Events Calendar

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ALL Month…

Illuminate Light Show & Santa’s Village.   Nightly 5:30pm – 10:00pm.   The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.  A dazzling 1.5 mile drive-through synchronized light show. Guests will turn their radio to a special frequency and watch as the lights dance along with the music. At the conclusion of the drive, guests can visit Santa’s Village, which will include opportunities for photos with Santa, children’s activities and holiday treats for purchase.  Santa’s Village Dates: November 14, 2014 – December 24, 2014.   Light show through January 3rd.  Open rain or shine, including all holidays.  Fee.

Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2014.   Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Holiday tradition features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Visit often to fully experience Dominion GardenFest of Lights — the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!   Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a “rain or shine” event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather.  Through January 12th.  Fee.

Santa’s Christmas Miracle opens at The Children’s Theatre of Virginia.  Through December 28th.  Fee.

Mr Dickens’ Christmas Carol.  8pm.  Grace Street Theater.  The classic story of transformation and redemption.  Through Dec 21st.  Fee.

Legendary Santa.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central Location.  Through December 24th.  A visit with Santa is free.

Drifty’s Snow Dance.  Swift Creek Mill Theatre.  Visit the website for show times and fees.  Through December 22nd.

Visit the Mindbender (see our review here) and Boost Exhibits at the Science Museum.  Or see Polar Express, Rocky Mountain Express or Great White Shark at The Dome.

At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.  (see our review here)

Ice Skating Fun

Monday, December 1st

The Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting.  Live music beginning at 5:30p.m., and the lighting of the holiday tree at 6pm. There will also be a parade of beloved children’s characters, sing-alongs, and complimentary refreshments in the Empire Room.  Free.

Creative Arts.  6:30pm.  Tuckahoe Library.   Come make a greeting card holder wreath out of clothespins. Sponsored by the Friends of Tuckahoe Library.  Registration required.  Free.

Holiday Festival of Music.  7pm.  The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.  Christmas concert featuring the Cathedral Choir, accompanied by the Richmond Symphony.    Fee.

Monday, December 1st and Tuesday, December 2nd

Jingle Bell Bazaar.  Richmond Country Club,  12950 Patterson Avenue (just off the 288) with free parking.  Goochland Free Clinic & Family Services (GFCFS) is hosting.

Tuesday, December 2nd

December Kids Club.  9:30am-10:30am.  Chesterfield Towne Center  in the food court.  Join radio sponsor  93.1 ”The Wolf”  for plenty of fun and light refreshments. Entertainment this month is  a visit with Santa.   Free.

Kindergarten Readiness Forum.  10am-11:30am.   The Children’s Museum of Richmond is partnering with Collegiate School and Powhatan County Public Schools to host a  for preschool families on  from 10:00AM to 11:30AM. The forum is free to the public, and childcare will be available for pre-registered attendees.  Attendees will hear from both public and private school representatives discussing the process of selecting the right kindergarten and will have an opportunity to ask questions of parenting and school experts as they consider kindergarten options.

“Toddler Time”.  10:30-11am.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  FREE Interactive early literacy storytime with music and movement for ages 18-36 months with an adult. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. Located at . For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.  Free.

Young @ Art: The Emperor’s Palace.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Diverse objects from imperial China will inspire your own extravagant creations.  Fee.

Fuss Free Mornings (Midlothian).  6pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Free.

Tuesday, December 2nd – Saturday, December 20th

Jingle Jam Holiday Music Classes.  Melody Magic Music Studio,3041 Lauderdale Drive.  Celebrate the holidays through music! This 3-week class will get your kids dancing, singing, and playing to all kinds of holiday favorites. Ages 0-7 years, with a parent. There are class times all throughout the week and weekend, so check the schedule to see what works for you! $30/child for the 3 weeks, and advance registration is required.Melody Magic Music Studio — 3041 Lauderdale Drive. Register online.

Wednesday, December 3rd

Mad Science in Lab Workshop10am to 11am. Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.  Science workshops for Elementary age students. These workshops are perfect for homeschoolers. Workshops are $10 each, last approximately 60 minutes & include a take home science activity. Check the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

Young @ Art: The Emperor’s Palace.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Diverse objects from imperial China will inspire your own extravagant creations.  Fee.

