October 5th – 11th

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This Month…

Butterflies LIVE! Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Through October 11th.  Free with Garden Admission.  

Pick Your Own Apples or Pumpkins

October Oddities.  10am-2pm.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  October 1st – 31st. Enjoy vignettes designed to provoke a sense of curiosity and wonder using underappreciated oddities of nature and ‘horti-torture.’ Every Saturday in October the Garden presents opportunities to explore “Oddities and Curiosities” in the Children’s Garden.  Refresh your “garden spirit” with displays and activities for all ages.  Free with garden admission.

The Great Pumpkin Fest.  King Dominion.  Families can enjoy Halloween together with a street party of frightful fun including a petting zoo, foam pit, pumpkin painting and more! The Great Pumpkin Fest runs select Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 26 – Oct. 31. Activities are from 12:00pm until 5:00pm.  *The Great Pumpkin Fest is for kids under 54”.  Fee.

Scary Halloween Options and Ghost Tours for bigger kids.

Monday, October 5th

Music & Movement Mondays.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – All Locations.  Activity times vary by location.  Kids can take part in an activity that focuses on music and movement every Monday!  Free with museum admission.

Itsy Bitsy Artists.  10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  Explore your creative side with Miss Lisa.  FREE with admission.

Foster Parent Orientation. 6pm-7pm. HopeTree Foster Care Office, 3309 West Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23831.  Do you have room in your heart and home for a child in need?  Do you want to make a positive difference in the life of a child?  Have you considered becoming a foster parent?  Please join HopeTree Foster Care on October 5th at 6:00 p.m. in Chester to learn more about how your family can become a foster family.  Call (804) 201-9006 or email ShannonU@HopeTreeFS.org for more information.  Free.

First Steps for Fathers (Expectant and New Dads only).  6:30 pm – 8pm.  St. Mary’s Hospital.  New and Expectant dads learn the basic tools they need to care for an infant during the first 3 months of life. Using the Conscious Fathering Program curriculum, this class walks dads through a baby’s typical cycle of care, from feeding to diapering; sleeping to crying. Dad leaves class feeling more confident and capable in the care and nurturing of infants in harmony with mom from the first moments of baby’s life.   Free.

Tuesday, October 6th

Tinker Tuesdays.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – All Locations.  Activity times vary by location.  Kids can take part in an fun Math or Science project every Tuesday!  Free with museum admission.

Time to Sing. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together. Kids will use simple instruments and movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites. FREE with admission.

Weekly Storytime.  11am.  Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall.  Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Family Jump Night.  6pm-8pm.  Pump It Up, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite I, Ashland , VA.  Come play on the giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Family Jump Time, then enjoy a pizza dinner together! Pizzas and 2-liter drinks can be ordered at check-in, and food will be available later in the playtime. Check the calendar for any schedule changes. Fee.

Wednesday, October 7th

Art Workshop Wednesday.   Children’s Museum of Richmond – All Locations.  Activity times vary by location.  Kids can head to the Art Studio for an instructor-led art activity every Wednesday!  Free with museum admission.

Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.

Story Time.  11am.  bbgb tales for kids, 3003 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221.  A local children’s bookstore in Carytown with story time every Wednesday at 11am.

Thursday, October 8th

Thoughtful Thursdays.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – All Locations.  Activity times vary by location.  Kids can take part in an activity that focuses on helping others!  Free with museum admission.

Fit Tots. 10am.   Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown.  It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination.  Free with admission.

Children’s Storytime. 10:30am. Barnes and Noble Short Pump. Every Thursday. On the fourth Thursday of each month, enjoy a special visit from Seymour and the folks from the Children’s Museum. Free.

Children’s Storytime. 11am. Barnes and Noble Chesterfield. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am. Free.

Studio Explorations.  4:15pm – 6 pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 5 – 8.  Get to know the art studio and explore a wide range of materials and tools. Multisensory activities promote creative thinking and learning through experience. Fee.

Friday, October 9th

Fit Fridays.  Children’s Museum of Richmond – All Locations.  Activity times vary by location.  Kids can take part in an activity that focuses on getting fit every Friday!  Free with museum admission.

MOMS Club of Midlothian North Open House. 9:30am – Noon.  Central Baptist Church, 1501 Courthouse Rd, Richmond, VA 23236.  Serving stay-at-home and part-time working moms in zip codes 23113, 23114, 23235, and 23236. The Open House Event will be held at Central Baptist Church (not affiliated). There will be door prizes and fall-themed activities such as games and crafts for all to enjoy! Please bring your children for fun and learn more about being a part of our organization.

Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown.  Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to far away lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books!   Free with admission.

