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Welcome to This past year, we celebrated our 20th year of CharlottesvilleFamily, an adventure that started when Robin, a soon-to-be first-time mom in 1998, imagined a way to collect and share the many wonderful resources and experiences she was finding in the Charlottesville community. She envisioned a hub to connect us all. With that vision, she created the AlbemarleKids.com website and within a year was joined by Jen as co-publisher and the rest, as they say, is history. We changed our name to AlbemarleFamily in 2004, introduced our lovable bee mascot, Bumble, and expanded the magazine from quarterly to 10 times per year, and soon after we advanced to a monthly publication. In 2012, we embraced the name of CharlottesvilleFamily to keep up with our community’s expanding views (and make life a little simpler for our out-oftown clients). In 2016, we added Bloom to our publication’s name, making it CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine; and then more recently, in January 2018, we added CharlottesvilleFamily’s Home magazine—a quarterly flipped edition with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom that includes everything for your family’s home. We’ve continued to add to our line of publications with CharlottesvilleFamily’s Ultimate Go-To Guide (in your hands), Charlottesville Welcome Book, Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings and Charlottesville Wine & Country Living. The Ultimate Go-To Guide you have here first began as our annual Family Directory in 2001 and today has been blended with the popular daytrip book we published first in 2008 and again in 2009 called the Let’s Go Guide. It has become an even more exciting product for parents to have as an invaluable resource that will cover everything you may need from doulas to daytrips. Our goal in CharlottesvilleFamily is to be a parent’s ultimate resource, whether you are looking for great activities, parenting tips, local school news, daytrip ideas or guides to local family services. We do the research, leaving more time for you to enjoy the important stuff—like fishing and finger painting! At CharlottesvilleFamily, we are dedicated to “making parenting easier and growing up fun,” and it is our pleasure to serve you.

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Adoption/Foster Services Chiropractors, Family Counselors, Family & Child Dentists, Family Dentists, Pediatric Doctors, Family Doctors, Obstetrics Doctors, Pediatric Doctors, Specialists Doulas Health Clinics Health Food Stores Hospitals Midwives Orthodontists Parenting Support/ Education Postpartum & Breastfeeding Referral Services Social Service Groups Special Needs Services

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Plan, Plan and Plan Some More! Consider your choices. Not every daytrip is the right outing for you. Some sites are easier to access than others. A few are rambunctious hands-on learning kinds of places that some kids might find overwhelming. Some are places where you look but don’t touch. Others may be wide-open spaces, and if your tot is in that crazy stage where keeping hold of them should earn you an Olympic medal, you probably want some walls to help manage your adventurer. Other destinations may have upsetting topics. For example, the Civil War is tough to explain to a preschooler, so use your judgment to choose the best outing for you.

Call ahead. Our daytrips guide is well researched, but as we all know, the only thing certain in life is change. Hours, admission prices, activities and events can and do change, and websites are not always up-to-date. One of our staff once drove two hours with three small children to tour a site only to find that it was closed that Saturday for a wedding. Had they called, they could have saved a lot of tears and the day of driving! As a result, we’ve intentionally left out directions and hours of operation, hoping that will force you to call! Sorry, it’s for your own good.

Get directions. Use an Internet mapping site to get oriented and print out directions, but then call to confirm them. (Google isn’t always right!) While you’ve got someone on the phone, confirm hours, admission prices and any special something you might have your heart set on seeing— like that rare painting that might be on loan to some other museum!

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How Do You Spark Your Child’s Love of Learning? The Standards of Learning—just say those words and you will see your kids wince. Say the words again, this time in a room full of parents, and you’re likely to get the same anxious reactions. But it doesn’t have to be all hard work. One of the best ways to help your kids do well in school and on their SOLs is to relax about the tests and think about what is really important: sparking your child’s enthusiasm for learning. The rest will fall into place. A lifelong love for learning and a curious mind are two of the greatest gifts any of us can hope to pass on to our children. So, how exactly do you spark your child’s love for learning? Check out a few ideas to enrich your daytrip adventures on the next page.

Pack wisely and prepare for the unexpected. As mothers, we always start with a cooler of water bottles and fruit for snacking; and in writing this guide, we fine-tuned the contents of “Mama’s Magic Bag” (the old backpack filled with comfort that is never allowed to leave our minivan). Granola bars, water, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, bug spray, a first aid kit, crayons and a notebook rescued many a strained moments with tired cranky travelers. (Not all of the cranky ones were the kids either!) You have an advantage, too—we’ve written this guide and now you’ll benefit from our packing tips and have the phone numbers of all the attractions in one handy volume. Don’t forget to have your cell phone charged!

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Become a Lifetime Learner!  hen it comes to outings, whether it be a weekend daytrip or a quick W midweek experience of the arts, we’re firm believers in making the most of an opportunity to learn something new. No matter what the age of your party, whether it’s just you and a friend or you and your kids, we can all become lifetime learners when we get up and go explore and learn more about our world, its past or just what makes a water slide so much fun!

Read, read, read. And we’ll say it again—read! And that goes for your kids, too. The more your kids see you reading, the more they’ll read, because it will be a part of everyday life. Use little moments to practice reading. Read street signs, maps, tourist brochures and restaurant menus together.

Play the old-fashioned way. Dress up for your outing. Little train conductors could wear their engineer overalls to ride the James River Rambler, and don’t leave behind your tri-corner hat or bonnet when visiting Colonial Williamsburg. Creative and dramatic play expand the imagination, hone problemsolving skills, let kids enjoy just being kids and make for great photos!

Keep your eyes open. On your nature outings bring along binoculars and a magnifying glass. Observe insects and small animals in their habitats. How many legs do they have? Where do they live? What senses are they using? Looking at flowers, ask, how are the leaves ordered? Can you hear different bird calls? Are you able to see different bark on trees? Are there patterns?

Travel by the numbers. Reading maps with your kids and planning the outing together is a great way to do math without being academic. How many miles is it from Charlottesville to Luray? If we set out at 9:30am and the drive is 42 minutes, what time will we arrive? If admission is $3 per person and we have four people in our family, how much will it cost? These sorts of puzzles give real life meaning to all of those workbook pages full of sums and dividends.

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Encourage your child’s talents and passions. Let them choose a destination. With dozens of choices on the following pages, you’re certain to find something to match their interests. It is amazing how much information can be absorbed when interest is sparked.

Let your kids be “know-it-alls.” Children are like walking almanacs, live records of every fact that has ever intrigued them. Make up family quiz games, or design your own version of Trivial Pursuit. Play “20 Questions” when you ride in the car. Try a contest to see who can learn the craziest fact or the longest word while on your outing.

Enlist a co-pilot. Firsthand experiences of our country’s landmarks can spark a lifelong love of history, and planning them can be part of your child’s education. As a local teacher said, “Reading maps, planning a route, using directions like north and south instead of left and right—that doesn’t come naturally. It really needs to be reinforced by parents.”

Find new spots. In Central Virginia, there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of all of the nearby attractions with presidential birthplaces at our back door and geological formations like the Shenandoah Caverns and the Natural Bridge an easy hour or two away. If you think you’ve exhausted the local repertoire, try a new approach. Most families have been to Monticello, but certainly not everyone can say they’ve been a part of one of Monticello’s unique hands-on craft or history workshops. And if history is your family’s favorite, try Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg—an amazing interactive experience of the Civil War where, using headsets, you follow the life of a soldier as he tells his story in his own words—taken from journals and letters.

A Collection of Memories Here’s a word from the wise about collecting souvenirs, too! We all retain what we’ve learned when we revisit a subject again and again. Building a collection of something you can pick up at just about any gift shop will put you and the family on the path to revisiting and remembering all those wonderful places you’ll be exploring—while at the same time preventing those pleas for that expensive stuffed animal you know will end up in next year’s donation box. For instance, create a collection of souvenir pins and display them all on a banner in your family room, or make a special box to house a collection of souvenir key chains or rolled and embossed pennies, or make a book for postcards or brochures. These collections will be easier on your budget and lead to countless remembrances of all those special places you visit as your collector (big or little) pours over them again and again with friends and family. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want something from the gift shop to remember all those great times, right?

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Out & About For over 20 years, CharlottesvilleFamily has continued to unearth hundreds of fun and family-friendly things to do in the Central Virginia region. Because of Charlottesville’s location on the map, we have the opportunity to connect families with just about anywhere in the state, all within three hours or less, and we continue to revisit and explore the area for you! We have become your ultimate go-to source for calendars of special events, local news impacting kids and all of the resources a family needs.


Out & About First things first.

Charlottesville doesn’t lack in the area of entertainment and activities. Our Daytrips section includes overviews of over 60 tried and true, not-to-be-missed outings throughout Charlottesville and Central Virginia. Packed with an assortment of activities for children of all ages—from parks and playgrounds to special seasonal attractions and fun-filled festivals— families can enjoy a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains one day and a worldclass theatrical performance or national music act the next. We introduce you to museums, historical sites, artsy galleries and workshops, outdoor adventures and much, much more. This invaluable section also highlights some of our favorite quirky, off-the-beaten path attractions that are sure to surprise and delight you and your little ones! We won’t divert your attention any longer, but rather encourage you to jump right in to the fantastic and family-friendly daytrips your family should explore this year. Enjoy!

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Frontier Culture Museum Glass Palette, The

Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat

Highlands Golf Park

Amazement Square

Horton Vineyards

American Civil War Museum

International Spy Museum

American Shakespeare Center

James Madison’s Montpelier

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James Madison Museum

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James Monroe’s Highland

Bounce Play-n-Create

James River Runners

Carter Mountain Orchard

John C. Wells Planetarium

Children’s Museum of

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Keystone Tractor Museum Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place Leesburg Animal Park Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center Little Gym, The


Lucky Lake Gem & Mineral Mine of Virginia Luray Caverns Luray Zoo Madison County Tourism Massanutten Resort & Water Park Maymont Meadowcreek Golf Metro Richmond Zoo Natural Bridge & Native American Village Natural Bridge Zoo Orange County P. Buckley Moss Gallery Science Museum of Virginia Smithsonian National Zoo Sunspots Studios & Glassblowing Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Treetop Zoofari Zipline & Adventure Park Virginia Discovery Museum Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Williamsburg 28 Farms & Orchards 40 Gone Fishin’ 52 Best of Ch’ville 60 Rainy-Day Activities Around Town Downtown Mall Green Space Artsy Outings Sporty Fun A Touch of History Glorious Night Sky

Virginia Safari Park West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures Wildrock Woodrow Wilson Presidential

Where do you want to go?

Library & Museum YMCA

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Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat (Farmville) 1–2 hour drive Central Virginia’s largest aerial adventure park features over 60 obstacle high ropes and 20 ziplines. Spend three hours at this unique outdoor recreational experience while enjoying nature and flying through the tree tops. The park is built on a 24-acre, self-sufficient farm and uses a permanent belay system. Laugh, scream, cheer and build confidence with your family and friends. Spectators are welcome. Kids must be at least 7 years old, 48 inches high and weigh 60 pounds to participate. theoutdooradventurepark.com • (434) 392-7275

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(Lynchburg) 1–2 hour drive Looking for a place to spark your child’s imagination, creativity and curiosity? Scramble up one of the tallest climbing structures in the nation using slides, ladders, tunnels and even a zipline. Step into a unique glass wall box and fulfill your childhood dream of painting on the walls. Or, learn about life on a farm at the Big Red Barn by milking a life-sized cow, collecting different crops and greeting interactive animals. Kids of all ages love the James River Waterways, where they can take a miniature bateau through locks and canals. The museum also offers multiple weekly programs including Toddler Tales, Baby Meet and Greet, Little Learners and Great Artists. Skateboarders can practice their ollies and nollies at the adjacent 14,000-square-foot Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skatepark, and helmets, pads and skateboards can be rented. Enjoy $3 admission the second Saturday of every month for Family Fun Night. Some nearby attractions include the LOVEwork sculpture, Riverfront Park and Blackwater Creek Bikeway. amazementsquare.org • (434) 845-1888

American Civil War Museum (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Located in both Richmond and Appomattox, Virginia, the Richmond location boasts one of the nation’s most treasured Civil War sites: Tredegar. Now a historic landmark, Tredegar includes the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, and the In the Cause 18

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To the east and west are bustling cities, but in between is pure bliss. Beauty that will take your breath away and stories of bravery that will leave you speechless.

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of Liberty exhibit, which allows visitors to explore the causes, course and legacies of the war through Union, Confederate and African American perspectives. And don’t forget to check out the White House and Museum of the Confederacy, just minutes from Tredegar. Designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and Thomas Jefferson’s sole architect student, this historic landmark is often called the White House of the Confederacy. Abraham Lincoln is even said to have visited the home after the fall of Richmond in the Civil War. acwm.org • (804) 649-1861

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse (Staunton) 0–1 hour drive Shakespeare comes to life at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. Constructed as the world’s only replica of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater, this beautiful 300-seat playhouse transports visitors back to the Elizabethan era. The main floor consists of reserved seating, while the second level is general seating. Be sure to arrive early, as seats are first-come, first-served. For those who do arrive early, you will likely find a fun pre-show to entertain you while you wait. Five new shows will be featured in the upcoming 2018 Actors’ Renaissance season. When visiting, be sure to visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Frontier Culture Museum as well, which are a mere hop, skip and a jump from the playhouse. americanshakespearecenter.com • (540) 851-1733

Bedford County Tourism (Bedford) 1–2 hour drive Bedford’s many attractions will keep you coming back for more. The county, full of rich history and bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the James River, is full of activities and excursions to enjoy. The beauty of the mountains and countryside captivated Thomas Jefferson and led him to build a private retreat and plantation called Poplar Forest. You can visit the octagonal home today and witness its grandeur throughout the year. In addition to their beauty, the mountains also offer the perfect outdoor excursion to hike the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail. Journey to the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library to learn about the 20

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Nature Playscape and Discovery Center

PLAY. Expl re.Create. Unplug and Jump Into Nature Play! Visit an artfully designed nature playscape complete with a pristine stream for wading, a huge oak salamander, child-size nest with oak eggs, nature kitchen, and hobbit house! A barn center and picnic pavilion are available for picnic lunches and birthday parties.

Open by reservation on Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. Same day reservations are often available at wildrock.org. Extended summer hours (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm) beginning in June. Admission is by donation only ($10 -$25 per vehicle is recommended). Please note that arrangements can be made for groups on other days and times for nature wellness retreats and field trips.

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county’s earliest residents or visit the National D-Day Memorial whose arch overlooks the City of Bedford. The Bedford Artisan and Wine Trails are also wonderful to explore and will allow you to see various artful crafts and taste award-winning wine. visitbedford.com • (540) 587-5681

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“We went to the apple festival at Carter’s Mountain when my oldest son was not quite two. He had a blast playing all of the carnival games and even won an apple!” –Sarah W.

