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HEALTH
Sweet Baby Sounds

NEWBORN CRIES & FLEETING MOMENTS IN TIME A stranger’s passing comment kept pulling me back [...]

Diaper Bag Checklist

PACKING LISTS FOR BABY, TODDLER & MOM, ALL-IN-ONE The digital age has unburdened us from [...]

Expecting a Baby This Winter?

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR NEWBORN AGAINST RESPIRATORY ILLNESS Respiratory illnesses like the Flu, COVID-19 [...]

Does Your Child Need Braces?

  LIZA FINLAY is a Toronto writer and mother of two. Visit her at lizafinlay.com.  [...]

Sleep Apps for Kids

6 APPS TO HELP WITH BEDTIME ROUTINE & SLEEP With the start of the school [...]

10 Ways to Work With Picky Eaters

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services [...]

Essential Oils That Repel Ticks

Looking for more outdoor fun as the weather warms up? Visit our Events Calendar and [...]

Creating a Family Fitness Plan

HOW TO CREATE A PLAN TO KEEP YOU FAMILY ACTIVE THIS YEAR Parents undoubtedly live [...]

EDUCATION
Raising a Polite Child

TIPS FOR TEACHING KIDS MANNERS & POLITENESS “Please; thank you; how do you do?” In [...]

Tired Tales at Bedtime

ONE DAD’S BEDTIME STORIES FOR HIS DAUGHTERS “Can’t we have separate stories?” My 8-year-old daughter, [...]

Brian Calhoun, Creator of the Famous TinkerTar

Meet The Founder of TinkerTar and Chickapig Charlottesville area native, Brian Calhoun is perhaps best [...]

Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY Reading with your children is one of the [...]

Tips on Being A Great Homework Parent

CHARLOTTESVILLE TEACHER SHARES TIPS WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK In the book, [...]

Family-Friendly Volunteer Ideas

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services [...]

8 Children’s Books to Read This Grandparents’ Day

TOP 8 CHILDREN’S BOOKS CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS Grandparents’ Day is the second Sunday in September each [...]

Educational Apps & Websites for Kids

THE BEST APPS & WEBSITES TO KEEP KIDS LEARNING With technology being such a big [...]

KIDS REC/FAMILY FUN
Swim & Splash Near Charlottesville

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services [...]

Charlottesville Area Berry & Fruit Picking Guide

Liberty Mills Farm (Somerset)Pick your own strawberries in May and enjoy yummy popcorn, fudge, and [...]

Artsy Daytrips In & Around Charlottesville

8 CREATIVE DAY TRIPS FOR ARTSY KIDS Some of my favorite Christmas gifts as a [...]

The Best Zoos & Aquariums in Virginia

Daytrips for Kids in Virginia Whether you choose zoos, aquariums, or other museums, we hope [...]

A Dozen Spring Daytrip Ideas

12 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DAYTRIP IDEAS IN THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA THIS SPRING Take advantage of the warmer [...]

You & Your Little Yogi

  YOGA POSES FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY There are few absolute truths in life, [...]

Valentine DIY: Easy-Peasy Card & Doily Envelope

DIY VALENTINE AND DOILY ENVELOPE I love making “pretty” things, but as a mom and [...]

Snow Tubing Fun

7 PLACES FOR SNOW TUBING IN VIRGINIA Take advantage of the cold wintry weather in [...]

FOOD & HOME
The Best Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Recipe

The Best Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake Recipe 1½ cups buttermilk (You can substitute whole milk, [...]

Pasta Primavera Recipe

KID-FRIENDLY PASTA PRIMAVERA RECIPE FROM VA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH’S MYPLATE Pasta is a favorite food [...]

Greek Easter Bread Recipe

CREATING AN EGG-CELLENT TREAT FOR THE FAMILY It’s always a dilemma in my house as [...]

Creating a Family Art Gallery

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services [...]

A Mompreneur and the Family Cookie Business

Laura Shares Her Typical Mompreneur Day I wake up at 5 am, and make sure [...]

Three Hearty Soup Recipes

3 HEARTY SOUPS TO HELP YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THE WINTER Busy families need plenty of [...]

I (Heart) Pancakes

HEART-SHAPED PANCAKES: A DELICIOUS WAY TO SAY “I LOVE YOU” When I created this recipe, [...]

Growing Greens All Winter

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services [...]

Virginia Museums and Attractions

Virginia is for museum lovers and there are so many to choose from. If your family enjoys historical sites you might want to visit a Civil War site like Appomattox or a historical home of one of our founding Fathers – there are four presidential homes to tour in Virginia. Museums are fun for kids of all ages. There ae many wonderful children;s museums are within an hours drive of Charlottesville from our very own Virginia Discovery Museum on the historic Downtown Mall to the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Explore More! In Harrisonburg and the creative Amazement Square in Lynchburg. Other tried and true family attractions include the Science Museum of Richmond, the many Virginia Zoos and an array of art museums sure to delight everyone in the family.

