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Welcome to We are excited to celebrate our 18th year of CharlottesvilleFamily, an adventure that started when Robin, a soon-to-be first-time mom in 1998, imagined a way to collect and share the many wonderful resources and experiences she was finding in the Charlottesville community. She envisioned a hub to connect us all. With that vision, she created the AlbemarleKids.com website and within a year was joined by Jen as co-publisher and the rest, as they say, is history. We changed our name to AlbemarleFamily in 2004, introduced our lovable bee mascot, Bumble, and expanded the magazine from quarterly to ten times per year, and soon after we advanced to a monthly publication. In 2012, we embraced the name of CharlottesvilleFamily to keep up with our community’s expanding views (and make life a little simpler for our out-oftown clients). In 2016, we added Bloom to our publication’s name, making it CharlottesvilleFamily’s Bloom magazine. We’ve continued to add to our line of publications 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 on page 29 and ideas for exploring the treasures in and around Central Virginia on page 75—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

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the biggest employer in our area. It’s also a great draw for sports fans, who turn out in droves to cheer on the UVA Cavaliers. The big domed building, 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!)

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

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

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

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How Do You Spark Your Child’s Love of Learning? The Standards of Learning—just say those words and you will see your kids wince. Say the words again, this time in a room full of parents, and you’re likely to get the 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 that will enrich your daytrip adventures on the next page.

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

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

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

Play the old-fashioned way.

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

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

Travel by the numbers.

Reading maps with your kids and planning the outing together is a great way to do math without being academic. How many miles is it from Charlottesville to Luray? If we set out at 9:30am and the drive is 42 minutes, what time will we arrive? If admission is $3 per person and we have 4 people in our family, how much will it cost? These sorts of puzzles give real life meaning to all of those workbook pages full of sums and dividends.

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

Let your kids be “know-it-alls.”

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

Enlist a co-pilot.

First-hand experiences of our country’s landmarks can spark a lifelong love of history, and planning them can be part of your child’s education. As 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, which were taken from journals and letters.

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

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Out & About After 18 years, CharlottesvilleFamily continues to unearth hundreds of fun and family-friendly things to do in the Central Virginia region. Because of Charlottesville’s location on the map, we have the opportunity to connect families with just about anywhere in the state, all within three hours or less, and we continue to revisit and explore the area for you! We have become your ultimate go-to source for calendars of special events, local news impacting kids and all of the resources a family needs.


Out & About First things first.

Charlottesville doesn’t lack in the area of entertainment and activities. Our Daytrips section includes overviews of over 50 tried and true, not-to-be-missed outings throughout Charlottesville and central Virginia. Packed with an assortment of activities for children of all ages—from parks and playgrounds to special seasonal attractions and funfilled festivals—families can enjoy a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains one day and a world-class theatrical performance or national music act the next. We introduce you to museums, historical sites, artsy galleries and workshops, outdoor adventures and much much more. This invaluable section also highlights some of our favorite quirky, off-the-beaten path attractions that are sure to surprise and delight you and your little ones! We won’t avert your attention any longer, but rather encourage you to jump right in to the fantastic and family-friendly daytrips your family should explore this year. Enjoy! Explore More Discovery

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Leesburg Animal Park Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center

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Madison County Main Street Arena The Market at Grelen Massanutten Resort & Water Park Maymont McGuffey Art Center Monticello Montpelier Natural Bridge & Native American Village New River Trail State Park Orange County P. Buckley Moss Gallery Piedmont Family YMCA Ragged Mountain Reservoir Route 11 Chips Science Museum of Virginia Shenandoah National Park Sherando Lake Smithsonian National Zoo State Arboretum of Virginia The Paramount Theater Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Virginia Discovery Museum

D.C. Excursions 42 Indoor Recreation 54 Gone Fishin’ 66 Best of Ch’ville 75 Rainy-Day Activities Around Town Downtown Mall Green Space Artsy Outings Sporty Fun A Touch of History Glorious Night Sky

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Virginia Safari Parks Virginia State Capitol Virginia State Parks White Oak Lavendar Farms Williamsburg Woodrow Wilson Presidential

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

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Looking for a place where you can 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 zip-line. 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.com • (434) 845-1888

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

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Tip! After enjoying Shakespeare at Blackfriar’s Playhouse, get moving with Traipse, a new app created by Staunton local Darren Smith. The free smartphone app takes your family on a themed tour of downtown Staunton filled with riddles and trivia based on each location you visit. Unlock cool facts and challenge your mind all while exploring Staunton’s history and culture. traipse.com

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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 preshow to entertain you while you wait. Four new shows will be featured this 2016-17 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. ascstaunton.com • (540) 851-1733

Bounce, Play-n-Create (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Exciting changes are underway at the former Bounce-n-Play. Now owned by the current owners of The Happy Cook, be on the lookout for a remodeled Toddler Room and 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 wall mural of the City of Charlottesville. For children ages 3 and under, there is a large closed-off area for your little ones to safely play—complete with a ball pit. New this year, kids ages 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

Bryce Resort (Mt. Jackson) 1–2 hour drive With year-round activities for the family, the Resort offers amenities both indoors and outdoors that cater to the season. Available during the spring, summer and fall seasons are twohour guided zip-line tours, a rock climbing wall, mini golf, grass skiing/mountain boarding, scenic hiking and tubing, paddleboats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks on Lake Laura. Bryce Resort is also the only lift-accessed mountain bike resort in Virginia and offers eight scenic trails for all levels with bike and gear rentals available. Season and day passes are available all-year round along with casual and fine dining opportunities, a golf shop and a ski boutique. bryceresort.com • (540) 856-2121

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“We went to the peach festival at Carter’s Mountain when my oldest son was not quite two. He had a blast playing all of the carnival games and even won a peach-which he promptly got all over himself!” –Sarah Wright

C&O Railway Heritage Center (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. candoheritage.org • (540) 862-8653

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(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Carter Mountain invites you to pick your own fruit throughout the year with special events like the Thursday Evening Sunset Series, Spring Fling Festival, Peach Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and more. You’ll find peaches, nectarines and apples along with pumpkins in the fall. Be sure to stop in Aunt Sarah’s Bakery to satisfy your taste buds with a homemade apple cider donut—an annual favorite. You will also find baked pies, cookies, apple cider and more in the bakery to take home with you, or enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone before heading out. Lunch foods are available at the Mountain Grill, and Grandma’s Country Store is a good last-minute stop before heading home. cartermountainorchard.com • (434) 977-1833

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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

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Chiles Peach Orchard (Crozet) 0–1 hour drive Pick your own fun in Crozet. Chiles Peach Orchard has much more than just peaches and will keep you and the kids entertained (and full!) all day. Open from May until Thanksgiving, check out the Fruit Availability Chart on their website to explore when strawberries, apples, nectarines, sweet cherries and peaches will be available throughout the season. Head out to Chiles before Halloween, 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. In early August, they host Homemade Peach Ice Cream Days with homemade ice cream from their famous peaches and will have you and your kids licking your lips for more. Explore the In the Kitchen section for recipe ideas that include your freshly picked fruit. chilespeachorchard.com • (434) 823-1583

“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

Crabtree Falls (Montebello) 1–2 hour drive

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Depending on whom you believe, Crabtree Falls is either the tallest waterfall along the Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the tallest waterfall in the Southeast or the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. At any rate, it is an impressive site, featuring a total vertical drop of 1,200 feet in a series of cascades. The Forest Service has significantly improved the infrastructure in recent years. Gravel paths, wooden stairs, a beautiful 110-foot laminated bridge over the Tye River, observation decks and safety railings have been added to increase accessibility, enjoyment and safety, particularly important as the algae-covered rocks on the fall are notoriously dangerous. Be sure to check out the Crabtree Falls Campground, as it is known as “Virginia’s Best Kept Secret.” nelsoncounty.com

Dinosaur Land 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 east—for an old-time, classic roadside adventure. Here in White Post in the Shenandoah Valley, 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-

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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

Dixie Caverns and Pottery Shop (Salem) 2–3 hour drive Descend deep into the enthralling passageways of caverns thousands of years old or stay above ground and explore the pottery shop and antique mall with over 40 dealers selling collectibles, jewelry and crafts. Dixie Caverns is open 363 days a year, with guided cavern tours from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. You will find one-of-a-kind knick-knacks and antiques, and if you’re traveling light, the personable staff can ship your treasures home. The Rock and Mineral Shop boasts unique stones ranging from a few cents to thousands of dollars. Campers are welcome at the Dixie Caverns Campground, which offers electricity, water, cable TV, space for tents and a bathhouse. The campground is also open year around, seven days a week, for family adventures. dixiecaverns.com • (540) 380-2085

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad (Elkins and Durbin, West Virginia) 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 four refurbished and historic locomotives that depart from either Elkins or 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). Check the calendar for Wild West adventures and a holiday Polar Express train that visits Santa at the North Pole. After your ride, stick around and visit the local shops and restaurants in the beautiful downtown area. Reservations are encouraged, so call ahead to schedule your adventure! mountainrailwv.com • (877) 686-7245

Explore More Discovery Museum (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive This intimate Shenandoah Valley museum understands that children learn by exploring their surroundings. Their appreciation for children’s’ broad spectrum of learning, inspires their visual, auditory and tactile exhibits with which little ones can engage 38

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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 theatre, complete with curtains, costumes and lighting that pint-sized stagehands can manage. This museum packs a lot of learning and fun into its cozy confines, and admission is free on the first Friday of each month between 4–7 p.m. Check out their website for special events and the perks of a membership. iexploremore.com • (540) 442-8900

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 for this year’s public nights. astro.virginia.edu • (434) 924-7494

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(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 Early America, England, Ireland, West Africa, Germany and Virginia, which have been carefully documented, dismantled, transported to the Staunton site and restored. An American Indian hamlet opened recently. Visitors to the museum will learn about the Old World origins of this country’s first immigrants, including how they lived in their homeland and how their diverse culture molded our country. There’s a lot to see, so be sure to set aside a whole afternoon for your visit. Hands-on exhibits and experiences, costumed interpreters and real working farms make this a great time for the whole family. Special events throughout the year make it worth planning seasonal visits. Be sure to check their website for dates and themes for the Toddler & Pre-schooler Frontier Time program. Water and shady rest stations are available along the walking loop. frontiermuseum.org • (540) 332-7850

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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

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

Humpback Rocks & Mountain Farm Trail (Afton) 0–1 hour drive This short, easy trail winds through an 1890s farm, complete with log cabin, chicken coop, honey tree, springhouse, garden and more. The best chance to catch the living history demonstrations and live bluegrass concerts is to visit weekends during warm weather (during winter, most facilities are closed, although the trail remains open). For those who are daring and limber, just across the road at milepost 6.0 is the trail up to Humpback Rocks, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of both the Shenandoah and Rockfish valleys. The initial walking is along steep but easy terrain with numerous benches, making it doable for most. The last stretch of the trail up to the rocks is (continued on pg. 44) CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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D.C. Excursions A Roadtrip Through Washington D.C. Tried and true, Washington, D.C., offers attractions and activities that are guaranteed to suit all of your family’s interests. At any given time of the year, there is something special to do in the capital. With Charlottesville being only a couple of hours south of Washington D.C., you can pack up the gang and take advantage of this iconic, Virginia day trip— full of enriching opportunities!

If you have older kids in tow, head to the International Spy Museum, where they can take on new secret identities from the ever-mysterious world of international espionage. Since opening in 2002, this fun, interactive museum has been the only museum in the United States dedicated entirely to espionage, while possessing the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display. For a well-rounded option that will enrich and educate the entire family, make a day out of exploring the

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Smithsonian Institution—an extensive series of museums, galleries and collections that comprise “the nation’s attic,” conveniently located en route with many of the must-see monuments of the United States. If you haven’t been to the (free!) Smithsonian’s National Zoo in the last few years, consider revisiting it with your kiddies, as it is an essential part of every child’s Smithsonian experience. The grounds, which are hilly, and the weather are the two most important factors to take into account when planning your trip. When the weather is milder, the animals are out where they can be spotted and photographed for adorable keepsakes your little ones will love.

When you’re ready to cool off (or warm up depending on what time of the year you’re visiting), venture into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum & the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to tour and let your little ones explore the world of aviation and outer space. Countless artifacts, exhibits and even interactive learning sessions and lectures are offered at the museum and center. Or, if your gang is more interested in learning about


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a broader range of topics, check out the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. There, you will find exciting displays like a live coral reef, Neanderthal reconstructions and large mammal and butterfly exhibits. Dinosaurs are currently on view in the new exhibit “The Last American Dinosaurs” on the second floor of the museum. The whole gang will be on board with this excursion. For something seasonal, consider making a special trek to Washington, D.C., for one of its many festivals, holiday displays or annual events, where the family can also ice skate, sample seasonal treats and more. Two popular, family-friendly favorites include the National Cherry Blossom Festival each spring, which celebrates the United States’ relationship with Japan, and the National Christmas Tree Lighting, where the President kicks off the holiday season via a timeless tradition.

National Children’s Museum ncm.museum (301) 392-2400 International Spy Museum spymuseum.org (202) 393-7798 Smithsonian Institution si.edu (202) 633-1000 Smithsonian’s National Zoo nationalzoo.si.edu (202) 633-4888 Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum airandspace.si.edu (202) 633-2214 Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History naturalhistory.si.edu (202) 633-1000 National Cherry Blossom Festival nationalcherryblossomfestival.org (877) 442-5666 National Christmas Tree Lighting thenationaltree.org (202) 796-2500

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narrow and requires a bit of scrambling but the views make it well worth the hike. As always, encourage kids to be cautious— and supervise them well—for a safe, fun outing. nps.gov/blri • (540) 377-2377

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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. Charlottesville’s Rivanna River Co., paddling outfitter and guide service, offers family fun on the scenic Rivanna River. rrkayakco.com, rivannarivercompany. com

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Since opening in 2002, not only has the International Spy Museum been the only museum in the United States focused entirely on espionage, but it has also possessed the largest collection of international espionage artifacts on public display. If your kids are fans of the James Bond series, they won’t want to miss some of the unique items on display, including 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.) The museum is within a few blocks of the National Mall, the National Portrait Gallery and FBI Headquarters. spymuseum.org • (202) 393-7798

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

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FREE SHOWS Every Saturday! Sept. thru June visit www.jmu.edu/ planetarium for more info!

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James Monroe’s Highland, photo by Jennifer Jones

James Monroe Highland (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive James Monroe’s Highland, the beloved home of our country’s fifth president, was purchased so Monroe could be close to his good friend Thomas Jefferson. This 535-acre estate includes house displays of art and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and daily tours that share Monroe’s ideals and contributions to the United States. Stroll through historic boxwood gardens, explore the outbuildings, visit with farm animals and admire breathtaking panoramic views. Especially with the recent archeological discovery of the foundation 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, visit Monticello, have lunch at the Michie Tavern and hang out and tour James Monroe’s Highland—they’re all in the same neighborhood. highland.org • (434) 293-9539

John C. Wells Planetarium (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive Charlottesville stargazers are lucky to have free, twice-monthly public nights at the McCormick Observatory on Grounds and twice-annual public nights at Fan Mountain Observatory (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 can view the sun through special solar telescopes. All public shows are free in the 72-seat auditorium. Free parking on Saturday afternoons. jmu.edu/planetarium • (540) 568-4071

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

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“Daytrips to the tree house, butterfly exhibit, and splash park at Lewis Ginter Botantical Gardens in the summer are a fond memory. In the colder months, we enjoy going to see the train exhibit and festival of lights at the gardens. Grandma and Grandpa joined us so it was intergenerational fun as well.”

