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SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
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July 12 & 26, Wednesdays
DARE TO DESIGN *STEAM*
JMRL- Central Library.
Build your imagination and hone your design skills with materials that will challenge your mind and creativity. Grades 3-6. July 12: KEVA Construction. July 26: Architectural Design. Registration is required. JMRL- Central Library.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 27, Thursday
FANDOM CUPCAKE WARS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Battle for cupcake supremacy. Design your own cupcake themed after your favorite fandom, add display elements, photograph your creation and vote for the best design. After, eat your creation. Grade 6-12. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 28, Friday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you'll make donuts and cake. Grades 7-12. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 29, Saturday
KIDS CLUB SUMMER PLANTERS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids craft while you shop. Supplies included. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-2pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
July 31, Monday
FANTASTIC FANDOM CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Hang out and discuss your favorites as the library celebrates Harry Potter's birthday. Debate about hated characters, watch favorites and create a golden snitch to take home. Grades 5-12. Registration is required. JMRL- Central Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 20 & 27, July 25, August 1, Tuesdays
KNIT 1: A 4-WEEK WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Commit to this 4-week class and walk away with a pet critter designed and crafted by you. Ages 8+. Registration required. JMRL - Crozet Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 1-August 3, First Thursdays
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
If you're crafty this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress or the supplies you need to get started. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June-August, First Thursdays
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.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 13-August 8, Second Tuesdays
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. Registration is requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 11, Friday
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things! No registration required. Ages 5+. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 14, Monday
WRECK YOUR NOTEBOOK
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Hang out with other middle-schoolers and customize all your school gear. You bring your folders, notebooks, binders etc. and the library will supply the materials and snacks. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
May 23-August 16, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
COME GROW WITH US
Chiles Family Orchards.
Sessions include story time, a take-home craft or cooking project, and a small container for pick-your-own fruit and a snack. The program is geared towards ages 3-8, but all ages are welcome. No drop offs. Chiles Peach Orchard.  10:30am, arrive by 10:15 to register.  $7 or $9 with wagon ride.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Contact: Cynthia Chiles.  Email: info@chilespeachorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-1583. 
 
August 17, Thursday
DOCTOR WHO CRAFT: WEEPING ANGELS
JMRL- Central Library.
Create the Weeping Angels with all materials provided. Registration required. Ages 14+. JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 19, Saturday
3RD ANNUAL RIVERFRONT CHALK FESTIVAL & ART CONTEST
Amazement Square & American National Bank and Trust Company.
Come enjoy live music, food trucks, and activities. Help transform the downtown parking lot into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of art. Prizes will be awarded. Participating artists will designate a paved space to use as their canvas. Amazement Square.  10am-2pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
June 22-August 24, Fourth 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. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 30-August 29, 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: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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July 29, Saturday
BOLLYWOOD DANCE WORKOUT
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Get a workout while you learn new dance moves in a fun intro to Bollywood Dance led by Kumud Vanderveer. No prior experience necessary. Ages 14+. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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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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. 
 
Thursdays
STORYBOOK BEAT
JMRL - Greene.
Enjoy 45 minutes with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music using scarves and rhythm instruments. A simple craft activity will conclude the class! For ages 3-5 with adult caregiver. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
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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July 28, Friday
PAGE TURNERS: KIDS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: All Four Stars by Tara Dairman, which is about a 6th grader who is accidentally hired as a restaurant critic for a New York newspaper. Stop by the library to get your free copy of the book. Read it on your own and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Registration is required. Ages 8-11. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
May 29-July 31, Final Mondays
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6-7pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 3, 17 & 31, Mondays
TEEN BEGINNERS CODING CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
The logic behind coding is broken down and you will work through it together with a professional programmer. Ages 11-18. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Thursdays (except July)
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Books will be provided. Grades 3-5. JMRL Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 20-August 15, Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
A different challenge each month played from home. 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.  Recommended for ages 8 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 15-August 17, 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. JMRL- Central Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 22-August 24, Fourth Thursdays
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR RISING 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 with a 10-reader limit. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  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. 
 
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: 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 23
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: 973-7772. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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July 27, Thursday
CHARLOTTESVILLE OPERA'S STUDENT DRESS REHEARSAL
Charlottesville-Albemarle middle and high-school students are invited to a free dress rehearsal of Charlottesville Opera's Oklahoma! Oklahoma! tells the story of a romance between a cowboy and a farmgirl. Enjoy this special opportunity for students interested in the arts to have the opportunity to see this story brought to life by professional singers, orchestra players, and dancers as well as local Charlottesville children. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Contact: Emilia delGrosso.  Email: emilia@charlottesvilleopera.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-4500. 
 
