Events Calendar

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

Butterflies LIVE!  9am-5pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Runs April 14 – October 15, 2017.  Free with regular garden admission.

Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Works by regional artists come alive in displays using live plants and natural materials throughout the Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. May 26 – October 1, 2017.  Included with regular Garden Admission.

Tuesday, August 1st

Free Summer Movie – Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG).  10am.  Bow Tie Cinemas at Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Seating is limited to theater capacity, tickets issues on a first come, first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice.

$1 Movie – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water & The Adventures of Tintin.  10am.  Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX  – 11650 West Broad Street Richmond, VA; Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 – 361 Perimeter Drive Midlothian, VA; Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX – 5001 Commonwealth Center Parkway Midlothian, VA.  The Regal Summer Movie Express is making it possible for kids and adults to enjoy great $1 movies for 9 weeks this summer!  Each participating location is offering the Summer Movie Express on Tuesday and Wednesday each week at 10am during the summer months at Richmond area theaters. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office ***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***.

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

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

Builders & Makers Club.  6:00pm-8:00pm. North Park Branch Library.  Bring your ingenuity and creativity, they will supply different materials and projects at each session. Craft books and library materials will be available for checkout to help you keep the creative energy flowing at home. All ages, groups and families are welcome!  Free.

Red Ink Writer’s Club. 6-7:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Have you got it in you to be a writer?  If so, join the staff 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.

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 June 6th 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.

Wednesday, August 2nd

Kids’ Crafternoon.  1pm-3pm.  All local AC Moore stores.  Every Wednesday through August 2nd.  These events are for kids ages 5 to 12.  Each project is only $2 per child.  Registration begins now.  Sign up and pay at the check out in each store.

Free Summer Movie – Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG).  10am.  Bow Tie Cinemas at Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Seating is limited to theater capacity, tickets issues on a first come, first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice.

$1 Movie – The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water & The Adventures of Tintin.  10am.  Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX  – 11650 West Broad Street Richmond, VA; Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 – 361 Perimeter Drive Midlothian, VA; Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX – 5001 Commonwealth Center Parkway Midlothian, VA.  The Regal Summer Movie Express is making it possible for kids and adults to enjoy great $1 movies for 9 weeks this summer!  Each participating location is offering the Summer Movie Express on Tuesday and Wednesday each week at 10am during the summer months at Richmond area theaters. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office ***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***.

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.

My First School Bus.  
11-11:45am.  Enon Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

Pinhole Photography for Teens.  1-5pm. Sandston Branch Library. Learn the science behind photography and construct a pinhole camera to create photographs!  Students will view the first photographs as they look back at the history of photography, discuss how photography has changed over the last century, and make rudimentary photographs using pinhole cameras (supplied).  This program requires sunny skies. Rain date: 8/9/2017. Registrants will be notified by phone or email in case of rescheduling.   This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund. Registration is required.  Free.

Code Breakers with Scratch.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Create your own games, animations, and stories! Learn how fun coding can be using Scratch 2.0 drag and drop blocks to make something new. All experience levels welcome.  Registration is required.  Free.

Summer Coding Club.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Kids in grades 4 to 6 will create new projects, tackle special challenges, and build skills like logical reasoning!  We’ll use programs like Scratch, Alice 2.4, and more as a building block for learning text-based programming languages. Registration required.  Free.

Teen Screen : Troop Beverly Hills.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Teen Screen Troop Beverly Hills. Join us for our summer camp movie series for teens and tweens. Watch Troop Beverly Hills with us while learning to make a camp-themed craft. (1989, PG 120 min.)  Free.

Minecraft Coding.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Use code to take Alex or Steve on an adventure. A great way to learn about basic coding! Registration is required.  Free.

Escape Room for grades 6-12. 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Calling all riddle lovers and puzzle solvers! Join us as we work together to crack the code and break out of Libbie Mill’s very own escape room! Registration is required.  Free.

Thursday, August 3rd

My First School Bus.  
10:30-11:15am.  Bon Air Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

School Bus Safety Workshop.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent.  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.

Build it with Legos.  2:30 PM-3:30 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Join us for exciting Lego construction challenges and fun freestyle play. Legos and Duplos provided.  Free.

Flowers After 5.  5pm – 9 pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.  The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets.   Flowers After 5 continues through Sept. 14th.  Regular Garden admission.

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.

Pajama Storytime.  6:30 PM-7:00 PM. Sandston Branch Library. Join us for bedtime stories, songs and fun! For all ages. Pajamas are welcome.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at storytimes. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

The Maker’s Lab: Stopmotion Storytelling.  6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Learn how to make a stop motion ‘trailer’ of your favorite book or animate an original story of your own! We will use software and equipment in the Digital Media Lab. Registration is required.  Free.

Peter McCory-The One-Man Band.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Who needs an entire band when you’ve got Peter McCory?! The One-Man Band is bringing his musical fun to the library in support of Summer Reading. Family fun for all ages.

Family Workshop – How to Build a Robot.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Seeking a fun family project?  Bridget Westhoven, of Deep Run’s World Champion Robotics Team (FRC 1086 Blue Cheese), will share the process and story behind how her family built their own robot from scratch, expanding on what they learned through FIRST Robotics.  Free.

Building Club.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we practice building with a variety of different materials. Learn about bridges and other awesome structures around the world.  Free.

Friday, August 4th

School Bus Safety Workshop.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Varina Area Library. Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent.  Free.

Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown.  Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to far away lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books!   Free with admission.

My First School Bus.  
10:30-11:15am.  North Courthouse Road Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

Build A Better World: Zine Making + the Power of the (small) Press.  1:00 PM-3:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Learn to make a traditional 1/2 page zine and a folded pocket zine in this interactive workshop! We’ll make zines that reflect issues that are important to us using paper, collage, and drawings. Plus, we’ll learn about the history of zine culture and the use of small press publications in American activism. Registration is required.  Free.

Building My Plate.  2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Food meets math this summer in Varina! Measure, create and cook a healthy treat with Virginia Cooperative Extension staff. Please email any food allergies or sensitivities to: rdent@henricolibrary.org. Register online or call (804) 501-1980 beginning at 9:00 am on 7/5/17.  Free.

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

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

Kid’s Fun Night.  6pm-8pm.  All Fired Up.  On the first Friday of each month, drop the kids (recommended for ages 6 to 14) off for a fun-night of pottery painting and pizza. Kids will build a clay slump cookie dish and paint a 12oz mug to drink their milk to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Pre-registration required. $25 per child.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13).  7pm.  Henrico Theater, Highland Springs.  Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Free Movie in the Park – The Lego Batman Movie (PG).  Activities begin at 8pm. Movies begin at 8:30pm (or when it gets dark).  Humphrey Calder Park.  A weekly Friday night, city-wide event, open to the public. Bring your refreshments, blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie.  Free.

Saturday, August 5th

Make a Penske Truck.  9am-Noon.  Local Home Depot Stores.  A hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a wooden tic-tac-toe game to play with family or friends almost anywhere. Once the project is complete, your child can personalize their game board and pieces with paint and stickers. o 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. Select and register at your local store.  Free.

Da Vinci Family Festival: Architecture and Engineering Day.  9:30am – 5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Discover the innovation and ingenuity of one of the world’s most famous thinkers, Leonardo da Vinci.  Help create an ideal cardboard city and learn the basics of construction and architecture as you build foam and wooden geometric shapes. Enjoy special demonstrations and explore Da Vinci Alive – The Experience, an immersive exhibition complete with a state-of-the-art multimedia gallery and interactive stations that offer insight into the mind of the incomparable Renaissance man.  Da Vinci Family Festivals are included in Museum admission. Da Vinci Alive – The Experience timed-tickets are $25 for general public, $7 for Museum members.

Summer Series: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  10am-4pm.  Children;s Museum fo Richmond – Central.  Meet Daniel Tiger* from 10:00AM-4:00PM; climb aboard the RVA Trolley from 10:00AM-2:00PM; and dance like Katerina with Stavna Ballet’s workshop at 10:30AM. Kids can watch a large red sweater be created, as From the Heart Stitchers demonstrates the arts of kintting and crocheting from 10:00AM-2:00PM. Join our neighbor, Jeff Beatman for fun singalongs throughout the day, and help spread kindness throughout the community by painting and sharing a rock with the help of friends fromRVA Rocks.  imed tickets (included with museum admission) for pictures with Daniel Tiger will be available the day of the event, beginning at 9:30AM. Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis for one hour time ranges.  Free with museum admission.

The Incredible Mr Limpet – Family Classics at The Byrd. 10am.  Every Saturday Morning through August 26th. With Bob Gulledge at the Mighty Wurlitzer AND Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons. Box Office Opens at 9:30am each show day.  Fee.

My First School Bus.  
10:30-11:15am.  Clover Hill Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

Space Exploration Station.  10:30am-12:30pm Chester Library and Learn about space! Use a start chart, make moon craters, and try our “space suit hands.” For children 6-11 years old. Registration is required.  Free.

Mad Science: Space Spectacular.   10:30-11:15am Bon Air Library & 11:45am-12:30pm Bon Air Library.  See a real hovercraft, learn about rocket propulsion, and find out what astronauts and babies have in common. Recommended for children 5-10 years old. Registration is required.  Free.

Pre-coding for Preschoolers
.   11am-Noon.  North Courthouse Road Library.  Fun, screen-free games can teach children the simple, logical thinking they will
need to learn computer programming. For children in preschool-kindergarten.  Registration is required.  Free.

Chuck Close Self-Portraits for Teens.  1pm-3pm.  Meadowdale Library.  Teens, learn about artist Chuck Close, famous for his original techniques of painting the human face and his massive- scale, photo-based portrait paintings. Create your own mixed-media self-portrait in his iconic style! Registration is required.  Free.

Jonathan Austin.  2:30-3:30pm.  Midlothian Library.  It’s fun for the whole family with juggling, magic tricks, zany gags and jokes.  Free.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13).  2pm and 7pm.  Henrico Theater, Highland Springs.  Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Saturday Live at Meadow Farm.  Noon- 3:30pm.  Meadow Farm Museum.  Enjoy an afternoon of interactive, living history demonstrations as you explore this mid-19th century farm. Program meets on the first Saturday of the month.  Free.

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, August 6th

Liberty Or Death, Public Reenactment.  Historic St John’s Church.  The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history!  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated, 1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 1:30 PM Music program begins, 1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity).  The event is free and open to the public.

Open Studio Sunday.  1pm – 4pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  Make Open Studio Sunday part of your family’s monthly routine! Visit the Art Education Center anytime between 1 and 4 pm to participate in art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project is offered every month, led by VMFA Youth Studio staff and volunteers.  (For groups of eight or more children, please email youthstudio@vmfa.museum.)   Special this month, enjoy a performance in the Atrium at 1:30 and 2:45 pmby the City of Richmond’s own, nationally recognized City Dance Theater.   Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Free, no registration required.

Rare at Maymont.  1pm-5pm.  The Robins Nature & Visitor Center at Maymont, 2201 Shields Lake Dr, Richmond.  Find out how Maymont protects rare and endangered wildlife species in Virginia. Learn how to help preserve these wonderful animals and their habitats. Maymont educators, Science Matters and community partners with a passion for wildlife will provide hands-on activities for the whole family. There will be opportunities to interact with animals and their handlers as well as scheduled times for in-depth discussions with wildlife experts.  Admission $3.00.

Monday, August 7th

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

School Bus Safety Workshop.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Fairfield Area Library. Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent.  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.

Popsicle Open House.  10:30am-11:30am.  Hunter Classical Christian School, Goochland campus, 635 Manakin Road, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103.  A great way for parents to come and see what HCCS has to offer.  RSVP or questions to Vanessa Peete at 804-708-0048.  Our Head of School, Dr. Ann Mclean, faculty, and current students will be attending to share information and an informal tour.  Free.

My First School Bus.  
11-11:45am.  Ettrick-Matoaca Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

Maker Mondays. 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us for our summer Maker Monday series, where we’ll use everyday objects (and our amazing brains) to build some really awesome things! Projects will be announced in July.   is required, but the program is limited to 20 teens.  Free.

Krafty Kids.  3:30 PM-4:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Make CD Scratch Art Spinners to glimmer in your window or to protect your garden. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for preschool to grades K-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.

A Conversation About Grief  “Bringing Life to Death”.  6pm.  The Steward School, Steeber Commons, 11600 Gayton Road, Richmond VA 23238.  Death is the counterbalance to birth; a natural process that we will all experience but so few fully prepare for. During this conversation, End of Life Doulas, Shelby Kirillin and Nicky Hansen, will share their experiences and knowledge about working with the dying, providing avenues for legacy and meaning making, and supporting loved ones through this process.  Registration is required. Free.

