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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
December 14, Wednesday
PRINCETON REVIEW COLLEGE TEST PREP SERIES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A representative from the Princeton Review will be presenting strategies for taking the SAT. 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
 
December 3 & 10, Saturdays
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS
Frontier Culture Museum.
Ages 5-8 and 9-12. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
December 10, Saturday
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Another great event for families traveling to Keswick. Keswick Hall, Ballroom.  Directions: 701 Club Drive, Keswick.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
December 10, Saturday
KIDS ART WORKSHOP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join local artist Barbara Venerus for a special collage workshop for kids. Virginia Discovery Museum.  3pm.  $Included with Admission.  Recommended for ages 4 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 7 & 14, Wednesdays
CRAFTERNOONS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Stitch up a fantastic little something just in time for the holidays. The following week, print up some original wrapping paper. No sewing experience necessary. Ages 7+. Registration requested but drop-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  4pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 15, Thursday
ALL ABOARD THE CENTRAL EXPRESS
JMRL - Central Library.
Chug into the library and create unique wrapping paper, cards or framable artwork by dipping the wheels of train cars in paint and choo-choo-ing them on paper. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10-11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 15, Thursday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Families are invited to make a non-edible gingerbread house. Great art can be messy, so come dressed to create at the library. We'll pull out all the glitter and glue for loads of fun. For kids up to age 12. Northside Library.  3:30-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 17, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT PARTY
Carver Recreation Center.
Come make and take holiday crafts, enjoy holiday treats and a visit from Santa. Carver Recreation Center.  1-3pm.  $Free.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
December 9-10 & 16-17, Friday-Saturday
HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING FOR KIDS
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center where children can make holiday gifts including bracelets, miniature paintings and more. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, Darden Towe Park.  10am-2pm December 9 & 10, 10am-3pm December 16 & 17.  $7.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
November 27-December 18, Sundays
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
The Boar's Head Inn.
Spend a fun Sunday afternoon at The Boar's Head with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Boar's Head Pastry Chef designing and building your own edible masterpiece at this ever-popular event! All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  1-3pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-2230. 
 
December 20, Tuesday
COOKIES & COCOA UGLY SWEATER PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Wear your ugliest winter sweater and enjoy hot cocoa and an action movie! No ugly sweater? Use the provided supplies to "uglify" your outfit! Bring a plate of favorite cookies and swap and snack! JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 20, Tuesday
DAZZLING DECEMBER DROP-IN
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate the sparkle and magic of the season by creating some dazzling crafts with glitter, glue, doilies, ribbons, stencils, sequins and more. JMRL- Central Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 20, Tuesday
HOLIDAY HOUSES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Celebrate the sweetness of the season at the annual Holiday Houses event. Houses are pre-assembled by museum staff, so let your imagination run free as you create your very own candy-coated winter wonderland with an assortment of goodies. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  4pm.  $15 (includes house/decorations, museum admission for 1 child/1 adult).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays in January
TODDLER TIME AT MAYMONT: WINTER WIGGLES
Maymont.
Read stories, make crafts, have some free play and learn about what some animals do to survive during the winter months. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  10-11am.  $36 per child/parent pair, $29 members for all sessions.  Recommended for ages 1 to 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
First Thursdays
MINI MAKERS
Jefferson Madison Regional 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.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Fridays
ART TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids ages 3-6 get creative through various art media and techniques! Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
KIDS CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Explore a different topic each week through crafts, games, experiments and more! Ages 4 and up. Check the online program schedule for special guests. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  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 & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Little ones are invited to enjoy short, playful activities. Toddlers will explore sensory activities, practice fine and gross motor skills through crafts and dance parties, and learn about the world around them. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  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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December 10, Saturday
KIDS ART WORKSHOP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join local artist Barbara Venerus for a special collage workshop for kids. Virginia Discovery Museum.  3pm.  $Included with Admission.  Recommended for ages 4 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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
 
Tuesdays in December
PLAY PALS: BABY STAY & PLAY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stop in for playtime with developmentally appropriate toys for babies up to 2 years of age. Gordon Avenue Library.  10-11am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 4-February 22, Wednesdays
WEE ONES WINTER SESSION
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. Winter registration begins December 14 at 9am. Birthday must fall between January 5, 2015 and January 6, 2016. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 5-February 23, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS WINTER 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. Winter registration begins at 1pm December 12. Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. 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.
 
