April 8th – April 14th

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Today through Sunday, April 14th

Michelangelo Exhibit.  William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art. “Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane” will be on view at the Muscarelle through April 14, 2013.  26 original drawings by Michelangelo in all media.  Fee.

New Works Festival at Richmond Ballet. Through April 14, 2013. Nurturing new works, taking ballet in new directions, enabling audiences to discover new talents: these are vital to Richmond Ballet’s mission. The New Works Festival focuses on up–and–coming innovative choreographers. Fee.

Today through Saturday, April 20th

Henley Street Theatre: Julius Caesar. Gottwald Playhouse. Shakespeare’s captivating political thriller, Julius Caesar, portrays the life-and-death struggle for power in Rome. Caesar’s growing ambition threatens the Republic, setting in motion one of the most famous murder conspiracies in political history. Henley Street Theatre brings you Shakespeare’s best known tragedy in a contemporary fashion, presenting an exciting interpretation that grapples with the universal themes of betrayal, patriotism and honor, asking the question: Who decides what is best for their country? Visit the website for show times and fees.

Today through Tuesday, April 30th

April E-Cycling.  9:30am to 5:00pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  April is E-Cycle month at the Museum, benefitting VirginiaFIRST. Drop off your unwanted electronic devices including computers, mp3s, smart phones, cell phones, televisions and other electronics for recycling. They accept broken and working equipment, batteries, cables and chargers, etc. Anything with data will be wiped to DOD standards. Free.

Today through May 24th

Rocky Mountain Express. Science Museum of Virginia IMAX Theater.  Join in the epic adventure of building Canada’s first transcontinental railway as you are propelled on a steam train journey through the Canadian Rockies.

Born to Be Wild.  Science Museum of Virginia IMAX Theater.  Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals.


This Week

Monday, April 8th

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical   Garden.  Visit the Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Monday, April 8th – Friday, April 12th

Bookcyclers Sale. 1112   N Sheppard Street (In Scott’s Addition near the intersection of Broad and Boulevard). If you’re looking for a way to recycle used books that will also help other kids, you will love Bookcyclers! Whether you want to recycle your books, or find recycled books, you can do both right here and save money. Visit their Facebook page and ‘like’ them to keep up with all of their events.
Drop Off Dates: April 8th – 10th
Sale Dates: April 11th – 12th

Tuesday, April 9th

Young @ Art: Pop Goes the Artist.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool & Kids Programs.  Fee.

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall, Food Court.   Fun with Pottery Barn Kids.  Free.

Young @ Art: Pop Goes the Artist.  3pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool & Kids Programs.  Fee.

Garden Explorations for Families- Habitats. 3:30pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Children (all ages) with accompanying adult. Enjoy story time and a fun-filled adventure while exploring different areas of the Garden. We observe our surroundings using a variety of hands-on activities and take-home treasures. Themes change each month and new stories, activities and garden areas are introduced each week. Garden Explorations for Families is an excellent opportunity for homeschoolers! Fee.

Writing in the Galleries: Haiku for Two.  4pm-4:45pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Wednesday, April 10th

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  10:35am.  The Diamond.  Fee.

UR Symphony Orchestra.  7:30pm.  University of Richmond, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music.  Fee.

Virginia Repertory Theatre, Federal Realty and the Shops at Willow Lawn. 11am. Dedication of the Children’s Theatre of Virginia. Ribbon Cutting to take place.

Mommy & Me and Daddies Too.  10-11:30am.  The Shops at Willow Lawn,  Outdoor Plaza.  A FREE morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parent’s interaction with their children.  This month – Hope Harris.  Free.

Wednesday, April 10th and  Thursday, April 11th

Eleone Dance Theatre.  Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  Visit the website for show times and fees.

Thursday, April 11th

Kindergarten registration for all public schools in Virginia. Children who will be age 5 by September 30, 2013 can start kindergarten this fall. But first, they need to be registered.

Young @ Art: Pop Goes the Artist.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool & Kids Programs.  Fee.

Storytime. 10:30am.  Barnes and Noble Short Pump, 11640 W.   Broad Street, Richmond.

The Culture of Girls 9-14 years.  12:30pm-1:30pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Pre-registration is required. Fee.

Foundations in Art: Mosaics & Design.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

After-School Art Club: Impressionist Painting.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Friday, April 12th

Bulldog Blast.  4pm.  St Bridget’s School.  Fun games and food in celebration of St. Bridget’s 60th anniversary.

7th Annual “Move Ya Feet” Dance Competition and Youth Exhibition.  6:30pm-9pm.  Henderson Middle School, 4319 Old Brook Rd, Richmond, VA.  Witness the best dance teams in Richmond compete for a $400 cash prize and trophy. See the best youth cheerleading, step, and martial arts team move their feet to feel good music. Receive a chance to win prizes and free giveaways.  Hosted by Culture4MyKids. Fee.

