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Welcome to We are excited to celebrate our 17th 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 ten 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-of-town clients), and, we’ve since added to our line of publications CharlottesvilleFamily’s Ultimate Go-To Guide (in your hands), Charlottesville Welcome Book, Charlottesville Wine & Country and our Healthy Living Directory. 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 to become an even more exciting product for parents to have an invaluable resource that would cover everything you could 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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New to Charlottesville? Welcome! We are excited to share with you the historic sites and natural beauty that attract visitors from all over the world as well as show you those hidden gems that locals love. You’ll find an introduction to local family favorites on page 30 and ideas for exploring the treasures in and around Central Virginia on page 69 — more than 125 things to do and see with your kids!

The Skinny on Schools Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools earn praise for innovative teaching as well as high levels of achievement on Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests. There is a huge variety of preschools, from creative co-ops to international immersion programs; and for school-age children, our public school systems are exceptional and our many outstanding local private schools provide a variety of additional options, from boarding schools to single-gender programs to faith-based education. TJ Was Here The most popular man in town is Thomas Jefferson. He is often fondly called “TJ,” and his university — one of the best public universities in the country—

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is the biggest employer in our area. It’s also a great draw for sports fans, who turn out in droves to cheer on the UVA Cavaliers. The big domed building, now under a major renovation, is the Rotunda that was designed by Jefferson after the Pantheon in Rome. A Road Oft Taken You should know that “Rio Road” is not pronounced “Ree-o,” but rather “Rye-o.” The explanation we have heard is that it used to be Route 10. Others claim it sprang from the nearby Rivanna River (locals pronounce it “RYvanna”). Local Eats We have several farmers markets, wineries and breweries, and many Charlottesville restaurants use locally sourced ingredients — including products from Polyface Farm, made famous by Michael Pollan’s bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma — and that makes all the difference when it comes to good eating. Celebrity Spotting While you’re out and about, you may get a glimpse of local celebrities like Dave Matthews, Howie Long, Sissy Spacek, John Grisham, Boyd Tinsley, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mary Chapin Carpenter or Jan Karon. Follow the example set by other locals and refrain from staring or asking for autographs. The Dave Matthews Band (aka DMB) are hometown boys who made the big time. On your next outing to the Downtown Mall, stop in at Miller’s to see where it all started. What’s a Wahoo? Legend has it that Washington & Lee baseball fans dubbed the UVA players “Wahoos” during the rivalry that existed between the two in-state schools in the 1890s. By 1940, “Wahoos” was in general use around Grounds (campus) to denote University students. The abbreviated “Hoos” sprang up later and has gained growing popularity in recent years. (Interestingly, “Wahoo” is also a predatory fish that can drink twice its weight in liquid!)

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pet care 93 Adoption & Rescue Centers Animal Hospitals Animal Training Dog Friendly Parks & Trails Pet Boarding & Sitting Pet Food & Supplies Pet Shops Veterinarians

portraits & party planning 101 Bakeries Catering Entertainment Inflatable Rental Party Locations Party Planners Party Supplies Photographers


kids’ recreation 129 shopping for you & the kids 107 Arts & Crafts Supplies Baby Equipment Beauty & Spa Bicycle Dealers Book Stores Children’s Clothing, New Children’s Clothing, Used Collector/Memorabilia Stores Costumes Department Stores Diaper Service Game & Hobby Stores Furnishings Haircuts for Kids Kitchen Supplies Maternity Clothes, Gifts & Gear Music Stores Personalized Goods Play Equipment & Pools Specialty Foods Sporting Goods Toys, New Toys, Used Wellness & Safety Women’s Shopping Boutiques

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Adventure Sports Arts & Craft Classes Baseball Basketball Camps Clubs Dance & Movement Educational Recreation Golf Gymnastics & Cheerleading Horseback Riding Martial Arts Mentoring Music Lessons Recreation Organizations Science & Nature Skating Swimming Team Sports Tennis Theater Classes Winter Sports

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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 price, activities and events can and do change — and websites are not always up-to-date. We 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 we called, we could have saved ourselves a lot of tears and the day of driving! As a result, we’ve intentionally left out directions and hours, 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 some 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 that will 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 to 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 you visit Colonial Williamsburg. Creative and dramatic play expand the imagination, hone problem-solving 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 4 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.

First-hand 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 local fourth-grade teacher Linda Cox 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 backdoor 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, which were 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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Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival, Crozet Park Discovery Dash, Virginia Discovery Museum Kids-Only Trout Fishing Day, Mint Springs Festival of Cultures, Lee Park Ash Lawn-Highland Field Day Mother-Son Dance, Charlottesville Parks & Recreation WVPT Kids’ Book Festival

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Other Events to Watch for... Batteau Festival, Scottsville

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2-4: Albemarle County Public Schools High School Graduations, JPJ Arena

Mid-Atlantic Power Festival, Ruckersville

6: Ramadan Begins

Look3 Festival of the Photograph

Grace Church Historic Farm Tours, Cismont

19: Father’s Day 20: Summer Begins

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Out & About After 17 years, CharlottesvilleFamily continues 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 50 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 funfilled festivals — families can enjoy a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains one day and a world-class 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 avert your attention any longer, but rather encourage you to jump right into the fantastic and family-friendly daytrips your family should explore this year. Enjoy! Explore More Discovery

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Fan Mountain Observatory

Abingdon

Frontier Culture Museum

The Adventure Park at Sandy

Fun on the River (Rafting the

River Retreat

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Agecroft Hall

The Glass Palette

Amazement Square

Grelen Nursery & the Market

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

at Grelen Gypsy Hill Park Hatton Ferry Henricus Historical Park

Ash Lawn-Highland

International Spy Museum

Bryce Resort

James Madison Museum

Carter Mountain Orchard

John C. Wells Planetarium

Children’s Museum of

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Chile’s Peach Orchard

Luray Caverns

Dinosaur Land

Luray Zoo

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Madison County Massanutten Resort & Water Park Maymont Metro Richmond Zoo Monacan Ancestral Museum Monticello Montpelier Mount Vernon Natural Bridge & Native American Village Orange County P. Buckley Moss Gallery Route 11 Chips Science Museum of Virginia Shenandoah Caverns Shenandoah National Park Sherando Lake Smithsonian National Zoo State Arboretum of Virginia Sugar Hollow Reservoir Sunspots Studio & Glassblowing Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Virginia Safari Park Virginia State Capitol

Valley Excursions 42 Road Trip through Shenandoah Valley along I-81

Gone Fishin’ 52 Fishin’ Holes

Best of Ch’ville 69 Green Space Sporty Fun Rainy-Day Activities Around Town Artsy Outings A Touch of History Glorious Night Sky Downtown Mall

Virginia State Parks West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures White Oak Lavender Farms Wilson’s Wild Animal Park Wintergreen Resort & Nature Foundation

Where do you want to go?

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum Yorktown Victory Center & Battlefield ZwackerZ Paintball

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Abingdon County

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(Abingdon) 3–4 hour drive There’s always something happening in Abingdon County from festivals and events to musical entertainment. Explore the back roads of southwest Virginia with Abingdon as your guide. Many outdoor adventures like the Virginia Creeper Trail and Grayson Highlands State Park will help your family spread its horizon. For a dip into the local arts and culture, check out The Arts Depot, the William King Museum or Barter Theatre. For a more historic experience, immerse the family in the Fairview Historic Homestead or the Walnut Grove­–Yeary Cabin to experience life in the late 1700s through the early 1900s. visitabingdonvirginia.com • (276) 676-2282

The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat (Farmville) 1–2 hour drive

Tip! For a truly unique tour of Richmond, consider exploring history via the waterways! At the Turning Basin, located at 14th and Dock Streets, board Richmond Canal Cruises for a 40-minute historically narrated tour of the James River & Kanawha Canal. Reiniscent of canal boat freighters from the 1800s, the vessels hold up to 35 people are easy for wheelchairs and strollers. (804) 649-2800

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Central Virginia’s largest aerial adventure park features 61 obstacle high ropes and 17 zip lines. Spend hours at this unique outdoor recreational experience, enjoying nature and flying through the tree tops. The park is built on a 16 acre, selfsufficient farm and uses a permanent belay system. Laugh, scream, cheer and build confidence with your family and friends. Spectators welcome. Kids must be at least 7 years old, 48 inches high, and weigh 60 pounds to participate. A bike-rental company with trails to High Bridge State Park stretching 31-miles long is also available. Packages and group discounts available. theoutdooradventurepark.com • (434) 392-7275

Agecroft Hall (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Originally built in the 1400s in Lancashire, England, Agecroft Hall was sold to Richmonder Thomas Williams, Jr. who had it shipped across the Atlantic to be reassembled along the graceful banks of the James River. Imagine the feasts that these woodpaneled walls have witnessed! The home is furnished with stunning antiques, giving visitors an authentic glimpse of life in England’s Tudor and early Stuart periods. Be sure to set aside time to admire the flowers, hedges and the stunning Elizabethan Knot Garden made of clipped herbs. Programs, lectures and special events are held year-round, the most popular being the

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Shakespeare Festival in the summer. Come on a weekend and tour the Virginia House next door, too. Great downtown dining and shopping boutiques nearby. agecrofthall.com • (804) 353-4241

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Amazement Square

Adjacent to Amazement Square is Lynchburg’s 3.5-mile paved Riverwalk Trail. This level path begins downtown and moves eastward along the waterfront, crossing on to Percival Island. Recreational opportunities along this section of the James River Heritage Trail include walking, biking, jogging and fishing, as well as enjoying expansive riverfront views. Bikes can be rented by the hour at Bikes Unlimited on Jefferson Street.

(Lynchburg) 1–2 hour drive Kids can slide, dangle, crawl, leap, swing and zip through the tallest indoor climbing structure in the nation. Toddlers can roam safely in the “Big Red Barn” — complete with a cow to milk, crowing rooster, crops to harvest and an earthworm’s eye view of growing plants. Kids of all ages love the James River Waterways, where they can take a miniature bateau through locks and canals. The Monacan village, hand-operated cranes, paint-on-the-walls room and music-recording studio are a few of the other popular exhibits. Skateboarders can practice their ollies and nollies at the adjacent 14,000 square foot Rotary Centennial Riverfront Skatepark as well. Helmets, pads and skateboards for rent if you don’t bring your own. $3 admission the 2nd Saturday of every month. Some nearby attractions include the LOVEwork sculpture, Riverfront Park and Blackwater Creek Bikeway. For a bite to eat on Lynchburg’s historic waterfront, you can stop by the Depot Grille or Waterstone Pizza. amazementsquare.org • (434) 845-1888

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse

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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 is reserved seating, while the second level is general seating (so 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. Four new shows will be featured this 2015-16 season. When visiting, be sure to visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Frontier Culture Museum as well. ascstaunton.com • (540) 851-1733

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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park (Appomattox) 1–2 hour drive

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If near Ash Lawn-Highland or Jefferson’s Monticello, don’t miss out on savoring 18th-century fare in a rustic setting at Michie Tavern. Self-guided tours are available in the oldest section of the Tavern, and the General Store, the Metal Smith Shop, the Tavern Gift Shop and Clothier Shop are open for souvenirs and browsing. michietavern.com

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Ever wonder what was Lee’s final request and why they met at the McLean home instead of the Court House? Here is your chance to find out! While most Civil War sites commemorate the clash of armies, Appomattox is a memorial to peace. In 1865, the Civil War ended when Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of the McLean house. Today the sleepy village appears much as it did then, and visitors can tour the 1,700-acre park to get a taste for the characters and events that shaped our country. Park rangers give short walking tours; during summer, costumed interpreters add flavor and interest. Also nearby is the Museum of the Confederacy. nps.gov/apco • (434) 352-8987

Ash Lawn-Highland (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Ash Lawn-Highland was the beloved home of James Monroe, our country’s fifth president, who purchased this 535-acre estate to be close to his good friend Thomas Jefferson. The house displays art and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and daily tours share Monroe’s ideals and contributions to the U.S. Stroll through historic boxwood gardens, explore the outbuildings, visit with farm animals and admire breathtaking panoramic views. For a full day of fun with our founding fathers, visit Monticello, have lunch at the Michie Tavern and hang out and tour Ash Lawn-Highland — they’re all in the same neighborhood. ashlawnhighland.org • (434) 293-9539

Bryce Resort (Mt. Jackson) 1–2 hour drive With year-round activities for the family, the Resort offers amenities both indoors and outdoors that cater to the season. Available during the spring, summer and fall seasons are two-hour guided zip-line tours, a rock climbing wall, mini golf, grass skiing/mountain boarding, scenic hiking and tubing, paddleboats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks on Lake Laura. Bryce Resort is also the only lift-accessed mountain bike resort in VA and offers eight scenic trails for all levels with bike and gear rentals available. Season and day

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passes are available all-year round along with casual and fine dining opportunities, a golf shop and a ski boutique. bryceresort.com • (540) 856-2121

Carter Mountain Orchard (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive 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 Aunt Sarah’s Bakery 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, and Grandma’s Country Store is a good last minute stop before heading home. cartermountainorchard.com • (434) 977-1833

“We went to the peach 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 a peach-which he promptly got all over himself!” –Sarah Wright

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 until 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 to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve. The farm market has everything you could want from jams and jellies to cider slushies and more. Two days a year they host a Homemade Peach Ice Cream Days with homemade ice cream from their famous peaches and will have your kids licking their lips for more. Explore the “In the Kitchen” section for recipe ideas that include your freshly picked fruit! chilespeachorchard.com • (434) 823-1583

Children’s Museum of Richmond (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Try on eagle’s wings, wiggle through a digestive tract, tinker in the inventor’s laboratory or create your own art. Complete with a Virginia limestone cave, a kid-sized grocery store and a toddler-

“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!”

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sized museum within the museum, it’s no surprise that CMoR is one of the top-ranked children’s museums nationally. With 42,000 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 and Chesterfield. c-mor.org • (804) 474-2667

Dinosaur Land

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(White Post) 1–2 hour drive If you were glued to the screen watching “Jurassic World,” you can take that prehistoric experience one step further by packing up the car and heading over to Dinosaur Land in White Post in the Shenandoah Valley for an old-time, classic roadside adventure. Here, the Mesozoic era comes alive as you cautiously step into the prehistoric past and experience a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. You’ll find a variety of larger-thanlife creatures here, including favorites such as Triceratops and Stegosaurus. Three new dinosaurs were recently added. Some nearby attractions include Skyline Caverns, Luray Caverns and Wilson’s Wild Animal Park. dinosaurland.com • (540) 869-2222

Explore More Discovery Museum (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive The adventure begins with construction and building toys in this small hands-on museum. Next, check out the full-size ambulance, TV studio, garage service center, farm and farmer’s markets exhibits, as well as the art center, the science area where kids can use the microscope and the theatre, 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. Admission is free on the first Friday of each month between 4-7pm. iexploremore.com • (540) 442-8900

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“The Frontier Culture Museum is such a great hands-on place for the kids to truly participate in some historical games, farm chores and ceremonies. The interpreters have become like family since we have an annual pass. The kids are able to feed the sheep, ducks, chickens, etc. and even know some of the sheep by name!!!” –Lisa Shearman

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(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. astro.virginia.edu • (434) 924-7494

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 nine 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. An American Indian hamlet opened recently. 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. There’s a lot to see, so be sure to set aside a whole afternoon for your visit. 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. Water and shady rest stations are available along the walking loop. frontiermuseum.org • (540) 332-7850

Fun on the River (Scottsville) 0–1 hour drive There is nothing quite like floating down a river on a hot summer day! Several outfitters offer self-guided tubing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting trips along the James River near Scottsville. Full-day, part-day and overnight excursions are offered, with camping available along the banks of the river. For swimmers ages 6 and up. Reservations recommended and check the weather forecast

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before you go. Water too low after a dry spell can be less fun. Howardsville Canoe Livery: howardsvillecanoe.com • (434) 286-3331, James River Reeling & Rafting: reelingandrafting.com • (434) 286-4386, James River Runners: jamesriver.com • (434) 286-2338

The Glass Palette (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive

(Somerset) 0–1 hour drive These gorgeous 600 acres in Orange County provide trees and plants for Grelen’s nursery, farm market and café. Check the events calendar to see which local artisans – from cheese to kombucha – are visiting and which festivals are coming up. Before you get the kids in the car, go online or call ahead to learn which pick-your-own fields are in season and what specials are on the café menu. And don’t forget to pack the camera! Closed Mondays. themarketatgrelen.com • (540) 672-5462

Gypsy Hill Park (Staunton) 0–1 hour drive The pride of Gypsy Hill Park is the Gypsy Express! This delightful mini-train has been operating for over 50 years and promises a timeless experience for passengers of all ages. Winding over the track, into a tunnel and across a creek, it is a fun way to

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Grelen Nursery & the Market at Grelen

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The Glass Palette is a fun and friendly environment where adventurous people of all ages are invited to 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 Mondays. theglasspalette.net • (434) 977-9009

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Valley Excursions A Road Trip through Shenandoah Valley along I-81 This summer, pile the kids in the car and take a road trip through scenic Virginia to explore the Shenandoah Valley! Travel interstate, I-81, that runs the length of the Appalachian Mountains where Native Americans, migrating animals and early settlers once journeyed. I-81, which parallels the historic Route 11, is rich with history, culture and scenic spots for you and your family to uncover. At the Shenandoah National Park, get the whole family outside to enjoy the fresh air. You can take family photos in front of breathtaking mountain views, stroll along serene woodland trails and make a game of who can spot the most wildlife. Hike 2.6-miles round trip to Rose River Falls to marvel at the 67-foot cascading waterfall that nature created for your enjoyment. Once back on the road, the family can take a break in Staunton and find themselves back in the world of Shakespeare! The American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only replica of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater. The 300-seat playhouse will have you and the kids feeling like you’ve stepped back in time with its authenticity and excellent performances. Arrive early to get the reserved main-floor seating and enjoy a fun pre-show, entertaining for everyone. For the history buffs in the car, help teach the kids a bit about Virginia’s history by

