Saturday, November 9
Garden Sprouts: Fall Flower Fairies
The landscape may not be as green as in summer, but the flower fairies find the autumn garden an enchanting place. Three to five-year-olds explore the fall garden with its nuts, seeds, and berries, and look for the little folk that inhabit it at Green Spring Gardens from 11 a.m. to noon. The cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
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 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The festival features 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 are available for purchase. The cost is $7.50 per scout and sibling and $4 per adult. Register online. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Hands on Harvest and Biscuits, Too
At Sully Historic Site’s slave quarter learn about the lives and chores of slaves who lived at Sully. Bake biscuits in the open hearth kitchen, dip a candle, and fashion a corn husk doll. This one-hour program is offered at 1 and 3 p.m. The cost is $12 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-437-1794.
Drop-off your child, age five to nine, for an hour of natural adventure at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Explore the worlds of birds, animals and plants from 2 to 3 p.m. Enjoy games and craft activities. The cost is $5 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Layered Bulb Container Workshop
Create your own combination planting to take home and enjoy at Green Spring Gardens in this two-hour workshop beginning at 10:45 a.m. Container, soil, and bulbs are included. Space is limited. The cost is $45 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Family Fun: Creating A Wildlife Habitat
Join a naturalist for a bird walk at Green Spring Gardens from 2 to 3 p.m. Hone your identification skills and learn ways to turn your yard into a wildlife-friendly habitat year-round. Make decorations that the birds enjoy as well. The cost is $10 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
Meet the Artists
Local artists Caroline and Erik Hottenstein present a retrospective of their prolific, decades-long careers as illustrators of natural, botanical, and historical subjects. Learn about their materials and techniques, their influences and inspirations as they showcase their current exhibit at Green Spring’s Historic House from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Light refreshments are included in the fee of $18 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Designing Garden Containers with Bulbs
See how you can create beautiful flower containers using flowering bulbs at Green Spring Gardens from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs will demonstrate the most innovative methods of creating a forced container garden and teach you which bulbs are best suited for pots. The cost is $20 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Kids Korner: Fall
Preschool children ages three to six explore dairy farming accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft are included in the $5 fee. This one-hour program is offered at 10 a.m. on 11/9 and 1 p.m. on 11/21. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.