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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
 
June 25, Monday
DECORATE A BOOK BAG
JMRL- Northside Library.
Need a way to carry all the books you are checking out this summer? Come create a custom design just for you! Ages 7-11. Required registration begins June 11. Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 29, Friday
READING TAKES YOU EVERYWHERE ART CLASS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Have you ever wanted to join your child in one of their classes? Join Venable art teacher Melissa Combs in an art class designed to be done by a child and their adult. Create a pencil box using books that can be "taken everywhere." Grades K-1 with an adult. Required registration begins May 24. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 14, Saturday
PIXEL PERLER BEAD ART
JMRL- Northside Library.
Create your own pixel art out of perler beads. Ages 7-11. Registration is required. Northside Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 16, Monday
CRAFTERNOON
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Looking for something to do on a hot summer afternoon? Come cool off in the library and have a great time creating a piece of art to decorate your room. Ages 7-12. Registration is required. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 19, Thursday
LET'S GO PAINT AND SKETCH
Monticello.
Flower gardener Debbie Donley provides tools and inspiration for budding artists and their favorite grownups to discover their talents amid the Monticello flower gardens. All materials are provided. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $12 adults; $9 ages 5-11; free under age 5.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
June 12-August 7, Tuesdays
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
It's time to get building. Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination. Required registration begins May 21, June 18, and July 16, respectively. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 6-August 8, Second Wednesdays
KAWAII CRAFTS
JMRL - Central.
Crafting for ages 10 and up. Beginners and pros alike can learn a new craft each month, each with a delightfully cute DIY theme. Central Library.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
May 22-August 29, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
These children's sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
Friday Mornings
ART TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids age 3-6 are invited to let their imaginations run wild as they explore different art movements and concepts. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. 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. 
 
Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERINGS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things with blocks provided by the library. No registration required. Ages 5+. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Final Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things with blocks provided by the library. Ages 5+. No younger siblings. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
MAKE! MONDAYS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Registration for this creative event is required and begins 2 weeks before the program date. See website for specific month's offerings. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
First Thursdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL - Central Library.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon between 3:30pm and 4:30pm to make something fabulous. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3:30-4:30pm .  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
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, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  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. 
 
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: 434-823-4050. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers--come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Short and playful sensory, gross motor, fine motor and science activities at an appropriate developmental level for our youngest visitors. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $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. 
 
First Tuesdays
TOTS & DOTS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa.
For children ages 6 months to 4 years. A brief tour of visual art and then time for multi-sensory structured play; registration required. Strollers and crying babies welcome. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Directions: 400 Worrell Dr., Peter Jefferson Place.  9am, 10am & 11am.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 4.  Contact: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
July 4, Wednesday
35TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY 5K RACE
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville and The Charlottesville Track Club.
A Charlottesville Holiday tradition since 1983. Award categories for all age groups, including the youngsters (10 & younger). Benefits Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with special health needs. Hollymead Elementary School.  7:30-9:30am.  $25-30.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jim Hart.  Email: jhart46201@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-2094. 
 
July 7, Saturday
KIDS AERIAL YOGA
FlyDog Yoga.
Aerial yoga promotes better balance, boosts confidence and offers a sense of courage and strength all while having a ton of fun. No yoga, dance or gymnastic background is necessary. Space is limited to 9 students; pre-registration is required. FlyDog Yoga.  1:30-2:30pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 6 to 10.  Email: info@flydogyoga.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-1964. 
 
