Saturday, December 7
Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Get advice on how to enjoy the Geminids meteor shower on December 13. Make s'mores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. The cost is $6. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065.
Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration
Celebrate holiday festivities at Frying Pan Farm Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stroll the 1930s working farm enjoying live music, watch equestrian demonstrations and visit the farm house. Bring the family to children’s holiday shopping at the Country Store, enjoy a wagon ride, warming fire, carolers, and holiday photo opportunity with Santa in his sleigh. Park admission is free; some activities have fees. For information, call 703-437-9101.
Enjoy guided stargazing, looking through the telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations round the campfire at Riverbend Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other activities and games are planned throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. The cost is $5 online or $6 at the door. For information, call 703-759-9018.
Winter Wreath Workshop
From 1 to 3 p.m. create a beautiful, winter wreath to take home for your front door after Green Spring staff members demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. Greens, forms, ribbon, and cones are included with additional $20 supply fee paid by Dec. 5. The program cost is $35 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-642-5173.
Winter Wonder Campfire
Bundle up and discover animal strategies for surviving winter at E.C. Lawrence Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Meet some exhibit animals and find out their strategies. Enjoy s’mores. The cost is $7. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Tea and Cheese Pairing
Wine isn’t the only beverage that complements cheese. Experience the many flavor profiles of teas and cheeses from around the globe in this fun and interactive class at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site from 1 to 3 p.m. Take home tea samples to create your own pairings. The program is presented by Certified Tea Specialist and Chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden. The cost is $30 per person. To make a reservation, call 703-759-2771.
Stream Side Salamanders
Yes, even in winter we can find salamanders at E.C. Lawrence Park. Northern dusky and two-lined salamanders are active all year. Hike to a nearby stream to search for salamanders from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-631-0013.
Dr. Seuss: If I Ran the Nature Center
What if Dr. Seuss wrote about running a nature center instead of a zoo? What would you do? Create your own book at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3:15 p.m. and find out how local wildlife has fantastical abilities too! The cost is $7 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
Mission Space: Constellations
Children ages three to six learn about the different planets and stars in the sky and the many different shapes and patterns they make during a one-hour program at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program starts at 4 p.m. and the cost is $6 per child. Register online. For information, call 703-451-9588.
36th Annual Arts and Crafts Show at Audrey Moore RECenter
Come shop at one of Northern Virginia's largest holiday shows with plenty of great gifts to choose from. Top-quality handmade arts and crafts will be offered by nearly 120 of the area's finest artisans. Admission is $2 per person; children ages 12 and under are free. Door prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 703-321-7081.
Children's Holiday Shopping at Frying Pan Farm Park
Volunteers help children shop for everybody on their holiday list. The Country Store stocks many unique items in all price ranges. Free wrapping assures surprises for family and friends. Adults are invited to wait at the schoolhouse. This program is offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.; and Monday from noon to 4 p.m. Monday is for ages eight years and older with self-shopping and wrapping (no volunteer helpers). Meet at the Old Floris Schoolhouse. For information call 703-437-9101.