Events Calendar

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Today – Saturday, October 4th

Threads Fall & Winter Children’s Consignment Sale.  Canterbury Shopping Center, 10616 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23238 (Corner of Patterson & Pump).
Thursday, September 25 • Volunteer Presale & Consignor Presale
Friday, September 26 • 9am-7pm • Public Shopping
Saturday, September 27 • 9am-4pm • Public Shopping
Sunday, September 28 • 11am-4pm • Public Shopping
Monday, September 29th – Friday, October 3rd • Weekday Public Shopping
Saturday, October 4th  50% Off Sale   9am-4pm • Public Shopping

Today – Sunday. October 5th

2014 State Fair.  The Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047.
Friday, Sept. 26 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday,  Oct. 1 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Today – October 12th

Butterflies Live!  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory 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 lifecycles. Free with garden admission.

Today – Saturday, October 18th

Bethia UMC is holding online registration for basketball and cheerleading (ages K5-6th grade).  Registration/Evaluations/Uniform Fittings will take place on October 18 and November 1 from 10-2.  Bethia UMC is hosting a free basketball clinic on Saturday, November 8 from 9-1. This is for boys and girls ages K5-6th grade. This is a faith-based league.

Today – Friday, October 31st

Poe: Secrets of a Spirit.  1:30pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Meet the Edgar Allan Poe you never knew in this dynamic Carpenter Science Theatre Company production.  Available select dates.   Fee.

Thursdays, October 2nd thru December 4th 2014

A Fresh Start For Single Mothers And Their Children.  Thursday Evenings From 6:00pm -8:00pm.   Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road, Henrico, Virginia 23233.  Other locations are available.  Attention Single Mothers!  A Fresh Start Is Designed To Accept, Support and Empower Single Mothers In Their Daily Lives.   Some topics covered:  Managing Your Budget, Health and Wellness / Stress Management, Effective Employment & Interviewing Strategies, Domestic Violence Awareness/ Child Protection, Parenting On Your Own / Keeping Family Traditions, Car Care Essentials, Beauty Out Of Ashes and much more.  Dinner And Childcare / Youth / Teen Mentoring.  All Are Provided At No Cost.  Weekly meetings consist of dinner for mothers/dinner and snacks for kids, informational guest speaker and small group discussion time, fellowship and fun!  Free Goodies and prizes for the moms to take home each week!!  Visit the website for registration information.  For questions contact info@whatsnextfreshstart.org.

Wednesday, October 1st

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Free with Garden admission.

Thursday, October 2nd – Sunday, November 2nd

Pick Your Own Pumpkin.  Every Saturday and Sunday 10am-5:30pm & Every Thursday and Friday 2:30pm – 5:30pm.  Chesterfield Berry Farm, 26002 Pear Orchard Road. Moseley, VA 23120.   Chesterfield Berry Farm offers SO much more than just a pick your own pumpkin patch .  With over 20 activities ranging from Pirates Cove and the Scary Fun Barn to the New Live Zombie Paintball Shoot, New Kids Fun Zone and Wagon Train Ride, it’s fun for the whole family!  2014 Free Farm Admission!

Friday, October 3rd

First Friday Sampler.  5:30pm-8pm.  Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  Try your hand at different art samplers.  Budget and kid-friendly, but some  minimum age requirements.  Fee.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm – 7:30pm.  CMoR Central.  An evening especially for children 10 years old and younger who have special needs and their families.  Enjoy museum exploration, adapted materials, special activities, and reduced number of visitors on this special night. Children will have access and learning opportunities, but most importantly they’ll have fun!  Admission is Free.

Kids Fun Night. 6pm-8pm.  All Fired Up.  Kids ages 6 to 12 can paint some pottery, create an owl with wet clay, and enjoy games and pizza at any area location. Preregister.  Fee.

Parents Night Out. 6:30pm – 10pm.  Parents can grab dinner, see a movie, or do some shopping. The kids will be happy too with an evening of jumping, games, dinner and a movie. Repeats each week. Register: 804-550-7867.

Friday, October 3rd & Saturday, October 4th

Ghostbusters (PG) 7pm on the 3rd, and 2pm & 7pm on the 4th.  Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.  Cinema Classics for all ages. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 328-4491.

Friday, October 3rd - Sunday, October 5th

LEGO KidsFest.  Greater Richmond Convention Center.  LEGO KidsFest brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.   Show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO®, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago and more. Fee.

October 3rd, 0th, 11th, 14th and more

3D Design and Print Class.  Tech Em Studios, 11551 Nuckols Road, Suite J, Glen Allen, VA 23059.  In this 90-minute class, students bring their imaginations and leave with the know-how to turn that creativity into a 3D printed object. We teach 3D design on tablet-oriented CAD (computer-aided design) apps. Students learn the basics of 3D design (2D vs. 3D; the x,y, and z axes; symmetry; etc.), so they can immediately make their own creation or customize an existing object. Take-away is a 3D print (available for pick-up a week after class).  For Elementary, Middle, High School students and adults.  Visit the website for class dates and times.   Classes do require pre-registration and there is a fee.

Saturday, October 4th

James River Rambler Train Ride.  Additional dates.  Fee.

Richmond NF Walk.  Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville.  A fun, community event with lots of children’s activities, live music, costumed characters, free food, a raffle and a kids fun run.  There will be appearances by Mrs. Virginia & Mrs. Galaxy, Rodney the Ram, Richmond Raiders Cheerleaders and Amy Lacey from Channel 8 News will emcee the event.  Virginia Chapter of the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

RAMOM’s “Everything for Kids” Yard Sale 8am-11am.  Chickahominy Middle School.

Mommy & Me Postpartum Yoga.   8:30 – 9:30am.  Dogtown Dance Theatre, 109 West 15th Street, Richmond, VA 23224.  Class features some gentle postpartum yoga for mama with a bit of baby massage and yoga for your little one. Babies and Mamas from six weeks to three months postpartum are welcome to join us. For more information, email Jeannette at soulfulindustry@gmail.com.  Fee.

Free Flu Shots.  9am – 1pm.  St. Francis Watkins Center.  For shorter wait times, complete the required paperwork ahead time by downloading it from watkinsER.com.  Stay flu-free with free flu shots plus character appearances, backpack safety, VEI vision screenings, walk-in screening mammography & raffle.  Free hot dogs and snacks, giveaways and prizes.

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

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

Kids Clothing & Costume Exchange.  9am-Noon.  The Art Factory and Party Place, Brandermill Market Square, 4818 Market Square Lane Midlothian, VA 23112.   A great opportunity for families to sell or trade gently used kids clothing or costumes with other parents. In lieu of a participation fee, bring a new, unused toy donations for local families in need this holiday season.  Sign up to participate, please email ArtFactoryVA@gmail.com. For more information, please visit our website.

Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival.  10am until 5pm.  The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Lane, Richmond 23231. (Please note this is not the same farm where The Strawberry Fields Festival is celebrated).

Creative Art Class.  10am-11:30am.  ArtWorks.  Students age 6 to 13 will have a monster mash with rock monsters, masks, and also enjoy drumming and movement. The goal is to bridge the artistic spectrum and create a complete creative experience for children to fully express themselves through their art. Class continues October 11. Register: 804-291-1400.

Touch A Truck.  10am-3pm.  Richmond International Raceway (RIR) Main Gate,  600 East Laburnum Avenue Richmond, Virginia.  The Junior League of Richmond’s 9th Annual Touch a Truck is 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. The types of vehicles include – construction, landscaping emergency, utility, transportation, delivery and some unique ones!  The event also features crafts, games and food trucks.  Rain or Shine.  Fee.

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

Reptile Roundup.  11am.  Maymont Nature Center.  Fee.

Eppington Heritage Day.  11am-4pm.  Eppington Plantation, 14201 Eppes Falls Road.  Spend the day experiencing Colonial history at Eppington. Eppington is a circa 1765 plantation named after the Eppes family, whose members were major landowners and built the estate. Tours of the house, which is rarely open to the public, will be offered. Activities include children’s games, period music and dancing, storytelling, craft demonstrations, carriage rides and living history. Discover what life was like in Chesterfield during the 18th century. Free.

Behind the Scenes.  1pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Fee.

Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville VA 23111.  Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll! No need to be a member; register by calling 804-730-2060. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing)

Saturday, October 4th through Sunday, October 5th

2nd Street Festival.   11:30am-7pm on Saturday and noon-6pm on Sunday. Each year thousands of people come to Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward to hear live music on four stages, enjoy children’s activities, taste delicious food, shop in the marketplace, dance in the streets and renew old friendships. Free admission.

