While nights out at the theater may be on hold for a while, 1st Stage Theatre is giving local residents and arts enthusiasts alike the chance to get their fix of entertainment through its newly launched series, Community Conversations, kicking off Saturday, May 9.
The virtual series will consist of conversations with 1st Stage staff, including directors, actors and performers, giving theatergoers the chance to hear what it’s really like behind the scenes.
The very first conversation titled Meet the Staff will introduce all viewers to the artistic and managerial team members, discussing exactly what they do and how they ended up involved in Northern Virginia’s theater scene. Plus, in the coming weeks, other online conversations include Artistic Directors in Conversation on Saturday, May 16 and The Life of a Solo Artist on Saturday, June 6. For an entire schedule of the weekly conversations, taking place at 2 p.m. every Saturday, click here.
In addition to the weekly series, 1st Stage has been releasing short performances, including at-home monologues and script readings, via its social media platforms, until the global pandemic comes to an end and the stage can reopen. // 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons
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These five local parks are some of the coolest places for kids with energy to burn.
This colorful park is already pretty awesome thanks to its carousel and train, but, what parents of children with special needs know, is that the designers put in extra-special care to make it accessible for all. From swings with high backs for children who need extra support to ramps that lead to elevated play areas to reading areas featuring a braille option, the goal was to ensure all children could play together in this must-visit park. // 6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean
Fantasy Playground at Lake Ridge
This Woodbridge playground is officially called the Fantasy Playground, but for parents who remember Lincoln Logs, it really looks more like those wooden building blocks come to life. The expansive space features vintage-feeling wooden structures with plenty of places to climb, crawl through and pretend to be king or queen of the castle. Swings, sand and shade for the hotter summer months make this destination park worth the trip. // 12298 Cotton Mill Road, Woodbridge
Fairlington Park Playground
Reopened in the spring after an extensive renovation, Fairlington Park Playground is an adventurous kid’s dream. An imposing structure features suspended tunnels made of netting for kids to climb in and up—then get back to the ground via a super-tall, enclosed slide. The family-friendly neighborhood hasn’t forgotten about little kids at the new park. A dedicated space with Astroturf hills and play equipment much closer to the ground is popular among the preschool set. // 3308 S. Stafford St., Arlington
Chessie’s Big Backyard at Lee District Family Recreation Area
Kids can run, jump, climb and slide at this popular park in Alexandria. Two areas—one for older kids and a soft rubber section for little ones still getting their footing—means everyone can play without worry. A pirate ship and lighthouse delight the younger set, while big kids have plenty of slides to choose from. The park is also accessible to all with ramps, and a carousel accommodates kids who need to transfer from a wheelchair. Plus, Chessie’s has a truly awesome sprayground. Named Our Special Harbor, the accessible mini-waterpark includes Chessie the Sea Serpent, misting sunflowers and interactive water tables. // 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria
Potomac Yard Park
Located in the newly named National Landing, this park—which spans a couple blocks—may one day become the preferred place for Amazon parents. Before they all move to town, take your tots here for an afternoon of summer fun—with dedicated sections for both big and little kids. Everyone can come together in the middle of the park, where an impressive 36 synchronized water fountains offer one of the region’s very best spraygrounds. // 2501 Potomac Ave., Alexandria
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Volleyball is known as a competitive, fall sport in the Northern Virginia school system. But when summer comes around, individuals of all ages can take the time to play casual pick-up games in the heat. Here, we share which parks to visit so you can bump, block and spike through the summer months and beyond.
