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Thursday, December 1

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, December 2

Rockhounders-Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The popular summer camp for children age 6 to 13 is now a fall series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils, and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child for each session. Call 703-451-9588.

Campfire Night Hike - Predators at Night Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a night hike at Riverbend Park and learn about nocturnal hunters. Listen to taped calls of owls and coyotes and then look for them in the forest. Enjoy símores around the campfire. This program from 6 to 7 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must attend with an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, December 3

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowmanís Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Carolerís Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Manís Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good youíve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast símores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Childrenís Holiday Shopping at Frying Pan Farm Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the schoolhouse at Frying Pan Farm Park as we assist young holiday shoppers age 3 to 16 with selections for their gift-giving needs. The country store has a wide selection of unusual gifts priced for a child-sized budget. To ensure a quality shopping experience, please register online for a free time slot from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Walk-ins will be welcome on a first come, first served basis. Adults must wait on site. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Santaís Critters & Craft Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come one, come all to meet Santa and his merry band of critters. Bring your camera to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 a.m. to noon and take pictures with Jolly Saint Nick, his elves, and their animal friends. Other activities include making a family wreath. This program for children age 2 to 13 costs $8. Call 703-451-9588.

39th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Struggling for gift ideas or tired of shopping for the same old thing? Find unique gifts and have some fun with your holiday shopping by coming to one of Northern Virginiaís longest running arts and crafts shows. Bring your list of gift recipients and shop at Audrey Moore RECenter on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be top-quality handmade arts and crafts for sale by nearly 100 of the area's finest artisans. Choose from pottery, woodwork, quilts, clothing, jewelry, ornaments, paintings, glasswork, body products and edible gifts. And if thatís not enough, there will even be door prizes. Admission to this event is $2 per person; children age 12 and under are free. For more information, call 703-321-7081.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 3 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 10 and December 30. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the program, call 703-631-0013.

Winter Wonder Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bundle up and discover animal strategies for surviving winter at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Meet some exhibit animals and learn their strategies. Enjoy símores. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information about the campfire, call 703-631-0013.

Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
These nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites at this time of year. Adults are invited to prowl the park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls, and possibly see a barred owl. Meet at the Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows Park and dress for the weather and standing off trail. The program runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Winter Wreath Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Winter Wreath Workshop Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a beautiful, winter wreath of mixed greens and cones to take home for your front door after Green Spring Gardens staff demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. This program for participants age 14 to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $38. Greens, forms, ribbon and cones are included in the $25 supply fee. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, December 4

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowmanís Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Carolerís Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Manís Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good youíve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast símores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Gardenersí Holiday Open House
Thereís something for everyone at Green Spring Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. There will be puppet shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; greens, seasonal breads and ornaments for sale; live music and free refreshments; and the ďDollhouse and MiniaturesĒ exhibit presented by Happily Ever After Hobby Shop. Admission to the open house is free; puppet shows cost $4 per person. This event is sponsored by Friends of Green Spring. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Gardenersí Holiday Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Register in advance for this festive, holiday puppet show at Green Spring Gardens by Bob Brown puppets. Shows begin at 1 and 3 p.m., and the cost is $4 per person. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Before or after the show, enjoy the Gardenersí Holiday open house sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring. For more information about the show, call 703-642-5173.

39th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Struggling for gift ideas or tired of shopping for the same old thing? Find unique gifts and have some fun with your holiday shopping by coming to one of Northern Virginiaís longest running arts and crafts shows. Bring your list of gift recipients and shop at Audrey Moore RECenter on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be top-quality handmade arts and crafts for sale by nearly 100 of the area's finest artisans. Choose from pottery, woodwork, quilts, clothing, jewelry, ornaments, paintings, glasswork, body products and edible gifts. And if thatís not enough, there will even be door prizes. Admission to this event is $2 per person; children age 12 and under are free. For more information, call 703-321-7081.

Christmas at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special holiday visit to Frying Pan Farm Park and take a wagon ride through the woods and fields with Santa. Activities for participants age two to adult include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Register for an hour-long time slot at 10 or 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 or 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather. For more information about this event, call 703-437-9101.

Deck the Halls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a house tour focusing on holiday decorations - the history, style and materials Ė at Sully Historic Site. Create your own wreath to take home using cuttings from the historic property. Before you leave, enjoy hot cider and cookies. This program runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $20 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information about Sully, call 703-437-1794.

Brownies and Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Teens and tweens age 11 to 17 enjoy a brief presentation at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on varying topics about wild birds while munching on some brownies. Then, they hike with a naturalist to varied habitats to search for wild birds. The program runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and costs $8. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you own a pair. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Stream Side Salamanders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Yes, even in winter we can find salamanders at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Northern dusky and two-lined salamanders are active all year. Participants age six to adult will hike to a nearby stream to search for salamanders from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, December 5

Little Acorns - Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 12/5 Twinkle, Little Star; 12/12 Evergreens. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, December 6

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult can help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Getaway Trip: Lewis Ginter Garden Fest of Lights Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Travel to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond for the Garden Fest of Lights. It features beautiful botanic displays and more than a half-million lights, as well as an orchid and model train display. Depart Green Spring Gardens at 2 and return at 10:45 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. This program for participants age eight to adult costs $112 , which includes motor coach, driver tip, entrance fee, garden tour and dinner. Call 703-642-5173.

