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, July 7th
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.
First Steps for Fathers (New and Expectant Dads only). 6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Free.
July 7th-31st (Mondays & Thursdays)
Introduction to Drawing. 10:30am-Noon. Art Factory and Party Place, 4818 Market Square Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112. For Kids 8+. 8 sessions for $160 all supplies included. This course is designed for beginner artists who are interested in learning how to draw, sketch or simply to improve their skills. Learn the fundamentals and create beautiful works of art with pencils. This course offers the tools you’ll need to draw and provide plenty of exercises to practice using different techniques and styles. You will have fun learning how to draw people, places and things while developing an understanding of line, shape and form. We will cover – Values, Shading, Textures and how to create them and so much more! Space is limited – Email ArtFactoryVA@gmail.com to register.
Tuesday, July 8th
Toddler Time: Summer Fun. 10am. Maymont Nature Center. Four-session program: Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22 & 29. Fee.
Young @ Art: Primary Power. 10am-11am. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. Mix, mash, and splash the primary colors: red, blue, and yellow! Discover how only three hues can make all the colors of the rainbow! For Ages 2 ½ – 5. Fee.
Short Pump Pals Meeting. 11am. Short Pump Mall. A Kids club for children 6 an under. This month – An interactive pretzel rolling class with hosts from Auntie Anne’s. Free.
Happy in Two Homes (All ages). 6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
Tuesday, July 8th & Wednesday, 9th
Walking With Dinosaurs. 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.
Lego & Free Birds. 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.
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.
Mommy and Me. 10am-11:30am. Willow Lawn – Outside on the Plaza. Join The Shops at Willow Lawn on the second Wednesday of every month as they host a free morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children. This month – a performance from Rolie Polie Guacamole. Free.
Young @ Art: Primary Power. 10am-11am. VirginiaMuseum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. Mix, mash, and splash the primary colors: red, blue, and yellow! Discover how only three hues can make all the colors of the rainbow! For Ages 2 ½ – 5. Fee.
Applause Unlimited Performance. 11am. Festival of Arts, Ha’Penny Stage, Byrd Park, 6000 S. Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220. A summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre with a children’s series on the Ha’ Penny stage. Free.
How to Talk with Teens. 6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
Thursday, July 10th
Picnic Party Musical Playdate. 10:00-10:40am. Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive. A playdate all about taking a picnic! Pretend to walk to a park, use our motor skills to play on the “playground, ” have a pretend picnic, and of course play some instruments and do some singing! This is a great music class that kids can really relate to! It encourages their imagination, too! Advance registration required online. Fee.
Musical Me. 11am-Noon. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. Explore music in art! Hear and learn about sounds and rhythm, and then create your own artistic composition inspired by beats. For Ages 16 – 30 months. 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.
Parenting the High Maintenance Child (Parents of Children Ages 4-11). 6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
Friday, July 11th
Cow Appreciation Day. Your Local Chick-fil-A Restaurant. Tons of fun for kids and grown ups! Go to the restaurant ‘fully dressed’ as a cow and get a free meal, or ‘partially dressed’ as a cow and get a free entree. For more details follow the link.
Good Green Fun. 11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Families with children of all ages are invited to spend some time in the Children’s Garden listening to story books, gardening, participating in walkabouts and having good green fun. Featured activities will rotate based on the Children’s Garden monthly seasonal themes. Free with Garden admission.
Miss Vicki’s Gardens Performance. 11am Applause Unlimited Performance. 11am. Festival of Arts, Ha’Penny Stage, Byrd Park, 6000 S. Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220. A summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre with a children’s series on the Ha’ Penny stage. Free.
Special Night for Special Needs. 5:30pm – 7:30pm. CMoR Chesterfield. 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! Admission is Free.
Candy Bingo. 5:30pm. Sweet Spot Candy Shop, West Broad Village. Games are open to all ages and FREE. Call 360-7768 if you’d like a spot at the Bingo table. Free.
Movies in the Park with “Disney’s Super Buddies”. 8pm-10pm. Chimborazo Park, 2900 E. Grace Street, Richmond. Activities begin at 8:00 pm and movies begin at 8:30 pm (or when it gets dark), bring your refreshments, blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie! Refreshments will be available for sale, more information, visit Richmondgov.com/parks or call 804-646-5733. Free.
July 11th – August 3rd
Go, Dog. Go! The Children’s Theatre of Virginia. Performed by Virginia Rep. Visit the website for show times and fees.
Saturday, July 12th
All Aboard With Thomas & Friends™. Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central. Thomas & Friends™ are pulling into the station. Join Thomas on a fun-filled, sing along adventure by helping Thomas find his way from Knapford Station to Brendam Docks using teamwork, friendship and discovery. LIVE shows at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. No advance tickets or advance registration needed. FREE with museum admission.
Hanover Tomato Festival. 9am-4pm. Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. Celebrate Hanover’s famous fruit at the 36th annual Hanover Tomato Festival. The event is held at beautiful Pole Green Park and is a traditional celebration to promote the Hanover Community and features the famous Hanover Tomato. The Hanover Tomato Festival is a free, family-oriented event with live musical entertainment, rides, games, a petting zoo, over 200 vendors, delicious tomato dishes, the crowning of Little Miss and Tiny Miss Tomato, Hanover Tomatoes and much more.
Boot Camp for New Dads. 9am-Noon. Locations vary. Delivered by First Things First of Greater Richmond. A unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads. Fee.
Build Turbo with a Pullback Motor. 10am. Local Lowes Stores. Do your kids have the need for speed? Bring them into Lowe’s to build this cool Turbo with a pullback motor inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo. Pre=registration required. Free.
FROZEN Musical Playdate. 10am-10:40am. Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive. Kids up to age 7 will love this playdate, based on the music from the popular Disney movie “Frozen!” They will use magic frozen wands to do a freeze dance (helping our inhibitory control, of course!), drum like we are cutting ice, dance and sing with microphones, and so much more. Advance registration required. Fee.
Storybook Saturdays. 11am. Applause Unlimited Performance. 11am. Festival of Arts, Ha’Penny Stage, Byrd Park, 6000 S. Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220. A summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre with a children’s series on the Ha’ Penny stage. Free.
Live from Diggityville. 11:30am – 12:30pm. Uptown Alley, 6101 Brad McNeer Parkway, Midlothian. A monthly series featuring national kindie artists, this month has live music by Big Bang Boom. Bring the whole family, catch a great concert and stick around for an afternoon of fun.
The Numberly’s Storytime. 1pm. Chesterfield Towne Center, Barnes and Noble. A storytime with activities and crafts. Free.
Behind the Scenes. 1pm. Maymont Nature Center. Fee.
Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. 6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville VA 23111. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll! No need to be a member; register by calling 804-730-2060. (Members: $20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children. Non-Members: $25 for one child, $40 for two children, $45 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing.)
Romp n’ Roll Midlothian Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. 11541 Busy Street, Midlothian VA 23236. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll! No need to be a member; register by calling 804-893-3142. (Members: $20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children. Non-Members: $25 for one child, $40 for two children, $45 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing.)
Glow Run RVA. 7pm. Maymont Grounds. Non-timed three-mile run/walk for families. Fee.
Dumbo Movie. 8:30pm. Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Bring your blanket or chair and come to the park for an evening viewing of your favorite family films. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 270-2161. Free.
Sunday, July 13th
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.