December 29th – January 4th

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Today – Jan 3rd

Illuminate Light Show.   Nightly 5:30pm – 10:00pm.   The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.  A dazzling 1.5 mile drive-through synchronized light show. Guests will turn their radio to a special frequency and watch as the lights dance along with the music.  Open rain or shine, including all holidays.  Fee.

Christmas Model Train Display.   Huguenot Village Shopping Center located at the intersection of Robious and Huguenot Roads.  The River City 3 Railers will operate their annual holiday model train display.  Trains will operate on a 19 foot X 32 foot “O” gauge modular layout every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through January 3. Hours of operation will be 4 – 8 PM Fridays, 8 AM – 8 PM Saturdays, and 9 AM – 7 PM Sundays. Free.

Today – Jan 4th

Mindbender.  Science Museum of Virginia.

Stony Point Fashion Park Mall Skating Rink & RVA on Ice.  Enjoy Ice Skating with the family.

Today – Jan 11th

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  Check out our review here)

Today – Jan 12th

Dominion GardenFest of Lights 2014.   Nightly 5 – 10 p.m. (closed Dec. 24 & 25).  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  Holiday tradition features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Visit often to fully experience Dominion GardenFest of Lights — the region’s ultimate holiday extravaganza!   Dominion GardenFest of Lights is a “rain or shine” event and is only closed for extreme inclement weather.  Fee.

Monday, December 29th

Checkout  a RVA Winter Puppetfest Show. 11am and 2pm: Galapagos George.  Richmond Triangle Players Theatre.  Tickets are $10.

Teen Food Challenge.  10am.  Twin Hickory Library.  Do you love to watch reality cooking shows? Do you want to show off your culinary knowledge and skills (or learn some)? Then this is for you! Be a member of one of three teams whose challenge is to develop a recipe and prepare the dish within 40 minutes — with ingredients we will only reveal to you at the competition! All teams will make a presentation to a judging panel (librarians), explaining the preparation steps, serving size, food safety concerns, nutrition value and cost of the dish. You will learn new skills and a ton of stuff about food. We will also make sure you get plenty of snacks so you don’t go hungry while you cook. Kristina Yager, a 4-H Youth Development Agent and representative of the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Henrico County Office, will be leading the challenge. If you have any food allergies or concerns, please call Adrienne Minock at 804-290-9200 x5 when you sign up.  Registration required.

Monday, December 29th and Tuesday, December 30th

Fruitcake Science.  Science Museum of Virginia. During this quirky, annual holiday event, the Museum will conduct unconventional experiments on everyone’s least favorite holiday treat, the fruitcake. Guests are invited to share their hypothesis, observe the results and those who are brave enough can put their taste buds to the test by sampling fruitcakes in the Museum’s Boost! kitchen. Other special activities include a testing a fruitcake-themed Newton’s cradle and dropping a fruitcake from a 5-story stairwell. Fruitcake Science is included with exhibit admission. Tickets are $11 with $1 discounts for ages 4-12 and 60+.

Tuesday, December 30th

Checkout a RVA Winter Puppetfest Show. 11am, 2pm, & a special 7pm Pajama Party Performance: Dreamtime.  Richmond Triangle Players Theatre.  Tickets are $10.

Marvel Comics Movie.  1:30pm.  Glen Allen Library.  Watch the second movie in the Thor series during Winter Break. Movie gift card at the screening. Wear something Marvel Comics-related, and you will get an extra entry into this contest! Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Glen Allen Branch Library. For teens and tweens.  Free.

Gingerbread Party.  2pm.  Dumbarton Library.  Decorate a giant gingerbread house for the library and make your own house to take home.  Free.

