August 11th – 17th

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kids runningToday – August 11th

The Redskins are in Richmond.  Check out the details on how to visit the Training Camp.

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.  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!  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  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. Free with garden admission.

Monday, August 11th

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, August 12th

Young @ Art: Land, Sea, and Sky.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Capture the warmth of the season through reflective seascapes, movement-filled landscapes, and summer nightscapes.  Fee.

Short Pump Pals Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall.  A Kids club for children 6 an under.  This month – An interactive pretzel rolling class with hosts from Auntie Anne’s. Free.

Tuesday, August 12th and Wednesday, August 13th

Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2.  10am.  Regal Virginia Center Stadium, Regal Commonwealth Center Stadium, Regal Westchester Commons Stadium, Regal Short Pump Stadium.  Seating on a first come-first served basis.  Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is only $1.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  10am.  Movieland at Boulevard Square.  FREE KIDS SUMMER FILM SERIES.  Seating limited to theater capacity; tickets issued on a first come-first served basis. Films and schedules subject to change without notice.   Seating Starts at 9am.  Free Admission.

“Emma and George Days”.  9am-Noon.  Weston Plantation, 400 Weston Lane, Hopewell, VA 23860,  Sponsored by The Historic Hopewell Foundation.   Named for Emma and George–children who lived at Weston Plantation during the last days of the Civil War–is a two-day learning event for children ages 8-12. Through activities, exploration, crafts and games, students gain an appreciation for history and life in a time long past. Snacks are provided. Space is limited so call today to sign up! (804) 458-4682.  The cost is $30.00 per child.

Wednesday, August 13th

Drop in and Dig!  9am.  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. Free with Garden admission.

Mommy and 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. This month – The Diggity Dudes. Free.

Young @ Art: Land, Sea, and Sky.  10am-11am.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Capture the warmth of the season through reflective seascapes, movement-filled landscapes, and summer nightscapes.  Fee.

Little Kids, Big Questions (Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 2 to 5 yrs).  Noon.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Thursday, August 14th

Meet the Critters.  12:30pm-3:30pm.  Meadow Farm Museum.  Meadow Farm has various farm animals. Get to know them individually as outdoor tours focus on a different animal each week. Enjoy a hands-on activity related to that animal when you visit.  Free.

Families After 5.  5pm-9pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  Enjoy Flowers After 5 with the family and special events for kids in the Children’s Garden.  Listen to story books, garden, participate in walkabouts and have good, green fun. Featured activities will rotate based on the Children’s Garden monthly seasonal themes.  WaterPlay will remain open until 8pm.  Fee, free for members.

Parenting the Anxious Child.  6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Friday, August 15th

Good Green Fun.  11am.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Families with children of all ages are invited to spend some time in the Children’s Garden listening to story books, gardening, participating in walkabouts and having good green fun. Featured activities will rotate based on the Children’s Garden monthly seasonal themes.  Free with Garden admission.

No Batteries Required-19th Century Games.  12:30pm-3:30pm.  Meadow Farm Museum. Historically boys and girls were expected to play different games. Learn what was appropriate for each of them and join in as we all play traditional 19th-century games.  For Ages 5+.  Free.

Target Night.  5pm-7:30pm.    Children’s Museum of Richmond – 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: Monster Edition.  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Create your own slime, watch a heart dissection and explore exciting live science activities. See a special presentation of Bride of Frankenstein in The Dome at 8:30 pm. Discover the search for movie monsters that are more than science fiction in Science After Dark: Space Movie Monsters at 6:30. Fifteen minutes after sunset, weather permitting, share telescopes with Richmond Astronomical Society members. Fee.

Concert in the Park.  5:30pm-9:30pm.  Pole Green Park, 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.  The list of performers include: Samson Trinh & The Upper East Side Band, SPARC and Happy Hill Gang.  Family Friendly.  Free.

Saturday, August 16th

John Deere Day of Play.   9am-1pm.  11053 Leadbetter Rd., Ashland, VA 23005.   An agriculture-geared festival for families. There will be giveaways, big sales, toys to test drive, a moon bounce, petting zoo, as well as lots of agriculture related educational activities and a free cookout. The goal is to  get as many kids out as possible to teach them about the importance of the agriculture industry in Virginia and share the passion with them.  All attendees must register at  to keep an accurate headcount for food.

Stories at the Museum. 11am-Noon. Virginia Historical Society. Special educator-led readings of children’s history books and a make-it-and-take-it craft activity related to the text. Open to all ages. This month – Fun Virginia Tales. Free.

Romp n’ Roll West End Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  9677 W Broad Street, Glen Allen VA 23060.  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 energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll! No need to be a member; register by calling 804-249-5001. ($20 for one child, $35 for two children, $40 for three children; no discounts apply, children must be siblings to qualify for pricing).

Richmond Kickers Game.  7pm.  City Stadium.  Fee.

Sunday, August 17th

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.