CarMax Family Area

Produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond

The 2016 theme is "Storybook Adventures"

Come join us in the CarMax Family Area as we transport you into your favorite storybooks! We will make crazy paper bag hats, bookmarks, and do fun experiments! Also enjoy live performances, games, and dress-up as your favorite fairy tale characters!”

Activities will include:

  • Fairytale Engineers: Children will become the engineers for the Three Little Pigs.  They will try to make homes out of straw, wood, and brick?  Which one will be the strongest?
  • Book Making and Book Marks: Children will be able to create their own story and make a bookmark to mark the page.
  • Crazy Paper Bag Hats and Vests: Children will transform ordinary paper bags into costumes.
  • Character Visits:  We will be having visits by our own Seymour the Dinosaur, Pirates, and Princesses.
  • Collaborative Sculpture:  Children will be able to add their own brush strokes to a life sized dragon and fairy wand.
  • Yard Games:  We will be teaching kids different sports, have a large connect four, hula hoops, and corn hole.


Every Kid in a ParkCalling all fourth grade students and parents!

Richmond National Battlefield Park will host an Every Kid In a Park pass station in the CarMax Family Area of the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. This free National Park pass is exclusively for fourth graders. Studies have shown that after the age of ten children lose a connection with the outdoors; to maintain a lasting connection President Obama started the Every Kid In a Park program in 2015. By obtaining a free National Park pass, fourth graders and their families will have free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and waters across the country for one school year. The Every Kid In a Park program was designed to spark a passion for nature, history and culture and a lifelong commitment to protecting federal lands and waters. For more information please visit

Chico Simões

Chico Simões

Brazilian mamulengo
Taguatinga, Brazil

“I don’t speak Portuguese, I don’t speak English: I speak puppet,” says mamulengueiro Chico Simões. Chico Simões began studying mamulengo (a puppet tradition from northeastern Brazil) in 1981 from mestres (master puppeteers) in the Brazilian countryside where the tradition is still practiced, and founded his own puppet theater, the Mamulengo Presepada, in 1985. He has become an international ambassador for this tradition, teaching about its history and performing thousands of puppet plays worldwide, from street corners to prestigious puppetry festivals.



CarMax Family Stage

Saturday, October 8, 2016

12:00-12:45 Rebekah Todd (presented by JAMinc)
1:00-1:45 Kevin Locke (Lakota hoop dance and flute)
2:00-2:45 Chico Simões (Brazilian mamulengo puppetry)
3:00-3:45 Sheila Kay Adams (Appalachian songs, stories, and ballads)
3:45-3:55 Junior Ranger Swearing-In
4:00-5:00 The Scott Street Five-String Finals (youth banjo contest presented by JAMinc)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

12:00-12:30 James Harrison & Emma White (presented by JAMinc)
12:45-1:30 Kaynak Pipers Band (Bulgarian kaba gaida)
1:45-2:30 Chico Simões (Brazilian mamulengo puppetry)
2:45-3:15 Nicole Paris & Ed Cage (beatboxing)
3:30-4:15 Chico Simões (Brazilian mamulengo puppetry)
4:15-4:25 Junior Ranger Swearing-In
4:30-5:15 Tin Can Fish Band (presented by JAMinc)