Events Calendar

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WaterPlay  Weekends.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Recurring event.  During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be!  Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays.  Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. WaterPlay is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.  Free with garden admission.

Butterflies LIVE!  9am-5pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and 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. Runs April 14 – October 15, 2017.  Free with regular garden admission.

Monday, May 1st

PokéMondays at the Garden.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  So many people are having fun playing Pokemon Go at the Garden that they decided to celebrate with PokéMondays — every Monday, February 20 – October 30. When you visit on Mondays during this time, they will have lures to attract even more Pokémon for  guests! Free with garden admission.

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

Junior Great Books Level I (Ages 7-9).  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Come join us for Junior Great Books Level 1! Our spring session meets April 3, 17, 24, and May 1. These four Monday afternoon meetings (appropriate for ages 7-9) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome!  For older children ages 9-12, Junior Great Books Level II is held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15. Registration required.

Nature Study: Butterflies.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we learn all about butterflies! Watch as a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, observe a variety of butterflies on our wildflowers, and make your own butterfly art.

Tuesday, May 2nd

Craft and Play.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Join our Tuesday morning playgroup for some simple crafting and play fun while we learn early literacy skills and make new friends! We meet every two weeks.

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.

Wednesday, May 3rd

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.

Cece Bell Celebration!  6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Fans of the book El Deafo will not want to miss this event during Children’s Book Week!  Cece Bell will join us via Skype to talk to us about her books.  Stick around to create a craft inspired by El Deafo and hear a reading from her latest works.  Please note that Cece’s Skype visit is a high probability but is still tentative based on her schedule.

3D Printing Workshop for Grades 5-12.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. See 3D printing in action! During this workshop, you 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. Please be on time and be aware that if you are late 10 minutes or more for class, your seat may be given away. Registration required.

Thursday, May 4th

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.

Outside to Explore.  4pm-5pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  For ages 14–30 months.  Enjoy the museum grounds through nature- inspired play; investigations of sounds, sights, and smells; and natural art materials. Fee.

Homework Help.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. National Honor Society students from Tucker High School are available on the lower level to help with homework. Register online for one half hour session. All time slots assigned in person beginning at 6:00 pm.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6 – 630 meet and greet, 630 – 7 weekly lesson 1, 7 – 830 free play, 830 – 9 weekly lesson 2, 9 – 10 free play. Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

May the 4th.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Come be “”tie (dye) fighters”” and share in Star Wars lore. Bring your own shirt or we have limited material available. Sponsored by the Friends of Gayton Library.

Padawan Training.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Join us for family time as we celebrate Star Wars and prepare future Jedi Knights.

May the 4th be with you.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Come celebrate all things Star Wars! Join us in the Teen Department for Star Wars themed crafts based on the Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger. Watch Star Wars the Force Awakens while you craft! Come dressed as your favorite character to Win a 3-D printed prize for the best costume!

Friday, May 5th

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.

Revenge of the 5th.  All Day. Sandston Branch Library. A galaxy far, far away is coming to your library! Join us for a celebration of the dark side of Star Wars, by checking out your favorite books and movies, take a picture with our props, and enter our trivia contest. Costumes are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm – 7:30pm. CMoR Central, 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220.  Special Night for Special Needs is an evening especially for the families of children with special needs age 10 and under.  Visitors enjoy all the museum has to offer and benefit from the availability of adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and reduced number of visitors.  Free.

Kid’s Fun Night.  6pm-8pm.  All Fired Up.  On the first Friday of each month, drop the kids (ages 5 to 12) off for a fun-night of pottery painting.  Students will create a ceramic piece from wet clay, glaze a piece from our collection of bisque, enjoy games and eat a pizza dinner—all for less than the price of a babysitter! Pre-registration required by noon on Friday. $25 per child (plus tax).

Saturday, May 6th

Walk for Wishes. 8:30 – 11:30 am. Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond VA 23235. Walkers of all ages will come together at Stony Point Fashion Park to celebrate wish children. This annual, family-friendly event is a fun day to socialize and exercise while raising much-needed funds to grant wishes for children awaiting their wish. From a leisurely 2-mile walking course to food and kid-friendly activities, there is something for every member of the family! Participants can register individually, or register to be part of a team.

