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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
March 18, Sunday
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
Register for an afternoon of activities with the Society of Women Engineers at UVA. Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Directions: Meets at Mechanical Engineering building.  $8.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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February 24, Saturday
SPRING BUTTERFLIES AND BIRDS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
They craft, you shop. Kids 3 and up will make Spring birds while kids in the 6 and up group will make Spring butterflies. Limit 10 to each group. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2 ages 3-8 group, $5 ages 6 and up group.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-1072. 
 
February 27, Tuesday
VOLCANIC VENTURING
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
An erupting good time as you create your own volcano and then watch as the acid-base reaction between baking soda and vinegar simulates lava flow and volcanic eruption. Ages 8-12. Required registration begins Jan. 23. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
February 28, Wednesday
LORAX TRUFFULA TREE BUILDING
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday by engineering your own truffle trees. Ages 6+. Central Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 10, Saturday
KIDS CLUB FOAM EASTER EGGS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Supplies included and you shop while kids do a craft that they can take home after. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2-5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-1072. 
 
March 14, Wednesday
KIDS' FILM FEST: FROM THE HEART
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Enjoy several short films based on books about kids who have made a difference and then create a piece of art that reflects the passions in your own heart. Ages 6-11. Requested registration begins Feb. 26. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 17, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: DESIGNING YOUR DREAM SCHOOL
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  Various times depending on age.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
March 17, Saturday
KIDS CLUB EASTER CHARACTERS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
They craft, you shop. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2-5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-1072. 
 
March 30-April 1, Friday-Sunday
EASTER CELEBRATION
Wintergreen Resort.
Bring the family to Wintergreen Resort during Easter for the annual egg-stravaganza. It's an entire weekend of festivities, with a traditional Easter egg hunt and Easter bonnet parade, craft workshops and egg decorating. Wintergreen Resort.  Opening Hours.  $Varies by activity.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
January 4-May 3, First Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; building blocks will be supplied. No registration required, but space is limited. Ages 5+. Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Friday Mornings
ART TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids age 3-6 are invited to let their imaginations run wild as they explore different art movements and concepts. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERINGS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things with blocks provided by the library. No registration required. Ages 5+. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Mondays
KARA'S CRAFT HOUR
Little Planets.
A fun, new activity each week. Paper flowers, simple origami, ornaments and decorative hangings, collages and more. Capacity of 12. Little Planets Playroom.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  10-10:30am.  $Free to members.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 209-4717. 
 
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. 
 
Final Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things with blocks provided by the library. Ages 5+. No younger siblings. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
First Wednesdays
MAKE IT & TAKE IT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something. For all ages with adult help. See library page for each week's selected activity! No meeting in April. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
MAKE! MONDAYS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Registration for this creative event is required and begins 2 weeks before the program date. See website for specific month's offerings. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
First Thursdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL - Central Library.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon between 3:30pm and 4:30pm to make something fabulous. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3:30-4:30pm .  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Thursdays
NATURE CRAFTS AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Fun crafts easy for little hands that use natural materials and help nourish a hands-on relationship with nature. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  11-11:45am.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
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. 
 
Final Tuesdays
STITCHES: A 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.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
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! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Short and playful sensory, gross motor, fine motor and science activities at an appropriate developmental level for our youngest visitors. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
First Tuesdays
TOTS & DOTS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa.
For children ages 6 months to 4 years. A brief tour of visual art and then time for multi-sensory structured play; registration required. Strollers and crying babies welcome. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Directions: 400 Worrell Dr., Peter Jefferson Place.  9am, 10am & 11am.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 4.  Contact: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
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March 17, Saturday
CONFIDENCE FOR KIDS
JMRL - Northside.
This class shows and teaches students how to have black belt confidence in their everyday life. Presented by UpLevel Martial Arts Charlottesville, this class requires registration and adult accompaniment. Ages 4-12. Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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
 
