Central Library, located off Route 10 in Chesterfield is a perfect starting point for an exciting family adventure. Central Library provides a comfortable atmosphere: ample seating, appropriate safety precautions: masks required, items quarantined for 72 hours before returning to circulation, continued offering of curbside pickup, social distancing enabled. The children’s section is large with books categorized by topics with indicators on the sides, making it easy for the smallest bibliophiles to locate their newest read.
After choosing new books, head to Ironbridge Park, a mere three minutes down the road. Ironbridge has a playground, several soccer and baseball fields, trails and picnic shelters. The park is large, and with so many options, every family is sure to find an activity to enjoy.
After getting everyone’s wiggles out, head to Magnolia Grange. This historic home was built in 1822 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are approximately 45 minutes with knowledgeable guides who encourage questions and interactive participation. Children will get a kick out of the “toys” of yesteryears while all participants will be amazed at the ornate ceilings and attention to detail in every room. Tours of Magnolia Grange are $5 for adults, $3 for students, making this activity not only educational, but also affordable.
And, what would a family adventure day be without some sweetness? Bruster’s, only five minutes away, on Sherbet Lane has free cones for children under 40” and offers discounts for joining the Sweet Rewards Program. This particular Bruster’s location has outdoor seating and a sandbox.
Books, recreation, history and ice cream make this day exciting for all family members. With the affordability this adventure offers, this is one to repeat and vary throughout the spring season.
Richmond on the Cheap contributor Lindsay Garrison is a Richmond, Virginia based mom to two young children. A graduate from Chesterfield Schools and Randolph-Macon College, Lindsay is proud to call Richmond home. In the years prior to planning activities and outings with her own children, she was a French teacher. During her tenure she earned accolades for her creative teaching style and ability to connect with her students. Lindsay now applies the skills she learned when she was planning student trips to France, to her own family adventures. She can’t wait to take her own children to France one day! Follow the Garrison’s family adventures on Instagram: @thegarrisonsrva
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