Events Calendar

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All Month

Pandas: The Journey Home.  SMV Dome.  Meet the pandas at China’s Wolong Panda Center and learn more about the team dedicated to securing the future population of pandas.

Water Play.  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

Today – October 12th

Butterflies Live!  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles. Free with garden admission.

Monday, September 1st

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.

Tuesday, September 2nd

Kids Club.  9:30am – 10:30am  Chesterfield Towne Center Food Court.  Plenty of fun and light refreshments.  Entertainment this month is radio sponsor  93.1 ”The Wolf” & Chris Campbell.  Free.

Wednesday, September 3rd

Drop in and Dig!  9am.  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.

Free Music Class at Melody Magic.  10:30am and 11:20am.  3041 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA 23233. For ages 0-5 years.  Ever wondered what goes on in a music class for infants and toddlers? Now is your chance to check it out, for free! Join Melody Magic Music Studio for a free preview class on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd. They will sing, dance, play, and have a wonderful time! Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot online: www.melodymagicmusic.com.

Friday, September 5th

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.

First Friday Sampler.  5:30pm-8pm.  Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  Try your hand at different art samplers.  Budget and kid-friendly, but some have a minimum age requirement.  Fee.

Saturday, September 6th

Build a Wizard of Oz  Birdhouse.  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.

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.

Stories at the Museum. 11am-Noon. Virginia Historical Society. Special educator-led readings of children’s history books and a make-it-and-take-it craft activity related to the text. Open to all ages. This month – Hispanic American Heritage. Free.

Grandparents Storytime.  1pm.  Barnes & Noble Chesterfield.  Featuring How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa. Storytime and activities for grandparents and kids.  Free.

Free Irish Dance Class.  1pm-2pm.  Heart of Ireland School of Dance, 14257 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113.  Try Irish dancing and see what all the FUN is about!  Open to ages 3 to adult.  Get more information on our website at www.HeartofIrelandSchool.com or call 804.464.8190.

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. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing)

Sunday, September 7th

National Grandparent’s Day!

Beyond the Walls Opening.  Noon – 4 pm, ribbon cutting at 12:15 pm.  Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, in the MWV Art Education Center, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  An interactive exhibition for visitors of all ages to explore daily life in imperial China through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen, designing personal virtual seals and more! Explore the new exhibition and come by the studios to participate in art activities inspired by Chinese artwork from the VMFA collection and a lantern-making workshop hosted by 1708 Gallery.   Free, no registration required.

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 megan.liles@vmfa.museum.)  Free, no registration required.

A Grand Family Affair.  1pm‐3pm. Deep Run Park.  Grandparents, grandkids, and families‐come share an afternoon together! This intergenerational event is designed for families to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. There will be lawn games, pickleball, Wii, crafts, table games and more. Information: 501‐5096.  Free.

Monday, September 8th

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.

Tuesday, September 9th

Short Pump Pals Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall.  A Kids club for children 6 an under.  This month – Under the Sea will bring the ocean to you! Learn about and visit with live sea creatures like sea snails, sea stars, pufferfish and baby sharks during this interactive visit!. Free.

Make Room for Healthy Media Choices.  6:30pm.  CMoR Central.  Join us to learn six evidence-based tips that will help answer the question:  ”Aww, do I have to turn it off?”  With grateful thanks to a local pediatrician for donating her time to teach, we are able to offer seats at $10 per person for this Back-to-School seminar.  Fee.

Wednesday, September 10th

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.

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  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.

Fighters, Biters, Pushers & Smushers (for Parents/Caregivers of Toddlers): 6:30pm. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!  10:30am & 6:30pm.  John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.  Fee.
Wednesday, September 10th  - Saturday, September 13th

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment Sale.  Bon Air Community Center, 8725 Quaker Lane, Richmond 23235.  Includes  clothing (preemies through teens/juniors), boutique clothing, maternity wear, shoes, baby equipment & gear, feeding and diaper supplies, nursery decor, bedding, accessories, books, and toys.  Cash, checks, and major credit cards accepted. All sales are final.
Wednesday September 10 …. 9a to 8p
Thursday September 11 …. 9a to 8p
Friday September 12 …. 9a to 8p (25% off marked items)
Saturday September 13 …. 8a to 2p (50% off marked items)

Friday, September 12th

Transitions for the Special Needs Child. Noon. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Saturday, September 13th

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.

