Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
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
 
May 7, Saturday
KIDS CRAFT FOR A CAUSE
Panera Bread.
Sell your homemade crafts to benefit UVA Children's Hospital! All ages are welcome, and the event is food allergy-friendly. Join us for fun, music, games and more crafting! Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 7, Saturday
TISSUE PAPER FLOWER
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids create May flowers from tissue paper and pipe cleaners! They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
May 14, Saturday
DREAM CATCHER
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Create a colorful dreamcatcher with yarn, feathers and beads! They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
May 17, Tuesday
FAIR HOUSES
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required and begins May 3. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 21, Saturday
STRING ART
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids learn to use string and pegs to create shapes on boards! They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
May 22, Sunday
WOODWORKING WITH CHILDREN OPEN HOUSE
Check out woodworking with your child. See if they are interested. Try hammering and drilling. We save sawing for the workshops. Meet the instructor and see the set up. Have your questions answered. 1104 Forest Street, Charlottesville.  4-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 14.  Contact: Contact Judy Cahill .  Email: JCahill5@aol.com​. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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
 
March 12-May 7, Saturdays
OWN TOUCH JUNIORS
Own Touch Cville.
Stay warm and dry inside while your child learns a great foundation for their soccer game. 8 weekly sessions beginning March 12th, off for Easter weekend. Details: 20 min training, 40 play on futsal court and turf. 8 kids per coach T-shirt included Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9am or 10:30am.  $80.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
May 6, Friday
YOGA POGA SHMOGA BOOK READING & SIGNING
bend Yoga.
Written by renowned wellness advocate Sonia Jones, and illustrated by acclaimed artist Todd Dakins, YOGA POGA SHMOGA! dives headfirst into the power and fun of yoga, showing how it takes one person to open a world of mindfulness to the larger community. Yoga for children has gained popularity in recent years. 3.1% of American children now practice yoga, which has been shown to reduce stress, help focus and build self-esteem in children. bend Yoga.  Directions: 420 E Main Street, Suite B, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  5:30pm.  $FREE.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kelly Cox.  Email: kelly@bendcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-2363. 
 
May 20, Friday
RELAY FOR LIFE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE/ALBEMARLE
Relay for Life.
Join in this team-based walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society! Family-friendly fun, games and entertainment are planned for all participants. Charlottesville High School.  6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: jane.johnson.  Email: jane.johnson@cancer.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-7423. 
 
June-August
OWN TOUCH SOCCER CAMPS
Own Touch Cville.
We are Charlottesville areas premier indoor facility designed specifically to train, mentor and develop the individual performance of youth soccer players. Summer camps range from Freestyle & Finishing Camp to our Premier Soccer & Speed camp, plus more. 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9am-12pm.  $150-$200.  Recommended for ages 6 to 18.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
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
 
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.
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
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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May 6, Friday
WHO DONE IT?
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Was it Miss Scarlet in the dining room with the candlestick? Colonel Mustard in the study with the lead pipe? Help solve the mystery in an after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library! Planned and run by the Central Teen Advisory Board. Best for ages 5+. JMRL- Central Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-8737. 
 
May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Northside Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 7, Saturday
THE UNPROM DANCE FOR LGBTQ TEENS
Cville Pride.
Calling all LGBTQ youth in grades 10, 11, and 12: Join us for a night of music, dancing, refreshments, photos, and fun. This is a safe space to be your true self! Chaperones will be present. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Kitchen Catering and Events.  Directions: 606 Rivanna Ave, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.  7pm.  $10.  Email: info@cvillepride.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 13, Friday
ANIME CLUB
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Calling all anime and manga fans: come share your favorites and watch popular anime with friends. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins April 22. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
May 16, Monday
WINDOW STARS CRAFT WORKSHOP
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Learn how to fold colorful paper stars to display in windows. Ages 14+. Registration is required and begins April 25. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 295-8737. 
 
May 24, Tuesday
CRADLE TO COLLEGE: PROTECTING YOUR KIDS
Winget-Hernandez, Attorneys at Law .
Cradle to College: Protecting Your Kids (even when they aren't kids anymore)! At this estate planning workshop, refreshments and door prizes will be available, and parents are encouraged to bring their graduating seniors to the workshop. Space is limited, so it is recommended to email or call to reserve your spot. Best Western Zion Crossroads.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Email: info@winget-hernandez.com. For more info call: 589-2958. 
 
May 24, Tuesday
TEEN BOOK SWAP & BOOK ARTS PARTY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Looking for something new and exciting to read? All teens are invited to bring gently used, age-appropriate books to exchange at the annual Teen Book Swap Party. Stick around afterwards as local teen artists lead us in a variety of radical book crafting projects. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins May 3. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
May 25, Wednesday
TABLE TOP GAMES
Jefferson Madison Regional 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 Lirbary.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979.7151. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
Jefferson Madison Regional 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. 
 
