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 AcademicsGo to top of List
 
November 18, Saturday
SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS AT UVA HIGH SCHOOL VISITATION
Society of Women Engineers.
Apply to attend High School Visitation. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. It will benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career. Some interested students may be selected to stay overnight. 11am-4pm.  $25.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: uvaswehsv@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
SCHOOLS, TUTORING, & AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES
Visit the AlbemarleKids School Connection to find schools, tutoring centers, and after-school learning opportunities. For details, please click this link. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
 Arts & CraftsGo to top of List
 
October 27, Friday
KIDS' COSTUME BASH
Keswick Hall and Golf Club.
Come dressed in your best costume for this night of Halloween fun with themed snacks and kids drinks (included). Activities include mummy wrap, fingerprint ghosts, Halloween spider and magnet painting. Keswick Hall and Golf Club.  Directions: Pavilion.  5-7pm.  $10 per child members, $12 child guests.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-3440. 
 
October 28, Saturday
KIDS CRAFT DAY
Crozet Artisan Depot / Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center.
Children of all ages are invited to celebrate fall leaves this autumn with this free and fun art workshop. Kids will get to create colorful leaf etchings and falling leaf sun catchers. Don’t miss this program aimed at increasing the level of fun and enjoyment kids can have celebrating this wonderful time of year. Crozet Artisan Depot.  $free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 28-29, Saturday-Sunday
HALLOWEEN PAPER MASK MAKING AND ANIMAL SCAVENGER HUNT
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Come to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center to make wearable paper masks for Halloween and make ghost story books based on a Halloween walk with spooky stops and sights. Last entry at 3pm. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.  10am-4pm.  $7.  Contact: Alex Searls.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 996-7282. 
 
September-November, 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. Ages 5+. JMRL- Northside Library.  4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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. 
 
November 11, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: FILMING IMAGINATION
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.  1-3pm for ages 5-7, 3-5pm for ages 8-12.  $Free.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 243-2050. 
 
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. 
 
Friday Mornings
ART TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids age 3-6 are invited to let their imaginations run wild as they explore different art movements and concepts. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
ARTS & CRAFTS CLASSES
Visit the AF Kids Year-Round Recreation for ongoing craft opportunities at many fun spots around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
Wednesdays-Sundays
BLOW YOUR OWN ORNAMENT AT SUNSPOTS
Sunspots Studios.
Step into the glass studio and help the glass blower create a one-of-a-kind, keepsake ornament, blown by you. Ages 7 & up. Sunspots Studios.  Directions: 202 S. Lewis St., Staunton.  Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm.  $40-45 per ornament.  Email: sunspots@sunspots.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-0678. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
Wednesdays & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Short and playful sensory, gross motor, fine motor and science activities at an appropriate developmental level for our youngest visitors. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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
 
November 4, Saturday
CONFIDENCE FOR KIDS
JMRL - Northside.
This class shows and teaches students how to have black belt confidence in everyday life. Presented by UpLevel Martial Arts Charlottesville, this class requires registration and adult accompaniment. JMRL - Northside Library.  2-2:45pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 12.  For details, please click this link. 
 
ATHLETIC CLASSES AND SPORTS PROGRAMS
Visit the CharlottesvilleFamily Year-Round Recreation for comprehensive listings of ongoing fitness and sports classes like Little League, ice skating, gymnastics, basketball, soccer and more for all ages. For details, please click this link. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Baby & MeGo to top of List
 
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 & Thursdays
TODDLER TIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Short and playful sensory, gross motor, fine motor and science activities at an appropriate developmental level for our youngest visitors. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30-11am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 1 to 3.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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September 14-November 9, Second Thursdays
BOOK BUGS BOOK GROUP
JMRL- Northside Library.
Enjoy snacks while chatting about books and take part in a fun activity. Books will be provided for first 10 kids to sign up. Grades 3-4. JMRL Northside Library.  4-4:45pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
October 19 & November 16, 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.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 18, Saturday
PAGE TURNERS: A BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Stop by the library to get your free copy of Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. 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 October 16. JMRL - Crozet Library.  2pm.  Recommended for ages 8 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September-November, 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. Limit 7. Gordon Avenue Library.  7-8pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
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. 
 