Make Binoculars.  10am. Local Lowes Stores.  Pre-registration required. Free.

Celebrate Latin American Art: Colombia!  11am – 3pm.  VMFA Atrium & Sculpture Garden.  Enjoy learning the traditions of Colombian culture by making your own active volcano (inspired by Colombia’s 15 volcanoes), designing and weaving a traditional arhuaca artisan bag, and sculpting a zoomorphic gold figure inspired by VMFA’s Pre-Columbian collection. Children and adults alike can join in the Fight Against Cancer by participating in Nueva Vida’s annual Zumbathon at the event (sign up at www.nueva-vida.org in advance or at the event). You’ll also be able to pick up some Cumbia and salsa dance tips.  Free, no registration required.

When Baby Makes Three.  12:30pm.  Delivered by First Things First Greater Richmond.  Fee.

Behind the Scenes.  1pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Fee.

No More Slooping, Sara Sue! by Ali Pfautz.  1pm.  Barnes and Noble Chesterfield.  Introducing Second Saturday Storytime with Ali Pfautz – the Story Lady! The Story Lady will be joining us every second Saturday of the month for stories, activities and games! For more info on Ali Pfautz visit her website www.thestoryladyva.com.  Free.

Siege of Richmond in 3D.  2pm‐3pm.  Henrico Theatre.  For ages 12+. See and learn about the Civil War in 3D! National Park Service historian Mike Gorman brings his dynamic speaking skills and knowledge of Civil War photography to the big screen. Both familiar and obscure photographs focusing on area battlefields will be investigated in greater detail to illustrate what these photographs tell us
about the war. Information: 652‐3409.  Free.

Where the Wild Things Are Storytime.  2pm.  Barnes and Noble Chesterfield.  Join us for Where the Wild Things Are Storytime. We’re celebrating 50 years of Maurice Sendak’s beloved classic.  Free.

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. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing)

Sunday, September 14th

Liberty or Empire? The Virginia Founding Fathers Debate the Constitution.  1pm-2:15pm.  226 years ago, 168 Virginia delegates met in Richmond to debate the merits, and decide the fate, of the US Constitution. Although only nine states were needed to start the new government, if Virginia held out many doubted it would work. Edmund Randolph and James Madison spoke fiercely for the document but the ever formidable Patrick Henry thundered against it. On September 14, interpreters will relive the drama for us from the actual minutes of the debate. You will never again hear oratory like this in American politics.  1:00 pm – Doors open – seating is first-come, first-served.  1:15 pm – Music program begins.  1:30 pm – Reenactment performance begins.  Follow the link to purchase tickets online.  Fee.

Monday, September 15th

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.

Baby Care for Adoptive Parents Session 1. 6:30pm. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Tuesday, September 16th

Young @ Art: I Am an Artist.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Art Education Center.  For Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Explore the meaning of artistic expression while creating imaginative masterpieces inspired by artwork in the galleries.  Fee.

School Anxiety Solutions (for Parents/ Caregivers of Children Ages 4-11) 6:30pm.  CMoR Short Pump.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Wednesday, September 17th

Young @ Art: I Am an Artist.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Art Education Center.  For Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Explore the meaning of artistic expression while creating imaginative masterpieces inspired by artwork in the galleries.  Fee.

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  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.

Thursday, September  18th

Words That Work with Teens (for Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 11-18): Noon. CMoR Short Pump.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

The Robot Planet’s, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth.  7:30pm.  University of Richmond, Alice Jepson Theatre.  A live action graphic novel that mashes up comic book and radio play formats into a one of a kind theatrical performance.  Fee.

Thursday, September  18th Monday, September 22nd
Disney On Ice presents Frozen.  Richmond Coliseum.  Visit the website for show times and fees.
Thursday September 18th - Saturday, September 27th

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment Sale.  Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, 1354 Gaskins Road, Richmond 23238  (between Kroger & Hallmark).
Thursday Sept. 18 … 10a to 8p
Friday Sept. 19 … 10a to 4p
Saturday Sept. 20 … 9a to 4p
Sunday Sept. 21 … 12 to 5p
Monday Sept. 22 … CLOSED
Tuesday Sept. 23 … 10a to 4p
Wednesday Sept. 24 … 10a to 8p (25% off marked items)
Thursday Sept. 25 … 10a to 4p (25% off marked items)
Friday Sept. 26 … 10a to 8p (50% off marked items)
Saturday Sept. 27 … 9a to 2p (50% off marked items)

Friday, September 19th

Target Night.  5pm-7:30pm.    Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central.  Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month for just $1 per person!

