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Things To Do With Kids in Norfolk

Norfolk is a maritime dream through and through. Visitors can expect to find the largest naval station in the world, a gigantic art museum full of exciting exhibits, and a regionally recognized botanical garden fit for all ages. For families who love the water, Norfolk is a weekend paradise. Here are the top things to do with kids in Norfolk, Virginia.

There are plenty of ways to explore Norfolk with the family. Learn local history on a scavenger hunt or become a championship bowler at the bowling alley. For the best things to do in Norfolk with kids, check out the following options:

  • Cheer for the Norfolk Tides baseball team at Harbor Park Stadium
  • Bowl your way to to the top at AMF Lanes
  • Follow the clues on a scavenger hunt to learn all about the city of Norfolk
  • Bounce off the walls at Rebounderz Trampoline Room
  • Play a variety of classic arcade games at Gameworkz

For family-friendly activities that parents will enjoy, take a cruise on the river or go shopping see a live performance of your favorite act. Try checking out the shopping options, movie theatres, cruises, and more Norfolk vacation ideas below:

  • Venture out onto the water with American Rover Sailing Cruises
  • Explore shopping, dining, and more inside the MacArthur Center mall
  • Show the kids a theater from yesteryear at Naro Expanded Cinema
  • See a live show inside the Norfolk Scope Arena
  • Take Bean’s Boat out to Blakeney Point for outstanding views and wildlife sightings

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Affordability is a key feature of many Norfolk attractions. Bring the family to the museum or attend a local festival for a vacation that is both memorable and kind to your wallet. For more things to do and see in Norfolk for kids, look below:

  • Wander the galleries inside the Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Explore the greenway at Oak Grove Lake Park
  • Learn about military history inside the Hampton Roads Naval Museum
  • Head to downtown Norfolk in the fall to celebrate the Virginia Children’s Festival
  • Take the kids for a swim at Ocean View Beach

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Seek out buried treasure with friendly pirates, test your racing skills on the track or try one of the many Norfolk favorites. Here are some of the exciting things to do for kids in Norfolk:

  • Roar with the tigers at the Virginia Zoological Park
  • Feed the goats at Hunt Club Petting Farm
  • Find buried treasure aboard Captain Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures
  • Race around the go-kart track at Atlantic Fun Park
  • Take a spin on the SkyStar Wheel, a giant ferris wheel overlooking the water

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Finding things to do with family and groups is a breeze in this waterside city. Splash around at the waterpark or catch a sports game before picnicking at a local park. For other Norfolk family activities, continue reading:

  • Race your crew to the water slide at Ocean Breeze Waterpark
  • Visit Blakeney village and go crabbing along the quayside
  • Bike the Elizabeth River Trail, a family-friendly 10.5 mile pathway
  • Tee off at Lambert’s Point Golf Club
  • Cheer from the sidelines at a Norfolk Admirals hockey game

Learning is fun in this Virginia locale. Bring the kids to explore a battleship or watch them learn how to ride horses. To get the learning started, continue reading:

  • Visit the USS Wisconsin near Nauticus to learn about its role in the Iraq War
  • Tour Nauticus, where you’ll learn all about Virginia’s role in U.S. naval history
  • Head to the North Norfolk Riding School for an introductory pony-riding lesson
  • Explore a gigantic model train inside the Children’s Museum of Virginia
  • Explore the animal kingdom after dark during the Twilight Program at the Virginia Zoo

Watch your little one transform into a big-time performer with a class at a local arts studio. For those still eyeing from the sidelines, bring them to the theater to experience a live show. Foster creativity with your kids with one of the following classes:

  • Sign the kids up for a youth painting class at Muse
  • Visit The Little Gym on a rainy day to help kids shake away the wiggles
  • Unleash their inner potter during a kids pottery class at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Reach for the stars with a movement class at Evelyn Ott School of Dance
  • See a live performance at Crispus Attucks Cultural Center

The only thing better than ice skating is indoor ice skating, right? In Norfolk, bring the kids ice skating, rock climbing, or go-karting all in the comfort of the great indoors. Steer clear from the elements with one of the following indoor activities for kids in Norfolk:

  • Jump to new heights at Cloud 9 Trampoline Park
  • Glide and slide at Chilled Pond Skating, an indoor ice skating rink in Chesapeake
  • Summit the walls inside the Virginia Beach Rock Gym in VA Beach
  • Test your need for speed inside a go-kart at American Indoor Karting
  • Visit the Slover Library during children’s storytime for a free book reading