Will you be in town this weekend for Easter, Richmond-style? Here are some great holiday activities you may want to check out:
Family Easter Maymont
On Saturday, April 7, join the fun at Maymont Estate. Strolling musicians and entertainers, a marionette show, bonnet parade and a ton of fun family activities will be on hand to help spread the spirit. Of course, the highlight is the 12:30 PM Egg Hunt. There will be two zones: one for children 4 and under with parents and one for children 5-10 without parents. The egg hunt requires registration and a $5 fee. Many of the other activities are free and some require the purchase of tickets. House tours, wagon rides and carriage rides are all also available for nominal donations. Festivities kick off at 11 AM and conclude at 3 PM.
Easter on Parade on Monument Avenue
Are you ready for the annual Easter on Parade on Monument Avenue? Get your people and pet bonnet (the one with all the frills upon it!) ready because festivities kick off at 1 PM on Sunday, April 8, 2012. Participants will “parade” between Allen and Davis Avenues. Admission is free and there are tons of fun activities for the whole family including music, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, children’s activities, food and balloon artistry.
The Pet Bonnet Showcase is scheduled for 3 PM, and the People Bonnet Showcase is at 4 PM. Both will be held at the Zayde R. Dotts Main Stage at Allen Avenue.
Of course local churches and community groups will offer egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny and services for every denomination throughout the weekend as well. This beautiful, warm spring and the hospitality of the Historic Richmond Innkeepers will make this the perfect Easter in Richmond for all!
The Historic Richmond Inns
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It’s almost impossible to be bored in Richmond in December. You can try, but the odds are stacked bitterly against you. Let your inner child give in and enjoy some of the quirkier events and exhibits that the RVA has to offer!
Tacky Lights Tours
The Tacky Lights Tour is synonymous with Christmas in Richmond. Several providers offer guided tours with and without narration throughout December. James River Limousine features 8 different charter vehicle options seating 1 to 55 passengers at a time. With reservations, a sedan or limousine can pick you up from your Historic Richmond Inn and whisk you from one display of twinkling lights to the next. Tours are 3 hours in length from Sunday through Thursday and 5 hours on Friday and Saturday, and can be customized to include dinner or drinks. Limousines are decorated for the holidays and stocked with water, soft drinks and ice. You can supply your own champagne for a super festive experience, if you’d like!
Ever wondered how well fruitcake conducts electricity? Well, clearly someone has, because it’s part of the Science Museum of Virginia’s “Fruitcake Science” experience between December 26 and December 30, 2011. The exhibit will be open from 9:30 – 5:00 PM daily and is free with museum admission. Leave knowing how a fruitcake reacts to gravity, whether or not it can float and what really happens when you freeze it. Everything you ever wanted to know about the holiday dessert plus a lot more!
Legendary Santa at the Children’s Museum of Richmond
It’s only right that the Children’s Museum of Richmond is the source of prime Santa viewing in December. CMoR celebrates its 75th year of their Legendary Santa program, including the big guy who knows all children by first name, in 2011. There are daily opportunities for photos, special reservations to watch Santa come down the chimney, story times and even Tea with Santa throughout the month. Some of the Historic Richmond Inns are suitable for families, so check age requirements when making your reservation and plan to spend some time enjoying the magic of the season in the RVA!
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