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Things To Do With Kids in Richmond

Richmond is where historic charm and new urban rhythms intersect. Over the last few years, RVA has seen a redevelopment boom all over the city, and projects to make the city center family-friendly have blossomed. Bring kids of all ages to the walking bridge that crosses the James River at Belle Isle. Or, tour one of its many historic museums together. There is much to learn and do in this southern city. Keep reading to discover things to do with kids in Richmond for your next trip to the River City:

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and as such, offers a variety of nationally-recognized historic attractions that are both immersive and entertaining. Visitors of varying interests will enjoy a trip to RVA. Try the following top-rated things to do with kids in Richmond:

  • Take a trip through American history at the American Civil War Museum
  • Paint a sunset or a colorful flower at Muse Paintbar
  • Engage in hands-on activities at the Valentine, the city’s oldest museum
  • Paddleboard down the James River after visiting Belle Isle
  • Spend an afternoon swimming in the ocean in Virginia Beach

This charming southern city offers great food, panoramic riverfront views, and live music on every corner. This vacation doesn’t have to be just about the kids, so try the following things to do with family in Richmond that everyone will love:

  • Spend the first friday of the month wandering Broad Street for art and live music
  • Bring the kids to a family-friendly live show at the National
  • Attend the Celtic Festival & Highland Games to watch bagpipers share their songs
  • See a movie for cheap at the Byrd Theater
  • Walk through Maymont Park to enjoy natural wildlife and wave at bison
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Bring the family on one of Richmond’s many historic tours. Or, check out a neighborhood park to admire the city skyline. Here are some of the best free things to do in Richmond with kids:

  • Take a tour of the city’s internationally renowned murals
  • Venture to Libby Hill Park in Churchill to try out the public workout equipment and admire scenic city views
  • Visit the Farmers Market in Shockoe Bottom to find fresh veggies and flowers
  • Attend a popular local festival, like Watermelon Fest in the spring or the Folk Festival in the fall
  • Take a Richmond Canal cruise to learn about the city’s historic canal walk
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Show the kids the time of their lives by exploring a side of Richmond that’s light-hearted. Sample chocolate toffee ice cream at a local shop or swim in the river. Try the following fun things to do in Richmond with kids:

  • Sample ice cream and vegan treats at Charm School downtown
  • At World of Mirth toy store in Carytown, find your next favorite board game
  • Learn how to reel in a big one with a fishing lesson from James River Fishing School
  • Treat the kids to gobstoppers and candy galore at For the Love of Chocolate
  • Take a pedal-boat ride across the pond at Byrd Park
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Richmond offers a number of attraction for large groups. Whether you’re throwing a birthday or just getting together with friends, these family-friendly group activities are sure to make memories:

  • Enjoy an all-star menu and state-of-the-art bowling lanes at AMF Bowling
  • Add glow-in-the-dark fun to your night at Glowgolf, the illuminated mini golf course
  • Get to know more about the animal kingdom at the Richmond Metro Zoo
  • Book a birthday party at Laser Quest for nonstop laser tag fun
  • Visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and take the Adventure Pathway to learn about Virginia plant life

Richmond has a long history and staying true to that history is an essential part of the RVA experience. Visit one of its well-maintained and interactive museums or take segway tour. Try the following educational activities for kids:

  • Take a segway tour through Shockoe Bottom for an up close and personal look at RVA history
  • Learn what it takes to create a railroad at the Richmond Railway Museum
  • Visit the Children’s Museum for interactive fun and play
  • Check out the planetarium inside the Science Museum of Virginia
  • Step inside the flight simulator at the Virginia Aviation Museum

Creative kids deserve room to explore their talents. Help them sharpen their skills by signing them up for a creative class at one of the following locations:

  • At a Studio Guitar lesson, learn your favorite guitar chords
  • In Winter, watch the professional Richmond ballet company perform The Nutcracker
  • Make a personal shadow box at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Learn how to sculpt your own cups and vases during at a workshop at the Visual Arts Center
  • Hone your acting skills at CharacterWorks in the West End

This southern city experiences all four seasons, but just because it’s cold or rainy doesn’t mean the party has to stop. Enjoy dinner at one of Richmond’s popular local restaurants or see a sports game. Try these family-friendly indoor activities today:

  • See the home team take on their basketball rivals at the Siegel Center
  • Catch the latest blockbuster at Bowtie Cinemas
  • Order enough spaghetti to feed an elephant at Joe’s Inn
  • Learn about Richmond’s most famous poet, Edgar Allan Poe, at the Poe Museum
  • Visit the Virginia Historical Society to experience interactive displays about state history