Charlottesville With Kids

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Charlottesville With Kids

Food scene
When traveling with kids it is always helpful to know of great places to eat that are kid friendly unlike kid friendly places that have marginal food!! NO chains please
This is a fun, yummy place (particularly good for brunch) with plenty of options that even picky kids will eat. Plus a great beer selection (as the name implies) and great outdoor seating.
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Beer Run
156 Carlton Road
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This is a fun, yummy place (particularly good for brunch) with plenty of options that even picky kids will eat. Plus a great beer selection (as the name implies) and great outdoor seating.
This is a great place to go to get quick, healthy food (it has been a staple for us and our kids of all ages for years). You order at the counter and can sit down inside or out. Offers a great kids’ combo meal of a chicken, steak, lamb, or vegetable skewer with rice and carrot sticks and a drink, all for $4.99. And it’s good.
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Sticks Kebob Shop
917 Preston Avenue
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This is a great place to go to get quick, healthy food (it has been a staple for us and our kids of all ages for years). You order at the counter and can sit down inside or out. Offers a great kids’ combo meal of a chicken, steak, lamb, or vegetable skewer with rice and carrot sticks and a drink, all for $4.99. And it’s good.
My kids and grandsons love this place- often we grab another family with kids and head here for a good, casual dinner and drinks while the kids (and sometimes the adults, too) run around and play arcade games. The service is friendly and laid back, and the food is good. Plus your kids are occupied and happy. Cool, hip vibe
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FIREFLY Restaurant & Arcade
1304 East Market Street
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My kids and grandsons love this place- often we grab another family with kids and head here for a good, casual dinner and drinks while the kids (and sometimes the adults, too) run around and play arcade games. The service is friendly and laid back, and the food is good. Plus your kids are occupied and happy. Cool, hip vibe
On the historic downtown pedestrian mall. Huge booths inside to accommodate board games or drawing pads, plus a row of TVs over the bar (not turned on loud, so it isn’t distracting if you don’t care about sports) set to every imaginable type of sporting event will keep kids happy. The burgers (they have an amazing veggie burger and a paleo option as well) are great, and the service is quick and friendly. Great outdoor seating on the downtown Pedestrian mall.
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Citizen Burger Bar
212 East Main Street
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On the historic downtown pedestrian mall. Huge booths inside to accommodate board games or drawing pads, plus a row of TVs over the bar (not turned on loud, so it isn’t distracting if you don’t care about sports) set to every imaginable type of sporting event will keep kids happy. The burgers (they have an amazing veggie burger and a paleo option as well) are great, and the service is quick and friendly. Great outdoor seating on the downtown Pedestrian mall.
Great gourmet pizza, wings, salad and sandwiches. Brunch is always a hit. They have many board games for kids and what child does not like pizza? Parking is limited but they do allow parking across the street kiddy-corner at the laundry mat.
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Fry's Spring Station
2115 Jefferson Park Avenue
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Great gourmet pizza, wings, salad and sandwiches. Brunch is always a hit. They have many board games for kids and what child does not like pizza? Parking is limited but they do allow parking across the street kiddy-corner at the laundry mat.
Peruvian coal fired rotisserie chicken. Order chicken or many dishes that are made with the chicken. Our favorite is the Cemita Chicken Sandwich. Everything on the menu will not disappoint. Family Friendly Atmosphere as it is family owned and operated.
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Al Carbon Chicken
1877 Seminole Trail
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Peruvian coal fired rotisserie chicken. Order chicken or many dishes that are made with the chicken. Our favorite is the Cemita Chicken Sandwich. Everything on the menu will not disappoint. Family Friendly Atmosphere as it is family owned and operated.
While we usually only eat local this is a small chain out of Washington DC. Pizza. salad and the best sliders ever!! Right next to the movie theater in the Stonefield Shopping Center 5 minutes from the house.
matchbox charlottesville
2055 Bond St
While we usually only eat local this is a small chain out of Washington DC. Pizza. salad and the best sliders ever!! Right next to the movie theater in the Stonefield Shopping Center 5 minutes from the house.