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stopping at New Market Battlefield State Historic Park. Travel along I-81 and discover the Virginia Museum of the Civil War before taking a walk on the historic battlefield where 257 Virginia Military Institute cadets made their mark in history. The next stop will be a hit for everyone—stop by Route 11 Potato Chip Company in Mount Jackson to munch on some tasty treats. The Route 11 crew keeps things interesting (and spicy!) with their wide variety of wacky flavors like Mama Zuma’s Revenge—a habanero chip for those looking for a culinary adventure. Or you could stick to the classics like the Dill Chip, which was voted the “Best Chip to Eat with a Burger” by Real Simple magazine. Watch them at work through a window while they make their chip masterpieces by hand (call ahead to make sure they’re cooking that day). After you have your fill of chips, it’s only a short drive to the Shenandoah Caverns, which offer something for everyone. The little ones and grandparents will be just fine since 80 percent of the tour is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Your breath will be taken away by the underground phenomenon. Limestone, iron and magnesium come together in these unusual formations to create brilliant bursts of colors sure to leave you and the kids in awe. (Pack a jacket for the 54-degree caverns!) For a biking excursion, venture 20 minutes off I-81 to rent mountain bikes and get your adrenaline going! Enjoy the outdoors in a completely new way at Bryce Mountain Bike Park by learning proper techniques as a beginner or honing skills if you’re already advanced. Take a scenic lift up on the ski lift before you and the family tear down the


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mountain trails on bikes! During the winter season, head out to Bryce Resort for great family skiing and snowboarding. Farther along I-81, stop at the Belle Grove Plantation—a stunning antebellum plantation home nestled into the Shenandoah Valley. Here the family will learn about its fascinating history through a guided tour before meandering around the abundant grounds. See a building frozen in time and discover what Jefferson’s Virginia was like back in his day. In Winchester, the family can continue its cultural edification through fine arts and beautiful gardens at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley. With exhibits like Mort Künstler: The Art of Adventure and Beauty and Botany, your kids will love the wide variety of artwork the museum holds. The Shenandoah Valley Collection shows how regional artists have rendered and preserved Virginia’s beauty (in every medium) through their craft. This place is great for kids, because admission is free for those 12 and under! Get your camera ready for memorable pictures as the kids feed the goats, sheep and llamas at Wilson’s Wild Animal Park before they check out the napping lions. With over 40 species the kids will love getting to see their favorite wild animals roaming the park! Most rainy days they are closed, so be sure to call ahead or check their Facebook page so that you’re guaranteed entrance to see camels, baby pot-bellied pigs, tigers and more. For an imaginative and educational environment, visit the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. This interactive, handson museum for children allows kids to learn through informal (and fun) educational

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activities. Four stories of amusement—from Discovery Story Telling to Science Kitchen Wednesday, the whole family will find something to do. Bring the grandparents along on Thursday afternoons for half off their admission or get in for free in the evening on the first Friday of every month! Finally, take the family to dinner in Old Town Winchester before catching the Outdoor Classic Movie Series. The charming downtown area offers dozens of options for a great dining experience and the kids are sure to devour Jolato’s Gelatoria for an after dinner treat. If in the area on Saturday mornings, check out the local Farmers Market!

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse (540) 851-1733, ascstaunton.com Virginia Museum of the Civil War (866) 515-1864, vmi.edu/vmcw Route 11 Potato Chip Company (800) 294-SPUD, rt11.com Bryce Mountain Bike Park (540) 856-2121, bryceresort.com Belle Grove Plantation (540) 869-2028, bellegrove.org Museum of Shenandoah Valley (888) 556-5799, themsv.org Wilson’s Wild Animal Park (540) 662-5715, wilsonswildanimalpark.com Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (540) 722-2020, discoverymuseum.net

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enjoy the park. The train includes a car that allows access to those with disabilities. The park also features great amenities such as a shaded playground, a pool, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, volleyball nets, baseball/football/soccer fields and pavilions dotted around the grounds with outdoor cooking facilities. Don’t miss the duck pond! During the summer, enjoy the Olympic-sized pool at modest prices too. staunton.va.us • (540) 332-3945

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Hatton Ferry (Scottsville) 0–1 hour drive If you read Mark Twain as a kid and dreamed of river adventures, here is your chance. Located just 25 miles south of Charlottesville, the Hatton Ferry is the last poled ferry still operating in the country. The site dates back to the late 1800s when an old store, now a river outfitter’s shop, was built by the original ferry owner. A record flood in 1985 sank the ferryboat, so the Virginia Department of Transportation replaced it with a metal one in 1986. The ferry offers a fun trip across the river for all ages. Keep in mind that the ferry only runs from mid-April through October on Saturday and Sundays and when water levels are adequately high, so call the Albemarle Historical Society before embarking on your trip. thehattonferry.org • (434) 296-1492

Henricus Historical Park (Chester) 1–2 hour drive Henricus Historical Park is home to a re-creation of an actual English settlement circa 1611, with costumed interpreters, where you can experience what it was like for the first English settlers living along the James River. The land had been inhabited by the Native Americans known as the Arrohateck, and it was here that Pocahontas resided at Rocke Hall and was courted by John Rolfe. The park preserves the colony’s legacy, which included many New World firsts: the first hospital (Mt. Malady), the first college, the first tobacco fields and the first privately owned land. Visit the re-created Indian village located directly on the riverbank and then enter the Citie filled with several buildings, gardens and a visitor’s center. The park is also home to hiking trails; for an additional fee, you can take a James River boat tour aboard the Discovery Barge II. henricus.org • (804) 748-1611

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Offering visitors a total immersion-in-space experience with solar observing outside! See our Sun as the active, dynamic star it is instead of the pale, yellow dot drawn by kids! All seats are FREE — first-come, first-seated!

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Tip! A long, fun day of exploring Washington, D.C., can make for tired legs, so here’s some great advice for taking the Metro to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. When going to the zoo, get off at the Cleveland Park exit and walk 10 minutes downhill to the zoo. When you leave, walk downhill — again! — 10 minutes to the Woodley Park-Zoo station.

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Since opening in 2002, not only has the International Spy Museum been the only museum in the United States focused entirely on espionage, but it also possesses the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display. If your kids are fans of the James Bond series, they won’t want to miss some of the unique items on display, including the Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger” and Silva’s laptop from “Skyfall.” With hands-on components, artifacts, computer interactives and more, the museum offers visitors a closer look at the men and women behind some of the world’s most infamous spy missions. “Operation Spy” is a must for kids who want to experience the spy life for themselves! 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 duct work, hang from a construction site and diffuse an atom bomb. (While all children are welcome, the museum suggests its content is best suited for ages 7 and up. Due to its more mature subjects.) The museum is within a few blocks of the National Mall, the National Portrait Gallery and FBI Headquarters. spymuseum.org • (202) 393-7798

James Madison Museum (Orange) 0–1 hour 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. The document, originally written by Madison, was later reworked into what is now the Bill of Rights. While immersed in history, be sure to see the Presidents’ Room, which features personal belongings of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Z. Taylor, the Virginia Ratification document of 1788 and the letter from George Washington about the celebrations of the ratification observed in Alexandria, Virginia. Also housed within the museum is a black history exhibit room, honoring the heritage of Orange with a tribute to the 5,000 Black Americans who fought in the American Revolution and much more. thejamesmadisonmuseum.org • (540) 672-1776

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Let your kids be kids at Jump!, Charlottesville’s new 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 Friday Night Jams. College night specials are also available as a fun break from studying. 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) 284-8248

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive You can get lost in the beauty and variety here! It is hard to tear yourself away from Lewis Ginter when you visit. Return to Ancient Rome when you step down into the Sunken Garden or ease your way around the winding paths in the Perennial Garden. A special Children’s Garden is designed to delight and offers a water play area, tree house and a hands-on activity center, all

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“We love going to see the butterfly exhibit at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The exhibit is great, and the paths are fun for the children to explore.” –Ann Haney

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“My kids and I had a wonderful day at Luray Caverns last year. We toured the caverns, conquered the hedge maze, and the kids loved the ropes course. We loved the variety of activities!” –Lori Lawson

with nearby rest areas. The GardenFest of Lights, complete with illuminated trains, is a special treat each holiday season. If you get hungry, there are very nice options including the self-serve Garden Café and the Tea House with table service. lewisginter.org • (804) 262-9887

Luray Caverns (Luray) 1–2 hour drive This is the luxury of Luray Caverns, the largest eastern U.S. cavern and a National Landmark, with 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 1892 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 onsite. luraycaverns.com • (540) 743-6551

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Slither, slither, slither. Luray Zoo is known for its snake collection, one of the best on the East Coast. The Reptile House alone has more than 80 indoor exhibits and is home to giant pythons, cobras, rattlesnakes, lizards, turtles and many more species. A few of the reptiles are even television stars — you may have caught a glimpse of them on “The Crocodile Hunter” television series. You can also enjoy live educational animal shows, mammals and exotic birds from around the world. A petting zoo, with llamas, goats, burros and cages containing a wonderful sampling of rescued Virginia wildlife, can be found in a safe outdoor play area. The safari Jeep and dinosaur reproductions are sure to thrill kids too. lurayzoo.com • (540) 743-4113

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Come to Madison for the hiking, history, artisans, scenery, the Taste of the Mountains, Music and Apple Harvest Festivals, the wineries, or your destination wedding! Stay in a B&B, cabin, camper, RV, lodge, vacation rental house, tent or even a yurt!

We have it all away from it all!

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If you find yourself in Richmond with some time between Maymont and one of the museums, or if you just want to take a few hours to explore specialty shops, Carytown is the place to go. Cupcakes, donuts, boutiques — all with free parking! Check out Cartwheels & Coffee if you’re looking for a unique playplace to go with preschoolers. And don’t miss the Annual Watermelon Festival in August every year. carytownrva.com

If you love the outdoors, there’s no better way to explore the Shenandoah National Park or the Blue Ridge Mountains than through Madison County. The foothills of the mountains are filled with breathtaking streams and rivers. Your kids will be blown away when they see the oranges, reds and yellows of the fall foliage. The whole family will love fishing, horseback riding or backpacking their way through the Shenandoah National Park. The historic Madison County Court House and Madison County Library will make your kids feel like they are back in the height of colonial splendor. The red brick buildings and white columns are rich with history. Also, don’t miss the Madison County Fair during the summer! madison-va.com • (540) 948-4455

Massanutten Resort & Water Park (McGaheysville) 1–2 hour drive Snow sports in winter — including skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a special Slope Sliders instructional program for children — are amazing at Massanutten. But there are so many other fun activities here that the resort has put together a “150+ Things to Do” list just to keep it all straight, from golf to Swedish massage, from gocarts and a skate park to wine 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! Outdoors from Memorial Day to Labor Day lies more watery excitement, from the Whitecaps Wave Pool to the Splashanutten, a giant mat-racing slide. After you dry off, try out Diamond Jim’s Arcade, with tournaments and prizes on weekends. Be sure to check on festival dates throughout the year. massresort.com • (540) 289-9441

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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.

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A favorite room with guests 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, and remains unmatched by any other public garden. The Robins Nature Center is packed with James River exhibits and is quite engaging for all ages. Due to the size of Maymont, a stroller for little ones is a must, or better yet, purchase tram tickets and ride from one area of the park to the next and enjoy the tour. maymont.org • (804) 358-7166

“We love spending all day at Maymont Park, watching my boys enjoy the gardens & feeding their “friend” goat!” -Jackie Meurer

Metro Richmond Zoo (Moseley) 1–2 hour drive No, the Richmond Zoo is not an urban myth! Personally verified by us, this 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 also see lions, bears, camels, tigers, kangaroos and many more animals. Exotic birds, koi and turtles inhabit the ponds, and peacocks wander throughout the zoo. Special exhibits house prairie dogs, bats and snakes. Purchase a cup of food at the entrance to feed the giraffes up on the bridge that brings you face to face with the long-necked beauties — it’s the best way to see that long purple tongue up close! 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 set. A new zip line and adventure park are now available for visitors. A chair lift ride takes you overhead some of the wild beasts for a small fee. Wide paved paths, nice bathrooms, covered picnic tables and a small concession stand with drink machines make the 120-acre park very convenient. metrorichmondzoo.com • (804) 739-5666

Monacan Ancestral Museum (Amherst) 0–1 hour drive The Monacan tribe has roughly 2,100 members today and their culture in this region dates back 10,000 years. Today their community centers around Bear Mountain. The small museum there is home to exhibits of stone artifacts and soapstone (continued on p. 54) CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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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/ waterbodies.

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 (Green Spring), 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) 286-3331, howardsvillecanoe.com James River Reeling & Rafting (434-2864386) and James River Runners (434286-2338) 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. jamesriver.com


Mint Springs Valley Park (Crozet) stocks a wide variety of fish for a successful day on the water. It also provides a playground and ample space for picnicking and grilling. (434) 823-4921 Ragged Mountain Reservoir System (Charlottesville) is owned by the Ivy Creek Foundation, and is made up of two lakes totaling 50 acres and four miles of trails. The reservoirs offer excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. (434) 973-7772 Rivanna Reservoir (Charlottesville) spans 450 acres and is considered one of the best small fishing lakes in Virginia with excellent fishing for anglers. (804) 367-1000

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Lake Albemarle (White Hall), owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is a 35 acre impoundment located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake supports a variety of sport fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. (804) 367-6796

Shenandoah River Adventures (Front Royal) 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 The Montebello State Fish Hatchery (Nelson) may not offer fishing, but it is a great place to explore with the family. The facility engages in trout production from hatching to raising, with over a million trout reared to stocking size each year. (540) 377-2418, virginia. org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/ MontebelloStateFishHatchery Walnut Creek Park (North Garden) is popular for its 45-acre lake 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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bowls, as well as clay pottery and new interpretive panels. The highlight of the gift shop is the collection of hand-woven baskets. Next door to the museum, the Monacans maintain the log cabin school house, restored to appear the way it looked between 1913 and 1914. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Time your visit for May and the annual Powwow weekend for added fun. monacannation.com • (434) 946-0389

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Writing about his beloved home, Thomas Jefferson said, “I am as happy no where else and in no other society, and all my wishes end, where I hope my days will end, at Monticello.” His clever inventions abound, from the Great Clock in the hallway that ingeniously marks the days of the week as well as hours with a system of pulleys, to the polygraph copying machine used for his many famous letters and the dumbwaiter that brought food quickly up to the dining room from the basement kitchen. The house tour takes you through the first-floor rooms where you can peek at Jefferson’s book collection, learn about his government work and see the original home furnishings. At this designated World Heritage site, the guides pride themselves in keeping each tour fresh and new. Parents with young children will want to be sure to take one of the family tours for the hands-on “extras” that make the experience special for kids. Also, be sure to set aside time to stroll the grounds, especially Mulberry Row, the former center of plantation activity, and peek in the smoke house, kitchen and stables located beneath the main house. The gardens are beautiful in every season; whether you enjoy the spring tulip display or the vegetable garden in summer, there you will understand why Jefferson named this “little mountain.” The expansive Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith History Center include a beautiful gift shop and a cafe in addition to innovative exhibitions, an introductory film and a hands-on discovery space. monticello.org • (434) 984-9822

Montpelier (Montpelier Station) 0–1 hour drive After an extensive restoration project, visitors to Montpelier can experience the way it looked when 4th President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, inhabited its walls in 1820. The 2,750-acre estate now resembles its former glory in the foothills of the

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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 400-acre 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. The Visitors’ Center also houses “The Treasures of Montpelier” exhibit displaying original Madison items. montpelier.org • (540) 672-2728

“We went to Montpelier, and my daughter, Charlie, who was 4 at the time, asked if she would be meeting James Madison since it was his house!” -Jennie Gross

Mount Vernon Did you know that after he left the presidency, George Washington was the nation’s most successful whiskey producer? To illustrate Washington’s entrepreneurial spirit, there is a new $2.1 million reconstruction of the distillery built on the exact site where Washington located his version in 1799. Another new addition is the Ford Orientation Center and Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center where visitors can browse 25 galleries, use interactive displays and watch films chronicling Washington’s extraordinary life. These are exciting additions to be sure, and, as before, visitors can tour the mansion, stroll through the four gardens on the 500-acre estate and see the slave quarters, kitchen, stables and greenhouse. A four-acre working farm is a favorite with kids. One look at the breathtaking view of the Potomac River from Mount Vernon’s piazza and it’s easy to understand why George Washington said: “No estate in United States is more pleasantly situated than this.” mountvernon.org • (703) 780-2000

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Natural Bridge & Native American Village (Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive One of the oldest tourist destinations in the United States, 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 CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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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, Virginia Gold Orchard (seasonal) and Mark Cline’s marvelously imaginative Foamhenge. naturalbridgeva.com • (800) 533-1410

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Tip! As the initial site of the Goodwin Gold Mine in 1829, Lake Anna State Park offers gold-mining programs along with guided tours of the mine. The park is also open with 15 miles of trails along with camping spots, picnicking, cabins and more. 540-854-5503

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Orange County has so much to offer. From its stunning views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to the rolling landscapes, there is something for everyone in your family in Orange. The numerous attractions include history, fun and more! If you can’t get enough of our founding fathers, don’t stop with Montpelier and Monticello; head out to the James Madison Museum to learn more. See the countryside from horseback at Oakland Heights Farm or a horse drawn wagon at the “Percherons of Montpelier.” The Civil War Museum and Barboursville ruins give you a sense of the rich history of Virginia. Round the trip off by exploring the stunning Lake Anna and take the kids fishing at Lake Orange Angler’s Landing. visitoragevirginia.edu • (540) 672-1653

P. Buckley Moss Gallery (Waynesboro) 2–3 hour drive P. Buckley Moss, Virginia’s most famous living artist, 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 at its finest as she considers landscapes, lifestyles and traditions to hold important messages for modern society. Look out for special events happening throughout the year. The gallery sits in a historic building built in the late 1890s and used to house a local hotel. The tin ceilings and dark-wood floors complete the experience of the artwork. Visitors can also enjoy seeing her doll house collection. Best of all, about four times a year Pat herself 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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(Middletown) 1–2 hour drive Chip lovers, rejoice! Route 11 potato chip company makes chips the old-fashioned way: by hand. Motor on down to its factory in Mount Jackson down the road from Shenandoah Caverns (look for the water tower painted with apples) to sample the results yourself. Call ahead to be sure they’re cooking that day. View their spudmasters through a window while they create their chip masterpieces, including their Dill Chip voted “Best Chip to Eat with a Burger” by Real Simple magazine. There are many unusual flavors — the brave can try Mama Zuma’s Habanero — and all are free of trans fat, MSG, preservatives and cholesterol. No formal factory tours are offered; the best time to see the action is in the morning through early afternoon. While you’re in the area, stop by Belle Grove Plantation, a National Historic Landmark offering daily tours April–October. rt11.com • (800) 294-SPUD

Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive

Tip! Some institutions offer free or discounted admission to supporters of similar museums and cultural organizations across the globe. The Science Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Discovery Museum are all affiliated with the Association of Science-Technology Centers and will wave some admission fees for ASTC members.

