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Publishers Robin Johnson Bethke Jennifer Bryerton Creative Director Robin Johnson Bethke Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Bryerton Technical Director Peter D. Bethke Senior Editor Sarah Pastorek Online Editor Madison Stanley Graphic Design Danielle Burr Barbara A. Tompkins Senior Advertising Consultant Susan Powell Advertising Consultants Carath DeFrancia, Allison Muss, Carter Schotta, Jenny Stoltz Office Administrator Christine DeLellis-Wheatley Bookkeeping Theresa Klopp Marketing Concierge Abigail Sewell Interns Brielle Entzminger, Sarah Payne Circulation Manager Ray Whitson It’s a Community Thing! Help us keep this great resource up to date. It’s a community thing! Every effort has been made to make the Ultimate Go-To Guide the best, most accurate resource possible. However, businesses move, attractions close, websites change and hours vary. Our basic guideline for inclusion in the directory portion of the guide is, “Does this business or organization do something special for families with kids?” Although we’ve made every effort to make our Ultimate Go-To-Guide as comprehensive and accurate as possible, we encourage you to contact us online if you find a business missing and let us know. We’re always on the lookout for good information to share. While we may not be able to respond to all suggestions, we’ll take them to heart and review them with every revision we make. Thank you for your input, and happy trails! Please send your suggestions and/or comments to us at Ivy Publications, 4282 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903 editor@IvyPublications.com CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom magazine and its companion print publications are published by Ivy Publications, LLC. CharlottesvilleFamily.com™ is published weekly online at www.CharlottesvilleFamily.com, the weekly Newsletter is distributed via email, and this Ultimate Go-To-Guide is published in print format once a year along with the CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom magazine published in print format 12 times per year. The views and opinions expressed by the writers and advertisers do not necessarily represent those of CharlottesvilleFamily™ Bloom magazine, its officers, staff or contributors. The information presented here is for informational purposes only and although every effort has been made to present accurate information, we do not in any way accept responsibility for the accuracy of or consequences from the use of this information or for the businesses and organizations presented herein. We urge all parents to confirm any information given herein and consult with your doctor or an appropriate professional concerning any information of question. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher. Copyright ©2018. All rights reserved.

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24-Hour Crisis Hotline 800-784-2433 (211 in VA) Blue Ridge Poison Control Center 800-222-1222 Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453 Quit Smoking 800-784-8669 ReadyKids 434-296-4118 Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE) 434-293-8509 Teen Health Center 434-982-0090 Where’s the First Aid Kit?.

OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS Animal Control.................................................................... 434-977-9041 Child Safety Seat Hotline ................................................... 434-531-6614 Crime Stoppers.................................................................... 434-977-4000 Electrical Emergency........................................................... 888-667-3000 Legal Aid Society.................................................................. 434-296-8851 Recycling Information ....................................................... 434-970-3830 State Police........................................................................... 804-674-2000 Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse........................ 800-822-4453 Clergy:.................................................................................................................. Electric Company: .............................................................................................. Gas Company:..................................................................................................... Telephone Company:......................................................................................... Cable/Internet Company:.................................................................................. Recycling & Garbage Collection: ...................................................................... Public Works: ...................................................................................................... Auto Mechanic: .................................................................................................. Home Repair: ...................................................................................................... CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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

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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 favorite daytrips pages 29–74 and ideas for exploring the treasures in and around Central Virginia pages 75–80—more than 125 things to do and see with your kids! The Skinny on Schools Charlottesville and Albemarle County schools continue to 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 schoolage 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—is the biggest employer in our area. It’s also a great draw for sports fans, who

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turn out in droves to cheer on the UVA Cavaliers. The big domed building, newly renovated, is the Rotunda that was designed by Jefferson based on 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, a booming winery and brewery industry, 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!)

Join the Buzz! Looking for your next adventure? Come visit our website at CharlottesvilleFamily.com along with the nearly half-a-million visitors each year. Our fabulous staff continuously updates and adds fun new events for you and shares the latest scoop on new businesses, local schools and more. Join us! CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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family health services 81 Adoption/Foster Services Chiropractors, Family Counseling & Psychological Services Dentists, Family Dentists, Pediatric Doctors, Family Doctors, Obstetrics Doctors, Pediatric Doctors, Specialists Doulas Fitness for Mind & Body Health Clinics Health Food Stores Holistic Practitioners Hospitals In-Home Care Massage Midwives Orthodontists Parenting Support/ Education Pharmacy Physical Therapists Postpartum & Breastfeeding Practitioners, Other Referral Services Social Service Groups Special Needs Services

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portraits & party planning 99 Bakeries Catering Entertainment Inflatable Rentals Party Locations Party Planners Party Supplies Photographers

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, Game & Memorabilia Stores Costumes Department Stores Furnishings Game & Hobby Stores Kitchen Supplies Maternity Clothes, Gifts & Gear Music Stores Personalized Goods Pets Shops Play Equipment & Pools Specialty Foods Sporting Goods Toys, New Toys, Used Wellness & Safety


education & childcare 115 Day Care Services Educational Consultants In-Home Childcare Libraries Public School Districts School Supplies Schools, Driver’s Ed Schools, Pre-School Schools, Private Schools, Public – High Schools, Public – Lower Schools, Public – Middle Schools, Specialty Tutoring

kids’ recreation 129 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

family fun 141 Amusement Centers Arts & Craft Studios Churches Cinema Excursion Trains Farms & Orchards Festivals Frozen Treats Health Clubs Historic Attractions Museums Musical Entertainment Nature Attractions Parks & Playgrounds Radio & TV Entertainment Recreation Centers Spectator Sports Theater Theme Parks Travel Water Fun Zoos

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your handmade home: woodworking projects for beginners H-12 home maintenance checklist H-22 for the home H-25 go-to realtors H-40 home advertiser index H-42

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

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

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

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

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

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Become a Lifetime Learner!  hen it comes to outings, whether it be a weekend daytrip or a quick W midweek experience of the arts, we’re firm believers in making the most of an opportunity to learn something new. No matter what the age of your party, whether it’s just you and a friend or you and your kids, we can all become lifetime learners when we get up and go 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 visiting Colonial Williamsburg. Creative and dramatic play expand the imagination, hone problemsolving skills, let kids enjoy just being kids and make for great photos!

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

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

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

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

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

Find new spots. In Central Virginia, there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of all of the nearby attractions with presidential birthplaces at our 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—taken from journals and letters.

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

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


Out & About First things first.

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

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International Spy Museum

American Civil War Museum

James Madison’s Montpelier

American Shakespeare Center

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James River Runners

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Dinosaur Land

Leesburg Animal Park

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Virginia Discovery Museum Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Virginia Safari Park West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures Wilson’s Wild Animal Park

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Wintergreen Resort Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum YMCA ZwackerZ Paintball

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Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat (Farmville) 1–2 hour drive Central Virginia’s largest aerial adventure park features 61 obstacle high ropes and 17 ziplines. Spend three hours at this unique outdoor recreational experience while enjoying nature and flying through the tree tops. The park is built on a 16-acre, self-sufficient farm and uses a permanent belay system. Laugh, scream, cheer, and build confidence with your family and friends. Spectators are welcome. Kids must be at least 7 years old, 48 inches high and weigh 60 pounds to participate. theoutdooradventurepark.com • (434) 392-7275

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

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

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse (Staunton) 0–1 hour drive Shakespeare comes to life at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. Constructed as the world’s only replica of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater, this beautiful 300-seat playhouse transports visitors back to the Elizabethan era. The main floor consists of reserved seating, while the second level is general seating. Be sure to arrive early, as seats are first-come, first-served. For those who do arrive early, you will likely find a fun pre-show to entertain you while you wait. Five new shows will be featured in the upcoming 2018 Actors’ Renaissance season. When visiting, be sure to visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Frontier Culture Museum as well, which are a mere hop, skip and a jump from the playhouse. americanshakespearecenter.com • (877) 682-4236

Bounce Play-n-Create (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive There are new and exciting changes happening at the Bounce Play-n-Create. Now owned by the current owners of The Happy Cook, there is a newly remodeled Toddler Room offering more Toddler Times during the week. Children can crawl, slide and bounce down small, medium and monster slides—and when they need a break, they can wind down and explore their creative side by painting all over the walls or taking a turn at coloring a giant size wall mural of the City of 34

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Charlottesville. For children ages 3 and under, there is a large closed-off area for your little ones to safely play— complete with a ball pit. New this year, kids 10 and up can enjoy games of laser tag. There is no time limit with admission price, so feel free to stay and play all day long. There is even a café area where parents can catch up on work or just relax while their kiddos are enjoying themselves. bounceplayncreate.com • (434) 973-1111

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

(Clifton Forge) 1–2 hour drive Discover the great American story of how the railroads came to be. The Heritage Center’s grounds are arranged as a walk through to show the story of railroading, from its earliest days to the 21st century. Browse the indoor and outdoor displays, take a ride on a real handcar called the Little C&O, and enjoy a tour of restored railroad equipment in Smith’s Creek Yard. The site serves to honor those who contributed to building the railroads as well as those still contributing today. Located in Clifton Forge, where railway locomotives used to be serviced for their trips, the story of the area is also told. The center provides shelters for picnics and a gift shop replicating the 1900 Passenger Station. cohs.org • (540) 862-8653

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Carter Mountain invites you to pick your own fruit throughout the year with special events like the Thursday Evening Sunset Series, Spring Fling Festival, Peach Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and more. You’ll find peaches, nectarines and apples along with pumpkins in the fall. Be sure to stop in 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

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

Try on eagle’s wings, wiggle through a digestive tract, dig for dinosaur fossils or create your own art. Complete with a Virginia limestone cave, a kid-sized grocery store and a toddler-sized museum within the museum, it’s no surprise that CMoR is one of the top-ranked children’s museums nationally. With 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, Chesterfield and Fredericksburg. c-mor.org • (804) 474-2667

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 April through December, check out the Fruit Availability Chart on their website to explore when strawberries, apples, nectarines, sweet cherries and peaches will be available throughout the season. Head out to Chiles before Halloween, and you’ll be able to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve. The farm market has everything you could want from jams and jellies to cider slushies and more. On the first weekend every August, they host Homemade Peach Ice Cream Days with homemade ice cream from their famous peaches, which will have you and your kids licking your lips for more. chilespeachorchard.com • (434) 823-1583

Dinosaur Land (White Post) 1–2 hour drive If you were glued to the screen watching Jurassic Park, you can take that prehistoric experience one step further by packing up the car and heading over to Dinosaur Land—the only one of its kind in the Eastern U.S.—in White Post in the Shenandoah Valley for an old38

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

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

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

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

The Glass Palette (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive 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 on Mondays. theglasspalette.net • (434) 977-9009

Henricus Historical Park (Chester) 1–2 hour drive Visitors can travel back in time to 1611, when the second successful English settlement in the New World was led by Sir Thomas Dale. Henricus Historical Park re-creates the historical journey of the settlers traveling 80 miles up the James River in unknown wilderness. The Park serves as an outdoor living history museum with its 12 40

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recreated colonial structures—a place where families get the chance to experience life over 200 years ago. Visitors are led by period-dressed interpreters, could be asked to assist with cooking, blacksmithing, planting or even harvesting, and just may be able to watch the crafting of a canoe. henricus.org • (804) 748-1611

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

International Spy Museum The International Spy Museum—the only museum in the U.S. focused entirely on espionage—possesses the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display. If your kids are fans of James Bond, they won’t want to miss some of the unique items on display, including Le Chiffre’s rope from “Casino Royale” and the Aston Martin DB5 from “Skyfall.” With hands-on components, artifacts, computer interactives and more, the museum offers 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 live 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 ductwork, 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.) spymuseum.org • (202) 393-7798

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Fun Farther Afield A Road Trip through Shenandoah Valley along I-81. This summer, pile the kids in the car and explore the Shenandoah Valley! Explore the interstate, I-81, that travels 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. 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. Once back on the road, the family can take a break in Staunton at the American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only replica of Shakespeare’s original indoor theater. The 300seat playhouse is an authentic experience with excellent performances. Arrive early to get the main-floor seating and enjoy a fun pre-show. 42

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For some tasty treats, consider Route 11 Potato Chip Company in Mount Jackson for your next stop. The Route 11 crew keeps things interesting with their wide variety of wacky flavors like Mama Zuma’s Revenge—a habanero chip—or classics like the Dill Chip. Watch them through a window while they work (call ahead to make sure they’re cooking). It’s only a short drive from there to the Shenandoah Caverns. 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 underground. (Pack a jacket for the 54-degree caverns!) For a biking excursion, venture 20 minutes off I-81 to rent mountain bikes! Enjoy the outdoors at Bryce Mountain Bike Park by learning proper techniques as a beginner or honing skills if you’re already advanced. Farther along I-81, stop at the Belle Grove Plantation—a stunning antebellum plantation home nestled into the Shenandoah

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Valley. Here the family will learn about its fascinating history through a guided tour before meandering around the grounds.

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In Winchester, the family can continue its cultural edification through fine arts and beautiful gardens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. With exhibits like “Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross” or “Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks,” your kids will love the wide variety of artwork.

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse (540) 851-1733, americanshakespearecenter.com

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 whole family will love getting to see their favorite wild animals! For a more imaginative and educational environment, visit the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. This interactive, hands-on museum allows kids to learn through informal (and fun) educational activities.

