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 20th
Happy Earth Day!
The Electric Trip. 7pm-8:15pm. Tuckahoe Library, 1901 Starling Drive. Filmmaker Jonathan Slade and his wife Novia Campbell set out from Oakland, Maryland in their all-electric Nissan Leaf with one question in mind: how long will it take them to make it to Ocean City, Maryland – more than 500 miles – using only electric charging stations along the way? What unfolds is a 21st century adventure and a lesson for anyone interested in the development of alternative energy. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Registration required. Free.
Tuesday, April 21st
Advance Care Planning. 12noon. Sandston Library. Registration required. Bon Secours & Sandston Library Education Series: Come join us as Rebecca Gruszkos, LCSW, ACHP-SW gives a presentation about planning in advance for senior care. Healthy snacks will be provided by the Sandston Friends group. Free.
Third Tuesdays with The Story Lady. 11am Barnes & Noble-Libbie Place. This is a new venue for The Story Lady! Ali Pfautz, local storyteller and author, will have kids giggling and wiggling during her interactive storytime full of stories, songs, and action rhymes!
Toddler Time. 10:30am-11am. Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227FREE Interactive early literacy storytime with music and movement for ages 18-36 months with an adult. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. For questions and information Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.
The Nature of Boys. 6:30pm to 8pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
Tuesday, April 21st – Sunday, April 26th
The Closet Concierge of Richmond Children’s Consignment Sale. Inside the Chesterfield Towne Center Mall near Sears.
April 21-April 25 (Tues-Sat) 10am-6:30pm
1/2 off Sale Sunday, April 26 Noon-6pm
Wednesday, April 22nd
Recycled Crafts. 3:30pm. Dumbarton Library. Visit Dumbarton on Earth Day and make a variety of crafts out of recycled materials. There will be crafts for all ages! Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. Free.
Medicare, Social Security and You. 7pm. Dumbarton Library. Interested in learning more about Medicare and when to file for Social Security? Join independent agent Mary Kate Creasey for answers!
Center Season – Eleone Dance Theatre. 7pm. Cultural Arts Center on Mountain Road just off exit I-295 at the Woodman Road South exit. Eleone dancers provide not just a dance performance, but a dance “experience” that inspires and energizes audiences of all ages. The company embodies exceptional artistry and has a diverse repertoire of works that are contemporary, modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, as well as hip-hop in theme. This diversity enables audiences from many backgrounds and of all ages to enjoy its dance creations. Eleone’s works of dance inspire critical, intellectual thought from the community and requires the community to look at both historical and contemporary issues from a variety of viewpoints. Admission $20.
Thursday, April 23rd
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.
Stories with Miss Tori. 10:30am-11:15am. Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227. Interactive early literacy family storytime with songs, stories, and rhymes for the whole family to enjoy. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. For questions and information Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236. Free.
Movin’ & Groovin. 11am-noon. Art Education Center Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Focusing on the importance of building gross motor skills and movement in art, twist, swish, and groove through the galleries in this interactive infant class. $10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8).
Center Season – Eleone Dance Theatre. 10am. Cultural Arts Center on Mountain Road just off exit I-295 at the Woodman Road South exit. Eleone dancers provide not just a dance performance, but a dance “experience” that inspires and energizes audiences of all ages. The company embodies exceptional artistry and has a diverse repertoire of works that are contemporary, modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, as well as hip-hop in theme. This diversity enables audiences from many backgrounds and of all ages to enjoy its dance creations. Eleone’s works of dance inspire critical, intellectual thought from the community and requires the community to look at both historical and contemporary issues from a variety of viewpoints. Admission $10.
Land of Illustrators. 4:15pm-6pm. Art Education Center at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Ages 5 – 8 | Focusing on landscape elements, read stories and explore techniques found in well-known children’s books. Create your own images inspired by these illustrated scenes. $20 (VMFA members $18).
Preschool Meltdowns. 6:30pm-8pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
Arena Racing USA. 7:30pm. Richmond Coliseum. Fee
Friday, April 24th
From Petals to Paper. 5pm-7pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Using pulp made from the instructor’s plants and flowers, families make their own natural, handmade paper and learn the history of this intriguing art form. $20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18).
Friday, April 24th – Saturday, May 2nd
Threads Consignment Events Spring/Summer 2015 Children’s Consignment Sale. Canterbury Shopping Center, 10616 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23238 (Corner of Pump & Patterson).
