News and notes from Fredericksburg's entertainment scene
KIDSTUFF: Fun Stuff For Families
COMPILED BY EMILY JENNINGS / THE FREE LANCE-STAR
FRIDAY | FEB. 8
“Camp In” at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 to 9. Design and build structures, explore exhibits after-hours, watch an IMAX movie. Advance registration required, $45 per child. For every four children, one adult chaperone is required and admitted for $20. 804/864-1400; smv.org.
SATURDAY | FEB. 9
Annual Colonial Tea Party, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne St. Colonial Tea Party. Sample teas and related refreshments; learn about tea in Colonial America; crafts, dress in period clothing. 1-3 p.m. Ages 12 and under. $10 members, $12 non-members; preregistration required. 540/371-3037; famcc.org.
Second Saturdays at the Museum, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, 1001 Princess Anne St. hands-on activities, make and take crafts, 1-3 p.m. Ages 12 and under. Free drop-in program. 540/371-3037; famcc.org.
“Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure,” Riverside Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg. Saturdays through March 23. 1 p.m. doors, 2 p.m. performance. $18 for lunch and show. Selected Tuesday and Thursday matinées at 11:30 a.m.; call for more info. 540/370-4300; riversidedt.com.
“Coping With a Broken Heart,” Central Rappahannock Library, 1201 Caroline St. Hosted by Mary Washington Hospice, for children, teens and adults (and those who support them) grieving the loss of a loved one. Light lunch served. Saturday, Feb. 9, 12:30-3 p.m. To make a reservation, call 540/741-2377.
Children’s Art Show seeking entries, open to all children ages 4-18. Prizes awarded for first- through fourth-place in all categories with cash prizes in eighth- to 12th-grade divisions. Show will be March 14-16 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center auditorium, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg. Contact Jennifer Hellier, 540/372-1086; entry forms available Feb. 1 at fredericksburgva.gov under Parks and Recreation Dept. special events page.
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.
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 admission; donations accepted. 301/653-7983; rcnrhs.com.
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out! Tour, Landmark Theater, 801 W. Main Street, Richmond. Shows at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $47, $37 and $27. 800/514-3849; etix.com.
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. A medley of animated Disney movies from the first full-length animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to “Tangled.” Feb. 13-18. $20-$80. 800/745-3000; ticketmaster.com, disneyon ice.com.
“I Love Gymnastics!” Valentine Party, Stafford Gymnastics Center, Romford Road, Astonfields Estate, Stafford. Ages 16 months to 5 years (ages 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Thursday, Feb. 14, 10:30 to noon. $10 per child; preregistration required. 540/658-5115; staffordparks.com.
“Sleeping Beauty Dreams,” Kennedy Center Family Theater. U.S. premiere from puppet theater company Marionetas de la Esquina of Mexico. Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday’s 11 a.m. performance will be in Spanish. Recommended ages 5 and up. $18. 202/467-4600; kennedy-center.org.
George Washington’s 281st Birthday, Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg. Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $5 adults, ages 17 and under free. George will be there, plus games, crafts, theater performances and birthday cake. 540/371-3363; kenmore.org.
Archaeology Day at Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg. Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Special tours of lab, dig site, performance by the Object Whisperer, crafts, music, scavenger hunts. 540/371-3363; kenmore.org.
President’s Day at Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, 1020 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., half-price admission in honor of George Washington, Hugh Mercer’s friend. $2.50 for adults, $1 ages 6 to 18, under 6 free. 540/373-3362; email@example.com.
Preschool Palette, Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth. Young children are introduced to art and art museums. Students enjoy a picture book, view original works of art and make an art project to take home. “Over/Under,” Feb. 21-22, 26. 540/654-1015. garimelchers.org.
Snow Much Fun: Peter McCory, The Depot, 109 Commerce St., Culpeper. Saturday, March 2, 5-6 p.m. Upbeat and interactive, with drums, guitar, harmonica, kazoo and more from this one-man band. $5 per person. Info: Culpeper Renaissance, 540/825-4416; culpeperdowntown.com.
Gymnastics St. Patty’s Day Party, Stafford Gymnastics Center, Romford Road, Astonfields Estate, Stafford. Ages 16 months to 5 years (age 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Thursday, March 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $15 per child, preregistration required. 540/658-5115; stafford parks.com.
CAMPS AND CLASSES
Gymnastics Flip Clinic, Stafford Gymnastics Center, Romford Road, Astonfields Estate, Stafford. Age 8 and older, learn back handsprings and other cheerleading moves. Sunday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, March 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., $15 per clinic. Preregistration required. 540/658-5115; staffordparks.com.
Spring Break Gymnastics Camp, Stafford Gymnastics Center, Romford Road, Astonfields Estate, Stafford. Kindergarten to 12 years, Monday to Thursday, April 1-4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $125. Preregistration required. 540/658-5115; staffordparks.com.
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