Wednesday, December 7

History Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
With your toddler, age one to three, explore history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park each month through sight, sound, smell and touch with indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in December is warmth. Programs run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, December 8

Candlelight Tea: A Very British Christmas
Take a break from the shopping, wrapping, mailing and general craziness of the holiday season and relax at a candlelight tea with a British flair at Historic Green Spring. Adults can discover distinctly British Christmas and New Year traditions as Green Spring puts a focus on holiday customs across the pond. Learn about Boxing Day, Hogmanay, mince pies and more. Sample delicious staples of the British Christmas table and take home a special ďfavour.Ē Tea time is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each of the days. The cost is $45 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Kids Korner-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children age three to five explore nature or history once a month at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft are included. The topic in December is butter. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, December 9

Campfire Stories and Songs Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather Ďround the campfire at Riverbend Park for storytelling, traditional campfire songs and making símores. Meet a live animal highlighted in one of the stories. This program from 6 to 7 p.m. is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information about the campfire, call 703-759-9018.

Rockhounders-Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The popular summer camp for children age 6 to 13 is now a fall series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils, and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child for each session. Call 703-451-9588.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, December 10

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowmanís Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Carolerís Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Manís Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good youíve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast símores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Candlelight Tea: A Very British Christmas
Take a break from the shopping, wrapping, mailing and general craziness of the holiday season and relax at a candlelight tea with a British flair at Historic Green Spring. Adults can discover distinctly British Christmas and New Year traditions as Green Spring puts a focus on holiday customs across the pond. Learn about Boxing Day, Hogmanay, mince pies and more. Sample delicious staples of the British Christmas table and take home a special ďfavour.Ē Tea time is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each of the days. The cost is $45 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 3 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 10 and December 30. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Ride the Holiday Train at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a break from the rush of the holiday season and go for a ride around Lake Fairfax on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. Santa will be stopping by the park to visit. Participants age three to adult can see the lighted Christmas tree and inflatable seasonal decorations. Make a holiday project to take home, gather round the campfire and hear holiday music. Then enjoy warm drinks and treats from the food vendor from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. To reserve a specific ride time, call 703-471-5415.

Astronomy Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy activities at Riverbend Park from 5 to 6 p.m. including guided star gazing, looking through a telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. Other activities and games for participants age three to adult will be going on throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. This program will be canceled in the event of rain or snow. The cost is $6 per person online or $7 at the door. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Family Fun: Winter Solstice Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens and learn how people in the past celebrated the winter solstice. Create an evergreen centerpiece, complete with beeswax candle, to warm and welcome friends and family to your table. This program for participants age five to adult runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Santa at the Mill
Enjoy old-fashioned holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft. This event for participants age three to adult runs from 3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Natural Holiday Ornaments Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturist Nancy Olney and her team of volunteers have been crafting nature-inspired holiday decorations for the Green Spring Historic House for years. Now you can craft with the master as Nancy helps you create a few natural decorations and ornaments to take home and shows favorite projects that you can recreate on your own. This event for participants age 16 to adult runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Holidays at Walney Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family at Walney Farm in this ongoing program. Participants age two to adult can learn about the gifts and foods of an 1850 Virginia farm, create their own historic holiday ornament, take a wagon ride through the trails, and enjoy hot apple cider and treats around a campfire. The program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10. Call 703-631-0013.

Civil War by Candlelight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns at Sully Historic Site. Participants age five to adult can enjoy music, make a 19th century holiday decoration, and sample hot cider and homemade cookies. The house tour is 45 minutes with start times every 15 minutes from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Outdoor festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Whatís new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take participants age 12 to adult on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. will be canceled in the event of rain or other severe weather. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Holiday Horse Drawn Hayrides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse-drawn hayride through Lake Accotink. Warm up with seasonal treats available for purchase at our snack bar. There is no charge to visit Santa for hayride ticket holders. Feel free to take photos as a holiday souvenir of your visit. Dress for the weather and plan on a brisk walk from the parking lot. Register for ride times starting at noon and ending at 2:40 p.m. The cost is $12 per person; age two and younger free. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Skiing Penguins and Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create crafts and activities to keep or share at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Build and race penguins and create snowmen. Create a gift bag to take home your fun creations. This program for children age three to nine costs $7 per child. Children should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, December 11

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowmanís Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Carolerís Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Manís Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good youíve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast símores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Christmas at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special holiday visit to Frying Pan Farm Park and take a wagon ride through the woods and fields with Santa. Activities for participants age two to adult include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Register for an hour-long time slot at 10 or 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 or 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather. For more information about this event, call 703-437-9101.

Candlelight Tea: A Very British Christmas
Take a break from the shopping, wrapping, mailing and general craziness of the holiday season and relax at a candlelight tea with a British flair at Historic Green Spring. Adults can discover distinctly British Christmas and New Year traditions as Green Spring puts a focus on holiday customs across the pond. Learn about Boxing Day, Hogmanay, mince pies and more. Sample delicious staples of the British Christmas table and take home a special ďfavour.Ē Tea time is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each of the days. The cost is $45 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Squirrelís Nutcracker Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy the sounds of the season at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as your family enjoys a puppet show starring a gray squirrel that dreams of a nutcracker. Enjoy learning a few fun facts about this most common and curious creature as you sip sugarplum tea and munch gingerbread treats at the sit-down tea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The program for participants age four to adult costs $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Floral Workshop: Williamsburg Centerpiece Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Workshop: Williamsburg Centerpiece Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Make a beautiful Williamsburg-style Christmas centerpiece at Green Spring Gardens complete with greens, fruit and dried material. Florist Chuck Mason shows you the techniques and leads you through the take-home project from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost of this workshop for participants age 16 to adult is $38 for the program and $25 for supplies. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, December 12

Little Acorns - Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities and, weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 12/5 Twinkle, Little Star; 12/12 Evergreens. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, December 13

Geminids Meteor Shower Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take advantage of this unique opportunity and stay out late at Burke Lake Park from 9 to 11 p.m. to enjoy the Geminids -- the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower peaks this year on December 13 and 14. The Geminids campfire program for participants age six to adult costs $10 per person. For more information, call 703-323-6600.

