90 things to do this week

Many of the events planned for this weekend were canceled or postponed because of Hurricane Ian. I’ve included updated information for some of the rescheduled events below. The good news is that the weather is expected to be much nicer later this week and into the weekend.

There will be several fall-themed outdoor events this weekend, including the Yorktown Fall Festival, the Historic Phoebus Fall Festival and Barktoberfest.

Also this weekend, Colonial Williamsburg will host a First Baptist Archaeology Community Open House, and the 13th Annual “A Taste of New Kent” will be held at a new location (outside at Colonial Downs).

On the arts and music scene, the Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series returns with a performance by Whiskey Rebellion, and Williamsburg Library will host a concert featuring the Robert Jospé Trio. Colonial Williamsburg is also offering a Botanical Watercolor Workshop, instructed by local artist and naturalist Linda C. Miller.

I want to sincerely thank each of you who wrote in last week to offer feedback about the types of events you’re most interested in – and to enter the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra concert ticket drawing. Your feedback was much appreciated and will help me prioritize which events to feature in these newsletters. The winner of the random drawing was notified by email. We’ll do more of these kinds of things in the future.

-Christin

Rescheduled Events

The following events – initially planned for this past weekend – have been rescheduled as a result of Hurricane Ian. A number of other events, including An Occasion for the Arts 2022 and the 47th Annual Newport News Fall Festival, were canceled and will return in 2023.

  • The Yorktown Wine Festival scheduled for Oct. 1 has been postponed until Sunday, Nov. 13. Additional information is available here.
  • The Williamsburg Book Festival, scheduled to take place at the Stryker Center on Oct. 1, has been rescheduled until Feb. 4, 2023. More details can be found here.
  • The 40th Annual Crab Carnival in West Point has been rescheduled to the weekend of Oct. 29. See the Crab Carnival’s website for updated information.
  • For a full list of events in Hampton that were canceled or rescheduled as a result of Ian, click here.

Events This Week

Special Events

️ Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • National Night Out Williamsburg – High Street (1430 Richmond Road). National Night Out returns to the City of Williamsburg on October 4. Residents are invited to attend the 2022 National Night Out event from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at High Street (1430 Richmond Road) across from Revolution Golf and Grill. This annual event promotes police-community partnerships, public engagement and neighborhood camaraderie to help neighborhoods become better, safer places to live. The event will feature an evening of food, fun and opportunities to build strong relationships with those who serve the community. 4:30 – 7:30 pm. This is the City of Williamsburg’s first in-person National Night Out event since the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • National Night Out New Kent – 7930 New Chipping Ln. (New Kent). The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office is hosting National Night out on Tuesday, October 4. Residents are invited to meet with members of their sheriff’s office and participate in fun activities. There will also be a free Child ID station onsite. 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event will be held behind the Bridging Communities Technical Center located at 7930 New Chipping Ln.

️ Friday, Oct. 7

  • Movies at the Row: “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Bring your family and your lawn chairs for this free movie night – complete with popcorn – at the Market Stage. This week’s featured film is Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Parking and admission are free. 7:30 pm.

️ Saturday, Oct. 8

  • Fall Festival – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This special, extended market will feature more than 40 different vendors and artists selling seasonal favorites at the beautiful, Historic Yorktown waterfront. You’ll find pumpkins, mums, autumn-inspired art, caramel apples, kettle corn and more. There’ll also be free, family-oriented activities like hayrides, face painting, a hay maze, a petting zoo featuring miniature animals, and pumpkin painting. Guests of all ages can also participate in the Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin challenge. Admission is free. For more information, click here. 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

The Yorktown Fall Festival returns this Saturday, October 8. Photo courtesy of York County.

