5 Things for Families: Founding Fathers, flowers, film, footie, and more!

Hey, spring, hey! Good to have you back, buddy.

Photo by: HereIsTom

(Heads up: None of these events are Easter-related. I’ll tell you all about those later this week.)

1. “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Anniversary Reenactment

Wednesday marks the 241st anniversary of Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty, or give me death!” speech, which he delivered in St. John’s Church–the very same St. John’s Church located in Richmond’s own Church Hill! It’s like a law that Richmond residents see this reenactment, so you might as well introduce it to your kids while there’s a little fanfare going on. Also: who doesn’t love seeing a red head gettin’ all shouty?

  • Wednesday, March 23rd • 5:30 – 7:00 PM (music program begins at 5:45 PM; reenactment starts promptly at 6:15 PM)
  • St. John’s Church, 2401 E. Broad Street
  • Free (but you can avoid the lines by buying a $5 ticket ahead of time)

2. A Million Blooms

When A Million Blooms opens at Lewis Ginter, we can all rest easy knowing that we’ve really escaped Old Man Winter’s ice-crusted clutches and entered the glory that is springtime in Richmond. Daffodils! Tulips! Peonies! Roses! More! It’s all so dreamy and not winter-ish. Be sure to also check out the new Cherry Tree Walk around Sydnor Lake while you’re there!

  • Saturday, March 26th (runs through June 1st) • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
  • Free with garden admission ($12 for adults; $11 for seniors; $8 for kids ages 3 to 12; free for members and kids under 3)

3. Movies & Mimosas: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Option 1: Spend the morning enjoying a true Hollywood classic with your kids.
Option 2: Spend the morning enjoying a true Hollywood classic with booze while you pay someone else to watch your kids.

  • Saturday, March 26th and Sunday, March 27th • 11:00 AM
  • Movieland, 1301 N. Boulevard
  • $5.50 (for option 1 at least; option 2 will vary depending on how much your babysitter charges)

4. Richmond Kickers Home Opener

The beautiful game returns to Richmond as the Kickers take on the Harrisburg City Islanders. Be sure to get there early for food trucks, craft beers, moon bounces, and a panel discussion on what the heck a “City Islander” is. I made that last one up, but those other things are totally happening!

  • Saturday, March 26th • doors open at 3:30 PM; game begins at 5:00 PM
  • City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Avenue
  • $12-$20

5. Introduction to 3-D Printing and Tinkercard

Kids ages 11 to 15 are invited to learn the basic of 3-D printing and get an introduction to Tinkercard, an online design and modeling tool that will allow them to put their newly-acquired 3-D printing knowledge to good use. I would personally be very excited to see whatever items anyone within that age bracket deems worthy of printing. Bonus: excellent spring break activity for those hard-to-please tween/teens.

  • Monday, March 28th • 11:00 AM — 2:00 PM
  • Ettrick-Matoaca Library, 4501 River Road (South Chesterfield)
  • Free (registration required)
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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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