YA Book Club: “Loveboat, Taipei,” Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. 7 p.m. 540/785-3504.
Mother and Son Fairytale Ball, King George Citizens Center, 8076 Kings Highway, King George. Enjoy sit-down dinner, DJ and dancing. Children should be ages 5 and older. Semiformal attire required. 6-9 p.m. $30, extra child $15. Price includes picture, games and other activities. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Citizens Center. King George Parks and Recreation: 540/775-4FUN.
FAMFUN! Kid Curator, Fredericksburg Area Museum, 907 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. Learn what it takes to become a museum curator, and how to handle and care for artifacts. Part of the FAMFun! quarterly family afternoon program series. Each program focuses on a FAM exhibit and begins with a special guided tour designed specifically for families. Includes interactive activity, experiment or art project inspired by the rich stories of the Fredericksburg region. 1-2:30 p.m. Free; space is limited. To RSVP, contact Theresa Cramer at email@example.com or 540/371-3037, ext. 138. famva.org.
Storytime and Activities: “Always More Love,” Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. 11 a.m. 540/785-3504.
Father and Daughter Fairytale Ball, King George Citizens Center, 8076 Kings Highway, King George. Enjoy sit-down dinner, DJ and dancing. Children should be ages 7 and older. Semiformal attire required. 6-9 p.m. $30, extra child $15. Price includes picture, games and other activities. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Citizens Center. King George Parks and Recreation: 540/775-4FUN.
Heritage Family Days: African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. Features guest speakers, Flights of Fancy storytime readings, hands-on activities and a special highlights tour of the Museum focused on African American accomplishments in aviation and space. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free; parking $15. 703/572-4118; airandspace.si.edu.
ChinaFest: Year of the Metal Rat, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond. Includes art-making activities, demonstrations and performances. Free. For a complete schedule, visit vmfa.museum/calendar/events/chinafest-year-metal-rat. 804/340-1400.
Black History Celebration, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St. Learn about influential black figures throughout history and experience African cultural performances. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 804/474-7062; c-mor.org.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: “The Rainbow Fish,” Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas. Stage adaption of Marcus Pfister’s storybook as well as two of his companion tales “Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea” and “Opposites.” 1 and 4 p.m. Note: 4 p.m. show is sensory-friendly. Recommended for ages 2-8. $15 adults, $10 children; children under the age of 2 who are held by an adult and do not occupy a seat may receive a lap ticket free of charge. hyltoncenter.org.
Family Open House: A Celebration of the Education and Rehearsal Wing, Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas. Includes special “The Rainbow Fish”-themed art project, live music, face painting and snacks. 2-4 p.m. Free. hyltoncenter.org.
Storytime and Activities, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. 11 a.m. 540/785-3504.
Disney on Ice presents “Celebrate Memories,” Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C. Feb. 13-17. $20-$90. disneyonice.com.
Half-price admission days, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Through Feb. 29. $6 adults and seniors, $4 children. 804/262-9887; lewisginter.org.
“Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad,” Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond. A stirring drama with music shares the joys, sorrows and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. Part of the Acts of Faith Festival. Through March 1. Suggested for ages 9 and up. Approximately one hour (no intermission). $21 and up. 804/282-2620; va-rep.org.
“Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat,” Riverside Children’s Theater, 95 Riverside Parkway. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Through March 14. 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. $16 show only. 540/370-4300; riversidedt.com.
“Giant Insects,” Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. See everyday insects up close and personal like never before. Through Aug. 30. Included with museum admission. 804/864-1400; smv.org.
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 garimelchers.umw.edu/education/preschool-palette.
Family Time, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 1275 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg. Every first Thursday of the month. Included with admission. 540/656-2233; c-mor.org.
CarMax $1 Family Nights, 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). c-mor.org.
Valentine’s Day, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St. Enjoy special projects in the Art Studio and fun activities on the floor. Feb. 14. 804/474-7062; c-mor.org.
Storytime and Activities: “The President of the Jungle,” Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Feb. 15, 11 a.m. 540/785-3504.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert,” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Featuring the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Feb. 15, 2 and 8 p.m. altriatheater.com.
George Washington’s 288th Birthday celebration, Mount Vernon. Feb. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. mountvernon.org.
SOLD OUT: Christian Youth Theater: “Frozen Jr.,” Fredericksburg Academy, 10800 Academy Drive. Feb. 21 to March 1. $13-$15. cytfredericksburg.org.
Seventh annual Off the Wall benefit, George Mason University, Art and Design Building, 4515 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Presented by the School of Art, Computer Game Design, and Film. Tour 15 open studios and enjoy hands-on exhibits with student and faculty artists and designers, plus create original works of art. Feb. 22, 2-5 p.m. $30; $20 Mason alumni, faculty and staff; $10 for ages 14-18; free for children 13 and under. Tickets include interactive arts experiences, food, beverages and live music. Proceeds from the event and a silent auction of arts-related experiences will support student scholarships and visiting artist residencies in the School of Art, Computer Game Design and Film Programs. offthewall.gmu.edu.
The Wild Kratts Live! 2.0 “Activate Creature Power!” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Theatrical stage show based on the hit animated television series. Feb. 23, 1 p.m. $25-$45. 800/514-ETIX; altriatheater.com.
Father/Daughter Princess Ball, King George Citizens Center. Enjoy sit-down dinner, DJ, games and dancing; and meet princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, Tiana and more. Feb. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $30, extra child $15. Children should be ages 4-6. 540/775-4FUN.
Hot Peas ‘n’ Butter, George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Award-winning, multicultural family music band. March 1, 1 and 4 p.m. $19. 703/993-8888; cfa.gmu.edu.
Christian Youth Theatre: “Singin’ in the Rain,” Spotsylvania Middle School, 8801 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania. March 6-15. $13-$17. cytfredericksburg.org.
“Giggle, Giggle Quack,” Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. A stage adaption from the beloved children’s book series written by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewnin. March 21 through April 11. $12. 301/694- 4744; marylandensemble.org.
“Baby Shark Live!” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Join Baby Shark and friends as they sing and dance through new and classic songs. May 16. $34.50-$52.50. 800/514-ETIX; altriatheater.com.
camps and workshops
Winter Workshops, Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline St. Taught by Stage Door board members and students from the University of Mary Washington Theatre Department. Held Saturdays from January to March. 10 a.m. to noon for ages 5-9 and 1-3 p.m. for ages 10-14. $25 per child. For more information, visit stagedoorproductions.org.
Grandparent–Grandchild Camp, Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. Registration is now open. Dates: June 23-25 and July 28-30. Enrollment is limited to only 20 children and their grandparents; early registration is strongly recommended. For more information and to receive a spot, Contact Mary Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.