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May
29

Richmond Museums: Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Richmond Kids
Are you searching for a fun, educational experience in Richmond that the whole family will enjoy? While it's hard to stand out in a city filled with so many fantastic museums, the Science Museum of Virginia manages the feat with a combination of education, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy a movie or astronomy presentation on the gigantic screen in the Dome, indulge your curiosity about all things science with truly unique exhibits, or try your hand at interactive, hands-on science activities. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details about the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, VA.

Find Educational Fun for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

Where: The Science Museum of Virginia – 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm 

Science Museum of Virginia

Experience the Most Advanced Domed Theater on the Planet

While there are many exciting attractions at the Science Museum of Virginia, there's no doubt that the Dome stands out in the minds of many visitors. The Dome is home to one of the largest movie screens in the world, with both education and entertainment on the menu every day. Visit the Dome to catch a giant-screen movie, tour some of the world's most spectacular natural sites, and explore the cosmos in incredible, high-definition detail. Cosmic Expeditions at the Dome provide a chance to explore the stars, learn about the wonders of the universe, and discover the long, fascinating history that has lead our universe to where it is today.

Exciting Exhibits for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

The Science Museum of Virginia is all about hands-on, interactive experiences which are designed to provide the perfect mix of education and fun. One look at the museum's Curiosity Guide, and you'll realize that there's more than you can ever see in one day. But that's just the perfect excuse to schedule another visit on your calendar.

  • The LightPlace – Designed for children from infants to five-year-olds, the LightPlace is an area of exploration, play, and science. The friendly, helpful staff is always available to help your kids make the most of their time in the LightPlace.
  • Speed – Centered around a retired SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, the Speed exhibit brings the fundamental forces of the universe to life with interactive exhibits, educational experiences, and fun physical activities.
  • Green Science – Explore the future of green science, and learn more about your local Virginia ecosystems. The Green Science area of the museum is a great place to learn about conservation, discover green technology, and even get a peek at the world's first aluminum submarine, which is part of the exhibit.
  • The Idea Factory – Learn, discover, and share ideas at the Idea Factory. Kids will love creating art with light, building structures in the imagination playground, and tackling scientific challenges. Teens will enjoy spending time at The MiX, where they can build robots, and explore technology.
  • Live Science Demonstrations – Throughout the Science Museum of Virginia, you'll find exciting live science demonstrations conducted by Gallery Educators. Demonstrations cover a wide range of topics, from chemistry experiments to climate science. If you're feeling inspired after a demonstration, simply head to one of the Live Science Labs to get hands-on with your favorite topics.

Ready to start shopping for Richmond homes for sale, and have easy access to all of the exciting attractions that the city has to offer? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

May
22

Summer Camps for Kids in Richmond

Richmond Summer Camps
Believe it or not, summer is already just around the corner, and soon schools throughout the Richmond, VA area will be closing for the season. If you're looking for fun, educational options to keep the kids busy this summer, Richmond offers a wide range of summer camps geared toward every age-group and interest. There are tons of outdoor-themed camps in the Richmond area, along with educational camps and even fishing camps for kids who love spending time on the water. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find the best summer camps in Richmond, VA this year.

Where to Find the Best Camps for Kids in Richmond, VA This Summer

  • James River Park System Summer Camps
    Looking for outdoor adventures that kids of all ages will love? The James River Park System offers a ton of fun classes and camps to keep the kids busy this summer. Camps include beginner mountain biking, intro to rock climbing, kayak pool sessions, tubing, a beginner's whitewater weekend, and a meteor shower bike tour under the stars. These camps are designed to offer a great time while improving environmental literacy in the process. Many of the camps and classes offered by the JRPS are open to residents of all ages, in addition to children.

  • Passages Adventure Camp
    The team at Passages Adventure Camps proudly claims that "We Make Kids Tired," through full days packed with fun outdoor activities. Camps at Passages feature a wide range of unique activities, like rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, and cruising the water on paddleboards. There are day camps for kids from 5–7 and 8–16 years old, along with overnight camps for kids age 11 to 17. Everything is overseen by the experienced team at Passages, which knows how to keep kids safe while offering a fun, engaging environment in the process.

