Wednesday, April 1st – Saturday, April 18th
Annual LEGO Contest. All day. Twin Hickory Library. We are setting forth a challenge to all LEGO fans to design and build an ORIGINAL structure for the 6th annual Twin Hickory LEGO Contest. Entries will be accepted from Wednesday April 1st until Saturday April 18th. Prizes will be awarded in various age groups. All entries will remain on display at Twin Hickory during month of April and the winners will be determined by public vote. All entrants must complete an entry form. Entry forms are available online and at the Twin Hickory Library.
Today – Sunday, April 19th
Treasure Island at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia. The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. Hoist the sales you landlubbers and swab the deck! It’s time to venture out into the tropical seas. Length: 1 hour. Suggested for ages 6 and up. Fee.
Today – May 17th
Wicked Plants. Science Museum of Virginia. Wicked Plants unearths 75 poisonous, carnivorous and diabolical plants inside of a dilapidated, Victorian home. Guests traverse through each room to uncover the biochemical, physical and neurological processes between botanicals and the human body. Free with museum admission.
Today – June 1st
A Million Blooms and Butterlies LIVE! Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. As part of A Million Blooms, a dozen picture frames will be set up throughout the Central Garden and inside the Conservatory to feature what’s in bloom. Peer through the empty frames to view “living bouquets,” ensuring you see the Garden’s highlights. A Million Blooms highlights are the newly completed Cherry Tree Walk with cherry blossoms and other blooms around Sydnor Lake, and Butterflies LIVE! opening April 17.
Monday, April 13th
Life in Richmond During the Civil War. 7pm. Varina Library. This program will discuss the plight of Richmond women during the Civil War and how they sought to deal with the numerous social, political and economic crises that befell them during four long years of war. Most found creative ways to adapt both themselves and traditional gender roles accordingly in order to achieve personal survival and to help stabilize their war-torn society. Presented by National Park Ranger Ashley W. Luskey.
Foster Parent Orientation. 6pm-7pm. HopeTree Foster Care Offices, 3309 West Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23831. Could you help serve children in need of a loving and caring home? Please join HopeTree Foster Care on April 13th at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about how your family can become a foster family. Call (804) 201-9006 or email ShannonU@HopeTreeFS.org for more information. Free.
Tuesday, April 14th
Play, Learn, and Grow. 10:30am. Gayton Library. Playing helps your young child learn about language and other early literacy skills. Join our playgroup, make new friends and enjoy the fun! Ages 6- 36 months. Free.
Green Adventures for Homeschoolers. 2-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Plant your own seasonal garden with edible flowers, aromatic herbs and tasty vegetables. Harvest various plant parts to prepare delicious garden recipes and experiment with useful plants that are used in scented soaps, plant-based dyes and nature-inspired works of art. $104 non-member / $72 member.
School Anxiety Solutions. 6:30pm to 8pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
April 14th – April 18th
On-Stage Performances at Maymont. Times and locations vary. Enjoy family-friendly performances. Visit our On Stage page for more information. Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Free.
Wednesday, April 15th
Children’s Museum of Richmond $.15 Day. CMoR all locations. Enjoy the Children’s Museum for $.15 for child’s admission. (Adults regular admission). Take advantage of our amazing exhibits and activities that facilitate learning and joy through play. CMoR’s exhibits help children recognize and build on what is familiar and allow them to make new connections between experiences, people and places that surround them. CMoR’s exhibits are also designed to foster creativity and problem solving!
Mad Science in Lab Workshop. 10am to 11am. Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook. Science workshops will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month 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.
Happy in Two Homes. 6:30pm to 8pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
Thursday, April 16th
Children’s Storytime at Barnes & Noble. 10:30am. Barnes & Noble, Short Pump, 11640 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA. Join us each Thursday for Children’s Storytime. On the fourth Thursday of each month, we’ll have a special visit from Seymour and the folks from the Children’s Museum.
Mad Science Preschool Workshop. 10am to 10:40am. Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook. Science preschool workshops will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month 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.
Create A Fancy T-Shirt Tote Bag. 2pm. Varina Library. Registration required. With a little bit of cutting, a little bit of gluing and a little bit of sewing you will create a fantastic tote bag to wow your friends. For middle and high schoolers.
Curiosities of the Confederate Capital: Untold Richmond Stories. 7pm. Tuckahoe Library. Brian Burns, author of “Curiosities of the Confederate Capital: Untold Richmond Stories of the Spectacular, Tragic and Bizarre” will provide an entertaining and informative glimpse of Richmond during the Civil War era. Sponsored by the Tuckahoe Library Friends.
Play, Learn, and Grow. 10:00am. Dumbarton Library. Playing helps your young child learn about language and other early literacy skills. Join our playgroup, make new friends and enjoy the fun! Ages 6- 36 months. Free.
Bright Ideas. 11am-noon. Art Education Center Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Discuss your baby’s developing senses, observe works of art that emphasize light and contrast, and then explore vibrant colors in the studio. $10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8).
Friday, April 17th
$1 Family Target Night at CMoR. 5pm-7:30pm.Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central has to offer on the third Friday of every month for just $1 per person.CMoR welcomes groups that visit on Target $1 Family night! Please be sure to note our required ratio of 1 adult chaperon for every 5 children that check in.
Mad Science Parents Night Out. 6pm to 10pm. Want to get out without bringing the kids too? Enjoy a nice night out while Mad Science entertains your kids. But beware, they may be having so much fun they don’t’ want to go back! The night will include pizza, a fun science activity, take home activities (slime and more), games, and a fun movie! The cost is $30 per child ($25 for additional siblings). Grades K – 5. Check the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.
