Family Events & Festivals

Welcome. Please note that although families can rest assured that all posted listings are reviewed by our staff for appropriate content, we cannot verify all information contained in a given entry.

Creators of the original Gold Award-Winning CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Calendar, we've been serving up hyper-local parenting content for more than 18 years.


 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
February 21, Wednesday
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE II: BATTLE OF THE DAD BANDS
Fry's Spring Beach Club / Charlottesville Families in Action.
Bring your kids for some sweet kid-friendly tunes and to support a great cause. International Neighbors and Fry's Spring Beach Club want to send the children of refugee families to summer camp for the second year in a row. Enjoy food from Sticks, beer, wine and dessert. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  5-7pm.  $40 per family, $10 per person suggested donations.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
February 24, Saturday
WINTERSONGS: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR S.H.E.
Created as a means to support and empower female student vocalists and as a response to violence against women in our community, Wintersongs will feature students from Albemarle High School, Charlottesville High School, Monticello High School, William Monroe High School, Orange County High School, Charlottesville Day School, Burley Middle School, Jouett Middle School, Walton Middle School, Henley Middle School and Sutherland Middle School. Monticello High School.  5-7pm.  $Free, accepting tax-deductible donations. 
 
February 24-25, Saturday-Sunday
JEFFERSON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS: THE '70S: A ROCK AND ROLL EXPLOSION
Jefferson Choral Society.
A concert by the Jefferson Choral Society featuring music from the 1970s. Timberlake United Methodist Church, Lynchburg.  7:30pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday.  $20 adult, $10 students, free age 11 and under.  Email: jeffersonchoral@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-528-5700. 
 
March 11, Sunday
THE ALBEMARLE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE BENEFIT CONCERT
The Jefferson Theater.
The benefit will raise funds to travel to Savannah, Georgia, where the AHS Jazz Ensemble one of only 12 high school jazz bands from across America chosen to participate in April's prestigious Swing Central Jazz competition at the Savannah Music Festival. The Jefferson Theater.  7-9:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
February 27 & March 27, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 19-May 13
CAROL MCGREGOR: REPOSITORIES OF RECOGNITION
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.
In this exhibition, Wathaurung artist Carol McGregor explores the ways Aboriginal people have been both romanticized and suppressed. By embroidering on tea towels and sewing together possum skins, she questions which objects serve as true containers of Indigenous identity, and which are misrepresenting it on a mass scale. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-244-0234. 
 
March 10-August 25
18TH ANNUAL VSA VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT
VSA Arts of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Works will be on display and for sale until August 25. The opening reception will take place March 10 from 6:30-8pm. Carver Recreation Center.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1730. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
February 24, Saturday
CAROMONT FARM OPEN HOUSE & SNUGGLE SESSION
Caromont Farm.
Come for a "Snuggle Session" and Open House with a pop-up shop selling cheese and cheese-centric bites and Caromont swag. Take tours of the farm, meet representatives from other awesome local businesses, and of course, see baby goats. Please reserve slots for all of those in your party and try to carpool if possible. This is a casual day. Come anytime between 11am and 4pm and stay as long or as little as you would like. Caromont Farm.  11am-4pm.  $10, kids under 4 free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-1393. 
 
March 8, Thursday
CAROMONT FARM OPEN HOUSE & SNUGGLE SESSION
Caromont Farm.
Come for a pop-up shop selling cheese and cheese-centric bites, Caromont swag, tours of the farm, representatives from other awesome local businesses, and of course, baby goats. Out of respect to the animals, neighbors and zoning laws, please reserve slots for all of those in your party and try to carpool if possible. Caromont Farm, Esmont.  11am-4pm.  $10, ages 4 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-1393. 
 