There are new and exciting changes happening at the Bounce Play-n-Create. Now owned by the current owners of The Happy Cook, there is a newly remodeled Toddler Room offering more Toddler Times during the week. Children can crawl, slide and bounce down small, medium and monster slides—and when they need a break, they can wind down and explore their creative side by painting all over the walls or taking a turn at coloring a giant size wall mural of the City of Charlottesville. For children ages 3 and under, there is a large closed-off area for your little ones to safely play— complete with a ball pit. New this year, kids 10 and up can enjoy games of laser tag. There is no time limit with admission price, so feel free to stay and play all day long. There is even a café area where parents can catch up on work or just relax while their kiddos are enjoying themselves. bounceplayncreate.com • (434) 973-1111

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Carter Mountain invites you to pick your own fruit throughout the year with special events like the Thursday Evening Sunset Series, Spring Fling Festival, Peach Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and more. You’ll find peaches, nectarines and apples along with pumpkins in the fall. Be sure to stop in the Country Store to find unique items to bring home. The bakery is the perfect spot to satisfy your taste buds with a homemade apple cider donut—an annual favorite. You will also find baked pies, cookies, apple cider and more in the bakery to take home with you, or enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone before heading out. Lunch foods are available at the Mountain Grill, where they serve farm-to-table inspired cuisine. cartermountainorchard.com • (434) 977-1833

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“We had fun picking peaches at Chiles with my family that came to visit from Europe. We got over 30 pounds of peaches... Lots of pie that summer!” –Tais Salazar

Report the news, milk a cow, dig for dinosaur fossils or create your own art. Complete with a Virginia limestone cave, a kid-sized grocery store and a toddler-sized museum within the museum, it’s no surprise that CMoR is one of the top-ranked children’s museums nationally. With 44,000 square feet, it offers several interactive exhibit areas, a museum shop and more to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Next door, the Science Museum’s multi-ton granite kugel sculptures of the Earth and the moon draw kids who are amazed at their ability to move these hefty spheres with a slight touch. To avoid crowds, visit these popular Museums on the Boulevard midweek, preferably on a nice day when everyone else is outside. CMoR has satellite locations in Short Pump, Chesterfield and Fredericksburg. childrensmuseumofrichmond.org • (804) 474-7062

Chiles Peach Orchard (Crozet) 0–1 hour drive Pick your own fun in Crozet. Chiles Peach Orchard has much more than just peaches, and will keep you and the kids entertained (and full!) all day. Open from May to Thanksgiving, check out the Fruit Availability Chart on their website to explore when strawberries, apples, nectarines, sweet cherries and peaches will be available throughout the season. Head out to Chiles before Halloween, and you’ll be able to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve. The farm market has everything you could want from jams and jellies to cider slushies and more. On the first weekend every August, they host Homemade Peach Ice Cream Days with homemade ice cream from their famous peaches, which will have you and your kids licking your lips for more. chilespeachorchard.com • (434) 823-1583

Dinosaur Land (White Post) 1–2 hour drive If you were glued to the screen watching Jurassic Park, you can take that prehistoric experience one step further by packing up the car and heading over to Dinosaur Land—the only one of its kind in the Eastern U.S.—in White Post in the Shenandoah Valley for an old24

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time, classic roadside adventure. Here, the Mesozoic era comes alive as you cautiously step into the prehistoric past and experience a time when dinosaurs were the only creatures that roamed the Earth. You’ll find awesome realistic views of more than 30 exhibits on display and a variety of larger-than-life creatures here, including such favorites as Triceratops and Stegosaurus. Some nearby attractions include the Skyline Caverns, Luray Caverns and Wilson’s Wild Animal Park. dinosaurland.com • (540) 869-2222

Explore More Discovery Museum This intimate Shenandoah Valley museum understands that children learn by exploring their surroundings. Their appreciation for childrens’ broad spectrum of learning, inspires their visual, auditory and tactile exhibits with which little ones can engage their minds and bodies. The adventure begins with construction and building toys in the hands-on museum. Next, guests are invited to check out the TV studio, garage service center, farm and farmers markets exhibits, as well as the art center, the science area where kids can use the microscope, and the theater—complete with curtains, costumes and lighting that pint-sized stagehands can manage. This museum packs a lot of learning and fun into its cozy confines, and admission is free on the first Friday of each month between 4–7 p.m. iexploremore.com • (540) 442-8900

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Fan Mountain Observatory (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive While only offered twice a year in April and October, the public nights at Fan Mountain are not to be missed. Stargazers will love observing the incredible views of the stars and planets through state-of-the-art telescopes. Fan Mountain also offers slideshows and other visual presentations, as well as tours of the Observatory, which is owned and operated by the Astronomy Department at the University of Virginia. While tickets are free, many people jump to take advantage of this infrequent and extraordinary opportunity, so reservations are required. Be sure to get your tickets in advance for this year’s public nights—in April and October. astro.virginia.edu • (434) 924-7494 CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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Pick up a musical instrument and get playing at The Front Porch. This non-profit music school is a great place to start learning a new instrument or to continue mastering your musical skills. Be sure to check their website for a schedule of various classes, workshops, performances and jam sessions for music lovers of all ages and skill levels. All instructors are professional musicians and love to share their knowledge and passion for music with the students and teach a variety of musical styles including bluegrass, gospel and folk. The Front Porch strives to make music accessible to all and to create a vibrant musical community by bringing people together through music. Whether you want to learn the guitar, fiddle, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, songwriting, or simply jam out during the week, The Front Porch is the place to be. frontporchcville.org • (434) 806-7062

Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton) 0–1 hour drive Visiting the Frontier Culture Museum is a bit like a whirlwind tour of Old Europe in the 1600s and 1700s. This popular living history museum hosts 11 outdoor exhibits made up of original buildings from England, Ireland, West Africa, Germany and Virginia, which have been carefully documented, dismantled, transported to the Staunton site and restored. Visitors to the museum will learn about the Old World origins of this country’s first immigrants, including how they lived in their homeland and how their diverse culture molded our country. Hands-on exhibits and experiences, costumed interpreters and real working farms make this a great time for the whole family. Special events throughout the year make it worth planning seasonal visits. Be sure to check their website for dates and themes for the Toddler & Pre-schooler Frontier Time program. frontiermuseum.org • (540) 332-7850

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explore the limitless possibilities of creating with glass. Materials, tools and instructions are provided; just bring your creativity and an open mind. A variety of classes and workshops from one-day and weekend workshops to multi-week and immersion classes are available. Walk-ins are welcome, and table reservations for groups of five or more are accepted. Teen and adult classes are available for all skill levels, and you can choose from multiple glass art projects, including bead making, stained glass or mosaics, sand etching or carving. Closed on Mondays. theglasspalette.net • (434) 977-9009

Henricus Historical Park (Chester) 1–2 hour drive Visitors can travel back in time to 1611, when the second successful English settlement in the New World was led by Sir Thomas Dale. Henricus Historical Park re-creates the historical journey of the settlers traveling 80 miles up the James River in unknown wilderness. The Park serves as an outdoor living history museum with its 12 recreated colonial structures—a place where families get the chance to experience life over 200 years ago. Visitors are led by period-dressed interpreters, could be asked to assist with cooking, blacksmithing, planting or even harvesting, and just may be able to watch the crafting of a canoe. henricus.org • (804) 748-1611

Highlands Golf Park (Ruckersville) 0–1 hour drive Whether you’re experienced or just beginning, this golf park has a wide range of opportunities to improve your skills or just have fun. The park offers a fully lighted golf range, 44 grass and mat tee stations, a practice putting green, pitching and chipping areas, bunkers and uneven lie mounds for specialty shots, a pro shop and even a fun mini-golf course by the name of Pirate Pete’s. This versatile golf practice and learning facility allows people to practice any shot, under any condition, at virtually any time. Fun for the whole family, Highland’s Teaching Center offers lessons, clinics, camps and more. highlandsgolfpark.com • (434) 985-2765

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Fun Farther Afield A Daytrip to Williamsburg 2–3 hour drive This summer, pile the kids in the car and explore Williamsburg! Journey to the historical city and be transported back to Colonial times. Family fun is guaranteed with many resorts, historical sites and outdoor activities to enjoy. If you grew up in Virginia, there are probably pictures proving that you visited as a kid. You know the ones of you in your three-cornered hat, you playing that souvenir tin fife that drove everyone crazy the entire trip, and you and your sister, heads and arms stuck in the stockades smiling for the camera. Now you’re an adult, and it’s your turn to make the pilgrimage again. Children at every age will love the hands-on history experiences at Colonial Williamsburg. It’s free to wander the streets, walk back in time, step inside the chapel, smile at soldiers riding horses, and take photos making goofy faces in the stocks. Make reservations at a tavern for lunch and get a taste of colonial life from your costumed wait staff. For a more in-depth visit, start at the Visitors Center which, thanks 28

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to a new footbridge, is only a short walk from the historic district. Tickets can be purchased here for tours inside the historical buildings and outdoor gardens, and for special events happening that day. The piece de resistance is the Governor’s Palace, with marble floors, hand-tooled leather wall coverings and rich history. Afterwards, stroll down Duke of Gloucester Street (a mile in length so wear comfortable shoes) and pop into a few of the colonial shops to learn about trades and skills — maybe even try your hand at writing with a quill. American Girl Felicity doll fans will find lots of souvenir fashions. Throughout the day, actors recreate various moments in colonial history, including a town square reading of the Declaration of Independence. For accommodations that will earn a thumbs-up from the entire family, book a room at Great Wolf Lodge. Designed in the spirit of the great camps of the Adirondack, it features authentic log furniture, a massive stone fireplace and classic antler-style chandeliers. The Great Room hosts fireside bedtime stories each night for the littlest “cubs,” and the animated woodland characters of the Rhythm of the

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Nature Clock Tower put on a show three times a day. The indoor waterpark includes waterslides, pools and an interactive treehouse waterfort. There’s also a glow-inthe-dark arcade, bowling alley, full-service spa, and for fans of magic and mystery ages 5 & up, MagiQuest adventures use magic wands to “unlock” treasures throughout the lodge. For some more water fun, add Water Country USA, Virginia’s largest water park, to your itinerary. Vanishing Point offers two equally thrilling ways to vanish from sight: horizontally and vertically! The Hubba-Hubba Highway, a free-floating river ride, travels 3½ acres of the park. Even the little ones can enjoy themselves at Cow-a-Bunga, where they can feel the force of waterfalls and chase bubbles above a heated pool as a comical cow on skis looks on. To dry off, visit the European villages at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where you’ll find food, shows and rides that reflect the cultural heritage of each. Little ones will love exploring the Sesame Street Forest of Fun while older kids will be thrilled by the park’s newest addition, the multi-launch Verbolten roller coaster. For frequent visitors,

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consider getting a Fun Card for unlimited admission throughout the summer. Virginia residents ages 3–5 can also get a Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass for free admission to the park through October. For something completely different, check out Go Ape Freedom Park zip-lining adventures. There are 37 crossings, two trapeze swings and five ziplines to play on for adults and kids 4’7 and taller. Kids ages 4–10 have their own Treetop Junior course with lots of fun obstacles and two ziplines to navigate. There are biking and hiking trails through historic grounds in the park as well.

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Horton Vineyards (Gordonsville) 0–1 hour drive One of many area vineyards to host annual events and festivals, Horton Vineyards is taking a unique approach. For this family-friendly vineyard, they are encouraging parents to bring their young ones with them to any number of their holiday-focused or kid-friendly events. A sampling of these celebrations includes Harry Potterinspired events, holiday markets where kids can shop for mom and dad, summer celebrations and Easter egg hunts among others. With yard games and table-top games for kids and adults alike, as well as fun giveaway bags for children, Horton Vineyards is a great example of the saying, “come one, come all.” Families are also welcome to bring pop-up tents and furry friends to select events. hortonwine.com • (540) 832-7440

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(Washington D.C.) 2–3 hour drive The International Spy Museum—the only museum in the U.S. focused entirely on espionage—possesses the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display. If your family is a fan of James Bond, you won’t want to miss some of the unique items on display, including Le Chiffre’s rope from “Casino Royale” and the Aston Martin DB5 from “Skyfall.” With hands-on components, artifacts, computer interactives and more, the museum offers a closer look at the men and women behind some of the world’s most infamous spy missions. “Operation Spy” is a must, and the one-hour mission allows visitors to complete their own operation in the fictional country of Khandar, complete with secret audio conversations, an escape from a high-security compound and more. Here’s one museum where kids are encouraged to crawl through the ductwork, hang from a construction site and diffuse an atom bomb. (All children are welcome, but content is best suited for ages 7 and up.) spymuseum.org • (202) 393-7798

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inhabited its walls in 1820. The 2,650-acre estate now resembles its former glory in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A 15-minute theater presentation will introduce you to the Madisons, giving you a sense of the whole estate and all it includes before experiencing it on your own. Go back in time by participating in hands-on outdoor cooking, strolling the formal gardens, investigating the archaeological digs or hiking the 2.5mile Landmark forest trails. Continue to learn more about the Constitution, James Madison and Montpelier as you explore the many buildings, farmland, courses and family and slave cemeteries. There is also a new a groundbreaking exhibition on slavery, called “The Mere Distinction of Colour.” montpelier.org • (540) 672-2728

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Know how Orange received its name? You’ll learn this and much more at the James Madison Museum. The museum is home to the Virginia Convention document ratifying the Constitution along with the 20 proposed amendments attached to it. Originally written by Madison, the document was later reworked into today’s Bill of Rights. While immersed in history, be sure to see the Presidents’ Room, which features personal belongings of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Zachary Taylor, as well as the Virginia Ratification document of 1788 and the letter from Washington about the celebrations of the ratification. Also housed in the museum is a black history exhibit room, honoring the heritage of Orange with a tribute to 5,000 black Americans who fought in the American Revolution. thejamesmadisonmuseum.net • (540) 672-1776

James Monroe’s Highland (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive James Monroe’s Highland, the beloved home of our country’s fifth president, was purchased so Monroe could be close to his good friend Thomas Jefferson. This 535-acre estate includes house displays of art and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and daily tours that share Monroe’s ideals and contributions to the United States. Stroll through historic boxwood gardens, explore the outbuildings, visit with farm animals and admire breathtaking panoramic views. Especially with the recent archeological discovery of the foundation

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of Monroe’s actual living estate, this daytrip is sure to keep you current on the particulars of Virginia history. For a full day of fun with our founding fathers, also visit Monticello and have lunch at the Michie Tavern—they’re all in the same neighborhood. highland.org • (434) 293-8000

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(Scottsville) 0–1 hour drive No matter which water activity your family is seeking to try—tubing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting or fishing— James River Runners is a great way to get out and experience the surrounding beauty. A three-mile tube trip winds you through rural countryside and a nice set of novice rapids. Part-day, one-day, two-day and overnight trip options are offered for canoeing, kayaking and rafting seekers. In full-day, part-day and overnight excursions, self-guided fishing options are also offered for those unable to resist the fishing for smallmouth bass, catfish and panfish. Rental season runs from April– October. jamesriver.com • (434) 286-2338

John C. Wells Planetarium (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive Charlottesville stargazers are lucky to have free, twicemonthly public nights at the McCormick Observatory on the Grounds of UVA and twice-annual public nights at Fan Mountain (astro.virginia.edu). Another great option can be found at James Madison University, where the John. C. Wells Planetarium boasts a digital projection system and a star projector that creates a realistic (but indoor) night sky and full-dome movies, too. The free Saturday afternoon public shows (at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) are great for young astronomers who usually have early bedtimes or who may not yet have the patience for one of the Charlottesville options. You’ll get a chance to see a map of the night sky—stars, planets and constellations—that will be visible from your yard later that night. On some Saturdays, visitors can view the sun through special solar telescopes. All public shows are free, so you don’t need tickets or reservations to get a spot in the 72-seat auditorium. Free parking on Saturday afternoons. jmu.edu/planetarium • (540) 568-7827

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Jump Cville (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Let your kids be kids at Jump, Charlottesville’s trampoline park. You’ll leave satisfied and exhausted. The park features many specials and events like a family power hour special and set-aside times for kids ages 6 and under. Group rates are available, and birthday parties continue to be a favorite for kids and parents alike with its full-service package, including e-vites, food, fun, set-up and clean-up, delivery of food and beverages, a gift for the birthday girl or boy, and more. At Jump, parents can be kids, too, at the group exercise classes and Saturday Night Jams. A waiver is required for all participants and spectators to access the park, and rules and guidelines can be seen on their website. jumpcville.com • (434) 817-2355

Keystone Tractor Museum (Colonial Heights) 1–2 hour drive Open to the public seven days a week, Keystone Tractor Works Museum is a place where Keith Jones, the son of a sawmill operator, invites anyone from near or far to share in his appreciation of fine great machines. From antique road trucks, antique tractors, antique fire apparatus and collectibles and more, car and truck lovers will be in heaven while roaming the 70,000 plus square feet of the museum. Be sure to stop in at Sibley’s Bar-B-Q to refuel after cruising around. And the museum’s shop offers an array of items, such as collectible models, remote control toys, hats, t-shirts and more. keystonetractorworks.com • (804) 524-0020

Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Spend an afternoon exercising your creativity at Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place. Make a special mug, plate or bowl in one of the clay classes, or paint your own beautiful pottery piece in a painting class. With several levels of classes, from beginner to advanced, Lazy Daisy Ceramics allows students to really hone their craft, starting from simple bowls and cups and then graduating to more complicated designs such as a model planet or intricate flower. Open to kids CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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and adults, the clay workshops are all year long, every Saturday at 11:30 a.m., while painting classes are offered everyday the studio is open. lazydaisyceramics.com • (434) 295-7801

Leesburg Animal Park (Leesburg) 1–2 hour drive The 21-acre park is home to exotic animals like zebras, sloths and wallabies, as well as domestic animals such as llamas, pigs, bunnies and ducks. Tour the park on a safari wagon, ride a pony (or a camel on select weekends) or catch a live animal show to experience the animals up close. Complete with a picnic area and playground, the Park is fun for the whole family. There is also an indoor area that is open year-round and includes a giant slide and trampoline, a toddler play space and a Discovery Room for arts and crafts. Each fall from late September through early November, Pumpkin Village comes alive with a spider web crawl, a giant pumpkin bounce, a hay maze and more—so don’t miss out. leesburganimalpark.com • (703) 433-0002

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(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Located in Charlottesville’s Darden Towe Park, the Exploratory Center is open to the public with free admission Tuesday to Thursday 1–5 p.m. and Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Kids can explore full-size replicas of the different types of Lewis and Clark’s boats. Red signs are placed in different areas to mark “handson” activities. Different stations are set up, such as the Science Station for bird learning and water studies, the Carpentry Corner for nail art and bird houses, or Art in Action for mask making. Nature journaling, scavenger hunting, painting and oar smoothing are only a few of the activities kids can enjoy. Older children can make their own Keelboat or launch pirogues in a supervised workshop and kayak in the nearby Rivanna River. lewisandclarkvirginia.org • lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org

