood blanks. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Fashion and Invention Tea Program
At Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 3:30 p.m., artist and collector Caroline Hottenstein presents a fascinating timeline of tools, inventions and innovations that have influenced changes in fashion and fibers over the centuries. View select pieces from her antique clothing collection that showcase the connection between fashion and technology. The cost is $38 for the program and afternoon tea or $15 for the program only. Reservations required. To make reservations, call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987.

Blacksmith Demonstration
See the blacksmith swing his hammer at the Colvin Run forge as he creates tools and other decorative items from iron. Free. Demonstration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Call 703-759-2771.

Grain Grinding Demonstration
See Colvin Run Mill in action with grain grinding demonstrations the first and third Sundays of the month. Watch our millers turn corn into meal and grits, or wheat into flour using our now restored, water-powered grist mill. Please call ahead to see if conditions permit grinding. Regular tour cost applies: $7 for adults, $6 for students 16 plus and $5 for children and seniors.

Wednesday, June 8

Thursday, June 9

Wednesday, June 10

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenter
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Saturday, June 11

Friday, June 12

Garden Talks with Master Gardeners: Water-wise GardeningClick to Register with Parktakes Online
We all want beautiful gardens, but garden irrigation can be wasteful and time consuming. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, Master Gardeners show you how to manage water in your home garden through plant selection, soil preparation, and smart irrigation. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, June 13

How to Prune Azaleas and RhododendronsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn to improve health and appearance of azaleas and rhododendrons with coaching from The Pruning School director, Peter Deahl. This outdoor, hands-on pruning class takes place at White Gardens in Falls Church, VA from 9 a.m. to noon. Directions will be emailed. Bring gloves and pruners. The cost is $25 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Balsamic Vinegar Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Savor a selection of fine balsamic vinegars with varied accompaniments from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Historic Green Spring. Hear about the history of Italy's famed elixir and how to distinguish genuine balsamico from the imitations. Learn about its provenance, its myriad uses and how to assess its complex flavors. The cost is $30 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, June 14

Wednesday, June 15

Friday, June 16

Wednesday, June 17

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Thursday, June 18

Garden Tour & Tea
From 1 to 3 p.m. tour some of the glorious demonstration gardens with a Master Gardener docent who will inspire you with stories of Green Spring Gardens, past and present. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea served in our 1784 historic house. Reservations required. The cost is $32 per person. For reservations, call Historic Green Spring at 703-941-7987.

Sunday, June 19

Saturday, June 20

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Our journey begins with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitors Center upriver to our launch site at Riverbend Park from 11 a.m. to noon. Then enjoy a 1.5 mile instructor-led float trip down the river through riffles and flat water. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary. This is not a whitewater tour. The cost is $38 for a one and two person kayak. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. For information, call 703-759-3211.

The Plight of Urban BeesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Honey bees have a lot to show us about food production, and relationships with nature. In the midst of he disappearance of honeybee colonies, there is optimism and hope to be found. Author Alison Gillespie followed mid-Atlantic beekeepers and shares stories with you from 10 to 11 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The cost is $15 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Summer Solstice CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join Huntley Meadows Park naturalists at the campfire to hear stories of summer solstice traditions and stars. Roast marshmallows over embers from 8 to 9 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Sherry Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
A mainstay at Downton Abbey, sherry’s myriads of styles and flavors are increasingly popular today. At Historic Green Spring from 4 to 6 p.m., discover the tradition of these Spanish wines and their pairings with all types of food as you savor a varied sampling of sherries with cold tapas accompaniments. The cost is $44 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Campfire Saturdays: Royal Lake Summer Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us for an evening around the campfire at Royal Lake from 7:30 to 9 p.m. An adventure is waiting as you and a naturalist-guide explore the spots where wildlife resides. The program ends with a campfire. Please bring what you like to roast; s’mores will be provided. The topic is fishing. The cost is $8 per person and will meet in front of the tennis courts. For information, call Hidden Pond Nature Center at 703-451-9588.

Mountain Wildlife Camping Trip
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Per FamilyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist at Big Meadows campground in Shenandoah National Park for three hikes from 2 to 7 p.m. Visit Appalachian Cove forest and learn about species that call this area home. Black bears, snow shoe hares, deer and salamanders to name a few. For camp­ground reservations call (540) 999-3231. The cost is $20 per person or $45 per family. There is a $30 park entrance and camping fee which is payable to the Shenandoah National Park.

2nd Annual Summer Scramble
The 2nd Annual Summer Scramble will be held at Jefferson District Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. for ages eight and up where teams of two compete in a 9-hole scramble format tournament. Please register by June 17. The cost per team is $80 if you register before June 15 and $90 on or after June 15. Rain date is June 27. The payment will be due at registration and includes lunch and prizes. For information, call 703-573-0444, ext. 8.

