Events Calendar

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A Million BloomsButterflies LIVE! and WaterPlay. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Fee with Garden Admission.  Enter our Giveaway to see it all for FREE.

Pick Your Own Strawberries!  Great Family Fun!

Friday, May 1st

Storytime.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, 2820 W Cary Street.   Every Friday at 10:00 am Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by our very own Miss Hannah, our 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.

First Friday Samplers.  5:30pm-9pm.  Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  A fun, creative way to spend your Friday night.  Try your hand at different art samplers.  Budget and kid-friendly, but some  minimum age requirements.  Registration begins at 5:00 pm. Classes run from 6:00-9:00 pm. Class prices range from $5-$20.

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

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

Parent’s Night Out.  6:30pm-10:30pm.  Pump It Up, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite I , Ashland , VA.  The kids will be happy with an evening of jumping, games, dinner and a movie! 4-12 years old.  Fee.

Friday, May 1st – Saturday, May 2nd

Free Tickets to “THE EMPEROR’S FLOWERS”. With the generous sponsorship of TowneBank, this year will be the third consecutive year that the Minds In Motion program will hold its year-end performances at the historic theatre. The performances will bring together nearly 1,300 fourth grade students from 15 public and four independent schools across the Richmond area in a professionally-produced celebration of both the program’s milestone anniversary and of public art in downtown Richmond.

Friday, May 1st – Friday, May 8th

Clothesline Children’s West End Spring Consignment Sale. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, 1354 Gaskins Road (between Kroger & Hallmark), Richmond 23238. You’ll find children’s clothing (newborn through juniors/teens, boutique clothing, maternity wear, shoes, accessories, baby equipment & gear, strollers, nursery decor & furniture, diaper & feeding supplies, books, electronics, and toys!
Friday May 1 … 9a to 8p
Saturday May 2 … 9a to 3p
Sunday May 3 … 12 to 5p
Monday May 4 … CLOSED
Tuesday May 5 … 9a to 8p (25% off marked items)
Wednesday May 6 … 10a to 4p (25% off marked items)
Thursday May 7 … 9a to 8p (50% off marked items)
Friday May 8 …. 10a to 4p (50% off marked items)

Saturday, May 2nd

Free Comic Book Day 2015. Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops! Comics are generally for Middle and High School students.  Visit participating Henrico County Libraries, DAVE’S COMICS, MOVIE STOP STORE, STORIES COMICS, VELOCITY COMICS, RICHMOND COMIX and more!

Elmo & Abby Character Breakfast.  8:45am-9:30am.  CMoR Central.   Patron Member Month – Special Character Event.  For details on how to become a Patron member click here.  Fee.

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

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Locations vary.  Delivered by First Things First of Greater Richmond.  A unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads.  Fee.

May Faire ’15.  10am-3pm.  Richmond Waldorf School, 1000 Westover Hills Blvd, Richmond.  Open to the public, this event brings members of the larger Richmond community to RWS to celebrate the season. Children of all ages are will be entertained with activities, crafts, puppet shows, pony rides, petting zoo, a cake walk, and Bogy the Clown.  Fee.

Historic Point of Rocks Living History Day. 10am-Noon. Historic Point of Rocks, 1011 Point of Rocks Road. Visit Historic Point of Rocks never before open to the public and learn about the Union hospital established here where Clara Barton served and walk the ground where President Lincoln visited in 1864. View federal fortifications and learn why this location played a major role in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign.  Discover the unique history surrounding this newly acquired historic site. Experience Native American history and learn about one of the earliest naval battles in 1862. Parking will be at Dodd Park with shuttles transporting to event site.  Food and drinks will be available. Free admission.

Chesterfield Historical Society – “Planters Day”.  1oam-4pm.  Magnolia Grange.  “Planters Day” will interpret life in Chesterfield County in 1864 with costumed re-enactors, traditional music, crafts and trades such as a potter, a midwife, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, chair caning, candle making, soap making and more.  Magnolia Grange will be open for tours at a specially reduced price of $1 and refreshments will be available for purchase.

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. No pre-registration required.  Today – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan.  Free.

Celebration of Fathers & Families.  11pm-3pm.  Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23224.  A day of food, fellowship and fun to celebrate fathers and families.  Visit for just a bit or the entire time.

Animation in a Day.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Fee.

KidFest Carnival!   1pm-4pm.  Deep Run Park, Henrico County.  Step right up to the fun at the KidFest Carnival! Join us for juggling shows and clowns; and get your picture taken with our larger-than-life ringmaster on stilts. Meet animals, fly through the air like an acrobat, play games, enjoy cotton candy and popcorn giveaways, and have more fun than you can even imagine as Deep Run Park transforms into a carnival just for an afternoon! Concessions will be available to purchase. Free.

