Wash Away Rainy Day Blues


    There are days when you can’t wait to get out and explore, but the rain is coming down, washing

    away some great outside activities. Don’t let that hold you back. Prince William County and the

    surrounding areas are filled with indoor activities to fill your day.

    The National Museum of the Marine Corps

    This museum on a 135-acre site is considered a “lasting tribute to U.S. Marines – past, present,

    and future.” Under the command of Marine Corps University, the museum is built in the finest

    deconstructionism style and homes several amazing galleries covering the American Revolution

    to Vietnam.

    The Marine Corps Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and located next to Marine Corps Base

    Quantico. It is very accessible for all abilities and has a great group and tour program listed on

    their website.

    The Manassas Museum

    Manassas Museum is considered the anchor of local heritage, displaying historic artifacts and

    rare photographs from throughout the region that link to other historical sites. The Museum is

    open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is home to the Echoes Museum Store, which

    is considered one of the best around.

    Prince William Public Library

    Libraries are a long way from the silent, reader-only cathedrals they used to be. The Prince

    William 14-branch public library system is no exception. Here, a card holder can check out more

    than books; Prince William Library has tons of music, movies and art prints to browse through,

    and there are family friendly activities on the calendar for every single day.

    For those looking for genealogical information, the Bull Run Regional branch is your place to

    go. Bull Run is the home of the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC). RELIC is a special

    collection focusing on Virginia and Prince William County. RELIC is available the same hours

    as the rest of the library, and the staff is trained to aid you in locating the historical information

    you are interested in.

    Kids and In-store Fun

    Manassas Mall and Potomac Mills are always great rainy-day destinations, with lots of activities,

    room to walk and great eats. However, there is a ton of hidden fun for kids in many of the stores,

    as well as in some of the big box retailers.

    Both Lowe’s and Home Depot are known for in-store classes for adults, but they also hold

    classes for the youngsters, too. For free or a nominal fee, you can sign up any child age 5 or

    older for do-it- yourself bird houses, wooden helicopters, holiday ornaments and other fun

    activities.

    Every month, toy stores such as Lego Stores and Toys R Us schedules events for children. The

    Lego Store’s mini model program lets kids build a different model each month and take it home

    for free. This way they can add new Lego blocks to their collection while learning new building

    skills.

    Even when gloomy weather sets in, there is no need to stay home. These activities and many

    others are right around the corner and waiting for you. And remember, if you would like more

    information on our community, contact us anytime.

    Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris

    was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a

    member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of

    all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top

    500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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