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Events for kids and families around Fredericksburg this week

THURSDAY | NOV. 14

Thanksgiving Craft, Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation, Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. 10 to 11 a.m. Ages 3 to 5. $5 per child. Call for availability. 540/372-1086; fredericksburgva.gov.

FRIDAY | NOV. 15

Teen Night, Heritage House of Virginia, 1113 Garrisonville Road, Stafford. Teens of all abilities come hang out, play video and board games, get to know other teens. Monthly event organized and led by students. Building is handicapped accessible. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. 540/846-1476; sophiejsemail@gmail.com.

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” Massaponax High School, 8201 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg. Presented by Stage Door Productions. 7 p.m. Friday. stagedoorproductions.org.

Night Sounds Hike, Stafford Parks and Recreation, Curtis Park Shelter No. 7. Roast marshmallows, listen to sounds of night creatures. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 2 to 5. $5 per person or $15 per family. Reservations required. 540/658-4871; staffordparks.com.

ICE! featuring ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md. Features more than 2 million pounds of colorful hand-carved ice and 20-foot-tall ice slides. Opens today and runs through Jan. 5, 2014. $15 and up; free for children 2 and under. 301/965-4000; christmasonthepotomac.com.

SATURDAY | NOV. 16

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” Massaponax High School, 8201 Jefferson Davis Highway. Presented by Stage Door Productions. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. $10 adults and $7 students. stagedoorproductions.org.

National Take a Hike Day, Stafford Parks and Recreation, Government Island, 191 Coal Landing Road, Stafford. 10 a.m. All ages. Free. 540/658-4871; staffordparks.com.

Super Scientific Circus, Louisa Arts Center, 212 Fredericksburg Ave., Louisa. Starring Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime. 11 a.m. $7 ages 12 and under, $15 adult. 540/967-5200; louisaarts.org.

SUNDAY | NOV. 17

Soccer Shoot, Fredericksburg Field House, 3411 Shannon Park Drive. Hosted by Fredericksburg Elks Lodge 875, 1-3 p.m. Boys and girls ages 7-13. Prizes awarded in each group and division for kicking a soccer ball into the goal. 540/371-2505.

Pet Pictures with Santa Claus, Spotsylvania Towne Center, 3102 Plank Road, Fredericksburg. All pets must be on leashes or in carriers. 7-9 p.m. in the center court. 540/786-6660; spotsylvaniatownecentre.com.

THURSDAY | NOV. 21

Turkey Trek, Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation, Motts Run Nature Center, River Road, Fredericksburg. 10-11 a.m. Ages 4-6. $8 per child. Reservations required. 540/372-1086; fredericksburg va.gov.

ONGOING

“Charlotte’s Web,” Riverside Children’s Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg. Based on the popular children’s book by E.B. White. Through Dec. 28 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.

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.

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.

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.

Stories at the Museum, Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Blvd., 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

Riverbend Basketball Hoop Fest, Riverbend High School, 12301 Spotswood Furnace Road, Fredericksburg. All-day basketball fun, competitions, teaching stations. Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $30, ages 9-18. 540/220-0173; riverbendboysbasketballboosters@yahoo.com.

Turkey Day, Stafford Parks and Recreation, Rowser Building, 1739 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford. Learn about Thanksgiving, make a craft, play games, have a snack. Friday, Nov. 22, 10-11 a.m. Ages 2-5. Reservations required. 540/658-4871; staffordparks.com.

Women Adorned Workshop Series, Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. Local artist Gabriel Pons will lead a 3-D collage workshop, “Mask and Mirror.” Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 13 and older. $45. 540/371-3037; famcc.org.

Nature Crafts for Christmas, Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation, Motts Run Nature Center, River Road, Fredericksburg. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 7-16. $12 per child. Pre-registration required. 540/372-1086; fredericksburgva.gov.

“Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!” Kennedy Center Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Based on the children’s book by Mo Willems. Recommended for children ages 4 and older. Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. $20. 202/467-4600; kennedy-center.org.

“Twas the Night Before Christmas,” The Children’s Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. Based on the true story of how Clement C. Moore came to write his famous poem. Nov. 29 to Dec. 29, 7 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. $20. 804/282-2620; va-rep.org.

Brunch with Santa and Snow Bear, The Children’s Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. A light meal and other activities follow the 10:30 matinee of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Saturdays, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, and Dec. 21. 804/282-2620; va-rep.org.

Gingerbread Preschool Group Workshops at Washington’s Ferry Farm, 268 King’s Highway, Fredericksburg. Weekdays, Dec. 9-20, 10 a.m. Ages 4-5. $6 per child. Reservations required. 540/370-0732; hayes@gwffoundation.org.

Gingerbread Preschool Workshop for Individual Children at Washington’s Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg. Decorate a paper house and a gingerbread cookie, story time, more. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. Ages 4-5. $6 per child. Reservations required. 540/370-0732; hayes@gwffoundation .org.

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

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