Events Calendar

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Today – Sunday, October 14, 2018.  M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! 9am-5pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  This indoor exhibit in the Conservatory is 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 life-cycles.  While you are there – don’t miss Origami in the Garden.  All included with garden admission.

Today – August 12thKnuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.  The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Disaster strikes when Trixie leaves her beloved stuffed Knuffle Bunny at the laundromat. Based on the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book, this wacky, heart-warming tale of kerfuffle is bubbly, colorful, and perfect for kids and adults alike.

August 3rd-5th. Tax Free School Supplies Weekend.

August 10th.  CarMax $1 Dollar Night.  5pm-7:30pm.  CMoR Downtown, 2626 W Broad St.  Museum admission is only $1 per person for the entire family!

Wednesday, August 1st

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Big Bang Boom.  Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Shows at 11am & 1pm. Big Bang Boom’s live show is so high-energy that both parents and children find it hard to stay in their seats! From calling the kids on stage for the “Spongebob Chorus” to the “Parents vs. Kids Hokey Pokey Challenge,” Big Bang Boom has made certain that there is no sitting down at this fun and energetic show!  Fee.

Front Lawn Fun! – Games from the Past.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  This free, family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. Weather permitting, you’ll find activities on the front lawn along Boulevard stretching our legs and our minds.  Wednesdays all summer.  Free.

Rock Out! 2pm.  Glen Allen Branch Library.  For Elementary Kids (Grade K-5).  A lively musical performance by the School of Rock’s House Band RVA. This talented group of pre-teen and teen age students from across the RVA area will be playing songs from the entire rock and roll spectrum.  Free.

Video Shooting Basics for Grades 6-12. 6:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. Teens (Grade 6-12).  Learn about the different types of camera shots used in professional film making that you can apply to your own movies. We’ll also discuss video shooting tips and tricks to help improve your video productions. Then try out your new knowledge by shooting some video at the library. Video recording devices will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own. Free.

Thursday, August 2nd

Fun & Games.  10am-1pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  Learn about the fun and games Powhatan Indian and English colonial children enjoyed after completing their lessons and chores.   Explore different activities and learn what each game would have taught the children about coordination, hunting, and aspects of their cultures. Activities will include a story, interactive tour of our living history site, and a make-and-take craft. Registration is required by July 30. Fee.

Flowers After 5.  5pm-9pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Thursdays in July.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).  Regular Garden admission.

DnD Adventurer’s League. 6pm. Varina Area Library. Teens (Grade 6-12). Ever wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, but couldn’t get a big enough group together? Not sure how to start a campaign? Learn the basics of tabletop gaming and explore the Forgotten Realms in a set of five short adventures designed for a low-stress, high-stakes campaign that anyone of any skill level can enjoy! Character sheets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Meet in the Teen Department.  Free.

Summer Concert Series.  6pm-8pm.  1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, May 24 – September 20th.  Stony Point Fashion Park.  Stroll, shop and dine while enjoying all your favorite tunes performed by local musicians.

Book Reading and Signing.  7pm. Henrico County Library, 1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229.  Hear the author read “Toby the Tiger Tamer”, ask questions, start your journey of taming your own tiger or helping a loved one tame theirs.  Free.

Friday, August 3rd

Tax Free Weekend

CMoR’s Back to School Bash.  10am -2pm.  CMoR Short Pump.  Featuring school readiness activities led by CMoR’s own education team, giveaways and MORE!  Free with museum admission.

Storytime in the Garden.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Special Nights CMoR Short Pump.  5:30pm – 7:30pm.  CMoR Short Pump. The Children’s Museum of Richmond opens its doors for evenings for families with children ages 15 years and younger who have challenges or disabilities. At CMoR’s Special Nights, you will find museum exploration, adapted materials, a cool-down space, and a reduced number of visitors.  Special Nights at CMoR is FREE for families of children with behavioral health and developmental challenges- no reservation required.

Saturday, August 4th

Tax Free Weekend

Kids Workshop – Bookworm Bookends.  9am-Noon.  Local Home Depot stores.  Join the hands-on Kids Workshop and you and your child can build a special project.  All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.  Registration required – select your local store.  Free.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This 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.  Suggested donation.

CMoR’s Back to School Bash!  10am-2pm.  CMoR Short Pump, 11800 West Broad Street.  Featuring school readiness activities led by CMoR’s own education team, giveaways and MORE!

Family Classics At The Byrd – The Natural. 10am.  Byrd Theatre, Carytown.  Bob Gulledge At The Mighty Wurlitzer And Classic  Warner Brothers Cartoons before the movie.  Tickets are $4 per person.

Unique Tees: Silkscreen. 10am. Tuckahoe Area Library. Teens (Grade 6-12). From idea to finished object, print your own professional-looking, unique t-shirt! Teens will explore design concepts, create stencils using positive and negative shape principles, and print onto shirts using the silkscreen printing technique. This is a fun and fast-paced workshop that involves individual creativity and teamwork! Participants are asked to bring their own t-shirt. This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.   Free.