    Richmond Summer Camps
  • Maymont Summer Discovery Camps
    With a mix of education, outdoor fun, and exploration, Maymont's Summer Discovery Camps are among the most popular in the Richmond area every year. Younger campers will have the opportunity to learn about the environment, tour outdoor spaces, create fun arts and crafts, learn more about animal antics, and even learn how animals construct their homes. Maymont Summer Discovery Camps also offer opportunities for teens from age 15 to 18 to participate by volunteering as camp counselors and earning valuable, hands-on experience with environmental sciences for the process.

  • Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps
    Outdoor fun is on tap for kids of all ages at Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps, where climbing, adventure, and waterfront fun are always on the menu. These week-long camps allow children to experience the natural side of Richmond, with activities centered around the St. James River and Riverside's unique urban forest. Camps are divided into three age-groups: Saplings (6–9), Oaks (9–12), and Old Growth (12–16). Many campers return every summer, progressing through each age-group, and having a great time in the process.

  • Virginia Fishing Adventures
    Kids of all ages will love exploring the outdoors and dropping lines in the water at Virginia Fishing Adventures summer camps. There are camps for mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and general outdoor fun. This is a great opportunity for kids who already love fishing, as well as a place where kids who aren't familiar with fishing can learn the ropes and develop a life-long passion in the process.

Are you searching for Richmond homes for sale close to all of the camps, outdoor attractions, and summertime fun in the area? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

May
21

Music for Massey Benefit Concert

Join us on Wednesday, July 18 at Maymont starting at 6 p.m. for a concert benefiting VCU Massey Cancer Center and featuring The Punch Brothers! For details or to purchase tickets, click here:

 

Music for Massey

May
14

Historic Homes in Chesterfield: Castlewood Plantation

Castlewood Plantation - Chesterfield

Chesterfield County homes for sale come in a wide range of architectural styles and often have strong historical influences. These classic homes are a reflection of the long history of Richmond and the important part Virginia has played in the epic of America.

Of course, not all of the most historic buildings are for sale!

One landmark that has stood the test of time is the fascinating Castlewood Plantation. Although it was renovated in the 1970s, it has remained true to its roots stretching all the way back to the early 1800s. Today, it is the home of the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.

Thanks to the conservatorship of the Historical Society, visitors from near and far have a chance to see this truly unique piece of Americana up close. It has been included in the National Register of Historic Places since 1976 and has welcomed guests for decades.

The Story of Castlewood Plantation is the Story of Virginia

Although its foundation wasn't laid until 1817, the story of Castlewood Plantation begins far earlier with the 1779 birth of visionary Parke Poindexter.

Poindexter, whose family emigrated from the English Channel Isle of Jersey circa 1657, served as Chesterfield County's clerk of courts for more than 30 years, holding the position from 1812 to 1847.

He established this fine Federal period home to raise a family of six children.

Castlewood Plantation is an unusual architectural find, as it is a foremost example of the Federal period. This style was in vogue from 1785-1815 and incorporated a range of Roman and Greek influences that bring to mind the classical revival style that inspired the nation's capital.

Many homes were designed in this fashion in Parke Poindexter's day, but Castlewood Plantation stands as the top surviving example. Not only that, but it embraces emblematic elements of the style, such as the five-part layout, carved marble mantels, and formal room in the basement.

Interestingly, Federal architecture was most popular in Salem, MA – not Richmond at all.

After Poindexter's death in 1847, the property soon passed into other hands.

It was left unscathed by advancing Union forces during the Civil War, serving as a parsonage for traveling Methodist ministers during the period. Although many areas of Richmond sustained heavy damage as a result of the city's strategic importance, Castlewood was left without a scratch.

As the Civil War drew to a close in 1865, Castlewood Plantation was bought and sold many times. It was revitalized by members of the Gilmer family in 1976, including patriarch William, great-great-great-great grandson of Poindexter himself.

In 1977, Heritage Savings and Loan purchased the property and took renovation plans to a new level, hiring historians to carefully review every element and restore the property. Thus began its life as a public building – and it became a county-owned property in 1992.

Visitors Can Still See Castlewood Plantation in All Its Glory

In 1999, an anthropological dig at the Castlewood site uncovered evidence of some additional structures, which probably included a kitchen and slaves' quarters. Despite these losses, much of the building is fully intact and faithful to its original design and construction.