Super good made to order melt in your mouth hot doughnuts! Choose your topping and add a cup of coffee. They are located 5 minutes from our house. YUMMY
Duck Donuts
2075 Bond St
Super good made to order melt in your mouth hot doughnuts! Choose your topping and add a cup of coffee. They are located 5 minutes from our house. YUMMY
5 minutes from our house in the Stonefield Shopping Center. Friendly staff, great bar a variety menu. The food is always consistent and good. Large booths and two extra large booths that allows the family to watch the chefs create and cook their meals.
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Burtons Grill
2010 Bond Street
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5 minutes from our house in the Stonefield Shopping Center. Friendly staff, great bar a variety menu. The food is always consistent and good. Large booths and two extra large booths that allows the family to watch the chefs create and cook their meals.
Our family go to breakfast spot! Parking and accessibility is convenient and only 10 minutes from our house. The menu is extensive and atmosphere is fun and inviting, Something for everyone!!
First Watch
1114B Emmet St N
Our family go to breakfast spot! Parking and accessibility is convenient and only 10 minutes from our house. The menu is extensive and atmosphere is fun and inviting, Something for everyone!!
A MUST!!!! C-ville "Best-Of" since 1996! "Hall Of Fame 2018" Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner you can't go wrong!! Charlottesville is well known for the home of the Best Bagel Ever!! If you are not in the mood for a bagel then try their salad and/or soups. Do not be intimidated by the lines as they move very quickly. A sure palate pleaser and the price is right!!!
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Bodo's Bagel Bakery
1418 Emmet Street North
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A MUST!!!! C-ville "Best-Of" since 1996! "Hall Of Fame 2018" Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner you can't go wrong!! Charlottesville is well known for the home of the Best Bagel Ever!! If you are not in the mood for a bagel then try their salad and/or soups. Do not be intimidated by the lines as they move very quickly. A sure palate pleaser and the price is right!!!
Yummy Yummy for your Tummy!! Frozen custard do I need to say more?
Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard
1881 Seminole Trail
Yummy Yummy for your Tummy!! Frozen custard do I need to say more?
Do not let the store front fool you!! The 40 variety flavors of Popsicle is very impressive. Not your ordinary Popsicle!! Your children will beg for you to go everyday. Tehe To top it off you can bring some back and put in the freezer for later. Try the homemade tamales.
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La Flor Michoacana
601 Cherry Ave
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Do not let the store front fool you!! The 40 variety flavors of Popsicle is very impressive. Not your ordinary Popsicle!! Your children will beg for you to go everyday. Tehe To top it off you can bring some back and put in the freezer for later. Try the homemade tamales.
Great homemade ice cream on the downtown pedestrian mall. Grab a burger at Citizen and then walk across the street for ice cream.
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Chaps Ice Cream
223 East Main Street
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Great homemade ice cream on the downtown pedestrian mall. Grab a burger at Citizen and then walk across the street for ice cream.
It’s as easy to grab a good, kid-friendly taco here as it is to grab an amazingly delicious taco for you. You order at the counter and they bring the food out to you. Indoor and outdoor seating, absolutely kid friendly. Space outside for kids to run around and be kids. Great margaritas.
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Brazos Tacos
925 2nd Street Southeast
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It’s as easy to grab a good, kid-friendly taco here as it is to grab an amazingly delicious taco for you. You order at the counter and they bring the food out to you. Indoor and outdoor seating, absolutely kid friendly. Space outside for kids to run around and be kids. Great margaritas.
This large and open restaurant has something for everyone, including a great beer menu and a friendly patio. Space outside for kids to run around. Fun, lively vibe.
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Three Notch'd Craft Kitchen & Brewery
520 2nd St SE
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This large and open restaurant has something for everyone, including a great beer menu and a friendly patio. Space outside for kids to run around. Fun, lively vibe.
