Saturday, October 19
Fall Carnival Fun: Frying Pan Farm Park
Games, rides, and tasty fair food! Rides take three to five tickets each. Tickets are $1 each or 24 for $20. Discount multi-ride passes are available for Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. Admission is free. The carnival is open 10/17 and 10/18 from 6 to 10 p.m.; 10/19 from noon to 10 p.m.; and 10/20 from noon to 7 p.m. For information, call 703-437-9101.
Campfire with Stories and Songs
Cozy up to the campfire at Huntley Meadows Park and join the naturalist for a traditional sing-a-long from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Listen to American Indian stories of how some animals came to be. Enjoy s’mores. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.
Preschool Pumpkins in the Park
Bring your little munchkins out to Lake Fairfax Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for preschool pumpkin festival fun! Activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, and a puppet show. A small pumpkin is included with the $7 admission fee. Children must be accompanied by a registered paying adult. Stay after for our Pumpkins in the Park Festival. Register online. For information, call 703-471-5415.
Three to seven-year-olds and a naturalist dig into dinosaurs and explore the prehistoric world at Cub Run RECenter from 2 to 3 p.m. Children will make a fossil to take home and dig for buried “dinosaur” bones. The cost is $5 per person.
Night Hike Campfire
At dusk, hike to look and listen for wildlife at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. While sitting around the campfire, visit with our resident barred owl and enjoy s’mores. Bring a flashlight and a blanket. This 90-minute program starts at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $7 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Symposium: Revamping Tired Landscapes
Is your home landscaping looking leftover from decades ago? Are your shrubs eating your house? It is time to renovate and update! Green Spring’s 2013 Garden Design Symposium will give you the confidence to edit out the overgrown and help you design your outdoor surroundings to reflect your home’s style and your personal style. Learn the principles of scale and balance and, with your new knowledge, uncover the hidden beauty of your home. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $75. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Watershed Clean-Up Day
Be part of the International Coastal Cleanup! Individuals, students, families, scouts, and other community groups can help clear out the earth’s arteries by collecting tires, bed springs, bottles, cans and other debris from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Give the waterways in your community a clean bill of health and earn the gratitude of your furred, feathered and scaled neighbors. Wear boots, old clothes and bring gloves. Trash bags and appreciation provided. This is a great community service project! Help at one of these sites. Please call to reserve a section of the watershed.
• Frying Pan Farm Park, 703-437-9101
• Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 703-941-1065
• Hidden Pond Nature Center, 703-451-9588
• Huntley Meadows Park, 703-768-2525
• Lake Accotink Park, 703-569-3464
• Riverbend Visitor Center, 703-759-9018
• Sully Historic Site, 703-437-1794
• Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, 703-631-0013
Fear-less Fest is Back!
Join a naturalist for a night hike at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet costumed creatures such as a black widow spider, skunk, owl, and a dead tree who explain why they have scary reputations. Investigate real animal skulls, owl pellets, and make crafts. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Farm Harvest Days
Fall is a busy time at Frying Pan Farm Park. Watch the cider press in action, milk a goat, shell corn, peel apples, meet the farm animals, and see traditional farm demonstrations. Add a wagon ride ($3) or a visit to the Fall Carnival for even more family fun. Admission is free. This event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 703-437-9101.