The holiday season may be over, but the cold weather is still in town. For many, this means more time indoors and more opportunities for cabin fever to set in. Luckily, LYH has plenty of indoor activities that are fun for the whole family!
Go See a Show
Sometimes you need a little more excitement than the typical rent-a-movie routine. Luckily, theaters like the Academy Center of the Arts will be having events throughout the month of January. Come see memorable acts such as renowned violinist, Ivan Zenaty, and Grammy-winning banjoist, Bela Fleck, accompanied by the critically-acclaimed Abigail Washburn.
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Cozy up in a Reading Nook
If a good book and a warm cup of coffee or tea is all you need to get through the winter blues, then Given Books & Little Dickens is the perfect spot for you. This unique shop is part bookstore, part cafe and part educational/teacher supply resource. It’s also known for its extensive used book section that takes up two floors! Like a drink to go with your new read? Stop by the Drowsy Poet Cafe in the center of the store to get a cup of your favorite warm or cold beverage of choice. (If you’re in the mood for something sweet, ask for The Milton.)
Take a History Tour
For history buffs, winter may be one of the best times of the year because the cold weather serves as an excuse to go see historical indoor sites. Luckily, Lynchburg—which was founded only a few years after the Revolutionary War in 1786—has plenty of prized national treasures to choose from. For starters, Thomas Jefferson’s private retreat, Poplar Forest, is tucked away only a couple miles away from Downtown. Patrick Henry, known for his “Give me Liberty or Give me Death” speech and as the first Governor of Virginia, has his Red Hill Estate right down the road from Lynchburg, and is buried on the property. If you’re wanting to know more about local history, visit Point of Honor, owned by seven generations of famous local families including the physician to Patrick Henry and friend of Thomas Jefferson, George Cabell. Of course, if you want an overview of the history behind the Hill City, you can visit the Lynchburg Museum on Church Street.
Be Amazed At This Interactive Museum
Every parent knows that one of the best way kids learn and discover is through hands-on interactions (despite our best efforts to get them to stop touching that fragile family heirloom.) Luckily, there is a space in Lynchburg for them to explore to their heart’s content. Amazement Square is an interactive museum filled with four floors of hands-on exhibits. There’s even a zip line between each floor for a fun mode of transportation throughout the museum!
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Jump Around With the Kids
Chances are your child has tons of pent-up energy from being indoors. Take them to Jump, an indoor trampoline park! There, they can jump on wall-to-wall trampolines as well as complete fun challenges like basketball slam dunks (with the help of a trampoline, of course) or compete in a balance beam showdown. Loser falls into the foam pit below!
Want to plan out more fun, indoor activities for the cold month ahead? Check out our events page. We update it often with exciting events happening around LYH.