The perfect summer day…


The Dark Knight Rises (Warner Bros.)

For the indoor enthusiast:
We know your type. You drive with the windows rolled up and the air conditioner blasting. You always feel sweaty.

Grab yourself a snack and sneak it into a theater to hunker down for a blockbuster. Here are the big releases this summer:

Prometheus (June 8); Rock of Ages (June 15); The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3); The Dark Night Rises (July 20).

Or, maybe you’d prefer to fly north for the summer? Beginning July 11, Charlottesville Albemarle Airport will offer a round-trip Delta flight to New York’s LaGuardia and Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National airports. This means an upgrade in aircraft (to a 50-seat jet from a 37-seat turbo-prop) and convenient travel times. Hop a plane at 7am and you can be in NYC by 9.

Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA (Photo by John Robinson)

For the energetic child:
Waiters cringe when they see your precious angel emerge from the mini-van. Teachers quiver behind their desks as he makes his way through the halls. You’ve got a wild one on your hands.

Try the SPCA (3355 Berkmar Dr., 964-3331), which offers a summer camp for rising third to sixth graders. The five-day program lasts from 9am to 3pm and gives each camper an opportunity to interact with the animals and even observe a veterinary surgery. Four sessions are offered; the first one begins June 25.

Channel some leftover energy into something creative at The Glass Palette’s Summer Studio. Kids will make unique glass art while learning how to fuse, lump, sandblast, and mosaic. Kids ages 7 to 14 are welcome, and the first session starts June 25. Visit for more info.

For the family of penny-pinchers:
Do your kids think a night out at Burger King is a special occasion? Is that because you usually eat free samples at Sam’s Club for lunch on the weekends? It might be time to loosen the purse strings a bit, all in the name of good fun.

An hour and a half north of town in Bealeton, The Flying Circus & Airshow wows crowds every Sunday from May through October. The show features parachute jumpers, wingwalkers, and barnstormers who perform tricks atop vintage biplanes. It’s $10 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3-12 and free for little ones. If that’s not enough, the biplane pilots take passengers! Visit for more info.

Even cheaper (read: free) are Jefferson Madison Regional Library’s summer offerings. Activities vary by location, but many have a reading kickoff party at the beginning of June (with free ice cream!). Visit for more info.

For the recreation junkie:
You’re the type who craves fresh air. You feel sexiest when you’re glistening with sweat. You think sleeping is a waste of time.

Head to James River Rafting & Reeling in Scottsville to suit up for a day of canoeing and rafting on the James River. Choose your level of experience and set out for Class 1, 2, or 3 rapids spanning 50 miles. Visit for more information.

If that’s not wild enough for you, sign up for Wintergreen Resort’s Adventure Challenge. As they say, “Every muscle from head to toe will be screaming” as you make your way through an obstacle course that includes log walls, a water pit, stacked hay bales, and more. Head to to register before June 24. The fun begins Saturday, June 30.