  • First Baptist Archaeology Community Open House – First Baptist Community Archaeology Site (Colonial Williamsburg). The community is invited to join Colonial Williamsburg for a day of archaeology at the original site of the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, one of the nation’s earliest African American churches. Attendees will talk to archaeologists working in the field, see artifacts discovered at the First Baptist site during recent excavations and meet Gowan Pamphlet, the church’s first ordained minister. The site will be open to the public for free-flow exploration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • NAMIWalks Williamsburg Walk – Bicentennial Park (Colonial Williamsburg). NAMI Williamsburg will host a local walk on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10:00 am – noon. All walkers who donate or raise just $25 will receive a NAMI Williamsburg T-Shirt. The walk is designed to raise money and awareness to ensure the continuance of NAMI Williamsburg’s vital, free programs and services to provide help, support and hope to those who need it. Additional information is available here.
  • A Taste of New Kent – Colonial Downs & Rosie’s Game Emporium (New Kent, VA). The 13th Annual “A Taste of New Kent” wine festival will be held this year at a new location in the parking lot of Colonial Downs. There will be wine tastings from at least 8 local vendors. There will also be a variety of beer, craft vendors and food trucks along with live music. Additionally, the New Kent Chamber is collaborating with Rotary International this year. Proceeds from the event will benefit local businesses, charities and non-profits. Tasting tickets can be purchased in advance here. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Revolutionary War Living History Day – Historic Endview (Newport News). Learn what life was like in the American army in the fall of 1781 as it surrounded British troops in Yorktown. You’ll join members of the 7th Virginia Regiment to experience daily camp life activities and have a chance to participate in a patrol to seek out British forces. Admission is $8/adult, $7/senior, $5/student (ages 7-18) and $20/family. Kids under 7 are always free. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Friends of Newport News Library Book Sale – The Friends of Newport News Library will hold a book sale in the basement of Grissom Library on Saturday, Oct. 8. During this fall fill-a-bag sale, all fiction books will be $1. All non-fiction hardbacks and traditional paperbacks will be $10, and all mass market paperbacks will be $5. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Stories by the Fire – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Come hear spooky tails by professional storytellers who will share ghost stories from the seas. S’mores will be available to snack on beginning at 5:30 pm, with adventures beginning at 6:00 pm. Open to all ages; seating is limited and each person must pre-register. Register here by Oct. 3. 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
  • Historic Phoebus Fall Festival – Mellen Street (Phoebus). Mellen Street will transform into a vibrant outdoor festival with homemade arts and crafts, food, live music, craft beer and cider at this family-friendly event. There will also be performances from the Troy Breslow Band, In Layman Terms, The Storyweavers, Tiki Bar Band and Brasswind. Free entry for all ages. Tasting tickets can be purchased here. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Barktoberfest – Mill Point Park (Hampton). The Peninsula SPCA’s 16th Annual Barktoberfest returns on October 8. The shelter’s annual fall festival fundraiser features live music, local craft brewings and costume contests for both pets and people. There will also be pet-friendly vendors, local rescues with adoptable animals and more. Tickets are $15 and up for adults, $10 for children. Purchase tickets here. 12:00 – 6:00 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 9

  • 2nd Sundays Williamsburg – 205 N. Boundary St (Williamsburg). This art and music street festival features over 115 unique artisans, musicians, performers and food vendors along 6 blocks. The event is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month, March – December. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Lighting of the Cressets – Duke of Gloucester Street (Colonial Williamsburg). Colonial Williamsburg’s 18th-century streets will come alive at night with strolling musicians during the Lighting of the Cressets. This event is open to the public and will be held on select evenings throughout the month. This week, Lighting of the Cressets will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6, Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Jurassic Quest – Hampton Roads Convention Center (Hampton). Jurassic Quest is hailed as the largest and most realistic Dinosaur event in North America. Guests will walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic Periods and experience what life was like among dinosaurs of all kinds. Attendees will find 100 true-to-life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Tickets are $18-$33. Click here for additional details. Friday, Oct. 7 (9:00 am – 8:00 pm), Saturday, Oct. 8 (9:00 am – 8:00 pm) and Sunday, Oct. 9 (9:00 am – 6:00 pm).
  • 18th Annual Port Warwick Art & Sculpture Festival – This show features fine artisans from near and far that come to share their beautiful artwork with the community. You’ll enjoy live entertainment all weekend long, as well as fun and educational activities – including arts and crafts – for children and families. There will also be food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Saturday, Oct. 8 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) and Sunday, Oct. 9 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm).
  • A Christmas Carol (2022) Auditions – Williamsburg Players, 200 Hubbard Lane (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Players will be holding auditions for A Christmas Carol on Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and Sunday, Oct. 9, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. See this audition notice for further information.

