Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
July 5, Tuesday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Central Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 6, Wednesday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 6, Wednesday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 7, Thursday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
July 1, Friday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL- Northside Library.
Stop by anytime between 10:30 and noon and let your creativity shine! Decorate a foam visor to keep cool this summer. All materials provided. For children up to age 12. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:30am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 2, Saturday
CRAFT STICK FLAG
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids make an American Flag just in time for the 4th of July! Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
July 5, Tuesday
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
It's time to get building! Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination! Ages 6-11. Registration is requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 8, Friday
FANDOM CUPCAKE WARS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join us for an intense battle for cupcake supremacy! Design your own fandom-themed cupcake, add display elements, photograph your creation, and vote for overall best design. Afterwards, if you can bear to say goodbye to your creation, it's yours to eat. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 9, Saturday
CASTLES AND COURTS BANNER
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids discover their royal side and create felt banners for their courts! Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
July 10, Sunday
TEEN JEWELRY
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Class for teens to learn an introduction to basic jewelry making skills while creating a trendy necklace. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
July 12, Tuesday
SEW FUN
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Looking for something to do on a hot summer afternoon? Come cool off in the library and have a great time learning counted cross stitch and stitching a fun design. Registration is required and begins June 20. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 14.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 12, Tuesday
SEW FUN
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Looking for something to do on a hot summer afternoon? Come cool off in the library and have a great time learning counted cross stitch and stitching a fun design. Registration is required and begins June 20. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 14.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 13, Wednesday
DRAW YOUR OWN MANGA
JMRL- Central Library.
Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to create your own manga. Grades 6-12. Registration is required and begins June 29. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 19, Tuesday
DRAW YOUR OWN MANGA
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to create your own manga. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins July 5. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 20, Wednesday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you'll make donuts and s'mores. Limit: 12. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins July 6. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
VIRGINIA THOMPSON PASTE PAPER WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Like finger painting for grownups, paste paper involves creating brilliant, richly colored and textured designs with non-toxic paste pigments on paper using hands, simple tools and found objects. Students complete 3 large sheets that can be used to cover books, wrap gifts, and make notecards, wall art and more. For ages 13-adult. Required registration begins July 12. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 27, Wednesday
CUPCAKE DECORATING CHALLENGE
JMRL- Central Library.
The library will provide cupcakes and a variety of supplies for garnishing and decorating them. You provide the creativity for an edible masterpiece. Grades 6-12. Registration is required and begins July 11. Space is limited. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 27, Wednesday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you'll make burgers and fries. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  2:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
Wednesdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament, blown by you. Ages 7 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Every Saturday
KIDS CLUB
Michaels.
Kids craft while you shop for your favorite Michaels crafts! All supplies included. Register for a session every half hour. Michaels.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  10am-12pm.  $2.  Contact: Cathy.  Email: Michaels8807@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
Fourth Wednesdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL- Central Library.
Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your little one's imagination develop as they create a new masterpiece each week while learning simple art techniques. Ages 6 & under with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? JMRL will have the building blocks for your next creation. For grades K and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Second Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Come to JMRL's construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. No registration required. For ages 5 & up. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
June 28-August 27
WOMEN'S FOUR MILER TRAINING PROGRAM
Charlottesville Track Club.
Why not combine getting active with supporting a great cause? The 22nd Annual Charlottesville Track Club Womens Four Miler Training Program starts on June 20. Women ages 10 and older are invited to participate in 11 consecutive Saturdays of group training and coaching. There will be experts available each week to provide information on womens health and fitness. Lannigan Field.  7am.  $20.  Recommended for ages 10 to 101.  Contact: Pink Pammie.  Email: pammie@w4mtp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-8151. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
June 16-July 21, Wednesdays
WEE ONES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
July 25, Monday
YAK & SNACK
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served. Grades 6-8. Registration begins June 27 JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
THE LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater This modern fantasy is a gorgeous combination of dark murder mystery, mystical fantasy, and slow¬building romance. The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served. Grades 9-12. Registration begins June 27. JMRL- Crozet Library.  8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Second Saturday of every month
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP
Barnes & Noble.
