Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
October 19, Wednesday
PRINCETON REVIEW COLLEGE TEST PREP SERIES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A representative from the Princeton Review will be presenting SAT results and strategies. Grades 6-12. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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
 
October 4, Tuesday
TOTS AND DOTS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two-part early visual literacy program for children ages six months to four years. The first twenty minutes will feature a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art and ways to further stimulate visual and interpretive development in young children. Strollers and crying babies are welcome. Registration is required. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  10-10:40am, 11-11:40am, 12-12:40pm.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu.. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
September 16-October 14
2ND ANNUAL "IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER" SCHOOL ART CONTEST
City of Charlottesville.
The Art Contest's Theme, "Imagine a Day Without Water," is open to all city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County public, private and home schools grades 1-8. Any medium may be used (paint, colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc). Winners will be selected from each grade division, and winners (along Fan Favorites chosen online) will be recognized at special ceremonies and their work exhibited in public venues. Rules and restrictions apply. Submissions mailed to or dropped off at Department of Public Works.  Directions: 305 4th Street NW.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 14.  Contact: Jill Greiner.  Email: waterconservation@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3877. 
 
October 15, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: CELESTIAL COMPOSITIONS
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
October 15, Saturday
PAPER MAKING WORKSHOP
LCEC.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center to for a fun paper making workshop! Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.  10am-2pm.  $7.  Contact: Alex Searls.  Email: alexandriasearls@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
October 15, Saturday
STEAMPOWERED WORKSHOP: SILKSCREENING
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
This STEAMpowered workshop (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) will focus on learning how to silkscreen! This printmaking technique helps create multiple copies of the same image on almost anything. Learn how to make your own stencil, mix colors, pull prints, and make your very own personalized t-shirt. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  1-3pm.  $40 (includes museum admission), $31 for members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
October 19, Wednesday
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things! No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 28 & 29, Friday & Saturday
HALLOWEEN PAPER MASK MAKING
LCEC.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center to make wearable paper masks for Halloween and to learn about animals of North America such as the big horn sheep and the bison. The Keelboat will also be available for boarding. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.  10am-4pm.  $7.  Contact: Alex Searls.  Email: alexandriasearls@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
October 6 & December 1, Thursdays
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
If you're crafty this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress or the supplies you need to get started. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  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. 
 
First Thursdays
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. 
 
First Wednesdays
MAKE IT & TAKE IT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something. For all ages with adult help. See library page for each week's selected activity! JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third 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. October 19: Glitter Ghosts. November 16: Frosted Pinecones. December 21: Solstice Lanterns. 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. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
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! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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October 6, Thursday
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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 8, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL ALL-TERRAIN 5K & ANNUAL 5TH KIDS' FUN RUN
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Join in a family-friendly all-terrain 5K Run or Walk. Prizes are awarded for all age groups. Kids can participate in the Kids' Fun Run following the race at 9:15am. Prizes awarded to all Fun Run participants. Charlottesville Catholic School.  8am.  $Varies.  Email: info@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
September 10-October 10, Saturdays
OWN TOUCH JUNIORS
Own Touch Cville.
Parents can choose the option of having kids play on the Futsal court or the turf. Futsal, played with a weighted, smaller ball on a smooth surface, provides stronger technical and tactical challenges, resulting in greater and more rapid skill development. The program includes training and "game style" play and an Own Touch t-shirt. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9-10am or 10:15-11:15am.  $85.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
October 16, Sunday
TENNIS PLAYDAY
QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia.
Kids 8 and under will have lots of tennis fun on the kid-sized tennis courts! Register by email. Jack Jouett Middle School.  $Free.  Email: quickstartcentral@comcast.net. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
2'S AND 3'S TOGETHER
JMRL- Gordon Ave 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 August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 9:30am, Tuesdays 10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-November 2, 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 with birthdates falling between 9/15/2014 and 9/14/2015. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 15-November 3, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
DELETE DUPLICATE ROMP & STOMP FALL 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. Register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14-November 16, Wednesdays
ONES & TWOS TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Ready to bounce on up from Babies and Books? Enjoy a mix of stories, music, and movement designed for one and two year olds with an accompanying adult. Siblings welcome. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
BABIES & BOOKS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 18 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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.
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Thursdays
STORYBOOK BEAT
JMRL - Greene.
Enjoy 45 minutes with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music using scarves and rhythm instruments. A simple craft activity will conclude the class! For ages 3-5 with adult caregiver. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Third Fridays, January-May & September-December
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. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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. 
 
