Christmas in July food drive, 14th Annual Hampton Heat, summer outdoor movie nights + more to do this week (July 18-24)

From outdoor concerts to nature activities to local markets, there are plenty of ways to celebrate summer this week.

Some highlights include the Sleigh Hunger: Christmas in July Food Drive and Salon Seven Summer Bash in Williamsburg, the 14th Annual Hampton Heat race at Langley Speedway in Hampton, and free family outdoor movie nights in both Yorktown and Newport News.

If you’d like to submit an upcoming event for consideration, please hit “reply” to this email to tell me about it.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

-Christin

Special Events

Wednesday, July 20

  • Sleigh Hunger: Christmas in July Food Drive – Habitat ReStore (Williamsburg). Help sleigh hunger in our community at the first-ever Christmas in July Drive-Thru Food Drive. This event will benefit Grove Christian Outreach Center and Williamsburg House of Mercy. Food pantries are currently struggling to meet demand as food prices continue to rise. The cost of fuel is also cutting into grocery budgets that are already slim for many, and pantries are receiving fewer donations from their regular donors. Click here for a list of requested items. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Friday, July 22

  • Hampton Heat 2022 – The 14th Annual Hampton Heat will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Racing begins at 6 pm for the Super Streets, UCars and Super Trucks. Hampton Heat is the largest race of the year in Hampton Roads and features the Mid-Atlantic’s best drivers, all of whom are competing to win $10,000 in a 200-lap showdown. Drivers include Davey Callihan, Mason Bailey, Carter Langley, Casey Wyatt and more. A limited supply of free admission tickets are available to Hampton residents on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of two tickets per household. The free tickets are available at the Hampton Visitor Center (open Monday-Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm). Proof of residency is required. Regular admission is $20 for adults, $18 for military (active duty or retired) and seniors 60 & over; $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. For additional information, click here.

Saturday, July 23

  • Salon Seven Summer Bash – Midtown Row (Williamsburg). Salon Seven is celebrating its one-year anniversary with music, games, food, raffles and drinks in the Midtown Row parking lot. Ticket purchases are required for alcohol upon entrance. Drink tasting wristbands are $20. 12:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Shark Pajama Jam July 2022 – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Families are invited to attend this fun night at the Virginia Living Museum with the Shark Pajama Jam. The museum will host all kinds of shark-themed arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, snacks, dancing and games. Children must be accompanied by adults. Price: $17 for non-members; $15 for members; free for kids 2 and under. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Celebrate Summer Family Movie Night – Former K-Mart Site (Denbigh). Bring blankets and chairs for this summer family movie night from the 3-acre lawn at the former K-Mart site in Denbigh. Clifford, the Big Red Dog will be the featured film. Free popcorn will be available while supplies last, and food vendors will also be on site. Free admission; free parking. 6:00 – 8:30 pm.
  • A Splash of the Arts – Mill Point Park (Hampton). Families with school-age children can enjoy a series of free arts and entertainment events on Saturdays throughout the month of July. Activities will feature music, art, theater, storytelling, dance and more. This program is made possible by Hampton City Schools, through Arts for Learning, the Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences, and with the support of the Hampton History Museum and Downtown Hampton Development Partnership. See the website for the full events schedule. Free. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Live Music

Wednesday, July 20

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series: Slapnation – Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). This summer concert series will run every Wednesday through August 31, 2022. This week’s performance will feature Slapnation. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series: Bobby Blackhat – William Styron Square (Newport News). Port Warwick’s Summer Concert Series returns with fun and rock n roll music by Bobby Blackhat. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, food and a drink. Weather permitting. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday, July 21

  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Tidewater Drive – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s summer concert features the Tidewater Drive Band. Lawn chairs, blankets and small coolers are permitted. Free. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
  • Music Under the Stars: Country Music Tribute – Magnolia Park (Ft. Eustis). The U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, now in its 90th season, will perform a country music tribute during this concert at Magnolia Park. (Please note: in order to access the park at Ft. Eustis, all guests 18+ must complete this pre-authorization form in its entirety and email it to the contact on the form. Processing can take one week. Alternatively, attendees can choose to undergo on-site ID verification and a vehicle search.) Free and open to the public. 7:00 pm.