Fuss Free Mornings (Chester) 6pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Free.

Wednesday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 7th

Bethlehem Walk.  Salem Baptist Church/Broad Street Campus, 465 Broad Street Road, Manakin, VA 23103.  An interactive outdoor drama where guests experience first century Bethlehem.  As you enter the city, allow the sights, sounds and smells to carry you to a period of time that changed the world. Journey through the heart of the city to the marketplace that is bustling with activity from over a dozen authentic shops; enjoy samples from the baker’s shop, see the blacksmith at work making crucifixion nails, marvel at the potter’s crafts and listen for the rumor of a king’s birth from excited townspeople.   he tour is outside and takes approximately 45 minutes. Wait times for the event could be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. Dress appropriately for the weather. The rough terrain is not suitable for wheelchairs; however we do have “chariots” to accommodate you. Admission is free and parking is available on the property. Shuttle service is provided to and from satellite parking locations. Donations to help defray the costs of construction and maintenance are accepted.   Visit the website for times and fees.

Thursday, December 4th

Mad Science Preschool Workshop.  10am to 10:40am.  Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.  Science preschool workshops 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.

CommuniKids Preschool Open House. 10:30am. CommuniKids Preschool, 3111 Lauderdale Drive. CommuniKids offers a full language-immersion preschool program in French or Spanish for children ages 2 to 5, with extended care available. They also offer language classes for children ages 1 ½ to 10 in Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Free.

“Stories with Miss Tori”.  10:30-11:15am.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  FREE Interactive early literacy family storytime with songs, stories, and rhymes for the whole family to enjoy. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.  Free.

Inspired by China 4:15 – 6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.   3 sessions.  After discovering ancient Chinese traditions such as shadow puppetry and woodblock printing, explore the culture and ways of thinking that influence these art forms.  Fee.

Ancient America.  4:15 – 6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Discuss the art and culture of the first peoples of America. Create your own functional artifacts based on objects found in the Ancient American Art Gallery.  Fee.

Holiday Lights Inside & Out!  6pm.  Henrico Theatre.   The first annual illumination of Henrico Theatre! Guests can tour the building, view a Polar Express train display, and watch as the exterior of the building is illuminated for the season! Stay for a holiday performance of song and dance followed by the movie “White Christmas.” Information: 328-4491.  $1.

Holiday Music with the Short Pump Symphonette.  7pm,  Glen Allen Library.  Enjoy an evening of holiday music with the Short Pump Symphonette, an amazing 20-piece orchestra showcasing both youth and adult performers. Sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Allen Branch Library.  Free.

Friday, December 5th

Gingerbread Houses 5pm-7pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Construct an architectural — yet delectable — structure out of gingerbread, royal icing, and lots of colorful candies!  Note: This class is not recommended for anyone with food allergies. For questions, email youthstudio@vmfa.museum.  Fee.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  Children’s Museum – 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.

Sensitive Legendary Santa. 5:30pm-8:30pm. Children’s Museum Central. Families with children who have sensory or other special needs are invited to a sensory-friendly visit with Legendary Santa, including special access to the Genworth Foundation Holiday Village, CMoR Central’s Exhibits, and the VIRGINIA529 Fawn Shop! RSVP for a Sensitive Legendary Santa time slot by visiting www.rvaSensitiveLegendarySanta2014.eventbrite.com or by calling Mary Beth Yates at 804-474-7035. Space is limited in order to provide a calm, quiet environment for all participants.

First Friday Sampler & Open Houser.  5:30pm-9pm.  Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  Try your hand at different art samplers.  Budget and kid-friendly, but some  minimum age requirements.  Extra this month is the annual holiday open house. The fun-filled evening celebration will include artist demos, make-and-take workshops, an art supplies donation drive, music, holiday movie screening, cookie decorating, raffles and much more.   Treats will include a hot cocoa + coffee bar, Center of the Universe Beer, baked goods and much more.  Fee.

James Center Illumination.  5:55 pm – 7 pm.  Between 9th-12th & Cary Streets.  Reindeer and Buildings Illuminate at 6 pm.  Free.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-8pm.  Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.  Fee.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th

Henrico Holiday Spectacular & White Christmas Various show times.  Henrico Theatre.  Prior to the showing of White Christmas, will star Henrico’s own version of the Rockettes and a visit from Santa Claus! Information: 328-4491.  $1.

