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It’s All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)

April 1 - June 18
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States

What defines a Richmond family? This exhibit explores the changing definition and composition on of what makes a family in our Richmond community over the past five centuries.

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One Love: LGBT Families

April 1 - September 4
The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States

This exhibition questions the traditional definition of a family through portraits of LGBT families in the Richmond region. Sponsored by Altria Group, Virginia is for Lovers, Capital One, Richmond Region Tourism, and Michael Simon Photography.

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Something’s Afoot

April 1 - May 6
Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Ten people are stranded in an isolated English country house during a raging thunderstorm -- the perfect scenario for an Agatha Christie whodunit, right? But in this musical spoof of the genre, the characters are disposed of one by one in fiendishly clever and comic ways: poison darts, man-eating flower pots, and exploding staircases to

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Free

The Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger

April 1 - June 18
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts*, 200 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

This exhibition of 145 works from one of the most stunning public collections of jewelry and objects by Jean Schlumberger celebrates the creativity of this legendary 20th-century designer and the inspiration he found in the natural world.

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Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

April 1 - September 5
Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220

Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life. ($, Free for members)  

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Dancing Lessons

April 1 - April 9
Virginia Rep at Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road
Hanover, 23069

Ever, an awkward professor with Asperger’s Syndrome, seeks dancing lessons from his neighbor, Senga, an out of commission Broadway dancer. As the unlikely relationship unfolds, the two make hilarious and heartwarming discoveries about themselves and each other.

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Pinwheels for Prevention Garden

April 1 - April 29
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, 3,000+ pinwheels will be “planted” in the Terrace Lawn, each representing a child served this year by Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s Healthy Families program.

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A Million Blooms!

April 1 - June 1
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228

A parade of blooms unfurls as the weather warms: daffodils, tulips, peonies, roses, and many more.

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Free

Poetry Tree

April 1 - April 30
Ashland Library, 201 S. Railroad Ave.
Ashland, VA 23005

Helping  decorate the Poetry Tree with your favorite poem or verse or write one of your own to share.

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Free

Art Exhibits

April 1 - April 23
Art Works, 320 Hull St.
Richmond, VA 23224

Take in a variety of works incorporating recycled materials, as well as solo exhibits, and a video series.

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Free

Easter Bunny

April 1 - April 15
Regency Square Mall, 1420 North Parham Road
Richmond, 23229

Visit with the Easter Bunny and have your photo taken. Visits are always free. Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (breaks 12:30-1:00pm and 4:00 -4:30pm) Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm (breaks 3:00 - 4:00 pm)  

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Free

Vibrance: Lego Art by Brickworkz / Brian Korte

April 1 - June 4
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23260 United States

Award-winning Richmond brick artist Brian Korte from Brickworkz will have colorful mosaics on display, made entirely with LEGO bricks! This year's theme is "Vibrance" so expect to see bright, colorful works (and some old favorites as well).

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Grass Roots – A Healthy Virginia Lawn Program

April 1 - May 15
Chesterfield Cooperative Extension, 6807 Mimms Loop
Chesterfield, VA 23832

For Chesterfield County residents, this program includes a site visit to your home by a Master Gardener volunteer who measures your lawn area, collects soil sample(s), and completes a detailed site evaluation, including information on soil compaction and weed cover. Cooperative Extension staff use this information to make specific recommendations for your lawn, which when

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Richmond Spring Carnival

April 1 - April 9
Carnival Lot, 6807 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23225

This family-friendly event features favorite fair food, midway games and rides for all ages. Unlimited ride wristbands and ride tickets are also available onsite. Visit DreamlandAmusements.com for coupon savings on rides and food. Carnival hours are 5-11 pm Monday-Friday and 12-11 pm Saturday-Sunday.

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Albee Fest

April 3 - April 15
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St.
Richmond , VA 23220

Six little known works by the master dramatist, Edward Albee, will be performed in script-in-hand readings with a company of some of Richmond's most talented actors. Two companion events will round out the festival -- a special Edward Albee cabaret with Starlet Knight and Anthony Dowd, and Strange Bedfellows: Albee Edition. Additional festival events include

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Richmond Flying Squirrels

April 6 - April 12
The Diamond*, 3001 N Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23230

Catch a game with the family and cheer for the Richmond Squirrels in this home stand against Hartford and Altoona.  

