Events Calendar

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A Million Blooms.  Daily 9am-5pm.  Lewis Ginter.  The Garden’s celebration of spring! Events throughout the season include Butterflies LIVE!, Mother’s Day, Spring PlantFest (formerly Spring Plant Sale) and plant shows and activities in the Children’s Garden.Regular Garden admission.

7th Annual LEGO Display and Contest.  All Day. Twin Hickory Area Library. Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! It is time for the 7th annual Twin Hickory LEGO Contest. The challenge to all LEGO fans – to design and build an ORIGINAL structure. Entries will be accepted from Friday, April 1st until Saturday, April 9th. 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.  Free.

Friday, April 1st

Spring Break Activities at Maymont. These programs available Monday to Friday.  Add’l programs on select days.  Most programs require advance registration. Go to the event calendar to register online.  Monday to Friday events include – Adventures in Vegetable Growing, 10am-2pm, Jack’s Vegetable Garden; Behind the Scenes, 1-1:30pm, Nature Center; Pinwheels & Pastimes, 1-3pm, Maymont Mansion Lawn; A Rabbit on the Cabinet, 2-2:30pm, Maymont Mansion; The Secret Life of a Victorian House, 3-3:45pm, Maymont Mansion.   Fee and Free activities.

Sports Day.   Children’s Museum of Richmond. Check the website for details for each location! Free with museum admission.

Family Scavenger Hunt. 10am-12pm. Maymont Grounds. Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues, and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. $15 per family or group (up to four people)/$12 members. Register online; for information, call 804-358-7168. Limited space for walk-ups.

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.

Animal Enrichment.  2-4pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Assist Maymont staff in making enrichment items for the bobcat, fox, bears, otters and more. Deliver them to the animals and watch as they engage in the fun! Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $15 per person/$12 members. Register online; for information, call 804-358-7168.

April Fool’s Fun. 2:00 PM-2:45 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Join us for a hilarious good time. Learn new pranks and play fun games.  Free.

Party Like an April Fool. 2:00 PM-4:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Release your inner prankster and prepare to have fun. There will be crafts, games and food! Come ready to have a “fooling” good time.  Free.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  CMoR Central and CMoR Fredericksburg.  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.

Kid’s Fun Night.  6pm-8pm.  All Fired Up, Short Pump & Midlothian.  On the first Friday of each month, All Fired Up is hosting Kids’ Fun Night! Drop the kids (ages 6 to 12) off between 6 to 8pm for a fun-night of pottery painting. Enjoy your time while letting your kids have a fun night out on their own at All Fired Up!   The cost is $25 per child and is for ages 6 and up. Reservations are required and space is limited.  Fee.

Parent’s Night Out.  6pm-10pm.  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.

Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical.  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Through April 17th.   Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Saturday, April 2nd

Build A Butterfly House – 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.

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.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.  Free.

Kid’s Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Richmond – West End, 9677 W Broad St, Glen Allen, VA.  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party.  Fee.

Kid’s Night Out.  6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll Richmond – Mechanicsville, 6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party.  Fee.

Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical.  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Through April 17th.   Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

ACT Practice Exam with The Princeton Review. 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Be prepared to ace the ACT exam this Spring with this FREE practice exam from the Princeton Review! There will be a follow-up review session on Thursday, April 13th so you can go over your answers with the experts. Register online through the Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/offer/free-practice-tests#!Test-ACT.

Minecraft Club L. 2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Come play Minecraft with us in our new Digital Media Lab. You can join in with others on our dedicated server in the same Minecraft world. Creative or survival? You decide! Online registration is required. Event is best suited for ages 8-12. Registration is not required if you bring a laptop with your own copy of Minecraft.  Free.

Jurassic World: Teens Come Back to the Park. 3:00 PM-5:15 PM. Varina Branch Library. The thrilling 4th installment to the “Jurassic Park” movie series will keep you on the edge of your seats to the final moment.  Free.

Sunday, April 3rd

Open Studio Sundays.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Go by the studios anytime between 1pm and 4pm 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 youthstudio@vmfa.museum.  Free, no registration required.

Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical.  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Through April 17th.   Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Monday, April 4th

Krafty Kids. 3:30 PM-4:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. April is Earth Month! To celebrate, make a toy from recycled materials and talk about recycling.  Free.

