Kids Classes & Activities

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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
 
July 7, Tuesday
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
Crozet Library.
Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended building fun. Registration required. Drop-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 9, Thursday
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. 
 
July 9 & 10, Thursday & Friday
CREATIVE WALL SPACE WORKSHOP
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Learn coloring techniques for playroom and living spaces such as lazuring, stippling and stenciling. Music & Arts Room, Charlottesville Waldorf School.  9am-4pm.  $75.  Contact: Wolfgang Herman.  Email: cwsoffice@cwaldorf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 981-4003. 
 
July 21, 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.  6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 23, Thursday
MAKE IT & TAKE IT: HUMMING HARMONICA
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Using popsicle sticks, make a buzzing harmonica. For all ages with adult help. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 24, Friday
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Scottsville.
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. 10am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, Wednesdays
SUMMER FUN WITH ART
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
Spend time doing fun art projects. Projects include various types of painting, quilting, mosaics and more. For 3rd graders and up(projects may not apply to younger children, but they are welcome to join with parents or guardians). Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  10am-11:30am.  $5 per session/$20 for all sessions.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-3888. 
 
August 4, Tuesday
BUILD IT: CARDBOARD CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGE
Central Library.
What can you build with cardboard and recyclables? The only limit is your imagination. For ages 10-14. Registration recommended. Central Library.  3-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 1-August 19, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US!
Chiles Orchards.
Come Grow With Us sessions includes story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and small container for pick-your-own fruit, and a snack. There's something new to do every week! The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome! Please arrive by 10:15am to register. No drop offs. Cost: $7.00 per participating child (Punch cards are available: Participate in 3 sessions, get the 4th free!) Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am.  $7, or $9 with wagon ride.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
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: AN INTER-GENERATIONAL 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.  Directions: 5791 Three Notched Road, Crozet.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your little one's imagination develop as they create a new masterpiece each week while learning simple art techniques. Ages 6 & under with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of Charlottesville Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
July 20-23, Monday-Thursday
GATEWAY SPORTS CAMP
Gateway Church.
This 2nd Annual event will provide kids going into K-5th grades with a quality experience of high-energy summer fun. We offer expert training in sports such as basketball, soccer, football, martial arts, and cheer/dance. Pre-registration closes July 11, 2015. Ruckersville Elementary School, Greene County.  9am-12pm .  $40 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Contact: Aaron Evans.  Email: aaron@gatewayruckersville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 305-9192. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
June 2-August 25
TODDLER TALES
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday this summer 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. 
 
June 3-August 26, Wednesdays
BABY MEET & GREET
Want to meet other parents and give your young child a chance to explore and make new friends, but aren't quite sure where to start? Baby Meet & Greet gives parents the opportunity to play with their little ones in a safe environment while they take some time to get to know other new parents. Amazement Square, Shipwreck Cove .  11am.  $Free with admission .  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 4-August 27, Thursdays
LITTLE LEARNERS: EXPLORING WITH OUR SENSES
Have a little one who loves getting into things? Come to Little Learners and let your little learner dive into the fun in Shipwreck Cove! Little Learners offers a new theme each quarter and provides and opportunity for our very little ones to learn through exploration. Amazement Square.  11am.  $Free with admission .  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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
 
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. 
 
Ongoing, 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.  Directions: east end of the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall .  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. 
 
Ongoing, Thursdays
SCIENCE CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Discover the mysteries of science through hands-on activities, demonstrations and special guests. Ages 4 & up. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
July 14, Tuesday
THE ART OF HENNA
Central Library.
This workshop will have you create your own temporary design and henna kit to take home. For grades 6-12. Registration required. Central Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 16, Thursday
YOUNG BIRDERS MOVIE NIGHT
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
A Birders Guide to Everything is a coming of age comedy about teenage birdwatchers. This movie is held in conjunction with our young birders photo and art exhibit on display at the downtown library all of June and July. Jefferson Madison Regional Library: Central Branch.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
July 17, Friday
TEEN SCREEN: HAIRSPRAY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Enjoy popcorn and a free movie geared specifically toward teens. Grades 6-12. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  2:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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: AN INTER-GENERATIONAL 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.  Directions: 5791 Three Notched Road, Crozet.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  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
 
July 1-31
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB PHOTO AND ART EXHIBIT
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Come see the wonderful array of bird photos and drawings by members of the Blue Ridge Young Birders Club showing a diversity of species and talent. Third floor of Jefferson Madison Regional Library: Central Branch.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
June 6-August 29, Saturdays
SATURDAYS AT THE SQUARE
Every Saturday this summer features a new program! See website for schedule of themes. Amazement Square .  11am.  $3 per participant plus admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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.
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
July 30, Thursday
MONTICELLO'S HISTORIC DANCE WORKSHOP
Northside Library.
Explore historic dance and learn about the minuet and the Mony Musk. For children ages 6 and up; adults welcome to accompany children. Registration required. Northside Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Ongoing, 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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July 7, Tuesday
RHYTHM WORKS DRUMMING
Gordon Library.
Improvise music with West African instruments and musician John Visel. For rising 3rd grade and up. Registration required. Gordon Library.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 13, Monday
MUSIC AND STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Crozet Library.
Drums, didgeridoos, and flutes plus humorous stories and musical crafts. Registration required. Crozet Library.  2pm.  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. 
 
