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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 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 enjoy some refreshments. Take a brisk wagon ride weather permitting. This is an ongoing event; Santa and wagon ride time slots based on arrival time.


American Cultures Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


American Heritage Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the American Heritage Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Communication Merit Badge

This program satisfies most of the requirements to earn the Communication Merit Badge. Visit the site's website for pre-work and information.


Elegant Evening-Sully Candlelight Tour

(5-Adult) Enjoy festive food and drink 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.


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.


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.


Make a Potato Horse

(5-Adult) Enjoy a potato horse making workshop, plus make a few other Victorian fun crafts for the tree. In 1885 a young visitor to Sully, Minnie Middleton described a beautiful tree she saw adorning the big hallway “… bedecked with glowing candles, strings of popcorn and cranberries, cut out paper angels – to a 6 year old this was a magnificent sight. For amusement, the boys made horses from potatoes, complete with mane, tail and ears.


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.


Puppet Show at Sully

(3-8 yrs.) Come to Sully for family fun and a one of a kind puppet show! Laugh along with Liza the white squirrel as she tells Sully stories for the holiday season. Help Liza and her furry friends prepare holiday decorations to celebrate and find out why a funny white squirrel is at Sully in the first place.


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