Category: Family Fun

Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

Let Your Fall Leaves Lie

It starts in late August. That’s when I usually spot the first few dry, brown leaves cascading to the ground. They are an early cue of the changes afoot that eventually will cause some birds to depart for warmer climates, insects and animals to seek shelter for hibernation, and many trees to shed their leaves. [...]

Arlington Bat Festival & Save Lucy the Bat Campaign

Arlington Bat Festival & Save Lucy the Bat Campaign

Last month I recommended the Annual Bat Festival at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia as an event to attend. I had never attended the festival before (I simply was unaware of it) and had planned to attend for the first time this year. Unfortunately, my husband and oldest kid were out of town [...]

Great Green Escapes: Mt. Vernon Trail

Great Green Escapes: Mt. Vernon Trail

A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. During the school year, I had a standing date with a friend whom I met 10 years ago at a new mom’s group at Alexandria Hospital. I had just had my first child and was in full-scale panic mode, [...]

So Hot I Could Fry an Egg!

So Hot I Could Fry an Egg!

Yes, it was indeed 104 degrees just outside our nation’s capital last Friday afternoon, before the big storm that left hundreds of thousands of us without power for days. Some people are still without power! The powers that be stated that the heat index that day, which is what the air feels like, clocked in [...]

Great Green Events in June

Great Green Events in June

June is a great month to head outdoors. Here is a guide to great green events happening this month. June is Great Outdoors Month Celebrate the occasion by taking advantage of all that our great city and nearby areas have to offer. From bike trails to farmers markets to parks and playgrounds, there are plenty [...]

Earth Day Trashion Show Featuring Students’ Handmade Designs

Earth Day Trashion Show Featuring Students’ Handmade Designs

Tomorrow is Alexandria’s the big Earth Day celebration at Ben Brenman Park and one of the key events is the 2nd Annual Trashion Show. Public school students from across the city will participate in the Trashion/Upcycling Show, where students sashay across a stage in handmade designs made from trash and recyclables. My kids participate in [...]

Connecting with Nature through Organized Soccer

Connecting with Nature through Organized Soccer

I recently wrote a column for Green and Simple about our family’s first foray into organized soccer. What was initially completely overwhelming with three kids having practice on three different afternoons and all with games on Saturday mornings, has turned into quite a positive experience, as I detail in Green and Simple: Does Soccer Count?  Not [...]

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

Lots of green green events happening this month in honor of Earth Day. From Native Plant Sales to National Parks Week, opportunities to get out and involved abound! National Parks Week April 21 – 29 The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are teaming up to host National Park Week, during which you [...]

Green Events: Potomac Watershed Cleanup, Native Plant Sales, and More!

Green Events: Potomac Watershed Cleanup, Native Plant Sales, and More!

Looking for some great green fun this weekend? Opportunities abound. Whether you are looking for native plants for your garden or want to connect with the community during a spring clean-up, we’ve got you covered!   Annual American Horticultural Society Plant Sale at River Farm April 12 – 14* This sale features natives, annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs [...]

A Twist on Story Time: By the Light of the Moon

A Twist on Story Time: By the Light of the Moon

Connecting with nature does not need to involve a grand plan, a field trip, or even leaving your own backyard. With the warmer than usual temperatures we have been enjoying, we decided to put a spin on story time. After dinner and bedtime prep, I asked one of the kids to help put the trimmings [...]

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