The transition from school to summer has a familiar refrain, “Mom, I’m bored; there’s nothing to do!” Don’t worry, Mom — Farmville has you covered. There’s an activity to suit every age and inclination. Read on to make your own summer plan for fun in Farmville.
1.Golf, swim and party
Farmville’s Golf Course, located at 36 Wedgewood Drive near the Farmville Regional Airport, is a one-stop place for all kinds of summer fun.
Golf: If golf’s your game, there’s a professional nine-hole par-72 course ready and waiting for every skill level.
Swim: Keep your cool after school lets out. Centered in the golf course, a junior Olympic-sized pool and fenced-in kiddie pool set the scene for summer fun. Memberships are available, or you can pay a one-visit fee of $5.
Party: For all those special summer celebrations — weddings, reunions or birthday events — the Golf Course Banquet Room offers elegance close to home at an affordable price.
2. Jam with the Jaycees
First Fridays in Farmville: There’s nothing like a concert by the river to set the tone for a summer weekend. Bring your blankets and chairs to Riverside Park every first Friday at 5:30 p.m. from June through September and enjoy live music, games and family-style entertainment.
3. Veg out at the Farmers Market
Farmville’s Community Marketplace: Located at 213 North St., this local farmers market is the place to be on Saturday mornings. From mid-April through November, it’s a one-stop market for the best in locally grown fruits and veggies, quality meats, eggs, baked goods and homemade crafts. Local bands often visit the market to offer homegrown entertainment.
4. Celebrate a Farmville 4th
Farmville’s Independence Day Celebration: Get ready to show your patriotic side at the Farmville Airport on July 3rd. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.; admission is $5 a car. Bounce houses and other activities will keep the kids jumping. Pick your favorite foods from a variety of vendors and get ready to enjoy the show with Moose Trap on the stage a 6 p.m., TFC Band from 8:15-9:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. TFC Band will take to the stage again from 10-10:30 p.m. to wrap up the evening.
5. Get competitive
If you feel the need for speed, now’s the time to put on your running shoes and tune up that bike.
High Bridge Trail Roubaix Time Trial is a cycling event on the High Bridge Trail held on July 23. The race is open to cyclists of all skill levels, ages 7 and up.
High Bridge Half Marathon & 5K: Take your pick in this Sept. 9 run/run walk event on the High Bridge Trail. The Half Marathon kicks off at 7:30 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8 a.m. You’ll feel like a pro when you run past the cheer groups stationed along the route!
6. Set up camp
Ready to go day camping? Farmville Recreation Department has a camp just for you! This year’s camps, geared to ages 5-to-14, kick off June 5-9 with Sports Extravaganza Camp on fundamentals and sportsmanship. More exciting choices follow every week through summer break. Camps meet Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; fee per camp is $125 ($100 for Farmville residents).
7. Pass the popcorn
Stars under the Stars: Pull up a lawn chair or blanket in front of the Crute Stage on the corner of Main & Fourth streets for a night of fun and family films. “Beauty and the Beast” is set for June 9; “Ghostbusters” will air on July 14, and “The Sting” will end this season on Aug. 11. Popcorn, candy, and drinks are available for a nominal fee.
Longwood’s Night at the Park: Bring your chairs or blankets and find a spot on the outfield grass in Buddy Bolding Stadium for a pre-movie warm-up including games and inflatables. Presented by Longwood Athletics and Sunchase Cinema 8, this movie night’s all about fun. “Frozen” will be shown on the large scoreboard screen on June 17, and “The Secret Life of Pets” will conclude the series on Aug. 5. Concessions provided by ARAMARK are available for purchase.
Barbara Rose Johns Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library: If you’d rather watch movies indoors, the library’s got just the ticket for you. A feature film will be shown at the library every Wednesday morning through the summer at 11 a.m. (bring your own lunch). Movies will encore on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. (bring your own snack).
8. Book it with art
Art is moving in new directions this summer:
LCVA Summer Art Studio: Let your inner artist out this summer! Children of all ages are invited to create art inspired by popular children’s books on weekdays from June 5-Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no registration required, but children must be accompanied by an adult).
Farmville-Prince Edward Library: Matisse Madness The Children’s Room will rock this summer as young artists create Matisse-like cut outs to be displayed in the library; all art supplies will be provided. Hours are: June 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 7, 2-4 p.m.; June 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; June 14, 2-4 p.m. Fun for Four Plus (for ages 4-plus) will also be at work with the following schedule: (all 10:30-11:30 a.m.) “Origami Creations” June 8; “Cookies and Canvas” June 22; “Duct Tape and T-Shirts” July 6; “Shakey Science” July 27.
*The Town of Farmville is so full of things to do that we couldn’t compile them all here! Check out the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce’s calendar for more activities and events!