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James Madison’s Montpelier (Montpelier Station) 0–1 hour drive After an extensive restoration project, visitors to Montpelier can experience the way it looked when fourth 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 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 400acre Landmark forest trails. Continue to learn more about the Constitution, James Madison and Montpelier as you explore the many buildings, farmland, courses and family and slave cemeteries. There is also a new a groundbreaking exhibition on slavery, called “The Mere Distinction of Colour.” montpelier.org • (540) 672-2728

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Tip! If you’re looking to get some outdoor time after visiting the James Madison Museum, take a relaxing guided tour down Orange’s scenic river with Rapidan River Kayak Company, LLC. rrkayakco.com

(Orange) 0–1 hour drive Know how Orange received its name? You’ll learn this and much more at the James Madison Museum. The museum is home to the Virginia Convention document ratifying the Constitution along with the 20 proposed amendments attached to it. Originally written by Madison, the document was later reworked into today’s Bill of Rights. While immersed in history, be sure to see the Presidents’ Room, which features personal belongings of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Zachary Taylor, as well as the Virginia Ratification document of 1788 and the letter from George Washington about the celebrations of the ratification. Also housed in the museum is a black history exhibit room, honoring the heritage of Orange with a tribute to 5,000 black Americans who fought in the American Revolution. thejamesmadisonmuseum.net • (540) 672-1776

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acre estate includes house displays of art and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and daily tours that share Monroe’s ideals and contributions to the United States. Stroll through historic boxwood gardens, explore the outbuildings, visit with farm animals and admire breathtaking panoramic views. Especially with the recent archeological discovery of the foundation of Monroe’s actual living estate, this daytrip is sure to keep you current on the particulars of Virginia history. For a full day of fun with our founding fathers, also visit Monticello and have lunch at the Michie Tavern—they’re all in the same neighborhood. highland.org • (434) 293-8000

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

John C. Wells Planetarium (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive Charlottesville stargazers are lucky to have free, twicemonthly public nights at the McCormick Observatory on the Grounds of UVA and twice-annual public nights at Fan Mountain (astro.virginia.edu). Another great option can be found at James Madison University, where the John. C. Wells Planetarium boasts a digital projection system and a star projector that create a realistic (but indoor) night sky and full-dome movies, too. The free Saturday afternoon public shows (at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.) are great for young astronomers who usually have early bedtimes or who may not yet have the patience for one of the Charlottesville options. You’ll get a chance to see a map of the night sky—stars, planets and constellations—that will be visible from your yard later that night. On some Saturdays, visitors 46

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can view the sun through special solar telescopes. All public shows are free, so you don’t need tickets or reservations to get a spot in the 72-seat auditorium. Free parking on Saturday afternoons. jmu.edu/planetarium • (540) 568-6109

Jump! Cville (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive 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. A waiver is required for all participants and spectators to access the park, and rules and guidelines can be seen on their website. jumpcville.com • (434) 817-2355

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

Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Spend an afternoon exercising your creativity at Lazy Daisy Ceramics and the Pottery Paintin’ Place. Make a special mug, plate or bowl in one of the clay classes, 48

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or paint your own beautiful pottery piece in a painting class. With several levels of classes, from beginner to advanced, Lazy Daisy Ceramics allows students to really hone their craft, starting from simple bowls and cups and then graduating to more complicated designs such as a model planet or intricate flower. Open to kids and adults, the clay workshops are all year long, every Saturday at 11:30 am, while painting classes are offered everyday the studio is open. lazydaisyceramics.com • (434) 295-7801

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

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

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(Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Get lost in the beauty and variety here. With more than a dozen themed gardens stretching 50 acres, 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 with nearby rest areas. Pick up a Kid Quest and map at the admissions desk in the Robins Visitors Center before you head to Sydnor Lake, where you will discover facts about trees and more. The GardenFest of Lights, complete with illuminated trains, is a special treat each holiday season. If you get hungry, there are seasonally and gardeninspired dining options including the self-serve Garden Cafe and the Robins Tea House with table service. At the end of your trip, stop by the Garden Shop to take home a little piece of your Lewis Ginter Botanical experience. lewisginter.org • (804) 262-9887

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(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Specializing in educational classes for kids ages 4 months to 12 years old, you’re sure to find a class your child enjoys. Parent-child classes help promote early development, pre-K gymnastics classes allow kids to channel their abundance of energy in a constructive environment, and dance classes let children explore new ways to express themselves. A visit to The Little Gym is an experience where kids can be kids, and parents can have piece of mind knowing their little ones are having fun and learning, too. thelittlegym.com • (434) 975-5437

Lucky Lake Gem & Mineral Mine of Virginia (McKenney) 2–3 hour drive Here’s an activity that’s fun for all ages. Discover some earthly treasures at Lucky Lake Gem & Mineral Mine. Get your screening material and then take a seat along the partially covered 100-foot flume line, which is open rain or shine. Begin sifting through your dirt and watch in amazement as colorful rocks and minerals materialize 50

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Activities, Games, and Challenges • Exhibitions, Trail and River Walks, and Historical Boat Replica Tours • Art, Carpentry, and History Open Fridays and Saturdays 10-4 except major holidays (3 pm last entry) Tuesday through Thursday, 1-5 (4 pm last entry) Birthday Party and Group reservations available Scouting groups and homeschool groups are welcomed! Cost: $7 per person Activities are geared for ages five and up, but we do have activities for younger siblings. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

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and the water washes them clean. Knowledgeable helpers nearby will identify your “finds,” free of charge. If you’d like, you can have the stones graded and cut by Lucky Lake’s professional gemologist and stone cutter and put into a piece of jewelry for years of enjoyment. Just remember to wear old clothes because you’re going to get wet and dirty. But heck, that’s part of the fun. There’s a picnic area, too, if you want to pack a lunch. luckylakeva.com • (804) 478-5468

Luray Caverns (Luray) 1–2 hour drive 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 largest on the East Coast, but you can see more than 250 exotic animals at this rescue zoo. The Reptile House alone has more than 80 indoor exhibits and is home to cobras, rattlesnakes, lizards, turtles and many more species. A few of the reptiles are even television stars. You can enjoy live educational shows on the weekends, featuring various mammals and exotic birds from around the world. A petting zoo, with a llama, goats, burros and cages containing a wonderful sampling of exotic rescued animals, can be found in a safe outdoor play area. A camel is a new addition to the petting zoo. lurayzoo.com • (540) 743-4113 (continued on pg. 56)

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

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Indoor Rec An active and healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you can provide for your family, but exercise doesn’t have to be a drag! With choices like an indoor trampoline park, a family-friendly ice skating rink and a public rockclimbing facility, we think you’ll find plenty to get your loved ones moving without any complaints. On days when you’re looking to beat the inclement weather, turn to the many local indoor recreational activities. AMF Kegler’s Lanes (Charlottesville) invites all ages for some good, clean family fun at the bowling alley. The space features 48 all-star lanes, dynamic video walls, billiards, an on-site Pro Shop, an interactive arcade and an impressive selection of food and beverage options for your refreshment. Take advantage of bumpers for less experienced bowlers. Or you can plan your family member’s next birthday party, or any social gathering, at AMF Kegler’s Lanes. (434) 978-3999, amf.com Bounce Play-n-Create (Charlottesville), designed for children ages 1–12, provides the perfect indoor play setting for both parents and kids. With rooms and activities dedicated to different levels and kinds of play, it caters to your child’s individual needs. The Bounce Room—filled with slides and obstacles big and small—allows room for kids to run, jump and climb in a safe environment. If you have itty bitties on your hands, head to the Toddler Room, specifically created for children ages 3 and younger with crawling areas, small slides and a stimulating, yet safe, play area. While

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waiting, parents can hang out in the lounging area or cafe, equipped with free Wi-Fi. (434) 973-1111, bounceplayncreate.com Carver Recreation Center (Charlottesville) is an ideal place for a free roller skating session on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon. Be sure to call ahead and make sure the rink will be able to accommodate you, as there is a 75-person limit. Bring your own skates or rent a pair through the facility. As a whole, the Center is also a wonderful go-to for classes and opengym sessions that can accommodate all ages. Each year, the center offers hundreds of art, enrichment, fitness, dance and gymnastics classes, as well as a monthly calendar for open gym schedules for various sports. (434) 970-3053, charlottesville.org Fastrax (Waynesboro) is a local favorite for go-karting in the area with its figure-eight track. The kids can also play a round of miniature golf (18 holes), get in touch with their inner athlete and take a turn in the batting cages or check out the arcade. Reasonable prices and activities that


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suit all ages and interests will keep you coming back. (540) 949-5278, fastraxfun.com Jump (Charlottesville) is a 20,000-square-foot, indoor trampoline park that serves as a safe environment for the whole family on a rainy day. Jump away all of your pent up energy on an 8,000-square-foot floor of connected trampolines, or, literally bounce off the walls using Jump’s angled wall trampolines. The space also includes a foam pit, two basketball goals and even a dodge ball court where friendly competition is encouraged. Just be sure to respect the facility’s safety rules and guidelines, which keep everyone safe and having fun. (434) 817-2355, jumpcville.com Main Street Arena (Charlottesville) offers a terrific ice skating arena to keep the kids and you entertained. Main Street Arena, which is in its last season, holds public skate hours, with specific dates and times posted online. The cost is only $10 per person and $6 for kids ages 8 and under. This price includes ice skate and helmet rentals. There are also special, late-night skate hours with lights and music playing for an added touch of fun. (434) 817-2400, mainstarena.com

Massanutten Indoor Water Park (McGaheysville) provides all of your favorite wet ‘n wild experiences, year round. The 84-degree park boasts eight different indoor water attractions. Massanutten Meltdown is outfitted with water cannons, rides and waterfalls. For something a little more up-to-speed for teens and adults, try the numerous body and tube slides, or hit up The Pipeline for a surf-session. For toddlers, wander over to the Frog Pond for water swings and a shallow wading pool. Everyone can enjoy Shenandoah Cove and the Blue Ridge Rapids for some pool and floating time. (540) 437-3340, massresort.com Rocky Top Climbing (Charlottesville) offers Charlottesville’s only public climbing and bouldering facility with challenging courses changed regularly, so climbers of all skill levels can find an appropriate course. The facility offers rentable equipment and instruction for first-time climbers. Plus, it’s home to Charlottesville’s only racquetball/wallyball court—available for daily use—and weight and exercise rooms. You’re guaranteed a fun and exciting work out. (434) 981-3306, rockytopclimbing.com

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

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The breathtaking Market at Grelen invites families to celebrate the beautiful outdoors along with the farmto-table philosophy that is so important in this region. Start your experience with a pick-your-own adventure, where you can gather seasonal fruits and vegetables, or stroll through the vast display gardens for a breath of fresh air. Take advantage of the Casual Cafe where the specialty chef creates a unique menu by making use of Grelen Garden produce and other local products. Through a partnership with Solid Ground Shelters, glamping is available in an expansive European inspired canvas shelter. Horseback riding tours are another serene option on the 600-acre tree nursery property. And finally, wind down with a leisurely hike on the connector trail linking Grelen to James Madison’s Montpelier—over 3.9 miles— or check out the Garden Shop, which offers visitors an impressive selection of gardening tools and materials. themarketatgrelen.com • (540) 672-7268

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(McGaheysville) 1–2 hour drive Snow sports in the winter, including skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a special Slope Sliders instructional program for children, are great outings at Massanutten. 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 go-carts, a skate park and a brand new bike park to festivals and cooking classes. The indoor water park is open year-round and includes a multistory interactive water fortress called the Massanutten Meltdown, with water cannons, five slides and a giant tipping bucket sure to get everyone doused. The resort’s newest addition is a bike park located adjacent to the newly renovated ski lodge and Base Camp umbrella bar. Outdoors from Memorial Day to Labor Day lies more watery excitement, from the Whitecaps Wave Pool to the 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. 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. 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 while enjoying the tour. maymont.org • (804) 358-7166

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

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This beautiful, 155-acre golf course has panoramic views of the Southwest Mountains, with large oak trees, dogwood and cherry trees sprinkled throughout the course. The impressive club house hosts an array of services, including a Pro Shop with apparel, equipment and accessories. Everything you’ll need for a day out on the course is right at your fingertips. After a fun 18 holes, sit back and relax at the Meadowcreek Grill, where you can enjoy pizza, subs, salads and appetizers. The course also offers lessons, clinics and a special class for beginners called “Get Golf Ready.” meadowcreekgolf.org • (434) 977-0615

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

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Niagara Falls. George Washington’s initials can still be seen in the wall after he surveyed the property in 1750. A Native American Village is also on-site where visitors can learn about Native American life over 300 years ago. Group day tours are welcome, and combinations of interactive programs are offered. The Cedar Creek Trail features a saltpeter mine used during the Civil War for raw materials, a lost river and a lush 40-foot cascade called Lace Falls. Many other nearby attractions include the Taverns, the Wax Museum, Virginia Gold Orchard (seasonal) and Mark Cline’s marvelously imaginative Foamhenge. naturalbridgeva.com • (540) 291-2121

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

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Adventure awaits all ages in Orange. The countless attractions include history, outdoor adventures, wineries and even skydiving. If you can’t get enough of the nation’s founding fathers visiting Montpelier, venture to the James Madison Museum to learn more about the Father of the Constitution, or visit other historical sites including Ellwood Manor, Gilmore Cabin, Barboursville’s Ruins or The Exchange Hotel. Experience the stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from horseback, or by foot through, scenic hiking trails. Pick your own fruit of the season or get lost in the largest corn maze on the East Coast. Don’t forget your fishing rod or that you can float the waters of Lake Anna, Lake Orange and the

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Rapidan River. Orange also hosts many family-friendly festivals and special events, and don’t miss Main Street’s dining and shopping opportunities in Orange and Gordonsville. Comfortable and cozy accommodations will make your family feel right at home. Visit our website to plan your next adventure. visitorangevirginia.com • (540) 672-1653

Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive 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 five-story, domed screen IMAX theater will make you feel as if you are part of the action (separate charge). Lectures, special events, astronomy activities and many workshops are posted on their website. Be sure to also visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond, which is right next door. smv.org • (804) 864-1400

Shenandoah National Park 0–1 hour drive 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, are sure to add a lot to your visit even if you don’t stay overnight. nps.gov/shen • (540) 999-3500

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Gallery Hours Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sunday 12pm-4pm (Jan 1 - Mar 31 closed Mondays)

A short drive from downtown Charlottesville 329 West Main Street, Waynesboro, VA (540) 949-6473 pbuckleymoss.com

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

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

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive 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 64

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Food truck battle

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Fall Family Fun Festival

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

Here are a few spots for aspiring and experienced anglers alike.