Apple Harvest Celebration.    EVERY Saturday and Sunday in October.   Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA.  Music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple. The orchard hours will be extended first three weekends—8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Girls in Science Camp In: E-textiles.  6:30pm to 9:00am.  Science Museum of Virginia. Middle school girls join forces with professional women scientists to develop soft circuits and create their own wearable technology!  Call 804.864.1400 to make a reservation. $10.

Sunday, October 5th

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

Celebrate Thomas the Train Day2pm-4pm,  Confederate Hills Recreation Center.   For ages 2-6 with an adult. All aboard! Head over to Confederate Hills to celebrate trains! Don’t miss the finger puppets craft station, riding the Fun Time train, train races on the lawn, Play-Doh train designs, and cookie decorating (while supplies last). Bring your friends and come out for train loads of fun! Information: 737-2859.  Free.

AquaTots Open House.  3pm-6pm.  1205 Carmia Way, Richmond, 23235.  Moon bounces, face painting, cotton candy and popcorn, free swims, sweet frogs, the fire department and more.  Free.

Monday, October 6th

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Work alongside staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Tuesday, October 7th

Kids Club.  9:30am – 10:30am  Chesterfield Towne Center Food Court.  Plenty of fun and light refreshments.  Entertainment this month –  Mickey’s Magic Show with Jack The Bunny.  Free.

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Wednesday, October 8th

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

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Free with Garden admission.

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Parenting Your ADHD Child.  7-9:30pm.  CPR Office, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.  The perfect companion to “When It’s Your Child”, this evening is when strategy becomes the focus. Knowing how to set appropriate expectations, communicate, reward, provide consequences, etc. are all parenting skills critical to the success of the child with ADHD. You will leave this class with these skills, a plan and renewed hope!  Fee.

Friday, October 10th

Family Camp-Out: Spooky Spectacular.  6pm.  Maymont Grounds.  Fee.

Friday, October 10th - Saturday, October 12th

Richmond Folk Festival.  Downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.  Families can enjoy music on seven stages.  Don’t mis the Genworth Financial Family Stage and The Genworth Financial Family Area brought to you by the generous contribution of Genworth Financial and produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond.  Free.

School of the Musketeer at Henricus.  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 $30 and is all inclusive. Registration required and additional information is available at: www.kingdomoflucerne.com

Friday, October 10th - Sunday, November 9th

Charlotte’s Web!  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Visit the website for show times and fees.

Saturday, October 11th

Build a Haunted House. 10am. Local Lowe’s Stores. Halloween’s right around the corner. Get your kids in the spirit by bringing them into Lowe’s to build their own spooky Haunted House!  Preregistration required.  Free.

Family Movie Night.  5:30pm-9:30pm.  Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Rd.  Bring your family and enjoy a movie under the stars! Watch Frozen on a 26 ft. portable projector screen. Bring a chair and blanket. Come early and visit with our sponsors. Concessions will be available. Visit our online registration page, www.chesterfield.gov/parks and click the REGISTER NOW link to get started.  Saturday, Oct. 11 (Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 12).  Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Movie Starts at 7:30 p.m.   Free.

Art Without Limits.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 6 – 9.  Experiment with nontraditional applications in drawing and painting. Activities include gesture drawings, abstract renderings, and a variety of other ways to use creativity.  Fee.

Liberty Christian School’s Fall Festival.  9am to 3pm.  Liberty Christian School, 8094 Liberty Circle, Mechanicsville, VA 23111.   Huge Indoor Yard Sale starting at 7am, There will be inflatables and games for the kids. Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Food and More.

Romp n’ Roll Midlothian Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  11541 Busy Street, Midlothian VA 23236.  Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you!  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll!  No need to be a member; register by calling 804-893-3142. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing).

KIDZ BOP Kids – Dream Big, Sing Loud Tour.  6pm.  Carpenter Theatre.  KIDZ BOP, the #1 music brand for kids, is bringing the “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” tour to Richmond! The KIDZ BOP Kids are taking the stage to perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits in this high-energy and interactive show.  Fee.

Saturday, October 11th & Sunday, October 12th

The Apple Harvest Celebration.   8am-7pm.  EVERY Saturday and Sunday in October.   Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA.  Music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple.

Rose Fest.  Noon – 3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Regular Garden admission; free admission for Garden Members. In the event of rain, activities will move inside.

