Discover the Vibrant Shenandoah Valley Family Lifestyle

Whether you’re a vacationer, day tripper, new resident, or a long-time local, the Trail will lead you to a well-balanced way of life as well as lasting family memories. 

Childhood adventure develops able adults. It promotes independent thinking, resiliency and social skills. And families who embrace adventure build memories that become part of their heritage. If you’re looking for a family adventure that embraces the outdoors, history, culture and unique dining experiences, look no further than the VA Kids Trail.

Living a Well Balanced Lifestyle

Agriculture isn’t just the heart of the Valley, it’s the hub of robust living.  Learn more about locally sourced food with visits to farms, community stores, farmers markets, “real food” restaurants, and festivals like Blue Ridge Sprouts. But good eating isn’t the only key to a quality family life. On the Kids Trail, you’ll also find outdoor adventure, creative outlets, and rich history. These family-friendly activities emphasize togetherness, educational playtime, and just plain fun!

Family Adventure Starts Here

With its ever-changing seasons and scenic beauty, coupled with a relaxed and welcoming environment, the Valley is a great multi-generational family destination for a day trip, weekend adventure, or week-long vacation. Through our storytelling and easy-to-use website, you and your family can plan a custom itinerary that will please everyone – from toddlers to grandparents.

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Sprouts Family Food Festival

Blue Ridge Sprouts:
“Nourish – Savor – Learn” – Nov. 6th

Do you love locally sourced food and looking for something to do with your tweens and teens? Take them to Blue Ridge Sprouts – a food festival for the whole family!

Honoring Our Friend, Jim Kopp

Philanthropist, community activist, business leader, VA Kids Trail founding member – and friend to all, Jim Kopp, Owner & Operator of The Family Drive-In Theatre, provided family-friendly entertainment to movie goers throughout the Shenandoah Valley. He worked tirelessly in 2020 to reopen Family Drive-In during the COVID-19 pandemic under the safest of guidelines, providing desperately needed amusement and enjoyment as well as a socially distanced space for churches and civic groups to gather. Jim passed away January 4, 2021 and was honored with a House Resolution by the Virginia House of Delegates for his contributions to his community.

Jim Kopp in his Projector Room

Latest Blog Articles

Our blog will keep you in the loop when it comes to family focused happenings in the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley. You’ll also find seasonal adventures, kid healthy recipes and craft ideas, as well as the latest news about our Kids Trail members.

Blue Ridge Sprouts Celebrates
November 18, 2021

Blue Ridge Sprouts Celebrates

Blue Ridge Sprouts celebrates community as festival goers enjoyed delicious fare and fun filled contests while learning new culinary and gardening ski...
Get Ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts!
September 21, 2021

Get Ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts!

Sometimes it's hard to find events for those ‘tweens and teens. If you have kids ages 8-15, then get ready for Blue Ridge Sprouts, a festival for “foo...
There are No Grocery Stores in Space
September 1, 2021

There are No Grocery Stores in Space

Ever wonder what - and how - astronauts eat? After all, there are no grocery stores in space. From applesauce in a tube to baking cookies, here's what...


Ready to put down the phone and get outdoors? Want to create a cultural experience for your kids? How about sharing the area’s rich history? Or would your family like to learn more about locally sourced food from Virginia’s “breadbasket”? Build your intergenerational travel experience around our themes of Action, Creativity, Heritage and Wellness and match your child’s personality to our Trail Guides.


Create and save personalized itineraries with our easy-to-use website.

And while you and your family are exploring, be sure to pick up a copy of our handy Pocket Trail Map at partner locations and visitor centers, and Virginia’s Clearbrook Welcome Center. Or email

Top Spots on the Kids Trail

Here are some of our favorite places and activities on the Virginia Kids Trail. Be sure to include them in your family travels. These spots offer the best in kid-friendly fun!