Events Calendar

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FREE Baby Music Classes at Melody Magic.  All October!
Babies get a FREE CLASS all October! Come try a music class specifically for the wee one in your life. You and your little one will sing, dance, and explore… and delight in learning through PLAY, all in a family-friendly, clean environment designed with your family in mind. Specifically for non-walkers and the grown-ups that love them!

The Great Pumpkin Fest.  King Dominion.  amilies and kids can participate in a collection of scare-free Halloween activities for kids presented by the PEANUTS characters like pumpkin decorating, a Petting Zoo with some of your children’s favorite farm animals and so much more. This event is only for children 60″ and below.  Fee.  BUT get a Free Pre-K Pass (for 3-5 year olds) for free unlimited visits to King Dominion for the rest of this year and all of 2018.

Today – Sunday, October 8th

State Fair of Virginia.  Meadow Event Park.  Ten days of competition and community, food and fun, animals and agriculture, exhibits and education.  Including pig races, rodeo, logger demos, stunt demos, demolition derby, chain saw carving, puppet shows, and so much more!  Fee.

Today – October 15th

Butterflies LIVE!  9am-5pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Runs through October 15, 2017.  Free with regular garden admission.

Sunday, October 1st

SHORT PUMP MILE.  7:30AM-11:00AM.  Short Pump Mall.   Richmond’s largest timed road race just for kids! The first heat will start at 7:30 in front of American Family Fitness. All participants will receive a race T-shirt, a medal and plenty of refreshments! Awards will be given to age group and overall winners. The Short Pump Express, a 400 Meter Fun Run (non-timed), is offered to children age 5 & younger who aren’t quite up to tackling the mile. Fee.

Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival at The Pumpkin Patch. 10am until 5pm.  Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st.  4506 Millers Lane in Richmond, Virginia 23231.  Live music, free activities for kids, free parking, admission, hayrides, a haybale maze and arts and crafts from all over Virginia.

Monday, October 2nd

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

Yoga & Eric Carle.  10:30-11am.  Clover Hill Library.  A fun yoga story times based on Eric Carle books. Learn playful and developmentally appropriate movements. Ages 3-6. Registration begins two weeks before each session.   Free.

Junior Great Books Level I.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library.  Join Junior Great Books! The fall session meets October 2, 9, 16, and 23. These four Monday afternoon meetings (appropriate for ages 7-9) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For older children ages 9-12, Junior Great Books Level II is held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15. Registration required.  Free.

Tuesday, October 3rd

Music Fun.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together.  Kids will use simple instruments and  movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites!  Free with admission.

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

Red Ink Writer’s Club.  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Have you got it in you to be a writer?  If so, join us at Libbie Mill for the Red Ink Writer’s Club.  Participants will all write a piece based on a provided prompt, and then have an opportunity to share it with the group at the meeting.  Participants may also bring a free choice piece to share with the group.  Prompts can be obtained at the Libbie Mill children’s reference desk, or by emailing Awnali at amills@henricolibrary.org.  For grades 2-5 only.  This will be a fun, safe place to find support for our writing habits!  Free.

The Maker’s Lab: Holiday 3D Printing Design for Teens.  6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Learn how to design your own 3D jack-o-lantern with Tinkercad! Registration required.  Free.

Foster Parent Orientation.  6:30pm-7:30pm.  HopeTree Foster Care Offices, 11745 Chester Road, Chester, VA 23831.  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 on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in Chester 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

Financial Aid 101.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Confused about how, where, and when to get financial aid? A representative from non-profit Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) will help answer your questions. GRASP specializes in helping students find financial resources to continue education after high school.  Free.

Wednesday, October 4th

Walk In Wednesdays.  9am-11am.  Hunter Classical Christian School.  Goochland campus- 635 Manakin Road Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.   Learn the benefits classical Christian education can have for your child, see the school in action, meet our teachers and students, and have an academic consultation with the Head of School, Dr. Ann Mclean.  HCCS is still accepting applications, they realize finding the right fit can take awhile and their doors are open to adding students even after school officially starts.

Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.

Storytime.  11am.  bbgb, 3003 West Cary Street.  Bring the kids for storytime every Wednesday.  Free.

Busy Hands.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library.  Make panda bear masks.  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity.  Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity.  They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program.  Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Short Pump W.O.W.  5pm-7pm.  Short Pump Park, 3329 Pump Road.  Kick start your Weekend on Wednesday! Enjoy food, fun and friends. Listen to great music and check out some local food trucks for dinner. The kids can explore our playground while your four-legged friends can run in our dog park! Concessions are available for purchase.

Junior Great Books Level II.  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Junior Great Books! The winter session meets October 4, 11, 18, and 25. These four Wednesday evening meetings (appropriate for ages 9-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For younger children ages 7-9, Junior Great Books Level I is held on Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:30. Registration required.  Free.

Adobe Premiere Basics for High School Students & Adults.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. This workshop will provide a basic overview of the tools and concepts that are fundamental to getting started in Adobe Premiere, a powerful video editing software. Registration required.  Free.

Anime Club.  6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Kids will watch and discuss different Anime each time they meet, newer titles and classics will be included! Meeting in the Teen Area.  Free.

Thursday, October 5th

Yoga Fun. 10am.   Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination.  Free with admission.

Intro To Improv.  4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. This is an introduction to improv to develop these skills and have a blast! Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x2491.  Free.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6pm– 6:30pm meet and greet, 6:30pm – 7pm weekly lesson 1, 7pm – 8:30pm free play, 8:30pm – 9pm weekly lesson 2, 9pm – 10pm free play.   Create Space, 607 Wickham Street, Richmond, VA, 232222, Contact Mike Callaham for Details at 804-426-6058.  Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

Friday, October 6th

Storytime.  10am.  Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown.  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.

Preschool Music.  10:30 AM-11:00 AM. Twin Hickory Area Library. A music program that develops early literacy skills through books, songs, instruments and movement.  Free.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm – 7:30pm. CMoR Short Pump.  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.

FIRST FRIDAY ART SAMPLERS.  Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  Classes are first-come, first-served  in two seatings; the first session runs from 6-7:15 p.m. and the second runs from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Classes cost between $10 and $25, depending on materials.  Plan on choosing from at least five rotating sampler topics each month. Popular samplers include book making, clay hand building, metal stamping, wheel throwing, raku, letterpress and screen printing. There’s always at least one sampler that’s good for families with kids.  Day-of registration for First Friday Art Samplers begins at 5 p.m. in VisArts’ lobby. There’s no online or advanced registration for these one-off classes.

Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch.  7pm.  Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market in the Outdoor Haybale Theatre.  Tonight – ‘Tis the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’.  Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider.  Free.

Saturday, October 7th

2nd Street Festival.  200 S. 3rd Street, Richmond, Virginia, VA.  Celebrate the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.  Don’t miss the kid’s zone.   Free.

Kids Workshop – Build a Fire House Bank.  9am-Noon.  Local Home Depot stores.  Join the hands-on Kids Workshop and you and your child can build a Fire House Bank.  All kids get to keep their project, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.  Registration required – select your local store.  Free.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This 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.  Suggested donation.

Touch a Truck.  10am- 3pm. Richmond Raceway.  a unique and interactive event that allows children to see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as to meet the personnel who protect, serve, and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and helicopter. The event also features area mascots, special performances, food trucks, face painting, bounce castles, and games.  There is fun for children and adults alike. The whole family will enjoy the event, and children under one are admitted free of charge!  Fee.

Bark in the Park.  10am-1pm.  Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy.  Bring your best furry friend for a day of fun-filled family activities. An expo of local vendors will be on hand providing various products and services for your pets. Enjoy dog contests, music, children’s activities and more. Concessions will be available for purchase.  Free.

RVA MakerFest.  10am-5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Over 100 makers, tinkerers, hobbyists and entrepreneurs from across the region will showcase their exceptional work.  Interact with different innovators – from glassblowers to blacksmiths to puppeteers – who will lead workshops and will have handmade creations available for purchase.  Explore the Museum’s exhibitions for free.

DIGGING FOR DINOS AT MAYMONT.  10-11am. Maymont Nature Center.  How big was a T-rex tooth? Did cavemen and dinosaurs exist at the same time? Children ages 4-8 learn the answers as they explore the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Playing the part of a paleontologist, kids will dig through sand to find fossils and learn what these artifacts can tell us of an earlier time. $8 per child/$6 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register online at maymont.org by October 6; for information, call 804-358-7168.

Eppington Heritage Day.  11am-4pm.  Eppington Plantation, 14206 Eppes Falls Road.  Spend the day experiencing Colonial history at Eppington Plantation. Activities include house tours, period children’s games, period music and dancing, storytelling, craft demonstrations, period vendors, carriage rides and living history. Experience a wine tasting presented by Spring Run Vineyards and enjoy a musical performance by Chesterfield Community Band. Concessions available. Special open house for Pleasant View School – free tours.  Free.

Stories at the Museum.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.  This month’s theme – National Disability Awareness and Famous Virginians Month.  Free.

Latin Ballet Performs “”NuYoRican””.  12:30 PM-1:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy Latin Ballet’s stirring performance:  “”NuYoRican””.  Free.

BEHIND THE SCENES AT MAYMONT.  1-1:30pm.  Mamont Nature Center.  Walk through the Employees Only door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $6 per person/$3 members (includes Nature Center admission). Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program. (Groups of 5 or more must register in advance). For information, call 804-358-7168.

Unplugged: Coding without Computers.  1pm-1:45pm.  Ettrick-Matoaca Library.  Take the challenge – learn to code! Explore binary code and the computer concept of looping through the mediums of art, movement and dance. Ages 5-8. Registration is required.   Free.

Star Wars: Hour of Code.  1pm-2pm.  Meadowdale Library.  Build a galaxy with us… in code that is! Use code.org’s Star Wars game to learn about programming. Bring your Chromebook or laptop if you have one. Registration is required.  Free.

LEGO Club.   1pm-3pm. Bon Air Library.  We’ll provide the building bricks – kids supply the imagination! Completed creations will be displayed in the library. Ages 6-11.  Free.

Bats Of The World.  2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Learn about the fascinating lives of bats and the amazing diversity of these interesting mammals!  A biologist from Bat World Hampton Roads will introduce the audience to different types of bats found around the world and show off several live bats.  This program is best suited for ages 7 and up.  Free.

Show and Tell in the DML.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Drop by the Digital Media Lab with your whole family! Stop by any time during the program to explore a fun activity and learn about some cool technology. Whether you spend five minutes or an hour working together, everyone will have a good time.  Free.

Pocahontas Performances Premiere Series: Richmond Symphony.  4pm.  Westchester Commons.  Bring a blanket and lawn chairs. No alcohol, pets or glass bottles are allowed.  Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 8, James River High School, 3700 James River
Road.  Free.

Latin Ballet of Virginia.  4:30 PM-5:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and enjoy Latin Ballet’s stirring performance:  “”NuYoRican””.  Free.

Teen Read Week: Harry Potter Masquerade.  6pm-9pm.  North Courthouse Road Library.  A magical evening of music, dancing, food and games. Enjoy lots of chances to win door prizes and game prizes. Attire is formal, semi-formal or costume. For middle and high school students. RSVP.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – West End location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

School of the Musketeer at Henricus.  Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm.  Henricus Historical Park.   Experience an entire weekend learning about military and civilian life as the first Colonists in the New World. Instructors and other support personnel provide an interactive environment in 17th-century life and culture; overnight experience included. Fee is $35 and is all inclusive. Registration required and additional information is available at: www.kingdomoflucerne.com.

Sunday, October 8th

2nd Street Festival.  200 S. 3rd Street, Richmond, Virginia, VA.  Celebrate the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood.  Don’t miss the kid’s zone.   Free.

Monday, October 9th

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

Roblox Studio: Build and Play.  3:00 PM-4:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library, Computer Lab. Grades 3-5. Learn how to work together and build a game using Roblox Studio. No experience is necessary. Attendees will need a free Roblox account. Registration required.  Free.

Junior Great Books Level I.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Junior Great Books! The fall session meets October 2, 9, 16, and 23. These four Monday afternoon meetings (appropriate for ages 7-9) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For older children ages 9-12, Junior Great Books Level II is held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15. Registration required.  Free.

Family Time.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Family fun with a music performance by Aspen Black, who will also give hands-on introductions to various string instruments.  Free.

Tuesday, October 10th  

Music Fun.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together.  Kids will use simple instruments and  movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites!  Free with admission.

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall, Main Plaza. It’s  a pumpkin painting party.  Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy a treat.  Free.

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

Krafty Kids.  11:00 AM-11:30 AM. Sandston Branch Library. Kids create a craft related to our storytime theme or letter of the day! Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for toddlers and preschoolers with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Krafty Kids.  3:30 PM-4:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Create glove monsters.  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-9 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity.  They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program.  Please call the libary to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Escape Room: Murder Mystery.  7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Put on your deerstalker caps! It’s time to solve a mystery! Investigate a murder and (hopefully) track down the killer. Registration required.  Free.

