One of the best features of life in Northern Virginia is that there are always plenty of fun things to do in every season. Here are some super fun, memorable events for kids in December and January. Most are indoors, so the weather won’t wreck your good times!
It’s a treat for parents to see how delighted the young ones are the first time they visit the Bull Run Festival of Lights . Drive through about 3 miles of Bull Run Regional Park decorated with vibrantly colorful, animated light displays for the holidays. The drive ends at the Holiday Village, with carnival rides, food and crafts vendors, a free hayride, animated Christmas trees, and photo ops with Santa. A new addition this year is Santa’s Enchanted Lights, a spectacular 40,000-light animated display set to music. The Bull Run Festival of Lights opens every night at 5:30 from Nov. 24 to Jan 9, 2011. Go Monday through Thursday to avoid long weekend lines; get a coupon from the website for $3 off the regular admission on those nights. Remember to wash your vehicle’s windows for best viewing, and bring some handwarmers if you’re staying a while in the Holiday Village! Admission is $15 per vehicle, up to 14 occupants. Hotline number is 703-359-4633.
Every little girl should see The Nutcracker ballet at least once! There are performances every weekend from November through December, in every price range. For inexpensive performances that are friendly to young children, try the Reston Conservatory Ballet productions Dec.8 – 12, with special shortened programs for young children early in the day on Dec. 11 and 12. The Mia Saunders School of Ballet presents a performance of The Nutcracker at Centreville High School on Dec 11 and 12 that includes a post-show interview with Clara and the Sugar Plum Fairy for Girl Scout and Brownie troops. Show proceeds benefit charity.
Fairfax County holds its 2nd annual Frostival at the Dulles Expo Center Dec. 30 – Jan 2. This fun festival at the end of winter break is targeted towards children ages 2-12. Kids can see shows by nationally recognized children’s entertainers, play on more than a dozen rides and bounces, do crafts, listen to professional storytellers, and participate in Mad Science. Frostival is a great opportunity for holiday out-of-town visitors to spend the day with the kids in a reasonably priced indoor venue that’s easy to find and has plenty of free parking! Open daily 10:00 to 5:00, admission is $12 for children and $6 for ages 13 and up. See the tickets link for discounted grandparents, military and advance tickets or weekend passes.
With the release of a 3rd CD, videos on Cox Cable and numerous awards, Rocknoceros is becoming a national children’s act. This homegrown NoVA band performs a high energy show most Wednesdays at Jammin’ Java in Vienna and most Thursdays at the Dulles Town Center. Check their schedule for shows all around the area and bring the kiddies out for a rockin’ good time!