If the Halloween sugar rush is still going strong (sorry!), get out and about this weekend with events for the whole family. Start by laughing your faces off at the annual Kids Euro Fest featuring silly bubble blowers, storytelling acrobats and more. Dust off your ice skates for the re-opening of NoVa’s largest ice rink, shop for winter gear at a ginormous community yard sale, or practice your salutes at a Veteran’s Day Parade. Have fun!
Photo credit: Kids Euro Festival via Facebook
Bubble Blowers and Storytelling Acrobats at Kids Euro Fest
It’s one of the country’s largest performing arts festivals for children, and for good reason. The festival boasts more than 200 free events between Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 hosted by 28 different European embassies (think: Austria, France, and Slovakia) and 30 local cultural institutions. The festival features performances by artists in all genres from the obscure bubble-blowers to the mainstream violinists. Fri.-Sun. Various locations. Free. Ages 2-12. Event details.
Family Theater: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Proving that Charlie Brown is generational, Reston Community Players presents the family-friendly, 1999 revised musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. The musical showcases all of your favorite Charles Schultz characters including, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, and your favorite pooch, Snoopy. Rekindle childhood memories of the “Peanuts” gang and share them with your own kid crew. Fri.-Sat. Reston. $23. Ages 5 and up. Event details.
Discovery Theater: Native Pride Dancers
World-champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie and his troupe show off their amazing footwork at this special stage presentation at the American Indian Museum. Your challenger: stand up and try to keep up with their moves. Fri., 11:30 am-12:15 pm. L’Enfant Plaza. Free. Ages 5 and up. Event details.
Shake a Skate at NoVa’s Largest Outdoor Rink
After some major renovations (a 50 percent size boost, and a two-sided outdoor fireplace), Pentagon Row Ice Rink just re-opened. Spend the day with your littles slipping and sliding around the rinks massive 6,840 square feet, and then grab an obligatory cup of hot chocolate to kick off the holiday season. Pentagon Row. $7-$8. All Ages. Event details.
New to You: Kids Yard Sale
If you’re looking for a yard sale with some variety, look no further. Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten in Reston, Va hosts this annual community yard sale featuring thousands (not a typo) of baby and children’s gear donated by 100+ local families. Clothes for the under-10 set, strollers, highchairs, bikes, toys, exercisers, books, DVDs, children’s furniture, bottles… Basically, whatever you need. Period. Sat., 7:30 am-1 pm. Reston. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Marching Orders: Go to the Manassas Veterens Day Parade
Bundle up the kids (unless it’s one of those popular unseasonably warm days) and head to this parade (the largest in NoVa), which pays tribute to all veterans and active military. Dance to the military and high school bands, pipe and drum corps teams; and snap pics of the impressive military units, military vehicles, and distinguished local vets. Sat., 11 am. Manassas. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Point, Click and Shoot at FotoWeek DC
Budding Annie Leibovitz-es will click with this annual celebration of photography in Washington. Sure, it’s for picture-takers of all ages, but your little shutterbug will like checking out the FotoBazaar (a non-curated photo free-for-all that anyone can jump into) and Young@Heart (an exhibition featuring the young at heart of D.C. working and playing). Sat.-Sun. Downtown. All Ages. Event details.
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