Spring break is coming up soon and it's time to begin planning how you will spend your valuable family time together. Here are just a few ideas for each age group...
Stonehaus Farms (shown at right) offers toddlers the opportunity to get up close to many of their favorite animals.
Blue Ridge Regional Library (Martinsville Branch) has a great playroom full of exciting toys and role-playing stations for toddlers and parents to enjoy together.
One of the most kid-friendly playgrounds in the area is the Evos & Weevos Playground at the Smith River Sports Complex. Set on a cushiony layer of padded artificial turf, this play area builds skills in balance and core body strength.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History's new exhibits Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Discovery offers fun activities for all ages. Enjoy digging in the bone pit, climbing on the Discovery Reef's ship or checking out the museums' live animals.
Experience a true family adventure by camping on Deer Island in Philpott Lake (shown at right). This is the area's only campground that is accessible only by boat. Paddle out to your primitive campsite in the middle of the lake and enjoy getting away from it all!
Paint, build, create and perform at Piedmont Arts's Discovery Room. Kids will enjoy expressing themselves creatively and moms will enjoy having all a place for kids to create without making a mess of the house! While there be sure to go on a scavenger hunt in the galleries featuring "We Are the Ship," baseball-themed art from Kadir Nelson.
Enjoy skating safely indoors at the Roll-A-Bout. Fun music, lights and a clean, smoke-free environment make this a great place to hang out as a family.
Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt as you search for 8 bronze sculptures of native animals along The Silverbell Trail. Find the bunny, trout, frog, bird and more! The paved path and elevated boardwalk make this a perfect trek for younger siblings in strollers as well.
Borrow a bike and bring it back! The Bike Barn (Bike Loan Program) on the Dick & Willie Rail Trail is a perfect way to spend the afternoon as a family. Bikes and helmets are provide free of charge for use on the trail.
Challenge yourself a round of Disc Golf at J.Frank Wilson Park. Certified by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), this 18 Pole Hole course with rolling hills offers stations easy enough for novices as well as others that are sure to challenge the more experienced Disc Golfers in your family. Discs may be purchased locally at the Martinsville Wal-Mart and Southeastern Outdoor Supply. Tweens will enjoy keeping score with the official PDGA app available on iTunes.
Visit Liberty Fair Mall to enjoy shopping at great stores like Maurices, Bath & Body Works, Rack Room Shoes, Hibbett's Sports, Belk and JC's 5 Star Outlet (Formerly JC Penney Outlet). In Uptown you can browse trendy fashions and accessories at Pieces Boutique (shown at right).