July 27, Thursday
FANDOM CUPCAKE WARS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Battle for cupcake supremacy. Design your own cupcake themed after your favorite fandom, add display elements, photograph your creation and vote for the best design. After, eat your creation. Grade 6-12. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
July 28, Friday
INEDIBLE JEWELRY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you'll make donuts and cake. Grades 7-12. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 31, Monday
FANTASTIC FANDOM CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Hang out and discuss your favorites as the library celebrates Harry Potter's birthday. Debate about hated characters, watch favorites and create a golden snitch to take home. Grades 5-12. Registration is required. JMRL- Central Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 29-July 31, Final Mondays
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6-7pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 3, 17 & 31, Mondays
TEEN BEGINNERS CODING CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
The logic behind coding is broken down and you will work through it together with a professional programmer. Ages 11-18. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
May 2-August 1, First Tuesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central Library.
Central Library needs you. Be sure your voice is heard when it comes to programming at Central Library. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 1, Tuesday
DORM ROOM COOKING
JMRL- Crozet Library.
You can do better than ramen and easy mac. Learn to feed yourself with nothing more than a microwave in a hands-on workshop that is ideal for college-bound teens or any teen who wants more control over their eating. Food included. Grades 6-12. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 6-August 1, 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. Registration recommended. Drops-in are welcome. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 1-August 3, First Thursdays
HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
If you're crafty this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress or the supplies you need to get started. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 5-August 7, First Mondays
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends, while enjoying snacks and Pocky! Registration recommended but not required. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 14-August 9, 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. 
 
June-August, 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.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 12, Saturday
ROBLOX TOURNAMENT
JMRL- Central Library.
Fans of Roblox are invited to play Speed Run 4 and Zombie Rush in the first-ever Roblox Tournament. Registrants are welcome to bring their own device. Grades 5-12. Registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 16-August 15, 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. JMRL- Central Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
May 17-August 16, Third Wednesdays
PIZZA & PAPERBACKS
JMRL - Central Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group based on a theme and book-related activities. Refreshments served. Registration is ongoing. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 17, Thursday
DOCTOR WHO CRAFT: WEEPING ANGELS
JMRL- Central Library.
Create the Weeping Angels with all materials provided. Registration required. Ages 14+. JMRL- Central Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July-August, Tuesdays
CROZET TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, display and activities. Members will enjoy yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It's your library - make a difference. Grades 6-12. Registration and TAB application required. JMRL - Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
May 30-August 29, 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: 823-4050. 
 
Now through September 15
YOUTH COUNCIL APPLICATIONS
City of Charlottesville.
Once selected, this body of 17 young people will advise the Council, inform the community about issues that affect youth and make recommendations on how they feel Charlottesville can be a better city. This summer, the City will take applications for the new Youth Council from Charlottesville City residents between the ages of 13 and 17. DEADLINE: Thursday, September 15 at 5pm. 5pm.  Email: youthcouncil@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3346. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
October 12-December 14, 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.  4pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ex 4. 
 
Every Second and Fourth Wednesday
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDER CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration required. Ages 13-18. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, enjoy a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen users to build, explore and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. To play, stop by the teen desk to pick up an application. Parent's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Registration required. JMRL - Northside Library.  5:15-6pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  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. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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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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July 25, Tuesday
DRAGONS & DREAMS
JMRL- Central Library.
In a faraway world, two brave villagers try to save an entire kingdom from an Evil Ice Sorceress. Find out about dry ice and changing states of matter through interactive and explosive experiments with fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 12 & 26, Wednesdays
DARE TO DESIGN *STEAM*
JMRL- Central Library.
Build your imagination and hone your design skills with materials that will challenge your mind and creativity. Grades 3-6. July 12: KEVA Construction. July 26: Architectural Design. Registration is required. JMRL- Central Library.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 1, Tuesday
SHARKS!
JMRL - Central Library.
Learn about sharks and find out about traits all sharks have in common, where they live, what they eat and even what creatures eat sharks. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 2, Wednesday
SHARKS!
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Learn about sharks from giant whale sharks to tiny predatory cookie cutter sharks. JMRL - Crozet Library.  10am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 8, Tuesday
FOR GOODNESS SNAKES
JMRL - Central Library.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia discusses the physical and behavioral adaptations of snakes. Students will meet live snakes that represent species that live in our backyards. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June-August, 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.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 9, Wednesday
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn about the closest star and investigate how its powers can be used to cook up a dessert or create works of art. Pick up a pair of solar shades for safely viewing the total solar eclipse later in August. Ages 7-13. Registration is required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 14, Monday
SPACE IS THE PLACE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Space stories, songs and STEM activities. Ages 4-6. Registration required. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $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.
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: 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
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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July 12-August 9, Wednesdays
SUMMER OPEN PLAY
Charlottesville Waldorf School.
Children are invited to come build forts, play in costumes, roll trucks, cook in the play kitchen and delve into the joy of imaginative play. Bring your preschool and kindergarten-age children to explore the classroom, sandbox, swings and enjoy a casual gathering with other families. Charlottesville Waldorf School Campus & Pavilion.  9:30-11am.  $Free.  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. 
 
