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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
September 18, Monday
MIND MATH WITH BEADS
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Presented by Ashwati Nayar: ALOHA Mind Math Charlottesville. Learn to calculate faster and better with the abacus. A workshop for caregivers and children together. Abacuses will be provided for use. For grades K-5. Registration required and begins September 5. Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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
 
August 29, Tuesday
FAIRY HOUSES
JMRL- Northside Library.
A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm & 6:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 9, Saturday
TEDDY BEAR TIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Celebrate Teddy Bear Day by bringing your teddy (or other stuffed friend) to the drop-in storytime at 11am. Stay or come by anytime today to make a special teddy craft. Gordon Avenue Library.  11am storytime, all-day craft.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 16, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: FOREGROUNDING THE FIGURE
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Programs combining age-appropriate tours, interactive 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.  Directions: 155 Rugby Road.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Fralin Education Department.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
September-November, 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.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September-November, Monthly on Mondays (except December)
MAKE! MONDAYS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Registration for this creative event is required and begins 2 weeks before the program date. JMRL - Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 14.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERINGS
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things with blocks provided by the library. No registration required. Ages 5+. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Wednesdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament, blown by you. Ages 7 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Mondays
KARA'S CRAFT HOUR
Little Planets.
A fun, new activity each week. Paper flowers, simple origami, ornaments and decorative hangings, collages and more. Capacity of 12. Little Planets Playroom.  Directions: 221 Water St. E.  10-10:30am.  $Free to members.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 209-4717. 
 
Every Saturday
KIDS CLUB
Michaels.
Kids craft while you shop for your favorite Michaels crafts! All supplies included. Register for a session every half hour. Michaels.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  10am-12pm.  $2.  Contact: Cathy.  Email: Michaels8807@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
First Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; building blocks will be supplied. No registration required, but space is limited. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Final Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Get together with LEGO-minded people and build great things with blocks provided by the library. Ages 5+. No younger siblings. JMRL - Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
First Wednesdays
MAKE IT & TAKE IT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something. For all ages with adult help. See library page for each week's selected activity! No meeting in April. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Thursdays
NATURE CRAFTS AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Fun crafts easy for little hands that use natural materials and help nourish a hands-on relationship with nature. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  11-11:45am.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers--come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
First Tuesdays
TOTS & DOTS
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa.
For children ages 6 months to 4 years. A brief tour of visual art and then time for multi-sensory structured play; registration required. Strollers and crying babies welcome. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Directions: 400 Worrell Dr., Peter Jefferson Place.  9am, 10am & 11am.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 4.  Contact: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.  Email: kluge-ruhe@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 244-0234. 
 
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. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
August 20, Sunday
FUN IN THE SUN SUMMER SOFTBALL CLINIC
Peachtree.
Join in the fun with slip and sliding, relays, bowling (pitching), crow hops, hitting water balloons, monkey in the middle rundown. Open to all skill levels and ages. RSVP to Kristen Hardy by email. Claudius Crozet Park, Lower Field.  1pm.  $Free.  Email: staigerhardy@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 26, Saturday
ONE MILE KIDS FUN RUN
Orange Downtown Alliance.
Kids 13 years old and younger can race in the 6th Annual One Mile Fun Run hosted by the Orange Downtown Alliance. Enjoy music, crafts, face painting, juggling and family fun. Train Depot, Orange.  8am.  Email: director@theoda.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2540. 
 
August 27, Sunday
UVA FIELD HOCKEY GIRL SCOUT DAY
Girls Scouts of Virginia Skyline.
Join UVA's Field Hockey team for Girl Scout Day as they play Penn State. Stand on the field pre-game with the team for lineups and the National Anthem. Face painter and balloon artist present pre-game. Post-game autographs and exclusive post-game talk with the coaches/student-athletes. University Hall Turf Field, UVA.  12-2pm.  $Free.  Contact: Kevin Thurman.  Email: kthurman@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-1102. 
 
August 29, Tuesday
RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS' CHARLOTTESVILLE & UVA NIGHT
Richmond Flying Squirrels.
Charlottesville and UVA fans are celebrated and invited to see the fun as the Richmond Flying Squirrels play the Altoona Curve. The Diamond Ballpark, Richmond.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-359-3866. 
 
September 9, Saturday
FREE DEMO ZUMBINI CLASS AT THE PLAYGROUND
The PlayGround.
Designed for children ages 0-4 (and even 5) and their caregivers, Zumbini combines music and movement to create the ultimate bonding experience! Sing, dance, and play together while developing your little one's social, cognitive, emotional and motor skills. The PlayGround Staunton, VA,The PlayGround Staunton, VA.  9:30-10:30 & 11am-12pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Contact: The PlayGround.  Email: admin@theplaygroundva.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-255-2896. 
 