Builders & Makers Club.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Join us all summer long to build and make. You bring the ingenuity and creativity, we will supply different materials and projects at each session. Craft books and library materials will be available for checkout to help you keep the creative energy flowing at home. All ages, groups and families are welcome!  Free.

3D Printing Workshop for Parent and Child.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. For a parent and child, Grade K-5 with an adult. See 3D printing in action! During this workshop, you will learn how to create your own 3D designs, download pre-made 3D models, and see an object being printed on the library’s ultimaker2 3D printer. Bring a flash drive if you want to save your design. Parents, please register yourself and add your child’s age in the notes section before submitting. This class lasts 90 minutes, but you can leave early if your little one gets the wiggles.  Free.

Tuesday, August 8th

Free Summer Movie – Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG).  10am.  Bow Tie Cinemas at Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Seating is limited to theater capacity, tickets issues on a first come, first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice.

$1 Movie – Happy Feet Two & Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.  10am.  Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX  – 11650 West Broad Street Richmond, VA; Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 – 361 Perimeter Drive Midlothian, VA; Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX – 5001 Commonwealth Center Parkway Midlothian, VA.  The Regal Summer Movie Express is making it possible for kids and adults to enjoy great $1 movies for 9 weeks this summer!  Each participating location is offering the Summer Movie Express on Tuesday and Wednesday each week at 10am during the summer months at Richmond area theaters. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office ***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***.

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

Krafty Kids.  11:00 AM-11:30 AM. Sandston Branch Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we create a craft related to our story time or theme of the day. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for infants to age 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.

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

School Bus Safety Workshop. 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent.  Free.

3-D Printing for Teens.  2-3pm.  Enon Library.  Learn how to bring 3-D digital models into the real world.  Free

Krafty Kids.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Explore different emotions as you make emoji designs with Perler beads. A selection of picture books will be shared for inspiration, including: Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban; Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer; and Happy by Mies van Hout.  Free.

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

Mozart Mini: Summer Piano Class. 3:30-4:10pm or 4:20-5:00pm.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  Got a budding pianist on your hands? Not sure about committing to lessons? Then Mozart Minis are for you! These summer “a la carte” piano classes are the perfect fun-filled intro for young beginners ages 4-7 years. And with fun themes like The Jungle and The Ocean, you can fill the whole summer with musical fun — at just $20/class! Space is limited, so grab your spot.  Fee.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Hammered Dulcimer Concert.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Enjoy our final concert of the summer with the music of Bob Wadsworth on his hammered dulcimer.  Sponsored by the Friends of Twin Hickory Library.  Free.

Wednesday, August 9th

Free Summer Movie – Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG).  10am.  Bow Tie Cinemas at Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Seating is limited to theater capacity, tickets issues on a first come, first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice.

$1 Movie – Happy Feet Two & Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.  10am.  Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX  – 11650 West Broad Street Richmond, VA; Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 – 361 Perimeter Drive Midlothian, VA; Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX – 5001 Commonwealth Center Parkway Midlothian, VA.  The Regal Summer Movie Express is making it possible for kids and adults to enjoy great $1 movies for 9 weeks this summer!  Each participating location is offering the Summer Movie Express on Tuesday and Wednesday each week at 10am during the summer months at Richmond area theaters. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office ***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***.

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.

My First School Bus. 10-10:45am.  Meadowdale Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

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

Teen Food Challenge.  10:30 AM-3:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Do you love to watch reality cooking shows? Do you want to show off your culinary knowledge and skills (or learn some)? Be a member of a team whose challenge is to develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes — with ingredients we will only reveal to you at the competition! Teams will be assigned randomly at the start of the program. All teams will make a presentation to a judging panel (librarians), explaining the preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value and cost of the dish. You will learn new skills and a ton of stuff about food. We will also make sure you get plenty of snacks so you don’t go hungry while you cook. Kristina Yager, a 4-H Youth Development Agent and representative of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Henrico County Office, will be leading the Challenge. Registrants: If you have any food allergies or concerns, please contact Aimee Haley at 804-501-1910 x 6 or ahaley@henricolibrary.org.  Free.

Baby Signs Story Time.  10:30-11am. LaPrade Library.  Learn sign language with stories, songs, rhymes and play. For ages 0-23 months. Registration is required and begins two weeks before each session.  Free.

Makey-ing Music.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Music makes the world go ’round! Join your friends at the library and help Build a Better World. We’ll use Makey Makey kits and a variety of fruits to create instruments and make music.  Free.

Summer Coding Club.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Kids in grades 4 to 6 will create new projects, tackle special challenges, and build skills like logical reasoning!  We’ll use programs like Scratch, Alice 2.4, and more as a building block for learning text-based programming languages. Registration required.  Free.

The Upcycled Lab: Terrariums .  3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Varina Area Library. As part of our Upcycled Lab series, we will “”Build a Better World”” by upcycling recycled materials into sustainable planters for your own indoor garden! Registration is required.  Free.

Fun With Ozobots. 3:30 PM-5:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Ozobots are some of the world’s smallest programmable robots that respond to colored lines.  They are smart, cute, and fun!  Come to the library to play with an Ozobot and learn the basics of computer science. Registration is required.  Free.

Life-size Games: Hungry, Hungry Hippos.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Life-size Hungry, Hungry Hippos. Do you love playing board games? Fight summer boredom while playing your favorite board games on a life-size scale! Join your friends at the library for some cooperative learning and competitive fun. And borrow some books while you’re at it!  Free.

3D Printing Workshop for Teens.  6:00 PM-7:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Learn how to design objects and print in 3D with the library’s Ultimaker 3D Printers!  We’ll discuss the real-world applications of 3D printing technology, get familiar with the machines, and practice designing in 3D so you can submit a 3D design to be printed at the library. Registration is required.  Free.

Makey-ing Music.  6:30 PM-8:00 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Music makes the world go ’round! Join your friends at the library and help Build a Better World. We’ll use Makey Makey kits and a variety of fruits to create instruments and make music.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Moana Coding.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Use code to take  Moana  characters on an adventure. A great way to learn about basic coding! Registration is required.  Free.

Thursday, August 10th

School Bus Safety Workshop.  9:30 AM-10:30 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Rising Kindergarten students are invited to join HCPS Transportation for a close-up look at school bus safety. Children entering Kindergarten are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons. Children must be accompanied by a parent.  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.

Rockets!  10am-Noon.  LaPrade Library.  Build your own rocket and see if you can launch it over the treetops! For children in grades K-5.  Registration is required.  Free.

