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Published Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Updated on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cultural Activities for Kids in Charlottesville

If you live in the Charlottesville area, you probably already know how great it is. But for those thinking about moving to town, you may have a few questions. Does it have great grub? You bet. Plenty of outdoor recreation? Absolutely! Is it kid-friendly? Yes, a thousand times yes. In fact, Charlottesville is growing more kid-friendly by the year. Today, there are plenty of things for kids to do in the area, ranging from outdoor recreation to cultural activities.

The youth in Charlottesville area will soon be getting a brand new, state of the art skateboarding park. While it has not yet been built, the designs of the park have already gained national attention from professional skaters and it has been dubbed a world-class skate park. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk recently issued a congratulatory call to the city of Charlottesville for the implementation of the much anticipated skate park in McIntire Park. On top of the congratulatory call, Hawk made a $25,000 donation to the soon-to-be state park. City officials believe that the skate park will not only contribute to the local economy by bringing in skaters from all over the world, but also play a positive role in the youth in Charlottesville’s everyday lives.

There are plenty of cultural activities for interested youth in Charlottesville, spanning from filmmaking to music education. Most recently, kids in the area will be getting access to a cultural landmark previously reserved for film enthusiasts, not amateurs. The Vinegar Hill Theater in Charlottesville is reopening with a new mission: to get youth involved in filmmaking. Light House Studios bought and repurposed this cultural landmark in hopes of creating a community where children and teenagers can cultivate their filmmaking aspirations. Vinegar Hill, a gem for movie lovers, was once known for showing cult classics, and European films—not cartoons made by middle schoolers. However, in June of this year, it became the first youth filmmaking center in Virginia.

For kids interested in music, the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville recently celebrated 20 years of kids’ making music. The center teaches children from 6th grade to 12th on a wide range of musical styles such as rock, electronic, and hip-hop. This landmark center is fully equipped to nurture any child’s music interests; the center includes facilities such as recording studio, five project studios, a dance studio, three rehearsal rooms, and every instrument imaginable.

If you’re looking for an active and culturally rich city to watch your kids grow up in, Charlottesville has got everything you could possibly need!

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