5 Things for Families: Red Riding Hood, Snow Queen, Zelda, nbd

You know, if we don’t all get trapped in our homes OMG OMG MILK AND BREAD MILK AND BREAD WE ARE ALL GONNA BE DEAD.

Photo by: Serge Melki

1. Babywearing 101

Let me throw some words at you: Moby. Ergo. Bjorn. Maya. Sakura. No, that’s not your child’s class roster1; those are just a few of the babywearing options out there. If you will soon have a baby who’ll need wearing–or if you’re currently wearing a baby and worry you’re doing it incorrectly–the folks at Franklin Goose will get you sorted out.

  • Thursday, January 21st • 6:30-9:00 PM
  • Franklin Goose, 3401 W. Cary Street
  • Free!

2. Virginia Opera’s Little Red Riding Hood

Don’t let the word “opera” turn you away.2 This musical, one-act adaptation of the classic fairy tale promises to be “endearing,” “zany,” “fast-paced,” and “high-spirited.” Just like me!

  • Saturday, January 23rd, • 10:00 AM
  • Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street
  • $6-$10

3. Snow Queen Coronation

Come see Unity Bowling3 officially begin her reign at 2016’s Snow Queen. Following her coronation–and an apple cider toast provided by the folks at Relay Foods–Ms. (Queen?) Bowling will lead the kiddos in a special story time before they scamper off to enjoy winter-themed crafts and activities. Oh, and hang out with Elsa and Anna.

  • Saturday, January 23rd • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • Children’s Museum of Richmond Short Pump, 11800 W. Broad Street
  • Free with museum admission ($9 for ages 1 to 59; $8 for seniors; free for members and kids under 1)

4. Richmond Symphony presents: Video Games Live

Sit back and get stoked as the Richmond Symphony tackles music from the most popular video games of all time. The performance will also feature “completely synchronized cutting-edge video screen visuals” and special on-stage segments. Pre- and post-show activities include costume contests, a Guitar Hero competition, and meet-and-greets with top game composers and designers.

  • Saturday, January 23rd • 8:00 PM
  • Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel Street
  • $20-$70 (discounts for kids ages 3 to 17)

5. Paws to R.E.A.D.® for Teens

Exam week is getting close (or in full swing) for many local teens, and the folks with Paws to R.E.A.D. are offering up their squad of registered therapy dogs to kids ages 11 to 18 for a little quality snuggle/reading time. Slots are 10 minutes a piece, and registration is encouraged. (Parents, make sure you fill out the permission slip.) Now here’s my question: when is Paws to R.E.A.D. for Overwhelmed 30-Somethings scheduled?

  • Monday, January 25th • 4:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East Street
  • Free! (call 804.290.9400 to register)

  1. Although it totally could be. Calling it: Moby will top the list of 2016’s most popular baby name–for boys and girls. 
  2. Nothing against operas. I went to one once. It was fancy and enjoyable and I only fell asleep for a little bit. 
  3. You better click that link and read about Ms. Bowling. She sounds like the bee’s knees, y’all. 
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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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