October 12th – 19th

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All Month Long-

Plant Spooky.  King Dominion.  On Saturdays and Sundays from September 26 through November 1, bring the little ones to the all-new Planet Spooky for frightful fun and spooky activities the entire family can enjoy together. It’s all fun and no fear. Activities take place each day from 12pm – 5pm.

Where to pick your own pumpkins and apples.  Click the hyperlinks for more details.

Visit the bottom of the page for scary fun all month long…

Today – Saturday, October 18th

Bethia UMC is holding online registration for basketball and cheerleading (ages K5-6th grade).  Registration/Evaluations/Uniform Fittings will take place on October 18 and November 1 from 10-2.  Bethia UMC is hosting a free basketball clinic on Saturday, November 8 from 9-1. This is for boys and girls ages K5-6th grade. This is a faith-based league.

Today – Friday, October 31st

Poe: Secrets of a Spirit.  1:30pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Meet the Edgar Allan Poe you never knew in this dynamic Carpenter Science Theatre Company production.  Available select dates.   Fee.

Thursdays, October 2nd thru December 4th 2014

A Fresh Start For Single Mothers And Their Children.  Thursday Evenings From 6:00pm -8:00pm.   Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road, Henrico, Virginia 23233.  Other locations are available.  Attention Single Mothers!  A Fresh Start Is Designed To Accept, Support and Empower Single Mothers In Their Daily Lives.   Some topics covered:  Managing Your Budget, Health and Wellness / Stress Management, Effective Employment & Interviewing Strategies, Domestic Violence Awareness/ Child Protection, Parenting On Your Own / Keeping Family Traditions, Car Care Essentials, Beauty Out Of Ashes and much more.  Dinner And Childcare / Youth / Teen Mentoring.  All Are Provided At No Cost.  Weekly meetings consist of dinner for mothers/dinner and snacks for kids, informational guest speaker and small group discussion time, fellowship and fun!  Free Goodies and prizes for the moms to take home each week!!  Visit the website for registration information.  For questions contact info@whatsnextfreshstart.org.

Today – Sunday, November 9th

Charlotte’s Web!  Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Visit the website for show times and fees.

Monday, October 13th

Mad Science Holiday Camp. 9am-4pm.  Mad Science Laboratory, 5500 Cox Road, Suite H, Glen Allen VA 23060.  Kids at home and bored on those three day weekends? Everyone else off work except for you? Drop the kids off for a day of camp at the Mad Science Lab! For children in grades 1 to 6. Holiday camps let your kids participate in a variety of science projects and activities. They also include a movie and snack. Pack a a lunch for your child. The cost is $50 with before and after care being offered for $10. Check out the website for the list of scheduled camps and to register.

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.

Haunting Tales and Tours.  3:30pm.  The unique tour of Edgewood, Berkeley & Shirley Plantations will give an insight on the spirits and mysteries of these three historic homes in Charles City, VA.  Hear the haunting tales of the paranormal activities at each site.  Reservations required.  Fee.

Tuesday, October 14th

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.

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  Fee.

Bullying: Should Parents Step In? 6pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.

123 Magic and The Preschooler.  7-9:30pm.  CPR Office, 8500 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.    Perhaps the greatest task of the parent of a child 2-6 is understanding what a preschooler is; what’s normal; what’s not. And the second most important task is to learn how to get and keep that child’s attention in an appropriate manner. This class will provide the parent with a much greater insight to the emerging skills of a young child; how to set appropriate expectations and how to engage with the child in a manner that encourages calm in your home. 123 Magic is a simple behavior management tool that provides a consistent and firm but loving means of managing the preschool “drama”.  Fee.

Wednesday, October 15th

Mad Science in Lab Workshop. 10am-11am. Mad Science Laboratory, 5500 Cox Road, Suite H, Glen Allen VA 23060. Science workshops will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month for Elementary age students. These workshops are perfect for homeschoolers. Workshops are $10 each, last approximately 60 minutes and include a take home science activity. Check out the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine!  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.

Wednesdays, Oct 15, 22, 29  (3 sessions)

Selfie Studio.  4:30pm-6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Meet in the Pauley Center Lobby.  Expand your creativity while shrinking your art . . . literally! Combine portraiture with Shrinky Dinks® art, photography, and graphic design — a mixed-media studio class all about you.  Fee.

Thursday, October 16th

Great Grandparents! 10am. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.

Mad Science Preschool Workshop. 10am to 10:40am.  Mad Science Laboratory, 5500 Cox Road, Suite H, Glen Allen VA 23060.  Science preschool workshops will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month for Preschool age students. Preschool workshops are $7 each, last approximately 40 minutes and include a take home science activity. Check out the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.  Fee.

2D or Not 2D?  4:15pm-6pm.   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. For ages 5 – 8.  Investigate different textures and materials in 2D and 3D works of abstract art. With everyday materials, build your own abstract form and then apply various textures for added dimension.  Fee.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China.  7:30pm.  Richmond CenterStage.  Presented by the Modlin Center for the Arts.  Performing Cirque Peking.  Fee.

Thursdays, Oct 16, 23, 30  (3 sessions)

Mosaic Design.  4:15pm-6pm.   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.  Learn techniques for making 3D mosaics by creating a flowerpot. Then create “grout blobs,” using sand and cement, for use as stepping stones.  Fee.

Thursday, October 16th – Friday, October 17th

Haunted Henricus: Things that Go Bump In the Night.  7pm-9pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Join us by the fireside and listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows. Light refreshments served. Registration required by October 14 by calling 804-748-1611. Fee.

Friday, October 17th

Target $1 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: GLOW!  5pm-9pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Uncover the dark side of light! Enjoy an evening filled with glow-in-the-dark crafts, games and experiments as you learn about luminescence and phosphorescence. Step into The Dome to uncover how light helps astronomers explore our universe and see for a special showing of Tron at 8 pm. Venture outside to stargaze with the Richmond Astronomical Society or get glowing with black light bowling, Mentos geyser eruptions, jewelry-making, music and more!  Fee.

Sweet Spot Book Club Meeting. 5:30pm. Read Roald Dahl’s creepy book, The Witches and call 360-7768 to reserve a spot for this chilling event. Free.

Friday Night Movie at the Pumpkin Patch.  7pm movie start time.  Tom Leonard’s Outdoor Haybale Theatre, 4150 Tom Leonard Drive, Glen Allen, VA.  Tonight – ‘Disney’s Adventure of Ichabod & Mr Toad’.  Dress Warm, Hot Chocolate, Warm Cider.  Free.

Saturday, October 18th

Free Flu Shots.  9am – 1pm.  St. Francis Watkins Center.  For shorter wait times, complete the required paperwork ahead time by downloading it from watkinsER.com.  Stay flu-free with free flu shots plus character appearances, backpack safety, VEI vision screenings, walk-in screening mammography & raffle.  Free hot dogs and snacks, giveaways and prizes.

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.

Come Trunk or Treat with RichmondMommies. 10 am-12pm. In the parking lot of Grace Covenant Prebyterian Church. There will be pumpkin painting, carnival style games, chili and dessert contests, and cookie decorating. There will be a contest for the best decorated trunk and the best Halloween costume, and donations will be accepted for Safe Harbor. Hosted by RichmondMommies.com.

Henricus Virginia Sketchbook: Art Workshop.  10am-3pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  For ages 12–adult.  An arts and crafts sampler workshop inspired by the landscape and culture of 17th-century Citie of Henricus and of the Virginia Indian village of Arrohateck. Multi-media projects will include life drawings, nature journaling, pottery, and 17th-century paper making. Registration required by October 8 by calling 804-318-8797.  Fee.

Bricktober Build.  Noon-2pm.  Local Toys R Us Stores.  Kids can build & take home their very own LEGO Bat Signal!  Free.

Technology Open House. 2pm-4pm. Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road. Free.

History Lecture Series: Archaeology at Henricus.  4pm-6pm.  Henricus Historical Park.  Join us for a slide show, discussion and site tour featuring current archaeological work to find the original site of the Citie of Henricus. Registration recommended by calling 804-318-8731.  Fee.

The 33rd Annual Midlothian Village Day Festival & Craft Fair.  10am-3pm.   Midlothian Middle School, 13501 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113.  The Festival is a community day filled with fun activities for the whole family. There will be crafters, community booths, games, inflatables, entertainment, food vendors, a raffle and more!

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 – Famous Virginians. Free.

Mid-Lothian Mines Day.  11am-3pm.  Mid-Lothian Mines Park.   Take a guided tour of the park to see the remains of Grove Shaft. Discover how Midlothian got its name, and why Midlothian Turnpike is one of the most important roads in Virginia.  Activities include living-history demonstrations, period music, children’s games and guided walking tours. View a reproduction of the headstock that was part of the coal mining operations and enjoy musical performances at the new amphitheater.  On-site parking available. Event is offered in conjunction with Midlothian Village Day. Visit the website for the time table of events.  Event is free and open to the public.

