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Cool Places for Pre-Schoolers

Our little ones are sometimes timid until they get their feet wet. Here are suggestions for doing just that.

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Portsmouth - The Children's Museum of Virginia is the largest children's museum in the commonwealth. The most popular exhibit here is the antique toy and model train collection, one of the largest on the East Coast. And don't miss the Bubble Exhibit!

Richmond - Children of all ages delight in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The garden is a “learning landscape” where children can enjoy freedom to explore the natural world. An Adventure Pathway complete with boardwalks, bridges, and a Leafy Overlook, a Tree House, and a water play area are just a few of the things kids can enjoy while at the garden.

HenricoThree Lakes Park and Nature Center is not a huge attraction, space-wise, but it's big on easy fun for little folks. They'll especially enjoy the 50,000 gallon aquarium that lets them peek at the underwater world of the lake. Best of all? It's free!

Virginia BeachHunt Club's Petting Farm is a laid-back place to spend the day petting and feeding the animals. Visit the baby goats, chickens, llamas, peacocks, guineas, pigs, a miniature cow, and more! A playground and pony rides round out the day.

Richmond - The Children's Museum of Richmond is for toddlers through age 12 and was voted 11th Best Children's Museum in America by Child magazine! See the Waterplay exhibit as well as explore a cave, climb to an eagle's nest and tinker in an inventor's lab.

Williamsburg - At Sesame Street: Forest of Fun inside Busch Gardens, the littlest of angels will make a big splash, and the "big boy" and "big girl" will feel right at home, too. From sprinklers and train rides to real big-kid coasters and flumes, this is a great corner of the park to spend some time.

Doswell - Planet Snoopy, a family favorite at Kings Dominion, has expanded its offerings. With three new thrill rides, a new event space and upgraded food and beverage locations you’re sure to find some fun for your little one!

RichmondMaymont Nature and Visitor Center features a 20-foot waterfall and 13 giant aquariums. Children especially enjoy the funny antics of the river otters! The native wildlife exhibits, Children's Farm and carriage collection are popular, too.

Harrisonburg - The Explore More Discovery Museum is for ages 2-12 who will find a space buzzing with activity and alive with learning opportunities! Activities include drama, creative arts, science and technology.

Shenandoah Caverns - American Celebration on Parade is full of delightful parade floats as well as props and settings from important events in entertainment and political history. Character floats, such as Rug Rats and Cinderella in her carriage, are sure to excite the little ones. Most of these massive floats are animated, too.

Norfolk - The Virginia Zoological Park boasts more than 350 animals, such as elephants, Siberian tigers, monkeys, reptiles and birds.

Sterling - Milk a life-like cow at the Heritage Farm Museum, and pretend to be a farmer for the day!


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Last Updated: 1/2/2020

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