Friday, September 19, 2014

2014 Fall Children's Activities

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Kid's activities and events focused on kid's play, learning, socialization and confidence building in the Washington DC and Maryland areas. Please feel free to comment on any of these activities you may have participated. We are always open to suggestions for activities we may have missed. Thank you for all your responses.

Calendar Quick Links

Aug 23-25 NIH and Comcast Outdoor Film Fest
Aug 23- Maryland Renaissance Festival Opens
Aug 23:- Sky Meadow Star Party with the Air and Space Museum
Aug 30: National Book Festival
Sept 1- Maryland Renaissance Festival Seniors Free
Aug 31- Monarch Butterfly Fiesta
Sept 1 - Adventure Theater's Open House
Sept 1 & 2 - Sesame Street movie at the Einstein Planetarium
Sept 2 - NASA Goddard Rocket Launches
Sept 6:  Imagination Stage's Fall Open House with Free class sampling
Sept 6 & 7 - Maryland Seafood Festival
Sept 7 - Sesame Street movie at the Einstein Planetarium

Sept 13 - Teddy Bear Clinic at National Museum of Health and Medicine
Sept 13-14 Alexandria's King Street Art Festival
Sept 19:  Adventure Theatre's Stuart Little Opens
Sept 19- Puppet Company's "Rapunzel" Opens
Sept 20: Dulles Family Day and Plane Pull
Sept 20-21 ArtFest at Annemarie Gardens
Sept 27 - Sky Meadow Star Party with the Air and Space Museum
Sept 21 - Sesame Street movie at the Einstein Planetarium
Sept 22 - Maryland Zoo Aloha Picnic
Sept 20-21- Maryland Renaissance Festival Scottish Celebration
Sept 24: Imagination State- The Night Fairy Opens
Sept 27 - Butler Orchard's Fall Festival Opens
Sept 27 - Cox Farm's Fall Festival Opens
Oct 2-3: Discovery Theater's Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres
Oct 12- Maryland Renaissance Festival ASL Interpretation Day
Oct 15-16: Discovery Theater's Fabulas Fairytales
Oct 18-19- Maryland Renaissance Festival Jousting Competition
Oct 18 - Sky Meadow Star Party with the Air and Space Museum
Oct 18-19:  Liberty Mountain Fall Festival/Ski Swap
Oct 23-24 Discovery Theater's Starry, Starry Night
Oct 25-26:  Whitetail Mountain Fall Festival
Nov 11:  Imagination Stage- Wake Up, Brother Bear Opens


Now-Oct 19   Maryland Renaissance Festival
Now - Oct 31 Cox Farm's Fall Festival
Now - Nov Fall and Halloween events at the Public Library
Now - Dec Fall art, Drama, Dance and Music classes for children
Sept 19-Oct 26 Adventure Theatre's Stuart Little
Sept 19-Oct 12  Puppet Company's "Rapunzel"
Sept 24-Oct 26  Imagination Stage's 'The Night Fairy'
Nov 11-30 Imagination Stage's Wake Up, Brother Bear
Nov 14-Jan 1  Adventure Theatre's Tiny Tim's Christmas Card
Nov 19-Jan 11 Imagination Stage's 101 Dalmatians

Any time

Air and Space Museum - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Ctr, Chantilly, VA
Air and Space Museum - Washington DC
Annemarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center
Butler Orchards, Germantown, MD - Hayrides, Pick your own fruits
Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
International Spy Museum, Washington DC
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
Maryland Zoo, Baltimore, MD
NASA Goddard Visitors Center, Greenbelt, Washington DC
National Zoo, Washington DC
Olde Towne Alexandria, VA
River Bend Park, Great Falls, VA
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington DC
Storyville at Woodlawn & Rosedale Libraries, Maryland
The Yards Park, Washington DC
US Botanic Gardens

Whitetail Mountain Ski, Golf and Fishing Resort

13th Annual Great Outdoors Festival

13th Annual Great Outdoors Festival
October 25th & 26th, 10 am - 5 pm
It is great fun for the whole family,
Annual 5k Fall Downhill Trail Run
Annual Whitetail Chili Cook-Off Competition.
Kids events include MoonBounce, Pony Rides,
Haunted Halls, Antique Car Show, Snowmaking Tours and more!
Festival Admission: Adults $8, Seniors $4, Kids 6-12 $4 and Kids under 6 FREE

Ski & Board Swap
Annual Ski & Board Swap during the Great Outdoors Festival.
Saturday, October 25th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 26th from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
If you have gear you would like to sell at the swap, you may drop it off
October 21nd thru October 25th between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm
at our Guest Services lobby.

