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March is the month that heralds spring and reminds us of all the things that disappeared from our lives in winter. Though many might miss the snowball fights, most of us are happy to have the snow days over so that quiet, kid-less time at home is again regular.

Bring the Kids

If you do want to travel with your beloved offspring, there are many things going on this spring that are amazingly family-friendly. Well-anticipated, the visitation of the Harlem Globe Trotters to the Patriot Theater in Fairfax. This show has always been amazing and hailed for their ball-handling tricks and attentive fan interaction; make sure you give your kids a chance to see one of the most well-known shows in the world!

For those that have a soft spot for a good book, you’ll want to attend the Festival of the Book in Charlottesville. The main gathering space and general events in the Omni Hotel is open to everyone, but you’ll have to sign up and pay for special events. This is also another family-friendly series of events with about 150 total programs possible to attend over these handful of days. The speakers are usually authors of fabulous book series, so the luncheons and other engagements are always worth attending.

There are some things that only parents can truly teach their children and Randolph College in Lynchburg is happy to help. They are hosting a museum exhibition called Crowdsourced from the Permanent Collection, which seeks to remind us that in this digital age everyone is a ‘curator’ of information and how to properly act as one. After the information session, everyone will be given images to work with and be able to create a mini exhibition of their own. Cultivate your children’s creativity and stewardship by participating with them in this easy-to-afford activity.

Do your children love animals? In addition to all the wildlife you’re likely to see in our well-wooded and beautiful state, Busch Gardens will be updating its animal show in April with Jack Hanna― also known as “Jungle Jack”― the host of the TV show “Into the Wild”. You can see him at the Treato Di San Marco Theater or even dine with him and some of his animals pals! His mission is to make animal and conservation education entertaining for the whole family, so make sure to schedule his show into your trip if you’re staying anywhere near Williamsburg.

Historical Engagement

Some prefer to turn back the clock and enjoy entertainment from ages past and this year Virginia has an amazing set of events. The spring is the kick off for the first-annual Shakespeare festival in Middleburg. While the two performances at the American Shakespeare Center are the main points of the festival, the events surrounding them are just as amazing and include workshops, historical presentation and even an Elizabethan-style birthday party for Shakespear’s 450th anniversary!

Appomattox is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a day of ‘living historians’ who will walk you through stations dedicated to different aspects of the area during the Civil War. Get informed about general civilian life, medial knowledge, confederate and union soldiers, cavalry and even sutlers (merchants) at the Appomattox Center for Business and Commerce.

Relaxed Renderings

Would you like to learn how to make almost anything? If you’re staying near Martinsville, you can learn how to do just that at the Fab Lab! There is a class offered there that will teach you how to use the amazing technology of 3D printing after creating something you make inside a free design software.

If you’re anywhere near Richmond, make sure to drop by the Poetry and Jazz Tastings that are going on in the C’est Le Vin Wine Bar and Art Gallery. Imagine: a glass of wine while listening to local wordsmiths weave wonderful poetry. It would be a perfect way to wind down before retiring to your inn for the evening. Farmville is also a wonderful place to relax, with the wine festival coming through in April.

Let’s just hope the April showers are not too heavy as they nourish those beautiful May flowers.


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