Late Night Geminids Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake opens its gates at 11 p.m. to allow free public access for a special late-night viewing of the Geminids Meteor Shower. Park Staff guide you to pre-determined viewing areas where you can watch the biggest, brightest meteor shower of the year. Participants age six to adult must register in advance to receive this special access to the park. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Call 703-323-6600.

Wednesday, December 14

Nature Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age one to three, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Programs include indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in December is the five senses. Sessions run from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. Call 703-631-0013.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, December 15

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, December 16

Rockhounders-Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The popular summer camp for children age 6 to 13 is now a fall series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils, and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child for each session. Call 703-451-9588.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, December 17

Victorian Candlelight Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy Victorian-era traditions as participants age five to adult meet Sullyís Santa, hear a reading of ďA Visit from St. Nicholas,Ē and see the Christmas tree decorated according to an 1885 memory. Make a tree decoration based on a Victorian original. The house tour is 45 minutes with start times every 15 minutes, 4:45 to 7 p.m. Outdoor festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Even if there is no snow on the ground, children age 3 to 12 will celebrate the cool snowman by crafting their own, enjoying stories and sipping on snowman soup (hot chocolate) at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Hear the tale of charity, ďFlakey the (naked) Snowman,Ē as read by author Amy Tubbs. This program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Holiday Ice Skating Show
Get ready to chill out and have some fun when the popular Holiday Ice Show returns to Mount Vernon RECenter. This annual show features group routines performed by students of all ages and abilities who are enrolled in the ice arenaís group lessons, as well as solo skate routines by other rink skaters. There will also be an appearance by a very special guest. Admission to the show is free. Performances run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-768-3224.

Holiday Express at Clemyjontri
Come meet Santa, take a ride on the train or carousel and color your own holiday picture from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photos with Santa are $5, train ticket are $5 and carousel rides are $3. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-388-2807.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, December 18

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grain using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. Itís great for families. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the stars and more in the night sky and get tips on how to enjoy stargazing at night. Through a short presentation, story, song and craft at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, share the wonder of the night sky with your child, age two to five, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Monday, December 19

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Tuesday, December 20

Wednesday, December 21

Nutcracker Fantasy Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your holiday guests and join master puppeteer Bob Brown in a holiday production of the Nutcracker fantasy at Frying Pan Farm Park. Join the lively marionettes as they frolic in a magical winter wonderland of snow. After the show, stroll the park and visit our animals or shop at the Country Store. Show times are 10 or 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information about the show, call 703-437-9101.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, December 22

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Friday, December 23

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

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Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, December 28

Holiday Concert - IONA Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Music lovers age five to adult are invited to Sully Historic Site to hear one of the top rated pan-Celtic groups in the world. IONA treats its audience to high energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals. Performances are at 1 and 2 p.m. Seating is limited. The cost is $12 per person and includes a house tour. Refreshments will be served in the 18th century kitchen. For more information about Sully or the concert, call 703-437-1794.

Thursday, December 29

Friday, December 30

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 3 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 10 and December 30. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Saturday, December 31

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. This program for participants age four to adult costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, November 1

Home School at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Homeschoolers age 6 to 12 will explore the natural and cultural history of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program includes fun hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalists. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 2

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to seven, can now be part of this seasonís exploration of the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. includes explorations of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

History Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler age one to three to explore history at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park through sight, sound, smell and touch. The monthly program includes indoor and outdoor activities. The topic in November is Pilgrims. Programs run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Adults must be able to participate with children. Call the park at 703-631-0013.

Thursday, November 3

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program, for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary each week. Children must be accompanied by an adult who is registered in the program. Activities are offered from 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Friday, November 4

Rockhounders Ė Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The popular summer camp for children age 6 to 12 is now a fall series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils, and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Amphibian Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Gather around a campfire at Riverbend Park and learn about our native amphibians. See some animals first hand and talk about their habits and habitats. Make símores around the campfire. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018.

Saturday, November 5

Civil War Soldier Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a warm campfire at Walney and learn how Civil War soldiers lived during the American Civil War. Practice drilling with a Civil War soldier at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, see a musket firing demonstration and try building a shelter. Try the hardtack that soldiers commonly ate during the Civil War. Compare this dietary staple to the delicious símores we enjoy today. This event is appropriate for participants age four to adult and runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Cocoa Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy this fall with a special harvest-themed wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park. The program is perfect for participants age three to adult. Afterwards, sample hot cocoa and símores around the campfire. The one-hour programs begin at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Garden Program: Texture & Contrasts Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Adults will learn how to pair plants like a landscape designer using contrasting leaf textures and color intensity during this program from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. University of Delaware professor emeritus Bob Lyons gives examples of plant combinations that any gardener can use to create beautiful plant vignettes. The cost is $15 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Beyond the Teacup: Cooking and Baking with Tea
Whether itís brewed, infused or dry ground leaves, tea can enhance your menus with healthful antioxidants while adding intriguing flavor notes. Tea lovers age 16 to adult are invited to learn how to incorporate this ancient plant into everyday frecipes, and get new ideas for the holidays. Take home tea and treat sampler and recipes are included. This program is presented by certified tea specialist and chef Laurie Bell of Great Falls Tea Garden and guest pastry chef Leslie Hollander from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. Pre-paid reservations are required by November 2. Call 703-759-2771.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-631-0013.

Animal Pajama Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Put on your pajamas and come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center to hear bedtime stories, meet animals and wish goodnight to the centerís live animals. Bring your favorite stuffed animal with you. This program is for children age two to seven from 7 to 7:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Adults are invited to get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park naturalist on a hike around some easy trails around Riverbend Park from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, November 6

Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Watch as the blacksmith fires up his forge and works with hammer and tongs to make iron tools and utensils at Colvin Run Mill. The free demonstration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required. Please call 703-759-2771 for more information.

