Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
June 16, Thursday
SAVING THE SKITTLES WAY
JMRL- Central Library.
Can Skittles really help you learn, earn, save, and more? Come find out in this interactive workshop offered by the UVA Community Credit Union. For rising 3rd graders and up. Registration is required and begins June 2. JMRL- Central Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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
 
June 2, Thursday
LEGO MANIA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; we supply the building blocks! No registration required, but space is limited. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 14, 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! 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. 
 
June 18, Saturday
FAIRY CHASE
Maymont.
Do you believe in fairies? Enjoy a magical morning filled with whimsy and make-believe. Play games, make wishes, hear stories and receive your very own wings and wand as you learn what fairies like to do and where they like to hide. Imaginative clues guide you around the lawns of Maymont as you search for the winged creatures, finding treasures along the way. This enchanting program concludes with a sweet treat of fairy cakes and lemonade. Maymont.  10:30am-12pm.  $22, $18 for members.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
June 18, Saturday
FATHER'S DAY GIFT WORKSHOP
Amazement Square.
Father's Day is right around the corner! Join us as we celebrate all things dad by making gifts and cards for that number one guy in your life! This workshop will cost $3 per participant plus museum admission. Amazement Square.  11am-12pm and 1-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
DIGITAL GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Local artist and graphic designer Mike Uriss will present a workshop for tweens ages 10 to 15. Participants will learn principles of graphic design, the role of technology in graphic design, and have the opportunity to create and save their own digital creation. Registration is required and begins June 6. Limit: 8 participants. JMRL- Central Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
HOW TO TOON: A CARTOONING WORKSHOP WITH JOE WOS
JMRL- Central Library.
Cartoonist Joe Wos will inspire and entertain as he shows you how to develop some incredible cartoon characters. Registration is required and begins May 30. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
HOW TO TOON: A CARTOONING WORKSHOP WITH JOE WOS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Cartoonist Joe Wos will inspire and entertain as he shows you how to create and develop some incredible cartoon characters. Registration is required and begins June 6. JMRL- Crozet Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
HOW TO TOON: A CARTOONING WORKSHOP WITH JOE WOS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Cartoonist Joe Wos will inspire and entertain as he shows you how to create and develop some incredible cartoon characters. Joe combines storytelling and cartooning for hilarious fun. Registration is required and begins June 8. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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-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. 
 
June 4, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL BIKE PARADE
Books on Bikes.
Children gather to decorate their bikes with pinwheels, beads, and streamers, then parade to the JMRL Central Branch . Clark Elementary School.  9am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
June 4, Saturday
4 THE WOUNDED 5K & KIDS FUN RUN
University of Virginia Foundation/Charlottesville Track Club.
Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Free Kids Fun Run. This is an all-terrain course with an alternate, paved route for handicapped runners. University of Virginia Research Park.  $30. Kids races are Free..  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-4850. 
 
June 11, Saturday
DIVE IN MOVIE NIGHT
ACAC.
ACAC Waterpark.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
June 11, Saturday
ROLL INTO SUMMER READING WITH THE DERBY DAMES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Get ready to Dewey decimate with the Charlottesville Derby Dames! Derby skaters will talk with kids about what it takes to play roller derby, show off cool gear, and share Junior Derby. So make up your own derby name and roll on over. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 15, Wednesday
TEEN OBSTACLE COURSE CHALLENGE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Who says you have to be quiet and not run in the library? Help to turn the library into an obstacle course, then time yourself in this fast and fun activity! Registration is required and begins June 1. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 17, Friday
BREATHE, BEND & BOOKS: A YOGA STORYTIME
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Books come alive in a whole new way as we read, stretch our bodies and explore movement and yoga poses. Grades K-2. Registration is required and begins May 26. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 19, Sunday
SUNDAES AT THE PARK
ACAC.
ACAC Waterpark.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 978-7529. 
 
June 23, Thursday
BREATHE!
JMRL- Central Library.
Join Deborah Barry, yoga instructor at Bend Studio, to breathe, stretch, bend, and relax. For rising 1st grade and up. No younger siblings, please. Adults are welcome to stay as long as they participate. Registration is required and begins June 2. JMRL- Central Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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
 
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. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
June 6, Saturday
ANIME CLUB: COSPLAY PARTY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join us for a special edition of Anime Club. Dress up as your favorite character, or borrow one of the library’s yukata for the evening. For those who come in costume, there will be a contest to determine the winner of a fabulous prize. There will special games and snacks to celebrate Tanabata, a photobooth, and anime of course! Grades 6-12. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 10-12, Friday-Sunday
BARNES AND NOBLE B-FEST TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL
Barnes and Noble.
Our first Teen book Festival for this popular genre will involve teen authors and illustrators as well as community partners in a myriad of national and local. Individual events will be posted separately. Barnes and Noble.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
June 10, Friday
SUMMER KICKOFF TEEN LOCK-IN
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Need to blow off some steam? Ever wanted to have the library all to yourself? Now you can! Please join us after the library closes on Friday for capture the flag. There will be snacks, music, face painting and more. Grades 5-12. Registration required and begins May 27. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 15, Wednesday
TEEN OBSTACLE COURSE CHALLENGE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Who says you have to be quiet and not run in the library? Help to turn the library into an obstacle course, then time yourself in this fast and fun activity! Registration is required and begins June 1. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 17, Friday
MEET OUR MAKERSPACE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join us for a hands-on exhibition of all our new makerspace equipment, available to be checked out and used in the library! Record and produce music, film and edit your own movies, and more. Ages 11+. Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 17, Friday
MYSTERY PARTY: DEATH TAKES A RED CARD
JMRL- Northside Library.
Can you figure out who killed the star soccer player, and why? Join us after hours for an evening of dark secrets and sleuthing. Pizza and enigmas will be provided. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Limit: 20 participants. JMRL- Northside Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 18, Saturday
BEGINNER ZUMBA
JMRL- Central Library.
Get moving with an introduction to this aerobic activity that incorporates different styles of dance. Certified instructor Amy Howard will provide background and instruction on basic dance moves. Grades 6-12. Limit: 15. Registration is required and begins June 4. JMRL- Central Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 20, Monday
INTRO TO COSPLAY WORKSHOP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join Jillian Ryan, better known as "Commander Ryan", to learn the basics of creating your own cosplay, and hear about her experiences as an experienced cosplayer. Grades 6-12. Registration is recommended but not required. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 20, Monday
LET YOUR HAIR DOWN: BEACHY WAVES
JMRL- Central Library.
Holly Herring of Moxie Hair and Body Lounge will show you to get the most out of your tools and make yourself shine. Bring a friend and your curling or flat iron. Registration required. Ages 13-adult. Please bring a curling iron. JMRL- Central Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
DIGITAL GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Local artist and graphic designer Mike Uriss will present a workshop for tweens ages 10 to 15. Participants will learn principles of graphic design, the role of technology in graphic design, and have the opportunity to create and save their own digital creation. Registration is required and begins June 6. Limit: 8 participants. JMRL- Central Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
THEATRE GAMES
JMRL- Crozet 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 7. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 22, Wednesday
INSIDE HARDWARE & SOFTWARE WITH WILLOW TREE
JMRL- Central Library.
Join WillowTree staff and take a hands-on tour of hardware and software basics with segments on dissecting a simple machine and learning basic principles of programming. JMRL- Central Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 22, Wednesday
THEATRE GAMES
JMRL- Northside 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. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Limit: 20 participants. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 26, Sunday
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (PG-13)
The Paramount Theater.
(2000) 2 hours An epic adventure/romance in the best tradition of the movies, this critically acclaimed film is the story of Li, known throughout QING China for his adventurous life, who now wishes to retire from a warrior's life. He decides to give his powerful, ancient sword as a gift to an old friend, but it is stolen by a mysterious master of the martial arts. Li sets out to uncover the thief and return the sword to its rightful owner, accompanied by Shu Lien, the unacknowledged love of his life. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $4.50 youth 12 and under, $6.50 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
June 27, Monday
LET YOUR HAIR DOWN: FLAT IRON FUN
JMRL- Central Library.
Holly Herring of Moxie Hair and Body Lounge will show you to get the most out of your tools and make yourself shine. Bring a friend and your curling or flat iron. Registration required. Ages 13-adult. Please bring a flat iron. JMRL- Central Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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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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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June 11, Saturday
PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHT
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Parents can enjoy a much-needed night out on the town, knowing their kids are safe and having a blast with friends and fun activities with the watchful supervision of trained professionals. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  4:45-7:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
June 25, Saturday
PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHT
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Enjoy a night off while knowing your kids are having a blast! The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:45-9:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-5437. 
 
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 28, Tuesday
BALL IN THE HOUSE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Central 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- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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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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. 
 
