April 5: Crazy Kaleidoscopes
Make & Take Science: Kaleidoscopes: School-age kids will enjoy this hands-on blend of art and technology. Each participant will have a cool new kaleidoscope to take home. (Supplies are limited.) From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. Ages 6-14. Free. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
Also on Friday:
Hidden Pond Wetland Day: Join us as we explore the different wetlands from ponds to streams and everything in between. Bring boots and plan to get dirty as we investigate the various bodies of water and learn about the different organisms that live there. Fish at the pond, net at the stream and even help clean our local waterways. From noon to 2:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 6 and up $5 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
April 6: Poetic Justice
Kwame Alexander & Randy Preston: Poetry and Performance: Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander and musician Randy Preston for a special performance celebrating the paperback release of BOOKED and THE CROSSOVER as well as the release of Kwame’s new picture book THE UNDEFEATED. Books will be available for purchase. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Ages 6 and up. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Also on Saturday:
Life Lessons from Mt. Kilimanjaro: Local author Robert Perry will share the inspiring story of his trek to the highest peak in Africa. He will sign copies of his book Taking the 12 Steps Up- and Down- Kilimanjaro. From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults and Teens. Free. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Puppy Kindergarten: Puppies 10 to 23 weeks old learn socialization and discipline fundamentals. Puppy owners learn how to address problems such as housebreaking, chewing and jumping. Puppies should wear a buckle collar and be up-to-date with shots. 9 a.m. at Lake Accotink. Ages 13 and up. $111 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-569-3464.
Floral Design Workshop-Ikebana: Ikebana is a Japanese art of flower arrangement. Learn its rich symbolism and fundamentals, and take home your own arrangement. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Spring Gardens. The program cost is $39 per person. Materials are provided with a $25 supply fee. Ages 16 and up. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.
“Choreographers Collaboration Project Spring Dance Concert”: Explore an evening of dance exploration featuring work by the Choreographers Collaboration Project and the Local Motion Project at BalletNova Center of Dance. 7:00 p.m. Free – $15. All ages. Buy tickets at door. For more information, call 703-778-3016.
April 7: Butterfly Beauties
Build Your Own Butterfly Garden: Do you want to attract beautiful butterflies to your lawn? Tour Ellanor C. Lawrence Park’s butterfly garden and learn how the plants selected nourish and feed butterflies. Then, plant seeds that you can take home and transplant into your own butterfly garden. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. The cost is $8 per person. Ages 5 and up. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Also on Sunday:
Easter Eggstravaganza: Hunt for eggs filled with treats and prizes and visit animals outdoors at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center. Egg hunts for children age one to four begin on the hour from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Egg hunts for children age one to six run at 2 and 3 p.m. Egg hunts start promptly at your registered times. Ages 1 to 6. The cost is $8 per child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Woodland Wildlife Egg Hunt: In groups of 10, enjoy an easy walk to meet costumed woodland characters along the half-mile, non-paved woodland trail for an entertaining look at how different animals raise their young. Collect 10 eggs with non-candy treats. See live frog eggs and meet some spring critters. Register for one-hour programs at Hidden Oaks Nature Center beginning at 1 or 1:30 p.m. Ages 3- 8.The cost is $9 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
“The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”: The Amadeus Orchestra and Fairfax Choral Society present a one-of-a-kind composition that fuses several religious and musical traditions at the St. Luke Catholic Church. 4:00 p.m. Free – $35. All ages. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-759-5334.