Growing Up in the Shenandoah Valley - Adventure, Knowledge Plus
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Winchester, VA (PRWEB) September 26, 2012
So much emphasis is put on city living that one sometimes forgets the life experiences of a child who grows up outside the busy metropolitan areas in the wonderful safe world of the Shenandoah Valley countryside. The mountain ranges encasing the valleys known as the Shenandoah. Take a road trip and visit the Shenandoah National Park, the Skyline Drive, the battlefields of Cedar Creek, Antietam and Harpers Ferry and the Appalachian Trails in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
Go Blue Ridge Travel's Kids Bucket List has been a summer marketing campaign showcasing kids activities indoor and out for young people to experience before turning 18. From a movie at a Drive In Theater, to exploration of science and art at children's museums, to outdoor activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, tubing, and mountain climbing, children are not bored living or visiting the Interstate 81 Corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia.
What is life like for a kid growing up in the Shenandoah Valley? With the growth of Agri-Tourism in the Shenandoah Valley, kids are able to participate in real farm life including picking vegetables from the fields and then attending a cooking class where young people can learn how to cook these vegetables for lunch. A great place for families to visit, Great Country Farms is located in Bluemont, Virginia. The fall is full of activities including meeting the Pumpkin Princess who arrives in a true Cinderella carriage. For a different Pumpkin experience, attend the Pumpkin Chunkin’ – “Bring the pumpkin and smash it using GFC's zip line, bucket lever, or thrown off a 60' lift!!” Kate Zurchmeide laughing said “This is the ultimate pumpkin experience.”
The Treat and Trunk Halloween Event on October 27th occurs at one of only ten drive in theaters in the state of Virginia. Imagine having 500 cars to go to for candy plus lots of other fun activities including fire trucks, pumpkin decorating, costume judging, and apple bobbin! The Family Drive In Theater in Middletown, Virginia is one of only 386 theaters left in the United States. Jim Kopp, General Manager, said, “The increased popularity of the drive in theater is due to several things:
- People love the outdoors. Watching a movie under the stars is a big attraction
- Families and Friends can go from car to car so the drive in theater offers a great nighttime gathering spot without having to throw a party at the house.
- Kids can watch the movie or play or fall to sleep once worn out.
- The Movie experience is very affordable at a Drive In Theater. Admission is much cheaper than the traditional movie theaters plus fans can bring food or buy it inexpensively at the concession stand.
Another great experience is the museums in the valley. Shenandoah Discovery Museum offers a fun learning experience for the child. The biggest difference in a museum offering children's activities and a children's museum is to watch children in these two environments. Picking one over the other is like looking thru a magnifying glass. Without the magnifying glass, the youth are only observing; with the magnifying glass, the youth are involved in the experience. Children's faces tell it all.
Mary Braun of Shenandoah Valley's Discovery Museum (SVD) said, "SVDM's mission is to provide a stimulating learning environment which is self paced - hands on. It is SVDM's goal to promote families learning together - 'share the joy of learning'. It is fascinating watching the kids. Kids automatically know what to do. We give them control of their own discovery and their own learning. As the discovery process unfolds, the children progress where their interest take them."
A total shock and surprise in the valley is the American Celebration on Parade. Part of the family of attractions at Shenandoah Caverns in Mt Jackson, Virginia, kids are in awe standing next to huge floats from famous parades like the Rose Parade in California. Closing one's eyes permits one to almost hear the music of the marching bands.
Of course, a totally great activity that is FREE is hiking, birding, butterfly catching, mountain climbing, and the ultimate hiking experience - the Full Moon Hike. The Full Moon Hikes allow young people and parents to explore the University of Virginia State Arboretum under the full moon. With flashlights and eyes and ears wide open, the nightlife comes alive as kids move thru the darkness of the evening.
Finally, let's look at the river adventures that exist for kids. The Shenandoah Valley has the Canoe Capital of the World in Front Royal, Virginia. There is also the white water rapids adventure on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.
As the leaves change and fall rapidly passes by, the Shenandoah Valley offers Fall Festivals every weekend in both September and October. The Massanutten Resort Fall Festival on October 13th offers the opportunity to see the leaves up close from the ski lift rides. Directly off of Interstate 66 is the Festival of Leaves Festival of Leaves put on by the Warren Heritage Society in Front Royal, Virginia. If one misses these events, then the next weekend is the Autumn Fest on October 20th in the quaint village of Woodstock, Virginia and has a KKC BBQ Contest with lots of good fun games. All three festivals celebrate the birthday place of Patsy Cline with lots of music performances.
Join the fun at Go Blue Ridge Travel. Visit the Shenandoah Valley and give a kid a chance to complete a bucket list of experiences in the Shenandoah Valley Tri-State area before not being a kid anymore!