Discuss the American Girl books and do a fun activity! Barnes & Noble.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1035 Emmet Street.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Tuesdays
BOOK BAG: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books will be provided. Ages Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
CHILDREN'S CLUBS AND GROUPS
Belonging to a group is important. Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation Guide to find comprehensive listings of organizations offering clubs for local children. For details, please click this link. 
 
Weekly
GAME TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUES
Weekly leagues and tournaments for Warhammer 40 K, Magic The Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and X-Box games. The End Game Center.  $5 for tournaments.  Contact: Sam.  For more info call: 973-2205. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
Third Thursdays
NORTHSIDE KIDS MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the children's desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 3-5. Registration required and begins two week before each event date. Northside Library.  4:15-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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June 29, Wednesday
TABLE TOP GAMES
JMRL- Central Library.
Whether you prefer old favorites like "Apples to Apples" and "Jenga" or would like to try something new, drop by the library for an afternoon of low-tech games and snacks. Grades 6-12. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 29, Wednesday
THEATRE GAMES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Professional actor and musician Koda Kerl will present an acting workshop featuring theatre games, improv, stage combat, and lots more. You never know when a star will be born. Grades 6-12. Limit: 20. Registration required and begins June 15. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 8, Friday
FANDOM CUPCAKE WARS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join us for an intense battle for cupcake supremacy! Design your own fandom-themed cupcake, add display elements, photograph your creation, and vote for overall best design. Afterwards, if you can bear to say goodbye to your creation, it's yours to eat. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 10, Sunday
TEEN JEWELRY
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Class for teens to learn an introduction to basic jewelry making skills while creating a trendy necklace. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
July 11, Monday
CREATE A TERRARIUM
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Learn how easy it is to add a little green to your indoor space with a terrarium. Please bring your own glass container. All other materials will be provided. Ages 14+. Registration is required and begins June 20. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 12, Tuesday
SEW FUN
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Looking for something to do on a hot summer afternoon? Come cool off in the library and have a great time learning counted cross stitch and stitching a fun design. Registration is required and begins June 20. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 14.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 13, Wednesday
DRAW YOUR OWN MANGA
JMRL- Central Library.
Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to create your own manga. Grades 6-12. Registration is required and begins June 29. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 15, Friday
AMIIBO ONLY WII U SUPER SMASH BROS. TOURNAMENT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Nintendo Amiibos are small figures that can be trained in the video games Super Smash Brothers Wii U and Super Smash Brothers 3DS. If you've trained an Amiibo, we invite you to bring it in to test it against other Amiibos in a Single Elimination, 1-on-1, and Best of 3 tournament. Grades 5-12. Registration is required and begins July 1. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 15, Friday
DANCING LIONS AND LAUGHING DRAGONS
JMRL- Northside Library.
The Laughing Dragon Kung Fu Lion Dance Troupe will be presenting a traditional Chinese lion dance and dragon dance, with a 50' dragon! JMRL- Northside Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 16, Saturday
CHESS SATURDAY
JMRL- Central Library.
If you're a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served, and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited. Grades 3-7. Registration required and begins July 2. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 19, Tuesday
DRAW YOUR OWN MANGA
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands-on workshop where you'll learn how to create your own manga. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins July 5. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 20, Wednesday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you'll make donuts and s'mores. Limit: 12. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins July 6. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 25, Monday
WHERE'S THE MONEY? RESUME WORKSHOP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Master resume writing and job searching skills with Jennifer Johnson of the Workforce Center, and you may find yourself a job (and cash) sooner than you think! JMRL- Northside Library.  4-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 25, Monday
YAK & SNACK
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served. Grades 6-8. Registration begins June 27 JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
HE'S BACK! HARRY POTTER CELEBRATION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join us for a celebration of all things Harry Potter, including themed activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Costumes encouraged. JMRL- Northside Library.  3:30-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
THE LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater This modern fantasy is a gorgeous combination of dark murder mystery, mystical fantasy, and slow¬building romance. The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served. Grades 9-12. Registration begins June 27. JMRL- Crozet Library.  8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
VIRGINIA THOMPSON PASTE PAPER WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Like finger painting for grownups, paste paper involves creating brilliant, richly colored and textured designs with non-toxic paste pigments on paper using hands, simple tools and found objects. Students complete 3 large sheets that can be used to cover books, wrap gifts, and make notecards, wall art and more. For ages 13-adult. Required registration begins July 12. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 27, Wednesday
CUPCAKE DECORATING CHALLENGE
JMRL- Central Library.