Sunday, May 3rd

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.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 1pm and 3pm. University of Richmond, Alice Jepson Theatre. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites includes the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky; and The Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. Directed and designed by Jim Morrow, who ranks among Canada’s most esteemed puppetry creators, the triple-bill show incorporates evocative original music by Nova Scotian composer Steven Naylor, and innovative “black light” staging techniques which highlight Morrow’s stunning puppets and props. These works follow the books from which they are adapted closely, providing a new generation with a seamless entry into the world of theatre and music. Recommended for Ages 2 and up. Join the Modlin Center for Modlin Arts After Words, a post-show question-and-answer session with members of the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Healthy Kids Running Series.  5pm.  Godwin High School and Pole Green Park. A five week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 yard dash, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run.  Fee.

Monday, May 4th

KRAFTY KIDS. 3:30pm. Glen Allen Library. Make a special Mother’s Day craft. Early Elementary (5-9 years), Preschool (3-5 years) Free.

Star Wars Bingo. 3:30pm. Dumbarton Area Library. Play bingo using Star Wars characters. Come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars character and win cool books. May the fourth be with you! Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. For more information call 290-9400. Free.

Special Needs Night at Sky Zone.  5pm-6pm.  SkyZone Richmond Indoor Trampoline Park , 1345 Carmia Way.  Sky Zone will turn off the music and dial down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. They welcome children and adults with special needs and their siblings, family and friends to jump for a 60 minute session. Fee.

Tuesday, May 5th

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.  Free.

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

Cinco de Mayo. 3:30pm. Dumbarton Library. For ages 5-11. Enjoy crafts, games, and even a fun dance lesson. Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. Free.

RVA Parent’s Forum - STRESS: Testing the Limits 6pm. Children’s Museum of Richmond- Short Pump.  Parents will learn strategies on how to help their children manage test-taking anxiety along with common sense methods to reduce stress.  Fee.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).  7pm-9pm.  Maymont Carriage House Lawn.  Presented by Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare.   A madcap trio of ambitious prop-laden actors weave their wicked way through Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter! Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  Free admission.

Wednesday, May 6th

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

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

Drop-in and Dig! 2pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. So join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!  Fee.

Thursday, May 7th

Mad Science Preschool Workshop. 10am to 10:40am. Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook. Science preschool workshops will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month 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.

MAASAI CULTURE AND BEADING WORKSHOP. 4pm. Fairfield Library. Join guests Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko and his wife Cicilia Seleyian in connection with the Global Outreach for Humanity Foundation, as they deliver a talk on life in Kenya and the Maasai culture. To add to the excitement, there will also be an opportunity for elementary and middle school students to learn African bead making. All ages are welcome. The beading activity will be limited to the first 12 participants.

The Life of an Object.   4:15pm – 6 pm (3 sessions Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.  Enjoy this exciting mixed media and sculpture class that focuses on form and function! Design a Joseph Cornell-inspired memory box, and learn to create and solve your own artistic challenges.  Fee.

Express Yourself! 4:15pm – 6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Learn about the abstract expressionist movement and make your mark by creating your own action paintings.  Fee.

Parenting Class: Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten.  6:30pm – 8pm.   Children’s Museum of Richmond – Short Pump.   Many parents struggle with the important decision of when to send their child on to formal education. Getting it right can determine how well your child performs for the next 12 years and beyond. This class looks at readiness signs on all levels of development from social and emotional to cognitive as well as gender differences.  Fee.

Friday, May 8th

Life in Paris.  5pm – 6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Ages: up to age 17.  Still life objects inspired by special exhibition Van Gogh, Manet, & Matisse: The Art of the Flower.  Fee.

Mad Science Parents Night Out. 6pm to 10pm. Want to get out without bringing the kids too? Enjoy a nice night out 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), games, and a fun movie! The cost is $30 per child ($25 for additional siblings). Grades K – 5. Check the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

Saturday, May 9th

RAMOM Everything For Kids Sale. 8am-11am. Chickahominy Middle School in Mechanicsville. A sale by moms of multiples. CASH and Credit (MC and Visa) accepted.

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.

Mother’s Day Planter. 10am. Local Lowes stores.  Be sure to register your child to build this project for Mother’s Day. Registration required.  Free.

