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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
April 29, Saturday
SPRING 3D CANVAS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
You shop while they craft. Supplied included. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
January-May, First 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. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 5-May 4, First Thursdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL - Central Library.
Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3-5pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 6, Saturday
INAUGURAL HOW-TO FESTIVAL
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in to any 15-30 minute session and learn about a variety of topics from how to raise chickens in the city or brew a perfect cup of coffee to how to prepare for a zombie invasion or learn computer coding. See the 3D printer in action and pick up a free comic book as well. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 13, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: BEADING BEAUTIFUL BANDS
Fralin Museum of Art.
Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm & 3-5pm.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
January 18-May 17, Third Wednesdays
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. 
 
January 26-May 25, Fourth 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. 
 
May 28, Sunday
WOODWORKING WITH CHILDREN OPEN HOUSE
Check out woodworking with your child and see if they are interested. Try hammering and drilling (sawing is saved for the workshop itself). Meet the instructor,see the set-up and have your questions answered. 1104 Forest St., Charlottesville.  4-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 14.  Contact: Judy Cahill .  Email: JCahill5@aol.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
January 31-May 30, Final Tuesdays
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. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
KARA'S CRAFT HOUR
Little Planets.
A fun, new activity each week. Paper flowers, simple origami, ornaments and decorative hangings, collages and more. Capacity of 12. Little Planets Playroom.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  10-10:30am.  $Free to members.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 209-4717. 
 
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! No meeting in April. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Thursdays
NATURE CRAFTS AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Fun crafts easy for little hands that use natural materials and help nourish a hands-on relationship with nature. Little Planets Playroom.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  11-11:45am.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
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 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. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
April 30, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
A fun, family-friendly event including kids' dashes, cross-country races for kindergarteners through adults, and fun and games for everyone. Held at Panorama Farms, which is home to UVA's Cross Country Course. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  1-3:30pm.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
January 5-May 4
WEEKLY DANCE PRACTICE
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
Come and practice with fellow dance students. No partner needed. All skill levels welcome. Murray High School.  Directions: 12000 Forest Street.  7:30-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 6, Saturday
27TH ANNUAL DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
On your mark, get set ... go! Enjoy a morning of great family exercise and fun-filled races for kids ages 3 to 12, including quarter-mile, half-mile, and mile runs; a sibling race; parent-child relays; a community-wide school relay; and even a scramble for the littlest ones! Each runner receives a Dash T-shirt. Monticello High School.  7:45-10am.  $15.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 7, Sunday
RELAY FOR LIFE OF CHARLOTTESVILLE/ALBEMARLE
Relay for Life.
Join in this team-based walk-a-thon to raise money for the American Cancer Society! Family-friendly fun, games and entertainment are planned for all participants. IX Art Park.  12-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: jane.johnson.  Email: jane.johnson@cancer.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-227-2345. 
 
May 21, Sunday
8TH ANNUAL DOGWOOD DUATHLON
SOCA.
Kids ages 7-16 are invited to this run-bike-run duathlon. Enjoy a morning of fun athletic activity. All participants will receive a t-shirt and all finishers will receive a medal. Lots of great prize drawings, and food and drinks for the participants. Proceeds go toward three different nonprofits. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Forest Lakes South After dropping off, park only at Hollymead & Sutherland schools  NO PARKING IN NEIGHBORHOODS. On the morning of the duathlon, volunteers will direct you to parking.  8am check-in, 8:30am pre-race meeting, 9am race start .  Recommended for ages 7 to 16.  Contact: Kim Starr.  Email: info@dogwoodduathlon.com. Reservations are required.  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. 
 
 Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
March 10-May 12, Select Fridays
PARENT-INFANT CLASS AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
This weekly program is for parents and their infants (up to 18 months). Parents learn to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of their own and other infants. In this carefully designed space, children experience the joy of mastering new tasks. Led by Alissa McKown, a Montessori guide for children from birth through age 3. Alissa has worked with infants, toddlers, and their parents for many years. Mountaintop Montessori.  Directions: On Pantops, across from Giant Shopping Center.  8:30am & 10am sessions.  $175 for 8-week session, or $25/class.  Recommended for ages 3 to 18.  Contact: Therese Benzinger.  Email: tbenzinger@mountaintopmontessori.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
April 10, 17, & 24, May 1, 8 & 15, Mondays
SPRING PARENT-CHILD CLASSES AT WALDORF
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Explore and engage in the wonders of early childhood within a supportive community. For children ages 18 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult caregiver. Free play, circe games and songs, a nutritious snack prepared and eaten together. Parents engage in quiet handcrafts and meal prep while children play nearby but are encouraged to ask questions and bring up topics for discussion. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: Early Childhood Campus, 120 Waldorf School Rd.  9-11am.  $130 per 6-week session.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946 x102. 
 
April 14, 21, & 28, May 5, 12 & 19, Fridays
SPRING PARENT-CHILD CLASSES AT WALDORF
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Explore and engage in the wonders of early childhood within a supportive community. For children ages 18 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult caregiver. Free play, circe games and songs, a nutritious snack prepared and eaten together. Parents engage in quiet handcrafts and meal prep while children play nearby but are encouraged to ask questions and bring up topics for discussion. Charlottesville Waldorf School.  Directions: Early Childhood Campus, 120 Waldorf School Rd.  9-11am.  $130 per 6-week session.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: enrollment@cwaldorf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-4946 x102. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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January 19-May 18, Tuesdays
BOOK BAG: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books will be provided. Registration required. For January: Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. 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. 
 
January 19-May 18, 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 required 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. 
 
January 18-May 24, Every Other Wednesday
YOUTH GAMING CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Try your hand at games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon and more! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Grades 5-12. Registration is recommended but walk-ins welcome. Kids under 10 must have an attending caregiver. Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  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. 
 
Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies. Limit: 7 readers. Register to get a free copy of the book. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  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.
A fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world. The younger group (5-8 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (9-12 year olds) will study the area's ecology more in-depth. Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen will guide the older group in regular hikes with creek study; wildlife and habitat exploration; an introduction to primitive skills such as shelters and water / food sourcing and nature-based art and service projects. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Rd., Starting in Ivy Creek Education Building.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Dan Bieker (younger group); Deborah Andersen (older group).  Email: danbieker@gmail.com; dandersen64@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
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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March 7-May 2, First Tuesdays
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. No meetings in February or April. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
January 3-May 2, First Tuesdays
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. 
 
January 4-May 3, 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. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $fFree.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January-May, First 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. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 24-May 9, Tuesdays
CROZET TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
We need your ideas! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, displays, and activities. Members will enjoy yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It's your library - Make a difference. Grades 6-12. Registration and TAB application required. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
January 11-May 10, Second Wednesdays
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central.
Kickstart creativity with the library's Pop-Up MakerSpace. Several projects focused on STEAM with supplies available at each session. No April session. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
January 17-May 16, Third Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great manga and watch the anime adaptation. Light snacks provided. Registration required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book for the first seven to sign up. January 17: Black Clover by Yuki Tabata. JMRL- Central Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
May 16, Tuesday
TEEN BOOK SWAP & CRAFTS PARTY
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Bring gently used age-appropriate books to exchange, plus games, crafts and refreshments. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 18-May 17, Third Wednesdays
PIZZA & PAPERBACKS
JMRL - Central Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments served. Registration is ongoing. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
May 23, Tuesday
WHAT COLLEGE IS REALLY LIKE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
High-school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to talk with a panel of first- and second-year college students home for summer break. This is a closed-door, no-adults-allowed discussion where high-schoolers can get honest answers to their questions about the college experience. Registration is requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 14 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 18-May 24, Every Other Wednesday
YOUTH GAMING CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Try your hand at games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon and more! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Grades 5-12. Registration is recommended but walk-ins welcome. Kids under 10 must have an attending caregiver. Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 27, Saturday
LIBRARY COSPLAY CAFE
JMRL- Central Library.
Dress in your favorite cosplay and prepare to be served an array of great manga, tea and Japanese-inspired snacks while you watch Anime Music Videos on the big screen. Ends with a costume contest. JMRL- Central Library.  2:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
January 31-May 30, Final Tuesdays
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. 
 
