Washington Family Magazine : February 2016
washingtonFAMILY.com February 2016 13 Ridge Dr., Boyds, MD Black Hill loves chocolate, campfires and all things nature-y and you will too! Join them at the Visitor Center for a cozy fire, activities, delicious hot cocoa and nature crafts to make and give to a loved one. 9. Valentine’s Day Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Reston Town Center, Reston, VA (Departing in front of Talbots on Market Street) Head on over to Reston Town Center for a Valentine’s Day Horse- Drawn Carriage Ride with the whole family — rain or shine! All proceeds benefit Leadership Fairfax. And of course, don’t forget to make your Valentine’s Day reservations at Reston Town Center’s family-friendly restaurants! 10. Unshrink My Heart Feb. 14, 2 p.m. Brentwood Arts Exchange, Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood, MD The DIY arts and crafts icon from the ‘80s is back! And nothing says “love” like a hand-made pre-shrunk valentine. Families are invited to create beautiful jewelry, key chains and other Valentine’s Day gifts for their loved ones. Children will receive their first two sheets of blank Shrinky Dinks free. 11. 25th Anniversary Floris UMC Chocolate Festival Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Rd., Herndon, VA Floris’ UMC Chocolate Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the biggest event yet! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a day of great food and fun. There will be tons of carnival games, large inflatables, face painting, balloon art, a travel & entertainment silent auction and of course, lots of chocolate! 12. Valentine Friday Fun Feb. 12, 2:45-5 p.m. Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg, VA Children ages 6-12 can enjoy Valentine’s and Friday Fun! Attendees get to create a “lovely” treat, make valentines and yummy treats and play games. 13. Animal Valentines Feb. 12, 9:45 a.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St., Annandale, VA If your child loves animals, then he or she will love celebrating at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Kids get to play musical valentines and critter sweetheart games as they learn how animals find a mate. Other activities include meeting live animals and making animal valentine crafts. 14. Family Day - Chocolate and the USMC in Triangle Feb. 13, 12-3 p.m. National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Triangle, VA Learn how the Tootsie Roll came to the rescue of Marines during the Korean War and other uses of chocolate by U.S. Marines. The event includes wonderful performances as well!