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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
March 18, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL CHEMISTRY CAMP
UVA Chemistry LEAD.
UVA Chemistry's LEAD hosts a camp in which groups will participate in three, newly-designed chemistry experiments. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade will be split into two age groups. Lunch provided. The afternoon ends with an interactive Chemistry Carnival. Space is limited to 90 kids. UVA Chemistry Building.  Directions: McCormick Rd.  9am-2pm.  $50 per child, $40 per additional sibling.  Email: uvalead@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 19, Sunday
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
Register for an afternoon of activities with the Society of Women Engineers at UVA. Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Directions: Meets at Mechanical Engineering building.  $8.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  For details, please click this link. 
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
March 18, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: MAPPING THE MOON
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities for children. Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to serve as assistants, models and collaborators. The Fralin Museum of Art.  1pm.  $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. 
 
March 23, Thursday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL - Northside Library.
Celebrate the Big Read selection by listening to '80s music and decorating a foam frame for a treasured family photo. For kids up to age 12. Northside Library.  3:45-5:15pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 27-April 28, Second & Fourth Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
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. Gordon Avenue Library.  2:30-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January-May, 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. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 5-May 4, 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. 
 
January 18-May 17, Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things! No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 26-May 25, Fourth 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. 
 
January 31-May 30, 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. 
 
Fridays
ART TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids ages 3-6 get creative through various art media and techniques! Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
KIDS CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Explore a different topic each week through crafts, games, experiments and more! Ages 4 and up. Check the online program schedule for special guests. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vcdm@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
First Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; we supply the building blocks! No registration required, but space is limited. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Little ones are invited to enjoy short, playful activities. Toddlers will explore sensory activities, practice fine and gross motor skills through crafts and dance parties, and learn about the world around them. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
January 5-May 4
WEEKLY DANCE PRACTICE
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
Come and practice with fellow dance students. No partner needed. All skill levels welcome. Murray High School.  Directions: 12000 Forest Street.  7:30-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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
 
March 1-April 19, Wednesdays
WEE ONES SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months with birthdates falling between 3/15/2015 and 3/14/2016. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 10-May 12, Select Fridays
PARENT-INFANT CLASS AT MOUNTAINTOP MONTESSORI
Mountaintop Montessori.
This weekly program is for parents and their infants (up to 18 months). Parents learn to observe, understand, respect and enjoy the individuality of their own and other infants. In this carefully designed space, children experience the joy of mastering new tasks. Led by Alissa McKown, a Montessori guide for children from birth through age 3. Alissa has worked with infants, toddlers, and their parents for many years. Mountaintop Montessori.  Directions: On Pantops, across from Giant Shopping Center.  8:30am & 10am sessions.  $175 for 8-week session, or $25/class.  Recommended for ages 3 to 18.  Contact: Therese Benzinger.  Email: tbenzinger@mountaintopmontessori.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-8886. 
 
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 & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Little ones are invited to enjoy short, playful activities. Toddlers will explore sensory activities, practice fine and gross motor skills through crafts and dance parties, and learn about the world around them. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up. 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. 
 
March 11, Saturday
PAGE TURNERS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia. 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. 
 
January 17-April 18, 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 to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. 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. 
 
January 30-April 24, 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. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 26-April 27, Fourth Thursdays
BOOKAROOS BOOK DISCUSSION FOR SECOND GRADERS
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 with registration. Limit 10 readers. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 19-May 18, 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. Registration required. For January: Absolutely Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 19-May 18, Third Thursdays
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 3RD & 4TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book 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.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 18-May 24, Every Other Wednesday
YOUTH GAMING CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Try your hand at games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon and more! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Grades 5-12. Registration is recommended but walk-ins welcome. Kids under 10 must have an attending caregiver. Crozet Library.  6pm.  $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. 
 
Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies. Limit: 7 readers. Register to get a free copy of the book. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  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. 
 