Saturday, December 6th

Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Characters.   Breakfast is 8-9:30am.  Short Pump Mall.   Free for Short Pump Pals members 6 and under.  Must have a valid membership card.  Call 360-1700 for reservations.  Free.

Making ‘Fairy Houses’ with Dried Natural Materials (Adult/Child).  8:30am or 12:30pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Fee.

How to Build Holiday Yard Stakes. 9am-Noon. Local Home Depot Stores. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered at all Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Register online. Free.

Paws To R.E.A.D. Program 10am – 12:30pm.  Ginter Park Library: 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  Do you love dogs? Come and read to Harvey, our resident Greyhound! Parents, this is a wonderful program that allows children to read aloud, increase their self-esteem, and learn about the human-animal connection. Call for times and registration to read to Harvey or to one of his canine buddies @ 646-1236. Every Saturday.  Free.

Gingerbread Workshop.  10am.   Only at CMoR Short Pump and CMoR Chesterfield.  Free with museum admission, while supplies last.

Saturdays with the Grinch at CMoR!  11am.  CMoR Central, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg. Join the Grinch for a special reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Free with museum admission.

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

“Christmas Through the Ages” Open House.  1pm-4pm.  Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road.  Enjoy the holiday season by experiencing 19th-century life at historic Magnolia Grange house museum elegantly decorated for the holidays just as it was in 1822. The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia hosts this free Christmas open house with a special appearance by Santa Claus. Children may have their picture taken for free. Start your Christmas shopping in the elegant Magnolia Grange museum store.  Free.

Mountain Road Corridor Holiday Celebration.  2:30-5pm.  Spend the afternoon touring several of the historic  sites and celebrating the season.   Trolley rides from site to site will make traveling part of the fun!  Free.

Annual Tree Lighting.  4:30pm-7pm.  Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  Along with the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks, The Center welcomes the community to this very special holiday event featuring holiday music, a toasty bonfire and of course Old St. Nick! Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies as Old St. Nick makes his arrival via fire truck to light the 60-foot cedar tree at The Center’s entrance. mark yoru calendars to attend this holiday tradition!   A fun treat for all ages.  Free.

Richmond Symphony Let It Snow! 8pm.  Genworth Symphony Pops Carpenter Theatre.  Fee.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Sunday, December 7th

Old-Fashioned Christmas.  Noon-5pm.  Maymont.  Celebrate a charming, old-fashioned Christmas and experience a tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Victorian ladies and gentlemen welcome you to the Dooleys’ home to marvel at the grand Christmas tree, decorated formal rooms upstairs and dinner preparations happening Belowstairs. Guests also enjoy carriage rides, visits with St. Nick and Maymont’s Christmas Fairy, festive music, a roaring bonfire and more. Fees for activities. For information, visit www.maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

Open Studio Sundays.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Go by the studios anytime between Noon and 4 pm to enjoy “make-it, take-it” art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project offered every month, with assistance from VMFA volunteers! (For groups of eight or more children, please email megan.liles@vmfa.museum.)  Free, no registration required.

St. Nick’s Party.  2:30pm-4pm.  Maymont.  The entire family is sure to enjoy lots of merriment as St. Nick joins Maymont’ Christmas Fairy to host a party filled with magical wishes, games and crafts, special treats, animal friends, and a visit to the enchanting home of Major and Mrs. Dooley. $15 per person. Register online at www.maymont.org or call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  2:30pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Richmond Symphony Let It Snow!  3pm.  Genworth Symphony Pops Carpenter Theatre.  Fee.

Colonial Williamsburg Fireworks.  4:45pm.  In the 18th century, illuminations, which included the firing of guns and lighting of fireworks, were held to celebrate major events, such as great military victories, the anniversary of the reigning sovereign’s birth, or the arrival of a new colonial governor. Join Colonial Williamsburg for this special day by strolling the Revolutionary City and viewing all the unique decorations. Enjoy musical performances from multiple stages and delight in the fireworks displays from three different locations.

