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Boathouse Opens for the Season
April 4, 2014 - September 28, 2014; April 11, 2015, 9 a.m.
The boathouse is now open! Whether a die-hard fisherman or just in need of a relaxing day, visit us and start creating your own memories of Lake Maury today. Various boats are available for rental, and visitors can bring their own kayaks and canoes with annual or daily passes. The boathouse is open Friday - Sunday through September 28, 2014.
National Watercolor Society Exhibit
May 2, 2014 - June 29, 2014
Sea Rex 3D
May 24, 2014 - January 3, 2015
Dinosaur Prophecy Planetarium Show
May 24, 2014 - September 1, 2014
Explore how dinosaurs lived and died in this educational planetarium presentation. A staff astronomer will lead you on a voyage back in time. Recline in one of our 70 padded seats in the full dome Abbitt Planetarium. Everyone knows the tale of the sudden and dramatic death of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But did you know that numerous species of dinosaurs lived, and disappeared, long before the cataclysmic disaster at the end of the Cretaceous period? Journey with us to four different dinosaur digs around the world as we explore how these amazing creatures died… and lived! Recommended for ages 10 and above.
May 24, 2014 - September 1, 2014
A new gang of dinosaurs are coming to town this summer at the Virginia Living Museum in DINOS LIVE! This year, for the first time, the VLM will feature the lifelike creations of Billings Productions, North America's leading producer of animatronic dinosaurs. Tremble at a growling T-Rex, always a favorite with museum visitors and see new dinosaurs making their museum debut. Watch an Edmontosaurus mother tend her brood. There’s even a nest full of eggs ready to hatch. See Euoplocephalus, built like a military tank and weighing in at 3 tons, and Styracosarus, one of the most spectacular of the horned lizards. The dinosaur that highlights the link between non-avian dinosaurs and birds is the Citipati, whose spectacular head crest is similar to that of a modern cassowary. New this summer will be a tented outdoor dinosaur excavation area. Amateur paleontologists can dig through a mound of fossil-filled sediment and then sift out fossils they can take home.
Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep
May 24, 2014 - January 5, 2015
Venture into the deep, dark pre-historic world of carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived. Opening May 24, 2014 at The Mariners’ Museum, Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep features over 20 large-scale, magnificent skeletons and living replicas of ancient marine reptiles, touch stations with real bones and fossils, interactive touch screens, and so much more! See the Tylosaur, the largest marine lizard ever found in North America at 45-feet long, take your photo with the largest turtle ever found or inside the jaws of a Megalodon and dig for fossils. Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep will include exciting family activities, summer camps, sleep, scout and school programs, lectures and more! For more information, visit MarinersMuseum.org/Dinosaurs.
The Really BIG Dinosaur Puppet Show
May 24, 2014 - June 22, 2014
Imagine the bones and fossils of ancient dinosaurs could come back to life - what stories they might tell. Well, here's no need to imagine any more as Rainbow Puppet Productions presents "The Really BIG Dinosaur Show" at the Virginia Living Museum. Through original songs and the use of over 20 giant puppets, the time of the dinosaurs appears on stage. The program features an eight-foot-tall T-Rex, mama and baby dinosaurs and another dinosaur that's over 16 feet long. (It's not called "The Really Big Dinosaur Show" for nothing!) There will be lots of audience participation. Weekends only, plus May 26 at noon at 1 and 2 p.m.
Early Summer Planetarium Shows
May 24, 2014 - June 30, 2014
Choose among four shows in the Virginia Living Museum’s Abbitt Planetarium. A staff astronomer takes a tour of the current night sky in “Virginia Skies.” Explore how dinosaurs lived and died in “Dinosaur Prophecy.” Enjoy a fascinating retelling of a classic Greek legend in “Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda.” “Laser 2” is the ultimate laser show with Ireland’s ultimate band. The planetarium is open every day. Tickets are $4 plus museum admission.
