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April 2020

Welcome to Tidewater Family’s April Calendar of Events, your guide to family-friendly activities indoors and out!

Editor’s Note: Please be aware that some of the activities included in the calendar may be canceled due to the coronavirus. Please call and inquire before attending.

Wednesday 1
Terrific Twos - 10:15-10:45 a.m. Pre-K. Every Wed. Build literacy skills through songs & activities. RR Russell Mem. Library 410-7024 (C)
Baby Paint & Play - 10:15-11:15 a.m. Ages 6-24 mo. Improve baby’s fine motor skills and stimulate curiosity. RR Great Neck Library 385-2606 (VB)
Photos w/ the Easter Bunny - 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 12-6 p.m. Sun. Visit Bunnyville for a photo with the bunny! ($) MacArthur Center 622-0500 (N)
Make It, Take It - 1-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 12-4 p.m. Sun. Daily. Create a fun themed craft. ($) Children’s Museum 393-5258 (P)
S.T.E.A.M. Program - 3:30-4:30 p.m. Ages 3-7. Every Wed. Create art based on scientific concepts. RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Welcome, Baby! - 5-6 p.m. Ask questions & tour the office. RR General Booth Pediatrics, 2021 Concert Dr. 668-6700 (VB)

Thursday 2
Toddler Trek - 10 & 11 a.m. Every Thurs. Ages 2-5. ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Tickle My Ears - 10:30 a.m. 1st Thurs. Stories & songs. Chrysler Museum 664-6200 (N)
Music Makers - 11 a.m.-noon. Ages 3-5. Learn about musical instruments + make your own drum. RR Bayside lIbrary 385-2680 (VB)
Family Fun Nights - 5 p.m. 1st Thurs. thru March. Enjoy games, movies + activities. JEB Little Creek Library 462-7385 (VB)
Poetry, Prose & Pizza - 6-8:30 p.m. Present original works or favorites & enjoy pizza. Suffolk Art Gallery, 118 Bosley Ave. 925-0448 (S)
Planetarium Show: Stars of Spring - 8 p.m. Thurs. in April. Explore reasons for seasonal changes in the sky. RR Chesapeake Planetarium 547-0153 (C) 

Friday 3
First Friday Concert in the Courtyard - 5-8 p.m. thru Oct. Enjoy music & beverages. Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 397-8473 (P)

Saturday 4
The Nature Bus Saturday Escapes - Times vary. Most Sat. Family. Hop on board for impromptu experiences in nature. RR ($) Call for info 288-9595 (VB)
Breakfast w/ the Bunny - 8-9:30 a.m. Enjoy breakfast pizza & drinks w/ the Easter Bunny. RR ($) California Pizza Kitchen, MacArthur Center 622-7190 (N)
Breakfast w/ the Animals - 8-10 a.m. Enjoy breakfast + activities. RR ($) Va. Zoo 441-2374 (N)
Chesapeake Farmers Market - 8 a.m.-noon. Every Sat. Local produce + goods. Courtyard Sq. Park, 306 Cedar Rd. 382-6411 (C)
Girl Scout Day - 9 a.m. Earn your Explore Sea Turtle patch! RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Volunteer Service Days - 9 a.m. Every 1st & 3rd Sat. Ages 12+. Assist w/ weeding, planting + more. RR Paradise Creek Nature Park 399-7487 (P)
Plogging - 9 a.m.-noon. Walk, jog, or run while cleaning up trash! RR Planters Park 515 York St. 514-7604 (S)
Tribute Car Show - 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Military Foundation. RR ($) BHHS Town Realty of Harbour View, 6001 Harbour View Blvd. 488-4600 (S)
Easter Bunny & Egg Hunt - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Thru 4/11. Enjoy songs, yard games, hayrides + more. ($) Greenbrier Farms 421-4550 (C)
75th Anniversary Commemoration - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn about the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa that marked the end of WWII. ($) Mariners’ Museum 596-2222 (NN)
Nature Workshop Series: Nature Photography - 10 a.m.-noon. Capture the wonder of nature using your smart phone! RR ($) Mariners’ Museum 596-2222 (NN)
The Art of Humanity - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Music, public mural painting, origami peace crane making + more. Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Antiques to Flea Market - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Every 1st Sat. Middle St. Garage 339-1876 (P)
Friends of PPL Book Sale - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Every Sat. Find a great bargain! Main Library, 601 Court St. 393-8501 (P)
First Saturdays - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1st Sat. Thru Nov. Come “sea” history w/ activities + displays. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 393-8951 (P)
Town Mouse & Country Mouse - 11 a.m. All ages. Enjoy this rock and roll hoedown musical. ($) American Theatre 722-2787 (H)
Eggstravaganza - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Spon. by Suffolk Public Library. Games, pony rides, crafts + more. Bennett’s Creek Park 514-7150 (S)
Bright Star Children’s Theatre: Beauty & the Beast - 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. The classic work shows that beauty is what lies within. ($) Peninsula Community Theatre 595-5728 (NN)
Olde Towne Farmer’s Market - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Every Sat. Crockin’s Furniture, 215 High St.  397-8473 (P)
Make a Chocolate Bar - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Every 1st Sat. ($) Royal Chocolate 557-6925 (VB)
Cherry Blossom Festival - 12-4 p.m. Celebrate spring, peace & goodwill. Red Wing Park 385-1100 (VB)
Nano Days - 12-4 p.m. Ages 5+. Experiments, interactive demos + meet scientists. ($) Children’s Museum 393-5258 (P)
S.T.E.M. Studio - 12:30-4:30 p.m. Every Sat. Ages 3+. ($) Children’s Museum of Va. 393-5258 (P)

