Category: Free & Cheap Events

February 28th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

culinary arts competition fort lee

Daily beginning tomorrow through March 7, Fort Lee will be hosting the 37th Annual Military Culinary Arts Competition, billed as the “largest culinary arts competition in North America.” It is free to the public to observe the daily cooking competitions, demonstrations, and ice carvings from 9am-5pm.

And if watching delicious food being prepared makes your tummy rumble, you are in luck: Beginning at 11am each day, two of the groups will be making 3-course gourmet lunches for the extremely affordable price of $4.55.

Yes, $4.55, I called to double-check. And I was told a big crowd shows up, so plan to be there early or by 11am if you want in on one of these meal bargains! Here are the menus for tomorrow’s teams to give you a little sample:

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Fort Lee Post Field House, B6008

For more information call 804-734-3106 and check out the Facebook page.

Fort Lee is located south of Richmond, just to the east of Petersburg (500 Lee Ave, Fort Lee, VA 23801)

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March 30th, 2011 by Alison

All events are free admission unless noted!


International Film Festival: White Material – Friday 3pm & 7:30pm; Jepson Hall 118, University of Richmond
France, 2009. Directed by Clair Denis. 102 min. White Material, a powerful drama directed and co-written by Claire Denis (Chocolat), features Maria, a Frenchwoman who refuses to leave her African coffee plantation as civil war breaks out

First Fridays Art Walk – Friday 5-9:30pm; historic Broad St
Experience nearly 40 diverse creative businesses, organizations, and accommodations located in Downtown Richmond through a self-guided walking tour on and off Historic Broad Street between Belvidere and 8th Streets

First Fridays: Happy Lucky Combo – Friday 6-8pm; Best Cafe & Atrium, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
“A café, a cabaret, a carnival”, Happy Lucky Combo is World Music Southern Style with Barry Bless, Pippin Barnett and Dave Yohe. This exuberant musical trio of accordion, stand-up bass and drums – inspired by tango, klezmer, zydeco, oriental, and the blues – plays sounds that have filled rooms and streets for generations.

Cinema Classics: The Absent-Minded Professor ($1) – Friday 7pm; Henrico Theatre
“Experience olde time cinema” at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: Henrico Theatre Staff, 328-4491.


monument ave 10k

Monument Avenue 10k – Saturday beginning at 8am; Monument Avenue
Non-runners can cheer along the racecourse (and make signs at party stops – see website), listen to bands scattered along the route, and attend the post-race festival in Monroe park. There will be 40,000 runners!

Chesterfield County Confederate History & Heritage Program – Saturday 12-3pm; Historic 1917 Courthouse, 6807 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield
The Chesterfield Historical Society will present an educational program on Confederate history and heritage, including speakers, living history, exhibits, banjo and fiddle music, and cannon firing

Richmond Concert Band: An Afternoon at the Museum – Saturday 2-3pm; Science Museum of Virginia
Saturday afternoon is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy the Richmond Concert Band with its own brand of symphonic music and this special performance. Free.

Sheep Shearing – Saturday 1-3pm; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. It is shearing time, and Meadow Farm is using historic hand shears on their herd of Gulf Coast Native sheep. Come watch the process and learn more about this rare breed and how their wool was used. Information: Anna Truong, 501-2130.

Cinema Classics: The Absent-Minded Professor ($1) – Saturday 2pm & 7pm; Henrico Theatre
“Experience olde time cinema” at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: Henrico Theatre Staff, 328-4491.


Open Studio – Sunday 1-4pm; Art Education Center, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Stop by the Art Education Center every first Sunday of the month for a free do-it-yourself art project inspired by works from VMFA’s world-renown collection. (Projects will vary based on available supplies.)

