Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
October 29, Wednesday
SPOOKY, OOKY AND GOOKY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Explore the states of matter with hands-on icky, sticky, squishy weird science experiments. Grades K and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  4pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
November 15 & 16, Saturday & Sunday
FAMILY ART JAM: ETCHING THE LYRICAL LINE
Fralin Museum of Art.
Discuss etchings and engravings by Jacques Villon and Stanley William Hayter in The Lyrical Line, and create our own expressive drypoint etchings on plexiglass using a handmade press. Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm 5-7 yr olds and 3-5pm 8-12 yr olds.  $15-$20 per adult/child pair.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: AN INTER-GENERATIONAL HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  Directions: 5791 Three Notched Road, Crozet.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your little one's imagination develop as they create a new masterpiece each week while learning simple art techniques. Ages 6 & under with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of Charlottesville Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
October 1-30
WINTER STARS SOCCER REGISTRATION
Programs aimed at providing off-season training and playing opportunities for U10-U12 teams and individuals. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 5-12
CITY LEAGUE YOUTH BASKETBALL
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
All boys and girls in grades 1-8 are invited to sign up for league play. They must register and participate in the player evaluation process. All participants placed on a team. Nov 5: boys/girls grades 1-2 and boys grades 3-4. Nov 6: girls grades 3-8. Nov 10: boys grades 5-8. Nov 11 and 12: make-up for all grade levels. Walker Upper Elementary Gym.  6:15-7:30pm.  $10 city residents/$20 non-city residents.  Contact: Bernie Garrison.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3271. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
OPEN GYM
Albemarle Therapy Center .
During the chilly winter days, little ones ages 0-4 are invited to join in Albemarle Therapy Center's Open Gym! Drop in on Tuesday mornings for some indoor exercise time. Parents must monitor their children. Albemarle Therapy Center .  Directions: 200 West 12th Street, A1-100, Waynesboro.  9:30-11am.  $3 per child, accompanying adults free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 4.  Contact: Danielle Fuentes Johnson.  Email: ATC-W@lumos.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-941-5501. 
 
 Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
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, 1035 Emmet Street.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
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. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
Ongoing, Tuesdays
POETRY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Let your creativity flow as you develop your own unique voice. Poems are regularly featured in our lobby as the "Poem of the Week." Both early and experienced writers welcome! Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: east end of the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall .  4pm.  $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. 
 
Ongoing, Thursdays
SCIENCE CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Discover the mysteries of science through hands-on activities, demonstrations and special guests. Ages 4 & up. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
 Contests & PageantsGo to top of List
 
October 1-November 1
TEEN POETRY CONTEST
JMRL.
Celebrate Teen Read Week by entering the Teen Poetry Contest. Contest forms and guidelines available at all JMRL locations. Ages 12-18. All JMRL branches.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 1-December4
VIRGINIA GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION
Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville.
Gingerbread houses are due by December 4, 6pm, to the CPC office at 108 5th St NE. New this year: houses will go on display in storefront windows of downtown businesses on Dec 5. Email: dbacville@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
October 29, Wednesday
ZOMBIE FEST
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Build your own zombie survival kit or become a zombie for a day. Snacks and other spooky fun. For grades 6-12. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 29, Wednesday
ZOMBIE PEEPS
JMRL - Central Library.
Transform Peeps marshmallows into zombies using icing and decorations and recreate scenes from your favorite scary books or your imagination. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  4:30-6pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 13, Thursday
CARTOONING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Central Library.
Veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes will show you how to make comic strips and publish them on the web. For teens and adults. 6-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 14, Friday
MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT
Crozet Library.
Channel your inner detective at this annual murder mystery party. This year's setting: school prom with Egyptian theme. Registration required. For grades 6-12. 7-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 8-November 14
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST
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. Each year the first-, second-, and third-place-winning entries are published in an anthology. Schedule a tour. Submissions due Nov 21, 5pm. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
November 17, Monday
MAKE A MORAVIAN-STYLE STAR
Northside Library.
Local artist Virginia Thompson teaches you to weave elegant stars for ornaments and decor. For teens and adults. Registration required. 6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 19, Wednesday
DOCTOR WHO PARTY
Gordon Avenue Library.
Time Lord trivia, food, crafts and more. Registration required. For grades 6-12. 7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Second Monday of the month
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Help us pick which anime episodes to watch and enjoy the poky! Registration recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. 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. 
 
First Tuesday of every month
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 6-12. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 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. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: AN INTER-GENERATIONAL HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  Directions: 5791 Three Notched Road, Crozet.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
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Ongoing, Fridays
50 NIFTY UNITED STATES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join us as we explore what makes each state unique through fun facts and activities about its history, landscape, and culture! Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
 Kidsitting EventsGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 MusicGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 Nature & ScienceGo to top of List
 
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 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
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. 
 
