July/August 2015 Family Calendar of Events
ONGOING Summer Activities
Register for Summer Camps Now! Check out our Online Camp Fair at http://wvfamilyonline.com/online-camp-fair/ for summer camps and a click-through links to take you to their website.
CASA FOR KIDS Fundraiser Bluegrass and Barbeque tickets available now! On Thursday, August 6, CASA FOR KIDS will host its annual fundraiser, Bluegrass and Barbeque, at Saint John University Parish Hall in Morgantown, WV. Activities begin at 6 pm and include live music, barbeque dinner, and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 304-599-1087 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. CASA FOR KIDS is a United Way agency that advocates for abused and neglected children who have been identified by the court system in Monongalia and Preston Counties. CASA FOR KIDS is dedicated to breaking the chain of abuse and placing each child in a safe, permanent home. All proceeds from the Bluegrass and Barbeque will stay in the local area to support the program.
Horseback Riding – Open Year Round at Mountain Trail Rides, 255 Freeland, Davis, WV. Horseback riding in the beautiful mountains of Canaan Valley, WV. 304-866-4652 www.mountaintrailrides.com.
Private Music Lessons Saint Paul School of Music LIFE UMC Clarksburg and Fairmont locations. New students accepted anytime. Beginner – Advanced. Ages 5 & up. 304-366-3758.
P.U.R.R. WV Adoption Events are ongoing at various locations around North Central WV. P.U.R.R. WV is a no-kill cat rescue Please go to http://www.purrwv.org/html/events.html for dates and locations. See ad on page 20.
Tuesday is for Toddlers Meadowbrook Mall, 2399 Meadowbrook Rd., Bridgeport, WV. 11 a.m. – 12 noon each Tuesday. Free activities, entertainment, and prizes for children up to age 8. 304-842-5441 www.meadowbrookmall.com
Studio Kids Classes at The Wow Factory, Morgantown, WV. Ages 5-12 $15 per session. 304-599-2WOW (2969) www. thewowfactoryonline.com.
Monongalia County Health Department 453 VanVoorhis Rd., Morgantown, WV 304-598-5119 Offers personal health services including: Family Planning, Breast and Cervical cancer screening, Dental care for all ages, Immunizations and Free STD testing.
WV Fairs & Festivals – see list on page 14 of the May/June 2015 issue.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Ghost Hunts/Tours offered Apr. 4 – Nov. 1. Tuesday-Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. 304-269-5070. www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com/
WV Wildlife Center open 7 days a week, including weekends and holiday from April 1- November 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (exit gate closes at 6 p.m. $3 admission ages 16 and up. $1.50 for ages 3-15. Ages under 3 free. 304-924-6211. http://www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/wildlifecenter.shtm.
Library Summer Reading Programs. “Every Hero Has A Story” is this year’s theme for the Summer Reading Program at your local library. Contact your library for reading programs and incentives for children all ages.
Festival Fridays Jawbone Park, Buckhannon, WV. Every Friday all summer long June – September. 5-8 p.m. Live music, entertainment, demonstrations, food, WV grown produce, handmade products, kids’ activities. 304-473-1400. visitbuckhannon.org.
Philippi Public Library Summer Reading Camps: for children ages 4 through 7 and ages 8 through 12. Prizes, games, special activities, and other incentives to encourage children to read or to be read to during the summer. 304-457-3495. http://philippi.lib.wv.us.
Monthly Family Walks at WV Botanic Garden, Morgantown, WV. Free Family Walks are now being offered on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. beginning April 1st. Bring your children and enjoy a leisurely walk around the Garden. Walks will last about an hour and cover a mile or less. “Off-road” strollers are permitted (rubber tires). Meet at the information kiosk near the lower parking area. www.wvbg.org.
Colonial Kids Games at Prickett’s Fort Wednesdays June 10 thru August 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the kids to the fort and we will have some fun and educational activities for them to experience. Must be accompanied by an adult and regular admission applies. 304-363-3030. http://marioncvb.com or www.prickettsfort.org.