September 16, Saturday
OVER THE EDGE FOR GIRL SCOUTS
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline.
Over the Edge for Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where participants rappel down a high-rise building to raise money for girl leadership in Central, Southside, Southwest and Western Virginia. This urban rappel of nine stories is open to any adventurous individual in the community with no prior rappelling or Girl Scout experience required. Omni Charlottesville Hotel.  Email: overtheedge@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-777-5106. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
September 13-November 1, Wednesdays
WEE ONES FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play. No siblings, please, as 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 9/12/15 and 9/13/16. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 14-November 2, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 14-November 16, Thursdays
BABIES & BOOKS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Thursdays
STORYBOOK BEAT
JMRL - Greene.
Enjoy 45 minutes with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music using scarves and rhythm instruments. A simple craft activity will conclude the class! For ages 3-5 with adult caregiver. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 ClubsGo to top of List
 
August 28, Monday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT BROWNSVILLE
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Girls in grades k-12 are invited to attend the Girl Scout Open House. Girls will have fun with activities, songs and stories as parents learn more about the programs. Come register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Brownsville Elementary School, Crozet.  7-8pm.  $Free with purchase of $5 Blade Button.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
August 29, Tuesday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT VENABLE
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Come investigate Girl Scouts. Girls, grades K-12, will have fun with activities, songs and stories while parents learn more about Girl Scout programs and volunteer opportunities. Register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Venable Elementary School Auditorium.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
September 7, Thursday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT JOHNSON ELEMENTARY
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Come investigate Girl Scouts. Girls, grades K-12, will have fun with activities, songs and stories while parents learn more about Girl Scout programs and volunteer opportunities. Register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Elementary School.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
September 12, Tuesday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT JACKSON VIA
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Come investigate Girl Scouts. Girls, grades K-12, will have fun with activities, songs and stories while parents learn more about Girl Scout programs and volunteer opportunities. Register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Jackson Via Elementary School Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
September 13, Wednesday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT CALE ELEMENTARY
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Girls, grades K-12, and adults are invited to attend the Girl Scout Open House. Girls enjoy activities, stories ands songs as parents learn about programs. Come register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Cale Elementary School.  Directions: Cafeteria.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 11.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
September 16, Saturday
OVER THE EDGE FOR GIRL SCOUTS
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline.
Over the Edge for Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where participants rappel down a high-rise building to raise money for girl leadership in Central, Southside, Southwest and Western Virginia. This urban rappel of nine stories is open to any adventurous individual in the community with no prior rappelling or Girl Scout experience required. Omni Charlottesville Hotel.  Email: overtheedge@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-777-5106. 
 
September 18, Monday
GIRL SCOUT OPEN HOUSE AT MERIWETHER LEWIS
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
Girls in grades K-12 are invited to attend the Girl Scout Open House. Girls will enjoy activities, songs and stories as parents learn more about the programs. Come register to be a Girl Scout or stop by to find out about volunteering. (Parents/guardians must attend.) Meriwether Lewis Elementary School.  7-8pm.  $Free.  Contact: Deirdre Kellner.  Email: dkellner@gsvsc.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 382-8013 . 
 
September-November, Monthly on Mondays (except December)
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 7-12. Required registration begins September 1. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Saturday of every month
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP
Barnes & Noble.
Discuss the American Girl books and do a fun activity! Barnes & Noble.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Fourth Mondays
BOOK BATCH: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Read and discuss great books, and enjoy a batch of cookies and snacks. Registration required. Free copies of the book provided. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Fourth Thursdays (except December)
BOOK BITES: BOOK DISCUSSION FOR 3RD & 4TH GRADERS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book that is read each month. Free books will be provided. See library website for each month's discussion. Registration required with a 10-reader limit. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Thursdays (except December)
BOOKAROOS BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
For second graders who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided with registration. Limit 10 readers. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  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. 
 
Third Thursdays
SPINE CRACKERS: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books provided. Limit 10. JMRL- Central Library.  4:15-5:15pm.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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September 5-November 10
WRITER'S EYE CONTEST & TOURS
UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.
An annual competition challenging youth in grades 3-12, University students and adults to submit original poetry and prose compositions inspired by works on view in the Museum. This year's selections will be drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-3592. 
 