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pony (or a camel on the weekends at 2:30 p.m.) or catch a live animal show to experience the animals up close. Complete with a picnic area and playground, Leesburg Animal Park is fun for the whole family. There is also an indoor area that is open yearround 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 (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive 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. Group reservations are welcome. 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, 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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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. The GardenFest of Lights, complete with illuminated trains, is a special treat each holiday season. If you get hungry, there are seasonally and garden-inspired 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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Lucky Lake Gem and Mineral Mine of Virginia Here’s an activity that’s fun for all ages. Discover some earthly treasures at Lucky Lake Gem and Mineral Mine. Get your screening material and then take a seat along the partially covered 100-foot flume line, which is open rain or shine. Begin sifting through your dirt and watch in amazement as colorful rocks and minerals materialize and the water washes them clean. Knowledgeable helpers nearby will identify your “finds,” free of charge. If you’d like, you can have the stones graded and cut by Lucky Lake’s professional gemologist and stone cutter and put into a piece of jewelry for years of enjoyment. Just remember to wear old clothes because you’re going to get wet and dirty. But heck, that’s part of the fun. There’s a picnic area, too, if you want to pack a lunch. luckylakeva.com • (804) 478-5468

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Luray Zoo 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 the petting zoo offered. lurayzoo.com • (540) 743-4113

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Madison County (Madison) 0–1 hour drive There is no shortage of activities in the Madison community. Check out the Madison County Chamber website for a full description of events and destinations, including 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 both you and the kiddos will love. 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 CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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stables for pony rides and lead lines for the kids. Escape to some of Virginia’s favorite wineries, including Prince Michel Vineyards, which features a “see through” tasting room and vast lawns for picnics, or DuCard Vineyards, Virginia’s only solar-powered winery. Community events including tractor pulls, parades, fairs and Fall Family Fun Days are just a few of the upcoming events. Looking to escape for more than a day? The area has a variety of B&Bs, luxury cabins and inns that make you feel right at home nestled into the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. madison-va.com • (540) 948-4455

Main Street Arena (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive The perfect space for a variety of activities, Main Street Arena can be an ice park one day and a Mixed Martial Arts arena the next. The arena offers both winter sports (figure skating, hockey and curling) as well as summer sports (soccer, lacrosse, inline hockey and ultimate Frisbee). Skating classes are offered for ages ranging from ages 3 to adult. The versatile arena is also available to rent for large parties, live music, receptions or any other type of event. mainstarena.com • (434) 817-2400

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The breathtaking Market at Grelen invites families to celebrate the beautiful outdoors along with the farm-to-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 Café where The Market at Grelen’s specialty chef creates a unique menu by making use of Grelen Garden produce and other local farm and business products. And finally, wind down with a leisurely hike on the connector trail linking Grelen to James Madison’s Montpelier, or check out the Garden Shop which offers visitors an impressive selection of gardening tools and materials. The Market at Grelen also offers a new event venue that can accommodate all of your needs. themarketatgrelen.com • (540) 672-5462

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Casual Cafe * Event Venue * Garden Shop Hiking Trails * Pick-Your-Own Fruit * Workshops Homemade Ice Cream * Local Fare * Va Beer, Cider & Wine

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Massanutten Resort & Water Park (McGaheysville) 1–2 hour drive Snow sports in the winter, including skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a special Slope Sliders instructional program for children, are great outings at Massanutten. 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 multi-story interactive water fortress called the Massanutten Meltdown, with water cannons, five slides and a giant tipping bucket sure to get everyone doused. The resort’s newest addition is a bike park located adjacent to the newly renovated ski lodge and Base Camp umbrella bar. Outdoors from Memorial Day to Labor Day lies more watery excitement, from the Whitecaps Wave Pool to the 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 yearly festival dates. massresort.com • (540) 289-9441

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

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

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Have Fun While Helping Animals! Luray Zoo is a Rescue Zoo, dedicated to providing animals with a loving and caring home. The zoo is privately owned and operated by Mark and Christine Kilby. Luray Zoo receives no government funding. All admission and gift shop sales goes directly to help support and care for all the animals at Luray Zoo. The Zoo receives animals that are retired zoo animals, unwanted exotic pets, confiscations, and sadly occasionally abused animals. Luray Zoo offers one of the largest venomous snake collections on the east coast, outside exhibits where you can get up close with the zoo animals, as well as a petting zoo. During the summer the zoo offers educational shows on the weekends that are included in the admission price.

March 25, 2016 through October 31, 2016 the Zoo is open daily 10am-5pm, including holidays. Check back for winter hours (November through start of March) Please remember that Luray Zoo has the right to close without notice. In the event of snow/bad weather check website or call before driving out to make sure we are still open.

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Indoor Rec An active and healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things you can provide for your family, and with choices like a massive indoor trampoline park, a familyfriendly ice skating rink and a public rock climbing facility, we think you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get your loved ones moving without any complaints. Turn to the wide array of indoor recreational activities offered locally to keep the whole gang entertained.

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. (434) 978-3999, amf.com Bounce Play-n-Create (Charlottesville), designed for children ages 1-12, provides the perfect indoor play setting. With rooms and activities dedicated to different levels and kinds of play, it really caters to your children’s individual needs. Check out the Bounce Room, filled with slides big and small and obstacles that allow room for kids to run, jump, climb and bounce around 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. (434) 973-1111, bounceplayncreate.com Carver Recreation Center (Charlottesville) is an ideal place to take friends and family members for a free roller skating session on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon. Be sure

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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, Carver Recreation Center is also a wonderful go-to for classes and open gym sessions that can accommodate all age groups. Each year, the center offers over 600 art, enrichment, fitness, dance and gymnastics classes. (434) 970-3053, charlottesville.org EDGE (Charlottesville) studio specializes in cycling, yoga and sports performance classes and conditioning. Get into the swing of the active lifestyle we all dream of with an abundance of fitness courses, specific to various needs and styles of athleticism for children and adults. The spin studio at EDGE challenges participants to their 50-minute ride sessions, and three different types of yoga classes, specific to spiritual or physical growth (or both), are dedicated to meeting the needs of all kinds of yogis, and conditioning classes are centered on pushing you to your limits. Athletic Development and Performance Training (ADAPT) sessions will keep your family’s athletes on track. No membership is required. (434) 817-4286, edgecville.com


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Fastrax (Waynesboro) is a local favorite for go-karting in the area. The kids can also play a round of miniature golf, 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 suit all ages and interests will keep you coming back to this one. (540) 949-5278, fastraxfun.com Jump (Charlottesville) is a 20,000-squarefoot, indoor trampoline park that serves as a safe environment for the whole family to let loose. 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 hoops and even a dodge ball court where friendly competition is encouraged. Family members of all ages will have a blast getting their hearts pumping. Just be sure to respect the facility’s safety rules and safety guidelines. (434) 284-8248, jumpcville.com Main Street Arena (Charlottesville) offers a terrific ice skating arena for chilly winter days when you and your loved ones feel like going on a seasonal outing. Better yet, wait for a hot-weather day when you need a cool place to keep the kids and yourself entertained for a few hours. Main Street Arena holds public skate hours throughout

the year, with specific dates and times posted online. The cost is only $10 per person and $6 for kids ages 8 and under, and 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. The arena offers a discount for groups of 10 or more who want to ice skate, so plan ahead and take advantage of this super fun and affordable excursion. (434) 817-2400, mainstarena.com Rocky Top Climbing (Charlottesville) offers Charlottesville’s only public climbing and bouldering facility. Come try out a series of challenging courses that are changed regularly, so all levels of climbers can find a course appropriate for their skill level. 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 for people who prefer to work out in a more traditional form. No matter what activity you choose, you’re guaranteed a fun work out. (434) 981-3306, rockytopclimbing.com

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(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Recognized as a historic building, the McGuffey Art Center is a community of local artists, located just five minutes from the Downtown Mall. The center is home to artists’ studios and three galleries, making it the largest art display center in Charlottesville. The building was built as a high school in 1916; but after renovations, the light and spacious classrooms were transformed into studios rented out by over 40 local artists. The center also offers a wide range of art classes for adults and teens (including watercolor, modeling clay and wax, sculpture and figure drawing) taught by members of the McGuffey Art Association. Exhibits are hosted each month in the galleries. You can find the full exhibit schedule on the website. mcguffeyartcenter.com • (434) 295-7973

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Writing about his beloved home, Thomas Jefferson said, “I am as happy no where else and in no other society, and all my wishes end, where I hope my days will end, at Monticello.” His clever inventions abound, from the Great Clock in the hallway that ingeniously marks the days of the week as well as hours with a system of pulleys, to the polygraph copying machine used for his many famous letters and the dumbwaiter that brought food quickly up to the dining room from the basement kitchen. The house tour takes you through the first-floor rooms where you can peek at Jefferson’s book collection, learn about his government work and see the original home furnishings. At this designated World Heritage site, the guides pride themselves in 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 handson discovery space for children. monticello.org • (434) 984-9822

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The P Buckley Moss Gallery located in historic downtown Waynesboro, a quick drive from the from the top of Afton Mountain. The gallery offers the most extensive collection of artwork by America’s most celebrated living artist, P Buckley Moss. For the young at heart, count the mice in our oversized doll house to earn a sticker.

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

P Buckley Moss Gallery 329 West Main Street, Waynesboro, VA (540) 949-6473

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(Montpelier Station) 0–1 hour drive After an extensive restoration project, visitors to Montpelier can experience the way it looked when 4th President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, inhabited its walls in 1820. The 2,750-acre estate now resembles its former glory in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A 15-minute theater presentation will introduce you to the Madisons, giving you a sense of the whole estate and all it includes before experiencing it on your own. Go back in time by participating in hands-on outdoor cooking, strolling the formal gardens, investigating the archaeological digs or hiking the 400-acre Landmark forest trails. Continue to learn more about the Constitution, James Madison and Montpelier as you explore the many buildings, farmland, courses and family and slave cemeteries. The Visitors’ Center also houses “The Treasures of Montpelier” exhibit with original Madison items. montpelier.org • (540) 672-2728

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“We had a great day as a family exploring Natural Bridge and ended with a yummy dinner at Pure Eats.”

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One of the oldest tourist destinations in the United States, the Natural Bridge was formed when a cavern collapsed and left the span that stands today. Standing at 215 feet tall and 90 feet wide, it is actually higher than Niagara Falls. George Washington’s initials can still be seen in the wall after he surveyed the property in 1750. A Native American Village is also on-site where visitors can learn about Native American life over 300 years ago. Group day tours are welcome, and combinations of interactive programs 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 • (800) 533-1410

New River Trail State Park (Max Meadows) 3–4 hour drive Get outdoors and hike, bike or horseback ride. The New River Trail State Park is a 57-mile long park and offers guided horseback trips, canoe and bike rentals, boat launches, a horse arena and gift shop. The trail, which follows an abandoned railroad and the New River, is the perfect place for people of all

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ages to experience nature. Cool off while tubing the New River, or stay overnight at one of the four designated campgrounds. The river is teeming with every major freshwater fish in the state, including largemouth bass, rock bass, catfish and bluegill, so the avid fisherman will have no trouble reeling in a few big ones. The park is open from dawn to dusk and has nearby scenic shelters that seat up to 70 people. Looking to stay for a few days? Nearby attractions include wineries, shopping and dining hotspots, museums and more trails. dcr.virginia.gov • (276) 699-6778

Orange County There is something for everyone in your family in Orange. The numerous attractions include history, swimming, wineries and even skydiving! If you can’t get enough of our founding fathers, don’t stop with Montpelier and Monticello, head out to the James Madison Museum to learn more, or visit other sites like the beautiful Ellwood Manor or Gilmore Cabin. See the countryside from horseback at Oakland Heights Farm or from a horse drawn wagon at the “Percherons of Montpelier.” Take in the beautiful scenery at Liberty Mills Farm and get lost in their famous corn maze during the fall—the largest on the east coast! The Civil War Museum and Barboursville ruins give you a sense of Virginia’s rich history. Round off the trip by exploring Lake Anna and take the kids fishing at Lake Orange Angler’s Landing. Thrill seekers can learn to skydive with trained professionals and parachute to Orange’s rolling fields with Skydive Orange! visitorangevirginia.edu • (540) 672-1653

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P. Buckley Moss Gallery P. Buckley Moss, Virginia’s most famous living artist, continues to be inspired by the scenery and the simple lifestyle of the Amish and Mennonite communities. Her art is distinctive with its subject matter focused on country life at its finest as she considers landscapes, lifestyles and traditions to hold important messages for modern society. Look out for special events happening throughout the year. The gallery sits in a historic building built in the late 1890s and used to house a local hotel. The tin ceilings and dark-wood floors complete the experience of the artwork. Young visitors can also enjoy seeing her doll house collection. Best of all, about four times a year, Pat hosts a gallery day to visit with fans and sign autographs. Local restaurants are within walking distance to make the trip complete. pbuckleymoss.com • (540) 949-6473

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Piedmont Family YMCA (Charlottesville and Crozet) 0–1 hour drive Let the kids burn off some energy at the local Y! With two locations coming to Crozet Park and McIntire in summer 2017, there will be plenty of activities for the whole family. The Crozet Park location will be equipped with two pools, two basketball courts, exercise studios and a family fun zone. The McIntire location 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

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

Ragged Mountain Reservoir (Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive The perfect place for kayaking, canoeing or fishing! This 170acre lake inside the Ragged Mountain Natural Area is open from sunrise to sunset, giving you the perfect option for a calm outdoor daytrip. The lake serves as the water supply reservoir for the City of Charlottesville and is stocked with largemouth bass and bluegill. The surrounding natural area is filled with wildlife as well as a 5.9-mile challenging trail loop that is accessible year-round. Other trails include the Round Top and Lake View that give you a stunning view of the natural scenery. Boats are permitted, but no rentals are offered, so bring the family kayaks. Be sure to use caution, as there is no boat ramp. Parking is scarce, so be sure to carpool. virginia.gov • (804) 367-1000

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window while they create their chip masterpieces, including their Dill Chip voted “Best Chip to Eat with a Burger” by Real Simple magazine. There are many unusual flavors—the brave can try Mama Zuma’s Habanero, and all are free of trans fat, MSG, preservatives and cholesterol. No formal factory tours are offered; the best time to see the action is in the morning through early afternoon. rt11.com • (800) 294-SPUD

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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 theatre will make you feel as if you are part of the action (separate charge). Lectures, special events, astronomy activities and many workshops are posted on their website. Be sure to also visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond, which is right next door. smv.org • (800) 659-1727

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 back-country 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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(Stuarts Draft) 0–1 hour drive Known as the jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sherando Lake is tucked away within the George Washington National Forest. The area has two lakes, with a recreation area between them. The lower 25-acre spring-fed lake has a 200-yard sandy beach, shaded play area, bathhouses with warm showers and a wading area for children. Boating is allowed, and the lake is stocked with trout, bass and catfish for fishing. The area is perfect for a picnic, with its 70 picnic tables, grills and covered shelter. Hiking trails wind their way around the lake, giving visitors a panoramic view. For a greater challenge, take Cliff Trail, which travels above the lake. There are three family camping loops with 65 sites, about half of which have electric hook-ups. sherandolake.com • (540) 291-2188

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

State Arboretum of Virginia (Boyce) 2–3 hour drive Occupying the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm, the State Arboretum now contains over 5,000 living trees and shrubs from around the world. Walking, hiking and biking trails along with picnic areas are popular for all ages. Dogs are welcome, too. Workshops, lectures and special events are

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

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

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

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Howardsville Canoe Livery (434-2863331), James River Reeling & Rafting (434-286-4386), and James River Runners (434-286-2338) are all located in Scottsville and offer 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 as well basic equipment for camping, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and rafting. Lake Albemarle (White Hall), owned by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is a 35 acre impoundment located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake supports a variety of sport fish such as largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. (804) 367-6796


Ragged Mountain Reservoir System (Charlottesville) is owned by the Ivy Creek Foundation, and is made up of two lakes totaling 50 acres and four miles of trails. The reservoirs offer excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. (434) 973-7772 Rivanna Reservoir (Charlottesville) spans 450 acres and is considered one of the best small fishing lakes in Virginia with excellent fishing for anglers. (804) 367-1000 Rivanna River Co. (Charlottesville) offers a wide variety of rental options—canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes and gear— guided and instructional trips for the family and so much more. (434) 218-2052

