May 24: Floral Floats
“Floating Garden” : Artist Amanda McCavour creates three-dimensional art installations using embroidered flowers, plants and birds that float within the space. Workhouse Arts Center. Closing weekend. Free. For more information call 703-584-2900.
Also on Friday:
What’s Growing in the Garden: Explore the ever-changing landscape of the Kidwell vegetable garden. This weekly program features seasonal activities such as planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, digging in the soil and exploring seeds and roots. From 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 2 to 4. $8 per child. Adults must attend with a registered child. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.
Please Touch Tour: Put your hands on history with the chance to touch objects from the past. Redware dishes, blue-and-white china, tools, clothing and furniture are just some of the touchable items on this unique tour. Tours on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sully Historic Site. $8 for adults, $6 for children (5-15) and seniors (65+) and $7 for students. No advance registration is necessary. For more information, call 703-437-1794.
After 7 Dance Party: The Old Firehouse proudly presents After 7, a reimagined take on the Friday night dances of the past. Catered food and drinks, raffles, plus a well- known DJ playing requests and the latest hip-hop and pop hits, makes this event one you can’t miss. From 7 to 10 p.m. at The Old Firehouse Center. Grades 7 through 9. $5 per person. Register online. For more information call, 703-448-8336
“The Member of the Wedding”: In 1945 rural Georgia, the long, hot days of summer bring struggle, longing and opportunity for 12-year-old Frankie Addams and her family’s housekeeper, Bernice Sadie Brown. 8 p.m. at 1st Stage Theatre. $15 to $39 person. Multiple performances and times through June 16. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-854-1856.
May 25: Save it for a Rainy Day
Rain Barrel Workshop: Learn how to build, install and maintain a rain barrel and take yours home. The program is led by staff from the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. 10 a.m. to noon at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Adults. $55 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.
Also on Saturday:
Common Threads: Bring your knitting, sewing, embroidery or any needle arts. Meet and share ideas with other crafters. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library. Teens and adults. Free. For more information, call 703-356-0770.
Sketch Hike to Vernal Pools: That awakening noise we hear in the park this time of year is our lively vernal pools filled with frog and salamander larva and adults. Learn about vernal pool habitats and visit a vernal pool to draw its inhabitants. Drawing materials are included in the cost, courtesy of the Running Brook Fund. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $15 per person. Register online. Meet at the South Kings Hwy entrance. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Storytime on the Hill: Bundle up in your jammies and bring blankets to sit on and snuggle in as you listen to stories from long ago, the way the Mason family may have once done. Enjoy the sunset and spectacular view. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Historic Huntley. Ages 2 to 12. $8 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.
Night Hike and S’mores Campfire: Enjoy a naturalist-led walk through the forest to listen for nocturnal animals and to look for evidence of wildlife. End your hike at a campfire and make s’mores. From 8 to 9 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Ages 4 and up. $7 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. Register online. For more information, call 703-941-1065.
May 26: A River Runs Through It
ETHEL and Robert Mirabal present “The River”: ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder and three-time Grammy Award winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience. The inspiration this time is “Water as the embodiment of Spirit, and its essential role in Life on Earth.” The audience is immersed in a flow of music, narrative and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. 7 p.m. at Reston Community Center. All ages. $15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-476-4500.
Also on Sunday:
Fairy and Gnome Houses: Build a delightful house just the right size for a small fairy or gnome to dwell in. Materials provided. From 2 to 4 p.m. at Pohick Library. All ages. Free. For more information, call 703-644-7333.
Build Your Own Bee House: Have fun learning about local pollinators and using some invasive plants to build homes for native pollinators. The bees this house attracts are mason bees, pollinators and solitary bees that rarely sting. From 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Ages 3 and up. $8 per person. Register online. For more information, call 703-759-9018.
Birding for Beginners: Interested in birding? We can get you started. Come and learn about the park’s birds. Gain some basic identification skills. From 8 to 11 a.m. at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $10 per person. Children ages 12 to 16 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.