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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

ACTion! Broadway Talent Show (7-14 yrs.)

In this 3-day Moonlit Wings Productions camp, performers put on a special talent show featuring solo acts and group scenes/songs. Enjoy great Broadway and Hollywood hits, explore your talents and engage in fun acting lessons. Stars shine through improvisation games, character creation, a talent show and more! Some sessions include swim-time. Family/friends are invited to a mini-performance on the last day. Download camp forms from website.


ACTion! Frozen Fairy Tales (7-14 yrs.)

In this 3-day Moonlit Wings Productions camp, performers put on skits inspired by fairy tale favorites set in a frozen winter wonderland. Explore scenes from Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, The Snow Queen and others with engaging acting lessons. Stars shine through improvisation games, character creation, a talent show and more! Some sessions include swim-time. Family/friends are invited to a mini-performance on the last day. Download camp forms from website.


ACTion! The Greatest ShowKid (7-14 yrs.)

In this 6-day Moonlit Wings Productions camp, performers put on a circus-themed original play inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum. Enjoy acting lessons, improvisation games, character creation and a talent show! Some sessions include swim-time. No camp Dec 31 and Jan 1. Family/friends are invited to a mini-performance on Jan. 4. Download camp forms from website.


Animal Vets Winter Workshop (8-12 yrs.)

Spend time with our exhibit animals. Check their health, weight and size; clean and refresh their tanks and enjoy some fun animal activities and games. Wear old clothes. Bring snack, lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website.


Basketball & Sports MiniCamp (6-12 yrs.)

A combination of daily drills, contests, and real game action with positive, energetic coaching. Learn and refine skills then enjoy an afternoon swim break daily. Bring snack, lunch, water bottle and swimsuit/towel. Download camp forms from website.


Chess MiniCamp by Silver Knights (5-13 yrs)

Champions come from our programs, but most students are just looking for fun. Lessons range from overview of the rules to tournament strategies. Bring snack and lunch daily. Includes non-chess activities during breaks. Download camp forms from website. Lee offers extended care this week; see options.


Coding MiniCamp by SIlver Knights (7-12 yrs.)

Learn to create stories, games and animations using Scratch, a visual programming language that helps children think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically. New coders learn basics while more experienced coders create increasingly complex programs. Campers receive a T-shirt and USB containing their programs. Bring snack, lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website.


Crime Scene Science (8-12 yrs.)

Observe, investigate and have fun in this extreme science camp that focuses on techniques and procedures used in real crime scenes. Become involved in a mystery story using newly learned skills before taking on the final challenge. Download camp forms from website.


Digital Kidz Game Design MiniCamp (8-12 yrs.)

Design your own video game from start to finish and learn concepts the pros use including character creation, level design, programming, functionality, debugging and troubleshooting. Bring lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website. Mt Vernon is offering extended care this week; see options.


Digital Kidz Tech Savvy Girls MiniCamp (8-12 yrs.)

Discover your passion for technology through hands-on fun tailored to girls’ interests. Explore technology, leadership, social activism and empowering the next generation of women in STEM. Design a website, learn basic coding, edit photos of friends, learn how technology and robotics can help the world, sew and program your own electronic accessory, learn animation, and video editing. This camp meets the requirements for the Girl Scout badges for designing, programming and showcasing a Robot (badges not provided). Take Action Project included. Bring lunch and drink. Campers may be transported by bus to local schools for classroom use. Download camp forms from website.


Dinosaur Days MiniCamp (4-7 yrs.)

Explore the dinosaur world as campers become junior paleontologists. Naturalists lead discovery of the latest in dinosaur knowledge plus create crafts, play games and unearth fossils. Download camp forms from website.


Eureka! by Mad Science (6-11 yrs)

Young Inventors use basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors and ingenuity to construct catapults and forts, fabricate a winning Egg Drop design, construct a dancing robot and assemble a working light saber to take home. Bring lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website.


Flight Academy by Mad Science (7-12 yrs)

Come explore the fundamentals of aerodynamics in this Mad Science camp and see how Newtons Laws of motion help explain how things move and how rockets fly. Campers love building parachutes, kites, rubber-band powered planes and a gravity simulator. Bring lunch and drink. Downloads camp forms from website.


Frosty Fencers (7-15 yrs.)

Come explore aerodynamics fundamentals in this Mad Science camp and see how Newton’s laws of motion help explain how things move and how rockets fly. Campers love building parachutes, kites, rubber band-powered planes and a gravity simulator. Bring lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website.


Geology Rocks Camp (8-12 yrs.)

