Sunday, October 20
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.
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 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10/20. For information, call 703-437-9101.
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 703-759-2771.
Grain Grinding Demonstrations
See and hear 19th century technology at work at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from noon to 3 p.m. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting. Tour costs are $7 per adult, $6 per student 16 and up, and $5 per child or senior. For information, call 703-759-2771.
Warning! Walney Pond is inhabited by millions of tiny monstrous creatures unseen by humans! Use a microscope to discover the invisible organisms that make Walney Pond their home and learn why such tiny creatures are so important. This one-hour program starts at 1 p.m. and the fee is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Venomous Snakes & Poisonous Plants
Learn what you need to watch out for in Fairfax County’s fields and forests at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. See a live copperhead snake and learn to identify poison ivy and a black widow spider. The cost is $5. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Birding for Beginners
Interested in birding? We can get you started! From 8 to 11 a.m. learn about the birds in Huntley Meadows Park and some basic identification skills The program begins with an indoor discussion. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-768-2525.