Category: Kid Stuff

February 4th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

frill rva
This is so smart.

Launched last September, the Free Richmond Instrument Lending Library offers kids of Richmond Public Library cardholders the chance to borrow instruments to try out (for free). Stop by the Main Library this Saturday from 12-3 p.m. to see what’s available.

    Richmond youth ages 8-18 can check out instruments from the Girls Rock! collection for free – guitars, basses, keyboards, drumkits, and amplifiers – plus pick up instructional materials, learn how to set up the instrument at home, and check out the library’s holdings of sheet music and music instruction materials. You can have each item for a two-week period, with the option to renew for an additional two weeks. Instrument returns must take place during FRILL hours of operation, every other Saturday from noon-3pm at Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch.

    What you need to bring: A Richmond Public Library card, and a parent or guardian if you are under 18, to sign the FRILL release form. Consider how you will transport items home, as some of them are big and heavy!

    Our supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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February 2nd, 2015 by RichmondBargains

How do I get a free Busch Gardens preschool pass in 2015?
Busch Gardens Preschool Pass gives kids ages 3-5 FREE admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA through September 7, 2015. ($100 value)

Click here to register your preschooler for their free Busch Gardens pass.

(It’s the first option listed on the ticket page. Select the number of preschoolers you have, then go through the checkout process) The passes must be redeemed on a visit by May 31, 2015. Find answers to your Preschool Pass questions here.

    Introduce your little ones to their favorite characters at Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ or take them to Land of the Dragons® to discover a magical playland at Busch Gardens®. Splash over to Water Country USA® where kids can play in our interactive splash zones like H2O UFO® and Cow-A-Bunga®. Throughout both parks, you’ll find lots of KIDsiderate® rides, slides and attractions created for our youngest guests. The 2-Park Preschool Pass offers unlimited admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for children ages 3 – 5, through Sept. 7, 2015.
    Fine print:
    Proof of age is required for the child to be eligible for the 2-Park Preschool Pass. You must present your child’s certified birth certificate or a travel passport. Please note school ID’s or children security ID’s will not be accepted.
    Hurry, passes must be registered and redeemed by May 31, 2015.
    Does NOT include parking. Busch Gardens opens March 27, 2015. Water Country opens May 16, 2015. Operating hours and days vary, please check schedule before arrival. Busch Gardens 2-Park Preschool Pass is only valid for the person listed on the ticket. Non-transferable and non-refundable. Not for resale. Void if altered. Remains the property of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Will be confiscated or revoked without restitution for misuse. Pass expires Sept. 7, 2015.

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January 6th, 2015 by RichmondBargains

childrens museum richmond discount

Note: adults will still be $8 admission ($7 for seniors) on those days

Target Family Nights continue from 5-7:30pm on the third Friday of each month at Children’s Museum Central location.

    CMoR Central: 2626 West Broad St. • Richmond, VA 23220 • (804) 474-7000
    CMoR Short Pump: 2200 Old Brick Rd. • Glen Allen, VA 23060 • (804) 474-7070
    CMoR Chesterfield: 6629 Lake Harbour Dr. • Midlothian, VA 23112 • (804) 474-7075
    CMoR Fredericksburg: 1275 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Fredericksburg, VA 22401 • (540) 656-2233

Thanks Adam!

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December 18th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

cmor pass discount

Richmond For Less has a deal for a family 4-pack of tickets to the Chilidren’s Museum of Richmond for $16 ($32 value)

The catch: passes must be picked up in person at 3245 Basie Rd I Richmond, VA I 23228 between Monday – Friday 8:30 Am – 5:00 PM (this is Clear Channel’s office in the West End)

This offer excludes special programming and events. Limit one per customer and not to be combined with any other offer.

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December 4th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

once upon a child richmond

Once Upon A Child’s clearance blowout sale is this Saturday, December 6th:

    Save more by the hour, on selected Fall and Winter clothing. The longer you shop the more you save!

    From 9:00am – 12:00pm
    SAVE 50% OFF

    From 12:01pm – 3:00pm
    SAVE 60% OFF

    From 3:01pm – 6:00pm
    SAVE 70% OFF

    25% savings on all
    shoes, accessories, toys, furniture, & equipment.

    *Apparel sale is on select Fall, Winter and Basic Apparel only
    Valid only at Richmond location stores.
    Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other discounts, sale or offer. Not applicable to prior purchases or gift cards. All sales final.

Locations: 9770 Midlothian Turnpike and 9127 W. Broad St

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December 1st, 2014 by RichmondBargains

best time to visit legendary santa at childrens museum

This is the cheapest week to get your photo taken with Legendary Santa at C-MORphoto packages are 50% off December 1-5. (Visiting Santa is free, as is the Genworth Holiday Village exhibit. Regular Children’s Museum admission applies if you choose to visit the rest of the museum)

Reminder: Bass Pro Shops offers one free photo with Santa

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when does apple camp registration start?
June 16th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

when does apple camp registration start?

