September 15th – 21st

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Pandas: The Journey Home.  SMV Dome.  Meet the pandas at China’s Wolong Panda Center and learn more about the team dedicated to securing the future population of pandas.

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, September 15th

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.

Baby Care for Adoptive Parents Session 1. 6:30pm. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Tuesday, September 16th

Young @ Art: I Am an Artist.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Art Education Center.  For Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Explore the meaning of artistic expression while creating imaginative masterpieces inspired by artwork in the galleries.  Fee.

School Anxiety Solutions (for Parents/ Caregivers of Children Ages 4-11) 6:30pm.  CMoR Short Pump.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Wednesday, September 17th

Young @ Art: I Am an Artist.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Art Education Center.  For Ages 2 ½ – 5.  Explore the meaning of artistic expression while creating imaginative masterpieces inspired by artwork in the galleries.  Fee.

Drop in and Dig!  1pm.  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.

Thursday, September  18th

Words That Work with Teens (for Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 11-18): Noon. CMoR Short Pump.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

The Robot Planet’s, The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth.  7:30pm.  University of Richmond, Alice Jepson Theatre.  A live action graphic novel that mashes up comic book and radio play formats into a one of a kind theatrical performance.  Fee.

Thursday, September  18th – Monday, September 22nd
Disney On Ice presents Frozen.  Richmond Coliseum.  Visit the website for show times and fees.
Thursday September 18th – Saturday, September 27th

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment Sale.  Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, 1354 Gaskins Road, Richmond 23238  (between Kroger & Hallmark).
Thursday Sept. 18 … 10a to 8p
Friday Sept. 19 … 10a to 4p
Saturday Sept. 20 … 9a to 4p
Sunday Sept. 21 … 12 to 5p
Monday Sept. 22 … CLOSED
Tuesday Sept. 23 … 10a to 4p
Wednesday Sept. 24 … 10a to 8p (25% off marked items)
Thursday Sept. 25 … 10a to 4p (25% off marked items)
Friday Sept. 26 … 10a to 8p (50% off marked items)
Saturday Sept. 27 … 9a to 2p (50% off marked items)

Friday, September 19th

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.  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.   Spend an evening in the Museum! Explore three floors of interactive exhibits and see a special presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey in The Dome at 8:30 pm. Before the movie, take a look at how closely predictions about the future come to our current space technologies in Science After Dark: 2014: A Space Perspective at 6:30 pm. Fifteen minutes after sunset, weather permitting, share telescopes with Richmond Astronomical Society members.  Free with admission.

Generation Z ‐ Water Games!  6pm‐8pm.  Deep Run Rec. Center.  For ages 6‐12. Drop your kids off for an evening of fun. Parents or
legal guardians must sign a liability waiver provided on site at the time of drop off. Space is limited to the first 50 children.  Come prepared to get drenched in a night filled with water‐ themed games, relays, and activities! Information: 290‐0305.  Free.

Family Weekend Concert.  7:30pm.   University of Richmond, Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music.  Free.

Friday, September 19th – Saturday, September 20th

NEW! Family Camp-Out: Creatures of the James.  6pm.  Maymont Grounds.  The James River and its surrounding habitats are home to many amazing animals! Take an evening hike through the estate in search of native nocturnal creatures, and meet a few of Maymont’s own animal ambassadors. Afterwards, we’ll make s’mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont’s grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and take a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must register for every four children. Register online by September 17. Participants will receive more information prior to the program.  Fee.

Friday, September 19th – Sunday, September 21st

Field Day of the Past.  Goochland County.  Historical displays and demonstrations, re-enactments, tractor and truck pulls, small engine displays, arts and crafts, flea market, antique and modern construction equipment demonstrations, a log cabin with a heritage craft area, and historic buildings. Volunteers demonstrate the daily routines of the life of a family surviving in rural Virginia which include wheat and peanut threshing, meat smoking, sorgum molasses making, washing clothes, canning, saw milling, and more.  Permanent exhibits include a working United States Post Office, a 1930s grocery store and a 1930s garage, fire lookout tower, blacksmith shop, woodwright shop,canning kitchen, ice house, gold mining equipment, corn crib, Log Cabin, Pullman railroad car, caboose, and engine buildings and our Educational Buildings filled with rotating and permanent displays and exhibits.

Saturday, September 20th

Christ Church Kid’s Consignmen​t Sale.   Christ Church Episcopal Church, 5000 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059.  Find great deals on high quality kids clothes, toys, bikes, baby equipment, books, Holiday Dresses, Fall/Winter clothes, Outerwear, dance/gymnastics clothes, shoes, games, DVDs, electronics, strollers, furniture and so much more for ages 0-14! All sale proceeds go to Church Mission Trips.
Sat Sept 20 from 7:30am -12:30pm
Sat Sept 20 1/2 price sale 1-4pm

SAMON Everything for Kids Yard Sale.  8AM – 11AM.  Manchester Middle School.

Boot Camp for New Dads.  9am-Noon.  Locations vary.  Delivered by First Things First of Greater Richmond.  A 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.  Fee.

Glen Allen Day.  9:30am‐3pm. Meadow Farm/Crump Park.  The Glen Allen Ruritan Club in association with Henrico Recreation and
Parks will host Glen Allen Day, one of Henrico County’s largest outdoor festivals! The festivities kick off with a parade at 9:30am on Mountain Road.  Activities in the park include balloon animals by Miss Sheri the Clown, a petting zoo, airbrush designs, Henrico County Public Library Mobile Library, arts, crafts and business fair, and local musicians. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, visit or call the Glen Allen Ruritan Club hotline at 257‐9605.  Free.

VCU Broad Street Mile.  10am-2pm.  Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Meadow Street.  A community festival with five themed one-mile fun runs and a (NEW!) 5K. One of the themed runs is a Kids Mile.  Prices are low for both the one-mile and 5K options, but kids five years old and under are FREE!  The festival area will also feature games, face painting, inflatables and many more fun activities for kids to enjoy.

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 – Hispanic American Heritage. Free.

Curious George Storytime.  1pm.  Barnes and Noble Chesterfield.  It’s Curious George’s Curiosity Day. Let’s celebrate our favorite mischievous monkey with stories, activities and giveaways.  Free.

Open House Arts Sampler.  3pm‐5pm.  Deep Run Rec. Center.  For all ages. Deep Run is magically transformsinto an artist’s paradise for a single afternoon! Enjoy a gallery exhibit and bring a friend to try your hand at projects like mosaics, origami, bead making, and fiber arts! Information: 270‐2161.  Free.

Agriculture in the Classroom Stampede 5K and Kids Run. 4pm-7pm.  West Creek Business Park, located at 12580 West Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA 23238.   The Stampede 5K benefits the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Your participation will help to provide Virginia educators with great training, lessons and classroom resources. Come out and enjoy the race and after party with Center of the Universe, music and much more!

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 our 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)

Sunday, September 21st

diggityFEST.  Noon-5pm.  Westchester Commons.   t is the only music festival in Central Virginia that features the best in family-friendly entertainment and it’s all FREE. This year’s line up includes GRAMMY nominated, Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players, The Diggity Dudes, Steven Courtney & The Suitcase Musicians, Hope Harris and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights.  Enjoy hands-on activities, a Kid’s Zone, roving entertainment, an information fair and plenty of food and drink from area restaurants. You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5 for a bracelet for your child to participate in the Kid’s Zone: an area filled with unlimited games, activities and jumping! All donations and proceeds benefit Connor’s Heroes and our programs providing support to area children with cancer. The event happens rain or shine.