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months to 12 years old, you’re sure to find a class your child enjoys. Parent-child classes help promote early development, pre-K gymnastics classes allow kids to channel their abundance of energy in a constructive environment, and dance classes let children explore new ways to express themselves. A visit to The Little Gym is an experience where kids can be kids, and parents can have piece of mind knowing their little ones are having fun and learning, too. thelittlegym.com • (434) 975-5437

Lucky Lake Gem & Mineral Mine of Virginia (McKenney) 2–3 hour drive Here’s an activity that’s fun for all ages. Discover some earthly treasures at Lucky Lake Gem & Mineral Mine. Get your screening material and then take a seat along the partially covered 100-foot flume line, which is open rain or shine. Begin sifting through your dirt and watch in amazement as colorful rocks and minerals materialize and the water washes them clean. Knowledgeable helpers nearby will identify your “finds,” free of charge. If you’d like, you can have the stones graded and cut by Lucky Lake’s professional gemologist and stone cutter and put into a piece of jewelry for years of enjoyment. Just remember to wear old clothes because you’re going to get wet and dirty. But heck, that’s part of the fun. There’s a picnic area, too, if you want to pack a lunch. luckylakeva.com • (804) 478-5468

Luray Caverns (Luray) 1–2 hour drive The largest eastern U.S. cavern and a National Landmark, Luray Caverns has some of the most spectacular formations you can imagine. Remember to bring a light jacket even in the heat of summer and be sure to rub the “fried eggs” on your way out! While you’re there, explore the garden maze outside, check the schedule of the Singing Tower’s carillon of bells recitals and escort any car buffs to the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. The museum covers the evolution of transportation from 1725 to 1941 with jewels such as an 1897 Benz, an 1840 Conestoga Wagon, a 1908 Baker Electric, a 1913 Stanley Steamer and the 1925 Rolls Royce that belonged to onetime Hollywood heartthrob Rudolph Valentino. A cafe and coffee shop are on-site. luraycaverns.com • (540) 743-6551 38

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Farms & Orchards Local Farms & Orchards We’re lucky to have fresh fruit available at local farms from spring through fall — take your pick! Call ahead for conditions and supply. And for a wealth of information about our state’s seasonal produce, visit vdacs.virginia.gov. Carter Mountain Orchard (Charlottesville) Pick your own peaches, nectarines and apples; hayrides and pumpkins in the fall; and enjoy baked goods and hot apple cider donuts for sale year-round. (434) 977-1833, chilesfamilyorchards.com Chesterfield Berry Farm (Moseley) Pick strawberries mid-April – May and blackberries mid-June through July; strawberry and blackberry tours. (804) 739-2404, chesterfieldberryfarm.com Chiles Peach Orchard (Crozet) Pick your own strawberries, cherries and peaches and indulge in baked goods and homemade ice cream. (434) 823-1583, chilespeachorchard.com Critzer Family Farm (Afton) Pick your own strawberries in May and June; peaches, blackberries and vegetables throughout the summer. (540) 471-0475, critzerfamilyfarm.com Dickie Brothers Orchard (Roseland) Pick your own thornless blackberries, nectarines, peaches and plums. (434) 277-5516, dickiebros.com Hartland Orchard (Markham) Pick strawberries, cherries, apples, The 2019 Ultimate Go-To-Guide 40 40The 2019 Ultimate Go-To-Guide

blueberries, peaches and pumpkins May to October. (540) 364-2316, hartlandorchard.com Henley’s Orchard (Crozet) Pick your own nectarines, peaches and apples throughout the year. (434) 823-7848, henleysorchard.com Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery (Nellysford) Several varieties of thornless blackberries are available. Visit the Annual Blackberry Harvest and Music Festival in August.(434) 3611266, hilltopberrywine.com Kipps Grapes (Rochelle) Pick your own grapes August– September, and a few peaches and apples. (540) 948-4171, kippsgrapes.com Liberty Mills Farm (Somerset) Pick your own strawberries, fresh produce, corn maze in the Fall and more at this family-owned and operated farm. (434) 882-6293, libertymillsfarm.com The Market at Grelen (Somerset) Pick raspberries, peaches, apples, blueberries and blackberries. (540) 672-7268, themarketatgrelen.com


Middle Fork Farm (Scottsville) Pack a picnic, see the goats and pick your own strawberries. (434) 589-0810, middleforkfarm.net Miller Farms Market (Locust Grove) Pick your own strawberries and blackberries. (540) 972-2680, millerfarmsmarket.com Morris Orchard (Monroe) Pick blueberries and peaches in late June and blackberries in July and August. (434) 929-2401, morrisorchard.com Saunders Brothers Orchard (Piney River) Peaches, apples and Asian pears straight from orchard to market, plus homemade ice cream. (434) 277-5455, saundersbrothersfarmmarket.com Seamans’ Orchard (Roseland) Pick your own strawberries, cherries, blueberries, apples and pumpkins. (434) 277-8130, seamansorchard.com Silver Creek Orchards (Tyro) Pick your own apples in September and October. Visit the orchard for Pink Lady Day and the Apple Butter Makin’ Festival in October. (434) 277-5824, silvercreekseamansorchards.com

Carter Orchards; offers pick-your-own sweet cherries. (434) 960-9443, springvalleyorchard.com Wenger Grapes (Waynesboro) Pick your own Concord and Niagara grapes for fresh eating, jams and juice. (540) 742-2189, wengergrapes.com Bushels of Tips for Picking Apples • Always call ahead for conditions, supplies & prices. • Get directions from the orchard’s website, or when you call. • Pack a picnic & a picnic blanket. • Don’t forget bug spray & sunscreen. • Dress in layers & wear comfy shoes. • Carry canvas shopping bags, which won’t rip when full of heavy fruit. • Bring a little wagon along to carry apples—or tired pickers. • Ask about discounted pre-picked seconds or blemished apples for baking and cooking. • Check for worms. • Have cash on hand, since not all orchards take credit or debit cards. • Visit the website to check which varieties are PYO vs pre-picked. • Time your visit carefully, because you may be joined by school groups on weekdays and festivalgoers on weekends.

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(Luray) 1–2 hour drive Slither, slither, slither. Luray Zoo is known for its snake collection, one of the largest on the East Coast, but you can see more than 250 exotic animals at this rescue zoo. The Reptile House alone has more than 80 indoor exhibits and is home to cobras, rattlesnakes, lizards, turtles and many more species. A few of the reptiles are even television stars. You can enjoy live educational shows on the weekends, featuring various mammals and exotic birds from around the world. A petting zoo, with a llama, goats, burros and cages containing a wonderful sampling of exotic rescued animals, can be found in a safe outdoor play area. A camel is a new addition to the petting zoo. lurayzoo.com • (540) 743-4113

Madison County Tourism (Madison) 0–1 hour drive There is no shortage of activities in the Madison community. With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley as the backdrop, there are plenty of outdoor activities all ages will love. The visitor’s center is a great starting point to discover fun ideas for the family. Take a moonlight hayride at Graves Mountain Lodge, then rest by the bonfire and listen to tall-tales told by the local tour guides. Take in the lush terrain on horseback, or stay by the stables for pony rides and lead lines for the kids. Escape to some of Virginia’s favorite wineries, including Early Mountain Vineyards, Prince Michel Vineyards or DuCard Vineyards. Community events—tractor pulls, parades, festivals and fairs—are just a few of Madison’s fun activities. The area also has a variety of B&Bs, luxury cabins and inns that make you feel right at home. madisonva.com • (540) 948-4455

Massanutten Resort & Water Park (McGaheysville) 1–2 hour drive Snow sports in the winter, including skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a special Slope Sliders instructional program for children, are great outings at Massanutten. There are so many other fun activities that the resort put together a “150+ Things to Do” list just to keep it all straight, from golf, Swedish massage, 42

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go-carts and a skate park to a new bike park, festivals and cooking classes. The indoor water park is open year-round and includes a multi-story interactive water fortress called the Massanutten Meltdown, with water cannons, five slides and a giant tipping bucket sure to get everyone doused. The resort’s newest addition is a bike park located adjacent to the newly renovated ski lodge and Base Camp umbrella bar. Outdoors from Memorial Day to Labor Day lies more watery excitement, from the Whitecaps Wave Pool to the Splash-ANutten—a giant mat-racing slide. After you dry off, try out Diamond Jim’s Arcade, with tournaments and prizes on weekends. massresort.com • (540) 289-9441

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(Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Maymont is a full day of adventures, from the Victorian mansion on the banks of the James River, passed on by Major & Mrs. Dooley, to their gardens, which include a birds of prey exhibit, the James River Nature Center and the Children’s Farm. The 12,000-square-foot historic home is meticulously decorated. A favorite room on the tour is the Swan Room with its carved wooden bed shaped like a swan—a classic example of the high style of the Gilded Age. Be sure to stroll the grounds to experience the gardens and, of course, stop to see the animals, too. On nice days, stop for a treat from one of the ice cream vendors. Completed in 1910, the Italian Garden’s exquisite stonework is Petersburg granite. The Nature Center is packed with James River exhibits and is engaging for all ages. Due to the size of Maymont, a stroller for little ones is a must, or better yet, purchase tickets for golf cart and carriage rides. maymont.org • (804) 358-7166

Meadowcreek Golf (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive This beautiful, 155-acre golf course has panoramic views of the Southwest Mountains, with large oak trees, dogwood and cherry trees sprinkled throughout the course. The impressive club house hosts an array of services, including a Pro Shop with apparel, equipment and accessories. Everything you’ll need for a day out on the course is right at your fingertips. After a fun 18 holes, sit back and relax at the Meadowcreek Grill, where 44

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Metro Richmond Zoo (Moseley) 1–2 hour drive No, the Richmond Zoo is not an urban myth! This 120-acre haven for 2,000 plus animals with 180 plus species is thriving. Famed for their primates (the largest collection in the U.S.), this zoo boasts more than two-dozen species from pygmy marmosets to an orangutan. You can not only see lions, bears, camels, tigers and kangaroos but also exotic birds, koi, turtles and peacocks. Special exhibits house prairie dogs, bats and snakes. Purchase a cup of food at the entrance to feed the giraffes up on the bridge, bringing you face-toface with the long-necked beauties. The North American boardwalk provides a shady wooded path where you can see deer, bighorn sheep, bison and more. The aviary and zoo animal carousel are hits with the younger ones. For a small fee, a chair lift takes you overhead some of the wild beasts. Bathrooms, covered picnic tables and a small concession stand are also on-site. metrorichmondzoo.com • (804) 739-5666

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you can enjoy pizza, subs, salads and appetizers. The course also offers lessons, clinics and a special class for beginners called “Get Golf Ready.” meadowcreekgolf.org • (434) 977-0615

Natural Bridge & Native American Village (Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive One of the oldest tourist destinations in the U.S., the Natural Bridge was formed when a cavern collapsed and left the span that stands today. Standing at 215 feet tall and 90 feet wide, it is actually higher than Niagara Falls. George Washington’s initials can still be seen in the wall after he surveyed the property in 1750. A Native American Village is also on-site where visitors can learn about Native American life over 300 years ago. Group day tours are welcome, and combinations of interactive programs are offered. The Cedar Creek Trail features a saltpeter mine used during the Civil War for raw materials, a lost river and a lush 40-foot cascade called Lace Falls. Many other nearby attractions include the Taverns, the Wax Museum, Virginia Gold Orchard (seasonal) and Mark Cline’s marvelously imaginative Foamhenge. naturalbridgeva.com • (540) 291-2121 CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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Natural Bridge Zoo (Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive After visiting the awe-inspiring Natural Bridge, don’t forget to stop by the Natural Bridge Zoo to see all the fun exhibits and adventures this zoo has to offer. Here, you can get up close and personal with a tiger in a Close Encounters Tour, and even ride a real life elephant. That’s a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! For smaller children, try the petting and feeding tour, which introduces animals to kids in a fun and curious environment. Other animals the zoo cares for includes zebras, giraffes and the dromedary camel. For reptile lovers, check out their alligators, pythons and tortoises. With so many amazing animals, visiting the Natural Bridge Zoo will be an experience you won’t soon forget. naturalbridgezoo.com • (540) 291-2420

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(Orange) 0–1 hour drive Adventure awaits all ages in Orange. If you can’t get enough of the nation’s founding fathers visiting Montpelier, venture to the James Madison Museum to learn more about the Father of the Constitution, or visit other historical sites like Ellwood Manor, Gilmore Cabin, Barboursville’s Ruins or The Exchange Hotel. Experience the stunning views from horseback, or by foot through hiking trails. Pick your own fruit of the season or get lost in the largest corn maze on the East Coast. Don’t forget your fishing rod or that you can float the waters of Lake Anna, Lake Orange and the Rapidan River. Orange also hosts many family-friendly festivals and special events, and don’t miss the dining and shopping opportunities in both Orange and Gordonsville. Comfortable and cozy accommodations will make your family feel right at home. visitorangevirginia.com • (540) 672-1653

P. Buckley Moss Gallery (Waynesboro) 0–1 hour drive Artist P. Buckley Moss continues to be inspired by the scenery and the simple lifestyle of the Amish and Mennonite communities. Her art is distinctive with its subject matter focused on country life as she considers landscapes, lifestyles and traditions to hold important messages for modern society. Look out for special events throughout the year. The gallery sits in a historic 46

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building built in the late 1890s and used to house a local hotel. Young visitors can also enjoy seeing her doll house collection. Best of all, about four times a year, Pat hosts a gallery day to visit with fans and sign autographs. Local restaurants are within walking distance to make the trip complete. pbuckleymoss.com • (540) 949-6473

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Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Imagine yourself traveling back in time to the city of Pompeii or gazing at the SR-71 Blackbird supersonic jet. You can do this and much more at the Science Museum of Virginia, occupying the historic Broad Street train station. It offers hundreds of hands-on exhibits covering topics such as computers, electricity, biology, aeronautics, chemistry and more. As an added bonus, the five-story, domed screen IMAX theater will make you feel as if you are part of the action (separate charge). Lectures, special events, astronomy activities and many workshops are available. Be sure to also visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond, which is right next door. smv.org • (804) 864-1400

Smithsonian National Zoo (Washington D.C.) 2–3 hour drive If you haven’t been to the (free) Smithsonian National Zoo in the last few years, consider adding it to your itinerary. First, the kids need to be old enough to enjoy the grounds, which are hilly, or young enough to be pushed in the stroller. Second, the weather needs to be mild enough for the animals to be out. Here are a few other important tips: take the Metro, if you can, to avoid traffic and parking fees. When you arrive, get off at the Cleveland Park station so your 10-minute walk to the zoo is downhill; when you leave, walk downhill (again) for about 10 minutes to the Woodley Park–Zoo station. Build up anticipation before your visit by checking out the animal cams and the zoo’s materials for children online or on the zoo’s app. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot tigers, pandas and even elephants. nationalzoo.si.edu • (202) 633-4888

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Sunspots Studios & Glassblowing (Staunton) 0–1 hour drive Watch red-hot molten glass be formed into beautiful objects. Each work of art is made of glass and copper on-site with furnaces blazing. Sunspots Studios is a fun place to stop to do a little shopping and also watch the artists in action, although you should definitely call ahead to be sure that there will be someone blowing that day. An ideal time to stop by is in the spring for the Virginia Hot Glass Festival held right at the studio. The gift shop has beautiful one-of-a-kind works consisting of vases, birdfeeders, oil candles, perfume bottles and garden accents. sunspots.com • (540) 885-0678

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Thomas Jefferson’s inventions abound. The house tour takes you through the first floor where you can peek at Jefferson’s book collection, learn about his government work and see the original furnishings. Parents with young children will want to take one of the family tours for the hands-on “extras,” which make it special for kids. Be sure to set aside time to stroll the grounds, especially Mulberry Row—the center of plantation activity—and peek in the smoke house, kitchen and stables. The expansive Visitor Center and Smith History Center include innovative exhibitions, an introductory film and a hands-on discovery space for children. monticello.org • (434) 984-9800

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (Forest) 1–2 hour drive Follow the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson. Explore the lovely grounds and take a tour of the house to get a glimpse at the décor and the lifestyle of the 19th century. Hiking and walking trails connect the woodlands, agricultural fields, streams and historic sites. Experience the unique architecture designed by Jefferson himself while having the privilege of seeing the restoration in progress. The museum also holds events, including musical performances, historical theater and lectures. Poplar Forest is open daily March 15–December 30 (closed for holidays), from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. poplarforest.org • (434) 525-1806

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Gone Fishin’ Local Fishin’ Holes Enjoy some “reel” fun! There is nothing that gets your pulse racing like feeling the tug of a fish on the line. Charlottesville and surrounding areas are homes to numerous fishing holes, many of which also include other family-friendly activities such as canoeing and hiking! Some sites require fishing licenses or access permits, so make sure to call ahead. For more information, visit dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/. Here are a few spots for aspiring and experienced anglers alike.

