Events Calendar


Buckle Up and Race With The Most Famous Toy Vehicles on the Planet – HOT WHEELS®!

Now open at the Science Museum of Virginia, Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ gives guests a thrilling look into the world of racing! Step into the Hot Wheels race team garage to discover the amazing science behind power, safety and speed. 

Using Hot Wheels die-cast cars, you’ll learn how to build and test the world’s fastest (and safest) speed machines. This exhibition features supersized Hot Wheels racetracks, a life-sized pit stop, interactive games, memorabilia and more! With four zones, focusing on different aspects of real-life race car design and testing, you’ll experiment and engage your competitive spirt for an unforgettable learning experience.

This exhibition is sure to captivate motorsports and science fans of all ages. Don’t miss this opportunity to push the limits of your imagination and learn all about the world of racing. Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ is included with Museum admission, which is $15.50 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors, and $10 for preschool age children. Children 2 and under are free. Learn more at smv.org.


Today – January 2nd

Illuminate Light Show. Nightly 5:30pm – 10pm. Meadow Event Park, 13111 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, VA 23047Open rain or shine and on ALL holidays. ​ $30 per family vehicle. Visit the website for rates for commercial or other type vehicles

Today – Sunday, January 9th

Dominion Energy Gardenfest of Lights. 4pm-10pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights is a holiday tradition featuring lights, decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, hot chocolate (for purchase); & more. Advanced Online Tickets with 30-Minute Arrival Window Required. Fee.

Friday, January 7th

Science After Dark. 5pm-8pm. Science Museum of Virginia. Members Only Event. A special evening to celebrate the launch of the JWST, a telescope that will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe, with a night filled with space science! Activities include: Launching rockets in the Rotunda, Exploring light refraction and wavelengths to learn more about how JWST uses light to capture images of the universe, Using your creativity and engineering skills to build a soaring satellite that leaves the surface but doesn’t fly completely out of orbit. Test your creation in our vertical wind tunnel, Building your own telescope and testing its durability with a shake test and spin test, and more. Guests can also enjoy a live astronomy show in The Dome at 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. to explore exoplanets, stars, what telescopes help us see, etc. No tickets are required, but seating is limited to the first 250 guests at each show, first-come, first-served. Guests will also have the chance to stargaze on the lawn and learn how to use telescopes from experts from the Richmond Astronomical Society. Feel free to bring yours from home! The January Science After Dark is a member-only event. Admission for members is free, but registration is required. Click below to reserve your ticket and be sure to log in first so the event becomes available.

Kid’s Night Out.  6 to 9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Midlothian and West End locations.  Kids 2-5 years old enjoy three hours of fun, playtime, crafts, and dinner, all led by fun, energetic instructors. Children do not need to be potty-trained!  Every Friday.  Member Pricing $20.  Non-Member Pricing $25. Sibling discounts available. 

Saturday, January 8th

Benedict Arnold’s Raid. 10am-2pm. Historic St. John’s Church. Our Annual Benedict Arnold’s Raid event begins at 10:00 AM with speakers and reenactors. Registration is required for the 2:30 PM walking tour only.

Monday, January 10th

Toddler Time: Nature Adventures. 10am-11am. Maymont. Don’t let the winter chill put an end to your child’s nature adventures—come to Maymont to explore nature at The Robins Nature Center. During this session, your child will experience free play, a story, a craft and a visit with one of Maymont’s animal ambassadors. Fee.

January 10th – 16th

Free Admission. 9am-5pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. All Garden visitors enjoy FREE admission. Please note the Garden Café and Robins Tea House are closed during this time. The Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for COVID-19. Masks are strongly encouraged indoors for all. If unvaccinated, masks are required indoors, and outdoors when less than 6 feet from others.

Friday, January 14th

Storytime in the Garden. 10am-10:30am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Join in the fun each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. as Library and Archives Manager reads a few of her favorite stories to children in the Lora Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity. As it gets warmer, look for storytime to move to the shade of the overcup oak trees outside the Kelly Education Center. Invite your friends! Free with garden admission.

