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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
 
October 5, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration requested starting Sept. 14. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 10-October 15
ANNUAL "IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER" SCHOOL ART CONTEST
City of Charlottesville / Charlottesville Family.
The Art Contest's Theme, "Why Does Every Drop Count," is open to all city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County public, private and home schoolers grades 1-8. Any medium may be used (paint, colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc). Winners will be selected from each grade division, and winners (along with Fan Favorites chosen online) will be recognized at special ceremonies and their work exhibited in public venues. Rules and restrictions apply. Submissions mailed to or dropped off at Department of Public Works.  Directions: 305 4th Street NW.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 14.  Contact: Jill Greiner.  Email: waterconservation@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3877. 
 
October 15, Monday
TINKERCAD WORKSHOP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Interested in designing your own 3D-printable objects? Get started with this workshop on TinkerCAD, a free and easy-to-use CAD program where you'll be designing festive pumpkins. Designs will be printed for free and available at a later date. Required registration. Ages 10-18. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
October 20 & 26, Saturday & Friday
MAKE A MASK
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Create a fantastical mask and listen to a few stories to get ready for Halloween. Ages 3-7 and an accompanying adult. Required registration begins October 1. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 17, October 22 & November 19, Mondays
MAKER MONDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
No need to worry about getting to the library on time! Just drop by Northside Librarys Teen Desk to work on a craft at your own pace, or take home supplies to finish your masterpiece later. Limited supplies; supplies provided. Ages 11-18. September 17: Floppy Disk pen holder/planter. October 22: Sushi Pompoms. November 19: Finger knitting/crocheting. Northside Library.  6-8pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 6-December 6, First Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; building blocks will be supplied. No registration required, but space is limited. Ages 5-12. Northside Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
Friday Mornings
ARTVENTURE
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: 434-977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Thursday Mornings
TINKER TOTS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Explore science, technology, engineering, and math concepts in a hands-on way. Develop and test out original ideas through tinker tables, collaborative sewing projects, and other open-ended prompts and loose-parts explorations. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays
TODDLER TAKEOVER
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each month will focus on a central theme, and each week will focus on a different area within the theme: Art, Sensory/Fine Motor, Nature, or Music for toddlers age 18 months to 3 years. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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
 
September 28, Friday
18TH ANNUAL AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Amazement Square, Downtown Lynchburg.  6pm.  Recommended for ages 0 to 13.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
September 29, Saturday
16TH ANNUAL IN THE PINK TENNIS TOURNAMENT'S KIDS IN PINK
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital will host a Kids In Pink clinic to raise funds to support Marianne's Room and patient services offered through the Cancer Resource Center. Kids In Pink, which includes clinic and match play time, is open to boys and girls ages 10-18. Boar's Head Sports Club.  9am-12pm.  $50 individual registration.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Contact: Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.  Email: MJH_Foundation@Sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-8258. 
 
September 30, Sunday
UVA YOUTH ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLINIC
CUDO.
This clinic will focus on fundamentals of play: throwing skills, cutting skills and defensive skills. Then mix it up with representatives of UVA Men's and Women's Ultimate teams and CUDO Youth on each team and play utilizing the skills you've worked on. Madison Bowl, Charlottesville.  11am-1pm.  $Free ($5 suggested donation).  Recommended for ages 11 to 15.  For details, please click this link. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Afternoons
LITTLE INNOVATORS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids engage in STEAM-related science experiments, building challenges and art projects. Plus, special guests from Charlottesville High Schools BACON Club and UVAs Chemistry LEAD Program come once a month for a Meet the Robot series and hands-on science demonstrations, respectively. 4-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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
 
October 6, Saturday
SIBLING CLASS AT UVA HOSPITAL
UVA Health System.
A one-session class for children ages 2 to 10 who are expecting a new sibling. Interactive play teaches about life with a new baby in the home. A tour of a hospital room is included. UVA Hospital.  10am-11am.  Email: prenatalclasses@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-9920. 
 