Saturdays in March
CAROMOUNT FARM OPEN HOUSE & SNUGGLE SESSIONS
Caromont Farm.
Enjoy a casual day sharing in the beauty of the farm and in the company of the baby goats. A pop-up shop selling cheese, tours of the farm and other local business representatives will be available. Slots are limited. Check website for specific details. Caromont Farm Kitchen, Esmont.  11am-4pm.  $10, kids under 4 free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-1393. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
March 2, Friday
6TH ANNUAL ARTFEST IN THE WEST
Western Albemarle High School.
The theme for the 2018 ArtFest is Out of This World. Families can expect stellar kids' activities, worldly decorations, delicious food and silent auction items. Kids can take part in hands-on arts and crafts activities and enjoy a photo booth, and see live music performances by local kids. Western Albemarle High School.  6-9pm.  Contact: Jennifer Aminuddin.  Email: snowdrifters@comcast.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-832-4493. 
 
March 7, Wednesday
PIEDMONT REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair.
About 300 students in grades 6-12 representing more than 30 different schools from over a dozen school divisions will participate in the annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair. Students interested in the science and engineering fields can earn recognition and participate in an inspiring learning experience. John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: src.vprsf@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-9062. 
 
March 10-11, Saturday-Sunday
SPRING OYSTER FESTIVAL AT EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
Early Mountain Vineyards & Chatham Vineyards.
Enjoy oysters, live music, Virginia wine and great food. Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  Email: cheers@earlymountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
March 29-31, Thursday-Saturday
DOGWOOD TREE SALE
Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.
Your purchase of a dogwood tree will help benefit the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival. White, pink and red dogwoods available while supplies last--most years sell out by noon. Barracks Road Shopping Center.  Directions: Parking lot near Burger King.  4-7pm Thursday, 7am-7pm Friday, TBA Saturday.  $35 for 4-foot trees.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
 
March 31, Saturday
STAUNTON'S EGGSTRAVAGANZA
Staunton Recreation Parks.
Bounce houses, old-fashioned egg coloring, refreshments, arts and crafts activities, face painting and surprise entertainers. See website for age-specific egg hunt times. Montgomery Hall Park Soccer Complex.  9:30am-12pm.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3945. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
February 19 & 22, Monday & Thursday
FREE ADMISSION AT MOUNT VERNON
Mount Vernon.
Visit Mount Vernon for free. On Monday, partake in special wreathlaying ceremonies and listen to esteemed speakers. Watch Continental soldiers drill, fire their guns and charge at the enemy. Listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps playing and enjoy character performances around the estate before sharing birthday cake with George Washington in celebration of his 286th birthday. Thursday visitors get in free, enjoy a patriotic concert and a moving ceremony honoring new citizens. Mount Vernon.  9am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-780-2000. 
 
February 20 & 22, Tuesday & Thursday
CURATORIAL TOUR: 1820S AMERICAN FARM EXHIBIT
Frontier Culture Museum.
Join several members of the Museum's staff for a behind-the-scenes tour and discussion of the Museum's 1820's American Farm exhibit. The tour will begin at the Exhibit. Please plan to arrive at the Museum at least 15 minutes prior to the tour's scheduled start time Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  1:30pm.  $Pay-what-you-will.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
Daily in February
HEMINGS FAMILY TOUR AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
The Hemings Family Tour is a one-hour-and-45-minute small-group interactive tour exploring both the Main House and Mulberry Row through the stories of seven members of the largest enslaved family at Monticello. Explore related narratives of struggle, survival and family bonds across more than three generations. Monticello.  1:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
Daily in February
SLAVERY AT MONTICELLO TOURS
Monticello.
Guided outdoor tours focus on the experience of the enslaved people who lived and worked on the Monticello plantation. 12pm & 2pm.  $Included with admission.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9822. 
 