Music & Movement for Preschoolers.  10:30-11:00am. Clover Hill Library.  Let your preschooler shake, rattle and roll their way to mastering early learning skills. Registration is required and begins two weeks before session.

Busy Hands.  11:15 AM-11:45 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we learn to create a paper sand castle. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Get ready for the Great American Eclipse.  2:00 PM-3:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. On August 21st the Richmond area will see a near total solar eclipse. Learn what causes a solar eclipse, what can be observed during an eclipse & how often they occur. Safe viewing will be discussed. If it is a sunny day, we will go outside and view the sun through safe viewing glasses.  Free.

Escape Room.  2:00 PM-4:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Calling all teen and tween riddle lovers and puzzles solvers! Join us as we work together to crack the code and break out of Fairfield’s very own escape room!  Free.

Robot Programming Workshop for Kids.  2:30 PM-4:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Learn to control a robot with computer code (programming). You will make your robot dance, sing, and triumph over challenges! Registration is required.  Free.

Summer Reading Finale: Mad Science.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring a spectacular science show that will amaze and entertain you. Mad Science of Central Virginia delivers fun experiments and demonstrations as well as hands-on learning opportunities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Allen Library.  Free.

Stories ‘n’ Such.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for a story, some creative learning and fun as we make paper bag art. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for grades K-5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Krafty Kids.  4:00 PM-4:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Join us for some creative and learning fun as we make a summer 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. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. For more information call (804) 501-1970.  Free.

Flowers and Fidos After 5.  5pm – 9 pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.  The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets.   Flowers After 5 continues through Sept. 14th.  Regular Garden admission.

S’more Summer Fun.  6pm-8pm.  Dunncroft/Castle Point Park.  Celebrate National S’mores Day with the family while listening to stories and music around the campfire.  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.

Lego Batman Movie.  6:30pm.  Richmond Spiders Spiderlings Kids Club Outdoor Movie.  Bring a blanket to watch a movie on the field! Doors open at 5 p.m. with activities including balloon art, face painting and inflatables before the movie begins. No outside food or drink is permitted but cash only movie concessions will be available such as popcorn, candy and soda. Event is FREE.

Pajama Storytime.  6:30 PM-7:00 PM. Sandston Branch Library. Join us for bedtime stories, songs and fun! For all ages. Pajamas are welcome.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits at storytimes. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Summer Reading Finale: Family Movie.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring the family film Field of Dreams. A family is mysteriously motivated to transform their farm into a baseball diamond complete with ghostly players.(1989, PG, 107 min.) Sponsored by the Friends of the North Park Library.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Building Club.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we practice building with a variety of different materials. Learn about bridges and other awesome structures around the world.  Free.

Friday, August 11th

Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown.  Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to far away lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books!   Free with admission.

The Upcycled Lab: Pressed Flower Compositions.  3:00 PM-4:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Create your own cards or collections of scanned flowers by using the scanner and Photoshop basics. (Patrons can bring in their own pressed flowers/flowers to scan in. Flowers will also be provided.) Registration is required.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Free Movie in the Park – Finding Dory (PG).  Activities begin at 8pm. Movies begin at 8:30pm (or when it gets dark).  Forest Hill Park.  A weekly Friday night, city-wide event, open to the public. Bring your refreshments, blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie.  Free.

Saturday, August 12th

Kids Yoga Class in the ARCpark.  9:30am – 10:30am.  3600 Saunders Ave, Richmond, VA 23227.  Hosted by Motion Mom.  Through music, games and activities, we help children focus their minds and stretch their bodies, all while having loads of fun! The system is based on a classical study of yoga transformed into an experience for children to both introduce them to yoga, inspire them to develop a practice, and give them tools to take into adulthood.  Free for all ages.

The Wizard of Oz – Family Classics at The Byrd. 10am.  Every Saturday Morning through August 26th. With Bob Gulledge at the Mighty Wurlitzer AND Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons. Box Office Opens at 9:30am each show day.  Fee.

Rockets!  10am-Noon.  Meadowdale Library.  Build your own rocket and see if you can launch it over the treetops! For children in grades K-5.  Registration is required.  Free.

Jonathan Austin.  10:30-11:30am at Meadowdale Library & 2:30-3:30pm at Enon Library.  It’s fun for the whole family with juggling, magic tricks, zany gags and jokes.  Free.

3-D Printing for Teens.  2-3pm.  LaPrade Library.  Learn how to bring 3-D digital models into the real world.  Free.

Stellaluna Story Time by Bat World.  10:15-11am & 
11:30am-12:15pm at Midlothian Library  AND 1:30-2:15pm & 2:45-3:30pm at North Courthouse Library.  Meet live bats, including an African fruit bat just like Stellaluna! Recommended for children 4-10 years old.  Registration is required.  Free.

Mad Science: Life in the Sea.  10:30-11:30am. Clover Hill Library.  Plunge into the depths of ocean life!
Learn about sharks, sponges and other ocean creatures. For children in grades K-5. Registration is required.

Krafty Kids.  11:00 AM-11:30 AM. North Park Branch Library. Join us for some creative learning and fun as we make a summer 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. We are unable to accommodate group visits at crafts. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group. For more information call (804) 501-1970.  Free.

Crafternoon. 2:00 PM-4:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Looking for a new creative outlet? Join us at Libbie Mill Library for a relaxing afternoon playing with fabric, glue, paper, and paint. Meeting once a month on Saturday, we will explore different crafts and techniques. Great for both beginners and veteran homemakers alike! Bring home a finished project – and check out a craft book or two.  For Adults and Teens 14+.  Free.

Blender Basics for grades 9-12 and Adults. 2:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Learn how to take your 3D design skills to the next level! In this class we’ll review the basics of Blender, a free and professional open source 3D design software. Prerequisite: 3D Printing and Design Workshop is encouraged but not required. Registration is required.  Free.

Anime Club.  3:00 PM-5:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Do you love Anime? Haven’t seen any but have been curious? Come enjoy popular Japanese animation with us. We will watch and discuss different Anime each time we meet. Join us in the Teen Department!   Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  5:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

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.

Richmond Kickers Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Sunday, August 13th

Flying Squirrels Game.  12:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Liberty Or Death, Public Reenactment.  Historic St John’s Church.  The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history!  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated, 1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 1:30 PM Music program begins, 1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity).  The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, August 14th

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

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

Percy Jackson Trivia Day.  3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. For ages 10 and up. Are you a Percy Jackson expert? Prove your knowledge and learn new facts at our Percy Jackson trivia event! Participants will be divided into teams and will compete to see who knows the most about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase, and Trials of Apollo series. We will have a prize drawing for multiple copies of the next book in the Magnus Chase series at this event. Wear something orange or purple, and you will get an extra entry into this contest! Sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Allen Library.  Free.