Friday, July 22

  • Live Music: Junior Wilson – Williamsburg Winery (Williamsburg). Head over to the Williamsburg Winery’s 1619 Wine Pavilion and enjoy live music by Junior Wilson. 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Downtown Hampton Live Concert: Slapnation – Mill Point Park (Mill Point Park). Head down to Mill Point Park for this lively concert featuring Slapnation. Free. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday, July 23

  • Historic Organ Recital with Thomas Marshall – Wren Chapel (Williamsburg). Thomas Marshall, organist at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, will give a recital on the Historic English Chamber Organ, which dates back to the 18th century. Open to the public. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Vineyard Live Concert Series: The Deloreans – New Kent Winery (New Kent). The Deloreans return to the New Kent Winery to take you on an eclectic journey through the decades, with music from the 1950s to the present day. Three food trucks will also be on site. $10. Gates open at 5:30 pm.
  • Capitol Concert – Capitol Hall of Burgesses (Colonial Williamsburg). Join Colonial Williamsburg’s Governor’s Musick Ensemble in the Hall of Burgesses for a special evening of chamber music. Tickets are $19 for adults; 12 for children. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • FOR KING + COUNTRY – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). See acclaimed duo FOR KING + COUNTRY perform live at Busch Gardens. The band is composed of Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, who have won four Grammy Awards, seven GMA Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award and 13 K-Love Fan Awards. This concert is included with park admission. 7:00 pm.

Sunday, July 24

History

Wednesday, July 20

  • Museum Murder Mystery – Hennage Auditorium (Colonial Williamsburg). The museum photographer is found dead after an early morning photoshoot for a new musical instrument exhibit. Three colleagues were the last people to see him alive. Who could have had a motive to kill him? View the crime scene and hear interviews with experts and suspects, and then join the team to solve this fictitious murder. Requires art museum admission or a Good Neighbor Pass, plus an event ticket. Event tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children 12 and under. 4:00 – 5:45 pm.
  • Lions of the Dan: Presentation by James Brandau – Warwick Courthouse 1884 (Newport News). Author James Brandau will discuss his latest book, “Lions of the Dan,” which dives into Civil War history and tells untold stories using primary sources. The event begins with lunch at 11:30 and is followed by a presentation at noon. There will also be a book signing afterward.

Friday, July 22

  • Civil War Lecture – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News) and Virtual. John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will discuss the long, hot summer of 1862, when the USS Monitor was assigned to help defend the Army of the Potomac’s encampment at Harrison’s Landing. $1 for in-person attendance; free to watch online. Advanced registration is required. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Saturday, July 23

  • Battlefield Walking Tour – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). This Yorktown National Battlefield walking tour will include the British Defense line, a discussion of 1st and 2nd Parallels, and Redoubts 9 and Redoubts 10. Additional topics will include the Moore House and the Surrender on October 19, 1781. Tour begins at The National Park Visitor Center Parking Lot. A National Park Pass is required in addition to a battlefield tour ticket. Battlefield tour tickets are $10; free for children under 12.

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Nature

Thursday, July 21

  • Virginia’s Big Trees in the Williamsburg Area – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). An expert from the local Historic Rivers chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists will discuss Virginia’s Big Tree program and talk about the trees that can be found within our historic town. 11:00 am

Saturday, July 23

  • Bird Walk – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Meet at the parking lot by the park office to attend this free bird walk at New Quarter Park. Register by July 21. 8:00 am – 10:00 am.
  • Turtle Census 2022 – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Virginia Living Museum Education and Herpetology staff are in the midst of a multi-year research project to monitor the population changes of freshwater turtles in local watersheds over time. Come watch as staff and volunteers gather all the turtles collected in nets. Staff will then spend the morning identifying the species of the turtles, cleaning their shells and using a special marking system to determine whether the turtle has been newly found or is a recapture from prior years. Attendees should wear weather-appropriate attire and bring a water bottle. Gloves will be provided. Note: you will be handling wild turtles during this event. 9:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Canoeing with the Stars – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Explore the stars by water and discover the wildlife that lives along the shoreline at night. Only canoes are rented for this trip; one paddler per boat should be experienced. Call for reservation and price. 7:30 – 10:30 pm.

