April 22nd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

bow tie cinemas free movies

Movieland on Boulevard will show FREE kids movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am this summer 2014

    The Croods – June 24 & 25
    Epic – July 1 & 2
    Walking with Dinosaurs – July 8 & 9
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – July 15 & 16
    Ice Age: Continental Drift – July 22 & 23
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel – July 29 & 30
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – August 5 & 6
    Mr. Peabody & Sherman – August 12 & 13
    Rio 2 – August 19 & 20

1301 North Boulevard at
West Leigh St.

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April 22nd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

regal cheap kids movies

Thinking summer yet?

The Regal Cinemas 2014 Summer Movie Express screens family movies at 10am on Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings throughout the summer. Admission is $1:

Participating Richmond-area theaters all begin their schedule on June 17, 2014:
Regal Southpark Mall Stadium 16
Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20
Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX
Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16
Regal Short Pump Stadium 14

      June 17/18-

Hotel Transylvania

      June 17/18 –

The Smurfs 2

      June 24/25 –

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

      June 24/25 –

The Pirates: Band of Misfits

      July 1/2 –

Arthur Christmas

      July 1/2 –

Despicable Me 2

      July 8/9 –


      July 8/9 –

Free Birds

      July 15/16 –

Adventures of TinTin

      July 15/16 –

Rise of the Guardians

      July 22/23 –

Kung Fu Panda 2

      July 22/23 –

Madagascar 3

      July 29/30 –

The Croods

      July 29/30 –


      August 5/6 –


      August 5/6 –

Walking with Dinosaurs

      August 12/13 –

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

      August 12/13 –

Rio 2

Also FREE kids movies at Bow Tie Cinemas on Boulevard

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March 10th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Superhero Breakfast! Put on your capes and join your favorite superheroes for breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Short Pump Pals members, ages six and under eat FREE! (Must present valid membership card) Adults may purchase from the regular menu, prices may vary. Reservations are limited and open March 10th. Please call 804-360-1700 to reserve your spot.

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January 2nd, 2014 by RichmondBargains

once upon a child

Once Upon A Child – Dollar Days: Starting Saturday, January 4th, all Clearance Apparel will be marked down to $1. $1 Clearance does not include winter outerwear, jackets or coats. Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other discounts, sale or offer. Not applicable to prior purchases or gift cards. (9770 Midlothian Tpk. or 9127 W. Broad St.)

Friends of the Richmond Public Library – Join the Friends of the Richmond Public Library during First Friday @ Main for our 2014 BIG BOOK GIVEAWAY! Here are the details: Free books. Yours for the taking. All you can carry. Bring your own shopping bags (please).
Friday, January 3, 2014: 7:00 – 9:00 pm (during First Friday @ Main)
Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street (between 1st and 2nd streets) in downtown RVA
Questions: Email us at friends@RVALibraryFriends.org or call (804) 646-3411.

Pizza Hut – 50% off a large or medium pizza with coupon code 50PCTOFFPIZZA. Expires 1/10

Richmond Wedding Experience – This Sunday 11am-5pm at the Convention Center. Use code HALF to save 50% on tickets purchased online (reg. $10 each)

Grocery couponers – the first Sunday in January is one of the biggest newspaper coupon insert weeks of the year, so make plans to pick up a few extra papers this weekend 🙂

P.S. Not much going on around town this weekend, but there is Downton Abbey preview tonight, First Fridays Art Walk tomorrow, and Open Studio Sundays/60 Films in 60 Days at VMFA

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July 30th, 2013 by RichmondBargains


Kidkadoo children’s toy store in Short Pump Town Center is closing. All items are currently 20% off.

“Kidkadoo specializes in educational toys including – Melissa & Doug, Playmobil, Thomas the Train, Corolle dolls and more. Located in Short Pump Town Center under the food court.”

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July 15th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

wilton house

Wilton House Museum is holding Family Days on July 17 and August 21 from 1-3pm. The fee is $5.

School’s out for the summer, but there is still a place the young student in your home can learn and have a good time. Bring the family by for a tour of the historic house, geared for elementary and middle school aged children, followed by colonial games and activities. The best part is that this opportunity is offered at a reduced rate. Reserve your spot today. Advanced reservations are required.

