Events Calendar

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Beetles, dragonflies and locusts, oh my! See everyday insects up close and personal like never before! Giant Insects is now open at the Science Museum of Virginia, featuring huge animatronic insects, up to 120 times larger than life size.  

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. January 24th – March 1st at The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. Performed by Virginia Rep. Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones. Music by Ron Barnett.  

Half-Price Admission Days at Lewis Ginter. Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission mid-January through the end of February. 

Monday, January 27th

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Homeschool Clay Class. 1pm-2pm. All Fired Up. Students will create a penguin pinch pot from wet clay. The cost is $10 plus tax per participating child. Reservations recommended but walk-ins are welcome!

Tuesday, January 28th

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

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Thales Academy (www.thalesacademy.org), a college preparatory network of Pre-K-12 independent schools in North Carolina, is expanding to include its first out-of-state school in Virginia, with a new campus location in Glen Allen opening for the 2020-2021 school year. The Glen Allen campus will open this July, initially offering grades K-2 for the 2020-2021 school year, with more grades to come in future years. A parent interest meeting is scheduled for January 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room at Richmond Community Church, 11801 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059. Our founder and two campus administrators will present about Thales Academy and will be available to answer questions. Children are welcome to attend. For more information and to register for this event, visit https://bit.ly/2tQCj5T.

Wednesday, January 29th

Groove, Move, and Make. 10:30–11:30am or 4pm-5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 2 ½–5. Get groovin’ and make some noise was you compose your own music-inspired creations. Fee.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Thursday, January 30th

Weather Observers. 10:30–11:30am or 4-5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 14–30 months. Bundle up to experience the seasons with VMFA! Explore outside, and in, and use materials that reflect winter’s environment. Fee.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Wire Sculptures. 4:30–6pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 5–8. Bend, twist, and twirl colorful wire into three-dimensional models of figures in action. Work from sketches inspired by dance and music to create art that implies movement. Fee.

Friday, January 31st

Storytime in the Garden. 10-11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, meet in the Lora Robins Library every Friday, September through May. Free with garden admission.

Open Jump & Glow Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Chinese New Year Workshop. 5pm-7pm. The new moon is fast approaching and we’re ready to celebrate this time-honored Chinese tradition with festive fun and, most importantly, food! Tea cakes, egg rolls, dumplings and more will be on this special holiday menu as we look towards a fresh start to the Lunar New Year in the most delicious possible way! For ages 7 and up. $40 per child ($35 sibling rate). Fee.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian and West End locations. 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! Children do not need to be potty-trained. To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Saturday, February 1st

KinderCooks Workshop. 9:30 – 11:30am. Young Chefs Academy. KinderCooks Workshop is a 2-hour hands-on cooking experience for children ages 3 to 6. $40 for the first child. $35 sibling rate.

FREE Music Together Demo Classes. 9:30am. St. Mark’s UMC on Lucks Lane. Join Ms. Lindsay with Music Together River City at St. Mark’s UMC on Lucks Lane for a FREE Music Together demonstration class! This class is perfect for children aged 0-5 and their caregiver(s). We will sing, move, and play with great music, using an age-appropriate and FUN curriculum. Preregistration required.

Family Classic Movies – My Girl.  10am.  The Byrd Theater.  Family Classics include a Warner Bros Cartoon and Bob Gulledge on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before the show. $4 per ticket.

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

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Sunday, February 2nd

Open Studio Sunday. 1-4pm. VMFA Art Education Center. All ages; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Make Open Studio Sundays a part of your family’s monthly routine! Visit the Art Education Center anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm to participate in an art activity inspired by an object from the VMFA collection. Free. No registration required.

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Monday, February 3rd

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Minds of All Kinds. 4pm-8pm. Science Museum of Virginia. A free sensory friendly evening at the Museum developed for guests with disABILITIES. Watch Flight of the Butterflies in the Dome, challenge your maker skills in The Forge, and explore our newest exhibition Giant Insects. Spots are limited. Pre-registration is recommended.

First Light: Using Your Telescope. 7pm-9pm. Science Museum of Virginia. Bring your telescope to the Museum for hands-on instruction by RAS on how to set up, align and find objects in the night sky. The workshop is intended for beginners but all telescope owners are welcome. Visit the website for details on registering.

