Lake Anne Brew House set for April 16 opening; Smithsonian Sleepovers

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Upcoming Local Events

Photo credit McEnearney Associates

Make your child’s next sleepover one to remember with a night surrounded by national or natural history.

It’s like the popular 2006 film “Night at the Museum” — sans live animals and exhibits (hopefully!). You and your little ones can make memories during a Smithsonian Sleepover, which will invite you into either the National Museum of History or the National Museum of Natural History (your choice!) for a night filled with games, crafts, tours and other fun activities that you’ll both enjoy!

In the National Museum of American History, families will be tasked with solving a “Smithsonian mystery of historic proportions,” according to the website. Your kid will become a grade-A gumshoe who roams the halls gathering clues to solve the mystery of the six valuable museum artifacts that have gone missing.  While sniffing out leads and gathering evidence that guides you and your child to the crime scene (fun, fun!), you both can bond enthusiastically over games, craft projects and experiments. Your child will learn more about the history of this country and gain problem-solving skills to solve the case. Once they’re finished, get comfy in a warm sleeping bag for a cozy night surrounded by national treasures.

For a night spent at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, huge exhibits almost overwhelm you when the lights dim and the shadows come out. But instead of staring up at giant elephants and other wild animals, you and your child can get creative with the amazing hands-on crafts projects. You will also get a chance to explore the museum to your heart’s content, participating in interactive exhibits sure to keep you and your child engaged and entertained. You’ll even get to view an IMAX film before unpacking your pillows and sleeping bags and heading to sleep.

Tickets are on sale ($135/general admission, $120/Smithsonian associate members), so head over to the site and pick the perfect date (ranging from April to August, depending on which adventure you choose) for you and your little ones!

Price includes: exclusive access and activities in a Smithsonian museum, evening snack, interactive exploration, arts and crafts activities, and light breakfast. Reduced rates for groups of 20 people or more may be available. Call 202-633-3030 for more information.

McEnearney Associates, “Smithsonian Sleepovers”

The Fairfax County Parks Authority will host a FREE Camp Fair from noon to 4 p.m. April 9 at the Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park (8100 Braddock Road, Annandale). With everything from baseball to basketball, coding to cooking, gaming to golfing, and rocks to rock ‘n’ roll, there’s a Park Authority camp for everyone this summer. Chat with park representatives to learn about the fun that awaits. Play games and collect some great giveaways. 703-324-9201.

Reston Presents… will host Chef Robert McKeon from 7 to 9 p.m. April 11 at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza. From Tall Oaks Assisted Living, McKean will offer a fun and informative lecture and demonstration of various cooking techniques. From food safety to How to Cook for Two, Chef Robert makes learning easy with his humorous and entertaining demonstrations. This program is for education purposes only; there will be no solicitation or obligations of attendees. Registration required. Contact or 703-435-6577 to register.

Reston Presents is a bi-monthly lecture and presentation series that highlights the multifaceted talents of local residents. Topics include anything from cooking demonstrations to stories from war veterans and book signings with local authors.

Did I miss an event? Know about something coming up? Have a real estate question? Let me know in the comments below.

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