Parenting is a Journey
An Adventure of Discovery Not Only of our Children But of Ourselves as Well
Point Richmond is a small village nestled in between the Richmond-San Rafael bridge and downtown Richmond. Though its parameters are small, and it doesn’t offer many modern amenities such as chain grocers or fast food, it is a lovely place to take kids to play, observe nature, and get a little culture.
Here are a few things to do with children in Point Richmond:
The West Branch Library, www.pointrichmond.com/library. I go here weekly for Tuesday story time. It’s a warm, welcoming place. Nearby there is coffee, and a short walk south on Washington will take you to the adorable dinosaur park, where your children can burn off some energy.
If your child is a train nut, be sure to visit the Golden State Miniature Railroad Museum. Though it’s not a huge place, you could spend hours there, looking at all the fine details put into the elaborate train scenes. www.gsmrm.org
Just across the street from the mini train museum is a huge and fantastic park! Miller Knox is like four parks in one. If you want to jog with the stroller, play on the structures, hike, ride bikes, or beach comb, there is something for everyone here. Visit the Keller Beach park or ride a bike around the lagoon and see the geese.
If you’re looking for a clean and inexpensive place to have a child’s birthday party with plenty of things to play with and outside space to run, check out the PRAM Fieldhouse, www.pram.net/pram-fieldhouse. It’s right next to Washington Elementary School and across the street from the downtown area. There are also classes to take and events to join in on, such as playgroups, harvest festivals, little chefs activities, and more.
If you get hungry while you are there, there are many places to eat. Point Richmond has a wide variety for a small town. Chinese, Thai, Brazilian, Mexican, the historic Hotel Mac, a gastropub, Kaleidoscope Coffee, and a burger counter spot.
So, park the car, get the stroller. Walk around. Visit the many independent retailers of everything from world goods to artisanal foods, unique art supplies, and artistic housewares. See the boats on the water, watch the fire department shine up their truck. On Thursdays in spring and summer, come to the Point Richmond farmers market from 4 to 7. There is Masquers Playhouse, www.masquers.org, where you can catch a show on date night.
Check out the Richmond Plunge for aquatics, www.ci.richmond.ca.us, or visit the teeny-tiny Point Richmond History Association, www.alkos.com/prha. This little village packs a big punch with things to do and places to go!