Tuesday, February 4th

Preschool Pottery Time. 10:30-11:30am. All Fired Up. Read a Valentine’s themed story and join us in making a heart shadow box with your preschooler! Cost is $15 plus tax per painter. Call to sign up.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

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

Wednesday, February 5th

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Paper Capers. 4-5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 2 ½–5. From papyrus to papier-mâché, explore VMFA to learn the history of paper. Enjoy paper-play and pulp-based projects. Fee.

February 5th – 16th

Cutie Kids Consignment Children’s Summer Sale.  Inside Regency Mall, 1420 N Parham Rd, on the upper floor next to JCPenney.

Thursday, February 6th

My Place. 10:30–11:30am. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 14–30 months. Identify your favorite places and make connections to your home and neighborhoods, all while exploring the museums. Fee.

Ancient Vessels. 4:30–6pm. VMFA Art Education Center,. For ages 5–8. Try hand-building techniques and painting styles used by ancient artists to create your own artistic pots with air-dry clay. Visit the Ancient Art Galleries to learn about shape, form, and function in clay vessels. Fee.

Watercolor Painting. Thu, Feb 6–20 (3 Sessions). 4:30–6pm. VMFA Art Education Center, Studio 1. For ages 9–12. Gain confidence by learning how to use watercolor paints and techniques successfully to complete finished works of art. Also, take advantage of gallery visits for inspiration and reflection. Fee.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Friday, February 7th

Storytime in the Garden. 10-11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, meet in the Lora Robins Library every Friday, September through May. Free with garden admission.

Open Jump & Glow Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Valentine’s Day Workshop. 5pm-7pm. Young chefs Academy. Ahhh, Valentine’s Day…the day our hearts and minds wander to thoughts of the things we love….like bonbons, French toast, brownies and “Sealed with a Kiss” muffins. JWhip up a “love-feast” of sweet, homemade treats and culinary fun where you can find that perfect recipe to make for that special someone. For ages 7 and up. $40 per child ($35 sibling rate).

Kids Fun Night. 6pm-8pm. All Fired Up. Drop off the kids to create a clay art project, paint, AND enjoy a pizza dinner! The cost is $25 per child and is for ages 6 and up. Reservations are required and space is limited, so call and sign up today.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian and West End locations. 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! Children do not need to be potty-trained. To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Saturday, February 8th

Enchanted by the Arts Festival. 10am-5pm. Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen. Enjoy food, live performances, new art exhibits and hands-on art activities – all FREE and fun for the whole family! Food will be available for sale from 11am-4pm. Plus, the Richmond Peace Education Center will present its annual Generation Dream Edu-concert in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision and legacy from 3-5pm at this event!

Black History Month Celebration. 10am-2pm. Children’s Museum-Downtown.

ChinaFest: Year of the Metal Rat. 10am – 4:30pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. a celebration of the Lunar New Year and ChinaFest: Year of the Metal Rat! Explore Chinese art and culture through art-making activities, demonstrations, and performances. Create your own lion dance-inspired mask and create a Tao Tie-inspired paper vessel. Watch the dynamic Lion Dance, beautiful performances by Yu Dance Arts, and so much more! Free. No reservations or tickets required.

Family Valentine Designs. 11am. Maymont Farm Classroom. Visit the Maymont Farm to craft animal-themed Valentine cards. Get inspiration from the animals you meet during encounters each half hour. All ages welcome. Register online.

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Families in the Kitchen: Tour of Italy. 5pm-7pm. Young Chefs Academy. Bring the family for an exciting culinary adventure travel to the Old Country to create Italian delicacies, such as Pasta Fatta in Casa and delicious Bocconcini con Crema (homemade pasta and Cream Puffs). Creative juices will flow as you work to perfect your own signature sauce. Chi mangia bene, vive bene! (Who eats well, lives well). Family of 2 $49, Family of 4 $99, additional family members $25.

Sunday, February 9th

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Monday, February 10th

Silly Smiles. 12:30–1:30pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 3–13 months. Delight in portraits and facial expressions through songs and games, and watch your baby’s enthusiastic responses. Fee.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Foster Parent Information Session. 6:30pm-7:30pm. HopeTree Family Services, 11745 Chester Road, Chester. Do you have room in your heart and home for a child in need? Do you want to make a positive difference in the life of a child? Have you considered becoming a foster parent? Please join HopeTree Foster Care 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, February 11th

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

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

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

Wednesday, February 12th

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Paper Capers. 4-5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 2 ½–5. From papyrus to papier-mâché, explore VMFA to learn the history of paper. Enjoy paper-play and pulp-based projects. Fee.