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

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


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the Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake supports a variety of sport fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and black crappie. (804) 367-6796 Mint Springs Valley Park (Crozet) stocks a wide variety of fish for a successful day on the water. It also allows swimming and provides a playground and ample space for picnicking and grilling. (434) 296-5844 Ragged Mountain Natural Area (Charlottesville) is made up of 980 acres of forest, two lakes totaling 50 acres and four miles of trails. The reservoirs offer excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. (434) 296-5844 Rivanna Reservoir (Charlottesville) spans 450 acres and is considered one of the best small fishing lakes in Virginia with excellent fishing for anglers, including largemouth bass, bluegill, black and white crappie, redear sunfish and channel catfish. (434) 970-3268

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

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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 firstfloor 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 being fresh with each tour, so you can learn something new with each visit. 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 which was the 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, and you will understand why Jefferson named this “little mountain.” The expansive Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith History Center include innovative exhibitions, an introductory film and a hands-on discovery space for children. monticello.org • (434) 984-9800

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (Forest) 1–2 hour drive Follow the footsteps of Thomas Jefferson to his favorite tranquil forest, a place where he spent much of his later years. Jefferson’s so-called villa retreat has been recently restored in attempts to preserve all the aspects that make the Poplar Forest Jefferson’s home. Explore the lovely grounds and take a tour of the house to get a glimpse at the décor and the lifestyle of the 19th century. Hiking and walking trails connect the woodlands, agricultural fields, streams and historic sites. Experience the unique architecture designed by Jefferson himself while having the privilege of seeing the restoration in progress. View artifacts from the plantation and the plans Jefferson had for his gardens. The museum also holds events, including musical performances, historical theater and lectures. Poplar Forest is open daily March 15 through December 30 (closed for holidays), from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. poplarforest.org • (434) 525-1806

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Treetop Zoofari Zipline & Adventure Park (Moseley) 1–2 hour drive Metro Richmond Zoo’s newest attraction offers an array of thrilling ziplining adventures. This tree-to-tree outdoor excursion provides the opportunity to see the forest canopy from an entirely different perspective. A Junior Explorer Course offers 22 challenges and two ziplines (60–90 minute trip), while the Treetop Zoofari Course includes 44 challenges, including 15 ziplines for a two–three hour trip while traveling over 3,000 feet on ziplines alone. The Parrot Plunge offers rock climbing a tree, traversing a sky bridge and a dare drop of 30 feet. You’ll be able to get a birds’ eye view of monkeys, apes, kangaroos, giraffe, antelope, tapirs and much more. treetopzoofari.com • (804) 739-5666

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Bring the kids to a fun museum that fosters wonder and curiosity. The Virginia Discovery Museum, located on the Downtown Mall, provides educational, communitybased exhibits and activities for your kids. You’re free to wander from exhibit to exhibit after checking in at the front desk. The fascinating activities range from dressing up in period clothing and harvesting vegetables in the Virginia Heritage Area to illuminating pieces of art in a fun way to improve motor skills in the Lite Brite Area. In addition to new features, the museum also debuted six new, interactive exhibits including a STEM Lab, Creation Station, Literacy Lounge, Sound and Music Studio, Construction Zone and Sensory Studio. Your little one will have fun while learning beneficial skills. vadm.org • (434) 977-1025

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond) 1–2 hour drive See the past in living color at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where the creativity of mankind lives in paint, marble, bronze, clay, gold and resin plastics. 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

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you to the most family-friendly galleries. If you have youngsters between the ages of 4 and 12, be sure to ask for 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. vmfa.museum • (804) 340-1400

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

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

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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 daylong excursions into the Monongahela National Forest to shorter sightseeing trips along the banks of the Greenbrier, Tygart Valley and Shaver’s Fork rivers. Most Mountain Rail excursions include on-board food service options. mountainrailwv.com • (304) 636-9477

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Wilson’s Wild Animal Park (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 hayrides are available on weekends as well. wilsonswildanimalpark.com • (540) 662-5715

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(Nellysford) 1–2 hour drive Swooshing down the slopes in winter, splashing in Lake Monacan in summer—whatever your activity or the season, Wintergreen offers a picturesque setting for it. 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 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 taxidermal 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. wintergreenresort.com • (434) 325-2200 twnf.org • (434) 325-8169

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum (Staunton) 0–1 hour drive Retrace the journey of our twenty-eighth 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

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1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine is a visitor’s favorite, and a 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. All of this, plus a hands-on Kids’ Corner along with scavenger hunts keep the children entertained in a learning fashion. woodrowwilson.org • (540) 885-0897

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YMCA (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Let the kids burn off some energy at the local Y! With two locations, there are plenty of activities for the whole family. The Crozet Park location is equipped with two pools, two basketball courts, exercise studios and a family fun zone. The Brooks Family YMCA at McIntire Park has plans for a softball field and a new playground. You’ll be able to get out and enjoy the pools, walking tracks, group exercise, and take part in the intergenerational and teen centers for mindfulness and conversation. Childcare will be available so you can take a run or relax by the pool. Looking for fun-filled programs for the kids’ summer months? Piedmont YMCA has a swim league that practices at two locations, Crow Pool in Charlottesville and Crozet Park Pool in Crozet, and plenty of summer camps for a range of ages, from learning new skills at Kinder Camp to exploring caverns and conquering a rope course during Virginia Adventure Week. piedmontymca.org • (434) 974-9622 Brooks Family YMCA • (434) 205-380 Crozet YMCA

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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. zwackerz.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.

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

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


Around Town

Charlottesville Trolley 434-970-3649, charlottesville.org

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

To do the Downtown Mall properly with the

Chaps 434-977-4139, chapsicecream.com Chocolatesville 434-249-5898, chocolatesville.com Gearharts Fine Chocolate 434-972-9100, gearhartschocolates.com Kilwins Charlottesville 434-234-3634, kilwins.com/charlottesville

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

Sprint Pavilion 434-245-4910, sprintpavilion.com The Pie Chest 434-977-0443, thepiechestcville.com Splendora’s 434-296-8555, splendoras.com Sweet Frog 434-975-3764, sweetfrogyogurt.com Virginia Discovery Museum 434-977-1025, vadm.org

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

Chris Greene Lake 434-296-5844, albemarle.org Greenleaf Park 970-3260, charlottesville.org Ivy Creek Natural Area 434-973-7772, ivycreekfoundation.org Onesty Aquatic Center 434-295-7532, charlottesville.org

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


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

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

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

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

Main Street Arena 434-817-2400, mainstarena.com McIntire Skateboard Park 434-244-0166, charlottesville.org Meadowcreek Golf Course 434-977-0615, meadowcreekgolf.org

Pen Park 434-970-3589, charlottesville.org Rocky Top Gym 434-981-3306, rockytopclimbing.com YMCA 434-974-9622, piedmontymca.org

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

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

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

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

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


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Adoption/Foster Services Barker Foundation......... 800-673-8489 Bethany Christian Services........................... 434-979-9631

Social Services of Albemarle................... 434-972-4010 Social Services of Chville......................... 434-970-3400

Catholic Charities.......... 800-974-4494

*Tucker, Griffin Barnes P.C................................... 434-973-7474 307 West Rio Road tgblaw.com

Children’s Home Society ............................ 800-247-2888

Wren, Martin, Esq........... 434-817-3100

Community Attention Foster Families............... 434-970-3531

Chiropractors, Family

DePaul Community Resources........................ 434-977-9847

Dr. James Tickel, Chiropractor................... 434-260-6463

Families United.............. 434-923-8253

*Heppner Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center.............. 434-974-7955 3450 Seminole Trail, Suite 105 heppnerfamilychiropractic.com Maternity and pediatric care, massage therapy, low back/neck pain, sports injury treatment. See ad pg 82

Carter, Blair, Attorney.... 434-296-9006

People Places.................. 434-979-0335 Planned Parenthood Health Systems (Charlottesville).............. 434-296-1000

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

Integrative Health Services........................... 434-244-2663 Irons, Janie...........434-963-0324 ext 15

Dodge, Jacqueline, EDD, LPC.......................... 434-971-1701

*Ivy Road Family Solutions......................... 434-566-0104 2125 Ivy Road, Suite B ivyroadfamily.com Counseling services for adults, children and adolescents, families, couples and veterans. See ad pg 83

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

Maness, Archer, LPC....... 434-825-3626

Family Stress Clinic at UVA............................. 434-243-6868

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

Garcia, Michael, LPC...... 434-981-7249

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

Common Ground Negotiation Services........................... 434-244-0714 David, Joseph J. MD........ 434-973-9739

Halapin, Philip T. MD..... 434-973-1192

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Healing Hypnosis........... 434-202-4068

Poehailos, Dupont & Associates, PLC................................... 434-220-4686

Hospice of the Piedmont......................... 434-817-6900

Psychiatric Alliance........ 434-984-0005

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Psychological Testing Services........................... 434-806-6510

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

Rannigan, Robert, LPC... 434-978-1773

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

Region Ten....................... 434-972-1800 Rose Hill Counseling and Psychotherapy......... 434-220-1884 Sheila C. Johnson Center.............................. 434-924-7034 Singer, Eliot, LPC............. 434-220-3334 Subconscious Solutions......................... 631-626-4866 The Women’s Initiative.......................... 434-872-0047 Transformation Counseling...................... 434-923-3637 VA Center for Family Relations......................... 434-973-5640 Weber, Dr. Lewis & Associates................... 434-963-0324

Dentists, Family *Albert Family Dentistry......................... 434-973-7695 90 Whitewood Road, Suite 3 albertfamilydentistry.com General, preventative, cosmetic, restorative and more. Advanced technology. See ad pg 82 *Crozet Family Dental.... 434-823-4080 5690 Three Notch’d Road, Suite 100, Crozet crozetfamilydental.com Voted #1 Dentist back-to-back years, 2014-2017. 40 years of experience, 4 dentists, 1 focus—you! See ad pg 85

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Earlysville Family Dentistry......................... 434-964-1116 Fraites, Stephen DDS..... 434-293-4053 Knight, John H., Jr. DDS & Associates........... 434-293-9793 Rasmussen, Kenneth G., DMD................................. 434-974-6492 Steinberg, Tore D. DDS.................................. 434-974-9294 Wolfe, J C DDS.................................. 434-923-0303

Dentists, Pediatric *Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry....... 434-975-7336, 1620 Timberwood Blvd., Suite 201; 540-832-6657, 70 Jefferson Court, Zion Crossroads cvillepediatricdentistry.com Preventative and comprehensive pediatric dental care. Sedation dentistry available. See ad pg 86

Full service dentistry for children with Medicaid

*Children’s Dentistry with a Mother’s Touch........... 434-817-5437 895-B Rio East Court childrensdentistrycharlottesville.com Dr. Kathryn Cook, pediatric specialist, offers children’s dentistry in a kidfriendly office. See ad pg 84 *Community Dental Center.............................. 434-293-9300 259 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 101 cdcva.org Nonprofit full-service pediatric dental center; serves adults with Medicaid and women on the Medicaid Pregnancy Program. See ad pg 86 Crozet Pediatric Dentistry......................... 434-205-4594

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Emergency Win a free services for Regal movie ticket when you adults over 21 with come 3 visits in Medicaid a row with no cavities! Call now to schedule an appointment 434.293.9300 259 Hydraulic Ridge Rd. Suite 101. Charlottesville Located across from Albemarle High School

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Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Aaron J. Stump, DDS

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Specialists CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2017

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family-centered care, from newborns through geriatrics. See ad pg 88

Doctors, Family

Spring Creek Family Medicine............. 434-654-8900

*Albemarle Center for Family Medicine............. 434-973-4040 535 Westfield Road, Suite 200 albemarlecenter.com Center offering comprehensive care for the entire family, stressing preventativemedicine and early detection. See ad pg 87 *Albemarle Square Family Healthcare.......... 434-978-2126 416 Albemarle Square albemarlesquarefamilyhealthcare.com Comprehensive and compassionate

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*Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry......................... 434-973-4344 240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 203 piedmontpd.com Specialized dental care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs. See ad pg 84

Family Medicine of Albemarle................... 434-973-9744 Sentara Family Medicine at 5th St. Station............ 434-654-1800

UVA Prenatal & Infant Care Classes.................... 434-924-9920 UVA Primary Care Riverside.......................... 434-975-7700

Doctors, Obstetrics Barber, Virginia, MD....... 434-977-9900 Campbell, Bruce, MD..... 434-978-1691 Charlottesville Gynecology...................... 434-296-6461

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Our comprehensive approach to family medicine includes the following services:

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• Preventative Care • Acute Illnesses • On-going Medical Management

• Minor Surgery • Sports Medicine • Dermatology

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On-call provider services from 5pm until 8am daily. 434.973.4040 | www.albemarlecenter.com 535 Westfield Rd., Suite 200, Charlottesville We are honored to be VOTED your Family Favorite! Thank you for allowing us the joy of caring for you and your family. CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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Family Medicine of Albemarle................... 434-973-9744 *Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology.................. 434-977-4488 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 290 jeffersonobgyn.net Board-certified Ob/Gyn physicians provide routine, prenatal/pregnancy, infertility, menopausal care and more. See ad pg 89 *Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates....................... 434-979-2121 1101 East Jefferson Street obgynassociatescville.com Pre-natal care, routine gynecology, contraception, infertility, menopause and more. See ad pg 90 Prenatal Diagnosis Center.............................. 434-220-8620 Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of Virginia........... 434-654-8520

Sentara Martha Jefferson Women’s Health Center................. 434-654-7009 Stadler, Sarah, MD.......... 434-296-9600 UVA Midlife Health Center.............................. 434-243-4720 UVA Physicians for Women, Northridge....................... 434-243-4570 Wolanski, Edward T, MD, PC............................. 434-293-9800

Doctors, Pediatric Charlottesville Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine...... 434-296-8666 KidsWellness Pediatrics......................... 434-984-5437 *Pediatric Associates of Ch'ville............. E. Jefferson Street, 434-296-9161; Ivy Road, 434-296-8300 Hollymead, 434-974-9600 charlottesvillepeds.com (continued on pg 90)

· Mark Niehaus, MD · Kelly Maupin, FNP · Jane Shaw, MD · Mary Whittemore, MD · Deborah Campbell, MD · Kimberly Carter, NP-C · Andy Macfarlan, MD ·

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

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Caring for Women through all stages of life

From left to right:

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

Please call to schedule an aPPointment. new Patients are welcome!

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

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Three offices (Downtown, North & West) for comprehensive care from infancy to young adulthood. Adolescent Center, 434-971-9611. See ad pg 89 *Piedmont Pediatrics....... 434-975-7777 900 Rio East Court, Suite A & 1193 Crozet Avenue, Crozet piedmontpediatrics.net UVA General Pediatrics......................... 434-924-5321 UVA Pediatrics at Augusta....................... 540-932-0980 UVA Pediatrics at Northridge.................. 434-980-6555 UVA Pediatrics at Orange........................ 540-661-3025 UVA Teen Health Center................. 434-982-0090

Doctors, Specialists *Charlottesville Dermatology................... 434-984-2400 600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 230 charlottesvilledermatology.com Charlottesville Dermatology cares about your skin’s health. Medical and cosmetic dermatology for adults and children. See ad pg 91 *Charlottesville ENT Associates....................... 434-243-9415 652 Peter Jefferson Parkway #140 uvahealth.com Medical and surgical ear, nose and throat care for adults and children. See ad pg 90 Renovare Lifestyle Consulting....................... 434-962-2108

Charlottesville ENT Associates

Obstetrics and GynecOlOGy assOciates

Medical and surgical ear, nose and throat care for adults & children. Communication services, including comprehensive audiology evaluations

Setting A Standard of Excellence in Women’s Care

Siva Thiagarajah, MD Board Certified High-Risk Obstetrician

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

All obstetrical and gynecology patients

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The office of

Drs. Daniel Landes and John Mason 652 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 140 Charlottesville, VA 22911 For an appointment, please call 434-243-9415

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

Beyond Birth Support.... 434-218-3735

Conscious Dance of Charlottesville............ 434-989-4841

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

Crozet Running............... 434-205-4452 Flydog Yoga..................... 434-964-1964 Hot Yoga.......................... 434-220-1415 Hydra Yoga Spa.............. 434-249-9744 Posture Studio................ 434-293-7611

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

Sandra Cushman/Alexander Technique....................... 434-978-7767

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

Vigdor-Hess, Wendy RD, RMT, Wellcoach........ 434-996-6768

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

Fitness for Mind & Body A Place to Breathe Meditation Studio.......... 434-245-8080 Allied Yoga...................... 434-218-0580

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Doulas

*YMCA...........................434-974-9622 piedmontymca.org The YMCA offers a wide array of group exercise classes including Yoga, Pilates, Barre and Thai Chi. See ad Inside Front Cover

Ashtanga Yoga................ 434-531-5441

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Board Certified General and Pediatric Dermatologists Caring for Your Skin For Life

Charlottesville Dermatology wants to be your plaCe for beautiful anD healthy skin.

