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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. .

A Taste of Tea and History- Virginia Lovers

(6-Adult) Bring someone you love to enjoy a light afternoon tea with scones and preserves. Learn about famous Virginia lovers throughout history including Richard and Elizabeth Lee of Sully and George and Martha Washington. Discover the joys and heartbreaks enslaved people experienced, like the story of Sully laundress Patty and her son Elliet. Hear the impact of more recent Virginians: the plaintiffs in the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia.

A Visit With Santa

(2-Adult) Bring your camera to take a picture with Santa in front of a real, open-hearth fire. Make a festive ornament to deck your own halls and see a holiday puppet show. Take a brisk wagon ride weather permitting. This is an ongoing event; Santa and wagon ride time slots based on arrival time.

African-American at Walney Walking Tour

(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.

Afternoon Innovators

Build, design, engineer and create. Learn STEM as your child tackles engineering challenges inspired by history to solve today’s problems.

All-American Girl-Living Dolls

(5-9 yrs.) Pack up your favorite doll for the morning and explore the life of an American girl from an era in history. Bring these times to life with your doll through fun activities, costumes, crafts and themed games in a beautiful historic setting. Each day offers a different time period. Bring snack and drink.

Artistically Inspired

(8-Adult) Gather friends and family to create beautiful crafts inspired by our history and natural world. Learn about the history of the crafts and natural resources we will be using. Light refreshments will be served.

Beautiful Handmade Arts

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

Build Your Own Time Capsule

(7-12 yrs.) In 1875 the Machen family placed a time capsule into the walls of Walney. The capsule gives us a glimpse into life in the 1880s. Learn about time capsules and create objects for your own time capsule.

Chocolate Sweetheart Tea

(Adults) Indulge your sweetheart, or yourself, with all things chocolate, including the tea! Then enjoy a tour, including the romantic view from Historic Huntley. May be canceled in case of inclement weather.

Christmas at Huntley

(4-Adult) Learn about different Christmas traditions people shared at Huntley over the years. Enjoy a glass of hot cider and shortbread cookies as we make a small gift for a loved one. Then help us illuminate the house and hill as the evening draws to an end.

Colonial Life for Homeschool

(6-12 yrs.) Did you know that Huntley Meadows Park was once part of George Mason's holdings? Discover this forgotten Founding Father as you make your own candle, design your own stencil to mark crops, write with a quill pen and decide the future of the Virginia colony.

Deck the Halls

(12-Adult) Take a house tour focusing on holiday decorations - the history, style and materials. Create your own wreath to take home using cuttings from the historic property. Before you leave, enjoy hot cider and cookies. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Elegant Evening-Sully Candlelight Tour

(5-Adult) Enjoy hot cider, cookies and seasonal music of the 18th century. Craft an ornament to take home and experience other engaging pursuits that bring the past to life in the gracefully decorated 1794 Lee home.

Games at Walney

(5-Adult) How did people in the 19th century entertain themselves when the weather was cold? Join us for an afternoon of historic games for children and adults. Children make their own historical toy to take home to end a fun afternoon of play.

Hands-on History-Candle Dipping

(5-Adult) Learn about early lighting techniques before the advent of electricity through a touch display including a candle mold, betty lamp, beeswax and wicking. End the program by making your own hand-dipped candle to take home. Add a guided tour for only $5 per person.

Hands-on History-Working with Wool

(5-Adult) Four African American enslaved women skills in spinning and sewing, lived and worked at Sully when the Lees where there. Learn how challenging it was to keep warm in the early 1800s. Try carding wool using a drop spindle and hand loom, and listen to a textile story.  Add a guided tour for only $5 per person.

Heroes of History

(8-Adult) Delve into the lives of heroes and see how they influenced and improved our lives by their deeds and actions. Through hands-on experiences learn how these heroes contributed to society by advancing technology, science, education and public service.

History for Small Fries

(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.

History Tots: Winter

(1-3 yrs.)Bring your toddler to explore history, through sight, sound, smell and touch. Program includes indoor and outdoor activities. Adults must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with seasons: January- Toys, February-Love.

History Tots-Fall

(2-3 yrs.) Bring your toddler to explore history through sight, sound, smell and touch. Program includes indoor and outdoor activities. Adults must be able to participate with children. Topics vary with seasons: Sept-Apples, Oct-Pumpkins, Nov-Pilgrims, and Dec-Warmth.

Holiday Concert -IONA

(5-Adult) One of the top-rated pan-Celtic groups in the world treats its audience to high-energy entertainment featuring Scottish fiddling, percussion and vocals. Optional house tour included after your concert. Refreshments served in the 18th century kitchen. Limited seating.

Holidays at Walney Farm

(2-Adult) Celebrate the winter holidays with the Machen family at Walney Farm. Learn about the gifts and foods of an 1850 farm, create your own historic holiday ornament, take a wagon ride along the trails and enjoy hot apple cider and treats around a campfire.

Homeschool Day

(5-12 yrs.) Bring your home school student or group for hands-on fun learning designed to enrich understanding of Fairfax County circa 1800.

Homeschool Historians

(6-12 yrs.) Explore Fairfax County history with hands on activities and games in this four week course. Week 1: Learn how light reflects life with candle making. Week 2: Explore food ways from garden to table. Week 3: Have some fun with historical games. Week 4: Try your hand at letter writing. All sessions have take home crafts.

House Detective

(Adults) What clues reveal the story of a house? What can architectural details and styles tell us? Examine photographs, artifacts and the buildings of Historic Huntley and see if you can resolve some of the enduring mysteries of this place.

Huntley in the 20th Century

(Adults) Schemes and Dreams, Subs and Bombers. Meet at Historic Huntley and then car pool to the other side of the park to see first-hand traces of the park's 20th century history, arguably the park's most important time period. Discover the role Huntley played in the nation's defense. Learn about the schemer who accidentally made Huntley Meadows Park possible and the dreamer who defended it. Tour includes a mile stroll on easy ground.

Jam Tasting Party

What’s the difference between jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves? Find out as you sample an unusual range of these spreadable fruits, served with accompaniments and warm drinks. Hear about their long and fascinating history and learn new and surprising ways to enjoy them.

Little Historians

(3-5 yrs.) Connect your preschool children to their community and traditions, through stories, crafts, songs and activities designed for little historians. Different topics each month. Topics: January -Families: February-Presidents.

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