The library will provide cupcakes and a variety of supplies for garnishing and decorating them. You provide the creativity for an edible masterpiece. Grades 6-12. Registration is required and begins July 11. Space is limited. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 27, Wednesday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you'll make burgers and fries. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  2:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Monday of the month
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Help us pick which anime episodes to watch and enjoy the poky! Registration recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
First Tuesday of every month
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 6-12. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the teen desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins two week before each event date. Northside Library.  5:15-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
TEEN PATHFINDER GAMING GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A beginner's group for playing Pathfinder RPG (Role Playing Games). Materials and snacks provided, but bring dice if you have them. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
WIRED WEDNESDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Interested in Northside's Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
TEEN GAME NIGHT
JMRL- Northside.
Wii, Xbox Kinect, board games, and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Grades 6-12. Registration is recommended but not required. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Thursdays
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up. See website for this month's! Gordon Avenue Library.  4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Wednesdays
CENTRAL TEEN BOOK GROUP
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments are served. Registration ongoing. Free books for the first 5 to register. Visit the library website to find out what each month's book will be. Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151x4. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
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July 22, Friday
GAMES PEOPLE PLAYED: FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
The Frontier Culture Museum will present an interactive program on historical games and physical education. Get moving and playing while you learn about how kids in the past worked and played! Ages 5+. Registration is suggested and begins July 8. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is rich in history. Plan an outing to one of the many famous sites in our community and in the surrounding region for your family. You'll find comprehensive listings of historical sites in our AF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round. For details, please click this link. 
 
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Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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June 29, Wednesday
BALL IN THE HOUSE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that's it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that's hard to believe. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 29, Wednesday
BALL IN THE HOUSE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that's it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that's hard to believe. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 30, Thursday
BALL IN THE HOUSE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that's it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that's hard to believe. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 5, Tuesday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Central Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 6, Wednesday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 6, Wednesday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 19, Tuesday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Central Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 20, Wednesday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Crozet Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 20, Wednesday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 21, Thursday
AFTER JACK (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America's earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
PIRATES OF THE PANS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Central Library.
Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 27, Wednesday
PIRATES OF THE PANS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 27, Wednesday
PIRATES OF THE PANS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 28, Thursday
PIRATES OF THE PANS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS & LESSONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many fabulous organizations and talented individuals offering music classes and performance opportunities for kids to participate in - even a youth orchestra! Visit our comprehensive CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to learn more. Also, if you'd like to attend a performance, visit our CF guide to Family Fun Year-Round to discover venues and performing groups.
 
Mondays
MUSICAL MONDAYS WITH MS. PAM
Stanardsville UMC.
A place for children Pre-K through 2nd grade to come and explore music and rhythm. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:30-4:15pm.  $5/per week.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
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July 9, Saturday
SHARK WEEK WITH UNDER THE SEA
JMRL- Central Library.
Learn about sharks! Discover how they live and what they eat, their importance in marine ecosystems and how they keep the ocean healthy. Visitors include a live baby shark, a shark egg, and one of the shark's close relatives. A stingray? A skate? Come see! JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 10, Sunday
BUTTERFLY WALKS
McIntire Botanical Garden.
Led once again by Master Naturalist Dr. Nancy Weiss, the walks will introduce you to a variety of common butterlies native to the Piedmont region, such as Cabbage Whites, Summer Azures, Orange Sulphurs and Skippers. Along the way, experience the parkland's varied topography and plants. You'll become more butterfly-savvy and derive a sense of possibilities for the acreage that will be developed into the McIntire Botanical Garden in the future. McIntire Botancial Garden.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: mailto:sewellhorticulture@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-2375. 
 
July 11, Monday
CREATE A TERRARIUM
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Learn how easy it is to add a little green to your indoor space with a terrarium. Please bring your own glass container. All other materials will be provided. Ages 14+. Registration is required and begins June 20. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 12, Tuesday
A VIEW FROM THE TOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom's most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 14, Thursday
A VIEW FROM THE TOP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom's most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 19, Tuesday
BUTTERFLY, BUTTERFLY, WHERE DO YOU GO?
