Thursday, February 3, 2011

School Board Meeting tonight in Falls Church

This is technically not a children's event but it does affect our children.

Tonight, at Jackson Middle School in Falls Church, at 7pm, the Fairfax County School Board will be voting on the Budget for 2011-2012 school year. Among the issues that will be discussed is an Amendment that was put forth by Tina Hone, that would cut the FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools) program from the current advertised budget for next year.

This post is not to advocate that you should stand for or against this issue, but that you should attend the meeting to make sure your voice is being heard.

A request for this post was submitted by a member of FLAGS.

Friday, January 28, 2011

More Days Off from School?

We've already had two days off and now we have two more days off next week due to teacher work days. What will you do for the next four days to not get cabin fever?

Fear not, there is plenty to do.

Check out Frying Pan Park's 50th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday from noon - 3pm.
Activities will include a preview of coming events, wagon rides, children's party games, hot cocoa, birthday cake, and s'mores at an outdoor warming fire.

This weekend is also Pentagon Row's Ice Skating Gala in Arlington.
From 7-9pm there will be A performance by fools and horses, specials and giveaways, An Ice Princess, Magicians, Jugglers, Stilt Walkers, a Photo Boot and plenty of Refreshments. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Fees for ice skating still apply.

And what about Monday and Tuesday of next week?
Take the family for a fun trip around the ice rink. Check out an updated listing of local ice skating rinks.
On Monday afternoon you can also check out Groovy Nate at the St. Elmo's Coffee Club in Alexandria. He'll also be at the George Mason Library in Annandale on Tuesday evening from 7-8pm. Have Fun with music, puppetry, games, creative play, and comedy! Donations are requested for the Coffee Club event.

The McLean Community Center is offering Teacher Workday trips for teens 5th - 8th grade. The center is open 8am - 6pm for these events. Please register on their website.

Also Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas has a Teacher Workday Camp on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from 8:30a - 4:30pm. Campers will participate in sports, crafts and swimming activities on their day off from school. Registration is required.

Whatever you do, enjoy this time with your family. Sometimes, we need to be reminded to slow down and spend some quality time together.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Send Your Love...

Do you know that song by Sting, Send Your Love?

Well, now you can send your love through some really neat places throughout the United States for Valentine's Day!

This is a list of places that will postmark your love notes and letters and then send them to the final recipient for you!

Bliss, NY 14024

Heart Butte, MT 59448

Juliette, GA 31046

Loveland, CO 80538

Loveville, MD 20656

Loving, NM 88256

Romance, AR 72136

Romeo, MI 48065

Sugar City, CO 81076

Valentine, NE 69201

Valentine, TX 79854

Valentines, VA 23887

Click this link to get detailed information on how to get your love notes postmarked at these various places in time for Valentine's Day 2011!

Kinda makes you wish you had more loved ones doesn't it?

Even though I'm no longer in school, I send Valentine's Day cards every year to family and friends with fun little treats inside!

What is your favorite Valentine's Day tradition?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January 2011!

I hope you had a fabulous Holiday and Happy New Year.

Let's get right to the chase.

There are two events you need to know about.

The first is Synetic Family Theater's Nutcracker! The last showing is this weekend! Don't miss it! Critics rave about this amazing show! There's still snow on the ground, so you can still watch the Nutcracker live! Check it out!

And, the long awaited Blacksmith Shop at Mount Vernon is now open! "George Washington's blacksmith shop is back in business! The building is a careful reproduction of the type of blacksmith shop that operated at Mount Vernon during Washington’s lifetime. Watch as blacksmithing demonstrations take place, giving visitors a dynamic view of 18th-century smithing by creating the same household and agricultural items that were used on Washington’s plantation. Included in admission."

Check out our calendar for updated events and find us on Facebook for quick and easy access to special events in your area!
Just because it's cold outside it doesn't mean you have to say home. Enjoy time with your kids at these various events. Don't forget to check out your local community center and libraries for daily events.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Mother of Holiday Events Listings

Every year, the Washington Post puts out a list of all the Holiday events in the area that are submitted to them. There are all types of events from concerts to festivals to Santa visits all happening in the Washington DC area.

That listing can be found here or you can purchase a paper today to get the paper copy. It's a 12 page insert.

Check it out!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Visits with Santa

It's hard to believe that in less than a week it will be Thanksgiving and soon after, Christmas!

If you haven't already started getting into the Christmas spirit, this is the perfect time to start. Check out all the places you can visit with Santa (Remember to use the categories at the bottom for easier searching)! There are free gifts, free photos, visit for your pup, and more!

Dress up the kids and the dog and get your pictures taken with Dear Ol' Saint Nick!

Keep checking back for updates to the calendar as the holidays get closer.

Ho! Ho! Ho!!!