Marimba Madness With Mr. Roman.  2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us to learn about the marimba and hear Mr. Roman perform several musical pieces on it.  All ages are invited for this fun percussion event!

Free Comic Book Day.  1:00 PM-4:00 PM. Henrico County Library locations. Teens–stop by the library today for a free comic book, while supplies last.

Open Studio Sunday.  1pm – 4pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  Make Open Studio Sunday part of your family’s monthly routine! Visit the Art Education Center anytime between 1 and 4 pm to participate in art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project is offered every month, led by VMFA Youth Studio staff and volunteers.  (For groups of eight or more children, please email youthstudio@vmfa.museum.)  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Free, no registration required.

Mad Science Show.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Explore how sound is created at Mad Science of Central Virginia’s “”Sounds Like Science”” show. Enjoy some family time together at this fast-paced, entertaining show about science!

Minecraft for Tweens.  3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join in with others on our dedicated server in the same Minecraft world. Creative or survival? You decide! Registration is not required if you bring a laptop with your own copy of Minecraft on it.

Arena Pro Football.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Indoor football returns to RVA as the Richmond Roughriders of Arena Pro Football take the field in 2017 at Richmond Coliseum!   Fee.

Monday, May 8th

PokéMondays at the Garden.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  So many people are having fun playing Pokemon Go at the Garden that they decided to celebrate with PokéMondays — every Monday, February 20 – October 30. When you visit on Mondays during this time, they will have lures to attract even more Pokémon for  guests! Free with garden admission.

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

Nature Study: Butterflies.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we learn all about butterflies! Watch as a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, observe a variety of butterflies on our wildflowers, and make your own butterfly art.

Tuesday, May 9th

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.  11:00 AM-11:30 AM. Sandston Branch Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we create a craft related to story time or theme 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 ages 3-5 with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity.  We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Krafty Kids.  3:30 PM-4:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we create a flower craft. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-9 with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Teen Game Night.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for Table Tennis, beginner’s or competitive chess, and board games every second Tuesday at Twin Hickory.

Introduction to Podcasting for Grades 6-12.  6:00 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Learn the basics of audio recording and editing with Audacity. Prerequisite: Familiarity with keyboard and mouse. Registration required.

Tween Club.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Ages 11-13. Tweens, come join the club that is all about you! Give advice about programs and services for tweens, talk about books, make crafts and participate in other activities. Share your knowledge for all things tween!

Family Time.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for Family Bingo!

Wednesday, May 10th

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 and Daddy, too. 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 – The Taters.

Krafty Kids.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we create butterfly crafts. 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. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Junior Great Books Level II (Ages 9-12).  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Come join us for Junior Great Books Level II! Our spring session meets April 5, 19, 26, and May 10.  This four-week series (appropriate for ages 9-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry.  For younger children ages 7-9, Junior Great Books Level I is held on Monday afternoons from 3:30-5:00. Registration required.

Anime Club.  7:00 PM-9:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Do you love Anime? Haven’t seen any but have been curious? Come enjoy popular Japanese animation with us. We will watch and discuss different Anime each time we meet, newer titles and classics will be included! Meeting in the Teen Area.

Thursday, May 11th

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.

Busy Hands.  11:15 AM-11:45 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we create a craft for Mother’s Day. 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. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Celebrate Spring! Create Flower Pots!  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Join us for an event celebrating Spring by hand-painting a terra cotta pot for planting your first flower seeds. Use paint and collage techniques taught by an instructor from the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Participants will also plant seeds and learn how to take care of the seedlings. Limited to 25 participants.   Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Stories ‘n’ Such.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for a story and then some creative learning and fun as we make Mom Pop 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. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Outside to Explore.  4pm-5pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  For ages 14–30 months.  Enjoy the museum grounds through nature- inspired play; investigations of sounds, sights, and smells; and natural art materials. Fee.

