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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. .

3D Game Labs with Unity (8-12 yrs.)-winter

(8-12 yrs.) Take your game design skills to another level with Unity, an industry-grade design software. Working in pairs or teams, aspiring game designers, learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation and how to utilize scripts and variables. Created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Abrakadoodle Kids on Canvas (6-12 yrs.)-winter

(6-12 yrs.) Grab a paintbrush and jump right in for a colorful “Kids on Canvas” adventure! Use paints, papers and modeling compounds to explore the technique of creating art on different types of canvas. Kids will use their imaginations and get inspiration from a different artist each lesson to create with art in a variety of ways! No camp Jan.1. Bring snack and lunch/drink. Supply fee due on first day: $16 for 2-day camps; $32 for 4-day camps. No camp Jan.1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Abrakadoodle World Travel Multi-Media Art

(6-12 yrs.) Travel with us on this creative journey and create masterpieces inspired by world cultures and artists. Campers will enjoy working on sculpting, painting, drawing and design techniques as they take a virtual tour of several countries. Bring snack and lunch/drink. Supply fee due on first day: $16 for 2-day camps; $32 for 4-day camps. No camp Jan.1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


ACTion! Aladdin (7-14 yrs.)- winter

(7-14 yrs.) In this 4-day camp by Moonlit Wings Productions, performers put on songs and scenes from our new kids adaptation of “Aladdin” based on the classic story from The Arabian Nights. Camp includes music/dance, improvisation, a talent show and more. Family/friends are invited to a mini-performance on the final day. Bring two snacks, lunch, drink, swimsuit & towel (for some afternoon pool time). No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


ACTion! JAM-ILTON (7-14 yrs.)

(7-14 yrs.) In this Hamilton-inspired 4-day camp by Moonlit Wings Productions, campers blast back to 1776 and become musical showstoppers. Write original scenes and explore music from “Hamilton” and other Broadway shows while creating your own characters from heroes to foes. Family/friends are invited to a mini-play featuring your original work on the final day. Bring two snacks, lunch, drink and swimsuit/towel (for some afternoon pool time). No camp Jan 1. Once registered download camp forms from website.


Action! Superheroes, Secret Agents & Superstars

(7-14 yrs.) In this 2-day camp by Moonlit Wings Productions, performers put on songs and skits inspired by popular superhero and spy films with a Broadway twist. Young performers enjoy music/dance, improvisation, a talent show and more. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Adventure Links Classic Adventure 8-10yr

(8-10 yrs.) Take part in a week of true adventures. The 8-10 yrs. group (Classic Adventure) enjoys a low and high ropes course, canoeing, outdoor living skills day and caving. The 11-13 yrs. group (Ultimate Adventure) enjoys a ropes course with zipline, kayaking, outdoor living skills day, caving and rock climbing. Instruction begins on an introductory level and progresses with the group. Once registered, go to www.adventurelinks.net/parktakes to complete required camp forms and waivers. This camp also requires FCPA camp forms from camp webpage.


Adventure Links Ultimate Adventure 11-13yr

(11-13 yrs.) Take part in a week of true adventures. The 8-10 yrs. group (Classic Adventure) enjoys a low and high ropes course, canoeing, outdoor living skills day and caving. The 11-13 yrs. group (Ultimate Adventure) enjoys a ropes course with zipline, kayaking, outdoor living skills day, caving and rock climbing. Instruction begins on an introductory level and progresses with the group. Once registered, go to www.adventurelinks.net/parktakes to complete required camp forms and waivers. This camp also requires FCPA camp forms from camp webpage.


Afternoon Fun Camp (6-12 yrs.)- winter

(6-12 yrs.) Spend the morning in our Stay Cool Ice Skating Camp and after a break for lunch, campers will enjoy swim time and afternoon activities. Bring lunch, drink, swimsuit and towel. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, 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.


Arcade Action Game Design (7-12 yrs.)-winter

(7-12 yrs.) Design your own arcade-style games in this fun camp by Silver Knights. Using Scratch 3 digital tools, create your own racing games, chase games and classic arcade games like pong, tank, and snake. Learn how to code and take your game to the next level with avatars, scores, health points, intros and outros. Bring snack, lunch and drink. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Basketball & Sports Winter MiniCamp (6-12 yrs.)

(6-12 yrs.) A combination of positive, energetic and fundamentals-based coaching while maximizing the fun of real game action daily. Learn and refine skills then enjoy an afternoon swim break daily. Bring snack, lunch, water bottle and swimsuit/towel. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Chess MiniCamp (5-13 yrs.)-winter

(5-13 yrs.) By Silver Knights. 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. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Chopped! - Holiday Favorites (5-12 yrs.)

Join Tiny Chefs for a “Holiday Favorites” version of the popular Chopped! Camp. Using “secret” ingredients, campers will transform dishes into creative masterpieces while challenging themselves to make mouthwatering specialties and traditional favorites. No camp Jan. 1.