If you’ve got kids who are super into American history (or if you are) and if you like Parker House rolls and people in Betty Ross caps, then you will love this place. Otherwise, not so much. But it’s historic, and it’s an experience, and you should do it once. It’s fun and it’s part of the whole Thomas-Jefferson-worship thing we’ve got going on in this town. You’ll be served fried chicken and mashed potatoes and other southern favorites family-style by servers in period costume. The structure itself is pretty and historic, and the little stores are cute. Actually, I started writing this description with lots of snark, but now I kind of want to go there today with my kids. It’s that kind of place.
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Michie Tavern ca. 1784
683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
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If you’ve got kids who are super into American history (or if you are) and if you like Parker House rolls and people in Betty Ross caps, then you will love this place. Otherwise, not so much. But it’s historic, and it’s an experience, and you should do it once. It’s fun and it’s part of the whole Thomas-Jefferson-worship thing we’ve got going on in this town. You’ll be served fried chicken and mashed potatoes and other southern favorites family-style by servers in period costume. The structure itself is pretty and historic, and the little stores are cute. Actually, I started writing this description with lots of snark, but now I kind of want to go there today with my kids. It’s that kind of place.
Family/Kid Friendly Activities
If your kid is into skateboarding, this is a definite must. This newly constructed 2-million-dollar skatepark is state of the art and huge. It’ll keep your skater dude or dudette happy for hours.
Charlottesville Skate Park
If your kid is into skateboarding, this is a definite must. This newly constructed 2-million-dollar skatepark is state of the art and huge. It’ll keep your skater dude or dudette happy for hours.
A great place to take a gentle, pretty walk or hike. Lots of trails available, as well as a groomed, wide trail up the side of Monticello mountain to the visitors’ center. Little bikers and dogs can travel with you about 3/4 of a mile up and then another 3/4 down. Without bikes or pups, you can walk two miles up to the visitors’ center, use the restrooms (very clean!) and grab a snack at Monticello’s cafe, and then walk the two miles back down to your car.
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Saunders-Monticello Trail
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A great place to take a gentle, pretty walk or hike. Lots of trails available, as well as a groomed, wide trail up the side of Monticello mountain to the visitors’ center. Little bikers and dogs can travel with you about 3/4 of a mile up and then another 3/4 down. Without bikes or pups, you can walk two miles up to the visitors’ center, use the restrooms (very clean!) and grab a snack at Monticello’s cafe, and then walk the two miles back down to your car.
This is a Charlottesville tradition- probably every kid that has grown up in Cville has hiked this trail at least five times, mostly when visitors come to town. It’s a good hike, with a little bit of challenge, but worth it for the stunning view at the end. Located in the Shenandoah national forest about 20 minutes away.
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Humpback Rock
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This is a Charlottesville tradition- probably every kid that has grown up in Cville has hiked this trail at least five times, mostly when visitors come to town. It’s a good hike, with a little bit of challenge, but worth it for the stunning view at the end. Located in the Shenandoah national forest about 20 minutes away.
Great, flat trail along a river in the middle of the city (but it feels like the country) perfect for kids on bikes. About a 10-15 minute drive from the house
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Riverview Park
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Great, flat trail along a river in the middle of the city (but it feels like the country) perfect for kids on bikes. About a 10-15 minute drive from the house
Such a fun park for families. Baseball field, tennis courts, trails, fun fun playground and lots of room to run and play. If you like to golf you can hit some balls while the kids play.
Pen Park
1400 Pen Park Rd
Such a fun park for families. Baseball field, tennis courts, trails, fun fun playground and lots of room to run and play. If you like to golf you can hit some balls while the kids play.
Rent a kayak in the middle of the city (about a five minute drive from the house) and float down the tame Rivanna River. It’s pretty and fun and they pick you up at the end. Perfect for a hot summer day, which abound in Cville.
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Rivanna River Company
1518 E High St
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Rent a kayak in the middle of the city (about a five minute drive from the house) and float down the tame Rivanna River. It’s pretty and fun and they pick you up at the end. Perfect for a hot summer day, which abound in Cville.