Sunday, July 24

  • Drum Circle – New Quarter Park (Williamsburg). Spend time in nature while attending this drum circle in New Quarter Park. Drums and shakers are provided on a limited basis. Bring your own blanket and chair and meet at the fire pit. Register by July 22. Free.

Multiple Days

  • Creek Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Explore the beautiful wetlands of Taskinas Creek and the York River by canoe or kayak at this event. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent; call the park office for fees and reservations. See website for rental prices. This event will be held Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Health & Wellness

Monday, July 18

  • Community Yoga – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). Participate in this rejuvenating yoga practice in a beautiful setting. This class is beginner-friendly and is held on the first and third Mondays of the month. Bring your yoga mat and meet at the Carriage House. The theme for the July 18 class is stretching and strengthening your feet and legs, plus there will be a special singing bowl performance. $10. 6:00 – 6:50 pm.
  • Evening Yoga – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This program will focus on yoga and breathing exercises with a certified yoga instructor. Classes are held the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month. For ages 18+.

Wednesday, July 20

  • Yoga for Arthritis and Joint Health – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). In this 90-minute workshop, you’ll learn to enhance joint mobility and reduce pain and stiffness by working all the major joints gently and systematically. For ages 14+. $8

Sunday, July 24

  • Bike Walk Hampton: July Cruise – Mary W. Jackson Fundamental Elementary School (Hampton). This event celebrates prime summer bike riding season! All are invited to the July 24th Sunday Cruise through the Farmington area. This ride follows a casual pace and is suitable for most skill levels and bike types. Recommended for all ages; those under 18 should have a responsible adult present. Per Hampton City Code, helmets are required for those 14 and under. Please arrive before 5 pm to register as bikes will roll out promptly at 5. The start location is Mary W. Jackson Fundamental Elementary School, located at 13 Wellington Dr, Hampton, VA 23666. No registration is necessary. Free.

Films

Monday, July 18

  • Cinema @ Scotland Street: “The French Dispatch” (2021) – This film series focuses on indie, art house, foreign and documentary films. This week’s featured film is The French Dispatch (2021; R). 6:00 pm.
  • History on Film Movie Night: “Glory” – Head over to this movie night to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment’s assault on Battery Wagner. The film Glory (1989; R) will be shown. Popcorn and light snacks will be available. 6:00 – 7:45 pm.

Tuesday, July 19

  • Art House Café Film Series: “Gagarine” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art house flavor to Tuesdays while providing opportunities to hear from film experts, enjoy light refreshments and have a discussion after the film. This week’s featured film is Gagarine (2020; NR).

Wednesday, July 20

  • Movies at Main: “Judas and the Black Messiah” – Main Street Library (Newport News). Come to see the film Judas and the Black Messiah (2021; R) in Main Street Library’s meeting room and then join in on a discussion about this thought-provoking film. For adults 18+. 5:00 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, July 21

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “Valley of the Dolls”– Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). 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 Valley of the Dolls (1967; PG-13). 2:00 pm.

Practical ✔️

Tuesday, July 19

  • Internet I – Main Street Library (Newport News). This one-session, two hour technology course teaches users about basic internet functions, including how to use internet search features and browse websites. Registration is required. 10:15 – 11:15 am.

Wednesday, July 20

  • Soft Plastic Recycling – James City Lions Club (Williamsburg). Recycle your soft plastic at Colonial Towne Plaza Shopping Center, 6925 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg. The Lions Club will also accept food donations for FISH and used eyeglasses/hearing aids. Click here for a full list of acceptable items. 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • Computer Basics II – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). In this one-session, two-hour course, students will learn computer basics such as how to type basic text, save and organize documents. Registration is required. 5:30 pm.

Thursday, July 21

  • Beginning Word – James City County Library (Williamsburg). If you need to learn the basics of word processing in Microsoft Word, including how to work with documents and format text, this class is for you. Seating is limited; call to register. 10:00 am.

