September 9th – 15th

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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.

Today – September 22nd 2013

Ring Around The Rosy 2013 Fall/Winter Sale.  Oxbridge Shopping Center, 9939 Hull St. Rd. and Courthouse Road (Next to Martin’s).   Shop for Fall/Winter Clothing, Toys, Books, DVD’s, Home Decor, Halloween costumes, coats, Women’s Clothing & Accessories, shoes, Infant Equipment & Supplies, Furniture and Much More.  Now Accepting ALL Major Credit Cards (on purchases $50 and over).

Monday, September 9th

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.

Picnic Party Musical Playdate   10-10:40am.  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 1-4 years. Cost is $10/child, and advance registration/payment is required.  Register online at

Tuesday, September 10th

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall Food Court.  Choo Choo! Join us for Short Pump Pals Train Day. Out Pals can ride the Short Pump Express for FREE during the Pals meeting, plus there will be surprise character appearances! Weather Permitting. Pals will receive a FREE gift – while supplies last.  Free.

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.

Wednesday, September 11th

National Day of Service.  8am-6:30pm, arrive anytime.  Pocahontas State Park.  Participate in self-guided clean up efforts during this day of service.  Fee for parking.  Free.

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.

Mommy & Me and Daddies Too.  10am-11:30am.   Willow Lawn Plaza.  A free morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children.   This month – Kurt Stemhagen.  Free.

September 11th – 14th

The Clothesline Children’s Fall Consignment Sale.  Bon Air Community Center, 8725 Quaker Lane, Richmond 23235.

September 11th – 15th

The RVA Street Art Festival.   5.5 acres of walls and buildings on the former GRTC depot on West Cary St. will be adorned with public art, murals sessions, sculpture, and mixed-media exhibits as well as stories and ideas about the history and future of transportation in Richmond, Virginia.

Thursday, September 12th

Amazing Animals Musical Playdate. 11-11:40am (ages 1-4 years) OR 12:20-1pm (ages 3-6 years).  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  In this music class, an animal theme helps us get up and move, as well as use our voices! We will explore a variety of animals, find instruments to match them, and more!  Cost is $10/child, and advance registration/payment is required.  Register online at

Tickled by Texture.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Fee.

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

My Summer Story!  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Friday, September 13th

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

Saturday, September 14th

Classic Fire Truck.  10am.   Local Lowes Stores.   Bring kids into Lowe’s this Saturday and they can build this awesome Fire Truck!  Registration required.  Free.

Grandparent’s Day.  10am-Noon.  Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.  Come celebrate Grandparent’s day with us. Games, activities, music, and fun for everyone!  Free.

Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Peru!a>  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Family Programs.  Fee.

The Richmond Symphony. 6pm.  Pocahontas State Park Amphitheatre.  Bring the whole family and listen to great classical music in the great outdoors. Gates open at 5 p.m.  Free.