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Amy Umble writes about family issues and kid-friendly events.

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Make the most of a rare warm Saturday in January

It sounds like it’s going to be nice this weekend. Do you have any plans to take advantage of the spring-like weather?

About 10 years ago, we were gifted with 70 degrees in the middle of February. My boys were 4 and 5–and they were going stir-crazy. We spent that entire day at Kenmore Park. We packed a picnic (a squirrel stole one of blueberry muffins) and hiked the hill to the monument a bunch of times. We didn’t do anything spectacular–during the spring, that would have been a typical day. But it sticks in my mind because of how grateful we were for a nice day in the middle of winter.

Here are some ideas for what your family can do this weekend:

Caledon State Park will host a Bald Eagle and Winter Waterfowl Tour on Saturday, 2-4 p.m.

Nesting season for the bald eagle begins in January and the river and wetlands should be full of wintering waterfowl. Grab your life list and hop in the van for this tour of Caledon’s aquatic habitats. Bring binoculars. $3/person or $8/family. Call the park to make reservations, 540/663-3861.

You can pan for gold at Lake Anna State Park on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $2 per person; $6 per family. Register at the park’s visitor center. Call 540/854-5503 for details.

You can walk out those winter doldrums on area battlefield trails, at Loriella Park in Spotsylvania, on Government Island in Stafford, on the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail in Fredericksburg, at Pratt Park in Stafford, or at Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania.

What is your family going to do this weekend?