Live Music, $5 Movies, American Idol, Fairs, LiveSky, Moonbounces and More

SeaRex is a great movie at SMV for just $5!

Rock on Richmond!

Some kids are already back in school, and others will be heading back soon. But summer is still in full-swing in the Richmond area and there are plenty of kid-friendly, family-friendly activities all weekend long. Check out Richmondmom’s picks for this weekend. And be sure to vote for Richmond’s Real Cute Kids starting today.

Note: All events are subject to change – click on website links for updated information.

August through November

Great Wolf Lodge – Great deals and discounted rates through November 4 through Richmondmoms – book now while there is still room left.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Richmond’s Real Cute Kids Contest – Voting is underway so be sure and vote!

Bare Naked Ladies at Innsbrook – Enjoy great music. 103.7 the River Birthday Bash.

ASID Designer White Elephant Auction - To benefit Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Location: 528 N. 2nd Street, Richmond VA (close to Richmond Convention Center.) Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at door. Couples are $30 in advance/$40 at the door.

Music at Short Pump Mall – Families are invited to enjoy FREE live music performed by local bands, great food, PRIZES and of course, fabulous shopping! Concerts begin at 6pm and run until 8pm in the Main Plaza.

Lions in the Library.  12:30pm.  Maymont – Mansion.

Children’s Museum of Richmond Target Family Night is back by popular demand. Bring the whole family to enjoy what The Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central has to offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third Friday of every month* for just $1 per person!

Dinwiddie County Fair –  at 8018 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA.  Plenty of family fun kicks off with this year’s fair.

Flowers After Five – Lewis Ginter is hosting their last Thursday Flowers After Five so head out and enjoy the music, food and great weather.

Best Friends Day – What better way to celebrate the weekend? Best Friends Day is a Richmond tradition of bringing together friends from all over the country (and world) for a weekend of bands, events, and more. Over the years it has grown from a one-day party at Hadad’s Lake to a sprawling four-day festival that brings nationally recognized bands and people from all over the world to see music, hang out, and make new friends. Buy tickets online.

Flying Squirrels at Home Stand Preview – The Richmond Flying Squirrels are back in town August 16th – 21st when they take on the Bowie Baysox and the Akron Aeros in a six game Home stand filled with giveaways, heritage celebration nights and fireworks!

Pink Days at Kings Dominion continues – Get your discounted  tickets and support a worthy cause. Save $10 and have a chance at winning a car.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts– Faberge Exhibit continues.

Explore all that Maymont Park has to offer this weekend.

First Steps for Fathers (New and Soon to Be Dads).  6:30pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.  Free.

 Friday, August 19, 2011

LiveSky at the Science Museum of Virginia – 6:00 p.m. Richmond’s favorite live planetarium show is back, showing you the highlights of the August sky. $5, free for members. Weather permitting, join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society as they share their telescopes in front of the Museum for Sky Watch at 8:30. 

Movies in the Park: Tangled – Friday 8pm; Forest Hill Park, 4021 Forest Hill Ave.
All movies will begin at 8 p.m. and are rated PG. The department’s movie night series is co-sponsored by 106.5 the Beat.

Great Balls of Fire! – The Science Museum of VirginiaLiveSky is back at the Science Museum of Virginia bringing with it new visuals as you explore meteoroids, asteroids and comets that have bombarded Earth throughout the ages in They Come From Space – Great Balls of Fire, Friday, August 19, on Virginia’s largest screen at 6 pm. Tickets are $5, free for members. As it gets dark around 8:30 pm, join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society as they share their telescopes for Sky Watch. Sky Watch is free and is held weather permitting. For Science Museum of Virginia information, please call 804.864.1400 or visit smv.org. The Science Museum of Virginia is at 2500 West Broad Street in Richmond.

Stars on the Water – All of the weekend’s activities will be held poolside, weather permitting. Click here for fees, times, and other details. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital, the Greater Richmond Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Central Virginia Food Bank. It’s a weekend of Jimmy Buffett music, island time, and more. We hope you will help us celebrate the Parrot Head Club of Richmond’s 17th annual Stars on the Water Event! *Stars* is the longest-running event by a Parrot Heads in Paradise chapter.

Richmond’s Real Cute Kids Contest – Voting is underway so be sure and vote!

Dinwiddie County Fair –  at 8018 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA.  Plenty of family fun kicks off with this year’s fair.

Best Friends Day – What better way to celebrate the weekend? Best Friends Day is a Richmond tradition of bringing together friends from all over the country (and world) for a weekend of bands, events, and more. Over the years it has grown from a one-day party at Hadad’s Lake to a sprawling four-day festival that brings nationally recognized bands and people from all over the world to see music, hang out, and make new friends. Buy tickets online.

Flying Squirrels at Home Stand Preview – The Richmond Flying Squirrels are back in town August 16th – 21st when they take on the Bowie Baysox and the Akron Aeros in a six game Home stand filled with giveaways, heritage celebration nights and fireworks!

Pink Days at Kings Dominion continues – Get your discounted  tickets and support a worthy cause. Save $10 and have a chance at winning a car.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Faberge Exhibit continues.

 Saturday, August 20, 2011

Moonbounce Mania at the Children’s Museum of RichmondBounce, bounce, bounce! Bounce the day away on special moonbounces throughout the museum at Central CMoR.

