Family Calendar: Spring 2016

It’s a great time to be a kid in SoVa. So many things happening around us! Follow us on Facebook to learn about other things as they come up.


Danville Kids Consignment Sale

March 16 – 19
The semi-annual children’s consignment sale will be March 16-19 at Market Square Shopping Center at 3303 US Highway 29 N Business, Danville. This is a large scale event and a great opportunity to find great bargains on clothing, toys and baby care items.
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Design Zone at Danville Science Center

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Danville Science Center’s exhibit will be available throughout the month. Design Zone is a non-traditional, experiential approach to math, focusing on math concepts as a tool to create and invent everything from hip-hop to skate parks. The exhibition encourages creative problem solving using algebraic thinking in a context that is relevant and fun! What does it take to create a video game or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills? Guests can go behind the scenes and see how developers, producers, designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do amazing things. SoVa Parents has been to this exhibit and written an in-depth review »

Danville Farmer’s Market

10 am – 2 pm Saturdays
Support locally grown food and crafts at the Danville Community Market on Craghead Street.
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Easter Eggs

Dino Egg Hunt (Durham)

March 19, 20 and 25, 27
Friday – Saturdays: 9:30am – 5pm | Sundays: 12:30 – 5pm
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham is having a special Dinosaur Egg Hunt. Unearth colorful eggs, take a photo with our resident dino, and dig up some real fossils for your personal collections. The Museum’s Dinosaur Trail will be full of activity, adventure, and prehistoric dinosaur excitement. $7 per egg hunter.
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Piedmont Kite Festival

March 19
Build a kite or bring your own to the 7th Annual Piedmont Kite Festival at Jack Dalton Park in Martinsville. Enjoy games and crafts. This event is open to the public and free of charge, presented by the Virginia Museum of Natural History and Henry County Parks & Recreation. Food and drink available for purchase.
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Easter Celebration and Spring Festival

March 26, 10am – 2pm
Visit Amazement Square in Lynchburg for egg bot decorating, hatching baby chicks, hydrophobic paint stenciling, egg roll, and a blinded egg hunt! $5 per child plus museum admission or membership. Registration encouraged. More info »


Movie Matinee: The Good Dinosaur

March 29, 2:30pm
Come watch a PIXAR movie for free at your Brosville library!
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The movie matinee is but one of many weekly programs our local libraries host. You can also take a look directly at the family offerings on the monthly calendars for Danville and Pittsylvania County.

“Rusty’s Grand Slam” The Play

April 9, 3pm
Tickets $5. Learn how friendship and a baseball game help Rusty deal with being bullied. The play is based on the book “Rusty’s Grand Slam” written by Angela Harris. All money raised will be donated to Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Presented at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. Purchase tickets at Karen’s Hallmark or the Danville Museum. Call 434-793-5644 for more information.Learning how to use a hammer at the wooden craft workshop

Workshop: Build A Butterfly House

April 2
Join our free, hands-on workshop at Home Depot with your child and build a butterfly house. No cost for supplies, but registration required. More info »

Flickr: Photo by Kim Schuster

Children’s Art Workshop in Chatham

Free Workshop: April 10, 2 – 4pm
As part of their opening celebration, Reid Street Gallery is hosting a free art workshop on Sunday, April 10, for children and parents. All supplies are provided. Recommended ages: 6 – 10.
Check out this brand-new community art gallery and create art together as a family. Activities include colorful kaleidoscope drawings, designing 2D beaked creatures, or fashioning your own original paisley design. Milk and cookie snacks provided, and coffee for adults! Art supplies are limited, so come by early to ensure participation at the workshop. Map »

Art Class Series
Reid Street Gallery will also be hosting an introductory art class for ages 6-12 on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Our first 6-week session starts April 13th. This class is an introduction to the elements of art. Students will create hands-on projects and will be able to identify the processes, techniques, and tools required to produce visual arts. Cost is $100. Call 434-429-6979 for more information. Registration deadline is April 7. Find Reid Street Gallery on Facebook »

Shrek: The Musical (South Boston)

7:30pm shows on April 22, 23, 29, 30. 10am shows on April 23, 30. 3pm shows on April 24, May 1
Tickets: $10/$15.
What could be more fun than spending an evening with an ogre, a princess, and a donkey? Presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI) at The Prizery in South Boston, Va. Learn more and buy tickets »


construction1Saturday, April 23
11 – 3pm

Tickets are on sale now for this major event: Lots of vehicles to climb, touch, and learn about! There will be a Kids Zone with fun activities scheduled throughout the day. Additionally, this year there will be a Teddy Bear clinic so kids can bring their dolls and stuffed animals and have real doctors perform a check-up on them. For adults, there will be a truck show with prizes to give away. Buy tickets at Danville Toyota.
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Finding Our Roots

