10/7-8 – LEGO lovers rejoice! The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience (Richmond, VA)

My kids are STILL talking about the last time we went to this… in 2014! You can read about our trip here, or keep scrolling for a discount code. http://www.joytroupe.com/lego-kidsfest-lego-experience/

Sat, Oct 7, 2017, 10:00 AM –
Sun, Oct 8, 2017, 6:00 PM EDT
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Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd St
Richmond, VA 23219

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Enjoy an amazing LEGO world where you can marvel at giant creations and even build some of your own.

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience provides a venue for LEGO lovers of all sizes to celebrate, build new creations, and see some truly mind-blowing LEGO sculptures to help set the imagination free.

Attractions Include:

The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video.

Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks!

Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic.

Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations.

Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head.

Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links.

Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!

Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.

Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from one of the many merchants in attendance.

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Jump into summer at Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA

Jump up, jump down at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

Buried in foam blocks at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

If you’ve ever had occasion to reflect that

The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs

is an apt description of parenting your kiddo, then Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield, VA is the place for you. With over 50 connected trampolines, and several side courts with different set-ups, no Tigger could want more than this. 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.

The bounce floor at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

Some tips to help you have your very best Flight Trampoline Park experience:

  • Your check in will go much  more smoothly if you do your waiver and/or reserve your tickets online before you go.
  • Wearing exercise clothing is definitely appropriate. Whether you are going to jump yourself during one of the open jumps, or just keeping up with a little one during Kid Flight, you are going to be moving, probably more than you think. If I told you my butt is not sore after a morning at Flight, my nose would grow right out the door.
  • The Flight Jump tickets are stickers. They do NOT stick well to synthetic fabrics, particularly if you are at all sweaty. If you can, choose a cotton top and they’ll stay on much better.
  • There are cubbies to store your belongings near the jump area. But they are NOT secure, so I recommend leaving your valuables in the car, and wearing a fanny pack or using a ZIPPERED pocket for essentials. (I used a runner’s waistband for my phone and car key- it was perfect.)
  • You are required to jump barefoot or in special socks sold by Flight ONLY.
  • Some of the sloped trampolines have a flat spot at the top, and lots of the younger kids get a huge kick out of climbing up there and sitting. The safety netting does NOT go all the way to the wall, so if your kid climbs up there, you’ll want to make sure they don’t go down to the end and tempt fate.
  • Outside of Kid Flight, kids 6 & under are confined to a relatively small area of the park. You may want to assess whether those hours are a good idea, or whether it would be better to stick with Kid Flight, based on your kid’s personality.
  • If you have a bitty in a stroller, there is room on the “deck” to park them without impeding traffic.
  • You WILL work up an appetite, so pack some snacks for “after.”
  • There is a water fountain, but dribbles from the fountain make the floor slippery there. Your best bet is to bring a bottle of water for yourself and your kids- Flight recommends sports tops and straw tops as less likely to spill and create a hazard.

Visit Flight Trampoline Park‘s website to find hours, pricing, and party booking details. They have a party room, offer group discounts, adult fitness classes, and much more. Kid Flight is our FAVORITE!

Thank you to Flight Trampoline Park for hosting us for a group jump experience in order to facilitate this review. I have not recieved any other compensation or consideration for the creation of this post, and all opinions are 100% mine.

Passed out after a morning at Flight Trampoline Park The Joy Troupe NOVA

2015 Summer Reading Guide to NOVA

summer reading guide 2015 Joy Troupe NOVABooks, 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!

Alexandria Public Libraries

book little girl reading clipartCalling all kids! Beginning Monday, June 22, 2015, you can sign up for Alexandria Library’s summer reading program! This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.” Visit the library website to sign up.

SummerQuest Jr.
If you are between the ages of just born and five years old, you can sign up for SummerQuest, Jr. You will receive an early literacy activity sheet. When you are finished, show us your completed sheet and receive a surprise! SummerQuest, Jr. also features fun programs such as funny puppet shows and lively music concerts.

Starting on June 22nd, kids between the ages of 6 and 12 get to sign up for the Every Hero Has a Story SummerQuest reading challenge. SummerQuest participants also track the books they read and receive a special prize after reading ten books. The Library has also invited a group of special guests to entertain with music, magic and much more!

Unmask — Teen Reading Challenge
Students between the ages of 12-18 may register for the “Unmask” Teen Reading Challenge. After logging in 5 or more books, their names will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $50 gift cards. Rising 6th and 7th grade students may sign up for either “Every Hero Has a Story” for ages 6-12 or for the teen program, “Unmask.”

Arlington Public Libraries

children-reading-books-600x715By reading throughout the summer:

  • Kids and teens explore new books and stories.
  • Kids and teens maintain reading-proficiency.

For every person who completes Summer Reading once, the Friends of the Arlington Public Librarywill donate $1 to The Reading Connection.

And this year you don’t have to be a kid – Summer Reading is for adults too!

Visit the Arlington Library summer reading page for events and details.

Fairfax County Public Libraries

bookmark owlJune 19 – September 5

Watch this video for more details and great ideas on places to read, books to read and more!

Get ready to enjoy “Read to the Rhythm” during the 2015 Summer Reading Program at the Fairfax County Public Library. You will be able to register online or in person at your local library beginning June 19.

Preschoolers through high schoolers earn a coupon book with great prizes including free and discounted items by completing their reading and going to their local library branch by September 5. Activities are planned for families, preschoolers, school-age youngsters, teens and adults throughout the summer. Search our calendar of events or pick up a printed copy of the summer calendar at your local branch.

Register here on (or after) June 19. Read for fun this summer!

Loudoun County Public Libraries

Stack of BooksCalling all good guys….we need your help to defeat the evil Dr. Brain Drain!

Take on the Summer Reading Challenge and read your way to victory.

Children, teens, adults, seniors, and families

•  register for the program at your branch

•  complete a Challenge Card for a chance to win prizes

•  join your friends and neighbors at the library to celebrate the joy and importance of summer reading

•  enjoy programs almost every day for eight weeks:  book clubs, gaming, science, math, crafts, and movies

Prince William County Public Libraries

  1. books-clipartSign up online or at your local branch, starts June 1st.
  2. Complete activities to earn points.
  3. Earn prizes and chances to win a Kindle Fire HD6.
  4. Visit your library, attend FREE performances & programs, check out books, DVDs, CDs, popular magazines and MORE


25 points – a picture frame magnet for your fridge or locker + 1 entry into the grand prize drawing

50 points – a book bag + 1 entry into the grand prize drawing

Every week– “Coupon of the Week” when you visit your library. Coupons are for food or fun, change weekly, and are for all children and teens registered for Summer Reading.

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

Free & Cheap Family summer entertainment guide 2015 NOVA The Joy Troupe NOVAThe 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.

Arts in the Parks Series: Free outdoor performances See the Schedule

From puppets to pirates to musical acts, the Arts in the Parks series is packed full of free shows you’ll want on your calendar. Check the venue for parking information- some have out of county entrance fees on weekends in summer. Annandale, Fairfax Station, Chantilly, Herndon, Sterling, and Reston.

Arlington Summer Concert Series See the schedule

We invite you to come enjoy a balmy evening this summer on the lawn of Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Concerts are held every other Saturday from 7p.m. to 9p.m. Picnickers are more than welcome to bring an evening meal, although alcohol is not permitted. There is no admission fee but, donations of $5/person are requested. Arlington.

Family Performances at Lubber Run Amphitheater See the Schedule

Look for the * to indicate family performances. Arlington.

North Columbus Street & 2nd Street North (two blocks north of Rt. 50)
Arlington, Virginia 22203
Metrobus: Take Bus # 4B or 4E to Park Dr. and N 2nd St

Fridays and Saturdays – 8:00pm; Sundays – 6:00pm (or as noted)
JUNE 12 through SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

Fort Hunt Preschool Outdoor Summer Movie Festival

We will be showing movies on a big 16′ screen with professional video and sound equipment in the lovely grassy garden area between the school and Mount Vernon Unitarian Church! 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria VA 22307 forthuntpreschool.com Alexandria.

