Our calendar mama extraordinaire, Leigha Pecher, has assembled this incredible list of fun summer events and activities to keep you and your crew active and entertained this summer. Enjoy!
Summer Fun @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond: All programs are included with cost of regular garden admission. www.lewisginter.org
~Butterflies Live. Daily through Oct 14. Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties — fascinating and showy — transform the Conservatory’s North Wing into a wonderland of vibrant colors, captivating sights and extraordinary discoveries. The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new.
~Family Walk & Talk. Tuesdays, June - August. Departing at 10 am. Enhance your understanding of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the Garden. Includes hands on fun and a take home craft.
~Good Green Fun. Thursdays, June - August. 5 - 6 pm. Families with kids of all ages are invited to spend time in the Children’s Garden having “good green fun".
~Storytime in the Garden. Fridays, June - August. 10 - 11 am. Enjoy storybooks and activities in the Children’s Garden. Included in garden admission.
~Water Play Weekends. All summer long (weather permitting!). The Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel!
Picnic in the Park: Every Tuesday in May & June (except holiday weeks!). 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Featuring live music and children’s activities. Bring a picnic lunch or buy one in the park. Enjoy the sunshine with your children, friends and co-workers! Free and open to the public! Where: Hurkamp Park, downtown F'burg
Flying Circus Air Show: Every Sunday in the summer (weather permitting), 2 - 4 pm. A parachute jumper opens the show as he glides down while carrying the American flag. A wingwalker thrills an amazed crowd as he waves to them while hanging from his ankles below the biplane's bottom wing! A barnstormer hops rides in a vintage biplane from a makeshift airfield! Where: 5114 Ritchie Road, Bealeton, VA. Cost: Adults/$15; Children 5-12.$ 7 and Children Under 5 are free! www.flyingcircusairshow.com/schedule.html
Movie Under the Stars: Every other Saturday July 7 through Sept 15: 8 pm. Bring your own blankets/chairs and join us for FREE movie on the Jumbotron by the fountain! Where: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 15201 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, 22191. For movie schedule: www.stonebridgeptc.com/events
Movie on the Midway: 8 - 11 pm. June 9 (Beauty & The Beast) June 22 (Frozen): Join us for a fun FREE outdoor movie! Before we watch the movie we will have a chance to meet with some special guests! We will also be hosting a Sing Along party to some of the songs from the movie before the movie starts! The movie will take place outside on our midway! Plenty of lawn seating is available on a first come first serve basis. Seating is limited. Where: Central Park Funland. Movie Start Time is 8:45pm.
Come Make a SPLASH for Young Children: June 24. 6:30 – 9pm. Join Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area at the Steve and Cheri Thurston Water Park at the Massad Family YMCA for a wet and wild fundraising event. $35 for a 4-pack of tickets. $20 for 2 tickets. Ticket includes a hot dog, chips and a drink. Smartbeginningsra.org
Potomac Nationals Baseball 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
Richmond Squirrels Baseball 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.milb.com/richmond/community/kidsclub
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair: July 27 - Aug 5. 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
Spotsy Outdoor Movie Series. Join us for the 2018 Outdoor Movie Series! Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the featured film under the stars! Concessions will be available from some of our favorite local food trucks. Where: Loriella Park, 10910 Leavells Rd, F'burg. July: Loriella Pool: Free Willy ($3/adults, $3 kids); Aug: Loriella Park, Public Safety Building: The Avengers, Infinity War (free); Sep: Loriella Park Soccer Fields: Little Giants (free) and Oct: Patriot Park Amphitheater: Star Wars, The Last Jedi (free)!
Sipping Under the Stars. Select Saturday nights throughout the summer. 7 -10 pm. Make your way into the vineyard to sip wine under the stars and enjoy our featured film of the evening. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair for your viewing pleasure. Come early to begin your evening with a delectable dinner from Le Grand Cru Bistro in one of our Tuscan Venues. Where: Potomac Point Winery, Stafford. Cost: $10. For complete line-up: www.potomacwinery.com
James Madison's Montpelier: Kids Are Free This Summer! July 5 - Aug 31. All kids ages 14 and under visiting with a paying adult get free admission to the House. The free tours make for an affordable and enriching summer experience available to visitors every day of the week. Montpelier will also be offering its "Discovering Montpelier: A Family Friendly Tour," an interactive experience for families that involves using artifacts and documents, participating in kid-friendly activities, and touring the House and its surroundings. www.montpelier.org
Teen Night @ Woodlands Pool. 8 - 10 pm on June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug 10, and Aug 2424. For ages 13 - 19. Games, music, pizza, swimming. Cost: $3/gate. www.staffordparks.com
Vacation Bible School: check out our list here!
