October Happenings

Wednesday, October 12th

Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.

Play. 9:30am-10:30am. Varina Area Library. Play is how our youngest children learn! Join this playgroup to develop early literacy skills, make new friends, and have fun! Free.

Busy Hands. 10:30am-11:00am. Gayton Branch Library. Learn to make a fun craft for little hands! Free.

Elementary Explorers. 3:00pm-4:30pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. For grades 3-5. Explore STEM topics through fun, hands-on activities, challenges and demonstrations. Free.

Junior Great Books. 6:00pm-7:15pm. Libbie Mill Library. Come join us for Junior Great Books! This four-week series (appropriate for ages 8-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Shelby Driskill at (804) 501-1940. Free.

“HOWL-O-WEEN” Meadows of Mayhem. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Varina Area Library. Varina Library Presents the 2016 HOWL-O-WEEN Meadows of Mayhem Mini Movie Festival! BEETLEJUICE – Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century’s worth of bureaucratic red tape, they’re on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. (1988, PG, 92 min.). Free.

Video Shooting Basics for Grades 9-12. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. Do you enjoy making fun videos with your friends? Want to learn how to make them even better? If yes, then this is the class for you! In this workshop we’ll discuss shooting tips and tricks to get you started as well as different camera shots and how to use them. You’ll get a chance to put your new skills to the test while creating your own video in class! Registration is required. Students are encouraged to bring their own recording devices if possible, (digital camera, camera phone, tablet, etc. – anything that can record video will work!). Free.

Teen Read Week Book Club. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Fairfield Area Library. Join us as we discuss me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Free copies can be picked up starting September 12, 2016 until supplies last at the reference desk. Free.

October Happenings

Thursday, October 13th
Fit Tots. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination. Free with admission.
Stories ‘n’ Such. 3:30pm-4:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Hear a story, then make Spook-tacular Pinecones! Free.
Twilight Tales. 6:30pm-7:15pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. Fun with stories about pumpkins, and make a pumpkin craft to take home. Free.
Friday, October 14th
Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown. Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to faraway lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books! Free with admission.
Kid’s Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll Richmond – Mechanicsville, 6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children run, play, dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party. Fee.
Friday Night at the Pumpkin Patch. Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market Outdoor Haybale Theatre. Hay rides and face painting starts at 6pm, movie about 7:15ish. Hot chocolate and warm cider. Tonight – Sesame Street – A Magic Halloween. Free.
Saturday October 15th
15 Cent Kids Days. Children’s Museum of Richmond. 15¢ Kids Days will offer admission to children for 15¢ on the 15th of each month through 2016 – generously presented by Call Federal Credit Union. Valid at all four locations (Central, Short Pump, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg), the Museum will feature activities for the entire family – in addition to the play-filled, educational environment that families across Central Virginia have come to associate with CMOR.
Boot Camp for New Dads. 9am-Noon. Locations vary. Delivered by First Things First of Greater Richmond. A unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads. Fee.
SAT Practice Test. 10:00am-2pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. Staff from Princeton Review will conduct a 4-hour SAT practice test. Limited to 50 teens who are rising high school juniors and seniors. There will be a results session on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 6:30-7:30 pm. Register with Princeton Review for the practice test and results session at http://www.princetonreview.com/college/free-sat_2016-practice-test#!practice. Type in the zip code 23229 and the library event will appear. You can also call 1-800-2REVIEW ext. 1077 if you would prefer to speak with someone.
Paws to R.E.A.D. 10:30am-Noon. Gayton Branch Library. Ages 6+. Read a story aloud to a trained therapy dog. Improve your reading confidence and make a new friend! Registration is required. Free.
