March 31st – April 6th

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Shrek, The Musical.  Children’s Theatre of Virginia.  The timeless fairytale of rescued damsel in distress takes many fun and quirky twists as the green and stinky swampland ogre saves Princess Fiona and wins her love.  The show lasts about two hours with intermission and is best enjoyed by children 5 years and older.  Visit the website for show times and fees.  Thru April 27th.

Be the Dinosaur.   A new exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia.  Check out an animatronic dinosaur and a pterosaur reconstruction as you discover what life was like for dinosaurs. Included with exhibit admission, free for members.  Thru Sunday, May 11th.

Monday, March 31st

Pajama Story Times.  6:30pm-7:15pm.  Central Library, Chesterfield County.  Pajamas and a stuffed animal are options for early evening library fun.  Free.

Pajama Story Times.  6:30pm-7:15pm.  Clover Hill Library, Chesterfield County.  Pajamas and a stuffed animal are options for early evening library fun.  Free.

Tuesday, April 1st

Young at Art.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Fee.

Toddler Storytime.  11am.  Westover Hills Library, City of Richmond.  Early literacy storytime featuring books, songs and play time for children ages 18-36 months, accompanied by an adult.  Free.

Young at Art.  2pm-3pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Preschool Programs.  Fee.

All Pro Dad.  6:30pm-7:30pm.  Martins at Crossridge, , 10250 Staples Mill Rd., Glen Allen, VA23228.  Offered by First Things First, this program provides dads and their elementary-aged kids with a chance to bond beyond school and the home.  Register at or call 804-288-3431.  Space is limited and registration required.  Free pizza dinner and a 45 minute program.

Toddler Storytime.  10:30am.  Ginter Park Library, City of Richmond.  Interactive story time for ages 18-36 months with an adult. Come join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more! Free.

Laugh Out Loud Stories.  4:30pm.  Ginter Park Library, City of Richmond.  Kick off National Humor month with LOL stories presented by Deborah Alsko, the Backpack Storyteller. She will be sharing interactive stories guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. All ages welcome!  Free.

Raising a Cool Kid (Parents of Children 5-11 yrs.)  6pm-8pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Tuesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 3rd

Let’s talk about a tough subject: Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  Forum held by Virginia Physicians for Women.  An in-depth discussion about STDs, including risks, symptoms, treatments, tests, and screenings. This is a great opportunity to educate Tweens and Teens on the risks associated with having sex.  Registration required.  Free.

Wednesday, April 2nd

Toddler Storytime.  10am.  Hull Street Library, City of Richmond.  Interactive storytime for ages 18-36 months with an adult.  Free.

Preschool Story Time.  10:30am.  North Avenue Library, City of Richmond.  Interactive story songs, stories and rhymes for ages 3-5 with an adult. Free.

Firefighter’s Day.  10:30am.  East End Library, City of Richmond.  Listen to information about the firefighters. Make a Thank You Card for the firemen at the Fire Station close to the Library.  Free.

Preschool Storytime.  10:45am.  Hull Street Library, City of Richmond.  Interactive storytime for ages 3-5 with an adult.  Free.

From Lies and Fibs to Truth and Trust (Parents of Children 11-15 yrs.)  Noon-1:30pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Evenings in the Studio.  4:30-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Teen Programs.  Fee.

Job Club 4 Teens!  5:00- 6:30pm.  Main Library, City of Richmond.  Get motivated, and stay motivated, to be successful in your job search! Experts from career developing organizations will conduct workshops for those who are interested in earning extra cash during the winter break. If you are looking for employment during the winter holidays, this is the club for you. This job club provides tips on building a successful resume, how to dress and act for an interview. We will meet every other week. Call 646-7223 to register.  Free.

All Henrico Reads Author Visit– For Tweens and Up.  7pm.   Glen Allen High School. Doors open at 6:15 PM.  The 2014 All Henrico Reads author event featuring New York Times best-selling author LEE SMITH and her book Guests on Earth.  Free.

Wednesdays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Drop in and Dig!  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  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!

