Alexandria Mom's Calendar of Events

Friday, December 20, 2013

Family Fun Nights at Chinquapin Rec Center

For Immediate Release: December 20, 2013

New Family Fun Nights at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility Open Friday, December 27

The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities presents monthly Family Fun Nights on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility, located at 3210 King St.

The inaugural program on Friday, December 27 features a Wipeout-style activity using a floating, inflatable obstacle course in the indoor pool. Admission prices are $4 per resident and $8 per nonresident and are paid upon arrival.

Each month’s Family Fun Night will have a different theme and will be suitable for families with children of all ages. Younger children will have open swim time in shallow water while older children enjoy water activities located in the diving area. The fitness room, racquetball courts and soft play room will also be available at no additional charge. 
Upcoming Family Fun Nights include January 17February 14March 14April 11 and May 9.

For additional information, contact Ralph Baird at 703.746.5435 or
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Ralph Baird, Recreation Manager, at703.746.5435 (VA Relay 711) or e-mail

Reindeer Food

Here is the recipe for Reindeer food ---

-some oatmeal
-some glitter
mix together in a bowl.

Be sure to take this magic reindeer food and sprinkle on the lawn. 
On Christmas Eve, Santa's reindeer travel miles before dawn.
The smell of oats and the glitter path will guide them on their way. 
And you'll wake up to Santa's gifts next morn' on Christmas Day. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Favorite Christmas Baking

Here are some of our favorite recipes - some are a bit different.

Oreo Truffles

Peanut Clusters

Chinese Chews

Pretzel Wreaths

Seven Layer Cookies

Best Holiday Lights in Alexandria

I was relying on my readers and followers for the best lights in Alexandria. 
Somewhat sadly, this is what I got:  

From @McDorchester -- on streets surrounding Mt Ida. Look for house on south side of Nelson, just east of Mt Vernon- always awesome


409 E. Nelson

Somewhat tacky :

from @lssonoda corner of Taney and Latham

1500 block of Russell Road (same place with the big Halloween display)

Big white house in 2500 block of King St. that has the white lights up everywhere but also has all the halloween decorations up too.

Very pretty white lights:  

corner of Commonwealth Ave & East Walnut St. (across from Grape & Bean). 

If you have any other suggestions please post them in the comments of tweet them to me.  

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Always time for a snowman

Here's a great way to prep for a snow day!
(thanks to a friend for sharing!)