Lexington, situated next to the Maury River, is home to the Virginia Military Institute. This community of about 7,000 residents is an independent city surrounded by Rockbridge County, Virginia. If you're a parent who lives in Lexington, or are planning a visit to the area, you'll find plenty of activities to keep your kids busy in the summer.
Take your kids for some educational fun at the Virginia Military Institute Museum (vmi.edu). This museum was created in 1856 and started with a single musket from the Revolutionary War. Today, it has more than 15,000 artifacts that are displayed throughout the exhibits. Or, sign your kids up for the Summer Reading Program at the Lexington Public Library (lexpublib.org). Wee Readers is for children 2 and younger, Read-With-Me is for children who don't read on their own yet and the Reader program is for grade school-age kids. Each program involves reading books and logging them, then having the opportunity to win prizes and attend a party. Your teenager can participate in the Teen Reader program, with a special end-of-the summer party just for teens.
Summer is the ideal time for outdoor activities in Lexington. Take your kids on a tour of one of a local farm. Cabin Spring Farm (cabinspringfarm.com) offers farm tours, farm stays and special events throughout the year, including Farm Day. Visit one of the parks with your kids so they can run and play. M. Leroy Richardson Park (no website; Diamond Street and Lewis Street, Lexington; 540-462-3700) has green areas for playing, a large playground and picnic areas. At the Brewbaker Field Sports Complex (no website; 198 Wallace St., Lexington; 540-462-3700), your kids can play softball, baseball, basketball or soccer. There is also the Kid's Playce playground and a swimming pool at this park.
Find a summer camp in Lexington for your kids to attend. The City of Lexington, Virginia (ci.lexington.va.us) has a Summer Fun Youth Program. This program is for kids 1st grade to 12 years old. It's a day camp that includes drama, dance, arts and crafts, trips to the pool, field trips, free time and an assortment of group activities. Young Life Camp at Bridge Alum Springs (rockbridge.younglife.org) offers week long summer camps to middle school and high school age kids. During camp, your kids will get to participate in activities such as the climbing tower, zip line, mountain biking, disc golf and swimming.
Attend some of the events that take place in Lexington throughout the summer. In July, you can take your kids to the BB&T Balloon Rally at the Virginia Military Institute (vmi.edu) for balloon rides, music, crafts, food, children's activities and fireworks. Let your kids decorate their bikes and participate in the July 4th Children's Bike Parade (no website; Main Street, Lexington; 540-463-5375). Or, make plans to go to the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show (rockbridgeregionalfairva.com). Events include carnival rides, animal shows, games, live music, tractor shows and 4-H exhibits.
- Virginia Military Institute: VMI Museum
- Lexington Public Library: Summer Reading
- Historic Rockbridge County: Outdoors
- City of Lexington Virginia: Office On Youth
- Rockbridge Alum Springs: Home
- Chamber of Commerce Serving Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County: Home
- Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show: Home
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