September 8th-14th

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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 8th

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, September 9th

Short Pump Pals Meeting.  11am.  Short Pump Mall.  A Kids club for children 6 an under.  This month – Under the Sea will bring the ocean to you! Learn about and visit with live sea creatures like sea snails, sea stars, pufferfish and baby sharks during this interactive visit!. Free.

Make Room for Healthy Media Choices.  6:30pm.  CMoR Central.  Join us to learn six evidence-based tips that will help answer the question:  “Aww, do I have to turn it off?”  With grateful thanks to a local pediatrician for donating her time to teach, we are able to offer seats at $10 per person for this Back-to-School seminar.  Fee.

Wednesday, September 10th

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 – Kurt Stemhagen. Free.

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.

Fighters, Biters, Pushers & Smushers (for Parents/Caregivers of Toddlers): 6:30pm. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!  10:30am & 6:30pm.  John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA.  Fee.
Wednesday, September 10th  – Saturday, September 13th

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment Sale.  Bon Air Community Center, 8725 Quaker Lane, Richmond 23235.  Includes  clothing (preemies through teens/juniors), boutique clothing, maternity wear, shoes, baby equipment & gear, feeding and diaper supplies, nursery decor, bedding, accessories, books, and toys.  Cash, checks, and major credit cards accepted. All sales are final.
Wednesday September 10 …. 9a to 8p
Thursday September 11 …. 9a to 8p
Friday September 12 …. 9a to 8p (25% off marked items)
Saturday September 13 …. 8a to 2p (50% off marked items)

Friday, September 12th

Transitions for the Special Needs Child. Noon. CMoR Central.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Fee.

Saturday, September 13th

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.

Make Binoculars.  10am. Local Lowes Stores.  Pre-registration required. Free.

Celebrate Latin American Art: Colombia!  11am – 3pm.  VMFA Atrium & Sculpture Garden.  Enjoy learning the traditions of Colombian culture by making your own active volcano (inspired by Colombia’s 15 volcanoes), designing and weaving a traditional arhuaca artisan bag, and sculpting a zoomorphic gold figure inspired by VMFA’s Pre-Columbian collection. Children and adults alike can join in the Fight Against Cancer by participating in Nueva Vida’s annual Zumbathon at the event (sign up at in advance or at the event). You’ll also be able to pick up some Cumbia and salsa dance tips.  Free, no registration required.

When Baby Makes Three.  12:30pm.  Delivered by First Things First Greater Richmond.  Fee.

Behind the Scenes.  1pm.  Maymont Nature Center.  Fee.

No More Slooping, Sara Sue! by Ali Pfautz.  1pm.  Barnes and Noble Chesterfield.  Introducing Second Saturday Storytime with Ali Pfautz – the Story Lady! The Story Lady will be joining us every second Saturday of the month for stories, activities and games! For more info on Ali Pfautz visit her website  Free.

Siege of Richmond in 3D.  2pm‐3pm.  Henrico Theatre.  For ages 12+. See and learn about the Civil War in 3D! National Park Service historian Mike Gorman brings his dynamic speaking skills and knowledge of Civil War photography to the big screen. Both familiar and obscure photographs focusing on area battlefields will be investigated in greater detail to illustrate what these photographs tell us
about the war. Information: 652‐3409.  Free.

Where the Wild Things Are Storytime.  2pm.  Barnes and Noble Chesterfield.  Join us for Where the Wild Things Are Storytime. We’re celebrating 50 years of Maurice Sendak’s beloved classic.  Free.

Romp n’ Roll Midlothian Kids Night Out.  6pm-9pm.  11541 Busy Street, Midlothian VA 23236.  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 804-893-3142. ($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 14th

Liberty or Empire? The Virginia Founding Fathers Debate the Constitution.  1pm-2:15pm.  226 years ago, 168 Virginia delegates met in Richmond to debate the merits, and decide the fate, of the US Constitution. Although only nine states were needed to start the new government, if Virginia held out many doubted it would work. Edmund Randolph and James Madison spoke fiercely for the document but the ever formidable Patrick Henry thundered against it. On September 14, interpreters will relive the drama for us from the actual minutes of the debate. You will never again hear oratory like this in American politics.  1:00 pm – Doors open – seating is first-come, first-served.  1:15 pm – Music program begins.  1:30 pm – Reenactment performance begins.  Follow the link to purchase tickets online.  Fee.