"Make sure you visit the..." Charlottesville Things to Do Tip by elunardi

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Make sure you visit the Downtown Mall. There are all sorts of fine shopping, high-end restaurants and coffee bars; it's a great place for a cheap person like me to window-shop : )
In the summer, Charlottesville hosts free concerts every Friday night in the bandshell at the south end of the Mall. It's a great time for singles or families. My son loved to run around on the grass and listen to the music; every week features a different band with a different sound.

Also on the Mall, for those of you with kids, there is the Virginia Discovery Muesum. It's a great place to pass an afternoon. It's small but packed with activities for ages infant to at least age 10. There is a baby room with little Legos, musical instruments, a playhouse with a slide and a huge dollhouse. There are clothes for dress-up (my son always liked the firefighter clothes) and a replica of a Colonial log cabin, complete with plastic food for the kids to cook in the 'fireplace.' Everything about the museum is hands on, giving kids the opportunity to direct their own play while learning at the same time. It's nice to be able to sneak some education in there when they are usually so reisitant to it! The rear of the museum houses a rotating exhibition space; there is also a permanent exhibit of a bee hive. You can watch the bees go in and out through the plexiglass and the Queen is even tagged. Playing 'Find the Queen' is a good way to keep the kids quiet for half an hour since she is one of 1000 bees, only slightly bigger and tagged only with a blue dot.
Afterward, try one of the diners along the Mall for Ice Cream Sodas (We liked the Hardware Store) and let the kids run it off end to end.

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