Fun in the Sun Market, Seafood Summerfest, Bastille Day Celebration, full moon hike and more to do this week (July 10-17)

Some highlights for this week include several free, special events in Yorktown (including the Fun in the Sun Market, Seafood Summerfest and Movie in the Park), a full moon hike at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, the Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeves blood drive at Mariners’ Museum in Newport News and a virtual Revolutionary Book Club program, hosted by Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service.

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Special Events

Thursday, July 14

  • Bastille Day Celebration and Wine Tasting – Hornsby House Inn (Yorktown). Attendees will taste 5 French wines from the area where Yorktown’s sister city is in Port Vendres, France. Admission also includes hors d’oeuvres that complement each wine. Guests can buy a glass or bottle after the tasting if they would like. To register, click here or email [email protected]. 6:00 pm.

Saturday, July 16

  • Fun in the Sun Market – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This special market celebrates everything summer. You’ll find ice-cold drinks, the season’s freshest produce, sea-inspired art and more. There will also be fun and entertainment, including live Caribbean steel drum music (from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm), hula hoops and a corn hole, a shell painting craft from On the Hill Gallery, unique photo opportunities and more. 8:00 – 12:00 pm.
  • Seafood Summerfest – Watermen’s Museum (Yorktown). Come to the Seafood Summerfest, the Yorktown Seafood Festival, to celebrate life on the Chesapeake Bay. This event will feature food, music, arts and crafts, Chesapeake Bay exhibits, vendors and more. The “Running of the Crabs” will start at 10:00 am by the market and continue along the waterfront to the museum. Music at the Watermen’s Museum will include Bob Zentz (11 am), Clan MacCool (12 pm), Winsome (1 pm), ShantyGrass (2 pm) and Bob Zentz and friends (3-4 pm). See a full schedule of events here. Free. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Shark Week Celebration 2022 – Virginia Living Museum (Newport News). Learn all about sharks – and the important role they play in the ocean’s ecosystem – during this fun Shark Week Celebration. Visitors will be able to take fun family pictures with inflatable shark jaws or the authentic shark cage, learn shark biofacts, touch shark collection items like teeth or scales and more. From 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, visitors can also head to the garden area outside and dig for shark fossils. A special add-on Behind the Scenes Aquarium Tour is also available for ages 8 and up. Standard admission fees apply; behind-the-scenes aquarium tours are an additional $20 per person. 9:00 am – 5:00 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.
  • Southeast Summer Concert – King-Lincoln Park (Newport News). This special event will feature live musical entertainment by Bill Mercury & United Souls, children’s activities and food trucks. Admission and parking are free. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Live Music

Wednesday, June 29

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series – Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg). This summer concert series will run every Wednesday from June 22, 2022 – August 31, 2022. This week’s performance will feature top hits from the last six decades by the Janitors Band. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series: Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos – William Styron Square (Newport News). Port Warwick’s Summer Concert Series returns with fun and rock n roll music by Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, food and a drink. Weather permitting. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday, July 14

  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series: The Deloreans – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s summer concert features The Deloreans. Lawn chairs, blankets and small coolers are permitted. Free. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
  • Music Under the Stars: Big Band Swing – Ft. Monroe Continental Park (Hampton). The U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, now in its 90th season, will perform big band swing during this special concert at Ft. Monroe Continental Park. Free and open to the public. 7:00 pm.

Saturday, July 16

  • Historic Organ Recital featuring Norman Elton – Wren Chapel (Colonial Williamsburg). Norman Elton, organist at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, will give a recital on the Historic English Chamber Organ, dating from around 1740. Open to the public. 10:00 – 10:30 am.
  • Jazz Fusion with Danae White – Grissom Library (Newport News). Join Tidewater Arts Outreach artist and performer Danae White for this afternoon of jazz piano and poetry. Danae is a Virginia-native and skilled musician who plays piano, violin and cello and uses music to connect with her audience. This performance will soothe the soul and uplift the spirit. For ages 18+. Sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Newport News Arts Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. Free. 3:30 pm.
  • Larger Than Life: The Ultimate Boyband Tribute – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). This concert features the only act of its kind that includes boyband singing, dancing, costumes and the pop look. You’ll be transported back in time with the biggest 90s party since the Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square. This event is part of the Busch Gardens Summer Celebration concert series. All concerts are free with park admission. 7:00 pm.