Birding Backpacks at the Library. 10:30pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. Intro to Birdwatching programs as an opportunity to learn about birds and the fun hobby of birdwatching. The first half of these programs will be held indoors to share bird books and discover tips for spotting and identifying birds in the wild. Then the class will go for short walk near the library to look for birds in their natural habitat. Recommended for children 4-8 with an adult. Registration is available for those who need to borrow binoculars, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Harvest Festival. Noon-4pm. Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park, 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060. Enjoy the crisp fall beauty of Meadow Farm. Celebrate the harvest with fun for the whole family. Peruse the Farmer’s Market and explore hands-on activities and demonstrations that bring fall to the forefront. Candle dipping, apple pressing, tractor rides, and living history exhibits are to name a few. Enjoy live musical entertainment! New this year is a farmer’s market and punkin chunkin fun for the entire family!
The Great Pumpkin Fest. Noon-5pm. King’s Dominion. The 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at this year’s Great Pumpkin Fest. It’s all fun and no fear with activities for the entire family to enjoy together. It’s trick or treat, with just the treats. The Great Pumpkin Fest is for guests 60″ and under. Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. beginning September 24th. Fee.
Art & Minecraft’s. 2:00pm-4:00pm. North Park Branch Library. Ages 8+. Love playing Minecraft? Enjoy crafts inspired by Minecraft. There will also be trivia, games and food. We are playing Minecraft. Free.
Block Party. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Varina Area Library. Build and explore with legos and other blocks. Free.
Introduction to the Digital Media Lab. 2:00pm-3:00pm. Varina Area Library. This quick class for all ages will show you the equipment and software available in the Digital Media Lab at Varina Area Library. We cover the basics for the Adobe Creative Suite, 3D printing, VHS transfer, podcasting, scanning and green screens. Registration is required. Free.
Show and Tell in the DML. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Drop by the Digital Media Lab with your whole family! Stop by any time during the program to explore a fun activity and learn about some cool tech logy. Whether you spend five minutes or an hour working together, everyone will have a good time. Free.
We Haunt Harlie & Friends Night. 6pm. At Master Cho’s Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts in Short Pump. The 2nd Annual family-friendly Halloween party to include tricks, treats and yummy eats! Enjoy a haunted house, costume contests, live music and a magic show. All proceeds go to offset the financial strain of families with medically fragile children. Tickets $10 each.
Kid’s Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll Richmond – West End, 9677 W Broad St, Glen Allen, VA. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children run, play, and dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party. Fee.
Sunday, October 16th
The Great Pumpkin Fest. Noon-5pm. King’s Dominion. The 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at this year’s Great Pumpkin Fest. It’s all fun and no fear with activities for the entire family to enjoy together. It’s trick or treat, with just the treats. The Great Pumpkin Fest is for guests 60″ and under. Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. beginning September 24th. Fee.
Monday, October 17th
Itsy Bitsy Artists. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. An art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Free with admission.
Fire Safety. 11:00am-Noon. Tuckahoe Area Library. Join us as we celebrate Fire Safety Month! The Henrico County Fire Department will visit with preschoolers to talk about fire safety. A fire truck may be available for a close-up look.
Junior Great Books. 3:30pm-4:45pm. Libbie Mill Library. Come join us for Junior Great Books! This four-week series (appropriate for ages 8-11) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Shelby Driskill at (804)290-9414.
Family Time. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Learn about the science of our senses, and join us for fun family activities
Foster Parent Orientation. 6pm-7pm. Virginia Baptist Resource Center, 2828 Emerywood Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. Do you have room in your heart and home for a child in need? Do you want to make a positive difference in the life of a child? Have you considered becoming a foster parent? Please join HopeTree Foster Care on September 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Chester to learn more about how your family can become a foster family. Call (804) 201-9006 or email ShannonU@HopeTreeFS.org for more information. Free.
Tuesday, October 18th
Time to Sing. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together. Kids will use simple instruments and movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites! Free with admission.
Craft and Play. 10:00am-10:45am. Fairfield Area Library. Join our Tuesday morning playgroup for some simple crafting and play fun while we learn early literacy skills and make new friends! We meet every two weeks.