First Steps for Fathers.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  St. Mary’s Hospital, 5801 Bremo Road, Richmond.  New and Expectant dads learn the basic tools they need to care for an infant during the first 3 months of life. Free.

Tuesday, April 5th

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.

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.

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.

Family Night at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  6pm-close.  Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  $10 per Race for Groups of Two or More.  Thunderbolt is the perfect place for family fun! Thunderbolt Indoor Karting offers climate-controlled, indoor, electric go-kart racing. Electric karts also means customers won’t have to deal with exhaust fumes – a clean environment for your family. Thunderbolt’s karting experience is perfect for drivers of all experience levels. Their junior karts allow kids to feel the excitement of real racing without the intensity of full-blown adult karting. Junior drivers must be at least 48 inches tall. Centrally located in Chesterfield County just off Midlothian Turnpike near Chesterfield Towne Center. Offer: Must pay together with a group of two or more. Cannot be combined with other coupons, specials or offers.

Krafty Kids. 11:00 AM-11:30 AM. Sandston Branch Library.  Create a recycled craft.  Free.

Krafty Kids. 3:30 PM-4:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library.   Create a rainstick! New craft program at Tuckahoe Library for ages 3-9. Due to program limitations, they are unable to accommodate group visits for this program.  Free.

Wednesday, April 6th

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.

Mad Science Homeschool Workshop.  10am to 11am.   Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.  Science workshops will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10am 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.  Fee.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Story Time.  11am.  bbgb tales for kids, 3003 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221.  A local children’s bookstore in Carytown with story time every Wednesday at 11am.  Free.

Teen Writers’ Guild. 6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area 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. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library.

Painting: Techniques in Oil.   5 – 7 pm.  VMFA, Pauley Center Studios.  Wednesdays, Apr 6, 13, & 20th.    For ages 13 – 17.  Improve skill and confidence by exploring new artistic styles and techniques for painting with oils on canvas.  Fee.

Thursday, April 7th

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.

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 at 10 AM 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.  Fee.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Rock & Roar: Disney Lion Guard Music Class.  11:30am-12:10pm.   Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive, Henrico, VA 23233.  ZUKA ZAMA! Disney and Kindermusik have partnered to create an amazing music and movement class, based on Disney’s The Lion Guard! The best part? It’s FREE! Join the fun at Melody Magic Music Studio! Advance registration required as class size is limited. Register online: www.melodymagicmusic.com/disney

Paws to R.E.A.D. 4:00 PM-6:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. For ages 6-9. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Register online with your library card.  Free.

Henna Designs. 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Branch Library.  The Henna Lady shows a video of the history and uses of henna, then get some henna designs! Signed permission form is required.  Free.

Friday, April 8th

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.

Parent’s Night Out.  6pm-10pm.  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.

Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical.  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Through April 17th.   Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Drawing: Values in Art.  5pm-6:30 pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  For ages 13 – 17.  Explore a variety of ways to create value, including pressure control, tinting and shading, and blending complementary colors.  Fee.

Friday, April 8th to Saturday, April 9th

Camp In: Girls in Medicine.  6pm-9am.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Middle school girls join forces with professional women in medicine in this special Camp In that features tons of hands-on activities – watch a Giant Screen Movie in The Dome, explore Museum exhibits and much more! This overnight adventure allows children to experience engaging live science programming that also fulfills SOL and scout badge requirements. Pre-registration is required; $10 per child and $10 per adult. Girls in Medicine is recommended for middle school-aged girls and is sponsored by Bon Secours Richmond Health System.

Friday, April 8th to Sunday, April 10th

Teatro Hugo + Ines, Short Stories.  Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse, 600 E. Grace Street.  Beloved the world over, the Peruvian-based puppeteers Teatro Hugo + Ines are renowned for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Combining mime, dance, and puppetry, Hugo + Ines create a host of characters composed of knees, feet, hands, elbows, and a small cache of props. In Short Stories, Hugo + Ines introduce the audience to a memorable cast who, in their brief scenes, play out the poetic moments of daily life. Recommended for ages 8 and up.    Free puppetry workshop on April 9th.  Visit the website for show time and fees.

Saturday, April 9th

Virginia 529 Kids Run.  8am.  Cathedral Place near Laurel St.  This one-mile event for kids ages 5-12 features all of the excitement of the 10k.

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.

Animal Encounters.  11am-Noon.  Maymont Nature Center.  Fee.

