Richmond offers dozens of FREE events for kids around the area. If you’re looking for things to do in Richmond, then you’ve come to the right spot. We’ve listed dozens of FREE events, places to eat, and more. Many RVA museums offer FREE admission too. And don’t miss the many seasonal events where kids can participate in interactive crafts and events. Let us know of others to add by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Barnes & Noble Storytime. Stores offer different times and days for storytime for kids. They even have pajama night and other special events during the year. Seymour from The Children’s Museum of Richmond may show up at Short Pump location, or other B&N locations! Find the B&N nearest you to check the schedule. Kids can also join the Kids’ Club where they read, learn, and earn rewards. Get 30% off list price of one kids’ book or toy when you register your child. Get a FREE cupcake from the cafe on your child’s birthday. Lots of savings and freebies throughout the year.
Bass Pro Shops. Lots of free events throughout the year and a huge aquarium with lots of fish all year long.
Book Club at Pottery Barn Kids. Each Tuesday from 11-11:30am is story time. Get a special gift after attending. Special themes each season.
Children’s Museum of Richmond. Plenty of fun for kids every day! Annual memberships fees available, or pay per visit. It’s up to you!
CMoR $1 Target Nights. Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month* for just $1 per person!CMoR welcomes groups that visit on Target $1 Family night! Please be sure to note our required ratio of 1 adult chaperon for every 5 children that check in.
Home Depot Workshops. Hands-on, seasonal crafts for ages 5-12. Receive kit, apron, and pin for FREE. 9am – register online.
Library Storytime. All Richmond and surrounding counties offer library storytimes and many includes crafts.
Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic. Build a project, get a free apron, patch, and more. Seasonal themes. FREE.
Nature Exhibit at Three Lakes Park and Nature Center. FREE of charge (some special programs may charge small fee). The exhibits in the Nature Center will introduce visitors to the plant and animal life native to the area and wildlife living in the wetlands and woodlands of the park. By providing an assortment of live exhibits, dioramas, and interactive displays, the Nature Center offers something for every field of natural interest and is appropriate for all ages.
Parks and Recreation. Richmond is loaded with plenty of free parks and fun places for kids and adults. Most of them are FREE so get out and explore Richmond.
SPCA Volunteer Program for Kids. Volunteers must be 14 or older to volunteer independently (without a parent or guardian). Youth volunteers 7 or older may volunteer with a parent or guardian. Youth volunteers in grades 6 through 8 may also apply to participate in our Animal Brigade Service Club.
Storytime with Jeff at CMoR. The show is FREE with Museum admission. Visit website for dates and locations. All shows at all locations are 10:30 am.
Chesterfield Town Center. A great mall with fun indoor play areas. Enjoy coin operated rides in the food court or head down to the entrance to Dillard’s for a fun play area.
Regency Square Mall. Indoor play area right beside the food court is great for younger kids. The area includes soft climbing structures and benches surround the play area, offering a place for parents or guardians to relax. There are also coin-operated kiddie rides next to the play area.
Short Pump Town Center. Enjoy lots of events and fun indoors and outdoors at multiple play areas. They have a train, Short Pump Express, that takes kids (and parents!) on a tour around the mall for just $3 (tickets available at Guest Services). Outdoor play area has lots of places for kids to play and they will love the gigantic chess set near the lower entrance to Macy’s. The indoor play area is ALL NEW in 2015 and is located at the Food Court. It has lots of places for kids to climb, jump and play. And don’t forget the monthly Short Pump Pals playgroups which are FREE for kids 6 and under. You even get special discounts and coupons. Check out ‘movin’ mania‘ while you’re there too – where kids learn to eat healthy.
Stony Point Fashion Mall. A fun place for kids with ice skating in winter and waterplay in warm weather. There are annual events and dogs are welcome too.
Virginia Center Commons. A fun play area for kids and a large food court. Enjoy fun games for FREE on the website too! Join the Kidgits Club for $5 and get free goodies at events, a birthday gifts, special offers and discounts, and more.
Willow Lawn. A great place for kids to play outdoors and indoors. The second Wednesday of every month is Mommy & Me (and Daddy Too)! Join Willow Lawn on the second Wednesday of EVERY month from 10am to 11:30am as they host a FREE morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children. Also, you’ll find Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn too. They offer lots of entertainment and events for kids all year long – most events at Virginia Rep require a fee.
Local Museums. Many local museums offer special kids programs. Some are FREE admission including Wilton House, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, and others. Others may have higher fees. Visit website to see what’s available. Offers change throughout the year.
More things to do in and around Richmond:
- The Ultimate List of RVA Parks and Playgrounds
- Richmond’s Museums Highlight History, Art, Science and More