Beaver Creek Lake (Crozet) welcomes boats and crafts, but swimming is not allowed. After a day on the water, stop at one of the several picnic areas to relax with a meal. (434) 296-5844 Chris Greene Lake (Earlysville) is a popular spot for fishing that also offers boating, swimming, canoe rental, picnicking, a dog park, and a wheelchair accessible pier. (434) 296-5844 Gordonsville Lake (Gordonsville), also known as Bowler’s Mill Lake, is a smaller impoundment that harbors excellent warm water fish such as largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed sunfish. A gravel ramp makes for easy shore fishing access. (540) 967-3447

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Howardsville Canoe Livery (Scottsville) offers relaxation on the James and Rockfish Rivers with ample fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing opportunities. Tours and shuttle services are available for individuals or groups. (434) 983-8800, howardsvillecanoe.com James River Reeling & Rafting and James River Runners are both located in Scottsville. Whether an extended holiday or a simple day outing, these outfitters provide transportation and basic equipment for camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and rafting. (434) 286-4386, reelingandrafting.com (434) 286-2338, jamesriver.com Lake Albemarle (White Hall), owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is a 35-acre impoundment at the foothills of


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the Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake supports a variety of sport fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and black crappie. (434) 296-4731 Mint Springs Valley Park (Crozet) stocks a wide variety of fish for a successful day on the water. It also allows swimming and provides a playground and ample space for picnicking and grilling. (434) 296-5844 Ragged Mountain Natural Area (Charlottesville) is made up of 980 acres of forest, two lakes totaling 50 acres and four miles of trails. The reservoirs offer excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. (434) 296-5844 Rivanna Reservoir (Charlottesville) spans 450 acres and is considered one of the best small fishing lakes in Virginia with excellent fishing for anglers, including largemouth bass, bluegill, black and white crappie, redear sunfish and channel catfish. (434) 970-3268

Shenandoah River Adventures (Shenandoah) offers river trips by appointment for everyone from beginners to experts. Spend a day canoeing, rafting, kayaking or tubing on this scenic Virginia river. (888) 309-7222, shenandoahriveradventures.com Sugar Hollow (White Hall) sits on the Moormans River with 47 acres stocked with rainbow and brook trout. Bank fishing only (no boats) is permitted from sunrise to sunset. (804) 367-1000 Totier Creek Reservoir (Scottsville) is a 66-acre reservoir filled with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish. Facilities include a ramp, parking area and restrooms. (804) 367-1000 Walnut Creek Park (North Garden) is popular for its 45-acre lake with two beach areas and is regularly stocked with a wide variety of fish. In addition to canoe and kayak rental, the park also provides ramp facilities for accessing the lake. (434) 296-5844

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Treetop Zoofari Zipline & Adventure Park (Moseley) 1–2 hour drive Metro Richmond Zoo’s newest attraction offers an array of thrilling ziplining adventures. This tree-to-tree outdoor excursion provides the opportunity to see the forest canopy from an entirely different perspective. A Junior Explorer Course offers 21 challenges and two ziplines (60–90 minute trip), while the Treetop Zoofari Course includes 48 challenges, including 15 ziplines for a two- to three-hour trip while traveling over 3,000 feet on ziplines alone. The Parrot Plunge offers rock climbing a tree, traversing a sky bridge and a dare drop of 30 feet. You’ll be able to get a birds’ eye view of monkeys, apes, kangaroos, giraffe, antelope, tapirs and much more. treetopzoofari.com • (804) 739-5666

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Bring the kids to a fun museum that fosters wonder and curiosity. The Virginia Discovery Museum, located on the Downtown Mall, provides educational, communitybased exhibits and activities for your kids. You’re free to wander from exhibit to exhibit after checking in at the front desk. The fascinating activities range from dressing up in period clothing and harvesting vegetables in the Virginia Heritage Area to illuminating pieces of art in a fun way to improve motor skills in the Lite Brite Area. Exhibits also include four interactive STEM Labs for children to explore and learn about airflow, friction, and gravity. Your little one will have fun while learning beneficial skills. vadm.org • (434) 977-1025

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive See the past in living color at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where the creativity of mankind lives in paint, marble, bronze, clay, gold and resin plastics. Discover art from 16th century India to contemporary works of today. If you are visiting with children, stop at the Visitor’s Services Desk in the museum lobby, and staff will be happy to direct you to the most family-friendly galleries. If you have youngsters between the ages of 4–12, be sure to ask for the Family Fun Guide. The guide takes young visitors on an art scavenger hunt throughout the

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museum. The education wing also offers scheduled and walk-in kids’ activities. vmfa.museum • (804) 340-1405

Virginia Safari Park (Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive

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Get ready to roll down the windows and take a wild ride of discovery through 180 amazing acres of critters. Remember the in-park speed limit is 5 miles per hour, but the main traffic jams are four-legged. You can feed and pet more than 400 different animals that roam freely over three miles of road; just don’t feed the zebras (they don’t share particularly well) or Watusi cattle (the horns are self-explanatory). For an additional fee, you can even ride in the hay wagon to feed the bison. Visitors of all ages will enjoy marveling at the gentle giraffes, deer, piglets and camels. A souvenir stand and petting zoo are at the entrance. Kangaroos and giraffes are enclosed separately in the 10-acre walk-through zoo, along with cheetahs, tigers, flamingos and more. To see baby animals, plan your trip for either spring or early summer. virginiasafaripark.com • (540) 291-3205

West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures (Elkins and Durbin, WV) 3–4 hour drive Explore wild, wonderful West Virginia from an entirely new perspective—aboard a train. From May to November take a ride on one of the historic steamdriven locomotives and vintage diesel-powered passenger trains that depart from Elkins, Cheat Bridge, Cass and Durbin depots. Choose to chug alongside a clean, mountain river and take in the sights of rolling meadows of wildflowers, or climb to over 4,000 feet in elevation and burrow under the mighty Cheat Mountain (via an 1,800-foot tunnel featuring an “S” curve of the track inside). Trips range from day-long excursions into the Monongahela National Forest to shorter sightseeing trips along the banks of the Greenbrier, Tygart Valley and Shaver’s Fork rivers. Most excursions include on-board food options. mountainrailwv.com • (304) 636-9477

Wildrock (Crozet) 0–1 hour drive Located on 28 acres, Wildrock gives kids the opportunity to reconnect with nature. Follow the trails through the 56

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forest, enjoy the streams and run freely in the three-acre enclosed playscape. The kids will love exploring the 12 play zones that include a wading stream and a hobbit house, or they can gently care for a nature friend at the pretend play Wildlife Rescue Station. Feeding their creative spirits, they can don a pair of butterfly wings or a fox’s tail and perform on the Creation Stage, as well as mix up a “delicious” recipe of stone soup at the Nature Kitchen. In the Discovery Barn, families can take a break from the heat and build a den, decorate a fairy house, construct and create with natural loose parts, and meet live animals like a corn snake named Frederika and a turtle named Levi. Overnight camping is also available. wildrock.org • (434) 825-8631

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

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(Staunton) 0–1 hour drive Retrace the journey of our 28th president at The Woodrow Wilson Museum on a self-guided tour through seven galleries exploring Wilson’s life, presidency, suffrage and more. The President’s restored 1919 PierceArrow limousine is a visitor’s favorite, and a state-of-theart World War I trench exhibit illustrates life through the eyes of a soldier. Authentic weapons and uniforms are on display as well. All of this, plus a hands-on Kids’ Corner and a scavenger hunts keep the children entertained and learning. woodrowwilson.org • (540) 885-0897

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(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive With two locations, there are plenty of activities for the whole family. The Crozet Park location is equipped with two pools, two basketball courts, exercise studios and a family fun zone. The Brooks Family YMCA at McIntire Park has plans for a softball field and a new playground. Enjoy the pools, walking tracks and group exercise, and take part in the intergenerational and teen centers for mindfulness and conversation. Childcare will be available. Piedmont YMCA has a swim league that practices at two locations, Crow Pool in Charlottesville and Crozet Park Pool in Crozet, and plenty of summer camps for a range of ages, from learning new skills at Kinder Camp to exploring caverns and conquering a rope course. piedmontymca.org • (434) 974-9622 Brooks Family YMCA • (434) 205-380 Crozet YMCA

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Best of Charlottesville

What’s in our backyard? After showing you a sample of the many possible daytrip options throughout Virginia, we want to bring you back to our lovely Charlottesville to show you some local go-to places sure to please the family. What you will find in our own backyard is everything from green space, sporty fun and rainy day activities to artsy ideas and touches of history.

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Rainy-Day Activities Set the kids loose at Bounce Play-nCreate where they can zoom down slides and romp in the ball pit. Jump is another fun way to stay active with its trampoline park. Consider visiting one of the YMCA locations for swimming indoors or a game of basketball. Check to make sure the pools and gym are open to the public before you go. Bowling at AMF Kegler’s Lanes is another great choice. Optional bumpers are perfect for beginners, and teens will love the arcade room. If you’re itching to do something creative, visit The Glass Palette. Dinner time will be 10 times more exciting if your little ones can eat off a dinner plate they made themselves. Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place is also a great stop where anyone can create a pottery masterpiece. Stop in at Lowe’s Build and Grow clinics or at one of Michael’s craft classes for instore activities. For history and nature activities, visit the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center. For the latest blockbusters, try the Regal Stonefield Stadium and IMAX, which features auditoriums and stadium seating, or Violet Crown Cinema on the Downtown Mall, where you can enjoy dinner with a movie. For cheap, air-conditioned fun in the summer, look for Regal’s discounted family-friendly films on weekday mornings.

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AMF Kegler’s Lanes 434-978-3999, amf.com/keglerslanes Bounce Play-n-Create 434-973-1111, bounceplayncreate.com The Glass Palette 434-977-9009, theglasspalette.net Jump 434-817-2355, jumpcville.com Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place 434-295-7801, lazydaisyceramics.com Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center 434-979-2425, lewisandclarkvirginia.org Lowe’s 434-975-7140, lowes.com Michael’s 434-971-1072, michaels.com Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX 434-244-3213, shopsatstonefield.com/movies Violet Crown Cinema 434-529-3000, charlottesville.violetcrown.com YMCA 434-974-9622, piedmontymca.org


Around Town

Charlottesville Trolley 434-970-3649, charlottesville.org

From Downtown, hop on the free trolley and head to The Corner, the cool, “campusy” area located along the edge of the University to the east of the Lawn. The trolley is entertainment and transportation rolled into one. Kids love the old-fashioned feel of the wooden benches and green exterior, which makes any trip more fun! Always a bustle with students, The Corner has a great selection of casual restaurants with college prices as well as trendy shops.

To do the Downtown Mall properly with the

Chaps 434-977-4139, chapsicecream.com Gearharts Fine Chocolate 434-972-9100, gearhartschocolates.com Kilwins Charlottesville 434-234-3634, kilwins.com/charlottesville Sprint Pavilion 434-245-4910, sprintpavilion.com

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kids, visit the Virginia Discovery Museum, where kids can make scarves fly, create music, “live” in a historic log cabin and more. The museum’s Little Charlottesville exhibit has a child-sized Main Street and the Bee Corner sponsored by CharlottesvilleFamily in honor of everyone’s favorite bee, Bumble, our lovable mascot! Don’t miss out on Fridays After Five at Sprint Pavilion for free live music every Friday throughout the summer. There’s no shortage of cold treat options around town either. To cool off, take the kids for handmade ice cream from Chaps or gelato from Splendora’s. Or splurge during the winter on culinary delights like a gourmet snack from Gearharts Fine Chocolate, a sweet treat from Kilwins’ or pies both sweet and savory from The Pie Chest.

The Pie Chest 434-977-0443, thepiechestcville.com Splendora’s 434-296-8555, splendoras.com Virginia Discovery Museum 434-977-1025, vadm.org

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Green Space Immersing yourself in our beautiful Virginia greenery is rather easy with all of the parks available in Charlottesville and the surrounding county. You can go for an autumn or spring hike and also cool off in the summer all at the same parks. Try Chris Greene Lake, near the airport, for swimming or fishing. The Ivy Creek Natural Area, an official site on the Virginia African American Heritage Trail, is a great place to go for an afternoon jaunt. To temporarily escape from civilization, hike a section of the Rivanna Trail and fish, kayak or let your dog swim on the Rivanna River. For a gorgeous walk, take the Saunders-Monticello Trail. Hikers enjoy lovely views as this wide trail winds its way along Carter Mountain Orchard toward Monticello. Among neighborhood parks, we love Greenleaf Park for its picnic area, toddler-friendly playground and a summer sprayground full of sprinklers, which is just off the Bypass. When it comes to watery, warm-weather fun, check out the Onesty Aquatic Center on Meade Avenue or the larger sprayground at Forest Hills Park. In cooler months, enjoy the Smith Aquatic Center — which offers year-round indoor swimming with a pair of two-story waterslides, a play structure and a lazy river—or head over to the YMCA, with two locations offering year-round pools—one in Claudius Crozet Park and one in McIntire Park.

Chris Greene Lake 434-296-5844, albemarle.org Greenleaf Park 434-970-3021, charlottesville.org Ivy Creek Natural Area 434-973-7772, ivycreekfoundation.org Onesty Aquatic Center 434-295-7532, charlottesville.org

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Rivanna Trails rivannatrails.org Saunders-Monticello Trail 434-984-9800, monticello.org Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center 434-970-3072, charlottesville.org YMCA 434-974-9622, piedmontymca.org


Artsy Outings Despite its formal sounding name, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is fun for all ages. The museum offers great programs for children that tie into current exhibits, though the decorations, including record-sized trees and artwork of local talent, are enough to entertain by themselves! Next, stop by UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art, which packs a punch for history and art lovers. Where else in Charlottesville can you see a Greek vase, a painting from the Middle Ages and one from the middle of the 20th century? Families will appreciate the children’s guide.

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Finally, head to the McGuffey Art Center to observe artists in action, or become one yourself! The clay class is great for kids who love getting their hands dirty. The center offers a wide range of visual arts and dance classes for all ages.

Fralin Museum of Art 434-924-3592, uvafralinartmuseum.virginia.edu Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 434-244-0234, kluge-ruhe.org McGuffey Art Center 434-295-7973, mcguffeyartcenter.com

There’s never a dull moment in Charlottesville for sports fanatics. Consider playing a round of golf at Meadowcreek Golf Course in Pen Park off Rio Road, also home to a super playground, exercise stations and a nature trail. Visit the McIntire Skateboard Park to enjoy ramps and jumps. For a birthday party for children ages 6 and older, book the Rocky Top Gym, with its 2,500 square feet of climbing and bouldering. The gym also features racquetball and wallyball. For more active fun, visit the YMCA’s pools and basketball courts.

McIntire Skateboard Park 434-244-0166, charlottesville.org Meadowcreek Golf Course 434-977-0615, meadowcreekgolf.org

Rocky Top Gym 434-981-3306, rockytopclimbing.com YMCA 434-974-9622, piedmontymca.org

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The Glorious Night Sky As the skies darken, take budding astronomers to the McCormick Observatory. For many, the cool pulley-operated observing chair may be the highlight of the outing! Before you leave, check out the great “outer space stuff” in the museum area. For more stargazing, make sure to reserve

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When you explore Monticello with the kids, stop by the Griffin Discovery Room in the Smith Education Center. Here, kids can learn how to weave, write on a polygraph machine and more. Jefferson’s multitude of inventions within the main house will also

James Monroe’s Highland 434-293-8000, highland.org James Madison’s Montpelier 540-672-2728, montpelier.org Michie Tavern 434-977-1234, michietavern.com Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 434-984-9800, monticello.org

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Historic heroes abound in Albemarle. A great way for the family to discover Charlottesville’s rich history is to take a historic tour of Downtown during the summer or get tickets to the Spirit Walk at Halloween—both start at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. Every local should visit James Madison’s Montpelier, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Highland. You’ll find every tour is always different, with newly fascinating and changing exhibits. Watch for their festivals and workshops, too.

