We’re all gearing ourselves up for a week with the kids because next week is spring break in RVA, baby! Keeping them busy during these extended school breaks can be a challenge if you didn’t plan a vacation and are instead planning a staycation. Luckily, we live in a city full things to fill the days. Here are some ideas for day trips and local activities that we love and recommend.
Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion– We’re lucky to live so close to two great theme parks that the entire family can enjoy. Fun-filled days at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion are always something the kids look forward to, and the parents too. Roller coasters, live shows, water play, and arcade games sounds like a great time to us! And right now kids ages 3-5 can get a free season pass to Kings Dominion if they are registered online and their pass is activated at the park by May 28. Click here to find out more.
Great Wolf Lodge– If you’re looking for just a couple night stay, or even one night stay, somewhere semi-local, try Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. We’ve had cooler temps so far this week, so why not go somewhere your family can still enjoy the excitement of a waterpark, but indoors where it’s warm? They also have other activities like an arcade, a MagiQuest adventure game, and a spa.
Virginia State Parks– If you’re family loves the outdoors, check out one of Virginia’s many state parks. Go camping, fishing or hiking and enjoy the beauty of Virginia’s gorgeous landscape. Pocahontas State Park is one of Virginia’s best and is right here in our backyard in Chesterfield County.
Metro Richmond Zoo– Your family can see animals from all over the world, right here in RVA. This is a favorite for our kids and it’s educational and fun, which we love! They have more than 2,000 animals representing over 190 species including many endangered animals such as cheetahs, rhinos, tigers, and orangutans. A highlight for us is feeding the giraffes.
Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown– A couple of other great learning opportunities masked as a super fun activities are these two Williamsburg favorites. We all know that Virginia is bursting at the seems with history, so take your family to learn all about their home’s backstory and how it all began.
Children’s Museum of Richmond– If you’re looking for an activity that doesn’t require an entire day’s time or you have younger kids that can’t ride roller coasters or have to be home for nap time, check out the Children’s Museum. There are loads of interactive play choices and the recommended ages for their activities are toddler to eight years old. Perfect for families with little ones. My kids especially love the art room, reptile exhibit, and bee room!
Click on the links for ticket and even more information on these great Virginia attractions.
Whether you’re staying put or getting away for spring break this year, we hope everyone has a fantastic week enjoying family, friends and some R&R!