Deadline for the next issue is October 1, 2015. The next issue will be on shelves Nov/Dec and will include holiday events, activities, and more. Send us your family-friendly event. Please call 304-472-4528 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horseback Riding – Mountain Trail Rides, 255 Freeland, Davis, WV. Horseback riding in the beautiful mountains of Canaan Valley, WV. All rider skill levels welcome. 304-866-4652 www.mountaintrailrides.com. See ad on page 5 of Sep/Oct issue .
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 2 of Sep/Oct issue .
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 more.
Monongalia County Health Department WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program) 1000 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown, WV. Offers nutritious foods, nutrition counseling and breast feeding support free of charge to pregnant women, postpartum women, infants, children up to the age of five.Immunizations are also provided free of charge to eligible children participating in the WIC program. Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. Evening appointments available. 304-598-5181.
Farm Discovery Center – Blackwater Falls State Park, 1003 Blackwater Lodge Rd. Davis, WV. May thru October 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays. 304-259-5611 www.farmdiscoverycenter.com.
Festival Fridays – Jawbone Park, Buckhannon, WV. Every Friday thru the end of September. Live music, entertainment, demonstrations, food, West Virginia-grown produce, and handmade products. Children’s activities. visitbuckhannon.org, call 304.473.1400 or email info@VisitBuckhannon.org.
Morgantown Ice Arena Skating Rink – 1001 Mississippi St., Morgantown, WV. Open August 1 – March 31. Skating provides great exercise and an opportunity to get out of the house – plus, it’s not like exercising at the gym… skating is fun! Also lessons offered – beginner and advanced, figure skating, ice hockey. 304-296-8356.
Train Rides at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad – Elkins, WV. Harvest Moon Ride is Sep 26. The Polar Express Rides begin November 6 – reserve your tickets today – many dates are already sold out! Mtn-rail.com or call 866-874-7653. See ad on page 3 of Sep/Oct issue.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Ghost Hunts and Tours – Weston, WV. Tours offered year-round. Zombie Paint Ball Ride on Saturdays – leaves every 30 minutes noon – 4:30 p.m. Zombie Paint Ball Shooting Gallery, Haunted House, Fall Fest, Flashlight Tours, Photography Tour, Architectural Tour, Cemetery Tour, and more. Please go to www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com to tour dates, times, and fees. See ad on page 7of Sep/Oct issue .
WV State Wildlife Center open seven days a week year-round. Apr. 1 – Oct. 31 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 1 – Mar. 31 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. A 1.25 mile trail leads visitors through mature forest with spacious enclosures allowing native (and some introduced) WV wildlife to interact with their environment and natural behavior patterns. Admission ages 16 and over $3, children 3-15 $1.50, under 3 free. 304-924-6211 http://www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/wildlifecenter.shtm.
September is Child Passenger Month
3 out of 4 child car seats are not used correctly! Contact the Child Passenger Safety Technician at WVU Children’s Hospital for tips, advice, or to schedule to car seat inspection. 304–598-6011. healthybabieswv.com. See ad on page 2 of Sep/Oct issue .
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month See article on page 6 of Sep/Oct issue .
Sep 7 Labor Day
Sep 10 Freedom Day USA – A day to thank members of the military for giving us our Freedom. This national event was founded by Dr. Robert Martino, owner of Wilson Martino Dental, West Virginia’s largest dental chain. To learn more or to see what businesses will provide a thank you” offer, go to http://www.freedomdayusa.org/west-virginia.html.
Sep 13 National Grandparent’s Day in 1970, Marian McQuade, of West Virginia, came up with the idea of a day set aside to encourage families to visit their elderly relatives. In 1978, President Carter declared it as a National Day to be celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Sep 13-19 Child Passenger Safety Week – Be sure your child is using the right car seat for their age and size. http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Right-Car-Seat-Age-Size.htm. For local assistance, see ad on page 2 of Sep/Oct issue.
Sep 16 National Stepfamily Day – almost half of the households in the U.S. are blended families.
