Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

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 about in the area this spring! Before the heat of summer comes in hot (no pun intended) plan a few fun family outings. Enjoy this list of a dozen ideas that offer a variety of […]

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Herbs Made Easy

GROWING HERBS AT HOME Nothing compliments all of the wonderful produce coming from the farms during the spring, summer, and fall than homegrown herbs. Having a small garden of herbs, within easily accessible snipping distance, is a boon to the home chef. Try these lower maintenance, high-return herbs if you are new to gardening. Especially […]

Fossil Daytrips & Easy Dinosaur Crafts

4 FOSSIL DAYTRIPS FOR LITTLE DINO LOVERS If you are a parent of young children, chances are you have a dinosaur fan or two in your house. Luckily, you do not have to go far to experience some dino fun and exploration! These two fossil-themed daytrips are easy to get to and sure to leave […]

Artsy Daytrips In & Around Charlottesville

8 CREATIVE DAYTRIP IDEAS FOR YOUR ASPIRING ARTIST Some of my favorite Christmas gifts as a child were those arts and crafts kits where you created something out of pieces. I loved the feeling of holding a finished product that I created with my own two hands, and, even more, I loved being able to […]

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7 Days – 7 Daytrips in the Charlottesville Area

FAMILY STAYCATION IDEAS FOR THIS SPRING BREAK Believe it or not, Spring Break is almost upon us! Do you have your week of fun planned out for the family? If not, we are here to help you come up with activities and places you and the kids can venture to this year! These tried-and-true selections […]

Tips to Help You Choose a Summer Camp

26 TOPICS & TIPS TO HELP PARENTS FIND THE BEST SUMMER CAMP The school year is almost done, and many students are focusing on summer. Weeks of lazy days, no homework and sleeping in return. Parents, on the other hand, don’t want to see their sons and daughters lose momentum from learning and waste away […]

2022 Online Fun Fair & Camp Expo

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS YEAR’S VIRTUAL FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO This year’s CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo may look a little different, but our goal of helping your family find the perfect Charlottesville area summer camp is still the same. Whether is day camps or residential camps you are interested […]

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Black History Month Books for Kids

CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR TEACHING ABOUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH Reading with your children is one of the best ways to engage with them on important issues. This February, honor Black History Month by taking time to read with your family, and encourage your kids to learn and talk about diversity and our country’s history. Check out […]

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Creating a Family Fitness Plan

HOW TO CREATE A PLAN TO KEEP YOU FAMILY ACTIVE THIS YEAR Parents undoubtedly live very busy lives, and many families struggle to incorporate fitness and nutrition into their already hectic routines. Childhood obesity rates continue to rise, resulting in an increase of unhealthy adults. It can be a cycle of sorts, so starting healthy […]