It’s always good to have a few options available when you’re entertaining the children in your life. These kid-friendly things to do in Richmond, VA, are sure to keep them happy:
Parks and Outdoor Fun
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers more than 50 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that visitors can enjoy all year long. Its domed conservatory, the “Jewel of the Garden,” is the only one of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic. The 11,000 square foot conservatory has exotic plants from all around the world, a palm house, an extensive orchid collection and seasonal displays. The new Children’s Garden, which holds workshops and camps for kids, features a hands-on activity center where kids can design landscapes and build projects made from natural materials, play in the water area open for use during warmer months, or walk along the adventure pathway that explores the butterfly meadow and evergreen forest.
Maymont is a 100 acre Victorian estate and public park in Richmond, VA. James Henry and Sallie Dooley, who resided in Maymont Mansion from 1893 until 1925, wanted Maymont to be preserved for future generations to enjoy. Mrs. Dooley was an avid horticulturist and maintained the property’s gardens during their time there, and today the gardens are unparalleled in excellence. Kids will love the children’s farm, home to goats, pigs, cows and other farm animals, and the wildlife exhibits with native Virginia wildlife, American alligators and snakes. Maymont has a pretty jam-packed events calendar with programming for kids and adults alike.
If you don’t mind the 30 minute car ride, Pocahontas State Park, in Chesterfield, VA, offers hiking, boating, camping and picnicking. There are more than 80 miles of paved and unpaved trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding throughout the park’s 7,925 acres. During the summer visitors can rent boats to take out on Swift Creek Lake or go to the Aquatic Center that has a kiddie pool, wet deck, swimming pools and water slides. Park staff also offer environmental education programs for kids.
Sometimes the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate. In the event that rain ruins your plans, visit the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR). The non-profit museum’s interactive exhibits, like the CMoR Supermarket and Enchanted Castle, provide an innovative learning experience for children. The museum also has special and ongoing events, like Reading Month and 15 cent childrens’ admission on the 15th of the month.
For something a bit more exciting, check out Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. It’s the only go karting location in the Richmond region that offers climate-controlled, electric go kart racing. Electric go karts are clean running, meaning they don’t emit any fumes or gas, and they also have a lot more power and torque than their gas-powered counterparts, making for a more adrenaline-inducing experience.
Whether it’s indoor or outdoor excitement you seek, the Richmond, VA, area offers a lot when it comes to kid-friendly fun. Know your local offerings and have a back up plan just in case of inclement weather.