February 27 & March 1, Tuesday & Thursday
CURATORIAL TOUR: 1850S AMERICAN FARM EXHIBIT
Frontier Culture Museum.
Join several members of the Museum's staff for a behind-the-scenes tour and discussion of the Museum's 1850's American Farm exhibit. The tour will begin at the Exhibit. Please plan to arrive at the Museum at least 15 minutes prior to the tour's scheduled start time. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  1:30pm Tuesday & 11:30am Thursday.  $Pay-what-you-will.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
March 15, Thursday
OPENING DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Regular activities, including guided daily tours of the octagonal villa, resume at Poplar Forest. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  10am-5pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
March 16, Friday
JAMES MADISON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Montpelier.
Commemorate the 267th birthday of James Madison featuring the United States Marine Corps Band, Honor Guard, Color Guard, and Firing detail, during the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Madison Family Cemetery. Mark Herring, Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be the featured speaker. In the House, Mr. Madison will accept birthday wishes. Montpelier.  Directions: Ceremony begins at Madison Family Cemetery.  1:30pm ceremony, 11am & 3pm in-depth tours.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
March 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday
THE COMPLETE HOUSEWIFE
Poplar Forest.
The Complete Housewife, a new, 45-minute guided tour of the Jefferson's villa retreat focuses on the roles of women in the male-dominated society of his day. His household and his life at Poplar Forest could not be complete without the presence of his enslaved cook Hannah, and his granddaughter Ellen Wayles Randolph. Explore the relationship between these two women and their thoughts on the role of women in early 19th century Virginia, gleaned from letters and journals. Poplar Forest.  11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm & 2:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
March 30 & 31, Friday & Saturday
WALK-THROUGH TOUR DAYS
Monticello.
Explore the house at your own pace with guides stationed in each room. Additional activities and tours available on the grounds. Great for families with children. Monticello.  9am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
March 1, Thursday
SOCA SEMI-ANNUAL EQUIPMENT SALE & EXCHANGE
SOCA.
The SOCA Equipment Sale & Exchange is a great way to obtain used gear at unbeatable prices. Turn in used equipment and get a further discount. Recycle usable shoes, balls, shin guards, etc. All Exchange items must be clean and in good condition. South Fork Soccer Park.  Directions: 1685 Polo Grounds Road, Charlottesville.  Email: soca@socaspot.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5025. 
 
March 4, Sunday
BOOK SALE FUNDRAISER
SOCA U14 Boys' Elite.
Book Sale to raise funds for the SOCA U14 Boys' Elite Soccer team upcoming trip to Spain. Hardbacks $2.00, paperbacks and children's books $1.00. Come shop the huge selection of books. SOCA Training Center.  Directions: 126 Commerce Dr., Ruckersville.  9am-5pm .  $Free.  Contact: Lori Mills.  Email: osa.academydirector@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 10, Saturday
6TH ANNUAL INDOOR YARD SALE
Jefferson Choral Society.
The sale is free, open to the public and will have household items including furniture, kitchenware, bed and bath linens, rugs, holiday decorations, picture frames, luggage, knick knacks, books, and collectibles for sale. All proceeds will benefit the choir and its projects. Moose Lodge 715, Lynchburg.  Directions: 2307 Lakeside Drive.  8am-1pm. 
 
January 14, February 11 & March 11,
WINTER MADISON FARMERS' MARKETS
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come out to the winter markets at Hoover Ridge Park. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 10 & March 17, Saturdays
CITY MARKET ARTS AT CARVER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Arts vendors come inside to Carver Recreation Center with local unique handcrafted wares. Carver Recreation Center.  10am-4pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Kylie Cempre.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3059. 
 
March 14 & 17-24
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church/ CharlottesvilleFamily.
This semi-annual kids' consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. Come find a bargain! The "Choose Your Charity" event is on March 14. The $5 admission cost on that day goes to the charity of your choice. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Rd.  10am-6pm March 14.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-5806. 
 
January 13-March 24, Saturdays
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
The IX Art Park is opening both the outdoor piazza and heated indoor event space to farmers and vendors to peddle their wares. Free parking, ADA-accessible restrooms and seating areas are located on-site. Market Central will be present to accept SNAP and EBT cards. IX Art Park.  9am-1pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lindsay.  Email: lindsay@ixartpark.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-2355. 
 
