It’s that time of year again! The 26th Annual Virginia Children’s Festival kicks off on Saturday, October 4, in Norfolk, Virginia, about 20 minutes from Virginia Beach. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and activities are scheduled until 3 p.m. With 10 areas and stages, activities include everything from arts and crafts to science experiments and dinosaur digs. Here’s what you can do with kids at this year’s festival.
Stop by the Animal Alley area for a petting zoo, complete with bunnies, chickens, a mini cow, a mini pig, a pony and more.
Curtain Call! Stage
Listen to stories told through music and watch a puppet show with the Rainbow Puppets.
Play dress up with the Ballet Virginia International, make crafts and meet curious George, dig for dinosaur fossils with staff from the Mariner’s Museum and check out robots with Engineering for Kids. Plus so much more!
Fitness Fun Zone
Try your best at bowling, jump rope, Frisbee and the Children’s Boot Camp obstacle course with the YMCA.
Sing like a pop star, have fun with Play-Doh, take a ride on the Town Point Express train, make a super hero mask, blow bubbles with the Virginia Children’s Museum, make a friendship bracelet and get your face painted. Plus so much more!
Learn about the life of a pirate and become one yourself with help from the Pirates from the Moody Crew at their School for Pirates.
Ready, Set, Go! Stage
Watch dancers and cheerleaders perform and then take part in a live science experiment.
Little ones can play with toys in a gated area. This year, the area has a new Festival Baby Ball Pit!
TowneBank Fountain Park
Kids can get up close and personal with trucks and can test their speed and agility as a pizza delivery person!
WHRO Lights! Camera! Action! Stage
Enjoy a comedy performance by The Hurrah Players, watch participants compete for the Ynot Pizza Games title and see your favorite characters from PBS Live! on the stage!
The 26th Annual Virginia Children’s Festival will be held at Town Point Park. Admission is $3 per person and children under 2 are free. A portion of the proceeds benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz