Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi

James Hendley (center) stars as Tom Sawyer in Virginia Repertory's productin of “Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi” at The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn through March 3.

9 saturday

Second Saturdays: Kid Curator, Fredericksburg Area Museum, 907 Princess Anne St. Go behind the scenes and see what it takes to design a museum exhibit. Participants will tour FAM, get a sneak peek of the new exhibits, and create their own exhibit model. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. For more information, contact Theresa Cramer at or 540/371-3037, ext. 138.

Fredericksburg Kid Expo, Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway. New attractions: Meet and get pictures with realistic and active Dinosaurs, Find Fossils, Feed Butterflies and a Musical Petting Zoo. Plus enjoy bounce houses, pony and train rides, golf training, fire trucks, ambulances, Chick-fil-A samples, reptiles, police and firemen and face painting. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adults $8, $7 in advance, seniors 60 and older $7, $6 in advance; ages 4-12 $3, $2 in advance. Ages 3 and under are free.

“All You Need Is Love” Storytime and Activities, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. 11 a.m. Other events: Kids’ Book Hangout, featuring games, activities, book swag and discounts. 2 p.m. 540/785-3504.

Family Day: I Heart Art, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle. Tour the Combat Art gallery and talk to the museum’s Artist in Residence at the studio. Children aged 5-12 can create a work of art to take home for their special valentine. Noon to 3 p.m. 877/653-1775;

Heritage Family Day: African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space: The Struggle for Equal Access to the Skies, National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at Sixth Street SW, Washington, D.C. Meet African–American pioneers in aviation and space and enjoy puppet shows and fun hands-on activities. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 202/633-2214;

Chinese New Year Family Day, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with live demonstrations and hands-on craft activities throughout the building. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 202/467-4600;

10 sunday

Lunar New Year Celebration, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond. Enjoy performances from the Pacific Arts Dance Troupe, Yu Dance Arts and Richmond Chinese Performing Art Group; create a dragon parade puppet or make a red lantern; and practice Chinese calligraphy with the Richmond Chinese School. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 804/474-7062;

“The Underwater Bubble Show,” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Latvian production uses drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, sand art and theatrical magic. 1 p.m. $15-$39. 800/ 514-3849;

12 tuesday

Preschool Play Date: The Colors of Love, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle. Hear about how different cultures celebrate Valentine’s Day and make rainbow and valentine-inspired crafts. 10-11:30 a.m. For children 5 and under. Free. 877/653-1775;

13 wednesday

Storytime and Activities, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. 11 a.m. Free. 540/785-3504.

14 thursday

Disney on Ice: “Worlds of Enchantment,” Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. Feb. 14-18. $20 and up. 800/745-3000;

Big Apple Circus, National Harbor, 238 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, Md. Feb. 14 to March 24. $15 and up.


Half-price admission days, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Through Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this time only, admission is $6 for adults and seniors, and $4 for children. 804/262-9887;

“Winnie-the-Pooh,” Riverside Children’s Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway. Through March 2. Selected Tuesday and Thursday matinees at 11:30 a.m., arrive at 10:30 a.m. Selected Saturday matinees at 1 p.m., arrive at noon. $18 lunch and show, $14 show only. Feb. 16: Sensory-friendly performance. 540/370-4300;

Virginia Rep: “Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi,” The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. Mark Twain’s two classic American novels comes together for one fast-paced musical adventure. Through March 3. Approximately 1 hour, no intermission. $21 and up. Suggested for ages 6-12. 804/282-2620;

“Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Enter Curious George’s world and go on a fun math, science and engineering-based adventure. Included with museum admission. Through Sept. 15. 804/864-1400;

Preschool Palette, Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont, 224 Washington St., Falmouth. Introduce your child to arts education in a museum setting with this monthly award-winning class. Enjoy hands-on art activities and projects, along with age-appropriate studio tours, garden walks and stories. 10–11 a.m. Ages 2–5 are accompanied by an adult. $12 child/adult pair ($10 Friends of Belmont). Register at

CarMax $1 Family Nights, The Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St. Held the second Friday of each month from 5-7:30 p.m. $1 admission per person (adults and children).


Christian Youth Theater: Disney’s “Mulan Jr.,” Fredericksburg Academy, 10800 Academy Drive. Feb. 15-24. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. $15 in advance, $17 at the door.

Book signing with Linda Salisbury, Jabberwocky Children’s Bookstore, 810 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Salisbury will sign her “Bailey Fish Adventure” series and retelling of John Mercer Langston’s autobiography as part of Black History Month. Feb. 16, noon to 2 p.m. 540/371-5684.

”The Good Egg and The Bad Seed,” Storytime and Activities, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Feb. 16, 11 a.m. 540/785-3504.

Community Day: Discover Engineering Family Day, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. Celebrate National Engineers Week by trying out exciting, hands-on engineering experiences and talking with professional engineers of all kinds. Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free, drop-in. All ages. 202/272-2448;

“The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Based on the New York Times bestselling novel written by Rick Riordan. Eisenhower Theater. Feb. 15–17. 202/467-4600;,

George Washington’s Birthday, Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway. Activities include games, crafts, exhibits, archaeology lab tours, living history demonstrations, the Stone Throw Challenge (weather permitting), history theater, and birthday cake. Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 adults; 17 and under free. 540/370-0732;

Storytime and Activities, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Feb. 16, 11 a.m. 540/785-3504.

”I am Martin Luther King, Jr.” Storytime and Activities, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Feb. 23, 11 a.m. 540/785-3504.

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour, Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m. 800/ 514-3849;,

Monster Jam, Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, Md. Featuring racing, two-wheel skills, donuts and freestyle competitions. Scheduled to appear: Grave Digger, Alien Invasion, Earthshaker, Max-D, Megalodon, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, El Toro Loco, Zombie. Trucks/drivers subject to change. March 1-3. $20 and up; pit passes available. 800/745-3000;,

Paramount Presents: Richmond Symphony’s “The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant—With Really Inventive Stuff,” The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville. March 3. $14.75-$24.75. 434/979-1333;

Christian Youth Theater: “Little Women the Musical,” Grace Church of Fredericksburg, 1141 Heatherstone Drive. March 8-17. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets go on sale Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. $15 in advance, $17 at the door.

Charlottesville Ballet: “Cinderella,” 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville. March 9, 2 and 7 p.m. $20-$75. 434/979-1333;

”A Morning with Clifford the Big Red Dog,” Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville. As part of the 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book. Free; pre-registration encouraged. 434/979-1333;

Author Anne Marie Pace, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Celebrating the release of her new book, “Sunny’s Tow Truck Saves the Day!” March 30, 11 a.m. Free. 540/785-3504.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” Stafford High School, 63 Stafford Indians Lane, Fredericksburg. An enchanting adventure reveals how a wayward orphan becomes “the boy who wouldn’t grow up.” April 26-May 4. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. $6 children, students and senior citizens; $9 adults. Tickets available at the door payable with cash or check.


Stage Door Productions is offering youth workshops in improv, stage combat, auditioning for musical theater and more. Led both by Stage Door board members and students in the UMW theater program. Through March 16. $20 for each two-hour session or $15 for two-hour session if six or more sessions are purchased. See the complete schedule at

—Compiled by Gail Choochan

—Compiled by Gail Choochan

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