Father’s Day Golf Tournament
The Father’s Day Golf Tournament will be held at Burke Lake Golf Course from 8 a.m. to noon for ages seven and up where teams of two compete in an 18-hole scramble format in three divisions: Father/Jr. 7-12; Father/Jr. 13-17; Father/Adult partner. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in all divisions. This is limited to the first 48 teams. Registration begins June 6. Rain date is June 27. The cost is $65 per team. The payment will be due at the time of registration which includes lunch. For information, call 703-323-1641.

Sunday, June 21

Antique Car Show
Celebrate Father’s Day at Sully’s 42nd Annual Antique Car Show co-sponsored by the FCPA and The Model A Ford Club of America from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with more than 400 antique and classic cars. You can buy the car of your dreams at the Car Corral or search for the perfect accessory in the flea market with more than 100 ven­dors. Treat Dad to a delicious lunch and get your toes tapping to music reminiscent of the heyday of these classic automobiles. A tour of the first floor of the 1794 house is included. No reservations are required. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.

Animal DadsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Pretend to be a penguin, wolf and beaver dad as you learn about these doting fathers at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Program is perfect for children age two to six and runs from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Meet live animals and make a craft for your favorite father/ grandfather. The cost is $6 per child. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Father’s Day Family FishingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate Father’s Day at Riverbend Park with fishing from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $8 per person and includes supplies and equipment or you may bring your own rod and reel. All fish caught will be released, and we’ll give you some tips. For information, call 703-759-3211.

Father’s Day Cruises
Treat Dad to a special day at Lake Accotink Park! Spot soaring eagles and sunbathing turtles while enjoying a 30-minute cruise aboard the Lake Accotink Park tour boat. Cruise times are 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to pick up your reserved tickets and get ready for boarding time. The fee is $3 for Dad, $6 for other adults, $4 for children ages three and up. For information and to make a reservation, call 703-569-0285. Cruises will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather or windy conditions. No refunds for any other reason.

Father’s Day Tournament
A Father’s Day Golf Tournament will be held at Oak Marr Golf Course starting at 9 a.m. for ages 8-17 Young competitors will be playing with their fathers in a two-person scramble format tournament. There will be trophies awarded for each age category. The registration will begin on June 1. There is no scheduled rain date. The cost is $40 per team and is due at the time of registration. For information, call 703-255-5390.

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and feeding demonstra­tion by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. You will visit with at least one snake, two turtles and a toad from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Fathers’ Day Celebration
Treat Dad to a free wood carving lesson with the Northern Virginia Carvers from noon to 4 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, ages 12 and up. There will be a nominal charge for wood blanks. There will also be free mill tours for all fathers accompanied by children from noon to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-759-2771.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & Blossoms Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come out to Riverbend Park for some great family fun! Take a wagon ride, scavenger hunt through the meadow and search for birds, butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy breathtaking views as the summer sun rises over the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 7 to 9 a.m. Paddle with a naturalist and learn about the historical and natural beauty of this island-dotted section of the Potomac. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. The cost is $38 and includes one and two person kayaks. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. For information, call 703-759-3211.

Wednesday, June 22

Tuesday, June 23

Prothonotary Warbler Van TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Search for the Protho­notary warbler in Mason Neck State Park’s wetlands. Learn about the only cavity nesting warbler in the eastern US. Van departs from Ellanor C. Lawrence Park at 9 a.m. The cost is $24 and includes van transportation. For information, call 703-222-4664.

Wednesday, June 24

Farmers Market at Oak Marr RECenter
If you are a consumer who values quality, variety and freshness in your food choices join us at the Oak Marr Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This market features locally grown and freshly picked fruits and vegetables, a variety of fresh eggs, meats and delicious baked good too. For information visit online.

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Park with this Wednesday evening preschool-age program from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy hands on activities including games, demos, animal encounters, crafts and short hikes. The topic covered will be goats at this program. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call 703-437-9101.

Drawing & Painting Lab for TeensClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The class is for ages 13 to 17. Explore concepts of shape, line, texture and color blending at Green Spring Gardens from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students need to bring a 9”x12” drawing pad (90 lb.) and a 9”x12” mixed-media pad (140 lb.), graphite pencils (HB, 6B), fine Sharpie or Pitt pen (black), a set of 24 Crayola crayons, a set of 12 color pencils, a set of water-soluble oils or wax pastels and a set of watercolors (pan is okay). You also need to bring filbert brush #8 and #10 and a flat brush for washes and blending. The cost is $77 for four 2-hour lessons on Wednesdays beginning June 14 and ending July 15. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Thursday, June 25

Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MDClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Spend a spring morning at Ladew Topiary Gardens enjoying a tour of the house and beautiful gardens. Lunch will be served at the cafe on the grounds. Round off the day with a stop at Putnam Hill Nursery to shop for lovely garden annuals and perennials. Trip departs Green Spring Gardens at 8:15 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $96 and includes motor coach, entrance fee, tour and lunch. Trip cancelation deadline: June 11, 2015. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Friday, June 26

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in our exploration of Rocky Run on the Creek Adventure Wagon Ride from 7 to 8 p.m. Please bring shoes that can get wet. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Parent & Child Fishing by BoatClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child from a Jon boat or canoe at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots. This scenic section of the Potomac offers bass, sunfish and the occasional catfish. Get started with an introduction to boating basics. Previous ex­perience not required. The cost is $16 and includes boat, PFDs and fishing rod rental. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. Each participant must register. Downoad waiver and bring completed to tour. Canceled if bad weather or hazardous river conditions. Call 703-759-3211.

