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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
December 14, Thursday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Families are invited to make a non-edible gingerbread house. All materials provided. Ages up to 12. Northside Library.  3:30-5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 15, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 15, Friday
NEW CITY ARTS AND CRAFTS
New City Arts.
This monthly drop-in event for parents and kids at Welcome Gallerywill feature Grit coffee and snacks (for adults and kids), Tattly temporary tattoos (for adults and kids), and an ornament-making activity inspired by Kirsten Hemrich's Transient Places. Finish up with a story time. Welcome Gallery.  Directions: 114 3rd St. NE.  10-11am.  $5 donation to cover ornament costs.  All ages welcome.  Email: lindsey@newcityarts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-202-5277. 
 
December 9 & 16, Saturdays
CHILDREN'S WOODLAND ORNAMENT WORKSHOPS
Monticello.
Bring your child to craft unique ornaments from natural materials gathered from the woods of Monticello. Take home your ornaments or decorate gift boxes to give to your loved ones. Fuel your creativity with hot chocolate and cookies. Recommended for children ages five and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Carl and Hunter Smith Education Center at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, Monticello.  11am-12pm & 1-2pm.  $30 per child/parent pair.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9822. 
 
December 16, Saturday
HOLIDAY CRAFT PARTY
Carver Recreation Center.
Come make and take holiday crafts, enjoy some hot chocolate and have a visit from Santa. Carver Recreation Center.  1-3pm.  $Free.  Email: cemprek@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3059. 
 
December 15 & 16, Friday & Saturday
HOLIDAY GIFT MAKING FOR KIDS
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center where children can make holiday gifts including bracelets, ornaments and more. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, Darden Towe Park.  $7.  Contact: Alexandria Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
November 26-December 17, Sundays
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
The Boar's Head Inn.
Spend a fun Sunday afternoon at The Boar's Head with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Boar's Head Pastry Chef Carri Harmer designing and building your own edible masterpiece at this ever-popular event. All ingredients and construction materials will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. The Boar's Head Inn.  Directions: Pavilion Grand Ballroom.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-972-2230. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
COOKIE DECORATING
JMRL- Northside Library.
Kick off winter break with some cookie decorating fun. Supplies, including cookies, provided. JMRL- Northside Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
ORNAMENT EXTRAVAGANZA
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Whether you give it away as a gift to friends and family or hang it high in your own tree, a handmade holiday ornament is sure to bring cheer to all who see it. The ornaments and an extravaganza of fun and festive decorating supplies will be provided. Ages 4+ with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  4pm.  $10 (includes 1 ornament, museum admission for 1 child/1 adult).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 21, Thursday
HOLIDAY HOUSES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Celebrate the sweetness of the season with pre-assembled graham-cracker houses for you to decorate. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: 524 East Main Street.  4pm.  $15 (includes house/decorations, museum admission for 1 child/1 adult).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
December 21, Thursday
MIDWINTER TEA PARTY
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Celebrate the winter solstice with treats, wintery stories and a handmade lantern to light up your home. Ages 5+ with accompanying adult. Required registration starting December 4. Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 23, Saturday
NATURAL ORNAMENTS WORKSHOP
Wintergreen Resort.
Participants will make three ornaments – pine cone owl, glass ball winter scene and hemlock cone wreath. Appropriate for ages 6 and up. The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.  1-3pm.  $15.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8169. 
 
January 10, Wednesday
RESOLUTION ROCKS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Paint your resolutions for the new year onto rocks to create inspiring reminders of your goals. Use your creations as paperweights, decorations, or hide them to encourage and delight someone else. All supplies provided. Ages 12+. Required registration begins December 27. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays in January
TODDLER TIME AT MAYMONT: FROSTY FUN
Maymont.
Explore the antics of animals that brave the chilly winter months during stories and crafts, and enjoy time for free play in the Discovery Room. Ticket price includes all 4 sessions and Nature Center admission. 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. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament, blown by you. Ages 7 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
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. 
 