Hanover Firefighters 20th Annual Crab Feast -Tickets must be purchased in advance – no tickets at the door! Purchase by 9 p.m. on 8/18/11. Cold Harbor Ruritan Park, Mechanicsville, VA. Call 804.640.0684 with questions. Hot dogs from 1:30-5:00 p.m.; beverages 1:30 – 7:30 p.m.; crabs served 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bark for Life of Richmond – A non-competitive dog walk to raise money for the fight against human cancer. Join us for a fun-filled morning of walking, contests, silent auction, games and fund raising for a good cause! For more information: www.relayforlife.org/richmond – Click “Bark For Life” on the left.

Winning Water Festival ($5 parking fee) – Saturday 11am-2pm; Pocahontas State Park near the pool complex, 10301 State Park Road, Chester. Join us for the first annual Winning Water Festival. Enjoy water games and activities emphasizing the importance of our local water resources and ways to conserve them.

Ahoy Matey! It’s a Pirate’s Paradise!  10am-1pm.  Deep Run Park.  Enjoy a day of everything pirate at Deep Run Park. Be prepared to walk the plank, venture on a hunt to search for pirate’s treasure, get temporary airbrush tattoos, have your face painted, make pirate crafts, or maybe even meet Blackbeard himself! Bring the kids in their best pirate attire for costume contests and games. Get ready for life on the high seas with authentic pirate tunes and sea chanteys performed by The Press Gang. You won’t want to miss this pirate themed day of fun! Concessions will be available for purchase. For all ages. Free.

The Beach Boys – Innsbrook After Hours – General admission tickets are $21.50 in advance, $25 at the gate, Gold Circle Seating $45, Skybox $100.

Down Home Family Reunion – This weekend festival at Abner Clay Park celebrates African American folklife with world music and dance, the Heritage Market, special children’s events, interactive site demonstrations and delicious down home food. Day 1: Family Festival. Day 2: Sunday Brunch. Attracts attendees from along the East coast.  10,000 attendees expected. ** Estimated start time — Please confirm **

RVA River Jam – Enjoy incredible music and lots of food and fun. Visit website for details.

American Idol will be in Richmond for a summer jaunt, showcasing performances by this year’s top 11.

Rootstone Jug Band – For all ages. This band evokes a time before radios and recordings. Old-time songs from Virginia are presented alongside material from the classic jug bands and songsters of Memphis. These songs are essential ingredients in the American musical recipe, and in the hands and voices of Rootstone Jug Band, they come alive again. Reservations are required. Information: Henrico Theatre Staff, 328-4491.

Richmond’s Real Cute Kids Contest – Voting is underway so be sure and vote!

Dinwiddie County Fair –  at 8018 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA.  Plenty of family fun kicks off with this year’s fair.

Best Friends Day – What better way to celebrate the weekend? Best Friends Day is a Richmond tradition of bringing together friends from all over the country (and world) for a weekend of bands, events, and more. Over the years it has grown from a one-day party at Hadad’s Lake to a sprawling four-day festival that brings nationally recognized bands and people from all over the world to see music, hang out, and make new friends. Buy tickets online.

Flying Squirrels at Home Stand Preview – The Richmond Flying Squirrels are back in town August 16th – 21st when they take on the Bowie Baysox and the Akron Aeros in a six game Home stand filled with giveaways, heritage celebration nights and fireworks!

Pink Days at Kings Dominion continues – Get your discounted  tickets and support a worthy cause. Save $10 and have a chance at winning a car.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Faberge Exhibit continues.

South Asian Collection.  1pm-4pm.  Virginia Museum of Fine Arts-Kids Programs.  Kids can even make their  own South Asian-inspired sculpture. Register online.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

$5 MoviesSundays through Labor Day at the Science Museum of Virginia – Summertime and the living is — HOT! On a Sunday afternoon you want to cool down and sit back. It’s the perfect time for a movie – an IMAX® movie on Virginia’s largest, screen — the IMAX®DOME. For just $5 a movie, you can sit back as a giant film takes you on an adventure into space in Hubble or back to a time to an underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures who ruled the seas before dinosaurs conquered earth in Sea Rex.

Richmond’s Real Cute Kids Contest – Voting is underway so be sure and vote!

Pink Power Triathlon – Commonwealth Sports Medicine 7 a.m. Benefits the Midlothian YMCA. See website for details.

Music in the Park – Sunday 6-8pm; Forest Hill Park – if you love antique cars, you will love this. Old Dominion A Club is bringing antique cars built from 1928 to 1931.  Southern Blues perform.

Dinwiddie County Fair –  at 8018 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA.  Plenty of family fun kicks off with this year’s fair.

Best Friends Day – What better way to celebrate the weekend? Best Friends Day is a Richmond tradition of bringing together friends from all over the country (and world) for a weekend of bands, events, and more. Over the years it has grown from a one-day party at Hadad’s Lake to a sprawling four-day festival that brings nationally recognized bands and people from all over the world to see music, hang out, and make new friends. Buy tickets online.

Flying Squirrels at Home Stand Preview – The Richmond Flying Squirrels are back in town August 16th – 21st when they take on the Bowie Baysox and the Akron Aeros in a six game Home stand filled with giveaways, heritage celebration nights and fireworks!

Pink Days at Kings Dominion continues – Get your discounted  tickets and support a worthy cause. Save $10 and have a chance at winning a car.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Faberge Exhibit continues.

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Rhonda is the mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren – and our only grandmother on staff. She spent 25 years in corporate healthcare managing prenatal and disease management programs. She is the Content Manager for Richmondmom and contributes her expertise as both a mom and grandmother – while sorting out the many opportunities for our valuable advertisers.

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