Thursday, February 13th

My Place. 10:30–11:30am. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 14–30 months. Identify your favorite places and make connections to your home and neighborhoods, all while exploring the museums. Fee.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

My Place. 4–5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 14–30 months. Identify your favorite places and make connections to your home and neighborhoods, all while exploring the museum. Fee.

Handcrafted Cards. 4:30–6pm. VMFA Art Education Center, Studio 2. For ages 5–8. Fall in love with the art of papercraft and discover endless possibilities! Design and decorate Valentine cards from the heart to share with friends and family. Fee.

Friday, February 14th

Storytime in the Garden. 10-11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, meet in the Lora Robins Library every Friday, September through May. Free with garden admission.

Valentine’s Day Sheep Heart Dissections. 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Science Museum of Virginia. What does a broken heart really look like? Observe a Gallery Educator dissect a sheep’s heart. Included with museum admission.

Homeschool Clay Class. 2:30-3:30pm. All Fired Up. Students will create a heart inch pot from wet clay. The cost is $10 plus tax per participating child. Call to make a reservation, space is limited!

Open Jump & Glow Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

CarMax $1 Dollar Night.  5pm-7:30pm.  Children’s Museum Downtown.  Museum admission is only $1 per person for the entire family! Visit the website to get your voucher.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian and West End locations. 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! Children do not need to be potty-trained. To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Richmond Ballet Presents: Swan Lake. Feb 14th – 16th. Carpenter Theatre. Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Saturday, February 15th

Family Classic Movies – Corrina, Corrina.  10am.  The Byrd Theater.  Family Classics include a Warner Bros Cartoon and Bob Gulledge on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before the show. $4 per ticket.

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

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. 2pm and 8pm. Altria Theatre. Experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Calabash for Kids. 2pm. LaPrade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield. Be enlightened and entertained with cultural stories in the beautiful West African tradition. Share in the experience of song and dance. All ages. Free.

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Richmond Ballet Presents: Swan Lake. Feb 14th – 16th. Carpenter Theatre. Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Sunday, February 16th

Richmond Ballet Presents: Swan Lake. Feb 14th – 16th. Carpenter Theatre. Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Monday, February 17th

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Tuesday, February 18th

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

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Wednesday, February 19th

Molly Bloom: Brains On! 8:15am-9am. The Steward School, 11600 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23238. For JK-5 students, educators, curious adults. The Steward School is hosting Molly Bloom, producer and host of Brains On!, a kid-centric, globally-followed science podcast, whose mission is to encourage kids’ natural curiosity and wonder through science and history. Curious about something? The community is invited to join students, along with Molly Bloom and local subject-matter experts, at this event as they explore and discuss selected questions about science, discovery and our world, which have been submitted in advance by students and anyone in the community. This event is FREE and open to anyone in the community interested in exploring science and world topics.

The Lion King Movie. 10am. Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. All tickets at $1.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Paper Capers. 4-5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 2 ½–5. From papyrus to papier-mâché, explore VMFA to learn the history of paper. Enjoy paper-play and pulp-based projects. Fee.

Thursday, February 20th

My Place. 10:30–11:30am. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 14–30 months. Identify your favorite places and make connections to your home and neighborhoods, all while exploring the museums. Fee.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Optical Art. 4:30–6pm. VMFA Art Education Center, Studio 2. For ages 5–8. Discover simple drawing techniques that are sure to trick the eye! Use shapes, colors, and patterns in special ways to produce images that look as if they are moving or blurring. No 3D glasses required! Fee.

Friday, February 21st

Storytime in the Garden. 10-11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, meet in the Lora Robins Library every Friday, September through May. Free with garden admission.

Preschool Pottery Time. 10:30-11:30am. All Fired Up. Hear about the fun Ellie the Elephant and her love for music. After the story we will create a colorful tile that features a music note at the center. Cost is $15 plus tax. Call to make a reservation.

Open Jump & Glow Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Ready, Set, Bake! Pastry Workshop. 5pm-7pm. Young Chefs Academy. Some say bakers live in a world of “bake” believe… and we know this to be true! Bring tantalizing treats to life as we master the art of the perfect pie crust and beautifully decorated sugar cookies, “baking” the world a better place, one pastry at a time. That’s how we “roll” at Young Chefs Academy. So, Ready…Set…Let’s Bake! Cost $40 per child ($35 Sibling rate).

Drawing: Texture. 5–7pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 13–17. Use a variety of mark-making techniques to illustrate different types of textures like soft furs or rough surfaces. Create drawings that make people want to reach out and touch. Fee.

