Richmond Indoor Play Areas for Kids

Indoor Play Areas in Richmond

During summer, many parents are wondering what to do with the long days ahead. Most of us would agree that playing outside is one of the best things we can allow our kids to do. But, as we all know, that’s not always possible. Perhaps your kids are too small to play alone or perhaps you don’t have a yard or nearby park that is conducive to outdoor fun. Or perhaps, and this is where I find myself these day, it’s just too hot. Add the rainy weather we’ve had lately and cabin fever is no longer just a winter problem.

From parks to playgrounds to riverside paths, it’s not hard to find incredible outdoor activities in the Richmond area. But when the summer days get too hot, the rain keeps us inside, or we simply need a change of pace, it’s good to know that there are also dozens of play areas, nature centers, educational venues and even restaurants that offer a chance for the whole family to stay active while staying inside.

The following list offers some of the top indoor activities and attractions in the Richmond area. Most of them are inexpensive and many are even free. So take a look at our list and enjoy your summer – inside or out!

Check the following categories to find the right spot for you and your family:

Bounce Houses and Trampoline Parks
Sports and Recreation
Museums and Nature
Restaurants / Food
Shopping Centers
Libraries  

Know of a spot we missed? Let us know about it in the comments below or drop us a line at cs@richmondmom.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bounce Houses and Trampoline Parks

Circus Playhouse: House of Jumps and House of Lasers

Location:
Virginia Center Commons
10101 Brook Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(877) 8 CIRCUS (824-7287)

Times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm 

Fees:
House of Jumps
General admission$9.99/person
Groups of 3 or more – $8.99/person
Member admission ($1 membership fee) – $7.99/person
Weekly Pass – $25
Monthly Pass – $60
*$2 off general admission with Regal Cinema Ticket Stub

House of Lasers
Without paid admission to House of Jumps – $6/game; $18 for 3 games; $25 for one-day unlimited games pass
With paid admission/members: $3.99/game; $10 for 3 games; $20 for one-day unlimited games pass

Ages: 2 and up. Attractions are divided by age groups. Click here for details.

Features: Circus Playhouse offers a variety of indoor play options for all ages. Starting with bouncy houses at 2 years old and moving up to laser tag for the big kids, they offer indoor fun for the whole family. Explore obstacle courses, bounce houses, movies and interactive games that will keep the kids moving and the parents happy all day long. And if you get tired of bouncing? Enjoy other activities like XBox Kinect or Playstation games, movies, arcade basketball, swings, and more – all included with paid admission. Snacks and other concessions are available on-site. House of Jumps and House of Lasers are priced separately, so be sure to check the pricing above.

 

Jumpology

Location:
10087 Brook Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 625-4290

Times:
Kid Jump (6 and under only)
Monday-Friday, 9am-10am

Open Jump (all ages)
Monday-Thursday, 10am-10pm
Friday and Saturday, 10am-9pm
Sunday, 11am-7pm

Club Night (ages 15+)
Friday and Saturday, 9pm – Midnight

Fees: 6 and under – $10 for 1 hour or $15 for 2 hours; 7 and over – $13 for 1 hour or $20 for 2 hours

Ages: All Ages

Features: Jumpology’s indoor trampoline arena features more than 50 trampolines covering the walls and floors and includes a giant foam pit, dodge balls, basketball hoops and so much more! Even the most energetic kids will love the chance to jump out some pent up energy – and parents will love it even more.

 

Laser Quest

Location:
889 Research Road (near Chesterfield Towne Center)
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 378-0400

Times: Monday and Tuesday, 1pm – 9pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm – 9pm; Friday, 4pm – 11pm; Saturday, 12pm – 11pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm. Some hours vary, so be sure to check the calendar before planning your visit. 

Fees: Standard pricing – $9.50/game or $21 for 3 games. Click here for special event pricing, day camps, group rates and more.