 Contests & PageantsGo to top of List
 
March 25, Saturday
DOGWOOD FESTIVAL PAGEANT
Dogwood Festival Pageant.
Part of the annual Charlottesville Dogwood Festival, the pageant is open to girls ages 1-15 from Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. Check website for details. Central Elementary School (Fluvanna).  10:30am.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
January 4-May 2, 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. No meetings in February or April. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
March 4, Saturday
HOW TO FILM A BOOK TRAILER
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Book trailers are like movie trailers but are often made by fans about their favorite books online. Learn to use MakerSpace equipment available at the library to film, edit and post your own book trailer (or video of any kind) in this hands-on workshop. Grades 6-12. Registration requested. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 4, Saturday
MINECRAFT BUILDING COMPETITION
JMRL- Central Library.
Teens are welcome to compete in a friendly Minecraft building challenge! Attendees will be given a surprise structure theme to build and 1 hour to build it! Bring your own device. Registration required. Grades 5-12. JMRL- Central Library.  2-3:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
March 5, Sunday
OUR MOTHER'S DRESSES: AUTHOR PRESENTATION
JMRL - Central Library.
Local author Leontyne Clay Peck will share her book Our Mother's Dresses.Books will be available for purchase. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  2pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 6, Monday
GARAGEBAND WORKSHOP
JMRL- Northside.
Trevor Williams teaches participants how to use the music-making program GarageBand. No musical knowledge, experience or talent required. Program held in the library's meeting room. Registration required. Ages 11-18. Northside Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 7, Tuesday
MONTICELLO'S FAMILY TREE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Cinder Stanton discusses her work on the tangled family lines of Jefferson's Monticello. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 W. Rio Rd.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 11-March 8, Second Wednesdays
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity. For grades 5-10. Central Library.  4pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 8, Wednesday
TINKERCAD WORKSHOP
JMRL- Northside.
Have you ever wanted to create and print your own 3D object? Get started with a workshop on TinkerCad. Ages 11-18. Participants will print their designs on Northside's 3D printer. Registration required. Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 11-12, Saturday-Sunday
2017 SPRING VELO SWAP
Blue Ridge Cyclery.
Looking to upgrade your equipment, but need to sell your old stuff? Looking for a "new to you" bike or a gently used kid's bike? Have a bike to sell or extra wheels? Check out Blue Ridge Cyclery's 2017 Spring Velo Swap. Blue Ridge Cyclery Downtown.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 529-6521. 
 
March 13, Monday
YAK & SNACK
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Come talk about "Make Lemonade" by Virginia Euwer Wolff. Free copy of the book included on first-come, first-served basis. Grades 6-8. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 15, Wednesday
TEEN READ BOOK CREW
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wollff shares some themes with the NEA Big Read novel. Register for a free copy of the book then come to share thoughts and lemony treats. Grades 7-12. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 19, Sunday
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ENGINEERING DAY AT UVA
Society of Women Engineers/UVA.
Register for an afternoon of activities with the Society of Women Engineers at UVA. Designed to give middle school girls a comprehensive look at engineering through hands-on demos, a design activity, a speaker, lab tours and lunch with current engineering students. UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  Directions: Meets at Mechanical Engineering building.  $8.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 22, Wednesday
OUT OF WONDER: KWAME ALEXANDER & EKUA HOLMES
Virginia Festival of the Book / 100 Black Men of Central Virginia.
Author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Ekua Holmes discuss their work and their collaborative book "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets." UVA Culbreth Theatre.  Directions: 109 Culbreth Rd.  7-8:30pm.  $5.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 23, Thursday
CROSSING BOUNDARIES: RELATIONSHIPS, CHALLENGES, AND PERSPECTIVES IN YA FICTION
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Pintip Dunn ("The Darkest Lie"), Marie Marquardt ("The Radius of Us"), Maria Padian ("Wrecked") and Mary Thompson ("Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee") discuss their complex and, at times, dark fiction for young adult readers. Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
ADVENTURES IN THE MIDDLE: FRIENDSHIPS AND MYSTERIES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Casey Lyall (Howard Wallace, P.I.), Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), and Danette Vigilante (The Trouble With Half a Moon) discuss the characters, friendships, and mysteries that provide the compelling and realistic material for their recent middle-grade novels. Village School.  12-1:30pm.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 25, Saturday
EVERYWHERE, WONDER: BOOKMAKING FOR KIDS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Author and illustrator duo Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr discuss themes of observation and appreciation in their new children's book--"Everywhere, Wonder"--and lead a hands-on bookmaking activity for children. Village School.  Directions: 215 E. High St.  4-5:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-4404. 
 
March 25, Saturday
FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES: WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Editor Ellen Oh and contributing authors Soman Chaining and Meg Medina discuss short stories that everybody can love as well as the new We Need Diverse Books anthology of fiction for middle grades and early teens, "Flying Lessons & Other Stories." Village School.  Directions: 215 E. High St.  10-11:30am.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
FROM KILLER ROBOTS TO EVIL EMPERORS: TOM ANGLEBERGER & JOHN CLAUDE BEMIS
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Tom Angleberger ("Rocket and Groot") and John Claude Bemis ("Out of Abaton") discuss tales of betrayal, fantastical adventures and other hijinks that make up their novels and illustrated comics. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5:30pm.  $Free.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
THE SUPERNATURAL SELF: FANTASY AND INTRIGUE IN YA FICTION
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Jennifer Brody ("Return of the Continuums), Brenda Drake ("Thief of Lies"), Shaun David Hutchinson ("At the Edge of the Universe"), and Eric Smith ("Branded") talk about world-building, character development, mythologies, and their creative process as young adult fiction writers. Village School.  2-3:30pm.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 28, Tuesday
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD READING
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A Harry Potter-themed evening dedicated to reading favorite excerpts aloud from the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. Grades 6-12. JMRL- Crozet Library.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 30-April 24, 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. First 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 14.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 3-May 2, First Tuesdays
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 7-12. Registration recommended. 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. 
 
