Summer fun on a budget is easier than you think

Summer fun on a budget is easier than you think

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - We’ve hit the middle of summer break, and if you’re starting to hit moments of boredom and looking for something fresh to do with the family, we are teaming up with Richmond Family Magazine to help.

We have some free and affordable ideas to help you keep making fun summer memories.

RVA is one of those places where you can find fun almost anywhere, and sometimes you just have to know what you’re looking for to start an adventure.

For example, check out Richmond City Hall.

“Go to City Hall right on Broad Street and walk right in during office hours," Margaret Thompson with Richmond Family Magazine said. "Go on the elevator and push the button that says ‘OD’ and it takes you to the observation deck and you won’t even believe it when you get there. 360 views of the whole city, it is free, it is fantastic.”

While you’re in the city, hit up Capitol Square. Or go for an outdoor adventure like biking on the Capital Trail. Head down to Brown’s Island and the James River. Check out the Canal Cruises.

Need a calmer day? How about an outdoor movie. There’s a long list of places offering them, including West Broad Village, Byrd Park and the University of Richmond, not to mention the Goochland Drive-in.

There are also several outdoor concerts. Westchester Commons has outdoor concerts every Friday through October.

Rainy days and really hot days can sometimes be a little more difficult. Many area malls have kids’ clubs.

Check out Willow Lawn Mommy & Me or Short Pump PALS, to name a few.

“You can look on their websites to find out the dates, but they have great musicians and hands-on crafts and entertainment, and it’s free,” Thompson said.

And don’t forget libraries. Many have planned events all summer from arts and music to STEM. Chesterfield libraries have kits that include free passes to several museums and parks.

Speaking of museums, make sure you’re checking in on the special events going on at the Children’s Museum, Valentine and the Science Museum like the Pompeii: The Immortal City exhibit.

“The Valentine has a family friendly walking tour down in Shockoe Bottom,” Thompson said. “It’s an hour and 15 minutes. Very easy walk. It’s called Figures of Freedom, and that is a fantastic way to see it and be outside.”

Go to a farmer’s market and learn where things come from and how they’re made.

Go to Lewis Ginter, explore, take pictures. See the Lego exhibit.

Or Maymont.

“They have Samantha’s tea party and a family campout where you can spend the night in Maymont, so that’s really cool.” Thompson said.

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