Busy Hands.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for a story, some creative learning and fun as we make Jazzamataz Junk Art! Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Tuesday, August 15th

Free Summer Movie – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG).  10am.  Bow Tie Cinemas at Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Seating is limited to theater capacity, tickets issues on a first come, first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice.

$1 Movie – Storks & The Lego Batman Movie.  10am.  Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX  – 11650 West Broad Street Richmond, VA; Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 – 361 Perimeter Drive Midlothian, VA; Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX – 5001 Commonwealth Center Parkway Midlothian, VA.  The Regal Summer Movie Express is making it possible for kids and adults to enjoy great $1 movies for 9 weeks this summer!  Each participating location is offering the Summer Movie Express on Tuesday and Wednesday each week at 10am during the summer months at Richmond area theaters. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office ***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***.

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

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

Teen Food Challenge.  10:30 AM-3:30 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Do you love to watch reality cooking shows? Do you want to show off your culinary knowledge and skills (or learn some)? Be a member of a team whose challenge is to develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes — with ingredients we will only reveal to you at the competition! Teams will be assigned randomly at the start of the program. All teams will make a presentation to a judging panel (librarians), explaining the preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value and cost of the dish. You will learn new skills and a ton of stuff about food. We will also make sure you get plenty of snacks so you don’t go hungry while you cook. Kristina Yager, a 4-H Youth Development Agent and representative of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Henrico County Office, will be leading the Challenge. Registrants: If you have any food allergies or concerns, please contact Amanda Giannini at 804-501-1930 x 5 or agiannini@henricolibrary.org Registration is required.  Free.

Builders & Makers Club.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Join us all summer long to build and make. You bring the ingenuity and creativity, we will supply different materials and projects at each session. Craft books and library materials will be available for checkout to help you keep the creative energy flowing at home. All ages, groups and families are welcome!  Free.

Upcycled Lab @ VA: Creative Wonders with Artist Sarah Hand. 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Build a Better World by using recycled paper products to make beautiful works of art. Our resident artist and illustrator, Sarah Hand, will share her creative process with participants. Registration is required.  Free.

Back to School Festival.  6pm-8pm.  Colonial Heights Soccer Complex.  Free activities for students headed back to school in the fall.

Working Mothers’ Forum. 7pm-8:30pm.  Virginia Physicians for Women, 10710 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23235.  Hosted by Stacy Wood of Cognition Consulting and Coaching.  Join working moms in a powerful event dedicated to you! Participants will share and discuss in a small group format the challenges, joys, demands and skills required to manage it all, as well as solutions for the marathon of motherhood. Light refreshments provided. $40 per person. Register to attend here: http:// www.cognitioncc.com/ program-registration

Wednesday, August 16th

Free Summer Movie – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG).  10am.  Bow Tie Cinemas at Movieland at Boulevard Square.  Seating is limited to theater capacity, tickets issues on a first come, first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice.

$1 Movie – Storks & The Lego Batman Movie.  10am.  Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX  – 11650 West Broad Street Richmond, VA; Regal Westchester Commons Stadium 16 – 361 Perimeter Drive Midlothian, VA; Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium 20 & IMAX – 5001 Commonwealth Center Parkway Midlothian, VA.  The Regal Summer Movie Express is making it possible for kids and adults to enjoy great $1 movies for 9 weeks this summer!  Each participating location is offering the Summer Movie Express on Tuesday and Wednesday each week at 10am during the summer months at Richmond area theaters. Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1. Tickets available for purchase at the box office ***BOTH MOVIES PLAY ON BOTH DAYS***.

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.

Summer Coding Club.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Kids in grades 4 to 6 will create new projects, tackle special challenges, and build skills like logical reasoning!  We’ll use programs like Scratch, Alice 2.4, and more as a building block for learning text-based programming languages. Registration required.  Free.

Learn to Code Workshop for Grades 5-12. 2:30 PM-4:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Learn to code! Learn how to make a computer do what you want! We will teach some basic programming concepts and play with coding. Registration is required.  Free.

Family Fun Day at the Chesterfield County Farmers Market – Celebrating 1st Responders.  2:30-5:30pm.  Bring the whole family for some family-friendly fun. Kids and families can meet our first responders, complete a scavenger hunt, explore a fire truck and police car, and learn safety tips for the whole family. Watch a cooking demonstration to learn new recipes using local produce. Learn how to “fight the bite” in the yard, and bring your gardening questions to the Chesterfield Master Gardeners.

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

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

Teen Screen : Meatballs.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Teen Screen Meatballs. Join us for our summer camp movie series for teens and tweens.  Watch Meatballs with us while learning to make a camp-themed craft. (1979, PG 92 min.)  Free.

Introduction to 3-D Printing.  
6-7pm.  Meadowdale Library.  Learn to use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create just about anything, and then print it on our 3-D printer. Registration is required.

Thursday, August 17th

Kids Club at Regency Square.  10:00 – 11:30am.  Enjoy the Juggling & Magic performance by Special Guest – Jonathan Austin.   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.

Krafty Kids.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Join us to make a sun-catcher and learn about the upcoming solar eclipse. Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for preschoolers to grade 5 with an adult. Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

Flowers After 5.  5pm – 9 pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.  The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets.   Flowers After 5 continues through Sept. 14th.  Regular Garden admission.

Chic-fil-A Spirit Night with Hunter Classical Christian School.  5:00pm-8:00pm.  Westchester Commons, 132 Schofield Drive, Midlothian, VA 23113.  Enjoy food, fun, and games at Chic-fil-A Spirit Night with HCCS!  There will be a Cow appearance and the Spin Wheel will be there so bring cash!  Please inform your cashier you are supporting HCCS.  Come learn if HCCS is the right fit for your child.

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.

Summer Reading Finale: Magic Show.  6:30 PM-7:15 PM. Sandston Branch Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring an interactive magic show with a special guest performance from M + M Magic! For all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Space is limited due to room capacity.  Free.

 Twilight Tales.  6:30 PM-7:15 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. Things that go! Join us for stories about trains, planes, and automobiles. We will chug along with songs and rhymes too, and end our trip with a craft.  Free.

Building Club.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we practice building with a variety of different materials. Learn about bridges and other awesome structures around the world.  Free.