June 10 & 24, Friday
MUSIC ON THE STEPS
JMRL- Central Library.
Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and other local groups serenade you while you munch. JMRL- Central Library.  12pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 18, Saturday
BUMBLEBEE JAMBOREE
Chesterfield County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension & Maymont.
Families can enjoy live butterflies, crafts for the kids and more! Maymont, Children's Farm Lawn.  10:30am-2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-751-4401. 
 
June 18, Saturday
FAIRY CHASE
Maymont.
Do you believe in fairies? Enjoy a magical morning filled with whimsy and make-believe. Play games, make wishes, hear stories and receive your very own wings and wand as you learn what fairies like to do and where they like to hide. Imaginative clues guide you around the lawns of Maymont as you search for the winged creatures, finding treasures along the way. This enchanting program concludes with a sweet treat of fairy cakes and lemonade. Maymont.  10:30am-12pm.  $22, $18 for members.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7166. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
UNDER THE SEA
JMRL- Central Library.
Discover the Chesapeake Bay and see what lives below the waves in this exciting LIVE animal presentation. Meet a blue crab, horseshoe crab, oyster, sea horse and toadfish along with other bay inhabitants. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 22, Wednesday
INSIDE HARDWARE & SOFTWARE WITH WILLOW TREE
JMRL- Central Library.
Join WillowTree staff and take a hands-on tour of hardware and software basics with segments on dissecting a simple machine and learning basic principles of programming. JMRL- Central Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 22, Wednesday
UNDER THE SEA
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discover the Chesapeake Bay and see what lives below the waves in this exciting LIVE animal presentation. Meet a blue crab, horseshoe crab, oyster, sea horse and toadfish along with other bay inhabitants. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 22, Wednesday
UNDER THE SEA
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Discover the Chesapeake Bay and see what lives below the waves in this exciting LIVE animal presentation. Meet a blue crab, horseshoe crab, oyster, sea horse and toadfish along with other bay inhabitants. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 23, Thursday
UNDER THE SEA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the Chesapeake Bay and see what lives below the waves in this exciting LIVE animal presentation. Meet a blue crab, horseshoe crab, oyster, sea horse and toadfish along with other bay inhabitants. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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 8, Wednesday
BABY ROMP
JMRL- Central Library.
Sensory and exploratory play for your wee one, and grown-up conversation for you! For tots under the age of 2 and their caregivers. JMRL- Central Library.  10-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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 6, Saturday
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
I scream, you scream... let's share some ice cream. It's time for Gordon Avenue Library's traditional kick-off for summer fun. Get started in the Summer Reading Program, eat ice cream, listen to music provided by the Jim Howe Jazz Trio, and get decorated by Expressions! Face Painting. For everyone. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 7, Tuesday
NORTHSIDE SUMMER READING KICKOFF
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join us for a family dance party featuring some of your favorite tunes, an appearance by Pete the Cat, and face painting donated by Metamorphosis (www.nancysfaces.com). JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 10, Friday
SUMMER KICKOFF TEEN LOCK-IN
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Need to blow off some steam? Ever wanted to have the library all to yourself? Now you can! Please join us after the library closes on Friday for capture the flag. There will be snacks, music, face painting and more. Grades 5-12. Registration required and begins May 27. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 11, Saturday
GIRLS OF SUMMER WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE JUNIOR LEAGUE
JMRL- Northside Library.
The Junior League of Charlottesville present a celebration of girls, summer, and books. This popular Richmond program is returning to Charlottesville and will feature YA authors Hannah Barnaby and Kristen-Paige Madonia. Join us for book signings, sweet treats, and fun book-related activities! For all ages. JMRL- Northside Library.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 13-August 12
KIDSCOLLEGE@PVCC SUMMER STEM & ARTS ACADEMIES
KidsCollege@PVCC Summer STEM & Arts Academies 3rd-9th Graders, Over 90 Academies (50% NEW!) NEW Online Registration, STEM: 3D Printing, Minecraft, Robotics, Coding, Space Explore, Create Apps, Small Engine, Forensics, Solar Ovens and more! Arts: Sculpture, Fashion & Shoe Design, Rap, Acting, Dance, Jewelry-making, TV Production, Spanish, Chinese and more! 10th-12th Grade ACE (Assistant Counselor Education) leadership program, Half or full day options! Bring a lunch and stay all day with our After-Academy Club. Scholarships Available, KidsCollege@Fluvanna - June 6-17 Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902,Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902.  $Varies.  Contact: KidsCollege.  Email: kidscollege@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.961.5354. 
 
