Summer’s Last Hurrah: Before-They-Head-Back-to-School Guide

Posted August 19, 2015

Loudoun County Public Schools start in less than two weeks, which means you have just a few days to get one last hurrah in with the kids before they head back. We’ve assembled a quick and easy list of ideas to end the summer on a high note in our “before you head back-to-school” guide.Before-They-Head-Back-to-School-Guide: Ashburn Events for the End of Summer

Disney in Concert at Wolf Trap
Take the kids out for a concert they won’t forget. Wolf Trap hosts Disney in Concert on August 21, playing the kids’ favorite songs from “Frozen,” “Aladdin,” “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast” and more. Each song is sung live, accompanied by the Wolf Trap Orchestra, and synchronized with video from the movies. With Wolf Trap’s 4-Pack Discount, you can buy three orchestra tickets and get one free!

Kids’ Meal
Chances are, the kids have a favorite place to eat in Brambleton. Let them call the shots before they go back to school to celebrate the upcoming school year. From California Tortilla to Blue Ridge Grill, Johnny Rockets, Nick’s Taverna, Papa Tony’s or Scotto’s Rigatoni Grill, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to stop for ice cream at Coldstone or Sweetfrog!

Family Date Night/Picnic
Plan an out-of-the-box evening with the kids’ favorite activities. Pack up a picnic or get some delicious takeout from one of the restaurants mentioned above and enjoy dinner al fresco in Legacy Park on a blanket. For even more fun: take your bikes and hit the Brambleton bike trails on your way there, and maybe even catch a family-friendly movie at Regal Fox Cinemas!

Fishing Derby
Head to the nearby Leesburg Zoo on August 29 & 30 for their annual end-of-summer kids’ fishing derby. The pond at the zoo is loaded with carp, catfish and bass, and kids can fish from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see who can catch the biggest fish. Whoever catches the biggest trophy of the day wins a prize, and kids can bring their own fishing poles or borrow one of the zoo’s. While you’re at it, you can check out the rest of the animals at the Leesburg Zoo. Click here for more info!

Beyond School Supplies
Supply your kids with something special beyond the pencils, notebooks and folders they’ll need for school. Show them how proud you are of them with a simple thoughtful gift, whether it’s a healthy bouquet from Edible Arrangements, a toy from Go Bananas, or even a bike from Bicycle Outfitters!

Off The Wall
If the kids have been bouncing off the walls inside all summer, take them to ReBounderz in Sterling. With thousands of square feet of trampoline floors and sidewalls, this place was made for bouncing off the walls while still providing a safe environment. If you want to treat the kids to something more than the neighborhood playground (which don’t get us wrong, is simple and special in its own right) reserve your jump time online!

All Day Outdoors
DC Kid Friendly has assembled an exhaustive list of fun, unique and family friendly outdoor spots in and around D.C. to spend one last summer day with the kids. They include staples
like the National Zoo, Arboretum, Great Falls Park, and Mount Vernon, plus some places you may not have heard of, like the Beauvoir Playground, Green Spring Gardens, and Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. Check out the full list here!

Fresh Cut
A new school year means a fresh start, so why not show up to the first day of school with a fresh new look? Brambleton Town Center is home to Eclips Salon, Illusions and Hair Cuttery, each offering trendy new cuts for kids to head back to school in style.