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CHILD'S PLAY

The Richmond metro area offers many activities for all ages, including children. Listed below are just a few attractions which offer a variety of activities for children.

Richmond Children's Museum - is especially designed to attract and delight children. In fact, adults are only admitted with a child. All displays are child-size and invite hands-on experiences. Among the most popular is the 40 foot replica of a Virginia limestone cave. Also there are several "work" centers, where they get a chance to experiment with different careers. For information call the Children's Museum at 643-KIDO.

Virginia Fire and Police Museum - should prove especially enticing to any child who has expressed an interest in becoming a fireman or policeman. Formerly known as Steamer Company No. 5, the museum has 30 fire trucks - horse-drawn, hand-drawn and motorized, which will be displayed in the renovated building at 200 W. Marshall St., one of the oldest (1849) standing firehouses in the nation. For information, call 644-1849.

The Science Museum of Virginia - is an institution that offers frequently changing exhibits while retaining old favorites to tempt children's attention and participation. Also, there is the Ethyl Universe Theater, which puts you in the middle of an undersea exploration scene, to a scene of ranging oil well fires in Kuwait. The other major attraction is the planetarium shows and IMAX/OMNIMAX films which are breathtaking. For information, call 367-1013.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - schedules a variety of programs and activities for children throughout the year and has its own Children's Art Resource Center. For information, call 367-0884.

Maymont House and Gardens - offers tours designed especially to appeal to children- some are by flashlight at night and also has a children's petting farm, where the animals are tame and friendly. The grounds are perfect for family picnics and the paved trails lead through gardens and past habitats for bear, deer and other animals. For Informaiton, call 358-7166.

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