Fort Hunt Preschool Outdoor Movie Festival:

  • Friday, July 10th Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs “doors” open 7:30pm/ movie starts at about 8:00pm
  • Friday, August 14th Ice Age “doors” open 7:15pm/ movie starts about 7:45pm
  • Friday, September 11th Madagascar “doors” open 7:00pm/ movie starts about 7:30

Mount Vernon Nights See the Schedule

Free concerts at Grist Mill Park and the Lorton Arts Center. Concerts at the Workhouse Arts Center are held rain or shine. Concerts at Grist Mill Park are canceled if it’s raining. If there’s a threat of bad weather call 703-324-SHOW(7469) after 6:00 p.m. for updates. Alexandria, Lorton

Starlight Cinema: Free Drive In Movies Fridays in August Check the schedule

The Sting, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6, Paddington… and all as a DRIVE IN movie. Perfect for what my dad always called a “Pajama ride” and a great way to kick off a summer weekend with the family- or as a date night. Trinity Centre – 5860 Trinity Parkway Centreville, VA 20120 Gates open 6 p.m., movie starts at dark. Free children’s games and rides. Food and drinks available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and FM radio, if you wish to sit outside. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted. Centreville

Saturday Night Movies at Potomac Town Center See the Schedule 

FREE Movie under the Stars! Please join us for a FREE movie on our Jumbrotron every Saturday evening at 7 pm now through September. Bring your own chairs and blankets! Woodbridge

Vienna Summer on the Green Concert Series

Summer on the Green is a series of free performances presented by the Town of Vienna and its sponsors. All performances are held at 6:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on the Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Avenue E, Vienna, VA. Please bring your chairs and/or blankets. No alcoholic beverages are permitted and we recommend leaving your pets at home.

In the event of rain, please call the weather line at (703) 255-7842 or the Vienna Community Center at (703) 255-6360 two hours before the event for cancellation information. Vienna.

View the 2015 Summer Concert Schedule

Fairfax Corner Thursday Concerts at the Corner See the Schedule

Join us on the Plaza every Thursday evening throughout June and July. Ease into the weekend; bring a chair and a friend. Shows start at 6:30pm. Fairfax Corner.

$1 movies all summer at Regal Cinemas: Click here to check for the schedule at your closest theater.

Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute. Nationwide.

National Harbor Movies on the Potomac

Nothing says summer like an evening under the stars—and there’s no better way to enjoy the season than Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor. The 2015 season will run on Sundays from May 10 through September 27. So pack your picnic blankets, grab food to go from one of our delicious dining establishments, and meet us at the Plaza’s big screen for a FREE evening of fun for all ages! Please note that movies will begin at 6 p.m. and will be shown once, so end times may vary with each movie. See the schedule and find out how to get weather related updates, here. National Harbor, MD

Udvar-Hazy Summer Concert Series

Music at the Museum concerts at the Udvar-Hazy Center feature energetic ensembles from the U.S. military or the local community performed in the Boeing Aviation Hangar. No tickets are required and parking is free after 4:00 pm. View the schedule here. Dulles.

FREE Summer Bowling for your kids all summer long!

bowling eyeliam flickrSUMMER 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 for kids, 1 for adults) NOVA locations: Manassas, Fairfax, Chantilly, Sterling, Alexandria, Falls Church
  • AMF Lanes (3 free games per day, kids only) NOVA Locations: Annandale, Woodbridge
  • And, ok, it’s not bowling, but Shadowland Laser Tag offers a free email club with discounts. NOVA locations: Chantilly, Alexandria

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 tricks out the wazoo, perfect your snowboard moves on our bounce board, get a grueling cross fit style trampoline workout with our Flight Fit classes, and dunk a basketball on our Super Slam Dunk Basketball Hoop.

Our parties are all the rage. We have top of the line party hosts, and facility to host the coolest parties this side of the Mississippi, and the other side. If dodgeball is your thing, we have dodgeball tournaments that are fast paced, competitive, and incredibly fun!