Wilton House Museum
215 S. Wilton Rd.
Richmond, VA 23226
P: (804) 282-5936

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June 17th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

School’s out for the summer! Here’s a list of some of the ongoing free or almost free activities for families this summer:

What are your summer plans?

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May 9th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

amf bowling

AMF Bowling centers are offering the “Summer Unplugged” program again this year:

At AMF, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer. Each registered child will have two free games per day waiting for them at the center through September 2, 2013, based on lane availability. (Shoe rental not included.)

Register your kids online here. The Summer Unplugged program begins May 13 and ends September 2, 2013.

    Participating Richmond-area centers:
    Shrader Lanes – 8037 Shrader Rd. Richmond, VA 23294 (804) 747-9620
    Sunset Lanes – 6540 West Broad St. Richmond, VA 23230 (804) 282-0537
    Hanover Lanes – 7317 Bell Creek Rd. S Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-2600
    Walnut Hill Lanes – 2147 S. Crater Rd. Petersburg, VA 23805

summer pass amf

Grown-ups can get a bowling deal too:

Who says a summer break is just for kids? Now you can get in on the fun as well. An AMF Summer Pass is just $34.95 and includes two games per day for you and up to three guests ages 16 and up. (Shoe rental not included.)

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March 19th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

If you’re visiting because of the More Bang for Your Buck story on NBC12, welcome! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find this information helpful for a fun and frugal spring break! If you’d like to keep up with future Richmond Bargains, you can subscribe via email or Facebook.

Here are some free and cheap family activities ($5 or less) scheduled around Richmond during spring break week. (Also check the current F.R.E.E. List for the usual rundown of free & cheap weekend events):

maymont spring break activities


    Family Easter at Maymont Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10am-3pm
    Carriage House Lawn – Egg hunts, crafts, games, music and more (admission is free, fees for activities vary)

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2013
    Spend spring break week at Maymont! Indoor exhibits including Maymont Mansion and the Nature Center will be open all week (even on Monday, when they are usually closed), and there will be something fun to do every day! Most programs require advance registration. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 10am-12pm, Maymont Grounds
    Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues, and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. $10 per family/group (up to four people). For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 324. Limited space for walk-ups.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 10am-2pm, Jack’s Vegetable Garden
    What can be grown in one square foot? Stop by Jack’s Vegetable Garden before leaving the Children’s Farm to talk with Chesterfield Master Gardeners and learn how to grow your own food in a pot, a small garden or even in one square foot of soil! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 12-12:30pm, Nature Center
    Walk through the Employees Only door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $4 per person. Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program. (Groups of 5 or more must register in advance.) For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 1-1:30pm, Maymont Mansion
    Swans in the bedroom? Reading with lions? Discover all the wonderful animals that “inhabit” Maymont Mansion during this engaging tour for families. $5 per person. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2-2:30pm, Nature Center
    Discover more about Maymont’s animals in this up-close encounter! Visit with turtles (Monday), snakes (Tuesday), owls (Wednesday), insects (Thursday) and amphibians (Friday). $4 per person/free for Maymont members. Register in the Nature Center lobby prior to the program, groups of 5 or more must register in advance. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2-3pm, Maymont Mansion Lawn
    Enjoy an old-fashioned play party with the games and toys that amused boys and girls 100 years ago. Join people from the past to try your hand at hoops or hopscotch, make a toy and compete in races and other fun games from yesteryear. $5 per child. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 3-3:45pm, Maymont Mansion
    Explore Maymont Mansion and learn what it was like to live and work at the estate 100 years ago. The Dooleys’ housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family-friendly tour of the upstairs and downstairs of this grand home. $5 per person. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 4-4:30pm, Eagle Amphitheater
    Discover more about Maymont’s animals with the education staff. Bears, skunks and raptors are among the animals that will be featured throughout the week. Free! Register at Raptor Valley by the eagle’s nest prior to the program, groups of 5 or more must register in advance. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

Short Pump Town Center Spring Petting Farm – Come visit baby bunnies, chicks, ducks, lambs and more! The spring petting farm is located in the Main Plaza and is held weather permitting March 30-April 7 (closed Easter Sunday). Admission is free. For more information, call 804-360-1700.