March 3-29
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library! Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
February 20, Tuesday
DISCUSSION AND MOVIE NIGHT: 42 (2013)
JMRL - Northside.
Local resident Addison Hobbs discusses his encounters with racism while playing semi-professional baseball from 1943-1957. Afterward, the movie 42 will be screened. 42 tells the story of Jackie Robinson and his breaking the Major League's color barrier. Rated PG-13. Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
February 24, Saturday
WONDER WOMAN MOVIE MATINEE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Free popcorn and drinks to enjoy. Rated PG-13. Gordon Avenue Library.  2-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
March 4, Sunday
THE WIZARD OF OZ [NR]
The Paramount Theater.
Come see Dorothy and her friends make their way to Emerald City. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 10, Saturday
SAME PAGE PICTURE BOOK FILMS
JMRL - Northside Library.
View films of picture book stories that focus on neighborhoods and cultural identity. A snack and juice box will be provided. Northside Library.  11am.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 14, Wednesday
KIDS' FILM FEST: FROM THE HEART
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Enjoy several short films based on books about kids who have made a difference and then create a piece of art that reflects the passions in your own heart. Ages 6-11. Requested registration begins Feb. 26. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 18, Sunday
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
See the classic sci-fi flick on the big screen. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $7 adults, $5 youth.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
February 13 & March 13, Tuesdays
BABES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
A program specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions (18 months and younger). Join an educator and fellow parents for lively conversation about works of art on view, with baby coos and cries encouraged. Look and discuss in a supportive environment with time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. Slings over strollers are preferred when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 26-April 29, 2018
A PAINTER'S HAND: THE MONOTYPES OF ADOLPH GOTTLIEB
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Adolph Gottlieb (1903–1974), best known as one of the original Abstract Expressionist artists, was one of the leading artists of his generation and was responsible for forging a new identity for American art in the mid-20th century. The group of monotypes in this exhibition provides a unique look at his final body of work. The Fralin Museum of Art.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
January 26-April 29, 2018
FROM THE GROUNDS UP: THOMAS JEFFERSON'S ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
One of Jefferson's most important legacies was his role as a designer and advocate for the creation of an iconic architectural identity for our fledgling country that still endures today. Jefferson’s architectural vision for the United States will be explored in a special exhibition featuring drawings, prints, paintings, photographs and building and construction artifacts, among other archival materials. The Fralin Museum of Art.  $Free.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
February 7-May 2, First Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 12-May 20, 2018
FEMININE LIKENESS: PORTRAITS OF WOMEN BY AMERICAN ARTISTS
The Fralin Museum.
This exhibition showcases portraits of women by American artists from the collection of The Fralin Museum of Art. Spanning the period from the early Republic through the 1950s, the show includes a diverse selection of paintings by prominent portrait painters. The images on view reveal changing aesthetic investments in the representation of femininity, beauty, status and individual identity. The Fralin Museum.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592 . 
 
February 17-July 8
THE HORSE IN ANCIENT GREEK ART
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
From myth and legend to warfare, sport, and transportation, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. This exhibition presents a rich equine history through the stunning imagery on ancient pottery, coins and other objects. Scenes of centaurs and satyrs, warring chariots, and horse races celebrate the horse in Greek art as a symbol of wealth, power and status Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-340-1400. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
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. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
January 16-February 28
HALF-PRICE ADMISSION DAYS AT LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
There is plenty to see at the Garden in January and February. The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, blooming cactus, birds-of-paradise and other tropical flowers. Did you know that there are over 200 orchids at Lewis Ginter and winter is one of the best times to see them flowering? Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $6 adults, $4 children.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 1-30
TICKET SALES FOR PUBLIC NIGHT AT FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
UVA Astronomy Department.
Twice yearly, in April and October, the public has an opportunity to observe stars and planets through powerful telescopes at Fan Mountain, weather permitting. Tickets are free but required. Starting March 1, to obtain tickets (up to six), send a self-addressed stamped envelope with the number of tickets you are requesting to Fan Mountain Public Night, P.O. Box 400325, Charlottesville, VA 22904.) Fan Mountain Observing Station.  Directions: 13 miles south of Charlottesville on Route 29.  $ Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-7494. 
 