Science After Dark. 5 to 8pm. Science Museum of Virginia. Explore the Museum’s three floors of exhibits, get creative with hands-on activities and then head to The Dome for special all-live Planetarium Shows at 6:30 and 7:15 pm; space is limited to the first 250 guests at each show, no ticket required. Stick around for a showing of Frozen (rated PG) at 8 pm. After the shows, step outside to stargaze through telescopes with the Richmond Astronomical Society, weather permitting. Visit the website for tickets.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian and West End locations. 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! Children do not need to be potty-trained. To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Virginia Opera – Cinderella. Carpenter Theatre. Feb 21st – 23rd. Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Saturday, February 22nd

Family Classic Movies – The Karate Kid.  10am.  The Byrd Theater.  Family Classics include a Warner Bros Cartoon and Bob Gulledge on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before the show. $4 per ticket.

RICHMOND KIDS EXPO & PARENTS TOO! 10am-4pm. Richmond International Raceway Complex. The largest yearly event held in Central Virginia that’s specially designed to provide parents with an engaging trade show atmosphere while their kids enjoy a day of fun and entertainment!

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Fast, Slow, Art We Go! – Preschoolers. 10:30 – 11:45am. For ages 2 1/2-5 years. Join this class filled with music and movement activities, action filled paintings, and gestural art experiences. Fee.

The Lion King Movie. 2pm and 7pm. Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road. All tickets at $1.

Sunday, February 23rd

Wild Kratts. 1pm. Altria Theatre. Help the Kratt brothers save the day with Wild Kratts Live 2.0 – Activate Creature Power!, an ALL NEW theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts.

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.

Monday February 24th

This Little Light of Mine. 12:30–1:30pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 3–13 months. Catch your baby’s eye with light-filled works of art, shimmering art materials, and interesting gallery spaces. Fee.

Homeschool Clay Class. 1pm-2pm. All Fired Up. Students will create an “Over the Rainbow” Slump Bowl. The cost is $10 plus tax per participating child. Call to make a reservation, space is limited!

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Tuesday, February 25th

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

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Wednesday, February 26th

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Paper Capers. 4-5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 2 ½–5. From papyrus to papier-mâché, explore VMFA to learn the history of paper. Enjoy paper-play and pulp-based projects. Fee.

Thursday, February 27th

My Place. 10:30–11:30am. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 14–30 months. Identify your favorite places and make connections to your home and neighborhoods, all while exploring the museums. Fee.

Open Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

My Place. 4–5pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 14–30 months. Identify your favorite places and make connections to your home and neighborhoods, all while exploring the museum. Fee.

Painting Animals. 4:30–6pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 5–8. Search for animals hiding in the galleries! Discover how animals big and small have inspired artists for many years. Be the next artist to paint a colorful creature while furthering your painting skills. Fee.

Friday, February 28th

Storytime in the Garden. 10-11am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, meet in the Lora Robins Library every Friday, September through May. Free with garden admission.

Open Jump & Glow Jump.  Various Times. Pump It Up Hanover.  Fee.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian and West End locations. 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! Children do not need to be potty-trained. To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Saturday, February 29th

FREE Music Together Demo Classes. 9:30am. St. Mark’s UMC on Lucks Lane. Join Ms. Lindsay with Music Together River City at St. Mark’s UMC on Lucks Lane for a FREE Music Together demonstration class! This class is perfect for children aged 0-5 and their caregiver(s). We will sing, move, and play with great music, using an age-appropriate and FUN curriculum. Preregistration required.

Family Classic Movies – The Secret Life of Pets.  10am.  The Byrd Theater.  Family Classics include a Warner Bros Cartoon and Bob Gulledge on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before the show. $4 per ticket.

Animal Encounters. 1pm. Maymont Farm Classroom. Meet one of Maymont’s animal ambassadors during a delightful and educational experience for the whole family. Visit with an alligator, snake, turtle, bird of prey, or animals of the Chesapeake Bay. There’s a different scaly, feathered or furry friend to encounter each month. Walk-ups welcome, space permitting. Register online.

Painting with Style. 1–4pm. VMFA Art Education Center. For ages 9–12. Appreciate artistic styles from Impressionism to Expressionism! Use a range of mediums and techniques to create stylized still lifes of your own. Fee.

Bobcat Presentation. 2pm. Maymont, Bobcat Habitat. Free.