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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
 
November 16 & 17
INLIGHT RICHMOND
1708 Gallery.
This open exhibition features a wide range of light-based art, including sculpture, video, performances and interactive projects, right in the heart of Richmond. The tenth anniversary InLight event will focus on the theme of community, and it will offer lantern-crafting opportunities and a dazzling parade. West Broad Street in the Arts and Culture District, Richmond.  6-7pm lantern making (Friday & Saturday), 7pm parade (Friday).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: esmith@1708gallery.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-643-1708. 
 
November 17, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: NATURE UP CLOSE
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours, interactive tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
November 19, Monday
ALCOHOL INK TILES CRAFT WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Decorate ceramic tiles with alcohol ink to create unique designs. Turn them into coasters or simply leave them as small works of art. All supplies will be provided. Ages 14-plus. Required registration begins November 5. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  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 Library's Teen Desk to work on a craft at your own pace, or take home supplies to finish your masterpiece later. Supplies will be provided but are limited. September 17: Floppy Disk pen holder/planter. October 22: Sushi Pompoms. November 19: Finger knitting/crocheting. JMRL - Northside Library.  6-8pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 14, Friday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Gather up the whole family and head to the library to make non-edible gingerbread houses. Creating can be chaotic, so be sure to come dress appropriately to make great art. The library will provide glitter, glue and guaranteed fun. For children up to age 12. JMRL - Northside Library.  3-4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Now-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 is required, but space is limited. JMRL - Northside Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
October 5 & December 7, Fridays
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. Drop-ins always welcome. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 12, Wednesday
CRAFTERNOON
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Construct a holiday-worthy craft out of vibrant wool and learn the art of felting. Ages 7-12. Registration is required and opens on November 19. JMRL - Crozet Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 13, Thursday
SEWING FOR BEGINNERS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Interested in learning how to sew but worried that beginner projects would look like your great-grandmother's handiwork? Don't be afrayed; Northside Library has the solution. Select a pop-culture inspired design or invent your own stunning pattern. Each workshop participant will be gifted a take-home kit. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 8 & 15
HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING FOR KIDS
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Head to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center where children can make holiday gifts, including bracelets, wreaths and more. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.  Directions: 1490 Darden Towe Park.  TBD.  $TBD.  All ages welcome.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-2425. 
 
December 15, Saturday
ZOMBIE GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn how to make traditional gingerbread man cookies with a twist! Bake, decorate then enjoy your edible masterpiece. Grades 6-12. Registration begins November 30. JMRL - Central Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 25-December 23, Sundays
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
The Boar's Head Inn.
Spend a fun Sunday afternoon at The Boar's Head with Santa and Mrs. Claus designing and building your own edible masterpiece. All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. Light refreshments and Boar's Head homemade hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  1-3pm.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 855-220-6620. 
 
September 27, October 25, November 29 & December 27, Last Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Meet up with other LEGO-minded people and construct your very own masterpieces. Just bring along your creative mind, and the library will supply the building materials. Ages five-plus. No younger siblings, please. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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 Library.
Knitters, beaders and stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning more about) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins are welcome. Ages 8-plus. JMRL - Crozet Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  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. For children 18 months to 4 years of age. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  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
 
December 1, Saturday
MONTICELLO HOLIDAY CLASSIC 5K AND DECK THE HALLS KIDS DASH!
Monticello.
This family-oriented 5k begins at the East Walk of Monticello and ends at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Smith Education Center. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the Deck the Halls Kids Dash, a quarter-mile loop around the West Lawn. Monticello.  8-10am; 8:10am kids dash, 8:20am 5k.  $10 Kids Dash, $35 5k ($45 starting Nov. 27), $55 Race & Trail Support.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
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. 4:15pm.  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
 
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
 
November 20, Tuesday
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, displays and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation. It's your library - make a difference. Grades 7-12. Registration and completion of a TAB application is required. Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
November 26, Monday
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and participate in a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month, the group will read and talk about a different theme. Required registration is live online now. JMRL - 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. 
 