June 1, 2014; June 15, 2014; July 6, 2014; July 20, 2014; August 3, 2014; August 17, 2014; September 7, 2014; September 21, 2014; October 19, 2014; November 16, 2014; December 7, 2014, 7 a.m.
The Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the bird population of Newport News Park since 1965. Join club volunteers in the Picnic Area I parking lot every first and third Sunday of the month for some early morning birding. Be prepared to car pool to several areas in the park. Beginners are welcome. Binoculars and field guides are recommended. Free.
Farmers' Market at City Center
June 5, 2014; June 12, 2014; June 19, 2014; June 26, 2014; July 3, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 17, 2014; July 24, 2014; July 31, 2014; August 7, 2014; August 14, 2014; August 21, 2014; August 28, 2014; September 4, 2014; September 11, 2014; September 18, 2014; September 25, 2014, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
A collection of products that are straight from the farm! Includes locally grown fruits and vegetables, seafood,plants, herbs, baked goods, free range chickens, pork, bison, bath products, fresh bread and dog treats. Also available are dairy products, such as cheese, goat's cheese, milk, bath products, fresh bread and eggs. Come see what we have to offer !
Friday Night Adventures
June 6, 2014; June 13, 2014; June 20, 2014; June 27, 2014; July 4, 2014; July 11, 2014; July 18, 2014; July 25, 2014; August 1, 2014; August 8, 2014; August 15, 2014; August 22, 2014; August 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Every Friday, meet a park naturalist to discover facts about some of the park’s natural and historical features. Programs include nature walks, video presentations and/or hands on activities. Topics include beavers, snakes, owls, bats and other creatures inhabiting the park. Call 886-7916 for weekly topic and location.
Fridays @ The Fountain Concert Series
June 6, 2014; June 13, 2014; June 20, 2014; June 27, 2014; July 18, 2014; July 25, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Begin your weekend here! Join us for free concerts by the region’s best bands. Bring your friends, lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes. Free admission. Food and beverages for sale.
Dinosaurs Family Camp-in
June 6, 2014 - June 7, 2014
Camp out overnight at the Virginia Living Museum to learn about all things astronomy and dinosaurs. Explore the Dinos Live exhibit. Visit the Abbitt Observatory for some live stargazing (weather permitting), check out a great planetarium show, and make some cool crafts and more. Plus you get to sleep in the Museum’s exhibits. What could be more fun? Register in advance by family or scout troop at 757-595-9135.
June 7, 2014; June 14, 2014; June 21, 2014; June 28, 2014; July 5, 2014, 11 a.m.; July 12, 2014, 9 a.m.; July 19, 2014; July 26, 2014; August 2, 2014; August 9, 2014; August 16, 2014; August 23, 2014; August 30, 2014, 11 a.m.
Every Saturday from May 10th through August 30th, discover special facts about the wildlife living in our area, find fun activities in the parks, and meet new friends while learning about our natural environment. Most programs begin at the Discovery Center, and may include crafts, games or nature walk for the whole family. Call 886-7916 for topic information.
June 7, 2014; June 14, 2014; June 21, 2014; June 28, 2014; July 5, 2014; July 12, 2014; July 19, 2014; July 26, 2014; August 2, 2014; August 9, 2014; August 16, 2014; August 23, 2014; August 30, 2014, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Enjoy park interpretation and discussion on this 40 minute ride through the campground and bikeway. Complimentary tickets are available at the Campsite Office 30 minutes prior to each ride. Space is limited. All participants must be present to receive a ticket.
Free Admission Weekend
June 7, 2014 - June 8, 2014; July 5, 2014 - July 6, 2014; August 2, 2014 - August 3, 2014; October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014; November 1, 2014 - November 2, 2014; December 6, 2014 - December 7, 2014; February 7, 2015 - February 8, 2015
Enjoy free admission to the Peninsula Fine Art Center!
