The Mariners' Museum and Park - Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend commemorates 156 years since Battle of the Ironclads!
Newport News - March 9-11, 2018

This year's theme celebrates "Modern Marvels: Technology in the Civil War."

On March 9-11, 2018, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. The Battle of Hampton Roads, when the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw, proved the supremacy of iron to wood. One hundred and fifty-six years later, the Museum remembers the Battle with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, special events, lectures, and more! This year, in addition to the Battle itself, the weekend will focus on technology in the Civil War.

Activities both outside and inside the Museum will occur Saturday and Sunday and will include:

-Reenactors, featuring the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association
-Climb into a replica of the H. L. Hunley, a Civil War submarine
-Cannon firing with Pegram's Artillery Unit from the National Park Service
-Blacksmithing demonstrations
-Family activities, such as period games and crafts
-Create a LEGO® Civil War ironclad ship
-Educational lectures from historians and experts in the field
-Abraham Lincoln will return for the weekend’s events
-Enjoy Coffee with the Cook
-Behind-the-scenes tours of the USS Monitor Center and the Batten Conservation Complex for $10

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Anansi and Other African Folktales - Mariners Museum & Park
Newport News - February 25, 1PM   
Throughout the ages, Africans have used storytelling to teach life lessons, entertain, and explain the workings of the world. In this entertaining and educational program, the audience will listen to some of these stories and learn how African storytellers incorporated music to tell their tales. The audience will then become part of the storytelling by using their own handmade musical instruments as they discover how stories crossed the Atlantic to the Americas.
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STEM Saturdays at the Virginia Air & Space Center
Hampton, VA - first and third Saturday of every month
Join us at the Virginia Air & Space Center as we explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with activities designed to inspire, excite, and engage the imagination. Investigate robotics, physics, chemistry, and so much more with activities focused on the theme of the day.
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Weekend Easter Egg Hunts & Activities - Amazing Farm Fun at Ticonderoga
Chantilly - all weekends March 10th to April 8th, from 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny 30 minutes prior to the hunt time and find the Golden Goose Egg for an extra special prize! There are many other activities included with your admission to enjoy, including: giant slide hills, huge jumping pillows, hayrides, animal feeding areas, pedal kart track, swinging bridge, and much more!
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World Frog Day - Virginia Zoo
Norfolk - March 24
Learning is always an adventure at the Virginia Zoo! Join us for our EdZOOcation Days to explore animals and their habitats through hands-on activities, crafts, stories, Keeper Chats, and up-close encounters with our program animal ambassadors. Contribute directly to conservation efforts around the world and learn about what you can do every day to protect the species you love!
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Archaeology Spring Break Camp - Henricus Historical Park
Chester - April 2 through 6
Participate in a week-long archaeological program at Henricus Historical Park. Learn about the tools and strategies used to help locate and excavate sites and the archaeological methods used to create a living history museum. Join in “practice” excavation techniques, help sort and clean artifacts found in the area and see what you can say about history through artifacts.
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