May 4th – 10th

happy mothers' dayAll Month

Wicked Plants. Science Museum of Virginia. Wicked Plants unearths 75 poisonous, carnivorous and diabolical plants inside of a dilapidated, Victorian home. Guests traverse through each room to uncover the biochemical, physical and neurological processes between botanicals and the human body. Free with museum admission. Through Sunday, May 17th.

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!

Today – Friday, May 8th

Clothesline Children’s West End Spring Consignment Sale. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center, 1354 Gaskins Road (between Kroger & Hallmark), Richmond 23238. You’ll find children’s clothing (newborn through juniors/teens, boutique clothing, maternity wear, shoes, accessories, baby equipment & gear, strollers, nursery decor & furniture, diaper & feeding supplies, books, electronics, and toys!
Friday May 1 … 9a to 8p
Saturday May 2 … 9a to 3p
Sunday May 3 … 12 to 5p
Monday May 4 … CLOSED
Tuesday May 5 … 9a to 8p (25% off marked items)
Wednesday May 6 … 10a to 4p (25% off marked items)
Thursday May 7 … 9a to 8p (50% off marked items)
Friday May 8 …. 10a to 4p (50% off marked items)

Today – May 10th

SPARC Presents The Music Man Junior.  Show times vary.  2106-A North Hamilton Street.  Richmond’s finest young performers bring THE MUSIC MAN JR. to life in this 60-minute production of the classic musical comedy.

Monday, May 4th

KRAFTY KIDS. 3:30pm. Glen Allen Library. Make a special Mother’s Day craft. Early Elementary (5-9 years), Preschool (3-5 years) Free.

Star Wars Bingo. 3:30pm. Dumbarton Area Library. Play bingo using Star Wars characters. Come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars character and win cool books. May the fourth be with you! Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. For more information call 290-9400. Free.

Special Needs Night at Sky Zone.  5pm-6pm.  SkyZone Richmond Indoor Trampoline Park , 1345 Carmia Way.  Sky Zone will turn off the music and dial down the distractions for the comfort of our extra special jumpers. They welcome children and adults with special needs and their siblings, family and friends to jump for a 60 minute session. Fee.

Tuesday, May 5th

Kids Club.  9:30am-10:30am.  Chesterfield Towne Center  in the food court.  Join radio sponsor  93.1 ”The Wolf”  for plenty of fun and light refreshments.  Free.

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

Cinco de Mayo. 3:30pm. Dumbarton Library. For ages 5-11. Enjoy crafts, games, and even a fun dance lesson. Space is limited. Groups please call in advance. Free.

RVA Parent’s Forum – STRESS: Testing the Limits 6pm. Children’s Museum of Richmond- Short Pump.  Parents will learn strategies on how to help their children manage test-taking anxiety along with common sense methods to reduce stress.  Fee.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).  7pm-9pm.  Maymont Carriage House Lawn.  Presented by Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare.   A madcap trio of ambitious prop-laden actors weave their wicked way through Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter! Funding provided by The E. Rhodes & Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.  Free admission.

Wednesday, May 6th

Mad Science in Lab Workshop. 10am to 11am. Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook. 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 the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

Young @ Art: Artsy Animals.  11am-Noon.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 2 ½ – 5.  Investigate animal characteristics and habitats while you paint, sculpt, and draw your way through the animal kingdom.  Fee.

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.

Thursday, May 7th

Mad Science Preschool Workshop. 10am to 10:40am. Mad Science Lab in Innsbrook. 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 the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

MAASAI CULTURE AND BEADING WORKSHOP. 4pm. Fairfield Library. Join guests Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko and his wife Cicilia Seleyian in connection with the Global Outreach for Humanity Foundation, as they deliver a talk on life in Kenya and the Maasai culture. To add to the excitement, there will also be an opportunity for elementary and middle school students to learn African bead making. All ages are welcome. The beading activity will be limited to the first 12 participants.

The Life of an Object.   4:15pm – 6 pm (3 sessions Thursdays, May 7, 14, 21) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 9 – 12.  Enjoy this exciting mixed media and sculpture class that focuses on form and function! Design a Joseph Cornell-inspired memory box, and learn to create and solve your own artistic challenges.  Fee.

Express Yourself! 4:15pm – 6pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Learn about the abstract expressionist movement and make your mark by creating your own action paintings.  Fee.

Parenting Class: Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten.  6:30pm – 8pm.   Children’s Museum of Richmond – Short Pump.   Many parents struggle with the important decision of when to send their child on to formal education. Getting it right can determine how well your child performs for the next 12 years and beyond. This class looks at readiness signs on all levels of development from social and emotional to cognitive as well as gender differences.  Fee.

Friday, May 8th

Life in Paris.  5pm – 6:30pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center.  Ages: up to age 17.  Still life objects inspired by special exhibition Van Gogh, Manet, & Matisse: The Art of the Flower.  Fee.

Mad Science Parents Night Out. 6pm to 10pm. Want to get out without bringing the kids too? Enjoy a nice night out while Mad Science entertains your kids. But beware, they may be having so much fun they don’t’ want to go back! The night will include pizza, a fun science activity, take home activities (slime and more), games, and a fun movie! The cost is $30 per child ($25 for additional siblings). Grades K – 5. Check the website for the list of scheduled topics and to register.

Saturday, May 9th

RAMOM Everything For Kids Sale. 8am-11am. Chickahominy Middle School in Mechanicsville. A sale by moms of multiples. CASH and Credit (MC and Visa) 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.

Mother’s Day Planter. 10am. Local Lowes stores.  Be sure to register your child to build this project for Mother’s Day. Registration required.  Free.

Looney Toons Takeover!  10am-4pm.  CMoR Central.  A special screening of The Looney Tunes Show, starring the world’s most famous cast of animated characters.  Story Times in the Playhouse, Special floor activities, Bugs&Daffy meet and greets and – of course – our good-time prizewheel for all sorts of Looney Tunes giveaways!  Free with museum admission.

Movin’ and Groovin’ Musical Playdate!   10am-10:40am.  Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive.  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! Ages 0-7 years, with a parent. Advance registration required. $10/child.

Second Saturdays with The Story Lady. 1pm. Barnes & Noble-Chesterfield Towne Center. Children’s storyteller and author, Ali Pfautz, aka The Story Lady, will entertain little ones with interactive tales and songs. Come join the wiggling, giggling fun! Free.

Foster Parent Orientation. 6pm-7pm. Virginia Baptist Resource Center, 2828 Emerywood Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. Could you help serve children in need of a loving and caring home? Please join HopeTree Foster Care to learn more about how your family can become a foster family. Call (804) 201-9006 or email for more information. Free.

Sunday, May 10th