Our facility is open to all ages, and we have a myriad of different types of Open Jump to facilitate all needs! There is Kid Flight for the youthful and small! Special needs night twice a month! We offer fundraisers for the growing small business or organization! Family night weekly! And, perhaps our most exciting night, Club Flight the most awesome teen scene there is. We have laser lights, disco balls, glow in the dark dodgeball, glow sticks, black lights, and so much more. It is the supreme teen hang out spot!

Flight Trampoline Park is Virginia’s premiere indoor trampoline park. There is so much exhilarating, high flying fun to be had, what are are waiting for!? Jump on in!

Click here to receive 20% Off Kid Flight Ticket at Flight Trampoline

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 for toddlers on up. If you bring cash for your entry fee, you’ll be able to take a shortcut for the entry line. Parking is ample and free in the Landmark mall parking lot. Some of the more popular rides did have long-ish lines, but there were plenty of fun things to do that you could easily spend all your money with no waiting. Concessions are predictably pricey, so I would say eat before you go, or eat in the mall before you enter the carnival. There is no in-and-out access- once you leave, you have to pay again to re-enter. We didn’t need the restroom and I didn’t think to check out that situation while we were there, maybe someone else has information to share? (I would expect port-a-johns…)

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Alexandria Native Plant Sale- New location for 2015

5587401490_b1b5fc70e7_bThe 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 Church of St. Clement at 1701 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA  22302.  (This new location is still near Shirlington and is about a half-mile from Parkfairfax.)
The Church of St. Clement is inside I-495 Beltway, near Shirlington & Parkfairfax.  From I-395, exit Shirlington/Quaker onto Quaker.  After the first light on Quaker, take the next left on Crestwood.  Find your parking space on Crestwood or nearby.  The sale will be visible on the right at Quaker & Oakcrest (at 1701 N. Quaker Lane).
Please pass this email along to any interested friends.  This native plant sale depends on word-of-mouth support.  If you would like to post a flyer at work or your local coffee shop, download an updated flyer for the sale from the website at http://home.earthlink.net/~sknudsen/id1.html.


Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival Deal #Ad

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In a Nutshell

Guests sip wine and taste dishes from local wineries and restaurants at the fest at Oronoco Bay Park

The Fine Print

Expires Jun 27th, 2015. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must present valid ID at check-in for wine tickets. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Six Options

  • $13 for a food experience at The Alexandria Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, June 27 for one person ($20 value)
  • $25 for a food experience for two people ($40 value)
  • $13 for a wine experience for one person ($20 value)
  • $25 for a wine experience for two people ($40 value)
  • $25 for a food and wine experience for one person ($40 value)
  • $48 for a food and wine experience for two people ($80 value)

The food experience includes eight tasting tickets that can be used at the various food vendors. The wine experience includes a souvenir wine glass and tastings at any of the wineries.

Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival

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.

Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival 100 Madison St. Alexandria, VA 22314

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

create & play mondays at Hope UCC The Joy Troupe NOVA

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 fun. The parents will enjoy the chance to grab a cup of coffee or tea and to build a supportive community in a welcoming environment.

Each morning playgroup at Hope UCC will include some combination of story time, crafts, and hands-on activity stations, followed by a communal snack time. (Themes will vary week to week, and activities will be tailored to suit.)

This program is completely free of charge, but donations toward coffee service are gratefully accepted, and if you are able to bring a kid-friendly fruit or vegetable to contribute to snack time, please do.

***Any caregiver and child ages 0-5 are welcome. When school is out, we plan activities for elementary school aged children as well. Youth ages 11 and up are welcome to volunteer alongside their parents, and older youth are welcome on their own. Thank you so much for your support of this event!

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 out how they were used – and if they worked! Project Enlightenment, McLean High School’s historical-reenactment society, will conduct 18th-century scientific demonstrations which are certain to expand visitors’ knowledge about science in the 1700s.

