With spring arriving, it’s time to get outside and have some fun with the family. I know my family is tired of a long winter spent mostly indoors!
When the warm weather finally arrives gather your family to enjoy one of the many kid-friendly events in Southside Virginia this spring! I’ve compiled a list of family-friendly activities and events in Southern Virginia for spring.
Family-Friendly Spring Events in Southside Virginia – updated for 2019
April 13th – Easter Egg hunt at Centennial Park (South Hill) 3-5 pm.
April 13th – School of the Musketeer– Henricus – Come join us for a fun and interesting weekend of life in the 17th century! Learn how to fire a matchlock musket, be part of a live fire cannon crew, handle a pike, and experience the thrill of dueling with swords.
April 27-28 – Battle at Osborne’s Landing Revolutionary War Re-enactment – Henricus –
Visit Revolutionary War re-enactors in their American and British encampments as they re-create the 1781 Battle at Osborne’s Landing where Major General William Phillips ordered British forces, including Benedict Arnold, to attack the supplies of the Virginia State Navy and Virginia Militia. During this attack, most of the Virginia State Navy fleet was destroyed. Visitors will experience militia drills and artillery demos. Come see the sights and sounds of the American Revolution in Virginia! $9/adults, $7/children aged 3-12; Henricus Patrons: free
May 4th – 2nd Annual Unicorn Festival – Central Virginia Horse Rescue – Come meet unicorns and princesses!
May 17-19 – Festival in the Park – Danville – Enjoy art and fun for the whole family in Danville.
June 15th – Danville Children’s Festival – his year’s event will feature the 3 Eboyz Talent Showcase, Tubing Trips on the Dan River (weather permitting), the Splash Zone, Kids fitness activities, the Scrap Exchange Make-n-Take program, and much more! Admission is free. Vendors and concessionaires will be on site with items available for purchase.
Its wouldn’t be spring without picking your own strawberries!
Find a local Strawberry patch in South East Virginia at PickYourOwn.org.
Other Fun Things to Do in the Spring in Southside Virginia:
South Hill Farmer’s Market – Enjoy a morning of buying local produce with your family every Saturday April through October. Held from 8am to noon at the intersection of Mecklenburg Avenue and Danville Street in the heart of downtown South Hill.
Whittle’s Mill – Whittles Mill Dam with it’s old stone dam (built circa 1805) is perfect for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. It also features a sandy beach and calm waters for wading and is a great area for fishing too.
Crewe Railroad Museum – Climb on full size trains, view a model train, and also enjoy learning about railroad and train history.
Tobacco Heritage Trail – Hiking, Bike, or horseback ride on the beautiful Tobacco Heritage Trail. This trail is well maintained, and easy for children to walk or bike. Find trail heads in many Southside towns including La Crosse and Lawrenceville.
Fort Christianna – Visit the site of Fort Christianna, the location of a 3.5 acre fort built in 1714 to defend the area.
Rudds Creek Recreation area – A newly added playground and roped off swimming beach make it a perfect outing as the weather warms up. A restroom/changing facility make enjoying the water easy. You’ll also find areas to fish. Day use fee of $4 per vehicle. Find it across Hwy 58 from the Rudd’s Creek Campground on Kerr Lake, near Boydton, VA.
Ochenechee State Park – With 18 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, a playground and access to Bugg’s Island lake this is another great family day trip. It also has campsites available and cabins for rent for a whole weekend of fun.
Centennial Park – South Hill has a great park with an open field, a playground, a large picnic shelter, and public restrooms. It’s the perfect spot for flying kites this time of year.
Enjoy your spring in Southside Virginia! Do you know of any other favorite family-friendly spring activities in Southside Virginia? I’d love to hear them!