Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
September 25, Friday
EXPLORATIONS STATIONS: MIGHTY MATH
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Have fun and increase skill-building with math exploration stations based on "Sing Talk Read and Play" Early Literacy. No registration required. Gordon Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  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
 
September 2, Wednesday
MAKE IT & TAKE IT
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get inspired by Piven's books like "My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil" and create a face with contact paper and found objects. No registration required. Gordon Library.  3-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 19, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: COLLABORATIVE MARK-MAKING
Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  1-3pm & 3-5pm .  $Free.  Contact: Fralin Education Department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
September 25, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-36 months. Registration requested. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 29, Tuesday
FAIRY HOUSES
Northside Library.
This adult-child class uses moss, sticks and other natural materials to create a fairy house or garden. Registration required. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
September 25, Friday
AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Outside Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  6pm.  $15 for online registration.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 26, Saturday
ANNUAL ALL TERRAIN 5K RUN & KIDS FUN RUN
Charlottesville Catholic School.
Join in a family-friendly all-terrain 5K Run or Walk. Prizes are awarded for all age groups. Free babysitting available. Kids can participate in the Kids' Fun Run following the race at 9:15am. Prizes awarded to all Fun Run participants. Charlottesville Catholic School.  8am.  $25 for 5K or $10 for Fun Run.  Contact: Keri-Ann Byrne.  Email: development@cvillecatholic.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-0400. 
 
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
 
September 26, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD STORYTIME
JMRL.
A delicious storytime designed for dads to share with their little ones. Donuts, coffee and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-5. Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979.7151. 
 
September 10-October 29, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
This is a fun program promoting verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes and more designed for 2- to 3-year-olds & accompanying adult. Registration is required. Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 23-November 4, Wednesdays
WEE ONES
Crozet Library.
Time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move and play. No siblings please, as this is one-on-one time. Ages 12-23 months. Registration is required. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 14- November 18, Mondays & Wednesdays
ROMP 'N STOMP FALL SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. Adults must accompany child. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
September 10, Thursday
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP: "FLORA AND ULYSSES"
JMRL - Northside Library.
For bookworms reading at an older elementary level. Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about Kate DiCamillo's "Flora and Ulysses" as well as snacks and fun games. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up! Grades 3-5. Registration is required. Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Tuesdays
POETRY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Let your creativity flow as you develop your own unique voice. Poems are regularly featured in our lobby as the "Poem of the Week." Both early and experienced writers welcome! Virginia Discovery Museum.  4pm.  $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. 
 
Second Saturday of every month
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP
Barnes & Noble.
Discuss the American Girl books and do a fun activity! Barnes & Noble.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center, 1035 Emmet Street.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
CHILDREN'S CLUBS AND GROUPS
Belonging to a group is important. Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation Guide to find comprehensive listings of organizations offering clubs for local children. For details, please click this link. 
 
Weekly
GAME TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUES
Weekly leagues and tournaments for Warhammer 40 K, Magic The Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and X-Box games. The End Game Center.  $5 for tournaments.  Contact: Sam.  For more info call: 973-2205. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
September 2, Wednesday
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Be a part of something big. Plan teen programs and events at the Library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided, and members receive volunteer hours for participation. Registration recommended but drop-ins are welcome. Grades 6-12. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 2, Wednesday
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.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Angela.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
September 7, Wednesday
LARP (LIVE ACTION ROLE PLAYING) SCAVENGER HUNT
Gordon Library.
Come dressed in your favorite time period costume as we scour through time searching for clues to unlock the secrets of the library. Grades 5-12. Registration required. Gordon Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 8, Tuesday
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 yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. Registration recommended. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 9, Wednesday
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. 
 
