5 Things for Families

This weekend’s family-friendly offerings just make me want to give Richmond a nice, long slow-clap. Have a look-see…

1. Riverrock

Three days of music, food, and cuh-razy sporting events–all gathered on Brown’s Island for your enjoyment. While your kids will probably enjoy the sweet bike tricks, kayaking, and what not, I guarantee they will lose their damn minds over this:

And, let’s be honest: you will, too.

2. Teen Talent: Beauty, Body, and Image Event

Inspired by the exhibit Posing Beauty in African American Culture, Teen Talent: Beauty, Body, and Image will feature works of song, dance, film, spoken word, and monologue performed by kids in grades 6 through 12. Awards will be distributed to the participants and are based on audience choice, so come out and give these young artists your support!

  • Friday, May 16th • 6:30 — 9:00 PM
  • Leslie Cheek Theater at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard
  • Free

3. How to Make a Monster

This new exhibit at the Science Museum of Virginia shows your kids the awesome things that can happen when art and technology collide. Find out how movie monsters come to be by exploring each element of their creation–from the design and story-boarding process to sculpting and molding to what you see on the big screen. Visitors will also get to be animatronic puppeteers and help bring these monsters to life.

  • Runs Saturday, May 17th through Sunday, September 7th • 9:30 AM — 5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday; 11:30 AM — 5:00 PM Sunday
  • Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
  • See website for admission packages

4. ART 180’s The Really Big Show

ART 180’s offered 11 community-based programs in creative expression this spring, and this weekend you’ll get to see what they’ve been up to! You’ll also have the chance to partake in some food truck fare and do a little shopping at the Bizarre Market.

  • Saturday, May 17th • 1:00 — 5:00 PM
  • Abner Clay Park, Brook Road between Clay and Leigh Streets
  • Free admission

5. Well Worn Pop Up Market

Speaking of shopping, be sure to stop by Gallery 5 and check out goods from 30 of Richmond’s best vintage dealers and local designers–the perfect place to pick out a belated Mother’s Day gift or graduation present. Or to just find super cute/quirky/unique stuff for you and your kids.

  • Sunday, May 18th • 12:00 — 6:00 PM
  • Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall Street
  • Free admission

Photo by: Good Eye Might

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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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