5 Things for Families

It’s fall, y’all! The air is crisp, the temperatures are down, and Richmond’s family-friendly events game is on point this weekend. Get out and start livin’!

1. The Goodnight Story: What New Parents Need to Know about Babies and Sleep

FYI, that whole “sleep like a baby” idiom is a crock. Lots of babies hate sleep, which is ridiculous because sleeping is the best! Anyway, if you’ve got a bun in the oven (your first or another one to add to the batch), this class will go over the stages of sleep, what to expect at different ages, tips for setting routines and conditions conducive to sleep, and solutions for common sleep challenges.

  • Thursday, September 25th • 6:30 — 8:00 PM
  • St. Mary’s Hospital (Room 163), 5801 Bremo Road
  • Free, but pre-registration is required

2. State Fair of Virginia

Music! Animals! Rides! Weird, niche hobbies! Fried stuff dipped in batter and fried in other stuff!

  • Friday, September 26th through Sunday, October 5th • see website for hours
  • The Meadow Event Park, Exit 98 off of I-95 (in Caroline County)
  • $15 for adults and $10 for kids on weekends; $12 for adults and $8 for kids on weekdays (children ages 4 and younger are admitted free with paid adult admission

3. Hispanic Heritage Day

Enjoy performances from the Latin Ballet of Virginia and Ballet Folklorico Sagrado Corazon, food demonstrations from Cha-Cha’s Cantina, and tons more.

  • Saturday, September 27th • 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
  • CMoR Central, 2626 W. Broad Street
  • Free with admission ($8 for adults; free for members and kids under 1)

4. 10th Annual Richmond Original Italian Street Festival

I’m not aware of a plethora of Italian festivals happening around Richmond, but apparently this is the original one. I will take them at their word. Nosh on some delicious Italian fare; take the little ones to the kids area for face painting, bouncy houses, and crafts; and maybe try your hand at some culinary competitions like the pizza toss or meatball eating contest.1

  • Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th • 11:00 AM — 8:00 PM on Saturday; 11:00 AM — 6:00 PM on Sunday
  • 17th Street Farmers Market
  • $5 requested donation (kids under 6 are free)

5. Learn Knitting and Crocheting!

Get your kids in on the Maker movement by introducing them to the wonderful (and soothing, so soothing) world of creating with yarn. Kids ages eight and up are welcome, and supplies will be provided.

  • Saturday, September 27th &bull 12:00 — 4:00 PM
  • Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Avenue
  • Free, but please call 804-646-1236 to register

Photo by: biffdel

  1. I will spare you all the embarrassment and not enter the meatball eating contest. Because, dudes? I would CRUSH that thing. Though I be but little, I am fierce! And hungry. Always hungry. 
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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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