April 11th, 2014 by RichmondBargains

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Happy spring break week to public school kids!

If you’re looking for free or cheap things to do next week, Short Pump Town Center will have a petting zoo, Maymont has some free performances (plus baby goats!), Henrico County has activities planned at Three Lakes Nature Center and Meadow Farm, churches and civic groups have Easter Egg hunts, and libraries offer an assortment of indoor options.

P.S. Henrico Residents remember that registration for free Summer Blast camps opens Saturday at 8 a.m.!

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March 19th, 2013 by RichmondBargains

If you’re visiting because of the More Bang for Your Buck story on NBC12, welcome! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you find this information helpful for a fun and frugal spring break! If you’d like to keep up with future Richmond Bargains, you can subscribe via email or Facebook.
Alison

Here are some free and cheap family activities ($5 or less) scheduled around Richmond during spring break week. (Also check the current F.R.E.E. List for the usual rundown of free & cheap weekend events):

maymont spring break activities

Maymont

    Family Easter at Maymont Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10am-3pm
    Carriage House Lawn – Egg hunts, crafts, games, music and more (admission is free, fees for activities vary)

    SPRING BREAK WEEK AT MAYMONT
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2013
    Spend spring break week at Maymont! Indoor exhibits including Maymont Mansion and the Nature Center will be open all week (even on Monday, when they are usually closed), and there will be something fun to do every day! Most programs require advance registration. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

    FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT AT MAYMONT
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 10am-12pm, Maymont Grounds
    Explore Maymont’s 100 acres in a whole new way! Crack secret codes for clues, and use maps and riddles to find your way around the estate in this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Different difficulty levels are available. Ages 4 and older; adult must accompany child. $10 per family/group (up to four people). For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 324. Limited space for walk-ups.

    MAYMONT’S ADVENTURES IN VEGETABLE GROWING
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 10am-2pm, Jack’s Vegetable Garden
    What can be grown in one square foot? Stop by Jack’s Vegetable Garden before leaving the Children’s Farm to talk with Chesterfield Master Gardeners and learn how to grow your own food in a pot, a small garden or even in one square foot of soil! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310.

    BEHIND THE SCENES AT MAYMONT
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 12-12:30pm, Nature Center
    Walk through the Employees Only door for a special peek at the inner workings of the Maymont Nature Center. Thirteen aquariums and more than 200 animals require more care than meets the eye. Ages 5 and older; adult must accompany child. $4 per person. Register at the Visitor Center desk on the day of the program. (Groups of 5 or more must register in advance.) For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

    MAYMONT’S LIONS IN THE LIBRARY
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 1-1:30pm, Maymont Mansion
    Swans in the bedroom? Reading with lions? Discover all the wonderful animals that “inhabit” Maymont Mansion during this engaging tour for families. $5 per person. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

    ANIMAL PROFILE AT MAYMONT’S NATURE CENTER
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2-2:30pm, Nature Center
    Discover more about Maymont’s animals in this up-close encounter! Visit with turtles (Monday), snakes (Tuesday), owls (Wednesday), insects (Thursday) and amphibians (Friday). $4 per person/free for Maymont members. Register in the Nature Center lobby prior to the program, groups of 5 or more must register in advance. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

    MAYMONT’S PINWHEELS & PASTIMES
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2-3pm, Maymont Mansion Lawn
    Enjoy an old-fashioned play party with the games and toys that amused boys and girls 100 years ago. Join people from the past to try your hand at hoops or hopscotch, make a toy and compete in races and other fun games from yesteryear. $5 per child. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

    THE SECRET LIFE OF A VICTORIAN HOUSE AT MAYMONT
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 3-3:45pm, Maymont Mansion
    Explore Maymont Mansion and learn what it was like to live and work at the estate 100 years ago. The Dooleys’ housemaid brings the mansion to life during a family-friendly tour of the upstairs and downstairs of this grand home. $5 per person. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 329.

    ANIMAL PROFILE AT MAYMONT’S RAPTOR VALLEY
    Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 4-4:30pm, Eagle Amphitheater
    Discover more about Maymont’s animals with the education staff. Bears, skunks and raptors are among the animals that will be featured throughout the week. Free! Register at Raptor Valley by the eagle’s nest prior to the program, groups of 5 or more must register in advance. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

Short Pump Town Center Spring Petting Farm – Come visit baby bunnies, chicks, ducks, lambs and more! The spring petting farm is located in the Main Plaza and is held weather permitting March 30-April 7 (closed Easter Sunday). Admission is free. For more information, call 804-360-1700.

Club Mom – Tuesday 9-11am; Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Turnpike
Club Mom occurs the first Tuesday of every month in our Food Court from 9-11 a.m. and features great entertainment, fun giveaways for the adults, and free breakfast for children 12 years or younger. (Breakfast tickets are given out until 10:30 a.m. and are valid until 10:45 a.m. on Club Mom event days.). The mall has teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. April entertainment: Kidsinger Jim

Henrico County Recreation and Parks:

    Spring Break Nature Heyday
    For all ages. What better way to spend spring break! Join us for this very special opportunity as we open up our classroom doors for a behind-the-scenes look at our nature collections. Staff naturalists will provide information on birds, turtles, snakes, and more. Information: 262-5055.
    Tue-Fri, Apr 2-5, 10-11 a.m.
    Three Lakes Nature Center. Free.

    Game Time at the Tavern
    For all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy backgammon, checkers, chess, cards, dominos, and other games! Information: 261-6898.
    Mon, Apr 1, 10 a.m.-noon.
    Walkerton Tavern. Free.

