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2018 Dec

December 2018

Welcome to Tidewater Family’s December Calendar of Events—just for families!

Saturday                      1
Dickens’ Christmas Towne - Times vary thru 12/31. Weekend tea parties, train display, entertainment + art. ($) Nauticus 664-1000 (N)
Planetarium Show: Laser Holidays - Times vary thru 12/31. Featuring classic holiday favorites and an animated light display! ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Planetarium Show: Star of Wonder - Times vary thru 12/31. Follow the journey of the Magi. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
MacArthur on Ice - Times vary thru 1/21/19. Skating sessions, ice hockey clinics, figure skating. ($) MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Pancakes, Paws & Santa Claws - 8-10 a.m. Enjoy breakfast w/ Santa, crafts, and zoo animal ambassadors. RR ($) Va. Zoo 441-2374 (N)
Breakfast with Santa - 8:30-10:30 a.m. Buffet, coloring stations + more. RR ($) Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront, 100 E. Constance Rd. 925-1300 (S)
Marketplace at the Hub - 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Get your holiday shopping done! Hub 757, 6801 Bridgeway Dr. 800-1800 (S)
Wild at Art Show - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See artwork to inspire appreciation of nature. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Winter Market - 9 a.m.-8 p.m. thru 12/24. Fresh-cut Fraser Fir trees, wreaths + novelties. ($) Hunt Club Farm 427-9520 (VB)
Christmas Kick-Off - 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A full day of demos with Mike the Garden Guru, tastings, and shopping! McDonald Garden Center, 1144 Independence Blvd. 464-5564 (VB)
Great Dismal Swamp Safari - 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Also 12/5, 12/15 & 12/29. Learn about history, lore, vegetation & wildlife. RR ($) Great Dismal Swamp Refuge 514-4130 (S)
STEM Saturday - 10 a.m. Every 1st Sat. thru June. Investigate robotics, physics, chemistry. ($) Va. Air & Space Center 727-0900 (H)
Pony Rides & Petting Zoo - 10 a.m. Sat. thru Dec. Feed animals, take pictures. ($) Kay’s Acres, LLC., 800 Lummis Rd. 932-0551 (S)
Kids’ Christmas Tree Workshop - 11 a.m. Paint a pot for a Norfolk pine, add lights & decorate. Supplies included. RR ($) McDonald Garden Center, Independence & Great Neck Rd. locations. 464-5564 (VB)
Fly Fishing - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. RR Northwest River Park 392-1359 (C)
Antiques to Flea Market - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1st Sat. Middle St. Garage 339-1876 (P)
Christmas Market - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Browse arts & crafts vendors, entertainment + visit Santa. Historic Main St. 877-2933 (Yorktown)
Santa’s Arrival - 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Photos w/ Santa thru 12/24. ($) Chesapeake Sq. Mall 488-9639 (C)
Storytime & Activities - 11 a.m. Every Sat. Barnes & Noble Town Center 671-2331 (VB)
Children’s Theatre of HR: Uncle Wiggily’s Christmas Carol - 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. You’re invited to the Woods for a holiday tea! ($) Va. Stage Co. 627-1234 (N)
Make a Chocolate Bar - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1st Sat. ($) Royal Chocolate 557-6925 (VB)
Lunch with Santa - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ages 12 & under. Donate a toy + take photos with Santa. ($) Northern Shorts Rec. Center, 6701 Respass Beach Rd. 514-7267 (S)
Richmond Ballet: “The Nutcracker” Book Reading - 12-4 p.m. Enjoy sugar cookies and hot cocoa + meet local dancers! Barnes & Noble Town Center 804-344-0906 (VB)
Holiday Yule Log Bonfire & Marketplace - 12-8 p.m. Browse local crafters + caroling and festivities. Town Point Park 441-2345 (N)
Sounds of the Season: Governor’s School for the Arts Jazz Band - 2-4 p.m. Sat. thru Dec. MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Million Bulb Walk - 4-9 p.m. thru 12/15. Enjoy 2 miles of spectacular light displays. ($) Norfolk Botanical Garden 441-5830 (N)
Bayport Credit Union Holiday Lights Merry Mile - 5:30 p.m. thru 12/30. Take a shiny journey through lights along the boardwalk! ($) 2nd-22nd St., 385-7873 (VB)
Holiday Parade at the Beach - 5:30 p.m. Spon. by Cox Communications. Atlantic Ave., 15th-25th St. 385-7873 (VB)
Celebration in Lights - 5:30-10 p.m. thru 1/1. Drive through twinkling light displays. “Snow” on select nights. 886-7777 (NN)
Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade - 6 p.m. Caroling, performances, cider + parade. Yorktown Beach 890-4970 (Yorktown)
Va. Stage Company: A Christmas Carol - 7:30 p.m. Times vary thru 12/23. Follow the classic tale of Scrooge’s journey of redemption. ($) Wells Theatre 627-1234 (N)
SkyWatch - 5-8 p.m. Join Back Bay Amateur Astronomers to explore planets, stars & galaxies! Northwest River Park 421-7151 (C)

