Richmond Family Attractions
Science Museum of Virginia
DESCRIPTION: Offers 250 hands-on exhibits to have fun with science while kids (and adults) learn at the same time. Permanent exhibits cover aerospace, chemistry, crystals, physics, electricity, computers and telecommunications. The museum also features high profile traveling exhibits, such as Bones – a look inside the human anatomy. The many summer science programs for children also sparkle. The IMAX Dome Theater features movies that surround you and the Planetarium will keep your head up to the sky.
ADMISSION: see pricing matrix on website
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:30a-5p, Sun 11:30a-5p
ADDRESS: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: free parking adjacent to the museum
Children’s Museum of Richmond
DESCRIPTION: Adjacent to the Science Museum of Virginia, this 42,000 square foot venue is one of the East Coast’s most innovative children’s museums. Kids learn through interactive play — eagle’s wings, explore a cave, wiggle through a digestive tract, tinker in the Inventor’s Laboratory, buzz around a live beehive, create you own work of art. Exhibits include The Power Of Play, Learning Environments, and CMoR Community Gallery.
DAYS & HOURS: Memorial Day – Labor Day Mon–Sat 9:30a-5p, Sun Noon-5p and September – May Tue–Sat 9:30a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADMISSION: $10, after 4p cost $5; under age 1 enter free
DAYS & HOURS: Labor Day–Memorial Day Tue–Sat 9:30a-5p, Sun Noon-5p; Memorial Day – Labor Day Mon–Sat 9:30a-5p Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: free on Terminal Place parking lot
Virginia Aviation Museum
DESCRIPTION: Boasting one of the few SR-71 Blackbird spy planes on display in the nation this fine museum is an extension of the Science Museum of Virginia. Vintage flying machines abound, from a mint-condition World War I Spad VII to a classic Ford Tri-motor; exhibits, including the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
ADMISSION: $6 adults, $5 ages 4-12 and 60+, ages 3 and under Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:30a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 5701 Huntsman Road, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: on street
State Fair of Virginia
DESCRIPTION: See horse shows, Amazing Animal Adventures, Livestock shows, circus acts and thrill rides are staples of this family venue. In summer months a Step Show & Competition are also featured where Colleges and High Schools compete for scholarship awards.
ADMISSION: Mon-Fri before 5p; $11 and after 5p $8, Sat-Sun $13
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 10a-9:30p, Fri-Sat: 10a-10p, Sun 10a-9p
ADDRESS: 600 East Laburnum Ave at Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA MAP
PARKING: free on premises
Metro Richmond Zoo
DESCRIPTION: privately-owned and first opened to the public in 1995, the zoo has quickly grown to accommodate over 1,500 animals representing 148 species from around the worldand is ZAA accredited. Its noted by families for inexpensive giraffe-feeding opportunities, as well as the photo ops with white Bengal tigers, white rhinoceros and snow leopards. The miniature train ride, Safari Ski-ride and Christmas animals pageant every December 21, 22 and 23 are also favorites.
ADMISSION: $12 Age 12-60s, $11 Ages 60+, Ages 2-11 $10, Under Age 2 enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9:30a-5p
ADDRESS: 5701 Huntsman Road, Moseley, VA MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
DESCRIPTION: Now owned by the Cedarfair theme parks, King’s Dominion has broadened its range of thrill rides, family rides, live shows, waterworks, and dining options. Among the thrill rides, few are more exhilarating than Hypersonic XLC blasts you 165-feet into the sky before screaming straight back down at a 90-degree angle. Experience the unique acceleration (0 to 80 mph in 1.8 seconds), zero gravity airtime and free-fall sensations that make the work.
ADMISSION: Adult ages 3 -61 AND 48″ and taller $55, Junior/Senior Ages 3-61 and under 48”, ages 62+ $32
ADDRESS: 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA MAP
PARKING: $10 per vehicle