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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. .

African-American at Walney Walking Tour (6-Adult)

(6-Adult) In this interactive walking tour, learn the names and stories of many African-American families who lived here in slavery and in freedom. Learn about slave tenancy and hear local stories of resistance and survival.


Be Cool Tea Party (Adults)

(Adults) Come sip iced tea as you learn how 18th and 19th century women stayed cool through the summertime. Beat the heat and decorate your own fan.


Beautiful Handmade Arts (6-Adult)

(6-Adult) Gather friends and family together to create art inspired by history. Art reflects the season or month.


Children's Tour (6-Adult)

(6-Adult) It's your turn to tell the story in this refreshingly different historic house tour. Great for kids and the young at heart, this tour is interactive and fun. Ponder the clues, explore and investigate, play games, take a selfie with your favorite Huntley character.


Colonial Games and Ice Cream (4-Adult)

(4-Adult) Start your summer with historic fun and games at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Join us for a tournament of hoop and stick, the game of graces and other childhood games of yesteryear. Take historic scavenger hunt challenges as you race to buy cows for the historic Walney Farm, and try to escape the farm. End your day relaxing with ice cream.


Dairy Days-Ice Cream Making & Butter (5+)

(5-Adult) Churn butter, crank ice cream, milk a fake cow, play 18th century games, and experience the products of an historic dairy. Walk-ins welcome, but preregistration recommended. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tour cost separate.


Dairy Farming at Walney-Butter & Cheese (4-Adult)

(4-Adult) Taste hand-churned butter and sample cheeses while learning about the dairy industry's importance at Walney. Tour the historic dairy and try your hand at milking a pretend cow. Current restoration projects will be highlighted. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Delicious Dairy at Historic Huntley (2+)

(2-Adult) Churn your own delicious butter and taste fresh cheese you can make at home. Discover how Huntley, once summer home for the wealthy, became a dairy farm. House tour included.


Design a Family Shield (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) Create your family shield and coat of arms while learning the historic art of heraldry. Use themes from your family's past and future, local nature, and favorite hobbies to create a graphic craft to display in your house.


Handwriting Styles Through Time (12-Adult)

(12-Adult) Want to improve your handwriting or write your own invitations? Each session, practice writing various script styles while learning about the history of calligraphy and enjoying simple refreshments.


Historic Baseball (7-14 yrs)

(7-14 yrs.) Learn about early versions of baseball. Sew your own baseball to take home. Play a game using the "Knickerbocker" rules.


Historic Desserts (7-Adult)

(7-Adult) Join an historian and learn how the Machens of Walney made dessert over an open fire. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


History for Small Fries (1-5 yrs)

(1-5 yrs.) Bring your child for a story and craft to discover how things were in the olden days. Through their senses, children can experience how different things smelled, looked or worked. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Ice Cream at Historic Huntley (2-Adult)

(2-Adult) Make and enjoy hand-cranked ice cream as Huntley's Harris family may have done. Discover how the histories of ice cream and Huntley follow a similar path from elite luxury to family fare. Ice well and Historic Huntley House tour included.


Lunch and Learn-Get Ready for School in the 1800s

(5-15 yrs.) Travel back in time and get ready for school as children did 200 years ago. Learn about how things have changed since the 1800s, and experience class the old-fashioned way as you write with a quill pen.


Native American Skills-Tool Making (6-Adult)

(6-Adult) What tools do you use each day? People living in this region 500+ years ago made tools with natural materials. Listen to the compelling history of human tool making and then get some hands on experience with tools that are surprising similar to the ones we still use today. Finally try your hand using a pump drill and shooting a bow and arrow.


Obliged to Cook-The Legacy of Enslaved Cooks (5+)

The voices and stories of the enslaved men and women who labored in Virginia’s 18th century kitchens are often hidden in their recipes and oral history. Their legacy is found in the lasting presence of African-American foodways in American cuisine.


Pancakes at the Mill (4-Adult)

(4-Adult) Meets at Cabell's Mill. Enjoy a morning around the campfire and make corn pancakes with honey while discovering the little known history of the place we call now Cabell's Mill. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Peaches and Cream (6-Adult)

(6-Adult) Sully in the 18th century had more than 1000 peach trees. Learn about the history of peaches and their uses. Cook in the historic kitchen using peaches and hand-crank peach ice cream. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.


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