Begin your family adventures at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, where you can visit several educational exhibits, including the “Hall of Ancient Life” and “Ice Age”, which highlight dinosaurs and their extinction. There are also more interactive displays, like the “Hooker Furniture Discovery Reef”, a play area for kids.
After finishing your tour of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, head to the FAHI African American Museum & Cultural Center. This museum highlights African-American life in Martinsville and Henry County for the past century, as well as showcasing displays that look at the history of African Americans throughout the nation.
For an award winning barbecue dinner, visit Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs. Kids eat for $.99 every Tuesday and they have a “Balloon Lady” who makes balloon animals for the kids.
The Virginia Home Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a great place for the whole family to spend the night. This classic home has eight unique guest rooms with private bathrooms and an expansive 80-foot balcony to relax in the evening. The inn offers free daily breakfast with your stay.
If the quaint Virginia Home Inn is booked, try the Hampton Inn Martinsville. This affordable hotel has cribs available for families with small infants, as well as a fitness center and pool.
Stay near the Virginia Museum of Natural History at the Comfort Inn & Suites, with an outdoor pool and free breakfast.
Walk through the history of Martinsville-Henry County at the Martinsville-Henry County Heritage Center. The museum displays vintage clothing, tools and furniture from both the Civil War and Native American history.
Take a break for a little entertainment at Martinsville Grand Prix Go Karts. They offer single and double rider karts that let you and your family experience what it feels like on a real race track.
Hugo’s Restaurant and Sports Bar serves American cuisine that even picky eaters will love, with a reasonably priced kids menu.
Start the day with breakfast at Serendipity Coffee House & Bistro, which is right near your next stop, Rucker’s Communication Museum. The museum is located inside Rucker’s Antique Emporium and Auction House and teaches visitors about how communication progressed and developed over time. The museum allows kids to learn about pre-cellphone technology that they may never see in the real world.
Finally, kids can explore their creativity at Piedmont Arts, an art museum with a “Discovery Room” where kids paint, color, and experiment with musical instruments.