National Night Out, Revolutionary War Trail events, National Parks Fee-Free Day and more to do (August 1 – 7)

There are a bunch of things happening to kick off the month of August. Some highlights for this week include National Night Out events in both James City County and Newport News, a special Revolutionary War Trail program commemorating the 1781 British Occupation of Yorktown, a free Historical Reenacting for Beginners class at the Stryker Center in Williamsburg and a Back-to-School Supply Drive hosted by the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office.

This Thursday also marks Entrance Fee-Free Day at all national parks, and Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday will be held this coming weekend, August 5-7.

If you know of an upcoming event that should be included in a future newsletter, please reach out to me by hitting “reply” to this email.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

-Christin

Special Events

Tuesday, August 2

  • National Night Out – James City County. James City County police will be out and about at various neighborhoods for the annual National Night Out. National Night Out heightens crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthens police-community partnerships and neighborhood spirit and generates support for local anti-crime efforts. Residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

Thursday, August 4

  • National Park Fee-Free Day: The National Park Service (NPS) announced five entrance fee-free days for 2022, one of which is Thursday, August 4. Free admission days are designed to encourage discovery and visitation at the country’s national parks. The NPS portion of admission will be waived at Colonial National Historical Park at Historic Jamestown, so general admission for adults that day will be $15 (normally $30). Parking at Virginia national parks will also be free. See the full list of national parks here.

Friday, August 5

  • York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Back To School Supply Drive – Tabb Walmart Parking Lot (Tabb). YPSO will be hosting a Back-to-School Supply Drive to raise school supplies for local kids in need ahead of the upcoming school year. All donations will be given to the York County School Board. Click here for a full list of requested supplies. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Cocktails at the Charles – The American Theatre (Hampton). “Cocktails at the Charles” offers patrons an exciting opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the exhibitions while sipping on a glass of select wine or an elegant cocktail. This one-of-a-kind experience features inspired cocktails curated by Zach Pool, Fuller Raw Bar’s Chief Mixologist. There will also be a casual, informative conversation with Truly Matthews of “Artists Who Teach” and an exclusive private walk-through of the exhibition. $25 per person (includes a voucher for one cocktail mocktail). For ages 21 and over. This event is sponsored by the Hampton Arts Foundation and Hampton Arts League. 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

Saturday, August 6

  • The Revolutionary War Trail: 1781 British Occupation of Yorktown – Join the citizens of York for an exploration into our nation’s history and celebrate the 240th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War in Virginia. There will be special exhibits inside York Hall, Puppet Shows, Music, Military Displays, Historic Craft Demonstrations and British Military Living History. Attendees can also ride the free Yorktown Trolley to visit the town-wide events. See additional information here. This event is part of the commemoration of the 240th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War in Virginia. Free. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • 20th Anniversary of USS Monitor’s Turret Recovery – The Mariners’ Museum and Park (Newport News). The turret of USS Monitor broke from the water and emerged into daylight for the first time in 140 years on August 5, 2002. The 20th anniversary of this incredible achievement will be celebrated at The Mariners’ Museum with a fun-filled day of events, featuring lectures and in-gallery activities (including a special scavenger hunt, a STEM-based archaeological dig and a spectacular presentation by NOAA, which will take you 240 feet below the waves using a virtual headset). All activities are included with $1 admission.
  • Love Your Neighbor Block Party – Tradition Brewing Company (Newport News). All are invited to this family-friendly event, developed through a collaboration with LINK of Hampton Roads and Tradition Brewing Company. The event brings together residents and local businesses in Newport News to celebrate the best the city has to offer. There will be food, beer, live music, a kids’ playland, free games for everyone, interactive experiences and the chance to dunk your boss in a dunk tank. Funds will be raised to support LINK of Hampton Roads’ programs for men, women and children living at or below the poverty level. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available; see website for more details. 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Virginia’s 3-Day Sales Tax Holiday – Statewide. This year’s sales tax holiday in Virginia will take place this coming weekend, August 5-7. Shoppers can buy school supplies, shoes, clothing, hurricane supplies and Energy Energy Star™/WaterSense™ products without paying any sales tax. This tax holiday applies to purchases made both in-store and online. See this story from WAVY News for additional details.