Weekly Storytime. 11am. Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall. Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.
Family Night at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. 6pm-close. Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. $10 per Race for Groups of Two or More. Thunderbolt is the perfect place for family fun! Thunderbolt Indoor Karting offers climate-controlled, indoor, electric go-kart racing. Electric karts also means customers won’t have to deal with exhaust fumes – a clean environment for your family. Thunderbolt’s karting experience is perfect for drivers of all experience levels. Their junior karts allow kids to feel the excitement of real racing without the intensity of full-blown adult karting. Junior drivers must be at least 48 inches tall. Centrally located in Chesterfield County just off Midlothian Turnpike near Chesterfield Towne Center. Offer: Must pay together with a group of two or more. Cannot be combined with other coupons, specials or offers.
Minecraft Club. 6:00pm-7:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. Come play Minecraft with us in our new Digital Media Lab. You can join in with others on our dedicated server in the same Minecraft world. Creative or survival? You decide! Online registration is required. Event is best suited for ages 8-12. Registration is required if you bring a laptop with your own copy of Minecraft.
Harvest Hullabaloo. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Varina Area Library. Bring your family and celebrate the wonders of Autumn with seasonal games, treats, storytelling and more! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
“Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age”. 7pm. Short Pump Middle School, 4701 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen 23059. A 68-minute documentary about the impact of screen time on kids and how families are working to manage this growing issue. A moderated discussion will follow the film. Reserve tickets at http://bit.ly/2cUphK9. $5/ticket. No ticket sales at the door. Not suitable for young children.
Wednesday October 19th 
Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.
Fire Safety. 10:30am-11:30am. North Park Branch Library. Celebrate Fire Safety Month! The Henrico County Fire Department will visit with preschoolers to talk about fire safety. A fire truck may be available for a close-up look. Free.
Toddler Dance Party. 10:30am-11:30am. Gayton Branch Library. Ages 24-36 months. Young children learn a great deal through music and movement. Get your toddler moving and shaking! Free.
Krafty Kids. 11:30am-Noon. Varina Area Library. Make a craft! Free.
Junior Great Books. 6:00pm-7:15pm. Libbie Mill Library. This four-week series (appropriate for ages 8-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Shelby Driskill at (804) 501-1940. Free.
“HOWL-O-WEEN” Meadows of Mayhem. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Varina Area Library. Varina Library Presents the 2016 HOWL-O-WEEN Meadows of Mayhem Mini Movie Festival! GHOSTBUSTERS! – Unemployed parapsychologists set themselves up as “Ghostbusters” to rid New York of evil monstrous apparitions that are taking over the city. Sigourney Weaver costars as Dana Barrett, the cellist whose strange happenings in her apartment lead the ghostbusting team into the clutches of a punitory poltergeist. (1984, PG, 107 min.) Free.
STEAM-Integrated Inventing with LittleBits. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Test the Library’s LittleBits Workshop set with us in the Digital Media Lab. LittleBits are modular electronic building blocks you can use to make infinite inventions. Explore the Bits, complete guided and open-ended challenges, and design original inventions to solve real-world problems! Registration is required. Free.
Thursday, October 20th
Fit Tots. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination. Free with admission.
Play, Learn, And Grow. 10:30am-11:30am. Libbie Mill Library. Playing with infants and toddlers leads to early learning and prepares children for kindergarten. Make new friends and enjoy the fun! Due to program limitations, we are unable to accommodate group visits for this program. Free.
Secret Agent/Detective Training Party. 3:30pm-4:30pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. Love a good mystery? Join us for an elite training mission at the library. Create a secret agent identity and disguise. Learn top secret tricks of the trade then follow the clues to solve a mystery. Free.
3D Printing Workshops for Teens. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Varina Area Library. See 3D printing in action! During this workshop, you will learn how to create your own 3D designs, download pre-made 3D models, and see an object being printed on the library’s Ultimaker2 3D printer. Please bring a USB thumb drive so you can save your designs. Registration is required. Free.
