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The Best Weekly Activities for Little Kids in RVA

Updated: Feb 7

Wondering what classes and activities are open to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers during the week? I've rounded up our favorite RVA weekly activities for little kids, so you know exactly what to do with your kiddo.


This guide is specifically for weekly activities that are open to everyone without a membership. Some activities are drop in style, while others require advance registration. I've also included activities that are free for families and programs that have an admission cost.


*Follow @thewestendmom for things to do with kids in Richmond and around Virginia!


RVA's Best Weekly Classes to Try with Little Kids:


These classes typically meet every week. Make sure to double check, as some locations take breaks during the year. For example, Henrico's weekly story times take a 2-3 break starting February 12.


Also, families can visit any library in the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Hanover County, or Henrico County even if they are not a resident of that city or county. You can even get a library card for each one, if you want.


Mondays


1. Bon Air Library's Toddler Story Time


Ages: 2-3 years old

Times: 9:15AM-9:45AM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Chesterfield County's Bon Air Library

Cost: free


*Registration begins 3 days before the class.


2. Miss Anne's Music and Movement


Times: 9:30

Class Duration: 30 m, parent and me style

Location: West End Academy of Dance

Cost: $15 per family



3. Bon Air Library's Pajama Story Time


Ages: 2-5 years old

Times: 6:30PM-7PM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Chesterfield County's Bon Air Library

Cost: free


*Registration begins 3 days before the class.


4. Clover Hill Library's Pajama Story Time


Ages: 2-5 years old

Times: 6:30PM-7PM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Chesterfield County's Clover Hill Library

Cost: free


*Registration begins 3 days before the class.


Tuesdays


1. Bass Pro & Cabela's Fish Feedings


Ages: all

Times: noon

Location: Ashland and Short Pump respectively

Cost: Free


2. Henrico County Parks' Story Tots and Tunes


Ages: 2 years old to 5 years old

Times: 10-10:45am & 2-2:45pm on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month

Class Duration: 45 minutes, parent and me style

Cost: Free, no registration required



3. Miss Anne's Music and Movement


Ages: 3 months to 5 years old

Times: 10AM-11AM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church

Cost: $7 per parent/child pair, $5 for siblings



4. The West End Branch's Toddler Time


Ages: 18 months - 3 years old

Times: 10:30AM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: City of Richmond's West End Branch

Cost: free


5. The Main Branch's Book Babies


Ages: babies - young toddlers (non-walkers & wobblers)

Times: 10:30AM

Class Duration: 30minutes, parent and me style

Location: City of Richmond's Main Branch Library

Cost: free


6. The Main Branch's Toddler Time


Ages: 18 months - 36 months

Times: 11:15-12PM

Class Duration: 45 minutes, parent and me style

Location: City of Richmond's Main Branch

Cost: free


Wednesday


1. Art Factory's Little Explorers Class


Ages: 2 years old to 5 years old

Times: 10:30am & 1:30pm

Class Duration: 45 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Midlothian

Cost: $18.90 (10% sibling discount)



2. Miss Anne's Music and Movement


Ages: 3 months to 5 years old

Times: 9:30 & 10:30

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church

Cost: $7 per parent/child pair, $5 for siblings



3. Wee Praise


Ages: babies to 4 years old

Times: 10am, 5pm & 6:15 pm

Class Duration: 45 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Second Baptist Church, The West End

Cost: free, no registration required


4. The West End Branch's Book Babies


Ages: babies - young toddlers (non-walkers & wobblers)

Times: 10:30AM

Class Duration: 20 minutes, parent and me style

Location: City of Richmond's West End Branch

Cost: free


Thursday


1. Art Factory's Little Explorers Class


Ages: 2 years old to 5 years old

Times: 10:30am & 1:30pm

Class Duration: 45 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Midlothian

Cost: $18.90 (10% sibling discount)



2. Bass Pro & Cabela's Fish Feedings


Times: noon

Location: Ashland and Short Pump respectively

Cost: Free


3. Skate-a-Way's Tiny Tots Skate


Ages: Toddler/Preschool (we started when G was 2yo)

Times: 10am-11:15am

Class Duration: 1h15m, parent and me style and you can push a stroller on the rink

Location: Midlothian

Cost: $7 (cash) per child & parents skate for free. This includes skates, a skate assist & snack.



4. Twin Hickory Library's Read, Grow, Play


Ages: 3yo-5yo

Time: 9:30AM-10AM

Location: Henrico County's Twin Hickory Library

Cost: Free


5. Fairfield Area Library's Adaptive Story Time


Ages: 1-12 years old, all abilities with an adult

Time: 10AM-10:30AM

Location: Henrico County's Fairfield Library

Cost: Free


6. Tuckahoe Library's Hello! Story Time (bilingual)


Ages: infant - preschool

Time: 10AM-10:30AM

Location: Henrico County's Tuckahoe Library

Cost: Free


7. The Main Branch's Preschool Story Time


Ages: 3 years old - 5 years old

Times: 10:30AM-11:15AM

Class Duration: 45 minutes, parent and me style

Location: City of Richmond's Main Branch

Cost: free


Friday


2. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Story Time

Class Duration: 30 m

Times: 10AM

Cost: These classes are free for members, and they are included in the admission price for nonmembers ($8 for kids & $14 for adults). Children under 3 can visit the garden for free.



2. Miss Anne's Music and Movement


Times: 10AM & 11AM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church

Cost: $7 per parent/child pair, $5 for siblings



Saturday


1. Bass Pro & Cabela's Fish Feedings


Times: noon

Location: Ashland and Short Pump respectively

Cost: Free


2. Home Depot's Kid's Workshops


Ages: Depends on your kiddos! I started taking my son at 2 years old, but it is definitely a parent & me activity. Real tools are involved.

Times: It’s the first Saturday of each month from 9am-noon.

Location: all Home Depots

Cost: free



3. Launch Trampoline Park's Toddler Time


Ages: 6 and under + an adult

Times: 9AM-11AM

Location: Midlothian

Cost: It costs $15 for a parent/child pair.⁣



4. LaPrade Library's Once Upon a Cuento (bilingual story time)


Ages: 2-5 years old

Times: 10AM-10:30AM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Chesterfield County's LaPrade Library

Cost: free


*Registration begins 3 days before the class.


5. VMFA's Wee Kids Workshops


Ages: 3m-13m, 14m-30m, 2.5y-5y

Times: 10:30-11:45

Location: VMFA

Cost: $24 per toddler/adult pair



6. Fairfield Library's Family Fun


Ages: infant - preschool

Time: 10AM-10:30AM

Location: Henrico County's Fairfield Library

Cost: Free


7. Libbie Mill Library's Family Fun


Ages: infant - preschool

Time: 10:30AM-11AM

Location: Henrico County's Libbie Mill Library

Cost: Free


8. Tuckahoe Library's Family Fun


Ages: infant - preschool

Time: 11-11:30AM

Location: Henrico County's Tuckahoe Library

Cost: Free


9. Varina Library's Family Fun


Ages: infant - preschool

Time: 11-11:30AM

Location: Henrico County's Varina Library

Cost: Free


10. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's Story Time

Class Duration: 30 m

Times: 10AM

Cost: These classes are free for members, and they are included in the admission price for nonmembers ($8 for kids & $14 for adults). Children under 3 can visit the garden for free.



11. Chester Library's Family Story Time


Ages: 0-5 years old

Times: 11AM-11:30AM

Class Duration: 30 minutes, parent and me style

Location: Chesterfield County's Chester Library

Cost: free


*Registration begins 3 days before the class.


Sunday


1. Libbie Mill Library's Family Fun


Ages: infant - preschool

Time: 2pm-2:30pm

Location: Henrico County's Libbie Mill Library

Cost: Free


2. Fairfield Library's Family Fun


Ages: infant - preschool

Time: 2pm-2:30pm

Location: Henrico County's Fairfield Library

Cost: Free


We also love visiting our local parks and playgrounds. These spaces are free to visit, and they are open from dawn to dusk daily. Check out my categorized guides below for parks that are perfect for toddlers & little kids!


*Check here for my guide on playgrounds with thoughtful flooring. All of these playgrounds have ADA surface, which is perfect for crawlers and new walkers.


*Check out this post on The Best Shaded Parks in Richmond, Virginia. I've included the playgrounds that have the most shade in the summer, and the ones that have the least shade in summer.


*Check out this post on fenced in playgrounds in central Virginia.


Looking for more things to do with kids in Richmond? Follow along on our weekly adventures on @thewestendmom !

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