Discover natural wonders while excavating rocks, minerals and fossils. Hike the park, make fossils, play games and enjoy hands-on activities in this everyday adventure. Download camp forms from website.


Gymnastics & Cheer Camp (5 1/2-12 yrs.)

Metro Movement gives kids a lot to cheer about in this camp. Learn jumps, stunts, cheers and a dance routine from former NFL, NBA & collegiate cheerleaders. Build skills using the balance beam, bars, floor and vault taught by USA Gymnastics Instructors. Parents will enjoy the end-of-camp performance! All campers get a free shirt. Bring lunch, snack, drink and swimsuit/towel for an afternoon swim. A signed participation release form is due on the first day. Some camps are bused to a nearby school for gym/cafeteria use.Download camp forms from website.


Hip Hop Dance MiniCamp (5-12 yrs.)

Learn popular dances along with other styles including popping, locking, breakdance and choreography. New dances, high energy games and an afternoon swim break keep camp fun and exciting. Come see your dancers in a special performance at the end of the week! Bring snack, lunch, water bottle, swimsuit and towel. Download camp forms from website.


JediCraft Survival Game Camp (6-11 yrs.)

Mine, craft and build the Star Wars universe using LEGO. Roll the dice to gather Jedi resources then build a starship, craft light sabers and use the force to survive empire attacks. This advanced Play-Well LEGO game is inspired by Minecraft and the Star Wars fantasy setting. Add afternoon Jedi Master Engineering for a full-day of fun. Download camp forms from website.


JediMaster Engineering (6-11 yrs.)

The force awakens in this advanced engineering course for young Jedi. Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics and eccentric motion. Build LEGO X-Wings, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Fortresses and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far away. Add morning JediCraft Camp for a full-day of fun. Download camp forms from website.


Kids Kitchen: Food, Fitness, Fun(8-14yr)

Enjoy cooking your favorite foods and playing sports games. Learn to eat smart and play hard through fitness activities and preparing recipes from all food groups. Campers will enjoy eating the meals they create. A $20 supply fee will be collected on the first day of camp. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Let's Make Every Day a Holiday

Our chefs create holiday food favorites celebrating Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo, Valentine's Day and more. What could be more fun than whipping up a Halloween treat in the beginning of January? The holidays don’t stop in this three day workshop. Choose full-day or half-day, check camp times. Once registered, download camp forms from website. Lee offers extended care; see options.


Nature Quest Workshop (6-12 yrs.)

Explore plants and animals that put life in our park wildlife. Crafts, games, live animals and guided nature walks make this an exciting adventure! Camps longer than 3 hrs, bring snack, lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website.


Play Like It's 1935 (6-12 yrs.)

Enjoy making a simple toy to take home and play games like the Alcorn children did when they moved to Huntley during the Great Depression. Good old-fashion fun while school’s out. Download camp form from website.


Sew & SwimTime Camp (8-12 yrs.)- winter break

Boys & girls learn sewing basics including measuring, hand and machine techniques, maintenance and machine operation. Fun projects include a custom towel wrap and waterproof swim bag. Bring lunch, drink and swimsuit/towel for afternoon swim break. Campers registering for both weeks will make different projects. An additional supply fee of $35 is due on the first day to the instructor (covers a personal sewing kit, fabric, patterns and notions). Download camp forms from website.


Stay Cool Ice Skating Camp (6-13 yrs)-Winter

Campers can beat the heat and improve their ice-skating skills in this fun and exciting camp. Enjoy a daily, on-ice lesson, free skate time, on-ice games, activities and more. Direct on-ice time is 1.5 to 2 hours daily. Camp includes free use of rental skates and five additional practice sessions. Previous skating experience (Basic 1 level) required. Pair with Afternoon Fun Camp to make a full day of activities. Download camp forms from website. Mt Vernon is offering extended care this week; see options.


STEM + Bash 'Em Bots w/LEGO (6-11 yrs.)

Learn real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through engineer-designed projects. Then apply these concepts to make massive motorized machines from LEGO parts through this advanced engineering program. Re-engineer standard vehicles into mechanized machines that can traverse challenging obstacles and battle against fellow bots.


STEMExCEL Minecraft & Computer Science (6-12 yrs.)

Solve problems in a multi-player game while advancing your programming skills writing and implementing large scale Minecraft modifications. Explore electronics in a virtual world and build constructs representing electrical circuits and computer projects built in the real world. Through behind-the-computer projects and other activities, campers learn algorithms, functions, variables, conditionals, abstractions and more in a fun environment with STEM exCEL. Bring snack, lunch and drink. Download camp forms from website.


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