Play Ahead


Play ahead at the Children's Museum this winter! 

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Down on the Farm Day

Legendary Santa
Friday, November 29 - Tuesday, December 24

As Richmond legends since 1936, Legendary Santa and the lovely Snow Queen have been delighting families for 83 years. It all started on the 7th floor of the historic Miller & Rhoads department store and now 25,000 children and families head to the Children’s Museum to continue, or start, their family tradition.

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Outdoor Ice Skating
All Winter Long

The Children's Museum is excited to bring Outdoor Ice Skating to Richmond as part of the Legendary Santa tradition. Open all winter long, this synthetic outdoor ice skating rink is perfect for all ages and features weekday, weekend, and evening hours.


CarMax $1 Family Nights

CarMax $1 Family Nights
Every 2nd Friday of the Month  •  5pm - 7:30pm 

Museum admission is only $1 per person every 2nd Friday of the month! 

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Family Time

Family Time!
Various Locations

Join the Children's Museum Family Engagement Team for activities geared towards helping families learn how to play!


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Preschool Ice Skating 
Thursday, December 19 & Friday, December 20

9:30am-10:30am Reservations Required

Downtown Location

The Children's Museum Downtown hosts a special holiday themed program that includes an opportunity for preschools to ice skate and participate in a special interactive storytime with holiday characters! 

(Please note, the "Start Your Reservation" link below takes you to an Eventbrite page to register for Preschool Ice Skating.)




Noon Year's Even Bash
Tuesday, December 31


Downtown Location

Celebrate the new year at the Children's Museum Downtown, with special music from the Diggity Dudes and more!



Snow Days Festival

January 11, 2020


Children's Museum Downtown


Witness the coronation of the 2020 Scholarship Snow Queen at the Snow Days Festival, enjoy snow-filled fun and games, PLUS special appearances by friends of the Snow Queen on January 11, 2020!


Lunar New Year

January 25, 2020


Children's Museum Downtown


Dance and music performances along with educational activities throughout the day. Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with us!



Black History Celebration

February 8, 2020


Children's Museum Downtown


Join us at the Children’s Museum Downtown as we celebrate black history and culture! Explore activities that dive into the lives of influential black figures throughout history, experience African cultural performances, and enjoy an extra-special visit to the museum on Saturday, February 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm!