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Experience Chesterfield Family Fun 2016-12-28T17:24:33+00:00

EXPERIENCE
CHESTERFIELD
FAMILY FUN

Kids of all ages – and their parents – will find lots to do here in Chesterfield County. From feeding the giraffes at the region’s only zoo to a family game of disc golf at Goyne Park, everyone will find something they love.

Whether you’re here for a day or a weekend, we have some exciting ideas to help you plan your time. The following three-day guide offers a multitude of ideas on how to enjoy a trip designed for your family. Be sure to check out the newest seasonal experience for up to date history events happening around the county!

Overview:

Day 1: Rockwood Park, Rockwood Nature Center, Chesterfield County Public Libraries, Goyne Park, Southside Speedway, Pocahontas State Park

Day 2: Richmond Metro Zoo, Treetop Zoofari, Pocahontas State Park

Day 3: Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield, Sky Zone, Huguenot Park, Henricus Historical Park, Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Day 1:

Start your family adventure at Rockwood Park. This 161-acre park is home to the Rockwood Nature Center and features many other amenities, including ball fields and game courts, an archery range, Ruff House Dog Park, garden plots and an extensive system of hard- and soft-surface nature trails.

Kids will enjoy the playground, or you can take a family walk or bike family-friendly game.

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Rockwood Nature Center

Bring lunch, and after you eat, visit the Rockwood Nature Center where you can experience live snake, turtle and honey bee exhibits. Don’t forget to call ahead to reserve a spot for an archery lesson.

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Chesterfield Public Libraries

To cool off in the afternoon, visit one of the county’s libraries and check out the summer program offerings. These services, as well as materials like books, are free to county residents and residents of surrounding counties and the city of Richmond. Everyone is free to stop in for story time.

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Disc Golf

Looking for more family fun? Head to Goyne Park and challenge the kids to a game of disc golf. This family-friendly game requires that you bring your own discs and offers 18-holes of disc golf with a short course and a long course. Goyne Park also features fields for football, soccer and baseball, as well as tennis courts and a playground.

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Pocahontas Live Concert

If you are looking for evening entertainment, check the schedule for Southside Speedway, which hosts races every other Friday night during the summer, or take the family to a concert at Pocahontas State Park.

Rainy day alternative:

Laser Quest: Combine the fun of hide-and-seek with high-tech tools at Laser Quest. This facility specializes in family fun and is a favorite for team outings and youth group events.

Thunderbolt Indoor Karting: Zip around the track at this all-indoor electric go-kart facility. Race family and friends for 16 laps and take advantage of weekly specials.

Day 2:

Start your day by visiting the Metro Richmond Zoo, the region’s only zoo, for a wild adventure. Home to over 2,000 animals, the zoo gets you up close and personal with native and exotic animals, including big cats, large deer, primates, kangaroos, reptiles and rhinos. Don’t forget to purchase zoo treats and feed the giraffes and barnyard animals.

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Metro Richmond Zoo

While at the zoo, take a break and grab lunch at one of the zoo’s cafés. Continue your afternoon by taking a ride on the Jungle Carousel, Safari Train or Skyride. Throughout the day, learn more about the animals by attending a free zookeeper talk.

Treetop Zoofari

Treetop Zoofari Zip-line and Adventure Park at the Metro Richmond Zoo

For families looking for even more adventure, the zoo now offers zip-lining at Treetop Zoofari. Travel tree-to-tree through the forest and above the zoo to get a bird’s eye view of the animals.

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Pocahontas State Park Pool

If your family isn’t zip-lining or you finish your zoo adventure early, head over to Pocahontas State Park and cool off at the public pool. The pool is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

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Dining at The Boathouse Restaurant in Brandermill

Or, finish your day shopping and dining along the Hull Street Road corridor, which offers local and chain restaurants for all budgets.

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Camping at Pocahontas State Park

For even more adventure, pack your tent and take the family camping at Pocahontas State Park. The park offers 129 campsites, all of which have water and electrical hookups, picnic tables, fire pits and lantern hangers. There are four bath houses in the campground.

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Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing

Rainy day alternative:

Peak Experiences: Discover the great indoors at the largest indoor rock climbing center in the U.S. Climbers of all skill levels are challenged by more than 125 top-rope routes, lead-climbing and bouldering. All-day passes and climbing gear rentals are available.

Day 3:

Chesterfield County has lots to offer for kids of all ages this morning.

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Children’s Museum of Richmond

For younger kids, a trip to the Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield is a must! Infants and toddlers will love exploring the Enchanted Forest while their older siblings can take a walk down Main Street where they can use their imagination and play grocer, banker, diner owner and vet. Kids of all ages can create masterpiece’s in the Art Studio.