Camping in the Parks
Lake Fairfax Park has 129 campsites available year round for tents and RVs. Reservations are strongly recommended. Electrical hook-ups are available (20amp, 30amp and 50amp) at the campsites. Camping for organized groups of 20 or more (scouts, churches, etc.) is also permitted. For reservations, call 703-471-5415.

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Delve into a different piece of your favorite Farm Park on a stress-free adventure including hands-on activities and short hikes for ages five and up from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The topic covered at this program will be pond exploration. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-437-9101.

Who-oo is in the Forest Goodnight WalkClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit Hidden Oaks Nature Center and learn about the owls that inhabit our woods and how to identify their calls. Listen to an American Indian tale of why the owl has big eyes. Enjoy an evening woodland walk with a naturalist. This event runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event will be canceled in case of rain. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, June 27

Hands-on Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Walney Visitor Center. This experience allows children to feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts, discover bones and other nature artifacts, and take home a craft. The program runs from 3 to 4 p.m. and the cost is $5 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Scotts Run Nature Preserve Hike
Take a three-mile, naturalist-led hike along the Potomac River from 9 to 11 a.m. This hike over moderate terrain highlights Scotts Run’s natural features, scenic overlooks and waterfall. Bring water and meet at the west parking lot. The cost is $6 per person. There are no facilities at Scotts Run Nature Preserve. Call 703-759-9018.

Kayak Tour-Seneca to RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This eight-mile river journey begins in the waters above the old Seneca Dam at Riverbend Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. After this lake-like stretch the pace quickens through riffles and small rapids through Seneca Breaks, then past Watkins Island, and finally to Riverbend. Previous kayaking experience is required. The cost is $82 and includes one person kayak rental. Download waiver and bring completed to tour. Canceled in bad weather or hazardous river conditions. For information, call 703-759-3211.

Frog Chorus at Eakin PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Frog Month at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. Join the naturalist-led walk to the pond to identify frogs rom 7:30 to 9 p.m. Please bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-941-1065.

Fliers of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist from Hidden Oaks Nature Center at the campfire to learn how owls, bats and moths fly at night without banging into trees from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to see these elusive creatures and make smores. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Family Fun: Make a Patriot Garden Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. in decorating and planting a red, white and blue container garden in time for the Fourth of July. Learn to plant and care for flowers through the summer. This family-friendly program is intended for children ages five and older. The cost is $12 per project. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Garden Highlights ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Each month on Saturdays the gardens bring new plants to admire and design elements to inspire for ages 14 and up from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Catch Green Spring’s June garden highlights with master gardener docents who showcase eye-popping plants. Enjoy light refreshments in the Historic House. The cost is $12 per person. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Ikebana Flower DesignClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrange­ment. Learn Ikebana’s rich symbolism and fundamentals at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Take home an arrangement. The cost is $35 per person with a $25 supply fee. Please register for both program and supply fee. For information, call 703-642-5173.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come for a relaxing stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk from 8 - 9 p.m. A naturalist takes you on a tour of the woods and wetlands to watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Robotic EngineersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This eight-week class offered by Engineering for Kids introduces kids 6 to 12 to robot building and programming basics at Providence RECenter from 2 to 2:55 p.m. on Saturdays starting on 6/27. Students will build and test a working robot. Any supply fee is payable at the start of the class. The cost is $135. Call 703-222-4664.

Sunday, June 28

Canine Cruise
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise from 7 to 8 p.m. aboard Lake Accotink’s pooch-friendly tour boat. Catch the last rays of sun while your dog scans for ducks and other creatures. The fee is $6 per person, no charge for dogs. Limit one dog per person. Humans must be age eight and up and accompanied by an adult if under 16. Register in advance at 703-569-0285. Arrive 20 minutes before your cruise time to pick up tickets. Participants will be notified and issued refunds for any cancellation due to rain, or winds. No refunds for any other reason.

Hands-on HistoryClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your children ages 6 to 12 and let them travel back in time with a costumed interpreter to explore the lives of 19th century children at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. Join us from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The program includes games, penmanship, washing clothes and preparing a food item. The cost is $10 per child. For information, call 703-631-0013.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler from Huntley Meadows to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies and other insects you might find in the park from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Upstairs Downstairs: Do You Believe in Downton?
Explore the grim realities of life for do­mestic servants and the true nature of their relation­ships with their employers 100 years ago. Discover at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3:30 p.m. whether Downton Abbey’s depiction provides true historical insight or rose-tinted historical fiction. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations are required. For information, call 703-941-7987.

DragonfliesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntley’s many dragonflies and damselflies by venturing to the wetland to observe them in action from 9 - 11:30 a.m.. This event will be canceled if it rains. The cost is $6 per person. For information, call 703-768-2525.

Wagon Ride - Visit to the Corn CribClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Riverbend’s meadow was once farmland. Go back in time by visiting the corn crib and enjoy children’s activities from the 1900’s from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Monday, June 29

Little Hands on the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Frying Pan Farm Park Kidwell barn classroom to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story, craft or game, and pretend to be the farmer with fun chores from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two to three year olds and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three to five year olds. Pre-paid reservations required and an adult must attend class with child. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, please call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, June 30

Concert in the Garden
Be our guest for a free musical evening at Green Spring Gardens with The New Mountain Fever Band, performing lively bluegrass and folk music. The event runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. A food truck will also be available. The Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) will be serving complimentary cake and lemonade. Call 703-642-5173.

Duck, Duck, GooseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Waddle on over to learn about our feathered friends at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. This program is perfect for children ages two to five from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Honk like a goose, quack like a duck and find Mrs. Goose’s lost eggs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 1

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and see the meadow light with fireflies. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 2

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores from 4 to 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Friday, July 3

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Friday Evening Garden ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
View Green Spring’s demonstration gardens in a different light with Master Gardener docents as the sun fades at day’s end from 7 to 8 p.m. Enjoy cool refreshments in the Historic House. The cost is $12. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Saturday, July 4

Fourth of July Celebration
Join us on July 4th at Lake Fairfax Park. Enjoy picnicking, live music from 4 to 8 p.m., food from food vendors, and perhaps a cool dip at the Water Mine water park. Admission is free to the park but a suggested donation of $5 a car helps pay for the fireworks, park staff and even park improvements. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Sunday, July 5

Wagon Ride to Poohsticks BridgeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey through the woods to Poohsticks bridge at Riverbend Park from 11 to noon. Listen to Winnie the Pooh’s story and play Poohsticks on the bridge. Cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Grinding the Grain
Visit Colvin Run Mill as they grind the grain from noon until 3 p.m. Grain grinding demonstration is $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, $6 for students 16 plus with ID. There’s a Blacksmith demonstration from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and free woodcarving lessons from the Northern Virginia Carvers for ages 12 and up. Lessons are free. Nominal charge for wood blanks.

Sketch Hike: Historic HuntleyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike rom 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Visitor Center and hike up to Historic Huntley for some breathtaking views while sketching. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Monday, July 6

Yoga for GardenersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
This class features a gentle introduction to the Vinyasa method from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The class is held indoors, and there are eight lessons. The cost is $86. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Tuesday, July 7

Stream Monsters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enter Big Rocky Run stream and see what “monsters” live in the water at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Wednesday, July 8

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with your preschooler and get involved in hands-on activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, July 9

Sully Sleuth DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a little history, make a little craft and have a whole lot of fun at Sully from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Topics for specific dates are 7/9 Weather-Wise, 7/23 Puppet Mastery, 7/30 Sewing. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 10

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring shoes that can get wet and an adven­turous spirit to explore the Rocky Run at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5 to 7 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child rom 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots .Start with boating basics. Boats and PFDs provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. The cost is $16 for each participant. Fishing rod rentals available. Call 703-759-9018.

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy stress-free adventure at Frying Pan Farm including hands-on activities and short hikes. Topics include: 7/10, 1930s Farm Life; 7/24 VIP Farm­yard Access Tour. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-437-9101.

Goodnight Walk: Firefly FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The wonders of fireflies come to light at Hidden Oaks Nature Center during a walk, talk and craft exploring thes creatures from 8 to 9 p.m. This event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, July 11

World War II Weekend
Travel back to the World War II era as Sully Historic Site hosts Allied and Axis re-enactors for a weekend of demonstrations, memories and music. Talk to them about life in the 1940s. House tour included. Free for veterans and active duty military. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 for seniors and children. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The journey begins at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitor Center to the launch site at Riverbend Park, followed by a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down through riffles and flat water. No previous experience necessary. Kayaks available. Download waiver. Bring completed form. Cost is $38. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring boots and get ready to find out who is living under the water at the pond’s edge. All family members must register. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Ice Cream and Ices Tasting PartyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sample delicious ices and hear about ice cream’s history from 10:30 to noon at Green Spring Gardens. Learn to churn your own. The cost is $25 per person. call 703-642-5173.

Build your own Bat HouseClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats eat mosquitoes, pollinate plants and you can help them thrive by building a bat house at Riverbend Park from 10 to noon. The cost is $8 per person. A $15 fee per bat house is paid to instructor at class. Call 703-759-3211.

