April 7th – 13th

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All Month

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.  Today – 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.  Today – Sunday, May 11th

Monday, April 7th

Let’s Move!  10:30am.  East End Library, City of Richmond.  Come in and listen to stories about animals and people that are on the move.  Free.

Mondays April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Garden Art Studio.  1pm-3pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Work alongside staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.  Free with Garden admission.

Tuesday, April 8th

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.

Pals Meeting. 11am-Noon.  Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street,  Bring your singing voice and join musician Chris Campbell in interactive sing-along activities, comedy, and ventriloquism. Free.

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

Understanding Messages Behind Preschool Behavior.    6pm-8pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

All Pro Dad.  6:30pm-7:30pm.  Martins at ChesterfieldTowneCenter, 11361 Midlothian Tpke, Richmond, VA23236.  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 www.FirstThingsRichmond.org or call 804-288-3431.  Space is limited and registration required.  Free pizza dinner and a 45 minute program.

When It’s Your Child: Understanding ADHD.  7pm-9:30pm.  CPR Conference Room, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA23116.  This class will help you really understand what ADHD is and what it looks like in a child. You will learn what ADHD is biologically, emotionally, behaviorally and academically. You’ll hear about the other “issues” that appear tethered to ADHD such as depression and anxiety. Feel informed and focused after this class. Fee.

Wednesday, April 9th

MOMMY & ME.  10am-11:30am.  Willow Lawn – Outside on the Plaza.  Join The Shops at Willow Lawn on the second Wednesday of every month as they host a free morning out with live entertainment and activities designed to enhance parents´ interaction with their children. Thsi month – Hope Harris & The Cousins Jamboree.  Free.

Let’s Move!  10:30am.  East End Library, City of Richmond.  Come in and listen to stories about animals and people that are on the move.  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.

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

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!

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

The Negotiation Years (Parents/Caregivers of Children 5-11 yrs.)  6pm-8pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

UR Symphony Orchestra.  7:30pm.  Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, Univeristy of Richmond.  Free.  The premiere of new works by University of Richmond student composers and Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Op. 45.

Thursday, April 10th

Kindergarten Registration.  The 10th is the day for on-time registration for children starting kindergarten in the fall in 15 local school divisions: the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond, as well as the counties of CharlesCity, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, King William, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and Sussex.  Children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 30 are eligible to enter kindergarten this fall.

Transportation You: Girls in Transportation.  9am-2pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Young women in grades 6-8 are invited to join this hands-on, interactive mentoring program to explore careers in transportation. Sponsored by Women’s Transportation Seminar with the Federal Highway Administration, Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. Seminar is free with registration at http://www.wtsinternational.org/centralvirginia/transportation-you—girls-in-transportation/. Museum is regular price.

Eggstravaganza.  10am-11:30am.  Dorey Park, Henrico County.  Come out and celebrate spring while attending this fun-packed morning at DoreyPark. Meet the Bunny and enjoy a variety of activities includ­ing clowning fun, bunny hop music, story time, carnival games, a springtime treat, face painting, science fun, and more. Don’t forget to bring your baskets and join us for the egg hunt finale! Ages 1-5 with an adult. Information: 795-2334.  Free.

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.

Lets Move!  10:30am.  East End Library, City of Richmond.  Come in and listen to stories about animals and people that are on the move.  Free.

Family Storytime.  10:30am.  Ginter Park Library.  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.

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

How to Set Effective Limits with Preschoolers.  6pm-8pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Friday, April 11th

Let’s Move!  10:30am.  East End Library, City of Richmond.  Come in and listen to stories about animals and people that are on the move.   Free.

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

HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games.  6pm-9pm.  Hanover High School, Hanover County.  Ages 9 to 14. Get ready to run, jump and throw! With both girls and boys divisions, broken down by ages, winners earn the opportunity to represent Hanover in Central Virginia’s District Meet (held in June). Events include: 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter dash (400x 2), 1600 meter dash (400×4), 4×100 meter relay, standing long jump, and softball throw. This free local event is part of the nationwide HERSHEY’s Track and Field Games program. For more information about their program, please visit www.hersheytrackandfield.com.