Sunday, October 12th

KidzTown Kounty Fair.  7:30pm.  Faith Landmarks Ministries, 8491 Chamberlayne Road, Richmond, VA 23227.  Hayride, Face Painting, Moon Bounces, Games, Movie, a Snack and more!

Monday, October 13th

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Work alongside staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Tuesday, October 14th

Short Pump Pals Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall.  A Kids club for children 6 an under.  This month – Under the Sea will bring the ocean to you! Learn about and visit with live sea creatures like sea snails, sea stars, pufferfish and baby sharks during this interactive visit!  Free.

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

123 Magic and The Preschooler.  7-9:30pm.  CPR Office, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.    Perhaps the greatest task of the parent of a child 2-6 is understanding what a preschooler is; what’s normal; what’s not. And the second most important task is to learn how to get and keep that child’s attention in an appropriate manner. This class will provide the parent with a much greater insight to the emerging skills of a young child; how to set appropriate expectations and how to engage with the child in a manner that encourages calm in your home. 123 Magic is a simple behavior management tool that provides a consistent and firm but loving means of managing the preschool “drama”.  Fee.

Wednesday, October 15th

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Free with Garden admission.

Wednesdays, Oct 15, 22, 29  (3 sessions)

Selfie Studio.  4:30pm-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Meet in the Pauley Center Lobby.  Expand your creativity while shrinking your art . . . literally! Combine portraiture with Shrinky Dinks® art, photography, and graphic design — a mixed-media studio class all about you.  Fee.

Thursday, October 16th

2D or Not 2D?  4:15pm-6pm.   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. For ages 5 – 8.  Investigate different textures and materials in 2D and 3D works of abstract art. With everyday materials, build your own abstract form and then apply various textures for added dimension.  Fee.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China.  7:30pm.  Richmond CenterStage.  Presented by the Modlin Center for the Arts.  Performing Cirque Peking.  Fee.

Thursdays, Oct 16, 23, 30  (3 sessions)

Mosaic Design.  4:15pm-6pm.   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.  Learn techniques for making 3D mosaics by creating a flowerpot. Then create “grout blobs,” using sand and cement, for use as stepping stones.  Fee.

Thursday, October 16th – Friday, October 17th

Haunted Henricus: Things that Go Bump In the Night.  7pm-9pm.  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. Registration required by October 14 by calling 804-748-1611. Fee.

Friday, October 17th

Target $1 Night.  5pm-7:30pm.    Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central.  Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month for just $1 per person!

Science After Dark: GLOW!  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Uncover the dark side of light! Enjoy an evening filled with glow-in-the-dark crafts, games and experiments as you learn about luminescence and phosphorescence. Step into The Dome to uncover how light helps astronomers explore our universe and see for a special showing of Tron at 8 pm. Venture outside to stargaze with the Richmond Astronomical Society or get glowing with black light bowling, Mentos geyser eruptions, jewelry-making, music and more!  Fee.

Saturday, October 18th

Free Flu Shots.  9am – 1pm.  St. Francis Watkins Center.  For shorter wait times, complete the required paperwork ahead time by downloading it from watkinsER.com.  Stay flu-free with free flu shots plus character appearances, backpack safety, VEI vision screenings, walk-in screening mammography & raffle.  Free hot dogs and snacks, giveaways and prizes.

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

Henricus Virginia Sketchbook: Art Workshop.  10am-3pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  For ages 12–adult.  An arts and crafts sampler workshop inspired by the landscape and culture of 17th-century Citie of Henricus and of the Virginia Indian village of Arrohateck. Multi-media projects will include life drawings, nature journaling, pottery, and 17th-century paper making. Registration required by October 8 by calling 804-318-8797.  Fee.

History Lecture Series: Archaeology at Henricus.  4pm-6pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  Join us for a slide show, discussion and site tour featuring current archaeological work to find the original site of the Citie of Henricus. Registration recommended by calling 804-318-8731.  Fee.

The 33rd Annual Midlothian Village Day Festival & Craft Fair.  10am-3pm.   Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113.  The Festival is 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!

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

Mid-Lothian Mines Day.  11am-3pm.  Mid-Lothian Mines Park.   Take a guided tour of the park to see the remains of Grove Shaft. Discover how Midlothian got its name, and why Midlothian Turnpike is one of the most important roads in Virginia.  Activities include living-history demonstrations, period music, children’s games and guided walking tours. View a reproduction of the headstock that was part of the coal mining operations and enjoy musical performances at the new amphitheater.  On-site parking available. Event is offered in conjunction with Midlothian Village Day. Visit the website for the time table of events.  Event is free and open to the public.