January 10-February 28, Wednesdays
WEE ONES WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play. No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months. Winter registration begins December 20 at 9am. Birthday must fall between January 11, 2016 and January 10, 2017. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
January 11-March 1, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes and more. For 2 year olds and young 3 year olds and an accompanying adult. Winter registration begins at 1pm December 18. Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 7-April 25, Wednesdays
WEE ONES SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play. No siblings, please, as this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months with birthdates falling between 3/8/16 and 3/7/17. Required spring registration begins February 14 at 9am. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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.
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Short and playful sensory, gross motor, fine motor and science activities at an appropriate developmental level for our youngest visitors. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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February 28, Wednesday
MORE FASCINATING THAN FICTION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Come listen to some incredible stories from history and today, enjoy a snack and chat about the books you've been reading. Ages 5-9. Requested registration. Crozet Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 13, Tuesday
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
Crozet Library.
Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, display and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It's your library - make a difference. Grades 6-12. Registration and TAB application required. Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 17, Saturday
YAK & SNACK
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Reading: Ghost by Jason Reynolds. A gritty and triumphant sports story. Grade 5-8.Required registration begins February 17. Crozet Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 43823-4050. 
 
January 29-April 30, Monthly on Mondays
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 7-12. Required registration. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 17-May 16, Third Wednesdays
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Looking for a welcoming space to collaborate and get constructive feedback on your writing? Come to Northside Library each month. All creative writing is welcomed, including poetry, nonfiction and fanfiction. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 W. Rio Rd.  5-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Third Wednesdays
B'TWIXT & B'TWEEN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A book discussion group for grades 6 and 7. Receive a free copy of monthly book selections and enjoy talking with other readers. Snacks provided. Required registration. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies and snacks. Registration required. Free copies of the book provided. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Fourth Thursdays
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 3RD & 4TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book that is read each month. Free books will be provided. See library website for each month's discussion. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Books will be provided for first 10 kids to sign up. Grades 3-4. Required registration begins four weeks before meeting date. Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Third Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
For second graders who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided with registration. Limit 10 readers. Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 22
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation.
A fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world. The younger group (5-8 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (9-12 year olds) will study the area's ecology more in-depth. Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen will guide the older group in regular hikes with creek study; wildlife and habitat exploration; an introduction to primitive skills such as shelters and water / food sourcing and nature-based art and service projects. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Rd., Starting in Ivy Creek Education Building.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Dan Bieker (younger group); Deborah Andersen (older group).  Email: danbieker@gmail.com; dandersen64@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Fourth Thursdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL - Northside.
A different challenge each month. Approved users can build and explore with fellow Minecrafters using a common spawn-point. To play, stop by the children's desk for an application. Players must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 3-12. Registration to play in the computer lab or use a guest account begins 2 weeks before event dates. Northside Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
First Wednesdays
PAGEMASTERS BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Fifth and sixth graders are invited for a 45-minute discussion about books with a snack and a fun activity. Books provided to first 10. Registration required. Northside Library.  5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Tuesdays
POETRY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your child develop their own unique voice. Both early and experienced writers welcome! Children tap into their creativity, stretch their imaginations, play with words and learn about language. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $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. 
 
Every Wednesday at 6pm
POKEMON MEET UP
The End Games.
Fun for all Pokemon fans with open play of the Pokemon Collectible Card Game for all ages. Plenty of seating and a free board game library you are welcome to use if you're not playing Pokemon. The End Games.  6pm.  $Free and open to public.  Recommended for ages 8 to 60.  Contact: Sam Fogelgren.  Email: omegagamesllc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2205. 
 
Bi-monthly on Thursdays
SHARKS: FOR TWEEN BOYS
JMRL - Greene.
Read and discuss great books, eat snacks, Do fun activities! Registered Sharks receive a free copy of next month's book! Pre-registration is required for each session. Grades 4-8. Greene County Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Second Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers ages 9-12 are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books provided. Limit 10. Required registration is ongoing. Central Library.  4:15-5:15pm.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
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March 7, Wednesday
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: src.vprsf@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-9062. 
 