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fascinate youngsters. After they see the dumbwaiter, they’ll want one at home! If you’re reluctant to fast-forward back to present time, grab lunch at Michie Tavern. The 18th-century–style Southern buffet will quiet rumbling stomachs.

free tickets for the Fan Mountain Observatory in advance—it only has two public evenings a year. Fan Mountain Observatory 434-924-7494, astronomy.as.virginia.edu McCormick Observatory 434-924-7494, astronomy.as.virginia.edu


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Adoption/Foster Barker Foundation......... 800-673-8489 Bethany Christian Services........................... 434-979-9631 Carter, Blair, Attorney.... 434-296-9006 Catholic Charities.......... 800-974-4494 Children’s Home Society ............................ 800-247-2888 Community Attention Foster Families........................... 434-970-3531 DePaul Community Resources........................ 434-977-9847

Planned Parenthood Health Systems (Charlottesville).............. 434-296-1000 Social Services of Albemarle........................ 434-972-4010 Social Services of Ch'ville............................. 434-970-3400 *Tucker, Griffin Barnes P.C................................... 434-973-7474 307 West Rio Road tgblaw.com Professionals representing individuals, families and businesses, real estate, family law, personal injury and more. See ad pg H-23

Families United.............. 434-923-8253 *People Places.................. 434-979-0335 1002 East Jefferson Street peopleplaces.org Treatment foster care, foster care to adoption services & family services. See ad pg 67

Voted Charlottesville’s Favorite Chiropractor 2009 - 2018 Dr. Michelle Heppner

Maternity Care • Pediatric Services Low Back/Neck Pain Massage Therapy

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Chiropractors, Family *Heppner Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center.............. 434-974-7955 3450 Seminole Trail, Suite 105 heppnerfamilychiropractic.com Maternity and pediatric care, massage


Counselors, Family & Child

Integrative Health Services........................... 434-244-2663 Irons, Janie...........434-963-0324 ext 15 Ivy Road Family Solutions......................... 434-566-0104

Capacchione, Linda A., LPC, Psychotherapist.............. 434-296-1338

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA............................. 434-982-2361

Common Ground Negotiation Services........................... 434-244-0714

Mindworks Pediatric Neuropsychology .......... 434-989-1481

David, Joseph J, MD........ 434-973-9739

Nieburg, Dinah, PhD, PLC.......................... 434-977-0033

Dodge, Jacqueline, EDD, LPC.......................... 434-971-1701 Family Preservation Services........................... 434-293-4262 Family Stress Clinic at UVA............................. 434-243-6868 Garcia, Michael, LPC...... 434-981-7249 Halapin, Philip T, MD..... 434-973-1192 Healing Hypnosis........... 434-202-4068 Hospice of the Piedmont......................... 434-817-6900

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therapy, low back/neck pain, sports injury treatment. See ad pg 66

Poehailos, Dupont & Assoc............................ 434-220-4686 Psychiatric Alliance........ 434-984-0005 Psychological Testing..... 434-806-6510 Rannigan, Robert, LPC... 434-978-1773 Region Ten....................... 434-972-1800 Rose Hill Counseling...... 434-220-1884 Sheila C. Johnson Center.............................. 434-924-7034

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Singer, Eliot, LPC............. 434-220-3334

*Swett Dentistry............. 434-979-3940

Subconscious Solutions......................... 631-626-4866

900 Rio East Court, Ste B swettdentistry.com Drs David & Rebecca Swett offer preventive care, cosmetic options and more for healthy smiles, gums and teeth. See ad pg 70

The Women’s Initiative.. 434-872-0047 Transformation Counseling...................... 434-923-3637 VA Center for Family Relations......................... 434-973-5640

Dentists, Pediatric

Weber, Dr. Lewis & Associates................... 434-963-0324

*Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry......................... 434-975-7336

Weldon, Jane, MA, LPC... 434-295-8100

1620 Timberwood Blvd, Suite #201, 434-975-7336 70 Jefferson Court, Zion Crossroads, 540-832-6657 cvillepediatricdentistry.com Preventative and comprehensive pediatric dental care with Drs. Jennifer Dixon & Aaron Stump. Sedation dentistry available. See ad pg 68

Young, Rob, PsyD, BCB... 434-566-0113

Dentists, Family *Crozet Family Dental.... 434-823-4080 5690 Three Notch’d Road, Suite 100 Crozet, crozetfamilydental.com Voted #1 Dentist for 5 years, 20142018. 40+ years of experience, 3 dentists, 1 focus-you. See ad pg 69

Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville................ 434-817-1817

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Jennifer M. Dixon, DDS, MS

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Charlottesville 29N Spring Creek Office 1620 Timberwood Blvd 70 Jefferson Court Suite 201 Zion Crossroads 434-975-7336 540-832-6657

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Children’s Dentistry with a Mother’s Touch............................... 434-817-5437 *Community Dental Center.............................. 434-293-9300 259 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 101 cdcva.org Non-profit full-service pediatric dental center; serves adults with Medicaid and women on the Medicaid Pregnancy Program. See ad pg 68 Crozet Pediatric Dentistry......................... 434-205-4594 *Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry......................... 434-973-4344 240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 203 piedmontpd.com Specialized dental care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs. See ad pg 66

Doctors, Family *Albemarle Center for Family Medicine............. 434-973-4040 535 Westfield Road, Suite 200 albemarlecenter.com Center offering comprehensive care for the entire family, stressing preventative medicine and early detection. See ad pg 73 *Albemarle Square Family Healthcare....................... 434-978-2126 416 Albemarle Square albemarlesquarefamilyhealthcare.com Comprehensive and compassionate family-centered care, from newborns through geriatrics. See ad pg 71 Family Medicine of Albemarle........................ 434-973-9744 Spring Creek Family Medicine.......................... 434-654-8900

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Doctors, Obstetrics

Prenatal Diagnosis Ctr... 434-220-8620 Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of Virginia........... 434-654-8520

Barber, Virginia, MD....... 434-977-9900

Sentara Martha Jefferson Women’s Health Center................. 434-654-7009

Campbell, Bruce, MD..... 434-978-1691

Stadler, Sarah, MD.......... 434-296-9600

Charlottesville Gynecology...................... 434-296-6461

UVA Midlife Health........ 434-243-4720

Family Medicine of Albemarle................... 434-973-9744 *Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology...................... 434-977-4488 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 290 jeffersonobgyn.net Board-certified Ob/Gyn physicians provide routine, prenatal/pregnancy, infertility, menopausal care and more. See ad pg 72 Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates....................... 434-979-2121

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UVA Prenatal & Infant Care Classes.................... 434-924-9920

UVA Physicians for Women, Northridge....................... 434-243-4570 Wolanski, Edward T, MD, PC............................. 434-293-9800

Doctors, Pediatric Charlottesville Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine...... 434-296-8666 KidsWellness Pediatrics.434-984-5437 *Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville......................................... E. Jefferson St, 434-296-9161

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Helping families achieve their best possible health in all dimensions of life for over 35 years! Our services include: · Women’s Health · Pediatrics · Sports Medicine · Preventative Medicine · Same Day Acute Care · On Line Self Scheduling with Patient Portal Account · After hours provider on call 365 days per year · Commercial Driver Exams

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Ivy Rd, 434-296-8300 Hollymead, 434-974-9600 Zion Crossroads, 540-406-4100 charlottesvillepeds.com Four offices (Downtown, North, West & Zion Crossroads) for comprehensive care from infancy to young adulthood. Adolescent Ctr, 434-971-9611. See ad pg 74 *Piedmont Pediatrics....... 434-975-7777 900 Rio East Court, Suite A 1193 Crozet Avenue, Crozet piedmontpediatrics.net UVA General Pediatrics.. 434-924-5321 UVA Pediatrics at Northridge....................... 434-980-6555

Doctors, Specialists *Allergy Partners of Charlottesville................. 434-951-2191 Charlottesville & Albemarle allergypartners.com/charlottesville Diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma and allergic diseases. See ad pg 75 *Charlottesville ENT Associates....................... 434-243-9415 652 Peter Jefferson Pkwy #140 uvahealth.com Medical and surgical ear, nose and throat care for adults and children. See ad pg 78

UVA Pediatrics at Orange............................. 540-661-3025

Pediatric Speech Language Therapy........................... 434-327-7121

UVA Primary Care Riverside.......................... 434-975-7700

Sentara Sports Medicine Center ............................. 434-654-5575

UVA Teen Health Center.............................. 434-982-0090

Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology,LTD

Caring for Women through all stages of life

Sue A. Woodson, CNM, MSN Christy O. Wamhoff, MD Brooke S. Kilfoil, MD Please call to schedule Matthew T. Montgomery, MD an aPPointment. Robert R. Heider, MD new Patients are welcome! Kelly A. Owens, MD Michael L. Arnold, MD 434.977.4488 James M. Culver, MD 600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 290 Emily B. Huffstetler, M.D. CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner Rachelle Keng, M.D. www.jeffersonobgyn.net 2018 72

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Doulas Beyond Birth Support.... 434-218-3735 Bloomin Birth................. 434-962-5438 Bright Birthing................ 415-729-5126 C-ville Massage Doula... 434-996-5095 Nine Moons Midwifery.. 434-987-1257 One Gentle Beginning ... 434-481-1077 Platania, Chris................ 434-760-0428

*UVA Children’s Fitness Clinic............................... 434-982-1607 Battle Building 1204 W. Main St. uvahealth.com Mission is to promote healthy eating and active living among children. See ad pg 77

Health Food Stores

Red Clay Doula............... 434-361-1693

Integral Yoga Natural Foods................................ 434-293-4111

Sisters Keeper Collective......................... 434-207-2047

*Rebecca’s Natural Food................................. 434-977-1965

Windflower Doula.......... 434-760-3098

Barracks Road Shopping Center rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine and beer. See ad pg 78

Health Clinics Ch’ville Free Clinic......... 434-296-5525 Neighborhood Family Health Center.............................. 434-227-5624 Thomas Jefferson Health District............................. 434-972-6200

Wegmans........................ 434-529-3200

from infancy to Pediatric young adulthood Associates of Charlottesville

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Office Hours By Appointment Evening & Weekends until 9pm Urgent Care Available One of Our Physicians On Call After Hours Onsite Lactation Consultant

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Sentara Healthcare........ 434-654-7000 UVA Children’s Hospital.434-924-3627 UVA Hospital.................. 434-924-0211

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cvilleorthodontics.com Complimentary orthodontic screenings. Metal and clear braces or Invisalign. Children, teens and adults. See ad pg 73 Cloth, Mark S, DDS, PC... 434-964-2464

Midwives Birthing Centre of Charlottesville................ 434-471-0419

Dennis, Suzanne, DDS, MS, PC..................... 434-973-4446 Hamer and Hamer......... 434-296-0188

Birthwise Midwifery....... 434-293-8210

Horbaly, William............. 434-973-6542

Nine Moons Midwifery.. 434-987-1257

Inouye, David K.............. 434-975-7435

WomanCare.................... 434-296-3332

Pantops Orthodontics.... 434-984-1817

Orthodontists

South Side Orthodontics................... 434-977-9473

Camden Brown Orthodontics................... 434-990-5722 *Charlottesville Orthodontics................... 434-971-9601 Downtown/Pantops, Northside & Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads

Parenting Support/ Education Albemarle County Special-NeedsKids Parents’ Group....... 434-243-2219

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Bright Stars Program..... 434-972-4140 Empowering Families..... 434-971-8454 Families United.............. 434-923-8253

Virginia Coop Extension......................... 434-872-4580

Family Preservation Services........................... 434-293-4262

Postpartum & Breastfeeding

Home Educators of VA... 804-278-9200

Cville Lactation.............. 434-962-7414

Maternity Education...... 434-654-7009

Joyful Start...................... 434-282-2134

Parent Resource Center.434-975-9400

La Leche League............. 434-214-0620

Peaceful Parenting Path........................ peacefulparentingpath.com

Lactation Corner of MJH.............................. 434-654-7042

ReadyKids........................ 434-296-4118

Month 10 Postpartum Services........................... 434-960-7077

Sentara Martha Jefferson Prenatal & Infant Care Classes........ 434-654-7009 Smart Beginnings/United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area.. 434-972-1713 UVA Midlife Health........ 434-243-4720 UVA Office of Public Service............................. 434-924-3883 UVA Students with Children........................... 434-924-7427

Winslow Savage, OTR Pediatric Occupational Therapist Accepting New Families

Evaluation • Consultation • Treatment Private Clinic • Home • School • Specialization in sensory processing, fine-motor, and handwriting. • Privileged to work with parents nurturing their child’s growth. • Proud to have provided quality services for over 20 years. winslowsavage@gmail.com

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UVA Breastfeeding Medicine Program........................... 434-982-3316

Referral Services Sentara Martha Jefferson Health Connection...................... 434-654-7009 United Way Referral Center.............................. 434-972-1703

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Pregnancy Center of Central Virginia.............. 434-220-3777

Virginia Department of Health....................... vdh.virginia.gov/

Region Ten....................... 434-972-1800

Social Service Groups Abundant Life Ministries........................ 434-970-2016 Al-Anon Family Group... 434-972-7011 Albemarle Housing Improvement Program........................... 434-817-2447 Big Brothers Big Sisters.. 434-244-0882 Boys & Girls Club........... 434-977-3514 CASA Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocate............ 434-971-7515 Child Health MACAA-TJHD.................. 434-295-3171 Madison House............... 434-977-7051 Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)............ 434-295-3171

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UVA Hospital Physician Referral Services........................... 434-924-3627

Ronald McDonald House............................... 434-295-1885 Runaway Emergency Shelter............................. 434-972-7233 Salvation Army............... 434-295-4058 Sexual Assault Resource Agency............................. 434-295-7273 Social Services of Albemarle........................ 434-972-4010 Social Services of Chville............................. 434-970-3400 Emergency Food Bank... 434-979-9180 *Toy Lift Charities..... cindy@toylift.org PO Box 6762, toylift.org Seeking to support local families through volunteerism, community cooperation, morale building and educational tools. See ad pg 89

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WORKING TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN HEALTHY The Kohl’s Hoo’s Fit Program is a UVA® Children’s Fitness Clinic initiative whose mission is to promote healthy eating and active living among area children. It includes innovative nutrition education and fitness programs provided in schools and community centers.

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United Way Referral Center.............................. 434-972-1703 YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Special Needs Services Albemarle Therapy........ 434-979-8628 Arc of the Piedmont....... 434-977-4002 Blue Ridge PACE.............. 434-529-1300 Camp Holiday Trails...... 434-977-3781 Connections Achievement & Therapy Center........... 434-529-6248 Crozet Speech and Learning.......................... 434-298-4599 Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC.. 434-327-7121 Infant and Toddler Connection of the Blue Ridge............ 434-970-1391 *Savage Winslow, OTR.. 434-293-3948 3042-A1 Berkmar Drive winslowsavage.net

Assessment, planning & lessons to help children develop functional skills. See ad pg 76 Sheila C. Johnson Center.............................. 434-924-7034 *Small Talk Speech and Therapy Center......... .....434-481-3524 69 Deane Road, Ruckersville smalltalkva.com A full-service therapy center specializing in pediatric speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy in surrounding counties. See ad pg 76 Special Olympics.............800-932-4653 UVA Developmental Pediatrics......................... 434-924-5161 UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center.............................. 434-924-7034 Virginia Institute of Autism............................. 434-923-8252

Charlottesville ENT Associates Medical and surgical ear, nose Pioneers in Charlottesville’s natural foods & products since 1987

and throat care for adults & children. Communication services, including comprehensive audiology evaluations

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Celebrations & Shopping


Bakeries

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Albemarle Baking Company......................... 434-293-6456

Bellair Market................. 434-971-6608

Chandler’s Bakery.......... 434-975-2253 Favorite Cakes................ 434-974-9229

Ben & Jerry’s................... 434-244-7438 *Domino’s Pizza...................................