Family Movie. 6:30pm-8:30pm. North Park Branch Library. Watch Goosebumps. Imagine if the creatures from R.L. Stine’s creepy books came to life! Jack Black stars.(2015, PG, 103 min.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free.
College Admissions 101. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Varina Area Library. Need help navigating the college admissions process? Join My College Fit’s Amy Jasper to learn how and when to apply for admission, the five factors admissions committees review, and the basics of financial aid. This event is intended for college-bound sophomores, juniors, seniors and parents. Free.
Financial Aid 101. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. Confused about how, when, and where to get financial aid? A representative of GRASP will answer your questions in a program for high school students and their parents. GRASP, an n-profit, specializes in helping students find financial resources to continue education after high school. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. Free.
Friday, October 21st
Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown. Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to faraway lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books! Free with admission.
Show and Tell in the DML. 10:00am-Noon. Libbie Mill Library. Drop by the Digital Media Lab with your whole family! Stop by any time during the program to explore a fun activity and learn about some cool tech logy. Whether you spend five minutes or an hour working together, everyone will have a good time.
Chess Workshop. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Learn to play chess with Legacy Chess Academy! The first hour you’ll learn strategies to defeat your opponent, and you’ll spend the last hour playing chess against other teens. Did we mention there will be a giant chess set too? Registration is required.
Mario Kart Tournament. 2:30pm-5:30pm. Varina Area Library. Who is the best Mario Kart driver? If you think it might be you, register now! Join us in the Teen Department on race day!
Science After Dark: GLOW! 5pm-9pm. Science Museum of Virginia. A special evening of bioluminescent phosphorescent science! Play with fluorescent foam, create art with yarn using Kumihimo mathematical weaving techniques, get hands-on with geometrical rice art, perfect your hand-washing techniques using Glow Germ, take part in hair decorating and more! Learn how the life of dinosaurs and space collide in the dome for special all-live Cosmic Expeditions at 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm and stick around for a showing of Jurassic Park at 8 pm. After the shows, step outside to stargaze through telescopes with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Members enjoy free admission to Science after dark activities; $5 or member pass for each Dome Feature. College students with ID will receive free admission.
Halloween Festival. 6pm ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center – Midlothian. The festival kicks off at 6pm, with trick-or-treating, crafts, and activities until 8pm. Those who dare can stick around for a stroll through acac’s Walking Dead, starting at 7:30pm. The café will be serving up snacks and beverages, including funnel cake, pretzels, hot chocolate and cider. Open to the public.
Saturday, October 22nd
Boot Camp for New Dads. 9am-Noon. Locations vary. Delivered by First Things First of Greater Richmond. A unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads. Fee.
Little Owl Yoga Class. 9:30-10:15am. Melody Magic Music Studio. Special Intro Class! Little Owl Yoga is a family-centered class full of creativity! This unique class will introduce your little ones (ages 2 through 8 years) to yoga in a simple, structured program that incorporates not only basic yoga movements but also a storytime for children. And it all happens in a fun, supportive environment! This special intro class is just $5/child! Grab your spot online!
Open Season Scared Silly (PG). 10am & 2pm. Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door.
Wallace & Gromit & The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. 10 am. Byrd Theatre. Every Saturday Morning through Mid-September. With Bob Gulledge at the Mighty Wurlitzer and Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons. $1.99/ticket.
Diggin’ RVA: Discover Archaeology. 11am-2pm. Science Museum of Virginia. Celebrate International Archaeology Day at the Science Museum of Virginia! Learn about local excavations and archaeological sites. Uncover and record artifacts. Map a shipwreck! Sort pottery. Talk with real archaeologists. Scan your own treasures for 3-D printing. Touch history. And discover the science of archaeology! Free admission to activities in the Barbara Thalhimer Discovery Room; additional activities, including mock excavation and shipwreck-mapping, require museum admission. Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, RVA Archaeology, the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and the Science Museum of Virginia.
