A happy goat on Temple Hall Farm in VA chewing a pumpkin stem.
Photo of Temple Hall Farm via novaparks.com

This Week’s Family-Friendly Events

Happy Halloween! We wish you and your family a safe and fun time! Spooky season may be front and center right now, but Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are just around the corner.

Ellen Howes
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Happy Halloween! We wish you and your family a safe and fun time! Spooky season may be front and center right now, but Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are just around the corner. We know it can be hard to stay on top of all the events and happenings. Luckily we’ve compiled a list of 9 family-friendly activities to keep you busy and entertained as we transition from one holiday to the next.

Keep reading for our recommended events happening around Northern Virginia now through November 6. You’ll find everything from the final fall festivals at some of the area's favorite farms, to early Christmas markets, to chill movie nights.

Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park

A festive display of large pumpkins at the Leesburg Animal Farm pumpkin village.
Photo via loudountimes.com courtesy of Leesburg Animal Park

This is the last week to explore the Pumpkin Village at Leesburg Animal Park! enjoy more than 21 acres of fall-inspired fun! Everything you’ve come to expect can be found at the zoo, including high-energy activities like giant hill slides, pedal carts, a children’s hay maze, an obstacle course, a zip line, and more. There are also plenty of kid-friendly activities like climb-and-play structures and lawn games. And be sure to visit all the feathered, furry, and scaled creatures that call Leesburg Animal Park home!

When: Now through Sunday, 11/6 (closed Tuesday). Open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:30 am - 5 pm, Friday from 9:30 am - 6 pm, and weekends from 9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm -  pm.
Price: Weekdays: $14.95/child ages 2-12, $16.95/adult, and $14.95/senior. Prices go up by $2 on weekends.
Address: Leesburg Animal Park, 19246 James Monroe Hwy Leesburg, VA 20175
Reserve your tickets here.

Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun at Temple Hall Farm

Families walk through a pumpkin patch on a sunny day.
Image via novaparks.com

It’s not too late to enjoy the fun of the fall season! Join Temple Hall Farm to pick your own pumpkin, snap photos in the sunflower fields before picking your own to take home, take a wagon ride around the farm, visit the farm animals, bounce on the inflatable pillows, slide down the hill slides, and more!

When: Monday, 10/31 (last day!) from 9 am - 5 pm
Price: Free for children ages 2 and under. $15 for all other attendees. Each paid admission (not including kids 2 and under) includes a free pumpkin.
Address: Temple Hall Farm, 15855 Limestone School Rd., Leesburg, VA 20176
Find out more on their website.

Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Great Country Farms

A family walks through a corn maze on a sunny fall day.
Photo via visitloudoun.org of Great Country Farms

Soak up this annual fall festival with an unforgettable experience picking pumpkins, getting lost in a corn maze, and more! Great Country Farms' festival also includes furry, feathered, and hoofed friends, rope swings, a giant jumping pillow, and 80-foot slides.

When: Monday 10/31 (last day!) from 10 am - 5 pm. The last wagon ride to the pumpkin patch leaves at 4 pm.
Price: Free for children 2 and under, $10/child, and $12/adult. Admission prices do not include pumpkins.
Address: Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont, VA 20135
Get your tickets here.

Air Play at the Kennedy Center

Performers fly a colorful purple silk kite onstage.
Photo from Air Play by Florence Montmare via kennedy-center.org

Experience a breathtaking homage to the power of air when Air Play hits the stage this weekend at The Kennedy Center! Umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. Created by circus performers Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone with kinetic sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, this enchanting spectacle combines comedy, live sculpture, circus, and theater to entertain the young and young at heart. This show lasts 1 hour.

When: Friday, 11/4 through Sunday, 11/6 with various start times. On Sunday, 11/6 the 3 pm show will be sensory-friendly for children with autism and other sensory sensitivities.
Price: Tickets range from $20-$35
Address: The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, Washington,, DC 20566
Learn more and get your tickets here.

Movie Night at President Lincoln’s Cottage

Families sit on the lawn of President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC.
Image via lincolncottage.org

Enjoy a free movie night at President Lincoln’s Cottage! This Friday they’ll be showing Inside Out (rated PG) on the lawn of the Cottage. Bring your blankets, a picnic, and popcorn, and enjoy a family-friendly movie at this historical landmark.

When: Friday, 11/4 at 7 pm
Price: Free, but registration is required
Address: President Lincoln's Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20011
Register here.

Movie Night with Arlington Mill Community Center

Vintage-style popcorn bags neatly lined in a row.
Photo by Corina Rainer via Unsplash

Bring the whole family to an indoor movie night and sign along to the beloved Encanto (rated PG). This event is free and includes free popcorn and hot cocoa. Guests are also invited to come dressed as their favorite Encanto character for a chance to win a $20 gift card.

When: Friday, 11/4 from 6 pm - 8 pm
Price: Free, but you must reserve a spot
Address: Arlington Mill Community Center 909 South Dinwiddie Street Arlington, VA 22204
Find out more here.

Czech Christmas Market

Children carolers in traditional Czech attire sing in front of a crowd of guests and families at the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC
Image of children carolers at the Czech Embassy via mzv.cz

Get ready to ring in the holiday season! Join the Embassy of the Czech Republic for its annual Czech Christmas Market, featuring stands of traditional crafts, delicious gingerbread and pastries, and mulled wine and other treats. Guests can also enjoy an assortment of live music and take photos with the live animals in the Nativity scene.

When: Saturday, 11/6 from 9:30 am - 6 pm
Price: Free, but you must reserve a time slot
Address: Embassy of Czechia, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW, Washington, DC 20008
Reserve your ticket here.

Dia de los Muertos Unidos Festival

A festive and colorful Dia de los Muertos statue faces the camera.
Image via washingtonian.com

The two biggest Dia de los Muertos festivals in the DC metropolitan area are joining forces on the National Mall this Saturday. During the festival, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of family-friendly events, including an expansive history of Dia de los Muertos, the sounds of Mariachi and other local vocal artists, dance performances, live art, workshop, community resources, a candlelit vigil, other traditional foods, customary activities, panel discussions, and more.

When: Saturday, 11/5 beginning at 3 pm
Price: This event is free, but there may be costs for different activities and vendors.
Address: National Mall, 15th Street & Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20024
Read more about the festival here.

Horse Budz

A young girl in a pink shirt pets a gentle horse and holds its bridle.
Photo by Kirsten LaChance via Unsplash

Join Project Horse Empowerment Center Equine Facility for Horse Budz! Horse Budz is a non-riding, unique, and fun co-ed group designed to help children process the challenges they face daily in school, at home, and in the world. This activity is designed for children ages 10-13 and is perfect for kids who could benefit from a confidence boost, developing interpersonal skills, and practicing problem-solving skills.

When: Sunday, 11/6 from 11 am - 12:30 pm
Price: $95
Address: Project Horse Empowerment Center Equine Facility and Client Services, 18915 Lincoln Rd., Purcellville, VA 20132
Learn more on their website.


Ellen Howes

Ellen is a bookworm, runner, and proud auntie. She makes her home in DC and can usually be found somewhere in Rock Creek Park.