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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
Expert Tips on Proper Hydration

For your body to be able to work at peak efficiency, you must keep it [...]

Autism & Communicating

There’s a good chance that you’ll know a child with autism before your own kids [...]

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 [...]

EDUCATION
Visit Booker T. Washington National Monument with Kids

To celebrate Black history in Virginia, explore the humble beginnings of Booker T. Washington: born [...]

Visit the Science Museum of Virginia with Kids

Your children can explore science while having fun with hundreds of unique, hands-on STEAM exhibits [...]

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 [...]

KIDS REC/FAMILY FUN
Virginia’s Best Water Parks

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

Massanutten Water Park

Massanutten Outdoor Water Park From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, visitors can cool [...]

4th of July Events in Charlottesville

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

Virginia County Fairs to Visit This Summer

Celebrate agricultural heritage and country life at fairs across the Commonwealth, where you can see [...]

Visit Agecroft Hall with Kids

Imagine being so taken with the idea of an English country house that you dismantled [...]

Top 13 Charlottesville Museums & Attractions

Enjoy lots more family fun in the Charlottesville area – Zoos & Aquariums, Historic Attractions, [...]

Days Out With Dad

Enjoy a Charlottesville Dad’s fresh perspective on honoring special occasions with the gift of an [...]

Visit Booker T. Washington National Monument with Kids

To celebrate Black history in Virginia, explore the humble beginnings of Booker T. Washington: born [...]

FOOD & HOME
Strawberry Shortcake with Wild Blueberry Sauce Recipe

Pick Your Own Local Strawberries For a fun outing idea for the family, visit one [...]

Quick Pesto Pasta Salad with Proteins

Steps to Make Quick Pesto Pasta Salad Cook the pasta in salted water as per [...]

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

It’s always a dilemma in my house as to what to do with the dyed [...]

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 [...]

Prince Michel Winery

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

Virginia’s Best Water Parks

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

Kids Rec/Family Fun Uncategorized

Massanutten Water Park

Massanutten Outdoor Water Park From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, visitors can cool off from the summer heat [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

4th of July Events in 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

Virginia County Fairs to Visit This Summer

Celebrate agricultural heritage and country life at fairs across the Commonwealth, where you can see tractors pull, pigs race, and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit Agecroft Hall with Kids

Imagine being so taken with the idea of an English country house that you dismantled it piece by piece and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Top 13 Charlottesville Museums & Attractions

Enjoy lots more family fun in the Charlottesville area – Zoos & Aquariums, Historic Attractions, Interactive Kids Museums, Swimming Pool Guide, [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Days Out With Dad

Enjoy a Charlottesville Dad’s fresh perspective on honoring special occasions with the gift of an experience rather than a fleeting [...]

Education Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit Booker T. Washington National Monument with Kids

To celebrate Black history in Virginia, explore the humble beginnings of Booker T. Washington: born a slave on the Burroughs [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun Uncategorized

Massanutten Water Park

Massanutten Outdoor Water Park From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, visitors can cool off from the summer heat [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

4th of July Events in 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

Virginia County Fairs to Visit This Summer

Celebrate agricultural heritage and country life at fairs across the Commonwealth, where you can see tractors pull, pigs race, and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit Agecroft Hall with Kids

Imagine being so taken with the idea of an English country house that you dismantled it piece by piece and [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Top 13 Charlottesville Museums & Attractions

Enjoy lots more family fun in the Charlottesville area – Zoos & Aquariums, Historic Attractions, Interactive Kids Museums, Swimming Pool Guide, [...]

Kids Rec/Family Fun

Days Out With Dad

Enjoy a Charlottesville Dad’s fresh perspective on honoring special occasions with the gift of an experience rather than a fleeting [...]

Education Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit Booker T. Washington National Monument with Kids

To celebrate Black history in Virginia, explore the humble beginnings of Booker T. Washington: born a slave on the Burroughs [...]

Education Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit the Science Museum of Virginia with Kids

Your children can explore science while having fun with hundreds of unique, hands-on STEAM exhibits at the Science Museum of [...]

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 Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit Booker T. Washington National Monument with Kids

To celebrate Black history in Virginia, explore the humble beginnings of Booker T. Washington: born a slave on the Burroughs [...]

Education Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit the Science Museum of Virginia with Kids

Your children can explore science while having fun with hundreds of unique, hands-on STEAM exhibits at the Science Museum of [...]

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 Kids Rec/Family Fun

Visit the Science Museum of Virginia with Kids

Your children can explore science while having fun with hundreds of unique, hands-on STEAM exhibits at the Science Museum of [...]

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 [...]

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