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Live Music

️ Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • Trinity Organ Series: Jeremy Garnett, Trumpet – Saint Bede Church (Williamsburg). Join Jeremy Garnett and Saint Bede’s Associate Director of Music, Carina Brackin, for this exciting concert featuring trumpet and organ. Jeremy has performed in a series of concerts to audiences around the world as well as to over 32 million viewers online. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Thursday, Oct. 6

  • Rhythms on the Riverwalk Concert Series – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s featured band is The Whiskey Rebellion. Be sure to bring blankets and chairs. Coolers are also permitted, and food trucks will be available. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • Organ Recital & Hymn Song – Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg). Dr. JanEl Will, organist at Bruton Parish Church, will present a recital and hymn song at historic Bruton Parish Church. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday, Oct. 7

  • Scott Varney – Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg). See Scott Varney perform live outside at the 1619 Wine Pavilion. 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

️ Saturday, Oct. 8

  • Dewey Decibel Concerts: Robert Jospé Trio – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This concert features an evening with an all-star trio who spent 10 years touring the world. The concert will feature a varied repertoire of jazz classics from the American Song Book as well as original compositions and popular tunes. Tickets are $5 ($4 for Friends of WRL). 7:30 pm.
  • Recorder & Harpsichord Recital – Wren Chapel (Colonial Williamsburg). Hear a recital of 18th-century music by Ruth van Baak Griffioen on Recorder and Rebecca Davy on Harpsichord at the beautiful, 300-year-old Bruton Parish Church. 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Outdoor Recreation

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • Fall Foliage Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy the scenic beauty of autumn as you explore the marsh by boat. Rental prices: Canoes $9 per person or $6 per person (family of 4 or more), Solo Kayak $16 per person, Tandem Kayak $22 per boat. Call the park office for fees and reservations. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

️ Sunday, Oct. 9

  • Taskinas Trek – York River State Park (Williamsburg). The Taskinas Creek Trail is known to be one of the most beautiful and challenging hikes in eastern Virginia. Experience the elevation changes of roller coaster-like ravines while taking in panoramic views of the marsh and observing wildlife on this ranger-guided hike. Included with park admission. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Sunset Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Top off your weekend with a scenic trip on the York River, where you’ll discover birds and other creatures that are active at sunset. See the website for canoe and kayak reservation details. 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
  • Park After Dark Full Moon Hike – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Explore the park after dark during the full moon every month through December. Freedom Park will stay open late – past sunset – on select nights for this self-guided hike. Visitors may only use Multiuse Trail 3 after dark. The hike will follow a walking loop that starts and ends along this one-mile, paved, ADA-compliant trail. No registration is required. Park closes at 7:30 pm.

York River State Park will host several events featuring tours by kayak or canoe this week, including a Fall Foliage Pick Your Paddle event. (Photo by Ross Woodhall).

Art ️

️ Monday, Oct. 3

  • In the Round: Sculpture in America – Virtual, hosted by Williamsburg Regional Library. Presenter Margaret Hancock will delve into sculptural works of art across eras and genres, forms and subject matters and methods and materials of various American sculptors. The presentation aims to create greater aesthetic understanding and appreciation of sculpture in America. See website for Zoom link. 7:30 pm.

️ Friday, Oct. 7

  • Beyond the Frame Video Series – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). Go behind the scenes into The Mariners’ Museum and Park for a unique look at their world-class art collection. A new episode is posted on the museum’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) on the first Friday of every month.