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Mint Springs Valley Park (Crozet) stocks a wide variety of fish for a successful day on the water. It also provides a playground and ample space for picnicking and grilling. (434) 823-4921

Shenandoah River Adventures (Front Royal) offers river trips by appointment for everyone from beginners to experts. Spend a day canoeing, rafting, kayaking or tubing on this scenic Virginia river. (888) 309-7222 The Montebello State Fish Hatchery (Nelson) may not offer fishing, but it is a great place to explore with the family. The facility engages in trout production from hatching to raising, with over a million trout reared to stocking size each year. (540) 377-2418 Walnut Creek Park (North Garden) is popular for its 45-acre lake regularly stocked with a wide variety of fish. In addition to canoe and kayak rental, the park also provides ramp facilities for accessing the lake. (434) 296-5844

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featured throughout the year along with special tours, bird walks, children nature walks and more. Notable collections feature 162 kinds of boxwood, a 300-tree ginkgo grove and a 36-tree Cedar of Lebanon allee. A community forest, supported by the Virginia Department of Forestry, has continued to grow thanks to the help of school groups, civic groups and volunteers, and anyone interested (no matter the age) is welcome to participate. So far, 496 trees have been planted. blandy.virginia.edu • (540) 837-1758

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Step back in time as you take in the rich décor of The Paramount Theater. The vast ceilings and velvet seats provide an atmosphere you won’t forget. This non-profit theater serves as a performing arts venue for the Charlottesville community, hosting movie screenings, live music, artist talks, and comedy and theatrical performances. Also offered is the Art Education Program, which gives children a chance to engage with the theater and experience the live arts. In addition to regular shows and performances, The Paramount also hosts community events such as television series premiere parties and celebrations to recognize compelling pieces by photographers and filmmakers. The theater recognizes itself as a place to promote art for charitable reasons and for the community. Tickets can be found online at their website. theparamount.net • (434) 979-1333

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 is currently being 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. 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 theatre 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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Virginia Discovery Museum

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(Charlottesville) 0–1 hour drive Bring the kids to a fun museum that fosters wonder and curiosity. The Virginia Discovery Museum, located on the Downtown Mall, provides educational, community-based 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 and a fresh coat of paint, 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) 977-9681

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(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 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 throughout the year. vmfa.museum • (804) 340-1400

Virginia Safari Park (Natural Bridge) 1–2 hour drive Get ready to roll down the windows and take a wild ride of discovery through 180 amazing acres of critters. Remember the in-park speed limit is 5 miles per hour, but the main traffic jams are four-legged, not four-wheeled. You can feed and pet more than 400 different animals that roam freely over three miles of road; just don’t feed the zebras (they don’t share particularly well) or Watusi cattle (the horns are self-explanatory). For an additional fee, you can even ride in the hay wagon to feed the bison. Visitors of all ages will enjoy marveling at the gentle giraffes, deer, piglets and camels nibbling daintily from your 70

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

We have it all away from it all!

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hand or bucket. A souvenir stand and petting zoo are at the entrance. Kangaroos and giraffes are enclosed separately in the 10-acre walk-through zoo, along with cheetahs, 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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(Richmond) 1–2 hour drive Designed by Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia Capitol is a living landmark to American self-government and has been the home to the General Assembly since 1788. A statue of Jefferson was dedicated on May 4, 2012, and now sits on permanent display in the Capitol, serving as a guidepost and beckoning more than 100,000 visitors annually. Dive into history with a guided indoor tour of the Rotunda, Old House and Senate chambers and usually one of the 1906 legislative chambers located in the wings. Tours of the Governor’s Mansion, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, are available Tuesdays through Thursdays as well. Meriwether’s cafe offers several dining options for guests along with a cafeteria in the General Assembly Building. virginiacapitol.gov • (804) 698-1788

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

White Oak Lavender Farms (Harrisonburg) 1–2 hour drive Lavender is known for its relaxing and stress-relieving qualities, and as soon as you set foot onto White Oak Farm, your spirits will instantly be lifted. Not only is White Oak home to over 72

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8,000 plants of this special herb, but there are also of plenty of activities for you and your family to experience during your visit. Enjoy the Lavender Shop while your children visit the Discovery Area, complete with a petting area (including rabbits, goats, miniature horses and more), duck pond, labyrinth and life-size checkerboard. Be sure to check out this year’s new ice cream flavors—lavender blueberry and lavender strawberry—and sample a tasting of lavender jelly or blueberry lavender jam in the shop. Daily tours are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day, though private group tours can be arranged year-round. whiteoaklavendar.com • (540) 421-6345

Williamsburg

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(Williamsburg) 2–3 hour drive Experience both rich history and fun for the whole family in Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum that takes you back to the 18th century. Tour the revolutionary city in a carriage, dine in a tavern by candlelight, explore the two world-class art museums, hear real recounts of spooky stories on the ghost walk, or take in the beautiful green expanse of the gardens. Alternatively, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are in close proximity, or, take advantage of the greater Williamsburg’s countless outdoor activities such as cycling, pirate-themed boat tours, vast hiking trails for exploration, and outdoor tours that provide action-packed experiences like zip lining. At the end of your day, check out Virginia’s largest outlet mall and then unwind at one of the city’s fine-dining spots along the river or family-friendly restaurants. visitwilliamsburg.com • (888) 882-4156

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

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Best of Charlottesville

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

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

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Rainy-Day Activities Set the kids loose at Bounce, Play-nCreate where they can zoom down slides and romp in the ball pit. Jump! is another fun way to stay active indoors with its trampoline park that will take you and the kids to new heights. Bowling at AMF Kegler’s Lanes is another great choice when the weather keeps you inside. Optional bumpers are perfect for beginners, and teens will love the arcade room. If you’re itching to do something creative, head over to The Glass Palette. Dinnertime will be 10 times more exciting for your little ones if they can eat off a dinner plate they made themselves. Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place is also a great stop where anyone, from tiny tots to adults, can create a pottery masterpiece. Stop in at Lowe’s Build and Grow clinics or one of Michael’s craft classes for in-store, handson activities for kids. For activities incorporating history and nature, visit the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center. For the latest blockbusters, try the Regal Stonefield Stadium and IMAX, which features 14 auditoriums and stadium seating for a grand moviegoing experience, 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 978-3999, amf.com/keglerslanes Bounce, Play-n-Create 973-1111, bounceplayncreate.com The Glass Palette 977-9009, theglasspalette.net Jump! 284-8248, jumpcville.com Lazy Daisy Ceramics & The Pottery Paintin’ Place 295-7801, lazydaisyceramics.com Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center 979-2425, lewisandclarkvirginia.org Lowe’s 975-7140, lowes.com Michael’s 971-1072, michaels.com Regal Stonefield Stadium 14 & IMAX 244-3213, shopsatstonefield.com/movies Violet Crown Cinema 529-3000, charlottesville.violetcrown.com


Around Town

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

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

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Chaps 977-4139, chapsicecream.com Gearharts 972-9100, gearhartschocolates.com Kilwins Charlottesville 234-3634, kilwins.com/charlottesville My Chocolate Shoppe 995-5428 Sprint Pavilion 245-4910, sprintpavilion.com

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

Pie Chest 977-0443, thepiechestcville.com Splendora’s 296-8555, splendoras.com Sweet Frog 293-7123, sweetfrogyogurt.com Virginia Discovery Museum 977-1025, vadm.org

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Green Space Immersing yourself in our beautiful Virginia greenery is rather easy with all of the parks available in Charlottesville and the surrounding county. You can go for an autumn or spring hike and also cool off in the summer all at the same parks. Try Chris Greene Lake, near the airport, for swimming or fishing. The Ivy Creek Natural Area, an official site on the Virginia African American Heritage Trail, is a great place to go for an afternoon jaunt. To temporarily escape from civilization, hike a section of the Rivanna Trail and fish, kayak or let your dog swim on the Rivanna River. For a gorgeous walk, take the SaundersMonticello Trail. Hikers enjoy lovely views as this wide trail winds its way along Carter Mountain 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 Crozet PARC YMCA’s Aquatic Center, which sports an inflatable dome over the outdoor pool from October to April.

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

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


Artsy Outings Despite its formal sounding name, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is fun for all ages. The museum offers great programs for children that tie into current exhibits, though the decorations, including record-sized trees and artwork of local talent, are enough to entertain by themselves!

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

Next, stop by UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art, which packs a punch for history and art lovers. Where else in Charlottesville can you see a Greek vase, a painting from the Middle Ages and one from the middle of the 20th century? Families will appreciate the children’s guide.

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

Sporty Fun There’s never a dull moment in Charlottesville for sports fanatics, whether you want to teach your child the basics of golf or introduce them to the challenge of rock climbing. Play a round of golf at Meadowcreek Golf Course in Pen Park off Rio Road, also home to a super playground, exercise stations and a nature trail. Main Street Arena can be an ice park one day and a Mixed Martial Arts arena the next! The arena offers both winter sports (figure skating, hockey and curling) and summer sports (soccer, lacrosse, inline hockey and ultimate frisbee). 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! If climbing isn’t your thing, the gym also features racquetball and wallyball.

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

Pen Park 970-3589, charlottesville.org Rocky Top Gym 981-3306, rockytopclimbing.com

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

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James Monroe Highland 293-8000, highland.org Michie Tavern 977-1234, michietavern.com James Madison’s Montpelier (540) 672-2728, montpelier.org Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 984-9822, monticello.org

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

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

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


Family Health Services


Adoption/Foster Services

Counseling & Psychological Services

Barker Foundation......... 800-673-8489

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

Bethany Christian Services...979-9631 Carter, Blair, Attorney............296-9006 Catholic Charities.......... 800-974-4494 Children's Home Society ............................ 800-247-2888 Community Attention Foster Families.......................970-3531 DePaul Community Resources................................977-9847 Families United......................923-8253 People Places..........................979-0335 Planned Parenthood Health Systems (Charlottesville)......296-1000

Family Preservation Services...................................293-4262 Family Stress Clinic at UVA.....................................243-6868 *Healing Hypnosis................. 202-4068 943 Glenwood Station Lane #202 www.healing-hypnosis.org Helping clients access their own wisdom to neutralize painful emotions or situations. See ad pg 84 Hospice of the Piedmont.......817-6900 Integrative Health Services...244-2663

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

*Mindworks Pediatric Neuropsychology .................. 989-1481 889 B Rio East Court www.cvillemindworks.com Provides comprehensive evaluation and consultation services for children, adolescents and college-age young adults. See ad pg 83

Chiropractors, Family

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

Social Services of Albemarle...........................972-4010 Social Services of Chville......970-3400 Tucker, Griffin Barnes P.C......973-7474

*Dr. James Tickel, Chiropractor.......................... 260-6463 409 8th Street Northeast www.chiropractorcharlottesville.com A vitalistic approach to healthcare, focusing on chiropractic, decompression and holistic care. See ad pg 83

Psychiatric Alliance............... 984-0005 Psychological Testing Services................................. 806-6510 Rannigan, Robert, LPC........... 978-1773 Region Ten............................. 972-1800

*Heppner Family Chiropractic & Wellness Center..................... 974-7955 3450 Seminole Trail, Suite 105 www.heppnerfamilychiropractic.com Maternity and pediatric care, massage therapy, low back/neck pain, sports injury treatment. See ad pg 82 Voted Charlottesville’s Favorite Chiropractor 2009 - 2015

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Treat Back Pain and Sciatica caused by: • Bulging/Herniated Discs • Degenerative Disc Disease • Facet Syndrome • Failed Basic Surgery

Without the use of: X Drugs X Injections X Surgery

DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy is the leading stae-of-the-art non-surgical alternative for disc related syndromes of the lumbar and cervical spine. Call today to schedule your free no obligation consultation to see if you are a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression!

434.260.6463 | drtickel.com 409 8th Street NE, Charlottesville

Specializing in • • • • •

Providing a wide range of testing, diagnostic evaluations, and consultation services for infants through college-age. For more information, contact

Hellen Streicher, PhD, LCP at 434-989-1481 for a free phone consultation.

ADHD Learning Disorders Autism Spectrum Disorders Developmental Evaluations Neurological Conditions Affecting Learning and Behavior • Giftedness Evaluations • Homeschool Evidence of Progress Evaluations

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Rose Hill Counseling and Psychotherapy................ 220-1884 Sheila C. Johnson Center....... 924-7034 *Subconscious Solutions........................631-626-4866 1118 E. Market Street www.subconsolutions.com Offers hypnotherapy as a solution to navigating through the challenges of life. See ad pg 85 The Women's Initiative......... 872-0047 Transformation Counseling............................ 923-3637 VA Center for Family Relations............................... 973-5640 Weber, Dr. Lewis & Associates.......................... 963-0324 Weldon, Jane, MA, LPC...........295-8100 Young, Rob, PsyD, BCB...........566-0113

Dentists, Family *Crozet Family Dental........... 823-4080 5690 Three Notch'd Road, Suite 100, Crozet www.crozetfamilydental.com Voted #1 Dentist back-to-back years, 2014-2015. 40 years of experience, 4 dentists, 1 focus—you! See ad pg 2 *Drs. Rice and Associates..... 218-7056; 218-7059 Crozet, Nellysford www.crozetdentist.com All phases family dental care. New patients always welcome. Emergencies seen same day. See ad pg 85

Dentists, Pediatric *Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry........................540-832-6657 229 Connor Drive, Hollymead Town Center, 975-7336; 70 Jefferson Court, Zion Crossroads cont'd pg 86

EmpowEring pEoplE rEach thEir goals

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CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2015

• Transformative Life Center: Restore Your Life after Abuse or Emotional Distress • Supporting Our Military, Law Enforcement, First Responders and their Families • Pre-Marriage Prep: Start Your Marriage without old History Holding You Back • Overcome Unhealthy Habits, Stress, Fears, Worries, or Anger • Success Coaching: Enjoy the Life You are Meant to Live Soon to be a part of the Center for Personal Leadership and Development

Anthony M. Davis, CCH, MSCA

Certified Consulting Hypnotist Accredited Stress Coach, NGH Faculty Member 5-PATH® Practitioner

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What’s on your mind? Let’s talk. Hypnotherapy is natural, effective and a fun process of creating balance and control to achieve health, happiness and success in all areas of life. Specializing in working with children and adults with symptoms of ADHD, as well as breaking bad habits, reaching vocational/avocational goals, physical and mental health, relationships, child behavior and more. Call today for your FREE consultation!

Michelle M. Candaras, C.Ht. AdvAnced clinicAl HypnotHerApist 1118 E. Market St., Charlottesville

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Call 218-7056 or 218-7059 NOW for an appointment!

Complete, Modern Dentistry For Adults, Teens & Children

“I can’t believe that I love coming to the dentist. You all obviously enjoy what you do, you are so cheerful and upbeat and efficient! I can’t believe you make it so pleasant. All in all, a great office, great staff and a great experience. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Thank you for always taking such good care of me.” —D.C.

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www.cvillepediatricdentistry.com Preventative and comprehensive pediatric dental care with Drs. Jennifer Dixon & Aaron Stump. Sedation dentistry available. See ad pg 87 Children's Dentistry of Charlottesville....................... 817-1817 Children's Dentistry with a Mother's Touch.......................................817-5437 Community Dental Center... 293-9300 Crozet Pediatric Dentistry..... 205-4594 *Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry............................... 973-4344 240 Hydraulic Ridge Road, Suite 203 www.piedmontpd.com Specialized dental care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special needs. See ad pg 84

Doctors, Family *Albemarle Center for Family Medicine.................... 973-4040 535 Westfield Road, Suite 200 ww.albemarlecenter.com Center offering comprehensive care for the entire family, stressing preventative medicine and early detection. See ad pg 86 *Albemarle Square Family Healthcare................. 978-2126 416 Albemarle Square albemarlesquarefamilyhealthcare.com Comprehensive and compassionate family-centered care, from newborns through geriatrics. See ad pg 87

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

Albemarle Center

for

Family Medicine

2013

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

new families welcome!

