featured articles

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

featured articles

IMAGE A commitment to constant improvement characterizes Virginia Quality care providers
Roza Sharifi has always loved children. As a certified midwife in her home country of Iran, she delivered more than 1,000 babies over the course of... Read More...
IMAGE Ask the Expert – Fredericksburg Academy
With big-name tech companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google investing heavily in educational technology, it’s a given that tech will transform... Read More...
IMAGE Letter to the Readers: Celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. I’m a product of family adoption. My grandparents added me into their fold when I was close to 4... Read More...
IMAGE Choosing the Best Pet for Your Family
Before surprising your children with a new pet as a holiday gift this year, consider your family's lifestyle, finances and personality to decide what... Read More...
IMAGE In Light of National Prematurity Awareness Month, Reflecting on the Strides We’re Making
Pregnancy is nine months of preparation, planning and anticipation. But in about one in 10 pregnancies, the baby comes early. Called preterm or... Read More...
IMAGE How to Create an Emergency Fund for Life’s Curveballs
Simply put, an emergency fund is money set aside for life’s unexpected events. And yes, you can have an emergency fund even with debt. Personal... Read More...
IMAGE Why I Adopted: Local Families Share Their Stories
Sarah Bratt always felt that when it came to starting a family, she would choose adoption. She and her husband, Mike, are now the parents of three... Read More...
IMAGE The Benefits of Volunteering with Your Child
Volunteering is an ideal way for children and teens to be part of their community. It gives them a chance to explore their talents, and it also... Read More...
IMAGE 11 Ways Families Can Salute a Veteran
During this month of Thanksgiving, don't forget our military service members. Many organizations and veterans’ groups offer ways to help support... Read More...
IMAGE Family Favorites: Dupee Plumbing
When you turn on your faucet, you don’t always think about how it works. Plumbing is an integral, yet often forgotten part of our community; it... Read More...
Digital Edition Online
Click here if you are viewing from a tablet or smartphone.   Enlarge this document in a new window Read More...
IMAGE Hope House
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness estimates that one-third of homeless people are families with children. Of this number, 59 percent are... Read More...
IMAGE Smart Tips for Grocery Shopping with Little Kids
When our son was a new toddler, a trip to the grocery store was always an adventure he looked forward to. In fact, it was often an actual destination... Read More...

Events, dates & times are subject to change. Please make sure to always check with the event site before heading out.

Breakfast With the Easter Bunny. Mar 10. 10 am. Get ready for the best Breakfast EVER at Malawi’s Pizza. Cost: $7/person. This includes one 8" Pizzetta with Scrambled Eggs and Cheese and a Small Fountain Beverage with Free Refills. Space is limited, first come first served. (no registration required).Where: Malawi’s Pizza, The Village at the Spotsy Towne Center. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Easter Bunny Photos. Mar 10 - 31. At the Spotsy Towne Centre, Center Court. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

St. Patty's Day Ice Cream Party. March 15. 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Gymnastics, crafts, and ice cream sundaes. Cost: $15. For ages 6 mos - 5 yrs. Pre-registration required. Where: Stafford Gymnastics, 500 Nelms Cir, F'burg, 22406. www.staffordparks.com senc

St. Paddy's Day Party. Mar 16. 10 - 11 am. Put on your green and celebrate this special day when everyone is Irish Crafts, songs, games and special treat. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Cost: $10. www.staffordparks.com

Fredericksburg Spring Home & Garden Show. Mar 16 - 18. Times vary. Featuring beautiful outdoor area displays to walk through, the latest trends in home and gardening, as well as ​advice from hundreds of the area’s top professionals - all under one roof. ​So much to see and DO!​ Cost: $9/Adv or $10/Door. Ages 12 and under are free! Where: F'burg Expo Center. www.fredericksburghomeshow.com 

Sensory Friendly Egg Hunt. Mar 17. 1 - 3 pm. Children will turn their collected colored eggs in for a sensory prize bag. Spots are limited so please pre-register. Ages 3 - 12 yrs. Where: Rowser Building, inside. Cost: $3. www.staffordparks.com

Easter Crafts and Cute Kids Cuts with JCP Salon. Mar 17. 12 - 4 pm. Kids cuts for only $10! Plus crafts and face painting. Where: Spotsy Towne Centre, Food Court. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Kegs, Eggs and St. Patty's Day. Mar 17. Festive Music, Bagpipes, Field Events, Strong Man/Woman Competition, Beer Mile, Food trucks, Special Beer Releases, kegs, and eggs. Fun for Adults and Kids! Where: Maltese Brewing Company, 11047 Pierson Drive #B, F'burg. For more info check out Maltese's Facebook page.

