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Girls on the Run is returning to the McLean Community Center! Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in grades 3-6. The program teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

 

Our program has been adapted to ensure physical distancing and safety. In-person practices include safety, sanitizing, and physical distancing precautions.

 

Starting on Monday, Sept. 13, the team will meet outside the MCC, twice a week for 10 weeks. The program culminates in a celebratory 5K at the end of the season! The program fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons/practices, a t-shirt, a water bottle, entry into the 5K, a 5K medal and more.

 

Registration is open from August 9 to September 7, at www.gotrnova.org.

Stories and Songs Outside
Monday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Free; registration is required. Register here.

For newborns-23 months with a caregiver. Join the Dolley Madison children's librarians for rhymes, songs, stories and activities for you and your baby. Build an early literacy foundation while enjoying time together. Meets outside at the McLean Community Center plaza. Bring a towel or blanket to sit on. Weather permitting. Presented by the Fairfax County Public Library in partnership with the McLean Community Center.

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6-6:50 p.m.
In The Alden
Free; registration is required. Register here. 
 
Learn about rhythms and instruments from across the Americas, and have fun celebrating Spanish language and Latin culture with songs, silly dances, and family challenges. Native Spanish-speakers, Andrés and Christina, get families moving, laughing and jumping.
 
This performance is cohosted by the Dolley Madison Library and the McLean Community Center.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Stories and Songs in Spanish and English

Thursday, Sept. 30, 10:30-11 a.m.
Dolley Madison Library
Free; registration is required. Register here. 

For newborns-5 years, with a caregiver. Listen to stories and songs in both Spanish and English at Bilingual Storytime. Meets in person at the Dolley Madison Library.  This storytime is cohosted by the Dolley Madison Library and the McLean Community Center.

Stories and Songs in Spanish and English
Thursday, Sept. 30, 10:30-11 a.m.
Dolley Madison Library
Free; registration required. Register here.

Newborn-5 years, with a caregiver. Listen to stories and songs in both Spanish and English at Bilingual Storytime. Meets in person at the Dolley Madison Library.

This storytime is cohosted by the Dolley Madison Library and the McLean Community Center.

Monday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. - noon
Free admission

 

Enjoy the Fairfax County Public Schools' holiday by joining us for this FREE event that gives kids the chance to see, touch and explore some of their favorite cars and trucks.

 

Friday, Oct. 15, 7–10 p.m.
Activity No. 4703.221
$5 per person
The Old Firehouse, 1440 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va., 22101

The Old Firehouse presents After 7, a themed party for that includes raes, contests, catered food and drinks. One of the hottest DJ’s in the DMV will be playing the hottest hip-hop, top 40 and dance hall tracks, plus requests. Get ready for some Halloween fun and join us… After 7.

 

To volunteer: Parents who wish to volunteer for parties must submit an email request to oldfirehouse@mcleancenter.org. Please include your name, your child’s name and home address. Volunteer hours are 6:30-9:15 p.m. Each parent volunteer receives one free admission for his or her child. Volunteer spots are limited.

5th and 6th Grader Party
Friday, Oct. 22, 7–9:30 p.m.
$35/$25 MCC district residents. Preregistration is highly recommended.
Activity No. 4601.221

The Old Firehouse 5th & 6th Grader Parties are themed and decorated accordingly. Partygoers can enjoy catered food and beverages, a DJ spinning the latest tunes, an open dance floor and a variety of other attractions and activities. Preregistration is recommended.

 

To volunteer: Parents who wish to volunteer for parties must submit an email request to Ashlyn Thompson at oldfirehouse@mcleancenter.org. Please include your name, your child’s name and home address. Volunteer hours are 6:30–9:15 p.m. Each parent volunteer receives one free admission for his or her child. Volunteer spots are limited.

Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
$45 per family/$35 MCC district residents

Activity No. 4504.221  

Celebrate the holidays and start a new family tradition with us! Families decorate their own one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses! We'll supply a pre-built house, more than 20 traditional candies, toppings and frosting. The program will be held in person, however, families can make arrangements to pick up their purchased houses and supplies to use at home. 

Notes: Parental supervision is required for children ages 12 and younger. Products may contain dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts and other allergens.



Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
$10 per family. Register in advance as space is limited.
Activity No. 4505.221 

Join us and take a photo with Santa in a contactless, outdoor environment with social distancing. Our photographer will take a photo and email it to you. You can also leave a letter for Santa in a special mailbox.