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Imagine yourself climbing into a Piper Cub Airplane or a Friendship 7 spaceship replica! You can do this and much more at the Science Museum of Richmond, 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 fivestory, domed screen IMAX theatre will make you feel as if you are part of the action (separate charge). Lectures, special events, astronomy activities and many workshops are posted on their website. Be sure to also visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond next door. smv.org • (800) 659-1727

Shenandoah Caverns (Shenandoah) 1–2 hour drive Shenandoah Caverns are a treat for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Eighty percent of the tour is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, and there is elevator service. It is truly an awefilled tour along wide, level pathways. While the formations are limestone, the water trickling through mineral deposits including

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Enjoy a short, scenic drive over Afton Mountain and visit the P Buckley Moss Gallery, located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley at 329 West Main Street in Waynesboro Virginia’s historic downtown district, offering the most extensive collection of Artwork by America’s most celebrated living artist, P Buckley Moss.

Waynesboro’s Historic district offers a selection of shops and restaurants, and is only a 10 minute drive from the Artist’s Home which is opened several times each year to meet collectors and to sign her work. Ask about these special events while visiting our gallery. Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 4 PM P Buckley Moss Gallery - 329 W. Main St, Waynesboro, VA CharlottesvilleFamily.com 22980 (540) 949-6473 59


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iron and magnesium, creates beautiful displays of color. This is the perfect place to bring small children; just pack coats as the temperature is a steady 54 degrees year-round! Discovered by several local youths in 1884 who descended 150 feet down a fissure to explore, the caverns were opened in 1922 to much acclaim. Other sites to see here include the American Celebration on Parade, featuring more than 30 parade floats, props and stage settings, like the American Flag float that has appeared in five presidential inauguration parades. Some floats are open for visitors to climb onto and take photos! Stop by the Yellow Barn afterward for a celebration of American rural traditions and more fun children’s attractions nearby. shenandoahcaverns.com • (540) 477-3115

Shenandoah National Park (Shenandoah) 0–1 hour drive

Tip! While adventuring along Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, you don’t have to worry about the family’s fluctuating appetites. Some eateries like Elkwallow Wayside, Skyland, Big Meadows Wayside and Lodge and Loft Mountain Wayside are available at different mile markers, and several picnic grounds are spaced out with some open year round.

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When it’s time to get away from it all, the Shenandoah National Park provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the urban world. Built by Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, this park has it all — breathtaking mountain vistas, serene woodland trails and an abundance of wildlife including deer, black bear, birds, wild turkey and other woodland animals. Most people experience the park via Skyline Drive, which meanders along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where there are 75 overlooks for you to stop and stretch your legs. If you want to stay awhile, campgrounds and backcountry areas (request a pass) are sprinkled across the park, or you could take it nice and easy at Big Meadows Lodge or Skyland Lodge. The dining rooms at the lodges, with beautiful views and local dishes on the menu, can add a lot to your visit even if you don’t stay overnight. nps.gov/shen • (540) 999-3500

Sherando Lake (Stuarts Draft) 0–1 hour drive Known as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sherando Lake is tucked away within the George Washington National Forest. The area has two lakes, with a recreation area between them. The lower 25-acre spring-fed lake has a 200-yard sandy beach, shaded play area, bathhouses with warm showers and a wading area for children. Boating is allowed, and the lake is stocked with trout, bass and catfish for fishing. The area is perfect for a picnic, with its 70 picnic tables, grills, and covered shelter. Hiking trails wind

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Smithsonian National Zoo (Washington DC) 2–3 hour drive If you haven’t been to the (free) Smithsonian’s National Zoo in the last few years, consider adding it to your itinerary. Two factors are very important for a fun day at the national zoo: age and weather. 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 that the animals are out where they can be seen and that your family isn’t disappointed. 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 – baby pandas! – and the zoo’s materials for children, found online and on the zoo’s app. Try to anticipate other things that will be important to you (stroller rentals, hours of operation) and your crew (animal feeding times, guided programs). You can’t plan for every eventuality, but you can cross some off your list. nationalzoo.si.edu • (202) 633-4888

“We had a lovely day at Lake Sherando playing in the water, walking the trails, cooking hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire.” –Cindy Young

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their way around the lake, giving visitors a panoramic view. For a greater challenge, take Cliff Trail, which travels above the lake. There are three family camping loops with 65 sites, about half of which have electric hook-ups. sherandolake.com • (540) 291-2188

State Arboretum of Virginia Occupying the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm, the State Arboretum now contains over 5,000 living trees and shrubs from around the world. Walking, hiking and biking trails along with picnic areas are popular for all ages. Dogs are welcome too. Workshops, lectures and special events are featured throughout the year along with special tours, bird walks, children nature walks and more. Notable collections feature 162 kinds of boxwood, a 300-tree ginkgo grove and a 36-tree Cedar of Lebanon allee. A community forest, supported by the Virginia Department of Forestry, has continued to grow thanks to the help of school groups, civic groups and volunteers and anyone interested no matter the age is welcome to participate. blandy.virginia.edu • (540) 837-1758

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Sugar Hollow Reservoir (White Hall) 0–1 hour drive This is a great spot for a quick and cool break in the summer. The reservoir is only a pleasant 30-minute drive from Charlottesville on the beautiful winding Garth Road to White Hall, heading straight past the Piedmont Store in White Hall onto Sugar Hollow Road (instead of following SR 810 to the right) and then about five miles up to the parking lot on the other side of the reservoir. From here you can follow along either the North or South Fork of the Moorman River up into Shenandoah National Park. Either direction you take, you will pass terrific swimming holes. The closest, and most popular with young families, is only a half-mile up the North Fork. The locally famous “Blue Hole” swimming hole is about 1.5 miles up the South Fork. Another 2.5 miles up the South Fork will take you onto the Appalachian Trail at Jarman Gap. You can even try to catch some fish if you have a license. dgif.virginia.gov

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(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, bird feeders, oil candles, perfume bottles and garden accents. sunspots.com • (540) 885-0678

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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. Five thousand years of artistic achievement are represented, from the glories of ancient Greece to 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 and 12, be sure to ask for

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the Family Fun Guide. The guide takes young visitors on an art scavenger hunt throughout the museum. The education wing also offers scheduled and walk-in activities for kids throughout the year. vmfa.museum • (804) 340-1400

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Virginia Safari Park

(Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive

Fuel up your Virginia Safari with a terrific lunch across the road at the Pink Cadillac Diner. You can’t miss the sign — or the 20-foot gorilla created by Mark Cline, the artist behind Foamhenge and Haunted Monster Museum. The 50s-themed restaurant serves a terrific burger, and you may be tempted to cut a rug when someone puts a quarter in the jukebox. Be sure to save room at the soda fountain for dessert, too!

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, not four-wheeled. 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 nibbling daintily from your hand or bucket. 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, flamingos and more! To see baby animals, plan your trip for either spring or early summer. Be sure to grab lunch at the nearby Pink Cadillac Diner. virginiasafaripark.com • (540) 291-3205

Virginia State Capitol Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia Capitol is a living landmark to American self-government and has been the home to the General Assembly since 1788. A statue of Jefferson was dedicated on May 4, 2012, and now sits on permanent display in the Capitol, serving as a guidepost and beckoning more than 100,000 visitors annually. Dive into history with a guided indoor tour of the Rotunda, Old House and Senate chambers and usually one of the 1906 legislative chambers located in the wings. Tours of the Governor’s Mansion, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, are available Tuesdays through Thursdays as well. Meriwether’s Café offers several dining options and venues for guests along with a cafeteria in the General Assembly Building on the 6th floor. virginiacapitol.gov • (804) 698-1788

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Special events and activities are always happening at the Virginia State Parks. This upcoming year, check out events like Geocaching in the Park, Scavenger Hunts, GPS Adventures, Nature Adventure Backpacks, Farm and Forestry Exhibits, Guided Horseback Riding and much much more! You can find it all on their general webpage dcr.virginia.gov/stateparks

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Green space in Virginia is never lacking. With 36 state parks, there is an endless supply of campsites, hundreds of cabins, more than 500 miles of trails and access to Virginia’s major waterways. Spend a relaxing day picnicking, hiking, lying on a beach and swimming, fishing, boating or even geo-caching – nature is in full supply! For an extended vacation, many family lodges are available along with meeting spaces, nature programs, cultural events, festivals, concerts and more. Another option for the family could be to volunteer at one of the state parks. With the vast amount of green space throughout Virginia, helping hands are always needed and appreciated, and it’s a great way to teach the kids about preserving wildlife and plant life. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks • (804) 692-0403

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 April to December, take a ride on one of our historic steam-driven 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 sight-seeing trips along the banks of the Greenbrier, Tygarts Valley and Shaver’s Fork rivers. Most Mountain Rail excursions include on-board food service options. mountainrailwv.com • (877) 686-7245

White Oak Lavender Farms (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive Lavender is known for its relaxing and stress-relieving qualities, and as soon as you set foot onto White Oak Farm, your spirits will instantly be lifted. Not only is White Oak home to over 8,000 plants of this special herb, but there are also plenty of activities for you and your family to experience during your visit. Enjoy the Lavender Shop while your children visit the Discovery Area,

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complete with a petting area, duck pond, labyrinth and life-size checkerboard. Daily tours are offered Memorial through Labor Day, though private group tours can be arranged year round. Open seven days a week, White Oak encourages families to pick as much lavender as they please and partake in the many workshops and classes available. whiteoaklavender.com • (540) 421-6345

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(Winchester) 2–3 hour drive This is no ordinary walk in the park! Home to more than 40 species, this privately owned zoo has been around since 1976. Walk along the gravel path and find lemurs, lions, llamas and more. Animal feed for the sheep, goats and deer is available to purchase. You’ll have them eating out of your hand, and your pockets if you’re not careful! Enjoy hayrides and a pumpkin patch in the Fall. Free hay rides are available on weekends as well. wilsonswildanimalpark.com • (540) 662-5715

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Swooshing down the slopes in winter, splashing in Lake Monacan in summer — whatever your activity or the season, Wintergreen offers a picturesque setting of the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Orvis-endorsed fly fishing classes, trail rides through the beautiful countryside, fitness programs in the mountaintop Aquatics & Fitness Center are just some of the offerings at Wintergreen. There are all sorts of programs to help young naturalists and grown-up vacationers alike appreciate their gorgeous natural surroundings. Kids can enjoy both sports and crafts at The Treehouse, and the Wintergreen Nature Foundation’s Trillium House is home to a plenitude of nests, shells, maps and even taxi-dermal hummingbirds. Upstairs is a marvelous children’s area with a full library of guide books for all the mammals, birds, trees and plants you might see and nature-related card and board games, as well as books kids can review before purchasing in the downstairs gift shop. Many nearby trails are less than one mile long and very kid-friendly. Four restaurants offer gorgeous mountain views and cuisine ranging from casual to elegant dining. Wintergreen Resort: wintergreenresort.com • (434) 325-2200 Wintergreen Nature Foundation: twnf.org • (434) 325-8169

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Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum (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 Pierce-Arrow limousine is a visitor’s favorite, and a new state-of-the-art World War I trench exhibit illustrates life through the eyes of a soldier. Authentic weapons and uniforms are on display as well. A hands-on Kids’ Corner along with scavenger hunts keep the children entertained in a learning fashion. woodrowwilson.org • (540) 885-0897

Yorktown Victory Center & Battlefield Courtesy of Yorktown Victory Center

(Yorktown) 2–3 hour drive On October 19, 1781, the British surrender at Yorktown to combined American and French forces, under the command of George Washington, ended the American Revolution and gave our country its hard-earned freedom. Visitors can explore a re-created Continental Army encampment and a 1780s farm complete with a house, kitchen, tobacco barn, crop fields and vegetable garden. Reproductions of objects used in the 18th century, books and educational games and toys are available at the gift shop. Since much of this exhibit is outdoors, don’t forget good shoes, an umbrella and a jacket for cool weather! historyisfun.org • (757) 253-4838

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Combine strategy with physical skill at ZwackerZ. Leave your mark, literally, on your opponents in a game involving ink, aim and accuracy. The sport of paintball has grown to include tournaments, professional teams and obstacle courses. All players must be at least 10 years old to participate, and special requirements for attire are listed online, so be sure to check the website before planning an outing. Advance reservations are required for groups of six or more. All gear can be rented on-site. zwacherz.com • (434) 983-3259

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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.

We know you will enjoy our local offerings as much as the rest!

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Rainy-Day Activities Set the kids loose at Bounce-n-Play where they can zoom down slides and romp in the ball pit. Jump! is another fun way to stay active indoors with its trampoline park that will take you and the kids to new heights. Bowling at AMF Kegler’s Lanes is another great choice when the weather keeps you inside. Optional bumpers are perfect for beginners, and teens will love the arcade room. If you’re itching to do something creative, head over to The Glass Palette. Dinnertime will be 10 times more exciting for your little ones if they can eat off a dinner plate they made themselves. Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place is also a great stop where anyone, from tiny tots to adults, can create a pottery masterpiece. Lowe’s and Michael’s offer regularly scheduled in-store, hands-on activities for kids, including Lowe’s Build and Grow clinics and a variety of craft classes at Michael’s. For the latest blockbusters, try the Regal Stonefield Stadium and IMAX, which features 14 auditoriums and stadium seating for a grand moviegoing experience. For cheap, airconditioned fun in the summer, look for Regal’s discounted family-friendly films on weekday mornings.

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AMF Kegler’s Lanes 978-3999, amf.com/keglerslanes Bounce-n-Play 973-1111, bouncenplayofcville.com The Glass Palette 977-9009, theglasspalette.net Jump! 284-8248, jumpcville.com Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place 295-7801, lazydaisyceramics.com Lowe’s 975-7140, lowes.com Michael’s 971-1072, michaels.com Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX 244-3213, shopsatstonefield.com/movies


Around Town

Charlottesville Trolley 970-3649, charlottesville.org University of Virginia 924-7969, virginia.edu

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

Chaps 977-4139, chapsicecream.com Gearharts 972-9100, gearhartschocolates.com My Chocolate Shoppe 995-5428 nTelos Wireless Pavilion 245-4910, thenteloswirelesspavilion.com Paradox Pastry 245-2253, paradoxpastrycafe.com

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the kids, visit the Virginia Discovery Museum, where kids can make scarves fly, swab the deck of the pirate ship, “live” in a historic log cabin and more. The museum’s Little Charlottesville exhibit has a childsized 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 nTelos Wireless Pavilion for free live music every Friday throughout the summer. There’s no shortage of cold treat options either. To cool off, take the kids for handmade ice cream from Chaps, frozen yogurt from Sweet Frog 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 My Chocolate Shoppe, Paradox Pastry’s cookies and brownies, or pies both sweet and savory from The Pie Chest.

Pie Chest 977-0443, thepiechest.com Splendora’s 296-8555, splendoras.com Sweet Frog 293-7123, sweetfrogyogurt.com Timberlake’s Drug Store 295-9155 Virginia Discovery Museum 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 toward Monticello. Among neighborhood parks, we love Greenleaf 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 Crozet PARC YMCA’s Aquatic Center, which sports an inflatable dome over the outdoor pool from October to April.

Chris Greene Lake 296-5844, albemarle.org Crozet PARC YMCA 205-4380, piedmontymca.org Forest Hills Park 970-3260, charlottesville.org Greenleaf Park 970-3260, charlottesville.org Ivy Creek Natural Area 973-7772, ivycreekfoundation.org

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Onesty Aquatic Center 295-7532, charlottesville.org Rivanna Trails 923-9022, rivannatrails.org Saunders-Monticello Trail 984-9800, monticello.org Smith Aquatic Center 970-3072, charlottesville.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!

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 kids, teens and adults.

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.

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

Sporty Fun There’s never a dull moment for sports fanatics in Charlottesville, whether you want to teach your child the basics of golf or introduce them to the challenge of rock climbing. Play 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. Main Street Arena can be an ice park one day and a Mixed Martial Arts arena the next! The arena offers both winter sports (figure skating, hockey and curling) as well as summer sports (soccer, lacrosse, inline hockey and ultimate frisbee). For an extreme birthday party for children ages 6 and older, book the Rocky Top Gym, which provides 2,500 square feet of climbing and bouldering! If climbing isn’t your thing, the gym also features racquetball and wallyball.