Mummies for Dummies.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Adults and Teens: Did you know not all mummies are Egyptian? This is an exploration of mummies from around the world, including Otzi the Iceman, Lindow Man, Lady Dai, and (of course) King Tut.  Free.

Financial Aid 101.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Confused about how, where, and when to get financial aid? A representative from non-profit Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) will help answer your questions. GRASP specializes in helping students find financial resources to continue education after high school.  Free.

Wednesday, October 11th

Walk In Wednesdays.  9am-11am.  Hunter Classical Christian School.  Goochland campus- 635 Manakin Road Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.   Learn the benefits classical Christian education can have for your child, see the school in action, meet our teachers and students, and have an academic consultation with the Head of School, Dr. Ann McLean.  HCCS is still accepting applications, they realize finding the right fit can take awhile and their doors are open to adding students even after school officially starts.

Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.

Mommy and Me and Daddy, too. 10am.  The Square at Willow Lawn.  Join Willow Lawn on the second Wednesday of EVERY month from 10am to 11:30am as they  host a free morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children.  This month – Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree.  Free.

Storytime.  11am.  bbgb, 3003 West Cary Street.  Bring the kids for storytime every Wednesday.  Free.

Junior Great Books Level II.  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Junior Great Books! The winter session meets October 4, 11, 18, and 25. These four Wednesday evening meetings (appropriate for ages 9-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For younger children ages 7-9, Junior Great Books Level I is held on Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:30. Registration required.  Free.

Windows Movie Maker for Grades 6-12.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Do you enjoy making videos? Want to learn how to edit them? If yes, then this is the class for you! This workshop will provide a basic overview of the tools and concepts that are fundamental to getting started in Windows Movie Maker, a fun and user-friendly video editing software. Registration required.  Free.

Northwest TAB.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Teen Advisory Board meeting. Call for membership details.  Free.

Thursday, October 12th

Yoga Fun. 10am.   Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination.  Free with admission.

Music & Movement for Preschoolers.  10:30-11 a.m., Clover Hill Library.  Let your preschooler shake, rattle and roll their way to mastering literacy skills. Registration begins two weeks before each program.  Free.

Busy Hands.  11:15 AM-11:45 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Create monster mouths. Craft books and materials related to theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity.  Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Space is limited due room capacity.  We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Stories ‘n’ Such.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Create Nature Self Portraits, using materials found outside. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children grades K-5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Lego Party.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Join us for exciting Lego construction challenges and fun freestyle play. Lego and Duplo blocks provided.  Free.

Intro To Improv.  4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. An introduction to improv to develop these skills and have a blast! Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x2491.  Free.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6pm– 6:30pm meet and greet, 6:30pm – 7pm weekly lesson 1, 7pm – 8:30pm free play, 8:30pm – 9pm weekly lesson 2, 9pm – 10pm free play.   Create Space, 607 Wickham Street, Richmond, VA, 232222, Contact Mike Callaham for Details at 804-426-6058.  Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB).  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Help plan teen library events and earn community service credit. Call for membership details.  Free.

Friday, October 13th

The Richmond Folk Festival.  Browns Island, S 7th St, Richmond, VA 23219.  Visit Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running.  Hours of Operation: Friday 6 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturday  Noon – 9:30 PM, Sunday  Noon – 6:00 PM.   No Pets.  Free Shuttles.  Free.

Science After Dark: GLOW.  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Richmond.  Make glow-in-the dark art, play with fluorescent slime, try your hand at Kumihimo mathematical yarn weaving, write with light on our GLOW wall, see fire spinners, and more! At 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm, we’ll explore the lights of the universe in our Cosmic Expedition. And stick around for Beetlejuice in the Dome at 8 pm. Science After Dark activities and a Dome Feature are $10 for general public; $5 per each additional Dome Feature. Museum members enjoy free exhibit admission and a free Cosmic Expedition, $5 or Dome pass per for the feature film in The Dome.

Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch.  7pm.  Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market in the Outdoor Haybale Theatre.  Tonight – ‘Sesame Street – A Magic Halloween’.  Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider.  Free.

Saturday, October 14th

The Richmond Folk Festival.  Browns Island, S 7th St, Richmond, VA 23219.  Visit Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running.  Hours of Operation: Friday 6 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturday  Noon – 9:30 PM, Sunday  Noon – 6:00 PM.   No Pets.  Free Shuttles.  Free.

Gourds, Goblets and Ghouls Festival.  October 14th & 15th.  Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Rd, Ashland, VA 23005.  With live music, wineries, beer garden, 40+ vendors, hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn maze and lots of fun activities for the whole family.  Each Day of the festival: Free tote bag given to first 500 women 21 and over! Free beer koozie to the first 500 men 21 and over!  Fee.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This 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.  Suggested donation.

Mad Science – Detective Science.  10:30-11:30am.  Clover Hill Library.  Use science to crack the case! Examine fingerprints, mystery powders, ink samples and teeth impressions. For grades K-5. Registration is required.  Free.

Fairy Tale Science.  11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Ages 5+. Fun science activity based on the popular fairy tale The Three Little Pigs.  Free.

Armour House’s 100th Birthday.  Noon – 3:00 pm.  Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Road.  Jam out to live music, embark on a horse drawn carriage ride, enjoy old-fashioned garden games, kid’s activities, historical tours, and a photo exhibition! Concessions will be available for purchase.  Free.

VICTORIAN HIGH TECH AT MAYMONT.  12:30-1:30pm & 2:30-3:30pm.  Maymont Mansion.  When was this invented? How did that work? This special behind-the-scenes tour reveals the bells, whistles, hidden panels, knobs, tubes and other technological wonders that made Major and Mrs. Dooley’s home one of the most modern in Gilded Age Richmond. Visit Maymont Mansion and marvel at the latest up-to-date comforts of an 1890s home: electricity, central heat, indoor plumbing, telephone service, an elevator and more. $7 per person/$4 members. Register online at maymont.org; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

Google CS First : Game Design.  2:00 PM-4:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Grades 4-8. Design and program your own video games using code and computer science. Learn important gaming concepts while building racing games, mazes, and other fun games. All experiences levels welcome. Registration required.  Free.

Teen Game Time.  2pm-4pm.  Chester Library.  Crack the code, stop the bomb and survive a shipwreck! Play board games like “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes” and “Forbidden Island” with your friends.  Registration begins September 30.  Free.