Harvest Festival.  Noon-4pm.  Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park.   Visit historic 19th-century Meadow Farm to celebrate the fall season with traditional harvest-time activities. Harvest Festival will feature many hands-on activities and demonstrations depicting typical homemaking and farming tasks of the era. Take a wagon ride as you are pulled by a steam driven tractor and then check out the All-American Lumberjack Show! The whole family will enjoy hand-pressing apples to make cider, dipping string into wax to create your own candle, riding a pony, viewing the vintage carriage display, and meeting sheep at the “Children’s Farm.” Be sure to visit the “Great Pumpkin Patch” where children ages 3-12 can pick out their very own pumpkin to take home! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 795-2334.  (Rain date: Sun, Oct 19)

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).  Fee.

Kids Night Out. 6pm-8pm.  Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.  Fee.

Saturday, October 18th & Sunday, October 19th

The Apple Harvest Celebration.   8am-7pm.  EVERY Saturday and Sunday in October.   Carter Mountain Orchard, 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, Charlottesville, VA.  Music, food, hayrides, wine tastings, pumpkins, apple picking, apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, and all things apple.

Sunday, October 19th

Howl-O-Ween. 1pm-3pm. Stony Point Fashion Park. Dress up your family and your dog & join Stony Point Fashion Park for an afternoon of spooky fun. Events include a dog costume contest and family festivities. Family Activities include pumpkin painting, balloon creations, children’s crafts and a special performance by Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion Team XXL.

Give Me Liberty: Speakers and Speeches that Shaped American History.  1:15 pm – 2:30 pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street Richmond, 23223.  Author Christopher Webber tells the stories of fourteen men and women who have eloquently challenged the restrictions on freedom they experienced and played significant roles in expanding the freedom in which Americans and many others live today.

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon.  3pm.  Alice Jepson Theatre. Harold is a curious four-year-old boy who, armed with his trusty purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it. With these powers, he encounters dangerous dragons, embarks on a perilous sea voyage in a trim little boat, takes a hot air balloon ride, and enjoys a nine-pie picnic. This imaginative musical mixes breathtaking animation, inventive puppetry, video projections, and live, original music to bring Harold’s purple-hued world to life. Entertaining adults and children alike, Harold and the Purple Crayon will amaze, delight and captivate, while teaching youngsters that anything is possible with a crayon and a big imagination.

Scary stuff all month long..

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th

Howl-o-Scream.  6pm-10pm.  Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA.  Navigate through Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row™ or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.  Fee.

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 2nd

Halloween Haunt.  King Dominion.  Each weekend night, Kings Dominion transforms into a horror-filled nightmare.  Lots of new attractions for 2014.  From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and can’t wait to experience. Not for anyone under 13.  Fee.

Every Friday and Saturday Night through November 22nd

Petersburg Haunts Tour.  7pm.   Petersburg Courthouse, Petersburg, VA.   Meet at the Courthouse, 7 Courthouse Ave., 15 minutes before the tour starts at 7pm.  Find out why Petersburg is such a “spirited” city and visit some of the town’s most historic buildings. 90 minute tours are led by costumed, lantern-carrying storytellers. 804-943-8635.  Fee.

Most Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through October and a few additional select dates

Creepy Hollow Scream Park.  Opens at 7pm.  Creepy Hollow Scream Park is Richmond’s Ultimate Halloween destination, with more monsters, more frights and more fun! Each night we have well over 50 live actors monsters, incredible animatronics, amazing illusions and acres of screams. Join us for Richmond’s legendary Creepy Hollow Hayride and dare to venture into Scream Forest, the most intense haunt in Virginia! Located just 10 minutes from Short Pump and open select nights in October.804.346.FEAR.

Friday & Saturday nights through November 1st

Eerie Nights Ghost Tour.  8pm & 10pm.  Main Street Side of the 17th Street Farmers Market.  Eerie Nights is a theatrical story telling experience where guides in character, special effects make-up and costume tell you the history and paranormal activity associated with several historical and haunted locations.  Fee.

Saturday nights through October

Ghouls Ghost Tours.  9pm.  A Trolley Tour.  Main Street Side of the 17th Street Farmers Market (with Eerie Nights Tours).  Tours are geared towards a mature audience but families are welcome. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Begins October 3rd

Haunted Evenings.  Ashland Berry Farm.  4 all new haunts: Booger Woods, Morbid Manor, Old Ridge Asylum, and Sinister Sideshow.  Haunted events all month long.  Fee.