5 Things for Families

I mean, this are things to do when you’re not showering the mothers in your life with flowers and kisses and diamonds and chances to go to the bathroom alone.

1. SPARC Presents: The Music Man Jr.

What are the odds that a cast of kids ages 9 to 14 can get through this song without laughing? That alone is worth the price of admission.1

  • Runs through Sunday, May 10th • see website for show times
  • SPARC Center, 2106-A North Hamilton Street
  • $12

2. Commonwealth Parenting: Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten

Not sure your little one is ready to start kindergarten in the fall? Wondering what you can do to make the most of that first year once s/he gets there? This course will cover readiness signs on social, emotional, and cognitive levels, as well as gender differences. (Intended for parents/guardians/caregivers of pre-K children.)

  • Thursday, May 7th • 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond, Short Pump, 200 Brick Road
  • $30

3. Marvelous Moms

Kids ages two to 12 are invited to come on by and make a special gift for Mother’s Day. As far as procrastinating dads and kids older than 12…maybe the little one will let you put your name on it?

  • Friday, May 8th • 4:00 PM
  • North Avenue Library, 2901 North Avenue
  • Free (but please call 804-646-6675 to register)

4. 36th Annual Strawberry Street Festival

Games, food, music, local vendors, and (of course) strawberries available for purchase, all to benefit the kids of William Fox Elementary School.

  • Saturday, May 9th • 12:00 – 4:30 PM
  • William Fox Elementary School, 2300 Hanover Avenue
  • Free admission

5. Bark in the Park: Richmond Flying Squirrels vs. Binghamton Mets

I don’t even want to think about what would happen if I took my two dogs to the Diamond to watch a baseball game, but maybe your canine companions are capable of going out in public without totally embarrassing you/leaving a trail of destruction. If so, go for it! And if you buy your ticket through this link, $3 of the purchase price will go to the Richmond SPCA to help fund their efforts to care for animals right here in RVA.

Photo by: smith

  • Monday, May 11th &bull 6:35 PM
  • The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard
  • $8

  1. Ok, I know these are SPARC kids, so they will likely be the picture of professionalism. But the odds that I could get through that song without laughing are exactly zero. 
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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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