When school dismisses for break, the kids will become a little antsy sooner or later. Take a family field trip to see something new or revisit something old in a new season. Have you tried the beach during December? It’s a completely different, memorable experience with lights on the boardwalk and more. Here are nine other ideas for your consideration.
- Go down under with a trip into Luray Caverns, Virginia’s most popular show caverns. Your admission includes the Car & Carriage Caravan, the Luray Valley Museum, and Toy Town Junction, the brand new exhibition of a toy collector’s extensive private collection.
- Salem has a brand new attraction and it’s the perfect place to burn off excess energy. Launching Pad Trampoline Park and Family Fun Center is an indoor trampoline park with bumper cars, arcade, dodgeball courts, gladiator foam pit, jousting, and more. Plan ahead so there’s minimal wait for the kids by completing your waiver online.
- Take a spin in the fast lane when you strap into a kart at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting in Midlothian. It’s great fun for kids and adults alike. The only requirement is to be 48 inches tall. Complete your waiver online to save time and strap in faster.
- Climb up, up, and away at the Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach. Thirteen different color coded trails will lead ages five and older through an aerial trail of bridges and zip lines. Go for Holiday Glow in the Park, a chance to climb and play under the lights with a DJ spinning holiday tunes. Available December 18 and 19 and January 1 and 2.
- The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is home to Abbitt Planetarium. A visit this season will be great for the kids with different holiday themed laser light shows. “Holiday Magic” is a show set to 15 classic songs of the season while “Star of Wonder: Mystery of the Christmas Star” tells the story of the journey of the Magi following the star of Bethlehem.
- Go for a swim. Seriously. Massanutten Resort has an indoor waterpark that’s perfect for this time of year. A giant tipping bucket, lazy river, slides, surfing, and pools are just a few fun bits of the action.
- Do you have a Star Wars lover in your midst? A visit to explore “Alien Worlds and Androids” at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond will be a highlight to their break. C-3PO is on display, as is T-800 from The Terminator and Iron Man. The exhibit introduces visitors to NASA’s technology and alien-like creatures on Earth.
- No snow? No problem. Traditional snow sports don’t require snow when you’re at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre in Lynchburg. The innovative synthetic snowflex material is designed to slip and grip just like snow. Equipment rentals available.
- In Chantilly you’ll find the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the current home of space shuttle Discovery, a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (as seen in the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which includes scenes of the Udvar-Hazy Center), and more. Admission is free but parking before 4 p.m. is $15. The Center closes at 5:30 p.m.
Image courtesy The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium.