RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Central Virginia has endured some blistering hot days this week, but experts say there are things you do with the kids so you're not melting outside or going stir crazy inside.
If you want to stay indoors where it's nice and cool, but have to get the kids out of the house, here's an option for all ages. Christa Donohue with RichmondMom.com says go to the movies. Bowtie Cinemas downtown does free kids movies, usually on Tuesdays and Wednesday. The movies are geared toward kids, but the tickets are free for mom and dad, too. Regal cinemas offers dollar movies.
Donohue says to consider your local libraries or book stores. Places like Barnes & Noble will host music or story time classes. Donohue's family likes to go to BBGB in Carytown, a children's book store that often has free activities.
If you're headed outside, you'll want to be near water to stay cool. For the younger crowd, consider a splash pad. You can go to the one at Twin Hickory or Stony Point for free. Pocahontas Park has this fun splash pad for a very low cost.
For older kids, consider the James River.
"The James River is amazing. We are so lucky to have access to that," said Donohue. "There are lots of areas that are a little calmer areas like Pony Pasture and by Manchester walls. So those are great areas for the older kids to get into the water. No cost at all! We are really lucky to have access to that."