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Health Clinics Ch’ville Free Clinic......... 434-296-5525 First Med......................... 434-984-4200 MedExpress Urgent Care..................... 434-244-3027 Neighborhood Family Health Center................. 434-227-5624 Sentara Martha Jefferson ER at Proffit Road........... 434-654-8500 Thomas Jefferson Health District................ 434-972-6200

bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine and beer. See ads pgs 94, 110 *Wegmans....................... 434-529-3200 100 Wegmans Way wegmans.com Offer groceries, ready-made options, pharmacy, catering, bakery, floral and more. See ads pgs 92, 111

Holistic Practitioners Georgilakis, Cassandra.... 434-995-2060 Judith Sullivan................ 434-466-2292

Health Food Stores

Mary Jeffries, MD............ 434-277-8322

Integral Yoga Natural Foods................. 434-293-4111 *Rebecca’s Natural Food................................. 434-977-1965 Barracks Road Shopping Center rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural

*Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center.... 540-825-8550 331 North Madison Road, Orange medspava.com Services include medical-grade treatments and products in a premiere spa setting. See ad pg 93

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Hospitals

Massage

*Sentara Healthcare....... 434-654-7000 500 Martha Jefferson Drive sentara.com A community hospital combining cutting-edge technology with a tradition of care and personal touch. See ad pg 95

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa................ 434-218-2740

UVA Children’s Hospital........................... 434-924-3627

Midwives Birthing Centre of Charlottesville............ 434-471-0419 Birthwise Midwifery....... 434-293-8210 Nine Moons Midwifery.. 434-987-1257

UVA Hospital.................. 434-924-0211

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

In-Home Care

Orthodontists

Care Advantage Plus.................................. 434-973-2000

Camden Brown Orthodontics................... 434-990-5722

The Pediatric Connection...................... 877-481-3033

*Charlottesville Orthodontics................... 434-971-9601 Downtown/Pantops, Northside & Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads cvilleorthodontics.com (continued on pg 96)

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THE RIGHT CARE, RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER Whether you’re new to the area or a longtime resident, you already know Charlottesville is a special place. And now we invite you to learn how Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is a special, patient-centered healthcare provider. With our hospital right off I-64 and 250, outpatient care centers and emergency departments in two locations, and primary and specialty care practices all across the region, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is here with the highest quality healthcare for your entire family, when and where you need it most. You never know what life may bring, so isn’t it reassuring to know that the right care is always right around the corner? To find a Sentara physician near you, visit FindaCvilleDoc.com.


Complimentary orthodontic screenings. Metal and clear braces or Invisalign. See ad pg 94 Cloth, Mark S., DDS, PC............................ 434-964-2464 Dennis, Suzanne, DDS, MS, PC..................... 434-973-4446 Hamer and Hamer Orthodontics................... 434-296-0188 Horbaly, William............. 434-973-6542 Inouye, David K.............. 434-975-7435 Pantops Orthodontics................... 434-984-1817 South Side Orthodontics................... 434-977-9473

Parenting Support/ Education Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts.................... 434-996-2002 Bright Stars Program........................... 434-972-4140 Country Cottage Coaching......................... 434-973-2244 Empowering Families..... 434-971-8454 Families United.............. 434-923-8253 Family Preservation Services........................... 434-293-4262 Home Educators of Va... 804-278-9200 Maternity Education Program........................... 434-654-7009 Parent Resource Center.............................. 434-975-9400 Peaceful Parenting Path......... peacefulparentingpath.com ReadyKids........................ 434-296-4118 Sentara Martha Jefferson Prenatal and Infant Care Classes.................... 434-654-7009

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Smart Beginnings/United Way Thomas Jefferson Area................................. 434-972-1713 UVA Midlife Health Center................. 434-243-4720 UVA Office of Public Service................. 434-924-3883 UVA Students with Children........................... 434-924-7427 Va Homeschoolers......... 866-513-6173 Virginia Cooperative Extension......................... 434-872-4580

Pharmacy *Wegmans....................... 434-529-3200 100 Wegmans Way wegmans.com Offers groceries, ready-made options, pharmacy, catering, bakery, floral and more. See ads pgs 92, 111

Physical Therapists *Albemarle Therapy Center.................... 1102 Rose Hill Drive, 434-979-8628; 200 West 12th Street, Suite A-100, Waynesboro, 540-941-5501 albemarletherapycenter.com Offering occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children. See ad pg 97 Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services (Ch'ville)........... 434-295-4473 Spectrum Therapy......... 434-817-4100

Postpartum & Breastfeeding Cville Lactation.............. 434-962-7414 Joyful Start...................... 434-282-2134 La Leche League............. 434-214-0620 Lactation Corner of MJH.............................. 434-654-7042


UVA Breastfeeding Medicine Program........................... 434-982-3316 UVA Midlife Health Center.............................. 434-243-4720 UVA Primary Care Riverside.......................... 434-975-7700

Practitioners, Other Core Health Thermography and Wellness.................. 434-882-5468 Sleep and Wellness Coach, LLC........... allison@sleepandwellnesscoach.com

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

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

Referral Services Sentara Martha Jefferson Health Connection......... 434-654-7009 United Way Referral Center.............................. 434-972-1703 UVA Hospital Physician Referral Services............. 434-924-3627

Social Service Groups Al-Anon Family Group............................... 434-972-7011 Albemarle Housing Improvement Program........................... 434-817-2447

Talk, LC............................ 804-512-1039

Big Brothers Big Sisters........................ 434-244-0882

Wellness Consultations for Women...................... 434-962-0117

Boys & Girls Club........... 434-977-3514 CASA Piedmont Court Advocate......................... 434-971-7515

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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

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Thousands of children in Virginia have some type of developmental delay. Not speaking is only one of them. If your child isn’t crawling, talking or walking like other children her age, please call us for a free screening. We’re here to help. For more information, call 434-970-1391. The Sooner. The Better.

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Child Health Partnership MACAA-TJHD.................. 434-295-3171 Madison House............... 434-977-7051 Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)............ 434-295-3171 Pregnancy Center of Central Virginia.............. 434-220-3777 Region Ten....................... 434-972-1800 Ronald McDonald House............................... 434-295-1885 Runaway Emergency Shelter............................. 434-972-7233 Salvation Army............... 434-295-4058 Sexual Assault Resource Agency............................. 434-295-7273 Social Services of Albemarle................... 434-972-4010 Social Services of Chville......................... 434-970-3400 The Emergency Food Bank........................ 434-979-9180 *Toy Lift Charities.................................. P.O. Box 6762 toylift.org Seeking to support local families through volunteerism, community cooperation, morale building and educational tools. See ad pg 114 United Way..................... 434-972-1703 YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Special Needs Services *Albemarle Therapy Center.................... 1102 Rose Hill Drive, 434-979-8628; 200 West 12th Street, Suite A-100, Waynesboro, 540-941-5501 albemarletherapycenter.com Offering occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children. See ad pg 97

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Arc of the Piedmont....... 434-977-4002 Blue Ridge PACE.............. 434-529-1300 Camp Holiday Trails...... 434-977-3781 Connections Achievement & Therapy Center........... 434-529-6248 Crozet Speech and Learning................... 434-298-4599 Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC.. 434-327-7121 Hearing Healthcare of Virginia........................ 866-341-4327 *Infant and Toddler Connection of the Blue Ridge............. 434-970-1391 500 Old Lynchburg Road infantva.org Provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age 2. See ad pg 97 Savage, Winslow, OTR.................................. 434-293-3948 Sheila C. Johnson Center.............................. 434-924-7034 Small Talk Speech and Therapy Center....... 434-481-3524 Special Olympics............ 800-932-4653 UVA Developmental Pediatrics......................... 434-924-5161 UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center.............................. 434-924-7034 Virginia Institute of Autism......................... 434-923-8252


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Catering

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

A Pimento Catering.....434-971-7720 Bellair Market..............434-971-6608

Breadworks................... 434-296-4663 Chandler’s Bakery....... 434-975-2253 Favorite Cakes.............. 434-974-9229 Hotcakes........................ 434-295-6037 Maliha Creations......... 434-973-3183 Mariebette Cafe and Bakery.................... 434-529-6118 Paradox Pastry............. 434-245-2253 Pearl’s Bake Shoppe.....434-293-2253 Splendora’s Gelato...... 434-296-8555 Sweethaus Cupcakes....................... 434-422-2677 Whole Foods Market... 434-973-4900

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*Ben & Jerry’s............. 434-244-7438 1112 Emmet Street benjerry.com/charlottesville Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering....................434-985-3633 C & O Restaurant & Catering....................434-971-7044 Chick-fil-A ...................434-872-0187 *Domino’s Pizza................................ Eight locally owned locations dominos.com Made-to-order fresh pizzas, sandwiches, wings, pasta and more. Free kindness with every order. See ad pg 100


*Feast! ....................... 434-244-7800 416 West Main Street, Suite H feastvirginia.com Owner-operated specialty food store that connects local farmers and artisan food producers with consumers. See ad pg 69 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop.......434-214-0500 *Great Harvest Bread Co..................... 434-202-7813 1701 Allied Lane/McIntire Plaza greatharvestcville.com Breads, sweets, sandwiches and catering, GlutenX options and more, all simple, handmade and wholesome. See ad pg 110 Harvest Moon Catering........................434-296-9091

Ivy Provisions...............434-202-1308 Jersey Mike’s Subs............................. 434-328-8694 Merchant Walk Avenue; 434-529-6278 Abbey Road Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen.........................434-234-3634 L’etoile Catering...........434-823-1435 Mission BBQ.................434-260-7740 Mona Lisa Pasta...........434-295-2494 The Catering Outfit.....434-951-4699 Wayside Takeout.........434-977-5000 *Wegmans.................. 434-529-3200 100 Wegmans Way wegmans.com Offers groceries, ready-made options, pharmacy, catering, bakery, floral and more. See ads pgs 92, 111 Which Wich.................434-977-9424 Zazus............................434-293-3454

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


Entertainment 7 Tigers Taekwondo & Hapkido....................434-296-9933 Albemarle County Parks & Rec..................434-296-5844 David Graham, Magician.......................434-760-0596 Expressions Face Painting........................434-409-4796 Foxboro Farm-Travel Petting Zoo...................804-307-2955 Freckles n’ Friends Entertainment.............434-971-5812 Knockerball Charlottesville.............434-964-6040 Metamorphosis Face Art........................434-589-8906 Perfectly Posh..............801-441-1744 Peter Jones, Storyteller....................434-978-3603 *PowerPlay................. 434-964-7024 gopowerplay.net Mobile fun brought to your backyard, a local park or an indoor venue—archery tag, archery range, knockerball and soccer darts. See ad pg 100 Tell Me About It Mystery Tours..........434-760-0525 Wes Iseli, Magician......877-987-4201 Wild Earth Encounters...................540-447-4879 Woodworking for Children..................434-979-1220

Inflatable Rentals *BOUNCE Play-n-Create........... ..434-973-1111 127 Seminole Court bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time on Mon/Wed. See ad pg 35 102

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*Cville Inflatables with Superfun Attractions................. 434-374-1386 superfun.com Full-service company delivering entertainment, amusement and games to Albemarle and surrounding counties. See ad pg 3 Jump ‘N More Parties...........................434-973-2555 Knockerball Charlottesville.............434-293-2727

Party Locations *ACAC........................ 434-978-3800 Albemarle Square, Crozet, Downtown & Pantops Locations acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies and camps. See ad pg 147 Albemarle County Department of Fire & Rescue...............434-296-5833 AMF Kegler’s Lanes.....434-978-3999 Balletschool.................434-975-3533 *BOUNCE Play-n-Create........... ..434-973-1111 127 Seminole Court bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time on Mon/Wed. See ad pg 35 Build-A-Bear Workshop.....................434-964-1998 *Camp Friendship....... 800-873-3223 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. See ad pg 131


*Carter Mountain Orchard...................... 434-977-1833 1435 Carters Mountain Trail chilesfamilyorchards.com Orchard with mountaintop views, apple and peach picking, fall activities, hayrides and entertainment. See ad pg 37

*Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad........... 304-636-9477 P.O. Box 44, Durbin, WV mtn-rail.com Five Mountain Rail Adventures depart the historic depots of Elkins and Durbin, West Virginia, April-December. See ad pg 71 Fairview Swim & Tennis.......................434-973-7946

Carver Rec Center.......434-970-3053

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

Cavalier Sports Cards.............................434-974-1771

Friendship Gymnastics..................434-589-5867

Charlottesville Ballet Academy............434-973-2555

Fry’s Spring Beach Club...................434-296-4181

Charlottesville Performing Arts School...................434-293-2727

Gearharts Fine Chocolates...........434-972-9100

Classics Gymnastics...434-978-4720

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

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

Heavenly Acres Campground................434-985-6601

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


Hidden Creek Farm.....434-985-4309 Highlands Golf Park....434-985-2765 Jump Trampoline Park...............................434-284-8248 Kohr Bros......................434-975-4651 Lazy Daisy Ceramics...434-295-7801 *Little Gym, The......... 434-975-5437 The Shops at Stonefield 2075 Bond Steet #140 thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva Motor skills development classes for ages 4 months-12 years: gymnastics, sports, dance. Parties & camps. See ad pg 135 Market at Grelen, The...................540-672-7268 Michael’s Arts and Crafts....................434-971-1072 Muse Paintbar..............434-829-3060 My Chocolate Shoppe..........................434-995-5428