The Great Pumpkin Fest. Noon-5pm. King’s Dominion. The 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at this year’s Great Pumpkin Fest. It’s all fun and no fear with activities for the entire family to enjoy together. It’s trick or treat, with just the treats. The Great Pumpkin Fest is for guests 60″ and under. Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. beginning September 24th. Fee.
Fancy Me Mad: Graveyard Tour + Tales from Edgar Allan Poe. 5:30pm – 8pm. St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street, Richmond, 23223. a ghostly Graveyard tour, followed by tales from Mr. Poe himself. An evening of fright — for you! if you dare; For spirits come alive, and welcome you here. When the gates swing wide, and you enter in, these ghosts will confess… Buyer Beware! Cost is $5.00/person. Purchase tickets online.
Kid’s Night Out. 6pm-9pm. Romp n’ Roll Midlothian, 11541 Busy St, Richmond, VA 23236. Parents get an evening to themselves while the children run, play, and dance and create their own masterpiece with energetic instructors. The evening also includes a pizza party dinner and ends with a bubble dance party. Fee.
Friday Night at the Pumpkin Patch. Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market Outdoor Haybale Theatre. Hay rides and face painting starts at 6pm, movie about 7:15ish. Hot chocolate and warm cider. Tonight – Disney’s Adventure of Icabod and Mr Toad. Free.
Saturday, October 22nd & Sunday, October 23rd
CENTRAL VIRGINIA CELTIC FESTIVAL & HIGHLAND GAMES. Richmond Raceway Complex 600 E Laburnum Ave Richmond VA 23222. Fiddle Competition, Harp Competition, Heavy Athletics, Highland Dance, Hurling, Piping and Drumming Competition, Rugby, Vendor Village, Wee Ones Area & Whisky Tasting. Fee.
Sunday, October 23rd
The Great Pumpkin Fest. Noon-5pm. King’s Dominion. The 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at this year’s Great Pumpkin Fest. It’s all fun and no fear with activities for the entire family to enjoy together. It’s trick or treat, with just the treats. The Great Pumpkin Fest is for guests 60″ and under. Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. beginning September 24th. Fee.
Goblins & Gourds. 1pm-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Harvest celebration with live music, pumpkin decorating, good green fun in the Children’s Garden. Regular Garden admission.
Monday, October 24th
Itsy Bitsy Artists. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. An art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Free with admission.
Junior Great Books. 3:30pm-4:45pm. Libbie Mill Library. Come join us for Junior Great Books! This four-week series (appropriate for ages 8-11) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Shelby Driskill at (804)290-9414.
Krafty Kids. 3:30pm-4:15pm. Glen Allen Branch Library. Join us as we learn to make a Halloween craft.
The Upcycled Lab. 6:00pm-7:30pm. Varina Area Library. Reuse materials to create gorgeous DIY item! Materials provided just bring your creativity!
Tuesday October 25th 
Time to Sing. 10 Am. Cuesday, October 25thartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. You and your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and making music together. Kids will use simple instruments and movements to learn new songs as well as sing along with their favorites! Free with admission.
Weekly Storytime. 11am. Pottery Barn Kids, Short Pump Mall. Kids can enjoy some of their favorite books read aloud. Free.
Live Action CLUE! 6:00pm-8:00pm. North Park Branch Library. Whether you are a fan of the board game CLUE or have never played before, you will want to join us for the live action version of this murder mystery game. Elude suspicion and solve the mystery to win exciting prizes. Halloween costumes are encouraged but optional. We suspect YOU will do it in the LIBRARY! Free.
Teen Writers Guild. 6:00pm-7:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Meet with fellow young writers in the area to discuss the craft, share work, and explore great writing. Free.
