September 2nd – 8th

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

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

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.

Water Play at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained.  Water Play is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher. Saturdays and Sundays, April 20th through Oct. 6th (weather permitting), 9 – 4:45 p.m. Weekday schedule, June 17th-Sept. 13th (weather permitting), 9-4:45 p.m. Weekday schedule, Sept. 16th- Sept. 29th (weather permitting), 1-4:45 p.m. Families after Five, June 6 through August 29th (weather permitting), 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Monday, September 2nd

Special Monday Opening: Labor Day Holiday Maymont Nature & Visitor Center, 10am-5pm; Maymont Mansion, 12-5pm.

Tuesday, September 3rd

Club Mom, powered by National Geographic Kids.  9am-11am.  Chesterfield Towne Center.  A great opportunity for your child to learn in a fun, interactive setting. Great entertainment, fun giveaways for the adults, and free breakfast for children 12 years or younger. (Breakfast tickets are given out until 10:30 a.m. and are valid until 10:45 a.m. on Club Mom event days.).  One time dollar donation that goes to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) is required.  This month – Kidsinger Jim.

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.

Wednesday September 4th – October 23rd

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.

Getting to Know Your Young Child. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 23. Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services, 6801 Lucy Corr Blvd, A class for parents who want to learn more about the basic needs of young children from newborns to preschoolers. Topics will include understanding child development, learning through play, handling challenging behaviors, and raising secure and confident children. $50 per family. Child care not provided. Registration required. To discuss fee assistance or to register, contact the instructor, Robin Jones at 717-6540, or Brehonda Lewis-Cuff at 768-7229.

Thursday, September 5th

Picnic Party Musical Playdate   12:20-1pm.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041   Lauderdale Drive.  A fun music class all about taking a picnic! We’ll take a walk to a pretend park, use our imaginations to play, have a fun picnic, and even do some circle dances! And of course, no class is complete without some instruments! Ages 3-6 years. Cost is $10/child, and advance registration/payment is required.  Register online at

Friday, September 6th

Symbolic Still Life.  5pm-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Teen Programs.  Fee.

Back to School Bonanza.  6-7:30pm.  Mt. Pisgah UMC, Christian Family Life Center, 1100 Mt. Pisgah Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113.  FREE Children’s Carnival: Children preschool thru 5th grade and their families will enjoy the bouncing castle, pizza, snacks, activities and games with cool prizes. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, September 7th

Romp n’ Roll Fall Open House.  Learn all about Romp n’ Roll at our Fall Open House on Saturday, September 7th from 9am – noon at all three Richmond-area Romp n’ Roll locations (West End, Midlothian, and Mechanicsville).  The kids can play in the gym or do an art project while you learn all about Romp n’ Roll’s fun and imaginative gym, art, and music classes!  Free for non-members with children 5 years and younger, no reservations required.
– Romp n’ Roll West End (9677 W. Broad St.  Glen Allen VA  23060, 804-249-5001,
– Romp n’ Roll Midlothian (11541 Busy St. Richmond VA  23236, 804-893-3142,
– Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville (6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville VA 23111, 804-730-2060,

Make a Football Ring Toss Game!  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.  Register online.

Skippyjon Jones Storytime.  1pm-2pm.  Barnes and Noble, Chesterfield Towne Center.  Free.

The War Between the Tastes: Civil War Foodfest.  11am-4pm.  Dabbs House Museum.  Explore the variety of historical methods for food preparation to feed an army of thousands. Watch competitors cook using the techniques of 19th-century people and vote for your favorite. Even try some of the more popular foods of the era! Activities, games, presentations, and music are all included in this exciting new event!  Free.

Author Reading and Signing.  2pm-Midnight.  Barnes and Noble, Chesterfield Towne Center.  Anne Marie Pace will sign and read her new book, Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover.  All events are free and open to the public.  For more information please contact the store.