This August, celebrate National Family Fun month the Lynchburg way! Our city has numerous kid-friendly activities, so choose a few to help you beat the summer heat!
In 2001, the previously abandoned J.W. Wood Building became the home for Lynchburg’s first first hands-on, multidisciplinary children’s museum, Amazement Square. The building is rich in both history and fun! The museum features four floors of interactive exhibits that are designed to make learning interesting. In addition to the exhibits, a four story jungle gym composed of slides, zip lines, tunnels and ladders makes for a creative way to get from floor to floor (parents, don’t worry, there are stairs too!).
Regular admission is only $9 for both adults and children, but be sure to check out their upcoming events to see if discounted admission is offered.
If your child is a zoologist in training, be sure to visit the Nature Zone at Miller Center. This hands on, kid-focused museum allows visitors to get up close and personal with animal friends. Turtles, opossums, snakes and more are all waiting to play. The best part? The Nature Zone is free and open to the public, so no need to call ahead.
Jump Trampoline Park
Looking for a place to burn off all that extra energy? Look no further than Lynchburg’s Jump Trampoline Park. This 10,000 square foot facility is dedicated to serious fun. Play on giant connected trampolines, angles trampolines, foam pits, and even a dodgeball court! There are even fun zones such as Battle Beams, where members of your family can compete to knock each other into the foam pit, and Slam Dunk, where you can play basketball with a trampoline court.
Tickets can be purchased on their website or at the facility. Once you have purchased a ticket, you will be required to sign a waiver and purchase special jump socks, which can be reused on future visits.
Putt Putt Fun Center
For all day fun for the whole family, visit Putt Putt Fun Center. Attractions include:
- Mini golf- Choose from 2 unique 18 hole courses for some competitive family fun!
- Laser tag- Explore a two story laser tag arena that’s sure to keep you guessing.
- Go karts- Race your family on this high speed course (height restrictions apply to those who wish to drive solo).
- Bumper cars and boats- Both experiences are sure to provide a wild ride full of laughs.
- Batting cages- For the sports enthusiasts in your group.
- Arcade- Stay inside and beat the head with a wide selection of arcade games.
Pricing varies by activity. View a full breakdown on their website.
Reading together with your children is a great way to bond! Check out local libraries and bookstores for story times, reading challenges and fun events. The Jones Memorial Library offers family story time on Tuesdays.
Do you dare to take on the challenge? Lynchburg features two escape rooms; One Way Out and Locked Up Lynchburg. The challenge? Escape with only the clues and objects within the room before the clock runs up. Both escape rooms provide a variety of themes to choose from so you can decide which is best for your family. This is a fun, family bonding opportunity, however this activity may be better suited for children ages 8 or older.
Riverside Park Sprayground
Looking to beat the summer heat? Cool off with a trip to the Riverside Park Sprayground. This 1,900 square foot playground features squirting water, spitting frogs, and dumping buckets for hours of playtime! The facility is free and open 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. from May to October.
Written by Lynchburg Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau for Lynchburg, Virginia.
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Lynchburg, Virginia sits well placed amid the Blue Ridge Mountains and alongside the James River offering visitors a relaxed and friendly pace within a vibrant and cosmopolitan city atmosphere. With unique shops, restaurants, and galleries housed in some of the most iconic architecture in Central Virginia, you will find something to LOVE about Lynchburg.