Sunday, July 17

Films

Tuesday, July 12

  • Art House Café Film Series: “Maiden” – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art hour 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 Maiden (2018; PG). 2:00 – 3:40 pm.

Thursday, July 14

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “Penelope” – 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 Penelope (1966; NR). 2:00 – 3:40 pm.

Saturday, July 16

  • Summer Saturday Cinema – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Enjoy a classic summer blockbuster on a big screen. This month’s feature is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For adults 18+. Refreshments will be available. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Movies in the Parks – McReynolds Athletic Complex (Yorktown). Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy a movie in the park. This week’s featured film is Paw Patrol: The Movie (2021; rated G). Free. Begins about 15 minutes after sunset.

Health & Wellness

Monday, July 11

  • 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 on Monday, August 8. For grades K-5. 10:15 – 11:15 am.

Tuesday, July 12

  • Hampton Parks, Recreation & Leisure Services Master Plan Open House – Ruppert L. Sargent Building (Hampton). Drop in as you’re available to offer your thoughts and feedback regarding the work performed so far as the city develops goals to guide the future of Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services. You’ll be able to view the public survey results, information from analysis of existing parks and the draft goals and objectives for the plan. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 13

  • Full Moon Hike – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Explore the park after dark during the full moon nights of summer. The park will be open late, past sunset, for this self-guided hike. Visitors may only use Multiuse Trail 3 after sunset. Free. 8:28 pm – 9:30 pm.

Saturday, July 16

  • Walk This Way: Williamsburg Walking Club – Greensprings Interpretive Trail (Williamsburg). Walking coaches will guide you through the trails of James City County. There will be a new trail start location each month. Ages 14 through adult. Free. 9:00 – 10:00 am.
  • Community Conversation: Mindfulness – Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center (Hampton). Kathleen Thompson from the Fleet and Family Support Center will lead a conversation about the importance of mindfulness in our lives and the impact it has on us both physically and mentally. Free. 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Lectures/Speaking Events

Monday, July 11

  • Sea Level Rise: Charting a Course for Hampton’s Future – Hampton History Museum (Hampton). Hampton faces a growing threat of flooding and is expected to undergo a drastic change in land mass over the next century. This discussion will explore how we can be active participants in shaping how we experience this change and what that may look like. Admission is $5; free for museum members. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Thursday, July 14

  • Summer Sankofa Genealogy WorkshopVirtual, hosted by William & Mary. This event is part of William & Mary’s Lemon Project Geneaology Research Initiative. In this workshop led by Bessida Cauthorne White, participants will learn about the importance of “Recognizing and Sharing Family Treasures.” White will discuss using family treasures to communicate family history and shed light on the broader African-American story. This workshop will be held on Zoom. Free and open to the public. 6:00 pm.

Saturday, July 16

  • Williamsburg Friends of IANDS July Meeting Virtual. Williamsburg Friends of IANDS (International Association for Near-Death Studies) is a nonprofit organization that introduces the public to individuals who have had life-changing near-death experiences. This month’s featured speaker is Jeff Janssen, who nearly suffered a widowmaker heart attack at the age of 42 and then went on to write several books, including Your Life’s Ripple Effect. See the organization’s website for more information, including Zoom meeting details. Free and open to the public. 11:00 am.