Meadow Farm Holiday Lantern Tours.  5:30-8pm.  Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park.  Costumed interpreters will guide guests through Meadow Farm for a special wedding. Learn  traditions that surround the holiday season and why weddings occurred this time of year. Bring your own flashlight and  sign in at the Orientation Center as guided group tours leave every 15 minutes from 5:30-8pm. Information: 501-2130.  Free.

Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program Winter Concert.  7pm.  Carpenter Theatre.

Tuesday, December 9th

“Toddler Time”.  10:30-11am.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  FREE Interactive early literacy storytime with music and movement for ages 18-36 months with an adult. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. Located at . For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.  Free.

CommuniKids Preschool Open House. 10:30am. CommuniKids Preschool, 3111 Lauderdale Drive. CommuniKids offers a full language-immersion preschool program in French or Spanish for children ages 2 to 5, with extended care available. They also offer language classes for children ages 1 ½ to 10 in Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Free.

Short Pump Pals Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall, Food Court.  Sing Along with Betsy Q.  Free.

Young @ Art: The Emperor’s Palace.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Diverse objects from imperial China will inspire your own extravagant creations.  Fee.

All Ages Holiday Carft-A-Thon.  6pm.  North Park Library.   Relax and enjoy some holiday cheer and crafting for all ages! Drop by to make a gift or decoration. Refuel with holiday snacks. Families are welcome!  Free.

Henrico Pops Chorus Holiday Concert.   7:30 pm.  Henrico Theatre.  The chorus is celebrating their 20th season of making music! Under the direction of Bobbie Moore, the chorus will perform seasonal classics and holiday favorites. Call for reservations: 501-5859.  Free.

Tuesday, December 9th & Wednesday, December 10th

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend”.  Carpenter Theatre.  Fee.

Wednesday, December 10th

Mommy and Me. 10am-11:30am. Willow Lawn – Outside on the Plaza. Join The Shops at Willow Lawn on the second Wednesday of every month as they host a free morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children. This month – Chris Campbell – Music for Kids. Free.

Young @ Art: The Emperor’s Palace.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Diverse objects from imperial China will inspire your own extravagant creations.  Fee.

Play. Learn and Grow.  4pm.  Gayton Library.   Play is how our youngest children learn! Join the playgroup to develop early literacy skills, to make new friends, and have fun! Ages 6-24 months.  Free.

Susan Greenbaum: Carols in the Library.  6:30pm- 7:30pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Richmond’s favorite singer/songwriter Susan Greenbaum performs and you can sing along, too! Location: Kelly Education Center- Library.  Dominion GardenFest of Lights admission is required.

Christmas Party.  7pm.  Varina Library.   The annual Christmas Party with stories from Mrs. Claus, a craft, and maybe a visit from Santa!   Free.

Holiday Cheer with Joshua Allen.  7pm.  Fairfield Library.  Join local musician Joshua Allen as he celebrates the Yule season with a variety of traditional songs. Joshua will sing and perform on a number of different instruments, including hand-carved horn pipes. Free.

Teen Fav Awards.  7pm. Dumbarton, Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory Libraries.   Vote online from November 1 to December 1 for your favorite teen books, movies, music and more of 2014. Find out who won at one of the three simulcast awards ceremonies hosted by the Northside, Northwest, and West End TABs. Refreshments will be served and dressy attire is encouraged! Ages 11-18.  Free.

Thursday, December 11th

“Stories with Miss Tori”.  10:30-11:15am.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  FREE Interactive early literacy family storytime with songs, stories, and rhymes for the whole family to enjoy. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.  Free.

Inspired by China 4:15 – 6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.   3 sessions.  After discovering ancient Chinese traditions such as shadow puppetry and woodblock printing, explore the culture and ways of thinking that influence these art forms.  Fee.

Imperial Treasures 4:15–6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Investigate the art and culture of China in Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing to inspire your own artistic creations.  Fee.

HoliDads. 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Romp n’ Roll – All Richmond Locations. HoliDads is a special night for Dads and their children and will include holiday story time, Christmas-y musical games and activities in the gym, a special keepsake Holiday craft project and pizza too! This event is for dads and their children, ages 5 and under. $12 per child for enrolled members and $17 per child for non-members. Call (804) 364-6363 to reserve your spot!