Chopped! (5-12 yrs.)- Winter

(5-12 yrs.) Tiny Chefs brings food challenges to camp. Our version has the added twist of focusing on different cuisines every day. Campers are given a basket with 3-4 ingredients then challenged to make mouthwatering specialties while exploring new ingredients, tastes and combinations. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Digital Kidz Jr Programming (6-11 yr)-winter

(6-11 yrs.) Plan and build amazing projects using visual programming. Create interactive stories, design and build video games and learn the basics of animation as you bring them to life with code. Campers use the Sphero EDU robot to create a painting, navigate a maze or have a dance party. Bring snack, lunch and drink. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


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

(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. Bring lunch and drink. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Dinosaur Days MiniCamp (4-8 yrs.)-Winter

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. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Eureka! by Mad Science (6-11 yr)-winter

(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. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Fashion Design Sewing (8-12 yr.)-winter

(8-12 yrs.) Learn how clothing lines are created while learning basic hand and machine sewing techniques including sketching a portfolio of designs, measuring, using patterns, fabric structure, maintenance and sewing machine operation. Make an outfit for an 18” doll. Supply fee of $30 due on the first day. Bring lunch and drink. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


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

Join Metro Movement and learn jumps, arm motions, cheers and a dance routine from former NFL, NBA and collegiate cheerleaders as well as floor, beam, bars and vault gymnastics skills from USA Gymnastics Instructors. Bring lunch, drink and swimsuit/towel daily for an afternoon swim break. Camp requires signed waiver on the first day. No camp Jan. 1.


Gymnastics, Cheer & Dance Camp (6-13 yrs.)

(6-13 yrs.) Join Spirit Pros for this camp developed by a former NCAA nationally ranked gymnast and national dance champion. Enjoy tumbling on a safe inflatable track, skills on gymnastics equipment, rhythm-and-dance, cheer skills and stunts, fun moon bounce and more. Camp includes a swim break. Bring snack, drink, lunch and swimsuit/towel. Signed participation release required on the first day. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Hip Hop Dance MiniCamp (5-12 yrs.)-Winter

(5-12 yrs.) Two days of popular dance styles including popping, locking, breakdance and choreography. New dances, high energy games and an afternoon swim break keep camp fun and exciting. Bring snack, lunch, water bottle, swimsuit and towel. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


LEGO STEM FUNdamentals (6-11 yrs.)

(6-11 yrs.) Master your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies as we apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture through projects such as boats, snowmobiles, arch bridges and battletracks. Afternoon camp- pair with afternoon for a full-day of fun with a supervised lunch period.


LEGO Winter Wonderland Challenge(6-11 yrs.)

(6-11 yrs.) Get ready for the deep freeze by applying engineering and architecture concepts to brave the challenges of winter weather. With our Play-well instructors, design and build motorized contraptions such as snowplows, gondolas and a snowball launcher. Morning camp- pair with afternoon for a full-day of fun with a supervised lunch period. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Ninja Obstacles & Tumbling Camp- winter

(5 1/2-11 yrs.) Be a warrior in the ninja games in this action-packed Metro Movement camp. Come learn tumbling skills, jump across the floating steps and compete in our floor-based obstacle course challenge. Bring lunch, snack, drink and swimsuit/towel for an afternoon swim. A signed participation release form is due on the first day. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Pohick Rangers Mini-Camp (6-12 yrs.)- winter

(6-12 yrs.) Introducing our longest running program, now as a mini camp! Learn about forest ecology in winter, animal homes, animal calling, wildlife observations, hiking through the stream valley and more. Gain hands-on experience in the field as we uncover the natural wonders of winter in the Pohick Stream Valley. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


School of Magic & Wizardry(6-14 yrs)-winter

(6-14 yrs.) Learn the magical, mystical secrets of your favorite bespectacled wizard. Float objects in the air, make things vanish, create balloon sculptures and learn to juggle like the pros. Bring snack, drink, lunch and swimsuit/towel (for afternoon swim break). Signed participation release required on the first day. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Secret Agent Lab (6-11 yrs.)-winter

(6-11 yrs.) Connect the dots using science to help solve a crime in this hands-on, Mad Science camp. Uncover the science involved in evidence gathering, analysis and fingerprinting detection. Bring lunch and drink. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


Sew & Swim Time (8-12 yrs.)-winter

(8-12 yrs.) Learn sewing basics including measuring, hand/machine techniques, maintenance and operation. Fun projects include a custom towel wrap and/or waterproof swim bag (depending on time). Bring lunch, drink and swimsuit/towel for afternoon swim break. Supply fee of $15 due on first day.


Stay Cool Ice Skating Camp (6-13 yrs.)-winter

(6-13 yrs.) 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. Previous skating experience (Basic 1 level) required. Pair with Afternoon Fun Camp to make a full day of activities. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


STEM + JEDI w/LEGO (6-11 yrs.)-winter

(6-11 yrs.) Play-Well Teknologies designed this action-packed LEGO camp with hands-on and minds-on STEM fun. Build projects inspired by cool machines such as gear cars, merry-go-rounds and scissor lifts. Then build X-Wings, Pod Racers and AT-AT Walkers from a galaxy far, far away. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


STEM exCEL Gamer Adventures (6-12 yrs.)-winter

(6-12 yrs.) Learn the fundamentals of programming, art and level design to create a video game from the ground up. Using a game engine with integrated art software and an easy-to-use events system, campers have the freedom to create a product that is truly their own. Learn about the history of video games and play classic arcade games to see the advancement of technology. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


STEM exCEL Minecraft & Computer Science- winter

(6-12 yrs.) Solve problems in a multi-player game while advancing programming skills and implementing large scale Minecraft modifications. Explore electronics in a virtual world and build constructs representing electrical circuits. Through behind-the-computer projects, campers learn algorithms, functions, variables, conditionals, abstractions and more in a fun environment. No camp Jan. 1. Once registered, download camp forms from website.


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