Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
March 30, Monday
STUDY BUDDIES
Crozet Library.
Drop in for homework help. Crozet Library.  6-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 23, Thursday
MIND MATH WITH BEADS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Presented by Ashwati Nayar: ALOHA Mind Math Charlottesville. Learn to calculate faster and better with the abacus. A program for caregivers and children together. Abacuses will be provided for use. Registration is required. For grades K-6. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 27, Monday
STUDY BUDDIES
Crozet Library.
Drop in for homework help. Crozet Library.  6-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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
 
April 1-30
PEEPAPALOOZA!
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get yourself a whole heap of Peeps marshmallows and create a depiction of a favorite scene or character from a book. Dioramas will be accepted and displayed in the library April 1 - 30; awards for all age levels. Gordon Avenue Library.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
April 22, Wednesday
EARTH DAY THE AUSTRALIAN WAY
Crozet Library.
Make a painting in the "dot painting" style of Australian artists. Registration requested. For grades 1-5. Crozet Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
April 24, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-36 months. Registration requested. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
February-May, Saturdays
GLASS CUTTING SEMINAR
Blue Ridge Beads & Glass.
Crozet Artist, Jerry O'Dell, will teach the art of cutting glass in a free seminar at our new location. For all ages, reservation required, space limited to 4. Blue Ridge Beads & Glass 5730A Three Notch'd Rd, Crozet.  3pm.  $ Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jerry O'Dell.  Email: jerry.odell@blueridgebeads-glass.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4237. 
 
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
 
March 28, Saturday
FREE CHILDREN'S TRAINING CLINIC FOR DISCOVERY DASH
Virginia Discovery Museum, Ragged Mountain Running Shop, Charlottesville Track Club.
This fun clinic with Mark Lorenzoni teaches children the basics of running and racing through games and practice running drills. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. UVA's Lannigan Field (across from University Hall).  9am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 26, Sunday
FAMILY FITNESS FAIR AT PANORAMA FARMS
Charlottesville Day School.
Check the website for times for kids dashes, cross-country races and fitness activities for children and adults. Panorama Farms, Earlysville.  Email: info@charlottesvilledayschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-2371. 
 
March 21, April 18, April 26, May 9, Saturday
KID'S TRIPLE CROWN
Ragged Mountain Running Shop.
The Kid's Triple Crown is a series of races just for kids. To qualify for a prestigious Triple Crown medal, runners ages 3-12 must cross the finish line for a minimum of one event at three of the four individual Triple Crown races. The Kids Triple Crown Medal will be awarded at a special ceremony (date and location to be announced). Run for Autism, Family Fitness Fair, Discovery Dash.  Directions: Participants must register for all three races separately.  Recommended for ages 3 to 12.  Email: alec@raggedmountainrunning.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-3367. 
 
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. 
 
 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
 
March 30, Monday
CHAPTER CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. This month's book is Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth. Books to be read in April and May will be chosen by the group. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
March 28, Saturday
EASTER EGG HUNT
JMRL.
Drop by the library for an Easter Egg-themed Scavenger Hunt. Follow the clues to find the hidden eggs. Find them all and win a prize. No registration required. For grades 6-12. Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 30, Monday
AWARE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION
Albemarle County Public Schools.
In conjunction with the Albemarle County Police Department, this AWARE (Always Watch and Recognize Your Environment) symposium will include representatives from the police department, the One Love organization and Trina Murphy as the keynote speaker. The Monticello student chapter of Help Save the Next Girl will present a video. Among the topics discussed will be programs and actions that families can take to protect the safety of their children in the community. Monticello High School.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5877. 
 
April 8, Wednesday
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity. For grades 6-12. Bring your own t-shirt to decorate this month. Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
April 16, Thursday
SQUISHY CIRCUITS WORKSHOP
Northside Library.
It looks like playdough but conducts electricity. Add batteries and LED lights and see what you can create. Registration required. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
April 24, Friday
TEEN OPEN MIC NIGHT
Crozet Library.
Share music, poetry, stories, dance, art and anything else you wish to perform, or join the audience for an evening of entertainment. Register to perform by April 17. For grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  7-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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.
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
April 6, Monday
HOMESCHOOL DAY AT MONTPELIER
Montpelier.
This day is designed specially for homeschooling families or any family seeking a fun day out. Guided tours, games, exhibits, nature trails, and additional programs allow you and your family to learn and explore together. Montpelier, Orange.  9am-5pm.  $5 per person; kids 6 & under are free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728 x402. 
 
April 28, Tuesday
PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE'S 255TH BIRTHDAY
Ash Lawn-Highland.
Celebrate President Monroe's birthday. "President Monroe" will be there to greet visitors. Ash Lawn-Highland.  12-4pm.  Email: info@ashlawnhighland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-9539. 
 
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
 
April 18, Saturday
NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Have you ever put your hand into a bear's footprint? Have you ever tried on a ranger hat? Lot of special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.  Directions: Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Mile 4.6 and Byrd Visitor Center, Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive unless otherwise noted.  activities from 9:30am-3pm.  $free with park admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-999-3500. 
 
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. 
 
 PlaygroupsGo to top of List
 
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. 
 
 Special EventsGo to top of List
 
March 31, Tuesday
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE SUMMER WRITING CAMP FOR KIDS
WriterHouse.
The camp is geared towards students in grades 3-12, and will offer them valuable writing instruction from schoolteachers with creative writing experience. WriterHouse.  Directions: 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902. The brick building behind the Preston Ave Bodo's.  Email: programs@writerhouse.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-1922. 
 
April 9, Thursday
MINUTE TO WIN IT
Northside Library.
Compete in challenges inspired by the t.v. game show. Snacks provided. Registration required. Grades 3-5. Northside Library.  4pm.  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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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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March 28, Saturday
CROZET PAGE TURNERS READ: KASHMIRA SHETH
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Stop by the library to get your autographed free copy of "Blue Jasmine" by Kashmira Sheth. Read it on your own to see how twelve-year-old Semma handles her family's move from a small town in India to Iowa City, Iowa and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Registration is required and begins on March 2. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 11.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 28, Saturday
PAGE TURNERS, A BOOK GROUP FOR KIDS, READ: BLUE JASMINE A LITTLE READ EVENT
JMRL.
Stop by the library to get your autographed free copy of Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth. Read it on your own to see how twelve-year-old Semma handles her family's move from a small town in India to Iowa City, Iowa and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Part of the Big Read. Registration is required. For grades 3-5. Crozet Library.  2:00pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 31, Tuesday
AUTHOR PRESENTATION: KASHMIRA SHETH
JMRL.
Meet the author of "Boys Without Names,""Keeping Corner" and "Blue Jasmine." This presentation will focus on Sheth's middle grade and young adult titles, and the author will be able to answer any questions from the audience. Registration is recommended. Northside Library.  6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
April 8, Wednesday
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian, Glynis Welte, will share stories, engaging the museum's youngest art patrons. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu . For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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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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. 
 
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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MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATRE REGISTRATION
The Paramount Theater.
Open to youth in rising 1st-12th grades. Registration begins April 1; forms available mid-March. Shows include Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin. The Paramount Theater.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
April 1
MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATRE REGISTRATION BEGINS
For details, please click this link. 
 
April 6, Monday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S "THE FIREBIRD" MEET & GREET
Central Library.
Ballerina pirouette into the library for a special interactive reading and dance class. For boys and girls ages 2-12. No registration required. Central Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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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