#LiveLikeaLocal in #WaynesboroVA: 5 Family-Friendly Summer Evenings

The kids are out of school and the days are getting longer. That means some empty hours to fill! But Waynesboro has you covered. Check out these five family-friendly itineraries to fill your summer afternoons and evenings.

Monday: Swimming and Family Fiesta

lifeguard on dutyThe 50-meter War Memorial Pool and adjoining baby pool is the perfect place to cool off. Typically open 11 AM – 7 PM weekdays, kids can splash to their hearts’ content for a mere $2 (adults $4). If you go on a Monday in June, be sure to dry off by 6 PM so you can join the Family Fiesta in Ridgeview Park. These are free performances, ranging from puppets to magicians—just a short walk from the pool to the Woodland Picnic Shelter. All that swimming probably worked up an appetite: Why not stop at Heritage on Main Street for some delicious sandwiches and burgers? Kids’ meals are $1.00 off on Monday nights.

Tuesday: Pizza and Thrills

June marks the month for the annual Dooms Fire Department Carnival located at Constitution Parking Lot in downtown Waynesboro. The mesmerizing lights of whirling rides and midway games will certainly capture your youngster’s attention. Carnival food not your fare? Fuel up beforehand with Ciro’s Pizza, consistently voted one of the Valley’s Favorites. Their hand-tossed New York-style pizza is top-notch, but so are the cheesesteaks. The carnival runs June 14-18, 2016. If you miss it, you can spend your evening at FastTrax, Waynesboro’s fun outdoor go-cart track. In addition to two different go-cart tracks, the facility offers mini-golf, arcade games, and a batting cage.

Wednesday: River and Ridgeview

Tavyn Strother kayaks on the South River. XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge drew many to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Photo by Pat Jarrett

Waynesboro’s newly opened Water Trail offers families a four-mile stretch of easy water in which to paddle. Put in at Ridgeview Park and enjoy the languid turns of the South River as it winds through Waynesboro. A portage (where you have to carry your canoe/kayak for a short distance) is required near the YMCA, and temporarily an additional portage is required near the Main Street bridge construction. But the unique perspective on this small town makes it worth the while! Allow 2-3 hours for the whole trip, or less time if you decide to take out at any of the other access points. When you’ve completed your river activity, return to Ridgeview Park for a sunset picnic on the steep hill overlooking the park. Kids will enjoy rolling down the grassy banks or playing on the elaborate play structure.

Thursday: Rock-and-Knock

Knockerball players at the festival. XtremeFest of the Blue Ridge drew many to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Photo by Pat Jarrett

Thursday nights promise fun for the whole gang, courtesy of Waynesboro Parks and Recreation. Rock-N-Ridgeview shows off popular local bands in the outdoor amphitheater of Ridgeview Park. Additionally, a new local food truck is brought on-site each week. Grab some food, spread a blanket, and enjoy the tunes. If that’s not entertaining enough, you’ll certainly enjoy watching the knockerball game in the grassy field next to the music stage. This game puts its players in inflated bubbles and encourages them to bounce or knock against each other. After your food digests, you will want to try it out—just $5 for 15 minutes.

Friday: Hole in One!

Zeus13Summer wouldn’t be summer without a family game of mini-golf. Waynesboro Golf & Games offers an 18-hole mini-golf course—complete with kid-pleasing obstacles and water features—as well as a par-3 golf course. During the summer, Friday and Saturday nights are also Night Golf on the par-3 course, where balls and glow sticks light up the night. After the scorecards are tallied, treat the winner to dinner at nearby E&J’s Deli Pub, where kids’ specials please smaller appetites and hearty sandwiches and local brews please larger. Weekends also mean live music while you eat. If you’ve still got room after dinner, enjoy ice cream at Willy’s Ice Cream, a summertime hangout in the pub’s parking lot. Or, if the night still feels young, catch a movie at Zeus Digital Theaters just a half-mile down Lew Dewitt Boulevard.

Enjoy the summer nights while they last, and find other great family-friendly events on our calendar at visitwaynesboro.net!