Fall has officially arrived in the Richmond Region and we couldn’t be more excited about it! From pumpkin picking and carving to hayrides, colorful leaves, and PEANUTS-themed celebrations, to petting zoos, crisp air, gourd musicians, and an abundance of family-friendly activities, there’s a lot to look forward to during the fall season! Here is just a small taste of the family fun that’s awaiting you in Richmond this autumn.
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion
Now – October 30, 2016
Enjoy all sorts of treats (but no tricks!) at The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion. Families can enjoy Halloween together with a street party of festive fun including a petting zoo, foam pit, pumpkin painting and more! Kids can pedal their way through the farm on a miniature tractor at Van Pelt Derby or find their way through the twisting turns of Franklin's Scarecrow Hollow. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," by viewing the film in the PEANUTS Showplace! The Great Pumpkin Fest occurs on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. in Planet Snoopy. Kids costumes are encouraged!
Junie B. Jones, The Musical
October 7 – November 20, 2016
Laughter and smiles will abound from the whole family during Virginia Repertory Theatre's production of Junie B. Jones, The Musical at The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn. Junie B. Jones is a spunky 6-year-old who sings and dances her way through the adventures of first grade with the help of her “top secret personal beeswax journal.” Based on the books by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones, The Musical is sure to delight children and parents alike (especially if they/you enjoyed reading her books as much as we did back in the day!). This one hour show is suggested for children ages 5 and up.
Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
October 23, 2016
Come out to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden on October 23 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for Goblins and Gourds, a harvest celebration featuring live music, pumpkin-painting and good green fun in the Children's Garden. The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra will perform throughout the day (They grow their own gourds, make them into instruments and play them! How cool is that?!) and there will be a parade at 2 p.m. See demonstrations on natural dye, pumpkin and gourd carving, wood carving, blacksmithing and broom-making, plus enjoy food tastings from Relay Foods and Edible Education. There’s also a new addition this year: Scarecrow Quest! Guests are invited to walk along the Tree Trail to discover scarecrows dressed to represent “outdoor” occupations (beekeeper, horticulturist, park ranger, etc.). Don’t miss it!
Family Fun on the Farm
Ashland Berry Farm
Head on over to Ashland Berry Farm for some serious pumpkin picking! The pumpkin patch is already open for picking, but starting on October 6, you can bring the family to enjoy free hayrides, a country store, Halloween gift shop, 3D Boo House, a donut shop, Fort Pumpkin, an Animal Corral, and All You Can Carry Pumpkins for $20.
Chesterfield Berry Farm and Market
Located along the historic Appomattox River, the Chesterfield Berry Farm offers many acres of pumpkins and gourds for picking, plus plenty of fun family activities! Children will enjoy barrel and wagon train rides, a toddler play area, corn pit, corn maze, animal corral, corn cannons, a haunted manor, moon bounces, concessions, and more!
Lloyd Family Farms
Featuring a corn maze, pony rides, face painting, a hay ride, and pumpkin picking at one of the largest patches around, there's lots of fun in store for you at Lloyd Family Farms! Take a tour of the working Paso Fino horse farm, pet the goats and greet other barnyard friends, warm yourselves by the bonfire, and chow down on tasty treats from some of Richmond’s favorite food trucks, including Sugar Shack Donuts and the Boka Tako Truck.
Visit adorable animals at the Metro Richmond Zoo
The cooler fall weather makes this an especially ideal time to round up the family and visit the Metro Richmond Zoo. With over 150 species of animals from around the world, you’ll see everything from snow leopards, giraffes, camels, and monkeys to flamingos, penguins, lions, and tigers! Meet, greet, and feed the Zoo’s barnyard animals. Visit Kumbali the cheetah and his best pal Kago the yellow lab and watch them romp and play. Take a ride on the Jungle Carousel or Safari Train Ride. Let the kids test their skills on the Junior Explorer Course, and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, book a fun zip lining experience on the Treetop Zoofari Course.
For more ideas like these, check out the Family Fun section of VisitRichmondVA.com.