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Pirate Pete’s Miniature Golf...............................434-985-2765 Putt-Putt Golf...............434-973-5509 Science Museum of Virginia.....................804-864-1400 SPCA............................434-973-5959, 3355 Berkmar Drive (Center); 434-293-8475, 943 Preston Avenue (Store) Speak Language Center...........................434-245-8255 Superior Martial Arts....434-973-3000 Sweethaus Cupcakes....434-422-2677 The Pony Cafe..............434-977-7365 Triple C Camp..............434-293-2529 UVA Alumni Hall.........434-243-2665 *Virginia Discovery Museum..................... 434-977-1025 524 E. Main Street East end of Downtown Mall vadm.org


Celestial Sights Photography.................434-466-2241 Cramer Photography....434-242-6074

Wildrock.......................434-825-8631

Danielle Hill Photography.................202-341-0972

Wilson School of Dance.......................434-973-5678

Dominique Attaway Photography.................434-806-7263

Wine And Design/Art Buzz Kids......................434-218-3112

Earthdarling Portraits.....434-409-1633

*YMCA....................... 434-974-9622 151 McIntire Park Drive piedmontymca.org Themed parties in play zone, pool or gym inflatable. See ad Inside Front Cover

*Jen Fariello Photography............... 434-963-7976 313 Second Street S.E., Studio 106 jenfariello.com Capturing life’s moments. Portraits, babies, weddings, life. See ad pg 104

Party Planners

Kirsten Rose Photography.................434-971-7883

N.A.M.’s Parties 4 Kids............................434-295-0397

Party Supplies Caspari.........................434-817-7880 Central Virginia Rental...........................434-977-5915

F-Stop Studios.............434-973-6602

KMS Photography........434-973-1740 Laura Merricks Photography.................434-825-3194 Liz Knutsen Photography.................434-533-0307 Mary B. Photography...434-806-6734

Festive Fare..................434-296-5496

Memories by Melody...434-214-0382

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

Meredith Coe Photo....434-218-2308

Rock Paper Scissors.....434-979-6366

Rob Garland Photographers.............434-293-3332

Social Butterflies.........434-823-3666 Virginia Tent Rental....434-296-7595

Photographers *3 Cats Photo............. 303-709-7290 Crozet & Charlottesville 3catsphoto.com International award-winning portrait photographer specializing in children, families and all the celebrations of life. See ad pg 103 ASM Photography........434-987-3483 Button Down Photography.................434-987-5910 Candace Schoner Photography.................434-989-5480

*Robert Radifera Photography............... 434-245-8547 2125 Ivy Road, Ivy Square Shopping Center radifera.com Wedding, portraits and commercial photography with twenty years of experience. See ad pg 103 Sue Martin Photography.................434-293-9337 Susan Parmar Photography.................434-409-2442 Tod Cohen Photography.................434-973-2960

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Charlottesville’s only nonprofit children’s museum since 1981 with a hands-on environment for kids 1-8 yrs. See ad pg 145


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Arts & Craft Supplies

Crozet Bicycle Shop....... 434-996-7224

A.C. Moore....................... 434-234-8279

Performance Bicycle...... 434-963-9161

Art Box at Creative Framing............ 434-295-5426

Book Stores

Laughing Sheep Yarns.................... 434-973-0331

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

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

Barnes & Noble Booksellers...................... 434-984-0461

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

Family Christian Stores............................... 434-973-8287

Objects on Main............. 540-360-4917

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

*P. Buckley Moss............540-949-6473 329 West Main Street, Waynesboro pbuckleymoss.com “Rediscover Art”—promoting art in the classroom to teach children with learning differences. See ad pg 63

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

Studio Baboo................... 434-244-2905

Read It Again, Sam......... 434-977-9844

Baby Equipment

*Shenanigans.................434-295-4797 601 West Main Street/Midtown shenaniganstoys.net Neighborhood toy store since 1974, offering toys, books, dolls and games. See ad pg 114

Green Bean Baby Boutique................. 434-234-4504 Target .............................. 434-964-0231 Toys 'R Us........................ 434-973-4406

Beauty & Spa Alma & Mela Hair Salon....................... 434-977-5573 Ch’ville Skin & Laser..... 434-984-4491 Cityspa............................. 434-984-5046 Face Value Salon & Studio.......................... 434-823-2009

Oakley’s Gently Used Books...................... 434-977-3313 Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery............... 434-823-1144

Children’s Clothing, New Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall..................... 434-973-9331 Green Bean Baby Boutique................. 434-234-4504 Hoofitz............................. 866-736-8023

Moxie Hair & Body Lounge................... 434-979-5556

L. L. Bean......................... 800-441-5713

Signature Medical Spa... 434-923-4646

Prairie Cottons................ 434-985-7796

Bicycle Dealers

Ragged Mountain Running Shop................. 434-293-3367

Bike Factory.................... 434-975-2453

Shoe Store Next Door.... 434-293-8400

Blue Ridge Cyclery......... 434-995-2453

Smocking by Ann Hill Williams........... 434-295-1481

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Nike Factory Store.......... 434-245-0423


Collector, Games & Memorabilia Stores

Whimsies........................ 434-977-8767

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

Children’s Clothing, Used

Cavalier Sports Cards.... 434-974-1771

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.................. 434-295-3967 *Here Wee Grow Again..434-973-5806 1500 East Rio Road hereweegrowagain.com Consignment shopping sales bi-annually, in the spring and in the fall. See ad pg 109 Kid to Kid........................ 434-529-8988 Lollipop Shop.................. 434-296-5740 Sally Jo’s 29 Consign...... 434-985-5000

Treasures Through Time................................. 434-979-9172

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

Department Stores Belk.................................. 434-973-7878 Costco.............................. 434-328-7023 JcPenney.......................... 434-973-7851 Sam's Club...................... 434-978-2122

Schoolhouse Thrift Shop...................... 434-973-2271 Twice Is Nice................... 434-293-8319

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The Hip Joint................... 434-971-6888

Target .............................. 434-964-0231


Furnishings *Circa ............................434-295-5760 1700 Allied Street circainc.com Find antiques, vintage décor and one-ofa-kind treasures. See ad pg 109 *Habitat Store, The.........434-293-6331 1221 Harris Street cvillehabitatstore.org New and used building supplies, furniture and home décor with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. See ad pg H-28

Game & Hobby Stores Atlas Comics................... 434-974-7512 GameStop........................ 434-977-0516 Emmet Street N; 434-973-1929 Rio Road E; 434-973-0367 Seminole Trail; 434-973-5981 Hollymead Town Center

Rail Tales Hobby Shop..............................railtalesva.com The End Game Center... 434-973-2205

Kitchen Supplies Happy Cook..................... 434-977-2665 Oliva................................. 434-975-5432

Maternity Clothes, Gifts & Gear Boutique Boutique......... 434-293-8400 Sally Jo’s 29 Consign...... 434-985-5000

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

Born, raised & Bread in Charlottesville Offering the most nutritiously made bread in C’Ville catering no peanut products in our facility great kids sandwiches on whole grain bread sandwiches with antibotic-free meats

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

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Alex and Ani................... 434-964-9541 Charlottesville City Market............................. 434-970-3371 Monogram Shop............. 434-973-1968

*Capitol Sheds................434-964-1901 8824 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville capitolsheds.com Sheds, swing sets, playhouses, horse barns, pool houses, log cabins, gazebos and more. See ad pg 112

Schwarzschild Keller and George Jewelers....... 434-293-5011

Charlottesville Aquatics.......................... 434-973-7433

Tuel Jewelers................... 434-295-4258

EnviroSmarte.................. 434-978-3764

*Vintage Swings................................... vintageswings.com Handmade wooden swings proudly made in Charlottesville. See ad pg 112

Play Equipment & Pools Aqua-Clean Pool Service..................... 434-295-8131 Byler’s Storage Buildings, Inc.................. 888-337-1190

Paradise Pools................. 434-566-7057 Piedmont Pools............... 434-589-6354 Valley Pool and Spa........ 800-626-6659

Specialty Foods *Feast!............................434-244-7800 416 West Main Street, Suite H feastvirginia.com Owner-operated specialty food store that connects local farmers and artisan food producers with consumers. See ad pg 69

Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken with Corn Salad & Caprese Salad

One-of-akind shopping Our goal at Wegmans is to offer you a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. We’re committed to helping you make great meals easy, healthy, and affordable— with consistent low prices you can count on every day.

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Personalized Goods


*Great Harvest Bread Co........................434-202-7813 1701 Allied Lane/McIntire Plaza greatharvestcville.com Breads, sweets, sandwiches and catering, GlutenX options and more all simple, handmade and wholesome. See ad pg 110 *Rebecca’s Natural Food.434-977-1965 Barracks Road Shopping Center rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine and beer. See ads pgs 94, 110 *Wegmans .....................434-529-3200 100 Wegmans Way wegmans.com Offers groceries, ready-made options, pharmacy, catering, bakery, floral and more. See ads pgs 92, 111

Sporting Goods Dick’s Sporting Goods.................434-974-5640 Rio Hill; 434-270-7117 Wegmans Way Field & Stream................ 434-270-7117 Freestyle.......................... 434-978-4091 Great Outdoor Provision Co.................... 434-995-5669 *Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters............434-977-1415 Millmont Shops, 1043 Millmont Street peacefrogstravel.com Full-service travel agency and outfitter specializing in leisure travel and custom travel experiences since 1993. See ad pg 113 Play It Again Sports........ 434-973-2638 Ragged Mountain Running Shop................. 434-293-3367

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THE RIGHT STUFF TO GET YOU THERE TRAVEL OUTFITTERS: Luggage Backpacks + Duffels Work Bags + Handbags Travel Jackets Guidebooks + Maps Peace Frogs Apparel Travel Accessories Unique Travel Gifts Our in-house packologists can teach you how to pack for any type of trip, making your packing more efficient and much easier. Walk-in or by appointment.

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Rivanna Gear & Apparel........................ 434-293-4558 The Hip Joint................... 434-971-6888

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

Toys, Used

Toys, New

*Here Wee Grow Again....434-973-5806 1500 East Rio Road hereweegrowagain.com Consignment shopping sales bi-annually, in the spring and in the fall. See ad pg 109

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

Kid to Kid ....................... 434-529-8988

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

Lollipop Shop.................. 434-296-5740

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

Schoolhouse Thrift Shop...................... 434-973-2271

Total Soccer.................... 434-220-2460 University Dive and Hobby Center.......... 434-296-6306

*Shenanigans.................434-295-4797 601 West Main Street/Midtown shenaniganstoys.net Neighborhood toy store since 1974, offering toys, books, dolls and games. See ad pg 114

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


Education & Child Care


Day Care Services

Child Connections.......... 434-591-1010

ABC Preschool-Day Care.................................. 434-296-1116

Commonwealth Christian Community Center........ 434-823-6500

Albemarle County Schools After-School Enrichment Program........................... 434-296-5840

Covesville Child Center.............................. 434-245-9133

*Aldersgate United Methodist Church...........................434-973-5806 1500 East Rio Road cvaumc.org Offers informal and traditional services with a nursery staffed by child care professionals. See ad pg 109

Creative Learning After-School & in the Summer (CLASS)..... 434-245-2501 Effort Christian School.... 434-589-8962 Effort Christian School and Preschool................. 434-808-2447 Faith Christian Academy......................... 434-979-1704 First Baptist Center........ 434-296-6198

Barrett Early Learning Center.............................. 434-295-9202

First Presbyterian Church Preschool........... 434-296-1447

Bright Beginnings Preschool............ 434-823-7129 Crozet, 434-973-8414 Forest Lake, 434-979-8585 Mill Creek

First Steps....................... 434-295-5575

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

Four Seasons Learning Center.............. 434-975-4455

Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool

Foundations Child Development Center...... 434-973-9218

Focus! Aim High! Work Together! Activities-based learning for Preschool-8th grade Small class size • Outdoor time every day

540-456-8450 north-branch-school.org

North Branch does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or income & actively seeks minority students.

We Shape the Mighty Minds of Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

Lighthouse Christian..... 434-973-7557 Madison Learning Center.............................. 540-738-2617 *Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool...434-975-4263 2117 Angus Road mmlhp.com French and Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4-5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 116 Millstone of Ivy............... 434-979-2111 *Montessori School of Charlottesville............434-295-0029 631 Cutler Lane; 1602 Gordon Avenue montessoriofcville.org Celebrating 40 years of teaching peace and fostering personal independence and social responsibility. See ad pg 122

Our Neighborhood Child Development Center...... 434-202-8639 Rainbow Childcare Center.............................. 434-295-8569 Salvation Army............... 434-295-4058 St. Nicholas Learning Center.............................. 434-589-5201 Tuckahoe School............ 434-361-9018 United Way Scholarships................... 434-972-1701 UVA Development Center.............................. 434-293-6110 Wee Care Daycare for Kids............................ 434-972-0001 Westminster Child Care Center..................... 434-977-3322

Parent & Child Classes, Preschool, Elementary, Middle School

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Gentle Care Day Care.... 434-409-6465


*YMCA...........................434-202-0118 233 4th Street NW, Suite Y piedmontymca.org Licensed child care for ages 6-weeks through pre-K. See ad Inside Front Cover

Educational Consultants Divine Play...................... 434-218-9500 Han Studio Chinese Classes.............. 434-327-9573 Rhyming Resources........ 434-295-2483 Rock Star Therapy, LLC.... 434-260-1553

In-Home Childcare *ASAP Sitters.................703-209-4717 2226 Banbury Street asapsitters.com

Nelson Memorial Library... 434-263-5904 Northside Library........... 434-973-7893 Scottsville Library.......... 434-286-3541 UVA Library..................... 434-924-3021

Public School Districts Albemarle County Public Schools............................ 434-296-5820 Albemarle County Special-NeedsKids Parents’ Group....... 434-243-2219 *Charlottesville City Public Schools.................434-245-2400 1562 Dairy Road charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 127

School Supplies

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

Core Knowledge Foundation...................... 434-977-7550

Cultural Care Au Pair..... 800-333-6056

Dynamic Literacy........... 888-696-8597

Golden Hearts Nanny Agency................ 434-879-6677

Schools, Driver’s Ed

Monticello Nannies........ 434-923-0023

A+ Driver Improvement School.............................. 800-794-2228

UVA Nursing School Babysitter List................. 434-924-0141 UVA Women’s Center Child Care Resources..... 434-982-2361

Libraries Albemarle/Ch’ville Historical Society........... 434-296-1492 Central Library............... 434-979-7151

A-1 Defensive Driving School.............................. 434-293-5377 Albemarle County Community Education........................ 434-975-9451 Cavalier Driving School.............................. 434-980-2775 Green Light Driving School.............................. 434-979-5300