Main Street Arena 817-2400, mainstarena.com McIntire Skateboard Park 244-0166, charlottesville.org

Pen Park 970-3260, charlottesville.org Rocky Top Gym 981-3306, rockytopclimbing.com

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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

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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 Ash-Lawn 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 924-7494, astro.virginia.edu McCormick Observatory 924-7494, astro.virginia.edu


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Carter, Blair, Attorney........... 296-9006 Children's Home Society............................ 800-247-2888 Catholic Charities.......... 800-974-4494 Community Attention Foster Families................................. 970-3531 DePaul Community Resources.............................. 977-9847 Families United Through Adoption................................ 923-8253 *People Places........................ 979-0335 1002 East Jefferson Street www.peopleplaces.org Treatment foster care, foster care to adoption services & family services. See ad pg 76

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Counselors, Family and Child Common Ground Negotiation Services................................. 244-0714 Family Preservation Services................................. 293-4262 Family Stress Clinic at UVA.. 243-6868 Hospice of the Piedmont....... 817-6900 Integrative Health Services... 244-2663 Poehailos, Dupont & Associates, PLC.................. 220-4686 Psychiatric Alliance............... 984-0005 Psychological Testing Services................................. 806-6510 Region Ten............................. 972-1800 Sheila C. Johnson Center....... 924-7034 Spark Dynamics.................... 242-1319 The Women's Initiative......... 872-0047

VA Center for Family Relations................... 973-5640 Weber, Dr. Lewis & Assoc.....963-0324

Dentists, Family *Albemarle Dental Associates............................ 817-0542 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite 3 www.getaperfectsmile.com Providing comfortable, caring and complete dental care for over 28 years. See ad pg 79 *Drs. Rice and Associates...... see below Crozet, 218-7057 Nellysford, 218-7059 crozetdentist.com & nellysforddentist.com All phases family dental care. New patients always welcome. Emergencies seen same day. See ad pg 77

Kathryn Cook D.D.S. & Associates Dentistry is our profession, but people are our focus. Currently seeing patients ages 2 to 101 Flexible Family Friendly hours 434-293-4053 914 Belvedere Way Charlottesville, VA 22901

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Children’s Dentistry with a Mother’s Touch

Board Certified Pediatric Specialist 895-B Rio East Court (434) 817-KIDS (5437)


FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

The office of

Jeffery E. Hodges, DDS warmly welcomes you • Comfortable, Relaxing Dental Care Suites • Gentle, Caring Dental Team • We work with most insurances We offer a range of services to meet all your dental needs:

• Cosmetic Dentistry • Cleanings • Crowns/Bridges • Periodontal • Restorations • Root Canals All New Patients leave with a Gift Call now to schedule your next appointment

434.817.0542 2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite #3, Charlottesville

getaperfectsmile.com

2 locations! hollymead town center & spring creek Jennifer M. Dixon, DDS, MS

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Aaron J. Stump, DDS

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Specializing in Pediatric Dentistry Nitrous Oxide, Mild, and Deep Sedation Services Compassionate and Nurturing Doctors and Staff Kid-friendly, State-of-the-Art Office Parental Participation Encouraged

Hollymead Town Center 229 Connor Drive Charlottesville 434-975-7336

Spring Creek Office 70 Jefferson Court Zion Crossroads 540-832-6657

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2014

Thank You for Voting us your CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite!

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*Earlysville Family Dentistry.964-1116 Bradley Delph, DMD 690 Bent Oaks Drive, Suite 102, Earlysville www.earlysvilledentistry.com Providing comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages in a relaxed & friendly environment. See ad pg 77 *Fraites, Stephen DDS........... 293-4053 914 Belvedere Way www.fraitesdental.com Caring family dentistry, well established insurance provider seeing patients ages 2-101. See ad pg 78

*Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry.............................. see below 229 Connor Dr., Hollymead Town Center, 975-7336 70 Jefferson Court, Zion Crossroads, 540-832-6657 www.cvillepedo.com Preventative & comprehensive pediatric dental care with Drs. Jennifer Dixon & Aaron Stump. Sedation dentistry available. See ad pg 79 Children's Dentistry of Charlottesville....................... 817-1817 *Children's Dentistry with a Mother's Touch......... 817-5437 895-B Rio Road East Court childrensdentistrycharlottesville.com Dr. Kathryn Cook, pediatric specialist, offers children's dentistry in a kidfriendly office. See ad page 78

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*Rasmussen, Kenneth G., DMD, PC.............................. 974-6492 1752 Timberwood Boulevard charlottesvilledentalmedicine.com Providing state-of-the-art cosmetic & family dentistry since 1981. See ad pg 80

Dentists, Pediatric

DENTAL MEDICINE at

FOREST LAKES Serving Central Virginia Families Since 1989

Kenneth Rasmussen, DMD, PC Today’s Technology Practiced with Caring Tradition

Preventive Cosmetic Restorative New Patients Welcome Nitrous Oxide Available Insurance Accepted/Filed VA Dental Association Member

Barrett W. R. Peters, DDS, MSD Pediatric Dentist

Forest Lakes Shopping Center 29 N, opposite Hollymead Town Center 1752 Timberwood Blvd. Charlottesville, VA 22911

434-974-6492

www.charlottesvilledentalmedicine.com

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Family Medicine

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Serving families in Central Virginia for over 20 years! Our Services Include:

new families welcome!

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

Albemarle Center

• Pediatrics • Preventative Care • Minor Surgery • Adolescent Health

We are honored to be VOTED your Family Favorite!

• Acute Illnesses • Sports Medicine • Women’s Health • On-going Medical Management

Thank you for allowing us the joy of caring for you and your family.

David W. Brown, M.D., Annika M. Abrahamson, M.D., Genevieve H. Barron, FNP-C, H. August Sanusi, M.D.

434.973.4040 | www.albemarlecenter.com 535 Westfield Rd., Suite 200, Charlottesville

Martha Jefferson Spring Creek Family Medicine Phyllis Montellese, MD

Andrew R. Hawkins, MD

Immunizations Sports Physicals Medicare Wellness Visits Acute Care - Same Day Sports & Other Injuries Chronic Illness Preventative Care

Kasey Talley, FNP

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Walk-in X-ray & Labs (w/physician order)

Mammography on-site questions call: (434) 654-8918

We participate in most insurances including Medicaid and Medicare. We will file all claims on behalf of patients.

29 Jefferson Court . Zion Crossroads, VA 22942 Across from Walmart/Lowes at traffic light on Rt. 15

(434)654-8900 We Improve Health Every Day

Monday –Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

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Community Dental Center... 293-9300 Crozet Pediatric Dentistry..... 205-4594 *Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry.............................. 973-4344 240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Ste 203 www.piedmontpd.com Dentistry for infants, children, adolescents & patients with special needs. See ad pg 80

Doctors, Family *Albemarle Center for Family Medicine................... 973-4040 535 Westfield Road, Suite 200 www.albemarlecenter.com Center offering comprehensive care for the entire family, stressing preventative medicine and early detection. See ad pg 81

*Albemarle Square Family Healthcare.................... 978-2126 416 Albemarle Square albemarlesquarefamilyhealthcare.com Comprehensive & compassionate family-centered care, from newborns through geriatrics. See ad pg 84 *Spring Creek Family Medicine............................... 654-8900 29 Jefferson Court, Zion Crossroads Services for all ages include immunizations, physicals, preventative care, acute care, mammography and more. See ad pg 81

Doctors, Obstetrics Barber, Virginia, MD.............. 977-9900 Campbell, Bruce, MD............ 978-1691 Charlottesville Gynecology... 296-6461

Edward T. Wolanski, MD PC

Obstetrics and GynecOlOGy assOciates Setting A Standard of Excellence in Women’s Care

Siva Thiagarajah, MD Board Certified High-Risk Obstetrician

Offering individualized Obstetrical and Gynecological care 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Ste 300 Charlottesville, Virginia 434-293-9800

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Thomas Wills, MD Michael Levit, MD Rachelle Keng, MD Allegra Deucher, MD Peggy Willis, NP

All obstetrical and gynecology patients

Welcome!

2013

• New Patients Welcome • Most Insurance Accepted • Office Hours Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30

1101 east Jefferson street, charlottesville, Va 22902 tel: (434) 979-2121 | Fax: (434) 979-2365 e-Mail: drthiagarajah@aol.com

Lucy Vacco, Office Administration


FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

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

Family Medicine of Albemarle...........................973-9744 *Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology........................ 977-4488 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 290 www.jeffersonobgyn.net Board-certified Ob/Gyn physicians provide routine, prenatal/pregnancy, infertility, menopausal care and more. See ad pg 83

UVA Midlife Health Center... 243-4720 UVA Physicians for Women, Northridge............................. 243-4570 *Wolanski, Edward T, MD, PC................................ 293-9800 600 Peter Jefferson Pkway, Ste 300 www.wolanskiobgyn.com Offering individualized Ob/Gyn care, midwifery care and gynecological surgery. See ad pg 82

Martha Jefferson Women's Health Center........................ 654-7009 *Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates............................ 979-2121 1101 East Jefferson Street obgynassociatescville.com Pre-natal care, routine gynecology, contraception, infertility, menopause and more. See ad pg 82

Doctors, Pediatric Charlottesville Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine......... 296-8666

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

Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology, LTD Caring for Women

through all stages of life

Please call to schedule an aPPointment.

new Patients are welcome!

Matthew T. Montgomery, MD Michael L. Arnold, MD Robert R. Heider, MD Kelly A. Owens, MD James M. Culver, MD Christy O. Wamhoff, MD Brooke S. Kilfoil, MD Sue A. Woodson, CNM, MSN Pat Dougherty, CNM, MSN

600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 290

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*Children's Dentistry with a Mother's Touch......... 817-5437 895-B Rio Road East Court childrensdentistrycharlottesville.com Dr. Kathryn Cook, pediatric specialist, offers children's dentistry in a kidfriendly office. See ad page 78 KidsWellness Pediatrics........ 984-5437

Teen Health Center, UVA...... 982-0090 UVA Children's Hospital........924-3627 UVA General Pediatrics......... 924-5321 UVA Pediatrics at Augusta...................... 540-932-0980 UVA Pediatrics at Northridge......................... 980-6555

*Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville................... see below E. Jefferson St, 296-9161 Ivy Rd, 296-8300 Hollymead, 974-9600 www.charlottesvillepeds.com Three offices (Downtown, North & West) for comprehensive care from infancy to young adulthood. See ad pg 85

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

Pediatrics Speciality Clinic.... 924-2201

Bloomin Birth........................ 962-5438

*Piedmont Pediatrics.............. 975-7777 900 Rio East Court, Suite A & 1193 Crozet Avenue, Crozet www.piedmontpediatrics.net

Bright Birthing................ 415-729-5126

Albemarle Square Family Healthcare – helping you achieve your best possible health in all dimensions of life.

• Accepting new patients from infancy with special interests in pediatrics, women’s health, sports medicine, antiaging medicine, interface between faith and health. • Same day availability for acute care. • For more information about our practice and health related information, visit our website: albemarlesquarefamilyhealthcare.com

Office HOurs:

Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 6:00pm Friday – 8:00am – 4:30pm CharlottesvilleFamily

434-978-2126

Favorite Award Winner 2014

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

Doulas Augusta, Olivia............... 908-674-1113 Beyond Birth Support............ 218-3735

C-ville Massage Doula.......... 996-5095 Nine Moons Midwifery.......... 987-1257

Pioneers in Charlottesville’s natural foods & products movement since 1987

Barracks Road Shopping Center Mon-Sat 9-8 Sun 10-6 434-977-1965

RebeccasNaturalFood.com Redeem this ad for

20% off

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Hot Yoga..................................220-1415

Platania, Chris....................... 760-0428

Hydra Yoga Spa..................... 249-9744

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

Motivate2Move Personal Training................................. 305-2370

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

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

One Gentle Beginning .......... 481-1077

Posture Studio....................... 293-7611 Sandra Cushman/Alexander Technique.............................. 978-7767

Fitness for Mind & Body

Vigdor-Hess, Wendy RD, RMT, Wellcoach.............................. 996-6768

A Place to Breathe Meditation Studio................. 245-8080 Allied Yoga............................. 218-0580 *Ashtanga Yoga.................... 531-5441 505 Monticello Road www.ashtangacharlottesville.com Offering over 40 classes a week. All levels welcome! See ad pg 139 Bend Yoga.............................. 296-2363

Health Clinics Ch'ville Free Clinic................ 296-5525 EAT!....................................... 825-2507 First Med............................... 984-4200 Martha Jefferson ER at Proffit Rd........................... 654-8500

Conscious Dance of Ch'ville.989-4841 Crozet Running..................... 205-4452

from infancy to Pediatric young adulthood Associates of Charlottesville

Comprehensive care

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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

Downtown Office & | 296-9161 Adolescent Center | 971-9611

1011 E. Jefferson St

West Office

2411 Ivy Rd | 296-8300

North Office

Open 365 Days A Year until 9pm

29N at Hollymead (1522 Insurance Lane, A) | 974-9600

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*MedExpress Urgent Care...... 244-3027 Multiple locations medexpress.com Full medical team available. Walk-in clinic for unexpected injuries, x-rays, stitches and more. See ad pg 87 Thomas Jefferson Health District.................................. 972-6200

Health Food Stores *Integral Yoga Natural Foods...................... 293-4111 923 Preston Avenue iyfoods.com *Rebecca's Natural Food........ 977-1965 Barracks Road Shopping Center www.rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine & beer. See ad pg 84

Vinal, Donna, CNM, PhD....... 293-9800 WomanCare.......................... 296-3332

Orthodontists Camden Brown Orthodontics...........................990-5722 *Charlottesville Orthodontics.971-9601 Northside, Downtown/Pantops & Spring Creek Locations cvilleorthodontics.com Complimentary orthodontic screenings. Metal & clear braces or Invisalign. Also 245-9601 (Northside). See ad pg 88 Cloth, Mark S, DDS, PC.......... 964-2464 Dennis, Suzanne, DDS, MS, PC........................... 973-4446 Hamer and Hamer Orthodontics...........................296-0188 Horbaly, William.................... 973-6542 Inouye, David K..................... 975-7435 Pantops Orthodontics........... 984-1817

Hospitals

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

Martha Jefferson Hospital..... 654-7009

Parenting Support/ Education

UVA Children's Hospital........924-3627 UVA Hospital Medical Center.................................... 924-0211

In-Home Care *Care Advantage Plus............ 973-2000 www.careadvantageinc.com In-home personal/companion care for seniors and more. See ad pg 88

Midwives Birthing Center...................... 471-0419 Birthwise Midwifery.............. 293-8210 Nine Moons Midwifery.......... 987-1257 86

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Be There................... www.bethere.org Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts.......................... 996-2002 Bright Stars Program............. 972-4140 *Country Cottage Coaching.... 973-2244 5013 Advance Mills Rd, Earlysville www.countrycottagecoaching.com Supports parents in overcoming challenges with their children's behavior through positive parenting techniques. See ad pg 89 Empowering Families............ 971-8454 Families United Through Adoption................................ 923-8253 Family Preservation Services.293-4262


FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

One quick stop to get your kids on the go. Convenient Sports Physicals* Open 8-8 every day with no appointment necessary, a MedExpress sports physical is a convenient way to get your athlete ready for the big game. And if the season happens to bring any unexpected injuries, our full medical team is ready, with X-rays and stitches on-site, to help get them back in the action.

is becoming

*Ages 5 & up. Some restrictions apply.

FULL MEDICAL TEAM

medexpress.com MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED

8-8 EVERY DAY

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Home Educators of Va... 804-278-9200 Martha Jefferson Prenatal & Infant Care Classes........... 654-7009 Parent Resource Center........ 975-9400 Peaceful Parenting Path...................... ............... peacefulparentingpath.com ReadyKids.............................. 296-4118 Smart Beginnings/United Way Thomas Jefferson Area..........972-1713 UVA Midlife Health Center... 243-4720 UVA Office of Public Service........................ 924-3883 UVA Prenatal & Infant Care Classes.......................... 924-9920 UVA Students with Children................................ 924-7427 Va Homeschoolers......... 866-513-6173 Virginia Cooperative Extension.................................872-4580

Pharmacy *Meadowbrook Pharmacy...... 296-4135 2037 Barracks Road On Facebook Short wait-time for Rx, books for children & adults, puzzles, puppets & large card selection. See ad pg 88

Physical Therapists *Albemarle Therapy Center... see below 1102 Rose Hill Dr., 979-8628 200 West 12th Street Ste.A-100, Waynesboro, 540-941-5501 www.albemarletherapycenter.com Offering occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children. See ad pg 89

Meadowbrook Pharmacy So much more than a drugstore

Everything you need in one convenient location! Whether you need everyday items, unique gifts and cards, or even specialty medication compounding for you, your children, or your pets … we have you covered!

Bart Weis, DDS & Taylor Varner, DDS

LoCaLLy owned Meadowbrook Shopping Center

2037 barraCkS rd. 434-296-4135

Care Advantage For your Home Health Care Needs

Ensuring your Independence Wherever, Whenever or Whatever the need may be...

Need help at home? Worried about mom or dad living alone?

Tailor-made Personal Care Services: • • • • • • • •

Available 24/7 Disease Specific Program Bathing/Dressing Meal Preparation Housekeeping/Laundry Medication Reminders Transportation/Errands Companionship And More!

Favorite Award Winner 2014

• Locally Owned and Operated in Charlottesville Since 1997

They’re Our Specialty!

Call Now to Schedule Your Free Consultation!

971-9601

Northside Adjacent to Target Follow us:

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Beautiful Smiles

• RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and PCAs

Don’t Do it Alone!

Voted #1

FaVorite Family orthodontist

Welcoming Children, Teens & Adults Clear BraCes | InvIsalIgn PremIer Preferred ProvIder Flexible Payment Plan | Insurance Filed

• Licensed, Bonded, Insured and Background Screened

(434) 973-2000

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Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads

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Social Service Organizations

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

Abundant Life Ministries...... 970-2016

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

Al-Anon Family Group.......... 972-7011

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

Albemarle Housing Improvement Program.......... 817-2447

Lactation Corner of MJH....... 654-7042 Month 10 Postpartum Services................................. 960-7077

Big Brothers Big Sisters......... 244-0882

UVA Midlife Health Center... 243-4720

CASA Piedmont Court Appointed Special Advocate................... 971-7515

Referral Services

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

Postpartum and Breastfeeding

Boys & Girls Club.................. 971-9400

Child Health Partnership MACAA-TJHD........................ 295-3171 Madison House..................... 977-7051

Martha Jefferson Health Connection............................ 654-7009 United Way Referral Ctr........ 972-1703 UVA Hospital Physician Referral Services................... 924-3627

The Best ChoiCe!