Science After Dark.  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.   Spend an evening in the Museum! Explore three floors of interactive exhibits and see a special presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey in The Dome at 8:30 pm. Before the movie, take a look at how closely predictions about the future come to our current space technologies in Science After Dark: 2014: A Space Perspective at 6:30 pm. Fifteen minutes after sunset, weather permitting, share telescopes with Richmond Astronomical Society members.  Free with admission.

Generation Z ‐ Water Games!  6pm‐8pm.  Deep Run Rec. Center.  For ages 6‐12. Drop your kids off for an evening of fun. Parents or
legal guardians must sign a liability waiver provided on site at the time of drop off. Space is limited to the first 50 children.  Come prepared to get drenched in a night filled with water‐ themed games, relays, and activities! Information: 290‐0305.  Free.

Family Weekend Concert.  7:30pm.   University of Richmond, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music.  Free.

Friday, September 19th - Saturday, September 20th

NEW! Family Camp-Out: Creatures of the James.  6pm.  Maymont Grounds.  The James River and its surrounding habitats are home to many amazing animals! Take an evening hike through the estate in search of native nocturnal creatures, and meet a few of Maymont’s own animal ambassadors. Afterwards, we’ll make s’mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont’s grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and take a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must register for every four children. Register online by September 17. Participants will receive more information prior to the program.  Fee.

Friday, September 19th – Sunday, September 21st

Field Day of the Past.  Goochland County.  Historical displays and demonstrations, re-enactments, tractor and truck pulls, small engine displays, arts and crafts, flea market, antique and modern construction equipment demonstrations, a log cabin with a heritage craft area, and historic buildings. Volunteers demonstrate the daily routines of the life of a family surviving in rural Virginia which include wheat and peanut threshing, meat smoking, sorgum molasses making, washing clothes, canning, saw milling, and more.  Permanent exhibits include a working United States Post Office, a 1930s grocery store and a 1930s garage, fire lookout tower, blacksmith shop, woodwright shop,canning kitchen, ice house, gold mining equipment, corn crib, Log Cabin, Pullman railroad car, caboose, and engine buildings and our Educational Buildings filled with rotating and permanent displays and exhibits.

Saturday, September 20th

Christ Church Kid’s Consignmen​t Sale.   Christ Church Episcopal Church, 5000 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059.  Find great deals on high quality kids clothes, toys, bikes, baby equipment, books, Holiday Dresses, Fall/Winter clothes, Outerwear, dance/gymnastics clothes, shoes, games, DVDs, electronics, strollers, furniture and so much more for ages 0-14! All sale proceeds go to Church Mission Trips.
Sat Sept 20 from 7:30am -12:30pm
Sat Sept 20 1/2 price sale 1-4pm

SAMON Everything for Kids Yard Sale.  8AM – 11AM.  Manchester Middle School.

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.

Glen Allen Day.  9:30am‐3pm. Meadow Farm/Crump Park.  The Glen Allen Ruritan Club in association with Henrico Recreation and
Parks will host Glen Allen Day, one of Henrico County’s largest outdoor festivals! The festivities kick off with a parade at 9:30am on Mountain Road.  Activities in the park include balloon animals by Miss Sheri the Clown, a petting zoo, airbrush designs, Henrico County Public Library Mobile Library, arts, crafts and business fair, and local musicians. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.glenallenday.org or call the Glen Allen Ruritan Club hotline at 257‐9605.  Free.

VCU Broad Street Mile.  10am-2pm.  Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Meadow Street.  A community festival with five themed one-mile fun runs and a (NEW!) 5K. One of the themed runs is a Kids Mile.  Prices are low for both the one-mile and 5K options, but kids five years old and under are FREE!  The festival area will also feature games, face painting, inflatables and many more fun activities for kids to enjoy.

Stories at the Museum. 11am-Noon. Virginia Historical Society. Special educator-led readings of children’s history books and a make-it-and-take-it craft activity related to the text. Open to all ages. This month – Hispanic American Heritage. Free.

