Spend time as a Family

As summer looms and school winds down, look to Harrisonburg for a weekend getaway with your little ones. There is plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. Museums, bowling, a planetarium, family-friendly restaurants, and unique playgrounds — Harrisonburg has it all!

Explore More Discovery Museum is the perfect environment for children to learn, to play, to interact and to grow. Kids can shop for groceries in a mini supermarket, play with a jumbo-size game of Operation!, build with blocks in the construction zone, play TV news anchor on a station set, service a mini car, put on a play, and much more.

Explore the night sky at the John C. Wells Planetarium at James Madison University, offering stunning night sky projections and full dome movies that will wow the whole family.

The beautiful Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is a great place to throw out a blanket and have a picnic with the whole family. The At Home in the Woods Family Garden is a new and delightful addition to the arboretum that includes fairy homes, climbing features, and nature-based art installations.

Valley Lanes is a 32-lane bowling center that has been family owned and operated since 1960. It is open daily.

Try your hand at duckpin bowling, pool, ping pong, darts, foosball, shuffleboard, or arcade games at Ruby’s Arcade, or gather ‘round the table and break out one of your favorite board games, while enjoying brick oven pizza.