Category Archives: 2011 Playgroup

Welcome to the 2011 playgroup, for anyone who had a child in 2011! Siblings are welcome, and you can learn more at the Wigglers of 2011 Playgroup page.

Our Kids Discount

Family Fun in Northern VA Joy Troupe NOVAOur Kids is offering you fine people discount on an Our Kids membership.  For a limited time, take $4 off an Our Kids membership.  Click here to sign up today and get $4 off: (offer expires 2/28/15)

 You’ve seen some of their guides in your newsletter recently, and here are some handy links to recently published guides:
– Preschool Open House Guide:
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February’s Kid Stuff Swap Meet may have been the biggest yet

Kid stuff swap meet

Huge thanks to Danette and Dana for coming early to help get things in order- it really made things run smoothly to have a head start on setup! Thank you all very much for bringing things, for taking things, and for being such excellent company. If you haven’t joined us for one of these yet, as you can see, Danette printed out our category labels and we sorted items as we unpacked them. Then we just “shopped” the stacks labelled with categories we were in search of. (I have a couple of new outfits! That’ll put a smile on anyone’s face.) We swap toys, household items, kid & adult clothing, books, etc.

As always, HOSTS ARE WELCOME! If you’re feeling inspired to host one of these yourself, contact me to set it up.

And let me just say I am REALLY glad I have scheduled a truck to come pick up the leftovers. This is approximately ONE HALF of the remainder after the swap:


For future reference, if you have a charitable project that could use some of our leftover items, I am happy to release things to them if they will come and pick up. As you can see from the photo above, there’s usually a significant amount of gently used goods to donate, so I need it picked up and on its merry way ASAP, but however it benefits our community is fine with me.

Everybody deserves a family.

It's how you care that matters FOSTER FAMILIES NEEDED

For Children’s Sake of Virginia is seeking families and individuals who are interested in fostering local children in need of loving homes.

If you are interested in fostering or would like more information, please contact Mary Anna Edmonds (703) 817-9890 or email to

Get Your Summer Read on In NOVA

Got books? Your Joy Troupe NOVA Summer Reading Planner
Here come the Lazy Days of Summer… or not so lazy, depending on how you look at it. My perfect summer afternoon as a child was a book, a shady spot, and an unlimited supply of fudge pops my mom pretended NOT to know I was sneaking out of the freezer. And why not? I was happy, I was quiet, and she knew just where to find me when she needed to- and I was working my way through some of the classics of children’s literature. Laura Ingalls Wilder and I spent a lot of time together on those summer afternoons. I think we should all encourage this… so I’ll pick up a pack of Fudge Pops this weekend, and I’ve rounded up all the area library reading programs, in case our kiddos need extra incentive to pick up a book.

Hey! Before you run off and check out your reading options, be sure to sign up for next week’s Joy Troupe NOVA playdates:

books-bw-clipartArlington VA Library Summer Reading Program

Preschool and Elementary Schoolers:
– First day to pick up prizes: As soon as you meet your goal
– Last day to sign up: Aug. 23
– Last day to pick up prizes: Sept. 7

Middle and High Schoolers:
– First day to pick up prizes: As soon as you meet your goal
– Last day to sign up/pick up prizes: Aug. 20
– End of summer ice cream party: Aug. 21

Register here:

Have you entered this great giveaway yet? Don’t forget there are DAILY bonus entries!

great play giveaway ends 6-/30. Daily Bonus Entries! Pin or share me to remind yourself!

robot_bigAlexandria Public Library Fizz, Boom, Read science summer reading program is here!

Signups start Monday, June 16, 2014 for Alexandria’s Summer reading program.

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. Check the events calendar for more information on the special events.

Starting on June 16th, kids between the ages of 6 and 12 get to sign up for the SummerQuest reading challenge. SummerQuest participants also track the books they read and receive a special prize after reading ten books. Prizes may be picked up between July 14th and August 30th. The Library has also invited a group of special guests to entertain with music, magic and much more!

Students between the ages of 12-18 may register for the “Spark a Reaction” Teen Reading Challenge. After logging in 5 or more books, their names will be entered in a raffle to win one of four $50 gift cards. Rising 6th and 7th grade students may sign up for either “Fizz, Boom, Read” for ages 6-12 or for the teen program, “Spark a Reaction.”

Fizz Boom Read Alexandria Public Library

Paws to Read.Fairfax County Libraries Paws To Read

June 20 – August 30

Get ready to enjoy “Paws to Read” during the 2014 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 20.

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 August 30.

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.

Come back on June 20 to register and learn all the details. Read for fun this summer!

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Children reading books

Prince William County Library Paws to Read

June 16 – August 16
Paws to read some great books this summer with Summer Reading! Sign up online now and start logging in your summer reads beginning June 16. Adventurers (infant through entering kindergarten) can get incentives for reading 5, 15, and 25 books. Explorers (children entering grades 1–5) receive incentives for reading 5, 10, and 15 books. Then be sure to visit the library weekly to pick up your “coupon of the week!”

bookmark owlStay connected during the 2014 Loudoun County Summer Reading Program!

You can access STEM Resources and activities, participate in our Summer Snapshots Photo Challenge, collaborate with us on our Pinterest Boards, and view photos from our programs!

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Tweet us on Twitter:@LoCo_Teens and@LoudounLibrary

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Summer Snapshots Photo Challenge
Word of the week: Begins June 16
Find more information here

Have you joined the conversation? We’d love to have you!


