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Richmond Region Offers SUmmer Fun for Families

Educational, and Immersive Experiences and Exhibits Make the Richmond Region a Summer Destination for Families

RICHMOND, VA. June 21, 2017 — VisitRichmond is pleased to announce special exhibitions and programming perfect for traveling families during the summer months. Below is a sampling of experiences. For more information visit https://www.visitrichmondva.com/.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas — Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Now- October 1, 2017

Wild Art is a collaborative community art experience inspired by nature, combining the efforts of regional artists and thousands of Garden visitors to transform the Garden into a living tapestry of natural art. Wild Art features large-scale art installations made from materials found in the natural environment. Scattered throughout the Garden to prompt exploration and discovery, the multi-sensory experience sparks new ways of interacting with the natural world and each other. The Wild Art Creation Stations allow all visitors to become a part of the exhibition, providing an opportunity for everyone to explore their wild side.

Tickets to the Wild Art experience are $13 adults, $11 seniors, $8 Children (age 3-12) and free for Children under 3.

Da Vinci Alive—The Experience — Science Museum of Virginia, Now-September 5, 2017

Da Vinci Alive—The Experience, developed by Grande Exhibitions in Australia and presented locally by Altria Group, celebrates the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci as an inventor, scientist, engineer, architect, artist and musician. Guests of all ages will enjoy experiencing the most inclusive exploration of Da Vinci's work ever created. The multi-sensory gallery houses life-size replicas of Da Vinci’s machine inventions, alongside animations depicting his most notable works and touchscreen versions of his codices. The exhibition also highlights Da Vinci’s contributions to engineering, flight, art and beyond illuminating his groundwork for modern inventions such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle. The unparalleled exhibition marks the North American debut of a unique state-of-the-art SENSORY4™ multimedia gallery, telling the story of Da Vinci’s life and achievements in an unforgettable immersive experience.

Tickets are $25 per person, with $1 discount for youth and seniors. Da Vinci Alive tickets include Museum exhibit admission and da Vinci Family Festival admission.

Planet Snoopy — Kings Dominion The world’s largest PEANUTS™-themed children’s park has expanded with the addition of three new rides, upgraded dining options, new event space and more. This latest expansion to the 14-acre kid’s park brings the total number of rides in Planet Snoopy to 20. Also new for the 2017 season, Kings Dominion has equipped the entire park with free Wi-Fi and will debut a new mobile app for guests, and mobile game, The Battle For Kings Dominion, where guests can step into a virtual world and battle it out to take control of the Kings Dominion realm. There will also be new signature events and six brand-new live shows joining the exciting lineup of fun at the park this season. Kings Dominion is offering free admission to children ages three to five for the entire 2017 season.

The Farm at Maymont — Open year-round The Farm at Maymont has reopened after a year-long renovation project. Projects include an expansion of the farm where visitors can pet and feed animals, a complete renovation of the barn interior and additional outside paddocks; a new classroom building with two large rooms for educational programs and birthday parties; a new play area; and an expanded parking lot. In addition, a rain garden and bio-retention area, funded in part by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Virginia Environmental Endowment, will introduce guests of all ages to beautiful and creative ways to make a positive impact on the environment. Admission is free with a $5 per person suggested donation.

Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s — Virginia Historical Society, Now- December 31, 2017

The Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s exhibition first opened in February 2017 at the Virginia Historical Society. As a result of the overwhelming positive public response, the special exhibition has extended its stay and will remain open until December 31, 2017 to meet public demand. The exhibition features hundreds of America’s most beloved toys popular in three decades that changed America in lasting ways. Some of the iconic toys on display are Mr. Potato Head, Gumby, Barbie, Slinky and others that invoke nostalgia among older visitors and excite younger guests. The toys and the stories of the kids (today’s Boomers), parents, child-rearing experts, inventors, manufacturers and advertisers they affected—reflect the dynamism of American life.

Admission is free for children 18 and under, and $10 for adults.

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea — Science Museum of Virginia, Now- September 4, 2017 Designed to illustrate the worldwide issue of pollution in oceans and waterways, Washed Ashore reveals a powerful message about human impact on the environment. Thoughtfully designed sculptures depict an array of sea life that are most affected by plastic pollution, which has spread to every level of the ocean food chain. The exhibition encourages conservation, inspiring guests to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle to eliminate this worldwide crisis.
Tickets are $14 per person for adults, $13 for youth & senior.

About Richmond Region Tourism

Richmond Region Tourism, the official destination marketing and tourism organization for the Richmond Region, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Region to meeting, convention and sports event planners, tour operators and leisure travelers. Richmond Region Tourism operates three Visitor Centers located at the Greater Richmond Convention Center downtown, the Richmond International Airport and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover County, and a Mobile Visitor Center. More than 7 million people visit the Richmond Region annually, contributing more than $2 billion to the local economy. Tourism generates nearly 22,000 jobs in the Richmond Region. VisitRichmondVA.com.

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