April 22nd – April 28th

b6f2d_how_we_celebrate_earth_day_celebrate-earth-day1We have a large list of Summer Camps and activities so click here for camps. You may also like to visit our pages for Earth Day Celebrations,National Park Celebrations, and Mother’s Day Events.

Today through Saturday, April 20th

Henley Street Theatre: Julius Caesar. Gottwald Playhouse. Shakespeare’s captivating political thriller, Julius Caesar, portrays the life-and-death struggle for power in Rome. Caesar’s growing ambition threatens the Republic, setting in motion one of the most famous murder conspiracies in political history. Henley Street Theatre brings you Shakespeare’s best known tragedy in a contemporary fashion, presenting an exciting interpretation that grapples with the universal themes of betrayal, patriotism and honor, asking the question: Who decides what is best for their country? Visit the website for show times and fees.

Today through Tuesday, April 30th

April E-Cycling.  9:30am to 5:00pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  April is E-Cycle month at the Museum, benefitting VirginiaFIRST. Drop off your unwanted electronic devices including computers, mp3s, smart phones, cell phones, televisions and other electronics for recycling. They accept broken and working equipment, batteries, cables and chargers, etc. Anything with data will be wiped to DOD standards. Free.

Today through May 24th

Rocky Mountain Express. Science Museum of Virginia IMAX Theater.  Join in the epic adventure of building Canada’s first transcontinental railway as you are propelled on a steam train journey through the Canadian Rockies.

Born to Be Wild. Science Museum of Virginia IMAX Theater.  Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals.

April 22nd – April 26th

One Can Make a Difference: VCU hosts 5th annual VCU Food Drive to benefit the Central Virginia Food Bank. The drive takes place on both campuses from April 22 to April 26. Donations of food and money will be accepted at various locations. The goal of this year’s drive is to feed 50,000 people. We can do it! In addition to cash and food donations on campus, donors may pledge cash by visiting the website.

This Week

Monday, April 22nd

Happy Earth Day! Check out events in the Richmond area.

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical   Garden.  Visit the Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Chick-fil-A at Westchester Commons invites everyone to our “Family Night” every Monday from 5pm – 7pm! Entertainment with Jonathan the Juggler, Anita Lawson’s Extraordinary Face Painting and much more! Free Ice Dream Sundaes for kids under 12. Call 378-4232 for details. Free.

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

Henrico Concert Band Presents “Let’s Go to the Movies”.  7:30pm.  Henrico theatre. For all ages. An exciting concert featuring all of your favorite movie themes!  Reservations can be made beginning Mar 18.  Free.

Tuesday, April 23rd

Young @ Art: Pop Goes the Artist.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool & Kids Programs.  Fee.

Young @ Art: Pop Goes the Artist.  3pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool & Kids Programs.  Fee.

Garden Explorations for Families- Habitats. 3:30pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Children (all ages) with accompanying adult. Enjoy story time and a fun-filled adventure while exploring different areas of the Garden. We observe our surroundings using a variety of hands-on activities and take-home treasures. Themes change each month and new stories, activities and garden areas are introduced each week. Garden Explorations for Families is an excellent opportunity for homeschoolers! Fee.

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

Of Mice and Men.  7:30pm.  University of Richmond, Alice Jepson Theatre.  Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winner John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men tells the tragic story of two California migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression. Written as both a novella and a script for a play, Of Mice and Men is one of the most widely read stories in America.  Fee.

Chick-fil-A at Westchester Commons at 132 Schofield Drive, Midlothian. Crafts, games and story time. Free fun for parents and kids.

Tuesday, April 23rd – Thursday, April 25th

80th Historic Garden Week Tour in Richmond. Celebrate spring by touring homes and gardens in Richmond. April 23-Chatham Hills/Windsor-on-the-James. April 24-Laburnum Park. April 25-Windsor Farms/Rothesay Circle/Loch Lomond   Lane. Historic Garden Week supports the mission of The Garden Club of Virginia, which includes the restoration and preservation of the grounds of more than three dozen historic landmarks that are regularly open to the public.  Fee.

Wednesday, April 24th

Artsy Infants: My Face, Your Face.  10:30am-11:30am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  10:35am.  The Diamond.  Fee.

Beyond Time Out (Parents of Children 2-9 years).  6:30-8:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Pre-registration is required. Fee.

Thursday, April 25th

Young @ Art: Pop Goes the Artist.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool & Kids Programs.  Fee.

Storytime. 10:30am.  Barnes and Noble Short Pump, 11640 W.   Broad Street, Richmond.

After-School Art Club: Drawing in the Galleries.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Making Sense of Preschool Meltdowns (Parents of Children 2-4 years).  6-8pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Pre-registration is required. Fee.

Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at RIR. Enjoy super fun and see McGeorge Toyota owners donate $30,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU! Fee.

Stewards of Children Training. 6pm-9pm. Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training offered in partnership with Greater Richmond SCAN. To learn more about the month, read the full release here.

Thursday, April 25th – Saturday, April 27th

Thin Ice (NR).  Visit the website for show times.  Enjoy a movie at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Friday, April 26th

Sweet Spot Book Club Meeting.  5pm.  The Sweet Spot Candy Shop, West Broad Village.  ‘The Candy Smash’ by Jacqueline Davies will be discussed.  Enjoy a treat inspired by the book.  Call 360.7768 to make a reservation.  Free.

American Girls Book Club. 7pm. Barnes and Noble Short Pump, 11640 W. Broad St.Richmond. Free.

Jump-n-Jam Tween Night. Pump It Up HanoverAges 10 – 15 enjoy pizza, race through the obstacle course, play basketball and dance around the disco lights. Fee.

