May 6th – May 12th

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We’ve got lots of fun events posted on our calendar and we’ll update it daily. You can also see the week-at-a-glance as we post events weekly too – making it easier for parents raising kids in the Richmond area!

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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.

Monday, May 6th

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.

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

Tuesday, May 7th

Club Mom, powered by National Geographic Kids.  9am-11am.  Chesterfield Towne Center.  A great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. Great entertainment, fun giveaways for the adults, and free breakfast for children 12 years or younger. (Breakfast tickets are given out until 10:30 a.m. and are valid until 10:45 a.m. on Club Mom event days.).  One time dollar donation that goes to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is required.  This month – Jesse The Juggler.

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

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

Writing in the Galleries: Writing by Design.  4pm–4:45pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Kids 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.

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

Wednesday, May 8th

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 – Steven Courtney.  Free.

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.

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

Thursday, May 9th

Richmond Waldorf School Observation Day.  8:30am-10am.  1000   Westover Hills Boulevard Richmond, VA 23225.  Come see Waldorf education in action while visiting various classrooms promptly at 8:30 AM. Parents will also have the opportunity to watch an informational DVD and time for conversations and questions. This event is for parents to attend only. Please register at:

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

After-School Art Club: Air-Dry Clay Sculptures.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Kids Programs.  Fee.

123 Magic (Parents of Children 2-5 yrs).  6pm-8pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th

Girls in Medicine Camp In.  6pm to 9am.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Middle School girls team up with women in the medical field to focus the variety of genetics opportunities while they explore careers in medicine. Sponsored by HCA Virginia Health System. $10 per person.

West Side Story.  Landmark Theater.  A Broadway in Richmond performance – recommended for ages 13+.  Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Saturday, May 11th

Stubborn as a Mule.  12:30-3:30pm.  Meadow Farm Museum.  Meet the mules at Meadow Farm to see if they really are stubborn. This is your chance to learn about mules and more as the farmer dresses Mike and Hammy for work. Free.

Walkerton Spring Festival.  1pm-4pm.  Walkerton Tavern.  Join in the revelry of the spring season at one of HenricoCounty’s historical gems! Crafts, games, face painting, tours of the tavern, food and drink will all be part of this celebration. Free.

CYT Birthday Celebration.  Barnes & Noble Short Pump.  Join CYT Richmond in celebrating 12 years of family fun, excellent theater classes, and great community musicals at BARNES & NOBLE Short Pump, all day long!   Be sure to use our voucher number 11071759 when you checkout to help CYT raise money.  Visit the website for a schedule of events.

Sweetheart Frame.  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.

MOTHER’S DAY Doll Tea Party.  3pm & 4pm.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Wear your finest, bring a doll or teddy bear and enjoy refreshments at this popular event. Children will make a felt flower bouquet to give to Mom or Grandma. Cost: $10 per child (ages 4 and up).  Call 804-364-6880 to RSVP today.  Fee.

From Foundry to Fire.  2pm.  American Civil War Center.  Come 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.

Susan Greenbaum Concert Supporting Foster Care Kids.  7:30pm-9:30pm.  Congregation Or Ami, 9400 Huguenot Rd, Richmond, VA 23235.  Proceeds target Or Ami’s effort to provide emergency Foster Care Kits. These kits offer some comfort for children suddenly pulled from their homes, which can happen at any hour of the day or night.  The concert starts at 7:30 and costs $15 (which includes snacks; wine and beer will be available for purchase).  For more information or to purchase tickets contact the Or Ami office at (804) 272-0017

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

Saturday, May 11th & Sunday, May 12th

Cinderella: The Fairy Godmother’s Tale.  Performances are Saturday May 11th at 12:00pm and 2:00pm and Sunday May 12th at 2:00pm (Our mother’s day special!) Admission is $5.   The Ashland Firehouse Theatre.  “Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother’s Tale is the story we all love, with a surprising magical twist! Everyone knows what happened at the ball, but no one knows everything the Fairy Godmother had to do before Cinderella won the prince’s heart. So bring the whole family to The Ashland Firehouse Theatre and The Whistle Stop Theatre Company’s production of Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother’s Tale!”  Written by Louise Keeton.  Fee.

Saturday, May 11th – Sunday, September 29th

Robots + Us.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Explore differences between humans and robots by examining how lifelike machines imitate moving, sensing, thinking and being. Investigate robotics, computer science and biomedical engineering through enjoyable interactive exhibits and videos. Included with exhibit admission. Free for members.

Sunday, May 12th

Road to No Reaction “Allergy Musician”.  Performances at Noon and 2pm.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central Location.  Kyle Dine, the world’s first “Allergy Musician”, is performing a free family concert at the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR)– Central Location, May 12 at noon and 2pm. The performance will highlight anaphylaxis and food allergy awareness through upbeat songs and positive lyrics. CMoR’s admission fee is not included, or required to attend the free performance.   Free Performance CMoR admission fee not included or required to attend performance.

The Story Lady.  2pm.  Henrico Theatre.  For all ages. With explosive energy and enthusiasm, The Story Lady entertains children with her original tales and songs. She uses music, movement, and puppets to create educational fun with a message!  Reservations suggested.  Free.