St Patrick's 5k Mud Run & 1 Mile Fun Run. Mar 17. 9 - 11:30 am. Blast through obstacles and mud at Millers Farm Market! Our event is for all ages, family friendly! Sign up today at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/LocustGrove/StPatrickMudRun. Where: Miller's Farm, 12101 Orange Plank Rd, Locust Grove. For more info: www.facebook.com/StPatrickMudRun 

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival. Mar 17. 12 - 4 pm. The 16th Annual Jeff Fitzpatrick St. Patrick's Day Parade starts off at NOON, includes fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band, community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, military equipment and local pageant winners. The parade ends at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, where we will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Festival including local vendors, live music and entertainment, family-friendly activities, food from local food trucks, and of course, plenty of beer. We will be collecting food for the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank! Ample parking. Where: A. Smith Bowman Distillery, 1 Bowman Dr, F'burg.

Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt. Mar 17. 7 - 9 pm. Help us celebrate that Jesus is the light of the world with a Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt! Crafts, Face Painting, Snacks, 1000 Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs! All Ages welcome! Where: Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 2208 Lafayette Blvd, F'burg. Cost: Free!

Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny. Mar 18. 7 - 9 pm. Bring your fuzzy friends to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Please use the main entrance near Dick’s Sporting Goods, all pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. The FXBG SPCA will be onsite accepting donations. For pricing visit STC website. Where: Spotsy Towne Centre. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny-Spotsy Parks & Rec. Mar 24. 9:30 - 11 am. Join us for breakfast, crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny then HOP outside to the Marshall Center Front Lawn for an Easter Egg Hunt with OVER 1,000 EGGS!!! **Pre-registration is required**. Register January 22-March 16 at Spotsylvania Parks & Recreation. Where: Loriella Park, 10910 Leavells Rd, F'burg

Eggsplosion. Mar 24. 11 am - 3 pm. Enjoy a day of activities (train rides, moon bounce, games & prizes!) including an egg hunt. Price includes all activities (except for food). Adults are free! For ages 10 and under. Cost: $10/adv or $12/gate. Where: Curtis Park, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com

Annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt. Mar 24. 1 - 3 pm. Dogs on leash hunt for prizes, treats and toys! Costume contest too. Your registration of $5 allows up to two dogs to join in the fun! Pre-registration requested. All dog parents must sign release acknowledging their dog(s) are current on shots and are healthy. Where: Memorial (Kenmore) Park. www.FredParksRec.com 

Easter @ Braehead Farm. March 24, 25, & 31. 9 am - 6 pm. Join us for a visit with the Easter Bunny in the egg patch and have an Easter egg hunt! Also, hayrides and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Lunch and concessions available for purchase. Cost: $9/person. Where: 1130 Tyler St, F'burg, 22401. www.braeheadfarm.com 

Sensory Friendly Bunny Mar 25. 9:30 - 10:30 am. Families of children with disabilities know that a trip to a shopping mall can be challenging. The Spotsylvania Towne Centre wants to give children with special needs time with the Easter Bunny on Sunday, March 25 from 9:30-10:30am. The disAbility Resource Center will have a fun craft for your little too! Where: Spotsy Towne Centre. Pricing varies. Visit STC website for details. www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Funland. Mar 25. 12 - 3 pm. Get ready for a hoppin' good time! Free Admission! Free Arts & Crafts with Creative Art Studio! Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt (Easy, Aimed for ages 2-5). Bunny Scavenger Hunt (Hard, Aimed for ages 5-12) . FREE Face Painting with Face Painting By Ivy! Fun Prizes! Visit with the Easter Bunny. Visit Funland's Facebook page for up to date info. Where: Central Park Funland

Children's Easter Egg Drop. Mar 25. 1 - 4 pm. This year Morais Vineyards is bringing you and your children an Easter Egg Helicopter Drop! A helicopter will fly over the field on the property and drop over 3,000 marshmallows. Once the helicopter flies away, children will race in the age appropriate zones and collect as many marshmallows as they can grab. Your children will then trade in their marshmallows for prizes! Where: Morais Winery, Bealton. Cost: Free but register online.