Saturday, July 23

  • Shred-a-Thon – New Town (Williamsburg). Need to shred some documents? Stop by the Shred-a-Thon event in New Town across from WJCC Courthouse. The first grocery-sized bag of documents will be shredded for free; all additional bags will cost $5 each. Funds raised will benefit the police department’s “Shop with a Cop” program and other crime prevention initiatives. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Financial Wellness – Grissom Library (Newport News). If you want to know more about your credit score and how you can raise it, join Undra Jeter of Jeter Financial Services for this free class. You’ll learn more about your money and how to make your money work for you. For patrons 18+. Registration is encouraged.
  • Memory Café – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This social gathering features unstructured conversation for anyone affected by memory loss and their caregivers. It’s hosted by trained facilitators. Refreshments will be provided. 1:30 – 3:00 pm.

Arts/Creative Activities ️

Tuesday, July 19

  • Fiber Crafts and Friends – Northampton Branch Library (Hampton). Bring your fiber crafts and meet new friends. Every Tuesday, this group meets to work on various fiber crafts, including knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, quilting and more. Free. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Write Now! with YCPL & the Muse Writers Center – Tabb Library (Yorktown) or Virtual. If you’ve ever wondered if you can write, always wanted to write a story or are looking for inspiration or motivation, join Write Now! at Tabb Library. This fun, creative workshop is led by a talented Muse teacher and includes writing prompts and creative sharing. Meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month in-person or on Zoom. For adults 18+. 6:00 pm.

Thursday, July 21

  • Dot Painting – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Learn how to turn colored dots into beautiful patterns in this class – and then bring a piece of useful art into your home. All supplies are provided; refreshments will be served. For ages 18+. 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Multiple Days

  • Through the Eye of a Naturalist – Williamsburg Library Gallery (Williamsburg). This photo display features images taken by members of the Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists. The exhibit offers glimpses into a naturalist’s inquiring mind and showcases images capturing brief moments when light, shade, and perspective enhance detail, color, and form. This exhibit runs July 18 – August 31.

Markets

Thursday, July 21

  • City Center Farmers Market – City Center at Oyster Point (Newport News). Find fresh, healthy, farm-to-table foods like produce, beef, jams and local treats at this Farmers Market, every Thursday through September 1. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday, July 23

  • Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). The Williamsburg Farmers Market is back for the 2022 season! Shop from producers of locally grown produce, baked goods, cut flowers, organic vegetables, herbs, pasture-raised meats, cheeses, fresh bread, honey and more. Visa, Mastercard, SNAP and W&M express are now accepted. 8:00 am – noon.
  • Yorktown Market Days – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). Shop for seasonal produce, freshly baked goods, honey, handmade soaps and candles, artwork and more from local creators and artisans. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Buckroe Beach Farmers Market – Buckroe Beach (Hampton). Enjoy local produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, jarred foods and much more every Saturday through Oct. 29. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Toano Open Air Market – 7891 Richmond Road (Toano). Shop safely every Saturday while supporting local farmers, artisans, pollinators and a variety of other vendors. Pre-ordering is recommended to ensure product availability. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Sunday, July 24

  • Harvest Market at Oozlefinch – Fort Monroe (Hampton). This market is held bi-weekly on Sundays. You’ll find a wide variety of items from local artisans, bakers, crafters and farmers, including handmade home decor, natural dog treats, French macarons, essential oils, locally roasted coffee, buttercream desserts, pet-safe plants, specialty teas, fresh meat and eggs and more. Markets are rain or shine unless the weather is severe. 12:00 – 3:00 pm.

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Just for Tweens & Teens

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Tuesday, July 19

  • D&D Night – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Tweens and teens are invited to meet up with other players for this single-session Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Meets on the third Tuesday of the month; no sign-up is necessary and all experience levels are welcome. For ages 9-18. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, July 20

  • Teen Tie Dye Party – Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to beat the heat with water games and tie dye. Participants should bring two items to tie dye; the rest of the materials will be provided. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, July 23

  • How to Create a Mini Comic – Laura Lee Gulledge, an Eisner Award-nominated author and illustrator, will lead this special workshop on visual-storytelling basics. Students will be able to create their own mini comic book showcasing an original character. Space is limited; call to register. For teens 13-18. 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Newport News & Hampton

Monday, July 18

  • Real Talk for Teens – Main Street Library (Newport News). A member of the Newport News Police Department will lead a discussion about how to stay safe, when to call for help and how to develop situational awareness. 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 20

  • Sugoi! Teen Anime Club – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Tweens and teens ages 12-17 are invited to hang out, watch anime, talk about manga, play games and more. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month. 5:00 – 6:30.