Block Party.  2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Build and explore with legos and other blocks.  Free.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Sunday, October 15th

The Richmond Folk Festival.  Browns Island, S 7th St, Richmond, VA 23219.  Visit Richmond’s riverfront to celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food. The Richmond Folk Festival has become one of Virginia’s largest and most-loved events of the year and has been voted as the best musical festival in Richmond several years running.  Hours of Operation: Friday 6 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturday  Noon – 9:30 PM, Sunday  Noon – 6:00 PM.   No Pets.  Free Shuttles.  Free.

Gourds, Goblets and Ghouls Festival.  October 14th & 15th.  Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Rd, Ashland, VA 23005.  With live music, wineries, beer garden, 40+ vendors, hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn maze and lots of fun activities for the whole family.  Each Day of the festival: Free tote bag given to first 500 women 21 and over! Free beer koozie to the first 500 men 21 and over!  Fee.

Monday, October 16th

Story Drama Workshop.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: Mary Poppins. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.  Free.

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

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. North Park Branch Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Busy Hands.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Make Gourd Monsters.  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children ages 3-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Junior Great Books Level I.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Junior Great Books! The fall session meets October 2, 9, 16, and 23. These four Monday afternoon meetings (appropriate for ages 7-9) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For older children ages 9-12, Junior Great Books Level II is held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15. Registration required.  Free.

Krafty Kids.  3:30 PM-4:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Make fall scarecrows.  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for children ages 4-9 with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Story Drama Workshop.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: Mary Poppins. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.  Free.

Introduction to 3D Modeling.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. This class will go over the basics of 3D modeling/design by using Blender, a free open source 3D design software. Participants will learn how to utilize Blender’s software to produce 3D printable objects. All computer skill levels are welcome, we only ask that you are able to use a keyboard and mouse effectively. Registration required.  Free.

Tuesday, October 17th

Music Fun.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together.  Kids will use simple instruments and  movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites!  Free with admission.

Play Time.  10:15 AM-11:15 AM. Gayton Branch Library. For 0-24 months. Play is how young children learn! Join this play group to develop early literacy skills, make new friends, and have fun!  Free.

Dance Party.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Ages 2-5. Young children learn a great deal through music and movement. Get your child moving and shaking!  Free.

Fire Safety.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Libbie Mill Library. Celebrate Fire Safety Month! The Henrico County Fire Department will visit with preschoolers to talk about fire safety. A fire truck may be available for a close-up look.  Free.

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Sandston Branch Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Miss Anne’s Music & Movement Drop-in Classes.  11am.  Hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church, 8787 River Road, Henrico VA.  For Infants up to 4 year olds $5 per class & $2 for additional children/siblings.  Weekly every Tuesday at 11am.

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

Story Drama Workshop.  11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: Mary Poppins. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.  Free.

Minecraft Club.  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join in with other kids on our dedicated server in the same Minecraft world. Creative or survival? You decide! Online registration is required. Event is best suited for ages 8-12. Registration is not required if you bring a laptop with your own copy of Minecraft.  Free.

Introduction to 3-D Printing for Teens.  6-7pm.  LaPrade Library.  Learn how to bring 3-D digital models into the real world, from finding or creating your model to slicing and supporting your print. Registration begins two weeks before each session.  Free.

Teen Art Studio.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Drop by Teen Art Studio for some fun, hands-on creativity! Discuss different styles of art and do a variety of art, craft and drawing projects. All artistic skill levels are welcome!   Registration required.  Free.

Wednesday, October 18th

Walk In Wednesdays.  9am-11am.  Hunter Classical Christian School.  Goochland campus- 635 Manakin Road Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.   Learn the benefits classical Christian education can have for your child, see the school in action, meet our teachers and students, and have an academic consultation with the Head of School, Dr. Ann McLean.  HCCS is still accepting applications, they realize finding the right fit can take awhile and their doors are open to adding students even after school officially starts.

Tape Town.  10:00 AM-10:45 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Ages 2-5. Drop to the floor and come enjoy our Tape Town! Children will push their cars along the roads as they take an adventure around Tape Town. Play cars are provided or bring your own if you wish!  Free.

Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.

Busy Hands.  10:15 AM-11:00 AM. Gayton Branch Library. Make jeweled autumn leaves. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-5 years with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  10:15 AM-11:15 AM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Story Drama Workshop.  11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: Mary Poppins. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.  Free.

Storytime.  11am.  bbgb, 3003 West Cary Street.  Bring the kids for storytime every Wednesday.  Free.

Junior Great Books Level II.  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Junior Great Books! The winter session meets October 4, 11, 18, and 25. These four Wednesday evening meetings (appropriate for ages 9-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For younger children ages 7-9, Junior Great Books Level I is held on Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:30. Registration required.  Free.

MAYMONT’S SUNSET WALK THROUGH THE GARDENS.  5pm-6:30pm.  Maymont Grounds.  Enjoy an exclusive after-hours excursion through Maymont’s gardens and arboretum while taking in the glorious views as the sun sets over the estate. Meet at the Historic Estate Entrance. $10 donation. Register online at maymont.org by October 17; for information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310. Program will not be held in inclement weather.

Northside TAB.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Teen Advisory Board meeting. Call for membership details.  Free.

West End TAB.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. West End Teen Advisory Board meeting. Call for membership details.  Free.

Thursday, October 19th

Story Drama Workshop.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Libbie Mill Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: Mary Poppins. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.  Free.

Kids Club at Regency Square.  10:00 – 11:30am.  For kids 8 and under.  Special Guest – American Music School Bach to Rock.   Free.

Yoga Fun. 10am.   Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination.  Free with admission.

Fire Safety.  10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Celebrate Fire Safety Month! The Henrico County Fire Department will visit with preschoolers to talk about fire safety. A fire truck may be available for a close-up look.  Free.

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Varina Area Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Intro To Improv.  4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. An introduction to improv to develop these skills and have a blast! Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x2491.  Free.

Krafty Kids.  4:00 PM-4:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Make a spooky craft. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-11 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6pm– 6:30pm meet and greet, 6:30pm – 7pm weekly lesson 1, 7pm – 8:30pm free play, 8:30pm – 9pm weekly lesson 2, 9pm – 10pm free play.   Create Space, 607 Wickham Street, Richmond, VA, 232222, Contact Mike Callaham for Details at 804-426-6058.  Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

Family Movie.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Suggested for ages 9 and older.  Watch The Witches, based on the Roald Dahl book, join us as a boy stumbles upon a convention of witches with his grandmother. (1990, PG, 81 minutes) Refreshments are sponsored by the Friends of North Park Library.  Free.

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

Family Movie.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Watch The Lego Batman Movie.   Refreshments provided. (104 minutes; rated PG.)  Free.

Teen Advisory Board.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Call for membership details.  Free.

College Application Essay Tips.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Hear from a college admissions expert about what goes into creating a great personal essay for your college applications. This hour-long program will offer tips on writing a compelling personal essay.  Free.

Friday, October 20th

Taylor’s SpookieFUN Fest.  5pm-8:30pm.  Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Ln, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116.   This family fun spectacular is for children 12 and under.  SpookieFun things to do at the year’s event:  Visit with Taylor and his Disney friends: Cinderella, Elsa, Rapunzel, and Ariel, Rides (designed for ages 3 – 12), Get up close with the Mystery Machine, Pumpkin Walk, Monster Mash dance area, Trick or treat with participating local businesses in the Hanover Treats area, Crafts and activities with participating local businesses in the Hanover Tricks area, SpookieFUN games with Parks and Recreation, Casper’s FUN Hunt* (ages 4 and under), parents can help their children search for toys and candy in an area designed for little ones, Flashlight Candy Hunt* (ages 5 – 12), 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – flashlights are required for all participants, limited number of participants in each timed hunt. Most events are free, some required a fee.

Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Romp n’ Roll – Mechanicville location.  Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents!  Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner!  To reserve your space call 804.364.6363.  Fee.

Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch.  7pm.  Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market in the Outdoor Haybale Theatre.  Tonight – ‘Disney’s Adventure of Ichabod and Mr Toad”.  Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider.  Free.

Saturday, October 21st

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This 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.  Suggested donation.

Midlothian Village Day Festival.  10am-3pm.  Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike.  A community day filled with fun activities for the whole family. There will be crafters, community booths, games, inflatables, entertainment, food vendors, a raffle and more!  Free.

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

LEGO Build.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. LEGOS and building blocks for all ages, so bring your imaginations for a morning of construction fun.  Free.

Mid-Lothian Mines Day.  11am-3pm.  Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 North Woolridge Road.  Learn about the coal-mining history that began in Midlothian. Activities include living-history demonstrations, period music, period children’s games, a coal mining and railroad display and guided-walking tours. View a reproduction of the headstock that was part of the coal mining operations. Enjoy musical performances at the amphitheater, including the Press Gang and a bagpipe performance. Enjoy a guided tour onboard a period trolley. Parking is available on site. Event is offered in conjunction with Midlothian Village Day.  Free.

Sewing Machine Basics for Kids.  11am-1pm.  Chester Library.  Learn how to use a sewing machine and make a project to take home. Materials provided, including sewing machines. Ages 7-12. Registration begins October 7.  Free.

Bats of the World.  11am-Noon.  Bon Air.  Meet live bats from around the world! Find out what bats eat, where they live, how they use echolocation and how they benefit people. For grades K-5. Registration begins Oct. 7.  Free.

Stories at the Museum.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.  This month’s theme – National Disability Awareness and Famous Virginians Month.  Free.

Krafty Kids.  11:00 AM-11:30 AM. North Park Branch Library. Make a spooky craft. Craft books and materials related to theme will be available for checkout to encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-11 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at crafts. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Teen Art Club.  11am-1pm.  Chester Library.  Get creative and share your love for self-expression. Bring your own art project and supplies. For ages 12-18.  Free.

A Superhero Halloween.  11am.  Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Arts Center.  Pre-concert festival starts at 10am.  Dress in costume and enjoy the music of superheroes with the Union Bank and Trust Lollipops series and with the Richmond Symphony.

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival.  Noon-6pm.  The Boulevard-on Leigh Street (by Movieland Theater) to Broad Street.  Exanded kids zone and lots of fun!  Free.

Harvest Festival.  Noon – 4:00 pm.  Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road.  Enjoy the crisp fall beauty of Meadow Farm while celebrating the harvest with fun for the whole family. Explore the farmer’s market, hands-on demonstrations, live music and all the classic favorites: candle dipping, apple pressing, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and more. Concessions will be available for purchase. For all Ages.  Free.

The Maker’s Lab: The Sweet Science of Chocolate.  1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Want to see what chocolate looks like underneath a microscope? Geek out with Master Chocolatier, Kelly Wombold of Chocolates By Kelly, for this Maker’s Lab event! All participants get to take their science project home! Contact the Teen Department for more information about this program! Registration required.  Free.

Mad Science: Dinosaurs.  1-2pm.  Enon Library.  Examine dinosaur digs, fossil casts, different kinds of teeth and real dinosaur bones. Take home a cup of black “tar” slime and your own dinosaur. Ages 5-8. Registration begins October 7.  Free.

Start Where You Are: Art & Creativity with Noah Scalin.  1pm-2:30pm.  Midlothian Library.  Teens, get inspired to practice daily creativity with artist Noah Scalin, of the Skull-a-Day project. Hear about his work and create your own “found object” art piece. Registration begins Oct. 7.  Free.

Harry Potter & the Fantastic Beasts.  2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. For Grades 3-6.  Join us for games and activities celebrating J.K.  Rowling’s wizarding worlds!  Free.

Graphic Novel Book Club.  2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Nimona = Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!  This month we’ll discuss the award-winning Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. To reserve a copy call (804) 501-9600 x5 starting September 1st.  Come take a break from our text-heavy world. Graphic novels are a unique art form — a combination of novels, picture books, film, and poetry. We’ll meet every other month at 2:00 pm on the 3rd Saturday.  Free.

Sockotober.  4:30-6:30pm.  Byrd Theatre.  Join Puppets Off Broad Street on October 21st at 4:30pm for an amazing triple-play! A spectacular screening of “Handmade Puppet Dreams” at the Byrd with a performance by special guest, ventriloquist Ty-Rone Travis! Join us for Heather Henson’s specially curated collection of puppetry film shorts AND see live ventriloquism AND break a WORLD RECORD! “What world record?” you wonder? Why, the world record for the largest gathering of people with sock puppets, of course!  Tickets just $10 (or $5 if you bring your very own sock puppet) — sock puppet kits provided with your full ticket price.

Taylor’s SpookieFUN Fest.  5pm-8:30pm. Poor Farm Par, 13400 Liberty School Rd, Ashland, Virginia 23005.   This family fun spectacular is for children 12 and under.  SpookieFun things to do at the year’s event:  Visit with Taylor and his Disney friends: Cinderella, Elsa, Rapunzel, and Ariel, Rides (designed for ages 3 – 12), Get up close with the Mystery Machine, Pumpkin Walk, Monster Mash dance area, Trick or treat with participating local businesses in the Hanover Treats area, Crafts and activities with participating local businesses in the Hanover Tricks area, SpookieFUN games with Parks and Recreation, Casper’s FUN Hunt* (ages 4 and under), parents can help their children search for toys and candy in an area designed for little ones, Flashlight Candy Hunt* (ages 5 – 12), 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – flashlights are required for all participants, limited number of participants in each timed hunt. Most events are free, some required a fee.