Kite Day – Sunday 1-4pm; Clover Hill Athletic Complex, 17701 Genito Rd
Bring the whole family out for a free, fun day of kite flying and other childrens activities at Clover Hill Athletic Complex (fields 7 & 8). The event is free, but preregistration is suggested. To reserve a kite, call Mark Pinney, 748-1992. More info available from the Chesterfield Observer

International Film Festival: White Material – Sunday 7:30pm; Jepson Hall 118, University of Richmond
(see Friday)

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March 30th, 2011 by Alison

kings dominion

Kings Dominion opens Saturday! Here are a couple of discounts currently available:

    Guests that donate a new-unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots at Kings Dominion on April 2 and 3 will receive 50% off regular General Admission ($57.99) that day.

    Now through May 30, “Everyone’s a Kid” at Kings Dominion, meaning you can purchase tickets for the kids price of $34.99 each. Must purchase in advance online!

    Kings Dominion is also offering $16 off for wearing VCU or University of Richmond apparel April 2, 3, 9 & 10, but if the savings are off the full ticket price, you’re better off ordering the “Kid” tickets online.

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March 28th, 2011 by Alison

If you enjoy either of these authors, you won’t want to miss your chance to hear them and get books signed next week (free of course!)

guys read

Guys Read: Jon Scieszka at St. Christopher’s School
699 Pepper Avenue
Monday, April 4 from 7-9pm
Free, but reservations required (available online)

How can parents and teachers help boys become self-motivated, lifelong learners? To find out, join former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka for an evening of laughter and learning. Adults only, please. Donations accepted to support Read Aloud Virginia and Guys Read

(Scieszka is author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Math Curse, and some of the Time Warp Trio series)

david baldacci all henrico reads

As part of Henrico’s 400th Anniversary celebration, David Baldacci will be speaking at 7pm April 5, at Glen Allen High School (10700 Staples Mill Rd). Doors open at 6:15; the event is free and no ticket is required. Book signing to follow.

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March 23rd, 2011 by Alison

richmond kickers youth pro pass

The Richmond Kickers have teamed up with HCA Virginia, Union First Market Bank and Crossridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to provide complimentary admission to all of the Kickers 2011 regular season home games for Richmond youth ages 3 through 17.

Pick up your Youth Pro Pass at locations such as Union First Market Bank, nTelos Wireless retail stores, Soccer Post, RoomStore World, Crossridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Strictly Soccer and the Kickers front office, while supplies last. Go online to activate Pass.

The Kickers USL PRO home opener featuring Orlando City will be played on Saturday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m. at City Stadium. And if you activate your Youth Pro Pass at by Saturday, April 1, you are eligible to win a Nintendo DS Lite, courtesy of Play N Trade Carytown. The grand prize winner will be announced at halftime at the Kickers Pro Pass Kickoff Night on Saturday, April 2. Must be present to win.

Adult tickets are $12 and on sale now at

Via RichmondFamilyMagazine

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March 23rd, 2011 by Alison

Hooray for spring!

The very popular Church Hill Irish Festival is this weekend. There are lots of additional fun options, such as Strange’s Bloomin Days (for the green thumbs) and Mardi Paws (for the fidos). All events are free admission unless noted.


International Film Series: Mid-August Lunch – Friday 3 and 7:30pm; Jepson Hall 118, University of Richmond
Italy, 2008. 75 min. Writer-director Gianni Di Gregorio plays Gianni, a placid Roman in his fifties who lives with his elderly mom Valeria, a refined 80-year-old who always looks like she’s dressed for dinner at the Ritz back in 1963… Mid-August Lunch captures a group portrait of people who are comfortable with who they are, savoring the pleasures of food and companionship, all while living in the moment.

An Evening with Mountainfilm – Friday 7-9:30pm; Henrico Theatre, Highland Springs. Free.
Each year in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm celebrates cultures unique to mountain communities with an international rendezvous of legendary mountaineers, environmentalists, filmmakers, authors, scientists, and artists. The mission of Mountainfilm is to educate and inspire audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, and environments worth preserving. Don’t miss this opportunity to view incredible outdoor films!