• Pediatrics • Preventative Care • Minor Surgery • Adolescent Health

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

Front Row: (L to R) Alison R. Baumann, NP, Dr. Annika M. Abrahamson, Genevieve H. Barron, NP, Elizabeth L. Peters, NP. Back Row: (L to R) Dr. H August Sanusi, Dr. David W. Brown

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We are honored to be VOTED your Family Favorite! Thank you for allowing us the joy of caring for you and your family.


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

Charlottesville area for over 35 years. • We provide comprehensive and compassionate family centered care from newborns through geriatrics. • We offer women’s health services and on-site laboratory services. • Same day access is available by appointment for acute care.

Mary Whittemore, M.D. will join the practice in early September 2016. Mary obtained her B.A. in Human Biology from UVA, and her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the UVA School of Medicine. She loves family medicine for the variety and the continuity of relationship it offers. We are very excited to have Mary join our health care team!

434-978-2126 | albemarlesquarefamilyhealthcare.com 416 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville

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

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Aaron J. Stump, DDS

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Specializing in Pediatric Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide, Mild and IV Sedation Services Compassionate and Nurturing Doctors and Staff Kid-friendly, State-of-the-Art Office Parental Participation Encouraged

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

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

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Thank You for Voting us your CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite!

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Albemarle Square Family Healthcare – helping you achieve your best possible health in all dimensions of life. We are excited to introduce • Our health care team has Dr. Mary Whittemore! been serving the greater


Family Medicine of Albemarle.......................... 973-9744 *Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology......................... 977-4488 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 290 www.jeffersonobgyn.net Board-certified Ob/Gyn physicians provide routine, prenatal/pregnancy, infertility, menopausal care and more. See ad pg 89 *Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates............................. 979-2121 1101 East Jefferson Street www.obgynassociatescville.com Pre-natal care, routine gynecology, contraception, infertility, menopause and more. See ad pg 88 Prenatal Diagnosis Center.... 220-8620 Reproductive Medicine & Surgery Center of Virginia.................. 654-8520 Sentara Martha Jefferson Women's Health Center........................ 654-7009

Stadler, Sarah, MD................. 296-9600 UVA Midlife Health Center... 243-4720 UVA Physicians for Women, Northridge.............. 243-4570 *Wolanski, Edward T, MD, PC.................................. 293-9800 600 Peter Jefferson Pkway, Ste 300 www.wolanskiobgyn.com Offering individualized Gynecological care and surgery. See ad pg 88

Doctors, Pediatric Charlottesville Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine............. 296-8666 *Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville...................................... E. Jefferson St, 296-9161; Ivy Rd, 2968300; Hollymead, 974-9600 www.charlottesvillepeds.com Three offices (Downtown, North & West) for comprehensive care from infancy to young adulthood. Adolescent Ctr, 971-9611. See ad pg 91

Edward T. Wolanski, MD PC

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

Siva Thiagarajah, MD Board Certified High-Risk Obstetrician

Offering individualized Gynecological care 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Ste 300 Charlottesville, Virginia CharlottesvilleFamily 434-293-9800 Favorite Award Winner 2015

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

All obstetrical and gynecology patients

Welcome!

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2015

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

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

Lucy Vacco, Office Administration


Teen Health Center, UVA...... 982-0090 UVA Pediatrics..................................... Augusta, 540-932-0980; General Pediatrics, 924-5321; Northridge, 980-6555; Orange, 540-661-3025 UVA Teen Health Center.......982-0090

Doctors, Specialists *Charlottesville Dermatology.......................... 984-2400 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 230 www.cvillederm.com Charlottesville Dermatology cares about your skin's health. Medical and cosmetic dermatology for adults and children. See ad pg 90

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

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

*Charlottesville ENT Associates............................. 243-9415 652 Peter Jefferson Pkwy #140 www.uvahealth.com Medical and surgical ear, nose and throat care for adults and children. See ad pg 90 *Renovare Lifestyle Consulting: Health by Choice, not by Chance...... 962-2108 409 8th St. NE www.renovarelifestyle.com Dr. Wesley Howard offers personalized health consultations to reverse disease and restore health. See ad pg 91

Doulas Beyond Birth Support............ 218-3735 Bloomin Birth........................ 962-5438 Bright Birthing................ 415-729-5126 C-ville Massage Doula.......... 996-5095 Nine Moons Midwifery.......... 987-1257

Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology,LTD

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

Caring for Women through all stages of life Please call to schedule an aPPointment. new Patients are welcome!

434.977.4488 600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 290

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One Gentle Beginning .......... 481-1077 Platania, Chris....................... 760-0428 Red Clay Doula...................... 361-1693 Windflower Doula................. 760-3098

Eye Care, Pediatric Albemarle Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus, P.C................. 295-5193

Fitness for Mind & Body A Place to Breathe Meditation Studio................. 245-8080 Allied Yoga............................. 218-0580 *Ashtanga Yoga.................... 531-5441 505 Monticello Road www.ashtangacharlottesville.com Offering daily mysore style and led classes in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. All levels welcome. See ad pg 92 Bend Yoga.............................. 296-2363

Conscious Dance of Charlottesville.................. 989-4841 Crozet Running..................... 205-4452 *Flydog Yoga......................... 964-1964 1039 Millmont Street www.flydogyoga.com Offers a variety of classes for all levels, including Power, Vinyasa, Aerial, Barre, Youth and more. See ad pg 92 Hot Yoga................................ 220-1415 Hydra Yoga Spa..................... 249-9744 Posture Studio....................... 293-7611 Sandra Cushman/ Alexander Technique............ 978-7767 Vigdor-Hess, Wendy RD, RMT, Wellcoach............... 996-6768

Health Clinics Ch'ville Free Clinic................ 296-5525 First Med............................... 984-4200

Charlottesville ENT Associates Medical and surgical ear, nose Board Certified General and Pediatric Dermatologists Caring for Your Skin For Life

Our Best Bring Out Your Best

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

Charlottesville Dermatology wants to be your place for beautiful and healthy skin.

434.984.2400

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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


FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

from infancy to Pediatric young adulthood Associates of Charlottesville

Comprehensive care

CharlottesvilleFamily

PLC

Favorite Award Winner 2015

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

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

1011 E. Jefferson St

West Office

2411 Ivy Rd | 296-8300

North Office

Open 365 Days A Year until 9pm

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

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Renovaré Restoring Health Reversing Disease Renewing Life Healthy by choice not by chance Personalized lifestyle consultations by Dr. Wesley Howard

Renovaré offers health care rather than disease management by addressing root causes. It is effective for 80% of the diseases that afflict us. This evidence based approach often results in a reduction of drugs, disease reversal, and even cure. Renovaré care is cost effective by improving general health, increasing resistance to disease, and lowering risk factors. Give it a try and see for yourself how you can improve your health and that of your entire family.

renovarelifestyle@gmail.com 434-962-2108 Dr. Wesley Howard is a medical doctor with extensive experience in health care. His concern about the failure of traditional medicine to restore health has led him into the exciting new emerging field of lifestyle medicine.

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Mary Jeffries, MD Medicine MD MaryHolistic K. Jeffries,

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& Acupuncture 1533 Beech Grove Rd., Suite 6 Roseland, VA Nelson County Near Wintergreen

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434-277-8322 434 277 8322

Mary K. Jeffries, MD

Rockfish Center • Roseland, VA Nelson County • Near Wintergreen

434•277•8322 Holistic Medical Consults Board Certified Board Certified Medical Acupuncture Most Conditions Holistic Medical Consults-Difficult Board Certified Conditions Nelson County

Breathe. Sweat.

Judith Sullivan

Pray.

Master Practitioner and Instructor

Helping infants, children and adults heal from many painful issues using CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization and Zero Balancing. Find Out More & Schedule! chijude.com 434-466-2292 92

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ashtangacharlottesville.com 434.531.5441


UVA Children's Hospital....... 924-3627

Neighborhood Family Health Center........................ 227-5624

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

Sentara Martha Jefferson ER at Proffit Rd........................... 654-8500 Thomas Jefferson Health District.................................. 972-6200

Health Food Stores Integral Yoga Natural Foods..................................... 293-4111 *Rebecca's Natural Food........ 977-1965 Barracks Road Shopping Center www.rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine and beer. See ad pg H-38 *Relay Foods.......................... 326-5879 www.relayfoods.com Provides easy and sustainable groceries, doorstep delivery, meal plans and much more. See ad pg H-40

Holistic Practitioners *Judith Sullivan..................... 466-2292 420 3rd Street, NE www.chijude.com Certified Instructor and Practitioner of bodywork (CranioSacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Visceral Mobilization) and T'ai Chi. See ad pg 92 *Mary Jeffries, MD................ 277-8322 Nelson County Offering individualized care in acupuncture and holistic medicines. Medical acupuncture board certified. See ad pg 92

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

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

MedExpress Urgent Care....... 244-3027

In-Home Care Care Advantage Plus............. 973-2000 Ma Spa..............www.maspacville.com The Pediatric Connection..................... 877-481-3033

Midwives Birthing Centre of Charlottesville................ 434-471-0419 Birthwise Midwifery.............. 293-8210 Nine Moons Midwifery.......... 987-1257 WomanCare.......................... 296-3332

Orthodontists Camden Brown Orthodontics......................... 990-5722 *Charlottesville Orthodontics......................... 971-9601 Downtown/Pantops, Hollymead Town Center & Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads www.charlottesvilleorthodontics.com Complimentary orthodontic screenings. Metal and clear braces or Invisalign. See ad pg 94 Cloth, Mark S, DDS, PC.......... 964-2464 Dennis, Suzanne, DDS, MS, PC.................................... 973-4446 Hamer and Hamer Orthodontics......................... 296-0188 Horbaly, William.................... 973-6542 Inouye, David K..................... 975-7435 Pantops Orthodontics........... 984-1817 South Side Orthodontics....... 977-9473

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Parenting Support/ Education Be There Campaign................. www.bethere.org Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts.......................... 996-2002 Bright Stars Program............. 972-4140 Country Cottage Coaching.... 973-2244 Empowering Families............ 971-8454 Families United..................... 923-8253 Family Preservation Services................................. 293-4262 Home Educators of Va... 804-278-9200 Parent Resource Center........ 975-9400 Peaceful Parenting Path........ peacefulparentingpath.com ReadyKids.............................. 296-4118

Sentara Martha Jefferson Maternity Education Program............... 654-7009 Sentara Martha Jefferson Prenatal & Infant Care Classes............... 654-7009 Smart Beginnings/United Way – Thomas Jefferson Area......... 972-1713 UVA Midlife Health Center.................................... 243-4720 UVA Office of Public Service................................... 924-3883 UVA Prenatal & Infant Care Classes.................................. 924-9920 UVA Students with Children................................ 924-7427 Va Homeschoolers......... 866-513-6173 Virginia Cooperative Extension............................... 872-4580 Wellness Consultations for Women............................ 962-0117

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Bart Weis, DDS & Taylor Varner, DDS

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

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CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2015

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FaVorite Family orthodontist

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971-9601

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Downtown/Pantops Near Martha Jefferson

Spring Creek at Zion Crossroads

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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.


Pediatric Sleep Consulting *Sleep and Wellness Coach, LLC........... allison@sleepandwellnesscoach.com www.sleepandwellnesscoach.com Pediatric sleep consulting. Customized sleep plans and support for your family. See ad pg 96

Physical Therapists *Albemarle Therapy Center... 979-8628 1102 Rose Hill Drive, 200 West 12 Street, Suite A-100, Waynesboro, 540-941-5501 www.albemarletherapycenter.com Offering occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children. See ad pg 94

*Spectrum Physical Therapy................................. 817-4100 2050 Abbey Road, Suite B www.spectrumtherapy.com Outpatient physical and occupational therapy (Orthopedic, Neurological and Hand Rehabilitation) for adults and kids. See ad pg 97

Postpartum & Breastfeeding Cville Lactation..................... 962-7414 Joyful Start............................ 282-2134 La Leche League.................... 214-0620 Lactation Corner of MJH....... 654-7042 Month 10 Postpartum Services................................. 960-7077 UVA Breastfeeding Medicine Program................................. 982-3316 UVA Midlife Health Center... 243-4720

Allison Egidi

Ensuring full community inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the provision of services and advocacy in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle.

is a certified pediatric sleep consultant who helps families get the sleep they need by designing customized sleep plans and coaching parents while they implement the plan.

Looking for new event committee members, board members, and volunteers that have passion and excitement for non-profits. For more information, please visit our website:

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allison@sleepandwellnesscoach.com or visit sleepandwellnesscoach.com


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

Social Service Organizations

FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

Referral Services

Child Health Partnership MACAA-TJHD........................ 295-3171 *Kids Lift Foundation.............cindym@toylift.com www.toylift.org Seeking to support local families through volunteerism, community cooperation, morale building and educational tools. See ad page 108 Madison House..................... 977-7051

Abundant Life Ministries...... 970-2016 Al-Anon Family Group.......... 972-7011 Albemarle Housing Improvement Program.......... 817-2447

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)....... 295-3171 Pregnancy Center of Central Virginia..................... 220-3777 Region Ten............................. 972-1800

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

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

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

Runaway Emergency Shelter................................... 972-7233

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

Salvation Army..................... 295-4058

Convenient Out-Patient Locations Culpeper

Forest Lakes

Orange

Greene

Fluvanna

Pantops

19002 Crossroad Parkway, Culpeper 540-727-0737 13180 James Madison Hwy, Orange 540-672-2708 100 Crofton Place, Palmyra 434-589-9588

Timberwood Boulevard, Charlottesville (opening in 2017)

Zion Crossroads

70 Jefferson Court, Ste 102, Zion Crossroads 540-832-3061

138 Stoneridge N. Dr., Ste 4, Ruckersville 434-985-2288 2050 Abbey Road, Ste B, Charlottesville 434-817-4100

Occupational Therapy (Greene & Pantops locations) Hand Therapy Pediatric & Adult Rehabilitation

We accept all insurances in network Call to schedule an appointment- with your doctors referral or without.

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

Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC............ 327-7121

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

United Way Referral Center...................... 972-1703

*Infant and Toddler Connection of the Blue Ridge............................. 970-1391 500 Old Lynchburg Road www.infantva.org Provides early intervention supports and services to infants and toddlers from birth through age 2. See ad pg 99

Special Needs Services

Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) Adult Care Centers............... 817-5222

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

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

Social Services of Chville...... 970-3400 The Emergency Food Bank.... 979-9180

*Albemarle Therapy Center... 979-8628 1102 Rose Hill Drive, 200 West 12 Street, Suite A-100, Waynesboro, 540-941-5501 www.albemarletherapycenter.com Offering occupational, physical and speech therapy services for children. See ad pg 94 *Arc of the Piedmont............. 977-4002 509 Park Street www.thearcofthepiedmont.org Advocates for youth and adults in Central Virginia with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See ad pg 96 *Blue Ridge PACE................... 529-1300 1335 Carlton Avenue www.blueridgepace.org Health related programs to keep you living in your home and community as long as possible. See ad pg 99 Camp Holiday Trails.............. 977-3781 Connections Achievement & Therapy Center.................. 529-6248 Crozet Speech & Learning.... 298-4599

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*Our Lady of Peace Retirement Community........................... 973-1155 751 Hillsdale Drive www.our-lady-of-peace.com Residential living—assisted living— memory care—nursing care. See ad pg 99 Savage, Winslow, OTR........... 293-3948 Sheila C. Johnson Center....... 924-7034 Special Olympics............ 800-932-4653 Talk, LC........................... 804-512-1039 UVA Development Pediatric.. 924-5161 UVA Speech-Language-Hearing Center.................................... 924-7034 Virginia Institute of Autism.. 923-8252


FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES

Since 1992, Our Lady of Peace has served the Charlottesville community by providing quality care for seniors and peace of mind for families. We offer the freedom of Residential Living, the support of Assisted Living, specialized Memory Care in our unique Christopher Center, as well as comforting, individualized care in our Nursing Center.

Coordinated Services Management, Inc. Professional Management of Retirement Communities Since 1981

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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.