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Friday, December 12th

Mad Science Parents Night Out 6pm to 10pm.  Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook. Want to get out without bringing the kids too? Enjoy a nice night our while Mad Science entertains your kids. But beware, they may be having so much fun they don’t’ want to go back! The night will include pizza, a fun science activity, take home activities (slime and more), fun games and activities, and a fun movie! The Parents Night Out goes from 6 pm to 10 pm. The cost is $30 per child ($25 for additional siblings). Grades K – 5. Check out our website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Friday, December 12th & Saturday, December 13th

For All Who Truly Believe – Jump Aboard The Polar Express.  Various show times.  Henrico Theatre.   Come see holiday favorite The Polar Express at historic Henrico Theatre. Visit the train exhibit, meet the conductor, and receive your golden boarding ticket and bell. Information: 328-4491.  $1

Experience the true meaning of Christmas. Camp Hanover is located at 3163 Parsleys Mill Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Two magical nights of music and drama at Camp Hanover.This unique celebration of the birth of Jesus is open to the public 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and is suitable for all ages and physical abilities. More than just another live nativity, Hanover Christmas invites you to be part of the greatest story ever told as you experience the music, drama and fellowship with other travelers: shepherds, kings, angels, and other visitors. The event takes place in both indoor and outdoor locations. Refreshments will be available. A donation of $10 per person is appreciated.

Saturday, December 13th

Making ‘Fairy Houses’ with Dried Natural Materials (Adult/Child).  8:30am or 12:30pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Fee.

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.

Lego My Library.  10am-Noon.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  We will meet one Saturday a month to build, build, build! Shoot and edit your own LEGO Movie! Build on the virtual map with Build With Chrome! This activity is open to children ages 5 up. All Legos are provided. For questions and info. Call 804.646.1236.  Free.

Holiday Train Engine.     10am.  Local Lowe’s Stores.   The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build this festive Train Engine!  Preregistration required.  Free.

Paws To R.E.A.D. Program 10am – 12:30pm.  Ginter Park Library: 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  Do you love dogs? Come and read to Harvey, our resident Greyhound! Parents, this is a wonderful program that allows children to read aloud, increase their self-esteem, and learn about the human-animal connection. Call for times and registration to read to Harvey or to one of his canine buddies @ 646-1236. Every Saturday.  Free.

Sir Thomas Dale’s Colonial Christmas.  10am-5pm.  Henricus Historical Park.   This event will demonstrate first-person character interpretation of the etiquette, norms, customs, and laws regarding Christmas in Elizabethan-Jacobean English households in the early 17th-century.  Experience holiday traditions of different socio-economic homes and enjoy period dance and song in the hospital.  Free.

CommuniKids Preschool Open House. 10:30am. CommuniKids Preschool, 3111 Lauderdale Drive. CommuniKids offers a full language-immersion preschool program in French or Spanish for children ages 2 to 5, with extended care available. They also offer language classes for children ages 1 ½ to 10 in Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese. Free.

Geek “The Hobbit”.  11am.  North Park Library.  Get ready for the premier of the final “Hobbit” movie with a marathon viewing of the first two installments.  Free.

Saturdays with the Grinch at CMoR!  11am.  CMoR Central, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg.  Join the Grinch for a special reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Free with museum admission.

Henricus Colonial Christmas Camp.  1pm-4pm.  Henricus  Historical Park.   For ages 5 – 10.  Make historic decorations and crafts and participate in games and traditional holiday activities of the Colonial Virginia era.  Help us decorate your home and Henricus!  Parents can do their Christmas shopping while kids are at camp.  They can also visit our well-stocked gift shop featuring Colonial and Virginia Indian items!  Registration required by December 10 by calling 804-318-8797.  Fee.

Meet & Shrink Masterpieces  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Ages 6 – 9 | Recreate mini versions of your favorite masterpieces! Draw images on Shrinky Dink® sheets and watch what happens when the instructor heats the material. Then turn works into decorative magnets to share with friends and family.  Fee.

Engineering 101.  2pm-4pm.  Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road. Free.