Crozet Library................. 434-823-4050

Schools, Pre-School

Fluvanna County Library............................. 434-589-1400

ABC Preschool-Day Care.................................. 434-296-1116

Gordon Avenue Library.... 434-296-5544

ACPS Early Childhood Special Education Program........ 434-973-2490

Greene County Library.... 434-985-5227 Louisa County Library..... 540-894-5853 118

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Bright Beginnings Preschool............ 434-823-7129 Crozet, 434-973-8414 Forest Lake, 434-979-8585 Mill Creek Bright Stars Program..... 434-972-4140 *Chancellor Street Preschool & Co-Operative...............434-296-6444 Corner of Chancellor Street & University Avenue, Education Wing of St. Paul’s Memorial Church c-street.org Parents can choose 3-, 4- or 5-day weeks. Must be 3 by the end of the calendar year or 5 after September 30. See ad pg 119

Charlottesville Beautiful MINDS Preschool............ 434-244-0446 *Charlottesville Catholic School.............................434-964-0400 1205 Pen Park Road cvillecatholic.org Pre-K through 8th-grade curriculum focusing on academics and nurturing Christian values. All faiths welcome. See ad pg 124 Charlottesville Day School ............................. 434-817-2371 *Charlottesville Waldorf School.............................434-973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road cwaldorf.org Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and Pre-K through 8th grade. See ad pg 121

Inspiring and educating children through cooperative play for 45 years in Charlottesville/Albemarle! • Play-based learning and socializing • Nurturing professional teachers + parents in classroom • Fun, sensory-rich environment • Outdoor play + music class + woodworking table daily The close involvement of parents in our cooperative school fosters a caring and engaged community for children and their families that lasts well beyond the preschool years. Accepting applications for 2018-19 school year

Chancellor Street & University Avenue 434.296.6444 | ChancellorStreet.org ChancellorStreetInfo@gmail.com CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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*Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community....................540-671-9894 1550 Insurance Lane albemarlemcc.com A preschool focused on nurturing children ages 2 years through kindergarten. See ad pg 122


Chestnut Grove Preschool......................... 434-978-3819 Child Connections.......... 434-591-1010 *Children’s Garden Preschool........................434-974-6068 4210 Rowan Court, Earlysville charlottesvillepreschool.com Fully licensed, 2- to 5-year-old program includes art, singing, cooking, exploring nature and more. See ad pg 116 Christ Church Preschool......................... 434-293-2347 Commonwealth Christian Community Center........ 434-823-6500 Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) Preschool & Kindergarten............... 434-295-6382 *Covenant School............434-220-7330 Lower School (preK-6th): 1000 Birdwood Road

Upper School (7th-12th): 175 Hickory Street covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for preK-12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 126 Covesville Child Center... 434-245-9133 Daylily Preschool............ 434-996-8397 First Baptist Center........ 434-296-6198 First Presbyterian Church Preschool........... 434-296-1447 First United Methodist Church.......... 434-296-6682 Four Seasons Learning Center.............. 434-975-4455 *Free Union Country School...............434-978-1700 4220 Free Union Road freeunioncountryschool.org Natural curiosity and an eagerness to

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! “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” FrostMontessori.com 1553 Delphi Drive, Charlottesville 120

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Previous exposure to French or Spanish is not required for ISC programs

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


*Frost Montessori School.............................434-979-5223 1553 Delphi Drive frostmontessori.com Multi-aged classrooms, 21-months to 6-years. Child-centered environment. Spanish, art, geography, sewing, gardening and more. See ad pg 120 Gentle Care Day Care.... 434-409-6465 Hilltop Child Care Center..................... 434-295-6623 Hillsboro Christian Preschool......................... 434-823-5342 *International School of Charlottesville............434-984-2174 830 Monticello Avenue theisc.org A holistic, NAEYC accredited, globally

oriented French/Spanish language immersion education for children ages 2-6. See ad pg 120 Ivy School House Preschool......................... 434-823-4060 Kangaroo Preschool....... 434-973-8736 Kiddie Academy............. 434-202-1062 Kingswood Christian Preschool......................... 434-823-1258 Lighthouse Christian..... 434-973-7557 MACAA Head Start......... 434-295-3171 Madison Learning Center.............................. 540-738-2617 *Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool...434-975-4263 2117 Angus Road mmlhp.com French and Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4-5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 116

LEARNING

inspired by joy & Reverence for childhood 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.

Age 2 — Grade 8 cwaldorf.org | 434-973-4946 x102 enrollment@cwaldorf.org CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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explore are what drive learning at Free Union. See ad pg 119


Millstone of Ivy............... 434-979-2111 Molly Michie Cooperative Preschool... 434-977-7406 *Montessori School of Charlottesville............434-295-0029 631 Cutler Lane; 1602 Gordon Avenue montessoriofcville.org Celebrating 40 years of teaching peace and fostering personal independence and social responsibility. See ad pg 122 *Mountaintop Montessori School..........434-979-8886 440 Pinnacle Place mountaintopmontessori.org Guiding social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development. Toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school. See ad pg 117

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

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

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*North Branch School.....540-456-8450 221 Mickens Road, Afton north-branch-school.org Nature-Nurture-North Branch: outdoor activities, fine arts, academic depth and breadth. See ad pg 116 Northridge Preschool..... 434-964-1560 Old Dominion Day School...................... 434-977-0511 Olivet Preschool.............. 434-295-1367 Paran Preschool.............. 434-973-9077 Park Street Christian Preschool......................... 434-296-8922 Rainbow Childcare Center.............................. 434-295-8569 Reach for the Stars Early Childhood Education..... 434-548-0108 Rose Garden Preschool......................... 434-823-7026


UVA Development Center.............................. 434-293-6110

Small Steps Preschool... 434-985-1948

Westminster Child Care Center..................... 434-977-3322

Special Education Preschool......................... 434-973-2490 *St. Anne’s-Belfield School.............................434-296-5106 2132 Ivy Road/799 Faulconer Drive stab.org Co-ed college preparatory curriculum preschool–12 with arts, athletics and more. Boarding in grades 9–12. See ad pg 125 St. Mark Preschool......... 434-293-0792 Tuckahoe School............ 434-361-9018 United Christian Academy......................... 434-985-2947 University Montessori School.............................. 434-977-0583

*YMCA...........................434-202-0118 233 4th Street NW, Suite Y piedmontymca.org Licensed child care for ages 6-weeks through pre-K. See ad Inside Front Cover

Schools, Private Afton Christian School.............................. 540-456-6853 Blue Ridge School........... 434-985-2811 Calvary Christian School.............................. 434-581-3874 *Charlottesville Catholic School.............................434-964-0400 1205 Pen Park Road continued on pg 124

Engaged, Collaborative Learners

This is Friends Education CALL FOR A TOUR Call Brandon

(434) 951-9314

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Shining Star Preschools (JABA)............ 434-817-5222


cvillecatholic.org Pre-K through eighth grade curriculum focusing on academics and nurturing Christian values. All faiths welcome. See ad pg 124 Charlottesville Day School.............................. 434-817-2371

1000 Birdwood Road Upper School (7th-12th): 175 Hickory Street covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for preK-12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 126 Effort Christian School.. 434-589-8962

*Charlottesville Waldorf School.............................434-973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road cwaldorf.org Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and Pre-K through 8th grade. See ad pg 121 Chatham Hall................. 877-644-2941 Community Christian Academy......................... 434-326-1145 *Covenant School............434-220-7330 Lower School (preK-6th):

Effort Christian School and Preschool................. 434-808-2447 Fishburne Military......... 540-946-7700 Fork Union Military Academy......................... 434-842-3212 *Free Union Country School.............................434-978-1700 4220 Free Union Road freeunioncountryschool.org Natural curiosity and an eagerness to explore are what drive learning atSchool Free A Co-Educational Independent Jr Kindergarten Union. See ad pg 119 - 8th Grade

GRYMES

MEMORIAL SCHOOL

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

Charlottesville Catholic School

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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:

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Complimentary buses serving nine counties Fee-free athletics Summer programs available


*International School of Charlottesville............434-984-2174 830 Monticello Avenue theisc.org A holistic, NAEYC accredited, globally oriented French/Spanish language immersion education for children ages 2-6. See ad pg 120

Guiding social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development. Toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school. See ad pg 117 *North Branch School.....540-456-8450 221 Mickens Road, Afton north-branch-school.org Nature-Nurture-North Branch: outdoor activities, fine arts, academic depth and breadth. See ad pg 116 Open Door Christian School.............................. 434-589-3673 Peabody School............... 434-296-6901 Regents School of Ch’ville........................ 434-293-0633

Miller School of Alb. ...... 434-823-4805

Renaissance School........ 434-984-1952

*Mountaintop Montessori School..........434-979-8886 440 Pinnacle Place mountaintopmontessori.org

*St. Anne’s-Belfield School.............................434-296-5106 2132 Ivy Road/799 Faulconer Drive stab.org continued on pg 126

ONE OF THE TOP 2 PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN VIRGINIA - NICHE.COM 2017

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*Grymes Memorial School.............................540-672-1010 13775 Spicer’s Mill Road, Orange grymesschool.org Offering challenging curriculum, small classes, extracurriculars & bus transport from Ruckersville for junior K-8th grade. See ad pg 124


Co-ed college preparatory curriculum preschool–12 with arts, athletics and more. Boarding in grades 9–12. See ad pg 125 Stuart Hall...................... 540-885-0356 *Tandem Friends School.............................434-296-1303 279 Tandem Lane tandemfriends.org Combines Quaker values with an academically rigorous curriculum to create a unique community of learning. See ad pg 123 Village School................. 434-984-4404 Woodberry Forest........... 540-672-3900

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

What kind of life do you want your child to live?

Albemarle High School.............................. 434-975-9300 *Charlottesville City Public Schools.................434-245-2400 1562 Dairy Road charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 127 Charlottesville High School.............................. 434-245-2410 Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)............... 434-973-4461 Health and Medical Services Academy.......... 434-244-3100 Math Engineering & Science Academy....... 434-975-9300 Monticello High School.............................. 434-244-3100

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Western Albemarle High School..................... 434-823-8700

Schools, Public - Lower Agnor-Hurt Elementary...................... 434-973-5211

charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 127 Clark Elementary........... 434-245-2414 Crozet Elementary......... 434-823-4800 Greenbrier Elementary.... 434-245-2415

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

Hollymead Elementary... 434-973-8301

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

Johnson Elementary....... 434-245-2417

Broadus Wood Elementary...................... 434-973-3865 Brownsville Elementary...................... 434-823-4658 Burnley-Moran Elementary...................... 434-245-2413 *Charlottesville City Public Schools.................434-245-2400 1562 Dairy Road

Jackson-Via Elementary.. 434-245-2416

Mary C. Greer Elementary...................... 434-973-8371 Meriwether Lewis Elementary...................... 434-293-9304 Murray Elementary........ 434-977-4599 Paul H. Cale Elementary...................... 434-293-7455 Red Hill Elementary....... 434-293-5332 Scottsville Elementary... 434-974-8040

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Murray High School....... 434-296-3090


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

Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP)............... 434-975-9400

Stony Point Elementary...................... 434-973-6405

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

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

Virginia Institute of Autism......................... 434-923-8252

Walker Upper Elementary...................... 434-245-2412 Woodbrook Elementary... 434-973-6600

Schools, Public - Middle Albemarle County Public Schools................. 434-296-5820 Buford Middle................. 434-245-2411 *Charlottesville City Public Schools.................434-245-2400 1562 Dairy Road charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 127 Community Public Charter School................ 434-972-1607 Jack Jouett Middle.......... 434-975-9320 Jackson P. Burley Middle.............................. 434-295-5101

Tutoring Aloha Mind Math/ Reading/Writing............. 434-249-2888 Aristotle Circle................ 434-825-4832 Clayborne Education..... 434-295-4501 Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy.......... 434-327-7121 Enrichment Alliance of Va................................. 434-295-1002 Hometown Learning Centers............................ 434-529-8501 Kumon Math & Reading Center of Charlottesville............ 434-973-9040 La Alliance Francaise..... 434-260-0640 Literacy Volunteers of Ch’ville/Albemarle..... 434-977-3838 Little Bird Plays............... 434-987-0638

Joseph T. Henley Middle.............................. 434-823-4393

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

Leslie H. Walton Middle.............................. 434-977-5615

Partners in Learning...... 434-996-8161

Mortimer Sutherland Middle.............................. 434-975-0599

Speak Language Center.............................. 434-245-8255

Schools, Specialty

St. Nicholas Learning Center.............................. 434-589-5201

Elk Hill Charlottesville Day School...................... 434-220-7198

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

Lafayette School............. 434-589-2370 Little Keswick School..... 434-295-0457 Oakland School.............. 434-293-9059 Park School..................... 434-293-2613 Peabody School............... 434-296-6901 128

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Rock Star Therapy,......... 434-260-1553

Tutor Doctor of Ch'ville. 434-422-3595 *Wahoo Tutors...............434-996-6174 690 Berkmar Circle, Suite 304 wahootutors.com Subject tutoring, test preparation, home education. 20+ years. See ad pg 126


Kids’ Recreation


Adventure Sports Charlottesville Fencing Alliance........................... 434-227-4006 Crozet Bicycle Shop....... 434-996-7224 Discovery Ridge Adventure Center........... 434-325-8505

Lee Alter Watercolor Painting........................... 434-963-0540 Light House Filmmaking Studio.............................. 434-293-6992 McGuffey Art Center...... 434-295-7973 Studio Baboo................... 434-244-2905

Dive Connections........... 434-964-9200

Very Special Arts............ 434-970-3264

High Bridge Bikes .......... 434-315-5736

Woodworking for Children..................... 434-979-1220

Poplar Ridge Ropes Course............................. 434-924-6202 Rocky Top Climbing....... 434-981-3306 University Dive and Hobby Center.................. 434-296-6306

Arts & Craft Classes Albemarle Artful Kids.... 434-806-6734

Baseball American Legion Baseball........................... 434-977-1050 Cove Creek Baseball....... 434-970-2255 Jefferson Area Girls Softball............................ 434-973-5440

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

Lane Babe Ruth Baseball........................... 434-973-7457

Glass Palette, The........... 434-977-9009

McIntire Little League.... 434-817-5100

The Oldest Girls’ Camp in the Virginias since 1922

InspIrIng growth through honor, loyalty, and frIendshIp.

