Events Calendar

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Sunday, May 1st

Henry and Mudge.  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.   Also on May 2nd.  Fee.

Flying Squirrels Game.  12:05pm.  The Diamond.  Cycle to The Diamond for brunch, baseball and free gear! The 1st 1,500 kids ages 14 & under receive a free Squirrels Sweatband presented by Richmond Times-Dispatch. Cycling to the game is encouraged with prizes. Gate open at 11:00 AM. Play catch on the field from 11:15-11:35 AM before the game and Kids Run the Bases afterwards.

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.

Explore the Outdoors.  1pm-5pm.  Huguenot Park & The Community Idea Stations – 10901 Robious Rd, Richmond, VA 23235.  Join the fun with the Community Idea Stations, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation and 50 local organizations who specialize in outdoor activities for families. From nature walks to outdoor investigations, enjoy hands-on experiences that encourage kids to explore science, nature and being active outside. Inside, you can tour the WCVE TV and Radio Studios. Meet Curious George and see yourself on TV!  Rain or Shine.  Free.

Celebrate Thomas the Train Day!  2pm-4pm.  Confederate Hills Recreation Center.  For ages 2-6.  Celebrate trains with family and friends! Don’t miss the excitement of being the conductor and riding  the Fun Time Train, train races on the lawn, and train crafts (while supplies last). Bring your friends and come out  for train loads of fun.  Free.

Monday, May 2nd

Itsy Bitsy Artists.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. An art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Free with admission.

Henry and Mudge.  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.   Also on May 1st.  Fee.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Bark in the Park Dog Collar Giveaway.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Tuesday, May 3rd

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.

Krafty Kids. 11:00am – 11:30am,  Sandston Branch Library. For ages 3-5. Create a craft!  Free.

Krafty Kids. 3:30pm – 4:00pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. Create buzzing mosquitoes! Due to program limitations,they are unable to accommodate group visits for this program.  Free.

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.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

On Stage: Shakespeare.  7pm-9pm. Maymont Carriage House Lawn.  Presented by Quill Theatre.  Enjoy a full production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Rain date Wednesday, May 4.  Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  Free.

Wednesday, May 4th

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You. All Day – All Day Sandston Branch Library.  Wear your favorite Star Wars gear and drop in anytime all day for trivia, photos, and to enter a prize drawing! Meet Star Wars costumed characters from 6-7 p.m. Drawing will take place at 7pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Free.

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.

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.

NEW! Earth Defenders.  2pm-4pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Homeschoolers will explore a variety of natural science topics using observation, citizen science and journaling to deepen their nature experience and knowledge. Through hands-on activities, kids will discover how our world works and how we affect natural systems. Come prepared to have fun. Ages 8-12 years old.  Fee.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm – 4:15pm Libbie Mill Library. Discover the transformative power of salt as they create art with salt, glue and watercolors. 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.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.   Fleece Blanket Giveaway.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Thursday, May 5th

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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  10:35pm.  The Diamond.  The best field trip of the season for area schools kicks off at 10:35 AM for this special Education Day Game presented by SunTrust Bank. Gates open at 9:30. Contact Camp.perry@squirrelsbaseball.com to sign your school up.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

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

Land of Illustrators.   4:15pm – 6pm.  VMFA,  Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Focus on landscape elements in favorite children’s books to inspire illustrated scenes from your own imagination.  Fee.

Paws to R.E.A.D. 4:00pm – 6:00pm.   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,

Teen Book Club. 7:00pm – 8:00pm. North Park Branch Library. Come munch on snacks and talk books with us! Join the discussion and tell us what you’ve been reading!  Free.

Thursday, May 5th, 12th, & 19th

Drawing.  4:15pm – 6 pm (3 sessions).  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.  Fine-tune your skills while drawing from observation and experimenting with a variety of drawing tools and mediums.  Fee.

Friday, May 6th

Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown.  Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to far away lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books!   Free with admission.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  CMoR Chesterfield.  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.

Saturday, May 7th

Bank of America cardholders get in free at all Children’s Museum locations All Weekend!  This deal applies to the cardholder only.  Bank of America Guest is $9.  Children under 1 are free.  Cardholder must have card on them.  Valid the first FULL weekend of every month.

