May 12th – 18th

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Today – September 30th

Water Play.  Weekdays 1pm-4:45pm.  Saturdays and Sundays 9am-4:45pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.   During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. Water Play is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.  April 21 – Sept 30. (weather permitting).  Free with garden admission.

Monday, May 12th

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.

Finding Calm (Parents of Children 3-9 yrs). 6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Tuesday, May 13th

Short Pump Pals.  11am.  Short Pump Mall Food Court.  Big Fun for the 6 and under crowd.  Free.

Cool Ways to Respond to the Hot Buttons Your Preschooler Pushes. 6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare present “The Taming of the Shrew”.  7pm.  Maymont Carriage House Lawn.

Wednesday, May 14th

Mommy & Me.  10am-11:30am.  The Shops at Willow Lawn on the Plaza.  Entertainment – Steven Courtney.  Free.

My Face, Your Face.  11am-Noon.  VMFA Art Education Center.  Ages 16 – 30 months.  As babies develop, they become more communicative. View expressive portraits during your gallery tour and then in the studio, make faces with each other to express different emotions.  Fee.

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!

Robots and Mud Pies Preschool Open House.  5:30 – 7:30pm.  2517 Grenoble Road, Henrico, VA 23294.  A Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) focused preschool in the Richmond area. They offer a half day program for children ages 2 years old through 5 years old with a morning session and an afternoon session.

Thursday, May 15th

Express Yourself!  4:15pm-6pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  Ages 5-8.  Learn about the abstract expressionist movement and make your mark by creating your own action paintings.  Fee.

TWEENERS.  7pm-9:30pm.  CPR Office Conference Room, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.  Delivered by Suzanne Hanky.  Learn all about Tweens.  For information/registration call  (804) 337-7651.  Fee.

Friday, May 16th

Target $1 Family Night.   5pm-7:30pm.  Children’s Museum – Central.  Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month for just $1 per person!

Science After Dark – Asteroids: Monster Impacts.  6:30pm.  Science Museum of Richmond.   Join us as we explore some monster asteroids and look at humanity’s relationship with these giant space rocks! Fifteen minutes after sunset, share telescopes with Richmond Astronomical Society members at Sky Watch on the front lawn, weather permitting. For more information visit or call 804.864.1400. $5 or free for members with pass.

Saturday, May 17th

Engineering For Kids Central VA Open House.  9:30am – Noon.  Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.  See what summer fun awaits your child, win a t-shirt, and enjoy the many activities!  Fun for the entire family.

Colonial Games, Songs and Dance. 10am-5pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  The 17th century was a period when people worked hard and played hard!  Join Henricus historical interpreters and enjoy the games, music and dance of Virginia’s Colonists.  Children and adults will be a part of the games, so come HUZZAH with the colonists! Live music and light refreshments will be provided.  Fee.

Figure Drawing.  1pm-4pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  Grades 9-12.  Enjoy the classical art form of figure drawing while sketching from a clothed life model. Led by VMFA instructor and artist Cindy Shelton-Eide, sharpen your drawing skills while also expanding your artistic abilities.  Fee.

Art Without Limits.  1pm-4pm.  VMFA Art Education Center.  Ages 6-9.  Enjoy thinking outside the box by focusing on the process of art making, rather than the finished product. Have fun—and get messy—when experimenting with nontraditional techniques and abstract painting!  Fee.

May Play Day.  2pm-5pm.  The Armour House and Gardens.  Old-fashioned family fun, music, games, crafts, gardening activities, food vendors, and more! The Armour House and its beautiful gardens will be open for tours! Information: 343-3506. Free.

Richmond Raiders.  7pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.

Saturday, May 17th – Sunday, September 7th

How to Make a Monster.     Science Museum of Virginia.  Uncover the world of monsters and creatures from the movies! Find out how they’re brought to life – from an idea to the final project – and take a look at the behind-the scenes art and technology of animatronics. Included with exhibit admission; free for members.

Sunday, May 18th

Ice Cream Social.  4pm-6pm.  Clarke-Palmore House Museum.  Treat your family to delicious free Bruster’s ice cream while listening to the music of the Henrico Concert Band, making homemade ice cream, and playing your favorite backyard games. Tours of the historic house. Free.