Drawing: Portraits of Pets.  5pm – 6:30 pm.  VMFA, Art Education Center.  For ages 13 – 17.  Apply textures and value to sketches of pets, focusing on the animals’ facial features.  Fee.

Parent’s Night Out.  6:30pm-10:30pm.  Pump It Up, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite I, Ashland , VA.  The kids will be happy with an evening of jumping, games, dinner and a movie! 4-12 years old.  Fee.

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 – ‘The Jetson’s Haunted Halloween’.  Dress Warm, Hot Chocolate, Warm Cider.  Free.
Friday, October 9th – Sunday, October 11th

Richmond Folk Festival.  Riverfront from Second to Seventh streets, including Brown’s Island and Historic Tredegar.  Three days of music, performing arts and food. Free.

Saturday, October 10th

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.

Chick-fil-A Operation Cow Drop RVA.  11am-4pm.  A helicopter will drop 2,500 parachuting Mini-Chick-Fil-A Plush Cows onto a huge Chick-fil-A Cow Target. Be one of the first 2,500 guests at the event to receive a FREE number assigned to a cow! Cows closest to the target will receive Chick-fil-A coupons and a variety of prizes! The Cow Drop will take place at 1:30pm.   Guests will also be treated to a variety of experiences throughout the day! Family friendly entertainment on the main event stage, Kid’s Zone, Fitness Area, Best Buy featuring the latest video games and technology, a Zcar display, Chick-fil-A Sandwiches and other food will be sold, and much more! Some of the features of the day will include a Regal Cinemas Interactive Experience, Princess Greet Area, Chick-fil-A Game Zone, fitness demonstrations and a Richmond Raiders’ Football Area.   Proceeds from the event will benefit the efforts of RIR CARES (The NASCAR Foundation) and the work of Effective Ministries “Schools for Niger”. 501 C (3) Organizations.  The event is open to the public and there is no entry charge. Some Kid Zone activities will have a charge, and Chick-fil-A food and merchandise will be sold.

Second Saturday with The Story Lady.  1pm.  Barnes and Noble-Chesterfield Towne Center. Kids always have a giggly good time with The Story Lady. Join children’s storyteller and author, Ali Pfautz, as she shares stories, songs, and poems. It’s a great afternoon activity for kids of all ages. Free.

Gabriel – Liberty or Death.  1pm.  3400 Mountain Road Glen Allen VA 23060.  Ages 18+. The year was 1800. Gabriel, blacksmith and slave of Thomas Prosser, spearheaded an uprising that would have left hundreds dead in an effort to free all slaves. Walk around the farm to learn his story from living historians portraying Thomas Prosser and Pharoah Sheppard.  Free.

Haunting Tales & Tours.  This unique tour of Edgewood, Berkeley and Shirley Plantations will give an insight of the spirits and mysteries of these three historic homes in Charles City, Virginia.  Hear the haunting tales of the paranormal activities at each site on a progressive tour offered on October 10, 12 & 24 2015.   The tour begins at 2:30 & 3:30 at Shirley Plantation, continue to Berkeley and end at Edgewood.  The cost is $36.00 per person and reservations are required.  To make reservations call Edgewood (804) 829-2962

University of Richmond Football vs. Elon.  3:30pm.  Robins Stadium at the University of Richmond.  It’s the first McDonald’s Spiderlings Kids Club Football game of the season (Kids Club Members FREE) as the University of Richmond Spiders take on Elon at Robins Stadium! Come take part in the festivities, including Bark in the Park (Bring your dog to the game!), Sweet Frog Family Fun Zone, and performances by the L.C. Bird High School Band. Gates open at 2:00PM. Tickets can be purchased online at RichmondSpiders.com.  $25 per ticket.

Saturday, October 10th – Sunday, October 11th

Rose Fest.  Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  The Rose Garden is flush with blooms at the end of the growing season & the Garden celebrates with RoseFest, including music & other activities in the Rose Garden.  Free with garden admission.

Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival 2015.  10am-5pm.  The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Lane, Richmond VA 23231.  FREE admission and FREE parking with hayride shuttle, Free haybale maze & kids play zone, Live music, Craft vendors & local businesses, FREE HAYRIDES, Activities for all ages, Food vendors, Coolers, chairs & picnics welcome.  RESCHEDULED FOR OCT 10TH AND 11TH

Sunday, October 11th

Sunday in the Park with Jazz.  3pm-4pm.  Walkerton Tavern.  Enjoy a fun-filled fall day on the grounds at Walkerton Tavern! Bring your lawn chair and listen to the musical stylings of Doctors of Jazz.  Free.

Nancy Kerrigan’s Halloween On Ice.  5pm.  Richmond Coliseum.  Fee.