Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
August 3-7
MINI EXHIBIT DESIGNERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Bring the Museum homeliterally. Kids will re-create their own small-scale versions of well-loved VDM exhibits. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time. Online - Virginia Discovery Museum.  9:30am-12pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 5 & 12
ART FOR ALL AGES: CREATE & CRITIQUE WITH LOU HANEY
Second Street Gallery.
Join artist and SSG Outreach Coordinator Lou Haney for an all-ages virtual stencil workshop. Stencils are a low tech way to reproduce shapes in many different mediums. Lou will lead the class through making their own stencils, and using them in a variety of contexts from paintings to textiles. Online - Second Street Gallery.  4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 10-14
SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join VDM's virtual Superhero Training Academy for an action-packed week of STEAM, creativity, and philanthropy. Create your own cape, design a pom-pom blaster, train your body and your brain, celebrate your real-life heroes, and become a hero yourself. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time. Online - Virginia Discovery Museum.  9:30am-12pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April-August
JUBILEE FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC SUMMER ACTIVITY CHALLENGE
Jubilee Family Chiropractic.
Activities include Stress Ball Making Kit, Word Search, Nervous System Puzzle, Bone Trivia, Spinal Hygiene Challenge and more. Jubilee Family Chiropractic will mail the entertaining package, at no cost, to the child. Once they have completed the challenges in the packet, mail the completion card back, and the prize will be sent. Virtual.  Recommended for ages 3 to 13.  Contact: Jennifer Hamlin.  Email: jubileecville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-218-2620. 
 
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. 
 
Fridays
VIRTUAL EVENT - ART ACTIVITY
Brooks Family YMCA.
YMCA Youth & Family staff have teamed up to bring you fun activities for kids via Facebook live. Fridays will feature art-focused activities. Brooks Family YMCA - Facebook Live.  3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Monday-Friday
VIRTUAL EVENT - THE DAILY CREATURE
IX Art Park.
A little creativity goes a long way...If you're missing art class while school is out of session, join on IX Art Park's Facebook page Mondays through Fridays at for animal-themed stories and tutorials in sculpture and illustration. Projects are best suited for kids ages 6 to 12. IX Art Park - Facebook.  2-2:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays & Thursdays
LIVE VIRTUAL WORKOUT FOR KIDS
Camp4Real.
Get moving and join Camp4Real on Facebook for a live kids workout every Tuesday and Thursday. Camp4Real - Facebook Live.  11:30am.  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
 
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
 
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. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
August 4, Tuesday
TEEN ADVISORY CLUB
JMRL - Central.
Take action for literacy 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. Ages 11-18. Virtual - JMRL.  6:30-7:30pm.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 MusicGo to top of List
 
August 17 & 18, Monday & Tuesday
UKULELE MINI CAMP
The Front Porch.
Ukulele Camp invites young musicians and beginner ukulele enthusiasts to have fun making music together and to make some new friends. We will incorporate creative play, listening activities, body awareness, movement, instruments, and singing into this two-day camp. Students should bring ukuleles, no experience required. The Front Porch.  1-4pm with aftercare option from 4-5pm.  $100 (+ extra $30 for aftercare option).  Recommended for ages 6 to 8.  Contact: Jess Knicely.  Email: jess@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
MUSIC LESSONS AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch.
The Front Porch encourages people to play music together as much as possible, and signing up for a group lesson is the best way to get started. Theres something for everyone, including babies. The Front Porch.  Directions: Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-7062. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
VIRTUAL CLASS - MUSIC MONDAY
DMR Adventures.
A virtual music class for all ages. Online - DMR Adventures.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Tuesday and Wednesday
VIRTUAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
Kid Pan Alley.
Are your kids bouncing off the bottom, glued to the tube, and all dressed down with nowhere to go? They could be doing something incredibly creative and fun together. Kid Pan Alley has launched a free online version of its group songwriting workshops for children for children in grades 3-6. Also offering free interactive concerts for the younger children in grades k-2. kidpanalley.org/online.  11am & 3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 13.  Contact: Kat Somers.  Email: kat@kidpanalley.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-981-9993. 
 
