Squeezing In Educational Summer Experiences That Are Also FUN!
In the Fredericksburg region, most kids will return to public school in less than two weeks. Now’s the time to squeeze every last drop of summer learning before day 1 approaches. It doesn’t matter if you’re local or visiting from our of town, public or private schooled, homeschooled or world-schooled, these excursions are great for everyone!
George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm – Visit an active archeological site and the home of our first president! Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center where there are displays of colonial and Civil War artifacts as well an archaeology lab. Gardens feature plants grown in the 18th century.
Fredericksburg Area Museum – There’s nothing better than a museum on a scorching hot day ( or a rainy one! ). “FAM’s collection of objects span more than ten thousand years of history! Ranging from Native American artifacts to Black Lives Matter posters, the objects support the vast and rich stories of our community and offer insight into the lives of those that have paddled our river, walked our streets, worked our fields, run our businesses and government, attended our schools and churches, and participate in national movements.”
Braehead Farm – This family friendly farm packs a ton of fun and education into its well planned acreage. Did you know Braehead Farm is the last remaining farm in the Historic City of Fredericksburg, VA? Ask to view their beehive and learn about our pollinators. You can visit the chickens and then purchase fresh eggs in the marketplace. Let the kids run around and play in the play-grounds in the Barn Lot!
Children’s Museum of Richmond – The Children’s Museum recently had a refresh and switched out a few of their exhibits. Spend an afternoon letting the little guys run wild while you enjoy the airconditioning.
Lake Anna State Park or Motts Run Reservoir’s Nature Center – We love local parks and hiking trails! Be sure to stop by their Nature Centers / Visitors Centers the next time you visit. They are bursting with info, tips, and often small exhibits. Lake Anna State Park’s Visitors Center has exhibits that trace the history of the area’s gold mining and highlight the park’s natural features. Motts Run’s Nature Center is located in a charming one-room log cabin that features hands-on nature displays and resident snake “Pocket.” Please note: it’s open weekend afternoons only.
Central Rappahannock Regional Library – The library is a HUGE resource for educational and fun programs throughout the year.
- MakerLabs – These are “STEM exploration spaces” for patrons of all ages. We recommend them for older children and teens. Experience hands-on learning with a variety of high and low-tech equipment and activities. These include a 3-D printer, paper rocket launcher, robot arms, Ozobots, and much more. There are usually 2-3 activities available during any given MakerLab session.
- Summer Reading Challenge – The library has challenges for each season and of course, prizes! These reading challenges aren’t just for kids. Parents are encouraged to get in on the fun too!
- Storytime – These are perfect for the preschool age and under crowd! Listen to stories and sing songs.
National Museum of the Marine Corps– This museum definitely needs to be on your list! Learn about the rich history of the United States Marine Corps alongside your children. See how United States Marines have affected people and events throughout history and experience historical events through the immersive exhibits.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps includes 1,000 artifacts including tanks, aircraft, small arms, uniforms and over 1,800 photographs, letters and illustrations. Interactive and immersive experiences allow guests to travel along the frozen TokTong pass in Korea amidst enemy troops, disembark a helicopter into the landing zone atop Hill 881 South in Vietnam and experience American history as seen through the eyes of Marines.At 120,000 square feet, the Museum opened with exhibits documenting World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War, as well as galleries on boot camp, combat art, and the current Global War on Terrorism. Three additional galleries interpreting the period from 1775 through the Civil War, the Age of Expansion and World War I opened June 5, 2010.
Home Depot Kids Workshops – Once a month, Home Depot offers hands on projects for children. This is a great way for kids to get creative, but also learn how to use simple tools and paint. Hope Depot requests that kid’s register beforehand. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.