Posts Tagged ‘children’

Family Friendly Vacation in Fredericksburg

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Looking for a week long family vacation for under $2,000? InnVirginia has put together two different ideas for families to take advantage of this summer, and not only do they include a stay at a high-quality Virginia inn, they also include dining options, entertainment venues, and nearby activities. Keep reading for the first idea below, and stay tuned to our blog—the second vacation suggestion will be posted in a couple days!

The first getaway option is in Fredericksburg, VA with lodging at the Richard Johnston Inn. This inn is “the only Bed and Breakfast in Fredericksburg that allows children and pets.” Bonnie DeLelys, the inn’s manager, says, “Children are interested in the Civil War and love to explore our shops looking for relics and historical finds. The children also love to feed our fish in our Koi pond and will remember this when they return home.” Fredericksburg, VA offers plenty to do in the way of family fun. Enjoy hands-on activities at Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center or visit the alpacas on a tour of Maranatha Alpaca Farm. Fredericksburg is contently located right off Interstate 95, 50 miles South of DC and 60 miles North of Richmond. Once you’ve finished your day’s excursion, return to the comfort of your B&B room, and borrow a family movie from the video library. If you’d like to contact the Richard Johnston Inn, give them a call at 877-557-0770, or email them at

Cost: (two adults, two children) under $1600 for a full week of fun!

Room Rate and Breakfast at Richard Johnson Inn: $750
Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center: $18
The James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library: $12
Maranatha Alpaca Farm: $22
Kayak Ely’s Ford: $110
Picnic and beach at Aquia Landing: Free (packed lunch cost approximately $15)
Spend a day at the pool at Dixon Park: $24
Riverside Center Dinner Theater: $240 (Dinner and show. This is a splurge, but well worth the visit)
Kids Walking Tour of Old Town: Free
Explore Miller Farms Market: Free
Carl’s Froze Custard Treat: $24
Go Roller Skating: $24

Places to Eat:
Five Guys Dinner: $25
Quaker Steak & Lube: $30 (Kids eat free on Mondays)
Ledo Pizza: $30 (Kids eat free on Tuesdays)
Hometown Grill:$30 (Friday usually has free live music)
Carlos o Kelly’s Mexican Grill: $30(Tuesday Night is Kids Night. Meals are $2.50 each for kids.)
Firehouse Subs: $16 (Get two kids subs on Tuesday for free with purchase of one adult sub)
Amy’s Café: $30
Hardtimes Café: $30
Friendly’s: $25
Sam’s Pizza and Subs: $14 (buy one, get one free deals)
Spirits: $15

The Richard Johnston Inn, Fredericksburg, VA

The Richard Johnston Inn, Fredericksburg, VA

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12th Annual International Children’s Festival, Hampton, VA

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The United States is oftentimes called the “melting pot” because of the extreme diversity in heritage. Coming up on April 21, 2012 is a celebration that explores the wonderful cultural difference of thirty-eight different countries around the world.

The 12th Annual International Children’s Festival is a free family event that features ethnic foods, expos, and a number of live performances:  “As the technology of the new millennium brings the world closer together, it becomes increasingly important for us to have some knowledge and understanding of people and cultures other than our own. This is especially true of our children who will truly live and work in a global community. The International Children’s Festival provides a unique opportunity for children and their families to experience the sights, sounds, and cuisine of distant places right in their own backyard” (

Many individuals absorb information more efficiently by means of hands-on activities rather than simply reading presented material. This is one benefit of the International Children’s Festival, particularly in regards to the education of children. This festival presents the beauty and fun of being different by immersing participants in international sounds, sights, and tastes: “With the sensual aspects of dance, music, art and food, children and adults not only learn about other ways of life, but they experience them. In the diversity of cultures that make up America, there is also a diversity learning styles.”

Participating countries include Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, France, England, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Norway, India, Thailand, Russia, and many, many more.

Where: Hampton, VA

When: April 21, 2012

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BBAV Lodging:

Lady Neptune Bed and Breakfast

Magnolia House Inn



By Tara Stoll