Age: 5 years and up

Features: Laser Quest packs all of the excitement your kids crave into a single afternoon of fun. Featuring high-tech lasers, special effects, swirling fog and high energy music, Laser Quest is the perfect place to let your older kids have free reign for the afternoon – or a great place to take the family for fun, interactive entertainment. Be sure to ask about their latest addition, Key Quest Escape Room and keep an eye out for special events that are perfect for the whole family.

 

Monkey Joe’s

Location:
11304 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 897-5867

Times: Monday – Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am-8:30pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm

Fees: Monday-Friday – $8.99; Saturday and Sunday – $9.99; Daily admission for children 2 years and under (if playing) – $5.99; Holiday pricing – $9.99; Frequent user passes available.

Ages: 12 and under

Features: Monkey Joes is a great place for young kids to get their energy out on a rainy day. With bounce houses of all shapes and sizes, this is the perfect way to spend the day with the whole family.  Enjoy special activities, events, snacks and even a Mini Monkey Zone just for toddlers. Plus, be sure to check out their online games and activities for even more fun at home.

 

MP. Bounce with Me

Location:
3107 Boulevard Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 894-8216

Times: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am – 8pm; Sunday, 12pm – 7pm

Fees: 5 years and up – $8/weekday visit, $10/weekend visit or $68 for a 10 Visit Punch Card; Ages 1-4 years – $6/weekday visit, $6/weekend visit or $40 for a 10 Visit Punch Card; Unlimited monthly visits – $40 for the first child and $30 for each additional child; Yearly Pass – $300

Age: 10 years and under

Features: MP. Bounce with Me is an inflatable, indoor playground that gives your kids a chance to bounce, play and have all the fun they can handle, regardless of the weather outside. If it’s too hot, too cold, or you simply need a change of scenery, MP. Bounce with Me has the solution. Stop by any time for family fun or plan your next birthday party with the MP. Bounce with Me staff…you can’t go wrong!

 

Off the Wall

Location:
721 West Hundred Rd
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 717-5867

Times: Monday – Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday – Sunday, 10am – 7pm

Fees: Children 17 and under $6; Adults (accompanying a child) – Free; Non-walking infants – Free
*On Monday and Wednesday up to two children can receive $3 entry for every EMS, military, police or firefighters ID presented at the door.

Ages: 17 and under

Features: Off the Wall features family fun for everyone – with one low, all-day price. With wall-to-wall bounce houses and activities your kids are sure to stay entertained while you relax and enjoy the free wifi, or maybe even get in on the fun yourself.

 

Pump It Up

Location:
9555 Kings Charter Dr
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 550-7867

Times: Toddler Jump every Tuesday from 10am – 11:30am; Family Jump Night on select Tuesday nights 6pm – 8pm; Open Jump and other special event times vary by week. Check the calendar for Open Jump, Parent’s Night Out and Themed Jump times.

Fees: Toddler Jump – $6/child
Open Jump – $8/child
Family Jump Night – $8/child (parents free)
Themed Jump – $9/child (unless otherwise stated)
Buddy Jump – $6/child when accompanied by a “buddy”
Parent’s Night Out – $20 per child and $16 per sibling (Advance Reservation); $25 per child and $20 per sibling (Walk-ins)
Parents accompanying a child – Free
Summer Jump Passes and other specials are available.

Ages: All ages. Please note, that some events have a 34” height requirement and/or age restrictions. Click here for event details.

Features: As the first indoor inflatable bounce house play space in Richmond, it’s no wonder that Pump It Up is one of the most popular party destinations in the area. But Pump It Up is not just for birthdays! They also offer Open Jump, Family Night, Ice Cream Jump, Glow Jump and many other awesome events and opportunities throughout the year. Times for events do vary so check the calendar before planning your visit!

 

Sky Zone

Location:
1345 Carmia Way
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 379-2500

Times: Monday – Friday, opens at 10am. Sunday, opens at 12pm.
*Activities and jump times vary daily. Check the daily calendar for Open Jump hours, Toddler Jump hours, Special Events and much more.

Fees: 30 minutes -$10; 60 minutes – $15; 90 minutes – $20; 120 minutes – $25. Click here to see pricing for Summer Passes, classes and other special events.