Maliha Creations............ 434-973-3183

dominos.com Made-to-order fresh pizzas, sandwiches, wings, pasta and more. Free kindness with every order. Eight locally owned locations. See ad pg 80

Mariebette Cafe and Bakery...................... 434-529-6118

Edible Arrangements..... 434-975-5333

Foods of All Nations....... 434-296-6131 Hotcakes.......................... 434-295-6037

Moon Maiden’s Delights........................... 434-995-9233 Paradox Pastry................ 434-245-2253 Sliced. Cake Bar.............. 434-242-5501 Splendora’s Gelato......... 434-296-8555 The Pie Chest.................. 434-977-0443 Vivi’s Cakes & Candy..... 434-242-9511

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POOL • PINBALL • BOARD GAMES TRIVIA TUESDAYS Family-friendly • Great for groups Private party rental VEGETARIAN + GLUTEN-FREE FRIENDLY Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am • Sun 10am-11pm 1304 E. Market Street • 434.202.1050 fireflycville.com


434-977-2676 E Market St.; 434-979-2424 Fontaine Ave.; 434-293-3538 Town & Country Ln; 434-978-4313 Greenbrier Dr. guadalajaramexicanva.com Four convenient locations serving their Mexican cuisine family recipes to yours. See ad pg 84 Harvest Moon Catering. 434-296-9091 Ivy Provisions.................. 434-202-1308 *Jason’s Deli.................... 434-566-0147 905 Twentyninth Place Court jasonsdeli.com/cpp Catering & delivery for families, meetings, events and parties with online ordering, box lunches and sameday delivery. See ad pg 81 Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen............................ 434-234-3634

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L’etoile Catering.............. 434-823-1435 Mission BBQ.................... 434-260-7740 Moe’s Original Bar B Que........................ 434-244-7427 Mona Lisa Pasta.............. 434-295-2494 The Catering Outfit........ 434-951-4699

Entertainment David Graham, Magician.......................... 434-760-0596 Expressions Face Painting........................... 434-409-4796 Foxboro Farm-Travel Petting Zoo...................... 804-307-2955 Freckles n’ Friends......... 434-971-5812 Knockerball..................... 434-964-6040 Metamorphosis Face Art.......................... 434-589-8906

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Perfectly Posh................. 801-441-1744 Peter Jones, Storyteller... 434-978-3603 PowerPlay........................ 434-964-7024 Tell Me About It Mystery Tours................. 434-760-0525 The Creative Wagon....... 434-390-9301 Wes Iseli, Magician......... 877-987-4201 Wild Earth Encounters.. 540-447-4879 Woodworking for Children..................... 434-979-1220

127 Seminole Court bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time. See ad pg 113 *Cville Inflatables with Superfun Attractions...................... 434-374-1386 59 Stodghill Drive, Ruckersville superfun.lol Full-service company delivering entertainment, amusement and games to Albemarle and surrounding counties. See ad pg 83

Frozen Treats Arch’s Frozen Yogurt...... 434-984-2724

Party Locations

Ben & Jerry’s................... 434-244-7438

7 Tigers Taekwondo & Hapkido....................... 434-296-9933

Bloop Frozen Yogurt....... 434-282-2093 Chaps............................... 434-977-4139 Cold Stone Creamery..... 434-529-8526 Dairy Queen.................... 434-964-9595 J-Petal............................... 434-234-3332 Kirt’s Homemade Ice Cream........................ 434-202-0306 Kohr Bros......................... 434-975-4651 Kona Ice........................... 434-466-8959 La Flor Michoacana Ice Cream Shop................................. 434-984-1603 Red Mango...................... 434-328-8393 Smoothie King................ 434-975-5464 Splendora’s Gelato......... 434-296-8555 Sweet Frog....................... 434-293-1130 The Sweet Tooth............. 434-760-0047

*Aberdeen Barn............... 434-296-4630 2018 Holiday Drive aberdeenbarn.com Charlottesville's premier steakhouse since 1965. Serving Roast Prime Rib, Angus Steaks, Seafood, fine wine & cocktails. See ad pg 51 Albemarle County Parks & Rec............................... 434-296-5844 *ACAC............................. 434-978-3800 500 Albemarle Square, 111 Monticello Avenue & 200 Four Seasons Drive acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies and camps. See ad pg 115

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Albemarle Fire & Rescue......................... 434-296-5833 AMF Kegler’s Lanes........ 434-978-3999 Balletschool.................... 434-975-3533


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*BOUNCE Play-n-Create.434-973-1111 127 Seminole Court bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time. See ad pg 113

chilesfamilyorchards.com Orchard with mountain top views, apple and peach picking, fall activities, hayrides and entertainment. See ad pg 22 Cavalier Sports Cards.... 434-974-1771

Build-A-Bear Workshop. 434-964-1998 *Camp Friendship........... 800-873-3223 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 107

Charlottesville Ballet Academy......................... 434-973-2555 Charlottesville Performing Arts School.............................. 434-293-2727 Chew Chew Town........... 434-202-2609 Classics Gymnastics...... 434-978-4720 Cville Escape Room........ 434-566-9499 Decades Arcade.............. 434-962-7986

Carriage Hill Farm.......... 434-296-2672

Fairview Swim & Tennis.......................... 434-973-7946

*Carter Mountain Orchard........................... 434-977-1833

*FIREFLY Restaurant...... 434-202-1050

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ages 4 months–12 years: gymnastics, sports, dance. Parties & camps. See ad pg 85

FootNotes Studio............ 434-242-0605

Little Planets Playspace.703-209-4717

Friendship Gymnastics.. 434-589-5867

Michael’s Crafts.............. 434-971-1072

Fry’s Spring Beach Club.434-296-4181

Muse Paintbar................. 434-829-3060

Gearharts Chocolates.... 434-972-9100

My Chocolate Shoppe.... 434-995-5428

Greenwood Roller Skating............................. 434-296-5844

Putt-Putt Golf.................. 434-973-5509

Highlands Golf Park....... 434-985-2765

PORTRAIT & PARTY PLANNING

Family-friendly restaurant and arcade with private party rental option for groups. See ad pg 80

Science Museum of VA.. 804-864-1400

Jump Trampoline Park... 434-284-8248

SPCA................... Center 434-973-5959, Store, 434-293-8475

Kohr Bros......................... 434-975-4651

Speak Language Center.434-245-8255

Lazy Daisy Ceramics...... 434-295-7801

Superior Martial Arts..... 434-973-3000

*Little Gym, The.............. 434-975-5437

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The Shops at Stonefield 2075 Bond St #140 thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva Motor skills development classes for

*Triple C Camp............... 434-293-2529 920 Camp Road, tripleccamp.com Daily swimming, horses, climbing

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tower/zip line, lunches, transportation and much more. See ad pg 107 Unlocked History Escape Rooms.............................. 434-664-1059 *Virginia Discovery Museum.......................... 434-977-1025 524 E. Main Street East end of Downtown Mall vadm.org Charlottesville’s children’s museum since 1981 with a hands-on environment for kids 1–8 yrs. See ad pg 86

*Wilson School of Dance.434-973-5678 3114 Proffit Road wilsonschoolofdance.com All levels, ages 3–adult, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, children’s program, contemporary/lyrical, 50+ classes. See ad pg 111 Wine & Design/Art Buzz Kids......................... 434-218-3112 *YMCA............................. 434-974-9622 151 McIntire Park Drive piedmontymca.org Themed parties in play zone, pool or gym inflatable. See ad pg 105

*Wildrock........................ 434-825-8631 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd, Crozet wildrock.org Three-acre nature playscape and discovery center with walking trails, workshops and more. See ad pg 21

Party Supplies Caspari............................ 434-817-7880 Central Virginia Rental.. 434-977-5915 Festive Fare..................... 434-296-5496

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Rock Paper Scissors........ 434-979-6366 Virginia Tent Rental....... 434-296-7595

Photographers

PORTRAIT & PARTY PLANNING

Party Starts Here............ 434-973-7359

Capturing life’s moments. Portraits, babies, weddings, life. See ad pg 87 Meredith Coe Photo....... 434-218-2308 Robert Radifera Photography.................... 434-245-8547

*3 Cats Photo.................. 303-709-7290 Crozet & Charlottesville 3catsphoto.com International award-winning portrait photographer specializing in children, families and all the celebrations of life. See ad pg 84 Aaron Watson................ 434-202-8031 Cramer Photography...... 434-242-6074 *Jen Fariello Photography................... 434-963-7976 313 Second Street S.E., Studio 106 jenfariello.com

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Arts & Crafts Supplies A.C. Moore....................... 434-234-8279 Art Box at Creative Framing........................... 434-295-5426 Laughing Sheep Yarns... 434-973-0331 Magpie Knits................... 434-296-4625 Michael’s Crafts.............. 434-971-1072 Objects on Main............. 540-360-4917 *P. Buckley Moss............. 540-949-6473 329 West Main St., Waynesboro pbuckleymoss.com “Rediscover Art” – promoting art in the classroom to teach children with learning differences. See ad pg 49 Studio Baboo................... 434-244-2905

offering toys, books, dolls and games. See ad pg 89

Children’s Clothing, New Green Bean Baby Boutique.......................... 434-234-4504 O’Suzannah for Littles... 434-466-2449 Ragged Mountain Running Shop................................. 434-293-3367 Shoe Store Next Door.... 434-293-8400 Whimsies........................ 434-977-8767

Children’s Clothing, Used Encore Kids Clothing..... 434-282-0206

Bicycle Dealers Bike Factory.................... 434-975-2453 Blue Ridge Cyclery......... 434-995-2453 Blue Wheel Bicycles....... 434-977-1870 Crozet Bicycle Shop....... 434-996-7224 Peloton Station............... 434-242-7101

Book Stores

Goodwill.......................... 434-295-3967 Here Wee Grow Again.... 434-973-5806 Kid to Kid........................ 434-529-8988 Kim’s Consignment........ 434-939-9694 Rethreads........................ 434-260-0335 Schoolhouse Thrift Shop................................. 434-973-2271 Twice Is Nice................... 434-293-8319

Family Christian Stores. 434-973-8287

Game, Collector & Memorabilia Stores

Green Valley Book Fair... 540-434-0309

Atlas Comics................... 434-974-7512

New Dominion Bookshop......................... 434-295-2552

Baseball Direct................ 434-974-4985

Atlas Comics................... 434-974-7512

Oakley’s Gently Used Books...................... 434-977-3313 Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery............................. 434-823-1144 *Shenanigans.................. 434-295-4797 601 West Main Street/Midtown shenaniganstoys.net Neighborhood toy store since 1974, 88

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Cavalier Sports Cards.... 434-974-1771 GameStop........434-977-0516, 434-9731929, 434-973-0367, 434-973-5981 Rail Tales Hobby Shop... 434-984-1170 The End Game Center... 434-973-2205 Treasures Through Time................................. 434-979-9172


Ch’ville Piano Co............ 434-296-8886 Specialty Guitars Plus.... 434-979-3800 Spectrum Integrators.... 434-977-2797 Stacy’s Music.................. 434-974-1555

Personalized Goods *Vintage Swings..................................... email@vintageswings.com vintageswings.com Handmade wooden swings proudly made in Charlottesville. See ad pg H-26

SHOPPING FOR YOU & THE KIDS

Music Stores

living.com/ Everything you need for elegant outdoor entertaining, from Dubarry apparel and picnic hampers to local wines and foods. See ad pg 3 *Feast!............................. 434-244-7800 416 W. Main Street, Suite H feastvirginia.com Owner-operated specialty food store that connects local farmers and artisan food producers with consumers. See ad pg 55 Gearharts Chocolates.... 434-972-9100 *Rebecca’s Natural Food.434-977-1965

Specialty Foods *Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop...............................434-295-0306 4416 Ivy Commons 10am–6pm Wednesday–Saturday charlottesvillewineandcountry

Barracks Road Shopping Center rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine and beer. See ad pg 78

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Sporting Goods

O’Suzannah for Littles... 434-466-2449

Freestyle.......................... 434-978-4091

Pufferbellies Toys and Books........................ 540-886-3516

Great Outdoor Provision Co.................... 434-995-5669 High Tor Gear Exchange......................... 434-260-4026 Peace Frogs Travel /Outfitters....................... 434-977-1415

*Shenanigans.................. 434-295-4797 601 West Main Street/Midtown shenaniganstoys.net Neighborhood toy store since 1974, offering toys, books, dolls and games. See ad pg 89

Play It Again Sports........ 434-973-2638 Ragged Mountain Running Shop................................. 434-293-3367

Virginia Tractor............... 434-977-8100

Rivanna Gear & Apparel........................ 434-293-4558

Wellness & Safety

The Hip Joint................... 434-971-6888 Total Soccer.................... 434-220-2460 University Dive and Hobby Center.......... 434-296-6306

5 Star Nutrition.............. 434-284-8410 Environ. Health Cons..... 434-977-1409 GNC..................................434-979-1055, 424-975-2950, 434-973-4433 SafetyStore.com............. 434-973-8030

Toys, New Alakazam Toys & Gifts.. 434-971-1717

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Education & Child Care


Day Care Services ABC Preschool DayCare .434-296-1116 Albemarle County Schools AfterSchool Program.............. 434-296-5840 Aldersgate United Methodist Church............................. 434-973-5806 Barrett Early Learning... 434-295-9202 Bright Beginnings Preschool................ 434-823-7129 Crozet, 434-973-8414 Forest Lakes, 434-979-8585 Mill Creek Carriage Hill Farm.......... 434-296-2672 Child Connections.......... 434-591-1010 Covesville Child Center. 434-245-9133 Creative Learning After-School & in the Summer (CLASS)..... 434-245-2501 Effort Christian School.. 434-589-8962 Faith Christian Acad...... 434-979-1704 First Baptist Center........ 434-296-6198

First Presbyterian Church Preschool

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award A Play-Based Winner 2018 Christian Preschool 9AM to Noon Serving ages 20 months to 5 years old

See our website for additional information! firstprescharlottesville.org/preschool

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*First Presbyterian Church Preschool......................... 434-296-1447 500 Park Street firstprescharlottesville.org/ preschool A play-based Christian preschool for ages 20 months–5 years old. See ad pg 92 First Steps....................... 434-295-5575 Foundations Child Development Center.............................. 434-973-9218 Four Seasons Learning Center.............................. 434-975-4455 *Grymes Memorial School.............................. 540-672-1010 13775 Spicer’s Mill Road, Orange grymesschool.org Offering challenging curriculum, small classes, extracurriculars & bus transport from Ruckersville for junior Jr K–8th grade. See ad pg 93

Located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, the ISC offers early childhood education with a global focus for ages 2-6 with language immersion programs in French and Spanish. Part- and full-time preschool programs with flexible Extra Care, fun afternoon activities, and summer day camps open to all area kids! Previous exposure to French or Spanish is not required for ISC programs

admissions@theISC.org (434) 984-2174 www.theISC.org


Nature’s Bloom............... 434-979-4796

Lighthouse Christian..... 434-973-7557

Old Dominion Day School.............................. 434-977-0511

Little Explorers Discovery School.............................. 440-781-0981 *Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool...434-975-4263 2117 Angus Road, mmlhp.com French and Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4–5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 93 Millstone of Ivy............... 434-979-2111 *Montessori School of Charlottesville................. 434-295-0029 631 Cutler Lane; 1602 Gordon Ave. montessoriofcville.org Celebrating 42 years of teaching peace and fostering personal independence and social responsibility. See ad pg 98

EDUCATION & CHILD CARE

Hilltop Child Care.......... 434-295-6623

Our Neighborhood Child Development Center...... 434-202-8639 Rainbow Childcare Center.............................. 434-295-8569 Salvation Army............... 434-295-4058 St. Nicholas Learning Center.............................. 434-589-5201 Tuckahoe School............ 434-361-9018 Wee Care Daycare.......... 434-972-0001 Westminster Child Care Center.............................. 434-977-3322 *YMCA............................. 434-202-0118 233 4th Street NW, Suite Y piedmontymca.org Licensed child care for ages 6-weeks through pre-K. See ad pg 105

My Maternelle................ 540-764-2294

Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool

We Shape the Mighty Minds of Tomorrow

French & SpaniSh immerSion program 2117 Angus Rd. • Charlottesville, VA 22901 (HAND) gmtaf team@yahoo.com

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In-Home Childcare

Greene County Library.. 434-985-5227

ASAP Sitters.................... 703-209-4717

Louisa County Library... 540-894-5853

Au Pair Care.................... 800-428-7247

Nelson Memorial Library............................. 434-263-5904

Cultural Care Au Pair..... 800-333-6056 Golden Hearts Nanny Agency............................. 434-879-6677 Monticello Nannies........ 434-923-0023

Northside Library........... 434-973-7893 Scottsville Library.......... 434-286-3541

Sitter Match LLC............. 508-212-2006

Public School Districts

UVA Nursing School Babysitter List................................... 434-924-0141

Albemarle County Public Schools............................ 434-296-5820

UVA Women’s Center Child Care Resources........................ 434-982-2361

*Charlottesville City Public Schools............................ 434-245-2400

Libraries Central Library............... 434-979-7151 Crozet Library................. 434-823-4050 Fluvanna County Library............................. 434-589-1400 Gordon Avenue Library.. 434-296-5544

1562 Dairy Road charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 99

Schools, Driver’s Ed A+ Driver Improvement School.............................. 800-794-2228

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” FrostMontessori.com 1553 Delphi Drive, Charlottesville 94

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Albemarle County Community Education........................ 434-975-9451 Cavalier Driving School. 434-980-2775 Green Light Driving School.............................. 434-979-5300

EDUCATION & CHILD CARE

A-1 Defensive Driving School.............................. 434-293-5377

Bright Beginnings Preschool 434-823-7129 Crozet, 434-973-8414 Forest Lakes, 434-979-8585 Mill Creek Bright Stars Program..... 434-972-4140 Chancellor Street Co-Op............................... 434-296-6444 Charlottesville Catholic School.............................. 434-964-0400