Multi-Day

  • Botanical Watercolor Workshop – Landscape Design Art Studio (Colonial Williamsburg). Tuesday and Wednesday, October 4th and 5th, with a third optional day, Thursday, October 6th. Learn methods to capture the botanical world in watercolor from local artist and naturalist, Linda C. Miller. This two-day workshop is open to all artists – beginner to advanced with an optional third day. Participants will be provided with methods to capture the botanical world in watercolor. The first day begins with the history of botanical art presentation, the steps to create a botanical illustration, and showcasing composition. The second day is spent on seeing and creating value in watercolor on paper moving from tea wash to dry brush. On the third (optional) day, students work at their own pace with individual guidance from the instructor, and learn framing tips. Participants will be provided a materials list for them to purchase prior to the workshop. Current Covid practices will be employed. Held at the Landscape Design Studio, 500 Packets Court. Participants must supply all materials so please provide an email address when registering so a materials list can be sent to you before the workshop. Event tickets can be purchased on The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation website.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit – Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (Newport News). The Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center welcomes back internationally acclaimed celebrity artist Jesse Raudales for National Hispanic Heritage Month. His work will be on display through October 21. See the website for additional information. Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed Sunday).
  • Group Six Studios Exhibit – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Group Six Studios, comprised of four local artists, are exhibiting original paintings at Williamsburg Regional Library Galleries, through October 13. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Gallery at York Hall Yorktown Art Exhibit: Chris Bonin – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). The September through October exhibit at the Gallery at York Hall features historian and artist Chris Bonin. Free. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

History

️ Friday, Oct. 7

  • Ghost Tour: The Thin Veil of Yorktown – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Hear historical accounts of ghosts and otherworldly experiences passed down through the centuries in Yorktown. This tour begins in Mobjack’s backyard, and then a talk will follow in Mobjack’s haunted upstairs dining rooms. $15 per person; children 12 and under are complimentary. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Theatre

️ Sunday, Oct. 9

  • “A Hymn to the Chesapeake” Performance – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). If you love the Chesapeake Bay, you won’t want to miss this performance. This musical play is much loved on the Eastern Shore and has had more than 90 performances in Virginia and Maryland as well as in Washington, D.C, New York City and abroad. See the website for a full description. $5 at the door (free for Poetry Society of Virginia Members). 3:00 pm.

Films

️ Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • Art House Café Film Series: “The Rose Maker” – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art house flavor to Tuesdays. You’ll also hear from special guests who are film experts, enjoy light refreshments and have a discussion after the film. This week’s featured film is The Rose Maker (2020; PG). See the website for a film trailer. 2:00 – 3:40 pm.

️ Thursday, October 6

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “A Call to Spy” – Williamsburg Library Theatre. The Throwback Thursday Film Series, now in its 19th year, features a variety of classic movies for an adult audience. This week’s featured film is A Call to Spy (2019; PG-13). 2:00 – 4:05 pm.
  • Celtic Film Series: “High Spirits” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). The Celtic Film Series runs the second Thursday of each month. This month’s featured film is High Spirits (1988; PG-13). 6:00 pm.

️ Friday, Oct. 7

  • Hispanic Heritage Film Series: “Roma” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month film series, which looks at the film art and cultures of our Hispanic neighbors in the world and our community. This week’s featured film is Roma (2018; R). 3:00 pm. In Spanish and Mixtec with English subtitles.

Crafts

️ Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • Craft It! with YCPL: Book Nooks – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Create a spooky book nook to live among the novels on your shelf during this two-part program series. Registration is required. This class will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4 and Tuesday, Oct. 11. 6:00 – 7:45 pm.

️ Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • Makerspace: Glowforge Ghost Earrings – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Participants will celebrate this spooky season by drawing their own ghost earrings for the Glowforge to cut. For ages 13 through adult. Call to register. 6:00 pm.

️ Thursday, Oct. 6

  • Loosely Knit Group – Grissom Library (Newport News). The Loosely Knit Group welcomes everyone interested in knitting and crocheting. You’ll be able to learn to knit or crochet, stitch for fun, create completed projects to donate to local organizations and/or craft homemade presents! This group meets every Thursday morning at Grissom Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

️ Friday, Oct. 7

  • Fall Embroidery Craft – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This fun and easy, beginner-friendly craft is a great way to celebrate the fall season. Supplies will be provided. Call to register. 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

Health & Wellness

️ Monday, Oct. 3

  • Community Yoga – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). Meet at the Carriage House and bring your yoga mat. Classes are beginner-friendly. The The October 3 session will be the first in a series of four sessions with the theme of Looking Inward, a full body breath and back strengthening practice. $10; proceeds benefit Watermen’s Museum. 6:00 – 6:50 pm.

️ Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • Indoor Cycle 101 – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This intro class will teach participants all they need to know to enter the “spin” world. No bike experience is needed. For ages 14+. Free. 5:30 – 6:15 pm

️ Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • Techniques of Meditation – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). All are welcome to attend this open community meditation practice. Different styles of meditation techniques will be explored, as well as the tools that aid that meditative process. Meditation helps improve physical, emotional and overall mental health and well-being. You’ll be guided in and out of each session. Free. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Find Your Style Yoga – James City County Recreation Center. Discover various styles of yoga through a sampler of three sessions and find the style that’s right for you. This program will be offered on three Wednesdays, each with a different theme: Oct. 5 (Vinyasa), Oct. 12 (Candlelight Restorative) and Oct. 19 (Yin). All classes will be held from 7:15 – 8:15 pm.

Practical ✔️

️ Thursday, Oct. 6

  • Blood Drive – Williamsburg Community Building (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive at the Community Building (401 N. Boundary St.) on Oct. 6. Sign up here. 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • James City County Household Chemical Collection – Warhill High School (Williamsburg). VSPCA will hold a free drop-off event for hazardous materials and computer recycling. Accepted items include paints, fuels, solvents, automotive products, pesticides and more. See a full list of acceptable items here. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Dance

Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • Tastes of Latin Dance – Grissom Library (Newport News). – Instructor De De Anderson will lead this class in Latin Dance for Hispanic Heritage Month. Each class will include an introduction to the basics of Latin Dancing, including Salsa, Bachata and Merengue. Bring your dancing shoes (sneakers) and wear comfy exercise clothes. Registration is required. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Lectures, Classes & Workshops

️ Monday, Oct. 3

  • ESL English Conversation Group – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). If English is your second language and you wish you could practice your English skills, this 6-week language series is for you. The group will meet on Mondays at 5 pm, October 3 – November 7. 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

️ Saturday, Oct. 8

  • Master Gardener’s Mobile Help Desk – Grissom Library (Newport News). Newport News Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer your questions and provide information on upcoming classes and activities. This event will be held the second Saturday of the month throughout the fall and winter season, October 8 – March 11. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Groups & Gatherings ‍♂️

Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • WhoDunnits: A Mystery Book Group – James City County Library (Williamsburg). WhoDunnits is a book discussion group devoted to mysteries. This year’s theme is historical mysteries. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The featured book title for October is A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. 6:30 pm.

️ Thursday, Oct. 6

  • Hocus Pocus: Interactive Movie Event – Grissom Library (Williamsburg). View Hocus Pocus in this interactive movie event featuring fun treats and spooky tricks. For adults 18+. Pre-register online. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Just for Tweens/Teens

Williamsburg & Yorktown

️ Thursday, Oct. 6

  • Teen Advisory Group – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). WRL’s teen volunteer group meets on the first and third Thursdays of every month at alternating locations to work on various tasks and share ideas for library services. An application and orientation are required for those interested in participating. More information is available here. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

️ Friday, Oct. 7

  • Teensational Socials: Kickball Games – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Young people ages 12 – 21 with disabilities are invited to meet at the outdoor baseball fields at Recreation Center for some friendly kickball games. For more information or to register for an activity, contact Anna Steiner at [email protected] 4:30 – 6:00 pm.
  • Teen After Hours: Middle School Edition – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in grades 6-8 are invited to attend this Halloween party featuring games, slime-making and snacks! 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
  • Teen After Hours: High School Edition – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This fun Halloween party will get teens ready for the spooky season. For grades 9-12. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

️ Saturday, Oct. 8

  • Halloween Makeup Workshop for Youth/Teens – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Kids will learn how to make realistic-looking battle wounds, like those seen in their favorite zombie or war movies, at this fun event. Industry professionals will demonstrate how to complete a gory Halloween costume look. A $25 supply fee is due at the start of the workshop; participants can keep provided supplies. For ages 12-16. 1:00 – 3:30 pm.
  • Beginner Ukulele for Teens – Tabb Library (Yorktown). The HeartStrings Institute for Music is bringing their award-winning ukulele program back to the Tabb Library, offering a free, beginner to intermediate ukulele course for middle and high school students. This is a 4-week course. Space is limited and registration is required. For grades 6-12. 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Newport News

️ Thursday, Oct. 6

  • Drones! – Grissom Library (Newport News). Teens are invited to put their skills to the test in this drone obstacle course. For ages 12-17. Registration is required. 4:30 pm.