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 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 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. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
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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May 7, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
James Monroe's Highland.
Girl Scout Day will feature hands-on activities such as a historic dance workshop with the Regency Society of Virginia, flower sketching with Marcia Mitchell, silhouette making, historic games, paper marbling and other activities. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward or purchase Highland Fare from the Museum Shop. James Monroe's Highland.  10am-12pm .  $10 per Girl Scout.  Special Needs Accommodation: Pre-registration is required and closes Friday, April 29th  Contact: Nancy Stetz.  Email: education@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-68000. 
 
Fridays
50 NIFTY UNITED STATES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join in exploring what makes each state unique through fun facts and activities about its history, landscape and culture. Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
 Kidsitting EventsGo to top of List
 
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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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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May 12, Thursday
CELEBRATE ASTRONOMY DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Come to our Star Party and celebrate Astronomy Day! Astronomy presentations by Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will start at 7:30pm. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to observe the night sky (weather permitting) through telescopes set up on the rear patio. The event will conclude around 10:30pm, or perhaps even later if the skies are clear! Children must be 10 years or older and accompanied by an adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  7:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 14-15, Saturday-Sunday
KIDS GO FISH WEEKEND
Monticello.
During this weekend, kids ages 16 and under will be allowed to fish the Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond. Bring your own fishing poles and equipment. Adults must accompany children. Parkway managers and rangers will be on hand to supervise the event. Free; no registration required. Event is during regular trail hours. Saunders-Monticello Trail Pond.  6am-9pm.  $Free.  Email: trail@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
June 4, Saturday
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.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-7831. 
 
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. 
 
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April 15 & May 20
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Specially designed for children ages 18 months - 4 years and their adult caregivers. Advance registration required. Offered on third Fridays, January through May and September through December. Monticello.  9-10am.  $$10/child.  Contact: Rachel Baum.  Email: rbaum@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9804. 
 
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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May 6, Friday
WHO DONE IT?
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Was it Miss Scarlet in the dining room with the candlestick? Colonel Mustard in the study with the lead pipe? Help solve the mystery in an after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library! Planned and run by the Central Teen Advisory Board. Best for ages 5+. JMRL- Central Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 14, Saturday
STAR WARS DAY
Amazement Square.
At a children's museum not very far away, children of all ages will harness the force as they train to achieve the title of Jedi Knight. Full of exciting Star Wars games, crafts, and challenges, you can travel to the stars without ever leaving planet Earth! Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
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. 
 
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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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May 7, Saturday
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages. JMRL- Central Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 7, Saturday
IN CELEBRATION OF MOTHER'S DAY STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
In celebration of Mothers Day, read about becoming an expert grandma sitter in How to Babysit a Grandma followed by Mom School. In Mom School a little girl imagines where her mom picked up all her amazing skills, like fixing a bike tire and baking cupcakes. Join us afterward to make a card for your mom or special caregiver. 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. 
 
January 2-May 21, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 18-May 23, Mondays
READING RUMPUS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
A lively drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 28-Mary 26, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
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 and begins April 5 for the spring session. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
May 28, Saturday
OUR GREAT BIG BACKYARD
Barnes and Noble.
To help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this special Storytime explores Our Great Big Backyard. #1 New York Times bestselling authors' former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush Hager have created an exuberant picture book tribute to our national parks and the importance of connecting with nature. Coloring and activities to follow. 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. 
 
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. 
 
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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May 21, Saturday
THANKORAMA STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Join us for a ThankoRama Storytime featuring The Thank You Book by beloved Author Mo Willems. Enjoy a reading of the book and activities afterwards that help remind children that thanking those who do things for you can be so much fun! 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. 
 
April 19-May 24, Tuesdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER SPRING 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." Registration is required and begins April 5 for the spring session. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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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May 4, 6, 9-13
SEUSSICAL JR.
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Presents Seussical Jr. Please join for a spectacular event! Wednesday, May 4th - 6:30pm - Main Street Arena Friday, May 6th - 3:00pm - Our Lady of Peace (sold out) Monday, May 9th - 6:00pm - Sts. Peter & Paul, Palmyra Tuesday, May 10th - 6:30pm - Senior Center Thursday, May 12th - 6:30pm - Church of the Incarnation Friday, May 13th - 6:30pm - Church of the Incarnation $5 at the door.  Contact: Rich Barnett.  For more info call: 434-964-0400. 
 
May 13-15, 20-22
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
Black Box Players.
Seussical the Musical weaves together Dr. Seuss's most famous stories. The show follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe! Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott's Pool, some of the characters fall in love, some have desperate adventures, and some even save the world! Burnley Moran Elementary School.  7pm, Sundays 3pm.  $10.  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. 
 
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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