Friday, April 26th & Saturday, April 27th

St. Catherine’s Daisy Days. On the Green at St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Avenue.  A fun-filled family tradition. The Daisy Days Garden Shop and Shopping Spectacular open on Friday (10-5pm) with more than 70 specialty vendors – make a purchase and you’ll receive a discount card for a local restaurant. The Carnival is Saturday (10-3pm) with games, rides, food carts (NEW!), and much, much more!

Saturday, April 27th

Virginia Take-Back Drug Day. Virginia’s statewide Drug Take-Back Day is an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and to keep trace drugs out of the hands of kids and out of our lakes and streams.

Herbs Galore and More! Maymont Park. 8am-4pm. More than 40 vendors from the mid-Atlantic fill Maymont’s Carriage House Lawn with every imaginable herb as well as annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbal products and crafts for this one-of-a-kind event. Fun for kids and adults! Free.

CASA Superhero  Run (5k, kids run, family fun). Hundreds of caring people will come together as a league of superheroes – including family members, friends, professionals, and community and business leaders – to help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children and to increase awareness of the challenges they face on a daily basis. Free.

ASK Fun Walk & 5K.   8am-Noon.  Short Pump Mall.  Join ASK for a fun walk and 5K run to commemorate and celebrate the courageous spirit of the more than 500 children in our area who are currently battling cancer. Strollers are welcome. This family-friendly event features a 5k walk/run followed by a morning-long family festival, featuring live music, children’s activities, and awards.

Recycle With Homemade Toys!  10am-Noon.  The Armour House & Gardens.  For ages 5+. Registration of a paying adult is required with participants under 16. Celebrate the spirit of Earth Day by learning fun and different ways to recycle! Use materials that usually go in the recycling bin to create cool toys and games. Play family games to see who can take recycling to a whole new level of winning. Fee.

Militia Muster and Colonial Life.  10am-5pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  Experience 17th-century living history interpreters demonstrating 1611-1640’s match- or flint-locked muskets with musketeer drills and musket firing demonstrations. Activities will also include cooking demonstrations and Powhatan and colonial games.

Healthy Kids Day® & Walk.  11am-2pm.  To be held at 5 local YMCAs.  A community event aimed at making healthy activity and eating part of families’ daily routines.  Bring the family for a day of play, fun fitness activities, interactive nutrition demos and a family walk at 12:30 p.m. with a free T-shirt for all child participants. There is no charge for this event.

Civil War Living History Day: Communication & Technology.  11am-4pm.  Dabbs House Museum.  For all ages. Come learn why the Civil War was one of the most progressive times for technological inventions. Learn about the first balloon reconnaissance, firing demonstrations, working telegraphs, demonstrations in new medical technologies, and more!  Free.

Fire! Rifle Musket Program.  Noon.  Learn how a Civil War soldier trained and fought with the rifle musket. Join a costumed historical interpreter for a discussion and demonstration of the primary infantry weapon of the American Civil War. Program includes a blank, black powder firing.  Fee.

From Foundry to Fire!  2pm.  The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar.  Learn about the importance of the cannon manufacturing capabilities of Tredegar Ironworks, as well as, the role field artillery played in the Civil War. A costumed artillery crew will explain the process of making and testing the cannon and then demonstrate its use on the battlefield.  Fee.

Powhatan’s Festival of Fiber10am-5pm. Located at 39200 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA. Admission just $5 and children 12 and under free. To celebrate and to share appreciation of the many fiber animals, fiber farmers and fiber artisans of the county and surrounding region.Vendors, Delicious Food, Fiber Animals, Demonstrations, Hands-On Fiber Crafts, Door Prizes and MORE! PLEASE… no pets permitted! Fee.

An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (G).  4pm.  Enjoy a movie at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.

James River High School Color Splash Fun Run10am-noon. You’ll be splashed with eco-friendly colored powder on this 2.5 mile fun run/walk.

American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training.  9am-4pm.  Simply Fit.  Ages 11 to 15 years.  Tweens and teens – prepare to become a great babysitter – and show parents you take this responsibility seriously! Learn how to respond to emergencies, make good decisions under pressure, manage young children, start your own babysitting business, and much more! Gain valuable practical skills and confidence through videos, hands-on activities, and classroom discussion. Space is limited! (804) 262-7777 or http://www.livesimplyfit.com/.  Fee.

35th Annual Railroad Run and Green Fair in Ashland, VA. 8am-noon. Location is 500 South Center Street.  Kids 1 mile fun run, 5k race/fun walk. Online registration is available through 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2013. Paper registration forms may be obtained by contacting the Hanover Arts & Activities Center at 798-2728, or on-line www.hanoverarts.org. Fee.

Filipino Fiesta. The Filipino American Association of Central Virginia (FAACV) is dedicated to fostering a sense of Filipino American community and promoting awareness of Filipino culture in the greater Richmond area. As such, FAACV is proud to present the inaugural Filipino Fiesta RVA event at the Richmond Convention Center.

Sunday, April 28th

Explore the Outdoors.  1pm-5pm.  Huguenot Park, 10901 Robious Road.  Families can explore the natural environment and enjoy nature walks, hands-on science and nature activities, scavenger hunts, geocaching, outdoor adventure demonstrations, animals, and other exciting activities. Special guest is Curious George. Free.

Full Circle’s 5th Annual Family Fun Round Up Event.  2pm-6pm.  Innsbrook picnic area at 4222   Cox Road.  Dinner, kids meal, and an all-access pass to fun activities featuring Radio Disney with music, dancing, games and prizes.  Also enjoy fishing around the lake, moonbounces, field games, arts & crafts, face painting and more!  Fee.