Club Mom – Tuesday 9-11am; Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Club Mom occurs the first Tuesday of every month in our Food Court from 9-11 a.m. and features great entertainment, fun giveaways for the adults, and free breakfast for children 12 years or younger. (Breakfast tickets are given out until 10:30 a.m. and are valid until 10:45 a.m. on Club Mom event days.). The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. April entertainment: Kidsinger Jim

Henrico County Recreation and Parks:

    Spring Break Nature Heyday
    For all ages. What better way to spend spring break! Join us for this very special opportunity as we open up our classroom doors for a behind-the-scenes look at our nature collections. Staff naturalists will provide information on birds, turtles, snakes, and more. Information: 262-5055.
    Tue-Fri, Apr 2-5, 10-11 a.m.
    Three Lakes Nature Center. Free.

    Game Time at the Tavern
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominos, and other games! Information: 261-6898.
    Mon, Apr 1, 10 a.m.-noon.
    Walkerton Tavern. Free.

    No Batteries Required: 19th-Century Games
    For ages 5+. Join the fun as we trundle hoops, walk on stilts, and indulge in other 19th-century leisure activities. Information: 501-2130.
    Wed, Apr 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Sheep Shearing
    For all ages. It is shearing time, and Meadow Farm is using historic hand shears on their herd of Gulf Coast Native sheep. Come watch the process and learn more about this rare breed and how their wool was used. Information: 501-2130.
    Thur, Apr 4, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Sat, Apr 6, 13, & 27, 9-11 a.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Meet the Critters
    For all ages. Join costumed guides as they offer a personal introduction to the turkeys, chickens, sheep, horses, cows and pigs all found at Meadow Farm. Information: 501-2130.
    Fri, Apr 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Walkerton Explorers
    For all ages. What was Walkerton used for in the last 186 years? With lots of hands-on activities, you’ll discover games and gadgets that make the tavern’s history come alive! Post the mail, vote in an election, and play 19th-century games! Information: 261-6898.
    Fri, Apr 5, 10-11 a.m.
    Walkerton Tavern. Free.

    Cinema Classics: Sound of Music (G) 1965
    Enjoy a movie at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 328-4491.
    Fri, Apr 5, 7 p.m.
    Sat, Apr 6, 2 & 7 p.m.

    The Sisters Tellado
    For all ages. This trio of sisters has been singing together all of their lives. With voices that are as beautiful and enchanting as the ladies themselves, the Sisters Tellado will treat you to a performance you won’t soon forget. Information: 328-4491.
    Fri, Mar 29, 7 p.m.
    Henrico Theatre. Free. Reservations can be made beginning up to one month in advance.

    Theatre IV: Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi
    For all ages. The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this foot-stompin’ musical based on the novels of Mark Twain. Join Huck, Tom, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Missouri as they explore the majestic river that defines their lives, tests their souls, and carries their spirits into the heart of America. Information: 328-4491.
    Sun, Apr 7, 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.
    Henrico Theatre. Free. Reservations can be made beginning up to one month in advance.

Check the events calendars for your local library too, which may have special storyimes, movies, crafts, etc. – Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond. There’s a week-long Teen Money Camp being offered at Twin Hickory and Fairfield libraries

And don’t forget that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Historical Society have free admission all the time!

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August 2nd, 2012 by RichmondBargains

virginia historical society

Looking for free INDOOR outings in August? Enjoy free activities each afternoon at the Virginia Historical Society this month:

Beginning Wednesday, August 1, and continuing until Friday, August 31, the Virginia Historical Society will offer families the opportunity to participate in educator-led programs, craft activities, and group readings of historically-themed books. All programs are free and open to the public. Advance reservations are not required. August Afternoons takes place from 2:00-4:00 p.m. daily in the Marcus and Carole M. Weinstein Education Classroom.

We attended the Family Open House a few weeks ago, and thought “The Story of Virginia, an American Experience” exhibit was well worth a browse with kids –

This multi-gallery exhibition covers 16,000 years of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present. It features a dugout canoe, a Conestoga wagon, a street car, and the largest collection of Virginia artifacts on long-term display.

VHS admission is always free!

428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804.358.4901

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