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"We Need You Now"

a message from Danielle Ripperton, Executive Director


The pandemic, our six month closure, and the increased safety precautions have been hard financially on the Children's Museum. Now more than ever, we need your support. For nearly forty years, the Children's Museum has been a staple in the Richmond community.

As the first cultural experience for generations of children, the Children's Museum has brought families together throughout the community to experience hands-on learning in a safe place designed just for them. Our youngest citizens learn through play; and we work diligently with families, early childhood education providers, school systems, and partners to make sure that children in our community are ready for kindergarten.

As society begins to "return to normal" the Children's Museum is more critical than ever for the months of learning that have been lost during this pandemic.

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Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate the challenges of our continued closure. We are excited to announce that Twilight Carniball: The Roaring 20s will be held on September 19th, 2020 at 7:00pm. For the health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and supporters we have decided to make this event mostly virtual and family friendly.

The evening will feature a live stream of our virtual event including entertainment by Good Shot Judy and the Children's Museum Education Team. Our silent auction includes exciting packages filled with art, recreation, toys, jewelry, golf, and so much more!

Auction Package Winners: If you are the lucky winner of an auction package you can pick it up Monday, September 28th through Friday, October 2nd between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Please email Mary Beth Yates with questions about package pick-up.


Play-Along with Us!

During the event we'll be making a pin hole camera! Tune in during the Live Stream and follow along with CMoR Educator Hilary's 3 part DIY demo! Here's what you'll need:

Pin Hole Camera Supply List

  • Cardboard Box
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Tape (NOT clear; use Masking Tape, Duct Tape, etc.)
  • Pin (like a safety pin or push pin)

We strongly recommend adult supervision and support for this activity.



Ticket holders will receive dinner by Lunch.Supper! including cocktails and dessert PLUS a play-along activity kit (fun for ALL ages). Ticket sales have ended.


Play-Along Activity Kit

  • DIY Camera Obscura (Pin Hole Camera)
  • Art Deco Coloring Pages
  • Champagne Bubbles (non-alcoholic, please do not consume!)
  • Photo Op Props


Made Possible By

Thank you to the many people who spent countless hours making this virtual evening possible!

Jillian Zemp

CMoR Associate Board Development Committee

CMoR Associate Board

CMoR Board of Trustees

CMoR Education Team

Good Shot Judy


Sally Bagley & Tunstall Bagley Willis

Charles Kelley & McGuireWoods Consulting

Natisha Knight

Amy Lacey & VPM

Shante Williams

Dearsley Vernon & CIS of Richmond

Dr. Carole Ivey & the Department of Occupational Therapy at VCU

The Flying Squirrels



...and a very special thank you to all of the auction item donors for their support of the Children's Museum of Richmond during such a challenging time for many businesses.

About the Children's Museum


The Children's Museum is more than a fun place for children to play, indoors and outdoors (though it's definitely that!)-it's an active, involved opportunity for the whole family to grow and learn together. 


At all Children's Museum locations, we inspire growth by engaging families in the power of play, knowing that everyone can learn more-and learn better-when they play together. 



From fundamental concepts to socialization skills, research shows that play has a positive impact on a child's academic performance-and the more often they engage in play at an environment like the one shared at the Children's Museum, the more likely they are to find success inside the classroom. 


Of course, your children may be too busy having fun to notice! Visit any Children's Museum location today to enjoy your unique, ever-changing exhibits and experiences, always encouraging learning through play!


Here, learning is always in play. And play is always the path to something greater.  


The Children's Museum operates two locations: CM Downtown at 2626 W. Broad Street in Richmond and CM Chesterfield in Winterpock Crossing Shopping Center at 6629 Lake Harbour Drive in Midlothian.

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Children's Museum of Richmond
Questions? Contact Mary Beth Yates

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