Thursday, June 21

  • Animanga Club – Grissom Library (Newport News). Teens ages 12-17 can watch anime, talk about Japanese culture, play games and have fun at this program, which meets the third Thursday of every month. 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Monday, July 18

  • Rigamajig Building – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to stop by the Schell Room and build whatever they’d like with the library’s giant Rigamajig building set. This drop-in activity is available between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
  • Super Smash Bros – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids and teens ages 9-18 are invited to play Super Smash Bros with Nintendo Switches on the big screen in the Williamsburg Library Theatre. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Zumba Dance Practice – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Every Monday from July 11 through August 8, children are invited to participate in a Zumba practice to prepare for Tabb Library’s Zumba Dance Recital, which will be held on August 8. Dances will be to the songs “Walk the Dinosaur” and “Baby Shark Remix.” For grades K-5. 10:15 – 11:15 am.
  • Watch-and-Play: “Encanto” – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This interactive, all-ages movie screening will feature crafts, snacks and more. This month’s featured film is Encanto (2021; PG). 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, July 19

  • Tiny Tales – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This is a lapsit program for infants and their parents/caregivers. Parents/caregivers will be introduced to simple songs, fingerplays and action rhymes they can use to interact with their baby at home. Register weekly. 11:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Chalk the Walk – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Head outside at Tabb Library to “Chalk the Walk” to this week’s summer reading theme. Open to everyone. 1:00 – 1:30 pm.
  • Puppet Storytime – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Children ages 3+ are invited to sing and dance with puppets, enjoy books and flannel board stories and participate in other activities. 10:00 am.
  • Catch-a-Craft – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids can get creative with a new craft every week at this event. No registration is required; drop-in any time during the craft room’s open hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Terrific Tuesday – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids and families can enjoy story time and the summer sunshine with lawn toys and other activities. Weather permitting. All ages welcome. 10:30 am.

Wednesday, July 20

  • Rockstar Magic of Chris & Neal – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Remarkable duo Chris and Neal will return to Williamsburg and James City County libraries with a show filled with music, magic and comedy – all with an emphasis on character development and the importance of reading. The show will be held at Williamsburg Library at 10:30 am and James City County Library at 3:00 pm.

Thursday, July 21

  • Summer Science & Crafts – Tabb Library (Yorktown). This summer science and craft event will feature sea creature crafts, ocean voyage science and more. For grades 3-5.
  • Storytime & Craft: Under the Sea – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This children’s program will feature stories and crafts with a different theme each week. Pick up a ticket at the Youth Services desk starting an hour before the program to reserve a spot. This week’s theme is Under the Sea.

Friday, July 22

  • Catch-a-Craft – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This program encourages kids to get creative by trying out a new craft. Drop-in any time while the craft room is open. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Fun Fridays on the Square – City Square Plaza (Williamsburg). Kids of all ages are invited to attend this all-ages story time each Friday on City Square outside of the Williamsburg Library. The program will feature children’s games, activities and snacks. Weather permitting. 10:30 am.

Saturday, July 23

  • Saturdays @ Frink: Virginia Living Museum – Live a day in the lives of Virginia’s native wild animals – and meet some of them along the way – during this special presentation by the Virginia Living Museum. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (presentation at 10:30 am).
  • Rainbow Fish – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Kids ages 3-6 will create masterpieces inspired by the children’s book Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This program is led by KidCreate Studio. $35. 9:00 am – noon.
  • Movies in the Parks: “Space Jam” – Charles Brown Park (Yorktown). Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy a movie in the park. The July 23 featured film will be Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) PG. Free. Begins about 15 minutes after sunset.