Sunday                        2
Happy Hanukkah!
Holiday Craft Sale & Family Fest - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Browse local artwork and create, explore, and enjoy art. Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Advice for Daily Life - 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Every Sun. ($) Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Center, 156 Newtown Rd. 504-4425 (VB)
Cookies with Santa - 1-4 p.m. Enjoy treats while holiday shopping. Gallery at York Hall, 301 Main St. 890-4490 (Yorktown)
Norfolk SPCA Magic Mutt Meet & Greet - 1-4 p.m. Photos w/ Santa & pick up a calendar to benefit animal care at Norfolk SPCA! MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Sounds of the Season: The Doorway Singers - 2-5 p.m. Sun. thru Dec. Also 12/24 - 11 a.m.-2 p.m. MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Birthplace Tours - 3:45 & 5 p.m. Every Sun. Adults. RR Ches. Reg. Med. Ctr. 312-6508 (C)
Pet Photos with Santa - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Also 12/9. Pet costumes encouraged. MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Cirque du Soleil: Crystal - 7:30 p.m. Times vary thru Sun. ($) Scope Arena 664-6464 (N)

Monday                       3
The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth - times vary thru Thurs. Stop Deleria from polluting the Earth! ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Meet & Greet - 5-6 p.m. Ask questions & tour the office. Chesapeake Pediatrics, 500 Discovery Dr. 668-2500 (C)

Tuesday                       4
Character Storytime - 10-10:30 a.m. Every Tues. and Wed. Call for titles. Barnes & Noble, MacArthur Ctr. 640-2655 (N)
1st Art - 10-11 a.m. Also 12/11. ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Toddler Tuesdays - 10, 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Every Tues. Ages 2-5. Stories, songs, and adventure. ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Zoo Tales - 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Every Tues. Enjoy story time. ($) Va. Zoo 441-2374 (N)
Cooperative Co-Parenting – 4-8 p.m. 1st Tues. RR ($) 135 Hall Ave. 624-6666 (S)
Teen “Spontaneous Theater” Troupe Training - 4-6 p.m. Every Tues. RR ($) Fellowship Ctr. 714-7142 (VB)
Welcome Baby! - 5-6 p.m. Ask questions & tour the office. General Booth Pediatrics, 2088 Princess Anne Rd. 668-6700 (VB)

Wednesday     5
Jumping Beans - 10 a.m.-noon. Every Wed. Jump time for ages 6 and under w/parent. ($) 701 Lynnhaven Pkwy. 905-5867 (VB)
ArtStart - 10:30 a.m. Pre-K. Every Wed. thru Feb. Enjoy stories & activities. ($) Peninsula Fine Arts Ctr. 596-8175 (NN)
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)
Kidz Jam - 6:30 p.m. Wed. thru Dec. Gr. K-5. Sing, dance & learn about worship. Deep Creek Baptist Church 487-2182 (C)

Thursday                     6
Toddler Trek - 10 & 11 a.m. Every Thurs. Ages 2-5. ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Tickle My Ears - 10:30-11 a.m. 1st Thurs. Stories & songs. Chrysler Museum 664-6200 (N)
Baby Care Basics - 5:30-6:30 p.m. Learn about bathing, diaper care, sleep safety + more. RR Chesapeake Pediatrics at Oakbrooke, 500 Discovery Dr. 668-2500 (C)