NOTE: All classes are now filledIf your child will still be young enough next year, you can sign up on Apple’s website in April or May to be notified when registration opens; it seems to open on a Monday in mid-June

Reserve your child’s spot now in one of Apple’s free three-day workshops for kids ages 8-12 – go here to sign up (fills up quickly!)

    Join us at Apple Camp for three-day workshops where kids ages 8 to 12 bring their imaginations to life. They’ll learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. And each workshop ends with the Apple Camp Showcase so campers can share their finished projects.

Apple Store at Short Pump Town Center

Update 8:50 pm: That WAS fast! The six movie camps were all open when I posted at 5:25, and all filled three hours later. But the iBooks camps are still open – where it says Select A Workshop, click on “Interactive Storytelling with iBooks”

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June 16th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

Another item for the Free (and nearly free) summer activities for kids around Richmond list:
roller skating richmond

Kids Skate Free is a program designed to help children get out and be active in their local community by offering FREE admission to their local skating centers!”

There are two participating roller rinks in the Richmond area (see below); selected skating sessions are eligible for the program and skate rental is extra. Pick a skating center, click on the green “Register for This Skating Center” banner, fill out the form, and verify your email. Passes are emailed every Sunday night at 9PM EST for the following week. (It took about 2.5 hours for my verification email to show up)

Skateland of Richmond
5512 Hull Street Road
804 233 7215
Passes valid for children 12 years old and younger. Skate rental is $3 extra. Can not be combined with any other offer. Can not be used towards group rates or birthday parties. Does not include skate rental.

Rollerdome Family Fun Center
4902 Williamsburg Rd
Passes valid for children 10 years old and younger. Skate rental is $3 or $5 extra. Parent must accompany child. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Cannot be used towards group rates or birthday parties. Skate rental extra. Cannot be used with daycare booking.

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ideas for free summer vacation activities in richmond, va
June 10th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

ideas for free summer vacation activities in richmond, va

With school finished for some and nearly done for the rest, it’s time for the 2014 master list of free and cheap things to do with kids around RVA this summer!

$1 movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Regal Cinemas

Free movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at Movieland

Free Movies in the Park at Richmond parks on Friday nights

3 games of Free Bowling every weekday at AMF Lanes, with program registration

Free Family Summer Camp events and workshops at Bass Pro Shops

Ha’Penny Stage events during Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts
Plus many more free concert series!

– Kids who join the Squirrel Tails Club get Free admission to Sunday Flying Squirrels games

Summer Reading programs at local libraries encourage reading with events, rewards, giveaways & more! : Richmond City, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Pamunkey Regional (Hanover, Ashland, Goochland)

Free book through Barnes & Nobles’ Summer Reading Program

– Free Lowe’s Build & Grow workshops on alternating Saturdays, and Home Depot Kids Workshops on the first Saturday of each month

Free kids craft events at Michaels or $2 Kids Club craft sessions

Free events and programs organized by county Parks & Rec: Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Richmond or explore a new park in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, or Henrico

Plus subscribe to email updates, because every Wednesday I post The F.R.E.E. List sharing events $5 or less coming up in RVA that weekend! (Or bookmark the Calendar page here)

What else? What are your plans for free family fun this summer?

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February 10th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

tickles and giggles
(Photo: Tickles & Giggles)

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of the Richmond children’s consignment sales list! In February and March, there are many chances to stock up on bargains on second-hand kids clothes and toys.

As always, visit the websites if you’re interested in selling some of your kid stuff, or if you want to volunteer and benefit from the preview shopping hours. Pregnant ladies, new moms, and grandparents can sometimes shop preview sales as well; look for information on sale websites about registering in advance.

And now the list, in order by date:

Brandermill Church Consignment SaleFebruary 22 (Midlothian)

    The Brandermill Church
    4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian 23112

    Public Sale: 8am-11am

The LayneFebruary 28-March 2 (West End) Review: February 2011

    8914 Patterson Avenue
    (Next to the Dollar Tree and Endorphin Fitness)

    Public Sale
    Friday, Feb 28, 2014 Facebook & Tweeters 8-9AM
    Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 9AM – 7PM
    Saturday, March 1, 2014 9AM- 5PM

    Half Price Sale
    Sunday, March 2, 2014 9AM-12 noon

Fancy Pants RichmondMarch 4-5 (West End)

    West End Community Center
    8102 Ridge Road
    Richmond 23229
    (Near Tuckahoe Shopping Center on Forest Ave.)

