With the fall foliage about to hit its peak around NoVA, it is the perfect time to visit a local park. This week, get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful fall weather by attending one of these eight fun parks and rec events.
Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Right now is the best time to check out the fall foliage. Make your way over to the Sully Historic Site with your favorite art supplies and create a masterpiece of your surroundings. Participants can bring chairs and blankets to the event. // Sully Historic Site: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly; $20
Wednesday, 3-4 p.m.
Take a break from virtual learning and head outside for a fun art project. With Halloween less than two weeks away, attendees will be making DIY Halloween masks. Registration is required for all participants. // Fort Ethan Allen Park: 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington; $9
Thursday, 1 p.m.
Spend an afternoon sipping on tea as you roam the gardens. Take a tour with the Master Gardener as you view the fall plants of Green Spring Gardens. Participants will also receive individual tea boxes to go with their afternoon tea. // Green Spring Gardens: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria; $36
Friday, 5 p.m.-10 a.m.
Enjoy some family time out in nature with a special camping trip along the river. Set up your sleeping arrangements then go enjoy some fun games and explore your surroundings. Pre-registration is required. // Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area: 6600 River Road, Fredericksburg; $20 per individual, $65-$75 per family of four
Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Make your way to the Carlyle House Historic Park to learn about grieving rituals during the 18th century. Guests will learn about the death of John Carlyle and how the family mourned their loved one as they tour the home. // Carlyle House Historic Park: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; $10
Saturday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Lake your little ones out to the creek, river or pond for a day of fishing. The top three anglers with the biggest fish will be awarded prizes. Participants will also receive an informational pamphlet, a poster and coloring book. // Widewater State Park: 101 Widewater State Park Road, Stafford; free
Sunday, 11 a.m.-noon
Grab your smartphone and trek Mason Neck State Park as you search for geocaches. With hidden caches around the trails, lose track of time as you search for hidden treasures. // Mason Neck State Park: 7301 High Point Road, Lorton; free
Sunday, 3:30-5 p.m.
Learn about the history of Alexandria and the Green Furniture factory with a walking tour. The tour will go over James Green and his father William, who started the factory, as their family became prominent members in Alexandria. Reservations are required. // Carlyle House Historic Park: 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria; $15
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