13 family-focused things to do

These upcoming family events span the family spectrum. There’s something for everyone, from soon-to-be to seasoned parents.

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The Baby Buzz
Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
This free event for expectant mothers and new parents will have eight speakers (many of them health professionals) offering insight and answering questions, plus door prizes and lunch from Hammer Down BBQ, Back Street Catering and Red Horse Tavern. // The Hill School: 130 S. Madison St., Middleburg

Halloween on the Green
Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Vienna Parks and Recreation and Vienna Moms Inc., this event features crafts, games, prizes, storytime and even an appearance from the Vienna Singing Princesses. Kids can also paint and carve their own pumpkins, jump on a moon bounce, check out entertainment and say hello to petting zoo animals. // Vienna Town Green: 144 Maple Ave. E., Vienna

Bumps, Babies & Beyond Expo
Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Of course there will be shopping at this Potomac Mills Mall event, plus entertainment, prizes, a Diaper Derby and a photo contest. // Potomac Mills Mall Grand Court/TJ Maxx area

Fairfax’s 41st Fall Festival
Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Started as a small market where artisans displayed their work, the Fairfax Fall Festival now attracts hundreds of art, information and food vendors. There are three stages offering music and other entertainment, plus activities for little ones. Vendors will depart around 5 p.m., though there will be a concert from 5:30-8:30 p.m. // Fairfax Old Town Square: 10415 North St., Fairfax

2017 Virginia Family & Pet Festival
Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
A fundraiser put on by Saint Seton’s Orphaned Animals, this event will feature a band, food vendors, rides, games, contest and exhibits. // Stafford Regional Airport: 95 Aviation Way, Fredericksburg

PetOberfest
Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Not just for moms, dads and kids, this event also encourages families to let their their furry relatives tag along. There will be a pet parade and costume contest at 3:30 p.m., plus pet exhibitors, rescue organizations and adoption opportunities. Other PetOberfest elements include face-painting, crafts, a moon bounce, prizes, performances from Mid Atlantic Disc Dog Club and more. // Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center: 15151 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge

Mommy and Me for Tea
Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m.
This tea party (for children aged 3-5) isn’t just about eating and drinking. You’ll definitely do that, but this event will also take you through the steps leading up to your little feast, showing you how to make kid-sized blueberry scones, confetti cupcakes, biscuits and a fruity tea. // Cookology: 21100 Dulles Town Circle, Sterling

Potty-Training Workshop
Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m.
Dr. Rene from Parenting Playgroups will go over different potty-training methods (plus their pros and cons), talk about how to determine whether or not your child is ready and also make mention other issues like bed-wetting, traveling, using pull-ups and more. // The Country Day School: 6418 Georgetown Pike, McLean

Reptiles Alive! & Abrakadoodle
Oct. 19, 10-11 a.m.
The Potomac Mills Kids Club will host an interactive Reptiles Alive! presentation plus provide attendees with an opportunity to create a craft with Abrakadoodle. // Potomac Mills Court near Saks Off Fifth

Smart Snacking, Halloween Fun!
Oct. 19, 6 p.m.
For one hour, parents and children will learn how to make Halloween-inspired healthy snacks. A pumpkin filled with red pepper hummus, candy corn parfait and more will be on the learn-how-to menu. // Wegmans Alexandria: 7905 Hilltop Village Center Drive, Alexandria

Costume Party at Once Upon a Dream
Oct. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
This free event allows kids to not only show off their Halloween costume but also dress up in a borrowed costume if they don’t yet have one. There will also be karaoke and dancing. // Once Upon a Dream: 527 Maple Ave. E., Suite 200, Vienna

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Oct. 20-22
Accompanied by a live orchestra, the Manassas Ballet Theatre will perform this Halloween classic at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21 then again at 3 p.m. on Oct. 22. // Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas

The Diary of Anne Frank
Oct. 20-29
Odds are your child is already familiar with, or will soon be familiar with, the story of  Anne Frank. A book that appears time and again on students’ required reading lists, this new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman will provide further insight in one Jewish family’s life in Nazi Germany. // Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Prince William Little Theatre: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas

 

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