Date Night Drop-Off: Pizza Palooza
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday
Virginia Discovery Museum
While Mom and Dad get some quality time together, their kids ages 3 to 10 can enjoy crafts, playtime and activities with a popular theme — pizza. Dinner from Uncle Maddio’s Pizza will be provided. Entertaining activities based on the theme include science experiments with yeast and making paper pizzas. Keep in mind that children must be fully independent in the bathroom to attend this event. And plan ahead now for the next Date Night Drop-Off event on Feb. 16; its theme will be “Olympic Fever.” Reservations required ahead of time; $25 per child. (434) 977-1025, Ext. 104.
Music Magic String Education Program fundraiser
2 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books in Lovingston
A fundraising concert for the Nelson County Community Orchestra’s Music Magic String Education Program got snowed out in December, but it’s back on this Sunday afternoon. Listen for performances by NCCO’s Wandering Minstrels, Larkspur Flute Ensemble, Adrienne Young and Dr. Jazz, plus student groups from the Music Resource Center and the Music Magic program itself. The SOL-based curriculum gives all Nelson County students the opportunity to learn to play violin, viola or cello starting in the third grade; in addition to gaining performance experience, the students learn about teamwork, discipline and focus and improve their reasoning, math and reading skills. And young music fans in the audience may be inspired to start studying instruments themselves one they see how much fun their peers are having. $10; free for children. nelsoncco.org.
Junior Naturalists: Spring
4 p.m. Monday
Ivy Creek Natural Area
Ivy Creek’s Junior Naturalists program offers one group for ages 5 to 8 and another for ages 9 to 12; each focuses on age-appropriate adventures outdoors to spark a lifelong love of nature. Younger students learn about local wildlife and plenty of native plants. Older students add some primitive skills, such as finding food and water and building shelters, and take part in nature-inspired art projects and service projects. Registration is required in advance. To sign kids up for the younger group, contact Dan Bieber at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 971-9618; for the older group, reach out to Deborah Andersen at email@example.com or Steve Pullinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Expect to be outdoors unless severe weather calls for moving the fun inside to the Education Building. Free. ivycreekfoundation.org.
American Sign Language Night
5 p.m. Tuesday
Louisa County Library
You’re never too young to start learning a new language. All ages and skill levels are welcome to learn more about deaf culture and practice signing skills. Refreshments will be provided. Free. JMRL.org; (434) 979-7151.
BYOC: Bring Your Own Craft
2 p.m. Wednesday
Louisa County Library
If you love knitting, beading, crocheting, embroidery or other types of handwork, come meet new friends and kick back for some craft time. Bring a project you’re already working on to the weekly session, and you’ll probably come away with new ideas and a fresh approach to your creative ventures. Free. JMRL.org; (434) 979-7151.