Garden Program: Gorgeous Ornamental Grass Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Ornamental grasses are in their glory in fall. Join horticulturalist Brenda Skarphol at Green Spring Gardens as she introduces you to some beautiful grasses for your garden and shows you plant combinations that showcase their form and color. Learn how to plant and maintain these beauties for multi-season interest. This class for participants age 16 to adult takes place outdoors from 1:30 to 3 p.m., so please dress for the weather. The cost is $18 per person. For more information, please call 703-642-5173.

Jane Austen Tea Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a tasty trip back in time and experience history first hand. Tea in the time of Jane Austen offers a refined experience. Get medical tips, fashion guidance and garden advice during this program from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. Tea and delicious afternoon refreshments will be served for participants age eight to adult. The cost is $28 per person. For more information, please call 703-437-1794.

Tricky TurkeysClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Do you know a jake from a jenny? Baby turkeys and their grown-ups are surprisingly curious creatures. Find out about these birds at Hidden Oaks Nature Center through a story, song and craft for children age two to five from 1:15 to 2 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Vote for Your Favorite Herp! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Election Day is almost here; Rat Snake, American toad and Eastern Box Turtle are in a close race. Hear their final campaign speeches at Hidden Oaks Nature Center and their latest promises as they seek the title of Head Herp -- the number one in the community of reptiles and amphibians. Vote early, vote often! Learn about the true lives of these creatures. This free program from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. is for participants age three to adult. Campaign button donation proceeds support exhibit animal care and feeding. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Wagon Ride-Journey to the Potomac River Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy riding through the woods and along the Potomac River at Riverbend Park while finding out about the parkís wildlife and the American Indians who once lived here. The ride from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-759-9018 for information.

Monday, November 7

Little Acorns- Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities, and weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 11/7 Skeleton/Funny Bones; 11/14 Wild Cats; 11/21 Tricky Turkeys; 11/28†Leaping Lizards. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Garden Sprouts: Nature Playgroup Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join our Nature Playgroup for children age two to five at Green Spring Gardens from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Your preschooler enjoys nature-themed activities while you can meet other playgroup parents one Monday a month. A staff member is on hand to put out nature sensory bins, direct games and activities, or lead a garden walk. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must accompany the registered child. Call 703-642-5173.

Little Hands on the Farm: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the Barn 2 classroom at Frying Pan Farm Park to learn about a farm animal. Children will interact with animals, receive a story, and create a craft. Programs for two to three-year-olds run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Programs for three to five-year-olds run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Pre-paid reservations are required. The cost is $8 per child. Adults must attend class with child. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Tuesday, November 8

Toast the Victor Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís been an intense campaign season, but now itís time to toast the victor of the Park Authorityís favorite herp (reptile or amphibian) election. Find out whether the eastern rat snake, American toad or eastern box turtle was the top vote-getter in this county-wide election at the free campfire celebration at Riverbend Park at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy símores after victory and concession speeches.

Animal Feeding at the Nature Center Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís dinner time at Hidden Pond Nature Center and worms and insects are on the menu. Participants age three to adult can help our naturalist care for and feed the nature centerís animals from 4 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Guided Meditation in Nature Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Recent research suggests that contact with nature can help mitigate stress and enhance mental well-being. Join a Riverbend naturalist for an hour of guided meditation in a secluded spot within Riverbend Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This program for participants age 15 to adult is perfect for people who want to unplug from their busy daily lives and reconnect with nature through mindfulness meditation. The cost is $12 per person. Meet at the Nature Center. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Wednesday, November 9

Nature Tots: Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring your toddler, age one to three, to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to explore nature through sight, sound, smell and touch. Monthly programs include indoor and outdoor activities. Topics vary with the seasons. The topic in November is Time to Sleep. The session runs from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. An adult must be able to participate with children. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Thursday, November 10

Kids Korner-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschool children age three to five explore nature or history once a month at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park accompanied by an adult. An outdoor activity and craft are included. The topic in November is woolly bear caterpillars. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $6 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Home School at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Homeschoolers age 6 to 12 will explore the natural and cultural history of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program includes fun hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalists. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Nature Detectives: Animals in Winter Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Through an activity, story, and craft, learn what animals are doing this time of year. This program at Riverbend Park runs from 4 to 5 p.m. for participants age three to five. The cost is $6 per child. Reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Friday, November 11

Riverside Campfire - Batty about Bats Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bats! Learn more about these fascinating and mysterious night-flying marvels and why they are disappearing from our skies through games and activities. This program at Riverbend Park is for participants age two to adult and runs from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a toasting stick; símores will be provided. Come early if youíd like and bring a picnic or hot dogs to roast. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. This event will be canceled if it rains. For more information, please contact the site at 703-759-9018.

Coyotes Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Satisfy your curiosity and your sweet tooth with one howling campfire for participants age four to adult from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Listen to coyote calls, take a short hike and make símores as you learn about this wily canine. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Rockhounders Ė Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The popular summer camp for children age 6 to 12 is now a fall series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils, and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 12

Cocoa Wagon Rides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy this fall with a special harvest-themed wagon ride at Frying Pan Farm Park. The program is perfect for participants age three to adult. Afterwards, sample hot cocoa and símores around the campfire. The one-hour programs begin at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Night Hike Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a nighttime walk with a naturalist. We will search for wildlife at Burke Lake Park. The hike concludes with a campfire, and símores ó all ingredients are provided. This program for participants age three to adult runs from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 each. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Contact the site at 703-323-6600.