Looney Toons Takeover!  10am-4pm.  CMoR Central.  A special screening of The Looney Tunes Show, starring the world’s most famous cast of animated characters.  Story Times in the Playhouse, Special floor activities, Bugs&Daffy meet and greets and – of course – our good-time prizewheel for all sorts of Looney Tunes giveaways!  Free with museum admission.

Movin’ and Groovin’ Musical Playdate!   10am-10:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  It’s time to dance, play, move, and groove! Come join us as we groove to the (steady) beat with drums, develop physical skills with stop-and-go musical games, encourage social interaction with group circle dances, and enjoy so much more musical fun! It’s learning at it’s finest, because the kids just think it is fun! Ages 0-7 years, with a parent. Advance registration required. $10/child.

Second Saturdays with The Story Lady. 1pm. Barnes & Noble-Chesterfield Towne Center. Children’s storyteller and author, Ali Pfautz, aka The Story Lady, will entertain little ones with interactive tales and songs. Come join the wiggling, giggling fun! Free.

Foster Parent Orientation. 6pm-7pm. Virginia Baptist Resource Center, 2828 Emerywood Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. Could you help serve children in need of a loving and caring home? Please join HopeTree Foster Care to learn more about how your family can become a foster family. Call (804) 201-9006 or email ShannonU@HopeTreeFS.org for more information. Free

Tuesday, May 12th

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

Motivating the Unmotivated. 6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.

MAD SCIENCE: FIRE AND ICE. 6:30pm. Dumbarton Library. Dazzling demonstrations of “fire and ice!” Mad Science of Central Virginia will perform amazing science experiments including bubbling potions, chemical reactions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109 degrees below zero! Free.

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

Wednesday, May 13th

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 –  Mister G. Free.

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

Drop-in and Dig! 2pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. So join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!  Fee.

Thursday, May 14th

When Timeout Doesn’t Work.  6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.

ALOHA! A HAWAIIAN LUAU. 6:30pm. Varina Library. Teens come and enjoy a laid back evening of Hawaiian fun. Sponsored by the Varina Library Friends and hosted by the Varina Library Teen Advisory Board. Don’t forget your lei and your grass skirt! Free.

Is it Art?  4:15pm–6 pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Discover how art can serve a purpose. Check out the handcrafted buckles and brooches in the Art Nouveau collection and then return to the studio to create your own functional artworks!

Friday, May 15th

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

Target $1 Family Night.  5pm-7:30pm.  Children’s Museum – Central.    Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum’s Central Location has to offer for just $1 per person.

Science After Dark: Honey, I Shrunk the Science! 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm and later. Science Museum of Virginia.

Saturday, May 16th

Superheroes Character Breakfast @CMoR Chesterfield.  8:45am-9:30am.  CMoR Chesterfield.  Patron Member Month – Special Event - Character Breakfast! Superheroes will abound from 8:30am-9:45pm.  For details on how to become a Patron member click here.  Fee.

Bark in the Park. 10am-1pm.  Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy.  A day of fun-filled family activities with local vendors providing various products and services for your pets.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Locations vary.  Delivered by First Things First of Greater Richmond.  A unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads.  Fee.

Stories at the Museum. 11am-Noon. Virginia Historical Society. 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. No pre-registration required.  Today – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Nadia’s Hands by Karen English.  Free.

Still Life with Style.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 6 – 9.  Paint like a pro! Be inspired by techniques from the floral paintings of famous artists like Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse to create a painting your way!  Fee.

TWEEN CRAFT CLUB. 2pm. North Park Library. Tweens, ages 10-14 join us for crafts made just for you. For Tweens (10-12 years), Middle Schoolers (11-14 years). Free.

TEEN VOLUNTEER FAIR. 2pm-3pm. Tuckahoe Library. Do you need volunteer hours for school? Come meet representatives from local organizations offering volunteer opportunities and fun programs to teens just like you. Enter to win cool door prizes and learn more about teen volunteer programs at the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library. Free.

WARNER BROS. PRESENTS BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II. 6pm. Altria Theatre.  Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II celebrates the world’s favorite classic Looney Tunes, projected on the big screen, while the Richmond Symphony performs their exhilarating, original Carl Stalling scores LIVE! Conducted by Erik Ochsner and created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong, Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II spotlights such iconic classics as What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Rhapsody Rabbit, Long-Haired Hare, Show Biz Bugs, Baton Bunny, Duck Amuck, and many others… plus two brand-new, critically-acclaimed 3D cartoons from Warner Bros.­­—I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat and Coyote Falls. And capping it all off are special guest appearances by Tom & Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl. TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Sunday, May 17th

Healthy Kids Running Series.  5pm.  Godwin High School and Pole Green Park. A five week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 yard dash, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run.  Fee.

