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Cool Things to Do: April 25

Apr 25, 2020 03:46PM ● By Leigha Pecher

Greetings from the FredParent family!

Happy Weekend FXBG families!  I hope this newsletter finds you all happy and healthy!  Staying home does not have to equal being bored!  Check out some cool ideas to help you and your families have fun this weekend, with a focus on everything local and/or VA!  CONGRATS to our Chalk Your Walk Winners!  1st Place:  The Maass family with their patriotic Fred Nats theme – Al and kiddos Alfred (11) and Finleigh (9). They win two tickets to the Fred Nats!  Check out the kids club HERE for fun info/activities!2nd Place: Emily, Age 13 with Smiling is Contagious.   Someone from Fred Parent will be in touch with your prize!Great job to all contestants!  Keep up the creativity! Stay healthy and safe! ~Leigha, Fred Parent's Calendar Mom

Local Virtual & Indoor Fun

James Monroe Museum Fun

Stay up-to-date with our virtual content!  Our hands-on-history page is updated regularly to reflect our virtual content from cooking to story time to history videos, it's all right HERE.  

Shenandoah National Park

Need some new puzzles, games or books?   Check out The Shenandoah National Park bookstore ONLINE . We have a number of games, puzzles, and other items that would be great for any family.   The Shenandoah National Park Association (SNPA), a non-profit organization, supports the interpretive and educational activities of Shenandoah National Park.

They also have cool virtual views of the park, videos and activities on their FACEBOOK page.

Virtual Activities & Things to Do in Virginia's Blue Ridge

During this time of COVID-19 and Virginia’s stay-at-home orders, Virginia’s Blue Ridge is exploring virtual spaces and new ways of connecting and learning.

Check out the creative ways the museums, attractions, and art galleries of Virginia’s Blue Ridge are educating and entertaining their followers HERE.

Getting Crafty with Chesty:  Whirligig

Whirligigs were a popular toy during the American Revolution. Learn how to make one in this week's "Getting Crafty with Chesty!" Check it out HERE and other fun activities the National Museum of the Marine Corps has planned for kids on their FACEBOOK page.  

Local/Small Businesses

Wonder Kits from Wiggle Worms

Educational play activities, crafts, STEM activities and more!  We are proud to offer two Wonder Kits - preschool and K-2. Each kit includes 5 age-appropriate educational materials and hands-on STEM activities. Follow along with us on our YouTube channel or Facebook (@Wiggle Worms FXBG) for live classes and demonstrations!

New kits are released on Monday’s... shipped on Wednesdays, picked up on Thursdays and Fridays... then it starts again with classes for your current box on Monday.

Go HERE for more info.

When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly is offering DIY Take & Make projects for curbside pick up! Projects you can make during lock down- all kinds of things for you and the kids to create and keep you busy! We have MANY projects to choose from, including Yard Jenga, Yardzee,  Cornhole sets- table top and regulation size,  Match Games, Book Box, Interchangeable Gnomes, Pucket game, Ring toss, wall signs for every room in the house and more!

We appreciate everyone who has helped us to stay in business! Order your projects at

Wine & Design

Wine & Design has gone Virtual! AND it's as easy as 1, 2 3!

1) Sign Up - Reserve Your Seat by the WEDNESDAY at 12 pm before your class, so we can prep your paint kit! Don't Wait, Class sizes will still be limited until we get the hang of this!

2) Pick Up - We are doing Curbside Pick up ONLY between 12 - 6 on Thursday & Friday prior to class.

3) Log On - We will send the ZOOM link to your class on Friday at 12 pm, and you will log on at your scheduled time over the weekend.

View the Full Calendar HERE to pick your project!

Online Self Defense Training - FREE!

We have an Online In-Home Self-Defense Training program for kids to keep them Healthy and Active while having a TON of Fun burning off their excess energy (so they don't drive you nuts at home)!

Here's everything included for FREE! 2-Weeks of Online In-Home Self-Defense Training LIVE Trainings that are recorded so you can do them on your schedule Kids will gain Confidence training at home

The free 2-week session runs from Apr 27-May 7 and meets Mon-Thu from 4-4:45 pm. Classes are for ages 5-12.

Register ONLINE

Check out the EVENT page.

Community Resources


The Stafford County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the community that Empowerhouse is continuing to provide support for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Their 24-hour Hotline remains open for services and information, and advocates are available to speak with callers.

Please call their Hotline at 540-373-9373 for assistance and further information.

Errands for the Elderly

Team Pohanka Nissan has just launched a new program, Errands for the Elderly! If you or a loved one are considered high-risk and are unable to leave your home, we are offering completely free services to help you get essential supplies. (This applies to anyone who is considered high-risk, regardless of age).

We can assist with automotive service pickup and drop off, grocery pickup, and pharmacy pickup of any medical supplies needed any time M-F from 9 am-5 pm.

To arrange this service you can call us at 540-898-5200 or email us at [email protected]

The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region Relief Fun

The Community Foundation's Community Relief Fund is now accepting applications for immediate relief projects. These grants ensure rapid funding for organizations on the front lines meeting basic needs for those affected by the pandemic. This critical funding will enable nonprofits to maintain operations and support the increased demand for services.

Requests are being considered on a rolling weekly basis for immediate relief funding needs between now and June 30th, 2020.

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