Although most public schools in Virginia will start on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, there are still four weekends and 25 days overall for you and your kids to have some affordable fun. The attractions mentioned within this article cost $10 or less for admission – parents included – and were shared by Casey Higgins on her July 25th blog.
Nature lovers tend to like parks and wilderness for their go-to-destinations, but should also consider some of Virginia’s community parks, such as Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. It has 165 acres and offers a street course skate park with a deep bowl and competition-sized vertical ramp for any skater dudes you may have. While the park is free to all, there is a pass application which must be completed and submitted when you visit the park.
If you are going to be near the metro Richmond area, consider having a picnic lunch at Three Lakes Park and Nature Center In Henrico. The Nature Center includes a 50,000 gallon aquarium along with live exhibits of native wildlife.
While in the Richmond area, you may also want to visit Maymont Park. With 100 acres, the gardens are extensive. They also feature a Children’s farm. Find a LOVEwork there, too!
If you go to Hampton, you can visit Bluebird Gap Farm, home to about 150 animals. It includes a picnic area with charcoal grills, a nature trail and a large playground.
There is a genuine roadside attraction in Chantilly, Dinosaur Land. This is a great place for pictures with the over 50 dinosaurs who have lived there for 50 years. Children under 2 years old are free, those 2 – 10 are charged $5 each and those 11 and over must pay $6.
For $5 per adult and $3 per child, you can visit the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville. It will keep your child’s attention because it always has something fun and creative going on. Watch for “Night at the Museum” sleepover opportunities.
The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth has state-of-the-art interactivity built for family fun. Be sure to check out the Hall of Fame inductees and play a bit of their sports while you are there. Cost is $7 per person; children 2 and under are free.
The 18-hole Perils of the Lost Jungle miniature golf course in Herndon is one of the Top 5 Miniature Golf Courses in America as rated by Newsweek. Men’s Journal has called them one of the Best Miniature Golf Courses in America; and The Putting Penguin rated them #1 in the country. As a result, this one comes in just 2 bits over the $10 mark for adults; however, children 12 and under are $9.50.
In Lynchburg, be sure to investigate Amazement Square: The Rightmire Children’s Museum, home of the Amazement Tower, the tallest indoor, interactive climbing structure in the United States. Admission is normally $9 per person unless you plan to visit on a Family Fun Night (second Saturday of each month) in which case the cost is just $3 per person.
By far, these are not the only places you can take your family for $10 or less per person. See more at: http://blog.virginia.org/2014/07/10orless-kids/#sthash.hxnJAHif.dpuf