Schools, Pre-School ABC Preschool Day Care.......................... 434-296-1116 ACPS Early Childhood Special Education Program........ 434-973-2490 *Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community..................... 434-244-2471 1550 Insurance Lane albemarlemcc.com A school focused on nurturing children through pre-primary, primary and elementary levels. See ad pg 94

Charlottesville Day School.............................. 434-817-2371 *Charlottesville Waldorf School.............................. 434-973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road cwaldorf.org Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and Pre-K through 8th grade. See ad pg 95

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Chestnut Grove Preschool......................... 434-978-3819 Child Connections.......... 434-591-1010 Children’s Garden Preschool......................... 434-974-6068 Christ Church Preschool......................... 434-293-2347 Commonwealth Christian Community Center........ 434-823-6500 Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) ...................... 434-295-6382 *Covenant School, The.... 434-220-7330 Lower School (preK–6th): 1000 Birdwood Road Upper School (7th–12th): 175 Hickory Street, covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for preK–12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 97 Covesville Child Center. 434-245-9133

A Classical Christian School Challenging Academics • Grades K-12 Biblical Worldview • Small Class Sizes Team Sports

Half day and Full day Kindergarten (434) 293-0633

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Daylily Preschool............ 434-996-8397 First Baptist Center........ 434-296-6198 *First Presbyterian Church Preschool......................... 434-296-1447 500 Park Street firstprescharlottesville.org/ preschool A play-based Christian preschool for ages 20 months–5 years old. See ad pg 92 First United Methodist Church............................. 434-296-6682 Four Seasons Learning Center.............................. 434-975-4455 *Free Union Country School.............................. 434-978-1700 4220 Free Union Rd, Free Union freeunioncountryschool.org Natural curiosity and an eagerness to explore are what drive learning at Free Union. See ad pg 96


1553 Delphi Drive frostmontessori.com Multi-aged classrooms, 21-months to 6-years. Child-centered environment. Spanish, art, geography, sewing, gardening and more. See ad pg 94 Generations Montessori School.............................. 434-422-8161 Gentle Care Day Care.... 434-409-6465 Hillsboro Christian Preschool......................... 434-823-5342 Hilltop Child Care Center.............................. 434-295-6623

EDUCATION & CHILD CARE

*Frost Montessori School.............................. 434-979-5223

immersion education for children ages 2–6. See ad pg 92 Ivy School House Preschool......................... 434-823-4060 *JABA’s Shining Star Preschool......................... 434-817-5266 674 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 9 jabacares.org Offering a vibrant educational environment with exciting intergenerational opportunities for kids with their elders. See ad pg 98 Kangaroo Preschool....... 434-973-8736 Kiddie Academy............. 434-202-1062

*International School of Charlottesville................. 434-984-2174

Kingswood Christian Preschool......................... 434-823-1258

830 Monticello Avenue, theisc.org A holistic, NAEYC accredited, globally oriented French/Spanish language

Lighthouse Christian..... 434-973-7557 Little Explorers Discovery School.............................. 440-781-0981

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Grades Pre-K - 12

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MACAA Head Start......... 434-295-3171

Natural Beginnings........ 434-882-7207

*Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool.. 434-975-4263

North Branch School..... 540-456-8450

2117 Angus Road, mmlhp.com French and Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4–5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 93

Northridge Preschool..... 434-964-1560 Old Dominion Day School.............................. 434-977-0511 Olivet Preschool.............. 434-295-1367 Paran Preschool.............. 434-973-9077

Millstone of Ivy............... 434-979-2111 Molly Michie Cooperative Preschool......................... 434-977-7406 *Montessori School of Charlottesville................. 434-295-0029 631 Cutler Lane; 1602 Gordon Avenue montessoriofcville.org Celebrating 42 years of teaching peace and fostering personal independence and social responsibility. See ad pg 98

Park Street Christian Preschool......................... 434-296-8922 Rainbow Childcare Center.............................. 434-295-8569 Reach for the Stars Early Childhood Education..... 434-548-0108 Special Education Preschool......................... 434-973-2490 St. Anne’s-Belfield School.............................. 434-296-5106 St. Mark Preschool......... 434-293-0792

Mountaintop Montessori School.............................. 434-979-8886

Serving children ages 21 months - 6 years

Tuckahoe School............ 434-361-9018

Shining Star Preschool Schedule a Tour Today! We offer intergenerational programming with older adults to provide your child with academic and social skills.

Following the Child since 1976 Now accepting applications. To schedule a visit, please contact us at

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Call us to arrange a visit. 434.817.5266 674 Hillsdale Drive, C’ville (near Fashion Square Mall) www.jabacares.org


University Montessori School.............................. 434-977-0583 UVA Development Center.............................. 434-293-6110 Westminster Child Care Center.............................. 434-977-3322 *YMCA............................. 434-202-0118 233 4th Street NW, Suite Y piedmontymca.org Licensed child care for ages 6-weeks through pre-K. See ad pg 105

Schools, Private Afton Christian School... 540-456-6853 *Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community..................... 434-244-2471 1550 Insurance Lane albemarlemcc.com A school focused on nurturing children

EDUCATION & CHILD CARE

United Christian Academy......................... 434-985-2947

through pre-primary, primary and elementary levels. See ad pg 94 Blue Ridge School........... 434-985-2811 Calvary Christian........... 434-581-3874 Charlottesville Catholic.434-964-0400 Charlottesville Day........ 434-817-2371 *Charlottesville Waldorf School.............................. 434-973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road cwaldorf.org Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and Pre-K through 8th grade. See ad pg 95 Chatham Hall................. 877-644-2941 Community Christian Academy......................... 434-326-1145

Charlottesville City Schools

Every Learner. Every Day. Everyone.

Neighborhood schools with a global perspective, offering excellence in the arts, sciences, and more! 434-245-2400 • CharlottesvilleSchools.org CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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*Covenant School, The.... 434-220-7330 Lower School (preK-6th): 1000 Birdwood Road Upper School (7th-12th): 175 Hickory Street covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for preK-12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 97 Effort Christian School.. 434-589-8962 Fishburne Military......... 540-946-7700 Fork Union Military Academy......................... 434-842-3212 *Free Union Country School.............................. 434-978-1700 4220 Free Union Rd, Free Union freeunioncountryschool.org Natural curiosity and an eagerness to explore are what drive learning at Free Union. See ad pg 96 Generations Montessori School.............................. 434-422-8161 *Grymes Memorial School.............................. 540-672-1010 13775 Spicer’s Mill Road, Orange grymesschool.org Offering challenging curriculum, small classes, extracurriculars & bus transport from Ruckersville for junior Jr K–8th grade. See ad pg 93 *International School of Charlottesville................. 434-984-2174 830 Monticello Avenue theisc.org A holistic, NAEYC accredited, globally oriented French/Spanish language immersion education for children ages 2–6. See ad pg 92 Miller School of Albemarle........................ 434-823-4805 Mountaintop Montessori School.............................. 434-979-8886 100

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North Branch School..... 540-456-8450 Open Door Christian School.............................. 434-589-3673 Peabody School............... 434-296-6901 *Regents School of Charlottesville................. 434-293-0633 200 Bob Finley Way regents-school.org A classical Christian school with small class sizes and striving team sports. Grades K–12. See ad pg 96 Renaissance School........ 434-984-1952 Seven Rivers Country Day School.............................. 434-249-4455 St. Anne’s-Belfield School.............................. 434-296-5106 Stuart Hall...................... 540-885-0356 *Tandem Friends School.............................434-296-1303 279 Tandem Lane tandemfs.org Combines Quaker values with an academically rigorous curriculum to create a unique community of learning. See ad pg 101 Village School................. 434-984-4404 Woodberry Forest School.............................. 540-672-3900

Schools, Public – High Albemarle County Public Schools............................ 434-296-5820 Albemarle High.............. 434-975-9300 *Charlottesville City Public Schools............................ 434-245-2400 1562 Dairy Road charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 99 Charlottesville High....... 434-245-2410


Health and Medical Services Academy......................... 434-244-3100 Math Engineering & Science Academy......................... 434-975-9300 Monticello High.............. 434-244-3100 Murray High.................... 434-296-3090 Western Albemarle High................................. 434-823-8700

Schools, Public – Lower Agnor-Hurt...................... 434-973-5211 Albemarle County Public Schools............................ 434-296-5820

*Charlottesville City Public Schools............................ 434-245-2400 1562 Dairy Road charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 99 Clark Elementary........... 434-245-2414 Crozet Elementary......... 434-823-4800 Greenbrier Elementary.. 434-245-2415 Hollymead Elementary.. 434-973-8301 Jackson-Via Elementary.434-245-2416 Johnson Elementary....... 434-245-2417 Mary C. Greer.................. 434-973-8371 Meriwether Lewis........... 434-293-9304

Baker Butler.................... 434-974-7777

Murray Elementary........ 434-977-4599

Broadus Wood................. 434-973-3865

Paul H. Cale..................... 434-293-7455

Brownsville..................... 434-823-4658

Red Hill Elementary....... 434-293-5332

Burnley-Moran............... 434-245-2413

Scottsville Elementary... 434-974-8040

Ready to Change the World?

For her senior project, Emma founded Art for the Heart, a program that brings art therapy to area homeless women. Her project won the Grand Prize for Social Innovation at the Tom Tom Youth Summit.

TANDEM FRIENDS: SMALL SCHOOL, BIG OPPORTUNITIES Take a tour

Grades 5-12

Call (434) 951-9314

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Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)............................ 434-973-4461


Stone-Robinson.............. 434-296-3754

La Alliance Francaise..... 434-260-0640

Stony Point Elementary.434-973-6405

Literacy Volunteers........ 434-977-3838

Venable Elementary....... 434-245-2418

Little Bird Plays............... 434-987-0638

Walker Upper.................. 434-245-2412

McGuffey Reading Center.............................. 434-924-7034

Woodbrook Elementary.434-973-6600

The Hunt Course............ 703-425-7656

Schools, Public – Middle Buford Middle School.... 434-245-2411

Tutor Doctor................... 434-422-3595 Wahoo Tutors................. 434-996-6174

Community Public Charter School.............................. 434-972-1607 Jack Jouett Middle.......... 434-975-9320 Jackson P. Burley Middle.............................. 434-295-5101 Joseph T. Henley Middle.434-823-4393 Leslie H. Walton Middle.434-977-5615 Mortimer Sutherland..... 434-975-0599

Schools, Specialty Elk Hill Charlottesville Day School.............................. 434-220-7198 Lafayette School............. 434-589-2370 Little Keswick School..... 434-295-0457 Oakland School.............. 434-293-9059

PBS KIDS®

24/7 Channel

Anytime is Learning Time!

Park School..................... 434-293-2613 Peabody School............... 434-296-6901 Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP)............... 434-975-9400 Virginia Institute of Autism............................. 434-923-8252

PEG + CAT

ODD SQUAD

Anytime. Anywhere. Tutoring Aloha Mind Math/Reading/ Writing............................ 434-249-2888 Aristotle Circle................ 434-825-4832 Clayborne Education..... 434-295-4501 Enrichment Alliance...... 434-295-1002 Hometown Learning...... 434-529-8501 102

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FREE 24/7 TV channel Stream online at ideastations.org/pbskids Or, download the PBS KIDS® Video App


Kids’ Recreation & Family Fun


Adventure Sports

Cville Escape Room........ 434-566-9499

Charlottesville Fencing Alliance........................... 434-227-4006

Decades Arcade.............. 434-962-7986

Discovery Ridge Adventure Center.............................. 434-325-8505

Jump Trampoline Park... 434-284-8248

Dive Connections........... 434-964-9200 Poplar Ridge Ropes Course............................. 434-924-6202 University Dive and Hobby Center.............................. 434-296-6306

Fastrax............................. 540-949-5278 Little Planets Playspace.703-209-4717 Unlocked History Escape Rooms.............................. 434-664-1059 YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Arts & Crafts Amusement Centers

Albemarle Artful Kids.... 434-806-6734

AMF Kegler’s Lanes........ 434-978-3999

City Clay.......................... 434-293-0808

*BOUNCE Play-n-Create.434-973-1111

Crozet Arts...................... 434-964-6770

127 Seminole Court bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time. See ad pg 113

Glass Palette, The........... 434-977-9009 Lazy Daisy Ceramics...... 434-295-7801 *Lee Alter Watercolor Painting........................... 434-760-9658 McGuffey Art Center, Studio 6

Coming to a field near you...

LEE ALTER

Watercolor Artist

SOCCer! • Year-round Leagues • Camps

Classes & Workshops for Adults, Teens & Children @ McGuffey Art Center Studio 6

434-760-9658

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• Well Trained Coaches • Individualized Training • Ages 4 to Adult

SOCA 975-5025

www.SOCAspot.org


Light House Filmmaking Studio.............................. 434-293-6992

Cove Creek Baseball....... 434-970-2255 Jefferson Area Girls Softball............................ 434-973-5440 Lane Babe Ruth Baseball........................... 434-973-7457 McIntire Little League.... 434-817-5100

Magpie Knits................... 434-296-4625

Monticello Little League.434-296-1251

McGuffey Art Center...... 434-295-7973

Northside Cal Ripken League............................. 434-980-1256

Muse Paintbar................. 434-829-3060 New City Arts Initiative. 434-202-5277

Peachtree Babe Ruth Baseball........................... 434-823-7183

Studio Baboo................... 434-244-2905 The Hive...................thehivecville.com Very Special Arts............ 434-970-3264 Woodworking for Kids... 434-979-1220

Baseball

Basketball Charlottesville Parks & Rec. Youth Basketball........................ 434-970-3271 Scottsville Youth Basketball........................ 434-286-3612

Virginia Basketball American Legion Academy......................... 434-242-7729 Baseball........................... 434-977-1050 YMCA Cville Family go-to-guide ad_Layout 1 1/9/19 9:10 AM Page 1

JOIN our community ★ Brooks Family YMCA

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Scholarships Available PiedmontYMCA.org CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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leealterartist.com Classes and workshops for adults, teens and children. Call to register. See ad pg 104


YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Camps Boy Scouts of America... 800-630-0620 *Camp Alleghany for Girls........................... 304-645-1316

*Camp Horizons.............. 540-896-7600 3586 Horizons Way, Harrisonburg camphorizonsva.com Co-ed sleepaway camp June-August. Retreats/meetings/groups SeptemberMay. See ad pg 106

Lewisburg, WV campalleghanyforgirls.com Traditional camp with sports, dance and drama. Oldest girls’ camp in the Virginias. ACA Accredited. See ad pg 108

*Camp4Real.................... 434-806-5990

*Camp Friendship........... 800-873-3223

Girl Scouts....................... 540-777-5100

573 Friendship Way, Palmyra campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 107

*James Monroe’s Highland......................... 434-293-8000

Camp Holiday Trails...... 434-977-3781

210 Saponi Lane Unit 2 camp4real.com Fun, interactive games and activities. Full & half day options. Ages 5–12. See ad pg 106

2050 James Monroe Parkway highland.org Offers guided tours, educational programs and private events at the home of our 5th President. Open daily. See ad pg 31 REAL FUN. REAL FOOD. REAL ACTIVE. REAL AWESOME! Celebrate a healthy lifestyle with fun,interactive games and activities. For ANY student ages 5–12 from ANY school!

READY FOR THE BEST SUMMER

EVER?

FULL & HALF DAY OPTIONS

sibling discounts available

REGISTER NOW FOR A SUMMER OF FUN AND FRIENDSHIP! Camp Horizons is a co-ed sleepaway camp for campers ages 6-16.

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WE PROVIDE

snacks & lunch • wholesome real plant-based meals • interactive nutritional games • experienced physical educators

REGISTER TODAY! For more information and registration, visit CAMP4REAL.COM Registration deadline 6/1/2019


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Premier overnight summer camp in your backyard.

www.campfriendship.com

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*Little Gym, The.............. 434-975-5437 The Shops at Stonefield 2075 Bond St #140 thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva Motor skills development classes for ages 4 months–12 years: gymnastics, sports, dance. Parties & camps. See ad pg 85 *Science Camp Watonka.888-741-4336 P.O. Box 127, Hawley, PA watonka.com A small family owned boys sleepaway camp in the Poconos. ACA accredited. See ad pg 108 *SOCA (Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area)...... 434-975-5025 1685 Polo Grounds Road socaspot.org Year-round leagues for adults & children including camps and individual training. See ad pg 104

*STEAM Discovery Academy......................... 434-987-3918 PO Box 7981 steamdiscoveryacademy.com Explore all aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. See ad pg 109 Summer Playground Program............. 434-296-5844 Albemarle, 434-970-3260 Charlottesville *Triple C Camp............... 434-293-2529 920 Camp Road, tripleccamp.com Daily swimming, horses, climbing tower/zip line, lunches, transportation and much more. See ad pg 107 *YMCA............................. 434-974-9622 piedmontymca.org Licensed, full-day traditional day camps. See ad pg 105

The Oldest Girls’ Camp in the Virginias since 1922

InspIrIng growth through honor, loyalty, and frIendshIp.