Tuesday, May 19th

Third Tuesdays with The Story Lady. 11am. Barnes & Noble-Libbie Place. This is a new venue for children’s storyteller, Ali Pfautz, aka The Story Lady. Your kids will be giggling and wiggling during her interactive storytime that includes original tales, songs, and action rhymes! Free.

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

PRESCHOOL DANCE PARTY. 10:30am. Fairfield Library. Join us for a preschool dance party. Enjoy music, movement activities and show off your dance skills at the library! For preschool and toddler aged children. Free.

Adoptive Parenting Class – Part 1.  6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Part 2 is May 26th.  Fee.

SUPER HEROES PUPPET SHOW. 7pm. Varina Library. Family, with an adult. Free.

Wednesday, May 20th

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

SCIENCE AND STORIES. 10am. Dumbarton Library. What could be better than storytime? Science and stories! Enjoy a special 45 minute storytime with science experiments and discovery stations. Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. Ages 3-5. Free.

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

SUPER HEROES PUPPET SHOW. 11am. Varina Library. Will the super heroes rescue everyone in time? Come to the Varina Library and find out! For the whole family. Free.

Drop-in and Dig! 2pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. So join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!  Fee.

Summertime & the Special Needs Child.  6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.

Thursday, May 21st

Mad Science Preschool Workshop. 10am to 10:40am. Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook. Science preschool workshops will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month 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.

Plein Air Painting.  4:15pm – 6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Experience impressionist-style painting en plein air (in the open air). While painting what you see outside, focus on color theory and brushstrokes.  Fee.

Friday, May 22nd

En Plein Air with Parents.  5pm – 7 pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Recommended for children ages 5 – 12.  Together kids and parents find a picturesque spot in the VMFA’s Sculpture Garden to set up their easels and, with guidance from an experienced painter, paint en plein air (in the open air).  Fee.

Saturday, May 23rd

Jr. Robotics using LEGO® WeDo. 9am-11am. Engineering for Kids, 1586 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060.  For ages 5-8. Jr. Robotics Engineers will be using LEGO® bricks, motors, and sensors to construct a house, see saw, and car with moving parts and sounds! During this morning workshop they will learn the principles behind programming as they control the moving parts of each build.

Strawberry Field Festival. 10am-5pm. The Berry Patch, 3622 Darbytown Court, Richmond VA 23231. Fresh local strawberries (pick your own or pre-picked) and spring vegetables available, Live music, Craft vendors & local businesses, Hay rides & pony rides, Activities for all ages, Food vendors, Coolers, chairs & picnics welcome, Please leave your furry friends at home! FREE admission- free parking.

Richmond Raiders v. Trenton Freedom. 7pm. Richmond Coliseum. Fee.

Sunday, May 24th

2015 Summer “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Reenactment Series.  1:15pm – 2:30pm.  Historic St. John’s Church.  1:15 p.m. Doors open, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, 1:30 p.m. Music program, 1:45 p.m. Reenactment begins Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or when church is at capacity).  This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Reservations are available for groups of ten or more for fee of $5 per person, up to 100 reserved seats. Seating is first come, first served. Seat saving will not be permitted. The entire party must be present before seating will take place.  No admittance after the reenactment begins.  This reenactment is not recommended for children under the age of 6. We ask that parents escort restless little delegates outside so that the audience is not disturbed. Purchase tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com.  Street parking is available.

Monday, May 25th

Memorial Day FREE for Military Personnel. 9am-5pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. On Monday, May 25 (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. Anyone else in the party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission. Also on this day, military personnel can enjoy a 10% discount in the Garden Shop and a 15% discount in the Garden Café (excludes alcohol).

Mad Science Holiday Camp.  9am-4pm.  Kids at home and bored on those three day weekends? Everyone else off work except for you? Drop the kids off for a day of camp at the Mad Science Lab! We hold full day camps on many school holidays. Holiday camps run from 9 AM to 4 PM for children in grades 1 to 6. Holiday camps let 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 out our website for the list of scheduled camps and to register.

Sandston Memorial Day Parade.  1:30pm – 2:30pm.  Sandston, 11 JB Finley Street, Henrico.  The American Legion Posts 242 and 144 are hosting the 7th Annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade on Williamsburg Road. This year’s parade theme is Honoring Korean War Veterans. Prior to the parade, a memorial service will be held at Seven Pines National Cemetery at noon. These events are to acknowledge and honor our veterans, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Information: www.ehba.us/parade or mur12@henrico.us.