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. 
 
Every Second and Fourth Wednesday
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDER CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration required. Ages 13-18. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
SKYLINE HARMONY CHORUS REHEARSALS
Skyline Harmony Chorus.
Skyline Harmony is a women's barbershop chorus. Experience the joy of singing 4-part harmony. Attend a rehearsal and get involved. High-schoolers welcome as well. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Rd.  6:45-9:30pm.  Contact: Joan Henderson.  Email: joanhenderson417@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2146. 
 
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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April 29, Saturday
23RD ANNUAL KIDS-ONLY TROUT FISHING DAY
Albemarle County Parks and Rec.
Fish will be stocked for the event in the two lakes at Mint Springs. All kids age 13 and under are invited. They may fish for free, and no license is required. Only one fishing rod per youngster is permitted. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  9am-3pm.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
April 29, 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.  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.
A fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world. The younger group (5-8 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (9-12 year olds) will study the area's ecology more in-depth. Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen will guide the older group in regular hikes with creek study; wildlife and habitat exploration; an introduction to primitive skills such as shelters and water / food sourcing and nature-based art and service projects. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Rd., Starting in Ivy Creek Education Building.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Dan Bieker (younger group); Deborah Andersen (older group).  Email: danbieker@gmail.com; dandersen64@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
SPATIAL GAMES CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
A collaboration with UVA's Curry School of Education, these spatial games playgroups offer kids a fun and educational playtime. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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April 11-May 2, Tuesdays
FRENCH PLAYTIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
The Alliance Francaise comes to the museum for language learning and play with native French instructor French teacher Sophie. You and your 2-year-old can learn French together through songs, stories, games and fun. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  $75 for 4 sessions.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
April 12-May 3, Wednesdays
FRENCH PLAYTIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join native Canadian teacher Stephanie at the Museum as your 3-5 year old explores French through songs, stories, traditions and fun. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  11:30am-12:15pm.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
May 6, Saturday
3D PRINTING 101
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.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
February 4-May 6, 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. 
 
May 6, Saturday
STAR WARS DAY
Amazement Square.
At a children's museum not so far away, children can enjoy Star Wars games, crafts, and challenges. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  Directions: 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  $5 plus admission.  Contact: Amazement Square.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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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April 17-May 22, Mondays
READING RUMPUS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
A lively drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 20-May 25, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories! Designed to help independent 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration begins April 4. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: WEEKLY WEDNESDAY STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Each Wednesday join us for a different story theme with activities to follow readings. Barnes and Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
First Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. Recommended for 3-4 year olds and their grownups. June event takes place June 21. Reservations required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department.  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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 15-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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May 6, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: DRAGONS LOVE TACOS: THE SEQUEL
Barnes and Noble.
It has just been discovered that there are no more tacos left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. Join us as we read the hilarious companion to the bestselling phenomenon, with 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. 
 
May 20, Saturday
SATURDAY STORY TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Guest readers from the Junior League of Charlottesville read stories. Virginia Discovery Museum.  11am.  Contact: Matt Berman.  Email: marketing@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
April 17-May 23, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2- and 3-year-olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." Registration is required and begins April 4. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30am Mondays, 10:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. 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. 
 
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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April 27 & 29, Thursday & Saturday
MADAGASCAR JR.
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Come see Charlottesville Catholic School's spring musical. Church of the Incarnation.  Directions: 1465 Incarnation Dr.  7pm Thursday & Saturday.  $10, $5 students/seniors.  Contact: Rich Barnett.  Email: r.barnett@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
May 6, Saturday
2ND ANNUAL JUNIOR STEP & DANCE COMPETITION
Best of Both Worlds Dance and Step Competition.
The best of each genre, step and dance teams will collide on the stage competing. Non-stop, high-energy fun. V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.  $10 in advance, $13 at the door.  Email: daneandstep@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-0650. 
 
May 12-14, 19-21
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Black Box Players.
The show is perfect entertainment for all ages. Bring the whole family to see Dorothy and the gang in Oz. Burnley Moran Elementary School.  7pm Fridays & Saturdays, Sundays 3pm.  $10.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
THEATRE AND DANCE CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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