Play Ahead


Play ahead at the Children's Museum this fall! 

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CarMax $1 Family Nights

CarMax $1 Family Nights
Every 2nd Friday of the Month  •  5pm - 7:30pm 

Museum admission is only $1 per person every 2nd Friday of the month! 

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Family Time

Family Time!
Various Locations

Join the Children's Museum Family Engagement Team for activities geared towards helping families learn how to play!


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Down on the Farm Day

Hispanic Heritage Day
Saturday, September 21  •  10 am - 2 pm

The Children’s Museum celebrates the incredible history and culture of South American countries. Enjoy cultural performances from the Latin Ballet of Virginia and dive into activities and fun that honor the heritage of an amazing people group! 

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Creative in Residence
October 19-November 16
Rotating Locations

Observe, Learn, Create! The Children's Museum is celebrating artoberVA with its first Creative in Residence since  2000. On select dates between October 19 and November 16 guests will be able to work alongside Nastassja Swift as she leads wool-felting demonstrations and workshops. Don't forget to join her on November 16 for theunveiling of a permanent installation that will be on display in the Art Studio at the Children's Museum Downtown.


Halloween Hoopla 2019

Halloween Hoopla
Saturday, October 26  •  1 pm - 5 pm 

Spooky fun awaits at the 19th Annual Halloween Hoopla! Dress up in your favorite costume and head down to the museum for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, pumpkin experiments, and MORE!

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Celebrations Around the World
Saturday, November 2 | 10am to 2pm

FREE!* Downtown

Join in for a day full of performances and games as we celebrate the opening of Holiday Village, presented by the Genworth Foundation!

*FREE event does not include admission to the Children's Museum but does provide access to games, activities, performances, and Holiday Village.