It’s officially Spring! Which means, your kids will likely let out for Spring Break and you’ll be embracing the challenge of keeping them occupied for the next week or so. When all of the Easter festivities settle down, you may be left wondering what to do with your time.
Having something fun to do every day can put a dent in your wallet, but in Southwest Virginia, it doesn’t have to! There are plenty of low priced or free amenities to embrace! You just have to know where to find them.
Check the Calendars
Our region is always bustling with community events and educational series. Community calendars are a great place to start when looking for something fun to do!
Downtown Roanoke Inc. is a great resource to discover all things Downtown Roanoke. You can find fun, kid-friendly activities like ArtVenture events at the Taubman Museum of Art. Here you and your little one can craft DIY instruments or paper bag puppets for free!
The Roanoke Times has a great calendar that you can sort through to find exactly what you need. You can easily select “Free” or “Family Friendly” as filters!
Roanoke Public Library System always has a variety of educational events available for Spring Breakers of all ages. Your teen can attend “Teens That Tinker” to work on their tinkering skills while your little ones can sit in on “Little Explorers” for a science-focused story time! With events like Chair Yoga for Adults, even you can find something at your local library.
Macaroni Kid Calendar is the perfect resource for events and activities in the New River Valley! From storytime to play zone, there’s plenty of options to have some fun!
One of the biggest benefits of living in Southwest Virginia is the endless array of active amenities you can take advantage of. Whether you prefer the great outdoors, like to take lessons, or just like to stay active inside, there’s something for everyone.
Out on the Trails – Our area has trails that reach to every corner of the region! From the Greenways around town to Carvin’s Cove in North Roanoke to the Cascade Falls in Blacksburg, the best thing about these outdoor amenities is that they’re free! Just pack a lunch that will fuel your hike and get moving.
Trampoline Park – Salem’s Launching Pad Trampoline Park is a great place to bring the whole family to expend out their Spring Break energy. It’s a great place to go on a cool rainy day and won’t break the bank.
Something Southwest Virginia isn’t lacking is museums! We’re passionate about the history of our area and the interests of our residents. Whether you’re interested in trains, art, or science, there’s something for everyone!
Center in the Square is a museum lover’s dream! Beyond the aquarium filled lobby, you can choose between the Science Museum of Western Virginia, Kid’s Square Children’s Museum, the Pinball Museum, or all three!
Roanoke isn’t considered a Train City for nothing! The Virginia Museum of Transportation has spent the past 55 years compiling an unmatched collection displaying the evolution of transportation in America. You can even hop aboard the famous 611 train!
Little artists can get their fix at the Taubman Museum of Art‘s public exhibits and kid’s area! With a variety of programming and free admission to most exhibits, you can take in the awe-inspiring art curated by the museum.
Can’t choose between them all? Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge has partnered with all of the local museums to create the “Star City Pass” that allows unlimited access to all of these museums and more through the summer!
No matter how you spend your Spring Break, we hope you have the opportunity to enjoy all of the wonderful people and places that truly make Southwest Virginia “Good to Be Home”.