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 & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Little ones are invited to enjoy short, playful activities. Toddlers will explore sensory activities, practice fine and gross motor skills through crafts and dance parties, and learn about the world around them. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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December 13, 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 will be provided. December's book is The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel. Registration required. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
December 5-March 27, Monthly on 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. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $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. 
 
Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up. Grades 3-5. JMRL Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 15-March 16, Third Thursdays
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 3RD & 4TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided. See library website for each month's discussion. Registration begins December 15 with a 10-reader limit. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies. Snacking and chatting with a limited amount of free copies of the books available. Limit: 7 readers. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Fourth Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK DISCUSSION 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.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
Tuesdays
POETRY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your child develop their own unique voice. Both early and experienced writers welcome! Children tap into their creativity, stretch their imaginations, play with words and learn about language. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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December 10-11, Saturday & Sunday
WINTER BOOT MAKING CLASS
The Living Earth School.
Learn how to make a felt winter boot with a rubber sole. These custom-designed boots make a great gift! Ages 16 and up. Living Earth School, Afton.  9am-5pm.  Recommended for ages 16 to 99.  Email: livingearthva@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-7339. 
 
Second Tuesdays
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. 
 
December 7 & 14, Wednesdays
CRAFTERNOONS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Stitch up a fantastic little something just in time for the holidays. The following week, print up some original wrapping paper. No sewing experience necessary. Ages 7+. Registration requested but drop-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  4pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 14, Wednesday
PRINCETON REVIEW COLLEGE TEST PREP SERIES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A representative from the Princeton Review will be presenting strategies for taking the SAT. 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. 
 
December 17, Saturday
LIFE-SIZE CANDYLAND PLANNING TEAM
JMRL - Central Library.
The Central Teen Advisory Board invites teens to join in as hosts for the Life-Size Candyland Event on December 19. 1pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
December 19, Monday
SILVER SCREEN SMASH
JMRL - Northside Library.
Celebrate the start of winter break with friends, snacks and a PG-13 movie. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 20, Tuesday
COOKIES & COCOA UGLY SWEATER PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Wear your ugliest winter sweater and enjoy hot cocoa and an action movie! No ugly sweater? Use the provided supplies to "uglify" your outfit! Bring a plate of favorite cookies and swap and snack! JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
December 21, Wednesday
ANIME AFTERNOON
JMRL - Gordon Avenue.
Calling all anime and manga fans: come watch popular anime with friends. Grades 6-12. Gordon Avenue Library.  2:30-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
December 27, Tuesday
THE LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reading: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Free copy of the book included on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more mature teen readers. Registration required and begins December 1. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 30, Friday
YEAR IN REVIEW: TEEN BEST OF 2016
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Dress fancy, walk the red carpet and fight for your favorites of the year! Nominations (and snacks!) will be compiled and fought for! Grades 6-12. Registration recommended but walk-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 7, Saturday
ASTRONOMY AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A presentation by a Charlottesville Astronomical Society member followed by observation of the daytime sky using telescopes set up on the patio outside the main entrance. Children must be 10 years or older and accompanied by an adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 9-12, 14 & 17-18
EXAM CRAM AT CROZET LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reserved space and extended hours for high school students studying for midterms. Free snacks and beverages available. Contact the library to even reserve a group study room! Crozet Library.  4-9pm weekdays, 9am-5pm Saturday.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 31, Tuesday
R.A.D. (READ AND DISCUSS) TEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Read And Discuss! Free copy of the book included on a first-come first-serve basis. Grades 6-12. January reading: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Registration required and begins December 30. Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 4-March 1, First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Be a part of something big. Plan teen stuff for the library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $fFree.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 4-March 1, First Wednesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central Library.
Central Library needs you! Be sure your voice is heard when it comes to programming at Central Library. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
December 5-March 27, Monthly on 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. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $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. 
 