Harvest Festival.  Noon-4pm.  Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park.   Visit historic 19th-century Meadow Farm to celebrate the fall season with traditional harvest-time activities. Harvest Festival will feature many hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era. Take a wagon ride as you are pulled by a steam driven tractor and then check out the All-American Lumberjack Show! The whole family will enjoy hand-pressing apples to make cider, dipping string into wax to create your own candle, riding a pony, viewing the vintage carriage display, and meeting sheep at the “Children’s Farm.” Be sure to visit the “Great Pumpkin Patch” where children ages 3-12 can pick out their very own pumpkin to take home! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 795-2334.  (Rain date: Sun, Oct 19)

Romp n’ Roll West End Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.   9677 W Broad Street, Glen Allen VA 23060.  Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you!  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll!  No need to be a member; register by calling 804-249-5001. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing).  Fee.

Saturday, October 18th & Sunday, October 19th

The Apple Harvest Celebration.   8am-7pm.  EVERY Saturday and Sunday in October.   Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA.  Music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple.

Sunday, October 19th

Give Me Liberty: Speakers and Speeches that Shaped American History.  1:15 pm – 2:30 pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street Richmond, 23223.  Author Christopher Webber tells the stories of fourteen men and women who have eloquently challenged the restrictions on freedom they experienced and played significant roles in expanding the freedom in which Americans and many others live today.

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon.  3pm.  Alice Jepson Theatre. Harold is a curious four-year-old boy who, armed with his trusty purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it. With these powers, he encounters dangerous dragons, embarks on a perilous sea voyage in a trim little boat, takes a hot air balloon ride, and enjoys a nine-pie picnic. This imaginative musical mixes breathtaking animation, inventive puppetry, video projections, and live, original music to bring Harold’s purple-hued world to life. Entertaining adults and children alike, Harold and the Purple Crayon will amaze, delight and captivate, while teaching youngsters that anything is possible with a crayon and a big imagination.

Monday, October 20th

Mini Mozarts: Music for Your Little One. 10am-11am. Bon Secours Love and Learn, 4121 Cox Rd Suite 115, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Hosted by Melody Magic Music Studio. Music is one of your baby’s favorite things – AND it’s one of the best things for your baby’s developing mind. This class will help parents of young babies understand the importance of music. Babies and parents will enjoy participating in musical activities with Ms. Katherine, the owner of Melody Magic Music Studio, in a calm, baby-safe environment. Ages 0-18 months, with a caregiver. Advance registration required online: www.melodymagicmusic.com. Fee.

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Work alongside staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Tuesday, October 21st

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Wednesday, October 22th

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Free with Garden admission.

Wednesday, October 22th - Sunday, October 26th

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – DRALION.  John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.

Thursday, October 23rd

Greek Creations.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. For ages 5 – 8.  Use an ancient Greek amphora, created centuries ago, for inspiration to create your own original vase with air-dry clay and paint.  Fee.

Tweeners.  7-9:30pm.  CPR Office, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.   If you have a child between the ages of 9 and 13, you will love this class. Chocked full of information, you will be amazed at what you learn about this roller coaster ride we call “puberty”. Fear not, “Tweeners” is not about armpit hair and pimples. It’s about the fully loaded change your “baby” is engaged in as she/he transitions from childhood and how all of that changes “who” your child becomes at home and at school.  Fee.

A Spooktacular Halloween Concert.  7:30pm.   Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.   Join the Henrico Community Band as they present a fun and spooky evening of music for the entire family. The costumed band will play a variety of Halloween music just in time for trick or treat. Bring the kids in costume and everyone walks away with a goody bag of treats! Reservations can be made by phone 328-4491.

Friday, October 24th

Taylor’s SpookieFun Fest.  6pm-9pm.  Poor Farm Park, 13400 Liberty School Rd. Ashland, Va 23005.  Families with children 11 and under, this free fun night is just for you.   Kids, wear your favorite costume and join Taylor and friends for flashlight toy and candy hunts (hunts throughout the evening), trick or treat booths, rides, games and activities. Children can move and groove in Taylors ‘Lil’ Frankenstein’s Monster Mash Bash’ dance area. Concession items and novelty food items will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring a flashlight and bag for all your trick or treat goodies.  Plus, at the conclusion of the last flashlight candy hunt (approximately 7:30 p.m.), your whole family can view the movie Monster House (PG) on the giant inflatable screen from the comfort of your vehicle or feel free to bring lawn chairs and a blanket.