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join Jerry Schneider as he helps us discover the places in nature where you're likely to find butterflies and their eggs. We'll also explore the amazing monarch migration to Mexico where butterflies cluster by the thousands in the Oyamel fir trees. Bring a white cotton t-shirt for a magnificent monarch craft! Registration is required and begins June 27. JMRL- Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 22, Friday
ZANY ANIMALS
JMRL- Central Library.
Discover some of the earth's most bizarre and eccentric animals in this class with educators from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA. Hint: there are LOTS of animals with very odd features and habits in Australia! A craft activity is included. Registration is required and begins July 1. JMRL- Central Library.  3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Saturdays
FREE SHOWS AT THE JOHN C. WELLS PLANETARIUM AT JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
JMU Planetarium.
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. Our full-dome planetarium shows are perfect for families with children both young and old! Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Come learn more about your Universe! Miller Hall, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  2:30pm & 3:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Shanil Virani.  Email: viranisn@jmu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 5405684071. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
SCIENCE & NATURE ORGANIZATIONS
Explore the outdoors with the many terrific organizations listed in our comprehensive AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round who offer special prgrams geared to children and families in our community. For details, please click this link. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
WIRED WEDNESDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Interested in Northside's Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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June 13-July 27, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP 'N STOMP SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 15, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration is requested and begins June 24. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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June 29, Wednesday
BALL IN THE HOUSE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that's it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that's hard to believe. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 30, Thursday
BALL IN THE HOUSE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that's it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that's hard to believe. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 8, Friday
MINUTE TO WIN IT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Read to win becomes rush to win. Ready for some wacky games and challenges? You have just 60 seconds to reach success. Grades 3-6. Registration is required and begins June 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 16, Saturday
CHESS SATURDAY
JMRL- Central Library.
If you're a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served, and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited. Grades 3-7. Registration required and begins July 2. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 22, Friday
MOVIE ON OVER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn - YOU bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Call the Crozet Library for movie details. Registration is requested and begins July 5. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 26, Tuesday
HE'S BACK! HARRY POTTER CELEBRATION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join us for a celebration of all things Harry Potter, including themed activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Costumes encouraged. JMRL- Northside Library.  3:30-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for these book-to-movie adaptations. Popcorn and drinks provided. JMRL- Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Bounce away at Toddler Time! Reservations are not required, however, in order to get the Toddler Time Rate please arrive before 11am. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  9:30-11am.  $5 for children under 3; free for children under 12 months and adults.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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July 10, Sunday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
The Children's Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum. Families can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 10 and under. Children's Museum of Richmond.  Directions: CMoR Central (2626 W. Broad St).  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
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June 13-July 27, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP 'N STOMP SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 15-July 28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Spring registration begins February 24. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 21, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 16-July 28, Wednesdays
AWESOME AFTERNOONS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy a mix of stories, music and movement. For ages 6 months-5 years. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Thursdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Central Library.
10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages 6-24 months with a caregiver. No registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 16-July 21, Wednesdays
WEE ONES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 2, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: HELLO, MY NAME IS OCTICORN
Barnes and Noble.
Meet Octicorn, the funny, sweet, and disarming character who is a champion for anyone who has ever felt a little bit different. Octicorn is half octopus, half unicorn, half confused . . . which sometimes makes it hard to fit in. Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
July 9, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: DAISY HEAD MAYZIE
Barnes and Noble.
When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew's head, she is faced with her classmates' taunts, her parents' dismay, and a publicity agent's greed. How poor Mayzie learns that love is more important than fame and fortune makes an endearing morality tale for our timeand for all ages. Narrated by the Cat in the Hat, Daisy-Head Mayzie is vintage Seuss! Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
July 13, Wednesday
STORYCRAFTERS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
July 13 at 10:30am Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 13, Wednesday
STORYCRAFTERS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 13, Wednesday
STORYCRAFTERS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 16, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: ARE WE THERE YET?
Barnes and Noble.
