5 Things for Families

Spring Break is half over! Whether you find that fact sad or exciting, you’re still going to need some ideas to keep the family entertained. Luckily Richmond has anticipated those needs and addressed them like whoa.

1. Skunk Training Observation

It’s Spring Break in Richmond, which means there’s no way you’re not going to spend some time at Maymont with your kids. Why not add something special to the inevitable? Meet Gulliver, Maymont’s resident skunk, and watch as an educator demonstrates how this “laid-back guy” has been trained for special programs. And don’t worry: he’s been de-scented. I leave it to you to decide whether to tell your kids that.

  • Runs daily through Friday, April 10th • 4:00 – 4:20 PM
  • Eagle Amphitheater, Maymont1
  • Free! (sign in at Raptor Valley by the eagle’s nest prior to the program)

2. Flying Squirrels Home Opener

I feel like the start to the Squirrels’ season means that winter is for real over. As we say in Richmond: Have FUNN! Go NUTZ!

  • Thursday, April 9th • 6:35 PM
  • The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard
  • $8-$13

3. Minecraftapalooza!

Dumbarton Library will have a dedicated LAN server up and ready to go so attendees can hang out together in the same Minecraft world. Can you all promise not to tell my son about this?

  • Friday, April 10th &bull 2:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Dumbarton Library, 6800 Staples Mill Road
  • Free! (online registration is required UNLESS you bring your own laptop with a licensed copy of Minecraft)

4. Humpback Whales

There comes a time in every child’s life when he or she vows to become a marine biologist.2 And that time has come for your little ones. Watch as researchers investigate how these 50-foot, 48-ton animals communicate, work together, care for their young, work together, and play. Judging by how much my son and I gasped while watching this trailer, seeing the whole film in IMAX is sure to be amazing:

  • Runs Saturday, April 11th through Tuesday, June 30th • see website for show times
  • Science Museum of Virginia. 2500 W. Broad Street
  • $9 ($5 for members)

5. Global Family Concert

Head over to the Westhampton Green (AKA one of THE prettiest places on the University of Richmond Campus) and celebrate traditional music and dance from Japan, Indonesia, West Africa, India, and Brazil. After the concert, you’re welcome to get a closer look at the instruments–and even try your hand at playing them, if you like!

  • Sunday, April 12th • 3:00 PM
  • Westhampton Green, University of Richmond
  • Free!

Photo by: Photo by Thomas

  1. That’s wayyyyy down the hill, right before you get to the bears. 
  2. For me–probably like many others of my generation–it was when I saw Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home for the first time. 
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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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