November 27, Tuesday
LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Crozet Library.
The book club will discuss Neal Shusterman's Scythe, a creepy and unique dystopian text fitting for mature teen readers. The required reservation form is live online now. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
November 28, Wednesday
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 welcome, including poetry, nonfiction and fanfiction. JMRL - 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. 
 
Now-November 29, Fourth Thursdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Minecrafters are invited to the library to enjoy a new 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, so Xbox and iPad accounts will be incompatible. Grades 3-12. Registration to play in the library begins two weeks before event date. JMRL - Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893, ext. 6. 
 
September 10, October 1, November 5 & December 3, Mondays
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime flicks with friends, all while enjoying snacks like Pocky. Registration is recommended but not required. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 5-December 5, First Wednesdays
PAGEMASTERS BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Head to the library to participate in a 45-minute book chat, and enjoy snacks and activities along the way. Books will be provided to the first 10 participants. JMRL - Northside Library.  5-5:45pm .  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 12.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 6, October 18, November 1 & 15, December 6; Second and Final Thursdays
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDERS CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? Head to the library to play! All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration is required, and space is limited. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  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 enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. Free books will be provided (one book for each pair). Children must be accompanied by a favorite adult. Required registration is ongoing. JMRL - Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 9.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
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 ten kids to sign up. Grades 3-4. Required registration begins four weeks before each meeting date. JMRL - Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Now-December 13, Second Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous tween readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and munch on snacks. Free books will be provided. Limited to 10 participants. Required registration is ongoing. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Now-December 18, Third Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Discuss and read thrilling manga, then watch the anime adaptation with other teens. Light snacks will be provided. Registration is required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book will be offered to the first 10 participants to sign up. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 24-December 20, Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss excellent books and enjoy a batch of cookies and snacks. This program is for grades 5-6. Registration is required. Free copies of the book will be provided. See site for list of books being read each month. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 12.  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. 
 
Monthly on Final Thursdays
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 3RD & 4TH GRADERS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book each month. Free books will be provided. See the library website for details about each month's discussion. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 10.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
Final Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Knitters, beaders and stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning more about) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins are welcome. Ages 8-plus. JMRL - Crozet Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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Now-November 16
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST & TOURS
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
This annual competition challenges youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. Entires are judged by established writers hailing from Central Virginia, and winners will be crowned at a ceremony in the spring and featured in an annually-produced anthology. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
December 2-5 display
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD HOUSE SUBMISSION
Ronald McDonald House Charities Charlottesville.
Join a Charlottesville holiday tradition by entering the annual Gingerbread House Competition. This year's theme is "Favorite Holiday Book." Creations will be on display December 2-5 at the Omni with free admission. Omni Hotel.  See site for drop-off and display times.  $10 individual, $15 team, free display viewing.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-1885. 
 
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November 19, Monday
ALCOHOL INK TILES CRAFT WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Decorate ceramic tiles with alcohol ink to create unique designs. Turn them into coasters or simply leave them as small works of art. All supplies will be provided. Ages 14-plus. Required registration begins November 5. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
November 20, Tuesday
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, displays and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation. It's your library - make a difference. Grades 7-12. Registration and completion of a TAB application is required. Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
November 26, Monday
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and participate in a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month, the group will read and talk about a different theme. Required registration is live online now. JMRL - 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. 
 
November 27, Tuesday
LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Crozet Library.
The book club will discuss Neal Shusterman's Scythe, a creepy and unique dystopian text fitting for mature teen readers. The required reservation form is live online now. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
November 28, Wednesday
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 welcome, including poetry, nonfiction and fanfiction. JMRL - 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. 
 
November 7, 14 & 28, Wednesdays
NANOWRIMO WEDNESDAY WRITE-INS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Make words happen during this dedicated writing time. A quiet space, snacks, drinks and encouragement are provided. At the last meeting, celebrate your progress with a prize (no matter your word count) and talk through next steps. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
Now-November 29, Fourth Thursdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Minecrafters are invited to the library to enjoy a new 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, so Xbox and iPad accounts will be incompatible. Grades 3-12. Registration to play in the library begins two weeks before event date. JMRL - Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893, ext. 6. 
 
