“Mom, I’m bored!”
Haven’t we all heard that at one time or another?
Well don’t worry – we’ve got a mega-listing of fun summer activities for inside or outside, and for a full day, half day, full week, weekend, or just an hour! Check it out and let us know of other fun activities for kids this summer so we can add them to our list. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget to take advantage of restaurants where kids eat free or low cost this summer!
AMF Summer Unplugged. Free bowling for kids all summer long. Kids registered in Summer Unplugged program can bowl two games per day, every day, all summer long!
Anthem LemonAid. Set up your own lemonade stand and raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Kids will have a blast!
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Kids earn a free book just for reading this summer.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Fun all summer long! Get a season pass ’cause you’ll want to go back again and again! Double your fun with the Preschool Pass. The Sesame Street Forest of Fun Preschool Pass is back and better than ever. This pass now offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for kids ages 3 through 5, who are Virginia residents, through Sept. 2, 2013. Hurry, passes must be registered and redeemed at the park by May 31, 2013.
Chesterfield Berry Farm. 26002 Pear Orchard Road, Moseley, VA 23120. Located along the historic Appomattox River just minutes from Richmond. Weekdays: pig races, playgrounds, shelled corn play area, farm animal corral, goat walk, bunnyville, strawberry picking take home containers, Hayrides to and from strawberry fields. Holidays have special events! Ice cream, hot dogs, BBQ, and more.
Children’s Theatre at Virginia Rep. They are offering some great summer shows.
Children’s Museum of Richmond. Great fun every day at three convenient locations around Richmond. Also offering special summer camps in collaboration with Romp n’ Roll. And don’t miss CMoR Summer Nights at Central!
Classes for Everything! Cooking, cheerleading, dance, music, tutoring, theater – and more.
Farmer’s Markets. Located throughout the city with plenty of food and fun for kids of all ages.
Flying Squirrels Baseball. Enjoy baseball all summer long! Score an “A” Free Ticket too. And don’t forget to join the Richmond Flying Squirrels Kids’ Club to eat free on Sundays, receive the Squirrel Tail newsletter, get special discounts, free autograph parties, kids giveaways, and more!
Henricus National Park. 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836. (804) 748-1613. Email: email@example.comChesterfield, VA. Visit Henricus Historical Park and relive America’s beginnings. Camps, exhibits, re-enactments, and much more.
Home Depot’s Kids Workshops. Teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while having fun and making something to take home. Free for kids ages 5-12 the first Saturday of each month.
James River Park. Plenty of fun outdoors with biking, picnics, photography, canoeing, hiking and much more all summer long.
Kings Dominion. So much to do – rides, exhibits, live shows, food, and fun.
Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics. Fun building something new to take home.
Lewis Ginter. Great summer fun for kids with waterplay, garden explorations, kids treehouse, and many special events.Visit website for details.
Maymont Park. Wildlife, exploration, hikes, history and much more. Bring a picnic and spend the day at the petting zoo, take a hike, and explore the Mansion (check website for dates and times it is open). Open year-round.
Meadow Farm Museum. 4301 East Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23228. 804-501-4000. An 1860 living history farmsite and museum, presents programs and exhibits on the culture of the rural South. Costumed interpreters provide insight into the lives of Dr. John Mosby Sheppard, the owner of Meadow Farm, and his family. On selected weekends, they demonstrate seasonal activities in the farmhouse, barn, doctor’s office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. Also visit Meadow Farm’s Gift Shop for a variety of items.
Mommy & Me and Daddy Too! Willow Lawn each 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10am-11:30am and it’s FREE!
Movies – $1 movies at Regal Cinemas on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am starting June 18th and FREE movies at Bow-Tie Movieland Cinema. $1.99 movies at Byrd Theatre and free movies at Highland Springs.
Outings. Plenty of fun places to visit.
Pick Your Own blueberries, peaches, and blackberries
Pocahontas State Park. Located just outside Richmond in Chesterfield County, it’s a park filled with fun for canoeing, camping, camping cabins, hiking, educational programs, swimming, fishing, and much more!
Richmond Kickers soccer games and family fun.
Science Museum of Virginia. Different exhibits all summer, fantastic movies at the IMAX Dome, and fun for all ages.
Short Pump Mall Summer Music Series. The Summer Concert Series has drawn thousands of people each year to Short Pump Town Center for the outdoor musical event. Styles of music we seek vary, but include: rock, country, 80s, blues, jazz, etc.
Sports. Soccer, baseball, and much more.
Stony Point Fashion Park Summer Sounds. Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Special performances on May 27th and September 2nd. Visit website for details. Kings of Swing, TFC Band, Class Act, Chez Roue, and many more.
Sweet Spot. A sweet place for kids to have a party, join the book club, enjoy Bingo nights, and hang out.
Virginia Historical Society. Introduce kids to incredible historical events and artifacts. Enjoy hands-on history, outreach programs, stories and more. Visit website to learn about special summer events.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Free General Admission for lots of education and fun all at once. Visit website for special exhibits and events.
WaterCountry USA. Just a short drive for a lot of water fun!
Williamsburg. What better place for summer fun than historic Williamsburg where history comes alive. Plenty of fun for all ages.
Zoo. Live animals – take a picnic and enjoy the day. Home to over 1,500 animals representing 148 species from around the world, the Metro Richmond Zoo offers a variety of optional experiences that will make your visit memorable. Visit our herd of giraffe up close, and let these gentle giants eat right out of your hand! Not many zoos offer this unique experience! Visit our herd of giraffe up close and let these gentle giants eat right out of your hand! Hop aboard the Safari Train and take a fifteen minute ride into the African Savannah. Get up close and personal with free-ranging animals while receiving a guided tour.