September 23rd – 29th

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Robots + Us & Boost!  Exhibits.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Free with admission.

Butterflies LIVE!  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.

Today – 29th

Threads Fall & Winter 2013 Children’s Consignment Sale.  Canterbury  Shopping Center, 10616 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23238 (Corner of Pump & Patterson).  10 days of Shopping!

Monday, September 23rd

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Drop-in the Garden Art Studio 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.

Tuesday, September 24th

Animals all Over.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Animals all Over.  2pm-3pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Garden Explorations for Families- The Harvest. 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.

“Tweeners”.  7pm-9pm.  Collaborative Parenting of Richmond,  8500   Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA23116.  Did you know that puberty is the most pervasive developmental shift your child will make, ever? This class isn’t about growing breasts and arm pit hair. This class is all about what happens to your child during puberty that creates shifts in their emotional, social and academic abilities and how YOU can parent to the Tweener to ensure success.  Please register.  Free.

The Culture of Girls (Parents of Girls 9-15 yrs).  6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Wednesday, September 25th

Drop in and Dig!  9am.  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.

Positively Sensational!  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Handling Little Fighters, Biters and Pushers (Parents and Educators of Children 1-3 yrs).  6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Thursday, September 26th

Impressionism Painting.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Friday, September 27th

Family Weekend Concert.  7:30pm.  Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond.  The Department of Music’s annual Family Weekend Concert showcases the outstanding talents of University of Richmond students. Enjoy performances by the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Chorale, and Schola Cantorum.  Free

Friday, September 27th – Saturday, September 28th

X-Country Festival at Maymont.  All Day.  Maymont Grounds.

Friday, September 27th through October 6th

State Fair of Virginia. The Meadow Event Park, Caroline County.

Saturday, September 28th

KIDSTUFF – Everything for Kids Sale sponsored by the Richmond Area Mothers of Multiples. 8am-11am.  Chickahominy Middle School,  9450 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.   Over 50 moms of twins, triplets and quadruplets will be selling gently used Fall and Winter clothing from Preemie through Tween, equipment and nursery items, plus lots of Halloween costumes and holiday outfits.  The sale is Cash Only.  For more information or contact

RVA Peace Festival. 11am-5pm.  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 6000 Grove Avenue, Richmond. This multi-cultural, interfaith celebration features entertainment, arts and crafts, food, exhibits, and activities and crafts for children. Its mission is to bring together youth and adults to celebrate peace and diversity and to build community and understanding in the Richmond area. RVA Peace Festival sponsors include the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond, Richmond Peace Education Center, and the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation at St. Stephen’s.

Hands on Learning Event.  1pm-3pm.  Barnes and Noble, Kids ages 3 to 7 will have fun at this group activity as they build a beautiful, four-foot-high Circus Tower puzzle by Crocodile Creek. Space is limited. Call to register.

Hands On Learning Event.  2pm.  Barnes and Noble, Chesterfield Towne Center.  Kids ages 8 and up will learn sideways building and alternate uses while creating a robot from LEGO Master Building Academy. Space is limited to 25 participants, so sign up early!

Sunday, September 29th

2013 C&F Bank/Lite98 Short Pump Mile & Short Pump Express Fun Run.  7:45am. This is Richmond’s largest timed youth road race to be held in front of American Family Fitness with the first heat to start at 7:45 am. All participants will receive a race T-shirt, a medal and plenty of refreshments! Awards will be given to age group and overall winners. The Short Pump Express, a 400 Meter Fun Run (non-timed), is offered to children age 5 & younger who aren’t quite up to tackling the mile.  Fee.