Today, guests to the property are welcome to explore every part of this historic dwelling. Plus, there is free public access to a historic archive including artifacts like rare books, genealogical files, scrapbook maps, pictures, and cemetery records – ideal for any local historian!

Our real estate agents are ready and waiting to help you become part of our Chesterfield County community.

May
7

Don't Miss Dominion Energy Riverrock in Richmond

The Nation's Premier Outdoor Sports and Music Festival

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock
Our real estate agents
 have been truly excited about the many great Richmond homes for sale that have entered the market over the last few weeks.

Buyers have some terrific opportunities here, but homes never stay on the market for too long. Part of the reason is that Richmond's many annual races, concerts, and other events attract so many visitors who ultimately decide to make the city home.

Thousands of guests will be arriving in Richmond for Dominion Energy Riverrock.

It's billed as the nation's premier outdoor sports and music festival, and it's coming May 18th.

Riverrock is an Experience Like None Other for Live Music Fans

This year's Riverrock is a joint collaboration of the nonprofits Sports Backers and Venture Richmond, the latter serving as the city's business association for a vibrant Downtown.

Riverrock is one of the most exciting events on the calendar every year, drawing bands and solo performers from all over the United States in a huge variety of styles.

The whole thing happens right along the riverfront in and around Historic Tredegar Iron Works, a unique venue that was one of America's biggest and best iron works in its 1860 heyday. Today, it's operated by the American Civil War Museum, but it hosts portions of Riverrock each year.

Throughout the three days of the festival, amazing acts like the Cris Jacobs Band, The Wood Brothers, and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds will take the stage.

RVA Offers Wild and Crazy Challenges for Athletes During Riverrock

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

RVA is the official booster organization for all things Richmond, VA. It'll be offering a wide range of fun and exciting events for festival-goers to participate in as part of its Go RVing Interactive Village: An opportunity to try creative competitions and cool equipment hands-on.

Richmond Riverrock Mud Race

Some of the amazing contests in store include the Filthy 5K Mud Run and Sierra Nevada Kayak Boatercross. All necessary equipment will be provided for many events, like the Slack Line Demo and Competition, but racers must sign up at the Go RVing registration tent.

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

The Adventure Race offers the toughest challenge, with a four-hour, multi-sport event featuring team and individual components. Racers will need to navigate with map and compass as they ride, run, and paddle from a mystery start location, ending right in the middle of the action!

The River Rumble is a triathlon featuring the James River Scramble, Sierra Nevada Down River Paddle, and – perhaps toughest of them all – the 20-mile Urban Assault course. Only one male and one female racer will win it all and take home the title of River Rumble champ!

Many of the most intense events will start in Historic Tredegar and end all the way down the James River on Brown's Island. Beer trucks, food vendors, and souvenir tents will be distributed all through the festival, so you'll never be far from anything you need.

Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

Note that while many of the demos are kid-friendly and most are free, some of them require a separate participation fee. Most of these are $20-$30, but the Trail Trio running event combo will set you back as much as $190 per day. It might just be worth it for the bragging rights!

The Full Festival Experience Like You've Never Seen it Before

What else can you expect from Riverrock? Too much for one little blog post to hold!

If you ask us, the only thing better than visiting Richmond for Riverrock is staying for keeps!

To learn more or get started, contact Napier ERA.

May
3

Village Vibe event benefitting Back Packs of Love

Napier REALTORS® ERA is excited to join with Movement Mortgage in sponsoring one of the Village Vibe events for 2018. Our event takes place on Friday, June 15th from 7-10pm… which also happens to be the 'LAST DAY OF SCHOOL' thus a great reason to come out and celebrate!!! The event is located at 3920 Marion Harland Lane in Powhatan and takes place rain or shine, so be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather looks questionable, and a chair for comfort.

 

"The Taters" will be our band for the evening and if you haven't heard them yet, please check out their website http://thetaters.com/music/. There will also be a Raffle Drawing at 8:15pm offering up several great 'MUST HAVE' prizes. Or if it's a cash prize you desire, then you'll want to stay for the 9:30pm 50/50 Raffle Drawing. All proceeds to benefit Back Packs Of Love [BPOL]… a nonprofit committed to "eliminating hunger in school-age children by providing nourishing food for their weekends". BPOL currently provides food to Powhatan, Cumberland, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Amelia, Henrico and Goochland with goals for expansion into other Central Virginia counties.

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