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10/19/21

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

Family Fun to Find in Downtown RVA

Downtown Richmond is full of adventures for kids of all ages! Explore our list of ideas to make memories and the most of your day downtown with the entire family.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

1. Abner Clay Park

Start your day off with breakfast or lunch at one of the many surrounding Jackson Ward restaurants nearby and then head to the playground at Abner Clay Park if you're looking for a more active and accessible option for play.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

2. ART 180

ART 180 is a non-profit providing children between the ages of 8-18 the opportunity to explore self-expression through creativity with their offering of community programs throughout the city; and, Atlas, a teen-focused program providing an art center for Richmond's youth.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

3. Brown's Island

Whether you are visiting Brown's Island for one of the many kid-friendly events like Friday Cheers or Richmond Folk Festival; or, if you're spending the day exploring the public art and views of the river, Brown's Island is the perfect venue for a family day out.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

4. James River Park System

Downtown Richmond offers direct access to some of the best amenities and features of the James River Park System, including the James River itself! From Belle Isle to Great Shiplock Park, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures to try out with the kids in downtown RVA.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

5. Little Nomad

Visit downtown RVA's favorite shop for families at Little Nomad, a beloved boutique and children's lifestyle retailer. Located at 104 W. Broad Street in the Arts District, Little Nomad offers an eclectic and expansive collection of children's toys, clothing, books and gifts and monthly workshops and programming for the entire family.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

6. Murals

Downtown RVA has no shortage of street art to explore and is a creative (and free) way to take in the city's culture and creativity. With over 150+ murals to find, make a photo scavenger hunt out of the day while you explore all of the art throughout downtown.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

7. Museums

Make your day downtown with the kids an educational one with a visit to any of downtown Richmond's museums like the American Civil War Museum, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, The Valentine, Virginia Holocaust Museum and more!

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

8. Queen Bee & Co.

Queen Bee & Co. is a European-style café within walking distance of The Jefferson Hotel offering an elegant atmosphere and a High Tea experience with private event options perfect for birthday parties and celebrating special occassions with friends and family.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

9. Richmond Ballet

Create a lasting memory for the holidays with a trip to see the Richmond Ballet's The Nutcracker or make their dreams of being a ballerina come true by signing them up for the School of Richmond Ballet.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

10. Riverfront Canal Cruises

Looking for a family outing or educational excursion for a large group? Look no further than a private boat charter with the Riverfront Canal Cruises where you'll take a scenic and historic ride by water in a canal boat and enjoy the sights and sounds of Richmond's wildlife and nature while learning about the history of the Kanawha Canal. Canal Cruise season operates from April through November.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

11. Virginia Capital Trail

Take a bike ride along Virginia Capital Trail's 52-mile paved pedestrian and bicycle trail offering a safe and fun ride from downtown Richmond to as far as Jamestown.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

12. Virginia Repertory Theatre

Enjoy a play or musical with the kids or take the stage themselves by signing them up for summer camp or one of the many classes Virginia Repertory Theatre offers to children ranging from pre-school to high school.

13 Kid-Friendly Places in Downtown Richmond

13. Virginia State Capitol

Take in the history and marvel at the site of where much of Richmond, and our country's, history was made and is currently being made at the Virginia State Capitol and Capitol Square.