The ChoiCe! The Best Best ChoiCe! pediatric occupational,physical & speech therapy

Early Intervention Services in Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson Counties, Cities ofoccupational,physical Charlottesville, Waynesboro &and Staunton. pediatric speech therapy pediatricCenter occupational,physical & speech therapy Based Services in Charlottesville

Early ServicesininAlbemarle, Albemarle, Early Intervention Intervention Services Augusta, Greene, Louisa, Louisa,Nelson NelsonCounties, Counties, Augusta, Fluvanna, Fluvanna, Greene, Cities Waynesboroand andStaunton. Staunton. Cities ofof Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Waynesboro

Center Based Services Available in Charlottesville and Waynesboro Center Based Services Charlottesville Center Based Services ininCharlottesville

1102 Rose Hill Drive Charlottesville 434.979.8628

1102 1102 Rose Rose Hill Drive Charlottesville Charlottesville 434.979.8628 434.979.8628

1102 Rose Hill Drive Charlottesville 434.979.8628 200 West 12th Street Ste.A-100 Waynesboro 540.941.5501

www.albemarletherapycenter.com www.albemarletherapycenter.com

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)....... 295-3171 Pregnancy Center of Central Virginia..................... 220-3777 ReadyKids.............................. 296-4118

Parenting is the most rewarding and the most difficult job you will ever have! You are not alone.

There is help, guidance and support!

Parenting and Wellness CoaChing Group Classes Private One-on-One Sessions Interactive Workshops Sharon W. Ortiz Certified Parent and Wellness Coach Country Cottage Coaching Nurture-Nourish-Nature

Countrycottagecoaching.com 434-973-2244 CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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

Special Olympics............ 800-932-4653

Ronald McDonald House...... 295-1885

UVA Developmental Pediatrics............................... 924-5161

Runaway Emergency Shelter................................... 972-7233 Salvation Army..................... 295-4058

UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center.................................... 924-7034

Sexual Assault Resource Agency................................... 295-7273

Virginia Institute of Autism.. 923-8252

Social Services of Albemarle.............................. 972-4010

Senior Health

Social Services of Chville...... 970-3400 The Emergency Food Bank.... 979-9180 *Toy Lift Charities... cindym@toylift.org PO Box 6762 www.kidslift.org Seeking to support local families through volunteerism, community cooperation, morale building & educational tools. See ad page 114 United Way Referral Ctr........ 972-1703

Special Needs Services *Albemarle Therapy Center... see below 1102 Rose Hill Dr., 979-8628 200 West 12th Street Ste.A-100, Waynesboro, 540-941-5501 www.albemarletherapycenter.com Offering occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children. See ad pg 89 Arc of the Piedmont.............. 977-4002 Camp Holiday Trails.............. 977-3781 Connections Achievement & Therapy Center...................529-6248 Crozet Speech and Learning.298-4599 Hearing Healthcare of Virginia........................ 866-341-4327 *Infant and Toddler Connection of the Blue Ridge.................. 970-1391 500 Old Lynchburg Rd www.infantva.org Savage, Winslow, OTR............293-3948 Sheila C. Johnson Center....... 924-7034 90

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*Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) - Adult Care Centers............. 817-5222 674 Hillsdale Drive www.jabacares.org Keeping loved ones safe and active with therapeutic activities, healthcare and socialization. See ad pg 91 *Our Lady of Peace................ 973-1155 751 Hillsdale Drive www.our-lady-of-peace.com Serves seniors and families through assisted living and memory and nursing care. See ad pg 91


FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

JABA Adult Care Centers It’s where bodies remain young.

We’d love to meet you and tell you more about what we have to offer. Call 434-817-5222 to schedule lunch and a tour.

Retirement as

Unique

as You Our Lady of Peace is dedicated to serving the needs of seniors and their families through independent and assisted living, memory care, and nursing care. Call today to schedule a personal visit.

434-973-1155 Coordinated Services Management, Inc. Professional Management of Retirement Communities Since 1981

751 Hillsdale Drive • Charlottesville, VA www.our-lady-of-peace.com CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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•Note: This section is primarily advertiser-only.

Adoption & Rescue Centers

Animal Hospitals *Georgetown Veterinary Hospital...................................... 977-4600 200 Georgetown Way georgetownveterinaryhospital.com A full-service medical, surgical and boarding center with four Vets on staff. See ad pg 95

Almost Home Pet Adoption Center................. 263-7722 Caring for Creatures................ 842-2404 Extra mile Dog Rescue.......................... ..... margaret@extramiledogrescue.org Green Dogs Unleashed.............................. ...................... greendogsunleashed.org Purrin at Pantops...................... 293-2252 *SPCA............................................ see below Center: 3355 Berkmar Dr., 973-5759 Store: 943 Preston Ave., 293-8475 www.caspca.org No-kill shelter for lost and displaced animals. Community Rummage Store also available. See ad pg 94

Animal Training *SPCA............................................ see below Center: 3355 Berkmar Dr., 973-5759 Store: 943 Preston Ave., 293-8475 www.caspca.org No-kill shelter for lost and displaced animals. Community Rummage Store also available. See ad pg 94

Come Meet Someone Who Loves You at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA adopt | volunteer | foster | donate | spay/neuter events | summer camps | birthday parties Main Adoption Center 3355 berkmar drive | 973-5959 open daily, 12-6

PetSmart (Adoptable cats) hollymead shopping center open daily

SPCA Rummage Store (Adoptable cats) 943 preston avenue | 293-8475 open tues-sat, 9-6

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Thank you for voting us best veterinary hospital six years in a row!

PreVentiVe Care DiaGnOstiC testinG surGery MeDiCal treatMent Dentistry bOarDinG

Specials: • 20% off any service performed or scheduled during your first visit Providing excellence in veterinary care since 1959.

Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6 pm Saturday 7:30 am - 2 pm

• Multi-pet Discount Offered

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Georgetown Veterinary Hospital | 200 Georgetown Way, Charlottesville

(434)977-4600 | georgetownveterinaryhospital.com


Dog Friendly Parks & Trails

Pet Boarding and Sitting

Azalea Dog Park............................

Pampered Pets............................ 293-7387 601 Concord Avenue www.pamperedpetscville.com

...........Old Lynchburg Rd and I-64 Carter Mountain Orchard............ ...........1435 Carter Mountain Trail Chris Green Lake Dog Park..........

Pet Food & Supplies

...........4748 Chris Greene Lake Rd Crabtree Falls................................ ......11581 Crabtree Falls Highway Darden Towe Dog Park................. .......1445 Darden Towe Park Road Dog Days Out................................

*Pet Supplies Plus...................... 979-2009 1240 Seminole Trail www.petsuppliesplus.com Discount prices. Knowledgeable staff. National brands of pet food & supplies. Convenient location. See ad pg 97

...........................1954 Swanson Dr Misty Mountain Camp Resort..... ..56 Misty Mountain Road, Crozet Rivanna Trail off Leash Area ....... .....Chesapeake St and Riverside Ave

Come Meet Someone Who Loves You at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA adopt | volunteer | foster | donate | spay/neuter events | summer camps | birthday parties Main Adoption Center 3355 berkmar drive | 973-5959 open daily, 12-6

PetSmart (Adoptable cats) hollymead shopping center open daily

SPCA Rummage Store (Adoptable cats) 943 preston avenue | 293-8475 open tues-sat, 9-6

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Come in to Pet Supplies Plus today and discover the biggest selection of natural foods anywhere. It’s the perfect way to save big while also making your pets happy and

Natural foods are prov en to help dogs live happ ier, healthier, and longer liv es. STOCK UP TODAY.

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We Carry Small Animals, Birds, Reptiles, and Fish


Pet Shops *Pet Supplies Plus...................... 979-2009 1240 Seminole Trail www.petsuppliesplus.com Discount prices. Knowledgeable staff. National brands of pet food & supplies. Convenient location. See ad pg 97 *SPCA............................................ see below Center: 3355 Berkmar Dr., 973-5759 Store: 943 Preston Ave., 293-8475 www.caspca.org No-kill shelter for lost and displaced animals. Community Rummage Store also available. See ad pg 94

Veterinarians *Georgetown Veterinary Hospital...................................... 977-4600 200 Georgetown Way georgetownveterinaryhospital.com A full-service medical, surgical and boarding center with four Vets on staff. See ad pg 95 *Virginia Veterinary Specialists.................................. 202-2987 370 Greenbrier Drive, Suite B www.vavetspecialists.com Offering highest quality of specialized veterinary care in surgery, internal medicine, cardiology and dermatology. See ad pg 99

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We offer the highest quality of

surgical, internal medicine, cardiology and dermatology

care available for your companion.

A referral appointment can be made through your veterinarian or by calling

434.202.2987 370 Greenbrier Drive Suite B Charlottesville, VA 22901

VAVetSpecialists.com


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Bakeries

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

Albemarle Baking Co............... 293-6456

Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering... 985-3633

Breadworks................................. 296-4663

C & O Restaurant & Catering................................... 971-7044

Belmont BBQ.............................. 979-7427

Chandler’s Bakery..................... 975-2253 Favorite Cakes............................ 974-9229 Hotcakes...................................... 295-6037 Maliha Creations....................... 973-3183 Mariebette Cafe and Bakery.. 529-6118 Paradox Pastry........................... 245-2253 Pearl’s Bake Shoppe................. 293-2253 Splendora’s Gelato.................... 296-8555 Sweethaus Cupcakes............... 422-2677

*Domino’s Pizza...................... see website 8 locally owned locations www.dominos.com Made-to-order fresh pizzas, sandwiches, wings, pasta & more. Free kindness with every order. See ad pg 103 Edible Arrangements............... 975-5333 Everyday Gourmet Catering.. 218-2945 Glorious Foods Inc.................... 817-7278 Harvest Moon Catering........... 296-9091

Catering

Ivy Provisions............................. 202-1308 Mona Lisa Pasta......................... 295-2494

20 South Catering..................... 296-2420

Simply Delicious Catering..... 220-3332

A Pimento Catering.................. 971-7720

The Catering Outfit.................. 951-4699

Fashion Fabrics for you and your home and ... ... your next occasion!

Parking 206 E WaterValidation St • 975-0710

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Zazus............................................. 293-3454

Inflatable Rental Bounce-n-Play ........................... 973-1111 Bouncing Around Amusements.............................. 589-8637

Entertainment Carriage Hill Farm.................... 296-2672 David Graham, Magician........ 760-0596 DJ Bubble Parties....................... 960-2705 Expressions Face Painting...... 409-4796 Freckles n’ Friends Entertainment............................ 971-5812

*Cville Inflatables...................... 374-1386 59 Stodghill Drive, Ruckersville www.cvilleinflatables.com Full-service company delivering entertainment, amusement and games to Albemarle and surrounding counties. See ad pg 3 Jump ‘N More Parties.............. 566-1223

Metamorphosis Face Art........ 589-8906 Peter Jones, Storyteller............ 978-3603 Tell Me About It Mystery Tours............................. 760-0525

Party Locations

Wes Iseli, Magician.......... 877-987-4201

ACAC............................................. 978-3800

Wild Earth Encounters... 540-447-4879

Albemarle County Dept of Fire & Rescue........................ 296-5833

Woodworking With Children.979-1220

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

of a Slice s e v r e Des h e Fres gs on y n i r p p e To Ev deMa rder O to-

SOCA Locally JABA owned SPCA SARA Toy Lift Monticello HS Salvation Army FreshMarch of Dimes Never Special Olympics Frozen Mosby Foundation Goodwill Industries Dough Caring for Creatures ARC of the Piedmont Habitat for Humanity Albemarle HS Chorus Albemarle Fire & Rescue Ronald McDonald House Make A Wish Foundation Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Thomas Jefferson Food Bank Shelter for Help in Emergency Independence Resource Center Virginia Wounded Warrior Program

the Pie

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2014

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FREE Kindness with Every Order! Ray Sellers,

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Wayside Takeout....................... 977-5000


ATA Leadership Martial Arts.973-3000

Dips & Sips.................................. 974-4343

Balletschool................................ 975-3533

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

Bounce-n-Play ........................... 973-1111

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

Build-A-Bear Workshop.......... 964-1998

Friendship Gymnastics........... 589-5867

*Carter Mountain Orchard..... 977-1833 Route 53, near Monticello www.cartermountainorchard.com Orchard with mountain-top views, apple picking, fall festival with hayrides and entertainment. See ad pg 39

Fry’s Spring Beach Club.......... 296-4181

Cavalier Sports Cards.............. 974-1771

*Highlands Golf Park & Pirate Pete’s Miniature Golf.. 985-2765 Route 29, Ruckersville www.highlandsgolfpark.com

Charlottesville Performing Arts School.................................. 293-2727 Cici’s Pizza................................... 964-0001 *Classics Gymnastics................ 978-4720 2327 Seminole Lane www.classicsgymnastics.com Professional instruction for tots to teens. Safety certified master instructors. See ad pg 135

Greenwood Ctr Roller Skating............................. 296-5844 Heavenly Acres Campground............................... 985-6601 Hidden Creek Farm.................. 985-4309

Jump!............................................. 284-8248 Kohr Bros..................................... 975-4651 Lazy Daisy Ceramics................ 295-7801 Les Fabriques.............................. 975-0710

EXPLORE. CREATE. GROW. Charlottesville’s hands-on children’s museum for kids 1-8

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My Chocolate Shoppe.............. 995-5428 Petit Bebe..................................... 244-9500 Putt-Putt Golf............................. 973-5509 Snip-its......................................... 971-7647 Speak Language Center.......... 245-8255 The Pony Cafe............................ 977-7365 *Triple C Camp........................... 293-2529 920 Camp Road www.tripleccamp.com Daily swimming, horses, climbing tower/zip line, lunches, transportation & much more. See ad pg 133

*Virginia Discovery Museum.977-1025 524 E. Main Street East end of Downtown Mall www.vadm.org Charlottesville’s only nonprofit children’s museum since 1981 with a hands-on environment for kids 1-8 yrs. See ad pg 147 *Wilson School of Dance.......... 973-5678 3114 Proffit Road www.wilsonschoolofdance.com Family friendly ballet, jazz, tap, princess ballet, Broadway/lyrical, hip-hop, 50 classes—all levels. See ad pg 136 Wine And Design/Art Buzz Kids..................................... 218-3112

UVA Alumni Hall....................243-2665

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*Little Gym, The......................... 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, karate. Parties & camps. See ad pg 135 Michael’s Arts and Crafts....... 971-1072


Party Supplies

Rob Garland Photographers.. 293-3332

Festive Fare................................. 296-5496

*Robert Radifera Photography.............................. 245-8547 2125 Ivy Road, Ivy Square Shopping Center www.radifera.com

Lake Emporium......................... 589-6016

Sue Martin Photography......... 293-9337

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

Tod Cohen Photography......... 973-2960

Caspari.......................................... 817-7880 Central Virginia Rental........... 977-5915

Rock Paper Scissors.................. 979-6366 Social Butterflies....................... 823-3666 Virginia Tent Rental................. 296-7595

Photographers *3 Cats Photo..................... 303-709-7290 Crozet & Charlottesville www.3catsphoto.com ASM Photography..................... 987-3483 Button Down Photography.... 987-5910 Candace Schoner Photography................................ 989-5480 Celestial Sights Photography................................ 466-2241 Cramer Photography................ 242-6074 Earthdarling Portraits.............. 409-1633 F-Stop Studios............................ 973-6602 Gitchell’s Studio........................ 296-7558 *Jen Fariello Photography........ 963-7976 313 Second Street S.E., Studio 106 www.jenfariello.com Capturing life’s moments. Portraits, babies, weddings, life. See ad pg 105 Kirsten Rose Photography...... 971-7883 KMS Photography...................... 973-1740 Laura Merricks Photography.825-3194 Liz Knutsen Photography......533-0307 Mary B. Photography................ 806-6734 Memories by Melody............... 214-0382 Meredith Coe Photo................. 218-2308 Oldfields Photography............. 987-6600 Photosmith, The........................ 882-1030 106

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Art and Craft Supplies

Face Value Salon & Studio..... 823-2009

Art Box at Creative Framing. 295-5426

Signature Medical Spa............ 923-4646

Moxie Hair & Body Lounge.... 979-5556

Laughing Sheep Yarns............. 973-0331 Les Fabriques..........................975-0710 Michael’s Arts and Crafts....... 971-1072 Studio Art Shop......................... 293-8356 Studio Baboo............................... 244-2905

Baby Equipment

Bicycle Dealers Bike Factory................................ 975-2453 Blue Ridge Cyclery.................... 995-2453 Blue Wheel Bicycles................. 977-1870 Community Bikes..................... 260-0893 Performance Bicycle................ 963-9161

Petit Bebe..................................... 244-9500

Book Stores Beauty & Spa

Atlas Comics............................... 974-7512 Family Christian Stores.......... 973-8287

Alma & Mela Hair Salon.......977-5573 Alternative Hair Solutions..... 964-0865 Ch’ville Skin & Laser............... 984-4491 Cityspa.......................................... 984-5046

Fashion Fabrics for you and your home.

HOME DECOR FABRIC + SERVICE 2000+ upholstery fabrics! - In-home Interior Design Service - • Upholstery & Drapery Service

36 years experience in the textile and sewing industry.

Sewing Machines Sales & Service

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inc.com 206 E Water St • 975-0710 Parking Validation


Petit Bebe..................................... 244-9500

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

Smocking by Ann Hill Williams..................... 295-1481

Oakley’s Gently Used Books.. 977-3313 Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.................. 823-1144 Read It Again, Sam................... 977-9844 *Shenanigans.............................. 295-4797 601 West Main Street / Midtown www.shenaniganstoys.net Toys, books, dolls, games and stuffed animals. Includes free gift wrapping and UPS delivery. See ad pg 109

Children’s Clothing, New Doodlebugs................................. 990-5742

TOY S

Prairie Cottons........................... 985-7796 Ragged Mountain Running Shop.........................293-3367 Shoe Store Next Door.............. 293-8400

Stride Rite Bootery.................... 973-6937 The Hip Joint............................... 971-6888 Whimsies..................................... 977-8767

Children’s Clothing, Used *Goodwill Industries................. 295-3967 www.goodwillvalleys.com Non-profit shop accepting donations, used items. Helping people reach their full potential. See ad pg 153 Here Wee Grow Again............. 973-5806 Kid to Kid..................................... 529-8988

Lollipop Shop

Semi-Annual Children's Clothing Exchange

2015 & 2016 Sales *Each One Week Only!* Spring & Summer in March Fall & Winter in September

ShenaniganS 601 West Main Street / Midtown Charlottesville (434) 295-4797 www.shenaniganstoys.net Charlottesville’s favorite toy store for 40 years!