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Northside Cal Ripken League............................. 434-980-1256 Peachtree Babe Ruth Baseball........................... 434-823-7183

Basketball Charlottesville Parks & Rec. Youth Basketball............ 434-970-3271 Scottsville Youth Basketball........................ 434-286-3612 Virginia Basketball Academy......................... 434-242-7729 YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Camps *AstroCamp Virginia Science & Adventure Summer Camp.................... ......................................888-836-1212 8144 Mt. Laurel Road. Clover astrocampsummerva.org An adventure summer camp with science and astronomy-space explorations, labs, and more—for boys and girls ages 8-14. See ads pgs 130, 133 Boy Scouts of America... 800-630-0620 *Camp Alleghany for Girls..........................304-645-1316 Lewisburg, WV campalleghanyforgirls.com Traditional camp with sports, dance and drama. Oldest girls’ camp in the Virginias. See ad pg 130

1.800.873.3223

Camp Friendship offers hands-on learning experiences to ignite curiosity and inspire wonder.

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Monticello Little League............................. 434-296-1251


*Camp Friendship...........800-873-3223 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 131

Clubs

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

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

*Camp Motorsport..........888-836-1212 8144 Mount Laurel Road Clover campmotorsport.org Motorsport focused summer camp programs with 3.5 miles of flat track, 20 miles of off-road trails, Baja 400 off-road buggies and more. See ad pg 134 Crossroads Camps & Conf. Center................ 434-277-8465

4-H................................... 434-872-4580 Air Raid Juggling Club........................... mark@nizer.com Blue Ridge Young Birders............................. 540-363-5035

Boys & Girls Club........... 434-977-3514 Cavman’s Crew............... 434-924-8821 Girl Scouts of America... 540-777-5100 Junior Achievement....... 804-217-8855 Poetry Club..................... 434-977-1025 Science Club................... 434-977-1025 Table Tennis Club........... 434-973-2931 Young Life....................... 434-964-1867

Girl Scouts of America... 540-777-5100 St. Anne’s-Belfield Camps.............................. 434-296-5106 Summer Playground Program (Albemarle)...... 434-296-5844 Summer Playground Program (Ch’ville)........... 434-970-3260 *The First Tee of Virginia Blue Ridge......................434-987-0165 P.O. Box 6786 thefirstteevirginiablueridge.org Children ages 5–15 can learn sportsmanship, integrity and perseverance through classes and a summer camp. See ad pg 137 Triple C Camp................. 434-293-2529 *YMCA...........................434-974-9622 piedmontymca.org Licensed, full-day traditional day camps. See ad Inside Front Cover

Dance & Movement *Albemarle Ballet Theatre...........................434-823-8888 5798 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet aballet.org BAFFA Academy of Irish Dance........... ............. thebaffaacademy@gmail.com Balletschool.................... 434-975-3533 Barre Tots........................ 434-973-2030 Bend Yoga........................ 434-296-2363 Blue Ridge Irish Music School................... 434-409-9631 Charlottesville Ballet Academy......................... 434-973-2555 Charlottesville Performing Arts School...................... 434-293-2727 Charlottesville Royalettes Baton Class....................royalettesbaton.com Jazzercise......................... 434-974-6221 Jefferson Cotillion.......... 434-242-0153 Wilson School of Dance.......................... 434-973-5678

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Glenmore Golf Course... 434-817-0506

Civility School, The........ 434-242-0153

Greene Hills Club........... 434-985-7328

Etiquette School of the Commonwealth, The..... 434-996-4903

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

Han Studio Chinese ...... 434-327-9573

Kandi Comer Golf at Old Trail...................... 434-823-8101

Hike It Baby.................. hikeitbaby.com

Lake Monticello Golf Course..................... 434-589-3075

*WVPT - PBS..................800-345-9878 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg wvpt.net The Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia’s public television station. See ad pg 149

*Meadowcreek Golf Course at Pen Park....................434-977-0615 1400 Pen Park Road meadowcreekgolf.org Grill, lessons, driving range, par 70 course. PGA professional available for private/group instruction. See ad pg 149

Golf Anytime Golf............ anytimegolf.com Birdwood Golf Course.... 434-293-4653 First Tee of Charlottesville............ 434-970-3260

Pirate Pete’s Miniature Golf.................................. 434-985-2765 Putt-Putt Golf.................. 434-973-5509

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Educational Recreation


*The First Tee of Virginia Blue Ridge......................434-987-0165 P.O. Box 6786 thefirstteevirginiablueridge.org Children ages 5–15 can learn sportsmanship, integrity and perseverance through classes and a summer camp. See ad pg 137

Motor skills development classes for ages 4 months-12 years: gymnastics, sports, dance. Parties & camps. See ad pg 135

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

Barracks, The.................. 434-293-6568

Gymnastics & Cheerleading AIM Cheer/Pom Program........................... 800-323-3755 Classics Gymnastics...... 434-978-4720 Friendship Gymnastics.... 434-589-5867 *Little Gym, The.............434-975-5437 The Shops at Stonefield 2075 Bond Street #140 thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva

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

Horseback Riding Brookhill Farm Horseback Riding............................... 434-295-7484 *Camp Friendship...........800-873-3223 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 131 Carriage Hill Farm.......... 434-296-2672

Coming to a field near you...

SOCCer! • Year-round Leagues • Camps • Well Trained Coaches • Individualized Training • Ages 4 to Adult

SOCA 975-5025

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Rodes Farm Stables........ 434-325-8260 Shadowfax...................... 434-200-4641

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

The Pony Cafe................. 434-977-7365

Grayson Farm................. 434-286-4130

Martial Arts

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

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

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

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

Mechums View Farm..... 434-823-5419

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

Millington Stables.......... 434-823-5109 Montanova Stables........ 434-295-2905 North Garden Equestrian Center.............................. 434-882-1841 *Pony Academy, The.......434-823-6929 2149 Browns Gap Turnpike theponyacademyva.com Building self-confidence and relationships with the horse. Private, semi-private and group lessons. See ad pg 137

Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center.............................. 877-880-2479 Chville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu............................ 434-825-6202 Chville Judo Academy.... 434-975-4482 International Black Belt... 434-973-8885 L M Karate Academy..... 434-589-5282 Laughing Dragon Kung Fu........................... 434-973-0318

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

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


MMA Institute................ 434-975-6624

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

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

Music Lessons B# Music.......................... 434-806-3515

Shotokan Karate Club... 434-409-2126

Bailey Lessons................. 434-242-9743

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

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

Superior Martial Arts..... 434-973-3000 UpLevel Martial Arts...... 434-973-0855

Mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters........................ 434-244-0882 Big Siblings (Madison House)............. 434-977-7051 Computers 4 Kids........... 434-817-1121 Madison House............... 434-977-7051

*Blue Ridge Music Together.........................434-293-6361 201 2nd Street NW, Studio 11 blueridgemusictogether.com Research-based music and movement classes for children birth to 5 years and their grownups. See ad pg 139 Brooke Dezio Piano Studio.............................. 434-244-0533 Charlottesville Municipal Band Youth Ensemble........................... ....... cmb.youth.ensemble@gmail.com

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Children’s Choir of Central Virginia (Crozet & Ch'ville)............ 434-260-1180 Fingerdance Studio........ 434-466-1024 FootNotes Studio............ 434-242-0605 Heinz Musitronics.......... 434-977-2797 Lisa Luria Piano Studio.............................. 434-987-5637 Music Education Center.............................. 434-973-1032

Specialty Guitars Plus.... 434-979-3800 Stacy’s Music.................. 434-974-1555 The Front Porch.............. 434-242-7012 Va Consort Youth Chorale............................ 434-244-8444 Youth Orchestra of Ch’ville-Albemarle..... 434-974-7776

Recreation Organizations

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

Albemarle County Parks & Recreation................... 434-296-5844

Music Resource Center.. 434-979-5478

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

Music Teachers Assoc ....cvillemta.org

Chville Therapeutic Recreation Program....... 434-970-3264

Richardson Guitar Studio.............................. 434-293-4017 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature............. 434-286-2806

Fluvanna County Parks... 434-842-5303 Gradum Academy.......... 434-825-2181 Greene County Parks..... 434-985-5226

The Pony Academy

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

• Private,

Teaching core values and life skills through the game of golf ! Affordable, Fun, Empowering! Equipment provided and scholarships available Spring, Summer and Fall Classes for ages 5-18

TheFirstTeeVirginiaBlueRidge.org info@thefirstteevbr.org

Semi-Private & Group Lessons

• Adult lessons

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

434.823.6929

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Charlottesville Performing Arts School...................... 434-293-2727


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

Blue Ridge Swim Club... 434-242-6894

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

Boar’s Head Sports Club................................. 434-972-2237

Special Olympics............ 800-932-4653 West City Soccer............ 434-430-0378

Ch’ville YMCA Aquatics Club................................. 434-974-9622

*YMCA...........................434-974-9622 piedmontymca.org Aquatics, fitness and family recreation at Brooks Family YMCA and Crozet YMCA. See ad Inside Front Cover

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation................... 434-970-3260

Science & Nature

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

Fan Mountain Observatory.................... 434-924-7494 Hike It Baby.................. hikeitbaby.com Ivy Creek Foundation...................... 434-973-7772 Maymont......................... 804-358-7166 McCormick Observatory.................... 434-924-7494 Open Bio Labs................. 434-878-2355 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature....... 434-286-2806

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

Swimming *ACAC............................434-978-3800 Albemarle Square, Crozet, Downtown & Pantops Locations acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies & camps. See ad pg 147 138

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Charlottesville Swans Synchronized Swimming....................... 434-996-8924 Crozet Gators.................. 434-205-4380

Fry’s Spring Beach Club................................. 434-296-4181 Greene Hills Club........... 434-985-7328 Jefferson Swim League............................. 804-338-5118 Key West Club................ 434-977-7665 Onesty Family Aquatic Center ............................. 434-295-7532 Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center.............................. 434-970-3072 Virginia Gators of Charlottesville......... virginiagators.org *YMCA...........................434-974-9622 piedmontymca.org Pools at Brooks Family YMCA and Crozet YMCA. See ad Inside Front Cover

Team Sports Albemarle Girls Field Hockey & Lacrosse League....................agll.org Albemarle Redbirds Softball............................ 540-649-1234 AMF Kegler’s Lanes........ 434-978-3999 *Cavalier Wrestling Club...............................434-243-1939 cavalierwrestlingclub.org Wrestling for ages 5 and up. One of Ch’ville’s fastest-growing youth


Cove Creek Girls Softball............................ 434-970-2255 Monticello United Soccer Club..................... 434-974-4625 Pop Warner Football ............ centralvirginiapopwarner.com Scottsville Organization for Kid’s Sports............... 434-286-2366 Seminole Lacrosse League .....................................seminolelax.org *SOCA (Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area)......434-975-5025 1685 Polo Grounds Road socaspot.org Year-round leagues for adults & children including camps and individual training. See ad pg 134

Thomas Jefferson Youth Football League........................tjyfl.net YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Tennis *ACAC............................434-978-3800 Albemarle Square, Crozet, Downtown & Pantops Locations acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies and camps. See ad pg 147 Fairview Swim & Tennis............................... 434-973-7946 Quickstart Tennis ............................ quickstartcentral.org

Discipline, character, fitness, fun

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

cavalierwrestlingclub.org

Music and movement classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and the grownups who love them.®

Sign up now!

blueridgemusictogether.com 434.293.6361

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organizations. At UVA and AHS. See ad pg 139


Theater Classes Black Box Players........... 434-970-7600 DMR Adventures............ 434-203-6314 Empowered Players........ 434-996-7874 Four County Players....... 540-832-5355 Gorilla Theater Productions..................... 434-547-7986 Jefferson Youth Theatre.434-249-2803 Live Arts.......................... 434-977-4177

Winter Sports Bryce Resort................. 1-800-821-1444 *Massanutten Resort......540-289-9441 1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville massresort.com Family-fun lodging, indoor water park, ski and snowboard packages, dining and golf. See ad pg 151 Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort........................ 304-572-5252 Wintergreen Resort........ 434-325-2200

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Amusement Centers

Cinema

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

Alamo Draft House and Cinema.................... 434-326-5056

*BOUNCE Play-n-Create.................. 434-973-1111 127 Seminole Court bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time on Mon/Wed. See ad pg 35 Cville Escape Room........ 434-566-9499 Fastrax............................. 540-949-5278 Jump Trampoline Park..... 434-284-8248 YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Arts & Craft Studios City Clay.......................... 434-293-0808 Crozet Artisan Depot..... 434-205-4795 Crozet Arts...................... 434-964-6770 Glass Palette, The........... 434-977-9009

Goochland Drive-in Theater............................ 804-457-3456 Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX....................... 844-462-7342 Violet Crown Charlottesville................ 434-529-3000

Excursion Trains *Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad............... 866-651-4296 P.O. Box 44, Durbin, WV wmtn-rail.com Five Mountain Rail Adventures depart the historic depots of Elkins and Durbin, West Virginia, April-December. See ad pg 71 Gypsy Express Mini-Train ...... www.ci.staunton.va.us

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

Farms and Orchards

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

Adventure Farm............. 434-466-3989

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

Back Home on the Farm.......................... 540-442-6493

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

Churches *Aldersgate United Methodist Church........... 434-973-5806 1500 East Rio Road cvaumc.org Offers informal and traditional services with a nursery staffed by child care professionals. See ad pg 109 Charlottesville Vineyard Christian Church............ 434-321-8463 Restoration United Methodist Church.......... 434-973-9077 The Point......................... 434-989-6961 142

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Bees and Trees Farm...... 540-423-9020 Bellair Farm CSA ........... 434-262-9021 Caromont Farm ............. 434-831-1393 *Carter Mountain Orchard........................... 434-977-1833 1435 Carters Mountain Trail chilesfamilyorchards.com Orchard with mountain top views, apple and peach picking, fall activities, hayrides and entertainment. See ad pg 37 Cestari............................. 540-337-7282 Charlottesville City Market ............................ 434-970-3371


Henley’s Orchard............ 434-823-7848

Critzer Family Farm....... 540-241-3305

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

Crown Orchard............... 434-977-0619

Middle Fork Farm........... 434-591-6666

Dickie Brothers Orchard........................... 434-277-5516

Miller Farms Market...... 540-850-5009

Drumheller’s Orchard.... 434-263-5036

Orchardside Farm.......... 540-348-5220

Fitzgerald’s Orchard....... 434-277-5798

Sarah’s Pumpkin Patch.... 540-308-8267

Gold Hill Blueberry Farm................................. 540-222-7954

Saunders Brothers Farm................................. 434-277-5455

Greene Meadows Farm................................. 434-990-1999

Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchard........................... 434-277-5824

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

Spring Valley Orchard.... 434-960-9443

Heartmoor Farm Education Centre.............................. 434-589-2961

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

Hill Top Berry Farm........ 434-361-1266 Kipps Family Grapes and Fruit Farm............... 540-948-4171 Liberty Mills Farms........ 540-882-6293

Morris Orchard............... 434-929-2401

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Featuring... Poetry History Romance Food Travel Mysteries Thrillers Graphic Novels Sci-Fi Children’s Books Teen Lit Current Affairs Biographies Memoirs Science Environment ...plus so much more!

