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Things to do in Newport News 1/30 - 2/5

February 1st

 

Nature Workshop: Preserving Blooms

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 1; 10 a.m.

The cost is $10 for Members and for $20 General Admissions. Wishing for spring blooms? Create flowers that last forever at The Mariners’ Museum and Park! In this workshop, you’ll preserve flowers in a resin cast to help you through the winter blues. The Nature Workshop Series are family-friendly workshops to show all ages how to make beautiful creations using natural resources inspired by The Mariners’ Museum Park. The workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month, and meets in the Monitor Classroom B. Pre-registration is suggested. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Free Admission Weekend

Peninsula Fine Arts Center - February 1; 10 a.m.

Enjoy free admission to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center! 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

 

Maritime Storytime: The Princess and the Pea

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 1; 10:30 a.m.


FREE with $1 Museum Admission. What happens when a prince travels the world in search of a “real princess” to marry? Come along on a journey in The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora, who gives this Hans Christian Andersen classic a fresh spin set in Africa. Come celebrate Black History Month at The Mariners’ Museum and Park!100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

NNPS Student Art Exhibit

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - February 1; 10 a.m.

From now until March 7, visit Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center as they showcase the talented students of Newport News Public Schools. Come out to support these young local artists, and enjoy their hard work! 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950, Click here for more information.

 

A Look Into Our History featuring Nathan Richardson as Fredrick Douglas & USCT

The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center - February 1; 1 p.m.


Join us this Black History Month as we explore the life of Fredrick Douglas portrayed by Nathan Richardson and travel through history with muscial selections from the United States Colored Troops Ensemble. This event begins at 1pm and is FREE and open to the public. 2803 Oak Avenue, 757-247-2360. Click here for more information.

 

Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Quest for Freedom

Virginia Living Museum - February 1; 4:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month with this inspiring take of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

The Lords of 52nd Street: Legends of Billy Joel Band

Ferguson Center for the Arts - February 1; 8 p.m.

Led by Richie Cannata, Liberty DeVitto and Russell Javors – The Lords of 52nd Street continue to perform Billy Joel’s legendary hits still to this day. Don’t miss the original band – the band that recorded and toured Joel’s classic albums “The Stranger,” “52nd Street,” “Turnstiles” and others. These are the guys you saw in the stadiums in the ’70s and ’80s! They have sold more than 150 million records and helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

February 2nd

Bird Walk

Newport News Park - February 2; 7 a.m.

Join other bird enthusiasts and enjoy viewing birds in their natural habitat. No experience necessary! The group meets in Picnic Area 1, behind the ranger station at Newport News Park, but may drive to other areas of the park during the program. Dress for the weather and don't forget your binoculars! Co-hosted by the Hampton Roads Bird Club. 13560 Jefferson Avenue, (757) 886-7916. Click here for more information. 

 

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Free Admission Weekend

Peninsula Fine Arts Center  - February 2; 10 a.m.

Enjoy free admission to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center! 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

 

Groundhog Day Ceremony

Virginia Living Museum - February 2; 1 p.m.

Join Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler and distinguished guests at our annual Groundhog Day ceremony and Super Bowl prediction. The Museum’s celebrity groundhog, Chesapeake Chuck will make a Groundhog Day appearance. Wear your team gear and witness the decision by Chuck for an “early spring” or “more winter!” 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

February 3rd

Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - February 3; 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 story time and a craft! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

February 4th

Preschool Pals Playdate

Virginia Living Museum  - February 4; 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.

February 5th

The REAL John Henry

Warwick County Courthouse - February 5; 7 p.m.

For more information please call the Historic Site Coordinator at 757-525-7372. 14421 Old Courthouse Way, 757-525-7372, Click here for more information.

FLEX AVE.

Ferguson Center for the Arts - February 5; 7:30 p.m.

Characterized by pausing, snapping, gliding, hat tricks, animation and contortion, flex is a form of street dance that has evolved from the Jamaican bruk-up found in dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn. This electrifying phenomenon is showcased in a performance that confronts issues of social injustice, with the dancers exploring personal narratives through their own unique movement vocabulary in post-modern dance. Contains mature content surrounding issues of social justice. 1 Avenue of the Arts, 757-594-8752, Click here for more information.

Continuing Events

 

The Americas: Indigenous Art of the Ancient and Contemporary

Peninsula Fine Arts Center  - Continuing through April 26

The exhibition will present the diverse and fascinating stories of the cultures of North, Central and South America. The artwork of the Americas will illuminate the extraordinary richness of the indigenous art of the western hemisphere. Pieces from a diverse background of cultures, regions, and periods will showcase the profound beauty and creativity and craftsmanship expressed by artists of the American continents. 101 Museum Drive, 757-596-8175. Click here for more information.

 

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Virginia Living Museum - Continuing through May 3

Bring your little ones to learn about how dinosaurs raised their tiny titans. On display in our Changing Exhibits Gallery, this special exhibition is a remarkable hands-on exhibition that offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe – including those of each of the major plant and meat-eating dinosaur groups. Kids can dig for eggs, dress up like a parent dinosaur to brood their nest, and feel the texture of dinosaur eggs. Cute babies and fun dino facts will keep everyone entertained on your next trip to the museum. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

Toys Ahoy!: A Maritime Childhood

The Mariners’ Museum and Park - Continuing through September 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 ship building 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.