January 4-May 3, First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Be a part of something big. Plan teen stuff for the library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $fFree.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January-May, 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. No April meeting. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 24-May 9, Tuesdays
CROZET TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
We need your ideas! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, displays, 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. 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. 
 
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. 
 
January 11-May 10, Second Wednesdays
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central.
Kickstart creativity with the library's Pop-Up MakerSpace. Several projects focused on STEAM with supplies available at each session. No April session. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ext. 4. 
 
January 17-May 16, Third Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great manga and watch the anime adaptation. Light snacks provided. Registration required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book for the first seven to sign up. January 17: Black Clover by Yuki Tabata. 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 x4. 
 
January 18-May 17, Third Wednesdays
PIZZA & PAPERBACKS
JMRL - Central Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments served. Registration is ongoing. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x4. 
 
January 18-May 24, Every Other Wednesday
YOUTH GAMING CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Try your hand at games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon and more! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Grades 5-12. Registration is recommended but walk-ins welcome. Kids under 10 must have an attending caregiver. Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 31-May 30, 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. 
 
Monthly on 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.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends, while enjoying snacks and Pocky! Registration recommended but not required. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  6:30-8pm.  $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. 
 
Second Mondays
GAME NIGHT
JMRL - Northside Library.
Wii, PS2, board games and prizes. Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. 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.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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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March 4, Saturday
ROBOTICS DEMO FROM AHS TEAM VERTIGO
JMRL- Northside Library.
Students from Albemarle High School's Robotics Team host a presentation about robots, playing and creating with technology and what you do on a robotics team. Robot demo included. For grades K+, including middle schoolers interested in being on the team. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 4, Saturday
ROBOTICS WITH WAHS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in robotics and tech? Students from Western Albemarle High School Robotics Team will lead a hands-on workshop to teach the basics of programming with Spheres and Finch and Hummingbird Robots. Ages 8+. Registration required. Crozet Library.  10am & 11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 10, Friday
CRITTER QUEST
JMRL - Central Library.
Educators from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA will lead kids on a quest to discover hidden traits in some very cool critters from Down Under. Ages 3-6. Registration required. Central Library.  10am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x3. 
 
March 18, Saturday
5TH ANNUAL CHEMISTRY CAMP
UVA Chemistry LEAD.
UVA Chemistry's LEAD hosts a camp in which groups will participate in three, newly-designed chemistry experiments. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade will be split into two age groups. Lunch provided. The afternoon ends with an interactive Chemistry Carnival. Space is limited to 90 kids. UVA Chemistry Building.  Directions: McCormick Rd.  9am-2pm.  $50 per child, $40 per additional sibling.  Email: uvalead@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 18, Saturday
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS: BIRD BEAK BUFFET
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Blue Ridge Young Birders talks about bird adaptation and identification. Kids explore stations for a hands-on activity called "Bird Beak Buffet" where they use tools similar to various bird beaks to pick up various foods. Gordon Avenue Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 18, Saturday
CODING DECODED
JMRL- Central Library.
Tinker with code; learn basic coding with the Ozobots, try your hand at Scratch coding and more. No experience necessary. Grades 4-8. Registration required. Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x3. 
 
March 25, Saturday
WILD ABOUT READING
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Learn about Virginia's wildlife through an enlightening program which includes up-close experiences with live animals and story reading. The first 100 children receive a free wildlife-themed book. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
January 27-April 28, Second & Fourth Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
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. Gordon Avenue Library.  2:30-3:30pm.  $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.
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. 
 
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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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. 
 