Van Dyck Park At Van Dyck Park, the outdoor activities are endless, especially when it comes to volleyball. The three courts, perfect for group play, will keep you active all day long. // 3720 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
C.M. Crockett Park As Fauquier County’s largest lakeside park, C.M. Crockett Park is a community hub to all. With a shorter net than most, visitors of all ages can pass the ball on the beach volleyball court. // 10066 Rogues Road, Midland
Conklin Community Park This summer, head over to Conklin Community Park to see all your neighbors participating in a variety of recreational activities, including soccer, basketball and, of course, beach volleyball. // 25701 Donegal Drive, Chantilly
Kuntner Park Located right off of Fairfax Boulevard, Kuntner Park’s sand court is great for individuals of all ages. Whether it’s your first time bumping or you’re a professional, this recreational-sized court is a good spot to play at this summer. // 3901 Jermantown Road, Fairfax
Curtis Memorial Park With two sand courts right next to each other, Curtis Memorial Park is a versatile place to bring a group of friends and practice the game for hours on end. // 58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Hartwood
Veterans Memorial Park For those who love to play beach volleyball, but also can’t stay away from other outdoor activities like basketball, tennis and swimming, Veterans Memorial Park is the place for you. Whether you’re with the family or relaxing with friends, this park has something for everyone. // 14300 Veterans Drive, Woodbridge
Elk Lick Park Open from dawn to dusk, this spot is essential for those who want to fit in a game with friends right after work. Plus, if you’re feeling really active you can walk on over to the neighboring basketball court and shoot some hoops. // 25152 Elk Lick Road, Chantilly
Saint Clair Brooks Park Located right in the center of Historic Falmouth, this 80-acre park has it all, including a sand volleyball court that enables players to watch the local baseball league on the adjacent diamond. // 80 Butler Road, Falmouth
Monroe Park While small as a whole, Monroe Park features a regulation-size volleyball court that is surrounded by green space, giving you the chance to practice your spike ball with little risk of injuring those around you. // 14421 Gold Dust Parkway, Goldvein
Nations Park In Nations Park, one will find just one volleyball court and one basketball court. Be sure to take advantage of the free space and practice your serve on your own for hours on end. // 42691 Nations St., Chantilly
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Going out with your children is definitely fun, but sometimes you just need a break. Thanks to these businesses in Northern Virginia, every parent can take a few hours on select weekends for a nice dinner, a night out with friends or maybe even a nap. Whatever you choose to do, here’s who to call.
Kids’ Night at Stem and Flower Saturdays, 5-9 p.m. This summer, take advantage of the weekends and let your kids have some fun on their own at Stem and Flower. The skilled supervisors will engage your children in four hours of entertainment, including arts and crafts sessions, science projects and this Friday, June 15, don’t miss a kids’ cupcake bake night. Food will also be provided for all the little ones. // Stem and Flower: 14740 Flint Lee Road, Suite A, Chantilly; available for children ages 3-12; $20
Parents’ Night Out at nZone First Saturday and third Friday of each month; 5-9 p.m. Saturdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays Twice a month, your family can experience a win-win with help from the energetic staff at nZone. The extensive facilities give your children the opportunity to play basketball on the courts, run on the indoor turf or even watch a movie, depending on the night’s theme. // The nZone: 14550 Lee Road, Chantilly; available for children 6 weeks to 14 years old; prices vary
Short-term childcare at Wishing Tree Any day, times vary Need to run some errands without any distractions? No problem! The Wishing Tree in Ashburn is happy to take care of your kids any day for up to three hours. Just come in 15 minutes early to register (if you’re not already a member), and let your kids participate in arts and crafts, a variety of games, playful activities, reading time and more. During weekdays, the program is offered until 9 p.m., and on weekends, kids can stay until midnight. // The Wishing Tree: 43930 Farmwell Hunt Plaza, Suite 126, Ashburn; available for children ages 3-12; prices vary
Parent’s Night Out at The Women’s Club Select Fridays: July 12 & Aug. 9, 6-9 p.m. Friday night has never sounded so good, thanks to The Women’s Club. On select Fridays throughout the summer, your little ones can enjoy curated special events, delicious pizza, a family-friendly movie and so much more at the fitness center’s kid’s club. No matter what you have planned, this qualified team of supervisors has you covered. // The Women’s Club: 14175 Sullyfield Circle, Chantilly; available for children 3 months to 12 years old; prices vary
Parents’ Survival Night at The Little Gym of Fairfax Select Friday and Saturday evenings (including June 21), 6-9 p.m. At The Little Gym of Fairfax, the kids get their exercise and have fun with it too, as the dedicated staff designs unique themes every time this event is offered. This month’s theme? A volcano voyage through the mountains of Hawaii. Plus, they even have an exclusive childhood development center that uses LEGO-based activities to entertain your juniors all night long. // The Little Gym of Fairfax: 3903 Fair Ridge Drive, Suite A-1, Fairfax; available for children ages 3-12; $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers
Parent’s Night Out at MoBu Kids Twice a month on select Fridays and Saturdays, times vary MoBu kids offers a safe environment that your kid will be begging to come back to. From arts and crafts to staff-led playful activities, there is plenty of fun to go around. By the time you pick up your kids after a night out, they’ll be fed, tired and, most importantly, happy. // MoBu Kids: 127 S. Washington St., Falls Church; available for children ages 3-12; $30 for first child, $25 for each additional sibling
Parents’ Night Out at MedStar Capitals Iceplex Select Friday nights, 5-9 p.m. Show your kids what it’s like to skate like a Capitals player on select Friday nights at the MedStar Iceplex. For four hours, your children will participate in crafts, have a delicious dinner in the party room, skate and eventually wind down with a family-friendly movie. // MedStar Capitals Iceplex: 627 N. Glebe Road, Suite 800, Arlington; available for children ages 3-12; $30 for first child, $15 for each additional sibling
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