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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December 17 & 31, Sundays
LITTLE KIDS AERIAL YOGA
FlyDog Yoga.
Aerial yoga promotes better balance, boosts confidence and offers a sense of courage and strength all while having a ton of fun. FlyDog Yoga.  12-1:15pm.  $20.  Recommended for ages 6 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-964-1964. 
 
December 1-February 3 & 10
PEACHTREE BASEBALL & SOFTBALL ONLINE REGISTRATION
Peachtree Baseball League of Albemarle, Inc..
Register online for Peachtree Baseball or Softball. Kids in or attending Brownsville, Crozet Elementary, Henley, Western, West of Red Hill, Meriwether Lewis, Nelson County Elementary and V.L. Murray are eligible. Peach tree offers competitive, well-organized divisions. Registration ends on February 2 for Minor and Major leagues and February 9 for Rookie Leagues. Email: board@peachtreebaseball.com.
 
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. 
 
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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 11, 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. 
 
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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November 16 & December 14, Third Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Ravenous readers 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. JMRL- Central Library.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
December 14, Thursday
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books provided. Limit 10. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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 (except December)
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 (except December)
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 (except December)
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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December 13, Wednesday
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. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  5-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
December 13, Wednesday
TWEEN/TEEN BOOK SWAP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Bring in your books to trade and browse through the library's gently used books to swap. Snacks provided. Books make great gifts. Grades 5-12. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
December 11-14, 16 & 18
EXAM CRAM AT CROZET LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reserved space and extended hours for high school students studying for midterms. Free snacks and beverages available. Contact the library to even reserve a group study room. Crozet Library.  4-9pm weekdays, 9am-5pm Saturday.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 18, Monday
IT'S A WONDERFUL COOKIE EXCHANGE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring treats to share and swap with your neighbors before settling in to watch It's A Wonderful Life at 6:30pm. Bring a copy of your recipe to share. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 19, Tuesday
END OF SEMESTER PIZZA & SING-ALONG PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Celebrate the end of the semester with pizza and group karaoke. You choose the songs and everyone sings together with no embarrassment or judgment. Grades 6-12. Required registration. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 29, Friday
THE LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reading: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray, a dimension-hopping mystery. Free copy of the book included on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more mature teen readers. Registration required and begins December 7. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2:30-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
December 30, Saturday
ESCAPE TO 2018
JMRL - Central Library.
Ready for 2017 to be over? Join other teens under a time limit to solve a series of riddles, decipher clues and find the key to escape. Grades 5-12. Required registration begins December 16. Central Library.  2-4pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 9, Tuesday
TEEN BEST OF 2017
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Walk the red carpet and fight for your favorites of 2017. We compile the nominations and popcorn, you provide the intense opinions and lively debate. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Monthly on 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. 
 
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. 
 
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December 2 & 16, Saturdays
DROP & SHOP PARENTS' SURVIVAL NIGHTS
The Little Gym Charlottesville.
Parents can drop off the kids for time to catch up on holiday shopping or maybe just to relax and indulge. The Little Gym Charlottesville.  6:45-9:45pm.  $30 members, $35 nonmembers.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-975-5437. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
SPECIAL NEEDS STAY-N-PLAY
Rock Star Therapy.
Parents of children with special needs can bring their child(ren) to Rock Star Therapy for 1.5 hours of awesomeness, while they take some time to themselves. Children will participate in fun, holiday-themed and sensory-based activities, led by high-quality, licensed therapists (SLP and OT), as well as special needs teachers/providers. Rock Star Therapy.  Directions: 875 Rio East Court, Suite A.  9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm.  $50.  Contact: Suzanne Dailey.  Email: info@rockstartherapycville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-1553. 
 