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September 29, Thursday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT CROZET ELEMENTARY
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Looking for some fun? Come investigate Girl Scouts! Girls, grades K-5, and adults are invited to attend the Girl Scout Open House. Come register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Crozet Elementary School, Crozet.  7-8pm.  $ Open house is free; $22 to register to be a Girl Scout member.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
October 1, Saturday
BACKYARD BIRDING FOR KIDS
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
With the arrival of fall we begin to think about feeding our feathered friends. The next club meeting of the Blue Ridge Young Birders Club will feature a presentation about feeding and identifying backyard birds. All youth between the ages of 7 and 18 and their parents are welcome! This meeting is preceded by the First Saturday Bird Walk which starts at 7:30 am. Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area.  9:30am meeting, 7:30am bird walk.  $free .  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
October 25, Tuesday
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 provided. Registration required. For October: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. Central Library.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 18 & November 15, Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
A different challenge each month played from home. Approved users can build and explore with fellow Minecrafters using a common spawn-point. To play, stop by the children's desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Players must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 3-12. Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 20 & November 17, Thursdays
RAPUNZELS: FOR TWEEN GIRLS
JMRL - Greene.
Read and discuss great books, enjoy book-related snacks, crafts and games! First 15 girls to arrive receive a free copy of next month's book! Registration is required and ongoing. Grades 4-8. Greene County Library.  3:30-5pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
October 24 & November 28, Mondays
CHAPTER CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. We will be reading a different title each month. Grades 6-8. Required registration for fall season begins on September 1. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 26, October 24, November 28, Mondays
NOVEL NOISE BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each teen will read a book relating to the monthly theme to discuss with the club. Grades 9-12. Northside Library.  7:15-8:15pm.  Recommended for ages 14 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 28, October 26 & November 30, Wednesdays
TWIXT BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Discuss great stories, dark mysteries and interesting characters. Collect a library of your own! September 28: Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. October 26: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Ballet. November 30: My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up. Grades 3-5. Required registration. JMRL Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 29, October 27 & December 29, Thursdays
ROCKIN' READERS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A newly formed book club for grades 3-5 for fun and lively discussion. A free copy of the book will be available at the circulation desk. Refreshments served! The December meeting will be followed by a viewing of the movie adaptation of the book, Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling. Scottsville Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Third 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.  3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Fourth Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK CLUB FOR SECOND GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided. Limit 10 readers. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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. 
 
Bi-monthly on Thursdays
SHARKS: FOR TWEEN BOYS
JMRL - Greene.
Read and discuss great books, eat snacks, Do fun activities! Registered Sharks receive a free copy of next month's book! Pre-registration is required for each session. Grades 4-8. Greene County Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
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October 1, Saturday
MISS CHARLOTTESVILLE PAGEANT
Miss Charlottesville is a pageant for girls in the Charlottesville area. Contestants compete in formalwear, on-stage question, and photogenic. Winners take home a large prize package and will work within the community during their reign. The purpose of Miss Charlottesville is to encourage personal growth, build confidence, and promote good sportsmanship through healthy competition. Entry forms available on website. PVCC, V. Earl Dickinson Performing Arts Center.  4pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 29-November 22
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
An annual competition challenging youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. This year's selections will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
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October 1, Saturday
CHESS SATURDAY
JMRL- Central Library.
If you're a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited. JMRL- Central Library.  2-2:30pm Grades K-3, 2:30-4pm Grades 4-8.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x3. 
 