Kids’ clothes, toys, baby equipment, maternity clothes, costumes. . . .and more! Check website for updates!

www.LollipopShopSale.com CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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*Green Valley Book Fair.. 800-385-0099 2192 Green Valley Lane, Mt. Crawford www.gobookfair.com Huge discount book outlet with over 500,000 titles. Visit website for sale dates. See ad pg 142


Leftover Luxuries...................... 989-3543 *Lollipop Shop............................. 296-5740 Location to be announced www.lollipopshopsale.com Semi-annual children’s clothing sale: books, toys, costumes, maternity, baby equipment & more. See ad pg 109 *Momma Bear Sale.......... 540-226-3285 2904 Browns Gap Tpk White Hall Community Center, Crozet www.mommabearsale.com Rethreads..................................... 260-0335 Sally Jo’s 29 Consign................ 985-5000 Schoolhouse Thrift Shop........ 973-2271 Twice Is Nice............................... 293-8319

Collector/Memorabillia Stores Baseball Direct........................... 974-4985 Cavalier Sports Cards.............. 974-1771

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Stimulate your child’s imagination in your own backyard! Free Delivery and Setup! Scan This Code with your Smart Phone Financing available

CAPITOL SHEDS.com (434) 964-1901 A+ www.CapitolSheds.com Start With Trust

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Treasures Through Time........ 979-9172

Costumes Party Starts Here....................... 973-7359 *Shenanigans.............................. 295-4797 601 West Main Street / Midtown www.shenaniganstoys.net Toys, books, dolls, games and stuffed animals. Includes free gift wrapping and UPS delivery. See ad pg 109

Department Stores Charlottesville Fashion Square.....................................973-9331

Diaper Services The Stork Diaper Service....... 233-0130


Haircuts for Kids

*Classic Furniture...................... 973-5146 460 Premier Circle www.classicfurnitureva.com Offers a variety of furniture collections. Provides at-home visits to assist with personal designs. See ad pg 157

Snip-its......................................... 971-7647

*Habitat Store, The................... 293-6331 1221 Harris Street www.cvillehabitatstore.org New & salvaged building materials and furnishings at discount prices; supporting Habitat for Humanity. See ad pg 152

Kitchen Supplies Happy Cook................................. 977-2665

Maternity Clothes, Gifts and Gear Boutique Boutique.................... 293-8400 Sally Jo’s 29 Consign................ 985-5000

Game and Hobby Stores Atlas Comics............................... 974-7512 The End Game Center............. 973-2205

Music Stores Ch'ville Piano Co....................... 296-8886

434.973.5146 | classicfurnitureva.com 460 Premier Circle, Charlottesville CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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Furnishings


Heinz Musitronics..................... 977-2797 Specialty Guitars Plus............979-3800 Stacy’s Music..........................974-1555

Personalized Goods

*Capitol Sheds............................ 964-1901 8824 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville www.capitolsheds.com Sheds, swing sets, playhouses, horse barns, pool houses, log cabins, gazebos & more. See ad pg 154 Charlottesville Aquatics......... 973-7433

Alex and Ani............................... 964-9541

EnviroSmarte.............................. 978-3764

Keller and George Jewelers.... 293-5011

Paradise Pools............................ 566-7057

Monogram Shop........................ 973-1968

Piedmont Pools.......................... 589-6354

Suz Somersall Boutique.............................. 646-543-9181

Valley Pool and Spa......... 800-626-6659

Tuel Jewelers............................... 295-4258

Play Equipment & Pools Aqua-Clean Pool Service........ 295-8131

*Vintage Swings........................................... ....................... email@vintageswings.com www.vintageswings.com Handmade wooden swings proudly made in Charlottesville. See ad page 152

Buildit........................................... 923-8453 Byler’s Storage Buildings, Inc..................... 888-337-1190

Pioneers in Charlottesville’s natural foods & products movement since 1987

Barracks Road Shopping Center Mon-Sat 9-8 Sun 10-6 434-977-1965

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RebeccasNaturalFood.com Redeem this ad for

20% off

one non-sale item. Expires 07/31/16

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vintageswings.com


Virginia Shop, The..................... 977-0080

Gearharts Fine Chocolates.... 972-9100

Sporting Goods

*Integral Yoga Natural Foods............................. 293-4111 923 Preston Avenue iyfoods.com

Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. 977-4400 Downtown Athletic, Teams... 975-3696

Ivy Provisions............................. 202-1308

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

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

Great Outdoor Provision Co.. 995-5669

*Perrigo Nutritionals................ 297-1070 www.perrigonutritionals.com Store-brand infant formulas, baby foods, nutritious toddler snacks, pediatric & adult nutritional beverages and more. See ad pg 143

Play It Again Sports.................. 973-2638

*Rebecca’s Natural Food.......... 977-1965 Barracks Road Shopping Center www.rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine & beer. See ad pg 84

Total Soccer................................ 220-2460

Ragged Mountain Running Shop............................. 293-3367 Rivanna Gear & Apparel......... 293-4558 The Hip Joint............................... 971-6888 University Dive and Hobby Center............................. 296-6306 Woodbrook Sports.................... 974-1954

Quality Affordable Nutritional Products • Infant Formulas • Nutritional Drinks • Toddler Foods • Vitamin & Mineral Supplements

434-297-1070

www.perrigonutritionals.com At home in the Charlottesville community since 1997 Z01-1512-0351

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Specialty Foods


Toys, New

Toys, Used

Alakazam Toys & Gifts............ 971-1717

Here Wee Grow Again............. 973-5806

*Meadowbrook Pharmacy....... 296-4135 2037 Barracks Road On Facebook Short wait-time for Rx, books for children & adults, puzzles, puppets & large card selection. See ad pg 88

*Lollipop Shop............................. 296-5740 Location to be announced www.lollipopshopsale.com Semi-annual children’s clothing sale: books, toys, costumes, maternity, baby equipment & more. See ad pg 109

O’Suzannah................................ 979-7467

*Momma Bear Specials... 540-226-3285 2904 Browns Gap Tpk White Hall Community Center, Crozet www.mommabearsale.com

Pufferbellies Toys and Books........................... 540-886-3516 *Shenanigans.............................. 295-4797 601 West Main Street / Midtown www.shenaniganstoys.net Toys, books, dolls, games and stuffed animals. Includes free gift wrapping and UPS delivery. See ad pg 114

Schoolhouse Thrift Shop........ 973-2271

Wellness & Safety

Virginia Tractor.......................... 977-8100 Environ. Health Cons............... 977-1409 Integrity Pilates......................... 422-2128 SafetyStore.com........................ 973-8030

TOY S It Only Takes

ONE

to make a difference this holiday season!

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2015 TOY LIFT Friday, December 4, 2015

kidslift.org is proud to support Toy Lift!


Education & Child Care


Day Care Services

First Presbyterian Church Preschool...................................... 296-1447

ABC Preschool-Day Care........ 296-1116

First Steps.................................... 295-5575

Albemarle County Schools After-School Enrichment Program........................................ 296-5840

Foundations Child Development Center................ 973-9218

Barrett Early Learning Ctr..... 295-9202

Gentle Care Day Care.............. 409-6465

Bright Beginnings Preschool.. 979-8585

Great Beginnings....................... 977-3700

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

Grooms Day Care...................... 984-0484

Child Connections.................... 591-1010

Hilltop Child Care Center...... 295-6623

Commonwealth Christian Ctr............................... 823-6500

Kiddie Academy........................ 202-1062

Four Seasons Learning Ctr.... 975-4455

Faith Christian Academy....... 979-1704

*Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool.......... 975-4263 2117 Angus Road www.mmlhp.com French & Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4-5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 118

First Baptist Center.................. 296-6198

Millstone of Ivy.......................... 979-2111

Covesville Child Center.......... 245-9133 Creative Learning After-School & in the Summer (CLASS)..... 245-2501 Effort Christian School........... 589-8962

First Leaps .................................. 220-2885

Looking for an Outstanding AND affordable Preschool?

Our admissions policy reflects our desire to maintain diversity in race, family income, national origin, gender and cultural background among the children we serve.

Just 2 Blocks from UVA • 434-977-3322

NORTH BRANCH SCHOOL

Chestnut Grove Preschool 8 minutes from Hollymead Town Center

Now Enrolling for Fall 2015 Three or Five Mornings Per Week Classes for 3 and 4 year-old children Hours: 9:00 am — 12:30 pm Christian-based curriculum Providing Creative, Stimulating and Educational age-appropriate activities

small class size

hands - on education

Call 540.456.8450 or visit www.north-branch-school.org North Branch School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color or income and actively seeks minority students.

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550 Buck Mountain Road, Earlysville 978-3819 ext.11 chestnutgrovebaptist.org


EDUCATION & CHILD CARE

CULTIVATING CONFIDENCE Knowledge begins by nurturing a child’s desire to learn. At the Charlottesville Waldorf School, the foundation for academics goes hand in hand with a genuine appreciation of the natural world. While learning the fundamentals, students immerse themselves in music, art, sports, as well as the wonders of our beautiful 13-acre campus, connecting the classroom experience to the world at large. Parent and Child Classes begin for children under 3 years old Half and Full-Day Options are available for children 3 - 6 years old Grade School includes 1st - 8th grades Call Elizabeth Hale, (434)973-4946, or email enrollment@cwaldorf.org for a tour.

A JABA Pre-School in an intergenerational setting

Children and Elders make perfectly matched partners for learning and fun. Now enrolling for August 2015 Now Enrolling 674 Hillsdale Drive K Charlottesville K 434-817-5222

Owned and managed by JABA CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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*Montessori School of Charlottesville...................... 295-0029 631 Cutler Lane & 1602 Gordon Ave www.montessoriofcville.org Furthering international & ecological consciousness for children 21 months-6 years in a Montessori environment. See ad pg 122

*Westminster Child Care Center..................... 977-3322 450 Rugby Road www.westccc.net Individual & group activities for children 6 weeks-5 years old promoting open-ended curiosity & exploration. See ad pg 116

Nature’s Bloom.......................... 979-4796 Old Dominion Day School..... 977-0511 Our Neighborhood Center..... 202-8639 Piedmont Family YMCA.......... 974-9622

Educational Consultants

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

*Divine Play................................ 218-9500 2148 Stony Point Road www.divineplay.com Assistance with learning to play and work in happier, healthier and more productive ways. See ad pg 2

United Way Scholarships....... 972-1701

Francie Furlong, MA, M.Ed..... 996-3900

UVA Development Center...... 293-6110

Jefferson Academics...... 661-748-0240

Wee Care Daycare for Kids.... 972-0001

Seay Educational Consulting.......................... 540-337-6368

Rainbow Childcare Center..... 295-8569 ReadyKids.................................... 296-4118 Salvation Army.......................... 295-4058

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Fluvanna County Library....... 589-1400

*ASAP Sitters.............................. 879-7481 2226 Banbury St www.asapsitters.com

Greene County Library............ 985-5227

Gordon Avenue Library........... 296-5544

Au Pair Care....................1-800-428-7247 Cultural Care Au Pair..............................1-800-333-6056 Family Friends........................... 823-7761

Louisa County Library.... 540-894-5853 Nelson Memorial Library....... 263-5904 Northside Library...................... 973-7893 Scottsville Library..................... 286-3541 UVA Library................................. 924-3021

Monticello Nannies.................. 923-0023 UVA Nursing School Babysitter List............................ 924-0141

Public School Districts

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

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

Libraries Albemarle/Chville Historical Society...................... 296-1492 Central Library........................... 979-7151 Crozet Library............................ 823-4050

*Albemarle County Public Schools........................... 296-5820 401 McIntire Road www.k12albemarle.org Public school system serving over 13,000 students in 26 schools. See ad pg 122

Small School. Big Experience.

ALL GIRLS

COLLEGE PREP

EST. 1894

GRADES 9-12

CHATHAM, VA

WWW.CHATHAMHALL.ORG

Contact the Admission Office at 877.644.2941 for More Info CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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In-home Childcare


Schools, Driver’s Ed A+ Driver Improvement School...... 800-794-2228 A-1 Defensive Driving School............................ 293-5377

*Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community.. 540-671-9894 1554 Insurance Lane www.albemarlemcc.com A nurturing space for children ages 2.5 years through kindergarten. See ad pg 118

Albemarle County Community Education............ 975-9451

Bright Beginnings Preschool.. 979-8585

Cavalier Driving School.......... 980-2775

Chancellor Street...................... 296-6444

Green Light Driving School... 979-5300

Charlottesville Beautiful MINDS Preschool...................... 244-0446

Schools, Pre-School

*Charlottesville Catholic School......................... 964-0400 1205 Pen Park Road www.cvillecatholic.org Pre-K through 8th-grade curriculum focusing on academics & nurturing Christian values. All faiths welcome. See ad pg 124

ABC Preschool-Day Care........ 296-1116 ACPS Early Childhood Special Education Program................... 973-2490

Bright Stars Program............... 972-4140

Charlottesville Day School.... 817-2371

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

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*Chestnut Grove Preschool...... 978-3819 550 Buck Mountain Road, Earlysville www.chestnutgrovebaptist.org Specializing in kindergarten readiness with emphasis on Christian values for 3-5 year old children. See ad pg 116

*Covenant School....................... 220-7330 Lower School (preK-6th): 1000 Birdwood Road Upper School (7th-12th): 175 Hickory Street www.covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for PreK-12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 125 Covesville Child Center.......... 245-9133 Daylily Preschool....................... 996-8397 Faith Christian Academy....... 979-1704 First Baptist Center.................. 296-6198

Child Connections.................... 591-1010

First Presbyterian Preschool.. 296-1447

Children’s Garden Preschool.974-6068

First United Methodist Church..................... 296-6682

Christ Church Preschool........ 293-2347 Commonwealth Christian Community Center.................. 823-6500 Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) Preschool & Kindergarten...... 295-6382

Four Seasons Learning Center........................................... 975-4455 Free Union Country School... 978-1700

Country Cottage Preschool.... 973-2244

Challenging academic curricula. Innovative educational opportunities. A passion for authentic learning. Experience an environment in which curiosity and inquiry flourish at all levels.

St. Anne's-Belfield School

Grades PS-12, 5- and 7-Day Boarding in Grades 9-12

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*Charlottesville Waldorf School......................... 973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road www.cwaldorf.org Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and PreK-8th grade. See ad pg 117


*Frost Montessori School......... 979-5223 1553 Delphi Drive www.frostmontessori.com Multi-aged classrooms, 21 months-6 years. Child-centered environment. Spanish, art, geography, sewing, gardening & more. See ad pg 120

Kingswood Christian Preschool...................................... 823-1258 Lighthouse Christian............... 973-7557 MACAA Head Start................... 295-3171

Hillsboro Christian Preschool...................................... 823-5342

*Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool.......... 975-4263 2117 Angus Road www.mmlhp.com French & Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4-5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 118

Hilltop Child Care Center...... 295-6623

Millstone of Ivy.......................... 979-2111

*International School................ 984-2174 830 Monticello Avenue www.theisc.org Early childhood education with a global focus—programs in French & Spanish for ages 2-6. See ad pg 120

Molly Michie Cooperative Preschool............. 977-7406

Gentle Care Day Care.............. 409-6465 Great Beginnings....................... 977-3700

Ivy School House Preschool.. 823-4060 Kangaroo Preschool................. 973-8736

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Kiddie Academy ....................... 202-1062

Serving children ages 21 months - 6 years

Fostering independence and social responsibility in children since 1976. For more information or to schedule an observation, please visit us at

montessoriofcville.org 434-295-0029

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*Montessori School of Charlottesville...................... 295-0029 631 Cutler Lane & 1602 Gordon Ave www.montessoriofcville.org Furthering international & ecological consciousness for children 21 months-6 years in a Montessori environment. See ad pg 122


*North Branch School...... 540-456-8450 221 Mickens Road, Afton north-branch-school.org Art, music, handwork, drama, languages, fitness and computers complement basic studies. See ad pg 116 *Northridge Preschool.............. 964-1560 5100 Dickerson Road www.northridgepreschool.com

*Park Street Christian Preschool.................................... 296-8922 1200 Park Street www.pscc.avenue.org Rainbow Childcare Center..... 295-8569 Rose Garden Preschool........... 823-7026 *Shining Star Preschools (JABA).................... 817-5222 674 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 9 www.jabacares.org Fun intergenerational activities with JABA seniors, facilitated by highly trained, patient and loving staff. See ad pg 117 Small Steps Preschool............. 985-1948 Special Education Preschool...................................... 973-2490

Old Dominion Day School..... 977-0511 Paran Preschool......................... 973-9077

Parent & Child Classes Preschool Elementary Middle School

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*Mountaintop Montessori School.................... 979-8886 440 Pinnacle Place www.mountaintopmontessori.org Guiding social, emotional, intellectual, physical & spiritual development. Toddler, preschool, elementary & middle school. See ad pg 123


*St. Anne’s-Belfield School...... 296-5106 2132 Ivy Road/799 Faulconer Drive www.stab.org Traditional co-ed college preparatory curriculum preschool-12 with arts, athletics & more. Boarding in grades 9-12. See ad pg 121 St. Mark Preschool.................... 293-0792 Tuckahoe School....................... 361-9018 United Christian Academy.... 985-2947 University Montessori School........................................... 977-0583 UVA Development Center...... 293-6110 *Westminster Child Care Center..................... 977-3322 450 Rugby Road www.westccc.net Individual & group activities for children 6 weeks-5 years old promoting open-ended curiosity & exploration. A Co-Educational Independent School See ad pg 116 Jr Kindergarten - 8th Grade

GRYMES

MEMORIAL SCHOOL

Schools, Private Afton Christian School.. 540-456-6853 Blue Ridge School..................... 985-2811 Calvary Christian School....... 581-3874 *Charlottesville Catholic School......................... 964-0400 1205 Pen Park Road www.cvillecatholic.org Pre-K through 8th-grade curriculum focusing on academics & nurturing Christian values. All faiths welcome. See ad pg 124 Charlottesville Day School.... 817-2371 *Charlottesville Waldorf School......................... 973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road www.cwaldorf.org Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and PreK-8th grade. See ad pg 117

now welcoming three-year-olds!