Practical ✔️

Monday, July 11

  • Beginning Excel – James City County Library (Williamsburg). This program will provide an overview of how to save and input data in Microsoft Excel. Seating is limited; please register. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 13

  • Computer Basics I – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). In this one-session, two-hour course, students will concentrate on keyboard layout, mouse use and exploring the operating system. Registration is required. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Canva Basics Workshop – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Want to learn how to use Canva? This one-hour, one-session workshop provides an overview of the functions of Canva, a free-to-use, online graphical tool that combines design, photo editing and layout to create finished projects. Registration is required. 10:15 – 11:15 am.
  • Virginia Medicaid & FAMIS Information Session – Virtual (hosted by Newport News Public Library). The Department of Medical Assistance Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia will offer an overview of the Medicaid and FAMIS benefits available to Virginia residents during this virtual session. Health and dental information on services for adults and youth will also be provided. Registration is required. 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Thursday, July 14

  • Rock N Roll Up Your Sleeves! – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). Mariners’ Museum is partnering with the American Red Cross to serve as a host site for this critical blood drive. Blood supplies are low nationwide and donors of all blood types are needed. All who donate will receive a FM99 Rock Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive T-shirt and a free donut from Dunkin Donuts. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. Register here. 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • SCORE Workshop: How to Start & Manage Your Own Business– Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). If you’d like to start a business but aren’t sure how or where to begin and whether your idea makes sense, this workshop will help you get some answers. Admission is free; advanced registration is required. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Friday, July 15

  • Top Ten Tips for Using Your New iPhone or iPad – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). If you recently got a new iPhone or iPad and are trying to learn about its many features, this class is for you. Class size is limited to 5 people; please register ahead of time. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Saturday, July 16

  • Memory Cafe – Grissom Library (Newport News). This fun, informal social gathering is for caregivers and persons experiencing the impacts of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions. This month’s program will be followed by a performance of Jazz Fusion at 3:30 pm. Event begins at 2:00 pm.

History

Tuesday, July 12

  • Revolutionary Book Club @ Fort MonroeVirtual. Join Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service for Revolutionary Book Club @ Fort Monroe. This program explores the history of the American Revolution and notions of freedom and will run every Tuesday, July 5-26. This week focuses on the book Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of the Runaway Slave Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. Participating speakers include Dr. Ashley Jordan (African American Museum in Philadelphia); Tesha Vincent (Fort Monroe Authority) and Johnny Carawan (Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail). Registration is required to receive the link to join this virtual program. 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

Sunday, July 17

  • The Golden Age of Yorktown – Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters (Yorktown). Take a stroll down Main Street with a professional historian and learn about how Yorktown was “Golden” from the early 1700s through the middle 1700s. $10 per person; children under 12 are free. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Crafts ✂️

Monday, July 11

  • Magical Mystery Pour – Grissom Library (Newport News). Patrons are invited to discover the acrylic pour painting technique at this crafting event. You’ll create your own unique work of flowing art on a small campus. For adults 18+. Registration is required.

Tuesday, July 12

  • 3D & D – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Learn the basics of 3D printing during this activity in WRL’s Makerspace. You’ll be able to make your own figures and game pieces, either for Dungeons & Dragons or just for fun. For ages 9 through adult. Space is limited; register for one of the two sessions by calling (757) 741-3300 and selecting option 2. 6:00 pm.

Friday, July 15

  • Makerspace Throw Pillow – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Learn to sew with this very simple project, where you’ll make your own throw pillow. Fabric will be provided, or you can bring your own. Space is limited; call to register. For ages 13 through adult.

Books

Thursday, July 14

  • Books & Beers Book Club – Tradition Brewing Company (Newport News). Discuss good books and enjoy great beer with the Newport News Public Library’s Books and Beers Book Club, which meets every second Thursday of the month. This month’s featured title is A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham. 6:00 pm.

Nature

Saturday, July 16

  • 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. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Sunday, July 17

  • Sunset Pick Your Paddle – York River State Park (Williamsburg). Enjoy a scenic evening trip on the York River, and discover birds and other wildlife that are active in the gentle light of sunset. Canoe rentals are $9 per person (or $6 per person for a family of 4 or more), Solo Kayak rentals are $16 per person, and Tandem Kayak rentals are $22 per boat. Call for reservations. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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Markets

Thursday, June 30

  • 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 2

  • 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. This week’s market has a special “Fun in the Sun” theme. See additional details here. 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.

