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Friday, Sept. 15: What Goes Ribbet in the Night?

Amphibians After Dark : Assist naturalists with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as you explore pools and ponds. From 8 to 9 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park. Ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $6/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-471-5414.

Also of Friday:

What’s Growing in the Garden? Join us in the Kidwell Garden to explore what’s growing! This week’s topic is Sensational Seeds. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.




Saturday, Sept. 16: Slime Time!

SlugFest : Don’t miss the only celebration of slugs on the East Coast. Come for slug racing, crafts, fortune telling, skin exfoliation and slime tossing. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.



Also on Saturday:

Watercolor Workshop - Design and Composition : Learn about balance, contrast, movement, rhythm, emphasis, pattern and unity. Artist Marni Maree walks you through these elements as you paint. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Bring a lunch. A supply list will be emailed. Adults. $90/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Catch a Critter! Grab a net to study wetland creatures up close and personal. Use magnifying lenses to study the critters’ unique characteristics. This rare opportunity to dip-net in the wetland is possible with guidance of park naturalists. From noon to 2 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 4 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Family Fun - Monarch Migration Obstacle Course : Learn about magnificent monarch butterflies and their migration. Move through the obstacles in our monarch migration course at your own pace, moving from egg to butterfly and beyond with games, songs and activities. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Ages 5 and up. $10/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Hidden Child of the Holocaust: Holocaust survivor Dr. Monique Saigal shares her story and those of the French women who fought the Nazis she interviewed for her book “French Heroines 1940-1945.” Books available for sale and signing. From 1 to 4 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Adults. Free; register online. For more information, call 703-356-0770.

Outlander Experience: Join fellow fans of the Outlander book and TV series for an afternoon "Ceilidh" (Kay-lee) celebrating all things Scottish. Highland dance, music, treats, crafts, trivia and a photo opportunity with our secret guest of honor (hint: it’s not the real Jamie). From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. All ages. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.

Between the Bullet and the Hospital: Kevin Patti from Clara Barton National Historic Site (National Park Service) will present "Between the Bullet and the Hospital." This illustrated talk will use photos from the Civil War era to explore the dangers Clara Barton faced and the accomplishments she achieved. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults, teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.

John Eaton in Concert: For an afternoon of Great American Songbook tunes, come hear local legend, spectacular jazz pianist and brilliant historian, John Eaton. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Vinson Hall Auditorium, 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean. $20/person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Riverside Campfire - American Indians : Play American Indian games and listen to stories ‘round the campfire. S’mores provided. From 6 to 7 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Bring a toasting stick, blanket and flashlight. Ages 2 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.

Evening Walk : Join naturalist P.J. Dunn to hike the trails after dark looking for nocturnal animals. From 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Adults. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.




Sunday, Sept. 17: Fond of the Pond

Life in a Pond : Explore the pond — home to turtles, dragonflies, fish, frogs and lots of plants. Meet live pond animals, hear a story, create a pond craft and visit our two small ponds. From 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 2 to 5. $6/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.


Also on Sunday:

Grinding Demonstrations: See and hear 19th-century technology at work. The miller will be grinding, conditions permitting. From noon to 3 p.m. at Colvin Run Mill. Please call the site to confirm. Tour costs $7/adult, $6/student 16+ with ID and $5/child or senior. No reservations required; pay at site. For more information, call 703-759-2771.

Ancient Plants Sketch Hike : Huntley Meadows is home to plants whose ancestors date back to dinosaur times. Learn about ferns, moss and their allies on a 1.5-mile hike (flat terrain) and keep a field sketch book provided by the Running Brooke Fund. From 1 to 3 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 13 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

 


  • Information was correct at time of publication.  Please contact individual event sites to confirm programs are being held as scheduled. 
  • The Fairfax County Weekender highlights a selection of county events taking place each weekend. Many more events and activities can be found at the Parks and Library pages, and elsewhere on the Fairfax County website. Additionally, the towns of Herndon and Vienna as well as the city of Falls Church offer many arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities.  
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