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Adventure Us: Read Mountain Preserve

East of town, tucked back behind Bonsack, lies Read Mountain, where a short climb affords one of the valley’s most beautiful views. The Read Mountain Preserve is 243 acres of scenic woodland and ridgetop, jutting out between the I-81 and Route 460 corridors. The hike up the mountainside, while steep in places, is manageable even…
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Cornmeal, Whiskey and Gourmet Fungus

This summer, on a not-quite-whim, we turned a large chunk of our backyard into a cornfield. It wasn’t quite a whim, because we knew we wanted to expand our garden; however that hadn’t materialized by June, when we took a family trip across the western border to beautiful Monroe County, West Virginia. There we found…
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Roaming Roanoke: Mill Mountain Zoo

This week’s Roaming Roanoke destination is Mill Mountain Zoo! You might remember we tried to go to Mill Mountain Zoo on Labor Day weekend but did not get inside before it was full-capacity. We finally made it back this past weekend! My middle child’s birthday was on Saturday. She turned the big 5! She asked…
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The 5-Minute Answer: What is the Americans with Disabilities Act and How Does it Impact You?

By Marissa Siegel, Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Rising Star Speech and Language Services Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 American adults have a disability? According to the CDC, that includes over 61 million people. Specifically in Virginia, 23.6% of adults are living with a disability. The ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act,…
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How the New Normal Brought Back Family Dinners

The COVID-19 virus most certainly brought the world to its knees and created a new normal for most families; working at home was suddenly a new and welcome change for many parents, and family dinners are making a comeback. It’s a difficult job juggling work-at-home duties, chores around the house, pet needs, wrangling the kids,…
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11 Learning Activities to Help Discuss Race with Kids

July 16, 2020

As we continue to talk about race at home, many parents are focused on resources and books to dive into the subject. You can also easily get creative to start the conversation early with your kids. Try these hands-on learning activities and crafts focused on diversity and anti-racism. M&M Experiment Photo Credit: Crayon Freckles Sometimes visual examples allow children to…

A Guide to Safe Travel During Pandemic

July 13, 2020

A Guide to Safe Travel During a Pandemic Our experts have been inundated with questions about travel during COVID-19. The bottom line is, if you do not need to travel, it is best to stay home and socially distant. If you must travel, here are some tips about how to do it safely. These tips are…

Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Coronavirus

July 13, 2020

Courtesy of Carilion Clinic   Summertime means travel, even in a pandemic year. In fact, having been under quarantine or stay-at-home orders for several months, people are more anxious than ever to get away from it all on a much-needed vacation. Epidemiologists and infectious disease experts agree that this year, a staycation is a better idea. The…

Low-Tech Budget Friendly, Summer FUN!

July 9, 2020

School’s out and now it’s summer! The kids are ready, but are you? With a little preparation now and a few supplies, you will be able to keep those kiddos busy, happy and exhausted all summer long. Cue some sanity for mom! Bursting Bubbles All kids love bubbles, and the bigger the bubbles, the better. So create your…

Restaurant Coupons

July 6, 2020

RESTAURANT COUPONS AS SEEN IN ROANOKE VALLEY FAMILY MAGAZINE TO USE ANY OF THESE COUPONS – PLEASE PRINT AND BRING TO THE LOCATION.   If you have a restaurant and would like to receive a free coupon ad – please contact JOSH@VIRGINIAFAMILY.COM

Codebreakers Summer Camp

July 6, 2020

Code Breakers Summer Camp   Code Breakers is a brand new Summer Camp that introduces kids to the basics of coding and software in fun, interactive, and effective ways. Our curriculum breaks down complex topics using teambuilding games and project-based activities that encourage creative input and problem solving, while also limiting scene time. With age-appropriate…

Where to Find 4th of July Celebrations

July 3, 2020

Fourth of July celebrations aren’t quite the same this year. Many have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there are still some local places you can watch fireworks light up the night sky this Independence Day. July 3, 2020: Appomattox – Parking available at Appomattox County High School – Display will begin around 9:30…

As July 4th Approaches, Providers Urge Community Members to Take Precautions Seriously

June 29, 2020

In line with recent Virginia Department of Health reports, Carilion Clinic infectious disease experts are seeing an uptick of COVID-19 in our area. As individuals make holiday weekend plans, it is more important than ever to stay vigilant. The decisions made by community members in the coming months will determine how COVID-19 impacts the region.…

Add a Pool to Your Backyard

June 24, 2020

  Most public pools, and water parks  are closed until further notice due to the pandemic. Kids are still able to cool off this summer! We’ve noticed a number of backyard pools popping up though out the region. Whether it’s an in-ground pool or an inflatable one, here are some backyard pool tips for families. Safety First…

Find Where You Can Get Free Meals For Your Kids

June 18, 2020

Free meal programs for children are available across the Commonwealth during the summer although a lot of families do not know where to find them. The program, No Kid Hungry Virginia encourages families who need assistance with summer food for their children to text FOOD to 877-877 for a list of free summer food sites…

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