And don’t miss the report card freebies and free summer reading programs on our home page www.completelykidsrichmond.com.
Today – September 1st
Summer Sounds. Stony Point Fashion Park. Enjoy live music while you stroll, shop and dine to all your favorite tunes performed by local musicians every Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Weather permitting.
Today – Sunday, September 7th
How to Make a Monster. Science Museum of Virginia. Uncover the world of monsters and creatures from the movies! Find out how they’re brought to life – from an idea to the final project – and take a look at the behind-the scenes art and technology of animatronics. Included with exhibit admission; free for members.
Today – September 30th
Water Play. Weekdays 1pm-4:45pm. Saturdays and Sundays 9am-4:45pm. 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. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. Water Play is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher. April 21 – Sept 30. (weather permitting). Free with garden admission.
Monday, June 30th
Garden Art Studio. 1pm-3pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Work alongside staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, 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.
Henrico Concert Band in the Park. 7pm. Dorey Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend a casual evening in the park by the lake listening to your favorite band music! In case of inclement weather, the concerts may be cancelled. There will be no rain dates. Free.
Tuesday, July 1st
Kids Club. 9:30am – 10:30am Chesterfield Towne Center Food Court. Plenty of fun and light refreshments. Free.
Kids Club Storytime With the Story Lady. 10:30am. Chesterfield Towne Center, Barnes and Noble. Don’t miss songs, fun games, stories and prizes for mom and kids! She’ll also be featuring her new book, No More Slooping, Sara Sue! Free.
Tuesday, July 1st & Wednesday, July 2nd
Epic. 10am. Movieland at Boulevard Square. FREE KIDS SUMMER FILM SERIES. Seating limited to theater capacity; tickets issued on a first come-first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice. Seating Starts at 9am. Free Admission.
Arthur Christmas & Despicable Me 2. 10am. Regal Virginia Center Stadium, Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium, Regal Westchester Commons Stadium, Regal Short Pump Stadium. Seating on a first come-first served basis. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1.
Wednesday, July 2nd
Drop in and Dig! 9am-11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. 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. Free with Garden admission.
Family Scavenger Hunt. 10am. Maymont Grounds. Fee.
Thursday, July 3rd
Family Scavenger Hunt. 10am. Maymont Grounds. Fee.
Families After 5. 5pm-9pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Enjoy Flowers After 5 with the family and special events for kids in the Children’s Garden. Listen to story books, garden, participate in walkabouts and have good, green fun. Featured activities will rotate based on the Children’s Garden monthly seasonal themes. WaterPlay will remain open until 8pm. Fee, free for members.
Genworth Independence Day Celebration. Genworth Financial’s World Headquarters, 6620 West Broad Street. Celebrate freedom with The Heritage of America Band. The concert will begin at 6:30pm, immediately followed by the fireworks display. Children and adults of all ages are welcome, but please, leave your pets at home. There will be face painting, balloons, giveaways, food vendors and much more. Plenty of free parking and there will transportation between the parking lot and the event site for those who need assistance. This event is free and open to the public.
RVA Fireworks on the James. Brown’s Island in Downtown Richmond. Entertainment begins at approximately 7:30 pm. Fireworks to begin at approximately 9:15pm. A FREE “Patriotic Family Fun” event that will feature performances by SPARC (School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community), the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, The Latin Ballet of Virginia and the Richmond Ballet’s “Minds in Motion.” Food Vendors will be on Brown’s Island and the public is invited to bring a picnic (alcohol and pets not permitted) and a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy music simulcast on WRIR-FM, 97.3 during the evening and see the state’s largest fireworks show. The Grucci show will be designed for 360-degree views. In addition to Brown’s Island, excellent viewing sites will be available in surrounding areas such as Oregon Hill, Manchester, and Chimborazo Park. In case of rain, the event will take place on Friday, July 5th, but the entertainment line up may change.