September 9, Wednesday
TEEN PATHFINDER GAMING GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A beginner's group for playing Pathfinder RPG (Role Playing Games). Materials and snacks provided, but bring dice if you have them. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12, Saturday
MINECRAFT BUILDING COMPETITION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Teens are welcome to compete in a friendly Minecraft building challenge! Attendees will be given a surprise structure theme to build and 1 hour to build it! Judges will vote on the best one and the winner will get a prize. Grades 5-12. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 18, Friday
FANDOM FRIDAY: THE HOBBIT
Crozet Library.
In honor of upcoming Hobbit Day, come celebrate with a showing of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Registration requested. Crozet Library.  5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 21, Monday
DRIVE AWAY HAPPY
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Learn how to make smart-car buying decisions and get tips for negotiating the purchase of a new or used car. Ages 16+. Registration recommended. Crozet Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 21, Monday
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. 
 
September 22, Tuesday
R.A.D. TEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Celebrate the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo with a special book discussion held on official Hobbit Day! Stop by the library for your free copy of the book. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 23, Wednesday
DROP-IN GAMES
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Drop-in and play old favorites like Apples to Apple and Jenga, or try something new. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. No registration required. Central Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 26, Saturday
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Free copies of the book to the first 7 sign ups. Light snacks provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  2:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 30, Wednesday
BOOK REVIEW WORKSHOPS
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn the basics of what makes a good book review. Participants will be invited to contribute reviews to JMRL social media sites. Grades 6-12. Required registration. Central Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Second Wednesdays
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kick start your creativity. For grades 6-12. All supplies are available at every session. Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 8-November 13
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
This annual competition challenges youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. This year's selections will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions: Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...From the History of the American People, Collection: Sol LeWitt and Photography, and the Cavaliers Collect exhibition. Schedule a tour. Submissions due Nov 20, 5pm. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
Second Monday of the month
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Help us pick which anime episodes to watch and enjoy the poky! Registration recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
First Tuesday of every month
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 6-12. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
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Fridays
50 NIFTY UNITED STATES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join us as we explore what makes each state unique through fun facts and activities about its history, landscape and culture! Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is rich in history. Plan an outing to one of the many famous sites in our community and in the surrounding region for your family. You'll find comprehensive listings of historical sites in our AF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Kidsitting EventsGo to top of List
 
Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS & LESSONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many fabulous organizations and talented individuals offering music classes and performance opportunities for kids to participate in - even a youth orchestra! Visit our comprehensive CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to learn more. Also, if you'd like to attend a performance, visit our CF guide to Family Fun Year-Round to discover venues and performing groups.
 
Mondays
MUSICAL MONDAYS WITH MS. PAM
Stanardsville UMC.
A place for children Pre-K through 2nd grade to come and explore music and rhythm. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:30-4:15pm.  $5/per week.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
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Tuesdays
RAINFOREST RUSH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join us as we venture deep into the rainforest to discover all about the plants and animals that live in the most diverse habitat on Earth! Ages 3 and older. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
July 31 & October 30, Fridays
HEIDI'S NIGHT
Charlottesville Astronomical Society.
For students in grades 4-12 and parents interested in Astronomy. Participate in laser tours, classroom activities and night sky viewings. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm.  Contact: Steve Layman.  Email: slayman2528@comcast.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
July 13-December 14
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your three to five year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Master Naturalist Volunteer guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Little Naturalists is now twice a month on the second Monday and last Thursday. Education Building, Ivy Creek Natural Area.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Contact: Bruce Gatling-Austin.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
Saturdays
FREE SHOWS AT THE JOHN C. WELLS PLANETARIUM AT JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
JMU Planetarium.
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. Our full-dome planetarium shows are perfect for families with children both young and old! Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Come learn more about your Universe! Miller Hall, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  2:30pm & 3:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Shanil Virani.  Email: viranisn@jmu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 5405684071. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
SCIENCE & NATURE ORGANIZATIONS
Explore the outdoors with the many terrific organizations listed in our comprehensive AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round who offer special prgrams geared to children and families in our community. For details, please click this link. 
 