Sunday 5
Girl Scout Outdoor Art Day - 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Earn your Outdoor Art Badge + art activities. RR ($) Norfolk Botanical Garden 441-5830 (N)
Western Branch Farmers Market - 12-4 p.m. Every Sun. Chesapeake Square Mall 320-1584 (C)
Family Fest - 1-4 p.m. Art making, live demos + more. Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Birthplace Tours - 3:45 & 5 p.m. Every Sun. Adults. RR Ches. Reg. Med. Ctr. 312-6508 (C)
Pet Photos w/ the Bunny - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enjoy some furry photos. ($) MacArthur Center 622-0500 (N)

Monday 6
1st Art - 10 a.m. Every Tues. Ages 2-5. Develop motor skills, increase self-confidence + promote visual and tactile awareness. RR ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Maritime Mondays - 10:30 a.m. Ages 18 mo.-8 yrs. Every Mon. Storytime + crafts. ($) Mariners’ Museum 596-2222 (NN)
Cookies & Story Time - 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. Every Mon. 6 mo.-6 yr. Enjoy stories and animal crackers! ($) Green Bean 282-6681 (VB)
Ages & Stages Web-Series - 12-1 p.m. Learn about different stages of development to support healthy growth. RR CHKD 668-7000 (Webinar)
Teen Gathering - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Every Mon. Make friends, develop talents + become a leader. VCM Teen Center 747-2679 (N)
Mermaid Mondays - 6 p.m. Every Mon. in April. Mermaid puppet shows + live performances. RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB) 

Tuesday 7
Character Storytime - 10-10:30 a.m. Every Tues. and Wed. Call for titles. Barnes & Noble, MacArthur Ctr. 640-2655 (N)
Homeschool Day! - 10 a.m. Every Tues. Get up and moving! ($) Funville Playground & Café, 4318 Holland Rd. 963-8683 (VB)
Toddler Tuesdays - 10, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Every Tues. Ages 2-5. Stories, songs, and adventure. ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Zoo Tales - 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Every Tues. Enjoy story time. ($) Va. Zoo 441-2374 (N)
Cooperative Co-Parenting – 4-8 p.m. Every 1st Tues. Prevent potential problems. RR ($) Mediation Center of HR, 135 Hall Ave. 624-6666 (S)
Teen “Spontaneous Theater” Troupe Training - 4-6 p.m. Every Tues. RR ($) Fellowship Ctr. 714-7142 (VB)
Poetry & Recording Sessions - 5-7:30 p.m. Every Tues. Develop writing skills. VCM Teen Center 747-2679 (N)
Teen Time: Gaming - 5:30-7 p.m. Every 1st Tues. Gr. 6-12. Challenge friends & show off skills! Kempsville Library 385-2627 (VB)