Friday, April 24 • 9am-7pm • Public Shopping
Saturday, April 25 • 9am-4pm • Public Shopping
Sunday,April 26 • 11am-4pm • Public Shopping
Monday – Friday, April 27th – May 1st • 9am-1pm AND 3pm-7pm • Public Shopping
50% Off Sale
Saturday, May 2nd
8:30am-9:00am • Volunteer Presale
9:00am-4:00pm • Public Shopping
Saturday, April 25th
Going Home from Appomattox. 1pm-2pm. Walkerton Tavern. All ages. We know their story from 1861-1865, but what happened after Lee’s soldiers stacked their weapons for the last time at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865? Join Ernie Price, Chief of Education and Interpretation at Appomattox Court House National Park, as he explores the stories of Lee’s men in their own words as they embarked for home or in other cases far from it. Free.
World Tai Chi Day. 9:30am-noon. Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. Come out and be part of this international event! On the last Saturday in April, World Tai Chi Day will be celebrated in every time zone in the world! Starting at 10am in the first time zone and moving in a wave around the world, groups will gather together to practice Tai Chi. All are welcome! 9:30am: Warm up and learn basic Sun Style technique. 10am: World Tai Chi Celebration, group participation. 10:30am-12pm: Demonstrations. Instructor: Jack Fuller. Information: email@example.com. Free.
Woofstock. 10am-2pm. Westchester Commons in Chesterfield. The Richmond Animal League (RAL) will present the 2015 Woofstock Festival, a family-friendly dog festival with music, adoptions, games, and fun. Fundraiser – create your team.
Donut Appreciation Storytime. 10:30am. Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227. Join us for a special storytime all about the delicious treat, DOUGHNUTS! There will be a craft, stories and of course doughnuts to enjoy! For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.
The Richmond Ballet: The Enchanted Toy Shop. Carpenter Theatre. Fee.
Celebrate the Art of Flowers: Paris in Springtime. 11am-3pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Take a trip back in time to Paris in the 19th century. Stroll among books and prints in the VMFA Bouquiniste tent sale. Enjoy the Zany Umbrella Circus featuring a tight wire walking elephant, and jugglers and acrobats, inviting you to engage in theatrical play. Set up an easel to capture the VMFA sculpture garden, participate in flower- inspired art activities, and view elaborate puppet shows in this springtime extravaganza. Free, no registration required.
Gardening with Kids. 9am-11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Even little hands make good gardeners! Children’s Garden horticulturist Heather Veneziano shares tips on kid-friendly gardening techniques and suggestions for plant selections gleaned from her experience in the Children’s Garden and with her own young child. 1 session = 2 hrs. GES: HL, 2, elective. Note: This workshop is for adults. $32/$20 member.
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.
Spring Into the Arts Festival. 10am-4pm. Center for Creative Arts, 4825 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23059. Featuring the paintings, pottery, handmade jewelry, fused glass, candles and more made by Richmond artists. ‘Make and Take’ art activities for children.
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.
Camp Life of the Common Soldier. 12:00 pm. The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.. Only a small amount of Civil War soldiers’ time was spent on the battlefield. What were they doing when they weren’t fighting? Visit with costumed interpreters portraying Union and Confederate soldiers to find out! Program includes a black powder firing.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.
Sunday, April 26th
7th Annual Full Circle Round Up. 2pm-6pm. Innsbrook Picnic Area. This is a fun outdoor event for the entire family with food trucks, bounce houses, fishing, a DJ & Dancing, a Photo Booth, Arts & Crafts, Field Games and MORE! Come enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon with your friends and family!
All-Star Game Day. 2pm-5pm. Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. If you love sports, games, contests, and challenges, this event is for you! Challenge your abilities on one of the giant inflatables, play life-size games, or compete to see if you have the athletic ability of a champion. The event will also feature a variety of fitness and sports demonstrations, along with several special guests. Free. Concessions will be available for purchase.
The Richmond Ballet: The Enchanted Toy Shop. Carpenter Theatre. Fee.
Enjoy a Fun (Free!) Day April 26 at Camp Hanover. 2pm-6pm. Camp Hanover, 3163 Parsleys Mill Road, Mechanicsville, VA. Named Best Overnight Camp for Kids by Richmond Magazine, August 2014. From 2 – 6 p.m. (rain or shine) your family and friends can enjoy s’mores; hayrides; hot dogs; canoes; paddleboats; goats; chickens; face painting; 4-square; campfire cooking; hiking; fishing; and much, much more. Take the camp tour; and register for one of the fantastic camping experiences waiting for YOU this summer. For more information, visit: www.camphanover.org. Fee.
Healthy Kids Running Series. 5pm. Godwin High School and 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.