It's important for families to slow down sometimes and spend quality time together. If you're the parent of a toddler or preschooler, it can be difficult to find family activities that will keep everyone in the family happy. Lexington, situated along the James River in Virginia, has a variety of family activities that even your littlest one will enjoy.
1. Rainy Day Activities
Don't let a rainy day get you down. Head on over to the Rockbridge Regional Library (youseemore.com/rockbridge). On Wednesday afternoons the family can enjoy craft time together, making items like paper lanterns. Around the holidays, join in on family programs where you can listen to Christmas stories, make ornaments and even enjoy a show. Visit the Rockbridge Area YMCA (ymcarockbridge.com) where you can participate in a range of family activities. Your kiddo can take a gymnastics class while you cheer her on the whole way. There is even a Tiny Tumblers class for the little 2- and 3-year-olds. In the fall, sign up for the Gobble Wobble where the family can do a fun run together to help raise money for a good cause.
Make a whole day of it at the Natural Bridge Zoo (naturalbridgezoo.com). Your wild little guy will love getting to meet and learn about animals like the reticulated giraffes, mountain lions, white-handed gibbons and American alligator. The family can even take an exciting ride on a real African elephant! Be sure to check out the petting zoo while you're there, so your little guy can get up close and personal with some of the amazing zoo animals. Inside the petting zoo, you'll find a pot bellied pig, donkey, deer, camel and even a giraffe.
3. Parks and Recreation
Get outside on a nice day and enjoy some sunshine with the family. Visit one of the Lexington city parks. Check out the Kids Playce at the Brewbaker Field Sports Complex (no website; 198 Wallace Street, Lexington; 540-462-3700). There is plenty of space for the family to run and play. You can climb, slide or bring along some sand toys to play in the sand. During the summer, you can even go cool off in the swimming pool when you're done playing. Your little one can play safely in the kiddy pool, for kids 5 and younger. Sign your little guy up for T-ball in the summer or soccer in the fall, and volunteer to coach his team. Sign up through the Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization (rarorec.org).
Plan to attend some of the community events that take place throughout the year with your family. Events are planned through the Chamber of Commerce (lexrockchamber.com). In July, you can participate in the annual Children's Bike Parade. Bring your bikes, scooters and trikes to decorate for the Fourth of July and ride them proudly down the parade route. Attend the Rockbridge Community Festival in August. You'll find music shows, delicious goodies to eat, bounce houses and all sorts of activities that the entire family, young and old, can enjoy together.
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