The Family-Friendly Activity Guide to Harrisonburg… Fun for All Ages!

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are home to a wealth of families with young children. Did you know that approximately 23% of our local population is made up of kids age 18 and younger? No wonder there are so many fabulous family-friendly activities, organizations, and events geared toward this crowd! Our posts listing things to do with kids in Harrisonburg have been wildly popular, so we decided the next guide in our series most definitely had to focus on all things kid- and kid-at-heart-friendly in the ‘Burg.

Family Fun Activity Guide to Harrisonburg


Area Museums:

Explore More Discovery Museum • Harrisonburg Fire Department Museum • Valley Turnpike Museum •  Museum of American Jewelry Design & Manufacturing • Virginia Quilt Museum • CrossRoads Heritage Center

Places to Explore:

Grand Caverns • White Oak Lavender Farm • Back Home on the Farm • Mt. Crawford Creamery • Harrisonburg Farmers Market • JMU Arboretum • Rocktown Trails • Shenandoah National Park

Kid-Friendly Annual Events:

Youth TryAthlon • First Night Harrisonburg • Halloween on the Square • Kids’ Bike Rodeo • Gobble Gobble Kids Dash • Rockingham County Fair • Showalter’s Apple Festival • Festival of Family Fun • Fridays on the Square • Movies Under the Stars • Cabin Fever Movie Nights

Rainy Day Indoor Activities:

Green Valley Book Fair • Explore More Discovery Museum • Funky’s Skate Center • JMU Planetarium • Massanutten Resort Activities • Massanutten Regional Library • Kinetic Kids • Peak Paintball • Pump It Up • Putter-A-Round Mini Golf • Valley Lanes • Court Square Theater • Regal Cinemas 14 • JMU Summer Children’s Theater

Run Around // Parks & Playgrounds:

Westover Park • Hillandale Park • Purcell Park • Morrison Park • A Dream Come True Playground • Smithland Road Soccer Complex • Riven Rock Park

Best Kid-Friendly Local Eats:

Kline’s Dairy Bar • Heritage Bakery & Cafe • Bella Luna Wood-fired Pizza • Bella Gelato & Pastries • Cupcake Company • Grilled Cheese Mania • Little Grill Collective • A Bowl of Good • Vito’s Italian Kitchen

Hands-On Learning Activities:

Larkin Arts • Explore More Discovery Museum • You Made It! Pottery Studio • Downtown Treasure Hunt

Youth Organizations:

The First Tee • Area Little League Programs • RMH Wellness Center Kid Programs • Local Recreation Activities • Shenandoah Valley United Soccer Club • Valley Juniors Volleyball Club • Morrison Bruce Center at JMU • Boys & Girls Club • Big Brothers Big Sisters • Office on Children & Youth at JMU • Rockingham Ballet Theater

Get to know the area a bit better!

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