Haunted Courthouse Green.  Trinity Church, 10111 Iron Bridge Road.  Spend an evening on the historic Courthouse Green and discover the haunting history of Chesterfield. Take a guided lantern tour of the grounds and hear ghost stories from long ago. Historical vignettes will be set up on the Courthouse Green, in the Chesterfield Museum and 1892 Jail. Talk to Paranormal Investigators at Trinity Church and learn about their recent investigations. This program will be fun for the entire family. Refreshments will be served.  Space is limited, preregistration required in advance.  Scheduled tours on the hour, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  Fee.

Saturday, October 25th

Call FCU Marathon Jr. A fun running event for ages 4 to 14 taking place in Byrd Park. Costumes are welcome for the 1/2 and one-mile races. Fee.

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

Spooky Party 2014.  10am-4pm.  Select Children’s Museum of Richmond locations.  Have some not-so-spooky fun at your favorite CMoR satelite location! Featuring your little one’s favorite princesses, themed games, and give-aways!  This event is free with museum admission.

Kids Fall Fest.  10am-2pm.  Whole Food Short Pump.  Kids can meet Curious George.  Visit the store or call for meet and greet times.  Food proceeds from the Fest will benefit Virginia PTA.

Chinese Prints & Plants.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.   Learn how to design a lino block inspired by stunning Chinese plant symbols and characters and create a series of prints.  Fee.

Goochland County Fall Festival.  Noon-4pm.  Goochland Sports Complex, 1800 Sandy Hook Road Goochland, VA 23063.  Music, Bounce2Moon, Laughing Place Pony Rides, Broken Road Farm Petting Zoo, Jonathan Austin, Halloween Costume Contest, Touch-A-TRUCK, Carnival Games, Make and Take Activities, Show and Sell Arts and Crafts, Pie Eating Contest, Home Run Derby and more.  Free admission.

Innsbrook Pumpkin Palooza.  10am-4pm.  Dunk your pumpkin via catapult, trebuchet or cross bow into Lake Rooty at this family-friendly event. And, don’t forget to dress up in your favorite costume to celebrate in a big way with activities that appeal to families as well as goblins of all ages. “Kids Zone”, costume contests, great food and craft vendors. Free to attend. Benefiting American Cancer Society’s Making Strides campaign.  Fun for all ages.

Just Say BOO! A Musical Costume Party!   10am-10:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  Come join us for a musical playdate for children ages 0-7 years! This is a perfect fit for this time of year! Feel free to come dressed up as a princess, prince, pirate, superhero, animal, or anything you like! We will move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!). Your child will love getting dressed up and using their imagination in this awesome class! Cost is $10/child, and advance registration is required. . Register online at www.melodymagicmusic.com.  Fee.

The Pumpkin Chunk-A-Thon Family Fall Festival.  10am-3pm.  Ashwood Gardens & Nursery, 11374 Ashcake Road, Ashland, VA 23005.  Pumpkin Chunking Contest via the Wooden Trebujet, Midway Games, Pumpkin Decorating, Moon Bounce, Face Painting, Razzle Prizes, Hayrides, and more.  Proceeds benefit Hanover Arc.

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival.  Noon-6pm.  The Boulevard.  Lots of family fun.

Family Movie Night.  6pm.  Bon Secours Redskins Training Camp.  6pm Doors Open, 6:30pm It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, 7pm Monsters Inc.  No dogs, no smoking.  Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.  Free.

Taylor’s SpookieFun Fest.  6pm-9pm.  Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, Va 23116.   Families with children 11 and under, this free fun night is just for you.  Kids, wear your favorite costume and join Taylor and friends for flashlight toy and candy hunts (hunts throughout the evening), trick or treat booths, rides, games and activities. Children can move and groove in Taylors ‘Lil’ Frankenstein’s Monster Mash Bash’ dance area. Concession items and novelty food items will be available for purchase. Be sure to bring a flashlight and bag for all your trick or treat goodies.  Plus, at the conclusion of the last flashlight candy hunt (approximately 7:30 p.m.), your whole family can view the movie Monster House (PG) on the giant inflatable screen from the comfort of your vehicle or feel free to bring lawn chairs and a blanket.