    No Batteries Required: 19th-Century Games
    For ages 5+. Join the fun as we trundle hoops, walk on stilts, and indulge in other 19th-century leisure activities. Information: 501-2130.
    Wed, Apr 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Sheep Shearing
    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: 501-2130.
    Thur, Apr 4, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Sat, Apr 6, 13, & 27, 9-11 a.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Meet the Critters
    For all ages. Join costumed guides as they offer a personal introduction to the turkeys, chickens, sheep, horses, cows and pigs all found at Meadow Farm. Information: 501-2130.
    Fri, Apr 5, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Walkerton Explorers
    For all ages. What was Walkerton used for in the last 186 years? With lots of hands-on activities, you’ll discover games and gadgets that make the tavern’s history come alive! Post the mail, vote in an election, and play 19th-century games! Information: 261-6898.
    Fri, Apr 5, 10-11 a.m.
    Walkerton Tavern. Free.

    Cinema Classics: Sound of Music (G) 1965
    Enjoy a movie at Henrico Theatre in Highland Springs. Tickets are only $1 per person and can be purchased at the door. Information: 328-4491.
    Fri, Apr 5, 7 p.m.
    Sat, Apr 6, 2 & 7 p.m.

    The Sisters Tellado
    For all ages. This trio of sisters has been singing together all of their lives. With voices that are as beautiful and enchanting as the ladies themselves, the Sisters Tellado will treat you to a performance you won’t soon forget. Information: 328-4491.
    Fri, Mar 29, 7 p.m.
    Henrico Theatre. Free. Reservations can be made beginning up to one month in advance.

    Theatre IV: Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi
    For all ages. The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this foot-stompin’ musical based on the novels of Mark Twain. Join Huck, Tom, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Missouri as they explore the majestic river that defines their lives, tests their souls, and carries their spirits into the heart of America. Information: 328-4491.
    Sun, Apr 7, 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.
    Henrico Theatre. Free. Reservations can be made beginning up to one month in advance.

Check the events calendars for your local library too, which may have special storyimes, movies, crafts, etc. – Henrico, Chesterfield, Richmond. There’s a week-long Teen Money Camp being offered at Twin Hickory and Fairfield libraries

And don’t forget that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Historical Society have free admission all the time!

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March 29th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

School spring break is just around the corner, April 7 through 15, so I’ve compiled a list of some fun free or cheap activities that week!

short pump petting zoo

Petting Farm – Short Pump Town Center April 7-14, 11am-5pm each day
Come visit baby chicks, bunnies, lambs, goats, and more! Closed April 8

maymont spring break

Maymont – Monday-Friday, April 9-13
Spend spring break week at Maymont! Indoor exhibits including Maymont Mansion and the Nature Center will be open all week (even on Monday, when they are usually closed), and there will be something fun to do every day! Most programs require advance registration. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 310. Scavenger hunts, dinos, fairies, and reptiles – fee for programs ranges from $4 to $25

spring break henrico

Libraries
Chesterfield CountyDiscover The Magic In You at various locations. Register in advance
Henrico CountySpring Break at the Library list of programs
West End Library (City of Richmond) – activities for kids every afternoon at 3:30pm (ages 3-6)

City of Richmond Egg Hunts for kids 12 and under are scheduled at various community centers on Monday, April 9, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hunt for 25,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs that will be hidden at the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities’ community centers and participate in other fun activities for free

Stories at the Museum – Virginia Historical Society, Saturday April 7 11am and Thursday April 12 at 4:30pm
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes. Like the steady and determined flow of a river, this poem carries readers along and draws a metaphorical connection between the waterways of the world and African-American culture. Features educator-led readings of children’s books. Every program will include a group reading of the selected book and a make-and-take craft activity related to the text.

Short Pump Pals Clubhouse Meeting – Tuesday, April 10th in the Food Court, Short Pump Town Center
(Ages 6 and under) One of Richmond’s most recognizable figures, Jonathan Austin is sure to entertain adults and kids alike with juggling, magic, comedy and unicycling all in one!

Willow Lawn Mommy & Me – Wednesday 10am-11:30am
Join The Shops at Willow Lawn OUTSIDE on the second Wednesday of each month, April through October from 10 a.m. – 11:30am, as we host a FREE morning out with LIVE entertainment and activtiies designed to enhance parent’s interaction with their children. This month is Hope Harris and the Cousins Jamboree

Meadow Farm Museum

    No Batteries Required: 19th-Century Games
    For ages 5+. Join the fun as we trundle hoops, walk on stilts, and indulge in other 19th-century leisure activities. Information: 501-2130.

    Wed, Apr 11, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Little Lambs Eat Ivy
    For all ages. Watch as the sheep are shorn with hand-shears. Learn how the wool is processed and what it can be used for while visiting the new lambs. Information: 501-2130.

    Thur, Apr 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

    Meet the Critters
    For all ages. Turkeys, chickens, sheep, horses, cows, and pigs. You will find them all here at Meadow Farm. Join a costumed guide as they offer a personal introduction to the farm animals. Information: 501-2130.

    Fri, Apr 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Meadow Farm Museum. Free.

Three Lakes Nature Center – Spring Break Nature Celebration Tue-Fri, Apr 10-13, 10-11 a.m.
For all ages. What better way could you spend spring break than at your local nature center? Join us for this very special opportunity as we open up our classroom doors for a behind-the-scenes look at items from our nature collections. Staff will be available each day to provide information and answer questions. Information: 262-5055.

Let me know if you know of others!

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March 28th, 2012 by RichmondBargains

bass pro easter

Bass Pro Shops will have free Easter activities and photos with the Easter Bunny March 31 through April 8. See site for details about what programs are offered when.

Receive a free 4×6 print of your Easter Bunny photo, participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, and make a free craft like a photo frame or suncatcher!

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