Six Big Ideas for Big Family Fun

by Casey | Posted on August 5th, 2013

We’ve established that August is National Peach Month, but did you know that August is also Family Fun Month? ‘Tis. Let’s celebrate with some awesome ideas for family fun in a budget friendly kind of way.

Horsehead Cliff at Westmoreland State Park

Horsehead Cliff at Westmoreland State Park

1. What week is this? It’s #SharkWeek, of course! Did you know that Megalodon, Mako, Great White and Sand Tiger teeth can be found along the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers? Train your peepers to see them during low tide along the banks of the Potomac at Westmoreland State Park in Montross. Fossilized shark teeth are very common here.

Related:

- See the 28 ft. prehistoric whale on display at the Caroline County Visitor Center in Ruther Glen. It was found in a nearby quarry. (Free)
- The Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville also has a whale from the Caroline County quarry. It’s a 14-million-year-old baleen whale. According to the VMNH web site, “It is the oldest known member of the group of whales that includes the fin whales. The best known fin whale is the Blue whale, the largest creature that has ever lived.” ($9/adult; $5/child 3-18)

Hull's Drive-In

Hull’s Drive-In

2. Remember drive-in theaters? Virginia has 10 of them to choose from. Find the one closest to you, pack the kids in the car along with some quilts and chairs, and off you go. With an average rate of about $7/adult, a drive-in movie experience is quite cheaper than a traditional movie theater, plus you’re handing down an awesome piece of history.

3. With nostalgia in mind, take the scenic route to wherever you’re headed to make sure you have something fun to stop and enjoy. Check out Five Quirky Roadside Photo Ops for old school inspiration, or these Four Summer Roadtrip Ideas for Families.

4. Does your family thrive in the great outdoors (or maybe you really want them to)? A waterfall is always a grand destination, and one that will pull your kids out of their technology cloud. Head to one of the Seven Lesser Known Virginia Waterfalls for a fulfilling day of hiking, picnicking and maybe swimming.

Go Ape Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior

Go Ape Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior

5. Head inside for a really cool museum exhibit that the whole family will enjoy. I’m serious; hear me out. Just a few weeks ago I offered a list of Five Cool Exhibits to Help You Beat the Heat. If you didn’t catch it, please go there now. There are whacky things you haven’t dreamed of seeing before, but you have to go before they’re gone.

6. Later this month Virginia’s eight National Parks will be open for FREE. It’s happening August 25. Share some Civil War history at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, get in some beach time at Assateague Island National Seashore, or cruise along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, for starters, and explore from there.

If you’ve never seen our Cool Places for Kids list, you must. It’s broken down by age and there are 70 attractions for additional considerations, including Go Ape, pictured here.

August will be history before we know it, so take advantage of the hours and minutes by spending great, fun time with the ones you LOVE the most.

LOVE is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Virginia is for Lovers.

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