Wednesday 8
Teen Time: Anime Club - 5:30-6:30 p.m. Gr. 6-12. Every 2nd Wed. Hang out with other fans. Oceanfront Library 385-2640 (VB)
Welcome, Baby! - 6-7 p.m. Discuss immunizations, breastfeeding, sleep safety + more. RR Pediatric Specialists, 885 Kempsville Rd. 461-6342 (N)

Friday 10
Little Scientists - 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-5. Investigate, experiment & explore hands-on STEM activities. RR Morgan Memorial Library 514-7323 (S)
Family Twilight Trek - 6:30-8 p.m. Ages 3+. Dissect owl pellets + walking tour. RR ($) Norfolk Botanical Garden 441-5830 (N)

Saturday 11
Great Easter Egg Hunt - 9:30 a.m. Crafts, games + activities. ($) Lee Hall Mansion 888-3371 (NN)
Chesapeake Eggstravaganza - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy games, activities + egg hunt. City Park 382-6411 (C)
Eggstravaganza - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Hunt eggs, activities, crafts + visit the resident rabbit. RR ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Busy Babies - 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 0-3. Enjoy busy, messy, sensory fun. RR Morgan Memorial Library 514-7323 (S)
SUN-day - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Every 2nd Sat. Join Back Bay Amateur Astronomers for this public solar viewing event. Elizabeth River Park 382-6411 (C)
Easter Spring Fling & Egg Hunt - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also Sun. Find eggs, visit the Easter Bunny + carnival games. ($) Hunt Club Farm 427-9520 (VB)
Nansemond Firebird Festival - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn about history & living culture of Nansemond Indian Nation. 1001 Pembroke Ln. 514-4130 (S)
Anime Craft Cafe - 1-3:30 p.m. Enjoy a Pokemon movie & Gym Badge Pin craft. RR Morgan Memorial Library 514-7323 (S)
Star Party/Laser Evenings - 7:30 p.m. Every 2nd Sat. Planetarium programs + laser light shows. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Emily Asher’s Garden Party - 8 p.m. Enjoy rollicking fun w/ a swingin’ style the whole family will enjoy. ($) American Theatre 722-2787 (H)

Sunday 12
Happy Easter!
Friendly Hours
- 9-11 a.m. 2nd Sun. Experience the museum w/ reduced sound & lighting. RR ($) Mariners’ Museum 596-2222 (NN)
Second Sundays Williamsburg - 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Living history, artisans, and more. Merchants Square 879-3029 (W)
Easter Brunch - 12-3 p.m. Enjoy favorite breakfast & lunch items. RR ($) Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 E. Constance Rd. 774-9073 (S)

Monday 13
Mermaid Balee’s Bubblee Boutique - 4:30 p.m. Also 4/20. Ages 4-10. Enjoy a salon treatment fit for the sea! RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Meet & Greet - 5-6 p.m. Ask questions & tour the office. RR Chesapeake Pediatrics, 500 Discovery Dr. 668-2500 (C)
3D Printing: Let’s Make an Action Figure - 6-7:30 p.m. Also 4/23. Ages 12-18. Design your figure, paint & customize it. RR Morgan Memorial Library 514-7323 (S)

Tuesday 14
Art Break - 10 a.m-4 p.m. Also Wed. All ages. Explore new materials and techniques to create art. ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Yoga Storytime - 4-5 p.m. Ages 3-5. Enjoy simple, child-friendly yoga poses and engaging stories. RR Great Neck Library 385-2606 (VB)
Cooperative Co-Parenting – 5-9 p.m. Every 2nd Tues. Adults. Prevent potential problems. RR ($) Mediation Center of HR, 424 W. 21st St., 624-6666 (N)
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class - 6-7 p.m. Learn about getting a good start. RR Coastal Pediatrics, 1735 City Center Blvd. 252-337-8300 (Elizabeth City).

