November 4th – 10th

kid in leavesALL WEEK

Exhibit Boost and IMAX films Flight of the Butterflies,  Hubble and Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk at the Science Museum of Virginia.

Today – January 4th

Identity: An Exhibition of You.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Challenge your perception of personal identity. Discover the connection between our thoughts and relationships with our genes, brains and all things scientific! Included with exhibit admission, free for members.

Today – December 31st

Block by Block: National Tour.  Children’s Museum Chesterfield location.  This exhibition features ten landmark skyscrapers from around the world and visitors can create their own architectural marvels with blocks.  Free with museum admission.

Monday, November 4th

Skippyjon Jones.  Noon.  University of Richmond, Alice Jepson Theatre.  Skippyjon Jones wants to be the best Chihuahua ever. The only problem: he’s actually a Siamese cat!  Skippyjon Jones is an exciting new musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.  Show Length is 1 hour.  Recommended for ages 3 and up.  Fee.

LEGO For Tweens (age 10-12).  6:30pm-7:30pm.  Twin Hickory Library, Henrico County.  The library supplies the LEGOs; you just bring your genius. This program is just for ages 10-12. Register: 804-290-9200 x5.  Free.

Tuesday, November 5th

Kids Club 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 – Jesse the Juggler.

Celebrating Seasons.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Celebrating Seasons.  2pm-3pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Matinee Movie.  3pm-5pm.  Ginter Park Library, Northside.  Bring some friends, grab some snacks and settle in for a movie. Popcorn will be served.  Free.

Busy Hands.  3:30pm-4:30pm.  Twin Hickory Library, Henrico County.  Preschoolers will make pinecone owls. Free.

Stories and Such.  3:30pm-4:30pm.  Tuckahoe Library, Henrico County.  Ages 5 to 11 hear a story and make a Thanksgiving decoration.  Free.

Critters and Kids.  6pm-8pm.  Rockwood Park, Join the animal care team to get a behind the scenes look at caring for the nature center’s animals. Register: 804-748-1623.  Fee.

Barnes and Noble hosts “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” press release party!  6pm-9pm.   Chesterfield Barnes and Noble.  The luck-themed party celebrates book eight in the bestselling series, in which “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley finds himself going through a losing streak.  Partygoers will try their luck at winning prizes in a multitude of games and contests, crafting Wimpy Kid take-homes, enjoying refreshments, and more.

Fertility Workshop: Taking Control of Your Ticking Clock.  6:30pm-8pm.  University of Richmond.  Educational conversations around conception.

Wednesday, November 6th

Intro to Photoshop.  4:30pm-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Teen Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Writing in the Galleries.  4:30pm-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Teen Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Job Club for Teens.  5pm-6:30pm.  Richmond Main Library.  Experts from Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) will conduct workshops for those who are interested in earning extra cash during the winter break. Register: 804-646-7223.  Free.

My College Application.  7pm-8pm.  Dumbarton Library, Henrico County.  High school students will get expert tips and advice on filling out your college applications, with Amy Jasper, President of My College Fit. (Free)

Thursday, November 7th

Children’s Storytime. 10:30am.  Barnes & Noble Short Pump.  804-360-0103.  Free.

Amazing Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Stories and Such (ages 5-11).  3;30pm-4:30pm.  Twin Hickory Library, Henrico County. Ages 5 to 11 hear a story and make mixed media art.  Free.

Sketching the Season.  4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Costume Construction.   4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Understanding the Messages Behind Preschool Behavior.   6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

PJ Story Time.  6:30pm-7pm.  Atlee Library, Hanover County.  Bring your favorite snuggly friend and joins us for a special evening story time and refreshments. PJs & slippers are great.  Free.

Cheerleading Jamboree.  6:30pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  This high-energy event highlights the cheering squads from the City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities as well as local high school squads and other local cheering talent.  Fee.

Thursday, November 7th – Sunday, November 17th

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.   SPARCCenter.  From the talented teens of SPARC. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. SPARCs’ production, slightly tailored for content, features two incredibly talented casts of teens who perform the show on alternating days. The music is charming and funny, and  the show strikes a chord in today’s’ world of stressed out overachieving adolescents.  Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.

Friday, November 8th

Chesterfield Coal Mines.  10am-Noon.  Midlothian Mines Park.  See the ruins of the former commercial coal mine and learn about the area’s mining history. More information: 804-751-4946. Fee.

Details That Matter.  5pm-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Teen Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting Ceremony.  6pm-8pm.  Chesterfield Towne Center Food Court.  A tree lighting ceremony, live music, gifts for the kids and a parade with Santa through the mall to his Wonderland .

Teen Movie Night.  6pm-8pm.  Ashland Library.  Ages 12-16 bring a friend and see a great movie on the big screen. Pizza and drinks will be provided.  Free.

Fearless Friday.  6pm-9pm.  Challenge Discovery, 28 Westhampton Way University of Richmond.   experience a two-level high ropes course that is more than a football field in length. The Odyssey Course is comprised of 8 different team challenges, 4 at the 25 ft. level and 4 at the 40 ft. level. At the end, climbers race down to the ground on dual zip lines. Participants must be at least 12.  Fee.

Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th

Museum Shoppers Fair.  The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  Fourteen area gift shops come together under one roof for this annual event. Museums Gift Shops participating include: Agecroft Hall, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, Beth Ahabah Museum & Archives, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Library of Virginia, Preservation Virginia, Richmond Railroad Museum, Science Museum of Virginia, State Capitol Shop, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, The Poe Museum, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Holocaust Museum, Virginia War Memorial. Admission is free.  Information: 804-261-ARTS (2787)

Holly Jolly Christmas on Lakeside Avenue.   Get a jump on holiday shopping with extended store hours at Lewis Ginter (Friday only, till 9 p.m.) and free trolley rides (Friday night and Saturday all day) in Lakeside Avenue, a unique shopping district in Richmond’s historic Northside. Participating stores feature vintage treasures, gourmet foods, home décor and the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Saturday, November 8th – Sunday, November 24th

Annie Get Your Gun.  Henrico Theatre Company at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.  A musical comedy with Annie Oakley.  Visit the website for show times and ticket prices.  Tickets/Info: 804-501-5859.

Sunday, November 9th

Babysitting Workshop.  9am-4pm.  Chesterfield Parks & Rec Administration.  American Red Cross certified program for ages 11 – 15. Register: 804-748-1623.  Fee.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  VCU Women’s Health Center – Stony Point.  A unique father-to-father, community-based workshop that inspires and equips men to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads. Register: 804-288-3431.  Fee.

History Tour.  10am-Noon.  Midlothian Mines Park.  See the ruins of the former commercial coal mine, the early railroads, and learn about area’s mining history. More information: 804-751-4946.  Fee.

Simply FIT’s 1st Annual Birthday Bash & Fit Fall Festival.  10am-2pm.  Celebrate Simply FIT’s first birthday with a wide array of FUN, FIT, and FREE activities – perfect for the entire family! Enjoy FREE fitness classes, fitness testing, fall-themed carnival games and crafts, healthy cooking demos and samples, raffled prizes, and more! For more info, visit or call (804) 262-7777.  Free.

Pull Back Car.  10am.  Local Lowes Stores.   Build an awesome #48 car with a pull back motor.  Registration required.  Free.

Not a Box.  10:30am-11:30am.  Clover Hill Library.  Bring in an empty box and your imagination, leave with something entirely different. Recommended for ages 3 – 10. Register: 804-751-CCPL.  Free.

Live from DiggityVILLE.  10:30pm-1pm.   Uptown Alley, 6101 Brad McNeer ParkwayMidlothian.  Live concert from the Dudes and family fun, a $10 game card included with admission. 804-744-1077.  Fee.

Teen Studio.  10:30am-1:30pm.  Enon Library, Chesterfield County.  Ages 12 – 16 create one-of-a-kind cards using stamps, appliqués, colored pens and pencils to embellish cards for family and friends. Register: 804-751-CCPL.  Free.

Great Pumpkin Smash.  11am-Noon.  Westover Hills Library, City of Richmond.  When Halloween is over, what happens to your jack-o-lantern? Hear some “smashing” stories with the Backpack Storyteller, Deborah Alsko. Then have fun smashing your pumpkins! We will use the pumpkin remains to feed animals and the earth. Repeats at 2:00 p.m. at Ginter Park Library. 804-646-8833.  Free.

Portraits for Beginners.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Register online.  Fee.

Geocaching.  2pm-4pm.  MidlothianMinesPark.  View the ruins of the Grove shaft and learn about coal mining history while searching for caches. Register: 804-748-1623.  Fee.

Romp n’ Roll Midlothian Kids Night Out.  5pm-8pm.  Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you!  Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll!  No need to be a member; register by calling 804-364-6363. ($30 per child, member and sibling discounts apply).

Community Tree Lighting.  6pm-8pm.  Stony Point Fashion Park.  Kick off the holiday season with a festive celebration and the illumination of the Community Tree! Enjoy music from The Kings of Swing, strolling holiday carolers, giveaways for kids 10 and under, a visit from Santa, and more! Plus, don’t miss the countdown to the illumination at 7pm!

The Fold Is with You.  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Manchester Middle School, Chesterfield County.  Tom Angleberger, the creator of the Origami Yoda series, comes to celebrate the latest episode, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet. Tom will tell stories of the kids at McQuarrieMiddle School as he teaches you how to fold Star Wars-inspired origami finger puppets. Registration required: 804-751-CCPL. Free.

Arena Racing.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Exciting family entertainment watching drivers in ½ scale stock cars racing around a high-banked race track, turning laps in under 8 seconds flat while competing side-by-side bumping, rubbing, flipping and racing.  Military Veterans & Girl Scout Appreciation Night and discount.  Fee.

Saturday, November 9th – Sunday, January 5th

Outdoor Skating Rink.  Stony Point Fashion Park.  Bring the kids to Stony Point Fashion Park to skate, spin and glide. View  operating hours here.  Fee.

Sunday, November 10th

Veterans Day “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Reenactment.  1pm-3pm.   St. John’s Church, Church Hill.  1:15 pm – Doors open, seating is first-come, first-served basis.  1:30 pm – Music program.  1:45 pm – Reenactment begins.  This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Sunday, November 10th – Tuesday, December 24th

Live Holiday Entertainment.  Stony Point Fashion Park.  Enjoy live holiday entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Stony Point Fashion Park.

Sunday, November 10th – Sunday, January 5th

Nightly Holiday Light Shows.  Stony Point Fashion Park.  Nightly animated light shows take place at the top and bottom of each hour, beginning at 5 pm at the Community Tree.