GRYMES

MEMORIAL SCHOOL A Co-Educational Independent School Jr Kindergarten - 8th Grade

Launching Learners. Character-based education since 1947 Innovative hands-on curriculum Caring, supportive and dedicated faculty Spanish instruction for all grade levels Music, technology, and arts classes daily Drama and Public Speaking at all grade levels Complimentary buses serving nine counties Fee-free athletics

Launching Learners. Summer programs available

Character-based education since 1947

13775 Spicer’s Mill Road

Innovative Orange,hands-on Virginiacurriculum 22960

www.grymesschool.org Caring, supportive and dedicated540-672-1010 faculty SpanishNow instruction for all gradetolevels enrolling! Email inquire:

admissions@grymesschool.org Music, technology, and arts classes daily

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Charlottesville Catholic School

Faith • Knowledge • Community

Students Performing in the Top 10% Nationally — We invite your child to become part of our success — Expanding knowledge & growing faith in Pre-K to 8th grade students 434.964.0400 |admissions@cvillecatholic.org www.cvillecatholic.org


Community Christian Academy...................................... 326-1145 *Covenant School....................... 220-7330 Lower School (preK-6th): 1000 Birdwood Road Upper School (7th-12th): 175 Hickory Street www.covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for PreK-12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 125 Effort Christian School........... 589-8962 Fishburne Military........... 540-946-7700 Fork Union Military Academy..................... 842-3212 Free Union Country School... 978-1700

*Grymes Memorial School.............. 540-672-1010 13775 Spicer’s Mill Road, Orange www.grymesschool.org Offering challenging curriculum, small classes, extracurriculars & bus transport from Ruckersville for junior K-8th grade. See ad pg 124 *International School................ 984-2174 830 Monticello Avenue www.theisc.org Early childhood education with a global focus—programs in French & Spanish for ages 2-6. See ad pg 120 Miller School of Albemarle.... 823-4805 *Mountaintop Montessori School.................... 979-8886 440 Pinnacle Place www.mountaintopmontessori.org Guiding social, emotional, intellectual, physical & spiritual development. Toddler, preschool, elementary & middle school. See ad pg 123

OUR TEACHERS PLAY MANY ROLES

THEY INSTRUCT. THEY COACH. THEY MENTOR. THEY INSPIRE. As part of our whole child approach, faculty members invest in the lives of their students in and outside of the classroom, recognizing the talents of each individual learner.

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*Chatham Hall.................. 877-644-2941 800 Chatham Hall Circle, Chatham www.chathamhall.org All-girls college prep offering dynamic academics with a global perspective, challenging athletics & more. See ad pg 119


*North Branch School...... 540-456-8450 221 Mickens Road, Afton north-branch-school.org Art, music, handwork, drama, languages, fitness and computers complement basic studies. See ad pg 116 Open Door Christian School. 589-3673 Peabody School.......................... 296-6901 Regents School of Ch'ville..... 293-0633 Renaissance School.................. 984-1952 *St. Anne’s-Belfield School...... 296-5106 2132 Ivy Road / 799 Faulconer Drive www.stab.org Traditional co-ed college preparatory curriculum preschool-12 with arts, athletics & more. Boarding in grades 9-12. See ad pg 121

Schools, Public - Lower Agnor-Hurt Elementary.......... 973-5211 Baker Butler Elementary........ 974-7777 Broadus Wood Elementary.... 973-3865 Brownsville Elementary.......... 823-4658 Burnley-Moran Elementary... 245-2413 Clark Elementary...................... 245-2414 Crozet Elementary.................... 823-4800 Greenbrier Elementary........... 245-2415 Hollymead Elementary........... 973-8301 Jackson-Via Elementary.......... 245-2416 Johnson Elementary................. 245-2417 Mary C. Greer Elementary..... 973-8371 Meriwether Lewis .................... 293-9304

Stuart Hall.......................... 540-885-0356

Paul H. Cale Elementary......... 293-7455

*Tandem Friends School.......... 951-9314 279 Tandem Lane www.tandemfs.org

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

Village School............................. 984-4404

Stony Point Elementary.......... 973-6405

Woodberry Forest............. 540-672-3900

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

Scottsville Elementary............ 974-8040 Stone-Robinson Elementary. 296-3754

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

Schools, Public - High

Walker Upper Elementary..... 245-2412 Woodbrook Elementary.......... 973-6600

Albemarle High......................... 975-9300

Yancey Elementary.................. 286-3768

Charlottesville High................. 245-2410 Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)..... 973-4461

Schools, Public - Middle

Health and Medical Services Academy..................... 244-3100

Buford Middle............................. 245-2411

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

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

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Champion Tutoring.................. 984-2821

Albemarle County Special-NeedsKids Parents’ Group................. 243-2219

Clayborne Education............... 295-4501

Elk Hill Day School................... 220-7198

Georgetown Learning Ctr....... 296-5111

Lafayette School........................ 589-2370

Jefferson Academics...... 661-748-0240

Little Keswick School............... 295-0457 Oakland School......................... 293-9059

Kumon Math & Reading Center of Charlottesville........ 973-9040

Park School................................. 293-2613

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

Peabody School.......................... 296-6901

Literacy Volunteers of Ch’ville/Albemarle.............. 977-3838

Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP)..... 975-9400 Virginia Institute of Autism... 923-8252

Tutoring Aloha Mind Math/Reading/Writing............ 249-2888

Ch'ville Writing Center........... 293-3702 Enrichment Alliance of Va..... 295-1002

McGuffey Reading Center...... 924-7034 *Partners in Learning LLC...... 996-8161 503 Faulconer Dr. Suite 7A drstacydean.com Independent educational support with one-on-one tutoring, educational evaluations, educational consulting and more. See ad pg 127

Aristotle Circle........................... 825-4832

Partners in Learning Educational Consultants

One-on-one in-home professional tutoring. 434-422-3595 tutordoctorcharlottesville.com

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Schools, Specialty


Seay Educational Consulting.......................... 540-337-6368 Sounds & Syllables of VA....... 466-9564 Speak Language Center.......... 245-8255 The Hunt Course.............. 703-425-7656 *Tutor Doctor of Charlottesville...................... 422-3595 www.tutordoctorcharlottesville.com Professional, 1-on-1, in-home tutoring. Call for a free consultation. See ad pg 127 Wahoo Tutors............................. 996-6174

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Kids’ Recreation


Adventure Sports Charlottesville Fencing Alliance........................ 227-4006 Discovery Ridge Adventure Center..................... 325-8505 Dive Connections...................... 964-9200

*Les Fabriques............................ 975-0710 206 E Water Street www.lesfabriquesinc.com Camps & classes for ages 7 to adult. Fashion & home decor fabrics. PFAFF sewing machines. Custom monograms See ad pg 130

Poplar Ridge Ropes Course.... 924-6202

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

Rocky Top Climbing................. 981-3306

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

University Dive and Hobby Center............................. 296-6306

Studio Baboo............................... 244-2905

Arts & Crafts Classes Albemarle Artful Kids............. 806-6734

Very Special Arts....................... 970-3264 Woodworking With Children............................ 979-1220

Baseball

Crozet Arts.................................. 964-6770 Glass Palette, The...................... 977-9009

American Legion Baseball..... 977-1050

Lee Alter Watercolor Painting........................................ 963-0540

Cove Creek Baseball................. 970-2255 Jefferson Area Girls Softball.. 973-5440

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Camps

Monticello Little League......... 296-1251

*Camp Alleghany for Girls............................. 877-446-9475 Lewisburg, WV www.campalleghany.com Traditional camp with sports, dance & drama. Oldest girls’ camp in the Virginias. See ad pg 132

Northside Cal Ripken League........................................... 980-1256 Peachtree Babe Ruth Baseball........................................ 823-7183

Basketball Charlottesville Parks & Rec. Youth Basketball....................... 970-3271 Scottsville Youth Basketball.. 286-3612 Virginia Basketball Academy.242-7729

*Camp Friendship............. 800-873-3223 Palmyra www.campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, challenge adventures, equestrian programs, sports & facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 131 Camp Holiday Trails................ 977-3781 *Camp Motorsport............ 855-508-9382 Clover, VA www.campmotorsport.com Unique sports specialty camp with hands-on driving education for boys and girls. See ad pg 132

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Lane Babe Ruth Baseball........ 973-7457 McIntire Little League............. 817-5100


Charlottesville Writing Center........................... 293-3702

Clubs

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

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

*Hollywood Theatre Lab.......... 973-3899 Downtown Charlottesville

Blue Ridge Young Birders.................................. 540-363-5035

*Camp Stitch............................... 975-0710 206 E Water Street www.lesfabriquesinc.com Camps & classes for ages 7 to adult. Fashion & home decor fabrics. PFAFF sewing machines. Custom monograms See ad pg 130

Boys & Girls Club...................... 971-9400 Cavman’s Crew.......................... 924-8821 Girl Scouts.......................... 540-777-5100 Junior Achievement......... 804-217-8855 Poetry Club.................................. 977-1025

Summer Playground Program (Albemarle)................................. 296-5844

Police Explorer Post.................. 970-3280

Summer Playground Program (Ch’ville)....................................... 970-3260

Table Tennis Club..................... 973-2931

*Triple C Camp........................... 293-2529 920 Camp Road www.tripleccamp.com Daily swimming, horses, climbing tower/zip line, lunches, transportation & much more. See ad pg 133

Science Club............................... 977-1025 Wednesday Music Club.......... 923-4001 Young Life.................................... 964-1867

-The Oldest Girls’ Camp in the VirginiasESTABLISHED IN 1922

-The Oldest Girls’ Camp in the VirginiasEsTabLishEd in 1922

Motorsports Specialty Camp

Driving & STEM Programs For Aspiring Drivers, Engineers & Enthusiasts!

campmotorsport.com

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Lewisburg, Archery Tennis WV Wild World 1-877-446-9475 Rifle Canoeing Low Ropes campghany@aol.com • www.campalleghany.com Dance Swimming Arts & Crafts Drama Sports & Fitness Singing

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Culinary Specialty Camp

Cooking Programs For Aspiring Young Chefs! chefcamp.com

Specialty Residential Summer Camps Girls & Boys Ages 9-17 1 & 2 Week Sessions (855) 508-9382 office@campmotorsport.com office@chefcamp.com


*Albemarle Ballet Theatre....... 823-8888 5798 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet www.aballet.org Balletschool................................ 975-3533 Bend Yoga.................................... 296-2363 Blue Ridge Irish Music School.............................. 409-9631 *Charlottesville Ballet Academy..................................... 973-2555 1885 Seminole Trail, Suite 203 charlottesvilleballet.org/academy Professional ballet company, dance academy and nonprofit dedicated to promoting lifelong health and wellbeing. See ad pg 133 Charlottesville Performing Arts School........... 293-2727 Charlottesville Royalettes Baton Class.............www.royalette.com

Jefferson Cotillion..................... 242-0153 Scott Boyer Teaches Dance................................... 804-798-9364 *Wilson School of Dance.......... 973-5678 3114 Proffit Road www.wilsonschoolofdance.com Family friendly ballet, jazz, tap, princess ballet, Broadway/lyrical, hip-hop, 50 classes-all levels. See ad pg 136

Educational Recreation *Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau.......888-489-4144 335 Cummings Street, Abingdon www.visitabingdonvirginia.com Offering festivals and events, arts and culture, outdoor adventure, historic sites, music and more. See ad page 33 Baby Signs Program................. 296-2462

Classes for Ages 2 - Adult • Princess Ballet • Modern • Hip Hop • Jazz • Tap

• Mom & Me • Barre Workout • Musical Theatre • Adult Ballet

Sara Jansen Clayborne, CBA Principal CharlottesvilleBallet.org/Academy | 434.973.2555 1885 Seminole Trail, Suite 203, Charlottesville CBA is the official training school of the Charlottesville Ballet, a professional company, dance academy, and 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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Dance & Movement


Civility School, The................... 242-0153

Friendship Gymnastics........... 589-5867

Etiquette School of the Commonwealth, The............... 996-4903

*Little Gym, The......................... 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, karate. Parties & camps. See ad pg 135

*WVPT - PBS...................... 800-345-9878 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg www.wvpt.net The Shenandoah Valley & Central Virginia’s public television station. See ad pg 148

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

Golf Birdwood Golf Course.............. 293-4653 Glenmore Golf Course............. 817-0506 Greene Hills Club...................... 985-7328 *Highlands Golf Park & Pirate Pete’s Miniature Golf.. 985-2765 Route 29, Ruckersville www.highlandsgolfpark.com Lake Monticello Golf Course................................. 589-3075 *Meadowcreek Golf Course at Pen Park................................ 977-0615 1400 Pen Park Road www.meadowcreekgolf.org Grill, lessons, driving range, par 70 course. PGA professional available for private/group instruction. See ad pg 137 Old Trail Golf.............................. 823-8101 Putt-Putt Golf............................. 973-5509 Wintergreen Resort.................. 325-2200

Horseback Riding Barracks, The.............................. 293-6568 *Camp Friendship............. 800-873-3223 www.campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, challenge adventures, equestrian programs, sports & facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 131 Carriage Hill Farm.................... 296-2672 Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy........................... 823-1178 Graves Mountain Lodge - Stables.................. 540-923-4231 Grayson Farm............................. 286-4130 Hidden Creek Farm.................. 985-4309 Hoof & Woof 4-H Club............ 872-4580 Horses as Healers..................... 882-3610 Mechums View Farm............... 823-5419 Millington Stables..................... 823-5109 Montanova Stables................... 295-2905

Gymnastics and Cheerleading AIM Cheer/Pom Program............................... 804-403-3902 *Classics Gymnastics................ 978-4720 2327 Seminole Lane www.classicsgymnastics.com Professional instruction for tots to teens. Safety certified master instructors. See ad pg 135 134

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North Garden Equestrian Center..................... 882-1841 *Pony Academy, The................. 823-6929 2149 Browns Gap Turnpike On Facebook Building self-confidence & relationships with the horse. Private, semi-private & group lessons. See ad pg 136 Rodes Farm Stables.................. 325-8260 Shadowfax................................... 960-3073 The Pony Cafe............................ 977-7365


KIDS' RECREATION You can see the wonderful impact The Little Gym can have on your child when you join us for an introductory experience. Discover your kid's happy place with our three week Introductory Experience for only $40

The Little Gym of Charlottesville www.thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva 434-975-5437

Experiential learning and physical development programs for children ages 4 months through 12 years

Classics Gymnastics Begin here. Go anywhere!

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Martial Arts

Mentoring

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters........... 244-0882

AIM Self-Defense............. 804-403-3902

Big Siblings (Madison House)....................... 977-7051

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

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

ATA Leadership Martial Arts.973-3000

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

Chville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu........ 825-6202 Chville Judo Academy............. 975-4482 Charlottesville T’ai Chi.. 877-880-2479 International Black Belt.......... 973-8885 L M Karate Academy............... 589-5282 Laughing Dragon Kung Fu..... 973-0318 MMA Institute............................ 975-6624 Mountain Kim Martial Arts... 245-0202 Shotokan Karate Club............. 409-2126 Ssal Shin Jo Judo........................ 531-2951 Super Kicks Karate................... 973-0855

The Pony Academy

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

Music Lessons B# Music....................................... 806-3515 Bailey Lessons............................ 242-9743 Blue Ridge Irish Music School.............................. 409-9631 *Blue Ridge Music Together.... 293-6361 www.blueridgemusictogether.com Research-based music & movement classes for children birth to 5 years & their grownups. See ad pg 137

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The Front Porch......................... 242-7012

Charlottesville Performing Arts School........... 293-2727

Va Consort Youth Chorale..... 244-8444

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

Youth Orchestra of Ch'ville-Albemarle............... 974-7776

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

Violin & Piano Studio.............. 295-7449

Heinz Musitronics..................... 977-2797 Ivy Arts and Music................... 984-0099 Ivy Piano Studio........................ 466-6985 Kindermusik with Pam........... 823-2387 Lisa Luria Piano Studio........... 987-5637 Music Education Center......... 973-1032 Music Emporium, The............. 973-2931 Music Resource Ctr.................. 979-5478 Music Teachers Assoc .... cvillemta.org Richardson Guitar Studio....... 293-4017 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature.................................. 286-2806

Recreation Organizations Albemarle County Parks & Recreation................................... 296-5844 Boys & Girls Club...................... 971-9400 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation............................... 970-3260 Chville Therapeutic Recreation Program................. 970-3264 Crozet PARC YMCA.................. 205-4380

Specialty Guitars Plus............. 979-3800

Fluvanna County Parks.......... 842-5303

Stacy’s Music.............................. 974-1555

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

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Brooke Dezio Piano Studio..... 244-0533


Louisa County Parks....... 540-967-4420 Nelson County Parks............... 263-7130

Crozet Parks Aquatic & Recreation Center..................... 205-4380

Piedmont Family YMCA.......... 974-9622

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

Special Olympics.............. 800-932-4653

Fry’s Spring Beach Club.......... 296-4181

UVA Intramural-Recreational Sports............................................ 924-3791

Greene Hills Club...................... 985-7328

*West City Soccer...................... 430-0378 PO Box 4849 www.westcitysoccer.com

Key West Club............................ 977-7665

Science and Nature

Albemarle County Parks & Recreation............................... 296-5844

Fan Mountain Observatory... 924-7494

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

Ivy Creek Foundation.............. 973-7772

Jefferson Swim League............ 964-6172

Team Sports

Maymont............................. 804-358-7166

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

McCormick Observatory......... 924-7494

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

Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature.................. 286-2806

*Cavalier Wrestling Club......... 242-7987 www.cavalierwrestlingclub.org Wrestling for ages 5 & up. One of Ch'ville’s fastest-growing youth organizations. At UVA and AHS. See ad pg 139

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

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation............................... 970-3260 Cove Creek Girls Softball....... 970-2255 Monticello United Soccer Club................................. 974-4625 Pop Warner Football.................................. ... www.centralvirginiapopwarner.com

Swimming

Scottsville Organization for Kid’s Sports.......................... 286-2366

ACAC............................................. 978-3800

Seminole Lacrosse League....................... ............................... www.seminolelax.org

Blue Ridge Swim Club............. 242-6894 Boar’s Head Sports Club......... 972-2237 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation............................... 970-3260 Charlottesville Swans Synchronized Swimming....... 996-8924 Ch'ville YMCA Aquatics Club............................. 974-9622 Crozet Gators............................. 205-4380 138

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*SOCA (Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area)................. 975-5025 1685 Polo Grounds Road www.socaspot.org Year-round leagues for adults & children including camps & individual training. See ad pg 139 Thomas Jefferson Youth Football League................ www.tjyfl.net


SOCCer! • Year-round Leagues • Camps • Well Trained Coaches

Discipline, character, fitness, fun

• Individualized Training • Ages 4 to Adult

SOCA 975-5025

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Join one of Cville’s fastest growing youth organizations! Wrestling for all abilities, ages 5 & up

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Coming to a field near you...