A mother and daughter take advantage of a “no sales tax day” while shopping for back-to-school items. Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday will take place this upcoming weekend, August 5-7. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Live Music

️ Wednesday, August 3

  • Summer Breeze Concert Series: Grateful Dawgs – 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 high-energy music by Grateful Dawgs, a seven-piece Grateful Dead tribute band. Free and open to the public. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Port Warwick Summer Concert Series: Celeste Kellogg – William Styron Square (Newport News). Port Warwick’s Summer Concert Series returns with country, pop and rock music by Celeste Kellogg. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket, food and a drink. Weather permitting. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday, August 4

  • Sounds of Summer Concert Series: Band of Oz – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s summer concert features Band of Oz. Lawn chairs, blankets and small coolers are permitted. Free. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
  • Music Under the Stars: Alumni Concert – Magnolia Park (Ft. Eustis). The U.S Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, now in its 90th season, will perform at Magnolia Park. This week’s show will feature an Alumni Concert. (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, August 5

  • Summer in the Valley – Hennage Auditorium (Colonial Williamsburg). Escape the summer heat with delightful 18th-century music and family stories by the Waterman family. Art museum admission or a Good Neighbor pass is required. 1:30 – 2:15 pm.
  • Downtown Hampton Live Concert: Fuzz Band – Mill Point Park (Mill Point Park). Catch a live performance by Fuzz Band at Mill Point Park. Free. 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday, August 6

  • Historic Organ Recital with Rebecca Davy – Wren Chapel (Williamsburg). Rebecca Davy, Music Director at Bruton Parish 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.
  • Maddie & Tae – Busch Gardens (Williamsburg). See a live concert by hit country duo Maddie & Tae, who first broke into the music scene in 2013 with “Girl in a Country Song.” This event is part of Busch Gardens’ Summer Celebration Concert Series and is included with park admission. 7:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • 18th-Century Field Music with the Fifes & Drums – Market Square North (Colonial Williamsburg). The Fifes and Drums will demonstrate the music and drill of various military ceremonies from the 18th century. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month of August. Open to the public. 4:40 – 5:00 pm.

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Health & Wellness

Monday, August 1

  • Community Yoga at the Watermen’s Museum – 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 August 1 class will be the first in a series of four sessions with the theme of Looking Outward, a heart-opening practice. $10. 6:00 – 6:50 pm.

Wednesday, August 3

  • Bicycle Basics – Chickahominy Riverfont Park (Williamsburg). The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation will host a bicycle basics class to teach community members the basics they need to know to get riding. Bring your bike, a helmet and a water bottle if you’d like to join. Good for all ages. For more information or to register, click here. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Yoga+ – Grissom Library (Newport News). Instructor DeDe Anderson will lead this evening of vinyasa yoga with a twist. Yoga+ is a practice that includes meditation, relaxing supine pose and a new and fun addition each week. For ages 18+. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • Techniques of Meditation – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). This “Techniques of Meditation” program explores different styles and tools used in the meditative process. For ages 16+; good for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. Free. 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Heroes’ Meditation Series – Grissom Library (Newport News). First responders and the community are invited to end their day by connecting with peace and relaxation. Instructor DeDe Anderson will lead a meditation journey to help you become more aware, centered and capable of facing each new day. For ages 18+. 7:15 – 7:45 pm.

Thursday, August 4

  • Evening Yoga – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Stop by Tabb Library for an evening yoga session, including breathing exercises with a certified yoga instructor. Classes are held the first and third Thursdays of the month. For ages 18+ and all skill levels; please bring a yoga mat. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Saturday, August 6

  • Learn to Row – James City County Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Using indoor rowing machines or “ergs,” you’ll learn the proper technique for this full-body, low-impact activity. Call or click here to register. Free. 10:00 – 10:45 am.

Films

Monday, August 1

  • Family Movie Night – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This family movie night will feature the animated film Sonic the Hedgehog 2. All ages are welcome and light refreshments will be provided. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 2

  • Art House Café Film Series: “Everything Everywhere All at Once” – Williamsburg Library Theatre (Williamsburg). This film series brings an art house flavor to your 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 Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022); R. 2:00 – 4:25 pm.
  • Summer Movie Series: “Luca” – Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center (Newport News). Kids of all ages and their families are invited to attend a screening of the film Luca at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. Space is limited and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP preferred. RSVP here. 2:00 pm.

Thursday, August 4

  • Throwback Thursday Film Series: “Gambit” – 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 Gambit (1966); NR. 2:00 – 3:50 pm.

History

Monday, August 1

  • Pamunkey Indian Tribe – Cultural Resource Management – Hampton History Museum (Hampton). Shaleigh Howells, Cultural Resource Director for the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, will talk about the history of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe, discuss the Tribal government and share details about her work managing cultural resources for the tribe. $5 per person (free for museum members). 7:00 pm.