Nurture RVA Birth & Baby Fair.  10am-3pm.  Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, 1000 North Lombardy St, Richmond 23220.  Nurture RVA Birth & Baby Fair to provide information for expecting and new families, honor Richmond-area mothers, midwives and doulas, and raise funds to establish a nonprofit perinatal resource center.   Local entrepreneurs, artisans, and service providers who specialize in products and services for prospective, expecting and new families, will offer goods and services, great food, talks and demonstrations, and over $3000 in raffle prizes.  Free to all visitors. Raffle tickets available at the door.  Bring a pack of diapers for Capital Diaper Bank and receive 8 raffle tickets for a full pack, 3 for a partial pack. Greatest need is size 4 & 5.

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.

All Saints Catholic School’s Annual Spring Carnival. 11am – 4pm.  All Saints Catholic School, 3418 Noble Ave., Richmond, VA 23222.  Enjoy bounce houses, tractor ride, food tents, silent auction, baked goods sale, games and prizes. New this year – rock climbing wall and bungee bouncers. FREE to attend; game tickets and food for purchase.

Dora the Explorer.  11am – 4pm.  Children’s Museum – Central.  Adventure awaits at CMoR Central! Dora the Explorer will bring the excitement to CMoR  for a Meet n’ Greet and special picture opportunities for children and families. Tickets will be available at the front desk on the day of the event only. Event is free with museum admission.  Patron Members will have the opportunity to meet Dora early with a Meet n’ Greet at 9:30am.

Free Comic Book Day. 1:00pm – 4:00pm Fairfield, Gayton, North Park, Glen Allen,  Libbie Mill, Tuckahoe, Twin Hickory, and Sandston Librariesy. Teens–stop by the library today for a free comic book. Free.

Time to Play in the Garden.  1pm-4pm.  Armour House and Gardens.  Kids of all ages are invited to the public opening of the Children’s  Garden at the Armour House, a unique space for play and learning that will  inspire children to reconne ct with nature in a playful and educational  way.  The garden features multiple activity areas including a beautiful butterfly garden designed and maintained by the Henrico Master Gardener Program.  Enjoy hands- on activities, live music, and other featured entertainment.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  Free.

Mother’s Day Tea.  2pm-4pm.  Maymont Mansion.  Dress in your favorite spring fashions, be it vintage or modern, to enjoy afternoon tea in one of the most picturesque settings in Richmond. Enjoy this time-honored tradition with your mother, daughter or special friend on the mansion porch as elegant Victorian ladies, distinguished gentlemen and attending servants see to every detail. Tea sandwiches and little cakes, special music and a visit to the mansion make this a very memorable afternoon. Register online by May 6.  Fee.

Minecraft Club. 2:00pm – 3:30pm.  Libbie Mill Library. Play Minecraft with in the new Digital Media Lab. Join in with others 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.

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.

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

Sunday, May 8th

Bank of America cardholders get in free at all Children’s Museum locations All Weekend!  This deal applies to the cardholder only.  Bank of America Guest is $9.  Children under 1 are free.  Cardholder must have card on them.  Valid the first FULL weekend of every month.

On Stage: Amor.  3pm-4pm.  Maymont Carriage House Lawn.  The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents AMOR, a dance theatre experience, based on the internationally-renowned works of some of the most impactful Hispanic and American poets, that with their writing inspire a true celebration of love and life.  Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  Free.

Monday, May 9th

Itsy Bitsy Artists.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. An art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Free with admission.

Krafty Kids. 3:30pm – 4:15pm.  Glen Allen Branch Library. Make an “uplifting” decorative hot air balloon.  Free.

Foster Parent Orientation.  6pm-7pm. HopeTree Foster Care Offices, 3309 West Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23831.   May is National Foster Care Month!   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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Tuesday, May 10th

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.

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall – Pals Clubhouse (Between Crate and Barrel & Pottery Barn).  Enjoy a complimentary ride on the train, face painting, balloon creations and other treats and giveaways! Free.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm – 4:30pm.   Twin Hickory Area Library. Time for Sidewalk Chalk Art! Free.

Tween Club. 6:00pm – 8:00pm.   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 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.

Free College Planning Workshop.  6:30pm-8pm.  Libbie Mill Public Library at 2100 Libbie Lake East Street, Richmond, VA 23230.   Richmond area parents of high schoolers are invited to attend this FREE Exclusive College Admissions and Financial Aid Planning Workshop.  Registration for this free workshop is required due to limited seating capacity and materials, so please RSVP at: glenallencollegeworkshop.eventbrite.com and print your ticket(s) as a reminder of the event date and time.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Henrico Pops Chorus presents “Proud To Be An American”.  7:30pm – 9pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.   Usher in springtime as the Henrico Pops Chorus salutes America with their offering of Proud to be an American! Free.

Wednesday, May 11th

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.