October 5, Wednesday
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Be a part of something big. Plan teen programs and events at the Library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided, and members receive volunteer hours for participation. Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome. Grades 6-12. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 3, Monday
WINNIE-THE-POOH'S READER'S THEATER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join us as we read aloud one of Winnie-the-Pooh's classic tales. Return to the library on October 5 to do the polished reading for our younger Pooh lovers as we celebrate his 90th birthday. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 14.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 7, Friday
BEAT POETS READING AT TIN WHISTLE IRISH PUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Read your favorite selection from your favorite Beat poet! Tin Whistle Irish Pub.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 8, Saturday
HAMIL-VERSARY TEA PARTY
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Celebrate the first anniversary of the release of Hamilton: The Musical cast album with a Hamilton-themed tea party. Learn about loose leaf tea, design your own blends and enjoy traditional English tea snacks. Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 11, Tuesday
TEEN MOVIE CLUB: CINEMA PARADISO
JMRL.
Teens grades 6-12 are invited to eat popcorn and enjoy this 1990 Italian award-winner. Discussion follows the viewing. Crozet Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 12, Wednesday
REGIONAL COLLEGE FAIR
Students will have the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from more than 80 colleges and universities and learn about their institutions, programs of study, college life, and admission requirements. Students should be prepared to collect materials from the colleges and universities in which they are interested and to have labels with their name and address in order to be included in a college database. Monticello High School.  5-8pm.  $Free. 
 
October 17, Monday
PUMPKIN DECORATING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Make your fall decorations sparkle by adding some glitz and glamour to permanent pumpkins. All materials provided! Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  Recommended for ages 14 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 17, Monday
YAK & SNACK
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Come talk about "So You Want to Be a Wizard" by Diane Duane. Free copy of the book included on first-come, first-serve basis. Grades 6-8. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 19, Wednesday
PRINCETON REVIEW COLLEGE TEST PREP SERIES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A representative from the Princeton Review will be presenting SAT results and strategies. Grades 6-12. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 22, Saturday
OPEN BIO LABS INAUGURAL PUMPKIN CARVING EXTRAVAGANZA
Open Bio Labs.
Join the inaugural Open Bio Labs pumpkin-carving event! Pre-order your pumpkin kits by clicking http://openbiolabs.org/events/. There will be a limited amount of pumpkin kits available on the day of the carving. How much do the kits cost?: YOU decide! We appreciate your donations in supporting our cause to inspire and empower creation through synthetic biology! 300 W Main Street Suite B.  11am-1pm.  $10 minimum donation for kit.  Contact: Ashley James.  Email: info@openbiolabs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 878-2355. 
 
October 28, Friday
TEEN FRIGHT NIGHT
JMRL - Crozet.
Wear your Halloween costume for an evening of creepy activities, including a Halloween movie, a mask design contest and an evil laugh challenge. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 31, Monday
TEEN HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT
Gordon Library.
Find the ghosts and goblins hiding in the library! Spooky clues and a Halloween treat. Grades 5-12. Gordon Library.  4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 1-31, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
TWIZTED CREATIONZ HAUNTED ATTRACTION
Creative Works Farm.
Just north of Waynesboro, get scared at this trail haunt with indoor and outdoor scenes. All benefits go to Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs. Waynesboro.  Directions: Off Purple Cow Road.  Dark-11pm Friday & Saturday, dark-10pm Thursday.  $15.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 28, October 26 & November 9, 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. November 9 meeting will be at Northside Library. Gordon Avenue Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 19 & November 16, Wednesdays
CENTRAL TEEN BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Central.
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: 979-7151 x4. 
 
October 24 & November 28, Mondays
CHAPTER CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. We will be reading a different title each month. Grades 6-8. Required registration for fall season begins on September 1. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 26, October 24, November 28, Mondays
NOVEL NOISE BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each teen will read a book relating to the monthly theme to discuss with the club. Grades 9-12. Northside Library.  7:15-8:15pm.  Recommended for ages 14 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 28, October 26 & November 30, Wednesdays
BIBLIOPHILES: TEEN BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Greene.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. The first nine teens to arrive receive a copy of the next month's book! Greene County Library.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
October 26 & November 30, Wednesdays
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.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
First Wednesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central.
Take action for literacy by joining the Central Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the Central Library. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Angela.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
Second Thursdays
NELSON TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Take action for literacy by joining the Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the Nelson Memorial Library. Grades 6-12. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
Second Tuesdays (except for September 20 meeting)
CROZET TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Your ideas are needed! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board! Help plan teen programs, displays and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. Registration recommended. TAB application required. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October-December, Second Tuesdays
TWEEN SCENE: STEAM
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Kids grades 4-8 can enjoy several fun, s.t.e.a.m-oriented classes. October 11: Worm Bins. November 8: Snap Circuits. December 13: KEVA Planks. Louisa.  4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Wednesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come be a part of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Help create displays, plan programs and activities while earning volunteer hours. Enjoy snacks and meet new people! Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  5-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SCOTTSVILLE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Scottsville Library needs you! Be sure your voice is heard when it comes to programming at Scottsville Library. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays and activities. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. Scottsville Library, Scottsville.  6:30-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 270-5164. 
 
