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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.

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.

Beautiful Handmade Arts

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

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.

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.

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 end a fun afternoon of play by making their own historical toy to take home.

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.

Heroes of History

(8-Adult) Delve into the lives of heroes and see how their deeds and actions influenced and improved our lives. 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.

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.

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.

Lunch and Learn-Black History Month

(12-Adult) When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926, he wanted schools and other organizations to study black history. The week of recognition has since grown to Black History Month. In honor of this month, learn about the enslaved people who made Sully their home during the 18th century. This program includes a visual presentation and hands-on elements. Bring your lunch and your questions, as discussion is welcome.

Making Ice & Ice Cream at Walney

(2-Adult) Crank ice cream as you discover how ice was harvested and stored in this 19th century farm. Try using ice tongs. Children must be accompanied registered adult.

Naked Tour

(5-Adult) See Sully behind the scenes as never before: Completely open for all to see. With your guide, walk freely through the home of Richard Bland Lee, the first congressman from northern Virginia, without museum barriers. Clothing required.

Please Touch Tour

(5-Adult) Put your hands on history. Tour Sully as never before with the chance to touch objects from the past. Examples of redware dishes, blue and white china, tools, clothing, and furniture are touchable during this unique tour.

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