 Especially for TeensGo to top of List
 
August 20, Sunday
FUN IN THE SUN SUMMER SOFTBALL CLINIC
Peachtree.
Join in the fun with slip and sliding, relays, bowling (pitching), crow hops, hitting water balloons, monkey in the middle rundown. Open to all skill levels and ages. RSVP to Kristen Hardy by email. Claudius Crozet Park, Lower Field.  1pm.  $Free.  Email: staigerhardy@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
August 22, Tuesday
EXTRAORDINARY STAN LEE TRIBUTE
The Paramount Theater.
The Paramount broadcasts this tribute live from Los Angeles. Hosted by Chris Hardwick. The Paramount Theater.  9pm.  $12 adult, $10 student.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-1333. 
 
September 1, Friday
OPEN MIC NIGHT
JMRL - Crozet.
Share music, poetry, comedy, stories, dance, art or any other creation. Registration requested for performers. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 6, Wednesday
TEEN SCENE: OPEN HOUSE & PIZZA PARTY
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Discover the cool teen scene at Gordon Avenue. Bring friends, decorate your school notebooks and enjoy free pizza. Grades 6-12. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12, Tuesday
COLLEGE FINANCIAL PLANNING WORKSHOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Parents of freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to this 90-minute presentation on financial planning options for college. FAFSA information will be covered. Students are also welcome to join. Required registration. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 14 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 9-September 13, 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. 
 
September 13, Wednesday
QUEER THEORY
JMRL - Central Library.
Celebrate Charlottesville's Pride Festival with this all-ages lecture. James Madison University Professor Dr. Zachary Dorsey explores theories about queer identity and how they interact within society. All walks of life and ages are invited. Central Library.  7pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Now through September 15
YOUTH COUNCIL APPLICATIONS
City of Charlottesville.
Once selected, this body of 17 young people will advise the Council, inform the community about issues that affect youth and make recommendations on how they feel Charlottesville can be a better city. This summer, the City will take applications for the new Youth Council from Charlottesville City residents between the ages of 13 and 17. DEADLINE: Thursday, September 15 at 5pm. 5pm.  Email: youthcouncil@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3346. 
 
September 16, Saturday
GET MOVING WITH SALSA
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join members of the Charlottesville Salsa Club as they teach about music and the dance of salsa. JMRL- Northside Library.  1-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 14 to 99.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September-November, Monthly on Mondays (except December)
NOVEL CHAT BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Each month the group will read to a different theme. Grades 7-12. Required registration begins September 1. Northside Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  Recommended for ages 12 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 19-December 19, Third Tuesdays
GAME NIGHT
JMRL - Northside Library.
Wii U, Xbox Kinect, board games and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Registration is recommended. Grades 6-12. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Wednesdays
A RAY OF SUNSHINE: A NEW TEEN BOOK GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Join other teens to read and discuss an array of great novels with a solar theme for the summer. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required. Copies of the book provided. Gordon Library.  7-8pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Wednesdays
ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF TEENS (ACT)
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Plan cool teen activities for the library, create displays, share good books and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. It's your chance to make the library your own. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Gordon Avenue Library.  7pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Tuesdays
ANIMANGA BOOK CLUB
JMRL- Central Library.
Discuss and read great manga then watch the anime adaptation with other teens. Light snacks provided. Registration required. Grades 7-12. Free copies of the book for the first seven to sign up. 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. 
 
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.  6:30-8pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
First Tuesdays
CENTRAL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Central Library.
Be sure your voice is heard when it comes to programming at Central Library. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Refreshments provided. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Monthly Tuesdays
CROZET TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB)
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, display and activities. Members will enjoy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It's your library - make a difference. Grades 6-12. Registration and TAB application required. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
Third Tuesdays
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up. See website for this month's! Gordon Avenue Library.  4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
First Tuesdays
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Join other teen writers to stretch your imagination with new techniques and prompts. Feel free to bring writing or art samples with you and receive helpful feedback. Grades 7-12. Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Biweekly on Wednesdays
NORTHSIDE PATHFINDER CLUB
JMRL- Northside Library.
Love monsters, magic, swords and goblins? All you need is dice and your imagination. Registration required. Ages 13-18. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, enjoy a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen users to build, explore and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. To play, stop by the teen desk to pick up an application. Parent's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Registration required. JMRL - Northside Library.  5:15-6pm.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Wednesdays
PIZZA & PAPERBACKS
JMRL - Central Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group based on a theme and book-related activities. Refreshments served. Registration is ongoing. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Central Library.  4:30pm.  Email: tbirckhead@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Second Wednesdays (except October)
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity with the Pop-up MakerSpace with several projects focused on STEAM each month. JMRL- Central Library.  5-5:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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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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August 30, Wednesday
FROG DISSECTION CLASS
Open Bio Labs.
Children will spend 2 hours in the lab investigating the anatomy of a frog. Discuss characteristics of amphibians, frog life cycle, basic anatomy and the scientific method. Students will become biologists in this hands-on class. Open Bio Labs.  Directions: 300 W. Main St. B101.  9-11am & 6-8pm.  Email: info@openbiolabs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 878-2355. 
 