The Big Latch On and Resource Fair.  9am-Noon.  Chesterfield Technical Center, 13900 Hull St Rd Midlothian, VA 23112. Will feature many local businesses and resources that are available to moms and families alike to aid them on their breastfeeding journey, offer Raffle Prizes and demonstrations from vendors.

Stories at the Museum.  11am.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture, formerly the Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.   Included with admission.

Meadow Farm’s Saturday Live.  Noon-3pm.  Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park.  Enjoy an afternoon of interactive living history demonstrations as you explore this mid-19th century farm – blacksmithing, wool dyeing, woodworking, cooking, gardening, and animal and house tours.   In addition to regular activities, each Saturday will have a unique theme, and they’ll explore what that particular subject was like in the 1860s – you’ll get to see for yourself how things were similar and how they were different. Free.

Science You Can Eat. 1pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Tweens (Grade 4-6). Drop in and chill out by making your own ice cream in a bag! We will talk about the food science and chemistry involved in the ice cream making process!   Free.

Science Explorers: Geology. 2pm. Libbie Mill Library. Tweens (Grade 4-6). Learn about the world right beneath our feet. This event will offer hands-on activities about rocks, minerals, and other geologic topics.   Free.

Summer Reading Finale. 3pm. Sandston Branch Library. Elementary Kids (Grade K-5).  Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring a screening of Coco (2017, PG, 1 h 49min) on the big screen!  Free.

Kids Night Out.  6pm.  Romp n’ Roll – West End location.  Every kid deserves a special night out—and so do you!  Ages 2 through 5, no need to be potty-trained.   Children get to run, play, dance, and create their own masterpieces with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party.  To reserve your space call 804.364.6363.  Fee.

Richmond Kickers Home Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Sunday, August 5th

Tax Free Weekend

Give Me Liberty or Death Reenactment.  Historic St. John’s Church, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Professional actors in 1770s’ attire portray nine delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, who engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which culminate with Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.  This reenactment also officially kicks off the Summer Reenactment Series – every Sunday through Labor Day there is a free public reenactment.  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated.  1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  1:30 PM Music program begins.  1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity). Due to increasing volume of interest, they now allow reservations for a $5 per person (plus service fee) cost.   Walk-up seats for those who want to queue at the front doors and come to the show for free on a first-come first-served basis.

Garden Art.  2pm-3m.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Monday, August 6th

Summer Service Days at CMoR -Presented by Walmart.  Every Monday ALL CMoR Locations will offer FREE ADMISSION for military, first responders, veterans, law enforcement, and their immediate families.  This event is in partnership with Walmart and available Memorial Day – Labor Day.  Valid at all CMoR locations. Must show badge or ID at check-in. Does not apply for group visits or field trips.  One adult (18+) for every five children is required.

School Bus Safety. 9:30am.  Libbie Mill Library. Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent   Free.

Garden Art.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Cosmic Squishy Circuits: Planets. 2pm. Sandston Branch Library.  For Teens. Be the ultimate creator of the universe! But start with your own solar system-make your own out of our specially-formulated dough, power it up with Squishy Circuits, and watch it come to life!Learn about the forces behind our own solar system and how they work. Free.

Teen Space Camp. 2:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12). Libbie Mill is hosting its very own summer Space Camp series. Explore different scientific concepts through a variety of space-related challenges and crafts. Learn how astronauts relax in space, and create bath fizzes based on NASA photos. No registration is required, but the program is limited to 20 teens. This program is offered as part of the NASA @ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. Free.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Enjoy a story then make Trash Art Treasures. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children ages 3-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Tuesday, August 7th

Free or $1 Summer Movies.   10am.  Regal Cinemas or Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Click here for details and show titles this week!

School Bus Safety. 9:30am. Varina Area Library. Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Free.

Family Walk and Talk.  10am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Robins Visitor Center.  Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the Garden. Come dressed for the weather and walking. This is the family version of the popular Lewis Ginter Walk and Talks. Each program will include hands-on activities and a take-home craft.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

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

College Admissions 101. 2pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. For Teens (Grade 6-12).  Need help with applying to college? Learn what will stand out to the college admissions committee, how to write a memorable admissions essay, and other tips and tricks for navigating the admissions process. Presented by Erica Riesbeck, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Richmond. Free.

Google CS First : Music. 2:30pm. North Park Branch Library. For Grades 4-8th. Using the computer and coding, learn to play musical notes, create a music video and build an interactive musical display.  All experience levels are welcome. Registration is required for each session. Free.

Krafty Kids. 3:30pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. Enjoy some creative learning and make playdough. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children from preschool to grade 5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

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

Wednesday, August 8th

Free or $1 Summer Movies.   10am.  Regal Cinemas or Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Click here for details and show titles this week!

Mommy and Me and Daddy, too. 10am.  The Square at Willow Lawn.  Join Willow Lawn on the second Wednesday of EVERY month from 10am to 11:30am as they  host a free morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children.  This month –  Rocknoceros.  Free.

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

School Bus Safety. 10:15am. North Park Branch Library.  Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Free.

Jesse The Juggler.  Shows at 11am and 1pm.  Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. Jesse is a Richmond native and one of the few people in the world who has completed a marathon while juggling! A friend taught him how to juggle three beanbags when he was 11, and Jesse has since figured out how to juggle just about anything – including a running chainsaw!