Ages: All Ages

Features: SkyZone specializes in aerial action with trampoline arenas that will keep your kids bouncing for hours. With trampolines covering every surface, kids of all ages can bounce, play basketball or dodgeball, jump in giant foam pits and more. In fact, you might find it hard not to join them in the fun!

Sports and Recreation

Peak Experiences

Location:
11421 Polo Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 897-6800

*A second location at SCOR (Sports Center of Richmond) will be opening soon. Click here for updated information.

Times:  Monday – Friday, 1pm – 10pm; Saturday, 10am – 10pm; Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Members Only Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 6am – 9am; Sunday: 5pm – 7pm

Fees: Day Passes (come and go all day) – $19 / adult; $16 / student; $12 / children 12 and under; $12 / bouldering only; click here for Punch Pass and equipment rental rates

Special membership rates are available for monthly and yearly memberships.

Ages: 7 years and up

Features: Peak Experiences is the Richmond Area’s premiere climbing gym, offering climbers of all levels and interests a chance to build their skills and explore new heights of fun. With premium indoor facilities and all-day passes, Peak Experiences is the perfect place for kids to learn a new skill or hone an old one in a safe and fun environment. Be sure to check out their special Youth Programs for age-specific activities, training and camps.

 

Richmond Ice Zone

Location:
636 Johnston Willis Dr.
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
(804) 378-7465

Times: Public skating times change from week to week. Check the schedule before your visit.

Fees: Public skate sessions – $9; Optional skate rentals – $3

Ages: All Ages 

Features: What better way to cool down on a hot summer day than ice skating! In addition to open skate sessions, Richmond Ice Zone also offers ice skating lessons, hockey and other special events. Be sure to visit their calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events!

 

Romp n’ Roll

Locations:
West End
9677 W Broad St
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 451-4847

Midlothian
11541 Busy St
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 829-0024

Mechanicsville
6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
(804) 451-4940

Times: Class and activity times vary. Click on the location links above to see the classes and times offered at your local Romp N’ Roll.

Fees: Romp n’ Roll offers a variety of membership packages ranging in price. Click here for a complete list of membership options and pricing; or schedule a free introductory class. 

Ages: 3 Months – 5 Years

Features: For many parents, finding a safe play space for their little ones can be a challenge. That’s why, with play space designed specifically for babies and toddlers, Romp n’ Roll is a favorite for RVA parents. In addition to camps, open gyms, kids’ nights and other special events, Romp N’ Roll offers classes designed to be fun, educational and safe for even the smallest tumblers.

 

SCOR (Sports Center of Richmond)

Location:
1385 Overbrook Rd
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 257-7267

Times: Business hours – 9am – 5pm; Operating hours – 9am – Midnight.

Fees: Participants must purchase an annual membership. Memberships are $20/individual or $30/family. Summer camps and youth program pricing varies.

Age: All Ages

Features: SCOR provides a unique climate-controlled facility specifically designed to provide family fun, recreation, exercise and athletic advancement for children and adults of all ages, needs and abilities. With soccer leagues for young and old, field rentals, newly expanded facilities and an in-house café offering foosball, ping-pong, corn hole and more, SCOR is a great place to keep the family active any time and in any weather.

 

SkateNation Plus: Ice Skating, Laser Tag and Arcade

Location:
4350 Pouncey Tract Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 364-1477

Skate Times: Public skating times change from week to week. Check the schedule here.

Regular Retail Hours: Thursday, 4:30pm – 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 12pm – 11pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm

Fees: Public skate sessions$9; Optional skate rentals – $3; Laser Tag and Arcade pricing vary. Click here for details.

Ages: SkatingAll Ages; Laser Tag – 7 years and up; Arcade – All Ages

Features: SkateNation Plus (sister rink to Richmond Ice Zone) offers ice skating fun for kids, adults and every one in between. Every skill level is welcome is at public skate sessions, or take advantage of additional skating lessons, figure skating, and ice hockey leagues and clinics. In addition to ice skating, SkateNation Plus also offers a state-of-the art 5,000 square foot laser tag arena, one of the area’s largest arcades, a café and much more!

