Children's Museum of Virginia

Family Fun and Activities
Children's Museum of Virginia

trick or treat at Museum Madness

Museum Madness

Saturday, October 25
Noon - 6 pm

Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum & Lightship Portsmouth Museum

Show us your costume creations for a day of hauntingly good fun at the Portsmouth Museums.

Here's our schedule of events:

Noon - 6 pm
Hands-on Creepy Crafts
Face-Painting & Balloon Creatures

12:30 & 2 pm
Bat World - live bats and stories

2:30, 3:45 & 5 pm
Magical Performances with Harold Wood

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will host a menagerie of live creepy crawlies, venomous serpents, and glowing scorpions from the collection of John Barnes (J.B. Rattles) out of North Carolina. Visitors can learn about these exotic animals, and decorate their own Monster Cookies with edible markers in the Art Annex, where the reptiles will be on display. Next door at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, visitors can have their "ghost picture" taken, whereupon they appear as a transparent specter.

Crawl on down to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum to create your own luminaries and spyglasses and be sure to let the spooky storytelling slither into your ears.

Then fly over to the Lightship Portsmouth to join the "Ghost Guard" skeleton crew of the Frightship and help them take the ship back from the dreadful Moody Crewe pirates!

At dusk visit High Street Landing to view the lit, carved pumpkins that are on display as part of the Great Pumpkin Challenge between Norfolk and Portsmouth. Then hop on the ferry and travel to Norfolk to see their display.

Be sure to also stay for the Annual Safe Trick-or-Treat in Olde Towne from 6 - 8 pm. This event is held exclusively for all children up to age 12 and is sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association.

Humane Society Visit
Saturday, November 15

11 am - 3 pm

Come and meet some furry adoptable friends from the Portsmouth Humane Society.

Children's Theater Of Hampton Roads Presents Uncle Wiggly's
Christmas Carol
Saturday, November 29

1:30 and 3:30 pm

Celebrate the Season with Uncle Wiggly and his forest friends in the adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale. A charming and original play that is great for the entire family.

gingerbread house

Family Gingerbread Workshops

Saturday, December 6:
10 - 11:30 am & 12:30 - 2 pm
Friday, December 12:
6:30 - 8 pm
Saturday, December 13:
10 -11:30 am

Bring your family and imagination to a gingerbread house workshop, sponsored by the Portsmouth Museums Foundation. Leave all the hassle and mess to us, while you relax and enjoy creating this holiday treat with your family. Each workshop will last approximately one and a half hours. Families will be given all the materials needed to make their one-of-a-kind holiday creation.

Workshop Fee: $25 for members, $45 for nonmembers (nonmember price includes admission to the Children's Museum for 4 people). Families may purchase additional houses for $15. For more information or to register please call 757-393-8983, ext. 13



Pony Rides
Saturday, December
6, 13, 20, 27

2 - 5 pm

Free pony rides in the Mall Area for those who have purchased a Holiday Pass, Winter Wonderland admission or admission to the Children's Museum of Virginia. $5.00 for all others.

Tidewater Opera Initiative
Saturday, December 13
12:30 & 1:30 pm

Come and sing some of your favorite holiday tunes with the singers of Tidewater Opera Initiative. Bring your excitement and holiday spirit and join us in singing some of the season's best music.

Up Tempo Entertainment

Saturday, December 13
2 - 4 pm

Up Tempo Entertainment features the vocal and musical talents of Marietta Ayers and Val Fuller, two energetic and multi-talent women whose popularity and unique style of performance have spread throughout the Southeast. They will entertain with a variety of instruments and sing songs of the season.

Humane Society Visit
Saturday, December 20

11 am - 3 pm

Come and meet some furry adoptable friends from the Portsmouth Humane Society.

Preview Performance of
Mother Africa's Gift
Saturday, December 20
1 pm & 2 pm

Be the first to view Atumpan Edutainment's original performance of Mother Africa's Gift. In honor of the upcoming Kwanzaa festivities, this story-adventure ballet will feature songs and dance of Africa woven into a creative tale on how the animals of African came to be the way we know them today.

Goode Stories
Sunday, December 21
2 & 3 pm

Via Goode, of Goode Stories, presents holiday tales through songs, dance and stories.

Mad Science Fire & Ice
Saturday & Sunday
December 27 & 28

1:30 & 3:30 pm

Catch the winter edition of "Fire & Ice." Discover the cool chemistry in the states of matter and learn the basics of air pressure. Scissors will unexpectedly sizzle and carbon dioxide bubbles will pop as the chilling properties of dry ice are revealed.