Registration open for 2015 KIDS ADVENTURE GAMES at Snowshoe Mountain, WV. Kids Adventure Games is the nation’s premier adventure race for children ages 6-14 – taking place July 17-18, 2015. An event that gets kids outside, without technology, engaging with the outdoors, challenging themselves physically and emotionally, and feeling a huge sense of accomplishment when they cross the finish line. The race features teams of two navigating a mountain obstacle course. Modes of transport include mountain biking, hiking and running while maneuvering through zip lines, rope swings, cargo nets, climbing walls, mud pits, a giant slip-n-slide and more. The race emphasizes teamwork, problem solving and overcoming obstacles. Friday, July 17th, 2015, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Adventure racer check-in and optional skills clinic. Saturday, July 18th, 2015, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Race Day. Cost: $75 per person based on a team of two. Online registration and information available at www.kidsadventuregames.com.
July is National Ice Cream Month.
July 3 Old Fashion Weiner Roast Cass Scenic Railroad, Cass, WV. Campfire and live music. 866-874-7653 mtn-rail.com
July 3-5 Independence Day Weekend Bring the whole family out for a full weekend of hiking, nature programs, recreational activities, and fun. 304-643-2931 www.northbendsp.com
July 4 Independence Day – Happy 4th of JULY! Stay safe.
July 11 The KIDZ BOP KIDS’ “Make Some Noise” TOUR Clarksburg Amphitheater, WV98, Clarksburg, WV. The “Make Some Noise” tour is the ULTIMATE FAMILY CONCERT experience that guarantees to get everyone singing and dancing along! The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine’s “#1 Kids’ Artists” for the fifth consecutive year. In 2014, KIDZ BOP released the “#1 Kids’ Album,” KIDZ BOP 25, and outsold some of the year’s biggest artists, including Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, and Iggy Azalea. The latest album in the best-selling series, KIDZ BOP 28, was released in March. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets go to: Showclix.com. For more information: www.kidzbop.com/tour.
July 11-12 Kids Camp: Survival Weekend at Prickett’s Fort, Fairmont, WV. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This two day camp will take the student through important life skills needed for a young adults to help him or her to survive on the western Virginia frontier in the 18th century. Grades 5-9. Register by June 19. Camp is limited ot 40 students. $95/student, lunch is provide. 304-363-3030. www.prickettfort.org.
July 17 17th Annual Run to Read Race 12th Street Pool, 205 12th Street, Fairmont, WV. Mile Run 6:30 p.m. 5K Run starting at 7 p.m. 5K Race Walk starting at 7 p.m. Online registration. Entry fee. 304-366-6055. www.LearnToReadMarion.net.
July 17-19 Scuba Tour at the Pittsburgh Zoo One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Try scuba in a heated pool! During the past ten years tens of thousands of people have been introduced to scuba diving at a “Be a Diver Pool”. Now it’s your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool (10 and 11 need to be accompanied by an adult in the pool). Bring your swim suit – we will supply all the scuba gear! It’s a great way to try scuba diving and test some of the latest scuba equipment. You can also have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your “diving adventure.” For Scuba minimums: age 10 – 10 and 11 year olds need to be accompanied by adult in the pool. Must be 54 inches or taller. This is a free event with zoo admission, just bring a swim suit! Register day of event. http://www.pittsburghzoo.org/Event.aspx?id=1361&sd=7/10/2015&ed=7/10/2017&tp=&loc=&kw=
July 22 – 31 PIPPI LONGSTOCKING Theatre West Virginia, Cliffside Amphitheatre, 4700 Grandview Road in Beaver, WV. Pippi is the high spirited, warm hearted incarnation of every child’s dream of freedom and power. The daughter of a Buccaneer Pirate, dressed in strange clothes and living with her horse and pet monkey, Pippi possesses supernatural strength and untold wealth. And now the rollicking adventures that put Pippi, the nine year old little girl who doesn’t want to grow up, at odds with the demands of life in a small town are sure to fill Theatre West Virginia audiences young and old alike with smiles and laughter. www.theatrewestvirginia.org or call (304) 256-6800.
