Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Garden Sprout: It's Snowing Popcorn!
Join us for a popcorn party! Children ages three to five learn where this healthful food comes from, sing corny songs, and play some popcorn games at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. String a popcorn garland to feed the birds in your yard. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Family Fun: Popcorn Day
Learn the botany and history of corn and the Native American legends surrounding this American food at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 2 p.m. Taste some varieties of popcorn, learn how to prepare it at home, and play some popping corn games. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Ice Making in 19th Century Fairfax
Before there were refrigerators, there was ice! Learn how ice was harvested and stored on Walney Farm in the 19th century at this program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make and eat ice cream. Please be sure to register an adult with your child. The cost is $8. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Barred Owls Campfire
Enjoy an evening hike and campfire to learn about owls at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Meet our resident barred owl. Then return to a warm campfire to roast marshmallows. Meet at Cabell's Mill. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Parents and children sip tea, enjoy butterfly-shaped sandwiches and join the crazy fun of Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter and his friends at the strangest of tea parties at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Meet a live creature from the story. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The cost is $15 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Camping in the winter is cool! Learn about techniques for camping in below-freezing conditions from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Make a fire and help prepare a meal to sample using a Dutch oven. Roast hotdogs under a nearly full moon and then spend the night in your comfy sleeping bag. Bring a cold-weather sleeping bag, tent, flashlight, toasting sticks, and warm clothes. Dinner, beverages and light breakfast will be provided. Program will be cancelled in adverse weather. Scouts must be accompanied by registered adults. The cost is $30. For information, call 703-759-9018.