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Movies and More

April 7 - April 8
Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road
Henrico, VA 23075

Enjoy Star Trek Beyond (PG-13) on the big screen. Friday 7:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM

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Free

Chesapeake District Championship Event

April 7 - April 8
VCU’s Siegel Center, 1200 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23284

Approximately 1,500 HS students will converge to test their teamwork and ingenuity during the First Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton. The best and brightest robotics teams from DC, Maryland, and Virginia will compete for a chance to attend the First World Championship in St. Louis.

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Illumination Gala

April 8
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

Inaugural black tie fundraising gala and the debut of the Museum’s new landmark exhibit and community event space, the Dewey Gottwald Center.  Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing to support the Museum’s educational pursuits. To purchase your tickets, please visit support.smv.org/illuminationgala or contact Sarah Zalesiak at 804.864.1548.

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Spring Petting Farm

April 8 - April 15
Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233

Visit baby bunnies, chicks, ducks, lambs, and more. The Spring Petting Farm is located in the Main Plaza and is open daily from 11:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m., weather permitting. A $1 donation is suggested; proceeds go the Maymont Foundation.

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Ongoing
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Mini Titans

April 1 @ 9:00 am - December 26 @ 10:00 am
Tuckahoe Sports (TSI), 2450 Little League Dr
Henrico , VA 23233

While being age appropriate, these introductory sports classes will focus on the fundamentals of baseball and softball. Each participant will have fun, while learning to master the motor coordination skills and balance needed for a good foundation. For ages 2 and 3.

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Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

April 1 @ 9:30 am - September 4 @ 5:00 pm
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

Created entirely from plastic pollution recovered from the ocean, this impactful display includes a dozen gigantic marine wildlife sculptures – from jellyfish to eels. Encouraging conservation, inspiring guests to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle to eliminate this worldwide crisis.

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Change of Heart – Change of Mind

April 1 @ 9:30 am - June 5 @ 5:00 pm
Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

Explore a collection of oil paintings featuring figures from Greek mythology reacting to human impacts on the planet – including climate change. Presented by the Science Museum of Virginia and staff scientist Dr. Eugene Maurakis, this gallery experience will be paired with poetry describing changes in our ecosystems.

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Hatch-A-Peep Paint and Juice

April 1 @ 10:00 am - April 9 @ 5:30 pm
Fusion Dynamics and You, 7494 Lee-Davis Road, Suite 16A
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

An instructor will guide the youth during the session to complete the themed painting on a 8x10 canvas, provided by studio, along with other tools of trade and lite refreshments. Four sessions available, www.fusiondynamicsandyou.com.

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Easter Bunny

April 1 @ 11:00 am - April 15 @ 8:00 pm
Short Pump Town Center, 11800 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233

Come visit with Peter Rabbit in his sweet southern garden and have your keepsake Easter portraits taken, located on the upper level near L.L. Bean. Hours: Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Free

Exhibition: Perversion of Form

April 1 @ 11:00 am - May 13 @ 5:00 pm
1708 Gallery, 319 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220 United States

Built around a longstanding conversation between artists Robert Beatty, Sarah Briland, Ryan Crowley, Ben Durham, and Mike Goodlett,

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Daily Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery Tours

April 3 @ 10:00 am - October 31 @ 12:00 pm

Meet at the Hollywood Cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets, near the rear of the stone structure to the left. Please note that this tour is 1.5 to 2 miles and involves several inclines. Comfortable shoes and water.

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Spring Book Sale

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - April 8 @ 5:00 pm
Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Friends of Richmond Public Library members get in Friday at noon. You can join at the door. www.rvalibraryfriends.org. Friday - noon to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm Saturday - 10am to 5pm

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7:45 am
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5K Trail Run

April 8 @ 7:45 am - 11:00 am
Appomattox River Regional Park, 800 Folar Trail
N. Prince George, VA 23860

Participants at all levels are encouraged to come out and enjoy the Run/Walk. 7:45 AM – Registration 9:00 AM – 5K Run/Walk 10:00 AM – Children’s Fun Run (Free for ages 14 and younger) 10:30 AM – Awards Ceremony

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9:00 am
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Boot Camp for New Dads

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Memorial Regional Medical Center, 8260 Atlee Rd
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

This program is for rookie fathers. Built as a first-time dad skill-learning factory. Men get unedited, real talk info straight from veteran fathers who bring their babies. Classes held at local hospitals. Register at www.rfva.org. Scholarships available.

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10:00 am
Free

Pictures with the Easter Bunny

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
1Z 2Z 3Z Baby & Toddler Boutique, 5720 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226

Visit Easter Bunny and receive a picture. Also, find Easter items, jellybeans, outdoor games, and more.

