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  • The Gaylord National: Summer Fun for the Whole Family

    D.C.-area resort gives you all the feel of a distant vacation without the hassle Nestled on the banks of the Potomac River within eyeshot of Washington, D.C. towers the Gaylord National Resort anchoring National Harbor. An easy 51 miles away Read More
  • Digital Edition Online

    Read the 2019 Family Favorites edition and find out which FXBG businesses are the friendliest for families! Read More
  • VBS (Vacation Bible School) 2019

    Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church Panda ManiaWhen: July 7 – 11; 5:30 – 8:30 pmWhere: 420 Enon Rd, F’burg, 22406https://hullsbaptist.org/vbs_registraton  The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg RoarWhen: July 7 – 11, 9 am – 12 pmWhere: 810 Princess Anne St, F’burg, 22401https://vbspro.events/p/events/7710ec  Andrew Chapel United Methodist Read More
  • Summer Fun 2019

    In between camps, trips to grandma's house, and lazy days at the pool, here are a bunch of fun ideas to keep you busy this summer! Outdoor Fun Summer Fun @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond: All programs are included with Read More
  • Ask the Expert: Robert B. Payne

    Robert B. Payne, Inc. has been installing and maintaining heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in the Fredericksburg region since 1930. Those decades of experience make the company a wealth of knowledge when it comes to keeping your home comfortable Read More
  • Cooking Autism, Inc.

    For an autistic child, recreation can be a significant opportunity. Not only is it a chance to practice physical aptitude and social skills, but it can increase motivation and self-confidence. According to Autismspeaks.org, an autistic child mastering a specific activity Read More
  • It’s Family Favorites Time Again

    I can hardly believe it’s July. The season for pools, beaches, cookouts and vacations is in full swing. For area school kids, it’s the last hoorah since the ringing of liberty bells in July will give way to the sound Read More
  • Part 2 of 90 Days of Fun: The Homestead Impresses Teenagers

    Welcome to Part 2 of FredParent’s 90 Days of Fun series. As you saw in June, the intrepid Fredericksburg Parent staff is doing the hard work of summer fun research for our readers. Last month, editor Chris Jones experienced the Read More
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When it comes to children and birthdays, celebrations these days seem to amount to more than just balloons and a slice of birthday cake. Whether your child is into arts and crafts, fitness and sports, action and adventure, or nature and the great outdoors, you’ll find a party theme to make your child’s special day a memorable one. Here are some ideas for planning a fun birthday party for your children and their family and friends.

Down on the Farm

braehead partiesDoes your child love animals, nature and being outside? Petting zoos and reptile shows are popular with little ones, or consider throwing a birthday party on a real farm. Braehead Farm has two different party barns available for rent overlooking the farm’s Family Playgrounds for the young—and the young-at-heart—to enjoy. The playground space includes a hay barn, corn pit, farm animals, sand piles, slides and other play equipment and a picnic area.

“Children can safely run and play in wide open space and visit with the animals to experience wholesome fun outdoors on a farm,” shares Roxanna Snead with Braehead Farm. “Families can also enjoy anything else the farm has to offer such as the market, dairy fresh ice cream, or some time picking in the fields."

Throughout the year, the farm offers various vegetables, flowers and fruits to pick, as well.

"It is so much fun and educational for children. It’s more than a party. It’s about having family time and family fun,” says Snead.

Just for Kicks

children doing karateWhy not expose kids to a different culture, while being physically active, at a birthday party at a martial arts dojo? J Tiger Martial Arts offers parties for preschoolers through teenagers. Children are constantly on the move during a party here, with party packages featuring a board breaking activity and tae kwon do demo lesson for up to 20 kids. It also includes everyone’s favorite birthday party staple, pizza. Martial arts, such as the Korean martial art of tae kwon do, improve flexibility, heighten concentration, reduce stress, boost self-esteem and teach self-defense. Similar birthday party options are available at Jett Martial Arts and Mountain Kim Martial Arts. Other birthday party ideas for the sporty kid include basketball at the gym or playground, soccer and swimming or fishing.

Let’s Get Crafty

Options abound for kids who prefer to pick up a paint brush instead of a ball. Kids can paint kindness rocks or knickknacks, or tie dye t-shirts or make funky socks at home or at an art studio. At AR Workshop or Board & Brush Creative Studio, DIY projects include woodwork signs and wall décor, floor mats, photo frames, canvas pillows, blankets and blanket ladders.

The Great Escape

Connect GamesSpeaking of adventure, entertain your young thrill seekers and problem solvers through a birthday party at the Connect Games Escape Room. Up to 16 guests ages 10 and older can compete to solve escape room puzzles or even hunt for birthday presents during a party here.

“Our escape room is always based off of a local Fredericksburg story,” says Kristen Sill with Connect Games. “Escape rooms are a great birthday option because it is such a unique and cool experience. All the kids learn something new, work together to solve puzzles, and interact with each other face-to-face without even thinking about their phone.”

Let The Good Times Roll

cavalier roller skatingMoms and dads may feel a tinge of nostalgia after throwing a birthday party at a roller rink for their kids. What once was old is new again with roller skating becoming more popular among younger kids, as well as those in middle and high school. Rollerworks Family Skating Center and Cavalier Family Skating Center in Stafford are seeing an increase in skating parties, with Cavalier Family Skating Center hosting as many as 20 birthday parties every Saturday. Kids can skate until they drop here.

“Roller skating is a great option for many reasons,” says Emily Metts Garner, owner and operator of Cavalier Family Skating Center. “It’s indoors, so weather isn’t a factor. It’s a fun atmosphere. It’s healthy because kids are moving around and active instead of playing video games. And when kids are done, they go home exhausted.”

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