5 Things for Families: Nostalgia, do-gooding, art, and tasty treats

Four out of five of this week’s chosen events make me feel Feelings™. The other one just sounds real cute. You can’t lose, is what I’m saying.

Photo by: Dottie B.

1. The House at Pooh Corner

“Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.”

Based on the A.A. Milne classic of the same name, this one-hour show is sure to enchant your little ones and/or make you feel all sorts of warm, lumpy-throat feelings over ones who maybe aren’t so little anymore.

  • Friday, October 16th through Sunday, November 15th • see website for showtimes
  • The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive
  • $18

2. HandsOn Day 2015

Over 1,000 Richmonders are all set to take part in more than 60 service projects to show our town some love–you and your kids need to get in on this! Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of kid-friendly HandsOn Day opportunities, lovingly curated by moi. And be sure to stop by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery after you finish up to celebrate with your fellow volunteers.

  • Saturday, October 17th • 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • All around town! See the website for project locations
  • Four hours of your time

3. Make a Matisse Masterpiece

Elementary school-aged artists are invited to create their own Matisse-inspired paper collages as they learn about his work, technique, and process. Completed masterpieces will be displayed at Chester Library.

  • Saturday, October 17th • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Chester Library, 11800 Centre Street
  • Free (registration is required)

4. 2nd Annual S’Mores Fest 2015

Help the folks at Gather kick off their month-long school supply drive for the YWCA with s’mores made on-site, craft beers, a food truck, and all kinds of fun stuff for the kids. I know, it makes no sense: they’re celebrating their do-gooding by giving us the best snack ever. Just go with it.

  • Saturday, October 17th • 1:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Gather, 409 E. Main Street
  • Free (but please bring some school supplies to add to the stash!)

5. 4th Annual Children’s Concert: Hoedown with Hope

Games, snacks provided by Sugar Shack, and music from the super fun Hope Harris–all to benefit the World Pediatric Project and its efforts to give children around the world access to quality, critical care that will help them live full and productive lives.

  • Sunday, October 18th • 3:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Westhampton Field, 901 Maple Avenue
  • $10 (kids 2 and under are 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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