Family Night at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. 6pm-close. Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. $10 per Race for Groups of Two or More. Thunderbolt is the perfect place for family fun! Thunderbolt Indoor Karting offers climate-controlled, indoor, electric go-kart racing. Electric karts also means customers won’t have to deal with exhaust fumes – a clean environment for your family. Thunderbolt’s karting experience is perfect for drivers of all experience levels. Their junior karts allow kids to feel the excitement of real racing without the intensity of full-blown adult karting. Junior drivers must be at least 48 inches tall. Centrally located in Chesterfield County just off Midlothian Turnpike near Chesterfield Towne Center. Offer: Must pay together with a group of two or more. Cannot be combined with other coupons, specials or offers.
Spook-tacular Magic Show. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Fairfield Area Library. Celebrate Halloween with a magic show starring Amazing Mr. B. Halloween treats will be shared at the end of the show. Free.
Teen Writers Guild. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Play with your words! Enjoy writing challenges, talk about the craft of writing, do some more writing and share your work at the end of the night (if you want to). Did I mention that there will be snacks too? Writing is hard work and needs snacks! Come hang out, meet other writers in our area. Don’t forget to bring a pen or pencil! Free.
Wednesday, October 26th
Move with Me. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. Clap your hands, stomp your feet, move your bodies to the beat! Miss Sarah Ruppel, of the Richmond Ballet, leads a creative and energetic movement time for your little dancers every Wednesday at 10. Free with admission.
All Ages Dead-A-Thon. 6:00pm-8:00pm. North Park Branch Library. Prepare to celebrate Day of the Dead with activities, crafts and snacks for all ages. Families are welcome! Free.
Community Craft & Games Night. 6:00pm-8:00pm. Sandston Branch Library. Bring some craft supplies and games and enjoy a fun and relaxing evening while community members learn to use different craft materials to make an original piece of art. Free.
Junior Great Books. 6:00pm-7:15pm. Libbie Mill Library. Come join us for Junior Great Books! This four-week series (appropriate for ages 8-12) will inspire close reading and rich discussion of world literature using the Shared Inquiry method. Children will hone their critical thinking and communication skills while exploring fiction, essays, and poetry. Register here for all four sessions. If you would like to sign up for individual sessions, please contact Shelby Driskill at (804) 501-1940. Free.
SAT Practice Test Results. 6:30pm-7:30pm. Tuckahoe Area Library. Staff from Princeton Review will conduct a results session for the SAT Practice Test held on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Register with Princeton Review for the results session at http://www.princetonreview.com/college/free-sat-practice-test.aspx. Type in the zip code 23229 and the library event will appear. You can also call 1-800-2REVIEW ext. 1077 if you would prefer to speak with someone.
Anime Club. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Libbie Mill Library. Do you love anime? Want to learn more about it? Gather to watch and talk about Japanese animation. Each meeting, we’ll screen a different anime and enjoy everything from classic titles to new favorites. Free.
Thursday, October 27th
Fit Tots. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. It’s never too early to instill the importance of leading healthy and active lifestyles! Participants will be lead through various activities that help develop flexibility and hand-eye coordination. Free with admission.
Busy Hands. 11:15:00 AM-11:45:00 AM. Tuckahoe Area Library. Create a tree craft! Free.
Krafty Kids. 4:00 PM-4:30 PM. North Park Branch Library. Learn to make a fun and not so scary Halloween craft. Free.
Monster Bash. 6:30 PM-7:30 PM. Libbie Mill Library. Come have a spooky good time at our Monster Bash! We’ll have crafts and activities that will bring out the monster in you. Costumes are encouraged! Free.
Teen Game Night. 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. Varina Area Library. Get your Game on! Meet in the new teen room and mingle with other teens who love games! Free.
Friday, October 28th
Storytime. 10am. Cartwheels & Coffee, Carytown. Sponsored by bbgb tales for kids and lead by Miss Hannah, story time will take you to faraway lands, introduce you to new friends with all sorts of interesting creatures, and allow you to discover a world of imagination inside your favorite books! Free with admission.