New! Family Camp-Out: Nature’s Misfits.  6:30pm – 9am.  Maymont Grounds.  Fee.

Arena Racing.  7:30pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Drivers in ½ scale stock cars racing around a $1/2 million high-banked race track turning laps in UNDER 8 seconds flat while competing side-by-side–bumping, rubbing, flipping and racing in the Richmond Coliseum to get their share of over $50,000.00 in cash paid out over the season!  Fee.

Friday, April 11th – Sunday, April 13th

Hanover’s Global Youth Service Day.  All Day.  Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and the only one dedicated to youth. Youth from all over Hanover and the Greater Richmond area will give their time towards a cause they believe in during this weekend. Anyone can participate by volunteering and signing the service pledge on www.gysd.org.  Find local volunteer projects at www.handsonrva.org/gysd.

Saturday, April 12th

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Henrico Doctor’s at Forest.  Serving more than 1,000 fathers in the Richmond metro area, this unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads.   You can take this class only, or you can sign up for a 3-part class that includes Boot Camp for New Dads, Gearing Up for Baby, and When Baby Makes Three. Lunch is provided. To sign up for the 3-part class, click here.  Fee, scholarships are available.

Recycling Truck.  10am.  Local Lowes Stores.  Bring your kids to Lowe’s this weekend and they can get excited about a recycling truck! Visit the website to register.  Free.

Bunnies, Chicks, and Sheep!  10:00-10:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  Springtime is the perfect time for bunnies, chicks, and sheep, and we do it with a musical twist! Kids will hop like bunnies (and stomp like bears!), fly some pretend kites (scarves!), explore fine motor skills and counting with some finger-play poems, and celebrate all that is spring! And of course play lots of instruments and do some dancing! Ages 0-7 years, with a parent. Advance registration required. $10/child.

Saturdays in the Studio.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Teen Programs.  Fee.

Teen Lego Club.  1pm-3pm.  Main Library, City of Richmond.  Join LEGO sculptor Zhyeff, as he leads our new club of LEGO with Teens. Show off your skills with the creations that you make! This club will meet the 2nd Saturday of every month. Ages 12-18. Free.

Free Irish Dance Class.  Noon-1pm.  Heart of Ireland School of Dance, 14257 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113.  Try Irish dancing and see what all the FUN is about!  Open to all ages.  Get more information on our website at www.HeartofIrelandSchool.com or call 804.464.8190.

A Most Egg-cellent Egg-venture!  2pm-3:30pm.  The Armour House and Gardens, HenricoCounty.  Arts and crafts, face painting, and the great egg hunt for kids young and old, it’s sure to be a fun afternoon! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: 343-3506.  Free.

Princess and Pirate Playdate!  4:00-4:40pm.  CMOR Short Pump.  Come dressed as a princess or pirate for this awesome musical playdate! Children will enjoy marching to the royal ball with drums, walking the plank with pirates, playing instruments, dancing, and so much more! Space is limited and advance enrollment is required. See you at the ball (arggg!)! This class is held at CMOR Short Pump, so you must either be a member or pay the daily admission. Ages 0-7 years, with a parent. Advance registration required. $5/child.

Romp n’ Roll Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  Midlothian Location,11541 Busy Street, Midlothian VA.  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 804-893-3142. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing)

Richmond Raiders Game.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.

Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th

Monster Nation.  John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VMonster Nation Monster Trucks will rumble in with 1,800 tons of dirt and smashed metal! What has become the premier monster truck event promises to continue wowing fans with 10,000 pound Monster Machines and much, much more jam packed into 2 hours of high-flying horsepower.  Visit the website for show times and ticket prizes.

Saturday, April 12th – Saturday, April 19th

Spring Petting Farm.  11am-5pm.  ShortPumpMallMainPlaza.  Visit Baby Chicks, Bunnies, Goats, Lambs and more!  Free Admission.

Sunday, April 13th

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.