 Nature & ScienceGo to top of List
 
August 1, 3, 5, 7 & 8
WILDROCK DINO DISCOVERY TRAIL
Wildrock.
Discover playful installations along the Wildrock Discovery Loop Trail trail celebrating dinosaurs. Find giant eggs, spot tiny pterodactyls in the trees, jump over dinosaur tracks and more. The trail walks are available in thirty-minute intervals to ensure social distancing. Each family will have ninety minutes on the trail. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20 per car.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Paige Lindblom.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
August 10-14
SUPERHERO TRAINING ACADEMY
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join VDM's virtual Superhero Training Academy for an action-packed week of STEAM, creativity, and philanthropy. Create your own cape, design a pom-pom blaster, train your body and your brain, celebrate your real-life heroes, and become a hero yourself. Virtual camp includes pre-packaged daily activity bags with supplies, Zoom instruction, daily activity goals, and interactive group time. Online - Virginia Discovery Museum.  9:30am-12pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 10, 12, 14 & 15
WILDROCK DINO DISCOVERY TRAIL
Wildrock.
Discover playful installations along the Wildrock Discovery Loop Trail trail celebrating dinosaurs. Find giant eggs, spot tiny pterodactyls in the trees, jump over dinosaur tracks and more. The trail walks are available in thirty-minute intervals to ensure social distancing. Each family will have ninety minutes on the trail. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20 per car.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Paige Lindblom.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
August 17
WILDROCK DINO DISCOVERY TRAIL
Wildrock.
Discover playful installations along the Wildrock Discovery Loop Trail trail celebrating dinosaurs. Find giant eggs, spot tiny pterodactyls in the trees, jump over dinosaur tracks and more. The trail walks are available in thirty-minute intervals to ensure social distancing. Each family will have ninety minutes on the trail. Wildrock.  10am-3pm.  $20 per car.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Paige Lindblom.  Email: plwildrock@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-987-0638. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
VIRTUAL EVENT - STEM ACTIVITY
Brooks Family YMCA.
YMCA Youth & Family staff have teamed up to bring you fun activities for kids via Facebook live. Wednesdays will feature STEM-focused activities. Brooks Family YMCA - Facebook Live.  3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
First Mondays
MINDFULNESS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Mindfulness is a program that invites toddlers, preschoolers, and children in early elementary and their caregivers to learn about mindfulness techniques together, including yoga, meditation and breathing exercises. Ages 3 and up. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays
VIRTUAL EVENT - STEM ACTIVITY
Brooks Family YMCA.
YMCA Youth & Family staff have teamed up to bring you fun activities for kids via Facebook live. Wednesdays will feature STEM-focused activities. Brooks Family YMCA - Facebook Live.  3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 Special NeedsGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
November 2, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Altria Companies Employee Community Fund.
The Children's Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum. Families can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 15 and under. CMoR Short Pump.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7070. 
 
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. 
 
 Storytime EventsGo to top of List
 
June-August, Mondays & Tuesdays
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Activities include: storytime, craft or cooking project, fruit picking (when available), hayride and snack Both sessions during a week will include the same activities, then activities will switch from week to week. Seasonal themes include apples, peaches, pumpkins, flowers, bees, etc. Carter Mountain Orchard.  10:30am-12pm.  $10/child.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
 Theatre & DanceGo to top of List
 
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.
 
Mondays
VIRTUAL CLASS - MUSIC MONDAY
DMR Adventures.
A virtual music class for all ages. Online - DMR Adventures.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays
VIRTUAL CLASS - SHAKE IT SATURDAY
DMR Adventures.
A virtual movement and dance class for all ages with Deon Ridley from Broadway's The Lion King. Online - DMR Adventures.  2-2:50pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
VIRTUAL CLASS - THEATRE CHALLENGE TUESDAY
DMR Adventures.
A virtual theatre class for all ages. Online - DMR Adventures.  3-3:20pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 

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