Things to Do in Richmond VA on a Rainy Day

things to do in richmond va on a rainy day

We all know that feeling. The weather is terrible, it’s pouring down rain outside, but you still want to get out and do something. Cabin fever can get to the best of us, and Netflix just isn’t cutting it anymore. The good news is, Richmond has plenty of exciting indoor activities for all ages, so you can get out without getting “out” as it were. Get some ideas with our guide to things to do in Richmond VA on a rainy day.


Science Museum of Virginia

2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
(804) 864-1400

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Science Museum is a longtime Richmond staple and offers the perfect combination of fun and learning for the whole family. Their permanent and featured exhibits explore a variety of scientific topics in accessible and exciting ways. The IMAX dome also shows several different scientifically themed movies throughout the day. Check out the museum’s website (above) for special events and show times.

Children’s Museum of Richmond

2626 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 474-7000

Open: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week


The Children’s Museum of Richmond is located just beside the Science Museum. If you’re visiting with energetic kids, you may want to make a stop at both locations. With exhibits such as the Art Station, CMoR Book Nook, and Dino Zone, there’s certain to be something to interest every child at the Children’s Museum. CMoR also has three satellite locations in Short Pump, Midlothian, and Fredericksburg, so you and your kids can get in on the fun wherever you are.

Virginia Aviation Museum

5701 Huntsman Road
Richmond, Virginia 23250
(804) 236-3622

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday Noon to 5:00 p.m.


The Virginia Aviation Museum is another fun and educational choice of indoor entertainment. Their exhibits include historical aircraft, airplane engines, and World War II aviation, among others. The museum is great for all ages, and very kid friendly, with some educational programs designed especially for the little ones.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220
(804) 340-1405

Open: Saturday-Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


If you’re looking for something with a little more refinement, VMFA has you covered. That isn’t to say the museum is adults only – far from it. Children are encouraged to view the exhibits and take part in the museum’s programs. Studio art programs are available for all ages, from infant to adult. The museum has several permanent exhibitions as well as an impressive variety of visiting and seasonal exhibitions featuring art from many time periods and cultures.


Peak Experiences

11421 Polo Circle
Midlothian, Virginia 23113
(804) 897-6800

Call to enquire about times


If you’re looking to get active even though you can’t go outside, Peak Experiences is a great choice. This indoor rock climbing gym is one of the largest in the United States. Peak Experiences offers classes at all levels, and you can climb just for the day or become a member.

Trampoline Parks

Sky Zone

1345 Carmia Way
Richmond, Virginia 23235
(804) 379-2500



10087 Brook Road
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
(804) 625-4290


If you or your kids just can’t get enough of trampolines, check out one of Richmond’s two trampoline parks. Both Sky Zone on Southside and Jumpology in Glen Allen offer a number of programs for kids, teens, and adults, as well as birthday parties, of course. Whether for fitness or just an afternoon of entertainment, these trampoline paradises offer great fun for the whole family.


Uptown Alley

6101 Brad McNeer Parkway
Midlothian, Virginia 23112
(804) 744-1077


If you’re looking for an entertainment venue that has a bit of something for everyone, look no further than Midlothian’s Uptown Alley. They have 38 lanes of bowling, an arcade and billiards room, a full-service restaurant, and plenty of TVs to watch sports. Uptown Alley also has live music on the weekends, giving it a bit of an edge on the competition.

Dave & Busters

4001 Brownstone Boulevard
Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
(804) 967-7399


If you miss the thrill of skee ball, air hockey, and winning tickets for your mastery of arcade games, Dave & Buster’s is the place for you. With plenty of classic games as well as new favorites, everyone can find a favorite game. Dave & Buster’s also features a full-service restaurant, so you can spend your whole evening (or afternoon) there.

Chuck E. Cheese’s

9030 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23294
(804) 762-4520

10430 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, Virginia 23235
(804) 330-9865


Or if you’re looking for the kid friendly old standby, Chuck E. Cheese’s has two locations in the Richmond area. Parents will appreciate the updated menu, free Wi-Fi, and safe environment. Kids will go wild for their favorite games. It’s a fun indoors excursion for the whole family.


Or you could always stay home and watch Netflix! Don’t forget to like and share!

Photo: Helga Weber


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