Just for Tweens/Teens

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Monday, July 11

  • Super Smash Bros. Open Play – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Youth ages 9-18 are can play Super Smash Bros. with Nintendo Switches on the big screen in the Williamsburg Library Theatre. For ages 9-18. 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Summer Blockbuster: “Night at the Museum” – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). The library’s summer blockbuster series features monthly retro blockbusters aimed at tweens and teens, June – August. This month’s featured film is Night at the Museum (2006; Rated PG). 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Anime – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Tweens and teens in middle and high school can join anime fans for discussion, snacks and anime at this fun event. Registration is not required. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, July 12

  • D&D for Beginners – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Staff gamer Ajay will teach beginners Dungeons & Dragons gameplay basics. This event is for tweens and teens ages 9+. Call to register. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Newport News & Hampton

  • Teen Chef Club – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This program is for tweens and teens ages 12-17 who love to cook or want to want to learn how to make tasty foods to share with their family and friends. Each meeting will have a different recipe or challenge. July’s featured recipe is no-churn ice cream. Registration is required. 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • DANCE2FIT with Tweens & Teens! – Main Street Library (Newport News). Tweens and teens are invited to stop by the library for this group exercise class led by Ms. Stephanie. Dance2Fit incorporates many forms of dance to improve strength, agility, endurance and health all while having fun. 7:00 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg & Yorktown

Multi-Day

  • Junior Rangers Kid’s Kamp – York River State Park (Williamsburg). This exciting kid’s camp is for 9- to 11-year-olds and features various themes, including outdoor skills such as canoeing and kayaking; exploring the waters and habitats in the park; and outdoor cooking. $40 plus the standard park admission fee. July 11 – 14, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • 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, 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.

Monday, July 11

  • 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. For ages 9-18. 1:00 – 3:00 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 storytime and the summer sunshine with lawn toys and other activities. Weather permitting. All ages welcome. 10:30 am.

Wednesday, July 13

  • Hunter Rhodes Magic – Williamsburg Library & James City County Library (Williamsburg). Hunter, a dynamic and entertaining musician, will deliver a show filled with talent, likable charm and humor that’ll keep kids amazed and laughing. This program will be held at Williamsburg Library at 10:00 am and James City County Library at 1:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 13

  • Spooky Stories – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 9-12 are invited to listen to spooky stories, enjoy camp snacks and help create their own scary tales during this fun program. Space is limited; call to register. 6:00 pm.

Thursday, July 14

  • Jack’s Jungle – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library (Williamsburg). Animal educator and enthusiast Jack Baugus will introduce kids to various awesome animals during this high-energy, interactive show. Many of the animal guests will even be available for a meet-and-greet. This event will be held at Williamsburg Library at 10:00 am and James City County Library 1:00 pm.
  • Storytime & Craft: Dragons – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This children’s program will feature new 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 Dragons.

Friday, July 15

  • Puppet Storytime – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Stryker Center (Williamsburg). Kids ages 3+ are invited to sing and dance with puppets and enjoy books, flannel board stories and other activities at the Stryker Center. 10:00 am.
  • 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.
  • Bonding Beats – Veterans Park (Williamsburg). This parent and child workshop features guided practices in mindfulness and rhythm. Parents will learn rhythms, games and exercises that will help them strengthen the bonds with their children for a lifetime. No musical experience is necessary; all instruments provided. For ages 6+ with a parent. $5; $3 for each additional child. 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
  • Forest Explorers Friday: Butterflies – Freedom Park (Williamsburg). Join James City County Recreation for this fun adventure. Children and their parents will explore the Williamsburg Botanical Garden to find different species that call the park home. Weather permitting. Free. 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Saturday, July 16