Beeping Egg Hunt. Mar 25. 2 - 4 pm. Belmont's 6th annual Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for visually impaired or blind children and their families. Bring your basket and join us for an egg hunt, refreshments, miniature animal petting zoo, crafts and more . Free! Where: Gari Melchers Home and Studio, 224 Washington St, Falmouth, 22405. Please RSVP to Michelle Crow-Dolby at 540-654-1851.

Preschool Egg Hunt. Mar 26. 10 am. Bring a basket and join the Easter bunny for a hunt just for the little ones. Where: Rowser Bldg, Stafford. Pre-registration required. Hunt will be held indoor in case of rain. For ages 5 and under only. Cost: $5. www.staffordparks.com

Spring Holiday for Kids. Mar 28. 5 - 6 pm. Celebrate spring with some "eggciting" holiday crafts. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com

Easter Egg Decorating. Mar 28. 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Join in the fun and make a mess at our place learning some new and old way to dye your eggs. Bring up to 2 dozen boiled eggs at room temp. For ages 3 - 12 yrs. Cost: $10. Where: Rowser Building, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com

Lunch With the Easter Bunny. Mar 30. 10:30 am - 12 pm. Join the Easter Bunny and his friends for songs, crafts, food and fun! Cost: $12. Must purchase in advance. Includes activities and lunch for one child. Parents may buy lunch for $4. Where: Rowser Bldg, 1739 Jeff Davis Hwy, Stafford. www.staffordparks.com or 540-658-5116.

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Kings Dominion. March 30 - Apr 1. Egg scavenger hunt, crafts, and photo opportunities with Eggward the Easter Bunny and more! http://kingsdominion.com/play/events/easter-eggstravaganza  

Easter Weekend Events. Mar 30 - Apr 1. Times vary. Bonfire, egg dying, pictures with the Bunny, egg hunts, hayrides, magic show and more! Where: Wilderness Presidential Resort

Peek A Bloom with Peter Rabbit. Mar 31 - Apr 1. 1 - 4 pm. Peter Rabbit greets visitors and poses for photographs (both days) during Peek-a-Bloom with Peter Rabbit. Concert on Bloemendaal Lawn (Saturday only; 2-3 p.m.) Easter Brunch in the Robins Tea House by reservation (Sunday). Join us for activities in the Children’s Garden, including drawing with sidewalk chalk, hula hooping, and making garden hats out of materials such as bags and ribbons. Cost: Regular Garden admission. Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. www.lewisginter.org/event/peter-rabbit 

Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt. Mar 31. 10 am. Bring the kids and come on out for the Annual Colonial Beach Easter Egg Hunt on Town Hill. Free!
1 Mile Hop & 1/4 Mile Bunny Chase. March 31. Bring the whole family out for a fun morning of running/walking and hunting for eggs! There is a race for all ages! At the Spotsy Courthouse Village Pavilion, 1900 Block of Old Battlefield Blvd. Off of Courthouse Rd. and Brock Rd. Register at http://tinyurl.com/RabbitRun2018

Dominion Family Easter. March 31. 10 am - 3 pm. Experience one of Richmond’s favorite Easter events! The whole family will enjoy exciting games and activities, visits with the Easter Bunny, live entertainment, food trucks and more. Fees vary for activities. Where: 2201 Shields Lake Dr, Richmond. www.maymont.org 

Easter Eggstravaganza & Scavenger Hunt. March 31. 10:30 am - 12 pm. Join us on a scavenger hunt to see what the Easter Bunny may have left as he hopped through the woods here at Lake Anna State Park! We'll explore the differences between a wild Cottontail Rabbit & a domestic pet bunny. After the scavenger hunt, be sure to come into the newly renovated Visitor Center to make a neat craft to take home and of course, claim your prize for completing the scavenger hunt! The fun & candy abound where Nature meets Technology! Lake Anna State Park, 6800 Lawyers Rd, Spotsy, 22551. Free! www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/lake-anna.shtml 

Easter Egg Hunt @ Stratford Hall. March 31. More info TBA. Where: 483 Great House Rd, Stratford Hall, VA. www.stratfordhall.org 

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Leesylvania State Park. March 31. 2:30 pm. Hunt for prize-filled Easter eggs. Kids can color eggs, play games and make crafts. Learn about the history of the Easter egg and why it became a holiday tradition. Free! 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr, Woodbridge, 22191. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/leesylvania.shtml 

Blossom Kite Festival. Mar 31. 10 am - 4:30 pm. Head to the Washington Monument grounds for a day of kite-flying and kite-related activities including demonstrations, competitions, a Kite Club Display Area and Activity Tents where kids can make their own kites to fly. Witness the Rokkaku Battle or the Hot Tricks Showdown, or simply relax and enjoy the colorful, high-flying spectacle! Where: Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW. FREE! www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org 

