With the kids out of school and the weather sunny, now is the perfect time to get out of the house and take a day trip with your family. This summer, Go Blue Ridge Travel is hosting its second annual Bucket’s Buddy Travel Game here in the valley to help your family do just that. Bucket and her buddies will help your family explore the Shenandoah Valley at various stops where you’ll be able to enjoy a fun day trip!
For this year’s contest, the first stop is Harrisonburg, VA (more stops TBA). We have teamed up with four partners for you and your family to get out and play the ‘Burg: Back Home on the Farm, Harmony Square DQ Grill & Chill, Explore More Discovery Museum, and Mt. Crawford Creamery. To enter the game, simply take a selfie of you and your family at each location, then leave a comment with your selfie on each partner’s Facebook contest post. Winners will randomly be chosen from the selfie entries, so the more locations you visit, the better your chances! Prizes will include those from our partners, which will be given out on a bi-weekly basis. Or if luck’s really on your side, you may win one of our grand prizes, which includes a Harpers Ferry Adventure Center Water Rafting Trip, The Family Drive In Season Pass, Massanutten Water Park Free Admission for Family of Four and our featured prize, a GoPro camera! For more information about the contest, just click on the image below!
So what exactly will your family get to do on a day trip on in the Burg? It’s up to you which partners you want to visit, but we recommend the following itinerary and events to check out!
We suggest your first stop be Back Home on the Farm during the morning hours while the temperature is still cool. Opening June 10th, the farm will have all kinds of fun outdoor activities for you and your kids to enjoy. Highlights include a unique carousel based on Virginia history, a 60 ft slide, a no-left-hand-turn maze, and rubber ducky races. Also from June 18 – August 21, the Butterfly House will be open. Native species are released into miniature fairy gardens and live there all summer before being released to make their way south for the winter. You and your family will get to enjoy these beautiful creatures, learn about their life cycles, and the plants they like to munch.
After a few hours outside, you and your family might start feeling tired and hungry. Why not take a stop for lunch then at our next partner, Harmony Square DQ Grill & Chill? Just down the road from Back Home on the Farm, it’s a great place to recharge and refuel. They have a wide selection of burgers, chicken strips, salads, and more. And of course for dessert, you can’t go wrong with a Blizzard or any of their other ice cream treats! This location also features a patio area for your kids with hula hoops, chalk, and bubbles just in case they have the energy to play some more.
After lunch, head on over to the Explore More Discovery Museum, a place where your family can learn, play, interact, and grow. It’s all indoors, so you won’t have to worry about sweating in the afternoon heat! Their interactive exhibits include a TV studio, science lab, dentist’s office, construction zone, farmer’s market, and more! June 24th marks the date for their Farm to City – Dairy Day (9:30 am – 1:00 pm). On this day, there will be a live cow and a calf and activities related to dairy such as answering dairy trivia to win prizes, making cheese and butter, creating farm crafts, and exploring large farm equipment. Oh, and did we also mention there’s free admission to both the museum and these special exhibits too? You definitely won’t want to miss!
In case you do happen to miss Farm to City – Dairy Day or just can’t get enough cows in your life, then our last stop is perfect for you. Come to Mt. Crawford Creamery where you’ll get to see the whole process of milk production all on one farm! Every day at around 3 pm, you can help feed the baby calves and from 3:30 pm, see the cows being milked. In case you can’t make it during this time, the farm is still open for your family to come and tour during their business hours. While here, make sure you stock up on some dairy products to take home with you, such as milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk, and heavy cream. Also coming this summer is the opening of Smiley’s Ice Cream, an ice cream parlor on site which will use Mt Crawford Creamery’s own ice cream mix to make all of its frozen treats!
Now that you know everything about Bucket’s Buddy Game, what are you waiting for? Harrisonburg and the rest of the Shenandoah Valley is waiting for you!