Upcoming Events

Job Fair in November
New Year's Celebrations
Kids Snow Tubing New Year's Pizza Party
10 pm - 1 am
Pizzas, chips, soda, hot chocolate, and cookies buffet style.
Space is limited and reservations are required, so make yours today! (link)

Ski Resort Party
December 31, 5 pm-1 am
Full buffet dinner, live entertainment, skiing and snowboarding until 1 am, and our very own ball drop at midnight!
Space is limited and reservations are required (link).


January Winter Trails
Learn to Ski and Snowboard!
January 10, 2015
Wednesday $39 classes include lift ticket, equipment and "First Lesson"
Ask about "FREE" childcare reservation during your lesson.

Childrens and Adaptive Ski, Snowboard and Snowshoe Lessons
13805 Blairs Valley Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236

Liberty Mountain Ski and Golf Resort

Fall Festival and Ski Swap
October 18-19
The actual 'Swap Sale' of goods will take place on
Saturday, October 18, 8 am-4 pm
& Sunday, October 19, 9 am-4 pm
during festival
Proceeds from the swap will benefit a local charity. Liberty Mtn staff will be accepting consignment items of Kids & Adult skis, boards, boots, poles, bindings, jackets, coats, hats, helmets, gloves, vests, fleeces, goggles, carriers, bags, anything to do with snow riding - this includes vintage! Again this year will be the opportunity to sell or purchase golf equipment.

You can drop off consignment items at the
Liberty Children's Learning Center building during the following times:

  • Thursday Oct 16 from 4 pm-8 pm
  • Friday Oct 17 from noon-8 pm
  • Saturday, October 18, 9:00am-2pm
  • Sunday, October 19, 10am-11am
  • You set your price (we can help) and if your stuff sells you'll receive back 80% of the price, the remaining 20% goes to the local charity. Cash, MasterCard & Visa will be accepted.
Two sales are better than one! Get information on the Liberty Mountain Sports Shop Preseason Sale also taking place at Liberty Saturday October 20th and Sunday October 21st.

Fall Festival

While some activities will be free of charge, others require activity tickets which will be available for purchase at the ticket booth in the base area. Activity Tickets cost $1 per ticket. Here is a list of activities:
Chairlift rides on the Alpine Quad - Free!

Hayrides - Free!

Challenge Course Adventure Race - Free!

Pumpkin Painting - 2 Tickets

Appalachian Outdoor School Climbing Wall - 3 Tickets

Scarecrow Building - 5 Tickets

Chili Cook-Off

      Snowball the Snow Leopard is ready for great winter fun!

    Upcoming Events
    Job Fair in November
    Winter Solstice Festival
    December TBA

    Fun for the entire family!
    Live music, Frosty the Snowman contest, Christmas tree decorating and Santa

    New Year's Celebration
    December 31,    8 am - 1 am
    Specially priced skiing/snowboarding/tubing until 1 am
    Playcare (call ahead), Kid activities, Balloons, Magic Act

    January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month!
    Thursdays includes lift ticket, equipment and "First Lesson"
    Check for "FREE" Playcare reservations while you learn.
    Ages 8 and up

    Winter Trails January 10, 10 am-2 pm
    Free snowshoeing for all ages.
    No Registration required.
    Burton Riglet Park opens for ages 3-6 to teach kids
    the feeling of balance and moving on a snowboard!

    Closing Events

    Family Evenings Golf
    May 3-August 30 from 6-8:00 pm
    Carroll Valley Golf Course
    The whole family can golf as many holes as you like for $20
    One family member must be 17 and under to qualify
    Call Pro shop to reserve a time at 717-642-8252

    Just for being a Liberty, Roundtop and Whitetail Mountain Season Pass holder, you will receive great discounts at all the great resorts listed below.

