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The endless free time of summer seems fun at first, but often after several weeks of sitting around the house, kids get restless.   Parents get tired of kids constantly watching TV or playing video games.  We want to help them avoid the summer backslide that often occurs between June and September, but there are only so many answers to the question, “What can I do?”.    As a parent, it can be challenging to come up with new ideas each day.  So to help you get through the rest of the summer, I will be posting three activities each week that you can do with your kids around the 'burg.  They will be fun and educational but will not break the bank.  I hope they help you to make it through the rest of the summer with your sanity intact.

Children’s Museum of Richmond- Fredericksburg- Monday August 15th is the $.15 kids day



Monday August 15th was the $.15 kids day at the Children’s Museum of Richmond- Fredericksburg. This was a great opportunity to see what CMOR Fredericksburg has to offer at a reduced price...and if you missed it, no worries, bookmark the 15th for next July and August, or take your younger kids any month that the bigs are in school! On the 15th day of each month, children can attend for $.15, but the accompanying parent or guardian still needs to pay admission at the regular price of $9 per adult. The Children’s Museum is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and has a variety of educational exhibits designed for kids 8 and under  Activities are designed to help facilitate learning through play and to foster children’s creativity and problem solving skills. Exhibits at the Fredericksburg Children’s Museum include: air tubes, an automotive area, a diner, the dentist’s office, a construction house, a bank, future me, the star bright stage, the book nook, the grocery store, the art studio, and a tot spot.


Motts Run Reservoir


The Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area is an 860-acre natural area serving residents of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania.  In the summer, the reservoir is open Thursdays-Mondays. At the reservoir, there is canoe and kayak rental, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. Bring lunch or dinner and eat at one of the picnic tables or use one of the grills. Young children can look for frogs or dip net fish to explore the wildlife that lives in a pond using the following activity.  They can participate in a nature scavenger hunt to explore what types of things they can find in the park or the woods. The nature center is open April through October, on the weekend, and features hands-on nature displays including a snake! Motts Run also has orienteering courses where older kids/teenagers and adults can learn to use a map and compass together to navigate their way through a specific course.

Kenmore Park

0426161734aKenmore Park is a great place to take the kids on a sunny day. It is located on the corner of Kenmore Avenue and Mary Ball Street in Fredericksburg.  The park has a basketball court, lighted and unlighted tennis courts, children’s playground equipment, a toddler play area, and a field. The playground has swings and musical instruments that children can play. Kenmore park is also called Monument Park because visitors to the park can view the Mary Washington Monument constructed for Mary Ball Washington, the mother of George Washington. It looks like a smaller version of the Washington Monument.  Mary Washington was buried here in 1789 near her daughter, Betty Washington Lewis’s house, Kenmore, which is across the street from the monument. The burial site and memorial are near “Meditation Rock” where Mary Washington prayed for the country and the safety of George Washington during the American Revolution. Read more about Mary Washington and the history of the monument here.

-Nina Parrish, M.Ed.

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About Nina

nina parrish

Nina Parrish graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Following graduation from the University of Mary Washington, she received the Project PISCES scholarship to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she completed her certification in Special Education for K-12 students with learning disabilities, mental retardation, and emotional disturbance. After obtaining her license, Nina earned a Master's Degree in Education for School Counseling in grades Pre K-12 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nina taught in the public schools in North Carolina and Virginia for 7 years. Nina currently owns, Parrish Learning Zone, a K-12 local tutoring service with her husband Jay, who is also a teacher. They live in Spotsylvania with their daughter.


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