Friday, August 5

  • Civil War Lecture: Battle of Mobile Bay – The Mariners’ Museum and Park and Virtual. John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, will present about the August 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay. This battle pitted a pair of the Civil War’s most successful admirals head-to-head: the Union’s David Glasgow Farragut and the Confederacy’s Franklin Buchanan. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. $1 for in-person attendance, free to live stream.
  • Yorktown, Ghosts, The Thin Veil Tour and Talk – Mobjack Bay (Yorktown). Hear historical accounts of ghosts and otherworldly experiences that have passed through the centuries in Yorktown. Wine, beer, soda, tea and coffee will be available for purchase. Starts in Mobjack Bay’s backyard. $10; no children under 12 allowed. 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Saturday, August 6

  • Reenacting for Beginners – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). If you’ve always wanted to try historical reenacting but didn’t know where to start, this is your chance! Meet members of a local Civil War reenacting troupe and learn what you need to know when you’re new to this hobby. 1:00 pm.
  • Hamilton: The Man vs. The Musical – American Revolution Museum (Yorktown). Many people are familiar with Alexander Hamilton from watching the hit musical, but how much of it truly represented the actual man? In this one-hour presentation, Marti Londal, chapter president of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, will discuss some of the myths from the musical and provide more insights into the life of this Founding Father. Register in advance; admission is limited. Free. 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

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Practical ✔️

Multi-Day

  • Hiring Week at Campbell’s Tavern – Christiana Campbell’s Tavern (Colonial Williamsburg). Campbell’s Tavern will be hosting hiring events throughout the week. There will be on-the-spot interviews and job offers for positions starting at $15.50 per hour. This event will be held Monday, August 1, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tuesday, August 2, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Thursday, August 4, 4:00 – 8:00 pm and Friday, August 5, 12:00 – 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 2

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive – Hampton Coliseum (Hampton). Stop by to give blood for a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice and a chance to win free gas for a year (a $6,000 value.) 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Introduction to Libby – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Learn how to use Libby, the library’s one-stop shop for ebooks and audiobooks. Participants should bring the mobile device they want to read or listen on (i.e a smartphone, e-reader or tablet). See website for additional details. Seating is limited; call to register. 10:00 am.

Wednesday, August 3

  • Hampton City Schools Pop-Up Hiring Tent Event – Eaton Middle School (Hampton). Hampton City Schools is hiring for all positions, full-time and part-time. They’re also offering a bonus from $750 – $5,000 for the 2022-2023 school year. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • Beginning Word – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). This class covers the basics of word processing in Microsoft Word, including working with documents and formatting test. Seating is limited; please call to register. 10:00 am.

Saturday, August 6

  • Super Turf Saturday – James City Count Recreation Center (Williamsburg). Learn about turf management, weed control and prevention and more from experts at Virginia Tech. Free. Registration is required; register here. 9:00 – 11:30 am.

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Arts/Crafts

Thursday, August 4

  • Sew Basics: Hand Stitching 101 – Grissom Library (Newport News). This beginner’s hand sewing class is for people wanting to learn skills useful for maintaining clothing and crafting. Basic stitches (and their purpose) will be covered, including basting, whip and running stitches. All materials will be provided. For patrons 18+. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Friday, August 5

  • Beyond the Frame Video Series – Virtual, hosted by Mariners’ Museum and Park. Go behind the scenes into The Mariners’ Museum and Park for a unique look into their world-class art collection. A new episode will be posted on the museum’s social media pages on the first Friday of every month. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Saturday, August 6

  • Intro to 3D Printing – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Want to know more about how 3D printing works? This lecture will cover the ins and outs of 3D printing and explain some of the many ways its being used throughout the world. 2:00 pm.
  • Sewing Machine Savvy – Grissom Library (Newport News). If you’re new to sewing and looking to learn skills useful to maintain clothing and to craft, this class is for you. You’ll learn how to set up your machine for sewing, select the right thread for the job, identify your seam allowance and more. All materials will be provided. For patrons 18+. 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Multi-Day

  • Pottery Exhibit – Gallery at York Hall (Yorktown). Stop by Gallery at York Hall to see a pottery exhibit by artist Martha Hayes. This exhibit will run throughout the month of August. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Free.
  • Peninsula Watermedia Society Exhibition – Stryker Center (Williamsburg). The Peninsula Watermedia Society of Virginia presents its 2nd Annual Member Only Exhibition, featuring the work of water media enthusiasts of all skill levels living on the Virginia Peninsula and in the Tidewater area. This exhibit will run Monday – Friday, July 25 – September 9, 2022. A reception will be held Friday, August 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 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.

