Thursday, April 23, 2015

Celebrate ‘green living’ at SpringFest in Fairfax County

If you have kids, this is a fun event. Held every April, Fairfax County’s SpringFest highlights green living, celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, and a cleaner environment. Kids and adults alike can learn more about recycling, sustainability, wildlife, farming and community-based planting, to name a few.

With entertainment, games, educational stations and hands-on learning activities, it’s a great day out. The last time I went, there was an inflatable obstacle course with a slide, a rock climbing wall, pony rides, petting zoo, games, mascots, a reptile show and music, along with other performances. It drew a pretty big crowd that year. According to the event's website, last year drew 5,000 area residents and the event gets bigger every year.

In 2013, SpringFest featured a reptile show which was a big hit with the kids

This exhibit included a game where participants could guess to see how many cans are in this block

At this exhibit, kids listened to an explanation of what bees do for the environment. In the background wooden display were lots of live bees.

Making birdhouses out of recycled bottles.

Many hands-on activities for the kids. Kids can learn about planting and how to plant. 

SpringFest used to be held at the Lorton at the Workhouse Arts Center but in 2017 was held at Sully Historic Site and it appears this is the festival's new permanent home. This event is free to the public (although some of the attractions like pony rides, the bounce house and rock climbing require a $5 all-access wristband). There are food vendors and a farmer’s market as well.

The Lorton Community Action Center will also be running a breakfast food drive. For more information about SpringFest you can visit the official website.

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