Friday              7
Holiday Kwanzaa Marketplace - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Also Sat. Enjoy craft activities, music + more. Hampton University Museum, 14 Frissell Ave. 727-5308 (H)
Holiday Fridays: Hop and Craft - 1-1:45 p.m. Create a craft stick Star of David with buttons and jewels. RR ($) Peninsula Fine Arts Center 596-8175 (NN)
Phoebus Holiday Illumination - 5-9 p.m. Holiday music, vendors, Santa + tree lighting. Phoebus, 21 Mellen St. 727-8311 (H)
Holly Days Lighted Boat Parade - 6-9 p.m. Hampton Harbor, 710 Settlers Landing Rd. 727-1271 (H)
Richmond Ballet: The Nutcracker - 7 p.m. Times vary thru Sun. w/ Va. Symphony Orchestra. ($) Chrysler Hall 664-6464 (N)
Hurrah Players: Hurrah for the Holidays - 7 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m. Enjoy the best music of the season. TCC Roper 627-5437 (N)
Disco on Ice - 8-11 p.m. Wear glow necklaces + free skate rentals! ($) MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)

Saturday                      8
Breakfast with Santa - 8-9:30 a.m. Also 12/15. Tell Santa your holiday wishes! RR ($) MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Breakfast with Santa - 8:30 a.m. Story reading, Fifes & Drums + more. RR ($) Riverwalk Restaurant 875-1522 (Yorktown)
Volunteer Day - 9-11 a.m. Be a river hero. RR Paradise Creek Nature Park 399-7487 (P)
River Cleanup - 9 a.m.-noon. Every 2nd Sat. All ages. Locations vary. Spon. by Lynnhaven River Now. 962-5398 (VB)
Holiday Market & Toyland Parade - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities, music + ride the Polar Express. Riverwalk Landing 890-3500 (Yorktown)
Doll & Teddy Bear Show - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Browse antiques & handcrafted dolls, bears, minis + more! Bayside Rec Ctr. 385-2990 (VB)
1st Art - 10-11 a.m. ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Breakfast with Santa - 10 a.m.-noon. Also 12/15. Take photos, make ornaments + more. RR ($) Mariners’ Museum 596-2222 (NN)
VB Farmers Market: Santa’s Workshop - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft show + music, children’s activities, ice skating + more. 3640 Dam Neck Rd. 385-4395 (VB)
Battle of Great Bridge - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Step back in time with demos, encampments, displays. Battlefield Park S., 120 Reservation Rd. 382-6411 (C)
CHKD: Dads in Action Kick-Off - 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities, games + prizes. CHKD Health Center, 1924 Landstown Centre Way 668-4900 (VB)
Skating Santa - 2-3 p.m. Dress up and get free skate rentals! MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Movies at the Center: Paddington 2 - 2-4 p.m. Canned good donations encouraged. Suffolk Center 514-4130 (S)
Old Fashioned Holiday Tour - 3-7 p.m. Enjoy carolers, cider + baked goods while touring historic homes. ($) First Presbyterian Church, 1605 Bainbridge Blvd. 651-7638 (C)
Clara’s Tea Party - 4:15-5:15 p.m. following Richmond Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” performance. Meet characters and enjoy treats! RR ($) Chrysler Hall 664-6464 (N)
Owl Prowl - 5-7 p.m. Learn to recognize owls. Northwest River Park 382-1359 (C)
Holiday Parade - 7-9 p.m. Watch floats, equestrian units, marching bands + more. Downtown Suffolk 514-7267 (S)
Holly Days Illuminated Parade - 7-9 p.m. Carousel Park, 602 Settlers Landing Rd. 727-8311 (H)
Teddy Bear Toss Night w/ Norfolk Admirals - 7-10 p.m. Bring a stuffed animal for charity & support Va. Zoo. ($) Scope Arena 441-2374 (N)
Star Party/Laser Evenings - 7:30 p.m. 2nd Sat. Planetarium programs + laser light shows. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Hurrah Players: Best Christmas Pageant Ever - 7 p.m. What happens when a church play is hijacked by six bad kids? ($) TCC Roper 627-5437 (N)