Haunted Henricus, Jr. – Things That Go Bump in the Afternoon (ages 2 – 8). 3pm – 4pm. Henricus Historical Park. Stories, a treats tour and a make & take 17th century craft. For children ages 2 – 8. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by October 26 by calling (804) 318-8797. Fee.
Friday Night at the Pumpkin Patch. Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market Outdoor Haybale Theatre. Hay rides and face painting starts at 6pm, movie about 7:15ish. Hot chocolate and warm cider. Tonight – It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Free.
Haunted Henricus – Things That Go Bump in the Night. 7pm – 8:30pm. Henricus Historical Park. Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows. Light refreshments served. Tours not appropriate for children under 6. Registration required by October 24 by calling (804) 748-1611. Fee.
Family Camp-Out: Spooky Spectacular. October 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm – October 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am. Maymont Grounds. Meet some of Maymont’s spooky creatures as we celebrate “Owl”-oween! Explore the grounds on a lantern-lit hike. Afterwards, we’ll make s’mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Following a night in your tent on Maymont’s grounds, enjoy a continental breakfast and take a morning hike. Ages 4 and older; one adult must be registered for every four children. Register online by October 25.
Saturday, October 29th
Scarytown Trick or Treating. More details to follow,
Boot Camp for New Dads. 9am-Noon. Locations vary. Delivered by First Things First of Greater Richmond. A unique father-to-father community-based workshop prepares and equips expectant dads to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates, and navigate their transformation into dads. Fee.
Just Say BOO! Musical Playdate. 10:00-10:40am. Melody Magic Music Studio. For ages 0-5 years, with a parent. Back by popular demand, it’s the most unique Halloween celebration around: a musical costume party! Dress up in any type of costume, move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!), play some instruments, and use your imaginations! Advance registration required, and space is limited. Grab your spot online!
Casper. 10 Am. Byrd Theatre. Every Saturday Morning Through Mid September. With Bob Gulledge at the Mighty Wurlitzer and Classic Warner Brothers Cartoons. $1.99/ticket.
Monster House. 10:30am-Noon. Sandston Branch Library. Watch Monster House on our big screen and enjoy a scary good treat! (2006, PG, 86 min.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free.
Krafty Kids. 11:00am-11:30am. North Park Branch Library. Make a fun and not so scary Halloween craft. Free.
OctoberFest. 11am-4pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Live music, local food and beers for purchase; games and prizes. Bring canned goods to benefit FeedMore. Sponsored by Meriwether Godsey. Regular Garden admission.
The Great Pumpkin Fest. Noon-5pm. King’s Dominion. The 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at this year’s Great Pumpkin Fest. It’s all fun and no fear with activities for the entire family to enjoy together. It’s trick or treat, with just the treats. The Great Pumpkin Fest is for guests 60″ and under. Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. beginning September 24th. Fee.
3D Printing Workshop for Parent & Child. 2:30pm-4:30pm. Libbie Mill Library. Grade K-4 with an adult. See 3D printing in action! During this workshop, you will learn how to create your own 3D designs, download pre-made 3D models, and see an object being printed on the library’s Ultimaker2 3D printer. Please bring a flash drive so you can save your design. Parents, please register yourself and add your child’s age in the section before submitting. This class lasts 90 minutes, but you can leave early if your little one gets the wiggles :-)Please be on time and be aware that if you are late 10 minutes or more for class, your seat may be given away.
The Maker’s Lab-Candy Making. 2:30pm-4:00pm. Varina Area Library. Learn the art of making your own Trick-or-Treat! Spaces are limited and registration is required. Free.
Celebrate Halloween. 3:00pm-4:00pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Wear your costume for crafts, stories and fortune telling. There may be treats…! Free.