Now-December 1, First Saturdays
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Kick back and relax with an afternoon movie and a snack. Be sure to bring a blanket and a pillow to sit on. September: A Wrinkle in Time. October: Goosebumps. November: How to Train Your Dragon. December: Matilda. JMRL - Northside Library.  2:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Now-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 two weeks in advance. Ages 16+. JMRL - Central Library.  11am-12pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  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 flicks with friends, all while enjoying snacks like Pocky. Registration is recommended but not required. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 3, Monday
COSPLAY PARTY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come in costume or borrow apparel at the library. There will be a costume contest, trivia, special snacks and, of course, anime. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  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. 
 
December 5, Wednesday
HOLIDAY CRAFT EXTRAVAGANZA
JMRL - Northside Library.
Make some gifts for the holidays at multiple stations with different craft choices. Make one or make them all. Holiday refreshments will be available, too. Ages 14-plus. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 5, Wednesday
HOUR OF CODE
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join the global movement and participate in Hour of Code. Learn about coding, start a new project or continue working on your own program. Bring your own laptop/device or reserve a library laptop (note that the number of library computers is limited). This program is recommended for students in grades 5 and up. Required registration begins November 14. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
November 14 & December 5, Wednesdays
JOB FAIR WITH VIRGINIA CAREER WORKS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Visit the library and sit down one-on-one with more than 15 representatives from a variety of local employers. Get away from the stress of online applications and talk to real people. Bringing a resume is encouraged but not required. As a bonus, arrive an hour prior to the fair to attend a helpful workshop on job interviewing techniques. Ages 16-plus. JMRL - Northside Library.  2-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 6, October 18, November 1 & 15, December 6; Second and Final Thursdays
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDERS CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? Head to the library to play! All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration is required, and space is limited. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 7, Friday
HOT COCOA AND A MOVIE
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Stuff your hot chocolate to the top with extras or make it as simple as you like. Then, take a break, sip your toasty drink and watch a pre-exams film chosen by the library's Teen Advisory Board. Grades 6-12. Requested registration opens November 16. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 8, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT OPEN HOUSE
JMRL - Central Library.
Stop by to make holiday gift tags and cards. Ages 14-plus. JMRL - Central Library.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 6-9, Thursday-Sunday
HOLIDAY TABLE AND MANTLE CENTERPIECE WORKSHOP
Monticello.
This holiday season, decorate your home with a mixture of fresh, fragrant evergreens and herbs, berries, cones and other natural materials--all locally collected. In this hands-on workshop, led by expert floral designers, you will learn basic techniques for crafting your own centerpiece to adorn your table or mantle. All materials, including containers, will be provided by Monticello. Recommended for ages 14-plus. Monticello.  Varies.  $35 per person.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
December 10, Monday
TECH OPEN HOUSE
JMRL - Central Library.
Explore the wide range of technologies available at the library. Tinker with tablets, virtual reality headsets, smart speakers, e-readers and more. Be sure to catch the 3D printer in action, too. JMRL - Central Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12; Second Wednesdays
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join the library's Teen Advisory Board to create displays, help plan programs and earn volunteer hours for your participation. You can enjoy snacks and meet new pals, too. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  5-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 13, Thursday
SEWING FOR BEGINNERS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Interested in learning how to sew but worried that beginner projects would look like your great-grandmother's handiwork? Don't be afrayed; Northside Library has the solution. Select a pop-culture inspired design or invent your own stunning pattern. Each workshop participant will be gifted a take-home kit. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Now-December 13, Second Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous tween readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and munch on snacks. Free books will be provided. Limited to 10 participants. Required registration is ongoing. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 15, Saturday
YULE BALL
JMRL - Northside Library.
Muggles and magic folk are invited to this winter, Harry Potter-themed party. Enjoy scrumptious snacks, magical music and a series of spellbinding activities. JMRL - Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 15, Saturday
ZOMBIE GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn how to make traditional gingerbread man cookies with a twist! Bake, decorate then enjoy your edible masterpiece. Grades 6-12. Registration begins November 30. JMRL - Central Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 10-13, 15 & 17
EXAM CRAM
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Reserved space and extended hours for high school students studying for midterms. Free snacks and beverages available. Contact the library to even reserve a group study room. JMRL - Crozet Library.  4-9pm weekdays, 9am-5pm Saturday.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
Now-December 18, Third Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Discuss and read thrilling manga, then watch the anime adaptation with other teens. Light snacks will be provided. Registration is required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book will be offered to the first 10 participants to sign up. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 18-December 18, Third Tuesdays
BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come play classic board games or try your hand at a Wii tournament in the Teen Room. Bring a friend or make a new one. Snacks will be provided. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Wednesdays
A RAY OF SUNSHINE: A NEW TEEN BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join other teens to read and discuss an array of great novels with a solar theme for the summer. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required. Copies of the book provided. Gordon Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Plan cool teen activities for the library, create displays, share good books and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. It's your chance to make the library your own. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Wednesdays
B'TWIXT & B'TWEEN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A book discussion group for grades 6 and 7. Receive a free copy of monthly book selections and enjoy talking with other readers. Snacks provided. Required registration. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
Third Tuesdays
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up. See website for this month's! Gordon Avenue Library.  4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
First Tuesdays
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Join other teen writers to stretch your imagination with new techniques and prompts. Feel free to bring writing or art samples with you and receive helpful feedback. All creative writing is welcome, ranging form poetry and fiction to fanfiction and non-fiction prose. Grades 7-12. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 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. 
 
