Richmond, once the home of both Jamestown colonists and the Powhatan Confederacy, "The River City" of Virginia is now home to more than 200,000 residents. A variety of historic political buildings and war memorials dot the streets, with some dated before 1750. Your child may get a taste of adventure when he has a birthday party at one of Richmond's many venues.
Active Birthday Parties
If the kids are full of energy, a birthday party at Master Yi's Taekwondo and Martial Arts (masteryitkd.com) may be up your alley. Not only will the kids dine on the typical party fare of pizza, soda pop, snacks and birthday cake, but they will also get to participate in board breaking. Children ages 3 and older are also welcome to visit the gym at Twist Gymnastics (twistgymnastics.com). Birthday parties are 90 minutes, with an hour of that time spent taking on obstacle courses and jumping on trampolines. Instructors lead games and other activities for birthday party participants.
Hobby Birthday Parties
Maybe your little one is less active but still looking forward to an engaging birthday party. Melody Magic Music Studio (melodymagicmusic.com) can engage your child with dance, stories and music. Unusual objects like balls, parachutes and hula hoops are used, and parents can pick themes for the child's party, such as "A Trip to the Zoo" or "Rock/Pop Star." Parties last a total of two hours, including clean-up. If your little one is a budding chef, Young Chef's Academy (youngchefsacademy.com) may also be a treat. All of the children spend 90 minutes participating in cooking activities, making creations ranging from edible microphones to pink pizza and pink lemonade.
Unusual Birthday Parties
If your child has a taste for history, head to Maymont Mansion (maymont.org), which was built in the 1890s. The kids will get to interact with animals, tour the mansion and get a ride on a horse-drawn carriage. Parents can also choose specific party packages, so kids can enjoy afternoon tea and lemonade at a Victorian tea party or visit the nature center and its exhibits. If packing up the kids seems like a hassle, the Fun Bus (funbuses.com) can bring the party to your house. The bus is a converted seatless school bus filled with gym accessories and toys. Instructors lead classes while the bus is parked.
Sports and Game Parties
If your child eats, breathes and drinks sports, a birthday party at the Sports Center of Richmond (scor-richmond.com) may be the best choice. All birthday parties include an hour of sports on the field for 10 children, as well as a t-shirt for each child. During the summer, parents can also choose a party package that allows the kids to play water games on the field. If something a little more relaxed sounds enticing, Patterson Sports Park (pattersonsportspark.com) can seat up to 80 people in its pavilion. Participants can play miniature golf or head to the driving range. Different packages are available to customize your child's birthday party.