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Kid-Friendly Fun in Halifax County

World of Sports

The World of Sports is a must-stop for any family visiting Halifax County. Why? It has a variety of activities to keep kids (and parents) entertained throughout the day. Kids will enjoy ducking and dodging while playing laser tag, speeding around turns in a go-kart, and competing for high scores and prizes in the arcade. The youngest in your party can bounce around the jump zone, a collection of inflatable playgrounds that provide a safe place for kids to be kids. Other attractions include the movie theater, perfect for a family movie night, and the bowling alley. After an afternoon (or evening) of fun, grab a bite to eat at JB’s Burgers, Apps, and Taps, the onsite restaurant. The restaurant frequently offers specials to receive arcade credits with a kid’s meal, and parents will enjoy the adult beverages and craft beers on tap. Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Check their website or give them a call for movie showtimes, specials, and height requirements for attractions.

Staunton River State Park

If you’re looking for both fun and educational opportunities for your kids, look no further than Staunton River State Park. This park has a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, disc golf, and tennis courts. Located at the convergence of the Dan and Staunton Rivers, the park offers paddling experiences along the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway, with rentals being serviced by Hazel Branch Outfitters. This internationally recognized dark sky park offers plenty of educational activities in the form of interpretive programming, ranging from archery, fishing, and paddling programs, to guided nature walks, interacting, and feeding native species, and monthly star gazing sessions hosted by astronomers. Visitors can stay the weekend at one of the campsites (some sites have water and electric hook-ups for RVs) or in one of the historic cabins, or simply drive out for an afternoon. An added bonus – the park has spotty cell service, so you can finally get your kids off their cell phones! Visit the park’s website for more information on the park, lodging availability, and upcoming events.

Shangrila Guest Ranch

Does your child’s Christmas list frequently include a pony? Have a little one wanting to become a cowboy or cowgirl? Secretly longing for the lifestyle depicted in Yellowstone? Look no further than Shangrila Guest Ranch. At Shangrila Guest Ranch, the whole family can spend an afternoon exploring the countryside by horseback. With a network of trails throughout the property, guided trail rides can be tailored to meet the time constraints and skills of guests. Wandering across fields and through forests, riders can catch views of native wildlife, such as deer and wild turkey. The horses here are well-seasoned, meaning they’re perfect for beginners or experienced riders. Guests can book guided tours for an afternoon (lunch included) or stay for the weekend with on-site lodging and all-inclusive packages available. While this activity is kid-friendly, children must be 10 years or older to go horseback riding, though consideration will be given to children with previous experience. For more information on booking trail rides, lodging, and package deals, visit Shangrila’s website.

Virginia School of Traditional Arts

Looking for a unique experience that will also provide your children with valuable life skills? The Virginia School of Traditional Arts offers several courses that teach traditional skills and crafts that were commonly practiced generations ago. Courses vary from horticulture, carpentry, cast iron cooking, and blacksmithing. Some courses, like make-and-take or bladesmithing, allow participants to take home something they’ve created themselves. Like many other activities on this list, this activity isn’t just for kids, adults will find value in participating too. Learn more about available classes, and age limits, and book a class at their website, linked above.

An Afternoon at the Museum

Discover two fascinating museums in our area that offer enriching and engaging experiences for children and families. The L.E. Coleman African American Museum celebrates the African Diaspora, honoring the rich cultural expressions shared by people of African ancestry worldwide. Through their anchors of African Diaspora, Halifax Story, and Contemporary Narrative, the museum allows visitors to deepen their understanding of the human experience.

Meanwhile, the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History is dedicated to preserving the past, enriching the present, and ensuring the future. This museum showcases a diverse range of art and historical artifacts specific to South Boston, Halifax County, and Southern Virginia. From an interactive map of Halifax County to exhibits featuring Native American artifacts, The Crossing of the Dan, and a recreation of an old Country Store, there’s something for everyone to explore. Additionally, their Genealogy and Research Center offers personalized assistance in tracing family histories and discovering more about Halifax County’s heritage. Don’t forget to visit their gift shop for a special keepsake of your visit!

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