Temps are starting to rise in RVA, and that Virginia humidity can make it tough to find things to do. Of course, there’s the obvious – the pool, but how about some alternatives to keep your crew cooled off, and having fun, despite those 90+ degree temps?!
Enjoy a Cold Treat
Ice cream and summer are basically synonymous in our family! We love trying new ice cream flavors and parlors. I can never get enough of Gelati Celesti’s “Ukrop’s Rainbow Cookie” flavor. For a twist on regular ice cream, try Suzy Sno, where you’ll find over 60 sno-ball flavors.
Exercise in the AC
Trampoline parks are an exciting way to get children active. Besides being great exercise, my kids have so much fun jumping and playing with their friends. For children 5 and under, check out Launch’s Toddler Time the last Saturday of the month. During Toddler Time, Launch is open only to children ages 5 and under. For older children, check out Surge Adventure Park. My 9 and 5 year old both love the various climbing features, and ziplines. Here’s a pro-tip: Keep all your “grippy socks” from the trampoline park, and rewear them when you go back. This will save you money each time you visit.
Go Catch a Movie
The Ashland Theatre is offering $2 Movie Mondays through August 14th. Additionally, July 8th at 10AM the theater will host Toddler Takeover. This free event for children ages 0-6 includes 1 hour of cartoons and kid-friendly concessions.
Splash in a Creek
When you need a break from the pool, but still need to stay cool – creeks are the best! My children love splashing and playing in the creek at Robious Landing, Larus, and Forest Hill Parks. Be sure to pack bug spray and a change of clothes for the inevitable kiddo who can’t resist going further in the water!
Visit your Local Library
Last summer my son got his very own library card, and he could not have been more proud. Summer is the perfect time to do this, because it encourages reading and learning in a natural way. Besides obtaining a library card, libraries host family-friendly programs daily, and many have educational toys and activities to do whether there is a program happening or not. On those scorching hot days, I find that a library visit is an easy way to break up our day. And, my children come home eager to read their new books (win – win!).
We’d love to see how your family is keeping cool this summer – tag us @rfmtoday on Instagram!