Krafty Kids.  4:00 PM-4:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we make a Mother’s Day craft. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children preschool through grade 5 with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

ACT Practice Test Results.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Staff from Princeton Review will conduct a results session for the ACT Practice Test held on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Register with Princeton Review for the results session at http://www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings/308686  You can also call 1-800-2REVIEW ext 1077 if you would prefer to speak with someone.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6 – 630 meet and greet, 630 – 7 weekly lesson 1, 7 – 830 free play, 830 – 9 weekly lesson 2, 9 – 10 free play. Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

Homework Help.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. National Honor Society students from Tucker High School are available on the lower level to help with homework. Register online for one half hour session. All time slots assigned in person beginning at 6:00 pm.

Krafty Kids.  7:00 PM-7:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we make fun treats for mom. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children of all ages with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Friday, May 12th

Mother’s Day Weekend.  May 12th, 13th & 14th.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  A three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, shopping and dining, plus Sunday, May 14 is the popular Mother’s Day concert (1 – 4 p.m.).  Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage. Mother’s Day Brunch in the Tea House, online reservations start Feb. 7. Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).  Regular Garden admission.

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.

Drawing: Fashion Figures.  5pm– 6:30 pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  Inspired by designer Yves Saint Laurent, practice both realistic and exaggerated figure proportions used in fashion illustration, and learn to render clothing using a variety of media.  Fee.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm – 7:30pm.  CMoR Fredericksburg.  Special Night for Special Needs is an evening especially for the families of children with special needs age 10 and under.  Visitors enjoy all the museum has to offer and benefit from the availability of adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and reduced number of visitors.  Free.

Saturday, May 13th

Mother’s Day Weekend.  May 12th, 13th & 14th.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  A three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, shopping and dining, plus Sunday, May 14 is the popular Mother’s Day concert (1 – 4 p.m.).  Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage. Mother’s Day Brunch in the Tea House, online reservations start Feb. 7. Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).  Regular Garden admission.

Family Financial Forum.  9am-Noon.  CMoR Central, 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220.   Financial stress can put a strain on families. This event is intended to give your family some basic tools needed to reach your financial goals.  Child care is available for only $10, including admission to the museum.

Barefoot Puppets – Trickster Tales.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us for a high energy puppet show with lots of laughs courtesy of the acclaimed Barefoot Puppets! Kids will love cheering for Anansi the spider as he works his tricks on other animals.

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

Krafty Kids.  11:00 AM-11:30 AM. North Park Branch Library. Join us for family time as we learn to make a Mother’s Day craft.  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. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

Fashion: Silk Painting.  1pm–4 pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  For ages 13 – 17.  Explore traditional and modern approaches to the art of silk painting while designing your own silk scarf to take home.  Fee.

The Upcycled Lab: Cosplay Creations.  1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Learn how to make Cosplay costumes by reconstructing clothing, found objects, and recycled materials in time for next month’s Comic Con! Space is limited and registration is required.

Mother’s Day Tea.  2pm-4pm.  Maymont Mansion.  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 12.  Fee.

Full STEAM Ahead!  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Ages 8+. Explore, create, and invent at interactive stations featuring littleBits electronic building block sets, Makey Makeys, cool experiments, and more! Learn science, engineering, and art concepts through hands-on activities. Hosted by the West End Teen Advisory Board. Registration required.

3D Printing Workshop for Parent and Child.  2:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Grade K-5 with an adult. See 3D printing in action! During this workshop, you 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. Parents, please register yourself and add your child’s age in the notes section before submitting. This class lasts 90 minutes, but you can leave early if your little one gets the wiggles :-)Please be on time and be aware that if you are late 10 minutes or more for class, your seat may be given away.

Moms and Munchkins.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Come celebrate MOM at our Mother’s Day Celebration! Enjoy a Mother’s Day book reading, crafts, and activities. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, May 14th – Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Weekend.  May 12th, 13th & 14th.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  A three-day weekend with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom. Enjoy the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, shopping and dining, plus Sunday, May 14 is the popular Mother’s Day concert (1 – 4 p.m.).  Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage. Mother’s Day Brunch in the Tea House, online reservations start Feb. 7. Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).  Regular Garden admission.

