Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons
Harrisonburg, VA

The Outdoor Learning Center at Horizons specializes in hands-on learning and outdoor adventures and activities for all age groups. OLC offers custom programming to fit the unique needs of each group, and can accommodate groups up to 250 people. OLC offers field-based learning in areas such as Geology, Environmental Studies, Biology, Archaeology, History and Earth Science as well as programming that focuses on communication, cooperation, team-building, decision making, critical thinking, conflict resolution, self-esteem, trust and creativity.

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Hoots 'N' Haints Family Festival - Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
October 31, 5-8pm
Trick-or-treaters (and their families) are invited to the museum's grounds, on Halloween night, for an evening of fun activities and games. If you dare, take a stroll through the "Haunted Moat" and see what waits in the shadows. For a bit of bouncy fun, enter the inflatable "Ghost Train" or climb aboard Wet Willy's inflatable "Pirate Ship." Before leaving, visit the tent for some ghoulish fun, games, and the gypsy fortune teller. Prizes will be awarded for game winners as well as participants.
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Tredegar Battalion - American Civil War Museum at Tredegar
Richmond, every Saturday, 11:30 am
Volunteers wanted! We are looking to recruit youngsters every Saturday at 11:30am to join the Tredegar Battalion. Discover how a Civil War soldier trained and fought with the rifle musket by drilling with a costumed interpreter. Program includes a blank, black powder firing.
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Fall Festival - Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga
Chantilly, through November 2
PYO Pumpkins, hayrides, slides, jumping pillow, animals and much more!
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Crab Orchard Corn Maze & Pisgah Pumpkin Patch - Historic Crab Orchard Museum
Tazewell, through November 2
Test your navigational skills in the corn maze!  Can you make it all the way through?
Come out to Historic Crab Orchard Museum's Corn Maze and find out!
And while you're here check out what other fun things are going on:
Take a ride on a hay wagon - Try your hand at Punkin' Chunkin - Visit the Kids' Knoll with hay bale maze for small children - Pick out a pumpkin or two to take home - Grab a bite to eat from one of our on-site food vendors, including Fisher & Co. in the museum's 1907 Pisgah Store.
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Innovation Festival Family Day - National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC, November 1-2, 10am - 5pm
Join us for a festival for the whole family that celebrates the accomplishments of American inventors and the spirit of innovation that has led to so many of today's technologies. Meet inventors and the patent examiners that worked with them on their inventions,  hear directly from experts about how an idea is molded into a working product, and try your hand at making your own invention.  Exhibits, crafts, talks, and performances will showcase ingenuity at the Smithsonian and across America.
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Modern Marine Day - National Museum of the Marine
Triangle, November 8, 12pm-3pm
Join us at the Museum for Modern Marine Day. Young visitors will have the opportunity to view and try on Modern Era Marine uniforms and gear. Enjoy crafts and historical information about Marine Corps History.
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Just Plane Fun! - Virginia Aviation Museum
Richmond, November 8, 9:30am-5:00pm
Celebrate over a century of flight at Just Plane Fun! at the Virginia Aviation Museum. With special exhibits provided by the Civil Air Patrol and Virginia Department of Aviation, this free event will feature vintage planes, a classic car show, food trucks, live music, educational arts and crafts and more.
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Todd Rosenlieb Dance Fall Concert
Norfolk, November 14-15, 8:00pm
Fall Concert is a modern production that will feature live music, cello and piano accompanied with vocalist from Tidewater Opera Incentive.  A brief history of modern dance will be discussed informing the audience of the freedom of expression modern dance allowed in the early twentieth century. A contemporary modern piece, Liebes Leder will be performed to live music. Escape Velocity by guest artist Ryan Corriston - a fast paced dynamically intense piece that grabs the audience, and original choreography by Todd Rosenlieb will also be performed.
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World War I: A War of Innovation - National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC, November 15, 10am-3pm
This family day will explore the social and technological history of World War One through presentations and hands-on activities.
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Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Williamsburg & Yorktown, November 27-29
Colonial Virginia foodways are featured during this three-day event beginning on Thanksgiving Day.  At Jamestown Settlement, learn how food was gathered, preserved and prepared on land and at sea by Virginia’s English colonists and Powhatan Indians. At the Yorktown Victory Center, learn about typical soldiers’ fare during the American Revolution and trace the bounty of a 1780s farm from field to kitchen.
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A Colonial Christmas, Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center
Williamsburg & Yorktown, December 1-January 4, 2015
“A Colonial Christmas” offers a glimpse of 17th- and 18th-century holiday traditions with special tours and interpretive programs and, December 26-31 and January 2-4, musical entertainment of the period. A Jamestown Settlement holiday film and guided tours compare and contrast English Christmas customs of the period with how the season may have been observed in the difficult early years of the Jamestown colony. At the Yorktown Victory Center, hear accounts of Christmas and winter in Revolutionary War encampments and glimpse holiday preparations on a 1780s farm.
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Family Engineering Day - Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
Winchester, December 8
Fun filled activities focus on family teamwork and creative problem solving.
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Cinderella - Encore Stage & Studio
Arlington, January 9-18, 2015
In this musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale, a young girl, nicknamed Cinderella by her cruel stepsisters, dreams of leaving her work behind and becoming a princess. When the Prince throws a ball, she finally gets her chance. With a little bit of magical assistance from her fairy godmother, Cinderella just might win the heart of her very own Prince Charming. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
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