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Events for kids and families this week around Fredericksburg

FRIDAY | NOV. 29

“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. Opens tonight and runs through Dec. 29, 7 p.m. Fridays, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. $20. 804/282-2620; va-rep.org.

SATURDAY | NOV. 30

Holiday Mail for Heroes, Keller Williams, 302 Westwood Office Park, Fredericksburg. The community is invited to help make holiday cards for troops serving our country. Cookies and juice will be served. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 540/287-8750.

“Twas the Night Before Christmas,” The Children’s Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. See Friday’s listing.

Brunch With Santa and Snow Bear, The Children’s Theatre of Virginia at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. $15; includes a light meal and other activities following the 10:30 matinee of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Today, Dec. 7, and Dec. 21. 804/282-2620; va-rep.org.

SUNDAY | DEC. 1

Candlelight Tour at the Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St., Fredericksburg. Tour the house by candlelight, enjoy Christmas carols and refreshments. 4:30-7 p.m. Free. washingtonheritagemuseums.org.

An Evening Dessert With Santa, Inn at the Old Silk Mill, 1707 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. Children’s activities, hot chocolate, treats. 5-8 p.m. Children 3-12 $10; cancer survivors or in treatment, free; children 2 and under and adults free. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. 540/371-5666; treece@mellandfrost.com.

MONDAY | DEC. 2

Santa Claus appearance, Ladysmith Library, 7199 Clara Smith Drive, Ruther Glen. 6-7:30 p.m. 804/448-0357; carolinelibrary.org.

TUESDAY | DEC. 3

Story Time Tuesdays, Wilderness Library, 6421 Flat Run Road, Locust Grove. 10:15 a.m. ages 18 months to 3 years; 11 a.m. ages 3 to 5. Caregivers required. All story times are drop-in, registration not required. 540/854-5310.

ONGOING

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. Open daily through Jan. 5, 2014. $15 and up; free for children 2 and under. 301/965-4000; christmasonthepotomac.com.

“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. 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

Polar Express Storytime & Party, Barnes and Noble, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg. Story will be read, hot chocolate and cookies served, fun activities. Wear pajamas. Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Free. 540/785-3504; bn.com.

18th annual Santa Land, Woman’s Club of King George, 9441 Kings Highway, King George. Throne room, Snow Princess room, kids’ activity room, bake sale, more. Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to noon. $1 donation per person. Photos with Santa are $2. Proceeds donated to an art award at King George High School. 540/775-7878.

Breakfast With Santa, Chick-fil-A Spotsylvania Towne Center, 3102 Plank Road, Fredericksburg. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. $5 per child. Pre-registration required. 540/786-6660; spotsylvaniatownecentre.com.

Elf on the Shelf Storytime and Adoption, Barnes and Noble, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway, Fredericksburg. Nook coloring activity, cookies and special elf guests. Saturday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Free. 540/785-3504; bn.com.

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

“Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend,” Patriot Center, George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Dec. 12-15, matinée and evening shows. $18 and $30. 800/745-3000; sesameworkshop.org.

“The Lion, The Unicorn and Me,” Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington, D.C. A holiday family opera by Washington National Opera. Based on Jeanette Winterson’s children’s book, which tells the story of the Nativity from a donkey’s point of view. Dec. 14-22. $34 and up. 202/467-4600; kennedy-center.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.

Santa Breakfast, Mine Run Volunteer Fire Department, 31077 Old Plank Road, Locust Grove. Saturday, Dec. 14, 6:30 to 11 a.m. Santa visits 8 to 10 a.m. Bring your own camera. $8 adults, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and under free. Proceeds benefit the fire department. 540/854-4611; minerunfire.com.

Civil War Santa, Chatham, 120 Chatham Lane, Stafford. Learn what Christmas was like in the 1860s, make decorations for Chatham, have a scavenger hunt. Refreshments will be served. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1-4 p.m. 540/371-0802; nps.gov/frsp/chatham.htm.

 

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

 

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