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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. .

Beautiful Handmade Arts

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

Bread and Butter Tea

(4-Adult) The Huntley villa must have hosted many afternoon teas, but probably not one like this where the guests are asked to make their own fresh butter while we share stories about families who lived here. Teddy bears and favorite dolls or trucks are welcome to partake of the simple fare of bread and butter, fruit, homemade pot cheese, and a selection of teas. Includes Huntley House and grounds tour.

Celebrating Walney Through the Years

(3-Adult) Join us for a free celebration of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Mingle with reenactors, get up close and personal with animals, and explore the lives of the residents of Walney farm. Play games, take a wagon ride and try your hand at crafts and past-times of the past.

Children's Tour

(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.

Cooking Biscuits

(4-Adult) Try cooking the old fashioned way over a fire, the way many Virginians before us did. Cook biscuits with jelly and make fresh butter to sample. Learn about the tools and safety required when cooking with open flames.

Four Floor Tour Class

(10-Adult) Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as we will climb steep stairs. Second and third floor areas are not ADA accessible, but alternative arrangements will be made for those who cannot climb stairs but wish to participate. This extended tour may last up to two hours.

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.

Historic Desserts

(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.) 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 Symposium: Performing History

(Adult) Discover the drama of history as first person interpreters take the stage! Enjoy compelling portrayals of real historical characters by actors who reveal the challenges of combining entertainment with historical fidelity. Hear about historical theater and the merits and pitfalls of using historical performance to bring the past alive.

History Tots-Spring

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: March-Textiles; April-Animals on the Farm; May-Trains.

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.

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.

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.

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-Spring Cleaning is in the Air

(12-Adult) Learn more about spring cleaning in the 18th century and take home some old-fashioned spring cleaning tips!

Mapping the Past for Homeschoolers

(7-13 yrs.) Supplement your Virginia and other historical studies with a fun day of exploring, interpreting and making maps. Try your hand at orienteering, learn about different types of maps from around the world, and take home your own personalized map of your life.

Mason Tea

(Adults) Enjoy an afternoon tea circa 1830 much as Betsey Mason would have with the gleam of polished silver and proper tea etiquette. Sample a menu of tasty treats appropriate to the period in an historic setting as you brush up on your tea history. Includes a tour of Historic Huntley.

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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