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July 13 & 27, Thursdays
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. 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. JMRL- Crozet Library.  11am-12pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 3, Thursday
DRAGONS & DREAMS
JMRL - Northside.
In a faraway world, two brave villagers try to save an entire kingdom from an Evil Ice Sorceress. Find out about dry ice and changing states of matter through interactive and explosive experiments with fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 3, Thursday
LET'S GO COOK
Monticello.
Young cooks and their favorite grownups will begin by harvesting fruits and vegetables from the Monticello gardens. The class will then help prepare both sweet and savory recipes that were favorites of the Jefferson family. Eat what's been made and take home the recipes. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9:30-11:30am.  $12 for adults; $9 for children; Free for children under 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
August 4, Friday
CAMP HALF-BLOOD
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Celebrate the end of summer Camp Half-Blood style. Get sorted in your cabin, take on a quest, enjoy themed snacks and complete activities for the major Greek gods and goddesses. Grades 6-12. Required registration. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
June 13-August 8, Second Tuesdays
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. Registration is requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 16, Wednesday
ECLIPSE SCAVENGER HUNT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Gordon ACT and Central TAB groups unite to challenge each other in a galactic search through the Gordon Avenue Library. Compete to be the first team to complete all the missions and tasks. Snacks included. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 21, Monday
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate America's first total solar eclipse in almost a century. Come early and decorate a solar cookie and learn about the eclipse from a local expert. Get official NASA safety viewing glasses and walk over to Le Park for front row seats at the grand event. Peak viewing time is 2:40-2:45pm JMRL- Central Library.  1:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 24-August 26, Fourth Saturdays
ZAP!: GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Devour a graphic novel, enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. For 3rd and 4th graders with a favorite adult. Register to get a free copy of the book. Limit 10 children (one book for each pair). JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 1-October 26, Thursdays
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
"Mornings with the Minis" is a fun, hands-on learning experience for children 7+ and adults of all ages. The morning sessions are an introduction to miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. Sun Ridge.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville.  9-11:20am.  $20 per person.  Recommended for ages 7 to 77.  Special Needs Accommodation: yes  Contact: Nancy Wheeler.  Email: morningsunminiatures@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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 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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July 28, Friday
AMAZING ME AT AMAZEMENT SQUARE
Amazement Square.
A night to celebrate kids of all abilities, Amazing Me features an art program and other sensory activities all with adaptive elements to support varying levels of ability. Come join us to meet new friends, build community with other families who have shared experiences and have a fun night out in a safe-space atmosphere. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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. 
 
Third Tuesdays
SILENT DINNER POTLUCK
JMRL - Louisa County.
No talking during this silent dinner. A great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. Please consider bringing dessert of a side dish to share. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: louisa@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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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July 27, Thursday
PIRATES OF THE CHESAPEAKE
Northside Library.
Join the Impressions Theatre as Inspector Clue explores the Chesapeake Bay to try to track down Redbeard the Pirate's missing treasure. Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 19-July 31, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Central Library.
10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 3, Thursday
DRAGONS & DREAMS
JMRL - Northside.
In a faraway world, two brave villagers try to save an entire kingdom from an Evil Ice Sorceress. Find out about dry ice and changing states of matter through interactive and explosive experiments with fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 14-August 9, 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 teams. Come for a 15-minute turn. For any reader. Recommended registration is ongoing. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  4-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 14, Monday
SPACE IS THE PLACE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Space stories, songs and STEM activities. Ages 4-6. Registration required. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 15, Tuesday
OH MY, STARS & MARS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
An out of this world storytime and stay for STEM activities. Ages 2-3. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 16, Wednesday
CULTIVATING CURIOSITY
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Bring kids ages 3-8 for a story time, craft, snack and fruit picking. Carter Mountain Orchard.  Email: info@CarterMountainOrchard.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
May 27-August 26, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
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 Avenue Library.  11-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
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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June 19-July 31, Mondays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL - Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2-3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop early literacy skills with singing, talking, reading and playing. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 19-August 7, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively literacy drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language development. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 19-August 8, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME SUMMER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes and songs for children up to 23 months and caregiver followed by time to play and socialize. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking and reading. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am-12:15pm Mondays, 9:30-10:15am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 20-August 8, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER SUMMER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2- and 3-year-olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." Registration bis required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10am Mondays, 10:30-11am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 22 & August 10, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3- and 4-year-olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
July 10-August 14, 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. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Preschool children enjoy a half-hour with books, crafts and activities as they build social, creative and early literacy skills. 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. 
 
Thursdays
PRESCHOOL READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers preschool storytime for children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs and learning. Siblings welcome. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
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. 
 
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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July 25, Tuesday
BREAKDANCE
JMRL- Central Library.
Join instructor Kangyoon Bae in an introduction to breakdancing. Learn its history and enjoy the routines while learning basic moves. No experience required. Registration is required. JMRL- Central Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 27, Thursday
PIRATES OF THE CHESAPEAKE
Northside Library.
Join the Impressions Theatre as Inspector Clue explores the Chesapeake Bay to try to track down Redbeard the Pirate's missing treasure. Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
July 29, Saturday
BOLLYWOOD DANCE WORKOUT
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Get a workout while you learn new dance moves in a fun intro to Bollywood Dance led by Kumud Vanderveer. No prior experience necessary. Ages 14+. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
THEATRE AND DANCE CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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