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Top Ten Spring Break Family Staycation Ideas

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We will be the first to tell you that sometimes staying at home is exactly the kind of break your family needs. We will also be the first to tell you that you don't need to plan a trip to make your child's spring break feel special. In fact, more than half of the Fred Parent team will be working over spring break. Here are a few fun ways we're making it memorable for the family. After all, it's the sweet little moments we cherish the most. And thanks to Dupee Plumbing for sponsoring this post! 

Ten Spring Break Family Staycation Ideas


1) Enroll your kids in a Spring Break Camp! - There are plenty to choose from in our area, from full day to half day. Check out our Spring Break Camp calendar for all the details. There's just about something for everyone!

2) Go to Carl’s, Wally’s, Moo-Thru or another beloved ice cream place. - Let’s face it: Spring break is the prelude to summer and summer means... ice cream! Swing by after picking the kids up from daycare/ camp and treat everyone to ice cream for dinner. It’s those little things that leave lasting memories.

3) Take a day trip over the weekend. - Just because you’re working all week doesn’t men you can’t get way for a bit and have a mini- adventure. Check out this list for family day-trips in the area.

4) Have a game night. - Card games are great for a mid-week game night. They tend to be more flexible time-wise and are easy to clean up. We do looooove a good board game though! We suggest “Race to the Treasure” for the 5 and under set, “Headbands” for older kiddos, and “Ticket To Ride” for teens and tweens.

5) Plan your summer bucket list. - Dream big! Like we previously mentioned, spring break is the prelude to summer. Embrace it and start your bucket list.

6) Start a spring break book club. - There are some really great Young Adult options at Central Rappahannock Regional Library that can easily be devoured in a week. Head over a weekend or two before spring break and see what titles your librarian suggests. Give yourselves all week to finish. Go somewhere fun on Saturday or Sunday to discuss the book, and maybe treat yourselves to coffee/ cupcakes, too.

7) Go to the movies. - Paragon has $6 movies on Tuesdays and new reclining seats! Spring break is also a prime opportunity to try out Regal Cinemas’ IMAX theater or recliners.

8) Let the kids dye their hair - A fun, inexpensive way to shake things up and make memories. Bonus points if you dye your hair, too.

9) Make tie dye shirts - We’re on a roll! While you’re dying your hair you might as well dye some shirts, bandanas, and more.

10) Cook each kid their favorite dinner - Your favorite meal is like a great big hug! If they’re old enough, invite them to learn how to make their special dinner. You will be surprised what kids are capable of in the kitchen, and how willing they are to learn. Bonding in the kitchen is a beautiful thing!


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Top Ten Treats To Try At WinterFest


We love to eat just about as much as we love the holidays. Believe it or not, some of our favorite goodies can be found at WinterFest at Kings Dominion ... you just need to know where to look. We’re here to give you the scoop on where to find a tasty candy cane churro sundae, or the best hot cocoa to sip under the lights. Be sure to pin this post, guys. You’ll want to reference it before you go!

Top Ten Treats To Try At WinterFest

1) Cookies with Mrs. Claus - This sweet little kitchen is located near the entrance of the park. Decorate your own cookie with Mrs. Claus and then enjoy ice skating right outside the door! The kitchen is whimsically decorated. You will love all the detail!

2) Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - Find your new favorite drink at the one-stop shops located throughout WinterFest. You can get salted caramel as well as regular hot chocolate, coffee, and assorted liqueurs. No creamy beverage should be alone, so grab some holiday cookies to make the perfect pairing!

3) Ginger Bread Funnel Cake and 4) Banana Foster Funnel Cake - Funnel cakes are a Kings Dominion tradition, and Prancer has taken over the kitchen for the holidays. Try the signature Ginger Bread funnel cake or another fried favorite, Mint Oreos. Sip some hot chocolate or coffee while enjoying these delightful treats.

5) Traditional Holiday Feast- Enjoy a holiday meal at the Classic Christmas Café. The whole family will feel the spirit of the season at this favorite restaurant, which serves up traditional holiday favorites like hand carved turkey dinners, smoke country ham plus all of the traditional fixins.

6) Ham or Turkey and Traditional Holiday Sides - If you want to partake in just your favorite holiday foods without stopping to eat, there are a few places (like Gobblers to Go or Vixen’s Fixens), where you can grab a turkey leg, roasted corn, or mac and cheese and walk around the park.

7) Turkey Leg- You can snag this fan favorite at various places around the park, or at sit down restaurants. There’s nothing like a turkey leg to make you feel merry and fuel you up for more sweets!

8) Fried Mint Oreos- You can find these minty cookies at Sugar’s Cake Factory along with banana foster funnel cakes, and hot chocolate. We think you should just order all three treats. Saves you the trouble of trying to choose one.

9) Christmas Tree Shaped Pizza- Because sometimes kids will only eat pizza. You might as well make it festive!

10) Candy Cane Churro Sundae - If you’re sure you’re on the nice list this year, go ahead and treat yourself to a decadent candy cane churro. Go ahead and celebrate the season with an extra-tasty churro sundae—complete with a tower of ice cream on top! We insist. 

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Postpartum Support Virginia

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For new and expectant mothers in the Fredericksburg area, Postpartum Support Virginia stands as the help and support for women and their families who are experiencing postpartum depression. Founded in 2009 by Adrienne Griffen, Postpartum Support Virginia offers one-on-one support, free peer-led groups, a robust site of information including screening and diagnosis overviews, fact sheets, and training sessions.