Jan. 3: Snip a Snowflake
Make Your Own Snowflakes: Drop-in to make a variety of intricate paper snowflakes to celebrate winter! All ages are welcome, but scissors will be used. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-938-0405.
Also on Friday:
Coffee and a Classic: Strangers on a Train: Start your Friday with a fresh cup of coffee and a classic movie. From 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. at Richard Byrd Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-451-8055.
Winter Waterfowl Hike: Hike with a naturalist to search for winter waterfowl along the Upper Potomac River. Bring binoculars and spotting scopes. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 14 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Jan. 4: You’re a Wizard Harry!
Yule Ball: You are cordially invited to a Yule Ball featuring Harry Potter-themed snacks, crafts, a cosplay contest, and Tonks and the Aurors–a wizard rock band! Costumes not required, but encouraged. From 6 to 8 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library. Grades 7-12. Free. For more information, call 703-502-3883.
Also on Saturday:
Color & Chill: Like to color listen to music and eat snacks? Then join us! Art supplies and refreshments provided by the Friends of Burke Centre Library. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Burke Centre Library. Ages 12-18. Free. For more information, call 703-249-1520.
Pastel Painting-Holly Leaves & Berries: This class offers an introduction into the creative world of pastel painting without paint brushes or water. Local artist Teresa Brunson teaches how to paint holly leaves and berries using pastel sticks. Through demonstrations and instruction, students learn painting techniques such as mark making and layering and gain a solid knowledge of the medium and expressive ways to use it. Students will complete one or two pastel paintings. All supplies are provided. From 10 to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 13 and up. $36 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Twilight Boardwalk Stroll: Join a park naturalist for a guided walk along the forested paths to the wetland and experience Huntley Meadows Park as it transitions from day into night. Watch and listen for beavers, owls and other nocturnal residents. The program runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows. Ages 6 and up. $9 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Jan. 5: Cooking with the Kids
Kids in the Kitchen: Come for a story time + healthy cooking lesson. This is an immersive experience that engages all the senses: sound, touch, taste, and smell to encourage children to form healthy eating habits. We empower kids to make their own nutritious snacks and teach them why it’s important to eat healthy! All material’s provided – Some recipes may use nuts. Presented by the Junior League of Northern Virginia. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Tysons Pimmit Regional Library. Ages 6-12 and adults welcome. Free. For more information, call 703-790-8088.
Also on Sunday:
National Bird Day & Bagels: Celebrate National Bird Day and join a park naturalist to assist with the Christmas Bird Count. Learn how to identify different bird species found in forest and wetland habitats. How many different species can we find? We will tally our findings and end the program with complimentary bagels and coffee. From 8 to 11 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 16 and up. $15 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Games at Walney: How did people in the 19th century entertain themselves when the weather was cold? Join us for an afternoon of historic games for children and adults. Children end a fun afternoon of play by making their own historical toy to take home. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 5 and up. The cost is $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.