Halloween Fair. 3:00pm-4:00pm. Gayton Branch Library. Storytelling, games, face painting, crafting, and more! This free event is great for families looking for a safe and fun indoor Halloween celebration. Costumes encouraged. Hosted by the West End TAB and sponsored by the Friends of the Gayton Library. Free.
Haunted Henricus – Things That Go Bump in the Night. 7pm – 8:30pm. Henricus Historical Park. Experience an evening of spellbinding accounts and legendary tales as storytellers relive old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Capture the essence of what a Colonist felt between 1607-1622 in a strange new land surrounded by danger, darkness and uncertain peril. The harvest is in, the nights grow longer and danger lurks in the shadows. Light refreshments served. Tours not appropriate for children under 6. Registration required by October 24 by calling (804) 748-1611. Fee.
Sunday, October 30th
Spooky Party. 10am-4pm. All Children’s Museum locations. CMOR invites little ones to give their Halloween costumes a trial-run at CMOR’s annual Spooky Party celebration! All museum locations will offer Halloween-themed activities, games, and art projects. Special performers, DIY face painting workshops, tricks and treats will complete the lineup of this annual Halloween event. This event is free with museum admission.
Just Say BOO! Musical Playdate. 10:00-10:40am. Melody Magic Music Studio. For ages 0-5 years, with a parent. Back by popular demand, it’s the most unique Halloween celebration around: a musical costume party! Dress up in any type of costume, move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!), play some instruments, and use your imaginations! Advance registration required, and space is limited. Grab your spot online!
The Great Pumpkin Fest. Noon-5pm. King’s Dominion. The 50th anniversary of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” at this year’s Great Pumpkin Fest. It’s all fun and no fear with activities for the entire family to enjoy together. It’s trick or treat, with just the treats. The Great Pumpkin Fest is for guests 60″ and under. Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. beginning September 24th. Fee.
Monday, October 31st
Itsy Bitsy Artists. 10am. Cartwheels and Coffee, Carytown. An art experience will be loads of fun and sometimes a little messy. Free with admission.
Just Say BOO! Musical Playdate. 10:00-10:40am. Melody Magic Music Studio. For ages 0-5 years, with a parent. Back by popular demand, it’s the most unique Halloween celebration around: a musical costume party! Dress up in any type of costume, move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!), play some instruments, and use your imaginations! Advance registration required, and space is limited. Grab your spot online!
Busy Hands. 3:30pm-4:30pm. Twin Hickory Area Library. Share a story, then make Prickly Monsters! Free.
“HOWL-O-WEEN” Meadows of Mayhem. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Varina Area Library. Varina Library Presents the 2016 HOWL-O-WEEN Meadows of Mayhem Mini Movie Festival! We present MONSTERS, INC.! This animated feature from the creators of Toy Story shows us the life behind the scenes of things that go bump in the night. The big, blue and fuzzy James P. Sullivan (Goodman) and his opinionated, one-eyed roommate Mike Wzowski (Crystal) are two professional “scare specialists” Their job is to harness the energy created when they make little kids scream. (2001, G, 92 min.) Free.
Halloween Hoopla. 4pm-8pm. Thanks to Dominion, Halloween is safe, fun, and FREE for kids at the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s annual Halloween Hoopla. Children can have an authentic Halloween experience trick-or- treating in our kid-size neighborhood consisting of six Fan-District-style houses complete with spooky decorations. Other activities will include Halloween art projects, reptiles from Reptile Adventure, and games! Adult admission tickets can be purchased at the Children’s Museum for $4 each. Children are free! Tickets will go on sale October 1st.
Harvest Festival on Halloween Night. 6-8:30pm. House of Prayer in Chesterfield, 10500 Newbys Bridge Road, Chesterfield. Games, inflatable slides and bouncy houses, pony rides, food, and candy. A great alternative for families who may not live in a location conducive to trick or treating on the evening of Halloween. Free.