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Things to do April 1 - 7, 2021

April 1st

 

Gallery Talks: World War II

Virginia War Museum  - April 1; 1:30 p.m.

Each Thursday in April, museum visitors can enjoy a gallery tour led by museum staff. Free with museum admission. Capacity is limited due to COVID-19 precautions. 9285 Warwick Boulevard, 757-247-8523. Click here for more information.

 

April 2nd

 

Hampton Roads History: The Huntington’s Brookgreen Gardens

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - April 2; 12 p.m.

Presented by Page Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. Advance registration is required. Join us for a virtual lecture with Page Hayhurst Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens, when she pays tribute to Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington whose contributions and legacy extended beyond the Commonwealth of Virginia and The Mariners’ Museum and Park. The Huntingtons are also the founders of Brookgreen Gardens, America’s first public sculpture garden and a National Historic Landmark in South Carolina. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

April 3rd

 

Hop to City Center

City Center at Oyster Point - April 3; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come to City Center at Oyster Point for free photos with the Bunny (bring your own camera/phone), guess how many jellybeans are in the jar contest, and Food Trucks! 701 Town Center Drive, 757-873-2020. Click here for more information.

April 4th

Bird Walk

Newport News Park  - April 4; 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, bring water and hand sanitizer, and don't forget your binoculars! 13560 Jeffeson Avenue, 757-886-7916 . Click here for more information.  

April 5th

Virtual Maritime Mondays

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - April 5; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fun for both children and caregivers, enjoy a book reading with Lauren Furey, manager of visitor engagement, and discover an interesting artifact from our Museum’s Collection. Designed for children from 18 months to 8 years, Lauren takes you and your little mariners on a journey to show how we are all connected to the world’s waters. Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week! 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

April 6th

 

Destination DG: Free Family Fun – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center - April 6; 2 p.m.

Join us in the Ella Fitzgerald Theater for a free family film. For health and safety reasons, no popcorn will be provided. Kids under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.  Space is limited so RSVP is requested. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and same day RSVP is permitted. 2410 Wickham Avenue, 757-247-8950. Click here for more information.

 

April 7th

 

Hampton Roads History: The Huntington’s Brookgreen Gardens

The Mariners’ Museum and Park  - April 7; 1 p.m.

Presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum. Advance registration is required. Join us online with Ron Lewis, a docent at The Mariners’ Museum and Park, when he presents on the early days of transatlantic steam travel and examines the trials, failures, and successes that brought us to the year 1912. 100 Museum Drive, 757-596-2222. Click here for more information.

 

LIVE Natural Education – Beavers

Virginia Living Museum - April 7; 2 p.m.

International Beaver Day only comes once a year, but our superstar beavers never cease to amaze. Join our Bird and Mammal department as they discuss how we care for our beavers. Check it out over Facebook Live on the VLM’s Facebook page! 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, 757-595-1900. Click here for more information.

 

CONTINUING EVENTS

 

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

Lee Hall Mansion  - March 20 - April 3; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Newport News Historic Sites will be offering an Easter Egg scavenger hunt starting March 20th and lasting until April 3rd. You can download the hunt here or pick it up at Lee Hall Mansion or the Newport News Visitor Center in Newport News Park. The hunt is divided into two age categories for children ages 3-12. After visiting four Newport News Historic Sites to find the egg signs and answer questions, the completed hunt can be redeemed for prizes at either Lee Hall Mansion or the Newport News Visitor Center. Lee Hall Mansion is located at 163 Yorktown Road. Scavenger hunts can be picked up or prizes claimed Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m. The Newport News Visitor Center is located at 13560 Jefferson Avenue, at the entrance to Newport News Park. Scavenger hunts can be picked up or redeemed at this location, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to  – 5 p.m. For more information or further questions contact nnhistoricsites@nnva.gov or call 757-888-3371 ext. 304. Click here for more information. 

 

 

Exploration ICE AGE: Unearthing Extinctions

Virginia Living Museum  - Continuing through April 11
The sixth mass extinction is happening right now! Called the Quaternary Extinction, it includes the loss of the animals found in North America at the end of the ice age, such as saber-tooth cats, mammoths, and mastodons. Many of their relatives are still around today – some even live in a habitat along the Virginia Living Museum’s outdoor trail. It is predicted around one million animal and plant species are currently threatened with extinction. Discover how you can help the outlook of our future biodiversity by unearthing extinctions of the past in this temporary exhibit. Extinctions are not just historical events; they are also happening right now. To protect Earth’s biodiversity in the present day, we can look to the past to learn how ancient life survived. 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard., 757-595-1900. Click here for more information