Behind the Scenes.  1pm-3pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Fee.

FamFest.  1pm – 4pm.  Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy Henrico VA 23233.  Bring your whole family to a day full of fun and festivities where everyone gets to participate. Find the golden ball as we kick off with a giant ball drop. Then bounce your way through colossal obstacle courses and mega moon bounces to team up for some family ‘minute to win it’ games and friendly competition.  Free.

Free Puppetry Workshop with Ticket Purchase.  1:30pm.  Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse.  Teatro Hugo + Ines will offer a workshop, sharing elements of mime, puppetry, and their creative work, along with showing how to build easy figures with the hands and other parts of the body. Recommended for ages 8 and up.  Pre-registration required when you purchase your ticket to one of the Teatro Hugo + Ines performances (free, no additional charge). Space is limited.

Free SOL Study Session.  2:30pm-4pm.  Mathnasium is offering FREE 90 minute study sessions for all (6th to Algebra 1) graders at all 6 Richmond locations in preparation for the upcoming SOL math tests during the following days and times.  Free.

Kid’s Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Midlothian, 11541 Busy St, Richmond, VA 23236.  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children  run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party.  Fee.

Richmond Kickers Soccer Game.  5pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical.  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Through April 17th.   Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Sunday, April 10th

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Reenactment.  5:30pm-7pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, 23223.  5:30 p.m. Doors open, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; 5:45 p.m. Music program; 6:15 p.m. Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity).  Recommended for children over 6 years old.  This event is FREE, but you may purchase $5 advanced tickets and avoid the line.

Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical.  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Through April 17th.   Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Monday, April 11th

Foster Parent Orientation.  6pm-7pm. Virginia Baptist Resource Center, 2828 Emerywood Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294.  Could you help serve children in need of a loving and caring home? Please join HopeTree Foster Care 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.

Family Time. 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for fun activities designed to get the entire family involved!  Free.

Tuesday, April 12th

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.

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall – Pals Clubhouse (upper level near LL Bean). CommuniKids helps spark a love for language with an hour of interactive, playful, foreign-language fun! Enjoy an educational story time learning about languages from all over the world followed by arts and crafts! Free.

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.

Play. 10:30 AM-11:00 AM. Gayton Branch Library. Play is how our youngest children learn! Join their playgroup to develop early literacy skills, make new friends, and have fun.  Free.

Drop Everything and Read. 3:30 PM-5:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Bring a cozy blanket or pillow and snuggle up and read in the storytime room. Thy will honor Beverly Cleary, who first wrote about D.E.A.R in “Ramona Quimby Age 8”, on her birthday.  Free.

Tween Club. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Tweens, 9-12 come join the club that is all about you! Give advice about programs and services to tweens, talk about books, make crafts and participate in other activities. Share your knowledge for all things tween.   Free.

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.

Family Night at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  6pm-close.  Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  $10 per Race for Groups of Two or More.  Thunderbolt is the perfect place for family fun! Thunderbolt Indoor Karting offers climate-controlled, indoor, electric go-kart racing. Electric karts also means customers won’t have to deal with exhaust fumes – a clean environment for your family. Thunderbolt’s karting experience is perfect for drivers of all experience levels. Their junior karts allow kids to feel the excitement of real racing without the intensity of full-blown adult karting. Junior drivers must be at least 48 inches tall. Centrally located in Chesterfield County just off Midlothian Turnpike near Chesterfield Towne Center. Offer: Must pay together with a group of two or more. Cannot be combined with other coupons, specials or offers.

Krafty Kids. 7:30 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Branch Library. Make a beautiful butterfly to celebrate Spring.  Free.

Wednesday, April 13th

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.

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. Free.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Story Time.  11am.  bbgb tales for kids, 3003 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221.  A local children’s bookstore in Carytown with story time every Wednesday at 11am.  Free.

Krafty Kids. 11:30 AM-12:00 PM. Varina Branch Library. Make a beautiful butterfly to celebrate Spring.  Free.

Northwest TAB. 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Northwest Teen Advisory Board meeting. Call for membership details.

Thursday, April 14th

Kindergarten Registration Day.  Throughout central Virginia, April 14 is the date to register children for kindergarten.  A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30 to attend kindergarten.

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..

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Stories ‘n’ Such. 3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for Gravity Painting.  Free.

