ADHERE – Tape Art by Nickolai Walko and Bikes: Science on Two Wheels. Science Museum of Richmond.
The 17th Annual Richmond Shakespeare Festival at Agecroft Hall. 7:30pm. June 4th – 28th. One of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies. Arrive at 6pm and stroll through the gardens, or bring your picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn while being serenaded with songs and monologues from the Festival Young Company actors. Then enjoy the performance in comfortable outdoor stadium style seating. Fee.
Monday, June 29th
Itsy Bitsy Artists. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. More process than product, your art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Add some color to the world each Monday! FREE with admission.
Tuesday, June 30th
Regal Summer Movie Express Just $1. 10am. Regal Short Pump Stadium 14, Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20, Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16, and Regal Virginia Center Stadium 20. This week – Paddington & Turbo. First-come, first-seated. $1 per person.
Free Kids Summer Film Series at Bow Tie Cinemas. 10am. Movieland at Boulevard Square, Richmond. This week – How To Train Your Dragon 2. First-come, first-seated. Free.
Time to Sing. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together. Kids will use simple instruments and movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites. FREE with admission.
Family Jump Night. 6pm-8pm. Pump It Up, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite I, Ashland , VA. Come play on the giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Family Jump Time, then enjoy a pizza dinner together! Pizzas and 2-liter drinks can be ordered at check-in, and food will be available later in the playtime. Check the calendar for any schedule changes. Fee.
Bedtime Stories & Stuffed Animal Sleepover. 7pm. Dumbarton Library. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy a special evening storytime at Dumbarton library. Leave your animal overnight for a sleepover at the library and pick them up the next morning. There might be fun pictures of their adventures! Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. Free.
Wednesday, July 1st
Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.
Thursday, July 2nd
Fit Tots. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination. Free with admission.
Flowers After 5. 5pm-9pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Family activities in the Children’s Garden from 5pm-6pm. The Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5). WaterPlay in the Children’s Garden is open until 8 p.m. during Flowers After 5 (weather permitting). Free with Garden admission.
Friday, July 3rd
Family Scavenger Hunt. 10am. Maymont Grounds. Fee.
Genworth Independence Day Celebration. Genworth Financial’s World Headquarters, 6620 West Broad Street. Celebrate freedom with the 29th Infantry Division Band, Virginia Infantry Division National Guard. The doors open at 6:30pm and the concert will begin at 7:30pm, immediately followed by the fireworks display (about 9pm). 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 be 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. Grounds open at 6pm, Fireworks to begin at approximately 9:15pm. Brown’s Island in Downtown Richmond. 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.
Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown. Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to far away lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books! Free with admission.
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.
First Friday Samplers. 5:30pm-9pm. Visual Arts Center of Richmond. A fun, creative way to spend your Friday night. Try your hand at different art samplers. Budget and kid-friendly, but some minimum age requirements. Registration begins at 5:00 pm. Classes run from 6:00-9:00 pm. Class prices range from $5-$20.
Parent’s Night Out. 6:30pm-10:30pm. Pump It Up, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite I, Ashland , VA. The kids will be happy with an evening of jumping, games, dinner and a movie! 4-12 years old. Fee.
Free Movies on the Lawn at West Broad Village. Grab your family and your lawn chair and enjoy a fun-filled time on the lawn at West Broad Village. Activities start at 8pm, the movie starts at 9pm. This week – Paddington.
Saturday, July 4th
Learn to Build a Minions Scooter – Kids Workshop. 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.
Reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention. 11am and 1:15pm. St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, 23223. 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.
Star Spangled Fourth of July Celebration. 1pm-5pm. Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park. Stars are shining and stripes are flying during our annual Fourth of July Celebration! Deck yourself out in red, white and blue and join us for a patriotic parade of color! Wow your senses with Circus Stella and their amazing acrobatic tricks. Cool off in our water-themed “starfish station!” Enjoy pony rides, crafts, face-painting and more in an area just for kids. Go back in time and listen to a historic reading of the Declaration of Independence or visit nearby Courtney Road Gas Station. Music, games, entertainment and so much more are waiting for you! Concessions will be available for purchase.
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. New this year will be the Active Living Area with various booths that include active things to do, nutrition information and health screenings. Interactive booths will be fun for the whole family. No alcohol, glass bottles, pets or personal fireworks. 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. No rain date. Free.
CarMax Free Fourth of July. FREE admission to the garden from 9am-5pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 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. The line to see Butterflies Live! will close at 4pm so that guests get through the exhibit by the 5pm closing time. Free.
Dogwood Dell Fourth of July Fireworks. Independence Day Celebration with live music, cannons and fireworks. Featuring a Carillon Bell Concert at 6pm, the Declaration of Independence at 6:30pm, the Bellini Sisters at 7pm, and music from Richmond Concert Band at 7:30pm. Fireworks at 8:45pm. 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. Free.
Ashland July 4th Celebration. Includes a walking parade, patriotic concert, lawn games, an apple pie contest and the ever-popular patriotic pet contest. Following the parade, will be a patriotic concert and sing a long on the lawn of the Hanover Arts & Activities Center, featuring the Hanover Concert Band. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic lunch or buy from a local food vendor. Free.
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, Face Painting, 3-Legged Races, Egg Spoon Races, Cornhole, and more. Miss Beaverdam Competition. Free.
Colonial Heights Fireworks Display. In the vicinity of Charles Dimmock Parkway in Colonial Heights. Viewing for the fireworks will be off Interstate 95, Exit 53 or 54 in the Southgate Square/Wal-Mart Area. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Rain date July 5th. Free.
Flying Squirrels Baseball Game and Independence Day Celebration. 6:05. The Diamond. Post-game Fireworks Celebration. Limited General Admission Seating Available – Call Today. Fee.
Sunday, July 5th
Open Studio Sundays. 1pm-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.
Reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention. 1:15pm. St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, 23223. 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.
Flying Squirrels Baseball Game. 6:05pm. The Diamond. Post-game Fireworks Celebration. Post-game Kids Run the Bases. Fee.