Plan a Family Fun Weekend in MHC

Cooler temperatures giving you and the family cabin fever? No worries, we have your ultimate guide to a weekend full of family fun that everyone will enjoy. Martinsville-Henry County has plenty of opportunities to ward off the infamous “I’m bored”.

Day 1: It’s Friday afternoon and everyone is excited for the weekend. What better way to kick off a weekend of fun than dinner and some “Rock-It” Bowling? Don’t know where to grab dinner? How about the award-winning Checkered Pig or the fun 1950s style restaurant Fenderz. The kids are sure to love the food and atmosphere no matter which you choose. Bowling a few games at Sportlanes is always fun, but it’s even more fun on Friday nights because it’s “Rock-It” bowling time. The lights will flash, and the music will fill the alley while you play. Enjoy a variety of music and dance along if you want.

Day 2: Saturday is for exploring and we have several options to make that happen. MHC offers many local museum’s such as: the Virginia Museum of Natural History and Piedmont Arts in Uptown Martinsville, plus many others. Each of them, unique in their own way, will be sure to offer your family the adventure of exploring. As the state’s Museum of Natural History serving the entire Commonwealth and beyond, Virginia Museum of Natural History has award-winning exhibits, ground-breaking scientific research and collections, and innovative educational programs for all ages. In the heart of Martinsville’s Arts & Cultural District, Piedmont Arts is an award-winning art museum that curates thought-provoking exhibitions by international, national and regional artists.

You’ll already be in Uptown Martinsville, so try lunch from a wide variety of restaurants there, such as Hugo’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, Shindig Uptown Bistro and La Plazita just to name a few. Not sure which place to visit? Hugo’s Restaurant & Sports Bar offers quality casual dining and a full-service sports bar in a nice, warm atmosphere, Shindig Uptown Bistro offers a full-service restaurant and bar and La Plazita, offers real authentic Mexican food and ice-cream. Then, after lunch, we have just the spot to keep the kids entertained. Uptown Pinball is Martinsville’s one and only arcade and is the home of 5 of the top 10 ranked pinball machines in the world (as ranked by’s top 100). Offering rows of pinball machines, Skee ball, air hockey, racing games, and much more, this is sure to be a fun for the whole family. Uptown Pinball also offers an all-day play wristband for purchase at a price you can’t beat. To wind down the evening, you can check out a movie at either of our local theaters: Hollywood Cinema or Movie Town. Want to end the night on a sweet note? Stop by one of our area’s “sweetest” spots: Ape’s Frozen Yogurt, Dippers Ice Cream, Cocoa Trails Chocolates, or Livy’s Ice Cream Shop.

Day 3: Get up and at em’ Sunday morning for a fun day at the ranch. Infinity Acres has an experience like no other. Alpacas, Camels and Goats oh my! The “Ranch Experience” allows guests to take part in ranch activities like milking goats, giving baby bottles, grooming, feeding or watering the animals (by appointment only). By now you’ve worked up an appetite, right?  Well, the fun doesn’t have to end here. We invite you to check out lunch at Simply Suzanne’s Café at the Blue Ridge Airport. Whether enjoying your meal outside on the patio, or inside the cozy café, you may be in for a unique, added experience! If you are lucky, you may catch a view of planes and helicopters flying in or out of the airport. Simply Suzanne’s Café at Blue Ridge Airport can get you refueled and ready to go.

Remember, as cabin fever sits in, there are plenty of ways to beat boredom in Martinsville-Henry County. Check out our website,, for even more area information, including our list of 40 free or low-cost activities for you to enjoy. We would love to see you and your family in action at your favorite spots. Be sure to tag us @VisitMartinsville on Facebook and Instagram.

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