Sunday                        9
Special Day for Special Needs - 9-11 a.m. Holiday-themed activities with reduced visitors. ($) Children’s Museum 393-5258 (P)
Calming Santa - 9-11 a.m. Meet Santa in a sensory-friendly environment + receive a special gift. MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Meditation for Kids - 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Every 2nd Sun. Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Center, 156 Newtown Rd. 504-4425 (VB)
Second Sundays Williamsburg - 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy living history, artisans, and more. Merchants Square 879-3029 (W)
Meet Santa at the Train Station - 1-5 p.m. Meet jolly ol’ St. Nick! Suffolk Seaboard Station Railroad Museum 514-4135 (S)

Monday                       10
Planetarium Show: Cocomong, A Space Adventure - Times vary thru Thurs. Travel through space to save an alien from the Virus King! ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)

Tuesday                       11
Positive Discipline: Calm, Connect, Correct - 12-1 p.m. Learn techniques to establish strong relationships and thinking, responsible children. RR CHKD 668-9304 (Webinar)
Cooperative Co-Parenting – 5-9 p.m. Every 2nd Tues. Adults. Prevent potential problems. RR ($) 424 W. 21st St., 624-6666 (N)
Whaleyville Holiday Jingle Mingle - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Crafts, bounce houses, hot cocoa + more. Whaleyville Community Center, 132 Robertson St. 514-7105 (S)
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class - 6-7 p.m. Get a good start. RR Coastal Pediatrics, 1735 City Center Blvd. 252-337-8300 (Elizabeth City)

Wednesday     12
Open House - 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ask questions & tour the office. Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, 119 Bulifants Blvd. 564-7337 (W)
Welcome Baby! - 5:30-6:30 p.m. Discuss immunizations, safety + more. RR Premier Pediatrics, 1181 First Colonial Rd. 668-4600 (VB)
Welcome Baby! - 6-7 p.m. Discuss immunizations, safety + more. RR Pediatric Specialists, 885 Kempsville Rd. 461-6342 (N)
We ARE Youth Workshop - 6-7:30 p.m. Every 2nd & 4th Wed. Learn decision making strategies, effective communication + more. RR YH Thomas Community Center 504-8898 (H)
Va. Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Brass Concert - 7 p.m. Enjoy favorite holiday music. ($) Chespeake Conference Ctr. 382-6411 (C)

Thursday                     13
Pre-K Art Days - 10-11 a.m. ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Festive Fun with Girl Scouts - 6-7 p.m. Enjoy fun, festive activities and learn about Girl Scouts. Jordan-Newby Library 547-4405 (N)

Friday              14
Holiday Fridays: Perfect Christmas and Craft - 2-3 p.m. Create a Christmas tree inspired by Judith Leiber purses. RR ($) Peninsula Fine Arts Center 596-8175 (NN)
‘Tis the Season of Mirth - 6:30-9 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Special presentations + festivities. Nelson House & Main St. 898-2410 (Yorktown)

Saturday                      15
Old Beach Farmer’s Market - 9 a.m.-noon. Croc’s 19th St. Bistro 202-9533 (VB)
SUNdays - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Back Bay Amateur Astronomers to view the sun! Eliz. River Park 382-6411 (C)
Family Outdoor Playdates - 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Ages 4-10. Make a play date with nature! ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Santa’s Coming to the Farmhouse - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Holiday songs, craft stations, stories, cookies + more! RR ($) Greenbrier Farms, 225 Sign Pine Rd. 421-2141 (C)
Children’s Theatre of HR: Uncle Wiggily’s Christmas Carol - 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. You’re invited to the Woods for a holiday tea! ($) Zeiders American Dream Theater 499-0317 (VB)
Wreaths Across America Ceremony - 12 p.m. Pay tribute to fallen war veterans. Yorktown National Cemetery 856-2287 (Yorktown)
Mini Make It - 1-3 p.m. Ages 5+. Build a structure to withstand challenges! RR ($) Va. MOCA 425-0000 (VB)
Meet Santa - 1-5 p.m. Bring your cameras. Suffolk Visitor Center 514-4130 (S)
Va. Choral Society: Carols and Lullabies of the Southwest - 4-6 p.m. Enjoy traditional favorites. ($) Suffolk Center 923-2900 (S)

Sunday                        16
3Doodler Workshop - 12:30 & 3:30 p.m. Also 12/23. Draw in the air! RR ($) Children’s Museum 393-5258 (P)
Bring Your Pets to Meet Santa - 1-5 p.m. Donations for homeless pets encourages. Suffolk Visitor Center 514-4130 (S)