When you want to take the kids to a movie so that you can nap!! 5 minutes from our house
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Regal Stonefield & IMAX
1954 Swanson Drive
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When you want to take the kids to a movie so that you can nap!! 5 minutes from our house
I’m a little obsessed with this place. On a rainy day, this awesome movie theater is your saving grace. It’s about five minutes from all of the houses, offers reclining seats, and you can order good food (kids menu plus things like sweet potato quinoa salad for grown ups) and BOOZE and milkshakes from your seats and munch while you watch. The popcorn is crazy good. Pretty much I come here for the reclining seats, the popcorn, and two hours of quiet time. A 20 minute drive but worth it!
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Charlottesville
375 Merchant Walk Square
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I’m a little obsessed with this place. On a rainy day, this awesome movie theater is your saving grace. It’s about five minutes from all of the houses, offers reclining seats, and you can order good food (kids menu plus things like sweet potato quinoa salad for grown ups) and BOOZE and milkshakes from your seats and munch while you watch. The popcorn is crazy good. Pretty much I come here for the reclining seats, the popcorn, and two hours of quiet time. A 20 minute drive but worth it!
Carter’s Mountain is an orchard located right next to Monticello. So worth the trip up there for the views, the apple and peach picking, and the incredible apple cider donuts. Thursday evening in the Spring and Summer there is a music venue and Hard Cider!
Carters Mountain
Carter’s Mountain is an orchard located right next to Monticello. So worth the trip up there for the views, the apple and peach picking, and the incredible apple cider donuts. Thursday evening in the Spring and Summer there is a music venue and Hard Cider!
Located about 20 minutes from town (and close to the many vineyards that dot the county surrounding Cville) and in a really gorgeous area with mountain views and pretty countryside, Chile’s Peach Orchard offers a fun and pretty peach picking experience. And then you all can go to one of the vineyards or breweries. Bake a peach cobbler in the kitchen when you get back to the house! Strawberry picking in the spring as well.
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Chiles Peach Orchard
1351 Greenwood Road
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Located about 20 minutes from town (and close to the many vineyards that dot the county surrounding Cville) and in a really gorgeous area with mountain views and pretty countryside, Chile’s Peach Orchard offers a fun and pretty peach picking experience. And then you all can go to one of the vineyards or breweries. Bake a peach cobbler in the kitchen when you get back to the house! Strawberry picking in the spring as well.
It’s not a mall in the traditional sense- it’s more of an historic city street that’s been blocked off to traffic and lined with bricks- and it’s super fun and a must-do to come down here and stroll. You’ll find tons of eateries, and it’s a safe place to let kids run since there are no cars. There’s always something going on, from street performers to live music (catch Fridays After Five down at the pavilion) to interesting people watching. Get ice cream at Chap’s or gelato at Splendora’s and soak up the lively Cville vibe.
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Downtown Mall
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It’s not a mall in the traditional sense- it’s more of an historic city street that’s been blocked off to traffic and lined with bricks- and it’s super fun and a must-do to come down here and stroll. You’ll find tons of eateries, and it’s a safe place to let kids run since there are no cars. There’s always something going on, from street performers to live music (catch Fridays After Five down at the pavilion) to interesting people watching. Get ice cream at Chap’s or gelato at Splendora’s and soak up the lively Cville vibe.
A great rainy day activity for kids and athletic adults. Who doesn’t love a bunch of trampolines and loud pop music? About a 5 minute drive from the house. Your kids will be TIRED afterwards.
Jump Cville
1005 Gardens Blvd
A great rainy day activity for kids and athletic adults. Who doesn’t love a bunch of trampolines and loud pop music? About a 5 minute drive from the house. Your kids will be TIRED afterwards.
This is a great place to bring your little ones- the toddler and pre-school set will find this place particularly interesting, although older siblings can find ways to amuse themselves there, too. It’s small, but you can kill and hour or two here, and it’s located on the downtown pedestrian mall, so it’s easy to pop in and out of. There’s a little carousel outside of the museum that little kids enjoy.