Krafty Kids. 4:00 PM-4:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Make a craft. Space is limited. Groups please call in advance.  Free.

Mosaics.  4:15 – 6 pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  Thursdays April, 21, & 28,  (3 sessions).  For ages 9 – 12.  Learn how to revamp old flowerpots and other surfaces with elaborate mosaic tile designs.  Fee.

Teen Advisory Board. 5:45 PM-6:45 PM. Varina Branch Library. Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Call for membership details.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fireworks!

Twilight Tales. 6:30 PM-7:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. It’s raining, it’s pouring! But no one is snoring! Come have fun with rainy day stories, songs, rhymes, and make a colorful umbrella craft. Due to program limitations, we are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Friday, April 15th

15 Cent Kids Days.  Children’s Museum of Richmond.  15¢ Kids Days will offer admission to children for 15¢ on the 15th of each month through 2016 – generously presented by Call Federal Credit Union. Valid at all four locations (Central, Short Pump, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg), the Museum will feature activities for the entire family – in addition to the play-filled, educational environment that families across Central Virginia have come to associate with CMoR.

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.

Kid’s Night Out.  6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll Richmond – Mechanicsville, 6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party.  Fee.

Parent’s Night Out.  6pm-10pm.  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.

Croaker – The Frog Prince Musical.  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Through April 17th.   Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Flying Squirrels Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Saturday, April 16th

K-9 Heroes Day Featuring The Pooch Pursuit.  8:30am.  Pole Green Park.  The Pooch Pursuit 5K run / 1 mile walk is a grass and wooded trail course and the same one that the Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships have used.  Participants receiving a human and dog friendly treat bag. Preregistration is required. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age division and all dogs will receive a commemorative dog tag.

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.

Kindergarten Kickoff 2016.  10am.  CMoR Central, 2626 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220.  A morning full of fun, educational activities to help prepare your child for Kindergarten and a chance to visit with with teachers and other school personnel!  This event is free with museum admission. Families will be offered take-home activities and resources that support Kindergarten readiness.

Stories at the Museum.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.  Free.

Robots and Mud Pies Preschool Open House.  Noon-2pm.  Robots and Mud Pies π Preschool is the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) focused preschool in the Richmond area. They offer a half day program for children ages 2 years old through 5 years old with a morning session and an afternoon session.  Free.

Sheep to Shawl.  Noon-4pm.  Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Road Glen Allen VA 23060.  Visit Meadow Farm and learn about wool and the methods used to process this unique fiber. Clotho’s Spinning Guild will be on hand to demonstrate the expert skills needed to produce a shawl and other products. Watch sheep being sheared the old-fashioned way and with electric shears. Be amazed at how the sheep dogs herd the woolies. Hands on activities include carding, spinning and weaving. Visit with Friends of Meadow Farm and make a wooly craft to take home.  Free.

Graphic Art by Hand.  1pm-4pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 6 – 9.  Building on colors, patterns, and symbols, illustrate original graphic designs and collage a personalized poster.  Fee.

Kid’s Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Richmond – West End, 9677 W Broad St, Glen Allen, VA.  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party.  Fee.

Henrico History Time Travel: The Shakespeare Adventure. 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Libbie Mill Library. Believe it or not, one of the children’s librarians has an interesting hobby: TIME TRAVEL!! Join Mr. Chris as he fires up the flux capacitor and travels 400 years into the past to “borrow” William Shakespeare. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of history’s most interesting people before we must say “parting is such sweet sorrow!”.  Free.

Paws to R.E.A.D.. 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Limited to children 6 years old and older. Register online with your library card.  Free.

Krafty Kids. 11:00 AM-11:30 AM. North Park Branch Library. Join us as we make a craft. Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. Free.

Make & Play Saturday. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Sandston Branch Library. Join us for free play legos and snap circuits.  Free.

Crochet 101 for Teens. 2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Learn how to crochet a simple hat for yourself, for friends, or as a fun community service project! Bring a crochet hook and yarn. Space and supplies are limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library.  Free.

Henrico History Time Travel: The Shakespeare Adventure. 2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Believe it or not, one of our children’s librarians has an interesting hobby: TIME TRAVEL!! Join Mr. Chris as he fires up the flux capacitor and travels 400 years into the past to “borrow” William Shakespeare. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of history’s most interesting people before we must say “parting is such sweet sorrow!”.  Free.

