Not too little and not too big, ‘tweens are living what are perhaps the best years of childhood. Bring them to Virginia where adventures perfect for them await.
Offer a taste of freedom and adrenaline when you take your big kid on a go-kart racing spree.~ Check out Swaders Sports Park in Prince George. Two tracks with four types of cars to choose from allow rookies to get the hang of driving or parents to take wheel to give them the ride of their life.
~ Go-Karts Plus in Williamsburg offers four tracks (super stockart, figure eight, euro and rookie) with some of their go-karts formed in the style of NASCAR stock cars.
~ In Martinsville (home of NASCAR’s oldest track), is the Martinsville Grand Prix Go Karts. Here racers can climb into a single- or double-seat kart for 15 to 20 laps on the track.
~ American Indoor Karting in Virginia Beach takes the fun inside, which means rain or shine, the fun is non-stop. The 1/4-mile course is euro style and includes machines built for kids and adults. Also try G-Force Karts in Richmond.Is your child showing indications he or she might be interested in a military career? Show them around the heavy equipment to see if it sticks.
~ Head to Norfolk to board the Battleship Wisconsin at Nauticus. It’s one of the biggest and last ships built by the United States Navy. Take a self-guided tour or let someone else guide you for the full history experience.
~ The American Armoured Foundation, Inc. is lovingly known as the Tank Museum. Why? You’ll find more than 115 tanks on display at this Danville museum, in addition to weapons, artillery pieces, and other tank and cavalry memorabilia.
~ The interactive National Museum of the Marine Corps is located in Triangle, adjacent to the Quantico Marine Corps Base. Aircraft, boot camp and Iwo Jima D-Day landing experiences heighten your child’s awareness. Don’t overlook the treasure of the museum – the flag raised on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan.Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt? Kids into digging will love seeing active archaeological dig sites.
~ Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is an active dig site. Tag along on select dates to learn the basics of archaeological research and what has recently been unearthed at this historic destination.
~ James Madison’s Montpelier also offers archaeological expeditions on select dates. Montpelier.org encourages, “For students under 16 years of age, we require that a parent or guardian attend with the students, with many parents making it a memorable one-week experience with their son or daughter.”
~ Excavations are under way April through October at the 1607 James Fort site at Historic Jamestowne. See the dig in action and then visit the Voorhees Archaearium to see what has already been recovered.
This is part 3 of a 4 part series, but if you can’t wait, go see dozens more places for your kids to learn, have fun and thrive in Virginia at Virginia.org/CoolPlacesforKids. See part 1 – Your Teen is Going to LOVE Virginia and part 2 – Virginia Fun Made Just for Kids.