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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Tuesdays through Fridays in November
EXPLORNATIONS
Smithsonian.
Families are invited to celebrate Native culture by learning hands-on about Native foods. Visitors can explore the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash), wild rice harvesting, berry gathering and more in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center. Participants might be surprised to find that some foods can be used for more than just eating. National Museum of the American Indian.  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
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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December 1 & 15, Saturdays
DROP & SHOP PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHTS
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Parents can drop off their kids for time to catch up on holiday shopping or maybe just to relax and indulge. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:45-9:45pm.  $30 members, $35 nonmembers.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  Email: tlgcharlottesvilleva@thelittlegym.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
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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November 15, Thursday
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. JMRL - Central Library.  4-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 17, Saturday
APPLE CIDER PRESSING DEMONSTRATION
Saunders Brothers Market.
Observe Papa Saunders' antique cider press in action, then taste the freshness of the finished product. Music by David Matthews of Lovingston will follow. Saunders Brothers Market, Piney River.  Directions: 2717 Tye Brook Hwy.  11am-3pm.  $No cover.  All ages welcome.  Email: farmmarket@saundersbrothers.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455, ext. 37. 
 
November 19-December 17, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively literacy 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 development. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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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November 30, Friday
CREATION STATION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stop by the library to create alongside UVA Madison House volunteers. Each week, the team will explore a different project. STEAM ahead with hands-on fun, and delve into science, technology, engineering, art and math discovery. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
December 5, Wednesday
HOUR OF CODE
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join the global movement and participate in Hour of Code. Learn about coding, start a new project or continue working on your own program. Bring your own laptop/device or reserve a library laptop (note that the number of library computers is limited). This program is recommended for students in grades 5 and up. Required registration begins November 14. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
December 8, Saturday
GIRLS' GEEK DAYS
Tech-Girls.
This series focuses on sparking girls' interest in STEM in a fun, collaborative and hands-on environment. Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. These events are open to all ages, but girls in third grade or younger should plan to bring a guardian along. Registration is required and space is limited. Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  TBA.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: kim@tech-girls.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
December 10, Monday
TECH OPEN HOUSE
JMRL - Central Library.
Explore the wide range of technologies available at the library. Tinker with tablets, virtual reality headsets, smart speakers, e-readers and more. Be sure to catch the 3D printer in action, too. JMRL - Central Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
November 4, Sunday
SCIENCE SUNDAY FOR GIRLS
James Madison University.
Bring a gaggle of girls to James Madison University on the first Sunday of every month to enjoy a free, fun, science- and engineering-focused series, intended to increase female involvement and interest in STEM fields. The John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU.  Directions: Miller Hall, MSC 4502 91 E. Grace, Room 1103.  TBD.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: planetarium@jmu.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-568-7827. 
 