Final 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. 
 
 Contests & PageantsGo to top of List
 
Entries accepted October 23 - November 10.
KIDS T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
Meals on Wheels.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels. Open to contestants ages 6-16, contestants must be a resident of Charlottesville/Albemarle and keep designs only on front of shirt. No numbers or dates should be used and designs should be saved as jpeg or pdf. Design work must be kids' own original unpublished work. The winner will receive up to 5 complimentary t-shirts to share with friends & family and a $50 gift certificate to JUMP Cville! Meals on Wheels.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 16.  Contact: Leigh Trippe.  Email: director@cvillemeals.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-4364. 
 
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
 
October 27, Friday
FRIGHT NIGHT
JMRL - Crozet.
Experience the creep factor of an empty library after-hours and play Zombie Tag, Werewolf and Zombies v. Humans in the darkened library stacks. Spooky-themed tabletop games available as well. Costumes for the contest are encouraged. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12. Crozet Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 27, Friday
TEEN HALLOWEEN PARTY
Crozet YMCA.
Crozet YMCA.  7-10pm.  Contact: Michelle Ryan.  Email: mryan@piedmontymca.org. For more info call: 434-202-0118. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HALLOWEEN DANCE
Charlottesville Parks & Recreation.
For Therapeutic participants ages 13 and up. Carver Recreation Center.  7-9pm.  Contact: Caitlin Marcotte.  Email: marcottec@charlottesville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3269. 
 
October 30, Monday
PASSENGERS (2016)
Crozet Library.
See the recent film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Rated PG-13. JMRL - Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
September 29-October 31, Saturdays-Sundays, Select Weekdays
TWIZTED CREATIONZ HAUNTED ATTRACTION
Creative Works Farm.
Just north of Waynesboro, get scared at this trail haunt with indoor and outdoor scenes. All benefits go to Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with chronic illnesses and other special needs. Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro.  Directions: Off Purple Cow Road.  6:30-10:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30-9:30pm October 19, 26, 30, 31.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-471-1659. 
 
November 1, Wednesday
HONEY I SHRUNK THE CHARMS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Design charming works of art and then shrink them down into jewelry using Shrinky Dinks Northside Library.  6:30pm.  Recommended for ages 14 to 99.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 11, Saturday
LGBT STUDENTS: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
JMRL - Northside Library.
Join Side by Side for a community dialogue about LGBT and questioning students' rights in K-12 public schools in Virginia. JMRL - Northside Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 3-5 & 10-12
THE GAME'S AFOOT: HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
ShenanArts, Staunton.
300 Churchville Ave, Staunton.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-248-1868. 
 
October 10 & November 14, 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. 
 
November 14, Tuesday
PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP
JMRL- Central Library.
Learn how to create relief prints with carving tools and water-based inks. Participants will leave with their printed block and notecards with their print. All supplies are provided but you should bring images and sketches for inspiration. Ages 14 and up. Required registration begins October 31. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 14 to 99.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
November 18, Saturday
SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS AT UVA HIGH SCHOOL VISITATION
Society of Women Engineers.
Apply to attend High School Visitation. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. It will benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career. Some interested students may be selected to stay overnight. 11am-4pm.  $25.  Recommended for ages 13 to 18.  Email: uvaswehsv@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 20, Monday
FESTIVE BOOKPRINT WREATH
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Learn how to make a decorative wreath made from recycled book print. Required registration begins November 6. JMRL - Crozet Library.  Directions: 2020 Library Avenue.  6:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 14 to 100.  Email: crozet@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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 13-December 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. JMRL - Northside Library.  5-6pm.  $Free.  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.  4:30-5:30pm.  $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. 
 