Church Hill Irish Festival ($2) – Saturday, 10am-7pm; North 25th St in front of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers and dancers will perform throughout the weekend. In addition to great entertainment, there will be plenty of family fun, including children’s games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance! Food and refreshments will also be available.

strange's bloomin days

Strange’s Bloomin’ Days – Saturday 10am-5pm; Strange’s Garden Center, 12111 W Broad St
Explore vegetable and herb gardening, learn how to prune shrubs and trees, and find out how to create your own container garden. We will have tips and tricks for dealing with moles & voles and growing your lawn ‘green.’ Experts from the local Master Gardener chapters and representatives from the Rose, Iris and Orchid societies will be on hand to answer your questions. Free hotdogs, orchid repotting and specials throughout our greenhouse and nursery!

Richmond Family Magazine Adventure Expo – Saturday 10am-3pm; Peak Experiences, 11421 Polo Circle, Midlothian
Learn about summer camp options while enjoying free rock climbing, meet-n-greet with Nutzy and Kickeroo, and a Diggity Dudes concert at 10:30am

Mardi Paws – Saturday 10am-2pm; Taylor Park, Ashland
Grab your furry friend, purple beads and masks and take a stroll over to Taylor Park for your Canine version of a Mardi Gras party. Events include Trick Demos by Dog Scout Troop 194, Puppy Races, Mardi Gras Pet Costume Contest, and MAD Dogs (The Mid-Atlantic Disc Dog Club) shows at 10:00am and 1:00pm.

Spring on the Farm – Saturday 1-3pm; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. Come see what is going on at the farm. Are there any new lambs? What is the farmer doing? It’s time to get the garden ready for planting! Information: Anna Truong, 501-2130.

Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL – Saturday 2pm; Henrico Theatre
For all ages. Team XXL is a group of youthful, diverse, high-energy dancers that combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. Reservations: Henrico Theatre Staff, 328-4491

Belle Isle Strings – Saturday 2pm; Gellman Room, Main Library, 101 East Franklin Street
Performing music of Schubert and Schumann. The concert is free and the public is invited.


Church Hill Irish Festival ($2) – Sunday, 10am-6pm; 2500 E. Broad St
(See Saturday)

Strange’s Bloomin’ Days – Sunday 10am-5pm; Strange’s Garden Center, 12111 W Broad St
(See Saturday)

Duo Piano Recital: Richard Becker & Doris Wylee-Becker – Sunday 3pm; Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, University of Richmond
Faculty artist Richard Becker and his wife, Doris Wylee-Becker, present a duo-piano concert featuring music by Becker, Stravinsky, Debussy, and others.

International Film Series: Mid-August Lunch – Sunday 7:30pm; Jepson Hall 118, University of Richmond
(See Friday)

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March 16th, 2011 by Alison

100% free admission this week!


Crossroads Art Center Indoor Art Walk and Artists’ Reception – Friday 6-9pm; Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd
Guests will have time to view all of the featured art while enjoying a drink from the cash bar and food from Sticks Kebob Shop, Gearhart’s Chocolates and Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Come enjoy a night of art and fellowship Friday. Music will be by the Quiet Steps Ensemble. The Richmond Magic Club and the International Brotherhood of Magicians will provide magic. Proceeds from the Beverage Sales will benefit Network of Enterprising Women (NEW) who will also be hosting a silent auction opening night.

Skywatch – Friday ~7pm; Science Museum of Virginia front lawn
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the museum’s front lawn as they share their powerful telescopes for a look at the night sky

Adventure Series: Kayak Kevin – Friday 7:30-8:30 pm; Henrico County Administration Board Room
Join us for a series of slide presentations celebrating the great outdoors! Speakers will present their own experiences from at home in Virginia and across America. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Kayak Kevin’s wanderlust, brought on by his love of maps, has led him on many kayak tours covering thousands of miles. Join him as he relives his last adventure-a 600 mile, six-week long circumnavigation of the Chesapeake Bay on his sit-on-top kayak.


