The Game Plan

Life at the Zoo, and other kid-friendly fun

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

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Ever been to the Reston Zoo? This whole summer they’ve got educational and interactive animal workshops for kids on Thursdays. Next Thursday, July 28, they’re hosting “Tails, Claws and Paws.” It is a workshop with a parrot, kangaroo, and snakes, and the kids craft includes making their favorite animal using different appendages. Head over between 1:00 and 2:30 p.m. and for only $25 kids get to experience the animals up close. But the workshops are pretty popular, so call ahead to reserve a spot (703) 757-6222. As the zoo website describes their upcoming workshop, “Most animals have appendages, like tails, and arms, to help them climb, pounce, hop, run, or swim. Learn all about these specialized structures while watching animals in action! Also, find out who at the zoo has NO appendages at all!” While¬† you’re at the zoo, don’t forget to check out their new prairie dogs exhibit! For more information, visit

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If you’re thinking about driving into D.C., the National Air and Space Museum’s Mars Day is happening now until 3 p.m. Kids will find out more about this strange planet, with questions such as: Why is Mars red? Does it have water? Is there life on Mars? This anual event enables visitors to interact with staff scientists and experts from the Museum of Natural History and NASA. And the best part is, it’s free. For more information, visit

For those in the Reston area, Loryn Brantz, author of Harvey the Child Mime, will be doing a book signing! She is a native of Fairfax and has worked on Sesame Street for which she has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. Her book won Gold 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Award for Best First Picture Book. Head to the Dandelion Patch in Reston this Sunday, July 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. to get this up and coming children’s author’s autograph!

Wolf Trap brings in various children’s programs, and tomorrow at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 23, you can see Bob Brown Puppets and Recess Monkey. Bob Brown Puppets offers a sing-a-long and dance-a-long adventure as Mother Bear and Baby Bear encounter crazy dancing frogs. Recess Monkey is another musical program. This will spark your child’s imagination as the Seattle-based elementary school teacher trio has been heard on NPR and Radio Disney! For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

–Clara Ritger

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