Infant & Toddler Connection of The Blue Ridge www.infantva.org 434-970-1391

434-973-1155

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

All-Inclusive physical & social care to keep older adults independent 434-529-1300 or TTY 711 blueridgepace.org A program of the Commonwealth of Virginia CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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

Glorious Foods Gourmet To Go & Catering...............................817-7278

Favorite Cakes........................974-9229

*Great Harvest Bread Co....... 202-7813 1701 Allied Lane/McIntire Plaza www.greatharvestcville.com Breads, sweets, sandwiches and catering, GlutenX options and more—all simple, handmade and wholesome. See ad pg H-38

Hot Cakes................................295-6037

Harvest Moon Catering.........296-9091

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

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

MarieBette Café & Bakery.....529-6118

Kilwins Chocolate Kitchen....234-3634

One Creative Cookie..............466-2151

L’etoile Catering......................823-1435

Paradox Pastry........................245-2253

Mona Lisa Pasta......................295-2494

Pearl’s Bake Shoppe...............293-2253

Parallel 38...............................923-3838

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

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

Sweethaus Cupcakes.............422-2677

The Happy Cook.....................977-2665

*Whole Foods Market............ 973-4900 1797 Hydraulic Road www.wholefoodsmarket.com Sells quality all natural, organic and local food products. See ad pg H-2

The Local Restaurant & Catering...............................984-9749

Catering

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

Breadworks.............................296-4663 Cakes by Rachel.....................960-5872 Cakes Unlimited.....................985-8340 Chandler’s Bakery..................975-2253

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

Wayside Takeout....................977-5000 Which Wich............................977-9424

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Blue Ridge Cafe & Catering...............................985-3633

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C & O Restaurant & Catering...............................971-7044 *Domino’s Pizza Eight locally owned locations www.dominos.com Made-to-order fresh pizzas, sandwiches, wings, pasta and more. Free kindness with every order. See ad pg 102 Downtown Grille....................817-7080 Edible Arrangements.............975-5333 *Feast!................................... 244-7800 416 W. Main Street, Suite H www.feastvirginia.com Owner-operated specialty food store that connects local farmers and artisan food producers with consumers. See ad pg H-39 102

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Entertainment David Graham, Magician.......760-0596

www.ataleadershipma.com Teaching valuable leadership life skills through martial arts along with self defense and physical fitness. See ad pg 137

Expressions Face Painting.....409-4796

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

Foxboro Farm-Travel Petting Zoo...................... 804-307-2955

Knockerball Ch'ville...............964-6040

*Bounce, Play-n-Create.......... 973-1111 127 Seminole Court www.bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time on Mon/Wed. See ad pg 103

Metamorphosis Face Art.......589-8906

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

Perfectly Posh................. 801-441-1744

*Camp Friendship...........800-873-3223 www.campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports & facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 130

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

Freckles n’ Friends Entertainment........................971-5812

Peter Jones, Storyteller...........978-3603 Tell Me About It Mystery Tours.........................760-0525 Wes Iseli, Magician......... 877-987-4201 Wild Earth Encounters...................... 540-447-4879 Woodworking for Children....979-1220

Inflatable Rental *Bounce, Play-n-Create.......... 973-1111 127 Seminole Court www.bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time on Mon/Wed. See ad pg 103

Carriage Hill Farm..................296-2672 *Carter Mountain Orchard.... 977-1833 1435 Carters Mountain Trail www.chilesfamilyorchards.com Orchard with mountaintop views, apple and peach picking, fall activities, hayrides and entertainment. See ad pg 39 Cavalier Sports Cards............974-1771

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

*Charlottesville Ballet Academy............................... 973-2555 1885 Seminole Trail, Suite 203 charlottesvilleballet.org/academy Professional ballet company, dance academy and nonprofit dedicated to promoting lifelong health and well-being. See ad pg 133

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

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

*Amazement Square.............. 845-1888 27 9th Street, Lynchburg www.amazementsquare.org Central Virginia's first multidisciplinary, hands-on children's museum with four floors of interactive exhibits. See ad pg 35

*Classics Gymnastics............. 978-4720 2327 Seminole Lane www.classicsgymnastics.com Professional instruction for tots to teens. Safety certified master instructors. See ad pg 135

Jump ‘N More Parties.............566-1223 Knockerball Ch'ville...............964-6040

Party Locations

AMF Kegler’s Lanes................978-3999 *ATA Leadership Martial Arts.......................... 973-3000 243 Zan Road 104

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*Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad...............866-651-4296 PO Box 44, Durbin, WV www.mtn-rail.com Five Mountain Rail Adventures depart


Fairview Swim & Tennis........973-7946 FootNotes Studio....................242-0605 Friendship Gymnastics..........589-5867 Fry’s Spring Beach Club.........296-4181 Gearharts Fine Chocolates....972-9100 Greenwood Center Roller Skating.........................296-5844 Hidden Creek Farm................985-4309 *Highlands Golf Park & Pirate Pete’s Miniature Golf............. 985-2765 Route 29, Ruckersville www.highlandsgolfpark.com Quality golf range offering youth camps and lessons. Fun miniature golf—parties and group rates available. See ad pg 134

*Little Gym, The.................... 975-5437 The Shops at Stonefield 2075 Bond St #140 thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva Motor skills development classes for ages 4 months–12 years: gymnastics, sports, dance. Parties & camps. See ad pg 135 *Market at Grelen...........540-672-7268 15091 Yager Road www.themarketatgrelen.com A casual cafe, garden shop, workshops and events, pick-your-own farm and much more. See ad pg 51, H-29 Michael’s Arts and Crafts......971-1072 My Chocolate Shoppe............995-5428 Petit Bebe................................244-9500

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

*Piedmont Family YMCA....... 974-9622 442 Westfield Road www.piedmontymca.org Camp sites at Jefferson School, Albemarle County Schools and Crozet YMCA. See ad pg 3

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

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

Jump!.......................................284-8248

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the historic depots of Elkins and Durbin, West Virginia, April-December. See ad pg 63


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

Social Butterflies....................823-3666

SPCA...................... 973-5959; 293-8475

Photographers

Speak Language Center.........245-8255 Sweethaus Cupcakes.............422-2677 The Pony Café.........................977-7365 *Triple C Camp...................... 293-2529 920 Camp Road www.tripleccamp.com Daily swimming, horses, climbing tower/ zip line, lunches, transportation and much more. See ad pg 132 UVA Alumni Hall....................243-2665 *Virginia Discovery Museum................................ 977-1025 524 E. Main Street East end of Downtown Mall www.vadm.org Charlottesville’s only nonprofit children’s museum since 1981 with a hands-on environment for kids 1–8 yrs. See ad pg 145 *Wilson School of Dance........ 973-5678 3114 Proffit Road www.wilsonschoolofdance.com All levels, ages 3–adult, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, children's program, contemporary/lyrical, 50+ classes. See ad pg 132 Wine & Design/ Art Buzz Kids..........................218-3112

Virginia Tent Rental...............296-7595

3 Cats Photo.................... 303-709-7290 Aaron Watson Photography............................202-8031 Andrea Hubbell Photography............................249-9207 ASM Photography...................987-3483 Button Down Photography....987-5910 Candace Schoner Photography............................989-5480 Celestial Sights Photography............................466-2241 Cramer Photography..............242-6074 Danielle Hill Photography.................... 202-341-0972 Dominique Attaway Photography............................806-7263 Earthdarling Portraits............409-1633 F-Stop Studios........................973-6602 Gitchell’s Studio.....................296-7558 *Jen Fariello Photography...... 963-7976 313 Second Street S.E., Studio 106 www.jenfariello.com Capturing life’s moments. Portraits, babies, weddings, life. See ad pg 105 Kirsten Rose Photography.....971-7883

Party Planners

KMS Photography...................973-1740

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

Laura Merricks Photography............................825-3194

Party Supplies Caspari....................................817-7880 Central Virginia Rental..........977-5915 Festive Fare.............................296-5496 *King's Gourmet Popcorn........................(800) 540-5678 130 Afton Circle, I-64 Exit 99, Afton www.kingsgourmetpopcorn.com An assortment of flavors of popcorn, ice cream and pork rinds, King's Gourmet Popcorn is a one-stop shop. See ad pg 65

Mary B. Photography..............806-6734 Memories by Melody..............214-0382 Meredith Coe Photo...............218-2308 Rachel May Photography...................... rachelmay@rachel-may.com Rob Garland Photographers........................293-3332 Robert Radifera Photography............................245-8547 Sue Martin Photography........293-9337

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

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

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

Will Walker Photography......960-2297

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Arts & Crafts Supplies

Ch’ville Skin & Laser............... 984-4491

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

Cityspa.......................................... 984-5046

Jo-ann Fabrics and Crafts...... 244-0749

Massage Envy............................. 977-3689

Laughing Sheep Yarns............. 973-0331 Michael’s Arts and Crafts....... 971-1072

Meadowbrook Massage Therapy........................................ 466-7678

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

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

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

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

Baby Equipment

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

Top Knot Studio......................... 466-4514

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

Bicycle Dealers

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

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

Beauty & Spa Alma & Mela Hair Salon........ 977-5573 Alternative Hair Solutions..... 964-0865

Blue Ridge Cyclery.................... 995-2453 Blue Wheel Bicycles................. 977-1870 Performance Bicycle................ 963-9161

Bella Boutique............................ 244-8466

Book Stores

Boar's Head Inn......................... 296-2181

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

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is proud to support Toy Lift!


Green Valley Book Fair... 540-434-0309 New Dominion Bookshop...... 295-2552 Oakley’s Gently Used Books.................................. 977-3313 Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.................. 823-1144

Ragged Mountain Running Shop............................. 293-3367 Shoe Store Next Door.............. 293-8400 Smocking by Ann Hill Williams............................... 295-1481 Stride Rite Bootery.................... 973-6937 The Hip Joint............................... 971-6888

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

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

*Shenanigans.............................. 295-4797 601 West Main Street/Midtown www.shenaniganstoys.net Charlottesville's neighborhood toy store since 1974, proudly offering toys, books, dolls and games. See ad pg 108

Children’s Clothing, Used

Children’s Clothing, New Petit Bebe..................................... 244-9500 Prairie Cottons........................... 985-7796

Doodlebugs................................. 990-5742 *Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.............................. 295-3967 Charlottesville Workforce Center & 5 area store locations www.goodwillvalleys.com Goodwill: You donate and shop. We train. People work. See ad pg 109

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


*Here Wee Grow Again............ 973-5806 1500 East Rio Road www.hereweegrowagain.com Children's Consignment Sale in spring and fall. Consign and receive 65 percent. See ad pg 111 Kid to Kid..................................... 529-8988

Rail Tales Hobby Shop The End Game Center............. 973-2205 Treasures Through Time........ 979-9172

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

Leftover Luxuries...................... 989-3543

Department Stores

Momma Bear Sale........... 540-226-3285

Belk................................................ 973-7878

Rethreads..................................... 260-0335

Big Lots......................................... 975-6440

Sally Jo’s 29 Consign................ 985-5000

Costco........................................... 328-7023

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

HomeGoods................................. 975-0275

Twice Is Nice............................... 293-8319

JCPenny........................................ 973-7851

Collector, Game & Memorabilia Stores

Kohl's............................................. 964-0173

Atlas Comics............................... 974-7512 Baseball Direct........................... 974-4985 Cavalier Sports Cards.............. 974-1771

Kmart............................................ 296-5646 Marshalls .................................... 974-9375 Old Navy...................................... 984-0167 Roses............................................. 296-0707

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Maternity Clothes, Gifts & Gear

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

Boutique Boutique.................... 293-8400

T.J. Maxx....................................... 974-7410

Sally Jo’s 29 Consign................ 985-5000

Walmart....................................... 973-1412

Music Stores

Furnishings

Ch’ville Piano Co....................... 296-8886

*Habitat Store, The................... 293-6331 1221 Harris Street www.cvillehabitatstore.org New and used building supplies, furniture and home décor with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. See ad pg 110, H-28

Heinz Musitronics..................... 977-2797

Kitchen Supplies

Keller and George Jewelers.... 293-5011

Happy Cook................................. 977-2665

Specialty Guitars Plus............. 979-3800 Stacy’s Music.............................. 974-1555

Personalized Goods Alex and Ani............................... 964-9541

Monogram Shop........................ 973-1968 Tuel Jewelers............................... 295-4258

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Sears.............................................. 974-8200

Sam's Club.................................. 978-2122


Pet Shops

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

Animal Connection LLC......... 296-7048

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

Petco Animal Supplies............ 244-6338

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

Pet Food Discounters............... 974-6060

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

Pet Supplies Plus....................... 979-2009

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

PetSmart...................................... 964-9213

*Vintage Swings ....... email@vintageswings.com www.vintageswings.com Handmade wooden swings proudly made in Charlottesville. See ad pg 111

Sammy Snacks.......................... 984-5941 SPCA.......................... 973-5959, 293-8475

Play Equipment & Pools Aqua-Clean Pool Service........ 295-8131 Byler’s Storage Buildings, Inc..................... 888-337-1190 *Capitol Sheds............................ 964-1901 8824 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville www.capitolsheds.com Sheds, swing sets, playhouses, horse barns, pool houses, log cabins, gazebos and more. See ad pg 110

Specialty Foods *Feast!........................................... 244-7800 416 W. Main Street, Suite H www.feastvirginia.com Owner-operated specialty food store that connects local farmers and artisan food producers with consumers. See ad pg H-37

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*Great Harvest Bread Co......... 202-7813 1701 Allied Lane/McIntire Plaza www.greatharvestcville.com Breads, sweets, sandwiches and catering, GlutenX options and more all simple, handmade and wholesome. See ad pg H-36

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*Rebecca’s Natural Food.......... 977-1965 Barracks Road Shopping Center www.rebeccasnaturalfood.com Vitamins, herbs, homeopathics, natural bodycare, organic foods, gluten-free foods, bulk items, wine and beer. See ad pg H-36

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

*Whole Foods Market............... 973-4900 1797 Hydraulic Road www.wholefoodsmarket.com Sells quality all natural, organic and local food and products. See ad pg H-2

Sporting Goods Freestyle....................................... 978-4091 Great Outdoor Provision Co................................ 995-5669 *Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters........................ 977-1415 Millmont Shops, 1043 Millmont St. www.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.................. 973-2638 Ragged Mountain Running Shop............................. 293-3367 Rivanna Gear & Apparel......... 293-4558 The Hip Joint............................... 971-6888 Total Soccer................................ 220-2460 University Dive and Hobby Center............................. 296-6306 Woodbrook Sports.................... 974-1954

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Alakazam Toys & Gifts............ 971-1717 Meadowbrook Pharmacy........ 296-4135 O’Suzannah................................ 979-7467 Petit Bebe .................................... 244-9500

*Shenanigans.............................. 295-4797 601 West Main Street/Midtown www.shenaniganstoys.net Charlottesville's neighborhood toy store since 1974, proudly offering toys, books, dolls and games. See ad pg 108 Virginia Tractor.......................... 977-8100 Whimsies .................................... 977-8767

Toys, Used Doodlebugs................................. 990-5742 *Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.............................. 295-3967 Charlottesville Workforce Center & 5 area store locations www.goodwillvalleys.com Goodwill: You donate and shop. We train. People work. See ad pg 109 *Here Wee Grow Again............ 973-5806 1500 East Rio Road www.hereweegrowagain.com Children's Consignment Sale in spring and fall. Consign and receive 65 percent. See ad pg 111 Kid to Kid..................................... 529-8988 Momma Bear Sale........... 540-226-3285 Schoolhouse Thrift Shop........ 973-2271

Wellness & Safety Environ. Health Cons............... 977-1409 SafetyStore.com........................ 973-8030


Education & Child Care


Day Care Services

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

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

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

Albemarle County Schools AfterSchool Program......................... 296-5840 *Aldersgate United Methodist Church...................... 973-5806 1500 East Rio Road www.cvaumc.org Offers informal and traditional services with a nursery staffed by child care professionals. See ad pg 111 Barrett Early Learning Center........................................... 295-9202

Covesville Child Center.......... 245-9133 Creative Learning After-School & in the Summer (CLASS)............... 245-2501 *Effort Christian School and Preschool............................. 808-2447 7820 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra www.effortchristianschools.com Programs encouraging each child's educational and spiritual development. See ad pg 116

Bright Beginnings Preschool...................................... 979-8585

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

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

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

*Child Care at the Jefferson School City Center..................... 202-0118 233 4th Street NW, Suite Y www.piedmontymca.org Licensed child care for ages 6-weeks through pre-K. See ad pg 3

Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool

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

First Steps.................................... 295-5575 Foundations Child Development Center................ 973-9218

Discover the Difference!