Second and Fourth Saturdays
COLOR ME HAPPY
JMRL- Northside Library.
Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We'll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for a while or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided. Ages 14+. JMRL- Northside Library.  2-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Starting April 25, Thursdays
GO GIRLS! EXERCISE PROGRAM
UVA - KCRC.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to relieve some stress and connect with friends! "Go Girls!" is a fun dance-based exercise program for girls that incorporates 45 minutes of Zumba and 15 minutes of casual conversation about exercise and health-related topics. The program is designed for girls ages 10-18, but moms, grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends are all welcome to join the class. Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) Gymnasium, 2270 Ivy Road.  5:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 10 to 18.  Email: am7bd@virginia.edu. For more info call: 243-6911. 
 
Third Tuesdays
GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up. See website for this month's! Gordon Avenue Library.  4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
First Tuesdays
GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH SETH HAYES
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+. Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration JMRL- Crozet Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
Third Tuesdays September-December
INKLINGS: A BOOK CLUB FOR 11-18 YEAR OLDS
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
Join the Scottsville Library's long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for fun and lively conversation. Snacks provided. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk. September 20: Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates. October 18: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. November 15: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. December 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Scottsville Library.  Directions: 330 Bird St, Scottsville.  7pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 11 to 18.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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 PATHFINDERS 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. 
 
ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS FAIR
From computer robot programming to tennis and horseback riding to scuba diving, you can find fabulous camps on CharlottesvilleFamily's Online Summer Camp Fair! You'll find helpful information and web links to day camps and residential camps, all over the East Coast. From traditional to special interest, you and your child will find the perfect camp. For details, please click this link. 
 
Thursdays
SKYLINE HARMONY CHORUS REHEARSALS
Skyline Harmony Chorus.
Skyline Harmony is a women's barbershop chorus. Experience the joy of singing 4-part harmony. Attend a rehearsal and get involved. High-schoolers welcome as well. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Rd.  6:45-9:30pm.  Contact: Joan Henderson.  Email: joanhenderson417@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 589-2146. 
 
First and Third Tuesdays
STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP
JMRL - Northside Library.
Knitters, beaders, stitchers--come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins welcome! Northside Library.  1pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 8 to 108.  Contact: Lindsay Ideson.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Call for session dates and times.
TEST PREP COURSES
Piedmont Virginia Community College.
SAT/ACT prep as well as GRE test preparation. For more info call: 961-5351. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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October 14 & 28, Fridays
CREATION STATION
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers with a different project each week to explore. STEAM ahead with hands-on fun. For all ages. JMRL - Gordon Library.  3:30-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-5544. 
 
October 28, Saturday
STARGAZING AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
One of our country's first astronomers, Thomas Jefferson considered the study of the stars one of the most important disciplines. Join Dr. Neal Sumerlin for an illuminating look at the night sky from Jefferson's secluded retreat. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  8pm.  $10.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: (434) 534-8120. 
 
September 1-October 31, Tuesdays
TINKERGARTEN FALL CLASSES
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 5 years of age are invited to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  10-11:15am.  $160.  Recommended for ages 1 to 5.  Email: ewa.harr@tinkergarten.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 413-397-2800. 
 
September 14-November 9, Thursdays
TINKERGARTEN FALL CLASSES
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 5 years of age are invited to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Pen Park.  10:30-11:45am.  $140.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
GIRLS' GEEK DAYS
Tech-Girls.
Sparking girls' interest in STEM in a fun, collaborative, hands-on environment. Girls learn new tech skills and connect to other STEM programs in the community. Open to all ages, girls in third grade or younger should plan to bring a guardian too. Registration is required and space is limited. Broadus Wood Elementary School.  TBA.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 30-November 15, Saturdays or Wednesdays
OPEN BIO LABS: HUMAN BIOLOGY COURSE
Open Bio Labs.
Explore the human body with a hands-on approach. In this 7-week course, students will discover the major systems of the human anatomy through experiments, dissections and creating models. Use the scientific method, lab rules and etiquette, and the use of various lab equipment. This is the class for all future Human biologists. Grades 5-8 can sign up for either the Saturday or Wednesday series. Open Bio Labs.  Directions: 300 W. Main St. B101.  9-11am.  $180.  Recommended for ages 10 to 14.  Contact: Jennifer Terrasi.  Email: jlmbumbler@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 878-2355. 
 
