Posh Events | July – August 2020

The global pandemic has shut down most of the United States. While Independence day fireworks and celebrations, outdoor summer concerts, summer camps, and pools openings have all been canceled or delayed- many businesses are creating online versions of summer camps and county governments are finding ways to continue enjoying the usual summer activities safely at home. Here are some suggestions to explore this summer that will keep your family entertained and safe while we navigate through these uncertain times.

Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by elementary educators, aiming to strengthen comprehension and writing skills. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Bell, Kevin Costner, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more. Visit storylineonline.net for more information.

Michaels Crafty Kids
Need stay-at- home boredom busters for crafty kids? Michaels is posting videos and offering online classes to keep children busy while at home. Celebrate the holiday at home by constructing an American Flag out of popsicle sticks, or make some patriotic slime. Get inspiration from the many free online classes available on their community classroom for adults as well. Visit michaels.com for more information.

Recreate at Home
Many summer camps have decided to cancel their programs for the health and safety of local families. The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department recently launched the program Recreate at Home, compiling a list of fun and safe activities to do at home. Have fun creating a craft stick catapult, follow instructions to make a Blast off Bottle Rocket and see whose rocket goes the highest, recreate the magic of the Aurora Borealis with crayons, bake some delicious treats, construct a laser grid with crepe paper, and much more. Visit arlingtonva.us for more information.

Fairfax At Home
As many of us stay home during these unprecedented times, Fairfax County is offering ways to keep you entertained. Take a virtual tour of some of their most famous attractions, find fun activities to keep you busy at home, support local businesses by browsing their list of delivery food options, try new exercise routines, explore Fairfax county trail guides, find pick up options for local wineries and brewing companies, stream live virtual events, concerts, and much more. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.

Roll the Dice Workout
Check out Fairfax County Park Authority Virtual Exploration Center to view a collection of resources to help you stay healthy, connected, and engaged while the parks are closed. Join South Run REC Center’s Jessica as she teaches her kids basic exercise moves through a fun format. Visit the site to access free videos and other resources to help your family get a variety of daily ideas. Scavenger hunt bingo cards, bird exploration checklists, the City Nature Challenge, Virginia’s Natural Resources Education Guide, State Arboretum of Virginia Educational Resources, and much more are available to learn and aid in your exploration with nature and keep you connected to the parks. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.

Fourth of July in a Box
Many Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled due to the ongoing public health crisis, but the Town of Vienna is offering an alternative to help you celebrate Independence Day at home with your family. Pick up a box including s’mores, glow sticks, craft activity, assortment of patriotic accessories and toys, and much more. Safe curbside pickup with minimal contact. Cost: $20. 00. Visit viennava.gov for more information.

Pokémon: Union Room
July 7, 2020
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Miss being able to play Pokémon together? Join a zoom meeting, and play together with other Pokémon fans virtually. Register for the event to receive details on how to join, and an email will be sent the day before the event. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov to register or for more information.

The Virtual Magic Show
July 15, 2020
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Jay Mattioli presents a full-scale magic and illusion show performed live for an interactive experience. The show will be broadcasted live from Jay’s studio, in real time, and viewers will actually be able to participate in this unique performance. An invitation to join will be sent prior to the performance. Visit fairfaxcounty.org to register or for more information.

Cook Along with Pat Tanumihardja
July 22, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join local cookbook author Pat Tanumihardja in a live cook along session. Pat will show you how to make an easy Asian recipe with a few common ingredients. The ingredient list and an invitation will be sent before the event. The event is designed for adults but virtually children can participate together with an adult. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov to register or for more information.

Camp in a Box
The Town of Vienna is bringing summer camp fun to you with Camp in a Box. Six weeks of activities, learning, and fun packed into a bag . Includes six themed weeks of activities and games for kids ages 6-11. Themes include Harry Potter week, Action and Adventure week, Super Hero week, and more. Cost: $60.00. Visit viennava.gov to reserve a box or for more information.

Kennedy Center Couch Concerts
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced a new free, live online series to replace their summer Millenium Stage performances while the Kennedy Center is closed. The series brings the performing arts from the homes of artists across the country and around the world to uplift audiences during these difficult times. Performances will be live-streamed Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4:00 pm while the Center remains closed. All past performances are recorded and can be enjoyed at any time. Visit kennedy-center.org for more information.

Leesburg Animal Park Drive Thru Zoo
The Leesburg Animal Park has transitioned to keep customers safe while still being able to visit with the animals. Download a zoo guide which outlines fun facts and conversation prompts about the animals to follow as you drive thru and see each one. The zoo is currently only open on weekends and tickets can be purchased online. They are also offering one free pass per paid admission for guests to come back when the park is fully reopened. Cost: Adults $13.00 Children $11.00. Visit leesburganimalpark.com for tickets or more information.

Dance Lessons
Marisol Ortiz, dance instructor at Dulles South Recreation Center, has created a series of YouTube dance lessons for adults and children who would like to learn dance at home while the recreation center classes have been canceled. The lessons are designed by age group. Replay the videos as often as you need to master the dance moves. Visit loudoun.gov/prcscreatingcommunity for more information.