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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Saturdays in November
IMAGINATIONS CREATIONS!
Smithsonian.
Games are an important tradition shared by all ages in many Native communities. Several games are designed to build strength in both body and spirit through exercise, group cooperation and practicing important skills such as hand-eye coordination. Visitors are invited to learn about the many games that are regularly played throughout the Americas, then create a ball and triangle game to take home. This recurring event is recommended for ages 5-plus. National Museum of the American Indian.  Directions: 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW.  1:30-3:30pm.  $Free.  Email: AlvarezMA@si.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-633-6888. 
 
October 5 & December 7, Fridays
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. Drop-ins always welcome. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 18-December 18, Third Tuesdays
BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come play classic board games or try your hand at a Wii tournament in the Teen Room. Bring a friend or make a new one. Snacks will be provided. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 27, October 25, November 29 & December 27, Last Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Meet up with other LEGO-minded people and construct your very own masterpieces. Just bring along your creative mind, and the library will supply the building materials. Ages five-plus. No younger siblings, please. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. For children 18 months to 4 years of age. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  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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November 7, 14 & 28, Wednesdays
NANOWRIMO WEDNESDAY WRITE-INS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Make words happen during this dedicated writing time. A quiet space, snacks, drinks and encouragement are provided. At the last meeting, celebrate your progress with a prize (no matter your word count) and talk through next steps. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 1, Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillow if you'd like to cozy up and watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Drop-ins are welcome. Requested registration begins November 5. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 3, Monday
FROZEN PARTY
JMRL - Central Library.
All ages are invited to the library to enjoy this Frozen-themed winter morning. Songs, stories and themed activities will be incorporated into the event. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 2-5 display
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD HOUSE SUBMISSION
Ronald McDonald House Charities Charlottesville.
Join a Charlottesville holiday tradition by entering the annual Gingerbread House Competition. This year's theme is "Favorite Holiday Book." Creations will be on display December 2-5 at the Omni with free admission. Omni Hotel.  See site for drop-off and display times.  $10 individual, $15 team, free display viewing.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-1885. 
 
Second Wednesdays monthly
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCAs Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team. Call the library to register for a fifteen-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
November 7-December 13, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. No class will be held on November 21. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am-11:15am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
December 14, Friday
SWIMMING WITH SANTA
Brooks Family YMCA.
Children will enjoy decorating Christmas cookies, doing arts and crafts, and most importantly swimming with Santa. Each child with have their picture taken with Santa. Dinner is included in the fee. Brooks Family YMCA.  5:30-8:30pm.  $TBD.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-974-9622. 
 
December 15, Saturday
YULE BALL
JMRL - Northside Library.
Muggles and magic folk are invited to this winter, Harry Potter-themed party. Enjoy scrumptious snacks, magical music and a series of spellbinding activities. JMRL - Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
September 18-December 18, Third Tuesdays
BOARD IN THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come play classic board games or try your hand at a Wii tournament in the Teen Room. Bring a friend or make a new one. Snacks will be provided. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
November 5 & 21, December 20
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Abby or Lucy, registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner and handler MaryAnn. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. This event is perfect for any young reader. JMRL - Crozet Library.  1-2pm (15-minute reading slots).  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, Saturday-Sunday
TEA WITH SANTA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Another long-standing tradition, Tea with Santa offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety of seasonal beverages and light snacks while singing along with Santa and the Singing Elf in an intimate setting. Experience a special storytime with Santa, too. Hilton Richmond Downtown.  Directions: 501 E. Broad St.  2pm.  $37/members, $45/non-members.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
November 23-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond and celebrate an 82-year local tradition. Sunrise, Sunset and Tea with Santa services go on sale Thursday, November 1. Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  Directions: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond.  See website or call for Santa's schedule.  $Free visit with Santa, photo available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Email: santa@c-mor.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7009. 
 
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. 
 
November 4, Sunday
SCIENCE SUNDAY FOR GIRLS
James Madison University.
Bring a gaggle of girls to James Madison University on the first Sunday of every month to enjoy a free, fun, science- and engineering-focused series, intended to increase female involvement and interest in STEM fields. The John C. Wells Planetarium at JMU.  Directions: Miller Hall, MSC 4502 91 E. Grace, Room 1103.  TBD.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: planetarium@jmu.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-568-7827. 
 