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Older kids will enjoy visiting Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park where they can fly high at the 3-D play arena. Free jump, ultimate dodgeball and foam zone provide hours of fun. Don’t forget to print out the waiver online to take with you.

After a fun morning in Midlothian, pack a lunch and drive to Huguenot Park to play on the playground. This playground provides fun for kids of all ages and abilities.

Henricus Historical Park

Henricus Historical Park

Finish your day at Henricus Historical Park. Experience a re-creation of the second permanent English settlement in North America, which was settled in 1611. Step back into the 17thcentury at this living-history park. Henricus features a dozen re-created colonial structures where you can learn about, and participate in, cooking, blacksmithing, militia drills, planting and harvesting. Plan to stay a few hours until the park closes at 5 p.m.

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

To wrap up your three-day adventure, grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant and then check the schedule at Swift Creek Mill Theatre and take in a show.

Rainy day alternative:

Richmond Ice Zone: Lace up your skates and ice skate year round at Richmond Ice Zone. Check the website for public skate times and programs for skaters of all levels.

Other adventure ideas:

Footgolf at Windy Hill Sports Park: Play nine or 18 holes of the family-friendly game that combines soccer and golf, called footgolf. Similar to mini-golf, win by sinking the ball into the hole with the fewest kicks. Windy Hill Sports Park also offers additional family-friendly activities.

Peak Experiences: Discover the great indoors at the largest indoor rock climbing center in the U.S. Climbers of all skill levels are challenged by more than 125 top-rope routes, lead-climbing and bouldering. All-day passes and climbing gear rentals are available.

Laser Quest: Combine the fun of hide-and-seek with high-tech tools at Laser Quest. This facility specializes in family fun and is a favorite for team outings and youth group events.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Rockwood Park
3401 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield
804-276-6661
Hours: Sunrise-sunset
Cost: Free


 

Rockwood Nature Center at Rockwood Park
3401 Courthouse Road, North Chesterfield
804-674-1629
Hours: Friday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free


 

Richmond Metro Zoo
8300 Beaver Bridge Road, Moseley
804-739-5666
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $16.75 adults, $10.75 children


 

Treetop Zoofari
8300 Beaver Bridge Road, Moseley
804-739-5666
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Treetop Zoofari Course – $50 per person, Junior Explorer Course – $20 per person


 

Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield
804-796-4255
Hours: 7 a.m. to dusk
Park Admission: $4 per vehicle on weekdays, $5 per vehicle on weekends
Swimming: $5 to $6 on weekdays, $7 to $8 on weekends, group swimming rates available
Camping: $30 per night for Virginia residents, $35 per night for non-Virginia residents


 

Henricus
251 Henricus Park Road, Chester
804-748-1613
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5p.m.
Cost: $8 adults, $6 children


 

Children’s Museum of Richmond at Chesterfield
6629 Lake Harbour Drive, Midlothian
804-474-7075
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. through Labor Day, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day
Cost: $9


 

Richmond Ice Zone
636 Johnston Willis Drive, North Chesterfield
804-378-7465
Hours: Hours vary for public skating
Cost: $8 to skate and $3 skate rentals


 

Peak Experiences
11421 Polo Circle, Midlothian
804-897-6800
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $19 adults, $12, children under 12, $9 equipment rental


 

Windy Hill Sports Park
16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian
804-794-0010
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday, 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cost: Footgolf – 9 holes, $12 adults and $10 youth; 18 holes, $18 adults and $15 youth


 

Southside Speedway
12800 Genito Road, Midlothian
Hours: Hours vary by event
Cost: $15 adults, $8 children


 

Goyne Park
5300 Ecoff Avenue, Chester
804-748-1623
Hours: Sunrise-sunset
Cost: Free


 

Sky Zone
1345 Carmia Way, North Chesterfield
804-379-2500
Hours: Open jump hours vary; see website
Cost: Pricing varies; see website


 

Swift Creek Mill Theatre
17401 Jefferson Davis Highway, South Chesterfield
804-748-5203
Hours: Varies by show; see website
Cost: Pricing varies; see website


 

Huguenot Park
10901 Robious Road, North Chesterfield
804-748-1623
Hours: Sunrise-sunset
Cost: Free


 

Laser Quest
889 Research Road, Midlothian
804-378-0400
Hours: Vary; see website
Cost: $9 per game per person


 

Swim RVA
5050 Ridgedale Parkway, North Chesterfield
804-271-8271
Hours: Open pool hours vary; see website
Cost: Day pass – $8 adult, $5 children under 17