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Jump into summer at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA

Jump into summer at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA

Although our area boasts many stellar parks and outdoor activities, an indoor option is a must for days when the weather is just not on your side. Flight Trampoline Park is no quiet trip to the library or passive movie watching experience- it is pure, kinetic, active, participation from the moment you get on the trampoline until the moment you go home at the end. Click through for some tips to help you have your very best Flight Trampoline Park experience.

2015 Summer Reading Guide to NOVA

2015 Summer Reading Guide to NOVA

Books, books, books! Great readers are made by GREAT BOOKS, and there is no better time for great books than summertime. Find your nearest summer reading program and get your kid excited to build good reading habits all summer long. Here is your roundup of NOVA summer reading programs. They are all FREE, they are all FUN, and they almost all include incentives to reward your kiddo’s accomplishments!

Summer Entertainment: Free Shows, $1 movies, and more

Summer Entertainment: Free Shows, $1 movies, and more

The beauty of summer is that no school activities means more time for family fun. Here’s a roundup of free- or mostly free- summer entertainment for your family. Outdoor movies, music, puppets, and more!

FREE Summer Bowling for your kids all summer long!

FREE Summer Bowling for your kids all summer long!

SUMMER IS COMING. What’s better than indoor fun? Free indoor fun. You can sign your kiddo up for some free bowling this summer. All it takes is an email address and a couple of minutes, and you’ll be hooked up with free games DAILY. Talk about a backup plan! Bowl America (2 free games per day [...]

20% Off Kid Flight Ticket at Flight Trampoline

20% Off Kid Flight Ticket at Flight Trampoline

Flight Trampoline Park is a cutting-edge entertainment, fitness, and sports facility unlike anything you have ever experienced. Flight Trampoline Park is the ultimate venue for active social outings, intense individual workouts and memorable birthday parties. We are the ultimate trampoline park! You can bounce in our open jump field, play intense trampoline dodgeball, and do [...]

National Arboretum offers all the beauty with fewer crowds

National Arboretum offers all the beauty with fewer crowds

A friend of mine posted an “Introvert’s guide to the cherry blossoms” on her Facebook page. It said: Step 1- plant your own cherry tree. Step 2- stay home.Redbud trees and camellias in bloom at the National Arboretum

My personal favorite insider tip is the National Arboretum. It sees much less traffic than the tidal basin, but is easily as beautiful. And the blooms there do not stop when the notoriously fickle cherry blossom peak time is over, either. Last weekend, the cherry trees were at peak bloom, and the red buds weren’t far behind. This weekend, you should see some gorgeous dogwoods, more spectacular performance from the redbuds, and there may also be apple blossoms.

Reithoffer Carnival at Landmark Mall

Reithoffer Carnival at Landmark Mall

Through Sunday April 19. $2 entrance fee. Get full details including times and prices for ride tickets here. The rides are all clearly marked as to who can ride them- some restrict how tall a child must be to ride at all and some how tall to ride without an adult. There are rides appropriate [...]

Alexandria Native Plant Sale- New location for 2015

Alexandria Native Plant Sale- New location for 2015

The big Native Plant Sale (formerly held on 3601 Valley Drive) is renamed the “Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale” and will be held Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This is the 24th occurrence of this twice-a-year, non-profit, community plant sale.  Fifteen vendors from four states will be hosted. Please note that the event has been moved to The [...]

Alexandria's Food & Wine Festival Deal #Ad

Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival Deal #Ad

Converging in Oronoco Bay Park for one day, the Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival brings the area’s best wine producers together in one spot, along with many of the local restaurants and food purveyors. Admission to the festival is free, so visitors can walk around before purchasing something to eat or a full glass of wine from one of the many wineries.

Join us on Monday, 3/23 to Create & Play!

Join us on Monday, 3/23 to Create & Play!

Hope United Church of Christ 6130 Old Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310 Monday, March 23, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT) Thank you, Hope UCC for hosting area families in their space for this brand new, secular, FREE program.  Join us every Monday. The children will enjoy hands-on activities, creative expression, social skill building, and [...]

Wonders of Science Special Tours and Programs Explore 18th-Century Science

Wonders of Science Special Tours and Programs Explore 18th-Century Science The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria, is hosting a special day of 18th-century natural and medical science exploration and demonstrations. On Sunday, March 22, 2015, visit the Apothecary and discover curious objects, from poison bottles to dragon’s blood, and find [...]

Children’s Science Center Rolls Out Plans for Upcoming Summer Camps and Opens Applications for Family Science Night

Children’s Science Center Rolls Out Plans for Upcoming Summer Camps and Opens Applications for Family Science Night

Children’s Science Center Rolls Out Plans for Upcoming Summer Camps and Opens Applications for Family Science Night Northern Virginia (March 12, 2015) - The Children’s Science Center is proud to be embarking on our third year of our popular and successful Family Science Night program and unveiling our inaugural Adventures in STEM summer camp program. FAMILY SCIENCE [...]

It's worth the trip to Glen Echo MD to see Aladdin at the Puppet Co Playhouse!

It’s worth the trip to Glen Echo MD to see Aladdin at the Puppet Co Playhouse!

It is not too late to see Aladdin at The Puppet Co in Glen Echo Park! (Glen Echo MD) I took my boys to see this 50 minute puppet production, and I couldn’t be more glad I did. The phrase “puppet show” may or may not bring to mind a sophisticated theatrical performance, but productions [...]

Family Paint Night at the Durant Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria

Family Paint Night at the Durant Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria

I recently did some research on “Paint Night” activities for another post, and I found out that it can be hard to tell exactly what you’re getting. They all use pretty much the same language to describe the activity, but unless you actually go, you can’t know whether it’s one of the type that have [...]

ScoutStrong 5K Race and Fun Run-Walk

ScoutStrong 5K Race and Fun Run-Walk

ScoutStrong 5K Race and Fun Run-Walk 4/11/2015 09:00 Map this event » Camp William B. Snyder 6100 Antioch Road Haymarket, Virginia  20169 United States Contact:odd5k@oddbsa.org Registration Information Online registration is available until: 4/9/2015 Register / RSVP » Details The Old Dominion District is holding its third ScoutStrong run/walk at beautiful Camp Snyder on April 11, 2015. Check-in: 9:00 a.m. - [...]

Arlington Kids' Stuff Sale

Arlington Kids’ Stuff Sale

Arlington Kids’ Stuff Sale March 21, 2015 8am- Noon St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 4000 Lorcom Lane Arlington, VA 22207 The Arlington Kids’ Stuff Sale is celebrating 25 years with another well-organized consignment sale that’s a proven reliable source of all kid-related items. Our sale features gently used items from 100 consignors including clothes, toys, books, [...]

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Jump into summer at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA
2015 Summer Reading Guide to NOVA
Summer Entertainment: Free Shows, $1 movies, and more
FREE Summer Bowling for your kids all summer long!
20% Off Kid Flight Ticket at Flight Trampoline