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Carter Mountain. March 31. 10 am - 5 pm. Egg Hunts and activities for children up to age 12, plus visits with the Easter Bunny, lots of crafts, activities, hayrides, lunch, special egg hunts for adults, and a good time! Eat an apple cider donut, enjoy a glass of wine or hard cider, and celebrate Spring! Where: Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trl, Charlottesville

Easter Monday @ The National Zoo. Apr 2. 10 am - 2 pm. Please join us for special family-focused activities and live entertainment. We'll have a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and animal demonstrations as well as visits from the Easter Panda! Free! Rain or shine. www.nationalzoo.si.edu 

Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Craft Faire. April 7 & 8. Times Vary. The Craft Shows offer a wide variety of quality handmade items. From artwork and pottery, to bath and body products, unique jewelry, woodworking and gourmet foods; you will find whatever you need. Where: F'burg Expo Ctr. Cost: $8. Ages 12 and under: Free! www.fredericksburgartsandcraftsfaire.com 

Spring Forward Festival. Apr 8. 1 - 4 pm. Children and their families are invited to spend the afternoon on Brompton Lawn at UMW. Event includes spring related crafts, games, and a large egg hunt. Community members are asked to accompany their children and egg hunt participants must be 11 years old or younger.

Annual Multicultural Fair. April 14. 10 am - 5 pm. Featuring multicultural entertainment, children's activities, international and American food and ethnic craft vendors. UMW Fredericksburg campus, Ball Circle. Free! 540- 654-1044.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. April 14. 10 am - 12 pm. One of DC's largest spectator events, the energy-filled Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW. Vibrant costumes and blossom-inspired décor create the look of nation's premier springtime parade. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, celebrity entertainers, marching bands from across the country, and performers burst down Constitution Avenue in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the Festival. Cost: Starting at $20 for Grandstand Seating. Standing along the Parade route from Constitution Ave between 9th and 15th streets, NW is FREE and open to the public. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org 

Earth Day On the Rappahannock. April 21. 11 am - 4 pm. Enjoy the 15th annual Earth Day Festival along the beautiful Rappahannock River! We’ll have dozens of environmental exhibitors, live music, great food, birds of prey, hands-on activities, and so much more for the entire family! Come learn what you can do to reduce your impact on the planet while having great, FREE, fun. Bring your own water bottle for re-fills! Rain date: April 28th. Free! Where: Old Mill Park

Spring Open House @ Gari Melcher's Belmont. Apr 22, 10 am - 5 pm. Enjoy the restored gardens in bloom, the art of Gari Melchers and the history of Belmont. The Spring Open House is a great opportunity to share Belmont with family and friends. Free! Where: 224 Washington St, Falmouth, 22405.

Earth Day Celebration @ Caledon State Park. April 22. 3 - 5 pm. This Earth Day, have you considered the natural resources you use? Wood, fuel, wildlife, wind, solar, and minerals all impact our lives today as well as the lives of our ancestors. Join us on Earth Day as we discover the importance of conservation of the natural resources around us. We will have a party for our beautiful planet complete with games and refreshments. Where: 11617 Caledon Rd, King George. Free! www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/caledon.shtml 

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

FredParent on Twitter

FredParent Education E-letter: Book Recommendations, Financial Literacy for College Grads, Brain Development, and More! - https://t.co/sJW5Hw0XZ1
FredParent RT @MWHCConnection: The new Mary Washington Urgent Care King George will open its doors on Monday, November 11 at 8:00 a.m.! Trust us for y…
FredParent RT @VaDOT: Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in #VA & senior pedestrians are particularly affected. 16 pedestrians age 70+ were killed…

FredParent on Twitter

FredParent Education E-letter: Book Recommendations, Financial Literacy for College Grads, Brain Development, and More! - https://t.co/sJW5Hw0XZ1
FredParent RT @MWHCConnection: The new Mary Washington Urgent Care King George will open its doors on Monday, November 11 at 8:00 a.m.! Trust us for y…
FredParent RT @VaDOT: Pedestrian fatalities are on the rise in #VA & senior pedestrians are particularly affected. 16 pedestrians age 70+ were killed…
FredParent RT @dayhikingtrails: Games that will help kids better understand and appreciate nature #campvibes #kidsunplugged #VitaminN https://t.co/MS5

Upcoming Events

Pouches' Community Corner

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.