Fancy Me Mad: Graveyard Tour + Tales from Edgar Allan Poe.  5:30pm – 8:00pm.  St. John’s Church.  St. John’s Church Foundation and the Poe Museum present Fancy Me Mad, the fall event honoring the spirits of the season, All Hallow’s Eve, as well as master storyteller, Edgar Allan Poe.  Please join us for a ghostly Graveyard tour, followed by tales from Mr. Poe himself.  Fee.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – West End location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Sunday, October 22nd

Goblins & Gourds.  1 – 4pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, good green fun in the Children’s Garden.  Regular Garden admission.

West Broad Village Fall Festival.  1pm-4pm.  West Broad Village at the Pad, 2301 Old Brick Road.  Truck or Treating, Pet Costume Contest, Pumpkin & Face Painting, Live Music and More!  Free.

Fall Festival with Trunk or Treat.  5:00-6:30pm.  Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, 23221.  Live Music from The Hullabaloos, Trunk or Treating, Games, Bounce House, Petting Zoo, Crafts, and More!  Dress up the kids, bring the whole family, and enjoy an evening of safe fun! This is a free event and open to the public.

Monday, October 23rd

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

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Varina Area Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: Mary Poppins. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.  Free.

Junior Great Books Level I.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Junior Great Books! The fall session meets October 2, 9, 16, and 23. These four Monday afternoon meetings (appropriate for ages 7-9) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For older children ages 9-12, Junior Great Books Level II is held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:15. Registration required.  Free.

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Night Sky Astronomy.  6:15 PM-8:15 PM. Varina Area Library. All ages welcome. Gaze upon the night sky and learn about the fun hobby of amateur astronomy. Enjoy amazing views of the Moon and other celestial objects with high-quality telescopes operated by members of Richmond Astronomical Society. See craters and seas on the surface of the Moon with wonderful clarity and detail. A brief presentation on astronomy starts at 6:15 PM, followed by viewing through telescopes starting at about 6:45 PM. In case of cloudy weather, our “”rain date”” will be Tuesday, October 24 from 6:15 to 8:15 PM.  This program is offered as part of the NASA@ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery.  Free.

K-1 Book Club.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. A book club for beginning readers in Kindergarten and First  grade! An interactive look at books and find out just how  fun reading can be.   Free.

Tuesday, October 24th

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Pop Up Play.  10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Drop in to play with other toddlers and their caregivers.  They will supply the toys and activities!  Free.

Music Fun.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together.  Kids will use simple instruments and  movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites!  Free with admission.

Toddler Dance Party.  10:15 AM-11:00 AM. Gayton Branch Library. For 24-36 months. Young children learn a great deal through music and movement. Get your toddler moving and shaking at our dance party!  Free.

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

Miss Anne’s Music & Movement Drop-in Classes.  11am.  Hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church, 8787 River Road, Henrico VA.  For Infants up to 4 year olds $5 per class & $2 for additional children/siblings.  Weekly every Tuesday at 11am.

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

Busy Hands.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Make Gourd Monsters.  Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for kids ages 3-5 with an adult.   Space is limited due to room capacity. They are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

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

Thinking Money: Exhibit Kickoff and Coffeehouse.  6-8pm.  North Courthouse Road Library.  Celebrate the opening of the Thinking Money exhibit and join us for crafts and activities that help you express yourself and explore your potential! All are welcome!  Free.

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

Teen Writers Guild.  6:00 PM-8:15 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Middle School Writers (grades 6-8) meets 6-7pm, High School Writers (grades 9-12) meets 7:15-8:15pm.  Play with your words! We do writing challenges, talk about writing techniques and problems, do some more writing and then share what we’ve done (if you want to). There will be snacks? Writing is hard work and requires snacks! Don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil!  Free.

Spook-ta-cular Magic Show.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Celebrate Halloween with a magic show starring Amazing Mr. B. Halloween treats will be shared at the end of the show.  Free.

Wednesday, October 25th

Walk In Wednesdays.  9am-11am.  Hunter Classical Christian School.  Goochland campus- 635 Manakin Road Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.   Learn the benefits classical Christian education can have for your child, see the school in action, meet our teachers and students, and have an academic consultation with the Head of School, Dr. Ann McLean.  HCCS is still accepting applications, they realize finding the right fit can take awhile and their doors are open to adding students even after school officially starts.

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.

Fire Safety.  10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Gayton Branch Library. Celebrate Fire Safety Month! The Henrico County Fire Department will visit with preschoolers to talk about fire safety. A fire truck may be available for a close-up look.  Free.

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

Storytime.  11am.  bbgb, 3003 West Cary Street.  Bring the kids for storytime every Wednesday.  Free.

Elementary Explorers.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. For grades 3-5.  Explore science topics through fun, hands-on activities, challenges and demonstrations.  Free.

Junior Great Books Level II.  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Junior Great Books! The winter session meets October 4, 11, 18, and 25. These four Wednesday evening meetings (appropriate for ages 9-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Curious readers welcome! For younger children ages 7-9, Junior Great Books Level I is held on Monday afternoons from 3:30-4:30. Registration required.  Free.

Fear the Undead Island.  6:30 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. In your mailbox there is an invitation with your name, date, time and place. A group of brave souls gather, once inside the clock begins to tick. You have one hour to find the clues, stop the apocalypse and escape- or come to terms with the impending collapse of civilization.  Free.

Anime Club.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library.  Kids gather to watch and talk about Japanese animation. Each meeting, they’ll screen a different anime and enjoy everything from classic titles to new favorites.  Free.

Thursday, October 26th

Theatre for the Very Young: Space Baby.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Libbie Mill Library. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre, SPACE BABY! is an interactive performance for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Using established best practices in the field of Theatre for the Very Young, SPACE BABY! engages young children through sounds, songs, stories, and sensory experiences — all the while demonstrating a Language Rich Environment for parents. Part of the national Talking is Teaching campaign.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at this event. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Open House.  9:30am.  Hunter Classical Christian School.  Goochland campus- 635 Manakin Road Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.   Learn the benefits classical Christian education can have for your child and see the school in action.  HCCS is still accepting applications, they realize finding the right fit can take awhile and their doors are open to adding students even after school officially starts.

