Kangaroo Jac's is more than just an indoor play center. It's a maze, fortress, playground, slide pavilion, and obstacle course. The catch is that every is inflatable. Meaning sock-clad tykes are free to safely bounce and slide off the walls. Additionally, there is a video arcade with air hockey and a snack bar, plus a parent's lounge with free WiFi.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: For walking tours, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, [and bring a] hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and water
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
Many of our tour guides have been with us for many years and are very passionate about Richmond history.
What special training do you or your staff have?
We offer a Guide School every few years through the University of Richmond's Professional & Continuing Studies Program. There are 10 classes and then a test is given. Upon completion and passing the test, a new guide must shadow a senior tour guide. Senior tour guides do research and develop tours for the upcoming seasons.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
We are constantly refreshing the information for each of our tours. Our tour guides do a great job of conducting this research.
Skate blades cut through the frozen surface, churning up flecks of ice at Richmond Ice Zone, a rink that hosts a slate of ice activities, including youth and adult hockey leagues, as well as figure-skating and beginner-skating lessons. The rink also opens its doors for skaters of all stripes to practice basic turns, graceful pirouettes, and simple quadruple axels into round-off back handsprings during public-skate sessions. Patrons can duck off the ice for bottomless popcorn during birthday parties, which allow guests to toast festive occasions from party tables.
The White House of the Confederacy constituted the social, political, and military headquarters of Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War. Later named a National Historic Landmark, the building still stands today. Daily guided tours lead guests through the grand 19th-century structure, which houses more than half its original wartime furnishings.
The White House is only steps away from The Museum of the Confederacy's Richmond location, where a core exhibit chronicles the Confederacy from its beginnings to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Opened 25 years after that fateful event, the nonprofit museum displays artifacts from a collection of more than 15,000 items. They include Stonewall Jackson's sword, a letter from Pope Pius IX, and all the pennies Jefferson Davis etched his face onto in his spare time.
Meanwhile, another 400 artifacts adorn the permanent exhibit at the museum's Appomattox location. Here, a dozen audiovisual stations, parole lists, and the uniform coat worn by Lee illustrate the event that brought the Civil War to a close.
Edgar Allan Poe holds a distinguished reputation in American literature, given his proclivity for dark work, such as “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” But the Poe of legend is often at odds with the real Poe: the student who had to gamble and burn his furniture to make it through college; the career man who traveled extensively to find better opportunities; and the devoted husband who never recovered from the death of his wife. He even enrolled at West Point … though he was thrown out eight months later.
The Poe Museum educates guests on the writer's life, helping them reconcile the reputed Poe with the real Poe. Located within the Old Stone House that lies just blocks from Poe's first Richmond home and his first employer, the Southern Literary Messenger, the museum showcases exhibits and significant artifacts, such as Poe's walking stick, his boyhood bed, and even a lock of his hair. This collection reveals his journey, showing what drove him to become a master writer of short stories, lyric poetry, action-movie screenplays, and, of course, horror stories.
One of the Science Museum of Virginia’s current exhibits includes a few basketball players—just don’t expect LeBron James or Kobe Bryant. These basketball players are two rats, playing a live one-on-one game to demonstrate operant and classical conditioning. Throughout the three-story museum, more hands-on examples of science await at five permanent exhibits. Inspect a rock from the moon, explore a life-size space capsule, and generate energy by pedaling a stationary bike. Kids can even build their own playground with materials such as mats and foam blocks.
Inside the IMAX Dome, a screen 10 times the size of a typical 35 mm screen shows a wide range of educational films. Outside the museum, plants in the BayScapes Garden thrive without pesticide, fertilizer, or the encouragement of a motivational speaker, and an onsite greenhouse offers free planting areas for visitors to contribute greenery and learn about sustainable farming.