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3 Local Planetariums for Starry-Eyed Fans

Northern Virignia planetariums

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By Micaela Williamson


David M. Brown Planetarium
426 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22207

Adjacent to Washington-Lee High School, the David M. Brown Planetarium has been serving the community for over 40 years. Throughout the season, there are public multimedia programs including “Black Holes-The Other Side of Infinity,” “Magic Tree House Space Adventure,” “The Exploding Universe” and a new children’s show called “Perfect Little Planet.” Additionally, “Stars Tonight,” a live sky show that highlights the celestial sights of the coming month, is offered on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium also boasts a monthly schedule of full-dome programs with lectures on topics such as NASA, science fiction, robots and more. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for both children under 12 and seniors.


Hylton Planetarium
14051 Spriggs Road
Woodbridge, VA 22193


Visit this state-of-the-art planetarium located in Hylton High School. Public programs include full-dome shows about astronauts, legends of the night sky, stars and other astronomical features. Music fans will love the wide variety of lyrical laser shows featuring genres such as pop and country and iconic artists like the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Check the calendar for full descriptions and schedules. Tickets for all programs are $10 each and must be purchased in cash with exact change only. Because seating at this intimate venue is limited to only 65 people, it’s highly suggested to purchase tickets early.



Albert Einstein Planetarium
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave. at 6th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20560


Naturally, a great place to learn about the surrounding universe is at the National Air and Space Museum, and the many realistic astronomical programs at its Albert Einstein Planetarium are not to be missed. Small children will love joining their favorite Sesame Street characters as they take an imaginary trip to the moon in “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” a program offered daily at 10:30 a.m. Due to the popularity of the museum, at least 14 different planetarium shows are presented throughout the day, and advance tickets are available for purchase online.



Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award-winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.

Obama Gives State of the Union, DMV Prepares for Wintry Mix

By Michael Balderston

President Obama says ‘shadow of crisis has passed’ with economy at State of the Union
(Washington Post)

DMV prepares for wintry mix expected to begin mid-morning

Metro considering raising fares and reducing frequency of trains

NFL finds that 11 of Patriot’s 12 footballs were deflated during Sunday’s AFC Championship game

Firefighters rescue two from rooftop during apartment fire in Arlington

18 New and Almost Open Restaurants, Breweries and Coffee Shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

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Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open and soon-to open.

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McAuliffe hospitalized after riding accident; Dogs poisoned in Arlington

By Carten Cordell

Virginia doctor adds truck-stop physician to his specialities
(The Washington Post)

McAuliffe hospitalized after he was thrown from horse in Africa
(The Washington Post)

Plaxo founder charged with Loudoun County murder

Arlington neighborhood nervous over poisoning of dogs

Virginia Lawmakers Struggle With Proposed Limits On Gifts

Warm Up this Winter with Paint-Your-Own Pottery

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 9th, 2015

Pottery painting in Northern Virginia

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By Micaela Williamson

Your house is already too messy from snow days and delayed openings. Bring the kids to one of these great paint-your-own pottery places in Northern Virginia to create one-of-a kind treasured gifts to last a lifetime and get the creative spirits flowing.


Art from the Heart
325 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, 22554

No appointment is needed at this creative little studio. Try your hand at the great paint-your-own pottery selection or glass fusing. There are also “Pottery to Go” kits that allow customers to paint their pieces at home and bring it back to the studio for glazing. Refer to their website to learn about special events, such as a monthly homeschool days, preschool story hours, ladies’ nights and much more.


Clay Cafe Chantilly
13894 Metrotech Drive
Chantilly, 20151

Clay Cafe Falls Church
101 North Maple Ave.
Falls Church, 22046

These award-winning pottery studios continuously offer the largest selection of pottery and glass fusion pieces in the metro area. Plus, all materials are non-toxic, lead free and safe for the environment. Besides pottery, young artists can participate in origami, bottle cap magnets, scrapbooking, beading and card making. Always check the website for special events, coupons, and promotions.


Color Me Mine Ashburn
22855 Brambleton Plaza
Ashburn, 20148

Color Me Mine Fairfax
4209 Fairfax Corner Ave.
Fairfax, 22030

So much at the Color Me Mine locations is geared towards families. There are frequent kids’ nights out and pajama paints on the calendar. All the paint used is non-toxic and safe for kids. Both studios are in great locations (Brambleton and Fairfax Corner) near lots of shops and restaurants.


Jimmy Potters
6504 Williamsburg Blvd.
Arlington, 22213

The motto at Jimmy Potters Studio is “there are no mistakes in pottery,” and they strive to create a fun, artistic space for people of all ages.  Jimmy Potters offers open studio time for clay work and paint-your-own ceramics, as well as parties, workshops, and special events. Their special handprint pieces make the perfect keepsake, and a staff member will even come to your home, upon request, to capture your little one’s handprint.


