May 13th – 19th

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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.

Today – October 6th

Water Play Opens at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained.  Water Play is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.
Saturdays and Sundays, April 20th through Oct. 6th (weather permitting), 9 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, April 22nd through June 14th (weather permitting), 1 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, June 17th-Sept. 13th (weather permitting), 9-4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, Sept. 16th- Sept. 29th (weather permitting), 1-4:45 p.m.
Families after Five, June 6 through August 29th (weather permitting), 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Around Richmond This Week

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Get in the creative zone! Work alongside the staff in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Tuesday, May 14th

Making an Impression.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting.  11am.    Short Pump Mall Food Court.  Taekwondo of Richmond will help you burn off energy while having fun jumping, hopping, crawling and navigating your way through a fun-filled obstacle course! Pals will get the chance to learn some very basic Taekwondo moves, and parents will have a chance to register to win free classes!  Free.

Making an Impression.  3pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Garden Explorations for Families- Soils. 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. Observe your 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.

From Lies and Fibs to Truth and Trust (Parents of Children 10-15 years).  6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Wednesday, May 15th

Drop-in and Dig!  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. So join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!   Free with Garden Admission.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  CMoR – Central.  The Children’s Museum of Richmond will open its doors for an evening especially for children 10 years old and younger who have special needs and their families.  Enjoy museum exploration, adapted materials, special activities, and reduced number of visitors on this special night. Children will have access and learning opportunities, but most importantly they’ll have fun!

Shakespeare and Galileo at The Science Museum. Noon-1pm. Lunch break science at the Museum.

RVA Food Trucks Chesterfield Towne Center. 6pm-9pm. The food trucks are setting up again this year at Chesterfield Towne Center. There will be lots of food, music, and fun. Tables and chairs are set outside to enjoy it all. Events are based on weather permitting so check website after 3pm on the day of each event.

Thursday, May 16th

Making an Impression.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Barn Days.  11am-12:30pm.  Dorey Recreation Center.  For ages 3-12. Registration of a paying adult is required. Visit “The Barn” for a tour with Farmer Sheila. We will sing farm animal songs, make a craft, and play horse shoes and lasso games. Bring your lunch and join us for some fun! Fee.

After-School Art Club: On the Horizon.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Kids Programs.  Fee.

Beyond Time Out (Parents of Children 5-9 yrs).  6:30pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Friday, May 17th

Teen Drawing Club: Reflected Images and Distortions.  4:30pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Teen Programs.  Fee.

Target $1 Family Night.   5pm-7:30pm.  Children’s Museum – Central.  Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month for just $1 per person!

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

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

LiveSky at the Science Museum of Virginia. Free for members, weather permitting.

2013 Powhatan County Fair. 5pm-midnight. Spring carnival begins at the county fair. They are located at 4042 Anderson Highway, Powhatan.

Saturday, May 18th

Grand Opening of the Front.  10am-4pm.  Children’s Museum – Central.

2013 Powhatan County Fair. 12noon-12midnight. Spring carnival begins at the county fair. They are located at 4042 Anderson Highway, Powhatan.

Arts on the Grange.  11am-4pm.  Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road.  Enjoy the afternoon viewing works from various local artists on display and for sale on the grounds at Magnolia Grange. Art for sale will be from local artists in Chesterfield County to include Chester and Bon Air Art Leagues. Food and beverages provided by the Chesterfield Historical Society. Discounted tours of Magnolia Grange will be offered and sales in the gift shop.  Rain Date: May 19th.  Free.

Stories at the Museum.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Historical Society.  May: National Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month.  Every program will include a group reading of the selected history book and a craft activity related to the text.  For all ages.  Free.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  11am-2pm.  Short Pump Mall.  Celebrate your unbirthday at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Wander down the rabbit hole, and enjoy entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting and more with Alice and her friends. Alice and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party showtimes are at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, with character Meet and Greets following each performance.

Imagination Richmond!  11am-3pm.  The Shops at Willow Lawn, Outside at the Plaza. Live entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, inflatable slides, moon bounces, face painting, balloon art, arts & crafts, games, free giveaways, prize drawings, merchant specials and more!  Event is weather permitting. Check Facebook for weather updates.

