The Great Pumpkin Fest

A SNOOPY HALLOWEEN: Kings Dominion hosts The Great Pumpkin Fest for kids, who can meet Peanuts characters during festivities, weekends through September and October.

19 thursday

“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Features songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” alongside a new score from the songwriters of “Hairspray.” 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 22. $39.50-$88.50. 804/592-3368; altriatheater.com.

20 friday

Science After Dark: “Quest of the Goonies,” Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Enjoy hands-on activities such as turning pennies into gold and making homemade ice cream; special all-live Cosmic Expeditions at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. (space is limited, no ticket required); stargazing with the Richmond Astronomical Society; and “Goonies” movie showing. 5-9 p.m. $10 online until day before event; free for museum members and college students with a valid ID. Day of event: $15.50 adults; $13.50 ages 6–12 and seniors ages 60 and older, and $10 for preschool-age children ages 3–5). Admission includes exhibits and event programming. Add the feature film in the Dome for $5. 804/864-1400; smv.org.

“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Altria Theater. 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

21 saturday

Storytime and Activities: “Batman 5-Minute Stories,” Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. 11 a.m. Other events: Batman Day Event, 2 p.m. Celebrate 80 years of Gotham City’s greatest defender with a photo standee, memory game and activities. 540/785-3504.

“Dog Days,” National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle. See working and service dog demonstrations, and meet therapy dog and rescue dog organizations. Leashed dogs are welcome; “doggie” relief area near the flagpole. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 800/397-7585; usmcmuseum.com.

Heritage Family Day: Hispanic Innovators in Air and Space Family Day, National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue at Sixth Street, SW, Washington, D.C. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about Hispanic innovators of the past and present. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 202/633-2214; airandspace.si.edu.

Hispanic Heritage Day, Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond. Enjoy cultural performances from the Latin Ballet of Virginia, create your own maracas, play Spanish Nations BINGO and learn Spanish using colors and numbers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included in admission. childrensmuseumofrichmond.org.

Halloween Haunt, Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell. Enjoy immersive mazes, spine-tingling scare zones, thrilling shows and more (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights). Other events: The Great Pumpkin Fest, featuring scare-free Halloween activities for kids presented by the Peanuts characters (until 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays) Sep. 21 to Nov. 2. kingsdominion.com.

Fright Fest, Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Bowie, Md. Enjoy several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park, and new features: horror musical “CURS3D,” and the stunt show “Doctor’s Revenge.” Select dates Sept. 21 to Nov. 3. sixflags.com.

“Goodnight Moon,” 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. Musical based on the bedtime staple by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 21 to Oct. 13. $12. 301/694- 4744; marylandensemble.org.

“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Altria Theater. 2 and 8 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

22 sunday

“Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Altria Theater. 1 and 6:30 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

Baby & Me Storytime: “Silly Lullaby,” Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. For caregivers and children 0-24 months old. 11 a.m. 540/785-3504.

25 wednesday

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

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Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Features 24 sculptures in 13 displays throughout the garden. Through Sept. 22. Included in regular admission. 804/262-9887; lewisginter.org/nature-connects-lego/

Homeschool Program Days, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Special admission for homeschooling families along with family guided tours. Through Sept. 22. $12 per family member, includes unlimited admission to both museums. Ticketholders can also pre-register for a free two-hour family guided tour, offering hands-on experiences in each museum’s outdoor living-history areas. Ages 3 and under receive complimentary admission. For more information and to purchase a homeschool ticket, visit https://bit.ly/2ZtQFmV. 757/253-4939; historyisfun.org.

Cirque du Soleil: “VOLTA,” Tysons II in Tysons Corner. A story of transformation, inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports. Through Sept. 29. $49 and up. cirquedusoleil.com/volta.

“The Art of Play,” Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond. Featuring six new interactive sculptures from Virginia artists. Through Sept. 30. $13 adults, $11 seniors, $8 children ages 3-12 (free for children under 3). 804/262-9887; LewisGinter.org.

Animal Discovery Days, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, D.C. A spotlight on different animals around the zoo. Includes special demonstrations, activities and opportunities to learn about wildlife conservation. Upcoming dates: Oct. 20, Nov. 14 and Dec. 4. See schedule at nationalzoo.si.edu.

Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens, 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg. Enjoy elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows. Select dates Sept. 14 to Oct. 27. buschgardens.com.

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.

Dungeons & Dragons Game Night, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1220 Carl D. Silver Parkway. Open to new and old players; no experience necessary. Second Tuesday of each month. 6 p.m. 540/785-3504.

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). c-mor.org.

upcoming

“Peppa Pig’s Adventure,” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Sept. 26. For tickets, VIP Party Passes and tour merchandise, visit peppapigliveus.com.