Thursday, April 3rd

Book Babies.  10am.  Westover Hills Library, City of Richmond.  Early literacy storytime featuring books, songs, and play time for babies ages 0-18 months, accompanied by an adult.  Free.

Book Babies.  10am.  West End Library, City of Richmond.  Interactive story, music and play for babies from birth to 17 months and their caregiver.  Free.

Family Storytime.  10:30am. Ginter Park Library, City of Richmond.  Interactive story time for ages 18 months to age 5 with an adult. Come join us for stories, rhymes, songs and more!  Free.

Toddler Time.  11am. West End Library, City of Richmond.  Interactive stories and music for youngsters ages 18-36 months and their caregiver.  Free.

Preschool Storytime.  11am. Westover Hills Library, City of Richmond.  Early literacy storytime featuring books, songs and play time for children ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult.  Free.

Tots of Art.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

After School Art Club.  4:15-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Foundations in Art.  4:15-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

Thursday, April 3rd – Sunday, April 6th

Latin Ballet of Virginia – The Kiss of the Bee.  The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen.  Celebrating the beauty of our planet and value of bees to our livelihood, this show is a continuation of the VERDE series to promote the importance of protecting our planet.  Visit the website for show times and fees.  Fee.

Friday, April 4th

Admissions Program & Tours.  8:30am-10:00am.  The New Community School, 4211 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227.  Educators, parents and students will share details about our unique blend of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and academic skills development for middle and upper school students.  RSVP to 804-266-2494, x4 or  Free.

Lego League First Fridays.  4pm.  North Avenue Library, City of Richmond.  It’s LEGO time! Come back to the North Avenue Lego League on the first Friday of every month! Each month there will be a different theme or challenge, of course it is ok to just play! For toddlers to teens, and parents, too.  Free.

Teen Drawing Club.  5pm-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Teen Programs.  Fee.

First Friday Sampler.  Visual Arts Center of Richmond.   5:30pm-8:30pm.  Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  Engage in a night of family creativity with a variety of artistic options at very reasonable prices. Call 804-353-0094 for more information. Fee.

Special Night for Special Needs.  5:30pm-7:30pm.  CMoR Chesterfield.  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!  Admission is Free.

Friday, April 4th – Saturday, April 5th

Camp In.  7pm-9am.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Join in special hands-on activities, see a giant screen film in The Dome and explore three floors of interactive exhibits! Recommended for grades 3-6.  For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.  Call 804.864.1400 for reservations.  $45 per child, with $5 discount per member child; $20 per adult.

Saturday, April 5th

Build a Birdbath/Birdfeeder.  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.

Coffee and Confidence Q&A.  9:30-11am.  CPR Office Conference Room, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.  This is a morning of support, skill development, new ideas and new confidence. Bring your coffee and your questions, drop in and join us for a morning with Suzanne Hanky, our Family and Parenting expert. Free.

Breakfast with the Bunny.  9:30-10am.  Regency Square Mall Food Court.  Breakfast with the Bunny and Easter Treasure Hunt.  For the the first 50 kids 10 and younger free breakfast and Free bunny ears.   Meet and greet the Bunny and his friends.  Hunt begins promptly at 10am, bring a basket.

Kindergarten Kick Off.  10am-2pm.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central, 2626 W. Broad Street.  Children who are enrolling in Kindergarten in 2014 are especially encouraged to come.  Teachers, crossing guards, and other school personnel will be on hand to talk about what a typical Kindergarten day looks like.  Special activities are planned to introduce children to the daily routine.

New Life MOPS Craft & Vendor Fair.  10am-2pm.  New Life UMC, 900 Old Hundred Road, Midlothian. A wide array of local vendors will be participating from jewelry to wreaths. Water and snacks will be sold. Proceeds from this event will help offset the costs of operating a MOPS group, which exists to support mothers of children from birth to age five. Anyone with additional questions can contact Donna at  Admission is free.