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February 20, Tuesday
CREATE-A-THON
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Come for warm drinks, snacks and an afternoon of creating. Whether it be art, writing, crafts, coding or other creations, come focus on your work and talk out your ideas with other creative types. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
February 21, Wednesday
JAPANESE FLOWER ARRANGING
JMRL- Central Library.
Hiromi Hangai Johnson teaches the art of Japanese flower arrangement in this hands-on workshop. Participants will keep their floral arrangement. Ages 14+. Required registration begins Jan. 31. Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: erapp@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
February 21, Wednesday
VIRGINIA WORKFORCE JOB FAIR
JMRL - Northside.
Sit down 1-on-1 with more than 15 representatives from a variety of local employers. Prior to the fair, come to a valuable workshop on job interviewing techniques. Ages 16+. Northside Library.  2-5pm, 1pm workshop.  $Free.  Email: info@monticello.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
February 22, Thursday
CONVERSATIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY: SOCIAL MEDIA IN A TEENAGER'S WORLD
Henley Middle School / Western Albemarle High School.
Families are invited for a discussion about the influence and impact of social media in our students’ lives. The purpose of the event is to have an open dialogue with community members about these issues with a panel of guests to lead the discussion. Panelists include: Dr. Beth Costa, Principal of Henley Middle School; Mr. Darah Bonham, Principal of Western Albemarle High School; Detective Mike Wells, Albemarle County Police Department; Mrs. Lori Wood, Region Ten; Jamie Foreman, ACPS Director of Learning Technologies, and students. Western Albemarle High School.  6:30-8pm. 
 
February 22, Thursday
TEEN COOKIE WARS
JMRL - Central Library.
In this cookie decorating contest, teens have 30 minutes to decorate their cookies based on a theme. Winner of each of the three categories goes home with a prize. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
February 24, Saturday
WONDER WOMAN MOVIE MATINEE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Free popcorn and drinks to enjoy. Rated PG-13. Gordon Avenue Library.  2-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
February 27, Tuesday
R.A.D. (READ AND DISCUSS) TEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Crozet Library.
The Crozet Library leads a diverse range of book clubs for teens. Discussing the dramatic high fantasy, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
February 7-28, Wednesdays
CHARLOTTESVILLE OPEN BIO LABS: OUR WORLD AND OTHERS
Charlottesville Open Bio Labs.
Teens and adults are invited to come learn more about the Earth and the cosmos. Grades 8+. Charlottesville Open Bio Labs.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-878-2355. 
 
