September 22nd – 28th

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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.

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)

Monday, September 22nd

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.

When Time Out Doesn’t Work. 6:30pm. CMoR Short Pump.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Baby Care for Adoptive Parents Session 2. 6:30pm. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Tuesday, September 23rd

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.

When It’s Your Child: Understanding ADHD.  7pm-9:30pm.  CPR office conference room, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.  “What is wrong with this kid?” “Why can’t she just get with the program?” “I’m so tired of bad news from the school!” If this sounds familiar then you have already wondered if your child could have ADD/ADHD. Even if you already know your child has ADHD, this class will help you 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. You will feel informed and more focused in how to proceed after this class.  Fee.

Wednesday, September  24th

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 25th

ADHD: Paths To Success (for Parents/Caregivers of Children Ages 4-11): Noon. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Inside/Out.  4:15pm – 6 pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For Ages 5 – 8.  Explore the collection and observe the architectural and landscape elements found on the museum grounds. While looking outside, make sketches and then turn drawings into watercolor paintings in the studio.  Fee.

Drawing 4:15pm-6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For Ages 9 – 12.  In the galleries, discover artists who use everything from horses to tigers as inspiration. Then practice drawing animals and learn to create forms and the illusion of texture.  Thursdays, Sep 25, Oct 2, Oct 9  (3 sessions).  Fee.

Picnic in the Park.   5:30pm‐8:30pm. Deep Run Park.  Take the night off from making dinner and join us at Deep Run Park for a night of food and music! Purchase delicious foods from local vendors and stay for the musical entertainment, games and camaraderie all nestled in a beautiful park setting.  Information: 270‐2161.  Free.

The Goodnight Story: What New Parents Need to Know about Babies and Sleep. 6:30pm.  St. Mary’s Hospital.   Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Thursday, September 25th – Saturday, October 4th

Threads Fall & Winter Children’s Consignment Sale.  Canterbury Shopping Center, 10616 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23238 (Corner of Patterson & Pump).
Thursday, September 25 • Volunteer Presale & Consignor Presale
Friday, September 26 • 9am-7pm • Public Shopping
Saturday, September 27 • 9am-4pm • Public Shopping
Sunday, September 28 • 11am-4pm • Public Shopping
Monday, September 29th – Friday, October 3rd • Weekday Public Shopping
Saturday, October 4th  50% Off Sale   9am-4pm • Public Shopping

Friday, September 26th – Saturday, September 27th
X-Country Festival.  All Day.  Maymont Grounds.  Maymont is a cross country runner’s dream. From the rolling hills and expansive vistas to picturesque architecture and native wildlife exhibits, the estate is the perfect backdrop for a fall race. With an open 5k, an 8-mile trail run, an elementary school 1-miler, a middle school 3k and a competitive high school invitational, the Maymont X-Country Festival has something for everyone.  Fee.
Friday, September 26th – Sunday. October 5th

2014 State Fair.  The Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047.
Friday, Sept. 26 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 29 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 30 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday,  Oct. 1 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 2 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 3 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4 — 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 5 — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 27th

Brandermill Church Children’s Clothing & Toy Consignment Sale.  8am-11am.  Brandermill Church.  shop for infant to teen clothing, shoes and accessories, books, videos, toys, baby & nursery equipment, bikes, and play equipment. Cash or check accepted.

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.

Movin’ and Groovin’ Musical Playdate. 10am-10:40am. 3041 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, Va 23233. It’s time to dance, play, move, and groove! Come join us as we groove to the (steady) beat with drums, develop physical skills with stop-and-go musical games, encourage social interaction with group circle dances, and enjoy so much more musical fun! It’s learning at it’s finest, because the kids just think it is fun​! Just $10/child, ages 0-7 years. Advance registration and payment required online at

Chester Fest 10am-5pm.   A county fair with arts, crafts, fair food, music, a pie-eating contest, KidsZone and much more.

Mindbender.    Opens at the Science Museum of Virginia.  Enter the wonderfully puzzling world of brainteasers and interactive challenges that are guaranteed to test your brain power! Think outside of the box to complete puzzles and become a member of the Mindbender Society. Can you beat a group challenge? Grab your friends or a stranger to help you complete tasks. As you travel through the mansion, gather hidden clues and secret passwords by solving the puzzles! Look for inspiration from inventors who used problem solving skills to come up with a new solution. Get creative!  Free with museum admission.

Saturday, September 27th – Sunday, September 28th

150th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights and the Campaign Before Richmond.  Henrico County, Virginia.  Relive the Battles! Watch as Confederate and Union soldiers reenact the last battles for control of Richmond, the Capital of the Confederacy. Walk upon the same fields where our ancestors made history 150 years before and experience:  Fierce combat recreated by dedicated reenactors, Presentations from Civil War historians, Live concerts featuring period music, Children’s activities featuring educational games and crafts.

Sunday, September 28th

Fall Concert with The Richmond Concert Band.  5:30pm-7pm.  Agecroft Hall.  The Richmond Concert Band will be performing on Agecroft’s front lawn. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for this special free concert. For more information on the concert, callers can contact the Richmond Concert Band at (804) 737-3767. Free.