December 30th – January 5th

kids winterMonday, December 30th

WWE Monday Night RAW.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.

Tuesday, December 31st

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration.  10am-1pm.   Science Museum of Virginia.   Bring in the noon year with a party complete with a countdown to noon, a drop of 2014 brightly colored bouncy balls and cooking in the Boost! Kitchen, complete with tasty, healthy samples! Included with exhibit admission, free for members.

New Year’s Eve Bash. 10am-2pm.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – all locations. Fun games and art activities with Seymour and other special guests who will help “countdown to noon” followed by a celebratory juice box toast. All events are included with museum admission.

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic.  2pm-5pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – Education and Library Complex.  Family activities, crafts & live music.  Those who attend the New Year’s Eve Family Frolic and who are already in the Garden can stay to attend Dominion GardenFest of Lights (5 -10 p.m.)  Regular garden admission; all activities included with regular Garden admission

Harlem Globetrotters 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour.  2pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways.  Fee.

Wednesday, January 1st

First Day Hike.  10am-Noon.  Pocahontas State Park.  The first hike of 2014 will be on linked sections of 5 trails. It will take us through the forest between and alongside the southern edges of Swift Creek and Beaver lakes, including an old home site chimney and a Depression-era dam and kiln.  This very hilly 3 mile hike is not recommended for children under 5 without a child backpack/carrier. Most of the trail is gravel, dirt and there are exposed tree roots.  The Friends of Pocahontas State park will provide light refreshments and hot apple cider after the hike.  The hike is free but there is a parking fee.

Thursday, January 2nd

Clifford’s New Year’s Party.   10am.  Dumbarton Library.  Join Clifford the Big Red Dog as he celebrates the new year with lots of doggie activities, a craft, and a fun story.  Suggested for ages 2-6 with an adult.  For more information call 290-9400.  Free.

Cup Stack Challenge.  2pm.  Tuckahoe Area Library.  Do you have steady hands and a knack for problem-solving? Come test your skills against your friends to see who can stack cups the highest. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. For more information, call 290-9130.  Free.

Sharpie Tie-Dye or DIY Gloves for Your Touch Screen.  2pm.  Twin Hickory Area Library.  Make a your own tie dye t-shirt using sharpies or make your own gloves touch-screen friendly. Just bring a t-shirt (or other cotton thing to dye) and/or a pair of gloves (or two or three) and they will provide sharpies, conductive thread and show you how to make any pair of gloves touch-screen compatible and/or turn your t-shirt into a fantasia of color. Register online or call 290-9200 x5.  Free.

Origami Workshop.  6:30pm.  Glen Allen Branch Library.  Learn basic origami techniques and patterns. Make some of your own origami creations to take home! For more information call 290-9500.  Free.

Friday, January 3rd

Spirited Art & Bricks for Kidz Program.  10am.  Make a painting with Spirited Art and build with Bricks for Kidz during this 2.5 hour program.  Fee.

Children’s Movie Day.  2pm.  Hull Street Library.  A children’s movie day! This month they are showing Monsters University.  Free.

Snowflake Art.  11am.  Richmond Main Library.  Be unique and creative with your very own snowflake art. Decorate it with your own style.  Free.

Special Nights for Special Needs. 5:30-7:30.  CMoR Central.  An evening especially for children 10 years old and younger who have special needs and their families.  Enjoy museum exploration, adapted materials, special activities, and reduced number of visitors on this special night. Children will have access and learning opportunities, but most importantly they’ll have fun!  Free.

Friday, January 3rd &  Saturday, January 4th

Cinema Classics – MegaMind (PG).  Fri, Jan 3rd at 7pm and Sat, Jan 4th at 2pm & 7pm.  Henrico Theatre.  Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.  Information: 328-4491.

Saturday, January 4th

Make a Fun Desk Calendar.  9am-Noon.  Local Home Depot Stores. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered at all 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.  Free.

Lego My Library.   10am-Noon.  Ginter Park Library.  We will meet one Saturday a month to build, build, build! Each month will have a different theme to help inspire participants, but you are welcome to build anything that you’d like. This activity is open for children ages 5 – 12. All legos are provided.  Free.

Family Storytime.  10:30am.  North Park Library.  Join us for family time as we share stories.  For more information, call 290-9700.  Free.

Paws to R.E.A.D.  10:30am-12:30pm.  Ginter Park Library.  Parents this is a wonderful program that allows children to read aloud, increase their self-esteem, and learn about the human-animal connection. Call and schedule a time to read to Harvey or to one of his canine buddies @ 646-1236.  Free.

Stories at the Museum.  11am – Noon.  Virginia Historical Society.  Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity during Stories at the Museum.  Stories at the Museum programs are free and open to all ages.

a-MAZE-ing LEGOs.  2pm-4pm.  Atlee Branch Library.  Make creative mazes and obstacles to display, share design ideas, and make new friends.  Ages 11 & up.  Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.  Free.

Paws to R.E.A.D.  2:30pm.  Tuckahoe Library.  Read a story aloud with a cute and loveable trained therapy dog.  Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Limited to children 6 years old and older.  For more information call 290-9100.  Pre-register with your library card.  Free.

Sunday, January 5th

Open Studio Sundays.  Noon-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Family Programs.  Enjoy “make-it, take-it” art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection.  Free.