August is National Family Fun Month, and it’s no mystery why that is. August is a popular month for family vacations, backyard barbecues, camping, and other fun activities. Parents are looking to pack in some great memories before the kids go back to school in the fall. And Richmond has no shortage of activities that are fun for the whole family. If you’re a Richmond native or have lived here for a while, you undoubtedly know how much our city has to offer. If you’re new to Richmond or just looking for some fresh ideas, take a look at our Richmond family fun guide which offers suggestions that parents and kids alike will love.
It’s no surprise that this Doswell, Virginia theme park makes our list. Kings Dominion has been delighting families since 1975. The park offers many theme park staples, from roller coasters to costumed characters. Kings Dominion is a great destination for a variety of ages. Younger kids will enjoy the Planet Snoopy area while older kids and teenagers will enjoy the roller coasters and other thrill rides. If the heat is getting to you, Kings Dominion also boasts a full water park, which is included with regular park admission.
Kings Dominion is open daily through Labor Day and will continue to be open weekends through Halloween.
Children’s Museum of Richmond
If you’re looking for a family outing that’s a bit simpler than the big theme park experience, but still a lot of fun, the Children’s Museum of Richmond is a great choice. CMOR is best suited for kids under 12 and their guardians and offers a range of entertaining and educational exhibits. The Children’s Museum now has three locations. The original, Central location is on Broad Street right next to the Science Museum of Virginia. The two other locations are in Chesterfield and Short Pump.
The Children’s Museum of Richmond is open daily. Visit their website for hours and more information.
Metro Richmond Zoo
The Metro Richmond Zoo is a bit of a hidden gem in our city. Did you know that you can feed giraffes right here in Richmond? You can at the zoo. Birds, camels, and cheetahs are some of the other animals you can see at the Richmond Zoo. The zoo is also home to a ropes course known as Treetop Zoofari. The course has several options, including a nocturnal course.
Visit the Richmond Zoo website for hours and information.
Pocahontas State Park
Located in South Chesterfield, Pocahontas State Park is an exciting destination for outdoorsy types of all ages. The park offers miles of hiking and biking trails, canoeing, a pool that is open during the summer, and a variety of seasonal events.
Visit the park website for full information on activities, fees, and hours.
If you’re just looking for a simple outing, why not indulge your sweet tooth at one of these kid friendly destinations.
Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream is a long-time Carytown staple. This Richmond institution offers delicious homemade ice cream. There are 12 “everyday” flavors as well as numerous daily specials to keep you coming back.
Sugar Shack Donuts is another Richmond original that has seen considerable success. Sugar Shack now has several Virginia locations and even two locations in Florida. Their creative flavors and delicious old fashioned donuts make this an irresistible treat for all ages.
If you like your treats a little healthier, SweetFrog frozen yogurt is for you. Another chain that got its start in Richmond, SweetFrog now has hundreds of locations both in the US and abroad. With nine locations in the Richmond area, your customized frozen yogurt is never more than a few minutes away.
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