July 24 & 25 Blast from the Past Block Party Main Street, Downtown, Buckhannon, WV. Fri. 5-10 p.m. Sat. 6-11 p.m. Blast From The Past joins Festival Fridays for a classic car cruise-in, live music and entertainment in Jaw Bone Park. On Saturday, Buckhannon’s Main Street will be closed for a Block Party & classic car street show. Enjoy live entertainment by The Fabulous Rockolas; be sure to dress for the 50’s & 60’s theme! Be There Or Be Square! Click here for more info.
July 25 National Dance Day 2015 – Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity. Dizzy Feet Foundation offers two dance routines – Everybody Dance routine (choreographed by America’s favorite dancer- Twitch) and Advance routine (choreographed by Travis Wall). Go to www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org to learn the routines. Then on July 25 people all over Amercia will dance this routine together from coast to coast. Upload your routine at the Dizzy Feet Foundation website and they will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and maybe “So You Think You Can Dance episode. Submit your video by Wed., July 30, by 5 pm.
Aug. 1 Bats Alive! North Bend State Park, Cairo, WV. 7:00 p.m. Join us for a presentation by Patty Morrison of the USFWS. Hear bats communicate real time with the use of “bat detectors”. Lodge Conference room. 304-643-2931. www.northbendsp.com
Aug. 4 National Night Out National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits. https://natw.org
Aug. 7 & 8 WV’s Largest Yardsale Upshur & Lewis Counties (Buckhannon and Weston). Each August thousands of people browse WV’s Largest Yard Sale to fulfill their favorite summer pastime. Join us as we welcome visitors in search of amazing bargains & while they enjoy Small Town Charm! Past years of WV’s Largest Yard Sale have seen hundreds of yard sales lining the streets of Buckhannon & Weston, and spread throughout Upshur & Lewis Counties. All yard sales are within a 1 hour driving radius, so plan to spend some time enjoying our historic towns & beautiful scenery! Be sure to check out Festival Fridays – Friday night from 5 – 8 PM! 304-473-1400 / info@VisitBuckhannon.org More info here.
Aug. 8-9 Intro to Adventure – Mountain Biking and Kayak Clinics North Bend State Park, Cairo, WV. Instructor Kim Coram will cover basics any beginner needs to start adventures in adventure sports. $30 for either class or $50 for both. Call for reservations- 304-643-2931. www.northbendsp.com
Aug. 14-23 The State Fair of WV – Traditions You Treasure Lewisburg, WV. Memories are made and traditions are treasured at the State Fair of WV. Carnival, concessions, competitions, livestock exhibits and shows, comedy, performances, nightly concerts, flea market, and more. 304-645-1090 www.statefairofwv.com
Aug 15 GLOW RUN at SportsFEST Charleston, WV. The Glow Run is a one-of-a-kind 5K run (or walk) that will light up the night. Participants of all ages are welcome. With registration, runners and walkers will receive glow in the dark necklaces and glow paint and a t-shirt. Live entertainment will be provided throughout the event. Check in 7-8:30 p.m. Race begins at 9 p.m. on Kanawha Blvd. Registration fees apply. All ages welcome! Register by Aug. 5 to guarantee correct t-shirt size. To register, visit http://www.tristateracer.com/RaceDirector/race.php?RaceID=7919.
Aug. 21 WE DAY Tune in to ABC to watch the first-ever U.S. commercial-free, one-hour broadcast of We Day. Celebrating a generation committed to changing their world, We Day features inspiring stories of young Americans. Joined by host Selena Gomez, Jennifer Hudson, Nick Jonas, Common, Tyrese Gibson, Demi Lovato, The Band Perry and more. We Day is made possible by national title sponsor Allstate, presenting sponsors Unilever and Microsoft YouthSpark, and supported by Walgreens and ABC. Check out we.org for more information. You won’t want to miss it!
Sep. 4-6 37th Annual WV Italian Heritage Festival Clarksburg, WV. The WVIHF has been rated among the “Top 100 Events in North America” by the ABA, a “Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society” & one of the “Top 4 Italian Festival’s” in the nation by the National Sons of Italy. 304-622-7314. www.wvihf.com facebook.com/WVIHF.
Sep 13 National Grandparent’s Day – a day to reflect on the impact grandparents have on our lives and our society. Founded by a WV mom/grandma, Marian McQuade of Fayette County. http://www.grandparents-day.com/event1.htm
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