Family Fun: Bird Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bring family members age five to adult to Green Spring Gardens for a guided bird walk through the autumn gardens where birds are preparing for winter. Bring field glasses, if you have them, and weíll provide you with a bird search sheet. Warm up with some hot cider and talk more with our guide about the birds we saw and heard. The program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Whatís new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take participants age 12 to adult on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. will be canceled in the event of rain or other severe weather. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Nature Babies Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Itís never too early to expose your baby to the outdoors. Adults are invited to get the stroller or baby backpack ready and join a park naturalist on a hike around some easy trails around Scottís Run Nature Preserve from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Meet at the West parking lot. There are no facilities at Scottís Run. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Sunday, November 13

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grain using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. Itís great for families. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Tea with Lady Violet
Award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung returns to Green Spring to host afternoon tea as Downton Abbeyís irrepressible family matriarch. The Dowager Countess takes questions from guests as she mingles, chats, opines on the virtues of tradition and delivers her signature Ė and hilariously caustic Ė worldview! A favor bag is included. This program and traditional English tea is being offered for adults from 1 to 3 pm. The cost is $45, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Reptile & Amphibian Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Children age 6 to 15 are invited to join RAC at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and explore the amazing world of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. Learn new facts, encounter live animals and discover their park habitats. The monthly program runs from 3 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 per child. Call 703-631-0013.

Bird Watching Club Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Look up, listen carefully and discover the amazing birds that inhabit Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Kids age 6 to 11 meet once a month from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. to develop birding skills that will last a lifetime. The cost is $5 per child. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Wagon Ride - Journey to the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Fall is a great time to discover living things in our parks. Frogs, tadpoles and water critters abound in the pond at Riverbend Park. Journey to the pond to see whatís hopping, splashing and swimming. This wagon ride from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is for participants age two to adult. The cost is $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Meet at the Nature Center. For more information, please contact the site at 703-759-9018.

Monday, November 14

Little Acorns- Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities, and weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 11/7 Skeleton/Funny Bones; 11/14 Wild Cats; 11/21 Tricky Turkeys; 11/28†Leaping Lizards. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for young explorers age three to seven at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, November 15

Home School at the Pond Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Homeschoolers age 6 to 12 will explore the natural and cultural history of the Pohick Stream Valley at Hidden Pond Nature Center from 1 to 2 p.m. The program includes fun hands-on activities and informal discussions with our naturalists. The cost is $8 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Wednesday, November 16

Hot Dog, Símores! Wagon Ride & Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Meet at Cabellís Mill at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park to enjoy a turkey hot dog supper roasted over the campfire and a brisk wagon ride through the Rocky Run stream valley. Discover who Ellanor C. Lawrence was and learn about the areaís local and natural history. We provide hot dogs, buns, condiments and símores. Feel free to bring your own drinks and sides. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Pohick Puddle Jumpers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The youngest nature lovers, age three to seven, can now be part of this seasonís exploration of the natural world with hands-on and up-close indoor and outdoor activities at Hidden Pond Nature Center. The program held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. includes explorations of the Pohick Stream Valley or areas surrounding the pond. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Thursday, November 17

Snake Feeding Program Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Participants age seven to adult are invited to join us at the nature center from 5:15 to 6 p.m. for a behind the scenes look at the snakes of Hidden Pond. Visitors will observe the unique methods snakes use to feed. Get a glimpse at something few people get to see in the wild while learning about our local serpents and their importance to our ecosystem. The cost is $4 per person. Please take into consideration this program is not for everyone and may be graphic. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Jr. Farmer Family Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
This family program, for participants age two to adult goes behind the scenes to help the farmers at Frying Pan Farm Park with chores such as milking the cows, feeding the animals, and shelling corn. Topics and activities vary each week. Children must be accompanied by an adult who is registered in the program. Activities are offered from 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $6 per person. Call 703-437-9101 for more information.

Friday, November 18

Rockhounders Ė Fall Series Click to Register with Parktakes Online
The popular summer camp for children age 6 to 12 is now a fall series at Hidden Pond Nature Center. This hands-on approach to geology includes rock/mineral classification, plate tectonics, fossils, and collecting from 5 to 6 p.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Saturday, November 19

Ride the Turkey Train at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Ride Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad around Lake Fairfax and through the fall-colored forest as you hear about early Thanksgiving celebrations. See how Eastern Woodland Indians hunted and how their tools were made. Create your own Thanksgiving-themed craft to take home. This event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is designed for participants age three to adult. The cost is $5 per person. The Fairfax County Park Authority will be collecting non-perishable food to be donated to a local food bank. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Floral Workshop: Fall Fruit & Flowers Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Workshop: Fall Fruit & Flowers Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn how to add fall fruit and dried materials to a floral table centerpiece. Florist Chuck Mason will demonstrate the techniques and walk you through the take home centerpiece. Great for your Thanksgiving table. The workshop runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please register for program and supply fee. The cost of the program is $38 with a supply fee of $25.

Letís Grow Garden Club: Holiday Harvest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
When the weather turns cold, garden growth slows down at Green Spring Gardens. Children age 6 to 10 can help us put our garden to rest for the winter. Afterward, warm up with apple cider. Take home some dried herbs that you can enjoy at your familyís holiday feast. The program runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and the cost is $15 per child. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

A Bountiful Harvest Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Wheat and corn were the two main crops grown at Sully Historic Site. Stop by the kitchen to see foods made using those two grains. Make a corn husk doll and a woven wheat ornament to take home. This program for participants age five to adult runs from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
These nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites at this time of year. Adults are invited to prowl the park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls, and possibly see a barred owl. Meet at the Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows Park and dress for the weather and standing off trail. The program runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, please contact the site at 703-768-2525.

