10 Fun Things to Do in the Fall

September 22, 2016 12:00 pm

Fall is just around the corner in the Dahlgren area, and with the changing seasons come a slew of fun new activities. Here are 10 all-ages autumn activities that you can do outside, just in time for the first day of fall.

  1. Have a picnic in the cooler weather. Now that the temperature is starting to cool off, it's the perfect time to slip on a jacket, pack a picnic lunch and have a meal al fresco in your favorite area park.
  2. Head to your local animal shelter and walk the city's homeless dogs. Most places let you take the dogs for a walk simply by signing a release form.
  3. Go for a jog somewhere where you can watch the leaves changing. Even if you're not much of a runner, you'll enjoy getting out in the cool air.
  4. Go apple picking, pumpkin picking or pay a visit to a working farm in the area. This is the best time of year to bring home some local produce to use to bake pies or decorate your home.
  5. Hit a local football game — whether it's a professional NFL team or simply your local high school team, it's sure to be a great time.
  6. Rent a bike and take it for a ride. Even if you don't own your own bicycle, you can rent one from a local facility.
  7. Carve a jack-o-lantern. This favorite childhood activity is just as much fun when you're an adult!
  8. Learn to knit. If you get good enough, you may even be able to make some sweaters or scarves for holiday gifts.
  9. Try out your favorite fall weather recipes, such as hearty soups, warm salads and fresh breads. Set aside a few hours on Sunday to do some meal prepping for the week ahead.
  10. Visit an area zoo. The animals have different behaviors during different seasons, so it's fun to check out what they're like in the autumn season.

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Make the Most of the End of Summer With These 10 Things to Do Before Cold Weather Hits

September 9, 2016 12:02 pm

Summer may be coming to a close, but the warm weather is sticking around for a little bit longer. If you want to make the most of the remaining sunny days before the cold weather hits, here are 10 fun things to do outdoors in Virginia.

  1. Have a picnic. Pack a basket, grab a blanket and head to a grassy space for a meal al fresco.
  2. Go to a baseball game. Whether you spring for MLB tickets or simply catch a minor league game, going to a baseball game is one of the most fun things to do in the summertime.
  3. Clean the car. It may not sound like fun, but giving your car a thorough cleaning during the warmer months will make you feel relieved once the cold weather starts.
  4. Hit the drive-in. Looking for some old-fashioned fun? Take in a drive-in movie!
  5. Enjoy an outdoor happy hour. Instead of visiting your usual happy hour destination after work, check out a new place with an outdoor patio.
  6. Rent a boat. Whether it's a simple kayak or a large pontoon boat, renting a boat and setting sail is fun for all ages.
  7. Plan a road trip. On your next free Saturday, jump in the car and drive — whether it's to a nearby beach, camping in the mountains or just to the next town over.
  8. Take a bike ride. Set out on your trusty bike or rent one if you don't have your own.
  9. Do some good. If you're looking for a way to give back to the community, volunteer to clean up a local highway or walk the dogs at a nearby shelter.
  10. Attend an outdoor concert. It's not too late to see your favorite band play live, so check out who's coming to town before the summer ends.

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10 Smart Tips to Help the Kids Get Ready to Go Back to School

August 8, 2016 1:01 pm

Summer is coming to a close, and the kids are about to start school again. Back-to-school season is stressful on the whole family, but if you start planning ahead of time, you can make the whole process move a lot smoother. Here are some helpful tips for preparing your children to go back to school.

  1. Do your back-to-school shopping early. By leaving yourself with enough time to shop around, you can take advantage of better deals and make sure that your kids get everything they need.
  2. Brainstorm lunch ideas in advance. Browse for recipes online, and even make some meal plans together with your kids.
  3. Stock up on groceries for breakfast and lunch. A few days before the first day of school, hit the grocery store and stock up on everything that you'll need for busy morning breakfasts and brown bag lunches.
  4. Pack your kids backpacks with them. If your kids are young, this is a great way to show them how to keep their backpacks neat and organized.
  5. Create an at-home school calendar. Use it to mark down dates of tests, parent-teacher conferences, sporting events and other school activities.
  6. Create a set time for checking homework at night. If your kids know that this is the time they'll have to have their homework done by, it will save you a lot of struggle (and create good study habits).
  7. Lay out clothes the night before to avoid the early morning rush.
  8. Print out copies of your kids' class schedules — even if they say they don't need them.
  9. Make sure that everyone saves time for breakfast. It's true that it's the most important meal of the day, and it could make all the difference when it comes to your child's performance.
  10. Ask them if they're okay. Back-to-school time is stressful, so make sure to check in with your little ones to see if they're ready emotionally as well.

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