Today – Jan 11th
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Check out our review here)
Today – Jan 12th
Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2014. Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 & 25). Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Holiday tradition features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Visit often to fully experience Dominion GardenFest of Lights — the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza! Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a “rain or shine” event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather. Fee.
Monday, January 5th
EBook Workshop. 6pm. North Park Library. Free. Learn how to use the library’s digital collections at these informal workshops. We’ll cover the basics of downloadable audiobooks, magazines and eBooks. Bring your curiosity, your library card and your device if you have one! Free.
Tuesday, January 6th
Kids Club. 9:30am-10:30am. Chesterfield Towne Center in the food court. Join radio sponsor 93.1 ”The Wolf” for plenty of fun and light refreshments. Entertainment this month is solo acoustic songstress, Jocelyn Oldham. Free.
Homeschool History: A Colonial Community. 10am. The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219. Using artifacts and tools, compare the roles and responsibilities of men, women, and children in the Colonial-era Richmond community, play games, and create your own trade sign. Registration required.
Wednesday, January 7th
Mad Science in Lab Workshop. 10am-11am. Mad Science Laboratory, 5500 Cox Road, Suite H, Glen Allen VA 23060. Science workshops will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10:00 AM at the Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook for Elementary age students. These workshops are perfect for homeschoolers. Workshops are $10 each, last approximately 60 minutes and include a take home science activity. Check the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.
Thursday, January 8th
Mad Science Preschool Workshop. 10am-10:40am. Mad Science Laboratory, 5500 Cox Road, Suite H, Glen Allen VA 23060. Science preschool workshops will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 10 AM at the Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook for Preschool age students. Preschool workshops are $7 each, last approximately 40 minutes and include a take home science activity. Check the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.
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 – Kurt Stemhagen. Free.
EBook Workshop. 2pm. Sandston Park Library. Free. Learn how to use the library’s digital collections at these informal workshops. We’ll cover the basics of downloadable audiobooks, magazines and eBooks. Bring your curiosity, your library card and your device if you have one! Free.
Thursday, January 8th – Sunday, January 11th
The Legend of the Poinsettia. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA. An unforgettable story told in dance, based on the Mexican legend of a young girl who discovers the true spirit of giving. From the Latin Ballet of Virginia.
Friday, January 9th
Pen & Ink. 5pm-6:30pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. Atmospheric perspective and contrast in Chinese landscapes. Fee.
Candy Bingo. 5:30pm. Sweet Spot, West Broad Village. Bring you friends and family for a fun night at Sweet Spot. All ages are welcome. To reserve your spot, call 360-7768.
First Friday Sampler. 5:30pm-9pm. Visual Arts Center of Richmond. On the second friday this month! Try your hand at different art samplers. Budget and kid-friendly, but some minimum age requirements. Extra this month is the annual holiday open house. The fun-filled evening celebration will include artist demos, make-and-take workshops, an art supplies donation drive, music, holiday movie screening, cookie decorating, raffles and much more. Treats will include a hot cocoa + coffee bar, Center of the Universe Beer, baked goods and much more. Fee.
Special Night for Special Needs. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Children’s Museum – Central. Special Night for Special Needs is an evening especially for the families of children with special needs age 10 and under. Visitors enjoy all the museum has to offer and benefit from the availability of adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and reduced number of visitors. Free.
January Jig. 7pm. Benedictine High School Auditorium, 12829 River Road, Richmond, VA. Join the Heart of Ireland Irish dancers for an evening of traditional and modern Irish dancing. This performance is a fundraiser to support the dancers traveling to Germany in April to compete at the WIDA European & World Championships! $15 adults/$12 children 4-11 & seniors. Call 804.464.8190 or visit www.heartofirelandschool.com for more information.
Saturday, January 10th
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.
Snow Days Festival. 10am – 4pm. CMoR – Central. Meet Anna & Elsa as we crown our 6th annual Snow Queen at noon! Scholarship for this year’s Snow Queen is generously provided in honor of Cameron Gallagher. Free with museum admission.
Digging for Dinos. 10am. Maymont Nature Center. Fee.
Richmond Symphony Annual Winter Orchestral Performance. 1pm. Southside Church of the Nazarene, 6851 Courthouse Rd. Tickets available for purchase at www.richmondsymphony.com. Details: Emily Ward, 804-796-7045. Fee.
Behind the Scenes. 1pm. Maymont Nature Center. Fee.
LEGO Club. 1pm-3pm. Bon Air Library, 9103 Rattlesnake Rd, Richmond, VA. Bring your imagination for LEGO fun. Photos of completed creations will be displayed. The club meets on first Saturdays and is recommended for kids ages 6 to 11. Free.
Family Day. 1pm-2pm. Wilton House Museum. Bring the family by for a tour of the historic house and Wilton’s current exhibit, Anywhere But Now, followed by opportunities to be creative and crafty. This tour is great for elementary and middle school aged children. Reserve a spot today. Fee.
Teen Writers Guild. 2pm. Tuckahoe Library. Teens in 6th through 12th grade are invited to join the writing group and learn about fiction writing and poetry through collaboration with other teen writers. Free.
Sunday, January 11th
The Richmond Figure Skating Club hosts the South Atlantic Synchro Open! 8:45am. Richmond Coliseum. Part of the 2014-2015 Eastern Synchronized Skating Challenge Series.