The Memorial Day weekend means the start of summer for families across the country. In many locations, school has ended for the year.
In Lynchburg, high school students will finish their exams over the next two days. The last day of school for all Lynchburg City Schools students is Thursday, May 30, according to the LCS website.
The end of the school year is one thing that kids everywhere love about summer. Long summer days and evenings call out for fun times.
Summer vacation is already on the calendar in many homes. Parents plan far ahead to make their family’s vacation fun, taking time off from work to enjoy quality family time together.
Some families plan vacation at the beach for the same week each year. Other families spend a week in Washington, D.C. to enjoy history.
In many families, summer vacation means visiting grandparents and other relatives who live far away. Wherever vacation takes your family, be sure to plan fun activities for the whole family.
Some kids look forward to summer camp. Camp Kum-Ba-Yah is the camp of choice for many Lynchburg kids. The camp offers fun for kids ages 5-12.
Summer camp begins the week of June 17 at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah. There are seven week-long sessions from which to choose, including three Camp Expedition sessions for ages 9-12.
Lynchburg City Schools summer athletic camps begin the week of June 10. Many city kids will spend at least a week improving skills for their favorite sport.
Summer means water fun for many kids. Area pools opened for the season over the Memorial Day weekend.
Smith Mountain Lake also opened the beach area for the season over the weekend. Many families enjoy weekends at the lake or days at the pool during summer.
The Sprayground at Riverside Park and the fountain at Riverfront Festival Park on Jefferson Street are two more free places to enjoy water fun all summer long.
For many families, summer camping is a way of life. Area campgrounds have been open for the season for a few weeks. The busy summer season will bring many families out to enjoy the woods and outdoor activities.
More free time to spend together is one of the best things about summer. Even though parents may still have to work, there are generally fewer activities during the summer to interfere with family time.
Explore Lynchburg family-friendly places including Amazement Square, a hands-on children’s museum located in downtown Lynchburg.
Enjoy Putt-Putt Golf and Games on Timberlake Road, Bounce About at the mall, FunQuest Family Entertainment Center on Graves Mill Road or take in a Lynchburg Hillcats game.
Summer festivals are fun for many families. Uncle Billy’s Day is held each year in Altavista to commemorate Billy Lane, founder of Altavista’s Trade Lot, the area’s favorite flea market.
The Trade Lot is open on the first Saturday of each month. This year marks 64 years of Uncle Billy’s Day celebrations. This year’s festival will be held on Friday, May 31 from 2-11 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Those attending Uncle Billy’s Day will enjoy live music, children’s activities, a car show, craft and food vendors and fireworks at English Park as well as the Trade Lot at War Memorial Park.
In Lynchburg, the Lynchburg Launch of the James River Batteau Festival is a favorite event for many area families.
On June 15, a dozen or more historic flat bottom batteaux will launch at 11 a.m. from Percival’s Island to spend a week on the James River, ending at Maidens Landing near Richmond.
The festival begins at 9 a.m. and includes live music, historic demonstrations, arts and crafts, children’s activities and more. The festival continues until 2 p.m. at Percival’s Island.
Outdoor activities pick up in the summertime. Bike riding, running or walking on the trails, hiking and other outdoor recreation are great ways for the family to enjoy nature while staying active.
The James River Heritage Trail and Blackwater Creek Bikeway run through Lynchburg. Some favorite trail entry points are located at Percival’s Island, off Langhorne Road at the Ed Page Entrance and at Hollins Mill Park.
Last minute family getaways are a wonderful part of summer. Deciding on the spur of the moment to visit Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens or the beach can be an exciting adventure for kids and parents.
Other fun getaways include Splash Valley Water Park in Roanoke, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Virginia State Parks and the Appalachian Trail.
Summer stretches ahead with many special days including Father’s Day on June 16 and July 4 with fireworks and parades.
School starts again on August 26, just before Labor Day. Why not see how much fun can your family can squeeze into summer this year.