Kids in Church Hill

Church Hill is a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in, partly because it occupies a best-of-both-worlds sweet spot between the big-city concrete jungle and a lovely-but-far-flung rural setting. Families have access to the amenities and walkability that make city life great without sacrificing the nature, parks, and playgrounds that make exploring the outdoors so much fun.

We’re compiling all the kid-related info we can think of here, but we also suggest you join the Church Hill Parents Facebook group to meet other parents, swap kid supplies, and hear about resources and events that would be of interest to your family.

Want to help? Join the Youth & Education Committee—we’d love to have you.

Schools

Our schools make up a vibrant, unique community that is always coming together to celebrate and improve our kids’ education. On top of regular instruction, there are lots of additional resources like the Lit Limo bookmobile, and fun things to get involved in for the whole community, like Chimbochella (Chimborazo’s annual outdoor concert and art festival).

Most of the schools have an active PTA and allow regular school tours, so reach out via the contact methods on their web sites to schedule a time to come check them out. It’s really worth walking around a school, talking to teachers and families, and seeing the learning environment for yourself to get an accurate feel for it.

Elementary schools

Middle schools

High Schools

Tutoring

Libraries

We’re lucky to have the East End Library right here in our neighborhood, a Richmond Public Library branch that has a great collection of children’s books and runs a variety of story times and kid-focused activities throughout the week. There are also a couple of Henrico County libraries nearby that are also fabulous and feature great children’s play areas (note that City of Richmond residents are eligible for free Henrico Library cards).

In addition to traditional libraries, there’s the Lit Limo bookmobile as well as several Little Free Libraries for you to plunder (and contribute back to) on your walks around the neighborhood. The ones at Chimborazo Playground, Bellevue Elementary, ChildSavers, and Chimborazo Elementary tend to be stocked with plenty of children’s books.

Childcare

Finding daycares and babysitters can be one of the biggest challenges of parenthood, but we’ve got a few options locally. Know of anything else that should be listed? Reach out and suggest that we add it!

Playgrounds

There are plenty of slides, swings, and see-saws around for the playground enthusiasts in your life, and they always make a good destination for that pre-nap walk.

  • Jefferson Park
    1921 Princess Anne Avenue
  • Chimborazo Playground
    2900 E. Grace Street
  • Bill Robinson Playground
    721 N. 35th Street
  • Oakwood Playground
    1500 Melton Avenue
  • Powhatan Playground (just outside of Church Hill in Fulton Hill)
    5014 Northampton Street

Our neighborhood elementary schools all also have playgrounds that are open to the public after school and on the weekends.

For an easy, color-coded way to see where all this stuff is located, check out our Explore Church Hill map.

Sports & Hobbies

Kids in Church Hill tend to be active in sports and hobbies via a patchwork of different organizations. Once you start looking into what’s available you’ll see there’s never a shortage of youth activities in or near the neighborhood. Anything missing? Let us know!