Blacksmithing: Too Many Irons in the Fire.  12:30-3:30pm.  Meadow Farm Museum.  The blacksmith was a very important member of the 19th-century rural community. Watch and listen to the blacksmith as the iron gets red-hot and the smith pounds and bends it into useful objects.  Free.

Saturdays in the Studio: Pop Art Studio.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Teen Programs.  Fee.

May Play Day.  1pm-5pm.  The Armour House & Gardens.  Old-fashioned family fun, music, games, crafts, gardening activities, food vendors, and more. The Armour House and its beautiful gardens will be open for tours too.  Free.

The String Family Safety Fair at Chesterfield Towne Center. 10am-3pm. Richmond Alarm Company presents The Spring Family Safety Fair at Chesterfield Towne Center.  Meet with fire fighters, Chesterfield police, EMS and McGruff.  Tour the Life-Evac helicopter at Chesterfield Mobile Command Center and more. Free.

Operation Chick-fil-A. Mini plush cows will be dropped from the sky at the Jack Bourne Park. Contact Melisa Davis-Harris at

We Heart Harlie Family Fun Run and 5k Race. 8am-11am. Raffles, kids fun run, bouncy house, face painting, Mad Science cotton candy, zumba, raffle, and more.

Powerkids Triathlon. 8am. Biggest Kid’s triathlon in Virginia. Shady Grove YMCA.

29th Annual Lebanese Food Festival.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Easter Seals UCP Walk With Me.  9am-noon. Join the 2013 Richmond Walk With Me to raise much needed funds for the programs and services of Easter Seals UCP, all while celebrating the many accomplishments of children and adults with disabilities.

Saturday, May 18th & Sunday, May 19th

Richmond Symphony presents Pixar In Concert.  Richmond CenterStage.  From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and UP, Pixar has forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, the Richmond Symphony presents Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Brave, performed live.  Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

29th Annual Lebanese Food Festival.

Sunday, May 19th

Onstage at Maymont: SPARC Performance.  2pm.  Maymont – Children’s Farm Lawn.  Charlotte’s Web will be performed.  Free.

2013 Powhatan County Fair. 1pm-7pm. Spring carnival begins at the county fair. They are located at 4042 Anderson Highway, Powhatan.

The Stavna Ballet.  2pm.  Henrico Theatre.  For all ages. The Stavna Ballet’s wish is to captivate, enrich and inspire audiences through breathtaking artistry that explores the fusion of contemporary movement and the grace of classical ballet. They are passionate about making the art of dance accessible and inspiring young minds through engaging and interactive learning experiences. Reservations suggested.  Free.

Fun ‘ Fitness Festival.  2pm-5pm.  Patterson Avenue Baptist Church, 4301 Patterson Ave, Richmond, VA.  A free family fun day with sports mascots, local athletes  giveaways, inflatables, games, dunk tank, facepainting, balloon animals, airbrush tatoos, cake walk, petting zoo and so much more!  Free.

An Aviation Party!  3pm-5pm.  Dorey Recreation Center.  For all ages. The barn will transform into a family photo-op in the aviation room, so bring your camera. Youth pilots will navigate to a variety of games, design goggle glasses or wooden planes, and everyone is invited to participate in the pilot parade, so wear a pilot hat and accessories. Fee.

Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social.  4pm-6pm.  Clarke-Palmore House Museum.  For all ages. Treat your taste buds to Bruster’s delicious ice cream, tour the historic house and try out some old-fashioned games while listening to the toe-tapping sounds of period music. Great fun for the whole family. Free.

3rd Annual Furry Friends Jubilee. 12noon-4pm. 2460 Colony Crossing Place, Midlothian, VA. Free pet health and wellness festival.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  2:05pm.  Gates open at 12:35 pm. Kids Club Members Eat Free & Road to the Show Card Set Giveaway presented by Coke Zero & Radio Disney. The FIRST 2,500 kids 14 & under receive a Road to the Show Card Set! The Diamond.  Fee.