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Top 10 Things to Do to Create a Meaningful Memorial Day

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Beyond the sales and three-day weekend, we sometimes forget that Memorial Day is a day of tribute to those military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice during their military service. To honor the fallen this Memorial Day, here are our top 10 activities to make a meaningful Memorial Day.

1Attend the Annual Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination. This touching and beautiful event is a Fredericksburg tradition. Luminaria are lit by local scouts at the Fredericksburg Local Cemetery on at Sunken and Lafayette. Date May 25th - Weather permitting.


2Friends of Wilderness Battlefield Events host a special Memorial Day event at Ellwood Manor with colors presentation and taps on May 25th.


3Rappahannock Pops Orchestra will perform a Memorial Day Concert at Mary Washington Hospital May 27th from 6pm to 8pm.


4Visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps – Learn about the Marine Corps as you explore the children’s exhibit. The museum also has an outdoor playground.

5Honor a veteran family member through the capture of his or her military experience and have it print bound or create a digital audio recording.


6Visit the World War II Memorial at Hurkamp Park in downtown Fredericksburg.


7March with the Spirit of 45 in downtown D.C. Recommended for those families who can proceed along the parade route. More details can be found on Eventbrite.


8Buy and fly an American-made flag from Bald Eagle Industries. Bald Eagle has been in business since 1979 and is located on Route 3.


9Consider donating or volunteering with the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the historical items relating to the City of Fredericksburg and surrounding areas.


10Head out to the Sumerduck Dragway for the Memorial Day Car, Truck, and Bike Show. This annual event is in its 14th year and held by the Goldvein Volunteer Fire Department.


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Top Ten Spring Break Family Staycation Ideas

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We will be the first to tell you that sometimes staying at home is exactly the kind of break your family needs. We will also be the first to tell you that you don't need to plan a trip to make your child's spring break feel special. In fact, more than half of the Fred Parent team will be working over spring break. Here are a few fun ways we're making it memorable for the family. After all, it's the sweet little moments we cherish the most. And thanks to Dupee Plumbing for sponsoring this post! 

Ten Spring Break Family Staycation Ideas


1) Enroll your kids in a Spring Break Camp! - There are plenty to choose from in our area, from full day to half day. Check out our Spring Break Camp calendar for all the details. There's just about something for everyone!

2) Go to Carl’s, Wally’s, Moo-Thru or another beloved ice cream place. - Let’s face it: Spring break is the prelude to summer and summer means... ice cream! Swing by after picking the kids up from daycare/ camp and treat everyone to ice cream for dinner. It’s those little things that leave lasting memories.

3) Take a day trip over the weekend. - Just because you’re working all week doesn’t men you can’t get way for a bit and have a mini- adventure. Check out this list for family day-trips in the area.

4) Have a game night. - Card games are great for a mid-week game night. They tend to be more flexible time-wise and are easy to clean up. We do looooove a good board game though! We suggest “Race to the Treasure” for the 5 and under set, “Headbands” for older kiddos, and “Ticket To Ride” for teens and tweens.

5) Plan your summer bucket list. - Dream big! Like we previously mentioned, spring break is the prelude to summer. Embrace it and start your bucket list.

6) Start a spring break book club. - There are some really great Young Adult options at Central Rappahannock Regional Library that can easily be devoured in a week. Head over a weekend or two before spring break and see what titles your librarian suggests. Give yourselves all week to finish. Go somewhere fun on Saturday or Sunday to discuss the book, and maybe treat yourselves to coffee/ cupcakes, too.

7) Go to the movies. - Paragon has $6 movies on Tuesdays and new reclining seats! Spring break is also a prime opportunity to try out Regal Cinemas’ IMAX theater or recliners.

8) Let the kids dye their hair - A fun, inexpensive way to shake things up and make memories. Bonus points if you dye your hair, too.

9) Make tie dye shirts - We’re on a roll! While you’re dying your hair you might as well dye some shirts, bandanas, and more.

10) Cook each kid their favorite dinner - Your favorite meal is like a great big hug! If they’re old enough, invite them to learn how to make their special dinner. You will be surprised what kids are capable of in the kitchen, and how willing they are to learn. Bonding in the kitchen is a beautiful thing!


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Postpartum Support Virginia

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For new and expectant mothers in the Fredericksburg area, Postpartum Support Virginia stands as the help and support for women and their families who are experiencing postpartum depression. Founded in 2009 by Adrienne Griffen, Postpartum Support Virginia offers one-on-one support, free peer-led groups, a robust site of information including screening and diagnosis overviews, fact sheets, and training sessions.