March 11, Sunday
IVY TALKS: "WINGS OF WONDER: BIRDS OF PREY"
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Wendy and Ron Perrone of the Three Rivers Avian Center offer an award-winning program featuring live birds of prey including owls, falcons, hawks, and Regis, the Bald Eagle. You will see birds up close, learn about their habitats and tips about helping wild birds around you. Bring your family, friends and camera. Come early as seating is limited, doors will close when capacity is reached. Ivy Creek Foundation.  2-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
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. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
 PerformancesGo to top of List
 
February 21, Wednesday
GO, DOG. GO!
The Paramount Theater.
This musical romp brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman's classic book to life in a frolicking dog party. The cast of dogs invite audience participation and even enjoy a wild game of ball. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $10.75 youth, $15.75 adult.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
February 23, Friday
DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY AND MINNIE'S DOORWAY TO MAGIC
John Paul Jones Arena.
Mickey, Minnie and 25 of your favorite Disney stars will surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob at Mickey and Minnies Doorway to Magic. John Paul Jones Arena.  4pm & 7pm.  $20-$45.  All ages welcome.  Contact: JPJ Marketing.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
February 22-25 & March 1-4
SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Come see the Virginia state premiere of the Broadway hit at The Wayne. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm, 3pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 1-4, Thursday-Sunday
TANDEM FRIENDS UPPER SCHOOL PRESENTS LITTLE WOMEN
Tandem Friends School.
Based on Louisa May Alcott's American classic, set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the musical Little Women tells a story of love and family that stands the test of time. With music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and book by Allan Knee, the show features twenty songs. Tandem Friends School.  Directions: Community Hall.  7pm (2pm on Sunday).  $12 adults, $10 students and seniors.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Perry Medlin.  Email: pmedlin@tandemfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-1303. 
 
March 9, Friday
RICHMOND BALLET
The Wayne Theatre.
Now in its 34th professional season, Richmond Ballet boasts an expansive repertory that includes 19th and 20th century masterpieces as well as almost 75 new ballets by contemporary choreographers. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7:30pm.  $23+.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 8-11, Thursday-Sunday
MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE!
Richmond Coliseum.
Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki's hands. Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7pm Thursday-Saturday, 11am & 3pm Saturday, 1pm Sunday.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
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. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. 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. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
February 21, Wednesday
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE II: BATTLE OF THE DAD BANDS
Fry's Spring Beach Club / Charlottesville Families in Action.
Bring your kids for some sweet kid-friendly tunes and to support a great cause. International Neighbors and Fry's Spring Beach Club want to send the children of refugee families to summer camp for the second year in a row. Enjoy food from Sticks, beer, wine and dessert. Fry's Spring Beach Club.  5-7pm.  $40 per family, $10 per person suggested donations.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-4181. 
 
February 22, Thursday
CONVERSATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY: SOCIAL MEDIA IN A TEENAGER'S WORLD
Henley Middle School / Western Albemarle High School.
Families are invited for a discussion about the influence and impact of social media in our students’ lives. The purpose of the event is to have an open dialogue with community members about these issues with a panel of guests to lead the discussion. Panelists include: Dr. Beth Costa, Principal of Henley Middle School; Mr. Darah Bonham, Principal of Western Albemarle High School; Detective Mike Wells, Albemarle County Police Department; Mrs. Lori Wood, Region Ten; Jamie Foreman, ACPS Director of Learning Technologies, and students. Western Albemarle High School.  6:30-8pm. 
 
February 23, Friday
PLAY! WITH YOUR FOOD: TWEET LIKE A BIRD, EAT LIKE A BIRD
Full Circle.
Join the pediatric specialists from Full Circle for a fun afternoon. Make bird feeders as well as your own trail mix to take home. There will be a storytime paired with yoga and movement activities and then some free play to explore food-related materials with your five senses. Designed for children 3+. Younger siblings are welcome with your direct supervision. Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC.  Directions: 2300 Commonwealth Drive.  3:30-5:30pm.  $$10 suggested donation per child.  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Special Needs Accommodation: children with special needs are welcome  Contact: Sheila Chrobak.  Email: info@fullcirclechild.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4342606450. 
 
