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Richmond is a family centric and kids’ friendly city. There are an array of activities which will be of interest to kids of all ages. The kids will love to spend a vacation in Richmond.

Richmond is the capital city of Virginia. Weather you are a local or visiting Richmond on a holiday, you will find a lot of activities for the kids. This article will guide you about some of the best things you can do in Richmond with your children.

First, visit The Children’s Museum of Richmond. This is an exciting place both for the kids and the adults. The exhibits are interactive and the children can learn about many things while having fun. Visit the Play Works section featuring a bank, supermarket etc. The kids can dress up and act in the Stage Play area. Spend some fun time with toddlers visiting In My Own Backyard section. The museum also has a huge, forty feet tall replica of a Virginia limestone cave. Kids can explore, climb and have fun here. Some camps are held for kids during specific dates throughout the year. The kids can stay over night at the museum during this camp.

Another great museum is The Science Museum of Virginia. Kids can learn a lot through the interactive displays while having fun. To see some amazing optical illusions, visit the Parlor Tricks room. Also see the Ethyl Universe Theatre in the museum which has a planetarium and the OMNIMAX. The theatre has a five-story domed screen which will amaze the kids and give them a true-to-life experience.

Kids of all age groups will love to visit the Virginia Aviation Museum. The museum has many activities of interest for the kids like a flight simulator. Many interactive exhibits chart the history and evolution of aviation. Story telling is held on some special days along with kids tours of the museum.

Paramount’s Kings Dominion is a theme park where you can spend an exciting day. The park is spread over an area of 400-acres. There are numerous slides for the kids along with a water park. Another interesting theme park is Busch Gardens. The settings of this theme park is European theme 17th century setting. You can see European towns, villas, specialty foods, and gifts. Also enjoy a 4-D entertainment adventure with multi-sensory experiences.
The Mystery Café for Kids will intrigue the kids. They can participate in an interactive musical mystery for kids. Post the half-hour show, they can enjoy a pizza lunch.

If your children are interested in art, take them to see The Children’s Art Resource Center located in the Museum of Fine Arts. Many performances and hands on art activities are held for kids. Many art workshops are held for families. The kids can take classes in painting, quilting and a variety of interesting crafts letting their creativity free.

Older kids can participate in the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation programs. The activities include rock climbing, kite flying, Frisbee toss games, and skiing.

Richmond has more than 40 area parks. Kids friendly park include Byrd Park, Gillies Creek Park, Travelland Park, and Bryan Park. Many parks hold programmes  which feature adventures on the James River. Kids can enjoy inner tubing, snorkelling, swimming, and kayaking. The Bryan Park has an area for soccer, games, and a play area for toddlers. Many festivals are held in Byrd Park like puppet shows, storytelling, concerts, etc.

Meadow Farm is also a good place to visit with your kids. The farm has many animals. Kids can participate in living history programs and learn about ancient arts and crafts. Apart from this there are a lot of other things to enjoy in Richmond.