Busy Hands. 11:15am – 11:45am Tuckahoe Area Library. Create a shape flowers! Due to program limitations, they are unable to accommodate group visits for this program.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  12:05pm.  The Diamond.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

NEW! Earth Defenders.  2pm-4pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Homeschoolers will explore a variety of natural science topics using observation, citizen science and journaling to deepen their nature experience and knowledge. Through hands-on activities, kids will discover how our world works and how we affect natural systems. Come prepared to have fun. Ages 8-12 years old.  Fee.

ArtBots. 7:00pm – 8:00pm.   Libbie Mill Library. Want to make your own robot? Learn how to take electric toothbrushes and pool noodles to create your very own ArtBot. Registration required.  Free.

Thursday, May 12th

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.

Free College Planning Workshop.  6:30pm.  Glen Allen Library at 10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.   Richmond area parents of high schoolers are invited to attend this FREE Exclusive College Admissions and Financial Aid Planning Workshop.  Registration for this free workshop is required due to limited seating capacity and materials, so please RSVP at: glenallencollegeworkshop.eventbrite.com and print your ticket(s) as a reminder of the event date and time.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fireworks!  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Friday, May 13th

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.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  Pump It Up, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite I, Ashland , VA.  The kids will be happy with an evening of jumping, games, dinner and a movie! 4-12 years old.  Fee.

Southside Speedway Races.  7:30pm.  12800 Genito Road, Midlothian, VA 23112.  Watch Central Virginia’s short track drivers put on a show! All six divisions will be competing in the third race of the 2016 season. Front gate opens to the public at 6:00 p.m. Practice and qualifying starts at 5:20 p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.  Driver Meet & Greet on this evening.  Fee.

Flying Squirrels Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond.  Free Andrew Susac (former Squirrels catcher) T-shirts to the 1st 1,000 fans 15 & up. Annual Boy Scout Night and sleepover on the field after the game. Contact the groups department to sign your troop up.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

May 13th – 15th

Threads 2015 Spring/Summer Children’s Consignment Sale.  Canterbury Shopping Center, 10616 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23238 (Corner of Patterson & Pump).
Thursday, May 12 • 6pm-9pm • Volunteer Presale
Thursday, May 12 • 7pm-9pm • Consignor Presale
Friday, May 13 • 9am-7pm • Public Shopping
Saturday, May 14 • 9am-7pm • Public Shopping
Sunday, May 15th • 9:00am-4:00pm • 50% Off Sale Public Shopping

Saturday, May 14th

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.

Richmond Waldorf School Annual May Faire.  10am-3pm (rain or shine).  1000 Westover Hills Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia.  Richmond Waldorf School invites you to celebrate Spring at the annual day of games, food, festivities, and a traditional maypole dance.  The event is free and open to the public. Tickets may be purchased during the event to participate in activities such as jump rope making, face painting, pony rides, birdhouse building, and more.

Make & Play Saturday. 11:00am – 12:00pm.   Sandston Branch Library. Free play with legos and snap circuits!  Free.

Silk Painting.  1pm – 4pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 6 – 9.  Enjoy a modern approach to the ancient art of painting silk with vibrant dyes and transparent resists.  Fee.

Animation: Crash Course.  1pm – 4pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center. For ages 13 – 17.  Learn how drawings can be brought to life through character illustration and experimentation with stop-motion animation techniques.  Fee.

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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  A Superblast fireworks extravaganza after the game.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Sunday, May 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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  12:05pm.  The Diamond.  Brunch! Baseball! Free stuff! First 1,500 kids 14 & under will receive a free Wiffle Ball set presented by Glory Days Grill. Special brunch food and drink menu items are served up all game long. Gates open at 11:00 AM for this Kids Club Sunday.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Monday, May 16th

Itsy Bitsy Artists.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. An art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Free with admission.

Story Drama Workshop. 11:00am – 12:00pm.  Tuckahoe Area Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. This workshop replaces our regular preschool storytime and will compliment VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: The Golden Goose. Limited to children ages 3-5.  Free.

Tuesday, May 17th

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.

Story Drama Workshop. 10:30am – 11:30am.   Sandston Branch Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. This workshop replaces our regular preschool storytime and will compliment VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: The Golden Goose. Limited to children ages 3-5.  Free.

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

Musical Playdate: Nature Walk.  11:00-11:40.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  A musical playdate just for babies, all about the sights and sounds of nature! Play with baby-safe instruments, dance (with some grown-up help, of course!), and use your senses to explore the world around you! Ages 0-1 with a parent. Just $15/child. Advance registration required online: www.melodymagicmusic.com/playdates

Family Jump Night.  6pm-8pm.  Pump It Up, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite I, Ashland, VA.  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.