Effort Christian School & Preschool Preschool 2.5 - 5 years old Kindergarten - 7th Grade School • Preschool Aftercare • Summer Program 7820 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA 22963 434.808.2447 • effortchristianschools.com Effort Christian School and Preschool is a Ministry of Effort Church

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

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Gentle Care Day Care.............. 409-6465 Hilltop Child Care Center...... 295-6623 Kiddie Academy........................ 202-1062 Lighthouse Christian............... 973-7557 *Madison Learning Center.................................. 540-738-2617 634 S. Main Street www.sites.google.com/site/ madisonlearningcenterva/ Year-round learning for children 6 weeks to 5 years old and before- and afterschool care for school-age children. See ad pg 117 *Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool............ 975-4263 2117 Angus Road www.mmlhp.com French and Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4–5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 116

*Montessori School of Charlottesville....................... 295-0029 631 Cutler Lane; 1602 Gordon Avenue www.montessoriofcville.org Celebrating 40 years of teaching peace and fostering personal independence and social responsibility. See ad pg 117 Nature’s Bloom.......................... 979-4796 Old Dominion Day School..... 977-0511 Our Neighborhood Child Development Center................ 202-8639 *Piedmont Family YMCA......... 974-9622 442 Westfield Road www.piedmontymca.org Sites at Jefferson School, Albemarle County Schools and Crozet YMCA. See ad pg 3 Rainbow Childcare Center..... 295-8569 Salvation Army.......................... 295-4058 St. Nicholas Learning Center........................................... 589-5201

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Four Seasons Learning Ctr.... 975-4455


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

Louisa County Library.... 540-894-5853

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

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

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

Northside Library...................... 973-7893

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

Scottsville Library..................... 286-3541

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

UVA Library................................. 924-3021

Educational Consultants Divine Play.................................. 218-9500 *Mindworks Pediatric Neuropsychology 989-1481 889 B Rio East Court www.cvillemindworks.com Provides comprehensive evaluation and consultation services for children, adolescents and college-age young adults. See ad pg 83

Schools, Driver’s Ed A+ Driver Improvement School.................................. 800-794-2228 A-1 Defensive Driving School........................................... 293-5377 Albemarle County Community Education..................................... 975-9451 Cavalier Driving School.......... 980-2775 Green Light Driving School... 979-5300

Schools, Pre-School

Rhyming Resources.................. 295-2483

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

In-Home Childcare

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

*ASAP Sitters..................... 703-209-4717 2226 Banbury Street www.asapsitters.com

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

*Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community.... 540-671-9894 1554 Insurance Lane www.albemarlemcc.com A nurturing preschool for children ages 2 years through kindergarten. See ad pg 119

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

Bright Beginnings Preschool...................................... 979-8585

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

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

Libraries

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

Au Pair Care....................... 800-428-7247 Cultural Care Au Pair..... 800-333-6056

Albemarle/Ch’ville Historical Society.......................................... 296-1492 Central Library........................... 979-7151 Crozet Library............................ 823-4050 Fluvanna County Library....... 589-1400 Gordon Avenue Library........... 296-5544 Greene County Library............ 985-5227

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

*Charlottesville Catholic School........................................... 964-0400 1205 Pen Park Road www.cvillecatholic.org Pre-K through 8th-grade curriculum focusing on academics and nurturing Christian values. All faiths welcome. See ad pg 121 Charlottesville Day School.... 817-2371

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Chestnut Grove Preschool...... 978-3819 Child Connections.................... 591-1010 *Children’s Garden Preschool...................................... 974-6068 4210 Rowan Court, Earlysville www.charlottesvillepreschool.com Fully licensed, 2- to 5-year-old program includes art, singing, cooking, exploring nature and more. See ad pg 116

*Covenant School....................... 220-7330 Lower School (preK-6th): 1000 Birdwood Road Upper School (7th-12th): 175 Hickory Street www.covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for preK–12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 125 Covesville Child Center.......... 245-9133 Daylily Preschool....................... 996-8397 First Baptist Center.................. 296-6198 First Presbyterian Church Preschool...................................... 296-1447 First United Methodist Church..................... 296-6682

Christ Church Preschool........ 293-2347

Four Seasons Learning Ctr.... 975-4455

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

*Free Union Country School.... 978-1700 4220 Free Union Road www.freeunioncountryschool.org Natural curiosity and an eagerness to

Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) Preschool & Kindergarten...... 295-6382

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*Charlottesville Waldorf School........................... 973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road www.cwaldorf.org Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and Pre-K through 8th grade. See ad pg 125


explore are what drive learning at Free Union. See ad pg 120

Ivy School House Preschool...................................... 823-4060

*Frost Montessori School......... 979-5223 1553 Delphi Drive www.frostmontessori.com Multi-aged classrooms, 21-months to 6-years. Child-centered environment. Spanish, art, geography, sewing, gardening and more. See ad pg 119

Kangaroo Preschool................. 973-8736

Gentle Care Day Care.............. 409-6465 Hillsboro Christian Preschool...................................... 823-5342 Hilltop Child Care Center...... 295-6623 *International School of Charlottesville....................... 984-2174 830 Monticello Avenue www.theisc.org A holistic, NAEYC accredited, globally oriented French/Spanish language immersion education for children ages 2–6. See ad pg 121

Kiddie Academy........................ 202-1062 Kingswood Christian Preschool...................................... 823-1258 Lighthouse Christian............... 973-7557 MACAA Head Start................... 295-3171 *Madison Learning Center.................................. 540-738-2617 634 S. Main Street www.sites.google.com/site/ madisonlearningcenterva/ Year-round learning for children 6 weeks to 5 years old and before- and afterschool care for school-age children. See ad pg 117 *Mighty Minds, Little Hands International Preschool............ 975-4263 2117 Angus Road www.mmlhp.com cont'd pg 122

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Parent & Child Classes Preschool Elementary Middle School

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

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

Charlottesville Catholic School

Christ Community Scholars Pre-Kindergarten to 8th Grade

434.964.0400 admissions@cvillecatholic.org CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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French and Spanish immersion, music, SOL readiness (4–5 yr olds); summer sessions available. See ad pg 116 Millstone of Ivy.......................... 979-2111 Molly Michie Cooperative Preschool...................................... 977-7406 *Montessori School of Charlottesville....................... 295-0029 631 Cutler Lane; 1602 Gordon Avenue www.montessoriofcville.org Celebrating 40 years of teaching peace and fostering personal independence and social responsibility. See ad pg 117 *Mountaintop Montessori School........................................... 979-8886 440 Pinnacle Place www.mountaintopmontessori.org Guiding social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development. Toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school. See ad pg 121

Shining Star Preschools (JABA)............................................ 817-5222 Small Steps Preschool............. 985-1948 Special Education Preschool...................................... 973-2490 *St. Anne’s-Belfield School...... 296-5106 2132 Ivy Road/799 Faulconer Drive www.stab.org Innovative co-ed college preparatory curriculum preschool-12 with arts, athletics and more. Boarding in grades 9-12. See ad pg 124 *St. Mark Preschool.................. 293-0792 100 Alderman Road www.stmarkpreschool.net A play-based program that gives loving, individualized attention to each child. Open year-round, M-F. See ad pg 120 Tuckahoe School....................... 361-9018 United Christian Academy.... 985-2947

*North Branch School...... 540-456-8450 221 Mickens Road, Afton www.north-branch-school.org Nature-Nurture-North Branch: outdoor activities, fine arts, academic depth and breadth. See ad pg 123

University Montessori School........................................... 977-0583

*Northridge Preschool.............. 964-1560 5100 Dickerson Road www.northridgepreschool.com

Schools, Private

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

Blue Ridge School..................... 985-2811

Olivet Preschool......................... 295-1367

Calvary Christian School....... 581-3874

Paran Preschool......................... 973-9077

*Charlottesville Catholic School........................................... 964-0400 1205 Pen Park Road www.cvillecatholic.org Pre-K through 8th-grade curriculum focusing on academics and nurturing Christian values. All faiths welcome. See ad pg 121

*Park Street Christian Preschool...................................... 296-8922 1200 Park Street www.pscc.avenue.org Teaches fundamental concepts through unit-based and “story stretcher” approach with hands-on stories and activities. See ad page 123 Rainbow Childcare Center..... 295-8569 Rose Garden Preschool........... 823-7026

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UVA Development Center...... 293-6110 Westminster Child Care Center.............................977-3322

Afton Christian School.. 540-456-6853

Charlottesville Day School.... 817-2371 *Charlottesville Waldorf School........................................... 973-4946 120 Waldorf School Road www.cwaldorf.org


Chatham Hall.................... 877-644-2941 Community Christian Academy...................................... 326-1145 *Covenant School....................... 220-7330 Lower School (preK-6th): 1000 Birdwood Road Upper School (7th-12th): 175 Hickory Street www.covenantschool.org Founded in 1985. Christian liberal arts & sciences for preK-12th. Two campuses. See ad pg 125 *Effort Christian School and Preschool............................. 808-2447 7820 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Palmyra www.effortchristianschools.com Programs encouraging each child's educational and spiritual development. See ad pg 116

NORTH BRANCH SCHOOL

Fishburne Military........... 540-946-7700 Fork Union Military Academy...................................... 842-3212 *Free Union Country School.... 978-1700 4220 Free Union Road www.freeunioncountryschool.org Natural curiosity and an eagerness to explore are what drive learning at Free Union. See ad pg 120 *Grymes Memorial School.................................. 540-672-1010 13775 Spicer’s Mill Road, Orange www.grymesschool.org Offering challenging curriculum, small classes, extracurriculars & bus transport from Ruckersville for junior K-8th grade. See ad pg 123

GRYMES

*International School of Charlottesville............................ 984-2174 830 Monticello Avenue A Co-Educational Independent School www.theisc.org Jr Kindergarten - 8th Grade A holistic, NAEYC accredited, globally oriented French/Spanish language

MEMORIAL SCHOOL

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now welcoming three-year-olds!

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MEMORIAL SCHOOL small class size

hands - on education

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

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Music, technology, and arts classes daily Drama and Public Speaking at all grade levels Complimentary buses serving nine counties Fee-free athletics

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Committed to academic excellence through a developmental and experiential curriculum. Parent/Child and Pre-K through 8th grade. See ad pg 125


immersion education for children ages 2-6. See ad pg 121 Miller School of Albemarle.... 823-4805 *Mountaintop Montessori School........................................... 979-8886 440 Pinnacle Place www.mountaintopmontessori.org Guiding social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development. Toddler, preschool, elementary and middle school. See ad pg 121 *North Branch School...... 540-456-8450 221 Mickens Road, Afton www.north-branch-school.org Nature-Nurture-North Branch: outdoor activities, fine arts, academic depth and breadth. See ad pg 123 Open Door Christian School........................................... 589-3673

Renaissance School.................. 984-1952 *St. Anne’s-Belfield School...... 296-5106 2132 Ivy Road/799 Faulconer Drive www.stab.org Innovative co-ed college preparatory curriculum preschool-12 with arts, athletics and more. Boarding in grades 9-12. See ad pg 124 Stuart Hall.......................... 540-885-0356 *Tandem Friends School.......... 296-1303 279 Tandem Lane www.tandemfs.org Combines Quaker values with an academically rigorous curriculum to create a unique community of learning. See ad pg 127 Village School............................. 984-4404 Woodberry Forest............. 540-672-3900

Peabody School.......................... 296-6901 Regents School of Ch’ville..... 293-0633

DID YOU KNOW our School has no application fee for day students? Or that 38% of families receive financial aid? We seek a dynamic, engaged student body, and are committed to making education affordable, accessible, and inclusive for qualified students. Experience our vibrant community in action. Visit us today.

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

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Schools, Public – High *Albemarle County Public Schools............................. 296-5820 401 McIntire Road www.k12albemarle.org Public school system serving over 13,000 students in 26 schools. See ad pg 126 Albemarle High......................... 975-9300 *Charlottesville City Public Schools............................. 245-2400 1562 Dairy Road www.charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 127 Charlottesville High................. 245-2410 Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)..... 973-4461 Environmental Studies Academy, Western Albemarle High........ 823-8711 Health and Medical Services Academy...................................... 244-3100

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

Schools, Public – Lower Agnor-Hurt Elementary.......... 973-5211 *Albemarle County Public Schools............................. 296-5820 401 McIntire Road www.k12albemarle.org Public school system serving over 13,000 students in 26 schools. See ad pg 126 Baker Butler Elementary........ 974-7777 Broadus Wood Elementary.... 973-3865 Brownsville Elementary.......... 823-4658 Burnley-Moran Elementary... 245-2413


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I Chose Tandem Friends, You Should Too “I am drawn to the Friends philosophy know each student fully and help them embody their gifts and the unique blend of robust, college preparatory academics and powerful experiential education.� ~ Peter Gaines New Upper School Director and parent, Tandem Friends School Formerly Head of Upper School, University Liggett School

NOW WITH EXPANDED 5TH GRADE!

A Dynamic Learning Environment Grades 5-12

Call for a Tour | (434) 296-1303 www.tandemfriends.org

Charlottesville City Schools Want to learn more? Neighborhood schools with a global perspective, offering excellence in the arts, sciences, and more! Tuition students welcome! 434-245-2400 CharlottesvilleSchools.org

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*Charlottesville City Public Schools............................. 245-2400 1562 Dairy Road www.charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 127

Community Public Charter School........................... 972-1607

Clark Elementary...................... 245-2414

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

Crozet Elementary.................... 823-4800

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

Greenbrier Elementary........... 245-2415 Hollymead Elementary........... 973-8301 Jackson-Via Elementary.......... 245-2416

Jack Jouett Middle..................... 975-9320 Jackson P. Burley Middle......... 295-5101 Joseph T. Henley Middle......... 823-4393

Schools, Specialty

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

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

Mary C. Greer Elementary..... 973-8371

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

Meriwether Lewis Elementary.................................. 293-9304

Little Keswick School............... 295-0457

Murray Elementary.................. 977-4599 Paul H. Cale Elementary......... 293-7455 Red Hill Elementary................. 293-5332 Scottsville Elementary............ 974-8040 Stone-Robinson Elementary.................................. 296-3754 Stony Point Elementary.......... 973-6405 Venable Elementary................. 245-2418 Walker Upper Elementary..... 245-2412 Woodbrook Elementary.......... 973-6600 Yancey Elementary.................. 286-3768

Schools, Public – Middle *Albemarle County Public Schools............................. 296-5820 401 McIntire Road www.k12albemarle.org Public school system serving over 13,000 students in 26 schools. See ad pg 126 Buford Middle............................. 245-2411 *Charlottesville City Public Schools............................. 245-2400 1562 Dairy Road www.charlottesvilleschools.org Neighborhood schools with a global perspective. See ad pg 127

Oakland School......................... 293-9059 Park School................................. 293-2613 Peabody School.......................... 296-6901 Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP).......................... 975-9400 Virginia Institute of Autism... 923-8252

Tutoring Aloha Mind Math/ Reading/Writing........................ 249-2888 Champion Tutoring.................. 984-2821 Clayborne Education............... 295-4501 Enrichment Alliance of Va..... 295-1002 Kumon Math & Reading Center of Charlottesville........ 973-9040 La Alliance Francaise............... 260-0640 Literacy Volunteers of Ch’ville/Albemarle.............. 977-3838 Partners in Learning LLC........ 996-8161 Saint Nicholas Learning Center......................... 589-5201 Speak Language Center.......... 245-8255 *Tutor Doctor of Charlottesville....................... 422-3595 www.tutordoctorcharlottesville.com Wahoo Tutors............................. 996-6174

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Adventure Sports Charlottesville Fencing Alliance........................ 227-4006 Discovery Ridge Adventure Center..................... 325-8505 Dive Connections...................... 964-9200 High Bridge Bikes ..................... 315-5736 Poplar Ridge Ropes Course.... 924-6202 Rocky Top Climbing................. 981-3306

www.leealterartist.com Classes and workshops for children and adults. Call to register. See ad pg 132 Light House Filmmaking Studio................... 293-6992 McGuffey Art Center................ 295-7973 Studio Baboo............................... 244-2905 Very Special Arts....................... 970-3264 Woodworking for Children.... 979-1220

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

Baseball

Arts & Crafts Classes

Cove Creek Baseball................. 970-2255

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

Jefferson Area Girls Softball............................... 973-5440

Crozet Arts.................................. 964-6770 Glass Palette, The...................... 977-9009 *Lee Alter Watercolor Painting................. 963-0540 McGuffey Art Center, Studio 6

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American Legion Baseball..... 977-1050

Lane Babe Ruth Baseball........ 973-7457 McIntire Little League............. 817-5100 Monticello Little League......... 296-1251


and drama. Oldest girls’ camp in the Virginias. See ad pg 133

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

*Camp Friendship............. 800-873-3223 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra www.campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 130

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

Camps Boy Scouts of America... 800-630-0620 *Camp Alleghany for Girls............................... 877-446-9475 Lewisburg, WV www.campalleghany.com Traditional camp with sports, dance

Camp Holiday Trails................ 977-3781 Girl Scouts.......................... 540-777-5100 *St. Anne’s-Belfield Camps..... 296-5106 799 Faulconer Drive www.stab.org From fundamentals to game strategy, beginner to advanced, group play to game play. See ad pg 131 Summer Playground Program (Albemarle)................................. 296-5844 Summer Playground Program (Ch’ville)....................................... 970-3260

Unl o c k n ew o p p o rt u ni t i es t hi s summe r!

