Category Archives: Del Ray Baby Event

Aug 05, 2013

NNO2013Tomorrow, Aug. 6th, the Del Ray Citizens Association will host National Night Out at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center Field from 5:30-8:30.  National Night Out is a community gathering to promote community and public safety. Come visit with your neighbors and local police and other public safety officers. Refreshments will be served.

All through Alexandria there will be several National Night Out Celebrations . McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, K-9 Unit, Motor Unit, Bike Patrol, Command Bus, Armored Personnel Carrier and the Crime Scene Mobile Lab will tour neighborhoods and offer special demonstrations.

National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to:

  •     Heighten crime prevention awareness;
  •     Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  •     Strengthen neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships;
  •     Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

NNO“National Night Out is an opportunity for the Alexandria Police Department to strengthen our relationship with the community and thank the residents for their vigilance and their dedication to keeping Alexandria a safe place to live, work and visit,” says Chief Cook.

“Main Street & Nations Celebration” First Thursday is going to be held on the second Thursday, July 11th from 6 pm to 9 pm along Mt. Vernon Avenue and is put on by the Del Ray Business Association.

cake walk
Activities tomorrow evening include:
 –    The traditional cake walk at the Farmer’s Market lot at Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenue!  Everyone is invited to participate.
 –    Musical entertainment will be by Rainbow Rock ( headed up by our own Kate Moran located at the Farmer’s Market Lot.
 –    As we celebrate our nation’s freedom, we would like to recognize and help the Friends of Rocky Versace as they support the various projects associated with the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza & Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is located here in Del Ray.  They will have a table set up at the Farmer’s Market and will be accepting donations throughout the evening; checks should be made payable to Friends of Rocky Versace.
 –   Independence Day celebrations aren’t complete without an official watermelon seed spitting contest.  Wouldn’t you love to be able to claim that title?? If so, stop by Pork Barrel BBQ who will be hosting this annual tradition at Mt. Vernon and E. Oxford Avenues.
–     Besides being one of our favorite City departments, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department always has lots of goodies to hand out at our First Thursday’s.  This month, they will be the hit on the Avenue as they hand out free Slurpee coupons.  Come by to get one while supplies last! Unrelated to First Thursday but still happening on Mount Vernon Ave., 7-Eleven will be celebrating 7/11 by giving out free 12 oz. slurpees.
 –      There will be free face painting for the kiddos at the farmers market.
It promises to be lots of fun!
Jun 10, 2013

Music FestivalThe 2013 Del Ray Music Festival is coming soon so be ready for a day of family fun on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Scheduled from 12pm to 9pm on the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Fields at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue.

The festival features a variety of music which have included reggae, jazz, blues, swing, folk, country, Celtic, and rock. The majority of the musicians who take the stage are residents of the neighborhood—something that makes this an extra special show for the performers and gives everyone a chance to hear some wonderful local talent.

music festival gamesThere’s a great musical line up but they also have kids games, face painting, a moon bounce and crafts from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. to keep the whole family entertained!

There’s also food and snacks available to buy at the festival poster

Apr 19, 2013

Once upon this islandDon’t miss the George Washington Middle School players THIS WEEKEND for the final 2 performances of the acclaimed one-act musical Once on This Island, a Caribbean version of The Little Mermaid.

The Del Ray Baby family went to see the musical last weekend and gave it two thumbs up! The cast was energetic, full of talent and the story kept our 6 year old engaged the whole time.

Once on this Island has an exciting musical score that mixes Calypso, Reggae, and Salsa with classic Broadway show tunes. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the door. This is a family-friendly production for children and adults of all ages.

Friday, April 19th, 7PM
Saturday, April 20th, 7PM

George Washington Middle School
1005 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA

PRICE: $5 per ticket, cash and check only, tickets on sale 45 minutes before the performance.


Apr 09, 2013


The Mount Vernon Presbyterian church preschool Spring Festival is going to be tons of fun this year. The second annual event will be April 20th from 12-4 p.m.image

Join the MVPC Preschool community for our second annual Spring Festival! This year’s festival will feature pony rides, moonbounce, crafts and games, a bake sale and silent auction, plus a very special guest … The Great Zucchini!
Saturday, April 20
Noon to 4 p.m.
2001 Sherwood Hall Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306

1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30)
$10 per person (children under 1 free)
Be sure to stay for all the great kids’ activities and check out the silent auction, with fabulous items to bid on such as Nationals tickets, spa gift baskets, jewelry, gift certificates to local restaurants, and kids’ stuff galore!

Feb 20, 2013

Open House

The Little Gym of Alexandria at Van Dorn opened last month at 291 South Van Dorn St.  Last week I got the chance to check out their gym and there are so many things to love! Little Gym offers classes, birthday parties and camps for children ages 4 months-12 years.

Currently offered classes include:DSC02704

  • Parent & Child Classes for children ages 4 month-3 years
  • Pre-K/K Gymnastics for children ages 3-6 years
  • Dance for children ages 4-5 years
  • Sports Skills for children ages 3-6 years
  • Grade School Gymnastics for boys and girls ages 6-12

While visiting their facility I was impressed by the layout with one large open gym area, adjacent activity/dance room and a waiting area for parents with full visibility into both rooms. Their instructors were amazing with the kids and very well trained. Little Gym prides themselves in promoting three-dimensional learning that gets kids moving, develops their minds and promotes social skills. I have a timid child, so the ability to join a class at any time without a long-term commitment is very appealing to my family. I also love the ability to see my child and have her see me. They are also currently offering free introductory classes!