Wednesdays
SPATIAL GAMES CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
A collaboration with UVA's Curry School of Education, these spatial games playgroups offer kids a fun and educational playtime. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 4 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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March 3, Friday
BIBLIOBOP DANCE PARTY: AWESOME '80S
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Groove back in time with a beat from the 1980s. Kids shake their sillies out with free dance, guided dance and instruments. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 4, Saturday
ROBOTICS DEMO FROM AHS TEAM VERTIGO
JMRL- Northside Library.
Students from Albemarle High School's Robotics Team host a presentation about robots, playing and creating with technology and what you do on a robotics team. Robot demo included. For grades K+, including middle schoolers interested in being on the team. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 18, Saturday
CODING DECODED
JMRL- Central Library.
Tinker with code; learn basic coding with the Ozobots, try your hand at Scratch coding and more. No experience necessary. Grades 4-8. Registration required. Central Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 x3. 
 
February 4-May 6, First Saturdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. For any young reader. No registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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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March 3, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
CMoR Chesterfield.
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 Chesterfield.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  Contact: Lindsey Hale.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7012. 
 
March 10, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
CMoR Fredericksburg.
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, Fredericksburg.  5:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 10.  Contact: Lindsey Hale.  Email: education@c-mor.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 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. 
 
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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March 2, Thursday
BARNES AND NOBLE PRESENTS: DR. SEUSS'S BIRTHDAY EVENT
Barnes and Noble.
In celebration of the beloved author's birthday, come hear some recently released and classic favorite Seuss books. There will be games and activities featuring Dr. Seuss's March Battle of the Books. Barnes and Noble.  6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
March 11, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME: LEGO BATMAN MOVIE EVENT
Barnes and Noble.
Celebrate the release of The LEGO® Batman Movie. Kids can collect two limited edition trading cards (while supplies last) featuring characters from the movie. Enjoy giveaways, make and play themed moments with LEGO® bricks and blocks plus much more. 1035 Emmet Street.  4pm.  $Free.  Special Needs Accommodation: None  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
March 18, Saturday
ALL KINDS OF FAMILIES 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 6 and under, but everyone is welcome. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 25, Saturday
ANNUAL STORYFEST FOR FAMILIES!
Virginia Festival of the Book.
A free, day-long celebration of books and reading, held on and around the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall. Various locations.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 25, Saturday
CLIFFORD, WE LOVE YOU
Festival of the Book.
WVPT celebrates Clifford the Big Red Dog while promoting children's love of reading by presenting an episode of the popular PBS Kids show, based on the series of books by Norman Bridwell. The Paramount Theater.  9:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
STORY TIME FUN WITH THE PLAY PARTNERS PROGRAM OF READYKIDS
Festival of the Book.
Come enjoy a fun-filled story time that will introduce children to "Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?" by Eric Carle. The morning will be filled with lots of songs and creative activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents can join in the fun, too, while sipping their coffee. C'ville Coffee.  10-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3296. 
 
March 25, Saturday
STORYTIME MARATHON
Virginia Festival of the Book.
A selection of beloved children's authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children ages 3-6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program. JMRL - Central Library.  2-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 13-April 3, 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. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1-2pm or 4-5pm (see website for dates).  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 1-April 6, Wednesdays or Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins February 21. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 7-May 27, 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. No registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum.
Start with a book and then go look! Arts-related story time led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte incorporates movement, play, and puppets, and Museum docents encourage young children to explore current exhibitions. Recommended for 3-4 year olds and their grownups. June event takes place June 21. Reservations required. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-11am.  Contact: Education department.  Email: museumeducation@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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 15-minute turn. For any young reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one month prior to each date. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-4pm.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
STORYTIMES
There are lots of storytimes around town each week. Look to "Storytimes" below to find regularly scheduled readings. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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January 23-March 20, Mondays
READING RUMPUS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue 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. No registration required. No meeting in February. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 3.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 23-March 21, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME WINTER 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 January 10. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  Mondays 11:30am, Tuesdays 9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 23-March 21, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER WINTER 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 begins January 10. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30am Mondays, 10:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 19-April 6, Monthly on Thursdays
BABIES AND BOOKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by playtime. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 1-April 6, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
A 30-minute program of stories, songs and fingerplays for ages 2-3 with an accompanying adult. Registration begins February 21 at noon. Northside Library.  Directions: 705 West Rio Rd.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 9-April 24, Mondays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Designed for babies 6-24 months old with a caregiver. Enjoy 10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your little one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. No registration required. Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 9-April 24, Mondays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2-3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read, and Play." Registration is required. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
March 2-April 27, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger sibling. Registration begins at 1pm February 13. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 2-April 27, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS SPRING SESSION
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration begins at 1pm on February 13. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Second Saturday of every month
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP
Barnes & Noble.
Discuss the American Girl books and do a fun activity! Barnes & Noble.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Mondays
STORY TIME AT VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Curl up with a good story with special guest readers from around the community. Visitors are welcome to come and go from Story Time as their childrens' attention spans require. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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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