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!
Summer Fun @ Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond: All programs are included with cost of regular garden admission. www.lewisginter.org
- Butterflies Live. Daily now 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, in June & Aug. 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, in 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, in 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!
- Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks. Daily, June 28 – Sep 22, 9 am – 5 pm. Created with half-a-million LEGO bricks, the exhibit will feature 24 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the Garden. Many of the sculptures are larger than life and highlight the inter-connectivity of all living things. There’s even a chance for guests to be part of the exhibit with a photo opportunity built into a mosaic of a garden scene. www.lewisginter.org/nature-connects-lego/
Picnic in the Park: Every Tuesday in June. 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. Parachute jumpers, barnstormers, wing walkers and much more comedic fun at this weekly airshow. Airplane rides too! Where: 5114 Ritchie Road, Bealeton. Cost: Adults/$15; Ages 5-12/$ 7 and Children Under 5 are free! www.flyingcircusairshow.com/schedule.html
Movie Under the Stars: Every other Saturday June – Sept. 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, Woodbridge. For movie schedule: www.stonebridgeptc.com/events
Free Trolley Rides! Fri & Sat May 31 – Aug 31, 5 – 9 pm. A free, family-friendly “Around the Town” service that offers participants a snapshot of the wonders of downtown Fredericksburg is returning this summer. The City of Fredericksburg is bringing back our free shuttle service for locals and tourists alike. The City will contract with Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg on the service, which will include a roughly 15-minute loop of downtown and stop at four carefully selected locations. The Trolley Tours guides will have handy information for riders upon request about the downtown and its rich history and many amenities. Go HERE for pick up/drop off locations.
Minor League Baseball Games: Check out these minor league teams' schedules packed with family fun games where kids can run the bases, fireworks after the game, special pricing and more!
Potomac Nationals: www.potomacnationals.com
Richmond Flying Squirrels: www.milb.com/richmond
Richmond Kickers Games: Check out this professional soccer club close by in Richmond. Soccer fans will love the affordable tickets and fun at the home games. For schedule, pricing and more visit: www.richmondkickers.com/club
Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair: July 26 – Aug 4. Head to the oldest fair in the United States! Celebrate with traditional fair events, contests, rides, entertainment and more! www.fredericksburgfair.org
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 8 - Aug 30. 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
Omni Homestead Resort. So many activities to enjoy, including archery, ziplining, golf, horses, games, hiking, biking, and kayaking, along with a family friendly lazy river. Read our whole review here!
SummerFest at the Gaylord National. Free of charge, kids will enjoy participating in a Bug Quest, Campfire Tales & S’more and much more. Families can snuggle and take in Movie Under the Stars or boogey to Sunset Jams, live music by the pool deck and bar (Saturdays). Read our whole review here!
AMF Bowling: Now – Sep 2. Summer Season Pass. Bowl 3 games every day, all summer long for one low price! Now - Sept 2. Shoes included! Cost: $34.95/Kids & $49.95/Adults. Where: 12100 Kilarney Dr. F'burg. 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
Summer Open Skate: June 15 – Aug 9, 11 am – 5 pm. Open skate Monday through Friday! Admission is $6.50 and includes a slice of pizza and a drink ($5.00 admission without the pizza and drink). Skate rental is $2 and rollerblade rental is $3. Where: Cavalier Family Skating, Stafford. www.cavalierfamilyskating.com
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 11 - Aug 8. First come, first served! Where: Paragon Village 12, Spotsy Towne Centre. For complete line up visit: www.paragontheaters.com/promotions
Malawi's Pizza - Kids Eat Free! Every Tues, Wed, Thurs, 11 am – 2 pm: June 11 – Aug 8. We are excited to bring you our Kids Eat Free Promotion All Summer Long! Where: Malawi’s Pizza, The Village @ The Spotsy Towne Centre. One Free Kids Meal Per Adult Entree Purchased - Additional Kids Meals Discounted to $2.99.
Regal Summer Movie Express: Family fun movies playing on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10 am for the summertime (June 18 – Sep 4)! 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: www.regmovies.com/static/en/us/promotions/summer-movie-express
Kids Entertainment @ Stonebridge. Every Wednesday in June - August, 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
Dinosaur Live Show: Tues – Sun, June 1 – Aug 31, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm or 4:30 pm. Dinosaur Zoo Live leads you on a breathtaking tour that begins in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of larger-than-life dinosaurs presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance. Where: National Zoo Theater, DC. This air-conditioned venue is located inside the Visitor Center near the Zoo's main pedestrian entrance on Connecticut Ave. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/erths-dinosaur-zoo-live-show
Summer Service Saturdays @ CMoR. Every Saturday Memorial Day through Labor Day-- FREE ADMISSION for emergency medical technicians, firefighters, law enforcement, military, veterans and their immediate families! All Children’s Museum of Richmond locations. Must have valid ID.
Arts & Crafts
Michaels Camp Creativity. 7 weeks of fun! Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: June 10 - July 26, 10 am - 12 pm. New crafts each day, slime Fridays, new theme each week! For ages 3 and up. Cost: $3 for 3 and up. Register and find more info: www.michaels.com/camp-creativity
Pots N Palettes: Family Days: Thursdays: 2 for 1 Studio Fee all day! Where: 1104 Sophia St, F'burg.
Summer Reading at the Library: June 1 – Aug 31. 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: Read any 8 books, record them in the journal (find info HERE) and turn in to our store between Aug 1 – 31 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 Diary of a Wimpy Kid drawstring backpack. 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 get 10 free tokens!
Music on the Steps: Every Monday all summer long (except July 1). 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/browse_program/music-steps/
Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Fridays, June 7 – Sep 27, 7 – 9 pm. Free public concert featuring a different band each week. Where: Historic Market Square. Bring a lawn chair and your dancing shoes and enjoy family-friendly music by local bands and arts & crafts for the kids (free) every Friday. Adventure Brewing Company will also be on site.
After Hours Summer Concerts: Featuring: June 8-Tesla; June 28-Kip Moore; June 30- Jamey Johnson; July 6- Lady Antebellum; July 18- Brothers Osborne; Aug 3- Kool & The Gang; Sep 6- Joe Nichols & Rodney Atkins; Sept 13- Cole Swindle. Where: Marks & Harrison Amphitheater, F’burg. http://afterhoursconcertseries.com/
Stafford Songfest Sundays: June 16, July 21 & Aug 18. 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.
Concert on the Green. Thursdays in Aug & Sep, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. In The Village @ The Spotsy Towne Centre. Free!
Summer Concert Series @ National Museum of the Marine Corps: Select Thursdays in June, July, Aug. Family and friends can enjoy the warm summer weather with free live entertainment on the entry plaza of the museum. Outdoor concessions available. Visit www.usmcmuseum.com/calendar for the line up and schedule.