Free Garden Admission on Mother’s Day.  On Mother’s Day spend the afternoon enjoying Agecroft Hall’s gardens and grounds. Picnicking is permitted in designated areas.  Fee & registration: Free! A garden ticket is required. Upon arrival, please go to the front desk for ticketing information. Guided museum tours are also available for the regular fee. Reservations are not required for tours.  However, reservations are required for Mother’s Day Tea.   The Richmond Concert Band will perform their annual Mother’s Day Concert on the lawn at Agecroft Hall at 6pm. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for this special free concert.

Monday, May 15th

PokéMondays at the Garden.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  So many people are having fun playing Pokemon Go at the Garden that they decided to celebrate with PokéMondays — every Monday, February 20 – October 30. When you visit on Mondays during this time, they will have lures to attract even more Pokémon for  guests! Free with garden admission.

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

K-1 Book Club.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. We have a new book club for beginning readers in Kindergarten and 1st grade! Join us for an interactive look at books and find out just how fun reading can be. We will read our books during the program!

Nature Study: Butterflies.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we learn all about butterflies! Watch as a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, observe a variety of butterflies on our wildflowers, and make your own butterfly art.

Tuesday, May 16th

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.

Craft and Play.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Join our Tuesday morning playgroup for some simple crafting and play fun while we learn early literacy skills and make new friends! We meet every two weeks.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Sandston 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

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

Learn the Basics of Photoshop Workshop for Grades 6-12.  6:00 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Learn Adobe Photoshop! Photoshop is a powerful, image-editing software with infinite possibilities! This class will provide a basic overview of tools and concepts that are fundamental for getting started in Photoshop. Prerequisite: Familiarity with keyboard & mouse, beginner experience with photography encouraged but not required. Registration required.

3-D Printing Cosplay Design.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Learn how to design 3-D models for parts of your favorite superhero or anime character costume. Then come in your completed costume to the library’s ComicCon in June! Registration required.

Concert by Susan Greenbaum.  7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Our summer concert series starts with a performance by Richmond singer-songwriter Susan Greenbaum. Sponsored by the Friends of Twin Hickory Library.

Wednesday, May 17th

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.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. North Park 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

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

Robots and Mud Pies Preschool Open House for Fall Enrollment.   1pm-4pm.  2517 Grenoble Road, Henrico VA 23294.  Drop by to learn more about the innovative curriculum at Robots and Mud Pies Preschool.  Free.

Minecraft Club.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Come 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.

Thursday, May 18th

Kids Club.  10am-11:30am.  Regency Square Mall, near the food court.  A fun event for kids 8 and under.  Every third Thursday of the month.   Free.

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.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Fairfield Area 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

Butterfly Drama.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Ages 4 and up will learn fun facts about butterflies, then create costumes to make a drama about their life cycle!

Outside to Explore.  4pm-5pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  For ages 14–30 months.  Enjoy the museum grounds through nature- inspired play; investigations of sounds, sights, and smells; and natural art materials. Fee.

Mini Masters.  4:15pm–6 pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  For ages 5–8.  Create miniature versions of your favorite masterpieces in VMFA’s collections by drawing replications on plastic shrink paper. Fee.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6 – 630 meet and greet, 630 – 7 weekly lesson 1, 7 – 830 free play, 830 – 9 weekly lesson 2, 9 – 10 free play. Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

Homework Help.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. National Honor Society students from Tucker High School are available on the lower level to help with homework. Register online for one half hour session. All time slots assigned in person beginning at 6:00 pm.

Paws to R.E.A.D.  6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Ages 6+. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Registration required.

Twilight Tales.  6:30 PM-7:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Get a move on! Join us for interactive stories, movement rhymes, and  dancing.

Friday, May 19th

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.

Painting and Planting.  5pm–7 pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult.  Paint a flower pot with patterns and colors inspired by the art of ancient Americans, then plant some seeds that you can grow and care for at home!  Fee.

Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Romp n’ Roll – Mechanicsville 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.