Friday, August 18th

Trolls (PG).  10am.  Henrico Theater, Highland Springs.  Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown.  Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to far away lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books!   Free with admission.

Nature Study: Animal Signs. 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us as we use our powers of observation to identify animals by the clues they leave. The program will begin in the Storytime Room, then we will walk to Jordan’s Branch Creek to look for tracks, nests, burrows, and more. Recommended for children in grades 3-5.  Adult supervision is required. Registration is required.  Free.

Mozart Mini: Summer Piano Class. 3:30-4:10pm.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  Got a budding pianist on your hands? Not sure about committing to lessons? Then Mozart Minis are for you! These summer “a la carte” piano classes are the perfect fun-filled intro for young beginners ages 4-7 years. And with fun themes like The Jungle and The Ocean, you can fill the whole summer with musical fun — at just $20/class! Space is limited, so grab your spot.  Fee.

Science After Dark: Building Night.  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Make it a true Fri-DIY! Get hands-on and learn the skills it takes to tackle basic home improvement projects while using real tools to accomplish specific tasks. Test your skills in a trivia tournament at 6 pm and blast off in The Dome at 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm for a special all-live Cosmic Expedition. Discover how natural disasters can impact engineering projects and structures in a thrilling showing of Twister at 8 pm. After the shows, step outside to stargaze with the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn.  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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  7:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Saturday, August 19th

Ashland Farmers’ Market Family Fun Day.  9am-Noon.  This program is designed to help attendees learn how to use items purchased at the farmer’s market to prepare healthy dishes and move toward a healthier lifestyle. Money spent at farmer’s markets supports local farmers and the local economy. Additionally, purchasing your food directly from the producer allows you to interact with those that are growing your produce, building a special trust that you can’t get at a grocery store.  The day’s events will include a scavenger hunt for ingredients, cooking demos, and prizes.

Oliver! – Family Classics at The Byrd. 10am.  Every Saturday Morning through August 26th. With Bob Gulledge at the Mighty Wurlitzer AND Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons. Box Office Opens at 9:30am each show day.  Fee.

Trolls (PG).  10am and 2pm.  Henrico Theater, Highland Springs.  Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Star Wars Day!  10am-4:30pm.  CMoR Central.  Have your picture taken with members of the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion fan groups, who will be joining us for this exciting day. Watch the good and bad collide with an unforgettable performance from students at Passion Academy, incorporating live music, dance, dark and light. You can also join us for special forces training, have a space creation made just for you with balloon twisting by Belton Entertainment from 10:30AM-2:30PM, and blast off with an Education Extravaganza! Don’t forget to check out themed books at the bbgb tales for kids pop-up shop, with a portion of the sales benefiting CMoR!  Free with museum admission.

My First School Bus.  
10:30am.  Chester Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

Summer Reading Finale: Peter McCory. 10:30 AM-11:30 AM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring a morning of musical fun for the whole family with Peter McCory, the One-Man Band. Sponsored by the Friends of the Libbie Mill Library.  Free.

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

Teen Art Club.  11am-1pm.  Chester Library.  Get creative! Share a love of creativity and self-expression. Bring your own art project and supplies. Open to teens 12-18 years old.

Prince and Princess Revue.  11-11:45am.  Join fairy tale royalty as they sing about their Happily-Ever-Afters in this performance by the Chesterfield Children’s Theatre. Registration is required and begins Aug. 5.

Kindermusik Demo Days.  11am-Noon.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  For ages 0-5 years, with a parent.  Sing, dance, laugh, and play with Melody Magic Music Studio… and find out how Kindermusik helps your little one grow and learn! This is an age-specific class where you will play instruments, explore with voices, move in creative ways, and so much more.  Ages 0-5 years; reserve your spot online.

Art Splash!  2pm-4pm.  Deep Run Rec Center.  See artist’s at work and get a sneak peek at what Henrico County will offer this fall.  Free.

Summer Reading Finale: Peter McCory.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring an afternoon of musical fun for the whole family with Peter McCory, the One-Man Band. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library.  Free.

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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Richmond Kickers Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Sunday, August 20th

Flying Squirrels Game.  12:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Liberty Or Death, Public Reenactment.  Historic St John’s Church.  The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history!  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated, 1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 1:30 PM Music program begins, 1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity).  The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, August 21st

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

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

Eclipse Viewing Party.  11am-4pm.  The Science Museum of Virginia.  It’s a viewing party on the front lawn to celebrate the wonder of a solar eclipse.  The first 500 guests will receive free eclipse viewing glasses with Museum admission.  There will be sun and moon themed activities outside and in the Dome theater.  Local food trucks will also be onsite.  Fee.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party & Sun Celebration.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.   Participate in sun-themed activities throughout the afternoon while safely enjoying this amazing astronomical event!  They will have certified, for safe viewing, glasses for the first 500 guests. Free with garden admission.

Thanks to the NASA @ My Library program, Henrico Libraries across the county will offer free Eclipse viewing safety glasses on August 21, the date of a major Solar Eclipse, at 2pm while supplies last.  On August 21 from 2-3:30pm, Glen Allen, Libbie Mill, North Park, Twin Hickory, and Varina Libraries will host Eclipse Parties where Henrico residents of all ages can learn about the science behind eclipses, and pick up a pair of glasses to safely view the eclipse while supplies last, courtesy of NASA @ My Library.  Limited quantities of these safety glasses will be available to the public at all HCPL locations, and distribution may be restricted to one pair of glasses per family if demand is overwhelming.

Maker Mondays. 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us for our summer Maker Monday series, where we’ll use everyday objects (and our amazing brains) to build some really awesome things! Projects will be announced in July.   is required, but the program is limited to 20 teens.  Free.

Summer Reading Finale: Harry Potter.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring the wonderful world of Harry Potter. Fun for the whole family! Costumes welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Varina Library.  Free.

Tuesday, August 22nd

Kindermusik Demo Days.  9:30am-Noon.  Melody Magic Music Studio.  For ages 0-5 years, with a parent.  Sing, dance, laugh, and play with Melody Magic Music Studio… and find out how Kindermusik helps your little one grow and learn! This is an age-specific class where you will play instruments, explore with voices, move in creative ways, and so much more.  Ages 0-5 years; reserve your spot online.

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

Rockets!  11am-1pm.  Bon Air Library.  Build your own rocket and see if you can launch it over the treetops! For children in grades K-5.  Registration is required.  Free.