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Swim & Splash Near Charlottesville

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services guides and features on education, [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Charlottesville Area Berry & Fruit Picking Guide

Liberty Mills Farm (Somerset)Pick your own strawberries in May and enjoy yummy popcorn, fudge, and ice cream. Be sure to [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Artsy Daytrips In & Around Charlottesville

8 CREATIVE DAY TRIPS FOR ARTSY KIDS Some of my favorite Christmas gifts as a child were those arts and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

The Best Zoos & Aquariums in Virginia

Daytrips for Kids in Virginia Whether you choose zoos, aquariums, or other museums, we hope you enjoy many daytrips in [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

A Dozen Spring Daytrip Ideas

12 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DAYTRIP IDEAS IN THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA THIS SPRING Take advantage of the warmer weather and get out and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

You & Your Little Yogi

  YOGA POSES FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY There are few absolute truths in life, but as a parent, I [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Valentine DIY: Easy-Peasy Card & Doily Envelope

DIY VALENTINE AND DOILY ENVELOPE I love making “pretty” things, but as a mom and publisher, I don’t have a [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Snow Tubing Fun

7 PLACES FOR SNOW TUBING IN VIRGINIA Take advantage of the cold wintry weather in Virginia by visiting one of [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Charlottesville Area Berry & Fruit Picking Guide

Liberty Mills Farm (Somerset)Pick your own strawberries in May and enjoy yummy popcorn, fudge, and ice cream. Be sure to [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Artsy Daytrips In & Around Charlottesville

8 CREATIVE DAY TRIPS FOR ARTSY KIDS Some of my favorite Christmas gifts as a child were those arts and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

The Best Zoos & Aquariums in Virginia

Daytrips for Kids in Virginia Whether you choose zoos, aquariums, or other museums, we hope you enjoy many daytrips in [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

A Dozen Spring Daytrip Ideas

12 FAMILY-FRIENDLY DAYTRIP IDEAS IN THE CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA THIS SPRING Take advantage of the warmer weather and get out and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

You & Your Little Yogi

  YOGA POSES FOR EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY There are few absolute truths in life, but as a parent, I [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Valentine DIY: Easy-Peasy Card & Doily Envelope

DIY VALENTINE AND DOILY ENVELOPE I love making “pretty” things, but as a mom and publisher, I don’t have a [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Snow Tubing Fun

7 PLACES FOR SNOW TUBING IN VIRGINIA Take advantage of the cold wintry weather in Virginia by visiting one of [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

6 Favorite Holiday Daytrips in Virginia

FAMILY FUN FOR ALL AGES TO SEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS From cookie decorating to ice skating and Christmas lights [...]

THINGS TO DO

LEARNING FUN

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS

ARTS & CRAFTS

ON STAGE & SCREEN

Schools and learning in charlottesville

Schools and Education in Charlottesville Virginia are exceptionally good. We know all children learn in their own unique ways, and we are thankful to have so many incredible schools and resources in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County area to help each student reach his or her full potential. From toddlers to teenagers, there is a place for everyone to foster a love of learning. The greater Charlottesville area has high-rated public schools and many wonderful private schools too. From daycare to preschool, elementary and middle school to high school and college prep there are a wide array of school choices for Charlottesville and Albemarle families. Daycare and preschool education options include church schools, co-ops, Montessori schools, Waldorf educations and more.

Learning goes beyond the classroom for Charlottesville families. Students often take music lessons, learn sports, study art, learn computer programming, do science and math competitions, learn a foreign language and brush up on skills with specialized tutors and much more.  Read on to find local education resources, learning at home ideas, tips for fostering your kid’s learning, book recommendations, tutors and more. Plus, view a list of just some of the excellent schools options in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.

Education

Raising a Polite Child

TIPS FOR TEACHING KIDS MANNERS & POLITENESS “Please; thank you; how do you do?” In our fast-paced, increasingly casual society, [...]

Education

Tired Tales at Bedtime

ONE DAD’S BEDTIME STORIES FOR HIS DAUGHTERS “Can’t we have separate stories?” My 8-year-old daughter, Marie, lay on one side [...]

Education

Brian Calhoun, Creator of the Famous TinkerTar

Meet The Founder of TinkerTar and Chickapig Charlottesville area native, Brian Calhoun is perhaps best known to local families as [...]

Education

Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY Reading with your children is one of the best ways to engage with [...]

Education

Tips on Being A Great Homework Parent

CHARLOTTESVILLE TEACHER SHARES TIPS WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK In the book, The One and Only Ivan [...]

Education Kids Rec/Family Fun

Family-Friendly Volunteer Ideas

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services guides and features on education, [...]

Education

8 Children’s Books to Read This Grandparents’ Day

TOP 8 CHILDREN’S BOOKS CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS Grandparents’ Day is the second Sunday in September each year. All of the below [...]

Education

Educational Apps & Websites for Kids

THE BEST APPS & WEBSITES TO KEEP KIDS LEARNING With technology being such a big part of our lives, it’s [...]

Education

Tired Tales at Bedtime

ONE DAD’S BEDTIME STORIES FOR HIS DAUGHTERS “Can’t we have separate stories?” My 8-year-old daughter, Marie, lay on one side [...]

Education

Brian Calhoun, Creator of the Famous TinkerTar

Meet The Founder of TinkerTar and Chickapig Charlottesville area native, Brian Calhoun is perhaps best known to local families as [...]

Education

Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY Reading with your children is one of the best ways to engage with [...]

Education

Tips on Being A Great Homework Parent

CHARLOTTESVILLE TEACHER SHARES TIPS WITH PARENTS ON HOW TO HELP WITH HOMEWORK In the book, The One and Only Ivan [...]

Education Kids Rec/Family Fun

Family-Friendly Volunteer Ideas

  CharlottesvilleFamily.com, a collection of local resources including a popular calendar of events, family services guides and features on education, [...]

Education

8 Children’s Books to Read This Grandparents’ Day

TOP 8 CHILDREN’S BOOKS CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS Grandparents’ Day is the second Sunday in September each year. All of the below [...]

Education

Educational Apps & Websites for Kids

THE BEST APPS & WEBSITES TO KEEP KIDS LEARNING With technology being such a big part of our lives, it’s [...]

Education

New Educational Opportunities for Families at Montpelier

NEW COLOR THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES EXHIBIT IS NOW OPEN History lessons don’t take a break for the summer. Families [...]

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