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. 
 
First Mondays October-December
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends, while enjoying snacks and Pocky! 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. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
GAME NIGHT
JMRL - Northside Library.
Wii, PS2, board games and prizes. Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $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. 
 
Third Tuesdays
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.  4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
October 12-December 14, Second Wednesdays
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on a theme. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project. Check the Teen Program Calendar at jmrl.org/teens to see what each month's theme will be. Central Library.  4pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ex 4. 
 
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. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
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! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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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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. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  $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. 
 
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Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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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. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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September 30, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS HEIDI'S NIGHT
Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
For students in grades 4-12 and parents interested in astronomy. Participate in laser tours, classroom activities and night sky viewings. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm.  Contact: Steve Layman.  Email: slayman2528@comcast.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 1, Saturday
BACKYARD BIRDING FOR KIDS
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
With the arrival of fall we begin to think about feeding our feathered friends. The next club meeting of the Blue Ridge Young Birders Club will feature a presentation about feeding and identifying backyard birds. All youth between the ages of 7 and 18 and their parents are welcome! This meeting is preceded by the First Saturday Bird Walk which starts at 7:30 am. Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area.  9:30am meeting, 7:30am bird walk.  $free .  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
October 1, Saturday
GIRLS' GEEK DAYS
Sparking girls' interest in STEM in a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment. Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. Open to all ages, girls in third grade or younger should plan to bring a guardian too. Registration is required and space is limited! Crozet Elementary School, Crozet.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 28, Friday
FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY PUBLIC NIGHT
UVA Department of Astronomy.
Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. Tickets must be requested in advance and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis starting September 1. Fan Mountain Observing Station .  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
October 14 & 28, December 9, Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. We will have a different project each week to explore, from paper airplanes to sweet sculptures. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October-December, Second Tuesdays
TWEEN SCENE: STEAM
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Kids grades 4-8 can enjoy several fun, s.t.e.a.m-oriented classes. October 11: Worm Bins. November 8: Snap Circuits. December 13: KEVA Planks. Louisa.  4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
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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September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL 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. Register for either Monday or Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open gym free play every Friday morning for kids 6 and under and homeschoolers of all ages! Own Touch Cville.  9:30am-12pm.  $$10 for child, $15 per family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
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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September 28, Wednesday
MAKING AND PRINTING 3D OBJECTS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Curious about the library's 3D printer? Join staff as they demonstrate how to create or select an object to print. Registration recommended. Northside Library.  6:30-8:45pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 1, Saturday
CHESS SATURDAY
JMRL- Central Library.
If you're a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited. JMRL- Central Library.  2-2:30pm Grades K-3, 2:30-4pm Grades 4-8.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x3. 
 
