Fun, affordable activities to do with family this summer

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Summer’s here, the state of emergency is over and the rush to live life is never greater.

Ready to get out and about? The West End Mom, a Richmond blogger named Megan Ariail, has some advice for families on how to have a fun, local and affordable summer bucket list.

There are adventures all around in RVA and the West End Mom made an awesome bucket list.

Splash pads across Henrico are all free and a really good time, even for a short time.

Soak City and Water County USA are great ways to splash into summer, too, with options for any age “kid”.

Lavender fields, in Glen Allen and Williamsburg, smells delicious and offer Lavender ice cream or cotton candy. Not to mention, it’s a good place for people can take Instagram and frame-worthy pictures!

Try an outdoor movie! Keep it simple in the backyard or drive to Goochland for the drive-in which also offers affordable food.

Go to Packtamere farm and see some real alpacas for the preview then catch a show

“It’s a 15-acre working farm that has over 50 alpacas!” said Ariail. “Their movies are going to be in a natural amphitheater. They have this sloped area for the farm. They’re going to sell busters ice cream, adult beverages and candy.”

Visit a sunflower festival in July or August, like Fresh Branch Farms in Chesterfield or Alvis Farms in Manakin Sabot which is also a working dairy farm.

“Last year, their sunflower festival had concessions and vendors, so it was really cool,” said Ariail….

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