Great Falls, Virgina, overlooks the Great Falls and Potomac River, and is just a 30-minute drive from Washington, D.C. This community is home to 15,000 residents. Parents living in Great Falls, or those planning to a visit, will find an array of entertaining activities to do during the summer.
Get the children outside for some fresh air and sunshine on a beautiful summer day. Visit Great Falls Park (no website; 9200 Old Dominion Drive, Great Falls; 703-285-2965). Take a hike along the Potomac River, camp under the stars, tour the visitor center or sign up for a ranger-led guided tour through the park. You can also visit Colvin Run Mill (no website; 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls; 703-759-2771) with your kids. While there, hike the nature trail, visit the general store, tour the mill or sign your kids up for some of the events that take place, such as the history camp or music camp.
Camps and Programs
Your kids can attend one of the summer camps offered in Great Falls. The Fairfax County Park Authority (parktakes.fairfaxcounty.gov) offers an array of kids camps in the summer. American Indian Princesses and Warriors teaches kids about Pocahontas and American Indians through hikes, games, stories and crafts. Dinosaur Days Camp gives children the opportunity to become junior paleontologists and learn about dinosaurs. Pioneer Life at the Grange takes kids back to the pioneer days, teaching them how to make a fire, create shelters and make their own food. You could also send your child to Shooting Stars Lacrosse Camps (shootingstarslacrossecamp.com) during the summer. This week-long camp takes place each evening and is for boys or girls.
Need something to do indoors on a rainy summer day? Visit the Great Falls Library (no website; 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls; 703-757-8560) with your kids. You can participate in free children's programs, such as story times, movie nights, craft activities and summer reading clubs. Or, take the kids to the Great Falls Foundation for the Arts Inc., School of Art (greatfallsart.org). Your kids can participate in a summer class to let their inner Picasso shine through. Kids will get to draw, paint and sculpt, while working on an assortment of projects.
Get your kids involved in some of the summer sports available in Great Falls. At Beloved Yoga (belovedyoga.com), your 3- to 6-year-old can participate in Cobra Yoga, with stories, music and games. Kids Yoga is for 7- to 11-year-olds and teaches them about techniques for breathing and relaxation. Teens can even attend a class. Teen Yoga, for 12- to 17-year-olds, introduces kids to the postures of yoga. Sign your kids up for soccer through the Great Falls Soccer Club (greatfallssoccer.com). Spring soccer seasons run into the summer and are for kids 3 and older. Check out the summer programs at the Great Falls Swim and Tennis Club (gfsandt.com). Kids can take tennis or swim lessons, participate in Junior Team Tennis or join the swim team.
- National Park Service: Great Falls
- Fairfax County Virginia: Colvin Run Mill
- Fairfax County Virginia: Parktakes Class Descriptions
- Shooting Stars Lacrosse Camp: Home
- Great Falls Soccer Club: Home
- Great Falls Swim and Tennis Club: Home
- Beloved Yoga: Classes
- Living in Great Falls: History
- Fairfax County Virginia: Great Falls Library
- Great Falls Foundation for the Arts, Inc.: School of Art
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