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Things to do in Newport News - 1/9-1/15

January 11th

Meet The Eagles

Virginia Living Museum - January 11; 9 a.m.

Bald Eagles are a conservation success story. They have been removed from the federal and state endangered species list and are becoming much more commonly seen. Join us at their habitat on the outdoor trail to hear the stories of our two American Eagles named Uncle Sam and GI Joe. Animal Welfare and Conservation staff will lead this special programming. Bring a camera and celebrate the majestic American Bald Eagle! Cost: Included in museum admission. Special enrichment will be presented throughout the day. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

Junior Rangers

Newport News Park - January 11; 10 a.m.  

A park naturalist will be available to get you started on the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet. Activities include things you can do in the park, as well as at home, to explore the wildlife inhabiting the area. Upon completion of the activities, kids will earn a Junior Ranger certificate. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, 757-888-3333. Click here for more information.

Peter Pan

Peninsula Community Theater - January 11; 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Children's Theatre shows are kid-friendly, and fun for all. Bring a young person in your life to this Christmas-themed show! 10251 Warwick Blvd, 757-595-5728. Click here for more information.

Civil War Lecture: Contraband of War Decision

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 11; 2:30 p.m.

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center. Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats below. The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the classroom and location of the lecture. On May 24, 1861, three slaves — Fred Baker, James Townsend, and Sheppard Mallory — escaped from building fortifications at Sewell’s Point and went onto Fort Monroe to claim their freedom. Major General B. F. Butler refused to return the slaves to their owner, Charles King Mallory, and named the men as “Contraband of War.” Butler’s astute political decision began the Civil War’s evolution from a war between the states to a conflict about freedom. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Stargazing / Laser Show Evening

Virginia Living Museum - January 11; 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy free stargazing beginning at sunset on the second Saturday of every month. Several telescopes are set up on the grounds and staff astronomers are available to help visitors identify objects in the night sky. The evening also includes a planetarium program and several laser shows. Shows are $3 for VLM members, $6 for non-members. Double features are $5 for VLM members and $10 for non-members. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

January 12th

Friendly Hours

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 12; 9 a.m.

Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month. Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Ferguson Center for the Arts - January 12; 2 p.m.

Voted “Best Family Show" in Las Vegas, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater features an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots … even geese and mice! Critics describe it as a unique blend of comedy, world-champion juggling and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. International circus legend Gregory Popovich has rescued the animals from shelters all over the country and transformed them into stars, using positive reinforcement while working with the animals natural abilities to create a fun, one-of-a-kind show to the delight of young and old alike. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

January 13th

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - January 13; 10:30 a.m.

Designed for children 18 months to 8 years. FREE with Museum admission. Fun for children! Join us Monday mornings for engaging learning activities for children that include storytime and a craft! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean – A Reader’s Theater Event

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - January 13; 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the second of four Reader’s Theater productions. The stage is stripped down to the actors with the script. Witness the powerful performance without the distraction of the set. Hear the message in the words as you have never heard them before. Set in 1904, August Wilson's Gem Of The Ocean begins on the eve of Aunt Esther's 287th birthday. (Yes, two hundred and eighty-seven). When Citizen Barlow comes to her Pittsburgh's Hill District home seeking asylum, she sets him off on a spiritual journey to find a city in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This gripping drama is directed by Charity Robinson. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

January 14th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum  - January 14; 9 a.m.

Every Tuesday, join us for coffee, toddler play, and a Preschool Pals Planetarium show from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.! Sip on coffee while you watch your little scientist explore in the natural world and build in our toddler-friendly indoor build zone. Don’t forget to take in a Preschool Pals Planetarium show starting at 9:45 a.m. Come join us and get ready to build and play every Tuesday morning! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information

25 Mics – Monthly Free Open Mic Night

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - January 14; 7 p.m.

Join us for our monthly free open mic on every 2nd Tuesday, hosted by the incredible Nina Brewton! This event is free and open to the public! RSVP is appreciated but not required! 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

Newport News Restaurant Week

Newport News, VA - January 11-25, 2020

Newport News Restaurant Week returns January 11th with a new twist! For the first time since it started in 2014, the event will feature BREAKFAST! Two establishments – VEDeat, a new restaurant in City Center at Oyster Point, and Nest Kitchen & Taphouse at Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort – will serve a fixed-price breakfast from a set menu for $10. As in previous years, diners will also have their choice of a two-course lunch for $10 or $15, with three-course dinner options at $20 or $30 during the two weeks of Restaurant Week, Jan. 11-25. See the Newport News Restaurant Week website for a list of participating restaurants and menus. Bonus tip- check out our Facebook page to enter this year's contest! 

Toys Ahoy!: A Maritime Childhood Opening Day

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - Continuing through to 2020

Toys Ahoy! is a new and fun exhibit that connects the young and the young at heart. With 100 different items on display such as children’s books, games and toys, this exhibit will excite everyone of all ages! The collection includes wood and paper battleships, board games, card games, puzzles, motorized miniature engines and other historic toys and collectibles from years gone by. Take a look at the Lego room in the Model gallery, where a continuation of the Lego shipbuilding competition is on display. There will also be a STEM activity to design your own toy boat, and the opportunity to hear stories and learn amazing facts from toy collectors and designers. For the holiday season, the Museum is sponsoring a maritime toy drive in conjunction with “Toys for Tots.” Come explore your childhood again and delight in this wonderful exhibit as we take you down memory lane with Toys Ahoy! at “America’s National Maritime Museum!” 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

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