Family Fun and Activities
Children's Museum of Virginia
Saturday, June 22
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Here at the Children's Museum of Virginia you will become a special detective while solving cases in this summer’s exhibit, “Crime Lab Detective.” Activities include examining fingerprints, “I Spy” games, puzzles, illusions and special guests.
At the Lightship Portsmouth Museum, the Moody Crewe pirates try to take over once again. Take part in their Schools of the Pyrate which will keep them too busy to take over the ship. Once you are a schooled pirate, you can help ward off those scurvy pirates and keep the ship safe.
At the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the Rainbow Puppets present Footsteps in History. This show will take folks on a journey through time to discover a new nation that struggles to find freedom and opportunity for all people. With the arrival of African American slaves begins a struggle that explodes in Hampton Roads where the first land battle of the Civil War is fought at Big Bethel. The USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia fight off of Hampton's shores and warfare changes lives forever. Benjamin Butler frees slaves and Mary Peake teaches them under an oak tree where Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is read. Show times are at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. This show relates to the exhibits on display: “My Heart Beats For Peace: Portsmouth’s Civil War Homefront” and “Picturing the Civil War: Wood Engravings of the Civil War by Winslow Homer.”
Travel back in time at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and commemorate America’s second war with Great Britain by stomping rockets into flight and creating your own military hat. Visit with the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association as members demonstrate the lives of sailors past.
Saturday, October 26
Noon - 6 p.m. - Enjoy a haunting day of Halloween fun at all 4 Portsmouth Museums with frightfully fun arts and crafts, face painting, wizardry, pumpkin decorating, and a haunted ship!
Children’s Museum of Virginia
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Lightship Portsmouth
Saturday, October 26
After Museum Madness, hang around for the 9th annual Olde Towne Safe Trick-or-Treat from 6-8 p.m.