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
 
March 8, Sunday
WOODWORKING WITH CHILDREN OPEN HOUSE
Judy Cahill.
Try out woodworking! Children will be able to hammer and drill. (Sawing saved for the workshops.) Check out the possibilities and meet the instructor. See projects others have made. 1104 Forest Street.  4-5pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 14.  Contact: Judy Cahill.  Email: JCahill5@aol.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1220. 
 
March 11, Wednesday
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Famous buildings from around the world in photos will inspire your creations for this block party. For grades K and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 12, Thursday
LEGO MANIA
JMRL.
Reaching New Heights: Architectural Inspiration Build. Famous buildings from around the world in photos and LEGOS will inspire us to create our own structures. Part of the Big Read. No registration required. For grades K and up. Central Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 15, Sunday
ST. PATRICKS DAY COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Crozet Mudhouse.
Join Chef Margot Diaz at the Crozet Mudhouse for a wonderful afternoon of decorating lucky Shamrock cookies. Crozet Mudhouse.  2-3pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
March 19, Thursday
RANGOLI ART CLASS
JMRL.
In India, a 'rangoli' is a colorful design made on the floor near the entrance to a home to welcome guests. Kids will learn about rangolis and make their own for the library and to take home. Part of the Big Read. Registration is required. For grades K-5 Northside Library.  4:00pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 25, Wednesday
MAKE IT AND TAKE IT: SCENT-SATIONAL CLAY RANGOLI
JMRL.
Rangoli is an artistic expression that is seen in front of Hindu thresholds. The designs can be as complicated or as simple as you want. Use scented clay and beads, seeds, flowers and other beautiful things to make fabulous and fragrant rangoli designs. Part of the Big Read. No registration required. Gordon Library.  3-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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March 19, Thursday
LITTLE YOGIS: YOGA FOR KIDS
JMRL.
Celebrate India and have some bendable fun with a yoga class led by an instructor from Bend Yoga. Activities include games, music and imaginative play. Part of the Big Read. Registration required. Northside Library.  10:30am .  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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 8-14, Sunday-Saturday
GIRL SCOUT WEEK
Girl Scouts of America.
Girl Scout Week is celebrated each March, starting with Girl Scout Sunday and ending with Girl Scout Sabbath on Saturday, and it always includes the Girl Scout Birthday, March 12. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
 Contests & PageantsGo to top of List
 
Now through March 20
PBS KIDS GO! WRITING CONTEST
Community Idea Stations (WCVE PBS, WCVW PBS, WHTJ PBS) & the Virginia College Savings Plan.
This contest is open to kids in grades K-3 in central Virginia who want to write and illustrate their own stories. Entries have a chance to win awards and compete nationally. The Community Idea Stations.  Email: preed@ideastations.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 17, Tuesday
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: director@vprsf.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 227-9062. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
March 7, Saturday
CHESS SATURDAY
JMRL.
If you're a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Play ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served, and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited. Registration is required. For grades 3-7. Central Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 11, Wednesday
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY: ARCHITECTURE CHALLENGE, LEGOS AND MORE
JMRL.
Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Start with our monthly project project or use supplies on hand to make your own project. No registration is required. For grades 6-12. Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 11, Wednesday
TECH GAMING
JMRL.
Game on. Take on Teen Tech Week with online gaming and more and yummy snacks with friends. Registration is required. Gordon Library.  7:00pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 19, Thursday
YA BOOKS FOR ANY AGE: FROM ROMANTIC SUSPENSE TO STEAMPUNK
JMRL.
If you've ever wondered why YA books make up the fastest growing market for publishers, come hear these authors. You'll hear imaginative and compelling stories coupled with beautiful writing. Authors Melissa Marr, Diana Peterfreund and Tiffany Trent will read from their Young Adult titles, discuss their writing and answer readers' questions. A Festival of the Book Event. For ages 14 and up. No registration required. Crozet Library.  7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 20, Friday
CINDERELLA'S CLOSET
Monticello High School PTSO.
The mission of Cinderella's Closet is to ensure that every young woman in Central Virginia can experience a beautiful, affordable formal experience. Choose from over 300 new & gently-loved brand name and designer dresses priced at $25. Monticello High School, Auditorium.  4-8:30pm.  $25.  Email: CinderellasCloset@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
HOW PUBLISHING WORKS FOR TEEN WRITERS
Festival of the Book.
A StoryFest and Pub Day Event! Authors Elliot Holt (You are One of Them), Kristen Lippert-Martin (Tabula Rasa), Thomas Pierce (The Hall of Small Mammals) and publicist Caitlin Hamilton Summie will answer questions from teen writers. Village School.  12-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST & PUB DAY: FIRST PAGE FOR TEEN WRITERS
Festival of the Book.
A StoryFest and Pub Day Event. Are you a teen who likes to write? Teen writers may each submit one page (no horror or erotica) to receive anonymous feedback from authors Jen Karetnick, Jeff Martin, and Jodi Meadows. Priority will be given to those who submit their work by March 16. Village School.  10-11am.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 26, Thursday
FAVE FANDOMS: DIVERGENT
JMRL.
Celebrate your favorite fandoms by testing your knowledge with trivia and creating a craft while enjoying themed snacks. No registration is required. Northside Library.  All Day.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! STUDENT POSTER ART CELEBRATION
Festival of the Book.
Celebrate with the winners of the 2015 Student Poster Art competition, grades K-12. Hosted by Altrusa Club International of Charlottesville. Central JMRL Library.  12-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! HISTORIC EVENT THROUGH CHILDREN'S AND YA LITERATURE
Festival of the Book.
Jennifer Elvgren, author of The Whispering Town, a picture book about the Holocaust; Winifred Conkling, author of Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson's Flight from Slavery; Allan Wolf, author of The Watch That Ends the Night, a novel in verse about the Titanic. Village School.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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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
 
