Summer of 2015 is the second year for Go Blue Ridge Travel’s Kids Trail. GoBRT’s mascot Bucket would like to welcome two new friends – Shenny and Ridge. Not all kids are alike so this also means that there is not just one bucket list kids should follow. Bucket, Shenny and Ridge have different personalities so one will see how there bucket lists vary.
“Bucket – Ridge – Shenny”
Our three snails have chosen their top five Kids Trail “Bucket List” choices for June. Each snail has their favorite.
Strawberry Jubilee May 30 and 31st – Bluemont, Virginia. Great Country Farms opened this weekend and will celebrate thru May 31st their annual Strawberry Jubilee in Bluemont, Virginia.
Pre-picked berries will be available in the Farm Market but those that want to pick their own are advised to arrive early (9am) to catch the first wagon rides out to the fields at 9:15am. From meting the Strawberry Princess to being in the Diaper Derby to going out into to the fields and picking strawberries. This is a first of summer bucket list experience. There are U-pick farms all over the valley. Check out this blog for local farmers markets and U-pick farms near you.
– Jeep Jam 2015 at Rockingham County Fair Ground June 6th – Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Since Bucket’s mom drives a Grand Cherokee Jeep, this event caught her attention. “From the oldest put together Jeep to a brand new 2015, you will see all kinds. Ridge of course has chosen it for the high off-road trip adventure you can experience. The off road event is very family oriented with lots of family activity so do not leave Mom and the girls at home. The event is sponsored by Dick Myer Chrysler Dodge Jeep of Harrisonburg.
– Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre Festival opens June 11th.
Experiencing professional musical theatre does not mean driving or going to the metropolitan areas. Here in the valley, Shenandoah University is the summer home to a professional theatre experience. Professional actors, directors, scene and costume designers are pulled in from around the country to produce four musicals running from June 11th to August 2nd for the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.
The season opens with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This summer’s schedule will see laughter bouncing off the mountains from The Adams Family, The Wiz to a children’s favorite The Music Man playing the trumpet in the valley.
– Butterfly Festival Opens June 13th – Harrisonburg, Virginia
Back Home on the Farm celebrates its summer kick off with a Butterfly Festival. From June 13 to mid August a green house will be devoted to the life of a butterfly. This event kicks off with hundreds of butterflies being released in Back Home on the Farm’s specially enclosed greenhouse and experts are on hand to answer questions and help one with an up-close and personal visit with the butterflies. Back Home-on the Farm donates all the admission fees for the first week of the summer season to the Harrisonburg Rockingham Child Day Care Center.
This exhibit is different from most butterfly conservatories, in that one can want be able to not only visit with the butterflies — but to observe all the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. Visitors can also learn about plants that can attract these beauties to one’s flower gardens. Depending on the week, one may find Monarchs, Black Swallowtails, Buckeyes, Painted Ladies, Fritillaries, Mourning Cloaks or Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies — just to name a few. Shenny says, “I pick these because the butterflies and so fragile and so beautiful.”
– Shepherdstown Street Fest – June 27th – Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Shepherdstown Street Fest is all about what is unique and artistic which makes it Shenny’s first of the summer music choice. Street Fest is one of the best fine arts & craft festivals in the region, along with great live music and kids’ activities, it is an event for EVERYONE! Come to Shepherdstown and spend the day with us. We are a friendly town, a fun bunch of people and we encourage you to browse, buy, eat, drink, enjoy the live music and support some great charities. “Free Admission, artisans, retailers, food, beer garden, two stages, free parking & kid friendly!”
Pick your weekend road trip around these five top family friendly events. Check out top camping sites as well as luxury accommodations. It is the diversity of budget that makes Virginia and West Virginia mountain regions so attractive to all ages!