October 29th – November 4th, 2012

There are lots of fun family events in October and plenty of Halloween events too. Check out our listings below. Let us know of others so we can add them to our calendar. And be sure and check out our Monthly Calendar of events too. Click here to access that listing.

Monday, October 29th

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fine Arts & Flowers with floral designs inspired by museum masterworks, lectures, demos, luncheons and flower-inspired fashion shows. Enjoy a wine tasting, live music, and more activities. Call 804.340.1405 for tickets for visit the website.

Tuesday, October 30th

Full Moon Walking Tour.  6:30pm.  Maymont Grounds and Gardens.  Fee.

Cinema Classics ‘Monster House’.  7pm.  Enjoy a movie at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Visit the website for show times.  Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Howl-A-Ween at Richmond Animal Care and Control. Richmond Animal Care & Control celebrates with 1/2 price ($50) pet adoptions for all black cats and dogs! No fee adoptions for all pets ages six years and older with approved applications! Come in costume and adopt a pet for 1/2 price. All pets are vaccinated, spayed and micro-chipped.

Wednesday, October 31st

Happy trick-or-treating – stay safe!

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 Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central!  Enjoy trick-or-treating in our Spooky Village, play fun games like pin the nose on the Jack-O-Lantern, paint pumpkins in The Backyard and so much more!  Advance Tickets Sales Begin October 1.  Fee.

Monster Mash. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Ettrick Community Building. Children under 14 will enjoy bone-chilling refreshments, fun ghoulish activities, trick-or-treat bags and a costume contest. Registration required: 804-748-1623. Free.

Not So Scary Halloween. 11am-6pm. Pump It Up Hanover. Kids can burn off some sugar and bounce off the giant inflatables, call 866-977-JUMP for details and locations. Fee.

7th Annual Oregon Hill Halloween Parade at Monroe Park. 7pm. Annual parade, dress up and join the fun. Free.

Torch Relay with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 10:30 am. Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

Trick or Treat at Regency Mall. 5pm-7pm. Wear your spookiest costume and join us in Center Court for: FREE Trick-or-Treat Bags, Halloween Treats, Face Painting by Miss Sheri The Clown, Fun with the Chick-fil-A Cow.

Thursday, November 1st

JUST RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY  Squirrel-o-ween.  4pm-7pm.  The Treehouse.  Nutzy and the Richmond Flying Squirrels invite you to to their second annual Squirrel-o-ween! Kids can “trick or treat” for candy from each suite, dress up for a costume contest, and make fun crafts! They’ll also have a live band, a hayride and the kids can even meet Nutzy and Parker! This FUNN event is FREE for the whole family! Call 804-359-FUNN(3866) or visit www.squirrelsbaseball.com for more information.

After-School Art Club: The Egyptian Painter.  4:15pm-6pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Foundations in Art: Glass Art.  4:15pm-6pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

123 Magic. 6:30pm. Commonwealth Parenting, 4121 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA. Learn the secrets of this effective discipline method for parents of children 2-6 years. Register: 804-545-1272. Fee.

9th Annual Junior Book & Author. 7pm.  Godwin High School. The Junior League of Richmond’s event will feature internationally acclaimed author, Donna Jo Napoli who has written 68 books for readers of all ages, ranging from contemporary fiction to fantasy to historical novels. This program reaches out to local middle school children, a demographic that often lacks special literary efforts. the goal is to foster a love of reading and writing. Fee.

Members Only Night – Holiday Shoppers Fair at the Science Museum of Virginia. Join with members of 14 participating Museum Stores of Richmond for a special Thursday evening preview of the 18th annual Holiday Shoppers Fair.

Thursday, November 1st –  Sunday, November 4

27th Annual Virginia Christmas Show at the Showplace. Vendors, crafts, food, and family friendly fun.

Friday, November 2nd

Pocahontas and The Powhatan Nation. 10am-11am.  Virginia Historical Society. Educator-led history presentations for homeschool students of all ages. Individual students may join other homeschoolers to participate in this special interactive group program. Free.

