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Live Fairfax: Summer vacation memories

Live Fairfax is a bi-weekly column exploring Fairfax County. This recurring column is sponsored and written by Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney Associates. Questions? Reach Sharmane at 813-504-4479.

As summer vacation is coming to an end, there are still a few weeks left before school starts to make memories with your family.

As a mom of three and a Realtor, I really try to be intentional about spending quality time with my kids. I challenged myself to have “dates” with each child to create special memories. Here are a few experiences that made a lasting impact on us!

A trip to the City of Fairfax Regional Library to see a puppet show or just grab a few books to engage with together later. Followed by a quick walk across the street to cool down at the Splash Pad and then to grab a treat at the legendary Woody’s Ice Cream. A perfect combination for all ages.

Point 50 StoryWalk is an opportunity to read “Nugget and Fang Go to School” and engage with businesses in Fairfax’s Point 50 Shopping Center. There are 15 stops with pages from the book featured in storefront windows plus additional fun activities along the way.

We had such an adventure at Roer’s Zoofari in Vienna. The new ownership did make changes to the overall experience which was great for those of us who love to feed the animals! Roer’s Zoo guarantees laughs and memories for the entire family. After a few hours at the zoo, we headed to Playa Bowl at Reston Town Center for the best acai bowls in the area. Our favorite is the Electric Mermaid!

When the heat’s too intense or the rain showers the day away, leave it to Chuck E. Cheese for a power hour of old school fun. $17.99 for ALL you can play for an hour. Also, who doesn’t love a quick Trader Joe’s stop to grab a few of those yummy staples to bring home?

Scramble has saved us this summer several times. Both the Falls Church and Alexandria locations are fun for all ages. They have thought of everything from quiet space to take a call or food options you will not regret. Great place for a PlayDate or just to get the wiggles out.

After hours of play at Scramble Falls Church we always head over to one of our favorite spots for a bite. Fava Pot offers authentic Egyptian food that everyone in our family loves from the hummus with pita bread to the grilled chicken seasoned to perfection — and don’t forget the famous fava beans!

When in Tysons we like to visit Bowlero, the newest bowling alley in the area. And they are still offering 50% summer game passes. This bowling alley is amazing! Of course, you will have to stop by Jeni’s at The Boro for your sampling of the most gourmet flavors in the area.

Pro Tip: 2 half scoops is the way to go so you can taste two flavors!

Explore Fairfax with Sharmane Medaris of McEnearney.

Sharmane Medaris | Live Fairfaxwww.soldbysharmane.com | Sharmane@mcenearney.com | @soldbysharmane | 813-504-4479 | 374 Maple Avenue Suite 202, Vienna, VA 22180

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