Tennis ACAC............................................. 978-3800 Fairview Swim & Tennis......... 973-7946 Matilda Blue Tennis................. 906-8554 Quickstart Tennis........................................ ................................ quickstartcentral.org

Theatre Classes Black Box Players...................... 970-7600 *DMR Adventures..................... 203-6314 1232 Stoney Ridge Road dmradventures.com Dreams Made Real (DMR) Adventures specializes in classes and productions in the performing arts. See ad pg 139 Four County Players........ 540-832-5355 Gorilla Theater Productions.. 547-7986 Hollywood Theatre Lab.......... 973-3899 Jefferson Youth Theatre.......... 249-2803 Light House Studio................... 293-6992 Live Arts....................................... 977-4177

Winter Sports Bryce Resort....................1-800-821-1444 Massanutten Resort........ 540-289-9441 Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort............................ 304-572-5252 Wintergreen Resort.................. 325-2200

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Amusement Centers

Restoration United Methodist Church..................973-9077

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

The Point.................................989-6961

Bounce-n-Play.........................973-1111 Fastrax................................. 540-949-5278 Jump!............................................. 284-8248

Art and Craft Studios

Cinema Goochland Drive-in Theater................................ 804-457-3456 Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX.......................... 865-922-1123

City Clay....................................... 293-0808 Crozet Arts.................................. 964-6770 Glass Palette, The...................... 977-9009

Excursion Trains

Lazy Daisy Ceramics................ 295-7801 McGuffey Art Center................ 295-7973

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Adventure Farm........................ 971-8796 Back Home on the Farm.540-442-6493 Bees and Trees Farm....... 540-423-9020 Berry Patch of Free Union...... 963-0659 *Carter Mountain Orchard..... 977-1833 Route 53, near Monticello www.cartermountainorchard.com Orchard with mountain top views, apple picking, fall festival with hayrides and entertainment. See ad pg 39

*Chiles Peach Orchard.............. 823-1583 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet www.chilespeachorchard.com Orchard & market stand with pick your own apples, peaches, cherries, pumpkins & strawberries. See ad pg 39 Critzer Family Farm........ 540-456-4772 Crown Orchard.......................... 977-0619 Dickie Brothers Orchard......... 277-5516 Drumheller’s Orchard............. 263-5036 Fitzgerald’s Orchard................. 277-5798 Greene Meadows Farm........... 990-1999

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Hartland Orchard............ 540-364-2316

Charlottesville City Market... 970-3371

Heartmoor Farm Education Centre...................... 589-2961

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Henley’s Orchard...................... 823-7848 Hill Top Berry Farm.................. 361-1266 Kipps Family Grapes....... 540-948-4171

Read. Think. Discuss. Repeat. Join us every March for five days devoted to books, reading, and literacy at venues across Charlottesville and Albemarle County. More than 150 free programs for readers of all ages.

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Farms and Orchards


Liberty Mills Farms.................. 882-6293

Dairy Queen................................ 964-9595

Market at Grelen, The.... 540-672-7268

Dips & Sips.................................. 974-4343

Orchardside Farm............ 540-348-5220 Sarah’s Pumpkin Patch.. 540-308-8267

Kirt’s Homemade Ice Cream.................................... 202-0306

Saunders Brothers Farm........ 277-5455

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

Seamans’ Orchard.................... 277-8130

Kona Ice....................................... 466-8959

Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchard........................................ 277-5824

Smoothie King............................ 975-5464

Spring Valley Orchard............. 960-9443

Sweet Frog................................... 293-1130

The Market at amFOG.... 540-456-7100

The Sweet Tooth........................ 760-0047

Vintage Virginia Apples........... 297-2326

Tropical Smoothie Cafe.......... 975-0333

Frozen Treats

Health Clubs

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

ACAC............................................. 978-3800

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

Anytime Fitness........................ 971-5566

Bloop Frozen Yogurt................. 282-2093

Atlantic Sports & Rehab......... 978-4915

Chaps............................................ 977-4139

Baby Boot Camp........................ 953-6888 Boar’s Head Sports Club......... 972-2237

Cold Stone Creamery.............. 529-8526

Splendora’s Gelato.................... 296-8555

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Clay Fitness & Nutrition........ 245-2288 Club Mo Fitness......................... 242-9969

Historic Attractions

Pure Barre.................................... 245-1119

*Ash Lawn-Highland............... 293-8000 www.ashlawnhighland.org Guided historic site tours, educational programs and private events at the home of James Monroe. See ad pg 144 *Frontier Culture Museum............................. 540-332-7850 1290 Richmond Road, Staunton www.frontiermuseum.org Outdoor living-history with original farm buildings and gardens from Africa, Germany, England, Ireland & Virginia. See ad pg 147

Rocky Top Climbing................. 981-3306

Hatton Ferry............................... 296-1492

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

Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center................... 979-2425

Crozet PARC YMCA.................205-4380 Curves........................................... 295-7771 Gold’s Gym.................................. 973-1307 J’s Gym.......................................... 923-0497 *Jazzercise.................................... 974-6221 2123 Berkmar Drive www.jazzercise.com Pilates Center............................. 978-3609 Posture Studio............................ 293-7611

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*Madison Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center........... 540-948-4455 110A N Main Street, Madison www.madison-va.com Hiking, history, artisans, scenery, music & apple harvest festivals, wineries or destination weddings. See ad pg 49 Michie Tavern............................. 977-1234 Montpelier.......................... 540-672-2728 *Orange County Tourism............................. 877-222-8072 122 E. Main Street, Orange www.visitorangevirginia.com Natural, scenic beauty, historic sites, wineries, seasonal festivals, outdoor recreation, dining, first-class accommodations. See ads pgs 57, 144 Shirley Plantation............ 804-829-5121 *Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello................................... 984-9880 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway www.monticello.org Tours of Thomas Jefferson’s home & historic gardens. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors center & shop. See ad pg 145 University of Virginia............... 924-0311 Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum..................... 540-885-0897

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection............................. 244-0234 *P. Buckley Moss............... 540-949-6473 329 W. Main St., Waynesboro www.pbuckleymoss.com “Rediscover Art” - promoting art in the classroom to teach children with learning differences. See ad pg 59 Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.................................. 757-220-9220 Scottsville Museum.................. 286-2247 Shenandoah Caverns...... 888-422-8376 UVA Art Museum...................... 924-3592 *Virginia Discovery Museum.977-1025 524 E. Main Street East end of Downtown Mall www.vadm.org Charlottesville’s only nonprofit children’s museum since 1981 with a hands-on environment for kids 1-8 yrs. See ad pg 147 Walton’s Mountain Museum....................................... 831-2000

Musical Entertainment Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra............... 924-3139 Fridays After Five...................... 245-4910

Museums

Jefferson Theater....................... 245-4980 John Paul Jones Arena............. 243-4960

*Amazement Square................. 845-1888 27 9th Street, Lynchburg www.amazementsquare.org Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum with four floors of interactive exhibits. See ad pg 35 Children’s Museum of Richmond...................... 804-474-7000 Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum.............................. 540-832-2944 James Madison Museum.............................. 540-672-1776 146

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Municipal Band......................... 295-9850 nTelos Wireless Pavilion......... 245-4910 *Paramount Theater................. 979-1333 Downtown Mall www.theparamount.net Intimate, historic and non-profit theater offering arts, entertainment and educational events for all ages. See ad pg 148 Tuesday Evening Concerts..... 244-9505 UVA McIntire Dept of Music. 924-3052 Virginia Consort........................ 244-8444 Youth Orchestra of ChvilleAlbemarle.................................... 974-7776


*Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau.......276-676-2282 335 Cummings Street, Abingdon www.visitabingdonvirginia.com Offering festivals and events, arts and culture, outdoor adventure, historic sites, music and more. See ad pg 33

* John C. Wells Planetarium..................... 540-568-4071 Miller Hall, 91 E. Grace St., Harrisonburg www.jmu.edu/planetarium Offering visitors a total-immersion-inspace-experience not available at any other planetarium in the world. See ad pg 45

Appalachian Trail............. 304-535-6331

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden............. 804-262-9887

Blue Ridge Parkway......... 540-377-2377

McCormick Observatory......... 924-7494

Community Garden................. 970-3592

*Orange County Tourism........................877-222-8072 122 E. Main Street, Orange www.visitorangevirginia.com Natural, scenic beauty, historic sites, wineries, seasonal festivals, outdoor recreation, dining, first-class accommodations. See ads pgs 57, 144 Ragged Mountain Natural Area............................... 973-7772

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Nature Attractions


Shenandoah National Park....................................... 540-999-3500 Skyline Drive..................... 540-999-3500 Wildlife Center of Virginia........................... 540-942-9453 Wintergreen Nature Foundation.................................. 325-8169

Parks and Playgrounds Albemarle County Parks & Recreation...........................296-5844 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation............................... 970-3260 Jump!............................................. 284-8248

*New River Trail State Park......................... 800-993-7275 176 Orphanage Dr Foster Falls, VA 24360 www.virginiastateparks.gov A 57-mile linear park great for hiking, biking, riding horseback, canoeing and boating. See ad pg 65

Radio & TV Entertainment Tell Us A Tale Radio Show..... 978-3603 *WMRA - NPR................... 540-568-6221 www.wmra.org WMRA Public Radio informs, connects, and engages communities through journalism, broadcasting and outreach. See ad pg 142

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Washington Park Rec Ctr....... 970-5073 Westhaven Rec Center............ 970-5073

Spectator Sports Cavman’s Crew.......................... 924-8821

Recreation Centers

Lynchburg Hillcats Baseball........................................ 528-1144

Carver Recreation Center......970-3053

Richmond Kickers Soccer................................... 804-644-5425

Crow Center................................ 977-3977 Greenwood Comm. Center.... 296-5844 Key West Center........................ 293-8273 Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center........................................... 582-3539 Meadows Recreation Center.296-5844 Rockfish Valley Comm. Ctr.... 361-0100

UVA Athletics.................... 800-542-8821 Virginia Polo Center................. 979-0293

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Scottsville Comm. Center...... 296-5844

American Shakespeare Center.............................. 540-885-5588

Tonsler Park Recreation Ctr.. 296-1857

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

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*WVPT - PBS...................... 800-345-9878 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg www.wvpt.net The Shenandoah Valley & Central Virginia’s public television station. See ad pg 148


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

Water Fun

Four County Players........ 540-832-5355

Beaver Creek Lake.................... 296-5844

Jefferson Youth Theatre.......... 249-2803

Belmont Park Spray Ground. 970-3260

Live Arts....................................... 977-4177 Offstage Theatre........................ 244-8432

Chris Greene Lake.................... 296-5844

*Paramount Theater................. 979-1333 Downtown Mall www.theparamount.net Intimate, historic and non-profit theater offering arts, entertainment and educational events for all ages. See ad pg 148 PVCC Performing Arts............. 961-5376 The Hamner Theater............... 960-5936 UVA Drama Dept...................... 924-3326 Virginia Repertory Theatre................................ 804-282-2620 Wintergreen Performing Arts......................... 325-8292

City of Staunton Pool Gypsy Hill........................... 540-886-6846 Forest Hills Park Spray Ground............................. 970-3260 Greenleaf Park Spray Ground............................. 970-3260 James River Reeling & Rafting...................................... 286-4386 James River Runners................ 286-2338 Mint Springs Lake..................... 823-5889 Onesty Aquatic Center............ 295-7532 Sherando Lake.................. 540-291-2188 Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center....................... 970-3072 Walnut Creek Lake................... 296-5844

Theme Parks

Washington Park Pool............. 977-2607

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg..................... 800-343-7946

Zoos

Great Wolf Lodge Water Park.......................... 800-551-9653

Luray Zoo........................ 540-743-4113

Kings Dominion................ 804-876-5000

Richmond Metro Zoo...... 804-739-5666

*Massanutten Water Park...................540-289-9441 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville www.massresort.com Family-fun lodging, indoor water park, ski & snowboard packages, dining & golf. See ad pg 149

Smithsonian National Zoo...................... 202-633-4800

Six Flags of America....... 301-249-1500 Water Country USA, Williamsburg..................... 800-343-7946

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Furnishings *Classic Furniture...................... 973-5146 460 Premier Circle www.classicfurnitureva.com Offers a variety of furniture collections. Provides at-home visits to assist with personal designs. See ad pg 157 *Les Fabriques............................ 975-0710 206 E Water Street www.lesfabriquesinc.com

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Garden Services *Ivy Corner Garden Center...... 977-3999 Rt. 250 W & Ivy Depot Local garden center and gift shop that also offers landscaping services. See ad pg 156


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Heating, Cooling & Plumbing *Creative Conservation............ 878-3227 www.creativeconservation.com Features energy efficient systems in the Charlottesville, Richmond and Roanoke areas. See ad page 155 *Robertson Electric..................... 973-4348 2131 Berkmar Drive www.robertsonelectric.com Trained staff care for heating, electrical, air conditioning, plumbing & clean indoor air. See ad pg 161

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*Moyanne..................................... 384-6844 2711 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg www.moyanne.com Luxurious bed & bath products, furniture, fabrics & full design services. See ad pg 155 *Stellar Remodeling and Design................................. 817-7117 1131 Rio Road East

*MichieHamlett Attorneys At Law.................... 951-7200 500 Court Square, Ste. 300, P.O. Box 298 www.michiehamlett.com Multi-service law firm dedicated to providing legal services and value to clients throughout Virginia. See ad pg 157

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ADVERTISER INDEX Abbott, Byrd / Roy Wheeler Realty. . . . . . . . . . 158 Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau. . . . . . . 33 Albemarle Center for Family Medicine . . . . . . . . 81 Albemarle County Public Schools . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Albemarle Dental Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Albemarle Montessori Children's Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Albemarle Square Family Healthcare. . . . . . . . . . 84 Albemarle Therapy Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Amazement Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Ash Lawn-Highland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Ashtanga Yoga of Charlottesville . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Blue Ridge Music Together. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 CAAR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Camp Alleghany. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Camp Friendship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Camp Motorsport. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Capitol Sheds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Care Advantage Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Carter Mountain and Chiles Orchards. . . . . . . . . 39 Cavalier Wrestling Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Charlottesville Ballet Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Charlottesville Catholic School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Charlottesville Orthodontics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry. . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Charlottesville Waldorf School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Chatham Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Chestnut Grove Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Classic Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Classics Gymnastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Cook, Kathryn DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Country Cottage Coaching. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Covenant School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Creative Conservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Cville Inflatables. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Dinner at Home. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Divine Play. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 DMR Adventures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Domino's Pizza. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Duprey's Fine Floors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. . . . . . . . . . 67 Earlysville Family Dentistry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Fraites, Stephen DDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Frontier Culture Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Frost Montessori School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Georgetown Veterinary Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Goodwill Industries of the Valleys CorporateHeadquarters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Green Valley Book Fair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Grymes Memorial School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Habitat Store, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Heppner Family Chiropractic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 International School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Ivy Corner Garden Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Jefferson Area Board for Aging – JABA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91, 117 Jefferson's Monticello. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ltd.. . . . . . . 83

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Jen Fariello Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 John C. Wells Planetarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Kids Lift Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Les Fabriques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 Little Gym, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Lollipop Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Madison Chamber & Visitor's Center. . . . . . . . . 49 Massanutten Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149 Meadowbrook Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Meadowcreek Golf. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 MedExpress Urgent Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 MichieHamlett Attorneys At Law. . . . . . . . . . . 157 Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 Miracle Method Surface Refinishing. . . . . . . . . 154 Montessori School of Charlottesville. . . . . . . . . 122 Mountaintop Montessori . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123 Moyanne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 New River Trail State Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 North Branch School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates . . . . . . . . 82 Orange County Dept of Tourism. . . . . . . . 57, 144 Our Lady of Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 P. Buckley Moss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Paramount Theater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 Partners in Learning LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Pediatric Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 People Places, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Perrigo Nutritionals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Pet Supplies Plus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Pony Academy, The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 Rasmussen, Kenneth G. DMD, PC . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Rebecca's Natural Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Rice & Associates, Drs.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Robertson Electric. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Roy Wheeler Realty Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Sandridge Disposal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Shenanigans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 SOCA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 SPCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Spring Creek Family Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 St. Anne's-Belfield School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Stanley Martin Companies, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . 162 The Mosquito Authority. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 The Spicer Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Triple C Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Tutor Doctor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Vintage Swings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152 Virginia Discovery Museum – VADM . . . . . . . . 147 Virginia Festival of the Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Virginia Veterinary Specialists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Westminster Child Care Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Wilson School of Dance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136 WMRA-NPR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Wolanski, Dr. – Obstetrics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 WVPT-PBS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148


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