Kids Classes & Activities

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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
August 23, Tuesday
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville Public Schools.
CharlottesvilleFamily wishes everyone a great first day of school!
 
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
 
July 30, Saturday
MONSTER BOOKMARK CORNERS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Encourage summer reading with a cute creature to mark their place! Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
August 5, Friday
FAMILY ART DROP-IN
JMRL- Northside Library.
Stop by anytime between 10:30 and noon to mold and design your own Olympic medal! All materials provided. For children up to age 12. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 6, Saturday
MEDALS
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids can create medals just in time for the Olympics! Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-12pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
August 10, Wednesday
RELIEF PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP WITH VIRGINIA THOMPSON
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn to create relief prints with carving tools and water-based inks. You'll leave with your printing block and notecards with your print. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring images and sketches to draw from. Ages 14+. Registration is required and begins July 27. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 13, Saturday
SUMMER MEMORY BOOK
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids create a scrapbook just to hold special memories of summer adventures. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-2pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
August 14, Sunday
COLOR PHOTO BOARD
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Just for teens, students will learn an introduction to mixed media to make a personalized photo board using canvas, paint and yarn. Supplies not included. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
August 16, Tuesday
STICKY TABLE ART
JMRL- Central Library.
Help create a wild and crazy collage on a very sticky table. JMRL- Central Library.  All Day.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 20, Saturday
ANNUAL RIVERFRONT CHALK FESTIVAL & ART CONTEST
Amazement Square & American National Bank and Trust Company.
Come enjoy live music, food trucks, and activities! Additional crafts and activities will be stationed inside the museum and will require museum admission or membership. This event is presented by American National Bank and Trust Company. Join us to transform the downtown parking lot into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of art! Prizes will be awarded for Adult and Youth categories from $500 and Gift Cards! Participating artists will designate a paved space to use as their canvas. Space is limited, so register today online. Amazement Square.  10am-2pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
August 20, Saturday
ICE CREAM PENCIL TOPPER
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Kids keep summer with them into the school year with this cool craft! Michael's Arts & Crafts.  10am-2pm.  $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
Wednesdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament, blown by you. Ages 7 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Every Saturday
KIDS CLUB
Michaels.
Kids craft while you shop for your favorite Michaels crafts! All supplies included. Register for a session every half hour. Michaels.  Directions: Barracks Road Shopping Center.  10am-12pm.  $2.  Contact: Cathy.  Email: Michaels8807@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
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. 
 
Third Wednesdays
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO GATHERING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? JMRL will have the building blocks for your next creation. For grades K and up. Gordon Avenue Library.  Directions: 1500 Gordon Ave.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Second Thursdays
LEGO MANIA
JMRL - Central Library.
Come to JMRL's construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. No registration required. For ages 5 & up. Central Library.  4-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
 AthleticsGo to top of List
 
June 28-August 27
WOMEN'S FOUR MILER TRAINING PROGRAM
Charlottesville Track Club.
Why not combine getting active with supporting a great cause? The 22nd Annual Charlottesville Track Club Womens Four Miler Training Program starts on June 20. Women ages 10 and older are invited to participate in 11 consecutive Saturdays of group training and coaching. There will be experts available each week to provide information on womens health and fitness. Lannigan Field.  7am.  $20.  Recommended for ages 10 to 101.  Contact: Pink Pammie.  Email: pammie@w4mtp.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 242-8151. 
 
August 3, Wednesday
SPOTLIGHT ON SPORTS WITH JAY JAMES
JMRL- Central Library.
Just in time for the Olympics, come hear popular sports personality Jay James discuss the highlights and challenges of working in the sports media world. For all ages. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 13, Saturday
FENCING FOR THE WIN
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Join us for a fencing demonstration with Blue Ridge Fencing Center. They will be demonstrating the Olympic sport of fencing, including historical techniques and some hands on fun. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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
 
CLASSES AND PLAYGROUPS FOR PARENTS WITH BABIES & TODDLERS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Parent Classes and Events to find Baby & Me Classes. Also, in Family Support Groups and Clubs you'll find Playgroups listed. There are many wonderful organizations around town that offer programs through the year so check back often.
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Third Fridays, January-May & September-December
TODDLER TIME WITH MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions are invited to a delightful introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson through interactive stories, engaging activities, crafts and free play. Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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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. 
 