June 7, 2014; June 14, 2014; June 21, 2014; June 28, 2014; July 5, 2014; July 12, 2014; July 19, 2014; July 26, 2014; August 2, 2014; August 9, 2014; August 16, 2014; August 23, 2014; August 30, 2014, 4 p.m.
Every Saturday from May 24th through August 30th, meet a park naturalist at the Campsite Activity Building for a variety of fun afternoon activities.
King-Lincoln Park Day
June 7, 2014, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy a family fun festival including games, inflatable activities, food vendors and entertainment.
An Evening with John Legend: The All of Me Tour
June 7, 2014, 8 p.m.
John Legend has revealed several personas during his award-winning career. Singer/Songwriter. Musician. Producer. Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. To quote music industry pioneer Quincy Jones, the nine-time Grammy winner is simply “a genius.” Writing about Legend for Time’s 2009 tally of the 100 most influential people, Jones noted, “We’ve seen only the tip of the iceberg. For what he has already achieved in his career, it is going to be fun watching where he goes from here.” The fun begins now. Legend, one of the industry’s most innovative artists, returns after five years with his much-anticipated fourth solo album, Love in the Future (G.O.O.D/Columbia). Taking R&B/soul to the next level, Legend creates an immersive experience about romance, love, hope, commitment and optimism. Enhancing the experience: a rich, melodic soundscape–accented by compelling interludes–that fully integrates the musician’s gospel and pop influences, classical training and unerring hip-hop/soul sensibilities.
Story and a Walk
June 11, 2014; July 9, 2014; August 13, 2014; September 10, 2014; October 8, 2014; November 12, 2014; December 10, 2014, 10 a.m.
For pre-school children and their caregivers. Join us as we share a story at the Newport News Park Discovery Center and then take a short walk! Don't forget to dress for the weather!
Spring Lecture Series: William Tsutsui on his book, Godzilla on My Mind-Fifty Years of the King of Monsters
June 11, 2014, 7 p.m.
One of the premiere lecture series in Hampton Roads, The Mariners' Museum Lecture Series offers Museum members and Hampton Roads residents dynamic and memorable stories of mankind's relationship with the sea. This event is free and open to the public. Museum Members may make reservations online. For more information, please visit www. MarinersMusem.org or call (757)596-2222.
Black Music Month Celebration - Flight 309
June 14, 2014 - June 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America presents Flight 309 - a thought provoking journey showcasing local talent, phenomenal musicians and answering life's time-honored questions of faith. Tickets, $10.
Star Party / Laser Shows
June 14, 2014; July 12, 2014; August 9, 2014; September 13, 2014; October 11, 2014; November 8, 2014; December 13, 2014; January 10, 2015; February 14, 2015; March 14, 2015; April 11, 2015; May 9, 2015; June 13, 2015; July 11, 2015; August 8, 2015; September 12, 2015; October 10, 2015; November 14, 2015; December 12, 2015
Free observing begins at sunset at the Virginia Living Museum. Choose among four shows, $6 each: “Virginia Skies” at 7:30 p.m., “ElectroLaze” at 8:30 p.m., “Laser Doors” at 10 p.m. and “Dark Side of the Moon” at 11:30 p.m. The Wild Side Café is open 6 to 9 p.m.
Summer Celebration Wine Festival
June 14, 2014, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The late spring splendor of Lee Hall Mansion’s beautiful grounds provide the setting for the Annual Summer Celebration Wine Festival. The finest vintages from Virginia’s best wineries combine with the live music, exquisite food, and unique craft vendors to make this one of the Peninsula’s most popular events. Participate in our raffle for a chance a to win some great prizes. Tasting tickets $20 in advance and $25.
Archery Safety Class
June 15, 2014; June 25, 2014; July 10, 2014; July 27, 2014; August 10, 2014; August 20, 2014
A park ranger will present this one hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. Please call 888-3333 for program times and to register for this training class. Meet at the Campsite Activity Building.