Friday, July 4th
Reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention. The Patrick Henry Committee invites you to bring your friends and family to a reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775. In the presence of Washington, Jefferson, and other notable Virginians, Patrick Henry delivered his passionate call for liberty, uttering the immortal words, “Give me liberty or give me death!” These events are free and open to the public. Doors open at 1 pm for seating on a first-come, first-served basis, Music program begins at 1:30pm, and the reenactment begins at 1:45 pm. Please call 804-648-5015 for more information. Free to the public, with a suggested $5 per person donation.
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. 1pm-5pm. Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park. A spectacular event in celebration of America’s Independence! Wear your red, white and blue and enjoy the holiday spending a day at the park. There will be patriotic activities and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Both the Meadow Farm Museum and Orientation Center will be open for visitation. NEW IN 2014: Sail the high seas and prepare to get wet in the Pirate Play Area. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 270-2161.
Chesterfield County Fourth of July Celebration. Gates Open at 5pm; fireworks at dark. Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds (across from L.C. Bird High School), 10300 Courthouse Road. Celebrate independence with a spectacular fireworks display at dark! Includes an activity area for children and special entertainment. No alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks, please. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended. Limited parking; roads leading to fairgrounds will be closed at 9 p.m. or when parking lots are full. Don’t miss this fun-filled event for all ages. Rain date July 5th. Free.
CarMax Free Fourth of July. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. FREE admission to the garden from 9am-5pm. Activities in Children’s Garden 1 – 4pm. Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and bring wagons and strollers to decorate for a “parade” in the Children’s Garden at 2 p.m. Enjoy music by the Happy Lucky Combo, WaterPlay and fun activities.The free admission includes entrance to the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.
Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Fireworks. Independence Day Celebration with live music, cannons and fireworks. Featuring Bak N Da Day, a Carillon Bell Concert and music from Richmond Concert Band. Program starts at 5:15 p.m. Fireworks at dark. Free.
Goochland County Fireworks. 9pm. Goochland Sports Complex. Park and watch the fireworks from the Goochland County Administration Building, Goochland Elementary, Middle & High School Complex. Admission is FREE! No alcohol. Pack a picnic and bring a blanket. Rain date July 5th.
Ashland July 4th Celebration Includes a walking parade, patriotic concert, lawn games, an apple pie contest and the ever-popular patriotic pet contest.
Beaverdam Independence Day Parade and Celebration. 10am-2pm. 18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015. The parade starts at 10 am. There will be children’s activities, games, and more.
Flying Squirrels Baseball Game and Independence Day Celebration. 5:05. The Diamond. Post-game Fireworks Celebration. Limited General Admission Seating Available – Call Today. Fee.
Saturday, July 5th
Build a Bug House. 9am-Noon. Local Home Depot Stores. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered at all Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Register online. Free.
Stories at the Museum. 11am-Noon. Virginia Historical Society. Special educator-led readings of children’s history books and a make-it-and-take-it craft activity related to the text. Open to all ages. This month – American Revolution History. Free.
Flying Squirrels Baseball Game. 6:05pm. The Diamond. Post-game Fireworks Celebration. Post-game Kids Run the Bases for fans 14. Fee.
Sunday, July 6th
Open Studio Sundays. Noon-4pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. Go by the studios anytime between Noon and 4 pm to enjoy “make-it, take-it” art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project offered every month, with assistance from VMFA volunteers! (For groups of eight or more children, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.) Free, no registration required.
4th of July Celebration and Storytime. 1:00pm. Chesterfield Towne Center, Barnes and Noble. Patriotic stories and crafts! Free.
Reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention and Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”. 1pm-3pm. St. John’sChurch. 1:15 pm — Doors open. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis. 1:30 pm — Music program. 1:45 pm — Reenactment begins. This event is also FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Reservations are available for groups of ten or more for fee of $5 per person, up to 100 reserved seats.
July 6th – 10th
Weird Animals Vacation Bible School. 6:30pm-9:00pm. House of Prayer, 10500 Newbys Bridge Road, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832. For kids ages 3yrs-6th grade. Raffle every night for electronic prizes. Registration is Free and can be done in advance at www.hop.org