    Public Sale
    Tuesday March 4, 6:30-8:30pm
    Wednesday March 5, 9am-2pm

Clean ClosetMarch 8-29 (West End)

    Creeks at Virginia Center
    9986 Brook Road
    Glen Allen, VA 23059

    Public Sale:
    Saturday March 8th – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday March 9th – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday March 14th – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00pm
    Saturday March 15th – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday March 16th – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday March 21st – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00pm
    Saturday March 22nd – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday March 23rd – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday March 28th – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    50% Off Sale:
    Saturday March 29th – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (marked items only)

Mothers of Young Children Clothing and Toy SaleMarch 8 (West End)

    West End Assembly of God
    401 Parham Rd, Richmond VA 23229

    Public Sale: 8am to Noon

St. Andrew’s UMC Consignment SaleMarch 8 (West End)

    9801 Fort King Road
    Richmond, Virginia 23229

    Public Sale
    March 8 8am-2:30pm

    Half-price sale
    March 8 1-2:30pm

The Clothesline Children’s Consignment SaleMarch 13-15 (Bon Air) Review: March 2009

    Bon Air Community Center
    8725 Quaker Lane

    Public Sale:
    Thursday March 13 …. 12a to 8p

    25% Off Sale:
    Friday March 14 …. 9a to 8p

    Half-Price Sale:
    Saturday March 15 …. 8a to 2p

Ring Around the Rosy SaleMarch 14-30 (Midlothian)

    Oxbridge Shopping Center
    9939 Hull St. Rd. and Courthouse Rd.
    Next to Martin’s

    Public Sale
    Friday, March 14th 8am-6pm
    Saturday, March 15th 8am-6pm
    Sunday, March 16th 12pm-5pm

    Friday, March 21st 8am-6pm
    Saturday, March 22nd 8am-6pm
    Sunday, March 23rd 12pm-5pm

    50% SALE
    Friday, March 28th 50% Sale 8a-6p
    Saturday, March 29th 50% Sale 8a-6p
    Sunday, March 30th 50% Sale 12p-5p

Christ Church Consignment SaleMarch 15 (Short Pump)

    Christ Church Episcopal
    5000 Pouncey Tract Road
    Glen Allen, VA 23059

    Public Sale
    Sat, March 15 2013 – 7:30am – 4:00pm

    Half-Price Sale
    Sat, March 15 2013 – 1:00pm-4:00pm

Tickles & Giggles Children’s Consignment SaleMarch 21-23 (Ashland)

    Presidential Business Park
    323 Business Lane
    Ashland, Virginia 23005

    Public Sale:
    March 21 2pm-8pm
    March 22 8am-6pm

    50% Off Sale
    March 23 8am-2pm

Richmond Area Mothers of Multiples Yard SaleMarch 22 (Mechanicsville)

    Chickahominy Middle School
    9450 Atlee Station Rd, Mechanicsville VA

    Public Sale: 8-11am

Woodlake MOPSMarch 22 (Chesterfield)

    Woodlake United Methodist Church
    15640 Hampton Park Dr, Chesterfield 23832

    Public Sale: 9am-12pm
    1/2 Price Sale: 1-2pm

Southside Mothers of Multiples Yard SaleMarch 29 (Midlothian)

    Manchester Middle School
    7401 Hull Street, Midlothian

    Public sale: 8am-11am

Oakland Baptist Church Consignment SaleMarch 27-April 5 (Gum Spring in Goochland Co)

    Oakland Baptist Church
    2965 Oakland Church Road, Gum Spring 23065

    Public Sale:
    March 27, 6:30-9:00 pm
    March 28, 6:30-9:00 pm

    1/2 Price Sale:
    March 29, 9:00 am – noon
    April 5, 9:00 – noon

Monday’s Child Consignment SaleApril 4-12 (Chesterfield)

    11314 Midlothian Turnpike
    Town Center Plaza
    Richmond, VA 23235
    Next to Chesterfield Town Center

    Public Sale
    Friday, April 4th- 10am-7pm
    Saturday, April 5th – 10am-7pm
    Sunday, April 6th-12pm-5pm

    25% Off – Friday, April 11th – 10am-7pm
    50% Off – Saturday, April 12th 10am-7pm

Threads Consignment SaleMay 2-10 (West End) Review: March 2011

    Canterbury Shopping Center
    10618 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23229
    (Corner of Pump & Patterson)

    Public Sale


Sales that have not yet announced dates:

Kid’s Closet Connection Consignment Sale(Chesterfield)

    Chesterfield Fairgrounds – Exhibition Building
    10300 Courthouse Rd.
    Chesterfield, VA 23832

    Public Sale:

If you know about a sale I’m missing, please email me or add it to the comments!

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