Astronomy CampfireClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a campfire at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 7 to 8 p.m. and learn what ancient cultures saw in the stars. Make símores over the embers after hearing tales of the constellations. This program is for participants age four to adult. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, November 20

Princess Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate happily-ever-after with the princesses and their nature pals from your favorite fairytales from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Learn about the newest Polynesian princess! Come to Hidden Oaks Nature Center dressed as your favorite character and enjoy a sit-down tea with cookies, crafts and photo opportunities for participants age three to adult. The cost is $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Call 703-941-1065.

Monday, November 21

Little Acorns- Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities, and weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 11/7 Skeleton/Funny Bones; 11/14 Wild Cats; 11/21 Tricky Turkeys; 11/28†Leaping Lizards. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Tuesday, November 22

Wednesday, November 23

Thursday, November 24

Thanksgiving† Turkey Burn†at South Run RECreation Center†
Donít let the holidays threaten your waistline! South Run RECenter has just the right thing to get you through this. Work out prior to Thanksgiving dinner at our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Burn. From 7 to 11 a.m., take classes such as zumba, cycle, step, Body Pump, core and more. Each class is 30 minutes. No sign-up necessary, but first-come, first-served.†This program is for participants age young teen to adult. The cost is daily admission or a RECenter pass. For more information, please call 703-324-9243.

Friday, November 25

Thanksgiving† Turkey Burn†at South Run RECreation Center†
Donít let the holidays threaten your waistline! South Run RECenter has just the right thing to get you through this. Work out prior to Thanksgiving dinner at our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Burn. From 7 to 11 a.m., take classes such as zumba, cycle, step, Body Pump, core and more. Each class is 30 minutes. No sign-up necessary, but first-come, first-served.†This program is for participants age young teen to adult. The cost is daily admission or a RECenter pass. For more information, please call 703-324-9243.

Saturday, November 26

Turkey Walk Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Discover the wild turkeyís habits and secret ways during a walk in the cedar forest at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Look for wild turkeys and their signs. This program for participants age three to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in TonighClick to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Sunday, November 27

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for participants age four to adult. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. The cost is $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Monday, November 28

Little Acorns- Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Preschoolers age two to four and their accompanying adult begin sharing natureís wonders in this interactive class at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Experiences include finger plays, stories, activities, and weather permitting, an outdoor exploration. Dress for the weather. Topics are: 11/7 Skeleton/Funny Bones; 11/14 Wild Cats; 11/21 Tricky Turkeys; 11/28†Leaping Lizards. Sessions run from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $6 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Nature Quest-Fall Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Be a part of the long-running naturalist program designed for young explorers age three to seven at Hidden Pond Nature Center. From field to stream and everything in between, children will learn about many of our local animal species, hands-on and in the field from 10 to 11 a.m. Topics vary each week. The cost is $7 per child. For more information, call 703-451-9588.

Tuesday, November 29

Wednesday, November 30

Festive Sully
Holidays of the past were beautiful! Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. For more information call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, November 31

Monday, December 1

Tuesday, December 2

Weekend Highlights

Saturday, December 3

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family! Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowman’s Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Caroler’s Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Man’s Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good you’ve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast s’mores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Children’s Holiday Shopping at Frying Pan Farm Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join us in the schoolhouse at Frying Pan Farm Park as we assist young holiday shoppers age 3 to 16 with selections for their gift-giving needs. The country store has a wide selection of unusual gifts priced for a child-sized budget. To ensure a quality shopping experience, please register online for a free time slot from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Walk-ins will be welcome on a first come, first served basis. Adults must wait on site. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Santa’s Critters & Craft Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come one, come all to meet Santa and his merry band of critters. Bring your camera to Hidden Pond Nature Center from 10 a.m. to noon and take pictures with Jolly Saint Nick, his elves, and their animal friends. Other activities include making a family wreath. This program for children age 2 to 13 costs $8. Call 703-451-9588.

39th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Struggling for gift ideas or tired of shopping for the same old thing? Find unique gifts and have some fun with your holiday shopping by coming to one of Northern Virginia’s longest running arts and crafts shows. Bring your list of gift recipients and shop at Audrey Moore RECenter on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be top-quality handmade arts and crafts for sale by nearly 100 of the area's finest artisans. Choose from pottery, woodwork, quilts, clothing, jewelry, ornaments, paintings, glasswork, body products and edible gifts. And if that’s not enough, there will even be door prizes. Admission to this event is $2 per person; children age 12 and under are free. For more information, call 703-321-7081.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 3 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 10 and December 30. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Feeding Day! Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join a naturalist and youth volunteers as we demonstrate how we feed our site display animals at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Make a birdfeeder to take home and use. Search for worms and insects, and assist in serving dinner. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information about the program, call 703-631-0013.

Winter Wonder Campfire Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Bundle up and discover animal strategies for surviving winter at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Meet some exhibit animals and learn their strategies. Enjoy s’mores. This program for participants age two to adult runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information about the campfire, call 703-631-0013.

Owl Outing Click to Register with Parktakes Online
These nocturnal raptors are pair-bonding and looking for nesting sites at this time of year. Adults are invited to prowl the park after dark to listen for and learn about our local owls, and possibly see a barred owl. Meet at the Visitor Center at Huntley Meadows Park and dress for the weather and standing off trail. The program runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Winter Wreath Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Winter Wreath Workshop Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create a beautiful, winter wreath of mixed greens and cones to take home for your front door after Green Spring Gardens staff demonstrate the dazzling possibilities. This program for participants age 14 to adult runs from 10 a.m. to noon. The program cost is $38. Greens, forms, ribbon and cones are included in the $25 supply fee. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, December 4

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowman’s Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Caroler’s Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Man’s Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good you’ve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast s’mores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Gardeners’ Holiday Open House
There’s something for everyone at Green Spring Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. There will be puppet shows at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; greens, seasonal breads and ornaments for sale; live music and free refreshments; and the “Dollhouse and Miniatures” exhibit presented by Happily Ever After Hobby Shop. Admission to the open house is free; puppet shows cost $4 per person. This event is sponsored by Friends of Green Spring. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Gardeners’ Holiday Puppet Show Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Register in advance for this festive, holiday puppet show at Green Spring Gardens by Bob Brown puppets. Shows begin at 1 and 3 p.m., and the cost is $4 per person. Registered children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Before or after the show, enjoy the Gardeners’ Holiday open house sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring. For more information about the show, call 703-642-5173.

