Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
September 24, Saturday
PRINCETON REVIEW COLLEGE TEST PREP SERIES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A representative from the Princeton Review will be conducting a test and presenting strategies for taking the SAT. Grades 6-12. Registration is required begins Sept 3. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am-2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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
 
September 6, Tuesday
COOKIE DECORATING CLASS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Make treats at Michael's! Cost of supplies up to $12. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  6:30-8:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
September 6, Tuesday
TOTS AND DOTS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.
Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two-part early visual literacy program for children ages six months to four years. The first twenty minutes will feature a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art and ways to further stimulate visual and interpretive development in young children. Strollers and crying babies are welcome. Registration is required. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  10-10:40am, 11-11:40am, 12-12:40pm.  $Free.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu.. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
September 16, 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 6-36 months. Registration required. Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 17, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: POP ART PORTRAITS
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.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $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: 243-2050. 
 
September 26, Monday
LEGO AT THE LIBRARY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
It's time to get building! Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination! Ages 6-11. Registration is requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 27, Tuesday
FAIRY HOUSES
JMRL- Northside Library.
A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required and begins September 13. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Wednesdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL- Central Library.
Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
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: 823-4050. 
 
Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your little one's imagination develop as they create a new masterpiece each week while learning simple art techniques. Ages 6 & under with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? JMRL will have the building blocks for your next creation. For grades K and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Second Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Come to JMRL's construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. No registration required. For ages 5 & up. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
September 23, Friday
AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Outside Amazement Square, Downtown Lynchburg.  6pm.  $15 for online registration, $20 for paper registration.  Recommended for ages 0 to 13.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 10-October 10, Saturdays
OWN TOUCH JUNIORS
Own Touch Cville.
Parents can choose the option of having kids play on the Futsal court or the turf. Futsal, played with a weighted, smaller ball on a smooth surface, provides stronger technical and tactical challenges, resulting in greater and more rapid skill development. The program includes training and "game style" play and an Own Touch t-shirt. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9-10am or 10:15-11:15am.  $85.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
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
 
September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
2'S AND 3'S TOGETHER
JMRL- Gordon Ave 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." Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 9:30am, Tuesdays 10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-November 2, Wednesdays
WEE ONES
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. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 15-November 3, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL 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 is required and begins August 25 at 9am. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 14-November 16, Wednesdays
ONES AND TWOS TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Ready to bounce on up from Babies and Books? Enjoy a mix of stories, music, and movement designed for one and two year olds with an accompanying adult. Siblings welcome. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL SESSION
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. Registration is required and begins August 15. Please only register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
BABIES AND BOOKS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 18 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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.
 
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. 
 
Third Fridays, January-May & September-December
TODDLER TIME WITH MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
Tuesdays
POETRY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Let your creativity flow as you develop your own unique voice. Poems are regularly featured in our lobby as the "Poem of the Week." Both early and experienced writers welcome! 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. 
 
September 27, Tuesday
THE LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reading: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray For more mature teen readers. Registration required and begins September 1. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Tuesdays
SCIENCE CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Learn about biology, chemistry, physics, zoology, and are through interactive, hands-on demonstrations, experiments and activities. With special guest instructors from UVA's Chemistry L.E.A.D Program on the second Thursday of each month! Ages 4 and older. Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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. 
 
Tuesdays
BOOK BAG: 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 will be provided. Ages Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up. Grades 3-5. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Fourth Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided. Limit 10 readers. For 2nd graders. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
CHAPTER CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. We will be reading a different title each month. Grades 6-8. Required registration for fall season begins on September 1. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
NOVEL NOISE BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each teen will read a book relating to the monthly theme to discuss with the club. Grades 9-12. Required registration for the fall season begins September 1. Northside Library.  7:15-8:15pm.  Recommended for ages 14 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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September 3, Saturday
4-H BABYSITTER TRAINING
Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H.
Learn about babysitting through a day-long certification course. Learn the basics and safety skills while also being shown fun ways to get children up and moving both indoors and out. Snacks included! Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: Room A.  8am-3pm.  $10.  Contact: Nancy Bishop.  Email: nancyb63@vt.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-4580. 
 
September 7-8, Wednesday-Thursday
TEEN-ISH THEATER WORKSHOP AUDITIONS
Live Arts.
Live Arts Teen Theater Company is auditioning actors for upcoming November performances of original works written and performed by "workshop-ees." Live Arts, .  6pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: mike@livearts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177 x100. 
 
