This Week: February 11 – 17, 2013

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Check out our contests for tickets to Richmond Kids Expo & Babies Too, and the Ringling Brothers Circus! And don’t miss our mega-listing of Richmond Summer Camp 2013 options for kids of all ages.

ALWAYS check dates, times and locations of events as they may change after posting here.

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!


Beginning February 11!

After School Enrichment Programs at All Fired Up. Foster your child’s love of art while instilling practical skills with one of All Fired Up’s After School Programs.

February 11-16, 2013

Women Build Needs Volunteers to Build a House!

Through February 13, 2013

Reduced admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for a “Winter Special”!

Mommy & Me at Willow Lawn from 10am-11:30am. Visit with Katie Mardigian at the table to pick up Savvy Saver cards and a sweet treat!

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.

Through March 10

No Two Alike: Snow Crystal Microphotography. Explore the work of physicist Kenneth G. Libbrecht which captures intricate details of snow crystals. Peruse snow facts find out the answer to the question “Is it true that no two snowflakes alike?” Included with exhibit admission.

Through April 30

Born to be Wild at IMAX Dome. Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them — saving endangered species one life at a time.$9 general admission, $5 for members. Showing through April 30.

Through May 12, 2013

Raise the Roof at the Science Museum of Virginia. If walls could talk, what would they say? Explore buildings and structures in a new light as you discover the stories behind the structures through a variety of interactive experiences. Included with exhibit admission.

Through Monday June 3

They Call it Stormy Weather: How Artists See the Weather and the Seasons. Explore artists’ depictions of weather from thunderstorms on powerful, wild seas to sunny skies above spring fields. The photographic reproductions are on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Included with exhibit admission.

February 19-24, 2013

Mary Poppins at the Landmark Theatre.

This Week’s Events

Monday, February 11

loveWords That Work With Preschoolers (Parents of children 2-4 years).  6:30pm-8:30pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.

Member Monday Silver Diner at CMoR Short Pump from 11am-1pm.

Tuesday, February 12

FREE admission to CMoR Chesterfield for ‘Pit Stop’ Exhibit – get behind the wheel of a NASCAR race car and enjoy lots of NASCAR fun!

Bully DVD to be released.

Tuesday Trail Tales at CMoR Central. 10:30am.

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting with Hope Harris.  FREE at 11am at Short Pump Mall.  Independent children’s musician Hope Harris will be whipping up her own brand of theatrical musical fun!

Wednesday, February 13

Richmond Waldorf School Observation Day.  8:30am-10am.  1000   Westover Hills Boulevard, Richmond, VA23225.  Come see Waldorf education in action while visiting various classrooms promptly at 8:30 AM. Parents will also have the opportunity to watch an informational DVD and time for conversations and questions. If this date does not suit your schedule, please contact the Admissions Counselor, Amy Holland at: for a private tour of the school. This event is for parents to attend only. Please register.

Fighters, Biters, Pushers & Smushers (Parents of children 1-3 years).  12:30pm-1:30pm.  Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out!  The Landmark.  Featuring the one and only DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex, and of course, hip hop legend Biz Markie. Visit the website for show times and fees.

Thursday, February 14

valentinesHappy Valentine’s Day!

One Billion Rising to end violence against girls and women.

Spirited Art Valentine’s Day specials. Make plans to join us on the 14th for Girls’ Night Out with our brand new Carrie’s Cosmo painting, or reserve a spot for you & your sweetie (or just a friend!) for our Date Night class. View  our calendar to see our kids’ classes, Create Dates, and Valentine’s Open Studio for the whole family!

Children’s Story Time: Toddlers and Preschoolers at Barnes & Noble Short Pump. Join each Thursday for our Children’s Storytime. On the third Thursday of each month, we’ll have a special visit from Seymour and the Children’s Museum.

Friday February 15 – Sunday February 17

The LEGO® KidsFest February 15-17 – More fun than you can imagine with LEGO bricks everywhere!

Friday, February 15

LiveSky: Light Pollution: Blinded by the Light.  6pm.  Science Museum of Virginia.  Discover why you’re blinded by the light if you’re in the city and trying to see the broad band of the Milky Way arching across a dark sky, as you find out about light pollution. $5, free for Museum members.

Parent’s Night Out for Valentine’s Day with AIM. Drop off the kids at AIM and head out for a romantic dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Kids will enjoy obstacle courses, relay races, games, crafts, a movie, and a pizza dinner. All activities will be led by AIM Director Casey Royer and other staff. AIM students and non-AIM students are welcome, so spread the word! Email to reserve your child’s spot. Space for this event is limited, so be sure to email quickly!

Arena Racing.  7pm at the Richmond Coliseum.  Drivers in ½ scale stock cars racing around high banked race track turning laps in UNDER 8 seconds flat while competing side-by-side–bumping, rubbing, flipping and racing in the Richmond Coliseum.

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

The LEGO® KidsFest February 15-17 – More fun than you can imagine with LEGO brick

Saturday, February 16

forty one gala: Noah’s Children, central Virginia’s only pediatric palliative care and hospice program, will host its annual gala February 16 at The Jefferson Hotel, starting at 7 p.m.

Stories at the Museum.The educator-led story times start at 11:00 a.m., and stories are selected based on each month’s theme. February is Black History Month, and the Stories at the Museum event on February 16, 2013, features Visiting Langston by Willie Perdomo.

Valentine’s Kids Night Out at Romp n’ Roll! Romp n’ Roll (all locations! 5-8pm) is happy to announce a special Kids Night Out event for children ages 2-5 years. It includes three hours of Romp n’ Roll fun, including the creation of a special Valentine art project. Kids will also be treated to a pizza dinner and plenty of gym and music time. This is the perfect opportunity to schedule a night out with your valentine while knowing your child is having a blast at Romp n’ Roll.

Great Backyard Bird Count at Pocahontas State Park from 9:30am-11:30am. Bird’s Eye View, Recreational Tree Climb with Riverside Outfitters. Registration required for tree climb, call 804-796-4255. The fee is $18/person.

Love Rox Half Marathon & 10K at Belle Isle at 10:00am.

Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s 4th Annual BE MINE BALL from 7:30pm – 10:30pm at VMFA. Join friends and supporters of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia at its annual fundraising ball the weekend after Valentine’s Day.

Yoga is for Lovers at the Hippodrome Theater. All levels welcome.

Valentines-WeekStoryteller Donna Washington at the Meadowdale Library at 1:30pm. Let Brer Rabbit, Anasi the Spider, Brother Sun and many others take you on a rollicking romp through African and African-American stories with children’s book author and master storyteller Donna Washington

Phil Wiggins Performance.  Workshop at 11am, Performance at 1pm.    Children’s Museum – Central.  Enjoy a special performances celebrating African American culture and history.  Learn to play the harmonica and enjoy a performance with musician Phil Wiggins. Event is free with museum admission.

Arena Racing.  7 p.m. at the Richmond Coliseum – drivers in ½ scale stock cars racing around high banked race track turning laps in UNDER 8 seconds flat while competing side-by-side–bumping, rubbing, flipping and racing in the Richmond Coliseum.

The LEGO® KidsFest February 15-17 – More fun than you can imagine with LEGO brick


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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