Children's Museum of Virginia

Family Fun and Activities
Children's Museum of Virginia

Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP)
Saturday, September 20

Drop in activities include:
Sack races @ 11:30 am
Obstacle course @ 1:30 pm
Toss and talk activity ball and carnival games @ 3:30 pm

Humane Society Visit

Saturday, September 20

Noon - 3 pm

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

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live

Free Admission*
Saturday, September 27

Get free admission for TWO people when you sign up on the Smithsonian website.

*You must print your ticket and present it to receive your free admission or have it accessible on your mobile device. One coupon per group or family.


Saturday, September 27

Want your child to be a math whiz? Come explore the benefits of UMIGO – You Make It Go - a fun, vibrant world of adventure that uses the fundamentals of math to engage early elementary age children.

Tidewater Opera Initiative
Animated Film Tune Performances
Saturday, October 11
1 and 2 pm

The Tidewater Opera Initiative will be performing favorite tunes from animated films. Children who come dressed as their favorite animated character will receive free admission with a paying adult.

Humane Society Visit
Saturday, October 18

11 am - 3 pm

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























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.

We'll host Bat World, with live bats and stories, along with magic, balloon creatures, and crafts.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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 28 & 29

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.