February 23-24, Friday-Saturday
MONSTER JAM
Richmond Coliseum / Compassion International.
Enjoy this adrenaline-charged family event. World-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  7pm Friday-Saturday, 1pm Saturday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
February 25, Sunday
SUPER MAGICAL BALL
ACAC.
Superheroes and Princesses are invited to the SUPER MAGICAL Ball where of all ages children will enjoy dancing, light refreshments, crafting, and visits from real Superheroes and Princesses. Attendees are encouraged to dress up. This event is for the entire family. ACAC Adventure Central.  3-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: erikat@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 27, Tuesday
IHOP'S NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY
IHOP.
All day long, IHOP will serve guests a free small stack of buttermilk pancakes in hopes that they will help in raising the $5 million goal to help local children's hospitals and health organizations. IHOP.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-0830. 
 
February 7-28, Wednesdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE OPEN BIO LABS: OUR WORLD AND OTHERS
Charlottesville Open Bio Labs.
Teens and adults are invited to come learn more about the Earth and the cosmos. Grades 8+. Charlottesville Open Bio Labs.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-878-2355. 
 
March 6, Tuesday
I'M NOT RACIST ... AM I? FILM & DISCUSSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come for an important community discussion following a screening of this documentary about 12 NYC teens who spent a year talking and learning about racism. The discussion will be led by trained facilitators and is in partnership with Beloved community Cville. Ages 14+. Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
February 8 & March, Mondays
JOURNEYS BEREAVEMENT WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
This is a stand-alone bereavement workshop for children and families who have experienced a death. Evenings include dinner, seasonal-themed activities and exploration of thoughts and feelings of grief through creative expression. During the children's storytime or art activity, adults meet with a bereavement counselor. Children ages 3 and up. Call Hospice of the Piedmont at 434-817-6931 to register. Central Library.  5:30-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 10-11, Saturday-Sunday
2018 SPRING VELO SWAP
Blue Ridge Cyclery.
Looking to upgrade your equipment, but need to sell your old stuff? Looking for a "new to you" bike or a gently used kid's bike? Have a bike to sell or extra wheels? Check out Blue Ridge Cyclery's 2018 Spring Velo Swap. Blue Ridge Cyclery Downtown.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-529-6514. 
 
March 11, Sunday
HEROES ON THE HILL SKI DAY
Massanutten Resort.
Free slope-use ticket with any valid military ID. Active, Non-Active, Veterans, and their dependents receive a slope-use ticket (up to 4 passes total). Must present valid Military ID for discount. Discount not applicable for snow tubing, rentals, or lessons. Not to be combined with any other offer. Please call with any questions. Massanutten Ski Resort.  9am-9pm.  $Free with military ID.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-4954. 
 
March 17, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: DESIGNING YOUR DREAM SCHOOL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate 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.  Various times depending on age.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
March 17, Saturday
LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION & RESOURCE FAIR
PREP Parent Resource Center.
This event features presentations, resource fair with exhibitors, door prizes, food and refreshments. Registration is requested but not required. The Parent Resource Center provides information and support to parents of children with disabilities/special needs and serves families in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, and Louisa counties. PVCC Main Building.  $Free.  Contact: Deborah Anama.  Email: danama@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-9400 . 
 
March 17, Saturday
REPAIR CAFÉ
Cville Timebank.
Back away from that trash can. The plastic in your broken toaster can live for as long as a thousand years in a landfill. Your clothes could take 40 to 50 years to break down. Save your stuff, money and the environment. Bring up to three items to be repaired, for free, by cheerful Cville TimeBank volunteers. The Habitat Store.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ann Marie Hohenberger.  Email: annmarie.hohenberger@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-981-2004. 
 
March 17, Saturday
SUMMER PROGRAM EXPO
Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.
Come out and see what activities, events and programs that are available to you in Madison. Various groups will be there with information and to answer questions. There will be programs available from toddler up to adult. Waverly Yowell Elementary School, Madison.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 18, Sunday
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
Register for an afternoon of activities with the Society of Women Engineers at UVA. Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Directions: Meets at Mechanical Engineering building.  $8.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 19, Monday
3D PRINT COOKIE CUTTER WORKSHOP
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Select a simple cookie cutter design for the 3D printer and add your personal touch with the help of JMRL staff. Required registration begins Feb. 26. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
February 27 & March 27, Tuesdays
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a new program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. Registration is required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Contact: Education department .  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
March 31, Saturday
DOGWOOD EGGSTRAVAGANZA
City of Charlottesville.
Fairview Swim and Tennis Club.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating under the Disco ball. Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: 865 Greenwood Road, Crozet. From Charlottesville: Take 64 West to Crozet, Exit 107 250 West, take a right onto Rt. 690, take a right Rt. 691 - Jarmans Gap Road. The center is on the right.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5844. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
 Sporting EventsGo to top of List
 