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Pet Expo

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23222

Bring your pet to enjoy a day of fun and excitement with the whole family.  Vendors that sell animal-related goods and services will be on hand, plus many animal rescue groups. Activities are scheduled throughout the day, many of which you can do with your pet.  Benefits Henrico Humane Society.

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The Mix 98.1 and Q94 Baby and Family Expo

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chesterfield Towne Center, Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian, VA 23114

Featuring shopping, sampling, family fun activities plus displays of the latest products, services, and information for your new baby and family.

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Bunnies, Chicks, and Sheep Musical Playdate

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 10:40 am
Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive
Henrico, VA 23233

Children will enjoy hopping like bunnies, flying a "kite" in the sky, petting some "animals" in the instrument petting zoo, making animal noises, and tons of other spring-themed musical activities. Ages 0 to 5 years with adult.

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Inclusive LEGO and Game Club

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Chester YMCA, 3011 West Hundred Road
Chester, VA 23831

Children of all abilities in grades K through 8 are invited to join this monthly club. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inclusive-lego-club-and-game-club-chester-registration-31940334400.

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10:30 am
Free

Small Concert for Small Friends

April 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Libbie Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake East St.
Henrico, VA 23230

A mini-concert featuring young area musicians playing classical music for some of our tiniest patrons: Music for Little Ones. Parents are invited to bring their very young children to a live musical experience where vocalizations, wiggles, and toddling are welcomed (and encouraged!).

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Family Easter Celebration

April 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road
Richmond, VA 23221

Bring the whole family out for a festive Easter egg hunt on Reveille's grounds with a petting zoo, moon bounce, games, crafts, storytelling, and more. For more information, visit www.reveilleumc.org/lent.

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11:00 am
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Party with Your Peeps

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wegmans Midlothian, 12501 Stone Village Way
Midlothian, VA 23113

Who’s ready to party with your peeps? This fast-paced class lets you and your kids see how much fun it can be to play with your food. Peeps in a blanket? You bet. Hands-on class for a parent and child.

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Second Saturday LEGO Club

April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Montpelier Library, 17205 Sycamore Tavern Lane
Montpelier, VA 23192

Buildings, superheroes, animals - the sky's the limit. Enter to win a LEGO book, too. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

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12:00 pm
Free

Second Saturday Movie Matinee

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
West Point Library, 721 Main Street
West Point, VA 23181

Bring the whole family for a great movie on the big screen at the library. Popcorn and punch provided by the Friends of the West Point Library.

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Free

Family Easter Celebration

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fort Lee Baptist Church, 2727 Charles City rd
Henrico, VA 23231

Easter egg hunts for ages walking to 5th grade, crafts, face painting, and more. Food and refreshments provided. Egg hunts begin promptly at 12:15.

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1:00 pm
Free

Girls Innovate Junior Workshop

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Ave
Richmond, VA 23226

This special event is intentionally designed for girls ages 2 ½ to 5 years old, modeled after the School’s JK to grade 12 STEM program. Parents must accompany their child. Registration required. Open to the public

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2:00 pm
Free

LEGO Club

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hull Street Library, 1400 Hull Street
Richmond, VA 23224

Build and program a LEGO robot, film and star in your own LEGO animated movie, and build as far as you can imagine. One Saturday a month, k through 12 and families welcome.

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A Rural Garden on a Grand Scale

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hollywood Cemetery, Cherry and Albemarle streets

Meet at the Hollywood Cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets, near the rear of the stone structure to the left. Please note that this tour is 1.5 to 2 miles and involves several inclines. Comfortable shoes and water are recommended. Walk-ups welcome.

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Free

Book Signing: Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Barnes and Noble Chesterfield Towne Center, 11500 Midlothian Tnpk Space 440
Richmond, VA 23235

Meet Richmond authors Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman as they sign and discuss their book Overcoming Bias: Buiding Authentic Relationships Across Differences.

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5:00 pm
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Richmond Kickers

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cheer on the hometown soccer team as they take on Louisville City FC.  

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7:00 pm
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Richmond Roughriders Debut Game

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Richmond Coliseum, 601 E Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States

Arena Football returns to the city of Richmond. Come watch the Richmond Roughriders in their debut home game against the Birmingham Outlawz.  

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8:00 pm
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Altria Masterworks 7

April 8 @ 8:00 pm
Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center, 600 E Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Featuring orchestral classics and contemporary composers, this series will inspire you. This performance features Vaughan Williams, Schubert with the Richmond Symphony Chorus. An hour before each concert there is a free pre-concert talk with the Richmond Symphony Music Director, Steven Smith.

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