A rainy weekend is nobody’s idea of fun. After a week filled with work, school, activities and chores, families look forward to fun on the weekend. When the weather forecast says rain’s on the way in Central Virginia, plan ahead for indoor fun. Lynchburg Macaroni Kid is filled with family-friendly activities and events. Here’s 10 ways to beat the rainy weekend blues while making family memories.
Head to Amazement Square and play the day away. Lynchburg’s children’s museum is located downtown at 27 Ninth Street. The former warehouse building contains many fun hands-on ways to learn. The climbing tower and zip line are favorites for kids of all ages, but there’s new exhibits and fun waiting around every corner.
Plan a board game day. Play Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, Candyland, Operation or your family’s favorite board games. Your kids probably spend more time playing computer games or games on the iPad. Pull some board games out of storage and see who wins.
Learn about local history at Lynchburg Museum. Located at 901 Court Street, the museum houses artifacts documenting Lynchburg’s history during the Civil War, antique toys, model railroads, historic art, images of people and places, and more. Lynchburg Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Spend a day in the kitchen together. Bake a cake, cookies or brownies for a treat. Kids love helping in the kitchen and everyone will enjoy the results. Dust off your cookbook, look up a new recipe on Pinterest or start with a box mix and change it up however you want.
Visit the Nature Zone in its new location in the Miller Center at 301 Grove Street. Nature Zone combines features of a museum with those of a zoo to create a unique experience for kids of all ages. You’ll find reptiles and lizards at Nature Zone as well as a few mammals. Lots of hands-on activities will spark an interest in the natural world in your children. Nature Zone is open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
It may be too wet to play outside, but you can enjoy playing ball in the house. Use a Nerf ball or a ball made from crumpled paper in the hallway or basement. See who can throw the ball the furthest or practice playing catch with your kids. Form teams and enjoy a friendly competition.
FunQuest, located at 327 Graves Mill Road, offers indoor family fun. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at FunQuest. Skating or roller blading, laser tag, and PlayQuest, the indoor playground are all good ways to have fun while getting a little exercise.
Hit the Redbox, download a movie from Netflix or pull out an old family favorite to watch. Pop popcorn and enjoy a movie together. Pick a Disney movie or another family-friendly movie that’s suitable for everyone. Sing along with the songs and have a blast.
Kids Cove, located in Thomas Road Baptist Church, offers free admission for all. Kids Cove is for kids ages 10 and under. There’s a giant climbing ark, a toddler play area, tunnels and more. Normal opening time is 9 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Kids Cove closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 p.m. the rest of the week. They are also open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Enjoy a family road trip. Pick a favorite indoor destination or just choose a direction and go. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, head to Chuck E. Cheese’s in Roanoke, check out the Virginia Discovery Museum in Charlottesville or have fun at the Children’s Museum of Richmond.
Don’t let a little — or a lot — of rain spoil your weekend. Monday will be here before you know it. When rain’s in the forecast, plan ahead and enjoy rainy day indoor family fun.