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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December 7, Friday
SENSORY STORYTIME
JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.
This inclusive program of stories, songs and activities is just right for children who have difficulty sitting through traditional storytime sessions. This event is designed for preschool children who may be on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing issues or feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. Registration is required. JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
December 15, Saturday
ZOMBIE GINGERBREAD MAN COOKIES
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn how to make traditional gingerbread man cookies with a twist! Bake, decorate then enjoy your edible masterpiece. Grades 6-12. Registration begins November 30. JMRL - Central Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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November 19, Monday
PICTURE BOOK PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
November is National Picture Book Month--a time to celebrate how these texts have touched readers around the world for generations. Picture books aren't just for the itty bitty; readers of all ages are invited to bring their favorites to share aloud or pass around. The library will have new favorites for you to experience, too. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
November 3, 10 & 24, Saturdays
STORYTIMES AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Head to New Dominion on the first, second and fourth Saturdays of November to enjoy special storytime sessions, lead by the authors themselves. November 3: Mark Loewen reads from "What Does a Princess Really Look Like?"; November 10: Helen Williamson reads from "Adventures in Dinglewood"; November 24: J. Robin Albertson-Wren reads from "Mindfulness for Kids" New Dominion Bookshop.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: staff@ndbookshop.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
December 3, Monday
FROZEN PARTY
JMRL - Central Library.
All ages are invited to the library to enjoy this Frozen-themed winter morning. Songs, stories and themed activities will be incorporated into the event. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Second Wednesdays monthly
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new pal by reading aloud to a furry companion from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCAs Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team. Call the library to register for a fifteen-minute time slot. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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 ten kids to sign up. Grades 3-4. Required registration begins four weeks before each meeting date. JMRL - Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 10.  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. JMRL - Gordon Ave 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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November 15, Thursday
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. JMRL - Central Library.  4-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 3, 10 & 24, Saturdays
STORYTIMES AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Head to New Dominion on the first, second and fourth Saturdays of November to enjoy special storytime sessions, lead by the authors themselves. November 3: Mark Loewen reads from "What Does a Princess Really Look Like?"; November 10: Helen Williamson reads from "Adventures in Dinglewood"; November 24: J. Robin Albertson-Wren reads from "Mindfulness for Kids" New Dominion Bookshop.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: staff@ndbookshop.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
September 5-December 5, First Wednesdays
PAGEMASTERS BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Head to the library to participate in a 45-minute book chat, and enjoy snacks and activities along the way. Books will be provided to the first 10 participants. JMRL - Northside Library.  5-5:45pm .  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 12.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
December 7, Friday
SENSORY STORYTIME
JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.
This inclusive program of stories, songs and activities is just right for children who have difficulty sitting through traditional storytime sessions. This event is designed for preschool children who may be on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing issues or feel overwhelmed by noises or crowds. Registration is required. JMRL - Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
September 8-December 8, Second Saturdays
ZAP! GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Caregivers and kids devour a graphic novel together, then enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. Free books will be provided (one book for each pair). Children must be accompanied by a favorite adult. Required registration is ongoing. JMRL - Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 9.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
November 27, December 4 & 11
BLANKETS & BOOKS: EVENING STORYTIME
JMRL - Crozet Library.
As we nestle into the fall season, head to the library for three special storytimes. Wear your pajamas, bring a special blanket or stuffed animal and get ready to snuggle in and listen to some cozy stories before bedtime. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
November 19-December 17, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively literacy 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 development. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. This recurring event offers Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL - 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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December 10, Monday
"NUTCRACKER SUITE" MEET & GREET
JMRL - Central Library.
Experience the wonder of The Nutcracker with a special visit from Charlottesville Ballet. Learn the story, see a special performance and learn a few dance moves. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5pm.  Recommended for ages 3 to 9.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Weekly
GET ROLLING
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Watch your kid go from cartwheels to confidence with lots of giggles along the way in specially designed class that will help your child channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured environment. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  Various Slots.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
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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