Museums and Nature

Children’s Museum of Richmond

Locations:
CMOR Central
2626 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 474-7062

Chesterfield
6629 Lake Harbour Drive
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 474-7075

Short Pump
11800 West Broad St
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 474-7070

Times: Open daily, 9:30am-5pm

Fees:  Children and Adults (1-59) – $9; Seniors (60+) – $8; Children under 1 – FREE; Military personnel and their guest receive $1 off daily admission; Membership options available

Ages: All ages (ideal for preschool and elementary age children)

Features: The Children’s Museum of Richmond offers a huge variety of fun kids exhibits and activities. From fixing cars to learning about dinosaurs, to ringing up a purchase in the shops, there is no shortage of fun. Enjoy hands-on activities, art and imaginative play all day.

 

Maymont Nature Center

Location:
2201 Shields Lake Dr
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7166

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (last entry at 4:45pm); Animal Encounters are held on Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Fees: Youth and Adult (13-59) – $4; Children and Seniors (4-12 and 60+) – $3; Children under 4 and Maymont Members – Free

Age: All Ages

Features: The Maymont Nature Center is the perfect way to explore nature without setting a foot outside. The center’s nearly 30,000 gallon aquarium provides an up close look at many of the fish and other animals that live in the James River and nearby Chesapeake Bay, while kids and adults alike can learn about the natural world that surrounds them with interactive displays and exhibits. Be sure to check out the hands-on Discovery Room and, of course, spend some time with the playful James River otters while you’re there! To enjoy an even closer look at the animals, stop by for Animal Encounters at 11am, 1pm or 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Science Museum of Virginia

Location:
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 864-1400

Times: Monday – Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm; Sunday, 11:30am – 5pm

Fees: Adults (13-59) – $14.50; Youth and Seniors (4-12 and 60+) – $13.50; Members and children under 3 – Free. See additional pricing for special exhibits.

Age: All Ages

Features: The Science Museum of Virginia provides entertainment, education and an all-around immersive experience for children and families. Filled with state-of-the-art exhibits that are designed to teach young minds about the world around them, the museum provides interactive displays, hands-on learning and an endless supply of fun. Tinker in labs, explore the universe or discover the natural world – the possibilities are endless.

 

Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium

Location:
400 Sausiluta Dr
Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 652-1470

Times:
December-February: Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 4:30pm
March-May: Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm – 4:30pm
June-August: Tuesday-Friday, 10am – 4:30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 4:30pm
September-November: Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm – 4:30pm

Fees: Free

Age: All Ages

Features: Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium showcases air, water and land in a 6,500 square-foot facility that is also home to a 50,000-gallon aquarium. See fish and other aquatic animals, learn about plant life, and find out what sort of creatures live in the wetlands and woodlands of Richmond.  The center features exhibits, dioramas and interactive displays, as well as free programs throughout the year. Click here to learn more about upcoming programs, including the Summer Nature Series.

 

Virginia Historical Society

Location:
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-4901

Times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 10am – 5pm (galleries and museum shop)

Fees: General AdmissionFree
* “Toys of the ’50s , ’60s and ’70s” exhibit – $10/adults; Free for children under 18 and Virginia Historical Society members

Age: All Ages

Features: If the Virginia Historical Society isn’t your first thought for kid-friendly interactive fun, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised what awaits you and your family. Make learning fun (yes, even when school is out!) with exciting hands-on exhibits like “The Story of Virginia,” an interactive exhibit that showcases 16,000 years of Virginia history spanning from earliest man to modern technology. Or stop by to show your kids the toys that shaped your parents’ (and maybe even your own) childhood with “Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.” These displays and others offer a great way to keep your kids’ brains active, while having fun.

