Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
February 14, Sunday
VALENTINES DAY COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Crozet Mudhouse.
Join us on the holiday of LOVE! Bring your Valentine or celebrate a friendship! Join Chef Margot Diaz at the Crozet Mudhouse for a wonderful afternoon of Valentines Day cookie decorating! All ages are welcome! $10 for a tray of cookies and all the decorations youll need! Please purchase your tickets ONLINE to reserve your spot!! They fill up quickly so dont wait! You must prepay for this event. Crozet Mudhouse.  2pm - 3pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.823.2240. 
 
February 20, Saturday
PERSONALIZATION FRAME
Michaels.
Drop in for Kids Club, where kids will make their own personalized frame/picture holder. 30 minutes of creative, craft fun - supplies included! Michaels.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
February 27, Saturday
PERSONALIZED BRACELET
Michaels.
Drop in for Kids Club, where kids will make a personalized bracelet. 30 minutes of creative, craft fun - supplies included! Michaels.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
March 12, Saturday
ANNUAL KIDS' CARNIBALL: DESTINATION HAVANNA
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Kids will explore Havanna Children's Museum of Richmond - Central.  10am-4pm.  $Free to members, included with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7000. 
 
March 13, Sunday
ST. PATRICKS DAY COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP!
Join Chef Margot Diaz at the Crozet Mudhouse for a wonderful afternoon of decorating lucky Shamrock cookies! Your family will leave feeling the luck of the Irish with a bag full of delicious treasures! Please purchase your tickets ONLINE to reserve your spot!! They fill up quickly so dont wait! You must prepay for this event. Crozet Mudhouse.  2-2:30pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Margot Diaz.  Email: margot@mudhouse.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-2240. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Fourth Wednesdays
MINI MAKERS
JMRL- Central Library.
Makers and creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. For all ages with adult help. Central Library.  3-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Watch your little one's imagination develop as they create a new masterpiece each week while learning simple art techniques. Ages 6 & under with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Second Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Come to JMRL's construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. No registration required. For ages 5 & up. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
January 10, 17 & 31, February 7 & 14, Sundays
TWEEN YOGA SERIES
FlyDog Yoga.
We will focus on the fundamentals of yoga and meditation, building on what we work on from week to week in a small, trusting environment. Participants will learn basic yoga postures to build strength and flexibility. We will also use mindfulness techniques such as breathing and meditation for building self-confidence and easing stress. FlyDog Yoga.  2:45-4pm.  $75 before January 1, $100 after.  Email: info@flydogyoga.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 964-1964. 
 
December 15-February 19
YMCA GIRLS LACROSSE REGISTRATIONS
YMCA.
YMCA Girls Lacrosse is a league style program appropriate for beginner to experienced level players. The Y strives to help players develop skills in a safe, fun environment while placing a higher value on sportsmanship and learning, rather than solely on winning. Through positive and effective coaching, we aim to provide every child the opportunity to discover, learn, participate, and develop a passion and love for the game of LAX! During this 10-week season, players will practice once per week, with a 6-week game schedule and tournament during week 7. All Saturday games will be played on Local Turf Fields. Teams formed by grade and school. Piedmont Family YMCA.  $125, $20 late fee.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 974-9622. 
 
February 1-March 24
ALBEMARLE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL REGISTRATION
Albemarle County Parks & Recreation.
Part of the Middle School Sports Program, held at all 5 Albemarle County Middle Schools. This program is a partnership with Albemarle County Middle Schools and Albemarle County Parks & Recreation. The program is run two days a week right after school for each season as an after-school program for students who attend that school. All registration forms available from the PE Departments at each school and must be turned in by the deadline date on the registration form for each sport. For children in grades 6-8. League runs from January 27-March 20. All Albemarle County Middle Schools.  $TBA.  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. 
 
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January 6-February 24, Wednesdays
WEE ONES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months. Winter registration begins December 16 at 9am. Birthday must fall between January 7, 2014 and January 6, 2015. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 7-February 25, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Crozet Library.
A fun half hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2 year olds and young 3 year olds and an accompanying adult. Winter registration begins at 1pm on December 14. Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 2-April 27
WEE ONES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months. Spring registration begins February 11 at 9am; birthdate must fall between March 10, 2014 and March 9, 2015. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
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, 1035 Emmet Street.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
CHILDREN'S CLUBS AND GROUPS
Belonging to a group is important. Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation Guide to find comprehensive listings of organizations offering clubs for local children. For details, please click this link. 
 