James River Parade of Lights.  4:30pm-8:30pm.  Osborne Park and Boat Landing.  Enjoy holiday music, a bonfire, and activities to celebrate the magic of the season while watching the parade of decorated boats sail by,  Free.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-8pm.  Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.  Fee.

Holiday Kid’s Night Out. 6pm to 9pm. Romp n’ Roll, All Richmond Locations. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you, especially during the busy holiday season! Take a night off to relax or get out and pick up those last few stocking stuffers while the kids run, jump and have a blast at Romp n’ Roll! The night even includes a super special pizza party! Ages 2-5. Potty training not required. Member Pricing: $20 for one child, $35 for 2 siblings, $40 for 3 siblings. Non-Member Pricing: $25 for one child, $40 for 2 siblings, $45 for 3 siblings. Call (804) 249-5001 to register or visit us online for more information –http://rompnroll.com/westend/kids-fun-camps/kids_night_out.

CarMax Tacky Light Run 6pm.  RVA holds the bragging rights for tacky holiday lights, a festive craze that has made our city a holiday destination. Join us in revamping this Richmond tradition with the CarMax Tacky Light Run in Midlothian. Gather your friends to form a team and share the fun (and save $$$    This is a stroller-friendly event, and children in strollers do NOT have to register.  Fee.

Richmond Symphony Handel ’s Messiah.  7:30pm. Carpenter Theatre.  Fee.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Sunday, December 14th

PBS Kids Holiday Hoopla. 1pm-4pm. WCVE PBS, 23 Sesame Street, North Chesterfield. This event is for children ages 2-8 years old and their families. With winter and holiday games, crafts and activities, there will be lots to do. The Silver Rail Club is scheduled to set up an O-scale model train layout which includes a model Thomas, the Tank Engine. Each child will receive a giant Thomas, the Tank Engine sticker book!

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  2:30pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Eastern Henrico Holiday Extravaganza.  2:30pm-5pm.  The Armour House & Gardens & Dabbs House Museum.  Join in some holiday celebrations and experience traditions and holidays past. Information: 343-3506.  Free.

Monday, December 15th

Henrico Concert Band Holiday Concert 7:30pm.  Henrico Theatre.  Holiday favorites and more to get you in the mood for this festive season. A visit by Santa Claus makes this a fun family event! Call for reservations: 501-5859.  Free.

Tuesday, December 16th

“Toddler Time”.  10:30-11am.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  FREE Interactive early literacy storytime with music and movement for ages 18-36 months with an adult. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. Located at . For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.  Free.

Young @ Art: The Emperor’s Palace.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Diverse objects from imperial China will inspire your own extravagant creations.  Fee.

Holiday Party.  7pm.  Fairfield Library.   Play games, make a craft, and visit with Santa!  Free.

Wednesday, December 17th

Mad Science in Lab Workshop.  10am to 11am.  Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.  Science workshops for Elementary age students. These workshops are perfect for homeschoolers. Workshops are $10 each, last approximately 60 minutes & include a take home science activity. Check the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

Holiday Storytime.  10:30am.  Sandston Library.  Holiday stories, songs, crafts and more! For toddlers and preschoolers.

Young @ Art: The Emperor’s Palace.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Diverse objects from imperial China will inspire your own extravagant creations.  Fee.

Thursday, December 18th

Mad Science Preschool Workshop.  10am to 10:40am.  Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.   Science preschool workshops 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.

“Stories with Miss Tori”.  10:30-11:15am.  Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  FREE Interactive early literacy family storytime with songs, stories, and rhymes for the whole family to enjoy. Indoor playtime and crafts at the conclusion. For questions and info. Call Miss Tori at 804.646.1236.  Free.

Inspired by China 4:15 – 6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.   3 sessions.  After discovering ancient Chinese traditions such as shadow puppetry and woodblock printing, explore the culture and ways of thinking that influence these art forms.  Fee.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Friday, December 19th

Gingerbread Houses 5pm-7pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Construct an architectural — yet delectable — structure out of gingerbread, royal icing, and lots of colorful candies!  Note: This class is not recommended for anyone with food allergies. For questions, email youthstudio@vmfa.museum.  Fee.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-8pm.  Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.  Fee.

