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fredericksburg area summer fun

Interested in keeping the kiddos busy this summer? Love the outdoors? Want to stay inside in the A/C? This great list of area activities should help get you started. Scroll down for all the fun! Also be sure to check out the other resources here on our website like summer camps and our day trippin' guide!

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Paragon Summer Movies: Every Tues/Wed/Thurs: June 23 - Aug 21. FREE Summer movies at Paragon Theater at the Spotsy Towne Centre! First come, first served! See the list of movies HERE.

CMoR-F'burg: Spiderman & Friends: July 19. Time TBD. Spiderman and friends will be swinging over to CMoR Fredericksburg for very special performances during the Children's Museum of Richmond's Summer Series! Admission is $5! http://www.c-mor.org/plan-your-visit/fredericksburg

CMoRCMoR-F'burg: Diggity Dudes: July 25. 11 am & 1 pm. Join us and come dance and sing with some of the coolest dudes we know! Don't miss out on all the musical fun that will be sure to cool down your summer! This event is FREE with museum admission. http://www.c-mor.org/plan-your-visit/fredericksburg

Splitsville Lanes: Every Tuesday, bowl for $2 a game, per person, plus get $2 shoes from 4 p.m. to close. Where: Spotsy Towne Centre. http://www.splitsvillelanes.com/location/fredericksburg/

AMF Bowling: Now through Sept 7. Free bowling for kids all summer long! Shoe rental not included. Register online at www.bowlsummergames.com or pick up your passes at location.

Liberty Lanes Bowling: June 15 - Aug 30. Bowl all summer long for $2/game and $2 shoe rental at Liberty Center. Register online w/ valid email and you will receive a weekly email with your bowling certificate for $2 bowling/game. Visit www.libertycenterva.com/summerstrikes.html for details and to sign up!

Golden Skate World: Summer Fun: June 17 - Aug 26. All two hour sessions just $5! Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm and Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Thurs: 1 - 3 pm and 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Fridays 1:00 - 3:00. Where: 12220 Five Mile Rd, F'burg, 22407. www.goldenskateworld.com 

crrlLibrary Fun: All CRRL Branches. Visit www.librarypoint.org for great events for all ages! Fun reading celebrations, new Fabulous Fridays, STEM events, superhero events and much more!

CYT Presents: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: July 25: 2 pm & 7 pm; July 26: 3 pm; Aug 1: 2 pm & 7 pm; Aug 2: 3 pm. Where: Spotsy High School, 6975 Courthouse Rd, 22551. Cost: Online: $15 or $16/Door. www.cytfredericksburg.org



Picnic in the Park: Every Tues in June & Sept: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Live music, children's activities, moon bounce, and more! Free! Bring a picnic lunch! Where: Hurkamp Park, F'burg.

Flying Circus Aerodrome Show: Sundays, 2:30 - 4 pm. Parachute jumpers, wing walkers, vintage biplane tricks and more! Cost: Adults: $15. $13 w/ valid military ID. Children 5-12: $ 7. Kids under 5 are Free! Where: 5114 Ritchie Rd, Bealeton. www.flyingcircusairshow.com 

pnatsPotomac Nationals Games: Check out this minor league team's schedule packed with family fun games where kids can run the bases, fireworks after the game, special pricing and more! www.potomacnationals.com 

Movie Under the Stars: Every Saturday through Sept 5: 7 pm. Bring your own blankets/chairs and join us for FREE movie on the Jumbotron! Where: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center 14900 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, 22191. For movie schedule: www.stonebridgeptc.com/events 

potomac pointPotomac Point Winery: Outdoor Movie Nights: Monthly through Aug. Watch a movie on our 16 ft. Big Screen. Wine, cheese boards and ice cream will be available for purchase. Tickets are available online for advanced purchase or at the door! Cost: Online: $9.99/person. At the door: $15/person. Children 2 and under are free! Where: 275 Decatur Rd, Stafford. http://www.potomacpointwinery.com/

History at Sunset in Stafford: June 12: 7 pm: Starting the Show: A Walk to the Upper Pontoon Crossing, Chatham. July 31: 7 pm: Belle Plains: Gateway to War. Meet at Belle Plains Boat Club, 984 Belle Plains Road, 22405. Bring a lawn chair. August 7: 8 pm: Life of a House: Chatham by Candlelight. For more info, call the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center at 540-373-6122.