April 23, begins at 10amGardenStones
History doesn’t just live in textbooks or archives—it lives in you! The “Finding Our Roots” event explores the intersection of food, history and family memories. While this event has several aspects focused on adults, there are many activities for kids. In keeping with the theme of the event, these activities were selected to help kids learn about food, agriculture and history.
1. Painting stones for garden markers: Kids can take their garden stones and matching seeds home to plant and grow their own food.
2. Coloring & Family Tree station: “Virginia-Grown” themed coloring books and coloring supplies, along with family tree templates so that kids can work with parents/grandparents to fill one out for their family.
3. Butter Making: We will use a simple recipe for kids to make and try their own butter.
4. A mobile dairy classroom. The mobile dairy is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and trained instructor who explains how milk gets from the farm to the consumer.
5. The event will conclude in the evening with a screening of Farmland and panel discussion at the Danville Science Center Digital Dome.
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Zombie Prom

April 24, 5 – 7pm
Can’t or don’t want to go to prom? Just like to dress up in blood and guts? Join us after hours at the
Library Children’s Area for the Zombie Prom, featuring gruesome snacks, zombie dancing, and a costume contest. Free. All ages. Call Children’s Department for more information: (434) 799-5195 ext. 4.
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Spring Book Festival

April 30, 10am – 2pm at Brewed Awakening
20150829_0111bCome by Brewed Awakening for a book fest featuring children’s authors and local writers. Support local talent, get a book signed or have a conversation with these artists: Tom Perry, Melissa Rooney, Mark Hardy, Cindy Hollingsworth, Mary Clark Dalton, Stephen Mark Rainey, Barbara Baranowski, Jennifer Gregory, Angel Matthews, Doug Howery, Portia Merriweather, Peggy Wade, Giles A. Anderson and “Paws & Claws” Publishing.
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Play: Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon

May 6. Performances at 10:00am and 12:20pm
amber_brown_is_not_a_crayonArtPower’s funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty girl who refuses to let her problems get the best of her. Amber learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of friendship.
Recommended for Grades K-5. Tickets: $7 student / $10 adult. More info »

Star Wars Day at Amazement Square (Lynchburg)

May 14, 10am – 2pm
At a children’s museum not so far away, shift your ship to hyper drive and come down to Amazement Square for a day of all things Star Wars! Children of all ages will learn to harness the force as they train to achieve the title of Jedi Knight. Full of exciting Star Wars crafts, games, and challenges, you can travel to the stars without even leaving planet Earth! This event will be full of fantastical STEM enrichment; you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even know you are learning! Tickets $5 in addition to membership/admission.
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Community Baby Shower

Saturday May 14 at 11am
If you or someone you know is in need, check out this community baby shower to support families in our area. Also, a good opportunity to pass along any extras or outgrown things. If you have anything you want to donate or want the donation item list, of what we need, email me at or call me at 434.709.7121. Event info »

Rooster Walk 8: Music & Arts Festival

May 26-29, 2016
RW8-posterRooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is four days of live music over Memorial Day Weekend. The festival features art, crafts, food, beer, children’s activities, on-site camping, disc golf and so much more!

There are currently 16 bands that have been announced: Lettuce, Sam Bush, Perpetual Groove, The Revivalists, Tab Benoit, Jeff Austin Band, The Motet, Rayland Baxter, TAUK, Larry Keel Experience, Acoustic Syndicate, Cabinet, Yarn, Town Mountain, Billy Strings, People’s Blues of Richmond, Stephane Wrembel, Jon Stickley Trio, Jarekus Singleton, Naughty Professor, Major & the Monbacks, Wild Ponies, Erin & the Wildfire, Southern Belles, Annabelle’s Curse, Trongone Band, L Shape Lot, After Jack, Roosevelt Dime, Lizzy Ross, Sanctum Sully (Electric Reunion), Mason Via, Ghost Eagle, Welcome to Hoonah, Gabe Morales, Rex McGee & John Garris, Junto, Truckstop Preachers, Mission in the Rain, Juliana MacDowell, Left Hip Pocket, Slick Jr. & the Reactors, Maya Burgess, The Fernandez Sisters, PHCC Patriot Players, Fire My Spirit Productions.
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Red Skelton Tribute Show

June 11
Brian Hoffman’s “Remembering Red – A Tribute to Red Skelton” is the longest running show at the Westin Hotel in Las Vegas. And he’s now on tour. This is an “extremely family-friendly” comedy show and a hilarious blast from the past. Fun for ALL AGES! Re-Live the golden age of television with this tribute to “America’s Clown Prince,” Richard Bernard “Red” Skelton.
Tickets are $15.00. Showtimes at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Call for more information 1-434-793-SHOW (7469)

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