Beating the Winter Blahs in the Shenandoah Valley

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Beating the Winter Blahs in the Shenandoah Valley
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Here in the Shenandoah Valley, the winter blahs have set in and finding things to do with families gets a little tricky.

Stuck indoors during the coldest months of the year brings everyone closer together but sometimes a little too close. Planning excursions and outings is definitely  necessary to develop positive interactions in any family configuration.

One area to explore is local museums. Scout out which ones are open and highlight children’s activities.


Memberships to both of these local offerings is a great idea, especially for grandparents. It costs the admission price to one yearly fee with unlimited visits.

If the weather gives us a short break so outside activities are possible.

  • Take advantage of local parks that maintain walking paths — Jim Barnett Park in Winchester, Sherando Park in Stephens City, and Clearbrook Park in northern Frederick County.
  •  Blandy Experimental  Farm at the State Arboretum of Virginia is open year-round and offers a variety of nature trails and paths. All of these are suitable for children and the length can be adjusted to the age.
  • Long Branch Plantation in Clarke County  welcomes the public to explore the grounds but the house is not open to visitors.  Special arrangements can be made to tour the house.

Handley Regional Library continues programs weekdays for  younger children and special events on weekends.  All activities are free for local residents and those outside Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties pay a small  fee for a library card.

Of course, there are the movies with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema offers a range of children’s and adult movies.  Watch for special times to take advantage of  price breaks.  There are indoor activities including roller skating, laster tag, paint ball  and indoor bounce houses. Check these sites —- winchesterskate.com, skylinepaintball.com, monkeyjoes.com. And  don’t  forget the indoor pool at  Jim Barnett Park.

Area wineries stay open during the winter months so don’t hesitate to venture out. Children are welcome and activities often include them. Valeriehillwinery.com, veramar.com, wickedoakfarms.com

The important thing to remember is to have fun as a family or any type of group configuration.  Finding activities for  various ages can be a challenge but  keep in mind the age, level of difficult, and of course, the price.

Feel free to send me any additions to the list.