5 Things for Families

Five sure-to-please, family-friendly haps coming your way over the next few days.

Get outta here, April showers! Time to let May do its thang. And based on how this weekend’s events are stacking up, its thang is looking pretty-pretty good. Yeah, that got weird. Anyhoo! Here you go: five sure-to-please, family-friendly haps coming your way over the next few days…

1. Stories at the Museum

Honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with an educator-led reading of Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan and complete your own make-and-take craft before you go!

  • Saturday, May 2nd • 11:00 AM
  • Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard
  • Free

2. May Faire

I still can’t believe May starts this week. Celebrate that mind-blowing fact with the folks over at Richmond Waldorf School. They’ll have crafts, music, puppet shows, and even pony rides! Goatacado will also be on-hand should all that fun-having leave you and yours jonesing for something to eat.

  • Saturday, May 2nd • 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Richmond Waldorf School, 1000 Westover Hills Boulevard
  • Free admission

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings some of this Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal-winner’s most beloved works to life with the help of black lights and some pretty clever puppetry. I mean, Eric Carle and puppets? Your kids are going to lose their damn minds. You probably will, too. All are welcome to stay after the show for a Q & A with members of the Mermaid Theatre.

Here’s a nice little preview if–for some inexplicable reason–you need more convincing…

  • Sunday, May 3rd • 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Alice Jepson Theatre at Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond
  • $9-$18

4. May the Fourth Be With You: Screening of Star Wars

It’s the most nerdiest day of the year!

  • Monday, May 4th • 4:30 PM
  • Belmont Library, 3100 Ellwood Avenue
  • Free!

5. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Get a load of this: “A madcap trio of ambitious prop-laden actors weave their wicked way through Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter!” I’m tired just reading about this. But I also support anything that is described as “madcap.” Only good things can come of that.

  • Tuesday, May 5th • 7:00 PM
  • Carriage House Lawn, Maymont
  • Free!

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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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