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We’re so glad you’re here and hope you find lots of useful parenting resources! New content is added daily, especially in the Charlottesville calendar of events. The calendar includes theatre performances, library events, festivals, museum exhibits and more all over Central Virginia. We started this award-winning publication in 1998 and couldn’t be prouder to see how families continue to count on us to help “Make Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun!” 

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HEALTH
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?

TIPS ON TAKING CARE OF YOUR KID’S MOUTH As your little ones get older, their [...]

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

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Essential Oils That Repel Ticks

LOCAL EXPERT ADVICE AND EASY IDEAS TO HELP REPEL TICKS & MOSQUITOES Warmer weather is here, [...]

Creating a Family Fitness Plan

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

Boosting Immunity

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP KIDS STAY STRONG & HEALTHY Feeling like your child is always [...]

EDUCATION
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 MONTH Reading with your children is one of [...]

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

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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 [...]

New Educational Opportunities for Families at Montpelier

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

From Preschooler to Global Citizen

THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHARLOTTESVILLE My first foreign language exposure came through an extracurricular Saturday [...]

KIDS REC/FAMILY FUN
You & Your Little Yogi

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

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 [...]

6 Favorite Holiday Daytrips in Virginia

FAMILY FUN FOR ALL AGES TO SEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS & ATTRACTIONS From cookie decorating to [...]

Top 8 Holiday Events in Charlottesville

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRIPS TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, HOLIDAY PLAYS, CREATE CRAFTS & MORE Any time of [...]

Charlottesville-Area Tree Farms

FIND THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS TREE WITH THIS LOCAL ROUND-UP This year, enjoy venturing out of [...]

Family-Friendly Volunteer Ideas

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Pumpkin Patch Guide for Charlottesville Families

Celebrate the beginning of the fall season with this local pumpkin patch guide for the [...]

FOOD & HOME
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

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Easy Organizing

4 FUNCTIONAL & FREE OF CLUTTER HOME PROJECTS Our home is our oasis and personal [...]

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Recipe

CHRISTMAS COOKIE COMFORT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY   Let’s face it, the holidays can be [...]

Easy Roast Turkey Recipe

AN EASY ROAST TURKEY RECIPE & OTHER IDEAS Each year, our lovely staff shares personal, [...]

Harry Potter Recipes

HARRY POTTER-INSPIRED RECIPES TO MAKE WITH KIDS Cooking as a family is a wonderful shared [...]

THINGS TO DO

LEARNING FUN

ESPECIALLY FOR TEENS

ARTS & CRAFTS

ON STAGE & SCREEN

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU

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☀️ Explore the Fun Fair & Camp Expo! Find local summer camp options for your kids like Chatham Hall, Tandem Friends School, Village School, Virginia

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🚙 Experience a variety of family fun just a short drive away at these Richmond area attractions. Read about them in our current issue here:

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😎 Have you made summer camp plans? Explore the Fun Fair & Camp Expo! Find local camp options for your kids like Oakland School, Peabody

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Happy Presidents' Day! Check out these 9 Family-Friendly History Daytrips Near Charlottesville, including 4 presidential homes: www.charlottesvillefamily.com/patriotic-daytrips-in-virginia/ . . . #charlottesvillefamily #charlottesville #charlottesvilleva #cville #cvilleva

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Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy the day with your loved ones. 💕♥️🌷

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💖🥞 Make these sweet pancakes for the sweethearts in your life this Valentine's Day! See the recipe here: www.charlottesvillefamily.com/i-heart-pancakes/ . . . #charlottesvillefamily #charlottesville #charlottesvilleva

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♥️ Valentine's Day is quickly approaching! Check the Wine & Country Life calendar to see special date night options at local wineries. Plenty of galentine

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