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Virginia Discovery Museum
524 East Main Street
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This is a great place to bring your little ones- the toddler and pre-school set will find this place particularly interesting, although older siblings can find ways to amuse themselves there, too. It’s small, but you can kill and hour or two here, and it’s located on the downtown pedestrian mall, so it’s easy to pop in and out of. There’s a little carousel outside of the museum that little kids enjoy.
A fun place for toddlers through 10 years of age. Large inflatable structures to wear the children out. Creative art station where the kids can paint glass walls while you watch. They even have an elliptical for parents to exercise while watching their kids wear out.
BOUNCE Play-n-Create
127 Seminole Ct
A fun place for toddlers through 10 years of age. Large inflatable structures to wear the children out. Creative art station where the kids can paint glass walls while you watch. They even have an elliptical for parents to exercise while watching their kids wear out.
An extensive FREE splash ground for kids, located about a 15 minute drive from the houses. Bring a towel, a bathing suit, and some water shoes! There are two pavilions and a great play ground.
Forest Hills Park
1022 Forest Hills Avenue
An extensive FREE splash ground for kids, located about a 15 minute drive from the houses. Bring a towel, a bathing suit, and some water shoes! There are two pavilions and a great play ground.
If it’s hot and you want to take your kids swimming, take them to this super fun aquatic park. Slides, a diving board, all sorts of fun stuff, plus a zero entry pool great for little tykes. It can get very crowded, so get there early to get a chair.
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Onesty Family Aquatic Center
300 Meade Avenue
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If it’s hot and you want to take your kids swimming, take them to this super fun aquatic park. Slides, a diving board, all sorts of fun stuff, plus a zero entry pool great for little tykes. It can get very crowded, so get there early to get a chair.
It’s a vineyard, plus kids can run around. Great place to hang out with the whole family.
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King Family Vineyards
6550 Roseland Farm
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It’s a vineyard, plus kids can run around. Great place to hang out with the whole family.
I mean. Really. You’re in Charlottesville. Thomas Jefferson’s home is here. It’s beautiful. The gardens and views are overwhelmingly gorgeous. The history virtually oozes off the mountain and spills like lava down over everything. Just go there. There’s a kid-friendly house tour and a kids’ room with fun activities.
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蒙蒂塞洛
931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
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I mean. Really. You’re in Charlottesville. Thomas Jefferson’s home is here. It’s beautiful. The gardens and views are overwhelmingly gorgeous. The history virtually oozes off the mountain and spills like lava down over everything. Just go there. There’s a kid-friendly house tour and a kids’ room with fun activities.
Go see UVA- particularly the Rotunda and the Lawn. The Rotunda is beautiful and awe-inspiring, and it stands at the head of a gorgeous stretch of old trees and lawn perfect for kids to run around and play frisbee while you attempt to interest them in the myriad architectural styles Thomas Jefferson integrated into the collection of grand faculty homes and student rooms that line The Lawn. Then walk down to The Corner District to soak up the undergrad vibe- there’s tons of eateries and shops. You can pick up some UVA gear at Mincer’s.
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The Rotunda
1826 University Avenue
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Go see UVA- particularly the Rotunda and the Lawn. The Rotunda is beautiful and awe-inspiring, and it stands at the head of a gorgeous stretch of old trees and lawn perfect for kids to run around and play frisbee while you attempt to interest them in the myriad architectural styles Thomas Jefferson integrated into the collection of grand faculty homes and student rooms that line The Lawn. Then walk down to The Corner District to soak up the undergrad vibe- there’s tons of eateries and shops. You can pick up some UVA gear at Mincer’s.
If you’re in town for a while, it’s worth the hour drive to Crabtree falls, where you hike up a mountain literally right next to a waterfall. I was shocked the first time I saw it- it’s a huge waterfall. Really huge. The climb is steep but groomed. Probably not great for tiny tots but my 8 year old grandson did it easily and happily.
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Crabtree Falls
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If you’re in town for a while, it’s worth the hour drive to Crabtree falls, where you hike up a mountain literally right next to a waterfall. I was shocked the first time I saw it- it’s a huge waterfall. Really huge. The climb is steep but groomed. Probably not great for tiny tots but my 8 year old grandson did it easily and happily.