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Family friendly events for the coming week

FRIDAY | OCT. 4

Creative Side Children’s Art Show and Costume Party, 513 Jackson St., Fredericksburg. Snacks, face painting, arts/crafts. 5-8 p.m. Free. To enter artwork, call 540/846-8920; thecreativeside.com.

Creepy Crawly Campfire Stories, Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Road., King George. Sit around the campfire and hear tales of spiders, bats, and more. Marshmallows will be supplied for roasting. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Pre-registration required. 540/663-3861; dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/cal.shtml.

Girls in Medicine Camp-In, Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Middle school girls work with women in the medical field exploring careers in medicine. $10 per person. Friday to Saturday. 804/864-1400; smv.org.

SATURDAY | OCT. 5

5K Walk/Run for Life, Old Mill Park, 2410 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Pregnancy Center. This is a family event and strollers are welcome. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 540-370-1800; fredericksburgpregnancycenter.org.

Fredericksburg Dog Fair, Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave., Fredericksburg. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids and dogs are free; adults asked for $10 contribution, proceeds to Fredericksburg’s Gone to the Dogs Charity. Parade, skill events, demonstrations, competitions, more. 540/710-2364; downtowndogfair.com.

SUNDAY | OCT. 6

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Day at Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg. Tours of archaeology lab, dig site, garden and gallery using American Sign Language. 2 p.m. 540/370-0732; kenmore.org.

WEDNESDAY | OCT. 9

Home School Days at Historic Kenmore, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg. Drill with a Revolutionary War soldier, compare your kitchen with a Colonial kitchen, make a fall craft. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to noon. $5 ages 5-12; free for adults. 540/370-0732; hayes@gwffoundation.org.

THURSDAY | OCT. 3

Preschool Storytime at the Wilderness Library, 6421 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove. Stories and a craft. 11 a.m. every Thursday. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Free. 540/854-5310; ocplva.org.

ONGOING

Braehead Farm Fall Festival, 1130 Tyler St., Fredericksburg. Pumpkins, hay rides, petting zoo, activities for kids. Through Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 weekdays, $7.50 weekends; 2 and under free. 540/899-9848; braeheadfarm.com.

“The Frog Prince,” Riverside Children’s Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg. Based on the classic fairy tale by the brothers Grimm. Through Nov. 2 every Saturday, 1 p.m. doors, 2 p.m. performance. $18 for lunch and show. Select Tuesday and Thursday matinées at 11:30 a.m. 540/370-4300; riversidedt.com.

Planet Spooky Children’s Halloween Event, King’s Dominion, Doswell. Petting zoo, hay maze, pedal tractors, live shows. Included with admission. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Noon to 5 p.m. 804/876-5000; kingsdominion.com.

Lunch Break Science, Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Pack a lunch and listen to museum scientists and others share information on a wide range of topics. First come, first served; seating is limited. Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Free. 804/864-1400; smv.org.

Family History Adventure Tours, Historic Kenmore, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg. Special fun activities for families or small groups by reservation. Weekdays 24 hours in advance, weekends one week in advance. Adults and children ages 4-12. 540/371-3363, ext. 24; hayes@gwffoundation.org.

Railroad Museum and Train Rides, 11700 Main St., Fredericksburg. Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Bring the family, tour restored railroad cabooses and see tools and equipment used by railroad workers. Free; donations accepted. 301/653-7983; rcnrhs.com.

Stories at the Museum, Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard., Richmond. Every first and third Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon. For children of all ages. Each month focuses on a different theme. 804/358-4901; vahistorical.org.

UPCOMING

Girls in Science Camp In, Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Saturday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 13. Middle school girls work with professional women scientists. $10 per person. 804/864-1400; smv.org.

Meet the Moon Night, Central Rappahannock Regional Library Porter Branch, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Refreshments, children’s activities, educational displays. Telescopes will be available to observe the night sky. Saturday, Oct. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 540/659-4909; observethemoonnight.org; librarypoint.org.

“Toying with Science,” with Garry Krinsky, Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas. Science fun with circus skills, mime, comedy, music and audience participation. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m. $5 for children, $15 adults. 888/945-2468; hyltoncenter.org.

Spooky Crafts for Kids, Stafford Parks and Recreation, Rowser Building, 1739 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Stafford. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Ages 3 to 5, 5-5:45 p.m.; ages 6 to 10, 6-6:45 p.m. $8 residents, $10 nonresidents. 540/658-4864; staffordparks.com.

Wings & Wheels Festival & Air Show, Stafford Regional Airport, 75 Aviation Way, Fredericksburg. Free airplane rides for children; aerobatic performances, food, crafts, more. email skirkpatrick@staffordcountyva.gov; staffordrotary.org/WingsWheelsandDucks.cfm.

Healthy Kids One-Mile Fun Run, Pentagon North Parking Lot. Organized by the Marine Corps Marathon. Participants receive a T-shirt, bib, medal and healthy snacks. Limited registration for children ages 5-12. Saturday, Oct. 26. 11:20 and 11:40 a.m. waves available. 703/784-2357; marinemarathon.com.

CAMPS AND CLASSES

Bowhunting for Kids, Stafford County Parks and Recreation, Rowser building, 1739 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, Mondays, Oct. 28 to Nov. 25, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ages 9 to 12, $45 residents, $50 non. 540/658-4864; staffordparks.com.

The Creative Side Art Classes, Spotsylvania Parks and Recreation Marshall Center, Room A, 8800 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania. Classes will meet on Fridays, Sept. 20 to Oct. 18. Ages 5-18. 540/507-7529; spotsylvania.va.us/parksandrec.

Wacky Weekend Workshops, Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Presented by Stage Door Productions. Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon. Workshops in creative drama and improvisation for all ages offered. 540/903-3808; stagedoorproductions.org.

Children’s Art Classes by the Bowling Green Arts Commission, Sidney E. King Arts Center, 117 Butler St., Bowling Green. Classes for all ages will begin in October every Saturday. 804/450-6466; kboltz13@gmail.com.

To announce kid-related activities, email weekender@freelancestar.com with “Kid Stuff” in the subject line.

 

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