Wednesday, May 18th

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.

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.

Science and Stories. 10:30am – 11:15am Libbie Mill Library. What could be better than storytime? Science and stories! Enjoy a special 45 minute storytime with experiments and discovery stations. 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.  Free.

Story Drama Workshop. 10:30am – 11:30am North Park Branch Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. This workshop replaces our regular preschool storytime and will compliment VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: The Golden Goose. Limited to children ages 3-5.  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.

NEW! Earth Defenders.  2pm-4pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Homeschoolers will explore a variety of natural science topics using observation, citizen science and journaling to deepen their nature experience and knowledge. Through hands-on activities, kids will discover how our world works and how we affect natural systems. Come prepared to have fun. Ages 8-12 years old.  Fee.

Anime Club. 7:00pm – 8:00pm.   Libbie Mill Library. Do you love anime? Want to learn more about it? Join us as we gather to watch and talk about Japanese animation. Each meeting, we’ll screen a different anime and enjoy everything from classic titles to new favorites.  Free.

Thursday, May 19th

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.

Story Drama Workshop. 10:00am – 11:30am Fairfield Area Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. This workshop replaces our regular preschool storytime and will compliment VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: The Golden Goose. Limited to children ages 3-5.

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

Superhero Movie. 6:15pm – 8:30pm.  North Park Branch Library. Avengers:Age of Ultron. Superhero team of Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow take on Ultron. (2015, PG-13, 141 min.)  Free.

Twilight Tales. 6:30pm – 7:15pm.  Glen Allen Branch Library. Undersea Adventure! You are “o-fish-ally” invited to join us for ocean stories, songs, and a craft.  Free.

Friday, May 20th

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.

Musical Playdate: Rhyme Around Town.  11:00-11:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  A musical playdate that takes kids through the town! Rhyme your way through a pretend grocery store and the cobbler’s shop, and even have fun “driving” in traffic! Of course they’ll do lots of singing, dancing, and playing instruments. Ages 0-5 with a parent. Just $15/child. Advance registration required online: www.melodymagicmusic.com/playdates

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.

Southside Speedway Races. 7:30pm. 12800 Genito Road, Midlothian, VA 23112. Watch Central Virginia’s short track drivers put on a show! All six divisions will be competing in the third race of the 2016 season. Front gate opens to the public at 6:00 p.m. Practice and qualifying starts at 5:20 p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Driver Meet & Greet on this evening. Fee.

Flying Squirrels Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond.  Free Brandon Crawford T-shirts (former Squirrels shortstop) to the 1st 1,000 fans ages 15 & up. Happy Hour drink specials from 5:30-7:30. Girl Scout troops sleepover on the field after the game!  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Saturday, May 21st

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.

NEW! Geocaching.  10am-Noon.  MAymont Nature Center and Grounds.  If you enjoy Maymont’s scavenger hunts, you’ll want to try this new way to “hunt.” Learn about geocaching – treasure hunting using GPS units or smart phones with geocaching apps. We will make signature items for cache trading, and get out on the grounds for geocaching challenges. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. Bring your own handheld gps unit, or smart phone with the free pre-installed Geocaching App. Limited space for walk-ups.

The Great Outdoors.  10:30am–Noon.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 1/2–5 years and an adult.  Step outside the studio and explore the museum grounds. Children will explore land art, engage in the outdoor sensory experiences, and enjoy the natural elements around them.

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.

Animal Enrichment.  2pm-4pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Do animals enjoy puzzles, games, toys and treats? They do! Assist Maymont staff in making enrichment items for our 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.  Fee.

Relax with Watercolor. 2:00pm – 4:00pm.. Libbie Mill Library. Feeling stressed? Come spend the afternoon relaxing by the lake and expanding the creative part of your brain. They will explore some watercolor techniques and make postcards. Registration required.  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.

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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  Close proximity Fireworks Extravaganza following the game. EMS, Crossfit and other health & wellness items on display.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

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

Sunday, May 22nd

Free Open Studio.  10am-Noon.  Byran Park.  A SUPER FUN MORNING OF MAKING ART OUTDOORS.  Also, learn more about our DOODLEBUGS kids programs and receive an earlybird discount when you register for summer classes at the event!  The first 10 families to RSVP will receive a free DOODLEBUGS t-shirt!

Flying Squirrels Game.  12:05pm.  The Diamond.  Enjoy special brunch food and drink items for this 12:05 PM start time. Kids Club Sunday giveaway features Squirrels Batting Gloves to the 1st 1,500 kids ages 14 under presented by Coca-Cola.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.

