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
April 7th – 400th Anniversary of the Death of Powhatan at Henricus Historical Park. This event will demonstrate the friendship of the colonists and Powhatan Indians during the winter preceding her death. Cost: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 3-12 (Henricus Patrons free)
May 18-20 – Festival in the Park – Danville – Enjoy a day with art and fun in Danville.
May 20th – Henricus Spring Garden Day – Spend time in the Virginia Indian garden, English officer’s garden, English soldier’s garden, plantation garden and the garden at Mt. Malady. Admission: $8 Adults, $6 children aged 3 – 12 (Henricus Patrons free)
May 26th – Musket, Sword, & Pike– Henricus – Spend the day as a soldier of Sir Thomas Dale’s militia, participate in drills and see demonstrations of tactics, armor and weaponry used by the 17th century soldiers who built and protected Henricus. There will also be interpreters demonstrating 18th and 19th century Virginia militia. Free admission will be offered to active and retired military members and their immediate families. Cost: $9 Adults, $7 children aged 3 – 12 / Henricus Patrons free
Date TBD – Easter Egg hunt at Centennial Park (South Hill)
June 16th – Danville Children’s Festival – Enjoy interactive arts and entertainment. Free admission, crafts and children’s rides. Includes activities such as the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s Inspiration Lab, Roll N Gamez mobile gaming trailer and laser tag, and the North Carolina Zoo Nature Play activities, kid’s fitness classes and yoga, Fish the Magish and more!. This year’s festival will also feature dinosaurs from Dakota and Friends. A few features of their show is a baby dinosaur hatching from its egg, ride on dinosaurs, walking dinosaurs and many more! We are also bringing back favorites from last year, including the Splash Zone.
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!