MOVIE SING-A-LONG IN YOUR PAJAMAS.  2pm.  Twin Hickory Library.  The Northwest Teen Advisory Board and the Friends of Twin Hickory Library invite you to come to the library in your pajamas to sing-a-long to a 2013 movie inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen! Watch in the comfort of your pajamas (you can even bring a pillow or blanky) and sing your heart out with your friends! We will have some snacks, but you are welcome to bring your own. Open to children 9 and younger with an adult. Ages 10-18 can attend on their own.  Free.

Wednesday, December 31st

Noon Year’s Eve.  10am-1pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Watch the ball drop, and see 2,015 bouncy balls released at the strike of noon! Enjoy a juice toast, make your own noisemaker, launch ping pong balls with liquid nitrogen, construct a geodesic globe and much more.   Free with museum admission.

Happy Noon Year.  11am.  Tuckahoe Library.  Ring in the new year a little early with fun activities for everyone. Sponsored by The Friends of Tuckahoe Library.  Free.

New Year’s Eve Family Frolic 2pm.  Fun for all ages!  Live concert by the Ululating Mummies, Continuing the “Rolling in the New Year’s” tradition of rolling down the hill to the Rose Garden (weather permitting), Photo opportunities with the Garden Keeper & the Butterfly Fairy — bring your cameras!  Make your own New Year’s party hat, Write your wish for 2015 and add it to the “wishing chain”, Trains in classroom II in the Kelly Education Center & in the Conservatory.  All activities included with regular Garden admission.

New Year’s Eve Youth Lock-In! The Perfect Place for Your Teens to Ring in the New Year, at the Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. Unlimited go kart racing, games, contests, raffles, and food, on December 31, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.   Open to teens, Grades 7 – 12. $40 per person pre-registration fee by December 20, and $50 per person at the door. Space is limited!

Thursday, January 1st  

Kid Friendly First Day Hikes.  Let the beginning of 2015 be a breath of fresh air! The First Day Hike will be a great chance to start the year on the right foot with some healthy, wholesome fun for the whole family.  Free.

Friday, January 2nd

Checkout a RVA Winter Puppetfest Show.  11am and 2pm: Little Red & the Gingerbread Man.  Richmond Triangle Players Theatre.  Tickets are $10.

Holiday Break Movie Matinee.  2pm.  Tuckahoe Library.  After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Refreshments served. For teens and tweens.

Engineering Kids Day Out.  2pm-4pm.   Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.   Dragster Racing!  Learn about mechanical engineering and aerodynamics as you build and test your own dragster. Racing is not for the faint of heart as these dragsters can zip at speeds up to 30mph! Drivers will get to take home their dragsters.

Candy Bingo. 5:30pm. Sweet Spot, West Broad Village. Bring you friends and family for a fun night at Sweet Spot. All ages are welcome. To reserve your spot, call 360-7768.

Saturday, January 3rd

ChinaFest! Year of the Wood Sheep.  11am-3pm.  Virginia Fine Arts Museum.   Celebrate longevity, the New Year, and treasures from the Forbidden City while exploring Chinese culture. Participate in a LEGO® reproduction of the Imperial Palace nine dragon screen and nine imperial treasure-making activities. Take in nine Chinese animated films for children, breathe and stretch with Project Yoga Richmond, and be amazed by martial arts demonstrations. Also discover the Legend of the Chinese Dragon as Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion Team XXL brings this folk tale to life through the magic of dance.  Free, no registration required. Entry to the Forbidden City Exhibition not included.

Checkout a RVA Winter Puppetfest Show.  11am and 2pm: Squirrel Stole My Underpants!  Richmond Triangle Players Theatre.  Tickets are $10.

Engineering Kids Day Out.  2pm-4pm.  Engineering For Kids of Central VA, Glen Allen Learning Center, 1586 Mountain Road.   Roaring Rockets – What rocket designs enable a rocket to fly the greatest distance? The most accurately? Find out as you design and build rockets that can travel over 50 feet! All aerospace engineers will take home their rockets.  Fee.

Sunday, January 4th

Harlem Globetrotters “Washington Generals’ Revenge” World Tour.  3pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.