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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January 13, Saturday
MOVE & GROOVE
JMRL- Crozet 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. Requested registration begins December 23. Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
January 13 & February 3, Saturdays
MEET THE SYMPHONY MUSICIAN
Virginia Discovery Museum.
On each program, orchestra members demonstrate a featured instrument and accompany a guest reader of a children's book. Afterwards, musicians hold a petting zoo of instruments from the featured instrument's family. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Included with admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
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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January 6, 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. Greer Elementary School.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 5 & 9, Friday & Tuesday
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASS
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.  10:30-11:45 Friday, 10-11:15am Tuesday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
January 11 & 12, Thursday & Friday
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASS
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. Riverview Park.  10:30-11:45am.  $Free.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
January 5, 7, 9 & 13
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASS
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. Pen Park.  Varies per day.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 8.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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 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: 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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December 15, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. Things will get messy so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration requested. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 5, 7, 9 & 13
TINKERGARTEN FREE CLASS
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. Pen Park.  Varies per day.  $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. 
 
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December 16, Saturday
SWIMMING WITH SANTA
Piedmont YMCA.
Children will enjoy decorating Christmas cookies, doing arts and crafts, and most importantly swimming with Santa. Each child with have their picture taken with Santa. Dinner is included in the fee. Brooks Family YMCA.  5-8pm.  $15 members, $25 nonmembers .  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-974-9622. 
 
December 16, Saturday
SWIMMING WITH SANTA
Brooks Family YMCA.
Children will enjoy decorating Christmas cookies, doing arts and crafts, and most importantly swimming with Santa. Each child with have their picture taken with Santa. Dinner is included in the fee. Brooks Family YMCA.  5-8pm.  $15 members, $25 non-members.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-9622. 
 
December 20, Wednesday
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet 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. Sign up for a 15-minute slot and bring a favorite book. For any young reader. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Now-December 24
LEGENDARY SANTA
CMoR.
Come visit Santa at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Sunrise, sunset and tea with Santa services go on sale November 1. Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  Directions: 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond.  See website or call for Santa's schedule.  $Free visit with Santa, photo available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Email: santa@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
January 13, Saturday
MOVE & GROOVE
JMRL- Crozet 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. Requested registration begins December 23. Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
February 11, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet over 80 exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-4713. 
 
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. 
 
September 21-December 14, Wednesdays
READING ROCKS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
An independent activity for kids ages 3-5 introducing new concepts and ideas while increasing vocabulary, improving listening skills and promoting reading readiness. Scottsville Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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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December 20, Wednesday
SPECIAL NEEDS STAY-N-PLAY
Rock Star Therapy.
Parents of children with special needs can bring their child(ren) to Rock Star Therapy for 1.5 hours of awesomeness, while they take some time to themselves. Children will participate in fun, holiday-themed and sensory-based activities, led by high-quality, licensed therapists (SLP and OT), as well as special needs teachers/providers. Rock Star Therapy.  Directions: 875 Rio East Court, Suite A.  9-10:30am, 11am-12:30pm, 1:30-3pm.  $50.  Contact: Suzanne Dailey.  Email: info@rockstartherapycville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-1553. 
 
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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December 16, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: NATIVITY & HANUKKAH STORYTIMES
Barnes and Noble.
Enjoy a Nativity storytime and then a Hanukkah storytime. Activities will follow both. Barnes and Noble.  1pm Nativity Storytime, 2pm Hanukkah Storytime.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598. 
 
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. 
 
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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December 4-18, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, 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. Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
November 20-December 18, Mondays
STARRY NIGHTS STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Come in your jammies and cozy up with a lovey as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We'll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get ready for a good night's sleep. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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January 12, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S OPEN COMMUNITY AUDITION FOR "A FAIRY TALE GATHERING"
Charlottesville Ballet.
Charlottesville Ballet is hosting an open community audition for its interactive Family Series ballet. All local children ages 5-8 are welcome to audition. Previous dance experience is preferred but not required. Charlottesville Ballet Studios.  Directions: 1885 Seminole Trail.  5:30pm.  $15 audition fee, $125 performance fee if selected.  Contact: Heather Lively.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-2555. 
 
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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