 Nature & ScienceGo to top of List
 
July 11, Saturday
PARROT SANCTUARY FIELD TRIP
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Calling all young birders to join us on our field trip to Project Perry Parrot Sanctuary to observe the rehabilitation and sanctuary of parrots living in captivity. Vegetable, fruit or cash donations accepted. Email to reserve your spot today. Louisa.  9:15am.  $Donation.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Special Needs Accommodation: Parents must accompany child  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
July 16, Thursday
YOUNG BIRDERS MOVIE NIGHT
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
A Birders Guide to Everything is a coming of age comedy about teenage birdwatchers. This movie is held in conjunction with our young birders photo and art exhibit on display at the downtown library all of June and July. Jefferson Madison Regional Library: Central Branch.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
July 17, Friday
MUSIC ON THE STEPS
JMRL - Central Library.
Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and other local groups serenade you while you munch. Central Library.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 1, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Join other young birders for our August meeting and learn new and interesting facts about nature in general and birds in particular. Prior to the meeting join in on the First Saturday bird walk at 7:30 am. Ivy Creek Natural Area, Earlysville.  9:30 am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Special Needs Accommodation: Parent accompaniment for kids under 11 years of age  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
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. 
 
Ongoing, 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. 
 
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. 
 
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June 3-August 26, Wednesdays
BABY MEET & GREET
Want to meet other parents and give your young child a chance to explore and make new friends, but aren't quite sure where to start? Baby Meet & Greet gives parents the opportunity to play with their little ones in a safe environment while they take some time to get to know other new parents. Amazement Square, Shipwreck Cove .  11am.  $Free with admission .  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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July 18, Saturday
FROZEN FRENZY WITH ANNAH AND ELZA
Lollipop Station.
Come meet our very own "Chilly Sisters" in person as you cool off this summer! "Elza & Annah" will be guiding your child through a fun filled hour of music, crafts, games, and more! If you have a Frozen inspired costume-- wear it! 179 E Davis Street Culpeper.  10:00am.  $$20 per child.  Recommended for ages 2 to 11.  Contact: Faith Gil.  Email: info@lollipopstation.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-812-2103. 
 
August 1, Saturday
CHESS SATURDAY
Central Library.
Stop by for some instruction and games with the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn and prizes too. For grades 3-7. Registration required. Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 11 & August 8, Saturdays
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Check out Amazement Square's reduced admission and extended hours on the second Saturday of every month this summer! Amazement Square .  4-7pm.  $3 per person.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 15-August 15, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: SUPERHERO SUMMER
Amazement Square is hosting free programs, hands-on activities and demonstrations included with admission on these special weekdays only! Amazement Square.  11am-12pm & 1-2pm.  $9 per person .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 6-August 29, Saturdays
SATURDAYS AT THE SQUARE
Every Saturday this summer features a new program! See website for schedule of themes. Amazement Square .  11am.  $3 per participant plus admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 1-August 31
SUMMER SPECTACULAR: $5 THURSDAYS
Amazement Square is offering $5 admission every Thursday all summer long! Amazement Square .  $5 per person .  For more info call: 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. 
 
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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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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July 23, Thursday
PIGGIE AND ELEPHANT TIME
Central Library.
Do you love these Mo Willems' books? Join the library for read-aloud fun. For rising 1st-3rd graders. No registration required. Central Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 2-August 25
TODDLER TALES
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday this summer 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. 
 
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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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. 
 
Ongoing, Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
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July 10, Friday
PRAISE DANCE WORKSHOP
Come and learn how to use Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs to create more powerful worship dances. Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.  6-8pm.  $20 per person, early registration.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Maria Daniel.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-6124. 
 
July 20-24, Monday-Friday
DRAMA CAMP
Lollipop Station.
This exciting one week theatrical workshop will be taught by returning performer Kelly Glyptis and will introduce students to acting, improvisation, music, stage combat, and more! At the end of the week the students will have the opportunity to showcase their talent to friends and family. The State Theatre, 179 E Davis Street Culpeper.  9am-3pm.  $200 per child.  Recommended for ages 8 to 12.  Contact: Faith Gil.  Email: info@lollipopstation.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-812-2103. 
 
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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