by Rebecca Webb
June 27, 2019
As the temperatures start to climb and we get closer to July 4th, our summertime can feel very busy, moving quickly. Most families like to have downtime days where quieter activities are on the menu. Storytime, crafts and visiting farms can be fun and don't forget hats, sunscreen and hydration!
Here are 10 fun activities to do in and around Mclean that are free!
July 4th Independence Day Concert at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Celebrate the 4th of July with a special performance by the United States Air Force Band's Ceremonial Brass Quintet. Performances begin at 11:00 am, noon, and 1:00 pm. Each concert will last 20 minutes. https://airandspace.si.edu/events/independence-day-concert-6
Summer Sunday Concerts - McLean Community Center
Sunday, June 30, 5PM - Sonia de Los Santos - Praised on Billboard’s “Best Latin Kids Music” list, Sonia de Los Santo’s bilingual children’s album “¡AlegrÍa!” celebrates everyday themes that bring us joy and weaves together styles from across the Americas.
Sunday, July 7, 5PM - DuPont Brass - This “new” brass band plays an eclectic mix of original compositions and arrangements of songs by Miles Davis, JAY-Z and others.
Sunday, July 14th, 5PM - Frontiers - A Journey Tribute Band - Don’t stop believing! This stellar Journey tribute band returns by popular demand.
More Shows and dates at their website! https://www.mcleancenter.org/performing-arts/performance/cat.listevents/2019/05/20/-?option=com_jevents&task=cat.listevents&offset=1&category_fv=216&Itemid=138
Clemyjontri Park, 6317 Georgetown Pike, McLean - Where every child can play! CLEMYJONTRI PARK features a unique playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. This park is a place where children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration. Clemyjontri offers a Carousel and a Train! Hours of operation and schedule found on their website. *Nominal fee for the train and carousel. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/clemyjontri
Great Falls National Park - Pack a picnic and see the Falls! This stunning 800-acre National Park is just off the Potomac River with easy access from McLean. Hours are Sun-Sat 7:00 AM - 7:30 PM. Address is 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean. More information at https://www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm
McLean Farmers Market - Friday Mornings 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon May - November, Lewinsville Park, McLean - Fresh and Local for you, from our farmers to your table! Check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/McleanFarmersMarket/posts/?ref=page_internal
Tysons Farmers Market - Every Sunday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Hit The Plaza every Sunday for the Tysons Farmers Market in celebration of our local food and farmers and in partnership with Community Foodworks!
Kids Club - Saturday, July 6 10:00-12:00 PM - Fashion Court, Tysons Corner Center - Join the Tysons Corner Center Kids Club every 1st Saturday of the month for crafts, games, learning and more! More about the Tysons Event Calendar at https://www.tysonscornercenter.com/Events/Details/513797
Tent Tales for Tykes - L.L. Bean at Tyson's Corner Center - Every Tuesday morning 10:30 AM - Come join L.L.Bean at Tyson’s Corner Center each Tuesday morning for story time and more! Each week we’ll read a story with an outdoor or seasonal theme, followed by a fun craft or activity. Free. https://www.tysonscornercenter.com/Events/Details/512376
Mosaic District Stawberry Park, Fairfax - 2905 District Avenue, Fairfax, Va - Strawberry Park offers a wide variety of activities for families, from Yoga on Sunday mornings, Films in the Park Sunday evenings, Freshfarm Farmers Market Sundays, Stories from Stawberry Park and more!
Yoga in the Park - Sunday 9 AM
Films in the Park - Sunday evening 7 PM
July 7 - Tangled
July 14 - Christopher Robin
July 21 - Incredibles 2
July 28 - The Jungle Book
More information at https://mosaicdistrict.com/fun/
Frying Pan Farm Park - Kidwell Farm, Herndon, Va - Open Dawn till Dusk. 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon - Frying Pan preserves and interprets farm life of the 1920s to 1950s. A very popular park in Fairfax County! Meet draft horses, chickens, peacocks, rabbits, sheep, goats, cows and pigs at Frying Pan Farm Park's working farm of the 1930s. Take a wagon ride and watch the farm hands at work. Take a tour to see how farm families lived in the 1930s, or just sit on the porch of the Kidwell Farmhouse. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park/kidwell In addition, there is a small fee program called "Little Hands on the Farm", more information found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park/events
Smithsonian Museums and National Zoo - Washington, DC - Of course, no summer list is complete without a mention of the wonderful Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo! Have you been meaning to get to one of the museums or has it been 5 years since you last visited the National Zoo? Always something to see and some wonderful thing on display! The museums have all of their own events, activities, features, films and more. Explore the musems here - https://www.si.edu/museums