5 Things for Families: A bestselling author, banana-like cuties, tiny virtuosos, and more!

For being so short, February sure has taken it’s sweet time GTFO-ing. Let’s taunt it on its way out with activity, merriment, and learning stuff! Take that, Febr-EWWWW-ary

Got some dang teens that need to get out of the house? Our intern, Chris, is a real live teenager! He indulges our old-people cluelessness by writing 5 Things for Teens every week. It’s out on Friday mornings, and maybe if you tell your teen that you really hate it, they’ll get into it!

1. Meet Chris Grabenstein

Spend some time with the man behind the New York Times bestseller Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library as he introduces its newly-released (and equally puzzle-packed) sequel, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics. Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, your upper elementary/early middle school-aged kids will…and they’re gonna be stoked.

  • Wednesday, February 24th • 7:00 PM
  • bbgb, 3003 W. Cary Street
  • Free!

2. Movie Night: Minions


  • Thursday, February 25th • 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Glen Allen Library, 10501 Staples Mill Road
  • Free (includes snacks!)

3. Chromatography for Kids: Art Meets Science

Kids ages 4 through 8 are invited to explore the science of colors through experiment centers, art activities, and special story times. I’m 83% sure this is going to messy and 100% sure it’s going to be super cute.

  • Saturday, February 27th • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Midlothian Library, 521 Coalfield Road
  • Free (register online)

4. George Washington Carver & Friends

The Children’s Museum of Richmond closes out its series of Black History Month events with what’s promising to be a fast-paced, hilarious, and empowering introduction to some of the most influential people throughout history, including Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, C.J. Walker, Booker T. Washington, and (of course) George Washington Carver.

  • Saturday, February 27th • 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond Central, 2626 W. Broad Street
  • Free with museum admission ($9 for adults and children over 1; $8 for seniors; free for members and children under 1)

5. Youth Orchestra Side-by-Side with Richmond Symphony

Watch as the top members of the Richmond Symphony’s Youth Orchestra take the stage with the pros to form a 112-member orchestra. And then call your mom to apologize for giving up on those violin lessons.

  • Sunday, February 28th • 4:00 PM
  • Carpenter Theatre Dominion Arts Center, 600 E. Grace Street
  • 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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