Wednesday 15
Storybook Tea Party - 10-11 a.m. Ages 3+. Bring your favorite stuffed animal for tea + stories. RR ($) Norfolk Botanical Garden 441-5830 (N)
La Leche League Meeting - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 3rd Wed. Free breastfeeding support. Churchland Li-brary 966-5878 (P)
Coding w/ Dash: Robot Obstacle Course - 2-3 p.m. Gr. 3-5. Design an obstacle course and program Dash. RR Bayside Library 385-2680 (VB)
Teen Time: Gaming - 5:30-6:30 p.m. Gr. 6-12. 3rd Wed. Oceanfront Library 385-2640 (VB)
Welcome, Baby! - 5:30-6:30 p.m. Discuss immunizations, breastfeeding, sleep safety + more. RR Premier Pediatrics, 1181 First Colonial Rd. 668-4600 (VB)
VIBES Open Mic - 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3rd Wed. Show your talent or enjoy the show! VCM Teen Center 747-2679 (N)

Thursday 16
Living Green Earth Day Festival - 9 a.m.-5 pm. Thru 4/22. Enjoy speakers, readings, activities + more. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
LiveArt: Painting - 10:30-11:30 a.m. Gr. K-2. Create your own masterpiece. RR Bayside Library 385-2680 (VB)
Caribbean Storytime - 4-4:45 p.m. Gr. K-2. Enjoy stories and songs w/ author Debbie Dawson. RR Joint Use Library 822-7800 (VB)
Open House - 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ask questions & tour the office. RR Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, 119 Bulifants Blvd. 564-7337 (W)
Earth Day: Party for the Planet - 6:30-8 p.m. Ages 3+. Enjoy games, activities + crafts. RR ($) Norfolk Botanical Garden 441-5830 (N)
Jurassic World Live Tour - 7-9 p.m. Times vary thru Sun. Ages 14+. Experience iconic dinosaurs and safe Jeanie from a terrible fate! ($) Hampton Coliseum 838-4203 (H)

Friday 17
Animal Wellness Campus Tour - 2-2:45 p.m. Explore the lab, pharmacy, surgery room + more. ($) Va. Zoo 441-2374 (N)
Nevermore, Dinosaur - 6-7:30 p.m. Gr. K-12. Enjoy student poetry readings + displays. RR ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Hampton University Choir 150th Anniversary - 7-8 p.m. Times vary thru Sun. Enjoy meet & greets, celebration luncheon + celebration concert. ($) Hampton University, 700 Emancipation Dr. 727-5425 (H)

Saturday 18
Living Green Community Fair - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Browse earth-friendly items & artworks + observe animal enrichment activities. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Visit Japan - 10 a.m.-noon. All ages. Learn about cultures & traditions through activities, crafts + treats. Joint Use Library 822-7800 (VB)
Party for the Planet - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pop-up animal encounters, education stations + activities. ($) Va. Zoo 441-2374 (N)
Touch A Truck - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various trucks, food, bounce houses + more. Driver Village, Kings Hwy 434-5539 (S)
Supercharged Saturday: Military Family Appreciation Storytime - 10:30 a.m.-noon. Enjoy crafts + activities. Morgan Memorial Library 514-7323 (S)
Animal Enrichment Day - 11 a.m. Discover how treats, treasures & training encourage critters. ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Family Gallery Explorers - 11 a.m.-noon. Every 3rd Sat. Develop creativity, find inspiration & encourage critical thinking. RR ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Earth Day - 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy 5K & Mile Fun Run, entertainment, food + activities. Mt. Trashmore Park 385-1100 (VB)

Sunday 19
Sensory Friendly Morning - 7:30 a.m. A quieter  experience w/ soft lighting & limited sounds. RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Va. Glass Guild Pop-Up - 1-3 p.m. Ages 5+. Create a wearable work of art! RR ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Celebrate the Park - 1-4 p.m. Family games, interactive displays, demos + more. Mariners’ Museum 596-2222 (NN)
Charlotte’s Web - 3 p.m. Explore bravery, selfless love & the true meaning of friendship. ($) Ferguson Center 594-8752 (NN)