Book Art. 2:30 PM-4:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Learn how to turn discarded books into book art using simple folding techniques during this free workshop by local artist Sandhya Kiran. Supplies will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Allen Branch Library. Free.

Stress Busters Day. 3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Feeling stressed? Chill out and relax as we celebrate National Stress Awareness Day. Learn about some ways to alleviate stress, create some stress-busting crafts, and improve your mood with Nerd Chi.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fireworks!

Sunday, April 17th

Flying Squirrels Game.  12:05pm.  The Diamond.   Brunch & Baseball, Kids Club Sunday Giveaway.

RFM Summer Adventure Expo. 1pm-4pm. Peak Experiences, behind The Shoppes at Bellgrade, at 11421 Polo Circle in Midlothian.  Rain or Shine, Indoor and Outdoors.

Monday, April 18th

First Steps for Fathers.  6:30pm-8:30pm. St. Francis Hospital, 13710 St. Francis Blvd, Midlothian.  New and Expectant dads learn the basic tools they need to care for an infant during the first 3 months of life. Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Bark in the Park.

Tuesday, April 19th

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.

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.

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.

Family Night at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  6pm-close.  Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  $10 per Race for Groups of Two or More.  Thunderbolt is the perfect place for family fun! Thunderbolt Indoor Karting offers climate-controlled, indoor, electric go-kart racing. Electric karts also means customers won’t have to deal with exhaust fumes – a clean environment for your family. Thunderbolt’s karting experience is perfect for drivers of all experience levels. Their junior karts allow kids to feel the excitement of real racing without the intensity of full-blown adult karting. Junior drivers must be at least 48 inches tall. Centrally located in Chesterfield County just off Midlothian Turnpike near Chesterfield Towne Center. Offer: Must pay together with a group of two or more. Cannot be combined with other coupons, specials or offers.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.

Wednesday, April 20th

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.

Mad Science Homeschool Workshop.  10am to 11am.   Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.  Science workshops will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 10am 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.  Fee.

Flying Squirrels Game.  10:35pm.  The Diamond.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Story Time.  11am.  bbgb tales for kids, 3003 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221.  A local children’s bookstore in Carytown with story time every Wednesday at 11am.  Free.

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 AM-11:00 AM. Gayton Branch Library. Get your toddler moving and shaking!.  Free.

Meteorites – Hands-On Science. 3:00 PM-3:45 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Meteor, meteoroid or meteorite? Try some hands-on experiments while you learn more about these space rocks. Ages 5-9 only, please.  Free.

Elementary Explorers. 3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. For grades 3-5. Join us as we discover just how cool science can be! Participate in hands-on activities, watch awesome demonstrations, engage in inquiry-based discussions, and take home projects to amaze your friends and families.  Free.

Pete the Cat Party. 3:30 PM-4:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Join us as we celebrate the storybook character “Pete the Cat” with stories, games, and crafts. “It’s all good!”.  Free.

Minecraft Club L. 6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Come play Minecraft with us in our new Digital Media Lab. You can join in with others on our dedicated server in the same Minecraft world. Creative or survival? You decide! Online registration is required. Event is best suited for ages 8-12. Registration is not required if you bring a laptop with your own copy of Minecraft.  Free.

West End TAB. 6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. West End Teen Advisory Board meeting. Call for membership details..

Northside TAB. 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Regular meeting of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Call for membership information, 290-9400.

Thursday, April 21st

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.

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 at 10 AM 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.  Fee.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

RVA Parents Forum: Not All Screen Time is Created Equal.  6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  The $30 ticket cost includes dinner, parenting experts, interactive Q&A sessions and babysitting; reservations are required. Scholarships and discounts are available. Please call 804-545-1272.

East End Teen Advisory Board. 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Sandston Branch Library. Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Call for membership details.

Friday, April 22nd

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.

Parent’s Night Out.  6pm-10pm.  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.

Arena Racing.  7pm.   Richmond Coliseum.  Professional stock car racing inside and under the lights.  Driver meet and greet one hour before the race.   Get a FREE kid’s general admission ticket (age 15 and under) with each paid adult general admission ticket purchased.

Plant A Seed. 2:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Rread a story and plant a seed in celebration of Earth Day. Due to program limitations, they are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Romp n’ Roll’s Free Summer Camp Open House.  4pm – 6pm.  All Romp n’ Roll locations.  Learn About Summer Camp at Romp n’ Roll!  Meet the energetic instructors, Experience some super-fun camp activities, Cool down with a frozen treat, Enter the raffle of great prizes, Get all of your questions answered.  This event is FREE, but registration is required!

