My boys’ summer trip bucket list: beach, camping, & water park. So I was glad to see this pop up!
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Summer’s here! I’ve compiled some free & cheap activity ideas if you’re looking for things to do 🙂
Honestly, this post takes so much time to research/link/organize that’s it’s not totally completed yet – I still want to add more water/outdoor options and a few other ideas. Also, keep an eye for Apple Camp 2016 registration opening very soon…
Summer Reading –
Barnes & Noble – Fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Choose a FREE BOOK from our selection on the Reading Journal list at the store
Local Libraries all have reading programs with incentives and special events
Projects & Crafts –
Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinics – Free! Offered select Saturday mornings; register online
Home Depot – Free kids workshops on the first Saturday morning of each month
A.C. Moore – Free “Make & Take” project every Wednesday June 29-August 10. Ages 4 and up. No need to register.
Roller Skating: – Kids Skate Free program at Rollerdome Family Fun Center on Williamsburg Road
Anthem Lemonaid – July 15-17 Now in its 15th year, Anthem LemonAid is a community-wide lemonade sale that benefits the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). Participants register online and it’s absolutely FREE to participate. Stands can be hosted at a location of participants’ choosing or they can reserve a time slot at a participating Walmart, Sam’s Club, Panera Bread or Kroger location. The week prior to the event, participants receive a complimentary LemonAid kit with all the supplies they need. It’s a great first lesson in philanthropy for children of all ages!
What are your plans?
There are a lot of $2-and-under options to take your kids to the movies this summer!
And finally, Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland (1301 North Boulevard at West Leigh St.) will show FREE kids movies this summer on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am, beginning June 21.
June 21-22: Diary of A Wimpy Kid
June 28-29: How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 5-6: Big
July 12-13: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
July 19-20: The Sandlot
July 26-27: The Peanuts Movie
August 2-3: Ramona & Beezus
August 9-10: Home
August 16-17: Alvin & the Chipmunks Road Chip
There are so many great FREE concerts that happen around Richmond every summer, it can be tough to keep track. Here’s a compiled list of when and where you can go to hear some of them!
Music in the Park – Forest Hill Park – Second Sunday evenings May through October (4021 Forest Hill Ave)
Festival of Arts – Dogwood Dell – Select Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights June through August (6000 S. Boulevard)
Jammin’ on the James – Wilton House Museum – Second Saturday evenings from June through August (215 S Wilton Road)
Rock and Roll Summer – West Broad Village – Select Saturdays June through August
Music in the Garden – The Valentine – Thursday evenings in June (1015 E. Clay St)
Concerts in the Park – Pole Green Park – Third Friday evenings in May through July (5172 Cold Harbor Rd, Mechanicsville)
Sounds of Summer – Weston Plantation – Sundays afternoons May through June (400 Weston Lane, Hopewell)
Summer Concert Series – Twin Hickory Library – One Tuesday evening a month, May through August (5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen)
Alas, no Sounds of Summer at Stony Point Fashion Park in 2016 (I believe) due to mall renovations
For “Rock and Roll Summer,” West Broad Village in Short Pump will host free outdoor concerts select Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. next to Aloft Hotel.
June 4 – The Remnants (Classic Rock/Pop)
June 18 – Teaze (80’s/90’s Hair Metal Tribute)
July 2 – U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band/Full Spectrum (Pop/Rock/Hip Hop)
July 16 – Even Better Than the Real Thing (U2 Tribute)
July 30 – Groove Motive (Top 40/Funk)
August 13 – Downbeat Switch (Rock/Soul/Pop)
August 27 – Harley Boone (Country)
Note: both of these opportunities are free but accept donations; see their info pages for details
Project Yoga Richmond is offering its 6th annual Saturday Salutations series at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to our beloved community!
Join us every other Saturday from May to September, from 9-10am on the VMFA’s beautifully landscaped Belvedere Deck (located above the Sculpture Garden). Classes are open to all levels, beginner appropriate and family friendly!
At this year’s VMFA series we’re celebrating community outreach to show that your practice truly has power. Each week our ambassadors will highlight the outreach program through which they bring yoga to those who wouldn’t ordinarily receive it.
Please note, we cannot take donations at the event itself. All spaces first come, first serve with pre-registration.
When to arrive: 8:45 am or earlier to check in. All participants will be required to sign in prior to class.
Where to park: In the VMFA parking deck or on the street
What to bring: Your mat, water, a towel, and a friend! Sunscreen and sunglasses are strongly recommended! It can become hot, so be prepared with water and willing to take breaks when necessary. A very limited number of mats will be available to borrow.
VMFA Dates: May 28, June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23, August 13, August 27, September 10, September 24
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design [2501 Monument Ave] invites you to a yoga class in our garden! As a museum of architecture and design, livability and wellness are important to us. Come experience the Branch House in a new way – by exploring your wellness practice in a historical space.
We’ll be offering yoga classes each Sunday in June! Come spend your afternoon with us here at The Branch. There is no charge to attend, but donations are appreciated! All classes will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 5
Sunday, June 12
Sunday, June 19
Sunday, June 26
Led by Jeanne Stern – classes will be accessible to students ranging from beginner to experienced. Please bring your own mat or towel. Classes weather depending.
Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities presents outdoor Movies in the Park again this summer on Friday evenings at various parks around the city. Activities begin at 8 p.m. and movies begin at 8:30 p.m. (or when it gets dark). Refreshments will be available for sale.