Front Lawn Fun! – Games from the Past.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  This free, family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. Weather permitting, you’ll find activities on the front lawn along Boulevard stretching our legs and our minds.  Wednesdays all summer.  Free.

Interstellar Contact. 2pm. Varina Area Library.  For Teens (Grade 6-12).  In 1977, NASA added a Golden Record to the Voyager 1 and 2 launches. This program is an attempt for teen and tweens to update what we sent into space with our own “”Golden Record””. Use various household items and recording software from the Digital Media Lab to record current music and produce other sounds humanoids produce (Foley Art). Free.

Minute to Win It: Space Edition. 2pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. For Tweens (Grade 4-6). Compete for NASA-themed prizes in a series of fun and exciting space games designed to test your speed and accuracy. Space is limited. Free.

3D Printing & Design Workshop for Grades 5-12. 2:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Teens (Grade 6-12).  Learn how to design objects and print in 3D with the library’s 3D printers. Discuss the real world applications of 3D printing technology, see a printer in action, and practice designing in 3D using Tinkercad so you can submit a 3D design to be printed at the library. Please bring a thumb-drive so you can save your design. Please be on time and be aware that if you are late 5 minutes or more for class, your seat may be given away. Free.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. Enjoy some creative learning and  make jellyfish puppets. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children 3-5 with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

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

Thursday, August 9th

School Bus Safety. 9:30am. Twin Hickory Area Library.  Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Please note, this event takes place in lieu of the regularly schedule Preschool Storytime. Free.

Busy Hands. 11:15am. Tuckahoe Area Library. Enjoy some creative learning and create a gnome and fairy house. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Lego Party. 2pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. For Grades K-5.  Exciting Lego construction challenges and fun freestyle play. Lego and Duplo blocks provided. Free.

Intro to Improv. 3pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Grades 4-6.  Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. Learn the basics of improv skills and have a blast!  Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x4. Free.

Krafty Kids. 4pm. North Park Branch Library. Enjoy some creative learning and make a music craft. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to encourage your child’s natural curiosity.  Designed for ages 3-11 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at crafts. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Flowers After 5.  5pm-9pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Thursdays in July.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).  Regular Garden admission.

DnD Adventurer’s League. 6pm. Varina Area Library. For Grades 6-12.  Ever wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, but couldn’t get a big enough group together? Not sure how to start a campaign? Learn the basics of tabletop gaming and explore the Forgotten Realms in a set of five short adventures designed for a low-stress, high-stakes campaign that anyone of any skill level can enjoy! Character sheets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Meet in the Teen Department. Free.

Twilight Tales. 6:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. Night Noises! Enjoy stories about summer nights and their distinct sounds. Enjoy songs, activities, and make a glow in the dark craft. Designed for children of any age with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at storytimes. Free.

Intro to Vinyl DJing. 7pm. Fairfield Area Library.  Hands-on workshop for teens. DJ Ant Boogie is warming up the turntables for an introduction to the art of scratching, cutting and mixing records. Cue up the records and get ready to drop the beat! Free.

Summer Coding Club. 7pm. Twin Hickory Area Library.  Register online for this 2-part class that will take place in our Digital Media Lab at 7pm August 9th and 16th.  Kids in grades 4 to 6 will create new projects, tackle special challenges, and build skills like logical reasoning! We’ll use programs like Scratch, Alice 2.4, and more as a building block for learning text-based programming languages. Free.

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

Friday, August 10th

Sue’s Tech Kitchen Event.  The SUE’S TECH KITCHEN National Tour is bringing guests around the country a sneak peek of the treats and technologies under development in Sue’s laboratory. Visitors of all ages can enjoy 3D-printed S’mores, robots controlled by candy, edible chemistry experiments, treat-dropping drones, and more!  August 10th – 12th.  Fee.

Storytime in the Garden.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Zine Making Workshop for Teens. 1pm. Twin Hickory Area Library.  For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Learn how to make a folded pocket and 1/2 page zine at this zine making workshop! Zines can be about whatever YOU want them to be, so come make a mini comic, poetry book, art zine, etc! They will also talk about the history of zines, and their ties with music and activism, and why they rock! Free.

Escape Room: Survival in Deep Space. 2pm. Libbie Mill Library. For grades 6-12. Do you have what it takes to survive in deep space? Join us in our latest escape room adventure as we race against the clock to hunt for clues, solve puzzles, and repair the habitat’s main computer before time runs out! Participants will be contacted prior to the event to set up time slots. Registration required.  This program is offered as part of the NASA @ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. Free.

CarMax $1 Dollar Night.  5pm-7:30pm.  CMoR Downtown, 2626 W Broad St.  Museum admission is only $1 per person for the entire family!

Kids’ Night Out.  6:45pm-8:45pm.  Core Kids Academy.  A 2-hour drop-off event with structured gymnastics circuits, games, our 30-foot inflatable caterpillar, and a light snack. For children ages 3+ (must be potty-trained).  Fee.