This coming Friday, Feb. 22nd is your opportunity to experience The Little Gym of Alexandria at Van Dorn! They will be having an Open House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. They will be having raffles, structured games and open play in the gym.




Nov 27, 2012

We’re all wrapped up and stuffed from Thanksgiving and now it’s time to start looking forward to Christmas! This weekend marks an exciting start to the Christmas season with the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend. There are several events to enjoy with your family.

The first is the Deck the Halls with Santa!

This fun event for children is held on Friday Nov. 30th from 1-3 p.m. at the Masonic Temple. Kids will get to meet Santa and “Plaid the Dog.” The event features age appropriate crafts for children to help “Deck the Halls,” seasonal treats, and a raffle full of goodies, toys, and experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Note that crafts are ideally for ages 2-5 with little assistance required. The Masonic Temple does not permit strollers.

Tickets are $30 for adults; $15 for children 11 and under. You can purchase your tickets online.

Saturday, Dec. 1st beginning at 11 a.m. is the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade.

The parade features Scottish Clans, music, dancing and lots of dog groups. Line up early to get a good spot, because the parade attracts over 30,000 to Old Town to watch the 140+ groups march. The parade kicks off at 11 and will likely go until 1. Here’s the map of the parade route.

At the end of the parade there is a massed band concert where all the musicians from the parade gather in market square to perform. This is a truly amazing experience!

All of the events of the weekend are presented by The Campagna Center. The Center is responsible for providing educational and developmental services for children and families.

Oct 25, 2012



Halloween will be here next week, so that means this coming Sunday is the annual Del Ray Halloween Parade!

This year it will be held on Sun., October 28th at 2 pm. Last year, more than 5,000 participated in this annual event which included over 2,000 children, special dignitaries and elected officials; over 50 pets in Halloween costumes; and 25 decorated strollers.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Avenue, just south of E. Bellefonte and continues down Mt. Vernon Ave. to the Mount Vernon Recreational Center play fields at the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets, and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb.

This year’s parade featured awards for Best Pet Costume, Best Decorated Business, Best Decorated Home, and Best Decorated Stroller. Judges include elected officials & City Dignitaries.  Awards will be given out at a brief ceremony at Mt. Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues following the parade, along with refreshments (hot dogs donated by 7-Eleven, cider, and cookies) and goodie bags for the children (including as long as they last, healthy bags that will not have any candy). Entertainment will be provided by the popular band Mars Rodeo and again this year thanks to the Alexandria Jaycees there will be games and activities for the children. They will take place at the Mt. Vernon fields immediately following the parade. The Parade and all activities are free!

This year, please note that there is a major change for Stroller Entries for both registration location and judging. Based on feedback from parents, judging for the Stroller Competition will be done prior to the parade. Stroller entries must register by 1:30 pm at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and E. Howell. Look for long string of orange balloons & signs. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to participating in the parade. Please allow extra time to get to the judging area by 1:30 pm especially if your entry is difficult to maneuver or if you are a large group. There is no fee to register and there are lots of wonderful prizes donated from our local businesses. Categories are: “Creative”, “Humorous”, “Best Group or Family”, “Less is More” and “Overall”.

Registration for Pets begins at 1:30 pm on Mt. Vernon south of E. Howell Ave. Look for a long string of black balloons and signage to register your pet. Categories include: “Creative”, “Team”, “How Could You Do This to Me” & “Best of Show”.

There is no registration required for children and families that march in the parade – they should gather at Mt. Vernon Avenue, south of E. Bellefonte. Don’t feel like being in the parade? Watching can be just as fun to line up along Mt. Vernon Ave. and take in all the action!

There are a lot of children that need Halloween costumes and once again the DRBA will collect costumes at Caboose Cafe & A Show of Hands and distribute them. If you’ve got costumes at home that your children have outgrown, these would be greatly appreciated! These costumes will be distributed on Saturday, October 27th, from 2-4 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

Before the parade begins Bellies and Babies Children & maternity consignment boutique will have Sarah T. Henry Photography snapping pictures of your little ones in their costumes from 1-3 p.m. No cost for the mini photo shoot and she is offering 1/2 price on her digital images for $20 each ($40 value).

After the parade from 5 pm to 8 pm, for the 6th year, families can enjoy a Spooky Bean Halloween Haunted Graveyard (free!) that is being constructed by Bean Creative and will be located next to their lot at Mt. Vernon and E. Del Ray Avenue.

Sep 13, 2012

This coming weekend on Sept. 15th is a very special festival!

The 3rd Annual Alexandria Story Festival will be held from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at T.C. Williams High School

 Check the schedule of author presentations to make sure you catch your favorites

In addition to author presentations there will be a puppet show at 12:35 and lots of fun prizes!

New this year is an Author Scavenger Hunt! Go to each location and discover which author they have and write it on your scavenger hunt sheet. Each place you visit will give you a small memento. Visit all 12 locations and you’ll have 12 mementos! Visit this link to download the scavenger hunt.

Stay up to date with all the fun on their Facebook page as well!