February 28, Wednesday
PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT: OF MICE AND MEN (1992)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Monthly screening of a popular film adaptation of a book. Light refreshments served. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
March 2, Friday
THE MAD HATTER'S MURDER MYSTERY ESCAPE ROOM
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A crime has been committed and the Mad Hatter is the only one with the evidence. Teens must look for clues and crack a series of locks in order to escape his tea party and report the solution. Light refreshments served. Grades 7-12. Required registration begins Feb. 5. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 6, Tuesday
I'M NOT RACIST ... AM I? FILM & DISCUSSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come for an important community discussion following a screening of this documentary about 12 NYC teens who spent a year talking and learning about racism. The discussion will be led by trained facilitators and is in partnership with Beloved community Cville. Ages 14+. Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 6, Tuesday
TEENS WHO CODE
JMRL- Central Library.
Explore coding together with other teens. Gain experience with different tools and platforms. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Central Library.  5:30-6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 7, Wednesday
CERT LEVEL 1 TRAINING: BECOME A COMMUNITY RESPONDER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn to prepare for disasters that could affect your community. In emergencies, CERT members assist others when professional responders are not immediately available. This class will cover personal preparedness, hazards and an intro to fire safety and medical operations. Ages 16+. Requested registration begins Feb. 21. Crozet Library.  5:45-8:45pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 7, Wednesday
THE ERA OF GOOD STITCHING
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join First Lady Elizabeth Monroe and James Monroe's Highland as they teach how to create beautiful cross stitched samplers and discuss this art form. Participants will go home with their own stitched masterpiece. All materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration begins Feb. 14. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 12, Monday
LGBT+ STUDENTS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join Side by Side for a community dialogue about LGBT and questioning students' rights in K-12 public schools in Virginia. Registration is recommended. Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 13, Tuesday
BECOME A LEADER: RESOLVING CONFLICT WITHOUT VIOLENCE
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join the panel of community leaders to discuss resolving conflict without violence in an open discussion concerning how to make positive changes that challenge the status quo and disrupt the stream of conflict in the community. Become a better local citizen and future leader. In partnership with ReadyKids. Registration recommended. Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 13, Tuesday
TEEN BOOK DISCUSSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Fun and snacks as you read and discuss an exciting chapter or two from Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Grades 7-12. Registration recommended. Central Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 14, Wednesday
PI(E) DAY JEWELRY WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica Partain teaches basic techniques to turn polymer clay into food-themed charms for necklaces and earrings. In celebration of Pi day, bake up tiny pie jewelry. Ages 12+. Required registration begins February 28. Central Library.  6-8pm.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 14, Wednesday
PIZZA PI DAY PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Celebrate the irrational and infinite number of pi and Einstein's birthday with a special Pizza Pi(e) party. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins Feb. 28. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 17, Saturday
YAK & SNACK
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Reading: Ghost by Jason Reynolds. A gritty and triumphant sports story. Grade 5-8.Required registration begins February 17. Crozet Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 43823-4050. 
 
March 18, Sunday
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
Register for an afternoon of activities with the Society of Women Engineers at UVA. Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Directions: Meets at Mechanical Engineering building.  $8.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 18-April 22
ECO-YOGA PROGRAM AT WILDROCK
Wildrock.
Sixth-grade girls will gather for five Sunday sessions at Wildrock's Barn Center to create a supportive circle for celebrating inner strengths. Nature connection, yoga, yoga games and skill building activities are the foundation for this nurturing and supportive experience for preteen girls. An optional parent discussion circle, concurrent with the girls group, will be offered as well. Limit 10. Wildrock, Crozet.  10am-12:30pm.  $50-$250 suggested donation.  Email: wildrockgirlsgroup@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
January 29-April 30, Monthly on Mondays
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 7-12. Required registration. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 2-May 1, First Tuesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central Library.
Share ideas and give feedback to the library by joining the Central Teen Advisory Board. Build your leadership skills and earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the library. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
February 5-May 7, First Mondays
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends, while enjoying snacks and Pocky. Registration recommended but not required. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 10-May 9, Second & Fourth Wednesdays
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDERS CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration required. Ages 13-18. Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 10-May 9, Monthly on Wednesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come be a part of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Help create displays, plan programs and activities while earning volunteer hours. Enjoy snacks and meet new people. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  5-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Now-May 15, Third Tuesdays
GAME NIGHT
JMRL - Northside Library.
Wii U, Xbox Kinect, board games and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 17-May 16, Third Wednesdays
CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Looking for a welcoming space to collaborate and get constructive feedback on your writing? Come to Northside Library each month. All creative writing is welcomed, including poetry, nonfiction and fanfiction. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 W. Rio Rd.  5-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
January 19-May 18, Third Fridays
THIRD FRIDAYS IMPROV AT PVCC
PVCC Fine and Performing Arts.
Hosted by PVCC's student theater club Masquers and led by award-winning playwright Brad Stoller, this workshop series introduces the basic tools, rules and philosophy behind various forms of improv with games and drills for everyone. The series culminates with the chance to stage a performance in spring 2018. No previous experience necessary. Maxwell Theatre.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Email: bhurd@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Wednesdays
A RAY OF SUNSHINE: A NEW TEEN BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join other teens to read and discuss an array of great novels with a solar theme for the summer. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required. Copies of the book provided. Gordon Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Plan cool teen activities for the library, create displays, share good books and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. It's your chance to make the library your own. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Discuss and read great manga then watch the anime adaptation with other teens. Light snacks provided. Registration required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book for the first seven to sign up. Central Library.  4:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Wednesdays
B'TWIXT & B'TWEEN
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A book discussion group for grades 6 and 7. Receive a free copy of monthly book selections and enjoy talking with other readers. Snacks provided. Required registration. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  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. 
 
