Posh Events | October-November 2020

The global pandemic has shut down most of the United States. While our normal fall activities. celebrations, concerts, games and so much more have all been canceled or delayed — many businesses are going online or are finding ways to continue enjoying our favorite fall activities safely and distanced. Here are some suggestions to explore this season that will keep your family entertained and safe while we navigate through these uncertain times.


Self-Driven Cox Farms Hayride
September 25 – November 2, 2020
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
15621 Braddock Road
Centreville, Virginia 20120
Cox Farms has been a traditional event for hundreds of families each year. While the Fall Festival will be closed for the season, you can still experience their famous haunted hayride, from the safety of your vehicle! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the famous hayride like never before. Visitors will drive their cars through the traditional hayride route, and you can even load up on apple cider donuts and kettle corn to enjoy the ride. Visit coxfarms.com for tickets or more information.


Great Country Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival
September 28 – October 31, 2020
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
18780 Foggy Bottom Road,
Bluemont, Virginia 20135
If you are still craving for a fall festival, Great Country Farms is one that will still be open in for the season. Pick pumpkins, cheer on the fastest piggy at the pig races, watch P-rex munch on some pumpkins, get lost in the corn maze, roast some marshmallows on the bonfire, or enjoy some freshly made cider doughnuts. Also, check out the cider pressing demonstrations, take a wagon ride, play on the pumpkin jumping pillow, and much more. Cost: $10.00 per child, $12.00 per adult. Visit greatcountryfarms.com for more information.


Michaels Kids Club Online
Need stay-at-home boredom busters for crafty kids? Michaels is posting videos and offering online classes to keep children busy while at home. Learn how to make a yarn paper tube bracelet, paint some rocks, make a tissue paper butterfly, construct a fun fishing game, paint a paper tube watercolor scene, and much more. Get inspiration from the many free online classes available on their community classroom for adults and older children and projects such as acrylic paint pouring, a mosaic stitch knit blanket, a statement bangle bracelet, a crochet lace shawl, a personalized hand-stamped family necklace, and many more. Visit michaels.com for more information.


Pokémon: Union Room
October 2, 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 joining and an email will be sent the day before the event. Grades 5 and up. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov to register or for more information.


Virginia Wine Festival
October 3-4, 2020
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
One Loudoun, 44600 Freetown Boulevard,
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
Enjoy unlimited wine tasting from over two hundred Virginia wineries, dozens of ciders, and beers. The festival also offers gourmet food vendors, an oyster pavilion, and musical entertainment. Virginia Wine Tasting glass included with general admission. Cost: $39.00 – $69.00. Visit viginiawinefest.com for tickets or more information.


Esports League
October 19, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A league for young gamers to get together via Zoom and play games like DOTA 2, Fortnite, Overwatch, and League of Legends. A bi-weekly get together to discuss gaming, safe practices, and league events. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov to register or for more information.


Boo at the Zoo
October 23 – 25, 2020
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20008
Boo at the Zoo is Washington, DC’s favorite not so spooky Halloween haunt. With more than forty treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails- this event is a frightfully fun evening for the whole family. Receive a commemorative Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bag, enjoy live entertainment, after-hours access to animal houses, zoo education stations, and rides on the Speedwell Conservation Carousel for and additional charge. Visit nationalzoo.si.edu for tickets and more information.


The Clay and Metal Loft Online Classes
The Clay and Metal Loft, 27 Fairfax Street,
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Experiment with a variety of clay building techniques, or create some unique jewelry with these online classes. All supplies can be picked up curbside. When clay projects are finished, they can be dropped off outside the studio to be fired and glazed. Paint your pottery kits are also available for pick up. Visit theclayandmetalloft.com to register or for more information.


Loudoun County PRCS Video Playlist
Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Communities has created a video playlist of activities, crafts, and cooking lessons to bring their classes to you online. Create a campfire paper mache craft, build a balloon rocket, construct a floating sea turtle craft, prepare some no-bake cookies, try a puffy paint activity, and much more. Visit loudoun.gov/ prcscreatingcommunity for more information.


Recreate at Home
The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department has compiled a list of fun and safe activities to do at home and outside while practicing social distancing. 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 creative treats, construct a laser grid with crepe paper, and much more. Visit parks.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, sign up for some digital art classes from a local mural artist, support local businesses by browsing their list of delivery food options, take a look inside the cockpit of a famous spacecraft that traveled to outer space from the National Air and Space Museum, explore Fairfax county trail guides, find pick up options for local wineries and brewing companies, stream some of the greatest performances virtually from Wolf Trap and Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and much more. Visit fxva.com for more information.


Spy Museum Gadget Lab
The Spy Museum has reopened with new safety measures, but if you are still uncomfortable visiting the museum, 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 topsecret message, or create your spy missions all at home. Visit spymuseum.org 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 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.


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.


Audubon Adventures for Kids
The Audubon Society protects birds throughout the United States and helps create safe environments for birds to thrive. They have created a page that aims to bring together activities from across their national network of environmental educators to create a classroom curriculum and related DIY activities to give children the space to explore and feel connected to birds across the world. Learn all about owls, eagles, falcons, whooping cranes, puff ins, and more with their informative articles, activities, and videos. Turn your handprint into your favorite bird, use your imagination to draw a new bird species, watch videos of hummingbirds, make a migration-friendly window decoration, download coloring pages, and more. Visit audubon.org for more information.


Kennedy Center Couch Concerts
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced a new free, live online series to replace their Millennium 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 diff icult 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. Also, visit their Digital Stage and watch past performances from the Kennedy Center Stage with new releases daily. Visit kennedy-center.org for more information.


KID Museum Make it! DIY
Kid Museum has gone virtual with its creative, hand-on maker learning techniques with Maker Educators. Children will gain new skills as they complete original hands-on projects with their online project and video challenges. Design a prototype for a robot, make your very own pinball machine, create a bug hotel with recyclables, design a marble maze, build your own version of a ring toss game, build a boat, and many more. Visit kid-museum.org for more information.


Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
While Wolf Trap has canceled its 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 off ering 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 open with new COVID-19 protocols, but they have created a way to continue providing entertainment, with free online escape puzzles you and your family can play safely 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 try other online puzzles.


George Mason University
Center for the Arts at Home During the past several months, with their stages dark, the Center for the Arts has held close to the belief that the arts create community. Although they have made the diff icult decision to suspend live performances through the end of 2020, they have created a way to spend time with the community virtually through the Mason Arts at Home programming. Listen to local songwriters, watch student theatre performances, or listen to diff erent music ensembles such as a steel pan ensemble, wind symphonies, and orchestra concerts. Visit cfa.gmu.edu for more information.