Even with miles of beaches and shorelines here in Hampton Roads, kids will still claim boredom this summer. To keep that from happening, check out our list of fun, family-friendly summertime events in Hampton Roads. It’ll help keep them entertained and it’ll be family time that’s well spent!
Creative Writing Classes & Camps for Kids & Teens
Now through Monday, Aug. 7
The Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave., Ste. #3
The Muse Writers Center is excited to offer several great classes and creative writing camps this upcoming summer 2017 for young writers (ages 7-8 and 9-11) and teen writers (ages 12-17). Advance registration is required for all courses, and the registration period is now open. For more information, visit The Muse Writers Center's website.
Each Wednesday, now through August, 5-9 PM
Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza, 201 Market Street
Over the 13 week series, visitors will enjoy music ranging from rock to blues, to Motown. Ynot Italian will be serving delicious pizza, sandwiches, and gelato all season long. The Virginia Beach Farmers Market will have local farmers with their fresh fruits, vegetables, and other homegrown items on the Plaza.
Returning for the fourth year, local artists will set up their handmade/handcrafted items inside the Sandler Center lobby once a month. For the concert schedule, check their website.
Capt. Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures
Family Fun Cruises, Now-Aug. 31
Atlantic Avenue at 2nd Street
Set sail on Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures, aboard the Lost Pearl for a ripsnortin’, swashbucklin’ adventure on the high seas. During this nautical voyage, all hands will help search for a grand treasure stolen by that scurvy dog Blackbeard! Their mission is to track down the booty and take their revenge on the thieving scoundrels who stole their loot.
There will be a captivating pirate show and even an educational lesson or two for the wee sprogs on board. There are fine victuals aboard as well, with the likes of hot dogs, popcorn and other grand seafaring snacks.
Free parking and free round-trip shuttle service to the ship is available from the Oceanfront lot, located next to the Schooner Inn at Atlantic Avenue and 2nd Street. See their website for schedule and pricing.
Towne Place at Greenbrier Summer Concert Series
Now on Thursday nights through August 31, 2017, 5:30-8 PM
Towne Place at Greenbrier, 725 Eden Way North
Back by popular demand, Lingerfelt Commonwealth Partners is pleased to announce the return of the annual Summer Concert Series at Towne Place at Greenbrier. For the 2017 Summer Concert Series, free concerts will be held weekly on Thursday nights, through August 31, 2017.For the concert schedule, check their website.
Great Dismal Swamp Safari
Sunday, July 15, 24 and 30, 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
The Great Dismal Swamp is anything but dismal. The narrated Swamp Safari, one of Suffolk’s most popular attractions, fills up quickly. This four-hour tour is led by a biologist specializing is the unique habitat of the Great Dismal. Learn about the history, lore, vegetation, and wildlife with this adventure that includes a brief walk to Lake Drummond.
Sunscreen, insect repellent, comfortable clothes, and shoes are recommended. A small snack and beverage are provided. This tour is not recommended for very small children. Reservations are required and cancellations are expected no less than 48 hours before the scheduled tour. $10 for adults; $8 for seniors (60+), military, and children ages 3-12. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757-514-4130 to reserve your spot.
Historic Suffolk Narrated Bus Tour
Thursday, July 15 and 24, 2 PM
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Suffolk’s rich heritage dates back to the early 17th century when Captain John Smith first encountered the Nansemond Indians on the Nansemond River. Even now, you can trace Suffolk’s legacy through our historic homes and neighborhoods, churches and Virginia Civil War Trails.
Guided by a Suffolk historian, you’ll meet the people and places that made Suffolk the city it is today. Highlights of this windshield tour include Cedar Hill Cemetery, Riddick’s Folly House Museum, Constant’s Wharf, College Court, and Suffolk’s Historic Lakeside neighborhood. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, military and children 9-12. Call the Suffolk Visitor Center at 757-514-4130 to reserve your spot.
Family Summer Camp
Now through Sunday, July 23, starting at noon
Bass Pro Shop, 1972 Power Plant Parkway
Bass Pro Shop will be offering a variety of workshops for families, including fresh and saltwater fishing, identifying animals, water safety, archery and more. Check the Bass Pro Shop events website for a full schedule of events. Call 757-262-5200 for more information.
9th Annual Mike Tomlin VIP Meet & Greet
Friday, July 14, 6:30-9:30 PM
Historic Old Post Office, 132 E. Queen Street
Join Coach Mike Tomlin, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Gridiron Legends from the 757 for the 9th Annual Mike Tomlin Meet & Greet to benefit the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation. Food and beverages will be provided. Fans can also participate in a special sports memorabilia raffle. For more information, check their website.
Fridays at the Fountain
Each Friday, now through the summer, 6-9 PM
City Center at Oyster Point, 735 Town Center Drive
Every Friday this summer, head to the fountain at City Center at Oyster Point for a free concert series featuring live music, a dance floor, corn hole, lawn games, free children's activities, food vendors, and beverage sales (proceeds benefit Newport News charities). Free admission and free parking.
Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks
July 22-Nov. 26
Virginia Living Museum,
Nature Connects is an award-winning, record-breaking exhibition now touring North America. Created with over a half million LEGO pieces, this show features larger-than-life sculptures built with LEGO bricks by Brooklyn artist and children’s author, Sean Kenney.
The sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long dragonfly, and more. This spectacular combination of nature and art will be featured outdoors in the Conservation Garden and other outdoor areas. This exhibit will be open to general admission visitors. For more information and ticket prices, check their website.
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