This Week: January 14-20, 2012

chalkboardEvents continuing in the coming weeks, and a list of events just for this week too! Have fun and enjoy. Also, visit our mega-listing of After School Activities too where you’ll find plenty of fun for kids of all ages. You can visit our “Live a Little, Give a Little” section for lots of upcoming events for fundraisers including Go Red Day, CJSTUF Ball, Race to Protect Children, ‘forty one’, Westchester Shamrock Race, and lots more!

Don’t forget to check your Savvy Saver card for great savings at many local events and activities for kids and adults. Don’t have a card? No worries – download a copy here!

Always verify event locations and times via websites since they may change after this information is posted.


Now through January 23

Polar Express (film in IMAX®DOME) Saturday, November 17-Wednesday, January 23 – Based on the modern holiday classic written by children’s author Chris Van Allsburg, Polar Express follows the journey of a young boy named Billy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. With a family who believes everything from the elves to flying reindeer are myths, Billy’s whole viewpoint changes when a mysterious train visits him on Christmas Eve promising to take him and other children to the North Pole. The train’s conductor, along with other passengers, help turn Billy’s crisis into a journey of self-discovery in this heart-warming holiday film. $9 general admission, $5 for members.

Now through January 31
RVA on Ice at Richmond’s outdoor skating rink next to CenterStage. Open nightly weather permitting through November 23 – January 31.
January 18 – February 10

The Magic Flute: Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre of Virginia kicks off 2013 with The Magic Flute on Friday, January 18 at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, Virginia. The show is part of the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival and will run through February 10, 2013.

Now through March 1

Rocky Mountain Express (film in IMAX®DOME) Through-Friday March 1 – Join in the epic adventure of building Canada’s first transcontinental railway as you are propelled on a steam train journey through the Canadian Rockies. $9 general admission, $5 for members.

February 19-24, 2013

Mary Poppins at the Landmark Theatre.


Events by day of the month


Monday, January 14

Monday Member Lounge at CMoR Short Pump – Indulge in lunch items from Silver Diner, including delicious sliders, grilled cheese and fresh cut fruit. Exclusively for members. 11am-1pm.

The Commonwealth Parenting Family Educator, John Richardson-Lauve, will be at the Short Pump site of the Children’s Museum of Richmond from 10am-12pm. He will be there to answer your questions and provide resources. Come stop by!

Tuesday, January 15

Beyond time Out by Commonwealth Parenting. Helping our kids to learn to behave is one of the biggest challenges as parents. One of our primary roles with our children is to be a teacher. Come learn the tricks and the science of teaching your children to manage his/her own behavior.

Seymour at Chick-fil-A Kids Night – Join Seymour the Dinosaur at Chick-Fil-A in Midlothian for an evening of story telling! Plus, bring a new or gently used children’s book for the CMoR Book Bank and get a free Icedream or cookie! Location: 12301 Chattanooga Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23112 – 5pm-7pm.

Young at Art at the VFMA. Fun for kids. Enjoy inspiring stories, art activities, and visits to the galleries! Children can also explore puzzles, movement games, and other early childhood learning toys located in the Art Education Center. Note: Each month has a different theme with new lessons introduced weekly.

Tuesday Trail Tails at CMoR Chesterfield. 10:30 am. Join us for tales of different plants, animals, and other discoveries that can be made along the trail!

Wednesday, January 16

www.commonwealthparentingcenterFighters, Biters, Pushers, Smushers (Parents of Children 1-3 yrs) – Why is it that toddlers are so likely to fight, bite, push, and smush each other? Is your little one sometimes aggressive at playgroups or in childcare settings?  Learn why it is a typical part of childhood development and get ideas for handling it with Commonwealth Parenting.

Lunch Break Science at the Science Museum of Virginia – Make a New Year’s Resolution to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle presented by Central Virginia Waste Management Authority Public Information Coordinator Nancy Drumheller.

Thursday, January 17

Young at Art at the VFMA. Fun for kids. Enjoy inspiring stories, art activities, and visits to the galleries! Children can also explore puzzles, movement games, and other early childhood learning toys located in the Art Education Center. Note: Each month has a different theme with new lessons introduced weekly.

