May 26th – June 1st

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Today – September 1st

Summer Sounds.  Stony Point Fashion Park.  Enjoy live music while you stroll, shop and dine to all your favorite tunes performed by local musicians every Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  Weather permitting.

Today – 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.

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.

Today – October 12th

Butterflies LIVE! presented by Altria.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles.  Included with Regular Garden Admission.

Monday, May 26th

Memorial Day Festivities in Sandston.  Noon.  The American Legion Sandston Posts 242 and 144 are hosting several ceremonies and events in honor of our veterans, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. This year’s theme is “Honoring Vietnam Veterans: 50 Years.” For more information, please call 737-4121 or go online to

Wednesday, May 28th

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!

Parenting the Defiant Child 2-6 yrs.  6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Thursday, May 29th

Historic St. John’s Church Hosts Home School Day In Celebration of Patrick Henry’s Birthday!  10am-4pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street Richmond.  Homeschool Day is designed especially for homeschooling families – or any family seeking a fun day out!  Visit the website for a schedule of events.

And I Mean it! Using Logical Consequences (Parents of Children 5-11 yrs).  6pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Friday, May 30 (rain-date Sat., May 31)

Sweet Spot Book Club.  5:30pm.  Sweet Spot Candy Shop, West Broad Village.  Have you started reading Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library?  Join the Sweet Spot Book Club Meeting (treats included)! Be sure to RSVP by calling 360-7768.

Family Movie Night.  Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road.  Bring your family and enjoy a movie under the stars! Watch Despicable Me 2 on a 26 ft. portable projector screen. Bring a chair and blanket. Come early and visit with the sponsors. Concessions will be available. Visit the online registration page, and click the REGISTER NOW link to get started.

Friday, May 30th to Saturday, May 31st

Camp In.  7pm-9am.  Science Museum of Richmond.  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. $45 per child, with $5 discount per member child. $20 per adult. Pre-registration is required. To make your reservation, call 804.864.1400.

Saturday, May 31st

Planters Festival.  10am-4pm.  Magnolia Grange, 10020 Iron Bridge Road.  Experience an afternoon of history and take a look at past jobs and crafts of the 19th century. Discover what life was like in the 1860s as you encounter civilian and military living history, period demonstrations and children’s period activities. Food and beverages available from CHSV.

Henricus Family Fun Day.  10am-3pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  Bring the whole family for a day featuring 17th-century life including art projects, Colonial games and role-play activities. Crafts include making paper and Virginia Indian pottery. Activities are ongoing and self-paced. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required.   Fee.

Happy Birthday Patrick Henry.  10am-5pm.  Scotchtown.  In 1736, Patrick Henry, the “Voice of the American Revolution” was born at Studley Plantation in eastern HenricoCounty.  All guest admissions are discounted to $5 for the day and there will be cake, ice cream and special games for the children.

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 or call 804.464.8190.

Robots and Mud Pies Preschool Open House.  1pm-3pm.  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.

Sunday, June 1st

Open Studio Sundays.  Noon-4pm.  VirginiaMuseum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Go by the studios anytime between Noon and 4 pm to enjoy “make-it, take-it” art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project offered every month, with assistance from VMFA volunteers! (For groups of eight or more children, please email  Free, no registration required

Art in the Afternoon.  1pm-4pm.  Walkerton Tavern, Henrico County.  Enjoy unique art and history exhibits on display in four historic sites along Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Displays will be located at the Virginia Randolph Museum, Walkerton Tavern, The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and Meadow Farm. A drawing will be held to give away unique door prizes created by local artisans. Free.

Reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention and Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”.  1pm-3pm.  St. John’sChurch.   1:15 pm — Doors open.  Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.  1:30 pm — Music program.  1:45 pm — Reenactment begins.  This event is also FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00.  Reservations are available for groups of ten or more for fee of $5 per person, up to 100 reserved seats.

June 1st, June 3rd, and June 7th

Battle of Cold Harbor Sesquicentennial Commemoration.  Cold Harbor Battlefield.