The Virginia Discovery Museum: A must see for kids. Special exhibits, fun toys, activities, educational opportunities. East end of the Downtown Mall. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-5:00, Sunday 1:00-5:00 Closed Mondays. $6 per person, all ages (under 1 year old free). Website
Ride the FREE Trolley: Young kids love this. Catch the trolley at the 2nd Street crossing, the Transit Center, or above the Omni. Takes you down West Main, around the University, then back downtown.
Alakazam Toys: Lots of great toys located on the on the corner of 1st and Main Street. Parking on Water Street. One hour parking validation for customers. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10-5, Friday & Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5. Website
Utopia: Gifts, gadgets, and toys, toys, toys! East end of the Downtown Mall. Website in development.
JMRL Central Library: Has extensive kid programs. Website
Main Street Arena: Ice skating, fashion shows, lacross, hockey, curling, roller derby’s, camps and classes, and full-service bar and cafe. You never know what will be going on at the MSA. Check it out at mainstarena.com
The Downtown Carousel: It’s free!
The Free Speech Wall: Give your kid a piece of chalk and let him go wild! Link
McGuffey Park: water wall, funky play equipment, basketball, long benches. Learn more.
The Candy Store: this shop will make the little ones bug-eyed.
Gearharts Chocolates (fine, locally-made chocolate)