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Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Monday, Oct. 3

  • The Pre-Coders Program – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids ages 3-5 will learn the basics of coding during this four-week program. The program will meet on October 3, October 10, October 17 and October 24. 10:30 – 11:15 am.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • Elementary Creation Station: Session 1 – Tabb Library (Yorktown). A creative craft hour will be held on the first and third Tuesday of the month for all kids in grades K-5. This month’s theme is Pirates! 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

️ Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • Homeschool Enrichment: Motion Workshop – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids in grades K-5 will explore simple physics and engineering concepts while using colorful building pieces to engineer a new “Slides-and-Rides” playground. This workshop is taught by experts from the Children’s Museum of Virginia. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Friday, Oct. 7

  • Neon Lights – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Children and families are invited to grab their bike for a glowing nighttime ride. James City County Parks & Recreation and Girls in Gear will be partnering to educate kids and families about bike safety before heading out for a group ride. Participants are encouraged to decorate their bikes with glow elements, like glow sticks or tire lights. Good for all ages. $5 per person. 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

️ Saturday, Oct. 8

  • Dino Dress Up – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Kids ages 18 months to 6 years are invited to paint, cut, stamp, glue and roar while transforming themselves into their favorite dinosaur at this fun art class. This program will be led by KidCreate Studio. $15 per person. 9:30 – 10:30 am.
  • 6th Annual Children’s Health Expo & Safe Kids Day – Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (Williamsburg). This event will feature a variety of fun activities for kids. There will be first responder vehicles (a fire truck and ambulance), a medical helicopter, face painting, health, fitness and nutrition stations, certified pet therapy and more. Free and open to the public. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Saturdays @ Frink / Pop-N-Play – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to attend this program for classic arcade and Nintendo Switch games, Virtual Reality and other fun activities. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Science Saturday: Grossology Series – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to attend this Fall Science Saturday event. The October 8 topic will be all about blood. 10:15 am – 11:00 am.
  • Puppet Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 3+ are invited to sing and dance with puppets and enjoy books, flannel board stories and other activities. 11:00 am.
  • Fossil Frenzy Hike – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Participants will learn about the marine creatures that swam in the area thousands of years ago, like early whales, porpoises, sharks, clams, scallops, and snails. Discover relics of these creatures while hiking to a fossil beach. Included with park admission. Reservations must be made in advance. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Trackless Train Rides – Upper County Park (Williamsburg). James City County’s Trackless Train, named the Kiwanis Kids Train, will make special appearances at County parks this fall. The train features four cars, door locks, seat belts, lighting, a PA system and a smoke system. The train is a partnership between Parks & Recreation and three local branches of the Kiwanis Club to provide year-round, family-friendly entertainment at designated County and Kiwanis special events. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Buddy Art – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This program is for kids ages 6+ with disabilities. Children will be assigned a volunteer buddy to work with them one-on-one. For more information, contact [email protected] This program is sponsored by Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center in partnership with volunteers from William & Mary and James City County Parks & Recreation. 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Campfire Social – Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg). Celebrate fall with a good old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Participants will enjoy s’mores, activities, storytelling and more around the campfire overlooking beautiful Gordon Creek. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Sunday, Oct. 9

  • Gamer Meet-Up – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to this fun meet-up for gamers! Registration required. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Hallow-Read 2022 – Williamsburg Regional Library (Williamsburg). The spooky season is upon us, and kids are invited to join in this fun reading challenge. They’ll log their reading to earn points and complete activities to unlock clues to a Halloween riddle. Those who unlock all clues and solve the riddle by Oct. 31 will earn a fun Halloween prize. Click here for more details.
  • Baby Stay and Play – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Parents are invited to stay after storytime or just stop in for this playdate to chat with other caregivers while their baby plays. On the first Monday and Tuesday of every month, experts from Child Development Resources will be on hand to answer questions pertaining about infant development. Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27, 10:15 am.
  • Baby Lapsit Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. This story time program is especially for babies from birth to 18 months and their caregivers. It includes 15 minutes of songs, fingerplays and lap games. The same songs and activities will be featured every week to form a foundation for learning for your baby. This program is offered Mondays (Williamsburg Library) and Tuesdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Preschool Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. Preschool Storytime is designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 and their caregivers. It features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other activities. This program is offered Mondays (James City County Library), Wednesdays (Williamsburg Library) and Thursdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Toddler Storytime – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library. Toddler Storytime is geared toward toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers. It features brief stories, rhymes, songs and other activities. This program is offered Tuesdays (Williamsburg Library) and Wednesdays (James City County Library) at 10:00 am throughout the fall.
  • Open Art Studio – James City County Library. Kids are invited to paint, draw, create and explore with a variety of materials in the Open Art Studio. This program is offered at the James City County Library from 1:00 – 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm Friday and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Newport News & Hampton

️ Monday, Oct. 3

  • Children’s Craft Table – Northampton Branch Library (Hampton). Kids are invited to stop by the library every week for a fun new craft. Crafts are available at any time while the library is open. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Family Game Night – Willow Oaks Library (Hampton). Families are invited to indulge in a variety of board and card games on the first and third Mondays of the month. For ages 5 and up. 3:30 – 7:00 pm.

️ Wednesday, Oct. 5

  • Young at Art – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-7 are invited to dress for a mess and create art using various mediums and supplies. This event is designed for child and caregiver participation. 11:00 am.
  • Listen to a Story with Mrs. Maria – Main Library (Hampton). Kids ages 2-10 are invited to listen to Mrs. Maria read two picture books every Wednesday for the month of September. This week’s book selections will be Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor and Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley. 3:00 – 3:30 pm.
  • Outdoor Movie Night – Main Street Library (Newport News). Families are invited to watch the movie Clifford the Big Red Dog outside in the Virginiana Garden. Light refreshments will be available. 6:00 pm.

️ Thursday, Oct. 6

  • Homeschool Thursdays – Grissom Library (Newport News). This STEAM program is a great supplement to what kids are already learning at home. This week, participants will design their own car. For children ages 5-11. 10:00 am.
  • Storytime at Barnes & Noble – Barnes & Noble (Newport News). Storytime is back at Barnes & Noble in the Yoder Plaza Shopping Center (12170 Jefferson Avenue). Head over to the kids’ department every Thursday for In-Store Storytime. Children of all ages are welcome; no reservations are needed. 10:30 am.
  • Doodle Bugs – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Children ages 1-2 are invited to join for Doodle Bugs. Toddlers will explore artistic expression and creativity. Each month features a different theme. October is Pumpkins. A parent or caregiver must accompany the child. Registration is required. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

️ Multi-Day

  • Babies in Bloom – Newport News Public Libraries. This interactive storytime offers a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of books and reading. For infants from birth through 23 months with a parent or caregiver. Registration is not required. This program is held Mondays at 10:30 am (Grissom Library), Wednesdays at 11:00 am (Pearl Bailey Library) and Thursdays at 10:15 am (Main Street Library).
  • Preschool Storytime – Grissom Library and Main Street Library (Newport News). Early literacy skills, including vocabulary and understanding the narrative, are reinforced during this interactive storytime. Parents and caregivers are welcome to observe, but children are encouraged to participate independently. For ages 4 through 5. Registration is not required. This program is held Tuesdays at 11:00 am at both Grissom Library and Main Street Library.
  • 2’s and 3’s Please – Grissom Library and Main Street Library (Newport News). This program for kids ages 2 through 3 combines early literacy elements in a highly interactive storytime. Books, songs and activities are used to help develop skills needed for school readiness. It’s held Tuesdays at 10:15 am at both Grissom Library and Main Street Library.

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