Disney on Ice: “Road Trip Adventures,” EagleBank Arena, Fairfax. Embark on a wild ride to favorite Disney destinations, including sun-soaked Motunui with Moana, Pride Lands with Simba and Agrabah with Aladdin. and 7 p.m. Oct. 2-3; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4; 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5; and 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $25 and up. disneyonice.com.

Family Weekend Concert, University of Richmond, Modlin Center for the Arts, 410 Westhampton Way, Richmond. Featured Deparment of Music ensembles include Women’s Chorale, Schola Cantorum, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. 804/289-8980; modlin.richmond.edu.

Family Day: Semper Force, National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle. Interact with reenactors from both the Empire and Rebel Alliance; and enjoy games and crafts. Come dressed as your favorite Sith Lord or Rebel and compete in a costume contest. Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 800/397-7585; usmcmuseum.com.

Hylton Family Series: “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey,” Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas. Lightwire Theater Company presents this story about an outcast mouse who craves acceptance and adventure, using glow-in-the dark puppets, electro-luminescent wire, movement and dance. Recommended for ages 4-12. Oct. 6, 1 and 4 p.m. $15 for adults, $10 children. 703/993-7759; hyltoncenter.org.

American Indian Intertribal Powwow, Jamestown Settlement, State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), Oct. 12-13. Featuring song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, as well as storytelling and children’s activities. $17.50 adults, $8.25 ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. A value-priced combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $26 for adults and $12.50 ages 6-12. 888/593-4682; historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/powwow.

“Peter Rabbit Tales—Live On Stage,” The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville. Oct. 18, 6 p.m. $10.75 youth, $14.75 adult. 434/979-1333; theparamount.net.

Home School Day, Thomas Jefferson’s Popular Forest, Home-schooled children and their families are invited to Poplar Forest for a day of hands-on-history activities, including brickmaking and quill pen writing, and special educational tours. Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Included with regular admission to Poplar Forest. $4-$16; free for children under age 6. For more information or to make reservations, visit poplarforest.org or call the Museum Shop at 434/534-8120.

Healthy Culpeper Children’s Day in the Park, Yowell Meadow Park, Culpeper. Activities include fun fitness, Drums Alive, face painting, DJ Harmony, Kid ID, moon bounce, police department’s McGruff, crafts, Lion’s Club vision screening and information tables for many kid-oriented businesses and non-profits. Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. windmorefoundation.org.

Cirque Mei, George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Elite circus artists and acrobats from the Hebei Province, China, bends ancient artistry with breathtaking energy for a non-stop extravaganza of acrobatics, contortion tricks, juggling acts, and balancing feats. Oct. 19, 2 and 8 p.m. $30-$50. 703/993-2787; cfa.gmu.edu.

Cirque Mei, Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas. Elite circus artists and acrobats from the Hebei Province, China, bends ancient artistry with breathtaking energy for a non-stop extravaganza of acrobatics, contortion tricks, juggling acts, and balancing feats. Oct. 24, 8 p.m. $29-$48. 703/993-7759; hyltoncenter.org.

ArchaeoFest, Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, Fredericksburg. Enjoy a family-friendly day focused on early human technology from pre-historic time into the 18th century. $9 adults, $4.50 students, and free for children under age 6. Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ferryfarm.org.

Family Day: Air & Scare, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly. Enjoy indoor trick or treating and participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments and other Halloween-themed activities. Wear a costume; full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age. Oct. 26, noon to 5:30 p.m. Free; parking is $15. 703-572-4118; airandspace.si.edu.

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. An action-packed, music-filled production following the heroic pups from the animated preschool series. Oct. 29-30. altriatheater.com.

“PJ Masks Live: Save The Day!” Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond. Based on the Disney Junior animated series, the show features preschoolers’ favorite pre-school superheroes and familiar songs from the popular show along with brand new music and a whole new adventure. Dec. 1. pjmaskslive.com.

“PJ Masks Live: Save The Day!” DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. Based on the Disney Junior animated series, the show features preschoolers’ favorite pre-school superheroes and familiar songs from the popular show along with brand new music and a whole new adventure. Dec. 10. pjmaskslive.com.

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” EagleBank Arena, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2020. $21.50 and up; VIP packages available. PAWPatrolLive.com.

WORKSHOPS AND CAMPS

Petite Patriots, James Monroe Museum, 908 Charles St., Fredericksburg. An engaging historical experience for ages 3-6. Each Petite Patriot will receive free admission, read-aloud story, short and interactive history demonstration and take-home craft. Oct. 12 and Dec. 12. No cost; spots fill up fast. To reserve a spot, call 540/654-2111 or email lcrawfor@umw.edu. 540/654-1043; jamesmonroemuseum.org.

—Compiled by Gail Choochan

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