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

Teen Art Guild. 2:30 PM-3:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join Teen Art Guild for some fun, hands-on, creativity! The Teen Art Guild will do a variety of art, craft and drawing projects. We’ll also discuss different styles of art and have the opportunity to share work with peers.  REMINDER: You don’t have to paint like Picasso to join! Teen Art Guild is for all teens of all interests and skill levels. Come hang out, meet other teens and enjoy getting creative!   required.   Free.

Busy Hands.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us for a story, some creative learning and fun as we make Jazzamataz Junk Art! Craft books and materials related to the theme will be available for checkout to help encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult.  Space is limited due to room capacity. We are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Please call the library to arrange something special for your group.  Free.

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

Summer Reading Finale: Slime Party.  6:00 PM-7:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring a fun-filled night of slime making! We will highlight Dr. Seuss’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Sponsored by the Friends of the Fairfield Library.  Free.

3D Printing Workshop for Parent and Child. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Grade K-5 with an adult. See 3D printing in action! During this workshop, you will learn how to create your own 3D designs, download pre-made 3D models, and see an object being printed on the library’s Ultimaker2 3D printer. Please bring a thumb drive so you can save your design. Parents, please register yourself and add your child’s age in the notes section before submitting. This class lasts 90 minutes, but you can leave early if your little one gets the wiggles 🙂 Please be on time and be aware that if you are late 10 minutes or more for class, your seat may be given away.  Free.

Wednesday, August 23rd

Working Mothers’ Forum. 8:30am-10am.  Virginia Physicians for Women, 10710 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23235.  Hosted by Stacy Wood of Cognition Consulting and Coaching.  Join working moms in a powerful event dedicated to you! Participants will share and discuss in a small group format the challenges, joys, demands and skills required to manage it all, as well as solutions for the marathon of motherhood. Light refreshments provided. $40 per person. Register to attend here: http:// www.cognitioncc.com/ program-registration

Move with Me. 11am. 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.

Animal Enrichment.  10am.  Maymont Farm Classroom.  Do animals enjoy puzzles, games, toys and treats? They do! Come assist Maymont staff in making enrichment items for our bobcat, fox, bears, otters and more. Deliver them to the animals and watch as they engage in the fun! Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. Register by August 22.  Fee.

“Three Little Pigs” Puppet Show.  10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Come to our big meeting room to enjoy the antics of 3 engineering pigs and 1 big bad wolf!  Free.

Summer Coding Club.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Kids in grades 4 to 6 will create new projects, tackle special challenges, and build skills like logical reasoning!  We’ll use programs like Scratch, Alice 2.4, and more as a building block for learning text-based programming languages. Registration required.  Free.

Giant Sized Icebreaker Jenga.  3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Varina Area Library. It’s the game you know and love only giant and with an ice breaker twist! Join us in the Teen Department.  Free.

Marble Runs.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Come show off your engineering skills, or learn new ones, by building marble runs! All materials will be provided.  Free.

Acting Out At The Library! 6:00 PM-7:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Join us for an evening of Improv fun! Improv teaches kids to think fast on their feet, allows for self-expression and encourages team building. All this while exercising all of their senses AND having a bunch of silly fun! What’s not to like? Ages 10-12. All abilities welcome. Registration is required.  Free.

Life-size Games: Sorry.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Life-size Sorry. Do you love playing board games? Fight summer boredom while playing your favorite board games on a life-size scale! Join your friends at the library for some cooperative learning and competitive fun. And borrow some books while you’re at it!  Free.

Inventing + Prototyping with LittleBits!  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Use our 160-piece LittleBits Workshop Set to create prototypes of your own inventions or follow guided challenges to get inspired! LittleBits are modular electronic sets that make inventing accessible, easy, and fun. Registration is required.  Free.

Giant Sized Icebreaker Jenga.  6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Varina Area Library. It’s the game you know and love only giant and with an ice breaker twist! Join us in the Teen Department.  Free.

Lip Sync Battle.  7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Do you have what it takes to be Fairfield’s 2nd Annual Lip Sync Battle Champion? You don’t need musical skill, just bring your energy and sense of fun! Submit your song choice by August 16th to the Adult Information desk to compete.  Free.

Thursday, August 24th

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.

Henricus Discovery Days Program Series: Children of the Colony.  10am-1pm.  learn about what life would be like for the youngest English colonists. Activities will include a story, short tour of our English colony, and a make-and-take craft. Stay as little or as long as you like! All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Fee.

My First School Bus.  
10:30am.  Midlothian Library.  New kindergartners are invited to learn about bus safety and practice getting on and off a real school bus.   Registration is required.  Free.

Play Smart with Toddlers  (National award winning program).  10:30-11:30am.  Clover Hill Library.  Learn how play is important in your toddler’s healthy development. Registration is required. Free.

Roblox Studio: Build and Play.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Grades 3-5. Come to the computer lab and learn how to work together and build a game using Roblox Studio. No experience is necessary. Attendees will need a free Roblox account. Registration is required.  Free.

Robot Programming Workshop for Teens.  2:30 PM-4:00 PM. Fairfield Area Library. Learn to control a robot with computer code (programming). You will make your robot dance, sing, and triumph over challenges! This program is for Teens, grades 6-12. Registration is required.  Free.

Summer  Reading Finale: Shelly & Rainbow.  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring the music of Shelly and Rainbow. From blues to rock to folk with instruments like dobro, banjo and ukulele, we’ll all be singing and dancing! Sponsored by the Friends of the Twin Hickory Library.  Free.

Flowers and Fidos After 5.  5pm – 9 pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.  The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets.   Flowers After 5 continues through Sept. 14th.  Regular Garden admission.

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, August 25th

Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown.  Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to far away lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books!   Free with admission.

Family Scavenger Hunt.  10am-Noon.  Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues, and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. Limited space for walk-ups. Register online by August 24.  Fee.

Saturday, August 26th

Jr iron Chef Competition. 11-2pm. During the event they will have local non profits and community based organizations set up info, demo tables and farm stands.

Long Way North – Family Classics at The Byrd. 10am.  Every Saturday Morning through August 26th. With Bob Gulledge at the Mighty Wurlitzer AND Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons. Box Office Opens at 9:30am each show day.  Fee.

Jonathan Austin. 10:30-11:30am.  Clover Hill Library.  It’s fun for the whole family with juggling, magic tricks, zany gags and jokes.  Free.