WHO’S AWAKE? A FAMILY NIGHT HIKE AT MAYMONT.  7:30-9:30pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Ever wonder who stays awake while you sleep? Meet some of Maymont’s nighttime residents and learn about their nocturnal adaptations through experiments, games and a hike of the grounds! Owls, frogs and many other creatures of the dark will help shed some light onto their mysterious ways. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany children ages 18
and under. $8 per person/$6 members. Register online at maymont.org by August 9; for information, call 804-358-7168.

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

Saturday, August 11th

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This 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.  Suggested donation.

Sue’s Tech Kitchen Event.  The SUE’S TECH KITCHEN National Tour is bringing guests around the country a sneak peek of the treats and technologies under development in Sue’s laboratory. Visitors of all ages can enjoy 3D-printed S’mores, robots controlled by candy, edible chemistry experiments, treat-dropping drones, and more!  August 10th – 12th.  Fee.

International Homeless Animal Day.  9:30am – 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Find your new best friend at the Animal Meet and Greet/Adoption Event onsite with local animal rescue organizations. While you are there, visit BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT to learn more about the inner workings of animals and leave with a new understanding of the amazing beauty of both animals and humans.  International Homeless Animal Day is included in Museum Exhibits admission. ANIMAL INSIDE OUT + Exhibit Galleries admission is $22. 50 for Adults (13-59), $21 for Youth (6-12) and Seniors (60+), and $17.50 for Preschoolers (3-5). Children 3 and under are free. Member admission is $5.

Daniel Tiger Day.  10am-4pm.  CMoR Downtown, 2626 W Broad St.  Guess who’s coming to your neighborhood? Meet Daniel Tiger from the hit PBS KIDS®’ series, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD.  Free with museum admission.

Family Classics At The Byrd – Time Bandits. 10am.  Byrd Theatre, Carytown.  Bob Gulledge At The Mighty Wurlitzer And Classic  Warner Brothers Cartoons before the movie.  Tickets are $4 per person.

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Paws to R.E.A.D. 11am. Gayton Branch Library. For Ages 6+. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Register online or call 501-1960. Free.

Krafty Kids. 11am. North Park Branch Library. Enjoy some creative learning andake a music craft. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-11 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They unable to accommodate group visits at crafts. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Celebrating the History of Hip Hop.  1pm. Varina Area Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  What do breakbeats, block parties, B Boys and the Bronx have in common? Explore the underground moment that started in the 1970s. From Kool Herc to Kendrick Lamar, hip hop has grown from a once considered fad into a dominant genre in the music industry. Learn about the pioneers who formed the genre and the journey hip hop has traveled throughout the years.  Kerwyn Phillip of Ndugu Business & Leadership Academy will have a lively discussion of hip hop and a small celebration after! Free.

Family Movie. 2pm. North Park Branch Library. Suggested for ages 5 and up, watch My Little Pony: The Movie as Princess Twilight Sparkle and her pony pals team together (along with a pirate crew) to defend Equestria. (2017, PG, 99 min.) Free.

Escape Room: Survival in Deep Space. 2pm. Libbie Mill Library. For grades 6-12. Do you have what it takes to survive in deep space? Join us in our latest escape room adventure as we race against the clock to hunt for clues, solve puzzles, and repair the habitat’s main computer before time runs out! Participants will be contacted prior to the event to set up time slots. Registration required.  This program is offered as part of the NASA @ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. Free.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

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

Sunday, August 12th

Watermelon Festival.  10am-6pm.  Carytown.  This year’s Carytown Watermelon Festival – presented by Publix Super Markets – is an experience no one should forgo; this is the jubilant peak of summer in Richmond. last year, 118,000 people made their way to the celebration.  Big bands, jugglers, and folk acts will entertain from 5 outdoor stages – presented by Capital One. Don’t miss the Kid’s Zone!

Sue’s Tech Kitchen Event.  The SUE’S TECH KITCHEN National Tour is bringing guests around the country a sneak peek of the treats and technologies under development in Sue’s laboratory. Visitors of all ages can enjoy 3D-printed S’mores, robots controlled by candy, edible chemistry experiments, treat-dropping drones, and more!  August 10th – 12th.  Fee.

Give Me Liberty or Death Reenactment.  Historic St. John’s Church, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Professional actors in 1770s’ attire portray nine delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, who engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which culminate with Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.  This reenactment also officially kicks off the Summer Reenactment Series – every Sunday through Labor Day there is a free public reenactment.  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated.  1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  1:30 PM Music program begins.  1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity). Due to increasing volume of interest, they now allow reservations for a $5 per person (plus service fee) cost.   Walk-up seats for those who want to queue at the front doors and come to the show for free on a first-come first-served basis.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  Live appearance by Peppa Pig.  Fee.

Garden Art.  2pm-3m.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Monday, August 13th

Summer Service Days at CMoR -Presented by Walmart.  Every Monday ALL CMoR Locations will offer FREE ADMISSION for military, first responders, veterans, law enforcement, and their immediate families.  This event is in partnership with Walmart and available Memorial Day – Labor Day.  Valid at all CMoR locations. Must show badge or ID at check-in. Does not apply for group visits or field trips.  One adult (18+) for every five children is required.