Friday June 17
Minions – Byrd Park (600 S. Boulevard)
Friday June 24
Hotel Transylvania 2 – Blackwell Playground (1450 Maury Street)
Friday July 1
Creed – Southside C.C. (6255 Old Warwick Road)
Friday July 8
Pixels – Jefferson Park (1921 Princess Anne Ave)
Friday July 15
Jurassic World – Hotchkiss Field (701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.)
Friday July 22
The Good Dinosaur – Humphrey Calder (414 N. Thompson Street)
Friday July 29
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Abner Clay Park (Leigh Street & 200 W. Clay St.)
Friday August 5
Inside Out – Battery Park (2405 Hawthorne Avenue)
Friday August 12
Zootopia – Forest Hill Park (41st Street & Forest Hill Ave)
Friday August 19
Pan – Bryan Park (4308 Hermitage Rd)
During the first three Thursdays in June, the Valentine will host three live concerts in the historic garden. This new concert series will pair performances by individuals and ensembles to bring diverse audiences together in one venue.
Thanks to the generous support of the Carpenter Foundation and CultureWorks, each concert is free and open to the public.
Parking in area decks and on-street is available. Street parking is free after 6 p.m. Each event will feature a local food vendor and brewery.
Here’s the schedule:
June 2 – Harry Wilson Quartet + Gull
June 9 – Kenneka Cook + The Ingramettes
June 16 – Classical Revolution + Rumput
All concerts are from 6-8 p.m. and in the Valentine Garden.
1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1527
Another affordable movie option this summer: Every Saturday morning beginning May 21st, the Byrd Theatre will be showing classic family movies, with Bob Gulledge at the Mighty Wurlitzer and classic Warner Brothers cartoons.
Admission is (the Byrd’s usual) $1.99 per person. The box office opens at 9:30am each show day; showtime is 10am.
May 21st- The Wizard Of OZ (A free cookie coupon from Montana Gold will be given out to the first 100 kids at the May 21st screening of The Wizard of Oz.)
May 28th- E.T. The Extraterrestrial
June 4th- The Goonies
June 11th- Babe
June 18th- The Sandlot
June 25th- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
July 2nd- Yankee Doodle Dandy
2908 W Cary Street
Note: CASH ONLY
More summer movie deals posted next week!
City of Richmond Recreation, Parks, & Community Facilities has posted this summer’s Dogwood Dell Festival of Arts line-up (PDF):
Some of the featured events:
Richmond Ballet – June 3 & 4 – Richmond Ballet returns to Dogwood Dell for two nights with the same set of exciting performances by the professional company, along with students from The School of Richmond Ballet and the organization’s celebrated Minds In Motion outreach program.
The Crooked Road on Tour – Saturday, July 9 – Appalachian, mountain, and roots music and dance
Gospel Music Fest with “The Belle” – Sunday, July 10 – Co-Hosted by: Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones and Sheilah Belle “The Belle” With Special Guests: Dorothy Norwood, Alexis Spight, Resound, James Johnson, Monica Lisa Stevenson, Tamika Patton, Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, John Foxx & New Fellowship, and The Virginia Aires!
Spamalot – July 29-31 and August 5-6 – Musical Theater
Latin Jazz & Salsa Festival – Saturday August 20 – Featured performers in this year’s festival will be: Luisito Rosario (Nominee/Billboard Music Award Nominee), Melina Almodovar (La Muñeca de La Salsa), Allen Hidalgo (Broadway/TV Actor & Singer), Orchestra “Curare”
Opera In The Park – Saturday, August 27 – Opera in the Park celebrates popular Opera and Broadway offerings performed by the stars of the Virginia Opera 2016–17 Season and the Virginia Opera Chorus, accompanied by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
May 30 Memorial Day Commemoration 4p.m. Carillon Bell Concert, The Virginians Choral Group
June 3 Richmond Ballet 8:30p.m.
June 4 Richmond Ballet 8:30p.m.
June 10 Latin Ballet 8:30p.m.
June 11 Kings of Swing/KOS – (40 years at the Dell) – Big Band, Swing, Pop 8p.m.
June 12 Susan Greenbaum – Folk 8p.m.
June 17 Plunky and Oneness – Jazz Fusion 8p.m.
June 18 One Voice Chorus (40th Anniversary) 8p.m.
June 19 David Esleck Trio with Special Guests Desiree Roots Centeio and Cathy Motley-Fitch of The Richmond Divas 8p.m.
June 24 Arsenic and Old Lace – Theatre Production 8:30p.m.
June 25 Arsenic and Old Lace 8:30p.m.
June 26 Arsenic and Old Lace 8:30p.m.
July 2 Elegba Folklore Society 8p.m.
July 4 4th of July Events begins 5:30p.m. Bak N Da Day, Richmond Concert Band, 4th of July Fireworks at Dark
July 5 4th of July Rain Date
July 8 City Dance Theater 8:30p.m.
July 9 Crooked Road 8p.m.
July 10 Gospel Music Fest with The Belle 5p.m.
July 15 East of Hollywood – Rock Classics 8p.m.
July 16 English Channel – British Pop 8p.m.
July 29-31 “Spamalot” – Musical Theatre 8:30p.m.
August 5-6 “Spamalot” – Musical Theatre 8:30p.m.
August 12 River City Party Band 8p.m.
August 20 Latin Jazz Festival 4p.m.
August 27 Opera In The Park 7:30p.m.
600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Dogwood Dell is a 2,400 seat amphitheatre owned and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities and located in Byrd Park. Since 1956, it has been home to the Festival of Arts; a summer long celebration of the arts featuring art exhibits, concerts, dance and theatre. For more information, call (804)646-1437 or call the Dell hotline at (804)646-DELL.