39th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Struggling for gift ideas or tired of shopping for the same old thing? Find unique gifts and have some fun with your holiday shopping by coming to one of Northern Virginia’s longest running arts and crafts shows. Bring your list of gift recipients and shop at Audrey Moore RECenter on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be top-quality handmade arts and crafts for sale by nearly 100 of the area's finest artisans. Choose from pottery, woodwork, quilts, clothing, jewelry, ornaments, paintings, glasswork, body products and edible gifts. And if that’s not enough, there will even be door prizes. Admission to this event is $2 per person; children age 12 and under are free. For more information, call 703-321-7081.

Christmas at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special holiday visit to Frying Pan Farm Park and take a wagon ride through the woods and fields with Santa. Activities for participants age two to adult include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Register for an hour-long time slot at 10 or 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 or 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather. For more information about this event, call 703-437-9101.

Deck the Halls Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a house tour focusing on holiday decorations - the history, style and materials – at Sully Historic Site. Create your own wreath to take home using cuttings from the historic property. Before you leave, enjoy hot cider and cookies. This program runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. for participants age 12 to adult. The cost is $20 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. For more information about Sully, call 703-437-1794.

Brownies and Birds Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Teens and tweens age 11 to 17 enjoy a brief presentation at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park on varying topics about wild birds while munching on some brownies. Then, they hike with a naturalist to varied habitats to search for wild birds. The program runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and costs $8. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you own a pair. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Stream Side Salamanders Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Yes, even in winter we can find salamanders at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Northern dusky and two-lined salamanders are active all year. Participants age six to adult will hike to a nearby stream to search for salamanders from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Call 703-631-0013.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, December 10

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowman’s Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Caroler’s Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Man’s Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good you’ve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast s’mores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Candlelight Tea: A Very British Christmas
Take a break from the shopping, wrapping, mailing and general craziness of the holiday season and relax at a candlelight tea with a British flair at Historic Green Spring. Adults can discover distinctly British Christmas and New Year traditions as Green Spring puts a focus on holiday customs across the pond. Learn about Boxing Day, Hogmanay, mince pies and more. Sample delicious staples of the British Christmas table and take home a special “favour.” Tea time is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each of the days. The cost is $45 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Flying Squirrels: Gliding in Tonight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Join the naturalist calling in these amazing gliders of the night and look for flying squirrels at roosting boxes near Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Learn how you can encourage flying squirrels to visit your yard. This program for participants age four to adult runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 3 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on December 10 and December 30. The cost is $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Ride the Holiday Train at Lake Fairfax Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Take a break from the rush of the holiday season and go for a ride around Lake Fairfax on Engine #62 of the Resources Railroad. Santa will be stopping by the park to visit. Participants age three to adult can see the lighted Christmas tree and inflatable seasonal decorations. Make a holiday project to take home, gather round the campfire and hear holiday music. Then enjoy warm drinks and treats from the food vendor from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. To reserve a specific ride time, call 703-471-5415.

Astronomy Festival Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy activities at Riverbend Park from 5 to 6 p.m. including guided star gazing, looking through a telescope, and listening to ancient stories about the constellations around the campfire. Other activities and games for participants age three to adult will be going on throughout the evening. Hot chocolate and snacks will be available for purchase. This program will be canceled in the event of rain or snow. The cost is $6 per person online or $7 at the door. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Family Fun: Winter Solstice Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Come to Green Spring Gardens and learn how people in the past celebrated the winter solstice. Create an evergreen centerpiece, complete with beeswax candle, to warm and welcome friends and family to your table. This program for participants age five to adult runs from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-642-5173.

Santa at the Mill
Enjoy old-fashioned holiday fun at Colvin Run Mill. Visit Santa in the mill and see the Christmas tree trimmed with Victorian decorations. Join the costumed 49th Virginia Volunteer Infantry caroling around a bonfire. Roast marshmallows and make a family craft. This event for participants age three to adult runs from 3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Natural Holiday Ornaments Workshop Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Horticulturist Nancy Olney and her team of volunteers have been crafting nature-inspired holiday decorations for the Green Spring Historic House for years. Now you can craft with the master as Nancy helps you create a few natural decorations and ornaments to take home and shows favorite projects that you can recreate on your own. This event for participants age 16 to adult runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $38 per person. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Holidays at Walney Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family at Walney Farm in this ongoing program. Participants age two to adult can learn about the gifts and foods of an 1850 Virginia farm, create their own historic holiday ornament, take a wagon ride through the trails, and enjoy hot apple cider and treats around a campfire. The program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $10. Call 703-631-0013.

Civil War by Candlelight Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Experience a Civil War Christmas as Confederate soldiers cook dinner in the field and fire the Christmas guns at Sully Historic Site. Participants age five to adult can enjoy music, make a 19th century holiday decoration, and sample hot cider and homemade cookies. The house tour is 45 minutes with start times every 15 minutes from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Outdoor festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 703-437-1794.

