Children's Museum of Virginia

Family Fun and Activities
Children's Museum of Virginia

Dancing With Stories
Cheryl Willis Hudson
Saturday, October 3
2 - 3:30 pm

Cheryl will share her stories with music for children to participate in role playing with her book, My Friend Maya Loves to Dance. Her story telling will also engage children in call and response participation.

A Portsmouth native, Ms. Willis Hudson reads from books that have contributed to making more African American and multi-cultural books available in the market place. The storytelling will be followed by a book signing in the Children’s Museum bookstore.

For more information call Linda Holmes, 757-393-8983, Ext. 20 or via email:







The A.R.T. (Awareness, Recognition, Transformation) of Diversity
October 8, 4 - 6 pm
Registration required

How to integrate the arts and cultures within a community to build a “Cultural Community”

The program’s theme is how the arts – performing, literary, and visual arts—can be used to define and highlight different cultures in a community and how, through these media, these cultures can be merged to create an enhanced cultural community. Panelists will be Michael Williams, Young Audiences of Virginia, Lisa Hartz, Seven Cities Writing Project, Portsmouth; and Donald Wilson, Art Institute. Social and political themed artwork will be exhibited by local artists, Crystal Johnson, Hampton University Museum, Donald Wilson, The Art Institute of Virginia, Ces Ochoa, Norfolk, and Fred Freeman, D’Art Center. Vanessa Torres, of the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium, will also be a panelist on the program.
The program is supported in part by the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission. A reception will follow the program.

$25 CAGHR members;
$35 non CAGHR members
$15 Students (with ID)
call for group rates - Joan L. Rhodes-Copeland 757-961-4002 or email




Museum Madness
Saturday, October 24
10 am - 6 pm

Children’s Museum of Virginia
Lightship Portsmouth Museum Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Wear your costumes to the Portsmouth Museums for a day of tricks, treats and spooky activities.

Stop by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center to see a menagerie of live creepy crawlies from around the world, including venomous serpents and glowing scorpions form the collection of John Barnes (J.B. Rattles) out of North Carolina. Visit the ghost picture booth and have your “ghost picture” taken and appear as a transparent specter. From 2 – 6 PM enjoy the talents of the Sonshine Artists with face painting and balloon animals.

Strange things have been happening at the Lightship Portsmouth! Many have reported strange sounds, lights flashing and other odd occurrences after the museum closes. It is up to you to find out if it is a ghost that has caused items to disappear, or something else. Join us in a family-friendly scavenger hunt through the ship and search for clues to find out if our ship is haunted or not!

Here at the Children’s Museum of Virginia experience a day of fun filled games with prizes, spooky crafts, magic shows and a special visit form Bat World.

Saint Helena Annex:
17 Decades of Service
Thursday, November 12, 7 pm

Marcus W. Robbins, Historian and Archivist for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard will tell the untold story of the Saint Helena Annex that is located adjacent to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He will explore little known facts from its creation in 1846 to its closure in 2015.