Story Drama Workshop.  10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Enter a land of make-believe! Join Virginia Repertory Theatre teachers for an acting workshop perfect for preschool-aged kids. The workshop will complement VA Rep’s upcoming Children’s Theatre production: Mary Poppins. Limited to children ages 3-5. Registration required.  Free.

Yoga Fun. 10am.   Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination.  Free with admission.

Play Smart with Toddlers (National award-winning program).  10:30-11:30am.  Clover Hill Library.  Learingn how play is important in your toddler’s healthy development. Registration begins two weeks before each session.

1917 Courthouse Centennial.  2pm-4pm.  Chesterfield County Museum, 1917 Courthouse, 10011 Iron Bridge Road.  This special program will mark the 100th anniversary of the Historic 1917 Courthouse. This commemoration will include a reenactment of one of the first court cases heard at the courthouse, living history displays, unveiling of a new interpretive sign on the Courthouse Green, ringing of the new courthouse bell and unveiling of the restored original 1749 bell.  Free.

Intro To Improv.  4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Practicing theatrical improvisation exercises your imaginative, communicative and collaborative abilities. An introduction to improv to develop these skills and have a blast! Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Barbara Jones at (804) 501-1940 x2491.  Free.

RCI’s Chess Workshop.  Weekly Itinerary: 6pm– 6:30pm meet and greet, 6:30pm – 7pm weekly lesson 1, 7pm – 8:30pm free play, 8:30pm – 9pm weekly lesson 2, 9pm – 10pm free play.   Create Space, 607 Wickham Street, Richmond, VA, 232222, Contact Mike Callaham for Details at 804-426-6058.  Lessons of course are optional. Sets provided, bring clocks. Ages 4 and up! Open and free to the public! Donations accepted.

Halloween Tales.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library.  A fun night of Halloween stories, fingerplays, movement activities, and a festive craft. Costumes welcome for Trick-or-Treating in the library!  Free.

Halloween Bash – Therapeutic Recreation. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  Church of the Redeemer.  For ages 14 and up. A Halloween Social. Wear your favorite costume and enjoy fun night of dancing with friends. Pizza dinner will be served. Pre-registration required. Admittance without registration not permitted.

Friday, October 27th

Friends of the Library Book Sale.  10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Shop early for holiday gifts or expand your personal library.  There will be lots of books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages at great prices!  Tremendous variety, well sorted.  Cash preferred, checks accepted.  Please bring your own shopping bags if possible.  Sales benefit Friends of the Glen Allen Library.

Just Say BOO: Musical Playdate.  11:00-11:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  Back by popular demand, it’s the most unique Halloween celebration around: a musical costume party!  Feel free to come dressed up in any type of costume. Kids will move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!), play some instruments, and use our imaginations!  Ages 0-5 years. Advance registration required, and space is limited. Grab your spot online: www.melodymagicmusic.com/playdates.  Fee.

Haunted Henricus, Jr. Things That Go Bump in the Afternoon (Ages 3-8).  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  The Education Department delights with stories, a treats tour and a make-&-take 17th century craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by October 26 by calling 804-318-8797.  Admission: $5 per Child; $5 per Adult, Henricus Patrons: $3 per child, Free for Adults.

Monster Mash.  5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Three Lakes Nature Center, 400 Sausiluta Drive.  Aliens have landed and transformed Three Lakes Park into a spooky site! Celebrate the hair-raising fun of fall with a creepy nature walk, costume contests and rockin’ monster music.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  For all ages.  Free.

Annual Gayton Pumpkin Festival.  5pm-7pm.  Gayton Crossing Shopping Center.  Enjoy a special community Trick or Treat Night from Gayton Crossing Merchants.  Other fun activities too!  Free.

MAYMONT’S FAMILY CAMP-OUT: SPOOKY SPECTACULAR.  Friday, October 27, 6pm-Saturday, October 28, 9am. Maymont Grounds.  Meet some of Maymont’s spooky creatures as we celebrate “Owl”-oween! Explore the grounds on a night hike, 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; one adult must be registered for every four children. $40 per person/$30 members. Register online
at maymont.org by October 24; for information, call 804-358-7168. Participants will receive more information prior to the program.

Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch.  7pm.  Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market in the Outdoor Haybale Theatre.  Tonight – ‘Tis the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’.  Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider.  Free.

Haunted Henricus: Things that Go Bump in the Night.  7pm-8:30pm.  Henricus Historical Park.   Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Join us by the fireside and listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows.  Light refreshments served. Tours not appropriate for children under 6. Registration required by calling 804-748-1611.  Cost: $8 adults, $6 children ages 6–12; Henricus Patrons free.  Repeats Oct 28th.

Saturday, October 28th

3rd Annual Halloween “Spooktacular”.  Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville.  Family-oriented event is fun for young and old.  Pumpkin Carving Contest, Halloween Parade and Contest, Caramel Apple Dipping Station, Trick-or-Treat, Hayrides.  Some activities require a fee, others are free.

Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Walk.  Robious Landing Park.  A scenic, woodsy 5K course, a quick one mile fun walk, and a costumed Monster Dash, a 100-yard fun run for kids 12 and under. Funds raised will go toward fulfilling VHF’s mission of supporting the needs of those impacted by a bleeding disorder through education, advocacy, and community. Also, there is a pre-race Halloween party with a DJ, food, and more!  It’s a race the entire family can enjoy all while showing support for those whose lives are impacted by bleeding disorders.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA CELTIC FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES FESTIVAL.  9am-6pm Saturday & 9am-5pm Sunday.  Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond VA 23222.  Fiddle Competition, Gaelic Song Competition, Harp Competition, Heavy Athletics, Highland Dance, Hurling, Piping and Drumming Competition, Rugby, Wee Ones Area, Whisky Tasting.  Fee.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Varied locations.  Facilitated by the Relationship Foundation of Virginia.    This 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.  Suggested donation.

Whole Foods Market Marathon Jr.  10am-3pm.  Byrd Park.  A fun running event, costume contest and fall festival.  half mile for ages 4-7 and 1 mile for kids 12 and under.  This event is part of the Anthem Richmond Marathon just two weeks earlier.  Fee.

Friends of the Library Book Sale.  10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Shop early for holiday gifts or expand your personal library.  There will be lots of books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages at great prices!  Tremendous variety, well sorted.  Cash preferred, checks accepted.  Please bring your own shopping bags if possible.  Sales benefit Friends of the Glen Allen Library.

