The Reading Connection serves at-risk families and their children in Arlington by creating environments that encourage reading. Tuesday, June 14th, between 5-8pm, Chick-Fil-A Ballston Commons Mall will donate 15% of purchases to TRC. Just bring in the TRC Chick-Fil-A Flyer or tell the cashier when you order you are with TRC!
How they do what they do:
Volunteers read aloud to children at shelters and community centers, donations provide children with free, new books to keep, parent workshops teach effective reading techniques, training for family support workers who promote the importance of reading.
Volunteers read aloud to children at 12 shelters and community centers throughout Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Continue reading →
Taste of Arlington May 22, 2011 Noon-5 p.m. Local foodie favorites and live music come together for this lively street festival that serves as the largest one-day event in Arlington. The stretch of Wilson Boulevard along the Ballston Commons Mall is transformed into a giant block party featuring Arlington’s best eats and drinks along with local television personalities, bands. There is no admission fee, tickets are needed to sample the food and beverages at the event. Map of vendors/activities.
Why we love it:
It’s not just FOOD! It’s lots of food! Taste test the many delights you’ve always wanted but never have. See what you’ve been missing. Arlington is home to an abundance of foodie favorites. We have incredible chef’s with inventive creations and use quality farm to table meats, cheeses and produce.
Jump Works will have a smattering of jumpy activities and the Twisted Twister slide.
Spanish chorus (El Coro Infantil en Espanol), Bowen McCauley Dance’s Junior Company and the Levine School of Music.
Arlington Arts Center
Let the kids experiment and develop their palate by trying the foods that look interesting but they’ve not quite said yes too. Vendors will be serving small portions, perfect to have a little taste.
The Ballston A&C Market is Arlington’s ONLY 100% handmade indie market. The next monthly market is this Saturday, May 14th continuing the second Saturday of every month until October!
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This season, they’ll have everything from organic baby bibs, felt toys, soft plushes, children’s fashions, all-natural soaps & lotions and much more. Plus, from noon – 2:00 we’ll have live, kid-friendly music for everyone to enjoy!
And this year, Saffron Yoga is hosting FREE yoga classes for the whole family from 12-2pm inside the grassy circle at the Market! Children are encouraged to join! Each month, donations will be accepted to benefit a different charitable organization. On May 14th, donations will go the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.
Portable Playmat for Cars
There’s plenty of shade and benches to just hang out and enjoy the day. You can even catch some lunch while your there! Maybe some delicious, organic crepes by Solar Crepes.
This is a fun, family-friendly event that’s held in Welburn Square located between N. Stuart & N. 9th Streets across from the Ballston Metro on the Orange Line.
Friday from 11:00am – 3:00pm the Sugar Cube in Alexandria will be an official stopping point for the Jelly Belly Mobile’s East Coast tour. Bring the kids for fun and prizes, enjoy free samples of some of Jelly Belly’s classic flavors and latest confections as they meet Mr. Jelly Belly himself.
The Sugar Cube will also host a cupcake decorating party for creative candy lovers who wish to enter Jelly Belly’s $10,000 Cupcake Challenge. Cupcakes, frosting, frosting dye, and jelly beans and other Jelly Belly candies will be provided. Participants must be 13 years of age or older and possess a valid email address. (via The Sugar Cube)
Under 13 and still want to have fun? Fear not! If you are ages 4-12, you are invited to participate in The Sugar Cube’s spin-off Cupcake Challenge for a $100.00 prize. For details call 703-548-2868 or email email@example.com.
Kids Eat Free Saturdays at Union Jack’s (Ballston)
UJ’s offers casual pub fare. and is located in Ballston. This offer is good for up to two kids meals (from the kids menu) with one full price adult entree between 4pm and 8pm.
We loves establishments that recognizes children in Arlington and offer parents “deals”. The only flaw we see is that it’s only from 4pm – 8pm. But who’s complaining…. it’s FREE. Continue reading →
Owners of The Sugar Cube, Alyssa & Kim have added a sweet new list of classes for adults and children beginning this weekend and running through the Spring. The Sugar Cube is located in Old Town Alexandria.
Candymonium: Truffle Making
When: Saturday, January 29th
Who: Kids ages 8-12 years.
Description: In this hands-on class, kids will learn how to create decadent chocolate truffles, including making ganache and rolling and dipping centers. Each child will leave with a recipe for future chocolate-making, an apron, and a personalized box of their own creations.
Candymonium: Cake Pops for Your Valentine
When: Saturday, February 5th
Who: Ages 7-12 years
Description: In this hands-on class, kids will learn how to create cake pops, including making the cake pop base, coloring chocolate, and rolling and decorating Valentine-themed cake shapes. Kids will packaged their creations just like the pros with cello and ribbon. Kitchen concepts such as cleanliness, etiquette, and recipe preparation are also incorporated. Continue reading →