Fancy Me Mad: Tales from Edgar Allen Poe + Graveyard Tour.  6pm – 8pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street Richmond, 23223.  Tales from Edgar Allen Poe followed by a self-guided walking tour of the graveyard.  Among the spirits represented: Edgar’s mother Eliza Poe, George Wythe and his murderous nephew, and Elizabeth Van Lew – Union spy.  Fee.

Union First Market Bank LolliPops.  11am.  Richmond Symphony: Beethoven Lives Upstairs.  The world-famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Audiences are captivated by more than 25 excerpts of the master’s music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Für Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies.  The performance includes a pre-concert festival with a musical instrument petting zoo and other activities for young audiences. Pre-concert festivals take place in Rhythm Hall one hour prior to concert.  Fee.

Family Fright Night.  5pm-8pm.  Bensley Community Building, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road.  Bring all the ghost and goblins out for a fun evening of music, carnival games, prizes, trick-or-treating and much more. Prizes will be given away for best costumes. Pre-registration is required. Open to the first 130 participants who register by October 10. Free.

Saturday, October 25th - Sunday, October 26th

The Apple Harvest Celebration.   8am-7pm.  EVERY Saturday and Sunday in October.   Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA.  Music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple.

Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games.  Richmond Raceway Complex.  Heavy Athletics & Hurling, Rugby, Highland Dance, Music, Piping & Drumming Competitions, Harp competitions, & a British Car Show.  Rain or shine.  Fee.

Sunday, October 26th

Goblins and Gourds.  1pm-4pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Celebrate harvest-time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting, hoop dancing and more! It’s a great chance to get outside, be active and enjoy the beauty of the season.  Regular Garden admission.

Monday, October 27th

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Work alongside staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Tuesday, October 28th

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Cinema Classics ParaNorman (PG) 7pm.  Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs.  For all ages. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 328-4491.

Just Say BOO! A Musical Costume Party!   6-6:40pm.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  Come join us for a musical playdate for children ages 0-7 years! This is a perfect fit for this time of year! Feel free to come dressed up as a princess, prince, pirate, superhero, animal, or anything you like! We will move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!). Your child will love getting dressed up and using their imagination in this awesome class! Cost is $10/child, and advance registration is required. . Register online at www.melodymagicmusic.com.  Fee.

Wednesday, October 29th

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Free with Garden admission.

Thursday, October 30th

Rompy’s Halloween Bash.  4pm-5:30pm AND 6p-7:30pm.  All Richmond Romp n’ Roll Locations.  Bring your little pumpkins to Romp n’ Roll for a not-so-scary good time! Join us for a family night of Halloween fun including crafts, games and activities in the gym! We encourage everyone to dress up, but please, no glitter or restricting costumes. No need to be a member; however reservations are required; call 804-364-6363 to register!  ($15 per child for members, $20 per child for non-members).

Woven Wonders.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. For ages 5 – 8.  Learn about stories depicted in VMFA’s European tapestries and experience the history and technique of this textured art form by weaving an original work of art.  Fee.

Thursday, October 30th - Sunday Nov 2nd

Marvel Universe Live.  Richmond Coliseum.  Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.

Friday, October 31st

Just Say BOO! A Musical Costume Party!   10am-10:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  Come join us for a musical playdate for children ages 0-7 years! This is a perfect fit for this time of year! Feel free to come dressed up as a princess, prince, pirate, superhero, animal, or anything you like! We will move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!). Your child will love getting dressed up and using their imagination in this awesome class! Cost is $10/child, and advance registration is required. . Register online at www.melodymagicmusic.com.  Fee.

Halloween Hoopla.  4pm-8pm.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central.  Adults and children can come dressed in their Halloween best for an evening full of family fun at the ! Enjoy trick-or-treating in our Spooky Village, play fun games, win prizes, and paint pumpkins in The Backyard!  Advance ticket* sales only.  Adults: $4.00 (including members) but children are free (must have ticket).  Tickets can be purchased at any CMoR location or online! Sales start October 1st.

Mall Wide Trick or Treating.  5pm-7pm.  Regency Mall.  Dress the kids up and head on over to Regency Square, for a safe, family-friendly mall-wide trick-or-treating! Check the website for a complete list of participating stores.  Free.