Readiness Forum for Families. 10-11:30 a.m. Presented by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Collegiate School and Henrico County Public Schools at CMOR’s Short Pump location – 2200 Old Brick Road, Glen Allen – in West Broad Village, across from Whole Foods.  Space is limited, so reserve your seat by April 11, 2013 with an email to Info@c-mor.org, indicating your name and return email address. We hope to see you there! Free.

Arena Racing7pm. Drivers in ½ scale stock cars racing around high banked race track turning laps in UNDER 8 seconds flat while competing side-by-side–bumping, rubbing, flipping and racing in the Richmond Coliseum. Fee.

Friday, April 12th – Saturday, April 13th

Camp In.  6pm to 9am.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Try your hand at designing and building structures, watch a giant-screen film in the IMAX®DOME and explore Museum exhibits after hours at this fun overnight! $45 per child. $20 per adult. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required. Call 804.864.1400 to register.

Arena Racing.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Drivers in ½ scale stock cars racing around high banked race track turning laps in UNDER 8 seconds flat while competing side-by-side–bumping, rubbing, flipping and racing in the Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.

Friday, April 12th – Sunday, April 14th

Monday’s Child Children’s Consignment Sale. 11382 Midlothian Turnpike, Town Center Plaza, Richmond, VA 23235.
Friday, April 12th, 4-8pm
Saturday, April 13th, 9am-5pm
Sunday, April 14th, 9am-2pm 1/2 Sale

Saturday, April 13th

The Croods: Planter.  10am.  Local Lowes Stores.  Your child will love building this Planter and decorating it with their favorite creatures and characters from DreamWorks Animation’s THE CROODS!  Registration required.  Free.

Wild About Watercolor at CMoR. 9:45am-10:30am. CMoR Central, ages 4-9.

Collage Creations.  10:30 AM – Noon.  Regency Square Garden Room, off the Food Court.  Ages 8 -12.  Children will enjoy playing with a variety of decorative papers and materials to create their own unique collage of a sailboat out to sea.  Fee.

Free Irish Dance Class.  Noon – 1 pm.  Heart of Ireland School of Dance, 14257 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian VA 23113.  Try Irish dancing and see what all the FUN is about! Open to all ages. Must register in advance.  Register on the website at www.HeartofIrelandSchool.com or call 804.464.8190.

Celebrate the Art of … POP!  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Family Programs.  Fee.

Farm Tour & Ice Cream. 2pm-3pm. Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen. Walking tour includes the Chickahominy River, bee hives, family history of the farm and production greenhouse tour. Enjoy a serving of gourmet ice cream upon completion. Free for children 3 and under. Registration and payment of $7 per person is required in advance via the website. Class fees are non-refundable.

From Foundry to Fire!  2pm.  The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.  Learn about the importance of the cannon manufacturing capabilities of Tredegar Ironworks, as well as, the role field artillery played in the Civil War. A costumed artillery crew will explain the process of making and testing the cannon and then demonstrate its use on the battlefield.  Fee.

Paws to R.E.A.D. 2:30pm.  Varina Branch Library.   2:30pm.  Read a story aloud to a cute and lovable trained therapy dog at the library. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! For children ages 6 years and older with an adult. Time slots will be assigned upon arrival. In partnership with Sprite’s HERO.  Register to reserve a spot.  Free.

Poetry Fun for Kids. 3pm.  Gayton Branch Library.  Join us as VCU theater students present great poetry with an interactive spin. For Elementary school students with an adult.  Free.

Richmond Kickers Soccer Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Richmond Raiders Indoor Pro Football Game.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. Thousands of competitors.

Virginia 529 Kids Run. 7am pre-race warmup. Race is at 8am. This one-mile event for kids ages 5-12 features all of the excitement of the 10k. They’ll kick off the morning by warming up with music and mingling with some local mascots until the start gun goes off. After racing their little hearts out, they’ll finish to the roar of a crowd through the same chute as the 10k-ers, where they’ll get a commemorative medal and head into a secure meeting area.

Sunday, April 14th

On Stage at Maymont.  Folk band Richard and John perform at 1:15pm. Stay to hear the Richmond Concert Band play at 3:15.  Free.

2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride for Autism9:30am. Event to benefit Dominion School for Autism.

Heritage Weekend at Historic Bloemendaal House. Music and activities highlighting the Garden’s past. Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club. Cycling enthusiasts will demonstrate their prowess atop vintage bicycles on the lawn of Bloemendaal House. Ragtime-era music will ring out from the Bloemendaal tent where The Titanic String Band will perform 30-minute sets (on the half hour). Meanwhile, The Four in the Morning Quartet will stroll and serenade guests throughout the Garden with a variety of popular music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included with Garden admission.

Youth Orchestra Program at Richmond Symphony. The Richmond Symphony’s flagship educational program consists of four youth orchestras providing beginning to advanced musical training.  As the premiere orchestral training program of central Virginia, students participate in weekly rehearsals, coachings and master classes by Richmond Symphony musicians, chamber music performances, mentoring and other musical and social activities.