This hour-long program includes a tour of the museum in addition to the scientific demonstrations. The program is held between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., with new groups beginning every 30 minutes. Program is recommended for 3rdgrade and older. Admission is $6 per person, both children and adults. Reservations are recommended as space is limited, and can be made by calling 703.746.3852 or purchasing tickets online athttp://shop.alexandriava.gov.

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, family-run business in Old Town Alexandria for more than a hundred years, is noted for its outstanding collection of medicinal herbs, shop furnishings, apothecary bottles and equipment, many still in their original location. It also has a spectacularcollection of archival materials, including journals, letters and diaries, prescription and formula books, ledgers, orders and invoices. The names of famous customers appear in the documents, including Martha Washington, Nelly Custis, and Robert E. Lee.

For more information about the Apothecary Museum, visit www.apothecarymuseum.org or call 703.746.3852.


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

Children's Science Center Herndon VAChildren’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.


The Family Science Night program has grown to serve 45 schools in seven jurisdictions throughout the region in the 2014-2015 academic year. The Center’s Family Science Night is a two-hour evening program that combines science learning and family bonding with school community participation. The Children’s Science Center brings its hands-on activities to demonstrate a variety of scientific principles and make STEM-learning fun, accessible, and more appealing to today’s students.

Praise for Family Science Night

Parents, students, and teachers from schools that have hosted the Center’s Family Science Night praise the events:

“I have received so much positive feedback about our Family Science Night from kids, parents, and school faculty. All of the kids seemed to be having great fun and learning something new. It was such a unique opportunity for our school!” said Lauren Barton, Forestville Elementary PTA VP-Curriculum Enhancement.

“What a wonderful night – the kids were all so engaged and excited! The event ignited a spark (many sparks)!” said Cindy Watson, Great Falls Elementary School PTA President-Elect.

“What a fantastic program that you put on for our school! The comments were wonderful and I personally know that my science-obsessed son visited every booth at least three times and still couldn’t get enough! Thank you again for giving us this wonderful opportunity,” said Amy Allen, Oakton Elementary School PTA President.

Family Science Night Application Process

Due to an abundance of interest in this program, the Children’s Science Center is conducting a blind drawing on May 1, 2015 to select schools to host a Family Science Night during the 2015-2016 academic year.All applications must be received by close of business on April 30, 2015 in order to be entered in the drawing. Schools or organizations selected in the blind drawing will be notified as soon as possible after the drawing.

To enter the blind drawing, please fill out the application form located on the Children’s Science Center website at http://childsci.org/current-news/ and return to schooloutreach@childsci.org. Further questions may be directed to Director of Education Lori Ann Terjesen at (703) 439-4009 or via the email address above.


The Children’s Science Center is opening registration for its first-ever summer camp, Adventures in STEM. Campers will embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to build the skills that will serve as their tool set for the future. The camp combines fun activities, hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, and more!

Children’s Science Center camps are designed for rising grades 4-8. Campers can choose from four different themed sessions: Water, Water, All Around Us; Super Power; Build it Better and Top Secret: C1pher n edoC. Camp is located at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall which is planned to open in June 2015.

“Our Adventures in STEM camp offers students the opportunity to have fun and extend learning within a hands-on, interactive museum setting, unique in our region. Offering such special programs at our new Lab at Fair Oaks Mall is a top priority as we work to give children meaningful opportunities to explore, create and be inspired in STEM,” said Children’s Science Center Executive Director Nene Spivy.

Registration is now open and early registrants can enjoy $20 off registration if they register by May 1. To learn more or register, please visit childsci.org/camp.

About the Children’s Science Center:

The Children’s Science Center is an interactive museum for children being planned for the Dulles region of Northern Virginia that will offer hands-on exhibits, activities and programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Currently in our first phase, Museum Without Walls, we bring hands-on science activities to thousands of children in our area, allowing us to fulfill our mission before our doors open, to instill a love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create, and be inspired. Phase II is the Children’s Science Center Lab, a hands-on, interactive exploration center planned to open in June 2015 at Fair Oaks Mall. Phase III, a world-class children’s science museum will be constructed at the Kincora development in Dulles, Virginia. The Children’s Science Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Learn more at www.childsci.org

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