Garden Art.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Space Case Book Discussion. 3pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Celebrate a fun and engaging book this summer! Space Case is a space science mystery by Stuart Gibbs and a Virginia Reader’s Choice 2017-2018 selection for middle school grades. It is sure to please any reader looking for a good summer read. Join us for Space Case by Stuart Gibbs. Free.

Krafty Kids. 3:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. For Preschoolers (3-5 years).  Enjoy some creative learning and make two fun and functional items just in time for back-to-school. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children from preschool to grade 5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Tuesday, August 14th

Free or $1 Summer Movies.   10am.  Regal Cinemas or Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Click here for details and show titles this week!

Family Walk and Talk.  10am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Robins Visitor Center.  Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the Garden. Come dressed for the weather and walking. This is the family version of the popular Lewis Ginter Walk and Talks. Each program will include hands-on activities and a take-home craft.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

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

Krafty Kids. 11am. Sandston Branch Library. Infants & Toddlers (birth-3).  Create a craft related to our storytime theme or letter of the day! Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for toddlers and preschoolers with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Babysitting Workshop. 1pm. Gayton Branch Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  The Henrico Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct a two-day babysitting workshop at the Gayton Library. The workshop will be 1:00-4:00 p.m. each day and will cover fun activities to do with children, making healthy snacks, handling emergencies, and the business of babysitting. Teens that finish the workshop will receive a tote bag and a certificate. Registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. Teens MUST attend both days. Teens ages 12-18 can register online, in person or by calling 501-1960 x 6. Free.

Video Game Tournament. 2pm. Sandston Branch Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  This goes out to all the gamers in the world! Come test your gaming skills against other teens on the Wii U at the Sandston Library. Free.

Teen Art Studio.  2:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. Drop by Teen Art Studio for some fun, hands-on creativity! Discuss different styles of art and do a variety of art, craft and drawing projects. All artistic skill levels are welcome! No registration required. Free.

Sound Bubbles. 2:30pm. Varina Area Library.  For Tweens (Grades 4-6).  Blow bubbles with just the sound of your voice! Use Little Bits circuits to build an electronic  bubble blower activated with sound. Free.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library.  For Preschoolers (3-5 years).   Enjoy a story, then make Trash Art Treasures. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children ages 3-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Wednesday, August 15th

Free or $1 Summer Movies.   10am.  Regal Cinemas or Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Click here for details and show titles this week!

Summer Nature Series – Wow! Wonders of Wildlife: Birds, Turtles, Insects, and more.  10am-11am.   Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Drive.  Join nature center staff as we open up our classroom doors to visitors with a variety of items from our nature collections. Staff will be on hand to present information and answer questions. All ages welcome. Free!

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Front Lawn Fun! – Games from the Past.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  This free, family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. Weather permitting, you’ll find activities on the front lawn along Boulevard stretching our legs and our minds.  Wednesdays all summer.  Free.

Teen Art Studio.  2pm.  Varina Area Library.  Drop by Teen Art Studio for some fun, hands-on creativity! Discuss different styles of art and do a variety of art, craft and drawing projects. All artistic skill levels are welcome! No registration required. We will meet in the Teen Department. Free.

Family Movie. 2pm. North Park Branch Library. Suggested for ages 7 an up, watch Despicable Me 3 as Gru meets his twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last heist. (2017, PG, 90 min.) Free.

Elementary Explorers. 3:30pm. Tuckahoe Area Library.  For grades 3-5. Explore science topics through fun, hands-on activities, challenges and demonstrations. Free.

3D Printing Workshop for Teens. 6pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Learn how to design objects and print in 3D with the library’s Ultimaker 3D Printers! We’ll discuss the real-world applications of 3D printing technology, get familiar with the machines, and practice designing in 3D so you can submit a 3D design to be printed at the library. Free.

Minecraft Club. 6pm. Libbie Mill Library.  Play Minecraft.  Join in with other kids on the 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.

Goodbye Summer. 6pm. Gayton Branch Library.  For Teens (Grades 6-12).  With school fast approaching, take a load off with some crafts, activities and treats, all while staying cool from the summer sun. Feel free to bring in any board games or activities to chill before studying becomes a regular thing again! Free.

Thursday, August 16th

School Bus Safety. 9:30am. Tuckahoe Area Library.  Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Free.

Babysitting Workshop. 1pm. Gayton Branch Library. The Henrico Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension will conduct a two-day babysitting workshop at the Gayton Library. The workshop will be 1:00-4:00 p.m. each day and will cover fun activities to do with children, making healthy snacks, handling emergencies, and the business of babysitting. Teens that finish the workshop will receive a tote bag and a certificate. Registration is required for this workshop and space is limited. Teens MUST attend both days. Teens ages 12-18 can register online, in person or by calling 501-1960 x 6. Free.

Intro to Improv. 3pm. Libbie Mill Library.  For Tweens (Grades 4-6).  Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. Join us to learn the basics of improv skills and have a blast!  Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x4. Free.

Flowers After 5.  5pm-9pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Thursdays in July.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).  Regular Garden admission.