Puddle Stompin’ Playdate

Sprinkler Playdate Alexandria VA Infant toddler preschool playgroup

[schema type=”event” evtype=”ChildrensEvent” name=”Puddle Stompin Fun” description=”Bring your swim things and a towel and we will turn on the hose and let them get wet and messy! (PSST! I got a slip and slide at the consigment sales this year!!!)” sdate=”2014-06-20″ stime=”10:00 am” duration=”02:00″ street=”Home of Meghan G, will be emailed to attendees” city=”Alexandria ” state=”VA” postalcode=”22310″ country=”US” ]


Park Stop and… go, go GO! 6/19/14

Park Stop and Go Go Go Park Playdate Alexandria VA

[schema type=”event” evtype=”ChildrensEvent” name=”Park Stop & go, go, GO!” description=”Let’s play at Jones Point Park! Karen has offered to be our backup location in the event of inclement weather, so we will play RAIN OR SHINE! ” sdate=”2014-06-19″ stime=”10:00 am” duration=”02:00″ street=”Jones Point Park, Jones Point Dr” city=”Alexandria” state=”VA” postalcode=”22314″ country=”US” ]



Learn more about Jones Point park here.

River Walk & Play

Ship Themed Sandbox at Windmill Hill Park

[schema type=”event” evtype=”ChildrensEvent” name=”River Walk & Play” description=”Join us for a scenic stroller hike. Be sure to pack a lunch and bring your bug protection. We will walk 1.1 miles to Windmill Hill park, play, and return. Expect us to arrive at Windmill Hill around 10:30. If you miss us at the start of the walk, join us at the park. Learn more about Windmill Hill Park here: (Restrooms are at the Safeway around the corner, so potty training families may want to bring a potty.)” sdate=”2014-06-17″ stime=”09:45 am” duration=”03:00″ street=”Tide Lock Park 1 Canal Center Plaza” city=”Alexandria” state=”VA” postalcode=”22314″ country=”US” ]


Forest Fun

Forest Fun Playdate Annandale VA Preschool Infant Toddler Playgroup

[schema type=”event” evtype=”ChildrensEvent” name=”Forest Fun” description=”Little Bunny Foo Foo hopping through the forest… Hidden Oaks has a fantastic free play area behind the nature center. The all natural play place allows our small ones to explore the woods and use their imaginations. There is tons to do inside as well so this is a RAIN or SHINE event!” sdate=”2014-06-13″ stime=”10:00 am” duration=”02:00″ street=”Hidden Oaks Nature Center 7701 Royce St” city=”Annandale” state=”VA” postalcode=”22003″ country=”US” ]


Park Stop… & go, go GO!

Park Stop and Go Go Go Park Playdate Alexandria VA

[schema type=”event” evtype=”Event” name=”Park Stop & go, go, GO!” description=”Let’s play at Waynewood park! Karen has offered to be our backup location in the event of inclement weather, so we will play RAIN OR SHINE! ” sdate=”2014-06-12″ stime=”10:00 am” duration=”02:00″ street=”Waynewood Park Playground 1027 Dalebrook Drive” city=”Alexandria” state=”VA” postalcode=”22308″ country=”US” ]


Roll Around Town

burke lake park trail
[schema type=”event” evtype=”ChildrensEvent” name=”Roll Around Town” description=”Merrily we roll around, roll around roll around… all through the town! Meet us at the parking lot nearest the carousel to hike the Burke Lake trail. (Approximately 5 miles, jogging stroller recommended.) We will return to the playground to play- so if you prefer to just play and not hike, meet us there at approximately 11:00! Bigger kids would enjoy to bike this trail, but be forewarned it gets a lot of adult bike traffic, so it may not be appropriate for kids who have trouble keeping right. ***If it is below 45 degrees, raining, or otherwise inclement, this event will be cancelled.” sdate=”2014-06-10″ stime=”09:30 am” edate=”2014-06-10″ duration=”03:00″ street=”Burke Lake Park 7315 Ox Rd” city=”Fairfax Station” state=”VA” postalcode=”22039″ country=”US” ]


Blooming Cheeks & Bouncing Bums

River view at River Farm Park in Alexandria VA
[schema type=”event” evtype=”ChildrensEvent” name=”Blooming Cheeks & Bouncing Bums Park Playdate” description=”You and your children will adore exploring this completely charming, hands (and feet!) on children’s garden. There are shady spots for relaxing, dirty spots for digging, and lots of (labelled!) plants and flowers to learn about, plus plenty of bugs to watch and grassy paths to run along. Pack a picnic, sun protection, and your camera and come join us! (If it is raining or below 45 degrees, this meetup will be cancelled. If our Picture Day on 5/16 is rained out, we’ll do it today.)” sdate=”2014-05-30″ stime=”10:00 am” edate=”2014-05-30″ duration=”02:00″ street=”River Farm Park 7931 E Boulevard Dr” city=”Alexandria” state=”Va” postalcode=”22308″ country=”US” ]RSVP Here

Sun & Sweets Family Meet & Greet sponsored by Steve & Kate’s Camp

Sun & Sweets Family Meet & Greet sponsored by Steve & Kate's Camp

[schema type=”event” evtype=”ChildrensEvent” name=”Sun & Sweets Family Meet & Greet” description=”Bouncy trouncy bouncy FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN! Come enjoy some kid-friendly activities and refreshments, and a chance to get to know other NOVA families! BRING OUT THE BIG KIDS! Since school lets out early for FFX county kiddos, we are excited to have you for treats, the playground, activities, and an opportunity to learn more about Steve & Kate’s camp options. ***Rain date May 12. ” sdate=”2014-05-05″ stime=”02:00 pm” edate=”2014-05-05″ duration=”02:00″ street=”Jefferson Manor Park 2909 Farmington Drive” city=”Alexandria” state=”VA” postalcode=”22303″ country=”US” ]