School’s out for summer! The end of year celebrations have all wrapped up, yearbooks have been signed, and goodbyes have been exchanged. It’s finally summer time! So… now what? Have your kids already uttered the words “I’M BORED!”? If you haven’t heard it yet, you can bet it will be coming soon. Make it a priority to keep your kids active this summer break. In a study done in 2007, by the American Journal of Public Health, growth in BMI (body mass index) was faster during summer vacation than during the kindergarten and first-grade school years. Here’s a list of easy, low cost ways to keep your kiddos moving, healthy, and happy this summer!

Move and Learn at Home

Check out our ideas for your kids to stay active and review school right in your home!

Go to camp– for free! Check out Camp GoNoodle! That’s right, GoNoodle, the popular teacher resource for brain breaks and movement is offering a FREE camp for kids.  If your child’s teacher isn’t using GoNoodle feel free to sign up yourself and let them know how awesome it it!

Move and Learn Around Richmond

What better way to explore animals habitats then in nature? Check out our list for the nature and animal spots in Richmond.

Check out some of Richmond’s (mostly free!) museums.  Kids can get a real life view of some of the history they learned this school year.

We have even more ways to play in RVA, including information for free skating and bowling!


Parks and Playgrounds


Chesterfield County

City of Richmond

Henrico County

Hopewell City (page 19)

Petersburg City

Splash Pads

The Sprayground at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center

Location 1440 N. Laburnum Avenue, Henrico, VA  23223
Hours Open daily 9:00am – 7:00pm
Phone (804) 652-1450

Battery Park

Location 2719 Dupont Circle, Richmond VA 23222
Hours Open daily 9:00am – 5:00pm
Phone (804)646-0127

Stony Point Fashion Park Splash Pad

Location 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond, VA 23235
Hours Monday-Saturday, 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Phone (804) 560-7467

Short Pump Park Splash Pad

Location 3329 Pump Road, Henrico, VA 23233
Hours Open daily 9:00am – 7:00pm
Phone (804) 501-7275

Twin Hickory Parks and Recreation Splash Pad

Location 5011 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA  23059
Hours Open daily 9:00am – 7:00pm
Phone (804) 652-1430

Children’s Museum of Richmond

Location Downtown Location, 2626 West Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220
Cost $9 daily pass; Children under 1 FREE; Family Annual Membership Pass, $140
Hours Open daily 9:00am – 5:00pm
Phone (804) 474-7062

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Water Play

Location 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23228
Cost (Prices are for Garden Admission): 0-2 Free, 3-12 $8, Adults $13
Hours Open daily 9:00am – 4:45pm
Phone (804) 262-9887

City of Richmond Pools (most are free admission)

Summer Bucket List

Make your own summer bucket list or check out ours!

Is there something we forgot? Email us and we’ll add it to our growing list!

Can’t wait to see all your summer adventures! Tag us @gr_fit4kids!