September 13, Tuesday
INTRO TO DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Create your own character and learn to play tabletop roleplaying games. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins August 22. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 16, Friday
OPEN MIC NIGHT
JMRL- Crozet Library.
The stage is yours! Share music, poetry, comedy, stories, dance, art, or anything else you wish to perform. If you don't feel like performing, be a good audience member and participate in optional improv games. Grades 6-12. If you'd like to perform or submit art, call or sign up at the Crozet Library by September 14. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 24, Saturday
PRINCETON REVIEW COLLEGE TEST PREP SERIES
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A representative from the Princeton Review will be conducting a test and presenting strategies for taking the SAT. Grades 6-12. Registration is required begins Sept 3. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am-2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 26, Monday
STAR WARS READS DAY EVENT PLANNING TEAM
JMRL- Central Library.
Join the Central Teen Advisory Board in planning and preparing for Star Wars Reads Day. Interested teens also have the opportunity to volunteer to help run the event on October 8. Registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 26, Monday
URBAN LEGENDS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bigfoot seen at Mint Springs. Alligators spotted in the Library parking lot sewers. Do you have a tale to tell? Can you separate fact from fiction? Join us as we share our creepiest urban legends. Ages 10-14. Registration recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 27, Tuesday
THE LITERATI BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Reading: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray For more mature teen readers. Registration required and begins September 1. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
First Wednesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
Jefferson Madison Regional Library - Central.
Take action for literacy by joining the Central Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the Central Library. Grades 6-12. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Angela.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
Second Thursdays
NELSON TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Take action for literacy by joining the Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the Nelson Memorial Library. Grades 6-12. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
Second Tuesdays (except for September 20 meeting)
CROZET TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Your ideas are needed! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board! Help plan teen programs, displays and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. Registration recommended. TAB application required. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Second 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! Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  5-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SCOTTSVILLE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Scottsville Library needs you! Be sure your voice is heard when it comes to programming at Scottsville Library. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays and activities. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. Scottsville Library, Scottsville.  6:30-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 270-5164. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Monday of the month
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Help us pick which anime episodes to watch and enjoy the poky! Registration recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
CHAPTER CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. We will be reading a different title each month. Grades 6-8. Required registration for fall season begins on September 1. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6-7pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Second Wednesdays
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on a theme. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project. Check the Teen Program Calendar at jmrl.org/teens to see what each month's theme will be. Central Library.  4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ex 4. 
 
First Tuesday of every month
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 6-12. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the teen desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins two week before each event date. Northside Library.  5:15-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
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: 823-4050. 
 
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
TEEN PATHFINDER GAMING GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A beginner's group for playing Pathfinder RPG (Role Playing Games). Materials and snacks provided, but bring dice if you have them. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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 Mondays
TEEN GAME NIGHT
JMRL- Northside.
Wii, Xbox Kinect, board games, and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Grades 6-12. Registration is recommended but not required. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Thursdays
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.  4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Wednesdays
CENTRAL TEEN BOOK GROUP
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments are served. Registration ongoing. Free books for the first 5 to register. Visit the library website to find out what each month's book will be. Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151x4. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
NOVEL NOISE BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each teen will read a book relating to the monthly theme to discuss with the club. Grades 9-12. Required registration for the fall season begins September 1. Northside Library.  7:15-8:15pm.  Recommended for ages 14 to 18.  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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Fridays
50 NIFTY UNITED STATES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join in exploring what makes each state unique through fun facts and activities about its history, landscape and culture. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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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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September 10, Saturday
STARGAZING
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
The evening begins with a presentation about Jefferson's love of astronomy and a look at the history and future of the Universe. Attendees will then move out to the South Lawn of Jefferson’s retreat home to look at the stars. If the weather cooperates, features like Saturn, the Ring Nebula, and a Globular Cluster will be visible. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  8pm.  $10, Children 11 and under Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 525-1806. 
 
Tuesdays
SCIENCE CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Learn about biology, chemistry, physics, zoology, and are through interactive, hands-on demonstrations, experiments and activities. With special guest instructors from UVA's Chemistry L.E.A.D Program on the second Thursday of each month! Ages 4 and older. Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
2nd and 4th Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. We will have a different project each week to explore, from paper airplanes to sweet sculptures. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  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 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
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. 
 
