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Make This Valentine Season A Special Time

Valentine’s Day offers numerous opportunities for fun, and perhaps romance, at your favorite parks! You’ll find activities for youngsters as well as poetry lovers and those who love history. Take the plunge with a special holiday program!

Ellanor C. Lawrence Visitor CenterEnjoy poetry and tea with your favorite sweetheart at the Machen Farm within Ellanor C. Lawrence Park from 2 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday, February 9, 2013. A costumed interpreter will share Walney’s mystery love poem and then invite you to write and share your own verses with the group. Leave with your poem framed in childhood Valentine card style and with a tummy full of (mint) tea and cookies. The cost is $7. For information, call 703-631-0013.

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park is located at 5040 Walney Road in Chantilly, VA.

Hidden Pond ExhibitsAlso this Saturday is an extremely popular program perfect for your children ages three to eight years old. It’s the Animal Sweethearts Dance, considered the social event of Hidden Pond’s winter season. This year the dancing returns, along with new activities such as a nature walk with Cupid and animal home building activities. Hear the story of the lonely Kingfisher too shy to ask for a dance, and partake of refreshments, crafts and lots more. The program is held from 10 a.m. until noon and again from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Register at Parktakes Online. For more information call 703-451-9588.

Hidden Pond Nature Center is located at 8511 Greeley Blvd in Springfield, VA.

Historic Green SpringOn Thursday, February 14 enjoy a selection of love letters from the past at Historic Green Spring from 1 to 3 p.m. Heartfelt missives penned by novelists, kings, queens, and world leaders are witty, bittersweet and often intriguing. Love notes written by Civil War soldiers are moving and passionate! The cost is $28 per person and includes a full English tea. For information and reservations, call 703-941-7987.

Historic Green Spring is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, VA.

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