October 1, Saturday
SABER FORCE ACADEMY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Saber Force Academy takes the fun of light sabers and puts them into teaching martial arts skills to students. Come watch and participate with some basic techniques. Gordon Avenue Library.  11:45am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 5, Wednesday
THREE CHEERS FOR POOH!
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh's 90th birthday with a story, games, and snacks. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 15, Saturday
INTERACTIVE ARCHAEOLOGY DIG FOR KIDS
Monticello.
This 30-minute interactive exhibit will introduce children to archaeology, and how we know what we know about the lives of the enslaved and free people living and working at Monticello. Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock excavation where they will learn proper field techniques, including digging, screening, and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  10am-2:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 13.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
October 15, Saturday
IT'S THUMB-BODY'S BIRTHDAY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Celebrate author-illustrator Ed Emberley's 85th birthday with thumb art and a thumb birthday cake! Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 11.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 24, Monday
BOOK DISCUSSION: MOCKINGBIRD
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss the National Book Award winner by Kathryn Erskine. Snacking and chatting with a limited amount of free copies of the books available. Grades 5-6. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 26, Wednesday
MY LIFE WITH BLACK BEARS
JMRL - Crozet.
Join 17-year-old author Gabriel Mapel as he shares his experience as an interpretive ranger for Shenandoah National Park and discusses the behavior of black bears in an interactive presentation. Crozet Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 108.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 28, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby's.
Get in the Halloween spirit at the Virginia Discovery Museum this Friday with the party that's too cute to spook! Don your most creative costumes as you explore the witch's creaky, old cabin; meet the mad scientists; give Boo Bowling a spin; and win prizes in a variety of crafts and games. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  6-7:30pm.  $10.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
September 21-December 14, Wednesdays
READING ROCKS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
An independent activity for kids ages 3-5 introducing new concepts and ideas while increasing vocabulary, improving listening skills and promoting reading readiness. Scottsville Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce Play -n- Create 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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October 7, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
The Children's Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum. Families can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 10 and under. Children's Museum of Richmond.  Directions: CMoR Central.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  Contact: Jenna Petrosino.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7012. 
 
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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September 29, Thursday
PETER JONES, "THE PIED PIPER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE"
JMRL- Northside Library.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of "Tell Us A Tale" fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL. Suggested for ages 3-6. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 6, Thursday
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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 7, Friday
EXPLORE SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK WITH BUBBA JONES
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Author Jeff Alt takes visitors on an adventure based on his new book "The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park." Help Bubba Jones solve a mystery and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species and more. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 18, Tuesday
PETER JONES, "THE PIED PIPER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE"
JMRL - Central Library.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of "Tell Us A Tale" fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 22, Saturday
EXPLORE SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK WITH BUBBA JONES
JMRL - Gordon Library.
Author Jeff Alt takes visitors on an adventure based on his new book "The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park." Help Bubba Jones solve a mystery and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species and more. Gordon Library.  3:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-November 2, 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 with birthdates falling between 9/15/2014 and 9/14/2015. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL 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. Register for either Monday or Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
BABIES & BOOKS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 18 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1-2pm.  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. 
 
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.  3-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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October 14, Friday
PETER JONES, "THE PIED PIPER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE"
JMRL - Gordon Library.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of "Tell Us A Tale" fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL. Suggested for ages 3-6. JMRL- Gordon Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL 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.  9:30am Mondays, 10:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 15-October 27, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave 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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
DELETE DUPLICATE ROMP & STOMP FALL 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. Register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14-November 16, Wednesdays
ONES & TWOS TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Ready to bounce on up from Babies and Books? Enjoy a mix of stories, music, and movement designed for one and two year olds with an accompanying adult. Siblings welcome. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 14-November 17, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 17 & 24, December 19, Mondays
BOOKS AT BEDTIME
JMRL - Greene.
Come in your pajamas, snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to bedtime stories! On October 24, wear your costume if you choose and enjoy refreshments! Ages 7 and under with siblings welcome! Greene County Library.  6:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
September 12-October 24, November 21-December 19, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 3-January 7, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. 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. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Preschool children enjoy a half-hour with books, crafts and activities as they build social, creative and early literacy skills. 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. 
 
Thursdays
PRESCHOOL READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers preschool storytime for children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs and learning. Siblings welcome. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
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. 
 
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October 15, Saturday
LATIN BALLET WORKSHOPS
Latin Ballet of Virginia will hold public dance workshops for kids of all ages. Participants will learn Merengue, Reggaeton, Flamenco, and typical Mexican Day of the Dead celebratory dances. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. State Theatre of Culpeper, Culpepper.  Directions: Halsey Auditorium.  1:30pm ages 11 and under; 2:45 ages 12 and up.  $10, $30 Family Four-Pack.  Email: vadunphy@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-829-0292. 
 
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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