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*Chiles Peach Orchard.... 434-823-1583 1351 Greenwood Road Crozet chilesfamilyorchards.com Orchard & market stand with pick your own apples, peaches, cherries, pumpkins & strawberries. See ad pg 37


Vintage Virginia Apples.............................. 434-297-2326 Wenger Grapes............... 540-943-4956

Festivals *Virginia Festival of the Book...................... 434-924-3296 vabook.org Annual literary festival for all ages and reading interests, produced by the VFH every March. See ad pg 143

*ACAC............................. 434-978-3800 Albemarle Square, Crozet, Downtown & Pantops Locations acac.com Three locations for family fitness, aquatics, parties, after-school enrichment, sports academies and camps. See ad pg 147 Anytime Fitness............. 434-971-5566 Atlantic Sports & Rehab........................... 434-978-4915

Frozen Treats

Boar’s Head Sports Club..................... 434-972-2237

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

Carver Recreation Center.............................. 434-970-3053

*Ben & Jerry’s.................. 434-244-7438 1112 Emmet Street benjerry.com/charlottesville Bloop Frozen Yogurt....... 434-282-2093 Chaps............................... 434-977-4139 Cold Stone Creamery..... 434-529-8526 Dairy Queen.................... 434-964-9595 Kirt’s Homemade Ice Cream........................ 434-202-0306 Kohr Bros......................... 434-975-4651 Kona Ice........................... 434-466-8959 La Flor Michoacana Ice Cream Shop.................... 434-984-1603 Red Mango...................... 434-328-8393 Smoothie King................ 434-975-5464 Splendora’s Gelato......... 434-296-8555 Sweet Frog....................... 434-293-1130

Clay Fitness & Nutrition..................... 434-245-2288 Club Mo Fitness.............. 434-296-6776 Edge................................. 434-817-4286 Gold’s Gym...................... 434-973-1307 J’s Gym............................. 434-923-0497 Jazzercise......................... 434-974-6221 Pilates Center................. 434-978-3609 Posture Studio................ 434-293-7611 Pure Barre....................... 434-245-1119 Rocky Top Climbing....... 434-981-3306 Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center.............................. 434-970-3072 YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Historic Attractions

The Sweet Tooth............. 434-760-0047

Albemarle County Tourism & Adventure Center....... 434-293-6789

Tropical Smoothie Cafe.................................. 434-975-0333

Frontier Culture Museum.......................... 540-332-7850

Health Clubs 9Round Fitness............... 434-974-9000

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Hatton Ferry................... 434-296-1492 James Madison’s Montpelier....................... 540-672-2728


*Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.............................. 434-979-2425 Darden Towe Park lewisandclarkvirginia.org Hands-on activities, such as carpentry, model boat building, journaling, hiking, and compass and GPS games. See ad pg 51 *Madison Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center........... 540-948-4455 110A N Main Street, Madison madisonva.com Hiking, history, artisans, scenery, music & apple harvest festivals, wineries or destination weddings. See ad pg 53

Michie Tavern................. 434-977-1234 *Orange County Department of Tourism...................... 540-672-1653 146 North Madison Road, Orange visitorangevirginia.com Natural, scenic beauty, historic sites, wineries, seasonal festivals, outdoor recreation, dining, first-class accommodations. See ad pg 57 Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello....................... 434-984-9880 University of Virginia..... 434-924-0311 Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum..... 540-885-0897

Museums Amazement Square....... 434-845-1888 Children’s Museum of Richmond................... 804-474-7000

Hands-on Exploration and Discovery for Children 8 & Under

524 E Main St, Charlottesville Mon-Sat, 9:30-5:00 | (434) 977-1025 | vadm.org THANK YOU TO IVY PUBLICATIONS FOR DONATING THIS AD

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*James Monroe’s Highland......................... 434-293-8000 2050 James Monroe Parkway highland.org Offers guided tours, educational programs and private events at the home of the 5th President. Open daily. See ad pg 45


Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum.................. 540-832-2944 James Madison Museum.......................... 540-672-1776

John Paul Jones Arena.... 434-243-4960 Municipal Band of Charlottesville............ 434-295-9850

Science Museum of Virginia........................ 804-864-1400

*Paramount Theater....... 434-979-1333 Downtown Mall theparamount.net Intimate, historic and nonprofit theater offering arts, entertainment and educational events for all ages. See ad pg 145

Scottsville Museum....... 434-286-2247

Sprint Pavilion................ 434-245-4910

Shenandoah Caverns..... 540-477-3115

Tuesday Evening Concerts.......................... 434-244-9505

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection................. 434-244-0234 Ripley’s Believe It or Not!............................. 757-220-9220

UVA Fralin Museum....... 434-924-3592 *Virginia Discovery Museum.......................... 434-977-1025 524 E. Main Street East end of Downtown Mall vadm.org Charlottesville’s only nonprofit children’s museum since 1981 with a hands-on environment for kids 1-8 yrs. See ad pg 145 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts .................... 804-340-1405 Walton’s Mountain Museum.......................... 434-831-2000

UVA McIntire Dept of Music........................... 434-924-3052 Virginia Consort............. 434-244-8444 Youth Orchestra of Ch’ville-Albemarle..... 434-974-7776

Nature Attractions Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau........... 888-489-4144 Appalachian Trail........... 304-535-6331 Blue Ridge Parkway........ 828-298-0398 Caverns of Natural Bridge............................... 540-291-2121

Musical Entertainment

Community Garden....... 434-970-3592

Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra..... 434-924-3139

Crabtree Falls Trail......... 540-291-2188

Charlottesville Municipal Band Youth Ensemble.................................... ....... cmb.youth.ensemble@gmail.com

Fan Mountain Observatory.................... 434-924-7494

Fridays After Five........... 434-245-4910 *Horton Vineyards.......... 540-832-7440 6399 Spotswood Trail, Gordonsville hortonwine.com Enjoy options such as: picnicking, live music, holiday events, family and pets, and more. See ad pg 65 Jefferson Theater............ 434-245-4980 146

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Endless Caverns............. 540-896-2283

Grand Caverns................ 540-249-5705 *John C. Wells Planetarium.................... 540-568-4071 Miller Hall, 91 E. Grace Street, Harrisonburg jmu.edu/planetarium Discover the universe—a totalimmersion-in-space-experience—whether flying through the Milky Way or to a new planet. See ad pg 47


for wherever life takes you.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden............................. 804-262-9887 Luray Caverns................. 540-743-6551 McCormick Observatory.................... 434-924-7494

Skyline Caverns.............. 800-296-4545 Skyline Drive................... 540-999-3500 Wildlife Center of Virginia........................ 540-942-9453

Natural Bridge................ 800-533-1410

Wintergreen Nature Foundation...................... 434-325-8169

Natural History Center & Children’s Nature Trail..................... 434-361-0271

Parks & Playgrounds

*Orange County Department of Tourism...................... 540-672-1653 146 North Madison Road, Orange visitorangevirginia.com Natural beauty, historic sites, wineries, seasonal festivals, outdoor recreation, dining, accommodations. See ad pg 57 Ragged Mountain Natural Area................................. 434-973-7772 Shenandoah Caverns..... 540-477-3115 Shenandoah National Park.................................. 540-999-3500

Albemarle County Parks & Recreation................... 434-296-5844 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation................... 434-970-3260 Community Garden....... 434-970-3592 Wildrock.......................... 434-825-8631

Radio & TV Entertainment Charlottesville NPR .................. npr.org

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Meadows Recreation Center.............................. 434-296-5844

WMRA - NPR................... 540-568-6221

Rockfish Valley Comm. Center................ 434-361-0100

*WVPT - PBS................... 800-345-9878 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg wvpt.net The Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia’s public television station. See ad pg 149

Scottsville Comm. Center.............................. 434-296-5844

Recreation Centers Carver Recreation Center.............................. 434-970-3053 Crow Center.................... 434-977-3977 Greenwood Comm. Center.............................. 434-296-5844 Key West Center............. 434-293-8273 Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center............. 434-582-3539

Tonsler Park Recreation Center.............................. 434-296-1857 Washington Park Rec Center.............................. 434-970-5073

Spectator Sports Lynchburg Hillcats Baseball........................... 434-528-1144 Richmond Kickers Soccer.............................. 804-644-5425 TomSox Baseball...... info@tomsox.org UVA Athletics.................. 800-542-8821 Virginia Polo Center....... 434-979-0293

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Tell Us A Tale Radio Show................................ 434-978-3603


Theater

Six Flags of America...... 301-249-1500

American Shakespeare Center & Blackfriars Playhouse...... 540-885-5588

Water Country USA, Williamsburg.................. 800-343-7946

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

Travel

Concert Ballet of Virginia........................ 804-798-0945 DMR Adventures............ 434-203-6314 Four County Players....... 540-832-5355 Gorilla Theater Productions..................... 434-547-7986 Hamner Theater, The..... 434-960-5936 Jefferson Youth Theatre.434-249-2803 Live Arts.......................... 434-977-4177 Offstage Theatre............. 434-244-8432 *Paramount Theater....... 434-979-1333 Downtown Mall theparamount.net Intimate, historic and nonprofit theater offering arts, entertainment and educational events for all ages. See ad pg 145 PVCC Fine Arts & Performance............... 434-961-5376 UVA Drama Dept............ 434-924-3326 Virginia Repertory Theatre............................ 804-282-2620 Wayne Theatre............... 540-943-9999 Wintergreen Performing Arts.................................. 434-325-8292

Theme Parks Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.................. 800-343-7946 Great Wolf Lodge Water Park...................... 800-551-9653 Kings Dominion.............. 804-876-5000 Massanutten Water Park.................................. 540-289-9441

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*Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad............... 866-651-4296 PO Box 44, Durbin, WV mtn-rail.com Five Mountain Rail Adventures depart the historic depots of Elkins and Durbin, West Virginia, April-December. See ad pg 71 *Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters............. 434-977-1415 Millmont Shops, 1043 Millmont Street peacefrogstravel.com Full-service travel agency and outfitter specializing in leisure travel and custom travel experiences. See ad pg 113 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park-Natural Bridge....... 540-291-2727

Water Fun Albemarle County Parks & Rec............................... 434-296-5844 Beaver Creek Lake.......... 434-296-5844 Belmont Park Spray Ground............................ 434-970-3260 Chris Greene Lake.......... 434-296-5844 City of Staunton Pool Gypsy Hill........................ 540-886-6846 Forest Hills Park Spray Ground............................ 434-970-3260 Greenleaf Park Spray Ground............................ 434-970-3260 James River Reeling & Rafting......................... 434-286-4386 James River Runners...... 434-286-2338 Mint Springs Lake.......... 434-823-5889


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

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

Walnut Creek Lake......... 434-296-5844

Smithsonian National Zoo................................... 202-633-4888

Rivanna River Company ........................ 434-218-2052

Washington Park Pool.... 434-977-2607 YMCA............................... 434-974-9622

Virginia Safari Park........ 540-291-3205

Zoos Luray Zoo........................ 540-743-4113 Maymont......................... 804-358-7166

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Sherando Lake................ 540-291-2188

*Natural Bridge Zoo....... 540-291-2420 5784 South Lee Highway naturalbridgezoo.com Zoo hosts a large collection of rare and endangered species, petting area & special activities. See ad pg 61

Onesty Family Aquatic Center.............................. 434-295-7532


ADVERTISER INDEX 3 Cats Photo......................................103

Children’s Garden Preschool.............. 116

ACAC................................................. 147

Circa...................................................109

Albemarle Center for Family Medicine.........................................87

Community Dental Center...................86

Albemarle Montessori Children's Community................................... 122

Covenant School, The........................ 126

Albemarle Square Family Healthcare......................................88 Albemarle Therapy Center...................97 Albert Family Dentistry........................82 Aldersgate United Methodist Church..........................................109 AstroCamp................................. 130, 133 Blue Ridge Music Together................. 139 Bounce Play-n-Create..........................35 Camp Alleghany................................ 130 Camp Friendship................................ 131 Camp Motorsport.............................. 134 Capitol Sheds..................................... 112 Carter Mountain Orchard & Chiles Peach Orchard......................37 Cavalier Wrestling Club...................... 139 Chancellor Street Preschool Co-Operative................................ 119 Charlottesville Catholic School........... 124 Charlottesville City Schools................ 127 Charlottesville Dermatology................91 Charlottesville ENT Associates.............90 Charlottesville Orthodontics................94 Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry........86 Charlottesville Waldorf School........... 121

Cook, Kathryn DDS..............................84 Crozet Family Dental............................85 Cville Inflatables with Superfun Attractions........................................3 Domino's Pizza...................................100 Feast!...................................................69 First Tee of the Blue Ridge, The.......... 137 Free Union Country School ............... 119 Frost Montessori School..................... 120 Great Harvest Bread Co..................... 110 Grymes Memorial School................... 124 Heppner Family Chiropractic................82 Horton Vineyards.................................65 Infant & Toddler Connection...............97 International School of Ch'ville.......... 120 Ivy Road Family Solutions....................83 James Monroe’s Highland....................45 Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ltd..............................89 Jen Fariello Photography....................104 John C. Wells Planetarium...................47 Kids Lift Foundation........................... 114 Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center........ 51 Little Gym, The.................................. 135 Madison Chamber & Visitor's Center.............................................53


Massanutten Resort........................... 151

Wahoo Tutors.................................... 126

Meadowcreek Golf............................ 149

Wegmans..................................... 92, 111

Med Spa of Virginia Total Wellness Center..............................93

West Virginia Mountain Rail Adventures...................................... 71

Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool................. 116

WVPT-PBS......................................... 149

Montessori School of Charlottesville............................... 122 Mountaintop Montessori................... 117 Natural Bridge Zoo............................... 61 North Branch School.......................... 116 Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates.......................................90 Orange County Dept of Tourism..........57 P. Buckley Moss...................................63 Paramount Theater, The.................... 145 Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters............ 113 Pediatric Associates of Ch'ville.............89 Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry...............84 Pony Academy, The........................... 137 PowerPlay..........................................100 Rebecca's Natural Food............... 94, 110 Robert Radifera Photography............103 Sentara Healthcare..............................95 Shenanigans....................................... 114 SOCA................................................. 134 St. Anne's-Belfield School.................. 125 Tandem Friends School...................... 123 Vintage Swings.................................. 112 Virginia Discovery Museum............... 145 Virginia Festival of the Book.............. 143

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CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide 2018  

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CharlottesvilleFamily Ultimate Go-To Guide 2018  

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