Groups and Gatherings

Monday, August 1

  • Meet up Mondays – Main Street Library (Newport News). This program offers different activities for adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. This month’s meetup will feature a screening of the movie “Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day”. Registration is not required. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 2

  • Adult Anime Club – Grissom Library (Newport News). Adults ages 18+ are invited to attend the Adult Anime Club every first Tuesday of the month to watch various anime episodes via Crunchyroll and Funimation. 5:00 pm.
  • WhoDunnits: A Mystery Book Group – James City County Library (Williamsburg). WhoDunnits is a book discussion group devoted to mysteries. It follows a yearlong program of books and movies based on a single topic. This year’s theme is historical mysteries. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month. Join for a discussion of A Test of Wills by Charles Todd. 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 3

  • Fellowship in a Ring – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Fellowship in a Ring is dedicated to science fiction and fantasy books, films, pop culture and television. A suggested reading list is given out prior to each meeting. Readers can also share other science fiction or fantasy titles or just join in the group discussion. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for a suggested book list, or send a request to join the Facebook group for details. 6:30 pm.

Just for Seniors ️

  • MGM Hotel & Casino Trip – James City County Recreation invites adults 55+ to take a trip to MGM Hotel & Casino in National Harbor, MD on Thursday, August 18. You’ll spend the day trying your luck and enjoy a 20% discount at select eateries. The registration deadline is August 15. Fee: $66/person or $58/Lounge member. Click here for additional details.

Markets

️ Thursday, August 4

  • 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, August 6

  • Williamsburg Farmers Market – Duke of Gloucester Street and P4 parking lot (Williamsburg). 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: National Farmers Market Week Kick-Off – Riverwalk Landing (Yorktown). This week’s special market recognizes the impact farmers markets across the country have on their communities by preserving farmland and encouraging engagement between neighbors. Admire the work of local artists, enjoy the aromas of barbeque and kettle corn, shop vibrant, fresh produce and admire the work of local artists. More than 40 local vendors will be present at this special market, and the Fifes and Drums of York Town will perform on the Riverwalk Landing performance stage at 10:00 am. An acoustical harmony performance by Audio Portrait will also be held from 9 am to noon, and kids activities will be available throughout the event. 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Free.
  • 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.
  • Harvest Market at Oozlefinch – Oozlefinch Beers & Blending (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

Friday, August 5

  • Life Skills Lounge – Williamsburg Library (Williamsburg). Teens 13+ are invited to attend a series of weekly teen workshops on the skills they’ll need to be more independent and, eventually, live on their own. They’ll learn essential skills alongside other teens, from cooking hacks to sewing buttons. Each session includes a make and take (or eat) element for a hands-on experience. This week’s topic is “Simple Sewing Skills.” 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Registration is required; please call to register.
  • Teen After Hours: Ocean Trivia & Games Night – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Tweens and teens in grades 6-12 are invited to gather up their trivia team and have fun at this event. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

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Thursday, August 4

  • Harry Potter Trivia Challenge – Grissom Library (Newport News). Tweens and teens ages 12-17 are invited to participate in this magical trivia event. Registration is required. 4:30 pm.

Kids & Families

Williamsburg and Yorktown

Multi-Day

  • Free Book Week – Williamsburg Public Libraries and the Bookmobile (Williamsburg). In celebration of summer reading, kids are invited to stop by Williamsburg Library, James City County Library or the Bookmobile to pick out a free book during Free Book Week.
  • Craft Kits for Kids – Grafton Annex (Tabb). Kids in grades K-5 can make a colorful fish from a recycled water bottle and a coral reef collage. Kits will be available to pick up at the Grafton Annex all week, Sunday, July 31 – Sunday, August 7, while supplies last.
  • 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 regular 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.

️ Monday, August 1

  • 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.
  • Watch-and-Play: “Sing” – James City County Library (Williamsburg). All ages are invited to this movie screening accompanied by snacks, crafts and more. This month’s featured film will be Sing (2016); rated PG. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 2

  • 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). 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, August 3

  • Pirates: Lost at Sea – Williamsburg Library and James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to experience this interactive nautical tale – told by the storytellers at Talewise – with a refreshing splash of science. This event will be held at both Williamsburg Library (10:00 am) and James City County Library (1:00 pm).