Sep 19 Main Street Arts Festival – Main Street, Buckhannon, WV. 2 -7 p.m. Artists from across the state of West Virginia are featured each year, bringing talented professionals from the Tamarack and more to charming downtown Buckhannon. Demonstrations, entertainment, vendors, children’s activities. www.visitbuckhannon.org.
Sep 22-28 74th National Dog Week – to educate all dog owners in their responsibilities to their pets and to their communities, particularly those organizations dedicated to caring for unwanted or lost dogs.
Sep 23 Fall (Autumn) Equinox – this is the first day of Fall.
Sep 26 Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch & Picnic – Mountain Rail Adventure. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Elkins, WV. Enjoy the Harvest Moon at Spruce. Beautiful fall colors, music, picnic, campfire. Mtn-rail.com or call 866-874-7653. See ad on page 3 of Sep/Oct issue .
Sep 26 & 27 Greater Appalachian Exotic Animal and Reptile Expo – Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park, 500 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wide variety of exotic animals, reptiles, amphibians, parrots, aquatics, and more. Food vendors, petting zoo, face painting. Adult admission $7. Children under 12 free. Parking free. http://greaterappalachianexoticanimalandreptileexpo.webs.com.
Sep 26-Oct 4 79th Mountain State Forest Festival – Elkins, WV. One of the largest and oldest festivals in the state. 304-636-1824 www.forestfestival.com.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October is National Fire Safety Month.
October weekends – The Asylum Haunted House Presents Hysteria – Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, WV. Can you survive a journey into the Asylum? Enter at your own risk! Ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. General admission – $20. VIP admission $40. www.theasylumwv.com.
October Every Wednesday-Sunday Fright Farm open – Smithfield, PA. 26 years of FEAR! Our state-of-the-art special effects, highly-detailed scenes, custom digital soundtracks, computerized lighting, and talented actors make Fright Farm a frightening experience unlike any other. www.frightfarm.com.
Oct 1-31 Kids Day at the Farm – Rich Farms, 2043 Springhill Furnace Road, Smithfield, PA. Pumpkin patch, hay ride, corn maze, turf path, face painting, hay mountain, fishing, nature park, and more. 724-564-7644 www.richfarms.com. See ad on page 17 of Sep/Oct issue .
Oct. 2 World Smile Day
Oct. 2 Arts Walk – Main Street, Morgantown, WV. 6-9 p.m. Stroll through over forty downtown businesses and see artwork from local artists. www.downtownmorgantown.com.
Oct. 3-4 Burlington Old Fashion Apple Harvest Festival – 539 New Creek Hwy, Keyser, WV. Apple butter making, parade, fireworks, BBQ, entertainment, flea market, arts & crafts. 304-788-2342. www.bumfs.org. See ad on page 7 of Sep/Oct issue .
Oct. 9-11 Annual Fall Festival – Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Ghost Hunts and Tours – Weston, WV. Celebrate Fall with vendors, games, haunted house, flashlight tours, and more. Admission to Fall Fest activities is free (fee charged for tours, haunted house, and vendors).www.trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com.
Oct. 9-11 Pricketts Fort Christmas in October Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV. Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Join us for a unique shopping experience in a historic environment. Regular admission www.prickettsfort.org.
Oct. 17 36th Annual Bridge Day – Fayette County, WV. One of the largest extreme sports event in the world. The 876′ tall New River Gorge Bridge, serves as the launch point for hundreds of BASE jumpers into the New River Gorge below! Nearly 80,000 spectators are expected to attend the event. http://officialbridgeday.com.
Oct. 17-18, 24-25 ZOO BOO – Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Venture through the Zoo collecting candy, enjoying the animals and participating in other fun activities along the way. Halloween parade and costume contest. General admission. www.pittsburghzoo.org.
Oct. 23-25 Native American Weekend – Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV. Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday noon – 4 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy an interactive history lesson which will include displays, demonstations, and hands-on activities for the kids. Regular admission. www.prickettsfort.org. See ad on page 17 of Sep/Oct issue .
*Information about events is subject to change. Please use the listed contact information for more details on events.