July 16, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET ACADEMY'S STORYBOOK WORKSHOP
JMRL - Central Library.
This story-based workshop with two instructors will explore the beautiful ballet while teaching flexibility, cooperation, and musicality. Discover classical ballets, ballet terms, and even music and scenery. Bring your ballet feet and step into the wonderful world of dance. Ages 6-9. Required registration. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
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 7-July 26, Thursdays
BABIES & BOOKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 21-August 2, Thursdays
WEE ONES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play. No siblings, please, as this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months with birthdates falling between 6/22/16 and 6/21/17. Required spring registration begins May 31. Crozet Library.  9:30-10am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Short and playful sensory, gross motor, fine motor and science activities at an appropriate developmental level for our youngest visitors. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $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. 
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
June 29 & July 20, Fridays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
A different challenge each month played from home. Approved users can build and explore with fellow Minecrafters using a common spawn-point. To play, stop by the children's desk for an application. Players must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 3-12. Registration to play in the computer lab or use a guest account begins 2 weeks before event dates. Northside Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 25 & July 30, Mondays
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 7-12. Required registration. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 6 & August 1, Wednesdays
PAGEMASTERS BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 10 participants. Ages 10-12. Northside Library.  5-5:45pm .  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 21-August 16, Third Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers ages 9-12 are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books provided. Limit 10. Required registration is ongoing. Central Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 25-August 27, Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies and snacks. Registration required. Free copies of the book provided. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Third Wednesdays
B'TWIXT & B'TWEEN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A book discussion group for grades 6 and 7. Receive a free copy of monthly book selections and enjoy talking with other readers. Snacks provided. Required registration. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Fourth Thursdays
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 3RD & 4TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book that is read each month. Free books will be provided. See library website for each month's discussion. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Third Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
For rising second graders who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided with registration, which is required and ongoing. Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:15pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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 22
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: 434-973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
Every Wednesday at 6pm
POKEMON MEET UP
The End Games.
Fun for all Pokemon fans with open play of the Pokemon Collectible Card Game for all ages. Plenty of seating and a free board game library you are welcome to use if you're not playing Pokemon. The End Games.  6pm.  $Free and open to public.  Recommended for ages 8 to 60.  Contact: Sam Fogelgren.  Email: omegagamesllc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2205. 
 
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. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
June 23, Saturday
ART (IN THE PARK)
JMRL- Central Library.
Make some tape-resist paintings at Emancipation Park. Participants will create and take home their project. All supplies provided. Rain site will be the McIntire Room. Ages 14+. Required registration begins June 2. Central Library.  10am.  $Free.  Contact: Liz.  Email: erapp@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 23, Saturday
HARRY POTTER MURDER MYSTERY
JMRL- Northside Library.
There's been a murder at Hogwarts, and it's up to you as one of the students to solve it. Ages 11-18. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 26, Tuesday
THE ART OF HENNA
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Experience the ancient art of henna in this hands-on workshop led by Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting. Leave with your own temporary design and a henna kit to take home. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins June 5. Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 9, Monday
DRY ICE ICE CREAM
JMRL - Northside.
Escape the summer sizzle while getting the scoop on the science of ice cream making. You provide the person-power, we'll provide the toppings. Ages 11-18. Required registration begins two weeks before program date. Please let staff know if you have any dietary restrictions at time of registration. Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 10, Tuesday
GAME NIGHT: LIFE-SIZE CLUE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Follow the clues and find out in this life-sized version of the classic game where you become the characters. Feel free to dress the part if you wish. Regular-size board games available, too. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins June 19. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 11, Wednesday
BREAKDANCE
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join instructor Kangyoon Bae in an introduction to this exciting style of dance. Find out how it began and enjoy the routines as you learn some basic dance moves. No experience required. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins June 27. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 13, Friday
JOB FAIR WITH VIRGINIA WORKFORCE CENTER
JMRL- Northside Library.
Visit Northside and sit down 1-on-1 with more than 15 representatives from a variety of local employers. Get away from stressful online applications and talk to real people. Bringing a resume is encouraged but not required. In addition, join us 1 hour prior to the fair for a valuable workshop on job interviewing techniques. Ages 16+. Northside Library.  1-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 14, Saturday
ART (IN THE PARK)
JMRL - Central Library.
Be creative this summer and make some art at Emancipation Park. Participants will create and take home alcohol ink tiles. All supplies provided. Rain site will be the McIntire Room. Ages 14+. Required registration begins June 2. Central Library.  10-11:30am.  Email: erapp@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 14, Saturday
MEDIEVAL FANTASY BATTLE GAMING
JMRL- Northside Library.
Come get a taste of the thrill and excitement of Zorn Vongal, Central Virginia’s Premiere Youth and Family-friendly Medieval Fantasy Battle Gaming Organization.Meet current members during an open discussion panel and test your skill and bravery during a live, full audience participation demo. Ages 11-18. Registration is recommended but not required. Northside Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 2 & 16, Mondays
CAMP NANOWRIMO WRITE-INS: A TAB-HOSTED HANGOUT
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Love to write? Come learn about the NaNoWriMo writing challenge and get some writing time in with fellow teen writers. No experience needed. All writers are welcome. Required registration begins June 11. Crozet Library.  2:30-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 16, Monday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY
JMRL- Gordon Library.
Miniatures artistJessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you’ll make s’mores. Grades 7-12. Required registration begins June 19. Gordon Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 18 & July 16, Mondays
LEGO BLOCK PARTY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join fellow LEGO builders each month to construct legendary masterpieces, or just hang out with your compatriots. There’ll be an optional challenge for builders looking to test their skills. Ages 11-18. JMRL- Northside Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 17, Tuesday
FANDOM CUPCAKE WARS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Design your own cupcake (fandom-themed or not), add display elements, photograph your creation, and vote for overall best design. Afterwards, if you can bear to say goodbye to your creation, it’s yours to eat. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins June 26. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 21, Saturday
STOP MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn the basics of stop motion animation using just a smartphone or tablet, presented by instructorIan Levesque. Participants will complete a short video production and upload it to a private channel by the end of the workshop. Bring your own device or borrow one of the library's. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins June 30. Crozet Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 23, Monday
SCREEN PRINTING CRAFT WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn simple screen printing techniques to try out on a blank canvas tote bag. All materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration begins July 9. Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 23, Monday
TAPE RESIST PAINT PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Using a tape-resist technique, create fantastic geometric designs on canvas using any color palette you choose. No artistic skills required and all materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration begins July 2. Gordon Avenue Library.  6-8pm.  $Free .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 25 & July 30, Mondays
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 7-12. Required registration. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 4-August 6, 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. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 5 & August 7
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central Library.
Share ideas and give feedback to the library by joining the Central Teen Advisory Board. Build your leadership skills and earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the library. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 13, July 11 & August 8, 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: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 7-August 16, First and Third Wednesdays
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDERS CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration required. Ages 13-18. Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 21-August 16, Thursdays
TEEN BOOK TO FILM CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Discuss the month's book club pick and afterwards enjoying the movie adaptation. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins May 31. Free copies of the book for the first 10 to sign up. Central Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 16-August 18, Third Saturdays
SILVER SCREEN SATURDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Wonder Woman (PG-13) in June and July and Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) in August. Northside Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 19-August 21, Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Discuss and read great manga then watch the anime adaptation with other teens. Light snacks provided. Registration required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book for the first 10 to sign up. Central Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 19-August 21, Third Tuesdays
GAME NIGHT: SUMMER EDITION
JMRL - Northside Library.
Wii U, Xbox Kinect, board games and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Different themes each week. See site for details. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Wednesdays
A RAY OF SUNSHINE: A NEW TEEN BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join other teens to read and discuss an array of great novels with a solar theme for the summer. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required. Copies of the book provided. Gordon Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Plan cool teen activities for the library, create displays, share good books and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. It's your chance to make the library your own. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Wednesdays
B'TWIXT & B'TWEEN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A book discussion group for grades 6 and 7. Receive a free copy of monthly book selections and enjoy talking with other readers. Snacks provided. Required registration. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
First Tuesdays
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Join other teen writers to stretch your imagination with new techniques and prompts. Feel free to bring writing or art samples with you and receive helpful feedback. Grades 7-12. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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: 434-823-4050. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers--come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
Second Wednesdays
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity with the Pop-up MakerSpace with several projects focused on STEAM each month. JMRL- Central Library.  5-5:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Saturday Mornings
TODDLER & PRESCHOOLER PROGRAM AT FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring your toddler or preschooler to participate in activities and traditions associated with different cultural heritages. Activities will vary each week. Please check the calendar for specific program details. Many activities will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  10am & 11am.  $5 per child, free to pass holders.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
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June 23, Saturday
PARENT SURVIVAL NIGHT AT THE LITTLE GYM
The Little Gym.
Parents can enjoy a much-needed night out on the town, knowing their kids are safe and having a blast with friends and fun activities with the watchful supervision of trained professionals. This night's theme is Glow in the Dark. The Little Gym.  6:45-9:45pm.  Email: tlgchva@thelittlegym.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
Fridays
BRUNCH BRUNCH AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
A 30-minute arts & craft time, 45 minutes of Open Play and circle/snack time. Parents may drop-off for this event (and do not have to stay at IX Park). Little Planets, IX Art Park.  11am-12:30pm.  $15 with 50% sibling discount.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4714. 
 
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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June 23, Saturday
STOP MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Learn the basics of stop motion animation using just a smartphone or tablet. Participants will complete a short video production and upload it to a private channel by the end of the workshop. Bring your own device or borrow one of the library's. Ages 8-10. Required registration begins June 1. Gordon Ave Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 25, Monday
STOP MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn the basics of stop motion animation using just a smartphone or tablet. Participants will complete a short video production and upload it to a private channel by the end of the workshop. Bring your own device or borrow one of the library's. Ages 8-10. Required registration begins June 1. Central Library.  3-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 17, Tuesday
ROLLING ON THE RIVANNA
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Explore the Rivanna River ecosystem with the Virginia Natural History Museum. This hands-on education program is designed to help children learn about the wildlife, ecology and importance of the Rivanna River, its tributaries, and watershed. Ages 6+, younger siblings welcome with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. Gordon Ave Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 20-August 15, Third Wednesdays
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with hands-on technology in a fun and creative environment. Each session features a different tech toy. Registration is recommended and begins June 1. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  4-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 22-August 24, Fourth Fridays
FIZZ BOOM READ
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join us for a story and a fun STEAM activity. Ages 4-6. Registration begins two weeks before event date. Northside Library.  3:30-4:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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 22
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: 434-973-7772. 
 
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 MCCORMICK 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: 434-243-1885. 
 
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. 
 
Second Wednesdays
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity with the Pop-up MakerSpace with several projects focused on STEAM each month. JMRL- Central Library.  5-5:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesday Afternoons
SPATIAL GAMES CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join Dr. Jamie Jirout and other researchers from UVA's Curry School of Education to play games and do puzzles involving spatial learning. Ages 3+ with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Saturday Mornings
TODDLER & PRESCHOOLER PROGRAM AT FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring your toddler or preschooler to participate in activities and traditions associated with different cultural heritages. Activities will vary each week. Please check the calendar for specific program details. Many activities will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  10am & 11am.  $5 per child, free to pass holders.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
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June 23, Saturday
HARRY POTTER MURDER MYSTERY
JMRL- Northside Library.
There's been a murder at Hogwarts, and it's up to you as one of the students to solve it. Ages 11-18. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 23, Saturday
JUGGLING 101 WORKSHOP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Have you always wanted to learn how to juggle? Now is your chance! Jason will help aspiring jugglers of all experience levels improve their skills. Ages 5-12. Required registration begins June 9. Northside Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 23, Saturday
STOP MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Learn the basics of stop motion animation using just a smartphone or tablet. Participants will complete a short video production and upload it to a private channel by the end of the workshop. Bring your own device or borrow one of the library's. Ages 8-10. Required registration begins June 1. Gordon Ave Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 25, Monday
STOP MOTION ANIMATION WORKSHOP
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn the basics of stop motion animation using just a smartphone or tablet. Participants will complete a short video production and upload it to a private channel by the end of the workshop. Bring your own device or borrow one of the library's. Ages 8-10. Required registration begins June 1. Central Library.  3-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 29, Friday
GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Travel the globe through active games from other cultures. Ages 7-11. Required registration begins June 11. Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 3, Tuesday
CHICKEN LITTLE: THE SKY IS FALLING
JMRL- Central Library.
Bright Star Theatre gives this classic story a modern twist. When Chicken Little gets bonked on the head by an unknown object, confusion reigns in the barnyard as the animals try to figure out the problem. Central Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 10, Tuesday
DREAMTIME: TALES FROM DOWN UNDER
JMRL- Central Library.
Experience the magic of stories from the Australian Dreamtime with the Barefoot Puppet Theatre. Learn how the emu became a flightless bird, why the platypus looks so strange, and meet a giant, ocean-swallowing frog. Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 11, Wednesday
AFRICAN FOLKTALES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Meet a variety of characters in stories from folktale traditions across Africa. Bright Star Theatre uses African music to help set the stage for energetic stories including Anansi, porquoi and trickster tales. Crozet Library.  10-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 13, Friday
JUGGLING WITH JASN LEBLANC
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Juggle along with Jason LeBlanc of the Air Raid Jugglers. Jason will wow you with his juggling feats then give you a chance to learn some juggling tricks of your own. Crozet Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 18, Wednesday
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Join Impressions Theatre as Tom and Huck set out on a grand adventure. They team up to build a monument so they will be remembered forever. To do so, they travel the globe to steal pieces from the greatest examples of architecture in the world. Crozet Library.  10-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
July 10 & 24, Tuesdays
BILINGUAL STORYTIME: LA HORA DE LOS CUENTOS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Enjoy listening to favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both Spanish and English during this special new bilingual storytime. Recommended for children entering K-2nd grade. Registration is required. Gordon Ave Library.  3-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 31, Tuesday
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
JMRL- Central Library.
Join Impressions Theatre as Tom and Huck set out on a grand adventure. They team up to build a monument so they will be remembered forever. To do so, they travel the globe to steal pieces from the greatest examples of architecture in the world. Central Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 9, 28 & August 6
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Abby, a registered therapy animal with Therapy Dogs International who volunteers with her owner/handler MaryAnn. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 19-August 14, Tuesdays
KIDS ON THE FARM
Saunders Brothers Farm Market.
Bring your kids to the farm for a special activity every Tuesday. See site for specific date details. Saunders Brothers Farm Market, Piney River.  10:30am.  Email: info@marketcentralonline.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
June 20-August 15, Third Wednesdays
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with hands-on technology in a fun and creative environment. Each session features a different tech toy. Registration is recommended and begins June 1. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  4-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 16-August 18, Third Saturdays
ZAP!: GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Caregivers and kids devour a graphic novel together, then enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. Free books will be provided (one book for each pair.) Ages 8-9 with a favorite adult. Registration is required and is ongoing. Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  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 with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. Registration required. March 3 is a special community show and tell. Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce Play -n- Create of Charlottesville.
Bounce away at Toddler Time! Reservations are not required, however, in order to get the Toddler Time Rate please arrive before 11am. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  9:30-11am.  $5 for children under 3; free for children under 12 months and adults.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
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June 16 & 25, Saturday & Monday
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Abby, a registered therapy animal with Therapy Dogs International. Any young reader may sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. Registration is required. Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 27, Wednesday
CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF RANGER RICK
Barnes and Noble.
Celebrate 50 years of Ranger Rick Magazine with Storytime, a sing-along, and activities while learning about animals and nature. Fun for the whole family. Barnes and Noble.  11:30am-12:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: sandra cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598. 
 
