5 Things for Families

We can’t be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. And, in Richmond, that common interest is: where’s the family fun at?!

1. Swift Creek Berry Farm

I mean, how else are you going to make this cake for Independence Day? Swift Creek Berry Farm’s blueberry season just started on Monday, and word is the pickings were still a bit pink. But I bet by week’s end you’ll get a pretty good haul.

  • Blueberry season is now underway! • Monday through Friday 8:00 AM — 7:00 PM, Saturdays 8:00 — 3:00 PM (closed on Sundays and on July 4th)
  • Swift Creek Berry Farm, 16716 Genito Road
  • Pick your own at $2.25 per pound

2. Foley Follies: Family Fun with Sound & Video

Anderson Gallery’s lounge will transform into a soundstage so you and the kids can use a variety of instruments to pop! crack! and zip! your way to creating a soundtrack for a zany reel of clips.

  • Wednesday, July 2nd • 5:00 — 7:00 PM
  • VCU Anderson Gallery, 907 1/2 W. Franklin Street
  • Free admission (cash bar)

3. Posing Beauty

Calling all bargain hunters! Posing Beauty examines the ways in which African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts. It normally costs you 10 bucks to get into this exhibit, but because the VMFA is awesome, admission is now free on Thursdays.

  • Thursdays through July 27th • 10:00 AM — 9:00 PM
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard
  • Free (use coupon code FREETHUR at checkout)

4. Free Fourth of July at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Another great freebie for you: thanks to CarMax, we all get to go to Lewis Ginter for free on the Fourth of July. Ok, everyone, 1…2…3…”Thank you, CarMax!!!”

  • Friday, July 4th • garden open 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM; activities in the Children’s Garden 1:00 — 4:00 PM
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
  • Free!

5. Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Celebration

Music! Fireworks! And cannons, apparently?! That’s how you do, Independence Day, citizens!

  • Friday, July 4th • 7:30 PM (fireworks begin at sundown)
  • Dogwood Dell in Byrd Park
  • Free
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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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