Tuesday 21
Puppet Show - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Every 3rd Tues. Live puppet show and story time. ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Online Parent Chat - 12-12:30 p.m. Gain feedback & support from other parents. RR CHKD 668-9304 (Webinar)

Wednesday 22
Open House - 9 a.m. Celebrating 30 yrs. as the only K-12 independent school in SE Va. dedicated to empowering children who learn differently. RR Chesapeake Bay Academy 497-6200 (VB)
Nature Day: Earth Day - 10 a.m.-noon. Educational activities, crafts + exploring nature. ($) Va. Zoo 441-2374 (N)
Purposeful Parenting - 6:30-7:30 p.m. Help your child learn self-discipline and self-confidence. RR CHKD 668-9304 (Webinar)

Thursday 23
Nature Academy: Earth Day Trash Talk - 9-11 a.m. Ages 5-12. Interactive lessons + outdoor exploration. RR ($) Chesapeake Arboretum, 624 Oak Grove Rd. 382-6411 (C)

Saturday 25
Autism Superheroes Vs. Villages 5K - 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Family Fun Day to follow + games, inflatables & music. RR ($) City Park 461-4474 (C)
Boater Safety Course - 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 13+. Learn about boating law safety + more. RR South Norfolk Community Center, 1217 Godwin Ave. 382-6411 (C)
Celebrating Children - 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy a 1.5-mile walk/run, entertainment, amusements + exhibitors. Mt. Trashmore Park 385-1100 (VB)
Cooperative Co-Parenting – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Every last Sat. Adults. Prevent potential problems. RR ($) Mediation Center of HR, 424 W. 21st St., 624-6666 (N)
Supercharged Saturday: Military Family Appreciation Storytime - 10:30 a.m.-noon. Enjoy crafts + activities. North Suffolk Library 514-7323 (S)
A Boy’s Life Club - 12-2 p.m. Every 4th Sat. RR Ft. Monroe Community Center 727-6833 (H)
PAWS to Read - 2 p.m. Ages 6-11. Every 4th Sat. Practice reading skills with therapy dogs. Newport News Public Library 591-4858 (NN)
Dads vs. Kids Kickball Game - 2-4 p.m. Ages 10+. Spon. by CHKD. Develop sportsmanship & have fun! RR VB Field House, 2020 Landstown Centre Way 668-9304 (VB)

Sunday 26
Family Workshop - 1-3 p.m. Last Sun. thru 7/26. School age. Create and explore together! RR ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Chowan University Choir - 3:30-5:30 p.m. Enjoy classic choral masterworks + gospel, contemporary & more. ($) Suffolk Center 923-2900 (S)

Tuesday 28
Funville Cares! - 9 a.m. Last Tues. Special Funvillers have private time to play. ($) Funville Play-ground & Café 963-8683 (VB)
Homeschool Discovery Days: Grow Organic! - 2-3 p.m. Gr. K-5. Learn about organic farming & take home a plant. Kempsville Library 385-2627 (VB)
Teen Book Club - 2:45 p.m. Ages 13-18. Receive a free book each month + refreshments. RR Manor Branch Library, 1401 Elmhurst Ln. 393-8501 (P)
LiveArt: Stencil Painting - 4-5 p.m. Gr. 3-5. Use acrylic paints & stencils to create a canvas. RR Great Neck Library 385-2606 (VB)
Meet & Greet - 5-6 p.m. Ask questions & tour the office. RR Chesapeake Pediatrics, 500 Discovery Dr. 668-2500 (C)

Thursday 30
Grieving & Growing Webinar - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Understand & respond to children experiencing loss from life-changing circumstances. RR CHKD 668-7000 (Virtual)

Please call to confirm. RR - Reservations Required. ($) Admission fee. (C) Chesapeake (H) Hampton (N) Norfolk (NN) Newport News (P) Portsmouth (S) Suffolk  (VB) Va. Beach  (W) W’burg

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