The city of Richmond, Virginia, sits in a beautifully wooded area along the James River. As the state capital, with a population of 210,309, according to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau, its central location lends to a wealth of activities. When the weather isn't cooperating for outdoor play, Richmond is home to several indoor playgrounds for kids.
Tumbling and Flipping
Often, kids will enjoy some time in a gymnastics center. There are a few places providing open playtime. Cartwheels and Coffee is a facility designed for children 0 to 6 years old. It has an enclosed playland with freedom to roam and get creative. Adults can enjoy a cup of coffee and surf the web while the kids play. Gym Quest has tumbling mats, foam pits and trampolines and offers open gym to kids once a week. It is for kids ages 6 and up. Romp N' Roll is another option, offering open gym times on its indoor playground equipment. It also has various classes for more structured playtime.
Play and Learn
At the Children's Museum of Richmond, your kids can find several hands-on learning exhibits. The goal of the museum is to foster creativity, discovery and problem-solving through unstructured play. Some of the exhibits include a farm center, an art studio, a construction zone, a town square and a living tree house. The Science Museum of Virginia features an imagination playground where kids can construct their own creations using giant mats, foam blocks and fabrics. The museum also has many interactive exhibits for kids to learn all about science.
Perhaps your kids just want to bounce around in the nearest inflatable playground. Monkey Joe's has a variety of bouncers with slides, climbing structures, tunnels, obstacle courses and games. The facility is for kids up to 12 years old and also provides concessions. Kangaroo Jac's is a large inflatable facility with obstacle course races, side-by-side slides, mazes and bounce houses. It is available for parties or walk-in play. It also has a separate toddler area for the little ones.
Games and Thrills
You may be looking for a playground better suited for older kids. G-Force Karts would appease your thrill-seekers. It has an indoor go-kart track, offering junior karts for kids 8 to 15 years old. It also has an indoor paintball arena where kids can play combat games, such as capture the flag and elimination. Your kids may also be interested in its jungle-themed, two-story laser tag arena. Richmond Ice Zone is another thrilling option, featuring ice skating, ice hockey, skating lessons, a 5,000-square-foot laser tag arena and a video arcade room.
- Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images