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5 Fun Activities with Grandkids in Richmond & Fredericksburg, VA
Let’s face it, most of us feel it’s important to live near our children and grandchildren. It takes a village after all, right? There are so many benefits to living near your children and being a big part of their lives and important milestones. Like birthday parties, athletic events, school functions, to name a few. What a rewarding way to spend your retirement!
If moving to a Cornerstone community in Richmond or Fredericksburg means you’ll be closer to your adorable grandchildren, we’ve got fantastic news - there are a ton of kid-friendly activities just minutes from home that you can enjoy all year long. Of course, one of the best parts of living in a Cornerstone home is that the maintenance-free lifestyle gives you as much time to spend with family as you want. No more worrying about what needs to be done around the house - just Lock and Leave and enjoy all your extra free time!
Grandparents are the keepers of family history. Sharing the love of local history is important too! And Richmond and Fredericksburg are the perfect areas to explore areas steeped in history with inquisitive grandkids. Surrounded by outdoor fun, you and your grandkids will have the time of your lives. Let’s look at a just few ways to enjoy the area.
Best Activities for Kids in Richmond and Fredericksburg
Considered the “liquid lifeline” of Richmond, the James River runs smack dab through the middle of the city and offers lots outdoor fun for the whole family. From wall climbing and canoeing to fishing and biking, there’s an activity to match every mood and energy level. A tired tyke at the end of the day means time well spent!
This living history farm offers a glimpse into how Virginians lived in the 1860s. Explore the original farmhouse, attend special events on the weekends, or pack a picnic lunch and let the kids run free at the playground and fishing pond. They’ll never forget the special times they spent exploring with their grandparents!
A weekend at this historic park will transport you back in time to the 1600s! Witness a re-creation of the journey taken by colonists to settle the new city of Henricus. Interactive events all month long demonstrate how Virginians lived 400 years ago. Kids can fashion a canoe with an oyster shell and pound corn into cornmeal. They’ll be amazed at what they can do!
As a native Virginian, war hero, and our nation’s first president, perhaps no one has had more impact on the area than George Washington. In this fascinating series of museums, learn how his family lived and contributed to society in the late 1700s. See the house where Washington’s mother lived and worked in her garden, and the apothecary where doctors prescribed leeches, snakeroot, and crab claws. The little ones are guaranteed to have a belly laugh!
History buffs young and old will want to spend hours at the historic battlefields of the Civil War. In fact, it takes two whole days to visit the entire park. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park offers driving tours, walking trails, literature, films and exhibits that depict the extraordinary events that happened here. Your little scholar will ask to return again and again!
And don’t forget, when you are not with your grandkids, there is plenty of fun and excitement right outside your doorstep. Your community amenities such as the clubhouse, pool, fitness center, vegetable gardens, walking trails, lakes, and strolling the sidewalks and talking to your neighbors. Plenty to keep you active and smiling.
It’s time to start thinking about right-sizing your life and making your most exciting move yet, imagine how incredible it would be to have your grandkids so close by. You’ll get to share in the wonder years of their childhood, and never have to miss another birthday, recital, game, or special moment again.
Cornerstone Homes’ communities for active adults in VA are located in the best areas of Richmond and Fredericksburg. To experience all that our communities have to offer, please give us a call at 804-215-0766 or plan a virtual experience today.