Christmas with the Rinards 7pm.  Henrico Theatre. beloved hymns, toe-tappin’ country songs, and holiday favorites – with a little bit of everything in between!  Tickets can be purchased in person up to three weeks in advance. Information: 328- 4491. $5.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Friday, December 19th – Sunday, December 28th

Richmond Ballet The Nutcracker.  Carpenter Theatre.  Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.  Fee.

Saturday, December 20th

Paws To R.E.A.D. Program 10am – 12:30pm.  Ginter Park Library: 1200 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227.  Do you love dogs? Come and read to Harvey, our resident Greyhound! Parents, this is a wonderful program that allows children to read aloud, increase their self-esteem, and learn about the human-animal connection. Call for times and registration to read to Harvey or to one of his canine buddies @ 646-1236. Every Saturday.  Free.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.  10am and 11:30am.   The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen.   This classic from Theatre IV has been charming audiences nationwide for many years. Come enjoy this exclusive public performance that is suitable for all ages.  Fee.

Saturdays with the Grinch at CMoR!  11am.  CMoR Central, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg.  Join the Grinch for a special reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Free with museum admission.

Animation in a Day 1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Ready . . . set . . . ACTION! Watch illustrations come to life as you draw, assemble, and compose an original stop-motion animation. Fee.

Engineering Kids Day Out. 1pm-4pm.  Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.  Make your own Gingerbread House. Learn about civil engineering as you design and build your fabulously delicious gingerbread house. The Big Bad Wolf couldn’t blow this house down! Fee.

Winter Movie.  2:30pm.  Tuckahoe Library.  After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. (Disney, PG, 108 min)  Free.

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life.  2:30pm & 8pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

A Classic Christmas with the KOS Band and Friends.  4pm & 7pm, Henrico Theatre. These Christmas classics will span multiple genres from upbeat high energy renditions to tradition Christmas ballads. Tickets can be purchased in person up to three weeks in advance. Information: 328- 4491.$5.

Saturday, December 20th & Sunday, December 21st

Holiday Event for Frozen Fans! Two cheerful days of creativity and fun! On Saturday, December 20 from 9:00am-12:30pm or Sunday, December 21 from 1pm-4:30pm – cookie decorating at Sweet Spot (sugar cookies from Sweet Bella Bakery, yum!), Snowman making at All Fired Up and Holiday Mitten painting at Spirited Art! The cost is $62 per guest and this special event is for ages 6 and up. Drop off is at Sweet Spot and pick up at Spirited Art. To register, visit www.myspiritedart.com/richmond. For more information, please call My Spirited Art at 360-5909.

Sunday, December 21st

Henrico Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life2:30pm.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  This clever, live radio play adaptation invites you to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Join us live in the studios of WBFR Radio on Christmas Eve, 1946. There the dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie will be brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound effects artist, and your imagination.  Fee.

Rompy’s Jolly Holiday Jam. 6pm to 7:30pm. Romp n’ Roll, All Richmond Locations. Join Rompy and the rest of the Romp n’ Roll team for our Jolly Holiday Jam…it will be “jam-packed” with fun games and activities, dancing and, of course, a yummy holiday treat. This event is for all children 5 years old and under, and is parent-inclusive. $10 per child for enrolled members and $15 per child for non-members. Call (804) 364-6363 to reserve your spot!

Sunday, December 21st – Tuesday, December 23rd

Live Nativity Pageant with special musical performances. Metro Richmond Zoo. A live re-enactment of the Christmas story featuring animals from the zoo. The twenty minute pageant will be presented 3 times each evening. Live music before and after each pageant will be provided by local churches and performing arts groups. Visit the website for show times and details. Free.

Monday, December 22nd

Gingerbread Decorating Competition.  Rounds are at Noon, 1pm and 2pm.  Sweet Spot.  Bring one SECRET edible ingredient and they will provide the rest. Teams can have up to 4 people and all ages are welcome. The cost is $15 per team. To reserve a spot or for more information, call us at 360-7768.

Winter Crafts & Fun.  2pm.  Dumbarton Library.  The Northside Teen Advisory Board hosts crafts and activities for children! Ages 5-11 years. Free.