Weekly
GAME TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUES
Weekly leagues and tournaments for Warhammer 40 K, Magic The Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and X-Box games. The End Game Center.  $5 for tournaments.  Contact: Sam.  For more info call: 973-2205. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
Third Thursdays
NORTHSIDE KIDS MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved 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 children's 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 3-5. Registration required and begins two week before each event date. Northside Library.  4:15-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Tuesdays
BOOK BAG: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Join Ms Karen in snacking and chatting about a different book each month. Take home a copy of the book for keeps! Registration is required and is ongoing. Space is limited. In May, chat about "Small As An Elephant" by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
 Contests & PageantsGo to top of List
 
March 19, 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.  $10.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
February 17, Wednesday
VALENTINE MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
The Advisory Committee of Teens invites you to a night of clues, sleuthing, and fun. You'll question suspects, examine evidence, and attempt to solve the mystery. We'll have prizes and treats. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins February 3. Gordon Avenue Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 19, Friday
ZOMBIEFEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Want brains? Drag yourself over to the library for an apocalyptic party of zombie-makeovers, walking-dead games, and a viewing of the movie Warm Bodies. Zombie-licious refreshments served, dress in your undead best, if you dare. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins January 29. Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 20, Saturday
TABLETOP GAME SCIENTISTS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Try your hand at tabletop games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, and more roleplaying fun! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Contact the library for game details. Grades 6-12. Registration is required and begins January 30. Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 22, Monday
ZENTANGLE
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Zentangle is a fun way of creating beautiful and intricate images by drawing very simple patterns. It takes doodling to a whole new level. You will be creating yours on a 10 inch silk stretched hoop suitable for hanging. Grades 6-8. Registration requested and begins on February 1. Drop-ins welcome. Crozet Library.  6-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 23, Tuesday
INTRO TO TINKERCAD
JMRL- Northside.
Have you ever wanted to create and print your own 3D object? Come join us for an introductory class where you will learn how to create and modify your own 3D design using Tinkercad. Ages 12+. Registration required and begins February 9. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 24, Wednesday
ARTISTIC EXPLORATION INSPIRED BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTSEXPLORE A VARIETY OF ARTISTIC MEDIA AND TECHNIQUES USED BY SOME NOTED AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS LIKE JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT, KARA WALKER, AND BRIAN PINKNEY. THE LIBRARY WILL PROVIDE SU
JMRL- Central Library.
Explore a variety of artistic media and techniques used by some noted African American artists and illustrators like Jean Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, and Brian Pinkney. The library will provide supplies and examples of graffiti art, scratch art, silhouettes, and fabric art. You provide the creativity for a fun way to celebrate Black History Month. Grades 6-12 Central Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Second Monday of the month
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Help us pick which anime episodes to watch and enjoy the poky! Registration recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
First Tuesday of every month
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 6-12. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the teen desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins two week before each event date. Northside Library.  5:15-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
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Fridays
50 NIFTY UNITED STATES
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join in exploring what makes each state unique through fun facts and activities about its history, landscape and culture. Downtown Mall.  4pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is rich in history. Plan an outing to one of the many famous sites in our community and in the surrounding region for your family. You'll find comprehensive listings of historical sites in our AF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round. For details, please click this link. 
 
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Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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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. 
 
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Saturdays
FREE SHOWS AT THE JOHN C. WELLS PLANETARIUM AT JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
JMU Planetarium.
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. Our full-dome planetarium shows are perfect for families with children both young and old! Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Come learn more about your Universe! Miller Hall, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  2:30pm & 3:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Shanil Virani.  Email: viranisn@jmu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 5405684071. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation/Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Join 4H Junior Naturalists for a fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world, and the fields and forests of Ivy Creek and Ragged Mountain Natural areas. The younger group (6-9 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (10-13 year olds) will study our area's ecology more in-depth. Ivy Creek Natural Area, 1780 Earlysville Road.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 13.  Contact: Dan Bieker.  Email: danbieker@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 971-9618. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
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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. 
 