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. 
 
Monthly on 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.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
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. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  6:30-8pm.  $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. 
 
Second 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 7-12. Registration recommended. 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 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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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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December 10, 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! Baker Butler Elementary School.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
January 7, 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! Cale Elementary School.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  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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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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December 8 & 10, Thursday & Saturday
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. Drop-ins always welcome. Ages 2-6. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 17, Saturday
GROOVIN' WITH LU & ROO
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join Lucy (Lu) and Rhonda (Roo) for a dance party. Preschool style! Ages 3-5. Crozet Library.  10am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 3, 10 & 17, Saturdays
REINDEER GAMES AT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF RICHMOND
Children's Museum of Richmond.
A rotating festival featuring character visits from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa's Reindeer Boot Camp, Santa's Cookie Workshop, make your own "Reindeer Food" and flying reindeer (STEM activity!). Children's Museum of Richmond - Chesterfield, Short Pump, Fredericksburg.  10am-4pm Dec. 3 Chesterfield, Dec. 10 Short Pump, Dec. 17 Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 23
TEA WITH SANTA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Another long-standing tradition, Tea with Santa offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety of seasonal beverages and light snacks while singing along with Santa and the Singing Elf in an intimate setting. The Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown.  Directions: 501 E. Broad Street.  2pm.  $36/members, $40/non-members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
November 25-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR, St. Mary's For Kids & Bon Secours Children's Services.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond! Sunrise, sunset and tea with Santa services go on sale November 1! Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  Directions: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond.  See website or call for Santa's schedule.  $Free visit with Santa, photo available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Email: santa@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
December 31, Saturday
NOON YEAR'S EVE PARTY
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 at this special event for all ages. Nelson Memorial Library.  11am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
January 1, Sunday
NEW YEAR'S DAY BASH
Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.
Open on New Year's Day for the first time ever! Celebrate the new year all day long with special performances, art projects, games and more! Children's Museum of Richmond.  Directions: 2626 W. Broad St.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7063. 
 
January 7, Saturday
ASTRONOMY AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A presentation by a Charlottesville Astronomical Society member followed by observation of the daytime sky using telescopes set up on the patio outside the main entrance. Children must be 10 years or older and accompanied by an adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 7-March 4, First Saturdays
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.  2pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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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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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January 5-February 23, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP WINTER SESSION
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. Registration begins at 1pm on December 12. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 1-April 6, Wednesdays or 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. Registration begins February 21. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 7-May 27, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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 month prior to each date. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. 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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December 10, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE
Barnes and Noble.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children's books of all time. Coloring and activities to follow. 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. 
 
December 17, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: SANTA'S SLEIGH IS ON ITS WAY
Barnes and Noble.
It's a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in town are asleep. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way? Storytime and activities featuring Santa's Sleigh Is on Its Way! 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. 
 
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. 
 
November 21-December 19, Mondays
DREAMTIME STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Pull on your jammies and cozy up with a lovey as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We'll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get us ready for a good night's sleep. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
December 24, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: HANUKKAH STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Celebrate Hanukkah Storytime with I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel and How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? 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. 
 
December 31, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: HAP-PEA ALL YEAR
Barnes and Noble.
Just in time for New Year's, the peas from the bestselling LMNO Peas are back for more fun this time exploring the months of the year! Storytime and activities featuring Hap-Pea All Year. 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. 
 
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. 
 
January 9-April 24, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Designed for babies 6-24 months old with a caregiver. Enjoy 10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your little one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. No registration required. Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 9-April 24, Mondays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2-3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read, and Play." Registration is required. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
STORY TIME AT VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Curl up with a good story with special guest readers from around the community. Visitors are welcome to come and go from Story Time as their childrens' attention spans require. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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December 19, Monday
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS LIVE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
A live Christmas musical recommended for grades K-5. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  $7.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
December 17, 18 & 22
THE NUTCRACKER
Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Sweets and enjoy the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky's score. This enchanting performance is sure to delight the whole family! V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC.  11am & 3:30pm Saturday, 2pm & 5:30pm Sunday, 3pm & 7pm Thursday.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-7592. 
 
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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