Fun Especially for Families

See Charlottesville by hopping aboard the free trolley and cruising the Historic Downtown area and the University of Virginia’s Corner. The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society’s walking tours will regal you with tales of local heroes like Lewis and Clark. UVA offers tours, starting at the Pantheon-inspired Rotunda and families of young children won’t want to miss the Virginia Discovery Museum or McGuffey Park. For outdoor play, visit Shenandoah National Park, now celebrating 75 amazing years. Go to for a calendar of events and be sure to visit use the following resources on your next trip to Charlottesville.

Alakazam Toys

Childhood is a time for creativity, imaginative play and fun, of course! We select toys and gifts for our store which appeal to the child in all of us, from birth to 99 years. People of all generations visit Alakazam and joyfully recall such childhood treasures. We are inspired by the Waldorf and Montessori philosophies. We offer Stockmar art materials, wooden toys, natural fiber dolls, family games & puzzles and many other fantastic playthings.


Families visiting Charlottesville on their vacation will love the events and resources found in CharlottesvilleFamily's Bloom magazine, everything from fun to fill an afternoon to practical help like babysitters and pediatricians. CharlottesvilleFamily's Bloom is an award-winning monthly magazine dedicated to serving families in Charlottesville-Albemarle with engaging feature stories on parenting, education, health and recreation as well as useful resources designed to help "Make Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun."


Massanutten Resort

For more than 30 years, Massanutten Resort has welcomed vacationers as they experience the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. From Massanutten Peak, you can gaze out over amazing panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding valley. If you enjoy skiing, golfing, swimming or hiking; want to experience all the thrills of a huge waterpark or just relax in the mountains, Massanutten Resort is the perfect family vacation location. Being a four-season resort means there are things to do all year!

Saunders Brothers Farm Market

Located in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia, Saunders Brothers grows quality apples, peaches, asian pears, vegetables & flowering shrubs. We are a family owned business that has been around for 100 years! We offer a lot of fun at our Farm Market including Live Music on Saturdays peach ice cream on site and farm antique museum.


Voted Charlottesville's best toy store year after year by readers of C'Ville, CharlottesvilleFamily, and the Daily Progress, Shenanigans offers an amazing selection of toys, games, stuffed animals, dolls and children's books. Come for a visit. We promise you a joyful time! Shenanigans is now located at 601 West Main Street, between the University and Downtown. There's plenty of free parking in front of and beside the store. Find details and directions to the fun at