Kindergarten Readiness Series (1)

Join the Children’s Museum of Richmond and its partners to help you and your child get ready for Kindergarten! We’ll be hosting events from April through August to help prepare your family for the first day of school. The Children’s Museum of Richmond presents a​n ​online Kindergarten Readiness Speaker Series ​premiering ​on the second Friday of each month, followed by free Kindergarten-focused events in our Downtown Museum’s lobby ​on the second Saturday of each month.

To earn free admission for one day for your rising Kindergartener and one caregiver, complete 5 Kindergarten Readiness activities! Please download the Kindergarten Readiness Passport to track your progress. You must collect attendance/verification codes from each event you participate in.

Read on for a full calendar of events or download the schedule here.

Other helpful documents:

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

Lista de Preparacion para la Escuela

10 Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten

10 Formas de Prepararse para la Entrada al Kínder

Kindergarten Book List

Berkshire Museum "In Kindergarten" Book Download

Aprendiendo en el museo: Series de preparación para el Kindergarten

Second Fridays:  TIPS & TALKS

Speaker presentations go live at 6:00 pm on our Facebook page.

Presentations will then be archived on our YouTube page for continued access.

Friday, April 8: Kindergarten Readiness Tips

Panelists: Catherine Tompkins, M.Ed, Family and Community Engagement Resource Specialist at Chesterfield County Public Schools
Brittany Evans, Kindergarten Teacher of the Year at Chalkley Elementary School

Friday, May 13: Early Literacy Tips

Panelists: Cynthia Hutchinson, Ed.S, Director at Excellence in Children's Early Language & Literacy (ExCELL)
Krista Dawson, M.Ed, Director of Education at CMoR

Friday, June 10: Tips for Social-Emotional Support

Panelist: Whitney Kern, LCSW, Prevention Consultant at Chesterfield Mental Health

Friday, July 8: Readiness Tips for Caregivers

Panelists: John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW, Director of Mental Health & Lead Trauma and Resilience Educator at ChildSavers
Candace Ross, Experienced parent
Anastasia Young, First-time Kindergarten parent

Friday, August 12: Tips for Healthy Routines

Panelist: Bergen B. Nelson, MD, MS, Pediatrician and Associate Professor at the Children's Hospital of Richmond


10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Playful learning activities designed by Museum educators and featuring community partners in the Downtown Museum's lobby.

Events with an asterisk (*) next to them may require supporting documents such as a birth certificate and/or proof of address.

Saturday, April 9: Look, Listen, Learn

Featuring: MEDARVA vision and hearing screenings* (first-come, first-served) and engagement with the Children's Hospital of Richmond

Saturday, May 14: Read & Discuss Stories

Featuring: Library card sign up* with librarians from Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield Public Libraries

Saturday, June 11: Big Kids, Big Feelings

Featuring: Fun activities and info to help kids deal with big feelings

Saturday, July 9: Let's Explore a School Bus

Featuring: DMV Kid ID card sign up* AND a tour of a big yellow school bus

Saturday, August 13: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Featuring: Kids' Fitness with the YMCA, healthy habit supports, and a snack courtesy of Wegman's