Kids Trail Top July Choices Family Travel in Virginia

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Kids Trail Top July Choices Family Travel in Virginia
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Events, Kids Trail, Outdoor Adventure, Shenandoah Valley, Surprising Sophistication

July kicks off with Outdoor Adventure, Music, Theatre, a Culinary Chef for Mom and Golfing for Dad

The Kids Trail snails are delighted to pick seven of their favorite activities for July.  Enjoy family fun outside of DC in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.



Bryce Resort – This year Bryce Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Bryce is a small very family oriented resort surrounded mainly by timeshares and vacation rentals. Lake Laura is a fun lake beach experience offering something for all ages including canoes kayaking, and paddle boats. Bryce’s summer activities also include the new Mountain Bike Park and the Zipline Canopy. With over 50 events this year to celebrate their anniversary, check out the calendar for this month’s happenings. Just two miles down the road is Shenandoah Valley Music Festival starting July 17th at Orkney Springs.


Family Drive In Tailgate Party for Kids – July 12th The Family Drive-In Theatre is hosting a tailgate party for Bucket celebrating its’ 59th year of “movies under the stars” on Sunday, July 12, 2015. Come see why ‘Bucket’ mascot from the Shenandoah Valley Kid’s Trail calls the Family Drive-In Theatre one of the best ten things to experience in the valley! The tailgate party will also celebrate National Picnic Month –with standard picnic food such as hot dogs, hamburgers and drive in favorites snow cones, cotton candy and funnel cakes from the theatre concession stand. Many of the Kids Trail partners will be there including Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, Clarke County Parks and Recreation, and Nibblins with their delicious bucket cookies. This year Yamni Arts will be presenting two Hoola Hoop shows. Come see why ‘Bucket’ mascot from the Shenandoah Valley Kid’s Trail calls the Family Drive-In Theatre one of the best ten things to experience in the valley!

Virginia is for Music Lovers – A website supporting four music festivals here in the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. From opera to full orchestra to grassroots music, check this out! From formal classical to bluegrass and so much more check out these four musical events. The festivals kick off this weekend with the third annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia.


Just for Mom – Meet Celebrity Chef Carly Hall at Nibblins – Sunday, July 19th at Nibblins, Winchester VA meet Celebrity Chef and TV Personality Carla Hall. You can reserve a seat for the book signing and cooking demonstration event.Her newer book, Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World is a beautiful hard cover cook book filled with traditional home recipes from Carla’s journeys around the world (Carla’s demonstration will be from this book). Carla’s second book, Cooking with Love: Comfort Food that Hugs You is a wonderful paper back collection of Carla’s personal favorite comfort foods.

Check out this blog on Golf Courses for Dad!

Full Summer Happenings

Alamo Drafthouse Kids Camp is an affordable way for families to watch great films together all summer. Choose your own ticket price – $1-$3 and buy your tickets online to reserve your seats in advance. 100% of ticket sales are donated to local nonprofits working to make our community a better place.

Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre  thru August 2nd. 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. 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 Experience at Back Home on the Farm opened thru mid August – Harrisonburg, Virginia
Back Home on the Farm celebrates the life of a butterfly in a green house. 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.”