Tuesdays
BOOK BAG: A TWEEN BOOK CLUB
JMRL - Central Library.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books will be provided. Ages Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  4:15-5:15pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up. Grades 3-5. Required registration. JMRL- Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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July 29, Friday
MOONLIGHT MOVIES: AMERICAN GRAFFITI
Virginia Film Festival.
George Lucas' coming-of-age film about cruising and the rock and roll culture of 1962 is told in a series of vignettes about a group of teenagers and their adventures over one evening. Based on Lucas' own teenage years in the early 1960s in Modesto, the film features Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and Paul Le Mat as they race around in a Chevrolet Impala. Come early to enjoy an assortment of food trucks, hard cider available for purchase from Bold Rock, and a live DJ from WTJU. IX Art Park.  8:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5277. 
 
August 3, Wednesday
TECH PETTING ZOO WITH LINDEN LAB
JMRL- Central Library.
Drop by to learn about the latest in virtual reality with special guests from Linden Lab. They will share what they do as virtual entertainment developers and demo the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Then try out some of the library's tech toys like an Ozobot mini-robot and the 3-D Doodle Pen. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 3, Wednesday
URBAN SURVIVAL 101
JMRL- Northside Library.
Learn how to survive the concrete jungles of Charlottesville! Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Financial Literacy Workshop with UVa Community Credit Union It's important to learn about money at a young age; and one of the best ways to learn is through a fun activity. Money Adventure gives teens a taste of the real world, complete with a career, salary, and even kids! The adventure begins when they have to buy a house, food, and pay for child care. They may make mistakes, but this is the best place for them to learn from them! JMRL- Northside Library.  5-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 5, Friday
MARIO KART 8 JUNIOR TOURNAMENT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Are you awesome at Mario Kart? Do you rule the Rainbow Road? Come show off those driving skills. All gaming materials will be provided. Players may remain for the entire tournament and cheer on their friends. For grades 1-5; children under 12 must have a caregiver present. Registration required and begins July 22. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 10, Wednesday
RELIEF PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP WITH VIRGINIA THOMPSON
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Learn to create relief prints with carving tools and water-based inks. You'll leave with your printing block and notecards with your print. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring images and sketches to draw from. Ages 14+. Registration is required and begins July 27. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 13, Saturday
FENCING FOR THE WIN
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Join us for a fencing demonstration with Blue Ridge Fencing Center. They will be demonstrating the Olympic sport of fencing, including historical techniques and some hands on fun. For all ages. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 14, Sunday
COLOR PHOTO BOARD
Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Just for teens, students will learn an introduction to mixed media to make a personalized photo board using canvas, paint and yarn. Supplies not included. Michael's Arts & Crafts.  2-3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 971-1072. 
 
August 16, Tuesday
END OF SUMMER TEEN PIZZA PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Our final hurrah before the end of the summer. Eat pizza, rave about the books you read and shows you watched, give feedback on summer programs, and play minute to win it games. Our bronze, silver, and gold medal-winning books will be revealed at the end. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 17, Wednesday
TEEN MURDER MYSTERY: CAUSALITY CARNIVAL
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
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 5-12. Registration required and begins August 3. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 24, Wednesday
TABLE TOP GAMES
JMRL- Central Library.
Whether you prefer old favorites like "Apples to Apples" and "Jenga" or would like to try something new, drop by the library for an afternoon of low-tech games and snacks. Grades 6-12. JMRL- Central Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
First Wednesdays
@ YOUR LIBRARY
JMRL- Northside Library.
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second Monday of the month
ANIME CLUB
JMRL - Northside Library.
Help us pick which anime episodes to watch and enjoy the poky! Registration recommended but not required. Grades 6-12. JMRL - Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Second Wednesdays
MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY
JMRL - Central Library.
Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on a theme. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project. Check the Teen Program Calendar at jmrl.org/teens to see what each month's theme will be. Central Library.  4:30pm.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151 ex 4. 
 