October 13-December 1, Fridays
TINKERGARTEN FALL CLASSES
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 8 years of age are invited to this free class to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  10-11:15am.  $160.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
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 CURIOUS KIDS
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. 
 
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. 
 
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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September 14-November 9, Thursdays
TINKERGARTEN FALL CLASSES
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 5 years of age are invited to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Pen Park.  10:30-11:45am.  $140.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
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. 
 
October 13-December 1, Fridays
TINKERGARTEN FALL CLASSES
Tinkergarten.
Children aged 18 months to 8 years of age are invited to this free class to meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Children explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together. Mint Springs Park, Crozet.  10-11:15am.  $160.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Ewa Harr.  Email: ewa.harr@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
BOUNCE AND FUN MEET-UP
Schools closed again? Kids going all kinds of crazy? Need to get out but don't want to break the bank? Kids 1-11 are invited to play dates offering a bounce house, snacks and juice, as well as coffee and tea for the grown-ups. Offered rain or shine! Check the website for upcoming dates. Restoration Church.  Directions: Off Dickerson Rd (head up 29 North to the Bamboo House restaurant and then turn left across 29 onto Dickerson, make your first right and the church is located on the right).  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
ELEMENTARY WEDNESDAYS
Stanardsville UMC.
Join us after school for fun silly games, scrumptious snacks and friendly faces. Kids will enjoy creative time together in a small group atmosphere where they can explore all God's goodness. Ages 3 & up. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: Main Street, Stanardsville.  3:15-4:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jnitzsche96@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-990-8375. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open gym free play every Friday morning for kids 6 and under and homeschoolers of all ages! Own Touch Cville.  9:30am-12pm.  $$10 for child, $15 per family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 939-9177. 
 
PLAYGROUPS
Playgroups are a fun and important way for children to learn about friendships while they play. CharlottesvilleFamily has lots of playgroup resources. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Wednesday Afternoons
SPATIAL GAMES CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join Dr. Jamie Jirout and other researchers from UVA's Curry School of Education to play games and do puzzles involving spatial learning. Ages 3+ with adult. Virginia Discovery Museum.  4-4:30pm.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 3 to 10.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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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. 
 
October 27, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby's.
Dress up in your kookiest costumes as you enjoy a variety of fun carnival games, activities and crafts. Creep through the Witch's cabin, meet the Mad Scientists in their lab, tumble through the spider-web tangle, decorate cookies, and more. Don't forget to stop by the Little Shop of Prizes on your way out to trade in all the tickets you've earned. CharlottesvilleFamily is a proud sponsor. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  6-7:30pm.  $10, +$2 late fee day of.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
October 27, Friday
SPCA PAWS TO READ
JMRL- Crozet Library.
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team," that's who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. For any young reader. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
October 28, Saturday
HALLOWEEN SNARK-A-THON
JMRL- Northside Library.
Celebrate Halloween and join in the Snark-A-Thon as you hurl your best insults and deepest barbs at two timelessly terrible movies Mystery Science Theater-style. Snacks provided. Ages 11-18. JMRL Northside Library.  1:30pm & 3pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
September 23 & October 28, Saturdays
ZAP!: GRAPHIC NOVEL DISCUSSION
JMRL- Central Library.
Devour a graphic novel, enjoy snacks, activities and dynamic discussion. For 3rd and 4th graders with a favorite adult. Register to get a free copy of the book. Limit 10 children (one book for each pair). JMRL- Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
October 28 & 29, Saturday & Sunday
HAUNTED LIGHT HOUSE WORKSHOPS
Vinegar Hill Theatre / Light House Studio / C4K.
Young monster movie makers and budding horror enthusiasts are invited to an intensive workshop where they can learn and employ various techniques in animation and visual effects for their own scary short films. Grades 3-5 on Friday and grades 6-9 on Sunday. 2:30-5:30pm Saturday & Sunday.  $45.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 11, Saturday
PERCY JACKSON FALL FESTIVAL AT AMAZEMENT SQUARE
Amazement Square.
Come experience the camp for demigods, inspired by the Percy Jackson book series. Campers will make shields, taste healing ambrosia, practice their catapult skills and collect camp beads. Amazement Square Genworth Education Center, Lynchburg.  10am-1pm.  $6 per nonmember child, adults free with child .  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
November 12, Sunday
YA AUTHOR PANEL & BOOK SIGNING
JMRL - Central.
Local authors SA Hunter, Theresa Kay, MK England and Morgana Villain will answer questions about the writing process and sign their books. JMRL - Central Library.  2pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 27-November 15, Wednesdays
FRENCH PLAYTIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
The Alliance Francaise comes to the museum for language learning and play with native French teachers. You and your 2- to 4-year-old can learn French together through songs, stories, games and fun. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  11:15am-12pm.  $150 includes 8 fall playdates for one child and adult.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
September 27-November 15, Wednesdays
FRENCH PLAYTIME
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Join native French teachers as your 3-5 year old explores French through songs, stories, traditions and fun. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:45pm.  $150 includes 8 fall playdates for child and adult.  Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
November 16, Thursday
STRAWBEE BUILDING CHALLENGE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Strawbees are a fun building toy that lets you connect straws. Kids age 5-12 are invited to come build. JMRL Northside Library.  4pm.  Recommended for ages 5 to 12.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
November 18, Saturday
LET'S GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH ARCHAEOLOGY
Monticello.
Kids and their grown-ups are invited for a sneak peak at the Monticello Archaeology Lab. Work with authentic artifacts and learn how archaeologists puzzle together pieces of the past to learn about the people who lived at Monticello. Monticello.  10am-12pm.  $12 adults, $9 children ages 7-11.  Recommended for ages 7 to 11.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9800. 
 
