5 Things for Families

The sun is probably going to be out this weekend! Get busy livin’, you crazy kids!

1. First Friday Samplers: Art Lab

The first Friday of each month the Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers “sampler” courses where, for a nominal fee, folks can spend an evening test-driving courses offered by the Center. While children are welcome at many of the Samplers anyway, this month they’ve got a kids-only option. Entitled “Art Lab”, this new Sampler will allow kids ages six to nine to work with a variety of media to create original and eclectic works of art.

  • Friday, March 6th • 5:00 PM registration; 6:00 – 7:15 PM (session I); 7:30 – 8:45 PM (session II)
  • Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main Street
  • $10

2. Richmond Public Library Book Drive

Nothing brings a family together like a little spring cleaning. That is a lie, but when you become a parent, your software update includes a desire to get! rid! of! all! the! things! Spend some time this week (preferably with your kids) going through those books collecting dust on the shelf, and then head over to the Main library branch and make a hefty contribution to the Friends of the Library Book Drive.

  • Saturday, March 7th • 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street (drive through from the Main Street parking entrance)
  • Free (I mean, other than the books you’re giving away)

3. Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (he would’ve been 111 on Monday) and kick off National Reading Month with a day of special story times, arts and crafts, and visits from some of your favorite Seussian characters. Come dressed as your favorite story book character and take part in the costume parade at 1:00 PM.

  • Saturday, March 7th • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central, 2626 W. Broad Street
  • Free with admission ($8; free for members and those under 1)

4. Stories at the Museum: I Could Do That!

March is Women’s History Month, and the Virginia Historical Society will celebrate with an educator-led reading of I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White, followed by a make-and-take craft.

  • Saturday, March 7th • 11:00 AM
  • Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard
  • Free!

5. Mother State Roller Derby vs. DC Rollergirls Capitol Offenders

It’s been a rough winter, and we’ve all probably got some pent-up anger. Perhaps watching some ladies kick ass will be vicariously cathartic for you and yours? At the very least, it’ll be a nice break from watching Frozen. Again.

  • Sunday, March 8th • 7:00 PM
  • Rollerdome Skating, 4902 Williamsburg Road
  • $10; kids under 10 are free

Photo by: Jill

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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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