Because sticky, exhausted kids are the sign of a great vacation

  • Kings Dominion should be the first stop – with Intimidator 305 and Twisted Timbers for older kids and brave parents, Planet Snoopy for younger kids, and swimming and sliding for everybody at Soak City

  • Head to Carytown to the Galaxy Diner, get a little something at the fun candy and chocolate shops, and check the marquee to see if there’s a kids’ matinee at the Byrd Theatre.

  • Get a bird’s eye view of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the CWDKids Tree House, climb a 100-year-old mulberry tree, and tour the world in the Garden’s International Village. If it’s hot out, pack swimsuits for the kids – they can cool off in the fountains and sprays at WaterPlay.

  • Scope out the Science Museum of Virginia – it’s got a lot of hands-on exhibits, animal encounters, science-related activities, and yes, they actually have a rat basketball team. The Children’s Museum of Richmond is right next door, where kids can climb, paint, play, and – don’t tell them, but they’ll actually be learning something. 

  • Meet the animals at Maymont and the Metro Richmond Zoo. (You can feed giraffes at the Zoo!)