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Dance & Movement

4-H................................... 434-872-4580

Albemarle Ballet Theatre............................ 434-823-8888

Air Raid Juggling Club........................... mark@nizer.com Blue Ridge Young Birders............................. 540-363-5035

BAFFA Academy of Irish Dance... thebaffaacademy@gmail.com Balletschool.................... 434-975-3533

Boy Scouts of America... 800-630-0620

Barre Tots........................ 434-973-2030

Boys & Girls Club........... 434-977-3514

Bend Yoga........................ 434-296-2363

Cavman’s Crew............... 434-924-8821

Blue Ridge Irish Music School.............................. 434-409-9631

Girl Scouts....................... 540-777-5100 Junior Achievement....... 804-217-8855 Poetry Club..................... 434-977-1025 Science Club................... 434-977-1025 Table Tennis Club........... 434-973-2931 Wednesday Music Club........................ info@wednesdaymusicclub.org

Charlottesville Ballet Academy......................... 434-973-2555 Charlottesville Performing Arts School.............................. 434-293-2727 Charlottesville Royalettes Baton Class....................royalettesbaton.com Jefferson Cotillion.......... 434-242-0153

Young Life....................... 434-964-1867

STEAM Discovery Academy

Join us at STEAM Discovery Academy and let us cultivate your student’s passion for all aspects of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Students learn to think on their feet, evaluate challenges, and experiment their way to solutions. Visit our website at

STEAMDiscoveryAcademy.com to view our course catalog and apply! CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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Clubs


*Wilson School of Dance.............................. 434-973-5678 3114 Proffit Road wilsonschoolofdance.com All levels, ages 3–adult, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, children’s program, contemporary/lyrical, 50+ classes. See ad pg 111

Educational Recreation Civility School, The........ 434-242-0153 Etiquette School of the Commonwealth.............. 434-996-4903 Han Studio Chinese Classes............................. 434-327-9573

course. PGA professional available for private/group instruction. See ad pg 111 Putt-Putt Golf.................. 434-973-5509 The First Tee of VA Blue Ridge....................... 434-987-0165

Gymnastics & Cheerleading AIM Cheer/Pom Program........................... 800-323-3755 Classics Gymnastics...... 434-978-4720 Friendship Gymnastics.. 434-589-5867

Hike It Baby....hikeitbaby.com/contact

*Little Gym, The.............. 434-975-5437

Southern School of Etiquette.......................... 434-531-8677

The Shops at Stonefield 2075 Bond St #140 thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva Motor skills development classes for ages 4 months–12 years: gymnastics, sports, dance. Parties & camps. See ad pg 85

WNRN............................ info@wnrn.org *WVPT - PBS................... 800-476-2357 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg wvpt.net The Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia’s public television station. See ad pg 102

Golf Anytime Golf............ anytimegolf.com Birdwood Golf Course.... 434-293-4653 First Tee of Ch'ville........ 434-970-3260 Glenmore Golf Course... 434-817-0506 Greene Hills Club........... 434-985-7328 Highlands Golf Park & Pirate Pete’s Miniature Golf................ 434-985-2765 Kandi Comer Golf........... 434-823-8101 Lake Monticello Golf Course............................. 434-589-3075 *Meadowcreek Golf Course at Pen Park..................... 434-977-0615 1400 Pen Park Road meadowcreekgolf.org Grill, lessons, driving range, par 70 110

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Pop Warner Cheerleading.................... centralvirginiapopwarner.com

Health Clubs 9Round Fitness............... 434-974-9000 *ACAC............................. 434-978-3800 500 Albemarle Square, 111 Monticello Avenue & 200 Four Seasons Drive acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies and camps. See ad pg 115 Atlantic Sports & Rehab........................... 434-978-4915 Boar’s Head Sports Club................................. 434-972-2237 Carver Rec Center.......... 434-970-3053


KIDS' RECREATION

DANCE CLASSES! Build confidence, gain poise, and have FUN!

AGES 3-ADULT NEW! TUMBLING! BALLET JAZZ TAP PRINCESS BALLET HIP HOP LYRICAL CONTEMPORARY

Location:

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2018

3114 Proffit Rd. Next to Forest Lakes

973-5678

Director: Juanita@WilsonSchoolofDance.com

5 minutes from downtown located in Pen Park on Rio Rd. Quality course conditions at affordable prices. PGA Professionals available

for group and private instruction.

www .

434.977.0615 meAdowcReekGolf.org

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The Pony Academy

Building self confidence and a lasting relationship with the horse Lessons for children (6+) & adults are offered Monday-Friday, year round

• Private,

Semi-Private & Group Lessons

• Adult lessons

on a limited basis Group lessons are only $38/student!

434.823.6929

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Edge................................. 434-817-4286

Martial Arts

Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center.............................. 434-970-3072

7 Tigers Taekwondo & Hapkido........................... 434-296-9933

*YMCA............................. 434-974-9622

AIM Self-Defense............ 434-979-0282

piedmontymca.org Includes aquatics, fitness and family recreation at Brooks Family YMCA and Crozet YMCA. See ad pg 105

Aldridge Karate Institute........................... 434-985-2049

Horseback Riding Barracks, The.................. 434-293-6568 Brookhill Farm Horseback Riding............................... 434-295-7484

Ch'ville T’ai Chi Center. 877-880-2479 Ch'ville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu............................ 434-825-6202 Chville Judo Academy.... 434-975-4482 Gracie Charlottesville.... 434-688-4482 International Black Belt.434-973-8885

*Camp Friendship........... 800-873-3223

L M Karate Academy..... 434-589-5282

573 Friendship Way, Palmyra campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 107

Laughing Dragon Kung Fu........................... 434-973-0318

Carriage Hill Farm.......... 434-296-2672

Shotokan Karate Club... 434-409-2126

Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy........................... 434-823-1178

Ssal Shin Jo Judo............. 434-531-2951

Graves Mountain Lodge Stables............................. 540-923-4231

UpLevel Martial Arts...... 434-973-0855

MMA Institute................ 434-975-6624 Mountain Kim Martial Arts.................................. 434-245-0202 Saber Force Academy........................... wheretheforceisalive@gmail.com

Superior Martial Arts..... 434-973-3000

Hidden Creek Farm........ 434-985-4309 Hoof & Woof 4-H Club... 434-872-4580

Mentoring

Horses as Healers........... 434-882-3610

Big Brothers Big Sisters.. 434-244-0882

Millington Stables.......... 434-823-5109

Big Siblings...................... 434-977-7051

North Garden Equestrian Center.............................. 434-882-1841

Computers 4 Kids........... 434-817-1121

*Pony Academy, The....... 434-823-6929

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA............................. 434-982-2361

2149 Browns Gap Turnpike theponyacademyva.com Building self-confidence and relationships with the horse. Private, semi-private and group lessons. See ad pg 111 Shadowfax...................... 434-200-4641

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Madison House............... 434-977-7051

Young Women Leaders Program........................... 434-924-9732

Music Lessons B# Music.......................... 434-806-3515 Bailey Lessons................. 434-242-9743


Blue Ridge Irish Music School.............................. 434-409-9631 *Blue Ridge Music Together.......................... 434-293-6361 201 2nd Street NW, Studio 11 blueridgemusictogether.com Research-based music and movement classes for children birth to 5 years and their grownups. See ad pg 109 Ch'ville Municipal Band Youth Ensemble......... cmb.youth.ensemble@ gmail.com

Recreation Centers & Organizations Albemarle County Parks & Recreation....................... 434-296-5844 Boys & Girls Club........... 434-977-3514 Carver Recreation Center.............................. 434-970-3053 Chville Therapeutic Recreation Program........................... 434-970-3264 Crow Center.................... 434-977-3977 Fluvanna County Parks. 434-842-5303

Ch'ville Performing Arts.434-293-2727

Gradum Academy.......... 434-825-2181

Children’s Choir of Central VA (Crozet & Ch'ville).......... 434-260-1180

Greene County Parks..... 434-985-5226

Fingerdance Studio........ 434-466-1024

Greenwood Comm. Center.............................. 434-296-5844

FootNotes Studio............ 434-242-0605

Louisa County Parks...... 540-967-4420

Music Education Center.434-973-1032

Nelson County Parks..... 434-263-7130

Music Emporium, The... 434-973-2931

Scottsville Community Center.............................. 434-296-5844

Music Resource Ctr........ 434-979-5478 Music Teachers Assoc ....cvillemta.org Richardson Guitar Studio.............................. 434-293-4017 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature............................. 434-286-2806 Specialty Guitars Plus.... 434-979-3800 Spectrum Integrators.... 434-977-2797 Stacy’s Music.................. 434-974-1555 *The Front Porch............. 434-242-7012 221 E Water Street frontporchcville.org A place where all ages can learn music from musicians. Open jam sessions, workshops, concerts and lessons. See ad pg 117 Va Consort Youth Chorale............................ 434-244-8444 Youth Orchestra of Ch’villeAlbemarle........................ 434-974-7776

Special Olympics............ 800-932-4653 Tonsler Park Rec............. 434-296-1857 Washington Park Rec..... 434-970-5073 *YMCA............................. 434-974-9622 piedmontymca.org Aquatics, fitness and family recreation at Brooks Family YMCA and Crozet YMCA. See ad pg 105

Skating Carver Recreation Center.............................. 434-970-3053 Greenwood Center Roller Skating............................. 434-296-5844 Main Street Arena.......... 434-817-2400 McIntire Skateboard Park.................................. 434-244-0166

Swimming *ACAC............................. 434-978-3800

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for wherever life takes you.

life is a journey. find your guide here. Albemarle Square | 434.978.3800 Crozet | 434.817.2055 Downtown | 434.984.3800 Pantops | 434.226.5121

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500 Albemarle Square, 111 Monticello Avenue & 200 Four Seasons Drive acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies and camps. See ad pg 115 Blue Ridge Swim Club... 434-242-6894 Boar’s Head Sports Club.434-972-2237 Ch’ville YMCA Aquatics Club................................. 434-974-9622 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation....................... 434-970-3260 Charlottesville Swans Synchronized Swimming....................... 434-996-8924 Crozet Gators.................. 434-205-4380 Fairview Swim & Tennis.434-973-7946 Fry’s Spring Beach Club.434-296-4181 Greene Hills Club........... 434-985-7328 Jefferson Swim League.. 804-338-5118 Key West Club................ 434-977-7665 Onesty Family Aquatics.434-295-7532 Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center.............................. 434-970-3072 Virginia Gators......... virginiagators.org *YMCA............................. 434-974-9622 piedmontymca.org Pools at Brooks Family YMCA and Crozet YMCA. See ad pg 105

Monticello United Soccer Club................................. 434-974-4625 Pop Warner Football............................. centralvirginiapopwarner.com Scottsville Kid’s Sports.. 434-286-2366 Seminole Lacrosse League.........................seminolelax.org *SOCA (Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area)...... 434-975-5025 1685 Polo Grounds Road socaspot.org Year-round leagues for adults & children including camps and individual training. See ad pg 104 TJ Youth Football League.........tjyfl.net West City Soccer............ 434-430-0378 *YMCA............................. 434-974-9622 233 4th Street NW, Suite Y piedmontymca.org Offers basketball, flag football, lacrosse and soccer. See ad pg 105

Tennis *ACAC............................. 434-978-3800 500 Albemarle Square, 111 Monticello Avenue & 200 Four Seasons Drive acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies and camps. See ad pg 115

Team Sports

Fairview Swim & Tennis.434-973-7946

Albemarle Girls Field Hockey & Lacrosse League........................agll.org

Quickstart Tennis.................................. quickstartcentral.org

Albemarle Redbirds Softball............................ 540-649-1234

Theatres & Classes

AMF Kegler’s Lanes........ 434-978-3999 Cavalier Wrestling Club.540-649-2015 Cove Creek Girls Softball............................ 434-970-2255

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Accessible Theatre Project................... accessibletheatreproject.wordpress. com American Shakespeare Center.............................. 540-885-5588


MUSIC BRINGS US TOGETHER REGISTER FOR LESSONS TODAY

A place for all ages to learn bluegrass, old time, gospel and the blues from master musicians who love to teach as much as they love to play. THE FRONT PORCH | WWW.FRONTPORCHCVILLE.ORG 221 EAST WATER STREET | 434-242-7012


Black Box Players........... 434-970-7600

UVA Drama Dept............ 434-924-3326

Concert Ballet of Virginia............................ 804-798-0945

Virginia Repertory Theatre............................ 804-282-2620

DMR Adventures............ 434-203-6314

Wintergreen Performing Arts.................................. 434-325-8292

Empowered Players........ 434-996-7874 Four County Players....... 540-832-5355 Gorilla Theater Productions..................... 434-547-7986

Winter Sports Bryce Resort................. 1-800-821-1444

Jefferson Youth Theatre.434-249-2803

Massanutten Resort....... 540-289-9441

Live Arts.......................... 434-977-4177

Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort............................... 304-572-5252

Offstage Theatre............. 434-244-8432 PVCC Fine Arts & Performance................... 434-961-5376

Wintergreen Resort........ 434-325-2200

*The Paramount Theater...........................434-979-1333 Downtown Mall, theparamount.net Intimate, historic and non-profit theater offering arts, entertainment and educational events for all ages. See ad pg 111

Join us for five days each March as we celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture across Charlottesville and Albemarle County Featuring hundreds of speakers in free, public programs for readers of all ages and across all genres Including current affairs, biographies, fiction, mysteries, science, graphic novels, poetry, history, science fiction, cookbooks, children’s & young adult, and much more!

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3 Cats Photo........................................84 Aberdeen Barn..................................... 51 ACAC................................................. 115 Albemarle Center for Family Medicine.........................................73 Albemarle Montessori Children's Community.....................................94 Albemarle Square Family Healthcare...................................... 71 Allergy Partners of Charlottesville........75 Alter, Lee Watercolor Painting...........104 Bedford Area Welcome Center & Tourism........................................ 19 Blue Ridge Music Together.................109 Bounce Play-n-Create........................ 113 Camp 4 Real......................................106 Camp Alleghany................................108 Camp Friendship................................107 Camp Horizons..................................106 Carter Mountain Orchard & Chiles Peach Orchard......................22 Charlottesville City Schools..................99 Charlottesville ENT Associates.............78 Charlottesville Orthodontics................73 Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry........68 Charlottesville Waldorf School.............95 Charlottesville Wine & Country Shop..55 Community Dental Center...................68 Covenant School, The..........................97 Crozet Family Dental............................69 Cville Inflatables with Superfun Attractions......................................83 Domino's..............................................80 Feast!...................................................55 FIREFLY Restaurant..............................80 First Presbyterian Church Preschool.....92 Free Union Country School .................96 Front Porch........................................ 117 Frost Montessori School.......................94 Grymes Memorial School.....................93 Guadalajara..........................................84 Heppner Family Chiropractic................66 Horton Vineyards.................................33 International School of Ch'ville............92 JABA Shining Star Pre-School...............98

James Monroe’s Highland....................31 Jason’s Deli..........................................81 Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ltd..............................72 Jen Fariello Photography......................87 John C. Wells Planetarium...................57 Kids Lift Foundation.............................89 Little Gym, The....................................85 Madison Chamber & Visitor's Center.............................................43 Meadowcreek Golf............................ 111 Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool...................93 Montessori School of Charlottesville.................................98 Natural Bridge Zoo...............................47 Orange County Dept of Tourism..........37 P. Buckley Moss...................................49 Paramount Theater, The.................... 111 Pediatric Associates of Ch'ville............. 74 People Places, Inc.................................67 Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry...............66 Pony Academy, The........................... 111 Rebecca's Natural Food.......................78 Regents School of Ch’ville....................96 Science Camp Watonka.....................108 Shenanigans.........................................89 Small Talk Speech & Therapy Center............................................. 76 SOCA.................................................104 STEAM Discovery Academy...............109 Swett Dentistry....................................70 Tandem Friends School......................101 Triple C Camp....................................107 UVA Fitness Clinic................................77 Virginia Discovery Museum.................86 Virginia Festival of the Book.............. 118 West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures......................................39 Wildrock..............................................21 Wilson School of Dance..................... 111 Winslow Savage, OTR.......................... 76 WVPT-PBS.........................................102 YMCA................................................105 CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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CharlottesvilleFamily Go-To Guide 2019  

What you need to know for where you need to go!

CharlottesvilleFamily Go-To Guide 2019  

What you need to know for where you need to go!