Sounds of the Night CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Sounds of the night fill our ears at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn to identify nocturnal animal calls, make s’mores and enjoy campfire stories from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Event canceled for rain. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-941-1065.

Evening Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist to hike the trails of Huntley Meadows Park from 8 to 10 p.m., looking and listening for owls, and other night animals. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Frog Chorus at Eakin PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate National Frog Month at Eakin Park on Prosperity Rd. from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with a naturalist-led walk to identify frogs at the pond. Bring one flashlight per family. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Cost is $6 per person. Event canceled if it rains. Call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, July 12

World War II Weekend
Travel back to the World War II era as Sully Historic Site hosts Allied and Axis re-enactors for a weekend of demonstrations, memories and music. Talk to them about life in the 1940s. House tour included. Free for veterans and active duty military. The cost is $8 per adult and $6 for seniors and children. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Turtle SurveyClick to Register with Parktakes Online
See turtles close-up at E. C Lawrence Park from 4 to 5 p.m. Identify different species of turtles and search for them at the pond. The cost is $5 per person. call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 11 to noon while learning about the park’s wildlife and past American Indian inhabitants. Cost is $5 . For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunrise Kayak TourClick to Register with Parktakes Online
As the sun rises over the Potomac at Riverbend from 7 to 9 a.m., paddle with a naturalist and learn about the river’s historic and natural beauty. This is not a whitewater tour. One– and two-person kayaks provided. Download waiver and bring completed form to tour. The cost is $38 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Toddler Time-Terrific TurtlesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy outdoor activities and meet one of our turtles at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. - 12: 30 p.m. Cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Snake and Turtle FeedingClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and snake, turtle and toad feedings at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tree Identification HikeClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn more about the trees at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Cost is $6. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Birding for Beginners Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and gain some basic identification skills from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $6 per person. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Naturalist’s Choice ‘Behind the Scenes’Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Huntley Meadows Park with a tour of some off-the-beaten path places rom 10 to noon. Cost is $6 per person. Dress for off trail. call 703-768-2525.

Monday, July 13

Little Hands on the Farm (2-3 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Little Hands on the Farm (3-5 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in Kidwell barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story or game, and pretend to be the famer from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two- to-three year-olds, and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three to five year-olds at Frying Pan Farm Park. Pre-paid reservations required. Adult must attend. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, July 14

Animals UndergroundClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Dig down deep under the forest floor as we learn about the soil’s many other creatures at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 15

Dragons and Damsels at the PondClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Watch dragonflies and damselflies at Walney Pond at E.C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn myths and facts about these insects. Cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 16

Jr. Farmer Family FunClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Go help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores from 4 to 5 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $5. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Kids Korner - Summer Preschool AdventuresClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children share summer adventures at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 1 to 2 p.m. with their adult and a naturalist. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Garden Tour & Tea
Tour demonstration gardens from 1 to 3 p.m. with a Master Gardener. Then enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in our historic house. The cost is $32 per person. Reservations required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Friday, July 17

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver. gov/1aubG3L and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child rom 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots .Start with boating basics. Boats and PFDs provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. The cost is $16 for each participant. Fishing rod rentals available. Call 703-759-9018.

Nocturnal Hunters Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist-led hike to learn about nocturnal animals at Ellanor C Lawrence Park from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Catch and release fireflies, locate bats, and enjoy s’mores at a campfire. Cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. Call 703-631-0013.

Goodnight Walk: Night Sky Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn the wonders of the night sky at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 8 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a story and craft. Cost is $6 per person. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, July 18

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The journey begins at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitor Center to the launch site at Riverbend Park, followed by a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down through riffles and flat water. No previous experience necessary. Kayaks available. Download waiver. Bring completed form. Cost is $38. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Saturday Garden Highlights ToursClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Green Spring’s gardens offer new plants to admire and design elements to inspire. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. catch garden highlights with Master Gardeners. The cost is $12 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Live Sharks, Rays and MoreClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a live shark at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. Presented by Under the Sea’s Andrew Wilson, discover what makes these creatures well-adapted to the ocean. The cost is $7 per person. call 703-941-1065.

Workshop: Cement Cloth PlanterClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Make a unique garden container at Green Spring Gardens out of draped fabric and cement from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.. Horticulturalist Nancy Olney leads you through the project .The cost is $27 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Junior/Parent Open
Junior golfers team up at Jefferson Golf Course with a parent to compete in a nine-hole, alternate-shot tournament. Teams compete against others in the same age group. Age groups are divided into 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17. Advance registration required by July 15. The cost per team, before July 13, is $55 for Junior Program members and $65 for junior non-members. After July 13, the fee is $60 for Junior Program members/$70 for non-members. Rain date is July 25. Fee due at time of registration. Lunch and prizes included. For more information, call 703- 573-0444, ext. 8.