Saturday, May 20th

Nature Cat!  10am-4pm.  CMoR Central, 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220.  Meet Nature Cat from the animated PBS KIDS® series designed to encourage children ages 3-8 to explore and develop connections with the natural world.  Free with museum admission.

Sprayground Opening.  10am-Noon.  Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Avenue, Henrico, VA 23223.  For all ages. Splash into summer at the brand new Eastern Henrico Recreation Center Sprayground Opening!  Free.

Henrico Walking Tour.  10-11:30am. Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.  For all ages. Join us for a tour of the historic Crump Park at Meadow Farm. The history and wildlife of the park will be discussed during the tour. Registration required.  Information: 652-1437.  Free.

Movie: Puss in Boots (PG).  10am & 2pm.  Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23075.  Enjoy classic movies on the big screen at Henrico Theatre!  Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 652-1460.

Paws to R.E.A.D.  10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Ages 6+. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Registration required.

Butterfly Release.  11:15 AM-11:45 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Starting in early May, observe the fascinating metamorphosis of our Painted Lady caterpillars as they change into beautiful butterflies. Join us for their release into our garden after Family storytime on 5/20/2017.

National Readathon Day.  12:00 AM-11:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join readers across the country and Varina and celebrate the joy of reading for the third National Readathon Day. Bring your own reads or check out ours. Find us in our central staircase seating area. Bring a cushion or pillow and plan to stay awhile.

Dress Form in a Day.  1pm–4 pm.  VMFA Pauley Center, Studio A. For ages 13 – 17.   Create a dress form—made exactly to your measurements—on the cheap! This free-standing dress form will come in handy when making dresses and/or tailoring most garments.  Fee.

Animal Encounters. 2pm-3pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Meet some of Maymont’s animal ambassadors during scaly, feathered and furry close encounters. Visit with alligators, snakes and turtles, birds of prey, and animals of the Chesapeake Bay. Register online. Fee.

Block Party.  2:00 PM-4:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Come build with us! Build and explore with legos and other blocks.

Life-Sized Candyland.  2:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us on a journey to Candy Castle as you play life-sized Candy Land with the entire family. One play through should last approximately 15 minutes. A library representative will contact you to schedule your exact start time. Hosted by the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Registration required.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – West End 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.

Arena Pro Football.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Indoor football returns to RVA as the Richmond Roughriders of Arena Pro Football take the field in 2017 at Richmond Coliseum!   Fee.

Sunday, May 21st

Round Up The Family 5K and Fun Run.  9am-Noon.  Deep Run Park. This outdoor event, hosted by Full Circle Grief Center, is focused on bringing families together while getting active! Families can participate in a one mile fun run, a 5K walk/run, field games, crafts, and a raffle that’s sure to have something to interest everyone in the family. Registration opens at 8:30 am, with warm ups starting at 9:15 am. The fun run starts at 9:30 am and the 5k at 10:00 am. Children and family activities will be taking place until noon. Registration fees are $10 for the Fun Run and $20 for the 5K. For more information, please visit www.fullcirclegc.org/round-up.  Fee.

Monday, May 22nd

PokéMondays at the Garden.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  So many people are having fun playing Pokemon Go at the Garden that they decided to celebrate with PokéMondays — every Monday, February 20 – October 30. When you visit on Mondays during this time, they will have lures to attract even more Pokémon for  guests! Free with garden admission.

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.  3:30 PM-4:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Join us as we make koinobori; traditional Japanese carp-shaped windsocks. Take yours home and watch it swim in the breeze. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children in preschool to grade 5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.

SAT Scores Back Session.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. A follow-up to the free practice test that explains the scoring system and testing timeline.

K-1 Book Club.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. We have a new book club for Kindergarten and First graders! Join us for an interactive look at books and find out just how fun reading can be.  We will read our books during the program!

Tuesday, May 23rd

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.

Story Drama Workshop.  11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Glen Allen 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

Amazing Race-Library Edition.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Ages 10+. Tweens and Teens race around the world. Complete the challenges in the least amount of time and win the race!

DML Petting Zoo.  6:00 PM-7:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Tinker and explore all of our Digital Media Lab equipment and software during our Petting Zoo hours! A more in depth hands on experience into all the programs offered at the Varina Area Library.

