Youth Programs

Printable Youth Events Schedule: January/February 2020 (PDF)     March/April 2020 (PDF)

Art Stars

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ages 8 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Art Stars is a special needs art discovery program. Participants should have a caregiver or attendant present in the program. Register for this event online.

Magic Show

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
All Ages


Local magician Kevin Owens will entertain the whole family with his amazing magic show, which always includes audience participation and lots of laughter!

Novel Ideas

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! After reading a special winter story, we will explore the fascinating subject of winter weather. Register for this event online.

Story Time for Toddlers

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 & Under


Adventure is all around us! Join us as Carol Cable, illustrator of Ellie’s Day of Adventure, shows us what having an adventure can look like. Siblings welcome.

Trauma & Resiliency Training for Early Childhood Providers

Saturday, February 29th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Statistics show us that one in four children will experience trauma by the age of four. This trauma could be abuse, hunger, homelessness, witnessing violence, medical trauma, or grief.

We know that a child's greatest learning occurs during the early childhood years. These traumas cause behaviors that we see every day in the classroom. As early childhood providers, we need to recognize the signs of trauma, and teach children how to cope with the feelings they experience.

This training will discuss:

  1. Why trauma matters?
  2. How trauma affects the brain?
  3. How trauma affects behavior?
  4. Individual resilience
  5. Ways to help children cope

This training is free and open to early childhood providers, with priority given to those accepting state subsidy and serving the infant / toddler population. A two-hour training certificate will be given.

We must have at least 10 people registered or the class will be cancelled.

Register online at vachildcare.com. Contact  with any questions.

Kooky Chefs: Soups

Saturday, February 29th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ages 8 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Nothing is more comforting than warm soup on a chilly day! Learn how to make some yummy soup, and do some taste-testing to choose your favorite. Register for this event online.

Speed Dating with Books

Saturday, February 29th, 2020 
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ages 14 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Do appearances, of people or books, influence you? How much time does it take for you to decide that you are/are not interested? What criteria determines interest? Come spend time in a “speed dating” atmosphere, getting to know books you may not otherwise look at twice. Register for this event online.

Time for Baby

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 2 & Under


What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of Time for Baby. Join us as we use all of our senses to explore the world around us. This month we will have fun with kites and parachutes! Siblings welcome.

Books & Barks

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beginning Readers & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Come to our extremely popular monthly program that gives developing readers the chance to read and relax with a trained therapy dog. Register for this event online by clicking on your preferred time slot - 10:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.

Discuss This

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 12 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. Refreshments will be provided. Register for this event online.

Novel Ideas

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more! This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Dorothy will be the featured character this week. “There’s no place like home!” Register for this event online.

Story Time for Toddlers

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 & Under


We are going to explore our five senses through the stories, songs, and craft at story time this week. Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Preschoolers

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 3½ - 5


We are going to explore our five senses through the stories, songs, and craft at story time this week. Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Toddlers

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 & Under


We are going to explore our five senses through the stories, songs, and craft at story time this week. Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Preschoolers

Thursday, March 12th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 3½ - 5


We are going to explore our five senses through the stories, songs, and craft at story time this week. Siblings welcome.

Irish Step Dancing Performance

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
All Ages 


It has become a tradition to welcome dancers from Jig'N'Jive Dance Studio to perform traditional Irish dances in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Bring the whole family to this lively dance performance.

Chess & More

Saturday, March 14th, 2020 
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 6 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good chess, checkers, or other board game. Bring your favorite game with you. Register for this event online.

Novel Ideas

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Scarecrow will be the featured character this week. “If I only had a brain.” Register for this event online.

Story Time for Toddlers

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 & Under


Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about friends! Come to story time and see your friends, and look for new friends to meet! Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Preschoolers

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 3½ - 5


Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about friends! Come to story time and see your friends, and look for new friends to meet! Siblings welcome.

Mystery in the Library

Saturday, March 28th, 2020 
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 12 - 18  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


A well-known historical character has disappeared from the library. Favorite book characters who were there at the time are all suspect. Teens are invited to dress up as popular book characters, and enjoy snacks as they mingle, talk, listen, and discover clues to solve the mystery. Register for this event online.

Story Time for Toddlers

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 & Under


Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about friends! Come to story time and see your friends, and look for new friends to meet! Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Preschoolers

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 3½ - 5


Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about friends! Come to story time and see your friends, and look for new friends to meet! Siblings welcome.

Emergency Preparedness for Early Childhood Providers

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


A little over a year ago, Virginia began requiring child care programs to develop emergency preparedness plans. Now, it is time to evaluate our plans, discuss what works and what doesn’t, and update our plans. We believe that with the proper training and resources the suffering of people affected by disasters can be reduced or possibly prevented. Resilient communities must have preparation, relief, and recovery systems in place to ensure that children are safe and families can return to their jobs. As childcare providers, we serve as a resilience hub in the community. The goal of this training program is to increase the capacity of both center-based and home-based child care providers to prepare for, and respond effectively, in the event of emergencies and natural disasters.

This four-hour free training is perfect for family child care providers, center owners and administrators. Feel free to bring your program's emergency preparedness plans. You can make updates as we go through the material. New requirement this year: Any free training that does not have a minimum of 10 registrants must be cancelled. Also, all programs are limited to 2 individuals per class.

Register for this event online. Questions? Contact Donna Wilson-Peal at 540.373.3275 or .

Studio 330

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Ages 9 - 18  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Join Front Royal artist, Michael Whited, in a class for budding young artists ages 9 to 18. Young artists will complete one work of art in each 1 1/2-hour session. The class emphasizes using basic shapes in drawings and painting, shading and shadowing techniques, and combining elements into a cohesive composition. Techniques may include using colored pencils, water colors, or acrylics. Register for this event online.

World of Lego

Saturday, March 21st, 2020 
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 5 & Up  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


Come explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos. This month, we will be working with edible building blocks! Register for this event online.

Novel Ideas

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Tin Man will be the featured character this week. “Now I know I’ve got a heart because it is breaking.” Register for this event online.

Story Time for Toddlers

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 & Under


Hear ye! Hear ye! Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about castles! Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Preschoolers

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 3½ - 5


Hear ye! Hear ye! Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about castles! Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Toddlers

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Ages 3 & Under


Hear ye! Hear ye! Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about castles! Siblings welcome.

Story Time for Preschoolers

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Ages 3½ - 5


Hear ye! Hear ye! Our stories, songs, and craft this week will be about castles! Siblings welcome.

Novel Ideas

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ages 6 - 11  REGISTRATION REQUIRED 


This month, our activities and discussions will be centered on The Wizard of Oz, and Lion will be the featured character this week. “Put 'em up, put 'em up!” Register for this event online.

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