Restaurants / Food

Cartwheels and Coffee

Location:
2820 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221
(804) 355-5437

Times: Monday – Friday, 9am-1pm (Saturdays: private parties)

Fees: Children 1 year and older – $5; Each additional child- $4; Infants under 1 year – FREE; 10 Punch Card Pass – $40; One-month membership – $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional child

Ages: 0-6 years

Features: Cartwheels and Coffee is one of Richmond’s favorite indoor play areas for moms of young children. Featuring a secure play area with age-appropriate activities, classes, climbing toys and open play space, they offer a place for moms to relax while the kids play. With coffee for the moms, free wi-fi, a special play area just for babies and fun classes for toddlers and kids, it’s a perfect fit for the whole family!

 

Chuck E. Cheese’s

Locations:
Richmond
9030 Broad St
Richmond, VA 23294
(804) 762-4520

Midlothian
10430 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 330-9865

Times: Monday –Thursday, 10am – 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am – 10pm; Sunday, 11am – 9pm

Fees: Prices vary. Click the location links above to see local specials and print coupons; or see a complete menu here.  

Age: All Ages

Features: For decades, Chuck E. Cheese’s has been the go-to place for family-friendly dinner and fun. Featuring pizza, arcade games, rides, live shows and more, Chuck E. Cheese’s provides timeless entertainment for kids (and adults) of all ages.

 

Dave and Buster’s

Location:
4001 Brownstone Blvd
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 967-7399

Times: Sunday – Tuesday, 11am – 11pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 11am – Midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11am – 1am

Fees: Prices vary. Click here for local specials or see a complete menu here.

Age: All ages, but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 25 years or older.

Features: Dave and Buster’s combines the best of both worlds for kids and adults alike. Featuring a large, state-of-the-art video arcade with games, rides and entertainment for all ages, Dave and Buster’s also provides a sports’ bar for adult patrons. With a classic family-friendly American menu, there’s truly something for everyone at this fun-filled restaurant and entertainment venue.

Shopping Centers

Chesterfield Towne Center

Location:
11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
(804) 794-4460

Times: Monday –Saturday, 10am – 9pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm

Fees: Free

Age: No age restrictions, but there are height restrictions. Creek Crawl Play Area (outside of Dillard’s) is designed for children 36” or less. River Romp Play Area is designed for children 42” or less.

Features: Chesterfield Towne Center offers two play areas, one catering to toddlers and the other to slightly older children. Both areas feature soft climbing, structures, age-appropriate interactive toys and benches for parents – all of which can help to take the edge off of a hot day or a long shopping trip!

Regency Square Mall

Location:
1420 Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23229
(804) 740-7467 

Times: Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm

Fees: Free

Ages: There is no age limit but the play area has a maximum height rule.

Features: Regency Square Mall has a small indoor play area for young kids which includes soft foam blocks and slides. For additional kid-friendly activities, be sure to check out the Regency Kids’ Club every third Tuesday of the month from 10am-11:30am. The Kids’ Club is for children 8 and under.

 

Short Pump Town Center

Location:
11800 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 360-1700

Times: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm; Sunday, 11am – 6pm

Fees: Free

Age: Designed for younger children and toddlers. Height restrictions apply.

Features: Although Short Pump Town Center is an open-air shopping center, they still offer a chance to beat the weather with an indoor play area that is perfect for your little shopper. Located in the Food Court (second level), the play area gives you a place to grab a snack, take a break and let the little ones work out their wiggles with climbing structures and interactive toys. If the weather cooperates, Short Pump also offers an outdoor area in the Main Plaza with playhouses, as well as the Short Pump Express, an actual mini-train that takes kids (and parents) through the center. Click here for train ride pricing and schedules. And last but not lease, join Short Pump Pals for special kids-only activities hosted on the second Tuesday of every month. Short Pump Pals is for kids ages 8 and below and is free to join.

Libraries

The library is more than just a place to find a great book. Many of our local Richmond Area libraries also offer kids’ play areas, programs and special events. If you’re looking for a fun, easy, and most of all, free, place to take the kids this summer – or any time of the year – be sure to check your local library through one of the links below.

Richmond Public Library
Henrico County Library
Chesterfield County Public Library
Petersburg Public Library

Colonial Heights Public Library
Pamunkey Library (Goochland, Hanover, King William, King & Queen)