Top 9 Summer Activities for Kids in NoVA

Top 9 Summer Activities for Kids in NoVA

Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained and active this summer? From science camps to water parks, Northern Virginia offers a ton of fun activities. Here are nine exciting options to add to your summer bucket list.

1. Explore STEM at Children’s Science Center Lab Summer Camps 

Dates: June 17–August 16 

Location: Children’s Science Center Lab, Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax.

Give your kids a chance to learn and have fun at the same time. The Children’s Science Center Lab offers week-long summer camps where kids can explore various STEM concepts. Notable camps include "Engineering Expedition" and "Dig It" for budding geologists. Perfect for children entering grades 1 through 5.

2. Enjoy Performances at Children’s Theatre in the Woods 

Dates: June 20–August 3 

Location: Wolf Trap National Park, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna.

This long-standing tradition at Wolf Trap features interactive concerts, puppet shows, and live performances nestled in the woods. It's a delightful way to introduce kids to the performing arts.

3. Celebrate at Spotsylvania Stars and Stripes Spectacular 

Date: June 29, 4–10 p.m. 

Location: Spotsylvania Courthouse, Spotsylvania Elementary School, and Spotsylvania Courthouse Village.

Join the community for a day of fun including musical entertainment, food, craft vendors, and a plethora of children's activities. It’s a fantastic way to kick off the summer.

4. Meet Your Favorite Characters at Shipgarten 

Date: July 7, noon–6 p.m. 

Location: Shipgarten, 7581 Colshire Dr., McLean.

Bring your kids to meet Spiderman and characters from Frozen. Enjoy free face painting, live music, moon bounces, and a full outdoor playground. Dogs are welcome too!

5. Celebrate Alexandria’s 275th Birthday 

Date: July 13, 6–9:30 p.m. 

Location: Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria.

Celebrate at Oronoco Bay Park with live music from the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cupcakes, and a fantastic fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m.

6. Visit Ever After Alpaca Farm 

Dates: Through mid-to-late July 

Location: Ever After Alpaca Farm, 6155 Georgetown Rd., Broad Run.

Spend an hour interacting with adorable alpacas for just $20. Capture memorable photos and check out the farm store for alpaca fleece products.

7. Experience the Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival 

Dates: August 1–4 

Location: Frying Pan Farm Park, 2739 West Ox Rd., Herndon.

Enjoy carnival games, rides, tractor demos, live entertainment, and farm animals at the 74th Fairfax County 4-H Fair. Parking is $10, with varying prices for rides.

8. Cool Down at Volcano Island Waterpark 

Dates: Through Labor Day weekend (closed August 19–30); Sensory-friendly time on August 7, 10–11 a.m. 

Location: 20015 Volcano Island Dr., Sterling.

Beat the heat at this fun waterpark featuring waterslides, splash pools, and play structures. Annual waterpark passes are available.

9. Play at Swader’s Sports Park 

Dates: Through Labor Day, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. daily 

Location: 4725 Whitehill Blvd., Prince George.

This outdoor sports park has something for everyone—mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages, go-karts, and more. Younger kids will love the KidZone with its obstacle course and slides.

Ready to make this summer unforgettable for your kids? Check out these activities and start planning now!


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