May 11: Frog and Toad Tunes
Symphony of Frogs: Discover Huntley’s amphibian orchestra! Join a naturalist for an indoor discussion and a guided walk to listen for serenading frogs and toads. Learn the calls of a bull frog, southern leopard frog, green frog, tree frog, American toad and more. From 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Adults. $9/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Also on Friday:
Twilight Hilltop Tour: Historic Huntley sits high upon a hill overlooking Hybla Valley and Huntley Meadows Park. It’s a dramatic setting made all the more stunning by the setting sun. Join us after hours for a special tour and see the house in a different light. Light refreshments served afterward. Dress appropriately for the weather. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Adults. $5/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Campfire Fridays – Spring: Come for a night of campfire, s’mores, animals and so much more. Each Friday, we explore a different topic and different area of the park. From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-451-9588.
May 12: Butterfly Buddies
Build Your Own Butterfly Garden: Do you want to attract beautiful butterflies to your yard? Tour the 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 10 to 11 a.m. at E.C. Lawrence Park. Ages 5 and up. $7/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Also on Saturday:
Spring Farm Day: Watch sheep shearing and antique farm equipment demonstrations; participate in hands-on farm activities such as cow and goat milking; enjoy crafts and games; and get an up-close introduction to the baby farm animals. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 and up. $7/person in advance; $8/person at the door. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Indoor Salad Sprouts: Learn how to start and grow salad greens in your own kitchen. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Martha Washington Library. Adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-768-6700.
Throw a Special Mother’s Day Brunch for Mom – With Chef Cal: Show Mom how much you care by throwing her an easy and elegant spring brunch for her special day. Chef Cal Kraft returns to give you great tips and solid advice to put together a memorable meal that she will treasure and remember. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Kings Park Library. Teens and adults. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-978-5600.
Build Your Own Bat House: Bats help eat mosquitoes and pollinate plants, but they are having a hard time. Help these important animals thrive by building a bat house to hang in your yard. Everyone attending must register; $15 fee per bat house, paid to instructor on the day of the program. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 3 and up. $8/person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Animal Moms and Babies: Wild animals care for their young in fascinating ways. Through a naturalist-led walk and talk, craft, game and song, learn about nature’s wild ways of child rearing and meet live animals. From 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 2 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6/child. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1045.
Second Saturday Art Walk: Tour seven unique studio buildings to see the work of nearly 100 talented visual artists. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center. Free. For more information, call 703-584-2900.
May 13: Revolutionary Ideas
Liberty – The American Revolution: Join Professor Harry Butowsky for his six-part lecture series on the establishment of the United States of America and our independence from Britain. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Reston Regional Library. Adults and teens. Free; no registration required. For more information, call 703-689-2700.
Also on Sunday:
Sunday Afternoon Dance: Dancers of all skill levels are welcome to foxtrot, swing, cha-cha and waltz. Music selection ranges from golden oldies to today’s more modern dance selections. Three mini-lessons, door prizes and light refreshments add to the fun; partners not required. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods. Ages 18 and up. $10/person. Pay at door. For more information, call 703-390-6157.