ADHD: Paths to School Success(Parents of School-Aged Children) – Commonwealth Parenting – Help your child experience more school success from now until the end of the year. Take a look at strategies for working with the child on the symptoms which affect education such as disorganization, procrastination, distraction and fidgeting. Learn to gradually teach your child to be better organized with homework and schedules. Get tips for positive communication between school and home.

Friday, January 18


Livesky: The Big Bang – Let’s start the year off with a bang. How about the Big Bang?! Join us for a night of exploring the biggest explosion of all time! After the show, weather permitting, join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society as they point telescopes up into the vastness of space!

The Magic Flute kicks off at Virginia Rep Theatre of Virginia.  The show is part of the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival and will run through February 10, 2013.

Southern Territorial Brass Band and Choir of the Salvation Army – The Salvation Army’s Southern Territorial Band & Songsters will present a concert of sacred brass and vocal music at Bon Air Baptist Church on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm.  In addition to the world class Salvation Army Territorial Band and Songsters, the concert will also feature young musicians from the music outreach programs serving underprivileged children from the Richmond area.  The concert is free and open to the public, and there is plenty of free parking.

“The Alabama Lowers the Boom on the USS Hatteras” brown bag lunch talk. On the night of January 11, 1863, the famous and most feared of the Confederate raiders, the CSS Alabama, under the command of Captain Raphael Semmes, lured the Union warship USS Hatteras away from its position guarding a Union position off Galveston, Texas. After the Hatteras had pursued the strange ship flying British colors far enough from the rest of the enemy fleet, Semmes turned on the Hatteras and sunk her.

Acts of Faith preview kickoff at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre.

Target $1 Family Nights at CMoR from 5pm-7:30pm. 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!

Saturday, January 19

Snow Days Festival at CMoR – 10am – 4pm – Bring your mittens to CMoR – Central on Saturday, January 19th from 10am – 4pm for our Snow Days Festival! Join us at 11am to see the winner of our 4th Annual Snow Queen scholarship winner be crowned! Then enjoy a special story time with the new Snow Queen and an opportunity for meet and greets!

Take a ride on the Polar Train at CMoR Central – Seymour the Dinosaur has something new for all of the kids this winter! Take a ride on the polar train only at CMoR Central. The train will run on weekends in January and February. Tickets are just $1 at the Museum.

Children’s Sale to benefit Liv Melton who has autism. 8:30am-12noon at Carriage Hill Club House, 7000 Coachman Lane, Richmond. All seasons and sizes of clothing available. Name brands, and many with tags. Toys, feeding items, baby gear, high chairs, cribs, and more.

January Jig – Join Heart of Ireland School of Dance as they celebrate winter with a casual afternoon of Irish dancing. Brief demonstrations by each of the classes from the youngest Sprites up through adults as well as the two companies, Celtic Beats and Celtic Pulse. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 110 N. Union St., Petersburg, VA.

Edgar Allan Poe’s 204th Birthday Bash – Celebrate Poe’s birthday as only the Poe Museum can–with hourly readings and performances, exhibits, music, and more.

Anniversary of The Battle of Trent’s Reach, 1865 – 10am-5pmThis event will include a wreath-laying ceremony on the bluff and a musket salute to the Medal of Honor recipient, 20 year-old 2nd Lt. Walter Thorn, 116th U.S. Colored Troops. On January 1, 1864, Lt. Thom ran atop the bulkhead of Butler’s canal just before it blew up to rescue a sentry who had not been pulled off duty. Civil War living historians will interpret Union and Confederate soldiers and sailors and will include lectures on the battle of Trent’s Reach and other topics related to the Civil War at Dutch Gap.

Sunday, January 20


Remember the Titans at the Science Museum of Virginia.  2pm – 5pm. RSVP NOW.  As a part of HandsOn’s activities for MLK Day, we’re partnering with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities to host a free screening and discussion of the film, “Remember the Titans.” Inspired by real events set in 1971 in Alexandria, Virginia, at the recently desegregated T. C. Williams High School, the film portrays the journey of a newly appointed African-American coach (Denzel Washington) and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Corbian Arts and Lightwire Theatre: The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and The Hare. Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond. 804.289.8980.