DnD Adventurer’s League. 6pm. Varina Area Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Ever wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, but couldn’t get a big enough group together? Not sure how to start a campaign? Learn the basics of tabletop gaming as we explore the Forgotten Realms in a set of five short adventures designed for a low-stress, high-stakes campaign that anyone of any skill level can enjoy! Character sheets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Meet in the Teen Department. Free.

Summer Concert Series.  6pm-8pm.  1st & 3rd Thursday of each month, May 24 – September 20th.  Stony Point Fashion Park.  Stroll, shop and dine while enjoying all your favorite tunes performed by local musicians.

Paws to R.E.A.D. 6:30pm. Varina Area Library. For Ages 6+. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Time slots will be assigned when you arrive. Free.

Friday, August 17th

Science After Dark: Espionage Night.  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Go undercover to explore the science of espionage! Investigate the mysterious world of spies and spying, decode secret messages and more. Then head to the Dome for all-live Cosmic Expeditions at 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm; space is limited to the first 250 guests at each show, no ticket required. Round out your night and purchase a ticket for a special showing of Spy Kids (rated PG) at 8 pm.  After the shows, step outside to stargaze through telescopes with the Richmond Astronomical Society (weather permitting).  Science After Dark admission is $10 for the general public and free for Museum members and college students with a valid ID. Admission includes exhibits and event programming. Guests can add the feature film in the Dome for $5; members may use a Dome pass if they wish.

Storytime in the Garden.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Aloha Fridays at CMoR Short Pump!  11am.  CMoR Short Pump, 11800 W Broad St, Henrico.  Sing along with Chloe and learn all about the ukulele!  Free with museum admission.

Movie: Despicable Me 3 (PG).  Aug 17 at 10am & 1pm and Aug 18 at 2 & 5pm.  Henrico Theatre, 305 E Nine Mile Road.  Enjoy movies on the big screen. Tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at the door. Concessions are available for $1 per item.

Friday Night Open Gym.  6:45pm – 8:45pm.  Core Kids Academy.  The perfect opportunity to practice gymnastics skills and drills with our certified coaches! Open to ages 4+.  Fee.

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

Saturday, August 18th

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This 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.  Suggested donation.

Family Classics At The Byrd. 10am.  Byrd Theatre, Carytown.  Bob Gulledge At The Mighty Wurlitzer And Classic  Warner Brothers Cartoons before the movie.  Tickets are $4 per person.

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Science Play Saturday. 11am. Sandston Branch Library.  For Elementary Kids (Grades K-5).  STEM free play with building bricks, snap circuits, and more! Free.

Stories at the Museum.  11am.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture, formerly the Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.   Included with admission.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT MAYMONT.  1:30-2pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Walk through the Employees Only door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center.  Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $8 per person/$6 members. (Nature Center admission is sold separately). Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program. (Groups of 5 or more must register in advance). For information, call 804-358-7168.

Movie: Despicable Me 3 (PG).  Aug 18 at 2 & 5pm.  Henrico Theatre, 305 E Nine Mile Road.  Enjoy movies on the big screen. Tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at the door. Concessions are available for $1 per item.

Minecraft for Tweens. 3pm. Varina Area Library.  Play Minecraft with us! You can join in with other kids 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.

Kids Night Out.  6pm.  Romp n’ Roll – West End location.  Every kid deserves a special night out—and so do you!  Ages 2 through 5, no need to be potty-trained.   Children get to run, play, dance, and create their own masterpieces with our energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with our famous bubble dance party.  To reserve your space call 804.364.6363.  Fee.

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

Richmond Kickers Home Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Sunday, August 19th

Give Me Liberty or Death Reenactment.  Historic St. John’s Church, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Professional actors in 1770s’ attire portray nine delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, who engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which culminate with Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.  This reenactment also officially kicks off the Summer Reenactment Series – every Sunday through Labor Day there is a free public reenactment.  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated.  1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  1:30 PM Music program begins.  1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity). Due to increasing volume of interest, they now allow reservations for a $5 per person (plus service fee) cost.   Walk-up seats for those who want to queue at the front doors and come to the show for free on a first-come first-served basis.

Flying Squirrels Game.  1:05pm.  The Diamond.  Families can play catch on the field starting at 12:15 and Kids Run the Bases after the Game! Gates open at 12 p.m.  Fee.

Garden Art.  2pm-3m.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Community Block Party.  3pm-5pm.  Richmond Waldorf School.  All are welcome! Whether you are a new or returning RWS community member, or a neighbor in the Northside.  Activities Include: Obstacle course, Children’s activities, Music, Police & Fire vehicles (if available), Popcorn, Popsicles and School Information and Tours.  Free.

Monday, August 20th

Summer Service Days at CMoR -Presented by Walmart.  Every Monday ALL CMoR Locations will offer FREE ADMISSION for military, first responders, veterans, law enforcement, and their immediate families.  This event is in partnership with Walmart and available Memorial Day – Labor Day.  Valid at all CMoR locations. Must show badge or ID at check-in. Does not apply for group visits or field trips.  One adult (18+) for every five children is required.