Multi-Day

  • Puppet Mania– Williamsburg Library and Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Kids ages 9+ are invited to this fun, three-day workshop. During the first two days, they’ll learn how to operate the library’s Muppet-style puppets and make a puppet of their own. On the third day (July 22), they’ll be able to work as a guest puppeteer in the library’s Puppet Storytime program at the Stryker Center. Space is limited; please call to register. Wednesday, July 20 (9:00 – 11:00 am); Thursday, July 21 (9:00 – 11:00 am); Friday, July 22 (10:00 am).
  • Programs for Kids & Families at York River State Park – York River State Park will have a number of programs for kids and families this weekend. Most are included with park admission. For a full list of this week’s events, click here.
  • Summer Kids Dream $3 Movie Series – Movie Tavern in Williamsburg. Movie Tavern will be offering $3 movies as part of its Summer Kids Dream Family Film Series all summer long through September 1. See website for a list of upcoming movies, showtimes and additional details.

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Newport News & Hampton

Monday, July 18

  • The National Institute of Aerospace @ Main Library – Main Library (Hampton). Kids will have fun learning about space at this event. There will be activity tables and stations. 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Interactive Drum Circle – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 6-11 are invited to try out their drumming skills under the direction of Mr. Lopez in this fun-filled activity. 1:00 pm.
  • Rec n Roll – Aberdeen Neighborhood Park (Hampton). Starting in July, the Rec ‘n’ Roll Scuttle Bus will hit the streets to bring recreational activities to local neighborhoods. The bus is loaded with recreation equipment and games, which are geared toward kids 5-12 but are inclusive and open to all age groups. The bus will operate two days a week and visit one park each day, weather permitting. The bus will be at Aberdeen Neighborhood Park on Monday, July 18. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, July 19

  • Bubbles Day @ Main Library – Main Library (Hampton). Come celebrate Bubbles Day with the family at this fun event. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Little Scientists – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-10 are invited to this program, which will be the second meeting of the summer space series. This month’s subject is Mission to Mars. Registration is required. 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
  • Builder Lab – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids in grades K-5 can tinker, engineer and build a creation of their own design using LEGOs, Brain Flakes, K’Nex and Zoob during this class. No registration required. 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 20

  • Quick Bites: Cooking Basics 7 – Virtual, hosted by Hampton Public Library. Kids ages 6 and up are invited to learn about baking during this virtual event. Watch live here. 9:00 am.
  • Glow Dance Party – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids of all ages are invited to get moving with glow-in-the dark dancing and then cool down with ice cream sundaes! 11:00 am.
  • Sanitation Truck – Main Library (Hampton). Kids ages 3 through 12 are invited to come see and learn about a sanitation truck. 11:00 – 12:00 pm.

Thursday, July 21

  • Babies in Bloom – Main Street Library (Newport News). Babies from birth through 23 months will receive a gentle introduction to the wonderful world of books and reading in this program, which features story time, music and fingerplay. Registration is not required; a parent or caregiver must be present. 10:30 am.
  • Family Fun Days – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Families with kids of all ages are invited to stop by Pearl Bailey Library for some outdoor fun. This program will meet every Thursday in July at 11 am (weather permitting) and features a different activity each week. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Toddler Time! – Main Street Library (Newport News). Toddlers and caregivers are invited to come to Main Street Library every Thursday at 11 am throughout the summer for socialization and play time. Toys and activities will be provided. For ages 12-24 months. 11:00 – 11:30 am.

Friday, June 22

Saturday, June 23

  • PAWS to Read – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids aged 6-11 can practice their reading skills along adorable trained therapy dogs. This program is offered the fourth Saturday of the month. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

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Future Events to Note

Friday, July 29

  • Slam Connection – Book Warehouse (Williamsburg). Writers Guild of Virginia and Slam Connection are hosting a family-friendly open mic night on July 29. Poets, singers, comedians, and musicians are welcome to sign up and perform. Poets, singers, comedians, and musicians are welcome to sign up and perform. Slam Connection is a youth and community poetry initiative based in Williamsburg. The organization hopes to empower youth, encourage healthy discourse, and push people to express themselves through the medium of spoken word/ slam poetry. 6:30 pm.

Thursday, August 25

  • Free Breakfast Event – Riverwalk Restaurant (Yorktown). Brigadier General John Kline from Joint Base Langley-Eustis will be talking on “The Value of International Relationships” during this free breakfast event organized by Sister Cities Yorktown. To register, email [email protected]. Registration is required. Early registration is recommended as this event is expected to be popular. 9:00 am.

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