Learn the winter secrets of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park's lovely evergreen cedar forest and the surprises held within the hardwood forest from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Discover how helping the land to heal may help you and your community. Participants must be at least eight years old. The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Family Fun: Hot Cocoa Party
Take a walk with one of our naturalists through the winter wonderland at Green Spring Gardens, and then join us back inside to warm up with a hot cocoa party. Jazz up your cup of cocoa with goodies, listen to some heartwarming winter stories, and make a wintery craft to take home. This 90-minute program starts at 1:30 p.m. and the cost is $15. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Burns Night Haggis: Tasting Party
Come to a tasting experience for brave hearts! Celebrate Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns, with the national dish, haggis, at Historic Green Spring from 4 to 6 p.m. Learn about haggis and why it's part of the annual Burns Night supper. Enjoy other traditional Scottish foods, music, and the "Address to a Haggis" as you discover the unique characteristics of the "Great chieftain ‘o the pudding-race!" The cost is $30 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-7987.
Drop-off your child for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 5 to 11 explore the worlds of birds, animals and plants and enjoy games and craft activities. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Dino Puppet Show & Activities
Dinosaurs once roamed all the Earth, places far and near. Children ages three to seven enjoy a puppet show along with fun fossil facts at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Warm, Wonderful Wool
Learn about keeping warm with fabric choice. Card wool, try a drop spindle, and weave on a hand loom at Sully Historic Site. A house tour is included in the $7 per person fee. Canceled if inclement weather. This one-hour program is offered at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.
Ever wonder how dragonflies can hover, dip, dive and zoom at 40 mph through the air? What do they eat, who eats them, and what kind of courtship do they have? The answers are all bizarre and surprising – you won't want to miss this colorful PowerPoint presentation made up entirely of photos taken in Fairfax County. Learn how to create the perfect dragonfly pond. This 90-minute program starts at 3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park and the cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.
Scout Astronomy Festival
View outer space through a telescope, listen to ancient stories about the constellations 'round the campfire, take a guided tour of the night sky, and participate in hands-on activities at Riverbend Park from 6 to 8 p.m. The winter festivals feature Jupiter. Scouts will work on night sky related patches, badges, pin and loops, and journeys. Activities and games go on through the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. Reservations and advance payment are required. The cost is $7.50 per scout and sibling and $4 per adult. The festival will be canceled if raining. An optional Riverbend patch is available for $3.15 per scout. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Join Huntley Meadows Park Naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark, listening for owls and frogs and watching for beaver activity. This two-hour program starts at 5 p.m. and the cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.