Loudoun County PRCS Video Playlist
Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Communities has created a video playlist of activities, crafts, and cooking to bring their classes to you online. Create a DIY glow jar, try a STEM scientific experiment to create a sparkly explosion, construct a floating sea turtle craft, meet some farm animals, or make some French toast in a mug. Visit loudoun.gov/prcscreatingcommunity for more information.

Virtual Summer Reading Adventure
Every summer Fairfax County runs a summer reading program giving children the opportunity to win some great prizes by simply reading during the summer months. This year they have created an online program to continue the series safely. Download the summer reading game board and complete the challenges to have the opportunity to win an Amazon gift card. In lieu of completing the challenges, there is also the option to simply read a book of your choice. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov to register or for more information.

Stevens City Family Drive-In Theater
5890 Valley Pike, Stephens City, Virginia 22655
While many theatres may be closed this summer, you can still enjoy a movie in the safety of your own car at this classic drive-in movie theatre.
Tickets must be pre-purchased online.
Cost: Adults $7.00, Children $3.00.
Visit thefamilydriveintheatre.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

KID Museum Make it! Summer Camp
This summer Kid Museum has gone virtual with their creative, hand-on maker learning techniques with live Maker Educators. Campers will gain new skills, and engage with other children on-line as they complete original hands-on projects. Camp themes include KID Engineers, Code Makers, Maker Projects From Around the World, Virtual Wizarding, Space Explorers, Puzzle Masterminds, and more. Choose from morning or afternoon timeslots. Cost: $225.00 per week FREE Make it! DIY project suggestions and videos. Visit kid-musum.org to register or for more information.

Spy Museum Gadget Lab
The Spy Museum may be closed due to the pandemic, but their website lists many resources to practice spying from home. Take a virtual field trip, listen to interviews from ex-spies, make invisible ink to create a hidden message, crack a top secret message, or create your own spy missions all at home. Visit spymuseum.org for more information.

The Clay and Metal Loft
Online Summer Camps
The Clay and Metal Loft, 27 Fairfax Street, Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Experiment with a variety of clay building techniques, learn the basics of storytelling and create your own comics, experiment with printmaking, or explore multi-media art classes with these online summer camps. Classes are on an exclusive YouTube channel and meet at the end of the summer for a virtual art show. Projects are posted daily and can be watched at your convenience. All supplies can be picked up curbside. Cost: $170.00. Online classes and take home kits are also available. Visit theclayandmetalloft.com to register or for more information.

National Park Grab and Go Outdoor Activities
Looking for easy ways to connect with nature from home? Turn your yard or neighborhood trail into an untapped educational park experience that will keep your kids stay engaged with the outdoors no matter where you call home. Discover sea turtles, communicate like a civil war soldier, build a mini-park, learn about the parts of a flower, recreate a frozen fossil dig, create a vegetable garden with kitchen scraps, or earn a junior badge by exploring National Parks across the United States all from your own home. Visit parktrust.org to download activities or for more information.

Mason Community Arts Academy
During these challenging times, George Mason University is still providing their creative arts summer camps to give the opportunity for students to stay connected and continue their education while staying safe at home. Each program offers unique opportunities for participants to build new skills in a fun and engaging environment. Students will develop artistic skills through live-streamed interactive classes, and enriching video resources. Classes include acting, art, photography, film and video, and music. Visit masonacademy.gmu.edu to register or for more information.

Sofa Safari Zoo Day Camp
Friends of the National Zoo have created new digital camps that bring the zoo right into your own living room or backyard. Crafts, games, hands-on activities, and your favorite animals are waiting for you as you explore the zoo at home. Each week-long camp includes live morning meetings, breakout sessions grouped by age, self-paced learning sessions, videos of animals at the zoo, and many other activities. Camps include Animals Around the World, Radical Reptiles, Calling All Cats, Aquatic All-Stars, Marvelous Mammals, and much more. Cost: $120. Visit nationalzoo.si.edu to register or more information.

Arena Stage Virtual Camp
The creativity and community of Camp Arena Stage are coming to your home this summer. Campers choose from a list of classes including theatre, music, dance, media, visual art or writing. Learning from professional artists and educators, campers will be immersed in interactive activities. Join other young artists to explore, discover and create art while making connections with other young students. Visit arenastage.org to register or for more information.

Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
While Wolf Trap has canceled their summer concerts and children’s programs, they have created online free arts education video lessons, lesson plans, and audio lessons to continue learning performing arts over the summer months. Learn basic puppetry techniques, explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) travel into a story and experience it on a new level using music, introduce children to dance concepts, and much more. The Wolf Trap Opera Company is also offering links to some of their best shows for you to enjoy, and Wolf Trap has created a Spotify playlist highlighting their summer performances. Visit education. wolftrap.org for more information.

Harry Potter’s Escape
Escape Room Herndon is currently closed, but they have created a way to continue providing entertainment, with free online escape puzzles you and your family can play at home. Harry Potter has lived a pretty ordinary life with his uncle and aunt, but this all changed on his birthday when a half-giant named Rubeus Hagrid delivered a letter of acceptance into the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Decipher the clues on this online puzzle version of America’s favorite storybook character. Visit escaperoomherndon.com to solve this mystery and other online puzzles.