5 Things for Families

We’re currently in that teeny sliver of springtime in which we Richmonders only have the pollen to complain about. Get out and enjoy it!

1. Butterflies LIVE!

Not to be confused with Butterflies DEAD! Just kidding–that’s not a thing. That would be a horrible exhibit. This beloved Richmond-in-springtime event allows you to get up-close-and-personal with hundreds of tropical (and totally alive!) butterflies as they “feed, flutter, and take flight around you.”

  • Runs Friday, April 17th through Sunday, October 11th • 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM daily
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
  • Free with admission ($12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for kids ages 3 to 12; free for members and kids under 3)

2. Virginia Firefighter Games & Festival

Check out modern and antique fire engines, enjoy some music and kids’ activities, and watch as firefighters from across the region battle it out to see who is the firefighteriest of them all! Seriously though, the “games” part of this event will show the strength and endurance required of these first responders when they head into work. You will be humbled and amazed, I am sure.

  • Saturday, April 18th • 9:30 AM — 4:30 PM
  • Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad Street
  • Free!

3. Movies & Mimosas: Beetlejuice

Because too many of our kids only know Michael Keaton as the voice of Chick Hicks and Ken.

  • Saturday, April 18th and Sunday, April 19th &bull 11:00 AM (doors open at 10:30 AM)
  • Movieland, 1301 N. Boulevard
  • $5.50

4. Richmond Earth Day Festival

Earth Day isn’t until the 22nd, but Richmond just refuses to wait until then to celebrate. Besides, a weekday just doesn’t offer enough time to sufficiently nosh on local food; enjoy Earth-friendly art, exhibits, and activities (including great stuff for the kids); and take part in fun river activities like kayaking and paddle boarding.

  • Saturday, April 18th • 11:00 AM — 5:00 PM
  • Great Shiplock Park, Dock and Pear Streets in Shockoe Bottom
  • Free!

5. Explore the Outdoors

More than 50 local outdoor-loving organizations will be on hand so you and yours can try out tree climbing, archery, fishing, gardening, live animal encounters, and about a gazillion more activities that will grow your love for Mother Nature and all her glory. I hear Curious George will be there, too. Your kids will probably think that’s pretty cool.

  • Sunday, April 19th • 1:00 — 5:00 PM
  • Huguenot Park, 10901 Robious Road
  • Free!

(Don’t forget: kindergarten registration starts on Thursday! Make sure you and your little one are ready!)

Photo by: lircmatt92

  • error

    Report an error

Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

There are 3 reader comments. Read them.