Third Tuesdays
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up. See website for this month's! Gordon Avenue Library.  4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
First Tuesdays
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Join other teen writers to stretch your imagination with new techniques and prompts. Feel free to bring writing or art samples with you and receive helpful feedback. Grades 7-12. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
First Wednesdays
PAGEMASTERS BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Fifth and sixth graders are invited for a 45-minute discussion about books with a snack and a fun activity. Books provided to first 10. Registration required. Northside Library.  5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Thursdays
SKYLINE HARMONY CHORUS REHEARSALS
Skyline Harmony Chorus.
Skyline Harmony is a women's barbershop chorus. Experience the joy of singing 4-part harmony. Attend a rehearsal and get involved. High-schoolers welcome as well. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Rd.  6:45-9:30pm.  Contact: Joan Henderson.  Email: joanhenderson417@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2146. 
 
Final Tuesdays
STITCHES: A 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.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
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! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Second Wednesdays
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity with the Pop-up MakerSpace with several projects focused on STEAM each month. JMRL- Central Library.  5-5:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
WIRED WEDNESDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Interested in Northside's Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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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.
 
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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. 
 
Saturday Mornings
TODDLER & PRESCHOOLER PROGRAM AT FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring your toddler or preschooler to participate in activities and traditions associated with different cultural heritages. Activities will vary each week. Please check the calendar for specific program details. Many activities will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  10am & 11am.  $5 per child, free to pass holders.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
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February 19, Monday
KIDS DAY OFF
ACAC.
Charlottesville City schools are closed. Drop off the kids for a fun morning. ACAC Adventure Central.  8am-5:30pm.  Email: erikat@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-7529. 
 
February 24, Saturday
KIDS NIGHT OUT
ACAC.
Parents drop the kids off for a fun night. ACAC Adventure Central.  6-8:30pm.  Email: erikat@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-7529. 
 
February 9 & March 9, Fridays
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
Piedmont YMCA.
Kids enjoy fun activities in a safe and fun environment while you enjoy the night without having to hire a babysitter. Kids will enjoy swim time, arts and crafts, games, and more. Kids will be provided dinner. Brooks Family YMCA.  5:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-974-9622. 
 
March 10, Saturday
KIDS NIGHT OUT
ACAC.
Parents can drop the kids off for a fun night while they take time for themselves. ACAC Adventure Central.  6-8:30pm.  Email: erikat@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-7529. 
 
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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First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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February 27, Tuesday
VOLCANIC VENTURING
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
An erupting good time as you create your own volcano and then watch as the acid-base reaction between baking soda and vinegar simulates lava flow and volcanic eruption. Ages 8-12. Required registration begins Jan. 23. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
February 7-28, Wednesdays
SCIENCE MONSTERS! AT OPEN BIO LABS
Open Bio Labs.
Science Monsters unite to build machines, blow things up, and start to become masters of their universes! This weekly club is a place for your little ones to get their hands dirty and to let their curiosity carry them into new nooks and corners of their neurons. Charlottesville Open Bio Labs.  3:30-5pm.  $100.  Email: terrasi@openbiolabs.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-878-2355. 
 