First Tuesday of every month
MUSINGS: A TEEN WRITER'S WORKSHOP
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Interested in creative writing? Join this writer's group and get inspired! Practice writing skills, learn new techniques, read works by other teen writers and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Grades 6-12. Drops-in are always welcome. Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays
NORTHSIDE TEEN MINECRAFT CLUB
JMRL- Northside.
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the teen desk to pick up an application. Parent or guardian's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Grades 6-12. Registration required and begins two week before each event date. Northside Library.  5:15-6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of every month
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Crozet.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Crozet Library.  4:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Wendy Saz.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Second and Fourth Wednesdays
TEEN PATHFINDER GAMING GROUP
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
A beginner's group for playing Pathfinder RPG (Role Playing Games). Materials and snacks provided, but bring dice if you have them. Grades 6-12. Registration required. Gordon Avenue Library.  6:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
WIRED WEDNESDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Interested in Northside's Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Monthly on Mondays
TEEN GAME NIGHT
JMRL- Northside.
Wii, Xbox Kinect, board games, and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people. Grades 6-12. Registration is recommended but not required. Northside Library.  6:30-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Third Thursdays
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up. See website for this month's! Gordon Avenue Library.  4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Third Wednesdays
CENTRAL TEEN BOOK GROUP
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments are served. Registration ongoing. Free books for the first 5 to register. Visit the library website to find out what each month's book will be. Central Library.  4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151x4. 
 
Monthly on Fridays
TEEN FILM CLUB
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Its Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details. Grades 6-12. Registration requested and begins March 15. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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MUSEUM EXHIBITS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Family Events & Festivals Calendar to plan an outing for your family and find out what's new in the rotating exhibit rooms at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Virginia Discovery Museum, Children's Museum of Richmond, Amazement Square and others. Also, find comprehensive listings of all local and regional museums in our CF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round.
 
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HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is rich in history. Plan an outing to one of the many famous sites in our community and in the surrounding region for your family. You'll find comprehensive listings of historical sites in our AF Guide to Family Fun Year-Round. For details, please click this link. 
 
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Mondays
MONDAY NIGHT DINNER & A MOVIE
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Drop your kids off with us for dinner and a movie while you go out! Bounce from 5-6pm, dinner at 6pm and movie at 6:30pm. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  5-8:30pm.  $25 per child.  Recommended for ages 5 to 10.  Email: fun@bouncenplayofcville.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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July 28, Thursday
PIRATES OF THE PANS (YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA)
JMRL- Northside Library.
Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 5, Friday
MUSIC ON THE STEPS
JMRL- Central Library.
Lunch to the rhythm as the Charlottesville Municipal Band's Brass Quintet serenades you while you munch. Rain location: McIntire Room. For the whole family. JMRL- Central Library.  12pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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 3, Wednesday
A VIEW FROM THE TOP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom's most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit. JMRL- Crozet Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 3, Wednesday
A VIEW FROM THE TOP
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom's most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 3, Wednesday
TECH PETTING ZOO WITH LINDEN LAB
JMRL- Central Library.
Drop by to learn about the latest in virtual reality with special guests from Linden Lab. They will share what they do as virtual entertainment developers and demo the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Then try out some of the library's tech toys like an Ozobot mini-robot and the 3-D Doodle Pen. JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 11, Thursday
LET'S GO PLANT A FALL GARDEN
Monticello.
Young gardeners (ages 11 and under) will learn how to plant "fruits, roots and leaves" for Thanksgiving dinner in this two-hour, hands-on workshop with Vegetable Gardener Pat Brodowski. Monticello.  9:30am.  $12 adults, $9 children 5-11, Free for children 4 and under.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
August 19, Friday
BUTTERFLY WALKS
McIntire Botanical Garden.
Led once again by Master Naturalist Dr. Nancy Weiss, the walks will introduce you to a variety of common butterlies native to the Piedmont region, such as Cabbage Whites, Summer Azures, Orange Sulphurs and Skippers. Along the way, experience the parkland's varied topography and plants. You'll become more butterfly-savvy and derive a sense of possibilities for the acreage that will be developed into the McIntire Botanical Garden in the future. McIntire Botancial Garden.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Email: mailto:sewellhorticulture@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 326-2375. 
 
August 5 & 19, Friday
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
Three telescopes at the McCormick Observatory offer amazing views of our galaxy, weather permitting, along with a slide show and tour. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-1885. 
 
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. 
 