June 14, 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! 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. 
 
June 16, Thursday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Northside Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 17, Friday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows if you'd like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested and begins May 31. Drop-ins always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
DIGITAL GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Local artist and graphic designer Mike Uriss will present a workshop for tweens ages 10 to 15. Participants will learn principles of graphic design, the role of technology in graphic design, and have the opportunity to create and save their own digital creation. Registration is required and begins June 6. Limit: 8 participants. JMRL- Central Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
HOW TO TOON: A CARTOONING WORKSHOP WITH JOE WOS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Cartoonist Joe Wos will inspire and entertain as he shows you how to create and develop some incredible cartoon characters. Registration is required and begins June 6. JMRL- Crozet Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
HOW TO TOON: A CARTOONING WORKSHOP WITH JOE WOS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Cartoonist Joe Wos will inspire and entertain as he shows you how to create and develop some incredible cartoon characters. Joe combines storytelling and cartooning for hilarious fun. Registration is required and begins June 8. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 28, Tuesday
BALL IN THE HOUSE (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Central 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- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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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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 9, Thursday
SUMMER READING STARING LINE KICKOFF PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Ready, set, read! Race into the library to get your first dash of summer reading, and then step outside to enjoy some sweet summer treats and sun-filled fun. Pick up your first JMRL Summer Reading Challenge sheet, and let the summer begin. Special appearance by Pete the Cat. For all ages. Rain cancels. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 11, Saturday
GIRLS OF SUMMER WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE JUNIOR LEAGUE
JMRL- Northside Library.
The Junior League of Charlottesville present a celebration of girls, summer, and books. This popular Richmond program is returning to Charlottesville and will feature YA authors Hannah Barnaby and Kristen-Paige Madonia. Join us for book signings, sweet treats, and fun book-related activities! For all ages. JMRL- Northside Library.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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 17, Friday
BREATHE, BEND & BOOKS: A YOGA STORYTIME
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Books come alive in a whole new way as we read, stretch our bodies and explore movement and yoga poses. Grades K-2. Registration is required and begins May 26. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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 4, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE SUMMER READING KICK-OFF CEREMONY
Barnes and Noble.
the 20th Anniversary of our annual summer reading program challenges kids in Grades 1-6 to read 8 books over the Summer, complete the summer reading journal and earn a free book. this years theme will be a take on the Summer Olympics-A Summer Reading Triathlon Charlottesville 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. 
 
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 17, Friday
BREATHE, BEND & BOOKS: A YOGA STORYTIME
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Books come alive in a whole new way as we read, stretch our bodies and explore movement and yoga poses. Grades K-2. Registration is required and begins May 26. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 18, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE: DAD SCHOOL AND GRANDPA LOVES YOU STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Dad School-In this adorable kids-eye view of what would happen if Dad went to school, a little boy imagines a place where all dads learn their amazing skills, like giving piggyback rides and making giant sandwiches for lunch. Grandpa Loves You-Told in charming verse with the signature bunny characters, this book celebrates the special relationship a child has with Grandpa. Barnes and Noble.  11:00 am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
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.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  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. 
 
June 25, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE: EXTREMELY CUTE ANIMALS OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY
Barnes and Noble.
Just because youre extremely cute, doesnt mean you cant operate a bulldozer! From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a fun, funny, and whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies whos boss! 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. 
 
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 15, Wednesday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 15, Wednesday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 16, Thursday
PELICAN TRAPPER
JMRL- Northside Library.
Give yourself the gift of magic! Taylor Lewis presents a variety magic and illusion show. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 18, Saturday
BEGINNER ZUMBA
JMRL- Central Library.
Get moving with an introduction to this aerobic activity that incorporates different styles of dance. Certified instructor Amy Howard will provide background and instruction on basic dance moves. Grades 6-12. Limit: 15. Registration is required and begins June 4. JMRL- Central Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 21, Tuesday
THEATRE GAMES
JMRL- Crozet 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 7. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 22, Wednesday
THEATRE GAMES
JMRL- Northside 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. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Limit: 20 participants. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 25, Saturday
JUGGLE & TWIST WITH JASON LE BLANC
JMRL- Central Library.
Watch a short performance by juggler extraordinaire Jason Le Blanc, then try your hand at keeping things up in the air without dropping them (Juggling 101), and twisting balloons into the shape of your choice without popping them! (Balloons 101). Registration is required and begins June 11. JMRL- Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  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. 
 
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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