March 10, Saturday
GIRLS' GEEK DAYS
Tech-Girls.
Sparking girls' interest in STEM in a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment. Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. Open to all ages, girls in third grade or younger should plan to bring a guardian too. Registration is required and space is limited. Stone Robinson Elementary School.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 13, & 14, Tuesday & Wednesday
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASSES AT MINT SPRINGS
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 8 years of age are invited to this free class to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. See site for specific times. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  10:30-11:45a Tuesday, 1:30-2:45pm Wednesday.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 8.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 16, Friday
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASS AT RIVERVIEW
Tinkergarten.
Children ages 18 months-8 years are invited to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as you share insight into your child's development. Riverview Park.  10:30-11:45am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 8.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Now-March 23
BIRDS, BUGS, AND SEEDS
LCEC.
Birds: Visitors are invited to paint bluebirds to donate to a charity auction. Bugs: Choose from activities from the Book-of-the-Month, Drawing Lab, which encourages you to explore nature outside (and bugs) and then produce art works. Seeds: See the exhibit about traveling seeds, and play a challenging matching game, matching seeds to what they grow and keeping the seeds you match correctly. Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center.  1-5pm Tuesday-Thursday, 10am-4pm Friday & Sunday.  $7.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-996-7282. 
 
January 12-March 23, Second and Fourth Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. There will be a different project each week to explore. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 19, 23, 24, 26, 30 & 31
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASSES AT AZALEA PARK
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 8 years of age are invited to this free class to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Azalea Park.  Various Times.  $Free.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 29 & April 5, 6
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASSES AT IVY CREEK
Tinkergarten.
Children ages 18 months-5 years accompanied by an adult are invited to this free class. Children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as you share insight into your child's development. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  9:30-10:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 1 to 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 20, 22, 24 & 27 & April 8
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASSES AT PEN PARK
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 8 years of age are invited to this free class to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Mint Springs Valley Park, Crozet.  See site for class times.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
February 18-April 22
ECO-YOGA PROGRAM AT WILDROCK
Wildrock.
Sixth-grade girls will gather for five Sunday sessions at Wildrock's Barn Center to create a supportive circle for celebrating inner strengths. Nature connection, yoga, yoga games and skill building activities are the foundation for this nurturing and supportive experience for preteen girls. An optional parent discussion circle, concurrent with the girls group, will be offered as well. Limit 10. Wildrock, Crozet.  10am-12:30pm.  $50-$250 suggested donation.  Email: wildrockgirlsgroup@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-8631. 
 
January 27-July 28, Fourth Saturdays except in June
FAFSA SUPER SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
PVCC.
Need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form? PVCC can help. Students and parents should bring copies of tax returns, wage statements and records of all sources of income. Before attending, students and parents should also create an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. PVCC Main Building, Room M154.  9am-12pm.  $Free and open to the public.  Email: finaid@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
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 22
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation.
A fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world. The younger group (5-8 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (9-12 year olds) will study the area's ecology more in-depth. Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen will guide the older group in regular hikes with creek study; wildlife and habitat exploration; an introduction to primitive skills such as shelters and water / food sourcing and nature-based art and service projects. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Rd., Starting in Ivy Creek Education Building.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Dan Bieker (younger group); Deborah Andersen (older group).  Email: danbieker@gmail.com; dandersen64@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
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. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with hands-on technology in a fun and creative environment. Each session features a different tech toy. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Second Wednesdays
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity with the Pop-up MakerSpace with several projects focused on STEAM each month. JMRL- Central Library.  5-5:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
WIRED WEDNESDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Interested in Northside's Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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February 23, Friday
PLAY! WITH YOUR FOOD: TWEET LIKE A BIRD, EAT LIKE A BIRD
Full Circle.
Join the pediatric specialists from Full Circle for a fun afternoon. Make bird feeders as well as your own trail mix to take home. There will be a storytime paired with yoga and movement activities and then some free play to explore food-related materials with your five senses. Designed for children 3+. Younger siblings are welcome with your direct supervision. Dot to Dot: Pediatric Speech Language Therapy LLC.  Directions: 2300 Commonwealth Drive.  3:30-5:30pm.  $$10 suggested donation per child.  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Special Needs Accommodation: children with special needs are welcome  Contact: Sheila Chrobak.  Email: info@fullcirclechild.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 4342606450. 
 