Falling Creek Ironworks Archaeology Tour – Saturday 12-4pm; Falling Creek Ironworks Park, 6708 Jeff Davis Highway
Join us for an exciting exploration of America’s first iron furnace, the 1619-22 ironworks on Falling Creek. Tour guides will lead you through the archaeological ruins of both the 1619 ironworks and Archibald Cary’s Colonial grist mill. Activities include guided tours, exhibits, costumed interpretation, living history, period
demonstrations, Native American dancing and children’s activities. Details: Bryan Truzzie 804-751-4946

Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers – Saturday 1-4pm; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. Shape note singing is worship music sung without accompaniment. Come listen to the members of the Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers as they introduce this music to Meadow Farm. The public is welcome to join in. Information: Anna Truong, 501-2130.

indian cultural program

Virginia Indian Cultural Program – Saturday 3-8pm; Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen
For all ages. The history and contemporary culture of Virginia Indian tribes will be presented through art, dance and exhibits. Indian artisans will display their pottery, beadwork, leatherwork, and painting, demonstrate their creative processes and discuss their work with the public. The Virginia Indian Intertribal Drum and Dancers will tell the story of native history and culture through a unique performance of traditional and contemporary tribal dances; the dancers will explain the regalia they wear as well as the meaning and significance of each dance they perform. Don’t miss the photo exhibit of Virginia Indians from the early 20th century. Information: 501-1611.


Second Virginia Convention Anniversary Reenactment – Sunday, tickets distributed beginning at 1pm; St John’s Church, 2319 E. Broad St
Takes place on the Sunday closest to March 23rd, the anniversary of the day on which Henry delivered his speech. In the presence of Washington, Jefferson, and other notable Virginians, Patrick Henry delivered his passionate call for liberty, uttering the immortal words, “Give me liberty or give me death!” Free and open to the public. Please call 804-648-5015 for more information.
Program Schedule:
1:00pm – Tickets distributed at front of church on a first-come, first-served basis
1:30pm – Patriotic music program
2:00pm – Reenactment program begins

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March 11th, 2011 by Alison


So I’ve been to Maymont, conservatively, a million times in my life.

But there are always new things to do and see, case-in-point: The Seven Wonders of Maymont trek on SCVNGR (a smartphone app). You can earn SCVNGR points, get a custom Maymont badge and receive free Nature Center passes. The challenges start at the Nature & Visitors Center, and estimated time to complete the trek is 1-2 hours.

SCVNGR is a social, location-based game that can be played on an iPhone, Android or via SMS text messaging. Participate in treks and challenges, check-in to locations using your phone’s GPS, do social check-ins with friends, and win real-world rewards.

To play The Seven Wonders of Maymont trek, iphone and android users simply download the SCVNGR app, head to Maymont and look for the trek under the Treks tab once you’ve arrived. To play via SMS upon arrival at Maymont, send the trek keyword MAYMONT as a text message to 728647 (SCVNGR). This will work for any text-enabled phone on any carrier in the United States and Canada.

Via West of the Boulevard News

Sounds like a fun free activity. Has anyone tried it? This is apparently the first official SCVNGR trek available in Central Virginia, perhaps more will follow.

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March 9th, 2011 by Alison

All events are free admission unless noted.



Banff Mountain Film Festival ($5 per night if purchased in advance by Thursday, $8 for both nights, $2 18 and under) – Friday 6:30-9:30pm; James River High School, 3700 James River Rd
Experience adventure on the big screen. Explore the world’s last great wild places. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate and inspire as you journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Different films each night. Ages 4 and under are free. For more information on film festival and meal options email or call 804-748-1623

Black Maria Film + Video Festival – ($5) Friday 6:30-9pm; Leslie Cheek Theater, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Named for Thomas Edison’s Black Maria, the world’s first motion picture studio, this internationally recognized showcase of independent works is one of nine festivals designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Oscar-qualifying competition for new work by independent artists. Festival director John Columbus will present a selection of the year’s most compelling award-winning short films and videos.