Kiln & Co.
132 Church St., NW
Vienna, 22180

Artists of all ages are invited to work with pottery, sculpture, painting and other mediums at this new whimsical studio in downtown Vienna. Special classes and workshops are offered like Mommy & Me (ages 12 & under), Cupcake Sundays, Daddy-Daughter Date Night and Come Play Footies Fridays.

Paint This
1013 King Street
Alexandria, 22314

Situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Paint This is a great outing. Families can select to paint pottery products such as dinnerware, ceramic pieces, and picture frames, or have a go at mosaics or glass fusion. Please check the website or call ahead for special events and promotions.


Paint Your Own Pottery
10417 Main Street
Fairfax, 22030

With a selection of over 600 pieces, everyone is bound to find something they want to paint. All their glazes are lead free and non-toxic. Studio hours, coupons, and updates are constantly updated on the website.


Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.

2 armed standoffs in Paris; Boston beats out D.C. for Olympics

By Carten Cordell

Two armed standoffs are unfolding in Paris
(The Washington Post)

Boston beats out D.C. for Olympic bid
(The Washington Post)

Prosecutors to challenge Jesse Matthew gag order

Arlington drug dealer pleads guilty, forfeits $108M

Beat the winter doldrums with Comedic Entertainment

Posted by Editorial / Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Winter doldrums call for hilarious theater, and the area’s production companies are offering up that and much more this season. From a case of mistaken identity to a trailer park community, you’ll find something that will have you laughing so hard you’ll forget how much snow is on the ground. —Lynn Norusis


The Arlington Players' ‘The Comedy of Errors’

Photo courtesy of The Arlington Players.

‘The Comedy of Errors’
The Arlington Players

The Arlington Players are taking on William Shakespeare’s slapstick tale of mistaken identity. The audience is taken to Chicago, where a man, Antipholus, and his servant, Dromio, are in search of Antipholus’ long-lost family. Unbeknownst to the two travelling men, they each have an identical twin that they were separated from at birth. As their journey continues, the two are caught up in beatings, seduction, theft and a father who is about to be executed. Not like many family reunions, it is a hilarious production having you be thankful for your own dysfunctional family.


 The LIttle Theatre of Alexandria's ‘The Game’s Afoot’

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‘The Game’s Afoot’
The Little Theatre of Alexandria

It’s a game of “Clue,” onstage. Ken Ludwig’s tale begins in 1936 when Broadway star William Gillette, known for playing Sherlock Holmes, invites fellow cast members to his castle for a weekend of festivities. Then, someone ends up dead. Gillette assumes the role that made him famous and begins to unravel the murder in a fast-paced, witty production.


‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ at Dominion Stage

Photo courtesy of Dominion Stage/Photo by Jake Carson.

‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’
Dominion Stage

Welcome to Armadillo Acres Trailer Park, home to stripper-on-the-run Pippi, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth-collector husband, Norbert. After a shotgun wedding and a bad perm, Jeannie and Norbert’s baby is kidnapped, leading to the agoraphobia. Twenty years later, Norbert can’t take his wife’s shut-in life and heads out to a strip club where he meets Pippi. What ensues is an affair, a caught-with-the pants-down scene and a hurricane. The story is all wrapped up in country-rock and blues, flan, disco, spray cheese and lots of ‘80s nostalgia.


McLean Community Players' ‘13’.

Photo courtesy of McLean Community Players.

McLean Community Players

If someone showed you a film of yourself at 13 years old, it’s highly likely you would be laughing at your adolescent self. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. The McLean Community Players bring us ’13,’ a hilarious musical about the coming of age of the protagonist, Evan Goldman, who is moved from New York City to small-town Indiana after his parents’ divorce. He has little time to establish his social structure before heading to high school. He finds a group of middle school friends and they all struggle with trying to fit in, and stand out. The score is by Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown and the book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

(January 2015)

Loudoun County yoga teacher missing in Mexico; Mario Cuomo Dies At 82

By Carten Cordell

Spending backlash causes Arlington to rethink planning process
(The Washington Post)

Loudoun County yoga teacher missing in Mexico

Bono: I may never play guitar again after crash

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo Dies At 82

Hungry for Linkage: Red Truck Bakery Expands + in NoVA + IPO for Shake Shack

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, December 31st, 2014



By Stefanie Gans

Red Truck Bakery to open second shop and a new line of grab-and-go items. [Arlington Magazine]

New food and retail options headed to Reston next year with the The Stock Market @ Reston Station. [WBJ]

A waitress from Waffle King’s Virginia Kitchen can thank for a $1,200 tip on a $128 tab. [Eater]

Arlington’s Yona is one of the most anticipated restaurants of 2015. [WCP]

Shake Shack (you can find one in Tysons) looks to IPO. [NYT]

Police murders in New York increase tension; Artisphere to close

By Carten Cordell

Murder of two New York police officers puts tensions on the rise
(The Washington Post)

Va. child falls 18 feet off ski lift, suffers minor injuries

Navy testing stealthy robot tuna

Arlington Artisphere Likely To Close Next Summer

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