February 16-19, Friday-Monday
PRESIDENTS WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
A long weekend to take advantage of great skiing, riding and tubing. Some of the best conditions are in February. Events include Wintergreen Rail Jam in the Terrain Park, great music slopeside, live entertainment at The Edge, Women's Ski Clinic and plenty of opportunities to spend time with your Valentine. Wintergreen Resort.  9am-10pm.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
February 21, Wednesday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. GEORGIA TECH
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer our 'Hoos at home against Georgia Tech. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 24, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL MAD ANTHONY MUD RUN
Run the Valley.
The first six years have brought temperatures ranging from 9 degrees to 60 degrees. Are you ready for the challenge Mother Nature throws at you? Coyner Springs Park, Waynesboro.  9am.  $40-60.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 24, Saturday
FAMILY ZUMBA WORKOUT
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Jennifer Woman leads a family-friendly class for all ages to get your body moving and your heart pumping. Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
February 24, Saturday
FROSTBITE FUN 5K
Madison County Parks and Recreation Authority.
This race is a fundraiser for the MCHS Forensics program. It is a multi-terrain event using the MCHS Cross Country course. Runners and Walkers of all levels welcome!. Trophies will be awarded to First Place male and female. Medals will be given to age group winners. Pets are welcome but they must be on a leash. Hoover Ridge Park.  Directions: 158 Primary School Dr., Madison.  9-10:45am.  $20, $25 after Feb. 15.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 1, Thursday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN
The Paramount Theater.
Watch the UVA Men's basketball team take on Louisville live on the big screen. Tickets are free but online registration is encouraged. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
March 3, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL SUGAR HOLLOW BRIDGES RUN 5K & 10K
White Hall Ruritan Club.
Both a 5 and a 10k course will be available on beautiful Sugar Hollow Road alongside the Moorman's River. The course is measured so that the 5K runners will run over 2 bridges to the iconic sycamore tree. The 10K course will incorporate all three bridges with a run to the Sugar Hollow reservoir. Proceeds support the local community. After, stay for a pancake breakfast. 5275 Sugar Hollow Rd., White Hall.  8am.  $35 advance, $40 on-site.  Email: whitehallruritans@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 3, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. NOTRE DAME
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Notre Dame. John Paul Jones Arena.  4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-888-575-8497. 
 
March 2-4, Friday-Sunday
MARDI GRAS WEEKEND
Wintergreen Resort.
Enjoy Wintergreen's annual Mardi Gras celebration! Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
March 10, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL RUN FOR HOME 8K/4K WALK
The Haven/Virginia National Bank.
Just before the big Cville 10-Miler, this serves as a great training race. The race starts and finishes on the Downtown Mall and winds through historic and scenic downtown neighborhoods. All participants receive an official Haven running hat, and a hearty, healthy, and delicious breakfast at The Haven after the race. The Haven.  Directions: Downtown.  8am-5pm.  Contact: Diana.  Email: diana@thehaven.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1234. 
 
March 11, Sunday
HEROES ON THE HILL SKI DAY
Massanutten Resort.
Free slope-use ticket with any valid military ID. Active, Non-Active, Veterans, and their dependents receive a slope-use ticket (up to 4 passes total). Must present valid Military ID for discount. Discount not applicable for snow tubing, rentals, or lessons. Not to be combined with any other offer. Please call with any questions. Massanutten Ski Resort.  9am-9pm.  $Free with military ID.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-4954. 
 
March 17, Saturday
2018 FIX A LEAK FAMILY 5K
Charlottesville Public Works.
Families are invited to come out for a trail race along the Rivanna River and learn how to fix water leaks in your home. Win prizes, enjoy music from the DJ, kids activities and conservation tips. Pen Park.  10am.  $7-15.  Email: waterconservation@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3877. 
 
