Sunday, June 13, 2010

Calendar: Father's Day

Father's Day is next Sunday, and there are several events throughout the weekend pitched toward dads who want to spend some time outside with their kids -- and more that fit the bill even though they're not labeled as such. Advance registration is required for most of these events. More details are available on our calendar and/or by following the links below to the park or organization sponsoring the event.

Photo credit: Rashida Simmons
The fun starts Friday evening with a hike, campfire, and s'mores at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly; fishing and a campfire at Riverbend Park in Great Falls; and another campfire at Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington.

On Saturday, Audubon Naturalist Society is holding a family kayaking excursion on Piscataway Creek (ages 8+). You can learn how to start a fire by hand at Gulf Branch (ages 12+), or to find edible wild plants at Potomac Overlook Park in Arlington (ages 8+). Or bond as you do service; there's an Anacostia River cleanup at Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

On Father's Day eve (aka Saturday night), there are campfires at Gulf Branch and Hidden Oaks, a hike at Lake Accotink, or you can go check out the night sky with astronomers and their telescopes in Rock Creek Park.

Sunday brings events with titles like Father's Day Picnic in a Boat (Riverbend Park), Father in the Forest (Hidden Oaks; not clear dads are actually invited on this one) and Hike with Dad (Rock Creek Park; ages 5+).

I'm sure I missed some -- leave a comment with anything else you'd like to highlight. And, as always, there's plenty more on our calendar. We'll see you out there!