Monthly on Wednesdays
WIRED WEDNESDAYS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Interested in Northside's Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session. Ages 11+. Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. JMRL- Northside Library.  5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
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 5, Friday
MARIO KART 8 JUNIOR TOURNAMENT
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Are you awesome at Mario Kart? Do you rule the Rainbow Road? Come show off those driving skills. All gaming materials will be provided. Players may remain for the entire tournament and cheer on their friends. For grades 1-5; children under 12 must have a caregiver present. Registration required and begins July 22. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 10, Wednesday
WACKY WEDNESDAY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Find some wacky changes in the library (or library staff) and take home a wacky prize. JMRL- Northside Library.  All Day.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 4 & 11, Thursday
HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES
JMRL- Central Library.
Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies. August 4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) August 11: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) JMRL- Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 11, Thursday
SPORTS TRIVIA
JMRL- Central Library.
Grab a team of 3-5 people and test your sports IQ. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. For all ages. Team captains, please register starting July 28. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 16, Tuesday
END OF SUMMER TEEN PIZZA PARTY
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Our final hurrah before the end of the summer. Eat pizza, rave about the books you read and shows you watched, give feedback on summer programs, and play minute to win it games. Our bronze, silver, and gold medal-winning books will be revealed at the end. Grades 6-12. Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome. JMRL- Crozet Library.  6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 26, Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Charlottesville Performing Arts School.
Stop by the Open House to see the facility, register for classes and purchase attire and dance uniforms! 340 Greenbrier Dr Unit B.  5-7pm.  Email: info@charlottesvilleperformingarts.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-2727. 
 
Monthly on Saturdays
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for these book-to-movie adaptations. Popcorn and drinks provided. JMRL- Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
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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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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June 15-July 28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Spring registration begins February 24. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Wednesdays
AWESOME AFTERNOONS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy a mix of stories, music and movement. For ages 6 months-5 years. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, 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. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
July 28, Thursday
PAGE TURNERS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Discussing: The BFG by Roald Dahl Stop by the library to get your free copy of the book. Read it on your own and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Registration is required and begins on June 27. JMRL- Crozet Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
August 6, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: DINOSAURS LOVE UNDERPANTS
Barnes and Noble.
The mystery of dinosaur extinction is solved! Scientists have plenty of theories about why dinosaurs are extinct, but the UKs bestselling authorillustrator team of Claire Freedman and Ben Cort knows the real answer: The dinos were wiped out in an Underpants War! This wacky celebration of underpants is perfect for reading aloud, and the hilarious antics of T. rex and the gang are endlessly entertaining. Featuring fun, vibrant art and short, rhyming text, Dinosaurs Love Underpants is a prehistoric pleasure parents and kids will want to read again and again Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
August 6, Saturday
MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Do you love books? Splendiferous! Maybe you have what it takes to be a Library Olympics Champion. Join us for fun book-based competitions to get your book brains whirring. Registration is required and begins July 23. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  3:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 9 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 6, Saturday
STORYBOOK SATURDAY
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Who's the fairest of them all? Seymour the Dinosaur, of course! Storybook Saturday invites visitors to meet their favorite literary characters, participate in an interactive story time (complete with dress up!), create their own storybook in the art studio and even take dancing lessons with a princess! Children's Museum of Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (804) 474-7062. 
 
August 8, Monday
ANIMALS IN PAJAMAS: A STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Bring your favorite stuffed pal for a special evening storytime and let your friend spend the night at the library. What will all the stuffed friends do when the lights go out? Tell stories? Sing songs? Play games? You'll find out when you pick them up the next day. JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
August 13, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: MILK GOES TO SCHOOL
Barnes and Noble.
First days of school are tough, and making new friends is even tougher. Milk's dad gave her a sparkly new backpack and told her that she was the creme de la creme, but most of the other kids don't seem to agree. In fact, some of her new classmates think Milk is just little a bit spoiled. . . . Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
August 11- 14
FAMILY CAMP WITH SHARIFA OPPENHEIMER
Heartmoor Farm Education Centre.
Using her new workbook, How to Create the Star of Your Family Culture, You will envision the star of your familys culture, studying your own familys rhythm, your familys work together and play together. You will inquire into your childs life, looking carefully at art, stories, and the nature of play itself. Heartmoor Farm Education Centre.  4pm.  Contact: Elizabeth Hale.  Email: eghale9@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2961. 
 
