Fairfax County Weekender — Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2020

Jan. 31: Artfully Done

Reconceived: Painter/illustrator Aniekan Udofia presents a collection of personal work created in between restrictive commercial projects to maintain inspiration. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.

Also on Friday:

Reston Community Players – “The Game’s Afoot”: Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage, invites his fellow cast members and closest friends to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry on Christmas Eve 1936. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous and a little zany. 8 p.m. at Reston Community Center. Ages 13 and up. $24-28 per person. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Feb. 1: Got Seeds?

Annual Seed Exchange: The Fairfax County Park Authority and Washington Gardener Magazine co-host the 15th Annual Seed Exchange. Stop by for gardening lectures, a seed swap and more. Bring your extra seeds to swap and leave with a bag full of seeds, new garden friends and expert planting advice. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $15 for verified members of the Friends of Green Spring and WG subscribers. Registration for members. $20 for guests. Registration for guests. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Also on Saturday:

Author Julianna Miner – “Raising a Screen Smart Kid”: The author shares insights on how parents can help their kids navigate childhood and adolescence while they learn to use smartphones, apps and websites — and reduce unexpected consequences. From 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library. Adults. Free. For more information, call 703-938-0405.

Kaydee Puppets – Chocolate Dipped Tales: Enjoy a fairy tale puppet show as part of the City of Fairfax Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-293-6227.

Historic Fairfax Courthouse and Historic Records Center — Stop by during the Chocolate Lovers’ Festival and see special historic Fairfax documents on display, Fairfax Bar Association mock trials, participate in a game show and more. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Records Center. All ages. Free. For more information call 703-246-4168.

Groundhog Day: Learn the story behind Groundhog Day and some interesting facts about the animal. Visit the home of the Walney garden groundhog and play groundhog games. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 4 to 12. $7 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult). Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Hot Cocoa Wetland Night Hike: Sip hot cocoa and join a naturalist for a special winter wonder wetland tour after dark. Look for signs and listen for sounds of beavers, owls, deer and other nocturnal winter animals. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mug to help us reduce waste. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 6 and up. $9 per person (children must be accompanied by a registered adult). Register online. This program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Feb. 2: Under the Sea

Caribbean Reef Puppet Show: Join an octopus, ray, shark, lobster and their friends in this undersea adventure. After the show, play a game, sing songs and make a craft. From 2 to 3 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 3 to 7. $9 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult). Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.

Also on Sunday:

Winter Lecture – Building a Piet Oudolf Meadow: Horticulturist Gregg Tepper shares the engaging tale of building a Piet Oudolf-designed meadow garden. With every great project and large planting there is a story, and he will share the background, the details and all the behind-the-scenes magic that happened to make this garden a reality. Prepare to be amazed and delighted. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $10 per person in advance; $12 at the door. Register online. For more information, call 703-642-5173.

Magic and Juggling: Enjoy magic and juggling with Jonathan Austin as part of the City of Fairfax Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at City of Fairfax Regional Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-293-6227.

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