Petersburg Friday for the Arts – Friday 6-10pm; Old Towne Petersburg
The second Friday of every month in historic downtown Petersburg. Starting out as an art walk, Friday for the Arts! has become a comprehensive celebration of the arts, with twenty or more venues. An Arts Night bus runs through the area from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm, connecting most venues and parking areas.


Second Saturday Stories: Story Teller for Children – Saturday 10:30-11:30am; Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Rd
Eve Watters Performing classic folklore and tales for all ages! Appropriate for all ages, $3 suggested donation per guest.

shamrock the block

Shamrock the Block – Saturday 12-6pm; 17th Street Farmers Market
Shamrock The Block is FREE to attend, with great food, live music all day and plenty o’ green beverages for you to enjoy safely, so bring a designated driver. Last year, 25,000 of your neighbors poured into the streets of historic Shockoe Bottom for this first outdoor event of the season. We’ve expanded the kid’s activities (Jugglers, face-painting, bouncies, games and more), the band lineup and have more things to do and see. Benefits SCAN.

Seed Swap & Potluck – Saturday 12-2pm; Tricycle Gardens, 2107 Jefferson Ave
Join Tricycle Gardens for an afternoon of fun! Bring some seeds or perennials to trade. Go home with new varieties, tips and stories. Bring a dish to share (optional) and also bring a garden hat to decorate if you’re feeling crafty!

Blacksmithing: Too Many Irons in the Fire – Saturday 1-3pm; Meadow Farm Museum
For all ages. The blacksmith was a very important member of the 19th-century rural community. Watch and listen to the blacksmith as the iron gets red-hot and the smith pounds and bends it into useful objects. Information: Anna Truong, 501-2130.

St. Patty’s Palooza (PDF) – Saturday 1-5pm; Courtyard of the Shoppes at Innsbrook
Family Fun Event supports St. Baldrick’s Day with Live Music, Live Radio Broadcasts, Dance, Displays, Eats, Drinks, An Appearance From The Richmond Raiders With Star Quarterback Bryan Randall & Much More!

A Night at the Quartermaster Museum – Saturday 6-8pm; U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum, 1201 22nd St, Fort Lee
For 1st through 6th grades and their families. Students will meet famous, and not so famous, people in history and hear their stories, participate in craft activities, and experience hands-on opportunities with objects. Refreshments will also be served. The number of participants is limited so pre-registration is required – Call 734-4203

Banff Mountain Film Festival ($5 per night, $8 for both nights, $2 18 and under) – Saturday 6:30-9:30pm; James River High School, 3700 James River Rd
(see Friday)


Soundworks Concert – Sunday 1:30pm; Northside Baptist Church, 7600 Studley Rd, Mechanicsville
Richmond based acappella group, Soundworks, winners of the Mid-Atlantic District- Southern Division of the Barbershop Harmony Society for five consecutive years, will entertain with a broad range of family-friendly music ranging from the silly to the serious and the sacred. Whether it is swing, gospel, or barbershop, Soundworks music is a memorable experience. The concert is free and open to the public.

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March 8th, 2011 by Alison

The older my son gets, the more I appreciate having free places to take him. In the warm months, it’s a cinch – just head to one of the wonderful Richmond parks or outdoor spaces and let him loose.

Winter? Not so easy. Frugal entertainment gets scarcer. As the cold weather (thankfully) winds down, I thought I would try to compile a list of ongoing FREE local resources for entertaining restless youngsters that can’t go outside.

So in no particular order, here are some places to go with kids that don’t cost a thing!


Local libraries – So much free entertainment potential at your local library! In addition to browsing and checking out books, libraries offer weekly storytimes and kid’s activities. You can take advantage of movies, music, and books on CD to borrow as well.

barnes and noble thomas table

Barnes & Noble – Holds storytimes on a weekly basis (plus many stores have Thomas the Train tables to play with!)