March 17, Saturday
REILLY'S RED 5K & FAMILY FRIENDLY 3K
Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
Race through the Meadows in this 5K fun run at 10:30am followed by a family-friendly 3K at 11am. Each participant will receive a Devils Backbone gift card and awesome prizes for 1st Place & Best Dressed. Devils Backbone Brewing Company.  10:30am-2pm.  $Fee.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1001. 
 
March 17, Saturday
SPRING THAW TRAIL RUN AND BIKE RACE
Early Mountain Vineyards.
A fun-filled day of trail running and bike racing. Choose your race 5K, 10K, 1.5-2.5 hour bike ride or a Young Warrior bike ride for kids 16 and under. Early Mountain Vineyards.  Directions: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison.  8am-1:30pm.  $20-45.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005 . 
 
March 30-April 1, Friday-Sunday
EASTER CELEBRATION
Wintergreen Resort.
Bring the family to Wintergreen Resort during Easter for the annual egg-stravaganza. It's an entire weekend of festivities, with a traditional Easter egg hunt and Easter bonnet parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
 StorytimesGo to top of List
 
February 24, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL- Central Library.
A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-5. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 18-March 1, Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Northside Library.  10:15am & 11:15am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 22-March 12, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 22-March 20, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins January 9. No class on January 30. Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am-12:15pm Mondays, 9:30-10:15am Tuesdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Now-March 31, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 29-April 30, Monthly on Final Mondays
SPANISH MOVES WITH ALI
JMRL - Central Library.
This bilingual session will get kids moving while learning Spanish and enjoying stories and rhymes. Central Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 6-May 5, First Saturdays
TUNES & TALES
JMRL- Northside Library.
Families are invited for stories, music and movement. Northside Library.  Directions: West Rio Rd.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Fridays & Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  10am Fridays, 12pm Saturdays.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For more info call: 295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
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. 
 
 TheatreGo to top of List
 
February 2-25
SONGS FROM THE SOUL
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
This toe-tapping musical examines the evolution of African American music - from spirituals to jazz to rap - and the essential role this music has played in American life. Part of the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival. Suggested for ages 7 and up. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn, Richmond.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-282-2620. 
 
February 22-25, Thursday-Sunday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS: "SOUTH PACIFIC"
Theatre CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Directions: 1400 Melbourne Road.  7:30pm.  Email: theatrechsboxoffice@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2725. 
 
February 21-25 & March 1-4, Wednesdays-Sundays
SHAKESPEARE'S KING LEAR
Gorilla Theater Productions.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely when an aging king gives control of himself and his kingdom to his politically savvy daughters. A kingdom, a mind, and a family begin to unravel as the unsavory lust for power takes root in dark desires. Gorilla Theater Productions of Charlottesville.  Directions: 1717 Allied Lane, B.  8pm weekdays, 6pm Saturdays, 2pm Sundays.  $15 adults, $10 students/children.  Contact: Kendall Stewart.  Email: gorillatheaterproductions@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 617-304-6723. 
 
February 22-25 & March 1-4
SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Come see the Virginia state premiere of the Broadway hit at The Wayne. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm, 3pm Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 7, Wednesday
RICHMOND BALLET AT PVCC
PVCC.
The Richmond Ballet performs new works and classical ballet. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $23 Adults, $17 Seniors/Students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3900. 
 
March 9-25
FUN HOME
Live Arts.
Live Arts presents Fun Home, adapted from Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir. Gibson Theater.  Email: tracie@livearts.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-4177. 
 
March 29 & 30, Thursday & Friday
THEATRE CHS PRESENTS "CHICAGO"
CHS.
Charlottesville High School MLK Performing Arts Center.  Email: david.becker@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-245-2725. 
 
THEATRE 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.
 

Our Mission: "To Make Parenting Easier & Growing Up Fun!"

Site Programming by Lassosmart.com

No portion of this publication may be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written consent of the publisher.

Copyright © 2018 Ivy Publications, L.L.C. All rights reserved.