Saturdays
FREE SHOWS AT THE JOHN C. WELLS PLANETARIUM AT JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
JMU Planetarium.
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. Our full-dome planetarium shows are perfect for families with children both young and old! Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Come learn more about your Universe! Miller Hall, Harrisonburg.  Directions: Exit 243 of I-81. Take Port Republic Rd to US-11 (Main St.). Turn right onto US-11. Turn right onto Grace St. Free parking on the right in front of Miller Hall..  2:30pm & 3:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Shanil Virani.  Email: viranisn@jmu.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 5405684071. 
 
Every other Monday, beginning January 23
JUNIOR NATURALISTS CLUB
Ivy Creek Foundation.
A fun, hands-on club for kids who want to explore the natural world. The younger group (5-8 year olds) will learn about native trees and wildlife through outdoor activities, while the older group (9-12 year olds) will study the area's ecology more in-depth. Steve Pullinger and Deborah Andersen will guide the older group in regular hikes with creek study; wildlife and habitat exploration; an introduction to primitive skills such as shelters and water / food sourcing and nature-based art and service projects. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Rd., Starting in Ivy Creek Education Building.  younger group 4-5:30pm; older group 4:30-6pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  Contact: Dan Bieker (younger group); Deborah Andersen (older group).  Email: danbieker@gmail.com; dandersen64@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7772. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
SCIENCE & NATURE ORGANIZATIONS
Explore the outdoors with the many terrific organizations listed in our comprehensive AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round who offer special prgrams geared to children and families in our community. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays (except October)
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR THE CURIOUS
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with hands-on technology in a fun and creative environment. Each session features a different tech toy. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
Second Wednesdays (except October)
TINKERING WITH TECH
JMRL - Central Library.
Drop in and kickstart your creativity with the Pop-up MakerSpace with several projects focused on STEAM each month. JMRL- Central Library.  5-5:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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August 25, Friday
IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months. Registration is requested. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver. Register for either Wednesday or Thursday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open gym free play every Friday morning for kids 6 and under and homeschoolers of all ages! Own Touch Cville.  9:30am-12pm.  $$10 for child, $15 per family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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August 21, Monday
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate America's first total solar eclipse in almost a century. Come early and decorate a solar cookie and learn about the eclipse from a local expert. Get official NASA safety viewing glasses and walk over to Emancipation Park for front row seats at the grand event. Peak viewing time is 2:40-2:45pm JMRL- Central Library.  1:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 26, Saturday
AMERICAN GIRL TEA WITH ELIZABETH MONROE
Barnes & Noble.
Bring your American Girl doll and a picnic blanket to enjoy craft activities, American Girl trivia and tea and refreshments with Elizabeth Monroe. Mrs. Monroe will also be available to pose for pictures with you and your doll. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. James Monroe's Highland.  10:30am-12pm.  $5, 5 and under are free.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-8000. 
 
September 17, Sunday
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB CYCLING CHALLENGE
The Boys & Girls Club Cycling Challenge.
Join hundreds of cyclists for a bike ride through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 25-, 50-, 75-, and 100-mile routes, plus an 8-mile family ride, out and back from Old Trail Swim Club to Chiles Peach Orchard. After-party festivities with catered food, drinks, awards, swimming pool, professional pictures and live music. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia.  8am start.  Email: stevendale@bgclubva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
June 1-October 26, Thursdays
MORNINGS WITH THE MINIS
Morning Sun Minis.
"Mornings with the Minis" is a fun, hands-on learning experience for children 7+ and adults of all ages. The morning sessions are an introduction to miniature horsemanship, small equine activities for pleasure, sport and miniature horse therapy. Sun Ridge.  Directions: 6946 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville.  9-11:20am.  $20 per person.  Recommended for ages 7 to 77.  Special Needs Accommodation: yes  Contact: Nancy Wheeler.  Email: morningsunminiatures@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-272-5267. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL - Central Library.
Young readers are invited to come read to Philemon the certified therapy dog. Central Library.  2-3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 21-December 14, Wednesdays
READING ROCKS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
An independent activity for kids ages 3-5 introducing new concepts and ideas while increasing vocabulary, improving listening skills and promoting reading readiness. Scottsville Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays (except October)
TECH ENCOUNTERS FOR THE CURIOUS
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with hands-on technology in a fun and creative environment. Each session features a different tech toy. Central Library.  Directions: 221 East Market Street.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Mondays and Wednesdays
TODDLER TIME
Bounce Play -n- Create of Charlottesville.
Bounce away at Toddler Time! Reservations are not required, however, in order to get the Toddler Time Rate please arrive before 11am. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  9:30-11am.  $5 for children under 3; free for children under 12 months and adults.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays (except November & December)
ZAP!: GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Devour a graphic novel, enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. For 3rd and 4th graders with a favorite adult. Register to get a free copy of the book. Limit 10 children (one book for each pair). JMRL- Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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September 1, 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. CMoR Chesterfield.  Directions: .  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. 
 