Monday                       17
The Friendly Stars - Times vary thru Thurs. Ages 6 & under. An interactive journey from day to night! ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
Sounds of the Season - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. thru Wed. MacArthur Center 627-6000 (N)
Foster Parent Info Session - 6:30 p.m. Ask questions about fostering a child. North Suffolk Hub 757, 6801 Bridgeway Dr. 869-7555 (S)

Tuesday                       18
Puppet Show - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Every 3rd Tues. Live puppet show and story time. ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)

Wednesday     19
La Leche League Meeting - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 3rd Wed. Free breastfeeding support. Churchland Library 966-5878 (P)
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                     20
PFAC 2-Day Winter Break Camp - Cont. Dec. 21. Full-day, half-day & extended care. Also Dec. 27-28. Ages 5-12. Enjoy arts activities. RR ($) Peninsula Fine Arts Center 596-8175 (NN)
Christmastide in Va. - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. thru 12/31. Experience 18th-century Va. holiday traditions. ($) American Revolution Museum 253-4838 (Yorktown)
All Aboard the Polar Express! - 6 p.m. Watch the Polar Express and enjoy treats. RR Pretlow Anchor Library 441-1750 (N)
I Hear Music in the Air - 7-10 p.m. w/Dr. Umar Johnson & music by The Master Keys. ($) Temple Beth El, 3927 Bridge Rd. 484-1161 (S)

Friday              21
Polar Express 3D - 4 p.m. Also Sat & Sun. Embark on a magical adventure to the North Pole. RR ($) Va. Aquarium 385-3474 (VB)
Teen and Pre-Teen Peer Talk - 7 p.m. Every 3rd Fri. thru 12/21. Teens discuss anxieties, stresses, and hot topics. RR ($) NewGWC, 3025 S. Military Hwy 485-3162 (C)

Saturday                      22
A Boy’s Life Club - 12-2 p.m. Every 4th Sat. RR Ft. Monroe Community Center 727-6833 (H)

Sunday                        23
Breakfast with Santa - Times vary. RR IHOP, 3334 Princess Anne Rd. drbgroupllc@drbgroupllc.com (VB)

Monday                       24
Toddler Play Day! - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rugrats take over the playground! ($) Funville Playground & Café, 4318 Holland Rd. 963-8683 (VB)

Tuesday                       25
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday     26
Happy Kwanzaa!
Winter Break Volleyball Camp - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thru 12/28. Ages 7-15. For beginner and intermediate players. RR ($) Tidewater Volleyball, 2644 Dean Dr. 498-5052 (VB)
Abracadabra! Magic with Harold Wood - 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Enjoy comedy and juggling show. ($) Children’s Museum 393-5258 (P)
Celebrating Kwanzaa - 5:30 p.m. School age. Share traditional food + activities. Little Creek Library 441-1751 (N)

Thursday                     27
Mad Science: Sounds Like Science - 11:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. Exciting demos and experiments. ($) Children’s Museum 393-5258 (P)

Friday              28
After-School Yoga Program - 12-4 p.m. Gr. K-1. Practice kidding around with yoga! RR ($) VB School of the Arts, 3083 Brickhouse Ct. (VB)

Saturday                      29
Noon Year’s Eve - 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ball drop, crafts + more. Morgan Memorial Library & North Suffolk Library, 514-7323 (S)
Celebrate Kwanzaa - 2 p.m. Learn about the principles of Kwanzaa and enjoy music. Pretlow Anchor Library 441-1750 (N)

Sunday                        30
Funville Cares - 9 a.m. Every last Sun. Extra special Funvillers have private time to play. ($) Funville Playground & Café, 4318 Holland Rd. 963-8683 (VB)
Rainbow Puppets - 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the Mother Goose Christmas Show! ($) Children’s Museum 393-5258 (P)

Monday                       31
Stellar Noon Year’s Eve Celebration - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Costumed characters, spacey activities. ($) Va. Living Museum 595-1900 (NN)
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop - 3 p.m. Celebrate the New Year inside Dickens’ Christmas Towne! ($) Nauticus 664-1000 (N)
Olde Towne Scottish Walk - 4-5 p.m. Pipe-and-drums will bring in good luck for the coming year. Monumental UMC 650-3052 (P)

Please call to confirm.

RR - Reservations Required.

($) Admission fee.