Historic Huntley Summer Social
Enjoy refreshing lemonade or try your hand at making hand-cranked ice cream from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy period games or build a kite. Cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-768-2525.

Hands-on NatureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Drop off your child for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3 to 4 p.m. Feed exhibit animals, search for wildlife, explore fur pelts and bones, and take home a craft. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Fun: Summer StoriesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Hear old-fashioned tall tales and roast marshmallows around a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Canceled in case of rain. Cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Fishing by the StreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill to go fishing along Rocky Run stream from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn about native fish and get tips on techniques. Beginners welcome. Bring your own fully rigged fishing poles; worms provided for bait. The cost is $5 for ages four to adult. Children must be joined by registered adult. Call 703-827-0609.

Sunday, July 19

Grinding the Grain
Visit Colvin Run Mill as they grind the grain from noon until 3 p.m. Grain grinding demonstration is $7 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, $6 for students 16 plus with ID. There’s a Blacksmith demonstration from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and free woodcarving lessons from the Northern Virginia Carvers for ages 12 and up. Lessons are free. Nominal charge for wood blanks.

Pond Life Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet a naturalist by Walney Pond at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring boots and get ready to find out who is living under the water at the pond’s edge. All family members must register. Cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Green Tree Frogs of Mason NeckClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about green tree frogs and how they forecast the weather at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring lunch and dress for the weather. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

DragonfliesClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the life cycle, behavior and identification of Huntley Meadow’s many dragonflies and damselflies. Venture to the wetland from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to observe these acrobatic fliers. Cost is $6 Canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

How to Draw Your Dragon(fly)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join naturalist/artist Margaret Wohler at Huntley Meadows from 12:30 to 2 p.m. to learn tips and techniques for drawing dragonflies. Cost is $6 per person. Call 703-768-2525.

Bird Watching for BeginnersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Start your birding adventure at Riverbend Park covering birding basics from 8 to 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Wagon Ride-Birds, Butterflies & BlossomsClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a wagon ride scavenger hunt through the meadow at Riverbend Park from 11 to noon. Search for birds and butterflies and meet a friendly animal up close. Cost is $5 per person. Kids must be joined by a registered adult. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Stream StompClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Investigate Bugg Creek at Hidden Oaks Nature Center for salamanders and crayfishin this catch-and-release adventure. Cost is $6 per child. Canceled in case of severe weather. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, July 20

Tuesday, July 21

Wednesday, July 22

Farm ExplorersClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Journey into Frying Pan Farm Park from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with your preschooler and get involved in hands-on activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Thursday, July 23

Sully Sleuth DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a little history, make a little craft and have a whole lot of fun at Sully from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Topics for specific dates are 7/9 Weather-Wise, 7/23 Puppet Mastery, 7/30 Sewing. Call 703-437-1794.

Drawing & Painting LabClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore techniques such as concepts of shape, line, texture and color blending from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens in this class which meets four times. Students need to bring a 9”x12” drawing pad (90 lb.) and a 9”x12” mixed-media pad (140 lb.), graphite pencils (HB, 6B), fine Sharpie or Pitt pen (black), a set of 24 Crayola crayons, a set of 12 color pencils, a set of water-soluble oils or wax pastels and a set of watercolors (pan is okay). You also need to bring filbert brush #8 and #10 and a flat brush for washes and blending. The cost is $77 for four, two-hour lessons. Call 703-642-5173.

Friday, July 24

Dairy Days - Ice Cream Making and Butter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the whey of the dairy! Churn butter, crank ice cream and play historic games for a taste of 18th century life at Sully from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 per person and children must be accompanied by adult. Tour cost separate.  For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver. gov/1aubG3L and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Creek Adventure Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring shoes that can get wet and an adven­turous spirit to explore the Rocky Run at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost is $6. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Frying Pan FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy stress-free adventure at Frying Pan Farm including hands-on activities and short hikes. Topics include: 7/10, 1930s Farm Life; 7/24 VIP Farm­yard Access Tour. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $8 per person. Call 703-437-9101.

Jr. Naturalist Summer AdventureClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Elementary school children discover summer’s adventures with a naturalist at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Adults welcome. Call 703-631-0013.

Summer Wagon RideClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Breeze along with a naturalist on a tractor ride to the wetland and back at Huntley Meadows Park from 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 3 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a snack at the observation platform. Rides leave from the South Kings Highway entrance. Cost is $6. Children must be accompanied by registered adult. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Campfire FridaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Come out to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. to learn about reptiles and enjoy a campfire and s’mores. Cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, July 25

Kayak Mini Float TripClick to Register with Parktakes Online
The journey begins at 11 a.m. with a scenic wagon ride from the Visitor Center to the launch site at Riverbend Park, followed by a 1.5-mile instructor-led float trip down through riffles and flat water. No previous experience necessary. Kayaks available. Download waiver. Bring completed form. Cost is $38. For information, call 703-759-9018.