    Bristol Mountain,NY Okemo Mountain, VT
    Crystal Mountain, MISeven Springs, PA
    Holiday Valley, NYShawnee Peak, ME
    Jay Peak, VTWachusett, MA
    Jiminy Peak, MAWindham Mtn, NY
    Mt Sunapee. NHWintergreen, VA

    Liberty Mountain
    78 Country Club Trail
    Carroll Valley, PA 17320
    (717) 642-8282
    Snow Report - (717) 642-9000

    Children's Live Theater

    September - December Performances

    (Theater rules include NO FOOD or DRINK in Theater,
    Electronic Devices must be turned OFF and
    No Photography/Videotaping during performances due to copyright laws)

    Imagination Stage
    in Bethesda, MD

    Early Childhood Theater Shows for ages 1-5

    Wake Up Brother Bear -  November 11-30 
    Inside Out  -  December 6-February 1
    Blue  -  March 11-April 12
    Aquarium  - June 27-July 26

    Theater for Kids ages 4+ years old

    The Night Fairy
    September 24 - October 26
    The Night Fairy activity page (link)
    Flory, a night fairy, is attacked by a bat!  Her wings are damaged, and she must learn to survive in the daylight and among the animals.  Ages 4+
    Grandparents Day October 5 (special discounts)

    Upcoming Shows
    101 Dalmatians  November 19-January 11
    Wiley and the Hairy Man  February 4-March 8
    Sinbad: The Untold Tale  April 8-May 31
    Double Trouble  June 24-August 9

    The early childhood shows are beautiful multisensory and interactive experiences for very young children. The show are held in the Christopher Reeve theater, and parents and children sit on the floor in a circle around the stage area. There are tiers of seats on one side for those needing to sit or observe from afar. My children enjoyed these shows and saw the same shows several times over the years until they grew too big.  We even held  birthday parties with the show.   Most of the time, children are able to talk briefly with the actors and they seem to enjoy the experience. Tickets $10 each, $5 lap seat tickets for babies.

    Parking garage located next to theater and free on weekends.
    Street parking is metered.
    Tickets box office or online/phone
    Shows sell out quickly so I advise ordering online or by phone
    Parking garage next door to theater.
    4908 Auburn Avenue
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Info: 301-961-6060
    Box Office: 301-280-1660


    Adventure Theater

    Glen Echo Park, Maryland

    Stuart Little
    September 19-October 26

    Look for specials including Pajama party nights with milk and cookies!
    Have a Rainforest Birthday Part during Saturday/Sunday shows.

    This performance is based on the book by E.B.White.. Stuart is a little mouse living in New York with his parents, older brother George and Snowball, the cat.  Find out what happens when Stuart goes on an adventure with his best friend Margalo, a bird.   ASL performance October 4 at 2 pm and Sensory Friendly performance October 11 at 2 pm. Ages 4+

    Upcoming shows

    Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol - November 14-January 1
    Petite Rouge - January 30-March 8
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - April 3-May 25
    Garfield, the Musical with Catitude- June 19-August 23

    Glen Echo Park
    7300 MacArthur Blvd
    Glen Echo, MD.
    Purchase tickets by phone (301) 634-2270 or online.


    The Puppet Company

    Glen Echo Park

    The Puppet Company has been performing puppet shows for children of all ages since 1983. They are located in Glen Echo park and make all their own sets and costumes.

    Puppet costumes are elaborate, and the show is delightful. In addition to the main stage shows, there are shows for the very young (ages 0-4) Tiny Tots at 10 AM on select Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays. These shows are sure to delight children and their caregivers. Tickets $10.

    Arrive early for bathroom breaks prior to the show. Children usually sit on the floor close to the stage and parents can either sit on the floor or on some seats in the back. These puppets are amazing in detail and the puppeteer is truly talented. The show is about 40 minutes long. PreK - Grade 4

    Tickets by phone/online/ticket booth. Shows do sell out so purchase early.

    2013-2014 Main Stage Puppet Season
    Rapunzel September 19-October 12
    The 3 Billy Goats Gruff- October 16-November 21
    The Nutcracker  November 28-December 31
    Circus January 16-February 15
    Aladdin February 19-March 15
    Jack and the Beanstalk March 19-May 3
    Cinderella May 7-June 21

    The Puppet Company
    Glen Echo Park
    7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812


    Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian

    Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres!

    October 2-3 at 10:15 & 11:30 
    Ages 2-6
    DVD link

    Uno, dos, tres con ANDRES!

    Fabulas Fairytales
    Wed-Thurs October 15-16 at 10:15 am & 11:30 am
    ages 3-7

    Fabulas Fairytales

    Starry, Starry Night
    Thurs-Fri October 23-24 at 10:15 am, 11:15 am and 12:15 am
    Air and Space Museum
    Ages 3-8
    Starry, Starry Night
    Coyote Mischief Tales
    November 5-6, Nov 12-14 and Nov 17-20 at 10:15 & 11:30
    Ages 5-10
    Coyote Mischief Tales
    Little Bread Hen with the Barefoot Puppets
    November 24-25 at 10:15 & 11:30
    November 28 at 12 noon
    Ages 4-8
    Little Bread Hen with Barefoot Puppets

    Tickets phone/online/ticket booth
    Be aware that schools often take classes on field trips to the
    theater during the week. Weekend shows are less crowded.
    Discovery Theater can be found on the Lower Third floor of the
    Ripley Center next door to the Smithsonian Red Castle.
    Some events at other Smithsonian sites, so check your tickets.

    S. Dillon Ripley Center
    Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel
    1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
    (202) 633-3030
    Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Fall Foliage
    in the Blue Ridge Parkway

    The Blue Ridge Parkway expects a spectacular fall display of vibrant colors starting mid October to mid November. Peak displays usually occur the third to fourth week of October. Leaves begin turning vibrant red and yellow at the top elevations and slowly work down to the meadow areas. Visitors should drive different elevations as well as north and south facing directions. Driving along Sky Line drive is a very popular activity for Maryland and Washington DC residents and tourists. The long, winding road takes visitors up and down and around the Blue Ridge hill from Front Royal, Virginia to the Wasynesboro-Charlottesville area. It is best to leave early and prepare for long highway traffic lines going and returning. Even on the mountain, we have observed hundreds of visitors posing amongst the vibrantly colored maples for photo ops. There are some quaint country restaurants along the way, and in the park. Again, fall foliage is a very popular event and patience is the word of the day. The long and sometimes sluggish ride to the park is definitely a worthwhile family activity. Children enjoy walking on the trails and exploring the areas. Horse back riding is available in the park, but you must call ahead to reserve your time due to popularity of the activity and weather conditions. Lodging and camping is available along the route, and in the park but availability is limited during the Fall foliage event. Sky Meadow hosts activities as well including Star Watch with the North Virginia Astronomer's Club October 13 and November 11 during the evening hours. These scientists and astronomers enjoy showing children the amazing sights they have located in their awesome telescopes.

    There are too many special events to list from month to month and across different states associated with the Blue Ridge Mountain.
    Check out the link for specific times and locations you are interested.

    Blue Ridge Parkway (General link)
    Hours 9 am - 5 pm daily
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
    Free Admission

    A young visitor wearing a red Junior Ranger hat and patches, sits in the grass of Big Meadows working on her Junior Ranger book.Shenandoah National Park has a Junior Ranger program for ages 7-12 includes hike with a Ranger, activity booklet and sticker/badge. Purchase at park or download activity book at home.

    Ranger Explorer program for ages 13+
    Explorer Backpacks are available for $5 day and contain books and equipment to help explore the area. Upon completion of the 12 activities and 2 Ranger-led programs, children are eligible for an Explorer Badge or Patch.

    Shenandoah National Park
    3655 Hwy 211 East
    Luray, VA 22835
    Park Fees (Vehicle March-November $15 and December-February $10)
    Lots of information for hiking, biking, horse riding and special tips.