  • Saturdays @ Frink – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). WRL’s Bookmobile offers something to make, do, learn and play every week at Abram Frink Jr. Community Center. This week’s theme is “Pop-N-Play.”
  • Concert Ballet of VA presents Pecos Bill – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). The Concert Ballet of Virginia will bring the beloved characters of Pecos Bill to life in this 45-minute, kid-friendly performance. 1:00 pm.
  • Campfire Social – Chickahominy Riverfront Park (Williamsburg). Celebrate summer with an old-fashioned campfire gathering at Chickahominy Riverfront Park. Enjoy s’mores, storytelling, activities and more. Good for all ages. Free. 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Sunday, July 17

  • Paws to Read with K-9 Connection – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Kids will be able to practice their reading skills alongside fluffy, four-legged friends during this program. This is a drop-in event; no registration is required. 2:30 – 3:30 pm.

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Multiple Days

  • Summer Meals @ Pearl Bailey – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Meals will be served Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 12 noon at Pearl Bailey Library. This program is for youth 18 years old and under and will run through Tuesday, August 26. The lunches are provided by The Virginia Peninsula Food Bank.

Monday, July 11

  • Babies in Bloom – Grissom 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 storytime, music and fingerplay. Registration is not required; a parent or caregiver must be present. 10:30 am.
  • Storytime at Pearl Bailey Library – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids can read, sing, learn and play during this highly interactive storytime activity. For ages 2 through 5 years with a parent or caregiver. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Robotics Club – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids can build their own robots, learn how to code and make their own creations with 3-D pens at this event. Kids will learn how to code Ozobots during the July 11 program. For ages 6-11. 3:30 – 4:30.
  • Family Movie Night – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This Family Movie Night will feature the animated film Sing 2. All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be provided. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Rec n Roll – Buckroe Beach and 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 Buckroe Beach and Park on Monday, July 11. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
  • Ninja Night – Grissom Library (Newport News). Kids ages 3-11 are invited to this fun program, which features ninja crafts and a ninja obstacle course. Registration required. 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, July 12

  • 2’s & 3’s Please Storytime – Main Street and Grissom Library. Kids ages 2-3 years are invited to this storytime program, which features reading, writing, singing, talking and playing to help develop school readiness skills. This program is available at both Main Street and Grissom Libraries and will be held on Tuesdays through July 26, 2022. A parent/caregiver must be present. 10:15 am.
  • Preschool Storytime – Children ages 4-5 will learn early literacy skills to help them prepare for school. Parents and caregivers are welcome to come and observe, but kids are encouraged to participate independently. Registration is not required. This program will be held at both Grissom and Main Street Library. 11:00 am.

Wednesday, July 13

  • I Survived – Grissom Library. Kids ages 6-11 are invited to conduct experiments based on the I Survived book series. Registration is required.
  • Interactive Drum Circle – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids will try out their drumming skills with a drumming facilitator at this fun program. For ages 5-11. Registration is required. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Lego Builders – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids can use their imagination and a collection of Legos to build a mini-masterpiece. For ages 5-11; registration is not required. 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Rec n Roll – Northampton Kraft 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 be at Northampton Kraft Neighborhood Park on Wednesday. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, July 14

  • Babies In Bloom Storytime – 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. This program features story time, music and fingerplay. Registration is not required; a parent or caregiver must be present. This program will be held every Thursday through July 28, 2022. 10:15 – 10:45 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 and features a different activity each week. This event will take place outside, weather permitting. 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, July 15

  • Interactive Drum Circle for Kids – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids will try out their drumming skills with a drumming facilitator at this fun program. For ages 5-11. Registration is required. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Safety Skills for Kids! – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). A member of the Newport News Police Department will talk to children about ways to stay safe, when to call for help and how to respond to strangers. For kids K-5. Registration is preferred but not required. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Lego Club – Main Street Library (Newport News). Kids ages 6-11 are invited to put their imagination to work and build their best Lego creations. 3:00 – 4:00 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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