Monster Mash 6pm-9pm.  Dorey Recreation Center.  Dorey will be transformed into a mad science lab to celebrate the hair-raising fun of fall with Frankenstein and Igor at this year’s Monster Mash event! Watch science come to life with performances by Mad Science of Central VA and feel your way through the creepy crafty “Sensational Laboratory.” Outside, take a trip to the pond for the newly designed “Haunted Trail” and sit around the fire to hear spooky stories and drink cider. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 270-2161.

Scary stuff all month long..

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th

Howl-o-Scream.  6pm-10pm.  Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA.  Navigate through Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row™ or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.  Fee.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 2nd

Halloween Haunt.  King Dominion.  Each weekend night, Kings Dominion transforms into a horror-filled nightmare.  Lots of new attractions for 2014.  From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and can’t wait to experience. Not for anyone under 13.  Fee.

Every Friday and Saturday Night through November 22nd

Petersburg Haunts Tour.  7pm.   Petersburg Courthouse, Petersburg, VA.   Meet at the Courthouse, 7 Courthouse Ave., 15 minutes before the tour starts at 7pm.  Find out why Petersburg is such a “spirited” city and visit some of the town’s most historic buildings. 90 minute tours are led by costumed, lantern-carrying storytellers. 804-943-8635.  Fee.

Most Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through October and a few additional select dates

Creepy Hollow Scream Park.  Opens at 7pm.  Creepy Hollow Scream Park is Richmond’s Ultimate Halloween destination, with more monsters, more frights and more fun! Each night we have well over 50 live actors monsters, incredible animatronics, amazing illusions and acres of screams. Join us for Richmond’s legendary Creepy Hollow Hayride and dare to venture into Scream Forest, the most intense haunt in Virginia! Located just 10 minutes from Short Pump and open select nights in October.804.346.FEAR.

Friday & Saturday nights through November 1st

Eerie Nights Ghost Tour.  8pm & 10pm.  Main Street Side of the 17th Street Farmers Market.  Eerie Nights is a theatrical story telling experience where guides in character, special effects make-up and costume tell you the history and paranormal activity associated with several historical and haunted locations.  Fee.

Saturday nights through October

Ghouls Ghost Tours.  9pm.  A Trolley Tour.  Main Street Side of the 17th Street Farmers Market (with Eerie Nights Tours).  Tours are geared towards a mature audience but families are welcome. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Begins October 3rd

Haunted Evenings.  Ashland Berry Farm.  4 all new haunts: Booger Woods, Morbid Manor, Old Ridge Asylum, and Sinister Sideshow.  Haunted events all month long.  Fee.

Saturday, November 1st

Ashland Train Day and Festival.  10am-5pm.  112 N. Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA.  The 12th annual Ashland Train Day is railroad themed event for the whole family. Come to the Ashland Train Station along the tracks for a day of fun and excitement. Railroad music and songs, miniature children’s train rides, children’s hand pedal train, children’s games and activities, lots and lots of model trains (Lego, wooden and electric), model train racing, memorabilia displays, a locomotive moon bounce, antique railroad equipment, a real caboose camper, area railroad organizations, our Train Day mascots, the Engineer Bears, plus new this year our CSX Stage sponsored by CSX Transportation. Real collection of Amtrak and CSX freight trains right out front passing by all day long.  Free.

Halloween – El Dia de los Muertos.  Noon-4pm.  Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center.  In conjunction with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, The Center invites the community to this celebration with music, dancing, arts & crafts and sweets-and-treats. “Dia de los Muertos” is a Festive Celebration of Life. Join in the festivities by wearing your Halloween costume! This event is free and open to the public.  For all ages!   Free.

Richmond’s Eerie Canal Tours. 6pm-9pm. Canal Turning Basin – Dock and 14th Streets. Venture Richmond hosts a very special night of FREE hauntingly-narrated canal boat tours complete with free candy for the little ones! Special 30-minute tours leave every half hour (on the hour and half hour) from 6:00-9:00 p.m., with the last boat departing at 8:30 p.m. Boats depart from the Canal Turning Basin at 14th and Dock Streets. The Eerie Canal Tours feature haunting tales of Richmond’s past as passengers travel down the historic Kanawha Canal, drifting through the spooky sights and sounds of Richmond’s oldest and most historically haunted districts. The canal is decorated for Halloween like you’ve never seen before, and little ghouls and ghosts in attendance will receive a special candy treat. It’s a Halloween event for the whole family! For more information call 804-788-6466. Free Admission.