Let's face it: everyone knows that car rides can be boring. And when things get boring, time slows down. In this book, a boy feels time slowing down so much that it starts going backwardinto the time of pirates! Of princesses! Of dinosaurs! The boy was just trying to get to his grandmother's birthday party, but instead he's traveling through Ancient Egypt and rubbing shoulders with Ben Franklin. When time flies, who knows whereor whenhe'll end up. Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
July 28, Thursday
PAGE TURNERS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: The BFG by Roald Dahl Stop by the library to get your free copy of the book. Read it on your own and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Registration is required and begins on June 27. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Monthly on Select Thursdays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. Contact the library for more details. JMRL- Crozet Library.  11am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
First Thursdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. For any young reader. No registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
STORYTIMES
There are lots of storytimes around town each week. Look to "Storytimes" below to find regularly scheduled readings. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Second Wednesdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team." Come for a fifteen minute turn. For any young reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one week prior to each date. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-3:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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June 15-July 28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Spring registration begins February 24. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 15-July28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins June 1. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Wednesdays
AWESOME AFTERNOONS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy a mix of stories, music and movement. For ages 6 months-5 years. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Thursdays
BABIES AND BOOKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by playtime. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS SUMMER SESSION
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of picture books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel stories that encourage your 2 year olds emerging literary skills. For children who are already 2 with a favorite adult. No registration required. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 20-August 2, Monday & Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME SUMMER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am Mondays, 9:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 20-August 1, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively, drop-in storytime for children ages 0-3 with an accompanying adult. No registration required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 20-August 1, Tuesdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER SUMMER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 23- August 4, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories! Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 25, Monday
YAK & SNACK
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served. Grades 6-8. Registration begins June 27 JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 5, 12, 19 & 26, Tuesdays
DREAMTIME STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Pull on your jammies and cozy up with a snuggly as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We'll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get us ready for a good night's sleep. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
Thursdays
LOUISA LIBRARY STORYTIMES
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers baby time for under-twos and preschool storytime for children ages 3-5, with stories, songs and learning. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
Monthly on Thursdays
BOOK BITES BOOK DISCUSSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided. Grades 3-4. See library website for each month's discussion. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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June 29, Wednesday
THEATRE GAMES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Professional actor and musician Koda Kerl will present an acting workshop featuring theatre games, improv, stage combat, and lots more. You never know when a star will be born. Grades 6-12. Limit: 20. Registration required and begins June 15. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 2, Saturday
MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATER PRESENTS: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
The Paramount Theater.
An original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The story begins with Alice and her older sister Margaret reading together. Margaret becomes frustrated as Alice is curious about absolutely everything. Suddenly, a White Rabbit appears from nowhere. After a quick and nonsensical conversation, Alice follows the rabbit to a strange and wonderful place. Through it all, Alice grows "curiouser and curiouser" as to where she is and even who she is. In the end, the answers she seeks are unimportant. Wonderland is all nonsense, anyway. As the White Rabbit explains, "Nonsense is fun!" The Paramount Theater.  12pm.  $10 adults, $5 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
July 7, Thursday
ILLSTYLE & PEACE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 15, Friday
COOL COMMUNITY BENEFIT DANCE
Grand Squares of Nelson.
Live square dance caller, tasty snacks & great music! All donations given to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire Department.  7:30-10pm.  $Donations.  Email: grandsquaresofnelson@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-2470. 
 
July 15, Friday
DANCING LIONS AND LAUGHING DRAGONS
JMRL- Northside Library.
The Laughing Dragon Kung Fu Lion Dance Troupe will be presenting a traditional Chinese lion dance and dragon dance, with a 50' dragon! JMRL- Northside Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 14-17, Thursday-Sunday
CHUGGINGTON: A TRAINTASTIC ADVENTURE!
B&O Railroad Museum.
Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure!, brings the show to life as families are immersed into the world of Chuggington. Young Trainees have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, complete several challenges, and earn rewards for their participation. Each challenge is scenario-based and represents Chuggington's main themes and characters - Koko, Brewster, and Wilson. The challenges allow Trainees to practice important life skills such as teamwork, safety, and leadership as they work hard to become the best Trainee they can be. B&O Railroad Museum.  Thursday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 410-752-2490. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
THEATRE AND DANCE CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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