5 Things for Families

I’m already tired from this weekend, and it hasn’t even happened yet. But it’s a good tired, ya know?

1. LEGO KidsFest

Three days of LEGO cuh-ray-zee-ness. And yes, it’s “LEGO”–as in “You need to clean up your LEGO or I’m going vacuum up every single brick.” Call them “legos” and you just might get shown the door. Heads up: as of this writing, both Saturday sessions are sold out, as is the Sunday morning session. Friday and Sunday afternoon have limited availability, so hop to it before your child hates you forever.

  • Friday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 5th • see website for session times (each session is 4.5 hours long)
  • Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd Street
  • $22 for adults, $20 for kids

2. Junior League of Richmond’s 9th Annual Touch a Truck

Because I know when I think of the Junior League, I think of trucks, helicopters, buses, and especially tractors. All kidding aside, JLR does an amazing job with this event every year–great food vendors, fun games for the kids, and plenty of heavy machinery for your kids to go nuts over.

  • Saturday, October 4th • 10:00 AM — 3:00 PM
  • Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue
  • $5

3. Gallmeyer Farms Fall Festival

Music, food vendors, crafts, hay rides, PONY rides, and (of course) pumpkins. If you’re not familiar with Gallmeyer Farms, you should be. Situated about 15 minutes outside of Richmond proper and staffed by the nicest people around, it is consider The Pumpkin Patch in our house.

  • Saturday, October 4th • 10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
  • The Pumpkin Patch, 4506 Millers Lane
  • Free admission

4. Girls in Science Camp In: E-textiles

Middle school girls get the chance to team up with professional scientists (who also happen to be female) “to develop soft circuits and create wearable technology.” I’m not sure what that first part means, so now I actually kind of wish I were back in middle school so I could go to this and find out.

  • Saturday, October 4th through Sunday, October 5th • drop-off at 6:30 PM; pick-up at 9:00 AM
  • Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
  • $10 (please call 804-864-1400 to register)

5. Family Lantern-Making

InLight Richmond (one of Richmond’s most loved and most anticipated fall events) is scheduled for November 21st, and the Community Lantern Parade kicks off the whole shebang. Get a jump on making sure you and your family are part of the action! 1708 Gallery will host this family workshop during which you and yours can construct colorful paper lanterns to carry in the parade next month.

  • Sunday, October 5th • 2:00 — 4:00 PM
  • Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main Street
  • Free

Photo by: Thunderchild7

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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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