May 27th – June 2nd

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Butterflies LIVE!  & Water Play  at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Visitors have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures – watch them fly, feed and flutter all around you.  Free with Garden Admission.

The Science Museum of Virginia has two new IMAX films  To The Arctic  & Flight of the Butterflies.

Monday, May 27th

Memorial Day Festivities in Sandston.  Website the website for event times.  The American Legion Sandston Post 242 is hosting several ceremonies and events in honor of our veterans, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. This year’s theme is “Thanks To Our Veterans.

Memorial Day Parade and Service at Seven Pines National Cemetery. 12noon. Parade starts at 1pm. Music from 2pm to 3pm by Henrico county Concert band. Music by band called 4 of a Kind from 3pm to 6pm. Free hot dogs/ drinks/chips/water and activities for all ages. There will be a water slid and a misting tent as well.

Virginia War Memorial – Music at the Memorial.  2pm-3pm.   The Thomas Jefferson High School Corps of Cadets Alumni Band will offer an informal concert of patriotic music in the Shrine of Memory for visitors. Memorial Day brings hundreds of people to the Memorial, and this group of talented musicians will help us all remember our American patriotism and the costs of freedom. Free.

Virginia War Memorial – Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony.  10am-11am.  Co-hosted by 11th District, American Legion. Virginia residents will officially commemorate this national holiday to honor and remember our valiant men and women who gave their lives in service to America at this outdoor ceremony. This event is an inspirational tribute dedicated to the proposition that Freedom is Never Free and includes patriotic music, memorial wreath laying and the playing of Taps. Governor Bob McDonnell is the invited speaker. Free, open to the public and ample free parking. Rain or shine.

Carillon in Byrd Park Memorial Day Celebration4 p.m.. The concert, hosted by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, will feature a vocal performance by soprano Lisa Edwards-Burrs, associate professor of voice at Virginia State University who has performed extensively in recital, oratorio and chamber music. She will be joined by classical/jazz pianist Russell Wilson, who has also enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist and chamber musician, as principal pianist for the Richmond Symphony, and performing with the Russell Wilson Quartet and the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra.

18th & 19th Century Historic Tour of Cemeteries. 10am. Richmond’s East End, including St. John’s Church, the African Burial Ground, Shockoe, Hebrew, Oakwood, and Woodland Cemeteries and several others.  Learn about their layout, evolution as parks, artwork and notable tenants. Reservations: (804) 649-0711 x301. Meet at the History Center. $25 per person, $20 for History Center Members. Free for all Veterans.

Memorial Day at Ferry Farm. George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to a farm in Stafford County, Virginia. The Washingtons called this place the Home Farm but it later became known as Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the farm to the town of Fredericksburg. The Washingtons did not own or operate the ferry but used it frequently to get to and from town.

Memorial Day Commemoration at Pamplin Park. 1pm. Events include an artillery demonstration, color bearers, and the playing of TAPS in commemoration of fallen soldiers.

Memorial Day at Yorktown. 301 Main Street, Yorktown, VA. 12noon-1pm. Includes posting of colors, historical reenactors, guest speaker, the placing of flowers, and the presentation of wards to student winners of the “York County Remembers” poster essay contest. Call 757.890.3500. Free.

Stony Point Fashion Park free concert from Class Act . 1pm – 5pm. Bring a suit for the kids to enjoy playing in the water fountain. You can also enjoy lunch or an early dinner from Stony Point restaurants like Chipotle or Panera and fro-yo from the new Sweet Frog.

Tuesday, May 28th

Garden Explorations for Families- Soils. 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. Observe your 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.

Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour.  Show begins at 4:00pm.  CMoR Central, 2626 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220.  A national tour sponsored by Random House Children’s Books, that brings Junie B. live and in person, across the country to meet her fans!  Free.

Wednesday, May 29th

Drop-in and Dig! 1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  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. So join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!   Free with Garden Admission.

Thursday, May 30th

Establishing Rules & Boundaries with your Teen.  Noon.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

After-School Art Club: Paint Party.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts- Kids Programs.  Fee.

May 30th – June 2nd

38th Annual Richmond Greek Festival.  Times vary.  Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30  Malvern Avenue, Richmond.  Great food and festivities.  Free, except the cost of food.

Friday, May 31st

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

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

Saturday, June 1st

Make a Lawn Mower Pencil Holder (presented by Merlin Entertainments Group).  9am-Noon. Home Depot Stores. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered at all The 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.  kids may also receive a KIDS GO FREE ticket offer to any Merlin Entertainments Group US Attraction (LEGOLANDTheme Parks, LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenters, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquariums) this month.  Register Online.

When Baby Makes Three. 9am.  VCU Stony Point Women’s Center, 9000 Stony   Point Parkway, Richmond. In this couples workshop, expectant and new parents will discover how to have more time, more intimacy, more money and less drama after the baby has been born. Register required. Fee.

18th Annual Varina Day.  10am-2pm.  Dorey Park.  Live performances will be featured on stage throughout the day. Children’s activities include a petting zoo, face painting, a moonwalk, and more. Free.

Mike the Knight and the Mission for the Hidden Treasure.  11am-2pm.  Short Pump Mall.  Show times are 11am & 1pm.  It’s time to ‘Be a Knight and Do it Right’ as Mike and his medieval friends transport the audience into a wonderful and imaginative world full of tales and legends! This fun-filled mission full of discovery, determination and friendship will have knights and princesses of all ages engaged from start to finish! Gallop on over to the stage and get ready to be a knight in training as Mike the Knight and his loyal friends proudly present, Mike the Knight and the Mission for the Hidden Treasure.  Free.

Pocahontas Performances Premier Series: A Celebration of the Performing Arts.  7pm.  Pocahontas State Park Amphitheater, Beach Road.  7pm.  A Richmond Symphony performance.  This event will feature fun the entire family will enjoy. Bring a picnic. Blankets or lawn chairs are recommended and no alcohol or glass bottles are allowed.  (Rain date: Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.).  Free Admission, per-vehicle charge for parking.  Details: 804-796-4255.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  6:05pm.  The Diamond.  Fireworks after the game. Fee.

Sunday, June 2nd

Broad Appétit.  11am-6pm.  Between Henry and Adams on W.   Broad Street.  The best local restaurants our city has to offer – and all at $3 a plate!  Bring cash.

Open Studio Sundays.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Kids Programs, Family Programs.  Free.

Mountain Road Exhibit Fest.  1pm-4pm.  Walkerton Tavern.   The festival will feature unique art and history exhibits on display in four historic sites along Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Displays will be located at the Virginia Randolph Museum, Walkerton Tavern, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and Meadow Farm. Free.

Brown’s Island Guided Tour. 1pm.  American Civil War Center.  Free with paid admission.

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Reenactment Series.  Historic St. John’s Church.   The Patrick Henry Committee invites you to bring your friends and family to a reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention of March 1775. In the presence of Washington, Jefferson, and other notable Virginians, Patrick Henry delivered his passionate call for liberty, uttering the immortal words, “Give me liberty or give me death!”   1:00 p.m. Doors open, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  1:30 p.m. Music program.  2:00 p.m. Reenactment begins. Please call 804-648-5015 for more information.  This event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Flying Squirrels Baseball Game.  2:05pm.  The Diamond.  Kids Coloring Comic Book Giveaway.  Sign your children up for the Kids Club and receive free admission to certain Sunday games.  Fee.

Richmond Youth Symphony. 7pm.  Pocahontas State Park.  Enjoy a free concert by the Richmond Symphony’s flagship youth orchestras. Gates open at 6 p.m.   Free.