September 8, 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.  Directions: CMoR 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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August 26, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE PRESENTS: CAT IN THE HAT VISITS
Barnes and Noble.
Come meet the Cat in the Hat and hear the story of what happens when he come for a visit. Barnes and Noble.  12:00 pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: sandra cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
August 26, Saturday
CURIOUS GEORGE AT STORYTIME LIVE
Kiddie Academy.
Families are invited to meet Curious George at the live storytime event. Register online. Kiddie Academy.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 202-1062. 
 
May 27-August 26, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Avenue Library.  11-11:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 29, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: HOW TO GET YOUR TEACHER READY
Barnes and Noble.
A class of students gives tips and tricks for getting a teacher ready  for the first day of school and all the events and milestones that will follow. Filled with charming humor, this is a playful, heartwarming celebration of teachers and students preparing to head back to school. Activities follow storytime. Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: sandra cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
September 9, Saturday
TEDDY BEAR TIME
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Celebrate Teddy Bear Day by bringing your teddy (or other stuffed friend) to the drop-in storytime at 11am. Stay or come by anytime today to make a special teddy craft. Gordon Avenue Library.  11am storytime, all-day craft.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-November 2, Thursdays
ALPHABET SOUP FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings. Registration is required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 14-November 16, Thursdays
BABIES & BOOKS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP FALL SESSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver. Register for either Wednesday or Thursday session. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Wednesdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: WEEKLY WEDNESDAY STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Each Wednesday join us for a different story theme with activities to follow readings. Barnes and Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Second Wednesdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's pet therapy team. Any reader can come for a 15-minute turn. Recommended registration is ongoing. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  $Free.  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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September 6, Wednesday
READ-ALOUD CROWD
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come to the library after school to unwind, enjoy a story and share some fun. Grades K-1. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30-4pm.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 11-October 23, Mondays
READING RUMPUS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 12-October 24, Mondays or Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME FALL SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes and songs for children up to 23 months and caregiver followed by time to play and socialize. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking and reading. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  11:30am-12:15pm Mondays, 9:30-10:15am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 11-October 24, Mondays or Tuesdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL 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. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30am Mondays, 10:30am Tuesdays.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 14-October 26, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3- and 4-year-olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed. Registration is required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30-11:15am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
September 11-November 13, Mondays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL - Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2-3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop early literacy skills with singing, talking, reading and playing. JMRL - Central Library.  10:30am.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
September 13-November 16, Wednesdays or Thursdays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER FALL SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 2-December 30, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Second Saturday of every month
AMERICAN GIRL BOOK GROUP
Barnes & Noble.
Discuss the American Girl books and do a fun activity! Barnes & Noble.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  9:30-10:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Preschool children enjoy a half-hour with books, crafts and activities as they build social, creative and early literacy skills. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
Thursdays
PRESCHOOL READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers preschool storytime for children ages 2-5 with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs and learning. Siblings welcome. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
Every Saturday
PUPPET STORYTIME
Lollipop Station.
Kids and families are invited for a Puppet Storytime. Children who have attended 10 events will receive a free book. Lollipop Station.  Directions: 179 E Davis Street Culpeper.  11:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Faith Gil.  Email: info@lollipopstation.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-812-2103. 
 
September 7-October 12, November 9-December 14, Wednesdays
READ & RHYME TIME
JMRL - Greene.
A half-hour of fun promoting verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement using scarves and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome. Greene County Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 1 to 2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5227. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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August 21-23, Wednesday-Friday
OPEN HOUSE AT BALLETSCHOOL
BalletSchool.
BalletSchool offers ballet, pointe, character, hip hop, jazz, modern and tap dance instruction for children and adults. BalletSchool.  Directions: 2409 Ivy Rd.  3-6pm.  All ages welcome.  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. 
 
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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