Innsbrook’s Pumpkin Palooza.  10am-4pm.  Hosted by SpeakUp 5K / Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and Innsbrook.  Pumpkin painting, launching, pumpkin bowling, and even pumpkins to take home.  Innsbrook will host a battle of the bands, the Punkin Dunkin competition, a kids zone, photobooth, local restaurants, craft beer, and a costume contest for people and dogs.

Just Say BOO: Musical Playdate.  10:00-10:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  Back by popular demand, it’s the most unique Halloween celebration around: a musical costume party!  Feel free to come dressed up in any type of costume. Kids will move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!), play some instruments, and use our imaginations!  Ages 0-5 years. Advance registration required, and space is limited. Grab your spot online: www.melodymagicmusic.com/playdates.  Fee.

Halloween Hoot: Scooby-Doo.  10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Sandston Branch Library. Celebrate Halloween and watch Scooby-Doo , enjoy a treat, and checkout spooky books.  Costumes are welcome. (2002, PG, 87 minutes)  Free.

Mad Science: Get Connected.  10:30-11:30am.  LaPrade Library.  See the sound of your own voice while testing out telephone lines! Participants will talk on their own telephone network and take home an optic fiber Wired World Product. Registration begins October 14.  Free.

Trick of Treat in Scarytown,  11am-1pm.  Carytown.  Many merchants open their doors for trick-or-treating families.  Just look for the Trick or Treat sign in windows from participating merchants.  Every year, zombies walk…or crawl…or drag themselves through Carytown.  For more information on the Annual Zombie Walk Click Here.  Zombies start walking in Carytown around 1pm.

OktoberFest.  11am-4pm.  Live music, local food and beers for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey.  Regular Garden admission.

The Goochland County Fall Festival.  Noon-4pm.  The Goochland Sports Complex.  (rain date: 10/29, 2-6 PM). The event will feature inflatables, live music, carnival games, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, vendors, a Halloween Costume Contest, and more. Admission is free!

Catapulting Pumpkins!  12:30-2:30pm.  Ettrick-Matoaca Library.  Learn about the physics of a catapult while competing in teams building a catapult and hurling small pumpkins! Registration begins October 14.  Free.

Halloween Carnival Festival.  1pm-4pm. Westchester Commons, 288 and Midlothian Turnpike.  Costume contest, Carnival Games, Inflatables, Halloween Crafts, and Trick or Treating.  The Costume Contest is open to ages 12 & under this year (and free to enter).  All $5 All-You-Can-Play Wristband sales go to benefit Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School.

TOPS- Turning Out Playful Solutions for Teens with Diabetes.  1:00 PM-3:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Meet other teens living with diabetes. This workshop get the hands busy creating and teens with diabetes relating. Build a healthy community through art, food and fun. Free.

Mad Science: Slime Time.  2-3pm.  North Courthouse Library.  Be a mad scientist and learn all about slime! Grades K-5. Registration begins October 14.  Free.

Halloween Hoopla.  2pm-7pm.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central location.  Spooky fun awaits at the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s 17th Annual Halloween Hoopla! Trick-or-treating, monster puppet shows, pumpkin experiments, glitter tattoos, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and MORE!  Adults are $4 and children are FREE!

Halloween Fun.  3pm.  Regency Square Mall.  Trick or Treating from 3pm-5pm and the Hotel Transylvania movie at 5pm.  Free.

Halloween Fair.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Storytelling, games, face painting, crafting, and more! This free event is great for families looking for a safe and fun indoor Halloween celebration. Costumes encouraged. Hosted by the West End TAB and sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library.  Free.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll – Midlothian location. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do the parents! Parent’s get an evening to themselves while the children, ages 2 to 5, get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner! To reserve your space call 804.364.6363. Fee.

Haunted Henricus: Things that Go Bump in the Night.  7pm-8:30pm.  Henricus Historical Park.   Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Join us by the fireside and listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows.  Light refreshments served. Tours not appropriate for children under 6. Registration required by calling 804-748-1611.  Cost: $8 adults, $6 children ages 6–12; Henricus Patrons free.

Sunday, October 29th

CENTRAL VIRGINIA CELTIC FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES FESTIVAL.  9am-6pm Saturday & 9am-5pm Sunday.  Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond VA 23222.  Fiddle Competition, Gaelic Song Competition, Harp Competition, Heavy Athletics, Highland Dance, Hurling, Piping and Drumming Competition, Rugby, Wee Ones Area, Whisky Tasting.  Fee.

A Halloween Boofest!  10am-12:30pm. Join Curious George for ghoulish games, creepy crawlies, spooky stories and tempting treats!  This event is for children ages 2-8 years old and their families.  Fee, but free for ideaKIDS Club members.  Space is limited, so register early!

Just Say BOO: Musical Playdate.  4:00-4:40pm.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  Back by popular demand, it’s the most unique Halloween celebration around: a musical costume party!  Feel free to come dressed up in any type of costume. Kids will move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!), play some instruments, and use our imaginations!  Ages 0-5 years. Advance registration required, and space is limited. Grab your spot online: www.melodymagicmusic.com/playdates.  Fee.

Trunk-or-Treat and Chili Cook-Off.  5:30pm.  St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 11551 Lucks Lane, Midlothian.  Join us for a free, fun, family-friendly event!  We have a safe trick-or-treating environment with options for our allergy-affected friends.  There will be a bounce house, games and crafts.  Vote for your favorite pot of chili at our annual chili cook-off!

Monday, October 30th

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

Yoga & Eric Carle.  10:30-11am.  Clover Hill Library.  A fun yoga story times based on Eric Carle books. Learn playful and developmentally appropriate movements. Ages 3-6. Registration begins two weeks before each session.   Free.

Halloween Fair.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Storytelling, games, crafting, and more! This free event is great for families looking for a safe and fun indoor Halloween celebration. Costumes encouraged. Hosted by the Northside TAB.  Free.

Tuesday, October 31st

Music Fun.  10am.  Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together.  Kids will use simple instruments and  movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites!  Free with admission.

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

Miss Anne’s Music & Movement Drop-in Classes.  11am.  Hosted at All Saints Episcopal Church, 8787 River Road, Henrico VA.  For Infants up to 4 year olds $5 per class & $2 for additional children/siblings.  Weekly every Tuesday at 11am.

Squirreloween.  5pm-8pm.  The Diamond. Kids can enjoy trick of treating throughout the ballpark, hayrides around the field, live music, costume contests, food, games, prizes, mascot appearances  and more!  Fans can park in the main Diamond lots and enter through the Squirrely Gates into the main concourse. Fans can sign up for the costume contest at the main booth outside the gates. This event is free.