History at Sunset: We are happy to announce that we will host 10 programs for our popular Friday night History at Sunset series in 2015! Stay tuned, as we will post our full schedule soon. www.nps.gov
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair: July 31 - Aug 9. Head to the oldest fair in the United States! Join us in celebrating traditional fair events, contests, entertainment, food and fun for the whole family! www.fredericksburgfair.org 




Pots and PalettesPots and Palettes: Canvas Art for Kids: June 5, 12, 19, 26: 5 pm. Where: 1104 Sophia St, F'burg. http://potsandpalettes.com/

Pots and Palettes: Family Days: Thursdays: 2 for 1 Studio Fee all day! http://potsandpalettes.com/

Michaels: Passport to Imagination: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: June 15 - July 31: 10 am - 12 pm. Join us on an imaginary 7 week road trip from the beach to the county fair and beyond w/ fun kids' crafts at each stop. Register in store or online. Cost: $5/Session.

Summer Fun Wednesdays @ A.C. Moore: TBA-Check back for details soon!



Music on the Library Steps: Every Monday: June 1 - Aug 24: 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and picnic supper and enjoy music outside of the HQ Library in downtown F'burg every Monday evening in the summer! In case of inclement weather, the concert moves inside the theater. For schedule: www.librarypoint.org 

Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Fridays through Labor Day, 7 pm. Join us in Market Square for great music from all different genres. This year we will also be hosting local food vendors in Market Square, so bring your family and friends down for a treat!

stafford songfestStafford Songfest Sundays: Every 3rd Sunday June - Sept: 3 - 5 pm. Whether you're a fan of vintage rock, classic country, or rhythm & blues, we're sure to have a concert that moves you! Pack a picnic lunch and bring the entire family for a day filled with music and song! Where: Celebration Stage at John Lee Pratt Memorial Park. Cost: $10/car. Rain or shine.

Lake Anna Sunset Concert Series: June 27, July 25, & Aug 22: 5:30 pm Live bands and the best views of Lake Anna's famed sunsets Come by boat or land! Great fun for the whole family. Badminton and Corn Hole too. Where: Lake Anna Point Marina, 13703 Anna Point Lane, Mineral, VA. Free! www.facebook.com/LakeAnnaSunsetConcertSeries 

CVLCelebrate Virginia Live Summer Concerts: Featuring: July 28: Heart, July 31: Hank Williams, Jr.; Aug 21: Chris Young. Where: By the F'burg Expo Center, Gordon W. Shelton Blvd, F'burg, 22401. www.celebratevirginialive.com 

Music on the Green: Every Thursday evening Aug 6 - September 24: 7 - 9 pm. Bring a lawn chair and relax with Potomac Point Winery and enjoy live music featuring an eclectic mix of Jazz, Country, Classic Rock, Funk and more. Where: On the Village Green Sephora Stage near Bravo! Cucina Italiana. In case of inclement weather Music on the Green will be featured in the Parmida Building across from Sephora.



barnes nobleBarnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: Read any 8 books, record them on THIS sheet to turn in to our store and then choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!

Books-a-Million Summer Reading: Read any 6 books by Aug 16, have a parent/guardian complete THIS form, and return to your local store to receive a FREE Theodore Boone pencil and pencil case.

Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards: Download and print out THIS calendar, Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals, and then Bring in the completed calendars to Chuck E. Cheese's and receive 10 free tokens as a reward!

Summer Reading Club at Central Regional Rappahannock Library: Starting June 1: Sign up online at www.librarypoint.org. All ages! You get prizes just for signing up, and if you are a kid or a teen, you get prizes for continuing to read throughout the summer. All branches.



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The Table at St. George’s

The Table at St. George’s is a market-style food pantry serving the extended local community. Visitors are invited to select their own items from a variety of fresh food, including locally grown produce. The Table’s mission is to encourage healthy eating, build relationships with those in need, and blur the lines between those serving and those being served.