March 21, Saturday
NANODAYS AT UVA
nanoSTAR Institute.
A fun and interactive chance to learn all about nanotechnology--what it is, how it might impact your life, and what is currently happening here at UVa. This event is family-friendly, informative, fun and free; so come and find out what the Nano buzz is all about! Featuring: Interactive Nanoscience Demonstrations Giant Nanotube Balloon Sculpture Games, Posters and Multimedia NanoLab Tours NanoDays is proud to be a part of the UVa Engineering Open House Activities! All events are free to the general public. Parking is available for the UVa event in the Whitehead Road lots adjacent to Scott Stadium. UVA's Wilsdorf Hall.  9am-3pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1730. 
 
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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March 7, Saturday
COLOR-BRATION: A CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE AND COLOR
JMRL.
Sing, talk, read, play on and write your way through activity stations to develop literacy and language skills while exploring science and color with young learners. Part of the Big Read. No registration required. Gordon Library.  11-12am.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 11, Wednesday
ASIAN ANIMAL SAFARI
JMRL.
Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting and Body Art will take us on an adventure through the continent of Asia. Exploring the lands of China, India and beyond you can help seek our clues to identify a special mystery guest. Part of Bid Red. Registration required. For grades K-5. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 16, Monday
THE ART OF MEHNDI
JMRL.
Experience the ancient art of mehndi in this hands-on workshop by Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting and Body Art. You'll leave with your own temporary henna design. Part of the Big Read. Registration is required. For grades 5-12. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 21, Saturday
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
Junior League of Charlottesville.
This healthy lifestyle expo for kids of all ages includes cooking, activities, fitness demonstrations, and local vendors with snacks, giveaways, and educational materials. Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia, Cherry Avenue.  9am-1pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Siri Russell.  Email: sirirussell@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 706-288-9728. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! BOOK SIGNING
Festival of the Book.
Alakazam hosts ilustrator and author team of Chris Arbo and Joseph Anthony. Visit, buy the book and have it signed. Alakazam Toys and Gifts.  12-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! COMICS: HISTORY AND HEROES
Festival of the Book.
Bently Boyd, author of Vital Virginians and dozens of other comics in the Chester Comix series. Omni Hotel-Preston Room.  12-1pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! GOODNIGHT SONGS WITH POETRY BY MARGARET WISE BROWN
Festival of the Book.
Singers/songwriters Tom Proutt and Emily Gary perform lilting songs they have beautifully and respectfully translated from some previously unpublished poetry from Margaret Wise Brown. Omni Hotel-Preston Room.  10-11am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! MONTICELLO READING COUNCIL PRESENTS: A Q&A WITH DANIEL WILLINGHAM
Festival of the Book.
Author Daniel Willingham (Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do) will answer questions on how parents and educators can teach kids to love reading in the digital age. Monticello Reading Council members will be available to consult on child-specific book recommendations.Book swap and book giveaways. Omni Hotel-Preston Room.  2-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 25, Wednesday
CHESS CHALLENGE
JMRL.
Join the Playing ACES Chess Club to learn about the history of chess with a Jeopardy challenge game and then play chess while enjoying snacks and drinks. Registration is required. For grades 3-8. Northside Library.  4:00pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 26, Thursday
THE ART OF MEHNDI
JMRL.
Experience the ancient art of mehndi in this hands-on workshop by Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting and Body Art. You'll leave with your own temporary henna design. Part of the Big Read. Registration required. For grades 5-12 Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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 5, Thursday
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Ablemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. No registration required. For Grades K-2. Central Library.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 11, 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. 
 