Curious George Storytime.  1pm.  Barnes and Noble Chesterfield.  It’s Curious George’s Curiosity Day. Let’s celebrate our favorite mischievous monkey with stories, activities and giveaways.  Free.

Open House Arts Sampler.  3pm‐5pm.  Deep Run Rec. Center.  For all ages. Deep Run is magically transformsinto an artist’s paradise for a single afternoon! Enjoy a gallery exhibit and bring a friend to try your hand at projects like mosaics, origami, bead making, and fiber arts! Information: 270‐2161.  Free.

Agriculture in the Classroom Stampede 5K and Kids Run. 4pm-7pm.  West Creek Business Park, located at 12580 West Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA 23238.   The Stampede 5K benefits the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Your participation will help to provide Virginia educators with great training, lessons and classroom resources. Come out and enjoy the race and after party with Center of the Universe, music and much more!

Romp n’ Roll West End Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  9677 W Broad Street, Glen Allen VA 23060.  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 804-249-5001. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing)

Sunday, September 21st

diggityFEST.  Noon-5pm.  Westchester Commons.   t is the only music festival in Central Virginia that features the best in family-friendly entertainment and it’s all FREE. This year’s line up includes GRAMMY nominated, Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players, The Diggity Dudes, Steven Courtney & The Suitcase Musicians, Hope Harris and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights.  Enjoy hands-on activities, a Kid’s Zone, roving entertainment, an information fair and plenty of food and drink from area restaurants. You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5 for a bracelet for your child to participate in the Kid’s Zone: an area filled with unlimited games, activities and jumping! All donations and proceeds benefit Connor’s Heroes and our programs providing support to area children with cancer. The event happens rain or shine.

Monday, September 22nd

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.

When Time Out Doesn’t Work. 6:30pm. CMoR Short Pump.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Baby Care for Adoptive Parents Session 2. 6:30pm. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Tuesday, September 23rd

Young @ Art: I Am an Artist.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Art Education Center.  For Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Explore the meaning of artistic expression while creating imaginative masterpieces inspired by artwork in the galleries.  Fee.

When It’s Your Child: Understanding ADHD.  7pm-9:30pm.  CPR office conference room, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.  “What is wrong with this kid?” “Why can’t she just get with the program?” “I’m so tired of bad news from the school!” If this sounds familiar then you have already wondered if your child could have ADD/ADHD. Even if you already know your child has ADHD, this class will help you understand what ADHD is and what it looks like in a child. You will learn what ADHD is biologically, emotionally, behaviorally and academically. You’ll hear about the other “issues” that appear tethered to ADHD such as depression and anxiety. You will feel informed and more focused in how to proceed after this class.  Fee.

Wednesday, September  24th

Young @ Art: I Am an Artist.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Art Education Center.  For Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Explore the meaning of artistic expression while creating imaginative masterpieces inspired by artwork in the galleries.  Fee.

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  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.

Thursday, September 25th

ADHD: Paths To Success (for Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 4-11): Noon. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Inside/Out.  4:15pm – 6 pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For Ages 5 – 8.  Explore the collection and observe the architectural and landscape elements found on the museum grounds. While looking outside, make sketches and then turn drawings into watercolor paintings in the studio.  Fee.

Drawing 4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For Ages 9 – 12.  In the galleries, discover artists who use everything from horses to tigers as inspiration. Then practice drawing animals and learn to create forms and the illusion of texture.  Thursdays, Sep 25, Oct 2, Oct 9  (3 sessions).  Fee.

Picnic in the Park.   5:30pm‐8:30pm. Deep Run Park.  Take the night off from making dinner and join us at Deep Run Park for a night of food and music! Purchase delicious foods from local vendors and stay for the musical entertainment, games and camaraderie all nestled in a beautiful park setting.  Information: 270‐2161.  Free.

