Explore creativity on the Virginia Kids Trail
All children are born with an inquisitive nature. Exposing them to the world of creativity does not mean they will become a Micheangelo but it does mean they will learn to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them. Here are some great creative ideas and activities:
“Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks”:
An Outdoor Exhibit at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Experience the world of Lego bricks in a truly creative marriage with nature. If you miss this exhibit outside, you can still go indoors to see the year-round miniature house exhibit. There is also Maker Space open every Tuesday and Sunday afternoon. During the summer there are the Gardens at Night on the gourd of the museum featuring live music, dancing, and great food.
Check out the music festivals throughout the valley. The longest running is the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Basye. Almost all the festivals have a kids activity area. Go to Festivals and Events.
“Art Performances at our Universities”
Don’t feel like you have to go to the city to see great performances. The performing art centers at James Madison, Shenandoah, and the University of Virginia offer top music, dance, and theater experiences. Each summer enjoy the performances at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. They are a mecca for university students wanting professional theater experience.
“Hiking in Virginia”
When you walk thru nature, your child experiences what is naturally beautiful here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
A hike thru Bears Den that leads to a panoramic view of Clarke County looking to the Winchester is a photo op not to be missed. Then drive up to Sky Meadows State Park and take a walk thru the wild flowers.
Check out the milkweed plant that the monarch butterflies love. You are close to the Appalachian Trail. There is also the C & O Canal just across the state lines in Virginia and Maryland. Plan a bike trip with your teenagers. A great time to see the creativity nature brings to our landscape and have good conversations away from our mobile phones.
Other ideas and activities to explore with kids