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10 Fun Things You Don't Want To Miss This Summer

in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford, VA

By Jenny Sites July 4, 2024

Our event calendar is full of great family fun, but we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites that you may have missed:



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1) Summer Camps

Whether you want them to make new friends, learn a new skill or just get outside, there are plenty of summer camps to choose from! 




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2) Free Reading Programs:

Skip the summer slide and keep your children reading all summer! There is a FREE summer reading program that works for everyone. Fill out the form with books your child read and turn it in for freebies like a book, a personal pizza, arcade tokens, and more! (There is even one for adults at the CRRL) You can find a list here.




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3) Free & Cheap Movies

Summer is always the best time for movies!  The library has free movies at local branches while the local movie theaters have low-cost movies. These movies are usually last year's movies that you may have missed, plus they have A/C and great snacks!  You can find a list of movies here or on our Event Calendar.




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4) Local public pools

Public pools are a great place to cool off during the summer, get a little exercise, and make new friends. Find a list of local pools, hours, and pricing here. Don't forget the sunscreen!




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5) Local Parks & Playgrounds

Head out to one of our many local parks to spend an hour or two enjoy the sunshine, take a walk on a trail, play on a playground, or have a picnic! This list will give you the location along with the amenities of each park.




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6) Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Several local churches are hosting VBS this year. Some camps are during the day, while others are in the evening. Some of the evening camps also offer dinner prior to the event. Be sure to read the details because many of them require that you pre-register or get a free 'ticket' to attend. You can find a list of local VBS camps along with links to register here




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7) Family Fishing

I had no idea that my kids would have such a great time fishing!  We have put together 10 local fishing areas for you to try along with some tips on making fishing with the kids fun and easy.  So grab your pole and have a fun day with the kids.





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8) STEAM

Keep them learning this summer without realizing they are learning! STEAM creates a way for children to learn through play. Here are some STEAM activities to boost your little one's creativity!



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9) Free Little Lending Libraries

My children love books but they read them so quickly! Although we do go to the library to borrow books, my children get such a kick out of being about to pick a free book to take home. It also makes it easier for them to clean out their bookshelf because they know they can take the books they have outgrown and put them in Lending Libraries for other kids to find. 

There are various local areas with Free Little Lending Libraries, you can find a list here.




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10) Volunteer

There are many great reasons to volunteer and plenty of local places that could use your help. Here is a list of volunteer opportunities, some are also available to children and teens.



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11) Discover Local History

Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, and Stafford are rich in history.  Choose a day or two each month and pick a place to explore. You'll be amazed at all of the incredible things that happened here!

Here are a few places to start in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania & Stafford.





Looking for even more summer family fun? 

Visit our Event Calendar Here.