5 Things for Families

So long, Big Bike Race™, and thanks for all the ennui. Here are five things that sound pretty fun. I guess.

Photo by: Tambako the Jaguar

1. Richmond Writers Series: Noah Scalin

Enjoy an “interactive evening of creativity, fun, and suspense” with Noah Scalin, the creator of the Skull-A-Day project and its accompanying book.

  • Friday, October 2nd • 7:00 PM
  • Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street
  • Free

2. Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

It doesn’t have to be over, guys! People in Richmond are doing their own bike stuff, too! Kids of all ages and biking abilities (and their parents) are invited to spend time International Mountain Biking Associated1 certified ride instructors to work through games and exercises that will help build skills needed to tackle trails on two wheels. Each participant needs a properly working bicycle, a helmet, and water (and non-adults need to bring a guardian). This also coincides nicely with this weekend’s opening of the Capital Trail! Once you’re finished roughing it, get on the little road and take a nice, smooth ride.

  • Saturday, October 3rd • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar Street and Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Road
  • Free (but please register!)

3. Digging for Dinos

Hurry up and let your kids see that paleontology super is cool before they accidentally watch an episode of Friends and learn about Ross Geller2 and lose all interest in STEM foreverrrrrrrrrrr.

  • Saturday, October 3rd • 10:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Maymont Nature Center, 2201 Shields Lake Drive
  • $8; $6 for members

4. 10th Annual Touch a Truck

Update: Toch a Truck has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2015.

Or, as I like to call it, “10th Annual Day of Richmond Kids Losing Their Damn Minds.” Kids will get the chance to see, touch, and safely explore the big trucks and machinery that make our city “go”: tractors, backhoes, ambulances, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and helicopters. Also: faceprinting, bounce houses, and Nutzy.

  • Saturday, October 3rd • 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Avenue
  • $5 ($15 family pack also available)

5. The Frog Bride

David Gonzalez offers a fun adaptation of the Russian tale of a king who sends his three sons to find their brides. Two return with beautiful ladies, and the third returns with…a frog. Gonzalez’s storytelling skills, the original jazz-funk score, and the moving backdrop of images by Wassily Kandinsky are sure to leave your children “ribbit-ed.”3 Be sure to stick around after for a Q and A with Mr. Gonzalez.

  • Sunday, October 4th &bull 3:00 PM
  • Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond
  • $9 – $18

  1. I know, it’s not road racing, but still. By the way, do “cyclists” and “mountain bikers” hate each other? How do I know which one I should be? Surely Buzzfeed has created a quiz to determine this, no? 
  2. He’s The Worst. Don’t try to tell me any different. 
  3. I wish I could take credit for that joke, but Modlin made it first. I hate getting scooped on puns! 
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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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