5 Things for Families

Quick! Get outside and do stuff before Richmond realizes August is (almost) here and turns into a Hellmouth!

1. Clowning Around with Shakespeare

The 58th Annual Festival of Arts at Dogwood Dell continues with a fun production where kids will encounter the works of Shakespeare and hopefully get a good case of the giggles while they’re at it.

  • Friday, July 31st • 11:00 AM
  • Ha’Penny Stage, Byrd Park (near the Carillon)
  • Free

2. Station 2’s Third Anniversary Celebration

Come Friday evening, who’s actually stoked about the prospect of cooking dinner? Crazies, that’s who! Treat yoself (and yo family) to dinner out at Station 2 and help celebrate their third anniversary of bestowing excellent burgers and beers upon the good people of Richmond. Bonus: a portion of pint sales will go towards Richmond Firefighters and their efforts to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

  • Friday, August 1st • open 11:00 AM — 2:00 AM
  • Station 2, 2016 E. Main Street
  • Check out the menu for food and drink prices

3. Big Muddy Challenge

Gotta get those little ones started on endurance sports early. Have fun, get really dirty, and enjoy some family bonding during this kid-friendly mud run. The course includes 12 obstacles and is best suited for ages six and up.

  • Saturday, August 2nd • 9:00 AM — 3:30 PM
  • Ashland Berry Farm, 12607 Old Ridge Road)
  • $37 for kids, $40 for adults

4. Alligators at Maymont!

Maymont Nature & Visitor Center is getting five American alligators,1 and two of them2 will make their public debut THIS Saturday.These suckers can grow to 14 feet long and weigh in at 500 pounds, but the ones we’ll be seeing are just little babies…for now.

  • Open Tuesday through Sunday • 10:00 AM — 5:00 PM
  • Maymont Nature & Visitor Center, Shields Lake Drive entrance
  • $3; $2 for kids four and under and adults over 60; free for members and kids under four

5. 31st National Night Out

2014’s National Night Out–you know, when you and your neighbors spend time together outside to show ne’re-do-wells that you won’t tolerate any riffraff–is next Tuesday. If you haven’t decided what you’ll be doing that evening, check with your civic association for options, keep an eye on your community news site for events, or, heck, even get your own thing going–and if you do end up organizing something, make sure to register it with the RPD so they can help spread the word and maybe even stop by to say hey. Like in a good way.

  • Tuesday, August 5th • times, locations, and costs will vary

Photo by: Sharon Mollerus

  1. And also seahorses!!!! 
  2. According to the website, the others “will make appearances during environmental education programs for the public and schools.” 
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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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