Taylor’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  10am-Noon.  Poor Farm Park, Hanover County.  Ages 2 to 6, with parent. Hurry, Hurry….don’t be late, remember the time, remember the date. It’s Taylor’s Mad Hatter’s tea party so come & celebrate. With etiquette tips to go along with tea and light refreshments, Taylor’s Tea Party will keep your little one going with a Mad Hatter’s craft station and some of Alice’s favorite games: All change-musical chairs, Follow the Rabbit, Mad Hatter’s Toss and Croquet.Tick-Tock, don’t be late, register now to save your plate!  Cost of the program is $10/per child.

The Nit Fairies Treatment Center Grand Opening.  10am-3pm.  13615 Genito Rd, Suite 2B, Midlothian, VA 23112.  While still providing mobile treatment, this facility gives clients an alternative. Appointments available Monday-Sunday to include evenings and weekends.  Head Screenings also available for schools, day care centers and summer camps.  The Grand Opening wi offer free lice-screenings, discounted treatments, door prizes, refreshments, face painting and much more.  Free.

Theatre IV’s rendition of ‘Pinocchio’.  11am.  A free film celebrating the Month of the Young Child.  Mary Munford Elementary School, 211 Westmoreland Avenue, City of Richmond.  Free.

Nano Day.  11am-4pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Explore the world of the very small to discover how tiny things — one billionth of one meter — function. How small is one nanometer? It’s the length your fingernail grows every second. Included with exhibit admission, free for members.

Confederate History & Heritage Day.  Noon-3pm.  1917 Courthouse, 10011 Iron Bridge Road.  Join the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia as it commemorates the sacrifices of Confederate veterans during the American Civil War. Activities to include living-history demonstrations, period music, exhibitors and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Confederate monument.  Free.

Sheep to Shawl.  Noon-4pm.  Meadow Farm Museum, Henrico County.  Watch the sheep being sheared. Try your hand at carding, spinning, and weaving or make a wool craft with The Friends of Meadow Farm to take home. Clothos Handspinners Guild will also be demonstrating textile production crafts. Information: 501-2130.  Free.

Kids Discover…  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Kids Programs.  Fee.

National Weather Service SKYWARN training session.  1pm-5pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Discover the world of meteorology in a workshop conducted by experts from the National Weather Service. SKYWARN training class is 3-5pm. Pre-registration is required for SKYWARN. Please email Included with exhibit admission.

Kid Khaos. 1pm-2:30pm. Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N Laburnum Ave., Henrico.  Games, board games and video games session for ages 4-6.  Parents or legal guardians are required to sign a liability waiver provided on-site on the day of the program.  804.225.2056.  Free.

Romp n’ Roll Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Mechanicsville Location, 6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike.  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 the energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll!  No need to be a member; register by calling 804-730-2060. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing)

Sunday, April 6th

Open Studio Sundays.  Noon-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Family Programs.  Fee.

Kite Day.  1pm-4pm.   Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17701 Genito Road (Fields 7 & 8).  Pack a lunch and bring out the entire family for a great day of kite flying. There will be entertainment and other fun activities for the kids to enjoy throughout this event. Athletes In Motion (AIM), is a co-sponsor of this event and will be on-hand to do demonstrations too. You must register to get a free kite, supplies are limited.   Details 748-1992.  Free.

Richmond Family Magazine  Summer Adventure Expo.   1pm-4pm.   Peak Experiences Indoor Climbing Center is located near Robious Road and Huguenot Road, behind The Shoppes at Bellgrade, at 11421 Polo Circle in Midlothian.   The event is free and will be held rain or shine.  Lunch will be available for purchase from a local food truck, and other concessions will be available.  For more information, please call 804-241-7678.  Free.

Handel’s Messiah.  3pm.  Cannon Memorail Chapel, University of Richmond.  Featuring the UR Schola Cantorum and Women’s Chorale, and the choir of Second Presbyterian Church.  Free.

Sundays April 6th, 13th, 27th and May 4th and 11th

Healthy Kids Running Series.  5pm-6pm at Godwin High School, 2101 Pump Rd, Henrico.  5:30pm-6:30pm at Battlefield Elementary School, 5501 Mechanicsville Turnpike.  Please arrive 45 minutes early if you have not pre-registered or if you have not picked up your race bag at Race bag Pick-up Night. Fee.