RIR Qualifying And Practice. Richmond International Raceway.  The RIR Kids Club is designed to help children 12 and younger engage with their favorite track.  Tons of fun activities to enjoy year-round.  Members receive tons of cool benefits year-round, plus access to special events and ticket offers on race weekend.

April 22nd to April 23rd

Camp In: Earth Day.  6pm to 9am.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Camp In features tons of special hands-on activities – watch Pandas: The Journey Home in The Dome, explore Museum Exhibits, plant the seeds of knowledge by learning about the water cycle and make your own windmill in our Challenge Lab. This overnight adventure allows children to experience engaging live science programming and participate in special activities that also fulfill SOL and scout badge requirements.  Pre-registration is required; $45 per child and $20 per adult. Camp In is recommended for grades 3 – 6. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.

Saturday, April 23rd

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.

Kids and Community Fair.  10am-1pm.  New Children’s Pavilion, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Level 1 – Sky Terrace,  1000 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219.  Hosted by Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.  Activities, games, food and fun for the whole family! This event will be a great opportunity to see brand new Children’s Pavilion but will also include exciting activities like carnival games, paint by numbers, prizes, a photo booth and special guest appearances.   Free parking available, enter on 10th Street.

Expression Session.  10:30am–Noon.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 1/2 – 5 years.  Examine portraits on display in the museum and how moods and emotions affect the artist as well as the viewer of the portrait. Then create portraits of your own.  Advance registration required.  Fee.

Henrico History Time Travel: The Shakespeare Adventure. 10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Believe it or not, one of the children’s librarians has an interesting hobby: TIME TRAVEL!! Join Mr. Chris as he fires up the flux capacitor and travels 400 years into the past to “borrow” William Shakespeare. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of history’s most interesting people before we must say “parting is such sweet sorrow!”   Free.

Fashion: Fun with Felt.  1pm–4 pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 13 – 17.  Enjoy working with soft, colorful wool to create fun fashion accessories.  Fee.

Bollywood. 2:00 PM-4:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. A performance by the Aaja Nachle Bollywood Dance Team from UVA, Indian snacks and Bollywood crafts. All ages and families are welcome.  Free.

Free SOL Study Session.  2:30pm-4pm.  Mathnasium is offering FREE 90 minute study sessions for all (3rd to 5th) graders at all 6 Richmond locations in preparation for the upcoming SOL math tests during the following days and times.  Free.

Henrico History Time Travel: The Shakespeare Adventure. 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Believe it or not, one of our children’s librarians has an interesting hobby: TIME TRAVEL!! Join Mr. Chris as he fires up the flux capacitor and travels 400 years into the past to “borrow” William Shakespeare. Don’t miss your chance to meet one of history’s most interesting people before we must say “parting is such sweet sorrow!”.  Free.

Kid’s Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Midlothian, 11541 Busy St, Richmond, VA 23236.  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children  run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party.  Fee.

The ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race. Richmond International Raceway. The RIR Kids Club is designed to help children 12 and younger engage with their favorite track. Tons of fun activities to enjoy year-round. Members receive tons of cool benefits year-round, plus access to special events and ticket offers on race weekend.

Sunday, April 24th

Free Kids Carnival.  2pm-4pm.  CommuniKids Preschool and Children’s Language Center, 3111 Lauderdale Drive Richmond VA 23233.  Petting Zoo, Moon Bounce, Face Painting, Games, Raffles and more.  Free.

Toyota Owner’s 400.  Celebrate  Richmond International Raceway.  RIR’s history at the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 with a Sunday afternoon throwback.  Richmond international Raceway. The RIR Kids Club is designed to help children 12 and younger engage with their favorite track. Tons of fun activities to enjoy year-round. Members receive tons of cool benefits year-round, plus access to special events and ticket offers on race weekend.

