Mark’s Family Favorites!

Coming with kids? Championship Director Mark Allen lists his 5 favorite things to do locally with his boys, Daniel (12) & Jayden (8).

Massanutten Water Park.  Massanutten ski resort is a picturesque one hour drive from Boar’s Head, and once there you can spend the entire day at the park. It’s $38 for an adult ticket and $26 for kids (under 42 inches), and we make a habit of going 3-4 times a summer. It never disappoints.

Jump Trampoline Park.  Just 10 minutes drive from Boar’s Head “Jump” is a greater option on a stormy summers day.  Sixty minutes of jumping is usually enough to tire out even my hyper active 8 year old and it costs just $12 per person.

Walnut Creek Park. It’s a perfect place for a relaxed and lazy day, or alternatively you can swim, fish, bike, and canoe/kayak. It’s just $3 for adults to enter the park, and $2 for kids. It’s peaceful and so very beautiful, and is just 20 minutes form Boar’s Head.

Kings Dominion.  Looking for an adrenaline rush? Look no further! King’s Dominion near Richmond has 12 world class roller coasters and another half dozen “thrill rides”! Busch Gardens is arguably even better, but it’s an additional $40+ and another 40 minutes in the car, so we usually go to “King’s”and always have a ball!

Rivanna River Rafting. While the James River in Richmond surely offers the most complete rafting/tubing experience, you can get a fun and enjoyable “mini” experience beginning right here in Charlottesville with the Rivanna River Rafting company. The trip s are 3-4 hours long which means they can easily be worked in and around your days match in the tournament.

The Shops at Stonefield. Catch a movie at Regal Stonefield Stadium, take an art class at Muse paintbar, feast on the best donuts in the USA at Duck Donuts, and enjoy one of the many great kid friendly restaurants in the area including our kids favorite, MidiCi pizza resturant. With so much to see and do, you can’t go wrong with an afternoon at The Shops at Stonefield.