July 11, Wednesday
AFRICAN FOLKTALES
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Meet a variety of characters in stories from folktale traditions across Africa. Bright Star Theatre uses African music to help set the stage for energetic stories including Anansi, porquoi and trickster tales. Gordon Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 16, Tuesday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET ACADEMY'S STORYBOOK WORKSHOP
JMRL - Central Library.
This story-based workshop with two instructors will explore the beautiful ballet while teaching flexibility, cooperation, and musicality. Discover classical ballets, ballet terms, and even music and scenery. Bring your ballet feet and step into the wonderful world of dance. Ages 6-9. Required registration. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
July 18, Wednesday
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Join Impressions Theatre as Tom and Huck set out on a grand adventure. They team up to build a monument so they will be remembered forever. To do so, they travel the globe to steal pieces from the greatest examples of architecture in the world. Gordon Ave Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
July 19, Thursday
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join Impressions Theatre as Tom and Huck set out on a grand adventure. They team up to build a monument so they will be remembered forever. To do so, they travel the globe to steal pieces from the greatest examples of architecture in the world. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
July 20, Friday
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. Registration is required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 7-July 26, Thursdays
BABIES & BOOKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
June 11-July 30, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Central Library.
10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Central Library.  9:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 25-August 6, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
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: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 11 & August 20, Monday
SPANISH MOVES WITH ALI
JMRL- Central Library.
This bilingual session will get kids moving while learning Spanish and enjoying stories and rhymes. Central Library.  1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 22-August 24, Fourth Fridays
FIZZ BOOM READ
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join us for a story and a fun STEAM activity. Ages 4-6. Registration begins two weeks before event date. Northside Library.  3:30-4:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
May 29-August 29, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Bring kids ages 3-8 for a story time, craft, snack and fruit picking. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10am.  $8 per child, no charge for accompanying adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Second Wednesdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's pet therapy team. Any reader can come for a 15-minute turn. Recommended registration is ongoing. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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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June 11-July 30, Mondays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL - Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2-3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop early literacy skills with singing, talking, reading and playing. Central Library.  10:30am.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 21-August 2, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger sibling. Required registration begins May 31. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
June 25-August 7, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes and songs for children up to 23 months and caregiver followed by time to play and socialize. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking and reading. Registration is required. Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am-12:15pm Mondays, 9:30-10:15am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 25-August 7, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
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." Required registration. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10am Mondays, 10:30-11am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 14, July 12 & August 9
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. Central Library.  4-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
June 21-August 9, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3- and 4-year-olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required and begins June 7. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 14-August 9, Thursdays
READ-ALOUD CROWD
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come to the library to enjoy a story and share some fun. Grades K-1. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:15pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
June 16-August 25, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Every Saturday
PUPPET STORYTIME
Lollipop Station.
Kids and families are invited for a Puppet Storytime. Children who have attended 10 events will receive a free book. Lollipop Station.  Directions: 179 E Davis Street Culpeper.  11:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Faith Gil.  Email: info@lollipopstation.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-812-2103. 
 
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. 
 
First and Third Mondays
STORY TIME AT VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Introduce children to new words and ideas through fun and engaging stories told in a variety of mediums. 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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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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