Preparing for Spring at the Manassas Park Community Center – by Kaitlyn Collier


After all the holiday excitement, I am sure you are feeling like I am right about now! Yes, we are frazzled, and feeling that it is time for a well-earned break! As the Special Events Assistant for the Department of Parks and Recreation, I am happy to say that my schedule is giving me a small break! Between my packed December events calendar and the new events beginning this year, the planning never stops!

After the holiday events, comes the spring events! Our first event is Cupid’s Party on February 9 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Children, ages 4-12, decorate cookies, play games, make a craft, and have some light refreshments! It really is a perfect Valentine’s Day party for the kids!

After that, we prepare for St. Patrick’s Day Pool Treasure Hunt on March 9 and our Easter Egg Hunts on March 23 and 24! Our St. Patrick’s Day Pool Treasure Hunt is so unique! We begin with some games, cookie decorating, and crafts. Then we hop into the pool for a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt! This event is such a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early, and how many people can say they went swimming in March?!

Not long after St. Patrick’s Day comes our Annual Egg Hunts. The Easter Egg Hunts have been celebrated for many years here at the Community Center! In fact, I remember attending these egg hunts with my own family when I was a little girl!

The Flashlight Egg Hunt event is the night before our Egg Hunts.  On March 23, from 7:00pm-8:00pm, kids, ages 8-11, bring a flashlight, and we have an egg hunt once it is dark outside. In addition, we also play some fun games!

On March 24, we have the Egg Hunts, which are primarily for kids, ages 0-7. We separate the Egg Hunts by age so that all the kids have an equal chance to find eggs and goodies! Families with multiple children love the Egg Hunts because each child can go with his or her age group, find eggs, and return to the family as the next age group gathers their eggs!

The first Egg Hunt begins at 10:00am. First, we have a craft, and then we hunt for eggs. We end the event offering families a chance to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny! During these Egg Hunts, we have a golden egg, which serves as a prize egg. You find the golden egg, and you win a prize!

After the Egg Hunts, the next scheduled event is our Annual Kite Festival on April 21 from 10:00am-12:00pm! Everyone can join us at Signal Hill Park to fly your kite, play some games, jump in the Moon Bounce, and you can have a picnic with your family! If you do not have a kite, you can purchase a kite for $5.00 at the event. The Annual Kite Festival is truly a perfect way to spend a Saturday enjoying the outdoors with family and friends!

Our last event that will cap off a fun-filled spring season is our annual Spring Yard Sale on May 12 from 8:00am-12:30pm! This yard sale is perfect for anyone who wants to do some spring-cleaning, or anyone looking to find some great steals at a great price. Vendors can reserve a table for only $7.00 to sell their items. Whether you are selling your items or are just out enjoying the day, everyone loves spending time together finding deals!

As you can see, my crazy schedule will be back soon! That is okay because I know our families will enjoy everything we have planned for spring here at the Community Center! You can never go wrong with family time – and who doesn’t love a good deal? Whether you want to dive for treasure, hunt for eggs, fly some kites, play some games, or shop for deals, the Manassas Park Community Center has everything you are looking for when it comes to springtime fun!

Kaitlyn Collier is the Special Events Assistant for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at


  • Jean Barber
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    How do I sign up for all these wonderful events

    • Jason Shriner
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      Hi Jean! After the spring MOSAIC is released on February 15th, most of the registrations for the special events will be opened. For some of the events, registration opens closer to the event (particularly those that are furthest away from February 15th). For more information, please reach out to Kaitlyn Collier at

      • Raquel
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        Will you have baking classes?😬

        • Jason Shriner
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          Hi Raquel! At this time, we don’t have any baking classes on the schedule. Sorry 🙁 -Jason

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