A Variety of Summer Fun Around Prince William

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By Paul Keily

Summer is almost here and it’s time to make plans for the coming months. Prince William offers a wide variety of activities for everyone to enjoy in the warmer months. Read on for a list of great ideas to get you started.

Manassas City

The Harris Pavilion will host several concert series and other events this summer. Acoustic Tuesday concerts start at 7 p.m. and will run from May 7 until Sept. 3. Fresh Music Fridays and the Saturday Night Concert Series will run on select dates June through September starting at 7 p.m. The ARTfactory will be bringing the Summer Sounds Concert Series to Harris Pavilion starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 13 and 20 and on Aug, 17 and 24. Look for some new programs at the Pavilion this year including the Fools! Improv Comedy on June 14 and the Reptile Show on June 26.

Rachel Goldberg, Programs and Education Coordinator at the Manassas Museum & Manassas City Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation, said, “The new sound and lighting systems at the Harris Pavilion will provide an enhanced experience for concerts and other programs.”

If you’re looking to escape the heat this summer, stop by The Stonewall Park Pool in Manassas. “The pool season will begin Memorial Day weekend and close on Labor Day. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Pool admittance can be purchased at the pool. Punch
passes can be purchased online,” said Goldberg.

The Manassas Museum will be hosting programs at local historic sites throughout the city, as well as at their central location. “The Manassas Museum is offering Gallery Talks in the newly renovated spaces each month, as well as a History Happy Hour on July 25, which will give attendees a sneak peek at an upcoming exhibition. We are also bringing back our popular Book Talk series!” said Goldberg. There is no charge for admission at the Manassas Museum and summer hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.

A speaker presents at Liberia Family Day

Summer events in Manassas have become more popular in recent years. Goldberg said, “Attendance at programs varies, but we’ve seen a steady increase in attendance in the last few years and we expect it to continue to increase this year.”

You can discover more activities and register for all Manassas City Parks, Culture, and Recreation programs by visiting cityofmanassas.recdesk.com.

Prince William County

Lani Poblete, Public Relations Manager at the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation said, “Prince William County Parks and Recreation has a variety of summer programs, activities and camps planned. From children’s summer camps, to activities for adults, to family-friendly events and programs.”

For those looking to start or continue their fitness routines, Prince William has a multitude of activities on offer. On May 4, Harbor Drive Wellness Park in Lake Ridge will host a Family Health and Fitness Day. Those interested in learning more about Pilates can attend the free Pilates Principles Educational Workshop at Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center on May 17. Looking for a fun way to kick off Pride Month? The
Chinn Aquatics Fitness Center in Woodbridge will host Zumba Pride on June 1.

Prince William has no shortage of outdoor recreation opportunities. The Neabsco Boardwalk at Neabsco Regional Park in Woodbridge has hikes planned for May 18 and July 20, as well as Yoga on the Boardwalk planned for June 21. Lake Ridge Park will have an Adapted Flatwater Kayaking program available on select dates. Those interested in the local wildlife won’t want to miss Bug and Bird Day on Aug. 17 at Rippon Lodge in Woodbridge.

The rich history of Prince William is always worth exploring. The Lucasville School Historic Site in Manassas will host a Juneteenth event on June 19. On the night of July 13, those interested in experiencing history firsthand can attend the Overnight at the Brentsville Jail historic preservation event at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre in Bristow.

Prince William has a number of summer camp programs for kids. Ultimate Music Camp and Super Doodle w/Abrakadoodle Art Camp are new to the area this year. Poblete said, “[In] Ultimate Music Camp children (ages 6-8) will be introduced to a variety of musical instruments and concepts including piano, guitar, violin, drums, voice, and movement. Campers participate in musical games, crafts, musical listening excerpts, related projects and more. Free instrument rentals are provided to borrow for in camp use and at-home exploration. [In] Super Doodle w/Abrakadoodle Art Camp kids will create supersized drawings, masks and other art projects in this art camp.”

Early registration for summer camps is encouraged as programs fill up quickly. Last year, programs were at 91% capacity with 6,500 campers. The Summer Camp Guide can be found on the PWC Parks & Recreation website: pwcva.gov/department/parks-recreation. Prince William’s Leisure Magazine includes detailed
listings of coming events and programs and can be found online at pwcva.gov/department/parks-recreation/leisure-magazine.

Stonewall Park Pool

Manassas Park

If you’re looking for unique items or great deals you may be interested in Manassas Park Community Center’s Spring Yard Sale on May 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The third Saturday of May is the 14th annual Kids to Parks Day, a day meant to encourage youth to explore and discover their local parks. Blooms Park in Manassas Park will host their Annual Chalk Festival. Families can create their own masterpieces on the pavement at this free event.

For more information about upcoming events in Manassas Park you can check their calendar at manassasparkcommunitycenter.com/calendar.php or their Mosaic Program Directory at manassasparkcommunitycenter.com/mosaic_program_directory.php.

Paul Keily is a local writer, community mentor, and artist. He has lived in Prince William for the majority of his life. He is an active participant in and organizer of DIY events at Clearbrook Center of the Arts.

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