September 12-October 31, Wednesdays
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 9/11/16 and 9/12/17. Required spring registration begins August 23. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 13-November 1, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 13-November 8, 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. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Thursdays
SIBLING CLASS
Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Letting children know what to expect from a new family member can help them adjust. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the hospital, learn how to hold the baby and what it means to be a big brother or big sister. Helpful information for parents is also given. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.  Directions: 500 Martha Jefferson Drive.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-800-736-8272. 
 
Wednesdays
TODDLER TAKEOVER
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each month will focus on a central theme, and each week will focus on a different area within the theme: Art, Sensory/Fine Motor, Nature, or Music for toddlers age 18 months to 3 years. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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
 
September 12-October 10, Wednesdays
CHESS MATES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Led by guest chess coach John Teixeira, Chess Mates offers two 5-session class options: a Beginner class for ages 6 to 10 and an Intermediate class recommended for ages 10 and older but negotiable depending on your child's skill level. This program will focus on building an understanding of chess and having fun, all while playing a game that helps develop creativity, executive function and math skills. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4:15-5:15pm (Beginner); 5:30-6:30pm (Intermediate).  $65.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
October 15, Monday
CROZET GRADES 5-7 ADVISORY BOARD
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Share your ideas on programs you'd like to see at the library for Grades 4-7. Brainstorm and snack with other kids your age. Grades 5-7. Registration required. Crozet Library.  5-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 23, Tuesday
LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reading: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. For more mature teen readers. Required registration begins Sept. 18. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 11, October 9 & November 20, Monthly on Tuesdays
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
Crozet Library.
Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, display and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It's your library - make a difference. Grades 6-12. Registration and TAB application required. Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 24, October 29 & November 26, 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. Ages 12-18. Required registration for fall season begins September 1. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 19, October 17 & November 28, Wednesdays
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Looking for a welcoming space to collaborate and get constructive feedback on your writing? Come to Northside Library each month. All creative writing is welcomed, including poetry, nonfiction and fanfiction. Ages 11-18. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 W. Rio Rd.  5-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 27-November 29, Fourth Thursdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, enjoy a different challenge each month. To join the club, stop by a youth services desk to pick up and sign a Rules and Contract form. Only PC Minecraft accounts work on the library's server; Xbox and iPad accounts are incompatible. Grades 3-12. Registration to play in the library begins two weeks before event date. Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893 x6. 
 
September 5-December 5, First 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. 
 
October 4-December 6, Second and Fourth Thursdays
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.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 8-December 8, Second Saturdays
ZAP! GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Caregivers and kids devour a graphic novel together, then join us for snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. Free books will be provided (one book for each pair.) Ages 8-9 with a favorite adult. Required registration is ongoing. Central Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 13-December 13, Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Books will be provided for first 10 kids to sign up. Grades 3-4. Required registration begins four weeks before meeting date. Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 13-December 13, Second Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books provided. Limit 10. Required registration is ongoing. Ages 9-12. JMRL- Central Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 24-December 20, 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. See site for list of books being read each month. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
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October 11, Thursday
JUST AS YOU ARE HOMECOMING SOCIAL
JMRL- Central Library.
Join LGBTQ+ teens and allies for an evening of food, dancing, games and much more. Costumes encouraged. JMRL - Central Library.  7:15-8:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 13, Saturday
YAK & SNACK
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Come talk about Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper. Free copy of the book included on first-come, first-served basis. Snacks are served at each meeting. Grades 5-8. Registration required and begins September 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2:30-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 14.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 15, Monday
TINKERCAD WORKSHOP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Interested in designing your own 3D-printable objects? Get started with this workshop on TinkerCAD, a free and easy-to-use CAD program where you'll be designing festive pumpkins. Designs will be printed for free and available at a later date. Required registration. Ages 10-18. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
October 16, Tuesday
INTRO TO CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Explore the art of modern calligraphy with this workshop by Michelle Streeter of Ma Belle Calligraphy. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins Sept. 25. Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 16, Thursday
TEEN BOOK TO FILM CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Discuss The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas in anticipation of the forthcoming movie release with refreshments provided. Geared toward more mature readers. Required registration begins Sept. 27. Free copies of the book for the first 10 to register. Central Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 18, Thursday
COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP WITH PVCC
JMRL- Northside Library.
Filing for FAFSA, but unsure where to start? Come for a brief overview followed by one-on-one help. Register by phone or email. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: ndefibaugh@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
October 20, Saturday
ESCAPE ROOM REDUX
JMRL - Northside.
The Hogwarts-themed escape room accommodates up to four participants at a time and takes 30 minutes. Ages 11 to adult. Required registration. Northside Library.  10:15am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: ndefibaugh@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
October 20, Saturday
MASQUERADE BALL
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation.
Dress in your favorite costume and enjoy an evening out with your family. Youth under the age of 17 must have a chaperone. There will be refreshments, music, dancing and a photo booth. Carver Recreation Center.  6-8pm.  $3 city residents, $4 non-residents.  Contact: Caitlin Marcotte.  Email: marcottec@charlottesville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3269. 
 