August 17, Wednesday
BOOK BUFFET
JMRL- Central Library.
Try it, you might like it. Feast on fabulous stories about adventure. Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books. JMRL- Central Library.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 20, Saturday
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: MIRA FORECAST THE FUTURE AND THE BOT THAT SCOTT BUILT
Barnes and Noble.
We have two special books for this storytime! Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Monthly on Select Thursdays
PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. Contact the library for more details. JMRL- Crozet Library.  11am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
First Thursdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Central Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. For any young reader. No registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  4-4:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
STORYTIMES
There are lots of storytimes around town each week. Look to "Storytimes" below to find regularly scheduled readings. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Second Wednesdays
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team." Come for a fifteen minute turn. For any young reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one week prior to each date. Gordon Avenue Library.  3-3:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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June 15-July 28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
PRESCHOOL PALS SPRING SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Spring registration begins February 24. JMRL- Northside Library.  11am Wednesdays, 10:15am Thursdays.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 15-July28, Wednesdays & Thursdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Northside Library.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3-5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins June 1. JMRL- Northside Library.  10:15am Wednesdays, 11am Thursdays.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Wednesdays
AWESOME AFTERNOONS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy a mix of stories, music and movement. For ages 6 months-5 years. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Thursdays
BABIES AND BOOKS
JMRL- Northside Library.
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by playtime. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult. JMRL- Northside Library.  1:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
June 16-July 28, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS SUMMER SESSION
Jefferson Madison Regional Library.
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of picture books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel stories that encourage your 2 year olds emerging literary skills. For children who are already 2 with a favorite adult. No registration required. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
June 20-August 2, Monday & Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME SUMMER 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. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  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. 
 
June 20-August 1, Mondays
READING RUMPUS
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
A lively, drop-in storytime for children ages 0-3 with an accompanying adult. No registration required. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 20-August 1, Tuesdays
TWOS AND THREES TOGETHER SUMMER SESSION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with "Sing, Talk, Read and Play." JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
June 23- August 4, Thursdays
MONKEY BUSINESS SUMMER SESSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories! Designed to help independent 3, 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. JMRL- Gordon Avenue Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: gordon@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
Wednesdays & Saturdays
IT'S TIME FOR STORIES
Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Children of all ages will be entertained by our talented and cheerful booksellers. Anytime is a great time to share a favorite book with old friends and new friends. Barnes & Noble Bookstore.  Directions: 1035 Emmet Street, Barracks Road Shopping Center.  11am-12pm.  $ Free.  Contact: Sandra Cararo.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-0461. 
 
Thursdays
LOUISA LIBRARY STORYTIMES
JMRL - Louisa County Library.
Louisa County Library offers baby time for under-twos and preschool storytime for children ages 3-5, with stories, songs and learning. Louisa County Library.  Directions: 881 Davis Highway, Mineral.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-894-5853. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays
NELSON LIBRARY STORYTIME
JMRL - Nelson Memorial Library.
Enjoy 30 minutes of storytime fun for children ages 3-5. No registration required. Nelson Memorial Library.  Directions: 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 263-5904. 
 
Monthly on Thursdays
BOOK BITES BOOK DISCUSSION
JMRL- Gordon Avenue.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided. Grades 3-4. See library website for each month's discussion. Gordon Avenue Library.  3:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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August 2, Tuesday
JUGGLER JONATHAN AUSTIN
JMRL- Central Library.
What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor. JMRL- Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
August 4, Thursday
JUGGLER JONATHAN AUSTIN
JMRL- Northside Library.
What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
August 8-19
JEFFERSON SCHOOL DANCE CAMP
JSAAHC.
Keith Lee Dances-dance camp for boys and girls, 8 years and older (and adults). American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey trained choreographer, Keith Lee teaches ballet and contemporary dance technique. Camp culminates with a performance. Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  10am-3pm.  $550.  Recommended for ages 8 to 70.  Contact: Andrea Douglas.  Email: director@jeffschoolheritagecenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 260-8720. 
 
August 10, Wednesday
OPEN COMMUNITY AUDITION FOR "THE NUTCRACKER"
Charlottesville Ballet.
Charlottesville Ballet is casting local dancers ages 5+ for its professional production of "The Nutcracker!" Dance experience is preferred, but not required. Only a limited number of roles are available and attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory. Nutcracker Staging Week: Accepted students must be available August 15-19 between the hours of 5:30-7:30pm Charlottesville Ballet Studios.  Directions: 1885 Seminole Trail, STE 203.  5:30pm.  $15.  Recommended for ages 5 to 18.  Contact: Lori Jablonski.  Email: info@charlottesvilleballet.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-2555. 
 
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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