The Goodnight Story: What New Parents Need to Know about Babies and Sleep. 6:30pm.  St. Mary’s Hospital.   Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Thursday, September 25th – Saturday, October 4th

Threads Fall & Winter Children’s Consignment Sale.  Canterbury Shopping Center, 10616 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23238 (Corner of Patterson & Pump).
Thursday, September 25 • Volunteer Presale & Consignor Presale
Friday, September 26 • 9am-7pm • Public Shopping
Saturday, September 27 • 9am-4pm • Public Shopping
Sunday, September 28 • 11am-4pm • Public Shopping
Monday, September 29th – Friday, October 3rd • Weekday Public Shopping
Saturday, October 4th  50% Off Sale   9am-4pm • Public Shopping

Friday, September 26th – Saturday, September 27th
X-Country Festival.  All Day.  Maymont Grounds.  Maymont is a cross country runner’s dream. From the rolling hills and expansive vistas to picturesque architecture and native wildlife exhibits, the estate is the perfect backdrop for a fall race. With an open 5k, an 8-mile trail run, an elementary school 1-miler, a middle school 3k and a competitive high school invitational, the Maymont X-Country Festival has something for everyone.  Fee.
Friday, September 26th – Sunday. October 5th

2014 State Fair.  The Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047.
Friday, Sept. 26 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday,  Oct. 1 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 27th

Brandermill Church Children’s Clothing & Toy Consignment Sale.  8am-11am.  Brandermill Church.  shop for infant to teen clothing, shoes and accessories, books, videos, toys, baby & nursery equipment, bikes, and play equipment. Cash or check accepted.

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.

Movin’ and Groovin’ Musical Playdate. 10am-10:40am. 3041 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, Va 23233. It’s time to dance, play, move, and groove! Come join us as we groove to the (steady) beat with drums, develop physical skills with stop-and-go musical games, encourage social interaction with group circle dances, and enjoy so much more musical fun! It’s learning at it’s finest, because the kids just think it is fun​! Just $10/child, ages 0-7 years. Advance registration and payment required online at http://www.melodymagicmusic.com.

Chester Fest 10am-5pm.   A county fair with arts, crafts, fair food, music, a pie-eating contest, KidsZone and much more.

Mindbender.    Opens at the Science Museum of Virginia.  Enter the wonderfully puzzling world of brainteasers and interactive challenges that are guaranteed to test your brain power! Think outside of the box to complete puzzles and become a member of the Mindbender Society. Can you beat a group challenge? Grab your friends or a stranger to help you complete tasks. As you travel through the mansion, gather hidden clues and secret passwords by solving the puzzles! Look for inspiration from inventors who used problem solving skills to come up with a new solution. Get creative!  Free with museum admission.

Saturday, September 27th Sunday, September 28th

150th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights and the Campaign Before Richmond.  Henrico County, Virginia.  Relive the Battles! Watch as Confederate and Union soldiers reenact the last battles for control of Richmond, the Capital of the Confederacy. Walk upon the same fields where our ancestors made history 150 years before and experience:  Fierce combat recreated by dedicated reenactors, Presentations from Civil War historians, Live concerts featuring period music, Children’s activities featuring educational games and crafts.

Monday, September 29th

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.

A Charge for Freedom: Battle of New Market Heights.  6:30 & 11am.  Four Mile Creek.  For ages 12+. Tours of New Market Heights Battlefield in conjunction with Richmond National Battlefield on the 150th anniversary of the battle. A ‘real time’ tour starts at 6:30 a.m. and a later tour starts at 11 a.m. Parking will be located at the paved lot across the street from the Dairy Queen. This walking
tour will trek over rugged terrain with long periods of standing and walking expected.  Information: 652‐3411.  Free.

Henrico Concert Band Fall Concert.  7:30 pm.  Henrico Theatre.  For all ages. The Henrico Concert Band presents a wide variety of music for your listening pleasure - Broadway, Ragtime, John Philip Sousa, inspirational music, and more! Reservations are
required. Information: 501‐5859.  Free.

Tuesday, September 30th

Young @ Art: I Am an Artist.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Art Education Center.  For Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Explore the meaning of artistic expression while creating imaginative masterpieces inspired by artwork in the galleries.  Fee.

MathScience Innovation Center Open House.  3:30pm – 6:30pm.  2401 Hartman Street, Richmond, VA 23223.   Explore the Center and see firsthand what the MSiC provides to the region’s children and educators. Meet the educators behind the scenes. Learn more about classroom, Center and virtual lessons that reinforce SOLs and introduce emerging content and technologies. Discover our Saturday and Summer programs, conferences and classes for students, teachers, and parents. Experience the aquarium, the Fractal Room, the Challenger Learning Center, the Spider Room, our new Innovation Station and more.  RSVP online.  Free.