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SUMMER PROGRAMS

TECH CAMP @ STAB | SPORTS CAMPS | DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY | ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS CAMP | EXPLORERS’ CAMP | FILM ACTING INTENSIVE

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SUMMER@STAB.ORG | (434) 296-5106

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


*Triple C Camp........................... 293-2529 920 Camp Road www.tripleccamp.com Daily swimming, horses, climbing tower/ zip line, lunches, transportation and much more. See ad pg 132 *Piedmont Family YMCA Camps............. 1075 Claudius Crozet Park, Crozet www.piedmontymca.org Community based youth sports programs, including CYAC competitive swim team. See ad pg 3

Junior Achievement......... 804-217-8855 Poetry Club.................................. 977-1025 Science Club............................... 977-1025 Table Tennis Club..................... 973-2931 Young Life.................................... 964-1867

Dance & Movement *Albemarle Ballet Theatre....... 823-8888 5798 Three Notch’d Road, Crozet www.aballet.org Balletschool................................ 975-3533

Clubs 4-H................................................. 872-4580 Blue Ridge Young Birders.................... 540-363-5035 Boy Scouts of America... 800-630-0620 Boys & Girls Club...................... 977-3514 Cavman’s Crew.......................... 924-8821 Girl Scouts.......................... 540-777-5100

fostering

exploration

Barre Tots..................................... 973-2030 Bend Yoga.................................... 296-2363 Blue Ridge Irish Music School.............................. 409-9631 *Charlottesville Ballet Academy...................................... 973-2555 1885 Seminole Trail, Suite 203 charlottesvilleballet.org/academy Professional ballet company, dance

Lee Alter, Watercolor Artist Classes & Workshops for Adults, Teens & Children

tradition

@ McGuffey Art Center

open studios

courage curiosity

434-760-9658

www.leealterartist.com

DANCE CLASSES!

Build confidence, gain poise, and have FUN! AGES 3-ADULT

Ballet • Jazz • Tap • Hip Hop • Lyrical Contemporary • Princess Ballet Combo Classes NEW! Theater Dance CharlottesvilleFamily

K-10th grade

Favorite Award Winner 2015

call 434-973-5678

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

Han Studio Chinese Classes.......................................... 327-9573 Hike It Baby..................... hikeitbaby.com Southern School of Etiquette ................................ 531-8677

Charlottesville Royalettes Baton Class............ www.royalettesbaton.com

Golf

Jefferson Cotillion..................... 242-0153

Birdwood Golf Course.............. 293-4653

*Wilson School of Dance.......... 973-5678 3114 Proffit Road www.wilsonschoolofdance.com All levels, ages 3-adult, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, children's program, contemporary/lyrical, 50+ classes. See ad pg 132

Glenmore Golf Course............. 817-0506

Educational Recreation Civility School, The................... 242-0153 Etiquette School of the Commonwealth, The............... 996-4903

Greene Hills Club...................... 985-7328 *Highlands Golf Park & Pirate Pete’s Miniature Golf............................ 985-2765 Route 29, Ruckersville www.highlandsgolfpark.com Quality golf range offering youth camps and lessons. Fun miniature golf parties and group rates available. See ad pg 134 Lake Monticello Golf Course........................................... 589-3075

-The Oldest Girls’ Camp in the Virginias-

ESTabliShEd in 1922

A mAgicAl plAce where girls leArn, Achieve, succeed And mAke friends for life.

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

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

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

Celebrating Our 95th Summer!

lewisburg, WV 877-446-9475 info@campalleghany.com campalleghany.com CharlottesvilleFamily.com

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academy and nonprofit dedicated to promoting lifelong health and well-being. See ad pg 133


*Meadowcreek Golf Course at Pen Park.................................. 977-0615 1400 Pen Park Road www.meadowcreekgolf.org Grill, lessons, driving range, par 70 course. PGA professional available for private/group instruction. See ad pg 134 Old Trail Golf.............................. 823-8101 Putt-Putt Golf............................. 973-5509 Wintergreen Resort.................. 325-2200

Gymnastics & Cheerleading

Friendship Gymnastics........... 589-5867 *Little Gym, The......................... 975-5437 The Shops at Stonefield 2075 Bond St #140 thelittlegym.com/charlottesvilleva Motor skills development classes for ages 4 months-12 years: gymnastics, sports, dance. Parties & camps. See ad pg 135 Pop Warner Cheerleading........................ www.centralvirginiapopwarner.com

Horseback Riding Barracks, The.............................. 293-6568

AIM Cheer/Pom Program............................... 800-323-3755

Brookhill Farm Horseback Riding............................................ 295-7484

*Classics Gymnastics................ 978-4720 2327 Seminole Lane www.classicsgymnastics.com Professional instruction for tots to teens. Safety certified master instructors. See ad pg 135

*Camp Friendship............. 800-873-3223 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra www.campfriendship.com Traditional residential camp, culturally diverse community, equestrian programs, sports and facilities rentals. ACA accredited. Est. 1966. See ad pg 130

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(434) 985-2765 highlandsgolfpark.com

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

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

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

Classics Gymnastics Begin here. Go anywhere!

Learning. Having Fun. Growing Strong. Building Confidence.

CharlottesvilleFamily Favorite Award Winner 2015

• Parent & Child classes, starting at 18 months!

• Tumbling Tots for kids ages 3-Kindergarten • A lifetime of options to move on to from there!

experienced instructors

| superb facilites

well-structured classes

start classes anytime! 2327 Seminole Lane, Charlottesville

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

Rodes Farm Stables.................. 325-8260

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

Shadowfax................................... 200-4641

Graves Mountain Lodge Stables................................. 540-923-4231 Grayson Farm............................. 286-4130 Hidden Creek Farm.................. 985-4309 Hoof & Woof 4-H Club............ 872-4580 Horses as Healers..................... 882-3610 Mechums View Farm............... 823-5419 Millington Stables..................... 823-5109 Montanova Stables................... 295-2905 North Garden Equestrian Center........................................... 882-1841 *Pony Academy, The................. 823-6929 2149 Browns Gap Turnpike www.theponyacademyva.com Building self-confidence and relationships with the horse. Private, semi-private and group lessons. See ad pg 136

The Pony Academy

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

• Private,

Semi-Private & Group Lessons

• Adult lessons

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

434.823.6929

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The Pony Café............................ 977-7365

Martial Arts 7 Tigers Taekwondo & Hapkido................................... 296-9933 AIM Self-Defense...................... 979-0282 Aldridge Karate Institute....... 985-2049 *ATA Leadership Martial Arts................................ 973-3000 243 Zan Road www.ataleadershipma.com Teaching valuable leadership life skills through martial arts along with self defense and physical fitness. See ad pg 137 Chville Brazilian Jiu Jitsu........ 825-6202 Chville Judo Academy............. 975-4482 Hiromi T’ai Chi................. 877-880-2479


Music Lessons

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

B# Music....................................... 806-3515

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

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

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

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

Mountain Kim Martial Arts................................. 245-0202 Shotokan Karate Club............. 409-2126 Ssal Shin Jo Judo........................ 531-2951

Mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters........... 244-0882 Big Siblings (Madison House)....................... 977-7051 Computers 4 Kids..................... 817-1121 Madison House.......................... 977-7051 Young Women Leaders Program........................................ 924-9732

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Ages 3 through Adults Internationally Certified Instructors Leadership Life Skills Development Self Defense • Physical Fitness

434-973-3000 ATALeadershipMA.com 243 Zan Road Charlottesville, VA 22901

Brooke Dezio Piano Studio..... 244-0533 Charlottesville Performing Arts School.................................. 293-2727 Fingerdance Studio.................. 466-1024 FootNotes Studio....................... 242-0605 Heinz Musitronics..................... 977-2797 Lisa Luria Piano Studio........... 987-5637 *Luminaria Cville & Blue Ridge Music Together..... 293-6361 201 2nd Street NW, Studio 11 www.blueridgemusictogether.com Research-based music and movement classes for children birth to 5 years and their grownups. See ad pg 137

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International Black Belt.......... 973-8885


Music Education Center......... 973-1032

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

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

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

Music Resource Ctr.................. 979-5478 Music Teachers Assoc .... cvillemta.org Richardson Guitar Studio....... 293-4017 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature........................ 286-2806

Crozet PARC YMCA................... 205-4380 Fluvanna County Parks.......... 842-5303 Greene County Parks............... 985-5226 Louisa County Parks....... 540-967-4420

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

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

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

*Piedmont Family YMCA......... 974-9622 442 Westfield Road www.piedmontymca.org Sites at Jefferson School, Albemarle County Schools and Crozet YMCA. See ad pg 3

The Front Porch......................... 242-7012 Va Consort Youth Chorale..... 244-8444 Youth Orchestra of Ch’villeAlbemarle.................................... 974-7776

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

Special Olympics.............. 800-932-4653 *West City Soccer...................... 430-0378 PO Box 4849 www.westcitysoccer.com

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

Fan Mountain Observatory... 924-7494

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

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

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

Ivy Creek Foundation.............. 973-7772 Maymont............................. 804-358-7166 McCormick Observatory......... 924-7494 Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature.................................. 286-2806

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

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation............................... 970-3260 Charlottesville Swans Synchronized Swimming....... 996-8924 Crozet Gators............................. 205-4380 *Crozet YMCA at Claudius Crozet Park.................................. 205-4380 1075 Claudius Park, Crozet www.piedmontymca.org Aquatics, fitness and family recreation, including youth programs and summer camps. See ad pg 3 Fairview Swim & Tennis......... 973-7946

Swimming

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

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

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

Coming to a field near you...

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

Discipline, character, fitness, fun

• Individualized Training • Ages 4 to Adult

SOCA 975-5025

www.SOCAspot.org

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

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Science & Nature


Jefferson Swim League... 804-338-5118

Tennis

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

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

*Virginia Gators of Ch'ville.............. CvilleGators@gmail.com 707 Belvedere Blvd. www.virginiagators.org Year-round competitive and recreational youth swim programs for all levels of ability and commitment. See ad pg 138

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

Team Sports Albemarle Girls Field Hockey & Lacrosse League............ www.agll.org Albemarle Redbirds Softball................................ 540-649-1234 AMF Kegler’s Lanes.................. 978-3999 *Cavalier Wrestling Club......... 243-1939 www.cavalierwrestlingclub.org Wrestling for ages 5 and up. One of Ch’ville’s fastest-growing youth organizations. At UVA and AHS. See ad pg 139

Fairview Swim & Tennis......... 973-7946 Quickstart Tennis................... quickstartcentral.org Piedmont Family YMCA ......... 974-9622

Theater Classes Black Box Players...................... 970-7600 *DMR Adventures..................... 203-6314 1117 E Market Street, Suite L www.dmradventures.com Professional training in the performing arts for all ages and levels. Rental space available. See ad pg 138 Four County Players........ 540-832-5355 Gorilla Theater Productions................................. 547-7986 Jefferson Youth Theatre.......... 249-2803

Cove Creek Girls Softball....... 970-2255

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

Monticello United Soccer Club................................. 974-4625

Winter Sports

Pop Warner Football.................................. centralvirginiapopwarner.com Scottsville Organization for Kid’s Sports.......................... 286-2366 Seminole Lacrosse League............................. seminolelax.org *SOCA (Soccer Organization of the Charlottesville Area)................. 975-5025 1685 Polo Grounds Road www.socaspot.org Year-round leagues for adults & children including camps and individual training. See ad pg 139 Thomas Jefferson Youth Football League................ www.tjyfl.net

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Bryce Resort....................... 800-821-1444 *Massanutten Resort....... 540-289-9441 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville www.massresort.com Family-fun lodging, indoor water park, ski and snowboard packages, dining and golf. See ad pg 149 Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort............................ 304-572-5252 Wintergreen Resort.................. 325-2200


Family Fun


Amusement Centers AMF Kegler’s Lanes.................. 978-3999 *Bounce, Play-n-Create............. 973-1111 127 Seminole Court www.bounceplayncreate.com Daily open play, special events, birthday parties, weekend laser tag and toddler time on Mon/Wed. See ad pg 103 Fastrax............................. 540-949-5278 Jump!.......................................284-8248

*Carter Mountain Orchard..... 977-1833 1435 Carters Mountain Trail www.chilesfamilyorchards.com Orchard with mountain top views, apple and peach picking, fall activities, hayrides and entertainment. See ad pg 39 Cestari.................................. 540-337-7282 Charlottesville City Market... 970-3371 Chesterfield Berry Farm..................................... 804-739-2404

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

*Chiles Peach Orchard.............. 823-1583 1351 Greenwood Road, Crozet www.chilesfamilyorchards.com Orchard & market stand with pick your own apples, peaches, cherries, pumpkins and strawberries. See ad pg 39

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

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

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

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

Art & Craft Studios City Clay..................................293-0808 Crozet Arts..............................964-6770

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

Excursion Trains *Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.................. 866-651-4296 PO Box 44, Durbin, WV www.mtn-rail.com Five Mountain Rail Adventures depart the historic depots of Elkins and Durbin, West Virginia, April-December. See ad pg 63

Farms & Orchards Adventure Farm........................ 466-3989 Back Home on the Farm..................................... 540-442-6493 Bees and Trees Farm....... 540-423-9020

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Dickie Brothers Orchard......... 277-5516 Drumheller’s Orchard............. 263-5036 Fitzgerald’s Orchard................. 277-5798 Gold Hill Blueberry Farm..................................... 540-222-7954 Greene Meadows Farm........... 990-1999 Hartland Orchard............ 540-364-2316 Heartmoor Farm Education Centre...................... 589-2961 Henley’s Orchard...................... 823-7848 Hill Top Berry Farm.................. 361-1266 Kipps Family Grapes and Fruit Farm........................... 540-948-4171 Liberty Mills Farms......... 540-882-6293 *Market at Grelen............. 540-672-7268 15091 Yager Road www.themarketatgrelen.com A casual cafe, garden shop, workshops and events, pick-your-own farm and much more. See ad pg 51, H-29 Middle Fork Farm...................... 591-6666 Miller Farms Market....... 540-850-5009


Festivals

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

*Charlottesville Vegetarian Festival................... 979-1200 www.cvillevegfest.org The 20th anniversary of live music, local vegetarian and vegan foods and more. See ad pg 143

Sarah’s Pumpkin Patch..................................... 540-308-8267 Saunders Brothers Farm........ 277-5455 Seamans’ Orchard.................... 277-5554 Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchard........................................ 277-5824 *Spring Valley Orchard............ 960-9443 3526 Spring Valley Road, Afton www.chilesfamilyorchards.com Acres full of cherry trees surrounded by beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. See ad pg 39 Vintage Virginia Apples........... 297-2326 Wenger Grapes................. 540-943-4956

Dogwood Festival...................... 961-9824 *Eco Fair.....earthweekcville@gmail.com 700 East Main Street www.earthweek.org Charlottesville’s annual celebration of Earth Day, promoting efforts to increase environmental activism. See ad pg 143 *Virginia Festival of the Book.................................. 924-3296 www.vabook.org Annual literary festival for all ages and reading interests, produced by the VFH every March. See ad pg 144

ECO FAIR

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THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS & COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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


Frozen Treats

Health Clubs

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

9Round Fitness.......................... 974-9000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clay Fitness & Nutrition........ 245-2288

Kohr Bros..................................... 975-4651 Kona Ice....................................... 466-8959 Smoothie King............................ 975-5464 Splendora’s Gelato.................... 296-8555 Sweet Frog................................... 293-1130 The Sweet Tooth........................ 760-0047 Tropical Smoothie Cafe.......... 975-0333

Club Mo Fitness......................... 296-6776 Crozet PARC YMCA................... 205-4380 Curves .......................................... 295-7771 Edge............................................... 817-4286 Gold’s Gym.................................. 973-1307 *Jazzercise.................................... 974-6221 2123 Berkmar Drive www.jazzercise.com Pilates Center............................. 978-3609 Posture Studio............................ 293-7611

Join us in March for five days devoted to books, reading, and literacy at venues across Charlottesville and Albemarle County, including more than 200 free programs for readers of all ages.

