Dads & Kids (Daytime)
Activities for Dads & Kids
Dads and their kids can participate in as many or few activities as they wish. All activities are generally close to the universty and are offered at a low or even free cost (pay at the door of the activity.)
In order for us to reserve enough space, as well as to reserve the elephant rides (yes! elephant rides!), we need you to take 2 minutes to please fill out this simple form and let us know you plan to participate.
Wednesday, May 29
Field Day & Visit to McCormick Farm
Start out the day by checking in with the Man in Charge (Brad) at the LDSHE check-in table.
The morning fun begins with just the kind of activity that both dads and kids LOVE - playing outdoor games with lots of other kids! You can bring your picnic lunch and eat under the pavillion or meet the rest of the family back at SVU and have lunch with them.
In the afternoon, carpool to the historic McCormick Farm, just 23 minutes from SVU. Visit a small museum, see one of the earliest mechanical reapers and grist mill, walk the nature trail and feed ducks in the pond. Bring snacks, see the cows, and relax in the quiet, beautiful countryside.
At 7:00 p.m. watch the Morphis Family Concert (some performers as young as age 4)! End the evening "just right" (in your pajamas!) with Storyhour with Jim Weiss.
Thursday, May 30
Natural Bridge Zoo & Lexington Tour / VMI Military Museum
Spend the morning at the Natural Bridge Zoo ($7 adult, $5 children 3-12, age 2 and under free), picnic together at lunchtime, visit the gift shop, and sign up to ride the elephants! (Elephant rides, additional $5)
"While television programs are educational, there is nothing like standing next to a giraffe, getting nuzzled by a llama, hugging a baby miniature donkey, or gazing into the eyes of a huge white tiger to make you feel and appreciate our wonderful world of animals." - Natural Bridge Zoo
On the way back to SVU, stop by Lexington and spend the afternoon touring Old Town Lexington with a specially booked tour guide, ending with a visit to the VMI Military Museum:
Thursday evening is filled with extra fun, beginning with the Youth Variety Show and followed by the Family Hoedown and Barn Dance. (A family-appropriate dance for all ages. Parents must accompany their children.)
Friday, May 31
Movies & Kids' Class (While Dads go to Dads' Classes)
Friday is a little more low key and relaxed. Dads & Kids will meet in the Lofts Main Floor Lounge and watch short videos together, followed by a Kids' Class (taught by two awesome Dads).
During these morning activities, Dads can partner up with other dads and trade watching each other's kids while they catch a "Dads Class" with their wives in the LDSHE Conference.
Later that afternoon everyone can travel a few miles away to a really great playground for kids, called Kids Playce, in Lexington (free). They can run around together with all the new-found friends they've been making the past three days.
7:30-8:30 am: "Meet & Greet" check in at LDSHE Registration Area
9:00 am: Meet in vehicles in the loop in front of Main Hall
9:00-11:30 am: Field Day (games, races, kickball) at Glen Maury Park (2 minute drive)
11:30-1:00 pm: Lunch at park or on your own
1:00 pm: Travel to McCormick Farm (540)377-2255; visit the grist mill, tour the museum, take the nature trail.
3:00 pm: Travel back to SVU.
7:00-9:00 pm: Morphis Family Concert and Pajama Storytime with Jim Weiss.
7:30-8:30 am: "Meet & Greet" check-in at LDSHE Registration Area
8:15 am: Meet in Lofts Lounge Area (Main floor)
8:30-9:30 am: Movie Time for kids (Dads can split up, as arranged independently, while half attend LDSHE Dads Classes and the other half will cover the kids)