AMF Bowling: 12100 Kilarney Dr. F'burg, 22407. Summer Season Pass. Bowl 3 games every day, all summer long for one low price! May 21 - Sept 3. Shoes included! Cost: $31.95/Kids & $47.95/Adults. www.bowlsummergames.com
Splitsville Lanes: Every Tuesday, bowl for $2 a game, per person, plus get $2 shoes! All day long! Where: Spotsy Towne Centre
The Blue Star Museum Program: All active-duty military personnel and their families receive free admission to participating museums Memorial Day through Labor Day. Participating museums include the James Monroe Museum, Gari Melcher's Belmont, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop and many more. For more locations: www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums
Paragon Theater FREE Kids Summer Movies: Every Tues, Wed, Thurs at 10 am! June 12 - Aug 9. First come, first served! Where: Paragon Village 12, Spotsy Towne Centre. For complete line up visit: www.paragontheaters.com/promotions
Regal Summer Movie Express: Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 am for the summertime (June 19 - Aug 15)! Cost: $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office. Each week both movies play on both days. Where: Regal 14, Plank Rd, F'burg. For complete line up visit: https://www.regmovies.com/movies/summer-movie-express
Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out: Daily throughout the summer. Explore what lies beneath the surface of some of the world’s most spectacular creatures, using the amazing science of Plastination. Guests will learn more about the inner workings of animals and leave with a new understanding of the amazing beauty of both animals and humans. From goats to giraffes, squids to sharks and octopuses to ostriches, guests will discover the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar. www.smv.org
~Fantastic Fauna: As you exit ANIMAL INSIDE OUT, you’ll step into Fantastic Fauna, a Museum-curated exhibition that celebrates the amazing characteristics and behaviors of animals and the biological diversity within the animal kingdom. Explore the unique and extreme features of animals and compare your speed, genetic makeup, longevity and more to those of animals from around the world. Fantastic Fauna admission is included in ANIMAL INSIDE OUT admission. Where: Science Museum of VA, 2500 West Broad St, Richmond
Kids Entertainment @ Stonebridge. Every Wednesday, 10 am. Join us for children's entertainment on Wednesday morning for live music and family time near the fountain. Where: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, Woodbridge
Stafford County Parks & Rec Family Shows: June 27 (Great Zucchini Magic Show), July 18 (Reptiles Alive), Aug 8 (Mad Science), and Aug 22 (Barefoot Puppet). 10 am. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Cost: $4/Adv, $5/Door. Ages 2 and under: Free! www.staffordparks.com
Arts & Crafts:
Michaels Camp Creativity. 7 weeks of fun! Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: June 11 - July 27, 10 am - 12 pm. New crafts each day, slime Fridays, new theme each week! For ages 3 and up. Cost: $2 for 3 and up. $5 for ages 6 and up. Register and find more info: www.michaels.com/camp-creativity
A.C. Moore: Kids Crafternoon. Every Wednesday, June 27 - Aug 1. 1 - 3 pm. For ages 5 - 12. More info at acmoore.com
Pots N Palettes: Family Days: Thursdays: 2 for 1 Studio Fee all day! Where: 1104 Sophia St, F'burg.
Summer Reading at the Library: Starts June 1. Read whatever you want all summer long, complete missions, earn virtual badges, win prizes, and become eligible for raffles. www.librarypoint.org/summer
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: May 15- Sep 3. Read any 8 books, record them in the journal (find info HERE) and 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 4 books from the Summer Adventure Ready Section, write about the books you've read in your summer reading adventure notebook, and return to your local store to receive a FREE Mo Willems pencils and pencil case. Go HERE for more info.
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards: All summer! Read every day for 2 weeks (use THIS calendar to keep track and turn it in) and get 10 free tokens!
33rd Annual Music on the Steps: Mondays, June 4 - Aug 27. 7 - 8 pm. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome. In case of inclement weather, concerts move into the theater. Where: Downtown Library. For complete line-up of bands: www.librarypoint.org
Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Fridays June 1 - Sept 28, 7 - 9 pm. Join us in Market Square for great music from all different genres.
Lake Anna Sunset Concert Series: June 9, July 14, Aug 11 & Sept 8 @ 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
Celebrate Virginia After Hours Summer Concerts: Featuring: June 1: Kane Brown; June 23: Travis Tritt; July 13: Granger Smith; July 14: Ted Nugent; July 21: Brett Eldridge; Aug 2: The Beach Boys; Aug 11: Tracey Lawrence & Joe Diffie; Sept 8: Gary Allen. Where: Marks & Harrison Amphitheater, Gordon W. Shelton Blvd, F'burg, 22401. www.celebratevirginiaafterhours.com
Stafford Songfest Sundays: June 17, July 15 & Aug 19. 5 - 7 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. Free! Rain or shine.