VaBook.org

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!

The Virginia Festival of the Book is produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Rocky Top Climbing................. 981-3306 Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center............................ 970-3072 Zoom Indoor Cycling .............. 226-2520

Historic Attractions Albemarle County Tourism and Adventure Center............. 293-6789 *Frontier Culture Museum.............................. 540-332-7850 1290 Richmond Road, Staunton www.frontiermuseum.org Outdoor living-history with original farm buildings and gardens from Africa, Germany, England, Ireland and Virginia. See ad pg 145 Hatton Ferry............................... 296-1492 *James Monroe Highland........ 293-8000 2050 James Monroe Parkway www.highland.org

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Offers guided tours, educational programs and private events at the home of our 5th President. Open daily. See ad pg 47 Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center................... 979-2425 *Madison Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center............. 540-948-4455 110A N Main Street, Madison www.madison-va.com Hiking, history, artisans, scenery, music & apple harvest festivals, wineries or destination weddings. See ad pg 71 Michie Tavern............................. 977-1234 Montpelier.......................... 540-672-2728 *Orange County Department of Tourism.......................... 540-672-1653 146 North Madison Road, Orange www.visitorangevirginia.com Natural, scenic beauty, historic sites, wineries, seasonal festivals, outdoor recreation, dining, first-class accommodations. See ad pg 61

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


Thomas Jefferson's Monticello........................... 540-672-1653 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway www.monticello.org Tours of Thomas Jefferson's home & historic gardens. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors center & shop. See ad pg 146 University of Virginia............... 924-0311 Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum...... 540-885-0897

Museums *Amazement Square................. 845-1888 27 9th Street, Lynchburg www.amazementsquare.org Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum with four floors of interactive exhibits. See ad pg 35 Children’s Museum of Richmond...................... 804-474-7000

NEW TOURS

Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum..................... 540-832-2944 James Madison Museum.............................. 540-672-1776 *Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection........................ 244-0234 400 Worrell Drive www.kluge-ruhe.org Enjoy exhibitions, art conservation, tours and a variety of children's programs for all ages. See ad pg 151 *P. Buckley Moss............540-949-6473 329 West Main Street, Waynesboro www.pbuckleymoss.com “Rediscover Art”—promoting art in the classroom to teach children with learning differences. See ad pg 57 Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.......... 804-864-1400 Scottsville Museum.................. 286-2247 Shenandoah Caverns...... 540-477-3115

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Fridays After Five...................... 245-4910

*Virginia Discovery Museum....................................... 977-1025 524 E. Main Street East end of Downtown Mall www.vadm.org Charlottesville’s only nonprofit children’s museum since 1981 with a hands-on environment for kids 1-8 yrs. See ad pg 145

Jefferson Theater....................... 245-4980

Walton’s Mountain Museum....................................... 831-2000

Musical Entertainment Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra............... 924-3139 *Early Mountain Vineyards........................... 540-948-9005 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison www.earlymountain.com Enjoy Early Mountain Vineyards for endless options: picnicking, live music, family and pets, cuisine. See ad pg 147

John Paul Jones Arena............. 243-4960 Municipal Band of Charlottesville............................ 295-9850 *The Paramount Theater......... 979-1333 Downtown Mall www.theparamount.net Intimate, historic and non-profit theater offering arts, entertainment and educational events for all ages. See ad pg 151 Sprint Pavilion............................ 245-4910 Tuesday Evening Concerts..... 244-9505 UVA McIntire Dept of Music........................................ 924-3052 Virginia Consort........................ 244-8444 Youth Orchestra of Ch’villeAlbemarle.................................... 974-7776

Located in Madison, Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Early Mountain Vineyards comprises more than 300 acres of the historic Monticello Wine Trail. With its warm and inviting tasting room, picturesque outdoor spaces and breathtaking views, guests are welcomed to Early Mountain to enjoy the wines and linger for a palate pleasing experience.

6109 WOLFTOWN-HOOD ROAD, MADISON, VA 22727 540.948.9005 • earlymountain.com

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UVA Art Museum...................... 924-3592


Nature Attractions Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau......... 888-489-4144 Appalachian Trail............. 304-535-6331 Blue Ridge Parkway......... 828-298-0398 Caverns of Natural Bridge................... 540-291-2121 Community Garden................. 970-3592 Crabtree Falls Trail.......... 540-291-2188 Endless Caverns............... 540-896-2283 Fan Mountain Observatory... 924-7494 Grand Caverns.................. 540-249-5705 *John C. Wells Planetarium....................... 540-568-4071 Miller Hall, 91 E. Grace Street, Harrisonburg www.jmu.edu/planetarium Discover the universe—a totalimmersion-in-space-experience—whether

Escape To A Escape To A Garden Oasis JustJust Garden Oasis Minutes Off Off I-64! Minutes I-64! Lewis Lewis Ginter Ginter Botanical Garden is Botanical Garden is Open Open Daily 9am-5pm Daily 9am-5pm Extended Summer Hours: Extended Summer Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays ‘til 9pm Tuesdays & Thursdays ‘til 9pm

flying thru the Milky Way or to a new planet. See ad pg 45 *Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden...........................804-262-9887 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond www.lewisginter.org 50 acres of gardens, including a children's garden, camps, workshops and more. See ad pg 148 Luray Caverns................... 540-743-6551 McCormick Observatory......... 924-7494 Natural Bridge................... 800-533-1410 *Orange County Department of Tourism.......................... 540-672-1653 146 North Madison Road, Orange www.visitorangevirginia.com Natural, scenic beauty, historic sites, wineries, seasonal festivals, outdoor recreation, dining and accommodations. See ad pg 61 Ragged Mountain Natural Area............................... 973-7772

Education Inspiration Entertainment

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Shenandoah National Park.................... 540-999-3500 Skyline Caverns................ 800-296-4545 Skyline Drive..................... 540-999-3500 Wildlife Center of Virginia........................... 540-942-9453 Wintergreen Nature Foundation.................................. 325-8169

Parks & Playgrounds Albemarle County Parks & Recreation............................... 296-5844 Charlottesville Parks & Recreation............................... 970-3260 Community Garden................. 970-3592 Jump Trampoline Park............ 284-8248 *New River Trail State Park........................... 276-699-6778 176 Orphanage Drive, Foster Falls

FAMILY FUN

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

www.virginiastateparks.gov A 57-mile linear park great for hiking, biking, riding horseback, canoeing and boating. See ad pg 73

Radio & TV Entertainment Tell Us A Tale Radio Show..... 978-3603 *WVPT – PBS..................... 800-345-9878 847 MLK, Jr. Way, Harrisonburg www.wvpt.net The Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia’s public television station. See ad pg 148

Recreation Centers *Brooks Family YMCA at McIntire Park........................ 974-9622 Coming soon! www.piedmontymca.org Opening June 2017 to include aquatics, fitness and family recreation. See ad pg 3

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Carver Recreation Center....... 970-3053 Crow Center................................ 977-3977 Greenwood Comm. Center.... 296-5844 Key West Center........................ 293-8273 Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center........................ 582-3539 Meadows Recreation Center........................................... 296-5844 Rockfish Valley Comm. Center............................ 361-0100

*PVCC Fine Arts & Performance............................ 961-5376 V. Earl Dickinson Building, 501 College Drive www.pvcc.edu/performingarts Features music, dance and theater performances, free art exhibits, movies, workshops and more. See ad pg 151 UVA Drama Dept...................... 924-3326 Wintergreen Performing Arts................................................ 325-8292

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

Theme Parks

Tonsler Park Recreation Center........................................... 296-1857

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

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

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

Spectator Sports

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

Cavman’s Crew.......................... 924-8821 Richmond Kickers Soccer................................... 804-644-5425 Tom Sox ...................... info@tomsox.org UVA Athletics.................... 800-542-8821

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

Virginia Polo Center................. 979-0293

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

Theater

Travel

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

*Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.................. 866-651-4296 PO Box 44, Durbin, WV www.mtn-rail.com Five Mountain Rail Adventures depart the historic depots of Elkins and Durbin, West Virginia, April-December. See ad pg 63

Black Box Players...................... 970-7600 Four County Players........ 540-832-5355 Jefferson Youth Theatre.......... 249-2803 Live Arts....................................... 977-4177 Offstage Theatre........................ 244-8432 *The Paramount Theater......... 979-1333 Downtown Mall www.theparamount.net Intimate, historic and non-profit theater offering arts, entertainment and educational events for all ages. See ad pg 151

*Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters........................ 977-1415 Millmont Shops, 1043 Millmont St. www.peacefrogstravel.com Full-service travel agency and outfitter specializing in leisure travel and custom travel experiences since 1993. See ad pg 113 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park-Natural Bridge........ 540-291-2727

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Mint Springs Lake..................... 823-5889

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

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

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

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

Belmont Park Spray Ground............................. 970-3260

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

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

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

City of Staunton Pool Gypsy Hill........................... 540-886-6846

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

Forest Hills Park Spray Ground............................. 970-3260 Greenleaf Park Spray Ground............................. 970-3260 James River Reeling & Rafting...................................... 286-4386 *James River Runners............ 286-2338 10092 Hatton Ferry Road, Scottsville www.jamesriver.com Explore the James River while tubing, canoeing, kayaking or rafting. Camping and fishing options, too. See ad pg 136

Zoos *Luray Zoo.......................... 540-743-4113 1087 U.S. 211, Luray www.lurayzoo.com The only true rescue zoo in Virginia and home to over 250 animals. See website to plan your visit. See ad pg 53 Maymont............................. 804-358-7166 Richmond Metro Zoo...... 804-739-5666 Smithsonian National Zoo...................... 202-633-4888 Virginia Safari Park......... 540-291-3205

434.244.0234 • kluge-ruhe.org

the only museum of Australian Aboriginal art in the u.s.

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ADVERTISER INDEX Albemarle Center for Family Medicine...................................86

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

Albemarle County Public Schools....... 126

Covenant School................................ 125

Albemarle Montessori Children’s Community................... 119

Crozet Family Dental..............................2

Albemarle Square Family Healthcare...........................87

Domino’s Pizza...................................102

Albemarle Therapy Center...................94 Alter, Lee Watercolor Painting........... 132 Amazement Square..............................35 Arc of the Piedmont, The.....................96 Ashtanga Yoga of Charlottesville.........92 ATA Leadership Martial Arts.............. 137 Blue Ridge Music Together & Luminaria Cville............................................. 137 Blue Ridge PACE..................................99 Bounce, Play-n-Create.......................103 Brown Automotive Group....................33

Classics Gymnastics........................... 135

DMR Adventures .............................. 138 Dr. James Tickel, Chiropractor..............83 Early Mountain Vineyards.................. 147 Eco Fair ............................................. 143 Effort Christian School & Preschool .................................. 116 FlyDog Yoga.........................................92 Free Union Country School ............... 120 Frontier Culture Museum................... 145 Frost Montessori School..................... 119 Goodwill Industries of the Valleys Corporate Headquarters...............109

Camp Alleghany................................ 133

Grelen Nursery / The Market at Grelen............ 51, H-29

Camp Friendship................................ 130

Grymes Memorial School................... 123

Capitol Sheds..................................... 110

Habitat Store, The.................... 110, H-28

Carter Mountain and Chiles Orchards........................39

Healing Hypnosis.................................84

Cavalier Wrestling Club...................... 139 Charlottesville Ballet Academy........... 133 Charlottesville Catholic School........... 121 Charlottesville City Schools................ 127 Charlottesville Dermatology................90 Charlottesville ENT Associates.............90 Charlottesville Orthodontics................94

Heppner Family Chiropractic................82 Here WEE Grow Again....................... 111 Highlands Golf Park........................... 134 Infant and Toddler Connection............99 International School of Ch'ville.......... 121 James Monroe Highland......................47 James River Runners.......................... 136

Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry........87

Jefferson Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ltd..............................89

Charlottesville Waldorf School........... 125

Jen Fariello Photography....................105


John C. Wells Planetarium...................45

Pediatric Associates of Ch'ville.............91

Judith Sullivan......................................92

Piedmont Family YMCA.........................3

Kids Toy Lift Foundation....................108

Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry...............84

King's Gourmet Popcorn......................65

Pony Academy, The........................... 136

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art................. 151

PVCC Fine Arts & Performance.......... 151

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden...........148

Renovaré Lifestyle Consulting .............91

Little Gym, The.................................. 135

Rice & Associates, Drs..........................85

Luray Zoo.............................................53

Sentara Healthcare..............................95

Madison Chamber & Visitor’s Center................................ 71

Shenanigans.......................................108

Madison Learning Center .................. 117

SOCA................................................. 139

Mary Jeffries, MD................................92

Spectrum Physical Therapy .................97

Massanutten Resort........................... 149

St. Anne’s-Belfield Camp................... 131

Meadowcreek Golf............................ 134

St. Anne’s-Belfield School.................. 124

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

St. Mark Lutheran Preschool.............. 120

Mindworks Pediatric Neuropsychology............................83

Tandem Friends School...................... 127

Montessori School of Charlottesville........................... 117 Mountaintop Montessori School........ 121 New River Trail State Park / VA State Parks...............................................73 North Branch School.......................... 123 Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates.......................................88 Orange County Dept of Tourism.......... 61 Our Lady of Peace...............................99 P. Buckley Moss...................................57 Paramount Theater, The.................... 151 Park Street Christian Preschool ......... 123 Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters............ 113

Sleep + Wellness Coach ......................96

Subconscious Solutions........................85 Thomas Jefferson's Monticello...........146 Triple C Camp.................................... 132 Vegetarian Festival............................. 143 Vintage Swings.................................. 111 Virginia Discovery Museum (VADM)........................................ 145 Virginia Festival of the Book..............144 Virginia Gators................................... 138 West Virginia Mountainrail Adventures................63 Wilson School of Dance..................... 132 Wolanski, Dr. – Obstetrics...................88 WVPT-PBS.........................................148


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