Thursday, August 4

  • Summer Science & Crafts – Tabb Library (Yorktown). Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to learn interesting facts about the octopus and create a related craft at this science program. 10:30 – 11:30 am.
  • Back-to-School Bling Craft – James City County Library (Williamsburg). Kids are invited to make bracelets to collect, stack and swap with their friends during this fun, drop-in craft activity. For ages 6+. 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
  • Storytime & Craft – 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 Glow in the Dark.

Friday, August 5

  • Puppet Storytime – Stryker Center (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 – James City County Library (Williamsburg). his 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 every 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, August 6

  • Saturdays @ Frink: Mad Science – Abram Frink Jr. Community Center (Williamsburg). This week’s featured theme is Sounds Like Science. At 10:30 am, kids will see exciting demonstrations focused on sounds, including the singing pipe, the surprisingly loud Dinosaur-in-a-can and a kid-created thunderstorm. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • Colonial Eye Care’s 3rd Annual Kids Day – Colonial Eye Care (Williamsburg). Colonial Eye Care is hosting an Annual Kids Day event featuring a variety of activities for the family, including a silent auction, dunk tank, kids’ games, the James City Fire Department smoke house and an appearance by Bubbles the Clown. This event benefits Child Development Resources (CDR). 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

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Multi-Day

  • 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, August 1

  • AnjiPlayDate – Grissom Library (Newport News). This program features self-determined, exploratory play based on the Anji Play approach. This unstructured drop-in program is for children of all ages. 10:00 – 11:30 am.
  • Storytime at Pearl Bailey – Pearl Bailey Library (Williamsburg). Kids ages 2 through 5 are invited to attend this story time activity with a parent or caregiver. This program combines components of reading, writing, singing, talking and playing to help promote school readiness. 11:00 am.
  • Family Game Night – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). Stop by Willow Oaks Library with your family on the first and third Mondays of the month and indulge in a variety of board and card games. For ages five and up. 3:30 – 7:00 pm.
  • Rec n Roll – Woodland Skateboard Park (Hampton). 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 Woodland Skateboard Park on Monday, August 1. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, August 2

  • National Night Out Block Party – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). This evening of community fun will bring police and neighbors together for dancing and games. Attendees can tour a truck with a fireman and enjoy hot dogs, games, face painting, live music and more. 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
  • National Night Out: Summer Blast – Main Street Library (Newport News). Head over to Main Street Library for an evening of fun-filled community and games. Ride on the Barrel Train and compete with friends and family in field games. Field games for adults start at 5:45 pm and for children at 6:30 pm.
  • National Night Out @ Grissom Library! – Grissom Library (Newport News). Join Grissom Library and their community partners from the Newport News Police Department for games, music and crafts. There will be giant Jenga and Yahtzee games and a musical event featuring performance artist Ricky Micou on steel drums. Open to all ages. Light refreshments, including free 757 Tradition Non-alcoholic Root Beer, will be provided. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 3

  • Kiddie Crafts – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). The library offers a new craft every week in the Children’s Department. Kits are also available to take home for those who can’t stay. 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
  • Lego Builders – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Kids ages 5-11 are invited to use their imagination and the library’s collection of Legos to build a mini-masterpiece. For kids ages 5-11. Registration is not required. 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • Rec n Roll – Armstrong Neighborhood Park (Hampton). 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 Armstrong Neighborhood Park on Wednesday, August 3. 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Thursday, August 4

  • Littles! – Pearl Bailey Library (Newport News). Toddlers are invited to have fun and socialize during this unstructured program every Thursday. A parent or caregiver must also attend. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Friday, August 5

  • End of Summer Reading Celebration – Willow Oaks Branch Library (Hampton). Head over to Willow Oaks for all-day fun to celebrate the end of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Pick up missed prizes and enjoy a free snack. Face painting will also be available from 1 to 4. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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Future Events to Note

Thursday, August 25

  • Free Breakfast Event – Riverwalk Restaurant (Yorktown). Brigadier General John Kline from Joint Base Langley-Eustis will be discussing “The Value of International Relationships” during this 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. Free. 9:00 am.

Saturday, August 27

  • Pawpaw Festival – Historic Endview (Newport News). Come out to celebrate and enjoy a sample of the pawpaw – America’s largest native fruit. There will be nature trail tours, live music, talks, kids activities and information tables. This fun event will be led by members of the Virginia Master Naturalists Peninsula Chapter as well as representatives from Butterfly Society of Virginia, Virginia Bee Society, Hampton Roads Bird Club, Leave No Trace, Newport News Waterworks, Foxy Lady Press, and Peninsula Tree Stewards. Free. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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