Teen Art Guild.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Teen Art Guild for some fun, hands-on, creativity! The Teen Art Guild will do a variety of art, craft and drawing projects. We’ll also discuss different styles of art and have the opportunity to share work with peers. REMINDER: You don’t have to paint like Picasso to join! Teen Art Guild is for teens of all interests and skill levels. Come hang out, meet other teens and enjoy getting creative!

Wednesday, May 24th

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.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Libbie Mill 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

Robots and Mud Pies Preschool Open House for Fall Enrollment.   1pm-4pm.  2517 Grenoble Road, Henrico VA 23294.  Drop by to learn more about the innovative curriculum at Robots and Mud Pies Preschool.  Free.

The History of Comics.  7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Learn the secret powers behind these vintage reads as Virginia Commonwealth University’s Special Collections librarian and comic book guru, Cindy Jackson shares her “”super”” knowledge of graphic novels and comic books.

Thursday, May 25th

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.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Tuckahoe Area 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

Story Drama Workshop.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

Steven K. Smith, Mystery Author.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Mr. Smith will speak about his popular mystery series “”The Virginia Mysteries,”” where he gets his ideas, and what it’s like being an author.  Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

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

Homework Help.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. National Honor Society students from Tucker High School are available on the lower level to help with homework. Register online for one half hour session. All time slots assigned in person beginning at 6:00 pm.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6 – 630 meet and greet, 630 – 7 weekly lesson 1, 7 – 830 free play, 830 – 9 weekly lesson 2, 9 – 10 free play. Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

Family Movie.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Join us for family time and watch Finding Dory. Go with lovable yet forgetful Dory as she searches for her parents with Nemo and Marlin. (2016, PG, 105 min.)

Kaleidoscopes.  6:30 PM-7:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we learn about these beautiful toys and make a simple kaleidoscope.

Friday, May 26th

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 26 @ 6:00 pm – May 27 @ 9:00 am.  Maymont Grounds.  Eplore 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 23. Participants will receive more information prior to the program.  Fee.

Saturday, May 27th

Minecraft for Teens.  3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join in with others on our dedicated server in the same Minecraft world. Creative or survival? You decide! Registration is not required if you bring your own laptop with your own copy of Minecraft.

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.

Arena Pro Football.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Indoor football returns to RVA as the Richmond Roughriders of Arena Pro Football take the field in 2017 at Richmond Coliseum!   Fee.

Monday, May 29th

Special Monday Opening: Memorial Day @ Maymont.  10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Memorial Day Celebration.  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Free admission for military personnel and first responders and their dependents, with select discounts in Garden Café and Garden Shop. Show military and first responder ID card at Admissions.

Sandston Memorial Day Parade.  Noon- 4pm.  11 JB Finley Street, Henrico.

Tuesday, May 30th

Preschool Paint & Play Days at The Center for Creative Arts!  Ages 3-6,  May 30 – June 2, and June 12-16.  Kids enjoy  fun mornings full of drawing, painting, stories, and games inspired by classic children’s stories and poetry. Children will paint a hot air balloon, lions, life under the sea, their favorite stuffed animal, and more!  $30/day or $25/day for three or more days. Snack and outdoor playtime included.  Email center4creativearts@comcast. net to register.

Craft and Play.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Join our Tuesday morning playgroup for some simple crafting and play fun while we learn early literacy skills and make new friends! We meet every two weeks.

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.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Twin Hickory Area 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

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

Teen Writers Guild.  6:00 PM-7:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Meet with fellow young writers in the area to discuss the craft, share work, and explore great writing.

Teen Writers Guild.  7:00 PM-8:30 PM. 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!

Wednesday, May 31st

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.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Varina Area 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 Little Engine That Could. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.

Robots and Mud Pies Preschool Open House for Fall Enrollment.   1pm-4pm.  2517 Grenoble Road, Henrico VA 23294.  Drop by to learn more about the innovative curriculum at Robots and Mud Pies Preschool.  Free.

Anime Club.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. 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.