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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September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL SESSION
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 Monday or Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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August 24 & 31, Wednesday
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Wednesday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 4pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
September 3, Saturday
4-H BABYSITTER TRAINING
Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H.
Learn about babysitting through a day-long certification course. Learn the basics and safety skills while also being shown fun ways to get children up and moving both indoors and out. Snacks included! Albemarle County Office Building.  Directions: Room A.  8am-3pm.  $10.  Contact: Nancy Bishop.  Email: nancyb63@vt.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-4580. 
 
September 7-8, Wednesday-Thursday
TEEN-ISH THEATER WORKSHOP AUDITIONS
Live Arts.
Live Arts Teen Theater Company is auditioning actors for upcoming November performances of original works written and performed by "workshop-ees." Live Arts, .  6pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: mike@livearts.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4177 x100. 
 
September 17, Saturday
STEAMPOWERED WORKSHOP: LEGO MASTER BUILDERS
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
This STEAMpowered workshop (STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) will focus on LEGOs! Complete LEGO challenges, learn about new construction concepts, and build a take-home LEGO design. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  1-3pm.  $15 (includes museum admission), $6 for members.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 17, Saturday
TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY
Amazement Square.
Pirate-themed crafts and activities on each floor and a treasure hunt! Museum admission required. Come dressed like a pirate and get a little treasure! Outside Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  10am-12:30pm.  $3, plus museum admission or membership.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 18, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50, 75, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with lunch, drinks, and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon to meet with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Drop by any time between 1pm and 3pm to participate! Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce-n-Play 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 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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September 2, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
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. Children's Museum of Richmond, Short Pump or Fredericksburg.  Directions: CMoR Short Pump and CMoR Fredericksburg.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  Contact: Jenna Petrosino.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7012. 
 
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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September 17, Saturday
ALL KINDS OF FAMILY STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
JMRL partners with the Charlottesville Pride Festival in celebrating the beautiful diversity in all our families. We'll read stories, sing, dance, and create a rainbow craft. Best for families with children ages 7 and under, but everyone is welcome. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 29, Thursday
PETER JONES, "THE PIED PIPER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE"
JMRL- Northside Library.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of "Tell Us A Tale" fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL. Suggested for ages 3-6. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 14-November 2, Wednesdays
WEE ONES
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. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL SESSION
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 Monday or Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 15-November 17, Thursdays
BABIES AND BOOKS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 18 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Select Thursdays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. Contact the library for more details. JMRL- Crozet Library.  11am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
First Thursdays
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. No registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Second Wednesdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team." Come for a fifteen minute turn. For any young reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one week prior to each date. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-3:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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September 12-October 25, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading. Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 15-October 27, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required and begins August 30. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-November 16, Wednesdays
ONES AND TWOS TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Ready to bounce on up from Babies and Books? Enjoy a mix of stories, music, and movement designed for one and two year olds with an accompanying adult. Siblings welcome. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 12-November 16, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL SESSION
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. Registration is required and begins August 15. Please only register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 14-November 17, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration for 10 week session is required and begins August 31. JMRL- Northside Library.  Wednesdays 10:15am, Thursdays 11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 12-October 24, November 21-December 19, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 3-January 7, 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. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 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. 
 
Third Thursdays
BOOK BITES BOOK DISCUSSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided. Grades 3-4. See library website for each month's discussion. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Thursdays
LOUISA LIBRARY STORYTIMES
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers baby time for under-twos and preschool storytime for children ages 3-5, with stories, songs and learning. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
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August 30, Tuesday
SUMMER SHIMMY DANCE PARTY
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Boogie, rock, shake it all about! A fun-filled active 30 minutes of dancing, dancing, dancing. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 15, Monday through September 15, Thursday
BLACK BOX PLAYERS REGISTRATION: "A CHRISTMAS CAROL"
Attention young actors: Registration is now open for "A Christmas Carol" in many speaking and singing roles. Performance dates are December 2-4 and 9-11 at Burnley-Moran Elementary School. Register online or by email. Recommended for ages 4 to 18.  Email: mar-yanne@blackboxplayers.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 825-9202. 
 
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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