Monday, December 29th

Teen Food Challenge.  10am.  Twin Hickory Library.  Do you love to watch reality cooking shows? Do you want to show off your culinary knowledge and skills (or learn some)? Then this is for you! Be a member of one of three teams whose challenge is to develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes — with ingredients we will only reveal to you at the competition! All teams will make a presentation to a judging panel (librarians), explaining the preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value and cost of the dish. You will learn new skills and a ton of stuff about food. We will also make sure you get plenty of snacks so you don’t go hungry while you cook. Kristina Yager, a 4-H Youth Development Agent and representative of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Henrico County Office, will be leading the challenge. If you have any food allergies or concerns, please call Adrienne Minock at 804-290-9200 x5 when you sign up.  Registration required.

Monday, December 29th and Tuesday, December 30th

Winter Camp. 9am to Noon. Romp n’ Roll, All Richmond Locations. School will be out and the snow may fly, but we’ll be turning up the heat during the holiday break with our “Winter Luau” camp! Monday, December 29th – 9am to Noon and Tuesday, December 30th – 9am to Noon. Participate in one or both days and have a blast with beach limbo and volleyball, summer-themed art activities and more! Cost is just $30 per day for enrolled members and $35 per day for non-members, which includes a nut-free snack for children ages 2 through 5. Children do not need to be potty trained. Call (804) 364-6363 to reserve your spot!

December 29th – January 2nd

Mad Science Holiday Camp.  Mon-Friday 9am to 4pm.  Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook.  Save your vacation days for vacation and let Mad Science keep the kids! We have a full day camp that runs Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm for children in grades 1 to 6. Holiday camp lets your kids participate in a variety of science projects and activates. We also include a movie and snack. You should pack a lunch for your child. The cost is $50 with before and after care being offered for $10. Check the website to register.

Tuesday, December 30th

Marvel Comics Movie.  1:30pm.  Glen Allen Library.  Watch the second movie in the Thor series during Winter Break. Movie gift card at the screening. Wear something Marvel Comics-related, and you will get an extra entry into this contest! Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Allen Branch Library. For teens and tweens.  Free.

Gingerbread Party.  2pm.  Dumbarton Library.  Decorate a giant gingerbread house for the library and make your own house to take home.  Free.

MOVIE SING-A-LONG IN YOUR PAJAMAS.  2pm.  Twin Hickory Library.  The Northwest Teen Advisory Board and the Friends of Twin Hickory Library invite you to come to the library in your pajamas to sing-a-long to a 2013 movie inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen! Watch in the comfort of your pajamas (you can even bring a pillow or blanky) and sing your heart out with your friends! We will have some snacks, but you are welcome to bring your own. Open to children 9 and younger with an adult. Ages 10-18 can attend on their own.  Free.

Wednesday, December 31st

Noon Year’s Eve.  10am-1pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Watch the ball drop, and see 2,015 bouncy balls released at the strike of noon! Enjoy a juice toast, make your own noisemaker, launch ping pong balls with liquid nitrogen, construct a geodesic globe and much more.   Free with museum admission.

Happy Noon Year.  11am.  Tuckahoe Library.  Ring in the new year a little early with fun activities for everyone. Sponsored by The Friends of Tuckahoe Library.  Free.

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic 2pm.  Fun for all ages!  Live concert by the Ululating Mummies, Continuing the “Rolling in the New Year’s” tradition of rolling down the hill to the Rose Garden (weather permitting), Photo opportunities with the Garden Keeper & the Butterfly Fairy — bring your cameras!  Make your own New Year’s party hat, Write your wish for 2015 and add it to the “wishing chain”, Trains in classroom II in the Kelly Education Center & in the Conservatory.  All activities included with regular Garden admission.

New Year’s Eve Youth Lock-In! The Perfect Place for Your Teens to Ring in the New Year, at the Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. Unlimited go kart racing, games, contests, raffles, and food, on December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.   Open to teens, Grades 7 – 12. $40 per person pre-registration fee by December 20, and $50 per person at the door. Space is limited!

Friday, January 2nd

Candy Bingo. 5:30pm. Sweet Spot, West Broad Village. Bring you friends and family for a fun night at Sweet Spot. All ages are welcome. To reserve your spot, call 360-7768.