Monday, May 23rd

Itsy Bitsy Artists.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. An art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Free with admission.

Story Drama Workshop. 10:30am – 11:30am. Gayton Branch Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: The Golden Goose. Limited to children ages 3-5.  Free.

Busy Hands. 3:30pm – 4:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Time for Sidewalk Chalk Art!   Free.

Teen Writers Guild. 7:00pm – 8:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Play with your words! We will have writing challenges, talk about the craft of writing, do some more writing and share your work at the end of the night (if you want to). Did I mention that there will be snacks too? Writing is hard work and needs snacks! Come hang out, meet other writers in our area. Don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil!   Free.

Tuesday, May 24th

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 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.

Family Time. 7:00pm – 8:00pm.. Twin Hickory Area Library. Fun activities designed to get the entire family involved!  Free.

Wednesday, May 25th

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.

Story Drama Workshop. 10:30am – 11:30am.  Libbie Mill Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. This workshop replaces our regular preschool storytime and will compliment VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: The Golden Goose. Limited to children ages 3-5.  Free.

NEW! Earth Defenders.  2pm-4pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Homeschoolers will explore a variety of natural science topics using observation, citizen science and journaling to deepen their nature experience and knowledge. Through hands-on activities, kids will discover how our world works and how we affect natural systems. Come prepared to have fun. Ages 8-12 years old.  Fee.

Minecraft Club. 6:00pm – 7:30pm Libbie Mill Library. Come play Minecraft with on the new Digital Media Lab. 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.

Thursday, May 26th

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.

Busy Hands. 11:15 AM – 11:45am.  Tuckahoe Area Library. Create a sprout house! Due to program limitations, they are unable to accommodate group visits for this program.  Free.

Paint Party.  4:15pm – 6pm. VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Learn about Abstract Expressionism and make your mark by originating your own “action” painting.  Fee.

Friday, May 27th

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.

Family Camp-Out: A Night Under the Stars.  May 27 @ 6:00 pm – May 28 @ 9:00 am.  Maymont Grounds.  Using stars as a guide,  explore how humans and animals alike have navigated the world during this overnight camping adventure. Learn some map and compass skills while on a scavenger hunt. As the sun sets explore the lives of animals that migrate thousands of miles a year. Afterwards we’ll make s’mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont’s grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and take a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; all participants must register. Register online by May 25. Participants will receive more information prior to the program.

May 27 – September 18th

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® Bricks.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Half-a-million LEGO bricks create giant flowers, birds, insects & more.  Cost is included in regular Garden admission.

Saturday, May 28th

3D Printing Workshop for Grades 5-8. 2:30pm – 4:00pm Libbie Mill Library. See 3D printing in action! During this workshop, kids will learn how to create your own 3D designs, download pre-made 3D models, and see an object being printed on the library’s Ultimaker2 3D printer. Please bring a thumb-drive so you can save your design. This workshop is for grades 5-8. Please be on time and be aware that if you are late 10 minutes or more for class, your seat may be given away.  Free.

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

Sunday, May 29th

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Reenactment.  1:15pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, 23223.   1:15pm Doors open, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; 1:30 p.m. Music program; 1:45 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.  Free reenactments each Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Monday, May 30th – Happy Memorial Day!

Sandston Memorial Day Parade.  Noon- 5pm.  11 JB Finley Street Henrico VA 23250.  8th Annual American Legion Post 242 & Battlefield Post 144 Sandston Memorial Day Parade.  Noon – Veterans Recognition Ceremony at Seven Pines National Cemetery, 1pm – Parade starts at Seven Pines Elementary School on Beulah Road and proceeds down Williamsburg Road through Sandston to Confederate Avenue.  2pm – Post parade festivities include live music by the Continentals, children’s activities, & exhibitor booths.  Free.

Tuesday, May 31st

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.

Story Drama Workshop. 10:30am – 11:30am Twin Hickory Area Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. This workshop replaces our regular preschool storytime and will compliment VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: The Golden Goose. Limited to children ages 3-5.  Free.

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

Teen Writers’ Guild Author Visit: Kat Spears. 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join the Twin Hickory Teen Writers’ Guild for a special visit from local author Kat Spears. Spears will discuss her latest book, Breakaway, as well as tips for young authors on getting started in the publishing world – like finding an agent and selling your book. Not to be missed for all aspiring teen writers!  Free.

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.  Make sure to join the free kids club.  Visit the website for ticket prices.