October 23, Tuesday
LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reading: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. For more mature teen readers. Required registration begins Sept. 18. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 24, Wednesday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY: HALLOWEEN
JMRL - Central Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica 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 bake up sugar cookie ghosts and candy corn. Ages 12+. Required registration begins October 3. JMRL - Central Library.  6-8pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 26, Friday
FRIGHT NIGHT: A GRIMM ESCAPE ROOM
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Break free from a Grimm fairy tales-themed escape room and experience the creep factor of an empty library after-hours as you play games in the darkened library. Costumes for a contest are encouraged. Snacks will be provided. Register in advance beginning Oct. 5. Grades 7-12. Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 20 & 26, Saturday & Friday
MAKE A MASK
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Create a fantastical mask and listen to a few stories to get ready for Halloween. Ages 3-7 and an accompanying adult. Required registration begins October 1. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 11, October 9 & November 20, Monthly on Tuesdays
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
Crozet Library.
Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, display and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It's your library - make a difference. Grades 6-12. Registration and TAB application required. Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 24, October 29 & November 26, 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. Ages 12-18. Required registration for fall season begins September 1. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 19, October 17 & November 28, Wednesdays
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Looking for a welcoming space to collaborate and get constructive feedback on your writing? Come to Northside Library each month. All creative writing is welcomed, including poetry, nonfiction and fanfiction. Ages 11-18. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 W. Rio Rd.  5-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 27-November 29, Fourth Thursdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, enjoy a different challenge each month. To join the club, stop by a youth services desk to pick up and sign a Rules and Contract form. Only PC Minecraft accounts work on the library's server; Xbox and iPad accounts are incompatible. Grades 3-12. Registration to play in the library begins two weeks before event date. Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893 x6. 
 
October 6-December 1, First Saturdays
INVITATION TO WEAVING
JMRL- Central Library.
Explore the work of weaving with local artist Andrea Korotky through hands-on demonstrations. Space is limited so please sign up for the workshop you choose 2 weeks in advance. Ages 16+. Central Library.  11am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 10, October 1, November 5 & December 3, 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. 
 
August 7-December 4, First Tuesdays
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. 
 
September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12, 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. 
 
August 21-December 18, Third 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. 
 
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.  6:30-8pm.  $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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October 20, Saturday
INTERACTIVE ARCHAEOLOGY DIG FOR KIDS
James Monroe's Highland.
This 30-minute interactive exhibit will introduce children to archaeology, and how we know what we know about the lives of the enslaved and free people living and working at Monticello. Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock excavation where they will learn proper field techniques, including digging, screening, and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-2:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 13.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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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September 28, Friday
DATE NIGHT DROP-OFF
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Drop off the kids for an evening of adventure while you enjoy some time to yourselves. Kids enjoy a pizza dinner and plenty of playtime in the Museum. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  5:30-8:30pm.  $25 per child .  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
BABY BUDS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Infants and their adults will play together in activities that encourage physical growth, social-emotional development, and emerging language skills. Each month will focus on a central theme, and each week will focus on a different area within the theme: Art, Sensory, Fine Motor, or Music. For babies age 6-17 months. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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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October 4, Thursday
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS
JMRL - Central Library.
Use engineering and creativity to make a paper flex tangle fidget toy or jumping frog. Each session features a different tech toy. Registration is recommended and begins September 4. 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. 
 
