May 25th – 31st

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All Month

A Million BloomsButterflies LIVE! and WaterPlay. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Fee with Garden Admission.  Enter our Giveaway to see it all for FREE.

Pick Your Own Strawberries!  Great Family Fun!

Monday, May 25th

Memorial Day FREE for Military Personnel. 9am-5pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. On Monday, May 25 (only) the Garden will offer FREE admission for military personnel and/or their dependents, with valid military ID card. Anyone else in the party (non-dependents) can receive half-price admission. Also on this day, military personnel can enjoy a 10% discount in the Garden Shop and a 15% discount in the Garden Café (excludes alcohol).

Mad Science Holiday Camp.  9am-4pm.  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! We hold full day camps on many school holidays. Holiday camps run from 9 AM to 4 PM for children in grades 1 to 6. Holiday camps let your kids participate in a variety of science projects and activates. We also include a movie and snack. You should pack a lunch for your child. The cost is $50 with before and after care being offered for $10. Check out our website for the list of scheduled camps and to register.

Sandston Memorial Day Parade.  1:30pm – 2:30pm.  Sandston, 11 JB Finley Street, Henrico.  The American Legion Posts 242 and 144 are hosting the 7th Annual Sandston Memorial Day Parade on Williamsburg Road. This year’s parade theme is Honoring Korean War Veterans. Prior to the parade, a memorial service will be held at Seven Pines National Cemetery at noon. These events are to acknowledge and honor our veterans, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Information: or

Tuesday, May 26th

TEEN WRITERS’ GUILD. 6pm. Twin Hickory Library. Teens in 6th through 12th grade are invited to join the writing group and learn about fiction writing and poetry through collaboration with other teen writers. For Middle Schoolers (11-14 years) and High Schoolers (14-18 years). Free.

Adoptive Parenting Class – Part 2.  6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.

Wednesday, May 27th

Drop-in and Dig! 2pm-3pm.  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. So join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!  Fee.

Friday, May 29th

Historic St. John’s Church Hosts Home school Day In Celebration of Patrick Henry’s Birthday!   10am-4pm.  St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond.  Historic St. John’s Church Hosts Home school Day In Celebration of Patrick Henry’s Birthday!  Homeschool Day is designed especially for homeschooling families – or any family seeking a fun day out!  Fee.

Robotics using LEGO® EV3 robots. 6pm-8pm. Engineering for Kids, 1586 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060.  For ages 8-12. During this workshop robotics engineers will work on building and programming Gyro Boy; a robot that uses a gyro sensor to balance itself as it rolls along a surface much like a Segway. The gyro sensor uses the same technology that smart phones use to orient the pictures either landscape or portrait.

Friday, May 29th – Saturday, May 30th

Family Camp-Out: A Night Under the Stars.  6pm.  Maymont Grounds.  Using stars as our guide, we’ll explore how humans and animals alike have navigated the world during this overnight camping adventure. Learn some map and compass skills while on a scavenger hunt, then as the sun sets explore the lives of animals that migrate thousands of miles a year. 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; all participants must register. Participants will be sent more information prior to the program. Register online by May 27.

Science Museum of Virginia Camp In.  6:00pm to 9:00am.  Camp In guests will be seeing stars in this astronomy-themed sleepover! Create constellations, partake in a flashlight scavenger hunt, learn their galactic address and journey into the Dome to learn the Secrets of the Sun and experience our Violent Universe. Camp In activities fulfill SOL and scout badge requirements. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required.

Saturday, May 30th

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.

Open Build and Discover. 9am-11am. For ages 4-7. Engineering for Kids, 1586 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060.  During the Open Build and Discover, children will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of engineering activities in our Learning Center. Some of the choices are our LEGO® table, life size magnet wall, LEGO® car ramp where they can design and race their builds, gear sets, and construction sets. Join us for a morning of fun, discovery, and creative play!

Henricus Family Fun Day – “Field and Garden”. 10am-5pm. Henricus Park. Henricus Historical Park will be showcasing 17th century life in Colonial Virginia from 400 years ago and you are invited to join the fun! Henricus Family Fun Day will include stationed activities, demonstrations, and crafts.

Eppington Plantation Tour.  10am-11am. 14602 Eppes Falls Road, Chesterfield.  Eppington Plantation was a large tobacco plantation built in 1768 by Thomas Jefferson’s brother-in-law, Francis Eppes VI. Experience what plantation life was like in the 1700’s as you tour the house and grounds.  Pre-registration required. Call 804-748-1623 or email $8 per person.

CHINESE PAINTING. 2-5pm. Twin Hickory Library. Registration required. If you have enjoyed the elegant landscapes, flowers and birds of Chinese Painting, here is a chance to learn this classic art form. Under the instruction of artist Shaoqiang Chen, participants will create a simple work with calligraphy strokes, water and ink composition, and contrast. Participants will also gain a better sense of how to appreciate Chinese art works. Register online or call (804)290-9200 x5. Free.

RICHMOND SYMPHONY Family Concert.  7pm.  Pocahontas State Park.  Come early and hear a pre-concert performance by the students of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program beginning at 4:30pm. The concert is free with paid park admission.

Sunday, May 31st

On Stage: A Multi-Cultural Musical Experience.  3pm-5pm.  Maymont Carriage House Lawn.  Diverse performances from River City Taiko and the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums provide a multi-cultural musical experience that will educate and entertain the whole family! Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  Free admission.

2015 Summer “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Reenactment Series.   1:15pm – 2:30pm.  Historic St. John’s Church.  1:15 p.m. Doors open, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, 1:30 p.m. Music program, 1:45 p.m. Reenactment begins Reenactment begins (no admittance after program begins or when church is at capacity).  This event is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5.00. Reservations are available for groups of ten or more for fee of $5 per person, up to 100 reserved seats. Seating is first come, first served. Seat saving will not be permitted. The entire party must be present before seating will take place.  No admittance after the reenactment begins.  This reenactment is not recommended for children under the age of 6. We ask that parents escort restless little delegates outside so that the audience is not disturbed. Purchase tickets at  Street parking is available.