Garden Art.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Teen Space Camp. 2:30pm. Libbie Mill Library.  For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Libbie Mill is hosting its very own summer Space Camp series! Explore different scientific concepts through a variety of space-related challenges and crafts. This week, learn about the challenges of working in space, and complete various missions based on challenges astronauts face. No registration is required, but the program is limited to 20 teens. This program is offered as part of the NASA @ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. Free.

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

Tuesday, August 21st

Family Walk and Talk.  10am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Robins Visitor Center.  Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the Garden. Come dressed for the weather and walking. This is the family version of the popular Lewis Ginter Walk and Talks. Each program will include hands-on activities and a take-home craft.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Summer Reading Finale. 10:30am. Twin Hickory Area Library.  Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome fun, featuring the marvelous magic of Bobby Cadabra.  Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free.

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

Summer Reading Finale. 3pm. Libbie Mill Library. Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome fun, featuring the marvelous magic of Bobby Cadabra.  Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free.

Video Game Tournament. 6pm. Varina Area Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  This goes out to all the gamers in the world! They will set up a different gaming system, PS4, Xbox or Wii U, for tournament play. Snacks and controllers will be provided! Free.

Foster Parent Information Session.  6:30pm-7:30pm.  Baptist General Association of Virginia, 2828 Emerywood Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294.  Do you have room in your heart and home for a child in need?  Do you want to make a positive difference in the life of a child?  Have you considered becoming a foster parent?  Please join HopeTree Foster Care on August 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Richmond 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.

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

Teen Jam Session. 7pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12). Learn the basics of GarageBand, a music creation and editing application! Experiment with different instruments and beats to discover your own sound. You’ll have an opportunity to share your music and jam with other teens! Free.

Wednesday, August 22nd

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Play, Learn, and Grow. 10:30am. Libbie Mill Library. Open play time that will encourage young children to make discoveries and build early learning skills that prepare them for kindergarten. This event is best suited for children up to age 36 months. Free.

Front Lawn Fun! – Games from the Past.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  This free, family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. Weather permitting, you’ll find activities on the front lawn along Boulevard stretching our legs and our minds.  Wednesdays all summer.  Free.

The Maker’s Lab: DIY Virtual Reality Glasses. 2pm. Varina Area Library.  For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Dive into Virtual Reality by building your own VR Glasses here at VAL! The glasses we construct will be compatible with most smartphones and participants will be able to take them home while supplies last. Free.

Lip Sync Battle: ES & MS. 6pm. North Park Branch Library.  For 3rd-8th Grades.  You have seen the show, now here’s your chance to be a star! Two days of performances.  Day one will be for 3rd to 8th graders and day two will be teens and adults.  You must register to participate and all songs must be approved by the library. All songs must be the radio or clean version. Free.

Thursday, August 23rd

Education in the 17th Century.  10am-1pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  Understand what education encompassed for the youngest English colonial and Powhatan Indian children 400 years ago. Activities will include a story, interactive tour of our recreated 17th century site, and a make-and-take craft. Registration is required by August 18.  Fee.

Science and Stories: NASA. 10:30am. Libbie Mill Library. Bring out your child’s inner scientist with this event that will feature space themed activities and discovery stations. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.    This program is offered as part of the NASA @ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. Free.

Intro to Improv. 3pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Tweens (Grades 4-6).  Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. Join us to learn the basics of improv skills and have a blast!  Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x4. Free.

Stories ‘n’ Such. 3:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library.  Enjoy a story and then some creative learning and discover “”Junk Can Be Art.””  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for grades K-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Flowers After 5.  5pm-9pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Thursdays in July.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).  Regular Garden admission.

DnD Adventurer’s League. 6pm. Varina Area Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12). Ever wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, but couldn’t get a big enough group together? Not sure how to start a campaign? Learn the basics of tabletop gaming as we explore the Forgotten Realms in a set of five short adventures designed for a low-stress, high-stakes campaign that anyone of any skill level can enjoy! Character sheets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Meet in the Teen Department. Free.

Summer Coding Club. 7pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Register online for this 2-part class that will take place in our Digital Media Lab at 7pm August 23 and 30.  Kids in grades 4 to 6 will create new projects, tackle special challenges, and build skills like logical reasoning! They’ll use programs like Scratch, Alice 2.4, and more as a building block for learning text-based programming languages. Free.

Friday, August 24th

Storytime in the Garden.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Aloha Fridays at CMoR Short Pump!  11am.  CMoR Short Pump, 11800 W Broad St, Henrico.  Sing along with Chloe and learn all about the ukulele!  Free with museum admission.

Krafty Kids. 11am. Fairfield Area Library. Enjoy some creative learning and fun as we celebrate summer break! Books related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for kids in grades K-5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. Free.

Ninja Night.  6:45pm-8:45pm.  Core Kids Academy.  Fast-paced ninja circuits, warp wall and pizza! Open to ages 3+ (must be potty trained).  Fee.

Saturday, August 25th

Family Classics At The Byrd – The Wizard of Oz. 10am.  Byrd Theatre, Carytown.  Bob Gulledge At The Mighty Wurlitzer And Classic  Warner Brothers Cartoons before the movie.  Tickets are $4 per person.