Kid’s Night Out.  6 to 9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Midlothian and West End locations.  Kids 2-5 years old enjoy three hours of fun, playtime, crafts, and dinner, all led by fun, energetic instructors. Children do not need to be potty-trained!  Every Friday.  Member Pricing $20.  Non-Member Pricing $25. Sibling discounts available.

Saturday, January 15th

Storytime in the Garden. 10am-10:30am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Join in the fun each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. as Library and Archives Manager reads a few of her favorite stories to children in the Lora Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity. As it gets warmer, look for storytime to move to the shade of the overcup oak trees outside the Kelly Education Center. Invite your friends! Free with garden admission.

Monday, January 17th – Saturday, January 29th

Half-Price Admission Days. 9am-5pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission from Jan. 17-29, 2022. During this time only, Garden admission is $7 for adults and seniors and $4 for children.

January 20th

Virginia529 College Savings Plan. 7pm-8:30pm. Twin Hickory Library. A representative from Virginia529 College Savings Plan will give this presentation to learn how to save for future qualified higher education expenses in tax-advantaged accounts offered by Virginia529. There will also be a Q&A session to provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions regarding their particular needs.

Friday, January 21st

Storytime in the Garden. 10am-10:30am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Join in the fun each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. as Library and Archives Manager reads a few of her favorite stories to children in the Lora Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity. As it gets warmer, look for storytime to move to the shade of the overcup oak trees outside the Kelly Education Center. Invite your friends! Free with garden admission.

Kid’s Night Out.  6 to 9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Midlothian and West End locations.  Kids 2-5 years old enjoy three hours of fun, playtime, crafts, and dinner, all led by fun, energetic instructors. Children do not need to be potty-trained!  Every Friday.  Member Pricing $20.  Non-Member Pricing $25. Sibling discounts available.

S’mores and More Under the Stars. 7pm-9pm. Maymont. Winter’s crisp, clear nights are perfect for campfires and stargazing. Join the staff at Maymont for a night under the stars while keeping warm around a campfire. Bundle up, bring a pair of binoculars or telescopes, and come ready to have a great time! Materials for making s’mores will be provided. Space is limited, please register by January 9. All ages welcome; adult must accompany children ages 18 and under. Fee.

Saturday, January 22nd

Storytime in the Garden. 10am-10:30am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Join in the fun each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. as Library and Archives Manager reads a few of her favorite stories to children in the Lora Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity. As it gets warmer, look for storytime to move to the shade of the overcup oak trees outside the Kelly Education Center. Invite your friends! Free with garden admission.

Pet Expo. 10am-4pm. Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23222. Pet Expo is a unique indoor event where people can bring their pets to enjoy a day of fun and excitement with the whole family. Fee.

Monday, January 24th

Toddler Time: Nature Adventures. 10am-11am. Maymont. Don’t let the winter chill put an end to your child’s nature adventures—come to Maymont to explore nature at The Robins Nature Center. During this session, your child will experience free play, a story, a craft and a visit with one of Maymont’s animal ambassadors. Fee.

Friday, January 28th

Storytime in the Garden. 10am-10:30am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Join in the fun each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. as Library and Archives Manager reads a few of her favorite stories to children in the Lora Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity. As it gets warmer, look for storytime to move to the shade of the overcup oak trees outside the Kelly Education Center. Invite your friends! Free with garden admission.

Kid’s Night Out.  6 to 9pm.  Romp n’ Roll Midlothian and West End locations.  Kids 2-5 years old enjoy three hours of fun, playtime, crafts, and dinner, all led by fun, energetic instructors. Children do not need to be potty-trained!  Every Friday.  Member Pricing $20.  Non-Member Pricing $25. Sibling discounts available. 

Saturday, January 29th

Storytime in the Garden. 10am-10:30am. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Join in the fun each Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. as Library and Archives Manager reads a few of her favorite stories to children in the Lora Robins Library in the Kelly Education Center. Children can also participate in a craft or hands-on activity. As it gets warmer, look for storytime to move to the shade of the overcup oak trees outside the Kelly Education Center. Invite your friends! Free with garden admission.