5 Things for Families

One of this week’s events involves little kids reading to a dog named Bernard. If that doesn’t entice you…well, maybe this relationship we have going on just isn’t meant to be.

1. 40th Annual Greek Festival

Awwww, baby’s first baklava! Part of the proceeds from this year’s festival will go to Richmond Friends of the Homeless; C2Adopt; Autism Society Central Virginia; and Elijah House Academy.

  • Thursday, May 28th through Sunday, May 31st • see website for a day-to-day schedule
  • Sts. Contantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Avenue
  • Free admission; see website for food prices

2. Bikes: Science on Two Wheels

Oh man, I know so many bike nerds who are gonna be so stoked about this. Check out a diverse collection of historic, rare, and just plain weird bikes as you learn about the science and innovation behind this mode of transportation that’s been shaking up how people live, play, and work since the 19th century

  • Opens Saturday, May 30th • 9:30 AM — 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday; 11:30 AM — 5:00 PM Sunday
  • Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
  • Free with admission; see website for pricing options

3. Mark Nizer Experience

There will be juggling, there will be music, there will be…lasers? Well, I guess if the world “Experience” is in the title of the show, lasers are to be expected.

  • Saturday, May 30th • 10:00 AM (doors open at 9:00 AM)
  • Gottwald Playhouse at CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street
  • $10 for adults; $6 for kids ages 1 and up

4. Inclusive LEGO and Game Club

Children of all abilities in grades K through 8th are invited to take part in Autism Society Central Virginia’s monthly Inclusive LEGO and Game Club. They’ll have thousands (yes, THOUSANDS) of LEGO on hand, as well as board games and card games for the kids to play with.

  • Saturday, May 30th &bull 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM
  • Downtown YMCA, 2 W. Franklin Street
  • Free (visit the Eventbrite page to register your child)

5. PAWS to R.E.A.D.

Bernard–an official and experienced Reading Education Assistance Dog–will take appointments with new readers this weekend, allowing them a fun, snuggly, and judgement-free space to practice (and build confidence in) their literacy skills.

  • Saturday, May 30th • 3:00 PM — 4:00 PM
  • Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Avenue
  • Free (please call 804-646-1236 to schedule a 20-minute appointment with Bernard)

Photo by: Patrick McConahay

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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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