Author Archives: Ellen Sewell

Days Out With Dad

EDUCATIONAL OUTING IDEAS FOR FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND Looking up with puppy dog eyes as bright as the sun, she earnestly declares, “It is the only thing I’ve ever wanted, and will ever want again!” Every day for nearly a month, it seems she’s begged and pleaded for this special toy. I can appreciate her sincerity, […]

Mother and her little sons hiking.

Kid-Friendly Hikes Near Charlottesville

8 FAMILY-FRIENDLY HIKES AND HIKING TIPS Spring has finally sprung and it’s time for the whole family to get out of the house. We’ve been cooped up inside and the time is now to escape to nature. Thankfully, there’s so much nature to behold in and near Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Leave the screens behind […]

Strawberry Shortcake with Wild Blueberry Sauce Recipe

FESTIVE AND DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE RECIPE Looking for a simple, yet delicious recipe for summer celebrations? Then you’re going to love this simple strawberry shortcake recipe. I don’t know how it happened, but it is already Memorial Day weekend! In honor of this very special holiday where we take a moment to honor the brave […]

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 […]

watering a garden

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 […]

brother and sister in car looking at a map

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 […]