Ongoing, Tuesdays
RAINFOREST RUSH
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join us as we venture deep into the rainforest to discover all about the plants and animals that live in the most diverse habitat on Earth! Ages 3 and older. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
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BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
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. 
 
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October 21, Tuesday
BOOK BAG: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Join Ms Karen in snacking and chatting about a different book each month. Take home a copy of the book for keeps! Registration is required and is ongoing. Space is limited. In October, chat about "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 24, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum.
A family-friendly party. Wear your costumes and explore the witch's cabin, meet the mad scientists, try boo bowling and win prizes. Ages 2-8 with an adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  6-7:30pm.  $6 members/$8 non-members.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
October 24, Friday
FESTIVE FALL (TEACHER WORKDAY PROGRAM)
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Spend your day off with this fun program exploring pumpkins, fall, harvest and more. Virginia Discovery Museum.  9am-12pm.  $30-35.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025 x9. 
 
October 26, Sunday
TRUNK OR TREAT
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
All children are invited to dress up and trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk. Must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Please no adult masks that completely cover the face. Check website for more details. 1500 E. Rio Rd.  4-6pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 28, Tuesday
MIRTH AND MAGIC
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate National Magic Week by learning to perform some magic yourself. Master magician George Buckley will teach you some of the tricks of the trade. For ages 9-15. Registration required. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 3, Monday
SCHOOL'S OUT DROP-IN CRAFT TIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in the Children's Room to create beautiful button art. Central Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 4, Tuesday
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; drop-ins and crying babies are welcome! 400 Worrell Drive.  10am, 11am, 1pm.  $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. 
 
November 15, Saturday
LEGOPALOOZA
JMRL - Northside Library.
A fun afternoon of Lego crafts and treats, Lego contest award ceremony (see link for details) and a showing of The Lego Movie at 2pm. Northside Library.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce-n-Play 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. 
 
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November 7, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Children's Museum of Richmond.
The Children's Museum of Richmond will open its doors for an evening especially for children 10 years old and younger who have special needs and their families. Enjoy museum exploration, adapted materials, special activities, and reduced number of visitors on this special night. Children's Museum of Richmond - Short Pump.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
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October 22, Wednesday
MAKE IT & TAKE IT: LEAFMAN & FRIENDS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Make leaf collages inspired by Lois Ehlert's Leaf Man. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 24, Friday
SPCA READ TO PAWS
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in to read to a four-footed friend from the SPCA or a stuffed pooch while you wait your turn. For readers in grades K-2 and their adults. Central Library.  Drop in 3:30-4:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 26, Sunday
LOST CREATURE PARTY WITH AUTHOR BEN HATKE
Over the Moon Bookstore.
Author, illustrator and comic creator extraordinaire comes to celebrate his new book "Julia's House for Lost Creatures." Dress up as your favorite creature (or not), meet the author, have some treats and enjoy the party! Over the Moon Bookstore & Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet. In downtown Crozet at the intersection of 240 and Crozet Ave., across from the "old" Crozet Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Anne DeVault.  Email: anne@overthemoonbookstore.com . Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
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. 
 
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September 15-November 17, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP 'N STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this interactive class of stories, drama, movement, art play and more! For ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration is required. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 18-November 20, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS
JMRL - Central Library.
A fun-filled program of interactive stories, fingerplays, and flannel board stories that encourage your toddler's emerging language skills. For 2-year-olds with an adult. Children must already be 2 in order to attend. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
LOUISA LIBRARY STORYTIMES
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers baby time for under-twos and preschool storytime for children ages 3-5, with stories, songs and learning. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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.
Come hear a story, do an activity and get excited about books! This drop-in program, led by special guest instructors, is perfect for fans of storytelling and reading. For all ages with an adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  10:30am.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Ongoing, 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. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
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November 15, Saturday
DANCE AUDITIONS
Charlottesville Performing Arts School.
Auditions for Coppelia and the Magic Toy Shop (2pm) and Danz Crew Team (3:30pm). For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-2727. 
 
November 15, Saturday
THE NUTCRACKER MINI-SUITE
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Albemarle Ballet Theatre dancers present excerpts and stories from The Nutcracker Suite. Learn about costumes, music and participate in a short ballet class. Registration requested; drop-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue.  2-2:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 10.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
November 20, Thursday
BE AN OPERA STAR
JMRL - Northside Library.
Ash Lawn Opera offers a behind-the-scenes look at "Amahl and the Night Visitors" with hands-on and interactive activities. Registration required. For ages 5+. 4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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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