Pottery Barn Kids – Storytimes every Tuesday at 11:00am. Members receive an official Book Club Passport at their first Story Time, and a special gift after attending five Story Times (Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W Broad St)

Malls – Indoor play areas are located at Short Pump Town Center, Regency Square, Chesterfield Towne Centre and Virginia Center Commons malls. Short Pump and Chesterfield also offer monthly kids clubs which meet indoors.

County Parks & Rec Departments – The counties run a number of free and low-cost programs through the winter

    Chesterfield County
    City of Richmond
    Hanover County
    Henrico County

    A few of interest:

    Mom & Tot Gym Jam – for ages 5 & under (and their parents) at the Goochland Sports Complex Gym, 1800 Sandy Hook Rd. Takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to noon, in 8 or 9 week sessions. There are not organized programs; it’s just a big place for kids to play Contact the Goochland County Park & Recreation Dept for more info: 556-5854

    Three Lakes Nature Center – Three Lakes Park and Nature Center (400 Sausiluta Dr. Henrico) bring together the three worlds of air, water, and land for visitors to explore. The Nature Center is a 6,500 sq. ft. facility featuring a variety of exhibits designed to provide hands-on experiences. The 50,000 gallon aquarium also gives visitors a “fish-eye” view of the underwater world. (Open Saturday & Sunday noon-4:30pm December-February, Tuesday through Sunday the rest of the year)

Bass Pro Shop (11550 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland) – Gigantic indoor outdoor-sy space complete with enormous aquarium and other attractions to entertain kids. Also holds free events on a regular basis.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – Free culture available every day. In addition, check the calendar for the occasional free programs (such as Open Studio Sundays on the first Sunday of every month through May from 1-4pm – free do-it-yourself art project inspired by works from VMFA’s world-renowned collection)

Virginia Historical Society – For older ones, the VHS is open every day with free admission to exhibits. Twice monthly on Saturdays, the museum offers “Stories at the Museum” with group reading of the selected book and a craft activity related to the text

pet store fun

Pet Stores – The pet store has been a favorite haunt of ours this winter. My son’s favorite animals are the rescue cats, followed by the fish tanks. Stores include Petco (6 Richmond locations), Petsmart (8 locations), and Fin & Feather (5208 Lakeside Avenue)

Richmond SPCA – I love Robins-Starr Humane Center! There are lots of dogs and cats to visit – we enjoy the two “catillion” rooms where a number of cats are housed together and allowed to roam (2519 Hermitage Road)

Car Pool – Big-time thrills for my little guy. Basic washes start at $13.95, but you could also park nearby and walk in to observe the car washing process through the windows.

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Krispy Kreme – Not technically free because you’ll have to buy your kids a donut, but if you go when the donuts are being made (“Hot Doughnuts Now” sign lit up), you get the entertainment of observing the whole process. Plus, Krispy Kreme gives a free donut for every “A” on a report card, so the donuts could be free if your child is a good student (4910 West Broad St)

Whole Foods Half-Pints Kids Club – From 3:30-4:30pm every Tuesday. Bring the kids for a free craft and snack. Remember to dress for a mess. Register your child at customer service or call 364-4050. (Haven’t verified this one lately)

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics – Two Saturdays a month at 10am

From project basics to giving your child the opportunity to say, “I built it!”, our Build and Grow kid’s clinics are a great way to help build confidence! Bring the kids into any Lowe’s store and build a FREE wooden project. Each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project themed patch, and a certification of merit upon completion of their project. The first 50 kids to register and be present at the store at 10am will receive a kit, aprons and googles (Register online)

Home Depot Kids Workshops – First Saturday of each month from 9am to noon

Kids Workshops are FREE “How-To Workshops” designed for children ages 5-12. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children. In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin.

These ideas are slightly biased towards the preschool-aged boy that I have the pleasure of raising. I’m sure there are plenty of others! Where in Richmond do YOU go to escape the house in winter?

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