January 24-March 1, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP
JMRL- Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Register for either Wednesday or Thursday session. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 13, & 14, Tuesday & Wednesday
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASSES AT MINT SPRINGS
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 8 years of age are invited to this free class to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. See site for specific times. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  10:30-11:45a Tuesday, 1:30-2:45pm Wednesday.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 8.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open gym free play every Friday morning for kids 6 and under and homeschoolers of all ages! Own Touch Cville.  9:30am-12pm.  $$10 for child, $15 per family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesday Afternoons
SPATIAL GAMES CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join Dr. Jamie Jirout and other researchers from UVA's Curry School of Education to play games and do puzzles involving spatial learning. Ages 3+ with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Saturday Mornings
TODDLER & PRESCHOOLER PROGRAM AT FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring your toddler or preschooler to participate in activities and traditions associated with different cultural heritages. Activities will vary each week. Please check the calendar for specific program details. Many activities will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  10am & 11am.  $5 per child, free to pass holders.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
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Wednesdays in February
TODDLER TIME AT MAYMONT: HAPPY HEARTS
Maymont.
Share the love with furry, feathered and finned friends in February. Each session in this four-week program includes free play in the Discovery Room, a craft and a visit with a new animal friend each week. Maymont Nature Center.  Directions: 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond.  10-11am.  $36 per child/parent pair, $29 members for all sessions.  Recommended for ages 1 to 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-358-7168. 
 
March 13 & 14, Tuesday & Wednesday
7TH GRADE CAREER EXPO
Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene and Nelson Schools.
The 7th Grade Explore Careers Day provides nearly 2,000 7th-grade students with the opportunity to explore careers hands-on through interactive displays hosted by 40-50 area businesses. Sponsored by the school districts of Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene and Nelson in collaboration with KidsCollege@PVCC (link sends e-mail), local businesses, and educators. Newcomb Hall, U.Va.  Email: kidscollege@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5354. 
 
March 15, Thursday
MOVE & GROOVE
JMRL - Central Library.
Never mind the weather. Come do some indoor moving and grooving. Dance to music you create on a floor piano. Test your skills on an indoor obstacle course. Create a pancake pileup. Silly fun for ages 5-9. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 17, Saturday
ULTIMATE NERF BATTLE
ACAC.
Bring your Nerf gun and ACAC provides the battle. ACAC Adventure Central.  6-8:30pm.  Email: erikat@acac.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-978-3800. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Central Library.
Young readers are invited to come read to Philemon the certified therapy dog. Central Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
First Saturdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle 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. For any young reader. Registration required. March 3 is a special community show and tell. Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with hands-on technology in a fun and creative environment. Each session features a different tech toy. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce Play -n- Create 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. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays
ZAP!: GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Caregivers and kids devour a graphic novel together, then enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. Free books will be provided (one book for each pair.) Ages 8-9 with a favorite adult. Registration is required and is ongoing. No class in May. Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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March 2, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Children's Museum of Richmond.
The Children's Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum. Families can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 10 and under. CMoR Central.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  Contact: Lindsey Hale.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
March 9, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
Children's Museum of Richmond.
The Children's Museum of Richmond welcomes children who have special needs and their families for an exclusive evening in the museum. Families can enjoy the exhibits with a reduced number of visitors and benefit from adapted materials, special activities, a cool-down space and lots of opportunity to learn and have fun. This event is recommended for children ages 10 and under. CMoR Fredericksburg.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  Contact: Lindsey Hale.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-656-2233. 
 
March 17, Saturday
LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL TRANSITION & RESOURCE FAIR
PREP Parent Resource Center.
This event features presentations, resource fair with exhibitors, door prizes, food and refreshments. Registration is requested but not required. The Parent Resource Center provides information and support to parents of children with disabilities/special needs and serves families in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, and Louisa counties. PVCC Main Building.  $Free.  Contact: Deborah Anama.  Email: danama@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-9400 . 
 