September 9, October 7, November 4 & December 2
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. Registration required. JMRL- Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
Thursdays
HOME SCHOOL DAY
Bounce-n-Play of Charlottesville.
Arrive before 2pm with your certification letter from the state. Seminole Square Shopping Center.  $7 for the first 2 children and $5 for each additional child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-1111. 
 
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. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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 CURIOUS KIDS
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 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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November 3, Friday
SPECIAL NIGHT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
CMoR Central.
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.  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. 
 
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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October 28, Saturday
MONSTER STITCHES
JMRL - Crozet.
Creepy stories and a spooky hand-sewn creature that you create. If you have a favorite scary story bring it along to share. Ages 8-13. JMRL - Crozet Library.  2pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 823-4050. 
 
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 11-November 13, Mondays
TWOS & THREES TOGETHER
JMRL- Central Library.
Stories, songs, movement and finger plays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop early literacy skills by singing, talking, reading and playing. JMRL- Central Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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 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. 
 
November 20-December 18, Mondays
STARRY NIGHTS STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Come in your jammies and cozy up with a lovey as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We'll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get ready for a good night's sleep. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. JMRL- Central Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 979-7151. 
 
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. 
 
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. 
 
First and Third Mondays
STORY TIME AT VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Introduce children to new words and ideas through fun and engaging stories told in a variety of mediums. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
STORYTIME AT OVER THE MOON
Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.
An assortment of stories for various ages. Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery.  Directions: 5798 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet.  11am.  $free.  For more info call: 823-1144. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to "Storytime Events" above to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
January-April, Third Tuesday of the month
WIGGLES & GIGGLES
JMRL - Northside Library.
Each month, hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving. For all ages with an accompanying adult. Northside Library.  Directions: 300 Albemarle Square.  1:30pm.  $Free.  Email: northside@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
Mondays
YOUNG READERS
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Listen to a story, do an activity, and get excited about books! This program is often led by special guest readers from the community. All ages with adult. Downtown Mall.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
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November 11, Saturday
MAGICAL WORLD OF BALLET WORKSHOPS
Virginia Film Festival / Charlottesville Ballet.
As part of the Virginia Film Festival's Family Day, Charlottesville Ballet will teach two free 45-minute workshops. UVA Arts Grounds .  Directions: Drama 115C.  10:30am & 11:30am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 8.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
November 3-5 & 10-12
THE GAME'S AFOOT: HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
ShenanArts, Staunton.
300 Churchville Ave, Staunton.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-248-1868. 
 
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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