Richmond Raiders v. Trenton Freedom. 7:00pm. Richmond Coliseum. Fee.
Saturday, April 18th
Volunteer Appreciation Week: Are You Ready to Volunteer? 2-3pm. Gayton Library. Shanone Sport, Henrico County HR Analyst and Organizational Learning & Talent Development specialist will cover the types of jobs that volunteers do as well as the process for becoming a successful volunteer!
Kindergarten Readiness 2015. 9:30am-1:00pm. CMoR Central, 2626 W. Broad Street. A fun morning of activities and a chance to visit with special guests from area schools! Teachers, crossing guards, and other school personnel will be on hand to talk about what a typical Kindergarten day looks like.
Tredegar Battalion. 11:30am. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. Volunteers wanted! We are looking to recruit youngsters every Saturday at 11:30am to join the Tredegar Battalion. Discover how a Civil War soldier trained and fought with the rifle musket by drilling with a costumed interpreter. Program includes a blank, black powder firing.
All Heroes Day. 10am-1pm. Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, Va. In honor of K-9 Veteran’s Day, Hanover Parks and Recreation, Hanover Hounds Search and Rescue, The Classy Canine and Friends of Hanover Dog Parks invite you and your special canine to the 3rd Annual Hanover K-9 Heroes Day. There will also be fun activities and contests for you and your furry friend, including the following: Dog Gone Spring Egg Hunt Frosty Paws eating contest Fastest Wagging Tail contest. Event is open to the public, with all dogs required to remain on a secure leash and have current license and rabies vaccination. Refreshments will be available for purchase for people and pets.
Firefighter Games & Festival. 10am-4pm. Short Pump Town Center. The annual Virginia Firefighter Games is an exciting competition and family festival celebrating our community’s first responders. Firefighters from across the region will participate in a skills competition – an intense, adrenaline-fueled obstacle course that duplicates the rigors firefighters face daily in the line of duty. Watch them live as they test their strength and endurance in a competition course as well as Jaws of Life and fire hose demonstrations, rappelling from an aerial firetruck and more. The family festival includes lots of fun activities for all ages including fire apparatus displays, demonstrations, children’s games, great food and music. RAIN OR SHINE. Free.
April Showers: A Celebration of Spring. 1pm-4pm. Twin Hickory Park, 5011 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA. Join us as we celebrate spring with crafts, music, storytelling, games, as well as exhibits and activities led by Henrico Extension. Crafts include a rain gauge for your garden, cork sailboats, and spring foliage decor for your door. Other exhibitors include Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools, and Keep Henrico Beautiful.
Make a “LEGO” Movie. 2:30pm. Tuckahoe Library. Registration required. Learn about stop-animation films and then create your own movie using Legos. For grades 3-5 only.
Amy Stewart Presents Wicked Plants. 1pm-3pm. Science Museum of Virginia. In her New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, Amy Stewart takes on Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. Drawing on history, medicine, science and legend, Stewart will present tales of bloodcurdling botany that will enlighten and alarm even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. This 45 minute talk will be followed by a book signing. Pre-registration is required, call 804.864.1400.
Heritage Weekend at Historic Bloemendaal. Noon-3pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club. The weekend is full of music and activities highlighting the Garden’s past. Included with Garden admission.
Arena Racing USA. 7:00pm. Richmond Coliseum. Fee.
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.
American Lives, Richmond Voices: Cannon, Cartridges, & Canals. 1pm. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. Join living historians as they portray three fascinating Richmonders in 1863! Tredegar Iron Works owner-operator, Joseph Reid Anderson; Tredegar’s canal fleet manager, William Brackens; and Confederate States Laboratory worker, Mary Ryan, will bring wartime Richmond to life in this exciting interactive program.
From Foundry to Fire! 2pm. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. 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.
Sunday, April 19th
Explore the Outdoors. 1pm-5pm. Huguenot Park, 10901 Robious Road, North Chesterfield, VA. Make tracks to Huguenot Park and the studios of the Community Idea Stations for a day of hands-on fun exploring science and nature. The educational programs of the Community Idea Stations, Science Matters and Ready to Learn, and Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation are co-hosting a special day in the park to give children and their families plenty of exciting outdoor experiences. Over forty local community groups with expertise in outdoor adventure, healthy living, and environmental science will engage you in activities ranging from nature walks to tree climbing, archery and fishing, paddle boarding (on dry land), gardening, camping, art making and much, much more. Free.
Heritage Weekend at Historic Bloemendaal. Noon-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club. The weekend is full of music and activities highlighting the Garden’s past. Included with Garden admission.
Sunday Afternoon with the Classics. 2pm-3:30pm. The Armour House & Gardens. Enjoy a multimedia presentation and have an opportunity to get up close and personal with examples of the Ford Model T and Model A automobiles.Named the world’s most influential cars of the 20th century, Henry Ford’s Model T and Model A automobiles are regarded as the first affordable vehicles that opened travel up to the middle-class American. Over 19 million were purchased between 1908 and 1932. Morris Cameron of the Richmond Region AACA will be your tour guide for an afternoon immersion into the mobilization of America and these unique automobiles! Rain date: Sun, Apr 26, 2-3:30pm. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Kids Running Series. 5pm. Godwin High Schooland Pole Green Park. A five week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 yard dash, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run. Fee.