March 18, Wednesday
LOK KATHAYEN-FOLKTALES OF INDIA
JMRL.
Who can outwit who? The Monkey or the Crocodile. Find out as you listen to this story and other folktales children in India are likely to hear. Part of the Big Read. Registration is requested. Drop-ins welcome. For grades K-3. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 21, Saturday
ANNUAL STORYFEST FOR FAMILIES!
Virginia Festival of the Book.
A free, day-long celebration of books and reading, held on and around the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall. Various locations.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! 20TH ANNUAL KIDS BOOK SWAP
Festival of the Book.
Hey, Kids! Bring you gently used books and trade for new-to-you books. We start with fifty boxes of books and swap books. It's fun and free! (Sorry, no magazines or adult books) Oakley's Gently Used Books.  11am-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS AND PICTURE BOOKS, OH MY!
Festival of the Book.
Authors Melissa Guion (Baby Penguins Love Their Mama!), Jennifer O'Connell (The Eye of the Whale: A Rescue Story) and Susan Stockdale (Stripes of All Types) talk about their experience with picture books as both writers and illustrators. Central JMRL Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! GRAPHICS AND COMICS BOOK SIGNINGS
Festival of the Book.
Cece Bell (El Deafo) and Bentley Boyd (Vital Virginians and dozens of other comics in the Chester Comix series) chat with their fans and sign copies of their books. Telegraph.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! WILD ABOUT READING
Festival of the Book.
WHTJ PBS Charlottesville, the Virginia Discovery Museum, and the Wildlife Center of Virginia go "Wild about Reading." Learn about Virginia's wildlife through an enlightening program which includes up-close experiences with live animals. The first 100 children receive a free wildlife-themed book. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free with museum admission.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! YA BOOKS FOR ALL AGES
Festival of the Book.
Authors Joy Hensley (Rites of Passage), Kristen Lippert-Martin (Tabula Rasa) and Tiffany Trent (The Tinker King) will discuss their books. Village School.  2-3pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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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January 4-May 24, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORYS AND MORE
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for 30 minutes of stories, movement, and early literacy, Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun. Little Read Saturday Special: Color-bration Start with a story and then explore some more. No registration required Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue .  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 5-March 9, Mondays
READING RUMPUS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively, drop-in storytime for children ages 0-3 with an accompanying adult. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 14- March 11, Mondays and Wednesdays
ROMP 'N STOMP WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this changing program of stories, drama, movement, art play and more! For ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration is required. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 22-March 12, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS! A PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around for this 30-minute program of exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed for independent 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds, but accompanying adults welcome. Registration is required. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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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March 21, Saturday
BOLLYWOOD DANCE
JMRL.
Join the University of Virginia's Aaja Nachle: the Bollywood Dance Club in learning some Bollywood dance moves and then dancing. We'll also make Ghungroo Indian Anklets to take home. Part of the Big Read. Registration required. Northside Library.  10:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 21, Saturday
STORYFEST! WALDORF PUPPETEERS PRESENT "TWIGGY"
Festival of the Book.
Charlottesville Waldorf School students present a delightful performance of "Twiggy," a Ukranian folktale. Waldorf School.  3-4pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
April 1
MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATRE REGISTRATION BEGINS
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. 
 
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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