Family Fun: Hummingbird GardenClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Search for these tiny, winged jewels and learn fascinating hummingbird facts at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Make a special feeder and take home a nectar plant The cost is $8 per project. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Lower-Maintenance Garden IdeasClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Tour the gardens at Green Spring with a horticulturalist from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and find ways to make your summer garden beautiful. Cost is $15. Call 703-642-5173.

Dairy Farming at Walney: Ice CreamClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore Walney’s dairy farm history, touri the ice house and ice pond at E. C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Make and eat hand-cranked ice cream. Cost is $8. Register an adult with any registered child. Call 703-631-0013.

Evening StrollClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Stroll through Huntley Meadows Park at dusk with a naturalist to watch and listen for beavers, owls and nocturnal residents from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Dinofest in Nature PlayceClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Explore dinoland and unearth a real fossil to keep at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per child. Canceled if it rains. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Fireflies in the Meadow Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabell’s Mill from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. and see the meadow light with fireflies. Bring a plastic jar with a lid to catch and then release. Wear long pants, socks and closed shoes. Flashlights and insect repellant are useful. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Sunday, July 26

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac RiverClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park from 11 to noon while learning about the park’s wildlife and past American Indian inhabitants. Cost is $5 . For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Leave No Trace Awareness WorkshopClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants will receive introductory training in the Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics program at the Riverbend Park Workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Dueling Floral Designers
Watch as two designers simultaneously create original floral arrangements using identical materials from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. You can see them, but they cannot see each other. Reservations required. Cost is $45 for program and afternoon tea or $22 for program only. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Canine Cruise
Treat your canine companion to a special cruise from 7 to 8 p.m. aboard Lake Accotink Park’s pooch-friendly pontoon tour boat. Cost is $6 per person, no charge for dogs. Limit one dog per person. Humans must be at least eight and accompanied by an adult if under age 16. Register in advance at 703-569-0285. Arrive 20 minutes before cruise time to pick up your reserved tickets. Refunds will be issued in the event of weather or other cancellation.

Monday, July 27

Little Hands on the Farm (2-3 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Little Hands on the Farm (3-5 yrs)Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in Kidwell barn to meet a farm animal, enjoy a story or game, and pretend to be the famer from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for two- to-three year-olds, and from 11 to 11:45 a.m. for three to five year-olds at Frying Pan Farm Park. Pre-paid reservations required. Adult must attend. The cost is $8 per child. Call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, July 28

Mr. Weather BearClick to Register with Parktakes Online
With the help of Mr. Bear, learn about the weather with a felt-board story, bubble play, an ice cube race and songs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wednesday, July 29

Stories from Old Centreville Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring blankets or chairs and flashlights to Cabell’s Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. for s’mores and campfire stories about Centreville’s past. Cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, July 30

4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm
One Day Unlimited Rides through July 22Click to Register with Parktakes Online
One Day Unlimited Rides July 23 - 28Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival to see farm animals, big trucks, 18 departments of 4-H competitions, interactive educational exhibits and a tractor pull. Watch cow and goat milking, blacksmithing and farm  demonstrations. Listen to live music. Enjoy the robotics showcase. Check out the dog shows and rabbit judging. Take a spin on some carnival rides, and feast on traditional fair food. Admission is free. Parking is free Thursday and Friday and $7 on the weekend. Tickets for an unlimited day of carnival rides on Thursday or Friday are $16 per person online until July 22, $18 per person July 23-28 and $25 same day. Individual ride tickets are $1 each and most rides take 3-4 tickets. Ride the Frying Pan carousel for $2 or take a wagon ride for $3 (reservation available on Thursday and Friday). The farmyard opens at 9 a.m. and events run as late as 10 p.m. Visit 67th Annual Fairfax County 40H Fair and Carnival for details, or call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Sully Sleuth DaysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn a little history, make a little craft and have a whole lot of fun at Sully from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $10 per child. Topics for specific dates are 7/9 Weather-Wise, 7/23 Puppet Mastery, 7/30 Sewing. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, July 31

4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm
One Day Unlimited Rides through July 22Click to Register with Parktakes Online
One Day Unlimited Rides July 23 - 28Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival to see farm animals, big trucks, 18 departments of 4-H competitions, interactive educational exhibits and a tractor pull. Watch cow and goat milking, blacksmithing and farm  demonstrations. Listen to live music. Enjoy the robotics showcase. Check out the dog shows and rabbit judging. Take a spin on some carnival rides, and feast on traditional fair food. Admission is free. Parking is free Thursday and Friday and $7 on the weekend. Tickets for an unlimited day of carnival rides on Thursday or Friday are $16 per person online until July 22, $18 per person July 23-28 and $25 same day. Individual ride tickets are $1 each and most rides take 3-4 tickets. Ride the Frying Pan carousel for $2 or take a wagon ride for $3 (reservation available on Thursday and Friday). The farmyard opens at 9 a.m. and events run as late as 10 p.m. Visit 67th Annual Fairfax County 40H Fair and Carnival for details, or call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Big Truck and Carnival Fun Night at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Carnival rides and games are open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free Big Truck event from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ride tickets $1 (most rides take 3-5 tickets). Free parking and admission. Bring your crafts, baked goods, garden produce and flowers in for judging in the 4-H building. For more information call 703-437-9101.