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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February 24, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL- Central Library.
A delicious read-aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-5. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
February 24, Saturday
JAZZ-MA-TAZZ STORYTIME
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
The Saturday Drop-In Storytime gets jazzy. Move and groove to some jazz and blues in story and song. Then stick around and make some jazz-inspired art. Grownups should be sure to take a look at the library's special Jazz CD Collection as well. Gordon Avenue Library.  11am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 11-March 1, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings. Registration is required. Winter registration begins December 18 at 1pm. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
January 24-March 1, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP
JMRL- Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Register for either Wednesday or Thursday session. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 3, Saturday
ME, MYSELF & I: A SATURDAY STORYTIME
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Celebrate what makes you you, with fun stories and art. Registration requested starting Feb. 12. Ages 3-7. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 7, Wednesday
NURSERY RHYME RUMPUS
JMRL - Central Library.
Enter your favorite rhymes and romps with this Mother Goose Movement program. Can you build a house better than a little pig? Jump a candlestick more nimbly than Jack? Come find out. For ages 2-6. Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 10, Saturday
SAME PAGE PICTURE BOOK FILMS
JMRL - Northside Library.
View films of picture book stories that focus on neighborhoods and cultural identity. A snack and juice box will be provided. Northside Library.  11am.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 12, Monday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS: A FAIRY TALE GATHERING
Crozet Library.
Ever wanted to listen to a fairy tale from a Fairy Godmother herself? Join Charlottesville Ballet as a professional ballerina reads classic fairy tales and teaches introductory ballet steps in an interactive storytime experience. Ages 3-11. Requested registration begins Feb. 20. Crozet Library.  4pm .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
January 22-March 12, Mondays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL- Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and finger plays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop early literacy skills by singing, talking, reading and playing. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
February 21 & March 21, Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Start with a book, and then go look. Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, movement, play, and simple hands-on projects. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-11am.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 22-April 2, Mondays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a registered therapy animal with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Any young reader may sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. Registration is required. Crozet Library.  1-2pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
March 15-April 26, Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  10:15am & 11:15am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
Wednesdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: WEEKLY WEDNESDAY STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Each Wednesday join us for a different story theme with activities to follow readings. Barnes and Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Second Wednesdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's pet therapy team. Any reader can come for a 15-minute turn. Recommended registration is ongoing. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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January 17-February 28, Wednesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 30-minute program of stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 2-3 with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  10:15am & 11:15am .  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 3-March 7, First Wednesdays
READ-ALOUD CROWD
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come to the library after school to unwind, enjoy a story and share some fun. Grades K-1. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 22-March 20, Mondays
READING RUMPUS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively literacy drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language development. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 22-March 20, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2- and 3-year-olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." Required registration begins January 9. No class on January 30. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10am Mondays, 10:30-11am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 25-March 22, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS WINTER SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3- and 4-year-olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required and begins January 9. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Now-March 31, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
March 14-April 25, Wednesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 30-minute program of stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 2-3 with an accompanying adult. Registration required. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  10:15am & 11:15am .  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 8-April 26, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger sibling. Required registration begins at 1pm February 12. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
January 18-April, Thursdays
BABIES & BOOKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by playtime. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 8-April 26, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration begins at 1pm on February 12. Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
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. 
 
Every Saturday
PUPPET STORYTIME
Lollipop Station.
Kids and families are invited for a Puppet Storytime. Children who have attended 10 events will receive a free book. Lollipop Station.  Directions: 179 E Davis Street Culpeper.  11:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Faith Gil.  Email: info@lollipopstation.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-812-2103. 
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
First and Third Mondays
STORY TIME AT VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Introduce children to new words and ideas through fun and engaging stories told in a variety of mediums. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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March 12, Monday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS: A FAIRY TALE GATHERING
Crozet Library.
Ever wanted to listen to a fairy tale from a Fairy Godmother herself? Join Charlottesville Ballet as a professional ballerina reads classic fairy tales and teaches introductory ballet steps in an interactive storytime experience. Ages 3-11. Requested registration begins Feb. 20. Crozet Library.  4pm .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
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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