October 12, Friday
FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY PUBLIC NIGHT
UVA Department of Astronomy.
Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. Tickets must be requested in advance and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis (up to 6) starting September 1. Fan Mountain Observing Station, Covesville.  7-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
October 13, Saturday
GIRLS' GEEK DAYS
Tech-Girls.
Sparking girls' interest in STEM in a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment. Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. Open to all ages, girls in third grade or younger should plan to bring a guardian too. Registration is required and space is limited. Crozet Elementary School, Crozet.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 21, October 26 & November 30, Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers with a different project each week to explore. STEAM ahead with hands-on fun. For all ages. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
August 24-December 28, Fourth Fridays
FIZZ BOOM READ
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come for a story and a fun STEAM activity. Ages 4-6. Registration begins two weeks before event date. Northside Library.  3:30-4pm.  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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October 5, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration requested starting Sept. 14. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
Thursday Mornings
TINKER TOTS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Explore science, technology, engineering, and math concepts in a hands-on way. Develop and test out original ideas through tinker tables, collaborative sewing projects, and other open-ended prompts and loose-parts explorations. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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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October 4, Thursday
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS
JMRL - Central Library.
Use engineering and creativity to make a paper flex tangle fidget toy or jumping frog. Each session features a different tech toy. Registration is recommended and begins September 4. 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. 
 
October 6, Saturday
PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Abby or Lucy, 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.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 15, Monday
PJ PALS: A STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Bring a stuffed pal for a special evening storytime and let your friend spend the night at the library. What will all the stuffed friends do during the night? Find out when you pick them up the next day. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-7:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
October 26, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby's.
Dress up and enjoy carnival games, activities, face painting and crafts. Concoct kooky potions with the happy ol' hag in the Showalter Cabin, decorate cookies from Baggby's, dance in the Monster Mash bubble-wrap dance room, meet the UVA Chemistry LEAD Mad Scientists in their lab as they conduct experiments, stop by the Little Shop of Prizes to trade in all the tickets you've earned and more. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  5:30-8pm.  $10 advance, $12 at the door.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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: 434-977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
UVA LEARNING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Dr. Jamie Jirout and the Center for Research in Education and Learning Lab at UVA continue research in both spatial learning and development and curiosity and question asking. Each week, visitors are invited to play games and complete puzzles centered around both areas of study. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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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October 5, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
CMoR Chesterfield.
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. Children's Museum of Richmond - Chesterfield.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 15.  Contact: Lindsey Hale.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7012. 
 
October 12, Friday
SENSORY STORYTIME
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
This inclusive program of stories, songs, and activities may be just right for children who have difficulty sitting through a traditional storytime. A program designed for preschool children who may be on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing issues, or feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. Ages 3-4. Registration is required. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 4.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
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September 10-October 22, 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.  10:30-11am.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
September 17-November 5, 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. 
 
September 17-November 5, Mondays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL- Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and finger plays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop early literacy skills by singing, talking, reading and playing. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 13-November 8, 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. 
 
September 13-November 8, Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  10:15am & 11:15am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 24-December 28, Fourth Fridays
FIZZ BOOM READ
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come for a story and a fun STEAM activity. Ages 4-6. Registration begins two weeks before event date. Northside Library.  3:30-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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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October 11, Thursday
READ-ALOUD CROWD
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come to the library to enjoy a story and share some fun. Grades K-2. 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. 
 
September 10-October 23, 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. 
 
September 10-October 23, 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. 
 
September 13-October 25, 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 August 21. 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. 
 
September 13-November 1, 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 August 23. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 12-November 7, Wednesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 30-minute program of stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 2-3 with an accompanying adult. Registration required. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  10:15am & 11:15am .  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
August 25-December 29, 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, Third and Last 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: 434-977-1025. 
 
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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September 26, Wednesday
ACT IT OUT
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Participate in theater games and other creative activities to act out a few fun stories. Ages 5-10. Required registration begins September 4. JMRL- Crozet Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
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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