Kayak Tour-Sunset over RiverbendClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience an upper Potomac River tour at Riverbend Park from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is not a whitewater tour. No previous experience required. One- and two–person kayaks available. Download waiver. gov/1aubG3L and bring to tour. Tour canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. The cost is $38 per person. Call 703-759-9018.

Parent & Child Fishing by Boat Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy fishing with your child rom 5 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Follow the naturalist to favorite fishing spots .Start with boating basics. Boats and PFDs provided. Download waiver and bring to tour. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or hazardous river conditions. Maximum three persons per boat, one must be 16 years or older. The cost is $16 for each participant. Fishing rod rentals available. Call 703-759-9018.

Reptile CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist for a night at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 7 to 8 p.m. for a hike to learn about our native reptiles that become nocturnal during the warmer months. Return to our campfire to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Campfire Bats, Bugs, and Owls Oh My!Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the critters that only come out at night and the special adaptations that help them thrive while we sleep. Watch for bats, attract some bugs, and call for owls at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7:45-8:45 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Bring a toasting stick. We provide marshmallows. Call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, August 1

4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm
One Day Unlimited Rides through July 22Click to Register with Parktakes Online
One Day Unlimited Rides July 23 - 28Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival to see farm animals, big trucks, 18 departments of 4-H competitions, interactive educational exhibits and a tractor pull. Watch cow and goat milking, blacksmithing and farm  demonstrations. Listen to live music. Enjoy the robotics showcase. Check out the dog shows and rabbit judging. Take a spin on some carnival rides, and feast on traditional fair food. Admission is free. Parking is free Thursday and Friday and $7 on the weekend. Tickets for an unlimited day of carnival rides on Thursday or Friday are $16 per person online until July 22, $18 per person July 23-28 and $25 same day. Individual ride tickets are $1 each and most rides take 3-4 tickets. Ride the Frying Pan carousel for $2 or take a wagon ride for $3 (reservation available on Thursday and Friday). The farmyard opens at 9 a.m. and events run as late as 10 p.m. Visit 67th Annual Fairfax County 40H Fair and Carnival for details, or call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Sunday, August 2

4-H Fair and Carnival at Frying Pan Farm
One Day Unlimited Rides through July 22Click to Register with Parktakes Online
One Day Unlimited Rides July 23 - 28Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come on down to the farm for the annual 4-H Fair and Carnival to see farm animals, big trucks, 18 departments of 4-H competitions, interactive educational exhibits and a tractor pull. Watch cow and goat milking, blacksmithing and farm  demonstrations. Listen to live music. Enjoy the robotics showcase. Check out the dog shows and rabbit judging. Take a spin on some carnival rides, and feast on traditional fair food. Admission is free. Parking is free Thursday and Friday and $7 on the weekend. Tickets for an unlimited day of carnival rides on Thursday or Friday are $16 per person online until July 22, $18 per person July 23-28 and $25 same day. Individual ride tickets are $1 each and most rides take 3-4 tickets. Ride the Frying Pan carousel for $2 or take a wagon ride for $3 (reservation available on Thursday and Friday). The farmyard opens at 9 a.m. and events run as late as 10 p.m. Visit 67th Annual Fairfax County 40H Fair and Carnival for details, or call 703-437-9101 for more information.

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Fairfax County Parks – Where Heroes Play

Fairfax County Parks – Where Heroes Play

Fairfax County residents already know what a wonderful park system we have here, and soon 12,000 police officers, firefighters and customs and corrections officers from around the globe will experience it for themselves when they compete in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games June 26 – July 5, 2015. To put that figure in context, that's about 1500 more athletes than the number of competitors at the 2012 summer Olympics in London, making the World Police and Fire Games one of the largest multi-sport events in the world. We are honored that the site selection committee deemed our award-winning parks to be of the caliber to host an athletic event of this magnitude along with other venues in the metro D.C. area.

The public safety athletes will compete in more than 60 sporting events during the international games. The police service dog, cross country and rugby competitions will all take place at Lake Fairfax Park, while Braddock and Wakefield parks will host the softball competitions, and golfers will tee up at Laurel Hill Golf Club. All of the events are free to the public, and I encourage you take advantage of this rare opportunity to see the world's top public safety heroes demonstrate athletic excellence. You can find the event schedule at www.fairfax2015.com.

When the games are over and the competitors have gone home, put your own athletic skills to the test at Laurel Hill or on our park ball fields or along our scenic trails. See for yourself why our park system is a three-time national gold medal winner and a worthy place where heroes play.

Sara Baldwin
Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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