PrepareAthon.  11am-4pm.  Science Museum of Virignia.  Celebrate preparedness during PrepareAthon, a free festival that teaches the community how to be more resilient and protect their families during an emergency. Uncover life-saving information to protect your family during an emergency and learn more about resiliency.  Enjoy resiliency-themed climate change activities in the Museum, including NOAA Science on a Sphere® demonstrations, hands-on experiments in Eco Lab and beyond. Build your own water filter, make a solar oven and check out a bicycle-powered blender that will be making delicious smoothies!  Free.

Late Summer Lawn Party at Historic Bloemendaal.  August 26th & 27th  Saturday, Noon – 3 pm.; Sunday, Noon – 4pm.  Enjoy a lazy, late summer afternoon on the lawn at Historic Bloemendaal, original home of the Lakeside Wheel Club (1895). Under the tent, partake in an old-fashioned ice cream social and picnic fare (both available for purchase) against a nearby backdrop of ragtime music and historical bicycle displays and demonstrations. Relax as a barbershop quartet strolls and serenades, try out a summer lawn game, and step inside the Bloemendaal House for informal tours recalling the late 19th century bicycling craze. This family-friendly event offers a great end-of-season celebration before school resumes, amidst the abundant blooms of the Grace Arents Garden in all its late summer glory.  Regular Garden admission.  Don’t miss our 4 pass giveaway on the home page.

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.

Summer Reading Finale: Ice Cream Truck.  2:00 PM-4:00 PM. Gayton Branch Library. Join us as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading with awesome treats and lots of fun, featuring the Blue Bunny Ice Cream truck! Sponsored by the Friends of the Gayton 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.

Richmond Kickers Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Sunday, August 27th

Late Summer Lawn Party at Historic Bloemendaal.  August 26th & 27th  Saturday, Noon – 3 pm.; Sunday, Noon – 4pm.  Enjoy a lazy, late summer afternoon on the lawn at Historic Bloemendaal, original home of the Lakeside Wheel Club (1895). Under the tent, partake in an old-fashioned ice cream social and picnic fare (both available for purchase) against a nearby backdrop of ragtime music and historical bicycle displays and demonstrations. Relax as a barbershop quartet strolls and serenades, try out a summer lawn game, and step inside the Bloemendaal House for informal tours recalling the late 19th century bicycling craze. This family-friendly event offers a great end-of-season celebration before school resumes, amidst the abundant blooms of the Grace Arents Garden in all its late summer glory.  Regular Garden admission.  Don’t miss our 4 pass giveaway on the home page.

Liberty Or Death, Public Reenactment.  Historic St John’s Church.  The event is free and open to the public, but you may reserve a seat guarantee your spot at the forefront of history!  1:00 PM Ticket holders are seated, 1:15 PM Doors open to the Public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 1:30 PM Music program begins, 1:45 PM Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or church is at capacity).  The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, August 28th

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

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

Can You Solve the Puzzle Room?  3:00 PM-4:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. For grades 3-6. Pirates! Jewel thieves! Teams will be given a progression of wacky clues to help them discover amazing treasure. Once program is underway, the room is in “”lockdown.””  Free.

RVA Rocks.  3:30 PM-4:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. RVA Rocks is a fun way for families to be creative and get outside!   Paint a rock, go to a local park and hide it!  Search for other rocks and post on FB.  Rocks, acrylic paint and paint brushes will be supplied.  Feel free to bring your own rocks also!  Free.

Improv! for ages 15-18. 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Do you enjoy acting and/or comedy? Do you like letting loose and having a good time? Then join us as we get silly doing improv comedy at the library! Join us in learning fun improv games used by groups and theaters all over the world. Only for those who enjoy having fun, laughing, and trying something new!  No experience necessary, no wrong answers. Registration is required.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Tuesday, August 29th

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

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

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

What’s a Compass or How not to get Lost.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Join us at the Varina Area Library as we dissect the functions of a compass. Learn how to read a map using a compass!  We can not guarantee you will not get lost! But maybe being lost is half the fun. Registration is required.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Teen Writers Guild. 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Play with your words! We will have writing challenges, talk about the craft of writing, do some more writing and share your work at the end of the night (if you want to). Did I mention that there will be snacks too? Writing is hard work and needs snacks! Come hang out, meet other writers in our area. Don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil!  Free.

Wednesday, August 30th

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.

Building Challenge.  2:00 PM-4:00 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. For grades K-3. Join us as we learn about theme park design and then we will create our own rides!  Free.

Summer Coding Club.  2:00 PM-3:30 PM. Twin Hickory Area Library. Kids in grades 4 to 6 will create new projects, tackle special challenges, and build skills like logical reasoning!  We’ll use programs like Scratch, Alice 2.4, and more as a building block for learning text-based programming languages. Registration required.  Free.

 Create a Vision Board.  3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Varina Area Library. Explore different ways to motivate yourself, set and reach goals, and make a cool looking vision board to display for yourself. Great way to start the school year! Join us in the Teen Department.  Free.

Teen Screen : Ernest Goes to Camp.  6:00 PM-8:00 PM. North Park Branch Library. Teen Screen : Ernest Goes to Camp.  Join us for our summer camp movie series for teens and tweens. Watch Ernest Goes to Camp with us while learning to make a camp-themed craft. (1987, PG, 93 min.)  Free.

Create a Vision Board.  6:30 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Explore different ways to motivate yourself, set and reach goals, and make a cool looking vision board to display for yourself. Great way to start the school year! Join us in the Teen Department.  Free.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Anime Club. 7:00 PM-8:00 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Do you love anime? Want to learn more about it? Join us as we gather to watch and talk about Japanese animation. Each meeting, we’ll screen a different anime and enjoy everything from classic titles to new favorites.  Free.

Music and Movement.  7:00 PM-7:30 PM. Tuckahoe Area Library. All ages welcome, under 5 with an adult. Wear comfortable clothes, bring a soft mat or towel and join us for gentle music, stretching and and a story.  Free.

Thursday, August 31st

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.

RVA Rocks!  3:00 PM-3:45:00 PM. Glen Allen Branch Library. All ages are invited to join the RVA Rocks fun! Drop by and decorate rocks to hide in the RVA area for others to find and enjoy. Rocks, paint, and brushes will be provided.  Free.

Flowers After 5.  5pm – 9 pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Relax on summer evenings; stroll through the gardens; enjoy live music, wine and beer, dining and shopping.  The Garden partners with the Richmond SPCA on second and fourth Thursdays of each month and allows leashed pets.   Flowers After 5 continues through Sept. 14th.  Regular Garden admission.

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.

Flying Squirrels Game.  6:35pm.  The Diamond.  Fee.