Boardwalk Astronomy Click to Register with Parktakes Online
What’s new in the night sky? Join naturalists at Huntley Meadows Park as they take participants age 12 to adult on a tour of constellations, comets and other current events happening in the heavens above. The program from 6 to 8 p.m. will be canceled in the event of rain or other severe weather. The cost is $8 per person. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Holiday Horse Drawn Hayrides Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy holiday music and merriment on a horse-drawn hayride through Lake Accotink. Warm up with seasonal treats available for purchase at our snack bar. There is no charge to visit Santa for hayride ticket holders. Feel free to take photos as a holiday souvenir of your visit. Dress for the weather and plan on a brisk walk from the parking lot. Register for ride times starting at noon and ending at 2:40 p.m. The cost is $12 per person; age two and younger free. For more information, call 703-569-3464.

Skiing Penguins and Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Create crafts and activities to keep or share at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Build and race penguins and create snowmen. Create a gift bag to take home your fun creations. This program for children age three to nine costs $7 per child. Children should be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, December 11

Winter Wonderland at Burke Lake Park Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Burke Lake Park turns into a Winter Wonderland for two weekends in December with holiday fun for the whole family. Hop aboard for a ride on the Holiday Express Train, Snowman’s Wagon Ride or U.S.S. Rudolph Boat. Take a spin on the Caroler’s Carousel or play a round of Gingerbread Man’s Golf. Visit with Santa to let him know how good you’ve been this year. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and roast s’mores by the fire. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a tasty candy cane. Winter Wonderland hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission passes are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 the day of the event. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult registered for the same ride package. Children under two ride free but must pay for other activities. Limited activity tickets will be available the day of the event at the park. Help others this holiday season by bringing a new toy or canned food item for donation. For more, call 703-323-6600.

Christmas at the Farm Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a special holiday visit to Frying Pan Farm Park and take a wagon ride through the woods and fields with Santa. Activities for participants age two to adult include a holiday craft, cookie decorating and puppet show. Register for an hour-long time slot at 10 or 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 or 3 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dress for the weather. For more information about this event, call 703-437-9101.

Candlelight Tea: A Very British Christmas
Take a break from the shopping, wrapping, mailing and general craziness of the holiday season and relax at a candlelight tea with a British flair at Historic Green Spring. Adults can discover distinctly British Christmas and New Year traditions as Green Spring puts a focus on holiday customs across the pond. Learn about Boxing Day, Hogmanay, mince pies and more. Sample delicious staples of the British Christmas table and take home a special “favour.” Tea time is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each of the days. The cost is $45 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call 703-941-7987.

Squirrel’s Nutcracker Tea Party Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy the sounds of the season at Hidden Oaks Nature Center as your family enjoys a puppet show starring a gray squirrel that dreams of a nutcracker. Enjoy learning a few fun facts about this most common and curious creature as you sip sugarplum tea and munch gingerbread treats at the sit-down tea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The program for participants age four to adult costs $15 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Call 703-941-1065.

Floral Workshop: Williamsburg Centerpiece Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Floral Workshop: Williamsburg Centerpiece Supply Fee Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Make a beautiful Williamsburg-style Christmas centerpiece at Green Spring Gardens complete with greens, fruit and dried material. Florist Chuck Mason shows you the techniques and leads you through the take-home project from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost of this workshop for participants age 16 to adult is $38 for the program and $25 for supplies. Please register for both the program and supply fee. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, December 17

Victorian Candlelight Tour Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy Victorian-era traditions as participants age five to adult meet Sully’s Santa, hear a reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” and see the Christmas tree decorated according to an 1885 memory. Make a tree decoration based on a Victorian original. The house tour is 45 minutes with start times every 15 minutes, 4:45 to 7 p.m. Outdoor festivities are available until 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Call 703-437-1794.

Snowman Fun Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Even if there is no snow on the ground, children age 3 to 12 will celebrate the cool snowman by crafting their own, enjoying stories and sipping on snowman soup (hot chocolate) at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Hear the tale of charity, “Flakey the (naked) Snowman,” as read by author Amy Tubbs. This program from 2 to 3 p.m. costs $7 per child. Call 703-941-1065.

Holiday Ice Skating Show
Get ready to chill out and have some fun when the popular Holiday Ice Show returns to Mount Vernon RECenter. This annual show features group routines performed by students of all ages and abilities who are enrolled in the ice arena’s group lessons, as well as solo skate routines by other rink skaters. There will also be an appearance by a very special guest. Admission to the show is free. Performances run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-768-3224.

Holiday Express at Clemyjontri
Come meet Santa, take a ride on the train or carousel and color your own holiday picture from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photos with Santa are $5, train ticket are $5 and carousel rides are $3. No reservations are required. For more information, call 703-388-2807.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Sunday, December 18

Run of the Mill Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Visit historic Colvin Run Mill to learn about the milling process from beginning to end. This hands-on program from 1 to 3 p.m. for participants age six to adult teaches you how we clean, mill and sift grain using antique equipment. All participants get to take home a souvenir sample bag of what is milled during class. It’s great for families. The cost is $20 per person. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Learn about the stars and more in the night sky and get tips on how to enjoy stargazing at night. Through a short presentation, story, song and craft at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, share the wonder of the night sky with your child, age two to five, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The cost is $6 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Festive Sully
Experience the main house at Sully Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. decorated for an 18th century season of celebration. Relive the 1885 holiday memories of a young Sully visitor seeing the tree decorated in Victorian splendor. Groups of 15 or more require reservations. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for students, and $5 for seniors and children. Call 703-437-1794.

Saturday, December 31

Snake and Turtle Feeding Click to Register with Parktakes Online
Enjoy a brief presentation and demonstration by our animal caretaker staff at Hidden Oaks Nature Center from 2 to 3 p.m. At least one snake, two turtles and a toad will be fed. This program for participants age four to adult costs $6 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. For more information, call 703-941-1065.


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