Family Scavenger Hunt.  10am-Noon. 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. Register online by August 24.  Fee.

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT AT MAYMONT.  10am-Noon.  Maymont Farm.  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 at maymont.org.  by August 21; for information, call 804-358-7168. Limited space for walk-ups.

Anime Club. 2pm. Varina Area Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Do you love Anime? Haven’t seen any but have been curious? Watch and discuss different Anime, newer titles and classics will be included! Free.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Richmond Kickers Home Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Sunday, August 26th

Give Me Liberty or Death Reenactment.  Historic St. John’s Church, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Professional actors in 1770s’ attire portray nine delegates, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington, who engage in the debates and arguments of the Second Virginia Convention, which culminate with Patrick Henry’s immortal “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.  This reenactment also officially kicks off the Summer Reenactment Series – every Sunday through Labor Day there is a free public reenactment.  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated.  1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  1:30 PM Music program begins.  1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity). Due to increasing volume of interest, they now allow reservations for a $5 per person (plus service fee) cost.   Walk-up seats for those who want to queue at the front doors and come to the show for free on a first-come first-served basis.

Sundae Funday.  2pm.  Walkerton Tavern.  Did somebody say FREE ICE CREAM?  Come to Walkerton Tavern for free ice cream from Scoops ice cream truck, while supplies last. Make ice cream the old-fashioned way while enjoying some live music. Tours of the historic Tavern will also be available. Free.

Garden Art.  2pm-3m.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Monday, August 27th

Summer Service Days at CMoR -Presented by Walmart.  Every Monday ALL CMoR Locations will offer FREE ADMISSION for military, first responders, veterans, law enforcement, and their immediate families.  This event is in partnership with Walmart and available Memorial Day – Labor Day.  Valid at all CMoR locations. Must show badge or ID at check-in. Does not apply for group visits or field trips.  One adult (18+) for every five children is required.

Garden Art.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden.  Drop-in and unfold your creative energy through Plein air watercolor painting. They provide the easels, the paper, paint and all the supplies you’ll need. Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

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

Henrico Concert Band in the Park.  7pm.  Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and spend a relaxing evening in the park by the lake listening to your favorite band music.  Free.

Tuesday, August 28th

Family Walk and Talk.  10am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Robins Visitor Center.  Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with one of these specialized walks featuring seasonal aspects of the Garden. Come dressed for the weather and walking. This is the family version of the popular Lewis Ginter Walk and Talks. Each program will include hands-on activities and a take-home craft.  Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

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

Teen Writers Guild for Grades 6-8. 6pm. Libbie Mill Library. Middle School writers! Play with your words! Do writing challenges, talk about writing techniques and problems, do some more writing and then share what you’ve done (if you want). Did we mention there will be snacks? Writing is hard work and requires snacks! Don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil. Free.

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

Teen Writers Guild for Grades 9-12. 7:15pm. Libbie Mill Library.  High School writers! Play with your words! Do writing challenges, talk about writing techniques and problems, do some more writing and then share what you’ve done (if you want). Did we mention there will be snacks? Writing is hard work and requires snacks! Don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil. Free.

Wednesday, August 29th

Drop In and Dig.  10am-11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Children’s Garden Farm Garden.  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.   Drop in program, no registration needed.  Free with garden admission.

Front Lawn Fun! – Games from the Past.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of History & Culture.  This free, family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. Weather permitting, you’ll find activities on the front lawn along Boulevard stretching our legs and our minds.  Wednesdays all summer.  Free.

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

Anime Club. 7pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12).  Do you love anime? Want to learn more about it? Watch and talk about Japanese animation. At each meeting, they’ll screen a different anime and enjoy everything from classic titles to new favorites. Free.

Thursday, August 30th

DnD Adventurer’s League. 10am. Varina Area Library. For Teens (Grades 6-12). Ever wanted to play Dungeons and Dragons, but couldn’t get a big enough group together? Not sure how to start a campaign? Learn the basics of tabletop gaming as we explore the Forgotten Realms in a set of five short adventures designed for a low-stress, high-stakes campaign that anyone of any skill level can enjoy! Character sheets will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! We will meet in the Teen Department. Free.

Summer Reading Finale: Barefoot Puppets. 2pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. For Elementary Kids (Grade K-5).  Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring a puppet show perfect for the whole family.  Barefoot Puppets will perform “”Dreamtime, Tales from Down Under,”” a show inspired by Aboriginal folktales. You will meet Billy the platypus, an emu, and a giant frog. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Allen Library. Free.

Intro to Improv. 3pm. Libbie Mill Library. For Tweens (Grades 4-6).  Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. Learn the basics of improv skills and have a blast!  Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x4. Free.

Flowers After 5.  5pm-9pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Thursdays in July.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping. Garden partners with Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets (Fidos After 5).  Regular Garden admission.

Coding Club. 6:30pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. For Grades 3-6. Learn coding using computers and programming games. No experience is required and all levels of learning are welcome! Free.

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

Friday, August 31st

Flying Squirrels Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond. Kids run the bases after the game.  Fee.