Tuesday, May 26th

TEEN WRITERS’ GUILD. 6pm. Twin Hickory Library. Teens in 6th through 12th grade are invited to join the writing group and learn about fiction writing and poetry through collaboration with other teen writers. For Middle Schoolers (11-14 years) and High Schoolers (14-18 years). Free.

Adoptive Parenting Class – Part 2.  6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.

Wednesday, May 27th

Drop-in and Dig! 2pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. So join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!  Fee.

Friday, May 29th

Historic St. John’s Church Hosts Home school Day In Celebration of Patrick Henry’s Birthday!   10am-4pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond.  Historic St. John’s Church Hosts Home school Day In Celebration of Patrick Henry’s Birthday!  Homeschool Day is designed especially for homeschooling families – or any family seeking a fun day out!  Fee.

Robotics using LEGO® EV3 robots. 6pm-8pm. Engineering for Kids, 1586 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060.  For ages 8-12. During this workshop robotics engineers will work on building and programming Gyro Boy; a robot that uses a gyro sensor to balance itself as it rolls along a surface much like a Segway. The gyro sensor uses the same technology that smart phones use to orient the pictures either landscape or portrait.

Friday, May 29th – Saturday, May 30th

Family Camp-Out: A Night Under the Stars.  6pm.  Maymont Grounds.  Using stars as our guide, we’ll explore how humans and animals alike have navigated the world during this overnight camping adventure. Learn some map and compass skills while on a scavenger hunt, then 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. Participants will be sent more information prior to the program. Register online by May 27.

Science Museum of Virginia Camp In.  6:00pm to 9:00am.  Camp In guests will be seeing stars in this astronomy-themed sleepover! Create constellations, partake in a flashlight scavenger hunt, learn their galactic address and journey into the Dome to learn the Secrets of the Sun and experience our Violent Universe. Camp In activities fulfill SOL and scout badge requirements. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.

Saturday, May 30th

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.

Open Build and Discover. 9am-11am. For ages 4-7. Engineering for Kids, 1586 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060.  During the Open Build and Discover, children will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of engineering activities in our Learning Center. Some of the choices are our LEGO® table, life size magnet wall, LEGO® car ramp where they can design and race their builds, gear sets, and construction sets. Join us for a morning of fun, discovery, and creative play!

Henricus Family Fun Day – “Field and Garden”. 10am-5pm. Henricus Park. Henricus Historical Park will be showcasing 17th century life in Colonial Virginia from 400 years ago and you are invited to join the fun! Henricus Family Fun Day will include stationed activities, demonstrations, and crafts.

Eppington Plantation Tour.  10am-11am. 14602 Eppes Falls Road, Chesterfield.  Eppington Plantation was a large tobacco plantation built in 1768 by Thomas Jefferson’s brother-in-law, Francis Eppes VI. Experience what plantation life was like in the 1700’s as you tour the house and grounds.  Pre-registration required. Call 804-748-1623 or email truzzieb@chesterfield.gov $8 per person.

CHINESE PAINTING. 2-5pm. Twin Hickory Library. Registration required. If you have enjoyed the elegant landscapes, flowers and birds of Chinese Painting, here is a chance to learn this classic art form. Under the instruction of artist Shaoqiang Chen, participants will create a simple work with calligraphy strokes, water and ink composition, and contrast. Participants will also gain a better sense of how to appreciate Chinese art works. Register online or call (804)290-9200 x5. Free.

RICHMOND SYMPHONY Family Concert.  7pm.  Pocahontas State Park.  Come early and hear a pre-concert performance by the students of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program beginning at 4:30pm. The concert is free with paid park admission.

Sunday, May 31st

On Stage: A Multi-Cultural Musical Experience.  3pm-5pm.  Maymont Carriage House Lawn.  Diverse performances from River City Taiko and the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums provide a multi-cultural musical experience that will educate and entertain the whole family! Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  Free admission.

2015 Summer “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Reenactment Series.   1:15pm – 2:30pm.  Historic St. John’s Church.  1:15 p.m. Doors open, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, 1:30 p.m. Music program, 1:45 p.m. Reenactment begins Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or when church is at capacity).  This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Reservations are available for groups of ten or more for fee of $5 per person, up to 100 reserved seats. Seating is first come, first served. Seat saving will not be permitted. The entire party must be present before seating will take place.  No admittance after the reenactment begins.  This reenactment is not recommended for children under the age of 6. We ask that parents escort restless little delegates outside so that the audience is not disturbed. Purchase tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com.  Street parking is available.