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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February 14, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLEFAMILY FUN FAIR & CAMP EXPO
CharlottesvilleFamily.
The annual CharlottesvilleFamily Fun Fair & Camp Expo helps parents get a jump on camp shopping. Meet exhibitors from camps offering horseback riding, sailing, sports training, travel, robotics and much more! With bounce houses, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, great giveaways and special kids' activities! The Doubletree Hotel Charlottesville.  Directions: 29 N, near Sam's Club.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-4713. 
 
February 26-27, Friday-Saturday
PICTURE BOOK FILM FEST
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows if you'd like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested and begins February 1. Drop-ins always welcome. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 6.  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. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Bounce away at Toddler Time! Reservations are not required, however, in order to get the Toddler Time Rate please arrive before 11am. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  9:30-11am.  $5 for children under 3; free for children under 12 months and adults.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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Mondays
BASKETBALL THERAPEUTIC
Charlottesville Recreation & Leasure Services.
Come practice basketball skills with your friends. This activity is geared for teen and adults with physical and mental challenges. Staff participant ratio 1 to 8. Carver Center.  Directions: 4th Street NW.  4-5pm, Go to web site for more information..  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3260. 
 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Special Olympics is a year-round international program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 980-7762. 
 
THERAPEUTIC TRIPS, CLASSES, & EVENTS
Charlottesville Recreation & Leisure Services.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up,  with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. For information, please call or email Mildred Spicer (970-3264) or Leslie Kelley-Genson (970-3269) For details, please click this link. 
 
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January 7-February 25, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP WINTER SESSION
Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings. Winter registration begins at 1pm on December 14. Crozet Library.  10:30am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
January 13-April 27, Wednesdays
AWESOME AFTERNOONS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Enjoy a mix of stories, music and movement. For ages 6 months-5 years. Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
March 2-April 27
WEE ONES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please, this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver. Ages 12-23 months. Spring registration begins February 11 at 9am; birthdate must fall between March 10, 2014 and March 9, 2015. Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 9-April 28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Spring registration begins February 24. Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 2-May 21, 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. 
 
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. 
 
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January 14-March 3, Wednesdays & Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS WINTER 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. Winter registration begins January 6. Northside Library.  11am Wednesday, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 13-March 3, Wednesdays & Thursdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2-3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Winter registration begins January 6. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
January 11- March 9, Mondays or Wednesdays
ROMP 'N STOMP WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required. Winter registration begins December 28. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 14- March 10, Thursdays
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 6-24 months with a caregiver. No registration required. Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
January 25-March 21, 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. 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 25-March 21, Tuesdays
TWOS AND 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 is required and begins January 5 for the winter session. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Avenue.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 25-March 22, Monday & Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 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 5 for the winter session. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30am or 11:30am Mondays, 9:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
January 28-March 24, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS WINTER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories! Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required and begins January 5 for the winter session. Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
March 3-April 28, 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. Spring registration begins at 1pm on February 8. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  9:30am.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
March 9-April 28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER 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. Spring registration begins February 24. Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
Thursdays
LOUISA LIBRARY STORYTIMES
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers baby time for under-twos and preschool storytime for children ages 3-5, with stories, songs and learning. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
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February 19, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET'S OPEN COMMUNITY AUDITION FOR "SNOW WHITE"
Charlottesville Ballet is hosting an open community audition for its Children's Ballet: "Snow White." All local children ages 5+ are welcome to audition. Previous dance experience is preferred but not required. $15 Audition Fee, $85 Performance Fee if selected. Rehearsals will be weekly on Saturdays until the final performance on Saturday, April 23. There will be a full dress rehearsal on the evening of Friday, April 22. For more information email info@charlottesvilleballet.org. Charlottesville Ballet Studios at 1885 Seminole Trail ,Charlottesville Ballet Studios at 1885 Seminole Trail .  4:30pm.  Contact: Heather Lively.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.973.2555. 
 
February 21, Sunday
DRUM CALL FRIENDS
JMRL- Central Library.
Move and groove to a West African Beat with Whit Whitten and his drum and dance group, Drum Call. Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
February 29, Monday
BECOME A FILM STAR
JMRL- Northside.
You’ve always wondered what you would be like in a movie...now you can find out! Join local actor Jon Emm from the Actor’s Training Studio for a workshop; have your performance filmed and watch it on the big screen. You may be surprised! Grades 4-12. Registration required and begins on February 17. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
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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