Round Up The Family 5K and Fun Run.  1:00pm – 4:00pm, Deep Run Park (starting line/activities on soccer fields)    This outdoor event, hosted by Full Circle Grief Center, is focused on bringing families together while getting active! Families can participate in a fun run, a 5K, field games, family contests, and a raffle that’s sure to have something to interest everyone in the family. Gates open at 1:00 pm, with warm ups starting at 1:30 pm.  The fun run starts at 1:45 pm and the 5K at 2:00 pm. Children and family activities will be taking place until 4:00 pm.  Kids fun passes are $10 and 5K registration is $20. Take advantage of the Early Bird Special! Register for the 5K by April 5th and receive a complimentary event t-shirt. To register for the 5K or buy kids passes for activities and fun run, visit www.fullcirclegc.org/round-up2016. Tribute signs can be purchased ($25) in memory of a friend or loved one.

Monday, April 25th

Connection & Affection.  12:30 – 1:30pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 3 – 13 months.  Babies interact differently than grown-ups or even preschoolers. The group will discuss and watch babies at play together while exploring connections between artists on display in the galleries.  Advance registration required.  Fee.

Tuesday, April 26th

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.

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.

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.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Meet with fellow young writers in the area to discuss the craft, share work, and explore great writing.

Family Night at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  6pm-close.  Thunderbolt Indoor Karting.  $10 per Race for Groups of Two or More.  Thunderbolt is the perfect place for family fun! Thunderbolt Indoor Karting offers climate-controlled, indoor, electric go-kart racing. Electric karts also means customers won’t have to deal with exhaust fumes – a clean environment for your family. Thunderbolt’s karting experience is perfect for drivers of all experience levels. Their junior karts allow kids to feel the excitement of real racing without the intensity of full-blown adult karting. Junior drivers must be at least 48 inches tall. Centrally located in Chesterfield County just off Midlothian Turnpike near Chesterfield Towne Center. Offer: Must pay together with a group of two or more. Cannot be combined with other coupons, specials or offers.

Wednesday, April 27th

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.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Story Time.  11am.  bbgb tales for kids, 3003 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221.  A local children’s bookstore in Carytown with story time every Wednesday at 11am.  Free.

Thursday, April 28th

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..

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Family Time: Movie. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Join us for the fun family movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Amidst the background of Paris, watch Esmerelda show kindness to the cathedral bell ringer, Quasimodo. Based on Hugo classic. (1996, G, 86 min.).  Free.

Friday, April 29th

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.

Parent’s Night Out.  6pm-10pm.  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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond.  Free Shirt Fridays.

Saturday, April 30th

Herbs Galore & More.  8am-4pm.  Maymont Carriage House Lawn.  Come out to the Marketplace on the Lawn for a gardening extravaganza! Find more than 60 plant and craft vendors from the mid-Atlantic region selling herbs, annuals, perennials, heirloom plants, vegetables, trees, garden ornaments, delicious food and other related products.

Richmond Youth Peace Summit.  St. Paul’s Baptist Church–Southside Campus, 700 E Belt Blvd., Richmond, VA 23223.   The summit will convene teenagers from diverse backgrounds from across the Richmond region. Teen attendees will learn conflict resolution, peacemaking, and activist skills, and will come away with new understanding of ways that they can improve their community and region.  The summit will feature a morning large group session, as well as 90-minute small group workshops for groups of about 12-15 teen participants.  Teens will also be served lunch; after lunch there will also be a program of music, dance and spoken word poetry.  The event is FREE for teens grade 6 and above.  Advance registration is required for teen participants.  To register online, visit http://goo.gl/forms/SbYHKtxGg6 or email rypp@rpec.org.

Robious Elementary Whistlestop Carnival.  11am-3pm.  Robious Elementary School, 2801 Robious Crossing Drive, Midlothian, VA 23113.  Fun for the whole family! Held every other year, our Whistlestop carnival is a fun day to bring your family and friends to Robious to enjoy games, bounce houses, a cake walk, a photo booth, face painting, snow cones, food, and more!  Held rain or shine.

Free SOL Study Session.  2:30pm-4pm.  Mathnasium is offering FREE 90 minute study sessions for all (6th to Algebra 1) graders at all 6 Richmond locations in preparation for the upcoming SOL math tests during the following days and times.  Free.

Richmond Kickers Soccer Game. 5pm. City Stadium.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fireworks!

Sunday, May 1st

Henry and Mudge.  3pm.  Alice Jepson Theatre, University of Richmond.  Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can’t find a playmate in his new neighborhood! Luckily, he’s got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures! Based on the beloved children’s books by acclaimed author Cynthia Rylant. Recommended for ages 5 and up.