After School Art. 4pm-5pm.  All Fired Up.  Ancient Clay Masters. We’ll be making a tribal mask, a dragon, Grecian pots, fusing glass, mimicking aboriginal art, and glazing all our pieces too. Registration required. Fee.

Kids Fun Night-All Fired Up. 6pm-8pm. All Fired Up – all locations.  Kids can do some pottery painting, wet clay making and pizza eating at any area All Fired Up location. Pre-registration required. Fee.

Friday, November 2nd – Saturday, November 3rd

Holiday Shoppers Fair.  Support 14 participating members of the Museum Stores of Richmond as you peruse some of the area’s most interesting and unique gifts at the 18th annual Holiday Shoppers Fair. Keep your eye out for book signings featured by a number of museums as you find the perfect gifts for the people on your holiday shopping list. The museum stores come together for a one-stop shopping opportunity only once each year and this year.

UkeFest. Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  Enjoy a music filled weekend celebrating the ukulele with concerts, workshops for all levels of players; open-mic and jam sessions; and an array of vendors and artisans with related ukulele products. Food and beverages available for sale. The weekend features regional ukulele aficionados paired with renowned ukulele performers.

Saturday, November 3rd

Diggity Dudes. Performances at 10:30am and 12pm. CMoR Chesterfield. The Diggity Dudes play hip music for kids and their parents. Interactive skits, audience participation and a lighthearted comedic twist make a Diggity Dudes show truly an experience. The goal of the group is to provide young children with an opportunity to experience the power and joy of a life enriched by music. Free with museum admission. Click here for more information about the Diggity Dudes.

Science Museum of Virginia. 11 am – The AcoustiPops perform acoustic-based, multi-generational, family-friendly rock, pop and county. They are “brothers from different mothers” whose tight harmonies and similar musical influences integrate a sound honed by their symbiotic relationship. 1 pm – The Animal Beat plays its own blend of rock, indie and pop tunes.

Stories at the Museum.  11am-Noon. Virginia Historical Society.  Explore American History with arts and crafts and the reading of a children’s history book.  This month’s theme – Native American Hertiage.  Open to children of all ages.  Free.

FREE Irish dance class.  11:30-12:30pm.  Heart of Ireland School of Dance, 14257 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113.  For all ages – boys & girls, tots to teens, moms, grandmoms and granddads, too! Come try Irish dance and see for yourself how much fun it can be! Advance registration required.  For more information or to register, email info@HeartofIrelandSchool.com or call 464.8190.  Limit one free class per person.

Simply FIT – Grand Opening.  Noon-4pm.  2830 Ackley Avenue, Suite 103, Henrico,VA 23228.  Join Simply FIT as they celebrate the opening of their new facility! Enjoy free food, classes, giveaways, and more! Fun for all ages! For more information call 804.262.7777.

Kids Night Out at Romp n Roll.  5pm-8pm.  Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville, 6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville VA 23111.  Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! That’s why we created Kids Night Out. 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! A perfect evening indeed! $30, which includes a pizza dinner. Ages 2-5 (potty-training not required). Reservations Required.

Bank of America Night at Children’s Museum of Richmond. All locations. Simply show your Bank of America credit or debit card and photo ID to receive free admission. Visit Bank of America for more information.

Rocky Mountain Express film in IMAX DOME.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Join in the epic adventure of buildingCanada’s first transcontinental railway as you are propelled on a steam train journey through the Canadian Rockies. Retrace the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816 as you see breath-taking vistas of the West from spectacular aerial cinematography.

West Creek Emergency Center. HCA. 10 am -2 pm. Free drive-thru flu clinic – you don’t even have to get out of your car! Flu shots will be administered to the first 500 adults.

Sunday, November 4th

Open Studio Sundays.  1pm-4pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Free.

Family Arts Day Celebration.  3pm.   U of R, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music.  Join the Modlin Center for the Arts and the University of Richmond Museums for the annual Family Arts Day Celebration, an art-centered family fun day featuring activity tables, art projects, food, and special guests eighth blackbird.  Fee.

Carytown Wine Festival. Free.