 PlaygroupsGo to top of List
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
June 1-August 31
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: $5 THURSDAYS
Amazement Square.
Amazement Square is offering $5 admission every Thursday all summer long! Amazement Square.  $5 per person.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 2, Wednesday
GIRL SCOUTS OPEN HOUSE
Girls Scouts of Virginia Skyline.
Come learn about the organization, its mission, the time commitment and what it means to join Girl Scouts. Current volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions. For girls grades K-5 and parents/caregivers. Jackson-Via Elementary Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013. 
 
September 9, Wednesday
GIRL SCOUTS OPEN HOUSE
Girls Scouts of Virginia Skyline.
Come learn about the organization, its mission, the time commitment and what it means to join Girl Scouts. Current volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions. For girls grades K-5 and parents/caregivers. Johnson Elementary Auditorium.  6:30-7:30pm.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013. 
 
September 13, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50, 75, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with lunch, drinks, and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 14, Monday
GIRL SCOUTS OPEN HOUSE
Girls Scouts of Virginia Skyline.
Come learn about the organization, its mission, the time commitment and what it means to join Girl Scouts. Current volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions. For girls grades K-5 and parents/caregivers. Crozet Elementary Cafeteria.  6:30-7:30pm.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013. 
 
September 16, Wednesday
STORY EXPLORERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
It's apple picking time! Listen to some great fall stories and make your own "apple pie." Registration is requested. Crozet Library.  10am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 19, Saturday
TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
Amazement Square.
Pirate-themed activities on each floor and a treasure hunt! Museum admission required. The early learning programs September 16-19 will lead up to the event with making Pirate hats, creating parrot friends, making pirate ships and taking a photo with Amazement Square's very own pirate. Come dressed like a pirate and get a little treasure! Outside Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  10am-2pm.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 23, Wednesday
GIRL SCOUTS OPEN HOUSE
Girls Scouts of Virginia Skyline.
Come learn about the organization, its mission, the time commitment and what it means to join Girl Scouts. Current volunteers and staff will be available to answer questions. For girls grades K-5 and parents/caregivers. Clark Elementary Cafeteria.  6:30-7:30pm.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Bounce away at Toddler Time! Reservations are not required, however, in order to get the Toddler Time Rate please arrive before 11am. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  9:30-11am.  $5 for children under 3; free for children under 12 months and adults.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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September 1, Tuesday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Children's Museum of Richmond.
The Children's Museum of Richmond will open its doors for an evening especially for children 10 years old and younger who have special needs and their families. Enjoy museum exploration, adapted materials, special activities and reduced number of visitors on this special night. Children's Museum of Richmond - Short Pump.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
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September 3, Thursday
SPCA READ TO PAWS
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in to read to a four-footed friend from the SPCA or a stuffed pooch while you wait your turn. For readers in grades K-2 and their adults. Central Library.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 9-November 18, Wednesdays
AWESOME AFTERNOONS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Enjoy a mix of stories, music and movement. For ages 6 months-5 years. Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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September 14-October 27, Monday & Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. Registration is required. No storytime October 12. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30am or 11:30am Mondays, 9:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 15-October 27, Tuesdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs and fingerplays designed for 2- an 3-year-olds with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 17-November 19, Thursdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Central Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to listen, read, sing, play and socialize. For ages 6-24 months with an adult. Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 9-November 19, Wednesdays & Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 30-minute class with stories, songs and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own. Registration required. Northside Library.  11am Wednesday, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 17-November 19, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS
JMRL - Central Library.
A fun-filled participatory program of interactive stories, fingerplays and flannel board stories that encourage your toddler's emerging language skills. For 2-year-olds with an adult. Children must already be 2 in order to attend. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 9-November 19, Wednesdays & Thursdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 30-minute program of stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 2-3 with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 14-January 4, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively, drop-in storytime for children ages 0-3 with an accompanying adult. No registration required. No storytime October 12. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
Thursdays
LOUISA LIBRARY STORYTIMES
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers baby time for under-twos and preschool storytime for children ages 3-5, with stories, songs and learning. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
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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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